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Jonny Haldas Piano Recital

Posted May 25th, 2009 in Family, Videos.

This is a video taken from Jonny’s 2nd piano recital. He played three songs: The Pink Panther Theme Song, Light & Blue, and Jericho.

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West Boynton Beach 8-9 Year Old Division Super Bowl 2009

Posted March 2nd, 2009 in Videos.

Defensive highlights from Jonny’s super bowl game. This was the West Boynton flag football 8-9 year old division.

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Lego Video Animation Movie – Matt Block Episode 2

Posted October 26th, 2008 in Videos.

This is episode 2 of Jonny’s lego video animation series called Matt Block. Jonny is really into making lego movies right now.

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Lego Video Animation Movie – Matt Block

Posted October 19th, 2008 in Videos.

Jonny made this lego animation video by himself by creating each movement step by step and taking a still picture using our digital camera. The movie is made up of about 40 still pictures pieced together using windows movie maker, then the intros and music were added.

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Jonny’s Dance & Piano Recitals

Posted May 30th, 2008 in Videos.

Jonny’s Practice Dance Recital

Click the link below to download & view:

Jonny’s Dance Recital — Windows Movie File

Jonny’s Piano Recital

Click the link below to download & view:

Jonny’s Piano Recital — Windows Movie File

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Great Marine Corps speech by a General

Posted April 14th, 2008 in Military & Veterans.

Great Marine Corps Speech

This is a great military speech that was given by BGen Robert E. Milstead, Jr. who is the Director of Marine Corps Public Affairs. This speech was given on February 2008 in Charlotte, NC.

Thank you and good evening. Thanks for that introduction� but to introduce me as the mouthpiece of the Marine Corps is an exaggeration to say the least. Regardless, it’s an honor to be here this evening and to support such a worthwhile cause as the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Today is a very special date in the history of our Corps. Sixty-three years ago today, at 0859, the first assault waves of the 4th and 5th Marine Divisions landed on the beaches of Iwo Jima . Before that battle was over, the Marines would suffer 26,000 casualties � 6,000 Marines were killed taking that island. Twenty-two Marines were awarded Medals of Honor � the most ever awarded for a single engagement. On an island only 7� square miles in size, almost 100,000 men were locked in mortal combat. 21,000 Japanese died in place. It is said that for every piece of terrain the size of a football field, one Marine was killed and five were wounded. But before I continue, I’d like to acknowledge Admiral Spiro, he’s sitting over here. He was on a Destroyer off the coast of Iwo Jima that morning providing fire support to the Marines. Admiral, thank you for your service, especially during World War II. (Applause) Why do I begin my remarks speaking of Iwo Jim a? Because it is the benchmark we Marines use to judge all other battles. Also because it speaks to valor and determination � two key characteristics we see in the young men and women serving today in this global war on terror. This is a generational conflict, and we are closer to the beginning than we are the end.

In my current assignment, I am often asked by the media and others about the health of our Corps. How do I reply? Tonight I will tell you what I tell them. We are indeed in good health. Our Corps is in the best shape I have seen during my 33 years of service. The young men and women serving today are our nation’s next greatest generation. They are taking the baton from the likes of Admiral Spiro. I have been in combat with them twice, and can say they are a national treasure, they are our future leaders and we are in good hands.

Speaking specifically about our Corps. We are the youngest of all the services. The average age is 24. Approximately 65% of the Corps is under the age of 25. Almost a quarter populates that beloved rank of Lance Corporal. We have almost 26,000 teenagers. Last year we recruited over 38,000 young men and women, 95% of them high school graduates, and every one of them joined knowing full well they will likely move toward the sound of cannons. This year we are well on our way to recruiting another 40,000. This is a generation that understands the meaning of service. As long as we continue recruiting men and women like this, our Corps will remain healthy.

Several months ago I had the privilege of being the reviewing officer for a graduation parade at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego . Standing out on that parade deck were six platoons, 571 young men lean and mean after the rigors of boot camp. I asked the battalion commander who was the honor graduate. He told me it was a Lance Corporal Sanchez, from Baytown , Texas . I asked if his parents were there. Yes sir, he answered, they are in the reviewing stand behind you. I want to meet them, I said. Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez were indeed proud parents. Taking her hand in mine, I thanked Mrs. Sanchez for giving us her son and told her that although I couldn’t guarantee his safety, I would guarantee he’d be taken care of. With tears in her eyes, she explained this was not her first. You see, both LCpl Sanchez’s older brother and sister were already Marines, and another sister was a Navy corpsman. I will tell you that as long as we have American famili es like the Sanchez family, our Corps will remain healthy.

I’ll then tell of the wounded Marines I met while visiting Brooke Army Medical Center and the Army Burn Center in San Antonio . I’ll tell of the young Lance Corporal who was burned when his vehicle was hit by an IED. His face is not bad at all, he looks if he merely has some road rash. But his hands are pretty badly burned and his therapy is painful. Mustering some courage, I asked him if he felt it was worth it. His reply was as you’d expect from a Marine, and I’ll clean it up some, ‘F—ing A sir, no regrets. I’d do it again in a second.’ So I’ll tell you that as long as we have young men like him, our Corps will remain healthy.

I’ll also talk about the Corporal I met down there at the burn center. Now he was burned much worse. He still wears a protective cap and gloves and has had 37 surgeries. He tells of the time, when he could finally go out in town, of coming out of a restaurant, and a small child, as honest and straight-forth as only a child can be, said in a voice that he could hear, ‘look mommy, it’s a monster.’ That child’s mother, instead of whisking her son away in embarrassment, got down on a knee, and looking her son in the eyes said, ‘no honey, that’s not a monster, that’s a very brave man who was badly hurt protecting you and me. You need to go over and thank him.’ And with trepidation as you can imagine, the young child walked over, and reached out his hand taking the corporal’s gloved hand in his, and said ‘thank-you.’ The corporal will tell you that as long as there are people like that, he can endure another 37 operations. I will tell you that as long as there are mothers like that child’s, our Corps will remain healthy.

As I close, I will offer you a couple of figures� There are about 1.5 million of us in the active forces that wear a uniform. If you add all the reserves and the National Guard, the total is somewhere close to 3 million. That is only 1% of our nation’s population. We are a military at war, not a nation at war. Unfortunately, many Americans just don’t get it. But you get it. Oh yea, you get it. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be here tonight. So I’ll end by saying that as long as we have folks like you, our Corps will remain healthy.

Thank you for being here tonight, thank you for your support of our brave servicemen and women, and especially thank you for your support of our wounded warriors. God bless you. I pledge your Marine Corps will remain healthy, and Semper Fidelis.

USMC Website

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Recycle Old Electronics Devices & Components

Posted April 7th, 2008 in Uncategorized.

Several large companies offer easy ways for businesses, government, and home owners (consumers) to recycle old computers, monitors, cell phones, TVs, radios, batteries, ink jet cartridges, and just about any type of electronic device or component.

Recycle your old electronics. Future generations will certainly thank you. Click here for a list of companies that offer free recycling for electronics.

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Japanese vs. US Companies (Ford vs. Toyota)

Posted March 22nd, 2008 in Business.

A Modern Parable about Japanese vs. US Companies (Ford vs. Toyota)

Unfortunately, I do not know who to give credit to for writing this. It was forwarded to me by a friend.

A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (General Motors) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.

On the big day, the Japanese company won by a mile. The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate
the reason for the crushing defeat. A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action.

Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 8 people steering and 1 person rowing. Feeling a deeper study was in order, American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion. They advised, of course, that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

Not sure of how to utilize that information, but wanting to prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team’s management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 3 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager. They also implemented a new perform ance system that would give the 1 person rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder. It was called the ‘Rowing Team Quality First Program’ with meetings, dinners and free pens for the
rower. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses

The next year the Japanese won by two miles. Humiliated, the American management laid off the rower for poor performance, halted development of a new canoe, sold the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses and the next year’s racing team was out-sourced to India .. Sadly, The End.

Here’s something else to think about: Ford has spent the last thirty years moving all its factories out of the US, claiming they can’t make money paying American wages.

Toyota has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants inside the US. The last quarter’s results: Toyota makes 4 billion in profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in losses.

The Ford management team are still scratching their heads.

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PHP, Java, HTML Web Page Redirect

Posted November 24th, 2007 in Internet Software Development.

PHP, Java, HTML Web Page Redirect Reference

The following page is an excellent reference to implement 301 web page redirects using:

  • PHP
  • Java
  • HTML
  • .htaccess in Apache
  • and others

301 Redirect Reference Page

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Windows XP Program Auto-Start

Posted November 22nd, 2007 in Windows.

Windows XP has many locations that cause programs to run on windows startup. These locations include the startup folder, registry key entries, .bat files, and .ini files. The following web page is a great resource that documents all of these locations:

Windows Startup Locations

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