Misc blog postings

Misc Postings

Earliest: July 28, 2003Latest: March 4, 2018Total: 107

February 6, 2009

Misspelled Words

I am not the best speller in the world, and that's why I am glad there's a spell checker in most applications that I use: Outlook and Firefox. Is there a reason Visual Studio doesn't have a spell checker?

I found a very useful link to the 100 most often words misspelled. This is very useful to know, and better to start memorizing some of the spelling rules.

December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!

The weather outside is a little bad in New England this New Years Eve. We are expecting about 8 inches of new snow. I wasn't planning on visiting Boston tonight, so I am not too worried about a little snow.

Have a great New Year! May you prosper in 2009!

December 29, 2008

New Years Resolution

Have you made your 2009 New Years Resolution yet? A quick Google search shows a lot of people have already started announcing their plans. To date there are 15,300,000 matches for 2009 New Years Resolution.

So what are your New Years Resolution? You should think like Charles Schultz:

One time Charles Schultz addressed the need for his readers to make the most of the current moment. He illustrated this with his cartoon characters in Peanuts. Charlie Brown was at bat. “Strike three,” the umpire bellowed. Once again Charlie Brown had struck out and so he slumped down on the player’s bench. “Rat’s” he said, “I’ll never be a big league player. I just don’t have it! All my life I’ve dreamed of playing in the big leagues, but I know I’ll never make it.” Meanwhile Lucy turned to console him. “Charlie Brown,” she said, “you are thinking too far ahead. What you need to do is set yourself on more immediate goals.” Charlie Brown looked up and replied, “What do you mean by immediate goals?” Lucy said, “You can start in the very next inning.” Charlie Brown was still confused and looked up at Lucy, waiting for her to explain. Lucy then said, “See if you can walk to the mound without falling down.”

Yes its good to have both long term goals and short term goals.

Another good inspiration is Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert. He has a story about how affirmations was the root of his success. You can download a PDF of his Affirmation story.

Whatever your plans for 2009, think Faster, Better and Cheaper....

November 11, 2008

Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day 2008! Take a movement now to reflect all that we have thanks to the Veterans.

This year we remember those that served in Operation Golden Pheasant, a military action need against Honduras that happen 20 years ago.

September 26, 2008

Yosemite Fall 2001

New England isn't the only place to enjoy the Fall Foliage. September is a great time to visit Yosemite Valley! You?ll see lots of great color and the weather is cool enough to enjoy some of the hiking trails.

The only downside of going to Yosemite this time of year is the waterfalls aren?t that strong. The best time to see the waterfalls is in the early part of the spring season. A great Easter Weekend trip to Yosemite wouldn?t be a bad idea.

If your looking for a good hotel to stay at, I would highly recommend staying at the National Hotel in historic Jamestown, CA. A great Hotel and a nice little downtown to browse around.

While Yosemite is nice, really the place to be is in Vermont. The rolling hills and beautiful countryside make it a perfect trip. The good news is that if you can?t find a decent hotel room, you could always stay in near-by New Hampshire and enjoy a day trip driving around Vermont. Don?t forget to stop at the Vermont Country Store, a great way to make it a memorable trip.

September 22, 2008

April Fools Z100 Style

On April 1, 1991, Z100 did a couple of pranks to their listeners:

  • All fines paid to the City of Virgina Beach were half off.
  • Elis was at a fictional intersection, the intersection of Connie Lane and Virgina Beach Blvd.

The recording of the event was pretty funny, its amazing how people will go all out just to find a fictional intersection. I guess the real lesson is to think twice on April first.

You can find the tape recording of the event on the Z100 Morning Zoo 5th edition CD or Tape in most used record stores.

Anyone still looking for the $1,000 on the corner of Connie Lane and Virgina Beach Blvd?

June 11, 2008

Internet Phone Story

In September 1999, KRON featured the "Internet Phone" story. This is mystery phone that is located in the middle of the desert for no reason.

Watch the Quicktime broadcast of this strange phone and call the number today to see who picks up the phone. You never know who will be on the other line.

KRON TV is now an independent TV station in San Francisco and the station is currently up for sale. KRON used to be an NBC affiliate until 2002 when it opt to go independent.

June 3, 2008

Gas Prices

Check out a classic clip of a KRON newscast from October 2000 talking about the high prices of gas. Its amazing to see than in 8 years that the price of gas has doubled.

The clip is in Quicktime format. If you are having problems viewing the movie download the latest version of Quicktime.

May 13, 2008

Escort Radar Detector Quote

Radar Detector Quote

The above quote is from an old Escort Radar magazine that I found while cleaning. You can download the entire black and white Ad, also checkout some other unique PDFs that I have in the PDF Gallery.

May 6, 2008

Ghost in Tomb

I found this "Ghost in Tomb" story when I was cleaning out this weekend:

In the 18th century the Walronds, a wealthy family of planters, built a rock-hewn tomb at Christ Church, Barbados. It was sealed with a massive marble door, making it more a fortress than a tomb.

One family member to be interred there was Thomasina Goddard, in 1807. A year later the vault was taken over by the chase family-also slave-owning planters - who used it to bury two daughters in 1808 and 1812.

When the tomb was open again in 1812 to receive the body of their father, Tomas Chase, the girls lead coffins had been stood on end upside down. There was no sign of a break-in.

Nor was there in 1816, when the tomb was again opened for the body of a male relative. But the Chase coffins had again been wildly disarranged. That of Thomas. which had taken eight men to carry, was leading upright against a wall of the vault.

By the time of the next funeral, eight weeks later, word of the strange tomb had spread, and a huge crowd turned up for the ceremony. They were no disappointed. Although the tomb was sealed, the four Chase coffins inside were once more in disarray.

The Governor of Barbados, Lord Combermere, stepped in. In 1819 he supervised the orderly restocking of the coffins and had seals put around the door slab. The following year, after reports of noises, he revisited the site.

His seals were intact. But the lead coffins were in customary jumbled confusion. Only the crumbling, wooden coffin of Mrs. Goddard still lay peacefully in its corner.

No explaination seemed to fit the case. Slaves could not have moved the coffins in revenge without leaving some trace. There was no indication of flooding and the earthquakes would have hardly have shaken one tomb without disturbing other in the surrounding area.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle suggested that supernatural forces had moved the coffins to protest their lead construction, which prevented the speedy decay inside. He thought these forces might have been strengthened by the fact Thomas Chase and one of his daughters had committed suicide.

Whatever the reason, the moving coffins caused such a concern that the tomb was immediately emptied of all it's occupants.