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Tesla Cage of Death

I came across another Tesla Coil video. Why am I addicted to Tesla Coils?

Week in Review

From my travels on the web last week.

Ontario waterfalls. Here is where a few can be found. It may take me some time to photograph them all.

I had just installed Leopard on one of my Macs when an update came along. Good thing as it fixed the problem I was having with Flickr’s server side uploader. Now if only the crop input field boxes in Photoshop would get fixed.

Too much stuff? Then you might need to get this book.

One way to organize cables. Not sure I would use this approach in a recording studio.

Okay. I am not sure why I took a look at this video. Was it because of my love for the Mario Brothers? Or the infamous Tesla Coils in Command and Conquer?

Ministry Watch has a clip on their home page from ABC’s 20 20. The story is on lavish lifestyles of televangelists. Mansions, private jets, excessive personal consumption as a God-given right and lots of bad hair. Nothing really new here.

Taser Video

TASER is an acronym: Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle. Predictably, there is a corporate website. And here is what the company says about its products:

TASER International’s products protect life, providing advanced Electronic Control Devices (ECDs) for use in the law enforcement, medical, military, corrections, professional security, and personal protection markets. TASER devices use proprietary technology to incapacitate dangerous, combative, or high-risk subjects who pose a risk to law enforcement officers, innocent citizens, or themselves in a manner that is generally recognized as a safer alternative to other uses of force. TASER technology saves lives every day, and the use of TASER devices dramatically reduces injury rates for police officers and suspects.

So, a Taser protects life and saves lives every day. Except, of course, for Robert Dziekanski’s last day on this planet. In Canada no less. His story can be found here. I watched the raw video of the incident where he was Tasered not once, but twice. And for what purpose?

I am shocked. The video provides a compelling perspective of the incident. And what I saw was a complete and utter overreaction by police enforcement. I cannot believe that this type of action took place in Canada.

Week in Review

From my travels on the web last week.

Amazing photos of the French conducting thermonuclear tests.

Large corporations apparently still pushing subliminal ads. Can anyone really notice something that flashes by in a fraction of a second? On a related note, I just went and purchased a Toyota Yaris. I have no idea why.

Insightful lesson on guitar by Smokin’ Joe Walsh. And he was obviously smoking something when this video was cut.

In case you were wondering about filters and photography and the temperature of colour at certain times of the day. All is revealed here.

I might try this software. Several photographers, like this fellow, rave about its capabilities.

The folks at AMS/Neve have introduced a new console, a hybrid analog and DAW controller called Genesys. 16 channel configuration starts at $50,000. By comparison, 16 channels of Millenia Media mic pres and a mouse for your DAW will cost about $12,000.

Church websites. Most of them are really not very good. However, I do come across some great designs. Like Dulles Community Church and Eastpoint. Compared against the all too common church website like this one.

Theme Change

Yup. Time for a new look to the blog. Had been working on and off on a new theme for the past few weeks. Although taking an out of the box theme should be straightforward, there still seems to be a lot of technical work to pull it together.

Unusual Laws

Here is a list of important laws to remember when you are traveling around the world.

In Arizona, donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.

In Arkansas, it is illegal to buy or sell blue light bulbs.

In Australia, it is illegal to roam the streets wearing black clothes, felt shoes and have black shoe polish on your face, as these are the items of a cat burglar.

In Australia, taxicabs are required to carry a bale of hay in the trunk.

Guelph, Ontario is an official ”˜NO-PEE”™ zone.

In Toronto, it is illegal to drag a dead horse down Yonge Street on a Sunday.

In Denmark, before starting your car, you are legally required to make a visual check to make sure there are no children underneath your car.

In Denmark, when driving, you must have someone in front of your car with a flag, to warn horse drawn carriages that a car is coming.

In Hawaii residents may be fined as a result of not owning a boat.

In Idaho, citizens are prohibited in giving each other boxes of chocolate weighing more than 50 pounds.

In Kentucky, it’s the law that a person must take a bath once a year.

In Michigan, married couples must live together or be imprisoned.

In North Carolina, it is against the law for a rabbit to race down the street.

In North Carolina, it is against the law for dogs and cats to fight.

In Scotland, it is illegal to be drunk and in possession of a cow.

In Switzerland, a man may not relieve himself while standing up, after 10pm.

In Switzerland, it is illegal to flush the toilet after 10pm.

In Utah, birds have the right of way on any public highway.

Phase Alignment

This is a fascinating explanation for, well, something. You need to watch it. I am sure that it explains everything about anything.

Company Policy

Someone passed me this list of company policies. Some good ideas here.


Dress Code
It is advised that you come to work dressed according to your salary. If we see you wearing Prada shoes and carrying a Gucci bag, we assume you are doing well financially and therefore do not need a raise. If you dress poorly, you need to learn to manage your money better, so that you may buy nicer clothes, and therefore you do not need a raise. If you dress just right, you are right where you need to be and therefore you do not need a raise.

Sick Days
We will no longer accept a doctor’s statement as proof of sickness. If you are able to go to the doctor, you are able to come to work .

Personal Days
Each employee will receive 104 personal days a year. They are called Saturday and Sunday.

Bereavement Leave
This is no excuse for missing work. There is nothing you can do for dead friends, relatives or co-workers. Every effort should be made to have non-employees attend to the arrangements. In rare cases where employee involvement is necessary, the funeral should be scheduled in the late afternoon. We will be glad to allow you to work through your lunch hour and subsequently leave one hour early.

Toilet Use
Entirely too much time is being spent in the toilet. There is now a strict three-minute time limit in the stalls. At the end of three minutes, an alarm will sound, the toilet paper roll will retract, the stall door will open, and a picture will be taken. After your second offense, your picture will be posted on the company bulletin board under the “Chronic Offenders Category”. Anyone caught smiling in the picture will be sanctioned under the company’s mental health policy.

Lunch Break
Skinny people get 30 minutes for lunch, as they need to eat more, so that they can look healthy. Normal size people get 15 minutes for lunch to get a balanced meal to maintain their average figure. Chubby people get 5 minutes for lunch, because that’s all the time needed to drink a Slim-Fast.

Thank you for your loyalty to our company. We are here to provide a positive employment experience.