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Monday, June 02, 2008



The "gee-whiz" gadget chain, Sharper Image, has been sold at auction for $49 million, after approval of a bankruptcy court. The new owners plan to close the 86 remaining retail outlets, 98 others closed earlier. The name branding will remain in business in direct commerce, e-commerce, catalog sales, etc.

Sharper Image was one of those places where a grownup could wander through with the same wide-eyed wonder as a kid in a Disney store. I never bought anything there because the prices were beyond my budget. No matter how far I stretched it. But I enjoyed touching all the "James Bond" stuff and treating myself to a sample of items of creature comfort that you couldn't find anywhere else. Yet another sign of the economy going south.

One of the founding fathers of 'Rock'n'Roll', Bo Diddley, has died at 79 years.

It seems like the blink of an eye since she was in Paper Moon with her daddy and later in Bad News Bears. Now Tatum O'Neal is 44 years old and getting busted for buying crack off a homeless street vendor.

My Stat-Counter tracker acted weird all weekend. Now it seems to be okay. Here is the reason it went off-line:
Due to an explosion in The Planet Datacenter at the weekend, service on this partition was interrupted. Depsite our best efforts 24 to 30 hours of stats
spread across Sunday GMT and some of Monday morning have been lost. We sincerely apologise for this. More information is available in the Service Status section of the forum.
I guess an explosion is an acceptable excuse.

Less than 2 months ago, a deputy leader of al Qaeda called for Muslims to do damage to Danish interests in retaliation of Danish newspapers dissing the Prophet Muhammad with the publication of those cartoons a few years ago. The car bomb at Denmark's Embassy in Pakistan was obviously a first response.

Looks like the Feds are going to be owning a chain of strip clubs in the Seattle area. They used to own and operate the infamous Mustang Ranch 20+ years ago.

"Let's all be careful out there!"


Would everyone please pause for a moment and wish Superman a Happy 70th Birthday. Thats right, in 1938 the very first issue of Action Comics appeared and starred the world's favorite super-hero in his very first appearance.

This many years into the internet and you would think that people would learn how to protect their site from hackers. Especially high profile sites.

If these scam artists promote their activities as strictly being for entertainment purposes only, I have no problem. If they take people's money with the purported purpose of actually finds ghosts, they need to be ridden out of town on a rail. Covered in tar'n'feathers like their snake oil salesmen ancestors.

The TEN worst jobs in science

If Cheech & Chong ever make one final film, this could be the pot plot line.

Everybody knows that thongs do not cover very much. Either in their intended function or when used as a disguise in a robbery. Possible LLDE candidates.

"Let's all be careful out there!"


"Let's all be careful out there!"



Archaeologists, following the most extensive survey ever done at the famous pile of monolithic rocks in England now believe that its primary purpose was as a burial site for cremated remains of local dwellers. Stonehenge is around 3,000 years old and speculation about its purpose has ranged from astronomical observatory to ET landing site.

I wonder if Scott McClellan's new book, WHAT HAPPENED, would have been written the same way if Dubya's popularity ratings hadn't fallen to the lowest point in American history. I am sure the sales would have been dramatically lower if it was just another "puff piece".

I guess Clinton was disappointed that The DNC agreed to seat the all the delegates from Michigan and Florida, but only giving them 1/2 vote each. While trailing badly in the delegate count, she continues to claim she has won the majority of the popular vote. Has she forgotten that winning the popular vote doesn't mean diddly-squat. Gore won the popular vote in the 2000 general election but Dubya got the narrow edge in electoral votes. And those are what puts a person in the White House. Just ask Al, Hillary.

The recent court decision to uphold California's gay marriage law has had a serendipitous outcome. Those businesses that thrive on the nuptial market are raking in the cash as gay couples from around the country flock to the State to tie the knot.

In the old "X-Files" series, Mulder had a poster on the wall that said:
"I want to believe"
Even he would have would had trouble dealing with this one, which has received global media attention. Even FOX and CNN have carried it. Must have been a slow news day.

Some major economic reports are due out this week. Including Friday's unemployment report, which is expected to report the 5th straight month of job loses in the USA.

I am jealous. One of the first countries to commit troops to the war in Iraq, Australia, is going to start withdrawal from the war zone this week.

It is with great regret that I report the death of Yves Saint Laurent. At one time in my life I was actually slim enough to wear his clothing line, and did.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again later.

"Let's all be careful out there!"