Showing posts from February, 2008

A Modern “Where’s Waldo” on a Google Map

Were you one of those kids that could sit in a corner with a giant “Where’s Waldo” book and pour over it for hours? Eventually you realized that Waldo was likely to appear in different areas on each page, and was always smiling (usually walking), and always wore that goofy outfit. And eventually the Waldo creators attempted to make the act of finding Waldo increasingly difficult by surrounding him with similarly clad geeks, and other tactics. Nevertheless, the novelty wore off, and our kids are left with increasingly difficult video games that require years of logic and acts of deduction in order to achieve a winning status. But if you don’t mind still staring at a digital screen instead of paper, there’s a new geography game that’s a bit reminiscent of the Waldo books of yore. The new game is called placeSpotting, and it’s a Google Maps mashup. Each game is actually a riddle. You’re given an image to start out with, and then you have to find it on the map. placeSpotting will give you…

Bulldozers at the Gate: LAUSD vs. the Eco-Village

Bulldozers at the Gate: LAUSD vs. the Eco-VillageI hope people show up to this meeting. This city needs more affordable housing, not less.Tonight is round three of an ongoing David & Goliath battle between LA’s Eco-Village Community and the heavily funded Los Angeles Unified School District.The Los Angeles Eco-Village Intentional Community (LAEV-IC) is an internationally recognized sustainable community and is part of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED-Neighborhood Development pilot program.At issue the fact that in order to build Central Region Elementary School #20 in the neighborhood, the LAUSD wants to raze approximately 40 units of affordable housing, destroying a third of the Eco-Village neighborhood.The Eco-Village team, recognized for many positive qualities, not the least of which is their reputation as “problem solvers,” has taken a positive approach to the threat to the community. Scouring the neighborhood, surveying the landscape, walking the routes the childre…

Country meets Electronica?!?!?!?!

What Hurts The Most by Cascada on Yahoo! Music:
Album Release Date: 2007
Label: Robbins
Genres: Electronic/Dance, Pop, Today's Big Hits, Cover Art, New Releases
Your Album Rating:"

OMG!!! What did she think she was doing???? A Rascall Flatts song is now electronica/ dance!!!!!

/me weeps

though it is kinda catchy ... yup, I'm still sick

the original

Groaner of the Day

Star Wars: Blogs | Star Wars Joke-A-Day | May The Forceps Be With You: "May The Forceps Be With You"

Didja hear about the Jedi who became a gynecologist?

They called him OB-Wan Kenobi.

Official Google Blog: Google Health, a first look

Official Google Blog: Google Health, a first look

Wow, innovative stuff, but is it just me or is google getting into EVERYTHING?
Google Health aims to solve an urgent need that dovetails with our overall mission of organizing patient information and making it accessible and useful. Through our health offering, our users will be empowered to collect, store, and manage their own medical records online.

For the healthcare industry, online personal health records (PHRs) aren't a new idea and, in some cases, online PHRs already exist for patients. Here's what we think sets Google Health apart:

Aquarium of the Pacific

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Joy and I went to the Aquarium about a month ago. Had a lot of fun touching manta rays and little sharks (didn't know they were related, did ya?), seeing Dory like fish (just keep swimming, just keep swimming), and enjoying the crowds. There was a special event that day. I hope to go again when it's less crowded.

And of course, Joy had to add another member to her stuffed animal collection ...

Man, I spoil that girl.

Newest Famiy Member

photo taken 1/21/2008

Wow, I can't believe it's been a month since we got Noel. Or a month since I moved into my new place.

Anyway, here's a pic of my "3 girls".

The Thinker

Jan 27, 2008

Charlie's Tongue

Ok, this is an absolutely adorable beagle and PW knows how to write, as well as take photos.

Sent to you by 'Nette via Google Reader: Charlie’s Tongue via Confessions of a Pioneer Woman by Ree on 2/12/08

I’m still mildly obsessed with Charlie’s tongue. This is beginning to be a problem, as I have a great deal of work to do around here.

I’ve got to cook a lot of food this week, I’ve got to start preparing my garden for planting at the end of this month, I’ve got to scoop up ninety-four piles of malodorous horse manure from my front yard, and I’ve got to wash caked mud from approximately eighteen pairs of jeans ranging in size from 3T to 33 x 36. The last thing I need is this tongue.

BOI-OI-OI-OI-OI-ING! It’s like a window shade. Except it doesn’t retract all the way. It’s faulty.

It’s a pink, faulty, very mushy and pliable window shade.

Longer term, I’m clearly going to need a different strategy here. Because this just isn’t going to work.Please send some form of help immediately. P…

To You. From Me. Moi. Ya. Yo.

Sent to you by 'Nette via Google Reader: To You. From Me. Moi. Ya. Yo. via Confessions of a Pioneer Woman by Ree on 2/25/08

The purpose of this post—because as you know, every single one of my posts has a very precise and defined purpose—is two-fold. First, being that it’s Monday (i.e. a universally despised weekday) I wanted you to be able to see this photo and maybe, possibly, be inspired by this energetic mustang’s wild spirit. Maybe you’re in a cubicle, or maybe you’re gearing up for a long day of scrubbing baseboards and doing laundry? Or perhaps you have a meeting today that you’re dreading; maybe you can’t find the shirt in your closet you swore was there and you have no idea what you’re going to wear now, and you need to spend time figuring out what you’re going to say in the meeting, not what you’re going to wear. I just hate it when that happens. Because you know, I have, like, so many meetings to go to all the time. Yeah, that’s it. Meetings with cows. Cows and manure.Any…

The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey: Adult AD/HD Ambitions #5: Pick Your Battles

I discovered a socnet called iRovr today. It's an iPhone only socnet so it intrigued me.

New word for the day. I had to look up socnets. I thought it was an iPhone related term. Nope. It's short for social networks (thank goodness for Wiki). This wasn't even at the top of my search, but it's the only one that made sense in the context of Doug's post.

File this under: Learn something new everyday

Hey! They're still around!

For those of you have been on the net for a while, you may remember getting the Darwin Award emails on a regular basis. I had no idea that they were still around. So ... for your viewing pleasure ....

The Alley

Talking about shopping and I remembered about shopping at the Alley in downtown. time to get to know L.A. again.

Santee Alley

Santee Alley is an actual alley between Santee Street and Maple Avenue, starting on Olympic Boulevard. Santee Alley is one of the most popular LA Fashion District shopping spots. The open-air market place is best known for its bazaar-type atmosphere and bargains on everything from accessories and apparel, to perfume.

Stanford announces financial aid enhancements

I think I am going to finish my education at Stanford :) I wonder if this applies to non-traditional students.

News ReleaseFebruary 20, 2008Contact:Jonathan Rabinovitz, University Communications: (650) 723-2558,
Comment:Karen Cooper, Financial Aid Office: (650) 725-3770, Karen.Cooper@stanford.eduStanford announces financial aid enhancementsStanford University today announced the largest increase in its history for its financial aid program for undergraduates. Under the new program, parents with incomes of less than $100,000 will no longer pay tuition. Parents with incomes of less than $60,000 will not be expected to pay tuition or contribute to the costs of room, board and other expenses. Students will still be expected to contribute their earnings from work during the summer and academic year. The program also eliminates the need for student loans. Other significant enhancements have been made to the program that will benefit aid recipients at all levels of income.…

If you missed it last night

So, I caught glimpse of this celestial event on the drive down the 605 and a friend got some good shots from my apartment. Those are at home waiting to be uploaded. In the meantime, if you missed the eclipse, you can see some good shots in the LA Times Photo Gallery from around the world.

This one was taken in Huntington Beach, just a hop skip and a jump from where I live.

Calendar/Special Events - Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Calendar/Special Events - Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens: "Calendar of Events

Black History Month FestivitiesFebruary 23 & 24, 2008
10am - 4pm

Black History Month Celebration

Come celebrate the rich diversity of African-American culture at this year's Black History Month Celebration! During this special weekend guests will enjoy a vibrant array of entertainment and activities including performances by gospel, blues, and jazz groups as well as African drumming demonstrations. Sample different foods and try your hand at special arts and crafts. All activities are free to GLAZA members and with paid Zoo admission."

Talk about a dream job ....

A Credit Card You Want to Toss

And in today's news ....

A Credit Card You Want to Toss: "
Bank of America abruptly notified cardholders in good standing their rates would skyrocket if they didn't opt out fast. Is BofA greedy or needy?"


Tis a beautiful, sunny day ... and my other option for a Friday song is something by Johnny Kemp that has Friday in the lyrics ....

I like this one better for today though, from about 3 minutes in =)

Now if we only had windows in here ....

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Fantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin' Blog: They Had Me at Daniel Craig

OH BABY!!!!! But we have to wait until November! Read the article over at Sci-fi Fantasy Loving Blog (click on title of this post)

MI6 reports from Panama City, where Daniel Craig and Gemma Arterton were shooting scenes for "Quantum of Solace" in the Santa Ana district...

I only date Super-Heroes

I want this shirt

I want a shirt like this :)

Happy Valentine's Day

(anti valentine sentiment)

Things have come to a pretty pass
Our romance is growing flat,
For you like this and the other
While I go for this and that,
Goodness knows what the end will be
Oh I don't know where I'm at
It looks as if we two will never be one
Something must be done:

Chorus - 1
You say either and I say either, You say neither and I say neither
Either, either Neither, neither, Let's call the whole thing off.

You like potato and I like potahto, You like tomato and I like tomahto
Potato, potahto, Tomato, tomahto, Let's call the whole thing off

But oh, if we call the whole thing off Then we must part
And oh, if we ever part, then that might break my heart

So if you like pyjamas and I like pyjahmas, I'll wear pyjamas and give up
For we know we need each other so we , Better call the whole off off
Let's call the whole thing off.

Chorus - 2
You say laughter and I say larfter, You say after and I say arfter
Laughter, larfter after arfter, Let's call the whole thin…

Magicians of Basketball - here to entertain and amaze

I love watching these guys play. I need more play $$$. Though, I do have all the groceries bought and Metro is offering a discount on tickets ...
The coveted “Magicians of Basketball” take to the court for a doubleheader Saturday, February 16, 2008 attheHonda Center at 1:00 p.m.and7:00 p.m.against their rival Washington Generals and at the STAPLES Center Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 1:00p.m. Where and When:
Anaheim, CA ::Date: Saturday February 16, 2008
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Honda Center
Click Here for Tickets
Ticket Prices:
$16 to $147To order ticket by phone call: 714-704-2500Tickets also available at: All Ticketmaster outletsFor group (15+) or scout tickets, contact:
So Cal Groups - or 800-398-7021
Honda Center Group Sales - 714-940-2859 Anaheim, CA ::Date: Saturday February 16, 2008
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Honda Center
Click Here for Tickets
Ticket Prices:
$16 to $147To order ticket by phone call: 714-704-2500Tickets also available at: All Ticketmaster outletsFor grou…

Hello Kitty MMORPG

Hello Kitty MMORPG goes beta20:17 UTC » Hello Kitty MMORPG goes betaSanrio Digital's "Hello Kitty Online" accepting players for closed beta Hong Kong - February 12, 2008: Sanrio Digital ( today announced the closed beta launch of "Hello Kitty Online", a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) based on the famous Sanrio characters. Hello Kitty Online allows players to explore and adventure in Sanrio's fantasy world, a magical land that has recently fallen under the influence of a mysterious and malevolent power.Players for the closed beta version are invited to apply at the official game site ( or community site ( and experience Hello Kitty Online in advance of the game release expected in the second half of 2008. Targeting female players from their pre-teens to twenties, Hello Kitty Online is the first installable MMORPG to set its sights on this demographic profile.…

Wednesday Morning

I can hear the soft breathing
Of the girl that I love,
As she lies here beside me
Asleep with the night,
And her hair, in a fine mist
Floats on my pillow,
Reflecting the glow
Of the winter moonlight.

She is soft, she is warm,
But my heart remains heavy,
And I watch as her breasts
Gently rise, gently fall,
For I know with the first light of dawn
I'll be leaving,
And tonight will be
All I have left to recall.

Oh, what have I done,
Why have I done it,
I've committed a crime,
I've broken the law.
For twenty-five dollars
And pieces of silver,
I held up and robbed
A hard liquor store.

My life seems unreal,
My crime an illusion,
A scene badly written
In which I must play.
Yet I know as I gaze
At my young love beside me,
The morning is just a few hours away.

Somebody's Been Spying On Me

Gee, this looks like a typical day for me.

Sent to you by 'Nette via Google Reader: Somebody's Been Spying On Me via The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey by Douglas Cootey on 11/29/07
I found this over at Pete Quily's Blog. Have a laugh with me.

Doodle by Lee. The code for this doodle and other doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.

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