Cub Scout Food Drive 2008

Diary Entry For October 12, 2008

I’m hanging out in front of one of Nor-Tech’s latest creations, The Sealed Cluster.  This is basically a portable super computer that can be operated while totally sealed which comes in very handy in harsh environments.  The military buys a bunch of units that are similar to these to be used on their unmanned aerial vehicles.  I’m creating a marketing plan to sell these to people who want to play really cool video games while located outside during the middle of a major hurricane.  At roughly $60,000 apiece, I think we’ll sell thousands of these into that burgeoning marketplace!

So I’m hanging out at work on Friday, when I suddenly notice three wild turkeys walking along the fence across the street.  I can remember a day not too long ago when I had never seen a turkey that wasn’t on a farm, but these days they seem to be everywhere!  However this was the first time I could stalk a few of them with my camera, so naturally I had to give chase!

I had the birds cornered in the fence and ran back and forth for a while which seemed to kind of stress them out.  Eventually I felt bad, so I stopped and let them run away.  Those darned turkeys are fast when they’re a little bit nervous!

We’re back in full swing with Cub Scouts this year.  Unfortunately, our previous Den Leader and Good Friend, Joey, moved away.  So the den asked if I could take over which made me a little nervous because I’ve always considered myself a bit too “warped” to be a leader of such fine young men as those in our den.  Luckily, we have an awesome group of parents who step up to do most of the work.  Basically, all I have to do is stand there and wear the funny shirt!

On Wednesday night, the Dragon Patrol got together again to do the Cub Scouts’ annual Food Drive!  It was a lot of fun watching the boys sneak up to our neighbor’s doors in the dark of night and place grocery bags with food requests around their door knobs.  I tried to convince some of the boys to ring the doorbell and then we’d all run away, but no one seemed to want to play that game.

Despite my desire to play tricks on my neighbors, it sure didn’t dissuade them from being extremely generous with their food donations.  Our den alone collected more than 25 bags of food which I thought was a great success!  I was curious if people would be willing to give considering all the craziness happening in the economy today, but was pleasantly surprised.  It makes me dang proud to be an American!

On Friday night, we went to the brand new movie theater by the Burnsville Mall called Cinemagic Atlantis 15.  I was very impressed by the majestic statues that welcome viewers in the lobby.  Eventually, they’re also going to have a full service restaurant and bar as well, but that is not open to the public yet.  The venue comes across as being very extravagant for a movie theater.  They even give free refills on pop, which comes in quite handy after being bent over and beaten in the stock market for the past 6 weeks!

We saw the movie City of Ember.  We hadn’t heard too much about it, but were pleasantly surprised by this sci fi action adventure movie featuring Tim Robbins and Bill Murray.  I’m giving it One Big Thumb Up for being a fun family film.  I’m also giving One Big Thumb down to the family who sat in the row behind us and talked throughout the entire dang movie!

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“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”

— Lloyd Alexander

Jokes of the Week

  A couple was invited to a swanky family masked fancy dress Halloween
 party. The wife got a terrible headache and told her husband to go to the party alone.

He, being a devoted husband, protested, but she
 argued and said she was going to take some aspirin and go to bed and there
 was  no need for his good time to be spoiled by not going. So he took his
costume and away he went. The wife, after sleeping soundly for about
an  hour, woke without pain and as it was still early, decided to go to the
party. As her husband didn’t know what her costume was, she thought
she would have some fun by watching her husband to see how he acted when
she was not with him.. So she joined the party and soon spotted her Husband in his costume, cavorting around on the dance floor, dancing with every nice ‘chick’ he could and copping a little feel here and a little kiss
there.. His wife went up to him and being a rather seductive babe
 herself, he left his new partner high and dry and devoted his
 time to her. She let him go as far as he wished, naturally, since he
 was her husband. After more drinks he finally whispered a little
 proposition in her ear and she agreed, so off they went to one of
 the cars and had passionate intercourse in the back seat. Just before
unmasking at midnight, she slipped away and went home and put the
costume away and got into bed, wondering what kind of explanation he
 would make up for his outrageous behavior. She was sitting up reading
when he came in, so she asked what kind of time he had.

‘Oh, the same old thing. You know I never have a good time when
you’re not there.’

Then she asked, ‘Did you dance much?’

He replied, ‘I’ll tell you, I never even danced one dance. When I
 got  there, I met Pete, Bill Brown and some other guys, so we went into
 the  spare room and played poker all evening.’

‘You must have looked really silly wearing that costume playing
 poker all night!’ she said with unashamed sarcasm.
   To which the husband replied, ‘Actually, I gave my costume to your BROTHER, apparently he had the time of his life.’

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October 12, 2008

White box builders and system integrators were less concerned with the manufacturing implications of AMD (NYSE:AMD)’s big move and more interested in the potential for a streamlined AMD to deliver competitive hardware products.

Calling the ATIC deal “a smart move,” Todd Swank, VP of marketing at Burnsville, Minn.-based Nor-Tech, said AMD would now be free to focus on what it does best, which is design new chips.

“New fabs are very, very expensive,” Swank said. “And AMD is going against a competitor with all the money in the world. This gives them flexibility, and keeps them from being tied up with all those fixed costs.”

Nor-Tech’s business with AMD isn’t as brisk as it was three years ago, but Swank said he was encouraged by their current roadmap.

“We just introduced a portable server cluster using their Barcelona chips. So we expect good things from them going forward,” he said.

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New Facts for my old friends


Fact: All of the Peking ducks in the United States are descendents from three ducks and one drake imported to Long Island, New York in 1873.

Fact: All penguins live south of the equator.

Fact: All racehorses in the U.S. celebrate their birthday on January 1st.

Fact: All the Krispy Kreme donut stores collectively could make a doughnut stack as high as the Empire State Building in only 2 minutes.

Fact: Almonds are members of the peach family.

Fact: Althaiophobia is the fear of marshmallows.

Fact: Although the outsides of a bone are hard, they are generally light and soft inside. They are about 75% water.

Fact: Although white wine can be produced from both red and white grapes, red wine can only be created from red grapes.

Fact: Amazingly, goalies in the National Hockey League played without masks until the year 1959.

Fact: American actor Jack Nicholson, and American singer Bobby Darrin were raised believing their grandmothers were their mothers and their mothers were their older sisters.

Fact: Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were both epileptic.

Fact: Alexander the Great made his troops eat onions as he believed it would prove their vitality.

Fact: Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the man who designed the Eiffel Tower, also designed the inner structure of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.

Fact: All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5.00 bill

Fact: All babies are color blind when they are born.

Fact: All dogs are the descendant of the wolf. These wolves lived in eastern Asia about 15,000 years ago.

Fact: All of Chrysler’s PT Cruisers are built in Mexico.

Fact: All of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.