Monday, July 31, 2006
The first man to play an accordion in Carnegie Hall serenaded the audience with “The Beer Barrel Polka.”
In 1939, Charles Magnante, along with Joe Biviano, Abe Goldman, and Gene von Hallberg were the first to play accordions within the hallowed walls of Carnegie Hall. Their first selection was Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.
(San Diego, California) Three gay San Diego men were in hospital Sunday recovering from an attack by at least three men as they left the city's annual Gay Pride celebration.
The men had just left Balboa Park when the assailants began taunting them with homophobic remarks.
The attackers then began fighting with the men and at one point one of the assailants began swinging a baseball bat hitting one of victims in the back of the head.
The other two victims were also struck by the bat and one of them said he then felt what he described as something sharp stabbing him in the back possibly from a knife.
The names of the victims have not been released. Police say all three men received serious injuries but were not considered life threatening.
The victims were able to give investigators "good descriptions" of their attackers. If they are caught police said the trio would be charged with attempted murder with a hate crime enhancement.
It was the second violent attack on gays in Southern California in a week.
The alleged gang members are charged with assault and committing a hate crime in connection with attacks on customers at a gay club in Riverside.
Last week California's Attorney General released a report showing one-in-five hate crimes in the state was perpetrated against members of the LGBT community.
Close to 150,000 people celebrated Pride in San Diego on the weekend. It was the city's 32nd annual Pride.
This year's theme was "Equality! No Turning Back". The highlight of the celebration was Saturday's parade which featured 185 floats and hundreds of marchers.
When you die, do you want to send an e-mail to loved ones? Or even to an old enemy? Want to tell your boss what you really think of him or her? Now you have the opportunity to send some "final remarks." Best of all, no one can answer because, after all, you’re dead!
Dead Man’s Switch is a program designed to carry out those last minute computer details that you are concerned about when you are on your deathbed. It's a program that, if not reset on a regular basis, assumes you are off to that great motherboard in the sky. It then sends e-mails to loved ones or to anyone else you wish. It also posts messages to (some) Web sites and even deletes files or encrypts files to prevent embarrassment or snooping. Hmmm, perhaps this is the tool to use to tell somewhat where to find the keys to the safe deposit box. Or to notify a distant relative that "you’re not really the son of the man you think you are." I’m sure that each of us could dream up a dozen other uses.
Dead Man’s Switch installs on any Windows system. To keep it from launching its tasks, you must periodically "reset" the program by entering a secret password. If the password hasn’t been entered for the period of time that you specify, the program assumes that you are deceased and then executes the tasks you have previously specified.
Dead Man's Switch gets its name from a safety device that used to be installed a century ago in locomotives: a spring-loaded pedal or lever the engineer would have to stand on or pull to operate the train. If the engineer left his assigned position -- or if he fainted or died while at his post -- the pedal or lever would be released, and the train would automatically stop.
I’m not sure how you handle the possibility of being incapacitated and unable to reach your computer for some time. You could even be delayed from returning home by an airline strike or some similarly unpredictable event while on vacation. Would Dead Man’s Switch activate and send those messages? I’ll leave that for you to investigate.
Dead Man’s Switch for Windows is twenty-first century software that uses steam-age ideas and sensibility. You can download this free Windows program at:
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.
"What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered - he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."
The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."
The mouse turned to the cow and said, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose."
So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap-- alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house -- like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.
The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.
Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.
But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock.
To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.
The farmer's wife did not get well; she died.
So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.
The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.
So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you,
we are all at risk.
We are all involved in this journey called life.
We must keep an eye out
for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.
EACH OF US IS A VITAL
THREAD IN ANOTHER PERSON'S TAPESTRY;
OUR LIVES ARE WOVEN TOGETHER FOR A REASON.
One of the best things to hold onto in this world is a friend.
Dear Tech Support:
Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a slowdown in the performance of flower and jewellery applications that had operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.
In addition, Husband 1.0 un-installed many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.9, but installed undesirable programs such NFL 5.0 and NBA 3.0. Conversation 8.0, no longer runs and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.
I've tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.
What can I do?
First keep in mind. Boyfriend 5.0 is an entertainment package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system.
Try to enter the command: C:/l THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME and install Tears 6.2. Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications: Guilty ~.0 and Flowers 7.0. But remember, overuse can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0, or Beer 6.1. Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will create Snoring loudly.WAV files.
DO NOT install Mother-In-Law 1.0 or reinstall another Boyfriend program.
These are not supported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.
In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have a limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve performance.
I personally recommend Hot Food 3.0 and Lingerie 6.9.
*Thanks, Bright Eyes
(Los Angeles, California) The subject of September 11, 2001 undoubtedly elicits a variety of emotions from people around the world, the most prominent one, anger, for the majority.
But September 11, 2001 - what with its horrifying images played out on televisions everywhere, people jumping to their deaths from the towering infernos, The World Trade Center - also brought forth a number of stories of survival.
And leave it to none other than two-time Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone to bring two of those stories to us in one of this year’s best and most heart wrenching films.
“World Trade Center” tells the story of the two PAPD (Port Authority Police Department) cops who were buried alive, when one of the towers collapsed on top of them, and who were dug out and rescued a day later - all while enduring a gun that went off was shooting at them, accidentally, from one of the other PAPD cop’s guns, also buried (dead) with them. (Yes, that really happened. When you see the movie, you’ll know what I am talking about.)
“A lot of people, most people,” says Stone, sitting in a suite at Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle, a hop skip and a jump from The Space Needle, one of the possible American landmarks targeted by terrorists on September 11, 2001, “think I am this left wing nutcase. And when they hear that I chose to direct this picture [“World Trade Center”] all the bells and whistles start sounding. ‘What agenda is he going to bring to this picture?’ they ask. And what I say is ‘This is America. Every citizen, of which I am one, has the right to speak up, whenever he wants to. The fact is, in between my pictures, my political comments may be picked up and played out in the media. But my comments have nothing at all to do the way I direct any movie. I dare anyone to watch ‘JFK’ and find anything in it that would remotely paint that picture as an agenda picture. I took no sides. It just so happens that a lot of the stories I am attracted to, most, in fact, are based on true events and real people.”
And Stone is not kidding.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
More than likely you said, "A bird in the bush," and........
if this IS what YOU said, then you failed to see that the word THE is repeated twice!
Sorry, look again.
Next, let's play with some words.
What do you see?
In black you can read the word GOOD, in white the word EVIL (inside each black letter is a white letter). It's all very physiological too, because it visualize the concept that good can't exist without evil (or the absence of good is evil ).
Now, what do you see?
You may not see it at first, but the white spaces read the word optical, the blue landscape reads the word illusion. Look again! Can you see why this painting is called an optical illusion?
What do you see here?
This one is quite tricky!
The word TEACH reflects as LEARN.
What do you see?
You probably read the word ME in brown, but.......
when you look through ME
you will see YOU!
Do you need to look again?
Test Your Brain. This is really cool. The second one is amazing so please read all the way though.
ALZHEIMERS' EYE TEST
Count every "F" in the following text:
FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE
SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTI
FIC STUDY COMBINED WITH
THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS...
HOW MANY ?
WRONG, THERE ARE 6 -- no joke.
READ IT AGAIN !
Really, go Back and Try to find the 6 F's before you scroll down.
The reasoning behind is further down.
The brain cannot process "OF".
Anyone who counts all 6 "F's" on the first go is a genius.
Three is normal, four is quite rare.
Send this post to your friends buy clicking on the 'Permanent Link'. Copy this into an email and VOILA! It will drive them crazy! And keep them occupied for several minutes..!
More Brain Stuff . . . From Cambridge University.
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it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs psas it on!!
Years ago an Alabama grandmother gave a new bride the following recipe:
(This is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook along with the spelling errors and all.)
Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water. Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert. Shave one hole cake of lie soap in boilin water.
Sort things, make 3 piles
1 pile white,
1 pile colored,
1 pile work britches and rags.
To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.
Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't boil just wrench and starch.
Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and starch.
Hang old rags on fence.
Spread tea towels on grass.
Pore wrench water in flower bed. Scrub porch with hot soapy water. Turn tubs upside down.
Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.>
OK people, paste this over your washer and dryer. Next time when you think things are hard, read it again, kiss that washing machine and dryer, and give thanks.
First thing each morning you should run and hug your washer and dryer, also your toilet those two-holers used to get mighty cold!
For you non-southerners - wrench means rinse. ;-)
Dear Wizard of 'OZ',
I keep getting emails from friends which I then pass on to other friends. Recently I was berated by an advanced computer user that the email was a hoax and told not to SPAM him anymore.
Now I feel stupid. Any way to spot these "Hoax" emails?
Without researching the factual claims made in a forwarded email there's no 100 percent sure way to tell it if it's a hoax, but here you'll find a list of common signs to watch for...
1. Note whether the text you've received was actually written by the person who sent it. Did anyone sign their name to it? If not, be skeptical.
2. Look for the telltale phrase, 'Forward this to everyone you know!' The more urgent the plea, the more suspect the message.
3. Look for statements like 'This is NOT a hoax' or 'This is NOT an urban legend.' They typically mean the opposite of what they say.
4. Watch for overly emphatic language, as well as frequent use of UPPERCASE LETTERS and multiple exclamation points!!!!!!!
5. If the text seems aimed more at persuading than informing the reader, be suspicious. Like propagandists, hoaxers are more interested in pushing people's emotional buttons than communicating accurate information.
6. If the message purports to impart extremely important information that you've never heard of before or read elsewhere in legitimate venues, be very suspicious.
7. Read carefully and think critically about what the message says, looking for logical inconsistencies, violations of common sense and blatantly false claims.
8. Look for subtle or not-so-subtle jokes — indications that the author is pulling your leg.
9. Check for references to outside sources of information. Hoaxes don't typically cite verifiable evidence, nor link to Websites with corroborating information.
10. Check to see if the message has been debunked by Websites that debunk urban legends and Internet hoaxes (see below).
11. Research any factual claims in the text to see if there is published evidence to support them. If you find none, odds are you've been the recipient of an email hoax. Then CHOOSE NOT to forward them!
1. Virtually any email chain letter you receive (i.e., any message forwarded multiple times before it got to you) is more likely to be false than true. You should automatically be skeptical of chain letters.
2. Hoaxers usually try every means available to make their lies believable -- e.g., mimicking a journalistic style, attributing the text to a 'legitimate' source, or implying that powerful corporate or government interests have tried to keep the information from you.
3. Be especially wary of health-related rumors. Most importantly, never act on 'medical information' forwarded from unknown sources without first verifying its accuracy with a doctor or other reliable source.
Urban Legends Website
Hope this helps you Allan.
Doctors test anti-smoking vaccine
MADISON, Wis. (Associated Press) -- Doctors are testing a radical new way to help smokers quit: a shot that "immunizes" them against the nicotine rush that fuels their addiction.
That pleasurable buzz has seduced Mario Musachia into burning through nearly half a million cigarettes in half a century.
Now the Madison man is among 300 people around the country who are testing an experimental vaccine that makes the immune system attack nicotine in much the same way it would fight a life-threatening germ.
The treatment keeps nicotine from reaching the brain, making smoking less pleasurable and theoretically, easier to give up. The small amount that still manages to get in helps to ease withdrawal, the main reason most quitters relapse.
If it works -- and this has not yet been proved -- the vaccine could become part of a new generation of smoking cessation treatments. They attack dependency in the brain instead of just replacing the nicotine from cigarettes in a less harmful way, like the gum, lozenges, patches and nasal sprays sold today.
*Thanks for the link Daryn
Ice is the most slippery material in existence.
Virtually inert to all chemicals, Teflon® is widely considered to be the most slippery material in existence. It was discovered by accident when DuPont chemist Roy J. Plunkett was experimenting with refrigerant gases in 1938. He noticed that a frozen, compressed sample of tetrafluoroethylene had spontaneously polymerized to form polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). PTFE was marketed as Teflon, and the product was a hit, applied to everything from pots to space suits.
Despite his lavish lifestyle, the Marquis de Sade requested an anonymous burial.
In his will in 1806, the symbol of sadism specified: “The traces of my grave [should] disappear from the face of the earth, as I flatter myself that my memory will be effaced from the mind of men.” It seems unlikely, though, that the latter will ever be realized—he has been immortalized in movies and plays, and his life and works continue to be discussed and analyzed by scholars and writers all over the world.
The Marquis de Sade at play!
Saturday, July 29, 2006
(Montreal, Quebec)(CP) Prime Minister Stephen Harper has chosen to "support intolerance'' by refusing to attend an international gathering of gay athletes, singer k.d. lang said Friday.
lang was critical of her fellow Albertan for failing to support the World Outgames, which is expected to attract up to 13,000 gay, bisexual and transgendered athletes when it begins Saturday.
"It's a sad statement that the national leader of a country that's one of the most progressive countries in the world chooses to support intolerance," the lesbian singer told a news conference at the Olympic Stadium.
But lang added that the gay community shouldn't take Harper's absence personally.
"It's our job to see that as an unfortunate ignorance, rather than as a statement against us,'' she said. "It's just that he hasn't got there in his heart."
Given that Quebec Premier Jean Charest, interim Liberal leader Bill Graham and the Bloc Quebecois' Gilles Duceppe will all make appearances at the games, Harper's absence is likely to be noticed.
But a spokesman for the prime minister said there in nothing political in Harper's decision to skip the Outgames.
"The prime minister receives hundred of invitations to attend several events at the same time," Dimitri Soudas said in a telephone interview. "He simply can't be everywhere at the same time."
Soudas said Public Works Minister Michael Fortier will represent the government at the games along with several Conservative MPs, although he didn't specify which ones.
Soudas also wouldn't respond to lang's criticisms, pointing out ``she's not the first celebrity to comment on the activities of the prime minister.''
The gay community isn't exactly a hotbed of Conservative support and the party probably won't win any new fans with plans to revisit the gay-marriage debate in the fall.
Without going into details, lang said she expects the gay community will experience setbacks under the current government.
"They will probably make it (homosexuality) a political issues," she said. "It's not a political issue. It's a human rights issue."
But lang said the setbacks likely wouldn't be permanent and could be positive in the end.
"It's a good indication and a good reminder that our struggle continues as human beings."
lang will perform Saturday at the Olympic Stadium as part of the Outgames' opening ceremonies.
Click Above To Visit The Official Site Of The Outgames.
Clic Ci-dessus Pour visiter L'Emplacement Officiel De l'Outgames
Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people!!
When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!"
It has been said that the amount of sleep required by the average person is just five minutes more! Too many of us are chronically sleep-deprived. Late to bed and early to rise. And it costs us dearly.
Dr. Dean Ornish wrote a bestselling book called STRESS, DIET AND YOUR HEART. It was a good book. In it he talks about how to manage stress, how diet promotes a health life and why proper stress management and good diet affects ones heart.
He should have been on top of the world. He had just turned forty. He was fit and healthy. STRESS, DIET AND YOUR HEART soared to the top of The New York Times bestseller list. So what was the problem?
Where was the joy and fulfillment he so desperately wanted?
He was working more than 80 hours a week, what with speaking, promoting his book and working, and he was exhausted. A wake-up call came in a conversation with a flight attendant. Ornish had just barely made it in time for his flight and he collapsed into his seat.
A flight attendant noticed his frazzled state. She remarked, "You look harried."
"I feel harried," he admitted.
The attendant tried to encourage him. She said, "I just read a book that might help! She said she highly recommended it. It was a book called STRESS, DIET AND YOUR HEART. She told him that it had some wonderful stress-management techniques that he might try.
At that point Dr. Ornish decided to make the changes he so desperately needed.
(From "Why Being Happy Keeps You Healthy," by Dean Ornish, M.D., "Family Circle," April 1, 1998)
We need lots of rest. These bodies are beautiful creations. They run practically on peanuts and, when well cared for, they can serve us splendidly for many years. But when neglected they run down like an unwound clock.
Sir John Lubbock once said this about relaxation: "Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time."
Is it time to rest?
by Steve Goodier
Click Above to order the book.
YES SOME PEOPLE ARE REALLY JUST THIS DUMB........
Some guy bought a new fridge for his house. To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a sign on it saying: "Free to good home. You want it, you take it." For three days the fridge sat there without even one person looking twice at it. He eventually decided that people were too un-trusting of this deal. It looked to good to be true, so he changed the sign to read: "Fridge for sale $50." The next day someone stole it. Caution...
They Walk Among Us
While looking at a house, my brother asked the real estate agent which direction was north because, he explained, he didn't want the sun waking him up every morning. She asked, "Does the sun rise in the north?" When my brother explained that the sun rises in the east, and has for some time, she shook her head and said, "Oh, I don't keep up with that stuff."
They Walk Among Us!
I used to work in technical support for a 24/7 call center. One day I got a call from an individual who asked what hours the call center was open. I told him, "The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." He responded, "Is that Eastern or Pacific time?" Wanting to end the call quickly, I said, "Uh, Pacific" . .
They Walk Among Us!
My colleague and I were eating our lunch in our cafeteria, when we overheard one of the administrative assistants talking about the sunburn she got on her weekend drive to the shore. She drove down in a convertible, but "didn't think she'd get sunburned because the car was moving"
They Walk Among Us!
My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car it's designed to cut through a seat belt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the trunk...
They Walk Among Us!
My friends and I were on a beer run and noticed that the cases were discounted 10%. Since it was a big party, we bought 2 cases. The cashier multiplied 2 times 10% and gave us a 20% discount....
They Walk Among Us!
I was hanging out with a friend when we saw a woman with a nose ring attached to an earring by a chain. My friend said, "Wouldn't the chain rip out every time she turned her head?" I explained that a person's nose and ear remain the same distance apart no matter which way the head is turned...
They Walk Among Us!
I couldn't find my luggage at the airport baggage area. So I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional and I was in good hands. "Now," she asked me, "has your plane arrived yet?"
They Walk Among Us!
While working at a pizza parlor I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6. He thought about it for some time before responding. "Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don't think I'm hungry enough to eat 6 pieces."
Yep, They Walk Among Us, too.