Archive for ◊ December, 2006 ◊

It’s a Wonderful Life
Sunday, December 31st, 2006 | Author:

We went to see the theatrical version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” yesterday at the La Comedia Dinner Theatre.   For those of you not aware, It’s a Wonderful Life was originally a 1946 movie that starred Jimmy Stewart.  The general theme of the story is appreciate what you have.  The movie typically appears in many lists as one of the top 100 films of all time.

I didn’t realize that the play version turned the Frank Capra story into a musical.  While the show at La Comedia had fairly strong lead players, many of the supporting actors really couldn’t support the demands of performing in a musical.  Overall, we gave the show a grade of a B – .

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Great Hockey Checks
Sunday, December 31st, 2006 | Author:

This is a nice compendium of great hockey checks in the NHL…

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2 min 1 sec

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Puerto Rico – 51st State?
Saturday, December 30th, 2006 | Author:

Since we just visited Puerto Rico and traveled around almost half of the island, I thought it would be instructive to understand a little of its history and its relationship with the United States.  As I noted in my previous posting about our recent vacation, many populated parts of Puerto Rico have an appearance similar to the boroughs of New York City (note: there are approximately one million former Puerto Ricans living in the New York area).

 

The first important note about Puerto Rican history is that it became a US “territory” at the beginning of the 20th century after the Spanish-American war.  As losers of the war, Spain was forced to cede Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Phillipines to the US, and these countries fell under the dominion of the US President. 

 

For the last 60 years, Puerto Rico has officially been a commonwealth where it maintains a certain amount of independence, yet takes direction from the US.   There have been various periods when the Puerto Rican population and the US have danced with the notion of the island becoming the 51st State.

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Can Sleep Apnea Kill You?
Saturday, December 30th, 2006 | Author:

An article in Yahoo Health asks, “Can Snoring Kill You?”   Evidently, persons with sleep apnea (lack of quality sleep from breathing problems) have a higher death rate than the average person, are five times more likely to be in a fatigue-related car accident, and are ten times more likely to have a stroke.

For many people, the snoring associated with sleep apnea is a result of the tissue that hangs down in the back of the throat called the Uvula (see illustration below).  There are now medical specialists that perform laser surgery to reduce the size of this tissue and to help address the snoring problem.

Interesting…

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Quotes About Fools
Friday, December 29th, 2006 | Author:

Good quotes courtesy of StrangeCosmos…

1. Get the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything. – Frank Dane

2. A man who cannot reason is a fool, a man who will not reason is a bigot, and a man who dare not reason is a slave. – William Drummond

3. If a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. – Anatole France

4. A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends. – Baltasar Gracian

5. We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

6. The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool. – Rudyard Kipling

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Vacation in Puerto Rico
Thursday, December 28th, 2006 | Author:

We just returned from a five-day family vacation in Puerto Rico.  We stayed at the beautiful El Conquistador Resort on the Eastern part of the island (about 45 minutes from San Juan).  The resort is built on the side of a cliff (see photo on left below) and has an 18-hole golf course and 7 lighted tennis courts.  Since the courts were located near our room (see photo on right), the four of us played tennis just about every night.

Hotel on Cliff.jpg Missy Room Balconey.jpg

We also visited the various sites around the island, including the El Yunque Rain Forest, Arecibo Radio Telescope (see photo at the left below), and the El Morro Fort in Old San Juan.   As you can see from the photo at the right below we had 80 degree weather everyday and beautiful sunsets….

family arecibo.jpg Mom sunset.jpg

I took our Garmin GPS with us on the trip and it came in very handy helping us navigate the packed roads around the island.  The resort area around our hotel was very luxurious, however, the areas around San Juan made us feel that we were driving in dense traffic around the Bronx or Queens in New York.

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Shaq Smashes the Backboard
Thursday, December 28th, 2006 | Author:

I don’t recall seeing this when it first occurred, but this destruction happened when Shaquille O’Neal first started playing in the NBA at Orlando.  It’s a very short video excerpt, but it reveals one reason why Shaq will make a tough cop when he retires from basketball.

 

8 sec

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Web Cameras Around Manhattan
Wednesday, December 27th, 2006 | Author:

I use a web site that streams live video of the various highways around Ohio… I’ve discovered that there is a great web site to access over 30 video and still cameras located around Manhattan island.   This New York web site may not be of great use to me, but my sister may find it useful when she makes here periodic trips into the City.

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We Have Found the Enemy
Tuesday, December 26th, 2006 | Author:

As the old expression says: “we have found the enemy… and he is us”.   The Leftist man without reason, who is pretending to be the Prime Minister of Israel, continues down his illogical path.  Over the past few weeks, the Palestinians were occupied with their civil war between Fatah and Hamas.   This left them killing each other and forgetting about killing the Jews…  So, what does Olmert do?   He decides to make a series of “gestures” to the Terrorists.   “OK, terrorists here is $100M for your troubles… How about we remove any security checkpoints?   You want some of your murderers released from prison? OK.” 

The Leftist Jews never cease to amaze me at how successful they are at accelerating the demise of Israel… perhaps it is time for another Rabin-style correction.

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Best IT Products for 2006
Sunday, December 24th, 2006 | Author:

If you’re interested in the top new IT products for 2006, check out this article in CRN.

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