Thursday, May 26, 2005

What happens in diapers in Cabo...

Off to Cabo San Lucas!

This is my fourth annual Memorial Day weekend trip to Cabo San Lucas, this one with wife and child! Woo hoo - should be fun. Cabo is one place I found unexpectedly beautiful.

Back next week.

Bad Darth

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Dirty ‘Darth Vader’ stuns women

SEREMBAN: While the widely-hyped movie Star Wars runs in cinemas all over the world, the dark force of Darth Vader struck in Bandar Baru Nilai, India.

Yesterday, women factory workers in two industrial areas were appalled and screamed when a man in full Darth Vader costume flashed them.

A 33-year-old factory supervisor who identified herself as “Priscilla” said the man got out of his tinted two-door car, strutted about menacingly in his Darth Vader suit before opening it and revealing himself to 15 women workers standing at a bus stop at about 7am.

“At first, I thought he was a die-hard Star Wars fan trying to impress us with his costume. But we were shocked when he showed us his private-parts,” she said.

The women were waiting for buses to take them home after their night shift.

“Next time it will not be “Revenge of the Sith” but revenge on a sick man if we catch him doing his act again,” she added.

Helicopter lands on Everest

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Here's the official press release:

"On May 14th, 2005 at 7h08 (local time), a serial Ecureuil/AStar AS 350 B3 piloted by the EUROCOPTER X-test pilot Didier Delsalle, landed at 8,850 meters (29,035ft) on the top of the Mount Everest (Kingdom of Nepal).

After taking off from its base camp Lukla on May 14th, 2005 at 2,866 meters (9,403ft) Didier Delsalle onboard his Ecureuil AS350B3 reached the top of Mount Everest. As required by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI - International Aeronautical Federation), the aircraft remained landed on ground more than 2 minutes on the top of the world before flying back to Lukla. This feat was renewed the day after.

Stepping out of his helicopter, Didier Delsalle commented: « To reach this mythical summit definitively seemed to be a dream; despite the obvious difficulties of the target to be reached, the aircraft demonstrated its capability to cope with the situation (…), sublimated by the magic of the place”.

One way to freeze gas prices... and get 120 miles per gallon!

I saw this story, and thought ... if I could just get a freezer in my car...

"There is a man who fills up his tank once every two months. One tank of gas, literally, lasts him two months. He is freezing the price of gas by freezing something else.

David Hutchison is a Cryogenics expert. He built this Cryo-Process himself. He runs a business out of his garage where he cryogenically tempers all kinds of metals. He submerges them in a frozen tank of nitrogen vapor that is 300 degrees below zero.

David says, “During that time, at minus 300 degrees, the molecules slow down. Then they reorganize themselves. That's when the actual chemical change happens.”

Hutchison cryogenically tempers machine parts, tools, golf clubs and even razors. He says it makes them last three to five times longer.

A few years ago he began an experiment on his hybrid Honda, freezing the engine components. The results were a fuel-efficiency dream.

David Hutchison says, “You should expect a “Cryo'd” engine to last anywhere from 600,000 to 1 million miles without wearing out.”

A hybrid Honda typically gets really great gas mileage anyway, around 50 miles to the gallon, but David Hutchison's cryogenically tempered engine has been known to get close to 120 miles a gallon.

“It's just a very efficient vehicle.” Hutchison says,

Racers have picked up on David's trick of cryogenically freezing car parts. It is now widely accepted among NASCAR and Indy-car racers.

Hutchison tells us cryogenically tempering car parts has more benefits than just fuel efficiency. He freezes all of the brake rotors at a car dealership near his home in Missouri. It makes them last three to five times longer.

Copyright 2005 KFOR-TV-DT.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

He's a Pepper

The Ohio sexual offender database has an interesting subject, Brian Peppers. Check him out:

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Dying for a Cigarette

Man Leaps From Car To Retrieve Cigarette

POSTED: 10:27 pm EDT May 23, 2005

FOREMAN, Ark. -- A man was injured when he jumped from a car traveling 55-60 mph in an effort to retrieve a cigarette blown out of a passenger-side window.

Jeff Foran, 38, suffered trauma to his nose, eyes and chin after leaping from the car Saturday night and landing on the eastbound lane Arkanas 234 near the Oklahoma border, state police Trooper Jamie Gravier said.

The driver of the car, Jerry Glenn Nelson, 44, of Haworth, Okla., said Foran had asked him earlier in the evening to be a designated driver after a night of drinking.

"Foran did the right thing and asked his buddy to drive him home. Foran showed up at Nelson's home about 45 minutes earlier saying he (Foran) was too intoxicated to drive home, Gravier said.

"Nelson said Foran was smoking a cigarette when it blew out the window and Foran jumped out the window to retrieve the cigarette. Nelson said he was driving between 55 and 60 mph when Foran jumped out," the trooper said.

"It was obvious he was extremely intoxicated and this man was hurt," Gravier said. "If anything could make him stop smoking, this should be it. The man is lucky to be alive."

Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.

Friday, May 20, 2005

My two darlings... Posted by Hello

The wife and I in Paradise... Posted by Hello

I thought my job was busy...

I've recently had inquiries that go like this:

"Are you the R. Miller that is the criminal defense attorney that also works as a porn star?"

Answer: Uh, no.

So I did some research, and found this:

"For Porn Star Lawyer, the Briefs Come Off at Night
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Criminal defense attorney Ronald S. Miller does more than file his briefs -- he also takes them off.

Miller has spent days in front of a judge and nights in front of a camera as Don Hollywood -- porn star.

He has performed in more than 90 films in the past seven years, including "Justice Your Ass" and "The Jerry Shag-Her Show."

Miller, 56, tells his clients about his night job and says he has had no trouble balancing the two careers. His wife, a former accountant, is also a porn star.

"My whole life, I've been one of those people who sees the wet paint sign and has to go up and touch it to see if it's wet," said Miller, who is currently working on 30 to 40 cases. "I want to experience everything, try everything."

Ethics expert and attorney Arthur Margolis said Miller isn't breaking any rules moonlighting as a porn actor.

"There isn't anything more unethical about that than being an actor or a novelist or somebody who sells frozen yogurt," Margolis said. "The only thing you have to be careful of, as you would in any other industry, is you don't do anything criminal or unethical in the sense of dishonesty."

Diane Curtis, a spokeswoman for the California Bar Association, declined to comment on Miller's second career but said Wednesday the bar doesn't have a policy prohibiting such activity."

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Things are looking up!

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One thing about being a (newborn) baby is that you are always looking up to the sky or ceiling. As a result, the perspective of a baby is somewhat skewed. Lights and clouds are MUCH more important when you're a little one, I guess, as is your parents, who are, literally, always looking down at you.


May 18, 2005

Study to see if women up for long space trips
Ball State scientists aim to determine how missions would affect strength, other abilities.

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MUNCIE, Ind. -- Two brothers, both Ball State University researchers, are working on an international study to determine how women would fare in long-term space missions.

Scott and Todd Trappe are watching 12 women go through 60 days of bed rest to find out how aerobic exercise and resistance training might help counter muscle loss during spaceflight.

"The study will mimic a zero-gravity environment, allowing us to understand how weightlessness affects human locomotion and posture," Scott Trappe, Ball State's Human Performance Lab director, told The Star Press for a Tuesday story.

He had worked on a similar international study in which researchers learned men can lose up to 40 percent of their muscle strength after spending six months in space.

The brothers frequently travel to a clinical research facility in Toulouse, France, for the Women's International Space Simulation for Exploration study.

The work is a collaboration of the European, French and Canadian space agencies as well as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

"I think my brother and I have traveled a combined 100,000 miles in the air in the last few months on this project," said Todd Trappe.

Scott Trappe, a director of the study, said research might be used to determine how well women can handle their time in space.

"Who knows? They may be able to better adapt to the environment than men," Scott said.

Three groups of eight women each have had to lie in bed, their heads slightly lower than their feet. The first group is exercising in bed, the second will receive a nutritional supplement and the third will be have neither treatment.

Such analysis mimics physiological changes that occur when astronauts are in space, Scott Trappe said.