Saturday, January 27, 2007

What Gender is a Computer?

A language teacher was explaining to her class that in French, nouns, unlike their English counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine or feminine.

For example,
"House" in French, is feminine........"La maison". "Pencil" in French, is masculine...."le crayon".

One puzzled student asked, "What gender is a computer?"

The teacher did not know, and the word was not in her French dictionary. So for fun she split the class into two groups, appropriately enough, by gender, and asked them to decide whether "computer" should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Both groups were required to give four reasons for their recommendation.

The men's group decided that computer should definitely be of the feminine gender ('la computer"), because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later review; and

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine ('le computer") because:

1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;

2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;

3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

The women won.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Friday Feast #128

If you could take lessons to learn any musical instrument, which would you want to learn?
I play the flute and guitar but I have always yearned to play the piano.

Have you ever mistaken a person for someone else?

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how well do you keep secrets?
This one would be an absolute 10.
I would never break a confidence.
I believe they are sacred.

Main Course

What's the closest you've ever been to a dangerous animal?
I touched and held baby rattle snakes when I was a little girl and did not know what they were. I found them in a field and then went home and told my Dad about them. I took him to go see them. He knew what they were before we got all the way to the nest. He brought me back home and left again with the shotgun. ( I was a very lucky girl that day!)

When was the last time you lost your patience?
Today when Teddy chewed up Jaycee’s Sippy cup.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Thursday Thirteen (15th)

Church Bulletin Announcements

#1 ~ Don't let worry kill you. Let the Church help.

#2 ~ Thursday night-Potluck Supper. Prayer and medication to follow.

#3 ~ For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

#4 ~ This afternoon there will be a meeting in the south and north ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.

#5 ~ This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs... Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

#6 ~ The service will close with "Little Drops of Water". One of the ladies will start (quietly) and the rest of the congregation will join in.

# 7 ~ The rosebud on the altar this morning is to announce the birth of David Alan Belzer, the sin of Rev and Mrs. Julius Belzer.

#8 ~ At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What is Hell?" Come early and listen to our choir practice.

#9 ~ Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.

#10 ~ Pastor is on vacation. Massages can be given to church secretary.

#11 ~ The Senior Choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir.

#12 ~ Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles, and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

#13 ~ The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: "I Upped My Pledge-Now Up Yours"

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

What Happened the Year You Were Born?

Find out what happened the year you were born by clicking on the bright yellow HERE at the bottom of the post.

In 1954 (Raggedy's Hubby was born)

Dwight Eisenhower is president of the US

Nautilus, the first atomic powered submarine, launches

Senator Joseph McCarthy begins leading televised hearings into alleged Communist influence in the Army

Roger Bannister, a 25 year old from England, breaks the 4 minute mile with a time of 3:59

Supreme Court rules unanimously that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional

Hurricane "Carol" hits the Long Island - New England area killing 60 and injuring 1000

Senate condemns Joseph McCarthy for contempt of a Senate elections subcommittee during his Army investigation hearings

Playboy magazine issue features Margie Harrison, the first playmate

Howard Stern, Oprah Winfrey, Christie Brinkley, John Travolta, and Jerry Seinfeld are born

New York Giants win the World Series

Cleveland Browns win the NFL championship

Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup

Lord of the Flies by William G. Golding is published

Monday, January 22, 2007

Musical Mondays #1

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul” ~ Plato

Barbershop quartet
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A barbershop quartet is a group of four men that sings acapella music in the barbershop style. Most barbershop quartets belong to an international association of barbershop music enthusiasts named the Barbershop Harmony Society.

These men are fabulous! I don’t know how they decided which group was number one or number ten but we watched about 20 and these were our favorites. Click on one or both of the videos below if you have the time.

Vocal Spectrum performing at the 2006 Barbershop Harmony Society International Quartet Finals in Indianapolis. Finished 1st place.

Storm Front performing at the 2006 Barbershop Harmony Society International Quartet Finals in Indianapolis. Finished 10th place.

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Sunday January 21, 2007

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the Good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?" ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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