Monday, August 6, 2007

Monday, August 6, 2007

Real News:
(Cool stuff)


Not Real News (but it could be):

July 21, 2007
Cheney, Briefly Assuming Bush's Duties, Says He Enjoyed The Downtime

President's Colon Procedure Offered Welcome Break From Grueling
Vice-Presidential Schedule

Vice-President Dick Cheney, having briefly assumed President Bush's
duties while the President underwent a routine colon procedure on
Saturday, told reporters today that he "enjoyed the downtime

The two hours and fifteen minutes spent doing Bush's job were
"incredibly relaxing," Mr. Cheney said, adding that they were a
welcome relief from his exacting Vice-Presidential schedule.

Invoking the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the Constitution Saturday
morning, Mr. Bush transferred to Mr. Cheney all of his presidential
responsibilities, which meant that Mr. Cheney spent Saturday jogging,
going to the gym, and hitting a ball for Mr. Bush's dog to retrieve.

In addition, Mr. Cheney called the nations of East Timor and
Luxembourg "evil," stumbling briefly over the pronunciation of

Finally, as Mr. Bush's colon procedure was winding down, Mr. Cheney
made some remarks about the Japanese economy, mistakenly using the
word "devaluation" instead of "deflation," sending the NIKKEI stock
market into a tailspin.

All in all, Mr. Cheney said he emerged from his brief tenure as
President rested and refreshed, ready to plunge back into his
demanding Vice-Presidential workload.

As for the President, Mr. Bush's doctors pronounced his procedure a
success, but said that they were having difficulty determining whether
or not the President's anesthesia had fully worn off.

Mr. Bush's doctors indicated that when they asked the President the
standard post-operative questions – such as, "What is the capital of
the United States?" – Mr. Bush got only two out of five correct.

"Before the operation, he got three out of five right," one doctor said.

Elsewhere, a Mexican candy has been recalled after containing traces
of lead, in a sign of Mexico's ongoing effort to compete with China's
candy industry.


"If you have a fixed mindset, you believe that your talents and
abilities are set in stone–either you have them or you don't. You must
prove yourself over and over, trying to look smart and talented at all
costs. This is the path of stagnation. If you have a growth mindset,
however, you know that talents can be developed and that great
abilities are built over time. This is the path of opportunity–and
~Greg Barrette


Word of the Day: Misocapnist (noun)

Pronunciation: [mi-sah-'kæp-nist ]

Definition: A smoke-hater.

Usage: The word has only rarely been used in the past but perhaps its
time has come. The extreme opposite of "smoker," who is presumably a
smoke-lover, is not captured in "non-smoker." A non-smoker merely
eschews smoking; a misocapnist is someone who despises and fights it.
The hatred itself of smoke is "misocapny."

Suggested Usage: At last, smokers, a name for your adversary, "All the
managerial misocapnists have decided to make the building smoke-free."
But the implication is broader than merely tobacco smoke, "My
misocapnist neighbor calls the police every time I try to burn leaves
in my yard."

Etymology: Greek misos "hatred" + kapnos "smoke." "Miso-" is also
found in misogynist "woman-hater," misanthrope "person-hater,"
misandrist "man-hater," misarchist "government hater," misopolemicist
"war-hater," misopedist "child-hater," misocynist "dog-hater,"
misogrammatist "hater of letters or learning," misogamist
"marriage-hater"—-to mention the tip of the iceberg. Of course, the
native English compounds work just as well.

- Dr. Dictionary,

Food for thought:

Knowledge is power.
Time is money.
Since power = work / time
we substitute to obtain
knowledge = work / money
and now, solving for money, we obtain
money = work / knowledge
so the limit of money as knowledge grows without bound is zero
or The more you know the less you make.


Interesting link:
Check out the blog entries: "BMW Plays the Race Card?"
& "Mercedes Shines the (Invisible) Light on Night Vision"


And, last but not least....drink alert!
(Ok, tell us how you *really* feel, Mark!)

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