Friday, May 20, 2005

It’s my blog and I’ll blog if I want to

Newsweek says ‘Oops!”
Newsweek Magazine last week reported that our troops at Gitmo flushed copies of the Koran down toilets. This set of protests in Afghanistan and other Muslim Countries. At least 15 people died and hundreds more were injured in rioting. Only problem is; the story isn’t true! Newsweek blew it but say they are sorry. Sorry? Wonder how many folks are going to say, “Oops… cancel my subscription!”

Our Tax Dollars at work
Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska is giving his colleague Senator Robert Byrd a run for his money as King of Pork. Stevens is getting 1.5 million of our tax dollars allocated for a bus stop in Anchorage. Yep, one bus stop. I can’t wait to see what the bus looks like! (See last week’s blog about term limits)

Tim nails it on the head
"In my years in Washington, I've never seen it this bad. Whether it's Iraq, Social Security, judicial nominations or Tom DeLay, the atmosphere is poisonous, and I don't see it getting better any time soon," NBC's Tim Russert said in an interview with The Des Moines Register.

X Marks the spot
Bill Gates and Microsoft have announced their latest game machine, the Xbox 360. It’s available just in time, maybe, for Christmas 2005. The machine will play games in HD and if you check out the specs, do a whole lot more as well. By contrast, the first video game, Pong, came out 33 years ago! I lost a lot of quarters on that puppy!

Satisfying Survivor Finale
New York City Firefighter Tom Westman was likely the most popular winner ever of Survivor. He outwitted, out played and out classed the competition. Tom gets a million bucks and a very fancy Chevy Truck. Think Chevrolet will give him a red one? And do you think anyone could beat a New York City Firefighter at anything?

Reality Check
As we predicted, it’s down to Bo and Carrie as the final two on American Idol. Both will become big stars. Kendra is the first female apprentice to work for Donald Trump. Note to Tana; next time don’t keep the Governor of New York waiting and make sure he gets an American Flag. And always say nice things about your team. But Kendra is one talented and creative executive to be! Catch up on everything reality at

All Darth all the time
George Lucas has made an art form of promotional tie-ins. Prior to the release this week of Star Wars Episode III-Revenge of the Sith I’ve seen Lord “Call me Darth” Vader in commercials promoting everything from ring tones to hamburgers to M&M’s. Kind of makes it hard to take him seriously playing the heavy of all heavies on-screen. Opening night gross: 17-million dollars and counting.

Kudos to the Class of ‘05
Students across the country, accompanied by the strains of Pomp and Circumstance are getting ready to enter the business world. All of us at Video Professor congratulate you and wish you well as you start your careers.
Here’s what many prospective employers are telling us. It’s important you have skills using programs like Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel.
We have Video Professor computer self-tutorials for these three plus many others that will make your resume stand out from the rest.

As one executive recently told us, “Who do you think gets noticed more at review time? The employee watching the PowerPoint Presentation, or the person PRESENTING it?” Check out our complete library of computer self-tutorials at They’re available on both CD-Rom or online to stream directly to your computer. (For high-speed Internet users.)

Making our Day
We try and donate our Video Professor computer tutorials to various charitable groups whenever we can, especially groups that offer a helping hand instead of a handout. One such group is the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center in Milwaukee, WI. They have a small computer lab using donated computers and we sent them several of our popular Video Professor self-tutorials including Windows, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint which are used to teach clients computer skills to help them in the job market.

They called us this week and told us that their students, many of whom used to be intimidated by computer learning, are having a ball using our lessons and are feeling (many for the first time) a real sense of personal accomplishment by learning skills that will help them become productive members of society.

It’s the kind of news that makes our day!

Say goodnight Dan
CBS has announced the cancellation of the Wednesday edition of 60 Minutes. “You can fool some of the people all of the time and you can fool all of the people some of the time. But you can’t fool all the people all the time.”-President Abraham Lincoln

Site o’ the week
Speaking of Honest Abe and PowerPoint. Here’s one fun site showing how he might have used one of our Video Professor computer tutorials!

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John W. Scherer