Friday, December 31, 2004

Site Search Change

This evening I replaced the Atomz site search feature with one from Google. I wasn't very happy with the Atomz search. I got all kinds of incorrect returns for my search requests. I think Google will be much better. As a test, type in "Freeway Blogger" and open the first result.

(And yes, thanks for noticing, I made the switch all by myself, but don't look for a name switch to Uncle HTML Head anytime soon. I may have just caught lightning in a bottle.)

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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Work Free Day

Me and the big man are just hanging out at home today. I don't have to be back at work until Monday. Sweet.

Right now we're watching the SportsCenter year in review on ESPN. Unfortunately, they are spending about 15 minutes on the Shaq/Kobe bitchy slap fight soap opera.

We just got the Garden State DVD and I look forward to seeing that later this evening, after the baby goes to sleep. It sounds like a great film (9 out of 10 stars at IMDB.com.) And Garden State writer/director/star Zach Braff keeps a blog too. Cool. If you're not sure who Zach Braff is, this may help. He's the star of the NBC sitcom, Scrubs. A consistently hilarious show, and the great part about it is that you can start watching it anytime (or come back to it) because the storylines are somewhat "loose." This is a good thing.

No plans for New Year's Eve. Probably stay in with Mrs. Horns and tune in to watch Regis fill in for Dick Clark.

Anyone going to a black tie affair? Semi-formal dinner & dancing? Jeans & t-shirt with lo-mein? Naked in the hot tub?

How are you going to see in 2005?

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Tech Support Nighmares

Here are some excellent exchanges between customers and computer tech support. A sample from a rather substantial list:
Customer: "Why didn't you tell me I have call waiting?"
Tech Support: "Sir, we have no way of knowing if you have call waiting."
Customer: "Well, you should ask everybody!"
Tech Support: "Do you have call waiting?"
Customer: "What's that?"

These joke will never get old.
(Unless I'm the one asking the stupid questions.)

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004


Does anyone know enough about Blogger templates to tell me how to stack the two buttons on the left?

I can get them stacked but there is space between them. I'd like them directly over one another.

Your help would be appreciated and who knows, I may keep you on retainer.

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iPod Crazy

I'm sure you've heard of the digital music player from Apple by now. And you may even know that you can buy an iPod with the complete U2 music catalog on it.

But I wager you didn't know that other artists also have signature iPods.

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Americans in Thailand Get Shafted

...by the U.S. Consulate!
...That was not the case with the U.S. government, Wachs told her mother. It took the couple three hours, she said, to find the officials from the American consulate, who were in the VIP lounge.

Because they had lost all their possessions, including their documentation, they had to have new passports issued.

But the U.S. officials demanded payment to take the passport pictures, Helen Wachs said.

The couple had managed to hold on to their ATM card, so they paid for the photos and helped other Americans who did not have any money get their pictures taken and buy food, Helen Wachs said.

"She was really very surprised" that the government did so little to ease their ordeal, she said...

There is more in the story, including email information from the consulate making excuses explaining the situation.

Via AmericaBlog

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Blogroll Addition

I've added Woodge.

Father. Book guy. Movie guy. Music guy. Mildly amusing*.

Take a look.

*By mildly, I mean it's fargin' hilarious.

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Tragic consequences of the tsunami in Asia.

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What Does This Say?

Court rules that a casino can fire a female employee for not wearing makeup.


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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Blogs vs. MSM

Jeff Jarvis has this exactly right.

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We Have a Winner!

Courtesy of the much talked about contest over at the Lunabomber Manifesto, I've got my hands on the How the Grinch Stole Christmas DVD. I won 2nd place in the Lunabomber Action Hotline Christmas in December Giveaway!

Here is my entry that was worth second place. The final decision by the arbiter was a little suspect, but I'll let you judge for yourself as to whether I deserved the Grand Prize.

Oh, yeah, there were only two entrants.

Thanks for the DVD Dave!

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One-and-a-Half Months

I've been smoke free...

Six weeks.
42 days.
1,008 hours.
60,480 minutes.
3,628,800 seconds.
And saved $176.40.

Happy holidays indeed.

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Tsunami Video

Some of the scariest film I've seen yet.

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Monday, December 27, 2004

Give it a Rest

This is a joke. Piling on just because they can:
Al Gore's decision to try to win the 2000 Presidential election in the courts after multiple recounts had confirmed President Bush's victory in Florida continues to have baleful effects. Today Victor Yanukovich said that he would contest the result of yesterday's election in the Ukrainian Supreme Court, notwithstanding what would appear to be a clear, eight-point victory for Yushchenko.

Al Gore's elevation of personal interest and partisanship above the national welfare, in clear contrast to the conduct of former candidates, like Richard Nixon, who had far more legitimate grievances than Gore did, has echoes in the bare-knuckle Washington state "recount" which promises to install a Democratic governor. (Check out Sound Politics for continuing coverage of he situation in Washington.) Unfortunately, Gore's influence is not limited to this country. The United States is widely regarded as the exemplar of democracy, and the conduct that Gore legitimized here will inevitably be seen by many politicians in other countries as legitimate.

In the end, notwithstanding a fairly long career in public life, the only thing that Al Gore will be remembered for is his abuse of the judicial system to try to reverse the result of the 2000 election.

It's all about him, right? There was no reason whatsoever for Gore to contest the 2000 election? Are you sure there weren't irregularities that needed to be contested?

But you've got Jimmy Baker on your squad and even I'd take him over Warren Christopher. Of course it didn't matter. Clarence, Tony & The Gulags made the call.

The only thing you'll remember him for is the 2000 election. If you want to see what else he did, look here.

But I understand if you want to remember him in your own special, partisan way. That's what you do. (Though I congratulate you for not working Clinton's privates into the post. That must have been difficult.)

I'm sure some people are with you...E-C-H-O C-H-A-M-B-E-R

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Post-Holiday Wrap Up (so to speak)

Lots of driving and lots of eating. A fine holiday was had by all. The two older boys were ecstatic and grateful(!) for the presents. Even little Lee-Lee (see two posts ago) liked his gifts but seemed most content to dance upon them without unwrapping. Very cute manly.

I did get Photoshop. Expect doctored pictures in 2005. Santa also brought me the complete Far Side collection. Sweet. Probably the best gift came from Mrs. Horns. She gave me a remote control for the lamp on her side of the bed, so I don't have to arise to turn it off. I love when she feeds my laziness.

Onto the extracurriculars...

Thanks for the response to my Christmas Eve movie selections. I did not get an opportunity to see It's a Wonderful Life but based on the response in the comments I will be seeing it soon and definitely before next Christmas. Will let you know if it "grows on me."

I saw the original Miracle on 34th Street on Christmas Eve, featuring a young Natalie Wood as the girl who was part of the "reality based" community. It was aired five consecutive times on AMC on 12/24.

Along with the 30+ unread books I have in my shelves, I will be buying some Isaac Asimov to read, based on I-Robot. The responses, via email & comment, have left me little choice. Not that I'm complaining =). I'll definitely be reading about Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics."

Other recommendations?

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Saturday, December 25, 2004


Long night on Christmas Eve. Wrapped presents, stuffed stockings and helped with the baking. Saw two films in the process of being up until 4:30am:

Miracle on 34th Street - First time seeing it. Amazing movie. I hope to see It's a Wonderful Life today, as I've never seen that before either. But I have seen all of the Meatballs movies.

iRobot - Great film. Wonderful special effects. Asimov was brilliant.

We're off for X-mas round two with the in-laws now and my family tomorrow. Each about a two hour drive.

No rest for the weary...

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Friday, December 24, 2004

Cookie Baking

Mrs. Horns made lots of cookies for neighbors, friends & family.

Some actually got delivered...

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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Space Station Sighting Near You

It will be possible to see the International Space Station with the naked eye in the coming days. In Wilmington, I'll have the opportunity to see it on the morning of Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

You'll find a huge list of cities, with available viewing times here.

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For the Auto Enthusiast Who Has Everything

Meat-scented air fresheners for your car.

Mmmm Bacon.

Though I'm still hoping Krispy Kreme will hop on this bandwagon.

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Scared of Santa?

Not as scared as these kids.

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Best Links of 2004

Jason Kottke's list. Some excellent reading here. The Vice Guide to Everything is funny, if profane.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Not Quite a Non-Smoker Yet

But I'm as close as I've been in over ten years after leaving my previous smoke free record in the dust this past Monday.

Smoke free days - 37*

Dollars Saved - $155.40


*One slip up which I'm done feeling guilty about.

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Manchester United: PARTY BRAWLS

The epitome of class:
The Manchester United Christmas party twice erupted into mass brawls after Darren Fletcher and Rio Ferdinand were punched, says The Sun.

The party at Manchester's Prohibition bar twice kicked off big time - with players like Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville piling in to help their teammates.

The first brawl started just before midnight when a 'spotty friend of a reserve team player' punched Darren Fletcher, knocking him to the floor.

Neville, Rooney, Wes Brown and Rio Ferdinand all piled in to help out Fletcher - but the trouble was apparently soon calmed.

Then at about 2.30am a mysterious 'man in a white suit' punched Ferdinand, seemingly out of the blue. So the by-now drunk players all piled in once again to have another brawl.

The players are said to have drunk £50,000-worth of champagne before leaving the club at 5am.

Don't forget about the match on Boxing Day, lads.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Rumors of My Demise are Partially True

Actually, if you'd asked me yesterday, those rumors would have been 100% true. A stomach bug knocked me out of commission. You know what I mean. Feel better today. Less discharge.

Work is crazy. End of year crap. 2005 crap. Work is crazy.

On the bright side, your wishes helped me out as I won a trip to a sunny place at my company holiday party. I'm excited to take Mrs. Horns on a honeymoon.

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Sunday, December 19, 2004

Time Magazine's POY - CORRECTION

It's not George W. Bush, it's actually this guy.

All hail his leafiness.

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Friday, December 17, 2004

Rummy Gets WH Vote of Confidence

The White House is still living in their own little world. Rumsfeld won't make it past February 1st. Look for an undisclosed illness to force his retirement.
"Secretary Rumsfeld is doing a great job leading our efforts at the Department of Defense to win the war on terrorism and to help bring about a free and peaceful Iraq, and the president is focused on working closely with him on those matters," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan.


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Party Time! Excellent!

Wayne Campbell's Pacer is for sale.

No idea what I'm saying? Go here.

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Will the Groundhog Catch His Shadow?


Worth it after it loads.

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Slammed at work. Battling a cold. Light blogging from me.

In light of this vacuum in your life, heh, you could:

Join Blog Explosion and find cool blogs.

Get away from your computer and go shopping for the holiday.


Call your Mom, Dad or Grandparents.

Pray that I win one of the ten trips they're giving away tonight at my work holiday party, which I'll marginally enjoy because of the antibiotics.

That's not good enough, pray harder.

Did I mention Mrs. Horns and I have never had a honeymoon?

That's better, thanks.

Smile and have a great weekend.

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Bad Santa

Busted for possession.

Probably not the last bust we'll see.

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More Kid Stories

A friend of mine told me about his son's activities when they went out for breakfast last Sunday. Apparently his son was standing on the seat facing away from the table. My buddy wasn't paying much attention until he saw the gentleman's eyes at the next table get very wide and then there was a large commotion with the man cleaning off his Sunday best.

The little miscreant darling got a hold of a small plastic coffee creamer and crushed it between his teeth, spraying everyone within range.

The only thing my friend could do was to buy breakfast for the sprayed and apologize, profusely.

Now I remember why we don't take our kids out to eat...

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Inauguration Day

Show your displeasure with Bu$h.

Wear Blue.

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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Unattributed Quote

I saw this during my lunch break yesterday:

Bernard Kerik is one screw-up away from receiving the Medal of Freedom.

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Paco's Excellent Adventure

Paco is a python and he travels, unintentionally:
CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) Like something out of a Disney film, the story of Paco the Python is a serpentine tale of a pet snake missing in Missouri for more than a month until turning up 1,000 miles away, accidentally shipped to New Jersey in a box with a DVD player being sent for repairs.

And like any good Disney yarn, this one has a properly happy ending. Paco has been making python friends and feasting on pre-killed rats in a cozy cage at an NJ Pets store in Clifton, and will be shipped back home to Missouri, this time in temperature-controlled comfort...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

For the Man Who Has Everything

Get him the ostentatious gift that he craves.

Eau de Hummer

The description is breathtaking (think Seinfeld):
A vehicle so extreme in its power, so incomparable in its appearance, that it defies any attempt to place it in a traditional category. Simply stated, HUMMER(tm) gives new meaning to the word invincible.

In keeping with its famous heritage, HUMMER(tm)Fragrance For Men is masculine with rugged and adventurous attributes. This classic yet bold new fragrance for men embodies all that HUMMER(tm)is.

In other words, it smells like a gas pump.

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Scott over at BlankBaby reviews the new all cereal restaurant that opened in Philadelphia's University City. He appropriately gave added points for their free WiFi.

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The Big Man

No, I'm not talking about Clarence Clemons.

I'm writing about my 19 month old son. And when I say big I mean it. He's in the 95th percentile for height and is about 35 pounds. He can climb into his high chair by himself and can go up and down the stairs, though I spot him so he doesn't fall. He also has an attitude.

Last night before I got home from work Mrs. Horns took something from him, I think it was a meat cleaver pen or something. We discourage self-impaling. From what I understand the Big Man was none to happy to be dispossessed of this writing implement. So much so that he ran to his diaper pail and fished out a very soiled diaper and threw it at Mrs. Horns. Thankfully it was taped up, so the cargo wasn't lost (I'm glad I learned to do THAT.) We didn't have the radar gun on him but apparently my boy has some velocity on his diapers. We may work on the circle change or split finger pitch when I get home tonight.

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Headline of the Day

File this under Top Gun.

Take the shot Maverick!

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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Wonderbras Recalled

Not a joke.

But I'm sure there's one there somewhere, I'm just too lazy to find it.

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Have Kids?

Read this from The Sneeze.

Short + Hilarious.

It's ok to read it if you don't have kids, but if you do, all the better.

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New Words in the OED

The Oxford English Dictionary will be bustin' out somethin' propa' in their upcoming edition. Including (with Uncle Horns defs):

benjamin - money
crack ho - Girl who cheats on you
hoochie - See: ho, crack
fanfic - No idea, really. Help, please.
po' boy - N'awlins Sandwich
beat down - can o' whoop ass
hairy eyeball - stink eye, crook eye, one eyed jack & John Chaney eye
Joe Schmo - Some dude (See: The Stoned Age)

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I Always Liked Scarlet Knight Researchers

I can't help but get my hopes up when I see stuff like this:
Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a trio of drugs they believe can destroy HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to a published report.

The drugs, called DAPYs, mimic the virus by changing shape, which enables them to interfere with the way HIV attacks the immune system.

Tests conducted in conjunction with Johnson and Johnson have shown the drug to be easily absorbed with minimal side effects. It also can be taken in one pill, in contrast to the drug cocktails currently taken by many AIDS patients...

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The Year in Ideas

The New York Times Magazine with their annual look at some really cool ideas.

My favorite?

The Soccer Model of Warfare

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Firefox Busts a Move

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US Allows Use of Evidence...

...gained by torture.

How about those Geneva Texas Conventions.

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Monday, December 13, 2004

The Cylons are Coming

Mrs. Horns is primed for the new Battlestar Galactica series on Sci-Fi.

I used to watch the show every week as a lad and have to admit my curiosity is piqued. It starts in January.

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Free Music For Your iPod

A nice informational post from iPod Lounge on where you can find free download web sites. Legal too!

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Rumsfeld's Done

Here's your reason:
PHOENIX - U.S. Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record) said Monday that he has "no confidence" in Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, citing Rumsfeld's handling of the war in Iraq (news - web sites) and the failure to send more troops.

McCain, speaking to The Associated Press in an hourlong interview, said his comments were not a call for Rumsfeld's resignation, explaining that President Bush (news - web sites) "can have the team that he wants around him."

"I have strenuously argued for larger troop numbers in Iraq, including the right kind of troops — linguists, special forces, civil affairs, etc.," said McCain, R-Ariz. "There are very strong differences of opinion between myself and Secretary Rumsfeld on that issue."

When asked if Rumsfeld was a liability to the Bush administration, McCain responded: "The president can decide that, not me."

If I was Rummy, I'd hit the eject button. And right soon.

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Oxford American Magazine

A big thanks to James Wolcott for reminding us of the relaunch of the Oxford American magazine. After a 12 month hiatus OA, which rightfully bills itself as the Good Magazine of Southern Writing, will be coming back as a quarterly.

My first experience with the publication was four years ago when I placed a display advertisement in it for one of my clients. I was put on the comp list and immediately fell in love. The quality of the writing was always memorable but what really grabbed my attention was the annual Music Issue. This issue came "polybagged" with a double-length CD. As you'd expect the southern flavor was strong and it opened me up to a new world of music. The artists "donate" their songs, waiving their rights fees. Some of the more memorable tracks came from Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett and Tom Petty. A very cool part of this issue is that assorted writers share what they liked about the songs. It's like a ten page long liner note! The 2005 Music Issue is scheduled to come out in July 2005.

I'm sure I'll be in contact with the salesperson from the publication again soon, but will refuse my complimentary subscription. I'll be buying a subscription today and, if you love great writing and great music, I encourage you to do the same.

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Four Weeks and Counting

Cigarettes smoked in the past 28 days: One*

Methods used: Patch, Starburst, Twizzlers, Smarties, Swedish Fish and wonderful support from Mrs. Horns and co-workers

What my focus is: One day at a time

Mood: Elation

Money saved: $117.60

Money put away for a golf weekend in OCMD: $117.60

My golf handicap: Long irons

*A singular slip-up at a holiday party and the guilt is still coarsing through my veins, or maybe it's the Cap'n Morgan.

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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Sunday Night Football

Joe Thiesmann is an idiot. Just heard on ESPN after Coles had a 15 yard reception:

"That could be one of the all time plays of the year."

I doubt that clown will ever get off cable.

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Friday, December 10, 2004

Food for Thought

As you plan your holiday festivities take the time to read this:
The number of starving in the world has increased by nearly 20 million since the mid 1990s

While hundreds of billions of dollars are spent on weapons, war, killing and destruction and countless more billions are spent on Christmas, the number of people starving in the world is increasing, instead of decreasing.

However boring those people are who spread gloom and doom stories at Christmas time trying to make the rest of us feel guilty as we tuck into our stuffed turkeys and push yet another glass of wine into our already bloated bellies, the latest report from the FAO deserves mention this Christmas.

"The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2004" is the name of the report released yesterday, December 8th, by the UNO's Food and Agriculture Organization. To ignore this report is a sin.

While certain nations spend billions, not tens of billions but hundreds of billions of dollars on the destruction of the State of Iraq (and tens of thousands of its citizens, including innocent women and children), the number of starving in the world has increased by nearly 20 million since the mid 1990s, according to the report.

Furthermore, between 2000 and 2002, the number of starving rose to 852 million people, nearly one billion. At the beginning of the third millennium, what are we doing?

At this rate, the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), which intended to halve the number of starving by 2015, will never be reached and what a pitiful comment on humankind that some of us spend so much on illegal wars, slaughtering children with cluster bombs in a quixotic quest for Weapons of Mass Destruction which continue to go AWOL, while at the same time more and more people find themselves without enough money to put a meal on the table...

Think about it.

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People's Choice Awards

I hear Michael Moore released a film this year.

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Yahoo Photos of the Year

There's more than just Veterans Presidents running from cicadas.

The full gallery starts here.

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Jerry Springer will launch a daily radio show in Cincinnati beginning in January. I'm sure he's hoping to get national syndication at some point.

I'm also assuming his radio show will be much different than his TV show.

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Assault by Bad Food

All you need to read is the first sentence of this story:
Police issued an arrest warrant Monday for a man charged with assaulting a convenience store clerk with a hamburger...

No word as to whether the perp tried to impale the clerk with a pack of Necco Wafers.

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He Lost an Arm and the Army Wants Money

Hardly seems fair:
Middletown – He lost his arm serving his country in Iraq.

Now this wounded soldier is being discharged from his company in Fort Hood, Texas, without enough gas money to get home. In fact, the Army says 27-year-old Spc. Robert Loria owes it close to $2,000, and confiscated his last paycheck.

"There's people in my unit right now – one of my team leaders [who was] over in Iraq with me, is doing everything he can to help me .... but it's looking bleak," Loria said by telephone from Fort Hood yesterday. "It's coming up on Christmas and I have no way of getting home."

America the beautiful stingy.

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Thursday, December 09, 2004

NC School Defends Slavery Booklet

Friggin crap:
Students at one of the area's largest Christian schools are reading a controversial booklet that critics say whitewashes Southern slavery with its view that slaves lived "a life of plenty, of simple pleasures."

Leaders at Cary Christian School say they are not condoning slavery by using "Southern Slavery, As It Was," a booklet that attempts to provide a biblical justification for slavery and asserts that slaves weren't treated as badly as people think.

Principal Larry Stephenson said the school is only exposing students to different ideas, such as how the South justified slavery. He said the booklet is used because it is hard to find writings that are both sympathetic to the South and explore what the Bible says about slavery.

"You can have two different sides, a Northern perspective and a Southern perspective," he said...

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The First Use of the Word Blog

Biz Stone, Genius with the details.

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Laptops May Damage Male Fertility


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Parent of the Year

Mom works at a bar.

Mom makes Jello shots at home to sell at bar.

Mom makes extra Jello shots for eight year old daughter to sell at school*.

Child suspended for trying to sell Jello shots at the bargain pricepoint of 3/$1.00.

In the immortal words of the Culture Ghost: Red State!

*They're testing them to see if they contained alcohol.

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Rumsfeld Answer to Soldier: Unacceptable

CAPITOL HILL A Democratic senator isn't satisfied with the answer Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gave to a U-S soldier in Kuwait today.

The soldier complained that he and his comrades had to dig through landfills for scrap metal and other material to reinforce their vehicles.

Rumsfeld responded, "You go to war with the Army you have."

That's not good enough for Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut -- who's written a letter to Rumsfeld, saying that his answer was "utterly unacceptable."

Dodd says it's up to the government to provide safety equipment for soldiers in battle. He said, "Our troops go to war with the Army that our nation's leaders provide."

UPDATE: Apparently the question was planted by a journalist. Josh Ferguson has the details

Update 2: Then there's this.

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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Note to Self

Don't keep a wildebeast as a pet.

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I'm Continually Amazed

There is a blog for everything.

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Blog Explosion

This site provides an easy way to explore the blogosphere and find cool blogs while driving traffic.

Check it out!

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Google Quirks

Google Search: non-secular.

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Beckham Nativity

LONDON (Reuters) - Church leaders have condemned a Christmas nativity tableau depicting soccer star David Beckham as Joseph and his pop singer wife Victoria as the Virgin Mary.

Tony Blair and U.S. President George W. Bush also starred as two of The Three Wise Men at the birth of Christ.

Anglicans, Catholics and Presbyterians united in calling the exhibit -- at Madame Tussaud's waxwork museum in London -- a new low in the cult of celebrity worship.

In the tableau, Australian pop star Kylie Minogue also hovers above the crib as an angel, while "Posh Spice" Victoria lays her shawled head tenderly on Beckham's shoulder.

The shepherds are played by Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson, actor Hugh Grant and camp Irish comic Graham Norton.

The Vatican was not amused...

You think?

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Lawnmower Man Throws Molotov Cocktails

The apocalypse is nearly upon us:
Police were in pursuit of a 37-year-old man riding a lawnmower moments after he threw two Molotov cocktails at his ex-girlfriend’s front and rear doorsteps.

The cocktails, which were emptied Budweiser beer bottles filled with gasoline with a piece of cloth sticking out of the opening, never ignited but the fumes did make breathing difficult for a number of neighbors.

Firefighters had to transport two neighbors to the hospital for respiratory problems...

Safe to say that wasn't a high speed chase.

Reminds me of the Seinfeld quote to George Costanza when he got a Scooter after faking being handicapped to get a job, "Well, it's safe to say you'll be going to hell at no more than seven miles per hour."

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20 Amazing Facts About Voting in the U.S.

Here are the top ten:

1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.

2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the US voting machine industry.

3. The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.

4. The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush campaign organizer and donor who wrote in 2003 that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."

5. 35% of ES&S is owned by Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, who became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.

6. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, a long-time friend of the Bush family, was caught lying about his ownership of ES&S by the Senate Ethics Committee.

7. Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush's vice- presidential candidates.

8. ES&S is the largest voting machine manufacturer in the US and counts almost 60% of all US votes.

9. Diebold's new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail of any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the data coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put in by voters.

10. Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket machines, all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.

You can find the rest of the top 20 here.

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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Abu Ghraib Holiday

I'm asking Santa for accountability.

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Travel Aid

Leaving North America on a trip? Don't want to answer embarassing questions about American politics? (You know what I mean.)

Go Canadian!

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Trade In Your Frozen Pet

Of course you could face criminal charges.

Must be read to be believed.

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National Public Radio

Tavis Smiley burns bridges.

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Mrs. Scharzenuggy: Hypocrisy Alert

Long Beach -- California first lady Maria Shriver Tuesday defended San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds as "a father, a great baseball player and a great Californian'' and said parents -- not politicians -- might be the most effective influences on young athletes about the dangers of steroids...

Maybe parents aren't the best role models, at least in this case. From the same story:
...(Arnold) Schwarzenegger, a seven-time Mr. Olympia who has admitted to past steroid use in his days as a body builder, has been a longtime advocate for better physical fitness for children and headed former President George H.W. Bush's Council on Physical Fitness...

Better physical fitness through chemicals!

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Aggravating Advertising Tactics

Which one of these really pisses you off?

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Monday, December 06, 2004

I'd Like to See This Get Checked Out

In a sworn affidavit (pdf file) Monday, a former programmer for a NASA contractor said that he developed a vote-rigging prototype at the request of a then-Florida state representative who is now a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

In a sworn affidavit (pdf file) Monday, a former programmer for a NASA contractor said that he developed a vote-rigging prototype at the request of a then-Florida state representative who is now a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Social Security Overhaul Funding

It's difficult to understand that we would have to borrow ONE TRILLION DOLLARS to pay for W's "mandate".

It seems that personal retirements really won't come into play because we'll be working past 80 to pay off the debt. And now that the dollar is approachin the peso, who will loan us the money?


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Smoky Treat or NOT

Three weeks smoke-free and going strong. Feel great too.

I had a couple of beers at the Eagles game yesterday and wasn't even tempted. (Of course the ass-kicking we put on the Packers didn't hurt my mood.)

It's amazing how much different food tastes and my car doesn't smell either, normally my worst time.

Feeling very good about my progress. Though I have miles to go...

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Cartoon Skeletons

Weird Stuff. Here's Mr Slate's employee:

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Conservative Consortium

FOX will provide news for Clear Channel radio stations.

How did the Sinclair Broadcast Group miss out on these pravdaesque exploits?

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Houses of the Future

Made of cardboard.

At a cost of $35,000, they're priced to move.

Like wooden fire escapes, these houses are probably not flame retardant.

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Flushing Meats

I don't know whether to giggle or gag. Or both.

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Malkin Needs Help!

I'll take care of it, just email me your address.

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Wireless Router Giveaway

Steve over at The Sneeze is having an "Old-Timey" Essay Contest to giveaway his decrepit old hardware...um...worthless crap..er...slightly used wireless router. I have entered to win this fabulous prize and will anxiously wait to see if my essay is selected as the winner.

The first two essay entries are up today. Voteor Die!

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Saturday, December 04, 2004

Powell: Europe Must Reach out to U.S. too

I wonder if Colin just made up his mind to say whatever crazy shit popped into his head until Condi is confirmed.

The international 'experts' say that Colin Powell is still very much respected throughout Europe and the Middle East. REALLY?

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Friday, December 03, 2004

Beer Logos

Many foreign & domestic available here.

I was disappointed not to find the Naragansett Beer logo which was popular in the '70s in new England when they were holding the America's Cup boat races out of Newport, RI. My Dad drank it because they had pictures of the boats on the cans. We sailed up there at the time and we once saw Ted Turner in Newport harbor trying to throw Jane Fonda overboard.

Of course the beer conversation begins and ends with Vitamin G. A loaf of bread in every glass.

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Arafat Poisoned?

According to British Intelligence he was.

Bring on Conspiracy Theory Friday!

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Wasn't it George W. Bush who said he liked what he saw when he, "...looked into Putin's soul"?

Well Pooty-Poot is now saying, "Why don't you look at your own soul?"
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of pursuing a dictatorial foreign policy and said mounting violence could derail progress toward bringing peace and democracy to Iraq.

Putin also criticized the West for setting double-standards on terrorism, pursuing Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan and Iraq while giving refuge to "terrorists" demanding Chechnya's independence from Russia.

The Kremlin leader's tough remarks came on a visit to former Cold War ally India, where he and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh issued a joint call for greater cooperation in stabilizing and rebuilding Iraq.

Unilateralism increased risks that weapons of mass destruction might fall into the hands of terrorists, and would stoke regional conflicts, Putin said in a hard-hitting speech to an invited audience.

"Even if dictatorship is packaged in beautiful pseudo-democratic phraseology, it will not be able to solve systemic problems," Putin said. "It may even make them worse."...

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Bernard Kerik: Homeland Security Chief

"They drew first blood ...not me."

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You'll notice on the left that I've added a button that will allow you to subscribe to the Uncle Horn Head site feed via Bloglines.

I've been intimidated by the whole RSS/Site Feed/Atom/Blog Aggregator thing for over a year, but within the past week I've put together my own subscription for the blogs I like and have found that it's quite easy.

If you like to read blogs, it's an easy way to see which ones have been recently updated and you can organize them by category or any other way you want.

Your boss will thank you.

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Choose The Blue

Why not do your holiday shopping at companies that support Democrats and causes that are important to Democrats.

A very good idea. More info here:
Vote with your wallet, shop in stores that support your political beliefs and stay away from stores that don't.

Home Depot? Red. Circuit City? Red. JC Penney? Red. Sears, Staples, Walgreens? Red. So where's the blue? The Gap, CostCo, Bed Bath & Beyond, Barnes & Noble, Toyota (the only car maker to support Blue more than Red). They get Coors, Bud, Busch and Michelob but that's nicely balanced out by the Blue getting Guinness. The only anamoly I've found so far is Target, a Minnesota based company headed by a strong Democrat, is in the Red.

Will this change anyone's shopping habits? I hope so.

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Modern Art

Marcel Duchamp's Fountain has been named the most influential modern art work of all time.

I suppose the pink soap cake disintegrated over time.

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What John Kerry Did Yesterday

From the Daily Kos.

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The Ten Least Successful Holiday Specials of All Time

List here.

My favorite:

The Lost Star Trek Christmas Episode: "A Most Illogical Holiday" (1968)

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Microsoft's New Blogging Tool

It's called MSN Spaces and has some issues regarding what you can and cannot type into it.

Think George Carlin.

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Thursday, December 02, 2004

Poor Mickey

Some would say the rodent had it coming.

Others wish it was Michael Eisner.

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Crazy Business

I love the Smoking Gun.

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LexisNexis AlaCarte

Now you can use LexisNexis and pay only when you use an article. The cost is $3.00 per article.

After I win the PowerBall and get to blog full time this will be handy for research purposes.

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Giambi Admits Steroid Use

Let's hope the dominoes start to fall.

Bonds? Sosa? McGwire? Bagwell?

Asterisk era anyone?

Story here.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

A Campaign of Hate

Would Mehlman be proud?
MONTGOMERY - An Alabama lawmaker who sought to ban gay marriages now wants to ban novels with gay characters from public libraries, including university libraries.

A bill by Rep. Gerald Allen, R-Cottondale, would prohibit the use of public funds for "the purchase of textbooks or library materials that recognize or promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle." Allen said he filed the bill to protect children from the "homosexual agenda."

"Our culture, how we know it today, is under attack from every angle," Allen said in a press conference Tuesday.

Allen said that if his bill passes, novels with gay protagonists and college textbooks that suggest homosexuality is natural would have to be removed from library shelves and destroyed.

"I guess we dig a big hole and dump them in and bury them," he said...

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Word(s) of the Year

By now lots of people know that CNN and Merriam-Webster have selected blog as their number one
word of the year.

But I'm more of a fan of number ten:

Defenestration: (n) a throwing of a person or thing out of a window

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Reuters Acting Like a Jilted Lover

Showing how they feel in this headline.

Believe me when I say I gave serious thought as to whether I should post this. Really.

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A very cool site with real time world population figures and government expenditures in U.S. dollars.

Some figures:

33,065,158 Cars produced this year
100,355,710 Bikes produced this year
77,442,484 Computers sold this year

5,090,758 Millions of cigarettes produced this year
2,900,492 Deaths caused by smoking this year

6,439,206,601 Earth's population
146,622 Absolute population growth today (births minus deaths)

119,590,762 Tons of live being's biological waste (poo), total

The numbers are higher now. Go take a look.

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Who Needs a Mirror?

This guy doesn't.

(Though I think he missed a spot.)

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