The Clarity of Thought…

A friend of mine came over this evening as she was in need of a place that was quiet and where she wouldn’t be bothered so that she could work on a term paper. Not a problem I thought to myself, I’ve got some CCNA reading on VLANs that I need to do and won’t be a distraction to her.

So she came over and while she was working on her paper, she took a nap on one of our four couches in our living room area. When she awoke she made her way over to the part where we have our HD TV setup – I was watching the Atlanta Braves vs. the New York Mets game on ESPN HD… *sigh* sadly my Braves lost… nonetheless, we chatted a bit and one thing she mentioned was how there was a news story about how the newly ordained Pope’s brother had enlightened the public that apparently his brother has some issues remembering things from time to time. Understandable for a man that is 78 years old.

Reuters apparently published an article stating how the 81 year old brother of the Pope talks about his brother’s forgetfulness. However, what seems to be ironic in the story is how the brother mentions,

“His clarity of thought,” his patience and “that we help each other out,” Bild am Sonntag quoted him as saying.

Now, don’t get me wrong, but how can someone have clarity of thought and yet be forgetful. This boggles my mind so.

Nevertheless, for the full article, you can read it here from BERLIN (Reuters).

Geek Haiku

Something that I have to say cracks me up is Thinkgeek.com‘s yearly Geek Haiku contest. This year quite the funny entry was the winner:

Late night LAN party,
I fall asleep in my chair
Keyboard waffle-face!

Have any of your own that you’d like to share?

The Washington Nationals…

Bush Throws Out First Pitch for Nationals
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/04/14/bush.baseball.reut/index.html
Get over it already…

Yes, it’s nice to have a baseball team closer than the Orioles that will be playing in the national league so there are more opportunities for me to go see my Atlanta Braves play, but for the love, stop referring to the Nationals as an expansion team. The league didn’t expand, nor did it contract, rather it relocated. Was there an expansion draft? No. The majority of last years Expos roster is still around, now sporting the Nationals logo and name. Explain to me how this is “expansion”. Expansion into the Northern Virginia / Washingtion DC Metropolitan market, sure. Expansion in the league, not so much, we still have the same number of teams.

Googling a Phone Number… tracking number… etc…

So the Google Web Log has an interesting article about how you can google tracking numbers and it will show up the information about your item. Pretty neat functionality for when you have a number and nothing more.
However, try putting in your phone number, if it’s not a cell phone or you don’t have it unlisted, boom, someone now has a map to your house and your address. Kind of creepy hmm? Yeah, but it’s all out there :-

Not All Teas Are Created Equal…

…or at least that’s what StarBuck’s would like us to believe.
I guess I’m thoroughly blown away by the way that StarBuck’s has begun to corner the Tea market after having cornered and become the ruler of the U.S. coffee market. It’s amazing that people are willing to pay $4 for a cup of coffee every morning. That’s approximately 250 days (50 weeks, 5 working days… figure they’re taking two weeks off where they’ll be away on a beach in Corolla, NC where they can only go to a place that serves “cheap” coffee that’s stinkin’ great, like maybe at Cravings off of the main road in Corolla) and at $4 a cup, that’s $1,000. Now, let’s see, if they put $83 a month ($1,000 / 12 months) into an ING direct savings account (if you’re interested, let me know and I’ll give you a referral that will help you out) with approximately 3% APR you would have $1,012.33. Sure, that’s $12 interest that you have to report on your next year’s taxes (speaking of which I should probably file mine eh?) but that’s $12 worth of songs on iTunes that you’re able to make now. If you were to let that sit for another year, with the same amount of money put into the account you would end up with $2,050.33 — amazing what a little interest can do in a year isn’t it?
So am I saying that you need to revolt against StarBuck’s and stop drinking high octane coffee that is supercharged with caffeine? By no means, rather you might want to consider putting away $4 for each cup of coffee that you drink into a savings account.
But, before we dot our i’s and cross our Teas (pun intended) and finish this thought, I’d like to get back to the e-mail at hand (now that we’ve had our lesson on compounding interest being a good thing). It’s funny how they even attempt to put a math lesson dealing with inheritance of objects and classes “All Tazo is Tea. But Not All Tea Is Tazo.” First off, why do they captialize every letter? Doesn’t That Seem Odd To You? Me too. Next on is the desciprition of how they pick their tea. Doesn’t it seem somewhat odd that they have a shaman involved? What about a priest? a pastor? an elder? a rabbi? Is StarBuck’s pushing religion? Hmmm… The tagline as it is would be startling enough as it is “Tazo — The Reincarnation of Tea.”
Now, for those of you that think that Tazo is just not the top quality tea that it could be, I give you the alternative — Stash Tea. So why don’t they have a store you ponder? Good question. They even have a history of Tea, information on Tea Types and even an article about Where It Comes From. Sadly they also suffer from the Every Work Should Start With A Capital Letter syndrome. But from what I’ve been told this tea rocks, so you too should check it out before hitting up StarBuck’s for some Shaman tea… granted, maybe the Shaman could make it into a love potion of sorts… right… enough rambling for now…

[Listening to: The Way I Was Made – Chris Tomlin – Arriving (3:33)]

Dan in South Park Representation

Okay, so I’ll admit, I’m not a fan of the show South Park, especially after the first season (back in 1997). Regardless, I thought that the South Park Studio version 2 was worth a post. Do you think that the rendering to the right is accurate? I think it’s pretty close 😀 I mean I do have blue-ish eyes and I do have red hair, and well I do have a goattee 😀 I suppose that my hair isn’t quite that wild though…
Check it out and send me a copy of your character 😀

[Listening to: Sacred Cloud Music – The Silk Road Ensemble & Yo-Yo Ma – Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon (5:24)]