Saturday, March 31, 2007

Diabetes Mine: Java Fans: You Are What You Drink

Diabetes Mine: Java Fans: You Are What You Drink


Diabetes Mine, one of the if not the bests Diabetes related blog site has another scoop. No seriously, a scoop about coffee. This article relates the American Diabetes Association's new item for sale, their own branded coffed, Grounds for A Cause.

If you like caffiene or are interested in the relation of caffiene to diabetes, check this out.

Yours,
Tojosan

April Fool's Day-jokes-pranks - New York Times

April Fool's Day-jokes-pranks - New York Times

This New York Times article, contributed by Michelle Slatalla, one of my favorites, is a timely bit on April Fools day.

The article is funny and informative, as she both reminisces and informs. Intertwining tales of practical jokes from the past with the modern day links where you can purchase them. It turns out the makers of the original Snake Nut Can gag is still in business, S.S. Adams Company.

Some of the cool items you can buy online: stink bombs, fake cockroaches, and Blue Mouth Candy.

If you want the links, go check the article. It's worth a few minutes just for those.

Yours,
Tojosan

kdka.com - Thousands Of Dollars To The Smelliest Sneaker

kdka.com - Thousands Of Dollars To The Smelliest Sneaker

Not much substance to this article but it's both funny and gross. It's copyright, no distribute at all or I'd pop in a quote. Needless to say, the winner had sneakers so gross the judge wondered if she was allowed to wear them in public.

Please go check out the KDKA.com article.

Controversy

I took this shot with the intention of capturing one of my notebooks with notes as a One Love a Day flickr group shot. It's turned into a conversation about belief, belief in God.

Care to share your opinion and belief? Is there a God? Is Jesus real?

Don't be afraid to comment, pro or con.

Tojo

Photoboothing Fun


Photoboothing Fun
Originally uploaded by Tojosan.
I think that about sums it up.
Go, visit a photobooth, get a strip.
Share if you'd like.
:)

Hilary's Hideaway: Underwear Week is wrapping up!

Hilary's Hideaway: Underwear Week is wrapping up!

As most of you are aware by now, I started International Underwear Week last Sunday to celebrate some cute new undies that I wanted to show off.
Selfish, I know.
But now you ALL benefit!
Now my week of underwear is coming to a close. Lots more photos have been taken! Check 'em out here (and check previous blog posts for more)!



So Hilary is announces the wrap up of International Underwear Week; did you participate?

She's got even more fun shots on her blog by folks from all over, and in all kinds of underwear. :)

She's still taking last minute entries, so hustle over there, snag her email address and send your's her way.

If all else fails, visit the site and have a laugh.

Yours,
Tojosan

Friday, March 30, 2007

Take a class with Dave & Dave : Week 12 Assignments

Week 12

Hope you like 'em...

cwd121: Water (small scale) - Take a photo of water. Not a pond or a lake or a stream or a river or an ocean. Think smaller. Drips, splashes, etc. This is pretty much wide open...basically, if it's not a natural body of water, you're good.
cwd122: Grit - Show us your rust, your dirt, your slime, your flaking paint, your broken glass. You get the idea.
cwd123: 8 Seconds - An eight second exposure. That's your only requirement. 8 seconds. Not 7. Not 9. Eight. (unless your camera can't do an 8 second exposure, in which case your assignment is to do the longest exposure your camera will allow you to do)


Got a camera? Want to take pictures and be more serious about it, yet have fun and learn? Come visit Take a class with Dave & Dave.

Your budding photographer,
Tojosan

Quarters from Heaven

or God wants me to have more Diet Pepsi.

So on Monday through Wednesday of this week I received my money back when trying to purchase Diet Pepsi from the vending machine. Not only did I receive my money back, but of course it was returned in quarters. Mysteriously enough, in each case, at first the drink would come part way free then stick between the slide and the glass.

Gentle rapping on the glass would cause it to fall, then cha-ching, down would come the change. Talk about an unexpected bonus.

I've just chalked this little story up to God reminding me to stick to diet foods. :)

Tojo

On a tech head note, what that indicates is the mechanism didn't register the soda dropping but perhaps registered it as stuck, thus suspending them payment. Upon release of the soda, perhaps the error clears, causing the change to drop. Interesting how that works. It makes me wonder how simple it would be to fool all the time by applying pressure to the glass directly opposite the soda slot.

Anyone willing to try? Chalk that up to an obHack comment.

I've been blogged - Yeah!


The Great Hair Stare Down
Originally uploaded by Tojosan.
Not that I'm excited or anything but I can't turn away my 15 minutes of fame. :)

This picture was blogged on Flick-Hair, a blog of hair centric pictures from Flickr. I'm honored to have one of my shots included but this site doesn't seem to offer much than a manually selected subset of pictures from Flickr.

I'm not a big hair focused person enough to visit a site like this myself. There must be an audience though. Anyway, please visit my photo at this blog just to give them a hit or three.

Yours,
Tojo

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Photogamer Challenge #7

Photogamer Challenge #7

Challenge #7 is up and ready to be conquered.
Highlights:

1. Play “Rock Paper Scissors” with someone and take a picture of the game. Get your own hand in the photo! Bonus points for winning. (tag: rockpaperscissors)

2. Take a photo of yourself with an old photo of yourself. (tag: oldphoto)

3. Walk 100 steps and take a picture of from that 100th step. Bonus points if you geotag it! (tag: 100steps)

4. Take a close up shot of a video or computer game. Show us the pixels! (tag: pixels)

5. Find something in public that is less than 6 inches tall and document it. Go low! (tag: low)

Bonus: Go find an old school photobooth and get a photo taken. Bonus points for having more than 3 people in the booth! (tag: photobooth)

Click the link above and join us!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Great Hair Stare Down


The Great Hair Stare Down
Originally uploaded by Tojosan.
or sometimes you meet the most interesting folks!

These fine young ladies obliged my wife and I by letting us chat with them, and allowed me to snap a couple of photos.

They were both polite and well spoken, behaving very friendly.

I hope they see these pictures and leave a comment or two.

The green hair was done with Elmer's Gel Glue and Aqua(?) hair spray. It's all real too. :)

Beautiful hair ladies! And thanks!

Day 110: In Bloom (ers)


Day 110: In Bloom (ers)
Originally uploaded by Officially a Mom.
Or Officially A Mom's great day.
Please click through and read the whole story.

Enough with art back to underwear

Or so I'm told by Hilary on her blog.

And so, visit, enjoy, and share your underwear. Here's a link to the picture that started it all.

Yours,
Tojosan

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

SXSW 2007 Showcasing Artists

To quote from ben m online:

"Like last year (and maybe the years before that), the SXSW (South by Southwest) festival has made a torrent file available for the music of the bands that will be performing (the SXSW 2007 Showcasing Artists). The file will let you download a folder that has 739 mp3s and is 3.1 GB. It’s huge, but a perfectly legit way to get exposed to new music. Plus you can listen to all the music for almost 2 complete days straight without having to listen to any commercials or pledge drives."

Let me just say I have to agree with his comment about 2 days and up that one or three more. Just to skim this huge volume of MP3s might take you an afternoon. The music covers just about every genre from rap to country.

In all seriousness, the variety is amazing. Ben goes onto make some other positive comments in his blog about finding favorites. I've only just skimmed the songs and I've already picked out several to add to my regular playlist.

You're The Kind of Trouble by The Wrights
From The Pasture To The Future by The Waybacks
Joy by Temposhark
Why Don't Ya by Shawn Sahm and the Tex-Mex Experience
Far Side of Nowhere by Onion Creek Crawdaddies
Green Mills Blues by Mike Jones
Hardcore Hornography by Michelle Shocked
Mama Said by White Ghost Shivers
Try by Sparkle Motion

I absolutely got a laugh and a smile out of the group names. My winner for most potentially offensive name: Steaming Wolf Penis. That sort of speaks for its self.

I strongly encourage those interested in widening their experience of music to download this collection post haste.

You can download the torrent here.

Wishing you good listening,
Tojosan

Friday, March 23, 2007

My wife's new Umbrella....


My new (U)mbrella....
Originally uploaded by Nanna J.
And pink too boot.

New pink shoestrings to go along with her new pink umbrella.
Looking sharp Nanna J.

Tojosan

Fortunes and an end

Like everyone with a desk, I keep odds and ends on it. (don't be shy, admit you to keep stray things, irrelevant things on your desk) One of those things is fortunes.

No, I don't keep horoscopes, or a book of them on my desk, but fortunes from fortune cookies. Is there a good reason? Not especially, though the fact that they are generally positive and about the person who receives them makes them nice.

Yes, it's silly, but hey, at the end of this post, I'll tell you a way to be sillier with them.

Here's a few of them:

"You will soon receive an unusual gift."

"No challenge is too big for you."

"If you continually give ou will continually have."

"The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost."

Corny enough for you? Or for some of you, needed words of wisdom. (wink)

So do they help or come true. Heck, who keeps track. I just like the ego boost. :)

But now that I've written this, this is one little secret gone, and one thing I'm planning on putting behind me. No more squirreling away fortunes in the pile(s) on my desk.

And to reward you for reading this, let me tell you how we make these fun.

At the end of each fortune, take on 'in bed.'

Yeah, maybe not original, but we've been doing it as long as my wife and I have been sharing Chinese food.

Another popular fortune ender is 'naked.'

Don't ask my where these come from but I'm sure after you've read your hundredth good but generic fortune, they just come naturally to mind. The enders that is.

With these final words, I now toss these ended fortunes into the waste basket.
So long and may you continually have unusual gifts, where everything you love is no challenge but too big for you and might be lost.

Oh yeah....in bed.

Yours,
Tojosan

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Yellow Brick Road


YBR
Originally uploaded by Nanna J.
Or the not so yellow brick road. Either way, it was cool.

Out in Kansas City, Kansas, they have a shopping plaza called Legends. Its basic theme is centered around legends of and from Kansas. Some examples are Dwight Eisenhower and Wyatt Earp.

There were statues and plaques and emblems in the walkways. It was actually interesting and made the visit a bit more enjoyable. The Legends is also home to a few fountains of which one was quite spectacular. I'll post a shot here soon.

All in all, it was worth the visit just for those things, the shops were a nice bonus. I'll write more about a few of the restaurants there in a follow up post.

Yours back from Kansas,
Tojosan

So I bought this book on blogging...

No One Cares What You Had for Lunch by Margaret Mason.

I've yet to crack the cover but I'm excited about it. The book purports to give you some ideas and inspiration to bloggers. Well I'm in need of both.

But you say, Tojosan, aren't you a naturally creative and inspired guy? Well, dang I used to think so, but when it comes to blogging, I can't often find the words these days.

I was excited in a giddy way to begin blogging. Sadly, I made a couple of false starts before I finally got this one going. The problem seems to be I get a run of posts then go dry for weeks at a time.

It's not like the World stops spinning of course but I just can't seem to get my gut and fingers around putting something in the blog.

The other main reason is that I'm afraid I really don't have anything to say. Ever felt that way? Come on all you A-list bloggers, be honest, surely don't always have something to say. Well, you always seem to but sometimes those are rant days. Maybe I should do some of those?!

Anyway, I'll keep my few and far between readers posted about the book.

Best of blogging to you,
Tojo

Monday, March 19, 2007

Hostage


Hostage
Originally uploaded by Tojosan.
What does this bring to mind?
Does it frighten you?
Does it make you angry?
Do you sense the fear or resignation here?

Sunday, March 18, 2007

I was in an art museum - Eye'm Focused

So read the message from the museum. Check out their site.
I consider this such a wonderful and cool thing. To be shown in an actual art museum. Woot.

Yours,
Tojosan

Give me a wink and get lucky


Give me a wink and get lucky
Originally uploaded by Tojosan.
Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day!
Hope you had a good one and stayed safe too.
Tojosan

Trust Me


Trust Me
Originally uploaded by Tojosan.
I'm a programmer!

Yes, I'm speaking to you, you with the paranoia about things that have been programmed. If I programmed it, the intent is for the best experience I can provide for you, the user.

So just jump into using that techno gear and know that when you encounter a bug, it wasn't out of neglect, inattention or attitude by a programmer; we hate bugs more than you do.

Heck, I highly recommend you hug a programmer today, just for good measure.

Yours,
Tojosan

Sunday, March 11, 2007

A curious read

Amazon.com: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character): Books: Richard P. Feynman,Ralph Leighton,Edward Hutchings,Albert R. Hibbs: "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)"

I just finished reading this fun and seriously curious book. It's autobiographical in nature, but is actually a series of anecdotes or vignettes even. The author relates very times in his life from time at Los Alamos to his years teaching. Always with a viewpoint that makes one laugh.

The man is a genius though his tales often paint him as lucky, inspired, or even overwhelmed by the brilliance of others. He was a man that loved to investigate and explore life, always with an eye to new and interesting things.

It was a good read though I borrowed it way too long. :)
Thanks to my friend and coworker, Mike, for lending it.

Pick this up if you like autobiographies or stories by crazy geniuses or both.

Yours,
Tojosan

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Photogamer - I so got blogged!

Photogamer

One of my pictures was blogged on Photogamer this week. The photo is a super winner in the week #3 contest.

Do visit the site and check it out.

Your blogged blogger,
Tojosan

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Birthday wishes for Cara O


I went there just for Cara O
Originally uploaded by J. Star.
I have to say this has got to be the most unusual way I've seen to wish someone a happy birthday.

Possibly a bit too funny and bawdy for work but only in the most strict of places.

Have a laugh with my flickr hero of the month, J. Star.