Chavez, a Cuba ally re-elected by a landslide in December, this month launched a campaign to consolidate power by nationalizing key industries, seeking expanded executive powers and pushing for unlimited presidential re-election. "That is a sacrosanct legal authority of Venezuela. Go to hell, gringos! Go home! Go home!" Chavez said during his weekly Sunday broadcast. "We're free here, and every day we'll be more free." Chavez also took on U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who has described Chavez as a "negative force" in the region. "Hi Condoleezza, how are you? You've forgotten about me, my little girl," said Chavez, who last year called President Bush "the devil" during a U.N. speech."My little girl"? Uh huh. Tell me that a woman who can carry off spiked boots and a dress right out of "The Matrix" can't kick the a** of a Venezuelan thug. With one hand tied behind her back.
Venezuela's Chavez says "gringos go to hell" - Yahoo! News
On with the wooly longjohns and snowboots! Think I'll get the skis out--looks like somebody has been laying track this weekend. I'll probably break my neck.
Fox tests nation's 5th-grade knowledge
PASADENA, Calif. - Every parent's nightmare — being exposed for not knowing what's in your kid's school textbook — will soon play out on national television. Fox announced Saturday that it is making a new game show, "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" that will air sometime later this year, perhaps as early as the spring. Adults will compete in a quiz based on questions from elementary school textbooks. Actual elementary school students will be on hand as "experts" for the adults to consult with.Heck. Fifth grade? I think I was faking homework help by the end of third grade. Especially in math, lol. I definitely want to watch this show, and see how I do. [Update: I meant by the time the kids were in third grade!!]
A favorite site of mine is the Urban Legends page. When I get one of those emails detailing all of the things I can win if I only send Bill Gates a short note, or a long story about a young cancer patient who wants to break the record for emails received, or how I can stop a robbery by entering my PIN code in reverse at the bank (I can't even remember my PIN code the usual way most of the time!), I usually gently push the sender towards this site. While perusing the latest Urban Legends, I came across this one. It's an email exchange between an Army SGT. stationed in Iraq, and a retailer of custom mats and flooring based in West Allis, Wisconsin. It's a request from that soldier, wanting to know if this flooring company will ship its products to an APO address, since not all companies will due to the extra shipping, packing, and customs requirements. The emails follow:
From: SGT Jason Hess Sent: Tue Jan 16 3:25 Do you ship to APO addresses? I'm in the 1st Cavalry Division stationed in Iraq and we are trying to order some mats but we are looking for who ships to APO first. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- From: email@example.com Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 9:44 PM Subject: Re: Feedback: from discount-mats.com SGT Hess, We do not ship to APO addresses, and even if we did, we would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq. Bargain Suppliers Discount-Mats.comYeah, Yeah, I know all about free speech and opinion, and all that. I'm just thinking that the next time I need a yoga mat, I know where not to buy it. Pretty rare to see a Company so uninterested in serving their customers. Especially the customers who have a lot to do with our freedom of speech to send rude emails and our right to be sensible idiots. Maybe after this gets around, they won't have that customer problem.
A buddy sent me this joke today. I'm beginning to think my friends are trying to tell me something. I just wish I knew what.
While I was watching golf this weekend, my wife and I got into a conversation about life and death, and the need for living wills. During the course of the conversation I told her that I never wanted to exist in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and taking fluids from a bottle. She got up, unplugged the TV and threw out all my beer. ....Sometimes it's tough being married to a smart ass.
Mamas and Papas' Denny Doherty dies at 66
"There's a part of this thing that if I'm not careful, I'd be just a blob on the stage crying my guts out," Doherty told The Associated Press at the time. "Everybody knows about death and dying and sadness, so it's an exercise in staying in the moment and not getting maudlin about your friends dying."Another Papa gone. The Mamas and the Papas are playing now. And the harmonies are still incredible.
Believe it or not, I really *did* have a procrastination post partially written; but was too lazy to put it all together and post it. But now I know the reason why. I have had a nasty problem lately with getting motivated to accomplish anything. I swear, there are days I drip dry rather than expend the energy to towel off after a shower. Style the mop? Not a chance-- drag a comb through it, twist it up, and call it good. I park with my textbook for class and read one or two paragraphs over and over and over--and still don't have a clue what I just finished reading. The essay due this weekend? Ummmmm.....if I start on Saturday, will that be too late? Cook food? Hmmm, how about a nice PB&J sandwich for dinner tonight? You got your protein, your fruit, and your grains. A nice balanced meal, right? But now I know what the problem is. It's not "winter", which is my usual all-purpose excuse. It's far worse. I am showing symptoms of a new disease-- and the bad news is that it may be incurable. Australian Scientists Discover New Disease
Motivational deficiency disorder Extreme laziness may have a medical basis, say a group of Australian scientists in this week's BMJ, as they describe a new condition called motivational deficiency disorder (MoDeD). The condition is claimed to affect up to one in five Australians and is characterised by overwhelming and debilitating apathy. Neuroscientists at the University of Newcastle in Australia say that in severe cases motivational deficiency disorder can be fatal, because the condition reduces the motivation to breathe. Trials of indolebant, a drug to help combat this condition, are underway and initial results are promising. "Indolebant is effective and well tolerated," adds Professor Argos. "One young man who could not leave his sofa is now working as an investment adviser in Sydney."I gotta get me some of that stuff. ;-)
Neurologist Leth Argos is part of the team that has identified the disorder. "This disorder is poorly understood," he says. "It is underdiagnosed and undertreated."They almost had me going, even the part about being too lazy to breathe-- until I got to the name of the neurologist. "Leth Argos"? Now, I am enough of an English geek to recognize a Latin etymology occasionally. Lethargy, anyone? I feel something pulling on my leg now...... I did a little more googlystuff, and sure enough, this site picked up an article originally published by the British Medical Journal-- on April 1st, 2006. Too bad they didn't notice the date. Feeling smug at catching this little gem-- can't fool Mother Laurie, after all-- I looked around a little more at this Scientific American site, until I came across this article. It seems that the fine art of procrastination has been summed up in a mathematical equation. (The first thing I did was check the date. Fool me once, etc.)
I am a moderate procrastinator. Even when I believe that I would be best served by finishing a task (say, filing this story), I will occasionally put it off in favor of some short-term reward (like a much needed caffeine fix).(I already like the writer of this article. Java, anyone?)
This tendency on my part to delay what is in my long-term interest can now be explained by a simple mathematical equation, according to industrial psychologist Piers Steel of the University of Calgary. Steel developed the equation U = E x V / I x D, where U is the desire to complete the task; E, the expectation of success; V, the value of completion; I, the immediacy of task; and D, the personal sensitivity to delay, as a way of mathematically mapping a given individual's procrastination response.U = E x V / I x D. There you have it. Even though I suck at math, I now have an excuse for writing a four page essay in the two hours before it is due.
I have a post half-written, but I think I'll post it later. It's all about procrastination.
America trivia: * The cover artwork on the album History: America's Greatest Hits was the work of Phil Hartmann, who later became famous as a comedian on Saturday Night Live. Hartmann later dropped an "n" off his last name prior to achieving fame. His brother John was America's manager for many years. After listening to the show last night, I had to go buy the new album today. (I heart ITunes). Three little words for America fans, or anyone who remembers the good old days. Buy. This. Album. Shawn, you and Paul will hate it, but I love it. They sound better on the new music than on the live performances from the XM show last night. Found an interesting interview/review at : Music Review: America - Here and Now @ Blogcritics.org and this is one of two "new favorite songs". I love new music that feels like an old friend.
Love & Leaving Written by Gerry Beckley and Bill Mumy, ©2006 Found on Horizontal Fall and Here & Now. Hey Slim how long's it been Five minutes maybe 10 Can't wait to see you again and again First taste of this romance Hell baby I almost danced Caught myself close to believing But every time is a brand new feeling Lay me down in cool clear water For a moment I've forgot her Still I know where this is leading Win, lose, which we choose Won once and once refused Already burning down the fuse Don't wanna be building walls Cause everything rising falls It's darkness here the light's concealing Love it seems is too revealing Hidden in some secret place Etched in lines around my face The ghosts in here are all competing Over one more song about love and leaving Ummmmm Down, down we all fall down Down, down we all fall down We all fall down, yeah we all fall down Let's toast to new love blooming It's all around and all consuming It's a dream you're bound to follow Til you find it's only hollow I can hear the angels grieving Over one more song about love and leaving Ummmmm