Monthly Archives: January 2007

Spiders on Drugs

Two videos stolen from Slackermommy’s blog….

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Bubba’s got crayons

Yeah, I actually downloaded GIMP and started playin. Here’s my first attempt….

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Thursday Thirteen #16

Thirteen favorite websites of Bubba

  1. FARK. The slogan of FARK is “It’s not news…it’s FARK.com”. Here’s my attempt to tell you what it IS: FARK is a collection of links submitted by users, along with a headline that the user thinks is funny or clever. Out of the thousands of links and headlines given by users, only a small percentage is approved to appear before everyone that loads the page. And then…the fun begins when users are allowed to comment on the link and headline shown. Just trust me…go check it out. Funny stuff.
  2. Gmail. Google has several sites that I check on a daily basis, and this is definitely the most used. If you don’t know, it’s my email account. Email me at azbubba if you need an account.
  3. Pogo. Pogo is a collection of online games with pretty decent graphics. For winning, you receive tokens which you can trade in for cash drawings. Users are also allowed to chat with each other, creating a community of players. Email me if you want a guest pass to the premium side, called Club Pogo.
  4. Cornerstone Church in Chandler, AZ. My church home, where you can watch or listen to sermons, and just generally find out what’s going on there. I actually watch some sermons that I’ve seen live because I’m part of the production team…and I just want to see how it looks.
  5. Nutrinopets. This is a new fave of mine. It’s sort of a simple D&D game, and I’m definitely an old man on this site. But I have friends on there that I chat with on occasion…and it can be fun from time to time.
  6. White Sox Interactive. The best site online if you’re a true White Sox fan. Sorry, MLB, but the official site just don’t cut it for me. I’ve had a lot of fun on this site learning about the history of the team, its fans, broadcasters, and also discussing the successes and failures of the only real Major League Baseball team in Chicago (yes, I know about the one on the north side that pretends to be Major League) on the forums.
  7. Michelle Malkin’s Blog. Ms. Malkin has a ton of information about politics, war, and immigration gathered from a variety of sources. The reporting she does on it is top-notch, but also slanted towards conservatism, so you may want to pass on this one if you’re a liberal Democrat.
  8. The Daily Meme. We’ve all seen a lot of memes online…and if you’re looking for one to do, it has memes for every day of the week.
  9. Craigslist. It has it all, and if you live near a major city, it’s local! Message boards for discussion about anything. Classifieds for employment, stuff for sale, even free stuff. But I have to say the personal ads are about the best and funniest things on there. A great time-waster.
  10. Kitten Cannon. For some reason this game is extremely addictive. It is what it sounds like…you put a kitten in a cannon, and then detonate it. And no, no, no. I do not advocate animal abuse, or putting a real cat in a real cannon. This is one of those places where you have to separate a silly online flash game with reality. If you’re one of those people that can’t make the distinction…join PETA. And no, I am NOT providing them with a link.
  11. I Want a Freeware Utility to….. This site is a great place to maintain your computer cheaply. I do not pay for anti-virus, spyware detectors, firewalls, or any other utilities. Just say no to Norton, McAfee, and others that think you should have to spend $60 to protect your computer against hackers.
  12. The Generator Blog. A lot of fun stuff here that you can put on your website, like a church sign: or a license plate: and much more.
  13. Thursday Thirteen. Yep, it made this list…because it’s brought you here…and I’ve also gotten to see your sites too!

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Football, of course.

Well, the teams for the Super Bowl are set. The Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts are scheduled to play two weeks from today in one of the most watched sporting events in the world. The NFL playoffs have been nothing short of incredible, and two teams that I have loved for years won.

However, it brings up a very troubling dilemna. I love both the Bears and Colts, and I’ve lived in both Indiana and Chicago. I am leaning towards Indianapolis…because the Bears have won a Super Bowl since Indy has, and also because Peyton Manning deserves a Super Bowl ring about as much as any NFL player I’ve seen.

Yeah, I know. I’m no Bronco fan, but Elway deserved his, and I’m sure there are others. But Manning is a true class act, and he has definitely paid his dues. This is his 9th year in the NFL, and has not missed a single regular season start since his first game as a Colt. The first year, he started 16 games and won only one, but did not let that diminish his professionalism or character. He worked hard, never complained about other players or management, and became a world-class quarterback. Character like this is all too rare today…and it’s my belief that he deserves a championship.

So two weeks from today…I’ll be rooting for the Colts. But if the Bears win…it won’t break my heart either.

Oh, one other thing. I normally don’t try to make much of race, or color, or any other characteristic of a person other than competence. However, if you follow sports whatsoever, you already know that the media is making a fairly big deal about the fact that both coaches in the Super Bowl are African-American. I honestly don’t know if it should be highlighted as much, but I do know this.

In high school, there are some natural athletes that don’t have to work as hard as others to excel in sports. At the college level, even less. And at the professional level, if an individual has not put in the work, they will not even ride the bench. But to be a coach at the highest professional level means only that you have performed almost obscene amounts of effort to learn your sport better than almost everyone else in the world. It also means that you have demonstrated that level of proficiency to others.

Does this event mean discrimination against African Americans has been totally eradicated? Nope. Not by a long shot. But here’s what this milestone really means: it means that if you’re hiring for an NFL team, passing up a minority because of skin color means you may be costing your team a chance to succeed. And that has to be the best progress that can be made.

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A Father’s Grief

For a minute, please put away whatever opinion you have on the US military operations, and please take the time to read this story. I am not trying to sway you one way or the other. This is a human interest story only.

My friends at Blue Star Chronicles found an article in the Dallas Morning News about Roy Velez, a Christian who has lost two sons in the United States’ war on terrorism. It is a lengthy article, but well worth your time to read. Please read the article, and then scroll down.

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Because I am a Christian and a previous caretaker to a family member with a severe mental illness, I feel like adding my $0.02.

Both sons were human. They made mistakes in their lives. However, both were men of character, answering the call of their country without looking back. Even after losing his brother, Andrew went back to Afghanistan to continue to serve his country. At a time where he could have said “I won’t serve” without anyone questioning his character, he honored his commitment to his country, even over the objections of his father.

The reason for hiding my observations with empty space follows. As you read in the story, Andrew was not killed by enemy fire, but a self-inflicted gunshot. Some would cheapen Andrew’s character, saying that he made the decision to take his own life. Some Christians would even question his salvation because of his manner of death. I say that both groups are absolutely wrong.

There are a lot of soldiers who suffer mental illnesses as a direct result of the totally unnatural rigors of war. Adults that aren’t old enough to have attended their fifth high school reunion are watching close friends violently murdered, killing other human beings, and enduring many stresses that no human should ever have to endure. I believe that war induces mental illness in two ways. Sometimes it is caused directly because of what the soldier experiences, while others already have a chemical imbalance that predisposes them to illness. War is merely the trigger to set off what is already in place biologically.

My ex-wife has several mental illness diagnoses. Sometimes she is a wonderful, generous person with a big heart. However, I’ve also seen her at her worst. Yelling, hitting, destructive, and also extremely suicidal. During lucid times, she has expressed the opinion that suicide is nothing more than a person’s decision to end their own life. But if someone’s brain causes someone to end their own life, isn’t that indication enough that their brain is not working correctly? If your arm is broken, your brain tells you that it’s broken, and that you need to get it fixed. If you’re having trouble breathing, your brain tells you that you need to get medical attention. But if your brain is broken…how would you know to get help? The fact is: you don’t.

Andrew’s brain was broken. We don’t know if he had a predisposition towards mental illness before he went to war, and it really doesn’t matter. His brain had suffered injuries because of experiencing combat and the loss of his brother, injuries which turned out to be fatal. The manner in which he met death does not make his sacrifice any less heroic than his brother’s.

If you are a Christian reading this and you question whether or not Andrew is going to heaven…don’t. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that suicide nullifies the payment that Jesus made for his sins, and the notion that it does was invented by man. If I’m wrong (and God knows that I frequently am), please correct me. And if you’re not Christian, save the “organized religion” crap for someone else.

Please continue to pray for their father that he would experience many blessings for the extremely noble way he has handled these tragedies.

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Just a neat saying

I got this in my email…thought I would pass it along. Thanks, Dennis.

Live simply. Love generously.
Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God

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1967

Thursday Thirteen is just below this post.


In 1967 (the year you were born)


Lyndon B. Johnson is president of the US

President Johnson and Soviet premiere Aleksei Kosygin agree not to let any crisis push them into wore

Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first black Supreme Court justice

The first home microwave is released by Amana

Dave Matthews, Kurt Cobain, Liz Phair, Vin Diesel, Julia Roberts, and Anna Nicole Smith are born

St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series

Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I

Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup

Disney’s The Jungle Book and The Graduate are the top grossing films

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is published

Paul McCartney announces that all four members of the Beatles have “dropped acid”

For the first time, Jimi Hendrix sets his guitar on fire during a concert in London

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released

The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine is published

The FCC orders that cigarette ads on television, radio and in print must include a warning about the health risks of smoking

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Thursday Thirteen #15

I apologize for not updating in two weeks. Thanks for visiting.

Thirteen random things about Bubba

  1. I have been feeling increasingly tired. I don’t know if it’s a part of going to the gym regularly, but I have been doing the circuit training instead of the aquatic exercises because I didn’t care for the times that aquatics were being held. I think I’m going to have to go back to it.
  2. I was tested for blood sugar and infection recently. Both were negative.
  3. I am almost done with my appeal letter and documentation for short-term disability through work. It’s hard to summarize a year and a half of tests that have been done. I hope that they understand I really am not able to work. I am really struggling physically to stay on task.
  4. I got to see Alison and her new son Liam in the hospital yesterday. I can see why Pat loves babies so much. Holding that little 5 pound infant in my arms was a real experience…something that small! His one year old sister was also a lot of fun to be with…Holland is such a happy child…and when I was carrying her around for a bit the nurses asked if she was mine. Nope, she isn’t.
  5. I’ve lost a little bit of weight from diet and exercise changes. Nothing noticeable to me in how I feel, but nice to see the scale not read the same.
  6. To say money is a little tight is an understatement. But I’m thankful that I have food and a roof over my head.
  7. The hits my blog is taking from work have almost disappeared. As I’ve thought (way too much) about the “anonymous” comment, I realized that it’s one of the few times in my life where someone has ridiculed me for being a Christian (among other things). I’ve had to do a lot of soul-searching about what I’m feeling, and if I’m just lazy or depressed. Well, I’m not lazy. Depressed? Sure I am. But if given a choice, I want to go back to work instead of waiting for disability to approve my appeal. Waiting on God to provide for me is more than a little difficult. But I believe I’m doing the right thing by not trying to go back to work…at least at this time.
  8. I finally cooked that roast I got from Costco. It came in a presealed bag, and all I had to do was boil it for 25 minutes. It was simply incredible. Threw some potatoes and carrots with it…mmmmm!
  9. I watched some of the weekend NFL playoffs. To say that each game was incredible is an understatement. My only concern now is if the Bears and Colts win on Sunday. Being a fan of both of those teams for decades, I wouldn’t know who to root for if they both made it to the Super Bowl.
  10. I broke my two month hiatus from drinking diet soda. After two months with no artificial sweeteners, I had no relief from my fatigue. However, that does not mean I now have soda stocked in my house. At home I stick to water, juice, and tea…I only drink soda when I go out, and only if iced tea isn’t available.
  11. I’m now yawning doing this. I’ve had a nap since I got up at 10:00…guess it wasn’t enough.
  12. Randy Johnson has re-signed with the Diamondbacks for two years. D-backs fans have mixed feelings about his return to the team because of his stats with the Yankees last year, including an ERA of 6.00. After watching Roger Clemens the past several years, I believe that Randy isn’t too old to pitch effectively, and I only hope that last year was an aberration. I am also happy that Randy had spoken to management before coming back, saying that he would take the #2 position in the rotation, deferring to Brandon Webb as the #1 starter.
  13. I’m now going to lay down. I will have to do some TT surfing later…but if you leave your link, I promise to visit.

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Do you know Ninja Burger?

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If you don’t, you may want to check them out before hitting play. Ninja Burger.

“Guaranteed delivery in 30 minutes or less, or we commit Seppuku!”
Ninja Burger

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