Thursday, December 31, 2009

Armed and Dangerous, Animal Kingdom, -and- The Fats of Life

Armed and Dangerous - Rikers guard busted for sleeping on job
Animal Kingdom - California: $25 million to save 25 tortoises
The Fats of Life - woman loses 54 pounds on Taco Bell diet

On this day in history: December 31, 1985 - Rock musician Ricky Nelson dies in an airplane crash in De Kalb, TX at age 45.

Born on this day in history: December 31, 1937 - Sir Anthony Hopkins (1937 - ) Born in Port Talbot, Wales, actor Anthony Hopkins made his stage debut in 1960, then went on to appear in films, including The Elephant Man (1980). He gained worldwide fame for his Oscar-winning performance as serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Hopkins was knighted in 1993, and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

Scripture of the Day: In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." - John 3:3

Video of the Day: Spider Cat - submitted by Danica

Laura was unwell yesterday and stayed home. She photographed Zeus as he watched over her. Click to enlarge.

Technology News
Google Nexus One phone gets possible price, launch date
Just how free will the Nexus One be?
Ford announces app store for Sync applications
Job ad suggests Xbox Live headed for WinMo phones
Hacker Gonzalez pleads guilty in Heartland breach


Laura just called and said she ordered a Sunset Platter from Raley's.

This shall accompany the sushi.

Laura just sent me this from her office:

The first Glissade Golden Bock was packaged today. Coming soon to a market near you.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Once in a Blue Moon, One More for the Road, -and- All Bets Are Off

Once in a Blue Moon - second full moon in month to usher in 2010
One More for the Road - Sturgis woman has record-setting blood-alcohol level of .708
All Bets Are Off - fired casino worker kills in standoff at Southern California casino kills one, self

On this day in history: December 30, 1977 - Ted Bundy escapes from a jail in Aspen, Colorado by using a hacksaw. He moves to Chicago, then Michigan, Atlanta, and finally Florida, where he commits a series of grotesque murders.

Born on this day in history: December 30, 1928 - Bo Diddley (1928-2008) Singer, songwriter, musician and rock pioneer Bo Diddley was born Ellas Bates (some reports say Otha Ellas Bates) on December 30, 1928, in McComb, Mississippi. Bo Diddley, with his infectious rhythms and strong guitar work, was one of the early pioneers of rock and roll music. At a young age, he was sent to live with one of her cousins, Gussie McDaniel, in Chicago. McDaniel adopted him and he took her last name. For years, he studied violin. Then after hearing the music of blues legend John Lee Hooker, he switched to the guitar. Diddley attended vocational school for a time, learning how to make violins and guitars. But he eventually dropped out. After working odd jobs and playing on street corners, Diddley started getting gigs at neighbor bars in Chicago. In 1955, he scored a recording contract with Checker, a subsidiary of the well-known blues label Chess Records. That year he scored his first rhythm and blues (R&B) hit with the self-titled single "Bo Diddley" and its B-side "I'm a Man." Diddley then reached the top 40 charts with "Pretty Things" in 1956. Other famous songs include "Who Do You Love," "Mona," and "Before You Accuse Me." Appearing on television, touring, and recording new material, Diddley remained popular until the mid-1960s. As rock and roll tastes changed, he started producing few albums, which weren't met with the same enthusiasm as earlier efforts. Still he remained a powerful live performer who toured heavily. A 1979 tour with the punk rock group, The Clash, introduced Diddley to new audiences. In 1987, Diddley was recognized for his role as a pioneering force in music by being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More recently, he won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Awards in 1996. That same year, he released his last studio album, Man Amongst Men, which was warmly received by critics. Sometimes called "The Originator," Diddley has inspired countless acts that have followed in his musical footsteps, including Buddy Holly, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, the Who, and the Doors. Diddley died of heart failure June 2, 2008, at his home in Archer, Florida.

Scripture of the Day: Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God... - John 1:12

Video of the Day: "Blue Moon" - Chris Isaak

I have installed Wind OS 1.0 on my iPhone. It makes the iPhone considerably friendlier and more familiar! Click to enlarge.

The Weather
Rain fell throughout the night. Apparently, it was not heavy rainfall. It is not raining now, and it is not forecast to rain today. There is a chance of showers in the early evening. Rain is forecast for tomorrow and Friday. Saturday and Sunday are predicted to be sunny and warm. Today is considerably warmer than yesterday. It is 44° currently and forecast to reach 52° this afternoon. It was pleasant encountering no rime upon Mr. Nitro this morning!

Technology News
Nokia hits Apple with latest patent complaint
Leaked Nexus One documents: $530 unlocked, $180 with T-Mobile
Report: T-Mobile ready for Google phone launch
More attacks expected on Facebook, Twitter in 2010

Mysterious Events Next Door
Laura is home. She is not feeling well this morning and did not journey to Chico. She took this photograph with her iPhone of mysterious events next door. Click to enlarge.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

LOL, Wrong Turn, -and- Don't Tase Me Bro!

LOL - top ten bad technology predictions
Wrong Turn - couple lost in Oregon snow for three days after GPS leads them astray
Don't Tase Me Bro! - federal appellate court limits cops' use of tasers

On this day in history: December 29, 1993 - Former child star Todd Bridges (who played Willis on "Different Strokes") arrested for transportation of methamphetamine.

Born on this day in history: December 29, 1972 - Jude Law (1972 - ) London actor Jude Law began his career in the theater, where he earned a Tony nod for the Broadway play "Indiscretions." After making the transition to film, Law earned critical acclaim in the U.S. for his roles in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), and Cold Mountain (2003).

Scripture of the Day: He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. - John 1:11

Video of the Day: The Best Cat Video You Will Ever See - submitted by Cindy

I took this photograph at a meeting of the board of directors for the Corning Healthcare District last evening. The board broke ground last week for the Meuser Memorial Health Center, to be built near the southeast corner of Marguerite Avenue and Solano Street. The site is the same location where Corning Memorial Hospital once stood. It is named after one of Corning's former doctors, Dr. Arthur Meuser. County Social Services, County Health Services, County Mental Health Services, and Quest Diagnostics will be housed in the new facility. The 10,000+-square-foot center will also be used for staff training and free health information classes for the public. The facility is scheduled to open in June, 2010. Click to enlarge.

Technology News
The best of everything in tech 2009
Ten music-tech trends that will shape the next decade
GSM crypto code cracked, engineer says

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Kids are Alright, Smile for the Camera!, -and- Ring of Fire

The Kids Are Alright - 13-year-old boy saves friend who fell through ice
Smile for the Camera! - far-out photos of 2009
Ring of Fire - California man seriously injured in fire after burning divorce papers

On this day in history: December 28, 1983 - Dennis Wilson, original drummer of the Beach Boys, drowned while diving from a boat near Marquesas Pier.

Born on this day in history: December 28, 1954 - Denzel Washington (1954 - ) New York actor Denzel Washington appeared in off-Broadway productions until gaining a starring role in TV drama "St. Elsewhere." He went on to films, and won Oscars for Glory (1989) and Training Day (2001), becoming the second African-American man to win the Best Actor award. His role in 2007's American Gangster also garnered critical praise.

Scripture of the Day: No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known. - John 1:18

Video of the Day: Cats vs. Laser Pointer - submitted by Cindy

Cats know what they want! And they know how to get it! Click to enlarge.

Laura took these photographs of me and the boys snoozing after Christmas dinner. While Thor and I managed to snooze through Laura's photo session, Zeus was awakened as she set up her shot. Click to enlarge.

Technology News
The ten best new Firefox add-ons for 2009
Escaped convict continues to update Facebook
The tech year in pictures 2009
Ten predictions for 2010
Police to put drunk drivers' names on Twitter

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Emergency!, Stupid Criminals, -and- Homeland Insecurity

Emergency! - woman calls 911 when husband refuses to eat dinner
Stupid Criminals - killer trips on baggy pants, falls to death
Homeland Insecurity - TSA releases data on air marshals' Sig Sauer P250 .357 SIG pistols

On this day in history: December 24, 1989 - Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega seeks asylum at the Papal Nunciature. American troops try blasting him with rock music and the sounds of rabbits being slaughtered, but he takes two weeks to emerge. The isthmus groundhog does not see his shadow and is taken by the US Army to Florida lockup where he still resides.

Born on this day in history: December 24, 1905 - Howard Hughes (1905 - 1976) After inheriting the family oil business at 18, Texan Howard Hughes stepped into the role of entrepreneur. He used his fortune to create an empire that included film production, aviation companies, and medical research.

Scripture of the Day: But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people." — Luke 2:10

Video of the Day: "Give Me Jesus" - Jeremy Camp

A cat's love is a wonderful thing. It does, however, come at a cost! Click to enlarge.

Christmas Delicacies, One and All!
Laura and I will be enjoying some choice hors d'oeurvres—including fine cheeses, caviar, and Champagne, but the kitties have nothing to fear: Their larder is full! Notice the lineup of kitty treats awaiting their snacking pleasure! Click to enlarge.

Technology News
Web-based Lookout protects mobile devices, data
DDoS attack hobbles major sites, including Amazon
Hackers claim to crack Kindle copyright armor

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It's Only Fare, Somebody's Watching You, -and- Heat of the Moment

It's Only Fare - man takes 1,600-mile cab ride, refuses to pay
Somebody's Watching You - Yahoo spying on customers, allegedly acting as proxy for law enforcement, intel agencies
Heat of the Moment - more than 5,000 entries rewritten to hype global warming

On this day in history: December 23, 1994 - Actor Christian Slater arrested while trying to board a plane with a semiautomatic firearm—sentenced to community service.

Born on this day in history: December 23, 1964 - Eddie Vedder (1964 - ) Illinois, rocker Eddie Vedder shot to the top of the music charts when he fronted the band Pearl Jam in 1990. Vedder and his group became leaders of the grunge movement with their first album, "Ten" (1991), which became an instant hit. Vedder went on to contribute to several soundtracks such as Dead Man Walking, I Am Sam, and Into the Wild.

Scripture of the Day: While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. — Luke 2:6-7

Video of the Day: Ciara - "Away in a Manger"

The kitty knows all! Click to enlarge.

While I Slept
I awakened to the sound of a kitten mewing. I opened my eyes and was greatly surprised to see a tiny kitten—no more than 5 inches from head to bottom—perched upon my pillow, making his little kitten sounds and batting at my nose with his right forepaw. As my eyes became accustomed to the dim, early morning light, I saw that—while his body was that of a very young kitten—his face was that of a much older cat and mirrored exactly the face of my cat, Zeus. I heard sounds coming elsewhere in the house and called to Laura—asking her how this kitten came to be on my pillow. When she entered the room, she said,"What kitten?" I had been playing with the kitten. He had been nipping at my fingers and batting me with his forepaws. "This kitten." I said, turning to look at my new companion. Imagine my surprise when I saw that it was Zeus! I could offer no explanation. Laura shrugged her shoulders and left the room.

Technology News
Tech headlines we'll be reading in 2010
Web sites that shuttered in 2009
Microsoft loses Word patent appeal, will change code

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Emergency!, Say "Cheese"!, -and- Jurassic Park

Emergency! - mother calls 911 over son's video game addiction
Say "Cheese"! - San Jose police test head-mounted cameras for officers
Jurassic Park - paleontologists discover fanged, venomous dinosaur

On this day in history: December 22, 2001 - Richard Reid attempts to blow up an American Airlines transatlantic flight by igniting a plastic explosive concealed in his shoe. Other passengers beat the living daylights out of him.

Born on this day in history: December 22, 1945 - Diane Sawyer (1945 - ) Broadcast journalist Diane Sawyer began her career in 1967 as a weathergirl. She then became a Nixon press aide in 1970. Returning to TV news in 1984, Sawyer was the first woman correspondent on
"60 Minutes," and in 1989 she joined ABC News. In 2009, she announced that she would be leaving "Good Morning America" to become the anchor for "ABC World News."

Scripture of the Day: So Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to
him and was expecting a child. - Luke 2:4-5

Video of the Day: "O Holy Night" - Celine Dion

Respect the cats! Click to enlarge.

Technology News
Psystar lawyer says company not shutting down
Mozilla launches Firefox 3.6 beta 5
Ford cars to become Wi-Fi hot spots

Monday, December 21, 2009

Good Parenting, The Kids Are Alright, -and- Un-holy

Good Parenting - Kansas dad lifts car off 6-year-old daughter
The Kids Are Alright - 6-year-old girl saves mother after car wreck
Un-holy - priest outrages police, tells poor to shoplift

On this day in history: December 21, 1970 - President Nixon meets with prescription drug addict Elvis Presley at the White House to discuss The King's becoming a special drug enforcement agent. He presents Nixon with a pistol, and receives a special DEA badge in return.

Born on this day in history: December 21, 1957 - Ray Romano (1957 - ) Born New York City, comedian-actor Ray Romano landed an appearance on "The Tonight Show." In 1996, he debuted the CBS sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," which earned several Emmys and ran for nine seasons. A documentary about his stand-up gigs was released in 2007 and his new sitcom, "Men of a Certain Age," hit the airwaves in 2009.

Scripture of the Day: And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. ... With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. — Acts 2:21, 40-41

Video of the Day: Rope Swing Fail - submitted by Darin

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while passing through Walmart on the way to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

The Weekend in Review My plans of tossing a large hunk of sirloin onto the Weber vanished quickly Saturday morning when I peered outside and evaluated the day's weather—interpolating AcuWeather's forecast into my prognostication. Instead, I stewed the large sirloin roast in a pot. I seared all sides in extra-virgin olive oil then added two cups of Merlot, one cup of spring water, a quantity of Pappy's seasoning, several dashes of Red Monkey Mango Habanera seasoning, parsley flakes, Monterey steak seasoning, ground Cayenne pepper, whole mushrooms, large carrots (cut into 1-inch lengths), a large white onion (cut into six sections), six large stalks of celery (cut into 1-inch lengths), six large Jalapeños (cut into eights), four large Roma tomatoes (cut into sixths), two large heads of garlic (peeled), and six medium red potatoes (quartered). This cooked for four hours. It was absolutely wonderful. A quantity of leftover stew followed Laura to Chico this morning for her lunch. We shall have a redux of Saturday's dinner tomorrow evening. The remaining sirloin will then be used to make burritos later in the week.

Sunday morning, I performed with the worship team using my new guitar for the first time. It is a wonderful instrument.

Last evening, I made Jalapeño-bacon cheeseburgers and oven fries. I sautéed ground sirloin patties and sliced Jalapeños. I cut large baking potatoes into thin sections and placed in a bag with seasonings and extra-virgin olive oil. I massaged the bag to thoroughly coat the fries. I baked them in the conventional oven at 400°. Laura tended to the meal at this point. She placed the sautéed Jalapeño slices, bacon slices, and extra-sharp cheddar cheese slices atop the patties and turned the oven to broil. She toasted whole-wheat burger buns, and took everything to the table. We assembled our burgers—adding condiments large tomato slices. It was a delightful meal.

Technology News
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Joy to the World, Heat of the Moment, -and- Never Too Young

Joy to the World - inmates sue Sheriff Joe Arpaio over Christmas music
Heat of the Moment - blizzard dumps snow on Copenhagen as leaders battle warming
Never Too Young - drunk 4-year-old Tennessee boy in drag, stealing presents, drinking beer

On this day in history: December 18, 1940 - Hitler formulates plans, issued today as Directive 21, for the invasion of Russia. The intent of Operation Barbarossa was to destroy the Red Army. Fighting on two fronts eventually caused Germany's defeat.

Born on this day in history: December 18, 1963 - Brad Pitt (1963 - ) Shawnee, Oklahoma, actor Brad Pitt got noticed in a bit part in Thelma and Louise (1991). Stardom followed with films such as Interview with the Vampire (1994) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). The award-winning actor and wife Angelina Jolie are also heavily involved in humanitarian aid through their Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

Scripture of the Day: Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. — Proverbs 31:9

Video of the Day: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Discusses Paris Hilton with Glenn Beck

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene in the Walmart parking lot while driving to my office this morning! I considered petting this large cat but decided against doing so. Click to enlarge.

Last Evening
Laura attended the Sierra Nevada "Hoppy Awards" last evening. She received an award for her participation in the program, the focus of which is the promotion of a healthful lifestyle. I could not attend, since I had a scheduling conflict. I had to attend a rehearsal with the worship team at Harvest Christian Center. This was the début of Mr. Fender. All found him to be most resplendent, and he was a joy to play. I enthusiastically anticipate his formal introduction to the congregation this Sunday!

Technology News
Iranian Cyber Army brings down Twitter
Google guilty of copyright infringement, French court rules
Mozilla releases fifth Firefox 3.6 beta
Firefox, Adobe top buggiest software list

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Fighting Back, Somebody's Watching You, -and- Heat of the Moment

Fighting Back - wheelchair-bound man shoots, kills home invader
Somebody's Watching You - government monitoring Facebook, Twitter
Heat of the Moment - Russian scientists confirm UK manipulated climate data

On this day in history: December 17, 1969 - The US Air Force terminates Project Blue Book, which investigated reports of UFOs.

Born on this day in history: December 17, 1929 - William Safire
(1929 - 2009)

Born in New York City, journalist William Safire got his big break as a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon in 1968. In 1973, he began work as a columnist for "The New York Times," writing about the intricacies of language. He earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1978 and Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 for his contributions to the written word.

Scripture of the Day: For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. — 2 Corinthians 4:17

Video of the Day: Project Blue Book

Parking spaces were at a premium at Walmart this morning. I did not stop! Click to enlarge.

Technology News
FBI arrests man for pirating Wolverine
Apple to patch zero-day Reader, Acrobat hole
Firefox 3.5.6 patches critical security holes

Laura sent me the MP3 of this song, and I felt compelled to put the video here! If you wish to download the MP3 to your computer, HERE IT IS!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

No Parking!, To Protect and Serve, -and- Animal Kingdom

No Parking! - man fined for landing helicopter on store roof
To Protect and Serve - cop caught drinking with underage teens
Animal Kingdom - cat uses toilet

On this day in history: December 16, 1977 - The pinnacle of the Disco era attained with the release of the polyester-clad film Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta.

Born on this day in history: December 16, 1770 - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) Born in Bonn, Germany, composer Ludwig van Beethoven studied under Haydn and possibly Salieri. His music is usually divided into three periods: the first, including his first two symphonies (1792-1802); second, including the "Eroica" symphony (803-12); and third, including the "Mass" (1813-26).

Scripture of the Day: So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. — 1 Thessalonians 5:6

Video of the Day: Travolta Walk - Saturday Night Fever

The armed citizen! Click to enlarge.

Technology News
Microsoft's Bing app debuts on iPhone
Cherrypal launches $99 computer
What security will look like in 2010
Toyota plans mass-market 134 MPG Prius for 2011
Best of the Decade
Scammers exploit Google Doodle to spread malware

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Call Me!, Heat of the Moment, -and- ID Please

Call Me! - teen's cell phone bill tops $20,000
Heat of the Moment - inconvenient truth for Gore as arctic ice claims don't add up
ID Please - Chinese woman has fingerprnts surgically switched to avoid Japanese immigration officers

On this day in history: December 15, 1944 - En route to Paris, "swing" big band leader Glenn Miller vanishes over the English Channel. Miller, listed as Missing In Action, was serving as a Major in the Army Air Force Band when his plane went down.

Born on this day in history: December 15, 1949 - Don Johnson (1949 - ) Born in Flat Creek, Missouri, Don Johnson gained national attention as the 20-year-old star of The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart. He later received critical and popular acclaim with cult favorite A Boy and His Dog (1975), then achieved TV stardom on the cop series "Miami Vice" (1984), which earned Johnson a Golden Globe Award.

Scripture of the Day: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. - John 1:14

Video of the Day: Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster® FMT HH

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while passing through Walmart on the way to my office! Click to enlarge.

Here are some photographs of my new Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster® FMT HH. These are quick snapshots taken with my iPhone. I shall take some photographs with my Nikon D3 this weekend that will better display the grandeur that is the Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster® FMT HH! Click to enlarge.

Technology News
Inside the Google phone: A "snappy" chip
New technology makes for more accurate guns
Google gets into the URL-shrinking biz with Goog.le

Monday, December 14, 2009

Fighting Back, Homeland Insecurity, -and- Take the Money and Run

Fighting Back - 85-year-old homeowner shoots at home invasion suspect
Homeland Insecurity - interpreters suspected of helping Al Qaida at Gitmo
Take the Money and Run - bank firewalls cracked by cyberhackers

On this day in history: December 14, 1991 - A ferry near Safaga, Egypt on the Red Sea strikes a coral reef, drowning more than 460 passengers.

Born on this day in history: December 14, 1946 - Patty Duke (1946 - ) Born Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York. Patty Duke's first big role came in 1951 when she was cast as Helen Keller in the Broadway version of The Miracle Worker. In 1962, the play was turned into a feature film, and Patty won an Academy Award for best supporting actress. She was the youngest person ever to win the award.

Scripture of the Day: One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. - Romans 14:5

Video of the Day: Mambo Dancing Dog - submitted by Frank

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene will passing through Walmart on the way to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

The Weather
We have enjoyed fairly mild weather for the last few days. Yesterday, temperatures were in the high 50s, and it remained dry throughout the day. It is currently 45°, and we should see mid-50° temperatures this afternoon. It rained a bit during the night, but it is clear and dry currently.

Worship and the New Guitar
Laura sang with the worship team at Harvest Christian Center and I played guitar. Yesterday was the final engagement for my Samick Strat. Today, I shall take delivery of a Black Cherry Burst Special Edition Custom Telecaster® FMT HH! Click to enlarge.

The Festival
There was a festival in the parking lot of the Catholic Church—just across the street from out house. There were several dozen horses, a musical group, and hundreds of attendees. I photographed the event and shall have samples online in the next few days.

Click image to play!

Technology News
Consultants say iPhone users are delusional
Man turns Christmas lights into Guitar Hero game
First LTE phone network launches
Google confirms employees have "Google Phone"
Nuclear batteries could last for 25 years
Google Phone looks "supersharp"

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fighting Back, Praise God!, -and- Ouch!

Fighting Back - ex-Marine hot dog vendor sends knife-wielding would-be robber to hospital
Praise God! - Sandra Bullock: Blessing to meet, portray a real Christian
Ouch! - rusty needle removed from Chinese girl's head after 11 years

On this day in history: December 11, 1985 - Computer rental store owner Hugh Scrutton is killed outside his Sacramento business when he investigates a package left by the Unabomber. It's his first confirmed kill.

Born on this day in history: December 11, 1944 - Brenda Lee (1944 - ) Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Brenda Lee began to sing and tour at age 10 with stars such as Patsy Cline and Mel Tillis. Earning the nickname "Little Miss Dynamite," for her big personality and petite frame, she became a worldwide music star by the age of 18. She is now a member of the Rock and Roll, Country Music and Rockabilly halls of fame.

Scripture of the Day: For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. — John 3:17

Video of the Day: A Doggy Summer - submitted by Frank

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while passing through Walmart on the way to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

WET! At least it is not cold! It is 40° presently—considerably warmer than the sub-20° weather that has greeted us for the last several mornings. It is, however, wet! A full week of rain is forecast. Without the cryogenic temperatures, we shall have no snow. This is a good thing: Snow is so rare here (generally, snow is seen here only for a day each 10-12 years) that few are able to drive safely in it! Click to enlarge.

Technology News
WiGig Alliance finalizes spec, tri-band Wi-Fi in 2010?
Amazon launches its version of "Watch Instantly"

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Reunited, Anti-social Networking, -and- Blue Light Special

Reunited - adopted siblings together after 80 years
Anti-social Networking - five students suspended over Facebook threat
Blue Light Special - mystery spiral light hovers over Norway

On this day in history: December 10, 1993 - Adolf Hitler is baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in a ceremony performed inside their London temple.
Mormons use this strange retroactive baptismal ritual to ensure ancestors or other relatives may join them in heaven.

Born on this day in history: December 10, 1830 - Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886) Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, poet Emily Dickinson published only two poems during her lifetime. After her death, sister Lavinia Dickinson published several more collections.
Dickinson has now gained a cult-like following.

Scripture of the Day: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16

Video of the Day: Emily Dickinson's Secret

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while passing through Walmart on the way to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

Warmer Proving the adage that "all things are relative," this morning seems positively tropical at 25° when compared with yesterday's 16° weather! It took only a few seconds for me to realize that it is still cold, and my longing for summer has not diminished perceptibly.

Mr. Nitro Laura is taking Mr. Nitro to Chico this morning. A warning light is glowing—indicating that his emissions-control system requires maintenance. We are great pals, and it is difficult for me being removed from him, but it is reassuring knowing that Laura will give him the care and attention he requires.

Laura took this photograph of a Toyota Yaris (a sibling of her own Yaris!) in the showroom at Patterson's Auto World while awaiting the shuttle.

Laura just redeemed Mr. Nitro from Patterson's Auto World. They thoroughly cleaned him. Is he not beautiful? If only the weatherpeople are incorrect. Mr. Nitro would enjoy another sunny day like today instead of the rain that is predicted to begin tomorrow!

Technology News
Nokia to close U.S. retail stores
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Panasonic takes control of Sanyo
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Microsoft reposts Windows 7 download tool
Microsoft plugs zero-day IE hole

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Now See This, Bad Housekeeping, -and- Where's the Beef?

Now See This - gallery of world's most bizarre travel sights
Bad Housekeeping - neighbors call stinky house "litter box"
Where's the Beef? - Florida woman attacks boyfriend with uncooked steak

On this day in history: December 9, 1967 - Jim Morrison, vocalist for the Doors, arrested for immoral exhibition at one of his concerts. The arrest was due to him upsetting police -- he was maced, then made the error of badmouthing police onstage.

Born on this day in history: December 9, 1934 - Dame Judi Dench (1934 - ) Born in York, England, actress Judi Dench made her stage debut as Ophelia in Hamlet (1957). A member of the Old Vic Company (1957?61), she became one of Britain's most distinguished classical actresses, as well as a popular film and TV performer. She played M in several James Bond movies, and was created a dame in 1988.

Scripture of the Day: From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. — Psalm 3:8

Video of the Day: The Doors - "The End"

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while passing through Walmart on the way to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

Coldest Day in History for Corning! Yet another record was broken this morning when the temperature was 3 degrees lower than the record-setting low temperature of 19° yesterday morning. Our pipes were frozen at our home. It is truly unpleasant preparing for the day when the only water available is the spring water in the water dispenser. YIKES!

Laura likes to maintain a chilly environment, necessitating that I bundle appropriately! Click to enlarge.

Technology News
FTC cracking down on "robocalls"
Pandora aims for free in-car music streaming
First Mobile Firefox enters home stretch

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Stupid Criminals, Whoa!, -and- Never Too Young

Stupid Criminals - teen arrested for carjacking off-duty cop
Whoa! - Amish man arrested for DUI in buggy
Never Too Young - 13-yerar-old girl leads PA cops on 100+ MPH chase

On this day in history: December 8, 1963 - Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He was set free four days later. It was discovered that Sinatra, Jr. cooperated with his abductors in their plot. Dad was not proud, nor pleased. Frank Jr. went on to conduct the big band for Frank Sr. and all was well.

Born on this day in history: December 8, 1943 - Jim Morrison (1943 - 1971) Born in Melbourne, Florida, rock musician Jim Morrison and keyboard player Ray Manzerek formed rock band, The Doors (1965). With songs like "Light My Fire" (1967), the group hit it big in the 1960s. A controversial figure, Morrison died of a heart attack in Paris.

Scripture of the Day: ...that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. - Philippians 2:10-11

Video of the Day: The Doors - "Light My Fire"

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while passing through Walmart on the way to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

NEW Record Cold!
I reported yesterday morning that we had experienced record-breaking cold during the night/early morning. That record was shattered when an all-new record low of 19° was set early this morning! YIKES!

Technology News
Google's search future: real-time, location
CrunchPad becomes JooJoo, pre-orders begin Friday
Gaming in Windows 7
Hands-on with the JooJoo

Monday, December 07, 2009

Calling All Drunks, Brave New Schools, -and- Inked

Calling All Drunks - top 25 karaoke songs
Brave New Schools - NERF guns considered real firearms
Inked - Florida court to pay for Neo-Nazi "makeover"

On this day in history: December 7, 1941 - Japanese planes attack Pearl Harbor.

Born on this day in history: December 7, 1932 - Ellen Burstyn (1932 - ) Actress. Born Edna Rae Gillooly, on December 7, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan. Burstyn left home at the age of 18 to work as a model. In the late 1950s, she landed her first regular acting gig, as a dancer on television's "The Jackie Gleason Show," billed as Erica Dean.

Scripture of the Day: Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name. - Philippians 2:9

Video of the Day: SNL - Tiger Woods - submitted by Danica

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene wild passing through Walmart on the way to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

This Blog in the Wall Street Journal! Imagine my surprise (truthfully!) when I received a Google Alert indicating that this blog listed as a source for information concerning new channels to be offered via Roku in an article in the Wall Street Journal! This article includes a link to this blog, with the following caption for the link: "Other Articles Discussing this Story - A Match Made in Cyberspace, Matters of Life and Death, -and- To Protect and Serve (Posted on David Louis Harter's Blog at Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 10:44AM)."

I promise I shall not allow the media attention and inevitable fame that shall follow in the wake of this change me or this blog in any way!

COLD! This morning is the coldest that it has been here in Corning since December 21, 1939! It was 24° during the night, and the temperature had increased to a mere 27° when I arrived at my office at 7:30 AM! Yikes! Interestingly, it is so dry that there was no ice on Mr. Nitro's windshield! Were there to be rain at these temperatures, certainly we would have snow—something that is experienced here very rarely;. The last snow here was ten years ago.

Technology News
Hands on with Google's public DNS
The best tech products of 2009
Apple ordered to pay Opti $21.7M for infringement

Friday, December 04, 2009

Digital Boy, Weapons of Choice, -and- This Land Is Your Land

Digital Boy - tech-obsessed groom Tweets from altar
Weapons of Choice - CSU student board votes in favor of guns on campus
This Land Is Your Land - man arrested for trespassing on own property

On this day in history: December 4, 1988 - Actor Gary Busey seriously injured in a near-fatal motorcycle crash, which he states also caused an out-of-body experience. Busey was not wearing his helmet, but after the accident told the press he would continue pursuing his out-of-helmet experiences.

Born on this day in history: December 4, 1973 - Tyra Banks (1973 - ) Born in Inglewood, California, model and TV personality Tyra Banks signed with Elite modeling agency at age 17, launching an international career. Banks is also host and executive producer of reality series "America's Next Top Model" (2003) and "The Tyra Banks Show" (2005).

Scripture of the Day: I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. - Romans 1:16

Video of the Day: Wish List for Camera Geeks - submitted by Darin

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while passing through Walmart on the way to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

Technology News
Google launches public DNS to speed up Web
Microsoft's Bing goes down
The yogurt makers of tech--gadgets to avoid

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Heat of the Moment, But for the Grace of God, -and- Not Here!

Heat of the Moment - researcher says NASA hiding climate data
But for the Grace of God - girl in SUV accident has 2nd SUV crash into her bedroom
Not Here! - NY Senate rejects same-sex marriage bill

On this day in history: December 3, 1974 - Civil aviation authorities in England issue a warning to pilots to avoid a 40 foot long inflated pig. The aeropork had escaped its tether during a Pink Floyd photo shoot. Radar contact was lost at 18,000 feet.

Born on this day in history: December 3, 1948 - Ozzy Osbourne (1948 - ) Born in Birmingham, England, musician Ozzy Osbourne is known as lead singer of Black Sabbath, which recorded metal anthems like "War Pigs" (1971). He went solo in 1978, cultivating a social misfit image, then struggled with substance abuse. Osbourne regained popularity with reality TV show "The Osbournes," which featured his family.

Scripture of the Day: All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him "Immanuel"--which means, "God with us." - Matthew 1:22-23

Video of the Day: Dr. Zeus and the Masters of Lightning Set Balloons on Fire - submitted by Chris

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while passing through Walmart on the way to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

Technology News
Bing Maps adds street-level pics, more
Comcast acquires majority of NBCU

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Bad Neighbor Policy, Hot Water, -and- Heat of the Moment

Bad Neighbor Policy - man posing as cop threatens to shoot neighbor for waving
Hot Water - top climate scientist quits in wake of scandal
Heat of the Moment - Australia's Parliament defeats global-warming bill

On this day in history: November 2, 1956 - The Mad Bomber strikes! At Brooklyn's Paramount Theater, injuring 7. The bomber terrorized New York City between 1940 and 1956.

Born on this day in history: November 2, 1981 - Britney Spears (1981 - ) Born in Kentwood, Louisiana, pop singer Britney Spears began with the Mickey Mouse Club at age 11. In 1999, she released "Baby One More Time," which debuted at No. 1, provoking controversy for her seductive style. Her second album, "Oops!...I Did It Again" (2000) became the best-selling debut by a solo female artist ever.

Scripture of the Day: "She [Mary] will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." - Matthew 1:21

Video of the Day: Surprised Kitty Cat - submitted by Amber

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while passing through Walmart on the way to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

Technology News
AT&T launches voicemail-to-text service
Microsoft Office 2010 to ship in June 2010
With an eye to the future, try raw photos today

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Alien Nation, If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say..., -and- Heat of the Moment

Alien Nation - celebrity Scientologists
If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say... - Serena Williams receives record fine for U.S. Open tirade
Heat of the Moment - school children brainwashed with global-warming song

On this day in history: December 1, 1997 - Member of the Georgia Senate Ralph Abernathy attempts to smuggle marijuana into the US from Jamaica in his underwear. He is caught by a drug-sniffing canine and fined $500. Abernathy is the son of the famous civil rights leader of the same name who was Martin Luther King's lieutenant. In January he is censured by the Georgia State Senate.

Born on this day in history: December 1, 1945 - Bette Midler (1945 -) Comedienne, singer, and actress. Born on December 1, 1945, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Bold and funny, Bette Midler is the quintessential entertainer - a singer, a dancer, a comedienne, and a dramatic actress. After studying drama at the University of Hawaii, she was hired as an extra on the film adaptation of James Michener's novel Hawaii (1965). Saving up her earnings, Midler moved to New York City where she made her stage debut in Fiddler on the Roof in 1966. She stayed with the show for three years and then developed a popular nightclub act as a chanteuse and purveyor of outrageously bawdy comic routines. At one time, she was accompanied on the piano by the then-unknown Barry Manilow.

Scripture of the Day: But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as
your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit." - Matthew 1:20

Video of the Day: Black Friday Commotion - submitted by Danica

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while passing through Walmart on the way to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

Technology News
The top 100 free apps for your phone
Apple accused of NAND price manipulation
Man loses job after searching too hard for aliens