January 1, 2005 -
Mary Lou's party went very well, Bob, Christie, Teresa
and Letha came, and we played games and had a good time.
man... I hope this year is going to go better than the
first day. I have a sore throat, so I'm not really happy
about that... and all of a sudden my technology has suddenly
revolted. My printer is bad of course, my wondrous 21"
monitor is started to get slight echos... a signal that
it is started to head down the road to destruction. It's
not even to a degree that it is annoying yet... and I've
seen monitors develop little problems like this, and they'll
act up for a while, and then stop, and it will return,
but it never gets worse... and just does that and carries
on for decades... I've also seen monitors get little problems...
and then exponentially get worse until it just dies. So
I've either got a month left on it... or it will last
forever. I bought it in May of '04 and it was "off
lease" meaning a company owned it before me for perhaps
five years... so I got a good deal on it. I don't think
I'd order anything off lease from now on though. The HP
started to act strangely too... it kept switching which
video card it wanted to use as primary, so today I just
removed the lesser of the two and it uses it now, and
that's for the best cause it reads as having the 3d acceleration
features now of the best card when it did not before....
I was watching TV on it though, and it kept freezing..
the software for the TV card was always really flippy,
so I guess I'll just use a different program. The other
program doesn't allow me to set the computer to record
different programs I might miss though. Bah, mayhaps I'll
add a new TV capture card to my wish list. This one was
extremely cheap... like $30, and it's several years old.
So yup... I'm not really happy with the technology today.
I pondered super upgrades for the HP anyway, getting a
512MB chip of ram for it, and then getting a new 200GB
drive to have for a new backup drive, and then my old
100GB backup drive could go into the HP, and perhaps a
new TV capture card.
January 3, 2005 -
I ordered the hard drive, TV card, and ram last night,
and used the gift card that Bob gave me for Christmas,
but when I entered the code to redeem it, it doubled the
amount. I told Bob and he called his bank, and they said
he wasn't double charged, and he also called Tiger Direct,
and they said the error was theirs, but they wouldn't
correct it. When I checked out on the website it figured
everything up... and at the very bottom it noted I redeemed
coupons, but in the e-mail I got today there was no mention
of it, so I ponder if it actually counted them at all,
I guess I'll have to see. I'm very giddy to get my new
January 4, 2005 -
We had an ice storm today, so pretty much I was stuck
home... I'm feeling quite a bit better, and I think tomorrow
I'll be good as new, though tomorrow I'll probably be
stuck here at home too.
started to read a book tonight… a Star Trek book,
but a book none-the-less! Well…. I guess I cannot
praise myself, cause I got to page three and threw the
bloody thing down. It was a DS9 book, a hard-back special
edition I’d gotten long ago, and I have so many
Trek books all the plots run together… so I pondered
it would be new enough… so I was reading it…
and the author called Quark “The Innkeeper on DS9”
I just found it all shmeppy… or did I like miss
the episode where Quark owned a bed and breakfast? And
I pondered if I’m just to page three and this moron
author and his zippy fact checkers don’t know the
basics about who the characters are, it really wasn’t
worth reading, cause they were bound to really mess it
January 5, 2005 -
I went today and took pictures of the motor Dad is working
on (I got the day off since all state offices are closed),
It's snowing like crazy right now out there too. Dad still
went to work today though because Goodyear no longer allows
snow days, not even if it were taken as a day of vacation.
is set to push forward on changing social security (which
I feel is a bad idea) later this week. Basically he wants
to change it so that people get more of their money back,
and can in turn invest it for when they retire. I feel
this is bad for several reasons... Social Security is
already under funded, so making this change now will decrease
money going into it all the while the baby boom generation
is beginning to get ready to start taking money out of
it at a much faster rate which will bankrupt the system.
-Given the fact that his plan will run the system dry,
benefits will have to be cut, and as reported by the Washington
Post, in 2022 benefits will be cut by 10%, by 2042: 25%,
and by 2075 benefits will be cut by 46%. As more and more
time passes Bush's plan means that Social Security is
going to be phased out. This leaves every citizen on their
own to pick the best way to invest their money to try
and save for when they retire, and I think as we have
all seen with how the stock market can react, or with
people that rely on a company pension, or any number of
other ways to save, that could suddenly go wrong... Leaving
people with no safety net. I feel that Social Security
needs bailed out. When it was started, the money you put
into Social Security was yours, and it was saved... but
over time the government began to borrow money out of
the system, leaving us where we are now... People working
today pay into the system, and the people on retirement
take our money out. Basically... I think we needed a lock
box back in 2000.
people are now declared dead in the tsunami. Governments
around the world have made pledges, and have moved to
help the survivors, Japan has pledged 500 million, several
EU counties have now raised their pledges near that, and
the US is up to $150 million, but plans to give pledge
more, and we are also helping on the ground. There was
a story today in the news questioning what will happen
once the media attention fades or move on to the next
big story. ...It's happened in every disaster in the last
few years, and has been getting more and more pronounced,
and was what sparked the comment by a UN official that
modern countries had been growing more stingy. When famine
or disasters occur many nations make pledges, but often
less than half the amount pledged is actually sent. A
list was given of disasters, what was pledged, and what
percentage was given, the highest was 46%, and it quickly
thinned down. The earthquake that struck Iran early last
year proved to be one of the most deadly in history, and
$1 Billion was pledged by countries around the world,
but only $17 million ever arrived... to this day people
still live in tent cities. I feel that governments should
get out of the habit of making pledges, and work as fast
as they can to either do something, or to give money to
an organization that is in the position to do something.
I'm very proud of the role the US has taken after the
tsunami in mobilizing so many ships and helicopters to
deliver aide where it is needed.
interesting story out of Indian Ocean; there are a couple
very small islands near India that contain ancient tribal
people that the Tsunami hit. The islands are a protectorate
of India, which have been kept isolated from the world
because the natives that have been there perhaps since
the last ice age still live as they would have in ancient
times... they've also been very "anti-social"
to visitors in the past. Since the islands were hit by
the tsunami however the Indian government felt it had
to determine the state of the people living there and
provide food and water if they needed it so a helicopter
was sent... It was unable to land though, because once
it found a clearing it began to take fire. Apparently
the natives all took to higher ground, perhaps they had
better instincts like all the animals that fled before
the tsunamis hit, so they all seemed ok, and fortunately
for the pilots, bows and arrows are of little tactical
significance to a helicopter.
January 6, 2005 -
I went to work today, and it took forever to get into
my car and get the windows half-way decent. I also got
my TigerDirect stuff tonight. The TV card works great
so far, and I've also got the Ram and hard drive installed.
I ponder I should now get rid of my old TV Card, perhaps
I should give it away, but to someone that gets Sci-fi
so I can tell it to auto record Stargate Atlantis each
week. The card does have XP drivers... but it doesn't
seem to really get along well... the program does illegal
operations or freezes a lot.
got me a Star Trek Calendar for Christmas, thus, today
I know that it is currently Nog's Birthday.
I've had more free time lately I've started to do more
origami... and now I've got a pretty good basket going.
I wonder if I could sell it, or mayhaps I'll give it away,
but money is always good, with Christmas, New Years &
Snow days, my January pay checks are going to be quite
January 7, 2005 -
to the Star Trek calendar Teresa got me, I know that it
is Morn's (Mark Allen Shepherd's Birthday today.
still have my cough... and I really seem to have it late
at night, I don't even remember falling asleep last night,
just coughing every minute or so. So in the morning I
got up and took a shower, and I put the shampoo in my
hair, and rinsed it, and then I put more shampoo in my
hair... and then came to the realization that I just did
that... Oiy. When I got to work I told Debbie that perhaps
it might be a wise idea if I do not assist with the ILL
today. Today on Star Trek TNG they aired "Night Terrors",
which the crew could not get into REM sleep, and they
all slowly started to grow crazy, so I think I better
use the Nyquil tonight or tomorrow I'll really be messed
January 9, 2005 -
My new site is done! ...well, not really, but it's a start
isn't it? It still has the same look, I just made it differently
to use tables instead of I-frames, and now it's much more
browser friendly. I think I'll also make different images
so I can change them out every now and then so I'll have
rotating themes. I also plan to keep my most current blog
entries on the main page from now on, so your first glace
at my site should be enough if you come often, and then
when I write new entries I'll move the older ones to the
Nature (PBS) tonight they had a program on Hawaii,
and there was a mention of how the main island is cracking
that I found frightening. They discovered that on the
ocean floor there were seventeen separate debris fields
where the island had cracked and fell into the ocean all
at once. The discovery solved geologists questions of
how Hawaii could have high cliffs that rose out of the
ocean, cliffs that showed few signs of weathering... the
reason for the lack of weathering, was because the cliff
was quite newly formed within the last thousand years.
The reason this is so scary, is that such an event could
case a mega-tsunami. As I tried to illustrate below, the
top diagram would be the creation of a Tsunami, with one
plate in the ocean rising up displacing water, causing
a Tsunami. With the mega-tsunami, like if a cliff breaks
off, there is much more land moving, and much more water
being displaced, this can create a Mega-Tsunami in the
order of 100 times as powerful as the one that hit in
the Indian Ocean.
News reported today that 1354 American soldiers have died
in Iraq since the start of the war. It's been a while
since I'd heard how many, and they seem to report it less
frequently now... Just 20 more days until Iraq is to hold
January 10, 2005 -
The main computer I use for the internet is infected with
a virus, a spam virus! So it now spams people, but no
one in my address book apparently, since I haven't gotten
any complaints. I pondered that I did have a virus, but
McAfee, HouseCall (an online virus scanner) and Norton
all fail to find anything. Norton (which I just switched
to) does however notify me when it scans each e-mail that
Outlook sends out, so when the computer sends a spam letter
out, it also notes that mail is going out, and how many,
but it lets the letters go, because they do not contain
viruses, they are just spam letter, so it really isn't
a virus, but somehow it was able to install onto my computer
via the internet... Perhaps when I went to look up a serial
number for a program (That I did buy, but lost the number
for) and sites that give out serial numbers are often
very shady. If I just open Outlook and get the mail it
doesn't send them, but if I send a letter, and keep the
program on it will start to send them out... so I ponder
I'll just keep it closed after I'm done with it... until
I can find a way to clean it manually.
has drizzled all day, and froze as it fell... and the
porch is deadly slippery, so I ponder if I'll be working
tomorrow. Carrie already got out of school for tomorrow.
Grandma called and told Mom that she was headed to bed,
but would call before she did, but then never called,
and Mom couldn't reach her, so we walked over to check
on her. She was ok, but something was wrong with her phone.
guess I've conquered my spam problem... I switched to
Thunderbird and I'll just keep Outlook contained until
there's an easy way to clean it.
got very few things on my "to do" list done
this weekend, but I at least got a start on my website,
so I guess I've got something done. I also majorly cleaned
out my web server space.
January 11, 2005 -
The power went off at work today for a few hours, though
it was before I got there, but Teresa called to tell me
about it before I came in. On the news they said that
the buried line must have been severed somewhere, but
that they never found where exactly... I feel this begs
the question; "How did they fix it if they didn't
know where it was broken?"
started to add to my portfolio tonight and added the Amelia
Earhart site I did in college. The portfolio page will
have buttons to different galleries, like a web gallery,
but for now I just put it there... Since I felt I need
to add something every day... but yet I left very lazy
ponder buying an origami book... I found one in Japanese
that said it had 100+ models divided into sections on
Chemical compounds, physical compounds and other interesting
shapes including DNA Helix. Doesn't that sound interesting?
It was like $35 though, but that's very good for that
many models. I tried to google the book, but I couldn't
anything else out about it. Sometimes you order a book
like this, and the description is neat, and the cover
is neat, but most the stuff in it is kinda lame. I use
to order books from the "Friends of Origami Center
of America" which is an organization in New York...
but they changed their name to OrigamiUSA.. which is nice...
and much easier to type in as a url... Back when I ordered
books and paper from them they didn't have a site though,
and it seemed every time I ordered something, they'd send
me a letter back stating that they raised prices, and
I needed to send more money... so I probably still owe
them a couple dollars from a decade or so ago.
date, my google ad has made almost $35. This sure is a
slow process of making money. I ponder I need to get more
tutorials and things... and get in better with google...
When people come to my site, but do not click the ad...
it seems to raise the number when people do click it,
so if I can get some good traffic perhaps I'll be able
to make the free/easy money easier?
January 12, 2005 -
think having my blog broken up with new things on the
main page will help my google ad do better, or at least
be more interesting, since the ads try to adjust to what
my content is, so as I talk about different things, it
changes. When I had all my thoughts building up, it tended
to ponder: 1) Craig is a Democrat, and 2) Craig has too
much free time. And the result was that every ad was:
"Meet Single Democrats!" Ah, the wonders of
added two pages to my tutorials section today... Unfortunately
the other sites I made the tutorials for had different
colors for the backgrounds, and I made many of the images
to match, so I need to redo most of it, and some of the
text still has problems... feel free to report errors!
But I did manage to put up pages on file types, and on
making shaped images.
Teresa and I start Karate. Brent is teaching classes...
and I kinda worry it's going to be comprised totally of
little children. Haley, Debbie's daughter was also going
to go, so at least there will be someone closer to our
age there. Perhaps after class Brent will show us what
work he has for Teresa and me to carry out. He had a number
of projects he wanted help with, and Teresa and I both
want to make some cash!
January 13, 2005 -
Site updates: I added a couple links, Photoshop tools
pt I, and about layering to the tutorials section.
was the first night of karate, and it was really fun.
The children that were supposed to come didn't because
it was still very icy out, so it was Teresa, Debbie, Haley,
Carl and myself, and I think that's about a class full
because you need room to spread out and such. We learned
so much, and it was very fast paced... I hope we review
Last night I downloaded Microsoft's Anti-malware, and
several security updates, but tonight I discovered that
my Kazaa Lite no longer works, this is what I use to download
episodes of Stargate Atlantis that aren't carried on TV
here, so now I'll totally cut off from watching it again...
Grrr, I guess where there's a will there's a way, but
my attempts to uninstall and reinstall Kazaa, or to install
other versions of Kazaa failed, so I guess I'm at a pondering
point... what's worse- it deleted my partial downloads
folder, so I lost a couple episodes that I was nearly
done downloading... and they took so many hours to wait
for. Microsoft... it's things like this that get you vilified-
I want my Stargate back!
now I'm in a complaining mood, Bush, bah! I think his
plans for a Mars mission really bite. I love anything
space related, but I see the plan to put people on Mars
to be the worst
idea ever. Certainly there will come a time when we will
put people on the red planet, but the steps he has taken
are just wrong. First, such a project will be one of the
most costly endeavors humanity has undertaken to date,
and given the state of the budget, no extra money has
been allocated to NASA, yet, NASA still has been given
the directive to get it done. This means an end to all
truly worthwhile scientific research. There are still
a few non-Mars projects going on, a probe to Saturn will
be landing on Titan in a few hours, and another probe
to study a comet is on the way, but all programs that
were in the design stages have been canceled, and any
project in the works that could be changed for Mars use
will be. Once the International Space Station is completed
the US has declared it will end participation in the project,
and at that time all space shuttles will be decommissioned.
All shuttle flights not associated with the ISS have been
cancelled. Currently we have designed and built new optics
for the Hubble Space Telescope... I consider Hubble to
be one of the greatest tools ever created for space exploration,
and these new optics would increase the capabilities of
the telescope ten fold, with it, we could see ten times
as far, and with ten times the clarity. Hubble will soon
be a fatality of the Mars plan... It has five gyroscopes
which are needed to aim and stabilize, and only three
are required, the other two serve as backups... Hubble
is now down to three, so once the next one fails, Hubble
will slowly begin to spin, preventing us from ever docking
with it to repair it... At a cost of tens of millions
of dollars we've already built all the parts to fix it,
but that will not be done.
US trade deficit hit a record high of $60 billion that
Americans now buy in imports, but fail to balance with
exports. Most every EU country now has achieved a trade
balance, with each nation conducting in trade with partner
nations, and their imports and exports are equal.
January 15, 2005 -
So in conclusion to my partial Mars thoughts on Thursday...
We can learn just as much from rovers, robots and probes
as we can from sending people, and we can often study
things longer and in greater detail with robots as well,
and since rovers, robots and probes are many thousand
fold cheaper, and can be left at the point of study without
having to be returned to Earth... Why must we try and
send people to Mars? Sure it's a nice "Woohoo! We
did it!" but in how much time it will take, the huge
financial cost, the possible cost of life if there was
a failure, and the abandonment of all other areas of space
research, I feel it is wrong.
watching SNL now... and they just had a skit on about
the US dollar and how low it is compared to other currencies,
and I pondered that could throw a wrench into my possible
trip to Japan this summer. The first time I was there
the dollar was very strong to the Yen, but this time things
would be much more expensive!
morning Teresa called and said that Brent needed help
on a photoshoot in Olathe, so we rushed out there, both
kinda nervous since we didn't know what we were going
to be doing, and we got a little lost, but it turned out
all right. Brent took pictures of YMCA junior high basketball
teams, so basically Teresa and I took down names to make
sure the frame numbers matched who was getting their picture
January 16, 2005 -
Today we worked at Brent's house, mostly cleaning blinds,
and odd jobs, so the upstairs will be ready for when the
Sensei comes to stay. Tomorrow I'll go back, and hopefully
we'll get more done, cleaning blinds seems to take forever.
January 19, 2005 -
It's been a very busy week! Teresa and I finished at Brent's,
though there is still more to do, he'll always have things
to do, but our contracted weekend was up. Last night I
helped Brent with a photo shoot, being a photo assistant
is kinda fun! Mostly I just helped move all his stuff
and set up, and then took it down... it was just one group
portrait. Earlier that day I had lunch with Susan to talk
about the next newsletter for the Capital-Journal, and
I picked up a computer to work on as well... I'm always
up for extra cash, and she had a vote tabulator job counting
"Best of Topeka" ballots that I said I'd do.
Tonight Teresa and I went over to Lin & Brian's to
look over their basement painting project, which we will
start on this weekend, I also work Saturday, and there's
going to be a game night at Mary Lou's. New Year's was
a lot of fun, so I'm happy to see game night might be
a more regular thing.
heard today on the news that 226,000 people have now been
declared dead from the tsunami.
ponder all my extra job money I'm earning I'll put into
a digital camera fund. Brent got his wondrous digital
camera yesterday... course I really need a printer too,
but if you buy both together you can often get the printer
very cheap, or for free. Perhaps I'll sell my old printer/scanner...
it's an excellent printer in you wish to print just text
without color so let the bidding begin. I pondered I should
try and save my money more effectively, so I wrote my
bank about mailing me a form to open a money market account
tonight... so I think I'll put my money in that, and leave
my savings for just the "Digital Camera, printer,
and new scanner" fund.
January 20, 2005 -
is DeForrest Kelley's Birthday, happy birthday Bones!
(even though I don't like TOS that much).
Karate Teresa and I ate at KFC.. The KFC on Gage is very
nice, the cashier even gave us both free pop, and said
we didn't have to pay eight cents so the dollar amount
would be even. After eating I came home and spent a very
frustrating night with flash trying to figure out the
best way to streamline video content for the web... I
pondered using Flash, but now I'm just irate that Macromedia
took the very simple and straight forward Flash 5, and
turned it into such an evil program that makes what was
once a very very simple thing... into something I spent
several hours on now... and still haven't figured out.
Oy.. 1 am, and I'm just going to go to bed.
January 21, 2005 -
was announced today that it is "too dangerous"
and "too expensive" to launch a repair mission
to the Hubble Space Telescope. Again though I must compare
it to a Mars mission, since we are going to prepare to
take on a manned mission... If sending a craft up to orbit
this planet is "too dangerous" than how can
we send a craft to another planet to orbit, land, and
return and deem that an acceptable risk. If going up to
repair the Hubble with craft we already have made, and
with parts we already have made, is "too expensive,"
than how can building a craft to travel to Mars and back
be within the budget?
January 23, 2005 -
spent the day at Lin and Brian's painting with Teresa
and it was quite a job, just the one room in the basement
took us from 9am-8pm, and we had some difficulty, because
of the two cans of paint we used (that seemed identical)
but one was semi-gloss, and the other was flat! We had
turned on fans, cause it looked like it wasn't drying,
and finally we knew it was dry on some walls, but we could
still tell where we painted and could see places where
the rollers went... After reviewing the cans though we
saw why we were having problems, and it was just a half
an hour before Lin & Brian came back home... so we
painted over as much as we could with the matte white
as quickly as we could, and it looked pretty good when
we were done... though it still might require a touchup.
night we had a repeat of game night, so we ate and played
Uno & Pictionary... Lots of fun. Next time we'll have
to order out for food though so it's less work for Mary
Lou... Oiy, I wore my contacts to work that day though,
and they were not doing good, so I had to drive home and
get my glasses.
January 24, 2005 -
the news they said that today is the most depressing day
of the entire year. Perhaps I'd have to agree, I got my
muffler replaced, so I'm out a hundred bucks, and what
could be more depressing than that? Well... I guess a
lot of things could be, so I'll be happy I guess. Besides
getting my car worked on I cleaned some and started to
work on the computer for Susan's daughter, oh and my fish
waited for me to clean their tank... but I never did.
With the plants in the aquarium it really doesn't seem
to need cleaned nearly as much. When I didn't have live
plants I'd clean it about once every two weeks, but now
it's going on a couple months probably, and it doesn't
look green or anything, but the water line is down a couple
January 25, 2005 -
was reinaugurated on the 20th, though I didn't really
watch, but it was somewhat impossible to miss with parts
of it being re-aired in the news. On Meet The Press they
repeated part of it, with Bush's statement: "Where
ever people stand for their liberty, we will stand with
them." Many are somewhat leery that a growing "Bush
Doctrine" will get the country into more conflict,
and for me that comment made me think of Taiwan. For decades
the US has supported Taiwan in their goal for independence,
which China has stated that any act of separation by the
Taiwanese would be something they would put down by force.
When Bush first took office, he became the first President
to side with China, in that he told the Taiwanese should
not attempt to separate because we would not protect them
in a conflict with China. So I pondered after his new
statement which it really is.... If Taiwan were to declare
independence and take a stand for there liberty... where
would we really stand.
Brent paid Teresa and I for working on his house, he even
tipped, so tonight I added his dojo website to my portfolio.
I need to add more stuff to the portfolio, but mayhaps
I'll get to some of it this weekend.
gotten a lot of our dogs adopted out... right now we have
just two puppies left, and the little Chihuahua that was
abused... I hope we can keep her though.
January 26, 2005 -
as I was driving in to work I saw a bald eagle. It was
flying near the Kansas River bridge and it was a very
stunning site to see one in the wild... poor thing though,
having to hunt in the Kansas River. I wish I would of
had my camera, but I guess even if I did I couldn't have
stopped there anyway.
Geographic reported on its website on different groups
that are conducting in Human/Animal genetic research...
Pigs that create human blood, goats that produce spider
silk, mice with human brains, some projects seem very
important, others seem like they could possibly stir more
of a backlash towards genetic science.
January 27, 2005 -
was Karate night, and all of Brent's Karate sensei friends
came to visit him, but they didn't get there until class
was over. At that point the number of sensei's really
outnumbered the students then.
pictures back from when we worked at Brent's... he fed
us pizza for lunch, and as you can see, Teresa really
likes the pizza! I need to put more pictures in my blog,
and I need to be more interesting.
was very good tonight, the story centered around a girl
with kidney problems, who was put on a drug to control
her seizures, which then damaged the kidney she had transplanted
from her father, and the drug industry had gotten multiple
reports that the drug caused kidney damage... but the
information had been suppressed. It ended with the father
killing himself so that she could then have his other
kidney. ER often takes shots at the drug industry, though
most are probably justified I think. I heard that Michael
Moore's next film will be about the drug industry... I
will certainly try and see it when it comes out.
is tomorrow... Paydays are always good days. My plans
for the weekend are... to stay home, and hopefully I'll
get caught up on my computer fixing, fish tank cleaning,
and just get caught up.
January 28, 2005 -
Tonight after work I went over to Beca & Andrew's
house, I knew it was supposed to snow at some point, but
it had been chilly all day, and hadn't done anything,
so we played Smash Brothers on the Game Cube... a very
fun game it is.... and then we decided we'd go to Applebee's
to eat... it was then that it just barely started to snow,
but we figured we'd have time to eat, but probably after
that would have to call it a night. Applebee's was packed
though, and we had to wait twenty minutes to even get
a seat.... All the while we could see outside that it
was snowing harder and harder, so we ate, and got our
dessert to go and left. The roads were extremely slick,
and after getting off I-70 I could barely make it up the
hill on first street... and when I turned to go onto the
street Beca & Andrew live on... the car just kept
on going, so I went around the block, and left them off
at their corner instead. They did offer for me to stay
the night there, but I felt confident I could make it
home safely, despite all the cars that we saw wrecked
on the highway... but those seemed to mostly be teenagers...
it's a pity to see teenagers with new BMW's and Mustangs
wrecked into the center wall of the interstate... it really
is. *L* So I made my way home at a brisk 30 mph, which
was the speed the entire convoy of cars was going, and
it took about an hour and a half to get home.
that I'm home... I plan to stay here until I am forced
to go back to work on Tuesday! Hopefully that will let
me get caught up on all my projects.
January 29, 2005 -
I spent indoors mostly, aside from morning sidewalk scooping,
and I cleaned some upstairs, fixed Carrie's laptop, and
compressed some video files. Brad (my cousin) came over
this morning and adopted one of the puppies, so now we
only have one left.
elections are now underway... I ponder some of the wisdom
of holding elections, since the candidates couldn't campaign...
I mean, if no one knows what anyone stands for, and are
just picking names at random is it really going to be
worthwhile, though I guess no matter how much a candidate
promotes their views, people will still overlook the issues
and vote on likeablity. Perhaps all that matters is that
the Iraqi people picked someone, no matter who it is.
January 30, 2005 -
would appear that the elections in Iraq are turning out
to be a success, there were seven attacks on polling stations,
but nearly 60% of those that registered showed up to vote.
It seems like this could be the first step towards progress.
I spent in my continuationg of getting things done. I
cleaned out the fish aquarium, organized and created an
invoice for Dad for the engine he rebuilt, and I watched
the Sunday news programs.
January 31, 2005 -
stuff, here I come! Ok, go here,
and then sign up for some'n! When you go to that link,
you sign up, tell a number of things you don't want to
participate in no... and then when it gives you a big
list of sites, you pick one to join. And I'll get a free
Shuffle, ok, so I hate Mac, but I can get it free,
and it's like $150. You can open a credit card, no need
to actually use it, or get an account with a site, I chose
NetMarket.com.. by using my link and coming from my site...
it will register a hit and give me a point when you sign
up.. after three signup's, I get a new Ipod shuffle in
the mail! There are programs for a lot of things too,
but they require a lot of referrals to get those, so I'm
starting small, or starting mini *G*. Tammie, an online
friend introduced me to this promotion, she's already
gotten her Ipod mini, and is working on her IMac. Nope,
it's not a scam! Wired News had an article
about it, and it was also featured on CNN.
I finished working on Gumby, the computer I've been working
on, so mayhaps tomorrow he'll return home. I also got
a sore throat today, I woke up with it... and it's stayed
with me all day. For the rest of the night I shall work
on my Ancestry.com poster I need to have for work tomorrow.
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