Sep 30, 2005
Sep 27, 2005
HULK SMASH! HULK BASH!!! Hey, I would play this one. I have a stressful life ....
I'm headed out for the trip of a lifetime come this Thursday: a two week vacation in Australia. Down Under. Oz. The land of koalas and kangaroos. Always wanted to go, never been. Since I have a penchant for taking a huge number of photos, I'd thought I'd try a new experiment and share them with everyone while I'm on vacation, instead of hastily posting them in a random dropbox somewhere. I've set up a blog and a picture gallery for everyone to view:
The trick will be the regular updating of the site. I'm not going to be sitting around the pubs of Sydney or Brisbane, soaking up the Aussie hospitality. Instead, I'm taking a walkabout tour in northeastern Queensland, far from civilization and very close to the most dangerous animals on the planet. (Yes, I know. Very stupid.) I fear that being that far out, I may not have access to my precious web of information. But chances are, I'll find a Starbucks... and where there's a Starbucks, there's probably a wireless uplink. So I should be good to go, updating my web site on a regular basis for your viewing and reading pleasures. Unless there are no Starbucks in Australia, which would just be wrong.
A side note: Apparently the largest land carnivore in Australia is the dingo, a type of primitive canine. Australia doesn't have the likes of wolves, lions, tigers and bears. Instead, they make up for it by having the most poisonous animals on the planet: Taipan (snake), Funnel web (spider) and Platypus (just plain weird). And that's just a small sampling of beasties who bite.
So, wish me well, and pray I don't get bit! :)
Sep 24, 2005
Schedules and events for your Microsoft Outlook® calendar
The tables available though the links below give the date and time (Universal Time) of all phases of the Moon for the six thousand year period -1999 to 3000 (2000 BCE to 4000 CE). This data is provided primarily to assist in historical research projects. For the year 2000, the length of the mean synodic month (New Moon to New Moon) is 29.530588 days (=29d12h44m03s). However, the length of any one synodic month can vary from 29.26 to 29.80 days due to the perturbing effects of the Sun's gravity on the Moon's eccentric orbit.
Each one hundred-year phase table also indicates when an eclipse of the Sun or Moon takes place. An eclipse of the Sun can occur only at New Moon, while an eclipse of the Moon can occur only at Full Moon.
Historians should note that the astronomical dating system used in these tables includes the year "0" while the traditional BCE - CE dating convention does not. Thus, the year "0" here corresponds to "1 BCE", the year "-100" is "101 BCE", and so on. The old style Julian calendar is used for dates prior to 1582, while the modern Gregorian calendar is used after that date. For more information, see calendar dates
Sep 21, 2005
This sounds sooooo cool
"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and
get used to the idea." -Robert A. Heinlein
Bob Russel, Western Region World Jamboree Chair, visited the council office
today and relayed excitement about the upcoming World Jamboree in England.
Mr. Russell indicated that the Western Region will form about 20 troops
(some 700 Scouts) for the World Jamboree in summer 2007, and that Cascade
Pacific Council may be able to send as many as
World Jamboree will be a gathering of Scouts and Scouters from every corner
of the world. They will converge on Hylands Park, England, July 27 through
August 8, 2007, to share adventure, international friendship, personal
growth, and development. Each contingent will spend two days touring points
of interest around England. The Boy Scouts of America has reserved a fleet
of 80 modern tour buses for transportation to and from London airports to
the jamboree site and
touring. All buses will have a tour guide assigned to each troop or crew.
This will be the experience of a lifetime for any Scout! More information
and applications are available at
The council has processed 13 Scout applications to date, about 1/3 of those
that will be able to attend. These were all submitted in the past two
months. Needless to say, Scouts that want to travel abroad to the biggest,
most memorable Scouting event ever, will need to get applications is as
quickly as possible, as spaces will likely fill up by the holiday season!
Each troop will be led by four adults. Adults may also serve in other areas
of responsibility at the Jamboree. Every adult who has interest in serving
is urged to apply soon, as the selection process is expected to begin by the
end of the year.
Mad Anne Rackham
Every pirate is a little bit crazy. You, though, are more than just a little bit. You have the good fortune of having a good name, since Rackham (pronounced RACKem, not rack-ham) is one of the coolest sounding surnames for a pirate. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from fidius.org.
Sep 19, 2005
"Worthington Industries Inc. _ one of the rare businesses that has been paying the full cost of employee health insurance _ put limits on its generous policy last year. The company said its workers had to take responsibility for their health if they wanted to continue getting free health insurance.[snip] click on the title link for the whole article.
'I had a choice to be lazy or lean,' said Brown, 44, an information technology employee who lost 90 pounds and has reached his goal of 210 pounds. Despite being overweight, Brown didn't have any health problems, but he noted: 'If I hadn't changed, things probably would catch up with me.'
Worthington, a steel processing company that employs 8,000, is among a growing number of businesses turning to worker incentives, both big and small, to help slow health insurance costs.
In Minneapolis, Fairview Health Services gives gift certificates of up to $100 at the company store for workers who take part in health programs. UnitedHealthcare, headquartered in the Minneapolis area, will knock about $100 a year off health insurance premiums for filling out a 10-minute assessment that asks employees about their diet and blood pressure and then suggests ways they can improve their health."
Sep 18, 2005
Sep 17, 2005
A woman was renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk's office and was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation. She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.
What I mean is, explained the recorder, do you have a job, or are you just a....?
Of course I have a job, snapped the woman. "I'm a mom."
We don't list Mom as an occupation...Housewife covers it, said the recorder
I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall. The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like, Official Interrogator or Town Registrar.
What is your occupation? she probed.
What made me say it, I do not know. The words simply popped out.....
I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations.
The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair, and looked up as though
she had not heard right. I repeated the title slowly, emphasizing the most
significant words. Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.
Might I ask, said the clerk with new interest, just what you do in your field?
Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, I have a continuing program of research, (what mother doesn't), in the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out). I am working for my Masters,(the whole darned family), and already have four credits,(all daughters). Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities,(any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it). But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money.
There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.
As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3. Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model, (a 6 month old baby), in the child-development program, testing out a new vocal pattern.
I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy! And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than just another Mom.
Motherhood.....What a glorious career! Especially when there is a title on the door.
Does this make grandmothers Senior Research Associates in the field of Child Development and Human Relations? and great-grandmothers Executive Senior Research Associates?? I think so!!! I also think it makes Aunts Associate Research Assistants.
Please send this to another Mom, Grandmother, Aunt, and other friends you know.
Sep 16, 2005
Sep 15, 2005
I love this place.
In 1917, local author Dabney Otis Collins wrote: 'When I walk down a Denver street, I always feel as if I were listening to a brass band.'
The city has that same feeling today. Whether you are catching a glimpse of a snow capped peak at the end of 17th Street, watching a horse drawn carriage clatter down Larimer Square, or admiring the reflection of an elegant Victorian building in the mirrored glass of a skyscraper, there is a sense of excitement and energy to downtown Denver.
The clean streets, the open plazas with views of the architecture and the hundreds of flower planters, fountains and statues that decorate the area all combine so that even a short stroll is fun and filled with many memorable images.
A natural starting point for a walking tour is the 15th step on the west side of the State Capitol Building. Standing here, you are exactly 5,280 feet above sea level one mile high.
The Capitol, modeled after the United States Capitol in Washington D.C., is best known for its brilliant dome, which is covered with 200 ounces of 24K gold. However, the really priceless material is the Colorado onyx that was used inside as wainscoting. The entire world's supply of this unusual rose colored stone was used in the building and no more of it has ever been found.
Sep 13, 2005
Check out the photos of the Hillsboro Airshow. Some of them came out pretty good :)
I ended up going as a volunteer for my son's school. I was on my feet for 8 hours, but they had us in the reserved seating area, so I had a pretty good view of everything. By the end of the show I was ready to enlist in the reserves.
Sep 9, 2005
September 9, 2005 | Pages 4 and 5
LARRY BRADSHAW and LORRIE BETH SLONSKY are emergency medical services (EMS) workers from San Francisco and contributors to Socialist Worker. They were attending an EMS conference in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck. They spent most of the next week trapped by the flooding--and the martial law cordon around the city. Here, they tell their story. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The owners and managers had locked up the food, water, pampers and prescriptions, and fled the city. Outside Walgreens’ windows, residents and tourists grew increasingly thirsty and hungry. The much-promised federal, state and local aid never materialized, and the windows at Walgreens gave way to the looters. There was an alternative. The cops could have broken one small window and distributed the nuts, fruit juices and bottled water in an organized and systematic manner. But they did not. Instead, they spent hours playing cat and mouse, temporarily chasing away the looters. We were finally airlifted out of New Orleans two days ago and arrived home on Saturday. We have yet to see any of the TV coverage or look at a newspaper. We are willing to guess that there were no video images or front-page pictures of European or affluent white tourists looting the Walgreens in the French Quarter. We also suspect the media will have been inundated with “hero” images of the National Guard, the troops and police struggling to help the “victims” of the hurricane. What you will not see, but what we witnessed, were the real heroes and sheroes of the hurricane relief effort: the working class of New Orleans. The maintenance workers who used a forklift to carry the sick and disabled. The engineers who rigged, nurtured and kept the generators running. The electricians who improvised thick extension cords stretching over blocks to share the little electricity we had in order to free cars stuck on rooftop parking lots. Nurses who took over for mechanical ventilators and spent many hours on end manually forcing air into the lungs of unconscious patients to keep them alive. Doormen who rescued folks stuck in elevators. Refinery workers who broke into boat yards, “stealing” boats to rescue their neighbors clinging to their roofs in flood waters. Mechanics who helped hotwire any car that could be found to ferry people out of the city. And the food service workers who scoured the commercial kitchens, improvising communal meals for hundreds of those stranded.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -TWO DAYS after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Walgreens store at the corner of Royal and Iberville Streets in the city’s historic French Quarter remained locked. The dairy display case was clearly visible through the widows. It was now 48 hours without electricity, running water, plumbing, and the milk, yogurt, and cheeses were beginning to spoil in the 90-degree heat.
The owners and managers had locked up the food, water, pampers and prescriptions, and fled the city. Outside Walgreens’ windows, residents and tourists grew increasingly thirsty and hungry. The much-promised federal, state and local aid never materialized, and the windows at Walgreens gave way to the looters.
There was an alternative. The cops could have broken one small window and distributed the nuts, fruit juices and bottled water in an organized and systematic manner. But they did not. Instead, they spent hours playing cat and mouse, temporarily chasing away the looters.
We were finally airlifted out of New Orleans two days ago and arrived home on Saturday. We have yet to see any of the TV coverage or look at a newspaper. We are willing to guess that there were no video images or front-page pictures of European or affluent white tourists looting the Walgreens in the French Quarter.
We also suspect the media will have been inundated with “hero” images of the National Guard, the troops and police struggling to help the “victims” of the hurricane. What you will not see, but what we witnessed, were the real heroes and sheroes of the hurricane relief effort: the working class of New Orleans.
The maintenance workers who used a forklift to carry the sick and disabled. The engineers who rigged, nurtured and kept the generators running. The electricians who improvised thick extension cords stretching over blocks to share the little electricity we had in order to free cars stuck on rooftop parking lots. Nurses who took over for mechanical ventilators and spent many hours on end manually forcing air into the lungs of unconscious patients to keep them alive. Doormen who rescued folks stuck in elevators. Refinery workers who broke into boat yards, “stealing” boats to rescue their neighbors clinging to their roofs in flood waters. Mechanics who helped hotwire any car that could be found to ferry people out of the city. And the food service workers who scoured the commercial kitchens, improvising communal meals for hundreds of those stranded.
Sep 8, 2005
Sep 7, 2005
NEW YORK - Break out your iPods: Harry Potter is going digital. J.K. Rowling, once publishing's greatest holdout against the computer age, has made all six Potter novels available for audio downloads.
In a message posted Wednesday on her Web site, Rowling said she was concerned about online piracy, included bootleg editions for which the original text was altered.
'Many Harry Potter fans have been keen for digital access for a while, but the deciding factor for me in authorizing this new version is that it will help combat the growing incidents of piracy in this area,' Rowling wrote.
'There have been a number of incidents where fans have stumbled upon unauthorized files believing them to be genuine and, quite apart from the fact that they are illegal, the Harry Potter content of these can bear very little resemblance to anything I've ever written!'
The digital audiobooks are being released by the Random House Audio Trade Group, her current audio publisher. They can be purchased through Apple's iTunes store, for prices ranging from $32.95 for a single book to $249 for the whole series, which, according to Random House, includes a 'full color digital booklet' and 'previously unreleased readings' by Rowling."
Now, nothing against ipod users, but what about the rest of us? Frankly, I am quite happy with my Creative Zen and the local library, which has copies of all the H.P. books on audio cd. Though I wonder what's faster, ripping or downloading?
Sep 6, 2005
Ah well, and I have kids tomorrow. sigh, I gotta get myself on a schedule!!!!!
After 2.5 days of cleaning the living area is starting to look livable (time to really, honestly, truly get my little black ass in gear with FlyLady), my kitchen is clean, and I am so happy to have a day off!!!!
Now, I am debating if I should also make this Joy's "first day of school". She already knows most of her letters, and informally I am teaching her their sounds. She knows quite a few numbers, and loves reading to her babies. She picked up more form the little bit of preschool that I did last year with the daycare than I thought. She never seemed to focus....
But, she also loves having her own workbook. I gave her one of Josh's old ones and she loves to practice her writing. She's been able to hold a pencil the correct way since 9 months old. I kid you not. She was watching Josh draw one day, picked up the pencil and perfectly mimicked him.
She now LOVES Sesame Street (as well as George Shrinks, and Mister Rogers has an amazingly calming effect on her) .. but I digress. I ordered a free trial of some curriculum called Brighter Vision, it's a workbook curriculum, so we'll try it and see. There's only one craft project, but I also subscribe to Mommy and Me to get new ideas. I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with her and working on her education. We have Muzzy and Sign language to work on to, both things that she is interested in (almost every day she asks me for a new sign). I gotta get a decent schedule down, that's the most important thing.
Ah well, she's eating breakfast and asking for Elmo, so I am going to get myself ready for the day. I can't believe that an hour and half has passed since I got up!!!!
"So I'm asking Congress, please investigate this now. Take whatever idiot they have at the top of whatever agency and give me a better idiot. Give me a caring idiot. Give me a sensitive idiot. Just don't give me the same idiot."
What a quote!!!!!!
Sep 3, 2005
WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died Saturday evening of cancer, ending a remarkable 33-year tenure on the Supreme Court and creating a rare second vacancy on the nation's highest court.
Rehnquist, 80, was surrounded by his three children when he died at his home in suburban Arlington.
'The Chief Justice battled thyroid cancer since being diagnosed last October and continued to perform his duties on the court until a precipitous decline in his health the last couple of days,' said court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg. "
page 2 of this article was more interesting to me. It gave some insight to the man and his motives.
of the South, a 1946 Disney film mixing animation and live action, was based on the 'Uncle Remus' stories of Joel Chandler Harris. "
I must have seen the 81 release, because I remember seeing it as a kid, but barely enough to truly remember it. And I definitely knew the "Zippedee do da" song well before I was 10, the next release year.
"The Big Easy on the Brink
If it doesn't act fast, the city could become the next Atlantis
by ADAM COHEN
If a flood of Biblical proportions were to lay waste to New Orleans, Joe Suhayda has a good idea how it would happen. A Category 5 hurricane would come barreling out of the Gulf of Mexico. It would cause Lake Pontchartrain, north of New Orleans, to overflow, pouring down millions of gallons of water on the city. Then things would really get ugly. Evacuation routes would be blocked. Buildings would collapse. Chemicals and hazardous waste would dissolve, turning the floodwaters into a lethal soup. In the end, what was left of the city might not be worth saving. 'There's concern it would essentially destroy New Orleans,' says Suhayda.
Suhayda, a water-resources expert at Louisiana State University, is the kind of guy who could have given Noah a computer model of all 40 days and 40 nights of rain, including the Ark's soft landing on Mount Ararat. So it is real cause for concern that he has joined the chorus of scientists and environmentalists who are saying that the watery threat to New Orleans is extreme--that in the worst-case scenario, in fact, there might not be a city of New Orleans left standing by the end of the century. "
read the full article. It was published over 5 years ago.
About a dozen people who headed down the street to look for food and water said they were turned back by a soldier who pulled a gun.Nuts Nuts NUTS!!!!! And as a friend pointed out, why can we airlift 150,000 troops anywhere but here?
"We had to get something to eat. What are they doing pulling a gun?" said Richard Johnson, 28.
The soldiers' arrival-in-force came amid angry complaints from local officials that the federal government had bungled the relief effort and let people die in the streets for lack of food, water or medicine as the city was overtaken by looting, rape and arson.
Associated Press reporters Kevin McGill, Allen G. Breed, Brett Martel and Mary Foster contributed to this report.
Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sep 1, 2005
But the ambulance service in charge of taking the sick and injured from the Superdome suspended flights after a shot was reported fired at a military helicopter. Richard Zuschlag, chief of Acadian Ambulance, said it had become too dangerous for his pilots."
Are people NUTS???? I know I don't pay attention to the news all the time, but I am sure that this sort of bad behavior was not the norm last year when all the hurricanes hit Florida. You would think that some cool heads would prevail so that everyone could get to safety and loss of life and property minimized.
They were not able to choose that person, but then the woman made a very touching speech. She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because as a woman she was used to giving up everything for her husband and kids and for men in general without ever getting anything in return.
As soon as she finished her speech, all the men applauded.
(Send this story to an intelligent woman so she has something to smile about today.)
God said, No.
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, No.
His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary
I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No.
Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is learned.
I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, No.
I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.
I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, No.
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.
I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, No.
You must grow on your own!, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, No.
I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.
I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.
God said...Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.
THIS DAY IS YOURS DON'T THROW IT AWAY
May God Bless You,
"May the Lord Bless you and keep you,
May the Lord Make his face shine upon you,
and give you Peace.....Forever"
"Good friends are like stars...You don't always see them,
but you know they are always there.