Sunday, February 26, 2006

I found an old picture!

I was doing a bit of cleaning and I found this old picture of me as an infant. It looks like not much has really changed!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Truth about Siberian Huskies

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You can click here to read my review of the delightful movie "Eight Below". I had a wonderful Siberian Husky named "Honey" for fifteen years and I loved her very much. But, please know that huskies are not for everyone! They're quite a handfull -- they are destructive escape artists of the highest order. I remember being at wits end many times. The above wallpaper is my tribue to the truth about how challenging a husky can be! Please read this before you go out and get a husky. They can drive you insane!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Educational Driving Video

When I watched this video I learned:
1. Always wear your seatbelts
2. Never pass on the right
3. Never drive an SUV
4. Never run from Police
5. Wear bright colors
6. Have good health insurance
7. Have good life insurance
8. Have your will in order at all times

Monday, February 20, 2006

Mike Barish

Mike Barish is a very talented stand-up comic. This 10 minute video is very funny. We all need a laugh sometimes!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

God says:

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Jesus says:

Eight Below

Based on a True Story, Eight Below is an exhilarating adventure that swept me right out of the theater into the harsh, yet breathtakingly beautiful Antarctic wilderness. The remarkable vistas of this strangely beautiful frozen wonderland are magnificent, yet they are quickly eclipsed by the beauty, and bravery of the eight fuzzy “dog stars” of this film. These dogs form a close-knit family and each has a unique and thoroughly likable personality. The dogs courageousness quickly won my heart and I found myself loving each one and caring deeply for their wellbeing.

The dogs are inadvertently left on their own in the wilderness and the survival adventures of the dog team are thrilling and packed with emotional highs and lows. I laughed, I cheered, and I will admit that I, a 44-year-old man, cried my eyes out. I can’t remember a film that has ever touched me this deeply. I saw the movie three days ago and I can’t stop thinking about it.

This action-packed movie gripped my heart, made me fall in love with eight sled-dogs, sent me on an emotional rollercoaster and left me wanting more. If you’re looking for a feel-good, animal-loving, exciting, family-friendly movie that you’ll cheer and cherish, Eight Below is your best bet.

- Sam

The Official Movie Website
Information on the original 1984 Japanese movie "Nankyoku monogatari"

Saturday, February 18, 2006

The Clergy Letter Project / Evolution Sunday

Check out this letter:

Within the community of Christian believers there are areas of dispute and disagreement, including the proper way to interpret Holy Scripture. While virtually all Christians take the Bible seriously and hold it to be authoritative in matters of faith and practice, the overwhelming majority do not read the Bible literally, as they would a science textbook. Many of the beloved stories found in the Bible – the Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah and the ark – convey timeless truths about God, human beings, and the proper relationship between Creator and creation expressed in the only form capable of transmitting these truths from generation to generation. Religious truth is of a different order from scientific truth. Its purpose is not to convey scientific information but to transform hearts.

We the undersigned, Christian clergy from many different traditions, believe that the timeless truths of the Bible and the discoveries of modern science may comfortably coexist. We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests. To reject this truth or to treat it as “one theory among others” is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children. We believe that among God’s good gifts are human minds capable of critical thought and that the failure to fully employ this gift is a rejection of the will of our Creator. To argue that God’s loving plan of salvation for humanity precludes the full employment of the God-given faculty of reason is to attempt to limit God, an act of hubris. We urge school board members to preserve the integrity of the science curriculum by affirming the teaching of the theory of evolution as a core component of human knowledge. We ask that science remain science and that religion remain religion, two very different, but complementary, forms of truth.

I guess there is hope after all!

Over 10,000 clergy members have endorsed this letter, and over 450 churches are participating in Evolution Sunday making the statement that religion and science are not adversaries.

I am impressed!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Brokeback Mountain trailer parody

The miracle of editing! Watch the video.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Inside a Meteorite

Very beautiful interior of a meteorite found on the Coast to Coast AM website. More pictures like this here.

Wolf's Rain

I would like to share with you a wonderful Anime TV series which I just finished this evening. First, here's the description of Wolf's Rain:

In a post-apocalyptic future where humans live in domed cities surrounded by wasteland, wolves are assumed to be two hundred years extinct. Yet wolves do walk among them, disguising themselves as humans in order to survive in the human world. Now four young wolves will follow the scent of Lunar Flowers on a dangerous quest to find that which legend promises them: Paradise.

Wolf's Rain is a beautiful anime with tremendous production values and great artistic merit. The music, composed by Yoko Kanno who also is responsible for Witch Hunter Robin's music, is an equally gorgeous blend of blues, Spanish guitar, and haunting ballads. Not only is it moving visually, it is intensely emotional. The series moved me to tears several times in its 30 episodes.

I fell deeply in love with the characters, and I felt pain when they struggled in their pursuit of Paradise. There are moments that are not easy to watch -- in real life I really do love wolves profoundly -- and the wolves in this show endure a lot of physical abuse and heartache.

I rented Wolf's Rain from Netflix. First only one DVD, just to check it out. By the time I was into the second DVD I couldn't get them to arrive fast enough. Soon I had devoured all seven DVDs and, like any truly great story, I just wanted the story and characters to go on forever.

This is not a typical anime. In fact, it's not a typical story in any sense -- yet it is profoundly rewarding. It's challenging to the viewer in many ways -- in order to appreciate Wolf's Rain fully, you must really pay attention, you must be able to survive seeing characters you really care about suffer terribly, and, most of all, the ending is far from a typical Hollywood "happy ending". I'm not saying the ending is terrible or disappointing -- in fact, you'll find that to some extend you've been made a part of the story as the ending will depend on your interpretation and feelings as well.

Words fail me at the moment to describe the sheer beauty and majesty of this anime. Even the theme of Wolf's Rain has profound philosophical and spiritual implications that may move you to think deeply.

I hope that you can carve out the time to watch this amazing piece of animated art.

Links: entry article entry

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Cheney Cartoons!

This link will take you to dozens of great Cheney Shooter cartoons! I just LOVE these!

Cheney Happy!

Of course we all have heard that Vice President Dick Cheney has shot a fellow republican in the face in a hunting accident.

What's funny to me about this is that when I started researching to write a blog-post, I found this picture of Cheney obviously receiving a gun as a gift. Cheney is not only happy in this picture, he's positively beaming! This is the only picture of Cheney I've seen where he's happy.

Why does this man love guns and killing helpless animals so much?

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Successful Russian Moon Rovers 35 Years Ago!

Did you know that thirty-five years ago the Russian space program successfully deployed an un-manned Moon Rover? Actually two!

On July 13, 1969 Russia launched a Moon Lander which safely landed on the moon whereupon it deployed ramps and relased the Lunokhod 1 moon rover. The Lunokhod 1 looked like an eight-wheeled washtub but it worked beautifully. It has solar panels, many television cameras, an x-ray spectrometer, and many other sophisticated instruments.

After operating for 11 months the Lunokhod traveled 6.5 miles (10.5 kilometers), transmitted more than 20,000 television pictures, and conducted more than 500 lunar soil tests. Two years later, a larger and faster Lunokhod 2 rover successfully landed set a still-unbroken record for extraterrestrial driving distance of 23 miles.

Both the Lunokhod 1 and Lunokhood 2 were controlled via a joystick on earth. It's not possible to do this with the NASA Mars Rovers as radio delays can be 5 to 40 minutes depending on the distance between the Earth and Mars. For this reason it took until recently for computer technology to allow the current generation of rovers to have enough on-board intelligence to move about on their own with only "input" from Earth.

Here is an excellent article on this fascinating subject.


Even Porky Pig can make a mistake.

Duck and Cover

In this 10 minute classic Civil Defense film you learn that you can avoid injury from Atomic Bombs by simply ducking and covering! Neat!

You'll also see a terrorist monkey get his commupance.

It's Peter Godly

The Christian Bible allows such things as Polygamy, Concubines, Revenge, Slavery, Sex with Slaves, Prostitution, and even Marriage with Girls at 11 years-old. I love the fact that several biblical texts prohibit Celibacy!

Plus, many Christians are just now figuring out that they MUST keep Kosher (the new Testament does not absolve them of this!).

Not to worry -- modern Christians just cherry-pick which parts of the bible they adhere to, and which parts they ignore.

These two animations do a good job of satirizing this dangerous, but strangely amusing part of living with Christians. Peter Godly episode one, and episode two.

Sketch Swap!

I just love Sketch Swap. The idea is that you draw something, and when you're done you get a drawing someone else made. It's fun that the drawing is animated so you see each pen-stroke that the artist used.

Many of the drawings that I've seen are of a very high quality. Some are even moving.

Initially I just drew dumb landscapes or dogs... anything that might qualify as a "sketch" so that I could see the return drawing unfold. As I drew and watched I actually started putting more thought into the sketches and I found myself drawing a lot of pretty good sketches!

So far I've drawn political cartoon, portraits, comics, and even word-games. The more I play wit this thing, the more creative I'm getting! I can't recommend Sketch Swap enough. I recommend you try it, and you might even get one of my drawings in return for yours!


Friday, February 10, 2006


This picture was taken with my cell-phone camera. This sad little bike was in a parking structure -- at least temporarily.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

UPDATE: Twin Towers

On January 8th, 2006 I posted a link to the Loose Change 9-11 Alex Jones Conspiracy

This amazing 1 hour video makes a very compelling case that the Twin Towers were actually destroyed by the US government. This film is entertaining, well researched, and very much worth watching.

Now there is an update -- the hour and 21 minute Loose Change 2nd Edition. This version has more details, better animation, and several other improvements. This version is even more compelling than the original.

And, for your further enjoyment here is Secret of 9/11.

Enjoy them all; but as always -- judge for yourself.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

TAG! You're it!

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Image borrowed (stolen) from The Red Brick Inn Panguitch. Please don't sue me -- consider this "advertising" (sheepish grin). Heh.

Four jobs I've had:

  • Gift-wrapper at The Broadway Department Store
  • Computer Programmer
  • Video Game Designer/Producer
  • Photographer

Four movies I can watch over and over:

  • Moulin Rouge!
  • Titanic
  • The Matrix
  • The Little Mermaid*

Four places I've lived:

  • Hermosa Beach
  • San Diego
  • Burbank
  • Brentwood/West Los Angeles

Four TV shows I love:

  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Witchhunter Robin
  • Last Exile
  • Wolf’s Rain

Four places I've vacationed:

  • Hawaii
  • Mexico
  • Florida
  • The Bahamas

Four of my favorite dishes:

  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • In-N-Out Hamburger – Animal Style
  • Sag Paneer (Indian spinach and cheese)
  • Tom Kha (Thai Coconut Soup)

Four sites I visit daily:

  • Google News
  • Comic Strips: Dilbert, Speed Bump, Loose Parts, Calvin and Hobbes
  • Stephanie Miller (bits)
  • Google Video of the Day

Four places I would rather be right now:

  • I’m very happy right here right now
  • Hiking/Camping in Remote Natural Places
  • Motorcycle Rides
  • SCA War
Four Blogger's I'm tagging:
  • How sad is this? I don't know four bloggers! If you're reading this, and you want to play along, consider yourself tagged!
* This particular combination of movies automatically qualifies me as a serial killer or an animator. Both are scary prospects.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Survey Suggests that Topless Women Live Longer

A recent study shows that women who go topless will live longer more satisfying lives. Here is the full article.

Friday, February 03, 2006


I ran across this beautiful Siberian Husky at the gas station the other day. This picture was taken with my cell-phone camera.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

1001 Reasons Why You Wanna Be My Boyfriend

According to the email that I received, what follows is an actual personal ad from a 30-year-old woman. I was really impressed with how simple and clever this ad is. Not only does this gal really seem to understand what men want in a woman, you really feel that you’re getting to know her from just reading the ad. I was so impressed with it I thought I’d share with you all.

1001 Reasons Why You Wanna Be My Boyfriend - 30

I didn't vote for either George Bush
I don't tear the tags off my mattresses til I get home
I always stop to pet dogs outside of grocery stores
I'm likely to have a different hair color every time you see me
I'm slippery when wet
I only use the rail when I walk down the stairs 30% of the time ( I love to walk the line ya know)
I've never read Playboy for the articles
I'll make you laugh
I've never been in one of Tommy Lee's movies
I'll never under cook the eggs
I'll never drink your last beer
I can make a mean pot of chili
I'll pretend I didn't see you look at that chick with the big boobs
I'll always be impressed with how strong you are
I know that handcuffs aren't just for the cops
I've never kicked a boy in the balls
I recycle
I do know how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie roll tootsie pop
I won't steal the Vicoden out of your medicine cabinet
I'll take care of you when you're sick and sometimes just because I think you're the shit
I'll make fun of you
I come with my own set of ear plugs in case of snoring
I can give a kick ass back rub
I haven't been a house guest of O.J. Simpson
I like porn
I can't stand soaps
I don't care if you leave the seat up
I give road head
I think chicks are hot
I have my nipples pierced
I pump my own gas
I don't give a shit if I break a nail
I've got cookies
I don't chew tobacco
I take a shower every day, twice even sometimes
I like it when you pull my hair
I'll let you beat me at pool
I'll keep working until I chip away at your walls
I don't care that you go out with the boys
I don't eat crackers in bed too often
I think it's hot when you come home all dirty from playing hard
I like it when dogs sleep in the bed
I can't stand the mall
My tongue is pierced twice
I don't care what music we listen to in the car
I've never eaten a bon-bon in my life
I'd never ask you to go to lunch with my mother
When you wash the dishes it turns me on
My heart will jump every time you walk through the door
I don't care if you cut your toe nails in the living room
I'll save everything you ever give me
I won't ever forget your birthday, and remind you when mine is coming
I can pee standing up (it's totally gross though)
I think Project Runway is fucking gay
You just can't stop reading this!
I've never even seen one episode of Dawson's Creek or Gilmore Girls
I always use my nails to scratch a lottery ticket
I know where to put in the oil, and have even done it it
I'll think you're just about the coolest person I know
My friends are hot
I don't have hardly any guy friends
I've never owned one pink thing
I think pizza and a game at the sports bar down the street is the ideal date
I won't fuck your friends
I won't fuck your brother
The kinkier the better
What the hell is "in the box"?
I always open a window when I paint
I've never been on Americas Most Wanted
The only drama I have any part of is on t.v.
I don't care if you watch my girly movies with me
I know how to make a fire
I can tie a cherry stem with my tongue
I've got secret tattoos
My kisses will take your breath away
I dig public sex
I don't care if you leave your socks on
You'll never have to do your laundry again
My best friend isn't a guy
I can't stand John Mayer
My burritos are the bomb
I never drive faster than 30 mph in a school zone
My weird habits you'll find adorable
You'll sleep better when I'm next to you
I have a membership at 3 video stores
I'd fuck Angelina Jolie too
I'll thank you every time you open the door
I'll never waste your love
I'll laugh at every joke even when it's not funny
I'd never give you shit in front of your friends
It gets better every time
Use as much salt as you want I don't care
I won't ever let you leave for work in the morning without your lunch
I'll help you find your keys
I don't stop and ask for directions either
I don't have a big brother, so you don't have to worry about getting your ass kicked ever
I try not to pick my nose, or butt in public
We can watch your movie first
I've never owned anything Hello Kitty
I don't need batteries
I once ate a cricket
I eat red meat
I can kill my own spiders
I'll clean the house perfect every time your mom comes
I'll always have smooth legs
I like it when my hair gets messed up
I used to be able to put my feet behind my neck
I met Tom Green once
I got suspended in high school 3 times
My family is just as fucked up as yours
I don't want to get married
My kid already has a dad
I'll always want more
I like horror movies
I smell pretty good most of the time
I don't litter
When I can I give to charity
I can be ready in 30 minutes or less
I lose at arm wrestling every time
I've got dirty pictures of me on my computer
I look both ways before I cross the street
I have cable and HBO
I never look directly into the sun
I'll look cute in your shirt
I'm not a virgin
You're hotter and more hilarious than anyone I know
I'll show you my boobs at the store when nobody's looking
I probably have more porn on my computer than you
I old enough to remember when the space shuttle crashed
I still get carded almost every time I get booze
I won't ever leave makeup on your shoulder
I've never hung a pair of panty hose on the shower rack in my life
I like it when you call me a whore in bed
I can balance a check book
I'll help you not to forget your moms birthday
I would never yell "fire" in a crowded theatre
I"m really good at sneaking food into the movies
I was Branciforte Jr. Highs spelling bee champion 2 years back to back
I'll never say 'nothings wrong' when there really is
I know how to hold my own hair back when I puke
My fingers can spill out Mary Had A Little Dream on the piano better than Ray Charles
I've never cried over spilt milk
I have never stabbed anyone in the eye
I can count to 100 by 5's
I've never smuggled drugs out of the country
I don't care if you eat dinner without a shirt
I think it's hot when you masturbate
I never overload the washer
What else have you got to do?
I know that whipped cream goes on more than sundaes
I've never auditioned for American Idol
I don't eat yellow snow
I like it when you talk to your friends about me in bed
My sunday morning breakfasts will change your life
My chin fits 'just right' in your shoulder when you hold me close
I'll understand if you get jealous
I'm just that good
I never had sexual relations with Bill Clinton or anyone named Bill ever
I'm a pepper
You're getting very sleepy...
I've never been on Jerry Springer
I may have already won $10,000,000.
I have a subscription to the Herald
You won't be able to get me out of your head
I know that sticks are better than automatics
I'll let you drive every time if you want
I buy a new toothbrush every time the blue wears down
I know that objects in the mirror are bigger than they appear
I would never send you to the store for tampons
Flowers will get you laid every time
I've never gotten caught lip syncing on SNL
I have a $3.24 credit at PayLess Shoes
I have clean socks that you can borrow if you run out
I never leave the engine running while I'm pumping gas
I never run with scissors
I've taken the Coke/Pepsi challenge and won
Almost every time I have a winning bottle top
I know how to keep a secret
If you spell something wrong I just think it's cute
I've never failed a survey
I can almost every time find Waldo
I never put my fingers in the light socket
I'm a Gemini
I have all my shots
It's okay I don't really expect you to last longer than 10 minutes anyways
I'm pretty damn funny
I'm not a doctor and I've never played one on t.v. either
I don't care if you eat off my plate
None of my friends are guys I used to have sex with
When you're sleeping I'll always try to be quiet
I have never run out of gas (well I just fucked myself there now, didn't I?)
I know the difference between they're, their, and there
You really kinda would dig having someone to cuddle with on the couch
I know how to get stains out of t-shirts
I've seen every episode of "The Shield"
I've got rad hair
I know how to leave you satisfied and hungry for more every time
I'm really good at making lists
After reading this far you've already got too much invested anyways

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


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TWDA Career Opportunities

There is only one position open on this job listing website, but I think it's something you ladies might be interested in.