Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Originally uploaded by Knight Diver

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I've seen 196 out of 238 of these movies...

So, here's a meme that's all around facebook.  I figured I'd use it as fodder for my *very* neglected blog. 

According to "them", if you've seen more than 90 of these movies you "don't have a life", and I've more than doubled that number; Ergo, I AM a loser.  <<sigh>>

Here's the movie list:
(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
() Boondock Saints
(x) Fight Club
() Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane
(x) The Princess Bride
(x) Anchorman
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
(x) Saw
(x) Saw II
(x) White Noise
(x) White Oleander
(x) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
(x) The Princess Diaries
(x) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
(x) Scream
(x) Scream 2
(x) Scream 3
(x) Scary Movie
(x) Scary Movie 2
(x) Scary Movie 3
(x) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
(x) American Pie 2
(x) American Wedding
() American Pie Band Camp
(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
(x) Resident Evil 1
(x) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
(x) Little Black Book
(x) The Village
(x) Lilo & Stitch
(x) Finding Nemo
(x) Finding Neverland
(x) Signs
(x) The Grinch
(x) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
() Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
(x) White Chicks
(x) Butterfly Effect
(x) 13 Going on 30
(x) I, Robot
(x) Robots
(x) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
(x) Universal Soldier
(x) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(x) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
(x) KingPin
(x) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
(x) Meet the Fockers
(x) Eight Crazy Nights
(x) Joe Dirt
(x) A Cinderella Story
(x) The Terminal
() The Lizzie McGuire Movie
() Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
() Dumber & Dumberer
(x) Final Destination
() Final Destination 2
() Final Destination 3
(x) Halloween
(x) The Ring
(x) The Ring 2
() Surviving X-MAS
(x) Flubber
() Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(x) Practical Magic
(x) Chicago
() Ghost Ship
(x) From Hell
() Hellboy
(x) Secret Window
(x) I Am Sam
(x) The Whole Nine Yards
() The Whole Ten Yards
(x) The Day After Tomorrow
(x) Child's Play
() Seed of Chucky
() Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
(x) Just Married
(x) Gothika
(x) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
(x) Remember the Titans
(x) Coach Carter
(x) The Grudge
() The Grudge 2
(x) The Mask
() Son Of The Mask
(x) Bad Boys
() Bad Boys 2
(x) Joy Ride
(x) Lucky Number Slevin
(x) Ocean's Eleven
(x) Ocean's Twelve
(x) Bourne Identity
(x) Bourne Supremecy
() Lone Star
(x) Bedazzled
(x) Predator I
() Predator II
(x) The Fog
(x) Ice Age
(x) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
(x) Curious George
(x) Independence Day
(x) Cujo
() A Bronx Tale
(x) Darkness Falls
(x) Christine
(x) ET
(x) Children of the Corn
(x) My Boss's Daughter
(x) Maid in Manhattan
(x) War of the Worlds
(x) Rush Hour
(x) Rush Hour 2
() Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(x) She's All That
(x) Calendar Girls
(x) Sideways
(x) Mars Attacks
(x) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
(x) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x) The Terminator 3
(x) X-Men
(x) X-2
(x) X-3
(x) Spider-Man
(x) Spider-Man 2
(x) Sky High
(x) Jeepers Creepers
() Jeepers Creepers 2
(x) Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Little Mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday
(x) Reign of Fire
(x) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
(x) Cruel Intentions 2
() The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2
() Swimfan
(x) Miracle on 34th street
(x) Old School
(x) The Notebook
(x) K-Pax
() Krippendorf's Tribe
(x) A Walk to Remember
() Ice Castles
() Boogeyman
(x) The 40-year-old Virgin
(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
() Baseketball
(x) Hostel
() Waiting for Guffman
(x) House of 1000 Corpses
(x) Devils Rejects
(x) Elf
(x) Highlander
(x) Mothman Prophecies
(x) American History X
() Three
() The Jacket
() Kung Fu Hustle
(x) Shaolin Soccer
() Night Watch
(x) Monsters Inc.
(x) Titanic
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(x) Shaun Of the Dead
(x) Willard
() High Tension
() Club Dread
(x) Hulk
(x) Dawn Of the Dead
(x) Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(x) 28 days later
(x) Orgazmo
(x) Phantasm
(x) Waterworld
(x) Kill Bill vol 1
(x) Kill Bill vol 2
(x) Mortal Kombat
(x) Wolf Creek
() Kingdom of Heaven
(x) the Hills Have Eyes
(x) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
() The Last House on the Left
() Re-Animator
(x) Army of Darkness
(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(x) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
() Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
() Ewoks The Battle For Endor
(x) The Matrix
(x) The Matrix Reloaded
(x) The Matrix Revolutions
(x) Animatrix
(x) Evil Dead
(x) Evil Dead 2
(x) Team America: World Police
(x) Red Dragon
(x) Silence of the Lambs
(x) Hannibal

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Beer at Little Chihuahua

Here's my blog post for today, a picture of full glass of Pacifico and a backup ready to go!

In my book, Pacifico is the BEST Mexican Beer! But then I'll take any beer really, as long as it's in front of me. Seriously though, I've hunted and killed a lot of these long neck during many Cinco de Mayo festivities and happy hours!

So, your goal, by the end of this week, is to crack open a Pacifico.
By goal, I mean... just do it!

If you need a reason, here's one: Celebrate Friday, December 5th.

Why December 5th?

Well, here's a little history lesson. 75 year ago, on December 5th, 1933, prohibition officially ends by Utah becoming the 36th state to ratify the 26th amendment. Thus, meeting the 75% of states to enact an amendment!

Cheers to the Abolishment of Prohibition!
And, uh, cheers to Utah, I guess.

BTW, photo credit goes to magerleagues @

Monday, December 1, 2008

5th Sentence on Page 56

"I make mental deposits by increasing my awareness of my own abilities to create."

This is a little meme-like activity from a facebook friend.  It's was for your "What are You Doing" status.  However, since I haven't posted anything to this Blog in awhile, I decided to cheat.  It's good to change the rules every now and then.

Here are/were the original Rules:
Grab the book closest to you. Now!
Go to Page 56
Find the 5th sentence
Write that sentence as your status
Copy these instructions as a comment to your status.

Don't go looking for your favorite book or the coolest one you have - just grab the closest one.

BTW, my sentence is from the book "Walking with the Wise" which is a collection of inspirational articles from Mentors Magazine. 

The source of this quote is an article titled Prosperity by Louise Hay ( 

Monday, November 17, 2008

Something I miss...

The Gang @ The Library
Originally uploaded by Knight Diver

I missed going tailgating and hanging out at The Library, this season.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Matrix runs on Windows XP?!

Friday, November 7, 2008

I'm in control...

I'm in control...
Originally uploaded by Knight Diver
actually, I'm in the control room... whether or not I'm actually in control is up for debate.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Are you serious!?

What used to be a great song from the British based post-punk band Depeche Mode, has now been transformed into a 21st century hip-hop / pop song. 

Is nothing sacred anymore?

Hit play, close your eyes and just listen.  For all the gentlemen reading this, be warned... if you watch, your opinion might be swayed.

(pop-out for you rss readers)

You know the song?  It's Personal Jesus.

I'm appalled.  I think I'm going to cry... however, I could watch Hillary Duff over and over again.  She is 18, right?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Just do it it's easy!

Just do it it's easy!
Originally uploaded by Knight Diver
I made a difference. So can you. VOTE. Really, it's fun. You stand in line with all your neighbors and get to voice you opinion. There's nothing more American than that. Except, maybe, College Football!

Monday, November 3, 2008

I don't like Monday's

Thanks to @DJDiva5 for sharing this, it's awesome and made a so far pretty shitty Monday a little more tolerable.  (I know it's only 9am, but still).

The song is "I Don't Like Monday's" by The Boomtown Rats.

It's always fun to get someone else's view point on how they are feeling through some song or playlist.

Meredith also has a blog at, she's a Bostonian who loves shoes, handbags, fashion and football.  Girls who love football are golden in my book.  Follow her.  I do.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Lost and found

Two 19th century shipwrecks found in Lake Erie

Friday,  October 31, 2008 10:59 AM

VERMILION, Ohio (AP) - Two 19th century shipwrecks have been found at the bottom of Lake Erie. Explorers say they believe the first wreckage belongs to the Riverside, a 133-foot, two-masted schooner built in 1870 in Oswego, N.Y., that was lost Oct. 13, 1893, about 25 miles north of Cleveland.

A second schooner also was found. Dive team member Dave VanZandt says said it could be the Plymouth, a 101-foot schooner built in 1847 in Huron, Ohio, that sank June 22, 1852, about 25 miles north of Lorain.

Investigators will try to confirm the names by looking for a number assigned by the government and carved into a midship beam.

The discovery by the Cleveland Underwater Explorers was announced Thursday in conjunction with the Great Lakes Historical Society in Vermilion.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Do what the celebrities tell you to do!

(pop it out like boing boing on the zing zing)

And I thought I was the only one who did what Borat was brave enough to share with the world.

Ummm... yeah...

Spider-Man is cool.  This video, not so much. 

Either way, it's your one minute distraction for today.  ;)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

How annoying am I?

Grade from

Ever wonder how annoying you are?  Or, more importantly, how annoying that person you are following (or going to follow) on twitter is?

Well, thanks to you now can have a definitive answer. 

According to the site, my overall average is 2.74 updates/day.  That's 129.0 milliscobles a day. 

What's a milliscoble, you ask?  Here a description as found on the site:

One milliscoble is defined as 1/1000th of the average daily Twitter status updates by Robert Scoble as of 10:09 CST September 25, 2008. At that time, Scoble had tweeted 14,319 times in 675 days, for an average tweets per day of 21.21. Thus, one milliscoble is defined as 0.02121 tweets per day.

So, moral of the story, feel free to follow me, since I'm not all that annoying (at least right now...  I'm sure it'll all change since I've been using TweetDeck...  which is way cool, btw). 

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The 80's are awesome...

I posted this a while back, but thought I would share it again.

How To Do The Robot

If you're wondering why I'm posting this...  well, my music hard drive in unavailable and I'm listening to 80's Radio on So, I felt nostalgic hearing stuff from Mike & The Mechanics, Genesis, Richard Marx, and Foreigner.   Lucky you!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I found this funny...

I'm crazy when it comes to hygiene and taking showers... I don't know if I'm partially OCD or my mother's upbringing has just totally screwed me up. There are times when I've taken a shower three times in a day, depending on what I was doing. I know, I'm crazy.

Anyway, there has been some occasions, usually out of pure exhaustion, where I have opted to by-pass the shower for a quick nap or to attend something more important at the time.

But, to create an account specifically for MyBO?! I don't think is entirely necessary. hehehe...

Doh, I should give credit to where credit is due. This was found on Barack Obama website... of course, I also thought Cynthia Nixon going to a children's bookstore in support for Obama was a little weird too... but that's neither here nor that.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Early detection is the way to go...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   And my last post rolled of the front page of my blog, so, I'm just going to reiterate the fact that survival rate for breast cancer (or for any cancer, really) is best when found early.

Do a small thing today by visiting the following website and clicking your mouse button to help the fight.

Check out this video...  Even a boy scout troop located in New York is doing their best to raise awareness. 

I wish I thought about doing this for my Eagle Scout project.

(if you can't see the video, click here)

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Something different...

The formula + a Big Pink Cake = funny.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I want an Android...

Back in November of 2007 I mentioned some eventual changes in the mobile phone industry with the introduction OHA's (Open Handset Alliance) goals for the development of open standards for mobile devices and, specifically, Google's release of Android's SDK.

Well...  the time has come. 

T-Mobile is providing the "world's first Android-powered phone." 

Here's a youTube video highlighting all your favorite google apps on one mobile device.

If you want more information from T-Mobile, check out this site:

If you want to get one...  sign-up for an update... the people who'll get first dibs are the saps that are currently T-Mobile customers.

If you want to learn more about Android, check here:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I need coffee.

Owning my own business is similar to my college days.  More times than not, I have to pull all-nighters to get something completed or to get something off my plate.  The difference, however, was that back at OSU "all-nighters" were the result of bad time-management (i.e., too much beer, a lot of "hanging out", and being up all night for no good reason - maybe on occasion cramming for a test or something). 

Today, all-nighters are a result of simply being overwhelmed. 

If it's a sign for growth, I welcome it.

Anyway, that's neither here or there...  The really reason for my post is the energy giving, stimulating nectar known as COFFEE.

This image accurately describes how I feel after pulling a couple of all-nighters this week already.   Yes, it's from explodingdog.

i need coffee

I love coffee so much, I decided to follow my own formula

coffee nice and hot
sent from high above
i need another shot
more more more energetic love

All I need now is Britney 2.0 to sing and dance to it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The abuse has got to stop.

Every so often I stumble across an online video that makes me sick to my stomach.  This one is something so horrifying, I had issues deciding whether or not I should share it on my blog.  The blatant display of injustice, inhumanity and the "righteous" attitude that anything can be sacrificed in the name of science scoffs at all that I believe is right in this world.

View at your own risk...  it may not be suitable for young kids or for people who are easily angered.

(pop-out, for rss feed)

I'm going to go find a dark corner and cry now.

Monday, October 13, 2008

SNL's Weekend Update...

I know this is old... but it's still very very funny.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

How to Solve the Global Warming Problem.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It's Friday...  you can afford me this one favor.  So, stop wasting your time on facebook or myspace and take a minute to read the rest of this post.

I won't go reiterate about how early detection increases survival rate, nor mention the fact that breast cancer affect 1 in 8 women.  Also, I won't go into all the details that Breast Cancer can affect men.

I'm just going to ask you to do one thing.

Follow these Two Steps, it's a mouse click a step...

Step 1:

Visit this site:

Step 2:

Click on the Big Pink Button that says "Click Here..."

That's it....

If you want to step it up a notch, send the link to 10 of your friends.

If you're truly bored, you could peruse previous posts here, here, here and here.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

People found money...

So, here's a follow up on an earlier post, "Looking for Money?

Apparently people have gone to the web site and based on email responses I've gotten so far from my friends (about 10 of 'em) they are cumulatively owed over $3500.

This highest being around $750 (over payment to a mortgage company), while the smallest being around $7.49 (which was an overpayment to a cable company).

Ummm...  wow!  Of course, needless to say I'm not on the list.

Nonetheless, I've been offered a beer as a thank-you; so it's still a win-win. 

I mean it's no trip to St. Regis Monarch Bay, but I'll take it anyway.

BTW, databases for the web site are updated monthly, so you may want to check it every once in awhile.

A Formula that Appears to Work.

Here's my new formula for creating a Hot Top Forty Song...
Think of this as a follow up to the Formula doesn't work.

Prerequisite & Disclaimers

If you're a young Hollywood actress and have been on the cover of FHM or Esquire magazine, you have a 5% chance of success with this formula.  Your video will be watched; however, not by the type of audience you're hoping to attract.  Just warning you now. 

Okay, let's get started writing our new Top 40 Hit.

Step 1 - find beat

Get an electronic sound machine and find a bass beat and rhythm that would get most any three year old hop around like a bunny.  Any beat or rhythm will do...  just make sure the pace is just enough to allow the three year old to not tire out too quickly... 

In your head think "thump di di thump di di thump di di" and repeat 1000 times.  This allows you to (as they say in the industry) "feel" the music.  Now start bopping your head to the rhythm, this will get you in the mood to write the lyrics.

Step 2 - write lyrics

As you're bopping your head...  think of words that rhyme, and make special notes of any trite thoughts that everybody thinks they'd relate to. 

Here's a classic, are you pissed off at your significant other?  Great...  let's write about that...  No?  Don't worry, eventually you will be.  And besides, your music will be symbolic of war and the current state of the economy.  Focus... words that rhyme.

Hurt...  Burt...  (your boyfriend's name isn't Burt?  That's okay, the audience doesn't really care, they'll get the symbolism)

Sad... Mad...  (everyone get's sad then mad at least once in there life...  if not, they've gotten mad then sad... again who cares..  symbolism...  the audience will get it, even if you don't, plus, if they didn't they wouldn't admit it...)

Now... put it all togeter...

I loved this guy named Burt
And he's all made me Sad
Now I'm truly Hurt
So, all my girlfriends are Mad...

Don't worry about grammar or proper English you're an artist and this is one of your creative licenses.

Step 3 - production

This is where the magic happen.  Hirer some scantily clad models, one good looking guy (who'll play Burt), add the words "sexual undulation", *mix it all together, then serve. 

Here's a good example of a finished product:

(pop-out, b/c facebook doesn't like my embedded videos)

*Please note: The Mixing part will require a high priced choreographer and a Hollywood director (b/c they *ALWAYS* know what they're doing; plus you want his interpretation of the music embedded into your audiences' brain [yes, singular])... and don't forget... undulate, undulate, undulate.

And my number one piece of advice:  Remember...  don't allow the audience to think freely, otherwise they won't continue to listen to your music.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

More toys that KILL!!

I posted an entry sometime ago about Toys That Kill.  I have to tell you, I'm getting worried.  In this day and age, with the economy the way it is, the wars that are going on, the political unrest felt throughout the world...  people are getting upset.

What's worse... toys are beginning to rebel as well.

Don't know what I'm talking about?  Check out the video...

(pop-out, since I haven't figured out to get rss to feed right)

What are we going to do?! 

I'll tell you what *I'm* going to do...  I'm going to go to Starbucks and pick me up a Iced Venti Chai, then train Snowball to attack any stuff animal the looks at me in a funny kinda way.  As well as step up Christian's light saber training.

Check out the main actors to the above film, here.

Looking for money?

This site has been around for awhile.  However considering how things are going with the economy, I figured it wouldn't hurt posting this up as today's diversion.

" is an online database of governmental unclaimed property records."  It's officially endorsed by National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators and participating states and provinces.

For those of you who are curious, Ohio is a participating state.  *AND* Alberta Canada is on the list as well.

The process is pretty simple...  enter in your Last Name and the State that you're in and hit "go".  Anything that your search criteria closely matches will show up. 

If you could claim it, you enter in your information and a form will print up for you to send to your respective state's department of commerce.

Go for it...  you might just be able to afford that tank of gas next week.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Excited about my $6.55 purchase.

A reminder of how cruel the sea can be.
It's the hard cover version for my home library. I have to thanks Carl from Books on Center in Marion, Ohio for this find.

Monday, October 6, 2008

It's super sexy... it makes me drool.

I bet you were thinking that I was blogging about some beautiful gal singing some crazy pop song, or some good looking actress doing something super hot like SCUBA Diving the Andrea Doria...  but nope.  I'm blogging about this clock.  I love time pieces especially if they're "different".

Here's one at that celebrates math and all it's confusing glory. 

When you look at it, doesn't it remind you of those fun high school days?  (At least for you old folks, b/c now a days it's all white board and dry erase markers)

No, don't be alarmed...  all the math "foo foo" as the Fem Fog would call it is all for show...  you could actually calculate 198 / 66 or just know that it lives in the "3 o'clock" position.  I mean, we're all number numb anyway.

I'm getting this for the kids to teach 'em how to tell time. Or just to annoy Sher... haven't decided yet. 

Pick it up at  You know you want to.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Saturday night insomnia...

Here are some websites I frequent when I can't sleep:


It's Sam's site.  Sam draws pictures.  Sam gets inspiration from titles his site visitors send him.  Send a title to Sam and you may inspire him.


PostSecret is an ongoing community where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.  It started as an Art installation for Artomatic 2004 in Washington, D.C., became a website in 2005 and has since gained worldwide popularity.  Recently, foreign language versions have been made.

Send Frank a secret:

13345 Copper Ridge Road
Germantown, Maryland 20874

engadget && ThinkGeek


B/C I'm a geek and I like keeping up on the new toys.  (Even though I can't afford 'em.)


Kiva is a person-to-person micro-lending website.  It's cool, I would highly recommend it.  It'll do your karma good.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Don't vote!!


Seriously... I'm already getting flamed for the Sarah Palin is Hot comment, so I don't mind a couple more flaming twits about not voting!!  Check out the video, please.

So, I'm supposed to send this to 5 friends...  since only 5 friends really read my blog...  there you go!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Mr Clean


House Peters Jr. best known to a lot of us as P&G's Mr Clean passed away yesterday at the age of 92.  Here's the AP Release.


Push by Sarah McLachlan

(pop-out for those getting this through RRS)

This love song was written by Sarah McLachlan to her husband.  It's an apology and thank-you song addressing the craziness and insanity that comes when life changes.  Many life changes can test even the strongest relationships.  For Sarah, her event was her pregnancy and birth of their daughter. 

From her intro in the above video, she indicates her husband got the short end of the stick, but was always there for her.  Her husband's love was the inspiration for this song.

What's my inspiration for this post?  There was a fatal accident close to the kids' school earlier today.  The thought of lives lost so suddenly always reminds me how important it is to make every day count.  More importantly I'm reminded of how especially important is it to thank the people around you who accept you for who you are and love you no matter what. 

If you put it off too long, you may never get the chance.

by Sarah MaLachlan


Every time I look at you the world just melts away
All my troubles all my fears dissolve in your affections
You've seen me at my weakest but you take me as I am
And when I fall you offer me a softer place to land

You stay the course you hold the line you keep it all together
You're the one true thing I know I can believe in
You're all the things that I desire, you save me, you complete me
You're the one true thing I know I can believe

I get mad so easy but you give me room to breathe
No matter what I say or do 'cause you're to good to fight about it
Even when I have to push just to see how far you'll go
You wont stoop down to battle but you never turn to go


Your love is just the antidote when nothing else will cure me
There are times I cant decide when I cant tell up from down
You make me feel less crazy when otherwise I'd drown
But you pick me up and brush me off and tell me I'm OK
Sometimes that's just what we need to get us through the day



Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I like simple math problems...

... this was from some SPAM I received earlier today, but, nonetheless, I got a kick out of it.  Maybe, you will too.

Here's the email:


I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.

Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We Deserve It Dividend.

To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+.

Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..

So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billion that equals $425,000.00.

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend.

Of course, it would NOT be tax free.

So let's assume a tax rate of 30%.

Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.

That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.

A husband and wife has $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?

Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.

Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads

Put away money for college - it'll be there

Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs.

Buy a new car - create jobs

Invest in the market - capital drives growth

Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves

Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it...instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ( "vote buy" ) economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President.

If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

As for AIG - liquidate it. Sell off its parts.

Let American General go back to being American General.

Sell off the real estate.

Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't.

Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work."

But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!

How do you spell Economic Boom?

I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC .

And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

Kindest personal regards,


T. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic


Sound like a great plan, huh?  Well maybe if the numbers matched up...  I think people get some number numb that they'll assume the numbers always match up...  did you catch the math error?

Oh... and for the record, I'm not in favor of these bailout bills either.  Who's going to bail me out if my clients go out of business and my sales pipeline collapses?  EXACTLY.

Monday, September 29, 2008

I joke a lot about...

SCUBA diving not being a hobby but like a lifestyle, or better yet, like an illness.  More and more its become a true statement at least for me and the crew I normally dive with.  

From my experience, there's a paradigm shift when you catch the bug.  And, when I say "catch the bug", I'm not talking about your "once every two-three year resort" diving bug; I'm envisioning the "once to several times a week, I'll dive anything at least once" fever.  When this "infected" diver passes by a body of water, he wonders if it's dive worthy.  Free weekends at home become less and less; Vacation plans involves some body of water; gift he gives and receives is usually dive (or water) related.

Here's an illustration.  Below is a picture of me w/ The Fog in Cozumel, just a couple of hours before his wedding.  The photograph was taken by head usher, Silverman.  And, Yes.  We all made it to the wedding on time, just barely.

Something Old:
  Tusa Fins

Something New:
  Diving Palancar Reef

Something Borrowed: 
  The AL 80 on his back

Something blue:
  The Water All Around.

If you're ever interested in getting this sick, let me know...

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Thursday, September 25, 2008


check this out, it's kind of spooky. 

Did cameras pick up ghost in gym?
Ghost in need of a workout?

Speaking of ghosts and with Halloween just around the corner, anyone interested in doing some Ghost Hunting?

In need of a new SCUBA goal.

I'm now on the hunt for a new SCUBA goal. 

Slowly but surely, over the past several years, I've been continuing my own personal dive education.  During this time, I've helped many individuals attain their open water and up certification.  Over the past three years, I think I've been Divemaster or was an Assistant Instructor for over 150 divers. 

Some people may think this would get old, but I don't.  I believe it's vital to review basic open water skills until it becomes natural. 

[[One of the many important skill I like to harp on with any student is buoyancy control.  It truly does make for a good dive experience as well as allows for better air consumption and environmental conservation.  The thing is with this skill is it only come with diving experience.  So, you new divers, get out there, get wet and blow some bubbles. Anyway, I digress.  ]]

I guess what I was trying to say is that by basically being an SCUBA Instructor's apprentice, I get more of a chance to work on the basics and prepare myself for more difficult dives.

Until recently one of my personal SCUBA goals *was* to visit the Andrea Doria, a wreck site known as the "Mount Everest" of Scuba Diving. 

For those of you who don't know, the Andrea Doria was an Italian Passenger ship that collided with a freighter and sunk in 1956 off the coast of Nantucket.  For the longest time it was a frequent destination for treasure hunters and historians alike.  However, due to the conditions of the water in which the Andrea Doria finally rests, a number of divers have lost their lives at this site.

From my most recent research of the dive site, the ship has been collapsing more and more on to itself and is deteriorating to the point where diving the wreck is almost pointless and not worth the risk.  Why?  First of all, the minimum depth is now 190' and can go down to the sea floor at 240'.  Add to this the fact that there is a strong current that rips through the area and the heavy sediments can quickly make the dive a zero-visibility dive. 

Sigh...  this just doesn't sound fun.

I could give much more information of the Andrea Doria, but anyone interested could do a search on google or check the wiki on it....  but my point it that if I'm going to do something personally "remarkable", it needs to be worthwhile.

So, if anyone is reading this and has any thoughts, please let me know.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mel Brook's animated series.

Spaceballs has been reincarnated 21 years later on G4. 

It's called Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs: The Animated Series

[[ I HAD TO TAKE THIS OFF, it annoyed me]]

check out the promo on their website.

(the site:

If you like Mel Brooks' humor you'll probably enjoy this show.

From the previews, it looks more crass than the actual movie version, wow...  so, hold on to your seats and don't watch the clip if you're easily offended.

If you don't know who Mel Brooks is you're probably just too young.  Check out his wiki write-up here, and definitely check out his other movies. I would highly recommend History of the World, Part 1.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A pretty cool online ad.

It gets harder and harder to impress the average joe nowadays.  Especially with all those fancy flashy websites, neato graphics things, blinky lights and in your face viral videos, etc...  etc...

But you've got to check this out. 

It's neat, it's hip and... and... I just like it. 

It's on Youtube.

It's your 20 second diversion of the day...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Good Clean Fun!

A little diversion for today...  Enjoy.

(popout, in case you can't see it.)

It's long, but it's worth it.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Vic and Lauren

Vic and Lauren are in Philadelphia running a half-marathon this morning.  You could follow 'em in real time at

Vic's Bib Number is: 14223

Lauren's Bib Number is: 12296

Here are their current stats after getting to the 10K/10M marker.


Good Luck to the gals!  And, as a big brother to these two, should I be worried about what goes into the "Sex" column?

Toys that kill...

Chowin' down.
Originally uploaded by SAM.R.I
Sometimes when I can't sleep, I'll put random terms into a search box and see what I find...

Basically, this is what you get when you cross Lego and Zombies on


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Another recall from Aqua Lung

25,000 Apeks second stage regulators are being recalled because the diaphragm cover can be missing.  This is bad.

Check out this link:


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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Aqua Lung announced recall yesterday!

About 6,000 Titan DIN 1st Stage scuba regulators and Titan/Conshelf DIN scuba adaptors, made in France by Aqua Lung USA are being recalled.

Apparently, the over-tightening of the DIN retainer during installation can cause it to break and the regulator can detach from the scuba cylinder.  This, obvious, can pose a drowning hazard.

The company has received one report of a DIN retainer breaking under pressure. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled regulators have serial numbers lower than 6062501 stamped on the side of the body. The recalled adaptors are marked "300 BAR MAX" on the side. The recalled products were sold at authorized Aqua Lung dealers nationwide from January 1997 through this month. Details at 877-253-3483.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission Site:

Monday, September 8, 2008

Camp Ocean - One Day Left

Okay kids only one day left... here's the deets, we only need 400+ more votes... So, please tell 400 of your friends to vote. Voting closes tonight at midnight. <> [Originally Posted August 5, 2008] This is a project I've been thinking about for awhile. I stumbled across the Members Project web site and thought I should take my idea to the next step. Take a look and if you think it's a good idea, please nominate my project for consideration.

I've said it before and I'll say it again...

The National Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that each year, over 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and over 40,000 die. One woman in eight either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.[1]

Think about that statistic... for example: ~65 of my Facebook Friends are female; Statistically, eight(8) of 'em will be affected by breast cancer.  Frankly, that's eight too many. 

If detected early, survival rate dramatically increases.  My mom was able to overcome breast cancer primarily b/c of early detection, so I do what I can to keep people informed of the benefits of routine check-ups.

So, please click on the pink ribbon above and tell 10 people to do the same.

What is the link you ask?  It's:

The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on their site daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman.

It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on "donating a mammogram" for free (pink window in the middle).

This doesn't cost you a thing.

Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammogram in exchange for advertising.

If you're curious as to whether this is really spam or not...  check out this site for more background information:


Sunday, September 7, 2008

Free diving during your SIT?

[This was posted a long long time ago]

It was a beautiful night, Sher and I were sitting around enjoying a couple of beers...  when all of a sudden our conversation turned totally romantic and went down the road of SCUBA and the bends. 

The question is, can one get bent while free diving, during their surface interval time?  I'm thinking that yes it's quite possible.

For you recreational SCUBA divers out there, you know that you should do a three minute "safety stop" at around 15 feet prior to surfacing at the end of your dive. *

For you non-divers, this practice adds an additional margin of safety (hence it's name), by allowing more inert gas to escape while they are compressed before breaking the surfaces which is at 1 atm. 

Either way, that safety is a self-imposed "decompression" stop done during a no-stop dive.   However, regardless of whether a diver chooses to do a safety stop or not, one must look at the surface interval time as the final decompression stop of the dive.  Once at the surface, the diver is no longer breathing compressed air and by normal breathing will eventually off gas saturated nitrogen. 


As an FYI, The YSCUBA and PADI programs both agree that 12 hours is the acceptable time for the body to return to it's normal, atmospheric, levels of gas saturation after a dive.

So, now, throw in free diving between SCUBA dives. 

Free diving is breath-holding diving.  So at depth, you're not loading any more nitrogen; however you're no longer allowing nitrogen to escape.  Additionally, if your surface time between free dives is low, there's definitely little off gassing being done. These simple facts alone mess up decompression calculations, if a diver is using dive tables. 

One last thought, when one free dives down to depths greater than 33 feet, there is further recompressing of inert gas bubbles at depth and ascending again at a rate more that suggested when SCUBA diving.  One would think this is bad.

So, in conclusion I would have to say it would be best to avoid free diving during your SCUBA dives and if one would want to snorkel, they should stay at the surface.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Because Seth Rogen *is* funny...

AND, more importantly, it's written and directed by Kevin Smith.  What is it?  It's the movie "Zack and Miri Make a Porno". 

Here's the redband trailer.  BTW, it's not for kids...  so put the little ones to bed, before clicking play... 

Lots o' F-bombs...



Tuesday, September 2, 2008

2 minutes and 19 seconds of fun...

Here's a favorite...  it's an honest and emotionally in-touch R&B song from  Enjoy.

BTW, I love Boston Market!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Facebook == Lamebook

Lots of error messages and annoying feature does not a good website make.    Case in point, something I've been seeing all night:

a whole lotta ajax errors; when you send a message, make a comment, or even pick your nose this is what you get...

apparently someone's panties are in a bunch...  sigh.