My Dad…

Posted on January 23rd, 2007 at 3:33 pm by gregh.

My dad passed away a a few Saturdays ago. We had the funeral last weekend. His passing was expected, and came peacefully at home. The pastors that preformed the ceremony asked us to write a down a few of our fond memories of him. I’ve decided to share them here.
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Life goes on…(is that a TV sitcom or something?)

Posted on January 22nd, 2007 at 9:45 am by Taz.

The new year of 2007 is a new beginning for most. For some, like myself a recent college grad, it’s a new chapter in my life.  I get to look for a job where I will no doubt, spend the better half of my middle age life. What’s next for me? Who knows? Certainly not Fate, God or even Me. But I do know this. The next few weeks I will spend time reflecting on what matters to me. Loved ones like friends and family are not always going to be around forever. Sometimes you forget that wrapped up in your daily so-called life. So before you skip the next family gathering or even just lunch with your friend, think twice about going. Because Life is just a series of moments. Go out and make one for yourself.

Blog, … Jackass.

Posted on January 5th, 2007 at 5:23 pm by mikelee.

So fine, I’ll blog, why not.  Looks like no one has posted for a while so sure, I can use this to post something fun, insane or just rant some.  Where should I start?  Maybe discuss the obvious news items, predict future on things, comment on society, give advice or just banter on about nothing?  What is the purpose of blog, what should I be doing here, maybe pouring my heart and soul into it, discussing life with the little message block like a diary?  Oh maybe, I should regurgitate something that I read, saw or heard about?  Or maybe this is just giving me something to do while I’m bored or procrastiating something?  So where to start…  I guess this is a blog entry, about… what to blog, what a blog should be, maybe what it shouldn’t be.  Why should anyone even be reading this.  Am I just wasting my time typing away at something no one will give a shit about?  Or is there some cult following of people who wander website to website reading random blogs. 

Well with that, I will share random crap that goes through my monitor to my head.  I was bored, looked up the bio for Steve “O” from Jackass.  Interestingly enough, he is named “Steven Gilchrist Glover.”  He actually attended a University of Miami for a little bit before going to clown college.  Now the really interesting part, points to rumors that his father is actually an executive.  “Ed Glover – Director, Enterprise Security & Customer Engineering, Sun Microsystems.  He was a Senior Manager and a Regional Practice Leader for Price Waterhouse in the area of Security and Business Continuity. Prior to that, Ed was the Chief Security Officer for Del Monte Foods, a subsidiary of RJR Nabisco.” 

Not impossible, but just odd. 

But alas, who knows if this information is true, mostly derived from Wikipedia, I can’t imagine it’s 100% verified.  The little bit of additional research just points back to Wikipedia, quotes or outright steals the entry.  Interesting either way.

Now my thoughts on Jackass.  I have watched most of the Jackass crap out there.  I own the DVDs.  I somewhat enjoy it, does this make me a bad person?  Maybe I just like seeing people do things I would never consider doing.  Or the morbid curiousity of what reactions they get out of people or themselves.  Whatever reason, it’s just stupid humor.  How much is scripted?  I think a good majority for the movie, but for the most part, you give a camera, some cash and beer to some people without a care and see what comes out.

iPods for Peace.

Posted on December 1st, 2006 at 1:58 pm by gregh.

This week the world came together and banned the sale of Apple’s iPods to North Korea. I never realized how popular they are as a commodity. I know in the US that you are not cool unless you have the stylish white ear buds going into your ears, but who knew this was a world wide thing. There hope is that this move will force the N. Korea to the bargaining table and force them to give up there nuclear program.

Maybe this will work in Iran too? Or maybe Palatine? Iraq? Afghanistan? Imagine a world of peace, with everyone having the white ear buds. We need Bill Gates, Bono, Oprah or someone to set up and implement this plan!

Gypped. Jipped. However it’s spelled, it’s how I feel…

Posted on November 10th, 2006 at 12:42 pm by kowgod.

My recent visit to Silicon Valley has given me two new goals for the coming years:

  1. I want to bring the culture of high technology (back?) to the city of Chicago
  2. I want to open a brewery 🙂

Life altering, huh? I hope to expound on these ideas more, at a later time. Stay tuned…

    Shiny Nickel

    Posted on October 25th, 2006 at 2:05 pm by gregh.

    Today I received a letter from the American Diabetes Association. The letter proudly proclaimed that it contained a nickel and showed the new shiny nickel in the envelopes address window. My first thought was someone should inform the ADA that should not send cash through the mail. Quickly followed by the thought maybe they believe I have diabetes and this is there support they are offering to sufferers of diabetes.

    Upon opening the envelope and reading the accompanying letter, I discovered that a mere nickel is spend on Diabetes research per American per week (Math: .05 * 52 * 300 mil = 780 mil). Apparently the ADA thinks 780 mil is too much, since they are sending out nickels to people. On the other hand, maybe it is some new accounting rule or a way to embezzle money out of the non-for-profit organization (1 nickel at a time!). Either way it is silly. Stop wasting postage on sending a nickel. Keep the nickel in your coffers.

    Now the question is, if I mail back the nickel can I claim the nickel as a tax deductible donation?

    300 Million and Counting

    Posted on October 17th, 2006 at 1:05 pm by gregh.

    The United States passed 300 million people today. So what does this mean?
    To a Senior Citizen it means more people paying into Social Security.
    To a Capitalist it means more people to buy their goods.
    To an Environmentalist it means increased urban sprawl.
    To an Animal it means shrinking habitat.
    To a Politician it means more voters he has to placate.
    To a Priest it means more people to hear him preach.
    To a gamer it means more people to frag.
    To an extravert more people to make friends.

    To me, more people to meet.

    Still seven minutes to midnight.

    Posted on October 10th, 2006 at 10:59 am by gregh.

    On Columbus Day, N. Korea has proven it is now a member of the “we got nukes” club. Remarkably little has changed. People still went to work (well those who didn’t have holiday), financial markets didn’t crash, and the US still refuses to meet with N. Korea one-on-one. The only change is China now appears open to UN Sanctions against N. Korea. It appears that investors around the world are not fazed by this development. I guess no one fears nuclear annihilation today. Here I was ready to start investing in companies that make fallout shelters in S. Korea, Japan, and San Francisco.

    The only change I foresee is the political rhetoric from each party will focus on this development for the Mid-Term elections.

    Fortune Cookie Problem

    Posted on September 22nd, 2006 at 11:29 am by gregh.

    Okay so last weekend we ordered 8 lbs of take-out Chinese.
    We got eight fortune cookies.
    I ate all eight fortune cookies (over the course of 2 days).
    Do all the fortunes apply to me?
    Do they cancel each other out?
    Does anyone have a magic eight ball to answer these pressing questions!?

    Preconceived Jackass?

    Posted on September 19th, 2006 at 7:51 pm by Prisoner.

    I continue to be amazed at life. I consider myself to be rather open minded and that while I can go off on tangents, and sometimes it is just plain fun to play with stereotypes and their place in society, I feel that I keep an open mind. Frequently my words do not match my true feelings but I also am under the delusion that I am amusing to others. Sadly a movie brought my opinion of my thoughts into question. Even sader is the fact that the actor in said movie is not what you would call samaritan. The actor is Johnny Knoxville. The movie is The ringer. Before I had seen the movie I was expecting an over the top comedy that went devilishly close to stepping over the line and perhaps danced across it once or twice. To be frank I was expecting something along the lines of Drawn Together. I was wrong. I was very wrong. When I mentioned that I had recently rented the movie a comment was made “[…] and how is that not exploitation?” I felt at the time that it was most likely a form of exploitation but not to the extent that it would first seem. the only reply i can make to that statement now is until you see the movie keep your mouth shut. Really, becuase you will most likely feel like an ass afterwards. I sure do.

    The concept behind the movie is well known. I won’t go into detail about it. What I feel the need to say however; Is, that if after watching this movie, you still feel the disabled actors and athletes were exploited, then you are just as narrow minded as the individuals you believe you are protecting them from. Bottom line is they are disabled but not incapable. A physical handicap is NOT a mental handycap. And a developmental delay does not mean they are stupid or incapable of making a rational decision. It wasn’t until after I saw the movie and went into the special features that I learned that this was a Faralay (sp) brothers film. The same team that brought us Shallow Hal. This gives the film a very large credit in my book because nobody else in Hollywood seems to have the bravery and capacity to make a film that takes their subject matter and makes “fun” of it to the point where the ones truely being made fun of, are actually the people laughing at the supposed subjects.

    In addition to this being a Faralay bros. movie it was also %100 supported and endored by the Special olympics. Infact many of the actors in the film were actuially athletes in the Special olympics. These actors were mixed with non-disabled actors seamlessly and if you did not recognize an actor from a previous film it was nearly impossible to tell who was really disabled and who was acting. Kind of like Something About Mary. People still think that the guy who played Wendel was really, lets be frank, retarded.

    So please do me a favor shut the fuck up and watch this movie. But really watch. Understand that if you really feel this movie is exploiting the disabled actors that you are infoact even MORE of an asshole for not giving these people (and I MEAN people) the credit they deserve in being able to tell when they are being taken advantage of.

    (Note this is not directed at anyone in particular and the individual I quoted just happened to say something that stuck in my mind)