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RIP Peter Graves

I just saw the news today on Yahoo! that actor Peter Graves has died. Known best for his role as Jim Phelps in Mission: Impossible (the series, not the Tom Cruise hack movies) Mr. Graves also worked in notable feature films like Stalag 17 and Airplane!

The Airplane! film is where I remember him most, for it is one of my favorite movies. Mr. Graves played Clarence Oveur, the pilot of Flight 209 to Chicago with some of the most memorable lines of the film:

Tower voice: Flight 2-0-9′er, you are cleared for take-off.
Captain Oveur: Roger!
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Tower voice: L.A. departure frequency, 123 point 9′er.
Captain Oveur: Roger!
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Victor Basta: Request vector, over.
Captain Oveur: What?
Tower voice: Flight 2-0-9′er cleared for vector 324.
Roger Murdock: We have clearance, Clarence.
Captain Oveur: Roger, Roger. What’s our vector, Victor?
Tower voice: Tower’s radio clearance, over!
Captain Oveur: That’s Clarence Oveur. Over.
Tower voice: Over.
Captain Oveur: Roger.
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Tower voice: Roger, over!
Roger Murdock: What?
Captain Oveur: Huh?
Victor Basta: Who?

It was said that actor Leslie Neilsen was having difficulty in finding his character (Dr. Rumack) of the film as the comedy made no real sense. It was Mr. Graves who let him in on the secret: “We’re the comedy, Leslie.” And a cult-classic movie was made.

Rumack: Captain, how soon can you land?
Captain Oveur: I can’t tell.
Rumack: You can tell me. I’m a doctor.
Captain Oveur: No. I mean I’m just not sure.
Rumack: Well, can’t you take a guess?
Captain Oveur: Well, not for another two hours.
Rumack: You can’t take a guess for another two hours?

Clear flying, Mr. Graves. You have clearance, Clarence.

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A Rose By Any Other Name…

Can anyone tell me what’s wrong with this picture?


This is a screen capture of the website that I attempted to use to find the status of my Windows 7 Upgrade from the HP laptop that we purchased at work back in November 2009. In case the writing is too small, it says, “You must use Internet Explorer as your browser…” See the problem now?

Um… I am using Internet Explorer. So, what do you want from me? IE is IE … I can’t call it anything else.

So, I ended up calling their 877 number and connecting to someone in Pakistan or wherever who was difficult to understand but nonetheless quite helpful. She took all of the information from the order (we found the suite number for our office was written as “sweet 400″ rather than “Suite 400″) and is scheduling a re-order to be expedited to me.

Hopefully, we’ll have better luck this time.

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Along Came A Spider

Giving Alice Cooper’s Along Came A Spider album another go. Released in 2008, it is not typical Alice in my highly unprofessional opinion; I tried it once and couldn’t get back to it.

However, I thought I’d drop it on my iPod and run it on repeat for a while to see if any of it sinks in.  Most albums that pass this muster stay on the iPod for future listening… ones that don’t, well, let’s say that the Microsoft Recycle Bin is much more forgiving than I am.

We’ll see how it goes.

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Seuss-ian Analogy

My take on the latest Harry Reid debacle, posted over on my Townhall blog.  Jump here:


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Channeling Nietzsche

Not Higgins. Howard!

In Mel Brooks’ classic movie (and one of my top favorites), Blazing Saddles, the character Howard Johnson remarks, “Y’know, Nietzsche says: ‘Out of chaos comes order.’”  Such is my hope for 2010.

Actually, the real quote from Friedrich Nietzche is, “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” which isn’t quite what Howard says, but is pretty much summed up in spirit.  For me, 2009 was a mess.  I am aspiring for a more ordered 2010.

Many of you know that I had spent most of 2009 on the taxpayers’ dole (thanks, everyone!) until I found gainful employment in the fall.  Regrettably, I did not take full advantage of my lay-off and now find myself in some manner of disarray.  The honey-do list never really got off the ground– something that I know upset the Mrs– and I am prioritizing it for 2010.

Cleaning house is also on the docket for 2010.  We plan to rid ourselves of the clutter which seems to multiply faster than rabbits in our home.  If it is something in excess of what we really need, then it’ll probably go.

Organizing my on-line life, too, is in my plan.  My political leanings and rants/raves will be shuttled over to my political blog on  My more personal thoughts and musings will continue to be published here on my small piece of the ‘net.  I will still be tweeting on Twitter and periodically posting over on Facebook as well.  So many outlets!

So, please stay tuned– 2010 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for me.  Let’s hope that I can manage to make some semblance of order of it.

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Remembering Pearl

Not nearly old enough to have remembered the actual event, I did want to take time out of my day to reflect and remember the attack on Pearl Harbor which essentially thrust the United States into the second world war.

Every day, I thank our brave men and women of our armed forces for doing the job that I wouldn’t want to do and for sacrificing so much to ensure our safety and our way of life. I echo the many before me who proclaim these people as the true heroes of our day.

The attack on Pearl has been recounted and analyzed ad infinitum and I would do the topic no justice by adding to it here.  A very sad day during a very harrowing time, and far too many lives were lost on both sides of the war.

Today, I thank the heroes of my past, my present and my future and hope and pray for their safety and for their ability to continue to excel at the tasks which are placed in front of them.

Thank you.

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Kharmin Learns a New Term

This morning at breakfast, my 4 (almost 5!) year old daughter remarked that we had to be careful with our Cheerios and milk so that we wouldn’t spill on Mommy’s nice, clean table cloth. How courteous! Then…

She tells me that Grandmom doesn’t have a table cloth on her table.  She remembers this because she just returned from spending an extended weekend there.  She says that Grandmom, instead, has “plate mattresses.”

I know that she meant place mats, but I found this new term to not only be really cute, but rather appropriate.  Think of it: each plate has it’s own place to rest — just like a bed.

Plate mattresses.  Maybe I should start marketing them.

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Kharmin’s Pledge of Allegiance

With nationalized health care pretty much ready to be forced down on us feeble serfs from the aristocracy on the Hill (one step closer now:, I thought that I might as well start practicing with our new pledge of Allegiance:

I pledge allegiance
to the Government
of the United Socialist States of America
and to the unions
to which I’m indentured
one nation,
under debt,
divisible by race
with liberty and justice for an elite few.


This is only my first draft. I am working on revising it and making it more suitable for the public school system to drill into our children. I figure that I have a little time left yet until this government mandated act of liberal compassion has been made law. After that, I’ll have lost my ability to have any freedom of thought or expression as our country devolves just like every other fascist state.

Then, it won’t matter to whom I pledge my allegiance.

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