Thursday, November 01, 2007
Here's the deal, people. If you don't like the Pats running up the score and making you look like a bunch of fools, the solution is not a cheap hit. Here's the solution: PLAY BETTER!!
Friday, October 26, 2007
The whole lot of them are despicable, really...
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I also give kudos to the NY Times. In this article, they give the Rockies a fair shake. All to often, the MSM tries to spin these sort of articles to make it appear as if any organization espousing Christian principles is somehow attempting to ram religion down people's throats, when the reality is, more often then not, quite the opposite.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
If you are interested, you can read it online (NOTE: this is a large download if you have a slow connection). The article we were interviewed for is on page 9.
Also, if you go to the Fond du Lac County web site, one of my photos is being used in the animated GIF at the top of the page. Anyone who knows me can probably guess which photo is mine, but if you can't you can check the credits.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
We started out at the Circle Centre, which is a beautiful downtown mall. After that, we took a walk down Maridian Street to South Street, and then over to Capitol Avenue, where they are building the new home of the Indianapolis Cols, Lucas Oil Stadium. We then circled back and walked through the Pan American Plaza, and then back to the Circle Centre to eat lunch at the Alcatraz Brewing Company. The food and beer were both wonderful.
After lunch, we walked over to University Park and hung out for a bit. While Lisa relaxed, I went across the street to the Indiana World War Memorial, climbed the stairs, and walked around taking pictures and doing other tourist stuff. Pictures are here: http://picasaweb.google.com/ken.sodemann/Indianapolis (the sunny ones are from a few years ago, the rest are from today). We capped off the day listening to a guy play classical guitar while we ate ice cream.
Well, that's enough writing for today.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Everything that has come since then has just been crap. Not only are our airwaves polluted with way too many "reality" shows today, but I really have a hard time getting into a lot of the other shows out there like 24, Lost, or Prison Break. C.S.I. is tolerable, but not a "must-watch" show (besides, my wife loves the show, and gets the seasons on DVD, so then I can watch without commercials).
Don't even get me started on what passes for a "Comedy" today... They all pretty much suck. About the only comedy writing left that is even remotely clever is limited to The Simpsons and South Park.
Hopefully the new X-Files movie will be as good as the first one was...
Friday, July 13, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
"The policy on biofuels is currently running ahead of the science."
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Nevertheless, opposition to its plans, which required the approval of federal regulators, swelled. During closely watched hearings outside Washington, dozens of groups, like Independent Community Bankers Association and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, testified for and against the Wal-Mart bank.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
God has given her a new chance and she plans to stop acting dumb and put her influence to good use.
Walters said Hilton told her she had not been wailing, sobbing or screaming during her first three days in prison, as had been reported.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
The beauty of petroleum is that it is a relatively efficient fuel, that is efficient to harvest (that is, it takes very little fuel consumption to get more fuel), and its one major use is fuel (there are other uses, but mostly it is used for fuel).
The problem with biofuels right now is that they are not as efficient as petroleum based fuels (as anyone who lives in a area where they put ethanol in the fuel already knows all too well), and they are very inefficient to harvest (that is, according to many reports I have seen, it takes close a gallon of fuel to grow and process enough corn (or other source) to make a gallon of fuel).
However, the real kick in the pants with biofuels is that we are already using food as food. Even if you switch to a non-food crop, you end up taking land out of food production and into fuel production. Thus, unlike petroleum, we already have a major primary use for our crops. This does nothing but drive up the cost of food, putting tremendous pressure on everyone, especially poor people. And if OPEC has any say, which they do, it will also drive up the cost of petroleum. Nice double whammy there...
Now, if we could find a way to use our garbage for food, I would be all for that. After all, that would be perfect. There is a lot of it, and all we do with it right now is bury it in the ground.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
All I can say is that it sure is nice to see a potential Republican candidate who will actually sling it back at pathetic idiots like Micheal Moore. I wish more Republicans (including our current president) would stand up for themselves like this...
Monday, May 14, 2007
There is really only one word that describes the practices of either of these companies: pathetic!
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
While we are on the subject of the Cardinals, while it is true that we hate your team almost as much as we hate the Cubs, we are also saddened by your loss, and pray for your healing.
Now, with that out of the way, let's sweep these stupid red birds out of town, boys!!
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Our day started around 10:30 in about a 20 minute line on Bluemound Road, trying to get into the parking lot. Once we were parked, Lisa and I headed into the ball park and went to Friday's Front Row Grill. Since most people were out tailgating, we were able to get good seats out on the patio section which is basically built into the left field wall. The Brewers had BP while we were eating. Geoff Jenkins, Matt Wise, and a couple of others were shagging fly balls out there and we managed to get a practice ball from one of them.
After lunch, we headed over to our seats. This year, we are in the first section of the field level outfield (section 109). Very nice seats, but you really have to pay attention to foul balls down there (which can be a problem for me if I am busy fixing my score card when the next guy comes up).
All in all, it was a very pleasant day, topped off by a strong performance by the whole team, especially Sheets. Hopefully the rest of the games in our package will be equally as enjoyable, and not frustrating like last year.
Update: Now it turns out that Mr. Richards may have been joking. The sad fact, however, is that the original story is actually quite believable...
Friday, March 23, 2007
Here are some of the questions that the contestants had problems with:
- On which planet would you be the heaviest? Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter?
- If the diameter of a circle is 4 inches, what is the radius?
- Y = 3X, 3X = 12. What is Y?
- What is the adverb in the following sentence: "My wife snored loudly..." (there was more, but nothing even closely resembling an adverb)
- Density is defined as Mass divided by what?
- Do Ohio and Illinois share a border?
- What is the only continent that is also a country?
On number seven, the woman actually said something like "well, North America is a continent and a country...". Really? And you really so stupid that, in fourty-four frickin' revolutions around the sun you have not yet figured out the difference between "North America" (the continent), and "The United States of America", "Mexico", and "Canada"?
She then said that all seven continents are also countries. So, according to this twit, Europe is a single county (forget about France, Spain, Italy, Greece, etc). Same for Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and even Antarctica (which, by the way, is the only continent with NO countries). She even said "Australia" when naming off the continents, but it never clicked in her brainless head that "Australia" was actualy the correct answer...
Anyhow, by the end of the show, I was ready to put a gun to my head. At least at that point, I would be as "smart" as the people on the show...
BTW, the correct answers are:
- On which planet would you be the heaviest? Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter? - Jupiter. I guess you could be excused for not knowing if Saturn or Jupiter had more mass, but if you guessed Mercury, please take one more step into the Sun. Also, if you had no clue that the mass of the planet had any bearing on your weight, please also manage to find your way into the sun.
- If the diameter of a circle is 4 inches, what is the radius? - Diameter is the distance from one end of a circle to the other end passing through the center point. Radius is the distance from the edge of the circle to the center point. Thus, the radius if half of the diameter. Thus, if the diameter if 4 inches, the radius is 2 inches, and if you didn't know that, you are thus a total dumb-ass...
- Y = 3X, 3X = 12. What is Y? - OK, this is so amazingly eff'ing stupid that if you can't figure it out, then I am not sure how you remember how to breath without constant prodding... Hint: 3X == 3X...
- What is the adverb in the following sentence: "My wife snored loudly..." (there was more, but nothing even closely resembling an adverb) - Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, get your adverbs here, father son and Lolly selling adverbs here...
- Density is defined as Mass divided by what? - Believe it or not, the contestent said "air"... In case you are just as stupid, no, the answer is actually "volume".
- Do Ohio and Illinois share a border? - Um, no, Indiana is in the way... Duh...
- What is the only continent that is also a country? - Australia...
“I was looking at a stack of final examinations,” said Waters, a professor of Japanese studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, “and I found several instances of misinformation that [were] identical from one student to another.”
All of those students in Waters’ Japanese history class late last year had been steered wrong by the same source — Wikipedia
It is not hard to figure out why this happened. I personally like to use it because it is convenient and because it is free, and it covers a lot of topics that may be hard to find elsewhere. However, I would never trust it as a source for much unless the "facts" are attributed and at that, are themselves attributed to reliable sources. Often, this is not the case. However, Wikipedia is still a good place to start your search. My advice would be to go to the links and sources sections, though, and dig into those if you are doing any serious research on a topic.
On a related note, never trust it to be accurate on topics that touch subjects like politics and current events. For one thing, it seems that a fair number of people who edit Wikipedia are actually lefty whack-jobs, which doesn't help things at all. To counter the left-leaning wackiness, I suggest a link I found at Little Miss Chatterbox's blog called Conservapedia. At least there the, they are up front about the bias, and the bias leans in the correct direction.
Monday, March 05, 2007
The mother of an 18-year-old arrested in a bank theft scheme said Monday that her daughter isn't a bandit, she just fell in with the wrong crowd and made a bad choice.Yeah, the bad choice to be a bank robber. Face it, Joy, your daughter is a bad person, period. The first step to making any sort of reformation of your daughter's behavior possible is to admit that. Hiding from, or ignoring, her sin does no one any good. It is why the first part of the Christian confession is to admit that we are all wretched sinners who fall short of the glory of God rather than something like "Gee, God, we really aren't all that bad, we just made some bad choices and really ought to be forgiven."
This attitude that some parents have of "oh my little angel is basically a good kid" just makes me sick. 99.9% of the time, the kid is actually a rotten brat, and a big reason for this is the parent's inability to confront the child's failures when they screw up. For the sake of your daughter, Joy, stop apologizing for her and start being a parent. Step one is to make sure she suffers proper consequences for her actions rather than having you try to white-wash them...
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
- I am lazy today.
- Anything I came up with wouldn't be accurate anyhow, since:
- They wouldn't be hucking the peanuts at the squirrels, they would be out there hand feeding them.
- While almost as stupid as the cat, they wouldn't be smart enough to realize that their plan was not optimal.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
The guy who organized this trip has a daughter who works for one of the people in the Admirals ownership group, so we got some pretty good seats, third row from the glass, down by the goal that the Admirals attack in the first and third period. Very nice!! Unfortunately, the Admirals lost that day. Oh well...
Another person from our group and I were chosen to go out on the ice between periods for one of the little event contests. We were told to go out on opposite ends of the center line, then run to the middle where there were a pile of pucks, and then start shooting pucks at empty beer cases that were lined up on the blue lines. Whoever knocked off the most beer cases in 30 seconds won a gift certificate to the Miller Time Pub. When I got to the middle, I slipped and fell on my butt in front of about 5000 people. On the plus side, I did manage to knock off the most beer cases.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Do they actually teach people to write like that in journalism school now?
Monday, February 05, 2007
Hang, icicle prismBad poetry aside, this is probably the longest cold snap I can recall since moving back down to the southern half of the state 13 years ago. When I lived up north, we had one of these snaps every year. Now, I am a wuss, and can't handle it!
Fall, pulchritudinous snow
Shit dude, it is cold
This morning, it was -17 when I walked the dog. The other day, Lisa and I walked from the US Cellular Center over to Rock Bottom Brewery. It is just a few blocks down Wells, not really all that far, but I would not have wanted to go any farther. The walk back for the Wave game was worse, since the wind was then in our faces. At least at that point I had a couple of pints in me...
I can't wait for Wednesday. My weather outlook widget tells me we should be up to 16 above by then!! Yeah!! OK, I'm done whining for now...
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
On the other hand, his excuse is just pitiful.
"We had a few drinks, I was not intoxicated and we had a designated driver," Truex said.Really? Not intoxicated? You exhibit this sort of behavior while relatively sober? To me, that actually sounds worse than admitting that maybe, just maybe your judgment was diminished by having a touch too much to drink...
Thursday, January 18, 2007
I love the sport, but a lot of the other fans just drive me nuts.
Monday, January 15, 2007
The funny thing is, he said when he modeled for this, the photographer had him come up to her apartment and actually get in her fridge. I figured that was just photoshopped, since parts of it obviously are, but he says it was actually taken with him physically in her fridge like that.
Right under him on the cover (right next to the word "FREE"), it says "Miss Milwaukee Wants Your Blood". Damn, Jacob, you're one hair Miss Milwaukee...
Friday, January 12, 2007
I think Tyler Groth got off a bit light. On the other hand, I was happy to see that David Groth received the maximum allowable sentence for this conviction. I still think the punishment is a tad light, especially considering what kind of a person he is, but at least he got all that the law will allow. And speaking of type type of person David Groth is, it is not hard to imagine why he is the way that he is when you hear his mom's reaction to the whole thing:
"David is basically a good kid who made some bad decisions and is rebellious. He's not very mature for his age," Donna Groth told Faragher.Talk about coddling. David is not "basically a good kid". David is a self-centered, evil monster of a kid who thinks nothing of the value of other people and their belongings. Mrs. Groth should pay more attention to the judge, who notes:
Unlike Tyler Groth, who has no previous criminal record, David Groth has "a big record for a little guy," said Washington County Circuit Judge Patrick J. Faragher.
...Faragher noted that David Groth had been in trouble several times before with juvenile court, giving him "an amazing record" of criminal activity.
Gee, I wonder why...
Sunday, January 07, 2007
He had a son named who we will call "R". "R" is a year or two older than I am. We used to play together as kids at company outings, or when our families would get together. We also were in boy scouts together. "Mr. B" was active in the troop as an adult leader. He was a kind and (usually) patient teacher who cared about us kids and taught us plenty on scouting trips and camp-outs. Personally, I learned a lot from him.
He also had a daughter who we will call "D". "D" is a year or two younger than me. We were also close. We also used to hang out a lot at company outings. When I got older, I remember that "D" was the first girl I ever had "feelings" for. She was my first school-aged crush, I guess you could say. I would ride my bike over to their house. I said I was going to hang out with "R", but really, I was going there more to spend time with "D". I can't recall if the crush was reciprocal or not, and at this point, it doesn't really matter. We remained friends even after this whole "school-aged crush" thing turned out to be nothing more than that.
Over the years, however, I drifted apart from "R" & "D". "R" & "D" were in a different school district than I was, and as we got older, we all started hanging out with different people. We never really stopped being friends, but rather just drifted apart and lost touch. That changed, though, this past week.
"Mr. B" died on Monday, January 1st. He was only in his early 60's. The visitation was on Friday, and the funeral was on Saturday. I was very happy to see "R" & "D" again. That joy, however, was mixed with extreme sorrow for the circumstances under which we were meeting. Emotionally, I have had a very confusing week.