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Cussing is Good For You! I KNEW IT!!!

Swearing can reduce the feeling of pain. Who knew? I KNEW!!! ;)

Scientists have discovered that uttering swear words can help to lessen the feeling of physical pain.

The study by researchers at Keele University found that volunteers were able to withstand pain for longer when they swore compared to when they used words which were not offensive.

Dr Richard Stephens, who conducted the study at the university’s school of psychology, believes it may explain why swearing is still common place in languages around the world.

He suggests that swearing could have evolved as a way of raising aggression levels and reducing the feeling of pain to allow our ancestors to flee or fight back when attacked by predators.

Remember this the next time someone says, “Well, I’m sure that was helpful…” after hearing you cuss after stubbing your toe. Then tell them, “Damn right, motherfucker!

CompuServe, I Hardly Knew Ye…

I started my electronic wandering here in the mid ‘80s with Compuserve, the first commercially successful on-line service. They finally closed their doors today.

Columbus, Ohio – The original commercially-successful online mail service, CompuServe, has been shut down by its owner, AOL.

The clunky but much-loved service debuted in 1979, offering electronic mail, technical support and moderated technical forums. In 1980, it became the first online service to offer real-time chat online with its CB Simulator. At its height in the early 1990s, the company boasted of having half a million users online simultaneously.

But after AOL bought the company in 1997, the brand was allowed to decline. The current version of the service’s client software, CompuServe for Windows NT 4.0.2, dates back to 1999.

I can’t even remember my user id, I’ve not messed with it for “decades.” Truthfully, I didn’t even know it was still around.  But I did cut my teeth on it learning my way around the precurser of the “IntarTubes!” You had to be careful, before they went to unlimited pricing, you could run up a big bill, real fast.  Using their service taught me a lot.

Goodbye, CompuServe!

Weekly Tweets for 2009-05-31

  • Back on the road, heading to SC… Had a great weekend, saw lots of people I hadn’t seen in a long time. Good times, good times… #
  • The Law is working overtime in TN, handing out tickets with both hands today. Everyone is subject to their attentions, not just big trucks. #
  • Driving under the Smokies (1 of 2) http://twitpic.com/5y392 #
  • Driving under the Smokies (2 of 2) http://twitpic.com/5y3hz #
  • @jinime Awesome synonyms: tubular, gnarly, bitchin’, sweeeeet, zomg. And of course, greeblie… ;) in reply to jinime #
  • RT @isfullofcrap: If I want to see rednecks drive in circles for 500 miles, I’ll go to a sale at a Wal Mart with a really small parking lot. in reply to isfullofcrap #
  • Feeding the ducks at a TS in SC… Then they went under my truck to hang out for a while. NOTE TO SELF: Check under truck before leaving. #
  • Truckstop Ducks – (trying to post pics, but apparently Twitpic is fubar) #
  • Southbound thru the liquid sunshine. http://twitpic.com/601rk #
  • Hiding out for the night behind a WallyWorld, picking up my freight in th am. Got some shopping done, now I can eat! #foodisnice #
  • I just farted so bad it drove me out of my truck and close to the exhaust stack, where I could get some fresh air. TMI, yeah sure… #
  • Reading Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. But I’m slowly slipping into timewarps and have been rereading a lot… Time for bed, I think… #
  • Passing thru “makin jawjuh” on my way to Texas. Unrelated: Is anyone else creeped out by my avatar? The peanut M&M in my nostril too much? #
  • @Kalli us motherfuckin amurrikun done ruint everthing, huh… ;) in reply to Kalli #
  • @deadvoter Piercing? Not a bad idea! Well, except maybe for the blocked sinus and the inevitable decomposition. Oh, and the blue dye ring ;) in reply to deadvoter #
  • @melissakeyes So far popular consensus is not good. I’ll have to change it soon. I wonder if its lost me any followers? That’d be kewl! #
  • @Kalli LOL! Imagine, if you will, the world DID revolve around the US. Then people in Australia would be flung off into space! ;) in reply to Kalli #
  • @melissakeyes Yes, I’ll have to be subtle with next pic… I know just the one! hee hee! in reply to melissakeyes #
  • RT @verwon: You have got 2 be kidding, why would you post this pic as your avatar? Not going to watch that popup in my stream all the time! #
  • RT @Sternenfee: “if you want me to follow you back, introduce yourself, make yous presence known.” I’m the one snorting M&Ms in reply to Sternenfee #

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Tea Party Video from Both Sides…

I’ve been perusing some of the Youtube videos about the Tea Party protests, from both sides. Bet you didn’t know that the Tea Parties occurring across the nation were financed by Fox News, didja? And that MSNBC is the most worthless BIASED reporting out there… or maybe you did. Does anyone watch MSNBC anymore for news? I didn’t embed them, just linked them but they are worth a peek I think.

CNN says Tea Parties are ANTI-GOV and ANTI-CNN, put on by FOX NEWS!

Fox News’ Shep Smith Responds to “Anti-CNN” Diss

Stuart Varney from Fox News must “Promote Tea Parties.”

Liberal Tea Party EPIC FAIL!

MSNBC talking head runs down “teabagging parties.” BIAS FAIL

UPDATE: I didn’t know good old Thomas Paine was still alive, but he was on Fox News and he is PISSED!

Happy 2009: Don’t Drink and Blog

I’m still at home, enjoying the hometime but ready to get back to work. I’ve run out of vacation time so this time off is all unpaid. Must do better planning next time.  If a load does not come up tomorrow, I’m pretty much stuck till Monday…

So I’m blogging and drinking beer but I really wanna drive! Sober, that is…

BTW: New Years resolution? Same as last years… 1024 by 768!

testing BloGTK

I’m getting ready to switch from Windoze to Linux. Right now I’ve been playing with the Ubuntu distribution and so far I’m digging it. I won’t be able to drop MS completely, I can’t run my GPS map program in Linux and so for I’ve not found anything in Linux to do the job of Photoshop Elements, but I’m looking.

Right now I’m using BloGTK to write this blog entry offline. I tried Drivel, another offline editor and found it a bit wanting in features. BloGTK is not WYSIWYG, but it has a preview that seems to work.

I’ll keep at it with BloGTK till I find something better. Or I get seduced back to the Dark Side

Sucker for a Meme #3

I’m even later to the party than Jay G but I thought I might play along. I’m not tagging anyone either but if this moves you to do one yourself, let me know.

100 Thing You Have Done.

  1. Started your own blog. (Back in 2001 I posted my first drivel on a blogspot blog.).
  2. Slept under the stars. (Lots of camping in my youth.)
  3. Played in a band.
  4. Visited Hawaii. (Lived there for five years, in fact.)
  5. Watched a meteor shower. (Many times, usually in the cold clear skies of winter.)
  6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
  7. Been to Disneyland. (Actually DisneyWorld twice. First time when I was in the Navy.)
  8. Climbed a mountain. (Only while driving my truck…)
  9. Held a praying mantis. (Then I lost track of him, I found him an hour later, he’d been sitting on my head the whole time!)
  10. Sang a solo. (Does Karaoke count?)
  11. Bungee jumped. (whaddayou, crazy?)
  12. Visited Paris. (Italy, Spain, Sri Lanka, Kenya, England, Scotland, but never Paris unless you mean the one in Texas.)
  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea. (While in the Navy, over the North Sea, I think.)
  14. Taught yourself an art from scratch. (Photography, I guess.)
  15. Adopted a child.
  16. Had food poisoning. (Everytime I eat at a TA truckstop…)
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty. (No, but walked to the top of the Scot Monument in Edinburgh.)
  18. Grown your own vegetables. (Ended up with TONS of tomatoes. I love tomatoes, but not that much.)
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
  20. Slept on an overnight train. (The only train I’ve EVER been one is a touristy one in Strasbourg, PA.)
  21. Had a pillow fight. (As a kid.)
  22. Hitch hiked.
  23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill. (Here’s the point where I say, No comment.)
  24. Built a snow fort. (In a cemetary in Virginia.)
  25. Held a lamb.
  26. Gone skinny dipping. (Once, with the wife.)
  27. Run a Marathon. (Not this smoker, but I did a 16 mile “Walk for the Whales” when I was a kid.)
  28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice.
  29. Seen a total eclipse. (First one was in Hawaii.)
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset. (Too many to recount, love them.)
  31. Hit a home run. (I’ve always sucked at baseball.)
  32. Been on a cruise. (If four years in the Navy and two trips halfway around the world count.)
  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.
  34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors. (Well, my ancestors are from Indiana, so I guess so…)
  35. Seen an Amish community. (Near Lancaster, PA.)
  36. Taught yourself a new language. (I’ve taken stabs at learning Spanish, to no avail.)
  37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied. (As long as a have a place to live and food to eat, I’m satisfied.)
  38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.
  39. Gone rock climbing.
  40. Seen Michelangelo’s David.
  41. Sung karaoke. (With enough booze, anything is possible…)
  42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.
  43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant.
  44. Visited Africa. (Shore leave in Mombasa, Kenya. Lovely place, really)
  45. Walked on a beach by moonlight. (Once on the East Coast watching a comet, many times in Hawaii.)
  46. Been transported in an ambulance. (Cut up my finger in the hydraulics of a school bus door as a kid.)
  47. Had your portrait painted.
  48. Gone deep sea fishing.
  49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person.
  50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (What’s all this bias toward all things french?)
  51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling. (In Haunama Bay, also in Hawaii (of course).)
  52. Kissed in the rain.
  53. Played in the mud. (Just last week… ;) )
  54. Gone to a drive-in theater. (Last one was in Memphis, TN, twenty plus years ago.)
  55. Been in a movie. (But only on Super 8.)
  56. Visited the Great Wall of China.
  57. Started a business.
  58. Taken a martial arts class.
  59. Visited Russia.
  60. Served at a soup kitchen.
  61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies. (I didn’t know I could!!)
  62. Gone whale watching.
  63. Got flowers for no reason.
  64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma. (Only once, I’m allergic to needles and chickenshit besides.)
  65. Gone sky diving. (See #11.)
  66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
  67. Bounced a check. (Not on purpose!!)
  68. Flown in a helicopter. (No but I was shot off an aircraft carrier’s catapult.)
  69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.
  70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
  71. Eaten Caviar. (Once, hated it…)
  72. Pieced a quilt.
  73. Stood in Times Square.
  74. Toured the Everglades.
  75. Been fired from a job. (Yep, and I deserved it.)
  76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London. (More shore leave fun.)
  77. Broken a bone. (Never, I drink lotsa milk…)
  78. Been on a speeding motorcycle. (Right before it tried to kill me.)
  79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.
  80. Published a book.
  81. Visited the Vatican.
  82. Bought a brand new car. (Never, in all my years, have I bought new…)
  83. Walked in Jerusalem. (But I walked in Memphis, my feet ten feet offa Beale…)
  84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
  85. Read the entire Bible.
  86. Visited the White House.
  87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating. (Fish only.)
  88. Had chickenpox. (Or so I’m told…)
  89. Saved someone’s life.
  90. Sat on a jury.
  91. Met someone famous. (Jack Lord of Hawaii 50 fame, Hairiest knuckles I’ve ever seen on a human! A few years ago saw Dawn Wells (Maryann) at a book signing in a grocery store (how the mighty have fallen).)
  92. Joined a book club. (Science Fiction Book Club, if that counts.)
  93. Lost a loved one. (too many…)
  94. Had a baby. (Now, THAT would be a trick…)
  95. Seen the Alamo in person.
  96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake. (No, but I’ve seen it in person.)
  97. Been involved in a law suit.
  98. Owned a cell phone. (A must-have in my work.)
  99. Been stung by a bee. (A few times, I’m slightly allergic, but no bad incidents, just more annoying than anything else.)
  100. Read an entire book in one day.(Lotsa. I’m a reading fool…)

State of the Blog

I read lot of blogs through Google Reader and I’m noticing a slowdown in some of my regular reads, mostly in the “personal” blogs. I’m not complaining, believe me. If I didn’t have Twitter plugged into my own blog, weeks and months could slide by without updates. Sometimes I think this site is just a placeholder for my domain name, so some other Dave Worley won’t get it. Well, its as good a reason as any.

But it does seem personal blogs are slacking. I’ve been reading some as far back as 2004, and a few of my regulars have just disappeared or become very intermittent… just like me, I guess. I really miss Cranky Chick, she always was a great read and very interactive.

Some of my “old” regulars came back from the dead. Andrea Harris has returned with “The Return of the Twisted Spinster” (dammit, ~ forgot the URL). Michele, formerly of a small victory is back with a vengence at A Big Victory and plugging away.

And while I’m plugging blogs, two others I’d like to send some link love: Og at Neanderpundit and the self-titled Rachel Lucas blog.

Dammit, batteries running low. Blogging from a cell phone is not easy, even if my phone as a QWERTY keyboard. Can you touch type with YOUR thumbs? How many keypresses do YOU need to get a “greater than” sign (mine is seven).


Misc Rants #13

The husband of convicted child killer Andrea Yates is suing to block release of crime scene videos to two TV station that requested it. Under Texas law the district attorney’s office must release them.

“The only legitimate public interest in the contents of the videotape was served when it was played for the jury at the criminal trial,” Parnham [lawyer for the husband] said in the lawsuit against Cornyn [Texas Attorney General now running for the Senate]. “To now disseminate that video for commercial, public broadcast can only serve the improper purpose of supporting sensationalism and pandering to voyeuristic interests.”

No shit! It’s unfortunate we have a bunch of fucked up people in this country who get off on pictures and videos of death and destruction. And we also have some equally fucked folks who’ll broadcast anything for ratings and the almighty dollar that comes with them. Remember the P*arl vid?

Gawd, I hate TV…

I love the NYPost headline: DOCS LOOKING UP BUSH. Find any gerbils?

Why all this hoopla and media coverage about this guy’s ass? Enough already! Yeah, so this is only the second time that a veep has become the prez for a little while:

“Ronald Reagan transferred power to Bush’s dad during his eight-hour colon-cancer surgery in July 1987 – but not in March 1987 when Reagan had the colonoscopy checkup that ultimately led to cancer surgery.”

Well, if it’s already happened before, then it’s not NEWS anymore! WHO CARES! And what is it about being president that gives you colon trouble? Hmmm…

Read the report at the Guardian on how Saddam ’staged’ fake baby funerals with the use of freezer and taxi’s. I found the story to be very detailed, factual and a little grisly. Then I found this little piece, presumably the personal opinions of the writer, John Sweeney:

“The dead babies are blamed by Saddam’s regime on cancers and birth defects which first appeared in 1991 and were, it says, caused by depleted uranium weapons. While no one should underestimate the lethality of these weapons and the stupidity of the US military machine, the claim does not make radiological sense. According to Dr Nick Plowman, head of clinical oncology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, the claim ’is ridiculous. It flies in the face of everything learnt from Hiroshima and Nagasaki.’”

I’ve never read this guy before, but I don’t like him much. As always, “unbiased” reporting from those fine folks across the pond…