"temporarily...dysfunctional" prefers IE7

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Megan's HALLPASS Give-Aways!!! Don't miss these!!!

from megan's blog: http://meganhallpass.blogspot.com


Giveaway Week #3: Vinyl Chit Chat


Enter here: at MEGAN's blog: http://meganhallpass.blogspot.com


This week's giveaway is sponsored by Rachel who makes cute vinyl letter signs, tiles, and whatever your heart desires! I was thrilled to receive Rachel's pay-it-forward in March!


For Christmas, Becky gave us a tile like this (but with the Salt Lake temple) that included our names and anniversary.


I have similar saying tiles too!

For our giveaway, Rachel is offering any 12x12 vinyl or phrase from her website. She is also currently offering all of my readers a 25% discount off any order through May 31st! Use the coupon code: hallpass.

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, May 21, 2009. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced Friday morning. Be sure to leave your email address in your profile or entries so that we can contact you! Feel free to tell your friends and family about the giveaway!

For your first entry, leave your first and last name in a comment.
Example: Minnie Mouse

For a second entry please peruse the wares at Vinyl Chit Chat. Then, return to Hall Pass and leave ANOTHER comment with your first and last name PLUS the item you'd like to win.
Example: Minnie Mouse: Family Home Evening

For a third entry, leave ANOTHER comment with your first and last name PLUS what and who you'd pay forward if you win.
Example: Minnie Mouse: Massage for Megan and Rachel.

For a fourth entry, become a follower of Hall Pass by clicking Follow in the sidebar. If you're already a follower, you just got an easy entry! Leave yet ANOTHER comment with your first and last name telling me you've become a loyal blog follower.
Example: Minnie Mouse: Follower

For a fifth entry, post the giveaway to your blog. Then leave ANOTHER comment with a link to your post (not just your blog).
Example: http://meganhallpass.blogspot.com/2009/05/giveaway-week-3-vinyl-chit-chat.html

For a sixth entry, put Rachel's Vinyl Chit Chat button on your blog's front page. The button is on her blog's front page. Copy the code and paste it on your blog. Then leave ANOTHER comment with your first and last name and button.
Example: Minnie Mouse: Button

Enter here: at MEGAN's blog: http://meganhallpass.blogspot.com
You can pick and choose which entries you'd like to use--you don't have to do them in order. I'm just providing you with 6 different ways to enter! Good luck!

Friday, May 15, 2009

A Brand New GrandBaby! - Josslyn Patrece!

Josslyn Patrece

8lbs 4oz - 22 inches

blonde curly hair

May 15, 2009
10:15 AM

(photos - soon - we hope)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

"If you don't talk to your kids about Liberals, who will? "

"People, do not leave the political education of your children to the schools."

Take a moment to read today's timely reminder at RIGHT WING WACKO* MOM today

*(NOT so wacko!) SMILE

Thanks for the reminder!

Monday, April 13, 2009

None were with Him...

One of the great consolations of the Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Even a Child Can Understand

God would indeed be unjust if the gospel were only accessible to an intellectual elite.
In His goodness, He has ensured that the truths regarding God are understandable to all His children, whatever their level of education or intellectual faculty
.

- Elder Caussé -


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

CREATE!

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf:
The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. You dont need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

You Are NOT Alone! - We The People - The 9/12 Project - Glenn Beck



The 9/12 Project is designed to bring us all back to where we were on September 12th, 2001. The day after America was attacked we were not obsessed with Red States, Blue States or political parties.
We were united as Americans, standing together to protect the values and principles of the greatest nation ever created.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

ONLINE and in time for General Conference weekend...



Have you checked out http://www.friend.lds.org
and/or
http://www.newera.lds.org yet!?!
They've both officially gone online with LOTS of activities, stories, games and
not to mention - jokes and all those great
mormonads posters!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wearing the GREEN!



I used to tell my cousin I could see in the dark much better than she could because...

I had GREEN eyes - like a cat! LOL

Actually I think my eyes remind me I'm blessed to have some Irish roots!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

((HUGS))

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

WIN "Best of Brazil" Birthday Basket!!!

Go to Misplaced American's blog -
Post a "Comment" (by March 20th!) to her "Happy Birthday to Me" post
and get a chance to WIN her "Best of Brazil" Birthday Basket Giveaway!!!

(As the mom of two RM's (both Recife Brazil) - I couldn't pass this one up!!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Mormon Mommy Blogs...

For those of you who noticed...
and
for those of you who did NOT -

I deleted my list of "Blog Rings" awhile back.
Why???
Because they just weren't ME.
(or I just wasn't THEM....)

I wanted to be!
In fact I've got to be the closest thing to a professional WANNABE blogger that exists!
but
I know the truth - I'm kinda the "Reader's Digest" version of blogs and bloggers!
LOL
Don't get me wrong! I don't mind! I think I kinda fill a void in the blogging sphere!
SMILE

That said - I may have found my niche at... Mormon Mommy blogs
It isn't that I can write as good/well/FUN as they do
but
they write the way I wish I could!

Give them a visit! I'm sure you'll find LOTS you enjoy!!!

Soooooooooooooooo many blogs - sooooooooooo little time!!!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m - Sunday March 8

(Just a reminder...)

Daylight Saving Time in the United States

In the United States Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. local time on the second Sunday in March. On the first Sunday in November areas on Daylight Saving Time return to Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. During Daylight Saving Time turn your clocks ahead one hour. At the end of Daylight Saving Time turn your clocks back one hour.

The names in each time zone change along with Daylight Saving Time. Eastern Standard Time (EST) becomes Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), and so forth. Arizona, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

In the United States, Under the Uniform Time Act, the Department of Transportation is in charge of time zones in the United States and ensuring that jurisdictions observing Daylight Saving Time begin and end on the same date.

On Monday August 8, 2005 President Bush signed into law a broad energy bill that extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks beginning in 2007. Since 1986 the United States had observed Daylight Saving Time from the first Sunday in April through the last Sunday in October. The provisions of the bill call for Daylight Saving Time to begin three weeks earlier on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November. Read our special section about the extension of Daylight Saving Time.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lock "Bumping" and How to Protect Your Home and Family

This particular video had the most helpful information that I could find so far
Long but worthwhile!

Please note:
Other security locks such as Electronic and magnetic locks or locks that incorporate rotating disks can not be compromised with the bumping technique, as well as restricted or registered key profiles because the correct key-blanks cannot be legally obtained without permission or proper registration with an accredited locksmith association.



PLUS:
This was supposed to be a "Helpful Hint"???
Finding out my car can be opened with a TENNIS BALL is anything but reasurring!!!



Thanks to Eva for the heads-up!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

What's your name?

This looked like fun - smile

What's your name?

1.YOUR REAL NAME
Linda Marie Tolboe-Hall

2.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME:(mother and fathers middle name)
Faith LeRoy

3.NASCAR NAME:(first name of your mother's dad, father's dad)
Louis Clarence

4.STAR WARS NAME:(the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name)
Halli

5.DETECTIVE NAME:(favorite color, favorite animal)
Green Horse

6.SOAP OPERA NAME:(middle name, town where you were born)
Marie Inglewood

7.SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd fav color, fav drink, add "THE" to the beginning)
The Blue Milk [this is a "cool" superhero name? - LOL]

8.FLY NAME:(first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name)
Lill

9.ROCK STAR NAME:(current pets name, current street name)
Titus Leslie

10.YOUR GANGSTA NAME:(first 3 letters of real name plus izzle)
Lin-izzle

12.YOUR IRAQI.. NAME:(2nd letter of your first name, 3rd letter of your last name, first two letters of your middle name)
Ilma (slightly rude but it's just a quiz)

13.YOUR GOTH NAME:(black, and the name of one of your pets)
Black Titus

(thanks to samantha )

Saturday, February 14, 2009

LIVE from the Smithsonian - Patriotic cupcake mosaic!

Subject: LIVE from the Smithsonian - Patriotic cupcake mosaic!

Don't know if you'll catch this in process -
but interesting (6000 cupcakes!)
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/smithsonian-on-ustream.tv

Free TV : Ustream




if you miss it live - photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/graphixoutpost/3276724273/

and I'm sure there will be more available

(edited in:)
it was
fun to watch Zilly
Rosen
at work!
Getting started:
image


3:18PM
image


3:44PM
image


4:10PM
image


4:38PM
image

and the finish - ta-da!
image


The public showing today - (click live video up top)

and believe
it or not - this was made to be eaten!
they will get to eat (she is a
professional baker) the cupcakes at 7PM EST (I think that's the scheduled time)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pregnancy Tag (Yep! Megs again! SMILE)



1. WAS YOUR FIRST PREGNANCY PLANNED?
Absolutely! (I had people ask me if I believed in 'Planned Parenthood' - I'd tell them - absolutely! - I PLANNED on being a Parent! Oh! Yes! LOL)

2. WERE YOU MARRIED AT THE TIME?
Can you have babies without being married??? (SMILE)

3. WHAT WERE YOUR REACTIONS?
I'm sure glad it's not just the flu! LOL

4. WAS ABORTION AN OPTION FOR YOU?
NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5. HOW OLD WERE YOU?
20

6. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WERE PREGNANT?
I went to the doctor because I was not feeling very good!

7. WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST?
The Patriarch (DH giggle) - of course!

8. DID YOU WANT TO FIND OUT THE SEX?
that was not an option in 1967

9. DUE DATE?
March 30, 1968

10. DID YOU HAVE MORNING SICKNESS?
"Morning"? sickness - you mean - morning noon and night!
Poor DH thought I'd taken up worshipping strange idols - I spent so much time kneeling in front of the 'porcelain throne' in the bathroom! LOL

11. WHAT DID YOU CRAVE?
SWEETS!

12. WHO/WHAT IRRITATED YOU THE MOST?
The male chauvinist pig who dared to tell DH that morning sickness was all in my head and I could stop it anytime I wanted to! (what I wanted was to throw up all over him!!!!!! GRRRR!)
Can you tell that irritated me just a tad???!!! LOL
whew!

13. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CHILD'S SEX?
Girl

14. DID YOU WISH YOU HAD THE OPPOSITE SEX OF WHAT YOU WERE GETTING?
No.

15. HOW MANY POUNDS DID YOU GAIN THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY?
Who knows - I just wanted to have a healthy baby

16. DID YOU HAVE A BABY SHOWER?
Yes - I was very blessed

17. WAS IT A SURPRISE OR DID YOU KNOW?
I think I knew

18. DID YOU HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS DURING YOUR PREGNANCY?
Not with the first one - thank goodness!

19. WHERE DID YOU GIVE BIRTH?
Ridgecrest (for all ten)

20. HOW MANY HOURS WERE YOU IN LABOR?
5 1/2

21. WHO DROVE YOU TO THE HOSPITAL?
DH

22. WHO WATCHED YOU GIVE BIRTH?
Husbands were not allowed in delivery at that time - so just the doctor and nurses

23. WAS IT NATURAL OR C-SECTION?
Natural.

24. DID YOU TAKE MEDICINE TO EASE THE PAIN?
They did use pitocin and I sure wish there would have been something more than just a demoral shot (which hurt so much it was like adding insult to injury!)

24. HOW MUCH DID YOUR CHILD WEIGH?
8 lbs - 7 1/2 oz.

25. WHEN WAS YOUR CHILD ACTUALLY BORN?
March 30, 1968

26. WHAT DID YOU NAME HIM/HER?
Alice Marie

27. HOW OLD IS YOUR FIRST BORN TODAY?
41!

and - like Megs said:
I'm sure most, if not all moms who read this will want to be tagged, so guess what? You are!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

How Addicted to Blogging Are You?

How Addicted to Blogging Are You?
(Thanks Megs - smile)

You are 70% addicted to blogging!

(it wasn't a bad as I thought it was going to be! - LOL )


70%How Addicted to Blogging Are You?

Hubby Tag (Tagged by Megan)

Hubby Tag (Tagged by Megan)

and she thinks this would be better labeled as "Couple Tag"...

what's your husbands name? Carl W, Dad, Grandpa, Bishop Hall, Pres. Hall, Honey, Dear , the Patriarch - smile

how long have you been married? Will be 42 years on July 8

how long did you date? dated 3mos - got engaged - and married 3 mos later

how old is he? He looks a whole lot younger than the 69 he is going to be this year!

who eats more sweets? going to have to think about that one - used to be me - but...

who is a better singer? He is! For sure!!! Wonderful voice!

who is smarter? I don't think he realizes how very smart he is!!! SUPER Smart! (the proverbial Rocket Scientist!)

who does the laundry? He's very good about doing his own!

who pays the bills? I wrote the checks for the bills the first 25 years - his turn since then - smile

who sleeps on the right side of the bed? There's a wrong side to the bed???

who mows the lawn? We haven't had a lawn to mow since we moved onto this property in 1981

who cooks dinner? He is a wonderful cook! bless his heart!

who drives? He almost always drives anymore

who is the first to say they are wrong? I think he has always been very good about that

who kissed who first? hmmm...

who asked who out first? LOL! LONG story there! Me - definitely!!!

who wears the pants? LOL

I tag: ALL MY FELLOW BLOGGERS

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

United Criminals for Gun Control (UNCLASSIFIED)

Adult Language Alert!
This one says it all...
(Thanks to my nephew who helps protect us all!)

Narnia Lives On! - Movie #3 in 2010!



Christian Science Monitor


C. S. Lewis enthusiasts will be glad to know that the Narnia Chronicle films will continue. Although Disney has bowed out, 20th Century Fox will step in as producer.


Disney produced the first two Narnia films (”The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “Prince Caspian”) but Fox will be at the helm of “Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” scheduled for release in 2010.


Both of the first two films became top DVD sellers, but “Prince Caspian” made only $420 million, compared with $745 million for “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”


Some C.S. Lewis enthusiasts have suggested that Disney chose the wrong moment to back away from Narnia. Many readers consider “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” to be one of the best of the Narnia books, while “Prince Caspian” (in which Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie are magically whisked into Narnia from a railway platform) is less beloved.


In “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” the two youngest Pevensies, Lucy and Edmund, are living with their cousin Eustace while their parents and Susan are traveling through America. But while their parents are away, Edmund and Lucy – along with Eustace – are drawn into Narnia through a painting of a ship. Caspian (in a ship called the Dawn Treader) is there engaged in a quest to find the seven lost Lords of Narnia.


For committed lovers of Narnia, of course, each book is precious and a certain core audience is guaranteed for any Narnia film. Those who doubt the hold of Narnia on its readers, even long into adulthood, have only to pick up Laura Miller’s 2008 tribute “The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia.”

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Have You Met "The Meanest Mom" !?!



Watch the "Meanest Mom" interview on the Buckley Report
and
Enjoy her blog here!

Smile

(Thanks DD for introducing me!)

Friday, January 30, 2009

Google Blogger For Dummies to be released in February!


Thanks to Blogger Buster for the heads up!!!

" If
you're familiar with the "Dummies" series of books, you'll understand how helpful and insightful these textbooks can be in dealing with any subject.

That being said, I'm happy to announce that Google Blogger for Dummies is due to hit bookshops on February 3rd. It's available to
pre-order now from Amazon.com (priced at $16.49) and will be available in Barnes and Noble, Waterstones and other bookshops, and also directly from Wiley..."

Read more at Blogger Buster!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

We're so excited! We'd like you to meet...

We're so excited!
We'd like you to meet Ken More our new refrigeration specialist!


(his predecessor went into a steady decline suffering from severe compressor overload -
essentially his heart just gave out - sigh
and as he was being hauled out he kept murmuring deliriously over and over something about:
"they would never make sure my door was shut...")
It was very painful to watch!!!

Ken is really Busy working - so when you come to visit - it's probably best to ask
if he has time to visit or not...
We certainly don't want him to suffer the same fate!!!

(Braken Shrog made me do it - He's been teaching me how to choose the 'proper' name for things - i.e. his computer is named: 'Dell-ano Roosevelt' and Miglet's is named 'Dell-ilah'! LOL)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Evolution of Dance goes to THEIR WEDDING!!!

It was just too good not to happen!
Thanks to my cousin Ric for sharing!!!

FetchFido - The Valentine Dog

Click on the hearts and watch them explode revealing a love message.



Limbaugh Responds to Obama - The National Review

from
the corner
(the National Review)
Saturday, January 24, 2009

Limbaugh Responds to Obama [Byron York]

According to an account in the New York Post, President Barack Obama yesterday told Republican leaders, "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done." With George W. Bush now off the stage, it may be that Obama and some of his fellow Democrats view Limbaugh, and not John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, or any other elected official, as the true leader of the Republican opposition. This morning I asked Rush for his thoughts on all this, and here is his response:

There are two things going on here. One prong of the Great Unifier's plan is to isolate elected Republicans from their voters and supporters by making the argument about me and not about his plan. He is hoping that these Republicans will also publicly denounce me and thus marginalize me. And who knows? Are ideological and philosophical ties enough to keep the GOP loyal to their voters? Meanwhile, the effort to foist all blame for this mess on the private sector continues unabated when most of the blame for this current debacle can be laid at the feet of the Congress and a couple of former presidents. And there is a strategic reason for this.

Secondly, here is a combo quote from the meeting:

"If we don't get this done we (the Democrats) could lose seats and I could lose re-election. But we can't let people like Rush Limbaugh stall this. That's how things don't get done in this town."

To make the argument about me instead of his plan makes sense from his perspective. Obama's plan would buy votes for the Democrat Party, in the same way FDR's New Deal established majority power for 50 years of Democrat rule, and it would also simultaneously seriously damage any hope of future tax cuts. It would allow a majority of American voters to guarantee no taxes for themselves going forward. It would burden the private sector and put the public sector in permanent and firm control of the economy. Put simply, I believe his stimulus is aimed at re-establishing "eternal" power for the Democrat Party rather than stimulating the economy because anyone with a brain knows this is NOT how you stimulate the economy. If I can be made to serve as a distraction, then there is that much less time debating the merits of this TRILLION dollar debacle.

Obama was angry that Merrill Lynch used $1.2 million of TARP money to remodel an executive suite. Excuse me, but didn't Merrill have to hire a decorator and contractor? Didn't they have to buy the new furnishings? What's the difference in that and Merrill loaning that money to a decorator, contractor and goods supplier to remodel Warren Buffet's office? Either way, stimulus in the private sector occurs. Are we really at the point where the bad PR of Merrill getting a redecorated office in the process is reason to smear them? How much money will the Obamas spend redecorating the White House residence? Whose money will be spent? I have no problem with the Obamas redoing the place. It is tradition. 600 private jets flown by rich Democrats flew into the Inauguration. That's fine but the auto execs using theirs is a crime? In both instances, the people on those jets arrived in Washington wanting something from Washington, not just good will.

If I can be made to serve as a distraction, then there is that much less time debating the merits of the trillion dollar debacle.

One more thing, Byron. Your publication and website have documented Obama's ties to the teachings of Saul Alinksy while he was community organizing in Chicago. Here is Rule 13 of Alinksy's Rules for Radicals:

"Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."

01/24 03:32 PM

Thursday, January 22, 2009

'Little Women' was just a story...

'Little Women' was just a story... even though I always wished it were more

However, nienie



and cjane



are very real - thank goodness!

Many of you have met these sisters, already - but - if you haven't,
it's definitely worth your while to take the time to acquaint yourself!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The HALL MEN - 6th out of 6 - Jenna made me do it!

Jenna wrote ... Tag!
"All you have to do is post the 6th picture from your 6th folder (and pray it's not embarrassing). "
The 6th of the 6th gave us ... 6 !!!
The 6 Handsome Hall Men - that is!!!



I told 'the Patriarch' (back right) long before these wonderful sons of mine were born that I'd had a dream where I was protectively surrounded by five TALL sons.
DH laughed at the time - he didn't think I could have sons taller than he is because I'm so short...
Micahwave (back left )
Blazeburner (middle left)
Carloche (bottom left)
Braken Shrog (bottom right)
NeoSigma (middle right)

Not only are all my sons taller than I am - so are my five DDs - smile
and yes - they are as tall as they look!

I tag the Patriarch , Micahwave , Angie , Jarca , and Kate - smile

Sunday, January 18, 2009

What PUNCTUATION Mark Are You...

(Miglet and Angie had an interesting quiz! chuckle)




You Are a Colon



You are very orderly and fact driven.

You aren't concerned much with theories or dreams... only what's true or untrue.



You are brilliant and incredibly learned. Anything you know is well researched.

You like to make lists and sort through things step by step. You aren't subject to whim or emotions.



Your friends see you as a constant source of knowledge and advice.

(But they are a little sick of you being right all of the time!)



You excel in: Leadership positions



You get along best with: The Semi-Colon



(I don't know about that 'brilliant and incredibly learned' part
but
my sister is sooo going to roll/LOL about the "You like to make lists" part! LOL )

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Obama's New BlackBerry: The NSA's Secure PDA?


(I can't help it - I'm a wanna be Techie and it IS Interesting!!!)



Obama's New BlackBerry: The NSA's Secure PDA?

By Declan McCullagh, CNET.com


Bill Clinton sent only two e-mail messages as president and has yet to pick up the habit. President George W. Bush ceased using e-mail in January 2001 but has said he's looking forward to e-mailing "my buddies" after leaving Washington, D.C.

President-elect Barack Obama, though, is a serious e-mail addict. "I'm still clinging to my BlackBerry," he said in a recent interview with CNBC. "They're going to pry it out of my hands."

One reason to curb presidential BlackBerrying is the possibility of eavesdropping by hackers and other digital snoops. While Research In Motion offers encryption, the U.S. government has stricter requirements for communications security.

"Without more details I would have to say that putting sensitive or classified information on a BlackBerry is a risky proposition," said Greg Shipley, chief technology officer at Neohapsis, a governance, risk and compliance consultancy.

Fortunately for an enthusiastic e-mailer-in-chief, some handheld devices have been officially blessed as secure enough to handle even classified documents, e-mail and Web browsing.

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More from MSN Tech & Gadgets:

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One is General Dynamics' Sectera Edge, a combination phone-PDA that's been certified by the National Security Agency as being acceptable for "top secret" voice communications and "secret" e-mail and Web sites. Through three separate interchangeable modules, it works with Wi-Fi, GSM or CDMA networks, and is dustproof, waterproof and rugged enough to survive repeated four-foot drops onto concrete. Physically, it's a chunkier second cousin to the Palm Treo 750, though with an additional LCD display below the keyboard.

The price is $3,350 with a two-year warranty, a princely sum that's reflected in the Pentagon-worthy price tags for accessories: a simple adapter for a lighter plug costs $100. (Never again should you complain about how much your civilian analogue costs.)

The Sectera runs a mobile version of Microsoft Windows, including versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Windows Media Player. The NSA says that the installed versions of Internet Explorer, WordPad and Windows Messenger are good enough for data that's classified "secret." Presumably the federal spooks have found a way to protect IE from the numerous security flaws that continue to plague the Internet's most popular browser.

The NSA declined to comment on Monday.

L-3 Communications' Guardian, still in development, is similar, but sports a chunkier antenna and a slightly less conventional keyboard shaped like a V. It, too, runs Windows, boasts a stylus and QWERTY keyboard, supports desktop synchronization, and can be used on secure data plans with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and internationally, Worldcell. Files stored locally are encrypted.



Both PDA-phones owe their existence to a Defense Department project called SME-PED, meaning Secure Mobile Environment Portable Electronic Device. Because the SME-PED was explicitly designed to act as a classified-information-friendly replacement for a BlackBerry, it should be an easy switch for Obama.

That's assuming he still feels like e-mailing after Inauguration Day. Even though Bush enjoys the same access to NSA-certified handhelds, he has never resumed his daily e-mail habit from the days when he went by the humble moniker of G94B@aol.com. (On Jan. 17, 2001, Bush sent out this sad farewell: "Since I do not want my private conversations looked at by those out to embarrass, the only course of action is not to correspond in cyberspace. This saddens me. I have enjoyed conversing with each of you.")

At the time, Karen Hughes, one of Bush's closest aides, said that the president chose to abandon e-mail because of public records laws. That includes the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, and the Presidential Records Act of 1978.

Obama may find the convenience of wireless e-mail a pleasure difficult to give up. News reports during the presidential campaign described how he relied on his BlackBerry to bypass aides, which was even satirized by The Onion.

He checked e-mail during his daughter's football games, e-chatted with actress Scarlett Johansson, and before the New Hampshire primary told CNET News that the BlackBerry was his favorite gadget. On the other hand, Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin's e-mail breach is still within recent memory, as are the Bush White House's legal troubles stemming from the use of Republican National Committee e-mail systems.

"It's not just the flow of information," Obama said in the recent interview. "I mean, I can get somebody to print out clips for me, and I can read newspapers. What it has to do with is having mechanisms where you are interacting with people who are outside of the White House in a meaningful way. And I've got to look for every opportunity to do that -- ways that aren't scripted, ways that aren't controlled, ways where, you know, people aren't just complimenting you or standing up when you enter into a room, ways of staying grounded."

Federal law does explicitly exempt from disclosure any "personal records" that do not relate to the president's official function. Those include electronic records that are "of a purely private or non-public character" and don't relate to official duties; the law lists diaries, journals, notes and presidential campaign materials as examples. Similarly, FOIA prevents files from being released if the disclosure would significantly jeopardize "personal privacy."

In other words, Obama could choose to keep e-mailing judiciously, and trust his lawyers and the law to fend off overly nosy journalists and historians.

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More from MSN Tech & Gadgets:

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Wireless devices: What price convenience?



One thing that security experts can agree on is that despite RIM's efforts, a BlackBerry probably isn't up to the security standards for a leader of the free (or even unfree) world.

BlackBerrys can become infected with viruses that install spyware or turn the microphone on and record conversations, malware can be inadvertently downloaded, e-mail and text messages can be intercepted, and, of course, they can be lost or stolen, said Dan Hoffman, chief technology officer of SMobile Systems, which sells antivirus software for the devices.

The National Vulnerability Database, which is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity Division, lists 14 vulnerabilities for BlackBerrys. Those include ways that a malicious attacker can install malware, and perhaps crash the device through a so-called denial of service attack.

It's not as if snoopy computer utilities are difficult to find. Flexispy.com sells spyware that can be installed by someone with physical possession of a phone for 15 minutes. The creators boast that their software, once installed, can "bug a room or person" and "catch cheating husbands."

The U.S. government uses special ciphers for secret information and it uses data networks differently from the public data networks, said Phil Dunkelberger, chief executive of encryption provider PGP Corp. "Unless you're using point-to-point encryption technology … or the mail itself is encrypted, you would have exposure to people administering the network." And, on a related note, we know that Obama's cell phone records through Verizon were improperly accessed last year.

There's also the risk of someone tracking the coordinates of a BlackBerry through the device's built-in GPS or the carrier's ability to triangulate on the signal -- something that police, for instance, says they should be able to do without a search warrant or evidence of criminal activity. Bush White House aides say that security concerns prompted them to disable the GPS feature on their BlackBerrys.

James Atkinson, president of Granite Island Group, an engineering firm that helps the government protect classified networks and equipment, pointed this out as a possible security vulnerability. "You can identify where a person is without gaining access to the cell phone network just by the timing of the signals, Atkinson said. "You can identify who is sitting in which seat in a conference room from a couple thousand feet away."

Then again, it's not as if the president of the United States and his entourage travel incognito that often.
If nothing else works, Obama can always turn to Bush for some tips. Not his immediate predecessor, but former President George H.W. Bush, a late-in-life convert to the joys of e-mail. Bush the elder has been quoted as saying: "I'm what you might call a black belt wireless e-mailer."

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

He's a "Dancing Machine" and He's BACK!!!

(I think I like the ORIGINAL Best!!! how about you???)

Judson Laipply is back with the official sequel to "Evolution of Dance"

- one of the most watched Internet videos of all time!
Go to http://www.eod2.com/ for more information.
Upload your photo and dance alongside Judson at http://www.peoplejam.com/eod/ !
Presented by Saveology.com



AND
In case you missed the ORIGINAL:



(I hate to say this - but this sooooooooooooo reminds me of my sons!!! LOL!)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Very First "Temporarily Dysfunctional Blog Award" goes to...

It seems only fitting that the Very First
Temporarily Dysfunctional
Great Blog Award
should go to...
That SUPER lady who started it all (for Our Family!)
at
the "HALL PASS" !!!
Thank you for being YOU!!!
((HUGS))

Sunday Sweets: Castles & Fairies

(posted by Jen over at the Sunday CAKEWRECKS !!! )

Sunday Sweets: Castles & Fairies

Continuing in our fantasy theme, here's a gorgeous cake from Suka that also could have gone in last week's dragon post:



Shallyse G. sent in what I'm going to call a fairy castle, just so I can include it here:



(By Sarah of The Little Bakehouse. More pics in her Flickr stream.)

Addie F. found this adorable little garden fairy, although I can't tell if she's on a cupcake, cake, or is just a topper:


(From Dulce Decoracion's Flickr stream, where there are lots more amazing figurines and cakes.)

Posted by Jen at 9:35 AM
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

"HEARTS of COURAGE": “There are two survivors up on the mountain. We've got to bring them out!"

“There are two survivors up on the mountain. We've got to bring them out!"
Monday – January 12, 2009 – 8 p.m.
Thursday – January 15, 2009 – 9 a.m.
Monday – January 19, 2009 – 4 p.m.

(January 5, 2008 – Provo , Utah ) Hearts of Courage, a page-turning true account of an extraordinary Latter-day Saint in an unimaginable situation is now a new BYU-TV documentary to be broadcast on January 12th and 19th. BYU Dean Stephen Jones ( College of Fine Arts and Communications) learned of the story, was impressed with the story, met with John Tippets, and then forwarded the idea to the folks at BYU Broadcasting.

Coincidentally, Rob Sibley, producer, first read about the Gillam crash and Joseph Tippets in LDS Adventure Stories compiled by Preston Nibley. “In November 2007, I had a meeting with John and he told me about his dad and his amazing survival in the Alaskan wilderness. As he talked I thought, this story sounds really familiar. And then I remembered that I'd read about this exceptional man some years before. What makes some men extraordinary is their normal day-to-day persona that is pushed to the limits in extremes we can only imagine. They stand up to adversity; they face their challenges with a tenacity most of us never have to deal with. Few Latter-day Saints are tested to such a degree, literally putting their lives on the line to save others.”

Now intrigued, Sibley found additional sources through discussions with Joseph and Alta's four children, archival film footage, historical photos, and a special KUED interview that had been done with Joseph Tippets in the 1960s by Neal A. Maxwell.

The rescue took place 35 miles southeast of Ketchikan , Alaska in the winter of 1943. Joseph Tippets and Percy Cutting stood yelling with their last ounce of energy to a passing Coast Guard vessel on routine patrol. Bedraggled, barely alive, the two had pushed through rough Alaskan territory in one of the worst winters ever recorded. It was February, almost a full month since the Gillam plane had crashed in the middle of nowhere. Two more men lay in a makeshift lean-to in the wilderness desperately hoping Tippets and Cutting would get them out alive.

Back in January, Joseph had sat in the warm Lockheed Electra with four other passengers thinking of his reunion with his beloved Alta and their son John. He reminisced about the hurried flight he'd made to Utah from his home in Anchorage to be at the bedside of his dying mother. Gone over Christmas, Joe had left his expectant wife and made it to Utah . As the plane taxied down the runway, Joe thought of his hurried days visiting with family in Ogden and Heber and his opportunity to report on the state of the Church in that far northern territory to several Church officials in Salt Lake City. He was the first Anchorage branch president to a small LDS congregation, in the midst of World War II. Back home, Alta helped provide some sort of Christmas for many of the young servicemen, even though her prayers cried out for Joe's safe return. The couple knew their meeting would be especially sweet and Joe wrote Alta to say, “Godspeed our quick reunion and I hope I beat this letter to you!”


Alta and Joseph Tippets, December 1942

Alaskan bush flying in ‘43 was no place for a beginner pilot. Old-timers said there were three kinds of Alaska weather: clear and unlimited, ordinary, and “Gillam weather.” Harold Gillam, an aviator experienced in flying through some of the foulest weather, shook his head and said, “The weather's never as bad as it looks.” But the Territory was having one of the worst winters in 100 years and already there were ice accumulating on the plane. It not only got colder, but Gillam would approach his destination in darkness. Knowing all these factors, the pilot still felt confident as he pushed on through the clouds. The carburetor heat and de-icing systems were full on; the plane was on track and on time. The airplane was heavy with ice but within limits and still performing well.

Several hours into the flight, Gillam tuned in to what he thought was the Annette, Alaska radio range. Suddenly the left engine lost power; with the added weight of ice, the right engine couldn't maintain altitude. The last radio contact was, “one engine has conked out, expect trouble.” At 1,800 feet the snow cleared briefly to reveal an open spot on a mountainside. The plane slammed into the ground but only after smashing through trees, shearing off the right wing, and buckling the fuselage. The Lockheed slid into a deep gully, deep in snow and a tree crashed down to further bury the crumpled plane. The six passengers survived but were now completely hidden from view. Hearts of Courage is the account of the legendary Gillam plane crash and the two brave men who journeyed through the Alaskan undiscovered territory to attempt a rescue for the remaining passengers waiting in freezing weather.

Now, an exciting LDS Lives documentary, the tenacity and courage of Joseph Tippets and Percy Cutting is a story of real heroism against impossible odds, the stuff legend is made of. The miraculous events of those weeks—the ordeal of survival, the ultimate rescue—all are recreated and told with reverence as only a BYU-produced documentary can tell.

Author John Tippets stated, “I recently listened again to a recording of a fireside given by Dad where he said one possible reason his life was spared by his Father in Heaven was so he could tell this story to others and increase their faith and confidence that prayers are answered. With the book Hearts of Courage, and now with this wonderful BYU TV production that purpose is continuing to be fulfilled."


Click to Buy “An astounding story of unparalleled bravery and faith!”


– Stephen R. Covey
Author
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness



Be sure to catch this fascinating and faith-building documentary, airing on BYU-TV, Mountain Standard Time:

Monday – January 12, 2009 – 8 p.m.
Thursday – January 15, 2009 – 9 a.m.
Monday – January 19, 2009 – 4 p.m.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Star Spangled Banner - How SWEET it is!!!

Our National Anthem the way it should be sung -- none of that 'big name' flakiness!



The Cactus Cuties singing our National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, is now available for downloading from Cdbaby and Itunes.
The Cactus Cuties, http://thecactuscuties.com, range in age from 8 to 13.
The group is named for the Cactus Theater in Lubbock, Texas and they are coached by Cami Caldwell.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

The NEW "Dr. Who" is...

This just popped up on Wikepedia ...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Smith_(British_actor)



Matt Smith
(born 28 October 1982) is an English actor. He has performed in theatre, TV, and film. Best known perhaps for his appearances in the BBC adaptations of Phillip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke and The Shadow in the North alongside Billie Piper, as well as his stage performances in On the Shore of the Wide World and Cast B of Alan Bennett's History Boys.

On 3 January 2009, during an episode of Doctor Who Confidential it was announced he will be the Eleventh Doctor on the British television series Doctor Who, the youngest actor to date to play the role.[1][2]

Friday, January 2, 2009

The Eleventh Doctor - New Doctor to be revealed on BBC One tomorrow!


The Eleventh Doctor

New Doctor to be revealed on BBC One tomorrow.

The BBC confirmed today that it will reveal the identity of the Eleventh Doctor as part of a special edition of Doctor Who Confidential to be aired on BBC ONE tomorrow, Saturday 03 January at 17:35hrs.

Following the announcement in October that David Tennant would be stepping down from his role as the Doctor at the end of 2009*, speculation has been mounting as to who would take over from him for the fifth series of this iconic BBC drama that will air in 2010.

With a new creative team in place for the new series led by Executive Producers Steven Moffat and Piers Wenger, the casting of the new Doctor was job number one to be completed before scripts could be finalised and shooting could begin in summer 2009.

In the Doctor Who special, to be aired tomorrow at 17.35hrs, the actor playing the new Doctor will be giving his or her initial reaction to being the new, eleventh incarnation of one of television's most loved characters.

Head Of Drama BBC Wales Piers Wenger said, "We are so pleased to have been able to cast this person as the new Doctor. We believe the actor is going to bring something very special to the role and will make it absolutely their own - I just can't wait to tell everyone who it is - it has been a nail biting Christmas trying to keep this under wraps!".

* There will be four Doctor Who Specials featuring David Tennant that will run in 2009 into New Year 2010 (dates tbc).

The Doctor Who Confidential programme will also be broadcast live on the BBC's Big Screens nationwide.

Doctor Who Confidential - The Eleventh Doctor: Saturday, January 3rd - 17:35hrs, BBC ONE

Thursday, January 1, 2009