Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Robot peels a grape

I found this cool video not too long ago of a robot peeling a grape. Enjoy.

To me, it's amazing the pace at which technology continues to advance. I find it incredible that -- in only a few years -- we've gone from a discussion of robots that look like the bulky hunks of metal in the Lost in Space and The Jetsons series to ... this.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Uncut Ron Paul Interview - CNN Gloria Borger

Here is an interesting video that I found of 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul being interviewed by Gloria Borger of CNN news.

Why I found this interesting is because of the approach that Borger takes when she is interviewing Paul. While the first part of the interview is okay, I think that she gets stuck -- quite deliberately -- on questions about Paul's involvement in a newsletter that had some very unsavory aspects to it.

Watch the interview below to see what I mean.

I personally don't see what else Paul could have said in response to the question. He didn't read the content of the newsletter (which is completely understandable, if you're a public figure and have a lot of ghostwriters working for you), he disavowed it, and he basically wanted to move on from the question. What more could he say on the topic?

I personally don't agree with Paul's politics. Frankly, I think about half of his ideas are evolutionarily and possibly good and half are crazy enough that they would destroy the United States if he was in power. But, I do have to give him credit here and say that he was treated unfairly in this interview, and I believe that the mistreatment was deliberate on the part of Borger.

What are your thoughts?

Bonus: Here are CNN's thoughts on the interview.

Here are one of Paul's supporter thoughts on the matter:

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Cheesy Movie: Guy On A Buffalo - Episode 1 (Bears, Indians & Such)

If you're into cheesy old Western movies, then check out this particular flavor, brought to us via the magic of Youtube.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Walt Disney - Lambert The Sheepish Lion - 1952

I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas with this old classic video that I found online: Disney's Lambert The Sheepish Lion from 1952.

I guess now we know what Winnie the Pooh used to do before -- he was a narrator for Disney. :D
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer -- Replaced by Android App

Santa has decided to modernize his reindeer fleet this year, and unfortunately there has had to be some cutbacks. Rudolph, once the heart of Santa's reindeer group, has been downsized in hard economic times. The reason? There is an Android App out there to replace him.

Poor Rudolph. At least now he can apply for unemployment.
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Back Home

Back Home

This guest post from Edgardo Rosa

It’s so much fun being back home again and I know my family appreciates that I moved to be closer to them. I love my mom so much and it was really hard having a child without her close by and I know that this was the best decision for my husband and myself at the end of the day, you know? Anyway, I found work online like I hoped I would and I spend a lot of my free time each day working on a dinner menu and Home Alarm Systems for the house and waiting for my daughter to wake up from all her naps. It’s been so great having the support of my family to keep me company while my husband works a lot and I know that this was a good decision for us at the end of the day. I love having so many friends here and it almost feels like I never left in the first place – that’s what I’m all about. Having family nearby is the best!

Reporter Congratulates Colleague on Big Hooters Live On Air

Reporter Congratulates Colleague on Big Hooters Live On Air

I found this next video on It's of a reporter congratulating his colleague on having "big hooters" on air. It's not quite as simple as that, but you should watch it to see the full story.

"Congratulations On Your Big Hooters" - Watch MoreFunny Videos

So, does this guy end up in sexual harassment classes or not? Leave your thoughts below.
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Friday, December 23, 2011

Baby One More Time - Remixed as Death Metal

Have you ever wondered what Brittney Spear's first hit song of "Baby One More Time" would sound like remixed as death metal? Well, wonder no more! This work of genius comes to you via a band named August Burns.

Remixing this as death metal actually does make the song less annoying.
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People Enjoy Three Things Online: Stalking Friends, Watching Porn, and Fighting with Strangers

After an extensive and expensive period of research where I examined the internet behavior of up to five people on a half-assed basis, I have concluded that people enjoy doing three types of things online: stalking friends, watching porn, and fighting with strangers.

As these truths are self evident, I don't feel that I have to prove them any further.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

500th Blog Post This Year: Thoughts and Reflections

Cute Girl Blogging
I just wanted to share a few quick thoughts on my 500th blog post this year (Woo hoo!). It's been quite a journey for me this year, passing through a lot of stories, funny video clips and pictures, short blog posts, and a few well thought out articles. Here are my thoughts on blogging and writing 500 blog posts in a year.

1. It's hard to keep finding new/fresh material: If you're the average blogger and you write a few posts per month, finding new material is easy. You just write a long pieces on some news story that you saw or something funny that happened to your cat, and you're set for another week or two.

However, if you're like me, and you like to post a lot, then it's hard to come up with new material on a regular basis. For this reason, a lot of my posts are funny videos that I've found on Youtube, Break, and other sites. I try to mingle into that some more serious post, and I of course use this as a public forum to occasionally rant about things I find vexing.

2. Traffic is Unpredictable: Despite my over two years of blogging experience now and having written a lot of articles -- some specifically to generate traffic -- it's sometimes really hard to predict which articles will generate a lot of sustained traffic and which ones won't. Sometimes, I will get in the mood to write, hammer out a long piece, post it, and have it get like 10 views or less per month. Other times, I'll post a very short or less well thought out piece -- or even a picture with a small amount of commentary -- and it will get thousands of hits per month. So, I've learned to stop even trying to guess which posts will generate traffic and which won't.

Also, it's hard to keep a constant flow of traffic coming into the site. Sometimes, my traffic will rise inexplicably to 25% or even 50% of what it was the month before. Then, almost as inexplicably, the new traffic just vanishes.

3. Don't blog for money: As I look back on my experiences blogging, I really have to say that even though it's a fun pass time, it's not a good way to make money. You have to find some other reason to sustain you when you blog -- other than money -- because your blog is not very likely to make much money, unless you work very hard and also get very lucky. During my lifetime of blogging, I think that I've made a total of a few hundred dollars. If I work out how many hours I've put into writing the blog, that works out to a few cents per hour, if that. I know that some other bloggers do better, but there are a lot that do much worse as well. If you're serious about trying to get extra income, you're much better off getting a part time job instead.

4. Bloggers that last find something to sustain them: When I first started blogging in 2009, I made it a point to reach out to other bloggers and connect with them through Google connect. All most all of the bloggers that I connected with back then have stopped blogging. I can browse through a whole series of blogs on my Google Reader page that haven't posted anything new in months or years.

I think that the difference between the ones that last and the ones that stop is that the ones that last find something to sustain them, to keep them coming back periodically to add new material. In my case, I treat blogging as hobby, a game to see how many visitors I can get, and a distraction. I am sure that other long term bloggers do something similar.

5. Woo hoo: I am seriously happy that I was able to write 500 posts in a single year. Even though most of my posts are videos with a few sentences of commentary, those posts still count in my book.

If you have any additional thoughts on blogging, feel free to share them below.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Worst Greeting Card Ever?

I don't know if this is the worst greeting card I've ever seen -- Hallmark or otherwise -- but it's pretty close. There is no way to your affection to a girl experiencing an unplanned pregnancy than to send her a card like this.

Heard you're pregnant

Better yet, here is the inside of the card:


Do you think that this line of cards will be the next big breakthrough for the Hallmark company? Let me know in the comments section below.
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Thoughts on Being a Freelance Writer

I have a brother who writes articles for a living. Here is some advice for the aspiring freelance writer:

1. Usually, the metric for article writing is in terms of cents per word. According to him three cents per word is the ABSOLUTE LOWEST rate that you should ever accept, and you should only accept that when you're just starting out. To give you some idea, this translates to 15 dollars for a 500 word article.

2. Once you start to become established as a writer, you can expect rates that are much higher than that. I've seen a few of his articles get paid upwards of 28 cents per word and some magazines pay up to a dollar per word. For a 500 word article, this would mean that you should expect 140$ (at the $.28 per word rate).

3. If you're going to do this as a business, keep track of how much time you spend per article.Translate your writing into a dollars per hour rate to see if you're making a reasonable wage. Factor in that you have to pay taxes, insurance, etc.

4. Having said that, if you have other options for professions, you should consider your options. Freelance writing of articles is hard, and you don't get paid vacation, sick days, or many of the perks associated with a full time job.
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Seven Secrets of a Highly Asinine Blog Post

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Have you ever wondered how to take you blog and suck the life out of it with post after post of asinine content? Well, if you have, read on. If you haven't ... go get high or something.

1. Make lists: Everybody these days needs a list to understand life, especially with how badly public education has failed modern students. If any of your points can't be summarized into a four or less words bullet point, you're putting way too much effort into your writing.

2. Restate the obvious: When people want to know about something in life, they don't want to read the thoughts of someone who did their research and thought about the topic for a long time before writing. They want someone to tell them facts that would have taken them less than five seconds to figure out on their own. If you're writing a how-to entry -- say about how to put on a door knob or something --, be sure to write: "Read the directions" at least once in your post. After all, if someone can't figure out how to do something, the last thing they'd thing to do is read the directions.

3. Stay vague -- very vague: If you want to make your posts especially annoying, make sure to put tons of generalities in them. Don't give specific, useful information, like telling someone to increase pageviews on old blog entries by using the Tweet Random feature and to tweet out their old blog posts at least 4 or more times per day. Such specific information is way, way too useful. Instead, try to stay as nebulous as possible by chanting slogans like "use Twitter" or "write good content". If anyone one looks for specific advice on how to do this, be sure to back up these general statements with more general statements, like "To write good content, be creative and write about things that you know". If all else fails, just fall back onto point number two.

4. Put ads everywhere: Believe it or not, folks really don't visit your blog to be entertained or to read useful things. They click on your blog mainly for the purpose of clicking on your ads. So, make sure to stuff ads literally EVERYWHERE in your posts. Follow this up by putting in-text affiliate links to some piece-of-crap product that nobody wants to buy or that is an obvious scam ("Make 10 million dollars online your first year, 100% guaranteed!). It really helps people to facepalm when they read your posts.

5. Rip off content: If all else fails, just rip off the content of another blog. Don't worry about obvious copy right violations and lawsuits to follow. Just make sure to scan/reblog/"borrow" as much crap as you can from as many sources as you can and you'll be fine.

6. Write crap English: If your native language isn't English and you are some peasant farmer in Indonesia making 4$ a day, then blogging is obviously the job for you! This way, you can write difficult to decipher sentences, like: "Friend, I share with your kind affiliate link of highest honour. You should be kind to receive and click link for profits in fast time." Sound completely natural and native to me.

Well, that's a summary of a few ways to write asinine blog posts. If you think of any ways I missed (or if you think I'm an ass), be sure to let me know in the comments section.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Shaving Hairy Legs Tutorial -- Hot Girl

I'm not going to lie guys. This next video is pretty much me appealing to the basal sexual instincts of my mainly male audience. It's a hot Asian-looking chick that give a "tutorial" on how to shave your (hers, someones) legs. In the video, she shows off her long legs ... a lot.

So, yeah, she's shaving her legs. It's hot.
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Islam: Penalty for Apostasy? Answer via Richard Dawkins

Have you ever wondered what the penalty for apostasy is in Islam? Well, here with a very simple answer is a clip from a debate involving Richard Dawkins and an Imam of the Muslim faith.

So, the penalty for apostasy in Islam is death -- a fact readily admitted to by the Imam.

This is one reason why Islam is actually a very scary religion: they still believe in all of this killing apostates crap.
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Monday, December 19, 2011

A few observations about Twitter

Justin Bieber at the 2010 White House Easter E...Image via Wikipedia
Here are a few observations about Twitter:

1. More followers is always better (or at least no worse) than few followers. If nothing else, you just don't have to interact with more people at once than you can handle.

2. You get "street cred" when you have tons of followers. I have about 50K or so (under a Twitter account of the same name as my handle here), and I have everyone from aspiring hip hop artists to minor celebrities contacting me.

3. Unless you're Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber, there really is no sure fire way to build a huge following. Mostly, people will follow you if you follow them back, and vice versa. Justunfollow is very useful for this.

4. If you get 1 out of 10 or even 100 to interact with you long term, you're probably doing really well. There are a lot of bots and a lot of zombie accounts on Twitter.
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Pranks on Unfortunate Trick or Treaters -- 2011

This video has some pretty funny pranks on Trick-or-Treaters from a 2011 episode of Jimmy Kimmel.

I think that my favorite prank is the kitty litter prank. The girl just looks so overly disgusted when he is scooping the kitty litter into her bag.

I just hope that the kids got compensated for their trouble.
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Capturing video at the speed of light — one trillion frames per second

Ever wonder what it would be like to see a pulse of light hit a soda bottle, propagate through, and exit the other side? Well, seeing something like this is possible, if only you have a camera fast enough. In the next video, the MIT Media Lab shows off a camera where they are able to take 1 trillion (!) images per second, enough to see the propagation of light as something other than an instantaneous event.

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Dating Losers: Frustrated Video Dater - Blooper

So, this next video seems fake to me, but it's well done, so I will let it slide. It's a video of a supposed video of a guy from the days when people did "video dating on cable. At then end of the video, the guy completely flips out on camera.

To me, the flip out at the end is the tell for the video that the thing is fake. The reactions for the guy in this part of the video just seem ... forced, for lack of a better word. Maybe I'm wrong though and the guy that was making this video really was that weird.

Leave a comment and let me know if you think that the video is fake or not.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Jimmy Kimmel - I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy

I found this clip from the Jimmy Kimmel show, and I wanted to share it, even though it is a little mean spirited. It's a compilation of a contest where parents told their kids that they ate all of their Halloween candy and then videotaped the kids responses and uploaded the responses to Youtube.

Let me know if you think that this was funny or just in poor taste.

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How to clean your house for rental in Austin Texas

If you have ever tried to get a property or a house ready for rental, you'll know what I am talking about when I say that a lot of work and effort go into getting the property ready. In fact, the task of cleaning a house for tenants is so daunting that, in many cases, it may cause a potential landlord to think twice before putting a rental unit on the market. However, if you have ever faced this problem when prepping a rental unit and you live in or near Austin Texas, then I have found the perfect website for you:

On this website, you can find the services of the The Steam Team -- a locally renown team of professionals based in Austin Texas that work hard to ensure that your cleaning and servicing needs are met in an orderly and professional manner.One of the specialties of the team is the use of activated charcoal for odor removal, a service which is essential for anyone thinking seriously of renting their house in Austin Texas. They work hard so that you don't have to!

Try out The Steam Team today, and leave a comment letting me know what you think of their services. Thanks.

Scrubs for Men

If you're looking for hospital scrubs for men, you might have a hard time finding quality scrubs. I know that every time I've looked for them I sure have. But, you need look no further in your quest for quality hospital and surgical wear. I found a website that might be of interest for you: On it, you can find many suitable and quality scrubs for men pieces, meaning that all of your hospital wear problems will be solved.

I have included a picture of the front page of the site for your reference.

Hospital Scrubs for Men
 I think that the picture speaks for itself as to the quality of these doctors scrubs. If I were a doctor, I know where I would be buying my scrubs from now on.

If you try out the website, leave me a comment and let me know how well you like the doctor's scrubs that you find there. If the quality is as good as shown in the picture, I may buy some as a present.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Checking out my friend's new LG phone

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LG DoublePlay™ for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

So, my friend just signed up for a new T-Mobile account, and he let me check out his new LG Doubleplay phone that is exclusively available at T-Mobile. The first thing that I noticed about his new phone was the cool dual touch screens (hence, the name -- DoublePlay, :-P ), with one of the screens being a larger (3.5 inch) upper display and the other being a lower (2.0 inch) screen embedded in the full QWERTY keyboard. I am envious, because this screen is a lot larger than the screen on my phone.

LG DoublePlay™

Second, I noticed that his new phone has a much nicer camera than mine. It's a 5.0 Megapixel camera, which is a lot better than my 1.0 piece of garbage. Also, the coolest thing is that he has an actual flash -- via an LED light -- on his camera. I've never seen that before on a cell phone. I wouldn't be at all surprised if this trend caught on and I see a lot more phones with LED flashes for the camera. Better yet -- and another reason to be jealous -- it will record movies in up to 720p HD!

Probably the third thing that I noticed about the phone was that it came with some pretty cool social networking features. First, it has a nice keyboard for Facebook and texting. While I don't text that much (maybe 20 or so times per month) and don't really do social networking from my phone, I know that this kid is a texting freak! So, I am hoping that this phone will serve him well. Also, the phone has some cool cloud features -- including group text and chat sessions -- that should help both him and other users that need to share content with large groups. All of these features are built on an Andriod "Gingerbread" OS too, so it should be easy to download games and new apps. I wonder how Plants versus Zombies would look on TWO screens?

So, if you're thinking about getting a plan with T-Mobile, be sure to check out the LG DoublePlay today. Also, if you do, leave me a comment and let me know how you like the phone. Do you text a lot on your phones and use Facebook and Twitter on them, or do you just mainly use your phones for calling?

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Jimmy Kimmel - I Gave My Kids a Terrible Present

I think that I should probably post this video before literally everyone on the freaking internet has seen it.

As a short description, it's a compilation video of viewer responses to a request from Jimmy Kimmel to post a video where parents pretended to give terrible presents to their kids for Christmas. Among other things, this included a half eaten sandwich.

If you want to see more, just check out the video.

I think that the reactions of the kids in the videos are priceless. It's funny, yet it's not super mean. And, kids are resilient -- stuff like this bounces off of them like water off a duck's back.
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David Deejay featuring Dony - Sexy Thing (DJ Darone Remix)

I was asked to post this video by someone that I know from my Twitter account: @futuretwitblog. If you like the music, you should check out this guy's Youtube channel. It's David Deejay featuring Dony: "Sexy Thing".

So ...

The girls in the video are hot, obviously. I wouldn't expect anything less from a major Hollywood production.

The song is ... not terrible, IMHO. It's not quite my taste, but I wouldn't want to tear my own ears off if I was being tortured with it for 18 hours straight. This is in contrast to say most Justin Beiber songs.
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Robots Preparing Popcorn and Sandwiches (short version)

If I told you that two people named Jamie and Rosie were preparing sandwiches without assistance, your reaction would likely be, "Big whoop." However if I told you that, instead of people, Jamie and Rosie were robots, you might be a little more impressed.

It really is only a matter of time before the robots take over. They get more capable every year while humans stay about the same.
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CLASH Cloth Climbing Robot

I found this cool video not too long ago of Clash: a robot with the ability to scamper up a piece of cloth.

While this certainly doesn't live up to the cool robots in the terminator movies (or even the gay robots of Star Wars fame), one certainly has to wonder how far off these robots actually are. If they can do this now, just think of how advances the robots will be 50 years for now. After all, just think of what a "computer" or "the internet" looked like 50 years ago.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Amazing Magnetic Device!

So, this has to be some of the coolest science that I have seen in a long time. It's a magnetic device that allows you to levitate a small disk above the object using magnetic repulsion. You have to see it to believe it.

From what I understand, the trick works by taking advantage of an unstable equilibrium point in the combined magnetic field that is above the bottom plate. Normally, this would mean that the disk would come crashing down after a while, but the bottom plate further compensates for this by having a feedback loop that controls a number of shim fields embedded in the plate.

Pretty amazing stuff, if you ask me.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

God: Being an Asshole --One Natural Disaster at a Time

The caption says it all: God: Being an Asshole --One Natural Disaster at a Time!

Do you think that this is unfair to god? Does this hurt his or her or its feelings? Do you think that if god gets angry enough, it will stop sending floods to kill people?
God: Being an Asshole --One Natural Disaster at a Time!
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Creationist Spout Opinions about Evolution -- Hilarious

Have you ever wondered why people who believe in the literal creation of the Earth by God as depicted in the Hebrew Bible get little respect from the atheist and scientific communities? Well, watch the following video and see where you think the problem lies.

It's not bad to be ignorant per se, but to be willfully ignorant really is a bad thing, especially with the availability of information via the internet.

Note: These are actors reciting messages from Christian message boards. 
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Watch Closely: It Looks Dirty But Is Actually Funny

For all of my blog readers with perverted minds: the following clip looks dirty, at first. But, it actually turns out funny in the end.

Well, what on earth did you THINK the video was going to be about? Huh?

You people need girlfriends/boyfriends ... :D
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lite Brite Robot Flipping The Bird

I found this cool image from the website when you try to hot link to any of their pictures, and I thought that it was so funny that I would hot link it on my blog. It's a brite lite robot flipping you off for hot linking.


Robot flipping the bird!

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Marcie & Anthony Webster - Never Enough (Official Music Video)

I saw this video on the website of my fellow blogger Ricky Lee Potts, and I enjoyed it so much, I just wanted to repost it to my blog. If you've never checked out his blog, you should take a minute and do so. He does an excellent job with his posts, and he puts a lot more effort into writing than I do.

If you want to know more about the singer, Marcie Joy, check out this website.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

New Rules for the Military Branches -- Funny

  Note: I didn't write these; I copied them off a friend's Facebook post.  I just thought that they were clever enough to repost.

Marine Corps Rules:
    1. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
    2. Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough. 
    3. Have a plan. 
    4. Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won't work. 
    5. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. 
    6. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a '4.' 
    7. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive. 
    8. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral & diagonal preferred.) 
    9. Use cover or concealment as much as possible. 
   10... Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours. 
   11... Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose. 
   12... In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only  remember who lived. 
   13... If you are not shooting, you should be communicating your intention to shoot.

Navy SEAL's Rules:
    1. Look very cool in sunglasses. 
    2. Kill every living thing within view. 
    3. Adjust Speedo
    4. Check hair in mirror. 

US Army Rangers Rules: 
   1. Walk in 50 miles wearing 75 pound rucksack while starving. 
   2. Locate individuals requiring killing. 
   3. Request permission via radio from 'Higher' to perform killing. 
   4. Curse bitterly when mission is aborted. 
   5. Walk out 50 miles wearing a 75 pound rucksack while starving. 

US Army Rules: 
   1. Curse bitterly when receiving operational order. 
   2. Make sure there is extra ammo and extra coffee. 
   3. Curse bitterly. 
   4. Curse bitterly. 
   5. Do not listen to 2nd LTs; it can get you killed. 
   6. Curse bitterly. 

US Air Force Rules: 
    1. Have a cocktail. 
    2. Adjust temperature on air-conditioner. 
    3. See what's on HBO
    4. Ask 'What is a gunfight?' 
    5. Request more funding from Congress with a 'killer' Power Point presentation. 
    6. Wine & dine ''key' Congressmen, invite DOD & defense industry executives. 
    7. Receive funding, set up new command and assemble assets. 
    8. Declare the assets 'strategic' and never deploy them operationally.
    9. Hurry to make 13:45 tee-time. 
   10. Make sure the base is as far as possible from the conflict but close enough to have tax exemption.

US Navy Rules:
    1. Go to Sea.
    2. Drink Coffee. 
    3. Deploy Marines
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