Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day - Remembering the Price of Freedom

Today is the day we honor our fallen heroes who have given their lives to secure our freedoms. On Memorial Day we must remember that even if we have not personally lost a loved one, friend or family member, that each and every one of these brave soldiers is worthy of our remembrance.

Each Memorial Day there are new names on the list of those who died in service to their country, and it is of the ultimate importance that we cherish what they bought for us with a price so dear.

We must never take our freedom for granted, to do so is to insult their sacrifice. We must hold firmly to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We must sound the cry of freedom every day of our lives in all we do. Then they are not forgotten, for they live on in the hearts of every American whose eyes tear up at the sound of The Star Spangled Banner.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Yoko Ono Displays Bloodstained Items From John Lennon's Murder

Yoko Ono is at it again. In a possible bid to secure her title as "The World's Tackiest Widow", she has once again gaily skipped over the boundaries of decency and respect for her late husband's memory by displaying the blood-spattered spectacles and shirt that John Lennon was wearing on the night he was shot.

Yoko obviously considers this display to be art, and thus charges admission to see it. The brown paper bag these items were returned to her in is also on display in an exhibition she calls "John Lennon: The NYC Years" at the New York Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Yoko, while claiming to be pursuing John's vision of peace, licensed Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream's new flavor Imagine Whirled Peace, a flavor that boasts John's signature on the tub.

John, in the meantime, has been heard turning over in his grave.

Allen Takes Idol Crown

To the amazement of devoted fans, and probably judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, Kris Allen defeated Adam Lambert in the final showdown to become the new American Idol.

Allen, a married college student who is active in his church, probably gained the winning edge by picking up the crestfallen fans of Danney Gokey, who was eliminated last week. Danny, with his Elvis Costello glasses and his wholesome appearance was another contrast to Lambert. Lambert's vocal range was astonishing and his performances electrifying, but it may be that his flashy stage presence and viewers unease with his non-specific gender identification turned the final votes Allen's way.

American Idol is, after all, a popularity contest. The judges may praise whomever they like, but it's the viewers who have the final say.

Allen even said he hoped he didn't win with the "Christian" vote. Speculation had been that between the two candidates, the viewers would go for the one who represented Christian values. I don't think it's really a question of religious affiliation.

America voted for the person they were most comfortable with. They loved Adam Lambert and his polished, glitzy performances. However, when asked to choose whom they consider the "American Idol", they chose the American Ideal. They chose the man who valued family, marriage, church, and community. The stable values they aspire to, even when secretly enjoying the flashy decadence of the man with the black nail polish.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Yes, It Really Happened - Google Crashed!

If you were trying to Google anything yesterday morning, chances are your computer screen just hung there, making you check your internet connection. After all, Gmail didn't load either, and every website with Adsense seemed to hang up too.

The unthinkable happened yesterday between 8:40am and 9:55am, Eastern Time. Google crashed.

I immediately checked my modem, then the bill from my ISP to make sure it wasn't a planned interruption from my internet provider. Having determined it was just Google that was down, I forced myself to play some games on the computer until all was well again.

It did make me think about just how many websites are Google-affiliated in some way and how the web seemed empty without them.

There's been no official word from Google as to the cause of this interruption. Okay, fine. Just don't let it happen again.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Shockwave Overhaul - Sleek and Fun

If you've visited Shockwave lately, you were probably in for a Shock. Shockwave has redesigned the entire site and added some features. They've added some token appeal.

That is, now you can earn tokens while playing certain games on Shockwave. The tokens can then be used to buy tickets in raffles for cash prizes. Raffles are held daily, weekly and monthly.

It looks like Shockwave is trying to lure Pogo players over and I must say that in my case it has worked to some extent. Like Pogo, some of the snappier games are reserved for paying members but even with a free membership you can earn tokens and buy tickets for the raffles, so there's the added attraction of possibly making money by playing games all day.

Shockwave is less likely to freeze up your computer or crash your browser with its ads, since they run prior to the game loading instead of constantly changing during the game. But the ads on the page still slow you down and cause lag when they change.

Overall, the new look is sleeker and easier to navigate and I confess to having spent too much time there lately. With the addition of trophies for high-scoring players, there's a healthy competition amongst the players. The chats they have added don't seem to draw many players in, probably because they are still communicating the way they always did, by leaving comments under the game they just played. Getting them to abandon old ways for real time chat may take a bit of adjustment.

I like the new Shockwave, and I absolutely never miss my daily jigsaw. They've got a few bugs to work out but nothing serious. If you like a variety of games and the chance to win some money, give it a try.