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By: ricderr, 9:27 PM GMT on December 09, 2013
There's been a lot of talk lately about government intrusion into our lives such as the NSA, but this latest article leaves me befuddled.
Leak: Government spies snooped in 'Warcraft,' other games
Doug Gross, CNN
(CNN) -- Spies with surveillance agencies in the United States and United Kingdom may have spent time undercover as orcs and blood elves, infiltrating video games like "World of Warcraft" in a hunt for terrorists "hiding in plain sight" online.
That's the finding of the most recent round of documents released by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to British newspaper The Guardian.
Agents from the CIA, FBI and Pentagon and England's Government Communications Headquarters infiltrated WoW and virtual world "Second Life," as well as collecting information on the Xbox Live gaming network, according to the documents.
A 2008 NSA memo called online gaming a "target-rich communications network" where terrorists could communicate "in plain sight."
Are we sure they just didn't want to play video games on the company dime? I don't know but it leads to the QOD:
has government crossed the line into just snooping or is it fine as they are looking out for the welfare of the populace?
By: ricderr, 6:47 PM GMT on December 05, 2013
So i got another 5 minute slap on the wrist ban this morning. I was answering a query from a young blogger and I called him Bubba. Now, I'm not complaining, nor am I whining as I was trying to be funny and Bubba around our house is a term of endearment. I call all the kids and I mean all mine, Jessica's and my own, nine in all, even little Hopie, Bubba. I personally would never think anything bad about it but I guess in the good Doc's blog it has come to have bad connotations, but it does make for a good QOD;
What term of endearment do you use for a loved one that others might think is bad?
By: ricderr, 2:55 PM GMT on December 05, 2013
"When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people are going to be disappointed they are not it."
Did you know, the combined weight of all ants in the world is heavier than the combined weight of all humans
Top 10 Worst Movies of 2013
By Mary Pols
10. The Hangover Part III
9. Oz the Great and Powerful
8. The Counselor
7. The Big Wedding
6. Only God Forgives
4. After Earth
3. The Host
1. Grown Ups 2
The Question of the Day:
Did you see any of these top ten worst movies and what is the worst movie you've seen ever?
By: ricderr, 4:18 PM GMT on December 04, 2013
I've come to realize I piss off old ladies, oh well, they'll get over it or die soon anyways :-)
You're not really free until you're free from trying to please everybody.
I liked both of those so I thought I would share this morning.
On the economic front front new housing sales surged at levels not seen in three decades. Maybe, just maybe we're seeing money free up in this country. Here in El Paso, there's a new community of tract homes, custom homes, condo's and buildings that have a business ground floor with the owners residence above. We keep talking about checking out the last choice, but haven't yet and I'm not sure I'll ever get jessica out of the home we're in now but it leads to the QOD:
Would you move and if so where would you go?
Updated: 4:45 PM GMT on December 04, 2013
By: ricderr, 7:06 PM GMT on December 03, 2013
Science Explains Strange Koala Sex Spam
41 minutes ago
“Koala bellows have a pitch about 20 times lower than they should be given the animals' size . . . For male koalas, this adaptation is essential to their love lives: A deep voice is attractive to female koalas choosing a mate .
Yes folks, we have money and time to find out that Koala women like their men with deep voices. Did they interview these women, how in the heck did they discover it and who in the heck cares? Ok, I guess I must have cared a bit as I read the whole article, because I really want to know:
Do women want a man with a deep voice?
Come on now, do you even care what her voice is like?
LOL, enjoy folks.
By: ricderr, 4:19 PM GMT on December 02, 2013
I read a news article this morning on personal pet peeves about flying. Crying babies, stinking seat mates, gabby people seemed to top the list and one that surprised me, the person who pulls at your seat from behind you as they try to get up. I know what bothers me the most is being confined in a tin can and having to listen to the engine noise hours on end I can't tell you how nice it is to get out of the plane and finally enjoy a little quiet.
I wonder if it's a getting old thing but travelling all together is not as much fun as it used to be. Maybe it's that I live in El Paso and any decent sized city is hours away and the scenery, well, there is no scenery, stinks. I like to drive, but please don't put me in the passenger seat and ask me to sit still for hour upon hour of driving. Not to mention that I'd be bored but I'm also the type of passenger that puts my foot on the imaginary passenger brake, ducks when I think you're going to hit something and offers free driving skills tips. yep, just smack me.
Oh and yes, I will be driving this holiday season and I will be flying soon and I will do my best to be the wonderful car guest but there's no promises and it leads to the QOD:
Do you enjoy travelling?
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