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Friday, May 23, 2003
When I was young I used to read about the decline of Western civilization, and I decided it was something I would like to make a contribution to.So we may go see "Reloaded" again this weekend with Erin & Sean. Erin was stunned when I suggested it, but I know there are things I missed, that I want to try and catch. Of course Michael will be just as surprised when I tell him, but that's all right, it's good to keep him on his toes.
-- George Carlin
Thursday, May 22, 2003
The workers at the Federal Mint went on strike today. They are demanding to make less money.Hair Envy
Goliath by Neil Gaiman
Philosophy & The Matrix
Gnosis and The Matrix
Forget sci-fi and guns - The Matrix is really about religion BBC article
Essay on The Matrix by Mike Athreton
Screenplay for The Matrix
Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Strange things happen when you're in debt. Two weeks ago my car broke down and my phone got disconnected. I was one electric bill away from being Amish."The Pentagon is about to embark on a stunningly ambitious research project designed to gather every conceivable bit of information about a person's life, index all the information and make it searchable" " The embryonic LifeLog program would dump everything an individual does into a giant database: every e-mail sent or received, every picture taken, every Web page surfed, every phone call made, every TV show watched, every magazine read. All of this -- and more -- would combine with information gleaned from a variety of sources: a GPS transmitter to keep tabs on where that person went, audio-visual sensors to capture what he or she sees or says, and biomedical monitors to keep track of the individual's health."
-- Tom Ryan
Howard Robbins- 20 May 2003
Howard E. ROBBINS, beloved husband of the late Emily Hulton Robbins, dear father of Susan B. Robbins and Todd Robbins, brother of Belle Sutton and Edna Klotz, brother-in-law of Shirley A. Hulton, grandfather of Rachel, Emily, Amy and Matthew Robbins, also leaves many other loving relatives and friends. Tuesday, May 20, 2003. Memorial service from the Chapel of the Transfiguration, 495 Albion Pl., Glendale, Ohio, Wednesday, May 28 at 2 P.M. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Shriners Burn Institute, 3229 Burnet Ave., 45229. Schaefer & Busby in charge of arrangements.
from the Cincinnati Enquirer/Post
Monday, May 19, 2003Mom has Truly Entered the Digital Age
Sunday, May 18, 2003
Dear God,Believe it or not, I just got back from seeing The Matrix Reloaded. Yes, that's right, I saw a sci fi movie in the theatre.
hope you got the letter, and...
I pray you can make it better down here.
I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer
but all the people that you made in your image, see
them starving on their feet 'cause they don't get
enough to eat from God, I can't believe in you
Dear God, sorry to disturb you, but... I feel that I should be heard
loud and clear. We all need a big reduction in amount of tears
and all the people that you made in your image, see them fighting
in the street 'cause they can't make opinions meet about God,
I can't believe in you
Did you make disease, and the diamond blue? Did you make
mankind after we made you? And the devil too!
Dear God, don't know if you noticed, but... your name is on
a lot of quotes in this book, and us crazy humans wrote it, you
should take a look, and all the people that you made in your
image still believing that junk is true. Well I know it ain't, and
so do you, dear God, I can't believe in I don't believe in
I won't believe in heaven and hell. No saints, no sinners, no
devil as well. No pearly gates, no thorny crown. You're always
letting us humans down. The wars you bring, the babes you
drown. Those lost at sea and never found, and it's the same the
whole world 'round. The hurt I see helps to compound that
Father, Son and Holy Ghost is just somebody's unholy hoax,
and if you're up there you'd perceive that my heart's here upon
my sleeve. If there's one thing I don't believe in
it's you... Dear God.
Saturday, May 17, 2003Susan's Dad had a serious stroke Thursday. They're not sure if he'll survive, but if he does she says it looks like there will be serious health problems.
Thursday, May 15, 2003
...I started wondering ... what would a George W. Bush resume look like exactly? Listed below is what I came up with.
George W. Bush Resume (via BoingBoing)
Wednesday, May 14, 2003
"Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God."My website, transformed by the Eater of Meaning. Makes about as much sense as the original.
Tuesday, May 13, 2003"the inspector general of the Interior Department is investigating possible conflicts of interest involving a top Interior official who used to be a lobbyist for the oil, gas and mining interests he now regulates....the official, J. Steven Griles, deputy secretary of the interior, had "met with oil and gas industry officials whom he once represented and who have financial stakes in department decisions.""
Monday, May 12, 2003
I'm not bitter.When I got my hair cut last week, the lady who cut it said she thought it looked a bit like Adie McDowell in 4 Weddings and a Funeral.
We are reminded in the gospel of Saint Luke, "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required." Surely the same can be said of any American president. We expect, nay demand, that our leaders be scrupulous in the truth and faithful to the facts. We do not seek theatrics or hyperbole. We do not require the stage management of our victories. The men and women of the United States military are to be saluted for their valor and sacrifice in Iraq. Their heroics and quiet resolve speak for themselves. The prowess and professionalism of America's military forces do not need to be embellished by the gaudy excesses of a political campaign.
War is not theater, and victory is not a campaign slogan. I join with the President and all Americans in expressing heartfelt thanks and gratitude to our men and women in uniform for their service to our country, and for the sacrifices that they have made on our behalf. But on this point I differ with the President: I believe that our military forces deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, and not used as stage props to embellish a presidential speech.
--Senator Robert C. Byrd
Sunday, May 11, 2003
I would sooner read a timetable or a catalogue than nothing at all.Despite the rain--lots of work. I probably should be relaxing, but there was so much to do, and so much that has been undone recently, that this weekend felt it was for catching up. Caulking the tub after Michael replaced the stems (he replaced washers in the kitchen earlier, to stop leaking there), baking a pan of brownies for Mark (he seems to be a little better than he sounded, but I think he's happy for painkillers), cleaning the bathroom top to bottom, patching the holes and cracks in the basement floor, using the new weed eater and clippers to trim around my plants, vacuuming (as usual, vacuuming sucks) and managing to read. (Yeah!)
--W. Sommerset Maugham
Saturday, May 10, 2003
"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods.
Cats have never forgotten this."
Friday, May 09, 2003I received an e-mail from my cousin in Krygyzstan yesterday. I was thinking about the e-mail I've received recently, and it's making me feel quite parochial. Mail from Ben in Krygyzstan, mail from Sergi in Switzerland, mail from Fan in China, mail from Hammer in Japan.
Thursday, May 08, 2003Last final today. It only took me an hour, I was one of the first done, but I didn't think it was that hard. I hope that doesn't mean I'm doomed. I double checked my math, and wrote everything out, in case I got that math wrong twice. I felt comfortable with everything, so I hope that bodes well.
Wednesday, May 07, 2003
And I will eat them in the rainApparently, today is hair day. Michael decided to cut his hair to donate it to Locks of Love. He is planning on growing his hair back out, so his hair isn't nearly as short as mine was when I got mine cut--he can still pull his hair back into one of those goofy puff-ball ponytails. The braid was about 12 inches though, so it was still a lot of hair.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
They are so good,
so good you see!
Tuesday, May 06, 2003
No, I don't understand my husband's theory of relativity, but I know my husband and I know he can be trusted.So.... Michael applied this evening to WVU to get a second bachelor's degree--computer science of course. He talked with some people in the CS department today, and they said he probably wouldn't be able to get into the master's program with his forestry degree. So back for another bachelor's degree. Much of what will happen will depend upon his boss and how flexible she is going to be with his schedule.
Monday, May 05, 2003
The distance is nothing; it's only the first step that is difficult.I received another e-mail! This time from Sergej's wife. Her English is better, so this message was a little longer than previous messages. I am still having trouble finding the words to describe how excited I am about this.
--Mme. du Deffand
RARE SEARCH TERMS:
Walking with woodlice
Queen's Blue Peter badges
Black pudding throwing
Sunday, May 04, 2003I heard a disturbing, but yet unsurprising piece of news on NPR this morning. I found a similar article here. Subhankar Banerjee, a former scientist at Boeing with a photography hobby, recently published the book "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land." It was this book that was held up by Senator Barbara Boxer of California during debate on drilling for oil in ANWAR. After a loss in that vote, Alaska Senator Stevens said that he would repay (not his exact word, NPR gave the quote, but it isn't archived yet) those who stopped the vote he desperately wants. Soon after, Banerjee was told first that his exhibit at the Smithsonian was cancelled, and then told it was moved from the rotunda, where he was told it would be exhibited, to "the basement" because of Boxer's politicization of his book. Also, many of the captions were changed or removed. For example, one caption described a bird and its travels from South America to Alaska, but the new caption. simply gives the name of the bird. The Smithsonian and the Republicans are denying political retribution. but Banerjee says he was given a map that shows his exhibit on the rotunda.
Saturday, May 03, 2003
You must know the story of your culture and be proud of your ancestorsI am very excited! Today I received an e-mail from a Russian gentleman whose last name is Klishis! He found my website and sent me an e-mail! Now I really with that I had been able to take Russian, so that I could better converse with him, but I can't yet. I replied to him immediately, and I hope that he will respond.
Friday, May 02, 2003
To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your workTranscript of recent conversation with the cats:
--Sister Mary Lauretta
This is not your bed!This was, of course, entirely ineffective. The problem is that I have a very lovely quilt my mom made that is on the bed in the spare bedroom. It is all very bright colors, which means it shows cat hair like you wouldn't believe. So I decided to consider alternatives:
This is not your bed!
This is not your bed!
Thursday, May 01, 2003
I started with this idea in my head, "There are two things I've got a right to, death or liberty."So yesterday I finally joined the ACLU. (I even added a link to my main page!) I've talked and thought about it for quite a while, but didn't do anything about it until yesterday. I think partially it was because I didn't know how much it cost. The answer to that, was that they would take any size donation, but for $20 you will become a card-carrying member of the ACLU. So in a few weeks I'll have an actual card. It wasn't painful or anything, especially since I could do it on-line, so if you've been considering it, I can tell you the step from consideration to action wasn't that painful.