Monday, May 17, 2010

Close-Up Magic Week On The Late Show

This week on the Late Show with David Letterman (May 17 - May 21) is close-up magic week. I'm looking forward to this as I'm sure you can imagine. The featured magician from Monday through Friday includes Jason Randal, John Carney, Johnny "Ace" Palmer, Steve Cohen, and Michael Ammar. This is a phenomenal lineup and should be quite entertaining. Check it out this week on the Late Show.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Funny Look-Alikes

Here are some funny look-alikes. Enjoy!

I wonder if Phil's hair will float away if you blow on it?

This one is scary close. Did they plan the same outfit?

Classic Brian Regan Stand-Up From Comedy Central Presents

Here is a classic Brian Regan act from 2000. He is my all-time favorite comedian and has several great performances. This was actually the first performance that I ever saw of his. He is hysterical and always clean. So if you're tired of the dirty comedians who like to spend most of their routine making you feel uncomfortable or using the stage as a soapbox to rip on conservatives, then I would suggest checking out Brian Regan. Always hilarious, always clean, and just downright enjoyable.

Check out Brian's tour dates and other funny stuff here.

Women For Sale On Craigslist

Patrick Madrid: San Francisco-based Craigslist making millions on "adult" ads

When I think of eBay and Craigslist, I think of used furniture and all sorts of other useless knick-knacks. If you keep a keen eye out for good deals, you could wind up finding some pretty sweet bargains. Check out these online steals:
  • Alf Alarm Clock - $5.99! What a deal! (although the shipping cost is more than the clock.....)
  • Pet Rock - $15.00! There is no way I could find a similar rock on the sidewalk and find time to draw a face on it. Well worth the money!
  • Lottery Winning Proven System - $5.49 with FREE shipping! If you spend one more dollar for a lottery ticket and win the million dollar jackpot, that's a 15,408,320.49% rate of return!
Despite all the wonderful things that eBay and Craigslist has brought to the online community, Craigslist has been getting attention recently for their "adult ads", which is turning out to be an underground prostitution ring. This has created law enforcement probes in 40 states who believe that Craigslist is facilitating this criminal activity.  The Company is expected to bring in $36 million this year from adult ads according to a projection by Craigslist, who originally promised to donate this adult advertisement revenue to charity, but now appears to be going back on that promise.

Until Craigslist cleans up its act and starts blocking these type of advertisements and reporting any known human trafficking and prostitution activity to authorities, I would suggest a boycott from Craigslist. In the meantime, feel free to enjoy your new pet rock from eBay.

To Prove The Point That ObamaCare Is Really A Shifting Of Wealth

Hot Air » Dems now calling federal ObamaCare mandate a “tax”

The government is now trying to play word games with the Constitution in order to uphold the "Good and Welfare" clause under ObamaCare. See article above.

I don't think this will hold up with the Supreme Court because the government would be forced to admit that they are interpreting the Constitution to say that the government has the right to dictate any and all commerce choices of American citizens, including the choice not to buy anything. And what about Obama's campaign promise not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year? Some may think its a stretch to correlate a tax/fine for not buying healthcare with the campaign promise not to raise taxes, but I don't think its much of a stretch. Two can play the word games......

Did I Not Warn About This

Power Line - Whistling past the death panel

My inclination about ObamaCare appears to be coming true. Read the article above. Does it sound familiar? See my post "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day" about the inevitable rationing of health care under ObamaCare. The million dollar question (or should I say trillion dollar question....) is who gets to make these life and death decisions. This could ultimately lead to our government walking a thin line on the issue of euthanasia. This is just another example of our government moving toward the socialist European pro-death ideology.

Read this for other good insight from HTNL about the pro-death cause of the new bill.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Hey Dad I Can't See Real Well, Is That Bill Shakespeare Over There?

So apparently when I was eight years old, I wanted to be a writer. Not just a writer, but a poet. I had quite the knack for it. I received a letter in the mail yesterday from my mom containing two of these poems that I wrote at my grandma's house. Both poems are dated May 29, 1992. Now that these hidden gems have been fermenting like good wine the past 18 years, they are ready to be unleashed upon the world. I'm pretty sure that both of these will end up in the American Poetry Museum one day. Without further ado.......

The Flower Pot

The flower pot holds up flowers
The flower pot shows May flowers
The flower pot is the best
The flower pot needs a rest

Everyones Special

Everyones special
Every day
Everyones special
People say
Everyones special
Cabinets close
Everyones special
Everyone knows

(Insert me bowing and blowing kisses to the audience......)

I clearly struggled to come up with a decent rhyme at "Cabinets close", but we're all human. It's the best I could do. I'm open to constructive criticism. Since I'm currently in the process of making a career move within accounting, maybe I should put full-time poetry writing on my radar.

Work from home...check
Set my own hours...check
Be my own boss...check
Sufficient talent to make a living...clearly (see above)

Seems like a wise move to me!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Commercials Make Life Look So Hard

We've all seen the funny commercials for the "as seen on TV" products. The goal of these commercials is to make the human race look like idiots so that we will be convinced that we need this product in order to save mankind. It usually involves the screen changing to black-and-white as a big red "X" draws across the screen signifying utter failure. The actor is required to be overdramatic with cringing facial expressions and showing absolute disgust over the fact that a simple everyday task can be so difficult. If the actor is wrestling with something like a garden hose or a weedeater cord, then its usually best to portray the actor rolling on the ground with it as the tape plays back at 10 times the normal speed (bonus points if the actor is rolling down a hill).

I found this great montage on YouTube as a tribute to these commercials and felt it was worth sharing.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

If Your Gonna Fail A Test, You Might As Well Fail In Style

12 Best Test Answers of All-Time Smosh

Check this site out. It gave me a good chuckle. The very last one is fantastic. I only wish I was this clever.

Anthony Gatto Showing Off The Mad Skills

Anthony Gatto is one of the best jugglers on the planet and holds several world records. This video shows off a snippet of what this man can do. I especially like when he slaps the rings over his head in rapid succession to finish it off.

My Odiogo Podcast Now Available

You probably notice the new Listen Now button at the top of each blog post. Check it out at Odiogo if you want to add this feature to your blog. You can also download MP3s of these files for all of my blog posts and subscribe to the podcast with applications like iTunes. So if you're feeling too lazy to read through my blogs, you can listen to this robot dude instead while doing something else on the web.

Back From The Dead

So its been about a week since my last post, so I figured I better get back to it. Part of the reason for the long lay-off is that I've been spending most of my blog time fiddling around with the aesthetics and presentation of the blog. If you've been to my site over the past couple of days, you've probably noticed the blog layout changing quite a bit. I began experimenting with the awesome new templates available in Blogger in Draft which were very easy to use and provided many new features including the ability to change your blog into a three-column blog (instead of just the two-column templates available in regular Blogger). I went back and forth between a couple templates that I liked which included some cool backgrounds. However, I abandoned these templates after a couple days due to some glitches that have yet to be worked out by Google. For one thing, there was about a 20-30 second screen freeze when the blog first loaded and some of my video files were becoming hidden. The problems were very evident in Internet Explorer. The templates worked a little better with Mozilla, but the glitches were still noticeable.

So for any of you bloggers out there thinking about trying one of these new Blogger in Draft templates, I would advise holding off for a while until they work everything out. I quickly realized that other bloggers were also having similar issues after seeing discussions scattered all over the Blogger help forums.

The template that I'm currently using is the Minima White template available in several places on the web. Click HERE for a site to download XML files for various types of three column templates. You can also search for "three column templates" in Google as well. These custom designed templates appear to load much faster and have less glitches. If you compare my new blog layout to the Blogger in Draft template I was using a couple days ago, then you hopefully are noticing the improvements too!

Enjoy the new template and let me know if you have any suggestions / feedback.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Bill Malone And Scarne's Aces

Here is an awesome magic video of Bill Malone performing Scarne's Aces. This guy is one of my favorite close-up magicians. He makes the tricks look so smooth and is a great card handler. I also like his little afro and goofy suits. He truly understands the concept of magic as a form of entertainment. Enjoy the video! By the a comment if you have a clue how this trick is done. I have some ideas, but I'm not totally sure.

Friday, April 2, 2010


Good Friday is coming up and it is one of two days in the Church calendar (along with Ash Wednesday) that fasting is required by Canon Law in addition to abstaining from meat. See Canon Law 1250-1251. Fasting is defined in the glossary of the Catechism as, "Refraining from food and drink as an expression of interior penance, in imitation of the fast of Jesus for forty days in the desert. Fasting is an ascetical practice recommended in Scripture and the writings of the Church Fathers; it is sometimes prescribed by a precept of the Church, especially during the liturgical season of Lent."

Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are the three acts of Lent that prepare us for the celebration of Easter. Scripture attests to the importance of fasting in several passages shown below.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

This guy actually has a vote in Congress

Hot Air » Blog Archive » Dem congressman: If Guam gets too overpopulated, it might tip over

I'm not really sure if there is anything I can say that hasn't already been discussed all over the web (this video is sure to go viral by tomorrow). The surprising part is that everyone else in the room was able to keep a straight face. Is this guy really this clueless, or is it a result of battling hepatitis C. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that, "The Lithonia Democrat's already-thin frame has shed 30 pounds in the past year. His speech is slower than ever, and he regularly gets lost in thought in the middle of a discussion. He is easily fatigued and often impatient and irritable." See article HERE.

I feel sorry for anyone who suffers from an unfortunate illness like this, but regardless, I think it is safe to say that this man is in no shape to be voting in Congress (and its still debatable if its the Hepatitis C talking, or if this guy is actually ignorant to the fact that islands are not just floating on the surface of the water). It would be pretty awesome if islands could actually do this though. They could put half the people on the east and half the people on the west and play teeter-totter.

Side Note: Just to think that out of the millions of Americans in this country, he was part of the select few hundred people determining the future of healthcare in America. Does something seem wrong with that picture?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Jack Lalanne - Face Workout

Here is the secret to getting rid of those wrinkles and having a youthful face. I also like when he stares at his finger. The best part of the whole thing is the goofy organ sound effects.

Slap that face Jack....slap it good.

Give a man a fish, feed him for a day Blog : Hugh Hewitt : Democrat Max Baucus Gives The Game Away

Did health care need reform?....yes. Was government takeover the cure?, but they rammed this legislation through anyway. With the passage of health care reform, we are no doubt going to experience redistribution of wealth as promised by Barack Obama during his election campaign. While this may seem like our government is being the Good Samaritan, this is a very troubling situation from an economic standpoint. We all remember Joe the Plumber and the discussions on redistribution of wealth during the presidential campaigns. As the health care legislation was being debated, you never heard any Democrat use the term "redistribution of wealth" when discussing the reasons for reform. Now that it has passed, Baucus has let the cat out of the bag.

To simplify it, lets say there are 10 people stranded on an island. In order to get food, each person fishes and catches 2 fish a day. Now lets say 2 of these people get together and figure out how to build a boat and a giant net and are now able to catch 20 fish a day between the both of them, which is enough to feed all 10 people on the island. What options do the other 8 people have? Do each of them continue to fish and catch 2 fish a day, or would it be prudent to take a different approach?

Free market capitalism would suggest that the 8 people find something else to do with their time and then barter with the 2 boat makers so that everyone's standard of living progresses upward. For instance, one person could start a garden and harvest corn, one person could spend time gathering wood in order to cook the fish, etc. Since 2 people on the island used their innovation and entrepreneurial skills to gain wealth (in the form of catching 20 fish a day), it allowed the others on the island to increase their standard of living as well. Before everyone just had 2 fish. Now everyone has 2 fish, corn on the side, fire to cook the fish, etc.

Socialism would suggest that the 8 people form a government and tax the 2 people to redistribute the wealth. Unfortunately we end up in the same situation before the boat was created to catch 20 fish a day. We have the same output and the same standard of living while only 2 people are doing all the work. So what is the incentive for the 2 people to continue using the boat? What is their incentive to continue to innovate and use their entrepreneurial skills to increase everyone's standard of living? This is the danger of socialism and wealth redistribution.

With the government takeover of health care, 30 million more people coming into the system (maybe more after amnesty) and having a significant amount of doctors leave the practice (or at least be unable to take on the increased case load), we are inevitably going to experience a rationing of health care for everyone. In order to pay for this multi-trillion dollar monster, we are going to see the middle class get taxed to no end, a potential VAT tax like we see in socialist Europe (which is basically the imposing of a federal sales tax), and private sector businesses being crushed by this burden.

Here are the long-term effects of this new program:
On a side note, it only took 3 days after the passage of health care reform when we found out that Social Security would be in the red this year, which wasn't projected to happen until 2016. Whose to say that the new health care legislation won't experience the same problems? Then what happens?

Friday, March 26, 2010

You Grin, You Win

Study: Smile Intensity In Photographs Predicts Longevity Smart Journalism. Real Solutions. Miller-McCune Online Magazine

I'm always fascinated how people try to make correlations between two things that may be merely coincidental. Some studies will claim to have found a probable correlation based on a very small sample. This may be one of my favorite "studies" yet.

A study at Wayne State University says that a person's smile intensity may be linked to their longevity. In other words, the bigger the grin, the longer you live. The study looked at 230 photographs of old baseball players taken before the start of the 1952 season and categorized their smiles as "no smile", "partial smile", or "full (Duchenne) smile". After browsing the web and factoring in some controls for body mass index, career length, marital status, college attendance, and other longevity factors, they concluded that even a partial smile adds years to your life.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

DanJay's Catholic Bookstore

You'll notice on my sidebar that I've added DanJay's Catholic Bookstore for viewers of this blog. This bookstore is known as an "a-store" powered by The bookstore is linked directly to Amazon where all purchases can be securely made online through I've included some of my favorite books (sorted by category) and will be adding more in the future. Let me know if you have any questions about the products listed. It is a good source to build your library covering a variety of topics, and also good for gift ideas!

Looking for a good study bible? Go with the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible published this year. It was developed by Dr. Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch, and uses the Revised Standard Version Second Catholic Edition. This bible presents a highly readable, accurate translation and is excellent for personal or group study. There are numerous invaluable study notes, essays, exegesis, interpretations from the early church fathers, commentaries, and medieval and modern scholarship following the Church's guidelines for biblical interpretation using the various senses of scripture. The caveat is that this bible only covers the New Testament. You can obtain the full bible (including Old Testament) using the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition translation with the Ignatius Holy Bible. This bible, however, does not include the extensive commentaries on the Old Testament like the study bible discussed above.

If you want the commentaries for the Old Testament, I would suggest the Navarre bible series. It is broken down by sections of the Old Testament and sold separately. For example, check out the Navarre bible's Pentateuch (Genesis to Deuteronomy).

Friday, March 19, 2010

Happy Meat-Eating Friday!

JIMMY AKIN.ORG: Happy Meat-Eating Friday!

This post may be coming out a little late for most of you that have already ate lunch, but here it goes anyway.

As I was just finishing my fish sandwich in my cubicle today, I remembered that March 19th is the solemnity of St. Joseph. Solemnities will reign supreme in the Catholic calendar, unlike memorials for instance. If the memorial of St. Bob the Builder falls on a Sunday during ordinary time, you still celebrate the regular Sunday in ordinary time. The priest would still wear green, which is the color of "hope" during ordinary time, and would read the regular readings of ordinary time for that Sunday. The beginning and ending prayers of the mass would remain the same for ordinary time as well (i.e., St. Bob the Builder's name would not be mentioned as part of the liturgical celebration). Poor old St. Bob the Builder would just have to wait until next year to hope that his memorial day doesn't fall on a Sunday.

But what about Solemnities like the Solemnity of St. Joseph celebrated March 19th? Those days DO INDEED override other potential celebrations for that day. I'm not going to get into all the rules (I may save that for another day), but the key rule of thumb is that the hierarchy of celebrations during the liturgical year are (1) Solemnities, (2) Feasts, and (3) Memorials (obligatory or optional). One wonderful property of solemnities is that if they fall on Fridays during Lent, then they override the requirement to abstain from meat.

So go out and celebrate! Eat a big ole' steak. God won't smite you. Just remember why you are allowed to eat meat this day.......Read More Here.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

My NCAA picks

Tournament Challenge

Click on the link above for my NCAA picks for my work pool. More updates and thoughts to come as the tournament progresses.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Divine Virtue of Faith

This is the third and final chapter of the series on the divine virtues of faith, hope, and charity. This reflection is on the virtue of faith. The first of the divine virtues may be considered both objectively and subjectively. Objectively, it stands for the sum of truths revealed by God in Scripture and tradition, and which the Church presents to us in a brief form in her creeds; subjectively, faith stands for the habit or virtue by which we assent to those truths. Like supernatural hope and charity, it is directly implanted in the soul by Almighty God as an infused virtue. The Catechism states, "To obey (from the Latin ob-audire, to "hear or listen to") in faith is to submit freely to the word that has been heard, because its truth is guaranteed by God, who is Truth itself. Abraham is the model of such obedience offered us by Sacred Scripture. The Virgin Mary is its most perfect embodiment" (CCC 144). Scripture and the Tradition of the early church attest to the importance of faith. In order to reflect on the divine virtue of faith, I have compiled a list of my favorite quotes from the early church fathers on the subject.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

In case you miss the Winter Olympics

My tribute to the Winter Olympics!

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The Winter Olympics have come and gone. I don't know about you, but I really don't miss it. It was fun to watch some of the unique events that only come around every four years, but it started to get old after awhile. Luge, Skeleton, 2-man bobsled, 4-man bobsled. These are all the same events on the EXACT same track. If you seen one, then you've seen them all. You can't tell me that you can finish watching Luge in the afternoon, and then be excited to go home that evening to watch Skeleton because the guys are now going face first. The same can be said about the skiing and speed skating events. I started to get tired of the events and felt like it was déjà vu (haven't I seen this event before?). The most intriguing aspect of the racing events is how close the times are. If the guy loses by 0.001 seconds, the announcers will be like, "If he just wouldn't have went up that high on the fourth turn", or "If he wouldn't have stumbled out of the gate", or "If he wouldn't have clipped his fingernails right before the race, maybe he would have had a little more weight to increase his velocity." It's insane how close the times are.

At least the racing events have objective winners. There is no argument who won at the end of the race. At least I'll give them that much credit. The judged events are a whole different animal. Talk about the ultimate bias in sporting events. You can't go a Winter Olympics without some kind of figure skating controversy.

And speaking of figure skating....that Yevgeny Plushenko charactar from Russia was too good to be true. He reminded me of the Olympic evil villain. Its like he walked into the barber shop one day and said, "Make me look like as big of a snob as possible." If they ever make another movie about the Cold War, he would instantly be cast as the perfect bad guy. If you take every stereotype about figure skaters and exaggerate them ten-fold and then picture that person in your head, you end up with Yevgeny Plushenko. OK.....I digress.....

I found it amusing that he thought he should have won just because he did a "quad". So according to his logic, he might as well have just done a "quad" right as the music started and then just skated straight over to the gold medal platform. Why even finish the routine? He did a "quad" for God sake!! The only thing that would have been better than the "quad" would have been for him and Evan Lysacek to team up in pairs skating and do the Iron Lotus like on Blades of Glory.

Then for the people that aren't good enough to perform pairs skating, you have the ridiculous event of Ice Dancing. These are basically the people that aren't athletic enough to do triple axles or toss their partner 10 feet in the air. So they rely on the "technical elements" of dancing. They started off with the tango where everyone was doing the EXACT same dance (are you noticing a theme here...). If one night of it wasn't bland enough for you, they had two more nights including a "free dance" event. This gave them the freedom to entertain us with a theme of their choice. Therefore we got the enjoyment of watching some dude in chaps frolicking on the ice waving his six-shooters around to a Johnny Cash song. Quite a spectacle indeed.

Its worth mentioning that NBC actually aired Ice Dancing over the first match-up of USA and Canada in men's hockey. I now fully expect Ice Dancing to take off in the United States as the next big fad (not). It would probably generate better ratings than MLS though don't you think?

And there is curling. I still believe to this day that if I quit my job right now and practiced curling for eight hours a day until the 2014 Olympics rolled around, I could win gold. I would just have to find two other people willing to go in on this deal. People are actually professional curlers in other countries. I would expect curling to be a hobby (like throwing darts or playing checkers), but it is actually a professional sporting event in some countries. The guy who gets a pay check for curling must wake up laughing (kind of like the guy who makes a living selling blank-inside birthday cards).

Despite me making fun of the Winter Olympics, I still found myself being drawn to the TV. Maybe it was just because there was nothing else on worth watching. And I know that when the next Winter Olympics come around in four years, I'll be glued to the TV once again only to be laughing at the same ridiculous things.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dog Stache

Sweet new innovation for dog toys. I just wish I would have thought of it. This way your pup can go "indognito" with you if you ever join a witness protection program. (I can't believe I actually said that....)

You can actually buy one of these ridiculous things. CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Why?....Because she can

If you ever feel like you don't spend your time wisely, just watch this. It will make you feel better.

Props to Catholic Illini for finding this video.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Divine Virtue of Hope

This is the second part of the series on the divine virtues of faith, hope, and charity. This reflection is on the virtue of hope. The second of the divine virtues is described as the desire of something together with the expectation of obtaining it. As a divine virtue, it is the way in which we confidently expect, with God's help, to reach eternal felicity as well as to have at our disposal the means of securing it. Like supernatural faith and charity, it is directly implanted in the soul by Almighty God as an infused virtue. The Catechism states, "At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness. After the universal judgment, the righteous will reign forever with Christ, glorified in body and soul. The Church....will receive her perfection only in the glory of heaven, when will come the time of the renewal of all things. At that time, together with the human race, the universe itself, which is so closely related to man and which attains its destiny through him, will be perfectly re-established in Christ" (CCC 1042, cf. Acts 3:21, Eph. 1:10, Col. 1:20, 2 Pet. 3:10-13). Scripture and the Tradition of the early church attest to the importance of hope. In order to reflect on the divine virtue of hope, I have compiled a list of my favorite quotes from the early church fathers on the subject.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Divine Virtue of Charity

I am going to begin a three part series on the divine virtues (or sometimes called theological virtues) of faith, hope, and love (charity). I will begin the series with reflections on the virtue of charity. What better topic to begin with as God IS Love. As St. Paul wrote, "And now there remain faith, hope, and love, these three: but the greastest of these is love." (1 Cor. 13:13). The third and greatest of the divine virtues, usually called charity, is a divinely infused habit inclining the human will to cherish God for his own sake above all things, and man for the sake of God. The Catechism states, "The whole concern of doctrine and its teaching must be directed to the love that never ends. Whether something is proposed for belief, for hope or for action, the love of our Lord must always be made accessible, so that anyone can see that all the works of perfect Christian virtue spring from love and have no other objective than to arrive at love" (CCC 25, cf. 1 Cor. 13:8). Scripture and the Tradition of the early church attest to the importance of loving God and neighbor as the cornerstone of virtuous living. In order to reflect on the divine virtue of charity, I have compiled a list of my favorite quotes from the early church fathers on the subject.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Art of Astonishment

What does it take for a magic trick to actually astonish someone? We are all used to the big-stage performances where a guy with a poofy shirt whips out a hacksaw and starts carving through a box with an attractive young lady trapped inside.