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Monday, July 28, 2008


I have moved all my Firefly episodes to my other blog.

Just click here.

These episodes are now independent of the Hulu feed and will not continuously disappear.

"Let's all be careful out there!"


Today is Monday, July 28, the 210th day of 2008. There are 156 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
  • On July 28, 1945, a U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York's Empire State Building, killing 14 people.
On this date:
  • In 1540, King Henry VIII's chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed, the same day Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.
  • In 1821, Peru declared its independence from Spain.
  • In 1868, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing due process of law, was certified in effect by Secretary of State William H. Seward.
  • In 1914, World War I began as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.
  • In 1928, the Olympic games opened in Amsterdam.
  • In 1932, federal troops forcibly dispersed the so-called "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans who had gathered in Washington to demand money they weren't scheduled to receive until 1945.
  • In 1945, the U.S. Senate ratified the United Nations Charter by a vote of 89-2.
  • In 1965, President Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000 "almost immediately."
  • In 1977, Roy Wilkins turned over leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to Benjamin L. Hooks.
  • In 2002, nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset, Pa., were rescued after 77 hours underground.
Ten years ago:
  • During a day of official mourning, President Clinton praised two slain police officers at the U.S. Capitol as heroes whose sacrifice "consecrated this house of freedom."
  • General Motors Corp. reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers to end an almost two-month-old strike.
  • Bell Atlantic and GTE announced a $52 billion merger deal that created Verizon.
  • Monica Lewinsky received blanket immunity in exchange for providing "full and truthful testimony" to a grand jury investigating President Clinton.
Five years ago:
  • Rebels in Liberia captured Buchanan, the country's second-largest city.
One year ago:
  • Vice President Dick Cheney, with a history of heart problems, had surgery to replace an implanted device that was monitoring his heartbeat.
Today's Birthdays:
  • Movie director Andrew V. McLaglen is 88.
  • Actor Darryl Hickman is 77.
  • The former president of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, is 70.
  • Rock musician Rick Wright (Pink Floyd) is 65.
  • Former Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., is 65.
  • "Garfield" creator Jim Davis is 63.
  • Singer Jonathan Edwards is 62.
  • Actress Linda Kelsey is 62.
  • TV producer Dick Ebersol is 61.
  • Actress Sally Struthers is 60.
  • Actress Georgia Engel is 60.
  • Rock musician Simon Kirke (Bad Company) is 59.
  • Rock musician Steve Morse (Deep Purple) is 54.
  • Broadcast journalist Scott Pelley is 51.
  • Actor Michael Hayden is 45.
  • Jazz musician-producer Delfeayo Marsalis is 43.
  • Actress Elizabeth Berkley is 36.
  • Singer Afroman is 34.
  • Country musician Todd Anderson (Heartland) is 33.
  • Rock singer Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) is 32.
  • Country singer Carly Goodwin is 27.
  • Actor Dustin Milligan is 23.
Thought for Today:
"He who is learned is not wise; He who is wise is not learned."
From the Tao (dow) Te Ching, the sacred book of Taoism.

"Let's all be careful out there!"


"Let's all be careful out there!"



Thats how many web pages that Google indexes every single day. And there are even more that they ignore.

The first Google index of the web was done in 1998 and generated 26 million pages. In 2000 the index surpassed 1 billion. It is widely acknowledged that Google is the extensive of all the search engines and yet people are hinting that next week there is going to be some big announcement in that field.

The easiest way to explain how Google works is that it follows links from one website to another. The more incoming links that a website has the higher its status in the index. If someone had a stand alone page with no inbound or outbound links, it would be virtually invisible. Think of Google as being a roadmap of one trillion intersections on the web.

Starting in 2010, California will become the first state to ban the use of trans-fats in its 88,000 plus restaurants. The one exception will be "packaged foods".

According to an as yet unpublished report by a professor from Rice University, it could be hazardous to your family's health to have granite counter tops. Something to do with the release of radon gas, a known cancer risk factor. After all the money and effort of installing granite counters and floors, I doubt anyone is going to remove them.

Bloomberg and Gates join forces to reduce the use of tobacco:

Fires continue to consume California:

While all areas are under scrutiny, special attention is being paid to the oxygen bottles on that Qantas 747 that made an emergency descent and landing over the weekend. In fact, all of Qantas' fleet are having the O2 canisters checked.

Jimmy Soares took a hoe,
Gave his father 40 blows.
When the job was neatly done,
He gave his mother 41.
And in a final insane fit,
He tossed them in
The cesspool pit.

Yesterday's NASCAR race at the "Brickyard" was a complete fiasco.

The Goodyear Tires being used couldn't make more than 10 laps before losing all their rubber. Did Firestone get out of the racing business?

I know NASCAR is a "good ol' boy" operation, but isn't it stupid to have only one source of rubber?

Obama does a short, modified version of 'The Grand Tour" and dominates our national news. McCain meets with the Dalai Lama and the only people who even take notice are the Chinese. Who weren't very happy.

A melee involving 200 people in most of the world would be classified as a riot. In the States, its just a minor disturbance or a brawl, at the most.

Oh, just to be official, at 8:50 pm PDT tonight, my son officially turns 40. He had a great party on Saturday night with about 75 people in attendence. Do you know how hard it is to look at someone and realize you haven't seen them for over 20 years? You brain is scrambling to rearrange faces, eyes and voices to conform (and confirm) who is before you. A lot of these "kids" I hadn't seen since they were teens and now they are grandparents. You know you are getting old when your kids, and their friends, all look middle aged.

If nothing changes, the daughter is taking me and her boys to the county fair tonight. I'll try and get some pics.

And a new week begins while another month comes to an end. Thanks for your visit and hope to see you all again real soon.

"Let's all be careful out there!"