Monday, March 30, 2009

Earth Hour 2009 - The Big Picture

Okay I was hoping to find something extraordinary to post since this is my 400th entry. I think that link from Boston.com about Earth Hour lives up to that. I starting this blog back in 2005 I never really knew what to put post or if anyone would even want to check it out. I want to thank everyone for the 12,467 visitors that I have had since then, and plan to keep this ball rolling.

Anyway, I just wanted to share this link that I found from Earth Hour 2009 on Boston.com it has some really cool and beautiful photos. If you do check it out if you click on the images they will fade from light to dark.


Earth Hour 2009 - The Big Picture - Boston.com

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/03/earth_hour_2009.html

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

New Layout

I looked all over for a new template for this blog and found none that really fit my message or personality. They all just seemed to be to juvenile, flashy or they were just plane awful. So, I spent the day changing the layout here and expect it to stay this way for a while. I think we may have a winner on our hands. There may be a few changes to it in a bit, I'm working on the sidebars, and I plan on changing the links up. Maybe one to include my photography.

But the real point of this post is to ask for your opinion.

Friday, March 27, 2009

A Wet Friday


Wet UA, originally uploaded by Rabid_Rabbit.

It's been a really wet week in the US. Could someone please twitter Mother Nature and tell her "That it's Spring and enough with the Blizzards and flooding!" But seriously, my heart really goes out to all of the residents of Fargo and vicinity. Having been through a flood back in 2004 I know how devastating it can be to property and the psyche. Granted it was minor and we were able to recover rather quickly and it was nothing like what they are experiencing right now. If you are looking to help the victims in North Dakota out I recommend going to http://www.redcross.org/ website.

Here in Atlanta we have been under a flood watch as well but I took a quick look at the near by river and we look to be okay. The rain here is blessing and its a sure sign that we may have finally shaken the drought that has gripped the North Georgia area. I haven't seen how the levels are at Lake Lanier but I'm sure they must be head back to normal.

I hope everyone is okay and has a great weekend. Oh yeah is he Hot ;-)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Atlanta AutoShow

This week Ryan and I went to the Atlanta Autoshow to check out the new models from the manufacturers. So here is my attempt at Top Gear with out the nifty accents or British wit. I want to start by saying that neither of us are looking for a new car, just dream I guess. It was a good way to kill an afternoon and do some day dreaming. We kicking a lot of tire and copped many swats on the new upholstery. Turned the knobs and ran through the gears on the manuals. Here are some of the models that caught my eye the; Audi R8, Mercedes Benz CLS 63 AMG and the Nissan GTR for the cool speed factor.


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Models that I liked for overall practicality were the Mini Cooper, Mazda 3, Scion XD and the VW GTI. Those would be the models that I would seriously consider if I was buying a new car right now. I don't need anything to flash, I don't need to compensate for any anatomical deficiency and I'm not in any sort of mid-life crisis.


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As far as being let down I was very disappointed the Smart it just felt tinny and the door felt like it came from a Suzuki Samurai and over all with the show itself which lacked the concept cars which "we all think that would be cool but when will I actually see it".


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The only concepts were the Nissan Cube and Lincoln "C Concept" which are both really cool and I hear the Cube will become a production Model I think in 2010.

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As far as the SUV's most of the manufacturers hid those was in the back or were no existent, which was fine with me. Sorry if you love these big monoliths but seriously they are not energy efficient and unpractical for any city. So Just like the dinosaurs these are Endangered Species.



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Finally for the American automakers they really need to take a look at what is going on in Europe and Japan. I really have to say beyond Pontiac they had very little that caught my eye or impressed me. Pontiac I thought the Solstice Coupe, G3 and G6 were all very nice cars. Other that the Corvette was cool and I really liked the Mercury Milan, which really surprised me.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy First Day of Spring


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Winter is officially over someone please CC Mother Nature and Jack Frost. But here in Georgia the signs are everywhere, the blossom are opening up and the pollen count is on the rise.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Luck-O-The-Irish


I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! Here are a few Irish Toast and quotes, so lets all raise a pint. But please no green beer.

"An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth." Unknown

"Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat." Alex Levine



"There are many good reasons for drinking,
One has just entered my head.
If a man doesn't drink when he's living,
How in the hell can he drink when he's dead?" Unknown

"God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world."
Ed McMahon

"We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English."
Winston Churchill

Monday, March 16, 2009

AIG = America Is Gullible

So let me get this right the US treasury has given AIG $175 BILLION Dollars, of which they gave about 10% ($165 Million Dollars) to their top executives in the form of bonuses. Because the company was afraid of loosing these "Talented People". But it was this talented group of people that put the company in the situation where they needed a government bailout. The Bush administration said that "they were to big to let fail", I think maybe we should have let them fail. Now the US treasury and the American people are into deep to let them fail. Hey since we now own 79% of AIG, I think some changes need to be made starting with the HR department.
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