Brenternet (The World as seen by Brent Moore)

Trying to appeal to the highest common denominator. I can't give you 110% effort, but I will give you 107.4% effort. If you're a spammer and leave me a comment, I will make fun of you. I use twice as many semicolons compared to most other bloggers

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Location: Smyrna, Tennessee, United States

As the title implies, I am Brent K. Moore. I married MariLynn Simons on Sept. 25, 1999. we attend Stewart's Creek Church of Christ. We have five pets, a dachshund, Slinkie, a malamute, Juno, and three rabbits, Ebunny and Ifurry, and now Houdini.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

What Would Jesus Spam?

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I hate chain letters. Getting a chain letter email annoys me.

I am a religious guy, but I also hate religious chain letters. These are the ones that say "Jesus Died on the Cross for you. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice and if you won't make the sacrifice to forward this to everyone you know, then that demonstrates what kind of person you are!" I call these messages WWJS or "What Would Jesus Spam." While I usually agree with the sentiment of most of the content of these messages, any part that requires spamming other people is not the way to spread the gospel.
Popup ads for Jesus would not be a good idea in my opinion.
And neither would (Adware / Spyware / Malware / Viruses) for Jesus.
And neither would Graffiti for Jesus.
Here's the Key: In my opinion, spreading the message of Jesus Christ should NOT be an annoyance to others!

Since I went to a Christian University, I once found this scribbled in a toilet stall:

1st person wrote: JESUS SAVES
2nd person added: BY FAITH
3rd person added: THRU BAPTISM
4th person added: Long Live the bathroom ministry!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Sheryoke Holmes

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The boxes that Kroger's uses to transport eggs to there stores has this drawing on them:

Kroger's egg detective

A dozen Grade A's are missing
Sheryoke Holmes is on the case!

(There's got to be a better pun in there somewhere.

What I find disconcerting is that the egg is pointing to the spot where you crack an egg. It's kind of like the main course to anyone who read the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
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Monday, February 19, 2007

Merry Presidents Day

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President's Day Mattress Sale

Enjoy your day by saving 10% off the price of a mattress.
Or, if you work at a bank, enjoy your day off by communicating with friends on myspace or finishing a scrapbook.
Or, if you didn't see it 9 months ago, take the "Which President are You? Quiz"
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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Happy Presidents Day! President Statues.

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For those of you not familiar with flickr.com, it is possible to assemble a collection of photos from multiple photographers all on a certain theme or topic. Several months ago, I started a group for pictures of U.S. President's Statues. Here are some examples:

George Washington was Here Andrew Jackson Statue, Nashville, TN Washington Statue - Smithsonian President Grant Statue, U.S. Capitol Rotunda. William Henry Harrison Statue, Cincinnati

One of the features of the group up to this point is 31 of the 42 (not counting Cleveland twice) U.S. Presidents are represented. As of today, there are 49 contributors to this. It is possible to pull up individual presidents by these links:

1 George Washington
2 John Adams
3 Thomas Jefferson
4 James Madison
5 James Monroe
6 John Quincy Adams
7 Andrew Jackson
8 Martin Van Buren
9 William Henry Harrison
10 John Tyler
11 James K. Polk
12 Zachary Taylor
13 Millard Fillmore
14 Franklin Pierce
15 James Buchanan
16 Abraham Lincoln
17 Andrew Johnson
18 Ulysses S. Grant
19 Rutherford B. Hayes
20 James A. Garfield
21 Chester A. Arthur
22 Grover Cleveland
23 Benjamin Harrison
24 Grover Cleveland
25 William McKinley
26 Theodore Roosevelt
27 William Howard Taft
28 Woodrow Wilson
29 Warren G. Harding
30 Calvin Coolidge
31 Herbert Hoover
32 Franklin D. Roosevelt
33 Harry S Truman
34 Dwight Eisenhower
35 John F. Kennedy
36 Lyndon B. Johnson
37 Richard Nixon
38 Gerald Ford
39 Jimmy Carter
40 Ronald Reagan
41 George Bush
42 Bill Clinton
43 George W. Bush

If you are looking for more than just statues, a more general group about all things US Presidents was started by Flickr user Tom (Marxchivist).

Thursday, February 15, 2007

a change in my mailing address, then Job postings

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A change in my mailing address...
No, I'm not moving. (However we would soon like to move)
The city of Antioch, TN is changing its name to Cane Ridge, TN.

I am reminded of a joke I have heard from an ad for a stand-up comedian who will be in town soon: "I come from a particularly dangerous area of Los Angeles. It's called Los Angeles." Although the crime is not as bad, you could replace Los Angeles with Antioch. Well, apparently, some of our civic leader want to replace Antioch with Cane Ridge.

To paraphrase a civic leader on the news, "Nobody wants to come to Antioch, because when they think of Antioch, they think of crime, traffic and illegal immigrants." At about this time next year people will say that nobody wants to come to Cane Ridge , because when they think of Cane Ridge, the think of crime, traffic and illegal immigrants.

Maybe the way to combat this problem is to change our name every year. In 2008, we'll become Mill Creek, TN. In 2009, we'll become Hickory Hollow. in 2010, we'll become North Lavergne. In 2011, we'll become Rural Hill. Ad Nauseum.
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I pull in the driveway at 3 o'clock in the morning smelling of perfume, but my wife doesn't worry, because she knows I've been repairing Pink Razr's all day. Someday, I may be able to get over the fact that I can work on a pink cell phone all day long. The think I can't get over is they all have lots of make-up in all of the grooves.
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I am still fine with the job I have, but I have been too lazy to stop the weekly Monster.com weekly job posting email that arrive in my Inbox. I aspire to be a computer repair tech, and Monster is supposed to find the closest matches to what I am looking for in the Nashville area.

An odd one came in this week. Apparently, the Jack Daniels Distillery is looking for a full-time nurse. I've never taken the tour of their facility in Lynchburg, but I don't think of them as being a big enough company to require a full-time nurse. So I began to picture two things in my mind:
1) The head brewmaster falling into a large vat of alcohol
2) employees sipping enough whiskey on the clock to become tipsy and then bump into sharp things.
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Led Zeppelin is one of my favorite rock bands. For anyone who likes rock music, how could you disagree? I have recently come to a strange realization regarding them. To me, all of their music sounds the same. I guess I like all of their songs (except for d'yer m'ker and the Lemon song) but except for the first side of their 4th album, I can't tell you what song came from what album. Let me pick 5 songs at random:
Thank You / Ozone Baby / Black Mountain Side / Hot Dog / Candy Store Rock
Of these, I recognize by title only the 4th one. But I assume I like listening to them all.

On a related note, one of the stranger tribute cds to come out it The Song Retains the Name, which is a collection of unusual remakes of Zep songs. It doesn't feature Hayseed Dixie.
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I went to the newest WalMart supercenter in Nashville, at the old Harding Mall location. The thing that impressed me the most was the family of 7 Mennonites checking out the same time I did. (I think they were Mennonites, but they could have been Amish. They all had hats and plain clothes.) They all piled into their SUV and drove off.
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I have a tv show idea for Comedy Central.

merge the concept of Trading Spaces with trailer park residents and you can have "Trailer Spaces." Rednecks aplenty! "Let's replace the yellow linoleum with UT Big Orange vinyl Tile!"
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

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H A P P Y
V A L E N T I N E 'S
D A Y





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Monday, February 05, 2007

An update on where you'll find my photos

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I Thought I'd share an update on where some of my photos can be found on the internet. Almost all of my pictures are uploaded with a creative commons license, which means most of the pictures can be used in a not for profit situation.

First, here is a for profit website which I allow to use one of my photos for free: This Realtor's Website from Murfreesboro uses my Rutherford County Courthouse picture. (She asked for permission)
Rutherford County Courthouse

Several of my pictures now appear on Wikipedia. These are the ones I know about:
The UFO has landed The Signal Mtn. UFO house.
Music City Star, Nashville's Passenger train The Music City Star
The Original KFCThe Original KFC
Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge The Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge (my 2nd most viewed photo)
This same photo appears on this Trying-to-be-relevant tourism website.
The Music City Star photo also appears on this Trying to be relevant website.

Speaking of KFC, The Old and New KFC signs appear on Kentuckyville.us.
KFC signs: Old and New

This close-up of a friend's pet sugar glider appeared on the front page of Yahoo Answers for a day. (I could never find it.)
pet Sugar Glider

The Schmap.com downloadable tour guides have used bunches of my photos. Here are the Nashville photos:
African Crowned Crane, Grassmere Zoo, Nashville Lazy Meerkat on a hot, summer day Loveless Cafe Neon Sign Grassmere Bongo The Capitol Steps Sheep at Grassmere What the Nashville Sounds are known for IMG_9263 IMG_9214IMG_7038 IMG_7202 Waterfall at Marrowbone Lake
And these Chattanooga pictures:
Read House Hotel, Chattanooga, TN Prarie Dog, Chattanooga Zoo Dracula Deer

The Bobble-head photo was also referenced on a bobble-head blog. Also, it was used on the NowPublic.com article called Pray Ball!

Blogs (this is where I usually find the pics used in the weirdest ways.)

Along the midway: the Freak Show This painting of the two-headed turtle was used in a politics blog about a Libertarian Democrat.
Seattle Wheel My worst published photo of the Seattle wheel was used on CarneyTown.
IMG_4322 And so was the Spammobile.
Guitar scoreboard for the Nashville SoundsThis was mentioned on TomCampion.com
Leaving the dog park.Our dog Slinkie is seen leaving the dog park in the rear-view mirror. Does anyone speak Hebrew?
Balance The Chinese acrobat appears in a software developers blog about balancing features.
The "dragon" of Dragon Park A blog about mosaic art featured my photo as well as other photos of the Dragon of Fannie Mae Dees Park.
Goat Race Here is an unusual adaptation of the goat race.
One of Nashville's art guitars A website selling Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison uses this picture
A Tennessee Swimming Hole This tiny lake, known as Blue Hole, was used in a post about moderating health care costs.

My eventual goal is to make money off my photos, which will probably never happen as a full time professional, but any side income would be welcome. In my next update, I will discuss some of the ways I hope to make money, a photo used by an Indonesian University, and a couple of books that will publish my photos.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

The Most incomprehensible spam ever!

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This is the most non-understandable spam ever. (And, that's saying something!) I mean, they ALL have typos and inappropriate punctuation, but at least I know what the others are selling. Here is the message in its entirety:
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To: Brent(note: it wasn't my name here, actual name removed)@Bellsouth
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So, were they trying to sell stock in Marshall Holdings (which apparently will go up in value tomorrow)? Or SMU? Web-based stockbrokers or non web-based brokers? Maybe he's just demonstrating the value of not having a good spell checker.
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