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Web Addresses Now Can Be All Greek to You, ICANN Rules

The Internet at 40: History Began With Its First Crash

'Little Buddy' GPS device keeps tabs on your kid :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Technology

Facebook’s New Front Page Looks DOA

GeoCities' time has expired, Yahoo closing the site today

WHO@ Newsletter - October 26, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Wow, someone needs to stop watching those zombie movies
Man ordering food called a zombie, punched twice

Iowa City police are investigating an early morning assault in which a man accused another of being a zombie, then punched him twice. Police said the assault occurred at 1:17 a.m. Sunday at an Iowa City restaurant south of the University of Iowa campus.

A man was ordering food when he was approached by another man who called him a zombie, then hit him in the eye. When the victim tried to call police on his cell phone, the man punched him again, breaking his nose.

The man then ran out a back door.

The victim was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

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NEW Things that stick in my craw - Facebook Sux

NEW Things That Stick In My Craw - FACEBOOK SUCKS

Kents Hill School Presentation

Had a repeat "performance" at Kents Hill School (about 2 hours north of my house in Maine) on Thursday, October 22nd. I was excited about going back because I really enjoyed the campus - it's a private school with under 300 students and a wonderful teacher to student ratio. Honestly, if I won the lottery, I'd send Chris' kids to this school for some quality education.

I had asked Chris Gibson, the Tech guy from Kents Hill who booked me, if I could bring Phoebe. She's still been depressed about Bandit dying and it turns out the Kents Hill school mascot is a Husky! He said yes, but she'd have to stay in the car for my student talk. Cool beans!

So Phoebe and I left home at 730 am, listened to Jonathan Kellerman's latest book "Evidence" and arrived at Kents Hill at 930 am. Walked w/Chris to the new auditorium to set up my laptop and we chatted for a bit before students came in.

At a little after 10 am, I began my talk. I start with cyberbullying, o…

RIP Bandit Bear

Bandit hasn't been doing well. At night, he'd bark and howl and we weren't getting any sleep, even with the meds the vet gave us to try to help him sleep. Saturday night he threw up, had a seizure and stopped barking. Yesterday the seizures weren't as big, but still happened and we had to hold him up to go to the bathroom and eat. We took him to the vet today around noon. We stroked him and thank goodness he went faster than Guin did. I think he was ready to go - after all, he was 17 years old. I told him to play with Guin in Heaven (she died on December 15th).

WHO@ Newsletter - October 19, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .I wonder how many more he got on the way to jail?
Police stop driver for 15 violations in 11 minutes;_ylt=AmuDSNx8Q2SIR9Eg7Sple5PtiBIF;_ylu=X3oDMTMwbnJndTM5BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkxMDE5L2V1X3N3aXR6ZXJsYW5kX3JlY2tsZXNzX2RyaXZpbmcEY3BvcwMxBHBvcwMxBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA3BvbGljZXN0b3Bkcg

GOSSAU, Switzerland – Authorities say an Italian man took reckless driving to new heights in 11 frantic minutes of traffic violations in eastern Switzerland.

They say they first spotted the 47-year-old driver as he sped his jeep past an unmarked police car at 160 kph (100 mph) in a rainstorm Sunday.

Driving dangerously close to other cars on the autobahn, he then allegedly ignored police attempts to pull him over ­ first with a stop sign, and then with flashing lights and sirens.

Police say the man drove through a construction zone at 140 kmh (87 mph), nearly twice the speed limit, before…

Need help w/book title

Need your help with a book title again! My publisher likes the title for the proposed book, but the big boss is hemming and hawing and wants something "scarier" - the current title is "The Internet Made Me Do It: True Crime Stories From the Web" - the first part is what needs to be changed. Any ideas? Please help!

Judge Rejects Ringtone Lawsuit Against Verizon

NEW Things That Stick In My Craw - Parking Idiots

NEW Things That Stick In My Craw - Parking Idiots

Obama Named Country Music Entertainer of the Year

Obama Named Country Music Entertainer of the Year-

WHO@ Newsletter - October 12, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Super Grandpa!

Man, 81, finishes race after borrowing a catheter

Organizers of the Twin Cities Marathon said they won't disqualify an 81-year-old runner who won his age group after using a borrowed catheter. Jerry Johncock of Shelbyville, Mich., was sidelined at an aid station about 21 miles into Sunday's race because a blood clot prevented him from urinating. The aid station had no catheter, but a spectator stepped forward to offer Johncock a catheter he had in his car.

Aides helped insert the catheter and Johncock went on to finish in a little over 5 hours 22 minutes.

Race officials considered disqualifying Johncock because of a rule against improper assistance. But executive director Virginia Brophy Achman said they decided Johncock didn't break the rule.

She called Johncock "a great role model and example of what you can do as a runner."

Johncock's wife, Dorlene, said …

The economy's so bad. . .

(from a friend)

The Economy's Sooooo Bad That:

I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

I ordered a burger at McDonalds & the kid behind the counter asked, "Can you afford fries with that?"

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds", you call them & ask if they meant you or them.

Hot Wheels & Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.

McDonalds is selling the 1/4 ouncer.

Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies & learned their children's names.

A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico.

Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting.

Motel 6 won't leave the light on anymore.

The Mafia is laying off judges.

Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

Waterville, Maine Schools Presentation

The Central Maine School District hired me to come speak to faculty (and some parents) from the various schools in their district about students staying safer online. I drove two hours to Waterville, Maine to give the presentation on October 6th - a two hour presentation, so seven hours total (one was setup).

About 60 people attended and three were school resource officers, which was great! I got a lot of great questions and feedback and I am hoping some of the schools will book me to speak to students and parents at their schools.

I did my usual of my alter ego asking students to be friends on Facebook, then showed my results to the attendees:

70 were asked to be a friend of my alter ego
67 approved my alter ego as a friend
Only 5 asked who I was but they still approved me
30 were boys; 37 girls
40% listed their cell phone number in their profile - 55% of those were girls
1 girl also listed her home phone
65% listed their AIM screen name
95% listed an email address (sometimes two)
3 boys and 2 …

It's hardest when it hits home

State police arrest 31-year-old Northfield man for indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and other charges -

WHO@ Newsletter - October 5, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .The Nintendo Wii had better watch out

Nobody move or the iPhone gets it

Proof, were it needed, that some people really shouldn’t be allowed out on their own, reaches us from Cincinnati, where a whackjob threatened to pop a cap in his recalcitrant iPhone’s sorry ass in front of horrified Apple staff.

38 year old Ohio man Donald Goodrich was arrested Friday for brandishing a stylish black 9mm pistol at his local Apple Store in Kenwood Towne Centre and threatening to shoot his iPhone because it wasn’t showing him enough respect.

Goodrich walked up to the Genius Bar, and screamed: "I'm so mad, I could pop a 9mm at it. I’ll do it right now! Look!" He then opened his shirt, revealing a concealed weapon.

Apple worker Chelsea Levine attempted to calm Goodrich by taking him over to a technician saying they’d fix the phone, while her manager called the cops. When they arrived they arrested Goodric…

A nice email I received this morning

Got this in my email this morning - it made my day:

"I was reading the article of what happened to you when you tried to do the right thing and I wanted to say that no one should have to go through such. I've been trying to get published and have seen all sorts of scams, though fortunately I've not yet fallen for them, and can understand to what lengths people will go through to get what they think will be their revenge. I also play a fantasy character in a role play game on AOL and have individuals who developed very bad grudges against me for interactions between our characters in which my character was able to be proven better than theirs at something. There was one who went so far as to try to accuse me of murdering her best friend - in real life not in the game - to try to force me to stop gaming. These accusations, of course, were always proven false and the individuals, themselves, were always the ones who ended up in trouble for it. I am very proud that so…