Sunday, December 31, 2006

A new title available on!

A little inside joke for my extended family, as I am known as Mujibar the "tech support" guy.

Make your own "For Dummies" cover here.

Which Superhero are you?

Your results:
You are Spider-Man

Green Lantern
The Flash
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.

Click here to take the "Which Superhero am I?" quiz...

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

A leaf alone

Isn't it interesting that when I look at this picture, my mind tells me that the sun hurts my eyes and I squint?!

Does it happen to you?

Christmas in Pennsylvania (and NJ)

All Christmas photos are here.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Photo Friday: Weather

I couldn't decide which shot to post, so YOU get two. I know - I look out for you.

Posted for Photo Friday contest: Weather.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Who says trees don't bleed?

We made our annual trek to Beck's Christmas Tree Farm in Stone Church, PA yesterday. Album here.

Bath time is lots of fun!

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Villa Milagro Vineyard

A client and friend, Steve Gambino and his wife Audrey, announced the release of their 2005 wines. These are the first grapes to make it in the bottle ever from their brand-new vineyard in Finesville, NJ.

Rosie's - $12.99 a bottle
Carlo's Red - $13.99 a bottle
Luz - $17.99 a bottle
Mostly - $18.99 a bottle
Noche - $19.99 a bottle

For more information, contact Steve Gambino. Or visit their website (currently under construction) at

Beth's 40th Birthday!!!

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

James Kim: Father, Husband, Hero

Eleven days ago, a family traveling from Oregon on the way home to San Francisco went missing.  After an intense 9 day search, their vehicle is located on a snow-covered back road that they took a wrong turn onto.  Only the wife and two small girls aged 4 years and 7 months were present.  The wife/mother fed the kids all the food they had and then had to breast feed both children to keep them alive.  She did this in overnight temperatures of 20 degrees for 9 days and nights.

James Kim, the husband and father left on Saturday morning for help telling his wife he will return in a few hours if he can't find help  Today, on the eleventh day, his body was found "a long distance" away from the car by SWAT team members who were lowered from a helicopter.  There were literally 100s of rescuers out there, living on adrenaline in hopes to find him alive - they must feel horrible today.

I really feel a connection to James and his family.  First, I have watched him on CNET, secondly he has two little girls. I have been hoping he would be found alive, but I guess it wasn't meant to be.  I can totally see myself in what he did.  If I was in that situation, I would have done the exact same thing James did - he had to go for help - he had no way of knowing how long it would be until someone came.  He had to do whatever it took so his children and wife could live on. 

I guess that's my true definition of a father and husband and a hero.  Godspeed, James.  You died knowing that you did everything in your power to get help for your family, and they will know it forever.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

When the moon hits your eyes....

... well the moon is white, isn't it? God, why do you have to be so critical? You don't respect me for my creativity anymore do you? When we first started dating - it was the #1 thing you loved about me.... never mind. Posted for contest.

Taken tonight from my driveway... hope you enjoy it.

Image data:
Olympus E-500
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ISO 100

Downey Woodpecker in a Black Walnut Tree

This female Downey Woodpecker and her family visited us today.

The Black Walnut tree across the street seems to be home to many birds and animals alike. I spotted some Nuthatches here too today. Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 20, 2006

Charles Wadsworth

"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong."... 

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Death of a Green Beret

Before he died in Iraq, 'Toz' had an order for his Green Berets: Attend my Arlington burial, then take this $100,000 for a party in Las Vegas.

"If you are getting this e-mail, it means that I have passed away," the missive said. "No, it's not a sick Toz joke, but a letter I wanted to write in case this happened." the rest here, it's a great story.

I guess this is a good a time as any to make my wishes public when I die. I feel very strongly that the funeral and gatherings should be a celebration of life. I want everyone to get up and tell a funny story about something that happend with us, make everyone laugh and help them remember the good times.

If you can't think of a funny story - you don't know me well enough!!

See you in 80 years at the funeral.

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Cut it out!

In 1994 a group of doctors at Chenglepattu Medical College Hospital, India lost a pair of 7 inch long scissors while removing a tumor from a 33 year old woman. The doctors must frequently lose medical instruments, because they didn't seem to notice the missing tools. When Ms. Sigamani began complaining about abdominal pain after the procedure, the doctors figured that it was probably just run of the mill post-surgery blues and suggested she take pain killers.

Twelve years later the independent investigators believe they may have solved the mystery of the phantom pain and the lost scissors when they suggested that Sigamani have an X-ray.

The hospital denies having any medical records pertaining to the now-12 year old surgery, and has not asked for the scissors back.

via wired

Wednesday, November 8, 2006


So, I'm getting Paige ready for bed tonight when she decides (like every night) that she has to pee, NOW. She wanders off to the bathroom naked and sits on the "big girl potty"

"Daddy, I don't need the Dora seat anymore, because I just hold on now - like at school."

She finishes peeing, and leans down to pull up her pants which aren't there.

She looks up at me and giggles "I'm having a rough day."

Sunday, November 5, 2006


Kidney Cancer

My sister goes in tomorrow for surgery to take out a cancerous tumor from her kidney. The doctor isn't sure if he will be able to just take a small piece of it or will need to remove the entire organ. Keep her in your prayers for tomorrow.

She was in great spirits when we visited today and gave me this bracelet to wear in support of the Kidney Cancer Association. Posted by Picasa

My ladies

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This is a Goldfinch. This is a tree in my office. This is a Goldfinch in the tree in my office.

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At least our priorities are in order

HP Ink costs more then Human Blood.

Via Gizmodo

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Exxon Reports an $80,000 profit every second

Yes, ExxonMobile earned over $10,490,000,000 in profit last quarter.

That's $806,923,077 per week
That's $115,274,725 per day
That's $4,803,114 per hour
That's $80,052 per second


They are whores. They should be returning this to the consumer at the pump, not pocketing it. Listen, I am a business man - and everyone deserves a profit - but at what cost? At whose cost?

Give some back, Exxon - show that you care about the people, even if it's just a little.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Kissing test: Would you be willing to do this?

Looking for a little something different for that Jack-o-lantern this year?

The Pumpkin Glow web site offers a couple dozen non-traditional pumpkin-carving patterns.

Download a PDF of a cartoon, comedian, celebrity or patriotic carving patterns to make your jack-o-lantern stand out from the crowd (Jay Leno pictured). Some of these patterns require a bit more carving skill than others, but the expertise level is conveniently noted inside the PDF. Got any pumpkin carving tips for those of us who are all thumbs? Post 'em up in the comments. — Gina Trapani

Patterns [ via lifehacker]

Thursday, October 26, 2006

I am the proud new owner of new digital SLR camera

Since my FujiFilm digital passed away last weekend, I took a trip to the camera store and got myself a brandy new Olympus EVOLT E-500, I got one heck of a deal and I am so excited about the quality of the pictures. Click on the link below or the photo to see an album taken by the new machine.

From New Camera an...

Visiting Walt at UNC

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Kaitlyn loved her cousin Jackie

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Mom and Dad, 50 something years of marital bliss

Reminds me of something Lou Holtz says: The key to true happiness is a bad memory.

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Uncle Joel, Uncle Joel, Uncle Joel!

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