Sunday, July 31, 2005

How much do you get for your kitchen remodeling dollar??

"The average kitchen remodeling job costs around $10,000," said Mark Martin, owner of Kitchen Tune-Up of Bettendorf. That price includes cabinets, countertops, flooring, and labor.

And what quality of products do you get for that price, and more expensive projects in the $20,000-$30,000 price range? Local remodeling experts help us sort through the prices of the products and the remodeling process.


For $10,000, you're looking at manufactured cabinets with modest door styles and limited stain colors, Martin said. Types of woods used in this budget include oak, the least expensive, as well as maple and cherry, and hickory, the most expensive wood that fits into the $10,000 budget.

A laminate countertop also fits in the $10,000 budget.

"It's still the best buy for your money. A lot of laminate countertops look like granite, Corian, and stone. They're very durable and easy to take care of," Martin said. - The Quad-City Times Newspaper

Kansas City Star | 07/27/2005 | Kansas to receive two dinosaur eggs as gift from China

Kansas City Star | 07/27/2005 | Kansas to receive two dinosaur eggs as gift from China

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Flickr: Portrait

From Africanfuturist on Flickr,
I hear that in the average art gallery, the average person spends an average 5.5 seconds looking at the picture and 7.6 seconds reading the caption.

Flickr: Portrait

Is this a scam???

I don't know. It does sound too good to be true. And I'm wondering why they would pay $300.00 when it seems like they could get their answers for a lot less. Anyway, in order for them to pay you they would need to have some kind of personal info and you know what your mother said about getting personal with strangers. Well, not your mother but other mothers.

Consumerline Market Research

Friday, July 29, 2005

Senate Leader Criticized and Praised for Stem Cell Shift - New York Times

"Embryonic stem cells have specific properties that make them uniquely powerful and deserving of special attention in the realm of medical science," Mr. Frist said Friday, adding, "Embryonic stem cell research must be supported."

Senate Leader Criticized and Praised for Stem Cell Shift - New York Times

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Sister States: Kansas and Henan Province

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday will host a 28-member Chinese delegation from China’s Henan Province to reaffirm sister state relations between Kansas and Henan.

The visit includes a welcome banquet in Topeka hosted by Sebelius and meetings with Kansas business leaders to introduce trade opportunities within the state.

The delegation is led by Xu Guangchun, chairman of the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Henan Province. This is the chairman’s first visit to Kansas, and it will provide a unique setting to reaffirm Kansas’ 24-year-old sister state relationship with Henan and increase the dialogue between Kansas and Henan international representatives.

“Kansas is delighted to receive Chairman Xu and the Henan delegation,” Sebelius said in a statement. “We will provide a friendly welcome to our international guests and encourage them to seek more possibilitiesthat will allow us to increase Kansas jobs and exports. Working together will be beneficial to both our countries.”

Ties between Kansas and China are increasing. Trading patterns between Kansas and China rank China as the No. 4 country market for Kansas exports with over $200 million in sales in 2004.
Kansas City Star | 07/25/2005 | MIDDAY BUSINESS REPORT: Sprint sued again

Monday, July 25, 2005

Proof Positive

Just in case you thought that Mick Jagger was never young, and it does seem beleiveable in a way, here's proof that he was.

Now Playing

The Rolling Stones - The Black Box
Comes with a simple booklet that only lists song titles and recording dates. Inlay photos on the CD's are great early shots of the band. The first CD of the set takes a look at the early years of the band with a retrospective of alternate takes and unreleased titles in excellent sound quality.

CD-1 (VTCD YD 046)

The Rolling Stones - The Black Box

Thursday, July 21, 2005

The World's Worst Truck Stop Food

Trucker Tom eats at a lot of places so he writes reviews for other truckers. From what he says 'Kathy's Kitchen' is a must avoid.
Trucker Photos * Blog * Restaraunt Reviews

Pretzel Logic Takes Liquid Form

This dope is wasting water to protest the waste of water and therefore it's art.

""LONDON - Mark McGowan went into the tiny backroom kitchen of a south London gallery three weeks ago and flipped on the cold water. He didn't turn it off, and doesn't plan to for an entire year.
"The Running Tap," as it's called, is McGowan's effort to protest against wasted water in London by blatantly letting it go down the drain.

"When you've got the tap on at home, you don't think about it. That's why this is art, because it makes people consider it," the environmentalist said.""

Gushing Faucet Could Land Artist in Court - Yahoo! News

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Google Maps Replaces Physical Universe | Gridskipper

Use Google Maps to find free WiFi
Google Maps Replaces Physical Universe | Gridskipper

Moustache � MF Grimm

Shot for one reason and imprisoned for another, grim is definitely the word for this story. It's presented as being true so I suppose it is but I'd like to have more detail.

Moustache � MF Grimm

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Ottmar Liebert

A post that he made after his performance at a Winery and a lead to him in general. He performs, blogs, and podcasts. I have one of his pieces in my iTunes and I really like it. luna negra-tangos de tesuque - I have to admit though that I thought it was an old recording.
Ottmar Liebert: Mountain Winery

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Slim Pickins For Mashups

Slim Pickens
I usually like the mashups on the Daily Source Code but the last two 7/06 & 7/08, from my POV, were pretty horrible. Maybe the well is drying up. All a matter of taste of course.

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Quote Of The Month

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
- Mark Twain

The title of this post links to a page with other quotes on the subject of examples. Include is this timeless bit of wisdom.

"The old begin to complain of the conduct of the young when they themselves are no longer able to set a bad example." Fran├žois de la Rochefoucauld

Oh for the good old days.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The Onion | Bush Regales Dinner Guests With Impromptu Oratory On Virgil's Minor Works

It's been a couple of weeks since anything from The Onion made me laugh. This made it worth the wait.

>>Bush arranged the small, informal dinner in honor of Camps' unexpected arrival in America.

"It had been too long since I'd heard one of W.'s anecdotes, so I simply got on a plane," Camps said. "I showed up at his doorstep with a watercolor by Ignat Bednarik, whom I know he adores, just to make sure he'd let me in."<<

The Onion | Bush Regales Dinner Guests With Impromptu Oratory On Virgil's Minor Works

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Another Rebuttal To Cruise

This time from the acting Govenor of New Jersey.

"Tom Cruise knows as much about postpartum depression as I do about acting, and he should stick to acting and not talk about women who need help," said Richard J. Codey, whose wife, Mary Jo, has struggled with the illness.

MSN - News - N.J. Governor Comes to Shields' Defense

Friday, July 01, 2005

Private Eyes Fear Limits On Information Access

Social security numbers were not invented for the convenience of investigators, private or public. Give me a break. I'm supposed to have my financial well being or the security of my personal private information placed in jeopardy because someone else might skip on a debt? We're going to pass a law that says the needs of a business lobby are more important than that of an individual protecting private property. F them, get a new line of work. This is still America isn't it?
Private Eyes Fear Limits On Information Access

Sandra Day O'Connor, First Female on Supreme Court and Moderate Swing Vote, to Retire

In a related story Fox News creamed themselves thinking about possible conservative replacements.

Sandra Day O'Connor, First Female on Supreme Court and Moderate Swing Vote, to Retire

Free Video On CNN

Just checked out the free video at It runs on Windows Media Player only and seems to work well. They show a short commercial before they show the story, alas there is no way to fast forward through it. I'd have been surprised if there was.

Cruise Talking Out Of His Ass

>>Disputing the effectiveness of antidepressants generally, Cruise said, "all it does is mask the problem." He added, "There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance."<<

Get a clue Tom. There are thousands and thousands of better informed people who say you're wrong. - Shields blasts Cruise for 'rant' - Jul 1, 2005

DDN Headline: Local WiFi plan turning into a federal case

From Hiawatha Bray at the Boston Globe: Some of the arguments for and against municipalities providing internet access for their citizens. I'm all for it and as far as I can tell the only ones opposing it are those who stand to lose business.
DDN Headline: Local WiFi plan turning into a federal case