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Don’t Worry…Be Happy!

Posted by redsatellite on December 5, 2008

Here’s a little song i wrote
you might want to sing it note for note

don’t worry, be happy
in every life we have some trouble
when you worry you make it double
don’t worry, be happy

Happiness is indeed….contagious. So start hanging around happy people.

Happiness is contagious, researchers reported on Thursday.

And getting connected to happy people improves a person’s own happiness, they reported in the British Medical Journal.

“What we are dealing with is an emotional stampede,” Nicholas Christakis, a professor of medical sociology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, said in a telephone interview. People with the most social connections – friends, spouses, neighbors, relatives — were also the happiest, the data showed. “Each additional happy person makes you happier,” Christakis said.

Get out and meet more people- you’ll live longer.

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He’s a Jetsetter….No Really…I Mean It!

Posted by redsatellite on September 25, 2008

This is too cool for school!

Swiss pilot Yves Rossy is set to cross the English Channel strapped to a homemade jet-propelled wing, organizers said Thursday.

Weather permitting, Rossy will leap from a plane more than 2,500 meters (2,700 yards) off the ground, fire up his jets and try to make the 35-kilometer (22-mile) from Calais in France to Dover in England in about 12 minutes, according to a statement put out by his organizers.

The carbon composite-wing weighs about 55 kilograms (121 pounds) when loaded with fuel, and carries four kerosene-burning jet turbines to keep him aloft. The wing has no steering devices — Rossy moves his body to control its movements.

Leaping out of a perfectly good airplane? Good luck buddy. You won’t be getting a second chance.

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Moon Over Miami

Posted by redsatellite on May 13, 2008

Ahhh…time for a much needed VACATION. And it looks like South Beach…Miami will be the cure. Miami is one of those cities that I’ve been: near, through, over, and bybut never IN. Until today! Four hours from my house…and a temperature to my liking. HOT.  Bee-you-tee-full beaches, babes, and beer. If I blog…it will be a miracle.

With apologies to my 3rd Grade English teacher…..

Ain’t life grand?

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Whiskey River: Jack’s Drowning!

Posted by Mark on November 16, 2007

No. This is too horrible to contemplate:


Here’s a sobering thought: Hundreds of bottles of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, some of it almost 100 years old, may be unceremoniously poured down a drain because authorities suspect it was being sold by someone without a license.

Officials seized 2,400 bottles late last month during warehouse raids in Nashville and Lynchburg, the southern Tennessee town where the whiskey is distilled.

“Punish the person, not the whiskey,” said an outraged Kyle MacDonald, 28, a Jack Daniel’s drinker from British Columbia who promotes the whiskey on his blog. “Jack never did anything wrong, and the whiskey itself is innocent.”

Talk about War Crimes. Where’s the UN High Court when you need it?

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Summer of ‘77

Posted by Mark on October 5, 2007

Thirty years ago, I was riding around a small town in Oklahoma with my two best friends. Kevin and I were 15. Frank was 16, had his license, and was a doctor’s kid. This gave us full access to his Father’s full size van, complete with captain’s chairs, and a very nice tape deck. We’d sleep in, have lunch at the Sonic Drive-in and head for the pool.

At the pool, we’d spend our time dreaming about the three gorgeous lifeguards, occasionally jumping in the pool to escape the 100+ Oklahoma heat, and listening to the top 40 tunes of ’77 over the pool speakers. When the pool closed, we would go to Kevin’s house, play chess, build model rockets, and talk about Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. We spent hours speculating on would win a war between the Federation and the Cylons. Oh, and also reading everything we could find about this new movie coming out called Star Wars,and wondering if it would be worth seeing. Nerdy? Yep. But for small town boys with big dreams, it was a lot of fun.

Video Recorders, DVDs, CDs, and even cable television weren’t even in our wildest imaginations. My Dad had just purchased our first color television a few years back, and still had to adjust the outside antennae to pick up all 4 channels. But we had our comic books, and we had our cassette deck in the van, and our 8-track players at home.

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors was our favorite tape, and quickly became the soundtrack for that memorable summer. We liked side one better than side two, but came to love the first song on side two, The Chain. For those of you who have no idea what Side One and Side Two mean, ask your parents. (Sigh)

Recently, I picked up the CD, and have spent much of the summer remembering that first summer of freedom for three boys on the verge of adulthood. I only saw Frank one more time after that summer. His Dad moved the family to Kentucky.

Kevin was my Groomsman for my wedding in 1989, and is still one of my best friends, though we see each other only every few years or so. Each time I do see him, the years melt away, and for just an instant I’m fifteen again, full of wonder and promise, believing all things are possible, even in a small town.

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Oh By The Way…

Posted by zaphriel on March 14, 2007

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Still The Greatest Warriors Ever

Posted by zaphriel on March 14, 2007

Another reason to go and see the record breaking block buster, “300” , even if it is an “overly” dramatized Stylization of History. I still want to see it, from what I heard it sounds GREAT.

If you want to know why I love this story so much, read the real one.

The Greeks took encouragement from the unprecedented sacrifice of a Spartan King and his royal guard on their behalf. And so a few weeks later at the sea battle of Salamis near Athens — and then again the next year at the great infantry collision on the plains of Plataea — the Greeks defeated, and eventually destroyed, the Persian invaders. The rallying cry of the victors was Thermopylae, the noble sacrifice of the final stand of the outnumbered Greeks, and especially the courage of the fallen Three Hundred Spartans under King Leonidas.

So almost immediately, contemporary Greeks saw Thermopylae as a critical moral and culture lesson. In universal terms, a small, free people had willingly outfought huge numbers of imperial subjects who advanced under the lash. More specifically, the Western idea that soldiers themselves decide where, how, and against whom they will fight was contrasted against the Eastern notion of despotism and monarchy — freedom proving the stronger idea as the more courageous fighting of the Greeks at Thermopylae, and their later victories at Salamis and Plataea attested. …

Recently, a variety of Hollywood films — from Troy to Alexander the Great — has treated a variety of themes from classical Greek literature and theater. But 300 is unique, a sui generis in both spirit and methodology. The script is not an attempt in typical Hollywood fashion to recreate the past as a costume drama. Instead it is based on Frank Miller’s (of Sin City fame) comic book graphics and captions. Miller’s illustrated novelette of the battle adapts themes loosely from the well-known story of the Greek defense, but with deference made to the tastes of contemporary popular culture.

So the film is indeed inspired by the comic book; and in some sense its muscular warriors, virtual reality sets, and computer-generated landscapes recall the look and feel of Robert Rodriquez’s screen version of Sin City. Yet the collaboration of Director Zack Snyder and screenwriters Kurt Johnstad and Michael Gordon is much more of a hybrid, since the script, dialogue, cinematography, and acting all recall scenes of the battle right from Herodotus’s account.

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It’s Friday… Take A Break

Posted by zaphriel on October 13, 2006

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TLAP and the Coup

Posted by zaphriel on September 19, 2006

180px-Piratey,_vector_version.svg.pngFor those o’ you who be unaware, today be one o’ me favorite non-consequential holidays. It has a long history o’ about 10 years and be reveared in numerous circles. Today be International Talk Like A Pirate Day! And since this be a slow news day where about t’ only new thin’ happenin’ be that Thailand had a military coup, I thought I would mention it.

So have some fun today and kick off your shoes. Blast some scallywags and woo some wenches. This be a great day t’ just be silly.

Me, how be I celebratin’ you might ask? Well I be havin’ an office party, work will still be done, but we will be throwin’ around “Avast”, and “Shibber Me Timbers” allot more.

(Ya can still be huntin’ down terrorists dressed as a pirate, right?)

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An Experiment in Blogging

Posted by Mark on September 13, 2006

Okay, here’s the deal. I’ve downloaded Microsoft’s LiveWriter, supposedly the greatest thing since sliced bananas for blogging. It’s supposed to work perfectly with LJiC, and allow me to do all that fancy schmancy stuff Matt does without having to know all the HTML. Like change the font. and the color. And insert pictures, like this:


And play with the size of the pictures too!

And play with inline and wraparound text.

And add cool links easily, such as this one for WIND 560AM.

You can even add maps!

If this all works correctly, I may be in love.

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