Saturday, June 07, 2008

Tip for Bank Robbers

In order to avoid being labeled a stupid criminal on blogs and YouTube, bank robbers are warned not to use this mechanical tiger for a getaway vehicle.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

"All Marketers are Liars" - Seth Godin speaks at Google

I noticed this video on a Lens of the Day at Squidoo today. It is the longest video at YouTube that I've watched almost all of. Seth Godin is talking about marketing to Google employees. There are some interesting points that people using AdSense and Adwords may find useful.

Looking for Bigfoot

I'm looking forward to being the next millionairess.

That is, after I find Bigfoot and "provide an unaltered photograph/video, verified and substantiated by a panel of scientific experts [including a zoologist and biologist], the evidence required to prove a Sasquatch/Bigfoot/Yeti exists." If someone does they'll be paid the bigbucks. "Bushnell Outdoor Products and Field & Stream magazine want you to find Sasquatch this year and they are providing a good reason to search — one million reasons to be exact — with the “$1,000,000 Sasquatch Photo Challenge” that runs from June 3 through December 15, 2008."

A little more information on the $1,000,000.00 bounty on Bigfoot available here:

A little more insight into Bigfoot can be found at

My brush with Bigfoot....

Years ago I was wandering around in the wilds of Alaska and found one huge footprint made by a really big foot. It didn't look like it had been made by a bear (but maybe that was wishful thinking). It was too big for a human (unless Kareen Abdul Jabar was out berry picking in Southwest Alaska that day). Unfortunately, there was no bigfooted creature to be found ... just the depression in the tundra.

Raven in Norse Mythology

From: Our Bird Friends By Margaret Coulson Walker in a book called Prairie Gold I found on Google Books.

In Norse mythology Odin the greatest of all the gods the raven's God had for his chief advisers two ravens Hugin and Munin (Mind and Memory) who were sent out by him each morning on newsgathering journeys and who returned to him at nightfall to perch on his shoulders and whisper into his ears intelligence of the day. When news of unusual importance was desired, Odin himself in raven guise vent forth to seek it, and when the Norse armies went into battle they followed the raven standard, a banner under which William the Conqueror fought. When bellied by the breezes it betokened success but when it hung limp only defeat was expected.

Norse navigators took with them a pair of ravens to be liberated and followed as guides; if the bird returned it was known that land did not lie in that direction; if they did not, they were followed. The discoveries of both Iceland and Greenland are attributed to their leadership.

Prairie Gold By Hamlin Garland, Iowa Press and Authors' Club, Iowa Authors and Artists, Reilly & Britton Co

Monday, June 02, 2008

Big Stars Lend Support to Save Wild Horses

KLAS out of Las Vegas reported the other day about the latest idea from the powers that be that it is time to round up the herd of mustangs that range in the Comstock. Country Music songstress Lacy J. Dalton (long time wild horse advocate and cofounder of the Let ’em Run Foundation) is being joined by music stars such as Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg to try to send a message to Nevada's governor to stop that from happening. Seeing wild horses in the foothills outside Reno, Nevada on a regular basis, I don't see a problem. The horses I drive by regularly seem healthy enough. In fact, it occured to me the other day that they are more sound than Big Brown.

Wild Horses at Risk in Nevada

A little more information about protecting the Virginia Range herd, the largest herd of mustangs in Nevada. Some helpful links...

Let 'em Run Foundation

Nevada Wild Horses (on Ning)

Saving the American Wild Horse

Dealing With Collection Calls

Tips from a debt collector for maintaining your sanity despite debt collection calls to a wrong number.

First of all, if you are dealing with incessant wrong number calls I feel for you.

I really do.

Tell the debt collection company calling you that they have the wrong number.

I'd suggest to anyone that is dealing with incessant wrong number calls to keep in mind that it is debtors that plague other people with unwanted phone calls, and not debt collection agencies.

Did you read that right?


Debtors plague other people with unwanted phone calls, and not debt collection agencies.

People that don't pay their bills purposefully pawn the problem off on other people. Debtors give friends and relatives numbers to creditors. Junior debtors give away contact information for their father with the same name – or vice versa. Debtors check phone books and report the numbers and addresses of people with the same name. Debtors get rid of old phone numbers every other month and new subscribers get stuck with their leavings. Debtors tell debt collectors they have the wrong numbers and cause debt collectors to go searching for other possibilities. Some debtors have absolutely no qualms reporting fictional information on their credit applications.

Though debt collectors do search for individuals according to their name or last known address, smart collectors won't waste their time and energy on long shots. We do not throw darts at phone books.

If you are getting calls for a stranger, then chances are they used to have your telephone number and reported it as their on the application for the credit card that is now in collections.

If you are getting calls for a friend or relative, then chances are the debt collector got your number from the debtor.

So tell debt collection agencies that we have the wrong number, and ask politely that we remove your number.

It should be as simple as that.

Reliable employees at debt collection agencies recognize that being paid on commission means that the more quickly they get wrong numbers out of the database, the better chance they have of making higher commissions. Smart debt collectors want to be calling the right numbers and appreciate when people tell them they have the wrong number. Unfortunately, in the real world, there are some unreliable collectors. I sincerely hope you don’t get one of them on the line when you are reporting a wrong number ... because they waste my time too.

When you report a wrong number, ask the debt collector's name and agency. Politely explain that you want your number removed, and you are keeping records. Ask if there will be any residual calls until the number is cleared out of the company database. If the debt collector isn’t willing to answer these questions and you suspect you got one of the nitwits with an IQ that ranges around room temperature, you can always call right back and make sure the number was removed. You can also request a manager.

If you know the debtor’s new number, pass it on.

It is surprising that the vast majority of people protect debtors. Most people will not share their debtor friend/relative’s new contact information.

I always think, and sometimes say: Why not? They gave me yours.

Years ago a friend of mine gave my phone number as a contact to one of their creditors. When that bill went delinquent, rather than put up with the calls I gave the creditor my friend’s home telephone number, their cell phone number, their work number, their parent’s number, the number to the bar they hang out on Friday nights, and any other possible means I could think of to contact my friend. That person never ever gave out my number again because they learned they can’t hide behind me. And, they didn’t even get mad at me.

Report the wrong number as quickly as possible.

Believe it or not, some people that receive wrong number calls wait a long time before alerting debt collection agencies that they have a wrong number.

If you are one of the people that waits months or even years to tell a company to stop calling you, then I'm probably not the first person to notice that you are not as bright as Alaska in December.

I'm not sorry if that offends you because if you let a company call you fifty or more times, then you allowing yourself to be inconvenienced. You are contributing to the nuisancy of a deadbeat debtor.

What to do when a computer calls you.

From my experience, computers flabbergast a lot of people and automated phone calls are the worse use of a computer because they'd be annoying with a computer's help. The most important key to dealing with computerized collection calls is that you have to talk to a human being to get a number removed. If my company allowed for automated number removal, it wouldn’t take long before every home with a three-year-old would be removed from the database.

What to do when you’re in debt and dealing with creditors calling.

The truth is a huge percentage of wrong number reports are made by the debtor themselves. For those of you dealing with the collection calls because you owe money, the number one most effective way of dealing with collection calls is to set up a payment plan to pay your bills.