Sunday, 31 July 2011

Forklift Rodeo?

Hmm. I've had many years of forklift experience, I have competed in forklift skills competitions, and even been involved in forklift training and certification programs. But I can honestly say that I've never attempted this!

This has got to be photoshopped, wouldn't you think? I simply cannot believe that anyone could be quite this stupid.

Or am I missing something here? Hmm

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

12 Things That A Motorcycle Can Teach You

When in Sturgis in 2009, I bought a patch that reads, "If I have to explain, you wouldn't understand." For me, Sturgis was kind of like that; words just couldn't properly explain the whole experience.

This little piece is also kind of like that. Unless you're a biker, it probably won't make much sense to you either. 

1. The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rear view mirror.

2. Four wheels might move the body, but two wheels move the soul.

3. I'd rather be riding my motorcycle and thinking about God, than sitting in a church and thinking about my motorcycle.

4. Life may begin at 30, but it doesn't get interesting until about 95...mph, that is.

5. Midnight bugs taste as bad as noontime bugs.

6. Sometimes it takes a whole tank of gas before you can think straight.

7. A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

8. Young riders pick a destination and go, but old riders pick a direction and go.

9. When you are riding lead, don't spit.

10. Catching a yellow jacket in your shirt at 75 mph can double your vocabulary.

11. You'll never see a motorcycle parked outside a psychiatrist's office.

12. Only bikers know why dogs stick their heads out a car window.

(Source unknown) 

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Do We Need A Little Grammar Workshop?

Do you want to know what one of my pet peeves is? It is the incorrect use of certain English words; such as THEY’RE, THERE, THEIR. I see this all the time. Now, I am not an English professor, and I’m certainly not saying that I understand all the strange little nuances of the English language, but enough all ready! Is it that hard to use words properly? Sure, there is such a thing as “typos,” but it seems to me that the greater problem is that too many of us simply don’t know (or don’t care) which is to be used in which context.

I’m not sure why that is, but as it has often been suggested, I suspect it may have a lot to do with our lazy tendencies bought on by the advent of the texting craze. Have we become so used to abbreviations that we’ve forgotten how to spell? It’s actually really kind of sad. 

Let’s play a little game. Here is your test to see how well you understand the difference between these words. Which of the following six sentences is correct?

1. THERE tired after arriving THEIR with THEY’RE young children.

2. THEY’RE tired after arriving THERE with THEIR young children.

3. THEIR tired after arriving THERE with THEY’RE young children.

4. THEY’RE tired after arriving THEIR with THERE young children.

5. THERE tired after arriving THEY’RE with THEIR young children.

6. THEIR tired after arriving THEY’RE with THERE young children.

Are you having a little trouble? Let us look at how the dictionary defines these three words.

THERE: “in or at that place”
THEIR:  “of belonging to”
THEY’RE: “they are”

 Does that help? The correct sentence was number 2; “They’re tired after arriving there with their young children.” If you still don’t see the difference, then I’m afraid I cannot help you. I would, however, encourage you to find a good English tutor.

There are many other common grammatical faux pas' that also bother me, such as mixing up the words THEN and THAN. Likewise the words TWO, TO, and TOO. When is is correct to use the one? When is it correct to use the other? Your homework assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to sort that one out on your own. Class dismissed. 

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

The Lego Church

Somebody clearly has too much time on their hands.

How long did it take to build? Approximately one and a half years from the planning stage through to completing construction.


How many pieces?
Reportedly over 75,000.

How big is it?
2.2m x 1.7m x 0.76m
(7.0 ft x 5.5 ft x 30 in).

How many people does it seat? 1372.

How many windows does it have? 3976.

Can you say, "WOW!"

Sunday, 3 July 2011

The Social Media Revolution

For a long time I balked at social media, having nothing to do with Facebook, Twitter, and the like. At the time I could give you all sorts of reasons and excuses for my personal boycott of them. Some of my friends are still there where I once was, and that's OK too, for as the saying goes, "to each their own."

It's been an interesting ride. I've developed online relationships that I once believed was not possible, or at the very least, questionable in terms of authenticity.

I don't know if I coined it or if it came from somewhere else, and ultimately it doesn't even matter, but sometimes I've even used the term "eFellowship" to describe some very meaningful faith-based online discussions that I've had with people that I've never even physically met before. Who would ever have thought that would be possible? Hmm.

These online relationships certainly do not replace the flesh and blood, face to face, relationships in my life. There is no substitute for sitting down with friends for fellowship in a coffee shop, park, or wherever. I would caution anyone who thinks it's OK to do otherwise. Having said that, online relationships can be precious too.

Sure, there is some online junk out there too, and some people have unfortunately gotten hurt by it. However, in my way of thinking, that's not really that different than venturing into the wrong parts of any major city; you can get seriously hurt there too. Ultimately, a person does have to be smart and take certain precautions.

"If Facebook were a country, it'd be the world's 3rd largest." Think about that statement for a moment. Wow! One thing is for certain, as this video makes very clear, social media is here to stay. The following is an interesting little video full of amazing statistics. Enjoy.

For me, the personal boycott is over; the social media revolution has been joined. 

Peace and Blessings.

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons