Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you Veterans

Thank you all who have served.
Let us not forget those who died to protect our country and our way of life.


To echo the post from 1/11/11 today's date means NOTHING. Its 11-11-2011 not 11BC or 11AD.

11-11-11= -11
So today is minus eleven or negative eleven if you please.

Today is Veteran's Day. And if you want to play the numbers in dates and time game remember this:

Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. If you want to mark today, mark it by thanking a veteran for all that you hold dear. Strike that, how about you thank 11 veterans, now that would be symbolic.

Just so you can head off any more silliness for 10-11-12, that is my birthday, and trust me when I say nothing special happened on that day either.

Nigel Tufnel Day

Yes, the day when everything goes up to 11 - it's November 11, 2011 or, put another way, 11/11/11.

Everything up to 11! Nigel Tufnel, guitarist for the band Spinal Tap is the comic creation of Christopher Guest. The movie This Is Spinal Tap introduced Tufnel and Tap to the world.

A deft satire of so many of the worst qualities in lead guitarists, Tufnel certainly looks as though he was modelled on Jeff Beck but has backstage green-room requirements that, er, riff on Eddie Van Halen's infamous difficulty. Like so many heavy-metal players he is fond of classical music, even mixing Bach and Mozart to make his own "Mach" piece - a beautiful piano instrumental called Lick My Love Pump.

Tufnel is a scene-stealer in This Is Spinal Tap. He has a guitar that still has the price-tag on - to show it's in mint condition. "Don't touch it, don't even look at it!" he warns the film's director, Marty DiBergi. There's another guitar with beautiful sustain; he even attempts to demonstrate. DiBergi points out that he can't hear anything. "You would, if it were playing," Tufnel explains.

"....but these go to eleven..." Classic.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Marines

236 years of honor, courage and commitment.

To all who wear the eagle, globe and anchor today and to those proudly wore it in years before, 
Happy Birthday Marines.

Sleep well citizens, 
somewhere a Marine stands guard 
to guarantee you wake up free.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Smarties are made in Canada. They are also made in New Jersey. I'm not sure if New Jersey is in the United States but I'll probably look it up later. The Smarties I am describing are the wafer candy variety. Do not confuse them with the Smarties made by Nestle'. Those are not Smarties but imitation M&M's as they are hard candy coated chocolate. For you candy Nazis out there, I don't care which came first....I've never so much as seen the chocolate type of Smarties so M&M's are the real kings of candy coated chocolate so suck it. You can click on the picture of the addictive little bastards and read the Wikipedia article. You won't find any empirical research in the article. Hell, you aren't going to find any in this article either but I thought I'd share that fact with you.

I've been eating the addictive little bastards for a little over a month for an afternoon snack. One of our consultants has been buying them and stocking the candy bowl. I generally have 3 packages each day. I've made some observations, here they are...

Two weeks ago it seemed there was a shortage of green Smarties. It was noted that there were generally only a single green Smartie in each package if the green Smarties were not completely absent.

There are fifteen individual candy wafers in each pack if we are talking about the standard Hallowe'en variety. There are six flavors.

If you eat them systematically, meaning, match them up by color and eat two at a time you will start noticing some patterns.

Approximately 95 percent of the time after matching up the Smarties you will come up with 3 unmatched Smarties. You are required to eat them all together.

Approximately 4 percent of the time you will have five unmatched Smarties. You are required to eat them together.

Approximately 1 percent of the time you will have a single Smartie left over. I generally wait for another package to be opened and eat the single Smartie with a mate from the next package.

I have yet to encounter a situation where 6 unmatched Smarties remained. I'm sure you could do the probability math and come up with the chances of that happening....I can't.

You may have noticed I said approximately because I did not document any of these findings. Therefore they are probably not findings at all but perhaps more accurately described as observations.

I hope you enjoy Smarties as much as I do and have enjoyed this little exercise in observance. Buy a bag and let me know if your observations match my own.

Post Note: Just as I completed this article my package ended in a single Smartie and guess was green. Go figure.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I love it when I find a lost 20$ bill in a pair of jeans

By Senior National Security Producer Charley Keyes The mystery of $6 billion that seemed to go missing in the early days of the Iraq war has been resolved, according to a new report. New evidence shows most of that money, $6.6 billion, did not go astray in that chaotic period, but ended up where it was supposed to be, under the control of the Iraqi government, according to a report from the office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction or SIGIR.

The official accounting had used more bland language. "SIGIR concluded that weaknesses in DoD's financial and management controls left it unable to properly account for and articulate the disposition of remaining DFI (Development Fund for Iraq) funds," a 2010 report said.

So the army couldn't find the money? that really a big surprise? I think you would be surprised at what gets lost in times of war. According to my buddy they used ridiculous amounts of resources to pick up destroyed trucks and equipment...just to account for it. While other things went missing, were later located, and then not returned. Go figure, it's the military, is anyone surprised? 

Sounds like the Army kept a small slush fund from the 6.6 billion (217 million-ish) to pay for "stuff". I hope the buggers aren't bitching. We spent a ton of money to free those people and nation build. It would be like me complaining that a random person on the street that promised me 20$, never gave it to me.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Ball Camera, very cool

Perhaps the coolest thing I've seen in a really....really long time. Where do I get one?


Superior Discount Liquor had an unexpected and dramatic inventory reduction earlier this year when a shelf running the length of the store gave way, sending 6,810 bottles of wine and champagne hurtling to the floor. The collapse flooded the store and sent two nearby workers scurrying out of the way.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hard Times in Virginia

"I had something to say, but I don't remember what it was."
In an ironic twist, President Obama's Teleprompter had an unscripted moment when it was apparently stolen along with a stash of other audio equipment inside a truck awaiting the president's arrival in Virginia.
The Defense Information System Agency on Tuesday confirmed the theft of the truck, which was later recovered, but said no sensitive information was lost.

The truck was stolen in Henrico County outside Richmond. It was stationed there in advance of a presidential visit on Wednesday, while the president started his bus tour in North Carolina.

There must be some serious hard times in Virginia when government agency trucks used by the President to get reelected are stolen. I just imagine the guys who looked inside and figured out they just stole something from the President of the United States. I'll bet they stay in hiding for a few months.