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Written By: Gary on May 31, 2004 No Comment

What was this guy thinking?

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Written By: Gary on May 31, 2004 No Comment
1. What was the name of the last movie you watched (dvd, vhs, theatre, or tv)?
Raising Helen last night at the theater, it was fun.
2. What were you doing on the internet before coming here?
Poking around trying to see if any of the students in the school district where I work blog (or have sites) on the net. I know some do, but the search engines didn’t pick them up…
3. What color of pen do you usually write with?
Blue or red.
4. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
Hmm… Mark? (on his way back to the Detroit area from Lansing.)
5. When is your birthday? (month and day)
September 11th (every year).
6. How organized is your computer desk?
Not even close to organized, neither is my computer desktop.
7. How many calendars do you have in your house?
Zero.
8. Do you clip coupons and use them when doing your grocery shopping?
I used to, now I cut them and either forget them at home, leave them in the car or they are out of that item at the store…
9. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Night person. Always have been, but lately I’ve been more disciplined.
10. Did you enjoy your weekend?
It was okay, got caught up on some sleep, grocery shopping, laundry and some computing. Saw friends which was nice…

From Monday Madness

Written By: Gary on May 31, 2004 No Comment

I really don’t like my categories as they stand. I either want to expand them or shrink them. I’m really thinking of trying something else so I can ultra categorize everything. I’m thinking:

  • TECH: gizmos, apple, computers, portable
  • MEDIA: movies, books, tv, images, joan
  • PEOPLE: family, friends, kids, strangers
  • ME: blog, meme, family
  • INTERNET: web, blog, portable
    Supposedly WordPress is pretty diverse in this manner, but I’m not sure if it’ll cross-reference (like have the FAMILY under ME be the exact same as the one under PEOPLE).

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    Written By: Gary on May 31, 2004 No Comment

    notextThey redo photographs and separate the images from the text. ” With the removal of all traces of text from the photographs, the project explores the manifestation of power between large groups of people in the form of public and semi-public language.”

    Written By: Gary on May 31, 2004 No Comment

    raisinghelenI really enjoyed Raising Helen. Kate Hudson plays the spacy, cute, successful who’s everyone’s favorite aunt quite well. The women I went with (Kelly & Dawn) thought it was a little cheesy, but I disagree. And it was a good family movie, not sure what the rating was but if the kids are interested, take ’em. It was pretty much what you’ve expect from the previews, so if you didn’t like, don’t see, and if you did, go check it out!

    Now here’s the weird part – there was a cartoon that appeared to be part of the movie about this cat with a possessed tail that was attacking him, it was very strange, possible not so kid appropriate (it was kinda creepy) but I’m pretty sure it had the Disney brand at the beginning of it. Very odd.

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    Written By: Gary on May 30, 2004 One Comment
    1. What are you favorite things to do during the summer?
    Rollerblade, picnics, read and sometimes bicycle.
    2. Are you an outdoors person?
    Not so much.
    3. Beach, pool or lake?
    Ocean or river. I like the water noise…
    4. What are you favorite summertime memories?
    I loved being on campus at MSU in the summers. Very relaxed, quiet (and so were the classes). Summer plays outside. I liked being down by the river and it was fun when the baby animals came around, it was always a blast to see the baby ducks being trained how to navigate the rapids…
    5. Will you be going on vacation this summer?
    I hope so. I just mentioned London to my friend Mark, I know (for some unknown reason) he’s dying to go there. I’d love to be there when it’s nice, so….

    From The Weekly Bit

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    Written By: Gary on May 30, 2004 No Comment
    1. Why do you read other blogs? Is it voyeurism? Curiosity? Are you just being nosy?
    Hell yeah! It’s interesting. Sometimes it’s like “what will they post this week?” and “don’t they realize their kids’ll read this some day?!?”. And sometime’s it’s to keep up with friends or technical information.
    2. What is it that keeps you coming back to the blogs you read, regularly?
    Sometimes to fine out the next chapter of their “soap opera”, or the next quiz, or goofy thing their kid did. Sometimes I read it just because I stopped by for a meme…
    3. Do you leave a comment on every blog you read? If not – what is it that motivates you to click the “Comments” link?
    No, should I? I usually only speak up if I have something to say. I agree, disagree, know the “right” answer, etc. Sometimes it’s just a friendly I remember how that feels, it’ll better, etc. And I’ll comment (or trackback) when i do their quiz/meme/etc.
    4. Speaking of other blogs you read regularly . . you know the protocol by now – list’em!
    Didn’t we just do this last week? I would update, but I blew out my bookmarks this week, so I’m back to last weeks (thank God for backups!) bookmarks. Oh, I’ve added one I remember… But it hasn’t been updated much since I found it drunkenbee, and I always check out the Movable Type start page since they list recently updated MT blogs.

    From RE: Blogs

    Written By: Gary on May 30, 2004 No Comment

    You are given a gift of 1 million dollars (kindly adjust for currency in your location). There are some restrictions on how you can spend some of the money, as follows:

    $100,000 must be donated to charity. What charities will you support?
    Probably the two different shelters and the crisis hotline that I’ve volunteered for.
    $100,000 must be given to one person that you know. To whom do you give it? What would you expect him/her to do with it? Would you put any restrictions on its use? Would it make a difference if you could make the donation anonymously?
    Probably my Mom. She’d have to use it for travel (off of this continent) but I think I’d force her to learn computers first so she can take pictures and post, blog and send e-mail while she travels. She can take a friend, but she’s gotta take a different friend/relative on each trip(?)
    $100,000 must be given to someone who has recently been in the news. Who gets it? Why?
    Hmmm… I don’t watch/read enough news and everyone I hear about is bad… I’m sure I could find some deserving person/family who’s had some hard times, or needs something to get their business back together.
    $100,000 must be spent on a public beautification project. You can build a park, commission artwork, etc. What do you do, and where do you do it?
    There is a boring little park down the street that would be nice if it were redone maybe something with that.
    $100,000 must be spent on a memorial to someone/something that you have loved and lost. What form does the memorial take? Who is it for?
    The Frank Hill memorial computer lab / reference center for the Berkley Public Library (with WiFi). Grandpa got me interested to think about things: science, technology and to read a lot. I remember going up with him to that library when I was a kid.
    $50,000 must be spent studying something you have not formally studied. What will you study?
    Astronomy, I always wanted to understand it better.
    $50,000 must be spent establishing a scholarship. What’s it for and who will you name it for?
    It would be for students to offset school costs and to get them up-to-date with technology (nice laptop, printer, WiFi, PDA, iPod, TV, Stereo, subscription to NetFlix, iTunes store, etc.) so they can have some of the cool comforts…
    $50,000 must be given away in a contest. What kind of contest do you hold?
    A Michigan teacher web site contest. We’d supply space or they could use their own. They keep the site up for one school year. At the end we give five $10,000 prizes. Best content. Most updated (with real content). Best Design. Best Page/Post. One random (as long as they actively used it for a whole year).
    $200,000 must be spent doing as many things as you can on your “lifetime to do list.” Always wanted to see Alaska? Take a boat trip on the Rhine? What things would you do first?
    Travel like I never have before (and it’d all be first class!), some cruises, Paris, Egypt. Having a child is one my list so I’d be working on that too!
    That leaves you with $150,000 of mad money. If the rules say you can’t spend that money on things that might be termed “practical,” what do you buy on your spending spree?
    Geek out the house with more gizmos and such. Probably the same for the car (DVD/MP3/Player). One of those new infrared outdoor grills. TiVos, iMacs and home theater systems for all my family and friends. One of those cars that will go in the water like a boat. There isn’t much I need but I’m sure I could figure out a way to spend it.

    From Random Acts of Journalling

    Written By: Gary on May 30, 2004 No Comment
    1. What time do you normally wake up?
    On Weekdays the alarm starts going off at 6:30, I get up (hopefully) by 7:00. Weekends, you never know, 10am, Noon, 4PM.. It just depends how out of sync I am with the timestream.
    2. Do you wake with or without an alarm clock?
    With!! And it has 2 alarms.
    3. Name the one thing you must have immediately to start your day.
    A shower and breakfast.
    4. How long after you wake up do you turn on your computer?
    Depends, it I was checking my mail before (in) bed, it might only be minutes.
    5. Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. Do you eat breakfast every day?
    Every day! Egg, (Turkey) Bacon, Cantaloup and Orange Juice.

    From Sunday Brunch

    Written By: Gary on May 30, 2004 No Comment

    What are the first four things you think of when I say: High School

  • Friends
  • Girls
  • Computers
  • My Locker & My Car
    The last two popped into my head at the same time…

    From The First Four

  • Written By: Gary on May 29, 2004 No Comment
    This is a classic Saturday Slant revisited. Take a trip down memory lane to your innocence. Do you remember your first kiss? Was it electric or static, mind blowing or no big deal? What was his or her name? How did the kiss come about?
    My very first kiss? That’d be Lisa Dickenson in Kindergarten, but I don’t think that’s what was meant. I had a few kisses (AL, AE & BT) as I got older but I think my first real kisses (i.e. Make Out) was probably Marsha Mozarowski, she made me tingle all the way down to my toes. I’d have to guess they were initiated by her, at her house, in the basement where we used to play games (video and board). Don’t know what ever happened to her, it’s a pretty unique name and you don’t get anything if you Google her…

    From Saturday Slant

    Written By: Gary on May 29, 2004 No Comment

    reasoncover2This is the cover of this the June 2004 Reason magazine. For those of you who don’t know, this is an ariel view of my house (click to zoom). Everyone who was a subscriber got a personalized cover and a some other personalized portions. Honestly, this is why I subscribed… I’m sure a bunch of people will freak out due to the lack of privacy. But they don’t have any anyways, this just puts it in their face. I’m dying to know what my postal carrier thought when he delivered that day…


    reasoninsideThe have personalized statistics on the inside cover about my neighborhood (click to enlarge). The back has an ad for an organization quoting statistics for my state. I can’t wait until the day I get the latest issue of Time and one of the ads is for the hot dog joint down the street or other ads specifically targeted for me!

    Here are some of the related articles in the June 2004 Reason:

  • Editor’s Note: Kiss privacy goodbye — and good riddance, too.
  • Database Nation – The upside of “zero privacy.”
  • Publisher’s Note: About This Special Issue of Reason
  • Sample Covers
  • Written By: Gary on May 29, 2004 No Comment
    1. Have you ever been in a serious accident? If not, how about any accident?
    Yes. Stopped at a light, some guys in the car behind us were ogling a woman on the side of the road and plowed right into us. I saw them coming and grabbed my girlfriend (in the passenger seat). Our car then went forward to hit the car in front of us that had a baby in the back seat (which was okay). Said GF still managed to hit rear-view mirror with head (broke the mirror off) and her glasses flew off which we found in the back of the hatchback compartment. We even had our seat-belts on!
    2. Have you ever been ticketed for an accident and if so did you pay it or fight it?
    Yeah, a different very minor accident, I lost so I ended up paying it. I thought it was iffy enough to try.
    3. What kind of insurance do you have and would you recommend it to your friends?
    I like my State Farm, good prices and not too many issues…
    4. Did the accident cause you to change the way you drive?
    No.
    5. Did you need a rental car? If so, did you get a better car or worse one than you had? If not, what did you do for transportation?
    THe above accident was the gf’s car, I think she borrowed one from someone else in the extended family.
    6. Have any of the mishaps you’ve experienced with your vehicles given you impressions of the quality or safety of certain vehicles?
    No.
    7. When in an accident were you alone, with someone, with your children, etc. Did that make a difference in the situation?
    Oh yeah, it’s one thing to have something happen to me but to someone else, when I’m driving, yuk… The accident with the gf above we were stopped (so not my fault!) but there is definitely the extra sense of panic…
    8. Finally if you could drive any vehicle you wanted, what would it be?
    Assuming I can’t pick the space shuttle or the Batmobile… Actually I’m not really fussy about cars. I love my convertible. I’d love a hybrid that was a convertible that was still large enough (like my Sebring) to keep all my junk in!

    Hopefully everyone drives safely and gets where they are going. Be well and we’ll see you here (Saturday-8) again next week.

    Written By: Gary on May 28, 2004 No Comment
    Appetizer
    Where do you plan to go on vacation this year, or where would you want to go?
    I’ve still never been to Roswell. But I think I’d like to go to London while it’s nice this summer. Maybe back to Costa Rica when it’s cold up here…
    Soup
    What color is your bedroom? If you could redecorate it, what would you change?
    Plain, flat off white. I’m pretty happy with it, maybe a new bigger bed. Oh, and I’d paint the Windows black!
    Salad
    Do you have a bumper sticker on your vehicle? If not, make one up!
    HONK IF YOU’RE BLOGGING!!!
    Main Course
    What’s the worst pain you’ve ever been in?
    When I was fifteen I walked through a glass door at the mall, cut up both of my arms pretty bad, bad enough that my mom probably didn’t have any problem following the trail… Hours later the shot they gave me at the hospital for pain hurt much more than the actual accident (but I wasn’t in shock any more either.
    Dessert
    Who is your favorite celebrity? What do they do that inspires you?
    Gene Hackman. He always does great and he does different roles from being a spy to Lex Luthor to…

    From the new meme Friday Feast.

    Written By: Gary on May 27, 2004 No Comment
    Has there ever been a moment in your life when you felt at one with (nature, God, the universe, etc.
    So I was on this retreat with college friends. We were in Missouri up in the Ozarks and it was beautiful there, in the mountains with a lake and a great view from all over. I’m not a particularly athletic person but every so often I get into running and the first few times after I haven’t done it in a while I go pretty good. I decided to go for a run and as I went I kept getting farther and farther around that lake. I decided I’d go around it. It turns out it was a big “L” (not exactly but there was a part/leg I couldn’t see) but from where we were it looked like an “I” so it was much farther and I just kept going and going and it was just great and incredible out in these woods with the water all around and all this adrenaline just running through me keeping me going. I was gone for ages and non-stop and just kept going I never knew where all of that came from I just kind of floated around on that for the rest of the weekend….

    From Random Acts of Journalling

    Written By: Gary on May 27, 2004 No Comment

    I was looking for a (regular) calendar and I found this.

    Written By: Gary on May 27, 2004 No Comment

    Have you seen my new sidebar on blog start page? “Interesting Recent Sites” If I’m on a site and I think it’s interest I hit a button* and it moves it up to the server. It just keeps the last dozen or so sites.

    * How – AppleScript to get the URL and the tile (or a text clipping from the page) and does a tail for the end of the list and FTPs it up to my site and then a PHP include from the site grabs the file and sticks it in the sidebar box! After a few more revisions I’ll post the info up for the geekier of you. If interested in the info when I get it together, leave a comment for this message…

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    Written By: Gary on May 27, 2004 No Comment

    Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King has officially hit the stores this week (I bought the first copy at my local Borders yesterday). Trilogies have been popular in the movies for years. This week we look at questions based on some famous cinematic triumvarites:

    1) The Back to the Future Trilogy sent Marty McFly 30 years into the future, 30 years into the past (twice!) and 100 years into the past. Which of these time periods would you like to visit in your 1.21 gigawatt-powered DeLorean, and why?
    Hmmm… I couldn’t decide plus or minus 30… But I didn’t really like the future there. The past is more of a certainty and other than the threat of world war (which I would know wouldn’t happen) seemed to be a pretty good time.
    2) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was, of course, based on a famous trio of novels by JRR Tolkien. What sci-fi/fantasy/genre novels or series would you like to see turned into a Peter-Jackson-directed/George-Lucas-written/Steven-Speilberg-produced trilogy?
    A few. Narnia, The Book of Three (which someone did as a cartoon called the Black Cauldren (book 2)), a good alien invader (invaders on long stilts) one I read as a kid (I’ll think on the title), To Your Scattered Bodies Go (that might make a better series). But my number one choice would be The Wizardry Series (on book seven) by Diane Duane, book one was So You Want To Be A Wizard?. Two kids becoming wizards, discovering the world is a live, great power always at a cost and some physics behind the magic (a little more to it than just casting spells at random that sometimes work and other times do).
    3) Next summer, there will be two complete Star Wars trilogies in the history books. What’s your strangest or most interesting Star Wars experience?
    We used to cut class to see the movies on opening day. What a bunch of wacky people that come out of the woodwork. I just remember being in the first row for one of them (the 2nd one, I mean the 5th one) and having the great view and all the other geeked out fans that were there… It was a blast.
    Bonus) While the Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones movies are currently only trilogies, plans are in the works for a fourth movie in both series. What trilogy might’ve been better served with a fourth movie? Which trilogy would’ve been better if they had left it at only one movie?
    They could just delete that second Indiana Jones movie… They should have stopped with Jurassic Park already. They keep having rumors of another Superman movie, I’d like that. Another Batman movie (with Michael Keaton would be great too).

    From Theater Thursday (the parts in italics are from the meme, not me. The answers are mine.

    Written By: Gary on May 27, 2004 No Comment
    Onesome: Learning– Hey, what would you like to learn how to do this Summer? Learn to ride a motorcycle (like Sarah)? Learn PHP? Learn how to chill out and vegetate properly (lessons available )?
    PHP! Just learning so that’s a good mission. If only the laptop had a brighter screen so I could use it better outside. I’d like to learn how to rollerblade backwards! I’ve never be able to do that (on purpose).
    Twosome: to– Too? Two? Okay, two things you are positively not going to learn how to do! Ever!
    Splunking (big fear of getting trapped in a cave/suffocating). Hunting for sport.
    Threesome: Ride– Speaking of motorcycles: Do you ride? Did you ever ride? …or do you just enjoy them? …or maybe, “No way!”?
    I used to. I had a bike as a kid and it was street legal so when I turned sixteen it was the only two wheels I had to ride. It’s fun but I’m a packrat and a bike doesn’t work for me (my convertible on the other hand…)

    From The Thursday Threesome

    Written By: Gary on May 27, 2004 No Comment

    So I really like the way the background it working out! The moon changing with the phases is pretty nifty. It wasn’t moving very fast at first, as a matter of fact it didn’t match some other moon icons so I think something choked at the US Naval Observatory where I get it from, it seems like it’s sped up the last 24 hours. It wasn’t previously matching some other moon viewers.

    Written By: Gary on May 26, 2004 No Comment
    1. Should somebody be your enemy if they are your parents’ enemy? Why?
    Not a chance! Why? Because they aren’t mine. I’m assuming we’re talking about the mean neighbors down the street and not some people (or aliens) that are hunting them down…
    2. Why do you answer memes?
    Because I’m a meme-a-holic. I’m actually looking for a 12 step program. I love them. They give me something to talk about without me having to come up with a subject. It’s lets me talk/share without having to complain about stuff that people generally complain about.
    3. Do you use net slang or type correctly?
    No. I’m not even sure I understand the question (net slang OR net type?). Besides using Google as a verb I’m not sure I use too much.

    From Wednesday Whatevers

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    Written By: Gary on May 26, 2004 No Comment

    Do you have a codified housework schedule, or do you fly by the seat of your pants? If you have a schedule, how is it organized? Room by room? Chore by chore? Do members of your household rotate chores on a regular basis?Cleaning, always picking up the day before the cleaning lady comes by (so she can get around). Lately I’ve been behind with grocery shopping. I’m usually not behind with laundry. It’s usually more messy than dirty…

    From HomeWork

    Written By: Gary on May 25, 2004 2 Comments

    If you had a theme song, what song would you pick? I’m thinking “One Week” by “Barenaked Ladies”. I’ll have to examine the lyrics more before I commit though…

    From The Tuesday Iffers.

    Written By: Gary on May 25, 2004 No Comment
    1. What’s your favorite sitcom?
    Two and a Half Men won best comedy and also was renewed for next season.. It’s pretty funny,
    2. Is there a sitcom you really don’t like?
    Most of the others… Not a big sitcom fan…
    3. Which sitcom did you used to like, but now it just seems too hokey?
    Scrubs. It’s just a little too bizzaro sometimes.
    ~Bonus~ If your life was a sitcom, what would the title be?
    Geeks in the City(?)

    From TV Tuesday

    Written By: Gary on May 24, 2004 No Comment

    cootiecatcherRemember making these when you were kids?

    It’s pitched here as to Predict Your Future. I don’t think we did the Magic 8-ball thing when we did it, I’m thinking we made them say not so nice things when we were little boys…

    Written By: Gary on May 23, 2004 One Comment

    night-sky-05I found this picture on a web site and they linked back to hoshinavi and I can’t find the image. Mostly because the site is in Japanese(?) and I can’t get babelfish to translate it.
    You can see really small on the picture there is a URL and such but I’d really like to get this from somewhere if anyone has any idea of where, how, etc. Thank you for any help…

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    Written By: Gary on May 23, 2004 No Comment
    1. Blog confession time: Is there a topic that you shy away from on purpose on your blog? What is that topic, and why?
    I barely ever complain, so that keeps me out of trouble but that’s a topic as much as a concept. Dating is something I avoid, I’d probably mention holidays or something in regards to it but just generally talking about dating I’d avoid. Because if I blog less or more it’s sure to mean something that I didn’t intend and I don’t want people comparing notes (that I supply)…
    2. Define your blog to the world – in six words.
    Nice, fun, happy, non–politcal, geek-ish, thoughtful…
    3. Repeat question from RE: Blogs 1: What is current, most favorite blog tool?
    Ecto is a great blogging client for the desktop for OS X, be sure to check it out (I thin ikthey just did a windows version). Also, I just added PHP to my Movable Type system, that was a breeze and helps me do a few things more efficiently…
    4. RE:Blogs that have captured your attention – – no number limit here – – hand out some link luvin’s from your blog to theirs
  • Here In Katie’s Head I get to read about a semi-normal person through their on-line diary.
  • Heather thinks Rambling is Good for the Soul and she’s been a friend for a ling time, it’s interesting to keep in touch without direct communication.
  • Sarah is definitely a SassyPants I don’t know where I found her but I like my daily dose.
  • I just got Dawn hooked on blogging so she’s been a must read lately.
  • Melissa is Anything but Ordinary and posts a good read too.
  • I’ve been using The Daily Meme and Lost (and Found) Memes lately when looking for things to blog about, they’ve made it easier which means I do it more. Not sure if that’s a good thing. (Shameless plug)
  • This Fish Needs a Bicycle even has an application on-line.
  • This is taking forever to do this part… I’ve either got the above memorized or I was playing with a RSS feed beta in Yahoo! so I had the addresses on hand. I’ll have to elaborate on these and others more later…
  • Written By: Gary on May 23, 2004 No Comment

    I’ve been using Camino for about five minutes now and I really like it. It’s zippy and it renders all my (personal) sites that I had to tweak the CSS for just fine. Safari has been slow and crashing for me lately…

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    Written By: Gary on May 23, 2004 No Comment

    armleggas
    I think this says it all. (My shortest post ever!)

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    Written By: Gary on May 23, 2004 No Comment

    Thought this was an interesting use of a photo-blog…

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    Written By: Gary on May 23, 2004 No Comment
    1. Finale:: The End
    2. Martial arts:: Movie
    3. Flirt:: Cute
    4. Energy:: Coke
    5. Flavor:: Strawberry
    6. Guess?:: Why?
    7. Accomplishment:: Sucess
    8. Prom:: Date
    9. Diploma:: Six
    10. Bloody:: Hell

    From Unconscious Mutterings

    Written By: Gary on May 23, 2004 One Comment
    What are the first four things you think of when I say:
    Tom Cruise

    1) Risky Buisness
    2) Top Gun
    3) Lea Thompson (from the teenage football movie that he was in that I can’t think of the title. It was All the Right Moves)
    4) Nicole Kidman (When I thought of Lea, it made me thing of Nicole)

    From the First Four

    Written By: Gary on May 23, 2004 No Comment
    1. What is your favorite color?
    Hmm.. I usually work with beige’s and browns not ’cause I like them but because they are easier to match… MY favorite color lately has probably been orange. I’ve got a few short-sleeve shirts, but my favorite is the bright orange sweat shirt that looks like it belonged to a cone on the side of the highway.
    2. What is your favorite piece of clothing?
    I llike my docker-like pants with all the pockets. Places for my keys, phone, camera, money and other things that I don’t have a place to put them since I don’t have a purse.
    3. Where is your favorite place to eat out?
    There are two chinese places in Lansing that I like Charlie Kangs (Beef Broccoli or Sweet and sour Shrimp) and J.P. Express (Pineapple Chicken). Locally I’ve been liking Friday’s (see below) and the bar around the corner from my place, Bamboozle’s.
    4. What is your favorite meal?
    I’d have to say one of the few listed above and I’ve really been liking Friday’s for some of the Jack Daniel’s meals at Friday’s. The best is the Sesame Jack Chicken Strips.
    5. What is your favorite sport or recreational game?
    No. I’m more of a Dominoes (or recently Scene It? the DVD game) kind of guy. Oh wait, can I count rollerblading?

    From Sunday Brunch

    Written By: Gary on May 22, 2004 2 Comments

    This week a Vatican astronomer postulated about the existance of extra-terrestrial intelligence and what such existance might mean to not only human religion but to alien religion–and cross-pollination between the two. The astronomer, Guy Consolmagno, described three scenarios: “We find an intelligent civilization and there’s no way in creation we can communicate with them because they’re so alien to us; we find the intelligent civilization. We can communicate.” And: “We find a dozen civilizations out there, and a bunch of Jehovah’s witnesses go up and convert them all.” An anonymous person on Slashdot then took Consolmagno’s comments a step further: “As agents of free-will, the aliens are self-aware of good and evil, thus convertible to some terrestrial religion. The question of whether an alien civilization might convert Earth to their religion, or become a religion unto themselves, is left unconsidered [by Consolmagno].” I entreat you to explore what the Vatican’s astronomer did not. (From The Saturday Slant )
     
    Extra-terrestrials and religion: what’s your Slant?

    I find this particularly interesting, why? Because I was just reading about this a few hours ago. Here we go, back to Robert Sawyer (kind of a Canadian Michael Crichton). He ties a lot of this into his books. In particular a book called Calculating God. Here’s a few pages from the middle of the book and chapter one.

    Here is the key part:


    A bit of cutting (no pasting) from Chapter one to get the point. It starts with the archeologist answering a question from the alien…
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    “There’ve been five mass extinctions in Earth’s history that we know of. The first was at the end of the Ordovician, maybe 440 million years ago. The second was in the late Devonian, something like 365 million years ago. The third, and by far the largest, was at the end of the Permian, 225 million years ago.”

    “There have also been five major mass extinctions in the history of my planet,” said Hollus [the alien]. “Our year is longer than yours, but if you express the dates in Earth years, they occurred at roughly 440 million, 365 million, 225 million, 210 million, and 65 million years ago.” I felt my jaw drop. “And,” continued Hollus, “Delta Pavonis II [the other planet we stopped by on the way here] has also experienced five mass extinctions. Their year is a little shorter than yours, but if you express the dates of the extinctions in Earth years, they also occurred at approximately 440, 365, 225, 210, and 65 million years ago.”

    “That can’t be right,” I said. “We know that the extinctions here were related to local phenomena.” I shook my head. “I just don’t see how that can be.”     I shook my head in wonder. “I can’t think of any reason why evolutionary history should be similar on multiple worlds.”

    “One reason is obvious,” said Hollus. “It could be that way because God wished it to be so. The primary goal of modern science,” he continued, “is to discover why God has behaved as he has and to determine his methods. We do not believe — what is the term you use? — we do not believe that he simply waves his hands and wishes things into existence. We live in a universe of physics, and he must have used quantifiable physical processes to accomplish his ends.”

    All (most) of his books provide such a premise and he refers to a lot of books that talk about it from a scientific/philosophical point of view, all of it way over my head. But it’s all made me think a bit about it. Some of his other books deals with evil and good (from an AI standpoint) and a collective consciousness. In his one trilogy Hominids/Humans/Hybrids the piece is that they don’t believe in God on the parallel Earth and it brings up some mighty interesting conversations (and outcomes in their society).

    From The Saturday Slant

    Written By: Gary on May 22, 2004 No Comment

    Be sure to do a software update to get the new security update on your OS X.2 or X.3 system. My question is: Why did the update come out on the 21st and it’s dated the 24th? Strange…

    UPDATE: It looks like it might not fix everything…

    More info…

    Written By: Gary on May 22, 2004 No Comment

    Twenty years ago (maybe even fifteen) this would have been heaven. Imagine… Seven MB of removable storage…

    I remember somewhere around that time some had hook a ten MB drive up to an Atari computer (via the joystick ports), I’m sure that was a $2,000.00 box at the time. We’ve come a long way since then. I’ve ten times that on my keychain and it’s a heck of a lot faster and smaller!

    Written By: Gary on May 22, 2004 No Comment

    So I’ve totally redone this site in PHP. You shouldn’t get any .HTML files any more, if it does it should automatically redirect you. But if you do notice (even if it redirects you) any internal links that have .HTML in them (or you get the big if you can see this then… message, please leave me a message (e-mail or in the comments). I’m really afraid of links back to specific entries not working (with from other sites or from Yahoo!/Google). Thank you!

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    Written By: Gary on May 21, 2004 No Comment
    Appetizer
    What time do you usually wake up each day? If you could choose your wake-up time, when would it be?
    6:45 ish. I’m more of a night person so 10 am would work well for me.
    Soup
    When was the last time you bought groceries? What store did you go to? Name 3 things you purchased.
    Last Monday. Farmer Jack. Eggs, OJ and Cantelope; pretty much things I buy every visit (bacon too!).
    Salad
    How many books have you read so far this year? Which was your favorite and why?
    Books! Probably a couple dozen. My favorite was Hybrids, the third part of a trilogy by Robert Sawyer (kind of a canadian Michael Criton). It was a great series and they went in a different direction than I thought they were going (which was good, since I didn’t like my guess).
    Main Course
    What is something you consider to be very elegant? In particular, what about that item/place/person conjures up the feeling of elegance?
    Delicate, perfect, breakable, unique, crisp…
    Dessert
    Who taught you how to drive?
    I took driver’s ed somewhere, but I pretty much had the idea down by then from watchign and motorcycles and such.

    From the new meme Friday Feast.

    Written By: Gary on May 21, 2004 No Comment
    1] You’re making a CD mix titled, “The Soundtrack of My Life.” Which songs would you include, and why?
    Specific songs? I don’t know all of the titles but I know I’d start with one or two from each of the following. Tori Amos (something from the early years), Indigo Girls (early), Sarah Mclachlan (two or three from Sufacing?), Carly Simon (the cover she did of the theme from Casablanca), Jewel (the first two albums), Alanis (the one of the City of Angels soundtrack), Big Bird doing the ABC song. I might look up specifics later, but it’s been a long week…
    2] What is your favorite song right now?
    Probably one of the new Liz Phair songs, she’s been getting a lot of play by me lately. Maybe “My Favorite Underwear” that one always makes me smile.
    3] You’re feeling down, sad, lonely, frustrated, angry … which song[s] do you play to help yourself feel better?
    Usually some older stuff. Either an 80’s retro mix (the more dance type stuff, but always including Tainted Love) or a GoGo’s deluxe mix (GoGo’s, Jane Weidlan, Belinda, The Graces all shuffled up).
    4] Do you watch the TV show “American Idol”? Why/why not? Who do you think will win the competition?
    Not at all. It just doesn’t pose any interest to me.
    5] Do most of your friends generally share your taste in music?
    A lot of my female college friends like the earthier stuff, the guy friends liked the retro 80’s stuff. Current friends all like a little bit of one part and someone likes part of another.

    I keep thinking am I picking songs from various eras to be the sound track or do I actually want to words to convey my life? I’m sure I’m over thinking this… But I’ve got a little bit of both…

    From the new Friday Forum

    Written By: Gary on May 21, 2004 No Comment
    1. What kind of computer do you have? Describe it for me! (Like how big is your hard drive, how much memory you have…)
    My main G4 PowerBook is work’s actually, but it’s be come my main one everywhere. The 12 inch screen makes it so portable! One GHz, 60GB, 768MB RAM, CD/DVD-R/W, 802.11G. It’s nice. It’ll plug into my cell phone for Internet access too! The desktop is pretty much the same thing without the wireless and a few extra external drives with a 1.3GHz G4 upgrade card. Remember that 1.3 GHz on a G4 is faster then a P4 (probably more like 2.0 (or 2.5?). And I have an XP machine mostly so I can synchronize my Palm OS phone and go to web sites that people weren’t capable of making OS X compatible…
    2. How long have you had your computer? Do you plan on getting a new one soon?
    The laptop is new, so no. The desktop recently got that upgrade card so I’ll wait a while for that. The XP machine is fast enough to sync my palm so no. I’d like something faster to control the music for my stereo…
    3. How many computers do you have in your home? Are they networked/firewalled?
    Hmm… I’ve got another old one running Linux (just for fun) and another old one controlling the music on my stereo. Firewalled? Heck yeah, I’ve got two hardware firewalls. They’re cheap enough these days! Battery backups (on everything) and an alarm system to go with the rest of it.

    From Weekend Wonderings

    Written By: Gary on May 20, 2004 No Comment
    When you first met your most current main squeeze (husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, significant other, sex partner, WHATEVER!)
    Hmm… I don’t remember, I just know I was crabby at the time (and I was aware of it). I do remember noticing she was single (and that I was crabby) and she wanted a favor (extra work for me). Later on she told me that afterward she asked a friend “who’s the ass”. And she still went out with me later. (What was she thinking…?)
    Written By: Gary on May 20, 2004 No Comment
    Onesome- Beginnings: Are there any television shows out there that you’ve watched regularly from the very beginning?
    Joan of Arcadia, Smallville, Sports Night, Friends, Alias, Strange Luck, Roswell, VR5 and probably a few other sci-fi shows that didn’t last wlong.
    Twosome- Middles: What about shows that you came into in the middle of the season but immediately grabbed your attention and turned you into a die-hard fan?
    Actualy Friends was a middle of the season and but I was hooked. Mad About You hooked me for a while. I’m sure there is more
    Threesome- And Ends: Recently, a number of big name shows have ended, Friends, Fraiser, The Drew Carey Show, and the cult hit, Angel. Did you watch any of the big finales? Have you ever been really sad to see a show go?
    I was sad to see Sports Night and Roswell go. Every thing else was kinda short, this year I’ve lost a few: The Handler, Wonderfalls, I’m with Her, Century City and I’m sure there are a few more but I’d have to check my TiVo.

    From The Thursday Threesome

    Written By: Gary on May 19, 2004 One Comment
    What’s On your ‘I always put this off’ list Right Now?
    Lately it’s rebates, I’m really behind… Usually I’m pretty good (since it’s like free money), but the last few times.. Oh! And my taxes too!

    From What’s on right now…

    Written By: Gary on May 18, 2004 No Comment
    1. Cell phones: “Annoying” or “convenient”:
    Convienent and cost effective and great tool. Annoying when in the hands of an evil phoner (those who ignore their kids and talk, drive erratically, keep their ringer set at 11, talk loud anywhere, etc.)
    2. Last two people that called you:
    Hmm… Mark and Kelly?
    3. Last two people you called:
    Mark and Kelly!
    4. Caller ID: “Wonderful” or “too much information”:
    TMI. I have it, but it’s free with my phone service, I rarely pay it attention. The best time to use it is when I’m running late. If it’s who I’m meeting, I grab it, otherwise I’m gone.
    5. Call Waiting: “I hate missing a call” or “Stop interrupting me”:
    It’s EVIL! There is no real reason to have it. It probably costs half the price of a second line. If it’s important and can’t wait the operator can break in on the call (they might not be able to on a cell phone).

    From Tuesday Twosome.

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    Written By: Gary on May 17, 2004 No Comment

    Go listen to a great interview with Ben and Mena from Six Apart (Movable Type). ben and mena trottThey have an interview with Doug Kayeat at IT Conversations. It’s very enlightening since it took place before last Thursday. Anyone who thinks they backpedaled after their announcement would be wrong (maybe a tiny bit right, but not much), they pretty much say it all here (a week or two before). Listen to the recording (it’s 39 minutes) you need to hear it, not read it. They say how they (the company) are changing, what people aren’t going to like and what the changes are and all sorts of interesting things. I think I like them even more now…

    IT Conversations is a great web site. Lots of interesting interviews and conversations.

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    Written By: Gary on May 17, 2004 No Comment
    1. Have you made lasting friendships via your blog that grew into a ‘real life’ friendship?
    No, but I’m feeling like I’m getting to know some of the other people better. Which is kinda silly, I know details, but I don’t really know them. I hope someone organizes a Michigan Blogger Happy Hour (Detroit) or something to meet some of these people.
    2. How many of your offline conversations with friends, family, co-workers contain the words, “I blogged about that the other day….”?
    Generally never. I don’t usually mention it unless someone asks. I talk about the web and bloggers but I don’t generally mention it’s me. Anyone who finds it (or whatever) is fine, but I don’t advertise… Not sure exactly why. Probably ’cause I don’t think they’ll “get it” and by the time they ask they’ll understand better?
    3. Regarding blog templates – have you made any cool updates to your digs?
    Just yesterday. I did a lunar theme and it should change automatically as the moon phase does.
    4. Have any blogs given you inspiration this week – – good, bad or ugly?
    All the complaining about Movable Type just made me think about UseNet/NetNews and the whining that always went on there. Asking a few questions, reading all the information really would have gone a long way. It was more a dis-inspiration. All the blogging about the torturing and beheding has pretty much had some bad karma too. I’ve actually had a good week reading, it’s just been tainted by some of the stuff. Actually Katie has been pretty geeked about her new apartment which has been a nice read and has put a smile on since she’s SO happy about it…

    From RE: Blogs

    Written By: Gary on May 16, 2004 One Comment

    Dawn’s site, breakdAwn, has only been up for ten or so days now and she’s already changed the layout three or four times. That’s not to say she hasn’t been writing, just that’s she’s gotten into this. Now who else can I recommend this to..?

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    Written By: Gary on May 16, 2004 No Comment

    It’s a little later since my earlier MT posts (one and two) and people have calmed down a bit about MovableType’s new pricing structure. Which for individual personal use really isn’t that different than the previous versions. I like that some of the big names in MT blogging feel the same way as I do/did. (Of course I didn’t list the few big names that disagreed with me.)

  • BradChoate
  • Kotte
  • Jay Allen

    Here’s the problem. It might be enough of a fiasco to have really hurt the company. If for no other reason that bloggers heard about all the alternatives; some of the less expensive (free) alternatives. I’ve been a little blinded from the beginning in loving MT so much I wasn’t exploring all the alternatives but I’m happy with it, so why switch?


    Related sidebar: Every year they release a new model of my car, new features, better gas mileage and they all have that new car smell; but I’m still driving my 2000. Actually I bought my car because I didn’t like a “feature” of the new model so I ran around trying to find a 2.661 version (I mean 2000) model of the same car…

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    Written By: Gary on May 16, 2004 No Comment

    moonSo I’ve gone grey. I mean my blog has gone grey. I’ve gone with some dark colors. The moon in the background (it’s almost not there today) is from the US Naval Observatory and should change as the phases change. We’ll see how well that actually works in the next week or so. Here is some more information on moon phases.

    At the same time I cleaned this template up a little. Comments/templates should look better and the site should be a little more consistent. I thought I had done some of that already but maybe I overwrote it… Please let me know if you have any viewing problems (especially if the greys are too close together to read). It looks like there is still an issue with the search results page, it’s readable, just not 100% consistent.

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    Written By: Gary on May 16, 2004 2 Comments

    whynopictureonnetI think the page speaks for itself – http://www.smlinks.com/sotw/why/. This link appears to have been password protected (June 2004). I don’t have a password nor do I know how to get one. I have no control over these pictures…
    http://web.archive.org/web/20040522100943/http://www.smlinks.com/sotw/why/

    It was this kid’s image photoshopped into a few dozen different images (and it include the original) like the sample I just attached, Nemo and more. Here’s a sample I managed to find on-line. If anyone knows where this might be archived, I’ll change the link…

    Written By: Gary on May 15, 2004 No Comment

    These questions are from Laura at the saturday-8.

    1. today i am going to see the movie “troy,” as it stars my favourite actor of all time, the british sex god sean bean (says laura). are you planning on seeing it? why or why not?
    Not really. It looks really long. I’d like to see the Trojan Horse scene though (duh!).
    2. the other day i purchased gas for $2.07 per gallon. i about threw up. what is the current gas price in your area? (please specify grade)
    I put in 87 octane. It’s just gone over the $2.00 mark, which just kills me. I’m thinking I was seeing $2.03 and $2.07, this was the Deaborn (Detroit, MI) area.
    3. sean bean is my lust, and the german actor thomas kretschmann comes in at a close second. who are your first and second actor/actress “loves”?
    Liv Tyler: ever since Stealing Beauty and Mary Louise Parker: ever since Fried Green Tomatoes. I’ll add Julia Stiles (but I don’t know what I first saw her in) to that list too, since #5 just made me think of her too…
    4. i am going to canada via syracuse, ny in july, and had to purchase my tickets WAAAAAAY early because we’re afraid the ticket prices will go up dramatically due to the rising oil prices. are you travelling this summer on a vacation?
    I keep thinking I need to make some plans. Chicago? Toranto? London?
    5. is there any movie this summer that you’re looking to see this summer, or any books you want to read that are going to be printed & released this summer? tell us about them…
    I’m looking forward to Spiderman 2, which is funny since I wasn’t looking that forward to the first and it wasn’t that incredible. I’ve been liking Will Smith’s movies so maybe I, Robot will be good. I just saw a preview for The Borne Identity sequel (Borne Supremacy?) looks fun too.
    6. what is your favourite vacation destination, and why?
    Costa Rica! It’s warm, relaxed and it’s got two oceans! It’s really enjoyable, the not knowing Spanish is a little troublesome sometimes but dealable. The people are friendly and it’s warm.
    7. have you heard about netflix.com? if so, have you joined/are you planning to join, and why/why not?
    I’ve tried it a few times before. It’s excellent if you watch a lot of movies, I should give it a try again, it’s been a while. I liked it better when it was just individual rentals. (For those who don’t know what it is: $20 a month gets you three DVD rentals as soon as you return one, they send out the next on your list. Postage is included).
    8. are you a good flier? i have problems on takeoff, but landing and flying are no problem.
    Flying is generally no problem (a little air sick, but rarely). It’s dealing with the airports and security that makes me crazy, showing up two hours early for a ninety minute flight is counter-productive. I love the train, just show up a few minutes before, no parking problems, lots of room, very relaxinf.
    Written By: Gary on May 15, 2004 No Comment

    This is an easy meme. Take this list of the top 100 movies from the IMDB and bold the movies you have seen. (I’m not sure where this is originally from). This IMDB list is from May 2004. My “have seen” list is as follows…


    1. Godfather, The (1972)
    2. Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
    3. Godfather: Part II, The (1974)
    4. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)
    5. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)
    6. Schindler’s List (1993)
    7. Shichinin no samurai (1954) Sever Samurai
    8. Casablanca (1942)
    9. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)

    10. Star Wars (1977)
    11. Citizen Kane (1941)
    12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
    13. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    14. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    15. Rear Window (1954)
    16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    17. Pulp Fiction (1994)

    18. Usual Suspects, The (1995)
    19. Memento (2000)
    20. North by Northwest (1959)
    21. 12 Angry Men (1957)

    22. Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966) The Godd, the Bad and the Ugly
    23. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    24. Psycho (1960)
    25. Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Le (2001) Amélie
    26. Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)
    27. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
    28. Goodfellas (1990)
    29. American Beauty (1999)

    30. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    31. Vertigo (1958)
    32. Matrix, The (1999)
    33. Cidade de Deus (2002) City of God
    34. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    35. C’era una volta il West (1968) Once Upon a Tim ein the Wesy
    36. Apocalypse Now (1979)
    37. Pianist, The (2002)
    38. Third Man, The (1949)
    39. Paths of Glory (1957)
    40. Taxi Driver (1976)
    41. Fight Club (1999)
    42. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) Spirted Away
    43. Some Like It Hot (1959)
    44. Double Indemnity (1944)
    45. Boot, Das (1981)

    46. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    47. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
    48. Chinatown (1974)
    49. L.A. Confidential (1997)
    50. Maltese Falcon, The (1941)

    51. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
    52. All About Eve (1950)
    53. M (1931)
    54. Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)
    55. Se7en (1995)
    56. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    57. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

    58. Rashômon (1950)
    59. Raging Bull (1980)
    60. Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
    61. Alien (1979)

    62. American History X (1998)
    63. Sting, The (1973)
    64. Léon (1994)

    65. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    66. Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)
    67. Vita è bella, La (1997) Life is Beautiful
    68. Touch of Evil (1958)
    69. Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
    70. Finding Nemo (2003)
    71. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    72. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    73. Great Escape, The (1963)

    74. Modern Times (1936)
    75. Clockwork Orange, A (1971)
    76. Amadeus (1984)
    77. On the Waterfront (1954)
    78. Ran (1985)
    79. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    80. Annie Hall (1977)
    81. Wo hu cang long (2000) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    82. Jaws (1975)
    83. Apartment, The (1960)
    84. Braveheart (1995)
    85. High Noon (1952)
    86. Aliens (1986)
    87. Fargo (1996)
    88. Strangers on a Train (1951)
    89. Shining, The (1980)

    90. Metropolis (1927)
    91. Blade Runner (1982)
    92. Sixth Sense, The (1999)

    93. City Lights (1931)
    94. Donnie Darko (2001)
    95. Duck Soup (1933)
    96. Great Dictator, The (1940)
    97. General, The (1927)
    98. Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957) The Seventh Seal
    99. Princess Bride, The (1987)
    100. Dogville (2003)

    Written By: Gary on May 15, 2004 2 Comments

    This is a bit of a followup to my earlier entry on the new pricing scheme at MT (which could have be subtitled “whiners begone”). Read Melissa’s post, she made it pretty understandable when she summarized up Mena’s followup post (which clarified a few things and even retroactively removed a thing or two from the EULA). I’m sure they lost some business, there were too many upset people yesterday.

      Highlights of the update

    • Some of their choices were made due to results of a survey (which I failed to answer). If you combine two or three blogs into one (and they aren’t used sepratly) it only counts as one.
    • The dual processor rule should not have been in the EULA.
    • You are not required to upgrade to 3.0 and you only have to obey the liscence as to when you agreed to it.
    • You can add individual author/logs to the personal license for $10.
    • Old archived blogs don’t count.

    Mena says: “Furthermore, it is not our intention to stiffle the creativity of our users. So, if you have a great weblog that uses 11 weblogs seamlessly to appear as one site or weblog, you should not be penalized.”

    I feel bad, I bet Mena and Company lost some sleep yesterday (or maybe they keep a bar at the office).

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    Written By: Gary on May 14, 2004 No Comment
    1. What do you think legal drinking age should be? Why?
    Twenty-one is okay, I’d be fine with it lower if we could know that they wouldn’t drive. We just need to enforce it better and enforce over-drinking better. Maybe it they should have a drinking permit and it’s very easily revokable.
    2. What do you think the minumum age for voting should be? Why?
    Since they don’t vote, I’m not sure what it matters. If the schools taught government better it could be lowered to sixteen.
    3. What minumum age do you think someome should be before they’re drafted to war? Why?
    Somewhere in the eighteen to twenty-one range. Younger is nicer since they don’t have a family (i.e. kids or spouse). But I’m a bit older than that and I still don’t have one…
    & an extra…
    4. Do you think the draft should be implemented now for Iraq? Why?
    No. But I’m not aware we need more people. Besides, we’d have to train them and I hope we’re out of there by then.

    From Weekend Wonderings.

    Written By: Gary on May 14, 2004 No Comment

    In case you weren’t sure, this story is a typical situation with me. You notice how she thought she was in an argument about something important…

    Written By: Gary on May 13, 2004 4 Comments

    MovableType released their new version of blogging software and just about everyone has gone through the roof. They’ve got a new pricing scheme and guess what? It’s not free any more. And everyone is whining. The software has only been out for a few hours, it’s not like everyone is desperate for an upgrade. Many folks seem like they are going to jump ship immediately?!? The biggest feature seems to be the registration for comments which not many people seem interested in.

    My favorite whine is: “it doesn’t have that many more features and it costs too much”, well, keep using the version you’ve got then.

    I probably won’t upgrade unless it’s got some great feature in it. But I don’t rush out and buy the latest version of anything the day it comes out either… I might switch over to a different product and I might rave about it when I do, but I don’t think I’ll whine about MovableType when I do (especially if the only thing they screw up about it is the price/marketing).

    I love MovableType, it’s the only blogging software I’ve tried but it seems that’s what all the cool kids (i.e. smart) are using. I mean I really like it, it’s great. I have see a few other things but they seemed a little more complicated but I may peek into it some more. It’s fun from a programming standpoint, it’s flexible and I really have been having a lot fun with it.

    I gotta ask again. “What’s wrong with your current 2.661 version of Movable Type that would make you migrate to another piece of software?” I haven’t noticed anyone complaining that 3.0 has (crucial) features they want and can’t afford.

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    Written By: Gary on May 13, 2004 No Comment
  • Onesome: Fax— Do you have access to or use a fax machine at home? Just curious… Yes. It’s the best $40 I’ve spent. And it makes copies too, much better than running up to Kinko’s.
  • Twosome: Cover— Hey, summer’s coming! What type of cover up do you use when you’re out in the sun? SPF4000? Sun clothes? A hat? “What sun; I live in a cave?” I usually don’t cover up enough. But when I do, I use whatever’s around.
  • Threesome: Sheets— 120 count or 180? (guys are exempt, but you could ask someone who knows!) 40 or 50, they’re pretty old… Actually I think they’re 180, but I’d have to go count to be sure!

    From the Thursday Threesome

  • Written By: Gary on May 10, 2004 No Comment

    This guy put together a pretty fun animation (in Flash?). http://zongrila.net/swirl.htm

    Written By: Gary on May 9, 2004 No Comment

    The Friday Five has been retired. It was one of the first questionnaire memes that I ever did. I’m sad that it is gone…

    To find more memes and such check out The Daily Meme with memes and quizzes listed every day.

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    Written By: Gary on May 9, 2004 No Comment

    nailgun-tm“A construction worker had six nails driven into his head in an accident with a high-powered nail gun, but doctors said Wednesday they expect him to make a full recovery.” And by the way the “Authorities cleared the co-worker of any wrongdoing.”

    Original Yahoo! story.

    Minor Update: I found someone with a better photo (x-ray) of this guy.

    Funny Update: Here’s contextual text oops related to the same article

    Written By: Gary on May 9, 2004 No Comment

    There is a new web site to find your daily (and non-daily) meme-like questions and it’s called The Daily _Meme. It’s set up sorta like a newspaper and automatically lists the meme/quizes for that day. You can get different “editions” and find other types of questions that are for other days or questions that aren’t based on a specific day.

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    Written By: Gary on May 9, 2004 No Comment
    1. Vagina:: Woman
    2. Racism:: Rude
    3. Mother’s Day:: Fun!
    4. Fire alarm:: Fire Engine
    5. Elvis:: King
    6. Pregnant:: Baby
    7. Vacation:: Sun
    8. Waffles:: Yum
    9. Perpendicular:: 90 degrees
    10. Hospital:: White

    From Unconscious Mutterings

    Written By: Gary on May 8, 2004 One Comment

    Anyone who has a category titled “opposite sex syndrome” is alright with me! I’d have to say the one I agree with the most is number 1.

    (The original link seems to have died, so now I’m linking to the internet archive).

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    Written By: Gary on May 6, 2004 One Comment

    So I mentioned to Dawn the other day that I really thought blogging is something that she’d like to do. That was less than 24 hours ago and she’s up and running! So far four entries and she’s been already changing the layout!

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    Written By: Gary on May 5, 2004 No Comment

    What is the biggest problem in today’s society? 1) People need to Smile more! 2) I’m going to give a semi-political answer to this (and yet avoid the war). The government confusing governing with personal matters/morals. They also need to give more money to education! The reason they don’t is tied a little into the first statement. The government doesn’t get money doesn’t from corporations, the government gets taxes; politicians get money from corporations.
    How does algebra relate to daily life? How doesn’t it? How do I know if it’s a better deal to get a six-pack of 20 oz. Coke or a dozen cans for the same price? How can I figure out how long it’s going to take to pay off that car? Or if I have enough to get 5 candy bars or 6? Algebra is daily life!
    What do you use the computer for most? Lately reading and writing blogs. Other wise looking up movies, sales, a little e-mail, digital photos and such, listening to music and more. I use it at work all the time for research, providing information to others, e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, powerpoint, training, scanning, etc.

    From Wednesday Whatevers

    Written By: Gary on May 5, 2004 No Comment

    I think that is a record for me for the amount of continuous sleep. Usually when I sleep for an extended amount I wake up for a few hours in the middle of the night. The most I managed here was to get a glass of water and the five minutes I needed to call into work, fortunately I knew I wasn’t feeling good last night so I had everything set up for today (just in case). Now I just need to figure out if I need to go to the doctor or not. I’ve been sleeping pretty good lately, including a 14 hour night this weekend. I’ve still got that heavy fuzzy feeling in my brain so I can’t tell if it’s leftover sleep, allergies or something else…

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    Written By: Gary on May 4, 2004 No Comment

    If you could be invisible for a day what would you do and why? Hmm… This would have been been a lot more interesting when I was an adolescent. It offers some interesting voyeuristic opportunities but not much that you couldn’t do with some inexpensive technology these days. Wandering around backstage before a concert could be interesting. Having someone think their house was haunted might be a little fun. Maybe use it a way to figure how to get ahead at the casino? If it was only for a day I don’t think they’re be time to figure out how to turn it into a way to be a superhero, although it’s night like you’d need a costume or anything.

    From The Tuesday Iffers

    Written By: Gary on May 4, 2004 No Comment
  • Do you prefer: Fiction or non-fiction? Fiction, unless it’s reference. If I’m building something or programming, fiction doesn’t help too much!
  • Do you prefer: Magazines or books? Books!
  • Do you prefer: Biography or autobiography? Autobiography, they generally add a bit of insulting tidbits that someone else (nice) might not add.
  • Name your two favorite books: “So You Want To Be A Wizard?” by DIane Duane, she just came out with book sever (or six?) been doing the kids as wizards way before Harry Potter; the difference is there a rules and prices to pay for large amounts of wizardry. “Lightning” by Dean Koontz, I can’t believe this hasn’t been made into a movie.
  • Name two books you haven’t read, but plan to: The new Jonathan Kellerman book called “Therapy”, it’s waiting at the reserve desk at the library. The new Wizardry book (“A Wizard on Holiday”?) by Diane Duane.

    From Tuesday Twosome

  • Written By: Gary on May 2, 2004 No Comment

    I say … and you think … ?

    1. Sexy:: Hot
    2. Clique:: Snotty
    3. Pledge:: Clean
    4. Carbs:: Atkins
    5. Dream Job:: At Home
    6. Sweeps:: Week
    7. Soundtrack:: Boys on the Side
    8. Hero:: Superman
    9. Shave:: Shower
    10. Christina:: Lame

    From Unconscious Mutterings

    Written By: Gary on May 1, 2004 One Comment

    You’ve been offered a full college/university grant, all expenses paid, for the school and study program of your choice. You can go to any school, anywhere, and study anything you want, without a single cent out of pocket for education, materials, or cost of living. Get your pencils and notebooks, let’s go back to school.

  • Would you take the offer? In a heartbeat.
  • Where would you go? I’d like to go somewhere different but I only speak english so my choices would be limited, probably England or Australia, downtown London possibly.
  • What would you learn? Would you pursue a course of study related to your current occupation, or would you explore something all together new? I’d probably pursue something semi-related to my current occupation (technology director for a school district). My first choice would be to get my teaching certificate but an out of the country certification probably wouldn’t do me any unless I stayed there (which wouldn’t be out of the question). My other choice would be to get back into computer programming, which is where I started and I miss that sometimes. If I had to pick something completly new I’d lean towards a science like astronomy.

    From Saturday Slant.

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