busy intersections with backed-up traffic

19 05 2010

May I rant for just a few seconds?  When you’re driving down a busy, congested road (like Oak Street in Conway), and the traffic is so backed up that you can’t get through the intersection while the light is green, then don’t stop in the middle of the intersection and get stuck there during a red light.  It only makes the congestion worse…

This has been a complimentary public service announcement.

Thank you, drive thru…*

* Actually, don’t drive thru, if the intersection is backed up.

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funny videos – Creationism vs Evolution

4 06 2009

I came across some video parodies of the Mac vs PC commercials, which instead discuss Creationism vs Evolution.  While these do make a point, they aren’t a full debate on either side, so don’t get your feathers ruffled if you disagree.  Besides, if you believe complete evolution, it’s not like this is your religion, that you should get all offended if someone disagrees.  (Right?)  This is humor — laugh and move on.  (Thank you, drive thru…)

First up, is theory:

Next is evidence:

Last but not least, hope:





Did I mess up?

20 10 2008

I try to do what’s right in life.  But tonight, I might have sinned.

I have some neighbors who like to sit outside, especially during these fall temperatures.  And I try to not provoke my neighbors to jealousy or envy.  But tonight I decided anyway to grill burgers and hot dogs.  That’s one of those situations where the neighbors would smell the meat grilling and realize it’s better than whatever they’re having.  I didn’t mean any harm, though…

🙂





the Bible on meal selection

29 05 2008

The Bible has answers for all of life’s problems, if you dig deep enough.  Just to illustrate how extensive its in-depth coverage is, let me present an example you might not have noticed before.  Did you know the Bible tells us that meat is better than vegetables?  Yeah, it’s true.  Check this out, from Proverbs 15:17:

Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
than a fattened calf with hatred.

That is, you’d rather have a fattened calf (meat) for your meal, but if it comes with hatred, it would be better to eat a less desirable meat-less salad if there was love with it.  (Yeah, you have to parse it, and it’s just an implication, but it’s good enough for me.)

Now, I realize this isn’t an issue to most people.  But just in case it was, now you know, and knowing is half the battle.  🙂

(Please note that I’m taking a somewhat humorous approach to this, if it wasn’t obvious.)





the best weight-loss plan ever

24 05 2008

I have just come across the best weight-loss plan ever.  It’s not like most of the other ones you hear about.  There are all kinds of books and videos about how to lose weight, and some programs even provide you with the food you should eat.  There are plans that tell you to not eat carbs, or to not eat certain other foods.  There are drugs for sale to make you lose weight regardless of your lifestyle.  (And if those drugs do work some, they can’t be healthy for you.  I’ve seen one commercial that says a certain percentage of each pound you lose is fat; but what is the rest of it?)

Most of those plans cost money to participate in, and while they may work for a while, they don’t keep working after you get off of them.  I’ve heard that most people gain the weight back after these special “crash” diets.

I’ve found a weight loss plan that works and it actually saves you money.  Yeah, you read that right.  It costs less to follow this program than it does to eat like you are now.  I know, this may sound too good to be true, but hear me out.

By now, you’re probably wondering what the catch is.  But there’s not one.  It really is the best plan, in that you will lose weight, you will save money, and you’ll develop a healthier lifestyle.  Do you want to know what it is?

EAT LESS,

EXERCISE MORE.

What do you think about that?  🙂  There are no enrollment fees, no monthly fees to pay, no special foods to buy, no personal trainer to pay.  And it’s scientifically proven to work!  If you consume less calories than normal and burn more calories than normal, you will lose weight.  And you can make this a normal part of your lifestyle, so the results are permanent.  And by eating less, you are saving money.  So it’s a win-win situation.

Now isn’t that simple?  All it takes is some self-discipline…





the TV show Deal or No Deal

2 03 2008

I’ve seen the prime-time TV game show Deal or No Deal a couple of times now, and it’s amazing how irrational the contestants can become when facing the choice of whether to accept a deal or to play the odds again.  One thing I have against the show is that it is a lot like gambling — you are just playing the odds, depending on luck.  I’m not saying it’s wrong to play, but there’s not any talent required, other than figuring whether you should continue on or not.  Although, it may be a talent to calculate the odds, because from what I’ve seen, the contestants mostly relied on the crowd and their own emotions.

Now there are multiple chances to win one million dollars, because nobody is winning it.  In one show I saw, this woman had four chances out of 15 briefcases to get the million dollars.  The host, Howie Mandel, told her that it was almost 1 in 3 odds, but it was 26.7%, which is much closer to 1 in 4.  The other options were $25,000, $75,000, and a bunch that were less than $1,000.  The banker offered her $166,000, but she played on.  There was a 73.3% chance she would not get as much as that offer.  Yet she continued on.  Then later, the four remaining briefcases were $0.01, $5, $25,000, and $75,000.  The banker offered her $27,000, yet she turned it down.  There was only a 25% chance of her getting more than that.  And there was a 50% chance that she wouldn’t win enough to buy lunch.  Call me a conservative, but with those odds I’d take the safer route.

So it appears that the show is mostly hype and eye-candy, although you do get to see how the contestants handle the pressure, which can be amusing.  (Or it can make you want to yell at them, which I reckon is what is most entertaining about the show.)  Speaking of the eye-candy, I don’t see the need for the models to dress provocatively like they do, so I don’t plan on watching this on a regular basis.  I know, for most of secular America, it adds to it, but it’s exploiting women.  I know, they chose to do it, but I’m choosing to not watch anymore.

One more note on the show…  The contestants get so excited, just at the possibility of winning a million dollars.  I wonder how excited they’d get over something more important.  Of course winning a million dollars would be awesome — I’d be excited, too — but it’s not that important for happiness and fulfillment in life.  Also, consider how excited people should get over more important things, like someone getting saved into Christianity.  You don’t see that very often, do you?  Perhaps some people get more excited about a game show and winning a million dollars than they do about spiritual things…  Such is our culture…  Just something to think about…





a simple one-question quiz

22 01 2008

I got an e-mail that had some quiz-type questions, and I wanted to pass one along, because it makes you think.  After all, it’s good to think and search your memory, because it exercises your brain.

There are three root words in standard English that start with the letters “dw”.  They are all fairly common words that you’ve most likely heard before.  Can you name them?

Don’t post your answers in the comments, so you don’t give it away to others.  If you want the answers, just ask for them in a comment, and put your e-mail address in the form (but not in the comment text).

BTW, I thought of four, plus a name, but names don’t count, and the fourth word was slang so it didn’t count.  So it can be done.