OCC Statue of Liberty Bike

OCC Statue of Liberty Bike

Ok, so today the Orange County Choppers Statue of Liberty Bike was on display at Cairns Airfield in Daleville, Alabama. The bike has been on tour so people can see a piece of the Statue of Liberty history in this half million dollar motorcycle. So the bike made a stop today for the less then hour display. A co-worker took some pictures and I thought that I would share them on my picasaweb account. If you would like to see the pictures, then take a look below.

Some of the artifacts from the statue itself were incorporated into the bike. Some of these artifacts include:

  • the cable that lit the torch (which became the shifter)
  • the entire bike was plated in copper from the actual statue itself
OCC Statue of Liberty Bike

If you would like to take a look at the pictures that were taken, then click on the image above. If you would like to see pictures of some of the people at work sitting on it, then let me know, I will send you an invitation to view a private album where you can view and download the images. If you have some pictures you would like me to add to this collection, then please send them to me.

Tell me what you like best about the bike.

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Mr. Wizard (Don Hurbert) Dies at 89

When I was a little boy I used to love to watch Don Hurbert amaze me with his science projects. The experiments that he demonstrated really made my mind turn when I was younger. I looked forward to seeing everyone of his episodes. Some of his experiments can be found on Mr. Wizard Studios. It is neat that you can also buy the shows on DVD. If you are a friend of mine, then don’t forget me on my birthday 😉

If you don’t remember what an episode of “Mr. Wizard’s World” looks like, then take a look at this :30 clip below

Here is a great NY Times article on Don Hurbert http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/13/arts/13herbert.html

Don Herbert, who unlocked the wonders of science for youngsters of the 1950s and ’60s as television’s Mr. Wizard, died yesterday at his home in the Bell Canyon section of Los Angeles. He was 89…

Mr. Herbert held no advanced degree in science, he used household items in his TV lab, and his assistants were boys and girls. But he became an influential showman-science teacher on his half-hour “Watch Mr. Wizard” programs, which ran on NBC from 1951 to 1965.

Millions of youngsters may have been captivated by Howdy Doody and the Lone Ranger, but many were also conducting science experiments at home, emulating Mr. Wizard…

After his children’s program went off the air, Mr. Herbert remained a presence in TV science programming with general-audience shows like “How About” and “Exploration.” NBC revived “Watch Mr. Wizard” for one year in the early ’70s. In the 1980s Mr. Herbert reprised his children’s shows with “Mr. Wizard’s World” on the Nickelodeon cable network.

I was one of those young boys trying to be a wizard at home. It was always so much fun.

Finding Friends Online – Intelius Review

I have found many friends of mine through the internet. Friends from school, mission or places I have lived. A lot of websites (in the end result) will bring you to a company called Intelius. So when I tried to find a friend from college I decided to use Intelius for giving me the information on the individual.

My wife then went through the motions one evening and attempted to order the most expensive report for the cheapest price. I know this does not make since, but that is what happened, and it should not allow you to do that. Below is a screen shot of what she did. Please click on the picture below to see the whole image.

 

Intelius People Finder

Well as I looked at the steps that were taken to buy the report, I noticed that Intelius has radio (circle) buttons on the left side (of the table). This column does not need to exist!!! There are no constraints on the users ability to select a cheaper “BUY IT” button with the radio button selected. With the radio buttons on the left, the “BUY IT” buttons on the right should be disabled (if they cannot be clicked on). I would think that a company like this would know that.

So I decided to call the company (phone number: 425-974-6100) I then asked for a refund which I was politely denied. I was then told that I would receive a credit in my account that I could use within the next 30 days. I was told that I should talk to Keith Jones and inform him of the problem with the UI (user interface). He has still not returned my call which I was told he would do yesterday.

As far as the report went, I was not happy. That basic report had just as much info in it as did free places online. If you are trying to look for a friend, here are some helpful hint:

  • try to find them on ZabaSearch first
  • check your college alumni website
  • try a website that they may have registered on (like a mission website)

Let me know if you need help, I can offer more suggestions.

UPDATE:

I found out that Keith Jones was out of the office for a few days (sick) and returned my call promptly the following week. He took down my complaint and suggestions for revising the website. He told me that he would pass this information on. I highly doubt that this is a high priority bug, so I do not know how long it will take to fix.

I just checked the website and noticed that if you click a radio button, then select the “Buy It” button, it changes the radio button to the selection you made when you click the “BUY IT” button. This happens without user input. This is not a fix at all. I don’t remember this happening before, so maybe they think this is a fix. In my eyes this is not a bug fix at all.

Did You Read This?

Most people believe that my posting here will never be found, or that only people I share my blog with know what I write. I know that people that have this outlook are way off. First off, I search for people online whenever I can benefit from extra information. I have done this for information on old friends, job openings (finding company information), and information on the individuals I am going to interview with. It is amazing the information that is on the world wide web. So it is more important to moderate what you post. What I post needs to be thought out very carefully.

Information online is to be seen by everyone. So I will not discuss information about my employer, or things that can be damaging to others. I will blog as ethically as I know how. Here is an interesting article on “Loose lips cause pink slips: 40% of bloggers post damaging info about jobs“. One key thing I liked was …

Be careful what you post online if you value not only the stability of your job, but your personal life, too.

Loose lips sink ships! So I will only discuss things that will not hurt me, my family or my career. Think twice before writing information or posting a picture online, it can affect your life and the lives of others.

Am I really doing this?

Is blogging really for me? Now I’ll find out. I have so many thoughts that I want to share with others, but don’t know how to do it. I could send an email to everyone in my contact list, but then I think I would be added to everyones blocked list quick like. I started a gadget on iGoogle to share with my wife, but I know she doesn’t want to read everything I write down. I have thoughts about life, work, family, hobbies, computer programming, tips and tricks, and other thoughts racing around in my head. I try to keep things organized, but I seem to be scatterbrained.

This blog is an attempt for me to organize my thoughts and share them with whom ever is interested.

Feel free to comment, but please do not use profanity in your comments. I will remove those comments as quick as I see them.

Hope you Enjoy!

– scott