10/31/2005 09:46:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|THANK YOU NEWSMAX!!
just when I thought that the mourning of the chicken fetus was the dumbest story of the day, Newsmax comes through with the good. As I've stated before, Newsmax or as I call then NeedFacts, is constantly pumping out dumb crap left and right, and this one is no exception

An offshoot of the Arizona-based Minuteman Civil Defense Corps has begun patrolling the U.S.-Canadian border; but with considerably less success than their colleagues to the south.

For one thing, the group staked out near the Vermont border town of Derby Line isn't sure exactly where the border is located. "It's not really clear to me," said Jeffrey Buck, the Vermont group's leader.

god forbid read the whole story here

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|W|P|113081712533368990|W|P|Morons protect US from Canadians|W|P|10/31/2005 04:25:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Well, I guess the brits are also capable of fetus worship.

Tributes left for a dead chicken
Flowers and tributes were left in an alleyway where the body of a mystery dead baby was found - before police realized it was only a chicken fetus.

follow link on the BBC here

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|W|P|113079767377126465|W|P|Everyone CALM DOWN...|W|P|11/01/2005 07:50:00 AM|W|P|Blogger One Hit Wonder|W|P|That's the british for you...

Cool Blog 8-) keep it up10/31/2005 01:56:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|If you've been watching Rome on HBO then you know that's it a fairly acurate representation of day in and day out roman life with all the intrigue of the Ceaser's thrown in. But a guy I know sent me this today and I found it interesting.

"Lucious Vorenus and Titus Pullo were real! I just came across this. It's a quote from Julius Caesar's Commentarii de Bello Gallico: I thought you may find it interesting.

In that [i.e. the third] legion were [two] very brave men, centuriones, who were very nearly to be promoted to the highest level of their rank, Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus. These two men had continuous controversies among eachother, who would be promoted before the other, and all these years they were keeping up their rivalry about the matter with the utmost enmity. So, when the fight at the entrenchments grew extremely heavy, Pullo said: 'What are you waiting for, Vorenus? For which possibility to prove your bravery are you waiting? This day will bring the judgement on our controversies.'

After having said this, he marched out of the entrenchments and rushed into the part of the enemy lines that seemed to be the most dense. Vorenus didn't stay behind the wall either, but followed him, fearing the contempt of all. When only little space between them was left, Pullo hurled his spear to the enemies and impaled one of them who was running ahead of the masses. When this man was impaled and killed, the enemies covered him with their shields; they all hurled their projectiles to Pullo and made it impossible for him to proceed any further. Pullo's shield was pierced and the spear stuck in his belt. This incident pushed away his sheath and kept his right hand from drawing his sword, when he tried to do that, and the enemies stood around him, hindered as he was. Vorenus came to the rescue of his adversary and stood by him in his emergency. The whole mass of enemies turned immediately from Pullo towards him; they thought that he [Pullo] had been killed by the spear. Vorenus fought with his sword in a man to man fight and after killing one the made the others back off a bit; while he was all too eager to go after them, he stumbled into a somewhat lower bit of ground and fell down. Now that he again was surrounded [by enenmies] Pullo came to help him, and after having killed several enemies they both made it back into the entrenchments, unhurt and as the heroes of the day. Thus fortune dealt with each one of them in their controversy and competition, that each adversary would help and save the other and that it could not be decided, which one of them seemed to outdo the other in bravery."

If you haven't seen the show, it's full of nudity, intrigue, and action. Plus, you might learn some history in between the boobs and sword fights.

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|W|P|113078864860575670|W|P|Rome on HBO|W|P|10/31/2005 12:06:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Just like the title says: LG is going to stop selling tubes in Europe. Plan and simple. We all knew it was bound to happen eventually but, gosh, I didn't think it would be that quick.

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|W|P|113078199336965829|W|P|LG stops selling tubes in Europe, the death of CRT soon?|W|P|10/31/2005 10:24:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|
Fifty years ago this weekend, the nation's first "All-Girl" radio station went on the air in Memphis, Tennessee. People have made alot of Sam Phillips' sale of Elvis Presley contract. He's been called every name except sane. But he deserves some credit. The Legendary music producer launched WHER with cash he made selling Elvis Presley's record contract to RCA. See the documentary about it here
thanks to Media Matters

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|W|P|113077651400483832|W|P|WHER 1000 beautiful watts|W|P|10/31/2005 07:10:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|A pumpkin computer! Something to celebrate Halloween.

read more | digg story|W|P|113076421792954107|W|P|Happy Halloween!|W|P|10/31/2005 07:06:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I added a "suppport the coomons" button over in the right side column. If you can, you should donate. The Creative Commons really helps keep the internet (especially blogs) going. Read up on it here.
thanks to boingboing

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|W|P|113076416817604358|W|P|support the commons|W|P|10/30/2005 03:17:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P| apparently, with the right attitude, you don't need home security.|W|P|113070713601800700|W|P|At a customers home|W|P|10/30/2005 08:26:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Well I know now not to crack a joke in a blog. yike. I suppose the guys who commented are right. The guy who wasn't in the military did serve his country well by coming into the shop. I think the point was lost in my crappy writing, I am constantly stunned by the things people, regardless of their age, think about technology. It is very difficult in America to sell a product that would randomly catch fire. At least not without some nasty press. I'm not buying a plasma myself anytime soon. Mostly because I prefer a particular 1080p Sharp LCD that we just got in. But also, hanging a TV is not easy in my house. But I have no problem recommending them to anyone because as far as I know, in the 4 years I've been selling them, I haven't had one catch fire. Just on a side note, the guy is really enjoying the new TV. He decided on a 42" LCDRPTV on of the Sony Grand Wegas. Turns out mounting it wasn't as important as $1500.|W|P|113068311445875451|W|P|Okay...|W|P|10/29/2005 04:31:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|As a AV intstaller and TV salesman, I spend a lot of time explaining plasma TV to people. I understand why, plasma has been so maligned over the last couple of years that people literally think that these TVs are made of paper or glass. They think that they're so fragile that they need to be held with velvet gloves and transported in trucks made of NERF. The truth is plasma isn't such a delicate technology. It's actually a pretty hardy one. Case in point, next time you're at the airport, look at the plasmas they have. How old do you think they are? I can tell you from experience that the plasma TV's on the floor of the Grand Casino in Tunica Mississippi are seven years old and have been on 24 hours a day for that whole lifespan. That's about 12 years of normal run time. Yes, the picture fades over time, but you show me one light emitting piece of electronics (CRT, RPTV, etc.) that doesn't fade over time and I'll be really excited to invest in that technology. But until that fine day, plasma TV's longevity isn't as big as concern as has been speculated to this point. this brings me to a customer I had yesterday. Nice guy, 60 maybe 65 with shock white hair and moustache. He came in to ask me to show him some "flat panel", at least he got the opening correct. He said to me "I want as big as I can get and I want to mount it over the fireplace mantle." So I immediately started walking to the new 43" pioneer 43" plasma we just started carrying this line and although I don't feel the picture quality is up to the level of the Sony 40" XBR, customers love the look of the pioneer and he did ask for the biggest one and I have the 50" pioneer as well. So as soon as I tell him it's a plasma he launches into the following story... "About 20 years ago a friend of mine, who was a marine, was on a ship in the pacific. At some point orders came down that all the monitors on the ship were to be outfitted with new plasma screen technology. After months of trial and error, the plasmas were finally installed and working throughout the vessel. But, with one limitation, fire extinguishers were placed next to all of the monitors because the would randomly burst into flame." The customer looked at me suspiciously and asked "So, these things stop burnin' up?" ... I looked at him and said "are you sure you're not at the Ford dealership?"|W|P|113062209488299850|W|P|Plasma TV myths|W|P|10/29/2005 10:36:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Wow, you ARE an idiot! Give the guy a break, he's 60+ and served the country well. I'm 29 and served in the Army as a COMSEC officer and all operating vehicles were fitted with plasma displays. Guess what, they caught fire as well! Now, albeit the military doesn't exactly invest in the BEST, but the guy had a reasonable question based on past experience. On top of this, if you know the technology which you say you do, you would what these televisions are composed of and wouldn't shrug off such a question. I highly doubt you know everything, which goes to show why you're hawking TV's for a living, SERVING others who can afford to buy them. Bet you won't be purchasing one soon unless you get a hefty store discount.

P.S. "Hardy" isn't a word unless you are reading a teenagers book.10/30/2005 01:04:00 AM|W|P|Blogger T0ny|W|P|You are an ass, that was mean to say. You should be FIRED!

I've heard a lot stupider questions and that was not stupid.10/28/2005 07:41:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P| I love the Japanese. Check out the "Hi-Fi Robot"link thanks Engadget|W|P|113054974950359411|W|P|on MY Christmas wish-list|W|P|10/28/2005 08:38:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Interesting site, keep posting :)10/28/2005 04:12:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P| So I got an email from Newsmax this morning and boy, did it make a bold statement. 'Scooter' Libby to Avoid Perjury Charge Lewis "Scooter" Libby will likely avoid perjury charges in the Leakgate case, and will instead be charged with making a false statement to investigators - a crime that mirrors Independent Counsel Robert Ray's findings against Hillary Clinton five years ago. Libby's indictment "will be 'false statement' charges as part of an effort to mislead the grand jury," reporter Carl Cameron told Fox News radio host Tony Snow Friday morning. "False statement charges are significantly different from perjury," Cameron explained. "They don't include the need to prove intent." Libby's indictment will likely be based, said Cameron, on his claim that he first learned of Valerie Plame's identity from the media, rather than from Vice President Dick Cheney, as media accounts have suggested. In his October 2000 final report on the Travelgate scandal, Independent Counsel Ray said of Mrs. Clinton: "The overwhelming evidence establishes that she played a role in the decision to fire the [travel office] employees and provided input into that decision. Thus, her statement to the contrary under oath was factually false." Despite Mr. Ray's conclusion, however, that Mrs. Clinton had committed a serious federal felony, he declined to prosecute. Just for the record, you can find "the Scooter's" indictment right here. And it basically states that Lewis Libby is indicted with 2 counts perjury, 2 counts making false statements to a grand jury, 1 count obstruction of justice, and 1 count of being a greesy lieing thug. Guess that Newsmax story was really spot on huh?|W|P|113053450032457857|W|P|Newsmax is indeed a piece of crap|W|P|10/28/2005 03:16:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|A high-flying researcher has been fired from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston for fabricating data

read more | digg story|W|P|113053058779590804|W|P|MIT professor sacked for fabricating data|W|P|10/28/2005 12:18:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Thanks to our friends over at Business opportunities.com there is a new little java script that allows you to find out the approximate value of your blog. Sure, it ain't scientific, and nobody is gonna give me 500+ bucks for this online rag. But it is a fun experiment.|W|P|113052166302266038|W|P|How much is this crap worth?|W|P|10/27/2005 11:49:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Comedy Central today announced they'll be launching a broadband TV network dubbed "Motherload"

read more | digg story|W|P|113043178058421300|W|P|Comedy Central Unveils Motherload Network|W|P|10/26/2005 08:24:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|This video is floating around the internet right now, and I couldn't stop laughing. I'm particularly fascinated with the dude behind them who appears to be playing Battlefield 2 on his PC. Nice to see college dormrooms are the same the world over.Check out the video here thanks Boing Boing this is destined to be as big as the NUMANUMA dance|W|P|113033326897779216|W|P|Two Chinese students|W|P|10/26/2005 08:03:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|The blog just crossed the 100 post mark with that Rufus Thomas post just a few minutes ago and I have to say how surprised I am. I figured I'd have deleted this page by now. Well, no such luck. In fact, right now Emily and I are home sick with the flu so I'm trying to learn some basic HTML and Flash, so hopefully we'll be improving our web presence here pretty soon. But, regardless, I've enjoyed postin random BS on this site for over a year now, and I hope to improve upon the quality of the BS in the near future. Thanks for caring. Ed|W|P|113033201574873423|W|P|just as a moment of reflection|W|P|10/26/2005 08:00:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|play the White house indictment BINGO! play along with your friends!!! thanks to Wonkette|W|P|113033177278540663|W|P|indictment Bingo|W|P|10/26/2005 07:53:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|There is a nice story about WDIA the local AM radio station here in Memphis in the Atlanta journal. You can read it here. I mention this because the City had a benefit/tribute to Rufus Thomas the most famous DJ at WDIA and my favorite R&B singer of all time. Yesterday Memphis proclaimed October 25th "Rufus Thomas day", so feel free to "do the funky penguin" or "walk the dog" or "the funky chicken" or the "push and Pull" or.. oh you get the idea. R.I.P. Rufus, you still have a stool at the Rum boogie|W|P|113033158107693966|W|P|Nice Story|W|P|10/25/2005 02:17:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P| In continuing my series of mean spirited sacrilegious images|W|P|113026800618156902|W|P|And to make it a triple|W|P|10/23/2005 09:00:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Two new sets are up over at the Flickr page on is some pics of Emily and her friend Ally from across the street picking out Halloween pumpkins. You can see that one here and the other is from today and is a set of pics from the annual fall festival at Immaculate conception and you can see those here we had a great time at the festival as usual. Ashley did some fairly janky face painting for volunteer work, but nobody complained, so we'll take it...|W|P|113011925683124184|W|P|Photo sets|W|P|10/22/2005 02:00:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I don't want to write anything TOO personal here but I wanted to note that it was my five year wedding anniverssary yesterday. I can not express to you how happily married I am. My wife, child and family are the very best aspects of my life. They seem to get better every year that goes by. My wife is the only person who has every really believed in me, and I owe her more that I can ever give back. Love you honey|W|P|113000792912387325|W|P|to my wife|W|P|10/22/2005 12:12:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I got an odd email recently in response to Ashley's Katrina Flickr set. I was asked for comment on the rebuilding effort on the Gulf Coast by a NPR program in Boston called open Source on U Mass radio. They said they were interested in the pictures and without asking used one of them on their story page here. I'm not mad at that, it's not a copywrited image, and everyone who is on flickr knows that the photos essentially become public domain. Sure, you can use it, and I don't mind at all. But it does seem that you would at least ask. After getting emails asking for an interview (which Ashley didn't feel comfortable doing) I agree to it in her place. Well, once I spoke to the dude at the show it became apparent that her was under the assumption that I was from Gulfport of currently living on the coast. He was disappointed, I think, in my lack of insight into the day in day out life in gulfport. And was aghast when I told him "well, there is No rebuilding effort to speak of right now". The point I was trying to make to him was that much of the discussion right now is not about what we will do with these peoples homes, but where will we rebuild these casinos. Although the guy was nice I don't think he understood what I meant by all this. And it's really simple, money first people second. When you're the poorest state in the union, people are expendable, money ain't. I listened to the show on iTunes, and it was pretty descent. I just don't think these people had a feel for what the situation really is there. And I doubt that most people ever will.|W|P|113000240679964363|W|P|Radio open source|W|P|10/22/2005 12:07:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I got an email that I can take no advantage of at all and wanted to p[ass it on in hope of spreading the word about a great (but small) charity event in Los Angeles. Sure, no one who would read this lives anywere near L.A. but I though it was worth noting. This weekend the Legendary Eddie Bo of "check your bucket" fame is performing at a bar in L.A called Little Pedros with tha allmighty Breakestra All proceeds go to the victims of Katrina. What a great show that's going to be.|W|P|113000113237881267|W|P|The legend|W|P|10/14/2005 08:46:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P| ......Well I can't think of a better place on earth to start the Armageddon than Dallas|W|P|112934089259855489|W|P|The Rapture hits Dallas|W|P|10/14/2005 03:23:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|perhaps with Elvis?|W|P|112932320036479515|W|P|Can I get this on black velvet?|W|P|10/13/2005 05:52:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|just a little Bill O'Reilly "I told you so" Apple Stock Surges|W|P|112924412949798289|W|P|For the record|W|P|10/13/2005 01:43:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|So I know that I'm gushing a bit about the Apple keynote yesterday, but one announcement was lost in the ipod video announcement. Buried in the imac g5 announcement was an explanation of Apple's new "Front Row" media interface. Who gives a rat's ass you may say. Eventually, YOU will my friends. The point of this is simple. Windows last bit of innovation seems to have come last year when they really got serious about the Windows Media Center operating system. The idea of this OS was to give a seamless way in integrate PC connectivity and the wealth of Media being downloaded (or stolen) with your TV, surround system, etc. And up until yesterday, it was going quite well. But now, the king of User Interface has entered the fray. Look, the point is this. It is really only a matter of time before the source of your television is a media center computer. I know it seems crazy for someone who just owns a DVD player and a cable box to need/want a big ol' honkin' media center computer. But imagine this.. You come home from a really crappy day at work and flop down to watch "lost" or "breaking bonaduce" (god forbid) and you want to watch it in the kitchen while you cook dinner. And since you got home after nine eastern you've missed "lost" but have it recorded on the hard drive of your media center (by the time you read this TiVo may already be in the Crapper). So instead of pausing it until you finish cooking, you simply route the program to the monitor in the kitchen. So, in real time, the video is routed into the location you want with no need to pause, or run back and forth to the living room. Now, your kid comes in and demands (as kids do) to watch "Franklin" or "The wiggles" well, she too can watch her shows, streamed off of a central media hub into her room, the living room, etc. without effecting you or your show.This same principle can work with DVD's, TV shows, music and photos. So the idea is this, one box shall rule them all. Consumers want it, TV manufactures fear it, and geeks drool over it. The problem has been this. First, the user interface absolutely blows goat on the Windows Media center PC OS. Sure, it works, but there is no way your grandma is figuring it out. Second, these media center boxes have been to bulky and intimidating for normal consumers to store and set up. In steps Apple. Apple is known, if nothing else, for bofo user interface. OSX has won the hearts of many because it is simple, clean and easy to use. And have you seen the make mini? Extend that bad boy by 3 inches on either side and you have a workhorse computer built in a box the size of a VCR, which seems to be the size of component most consumers find comforting. With those factors considered, it seems that Apple has positioned itself to be the hub of all things Electronic media over the next 2 years. Good luck Jobs, now loan me some money.|W|P|112923243913740184|W|P|Mo' Apple crap|W|P|10/12/2005 04:41:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|so how unbelieveably sly is Steve jobs? last night, Apple's stock fell 11% on overnight trading. why? because although this is THE MOST PROFEITABLE QUARTER IN COMPANY HISTORY. The total dollar amount was below "market expectations", whatever... This is why the stock market wonks are idiots. They expected Apple, with only 2 new products in the fourth quarter (Nano isn't on these numbers)to make more money than they ever had. So, Stock falls, and today, in just enough time to REALLY piss off the people who sold last night, "the Jobs" dropped the Video ipod hammer. We all knew this was coming. We knew the video ipod was in Apple's back pocket. What most of the non tech savy folks don't relise is that the tech market is ripe for this. It is much the same pattern as with the audio version. The climate around the creation of the ipod was one of total chaos in the portable audio market. Every kid was stealing music left and right and there seened no way to reign them in and unify a fair way to buy music online. Bam! In steps apple and the race to the bottom for the MP3 market begins. Guess what, right now, we're all downloading episodes of family guy on Bit Torrent and Hacking our PSPs to get it on there. And now... in steps Apple.|W|P|112915415903392707|W|P|new toys|W|P|10/10/2005 12:35:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Ashley has just gotten back from her first visit to Gulfport since Katrina and she brought back a lot of pictures from the neighborhoods and beachfront in Gulfport. We've posted them in a Flickr set that you can find here but I thought I'd post one pic in particular. this is the cemetery where Ashley's grandmother is buried. This boat was washed up from the back bay and gently placed about 20 yards from Mrs. Baylor's resting place. It's in great condition if anyone would like to redo the interior and tow it off the graveyard(After you scratch the serial number off).|W|P|112896729591594621|W|P|New Pictures from Gulfport|W|P|