Friday, May 28, 2010

Fighting Back, Weapons of Choice, -and- See You in Court


Fighting Back - 80-year-old Army veteran kills home invader
Weapons of Choice - 8th state says guns beyond feds' control
See You in Court - Ferndale woman sues after falling asleep on plane

On this day in history: May 28, 1987 - German teenager Matthias Rust lands his Cessna in Moscow's Red Square, buzzing the Kremlin on the way in. He serves 18 months in prison for this prank, which also costs the commander of the Soviet Air Command his job.

Born on this day in history: May 28, 1944 - Rudolph Giuliani (1944 - ) Born in New York City, former Mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani (1993-2001) was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York (1983-9), before being elected New York mayor. Giuliani is best known for his leadership in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on New York on September 11, 2001. He was awarded an honorary knighthood by the U.K. in 2002.

Scripture of the Day: Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. - Romans 12:15

Video of the Day: The Product Tester: Shed Ender





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Technology News
Time Warner, Universal push back at iPad
May 31st is Quit Facebook Day
What makes a tablet a tablet

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Stupid Criminals, Catch Her If You Can, -and- Breathless


Stupid Criminals - bungling German bank robbers blow up bank
Catch Her If You Can - hunt for woman who married 11 U.S. servicemen then stole all their money and went on the run
Breathless - teen driver crashes while trying to hold breath

On this day in history: May 27, 1977 - After the pressing plant initially refuses to duplicate the record and the printer refuses to make the covers, Virgin finally releases God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols in time for the monarch's Jubilee celebration.

Born on this day in history: May 27, 1923 - Henry Kissinger (1923 - ) Born in Fuerth, Germany, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (1971-6) gained national attention with his first book, Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy (1957). He was an adviser to Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson, and served as Secretary of State in the Nixon and Ford administrations.

Scripture of the Day: I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given to me -- the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace. - Acts 20:24

Video of the Day: The Product Tester: Debbie Meyer Green Bags





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Technology News
Google Nexus One phone goes on sale at I wireless stores
Facebook updates privacy policy, promises simpler process
Adobe patches "critical" holes in Photoshop CS4

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hoarders, Dropped Call, -and- All Abuzz


Hoarders - reclusive couple rescued from mound of debris in home
Dropped Call - teenage girl trapped in stormwater drain trying to retrievemobile phone
All Abuzz - truck carrying 17 million bees crashes in Minnesota

On this day in history: May 26, 1978 - A safety officer at Northwestern University opens a suspicious package which had been delivered to a professor. The object explodes in Terry Marker's hands, making him the first victim of the Unabomber.

Born on this day in history: May 26, 1897 - John Wayne (1907 - 1979) Larger than life film hero known as "The Duke," John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa, USA. He starred in over 150 films in his lifetime. His distinctive drawl, cool swagger, and seemingly effortless talent were his trademarks and he's remembered as an American icon and silver screen legend.

Scripture of the Day: 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: The Product Tester Mini Test: Hand Stitch





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Technology News
Dell unveils Android-based "Streak" tablet
Report: Feds looking into Apple's tactics for music
HP overtakes IBM as top server maker by sales
Opt out of Google's analytics data gathering with new beta tool
Microsoft warns on using Windows 7 upgrade tool

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Kids Are Alright, That's the Guy!, -and- Heat of the Moment


The Kids Are Alright - 13-year-old American climbs Everest, calls his mom
That's the Guy! - man arrested for burglary after his 'East Side' facial tattoo makes him 'hard to miss'
Heat of the Moment - Gore's "silly figures" sloshed on graduates

On this day in history: May 25, 2006 - Enron CEO Kenneth Lay is found guilty on six counts of conspiracy.

Born on this day in history: May 25, 1963 - Mike Myers (1963 - ) Born in Toronto, Canada, comedian and actor Mike Myers joined Chicago's "Second City" comedy troupe in 1981, and then the "Saturday Night Live" cast. His popular SNL sketch, "Wayne's World," inspired a popular film. This led to a series of successful movies, including Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and Shrek (2001).

Scripture of the Day: My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. — James 1:19

Video of the Day: Probably the Funniest Cat Video You'll Ever See - submitted by Frank





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Technology News
Get a new 16G iPhone for $97
Firefox tool erases Justin Bieber from the Web
AT&T offers free Wi-Fi to New York City

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Monday, May 24, 2010

The Great Pretender, That Bites!, -and- Never Too Young


The Great Pretender - Texas man fakes way into Army
That Bites! - teacher chews off, eats man's ear at restaurant
Never Too Young - 9-year-old champion wrestler set to break bench-press record

On this day in history: May 24, 1856 - A small gang led by abolitionist John Brown murders five pro-slavery homesteaders in Franklin County, Kansas, hacking them to pieces with swords. The event comes to be known as the Pottawatomie Massacre.

Born on this day in history: May 24, 1941 - Bob Dylan (1941 - ) Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota, songwriter-singer Bob Dylan began performing in 1960s Greenwich Village coffeehouses. The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963) established him as one of the most original and poetic voices of American pop. In 2008, Dylan was given an art award by the Pulitzer Prize committee for his contributions to music.

Scripture of the Day: Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. - Romans 12:10

Video of the Day: Arizona Sing-A-Long: Read Immigration Law! - submitted by Cindy





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Technology News
Google releases Android 2.2 to Nexus One phones
Happy 20th birthday, Windows 3.0
Google comes clean on Wi-Fi spying

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Homeland Insecurity, High Anxiety, -and- Frankenstein


Homeland Insecurity - $200m 'behaviour detection' officers fail to spot a single terrorist at airports
High Anxiety - Jet Blue pilot threatens to crash plane
Frankenstein - scientists create "artificial life" in laboratory

On this day in history: May 21, 1979 - A judge gives Dan White only seven years for the premeditated murders of Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone, prompting thousands to march on San Francisco's City Hall. In what will come to be known as the White Night Riots, the demonstration takes a violent turn, resulting in significant property damage and the torching of twelve SFPD cruisers. Police respond with brutal beatdowns at gay bars in the Castro district.

Born on this day in history: May 21, 1917 - Raymond Burr (1917 - 1993) Television actor, born in Westminster, Canada. Coming from Canada to study at Stanford University, he began as a stage actor, appearing in regional theatre before moving into television dramas and films. He starred in "Perry Mason (1957-66) and "Ironside" (1967-75) series, winning two Emmys. He went on to appear in several TV mini-series and in extended versions of "Perry Mason."

Scripture of the Day: I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. - 1 Corinthians 1:1

Video of the Day: The Product Tester Mini Test: Ped Egg





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Technology News
Seesmic launches iPhone app
Deleting your Facebook account (FAQ)
Google faces probes,lawsuits over Wi-Fi spying

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

How Ironic, Catch Me If You Can, -and- Taking Names


How Ironic - psychic doesn't forsee her fraud arrest
Catch Me If You Can - former NASCAR driver leads cops on high-speed chase
Taking Names - NJ mom recognizes census worker as sex offender

On this day in history: May 20, 1960 - Music DJ Alan Freed, originator of the term "Rock and Roll," is indicted in New York in the Payola scandal. Freed had accepted $30,650 from five record companies to play their records, although to be fair "pay for play" was the accepted practice up to that point.

Born on this day in history: May 20, 1946 - Cher (1946 - ) Born Cherilyn La Piere Sarkisian in El Centro, California, singer and actress Cher originally created a singing act with then-husband Salvatore "Sonny" Bono, and was known for folk anthem "I Got You Babe" (1965). Cher found greater success on her own, as a singer and a stage and film actress, winning an Academy Award for Moonstruck (1987).

Scripture of the Day: May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. - Romans 15:5-6

Video of the Day: The Product Tester: Cuisinart Food Chopper





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Technology News
Google offers free fonts for the Web
Google unveils 'Net storage utility
Identity theft crisis worsens for ID security CEO

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Weather
The weather continues to disappoint: Today, it is dry, and the sun is shining brightly; but the birds are not singing, and the wind is brisk and appears to be increasing in force as the morning continues. Rain is forecast for tomorrow and Saturday. Yikes! This is not spring as it should be!

Telemarketer
A telemarketer called yesterday morning. I predicted it would be such when I saw "000-000-0000" on my Caller ID display.
[Me] California Technologies.
[TM] Hello; yes; good morning. Is this Mr. David at California Technologies?

The telemarketer's thick foreign, and the background chatter of like vermin substantiated my assumption.

[Me] Yes.
[TM] Yes; good morning. How is it now in California?
[Me] Tourism has slowed significantly since the potato blight.
[TM] (No response)

Plonk!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Missing, Don't Flush!, -and- Catch Me If You Can


Missing - pensioner spends over seven years doing 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzle, then can't find final piece
Don't Flush! - Chinese student gets stuckin toilet trying to retrieve mobile phone
Catch Me If You Can - escaped woman hides in coffin to elude police

On this day in history: May 19, 1987 - Chet Fleming files for a patent on his method for keeping a severed head alive. The mechanism includes blood filtering, pumping equipment, and nutrient supply. Ultimately, US Patent 4,666,425 is granted.

Born on this day in history: May 19, 1987 - Nora Ephron (1941 - ) Director, screenwriter, author. Born on May 19, 1941, in New York, New York. A talented writer and director, Nora Ephron is known for her successful romantic comedies, such as When Harry Met Sally (1989) and Sleepless in Seattle (1993).

Scripture of the Day: The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. — James 3:17-18

Video of the Day: The Product Tester Mini Test: One Touch





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Technology News
Hotmail update adds cleanup, social features
Apple fixes 30 security holes, including an ancient one
Congress may roll dice, legalize 'Net gambling

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fighting Back, Burger Rage, -and- Daddy Dearest


Fighting Back - 8-year-old boy saves sister from abduction attempt
Burger Rage - woman chases Wendy's worker with taser over botched order
Daddy Dearest - man accused of trying to swap baby for beer

On this day in history: May 18, 1980 - After a 5.1 magnitude earthquake in Washington state, 57 people are killed in an avalanche of volcanic mud in the eruption of Mount St. Helens. The volcano spews out 200 million cubic yards of of pumice, ash, and debris which covers 24 square miles of the valley below.

Born on this day in history: May 18, 1970 - Tina Fey (1970 - ) Pennsylvania comedian Tiny Fey was recruited from improv comedy troupe "Second City" in 1997 to be a "Saturday Night Live" writer. In 1999, she was promoted to the position of head writer-the first woman on staff to be in the coveted position. More recently, she writes and stars in the hit comedy, "30 Rock," based on her experiences as a writer on "SNL".

Scripture of the Day: God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. - Hebrews 6:10

Video of the Day: The Product Tester Mini Test: Smooth Away





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Technology News
Microsoft's new Hotmail takes aim at Google
Why I became an Android fanboy
Seagate: 3TB drive en route, but with potential issues
MySpace unveils "simplified" privacy controls
As expected, The Pirate Bay returns
Verizon gives up on family's $18,000 bill

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The Weather
It rained yesterday. Forecasters predicted that it would—although they called for rain early in the day, and rain did not begin until late afternoon.

It is very overcast presently. Forecasts are for sunshine and no rain throughout the week, but it certainly does not look promising at the moment!

Monday, May 17, 2010

With this Ring, Grave Injustice, -and- Something to Crow About


With this Ring - robot conducts wedding in Tokyo
Grave Injustice - thieves steal hearse with body inside
Something to Crow About - MCSO busts cockfighting ring; nearly 70 arrested

On this day in history: May 17, 1974 - During a gun battle with members of the Symbionese Liberation Army, the LAPD fires tear gas into their Watts hideout. The canisters ignite a fire which soon consumes the house. Three other SLA members, including kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst, watch the events unfold on TV in their motel room down the street from Disneyland.

Born on this day in history: May 17, 1936 - Dennis Hopper (1936 - ) Born in Dodge City, Kansas, Dennis Hopper caused a sensation with anti-establishment Easy Rider (1969), in which he directed and starred. Later films include Blue Velvet(1986) and Speed (1994), and he also directed Colors (1988). Hopper landed a spot on the 2005 TV series "E-Ring," based on the U.S. Pentagon activities.

Scripture of the Day: Oh, the depth and riches of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out. - Romans 11:33

Video of the Day: The Product Tester: The Big City Slider Station





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Technology News
Microsoft Office 2010: Everything you need to know
Analyst's view: How to catch a virus
Rogue satellite shouldn't affect Comcast service
Google Street View cars sniffed Wi-Fi networks

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Fighting Back, CSI: Anytown, -and- Heat of the Moment


Fighting Back - chef hurls meat cleaver at fleeing thief
CSI: Anytown - personal DNA test kits arriving in stores soon
Heat of the Moment - activists protest Gore's honorary degree at University of Tennessee

On this day in history: May 14, 964 - Pope John XII dies of injuries inflicted eight days prior by a jealous husband who caught him in flagrante delicto with his wife. The 26-year-old pontiff had received a blow to the temple, causing immediate paralysis. Critics had accused John of converting the Lateran Palace into a whorehouse.

Born on this day in history: May 14, 1944 - George Lucas (1944 - ) Born in Modesto, California, director, writer and producer George Lucas hit it big with his low-budget film American Graffiti (1973), now one of the most successful low-budget features ever made. He then created Star Wars (1977), which helped Lucas become one of the film industry's most financially successful independent directors and producers.

Scripture of the Day: You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. — Psalm 139:13-14

Video of the Day: Steven Seagal Mountain Dew Commercial - submitted by Chris





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Technology News
Facebook secures its longin process
YouTube's unlisted videos attempt to preserve privacy
Hulu improves its player, commits to Flash

Photography Contest
The voting be open until 4 PM. A significant number of votes would be necessary in order to alter the current tally. I am, therefore, releasing the results at this time:
Winners

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Corning Skatepark Association Photographs Photographs from last Saturday's skate and bike exhibition:
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May Madness Photographs
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Final Frontier, Hoop Dreams, -and- Going Once...


The Final Frontier - Jupiter loses one of its stripes and scientists are stumped as to why
Hoop Dreams - 22-year-old man posing as high school basketballer busted
Going Once... - Bill Clinton offers himself as lottery prize to pay Hillary's debts

On this day in history: May 13, 1985 - After attempting to serve arrest warrants at 6221 Osage Avenue, police in West Philadelphia are sucked into a 90-minute gunfight with members of the MOVE organization. Later, police drop a bomb on the house from a helicopter. The bomb misses its target and ignites a fire which consumes the entire city block. 61 houses are destroyed in the conflagration, killing 11 MOVE members -- including five children -- and leaving hundreds of neighbors homeless.

Born on this day in history: May 13, 1950 - Stevie Wonder (1950 - ) Born in Michigan, Stevie Wonder was blinded by receiving too much oxygen in the incubator as a premature baby. In 1963, at the age of 12, his single "Fingertips - Pt. 2" became his first No. 1 hit. Wonder was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and named a U.N. Messenger of Peace in 2009 for his inspiration to the disabled.

Scripture of the Day: Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. - Proverbs 31:30

Video of the Day: The Product Tester: Mighty Putty





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Technology News
Microsoft unveils Office 2010
About 25% of U.S. has ditched landlines
Analyst's view: 6 reasons your SMB might choose Office 2010 over Google Apps
Facebook's follies: A brief history
New DoS attack uses Web servers as zombies

Photography Contest
Please vote for your favorite photographers! Voting will end, and winners will be announced on May 14. Here are the photographers' numbers and the photographs they submitted.
Photographers will remain anonymous until voting has ended. This is the current vote tally:

P2 - P4 - P5 - P10 - P8 - P21 - P37 - P9 - P32 - P21

To simplify voting: You may vote for as many photographers as you wish.
You need not choose only one photographer. The photographers who receive the most votes will be listed in descending order on the 14th.

You may also vote for your favorite photograph. The top ten photographs will be displayed, and credits will be given to the photographers.

Once again, you may vote for all your favorites. The photographs that receive the most votes will be listed in descending order on the 14th.
Photography Contest Gallery.

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Corning Skatepark Association Photographs Photographs from last Saturday's skate and bike exhibition:
- Photographs by John Richards
- Photographs by California Technologies

May Madness Photographs
Photographs from last weekend's May Madness:
- Friday
- Saturday

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fighting Back, Unholy, -and- Drive My Car


Fighting Back - store owner kills armed robber, wounds four others
Unholy - pagan police get vacation pay for festivals
Drive My Car - drunken man lets 9-year-old daughter drive

On this day in history: May 12, 1797 - Following Napoleon's conquest of Venice, Ludovico Manin reluctantly steps down as its last Doge. Thus ends the Most Serene Republic's 820-year history of national sovereignty.

Born on this day in history: May 12, 1907 - Katharine Hepburn (1907 - 2003) Actress Katharine Hepburn made her stage debut in 1928, and attained international fame as a character actress. She won several Oscars, notably for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968) and On Golden Pond (1981). In 1991 she published Me: Stories of My Life.

Scripture of the Day: There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life in Christ has set me free from the law of sin and death. - Romans 8:1-2

Video of the Day: A Tribute To Frank Frazetta (R.I.P.) - Submitted by Laura





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Technology News
Drifting satellite threatens U.S. cable programming
Report: Verizon, Google working on tablet
Google adds biking directions to Android's Google Maps

Photography Contest
Please vote for your favorite photographers! Voting will end, and winners will be announced on May 14. Here are the photographers' numbers and the photographs they submitted
.
Photographers will remain anonymous until voting has ended. This is the current vote tally:

P2 - P5 - P4 - P8 - P32 - P21 - P10 - P21 - P37 - P9

To simplify voting: You may vote for as many photographers as you wish.
You need not choose only one photographer. The photographers who receive the most votes will be listed in descending order on the 14th.

You may also vote for your favorite photograph. The top ten photographs will be displayed, and credits will be given to the photographers.

Once again, you may vote for all your favorites. The photographs that receive the most votes will be listed in descending order on the 14th.
Photography Contest Gallery.

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Corning Skatepark Association Photographs Photographs from last Saturday's skate and bike exhibition:

- Photographs by John Richards
- Photographs by California Technologies

May Madness Photographs
Photographs from last weekend's May Madness:

- Friday
- Saturday

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

He's Alive!, That's Nuts!, -and- Mommie Dearest


He's Alive! - murderer spends nearly 10 years in prison, freed when victim found alive
That's Nuts! - squirrel traps family in their home
Mommie Dearest - Mother of 15 charged after leaving 3-year-old girl at Walmart

On this day in history: May 11, 1960 - Four Mossad agents abduct fugitive Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann from a bus stop in Buenos Aires.

Born on this day in history: May 11, 1904 - Salvador Dalí (1904 - 1989) Born in Figueres, Spain, artist Salvador Dali produced paintings that made him the world's best-known Surrealist. In the late 1920s, he also began co-producing and writing films such as "Un chien andalou" (1929). His most famous painting, "The Persistence of Memory"—along with his flamboyant mustache and pet lobster—made him an eccentric art icon.

Scripture of the Day: Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. — Ephesians 4:32

Video of the Day: The Product Tester: Shamwow





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Technology News
Cable worried about threats from the Web
Unpatched hole found in Safari browser
Firefox 4 release plan: The need for speed

Photography Contest
Please vote for your favorite photographers! Voting will end, and winners will be announced on May 14. Here are the photographers' numbers and the photographs they submitted.
Photographers will remain anonymous until voting has ended. This is the current vote tally:

P2 - P4 - P5 - P10 - P8 - P21 - P32 - P21 - P37 - P9

To simplify voting: You may vote for as many photographers as you wish.
You need not choose only one photographer. The photographers who receive the most votes will be listed in descending order on the 14th.

You may also vote for your favorite photograph. The top ten photographs will be displayed, and credits will be given to the photographers.

Once again, you may vote for all your favorites. The photographs that receive the most votes will be listed in descending order on the 14th.
Photography Contest Gallery.

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Corning Skatepark Association Photographs
Photographs from last Saturday's skate and bike exhibition:

- Photographs by John Richards
- Photographs by California Technologies

May Madness Photographs
Photographs from last weekend’s May Madness:

- Friday
- Saturday

Monday, May 10, 2010

Fighting Back, Stupid Criminals, -and- See You in Court


Fighting Back - father featured on TV show kills one of three who tried to invade his home
Stupid Criminals - bank robber tries to eat note when she sees cop
See You in Court - teacher with rabbit phobia to sue 14-year-old for drawing bunny

On this day in history: May 10, 1933 - Joseph Göbbels presides over a public book burning in Berlin, which destroys more than 20,000 volumes. The collection includes books by Einstein and Freud. During the bibliocaust, Goebbels declares: "We have directed our dealings against the un-German spirit; consign everything un-German to the fire."

Born on this day in history: May 10, 1960 - Bono (1960 - ) Born in Dublin, Ireland, singer and political activist Paul Hewson joined the band U2 in 1976, and was dubbed "Bono Vox" (good voice) by his band mates. This was later shortened to Bono. U2's sixth album, "The Joshua Tree" (1987), catapulted the band to stardom. In 2005, U2 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Scripture of the Day: If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. — Matthew 18:15

Video of the Day: The Product Tester: Forearm Forklift





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Technology News
Facebook targeted by new FTC privacy complaint
New research could push hard drives into the multi-terabytes
Five hidden dangers in Facebook

Photography Contest
Please vote for your favorite photographers! Voting will end, and winners will be announced on May 14. Here are the photographers' numbers and the photographs they submitted.
Photographers will remain anonymous until voting has ended. This is the current vote tally:

P2 - P4 - P5 - P10 - P8 - P32 - P21 - P21 - P10 - P15

To simplify voting: You may vote for as many photographers as you wish.
You need not choose only one photographer. The photographers who receive the most votes will be listed in descending order on the 14th.

You may also vote for your favorite photograph. The top ten photographs will be displayed, and credits will be given to the photographers.

Once again, you may vote for all your favorites. The photographs that receive the most votes will be listed in descending order on the 14th.
Photography Contest Gallery.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Fighting Back, Fighting Back Too, -and- Free Ride


Fighting Back - Gone in 28 seconds: Rapid-fire sniper takes out five Taliban soldiers from more than a mile away to save British patrol
Fighting Back Too - cops: women stop attacker in campus stabbing
Free Ride - Arizona to eliminate speed cameras on highways

On this day in history: May 7, 1959 - Small-time boxing promoter Don King is arrested in Cleveland on suspicion of drug dealing. His criminal record includes a 1955 arrest for arson, a 1954 arrest for murder, and others.

Born on this day in history: May 7, 1901 - Gary Cooper (1901 - 1961) Born in Helena, MT, actor Gary Cooper became a star as the laconic cowboy in The Virginian (1929). Initially known for off-screen romances, he came to personify the archetypal American, winning Academy Awards for work in Sergeant York (1941) and High Noon (1952).

Scripture of the Day: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Video of the Day: Angry Alligator Snapping Turtle - submitted by Darin





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Technology News
Microsoft shows off future product tech at R&D day
Archos launches latest tablet
Papermate launches biodegradable pen
Worm spreading via Yahoo Messenger

Photography Contest
Please vote for your favorite photographers! Voting will end, and winners will be announced on May 14. Here are the photographers' numbers and the photographs they submitted.
Photographers will remain anonymous until voting has ended. This is the current vote tally:

P2 - P4 - P5 - P10 - P8 - P21 - P32 - P21 - P37 - P9

To simplify voting: You may vote for as many photographers as you wish. You need not choose only one photographer. The photographers who receive the most votes will be listed in descending order on the 14th.

You may also vote for your favorite photograph. The top ten photographs will be displayed, and credits will be given to the photographers.

Once again, you may vote for all your favorites. The photographs that receive the most votes will be listed in descending order on the 14th.
Photography Contest Gallery.

May Madness - Corning Car Show
The Corning Chamber of Commerce presents the 14th Annual Corning Classic Car Show - May Madness Show, Shine, and Cruise! May 7th and 8th.

See the Calendar of North State Events for schedule details.


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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Chew on This, Run for the Border, -and- Up in Smoke


Chew on This! - world's largest beaver dam seen from space, more than twice the length of Hoover Dam
Run for the Border - 12 states considering Arizona-like immigration legislation
Up in Smoke - Los Angeles orders 439 medical marijuana dispensaries to close

On this day in history: May 6, 1937 - Zeppelin Hindenberg explodes at Lakehurst NJ, leaving 36 dead and others seriously burned. Official cause of the explosion is listed as "St. Elmo's Fire," although it probably also involved the flammable silver paint the Germans used to coat the thing.

Born on this day in history: May 6, 1961 - George Clooney (1961 - ) Born in Lexington, KY actor, producer and director George Clooney became known as Dr. Doug Ross in TV series "ER" (1994-9), and went on to fame in such hits as Batman and Robin (1997), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and Oceans Eleven(2001). In 2002, Clooney made his directorial debut with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

Scripture of the Day: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. - James 5:16

Video of the Day: The Product Tester: Slap Chop





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





Technology News
Netflix upgrade to hit Roku players in June
Adobe CTO calls Apple "walled garden," denies HTML5 battle
Dating site matches Apple lovers together
Ellen DeGeneres provokes Apple's ire


Photography Contest
Please vote for your favorite photographers! Voting will end, and winners will be announced on May 15. Here are the photographers' numbers and the photographs they submitted: Submissions. Photographers will remain anonymous until voting has ended. Photography Contest Gallery. Currently, these are the tally positions: P2, P5, P4, P8, P32.
Photography Contest Gallery.

May Madness - Corning Car Show
The Corning Chamber of Commerce presents the 14th Annual Corning Classic Car Show - May Madness Show, Shine, and Cruise! May 7th and 8th. See the Calendar of North State Events for schedule.

Corning Skatepark Association
Be certain to visit the new Corning Skatepark Association Web Site!

The 2010 National Day of Prayer (NDP) will take place today. Shirley Dobson continues as Chairman of the NDP Task Force; Dr. Franklin Graham is the Honorary Chairman for 2010. The National Day of Prayer Task Force has its own Web site that offers information about how the day is observed across the United States.

Here in Corning, at 12 pm, in front of Corning’s City Hall, New Life Assembly is hosting the public prayer and invites all who are interested, to join together to pray for our nation, state and city.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Fighting Back, Somebody's Watching You, -and- You Keep Me Hanging On


Fighting Back - Target stabbing spree ended by off-duty West Hollywood deputy who was shopping
Somebody's Watching You- Eye in sky finds illegal Pierce County buildings
You Keep Me Hanging On - Rollercoaster thrillseekers left dangling upside down 50ft up for 20 minutes after poncho gets stuck in rails

On this day in history: May 5, 1961 - Alan B. Shepard is the first American in space, with a fifteen minute suborbital flight.

Born on this day in history: May 5, 1959 - Brian Williams (1959 - ) Born in Elmira, New York, TV news anchor Brian Williams began his career in Kansas before moving to a CBS outlet in New York City, where he won an Emmy for reporting on the stock market collapse. He took over from Tom Brokaw as anchor of "NBC Nightly News" in 2004. Williams' acclaimed coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 improved his image.

Scripture of the Day: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7

Video of the Day: 185-year-old Tortoise - submitted by Cindy





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





Technology News
Is Microsoft's Internet Explorer losing users?
MIT researchers print solar cell on paper
William Shatner, tech mogul?

Photography Contest
Please vote for your favorite photographers! Voting will end, and winners will be announced on May 15. Here are the photographers' numbers and the photographs they submitted: Submissions. Photographers will remain anonymous until voting has ended. Photography Contest Gallery. Currently, these are the tally positions: P2, P5, P4, P32, P8.

May Madness - Corning Car Show
The Corning Chamber of Commerce presents the 14th Annual Corning Classic Car Show - May Madness Show, Shine, and Cruise! May 7th and 8th. See the schedule of events:
Calendar of North State Events.

Corning Skatepark Association
Be certain to visit the new Corning Skatepark Association Web Site!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Avast!, Tapped Out, -and- Say It Ain't So Joe!


Avast! - Sailor runs aground after using a car sat nav to guide his boat down the Thames
Tapped Out - MA city bans sale of bottled water
Say It Ain't So Joe! - $12 cup of coffee comes to New York

On this day in history: May 4, 2000 - The "I Love You" computer worm rampages through Internet email systems, inflicting damages somewhere in the $2-to-$15 billion range. The worm spreads by exploiting design flaws in the Microsoft Outlook mail client and also the gullibility of your typical computer user. A variety of Filipino suspects is ultimately narrowed down to an AMA Computer College student from Manila.

Born on this day in history: May 4, 1929 - Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) Born in Brussels, Belgium, actress Audrey Hepburn trained as a ballet dancer, making her acting debut in London in 1948. Hepburn went on to international acclaim for films like Sabrina (1954) and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). In later years, one of Hollywood's greatest style icons became a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

Scripture of the Day: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. — 2 Chronicles 7:14

Video of the Day: "Wooly Bully" Sam the Sam and the Pharaos - submitted by Frank





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





Technology News
Craigslist hit with subpoena over "adult services" section
News site spies naughty pics on lawmaker's laptop
What's next for Hotmail

Photography Contest
Please vote for your favorite photographers! Voting will end, and winners will be announced on May 15. Here are the photographers' numbers and the photographs they submitted. Photographers will remain anonymous until voting has ended.

Voting is going smoothly. I shall post a tally later today.

Page 1: 1-9 = P1; 10-36 = P2; 37-40 = P3; 41-60 = P2

Page 2: 1-19 = P2; 20-28 = P4; 29-39 = P5; 40 = P6; 41-42 = P2; 43 = P5; 44-46 = P2; 47 = P6; 48-52 = P8; 53-60 =P9

Page 3: 1-8 = P10; 9-17 = P11; 18-27= P12; 28-31= P13; 32-47 = P14; 48-49 = P5; 50-52 = P15; 53-57 = P19; 58 = P16; 59-60 = P20

Page 4: 1-8 = P21; 9 = P43; 10-13 = P22; 14 = P23; 15-16 = P24; 17 = P25; 18 = P26;
19 = P27; 20 = P28; 21 = P29; 22-28 = P2; 29-34 = P30; 35 = P31; 36-53 = P2; 54-59 = P32; 60 = P33

Page 5: 1-3 = P34; 4-6 = P35; 7 = P36; 8 = P37; 9 = P38; 10-11 = P39; 12-13 = P40; 14-15 = P41; 16 = P42

Photography Contest Gallery.

May Madness - Corning Car Show
The Corning Chamber of Commerce presents the 14th Annual Corning Classic Car Show - May Madness Show, Shine, and Cruise! May 7th and 8th.

FRIDAY Registration: 3 PM - 5:30 PM (at Transportation Center); Cruise: 5:30 PM (from Transportation Center to Corning Ford; Car Show Mixer: 6 PM to 8 PM (at Corning Ford).

SATURDAY Registration: 7 AM to 10 AM (at Transportation Center); Pancake Breakfast: 7 AM to 10 AM (at the Fire Hall); Show & Shine: 7 AM to 4 PM (along Solano Street); Car & Motorcycle Swap Meet: 7 AM to 4 PM; Motorcycle Slow Race: 9 AM to 10 AM; Mill Creek Blues Band: 9:30 AM to 2 PM; Vendors, Food, and Fun: 10 AM to 4 PM; Skateboard Exhibition: 12 PM to 1 PM; Low Rider Hydraulic Show: 10 AM to 11 AM; 1st Round of Burn-outs: 11 AM to 12 PM; 4X4 R.T.I. Ramp: 12 PM to 1 PM; Burn-out Finals: 12:30 PM; Raffle Drawing: 12 PM to 3 PM; Awards Presentation: 3 PM

Corning Skatepark Association
Be certain to visit the new Corning Skatepark Association Web Site!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Fighting Back, It's Watts for Dinner, -and- Finders Keepers


Fighting Back - customer uses own gun to stop bank robber
It's Watts for Dinner - man eats 1,500 light bulbs
Finders Keepers - woman "steals" house by occupying it

On this day in history: May 3, 1945 - British torpedo bombers attack the Cap Arcona and the Thielbek in the Baltic Sea. Both vessels are flying white flags, as there are almost 7,000 concentration camp prisoners aboard. In the process of abandoning ship, the German captain of the Arcona uses a machete to hack his way through the mass of people. When the ships sink, virtually all of the prisoners drown, making this the single largest loss of life in the history of ocean travel.

Born on this day in history: May 3, 1933 - James Brown (1933 - 2006) Born in Barnwell, South Carolina, musician James Brown is one of the most significant figures in Motown. Combining gospel and blues roots with a distinctive performing style, Brown earned the title "The Godfather of Soul." In the 1970s, he was one of the first black entertainers to take control of his own career.

Scripture of the Day: Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. - Romans 12:12

Video of the Day: A car backed up through a wall in a Tulsa, Oklahoma, parking garage - submitted by Amber





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





Technology News
Boy Scouts develop "video game" merit badge
Apple's iPad 3G Dropping Quality on Media Streams
Anatomy of a hack
Why HP bought Palm
Apple in antitrust crosshairs?
Family disputes Verizon's $18,000 bill

Photography Contest
Submissions for the photography contest are now closed. Please vote at your earliest convenience for the photographer whose work you favor. Here are the photographs submitted with numbers representing the photographers. The photographers will remain unnamed until voting ends on May 15th.
Photography Contest Gallery.

Page 1: 1-9 = P1; 10-36 = P2; 37-40 = P3; 41-60 = P2

Page 2: 1-19 = P2; 20-28 = P4; 29-39 = P5; 40 = P6; 41-42 = P2; 43 = P5; 44-46 = P2; 47 = P6; 48-52 = P8; 53-60 =P9

Page 3: 1-8 = P10; 9-17 = P11; 18-27= P12; 28-31= P13; 32-47 = P14; 48-49 = P5; 50-52 = P15; 53-57 = P19; 58 = P16; 59-60 = P20

Page 4: 1-8 = P21; 10-13 = P22; 14 = P23; 15-16 = P24; 17 = P25; 18 = P26; 19 = P27; 20 = P28; 21 = P29; 22-28 = P2; 29-34 = P30; 35 = P31; 36-53 = P2; 54-59 = P32; 60 = P33

Page 5: 1-3 = P34; 4-6 = P35; 7 = P36; 8 = P37; 9 = P38; 10-11 = P39; 12-13 = P40; 14-15 = P41; 16 = P42

May Madness - Corning Car Show
The Corning Chamber of Commerce presents the 14th Annual Corning Classic Car Show - May Madness Show, Shine, and Cruise! May 7th and 8th.

FRIDAY Registration: 3 PM - 5:30 PM (at Transportation Center); Cruise: 5:30 PM (from Transportation Center to Corning Ford; Car Show Mixer: 6 PM to 8 PM (at Corning Ford).

SATURDAY Registration: 7 AM to 10 AM (at Transportation Center); Pancake Breakfast: 7 AM to 10 AM (at the Fire Hall); Show & Shine: 7 AM to 4 PM (along Solano Street); Car & Motorcycle Swap Meet: 7 AM to 4 PM; Motorcycle Slow Race: 9 AM to 10 AM; Mill Creek Blues Band: 9:30 AM to 2 PM; Vendors, Food, and Fun: 10 AM to 4 PM; Skateboard Exhibition: 12 PM to 1 PM; Low Rider Hydraulic Show: 10 AM to 11 AM; 1st Round of Burn-outs: 11 AM to 12 PM; 4X4 R.T.I. Ramp: 12 PM to 1 PM; Burn-out Finals: 12:30 PM; Raffle Drawing: 12 PM to 3 PM; Awards Presentation: 3 PM

Corning Skatepark Association
Be certain to visit the new Corning Skatepark Association Web Site!