Friday, January 28, 2005

Happy Friday!
Yes the weekend is here, and NO FOOTBALL!!!! What to do! Well there is Arena Football(possibly), NCAA Basketball(not unless I really have to), Ah, GOLF!(maybe if I'm hung over and need a nap), How about the Senior Bowl(nah, If I want football that doesn't mean anything, I'll stick with the Arena football), There's Boxing(yeah but, a NBA game may breakout). Well what's a guy to do, can't clean the house, wait, here it is . The 4th round of the FA Cup!!! Yes that's right English Football(notice I didn't call it Soccer). A whole weekend of competition, and as a matter of fact I may get a six pack of Guinness("Brilliant") for the occasion. Yes I know the first game starts at 6am, what's your point! So if your in a sports quandry this weekend and you get Fox Sports World, give it a shot! Unless you just can't wait for Sunday's PBA(That's Bowling folks) Birmingham Open!
But somebody from England has to tell me, what would you rather have The FA Cup or win the Premier League Title? Or just take any cup they throw at you!

Thanks to all who sent in comments this week, especially those who tried to decipher the speech to text. Thanks to Ms. Ralph who thought my kitties were "beautiful", and they are, when they're not begging for food, or yelping in the middle of the night.
But the comment of the week goes to Libby for the nice comment about how refreshing it was to hear a "guy" say how communication is important in the whole love thing!
Just remember self-communication is equally important, about the things you want in love, life, and beyond! Because remember the person you deal with the most is----YOU!

Folks have a great weekend!
That's all for now,
Until next time,

Thursday, January 27, 2005


I'm loving the blogging thing, and even commenting on other blogs, on such topics as life, death, religion, freedoms, and civil liberties. Most of the conversations are great, some comical, and just how many people out there are glass half empty and use their forum to b&%$h or go so far into the forest until they can't see the trees. But since I'm on the look at the other side type of guy with the loss of civil liberties, freedom or religion, I came across this story in the funny papers, on how Orthodox Jews are not allowed to sing in the shower!
Click Here for Full Story! (opens in new window)

WHAT?!?!?!?! Part II

Thanks to all who tried to decipher in my failed attempt to use a speech to text program. The good news is I'm thinking of changing my production company's name to Paraquay Productions instead of Harry Clay Productions. The bad news is explaining to people who thought they were getting the best of Nintendo, instead getting a CD of The Best of Matt Kendall!!

Comic Relief!

Well I'm exhausted from explaining my thoughts on Death on another blog, so I needed some and spread some cheer, and this showed up in my email! Enjoy!

12 Things You Should Never Say to a Cop

1. I can't reach my license unless you hold my beer. (OK in Texas)

2. Sorry, Officer, I didn't realize my radar detector wasn't plugged in.

3. Aren't you the guy from the Village People?

4 Hey, you must've been doin' about 125 mph to keep up with me. Good job!

5. Are You Andy or Barney?

6. I thought you had to be in relatively good physical condition to be a police officer.

7. You're not gonna check the trunk, are you?

8. I pay your salary!

9. Gee, Officer! That's terrific. The last officer only gave me a warning, too!

10. Do you know why you pulled me over? Okay, just so one of us does.

11. I was trying to keep up with traffic. Yes, I know there are no other cars around. That's how far ahead of me they are.

12. When the Officer says "Gee Son....Your eyes look red, have you been drinking?" You probably shouldn't respond with,"Gee Officer your eyes look glazed, have you been eating doughnuts?"

That's All I have for now!
Until Next time,

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Are We Having Fun Yet!

Another Ho-Hum day for the kitties!

We Have a Failure to Communicate!
I'm having a hard time trying to write and think at the same time, so I thought it would be "brilliant" to try and use a speech to text program to help out.
Well this is what came out, and I'll give someone a $20 gift card if they can figure out what I was saying!

Paraguay productions now presents the best of Nintendo now twenty demands are we doing the best job of the man's been fired more times than Billy Martin was with the Yankees the answer is we don't know but we did in the what you get a hearing what other people think about that candle but first of its tell you what I think about Nintendo he's a really nice guy he's really personable he has great guy is all so something else time not really mad use a I've been a good friend for a long time and he's but but the band I've had put up with him and but we've made it through this so now plays into a the best of that can't

So, I'm a little disappointed, I'll either have to try again, or work on that thinking and writing thing!

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That's all for now,
Until next time

Monday, January 24, 2005

If I Wasn't So Happy, I'd Be Depressed!

That's was my thought process this morning. The Sun is shining, the new snow is melting, so it helps in finishing off the clean up process. I had a good weekend, football yesterday, more fun with the Magic Bullet(a tomato sauce over pasta, a cheese cake, and a frozen strawberry cocktail(yum)). Saturday was fun, slept in, dug my car out of the snow, did some mall shopping looking for a last minute gift for our Christmas party!(yes, in January), and even the party was fun with the white elephant exchange. The person who ended up with my gift was impressed, and I got the Supremely Satisfying Bathroom Reader Book! So this week I will be spouting trivial quotes!(Like the average adult has 4 dreams a night and 1 nightmare a year!)
So I'm feeling pretty good, but I can't help notice that if I wasn't feeling happy, I would be feeling depressed. Didn't feel like there was any middle ground.
So I was glad to find this article in the funny papers today, that today is the most depressing day of the year, according to a British Psychologist.
Click Here for full story! (All links on Radioaffliction open a new window, so they won't break frames!)

Radioaffliction Update
Stayed tuned, rebroadcasts of the Best of The David Williams Radioaffliction will be available on the blog this week.
Topics that would have been on the DWRA today:
A thank you to Johnny Carson for the years of entertainment. I miss the monologues the most. Usually they were in the so bad they were good category. I'm reminded of Rich Little's impersonation of Carson's monologue and no one was laughing, so he had say "Hey, If these jokes were funny, I wouldn't be doing a good Carson!"
And in Sports, how this is the worst week in Sports having to wait two weeks for the Super Bowl. With the talk and analysis, and more analysis, and predictions, and that's just this week. Then next week, media day, more predictions(remember this just one game!), more analysis, this time to do it properly commentators must show me on a 5 yard mock field in the studio! Then the pre-game starts on Thursday all the way up to kick off finally on Sunday for the which the game could be over by half time, which now takes 45 minutes!

Well that's all I have today, have a Happy Most Depressing Day of the Year, and remember 3 out of every 4 creatures on Earth are insects and New England 27 Philadelphia 13!
Until Next Time,

Friday, January 21, 2005

Commenting Today!
Nothing new for me really to post today, I've been leaving comments on other sites today instead posting. Hard to expect comments on my own blog, if I don't leave some on others!
Here's a link to my favorite of the day(the link goes to a new page so it won't break the frame on B.E. or B.C.), my comment is #18, and the response is #20.
Click Here!
A lot of good exchanges today, maybe it will give me something to write about this weekend, since I'm off and I'm the middle of a snowstorm!
Until then,

Thursday, January 20, 2005

In the Funny Papers Today!
After a couple of slow days in the papers, things are picking up, probably with the Inauguration, and how happy a few people are and how unhappy a lot of people are. So what is my top story?
Leinenkugel's is going to stop producting returnable bottles!!!!!
A time honored tradition from the brewery will come to a close by May. That's the bad news. The good news?! BLATZ is still available in returnable bottles, and at just over $10 a case I suggest with a major snow storm on the way, we pick one up and watch the Inauguration on TV!

Creativity in Action!
My faith in the human race is enhanced when I hear/see stories like this.
A farm in Vermont is converting methane gas from cow manure to generate electricity!
That's using the brain! Take something you have plenty of, and put it to good use!
Click Here for the full story.
Only problem is that it is a win for everyone, for the farm, the power plant and the consumer, and that it makes too much sense and no one else in the country will want to do it. But I at least applaud the thought and the effort!

That's all I have for right now, feel free to comment!
Have a great Inauguration Day, Free the CAT (thanks Saint Nate for your comment!)
Until next time,

Thursday, January 13, 2005

A Peter's Famous Review in 10 Seconds or Less
Years ago, I swore I would never buy anything from an infomercial ever again, when I got ripped off from the Power Antenna, which was supposed to use the wiring in your house to pull in even the weakest TV signal and make it crystal clear!
Well I was disappointed with that product even though when I bought one I got one free!
But I couldn't resist when I was flipping channels really early one morning, and saw the Magic Bullet! Which can mix, blend, or whip just about anything in 10 seconds or less. I was intrigued, but skeptical especially when they were offering a 2 for 1 deal, but by the third time I saw the infomercial and being bored on New Years Morning, I went to their website and ordered it. It came yesterday, and so far I'm impressed. I made things I never had any intention of making and enjoyed it. I had a pesto dinner, and with the juice part of the blender section, mixed carrots, cucumber, and a beet!!! And LIKED IT!!!!!
So with a major cold streak coming in this weekend, I think I might just head to the store and grab a bunch of stuff, and have a Magic Bullet Weekend!
So just like life, sometimes you try something and it doesn't work out, and sometimes you take a chance, and things can work out.
So the Magic Bullet get's a *** rating.

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Follow Up, With a Lime Please
Well at least one person is willing to try the new Lime Coke (Good Luck Michael) when it comes out in the next month! I will try it myself, but I'm a little skeptical, but if the Magic Bullet can work out, maybe Lime Coke will be the new rave!

Happy _______day!!!
Cheers to a Person who helped make Match Game one of the greatest shows of all time!
Charles Nelson Reilly is 74 today!

Happy Birthday Chuck!

That's all I have today,
Have a great one, until next time,

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Death is Just a Weigh Station in the Highway of Life!

I am really enjoying not only writing blogs for you, but reading others as well. I’m getting perspective and it encourages me to think a little before I rant or ramble on a particular subject, but also encourages me to express myself on a particular subject.

There are two hot topics I run into frequently,
1. Social Security reform. Not much for me to say here, except that anyone who thinks nothing should be done and left the way it is, needs to think about that a little further. It’s nice to know that we(as in a government) have taken out much of the poverty at the retirement age, but many of our children are at or near the poverty level.
2. GOD! This a heavy subject anywhere, but pretty popular with bloggers especially in wake of the Tsunami. I have many thoughts on God and faith, but I’m saving that for another rant or ramble.
The issue at hand with the almighty on this one is Death. It seems to some that the only way one should leave this life and go to the next, is to fall into some easy and peaceful slumber and pass on, obviously that doesn’t always happen.
I don’t understand why we(as humans) question Death, and also I don’t quite understand why we fear it(still ranks tied for #1 fear with speaking in public). Because it’s constant, it happens every day, in many ways to everything. Everything that has lived is dead, and anything alive is going to die! We know this, and yet we continue to question, and even challenge the thought, by saying things like, “How could this happen?”, or “Why would GOD do this?” The unpopular answer is, because it was the time for it to happen.
I hope I’m not sounding harsh, or insensitive so I will try and put a positive spin to this.
It was Admiral James T. Kirk who said to a Lt. after she had a rough going on a simulator test where she wiped out her entire crew. “How we deal with death, is just as important as how we deal with life.” The young Lt. responds with “That thought had not occurred to me.” And the battletested commander correctly replied with, “Well now you have something new to think about!”
One of the things that motivates me, and gives me hope for the universe, and the human race is, what are we going to know, that we don’t know now. 3000 years ago we thought the Sun revolved around the Earth, and that the Gods determined what kind of year or life we are going to have. 600 years ago we(Europe) thought the world was flat, 20 years ago I used an Apple IIc, 10 years ago I used a VCR, 5 years ago I used AOL. Think about what I will know or use, or see tomorrow, next month, next year or in the next five years. So if I take Admiral Kirk’s advice, think about what I’ll know when that time comes to pack it in. That’s just it, I’ll know, what I don’t know now. This is where the fear comes to people because even if you believe in an after life, which is it for me, heaven or hell? If I don't believe you still know! You either say "See I told you so, boy it sure is dark here." or you say "Ooops, hey there God, how is it going?", and you go from there.
So from my perspective if the Tsunami was God’s will, the people who died are in God’s hands. Those who survived, relief is coming from all over the world, including Ricky Martin. If it's not in God's hands then that's just how the Earth works, and the risks you take living on it.

Final thoughts(today, I look forward to your comments) on Death and Life.
There are two shows I enjoy on competing networks on the subject, HBO’s Six Feet Under, and Showtime’s Dead Like Me.
Six Feet is pretty good(***), but has become more of a Soap Opera, about a dysfunctional family that runs a funeral parlor, and how they deal with their dysfunctions(the mother is married to a man who thinks a nuclear holocaust is approaching, one son is widowed the other is homosexual) and live life with death surrounding them.

I enjoy Dead Like Me a little more(***1/2) because is stays more on the subject, and has better character development with it’s supporting cast. The main premise is the story of a teenage girl who didn’t give a crap while she was alive, comes to grips and learns to start embracing life and loving her family now that she's dead and spending her afterlife has a grim reaper. As the second season moved along they’re having a hard time coming up with new ways for people to kick the bucket but like I said the character development is getting better as it goes along. Check them out when you get a chance. They are both available on DVD.

With all that death talk continue to have a great Day!

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

What I'm enjoying about viewing other blogs, is finding little quizzes, and I found this one. Just in case you were interested in knowing a little more about me.

You Are a Dreaming Soul

Your vivid emotions and imagination takes you awy from this world
So much so that you tend to live in your head most of the time
You have great dreams and ambitions that could be the envy of all...
But for you, following through with your dreams is a bit difficult

You are charming, endearing, and people tend to love you.
Forgiving and tolerant, you see the world through rose colored glasses.
Underneath it all, you have a ton of passion that you hide from others.
Always hopeful, you tend to expect positive outcomes in your life.
Souls you are most compatible with: Newborn Soul, Prophet Soul, and Traveler Soul

Hickory Farms Appetizers & Hors D'Oeuvres

Truth Funnier Than Fiction!
In a bizarre "Where are they Now" segment. If you woke up this morning and thought to yourself, "Hey, what is MC Hammer doing these days?" Well he's marrying people. Specifically former Motley Crue lead Vince Neil. In attendance were, Tommy Lee, Dennis Rodman, and Playboy Playmate Brande Roderick! My invitation was lost in the mail.

Well that's all I have for today,
Until next time,

Monday, January 10, 2005

I have always enjoyed these, and I found this one on another blog. I found 10, but I can't find the last one!

I'll have a Lime Please!
Interesting marketing campaign ahead for Coca-Cola, as they will be putting out a Regular Coke version of Coke w/Lime. Something I might try once, like Vanilla Coke.

eBay is the world's online marketplace where you can buy and sell practically anything! Over 6 Million items, so get shopping! Register and BuyItNow.

That's all I have today, didn't pick up any funny papers today, because I didn't need any reminders that my football season is over!

Did want to thank Amanda and Maria for there nice comments over the weekend!
Until Next Time, Have a great day,

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Good Morning and Happy Saturday! Make it a great Weekend!

Ooh, Baby it's a Wild World!
I don't stand up for many causes and I don't like to push my feelings or opinions on people, but if I were to have a cause right now it would be to FREE THE CAT!
Yes that infamous terrorist lurking about Cat Stevens(now Yusef Islam) is still not allowed to enter the United States.
Click Here for Full Story!
Now trying to figure out the inner workings on the mind of Mr. Islam over the last thirty years would give you a headache, and I don't agree with everything that he stands for, and his music sometimes is an acquired taste(although "Teaser and the Firecat is one of my favorite albums of all time!), but what made Pat Tillman a hero, has made him an outcast, and what the US Government calls a terrorist threat. He gave up the millions of dollars that he made or could have made in the music industry to do what he felt finally gave him a purpose in life. There is a lot to criticize, but I'm not sure there's much that terrorize.

Odd's & End's
Lastly, a shot to my heart, and I'm not sure why I didn't catch it sooner, because I'm rather picky when it comes to such things.
A term that we have embraced here in Wisconsin about Lambeau Field being "The Frozen Tundra". I have seen the light and realize that term is redundant.
Have a wonderful weekend and feel free to comment!
Until next time,

Friday, January 07, 2005

Thursday, January 06, 2005

A Peter's Famous Reviews Flashback!
Originally written 5/30/03

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Directors Cut

(1979)(2000) - D: Robert Wise
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelly.
With the advent of DVD movies can now be any length, any rating, contain any scenes, because when you actually get time to go out to the theater, a movie must be a certain length, a certain rating, and must only contain relevant scenes that fit into the certain length a movie at a theater must be. But now DVD comes along, and a director can now poo poo on those nasty studio execs who forced them trim down their movie, and can now present the film the way he wanted, and the studio can market it and make just as much money! Everything from Star Wars to Orson Welles, to the Exorcist have come out with new versions, and it should come to no surprise that this movie should fit into this category, since there’s never really been a completed version shown since it premiered. This has been a tough film for everyone, the fans (trekkers and or trekkies), the studio, the actors, and apparently the director. It’s great to have Star Trek back, but it’s slow, and the plot doesn’t make much sense at first sight. It does have great have great special effects, which the original show lacked, but we end up watching a special effects show, with some familiar characters and then hours later it’s over.
So what’s good about this version? Well it’s been almost redone, and re-edited so it actually flows (even with slow scenes, like a five minute fly by of the “new” Enterprise), and most importantly the annoying alarm system (“Intruder Alert!!!!!) has been completely taken out! The viewer is no longer distracted with other things or sounds going, and can actually follow the rather tricky plot.
The new commentaries (which most DVD’s now must always have) also help out, along with a supplemental subtitle!
What’s not so good, is that the movie is fundamentally flawed and no little editing and remixing and remastering is going to change that. The script was intended as a pilot for a new series of Star Trek, and it plays like one. Only the two leads have any character development, The great star ship captain has been promoted, and he doesn’t like his new job, so he has the power to take control back. The other is trying rid himself of those damn dirty emotions his mother gave him, but some outside force keeps stirring them up, so now he must rejoin his old shipmates to find those answers. There are some sub characters that get a little play, like the ousted Captain who had an affair with a Lt. on a planet where you’re not supposed to do that! And the old nurse is now the doctor, but that’s not good enough, you need to bring the old doctor back so he can say “Damn it Jim!”, well that’s not all he says, but he doesn’t add much more than that. That’s it! Everyone else is pretty much irrelevant.
The movie as a whole is an improvement however, and Star Trek fans will enjoy it more, and those who don’t like Star Trek weren’t going to like it in the first place, but if they’ve never seen it before they won’t have to suffer as much if they had seen it earlier.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Happy New Year, Again!!
Hello again, and let me be the 1,000,000th person to wish you all a happy and successful New Year!

The Name Game!
I always wonder what people or companies are thinking when they come up with names for their products or services. I will always remember a local grocery store here in Wisconsin called Dick's, and the name of their in house savings club card was the Insider card. So if you had one, you had a Dick's Insider (INSIDE HER) Card! This provided laughs for years before they finally changed it. But we knew all along that they knew all along!
Now IKEA joins the ranks for our immature pleasures with the Fartfull workbench!
Click here for the full story!
I'm sure it's an English translation of Swedish for "Great" Workbench, and I'm sure it is, but come on, and it's in the Children's section of all places!

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Testing 1,2,3!
Another thing I found interesting looking around the funny papers today, was a Consumer Reports test on Condoms! Now, I'm really not into such things, but I found it interesting the condom with the worst rating or review are the ones being given out by Planned Parenthood!
Click here for full story!
Makes you wonder about the ones they give out at those clinics as well, NOT THAT I'VE SEEN SUCH THINGS!!!!!!

That's all for now, anyone who wants to help shovel snow, just come on over!
Until next time,

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