Wednesday, December 31, 2008

USA Phone Lookup

There is a new site that allows the user to look up where phone numbers originate from and it’s address is USA Phone Lookup. I have caller Id, and sometimes I don’t recognize the number. With reverse phone lookup, I can see for free what city it came from, and for a fee I can find out who it is that is calling.

This has been a paid post for which I will be compensated.

Twilight Zone Marathon

New Years Eve is here again, and this year I am celebrating like I did last year and the year before. By watching the Twilight Zone marathon on the Sci-Fi Network and kicking back a few brews. The Twilight Zone is the greatest series ever to appear on television, bar none. The crude special effects contrasted the excellent writing in a way that hasn't been done since, and will never be done again. I fyou don't have the Sci-Fi Network, don't worry, here are a few of my favorite episodes.

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder, and nothing drove the point home more so than this episode.

In a totalitarian state where books are banned, A librarian is judged to be obsolete and sentenced to be executed, only he is cunning enough to turn the tables on his accuser.

William Shatner of Star Trek fame is on a flight when he spots a goblin ripping up the wing outside his window. He tries to alert the crew, but they think he is crazy. I can identify with him.

Holiday Frames

No, I’m not talking about planted evidence and people going to jail, I’m talking about the great deals Zenni has going on right now on Holiday frames. I’ve said this before and I am saying it again, I will never buy eyeglasses at a store again. There is no reason to, because Zenni has eyeglasses at a fraction of the cost.

While I was browsing through their glasses this morning, this pair caught my eye.
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I can’t drive without my glasses, but sometimes the glare from the sun causes me discomfort, especially if there is snow on the ground. If you check out the website they are Frame Number 5826, Metal Half Frame with Polarized Magnetic Snap on Sunlens. If I had these eyeglasses, driving would be no problem. I can get these frames for under $30 dollars in U. S. money. What a great deal!

So if you find yourself unable to see things and you think you might need eyeglasses, remember Zenni Optical. You will be glad you did.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Childe Roland to the Dark....I mean Dubai Tower Came

My first thought was, he lied in every word,
That hoary cripple, with malicious eye
Askance to watch the working of his lie
On mine, and mouth scarce able to afford
Suppression of the glee, that purs’d and scor’d
Its edge, at one more victim gain’d thereby.

From Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came, by Robert Browning 1855

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The poem that inspired the seven book long story written by Steven King was itself inspired by Shakespeare's King Lear. The reference to the Dark Tower in King Lear was inspired by even older folk tales and legends.

The Dark Tower is a linchpin which holds together (and keeps separate) alternate realities. In the series of novels, the hero Roland Deschain is on a quest to find and enter the Dark Tower, which holds the answers to all questions. In the third novel entitled "the Wastelands", we find out the Dark Tower sits in a land called Thuderclap amid a field of Roses, and that the tower exists in all realities. In the reality that Roland's companion Jake comes from (New York City, 1977), the Dark Tower is a rose. In book five we find out that the nemesis who is trying to keep Roland and his companions from reaching the Dark Tower has the ability to use weaponry from neighboring realities which have manifested in our reality as books, comics, and movies. (Robots with Dr. Doom armor, light sabers, and sneeches from Harry Potter.) By the sixth book the characters realize that they are characters in a book, and two of them travel to "Keystone" (the real?) Earth and meet Stephen King.

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So what does the Dark Tower look like? Difficult to say. It's image seems to change from book to book.

Today I was reading a post from the Secret Sun in which the Dubai Tower is mentioned. I followed the Wiki link, and when I saw it my thoughts instantly went to the Dark Tower, without knowing why. It just seemed like a morph of all the images I had seen of the "fictional" Dark Tower.

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Reading the Wiki entry, this captured my eye.

Burj Dubai (Arabic: برج دبي‎ "Dubai Tower") is a supertall skyscraper under construction in the Business Bay district of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest man-made structure ever built, despite being incomplete. Construction began on September 21, 2004 and is expected to be completed and ready for occupation in September 2009

I did another quick wiki check, and sure enough,

The Dark Tower is the seventh and final book of novelist Stephen King's Dark Tower series, published September 21, 2004 (King's birthday) by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc., and illustrated by Michael Whelan. The subtitle of this novel is REPRODUCTION REVELATION REDEMPTION RESUMPTION.

The Dark Tower, which is the final novel in the series was published September 21, 2004, which is the very day construction began on the Dubai Tower.

Remember my saying that in one of the realities in the novels the Dark Tower was a rose? The Dubai Tower is modeled after the Hymenocallis, which is a type of flower.

This plant is the foundation of the design for the Burj Dubai in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The Burj Dubai will become the world's tallest building once completed in late 2008.

Of course it would be insane for me to say a fictional tower which has been talked about in stories for at least a thousand years is currently being built in Dubai, but the synchs cannot be denied.

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Six o'clock - TV hour. Don't get caught in foreign tower. Slash and burn,
return, listen to yourself churn. Lock him in uniform and book burning,
blood letting. Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate. Light a candle,
light a motive. Step down, step down. Watch a heel crush, crush. Uh oh,
this means no fear - cavalier. Renegade and steer clear! A tournament,
a tournament, a tournament of lies. Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives
and I decline.

From "It's the End of the World as we Know it" by REM

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Transformers: Rythms of Darkness :Updated

Thanks to Brocke at Prison Planet Forum.

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The above image is from a Transformers comic book printed in September, 1991.

The year is 2001. My symphony of terror! Welcome to the future. One of many possible futures, but the future nonetheless. It is a future where the Decepticons rule. Where the pulse of life, of light, has been smothered by rhythms of darkness.

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Here's a short video clip from the Transformers cartoon, from 1987.

Transformers Predicts The Destruction Of The Twin Towers In 1987 via

Still image at 9 seconds.

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It would seem, whatever "alternate future" the Transformers travel to, the WTC has been destroyed. The first time by meteorites, the second by Decepticons. Indeed the world was "transformed" by an act of "deception".

Update: I didn't notice before that the meteorites in the cartoon are remnants of Mars. As longtime readers of this blog know, most D.C. Comics which foretell of 911 depict J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Pay Per Post

Merry Christmas everyone. In the upper right hand corner of this blog, you will see a badge for Pay Per Post, and I want to explain a little about it.

About two months ago my unemployment compensation had run dry, and I was having trouble finding work. I desperately searched for ways to make money online, and that is when I found Pay Per Post.

How it works is, companies who wish to advertise on blogs submit a request to Pay Per Post. Pay Per Post then lists the opportunity, and bloggers can choose whether or not they want to take it. When you take the opportunity and write a short add for the product, you get paid after 30 days.

At first I was torn with whether or not I wanted to put adds on my blog, but hey, doesn't all television programs have advertising? Times are tough, and Pay Per Post has really helped me out.

There are a few criteria, your blog must be at least 90 days old, and you will need to have a pay pal account. The more readers you have for your blog, the higher your list of opportunities will be. Some of you with a large readership will really be able to make a lot of money.

If you click the box and sign up with Pay Per Post, I will get a few bucks for the referral. I didn't put the box up right away because I wanted to wait a bit and see how I liked Pay Per Post. After two months, I have to say I love it, and highly I recommend it to anyone who has a good blog and is strapped for cash.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Miracle

Some of you might remember this post,where I talked our cat Precious not coming home. Tonight, a woman called and said she had her. We drove two and a half miles out of town, and sure enough, it's her. My wife and daughter cried, they had already grieved over her and believed her to be dead, even though I told them that all the signs I had seen pointed to her being alive, even though she had been missing for seven weeks.

I am very happy. And it's three days before Christmas too. :) Thanks to all who read my previous post and offered a little prayer.

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Global Warming vs. New Ice Age

Whenever I hear about Snow in Las Vegas, or global causing the ice caps to melt, I think about the two brothers miser from the popular Christmas cartoon "The Year Without a Santa Claus". In this cartoon, Santa isn't feeling very well, and since most of the kids don't believe in him he pretty much says the heck with it, he's staying home. Mrs. Claus then embarks on an adventure which leads somehow to her wanting to have snow in the south, which will somehow make things better.Cold Miser who is the personification of cold weather, says that in order to make it snow in the south he needs permission from his brother, Heat miser. They are the children of "Mother Nature", who I think is Gaea in disguise.

After thirty some years the brothers are back in a new Christmas special. I watched this with my kids yesterday. There was a scene where Heat Miser blames his brother for trying to slander him by creating the myth of global warming, while Cold Miser fires back by saying Heat Miser has tried to scare everyone into thinking a new ice age was coming. LOL! I loved it! I couldn't find that clip, but here they are in a remake of the songs that made them famous.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Random Task, Show Them What You Do.

I was browsing some news stories, and I read about President Bush getting shoes thrown at him by an Iraqi reporter. This is a really funny synch with the villain "Random Task" from "Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery". Sorry, I just couldn't pass it up.

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Meet Korean ex-wrestler and henchman extraordinaire Random Task. Show them what you do Random Task.

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What he does is throw shoes with deadly force and accuracy.

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Random Task has decapitated a bust of Ceaser, who appears to be wearing a breast plate depicting the Roman god Mercury. Mercury is the god of communication and stories, so when he shows up, it's a good idea to pay attention.

Here is the shoe throwing incident in it's entirety, although the president isn't wearing a breast plate of Mercury, he does kind of act like a Ceaser. I guess the reporter thought he was looting his country, and saw him as a "golddigger".

And of course it was Dr Evil/ Austin Powers who was standing by Golddigger performer Kanye West when he uttered the now famous words, "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Symbolism in Comic Books

Youtube user Ricintoxin81 has taken comic images that have been posted in the comic book thread at the Prison Planet forum and made a video. Good Stuff.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Auto Maker Bailout

I sold Ford cars and trucks for over ten years. Yes, they did put out a few clunkers like the Contour, but for the most part they put out quality cars and the best trucks. I never understood the anti American car bias in the media. I once watched a special that spotlighted the Crown Victoria, which is the car most police forces use across the country. The "expose" revealed that the Crown Victoria had a tendency to burst into flames when another car would hit it directly on the rear end at 90 miles per hour. Uh, wouldn't any car be more likely to burst into flames if it were hit by another car going 90 miles per hour? Think about it. Haven't most media reports over the years pretty much said American cars suck, and imports rock?

Hondas are fine vehicles, but a lot of hoopla has been made about them holding value better than American cars. This is true, but it is because Honda's have little rebates. How a dealer will determine the value of your car is, it will determine what the original invoice was, how much the rebates were at the time of purchase, then subtract the rebate from the invoice and then make the adjustments for age, mileage, and condition. The less the rebates are at the time of purchase, the more value the car will hold. It's pretty simple math.

The image the media is trying to portray is that American cars are big gas guzzlers, while the imports are little compacts that get great mileage. The truth is, American car companies and Japaneese car companies both make compact and gas guzzling cars. Have you ever heard of the Toyota Sequoia? or the Ford Focus?

It's clear to me now what the bias was about. They want to consolidate the American car companies, and bring them under total government control.

I had a good job once, now I work part time for minimum wage.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Sound of Silence

Did Simon and Garfunkel travel through time? Whenever I hear this song, I think about the world wide web.

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

So it wasn't time travel, it was a vision.

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turn my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

I wonder what the neon light was?

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And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never shared
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

10,000? It must have been a slow day at yahoo games. Hey, we talk all the time without speaking don't we?

"Fools," said I, "you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you"
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence

When I hear this part, I actually think of a sign that looks something like this.

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