Kangaroo attacked and dragged into sea by shark at Torquay

A WITNESS couldn't believe his eyes when he saw a shark attack a kangaroo at Torquay at the weekend.

Daniel Hurst said he saw a two- or three-metre long shark leap out of the water and attack the unfortunate roo as it paddled out to sea. "The shark came right out of the water,'' he told the Geelong Advertiser.
"It flipped onto its side. I didn't see the kangaroo after that.'' Mr Hurst said he first spotted the roo when it hopped out of scrub and down to the beach where he was walking his dog at about 5pm on Saturday. He said the kangaroo entered the water and started swimming out to sea, making slow progress.

It was about 80 metre from shore, with only its head visible above the water, when the shark struck, he said. By the time Mr Hurst got back to his car, he could see a big flock of seagulls hovering above the water where the roo was attacked. "I still can't believe it,'' he said yesterday. "It's the most bizarre thing I've ever seen, and I've travelled all over the world.''

Ranger Mick Smith from Lara's Serendip Sanctuary confirmed that kangaroos could swim, and would do so if they felt threatened and saw the water as an escape route.

1st Anniversary Celebrations

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Last night Elena and I went out for dinner to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. I surprised Elena by organising for the restaurant to bring out out a piece of cookies & cream cake with a message written on the plate in Chocolate. Below are the photos from the night.



1st Year Anniversary

Hey everyone,

We've been married for a year today! Todays our first wedding anniversary.

For those who are about to tie the knot, here's the reason you should never invite Mr Bean to your wedding.

Enjoy.

PS. For all you Americans, if you've never seen Mr Bean then you don't know what you're missing

Does Santa Exist?

So Christmas is coming. So does that mean that jolly fat guy will be visiting your house, drinking your milk and eating your cookies? Or is Santa one of those people on an informercial selling you an overpriced magic bullet.

Here's the facts to let you decide if Santa is real or not...

1) No known species of reindeer can fly. BUT there are 3 00,000 species of living organisms yet to be classified, and while most of these are insects and germs, this does not COMPLETELY rule out flying reindeer which only Santa has ever seen.

2) There are 2 billion children (persons under 18) in the world. BUT since Santa doesn't (appear) to handle the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish & Buddhist children, that reduces the workload to 15% of the total - 378 million according to Population Reference Bureau. At an average census) rate of 3.5 children per household, that's 91.8 million homes. One presumes there's at least one good child in each.

3) Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with. This is due to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 822.6 visits/second.

This is to say that for each Christian household with good children, Santa has .001 second to park, hop out of the sleigh, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left, get back up the chimney, get back into the sleigh and move on to the next house.

Assuming that each of these 91.8 million stops are evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false but for the purposes of our calculations we will accept), we are now talking about .78 miles/household, a total trip of 75.5 million miles; not counting stops to do what most of us must do at least once every 31 hours, plus feeding & etc.

So Santa's sleigh must be moving at 650 miles/second, 3,000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle on earth, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles/second. A conventional reindeer can run, tops, 15 miles/hour.

4) The payload on the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium-sized Lego set (2 lb.), the sleigh is carrying 321,300 tons, not counting Santa, who is invariably described as overweight. On land, conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 lb. Even granting that "flying reindeer" (see #1) could pull10 TIMES the normal amount, we cannot do the job with 8, or even 9 reindeer.; We need 214,200. This increases the payload - not counting the weight of the sleigh - to 353,430 tons. This is four times the weight of the ocean-liner Queen Elizabeth.

5) 353,000 tons travelling at 650 miles/second creates enormous air resistance. This will heat the reindeer up in the same fashion as a spacecraft re-entering the earth's atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer will absorb 14.3 QUINTILLION joules of energy per second each; In short, they will burst into flame almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them, and create deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team will be vaporised within .00426 of a second. Meanwhile, Santa will be subjected to centrifugal forces 17,500.06 times greater than gravity. A 250-LB Santa (seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of his sleigh by 4,315,015 lb. of force.If Santa ever DID deliver presents on Christmas Eve, he's dead now.

Big News

Hey Everyone, Long time no post and with good reason too.

Elena and I would like to officially announced to all our family and friends that Elena & I are expecting our first baby! We are pregnant! We are really excited!

Just thought we'd let everyone know!

Mike's Words of Wisdom

Elevators smell different to a midget

Teach a cat new tricks

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I've been teaching my cat martial arts so if one day someone breaks in when we're not here he can defend our place. I think his training is coming along well. Soon he'll be black belt.


How I Met Your Mother - What's your favourite moment?

Elena and I are huge fans of How I Met Your Mother. I will not waste my time explaining what the show is about if you haven't seen it. This show is the best show ever - this is coming from Australia's biggest Seinfeld fan. We've even got the first season on DVD. This show is even better than LOST (When someone explains to me what's happened on the show since the first episode & why the heck there's electricity on the island I might begin to be slightly interested).

What I'm interested in is finding out what everyones favourite HIMYM moment of all time. From the Slap bet & Robin Sparkles to Lily and Marshall's wedding I want to know - just leave your vote in the comments below. and in about 2 weeks time I will post the results here on this blog.

And for those who need a refresher, here's some highlights from the first episode to now:

Crop Circles or Crap Circles

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Here is our lawn mowing guy. He is the most reliable guy around. He came yesterday to mow our lawn. See the great job he did?


If you want his details so you can have him come to your place and mow your lawn then leave a comment below.

Caption This...

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Here is a photo of Aussie Prime Minister John Howard with Halo 3 Character Master Chief Petty Officer SPARTAN-117.


Leave a caption in the comments below

AFL Grandfinal

Today is the AFL grandfinal. To anyone who has no idea what this is its like the superbowl. Good luck to Geelong & Port Adelaide!

This is Aussie Rules Football and the year it was.

New Starwars Movie!

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They were saying on the news tonight that George Lucas is making another Starwars movie. Not too sure yet what its about but I saw this photo leaked as part of a new movie poster.

Wow pretty awesome...

I can't wait for it to come out!


May the force be with you!

How I met your mother season 3 premiere

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I've seen the first episode of season 3 of How I Met Your Mother... Elena & I are huge fans of the show and this episode was awesome. If you're a fan and you haven't seen it by now then you probably weren't a fan at all.

Here's what you missed

My own walk of Fame

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You may have been wondering where I have been.

I have been over in the states in the past week. I was at a ceremony where they unveiled my new my own star on the walk of fame for just being awesome! I was going to mention it here a couple of weeks ago but I decided to keep it a surprise (Actually I was told not to tell anyone by authorities or I would be in serious trouble. I was able to take a photo of it to show everybody as proof.

So here it is for real. I can hardly believe it myself. Go and check it out if you don't believe it.

I was Thinking...

There was a tram crash today in Melbourne



PASSENGERS caught in a horror tram smash that injured up to 20 people in Melbourne today were tossed through carriages like rag dolls. Witnesses watched in disbelief as two Melbourne-bound University trams, a number 6 tram from Glen Iris and a number 72 service from Camberwell, collided nose-to-tail on bustling St Kilda Rd about 10am.


The crazy thing about this is that the authorities are still looking at how it happened. I think I know how it happened: 2 trams on 1 track travelling at the same time! Am I missing something?


In Other News:
I've decided to add a new segment to the blog called Mike's Words of Wisdom! Great title huh? I thought of the title myself. From time to time putting a quote, some advice, or words of wisdom here on this blog. Ok, ok, if you can come up with a better - wittier name then drop a line in the comments and I might use it below.

Mike's Words of Wisdom:
Don't ask the barber whether you need a haircut.

My Great Great Grand Father

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Going through my family photo album, I found a photo of my great great great grandfather's photo and realised he looked alot like me... The family resemblence is uncanny!

I don't know what to call this entry... You name it!

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I have a friend who, for the point of this blog entry I will call "Steve". "Steve" left today for 3 weeks to go to the Phillippines. This photo reminds me of the customs he's going to have to go through before he leaves and when he arrives there:

He better be careful!

Well its too bad that he's going to miss the AFL Grand Final next Saturday with Geelong & Port Adelaide battling it out. My money (If I really was betting) is on Geelong to win. This is coming from someone who saw them beat their team by 150 points. Well its better than going for Collingwood.

My question is for you viewers... Who is going to win the 2007 AFL Grandfinal? Geelong or Port Adelaide. If you don't care then maybe tell me why in American Football they stop the game everytime someone catches the ball or drops it? I ask around and no one can tell me! - Just leave your response below in the comments.

Oh yeah. with my friend called "Steve", well thats his real name. You know who you are!

So you're thinking about online dating?


Church Sign Fun

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I have found a site that will allow me to create my own church signs.
Check out some that I have designed.







To design your own go to www.churchsigngenerator.com

I had an accident

I was driving home from work and some kids threw a rock from the bridge and hit my car.

Don't worry I'm alright now!


The programmers version of the story of Creation

In the beginning God created the Bit and the Byte. And from those he created the Word. And there were two Bytes in the Word; and nothing else existed. And God separated the One from the Zero; and he saw it was good.

And God said - Let the Data be; And so it happened. And God said - Let the Data go to their proper places. And he created floppy disks and hard disks and compact disks.

And God said - Let the computers be, so there would be a place to put floppy disks and hard disks and compact disks. Thus God created computers and called them hardware.

And there was no Software yet. But God created programs; small and big ... And told them - Go and multiply yourselves and fill all the Memory.

And God said - I will create the Programmer; And the Programmer will make new programs and govern over the computers and programs and Data.

And God created the Programmer; and put him at Data Center ;

And God showed the Programmer the Catalog Tree and said You can use all the volumes and subvolumes but DO NOT USE Windows.

And God said - It is not Good for the programmer to be alone. He took a bone from the Programmer's body and created a creature that would look up at the Programmer; and admire the Programmer; and love the things the Programmer does; And God called the creature : the User.

And the Programmer and the User were left under the naked DOS and it was Good.
But Bill was smarter than all the other creatures of God.

And Bill said to the User - Did God really tell you not to run any programs? And the User answered - God told us that we can use every program and every piece of Data but told us not to run Windows or we will die.

And Bill said to the User - How can you talk about something you did not even try. The moment you run Windows you will become equal to God. You will be able to create anything you like by a simple click of your mouse.

And the User saw that the fruits of the Windows were nicer and easier to use. And the User saw that any knowledge was useless - since Windows could replace it.

So the User installed the Windows on his computer; and said to the Programmer that it was good.

And the Programmer immediately started to look for new drivers. And God asked him - What are you looking for? And the Programmer answered - I am looking for new drivers because I can not find them in the DOS. And God said - Who told you need drivers? Did you run Windows? And the Programmer said - It was Bill who told us to.

And God said to Bill - Because of what you did you will be hated by all the creatures. And the User will always be unhappy with you. And you will always sell Windows.

And God said to the User - Because of what you did, the Windows will disappoint you and eat up all your Resources; and you will have to use lousy programs; and you will always rely on the Programmers help.

And God said to the Programmer - Because you listened to the User you will never be happy. All your programs will have errors and you will have to fix them and fix them to the end of time.

And God threw them out of the Data Center and locked the door and secured it with a password.

Spoofapedia is here

I am creating a Wiki site that has to do with all things Spoof and parody. In other words all the information on the site is fictitious and not real. I am looking for people and members to help build it. If this is something you are interested in then visit www.spoof.wikidot.com.

New Kids On The Block Reunion Tour

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Where have I been? I have spent the last 6 months on the New Kids On The Block Reunion tour... Yes they're back!.. awesome huh? Yep we're hanging tough by bringing back the hits that made us famous!

Amusing Photo Tuesday

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Here is an amusing photo to brighten your Tuesday!
Don't ask why I like this, I just do

It's been how long?

1 year ago today I popped the question to now wife Elena! Awesome huh?
Just thought I'd tell everyone!

Tribute to Merv Griffin

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Hey Folks

Merv Griffin, the big band-era crooner turned impresario who parlayed his "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" game shows into a multimillion-dollar empire, died Sunday. He was 82.
Griffin died of prostate cancer, according to a statement from his family that was released by Marcia Newberger, spokeswoman for The Griffin Group/Merv Griffin Entertainment.

From his beginning as a $100-a-week San Francisco radio singer, Griffin moved on as vocalist for Freddy Martin's band, sometime film actor in films and TV game and talk show host, and made Forbes' list of richest Americans several times.

"The Merv Griffin Show" lasted more than 20 years, and Griffin said his capacity to listen contributed to his success.
"If the host is sitting there thinking about his next joke, he isn't listening," Griffin reasoned in a recent interview.

But his biggest break financially came from inventing and producing "Jeopardy" in the 1960s and "Wheel of Fortune" in the 1970s. After they had become the hottest game shows on television, Griffin sold the rights to Coca Cola's Columbia Pictures Television Unit for $250 million in 1986, retaining a share of the profits.

For my tribute to Merv Griffin here is an episode of Seinfeld where Kramer has the set from the Merv Griffin show in his appartment... enjoy!

What was I thinking?

About time. My favourite team Richmond Tigers in the AFL have scored their second win of the season.

Richmond toppled Collingwood by 20 points in the season’s major upset at the MCG.
The Tigers ambushed Collingwood with a mighty first quarter and set the tone with two goals in the first two minutes.

The 18.8 (116) to 14.12 (96) scoreline was the result of remarkable evenness across the field, but the solo effort of Nathan Foley deserved to be singled out for special mention.

I'm stoked Richmond won... really stoked.... BUT

In the footy tipping competition at work I had a dilemma. With Richmond at the bottom of the ladder with only 1 win for the year and Collingwood in the top 8 with 11 wins who was I going to go for? Why would I go for my own team when they have had the worst year ever? My rule of thumb along with the other 90% of Aussies is to NEVER EVER go for Collingwood. Not only that, to NEVER EVER tip Collingwood.

I broke my own rule and I paid the price. What was I thinking?

Since this post is sort of dedicated to Richmond. I thought I'd include a video of Legend Nathan Brown and his season ending - leg breaking accident of 2005. This video still amazes me!

WARNING: Not for the weak - Seriously!
You have been warned!!!

A 'fair dinkum' farce

An Australian woman was branded a criminal by airline officials after "swearing" on an American flight - with a classic, and utterly inoffensive, Aussie oath."Fair dinkum," New South Wales woman Sophie Reynolds muttered when told by a air hostess that there were no pretzels for her to snack on.


The next thing Ms Reynolds knew, the flight crew had demanded her passport to note down her details, telling her that swearing at attendants was a crime.


The 41-year-old, who lives in Queanbeyan, near Canberra, was stunned to find three uniformed officers waiting for her when she left the flight in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


"They said: 'You swore at the hostess and there are federal rules against that'," Reynolds told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


"And I said: 'I did not swear at the hostess, I just said 'fair dinkum'." Reynolds was travelling on a Delta Connection flight on SkyWest Airlines.


A SkyWest official said the airline was still investigating the incident, telling the journal "there are two sides to every story". "Our initial reports indicate it was more than a misunderstanding of the language," SkyWest spokeswoman Marissa Snow told the journal.


"We witnessed aggressive behaviour throughout the flight." Ms Snow said the Utah-based airline, which flies under contract to Delta Air Lines, was still trying to contact Ms Reynolds. She said no charges had been filed as a result of the incident and Ms Reynolds had been allowed to go on her way after talking to police.

Think About It

  • Why do you need a driver's license to buy liquor when you can't drink and drive?
  • Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?
  • Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?
  • Why are there flotation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes?
  • Why are cigarettes sold in gas stations when smoking is prohibited there?
  • Do you need a silencer if you are going to shoot a mime?
  • Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?
  • How does the guy who drives the snowplow get to work in the mornings?
  • If 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the doors?
  • If a cow laughed, would milk come out her nose?
  • If nothing ever sticks to TEFLON, how do they make TEFLON stick to the pan?
  • If you tied buttered toast to the back of a cat and dropped it from a height, what would happen?
  • If you're in a vehicle going the speed of light, what happens when you turn on the headlights?
  • You know how most packages say Open here. What is the protocol if the package says, Open somewhere else?
  • Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?
  • Why is it that when you transport something by car, it's called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship, it's called cargo?
  • You know that little indestructible black box that is used on planes, why can't they make the whole plane out of the same substance?
  • Why is it that when you're driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?

Mike's Words of Wisdom

Here are my words of wisdom for any situation.

1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the heck alone.
2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tyre.
3. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.
4. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.
5. Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.
6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
7. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
9. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
12. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
13. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield.
14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
17. Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
19. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.
20. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
21. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
22. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

Mike I am your father... I think..

My folks recently gave me a whole heap of stuff from when I was a kid... Stuff like my old He-Man action figures and my old He-Man movie. Why do I need that stuff? Like my folks think that I want to relive my childhood again.

Something else that was given to me was my photo album from when I was a kid growing up. From age 0 - 5. Elena loved them but I didn't. How am I suppose to get excited about seeing myself as a 4 year old with a worse haircut than Donald Trump? What do I want my photo album for and what do I do with it apart from letting it gather dust on the shelf?

Inspired by an episode of Seinfeld (The one where George has the house to himself and he brings a woman to his folks house and she see's a photo of George as a baby but the woman thinks its George's home), I thought that I'd get one of the photo's of me when I was 4 years old and take it to work with me and pretend that 4 year old me is actually my son. The only problem is how I'm going to explain the really aweful haircut that looks like it was inspired by Moe's hair from the Three Stooges. What was my folks thinking? (I don't remember my folks even remotely being interested in the Three Stooges.) Now this whole 'scam' of faking my 4 year old son has got me thinking how far I could take it before someone catches on. Maybe the conversation could go something like this:

"Hey Mike, thats a great photo, is that your son?"
"It sure is" *Cue fake laughter*... Then it got me thinking: What if I had a photo of Elena too and I could take both of our photo's to work and pretend that they are our "Kids"?

I'll let you know if I even pursue this idea and how it works out.

Hypocrisy in the Church

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Perhaps you have felt justified in either avoiding or rejecting the Christian faith because of some instance(s) of disgusting hypocrisy that you have encountered in those identifying themselves as Christians. If so read on, as we offer four key responses to the line…

"Hey, I would never be a Christian. I mean, look at all the hypocrites in the Church!"

“Well, we'd be glad to move over—there's always room for one more. And furthermore, if you ever find the perfect church, please don't join it. You'd spoil it.”

Does that response strike you as a being a bit too smart-alecky? Perhaps so, but before you totally discount it, consider the point that is being made. Is this not a case of the pot calling the kettle black? Are not four fingers pointing back at you as you point at the Church? Are you not a bit like the father who once screamed at his teenage son: “Kid, if I've told you once, I've told you a million times—don't exaggerate!”

“You're right. There is far too much hypocrisy in the Church. And there always has been. But it's certainly not being condoned.”

An honest admission here may hopefully clear the air enough to make it evident that there are many men of integrity in the Church boldly crying out against hypocrisy today. Ravi Zacharias is one key evangelical church leader who has said, “The Bible's condemnation of hypocrites is clear. The Bible also clearly pledges that God will judge hypocrites (Matthew 24:51). God is more angered by hypocrisy than we can ever be.”

Addressing 10,000 itinerant preachers and evangelists in Amsterdam in the summer of 2000, Dr. Zacharias then went on to challenge his listeners with these words: “Why is it that a community that talks so much about supernatural transformation shows so little of that transformation? We will have to be men and women who embody the message that we are preaching, whose lives are faithful to the claims we are making.”

“Since when do you allow hypocrisy to determine your affiliation and participation?”

We've all heard of medical quacks—but have you you stopped going to the doctor? There have been news reports of hamburger contaminated with E. coli—but have you stopped eating Big Macs? Jonathan Pollard and Benedict Arnold were phony, hypocritical Americans—but are you planning to leave the country?

And where would you go anyway? With what faith would you ever align yourself? Certainly there are also hypocritical Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists. Even atheists. Like the fella who once participated in a formal debate with a minister. The atheist clearly out-debated the clergyman, but the minister was declared the winner because at the end of the debate, in a sudden flush of victory, the unbeliever shouted out: “Thank God I'm an atheist!”

“You're right—the Church is not perfect. But Christ is. Fasten your eyes on Him.”

Cliff Knechtle in his book Give Me an Answer, © 1986 IVP writes: "We all either try to hide our bad sides or we try to make them look good. But deep inside we all know that we fall short of living the way we know we should. No one can escape the charge of "hypocrite"—no one except Jesus Himself. He is the only One who has lived up to God's standards; the only One who has perfectly lived what He preached. Only through…Christ can we escape the penalty due our hypocrisy… By living within the security of Christ's love, we are free to peel off masks and to become real, honest people."

Ruth Bell Graham, wife of international evangelist Billy Graham, shares the true account of a young college student from India by the name of Pashi who once told her, "I would like to believe in Christ. We of India would like to believe in Christ. But we have never seen a Christian who was like Christ." Ruth Graham says that when she consulted Dr. Akbar Haqq about what might be the best response to Pashi's challenge, Haqq answered decisively, "That is quite simple. I would tell Pashi, 'I am not offering you Christians. I am offering you Christ.'" —Decision, 10/2000, p 39

The Gospel of the Bling

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Five ways to get her to watch sport

It's full of all the things she loves - drama, intrigue, blood and passion. Are we talking a night at the opera? Nup. We're talking sport. And she hates it. But don't fret. She just doesn't know what she's missing out on. It's up to you to convince her that sport is more than just a game. It's life.

Try these five tips below and watching the big game on Sunday just may become a lot more easier.

Explain the game
The best way to learn a sport is to play it. That's easy if you're talking tennis or touch football, but trickier if your passion is baseball or cricket. Invite her to watch you play on the weekend or take her to see a professional game because watching some sporting heroes (like you) in the flesh may pique her interest.

Teach her appreciation
It might look easy when Matthew Hayden hits a six, but today's professionals train hard to stay at the top of their game. Encourage her to have a go herself so she'll realise just how hard it is to put bat on ball.

Talk the players up
Avoid scandals like Wayne Carey's indiscretion with his best friend's missus, even if you're only making a joke. Instead, talk up some players' positive attributes, like David Beckham being the loving father to his boys and John Eales cooking for his mum.

Answer all her questions
In an effort to understand what's going on, many stupid questions will be asked. Answer every one patiently and in good humour, even if she asks why the umpire has just given a batsman the finger, why rucks and mauls appear to be the same thing and why league players run into defenders, while their union counterparts tend to run around them.

If all else fails, barter
This is the last resort. Tell her that you'll do something she likes if she'll watch the game with you; it might mean enduring a chick flick, but after all, compromise is the key to a long and harmonious relationship.

A plethora of popups

If you're having problems with popups then read on.

For the past week we've been unidated with popups on our computer. Don't know where they came from - don't care. I don't want a new mobile phone ringtone. And NO I don't need a new wonder weight loss drug. (By the way: I've gained 15 kilo's since we've been married, but that's another story)

All I can say is that I was 2 minutes away from re-installing our laptop - As if. After trying various free pop-up removal software this still didn't work. Infact it made it worse. Then we checked our Yahoo Mail account to find that the Yahoo mail page keeps refreshing itself. This was not good let me tell you. I tried googling my problem to see if anyone else experienced this. To no avail I was unsuccessful. Then it dawned on me: "It's gotta be the add-ons with IE 7". So I restarted Internet Explorer without the add-ons. And Vola - no pop-ups, and the Yahoo mail page is stable. Everything worked like it should so re-opened IE with all the add-ons and went to Tools > Add-ons and found there was about 50 different add-ons that I didn't know Internet Explorer 7 was running. So I removed the ones unfamiliar ones and the ones I didn't need. And all I can say is that IE 7 is running better tha I thought it would.

Ok I know that some are gonna leave comments and tell me that IE is garbage. That's your opinion. I'm old school. IE works better for me for blogging and web design.

That's about it for now!

Deep in Thought

G'day everyone,
Long time, no entry

Here's what I've been thinking about:

Australian Monopoly
Why Sydney & Bonniedoon are not on the new Australian Monopoly Version and Adelaide takes the top spot. Ok, they decided by voting on the Monopoly website. But still, does anyone except South Australian's agree that this was the right choice?



Domino's Meat Pie Pizza

What had the marketing managers at Domino's been smoking when they came up with this? I had to download the picture because I'm sure that they meant it when they said "for a limited time". This one will linger on in the back of our minds when all traces of its existence have been destroyed, like the "Star Wars Holiday Special"

The evolution of the humble Aussie meat pie has taken a monumental leap in history, with the union of Australia's two biggest pre-game footy food rivals – meat pie and pizza.
Now the traditional Aussie meat pie isn't known for its looks, and neither is Domino’s new meat pie pizza, the result of three months of research and development as the company looked for a distinctly Australian taste. The Meat Pie Pizza comes with beef mince, onions and peas topped with thick pastry and tomato sauce – and apparently it looks about as pretty as a half-gobbled dog's eye. With an estimated 3 million Aussie dollars committed to the launch of the new pizza one has to wonder how arch rivals ‘Pizza Hut’ will respond. Marsupials with the lot anyone?



Peter Popoff's & his not so Miracle Spring Water
I came across this guy while surfing the web. Click Here to find out exactly who this guy is. I know a scam when I smell one. Oh and by the way: Popoff is another word to use when you've eaten too many baked beans. I got my own miracle water - it comes from a tap. The miracle part is that I can actually drink the stuff. Considering the highly toxic qualities Bendigo town water possesses.

Popoff appears on late-night U.S. television as a Pentecostal healing evangelist and also in infomercials. He has promoted his "Miracle Spring Water" as a "point of contact" for divine healing. He has also preached a form of prosperity theology under the slogan "Go into business with God", claiming that God will make "divine transfers" into a viewer's "divine account". One infomercial states, "A divine transfer is a supernatural event. This is not money you're going to make from your job... God is going to supernaturally put money into your account."
Within four weeks of submitting one's address to Popoff's automated phone service, subscribers receive in the mail from Popoff (now calling himself "Prophet Peter Popoff") a three-page essay filled with elaborate biblical language and red-ink imitation handwriting. Instead of the promised "Miracle Water", included is a tiny plastic "Golden Tablet" and a "Miracle Band" (a cardboard bracelet marked simply with "JIREH", Hebrew for "see" but sometimes translated "provide"). Popoff purports that the "Golden Tablet" was made by God and intended to create immense wealth for the subscriber. Popoff then insists that the subscriber wear the "Miracle Band" while posting him a check for $28.30 (related to Exodus 28:30 in some way), in order to receive further instructions on how to use the "Golden Tablet".

Well thats what I think.
Tell me what you're thinking

Christian Cafe Central

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Hi peoples,
I just thought I'd tell everyone about this site I've designed. It's called 'Cafe Christian Central' and it's pretty much that - a hangout place for ALL Christians. On it you'll find Christian news, Christian movie reviews, and most impressively a forum/discussion type community for anyone to have their say or to make friendships.
This site is a work in progress and will grow as more people have their input say on what they want to see on the site. In short I value honest feedback.
Check it out now! :)

Muslims slam 'divisive' test

From Herald-Sun Newspaper Today

MUSLIMS are outraged that prospective citizens will have to acknowledge the Judeo-Christian tradition as the basis of Australia's values system.

Australia's peak Muslim body said the proposed citizenship question -- revealed in the Herald Sun -- was disturbing and potentially divisive.

Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Dr Ameer Ali said the "Abrahamic tradition" or "universal values" would be less divisive ways of describing the nation's moral base.

Dr Ali said use of the term Judeo-Christian was the result of "WWII guilt", and before 1945 Australia would have been called only Christian.
"That question must be rephrased," he said.


Dr Ali was backed by Democrats senator Lyn Allison, who said the answer to the question was highly debatable.
But Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews stood firm on the merit of the question.
Mr Andrews said Australia's Judeo-Christian heritage was indisputable historical fact.
"We are not asking people to subscribe to the Judeo-Christian ethic," he said.
"We are simply stating a fact that this is part of the heritage of Australia in terms of its foundation.


"This is not an exercise in political correctness. It is trying to state what has been the case and still is the case."
But Health Minister Tony Abbott confused the issue, saying the modern Australian values system was secular, or of no particular religion.
The Herald Sun yesterday revealed 20 key questions, developed in consultation with Mr Andrews, that are likely to be asked of would-be citizens.
Mr Andrews said the test, to begin by September, would help immigrants integrate into society better.


"We celebrate diversity and people are free to continue their own traditions, but we are also very insistent that we have to build and maintain social cohesion," he said.
Dr Ali said he would request a meeting with Mr Andrews to discuss the question.
"It is the wrong message we are sending," he said.
Senator Allison said the test was pointless.
"I don't see what it's going to achieve," she said.


"It doesn't say anything about people's character, whether they are going to be good citizens."
Opposition immigration spokesman Tony Burke said Labor agreed in principle with the test, but wanted details.

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Here's The Truth:

We are under attack from secular fundamentalists, atheistic humanists, and intolerant pluralists, who hate the idea of Australia’s Christian heritage. They seek as journalists, broadcasters, politicians and academics to remove every trace of Christian heritage in our land. Few Christians know anything of this nation’s rich Christian heritage and the fact that it was dedicated to the Lord. They do not know that many of our early explorers, pioneers and politicians were men and women of God. It is largely unknown that Captain James Cook, Captain Charles Sturt, Edward John Eyre, Flynn of the Inland and many others were committed Christians.

Fewer still are aware that one of the men who co-authored our nation’s constitution was Prime Minister Alfred Deakin, a man who prayed and was used of God in the founding of this nation. Many of this nation’s founding fathers were Christians. However this does not mean that they were without fault, as many of today’s critics are eager to point out. We do not mean they were sinless. As the Bible shows, God uses people, despite their shortcomings and faults. Many of this nation’s early explorers, leaders and politicians did have shortcomings. They did mess up, like all men. However, most of them had a heart towards God and a will to obey Him. As Iain H Murray writes: “Australian Christian Life from 1788” Banner 1988 “Christian history is a history of surprises. From such unpromising beginnings a heroic form of resolute, self sacrificing yet ‘singing’ Christianity began to make its way. From among soldiers, convicts, settlers, and Aborigines also, churches came into existence which powerfully affected the greater part of the entire population.”

1. THE ORIGINS OF THE NAME "AUSTRALIA."
From 150 AD when Ptolemy showed a south land on his maps, the Latin word australis was used for regions south of the equator. In 1569 the great geographer Gerhardus Mercator used continens australis to refer to the supposed land south of Asia. In 1606 Pedro Fernandez de Quiros discovered Vanuatu, and, believing that the island on which he landed was part of the great southern continent, named it Australia del Espiritu Santo. In his memorial published in 1610, the name Australia incognita appeared on the title page and in 1612 the Dutch cartographer Hessel Gerritsz published a book containing a Dutch translation of de Quiros’s Memorial which rendered it as “Australia Incognita;” the earliest printed use of the word Australia.

In literature the words “Australia,” began to be used from 1676, almost a century before Captain James Cook.

In the account (1773) of James Cook’s voyage in HMS Endeavour, reference was made to de Quiros’s discovery, but Cook believed this land to lie to the north east of his discovery, which he called “New South Wales”. When Arthur Phillip received his commission as Governor in 1786 his jurisdiction was confined to the territory of New South Wales. Anything West of 135 degrees E. was called New Holland parts of which had been mapped by the Dutch. It was believed that an inland sea separated the eastern and western sides of the continent. Matthew Flinders, in his Voyage to Terra Australis (1814), wrote “Had I permitted myself any innovation upon the original term Terra Australis, it would have been to convert it into Australia”. In April 1817, Governor Macquarie used the word “Australia” officially in his correspondence, thereby giving vice-regal approval.

The early colonist and explorer, W.C. Wentworth in his Statistical Account (1824) advocated the use of the name “Australia”. Many books of the time indicate the word “Australia” had been accepted by the colonists. Generally there was an official reluctance to adopt the name in England, except by the Admiralty, the first governmental department to use the name officially in its publications.

2. THE MEANING OF THE NAME.
A Dutch explorer, Willem Janez, is reported to be the first European to have set foot on Australian soil. In 1606, Janez sailed south from New Guinea in the Duyfken “little dove”. I have been on board the replica of this little dove. While searching for a southern route, Janez discovered Cape York Peninsula and charted 200 miles of the Australian coastline, without realising he had discovered a new continent. Discouraged by a shortage of supplies and the death of ten of his men in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Janez returned to Java without ever sighting the rich eastern coast. Like the dove that Noah let out of the Ark, the Duyfken caught glimpses of the land but did not find a permanent home. Australia’s time had not yet come. It is interesting that the dove is a symbol for the Holy Spirit. As the gentle dove hovered over the waters of Noah’s day, the Holy Spirit brooded over the southern continent, named “The Great Southland of the Holy Spirit” by Captain Pedro Fernandez de Quiros in 1606.
De Quiros became the first explorer to lay claim to Australia. He was also a man with a heart for God. Between the 14th and 15th centuries the Spaniards began sending expeditions into the South Pacific.

Their purpose was to carry the Bible to these lands (as well as a quest for riches). This is borne out in a letter from a Spanish diplomat to King Phillip 111: “That no time be lost in discovering that Australia region so far unknown, so these people may have knowledge of the Gospel and be brought into Spiritual obedience.” De Quiros gave this continent its name “La Australia del Espiritu Santo” or literally “Great Southland of the Holy Spirit”. No other nation has ever been blessed with the name “Land of the Holy Spirit”!

One pre-Captain Cook map shows Australia’s fictional east coast . It was a line from Van Diemen’s Land to New Guinea including Espiritu Santo. The coastal note translates: “I suppose that the land of Van Diemen can join with the land of the Holy Ghost but this is without proof.” An Dutch inscription on what was proposed as the North Queensland coast says “Land of the Holy Spirit discovered in 1606 by Fernandez de Quiros.” Fernand De Quiros was a man of faith and great missionary zeal, being firmly convinced that the Lord had chosen him to discover and bring the Gospel to “terra australis”. “From his youth he seems to have been caught up in the missionary enthusiasm of the age…He was a gentle spirit, one of God’s chosen vessels bringing the gift of his holy faith. For Quiros, all men were the adopted children of God…He began to believe that he had been singled out by God as the vessel through whom the inhabitants of ‘terra australis would be received into the church, and that ‘terra australis’ would be Australia del Espiritu Santo — a land dedicated to the Holy Spirit.” (Article on de Quiros in Enciclopedia Italiana (1949) “The voyages of Pedro de Quiros” vol 1, pp 163–5).

Sailing into the waters of the South Pacific and sighting land de Quiros took possession, calling it the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit. His actual proclamation was as follows: “Let the heavens, the earth, the waters with all their creatures and all those here present witness that I, Captain Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, in the name of Jesus Christ, hoist this emblem of the Holy Cross on which Jesus Christ’s person was crucified and whereon He gave His life for the ransom and remedy of the human race, on this day of Pentecost, 14 May 1606, I take possession of all this part of the South as far as the pole in the name of Jesus, which from now on shall be called the Southern land of the Holy Spirit and this always and forever to the end that to all natives, in all the said lands, the holy, sacred evangel may be preached zealously and openly.”

After the proclamation the ships’ cannons roared and soldiers fired their muskets and de Quiros and his men shouted: “Long live the Faith of Christ!” Professor Manning Clark writes: “Then with a majestic sweep he reminded himself of his subjection to the ordinances of God, His high and sacred decrees, as well as the wishes of man. Whatever it was, whether obedience to the inscrutable decrees of Providence or the use of divine commands to justify the promptings of the heart. de Quiros came within an ace of discovering Australia and not for want of determination or faith. But God’s will was otherwise disposed, it was left to other Europeans of another denomination to found and colonise white Australia.” Soon the English and Dutch took advantage of his discoveries and launched their own expeditions in their quest to find the “South land of the Holy Spirit”.

Many Australians today have a man-centred or humanistic national view. This is one of the main differences between our founding fathers and modern Australia, and is a major reason why our nation has such serious problems. Sir Henry Parkes, the Father of Federation, said: “We are pre-eminently a Christian people — as our laws, our whole system of jurisprudence, our Constitution are based upon and interwoven with our Christian belief.” Sydney Morning Herald 26/8/1885

It was a Dutch Protestant, Abel Tasman, “the man who made the longest voyage since Magellan” who was the first European to sight Tasmania and New Zealand. A devout Christian, he sailed from Batavia on 14 August 1642. Instructions to Skipper Commander Abel Tasman reminded him of other famous explorers-Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama-who had preceded him. “What numberless multitudes of blind heathen have by the same been introduced to the blessed light of the Christian religion. May God Almighty vouchsafe His blessings on this work”. Tasman made a second voyage in 1644, when he charted the coast of Australia from Cape York Peninsula west to Willems River in the centre of the west coast. If we look at a map of explorers prior to Cook, we see that while all of them headed straight for the Southland, they all sailed right around it! There are natural explanations-contrary winds and currents, but maybe God was waiting for another day, when an English Christian protestant, Captain James Cook should claim the land that became ours. We have a Christian heritage and we forget it at our peril. As Karl Marx wrote: “A people without a heritage are easily persuaded.”

The Bible reminded God’s people to remember their heritage, and to look to that land God is bringing us to. We have a heritage that shows God led Christians, Catholic and Protestant, to discover this land. We who live in it, have not only a Christian heritage, but a Christian destiny. This great Southland of the Holy Spirit was given to us by God, to prepare us for an even greater destiny, a land and a city yet to come. Our early fathers of the faith understood this promised land with its beautiful harbour and cities was not to be our final abode. For people of faith have a heavenly destiny.

As the Book of Hebrews explains after it mentions the great rollcall of famous believers: “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. They admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country — a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11
For all people of faith, God has prepared for us a better land, a heaven for believers and a city of God where we will dwell with Him through all eternity. Do you have the faith to believe this? Will you enter your name on the citizenship list of heaven? We hold to our Christian heritage in Australia, but we look forward to our eternal destiny in Heaven. Join us in the best of both worlds, a citizen of the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit, and a citizen of Heaven.

REFERENCES
South Land Of The Holy Spirit: E R Kotlowski 1994 J. Bell Pty Ltd
Discovering Australia's Christian C Stringer; Col Stringer Ministries Inc 2001
Australian Encyclopedia; Australian Geographic Pty Ltd 1996

Caption This

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Thats Right, it's time for everyones favourite game: CAPTION THIS. All you have to do is write a witty caption in the comments for this photo.

Paris Hilton to be singing the jailhouse blues

You heard it right! Paris Hilton is going to jail for 45 days. And before you ask, no, this isn't another Simple Life series (although if the TV execs had a single functioning brain cell they'd make it into one). Having brazenly flouted the law with her repeated instances of driving under the influence and on a suspended licence, Paris has been made a public example to all Los Angeles rich kids who consider themselves exempt from the rules.

Come June, Paris is going to have to trade in her skimpy, designer outfits for an orange jumpsuit, drugs and booze for prison grub, and the L.A. celebrity elite for a new family of LA County Jail inmates. We have no idea how she's going to make it through.

But before you feel sorry for her, just remember there's likely to be a round of paid talk show appearances and a million dollar book deal waiting for her at the end of it.

Tour of Australia

Hi sport fans,

A lot of our friends and family from Overseas keep asking us what Australia is like. We thought we'd actually show you by posting this video. No its not us. Its our good mate Russell Coight. This should clear up any miss-conception.

Where the heck are we?

Hi peoples.... Long time no hear

I guess I owe everyone an explanation as to what's happening here.

Let me start from the beginning. First things first:

The final stages of the visa process is approaching. We got a confirmation letter back saying that Elena can now work. This came sooner than expected, thank God. The whole application should be completed around the end of June/Julyish. Last week Elena got her Australian drivers licence. She found driving on the left side of the road (The right side) a little tough to begin with but she's finally got the hang of things. Yep she can really drive here.

I have been working on a project that has finally come to reality. It is BlueBall Games. You can find it at http://www.blueballgames.com. Go and check it out. BlueBall Games gives away free prizes in conjuction with advertising - Let the BlueBall Games Begin. I have been working on getting this site up and running and thats the reason for the lack of entries for the Blog. Rest assured Elena and I are doing great!

More to follow

Have a great week.

The Unofficial Smilie & Emoticon Dictionary

Just tilt your head to the left.

:-) Your basic smilie. This smilie is used to inflect a sarcastic or
joking statement since we can't hear voice inflection over Unix.
;-) Winky smilie. User just made a flirtatious and/or sarcastic remark.
More of a "don't hit me for what I just said" smilie.
:-( Frowning smilie. User did not like that last statement or is upset
or depressed about something.
:-I Indifferent smilie. Better than a Frowning smilie but not quite as
good as a happy smilie
:-> User just made a really biting sarcastic remark. Worse than a :-).
>:-> User just made a really devilish remark.
>;-> Winky and devil combined. A very lewd remark was just made.

Those are the basic ones...Here are some somewhat less common ones:

(-: User is left handed
%-) User has been staring at a green screen for 15 hours straight
:*) User is drunk
[:] User is a robot
8-) User is wearing sunglasses
B:-) Sunglasses on head
::-) User wears normal glasses
B-) User wears horn-rimmed glasses
8:-) User is a little girl
:-)-8 User is a Big girl
:-{) User has a mustache
:-{} User wears lipstick
{:-) User wears a toupee
}:-( Toupee in an updraft
:-[ User is a Vampire
:-E Bucktoothed vampire
:-F Bucktoothed vampire with one tooth missing
:-7 User juust made a wry statement
:-* User just ate something sour
:-)* User drools
:-*) User has a cold
:'-( User is crying
:'-) User is so happy, s/he is crying
:-@ Uer is screaming
:-# User wears braces
:^) User has a broken nose
:v) User has a broken nose, but it's the other way
:_) User's nose is sliding off of his face
:-& User is tongue tied.
=:-) User is a hosehead
-:-) User is a punk rocker
-:-( (real punk rockers don't smile)
:=) User has two noses
+-:-) User is the Pope or holds some other religious office
`:-) User shaved one of his eyebrows off this morning
,:-) Same thing...other side
-I User is asleep
-O User is yawning/snoring
:-Q User is a smoker
:-? User smokes a pipe
O-) Megaton Man On Patrol! (or else, user is a scuba diver)
O :-) User is an angel (at heart, at least)
:-P Nyahhhh!
:-S User just made an incoherent statement
:-D User is laughing (at you!)
:-X User's lips are sealed
:-C User is really bummed
<-) User is Chinese
<-( User is Chinese and doesn't like these kind of jokes
:-/ User is skeptical
C=:-) User is a chef
@= User is pro-nuclear war
*<:-) User is Santa Claus
:-o Uh oh!
(8-o It's Mr. Bill!
*:o) And Bozo the Clown!
3:] Pet smilie
3:[ Mean Pet smilie
d8= Your pet beaver is wearing goggles and a hard hat.
E-:-) User is a Ham radio operator
:-9 User is licking his/her lips
%-6 User is braindead
[:-) User is wearing a walkman
(:I User is an egghead
<:-I User is a dunce
K:P User is a little kid with a propeller beenie
@:-) User is wearing a turban
:-0 No Yelling! (Quiet Lab)
:-: Mutant Smilie The invisible smilie
.-) User only has one eye
,-) Ditto...but he's winking
X-( User just died
8 :-) User is a wizard
C=}>;*{)) Mega-Smilie... A drunk, devilish chef with a toupee in an updraft,
a mustache, and a double chin

Note: A lot of these can be typed without noses to make midget smilies.

:) Midget smilie
:] Gleep...a friendly midget smilie who will gladly be your friend

Boring Saturday

Welcome to boring Saturday... If your Saturday is really boring then here's a little pick me up... Enjoy :)





My Baby Diary

I found my diary that I kept from when I was a newborn baby. I thought that I'd share a couple of entries with you.

Day 1: Tired from the move.
Day 2: Everybody talks to me like I'm an idiot.

more to come

Have a great day!

My Tribute to the Ashes & the Cricket World Cup

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Well the Cricket World Cup official begins today! Remember that Australia are world champions.
After Australia's White-wash against England in the Ashes here is my little tribute to Australia's win. Don't worry American's - you won't get the joke

A Youth Ministry Some Call Antigay Tests Tolerance

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SAN FRANCISCO, March 8 — It is the type of event that cities usually salivate over: more than 20,000 teenagers, all with a keen interest in pop culture, plenty of chaperones, and, of course, pockets full of disposable income.

But when the group in question is a Christian ministry from Texas that condemns homosexuality, and the place is San Francisco, often referred to as “the gayest city in America,” the civic welcome wagon collapses pretty quickly.

A two-day event called BattleCry starts Friday at AT&T Park, the downtown baseball stadium. Organizers say the gathering, which includes performances by Christian rock bands and inspirational speakers, is a way for young Christians to speak out against what they view as destructive cultural elements, including sex on television, obscene music and violent video games.

“This culture is really hammering this generation,” said Ron Luce, the founder of Teen Mania, the Texas-based ministry that sponsors and promotes BattleCry. “Whether it’s being accosted with horrible sexually suggestive messages or the garbage in the video game world, corporate America is raping and pillaging American teenagers. And everyone is just walking by.”
But several prominent San Francisco political leaders say Mr. Luce’s group is the one doing the damage, using its young members as a conduit for a message of intolerance.
“They are being fed, spoon-fed, hate,” said Tom Ammiano, a member of the city’s Board of Supervisors, who is gay. “And it is incumbent on any group receiving that hate, particularly gay people, to speak out.”

Aaron Peskin, the board’s president, called BattleCry “reckless and irresponsible.”
“We need to increase understanding of our human differences, not teach our kids to be suspicious and hateful towards people unlike them,” Mr. Peskin said in a statement.
It is not the first time that BattleCry has gotten the cold shoulder from San Franciscans. The group held a concert here last year, an event that was greeted by a resolution from the Board of Supervisors calling BattleCry a “right-wing Christian fundamentalist group” trying “to negatively influence the politics of America’s most tolerant and progressive city.”

BattleCry officials complain that the city has made their lives difficult by imposing noise restrictions on a planned Saturday-morning celebration. City officials said the restrictions came after numerous complaints about last year’s event.

The dispute may come to a head on Friday afternoon when hundreds of Christian teenagers are expected to congregate on the steps of City Hall to pray and “raise their voices on behalf of their generation,” organizers said. A group opposing BattleCry plans to protest alongside.

Opponents have said that the rhetoric used onstage during these events is overtly antigay and subtly militaristic. Ben Rosen, a San Francisco organizer with World Can’t Wait, which is leading the protests, said his group was trying to repudiate what it sees as the deeper goals of BattleCry, including “imposing their biblical fundamentalist worldview on the country.”

That said, Mr. Rosen said protesters recognized that they were dealing with a delicate balance of expressing their opinions without appearing to be intolerant themselves.
“We’re not out to yell at kids that believe in Jesus; that’s awful,” he said. “It would be great,” he said of BattleCry, “if it didn’t have this very serious, very pernicious backbone to it.”
Tasha White, 18, attended the event last year and said it had opened her eyes to “a culture leading us into brokenness.”

“You look at Britney Spears, and what she did and that leads to divorce and rehab and drugs, and that’s a negative influence,” said Ms. White, who lives in nearby San Bruno and said she had had problems with under-age drinking herself. “And that’s not something I believe our generation should be looking forward to.”

Ms. White added that she did not think there was anything antigay about the event, though she believes gay people are “misguided.”
Mr. Luce echoed that sentiment, saying his group loves gay people, but does firmly believe their sexuality is sinful.
“We see homosexuality like a lot of other things that do harm to us, like lying, or cheating, or stealing,” he said, adding that he said he had seen studies suggesting that many gay people are depressed or unhappy. “And it’s not very loving to leave them in that state and not show them another way.”

With high-profile evangelical supporters like the Rev. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, BattleCry is just one part of Mr. Luce’s campaign to energize young Christians, who many leaders worry are leaving the church. In addition to San Francisco, BattleCry events are planned this spring in Baltimore and Detroit, with dozens of smaller “Acquire the Fire” events in other cities featuring Christian music and speakers.

Mr. Luce said he had never had this kind of reaction in other cities, and said his group, which is a nonprofit organization, had decided to hold the event in San Francisco because that city could handle an event with an estimated 25,000 attendees. Admission is $45 to $99, which Mr. Luce says helps deflect costs.

Joe D’Alessandro, the president of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, a private nonprofit group, said the two-day event was too small to have a significant impact on the local economy, but he said its organizers should be allowed to hold BattleCry nonetheless.
“I think we have to practice tolerance, whether or not they practice tolerance,” Mr. D’Alessandro said. “I’m gay myself, and I find their beliefs very offensive. But they have a right to come to our city.”

Words of Wisdom with Dr Phil

Here is some words of wisdom with Dr Phil

An Embarassing Story

I have always had injection phobia and the fear of getting a shot has even caused me to pass out from the stress. In the 7th grade, it was "shot day" and the nurse would periodically call out names over the intercom informing the unlucky ones of their impending doom. I wasn't paying real close attention when the next name was called, but the girl in front of me got up, left the room and was gone for a suitable length of time. When she came back, the room was very quiet and I spoke up (so everyone could clearly hear me) and asked her if it hurt much. She gave me a really strange look and the teacher seemed outraged that I should ask such a question. Everyone else just snickered. At that point, the teacher politely pointed out to me that my fellow student had just returned from the john.

Ode to Classmates

Here is a tribute to all you people at school who thought I wouldn't make it

This Weeks Special Guest - 'Ramblings from the not-so stay at home Mom

Hello Y'all,
Checkout this weeks special guest 'Ramblings from the not-so stay at home Mom.' Here you'll find exactly that: Ramblings from a not-so stay at home Mom and a bunch of stories and experiences she goes through. This site is makes for an interesting read.... Check it out and tell her that we sent you!

Microsoft Monday

Welcome to Microsoft Monday.... Watch the video, enough said....

My Poem

Here is a poem I wrote when I was in year 9. We had to compose our own piece of music starting with the words Unfortunately I have never been able to come up with any music for this little gem. Here goes *cough cough* (clears Throat):

IF I HAD A DOG

If I had a dog
I wonder what it would say
Would it tell me I'm its friend
Or would it say G'day
Would it tell me stories
Would it tell me jokes
Or would it just laugh at me
Like every other bloke

I will never have a dog
I will never hear it speak
Because my car
Ran over it last week

(C) Copyright Mike Elliott 1992. All Rights reserved. Blah Blah Blah...

Special Guest of the week: You Tube Karaoke

Hey everyone,
Say G'day to this weeks special guest "You Tube Karaoke".

Little does everyone know the meaning of Karaoke is Tone Deaf. I have always wanted to do Karaoke. The closest I got was being back-up singer to a well known band back in the 80's. Lets just call this band 'John Bob and the two steps' (Coz this was its real name).

Anywho, for all you Karaoke junkies out there (Kudos to our readers in Japan) this is the perfect site for you to check out. All you need is access to the internet, some speakers, and a microphone. If you don't have access to the net then You Tube Karaoke may not be for you. Anywho check it out!

Mullets for Peace

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I was reading the news on the net and look what I found:

The world has made a unified decision regarding hair and how hair should be cut for equality throughout the world....the world leaders have made a law requiring that everyone should have a mullet haircut. The Law is entitled 'The Mullet Act'.

Starting from tomorrow, any person that is caught without a mullet will be sentenced to 20 years in jail without parole.

The world leaders decided that if everyone had the same hair cut it would reduce the terrorist threats.

Australians are outraged. Most say that they will be turned into bogans.

Bogan (pronounced BOE-gun) is a derogatory Australian slang term for somebody who is perceived as being an unfashionable "lower-class" person, typically of British Isles ancestry and living in deprived urban areas.

[i]Bogans are stereotypically considered to be young adults. (from approximately 15 to 30 years of age) Older males who would otherwise be described as being "bogans" are sometimes known as yobbos. Employment occurs primarily in the building or agricultural industries, with the main consideration being a requirement for unskilled labour. Low to midrange literacy and intelligence, (80-100 IQ) and above average physical strength are also prominent elements. They can primarily be observed in suburbs along Melbourne's northwestern corridor, (although related variants from other states exist) with greater numbers tending to the outlying/semi-rural areas due to increased opportunities for unskilled employment. They also have a tendency to be xenophobic and highly nationalistic, and so are therefore likely to avoid areas of large multicultural concentration.[/i]

Some think that this is great as Australians are becoming more Americanised and a loss of identity. This new law is a way of turning the tables and turning Americans and Pommies into beer drinking aussies. The mullet is a great way to push start this.

Australia's own Mel Gibson, Shane Warne, and 'Boony' are the new ambassadors for this cause and will be staring in commercials that will be airing on British and U.S TV in the next two weeks.

It is estimated that by the year 2020 most americans and pommies will find it fashionable ot wear flannelette shirts singlets and to actually embrace the australian way. Aussie missionaries who mission it is to turn people to the aussie way of life are currently living in the U.S and the U.K. These missionaries have a noticable Aussie accent and can be seen with cans of VB, and handing out free DVD's of Kath & Kim, and McLeods Daughters. While the missionaries to England will be handing out free copies of [strong]Australia's 2007 Ashes win.[/strong]

Weather Report

And now the weather...... Is it really that cold in the U.S?

For Crying Out Loud

Found this Gem on You Tube of a guy named Ian Benardo. He was an American Idol reject. He is a legend in his own mind. This is a fact as two of his psychiatrist's told me last week.

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

To commemorate Valentines Day, here's a photo of Elena. Enough said

V8 Supercars

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Here is the specifications for Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincups BF Falcon for the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship. These guys rock. I'm a huge fan of Craig Lowndes and thats why I've added his car specifications here. Most of the specifications are the same for all the Ford drivers. Most drivers have different engine manufacturers. Don't forget the first round of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship starts the first weekend in March. For more info go to www.v8supercars.com.au

888PlainCar

Vehicle
Triple Eight Race Engineering Falcon BF
Engine
SBRE developed 5.0litre V8 Ford with SVO cylinder R302 cast iron block and SVO aluminium heads. Category control MoTeC engine management control

Estimated Power
635 + BHP limited to maximum 7,500 RPM

Gearbox
6-speed Holinger gearbox - Australian made With electronic gear cut

Differential
Ford 9"

Suspension
Front - Triple Eight Race Engineered double wishbone suspension with Sachs adjustable damper and cockpit adjustable front anti roll bar.
Rear - Triple Eight 4 link rear suspension with adjustable watts link, coil over Sachs adjustable rear dampers with cockpit adjustable rear anti roll bar

Brakes
Front - Control Alcon 6 piston front calipers with Alcon 375mm ventilated discs
Rear - Alcon 4 piston calipers with Alcon 343mm ventilated discs

Wheels
AutoTek 8 spoke, 17" aluminium racing rim

Tyres
Dunlop control tyre

Fuel Capacity
120 Litre

Vehicle Weight
1355kg (category minimum without driver)

Top Speed
294kph (182mph)
0-100kph: 3.8 seconds

Telemetry
Motec and Freewave 900Mhz spread spectum radio

Data Acquisition
MoTeC ADL2 Display/Acquisition System. 16Mb memory, up to 100 channels of data at up to 2000 samples per second

Seat
Cobra Carbon Race

Steering Wheel
Revolution Sportsline RPM

Snow in the States? What the heck is snow?

I was just reading an online article about New York recieving over 100 inches of snow. Thats really interesting. Why? Because I've never seen what it's like. No I'm not amish. No, I haven't been locked in a cupboard for 29 years. I'm in Australia! Yep its summer here! While you Americans / Canadians and anyone else I have failed to mention are snowed under, Elena and I have been sweating it out in temperatures anywhere between 30 - 40 c (approx 90 - 110 F). The last time I saw snow was when we took our youth to Mt. Buller 3 years ago for the camp.

To give you an idea of what its like, think about what it would be like to have Christmas in July with the heat. Even though it get really hot, I still prefer the heat than the cold. See here on the left? This is what Australia is experiencing right now while the U.S is having a snow storm. Yep its summer. We have Christmas in the heat during summer! Which means BBQ's, Cricket, and plenty of outdoor fun on the beach. That's my perfect Christmas. I realise that most will disagree with me and prefer to be sitting around the piano singing "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas while wearing a pullover that grandma had knitted and scoffing down hot chocolate. That's fine too. At least I can go outside.
Tell me what you like better in the comments below: Summer with the heat or Winter with the snow.

Bye Bye Now!

This Weeks Special Guest - 'One Man Bandwith, An American Profesor in China'

Hi peoples,
Let me introduce this weeks special guest: An American Professor in China. No prizes for guessing where he is or what he does. Here you'll find a heap of articles about the going on's in China. This would be handy if I ever decided to pack up and move to China one day... Who knows. Really interesting read anyway

I'm going to run a competition. If you would like to win 50 'CRIKEY CREDITS' (aka Blog Explosion credits) then all you have to do is copy a sentence from his blog then paste it in the comments and don't forget your B.E username. I will pick someone randomly to win 50 big ones next Saturday 18th Feb!

Here's the conditions:
- You can only enter once
- You must include your B.E username
- There must be no less than 15 entries by next Saturday or the comp is null and void and no one wins (So get your friends involved)

Good Luck

Boring Saturday

Welcome to boring Saturday. Actually I didn't know what to write and I knew I should post something here since its been a week. So here's something for you from Zoolander with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Enjoy

Mike's personal highlights from 2006

Hi gang (Wait, am I body by Jake'?)

I thought after 400 or so posts that I would look back at 2006 and look at the events that made it the year to remember wheather good or bad and in no particular order. If you are an avid reader some of these you may remember. Most of these have a link related to each one. Here we go!

theres probably more but I can't think of them right now...

Online dating tip #34563

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Are you sure you want to do that?

Monday Madness

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G'day everyone!
Hope your weekend was great
Here's a little something to help start your week off right

This Weeks Special Guest - She Says Its Pretty Dumb

Kudos everyone... Allow me to introduce this weeks Special Guets "She Says Its Pretty Dumb" They are Chelle & Chel Just two friends blogging about life as they know it. Here is a bunch of thoughts and entries that will inspire you. Infact there is so much stuff on this blog you will want to keep going back for more... I know I will!

Happy Australia Day Everyone - Now where's the free food?

We want to wish all our fellow Aussies a Happy Australia Day. In case you're from somewhere other than Australia and you have no idea what I'm talking about then CLICK HERE to get all the information. Ok with that said, I'm very disappointed with my fellow Aussies. Elena and I were out and about all day since 7:30am thinking there would be a FREE breakfast since its Australia day. What do I find? NOTHING absolutely nothing... Except one stand selling Bacon & Eggs for $3.50. Whats the deal, It's Australia Day! Where's all the free food? C'mon! Get with the program!



While I'm at it, Elena and I suited up Australia day style as you can see on the left. I thought it would be a great idea to show Elena a good time considering this was her first Australia day. What do I find? No-one else had! Last time I checked it was Australia day! I'm ashamed to say that Americans kick-butt in the Patriotism department. Why doesn't Anyone give away free stuff and suit-up Australia day style? Who knows?


I started a list last year about the things that makes Australia great. Click Here to contribute to it please!

Anyway, in the spirit of Australia Day here's a video for all you Aussies. If you're from another Country, you probably won't get it... don't worry - Elena didn't!



Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi!