Tuesday Newsday… and UrbanDaddy original
News items that peaked the interest of UrbanDaddy on a Tuesday;
1. Remberence Day – We have a lot to be thankful for! Hug a veteran today, not just of WWI or WWII but any military action.
2. Mats Sundin sells Toronto Home – Renovated mansion sells for $5.7 million after months on market – He bought it for $1.7 million, renovated it, listed it at $6.5 million, then sold it for $5.7. This pretty much confirms that he is leaving Leafs and when he returns to play hockey, it will be somewhere else. This pisses me off because if he no intention of playing for the Leafs why didn’t he allow the team to trade him last season for players and prospects and help the team out. Him, McCabe, Tucker… Fuckers!
3. Lesbians attacked outside school – 43 year old man charged with assault, but the woman say it’s a hate crime… Fucking right it is! He was yelling words like, “dyke” then that does it for me. I challenge the courts to have the balls to put this waste of human life behind bars. What kind of a low-life scum would hit a woman, in front of a bunch of kids including hers. People like this are dangerous to everyone. He needs a special place to live for a while to learn how to control himself… Maybe being locked in a cell with a 350 pound convict named “Bubba” would send a message. Asshole.
4. RIP The Mars Lander – NASA’s Mars Lander is dead. It just stopped sending back information and responding. In the five-plus months it spent alive at its landing site (which believe it or not was on the planet Mars) , the spacecraft dug up samples of Martian dirt and subsurface water ice and analyzed them for signs of the planet’s past potential habitability.
Yesterday NASA announced that the mission whose final cost was (only) about $475 million, was effectively over. Dwindling sunlight (caused by the transition from summer to fall at Phoenix’s location, which is roughly equivalent to northern Alaska on Earth) and light-obscuring dust in the atmosphere finally pushed Phoenix below its power threshold on Nov. 2.
So let me get this straight. It’s not like the craft stopped working because at $475 million and that cheap Chinese labour the damn thing fell apart, but it looks like the power source – sunlight in Phoenix – caused this beast to become part of the planet. I don’t get it. $475 million. That would pay for a lot of socialized medicine or go a long way towards taking guns off the streets or educating, er, half the US population who think football and cheerleading are, like, totally awesome. Like gag me with a spoon… But seriously… How does one react to this? You’re NASA. You’re watching this mars lander driving around, looking at soil, ice, and other stuff when all of a sudden it just stops. Are you angry? Furious? Sad? What would that emotion be? I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when that happened.
5. Google adds video and voice chat to Gmail – Google Inc added a voice and video chat feature to its Gmail email service on Tuesday, launching a free Web-based service that competes with the likes of eBay’s Skype.
Gmail and Google App subscribers can now choose to speak with friends on a video screen and simultaneously instant message them in a Google Chat box. – What I liked about the internet is what I’m starting to not like about the internet. I liked that I could get up and turn on my computer, surf the net and play around. Now?!? I have to get washed, shower, get dressed and make sure that I’m in a jovial mood so that anyone in my contact list can come see me if they’re bored. Come to think of it… That could be a good thing too. Hmmmmmm.
Running udate: I ran last night – 35 minutes – didn’t have to pull up my sagging track pants this time. Went all spandex. I really need to get to the running room again… I think I wore out my shoes too… Damn.
I have been trying to cut back on the free coffee drinks that they offer here at my new gig. Instead I have had the pleasure of drinking green tea with ginseng, corn tea and green tea with brown rice. OMG, I could drink tea all day! Who needs coffee?!?
Warm fuzzy thought of the day: “Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another’s personhood.” Karen Casey