Wednesday, December 31, 2003

South Carolina Business Review Interview Now Online

The review with Mike Switzer aired on the South Carolina Educational Radio Network this morning. I thought the interview went pretty well. It got the word out to a different audience and I received inquiries within minutes of its airing. For those who missed it, I recorded the interview and put it on the web.

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It was really gratifying that Mike liked the GSATC website enough to make it his website of the week. (

Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Pictures With Holy Family

We have found even more pictures of well known personages (in my family) who took time to have their photos made with the Holy Family.

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South Carolina Business Review Interview Will Air 12/31/03

My recent interview with Mike Switzer of the South Carolina Business Review will air tomorrow morning at 7:52 AM on WEPR 90.1FM, and all of the South Carolina Educational Radio Network.

Also, Mike named as the South Carolina website of the week.

Monday, December 29, 2003

And The Archangel Michael Was Present At The Birth...

I read a letter in the Greenville News today complaining that the malls are charging for pictures with Santa. I was a bit incredulous. I don't ever remember the photos being free or you being allowed to take your own pictures of Santa. Where has this guy been living the last thirty years? I fumed for a short while, but then I realized that not only was the writer clueless, he was complaining about the wrong problem. The thousands of people who flock to the mall for Santa Photos each year have succumbed to the mass crass commercialization of Christmas! They should have their pictures taken alongside THE REAL REASON FOR THE SEASON! (Or a plastic facsimile.)

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Friday, December 26, 2003

Christmas Eve Group Picture...

We had our usual good time at Eddie and Lorraine's Christmas Eve bash. This year, we took a minute to pose for a group shot. Click on the picture for the EXTRA LARGE version sitting on the server.

Christmas Eve Group Photo. Click for EXTRA LARGE picture.

Thursday, December 25, 2003

Happy Holidays!

Wishing You and Yours, A Very, Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 22, 2003

Red Planet Scheduled To Get Puppy For Christmas

The UK's Beagle-2 probe has separated from the Mars Express Orbiter and is beginning its approach for a Christmas Day landing on Mars. Once it is on the ground, the probe will deploy its solar panels, play a little tune, and begin sniffing about for evidence of life on Mars.

Sunday, December 21, 2003

I am still thinking about Fight Club...

Quotes from the movie:

This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time.

You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your f***ing khakis. You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.

On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.

It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything.

You have to consider the possibility that God does not like you.

I am Jack's...

I am Jack's broken heart.
I am Jack's cold sweat.
I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.
I am Jack's inflamed sense of rejection.
I am Jack's raging bile duct.
I am Jack's smirking revenge.
I am Jack's wasted life.

Listen up, maggots. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else.

You are the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.

Saturday, December 20, 2003

A Bit of Christmas Boo! It looks like someone is having some fun at Henry VIII's London Castle. It seems they have a Christmas ghost who won't shut the doors behind himself. qv: MSNBC - Ghostly image at†Britain's Hampton Court

Friday, December 19, 2003

Holy Rube Goldberg! Check out the Cog Movie.

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Fight Club DVD at

Fight Club is elegant and brutal, sophisticated and terrifying. It makes you squirm and ask for more... You will watch it twice. Fight Club asks the life questions that every consumer in the USA should be asking of themselves. It grabs our values by the throat and demands that they answer for themselves. Beautifully photographed, the movie is dark and disturbing in hopes that you will not lose the point. It admonishes but never preaches. It challenges without giving the answers. Fight club is about soap, and one man's search for meaning. It's about loyalty, leadership, and the mentality of the pack. It may stretch your sensibilities, but it will definitely make you think.

Muy Bueno! Mike Brannaman found a Los Straitjackets web game to while away the hours until they come to Greenville...

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

I recorded a 5 minute interview with Mike Switzer of the South Carolina Business Review this morning. The Interview will broadcast on the South Carolina Educational Radio Network within the next two weeks. Mike was not able to give a definite date, but I will post the date once I find out.

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? How about Two Seats on a Russian Rocket? It will only set you back an easy $40 Million. My question is this -- Do they have an installment plan? The story is from Reuters.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

The Utterly Fantastic And Totally Unbelievable Sound Of Los Straitjackets Tis The Season For Los Straitjackets

You say you don't know who Los Straitjackets are?

They are a super surf rock band that re-capture the blazing thrill of the Ventures. Faces covered in mexican wrestling masks, these guys deliver red hot guitar licks that are timeless. This is great stuff. Their offical website now reports that their most recent effort with Eddy "THE CHIEF" Clearwater has been nominated for a Grammy!

Check out the following links:
Holiday Album At Amazon
Los Straitjackets At Amazon
2003 Christmas Tour Article at ChartAttack
Los Straitjackets News At Surfwax

Fred Eaglesmith & Los Straitjackets Are Coming To The Handlebar
Mark Your Calendar for these two very special dates!

FRED EAGLESMITH, January 24, 2004 (Saturday)
Okay, take a deep breath, because we're gonna go out on a limb and say something so audacious that just happens to be true: Fred Eaglesmith is one of the few musicians who can be mentioned in the same breath with John Hiatt, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Alvin. Which is to say that Fred Eaglesmith is every bit as amazing a live performer as he is a songwriter. For more than two decades, Fred has used his keen eye and incisive wit to perfectly render the world of "Everyman": Guns, trains, alcohol and gasoline -- the four major food groups of the beat-to-hell pickup-truck set that makes up Fred's crushing metier. Fredís lethal combo of rock, blues and country has been slaying loyal fans since our old mill days! 9 p.m. $10 (Add 50 cents sales tax)

LOS STRAITJACKETS, February 25, 2004 (Wednesday)
Hold on to your Mexican wrestling masks, folks, we finally got 'em! At the top of our wish list for so long we can hardly believe it, this quartet of weirder-than-weird surf rock maniacs are at last making their first Handlebar appearance! For our true geek-rock fans (we're thinkin' Southern Culture, Red Elvises and Cigar Store Indians, to name a few), this is one of the must-see shows of 2004. Think Dick Dale on Telemundo or the The Ventures on vacation in Tijuana; it's instrumental surf-rock with a definite South-Of-The-Border feel (and look). Clad all in Mexican wrestling garb, the 'Jackets give you a show-within-a-show with their Broadway-ready choreography (well, maybe off-Off-Broadway) and beach-blistered hot licks! It may still be winter outside, but it's a Baja shindig at The Handlebar! 8:30 p.m. $10 (Add 50 cents sales tax)
Cool Website Alert!

Both appearing at the Handlebar --

Holy Websites Batman! Adam West, the Batman of my youth, has a very cool website! It has a Flash Intro that you'll actually enjoy, lots of great photos, and of course, stuff for sale, including signed copies of "Back To The Batcave!"

Monday, December 15, 2003

Spidey Returns! Sony released the new teaser trailer for Spiderman2 Today. (Watch It) It looks like they have kept everything wonderful and horrible about the first movie.


Friday, December 12, 2003

Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson v.
Kevin "Hitman" Engel

For the IKF Amateur World Title
Tonight on CSS - Friday, December 12th, at 11:PM EST

Stephen Wonderboy Thompson v. Kevin Hitman Engel

What Is The Meatrix? This is a very clever ripoff of The Matrix in order to promote cruelty free farming. This is a very engaging (I can't really say cute) use of barnyard characters to enlighten us about what goes on in farms before chicken, pork, and beef arrives in our grocer.

Monday, December 08, 2003

I just finished reading the first couple of chapters on Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down The Bones. She said that she does not use a computer to do her writing. She actually sounded a bit dated on the subject as she said that she might use a Macintosh if she got the chance so that she could put the keyboard in her lap and write in comfort.

My laptop is not in a very comfortable spot for me to write in. I have to lean forward to type. It makes me wonder why I put up with this indignity day in and day out. It is in exactly the same place I use it when I am working and I just now realized that it is rather uncomfortable. I have to struggle to get into a relaxed position to use it. Most of the time I am hunched over like some overworked accountant. For starters, I can't get my chair under the desk. It keeps rolling backwards on five smooth casters that thwart my every attempt to get up under the desk. They are evil.

Next, there is no good place to rest my arms. The left arm rests on my desk, I guess that is ok, but the right is sitting on the credenza, at least an inch lower than the desk and at a bit of an odd angle. Who is responsible for this outrage? Why should I have to put up with these terrible working conditions?!? The question is rhetorical. I know the answer. The person who set up this contortionist's writing desk is... me.

My intentions were honorable. I set up the desk so that it would look good. I put the computer in the right corner because it was a good place for me to hide the power and mouse cables. I did this by judiciously placing a plant where it would conceal the cables as they disappeared into a neat rabbit hole that has been bored into the desk. It was genius.

I then discovered the miracle of USB. The miracle of USB is not that you can hook practically any device to it. The miracle of USB is that I can hook my mouse, external hard drive, Handspring Visor, Document Scanner, and portable Jump drive to it. That means I have five devices that all want to use one of the two ports that are actually installed on my computer by the manufacturer. Who am I to argue with their logic? It is my job to comply with the demands of this computer and make it happy. If I make IT happy, it will make me more productive. Thus, I make a trip to Circuit City (we are on speaking terms again) and buy a USB hub that (Voila!) turns one USB port into four. Since the hub I bought uses up one of the ports I have, I end up with 5 USB ports to share among the three devices that are normally connected to my PC and the two that I hook up to it occasionally. I am set.

It is probably worth noting that I could have all of the ports full at once if I really wanted to, but I don't ever want to. Mostly because I am pretty sure that something would melt down if I tried a trick as foolish as using all of the ports, and I still need this computer to get my work done.

My new problem is that I now have a USB hub hanging off of my computer most of the time now. That's one more gadget to hide, and this one is the size of a pack of cigarettes. It also means there is yet another power cord to snake down the rabbit hole. In a moment of inspiration I enlist the aid of a small humidor help the plant providing the camouflage needed. My laptops upturned LCD panel on one side, the plant and Humidor on the other, and I am never bothered by the pell mell collection of cables behind my laptop. The problem is that to provide adequate cover, I had to push my laptop back near the hole so that there were no gaps in coverage. This is why I lean. This is why I have to stretch to use my laptop. All of this exists so that my computer looks good while I feel bad.

In just the few minutes it took me to pen these words I have already developed a cramp in my back. Another year of this and I will look like the hunchback of Notre Dame while my computer wins the 2003 Home and Gardens Award for "Best Placed Laptop on a Big Wooden Desk."

Friday, December 05, 2003

Search Google News for Colymbosathon ecplecticos and you will get a wide variety of headlines. The staid Miami Herald reports "Researchers discover oldest male fossil" while MSNBC claims Oldest known male fossil bares all. Of course we have to go to the United Kingdom to get such gems as Fossilised shrimp has the oldest winkle in the world or the Sun's HERE is the oldest willy ever found. The Telegraph goes straight to the point by proclaiming 425m-year-old penis found! All of this because researchers have discovered a pee-pee on an incredibly well preserved fossil of the ancestor of a waterflea believed to have lived and died over 425 million years ago. While a waterflea's appendage can extend as long as 1/3 of its body length, this fossil shows something a bit shorter, and all of that on a bug that was less than 5mm long. Never before has so much been made of so little... a thing.