Facebook Addicting? That’s Ridiculous (I’m Totally Making That My Status)

I saw this article at ZDNet (they’ve been ON FIRE lately!) about Facebook and Twitter and how they’re more addictive than alcohol or nicotine. Can that be? It…

Sorry, had to check my twitter. What was I saying? Oh, yeah, Facebook and Twitter are addictive. I know for me that they hardly have any effect on me at all. For example,…

Oh, how funny. Somebody just posted the funniest link on my Facebook Wall. Where was I? Oh, yeah, Facebook. I don’t really check it all that often. I mean, I do have alerts sent directly to my Android phone (same for Twitter). But, really, it just doesn’t mean that much to ….

Wow, it looks like Lance Armstrong will be racing a 70.3 Ironman soon. Just saw a Tweet about it. What was I saying?

Oh, nevermind. I forget. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll check Twitter. It’s been, like, forever.

–jsp

Baby Deer

A friend of mine, Ralph, sent me these pictures. Are these not the cutest? Yeah, yeah, baby deer, cute, etc. But these really are cool. Ralph said he took these just moments after Bambi and another twin (Bambi 2?) were born, and momma deer was not too happy. When I think about it, I don’t know that I would have hung around to take these with Angry Momma Deer close by. But ole Ralph is a pretty tough guy.

dsc_0122.JPGWhat’s up?

dsc_0120.JPGYou looking at me?

dsc_0119.JPGI gotta motor!

U.S. Government to Outsource NASA to China

In a surprising move to people with a clue, the United States government announced today that it will outsource functions currently performed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to China. At a joint U.S./Chinese press conference in Beijing, a Chinese government spokesman was quoted as saying, “Is historic for U.S. and China and be huge step for relation. Our two country share lot and can say in same thing way too.” President Bush, on hand for the announcement replied, “I’m here today to talk about China.”

The Chinese space program has shown progress lately, launching an unmanned probe to orbit and study the moon. Early this century, the Chinese have made enormous advances in space technology, launching a man into orbit and bringing him safely to Earth, as shown in this 2005 photograph.

Chinese orbit the Earth

Seriously, I’m not making this part up…Read the article here

When asked for comment, a U.S. government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the current trend in IT outsourcing was used as a model, and that the “purely boneheaded reasoning to base such critical business function purely on the basis of cost as is done in IT did not play a factor here.” When reminded that the U.S. put a man in orbit more than 45 years ago, and that outsourcing America’s space agenda to a country that is just now doing that might be viewed as some as a step backwards the official said, “What do you know about science? There you liberal media people go again. I’m mean, no comment.”

A phone call to NASA headquarters was not immediately returned.

Best Group Yet

I’ve been dabbling with benchrest shooting for a couple of months, and have discovered a whole new way to enjoy going to the shooting range. Pistols are great – don’t get me wrong – but there’s something about benchrest shooting that appeals to the control freak in me. Here’s a 5 shot group at 100 yards I shot back in August using a hand loaded 77 grain Sierra match king bullet with my Savage model 12 Rem .223 Long Range Precision Varminter:

5-shot-group-08-12-07

Wow!

Of course, this speaks more to the rifle than to my ability to shoot it. It has a Leupold Mark IV 8-25x scope with mil dot reticle (don’t ask how much it cost). The rifle has a 7″ twist and a 26″ barrel (which is why I used such a heavy bullet – for a .223, that is).

Fun stuff.

This guy has WAY too much free time

I use a newsreader to aggregate some interesting things on the web. This one comes from the “Planet Ubuntu” feed. This guy has written a bunch of songs and recorded them over one 24 hour period. All the money he makes from this endeavor goes to charity (a worthy goal).

Here’s a link to his blog post.

I listened to the first song, “Unfolded Notes” where the vocalist demonstrates his massive 4 note range (think of Mr. Rogers singing Metallica doing a Gregorian Chant). The instrumentals weren’t bad, but I couldn’t get past the vocals.

On second thought, if I didn’t have to make a living and help raise a family, maybe I could do something like this.

Nah.

A Strange Juxtaposition

A departure from my usual rantings but I had to comment on the rise of the next American Tour hopeful Floyd Landis. It was really cool to see him being paced up the side of L’Alpe D’huez by Axel Mercx, the son of the greatest cyclist who ever lived, Eddie Mercx. It was really neat. Axel didn’t last all that long, but still it was cool to watch. I admit, I’m a Euro-cycling geek. I don’t follow all the races, but I always watch the tour (thanks to DVR!).

Maybe Floyd Landis will be the next Tour legend from America. Maybe he won’t. It was just cool to watch Axel drop back from a breakwaway to pace our man Floyd up the side of the most famous climb in cycling. And at the end, Floyd is in yellow. Whoa.

American cycling is on the rise. I’m thinking of getting my kids to do cycling instead of playing soccer. But, then, what would we do with all those “soccer mom” stickers? “Cycling Mom” ?? It doesn’t really have the same appeal, does it? Hmmmmm

I don’t think Tabatha had enough to do today

I took my family to On The Border (the restaurant chain) today, and our server, Tabatha, was great. Prompt, friendly and courteous. When our ticket came, I had to laugh out loud. Here it is:

Our ticket

Wow! I’ve never, ever had such a beautifully decorated ticket in my life. Tabatha, you rock. Now quit drawing on my ticket and go get table 6 their drinks, huh?

Five Gallon Bucket Freeway Incident

Tonight I was coming home on the freeway, when traffic (such as it is in Little Rock) started unexpectedly slowing down. Unusual this far from the bottleneck of I630 and I430. Hmm, what’s going on? I figured there was some sort of accident. We slowed to a crawl. For several minutes this went on (for those of you in larger metropolitan areas, I understand that this is not a big deal; I used to live and commute in Atlanta). I was really starting to think there was a major accident.

Finally I saw the cause. It seems that a five gallon bucket had decided that it was time to end it all and heave itself from the confines of the pickup truck in which it was riding. On the inside of the right lane it sat, very close to the shoulder. And traffic slowed to a crawl as unintentional mourners (a) tried to avoid its scarred corpse, and (b) got a REEEEAAAALLLLLL good look at it (hey, nothing like slowin’ down to take a look at a five gallon bucket on the side of the road).

Rubbernecked drivers and five gallon buckets: a combination for a slower commute home.