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Bits & Pieces, Odds & Ends Version6.0

May 29, 2009

Gasoline prices are marching upward again….

The North Koreans are threatening to unleash the nuclear genie….

The automakers are still reeling….

And the media desperately continues to scare us with Swine Flu horror stories about a disease that’s about as mild as a bad head cold…

So how does this blog respond to all of that?

We ignore it all, and look at the wackier side of life in this installment of:

SMILE  AND  THE TERRORISTS HAVE WON….

Thanks to Osama Bin Laden and his ilk—we can now look forward to having our crappy driver’s license photos look even worse…

Seems that states around the country are prohibiting smiling for picture that’ll go on your license..

The reason—facial recognition software.

Seems the smile wrecks the software’s ability to recognize photos already in the data-base of known faces.

So, smile at the risk of national security.

If you do, EYE guess law enforcement won’t be able to tell if you’re just a speeder, or someone who wants to destroy all American infidels.

GETTING YOUR GOAT #1

A tiny, little turtle is getting the goat of the Maryland State Highway Administration—literally.

Seems a highway bypass project has to go around the habitat of the endangered Bog Turtle.

That’s the easy part.

As you can read here, the hard part is trying to figure out how to remove weeds and brush in the habitat without using chemicals or techniques that might harm the little reptiles.

Enter the goats.

As the video below shows—they’re pretty good at clearing the land–while letting the turtles live in their bog.

GETTING YOUR GOAT #2

Goat herds may be good for Maryland Highway officials—but not for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Seems a family outside the city proper had a herd of 15 goats, two horses, a llama and an emu.

As you can read here, neighbors complained about the smell and noise of the animals—so,  the city slickers on the board of supervisors came up with a solution.

They said the family could ONLY keep 10 goats, two horses, a llama and an emu.

Apparently, 10 goats don’t make as much noise or smell as bad as 15 goats.

EYE never knew that.

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Bits & Pieces, Odds & Ends Version5.0

May 13, 2009

There’s always something happening that frosts my cupcakes—and when EYE get enough cupcakes sitting on my mental counter-top it’s time to serve them to you in :

IT GIVES ME FEVER….

After several weeks of Swine Flu coverage—we may be on the verge of learning the real truth about the way this strange genetic makeup of the H1N1 virus came about.

As you might recall scientists said it contained a here-to-for unseen combination Swine, Bird and Human flu…

A couple of weeks back, we speculated in this post the virus might have been artificially created.

Now as you can read here the researcher who helped create the anti-viral medicine TAMIFLU believes the H1N1 virus was a HUMAN creation that accidentally escaped a research lab.

Adrian Gibbs bases his conclusion on H1N1’s genetic blueprint, and says so in a report.

The World health Organization is investigating his claims while some are trying to pooh-pooh Gibb’s allegation.

But with four decades of studying the evolution of germs, my money’s on Gibbs.

GENERATING A CONTROVERSY…

First they told us we were running out of oil—but not to worry because we had plenty of coal that we could use to generate power..

Now, these two studies by researchers at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Washington claim we’ve overestimated the amount of coal we have available—and that we’ll hit peak production of it by 2025..

So, that pretty much gives us about 15 years to come up with workable, available alternative energy sources.

Can we beat the clock—or will we wait till 2024 before we do something?

IF x2=y>4 YOU MUST BE A THIEF….

The latest piece of Big Brother technology comes in the form of mathematical algorithms that check out surveillance video to figure out if you’re a shoplifter.

The BIG Y supermarket chain in Massachusetts has installed a system in its 57 stores that takes video camera feeds and runs them through a mathematical formula

As you can read here, the algorithms then decide if the store’s cashiers are engaging in an activity known as “sweethearting” where-by cashiers don’t ring up items as they work the check-out line.

If the system detects a problem, it alerts store security and then shows them the suspected video clip.

Stoplift, the company that invented the system claims on its website that it’s an accurate detector of employee theft.

But, knowing that math errors do occur in computer code, EYE would be a little worried about getting accused by a line of code that might corrupted.

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Bits & Pieces, Odds & Ends Version3.0

January 14, 2009

Here’s a bunch of stuff lying around that doesn’t go anywhere else, which is why we’re assembling them as:

LIVING OFF THE FAT O’ THE LAND….

We all know that may trends start in California—but here’s one EYE think that ought to stay there— That is: using human fat to run your automobile.

It actually happened.

Dr. Craig Alan Bittner used to run a liposuction clinic in Beverly Hills—and when the good doc sucked you dry— he’d take the fat to turn it into biodiesel to run both his SUV and his girlfriend’s Lincoln Navigator.

But, California authorities took a dim view of him using human waste to power his cars—and they began investigating him.

As you can read here, the Doc also has a few lawsuits pending from dissatisfied patients, and he closed his practice in November of 2008.

EYE SAY—WHO IS THAT….

Guess the celebrity.

The answer is at the bottom of this post.

YOU CAN BANK ON IT….

It seems like the very same guys who needed the bailout money at  the start of this whole financial mess are at it again. The big banks and financial institutions are whining  that they need EVEN MORE money than before as you can read here.

As they come back for second helpings, we still have all everyone from the porn industry to the automakers asking to pick our pockets.

Where will it end?

This video shows the absurdity of it all:

WHO IS THAT CELEB—ANSWER:

Liz Taylor

EYE will save you the time in trying to look up her age.

She’s 76.

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Bits & Pieces, Odd & Ends….

November 24, 2008

Eye sometimes see lots of little things that get under my skin… Not enough to make up a full blog—but rather just enough bits and pieces to aggravate me…

So, let’s get to the rants….

MIGHT AS WELL JUMP…..

We’ve seen what happened to the original concept of the Wall Street bailout…

The people who convinced us it was needed immediately to save the banks suddenly reversed course..

In the meantime, everybody whose ever wanted a government handout from the auto industry to cities like Phoenix, Atlanta and Philadelphia have put their hand out demanding a piece of the action…

The latest whiner— CITIBANK, which suddenly needs cash…

The other day, the following sign appeared on Wall Street….

It pretty much sums up how EYE and a lot of others feel about the bailout…

WHOSE THE TURKEY HERE….

It was meant as one of those silly photo-ops that TV news so loves…

Legislative leader pardons turkey for Thanksgiving.

In this case the lawmaker was Alaska’s Sarah Palin…

And after pardoning the turkey—she stood for a 3 minute interview in front of a worker who was slaughtering birds—completely oblivious to what was happening behind her.

All of which gives lots of double meaning to everything she says.

Listen:

COPPING A PLEA….

And speaking of turkey’s—here’s a video of a guy getting a speeding ticket in Buffalo Grove, Ilinois…

As you can read here, he got tagged for going 58 MPH in a 35 mile an hour zone..

But, Eye think the speeding ticket is the least of his worries—as this patrol-car dashcam shows:

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