Monday, August 29, 2005

Tracking Katrina's Landfall

At the Atlantic Watch Center we are tracking Katrina as she devastates the Gulf Coast. Disaster photos, storm graphics, and news reports are being added hourly. Pray for those affected.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Tracking Katrina

Live Tracking of Hurricane Katrina as it ventures across South-Florida...

Atlantic Watch Center

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Bluetooth headphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For my money, Bluetooth technology has long been little more than a spotty solution in search of problem. Getting rid of wires around the house is an admirable goal, but Bluetooth-enabled devices invariably cost a bit more, have limited range and require extra connectivity doodads that I've been unwilling pay for.

Until now.

In October, Plantronics Inc. (PLT) will start selling the Pulsar 590, a pair of rechargeable Bluetooth-enabled headphones. The company sent me a pair to try and suddenly I can't live without them. They offer nice styling and killer sound quality extended over a range of about 50 feet from a small transmitter that can be connected to the miniplug audio output jack of any device.

The headphones cost $150 alone, $200 with the transmitter. Devices already compatible with new technology called Advanced Audio Distribution Profile, or A2DP, don't require the transmitter, but few such devices are on the market right now. More on that later.


If these weren't so expensive I would buy a pair! The first photo you see above features the new Bluetooth headphones. The 2nd photo shows the pair I currently use, and yes I know they are HUGE.

Diaper Bomb! :0

BERLIN (Reuters) - An "electronic nappy" used to monitor wetness sparked a bomb alert in a German post office when it arrived in a parcel ticking suspiciously, police in the southwestern city of Heilbronn said Thursday.

"They suspected it was a bomb so they put the package into an empty room and called the police," said a police spokesman. "It was supposed to respond to wetness with bleeping sounds but this one ticked."

Two squad cars rushed to the scene and immediately contacted the sender. Police gave the all clear after they contacted the woman who told them the intercepted package contained only a malfunctioning diaper.

Next thing you know you'll have baby suicide bombers blowing themselves up with a bomb in their diaper.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

One wedding and a Big-Mac

IRWIN, Pa. (AP) - Do you want fries with those vows? Ken Sinchar and Lori Sherbondy have heard that and every other fast-food joke since they announced plans to marry at a McDonald's drive-thru, where they fell in love four years earlier.

On Monday night, Sinchar rolled through the drive-thru in his white minivan, just as he had done day after day, hoping to chat with "that blue-eyed brunette named Lori." But on this night, Sinchar rolled down his window, Sherbondy slid open hers and the couple grabbed hands as a district judge pronounced them husband and wife.

Sinchar was expecting to pick up a Big Mac, not a date, the first time he pulled through the Norwin Towne Shopping Center McDonald's. Sherbondy, 42, who's worked at the restaurant for eight years, said Sinchar made an impression, too.

Full Story...

Well...everyone is different. As much as i like cheeseburgers, I wouldn't call it a "date," let alone marriage.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

TS Irene eyes East Coast

MIAMI (AP) - Tropical depression Irene continued to become better organized as it moved closer to the East Coast on Wednesday, raising the possibility it could eventually hit the United States as a hurricane, forecasters said.

Irene had top sustained winds near 35 mph, 5 mph higher than earlier in the day, and could regain tropical storm status by later Wednesday or by Thursday. Tropical storms have sustained winds of at least 39 mph.

At 5 p.m. EDT, Irene was about 750 miles south-southeast of Bermuda, forecasters said. It was moving west at about 13 mph and was expected to continue over the next five days in the general direction of the U.S. coastline from Florida to the Carolinas, according to National Hurricane Center in Miami. Jennifer Pralgo, a hurricane center meteorologist, said it is possible that Irene could reach hurricane strength winds of 74 mph because it will be passing over warmer waters.


Not that I look forward to storms hitting Florida, but I am hoping for at least one hurricane. I want to get some storm footage. ;)

Note: The Atlantic Watch Center is currently not tracking Irene.

Teens sell a week of their time on Ebay

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - Looking for a little extra spending money, two college-bound teenagers decided to sell a week of their time to the highest bidder on the Internet auction site eBay.

The teens hoped for fortune and adventure, but got neither. When the auction closed Monday, the teens learned the winning bidder - a St. Joseph resident - had offered a mere $246.50 for their services.

"I'm kind of disappointed, but it's money," said Chris Pullen, 19, of St. Joseph. "I think it was exciting while it lasted. But it's still money, nothing to be disheartened about." Pullen said fellow Central High School graduate Chip Davis suggested the idea. "I was like, 'Dude, that's tight,'" Pullen recalled of his reaction.

Under the heading "Buy us for one week to do those tedious tasks you hate!" the teens posted their pictures on eBay with a minimum bid of $1. Bidding began on July 29. While the auction was under way, friends asked the teenagers if they worried about who would win their services. "I didn't care who won," Davis said, "as long as we didn't have to clean someone's sewers or something. That wouldn't be too exciting for a whole week." But the teens' enthusiasm waned as days passed with no new bids.


I'm suprised that casino didn't buy them, because they have everything else.

Video Games= Exhausting?

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean man who played computer games for 50 hours almost non-stop died of heart failure minutes after finishing his mammoth session in an Internet cafe, authorities said Tuesday.

The 28-year-old man, identified only by his family name Lee, had been playing on-line battle simulation games at the cybercafe in the southeastern city of Taegu, police said.
Lee had planted himself in front of a computer monitor to play on-line games on Aug. 3. He only left the spot over the next three days to go to the toilet and take brief naps on a makeshift bed, they said.

"We presume the cause of death was heart failure stemming from exhaustion," a Taegu provincial police official said by telephone. Lee had recently quit his job to spend more time playing games, the daily JoongAng Ilbo reported after interviewing former work colleagues and staff at the Internet cafe.


This is for all you gaming "freaks" who believe it can't happen.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Hello out there!

Austin here. Sorry once again for the lack of posting. I was trying to get the most out of my summer, which as you all know is now gone. :( Oh well. My first day of High School was yesterday. Yup, I'm growing up. In other news, I was glad to hear the shuttle made it down alright but was hoping for a Florida landing. Maybe NASA can straighten things out quickly and I can get out there for another launch. (Atlantis) Tomorrow I will make it a priority to pick you guys out some cool stories. Thanks for sticking around during my big breaks.

PS- My favorite NASCAR driver is in 9th in points...Go Jarrett!