Sponge Homer

Homer H. Hillis, Jr. sponges all kinds of information, business, political and trends. I've been seen on the Sally Jesse Rafeal show with noted trend spotter Faith Popcorn. My Blog will give you an over view of what I'm seeing and reflections on the same.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Christopher Columbus

Originally uploaded by homerh.

May 20th is the 500 anniversary of Christopher Columbus' death, my how time passes, some said that Columbus looked at the sea so much his eye's bled.

Friday, April 28, 2006

I like this invention:

Students blows weevils away with invention

Weevils, those hungry beasts that infest and munch their way through rice stores, might have enjoyed their final meal thanks to two enterprising Thai students who have devised a simple technique to remove them from crops.

The Khon Kaen University students have won an award for inventing a machine that can effectively separate weevils from rice seeds fast enough for industrial use.

They claim the machine can separate the insects from rice seeds at a rate of 760 kilograms per hour and Phakkhanant Rattanaka-jornjit and Saksorn Rattaarpha simply call their machine the "weevil separator".

The prototype uses fans to suck the insects away from rice seeds, relying on the fact that a weevil weighs an 18th of a rice seed, while the seeds are channelled down a stepped conveyor and the weevils are sucked out through a waste chute.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Read about the bead thief:

Really, Beads are that HOT......

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Twinkies are still HOT!

Hostess introduced the Twinkie in April 1930, and it quickly became the company’s best-selling product . Today, Americans eat more than 500 million Twinkies each year, according to Hostess.

Americans spend about $47 million on Twinkies in a year, and sales are increasing, according to Information Resources Inc., which tracks retail sales and trends. The original banana cream-filled Twinkies (a banana shortage during WWII prompted the switch to vanilla cream) sold two for a nickel in the 1930s.

During the Depression, a Chicago-area baker saw the need for a low-priced product and decided to use his shortcake pans, which sat empty except for the 6-week strawberry season, to create a new, year-round product. Twinkies are still produced in Chicago (about 1,000 each minute), which also boasts the highest per capita Twinkie consumption.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Think on this:

In 2004 the man produced more transisters than grains of rice.

Monday, April 03, 2006

One of my new best friends died last weekend, Jay was a bigger than life guy, a massive wealth of information about Baylor and sports all over, you felt good when you talked to Jay. We met at the Dallas Market a few years ago, his Dad had a picture framing business that used to sell to the Home Interior company for over 25yrs, Jay will be missed.

Jay Hudson Humphrey ( we shared the same middle name)

HUMPHREY, JAY HUDSON, Went to be with his Savior on April 1, 2006. Jay was born November 12, 1954, in Tyler, Texas. The Humphrey family moved to Dallas in 1960. Jay graduated from Garland High School in 1973. The Humphrey family attended First Baptist Church in downtown Dallas, and Jay actively participated in the youth activities. Jay proudly attended Baylor University. A member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Jay received a BBA degree in 1977. While attending Baylor, Jay met the love of his life, Elizabeth Dawson. Liz and Jay married in 1978 and began their life in Dallas. For 28 years Jay worked along side his father in the family business, Charles Humphrey and Associates. In 2004 Jay left the family business to pursue a unique career opportunity. Jay began working with Bill Shaddock in a variety of business interests. He greatly enjoyed his time working with Bill and had looked forward to a long friendship and association with him. Jay was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and uncle. He is survived by his wife, Liz, their three children, Bryce, Eryn and Jordan, his parents, LaNell and Charles Humphrey of Dallas, his twin brother, Jed and his wife, Marsha, of Amarillo, his in-laws, Media and Bob Dawson of Borger, Barbara and Alan Shelton of Austin and four nieces. Jay, Liz and their children are members of Park Cities Presbyterian Church, and have been blessed by the friends and fellowship there. Jay loved being a dad to Bryce, Eryn and Jordan. He actively supported their interests and delighted in watching each of them as they participated in a variety of activities. Each of his children knows intimately the love of their devoted father. They will miss their father dearly, but they know exactly where he is now which gives them great peace and comfort. Jay will be sorely missed by many, many friends and family members. He continued to value his friendships from high school, from his church youth group and his college friends and fraternity brothers. His quick wit, his attention to detail, his sports trivia and his enthusiasm for life endeared him to his friends. A family burial will be followed by a celebration of Jay's life on Monday, April 3, at 4:00pm at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, 4124 Oak Lawn. The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall following the service. To the glory of God and His gift of eternal life and in celebration of the life of Jay Humphrey, memorials may be made to Kids Across America, 1429 Lakeshore Drive, Branson, MO, 65616. Restland 972-238-7111 restlandfuneralhome.com

"I live by this credo: Have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter had always brought me out of unhappy situations. Even in your darkest moment, you usually can find something to laugh about if you try hard enough."

Red Skelton
1913-1997, Comedian