Archive for May 2008

Photos Sold

Photos Sold

Kewl. I was contacted by a magazine for permission to publish some of my Flickr photos. I said sure, provided a little information about each photo and kind of forgot about it.

Today they contacted me to tell me they’d be sending a check for $500 for 4 of the photos they are going to publish.

Fortune smiles upon the dysfunctionals. I’m a happy guy. And my Flickr pics are up to 250,000 hits, by the way.

I can use the good news. This week has been a horrible one at work. We had the holiday, which means a ton of mail waiting for us on the day after the holiday. We ended up on a national list of screwups. And I ended up in the middle of a procedural error on the part of another department.

$500. $500. That’s going to be my mantra today.

Diamonds or Internet

You thought diamonds were forever? Forget it, they get lost or stolen. However, I’m starting to think the Internet is forever.

In a moment of hubris, I thought I’d Google myself. I’ll be darned if I didn’t show up in a Pinnacle Software text file from 1994. You do the math.

Ghost Rider #041 - 19

 I did find myself in a print publication from 1978 or 1979. It’s from the Ghost Rider comic book. Found this on an online archived bit torrent.

Top 10 Flickr Photos This Week

Thought I’d share with you my all-time top ten viewed photos on Flickr as of today. If you can’t see a photo, you may need to log into Flickr, go to, and turn your SafeSearch off. Some of these pictures have been flagged as Moderate or Restricted.

  1. Up skirt   Up the skirt photo
  2. gas pricesGas prices
  3. Car crash 02Car crash
  4. Frank and girlfriendFrank and his girlfriend
  5. 02Hurricane
  6. bettie_page_pinup_7Bettie Page
  7. Leather Wolf MaskLeather Wolf Mask
  8. Bettie Page_Res_GastonBettie Page
  9. 2006 04 29 Brass Street Sweeper 3Brass statue of street sweeper.
  10. mugshotsBettie Page’s mugshot

The Decline In Pipe Smoking Explained

As you know, there are fewer and fewer pipe smokers. This can be explained using correlations.

First, 100% of all people eating carrots have died, or will die at some point.

There is a statistically significant inverse relationship between pirates and global temperature.

And after much mulling over the subject, there appears to be a sharp decline in pipe smokers beginning in the 1970’s, about the same time that microwave ovens became available to the general public.

Therefore: Carrots cause death, the decrease in pirates causes global warming, and microwaves explain the decline in pipe smoking.

NALC Food Drive 2008

This year’s drive will be held on its traditional second Saturday of May, May 10, 2008.

Letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America are asked yearly to collect non-perishable food items donated by customers for the annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive—the largest annual one-day food drive in the nation. Postal employees in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands collect food and deliver it to local community food banks, pantries and shelters.

An estimated 35 million people face hunger every day in America, including more than 9 million children. This drive is one way to help those right in their own city or town who need help.

Entering its 16th year, long-time supporters of the drive include the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup Company, America’s Second Harvest, local United Ways, Cox Target Media and the AFL-CIO Community Services Network. Since 1993, the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive has collected over three-quarters of a billion pounds of food for community food banks and pantries. A welcome addition to this year’s food drive is a new, “official” logo, which incorporates the name of the union and also the “Stamp Out Hunger” slogan.

In 2007, more than 119 million postcards were mailed to customers in towns and cities throughout America letting them know how they could help. Each year, customers are asked to place non-perishable food items next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers the mail on the day of the drive. The letter carrier does the rest, taking the food to the Post Office where it is sorted and delivered to an area food bank or pantry. Postal customers of some New York City and Chicago areas where there is no mailbox collection of donations are asked to take their contributions to their local participating Post Office but will have an option of virtual Internet food drives to assist with collections for local food banks.

Help the U.S. Postal Service Stamp Out Hunger!