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Dutch Pilots Fly Low January 31, 2009

Posted by Michael in Man Laws.
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Scary.  My wife comes from a Dutch family, so it is no surprise to me that they are natural born hotdogs.

Watch it here at Bring the Heat, Bring the Stupid (the blog of XbradTC).

The Internet Crayon Project January 31, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Ducks, Economics, Entertainment, Family, Gardening, Handblogging, Heroes, Humor, Literature, Lurkers, Man Laws, News, Personal Experiences, Philosophy, Sex, Sports.
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Just for the hell of it, I thought I’d post pictures of my favorite writing instruments. I think they are versatile, and really say something about my education, refinement, and stature in the business world. When I whip out one of these for a conspicuous display of something or other moment, these bad boys do the trick.



Sports Roundup January 31, 2009

Posted by Michael in Sports.
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I’m not really much of a fan of the whole “xtreme” sports craze, but even I had to sit up and take notice of this. The world’s first Xtreme Tricycle Jump!

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Thanks to My[confined]Space.

Go ahead, kids, try that at home. It’s not as hard as it looks. I double-dog dare you!


The Joy of Bowling:

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I really prefer a simple sport, like a good old-fashioned race. Below the break, see the breathtaking finish of the  final stage at the Global Submarine Marathon™


The Internet Pen Project January 30, 2009

Posted by daveintexas in Crime, Ducks, Economics, Handblogging, History, Man Laws, Politics, Religion, Travel.
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I know most of you doubt me in this regard, but I am a gentleman.  I am also an “analog” kind of fellow, even though my chosen profession is one of the chaotic technology of this day.

I find my places.  Such as my choice of writing instruments.

Fountain pens.

Yes.  You may ask, “why would a left-handed dorkwad from Texas, who has pencil lead buried in his right palm from 1966 choose to write with a fountain pen for crying out loud”?

And I would reply.  “You are a big stinkyhead and I hate you”.

That’s what I would say.


Here are a few of the ones I’ve collected over the years, along with my utility “everyday” workin man pens.



This is my every day pen, a Parker Duofold, with a medium nib.  Being a lefty, the scrawl of a med tends to work for me, leaves readable lines and stuff.  Parkers are not quite as pricey as others (like those pimp ho Mont Blancs), but very good quality.  It’s all in the nib my friend.

I lean toward the medium nibs, but even there, you have a world of differences.  For example, here are three writing samples from three medium nib pens..




Here are the pens, and the nibs…


Best. Photoshop. Evah. January 30, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Commenting Tips, Ducks, Economics, Entertainment, Family, Food, Heroes, History, Law, Lurkers, Man Laws, Music, News, Personal Experiences, Philosophy, Religion, Science, Sex, Sports, Technology, Terrorist Hemorrhoids.
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“Stand By Me” — Around the World January 30, 2009

Posted by Michael in Music, News.
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This is so cool — a global street music performance.

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Billy Powell on the piano January 29, 2009

Posted by skinbad in History, Music.
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Do you remember why you first liked a musical group/performer? Something on the radio, maybe. Or a friend saying, “Hey, you gotta hear this!”

I think the first music I ever dropped my hard-earned paper route coin on was this double album:


I’m not a hardcore music person, but I’ve been disappointed in some live recordings. This one, in my humble opinion, is awesome.  You probably know a plane crash took some of the band (including their irreplaceable vocalist Ronnie Van Zant) in 1977.  Their keyboardist died yesterday.

RIP Billy Powell. I enjoyed and enjoy your music. He’s got a little piano solo in this one:

Just A Reminder, The Super Bowl Is Sunday January 29, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Crime, Ducks, Entertainment, Family, Food, Gardening, Heroes, History, Humor, Lurkers, Man Laws, Music, Personal Experiences, Science, Sex, Sports.
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And the Steelers Fans are ready.

Money Can’t Buy It January 28, 2009

Posted by Michael in Music, Religion.
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As a general principle, I’m willing to accept the notion that money can’t buy it.

The problem is, figuring out what “it” represents.

Money can buy a heck of a lot, so “it” has to be something special, like a good dog you got for free from a shelter (except you had to pay for some inoculations), and you trained it yourself, and it always loves you.

Or your mother, for that matter.  You didn’t buy your mother.  She just showed up somehow when you were little, you didn’t even have to pay for any shots, and she always loves you.  I figure mothers and good dogs are probably examples of “it.”

Something like that.

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Pitchers And Catchers Report In Just Two Weeks January 28, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Crime, Ducks, Entertainment, Food, Handblogging, Heroes, Humor, Lurkers, Man Laws, News, Sitemeter, Sports.
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Courtesy Mark Reardon/KMOX Radio

Courtesy Mark Reardon/KMOX Radio

This was taken this morning. It is the disaster that is the “Ballpark Village” that was supposed to be part of the newest Busch Stadium. As you can see, this is the most development this area has seen since old Busch Stadium was demolished.


What is Abject Failure? January 28, 2009

Posted by skinbad in Economics, Entertainment, Personal Experiences.
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So I’m signed up to take the online Jeopardy test tonight. I guess in theory, this can put you in the pipeline to getting on the show if you do well.

My beta-male self assessment tells me I could possibly do OK if the chips fell my way on a given day (like Rosie Perez in that White Men Can’t Jump movie). The multiple day winners are clearly out of my league.

Strengths (relatively speaking):

  • Literature
  • Current events/politics/news
  • Bible/religion
  • Geography
  • Sports
  • Pretentious French Phrases


  • Kings and Queens
  • Presidents (who was in when X happened kind of questions)
  • Current Popular Culture (didn’t pop culture stop about 1990?)
  • Alcohol (Potent Potables)
  • Word games–anagrams and such (I like them, but not in a race)

Any helpful study tips for the next five hours?

Guns of the Khyber Pass January 28, 2009

Posted by Michael in Economics, History, Man Laws, News, Politics, Terrorist Hemorrhoids.
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This is fascinating —  a close-up look at the largest illegal arms market in the world in the tribal area of Pakistan.

Thanks to Retired Geezer.