February 28, 2005 -
was found that Small Fry's tumors are benign, which is
the best news we could hope for. The vet has started on
pregnazone, which will hopefully slow, stop or reverse
the growth of the tumors.
week there were protests in Israel, Paris, London, and
here in the US about UPN's decision to not renew Star
Trek Enterprise for a fifth season. After intense pressure,
UPN stated they would make an announcement today concerning
Star Trek, but did not confirm that it would involve Enterprise,
but said it would not involve a future movie of TV series,
so many think it will be about Enterprise, I guess I'll
February 27, 2005 -
suspected BTK Killer was arrested yesterday, and Witchita,
Kansas got in the national news, and on BBC world news
for it. The police seemed very certain that they had the
right person, though they hadn't really gone into, or
released what it was that allowed them to identify him.
Discovery there was a program about homicidal dolphins
that have been killing harbor porpoises, and also other
young dolphins, and they were able to use their sonar
to look into thier victims to know just where to punch
with their snout to harm the vital organs.
February 24, 2005 -
After work I went over to Brent's to look at the computer
his sister gave him that he will give to Sensei Nick.
It's a Packard Bell, and since they went out of business
a decade ago, it's pretty old, but it has ram dedicated
to video, and TV capture capabilities... so it was like
the monster of all computers back in the day, probably
worth $2500 - 3000 back in the day. It was certainly interesting
morning as I was cuddled in my fleece blanket pondering
if I could stay in bed longer I ponder... "Fleece
blankets are really nice." and then I thought that
it'd be a nice thing for our country to do, to produce
such a blanket to give to the poor around the world, how
could anyone hate us then. And then I remembered.... "Hmmm..
I guess we tried that once before, cept the blankets were
all diseased and were used to try to kill off the Indian
population... perhaps people wouldn't like our blankees
February 24, 2005 -
of Dogs... We have five foster dogs here now, four puppies
and an older dog. There were six puppies (which were all
dumped out in the country) but Mom found homes for a couple
of them. The Sheriff called today and said that Small
Fry was ours, and won't have to go back to the home she
was taken from. Her condition is still somewhat inconclusive
though, the vet was going to take a biopsy to see if the
cancer was benign or malignant... if it was benign they
have a new drug that's pretty successful in treating lymphoma,
but if it is malignant, there probably won't be much we
can do, as the Vet said that Chemo would probably only
extend her life by a few months.
is Majel Barrett's birthday, and yesterday was Jeri Ryans.
February 22, 2005 -
President Bush said that he had no plans on attacking
Iran, and in the next sentence said that "all options
are on the table." in dealing with Iran. I think
he learned a few things from Kerry, cause it was very...
"We're not gonna do it... but we just might!"
Perhaps Bush means that there will just be no pre-planning
for a war, but there just might be an unplanned one...
February 21, 2005 -
Monday, and I guess I had a pretty good weekend, though
it did go by quickly. Saturday after work Mary Lou, Bob,
Teresa and I went out to eat at Sun's (The best Chinese
food in the Northern Hemisphere since the Holton Chinese
restaurant closed). After we ate Bob, Teresa & I went
to the movie Constantine. It was an ok movie, I would
not tell anyone that they had to go see it I guess, but
I would not deem it a bad movie. Sunday and today I just
worked on the computer in Photoshop doing site stuff and
I played with Cascading Style Sheets.
February 18, 2005 -
came out yesterday that one of the reporters in the White
House press core, wasn't really a journalist, wasn't using
his real name, and that the White House knew, and continued
to give him press access because he asked very easy questions....
It was actually his extremely easy questions of the White
House Press Secretary, that led others reporters to investigate
how he got there, and exactly why he was there. This in
the wake of another scandal over political commentators
being paid by the White House to talk favorably about
certain policies does make one question how ethical the
Bush administration is.
February 16, 2005 -
Zahn had an interesting story on tonight... she had a
reporter go out and test what type of guns could be purchased
legally with the new weakened gun laws, and the reporter
was able to get, without any background checks, a fifty
caliber riffle.. it was purchased over the internet, as
were the bullets which were as long as the reporter's
hand. In testing of what could be done with the weapon,
it had a range of thousands of meters, and even at a great
distance was able to penetrate a steal plate that was
an inch thick. I ponder some think such weapons should
February 16, 2005 -
LaVar Burton's Birthday today.
seems to be the day of new alliances and new divisions.
Bush has made social security his main goal of his second
term, he's been campaigning hard to win people over, but
privatization is not winning any support, and with Democrats
able to kill any bill they don't like, Bush conceded today
that he would be willing to raise taxes on people making
over $90,000 a year in order to save social security.
Democrats are happy they were able to yank him to the
center, and Conservative Republicans are vowing to vote
against any increase in taxes. What is probably more surprising
is that Christians and Muslims are now protesting in the
streets of Lebanon together to try and force the Syrians
out of their land due to the recent assassination there
with suspected Syrian ties. The Lebanese are even calling
for Bush to send in troops to force the Syrians out- "We
want from President George W. Bush to free Lebanon, let
him take an action," one man said on the news. So
far we have pulled our ambassador to Syria, and the US
and France in the security council co-sponsored a resolution
demanding Syria leave. Iran today came forward and announced
they formed an alliance with Syria against the US.
Fry is going to start chemotherapy I guess. Mom said it
could cost up to a grand to have it done, and even if
it goes into remission she could still be ordered back
to the family that abused her... I'm going to hope for
the best though, and I told Mom I'd help pay for her treatment.
February 14, 2005 -
was a very long day, I worked at the Historical Society
until 5, and then I met Teresa over at Lin's to paint
her kitchen and sun room, we didn't think it'd take us
that long but it took us twelve hours, and I didn't get
home until 5:30am. For the rest of the weekend I've just
spent on the computer and cleaned some.
February 10, 2005 -
told me this afternoon that the vet called earlier and
that Small Fry, the little Chihuahua we are fostering,
and that I hoped we'd keep, has lymphoma. She is just
the nicest dog and has had just a miserable life.
was karate night- I got my Gi, so now I look very official
as a karate person.
February 9, 2005 -
a cease-fire was declared by the Israelis & Palestinians,
which is the most positive thing to happen there in a
long time, and I guess we will have to wait and see because
nothing has been set in writing yet, but it's a very good
guess my day wasn't as bad yesterday as Dad also had a
mishap driving... A white cat ran out front of him and
he couldn't avoid hitting with so little notice and the
slick roads. I won't get into it graphically, but it did
die. He knocked on a few doors in the neighborhood but
couldn't find the owners, though it did have a collar
on so it was a pet. I don't understand how people can
let cats just run the neighborhood like that. My cat has
never been loose outside since it was born... so many
get hit by cars... or get in fights with other cats.
Medicare reform is under attack by congressional Republicans
now... At first Bush promised them that spending on Medicare
would not exceed $400 billion, and then there was some
scandal as the Medicare actuary, whose job it is to inform
congress of future costs of the Medicare system, came
forward and stated the White House pressured him and threatened
to fire him if he released the actual cost, which was
$534 billion, which was only released a month after congress
voted and passed the bill. Now it has come out that
the plan will now cost $720 billion and some Republicans
on the hill are beginning to feel as if they have been
has been requested by popular demand that I keep a flash
animation of Teresa up so more people can see it, so if
you would like to view Teresa's future child you can click
the image to the right.
February 8, 2005 -
today when I woke up, my computer was off, but I told
it to stay on, and record music videos, and to work on
folding proteins, and then to record Deep Space Nine in
the morning, but when I got up it was sound asleep.. So
I pondered that perhaps I was sleepy and shut it off...
but when I turned it on it presented me with music videos,
and I scheduled it to capture those at 3am.
is Neelix's Birthday.
didn't quite make it to work today... It was snowing when
I left town, and it didn't seem slick at all, and it wasn't
in Holton... The snow seemed really dry too, and as cars
went down the highway it seemed to blow off the road,
and as the snow blew off the cars in front of me it still
wouldn't melt on the windshield, it'd just kinda blow
off... so I merrily drove to work. In Topeka though it
was getting pretty slick... and I guess I was just too
use to the road conditions and I slid off the road into
the guard rail. I actually missed the rail for my side
of highway, though it probably would have been best if
I hit the smooth metal barrier, but instead I hit the
rail for the other side of the highway, so it wasn't as
much the rail, as it was the wooden posts.. there were
three in particular that did the most damage, and I pretty
much slid into it with the full driver's side of the car...
Right after the accident a patrol car was there within
a minute, he was just at the right time and place I guess,
so he filled out the report, and he even brought me home.
He said he lived in town anyway, and this way he could
get off a little early. So now I'm at home... and the
car has been towed to our shop... so that's where I'm
at now. Bruce Jones just came on TV with the weather report
and said there were accidents all over the place, Oy,
I ponder next time it's snowy outside I'll just call in
and say I'm not going to be at work, that'd be a lot cheaper.
February 7, 2005 -
kinda slowing down in my blogging, but very little has
been going on this weekend. My folding@home
software has now completed one fold assignment and sent
hooked Carrie's camcorder up to my computer and played
with it some last night, mostly because someone wanted
to see the Chihuahua we are fostering, it's so small that's
it's actual size... if your screen resolution is 320 by
240 perhaps.... of if you're viewing it on a projector....
but it's still really small.
February 5, 2005 -
I've feeling a lot better today having had a cold for
the last few days. I never felt bad really, but I'm happy
that my nose isn't runny and I'm not coughing anymore.
watched Pompeii: The Last Day on the Discovery Channel
today, Robert had told me he saw it this week, and I'd
planned to watch it, but I forgot to look for when it
would be on, but luckily they re-air the high budget things
more. I read on the net the other day that Microsoft was
working on ways to block to recording of digital broadcasts,
so systems like Tivo and other DVR devices wouldn't be
able to capture the program. It just seems wrong to me,
just a ploy to get people to buy more DVDs.
February 2, 2005 -
night as I was going through my old Maximum PC CDs looking
for firewall software for Brent I saw that I had Folding@Home
software. No, it's not related to origami or folding paper,
but how proteins fold, and
this software "farms" out folding questions
to other computers, which work on the problems and then
ship back their findings to the server, the results could
lead to greater understand of, and a cure for: Alzheimer's,
Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, and Parkinson's
disease. You only really need to be online for a couple
minutes to download the instructions, and once your computer
starts working on it it will only use your extra CPU power,
so if you're working on something difficult, your computer
will only think about what you want it to. You can also
enter a name, or alias so you can get recognized on their
website, and you can also form a team based on a group
of friends, organizations, states, or nations. If you'd
like to participate, you can download the software from
their website, or ask me and I'll give it to you.
birthday Brent Spiner (Data)! It's however a dark day
for Star Trek as the series Enterprise was cancelled today...
February 1, 2005 -
on Paula Zahn Now on CNN there was a report on
the state of the states, which focused on six
midwest states, including Kansas. They interviewed Governor
Sebelius concerning the conservative/liberal reb/blue
divisions, and being a Democratic Governor in a very red
state... She spoke of a need for moderates and that it
is all the people in the middle that move government forward.
They also had a short interview with Doug Mays for a counter
perspective, and he was more of the opinion that a strong
conservative was needed in office for any change to happen
(though I really don't like any of the ways he would like
to change the state). There was also a minor mention of
the Kansas State Historical Society (pictured) where I
work. If anyone would like to watch the show, I can put
it on a CD.
day in review: I still have my sore throat, but it seems
a little better, I got Gumby (computer) off to Susan...
and she wrote me a check for my trouble, and for an ad
I did for the Journal. Work was ok, Lin seemed to like
the Ancestry.com poster, and Sandy brought me an apple,
so all in all, it was a pretty good day.
funny news today, someone in Connecticut hit the wrong
button, and the Emergency Broadcast System hijacked all
the radio and TV broadcasts... the message it gave...
That everyone should evacuate the state. I still ponder
the usefulness of the entire system, since it never seems
to be used where there are real emergencies, and they
test it so frequently during programs I like. As a result
of the evacuation order... no one seemed to be paying
any attention... no one evacuated, or called in to question
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