Friday, July 31, 2009

Missed comeback opportunity

Every few years, I kick myself for not having the presence of mind to deliver a world class comeback to a great set-up.

In a recent example, I came across a fellow strolling on a private golf course, carrying a single golf club.

Since he was not a member (and not allowed to use the course), I came up and asked him what he was using the golf club for. Swear to God, he replied (and I quote him verbatim):

“I use it to beat off the dogs”

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Workers fired for not speaking spanish

This is just beyond offensive.

NO American should be distriminated against because they fail to learn a FOREIGN language.

Why is it that when I press "1" for English, I still cannot understand the foreigner on the other end of the line?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Best putter: 2010 putters

Choosing the best putter is a very personal decision. There is an old golf saying that goes “marry your driver, date your putter”, and that advice is well-founded.

Brad Clayton, my golf instructor offers up these tips for choosing the best putter for you.

Experiment - Ignore the putter ratings in golf magazines, they are nonsense. The only way to gauge which putter is best for you is to try them. Make sure to go to a golf store that carries a wide selection (e.g. golf galaxy).

Take your time - Plan to spend at least an hour testing and re-testing each putter.

Ignore the price tags - Even the most expensive putters cost little more than a few green fees, so put aside the price tags and focus on personal performance.

During my testing for the best putter, I found a half dozen nice putters and repeated by testing, eliminating one putter with each test of five balls each at a ten foot target.

The world’s best putter for 2009 – 2010

The world’s best putter is the best putter for you, it’s all very personal. The Nike 2010 IC putter blew me away. Esthetically, she is amazing, well crafted and a joy to hold.

But the real deciding factor was performance, and I consistently nailed more putts with the Nike than the others. I absolutely adore this putter:

For more details on the choosing the world's best putters, see my complete notes here on how to choose the best putter for you.

Why Evil people have high self-esteem

It's facinating that evil people cannot see themselves as evil, and many of them have high self-esteem!

If we look back on the 20th century, it’s easy to spot people who were considered truly evil, nasty folks like Hitler, Stalin and Mao, devils who ruthlessly killed millions of people, yet had a very high opinion of themselves!

It amazes me how people will warp and distort reality in order to conform to the own mindset.

Adolph Hitler though that he was a really swell, up-front nice guy, a true gentleman who loved dogs and kids.

Hitler saw himself as a stand-up guy

If I remember my psychology studies correctly, people must have a need to feel good about themselves and Sigmund Freud’s concept of “repression” was directly related to a psychological self-defense mechanism whereby experienced that contradict someone’s concept of ego (self) are push-back, far into the unconscious brain.

One of the best books I’ve read on this subject is The Nuremberg Interviews (highly recommended), a study of Herman Goering, a certified crazy fellow and notably evil man.

In this book, we get a great insight into this form of self-deception as Herman Goering turns-on the charm and describes his atrocities as he saw them, a nice man doing what had to be done. It’s a fascinating read, especially how he justified the killing of Jews over the destruction of property. . .

In his own mind, Herman Goering thought that he was a super-nice guy:

Murdering pervs see themselves as father figures

To understand this perverse rationalization, see here, where Goering justifies the bloody invasion and annexation of most of Western Europe, by distorting history to make the USA appear to be the “real” evil power:

“After the United States gobbled up California and half of Mexico, and we were stripped down to nothing, territorial expansion suddenly becomes a crime. It’s been going on for centuries”

In sum, Goering thought of himself as a really swell fellow! His testimony at Nuremburg was heartfelt and sincere, he REALLY believed his fantasy!

Of course, not everyone agreed, of course, and Goering was sentenced to hang. . .

Monday, July 27, 2009

Perfume from a cat’s butt

I learn something new every day, and this article notes that French people use the secretions of cats anal glands to make perfume!

French people like to stink pretty

Cat’s ass perfume!

This reminds me of the noxious issues with Tom cat urine spraying, and the psychoactive effects of cheesing.

But cheezing is done with tomcats urine, this is kitty’s anal gland squeezins . . .

Specifically, this cat-like thing is used for perfume:

Who was the first Frenchman to squeese this critters butt?

I wanna know; who was the first French guy to squeeze the goo out of this critters ass and note that it stinks pretty?

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Michael J. Fox has a sense of humor!

Yes, Michael J. Fox has a great sense of humor . . .

From a promo photo in a restaurant:

Try the shakes

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Buying real human skulls: I see dead people for sale

With the rumor that Michael Jackson’s body is going to be rendered, and his skeleton sold to the family of the elephant man, I got into checking about owning a real human skull.

When I was in college one of my professors kept a real skull in his library, and it was “cool” to have a real human skull on your bookshelf. I could never afford to buy a human skull because they were quite expensive.

So it turns out that your worthless relatives may not be so worthless after all, after they die.

At Skulls Unlimited ( a human skull vendor) for $3,700 you can buy a whole human skeleton for under $4k.

For only $599, you can buy a real human skull, like this skull and it's legal to buy and sell a real human skull:

“This specimen is likely a mongoloid male and missing all but two teeth"

Here is another skull seller who sells deformed skulls. Here is a highly desirable skull, a man whose skull is ravaged with syphilis, only $2,500:

Skulls with veneral disease fetch a premium sale price

Here is a dead gangster skull with a bullet hole in his head, only $800.

Imagine what your friends would say when they see this beauty on your bookshelf:

Murder victims skulls make especially handsome home decor accessories

“This bullet hole is from a small gauge rifle. There is no exit hole, so the bullet would have ricoched inside the skull. Overall this is a handsome skull with an attractive fingerprint that makes for great stories.”

It’s perfectly legal to buy and sell real human skulls, and you can even purchase real human skulls on eBay:

“eBay allows the sale of "skulls and skeletons that are used for medical purposes."

In practice, you can find skulls in a wide variety of conditions, from professionally-prepared specimens to "found" skulls.”

Here are the eBay listing for real human skulls for sale. It’s interesting that the sellers note “for medical use only” in the sale ads . . .

Friday, July 24, 2009

World’s oldest newspaper correction

I make a living doing things that “experts” say are impossible, so I got a chuckle out of this newspaper correction.

This correction from the New York Times in 1969, right after the moon landing:

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Amazing Irish country home for sale

When we travel to advise our overseas clients we always like to stop for a few weeks in southern Ireland, and we are especially fond of An Rinn (“the ring”, pronounced “on reen”), a real Waterford Gaeltacht.

We love the Irish Gaeltacht’s because they reject the customs and language of their British oppressors and they proudly speak Gaelic and adhere to ancient Irish customs.

The TV news and weather is also spoken in Irish. If you have never heard native Gaelic on TV, click this video:

The southern Irish are the friendliest people you would ever want to meet, just like the folks in NC. . .

An Rinn is also one of the most beautiful place in Ireland, only 6 miles south west of the fishing town, Dungarvan.

When we visit we stayed at An Carn (in Irish “The Hill”, pronounced “On Cairn”), a wonderful house on the hill, with a jaw dropping 360 degree view of the Irish coastline.

The Irish Coastline is breathtaking

Buy your own Irish B&B!

We were surprised to see that An Carn is for sale! I can personally attest that this is a great house, richly appointed with oak floors:

Priced at €795,000, it won’t last long, and it’s our hope that whoever gets her will turn An Carn back into a B&B! To buy An Carn, see:

Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds,Bridge Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
Tel: 058 23444

In the meantime, we need to find a new place to house our growing entourage.

Jen wants to rent the BlackWater Castle, a fully-restored 12th century castle priced at 8500 € per week . . .

Rent a real Irish castle for only $10k/week!

Being a non-conformist

Back when I was a teen in the 1960’s you had to work carefully to be a non conformist. We needed long hair, flared blue jeans, and a leather vest with lots of fringe.

There was a very strict un-written dress code, if you wanted to look like a non-conformist!

We had to be non-conformist in identical ways. We had to listen to Creem, Jefferson Airplane and Jimi Hendrix. All identical, non-conformist clones . . . .

Today it’s a joke, the stuff of Halloween costumes:

Think different – In the same way!

Being a non-conformist has not changed. You can be a non-conformist so long as you fully follow the crowd and dress and behave exactly as they do!

I love this, identical non-conformist tattoos:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The reason people hate the Sagagagawia dollar coin

As seen in the news video, it's because nobody knows how to say Sagagagawia:


Monday, July 20, 2009

Great new Photoshop’s of classical art

See this Photoshop contest of altering fine art

Very talented kids . . .

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tips to quit smoking

Tips to quit smoking

I wanted to share some tips to quit smoking. I’ve tried all of the quit smoking tips, and some tips work, some don’t:

My tips to quit smoking

Quitting smoking is not all about sheer willpower, there are some tried-and-true tips that can maximize your chance of successfully quitting smoking.

Tips aside, the sad truth is that thousands of people die every year because they cannot shake this most powerful addiction.

The biggest tip is to make quitting smoking a top priority.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Tips for identifying a skinned animal

There may be more than one way to skin a cat, but a skinned cat looks a lot like a skinned rabbit, or a skinned possum . . .

All skinned critters look alike!

I was taught that when you dress a rabbit, always leave-on the feet on.

This is so that people know that you are getting a rabbit, and not Aunt Sadies kitty cat . . .

Let’s see if you can identify this lovely carcass.

It must be delicious, judging by the priceless look on the little girls face, but it looks too much like Fido to me:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Avoiding Resveratrol Scams

Resveratrol is being touted as a real-real fountain of youth after a Harvard study shows amazing results in lab animals, where lab rats lived 30% longer!

The Harvard study showed that Resveratrol activates the SIRT-1 aging gene! The original research for Resveratrol (the findings on the SIRT-1 “rescue” gene) was purchased by Glaxo Wellcome for $750,000,000, so there is something to this Resveratrol research.

The active chemical in Resveratrol

But there is a problem! Because Resveratrol is derived from grape skins, it’s considered a food supplement and not under regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Hence, there are loads of Resveratrol scams. The Resveratrol Scams take two forms:

- Billing scams – They offer a “free trial” of Resveratrol, and then charge your card for large dollar amounts.

- Impotent Resveratrol – The most annoying of the Resveratrol scams involve the sale of “fake” Resveratrol, concoctions without the real active chemical. The fake Resveratrol contains cis-resveratrol, an isomer which is used in many Resveratrol pills, but which has no health benefits whatsoever

Why is Resveratrol Important?

Most people first heard about Resveratrol from this 60 Minutes report on Resveratrol, showing a Harvard laboratory study where fat aging rats actually became healthier and thinner, living over 30% longer than a control group.

This science article notes a real longevity factor associated with the SERT1 gene, and the Harvard research is clear that Resveratrol affects the SERT1 gene.

People who have been taking Real Resveratrol claim that it actually changes gray air back to your original color, with side effects like instant weight loss and increased stamina!

Take the time to watch this:

Resveratrol is the active antioxidant in red wine, but highly concentrated, with as much in a pill as dozens of bottles of wine.

Separating the Resveratrol facts from the hype

As it is, Resveratrol is made from grape skins, and as, such, Resveratrol is considered a food supplement and not a drug. Hence, there are all sorts of hype and Resveratrol scams all over the web Here is some of the hype:

This place offer a free trail of Resveratrol, but BEWARE, there is a boatload of complaints about free trials of Resveratrol, where they subsequently charge your card over $80 without consent.

Of more concern, how do we know that we are getting “real” Resveratrol and not some placebo?

Finding reputable Resveratrol sellers

So, where is a safe place to buy “real” Resveratrol? I decided to try Amazon, where there are dozens of people selling Resveratrol, some charging over $1,000 for 100 capsules (at 100 mg).
We chose this source of Resveratrol because their web site claims that this was the “research grade” Resveratrol that was used in the Harvard study. The Amazon page notes:

“Transmax is currently being used by more medical schools and universities in human clinical trials than all other supplement brands together.

Our quality, integrity and experience meet the rigid standards of these institutions Transmax contains no cis-resveratrol, the isomer which is used in many other supplements but which has no health benefits”

This might still be a scam, but Amazon allows this to be published, so we assume that this is the “real Resveratrol” . . .

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dazzling Cubist camouflage

America invented camouflage. During the American Revolution we were desperate to get away from England and we violated the “gentleman’s protocol” of warfare. Instead of wearing bright red targets on our tunics, and standing still while the Limey's reloaded their rifles, we hid in the bushes and killed the British oppressors. The Brit pussies cried "terrorism", and thus began the art of American camouflage.

This month congress passed a bill to change the MARPAT (MARine PATtern) colors for Afghanistan. MARPAT is a pixilated camouflage that make soldiers practically invisible:

pixelated camouflage is best

But camouflage is tricky and counterintuitive. The point of camouflage is to disguise yourself against the enemy, but in WWI somebody discovered that a wild abstract art pattern did a better job than the traditional blue-gray camouflage coloration.

This is a counter-intuitive camouflage, and it was a great surprise to discover that wild abstract colors and bold cubist patterns made a huge ship practically invisible:

Wild and bold, yet invisible to the naked eye

It’s clear that this “razzle dazzle” painting is from Brach’s cubist movement, and the evolving world of abstract art. But it really works! Dazzle camouflage is an optimal illusion whereby your eyes trick you into interpreting the abstract bizarre shapes into melding into the background, thus making the ship invisible at-sea:

The more biazrre the pattern, the better the camouflage

The British called this modern art style of camouflage "Dazzle Painting" while we Americans called it "Razzle Dazzle." In either case, it’s a real mindfucque, playing tricks with your eyes:

Wild patterns adorned aircraft carriers

In today's world of super-radar, hiding the visual acpects of large ships is not as important, but razzle dazzle camouflage is a great study into the optical delusions of human visual perception.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Rock Star Ted Nugent speaks on core American values

Ted Nugent is a real patriot, he tells it like it is:

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Impressive Origami Castle!

Impressive Origami Castle!

This is an incredible paper craft task that took four years to complete:

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Social rules for unwanted hair

I’ve always been fascinated by cultural sociology, and one interesting aspect is a cultures reactions to facial hair.

Men and women both have strict social customs and rules for body hair and approved rules for where hair should appear.

It's interesting, if you mix gender-specific standards for hair, you get something that looks more like a drag queen than a professional:

Facial hair on females has become a "turn off"

Let’s take a quick look are hair-related gender-specific rules . . .

Women should shave all facial hair

This prohibition is likely due to the perception of male facial and “manliness”, an undesirable characteristic in a woman who wants to promote her femininity, not negate it. This article notes the issue:

“High levels of emotional distress and psychological morbidity were detected; 30% had levels of depression above the clinical cut off point, while 75% reported clinical levels of anxiety; 29% reported both.

Although overall quality of life was good, scores were low in social and relationship domains—reflecting the impact of unwanted facial hair.”

Women must shave hairy armpits and legs

This prohibition is largely American and it does not extent universally! I’ll never forget my first trip to Europe and those beautiful women whose looks were ruined by having bushy armpits and hairy legs!

This is a "turn off" for American Men!

Men may only shave their facial hair

Men may only shave their faces, and anywhere else (armpits, balls) are socially prohibited. However, there are exceptions. For example, this man should definitely shave the legs of his dead twin appendage:

Shave the legs on any dead twin appendages

We must also consider the social stereotypes relating to facial hair. This started in America in the early 20th century when it became customary for Civil War vets to grow long white beards. This turned into the “bearded grandpa” stereotype.

Military men may not have beards

In some professions, beards are considered “unclean”, and they institute rules against bearded men. Soldiers may never grow a beard, and there are also strong prohibitions against beards in the financial sector, where a conservative appearance is paramount.

Remember when those ZZ Top members decided to grow beards?

I wonder if full facial hair will ever become the fashion trend?

Mexico builds wall to keep out Americans

From the Onion, so it must be true:

Mexico builds wall to keep out drunken American teens:

Mexico Builds Border Wall To Keep Out US Teens

Thursday, July 09, 2009

How to goof on a terrorist

When Sacha Baron Cohen (of Borat fame) wanted to make a terriorist look foolish, he first had to find a real terrorist.

Watch this, how Cohan (as Bruno) found a real-deal terrosist for his upcoming movie:

Being left for dead

When treating an injury it’s important to know of the patent is alive or dead.

Every year thousands of people die needlessly because they are presumed dead when they are really unconscious.

Watch this video to ensure that your loved one is never left for dead:

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Teach your dog to swim

Teaching your dog to swim is easy!

Janet is an amazing animal trainer, and she decided to teach our two guard dogs (Rottweiler’s) to swim!

Swimming is not natural to all dog breeds

Rottweiler’s are cold weather dogs and they love water anyway, so it’s impossible to keep them out of the pool. At first glance, it looks like we have black seals in the pool.

Teach your dog to swim by making it swim to you

Because Rottweiler dogs are all muscle, they sink like a rock and it’s scary to them until they learn to hold their breath underwater.

Forget the backstroke, dogs do the dog paddle, and they do their swimming doggie-style:

Never rush a dog to learn swimming

The trick to teaching a dog to swim is not to rush the process. Let the dog take their time and adjust to the water gradually. So long as your dog does not panic, they will learn to swim . . .

Dogs love to swim, once they learn how

The first step in teaching a dog to swim is to show them the way out of the pool . .

Making your own Barbacoa!

This recipe article show how to make the summer succulent Barbacoa, a delightful southwestern treat:

Barbacoa, the world's best BBQ meat

To make your own Barbacoa, we learn from the same steps as making head cheeze. We start with a fresh cows head:

Making Barbacoa requires that you start with good head

You can always tell if you are getting a good head because the eyeballs are flesh are full.

Remember, avoid any head where the eyes are indented or draining into the skull . . .

Make sure to leave the eyeballs intact and shave any loose hair from Bossy’s snout prior to baking.


Monday, July 06, 2009

Golf vacations in Monterey

The Monterrey peninsula is a noted tourist attraction, a lush, cool area that is absolutely delightful ion the summer. While inland temperatures swelter at 100 degrees, the cooling ocean current ensures that Monterey stays a cool 60-70 degrees, even in the middle of the summer.

In addition to great scenery, we played some world-class golf on the Monterey peninsula, playing Pebble Beach, Del Monte and Pacific Grove, all excellent courses.

In our touring in Monterey we noted some interesting customs:

Tolerant locals – We noticed that the natives tolerated illegal activity, with people openly smoking drugs on the public beaches. Filthy hobos are also tolerated, as are Hippies and other weirdoes of every possible genre.

Hostile drivers - We also noted that while all of the people in the tourist industry were exceptionally nice and courteous, about half of the Monterey drivers were openly hostile to tourists! The Monterey area is very crowded, and everyone seemed to be in a big hurry, especially on the roads. We were cursed at and Janet was even flipped off, all for not driving fast enough. We got the distinct impression that tourists were not welcome by the locals!

See my notes here for a golf vacation in Monterey

Tips for playing Pebble Beach golf

Playing Pebble Beach is the dream of golfers across the globe, but playing Pebble Beach is an intimidating experience, especially for beginners and high-handicappers.

Pebble beach has a reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses, and because it’s so hard to get a tee time, many people assume that playing Pebble Beach is not appropriate for beginners or high handicappers.

Pebble Beach is friendly to beginner golfers

That’s not true, because playing Pebble Beach is especially friendly and easy for beginning golfers, provided that you follow some tips for beginners. See my tips here for high handicappers:

Pebble Beach golf for high handicapper beginners

A favorite of celebrities and billionaires, Pebble Beach is not an inexpensive golf outing.

Is Pebble Beach really worth a $1,200 green fee for two players?

Janet Burleson, a high handicapper on #5 at Pebble Beach

Playing Pebble Beach is also great for beginners because it is not just a round of golf, it’s an experience, walking in the footsteps of some of the greatest legends in golf and all the while enjoying a spectacular beachfront experience.

With the 2010 US Open coming to Pebble Beach, it’s hard to get a tee time, but there are some tricks for beginners who want to play Pebble beach golf:

Pebble Beach golf for first time players

Remember, persistence counts when calling to play Pebble Beach!