31 March 2011

Blue Angles in High Def

Great perspective with much of it filmed from the cockpit.  You see the formation then see it from the pilot or camera view.

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Gorilla encounter


Click on link  Absolutely beautiful.

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Flyover Just Clears Univ of Iowa Scoreboard

4 jets fly over Kinnick Stadium to honor vets on November 20, 2010 - It was 400 knots at 176' AGL, cleared the scoreboard by 58 feet!


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What artists do if given wire and household objects

The introvert

Just Married:  Ben & Anna Happyfruit

Fruit with life experience

Modest pear

Paper training our little dog,



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27 March 2011

Think Outside the Box

You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus:

1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.

2. An old friend who once saved your life.

3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car? Think before you continue reading.

This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application. You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first. Or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back. However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again.

The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer. He simply answered: 'I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams.'

Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations.

Never forget to 'Think Outside of the Box.'

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When's the best time to buy gas?

When's the best time to buy gas?

Hint: It has nothing to do with the temperature outside.

By John PlattMon, Mar 14 2011 at 2:19 PM EST  15 Comments


Photo: Tony Case/Flickr


With gas prices soaring, and now at the highest levels we've seen in years, we are all looking for ways to save money at the tank. The best way to do that could be by timing your purchases properly, say experts.


The time of day can also be a factor in gas prices. According to Brad Proctor, founder of GasPriceWatch.com, a price-comparison website for consumers and corporate fleets, the best prices are mostly likely to be found before noon. "In any given community, especially major towns, there's going to be a big player in gasoline," says Proctor. "These are the company-owned stores, and they have a process where their managers come in every morning with a list of their competitors' prices." The pricing data is sent from each store to a central corporate data center, where it is used along with other information like cash flow, market costs and the stock market to set the day's prices for the entire chain. "This is generally done first thing in the morning," says Proctor.


Once the big players set their prices, the other stores in the area follow suit. "You get a couple of organizations like Sam's which will hold their prices for 24 hours," says Proctor, "but everyone else will jack theirs up right away." He says you generally have an hour or two before all area stores are selling gas at pretty much the same price.


You might think holding prices down would be a good competitive move for these smaller stations, but Proctor says maintaining price parity is actually a survival method. "If they're selling at 20 cents below the station across the street, they're going to have a run on gas, and they're going to run out." If that happened, it could be days or even a week before they get a new delivery of gasoline, since these smaller companies don't get delivers as often as giants like BP or ExxonMobile.


Once prices rise, they come down more slowly. "That's natural competition," Proctor says. "It's the normal cycle of what happens. But when it goes up, it tends to go up big," so he says filling up in the morning is still the safest bet for your wallet. "When I win and save money, it buys me lunch that day every time."


Does morning shopping provide another economic incentive? Many people believe that buying gas when it is cooler outside, like in the morning or the evening, will save you money. Proctor says there is a science behind it, but colder temperatures won't give you enough extra volume of gasoline to make a major difference.


Picking the right day to buy can result in significant savings, said Jason Toews, co-founder of GasBuddy.com, another site which helps consumers compare local gas prices. "Wednesdays are the best day of the week for cheap gas prices," he told Kiplinger's Personal Finance. "Stations tend to raise prices on the weekends and especially during the summer." So avoid filling up on peak travel days and stick with the middle of the week if you can.


Making the right decision about where to buy can also potentially save you money. GasBuddy has several money-saving tips on their site, such as buying gas from suburban stations, rather than in affluent metro areas, where prices will tend to be higher. In addition, gas stations on the freeway or near major exits will also tend to have more inflated prices.


Other good ways to save money on gas, according to MNN's Russell McLendon, include keeping your speedometer below 60 mph, avoiding idling, and making sure your gas cap is securely tightened to avoid any evaporation.


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The moment before the holiday went terribly wrong

24 March 2011

Buy a Smart Car for great Gas Mileage ............!...

Save Money and the Environment......

Below is a Photo of An Accident Near New Orleans Involving Two Trucks And A "Smart Car.


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USA TODAY: Ex-Qwest CEO: I won't pay for attorneys' underwear

Ex-Qwest CEO: I won't pay for attorneys' underwear
In what often appears a common occurrence the attorneys in this case hold funds in "trust" and then bill excessively. Time to fight back

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23 March 2011

Now this is a shredder!

shredder-1.wmv Watch on Posterous

Tim the tool man would be proud

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How google maps really works


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The Elk of Estes Park.

Another look at Estes Park





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Dead horses parable

Dakota Sioux tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead
 horse, the best strategy is to dismount.  However we often try other strategies with dead horses, including the following: 
1.      Buying a stronger whip.
2.      Changing riders.
3.      Saying things like, "This is the way we always have ridden this horse."
4.      Appointing a committee to study the horse.
5.      Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.
6.      Increasing the standards to ride dead horses.
7.      Appointing a tiger team to revive the dead horse.
8.      Creating a training session to increase our riding ability.
9.      Comparing the state of dead horses in today's environment.
10.     Change the requirements declaring that, "This horse is not dead." 
11.     Hire contractors to ride the dead horse.
12.     Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed.
13.     Declaring that, "No horse is too dead to beat."
14.     Providing additional funding to increase the horse's performance.
15.     Do a study to see if contractors can ride it cheaper.
16.     Purchase a product to make dead horses run faster.
17.     Declare the horse is "better, faster and cheaper" dead.
18.     Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses.
19.     Revisit the performance requirements for horses.
20.     Say this horse was procured with cost as an independent variable.
21.     Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.
22.     Have a multitude of people with vastly different points of view to debate the reason why this horse died, how do we know it is really dead, and what tactics will we use in the future to prevent this from occurring again. 
23.     Monitor the frequency of death in our horses and find a benchmark in the industry to compare our horse death rate to others. 
24.     Surely there is a regulatory agency out there somewhere that has guidelines on what to do with a dead horse and how to dismount the dead horse in the safest way possible. 
25.     Get Risk management involved since our liability greatly increases if we do not actually recognize that the horse is dead yet attempt to continue to ride it. 

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20 March 2011

Computer problems


Computer problem in Florida / True story

Technical Support, how can I help you?

CALLER: 'Last night my computer started making a lot of hissing noises at me so I shut it down. This morning
when I turned it on the computer started hissing and cracking, then started smoking and a bad smell, then nothing'.

TECH SUPPORT: 'I will have a technician come over first thing this morning. Leave the computer just like it is, so they can find
the problem and fix it, or change it out with another computer. Give me your address; phone number and the technician will be there
just as soon as he can'.

When the technician got there, the lady showed him where the computer was, said what happened to it, ... this is what the
technician found wrong.

Take a look at the pictures... YOU WON'T BELIEVE YOUR EYES

And you thought YOU had computer problems!!!

The technician told her: ... 'It must have been after the mouse!'

... The woman didn't think it was very funny at all!


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Computer Repair

Caller: Hi, our printer is not working.

Customer Service: What is wrong with it?

Caller : Mouse is jammed.

Customer Service: Mouse? ... Printers don't have a mouse!!!

Caller:Mmmmm??..Ohreally? ...I will send a picture.

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