Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Quick Online Tips: Buzztracker Maps Google World News Directory

Quick Online Tips: Buzztracker Maps Google World News Directory

I like this. You should look at it. Do you like it?


It's a cool news world map with graphic representations of the frequency of the news stories... or something. It's cool to look at and you can see news (important news) that you might not get. It's sort of like headlines of the major daily papers, but with much more.


I got this email today. An obivious internet scam, but I know the people they are talking about - Sheryl Thompson and her family. Is it a wierd fluke? Did they pick my name out of a database because of a connection... with Valdez? or Alaska.

Who do you report this sort of thing to? I would normally delete it or click on the SPAM button... but I want to do more. I know these people to go to jail or at least a firm talking to... Are the people in those other emails real people? That's just sick...

time to do a internet hoax search...

Urgent Attetion.

I am writing following an oppurtunity in my office that will be of

imense benefit to both of us.
I am Barrister Jeff Stoner the Personal Attorney to late Mr.Morris

In my department I have all vital documents for the claim of my late

with Natwest Bank London and union bank.
First late Mr.Morris Thompson deposited with union bank $10 million

and later on he deposited $5 million with Natwest Bank London.
my client Late Mr. Morris Thompson an American who unfortunately lost

his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed
January 31 2000, including his wife and only daughter.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his
next of kin or relatves to come over and claim his money because we
cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or
relation to the deceased as indicated.
Unfortunately I learnt that his supposed next of kin being his only
daughter died along with him in the plane crash leaving nobody with
the knowledge of this fund behind for the claim.
The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that such money
remained after five years the money will be transferred into banking
treasury as unclaimed funds.
We agreed that 35% of this money will be for you as foreign partner,
while the balance will be for me. I will be sending to you the
informations of the bank so that you open up communication with the

Please in your response include your telephone number and address for

communication between us.

Best regards
Mr. Jeff Stone.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Steve Radotich

Man's Best Friend…
Valdez musher Steve Radotich gives his team some last minute affection before hitting the trails with other dog sledders from the area over the weekend.

Valdez Star Photo

I remember Steve Radotich from the Valdez Days. He was a great guy and one of a few mono skiers at the road run. He got caught in a bad avalanche which is detailed here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Here are the tools in picasa. There are three tabs- Basic Fixes, Tuning, and effects. Play around with them. It's fun.

We are Unitarian Jihad!

Greetings to the Imprisoned Citizens of the United States. We are Unitarian Jihad. There is only God, unless there is more than one God. The vote of our God subcommittee is 10-8 in favor of one God, with two abstentions. Brother Flaming Sword of Moderation noted the possibility of there being no God at all, and his objection was noted with love by the secretary.

Greetings to the Imprisoned Citizens of the United States! Too long has your attention been waylaid by the bright baubles of extremist thought. Too long have fundamentalist yahoos of all religions (except Buddhism -- 14-5 vote, no abstentions, fundamentalism subcommittee) made your head hurt. Too long have you been buffeted by angry people who think that God talks to them. You have a right to your moderation! You have the power to be calm! We will use the IED of truth to explode the SUV of dogmatic expression!

People of the United States, why is everyone yelling at you??? Whatever happened to ... you know, everything? Why is the news dominated by nutballs saying that the Ten Commandments have to be tattooed inside the eyelids of every American, or that Allah has told them to kill Americans in order to rid the world of Satan, or that Yahweh has instructed them to go live wherever they feel like, or that Shiva thinks bombing mosques is a great idea? Sister Immaculate Dagger of Peace notes for the record that we mean no disrespect to Jews, Muslims, Christians or Hindus. Referred back to the committee of the whole for further discussion.

We are Unitarian Jihad. We are everywhere. We have not been born again, nor have we sworn a blood oath. We do not think that God cares what we read, what we eat or whom we sleep with. Brother Neutron Bomb of Serenity notes for the record that he does not have a moral code but is nevertheless a good person, and Unexalted Leader Garrote of Forgiveness stipulates that Brother Neutron Bomb of Serenity is a good person, and this is to be reflected in the minutes.

Beware! Unless you people shut up and begin acting like grown-ups with brains enough to understand the difference between political belief and personal faith, the Unitarian Jihad will begin a series of terrorist-like actions. We will take over television studios, kidnap so-called commentators and broadcast calm, well-reasoned discussions of the issues of the day. We will not try for "balance" by hiring fruitcakes; we will try for balance by hiring non-ideologues who have carefully thought through the issues.

We are Unitarian Jihad. We will appear in public places and require people to shake hands with each other. (Sister Hand Grenade of Love suggested that we institute a terror regime of mandatory hugging, but her motion was not formally introduced because of lack of a quorum.) We will require all lobbyists, spokesmen and campaign managers to dress like trout in public. Televangelists will be forced to take jobs as Xerox repair specialists. Demagogues of all stripes will be required to read Proust out loud in prisons.

We are Unitarian Jihad, and our motto is: "Sincerity is not enough." We have heard from enough sincere people to last a lifetime already. Just because you believe it's true doesn't make it true. Just because your motives are pure doesn't mean you are not doing harm. Get a dog, or comfort someone in a nursing home, or just feed the birds in the park. Play basketball. Lighten up. The world is not out to get you, except in the sense that the world is out to get everyone.

Brother Gatling Gun of Patience notes that he's pretty sure the world is out to get him because everyone laughs when he says he is a Unitarian. There were murmurs of assent around the room, and someone suggested that we buy some Congress members and really stick it to the Baptists. But this was deemed against Revolutionary Principles, and Brother Gatling Gun of Patience was remanded to the Sunday Flowers and Banners committee.

People of the United States! We are Unitarian Jihad! We can strike without warning. Pockets of reasonableness and harmony will appear as if from nowhere! Nice people will run the government again! There will be coffee and cookies in the Gandhi Room after the revolution.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Hey I really like this photo! The tools on picasa are really freakin cool for a free program. Wow... on this picture. I changed the contrast, cropped, and bumped up the saturation. I like the green Chen and Blue craig.

This shows a heading of 1999, but the folders are from other times - like pix20dec04 is from the 20th of December 2004

Monday, April 11, 2005

Picasa 2

I'm trying to figure out Picasa. These are a few random notes from the field:

Man, I have a bunch of photos.... Most are Eddie's. Many folders are duplicated. Easy enough to "Remove from Picasa" right mouse click on the folder and select remove from Picasa - Then there is a dialogue box - you can have folders scanned once, removed, or watched. Highlight the folders on the left side of the box and then choose the action on the right.

Some things I want to fix - My camera sometime records the wrong date. I think this is the date that Picasa uses to sort the images - I need to give all those pics a new date. And then resort?

I want to figure out how all those buttons work - like the email and blogger button, slideshow, and webpage button

- I couldn't figure out why an image wasn't showing up in the folder view. I made sure the folder was set to be "updated automatically". No luck. I tried to manually import - The file was not there! AHA! I checked the options>file types and realized that it was not set to view .GIF and .PNG. ... when I click ok - it promptly started scanning the harddrive for .gig and .png and added them, but (Alas) it couldn't continue and shut down. - It worked after restarting the program

-To email - won't email from Yahoo - but yahoo has a little applet that lets you use it as a default email client program. hummm

- to post to blogger - download and install Hello. K

- Anyone know why the BloggerBot in Hello opens up Internet Explorer and not FireFox. It must be a setting somewhere.
Skype In - What is it and how to do?

Bust out with a pimpin' office!

This might help pep up my mood. 30km around Fulong sounds better than 350km down the coast.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

The worst winter on record

It's been very very bad.... If not for my great friends here in Taiwan and the Internet, I really don't know how I could've survived.

Thanks Friends

Thanks Internet

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

How to create Podcasts

here is an article on pocasting. I hope to follow this tutorial and post what I found out about it. Working with audio is alittle mysterious to me, so I hope this clears things up.

Let's start podcasting!

UNC is number one

My school, the university of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, are the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball champions.

Go Tarheels!

Sunday, April 03, 2005

it's about freedom


It's a great story with a simple message. Too much time + a digital camera divided by an orange jumpsuit and raised to the power of New York City = a story of true freedom.

Saturday, April 02, 2005


this is an audio post - click to play

This is super easy to do. But that doesn't mean that it isn't super freakin cool.

Step 1: got to http://www.audioblogger.com

Step 2: register with your blogger information - remember your the phone number and pin you enter.

Step 3: Call the number. Enter your phone number and pin (you remembered them, right?)

Step 4: Say something

Step 5: ?

Step 6: PROFIT!

First you should see this:

After you finish the registration, you should see this: