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Sunday, July 31, 2005
Our Anniversary is right around the corner!

I am very sorry that the Convoginators Six Flag Trip didn't make. Nor the Convoginator's NASCAR blowout, or even the Convoginator's BoWeevil Run! The Boweevils run promised to be the best cannonball car event in the history of Fulton! So we did nothing this summer...I mean nothing! I feel terrible about it. I would suggest that we get together and visit the Watermelon Festival as a group...but then again we have all been to a carnival before, and that is all the Watermelon Festival has become. I would like to apologize to the group for not setting up a performance at the festival. I am lacking in spirit and intent these days.

Back to the anniversary. So what should we do about it? I think it would be fun and interesting to actually plan something and follow through. Therefore I hereby nominate Seashell for the position of Party Planner/Alumni Gatherings coordinator. Please vote accordingly, and lets drop this in her lap. Women handle those kind of things so well...


He scares me!

You need to know that some reporters, including this man...uh woman...uh person, Helen Thomas want to say whatever they want, write whatever they want, and never be called on the carpet about it. Well, Helen, the day you run for president, I will know that the end of this great country is right around the corner.

He looks a bit angry here!


Wednesday, July 27, 2005
I haven't seen it all.

This is quite amazing and I thought that I would pass this on to those that would find this as interesting as I did.

Blind Gamer

I have played Soul Claibur 2 which is arguably the best 3-D fighter of all times. It has an amazing amount of depth to the game. I clocked in over 100 hours on this game (it records the amount of game time that you play). It is a very complicated and hand-eye coordinatedly intense game. I can't imagine getting good at this game without seeing the action on screen.

He must slowly learn the game mechanics by the sound effects in surround sound . Games like Delta Force, UT, and Quake are pretty good games in surround. You use the positioning of sound effects to better pinpoint 'baddies.' The only thing is sound occlusion which is where most of the 'sight' that blind people use to function is just beginning to be put into games. Occlusion is when it hits walls or gets muffled by objects. Like walking in an open area and walking next to a wall; you can hear the closeness of the walls. There is no occlusion in Soul Calibur 2. The only thing that it has is left and right positioning to the characters.

This kid is amazing to have learned how to play AND beat oppenents in a genre of games that takes the most hand-eye coordination next to first person shooter (FPS's).

I found THIS from some indie developers.

Just thought that I would pass this along

Are you getting enough S.H.I.T. from your company?

Recently found this guys blog. Kind of funny post.

Well, must get back to work so I don't get stuck in D.E.E.P.S.H.I.T.

hah, later

Tuesday, July 26, 2005
NASA Returns to Space

In a heroic effort of ignoring their own safety procedures today, NASA sent Space Shuttle Discovery back to orbit. This of course marks the first return of the shuttles to space since the tragic events surrounding Coloumbia's reentry and subsequent crash which resulted from complete structural failure. When asked about the return to space, one local high school student said, "Snape Kills Dumbledoor!"

And there you have it... Snape kills dumbledoor.. or however you spell it...

Jeff C.

Monday, July 25, 2005
Stupid People are Everywhere

yeah, i know its been a while... it'll happen

i used to think that the stupidest people on earth lived in hope and primarily worked for the hope school district, but after 9 months of working in the retail business ive realized that the biggest concentration of dumb people on this planet, is well... the planet. EVERYBODY IS STUPID.

Questions I've been asked in the last week.

1. I got a phone call from a gentlemen that i had just sold a computer bundle to, and he called and said he had got it all set up and turned on, but didnt want to do anything else because he wasnt sure what to do next... he asked me what the "any key" was. I've heard of that scenario before but that was the first personal experience with it.

2. I asked a guy who was looking through the software section if he needed any help, and he replied, "yeah im looking for your DLL software".... huh, i responded. "yeah, my computer is missing the DLL and i need to buy a new one" ... sir we dont sell .dll files on cd... nobody does... your an idiot... to which he responded.... well would it be anywhere else in the store?

3. Will you come to my house?

4. How many motherboards does that thing have... (continues) mines got 2 now, but i wouldnt mind getting another.

5. Will you come to my house?

6. How many printers comes with this one?

7. The monitor isnt free?

8. Im not sure if yall have been to office depot lately but our uniforms are horrific. they look like prison shirts, hence the next question. "Do you work here?"

9. Whats the difference between a desktop and a laptop.

and my personal favorite.

this guy comes in and starts looking at the laptops, so i asked him if he needed help to which he said he didnt, but did ask if we had the laptops in stock, to which i responded yes. 30 minutes passes buy and i come back and ask him if he has any questions...."Does this one have sound".... uh yes sir.... "I'll take it".

So somewhere between the laptops being in stock, 30 minutes passing, and also having sound the gentlemen decides to buy it.

so from now on in my laptop pitch, i make sure to add that they all have "sound".


Saturday, July 23, 2005
Can you believe this?

So John Kerry urges the White House to release "in their entirety" all documents and memos from Supreme Court nominee John Roberts.
"We cannot do our duty if either Judge Roberts or the Bush administration hides elements of his professional record," said the Massachusetts senator who was his party's presidential candidate last year.

That is funny the tool formerly known as John Kerry would ask such a thing. Especially considering that he wouldn't release all of his records while he was running for president. Naturally when these Naval medical records were finally released a few months ago, come to find out that the man who called President Bush "stupid" was, in fact less intelligent. These ignorant people will do just about anything to get their way.

I don't know about you guys (and gals) but he sure does remind me of Doug Neidermeyer from the movie "Animal House."

In this picture, I think he either smells something or has gas!


Friday, July 22, 2005
Contest the Dud...

okay, so nobody cared to join in on Contest the 3rd, though I did get a nice letter from Phynerk. (I agree with the suggestions, by the way ... will do) I guess I will have to either come up with a new design all by my lonesome or go and steal someone else's design. The latter is probably what will happen ... Iss what I do.

I think it's true that the only people that read Convoginators are people connected to us as friends or friends of friends. I seem to be speaking like facebook now (which I noticed Cap'n Jeff is on now). Though eRIc may not post much, he seems to be the only one of our brotherhood and a sister to spread the message, such as at the Chicago Mac Store a while back by way of setting homepages.

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

When I joined this brotherhood last summer and made it a brotherhood and one sister (as Jeff C. so nicely made clear), I made a vow that I would remain loyal and committed to the few, the proud, the Convoginators. I must now admit that I have broken my promise. I have a secret. No, my first year at college has not made me a tree-hugging, dolphin-riding, turtle-fornicating, hemp-loving liberal (although I do recycle now). And yes, I have even kept my secret from the Cap'n. I discovered this a few months ago in the enlightening season that is Spring. I've been trying to keep it to myself, but in light of Raincheck's last post I realized that some of you might be suspecting me...

I am not a Muggle. This all came about when a notice was posted in the elevator in my dorm which read, "No Muggles Allowed." I really didn't think much of it until one day when I saw two of my fellow honors college students attempting to get on the elevator. For some reason the door wouldn't open, and I thought for sure that it must be broken. Not a second after they rounded the corner a dark-haired boy with a scar on his forehead entered the elevator with no problem. I watched over the course of a few days and noticed that many people could not get into the elevator while a few could. Not only were Muggles not allowed to enter the elevator, the were also not capable of entering. It was then that I myself entered the elevator and discovered that I am not in fact a Muggle. I suppose farsheshe is not as well. I wonder if perhaps I should be studying at Hogwarts instead of UCA. That would be an excellent reason to move to the UK.

In Muggle news today: Why do only people we know make use of the tagboard? Either our visitors are choosing not to leave comments, or no one besides blokes we know visits our blog. I'm really hoping it's the first one. If this is the case I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say we'd really like some feedback. Granted we may not respond, but that is our decision. We ask that you tell us what you think of what we have to say. And please tell us that you want to keep the green... AND THE COW!!!

When are we going to have a "meeting" at Amigo Juan? I need to convoginate... and eat queso...


Muggles and Malestorms

So, like any other devoted Harry Potter fan, I ran to Walden Books in the mall and purchased my own copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I was ecstatic to be holding the next to last book in the series knowing that it held some amazing development that would totally shake the world up but leave me happy with the ending to a small tinge. So last night, Thursday, I was reading and only had like 200 pages or so left in the phenomenal book, when that amazing crazy super storm came barreling in. So I was curled up on my bed, book in one hand and box of bon-bons in the other when sudden thunder clap and flash of lighting there was not electricity in my house, none what so ever. I, being a mere muggle, totally lost it and flipped out. I began trying every electrical device in my vicinity. Then I did what every other good knowledgeable teenager does when faced with a crisis like this, I screamed to my mother to do something becauseHarry was facing off with the EVILS of Lord Voldermot. Of course her reply was a non-committal what do you want me to do about it? so I had to sit and wait in my room for the lights to come back on. I will now take on the platform of the dude who does the Armchair of Rage on Conan OBrian. All I am trying to say is that Hope Water and Light must have many more patrol and service vehicles out on the road during a storm when they know there are things out in the public like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Thank you.

Umm...Yeah that will do...

Thursday, July 21, 2005
Oh Dear...

I don't think Kyle knows whom Phynerk is and may have taken the last post by Phynerk "the wrong way." You see, Phynerk has raised his children, paid his taxes and done his time. He has programmed more systems than most of us and learned languages that are now only used by archaic water maintenance systems somewhere in the backwaters of our nation. He is currently learning languages so that he can make sure and keep water pressure, steam, etc...(The good Lord only knows) running smoothly for the needy masses. I believe that his reference to e-cobwebs and lunchtime plans for arachnids is directed at the inactivity in his current predicament, outside of work.

As for getting off his ass and contributing, well, I for one can tell you that the man (Phynerk) has contributed greatly to everything he has been involved with. He has voted in more elections, prayed for more troops and witnessed more politics than any other member on this forum. So I think that any statement he wishes to make is collectively understood as valid and based on more instinct, understanding and "life" than any of us can produce at this moment. I personally have grown tremendously from just knowing the gentleman and will respect his views out of sheer admiration for his character.

Please do not take this as a "scolding." I truly believe that Kyle must have thought that "Phynerk" must have been a recent high school graduate or current collegiate intellectual. I know how he HATES it when they get whinny. So all that said, if he did mean it, then oh well, that's Kyle...and he really doesn't care..and hey, that's why we love him!

peace and love (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!),


Wow! what an inspiring message you shared. . .

Well, after a very busy last few days and a great vacation last week I thought I would check the old convoginators to see what was shakin. After reading through Phynerk's post I have to say I'm sorry you have to 'live in this stupid place now' as well.

It's funny that someone that who sits in their office and watches a spider eat another dead bug could complain about the current world around us. I mean come on, it's clear you are doing everything within your ability to improve things. If you sense sarcasm here Good, it is intended.

Basically I find your dismal view on the world around us leaning toward grossly pathetic. For one, if you don't like sitting on your ass and doing nothing guess what, that's a real easy thing to solve. I've learned most the skills I know while working other jobs that were not related to what I was learning while on the job. Second, if you don't like the current world around you than get off your ass and contribute in doing something about it. I'm not sure, but it sounds like your schedule may be free.

Now, all that said. Sorry if this offends anyone, but those of you that know me know me well enough to know that I really don't care if I did. hah

Somebody's got to try something

Jeff C's last post as well as my own 'sigh' when I opened the website today to find the e-cobwebs on it prompted me to assume the responsibility of adding a post of my own. So here I stare at this blinking cursor wondering what I can possibly say to entertain, encourage, or in any remote way add to someone's day. You see, after almost five weeks of literally sitting all day staring out the window hoping for work does not lend itself to witty or interesting print. I did, however, get to see a spider the other day eat a dried up bug under one of the chairs in my office.
Let's see… I think it's a shame that we have not been graced by the eRIc's wit in sometime. I'm also sorry to see how quickly his bicycle-riding days ended. That in itself would have been great fodder for blogs for a long time to come.
Let's see… I just got back from the airport to see our pastor and his wife back from a two week mission trip to Brazil.
Let's see… All I guess I can say is that I'm glad my hope is built on something eternal and not on the evil and insanity I see each day around me ( more bombs in London ). I never thought I would say this, but instead of saying something like " I feel sorry for my grandchildren to grow up in the world that's waiting for them", I'm saying " I'm sorry for me living in this stupid place now!!!"
Let's see… it's clear this is going no where. I've come to realize that a true post is one that is not "forced" but comes from deep inspiration. ( unlike all mine in the past ).


Monday, July 18, 2005
Once again...

I soldier on as the individual who almost single-handedly keeps this place running while manteca leaves town. Honestly, are you people that busy that you can't contribute to the brotherhood (and one sister) but I won't call her that, because that would seem kind of creepy given the circumstances. Did I mention she's a hottie? Anyway, I digress, which, digressing once again is probably one of the things I'm better at. That, and comma splices, of course. High School English teachers from 11th and 12th grade (all three of them) would probably vote to have me drawn and quartered. The 9th and 10th grade teachers probably wouldn't even remember what a comma splice is, so I'm safe from their wrath. Which is fine by me, because one of the finer points of getting out of school is that it is much more rare to find somebody willing to gripe at you about your grammar. And lo and behold, I start thinking about returning for an advanced degree... I guess something is wrong with me. I couldn't just be happy to sit down and let an airplane fly me all over God's green Earth, I for some reason find it necessary to prove to myself and others that I am indeed capable of working for a living. Maybe it's just a little voice in the back of my head telling me that one day pilots will be obsolete (God forbid), and given my diet I really should consider alternatives to a career which seems to be left up to companies that could probably be managed better by a panel of ordinary people. Now wouldn't that make a good reality TV show. Airline Amatures. It would probably not hemorage cash quite as fast as certain airlines run by "professionals."

Once again, my post has completely run amok and I have no idea how to restrain it and shepard it back towards the greener pastures of Reason. I guess I could go on to wish A Wolf a happy birthday, and what a strange coincidence it was that you and your posse happened to sit right in front of Seashell and myself at the movie theatre. Speaking of the movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory had me giggling like a little school girl. Maybe it was Johnny Depp's interpretation of a character that I once thought belonged soley to Gene Wiider, maybe it was the twisted mind or Tim Burton, or maybe it was the fact that I am still amused by squirrels. Of course the image of the Oompa Loompas beating the cow, or the pink sheep that Willy Wonka refused to discuss also elicited humorous reactions on my part. I guess I'm just a sucker for barnyard animals. Just ask Chelsea about my cow pictures...

So get on with the posting, people... given the quality of my average post, I shouldn't be forced to carry this place on my own.

Jeff C.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005
My Mullah Went To G'itmo, and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

I can't wait to get paid, so I can order my very own "Club G'itmo" T-shirt from none other than the Godfather Convoginator himself. Once again, I find myself in the position to listen to the ever pithy and entertaining Rush Limbaugh Show (920 AM @ 11:00 here in the town known as Small Stone) Though I am disheartened at the lack of joke commercials, the content of the show is every bit as entertaining as I remember it many years ago. Anyways, enough plugging on my part, I should send EIB a bill for the electrons that I graciously bestowed upon them... I won't get paid.

Check out the gallerys of people wearing their G'itmo Gear. I've long thought that we should have a gallery of people wearing our stuff, so maybe others might buy it... and we could afford a "Back To School Bonanza" Queso courtesy of Friend Juan and his fine eatery. I'm willing to chip in for the Queso... if that's what it takes. Ok, where's my T-Shirt...

Jeff C.

Yeah, I'm still here...

I just haven't had enough time to get my oil changed in my car... much less post. I don't feel too bad, because once again I'm using eRIc as a measuring stick, and we all understand the ramficiations of that. I'm hoping to return to a more regular schedule of posting in the near future, but that will be entirely based upon how much I seem to care at a given moment... I guess I need some cyber bran or something...

There you have it...

Jeff C.

Hey, Matthew ! I can post long too!

One of the guys in our office ( Mr. Boots) who is a Convoginator "subscriber" offered this to me.
I thought you might all like to read it seeing as it has "CONVOGINATION" written all over it.


Things that make you think a little:

There were 39 combat related killings in Iraq in January.
In the fair city of Detroit there were 35 murders in the
month of January.That's just one American city,
about as deadly as the entire war-torn country of Iraq.

When some claim that President Bush shouldn't
have started this war, state the following:

a. FDR led us into World War II.

b. Germany never attacked us; Japan did.
From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost .
an average of 112,500 per year.

c. Truman finished that war and started one in Korea.
North Korea never attacked us.
From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost ...
an average of 18,334 per year.

d John F. Kennedy started the Vietnam conflict in 1962.
Vietnam never attacked us.

e. Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire.
From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost .
an average of 5,800 per year.

f. Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent.
Bosnia never attacked us.
He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three
times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on
multiple occasions.

g. In the years since terrorists attacked us , President Bush
has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled
al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran, and North
Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who
slaughtered 300,000 of his own people.

The Democrats are complaining
about how long the war is taking.
But .
It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno
to take the Branch Davidian compound.
That was a 51-day operation.

We've been looking for evidence for chemical weapons
in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton to find
the Rose Law Firm billing records.

It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the
Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard
than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police after his
Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick

It took less time to take Iraq than it took
to count the votes in Florida!!!!

Our Commander-In-Chief is doing a GREAT JOB!
The Military morale is high!

The biased media hopes we are too ignorant
to realize the facts

But Wait there's more!

Mon, 26 Jan 2004 11:13

Some people still don't understand why military personnel
do what they do for a living. This exchange between
Senators John Glenn and Senator Howard Metzenbaum
is worth reading. Not only is it a pretty impressive
impromptu speech, but it's also a good example of one
man's explanation of why men and women in the armed
services do what they do for a living.

This IS a typical, though sad, example of what
some who have never served think of the military.

Senator Metzenbaum (speaking to Senator Glenn):
"How can you run for Senate
when you've never held a real job?"

Senator Glenn (D-Ohio):
"I served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps.
I served through two wars. I flew 149 missions.
My plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire on 12 different
occasions. I was in the space program. It wasn't my
checkbook, Howard; it was my life on the line. It was
not a nine-to-five job, where I took time off to take the
daily cash receipts to the bank."

"I ask you to go with me .. as I went the other day...
to a veteran's hospital and look those men ..
with their mangled bodies .. in the eye, and tell THEM
they didn't hold a job!

You go with me to the Space Program at NASA
and go, as I have gone, to the widows and Orphans
of Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee...
and you look those kids in the eye and tell them
that their DADS didn't hold a job.

You go with me on Memorial Day and you stand in
Arlington National Cemetery, where I have more friends
buried than I'd like to remember, and you watch
those waving flags

You stand there, and you think about this nation,
and you tell ME that those people didn't have a job?

What about you?"

For those who don't remember ..
During W.W.II, Howard Metzenbaum was an attorney
representing the Communist Party in the USA.

Now he's a Senator!

If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you are reading it in

English thank a Veteran.

It might not be a bad idea to keep this circulating.


Vacation Blog Part I

I told you I would blog whilst on this vacation. it goes.

After a nice start on Monday morning, we reached the Ozark mountains in record time. I, as usual, was driving like a true, law abiding citizen. We reached the Tyler Bend (Buffalo National Park) visitor's center around 11:30 a.m. After visiting with ranger Rick and viewing the interesting assortment of stuffed wildlife within the air conditioned center, we decided to make the 1.3 mile hike to the river overlook. This would not normally be a problem, except normally I wouldn't have a 5 and 9 year old along. These two girls, coupled with the fact that I am ridiculously overweight and out of shape, made the hike almost unbearable. Okay, the fact that I am ridiculously overweight made the hike almost unbearable! Oh yeah, and there were SPIDERS! Spiders hanging like invisible death ninjas from every freakin' tree. Guess who gets to lead...yeah, me. So picture me on a narrow winding path along side a mountain, swinging my arms in the air and screamin "they are in my hair...I think it was a black widow...ahhhh! Kim get it that one on my back...THAT IS a brown recluse!"

Once I had procured a stick to use as a sword to slice through thel arachnid's traps, I then felt prepared to carry on. Nevermind the gnawing thought of snakes, bears and wild squirrels. After what seemed like 3 hours (11:47 a.m.), we reached the river overlook and took some nice pictures. Then...we had to walk back...ahhhhh! Luckily there was a neat old homestead on the trail back. This provided about 22 seconds of relief and entertainment as my chest heaved like I was sucking liquid oxygen through a swizzle stick. I included a picture...of the homestead...not me sucking liquid oxygen through a swizzle stick.

I am now in Branson (don't is a long story). Tomorrow I get to see Shoji Tabuchi (a favorite of eRics) and the Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede (yeah, ponder that one a moment). I also get to see the 50's at the Hop show on Wednesday (many a JazzCat will remember that one).

Here are a few pictures from my "hike" (much more like the Bataan Death March for me).


Monday, July 11, 2005
The Wonders of Idiocy


I am off on vacation for 5 days. Don't look for me! I will be in the land of AARP tours and country music stars you have never heard of. I will attempt to blog whilst there...

If it is an emergency, email me and I will reply. Thanks to the ongoing expansion of technology, even the "boonies" has internet access now.


Thursday, July 07, 2005

The time is now...

I'm blogging from my handheld so this will be short.

First, what happened in London is a terrible tragedy. The terrorist have attempted to disrupt the G8 conference, and failed.

Second, the Mayor of London had it right on with his comments today. Please view the video at It is well worth the download!

ok, enough for now!


Wednesday, July 06, 2005

I had to share this...

The ugliest dog in the world...officially!

New Car = A New Noose Around My Neck

So yeah, I got a new car. A 2000 Honda Accord LX V6 Coupe. It is super awesome and I bet as close to a sports car as I will ever get. I am totally excited, but also it has added one responsobility to me that I had not counted on. Payments. I am not whineing, I just thought that since i have my school paid for through tireless efforts of academic achivements and grants and such, that it wouldn't be a problem. But it is and so the worlds turns, but hey who cares cause my car looks wicked sweet and all the ladies think i am pretty fly for a blading chubby late teenage white guy.

here is a preview for all who have not seen its greatness

Umm...yeah that will do

Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Live8, G8, V8, ain't it GREAT?!?

You know, I don't know how I feel about this one. I am always behind a concert that would have Sting involved, however, this one is leaving a weird after taste. All that I am seeing is who was there, what fun they were having, how well the thing was catered, and how many times Madonna and the others got to use profanity. Maybe I am being a bit stuck up? I'm not sure how this will draw attention to the thousands dying in Africa each day?

I am all for forgiving the debt of these countries. Some 600 billion dollars over the past 40 years... I think Pres. Bush should go the G8 and do just that...forgive the debt. AND THEN...let them know that we will not be giving anymore aid. I mean come on, forgive $600,000,000,000! I think that is a SUPER gesture. Although, President Bush's current stance on AIDS in Africa is historic, some still think it is not enough.

Bono said: "You know, you get the eight most powerful men in the world meeting someplace - in this case, on a golf course in Gleneagles, Scotland - and people wonder what will come out of it?
"Is it just a talking shop? Or, in this case, is there a chance for history?"
One key would be to convince the United States to be more generous with its aid, he said.
"The most important and toughest nut is still President Bush.
"He feels he's already doubled and tripled aid to Africa, which he has. But he started from far too low a place."

WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT? PLEASE take a look at this! I think you will find that we sure are doing a lot for the poor of the world. I wonder what this amount would do for creating jobs in this country? I think Rush has it right when he points out that new roads, clean water and school buildings alone do not defeat poverty. Jobs defeat poverty. You know how bad our economy is here! I barely had enough to buy my new Xbox game. I wonder what it's like to have to make a decision between a cup of rice for your malnourished child and the new Vin Diesel DVD "The Pacifier?"

OK...enough back to the comedy. Yes, the East River empties into my pond. "Hey, it's what we do..."


Anybody recognize this guy ?

Friday, July 01, 2005
Three Cheers for Major Mike!

Those of you who have not had the opportunity to read the recent ariticle in the Hope Star about our very own Major Mike, I reccomend that you surf on over (or find a paper) and check it out. All too often we're forced to hear about this war from so called "experts" who just really want their fifteen minutes of fame as a talking head. It's refreshing to hear about it from an individual who can give you a first hand account, and is not just towing the party line. It's important to remember that if it weren't for individuals like Major Mike, we wouldn't be having our cookouts this Monday, July 4th. In the comparitively brief history of our great nation, there have always been individuals who were willing to answer the injustices visited upon the world by others. From the minutemen of our Revolutionary War, to the modern day firefighters, police officers, businessmen, doctors, teachers, and band directors that make up our National Guard, we have always been blessed with people who would VOLUNTEER to answer the call of a greatful nation.

Think about the men and women who are unable to be with their families this Fourth of July, say a prayer for them and their safety, and Thank God that He gave these people the courage and conviction to do what they do. Not only for us, think about the Iraqi's that voted for the first time in their lives. One day they'll have their own Independance Day, thanks in part to some of my former teachers. Have a happy Fourth Major Mike, and you too, Mr. K!

Jeff C.

P.S. Mike, I think I still owe you an airplane ride...

Google Videos

Didn't know if anyone saw this or not. It went under the radar at least for me.


You can also upload videos and participate in the beta. I don't really understand it, but it seems neat. You can type in "Teen Violence" and find videos that are related to it.It is not very inclusive and the google video player which is essentially VideoLan Player has awful sound quality. I am sure they are working on the codecs.

Billy Corgan show

So yesterday I managed to pick up 2 tickets to the sold out Billy Corgan show at Avalon in Boston. A guy at a conference I'm at basically gave them to me. I had to give him something for them and he said 20 bucks would be cool. Face value was $35 so not too shabby.

I'm going to try to get my Rock Show blog updated with a full review plus pictures and short videos. But I wanted to share a few here because this was probably the coolest show I've ever been too, at least visually.

If you look at the pictures the wall behind the band is made up of LCD squares that mostly just changed colors, but at times is was more fluent pattern movement. Very cool. Check my blog in a few days for more pictures.

My questions for you guys is what the hell are the 2 people playing behind and to the left of Billy?? I thought they were just keyboards but I'm really not sure.


A bucket of water was not needed...

I was going to have a song playing, but I couldn't decide between "Hit the road Jack," or "Ding, Dong the witch is dead."

She is GONE!

It's like second-hand smoke

Something happened to me a few weeks ago that was so embarrassing that it's taken this long before I felt I was able to 'let it out' to my Convoginator family. Seems a few weeks ago I had to go to Dallas with three other guys to a software class. On the first day at the lunch break we all bolted out to get some grub. You'll just have to believe me on this but the particular place in town we were at had no places whatsoever where a person could eat. After driving for a long time and fearing we would not have enough time to eat and make it back on time….we saw "It" . It was a small café. It looked like the type you could get a good 'blue plate special' from. So we went in. That's when we all realized we had made a big mistake. First, we noticed we were the ONLY men in there except for one. Second, we found out the name of the place was "Mary's Tea Room." Third, the other man I mentioned was our waiter whose name was Duane. I knew something was really wrong when Duane pranced up to our table and asked us "boys" if we were hungry. The problems only got worse as we found the only things on the menu were different varieties of quiches. That's not food….it's gay! Anyway, we all ordered soup and sandwiches from Duane and hoped this would not take much longer as the stares from all those ladies were beginning to wear on us. Now let me tell you just a little about 'ole Duane. Had you dressed him in purple and white he would have become a living pansy. My thoughts went out to Duane though. What was it that had turned him into a wo-man ? He could have been a manly man as a coach at one time or maybe a band teacher or what about a computer tech. Heck, he could have even been a really macho guy as an infantryman from Bravo company, but no, here Duane was prancing around in "Mary's Tea Room". I can only guess there was a day Duane needed work. There was an ad " Help wanted Waiter needed". He took the job and instantly became immersed in girl-i-ness all day. Day in, day out being exposed to giggles, hairspray, makeup, Oh Gawd's, and gossip slowly but surely took it's toll. It dawned on me as I began to inhale my soup and sandwich that Duane was the victim of second-hand femininity. What was worse I realized that every minute I stayed there I also was being effected by this cancer. I had to do something and do it quickly. I swallowed the remainder of my sandwich whole, chugged the rest of the soup, paid my bill and ran for the car waiting for my companions. Hoping it was not too late for all of us. I think I made it out Ok there doesn't seem to have been any residual effect upon me by the second-hand femininity. I'm just glad it's all behind me. Well, I'm going to stop at CATO on the way home tonight. I saw a pair of shoes to die for Oh Gawd !

Tootles !


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