Monthly Archives: May 2005

Memorial Day 2005

Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
Through the great spaces in the sky.
Be with them always in the air,
In darkening storms or sunlight fair;
Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,
For those in peril in the air!
Mary C. D. Hamilton (1915)

Eternal Father, grant, we pray,
To all Marines, both night and day,
The courage, honor, strength, and skill
Their land to serve, thy law fulfill;
Be thou the shield forevermore
From every peril to the Corps.
J. E. Seim (1966)

Lord, stand beside the men who build,
And give them courage, strength, and skill.
O grant them peace of heart and mind,
And comfort loved ones left behind.
Lord, hear our prayers for all Seabees,
Where’er they be on land or sea.
R. J. Dietrich (1960)

Lord God, our power evermore,
Whose arm doth reach the ocean floor,
Dive with our men beneath the sea;
Traverse the depths protectively.
O hear us when we pray, and keep
Them safe from peril in the deep.
David B. Miller (1965)

O God, protect the women who,
In service, faith in thee renew;
O guide devoted hands of skill
And bless their work within thy will;
Inspire their lives that they may be
Examples fair on land and sea.
Lines 1-4, Merle E. Strickland (1972) and
adapted by James D. Shannon (1973)
Lines 5-6, Beatrice M. Truitt (1948)

Eternal Father, Lord of hosts,
Watch o’er the men who guard our coasts.
Protect them from the raging seas
And give them light and life and peace.
Grant them from thy great throne above
The shield and shelter of thy love.
Author unknown

Eternal Father, King of birth,
Who didst create the heaven and earth,
And bid the planets and the sun
Their own appointed orbits run;
O hear us when we seek thy grace
For those who soar through outer space.
J. E. Volonte (1961)

Creator, Father, who first breathed
In us the life that we received,
By power of thy breath restore
The ill, and men with wounds of war.
Bless those who give their healing care,
That life and laughter all may share
. Galen H. Meyer (1969)
Adapted by James D. Shannon (1970)

Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
And those who on the ocean ply;
Be with our troops upon the land,
And all who for their country stand:
Be with these guardians day and night
And may their trust be in thy might.
Author Unknown (1955)

Have a Great Memorial Day, Everyone –


Hot Pants

Speaking of putting things in ones knickers. I don’t
believe this one is real but I link to it as a public
service. This
says they are selling women’s underwear with a
built-in transmitter that will tell you the location, heart
rate, and temperature of the wearer. The transmitter is
supposedly powerful enough, using only a watch battery, to
send its signal to a satellite. From there, you can use the
companies software called “pantyMap(r)” to locate your loved

Yah, right. If you believe that, I have some ocean front
property on the Big Island that I’ll sell for a substantial

Panty GPS

Have a Great Weekend, Everyone –

Can You Hear Me Now?

I’ve been using cell/mobile phones for about 15 years. Up
to last Monday, I’d lost only one phone. That phone somehow
slipped out of the plastic holster that was clipped to the
waistband on my trousers. It happened while I was getting
into my wife’s car. This occurred outside the courthouse
where I work and I never found the phone.

On Monday, while getting into my wife’s car, which was
parked outside the courthouse where I work, my cell phone
slipped out of the plastic…well, you know what comes next.
Sigh. Two phones. Same place.

So that evening, I went to Cingular and bought the
Motorola Razr V3
. Motorola Razr V3 The price for this phone has
dropped to as low as $100 from but, I think,
that’s after mail-in rebates and you all know what I think
about mail-in rebates.

So far, I like the fact that is thin and light. But for my
large fingers, what I like more is that it is relatively
wide. When I was shopping for a new phone, many of the phones
had tiny little keys. I have no idea how anyone is supposed
to use them much less a six-foot tall Hawaiian with large

Now that I have a new phone, I can begin getting
accessories for it! My first is a leather case so that I can
keep its anodized aluminum case scratch free. My second is a
scratch resistant film called the Martin Fields Overlay
. Hopefully, this will keep the 2.2 inch color
display from getting scratched or covered with visible
fingerprints. My next accessory is the Motorola
PhoneTools and USB cable

This software allows me to, among other things, transfer
wallpaper images and ring tones to my phone from my PC. This
saves me money since I don’t have to pay nearly $2USD per
wallpaper or ring tone. I can also download to my PC photos
that I’ve taken with the phone’s camera. It also provides for
easy creation and backing up of my address book and can sync
with my calendar.

The only problem I’ve had isn’t with the phone itself.
It’s with the Cingular voicemail. I don’t use voicemail
because I don’t use my phone that often so I had Cingular
turn that feature off. But with it off, and my phone off,
people get the strangest message when they try to call my
cell. What they here is a recording saying to enter the
10-digit phone number they are trying to reach. If they do
that, what they’ll get is a recording saying the number
doesn’t exist.

What doesn’t exist is a voicemail box but the recording
doesn’t say that. It says the number doesn’t exist. Not a

But that’s a problem with Cingular, not the phone. The
bottom line is I am very happy with my new toy
valuable communication device. Now I need to see what other
accessories I can buy for it.


Soaring Through California

NASA has an interesting application called World Wind 1.3
(not to be confused with Whirled Peas 3.1 – ed.). Using a 3D
engine, the application utilizes high resolution satellite
images to create maps that you can “fly” though.

The 180MB application’s system requirements are: Windows
2000 and above, Pentium 3/AMD Athlon, 256MB RAM, 3D graphics
card, broadband connection and 2GB of storage.

Yosemite, California

Women Have All the Fun

The Register is
reporting a story
about a woman in the UK who fainted
while shopping. Passion Pants She apparently fell and hit her head
in the process and was subsequently rushed to the hospital.
Upon reaching there, the hospital personnel heard a buzzing
sound coming from, ahem, somewhere between her legs.

During the pelvic examination, it was discovered the woman
was wearing a pair of “vibrating knickers” called “Passion
Pants.” The panties feature a 2.5 inch vibrator, which the
hapless, but happy and satisfied, women had *cough*, inserted
where you would expect to insert such a device.

Or Maybe Not

Japan’s Mainichi Dailey News is
reporting some very racy stories
from cab drivers. It
seems that some women passengers are willing to trade sexual
favors for free rides in the cabs. According to the article,
18 of 50 cab drivers reported getting propositioned while on

Some of the stories appear rather far out there but I
guess stranger things have happened. Note: don’t follow the
link if you are offended by strong sexual content [NSFW].


Here, Here

So, I’m back here at work and am under an avalanche of
email. I want to get started on that as soon as possible so
there won’t be a post today (other than this one).

It would be helpful if I could access our email server
from anywhere on the Internet, but due to security concerns
from our Information Technology people, this is not possible.
To get around this, I gave people my home email address but
only a few actually used it.

I guess I shouldn’t complain because I’m not supposed to
do work from home, anyway. That said, I checked my phone mail
on a daily basis and returned messages as needed.

Perhaps someday our IT people will hire a consultant to
setup a secure mail server. Until then, access is restricted
to only those on our Intraweb.