Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ten Years Ago

My Dad-in-law posted this up on facebook:

As the day draws to a close, I read my journal entry from 10 years ago. I worked all night as part of a Y2K support team on call for ExxonMobil's retail systems that may have a problem with the date conversion. Make a journal entry for tonight that records your transition to the 2nd decade of the 21st century.
Oh, I laughed when I read it! I remember going to the grocery store New Year's Eve '99 and watching people check out with huge cart-loads of groceries. One lady must have had ten dozen eggs under the cart. Another had TWO cart loads of groceries. As insane as the fear was, it was even worse to see these people buying cart loads of perishable items (milk, meat, etc.,) with the belief that there won't be any more electricity to refrigerate them.

If your interested though, you can get some great deals from amazon on Y2K books including:

The Y2K Personal Survival Guide by Michael S. Hyatt, or

The Y2K Survival Guide and Cook Book by Dorothy and Albert Bates,

or my personal favorite Y2K - It's Already Too Late by Jason Kelly.

But now there's a new reason that the present world system is going to be destroyed! So get your survival books now before it's too late. Your life can be safe for the mere cost of 33 cents (plus S&H).

Global Warming: Can Civilization Survive? by Paul Brown

Monday, December 21, 2009

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Here's a great version of O Come, O Come Emmanuel.

Each of the verses has a deep meaning, tracing the life of Christ here on Earth. Lutherant has some great blog posts on the individual verses and the scriptures behind them all.

Two weeks ago

Over here at Onlythreesofar, we're stimulating the economy in our own special way. Hubby lost his sunglasses and celphone two weeks ago today. Seems he left the pocket on his riding suit open and they fell out on the way to work. They were lost along the first three miles riding to work and we searched the area diligently. I even walked along the entrance ramp to the highway, hoping to find them unscathed. It was weird walking along there on that cold and wet blustery day and I was sure glad no cops came and asked if I was planning on committing suicide.

We never found a single trace of either item, not even crumbs in the road. We've replaced the cel phone already at the steep price of $350. I had to buy those annoying accessories plus pay extra for everybody else to get their cel phone for free. Bleh!

I could really care less about the cel phone. What I really wanted was those glasses! It may sound expensive for the phone but it's a drop in the bucket compared to what replacing his glasses is going to cost us. First, we have to get him an eye appointment, then frames and lens, and I'll have to replace the lens in his other two pairs of glasses. That'll probably run in the $500 to $700 range for all of that.

But if it's good for the economy, maybe we should all throw our cel phones out the window onto the highway. Maybe Obama and the Democrats should just offer to pay for the first $200 down on a new cel phone. Poor people could get theirs for free. But because there are so many plans that take advantage of poor folks, and so many poor folks that can't afford one, the government should come up with new, historical legislation to guarantee everybody coverage. If I'm elected to the Senate, I promise to fight for the highest bribe for my vote- for my state, you know. It's all for my state.

My BiL says the best way to stimulate the economy is to have a baby. Fast results with long lasting effects? Check. Consumer? Check. New tax-payer? Check! I think we have a winner people.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Tree Legends

I just got a little curious as to where our Christmas trees come from and tracked down some neat webpages that talk about it. I know that evergreen has always been special to peoples of all nations, even to Indians on this continent. There definitely are quite a few tales that originate from Germany, even one involving Martin Luther.

The Story of the Christmas Tree

Legends of the First Christmas Tree

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Handheld Water Sanitizer

The Strategy Page has an article up about a pencil size water sanitizer that can be carried around. This has great implications for the military, backpackers, and those who travel to Central America. I know my Dad would have appreciated having one of these rather than brushing his teeth in Diet Coke.

Light The Little Suckers Up And Watch Them Die

Yes, that's really the title of the article! You gotta love it.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Star of Bethlehem

Professor Rick Larson is holding his Star of Bethlehem presentations again for the public. I took the kids last year and was floored by it. Using modern astronomy computer programs, he opens the ancient skies for all of us to see what those who walked the grounds also saw. If you have the opportunity, you really need to see this! Take all your friends.

College Stations:
Dec 3 & Dec 17, 7pm

Dec 11

There are many other shows in different towns. Click here to see a listing of his presentations this season.

This year, my son's school-issued laptop computer has the same sky program on it that Rick Larson uses in his presentation. I look forward to being able to look all the dates and sky scenes over and over.