Thursday, January 18, 2007

This looks eerily familiar...

Kinda reminds me of the night I proposed to the missus...

Not really, but the newest cartoon by the amazing Josh Alves.

So Josh, when is the TLC collection coming to book form?

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Have you been "plutoed" lately?

Pluto may have gotten a raw deal from the astronomical pundits because of its asinine demotion to a "dwarf" planet, but the term "plutoed" has won the Word of the Year Award as determined by the American Dialect Society.

The society defined "to pluto" as "to demote or devalue someone or something, as happened to the former planet Pluto when the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union decided Pluto no longer met its definition of a planet."

Way to go Pluto. There are many of us out there still routing for you, god of the underworld and underdog, in the icy abyss of space and we still believe you are a real planet, orbiting the Sun like the rest of us other "planets".

Since its demotion to the "minor leagues" per se, Pluto is getting more media attention than any of the other celestial bodies. Here is a link to what I thought is a very entertaining column by sports writer Frank Deford, using Pluto's demotion to the minor leagues to draw some funny parallels to the sports world. Here is an audio link of the column, which causes some chuckles all by itself.

Thanks to my bro-in-law for the links.

Snakes on a Plane 2: Scorpions Revenge

Thought Snakes on a Plane was a wild ride? Here come the sequel starring everyone's favorite stinging arachnid: the Scorpion.

Two separate people on two separate flights were stung by stowaway scorpions. No one knows how either one of the little buggers got on the planes. Luckily, none of the bites delivered were fatal, unlike the snakes in Sammy Jackson's high altitude thriller.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Zune R.I.P.

While Microsoft, already behind in the hand held multi-media department, might be trying to make a fight of it by releasing their beloved Zune in a vein attempt to challenge the iPod by offering a music player with video capabilities and Wi-Fi connectivity, is now definitely going to be laid to rest by the release of Apple's new iPhone.

Now to mention it, it actually took several tries to get to Zune's webpage from the Microsoft homepage. It just didn't work right (no surprise there), and finally had to take four extra steps to get where I wanted to go.

Apple once again is a trend setter and the leader of the revolution by revolutionizing the phone.

Oh sure, you can buy phones that you can type on with a cheap little keyboard and play music on, but Apple is going to lead the way again by offering a phone, MP3 player, Wi-Fi connectivity, video player and an internet browser all in one compact package. Plus, it is all touch screen.

Watching a video? Hold it upright to watch it portrait style, and then simply turn the device on its side and the video goes wide screen automatically. No buttons to push. No commands to type in. It is intuitive, like all of Apple's products.

I'm just scratching the surface with what this new phone can do. It runs on Mac OS X and has Safari built right in to browse with. Amazing!

The only problem Apple will run into with this product (besides licensing the name) is if they price it too high, because right now the Mrs. and I are trying to figure out to get a pair when they are finally released.

All right, maybe I'm the only one scheming how to get paid for some medical experiments to get an iPhone..

Friday, January 05, 2007

Hey, where's the snow?

The Mrs. and I reside in the beautiful state of Maine, famous for Acadia National Park, Mount Katahdin, and Moosehead Lake. Most years, we have tons of snow to play in.

The snow is not here, but here.

Not that I want 19 feet of snow in one sitting that cripples the state, but a couple feet would be great to do some snowshoeing, and best of all, a little playing in the snow in the 4x4.

4x4? C'mon, I do live in Maine...