Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Somebody's Watching You, Speeders, -and- Dead Bull

In the News Today
Somebody's Watching You - officials pull plug on website promoting hidden camera gadgets for principals
Speeders - man arrested after filming himself driving 140 MPH
Dead Bull - UM study says energy drinks pose serious risk to kids

On this Day in History: February 15, 1936 - At a speech in Berlin, Hitler confronts German industry with the challenge of creating the Volkswagen. Thus Ferdinand Porsche designs the Beetle which is now widely seen as the final solution to fahrvergnugen. But neither Hitler nor Porsche would have the foresight to realize how groovy the Beetle would be, man.

Born on this Day in History: February 15, 1954 - Matt Groening (1954 - ) Born in Portland, Oregon, cartoonist Matt Groening earned fans with his strip, "Life in Hell" (1980). Groening then landed an animation deal with the Fox Network in 1985, broadcasting his cartoons on "The Tracey Ullman Show." The popular shorts led to the spin-off "The Simpsons," which, in 2009, became the longest running primetime series in the U.S.

Scripture of the Day

Video of the Day - submitted by Phillip

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

Technology in the News Today
EchoStar-Hughes tie-up should deliver broadband to Dish
Wider Apple supplier survey finds more violations
Plextor site hacked after product launch

Approximately three years ago, I found it necessary to create a Facebook account in order to contact a former band member who sent me an invitation to view his Facebook page. I had not communicated with him in many, many years and was eager to do so. I created a Facebook account, contacted him through his Facebook page, and immediately moved the conversation (and future conversations with him) to private email. At that point, I forgot about my Facebook account. A year or so later, I determined that—while I never visited Facebook—the flow of friend, app, and game requests had become a flood. I attempted to delete my account. For about ten months, I attempted—without success—to delete my Facebook account!) The seemingly insurmountable issue with which I was dealing was that I had created my account with an email address that no longer belonged to me. (Many readers will recall that a year or so ago, I sold my prior domain.) Attempts to delete my account ended unsuccessfully each time I reached that point at which Facebook required me to confirm that I was, in fact, the owner of the account. Since I no longer had access to the email account of record, I was unable to confirm my identity as the owner of the account. Last evening, I was SO determined that I would find a way to delete my Facebook account that I lay in bed with my Motorola Droid X and a determination that I would not sleep until the deed was done. The good news is I did, in fact, accomplish thee removal of my Facebook account! The bad news is I have no idea whatever how I managed this! Perhaps it shall remain forever something not to be understood.

RAINBOWS!!! Laura managed to capture this image of two rainbows yesterday with her Motorola Droid X.