Friday, February 19, 2010

FW: U.S. Mint Redesigns Penny

Here's the new design for the back of the 2010 penny. Instead of the Lincoln Memorial there's now a shield, or maybe a tiny badge that you can flash whenever you want to announce, "I have jurisdiction over your pocket change." No, I'm pretty sure it's a shield.

You might be one of those people who thinks we should do away with the penny altogether, but that would mean taking away one of the more entertaining ways to annoy a business:

"8800 Penny Prank Takes Paying In Cash To Extremes"
"Upset With $350 Electrical Bill, Man Pays In Pennies"
"Paying With Pennies Lands Middle Schoolers In Detention"

"The Lincoln One Cent Coin—2010 and Beyond" [U.S. Mint via Boingboing]


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Thursday, February 11, 2010

snow, shmo

Issued by The National Weather Service
Shreveport, LA
5:32 am CST, Thu., Feb. 11, 2010

... WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 PM CST FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SHREVEPORT HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR THE ACCUMULATION OF SNOW AND SLEET... WHICH WILL BE EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 PM CST FRIDAY.

THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

LIGHT SNOW AND SLEET IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN THIS MORNING OVER THE AREA AND BY THIS AFTERNOON AND OVERNIGHT BECOME MORE WIDESPREAD AND HEAVIER AT TIMES. TEMPERATURES TODAY WILL REMAIN MAINLY IN THE 30S AND THEN DROP TO NEAR OR BELOW FREEZING OVERNIGHT. GROUND WARMTH WILL HELP MELT THE INITIAL SNOW AND SLEET... BUT AS MORE SNOW FALLS... AND READINGS DROP... ACCUMULATIONS SHOULD START TO ADD UP.

THE PRECIPITATION WILL END WEST TO EAST FRIDAY. TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 3 INCHES WILL BE COMMON. THERE MAY BE HIGHER AMOUNTS ACROSS PARTS OF NORTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA.

THE MAIN ROADS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN WET OR SLUSHY THROUGH THE EVENT... HOWEVER BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES AND RURAL AND SECONDARY ROADS THAT HAVE LESS TRAFFIC MAY BECOME SNOW COVERED LATE THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF MAINLY SNOW... POSSIBLY MIXED WITH SLEET... WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES... AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING... ESPECIALLY ON THE BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES.

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.AN UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE TOWARD THE FOUR STATE REGION TODAY AND THEN ACROSS AND EAST OF THE AREA TONIGHT AND FRIDAY... HELPING PRODUCE WIDESPREAD SNOW AND SLEET.

Monday, February 01, 2010

New Diet - Day 1 Hour 0

So, I've decided to do it. I am going on a diet. This will be part of my rest of the new year resolutions, albeit technically its my only. I am going to try with the aid of sparkpeople to consume 1500 calories or less daily. This is roughly equivalent to half my current intake. Of course I don't expect it to be easy and I am sure I will complain along the way, but it needs to be done. I don't want to go through the rest of my twenty's weighing over 300 lbs. The goal ultimately is to also start some exercise regiment and hopefully by year's end I will have lost 50 lbs. This isn't too hard a goal, I mean I am not going to go on a Biggest Loser style 24/7 weight loss frame of mind, I am sure I'll have my slips along the way. Regardless among the things I won't be partaking anymore: Soda, I know thats going to be a bitch. Additionally I am going to try to forgo my late night eating habits just before bedtime. I mean I don't have to eat, but I just do. So basically I am going to really try to get my 8, 8 ounce cups of water and probably continue drinking my V8 Fusion and that will be the extent of my drinking. I will also try to limit my meals to 400 calories, which is possible, but I will have to institute some sort of portion control. Man this is going to suck.