Sunday, February 01, 2009


Important info on the Stimulus Payment

"This year, taxpayers will receive an Economic Stimulus Payment. This is a very exciting new program that I will explain using the Q and A format:
"Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?
"A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

"Q. Where will the government get this money?
"A. From taxpayers.

"Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
"A. Only a smidgen.

"Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
"A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.

"Q. But isn't that stimulating the economy of China ?
"A. Shut up."


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Thursday, October 02, 2008

@Afficionados_HH #vpdebate, if Palin's here, who the f'k is watching for russians!!!

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Be glad you wrent me today

Its been a while since I blogged about a day in the life of Bob for the most part but I really think I need to recap the events of today.
  1. Sleep in and miss church
  2. Get up to get shower and have no water
  3. Spend time in crawlspace and ourside with outdoor temperatures of 12F
  4. Realize that water line from well is frozen
  5. Go to Target and buy rather large space heater
  6. Spend more time in crawlspace. Thankfully the outdoor temperature has now risen to 16F
  7. After hours I can finally get my shower and head into NoVA to hang out
  8. Come home to find that the pilot light has gone out on my gas log (primary source of heat for my house). House is now at 50F.
  9. Pilot light will not stay lit after the burners turn on so I do some cleaning with the vaccum. As I'm cleaning a mouse runs out from beside the fireplace and scares the shit out of me.
  10. Go out to the kitchen for a drink and find that the mice apparently planned today in advance and decided they would begin my demise by feasting on a bad of garbage I had removed last night but didnt get a chance to take to the dump.
  11. Sit down at the computer for a second and happen to notice the fish in my one 55 gallon tank are quite inactive.
  12. Look closer at that situation and realize the heater has ceased to be -- most likely because it was working overtime dealing with the 50F house.
  13. War officially is declared on the mice and I venture to the gas station to purchase biological weapons of mass destruction
  14. Return home and place bait. Continue to argue with the gas log and finally it concedes and begins heating my house. Fish continue to be in trance-like state since there is nowhere to purchase a heater at this time.

So really.... could anything else possibly happen? I'm quite sure the answer to that question is yet and I am also quite sure that I do not want to ask the question of what it is.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007


1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is
that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if
anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7 Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have
the first 20 or 30 (or
60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around
to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile.
: -)

12 You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this

14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on
this list



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Friday, August 31, 2007

Viacom Accuses Guy Of Copyright Infringement For Showing Video Of Viacom Infringing On His Copyright

I just simply can not stop laughing about this.... it's gotta be one of the funniest news stories in a long time!

Ben S. was the first of many folks to submit to us this incredible story of Viacom's latest ridiculous claim of copyright infringement. As you're most likely aware by this point, Viacom is in the middle of a nasty $2 billion lawsuit with Google over what it alleges are videos that infringe on Viacom's copyright appearing on YouTube. Of course, in making those claims, Viacom has been known to be a bit too aggressive in taking down videos -- including some that clearly did not violate Viacom's copyright. This latest case, however, may be the most ridiculous.

VH1 is a Viacom property that has a popular TV show called "Web Junk 2.0." It basically just takes the more popular/funny/stupid clips that show up on YouTube every week and shows them on TV along with some goofy commentary from the show's host. I'd always wondered if Viacom compensated the owners of those videos -- especially given the company's position about YouTube. It turns out that neither Viacom nor VH1 compensate the video owners, or even ask their permission. It just assumes that it can use them. Most turn out to be perfectly happy (not surprisingly) to get this sort of free publicity. One guy thought it was so cool that he recorded the clip of Web Junk that featured his own video and posted that on YouTube so he could blog about it. And, in an incredibly ironic move, Viacom sent a takedown notice to YouTube forcing it offline. Just to make it clear: Viacom used this guy's work without permission and put it on TV. The guy then takes Viacom's video of his video and puts it online... and Viacom freaks out claiming copyright infringement. Effectively, Viacom is claiming that it's infringement of Viacom's copyright to display an example of Viacom infringing on copyright.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Back in 1999 when Adam and I first went to Orlando for our auditions at Disney World, we were up late one night watching TV and ran across this infomercial for a local auto dealership. By far, it was the most pathetic commercial that we had ever seen... yet, we just could not stop watching. It certainly made the point that the most off the wall thing can stick in your head forever..... and I guess "The Family Man" served his purpose of getting people to know about Family Auto Mart. Ironically enough, this was done before "Family Guy" was on the air and it's scary that there is some resemblance.

At any rate, I ran across a youtube clip of some of one of these commercials/shows and I thought I would pass the mind numbing fun along.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Bug #107648

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

jodi: this house has ... the myspace angles
jodi: i'm still dizzy from those pictures

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