Friday, August 29, 2008

The Game Is Afoot

Ah the winds of change are coming in the cell phone market...

I have to say it...although regretfully...that it is Apple's fault...
(For the record I am for the most part anti-apple. They tend to be very pompous in their attitude even towards their consumers and especially against those that do not consume their products.)

That being said....Apple has started a new way to buy cell phones...yes they are still linked to a network but they have taken the first step in breaking away from the old model. Apple now has people buying phones from their stores. Soon hopefully we will move to the model that is prominent in Europe where you will buy your phone separately from your service. This will hopefully open up more competition and drive down prices.

Apple has also raised the bar with the iphone. Granted the iphone has some lackluster qualities...but the hardware is great. The fact that Apple has had over a year and a 2nd generation phone dropped with no copy and paste is just asinine. This is one of those reasons I dislike apple.

But as the saying goes...the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Apple with the iphone raising the bar has made other phone companies increase the qualities of their products...this is again good for the consumer.

One of these I think that has benefited from this Research in Motion and their famed Blackberry. They are on the verge of releasing the Bold in the states and a month away from releasing a touch screen and flip phone version. Now I dont think RIM would have pushed for a touch screen had it not been for Apple.

I personally am looking forward to the flip blackberry (codenamed kickstart). I already have the pearl and think that a flip version will be a great marketing decision for RIM.

Oh well that is my rant for now...I await like many others for Apple to have their little event on sept 9th? As much as I dislike them they do currently set the bar.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

When Time and Confusion Collide

I posted a list of facts a while back...I have read a few and just cant see it to be the truth. So, I have went back over the list and have added comments on the ones I cant believe. The full list is a few posts before this one. This is pretty skim it if you want to get to some posts with a bit more meat....

  • The harmonica is the world's most popular instrument. (Seriously? Because every kid in the USA has received one as a present...I have 3!!! and I hate them.)
  • By the time they are 65 years old, most Americans have watched more than nine years worth of television. (At one hour a day from age five, it would only be 2.5 years...I think 9 is a bit excessive)

  • There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar. (295 is max source

  • All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 (False - only 48 listed on the actual monument...obviously false)

  • Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance. (False

  • Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula" - and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: "L.A." (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola). is the orginal name....surely it has changed since then....couldnt find if it had been changed...can anyone help?)

  • In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10. (I have heard this is true on the history channel of all places...has to do with marketing and not covering up date, symbol below 12 or above the 6)
  • Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.(Unverified...any help?)
  • A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours. (Can live for it is all lies)
  • A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. (Mythbusters anyone? False)
  • It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. (DON'T try this at home!)(Apparently false from what I have credible sources...I know it is said that my uncle had his eyeball pop out once but he was hopped up on drugs half the time so no telling what he thought was going on.)
  • In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak. (Uh False! -
  • The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. (True!)

  • There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.(LIE! Maybe on a certain brand...just look at wikipedia)

  • The inventor of the flushing toilet was Thomas Crapper.(False - Check Wikipedia again)

  • Plastic lawn flamingos outnumber real flamingos in the U.S.A. (No proof found...but is this flamingos in the world? are we counting the plastic ones in the dump? more info needed)

  • Starfish have no brain. (True)
  • Dolphins sleep with one eye open. (Unproven, not true for dolphins in captivity)

  • "Babe" was played by over 48 pigs. (True according to IMDB)

  • A stretched out Slinky is 87 feet long. (I have found numbers in the 60' area...maybe its a physics slinky...Not unreasonable)

  • Emus can't walk backwards. (False)
  • A group of unicorns is called a blessing. (People make up names for groups of creatures that are not even real? You have got to be kidding)

  • The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head. (Where is the Proof?)

  • A mule won't sink in quicksand but a donkey will. (Where is the Proof?)

  • The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.(True)

  • The pound sign # is called anoctothorpe.(True)

  • Roman Emperor Caligula made his horse a senator.(True at least he tried...He suffered from a slight case of bad his God status couldnt save him from a couple of knives...)

  • Pluto's orbit crosses Neptune's making Pluto the eighth planet from the sun. It has been that way since 1979 and will remain that way until 1999.(True...but it doesnt look like they got the memo about Pluto not being a planet? Oh well...)

  • The first word spoken on the moon was "Okay".(True - After a lot of reading I finally found what happen.----(The actual first words spoken on the moon were by the crew, either Aldrin's "Okay. Engine Stop" or Armstrong's "Shutdown.") This comes from the wikipedia article I would HIGHLY suggest reading through the article as it is a pretty amazing read.)

  • Hilary Clinton once said We are the President.(True-- "I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president" -- Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of subpeonaed documents. I guess Obama has the better chance of having a truthful chance of saying this statement at this date in time...)
  • The percent of women who wash their hands after leaving a restroom is 80%. (Intresting...I love statistics...unproven)
  • The percent of men who wash their hands after using a restroom is 55%.(I know some guys that wash their hands before hand...)

  • The longest word in the Old Testament is Malhershalahashbaz.(False? I looked for this Hebrew or what? I am calling shenanigans on this one unless some one can prove otherwise!)

  • It takes the Where's Waldo artist one month to complete a drawing. (Unconfirmed - And it takes him another month to find that stupid little man...What kind of man walks around looking like this? Seriously?)
  • 2500 lefties die each year using products designed for righties.(I knew right handed people hated us gifted with better control of our body! unconfirmed.)

  • The first message tapped by Samuel Morse over his invention the telegraph was: What hath God wrought?.(FALSE FALSE FALSE!!!! America's first telegram was sent by Morse on January 6, 1838, across two miles (3 km) of wire at Speedwell Ironworks near Morristown, New Jersey. The message read "A patient waiter is no loser." )

  • Because of Animal Crackers, many kids until they reach the age of ten, believe a bear is as tall as a giraffe.(Are you serious? People do realise there are things like...zoos and um TV? It isnt like Animal Crackers TM are a worldwide afair. This doesnt even deserve the respect of being researched...)

  • Penguins are the only bird that can leap into the air like porpoises.(So you are telling me they can fly? True)

  • By some unknown means, an iguana can end its own life.(No proof, I am saying false...have yet to see a Iguana create a nose to hang it's self.)

  • Pigs can cover a mile in 7.5 minutes when running at top speed.(True?

  • A snail's reproductive organs are in its head.(Well not exactly...I was really wanting to make a joke about using your head...

  • When a horned toad is angry, it squirts blood from it's eyes.(True...up to 3 feet...also interesting side note...their horns are real horns...where as the things on their backs are just scales)

  • The typical American eats 263 eggs a year.(ewww! I hate eggs....)

  • The hardest bone in the human body is the jawbone. (False...I thought it would be the femer but I was wrong as well...its the Temporal Bone! and heres the source--
  • 4000 people are injured by teapots each year.(I think we need to have a war on teapots personally...cold brew iced tea is very good and needs no whistling)

  • The shortest English word that contains the letters A, B, C, D, E, and F is feedback.(Who in the world thinks about this stuff? How would you congradulate a person that just came up with that? Uh good job there about you get a job now?)

  • The dumbest domesticated animal is the turkey.(Your telling me a turkey is dumber then a hampster? The same hamster that jumps on a wheel running as fast as he possible can for 30 seconds...stops...starts again...seriously....same animal...?)
  • The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue. (Seriously?....Research people...there are 3 other muscles that are debated...lets just say the tounge isnt one of them.)
  • The most fatal car accidents occur on Saturday.(I found most drunk driving deaths occur on saturday but I have heard before it is monday mornings...couldnt find proof...take as you will.)

  • The Eiffel Tower has 1792 steps.(Plausable? But question is as follows: Who is spending their vacations counting steps? How OCD are they? any ways heres a source saying 1710 steps...that isnt even half way up though. --

  • Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning. (Cant find info on this...infact there is contradiction infromation if ants sleep at all...they do go into a slower state where they are observed being sluggish afterwards...I would say no on stretching...but no definative proof either way.)
  • Thomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark. (True...apparently quoted to the fact as well.)
  • About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30. (Probably true but how do you prove it? I would assume the average Egyptian had a fairly hard life.)
  • A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 600 m.p.h.(Could be true...some reports having it at over 650mph...most conservative have it around 95mph and as you know the 650 would be an outlier in statistics so you should throw that number out anyways...100mph I can believe....almost breaking the spead of sound with a sneeze...well if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you...)

  • A jellyfish is 95 percent water. (I hate Jellyfish...I caught one once...he died and stunk really bad...)
  • The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump. (Babies can do it for sure...older ones have been reported doing so in the wild...other wise what does a 11 ton creature need to jump and hide from?---intresting side note...they dont get stuck in mud easily because under the elephant's weight the foot swells, but it gets smaller when the weight is removed. An elephant can sink deep into mud, but can pull its legs out readily because its feet become smaller when they are lifted.)
  • The penguin is the only bird who can swim, but not fly. (We discussed this above! They can fly!)
  • America once issued a 5-cent bill.(If you consider a North Carolina CSA bill an American Currency yes...other wise...NO!)

  • A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue. (Yes, It is that long. I suppose it could do that...but not probable --source--

  • Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.(Similar to the oceans, bats are affected by the moon. Due to bats hanging upside down, the moon always appears at their feet. When the moon sets in the western hemisphere, this appears on the bat's left hand side. As a result bats are naturally orientated to their left hand side when they fly out of their cave.----Its a lie...always word makes it a lie in it's self.... )

  • In England, in the 1880's, "Pants" was considered a dirty word. (I wonder what they would have thought about the act of Pants'ing some one in modern times?)

  • Every 45 seconds, a house catches on fire in the United States. (House fires are very scary. I really hope you have insurance on your home and have hard drives back up in multiple locations to save your important data.)
  • The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth. (Wikipedia says 1.3 million earths...I put my money on the larger part was replaced with HEAVIER it would be about right give or take about 600 earths...but what is that when you already have 300k?)
  • A hummingbird weighs less than a penny. (There is a species that does...but most do not...)

  • The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven. (I checked with a die from the Imperial is true...amazing...gamblers are obsessed with the number 7 apparently...)
  • Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lighting than women.(Because men like to do stupid stuff like play golf in the middle of a storm while all of the women are hiding in the basement.)

  • Hong Kong has the most Rolls Royce's per capita. (This was BEFORE the Brits gave the Chinese that the Little Lady on the front is to close to the Lady Liberty from the US...since then all cars have either been sold to off shore investors or dissembled for scrap.)

  • 28 percent of Africa is wilderness. (I cant believe this is the case...what about the sahara desert...surely that alone takes more then 20 percent)
  • 38 percent of America is wilderness. (I dont know the answer but this guy seems to know or act like he knows alot --
  • A duck's quack does not echo and no one knows why.(Mythbusters...need I say more? Not to mention ducks dont have some super power over the laws of physics dealing with sound waves...)

  • 70 percent of Americans have visited Disneyland/World. (And I am not one of them...But seriously? I dont know how you could prove this one unless Disney made everyone fill out a info card before they entered.)

  • The youngest pope was 11 years old.(This is up to debate...I dont like the way this is presented AS FACT. Wikipedia says this... The data to determine the age and dates of birth of the youngest Popes is frequently unavailable, as Popes have generally been elected at older ages in modern times. The youngest Pope was probably either Pope Benedict IX (who became Pope at an unknown age between 11 and 20) or Pope John XII (who was 18 at the beginning of his papacy).)

  • Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches. (I dont like that statistic, probably close to the truth though...but this is an interesting read... Pirates use 5.5 million dollars worth of balls a year....)

  • The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and learned how to walk up standard staircases. (Page 85 says this is true...and me being a engineer figured it was for space saving...

    International Association of Fire Chiefs By Turner Publishing Company, Mary Marshall, Ann Kelly

  • When opossums are playing 'possum, they are not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror. (True- They will enter a near coma, which can last up to four hours.)
  • The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because, when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building. (As an engineering major...and a civil one at that I immediately thought this was wrong and once again wikipedia to the rescue...
  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321 (True- But not exact)
  • Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of unwanted people (without killing them) used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired." (Couldnt find and answer...seems kinda reasonable...found an intresting article on the pink slip though.)
  • Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later. (True from what historians can tell...10 years after the fact even Benjamin Franklin thought it was signed on the 4th though...interesting)

  • The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League All-star Game. (Close...what about after the world is only 2 days...preseason basketball has started yet? or does that count?)

  • The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order. (This site disagrees...and so do I!...Coke yes...Marlboro? Maybe in the 60's....
  • It's possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs. ()

  • The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet. (My question is...who figured this out and what happen to the poor soul that was used to test this...)
  • Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour. ( I am actually working out during one of my engineering exams...havent a clue if true...)
  • On average people fear spiders more than they do death. (Spiders are the devil...them and all snakes...well except for those small green ones...the ones that cant open their mouths wide enough to bite you but eat bugs...yeah those are pretty cool yet still extremely creepy...)
  • You can't kill yourself by holding your breath. (You would just pass out...unless you pass out into a pool then you have a whole different problem...I have heard this is one of the ways you can body closes off the passage to your pass out then body drown...seems horrible...)
  • You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider. (No no we discussed this above...Spiders are the devil...and since they are the devil they are related to evil...that is where there are spiders on money(root of all evil) there for spiders actually kill a lot more people then corks when you consider all of the things they are co-conspirators in!)

  • Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do. (False! Do people really not like left handers like myself? heres the proof --
  • In ancient Egypt, Priests plucked every hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes. (Could not find it word for word but makes sense as royalty removed hair and Julius Ceasar was said to be obsessed with being hairless. It is also suggested he had "relations" with he had contact with Egypt and may have picked these qualities up.)
  • A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out. (Crocodiles do not have tounges as we humans do so this is a falacy statement from my understanding.)
  • Butterflies taste with their feet.(If says it is true then it must be!)

  • There are more collect calls made on Father's Day than on any other day. (

  • Men can read smaller print than women, women can hear better than men. (No proof for the first one...but I think just about every wife in America can attest for the second one...oh and btw there is apparently proof to back up the second one dealing with some college studies.)
  • The world's youngest parents were 8 & 9 and lived in China in 1910. (I believe this could be true...there is a news story of a 5 and a half year old girl that gave birth in South America...if that can happen...9 and 10 is easily possible...just scares me that kids are going through that....)
  • Honey is the only food that doesn't spoil(It can ferment...but apparently since it soaks up all prevents bacterias from living a long time? Unconfirmed...seems some what word on if other foods are not able to spoil.)

  • The nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosey is a rhyme about the bubonic plague. Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores (Ring around the Rosey...). These sores would smell very bad so people would hide flowers on their bodies in an attempt to mask the smell ("pocket full of posies..."). People who died from the plague would be burned to reduce the spread of the disease ("ashes, ashes, we all fall down"). (I disagree and the write up on Wikipedia disagrees...)
  • The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; "7" was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles. (No of several theories...7-UP was originally made as a hang over cure...interesting huh.)
  • Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there. (True - maybe not hidden...but less attractive.)
  • Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush. (I havent found this number anywhere but I would think it would be a good practice...I keep mine in my closet...take that!)
  • The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma. (Google and multiple websites are saying yes...none of them I would recognize as reputable webmd or news channels on 1st page of search)
  • American car horns beep in the tone of F. (Horns beep in all different sounds...just listen)
  • No piece of paper can be folded more than 7 times.(lies I have done it 8 times...granted it was a gianormous piece of paper.)

  • A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight. ( 120 feet in 12 seconds for the first flight and 213 feet for the wingspan for a 747)
  • American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first-class. (I heard something to this affect...right now they need to do something more then olives...the whole airline industry is in the tank and it is going to take better business ideas then removing olives to bring them back out.)
  • Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise. (True when viewing from the sun's north pole)
  • The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA." ( False -
  • The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had. (Kinda sorta....but not really...

  • Timekeepers have clocked the action in a 60 minute football game to actually be around 14 minutes. (True)

  • The tip of a whip makes a cracking sound because it is moving faster than the speed of sound. (True)
  • An ear of corn almost always has an even number of rows (twelve, fourteen, or sixteen). (True)

  • Whale vomit is used in perfume and the flavoring of dried fruit and tobacco. (Perfume I am able to confirm....fruit and tobacco seems stupid to me...this stuff is worth a lot of money...cant imagine wanting to eat or smoke it...)

  • China has more English speakers than the United States. (If you are talking fluent probably not...if you are talking class room speakers then yes...they had a huge program to get everyone to speak English for the Olympics.)

  • If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will eventually turn white. (Probably not white but a lighter color is accepted...
  • Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors. (False...the egyptians had scissors too)

  • The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated. (What kind of cruel people are getting ants drunk is my question?)
  • It is impossible to lick your elbow. (False...well maybe for me but some people can do it.)
  • A shrimp's heart is in its head. ( is actually on the thorax...really really close to the head...swing and a foul tip...)

  • Between 1937 and 1945 Heinz produced a version of Alphabetic Spaghetti specially for the German market that consisted solely of little pasta swastikas. ( did this ever get started? Wow lets see I am going to make up a lie today...and that ketchup didnt come out of the bottle very fast so I am going to make up a lie about Heinz....seriously?...who ever made this up get a life...source---
  • More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call. (Sounds reasonable but how would you even start to calculate that? I think that number is a bit high but say 30 - 40 percent wouldnt surprise me all that much.)
  • If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. (True...)

  • Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times. (Seems to be true and reasonable...makes a perfect environment for growth.)

  • In the course of an average lifetime you will, while sleeping, eat 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders. (ew...and who comes up with this and how do they prove it? Is it just Americans or is everyone in the world?)

  • A snail can sleep for three years. (aka Hibernation)
  • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. (Lies on the Eyes, ears no signifigant proof)

  • If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall. (Everything I have read suggests these numbers are true...I still am not real sure what the numbers mean...)

  • An ant can live underwater for over 14 days. (Seems to be a ball park figure for most of the answers I have seen to yes it is plausable.)

  • Updated and finished...that took forever...

    Wednesday, August 20, 2008

    Car horns, Corners, and the Gritty...

    Over the last couple of weeks I have been tasked with a project.
    The first project was to draw up planned changes to my church building, and take the blueprints to the City Inspectors Office. Everything went well. Of course since I have not finished my schooling, I am not certified to make official drawings. The inspector said the drawing looked great and that it would be accepted as soon as we had and architect put his stamp on it.

    It doesn't look like I'll be able to talk to the architect though to finish the project as he is out of town on vacation and I'll be heading to school on Monday.

    My second project given to me was to re-arrange an existing office complex to make more space and add another office. I have worked the drawings over in several different ways. I finally settled on two different designs and will present both to the chief of staff along with my suggestion on which should be used.

    I will place some pictures of the drawings up tomorrow as I will be on a computer that has AutoCad on it.

    EDIT: I managed to be way too busy today to have a chance to do anything while at the office...perhaps tomorrow.

    EDIT #2: Updated with pictures...yay?

    Tuesday, August 19, 2008

    Brighter then Sunshine...

    Life is amazing...

    The love I have felt recently from those around me surprises me.
    Love is God, and God is Love

    I am amazed at how some people try to make Christianity a complex religion when really to be honest everything boils down to a basic command that spawns into a second one.

    The first is to love the Lord with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength...

    The second is to love your neighbor as yourself.

    If you keep the first one, then you will keep the second one...if you keep both of these then you will have Christianity mastered.

    Jesus came to serve others and not to be served...what other religion has their top guy as a servant that is to be loved and not feared? Btw what other religion has no grave for their holy man? I honestly don't know...all of them have died and not come back to life...if you know of one please send word, I wouldn't mind researching it.

    I find it funny that three of the main religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) of the world recognize Jesus, and the fact that he lived, yet some atheist still deny he existed at all.

    Alas, I am not here to debate the divinity of Jesus. I am here to talk about love and how I have been surprised by the amount that has been shown to me over the last 48 hours.

    I do honestly and sincerely pray that the Lord will bless those that have blessed me in ways I am unable to imagine.

    I'll end with this question: How have you been loved today and how have you shared love today?

    Monday, August 18, 2008

    Musings of a Random Person

    Life Keeps Going...

    The Olympics are on 24/7 and the schools are going back in session all while a summer draws to a close.

    This has been an interesting summer, but why bore you with that.
    I think I'll talk about my Nalgene Bottle instead.

    Midway through the summer this year I bought a Nalgene 32oz bottle. I wasnt really sure all the hype around them was worth it. It turns out that it was worth all the hype it recieved.

    I have used this bottle almost every other day since I had bought it. It cost me $8.99 and has been worth every cent.

    I worked at multi-denomination city wide home painting camp this year. It was the hottest week of the year with temperatures rising about the century mark everyday. Every night before going out I would fill my Nalgene 75% full and freeze it. The bottle would be completely full of Ice the next morning. The lid would be frozen shut from the excess water left around the rim from the fill up the night before. The bottle has made it out perfectly.

    Since then it has been banged around and dropped off roofs. It has survived everything I have thrown at it so far.

    The thing I liked the most about this bottle is how easy to clean it is...such a major improvement over my colman water bottle.

    It leaves no residual taste and has a great measurement system on the side showing both milliliters and ounces.

    I would highly suggest this thing to anyone...