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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Time Wasting

If nothing else, just for the disclaimer.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Storm Season

It’s been an odd day.

It started out with a dream that I had to teach the class that I am still writing the documentation for. On the dream scale, that ranked quite high on the unpleasant factor.

Then when we were walking at lunch, we walked past an older gentleman carrying a book. He looked rather grandfatherly. (Or, as I’m coming to realize how things change after 30–fatherly.) Out of curiosity I glanced to see if I could read the title.

I almost stopped walking when I figured out what it was–Storm Season, Book 5 of the Thieves’ World series. The original printing is pretty easy to recognize, especially on the spine. It was a strange moment of disconnect. He didn’t seem like the kind of guy I’d expect to be reading Thieves’ World, but they did come out more than 25 years ago.

For those who haven’t had the experience of reading any of the books, it’s an incredibly dark series, co-written by a number of authors who use each other’s characters in their stories (with ground rules of course.) I love the series. Michael can’t stand it.

Of course, I’m not sure what I expect the typical Thieves’ World reader to be like. Other than posessing a very dark sense of humor. But that’s kind of hard to tell from the outside.

Of course the other thing that happened is that I now have a desire to reread the series. I’m trying to hold off, since it’s 12 books, but the thought of reading about Shadowspawn and Illyra is rather tempting to say the least.

We’ll see how well I resist.

And I highly recommend the books, although good luck finding them. I occasionally spot a lone volume at The Bookshelf, but never more than one at a time.

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Ick. I Mean Really

S is right. There had better be a special place in Hell reserved for this man.

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The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (2001) Terry Pratchett

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents is one of Terry Pratchett’s young adult books, that are set in Discworld.

Talking cats, talking rats, and an appearence by Death (as well as by the Death of Rats). Aside from being slightly shorter normal, this is a typical Discworld book. Although there are two “young adults”, the main characters are Maurice the cat, and the talking rats, especially Dangerous Beans and Peaches. (The rat’s first reading material was old cans.)

Read More about The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

I Think I’ll Change the Tunes Now

As much as I like “I Think I’ll Disappear Now” I have got to change the songs in my MP3 player.

Running into you like this without warning
Is like catching a sniff of tequila in the morning
But I’ll try, I’ll try to keep my food down
That’s quite an aftertaste that you’ve left now that you’re not around

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Today’s Word: Moxie

Pronunciation: ‘mäk-sE noun
Etymology: from Moxie, a trademark for a soft drink

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Monday, March 28, 2005

Supporting the Troops

Two excellent articles in the NY Times on American soldiers.

The first is a photo essay on battlefield medicine and the care that those soldiers who are wounded in Iraq recieve. I strongly suggest that you take the time to view the pictures.

The second article is on how creditors are treating reservists who are being placed on active duty and shipped overseas.

Though statistics are scarce, court records and interviews with military and civilian lawyers suggest that Americans heading off to war are sometimes facing distracting and demoralizing demands from financial companies trying to collect on obligations that, by law, they cannot enforce.

The article discusses the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act:

The law, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, protects all active-duty military families from foreclosures, evictions and other financial consequences of military service. The Supreme Court has ruled that its provisions must “be liberally construed to protect those who have been obliged to drop their own affairs to take up the burdens of the nation.”

I have to wonder whether those who would evict the wife of a soldier serving in Iraq, or foreclose on the house of a reservist called to active duty are the same people driving around with the “Support Our Troops” magnets on their cars.

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Fast Food Once Again Looking Out For Your Health

Now Burger King does its part to further the American obesity epidemic, with a 730 calorie breakfast sandwhich.

“The critics will still label it food porn,” Sherri Daye Scott, editor at fast-food magazine QSR, told USA Today, which first reported the story. “But the average male fast-food customer does not have a problem with this.”

Guess they just want to make sure that we bring the US life expectancy back down.

Maybe it’ll be the neo-Cons and “Christian” Conservatives that’ll flock the Burger King and Hardees, and with any luck, they’ll take themselves out of the voting population early.

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Friday, March 25, 2005

You! Out of the Gene Pool!

Congratulations to the basketball team for their win last night.

However those students who set fires and “pelted (firefighters) with bottles and cans as they tried to extinguish them“–I hope they are both arrested and expelled.

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Coolest Dinosaur Bone Ever and Other Science News

For those of you who missed the news, this is the coolest things ever.

NC State Paleontologist Discovers Soft Tissue in Dinosaur Bones

It means that maybe, one day, we really could grow a dinosaur. It means we may well learn whether dinosaurs are cold-blooded are warm blooded. What color their skin was. What their skin was like.

Of course it means that the Calvins of the world would no longer be able to imagine what dinosaurs were like.

But I can live with that.

Elephants Communication

Of course it’s well known that I think that elephants are the coolest animals ever. But the idea that elephants learn their communication opens up the possibility that we could eventually learn to communicate with elephants. Unfortunately, our track record with dolphins probably means this won’t happen any time soon.

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