The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 60 October 2008 
Greetings from the Editor  by Carol Hall Pandora Free Music  by Ruben Bybee
Why Go Green?  by Rebecca Sheridan Movie Review  by KJ Newby
Meat and Greenhouse Gas  by Michelle Mook Green Means Less Waste  by Gena Bybee
WordFind Puzzle  by BMI Staff Crossword  by BMI Staff
Kids are Green Too!  by Rochelle Helms Email Scams  by Matt Stephens
The City of Greenburg  by Mike Rochelle Green Thoughts   by Tony Abrego
LightScribe  by Victor Luna PictureFind  by BMI Staff
Kudos  by Matt Stephens
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Greetings from the Editor
by Carol Hall

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Greetings to all and a Happy October! Fall is upon us and the air is becoming crisp. 

This month The On Ramp features a theme of GOING GREEN.  It is something that we hear more and more about everyday, and everyone has there own opinion on "Global Warming".   I am sure you will enjoy the articles, information and links included below, and find them helpful.

I hope you enjoy this edition of The On Ramp, and as always, I welcome your comments and additions to the newsletter! Please email me at

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Pandora Free Music
by Ruben Bybee

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While surfing this week, I stumbled upon a very nice FREE streaming music site ( that lets you create your own music stations. These stations are created automatically when you enter a group or song name. It picks music similar to the song or group that you initially "seed" the site with.

I started with my first seed of Metallica and it identified similar hard rock and metal that was exactly the type of music that I was looking for. My second seed was Scorpians and once again Pandora came up with a playlist that contained music that I was looking for.  The 3rd seed was Johnny Cash (not for me, this was for my mom - probably explains my love of metal now - ha).

You can also buy music from Pandora and create custom playlists and share with friends and family.

The music is free and is based on the Music Genome Project. The project was started in January 2000 by a group of musicians and technologists that came up with the idea of having the most comprehensive analysis of music ever created. They capture the essence of music at the fundamental level based on hundreds of musical attributes.

Rock On Everyone!

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Why Go Green?
by Rebecca Sheridan

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A few months ago I took an environmental science class. While taking this class my eyes were opened. Whenever I heard "going green" I never really thought much about it. Going green did not fit in with my list of priorities. 

     As the weeks in the class progressed I started to see the reality of the danger our earth is in. Our natural resources are disappearing beneath our feet. Did you know that a child born in the US will use twenty times more of the earth's natural resources than a child born in a third world country?

     Take a look at these sites and the devastating aftermath of the environmental abuse our Earth has endured. Remember that we can make the Earth a cleaner place to live one person at a time.

Environmental Disasters
Discover Magazine
Go Green
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Movie Review
by KJ Newby

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 An Inconvenient Truth

     Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Mr. Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change.

     A longtime advocate for the environment, Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way. "Al Gore strips his presentations of politics, laying out the facts for the audience to draw their own conclusions in a charming, funny and engaging style, and by the end has everyone on the edge of their seats, gripped by his haunting message," said Guggenheim.

     An Inconvenient Truth is not a story of despair but rather a rallying cry to protect the one earth we all share. "It is now clear that we face a deepening global climate crisis that requires us to act boldly, quickly, and wisely," said Gore.

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Meat and Greenhouse Gas
by Michelle Mook

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     Many people are sensitive about attacks on their favorite foods - and rightfully so, but most of us agree that it is okay to keep our meat intake to a modest level for health reasons.

     But now it seems skipping that cheeseburger might help reduce greenhouse gasses. Last week Time Magazine reported, "In a 2006 report, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) concluded that worldwide livestock farming generates 18% of the planet's greenhouse gas emissions  by comparison, all the world's cars, trains, planes and boats account for a combined 13% of greenhouse gas emissions."

     See also:  BBC

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Green Means Less Waste by Gena Bybee

Here are some great recipes for using up leftovers...Less waste makes for More GREEN!

Leftover Baked Potato Soup

Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherds Pie

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WordFind Puzzle
by BMI Staff

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Congratulations Kathleen H. of La Granda, OR for winning the drawing for the September 2008 Wordfind! They received a $25.00 credit on their BMI account! Go to October Wordfind.
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Congratulations to Gary And Elodie C of Joseph, OR for winning the drawing for the September 2008 Crossword! He received a $25.00 credit on his BMI account! Go to October crossword

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Kids are Green Too!
by Rochelle Helms

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   This month is a great topic for me! 

     My son is now in junior high and is a very environmentally conscious pre-teen. So, we are recycling. We are teaching each other what we can do to reduce, re-use and recycle.

Here are some helpful hints to get you started:  Recycle

Did you know that the EPA has a page dedicated for young people and teaching them about being green? EPA

Here are  little things you can do today to save our tomorrows: ivillage

This next site I am sharing with you is one of my favorites. It is full of great stories and wonderful ideas. It's an online go greenwebsite: GREEN

Now, I dont know if you believe global warming or not but I think it just makes sense to take care of our environment while we are here. I don't want to leave a mess for my kids to clean up. Wouldn't it be great to take a deep breath in town and breathe in clean, fresh air and not have to drive to the mountains to get that crisp air in your lungs? It's just a good idea to leave things better then we found them. Am I a bunny,-kissing tree hugger? Maybe, but I like it that way: Treehugger

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Email Scams
by Matt Stephens

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Hello to everyone! If you never read any of my articles, this would be the one to read. It's about a problem that nearly everyone has encountered, and will give you useful information on how to save yourself time and money.

Over the past few months there have been several emails sent out to our customers stating that we are doing some house cleaning and you have to reply with your email address and password in order to remain a customer. The short answer here: "It's a scam", delete it.

Emails of this type have been around for a long time. So long in fact they have their own name. They are called Phishing attempts. They are emails that are typically automatically generated by a spamming computer and sent out in mass quantities. When you reply to it, the server then keeps your username and password and uses your email address to send spam.

That's right, the spam is then coming from you!

     So I'm sure you're all wondering what we are going to do about this. Well, first of all, don't ever reply to any email asking for your personal information. That will help dramatically. A good rule of thumb is that if an email is asking for personal information, it's a scam, delete it. Any legitimate company will never ask for that kind of information over email. If that company doesn't have contact information for you, they will ask that you call them.

If you do happen to reply to an email like that, trust me. We'll know about it shortly. We will start to get notifications that you are sending spam and we'll change your password immediately. We'll then attempt to contact you by phone to let you know what happened and together we'll change your password on your account to something else.

This can be a pretty serious problem. Just one person replying to one of these emails can cause hundreds more to reply to another email like that. It can lead to other problems, like adware and spyware costing the end user a great deal of money in computer repairs.

Can you help us? Absolutely; take a minute and explain to your friends and family that might not be aware of this kind of scam. Maybe you have helped your parents or grandparents get online recently and they may benefit from this information. Anyone you know that might not have the experience online needs to know about this, as it's becoming a fast spreading issue.

It really only takes a minute to say "Oh hey, by the way, if you ever get an email asking for a password, delete it".  It would save them, you and us a whole lot of time.

If you have any questions about this, or anything else, feel free to call our Customer Service at 1-800-485-5006. We are here to answer your questions.

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The City of Greenburg
by Mike Rochelle

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Greensburg, Kansas has an interesting and lively history.

It also sports the fame of having the Worlds Largest Hand Dug Well.

More recently, however, Greensburg's fame came on May 4, 2007 when the town was devastated by a massive tornado.

Since then, Kiowa County has made BIG steps in creating not only a NEW town, but a GREEN one as well!

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Green Thoughts
by Tony Abrego

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     In today's global market place people are looking to go green for many reasons. Some are worried about global warming. Others are worried about contamination and the effects of it.  Yet others are worried about the economy and the price we have to pay for consuming fuel.

     I found some interesting links I would like to share with you.


Going Green

Family Education

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by Victor Luna

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Lightscribe is a new technology that uses a special disk drive and special media that burns a "label" directly onto the CD or DVD. Since it's lasered into the CD or DVD, rather than printed on paper, there is no ink smudging or peeling.

It does require special CDs that have a special coating on one side for the printing. Once you have burned the data/music CD or DVD, you just pop it out and flip it over to burn the silkscreen quality image right on the disc.

     At present there is only gray scale burning, but it is in the works to create a color lightscribe technology.

     Some of the Cons it takes 25 minutes to laser the picture and the CDs are more expensive.

     Lightscribe is definitely a cool feature!

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by BMI Staff

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Congratulations to Joyce S. of Buckley, WA for winning the drawing for the September 2008 Picturefind! Jan received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Go to October picturefind.
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by Matt Stephens

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"Erich, Thank you for your assistance in clearing up this problem. I'm sorry to be such a nuisance. The continued help from the people at BMI is sincerely appreciated. Thank you,"
-Al P., Umatilla, OR
(Editors note: Al, you are not a nuisance in any way. We enjoy being able to help our customers as much as they need it.)

"Matt- Thanks for your help. Matt did a great job getting this beginner through the process and I am back on line."
-Irene D., College Place, WA

"Thanks to Michelle I have recovered my laptop again. She is such a whiz, some body give that lady a raise. Always so very helpful at BMI."
-Jean R. , mnaha, OR

"To Mike and the rest of the help. THANK YOU! You are all so wonderful to a little old lady on the computer with problems you have probably settled a thousand times already... And you have no idea how wonderful that is for me. Some of you also have a great sense of humor and appreciate my wacky one. Oh, that you were closer and I could bake you cookies not to brag, but I do make great cookies, just ask the recruiters here in the mall in Prescott. Thank you always. Sincerely"
-Barb S., Prescott Valley, AZ

"Hello , This is a live message sent with great gratitude to Erich who solved a frustrating problem in about five minutes with patience and charm. Your Service is wonderful."
-Mary K., Location unknown

"Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful service. I recommend you to anyone I have met that still has to use dial up. Your service has been far superior to the big guys. Thank you"
-Kimberly M., Los Gatos, CA

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