Archive for August, 2006

YouTube – Emmys 2006 – Opening Number (Part 1)

31 August 2006

OK, all my favorite shows rolled into one.  Awesome.  No although I dont like South Park, I do approve bec they bust on Tom Cruise who is total looney toons!

YouTube – Emmys 2006 – Opening Number (Part 1)


Back to shaving, as it was meant to be.

30 August 2006

I was up in South Carolina yesterday with my old rotatracks.  I realized that old warhorse was basically useless and certainly painful.  I was done with it.
I saw a youtube video about shaving via
I took the quick advice on technique, bought a $3 boar hair brush (I know not badger hair, but I need to learn about the right gear first and decided it was time to upgrade from that Gilette brush plus (that the cream screws in the bottom and comes up) that my Mom got me in the 1980s.  [cant even find a picture on the internet])
Believe it or not, I found Proraso cream at Target (the shaving stuff is not with all the shaving stuff, it is in a tiny Mens section near cosmetics and the manager was shock they were sold out of most of the items, including brushes…. this is catching on.)

So using the simple techniques, the right way, a brush and some shaving cream that is not the American commericalized cream or gel which has alcohol in it and drys your skin, but real stuff with eucalyptus to NOT dry your skin, I got a ton better shave.

We just got back – Family travel advice, tips, ideas, planning help, and more
How to get that perfect shave – Today, Weekend Edition –

As the article suggests this used to be a tradition passed down until capitalism killed it and everyone got crappy disposable razors.
(if you are economically or fancially inclinded read about the gillette disposible razor industry, what a corner and a racket).

Now I am off to find a turn of the century, last century, Merkur DE safety razor.

Help Meghan support The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

30 August 2006

By now you know how strongly Elizabeth and I feel about Hospice.
Clearly we have a personal connection to multiple myeloma.
Meghan, Chris Grillone’s girlfriend of years, had her cousin die from cancer when they were little and now she is trying to raise money for that cause.

Please take a minute or two to read the letter below and visiting the website to see a picture.

Brian and Elizabeth


I am excited to inform you that I am currently training to run a marathon. Running a marathon has been one of my goals for some time and recently two circumstances have come together propelling me to start earnestly working toward that goal; a worthy cause and a team to train with.

To be eligible to participate in the Nike Women’s Marathon on October 22nd in San Francisco, I must raise $5,000. All proceeds earned by the other marathon participants and myself will be donated to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – a voluntary health agency that works to find cures for Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease, and Myeloma. Additionally, the Society supports family members of patients who suffer from these diseases with volunteer assistance and educational counseling among other services.

To raise the funds integral to further their research and provide services, the Society developed a program called Team in Training to assist participating athletes as they train for the marathons, triathlons, and century rides (a cycling event) the Society sponsors. By participating on a Team in Training, I receive professional coaching, informational clinics, and best of all, a supportive team to train with. With the encouragement of the team and the motivation of raising money for the Society, I was ready to put on my sneakers and get started.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s work is especially important to me because of a personal experience with a cancer patient. My cousin Jody Hunter was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia at the age of four and died from it six days before his eighth birthday, in 1992. Jody and his family lived in Phoenix, Arizona at the time and I spent many summers swimming and playing with my cousins as Jody’s disease progressed. There were many generous organizations that aided Jody and his family during those four years, and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was one of them.

In the same spirit of generosity that the Society once gave to my family, I am asking you now to be generous with a donation to me. Any amount you are able to give will be a welcome addition as I make my way toward my goal of raising $5,000 by October 1st, my fundraising deadline. Checks can be made out to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and sent to my address at 40 ½ Annie Laurie St. Mountain View, California 94043. You can also donate with a credit card on this page. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Wish me luck!

Thoughts from an old friend

24 August 2006

I grew up with practical parents.  A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it.  She was the original recycle queen, before they had a Name for it…  A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused.  Their best friends lived barely a wave away.  I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other.  It was the time for fixing things.  A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress Things we keep.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.
All that re-fixing, eating, renewing.  Waste meant affluence.  Throwing things away meant you knew there’d always be more.

But then my mother died and in the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn’t any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away…never to return.  So…  while we have it…  it’s best we love it….  and care for it…  and fix it when it’s broken……  and heal it when it’s sick.

This is true.  for marriage…..  and old cars….  and children with bad report cards…..  and dogs with bad hips….  and aging parents…..  and grandparents.  We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.  Some things we keep.  Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special…..  and so, we keep them close!

Save the Internet

24 August 2006

I thought you might be interested in the campaign to save Internet freedom at .

Congress is pushing through a law that would permit large telephone and cable companies, like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, to control what you do, where you go and what you watch online.

Visit the URL below to check out what’s at stake and send a loud message directly to the Congress:

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19 August 2006

A Year with C. S. Lewis

Daily Readings from His Classic Works

My Dad got this for me recently.  I have been reading through it daily.  Very nicely done.  It is one of those books were almost every page you want to write down more than 2 quotes and in the end you realize it is futile, just keep it nearby and look at it often.

Everyday I read it I wonder who I can buy it for today.

If you havent checked it out, do.  Guaranteed no dissapointment.

Gore Vidal

19 August 2006

I have been watching American Masters on PBS. Last night was Gore Vidal. How interesting. Nicely outspoken and counter to the current, but refreshing. Refreshingly alarming.

I am not sure I would agree with a lot of what he says, but I am intrigued by his precepts. Enough that I may read some part of his works.

Maybe we have gone horribly wrong. I am not sure we are owned by corporate America. He likely subscribes to similiar thoughts as mine with regard to capitalism is a path to evil or at least largely anti Christian.

Post Script: there was an interesting quote by Arthur Schlesinger that stated “Histornians are prisoners of their (own experiences?)”

Save the Internet

18 August 2006

Need I say more?
Take a minute to send the petition.

Save the Internet : Fighting for Internet Freedom

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17 August 2006

Lifehacker, the Productivity and Software Guide

The inconspicuous cell phone ring

Reader Clint writes:

Afraid of your phone going off during class, a meeting or in the middle of a movie? Instead of setting your ring tone to Honkey Tonk Badonkadonk, record the sound of someone sneezing and set it as your ring tone. This way, instead of annoying glares or interruptions you’ll know your phone still has its ringer on in a discreet manner.

Afraid of your phone going off during class, a meeting or in the middle of a movie? Instead of setting your ring tone to Honkey Tonk Badonkadonk, record the sound of someone sneezing and set it as your ring tone. This way, instead of annoying glares or interruptions you’ll know your phone still has its ringer on in a discreet manner.

Yes, this idea is a little weird, but I sort of love it. Granted, you’re going to have to be keen to the sound of your sneezetone (or coughtone, hiccuptone, throat-clearingtone), and it still might come off as totally bizarre to people sitting next to you, but this seems like a good step forward in cell phone etiquette – at least for those of you who’ve been caught with your ringer on one too many times.

If you don’t have this problem, let us know how you remind yourself to turn your phone off or down when a screaming ringtone is inappropriate in the comments or at tips at — Adam Pash

Turn your PC into a Mac

16 August 2006

Check this out, pretty cool, huh.
I looked and found lots of different little things, but this is one complete package.  Enjoy.

FlyakiteOSX – Modify . Simplify . Aquafy [The Official Site]