Texting

December 30, 2006
Tim's been keeping track of who texts more, me or Josh. Below are the results from 12/25/06 to 12/30/06.
Tim Sargent says (8:36 PM):
Your messages - 568 in 30 days.  Josh - 410 in 6 days.  That gives you a 18.93/day average, and Josh a 68.33/day average.
Tymbr says (8:37 PM):
HOLY COW
can I blog that?
Tim Sargent says (8:37 PM):
Sure.
Don't forget to blog the Parent's Curse either - approximately 2:30 PM, December 30, 2006.
Yeah, Josh actually ASKED for the Parent's Curse today. Does that count?
{Annette}
Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds.
- Samuel Butler

Star Wars Exhibit Part I

I'll add captions when I have a little more time, but right now I just wanted to get the photos up.

Today's Family Adventure

The first exhibition of its kind, Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, combines costumes and props from all six Star Wars films with real-world technologies, video interviews with filmmakers, scientists and engineers, and two large Engineering Design Labs, where visitors can build and test speeders and robots. Visitors will explore prototypes, learn about the engineers and designers who are creating new technologies, and discover intriguing similarities between how scientists and filmmakers think.


You can bet I'm taking pictures. And hope we can take a ride in the Millennium Falcon. .. and after adding up the price of admission, we're going to buy an OMSI membership. Which means at least 3 more visits to OMSI in the next year. But they do have OMNIMAX. Tim and I saw one of the Star Wars movies there in their IMAX theater a few years ago.

FW: Don't Come To Church This Sunday

December 29, 2006
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Serious...Stay Home This Sunday

It's not every day that your pastors tell you NOT to come to church. But, on December 31st we want to encourage you to spend the day with your family. Westport Church will NOT be having a gathering!


5 Things To Know:

  • Westport HAS MOVED to our new location
  • Find out what '5' means - January 7th @ 10 am
  • Pastor's Connection Night - January 7th @ 5 pm
  • Portico Begins January 14th
  • Westport does not have a gathering THIS Sunday!




WHERE IS THE NEW LOCATION?
20085 NW Tanasbourne Drive, Hillsboro

WHEN IS THE NEXT GATHERING?
January 7th @ 10 am

Click here for a map to our new location



*If you have a contribution that you need to submit this week, please visit www.WestportContributions.com

PMSing and no time to blog

December 24, 2006
The quality might not be that great, but hey, it's an audioblog, recorded on my new toy.
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December 9, 2006

I'm getting paid to sit around. The systems are down site-wide. The funny thing is I was able to get into everything I

Every Parent's Worst Nightmare

December 6, 2006
Want to see me age 20 years and gain grey hair in a matter of a few heartbeats? Have my son go missing for a few hours.

The Crisis

I get off work at 3:30PM. I got home at 3:40PM. Josh doesn't have his key this week (it got left at a friend's over the weekend) and so I make it home, wait for him, then go get Joy. I waited until 4:15PM. Josh is usually home by 3:45/3:50. 4:15 has been the latest when he takes the bus. I left a way for him to get in the house, went to pick up Joy and kept calling home every few minutes to see if he was there. Panic begins to set in after I get Joy and call Tim to let him know that Josh isn't home and did he happen to mention if he was going somewhere after school? Tim confirms that my firstborn did NOT say anything about going to a friend's, or a
game, nor has he received a call about any afterschool activities.

Josh didn't mention anything to anyone, and it's the middle of the week; so I was starting to really really worried. He ALWAYS calls. So much so that sometimes it's annoying, but after yesterday, I'll take the annoyance over the worry and dread and fear.

I called Tim again. He suggested that I check the HS campus and see if he had stayed after for a game or something. I take the long way from Shute Park Library to Faith's HS campus, looking at every single bus stop on TV Highway to see if he was waiting, or walking or something. The only thing I didn't check was the Hillsboro Transit Center. And I was still calling home every few minutes. So I get to the campus and go in. There's a basketball practice going on and I see a few of Josh's friends who are on the team, but not my boy. I call Tim again and he says he'll be home soon and suggests a few people to call. I negate him on a few people thinking that they live too far away, still under the impression that he would have either taken the bus from school and then the MAX, or else taken the school bus to the HS campus and then the bus and MAX home or gotten a ride. As soon as I got home I called the family that usually brings him home. They hadn't. The mom asked her son and he said he thought he heard something about him going home with another family. I called that family (actually one that Tim had mentioned) and got the answering machine. By the time I finished leaving a message I was in tears. It was about 5:00. I didn't know where Josh was for 1.5 hours. Not long, but a lifetime as I tried not to think about what could have happened to him in that hour and a half.

Next call was to the police. I was starting to really cry by thenand had Tim call. The number is programmed into our phone from when I ran the daycare, no hunting required. He called and started the process for a missing person's report. The police said they would send someone out soon...

Josh walked in the door 15 minutes later to see me sitting on the couch crying. It was 5:15, I was an emotional wreck. First thing out of Josh's mouth was "I'm sorry I didn't call. I remembered as soon as we got in the car to come home." At that moment the mom of the family who had them called to let me know that her DH and kids were on their way to my house and that she thought Josh had called. I let her know that he had just walked in the door. I couldn't stop crying. The dad poked his head in and said it was his fault that he didn't remind Josh and apologized for the worry and Josh was still trying explain the chain of events.

The relief I felt, along with the "Do I ream him up one side and down the other?" feeling conflicted and I just sent him to his room for an indefinite period while I got sorted out. Tim and I talked about really getting him a cell phone so that we could call him when something like this happens. Hasn't been an issue because he ALWAYS calls, if just to check on when I am getting home. He's called late, but never NOT called.


Resolution: A little while later I went upstairs and heard Josh in a nearly tearful voice talking to Tim. Later Tim said he had never seen Josh so contrite or remorseful. He seemed to really understand the worry he had put me through. A little while later Josh came in asking for his punishment. I told him I hadn't decided but a gf who called wanted me to smack him upside his head for forgetting. When I told him this he asked if I would. It would make him feel better he said. So I did. And then sent him on his way.

Josh the jokester
He came in and asked -- all smiles and charm -- "Mom, since I had you worried, can we go to the T-Mobile store after school tomorrow and get a cell phone?" I so wanted to throw something at him!


The thought of something happening to him scared me so much. I kept cool, calm, and collected until that second phone call and not getting any immediate reassurance that he was OK. I NEVER want to go through that again.

How to Make Your Christmas Lights Flash to Music - WikiHow

December 4, 2006
You've probably seen videos of Christmas lights that are synchronized to music. If you want your own lights to blink to the tune of your favorite song, here's how.
1. Decide how big you want it. A channel is a unit of lights that can be controlled individually. For example, a single bush in your yard may be a channel. All the lights in a channel work as a unit (you can't flash an individual light bulb). 32 to 64 channels is a good size to start with.
2. Stock up! The best time to buy lights is the day after Christmas. Many times you will find lights that were normally priced around $2 a strand fall to $0.50. Check out Wal-Mart, Target, Lowes, Home Depot, K-Mart, etc. Don't be afraid to be seen with a shopping cart full of 100 strands of lights!
3. Obtain a control system. You will need hardware that hooks up to your computer. You can buy a system completely built, a kit, or a full do-it-yourself system. More information is available through the External Links below.

* A fully built system will work right out of the box. It will cost you about $20 - $25 per channel. It can be purchased from online vendors. Choose this option if the thought of actually doing any work on electronics (especially soldering) scares you!
* A kit will cost from $15 or so per channel. It's pretty much the same thing as in their fully built product without the enclosure. Because it is very simple to place an electronics board in an enclosure, this may be a great option to save you money. Some vendors sell everything you need to build a control system, including the bare circuit board and the parts. If you are willing to solder a little bit, check this out.
* A do-it-yourself system has a very low cost of $5 per channel on up. The price depends on how much you actually do yourself. A system consists of a controller, which communicates with your computer, and solid state relays (SSRs), which actually switch the lights. SSRs can be bought or made yourself. With a do-it-yourself option, you will spend lots of time making your hardware, but the cost savings can make up for it. You also have total customization of your hardware, and will be able to fix problems easily.
4. Get help. This is a very big project, so sign up for the forums the sites listed below.
5. Get software. If you buy LOR or AL products, they have software available for purchase. You may also wish to hand-code a program in almost any major programming language (usually not for pre-built products, as most of their protocols are closed-source).
6. Enlarge
Design your display. Design the actual outside portion of your display. Common elements to include are:

* Mini lights or net lights on landscaping
* Icicle lights or c-series lights on roof
* Mini Trees These are 2 to 3 foot tall trees, often made of tomato cages wrapped in lights of one or multiple colors. They are arranged in a line or a triangle and are very useful in an animated display.
* Mega Trees This usually consists of a large pole with lights extending from the top to a large ring around the base. Again, it is very useful in animation.
* Wireframes Metal frames with lights attached.
* Blowmolds Plastic lighted sculptures.
* C9 Lights on yard perimeter
* Deer, trees, etc. purchased from store
7. Program your show. Here comes the time consuming part! Decide on music that you will synchronize to, then start programming on your time grid. Don't try to do it all at once! This will probably take a couple of months to several, depending on how long your show is and how many channels you have. How to do this varies by the software program you choose.
8. Let them hear you. Syncing to music won't be worth it if visitors to your display can't hear it! Speakers playing the same music over and over again would drive the neighbors crazy, so in most cases you will need to broadcast over an FM frequency. Please see the warnings section at the bottom of this page.
9. Get powered up. Make sure your home has enough outside power to run your lights. A typical mini light strand draws about 1/3 amp. Speaking of power, computerizing your display will have a lower electric bill than a static display. This is because not all the lights are on at once. Please see the warnings section at the end.
10. Publicize. Put a sign in your yard. Make a web site. List on SantaStars.com. Tell your friends. Doing all this work will not be worth it if no one comes to see your display. Don't go to extremes, but make sure people know about you.
11. Set up.
12. Maintain your display. Go outside every morning and check your display. Repair or replace broken lights or damage caused by weather or vandals. Make sure things are ready to run the next night.

Tips

* Talk to your neighbors before you start. There's nothing worse than investing months in planning, and having the police shut you down on the first night.
* If you're building a really elaborate display, talk to the local police about noise ordinances, traffic flows, and ask if they have any concerns. It is much easier to prevent problems than correct them.
* Use your time wisely. This is a big project, so don't be afraid to get help or try to do things more efficiently.
* Signing up for the forums at Christmas lighting sites is a good idea. You will get help from others and help others.
* FPGAs make fantastic custom control devices, which can hook between an RS232 connection on a PC and a relay board for the lights. An entry level Spartan 3e Xilinx demo board is around $150


Warnings

* FM Transmitters may or may not comply with FCC rules! The transmitters will broadcast at a very low power, so they should not cause any interference.
* Do not do anything to the Belkin other than extend the antenna! Building an amplifier could get you into serious trouble! If the transmitter causes anyone to have interference, your only choice is to shut it down. More information on the FCC rules can be found here.
* When you are dealing with lights you are dealing with HIGH VOLTAGE! United States line voltage (115 volts AC) can KILL YOU. Always use a GFCI on any circuit that is outside, including your lights, for your safety and the publics.
* This is time consuming. Start at least 6 months in advance, more for DIY systems.


Things You'll Need

* Control Hardware
* Control Software
* Time
* Willpower
* A moderate sum of money
* Christmas Spirit! Even in June when listening to the same 5 seconds of Christmas music over and over again.


Related wikiHows

* How to Buy a Christmas Tree from a Tree Farm
* How to Decorate Your Front Yard for Christmas

* How to Put up Christmas Lights Outside

more training

November 30, 2006
Deep sigh - a break every hour would be nice. I'm lost. Actually, no I'm bored. Not out of my mind, not yet. But close. Another one bites the dust @ 2:00PM EST (that's 11AM PST) -- been on the same training module since 7:30 AM. My patience was wearing thin, I was getting noticeably snappish and irritated and my sense of humor has left the building.

2nd day of training

November 28, 2006
So what do you do when bored out of your mind? Me, I write and daydream about the snow I see outside the window of my training room. The clouds are breaking up, the sun is coming out, the blue is showing. It's absolutely beautiful. There's not a lot of snow out, but just enough to foster daydreaming and make kids and adults alike pray for more. We want to go out and PLAY!

Something about snow makes me happy. i ddefinitely don't want to drive in it, but I do want play in it. Wouldn't mind still owning Jaeger. In hindsight we should have kept him. I could have made it work. He listened to me. And he LOVES (loved?) the snow. *sigh* hindsight is 20/20.


Just trying to stay awake, would much rather be reading Army of (Cl)one or Capt. Picard's Journal, or catching up on email, anything to keep my mind active, and off my cramping. I brought Tylenol quick release but can't get the case open that I put them in. How sad is that? I also brought "Excellent Wife" to work on Chapter 3 if I get the chance. Right now my leg is fidgeting and I just want to go back to sleep. No more snow coming down at this time and the sun has gone away. "Please don't take my sunshine away ..."


12:37 PM

Now we're going over the basics of searching an online database (think Google but not nearly as smart nor as comprehensive). And learning what the icons mean in Adobe Acrobat. I wish I had brought a book. But at least it looks like I am paying some attention by writing. The drawback to being a smarty-pants -- 1st thought "This stuff is pretty self-explanatory ... why are we going over it?" 2nd thought "Uh, maybe everyone doesn't get it" Why can't the trainer ask how comfortable we are with some programs?

I am sooooooooooooo sleepy, there go my eyes

Eyes crossing
eyes rolling
head nodding
blurred vision
just want to put my head down
and
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Snow!

bumper sticker of the week

November 25, 2006
 

If it weren't for physics and law enforcement, I'd be unstoppable

Joy's Christmas List

November 23, 2006
I came home from work Wednesday evening to be shown that Joy had been practicing her writing. I was able to read everything except bathrobe .. because well, the letters are on a slope :) Most of the letters Joy writes just by looking at them and then drawing. We are working on tracing letters which is why some of her letters are quite good :)


Translation
Joy's Christmas List (what she wrote, with Tim spelling for her)
- Power Wheels
- Motorcycle
-Bathrobe
(what Tim wrote while Joy dictated)
Toy Soldier battery
Rabbit Slippers Posted by Picasa

Green Eggs and Ham

Joy reading Green Eggs and Ham to Auntie Kayla. She got a little tired and Kayla finished the book. (BTW, it's a 10 minute video)

FW: Subject: Warning - Worm Overload

November 18, 2006
The things I get from my family ...

Annette
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I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at commensurate speed.
--Maya Angelou, 1970


Subject: Warning - Worm Overload

There is a virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Worm-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected and WORK is controlling your life.

Shadowmagic

I am loving this book. I caught up with the author and now I want to BUY the book so I can finish it!

By John Lenahan

A novel serialised as a weekly podcast by Podiobooks.com

Hi, my name is Conor. Other than my father being a bit of an eccentric lunatic, my life was pretty normal until I got attacked in my living room and whisked away to Tir na Nog, the mystical land of the ancient Celts, where it turns out Dad is the usurped heir to the throne and everybody wants me dead because of some prophecy. Don’t you just hate when that happens?”

Shadowmagic is a rip roaring fun fantasy adventure novel by John Lenahan very loosely based on Irish mythology where every chapter ends on the edge of a cliff (or at least a high curb.) Join Conor as he grapples with typical teenage problems like, how to deal with a father’s high expectations, how to survive in the world on your own and how to woo a beautiful girl - that wants you dead. Shadowmagic a podcast novel for young adults from 12 to 112."

Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

November 17, 2006

Stress Management

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. "

"Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!
And then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

  • Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
  • Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
  • Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  • Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
  • If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
  • If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  • It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
  • Never buy a car you can't push.
  • Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
  • Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
  • Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
  • The second mouse gets the cheese.
  • When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
  • Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
  • You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
  • Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
  • We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
  • A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today. .
. . . . . . . . I did.

Hospital faces Skid Row dumping charges - Yahoo! News

November 16, 2006
to quote Josh "oh mylanta!" well this certainly goes against their "Thrive" ad campaign.
Hospital faces Skid Row dumping charges - Yahoo! News: "In the case against Kaiser, a 63-year-old patient from Kaiser Permanente's Bellflower hospital was recorded on surveillance video in March wandering Skid Row in a hospital gown.

She had continuing, untreated serious health problems when she was found by a homeless shelter's staff, Delgadillo said.

'Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, part of Kaiser Permanente, the largest HMO in the nation, will be held accountable for violating state law, its commitment to its patients, its obligations under the Hippocratic oath, and perhaps most importantly, principals of common decency,' Delgadillo said.

The legal action was the first in Los Angeles and experts said it appeared to be unprecedented nationally. Delgadillo said the charges and a civil lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente are a first step in holding hospitals accountable."

Kahlua & Cream


I am up, losing my mind, wishing I could call any of my old IRC pals, but most of them are married or live in a timezone where 10 years ago it was late, but now it would be unspeakable for me to call at this time of night. Not to mention that they don't get on as much as they used to. I'm having a flashback to the mid-90s. Loup and jetfish and Asteroth talked me through a lot of bad nights. Especially the Wolf and Fish. So, I forgot to take my pills this morning and I am paying for it now. I took a half dose about 45 minutes ago and I am still waiting for it to kick in. I nearly fidgeted myself out of bed and took Tim with me. then I remembered how much Kahlua and cream used to make me sleepy, so I am drinking that while blogging and trying not to mentally self-flagellate myself into a mental breakdown. I can't have a mental breakdown, I have to go to work tomorrow. Besides, they scare Josh, or at least they used to. I haven't had one for a while now. I'm losing it, totally and completely losing it, only this time I don't have anyone to help bring me back down. So i drink and hope I get soporific soon.

Speaking of drinking...
A wise man once said, "I drink, therefore I am!" An interesting comment indeed, but what does it mean? Well we think we have the answer. Every personality contains a lot of traits. This test aims to determine, from your name alone, the most dominant personality traits and give you a fun little recipe for your own personality cocktail. Perhaps you and your friends can have a little Personality cocktail party and compare results! We hope the concoctions this test generates don't leave a bad taste in your mouth. Oh and remember, always drink in moderation - we don't want you getting tipsy on personalities now do we!


How to make a tymberwoulffe
Ingredients:

3 parts competitiveness
3 parts courage
5 parts empathy
Method:
Blend at a low speed for 30 seconds. Add fitness to taste! Do not overindulge!




How to make a nannermommy
Ingredients:

3 parts intelligence
3 parts humour
1 part ego
Method:
Add to a cocktail shaker and mix vigorously. Add a little wisdom if desired!


Username:
How do you make a 'you'?

PersonalitUsernameil
From Go-Quiz.com



How to make a nanner
Ingredients:

1 part friendliness
1 part silliliness
3 parts ego
Method:
Combine in a tall glass half filled with crushed ice. Add a little wisdom if desired!


Username:
How do you make a 'you'?

Personality cocktail
From Go-Quiz.Username

The All-powerful delete key

November 14, 2006

So, I woke up this morning to the daunting prospect of wading through 400+ unread emails. I love the sort from "From" feature in Outlook. With judicious use of the delete key and sorting a few into folders (why aren't my rules working?) I took it from 400+ to 186. I can now shower, dress, and take my daughter to Pre-School story time at the Library.

Happy Tuesday.

{Annette}
Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds.
- Samuel Butler


FYI: Tylenol recall

November 13, 2006
fyi: Acetaminpohen is the generic drug name for "Tylenol". The real "Tylenol" is not affected, but the maker of many store-brand versions has begun a Class II recall from a large list of retailers.

Millions of bottles of acetaminophen recalled for metal fragments


November 9, 2006—A major manufacturer of store-brand acetaminophen has recalled 11 million bottles of the pain-relieving drug after discovering some were contaminated with metal fragments. Perrigo Co. found 200 caplets that contained metal fragments among 70 million that were passed through a metal detector. The fragments ranged in size from "microdots" to portions of wire one-third of an inch long. Wal-Mart, CVS Corp., Walgreen Co., and Costco Wholesale Corp. are among companies that Perrigo supplies with healthcare products



The FDA did not know in which states the pills had been sold, but instead recommended that customers determine whether products they bought are being recalled by checking the store list on the FDA Web site and the batch list.

Happy Dance

I got a job! A FULL-TIME job! It starts November 27th at the same place I am working now. But FT is what we need me to have. For sure the job goes through March, but possibly until June or July. The site is closing. But hopefully with me working that much and earning a lot more than I did at Fry's we can get caught up on bills and even out of debt.

Say Thank You

You know, ever since I married a Naval officer and actually, since I had close friends join the Armed Forces, I've become ... not necessarily more patriotic, but definitely more aware and supportive of our troops.
If you go to this website, http://www.letssaythanks.com, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it, and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services.

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! This is a great site. Please send a card. It is FREE and it only takes a second.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our guys and gals over there need to know we are behind them...

That boy ...

Is going to be the death of me. He drives me crazy, he needs to be micromanaged to do his chores, which I tell you, is no fun. Makes a mom either want to tell him to go away so I can do it the right way or strangle him for being so obtuse.

This morning I got him up early to re-do some of his chores and in the middle he asks me why I didn't get him up last night. I told that I was pretty upset and didn't want to deal with it. Well, that and Joy was actually asleep by 9:30 so Tim and I had the chance to go to bed at a decent hour and I really, really, really, really did not want to deal with him. Snuggling and watching House took priority. I felt the Black mama thing coming on. Though, as Tim has pointed out more and more often, Josh might need another dose of that. The flip side is, when I do that, my heart does it's special thing and I end up (in my own eyes) looking like a wimp because I can't enforce what I just said without either having a conniption fit (a la Bill Cosby) or practically passing out because I can't breathe properly.

Anyway, I told him that I would put dishes away and any that were dirty he would hand-wash. I then realized that I couldn't supervise his hand washing of the dishes because I would be at work. So my poor hubby has to do it. Why is parenting such hard work?

Learn something new everyday

So, I downloaded FilmLoop, which is a nifty program, but I wanted something with a little more control and/or simplicity. And I hate having multiple programs that basically do the same thing. I love Picasa and it has a slideshow function, but guess what??? You can't export the darn slideshow!!! Only if you make a gift CD!!!! So I did a search on Windows Help and came up with my own solution. It's a movie, but acts like a slideshow (I know you can do it in PowerPoint too), but I kinda like the effects I added. I'll upload it before the end of the week. Yes, I am having too much playing around with my photos. Just trying to get the best presentation effect.

and oh yeah, thing #2 on my list of things I learned today: Okra came from Ethiopia, brought over by slaves. It just grows really well in the South. I've been prejudiced against okra since JHS or HS when I had to prepare it fresh. Some of the slimiest stuff I have ever had my hands on. And then my grandmother had me fry it. The smell!!!! UGH! But I made gumbo last night and it called for okra. Now living in the Pacific Northwest, there's not a whole lot of call for it. Tim couldn't find it frozen, but he did find it canned. So the gumbo came out OK and I lost some of my prejudice, because it doesn't taste that bad. I just don't think that I will ever prepare it fresh again in my lifetime *shiver*


Some really interesting views ...

November 11, 2006
on childbearing and childrearing. Ignore the baby video, just read down the site.

If you get bored, take a gander at this site.

Viking ship to ply North Sea; no invasion planned

November 10, 2006
This is cool. I wonder if I will remember to keep track of it.
POSTED: 10:15 a.m. EST, November 10, 2006
Viking shipCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Dozens of volunteer sailors will follow in the wake of the Vikings next summer, crossing the North Sea to Ireland in a 100-foot (30-meter) replica of a Norse warship, museum officials said Friday.

The slender long ship, named Havhingsten, or Stallion of the Sea, is one of the most ambitious Viking ship reconstructions to date, experts said. It has been modeled after a nearly 1,000-year-old vessel that was excavated in the Roskilde fjord, west of Copenhagen, the Danish capital.

On July 2, the vessel will set sail from Roskilde with a crew of 65 who hope to learn more about Viking seamanship on a seven-week, 1,000-mile (1,700-kilometer) journey to Dublin -- a city founded by Vikings.

"We will not sail dressed as Vikings, but we will try to understand how the ship and crew coped," said Martin Brandt Djupdraet, curator of the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.

The volunteer crew from Britain, Ireland, the United States, Germany, Australia and Scandinavian countries has been testing the ship off Denmark since Queen Margrethe christened it in 2004.

The long ship will head north to Scotland and sail down through the Irish Sea. The ports of call on the way to Dublin have not been announced yet. It is due to sail back to Denmark in 2008.

The long ship was built by craftsmen using Viking-era tools, but its navigation equipment will be modern. It will be fitted with radar, a radio, a global positioning system and modern safety equipment. Crew members also will report daily online about the journey.

The original warship was built in 1042 in Glendalough, south of Dublin.

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November 9, 2006

The squirrel!

Lord Save Me

November 6, 2006

I could so be an Acappella groupie :)

This batch of guys is cute and saved!! and talented!!! and they do really well on the older Acapella songs.


Guardian Unlimited Books | News | Peter Jackson enters dragons' den

November 5, 2006
Guardian Unlimited Books | News | Peter Jackson enters dragons' den: "
Peter Jackson enters dragons' den

Staff and agencies
Tuesday September 12, 2006
Guardian Unlimited

Temeraire by Naomi Novik
Enter the dragon ... Téméraire by Naomi Novik

First hobbits then a giant gorilla and now Peter Jackson is turning his hand to an air force of dragons, manned by crews of aviators.

Téméraire, a historical fantasy book series that sees squadrons of dragons fighting in the Napoleonic wars, has captured the imagination of the Lord of the Rings director.

The plot centres on British naval captain Will Laurence, who seizes a French ship and discovers an unhatched dragon egg - a gift from the emperor of China to Napoleon. When the egg hatches, he is forced to become the dragon's keeper. The monster is called Téméraire (meaning 'Daring' in French).

"

The Hike

October 31, 2006
Autumn Multnomah Falls
The hike was AWESOME! The weather was cold, rainy, and overcast, but amazingly, this led to MUCH better pictures. Some of these I am going to print out BIG and frame. I showed them to a co-worker who is an Art Major and she wants copies of some! WOOT! Validation is good :) I think some of them are pretty awesome for me being an amatuer using a digital camera. Though honestly, I got some really good pointers from the hike leader who is a professional photographer. I need to learn about the manual functions on my camera and take my tripod next time. But I can look at these and feel peaceful again. As much as I complain about Oregon around this time of year, there is nothing like God's green earth to make you grateful and wonder about the greatness of it all. Definitely going to go again in the spring and get the spring colors.

The hike started at Wahkeena Falls, then we had the option to drive or hike to Multnomah. I took so many photos and lost track of time, so I carpooled with the hike leader. Next stop was Multnomah Falls, I stayed at the bottom instead of hiking to the bridge. Next we drove to the trailhead of Oneota Gorge, part of the Gorge Trail 400. From there we hiked to the trailhead of Horsetail Falls and really began hiking. That part of the trip was just under 3 miles. We photographed Horsetail Falls, hiked to Ponytail Falls (those are the photos taken behind a waterfall), around to Oneota Falls (that's the bridge and waterfall and small gorge). In the summer it's apparently a good hike because part of the trail goes through the creekbed! A great way to cool down. We stayed out of the water. The leader gave us the option of hiking up to Triple Falls, but it was getting on lunch time and we were HUNGRY! So we finished the loop that took us back to the trailhead for Oneota and the cars. Ate lunch. I was ready to nap and so was Sharon, the one person who came for the hike but not the photo ops. Half the group opted to go to the next falls down. We got there and the rain started POURING. Not good for cameras. So we came back to Portland. There will be another photography hike in the spring, so I am DEFINITELY going to do that, schedule permitting.

WOOT! I am so excited STILL! I think I need to pick which photos to blow up and start decorating my house.

Links:

White and Nerdy

October 30, 2006

OH MY GOSH! Weird Al does it again.
Weird Al's unique and seemingly everlasting importance in music is best described by Chamillionaire, whose song "Ridin'" he parodies in "White & Nerdy": "It's one thing to go platinum. Where do you go from there? Then Weird Al calls."

Howloween Photos

October 29, 2006
Come see the photos Joy and I took at the Zoo. Some of the ones she took are really good. Try guessing to see who took which ones.

:HOWLOWEEN AT THE ZOO
Kids love trick-or-treating, and Oregon Zoo provides a fun and safe setting for this traditional Halloween activity. Trick-or-treaters will complete an intriguing scavenger hunt leading them to activity stations around the zoo. Goodie bags filled with candy and prizes will be given out for completed hunts at the zoo’s exit.
Saturday - Sunday, October 28 - 29 | Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.





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Waterfall Hike

October 27, 2006

What I'm doing on Sunday :)
Join Board member and photographer Ken Denis to photograph several of the Gorge's classic waterfalls. Spend about 30 minutes each at Wahkeena, Multnomah, and Horsetail Falls, and then hike the 2.7 mile trail back to Ponytail Falls. Optional trip to McCord Creek and the lower trail to Elowah Falls (1.6 miles). Leisurely pace; tripods welcome.



Ocelot Kitten

Isn't he adorable??? I'm so glad we have a Zoo Pass.
Six weeks ago, the Oregon Zoo welcomed a rare baby, an endangered ocelot kitten.ocelot kitten

KGW Slideshow

[From Google Reader] DragonHearth Halloween Show for Thursday, October 19, 2006

October 26, 2006
You gotta listen to this one! Pretty funny. Gamers will get the jokes .. I hope :) And Star Trek fans.
 
This item was sent to you by tymberwoulffe@gmail.com from Google Reader. DragonHearth Halloween Show for Thursday, October 19, 2006 DragonHearth Halloween Episode #10 by Tracy Laura Hickman ...Port of Call Dead Gentlemen's The Gamers and Dorkness Rising ... Uncharted Territories My Star Fleet Memories ... Creative Engine What's REALLY scary? ... Status Report Current status on upcoming projects... ...Captain's Cabin A special Halloween Treat Tracy reads Stephen Leacock's Buggham Grange A Good Old Ghost Story ... Visit our website for contact information and access to our DragonHearth Harbor Message board. http://www.dragonhearthproductions.com ... Copyright 2006 Tracy Laura Hickman All Rights Reserved.... Source: http://www.dragonhearthproductions.com   Try Google Reader today: http://www.google.com/reader/

--
Annette Sargent

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."  -Robert A. Heinlein

LibriVox

October 23, 2006
acoustical liberation of books in the public domain

I have a very boring job at the moment. 5+hours of data entry and NOTHING BUT data entry. I am catching up on audiobooks and podcasts, and looking for more. I use Podiobooks, and they pointed me to LibriVox. Today's Selection (if it will fit) is LibriVox » The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. And I thought a 1GB mp3 player had more than enough room .... books take up so much more space!

I Can't Do This

October 22, 2006
Plumb - I Can't Do This
From the album Chaotic Resolve

I woke up late
Guess I’m never really early
I hesitate, only to fail
I get so tired, of procrastinating
I need a change

Chorus:
I can’t do this
I can’t do this
I can’t do this by myself
I can’t do this
I can’t do this
Oh God I need Your help

I’m standing still
I’m oh, so peaceful
I can’t pretend, that I’m fine
I get so ill, crazy agitated
When I’ve not really died

Chorus:

Press into me
Breathe me in
Bask in me
You’ll be free, to do anything

Chorus: (2x’ s)

Lyrics may not be reproduced without permission from the publisher.

Boyfriend

October 16, 2006
My daughter has a boyfriend. She can't remember his name. When asked where she met him, she said "At work somehow". "At work?" I ask. She tells me it's one of the guys Daddy works with. We narrow it down to Rich. A handsome guy, tall, but married with two daughters!!!

Oh goodness! She is going to be more than a handful when she hits puberty!
--
Annette Sargent

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." -Robert A. Heinlein

Boyfriend

My daughter has a boyfriend. She can't remember his name. When asked where she met him, she said "At work somehow". "At work?" I ask. She tells me it's one of the guys Daddy works with. We narrow it down to Rich. A handsome guy, tall, but married with two daughters!!!

Oh goodness! She is going to be more than a handful when she hits puberty!
--
Annette Sargent

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." -Robert A. Heinlein

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Amazing Spider-Girl

October 11, 2006
amazingComicsPriceGuide.com - The Online Price Guide:
Ok, something I can get in on from the beginning! I have the graphic novel of Spider-Girl, but haven't kept up on it. Ok hunny, easy Christmas gift. Subscription to Amazing Spider-Girl.

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Oranginess

You Are Cameo

You are understanding and very empathetic.
You don't tend to have acquaintances. Everyone is your friend.
And all of your friends tend to be friends. You have a knack for bringing very different people together.


I didn't even know there was a shade of orange called cameo ...

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Star Wars: Blogs | Oboe-Wan's Hive of Scum & Villainy - 100th Blog Extravaganza! | 100th BLOG EXTRAVAGANZA!!

Ok, I just thought this line was funny.
"Please stay in your seats, do not light anything on fire, zoo animals are not allowed on the premises and for the love of all that is sacred, do not, I repeat: DO NOT touch my Wookiee.

" and then go watch this.

New blog

October 10, 2006
Ok, I'm moving my obsession with postcards to a seperate blog. If you have been enjoying the postcards vicariously, you can still see them here. And there is a link under "Blogs I Write" over there on the right.

C ya!

what a night


To quote Tim:
"Our daughter won't go to sleep at a decent hour for a 4 yr-old, there's a possum in our backyard, and our cat has gone feral. And we don't even have a backyard! It's enough to drive a grown man to cry, or drink, or both. Cry in a beer?"

So, tonight Tim was going to refill the cat's food and water (the cat being Tigerlily) and he see's another creature in our backyard. Calls me to confirm the siting. The damn opossum is in Tigerlily's bed acting like it owns the place. Lily we try to bring inside for the night so I can take her to the vet tomorrow if we can get her in the carrier and when Tim opens the back door to get her food she runs back outside. And through all of this, Joy has been awake and won't go to sleep, let alone stay in her room. Even after being bribed with a movie. When will my drugs kick in??? (LOL! Tylenol PM, don't get in a tizzy)

Google's YouTube acquisition is official - Download Squad

October 9, 2006
Google's YouTube acquisition is official - Download Squad: "Google's YouTube acquisition is official

Posted Oct 9th 2006 4:54PM by Jordan Running
Filed under: Internet, Video, Web services, Google, Social Software
Google + YouTubeWow. It's not every day that all the big rumors turn out to be true. Google has just officially announced its acquisition of YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock. The press release wastes no time in attempting to reassure fearful users--the press release's second sentence is, 'Following the acquisition, YouTube will operate independently to preserve its successful brand and passionate community.' It goes on to say that YouTube will strengthen and compliment Google's existing video business, and that it will retain all of its existing employees and remain headquartered in San Bruno, California. YouTube has yet to release a statement. I, for one, welcome our new GooTube overlords."

Call me a dragon-lover

October 8, 2006
(should have posted on Oct. 1 when I saw the trailer)


eragon trailer

Time to re-read the first book. I remember bits and pieces. Josh is totally stoked about the movie and has read both Eragon and Eldest and is trying to convert various friends to it. I think I know where we will be going come December ... to the movies!

By the way, when is the next Harry Potter due out? Book or movie ....


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New video on Baby Blues

October 7, 2006

I posted a new video of Joy on Baby Blues.

A Show For Mom

I was sick the other night and Joy decided to put on a show for me since I couldn't play with her. She started and then I asked if I could videotape her. She's a bit of a ham, so she said I could and we started over.
October 5, 2006
My Cat can Scratch! DJ Monkey!

For all you cat lovers out there

Loving Husband

Your joke for the day

________________________________

A man and his ever-nagging wife went on vacation to Jerusalem. While they were there, the wife passed away. The undertaker told the husband, "You can have her shipped home for $5,000, or you can bury her here, in the Holy Land, for $150." The man thought about it and told him he would just have her shipped home.

The undertaker asked, "Why would you spend $5,000 to ship your wife home, when it would be wonderful to be buried here and you would spend only $150?"

The man replied, "Long ago a man died here, was buried here, and three days later he rose from the dead. I just can't take that chance."

Note to Audioblogger Users

No more phone posts unless I find another service. Not that I have audioblogged in a while ....

-----Original Message-----
From: The Audioblogger Team at Odeo
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2006 2:13 PM
Subject: Note to Audioblogger Users

Hello,

As of November 1, 2006, Audioblogger will no longer accept phone calls. MP3 made with the service will continue to be hosted and served but you will no longer be able to use Audioblogger to post new audio.

Audioblogger is an independent product, run by Odeo, Inc., a small startup company in San Francisco, CA. We are not affiliated with Google or Blogger except that we operate and provide the Audioblogger service.

Given our limited resources, we have to make tough decisions about what projects to focus on. And we've come to the difficult decision that Audioblogger demands too many resources, time, and money for us to continue its operation.

However, there are several other services that offer similar functionality. Odeo is not affiliated with any of these services, we only suggest them only in hopes that one or the other will be a good alternative for you.

Gabcast.com is a free service for recording by phone Hipcast.com has a seven day free trial and lots of features Gcast.com is another free service for phone recording

All of the phone posting services listed above are compatible with Odeo in that they produce podcast feeds, which can be imported to Odeo. Any audio file at Odeo can be posted on a blog by copying and pasting some embed code.

Odeo would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has tried Audioblogger. If you are interested in keeping up with our other blog-friendly projects, please have a look at Twitter.com and our customizable audio players.

Thanks,
The Odeo Team

Links:
Gabcast - http://gabcast.com
Hipcast - http://hipcast.com
Gcast - http://gcast.com
Odeo Importing - http://www.odeo.com/create/addfeed
Twitter - http://twitter.com
Players - http://odeo.com/channel/102054/embedded_player

Puppy snatcher

The Shire of Bend, Oregon

October 3, 2006

Only in Oregon .... but I want to visit and see what they are like!
The Shire of Bend, OregonThe Shire is a development that borrows its basic design concept, styling and features from an era where the sense of community, the beauty of the land and the interaction of the residents with the land had high value. The Shire brings the spirit of a great age to daily living. The Shire has many flavors of eighteenth century English architecture and landscaping chosen because the style of the period was enchanting, evoking good feelings of a simpler lifestyle than the present. The Shire is a place where just the beauty and charm of the grounds and the structures make you relax, smile and be happier. We set out to create a lifestyle rather than a subdivision.

Mark Beall's Geek Beat: Marvel Musings - Cinematical

Mark Beall's Geek Beat: Marvel Musings - Cinematical: "Are you following the events of Marvel's Civil War summer crossover spectacular? Was I the only one to get an instant mental picture of Robert Downey Jr. and Tobey Maguire slugging it out upon hearing the Iron Man casting information shortly after reading the latest Amazing Spider-Man? And who else is getting tired of the Iron Spider suit? I suppose that's all good and well, since he's getting a costume change soon enough anyway."

Robert Downey Jr.: I am 'Iron Man'

Ack!?
CNN.com - Robert Downey Jr.: I am 'Iron Man' - Sep 29, 2006: "LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- Robert Downey, Jr. is suiting up to star in 'Iron Man,' a superhero movie based on the Marvel Comics character.

Jon Favreau is directing the Paramount Pictures release. Filming is slated to begin in February in Los Angeles.

Downey will portray Tony Stark, a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Using his intelligence and ingenuity, Stark instead builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. Upon his return to the U.S., he uncovers a plot with global implications and must don his armor and protect the world."

Women of Faith on Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil.com - Shows This Week: "Tuesday - October 3, 2006
Ask Dr. Phil and Robin

Dr. Phil has reinforcement today – Robin joins him to answer all your burning questions! They also have special help from several speakers from Women of Faith, a faith-based organization encouraging women of all ages to grow in faith and spiritual maturity. First up are best friends, Barbara and Laurie, who both suffer from agoraphobia. Laurie hates to be in crowded places, and Barbara can’t comfortably leave a five-mile radius of her home. It’s a vicious cycle they’ve been sharing for 16 years. Patsy, a Women of Faith speaker who lost six years of her life to agoraphobia, shares how the women can get over their disorder. Then, Marilyn has been afraid of catching germs since she was in the 6th grade, and even gives her friends latex gloves to wear! What’s behind her fears? And, Jodi wrote to Dr. Phil because she doesn’t trust her husband, Scott’s, ability to fly his homemade helicopter. Scott says his wife needs to be more trusting. What does Dr. Phil think? Plus, a mom who says she never puts herself first wants Robin’s help. "

Chocolate

I received my first chocolate yesterday from Germany! I find it slightly ironic that it has hazelnuts in it. I get chocolate from half-way around the world with hazelnuts in it, go figure. For those of you who don't know, hazelnuts are big here in Oregon, like one of the major exports.

Off to wrestle with Joy, take meds, and hate being a woman this week, or at least till the heat therapy kicks in.

Oh my Gosh!!!

October 1, 2006
If you love me, you will get me Marvel: Civil War. And the Spider-Man's leading up to it. OH MY GOSH!!!!! I'm bouncing here. Told Tim. HE KNEW ALL ABOUT IT!!!! ARGH!!! and then we started having $$$ problems so he doesn't have them ... ARGH!!!!! SPIDEY UNMASKED!!!! CIVIL WAR IN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!!!!! MUST READ!!!!!!!!!

This is what I get for looking for a Spiderman podcast. I come across the Marvel Comics podcast OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!
Wiki article about it


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A Army of (Cl)one: He Has A Higher Power To Answer To...

September 28, 2006
You HAVE to read this one if you haven't already. Wait till you get to the last line!!! it's HILARIOUS! (click through the link of course, I didn't want to copy the whole story)
A Army of (Cl)one: He Has A Higher Power To Answer To...: "He Has A Higher Power To Answer To...
I was stationed on an unnamed planet at a secret base. It was pretty well hidden from sight, but it had a landing pad that could be seen if someone flew over head. Normally this didn’t happen often and we world have time to camouflage the landing pad. "

Podiobooks

WOOT! No time to read (I know, what am I talking about???) Podiobooks.com - Serialzed audio books in podcast form. Tracy Hickman and James Patrick Kelly are among their authors.

Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod

I grew up listening to old radio dramas with my dad (no I am not THAT old, but he is sorta). Anyways, he introduced me to some like "Night Beat" and "X Minus One" and "Texas Rangers" and this site has a TON of podcasts relating to those shows including others that I never heard of! Radio drama is so much better than TV (in a lot of ways, you can house clean and NOT get sucked into the boob tube)!!!

Ok, I need to clean out or listen to more of my podcasts. My HD is running out of room.

Slickr

If you haven't already, you gotta check this out. I installed it last night so that I could have a screensaver of all the postcrossing postcards. This is awesome. It's also a pretty small install.

Cellar Door Software » Slickr:


Flickr screen saver that shows images by:

* User - Favorites, Set, Tags, Contacts
* Group
* Everyone - Tags, Recent, Interestingness
* Local

It does OpenGL fading and zooming and is easy on the eyes
...
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25 Signs That, Sadly, You've Grown Up

Tim thought I should post this
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Annette

1. Your house plants are alive, and you can't smoke any of them.

2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question.

3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.

4. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.

5. You hear your favorite song on an elevator.

6. You watch the Weather Channel.

7. Your friends marry and divorce instead of hook up and break up.

8. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.

9. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as "dressed up."

10. You're the one calling the police because those damn kids next door won't turn down the stereo.

11. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.

12. You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.

13. Your car insurance goes down and your payments go up.

14. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonalds leftovers.

15. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.

16. You no longer take naps from noon to 6 PM.

17. Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one.

18. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset, rather than settle your stomach.

19. You go to the drug store for ibuprofen and antacid, not condoms and pregnancy tests.

20. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer "pretty good stuff".

21. You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.

22. "I just can't drink the way I used to," replaces, "I'm never going to drink that much again."

23. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.

24. You drink at home to save money before going to a bar.

25. You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign that doesn't apply to you and can't find one to save your sorry old @$$.

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My first orchid

September 27, 2006
I think it's going to be a pretty one. I wonder how big it will grow. Can't wait for the rest to bloom. A mini-forest of orchids ...

white orchid


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scanning and stuff

I have spent at least an hour this morning on postcards. And not because I wanted to. My scanner is being AWFULLY slow. I have written and stamped the majority of them, I just wanted to get them scanned before I mailed them off. (I'm sending 5 off today. 4 official and one lighthouse tag, And I might be sending 3 more our for a round robin).

But what do you do when your scanner takes 15 minutes per scan? Or stops responding completely? I'm tempted just to take photos of the darn cards and upload those. Speaking of which, my orchids are starting to bloom!!! That I DID take a picture of, so I need to get that up soon. Though in between waiting for the scanner I have started a load of dishes and a load of laundry. So it's not all wasted time. That's my biggest sin right now, wasting time. Can any other procrastinators give me an "Amen"?
--
Annette Sargent

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." -Robert A. Heinlein

Doctors Perform Zero-Gravity Surgery

Now THIS is cool science.
Discovery Channel :: News - Health :: Doctors Perform Zero-Gravity Surgery: "Sept. 27, 2006 — A French medical team hailed as a success pioneering surgery Wednesday on a man in near zero-gravity conditions on a flight looping in the air like a roller coaster to mimic weightlessness.

The five-man team of doctors and a patient landed safely at an airport in southwest France after a three-hour flight, but the mid-air surgery to remove a cyst from the man's arm took only about 10 minutes.

Chief surgeon Dominique Martin said the near zero-gravity operation, the first ever on a human, was not technically difficult, but was aimed at breaking a barrier in medical expertise."
More at Discovery Channel.

OK, this just really isn't funny.

September 26, 2006
It makes you want to laugh and not at the same time

OK, this just really isn't funny.: "You've had your fun, now get me the H-E-double-hockey-sticks OUT OF HERE!!!



Norman K.—What can I possibly say that would make things right? Nothing. Nothing that's what. Except for the tiny hoof-i-tude. That's awesome. "

FW: A Different Mastercard Commercial :)

September 25, 2006
Did I post this already?
Annette
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I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at commensurate speed.
--Maya Angelou, 1970

Jack wakes up with a huge hangover the night after a business social function.

He forces himself to open his eyes and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table. And next to that, a single red rose!

Jack sits up in bed and sees his clothing in front of him, all cleaned and pressed.

He looks around the room and sees that everything is in perfect order - spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house. He takes the aspirins, but cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror. There’s a note on the table:

“Honey, breakfast is on the stove. I left early to go shopping. Love you!!”

Jack stumbles to the kitchen and sure enough, there is a hot breakfast and the morning paper. His college student son is also at the table, eating. Jack asks, “Son - what happened last night?”

“Well,” he replied, “you came home after 3 a.m., drunk and out of your mind like a frat boy. You broke the coffee table, puked in the hallway and got that black eye when you ran into the door.”

“So, why is everything in such perfect order, so clean, and I have a rose and breakfast waiting for me?”

His son replies, “Oh, THAT! Well, Mom dragged you off the bedroom and when she tried to take your pants off, you screamed,

“Leave me alone, you $lut! I’m MARRIED!!!”

Broken table - $200.00
Hot breakfast $5.00
Red Rose - $3.00
Two aspirins - $.25
Saying the right thing at the right time - Priceless!

 

 

SPACE.com -- California Lawmakers Back Mojave Spaceport Growth

WOOT! This is one of the places I grew up. It's not that far from Edwards Air Force Base. Wow, a spaceport. ...

SPACE.com -- California Lawmakers Back Mojave Spaceport Growth:
"A launch site operator license was granted by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) to the Mojave Airport on June 17, 2004 – making it the first inland spaceport on the books.

The Mojave Spaceport has already enabled one piece of history. It was from this location that the pioneering flights of the piloted SpaceShipOne suborbital rocket plane took place.
.......
The Mojave Spaceport/Airport is presently the only licensed inland spaceport in the nation. In 2004, Scaled Composites, operating out of the Mojave Airport successfully launched and safely returned to Earth, the first privately funded spacecraft – SpaceShipOne. Based on two of the launches, the company was also awarded the $10 million X Prize.

The suborbital flights sparked the interest of Virgin Galactic’s owner, billionaire Richard Branson, to partner with Scaled Composites to operate the world’s first commercial spaceliner company.

Ashburn noted that a dozen private firms are home-based in Mojave performing sub-orbital and orbital projects supporting various elements to the emerging space travel industry, including XCOR Aerospace, AirLaunch Corporation, as well as Orbital Sciences.

Pass it on!

September 24, 2006
Mark your calenders moms for Pass it on!
A children's consignment sale in Hillsboro, Oregon! Our fall sale is October 6, 7, & 8, 2006!

Browncoat Ball - San Francisco Browncoats

September 23, 2006
Browncoat Ball - San Francisco Browncoats: "Browncoat Ball - 22-24 September 2006"

Darn. Not that I have a ballgown or anything. I think I am becoming a fanatic ...

Firefly: Old Wounds

For all you Browncoats out there -- Sonic Society has a new radio-type drama. Firefly Season 2 of sorts. Get the podcast or listen online.

How did the chicken cross the road?

CNN.com - How did the chicken cross the road? With four legs - Sep 23, 2006:

SOMERSET, Pennsylvania (AP) -- -- Henrietta the chicken was living inconspicuously among 36,000 other birds at Brendle Farms for 18 months -- until a foreman noticed she had four legs.

'It's as healthy as the rest,' the farm's owner, Mark Brendle, told The Daily American.

Brendle's 13-year-old daughter, Ashley, named the chicken Henrietta after the discovery Thursday. The bird has two normal front legs and, behind those, two more feet. They are of a similar size to her front legs but don't function. The chicken drags her extra feet behind her at the farm in in Somerset, Pennsylvania.

In 30 years of farming, Brendle said, he's never before seen a chicken with four legs.

There's no definitive reason why such deformities happen, said Cliff Thompson, a retired professor of genetics at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He said it could be an accident of development, akin to a sixth toe on a cat.

Brendle said he jokingly suggested to his family that it sell Henrietta in an Internet auction, but Ashley objected."
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