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Opt-Out, Virgin Birth, Calf Escapes

Opt-Out

Cool news – You can opt out for 5 years of getting those stupid credit offers, pre-approved check or pre-approved insurance!! Either call 1-888-567-8688 or write Experian, Opt-Out, PO Box 919, Allen, TX 75013-0919. You need to provide home phone numbers, address, social security number and birth date. I know this is valid, as it was printed on Citibank pre-approved offer. Opt-Out today!

Virgin Birth Expected

A female Komodo dragon, Flora, should be giving birth around Dec 25th without the help of a male Komodo dragon. Flora has never mated, or even mixed, with a male dragon, and fertilized all the eggs herself, a process culminating in parthenogenesis, or virgin birth.

Lizards have been known to do this in the past, but it’s never been reported with a Komodo dragon lizard. Just to make sure Flora had no help from the male specise, DNA tests were done on 3 eggs which collapsed after being put in an incubator. So, Flora will be both the father and the mother of the little tykes when they are born. What will happend when she says to the “Wait until your mother gets home!” or “Go ask your father!” Another version of this story on NPR.


Calf Escapes

Here’s a great story of a calf named Herbie, who made a break for it on his way to the slaughterhouse. He ended up at Animal Care and Control in New York, where it was decided that his owners did not have the best intentions for him. He has been released instead to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. You can watch the delightful story on the WCBSTV website.

The reporters closing line:
“After all it is that time of year when a child born in a manger, surrounded by animals, reminded us that we are all, people and animals, unique and living creatures bound together.”

Source: Dawn Watch

Leave this Behind, Shopping Fun – the final stretch

Left Behind
Leave this video game behind.

Sadly, this world is getting rather conservative and non-accepting. So what else is new?


Walmart (which figures) and Target (I can’t believe they sell this wicked game) are selling a (pre-Nazi, holocaust simulation) game called Left Behind where Jesus comes to earth to gather all the “believers.”


To live, any non-believers get converted, otherwise they’re killed by the kids playing this video game. This is how the kids get higher scores. Non believers include Catholics, Muslims, African Americans, Jews, Protestants, and many more. If name sounds Muslin, person is most likely non-Christian and should be killed or converted. I’m sure this is the same for all other non-Christian sounding names like “Gomez” or “Schwartz.”

There are many stories about the heinous nature and offensiveness of this game.


What can be done? Make sure you don’t buy this game for your kids. Warn all parents you know of this game. Return this game if you’ve purchased it. Pass it on!


I’m beyond alarmed by this game. I’m now feeling the itch of what Jews must have felt in Nazi Germany just before Germans started exterminated 6,000,000 Jews and other non-German ethnics. The sad thing is there’s no place to go if this is happening in the liberal US, where would be a safer place to go?

Let’s hope the Democratic Congress/Senate start turning this ugly tied.


On a lighter note…

Table Topics

My friend Deb turned me on to this cool updated “Trivial Pursuit” game called Table Topics. From the CEO: I love a great conversation, but it’s not always easy to get one started, which is why I created TableTopics. I was tired of the same old cocktail party chit chat, and family dinner conversations that were limited to a re-telling of the day’s events. TableTopics questions are fun, thought provoking and guaranteed to propel your conversations to new heights. Discover something new about your family, friends…even yourself!


Next is a sampling of products I’ve run across in my reading, researching and just products I own. This list is in no way comprehensive. It’s just gadgets I think are interesting and have great qualities about them.


Video Camera

A video camera for only $199? I haven’t tried it, but dang this sure looks like a good deal!! Caveat Emptor.

Digital Camera

This Olympus Stylus 740 is my current favorite camera du jour. It’s main benefits are that it’s 7.1 megapixel, has 5 x optical zoom (rarely seen in point/shoots), 27 shooting modes (including Quicktime with sound), is splash/dust proof and has digital stabilization. Best price I’ve seen is $255.

I wouldn’t kick the Canon Powershot SD 700 IS out of my camera bag. It has all the style Canon is know for, but now includes the Image Stabilization. When compared to the Olympus, it falls short “on paper,” but I really like the look and feel of the Olympus.

Laptop

I really enjoy my Compaq Presario V3000. It has a 100 G hard drive, 1 G of RAM, Widows XP home and DVD +- Burner. I bought it for just under $700. Ebay has it for around $600-$700.

GPS

In my opinion, no one makes a better GPS then Garmin. I love the nüvi product line. I have the nüvi 350. I have no idea how I lived so long without a GPS. The nüvi 360 is the same unit with a cool bluetooth speaker phone. The nüvi 660 is a bigger unit with integrated traffic receiver and FM transmitter. I can’t recommend these units more highly. I’ve read dozens of reviews and the only consistent complaint is that the costs are higher the most. Well, the good news, is that the nüvi 350 can be had at Amazon for under $450. I paid $700 just a year ago for the exact same unit.

Another option is to get a GPS-enabled phone. My current provider, Verizon Wireless, offers VZ Navigator for $10/month. Sadly, the Treo is not supported.



Happy shopping everyone!!

Turkey/Ham Recall, MS Office 2007, Sites for Fun

Clyde and his holiday Tofurky

Honey Baked Ham/Turkey Recall


Just when you thought it was safe to bite into a Ham or Turkey purchased at the Honey-Baked chain, they are recalling almost all their holiday food – because of the danger of getting listeriosis. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Find out if the recall affects what you purchased.

Could this be another reason to go with Tofurky or an Unturky during this holiday season?

MS Office 2007

In another superb article, Anne outlines the choices and the dos and donts of trying out MS Office 2007 (not the beta – the real thing!) . If you’re a software developer or use a program that depends on MS Word or Excel (or another one of the many products that you can get under the “Office” name), you really should try out the

You can download and install a version for 2 months or you can try it online (make sure to open the online like with Internet Explorer as it won’t work with the far superior browser, FireFox.

Sites of Interest

How do you say that? Just got to Howjsaythat and it will be pronounced.

Into photo editing/making albums? Go to Photo Freeware to check out tons of programs you can download for free!

Looking for a place to eat a healthy lunch or dinner anywhere in the US? Go no further then the web at Veg Dining or Happy Cow!

Listen to non-stop web radio. I know I’ve mentioned this site in the past, I can’t get over how cool it is. With a little voting (you say whether you like/dislike a song), you get exactly the type of songs you enjoy – without commercial interruption – for free. Check Pandora out now!

Following Up on Hot Sales Leads

Organize those Business Cards

Follow Up on Valuable Leads

So, you just got back from a trade show or networking event and you have anywhere from 10 – 500 business cards, many with notes on the back of them.

You ask yourself:

What do you do? How can I follow-up easily to keep maintaining contact??

You know you need to make contact within next 24-48 hours to keep lead warm.

Here is a 4 easy step process (plus excellent offer at the end) to get you going:

1. Scan all business cards into computer (adding notes in note section)

Personal for sync with Outlook or Card program
Executive – – if you have Act!, Goldmine or want to scan cards in color.

Can’t decide – go here

2. Put all contacts in your contact management program

3. Put all your contacts into the Send Out Cards Contact Management Database.

4. Send a card to everyone you met, tonight, without going to post office, Target, Wallmart, or any other office supply store – just log on to your account and send 10 PRINTED (these are NOT ecards) greeting cards with real postage on them for about a buck.

Want to learn more? Let me show you how….

PS If you are one of the first 10 people who sign up for Send Out Cards to make sure you “touch” your leads quickly, efficiently and consistently, I will personally come to your home/office (within 30 minutes of Sunnyvale, CA) and install your business card scanner for you at no charge. If you are outside the area, I will install remotely.This offer is only good if you sign up for the service through me and are a new customer or distributor.

Free Treo 680 phone

Treo 680 = Free

As predicted in my blog via treo.net, the phone is now being offered for free to new subscribers and for $39 to current users (with new 2 year contract). If you’re thinking about getting a smart phone, this would be the one I’d recommend. The Blackjack, Motorola Q, and Blackberry Pearl are very interesting and might suit you better based on their size or the fact that you want Windows Mobile PC. For my money, I’d still go for the Treo.