Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Space race: Rutan, others set to launch for Ansari X Prize

CNN reports that Burt Rutan and others today announced their fall schedules in pursuit of the X-Prize. Rutan and Scaled Composites will make their first launch attempt at the prize on September 29, 2004.

qv: CNN.com - Next space race: Private craft prepare to launch

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Phil Yanov with Jerry Sidell on Ralph & Company

I did the Ralph & Company radio show on WORD on Saturday with Jerry Sidell of the TRC in Greenville.  The show is on the web:


qv: www.TRCGreenville.com

Friday, July 23, 2004

Monkey now walks on two legs

Possibly suffering brain damage after a bout of the flu, a 5-year-old black macaque at the Safari Park near Tel Aviv has begun walking exclusively upright... yikes! Is Ape City next?
qv: news.xinhuanet.com

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

The Eagle Has Landed - 35 Years Ago Today

As you might expect, Space.com has a great remembrance of the landing of Apollo 11 just 35 years ago today.
Apollo 11 - 35th Anniversary at Space.com

Monday, July 19, 2004

Along Came Frodo - Fifty Years Ago Today

On this day in 1954, The Fellowship of the Ring, the first book in the Lord of the Ring's trilogy, was published for the first time. The Writer's Almanac delivered a lovely tribute.

The Writer's Almanac JULY 19, 2004

Friday, July 16, 2004

I, Robot in theaters

And the reviews say it stinks. I thought it was better than that.  Tremendously overblown effects don't make up for the dopey dialogue, but they do leave you with something of a fun action flick which is pretty watchable.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Mark your Calendars for the best book sale of the year...

The Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale

The Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale

Where: McAlister Square
When: Saturday, August 21, 2004
What Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Sponsored by: Greenville Literacy Association, Inc.

I went to this sale last year and it was a lot of fun. It is amazing how many books they can stack in every conceivable nook and cranny of the McAllister Square Mall. There were books everywhere! They had over 10,000 people come and over $50,000 were raised. There are a lot of books and many of them are really, really cheap. Bring a bag and come early!

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Brutally Honest Personals

My friend says I have an amazing heart, although I tend to disagree. I'm as narcissistic and verbose as I am obsessive and introspective. I fear intimacy and often create drama. I've made annoying others into an art.

Esquire magazine has launched a delightful page of brutally honest personal ads. The ads are filled with people who are overweight, addled, and troubled. What they hope to gain from these ads is clear. They hope that someone will find their candor appealing and ring them up to learn more. Their lives may be trainwrecks and we are invited along for the ride...

qv: http://www.esquire.com/brutal/

Kerry and Edwards Form Dem Ticket

from the John Kerry website...

Kerry - Edwards
A New Team for a New America

July 06, 2004

For Immediate Release
Pittsburgh, PA

Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry announced today that he has chosen North Carolina Senator John Edwards to join his campaign to build a stronger America. Experienced, energetic leaders who will restore hope here at home and respect around the world, the Kerry-Edwards ticket represents a new team for a new America."

qv: JohnKerry.com - Kerry and Edwards

NY Post Gets It Wrong

On July 6, 2004 the front page of the tabloid New York Post incorrectly reported that Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry had picked U.S. Representative Richard Gephardt (D-MO) as his running mate.

qv: Yahoo! News - : "The front page of New York Post gets it wrong."

Beam Me Up Scotty -- One Last Time

Reuters reports that at age 84, Star Trek actor James Doohan has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He will make just a couple of public appearances before retiring completely from public life.

qv: Yahoo! News - 'Star Trek's' Scotty Diagnosed with Alzheimer's

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Book Review -- Multiple Streams of Income: How to Generate a Lifetime of Unlimited Wealth, Second Edition

Multiple Streams of Income is a whole lot of hype punctuated with just as much bad financial advice. Like a carnival barker, each in your face chapter espouses themes as ridiculous as "Network Marketing Is The Income Stream of the Future." The "advice" in this book is worthless and unactionable. Test it for yourself. Pick up the book, read any single chapter, (this will take no longer than five minutes) and then write down on a piece of paper the specific steps you would take to generate the miraculous stream of income the author describes. You will find that like all peddlers of poof he has skipped over the challenging elements or potential points of failure for each scheme. If you really need to generate additional income, you'd be better off finding someone in an honest line of work and asking them how you can learn the ropes. Books like this one build unrealistic expectations and then crush the spirit of those who attempt to follow and fail. The poor souls who pin their hopes on these cheapjacks blame themselves rather than the true author of their failure... another huckster with a handful of magic beans.

qv: Multiple Streams of Income: How to Generate a Lifetime of Unlimited Wealth, Second Edition at Amazon.com