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August 29, 2005 -
I came home at 11pm last night and went back at 8am...
Brent pondered I should stay... but I like to change
clothes each day... and being able to brush my teeth
makes me happy.
is my birthday... How did it come so quickly? I think
time is speeding up or something.... Bob got me a "No,
I will not fix your computer" T-Shirt- it's super
I'm going to walk dogs at the humane society... they
are getting more help in the afternoon and weekends,
but the weekday 6am walk time is difficult for them
to find extra help for- So I plan to do that, run three
miles on the treadmill as it is Monday... Clean, and
then take a nap.
not put any images in this month's blog, so I looked
for something to toss in. I've pondered trying my hand
at Japanese calligraphy so I've been gathering proverbs,
sayings and kanji in order to practice writing them...
the one to the right means: "Tell not all you know,
all you have, or all you can do."
August 27, 2005 -
Vey... Today I came over to Brent's to help him on a
plethora of projects... and now I ponder I just might
be here all weekend! First I worked on making a slide
show of senior pictures on DVD of his nephew that he
took last weekend- that seemed to take forever as he
wanted certain songs to play at certain times and Roxio
seemed to only like to play one song in a slide show
so I had to figure a few things out. I ended up mixing
the songs together into one file that I could then import
into the slide show. So that took us until like 6:30pm...
and now we're still working on getting started on the
wedding slide show DVD; and it's going to be much more
complex with five times the images. Brent is sorting
through the best images for the project... And I'm just
sitting pondering how long it's going to take. I brought
my HP over with my scanner so we could work on scanning
photos in while we did sideshows, but now we're kinda
August 23, 2005 -
Roberts is C~R~A~Z~Y! ...He stated on his show that
we should assassinate Hugo Chavez, the President of
Venezuela. Chavez has openly denounced the US and President
Bush, and has close ties to Cuba and Iran, This Evangelical
Fatwa, as it has been coined, is against the law of
course... a religious leader calling for people to be
killed sounds identical to the mind set of the people
we are trying to fight in Iraq... It would appear that
in our fight to force others to embrace our ideology
that now some of our most crazy people here are adopting
the ideology of terrorism. The White House has made
mild statements that the US does not assassinate other
world leaders, but that he is a private citizen, and
his comments were inappropriate.. but How can we expect
Arab governments to crack down on people promoting or
calling for violence when clearly we are not going to
do anything about people doing the same thing here.
Roberts of course is not newly crazy...he has also said
that the State Department should be blown up with a
nuclear device. ...That only Christians should be allowed
to hold office... and that "Feminism encourages
women to leave their husbands, kill their children,
practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become
lesbians." (and that last one was before the GOP
convention in '92.) C~R~A~Z~Y! ...Now I don't think
all religious people are crazy *L* The National Council
of Churches was quick to say that Roberts' comments
were "Appalling to the point of disbelief."
is a little dizzy I think- He was trying so hard to
create a positive news blitz on why we should support
the war in Iraq, now there will be very little he can
do to stay on message.
August 23, 2005 -
but just by a few hours. I worked a little on my interests
page, right now I'm just working on my portfolio.
Shuttle program is going to be grounded until March
of 2006 now.
6:30 I went and helped walk dogs at the humane society,
and I got back home at 8... and now I ponder I'll take
a nap before I have to go to work.
August 21, 2005 -
price of gas has gone up... and looks like it will stay
this high. Most people look to point the blame to OPEC,
or increased demand in China, but the largest part of
the problem exists here in the US. We have not built
a new oil refinery here in twenty years, and currently
we import the maximum amount we can refine. It will
take ten years to build a new refinery, but with everyone
having a "not in my backyard" attitude, they
haven't found a site to build one yet. Not only is it
hard for oil to find a site to build, but renewable
energy cannot find a place either. Wind farms in Kansas
are still on hold as "environmentalists" argue
how they would impact the scenery... A new idea is to
put wind farms offshore, but a recent plan to put a
farm near Nantucket is under fire by residents who don't
want to see the wind turbines. The location is perfect
however, they must be placed in a location that gets
an average wind speed of 8 mph, and they have near constant
winds of 16 mph. I think people are blind to what a
great attraction a wind farm could be.... the Eiffel
Tower was after all a temporary radio tower that Parisians
hated and thought was an eyesore to the city... they
fought bitterly to not have it built, and now it is
the main focal point of tourism. I say we should find
the most logical spot for a wind farm, and then construct
the most monumental one there.
August 20, 2005 -
group of scientists have discovered a way to increase
the speed of light. This is a monumental discovery,
but I've always pondered it to be possible... not for
light to go faster, but for something to. It's a habit
of scientists to brand only what they can document as
being possible, long ago the Universe was nothing more
than our galaxy, and nothing was existed beyond that,
and once it was theorized that breaking the sound barrier
would cause your atoms to break apart... and finally,
as I learned in physics, nothing can travel faster than
299,792 kph, until now.
August 18, 2005 -
was a laptop sale in Virginia this week; It was advertised
that the used Ibooks would be $50 each, which grew a
crowd of more than 5000 people- but as there was only
1000 Ibooks, a melee ensued. People were trampled, fourteen
were hospitalized, and reporters characterized the event
saying it seemed like everyone thought they were trying
to catch the last helicopter out of Saigon. Perhaps
next time the sellers will ponder a higher prices...
I bet they'll only Ebay from now on.
August 16, 2005 -
Today I got home to disaster! I came in and noticed
a lot of stuff on the floor, first, my portfolio was
on the floor flipped open with pages all over... certainly
not how I left it, closed on the desk... and then I
happened to notice that one of the keyboards and a mouse
had "hung" themselves. They were just suspended
by their cords from the desk, and another mouse that
is cordless was on the floor..... AND then I saw that
my digital camera was upside-down under the desk, the
desk it that it was sitting on top of when I left. Now,
I don't get upset easily, but one certain way to get
me that way is to trash my technology. ...My cat and
I are on non-speaking terms currently. Nothing was broken
however, so I am indeed fortunate and thankful for that.
August 13, 2005 -
Castro turned 79 today, and I ponder what the future
holds for Cuba. Castro has been in power for over four
decades now and I wonder if after he dies if the Cubans
will move toward democracy, and create term limits...
I think the US should try and extend a few friendly
gestures Cuba's way to try and build a bridge now.
August 12, 2005 -
and I have the day off, but a lot to do none-the-less.
Carrie came home today, and she and Dad went to the
lake to go boating, Mom is at the animal shelter, and
I'm just working on things here at home.
August 8, 2005 -
I jogged three miles on the treadmill and cleaned out
my fish aquarium. I moved the water lilies that I had
in my aquarium out to the pond today too- they grew
and did ok, but they just look better outside when you're
looking down at them.
Bob came up to see Holton, it was nice to ride around
and show him the town, too bad there's not that much
to see here... I also showed him my water garden.
August 6, 2005 -
was a lot to do at work today....
is the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima.
I stayed up late playing Homeworld 2 with Zach, it's
been quite a while since I played it but it was very
fun, and I hadn't really talked to Zach in a while either.
August 5, 2005 -
had Thursday off, and it was a fairly productive day.
I cleaned, helped a lady edit kitty photos so she can
find homes for them- she was mostly the reason for my
cleaning frenzy. I had Thursday off because Robert needed
Friday off, so I will be working all day today.
August 3, 2005 -
has released new plans for the next generation of spacecraft...
though it's really a look into our space faring past.
On CNN an expert in engineering said that he doubted
NASA would ever design another craft where anything
could fall off and strike the crew vehicle, and it would
appear how the new designs will have that as their main
objective. The shuttle will be abandoned for more simple
reuseable capsule- there will be a crew capsule that
will be launched into orbit via a single rocket booster,
and for cargo there will be a dual booster rocket with
a large cargo vehicle at the top. I'm kinda sad that
it lacks the cool factor that the shuttle had, but safety
and capability will both be greatly improved, the chance
of accident going from 1 in 100-200 to 1 in 1000-2000
that there would be a serious failure, and cargo capacity
would go from 20 tons to 100 tons. It's still a very
priliminary idea, and there is no timetable for when
the new rockets will be put into service.