Friday, January 29, 2010

Grandma's Boy, You Are Getting Very Sleepy, -and- Going to Pot

Grandma's Boy - woman recognizes robber as grandson
You Are Getting Very Sleepy - airports could get mind-reading scanners
Going to Pot - California's 15,000-square-foot medical marijuana warehouse

On this day in history: January 29, 1975 - The men's room in a U.S. State Department office in Washington, D.C. explodes causing extensive damage to four floors. A group calling themselves the "Weather Underground Organization" takes responsibility for the blast by giving advance warning of the bomb to major news organizations earlier in the day.

Born on this day in history: January 29, 1954 - Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ) TV personality Oprah Winfrey is best known for "The Oprah Winfrey Show," a nationally syndicated program reaching more than 10 million viewers daily. Winfrey later took ownership of the program, and was at one point the world's only black billionaire. She is considered the most influential media figure in current history.

Scripture of the Day: Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all." - Mark 9:35

Video of the Day: Six Million Dollar Man Battles Bigfoot

Obviously, this person is very enthusiastic about Sierra Nevada Bigfoot!
Click to enlarge.

Last Evening's Pasta
Laura told me that she would be working late and would, therefore, not be attending worship rehearsal with me at Harvest Christian Center. I told her I would begin the evening's meal and that she could tend to it when she arrived at our home. I peeled and minced a large head of garlic, sliced a dozen crimini mushrooms, diced six large Roma tomatoes, and sliced a quantity of specialty ham. I began this sautéing in a large sauté pan. I tore several large leaves of fresh basil and set this aside. When Laura arrived, she tended to the sauce. When it reached the proper consistency, she added the fresh basil and cooked half a package of Barilla Thick Spaghetti al dente. She drained and added the spaghetti to the sauce, stirred, and allowed it to sit for five minutes. We then enjoyed what can only be described as incredibly delicious. A small quantity remained following our gormandizing, and it followed Laura to Chico this morning for her lunch.

Technology News
Has Apple lost its mojo?
Adobe needles Apple for excluding Flash on iPad
Motorola may build the next Nexus One
AT&T to spend $2 billion to upgrade network
Microsoft reports record revenue after Windows 7 launch

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Animal Kingdom, Reunited, -and- You Are What You Eat

Animal Kingdom -- PETA proposes robotic groundhog for PA festival
Reunited - man and daughter separated for 48 years find each other on Facebook
You Are What You Eat - woman with "rat in meal" guilty of extortion

On this day in history: January 28, 1978 - "Vampire of Sacramento" Richard Chase is arrested. Miscellaneous human organs are found in his refrigerator. He managed to kill six people, drinking the blood of two of his victims.

Born on this day in history: January 28, 1936 - Alan Alda (1936 - ) New York City actor Alan Alda is best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce on the TV drama "M*A*S*H (1972-83). Alda then embarked on a successful career as a writer, director, and film actor. He received six Golden Globe wins, as well as 31 Emmy and two Tony nominations for his work. In 2004, his role in The Aviator earned him his first Oscar nod.

Scripture of the Day: God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship him in spirit and in truth. - John 4:24

Video of the Day: Stronger Yo-Yo - submitted by Danica

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while driving to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

The sun visited us yesterday. It was a wonderful (and much longed-for) respite from the rain that has plagued us for several days. It is sunny again today. Praise God! It may well become wet and cold again tomorrow, but for now we shall enjoy the warmth of the sun.

Technology News
Dead Zones Forever
Endeavour cleared for February 7 launch
Police set up Olympics e-crime team

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

It's Alive!, Thou Shalt Not Steal, -and- G.I. Schmo

It's Alive! - man awakens inside coffin
Thou Shalt Not Steal - priest arrested for felony theft
G.I. Schmo - Soldier goes AWOL, steals Humvee, runs out of gas, gets arrested

On this day in history: January 27, 1997 - Pat Boone goes heavy metal.

Born on this day in history: January 27, 1756 - Wolfgang Mozart (1756 - 1791) The Salzburg, Austria, musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wowed audiences with his violin and keyboard performance skills. At the age of five he was composing his own works. By 17 he was the court musician for Salzburg. His prolific works and unparalleled music abilities earned him a place as one of the most legendary composers of all time.

Scripture of the Day: Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. - Ephesians 6:12-13

Video of the Day: Yo-Yo God - submitted by Jay

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while journeying to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

Panko-encrusted Chicken Breasts
Last evening, I produced one of our favorite dishes: Panko-encrusted Chicken Breasts.
[NOTE: People often ask me, "David, what is the difference between panko bread crumbs and everyday bread crumbs?" To this, I reply, "Panko bread crumbs are made from bread without crust."]
I butterflied Tyson boneless, skinless chicken breasts and separate the halves. I mixed panko bread crumbs with Pappy's, granulated garlic, ground Cayenne pepper, dry Italian seasoning, and dry parsley flakes. I rinsed the chicken in cold water and thoroughly coated with the panko mixture. I cooked the chicken in a large sauté pan, using medium-high heat and enough extra-virgin olive oil to coat the pan. I cooked the chicken until golden brown on both sides. Laura made a batch of thin fries in the conventional oven while I cooked the chicken. Panko-encrusted Chicken Breasts are delicious and nutritious. I highly recommend them.

Technology News
Walmart posts fake Nexus One page
DOT to fine truckers who text
Microsoft eyes clean break with Windows Mobile 7

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Fighting Back, Now Hear This, -and- One Man's Trash

FightingBack - Passengers tackle "unruly" New York man on United Airlines flight after he knocked on cockpit door
Now Hear This - trucker accidentally glues phone headset to ear
One Man's Trash - dumpster diver finds $3,100 in garbage

On this day in history: January 26, 1998 - Residents of the Japanese town of Ito are attacked by a pack of raving wild monkeys. A total of 26 were injured and had to receive rabies shots. It remains unclear why the monkeys chose to attack.

Born on this day in history: January 26, 1958 - Ellen DeGeneres (1958 - ) Born in New Orleans, comedian Ellen DeGeneres became famous for her sitcom, "Ellen." In 1997, DeGeneres's character became the first lead in TV history to acknowledge her homosexuality on air. The revelation led to the show's cancellation in 1998, but she bounced back in 2001 with her own talk show. In 2009, she became a judge for "American Idol."

Scripture of the Day: Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. - James 4:10

Video of the Day: Pigeon Impossible - submitted by Mike

Construction began yesterday for a new skateboard park here in Corning. Unexpected circumstances have delayed construction. Click to enlarge.

The Best Barbecue Pork Sandwich I Ever Ate!
Last evening, we enjoyed barbecue pork sandwiches that were unrivaled by any either of us had previously enjoyed! I simmered thick pork loin chops for two hours in 1/3 Chardonnay and 2/3 spring water. The loin chops had previously been seasoned with Pappy's, ground black pepper, and granulated garlic and had been pan-seared. After simmering, the loin chops shredded nicely, and I added 2/3 of a bottle of Stubb's Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce. I added a tablespoon of Crystal Pure Louisiana Extra-hot Sauce and stirred. When Laura arrived, she took over the tending of the pork. After another hour of simmering in the sauce, the pork was ready for the table! We slathered the pork onto Oroweat Onion buns. Laura and I agreed that we had never enjoyed superior barbecue pork sandwiches! I highly recommend Stubb's Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce!

Technology News
Google Toolbar still spies when told not to
Analysts predict bold growth for Google Android
Mozilla takes on YouTube video choice

Monday, January 25, 2010

They're Here!, Keep Your Hands on the Wheel!, -and- Where Are They Now?

They're Here! - scientists say search for aliens should start on Earth
Keep Your Hands on the Wheel! - teen receives Colorado's first texting-while-driving ticket
Where Are They Now? - Gary Coleman arrested in Utah on domestic violence warrant

On this day in history: January 25, 1971 - Charles Manson and three of his followers are convicted in Los Angeles of the Tate and LaBianca murders. All were sentenced to the gas chamber, with sentences commuted to life imprisonment when the death penalty was temporarily abolished.

Born on this day in history: January 25, 1981- Alicia Keys (1981 - ) Born in New York City, musician Alicia Keys burst onto the music scene in 2001 with her debut album Songs in A Minor, which went platinum six times . Keys' music has since gone on to win dozens of awards. Keys made the transition from music to film in 2008, earning an NAACP image award for her role in The Secret Life of Bees.

Scripture of the Day: Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or
praiseworthy -- think about such things. - Philippians 4:8

Video of the Day: The Worst Drag Boat Crashes - submitted by Darin

This will not end well! Click to enlarge.

Technology News
USB 3.0 changes the game for external storage
Google's Nexus One doesn't like your potty mouth
Data breaches from malicious attacks doubled last year
Alleged car thief caught playing "Grand Theft Auto"

Friday, January 22, 2010

Somebody's Watching You, Food Fight, -and- Zap!

Somebody's Watching You - woman claims Dell tech turned on her Web cam and spied on her during service call
Food Fight - man gets day in jail for throwing taco at Taco Bell manager
Zap! - ray guns real: U.S. military sets sights on laser weapons

On this day in history: January 22, 1918 - Manitoba, Canada film censor board decides to ban comedies, on the grounds that they make audiences "too frivolous."

Born on this day in history: January 22, 1965 - Diane Lane (1965 - ) New York City actress Diane Lane began her film career at age 13, opposite Sir Lawrence Olivier in A Little Romance (1979). She caught the attention of director Francis Ford Coppola, who cast her the 1983 films The Outsiders and Rumble Fish. Her roles in Unfaithful (2002) and Under the Tuscan
(2003) earned her Oscar and Golden Globe nods.

Scripture of the Day: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds;
and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." - Matthew 7:7-8

Video of the Day: How to Eat Sushi - submitted by Darin

Cats can be so helpful! Click to enlarge.

The Weather
The wind and rain were absent when I arose this morning at 4 AM. They have not reappeared. Praise God! The ground, rivers, streams, and creeks need a respite from the rain in order to recover. Flood warnings for this area that were in place yesterday have been rescinded! While more storms are forecast soon, today might remain dry, and tomorrow is predicted to be sunny.

Laura returned to work today. She still feels most unwell and continues to suffer greatly from a particularly nasty bout of flu. She thanks everyone for their prayers.

Technology News
Mozilla releases Firefox 3.6
Tour the new Firefox 3.6
Microsoft's IE patch plugs Aurora hole, seven others
RockYou hack reveals worst 20 passwords
Video games blamed for return of rickets
Yelp serves up iPhone alternative reality (video)
Router glitch cripples California DMV network
Facebook plugs friends list mobile leak

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Stupid Criminals, Hic!, - and - Who's Your Daddy?

Stupid Criminals - burglar showers, cuts hair, cooks chicken, refuses to leave
Hic! - dad charged with DUI after son calls 9-1-1
Who's Your Daddy? - John Edwards admits he fathered child with videographer

On this day in history: January 21, 1992 - Former child star Dana Plato ("Diff'rent Strokes") arrested on charges of armed robbery for holding up a video store in Las Vegas. She served 200 hours of community service as sentence.

Born on this day in history: January 21, 1956 - Geena Davis (1956 - ) Born in Wareham, Massachusetts, actress Geena Davis was a model before making her film debut in Tootsie (1982). She then won acclaim for playing Thelma in the controversial film Thelma and Louise (1991). Davis also appeared in several TV series, including 2005's "Commander in Chief."

Scripture of the Day: Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit will reap eternal life." — Galatians 6:7-8

Video of the Day: Hitler Finds out Scott Brown Won Massachusetts Senate Seat - submitted by Cap'n Jack

Dog vs. cat! Click to enlarge.

The Weather The storm raged fiercely all day yesterday and into the night. Our power went out at home early this morning and returned two hours later. Currently, the wind that has plagued us with such ferocity has abated significantly, and the rain has become light. Forecasts indicate the storm peaked during the night. This is certainly good news, since local steams and creeks overflowed their banks yesterday, and the Sacramento River crested the bridge across it near here. The Woodson Bridge across the Sacramento River—on our route to Chico—was anticipated to reach flood stage today. The River at that location stood at 180 feet last evening. Flood stage is 183 feet. It appears this is no longer a threat. Praise God!

Other areas near here are not so fortunate, and Southern California is suffering greatly from the storms. We pray for their safety.

Technology News
Grounded teen tries Facebook to embarrass parents
YouTube begins HTML5 rollout
Apple fixes a dozen holes in Mac OS X

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Heat of the Moment, The Fats of Life, -and- Survivor

Heat of the Moment - Al Gore tries to cool 'climate spin' by correcting claims of North pole thaw
The Fats of Life - Weight Watchers sues Jenny Craig over Bertinelli ad
Survivor - medical app on iPhone saves trapped earthquake victim

On this day in history: January 20, 1998 - Nepalese police seized a shipment of 272 human skulls in Kathmandu, stashed atop a bus, apparently destined for sale to tourists as curios.

Born on this day in history: January 20, 1930 - Buzz Aldrin (1930 - ) Born in Montclair, New Jersey, astronaut Buzz Aldrin trained at West Point and set a record by walking in space for more than five hours during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966. During the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, Aldrin was the second man to set foot on the Moon. In 2009, he earned the Congressional Gold Medal for his contributions to space flight.

Scripture of the Day: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. - James 1:2-3

Video of the Day: The Scott Heard Round the World

Hundreds gather to protest global warming! Click to enlarge.

Technology News
Versace to launch phone this spring
Microsoft to issue out-of-band patch to fix IE hole
Bing to oust Google as default iPhone search?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Word, Surf's Down, -and- Do You Have Anything to Declare?

The Word - U.S. weapons etched with New Testament references
Surf's Down - Turkey blocking 3,700 Web sites
Do You Have Anything to Declare? - stunned Italian border guards find 15-year-old Afgan boy hiding in suitcase

On this day in history: January 19, 1997 - Todd Bridges, "Willis" on "Diff'rent Strokes," booked in Marina Del Rey on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He repeatedly rammed the weapon, his car, into another vehicle after an argument in a video arcade.

Born on this day in history: January 19, 1946 - Dolly Parton (1946 - ) Born in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, singer-songwriter Dolly Parton gained early fame singing with country star Porter Wagoner. Nicknamed "The Queen of Country Music," Parton is the only artist to score a No.1 country single in each of the last four decades. In addition to music, Parton is an actress and operates her Dollywood theme park.

Scripture of the Day: In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the prophets. - Matthew 7:12

Video of the Day: Chainlink Extreme 4X4 - submitted by Frank

I told the neighbor that it would be best to have a professional do his landscaping, but he decided to do it himself! Click to enlarge.

Rain and Wind! While it remains relatively warm (49° currently), the rain fell without respite throughout the night and continues yet. The wind howled throughout the night and appears that it shall plague us for several days. It is a wind from the south at 30 MPH, but gusts are easily twice that! I perched at my HP laptop this morning at 5 AM and researched articles for this morning's blog. Suddenly, a gust of wind blew the front door fully open! Certainly, angels kept watch over us as we slept—else this would likely have happened during the night! I quickly sprinted to the door and secured it.

Technology News
Was the attack on Google an inside job?
Yahoo knew of Google attack, kept quiet
AT&T fixes mobile Facebook problems

Monday, January 18, 2010

Heat of the Moment, Surf's Down, -and- To Protect and Serve

Heat of the Moment - world misled over glacier meltdown
Surf's Down - New York Times prepares to charge online readers
To Protect and Serve - Ohio prison guard fired after teen's suicide attempt ignored

On this day in history: January 18, 1990 - Washington DC mayor Marion Barry is arrested on cocaine possession charges at the Vista International Hotel, as he tokes on a glass crack pipe while being videotaped with his mistress Rasheeda.

Born on this day in history: January 18, 1955 - Kevin Costner (1955 - ) Born in Compton, California, actor Kevin Costner gained fame in Bull Durham (1988) and Field of Dreams (1989). He directed and starred in the epic film Dances With Wolves (1990), which won seven Oscars. In addition to his successful film career, Costner formed the country band Modern West, which began touring in 2009.

Scripture of the Day: No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. - 1 Corinthians 10:13

Video of the Day: RC SR-71 Jet - submitted by Jay

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while water skiing Lake Corning this morning! Click to enlarge.

RAIN! It has been raining continuously since Saturday night, and if the forecasts are correct, it will rain for many more days. Fortunately, it is relatively warm (51° currently), and there is no wind. I shall (attempt not to) complain!

Technology News
Are Facebook private
items private? Not really.

The trends that will shape 2010
AT&T rolls out unlimited voice, text, and data plans
IE exploit code released on Internet
PDFmyURL turns any site into a PDF
TV fans, name the best shows missing on Hulu

Friday, January 15, 2010

Veggie Doubles, The Fats of Life, -and- Paper or Plastic?

Veggie Doubles - Iron Chef special used ringers, not veggies from the White House garden
The Fats of Life - floor collapses at Weight Watchers clinic
Paper or Plastic? - Walmart begins charging for grocery bags in Northern California

On this day in history: January 15, 1947 - The body of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short is discovered in a vacant lot, her mutilated corpse chopped in half at the waist. Her murder is known as The Black Dahlia Murder, one of the most lurid murder cases in Los Angeles history. The murderer was never found.

Born on this day in history: January 15, 1929 - Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968) Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an advocate for peace and civil rights in the 1960s. King's finest hour came on August 28, 1963, when he made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D.C. King was assassinated for his beliefs on April 4, 1968, but the evidence of his work continues to live on to this day.

Scripture of the Day: Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." - John 8:31-32

Video of the Day: Top 5 Nexus One Apps - submitted by Cap'n Jack

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this traffic impediment while journeying to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

Technology News
New IE hole exploited in attack on U.S. firms

Sushi! Laura is feeling unwell today and is leaving work early. While picking up a prescription for cough syrup at Raley's, she also snagged some sushi for dinner this evening. The wasabi should cure her ills! Click to enlarge.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Semper Fi!, Keeping a Cool Head, -and- Baa!

Semper Fi! - Chicago alderman declares war on Avatar
Keeping a Cool Head - brain-cooling helmet could save thousands of lives
Baa! - sheep gives birth to human-faced lamb in Turkey

On this day in history: January 14, 1601 - Authorities of the Catholic Church burn a large percentage of the Hebrew books in Rome. Monks targeted the books because they felt they portrayed Jesus in a blasphemous manner.

Born on this day in history: January 14, 1968 - LL Cool J (1968 - ) Born James Todd Smith in Bayshore, New York, hip-hop artist LL Cool J (or, Ladies Love Cool James) released his first hit, "I Need a Beat," while still a teen. His fourth album, "Mama Said Knock You Out," was a mainstream success. He also pursued an acting career and, in 1996, launched a clothing line, FUBU (For Us, By Us).

Scripture of the Day: If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother." - 1 John 4:20-21

Video of the Day: "I Like Guns" - Steve Lee - submitted by Frank

Click to enlarge.

Technology News
Google locks down Gmail with secure HTTP
Fugitive who teased police on Facebook caught
Poll: most won't pay to read newspapers online

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Stupid Criminals, The Final Frontier, -and- The Taxman

Stupid Criminals - three men apparently abduct wrong guy in New Jersey
The Final Frontier - mystery object to whizz by earth today
The Taxman - IRS commissioner doesn't file own taxes

On this day in history: January 13, 1959 - 1959 - Raul Castro, brother of Fidel, lines up 71 Batista supporters in front of a trench and machine guns them. They are then buried by a tractor without any verification that the prisoners were killed.

Born on this day in history: January 13, 1961 - 1961 - Julia Louis-Dreyfus (1961 - ) Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus began her career in Chicago's Second City comedy troupe. In 1982, she became the youngest cast member ever on "Saturday Night Live," and stayed for two seasons. Her portrayal of Elaine Benes on the hit sitcom "Seinfeld" landed Julia critical and popular acclaim. She currently stars in "The New Adventures of Old Christine."

Scripture of the Day: God has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. - 2 Corinthians 5:19-20

Video of the Day: Google Nexus One Android Phone - Hands-On

Click to enlarge.

Technology News
Firefox gets a visit from the future
Facebook allows reply comments via email
Govt-approved encrypted USB drives hacked
Fourth- generation iPhone available this April?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

You've Gotta Be Kitten Me!, Animal Kingdom, -and- Low-sodium Diet

You've Gotta Be Kitten Me! - East Boston cat called to jury duty
Animal Kingdom - jellyfish stings man 82 feet above water
Low-sodium Diet - New York City leads drive to lower salt intake

On this day in history: January 12, 1914 - Industrialist Henry Ford offers the incredible sum of a $5 per day wage for unskilled labor (previously $2.34), but only to married white Christian men willing to subject themselves to surveillance and random home inspections by the company's Sociology Department.

Born on this day in history: January 12, 1954 - Howard Stern (1954 - ) Born in New York City, Howard Stern built a reputation as a "shock jock" on various radio and TV shows, which led to fines, controversy, and a huge following. His best-selling book Private Parts (1993) was turned into a 1997 movie of the same name. He left the public airwaves in 2005, signing a six-year contract with Sirius XM satellite radio.

Scripture of the Day: You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. - Galatians 3:26-29

Video of the Day: Nexus One vs. iPhone 3GS

Laura took these photographs of Zeus and Thor with her iPhone. Click to enlarge.

Zeus: "Look deeply into my eyebrows. Let the glare relax you as you fall under my spell."

Thor: "So we spoon each other in the unmade Saturday morning bed. So?

Technology News
Camera showdown: Nexus One vs. iPhone 3GS
BMW cop-designs $700 PC case
Sony tech could boost Blu-ray capacity by 33%
Toyota hatches a baby Prius

Monday, January 11, 2010

Animal Kingdom, He's Alive!, -and- Heat of the Moment

Animal Kingdom - McDonald's seeks to cut cows' methane emissions
He's Alive! - "dead" man wakes up during autopsy after car accident
Heat of the Moment - meteorologist predicts global cooling

On this day in history: January 11, 1962 - In the Peruvian Andes, an avalanche buries 3,000 people alive as the volcano Huascaran erupts.

Born on this day in history: January 11, 1946 - Naomi Judd (1946 - ) Born in Ashland, Kentucky, singer Naomi Judd and daughter, Wynonna are considered the most successful country duo of the 1980s, earning four Grammy Awards. Judd retired in the early 90s, and published the bestselling autobiography, Love Can Build a Bridge. She returned to the stage a decade later, and began hosting her own talk show in 2005.

Scripture of the Day: In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? — Psalm 118:5-6

Video of the Day: The Most Useless Machine Ever - submitted by Cap'n Jack

The iPhone proves that it has not outlived its usefulness! Click to enlarge.

Technology News
Near-final Firefox 3.6 out for testing
Did Twitter argument lead to murder?

Friday, January 08, 2010

With this Ring, Heat of the Moment, -and- The Nerd Herd

With this Ring - New Jersey senate defeats same-sex marriage
Heat of the Moment - TV weathermen: Global warming is a scam!
The Nerd Herd - Ford unveils Tweeting car

On this day in history: January 8, 1991 - Guitarist Steve Clark from Def Leppard found dead from a drug and alcohol overdose. He was 31.

Born on this day in history: January 8, 1935 - Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, pop singer Elvis Presley caused a national sensation on Ed Sullivan's "Talk of the Town" in 1956 because of his "scandalous" pelvic gyrations. That same year, he released his first million-selling single, "Heartbreak Hotel." Presley went on to become a pop icon, and one of the best-selling solo artists in music history.

Scripture of the Day: Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in
the courts. - Amos 5:14-15

Video of the Day: New Google Phone vs. iPhone

Click the image below to see details on the exciting Adventure Cruise!

Technology News
Google introduces local search for mobile
AR.Drone helicopter controllable by iPhone
Facebook fixes bug that crashed some iPhone apps

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Bridezilla, Heat of the Moment, -and- Food Fight

Bridezilla - woman steals $750,000 from employer for dream wedding
Heat of the Moment - Gore ice sculpture returns to Fairbanks
Food Fight - woman launches into rage at McDonald's over preparation of her hamburger

On this day in history: January 7, 1961 - Young hoodlum Al Pacino arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. He and his compatriots were driving around a suburb of Providence RI, in the middle of the night, wearing masks and gloves. Not suspicious at all.

Born on this day in history: January 7, 1957 - Katie Couric (1957 - ) Born in Arlington, Virginia, journalist Katie Couric began at ABC, moved to CNN, then to NBC, becoming the No. 2 reporter at the Pentagon. She was the co-anchor of "The Today Show" before moving to the "CBS Evening News" in 2006, making her the first female solo news anchor in the U.S. She won the Edward R. Murrow award in 2008 and 2009 for her work.

Scripture of the Day: Be imitators of God as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. - Ephesians 5:1-2

Video of the Day: Cat Shower - submitted by Frank

Here is Laura wearing her new cross. It arrived yesterday, and she eagerly donned it and created this self portrait. Click to enlarge.

Technology News
Facebook iPhone app gets address sync, push
Wi-Fi Alliance at CES: Wi-Fi Direct coming to CE
Wire-free charging gets wilder
Window 7 has lots of GodModes

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Flying High, Global Cooling, -and- Brave New Schools

Flying High - United pilot admits to being drunk
Global Cooling - frozen iguanas drop from Florida trees
Brave New Schools - drunk bus driver takes NY students on wild ride

On this day in history: January 6, 1969 - Future Governor of Georgia Jimmy Carter sees an Unidentified Flying Object in Leary, GA. Also witnessing the craft are his fellow Lions Club members.

Born on this day in history: January 6, 1954 - Anthony Minghella (1954 - 2008) The Academy Award-winning director of The English Patient (1996), Anthony Minghella used his love of literature to create rich, dynamic films. Before his untimely death, Minghella wowed critics and audiences with his adaptations of books such as The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Cold Mountain (2003).

Scripture of the Day: Prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. - 1 Peter 1:13

Video of the Day: "The Iguana Song"

Zeus is a very independent creature. When he desires human interaction, he makes it well known. When he does not desire human interaction, he shrouds himself with a barrier of aloofness—as if to say, "What is it about 'no' that you don't understand?" Laura took this photograph of Zeus during just such a period. Click to enlarge.

Technology News
Google unleashes its Nexus One smartphone
Survey: Android gaining ground, fast
Snapdragon chip powers itself into Nexus One

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Stupid Criminals, Man's Best Friend, -and- Inked

Stupid Criminals - bungling bank robbers top Darwin Awards
Man's Best Friend - family dog saves boy from cougar attack
Inked - Georgia couple arrested for tattooing children

On this day in history: January 5, 1998 - Congressman Sonny Bono dead from blunt force trauma to his head after a direct collision with a pine tree at Heavenly Valley Ski Area. He is survived by his daughter Chastity and three other children.

Born on this day in history: January 5, 1946 - Diane Keaton (1946 - ) Born Diane Hall in Los Angeles, actress Diane Keaton starred in several of Woody Allen's best-known films, including, Annie Hall (1977), which earned her a Best Actress Oscar. She also appeared in the 1972 hit, The Godfather and its sequels. Keaton now splits her time between acting and directing.

Scripture of the Day: Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. - Isaiah 1:16-17

Video of the Day: Very Funny Dogs - submitted by Darin

Pay the cat! Click to enlarge.

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Monday, January 04, 2010

Animal Kingdom, Show Me the Money, -and- Food Fight

Animal Kingdom - scientists say dolphins should be treated as "non-human persons"
Show Me the Money - $5 million Lotto winner lives in trailer
Food Fight - woman smashes McDonald's drive-through window when told order could not be filled

On this day in history: January 4, 1997 - Rumors run rampant through Israel, particularly over talk radio, that a UFO will land at Tel Aviv on the following day. The predictions are purported to have been made by spoonbender Uri Geller. Thousands flock to the beaches, but no saucer

Born on this day in history: January 4, 1643 - Sir Isaac Newton (1643 - 1727) Born in Lincolnshire, England, physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton studied at Cambridge and is one of history's foremost scientists. After discovering the laws of gravity in 1665-6, Newton studied the nature of light and, in 1687, wrote his famous "Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy."

Scripture of the Day: [God] has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. — Micah 6:8

Video of the Day: Travis Pastrana jumps 269 feet in rally car! - submitted by Darin

It's Enforcer Cat! Click to enlarge.

For New Year's Eve dining delight, we had an array of sushi delicacies and a bottle of Mumms Champagne Carte Classique.

For New Year's Day brunch, we enjoyed pan-seared top sirloin steaks, sautéed red potato wedges, and fried eggs. It was a delightful way to begin the new year!

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