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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

How to Make a Difference: Make a Difference One Coffee at a Time

How to Make a Difference: Make a Difference One Coffee at a Time

Sometimes we have trouble with our computers...

The Microsoft sign at the entrance of the Germ...Image via Wikipedia

As we Silver Surfers know, sometimes we have trouble with our computers...

I had a problem yesterday, so I called Eric, the 11 year old next door, whose bedroom looks like Mission Control and asked him to come over.

Eric clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.

As he was walking away, I called after him, 'So, what was wrong?

He replied, 'It was an �ID ten T� error.'

I didn't want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired,

'An, �ID ten T� error? What's that? In case I need to fix it again.'

Eric grinned.... 'Haven't you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?

'No,' I replied.

'Write it down,' he said, 'and I think you'll figure it out.'

So I wrote down:


I used to like Eric, the little bastard.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Dead, stiff, forgotten for seven years

Essen, WeihnachtsmarktImage via Wikipedia(An old post from Thursday, June 28, 2007)

Dead, stiff, forgotten for seven years...

A man's corpse has been found in his bed...after nearly seven years, police in Essen, Germany, said recently.

The unemployed man, aged 59 years, had probably died of natural causes on November 30,2000, according to the date of a letter from the Welfare office found in his flat.

Next to his bed were cigarettes, an open television guide and Deutschemark coins, withdrawn from circulation after the introduction of Euros in 2002.

His flat was in an building with many offices and units, many of which were now empty.

"No missing person report was ever filed." police said.

Dead, forgotten by his family, if he had one. But who paid the rent? Would the owners of the building not investigate the fact that his rent wasn't paid? Another extraordinary story of death not reported.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fortune didn't favour the brave or smile on him...

Security camera at London (Heathrow) Airport. ...Image via Wikipedia

Fortune didn't favour the brave or smile on him...

A Kiwi man from Invercargill in Southland who thought fortune had smiled on him when he found a $2000 ring that had been dropped on the main street, has ended up in the pokey on a charge of theft.

Instead of handing in the ring to the local police, and waiting for the owner to claim it, he decided to get cute and took the ring to the local jewellers for valuing.

However when the ring's owner reported it missing,the police found the man on the store's CCTV footage.

Not a case of fortune favouring the brave, but the naive, I would suggest. I don't know whether he convinced the police,the owner and the jewellery store of his innocence? But it made for an interesting story here.

Fortune didn't favour the brave or smile on.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Australia could have a Kiwi first lady...

Tony Abbott. Crop from another upload to commons.Image via WikipediaAustralia could have a Kiwi born first lady...

If Tony Abbott is elected as prime minister, Australia could have a Kiwi first lady, from my neck of the woods here in the Hutt Valley, just a few miles outside of the New Zealand capital, Wellington City.

Margie Abbott was born, raised and educated here in Lower Hutt city. By all accounts she was an excellent scholar and enjoyed sports during those days. She moved to Sydney in 1983 and met her future husband, Tony Abbott,in a pub there. He was born in England and moved to Australia as a youngster. The Abbotts have three daughters who get their fair share of Kiwi cultural education, including the Maori haka.

Known as the 'Mad Monk' by his political opponents and a minister in the John Howard administration, Tony Abbott is on the verge of becoming prime minister of Australia, if the pundits have it right. If not he will continue as the leader of the opposition there in Canberra, because he has brought his party close to election as government this time.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Getting old...

Getting old...

I'm told it has a few advantages - not that any of us are getting old of course.

People no longer think you are a hypochondriac.

You don't worry about holding your stomach in no matter who walks into the room.

Your eyes won't get much worse.

Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.

But remember - never, ever, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

First Aussie banned NZ apples for 89 years, now it is the common potato under threat...

Potato crisps exhibiting Zebra chip, thought t...Image via WikipediaFirst Aussie banned NZ apples for 89 years, now it is the common potato thats under threat... 

Hey those damn Aussies are at it again! After keeping Kiwi apples out of Australia for 89 years and taken before the World Trade Organisation - WTO - and had their case that Kiwi apples would bring diseases into Australia disproven! An appeal would not likely be successful either.

Now its the common spud. Read on and be amused!

Lobby group Ausveg claimed recently that bringing New Zealand potatoes for processing into potato chips, even under strict quarantine threatened to 'wreak devastation'

Some NZ varieties allegedly suffer from a disease known as Zebra Chip could result in potatoes developing unsightly dark lines when cooked. Australia has banned fresh potatoes from countries that have the disease. Quite frankly I have never heard of the disease. It does not affect edibility apparently.

The NZ AG and Fish Ministry had applied for access to Australia under approved quarantine conditions. Ausveg has admitted there were no known health risks but insisted allowing imports would be dire.

It was only this very month of August that the WTO ordered Australia to finally remove barriers to accepting the imports of NZ apples. Do we have to wait another 89 years before Australia accepte New Zealand potatoes as well? Whats next I wonder? The haka before rugby tests could have detrimental affects on young Australians' mental health?

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Whats the problem? None I recall...

 What's the problem?? None I recall...

Yearly Dementia Test

Our Yearly Dementia Test

It's that time of year for us to take our annual senior citizen test. Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it's important to keep mentally alert. If you don't use it, you lose it!

Below is a very private way to gauge how your memory compares to the last test. Some may think it is too easy but the ones with memory problems may have difficulty. Take the test presented here to determine if you're losing it or not.

The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you've made your answer.

OK, relax, clear your mind and begin.

1. What do you put in a toaster?

Answer: 'bread.' If you said 'toast' give up now and do something else..

Try not to hurt yourself.

If you said, bread, go to Question 2.

2. Say 'silk' five times. Now spell 'silk.' What do cows drink?

Answer: Cows drink water. If you said 'milk,' don't attempt the next question. Your brain is over-stressed and may even overheat. Content yourself with reading a more appropriate literature such as Auto World.

However, if you said 'water', proceed to question 3.

3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from?

Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said 'green bricks,' why are you still reading these???

If you said 'glass,' go on to Question 4.

4 Without using a calculator - You are driving a bus from London to

Milford Haven in Wales . In London , 17 people get on the bus. In Reading , 6 people get off the bus and 9 people get on. In Swindon , 2 people get off and 4 get on. In Cardiff , 11 people get off and 16 people get on. In Swansea , 3 people get off and 5 people get on. In Carmathen, 6 people get off and 3 get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven ..

Without scrolling back to review, how old is the bus driver?

Answer: Oh, for crying out loud!

Don't you remember your own age?

It was YOU driving the bus!!

If you pass this along to your friends, pray they do better than you.

PS: 95% of people fail most of the questions

What about you? What?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Why do sharks swim around before attacking ...

Great white shark. Photo by Terry Goss, copyri...Image via Wikipedia

Why do Sharks swim around you before attacking?

Two great white sharks, swimming in the ocean, spied survivors of a sunken ship.

"Follow me, son." the father shark said to the son shark and they swam to

the mass of people.

"First we swim around them a few times with just the tip of our

fins showing." And they did.

"Well done, son! Now we swim around them a

few times with all of our fins showing." And they did.

"Now we eat everybody." And they did.

When they were both gorged, the son asked, "Dad, why didn't we just eat them all at first?

Why did we swim around and around them?"

His wise father replied, "Because they taste better without the shit inside!"

Friday, August 6, 2010

Kiwi Riverman Post back online again...

Kiwi Riverman Post is back online after technical problems prevented publishing.  I can tell KRP 's many followers things are  OK.

Three new stories have been posted for your interest and enjoyment.

I'll see you there followers and new readers.

KRP is back in action!


I Robot - Robot mimics human speech...

 I Robot -  Robot mimics human speech, gestures.

Japanese researchers have unveiled a robot that can mimic speech and gestures sent to it by video-phone, replicating a distant caller's presence.

Dubbed the Telenoid R1, the robot will allow "people to feel as if an acquaintance in the distance is next to you", according to its developers, Osaka University and the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute.

A sensor will transmit the caller's sounds and movements of the head, face and arms to a robot near the recipient, the developers said.