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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Happy Fall

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

The leaves will be changing color any day now.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Compassionate Conservatism

Former West Virginia welfare recipients struggling, study says

Only one of every four former West Virginia welfare recipients whose benefits have run out because of a five-year limit have been able to get a job. And more than half those who are working have only been able to find part-time work, according to a study prepared by West Virginia University researchers and presented Sunday to lawmakers during interim meetings.

The average ex-welfare family earned $6,120 last year – only one-third the poverty level for a family of four. They were twice as likely to have been evicted from their homes, run out of food or had their utilities cut off since they were kicked out of West Virginia Works, the state’s cash assistance program.

That’s in the bible, right? Let those who are poor struggle and remain in poverty, becuase that’s what they get for living in an area with high unemployment.

One-third said that they couldn’t find work because they had no transportation, or weren’t educated enough, or that there were no jobs where they lived. One in four had no driver’s license.

As far as the transportation goes, I highly recommend Mountaineer Good News Garage. They accept cars that are working and in decent shape, but don’t have to be in perfect shape, since they have volunteer mechanics who can fix minor problems.

And while I’m thinking about it, Christian Help is a United Way agency. Just something to consider when you receive your papers for the United Way campaign.

And Morgantown has lots of blood drives right now. There’s a blood shortage, so donate if you can.

Just some thoughts if you’re interested in helping out.

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Monday, September 20, 2004

Geek Alert – Deep Space Nine

My relaxation this past week has been the incredibly geeky activity of watching Deep Space Nine episodes on DVD. It allows me to veg out, but since most episodes are less than an hour, it doesn’t have to take large chunks of time.

Michael and I watched all seven seasons of DS9 this spring, but we went through them in one mad rush. Right now I’m skipping the episodes I don’t particularly care for (anything in an alternate reality), so I’m really enjoying what I’m watching. I decided that The Visitor is one of the top ten best DS9 episodes. Avery Brooks and Cirroc Lofton, especially as the series progresses, have a very believable father son relationship, so for me that episode is particularly wrenching, as I’ve been personally contemplating loss.

Another favorite episode is Explorers, and I really wish they had been two episodes instead of one, since parts of it, especially Sisko building the ship, seem rushed. But it’s still good despite that, and I think the ship he builds is fascinating.

And then there are the episodes with Garak; he is absolutely one of my favorite characters, although I have to wonder whether I’d like him if I met him in person. I think he’s at his best in episodes like “Improbable Cause” and “The Die is Cast”, where we get to see his conflict over his exile as well as in his relationship with Tain.

And, there is always the fun of looking for the regulars when they play extras. Michael and I are constantly saying things like, “That Klingon over there—is that Jake?”

Yeah, we’re geeks, but it’s kinda fun.

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What I Really Want Right Now

Is to go drinking and dancing.

I shan’t, however, be doing either.

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Sunday, September 19, 2004


Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!

I have to admit that I’m rather fond of this pirate…

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Saturday, September 18, 2004

Geeky People Watching

So we just beat Maryland, 16-19 in overtime (sorry Grandmom) now I’m sitting on the porch with laptop and digital camera, stealing someone’s unsecured wireless connection, getting ready to watch stupid people. Since I already saw lots of pick-up trucks with beds full of drunks, it may take something special to qualify.


Hmmm…. Urban attack vehicle with feet sticking out rear window… Only interesting because the feet signified someone lying face down in the back seat. Guess they didn’t see too much of the game. (Traffic is moving quickly for now. It may be awhile before things back up all the way to my house.)

I’m also waiting to see if my parents stop by on their way home, since they have to walk right past our house.


Oooh! Drunks sitting on an unsecured keg in a speeding pick-up. That might qualify.

I have to way that the weather today was perfect for a football game, even if I was home listening.Considering that yesterday the remains of hurricane Ivan were blowing through, it was a pleasant surprise. Not too hot, clear once the game started. Almost made me want to be at the game.



But the nicest thing about this day so far, is that because of the cool weather this morning, people are dressed in jeans and t-shirts and sweatshirts. Which means that I don’t see hundreds of people with rolls of fat hanging out over the tops of the short shorts and squeezed out under their too tight cropped tops.

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Thursday, September 16, 2004


I’m in my life
With no control of my destiny

Positive Bleeding Urge Overkill

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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?

What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?

(More preparation for Talk Like a Pirate Day)

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If you have not already seen it, check out this animation http://nigelanimation.com/gallery/animation/animation01.html.

You must have sound, though.
(via Prometheus 6)

No, really. Watch it. You’ll like it.
(Borderline safe for work. Animated flesh in abundance.)

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Glacially Lost

WWII bomber emerges from glacier

A long hot summer in Iceland has revealed previously hidden parts of a British warplane that crashed on a glacier in May 1941.

The Fairey Battle bomber has been re-emerging slowly from the ice since 1995, monitored by aviation enthusiast Hordur Geirsson.

The BBC also has links to previous stories on the glacier and on the recovery of the bodies of the airmen

This story reminds me of the unearthing of bodies buried in the permafrost in the search for clues to the pandemic of 1918.

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