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calendar   Tuesday - December 29, 2009

It took only two shots

Hi Rich,

Yeah, I got too much time on my hands. ‘Tis why I’m learning how to post on YouTube.

Try this one:

Merry Christmas from Alfred Hitchcock!


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/29/2009 at 09:32 PM   
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calendar   Friday - December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

A smorgasbord of Christmas music dedicated to all of the BMEWSed.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir at First Presidency Christmas Devotional 2008

Bing Crosby

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer — The Irish Rovers

For those who enjoy a good barber-shop quartet:

I’ll end this with a special dedication to peiper. I feel your pain, peiper.

Merry Christmas to all, and you’re on your own.

UPDATE

Grumpy Old Fart posted this one in the comments. I thought it was Toto-ly awesome.

Yeah, you better not…in a Pear Tree.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/25/2009 at 01:47 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good ... extended holiday weekend. Wishing you fair weather and smoothly flowing traffic, short lines at the stores for your last second shopping, a full tank of gas for all the driving you’ll be doing, and that the UPS driver shows up early with everything that you bought online and thought was back ordered until February. May your wrapping paper and tape last until the last box is sealed, and may everyone be able to find the good scissors immediately when needed. Further wishes for contented children on Christmas morning, no bickering with the relatives over silly nonsense that seems so important after several glasses of spiked eggnog; may all your kitchen appliances function perfectly until Monday at least, and may you have fresh batteries for all your electronic devices.

Now put down the keyboard and step away from the computer. Go to church. Go spend time with your family.


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Please decorate your tree better than the Obama’s did. Gak.




... and to all a good night!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/24/2009 at 10:34 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 19, 2009

Make Your Own Fire Water

As the snow piles up here in New Jersey, the cold wind whipping around, and I wimp out about going to a party 4 miles and 4 steep and dark hills away, here is a neat-o last minute Christmas gift idea for any geeks, dweebs, and people with a bit of a twisted sense of humor on your list.

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LED Faucet Light, $19.99


Mouthwash on tap! Bowls full of blood! Rocket powered water! No, it’s none of these things, although it looks like it could be any of them. It’s just an aerator for your faucet that has several little LEDs built into it. As the water gets warmer the lights change color from blue to red, passing through yellow I think (ROY G. BIV in reverse). While the effect is visible in daylight, in the dark it will light up the whole room with it’s unearthly glow.

Tired of that same old monotonous water? Bored with water that doesn’t look like futuristic alien mouthwash? Need to make your midnight bathroom appointments more exhilarating? Then you need to get the LED faucet light attachment from ThinkGeek. You can turn any faucet in your home into a streaming fantasia of techie-bliss in just minutes. How does it work? Just attach to the end of your faucet (universal adapters included), and when the water flows through the magic chamber, it simply turns on the LED array and illuminates the stream with soothingly powerful hues.

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Looks like a sink built by NASA!

But wait, there’s more! Not only does your water light up, but the color light changes with the water’s temperature. When the water is cold, you see BLUE LED’s until the water temperature hits 89 degrees after which the LEDs turn RED (now with a brushed chrome finish)!




For those who might find blood pouring from their faucets a bit too exciting, ThinkGeek also sells a version made only with blue LEDs. The screw-on device is 2 1/4” tall, so I’d recommend it only for faucets that are fairly tall to begin with.



Get yours now at this link. Comes with spare batteries too, so the thrill lasts longer!

For $39.99 they also sell a shower head version.
... and if the idea of a shower of red water puts you in mind of Norman Bates, they carry the proper blood-stained shower curtain and bath mat too.



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/19/2009 at 07:20 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - December 13, 2009

A Different Christmas Poem

Some of you might recall that I’ve joined a Toastmasters club that is affiliated with the local Republican Party. This was sent to us by… frankly, I forget her title, not chairwoman, but maybe executive secretary of the local GOP? I can’t remember. She does show up occasionally to update us, and ask for speakers to support this-or-that local campaign.

I don’t know who wrote it. Maybe it’s the LCDR who appears at the end of the poem. The picture was also included in the email. I don’t know who it is, or even if it is the LCDR. But it made nice copy.

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear..
Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

“What are you doing?” I asked without fear,
“Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!”
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..

To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light
Then he sighed and he said “Its really all right,
I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.”
“It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ‘ Pearl on a day in December,”
Then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.”
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘ Nam ‘,
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue… an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall..”

“ So go back inside,” he said, “harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.”
“But isn’t there something I can do, at the least,
“Give you money,” I asked, “or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you’ve done,
For being away from your wife and your son.”

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
“Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.”

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Followed up with this request:

PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many
people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
festivities. Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq

Yeah, a good reminder that we are indeed fighting a war on two fronts—on the battlefield, and at home against our own potential Reids, Pelosis, Obamas Quislings. Let’s resolve to do our best to fight FOR our troops against the Democrat enemy.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/13/2009 at 05:43 PM   
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calendar   Friday - December 11, 2009

First Night, One Light

Chanukah Sameach!



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Just for fun, here is the latke song.

There are millions of recipes for latkes, also known as potato pancakes. I love them. But the best ones ever are my mother’s. Of course! Take 2 large peeled Russet potatoes and run them over the wire grid grater and don’t throw out the juice. Beat in an egg. A splash of milk I think. Toss in a tight handful of chopped yellow onion, but not too much. Add some salt. Now add enough white flour to make a thin batter. That’s it. No garlic, no carrots, no schmaltz (but a little can’t hurt), no matzoh meal. Cook them up like pancakes in an iron skillet with a small amount of Crisco or olive oil. Not deep fried. They turn out soft and a little chewy, just like pancakes. Add salt, pepper, butter, and sour cream and they are divine. Try them with applesauce too. You have to make them in small, 2-4 potato batches because the grated potato starts to turn brown quickly. Maybe that’s entirely the wrong way to make them. I don’t care. The crispy ones I’ve had are hardly different from McDonald’s hash browns.

Hmm, it may be that she goes her own way in the kitchen. Her Yorkshire Pudding is a soft and chewy lightly browned souffle made with loads of meat juices, while most other yorkies are cooked until they’re as crisp as cookies. Bleh. Mom’s is better. [ hmm, her potato pancakes may actually be Swedish raggmunk. Like I said, millions of recipes out there. ]



Anyway, a very happy Hannukah to everyone, best wishes to all, and let’s try and be a better ally with Israel.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/11/2009 at 01:13 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - November 26, 2009

Turkey Turkey Turkey, Every Thanksgiving


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Happy Thanksgiving!






Rancino sends us a link to a little Turkey’s Revenge game. It’s simple and a bit slow, just like you’ll be after all that food and drink.

For those few who feel a bit more energetic and coordinated, here’s a link to Turkeyroids, a total steal of the old Asteroids game but with a Thanksgiving motif. Just watch out for Chuck Norris; he’s gunning for you.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/26/2009 at 10:20 AM   
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