Offbeat News: Flatscreen TVs for prisoners, magicians, and more.

So apparently prisoners in Oregon can earn a flatscreen TV for their cell.  I want a flatscreen TV.  Of course, they´re only 7″ TVs, but it does mean they don´t have to go out to the common room and argue with Bubba about what to watch.  I wouldn´t want to argue with Bubba either.  

In other crazy news, you can now go golfing in Kabul.  There´s no green, no water hazards (but the same rules apply), and no mines.  Whew.  That´s a relief.  Talk about your hazards.

  People who know me know how I feel about technology and the church.  In fact, I´m working to start a company developing Christian technology and solutions.  However, I think that this may be a bit far.  Although (and I hate to say this) the problems that they´re facing are rather humorous.  In a sick sort of way.  I believe that technology is a tool that can be used.  I don´t believe it is a way to commune with God.  For heaven´s sake (literally, perhaps) – if you´re going to pray, just PRAY.  Don´t log onto a website as a cartoon character and get on your digital knees.  Good grief.  The title is aptly named, though.  Ship of Fools. 


Dr. Love´s Super Baby Making Show.  Yes, you read that right.  It´s a new reality show in the works.  ´Cmon people.  If the Ship of Fools was a step too far one direction, surely this goes too far the other way.  But you have to give Singapore credit. It has some serious birth problems.
“A worldwide survey last year by condom maker Durex showed that Singaporean couples had sex on average just 96 times in 2003 — making them the least sexually active respondents among the developed countries surveyed. Singapore has made baby-making a top national priority after it recorded its lowest-ever birth rate last year since independence in 1965. “
Talk about your boring place to live.

This talking toilet seems a bit overboard to me.  But it certainly sounds funny.
“Hello, what are you up to then? Put the seat back down right away, you are definitely not to pee standing up … you will make a right mess…”

 THIS HAS TO BE THE COOLEST COP CAR EVER.  I guess it´s good to be state police in Italy.   

Alaska buries its dead.

This article on CNN tells us that Alaska is starting to bury its dead.  There´s something you never think about.  Apparently (and with a little thought obviously) it gets so cold up there that digging a grave during the winter months is simply impossible.  Or at least unrealistic.  So everyone that dies during those winter months goes into storage.  As the ground thaws now they can be buried. 

Something about this is funny.  I don´t know why.  It probably shouldn´t be.  But it is.  And it certainly gives rise to numerous script possibilities for a cheesy horror movie.  “Alaska´s Dead”, or “Cold Storage” or something similar.  Kind of makes you wonder what other regional complications are, and how they deal with their dead.

Summer Outdoor Thoughts

I´m looking forward to participating in some outdoor activities this summer.  I love to camp and hike, despite the crappy shape I´m in.  Yeah, you try sitting in front of the computer as much as I do (don´t ask, but with three businesses…) and staying in shape.  Seems like a priority change might be in order.  Soon.

Anyway, if you´re also interested in getting out and about, might I suggest that you do some basic research first?  This summer is bound to be an active one for thousands of people.  Try finding some lesser known areas; avoid the crowds and enjoy yourself more!  Check out the National Park Services site.  Also, this article on CNN basically sums it up.

They´re saying that this year may be a record year for the West Nile Virus.  And in the great Pacific Northwest the wildfire hazard is also going to be epidemic this year.  According to, fire danger levels are currently (as of May 2004) at the level they´re usually at in August.  Oh joy.

Personally, I´m looking foward to a trip to Ocean Shores.  I´d also like to explore a bit and find some places I haven´t been before.  Which shouldn´t be tough, since most of my camping experience has been at Leavenworth.

Only in America.

According to CNN (and Reuters) McDonalds intends to offer DVD rentals via an “experimental DVD rental machine” owned by DVDPlay.  The kiosks will hold 30 – 40 of the newest release titles, and people can rent them for $1 / day.  I´m assuming that it requires Credit Cards in order to hold people accountable. 

Is McDonalds going to start selling video games, too?  Maybe they should hook up with