Priscilla Barnes aka Nurse Terri Alden

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It’s For Dad Female of the Day: Priscilla Barnes

Do you remember that old sitcom Three’s Company with Jack Tripper and his two female roommates.  One was a brunette and the cute blond one that came late into the series’ run?  That’s Priscilla Barnes that played as nurse Terri Alden.

Still can’t remember her?  Maybe the picture below with her familiar pose during the intro.  Ah…you remember her now 🙂

priscilla barnes three's companySomething most people didn’t know was she also posed in Penthouse magazine (is that magazine still around?) under the name Joanne Witty.  I can’t obviously post those pics here, so you’ll have to go search her out yourself under that name.

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Android Vinyl Mini-Figs

android vinyl mini-figs it's for dad blogandroid series 1 vinyl mini-figs it's for dad blogIf you didn’t know by now, there’s vinyl mini-figs of the Android.  Good luck trying to find series 1 as they are mostly sold out now.  But from what I understand series 2 is in the works and will be released soon.

I had a chance to hang out with Andrew Bell at the San Diego Comic Con many years back before he became well known.  He was sitting there at a booth helping out his friend.  Andrew Bell is the man behind the collaboration with Google on these figs through his company Dead Zebra.  Andrew is a super nice guy, very hip, and I want to say hipster-ish, but lately it tends to conjure up the trendy hipster type image, so I’m going to say he’s more of the cool Pacific Northwest type if that makes any sense.

You can check out more of his art and company, and keep up when series 2 of the Android mini-figs drops.

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Deal Alert: Samsung Vibrant Smartphone $0.01

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T-Mobile’s newest Android phone available for only a penny on Amazon.  If you’ve been waiting to get a new Android phone, here’s a great deal.

Amazon.com Samsung Vibrant Smartphone

From Amazon.com Product Description

Ideal for those looking to combine mobile entertainment and communication in one device, the Android-powered Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile is pre-loaded with a variety of games and video–including The Sims 3 Collector’s Edition (a T-Mobile exclusive) and James Cameron’s blockbuster, Avatar. It also comes with the pre-loaded Kindle for Android app–enabling you to search and browse more than 500,000 books–and offers access to MobiTV streaming video.

Enabled for T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network, the Vibrant offers fast data delivery and an enhanced Web-browsing experience that lets you connect quickly to social networking sites. And the 3G-enabled Vibrant will benefit from the enhanced speeds of T-Mobile’s upgraded HSPA+ network, which is being rolled out nationwide to reach up to 185 million people by the end of the year and offers speeds close to 4G connectivity.

With integrated Google technology, the Samsung Vibrant brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, Gtalk, YouTube, Picasa, and contacts/calendar synchronization. The Samsung Vibrant also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you’ll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Optimized for watching videos on the go as well as game play, the Vibrant offers a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor and 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display for a bright, vivid viewing experience. It’s equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with digital zoom and autofocus, and it also captures HD video. Other features include a 16 GB internal memory, microSD memory expansion (for up to 32 GB of additional storage from optional cards), Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, intuitive typing via integrated Swype keyboard, and up to 4 hours of talk time.


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Kids Don’t Play Outside Anymore

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My previous post about kids not being able to write in cursive, got me to notice another change in our culture: Kids don’t play outside anymore.  It’s a quiet Summer.  I remember when I was a kid, we would play from morning until night, or until our parents called us in for dinner.  My own son doesn’t play outside anymore either.

Whatever happened to wanting to see your friends and play all day during the Summer break?  Kids these days, they are all connected indirectly.  It’s not like they are not social, they are just social in a different way.  They connect with each other through texting, playing online games and other ways through the internet.

It’s amusing to me as they always knew the internet existed, but to us, it was a relatively recent occurrence.  Thinking back, I always thought we had color TV and couldn’t imagine how families would gather around near the radio to listen to a program.  Just the same, I’m sure kids these days just can’t fathom writing a letter on paper and snail mailing it to someone.  Hey, don’t you want to go over to Pete’s house and see him today?  “No, I can just see him online later today”

I can still remember struggling to see the ball at dusk as we tried to continue to play stick ball.  I think we were much tougher back then, as a little scrape wouldn’t stop us from continuing to play.  I think we also fought more back then, then see them again the next day and have mutual respect.  We were badasses back then.

I see my friend’s son just hanging around the house with his friends and asked them if they were going to do anything today.  “Nope!  It’s too hot outside, we don’t want to get sweaty”  Wow!!!  Are you kidding me?  I doubt if it’s even 80 degrees outside, and you sissy boys are afraid to get sweaty?  Oh man.

The only positive I can take away from all this, is I can enjoy a nice quiet Summer and not have to worry about the neighborhood kids tearing up my lawn.

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College Freshmen And The Generational Gap

Beloit College takes a survey of their incoming freshmen and then compiles a list to give to the professors so they can basically relate to what and why these kids are like that.

I can’t believe the first on the list is most of these kids can’t write in cursive!  Don’t they still teach that in school?  I put it to the test and asked my friends that were in their early 20s to write in cursive.  They said they had to consciously think of how to form the letters.  It’s somewhat amazing to think this is true, but when I think about it, it does make sense.  They all type reports on computers.  They text in standard alphabet.  All advertising isn’t in cursive.  They only time they really need to write in cursive is when they sign their name.

Here’s the top 75 list from Beloit College:

The Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2014

Most students entering college for the first time this fall—the Class of 2014—were born in 1992.

For these students, Benny Hill, Sam Kinison, Sam Walton, Bert Parks and Tony Perkins have always been dead.

1. Few in the class know how to write in cursive.

2. Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.

3. “Go West, Young College Grad” has always implied “and don’t stop until you get to Asia…and learn Chinese along the way.”

4. Al Gore has always been animated.

5. Los Angelenos have always been trying to get along.

6. Buffy has always been meeting her obligations to hunt down Lothos and the other blood-suckers at Hemery High.

7. “Caramel macchiato” and “venti half-caf vanilla latte” have always been street corner lingo.

8. With increasing numbers of ramps, Braille signs, and handicapped parking spaces, the world has always been trying harder to accommodate people with disabilities.

9. Had it remained operational, the villainous computer HAL could be their college classmate this fall, but they have a better chance of running into Miley Cyrus’s folks on Parents’ Weekend.

10. Entering college this fall in a country where a quarter of young people under 18 have at least one immigrant parent, they aren’t afraid of immigration…unless it involves “real” aliens from another planet.

11. John McEnroe has never played professional tennis.

12. Clint Eastwood is better known as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry.

13. Parents and teachers feared that Beavis and Butt-head might be the voice of a lost generation.

14. Doctor Kevorkian has never been licensed to practice medicine.

15. Colorful lapel ribbons have always been worn to indicate support for a cause.

16. Korean cars have always been a staple on American highways.

17. Trading Chocolate the Moose for Patti the Platypus helped build their Beanie Baby collection.

18. Fergie is a pop singer, not a princess.

19. They never twisted the coiled handset wire aimlessly around their wrists while chatting on the phone.

20. DNA fingerprinting and maps of the human genome have always existed.

21. Woody Allen, whose heart has wanted what it wanted, has always been with Soon-Yi Previn.

22. Cross-burning has always been deemed protected speech.

23. Leasing has always allowed the folks to upgrade their tastes in cars.

24. “Cop Killer” by rapper Ice-T has never been available on a recording.

25. Leno and Letterman have always been trading insults on opposing networks.

26. Unless they found one in their grandparents’ closet, they have never seen a carousel of Kodachrome slides.

27. Computers have never lacked a CD-ROM disk drive.

28. They’ve never recognized that pointing to their wrists was a request for the time of day.

29. Reggie Jackson has always been enshrined in Cooperstown.

30. “Viewer Discretion” has always been an available warning on TV shows.

31. The first home computer they probably touched was an Apple II or Mac II; they are now in a museum.

32. Czechoslovakia has never existed.

33. Second-hand smoke has always been an official carcinogen.

34. “Assisted Living” has always been replacing nursing homes, while Hospice has always offered an alternative to the hospital.

35. Once they got through security, going to the airport has always resembled going to the mall.

36. Adhesive strips have always been available in varying skin tones.

37. Whatever their parents may have thought about the year they were born, Queen Elizabeth declared it an “Annus Horribilis.”

38. Bud Selig has always been the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

39. Pizza jockeys from Domino’s have never killed themselves to get your pizza there in under 30 minutes.

40. There have always been HIV positive athletes in the Olympics.

41. American companies have always done business in Vietnam.

42. Potato has always ended in an “e” in New Jersey per vice presidential edict.

43. Russians and Americans have always been living together in space.

44. The dominance of television news by the three networks passed while they were still in their cribs.

45. They have always had a chance to do community service with local and federal programs to earn money for college.

46. Nirvana is on the classic oldies station.

47. Children have always been trying to divorce their parents.

48. Someone has always gotten married in space.

49. While they were babbling in strollers, there was already a female Poet Laureate of the United States.

50. Toothpaste tubes have always stood up on their caps.

51.  Food has always been irradiated.

52. There have always been women priests in the Anglican Church.

53. J.R. Ewing has always been dead and gone. Hasn’t he?

54. The historic bridge at Mostar in Bosnia has always been a copy.

55. Rock bands have always played at presidential inaugural parties.

56. They may have assumed that parents’ complaints about Black Monday had to do with punk rockers from L.A., not Wall Street.

57. A purple dinosaur has always supplanted Barney Google and Barney Fife.

58. Beethoven has always been a good name for a dog.

59. By the time their folks might have noticed Coca Cola’s new Tab Clear, it was gone.

60. Walmart has never sold handguns over the counter in the lower 48.

61. Presidential appointees have always been required to be more precise about paying their nannies’ withholding tax, or else.

62. Having hundreds of cable channels but nothing to watch has always been routine.

63. Their parents’ favorite TV sitcoms have always been showing up as movies.

64. The U.S, Canada, and Mexico have always agreed to trade freely.

65. They first met Michelangelo when he was just a computer virus.

66. Galileo is forgiven and welcome back into the Roman Catholic Church.

67. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has always sat on the Supreme Court.

68. They have never worried about a Russian missile strike on the U.S.

69. It seems the Post Office has always been going broke.

70. The artist formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dogg has always been rapping.

71. The nation has never approved of the job Congress is doing.

72. One way or another, “It’s the economy, stupid” and always has been.

73. Silicone-gel breast implants have always been regulated.

74. They’ve always been able to blast off with the Sci-Fi (SYFY) Channel.

75. Honda has always been a major competitor on Memorial Day at Indianapolis.

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Bad Humor: Baby Hits The Bong

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Yes, I know it’s wrong and it’s probably not funny to some people.  It’s some ding dong parent who was probably too stoned out of their mind to notice their kid come along and emulate them.  Then one of them thought it was funny to take a pic and share it with the world.  It probably wasn’t funny when the cops came and arrested the mother!

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Google Chrome OS Tablet Launching On November 26

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I might just ask for this for Christmas. The only thing I’m going to not like is having to pay for a contract plan, but if the final cost of the contract equals what I would pay for a tablet, it might turn out to be a bargain.

Originally posted by Download Squad:

The title pretty much says it all on this one, folks.

Yes, our source tells us that Google is building a Chrome OS tablet. It’s real, and it’s being built by HTC. No surprise there, since HTC churned out the Nexus One for Google.

Yes, they plan to offer it in conjunction with Verizon — which probably doesn’t come as a shock to anybody at this point. The two recently tag-teamed that Net Neutrality proposal and they’ve had plenty of discussions in the past about cooperating in some capacity.

As for the launch date of November 26th, well, that’s all kinds of brilliant. It’s Black Friday 2010 and the busiest shopping day of the year in the U.S. — so what better day to have a shiny new tablet in the cabinet at Verizon kiosks and stores all over the country? You can bet Google’s Chrome OS tablet will be heavily subsidized, and I’d go so far as to say it will be substantially cheaper than the iPad — if not totally free — with a Verizon data contract.

So what will the Google tablet pack for hardware? While our source didn’t provide any specifics, my guess is that the device could be based on NVidia’s Tegra 2 platform and sport a 1280×720 multitouch display, 2GB of RAM, minimum 32GB SSD, WiFi/Bluetooth/LTE connectivity, GPS, webcam, and possibly expandable storage via a multi-card reader. Again, these were not given to us by our source, but expect it to be every bit as geek-tastic as the Nexus One — Google won’t want to disappoint its early adopters.

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