Sunday, May 29, 2005

thank you

this is NOT the picture in question.

Months back, my friend gathered her Girl Scout Troop to send care packages to a young marine.

The marine's uncle- a local icon of sorts- had been insisting he spotted the young man in a frantic AP photo.

The picture did look like Brandon- slim features, heavy rimmed glasses.

When Brandon returned home on layover, he greeted his uncle.

Looking at the AP photo, he said, "I hate to tell you this, but that isn't me."

"It doesn't matter," the old man said. "That picture got us all through some tough times."

Saturday, May 28, 2005

amazing nature photography at

photo by carolyn cowgill, rasterized in adobe photoshop
Let me tell a story about a brilliant guy (trained at Annapolis) who worked for the NRC until his early retirement, when he discovered his... artistic side??! I once wrote that Curtis Cowgill can see heaven through the lens of his camera. He's gifted beyond belief & most amazingly lacks the pretension to match his talent!

His wonderful wife Carolyn is much the same. She's mentioned wanting to try her hand at a children's book. A former teacher, she would be a perfect addition to Kay Winters' local writing community.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

murder solved thanks to victim's blog

Here's the Google connection. His final entry follows.

Thursday, May 12, 2005-- Today I missed my Japanese class again, since I have gotten a bad throat. I only went to the class once this week, so I am probably so far behind now. I will catch up in the summer tho so no worries hehe. Anyway today has been weird, at 3 some guy ringed the bell. I went down and recognized it was my sister's former boyfriend. He told me he wants to get his fishing poles back. I told him to wait downstair while I get them for him. While I was searching them, he is already in the house. He is still here right now, smoking, walking all around the house with his shoes on which btw I just washed the floor 2 days ago! Hopefully he will leave soon, oh yeah working on the jap report as we speak!

*hat tip, - (can't seem to direct link to it- blogger is acting up today.)*

Sunday, May 22, 2005

for a legal analyst, nancy grace is ass-backwards

hartlaub calls her 'worse than bill o'reilly'

Peter Hartlaub writes in the San Francisco Chronicle:

"From the beginning, [CNN's] Nancy Grace has run her show like she's the most popular girl on the junior high playground, often picking on the least affluent or weirdest-looking subjects in the news cycle. ...Grace has created her own parallel universe in which guests are berated for advocating due process, panelists are
invited back frequently if they make ad hominem attacks and suspects are seemingly guilty until proven innocent."

*Update- CNN's Nancy Grace: Keeper of Justice or Ass-Clown Extraordinaire??

Thursday, May 19, 2005

is he or isn't he a split personality?

In a debut worthy of chris gaines (just kidding!) Chicago's greatest living performer andy martellowhy, garth, why?? should've called yourself 'jeff gannon.' you would've sold a few more records... has unveiled his blog split persona.

On the anniversary of Mt. St. Helens' eruption, no less! Quite the birthday for nicky vegas.

(note to bill gates: my msn spell checker still refuses
b-l-o-g). doh!

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

make your blog pay??

J. Ryan has written an interesting story ("Blogging for Dollars") on new hidden forms of advertising that might make their way into the blogging scene. [follow the lead...]

I said it awhile ago and you laughed all evil-like. Regulation is coming.

Friday, May 13, 2005

under the heading 'our courts are loaded with crap'...

Woman gets $45K for dead cat the new marlboro man

Retired teacher Paula Roemer sued her neighbor Wallace Gray after his dog mauled her cat to death. Roemer claimed the cat's death caused her to become a chain smoker, and the courts awarded her more than $45,000. There ya go. Forget about Joe Camel... this is the new mascot for the tobacco industry.

Priest pleads guilty to molestation charges

A retired Roman Catholic priest who molested 18 altar boys 20 years ago was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison.

That's right, just 18 mos, folks. Who says our priorities are outta whack?

Thanks O.Media.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

unreported runaways

A study at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children conducted by Scripps Howard News Service found that police departments around the country did not report nearly 5000 runaway, lost & abducted children in violation of the National Child Search Assistance Act Congress passed in 1990.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

that's not jeff gannon on yer' toast!

Sorry, but I had to post about the toast. It's art for crissakes! gives new meaning to 'burn!'

Ah, a toast to the toast-er. Let's raise our glasses for the newest in a long line of American entrepreneurs. As of this writing, the bid is over 15 thousand. That's at least 10 pairs of these babies.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution put news on hold last week to interview this mini food magnate in the making. wtf?

Thursday, May 05, 2005

apparently, bob woodward isn't a very good journalist... who knew??

Stephen Bloom- a prof at U of Iowa- took part in an interesting discussion about the corporate model of journalism the other day. His colleagues showed magnificent bitchitude, opposing his song of support for Woodward. They claimed mass appeal equates to hackery.

Just a case of tooth-spitting jealousy, if ya' ask me. [follow the lead...]

Quote from an outside source:"I can't find me a picture of Bob Woodward anywhere. Did he actually look like Redford, or is this another cover up?"

Monday, May 02, 2005

got money?

The Associated Press as napsterized news! Whaddya' think? More corporate buttheads at work?

As unpaid information storms the Web, the AP plans a fee for content used online. Reinvent the AP as a digital co-op, say a Scripps general manager and editorial director. hi, i'm jeff gannon.

"The Associated Press is planting the seeds of its own demise." [follow the lead...]

They have nothing on friend heather's brand-spanking news project. :P Go check it out.

By the way, here's a link not for the GOPers among us...or maybe it is?? Abby has called this the best explanation to date for the Iraqi war.