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Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
10:24 am - Indra Funny
This was taken a couple of weeks ago, when Indra JUST started smiling. Now she's smiling many times a day. :)

Be sure to have your sound turned on:

current mood: giggly

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Friday, May 8th, 2009
5:54 pm - Free Tomato Seeds
Campbell's is giving away free tomato seeds if you type in a code from the bottom of one of their cans as part of their "Help Grow Your Soup" promotion:

Also, while there, you can click the Grow button and donate some seeds to the Plant a Row for the Hungry project!

Happy Friday!

current mood: cheerful

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Saturday, January 24th, 2009
11:16 am - Urban Wildlife
Today my back yard has been visited by...

Two crows
One squirrel
Five Northern Flickers

They were lured by pizza crusts, bread heels, peanuts, and the crumbly bits in the bottom of the cheeze-it bag. :)

I took many pictures, but I'm starting to feel disenchanted with my camera. This is the best one of the lot:


current mood: happy

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Friday, June 20th, 2008
8:50 pm - !@*$%&#@@!!!!!
An hour ago my computer spontaneously shut down, and it isn't coming back.

My computer case gets power... but the power supply fan doesn't spin and nothing else is getting power (the mobo and graphics card fans don't spin anyway). I bought this replacement power supply not 2 months ago because the other power supply fan quit working and the computer was overheating. WTF? Do I have a power-supply-eating motherboard? I still have the old power supply. I guess I will have to swap back and see if my motherboard is toast, or if I just bought a lemon of a power supply. Or... oh who am I kidding, I have no clue.

Anyway, I'm posting with an AMD650 purchased 6+ years ago. It is our Linux server. But, it has sure been a reliable machine.

current mood: grumpy

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
4:58 pm - Writer's Block: Dream Job
What's keeping you from your dream job?
I'm so lucky to be working my dream job. For years I avoided higher education, I just couldn't peg the ONE thing I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So, I drifted from odd job to odd job. Then, one day my day job became my dream job, a place where I could bridge the gap between people and computers!

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
4:18 am - Viral...
Its not entirely alive by the standard definition, but it sure can be a pain in the ass for the living.

And, I'm staying home again today.

current mood: sick

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Monday, March 31st, 2008
10:41 am - Worms Beware!

I caught RedBreast WormHunter in my back yard this morning. Its amazing to see it hop around, cock its head a few times at the ground, waiting for who knows what... A sight? A sound? Suddenly, its beak darts into the soil to come up with a wriggling prize.

As you can see the snow is gone from the majority of the lawn. :) My hopes are high to get out there and clean stuff up. The time-sensitive subjects are cleaning up around the bulbs that are trying to open, and getting my compost pile started. I swear I could spend two hours in the yard every day until Fall. No gym membership needed.

Grass is public enemy #1 this year. It has invaded EVERY flowerbed, including my raised veggie garden. Meh. The worst weed is one you actually want, in certain areas. I'm going to have to get some rigid plastic edging or I'll just end up doing it all over again in a couple of years. If you don't get every last runner root, it all comes back. :(

I did indeed start my seeds last night. I'm well on my way! I'm thinking about trying to start corn seeds in paper pots. I know they hate having their roots disturbed, but if I can plant pot and all maybe I'll have a head start. I forgot how to fold them, but I'm sure I can figure it out or find that youtube video.

Last but not least, I want to bake bread from scratch. EVERY loaf they sell at Safeway has high fructose corn syrup in it. Well, except one, which doesn't have any folic acid. Hrmf. So begins my quest to bake my own bread. I don't have a bread machine... I could borrow my mom's but I might just do the grunt work like my grandmother did. First I will try honey wheat bread, then if I'm feeling adventurous I'll make a wild yeast sourdough starter and try that. :)

current mood: cheerful

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Thursday, March 6th, 2008
8:50 pm - gonna write you a love song...
I'll do it. Sara Bareilles, I'll write you a damn love song. I'll do anything for you. Just get your damn lyrics and catchy tune out of my head. After three days of the same six words etching themselves on my psyche, I get the point. At first, naively, I enjoyed the beat and attitude. But now, it has become a cerebral toothache that just won't quit. I actually fear going back to the gym because I hear this song EVERY time I'm there.

It reminds me of why I quit listening to music over the airwaves. Let silence reign.

current mood: annoyed

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2008
5:22 pm - Farewell...
Gary Gygax, R.I.P.

I didn't know much about you but I was heavily influenced by a culture you helped to create.

current mood: other

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Sunday, February 24th, 2008
11:27 am - Mussels
I just walked to the store and back, despite the perfectly good vehicle parked out front. :)

They had fresh mussels so I bought them. I also bought green onions, white wine, red potatoes, and brussels sprouts. I forgot the tomato paste, but who cares, we're having mussels!

Unfortunately the pedometer only reads 2300 steps. I guess the store isn't as far away as I thought.

current mood: accomplished

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Saturday, January 26th, 2008
9:35 am - Spring will come again
and it will bring with it all the garden I can handle, and then some. :)


I just really needed the reminder today, what with the snow cold and bleak. This was my overgrown garden a short 6 months ago.

current mood: cold

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Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
5:25 pm - Who is this me?
Sunday I went shopping, I met my mom at Fashion Bug then we went to Target. It's a darn good thing I intended to meet her there because I forgot my purse so I couldn't buy a thing, but mom helped me out. :) I'll pay her back asap. I was also very careful driving home.

I bought some gray jogging pants at Fashion Bug for $6. At Target I spent more. I acquired some cute jogging shoes, a pedometer, and a sports bra. Grand total after tax... $60. I'm actually kinda excited about being more physically active. *gasp* Who am I turning into???

Yesterday was my first day wearing the pedometer. I didn't do anything different about my routine. When I went to bed my pedometer read out a pathetic 3400 steps. That even included grocery shopping. Today, I'm already at 6707 and while I'm mostly done with moving around, there are still a few hours left. A big part of today's total has to do with the fitness center orientation. I didn't do anything active there, but SCC was so packed I had to park WAAAY out in the dirt lot. That really beefed up my steps. Then, I just did a 30 minute workout playing Wii Boxing (yes, my arms are going to be sore, yes I broke a sweat!). I jogged in place between rounds.

Tomorrow I'm hitting the fitness center after work, doing my introductory mile walk on the treadmill. We'll see how it goes.

current mood: accomplished

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Friday, November 23rd, 2007
8:51 am - National Pie for Breakfast Day
Pumpkin or Apple? Hmmmm.....

current mood: happy

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Monday, November 12th, 2007
8:37 am - Square Enix - Accounting vs Gaming
I'm sick of Square Enix's money-grubbing tactics when it comes to the Wii Virtual Console.

The Virtual Console features video game classics, ready for download in a tribute to instant gratification. Already we have Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros 3, Military Madness, Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV - titles originally released on 3 different consoles. I daresay we have spent as much time playing classics on our Wii as we have spent playing new shiny titles.

Yet, RPGs are sorely absent from Wii selections and I'm going to direct this gripe at Square Enix. Final Fantasy would be the perfect Virtual Console offering. The excuses Square Enix has come up with on this subject are beyond pathetic.

"We can't find the original floppy disks with the source code!"
"The Japanese audience needs removable media!"
"How would little kids buy it when they don't have credit cards?"

What they really need to do is have their accountant step up to the mike and tell the truth:

"We are making too much money re-releasing the Final Fantasy series on portable devices. Only after sales lag on the DS and PSP will we consider further milking the series by putting it on the Wii Virtual Console."

You know guys, you can make more money by listening to your customers and creating great products than by milking the past for all its worth.

current mood: peeved

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Saturday, November 3rd, 2007
9:47 am - Movie Hangover
After leaving the movie theater, the past dozen or so times without fail, I have had a raging headache. I don't know if its because I'm dehydrated (I don't buy drinks at the movies, and I don't drink much before because I hate getting up to use the restroom), because it's too loud, too big, or what.

At any rate, my film class has assigned us to see a movie in a theater. We're going to American Gangster, and I'm taking Ibuprofen beforehand. :)

current mood: happy

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
5:56 pm - Happy Halloween!
My fire-breathing dragon pumpkin is a big hit with the neighbor kids. :)

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current mood: festive

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Sunday, October 28th, 2007
8:37 am - Orwellian
So, I'm avoiding my homework. I also need to grocery shop at some point. I'm also perpetuating my unhealthy addiction to CivIV, but I won't start up a game until my tasks are accomplished. :)

I finished reading Orwell's 1984 last night. For fun. I have intended to read it for a long time. When I was 13 I read Orwell's Animal Farm. By accident. I saw the pictures of animals on the cover. I thought it would be like one of the horsey books I was into. LOL, boy was I mistaken. In short, after the farmer dies the animals decide to take over the farm. They make things run much more efficiently. Except, the pigs emerge as the leaders of the farm and end up corrupt and indistinguishable from the humans.

As for 1984.... It was eerie, and interesting, and a little scary in much the same way. I don't think society would ever get quite that far, but it certainly puts things in perspective. I have a lot of faith in the masses and the inertia of technology. If everything were controlled too tightly, darknets would spring up, neutral ISPs would arise. These days, there are business interests whose self-interest just so happens to align with the public interest (ie. Google and Net Neutrality). There are too many powerful forces on all sides of every issue for any one force to ever take over so completely.

That, and the technology is beyond us. It is not in the hands of individuals, it is an entity unto itself. It is the nervous system of the new emerging organism, as DH would put it.

current mood: thoughtful

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Saturday, October 20th, 2007
10:22 am - Comcast and BitTorrent and You
It's official. Comcast is blocking BitTorrent traffic. Here are a few things I'd like to point out about this subject:

It's true, BitTorrent has a reputation for being the means with which to share copywritten material. HOWEVER:

1. The test document used to prove Comcast was blocking BitTorrent traffic was the King James Bible. This is freely available online. No laws were broken by sharing this document.

2. BitTorrent has countless other uses. It is frequently used by the open source community to share free collaboratively-developed pieces of software.

3. BitTorrent is a great tool for Artists who wish to circumvent the corporate-controlled media and distribute their own works.

Can Comcast do this? Yes, absolutely. Comcast's terms of agreement are very broad. Basically, at any time they can decide to block any kind of traffic they want. When users became suspicious of the BitTorrent interferance, Comcast was asked about it, but they firmly denied blocking BitTorrent traffic. Later, it was proven. Thus, Comcast has shown that it is willing to block certain traffic without informing its users!

Why would Comcast do this? They claim they are doing it out of necessity. Yes, filesharing is a huge network hog. However, the method they are currently using to block traffic is indiscriminate. Comcast is blocking large movie files from being transferred in addition to files like the King James Bible, which is a TINY file by comparison!

Things of concern for everyone:
-If you use filesharing at all, legitimately or otherwise, you may be impacted even if you don't use Comcast, but are trying to download files from a Comcast user.
-What will Comcast block next? What other types of network traffic will Comcast decide not to support?
-What kind of example does this give to other ISPs? I use Qwest, and now I have to wonder -- what are they blocking?

current mood: concerned

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Saturday, August 18th, 2007
8:34 am - Vacationish
Coming home from work and *not* having to do some homework assignment is a unique and wonderful feeling. When I'm home, I'M HOME!

Now I can resume the hunt for Zant, and the rescue of the Twilight Princess. I can slay weeds afore they set seed. I can transmogrify piles of twigs and leaves with the aid of my trusty shredder. I can consume alcohol and watch the rookies play with the preseason pigskin. I can sow the final fall crop of leafy greens. I can hold food to flame and make delectable dinners under soft blue skies.

All this and more is now available to me.

current mood: content

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Saturday, July 21st, 2007
8:38 pm - HP Confession
I'm utterly ignorant aside from watching the first two HP movies. You'd think, with this being my genre, I'd be all over it. I don't know why I'm not. I really don't.

But, at least I have no fear of being spoiled. You can give me all the spoilers, I won't mind. I'm toying with buying the first book used, but it will be winter before I get around to pleasure reading again. I will have forgotten any spoilers by the time I care about them. I'm glad I read The Loop or I wouldn't have read anything recreational at all this summer.

Anyway, I'm hoping George RR Martin won't let me down for next summer. Wishful thinking, I know. But, maybe the next book will be close enough to finished that I can reread the prior 4 books.... again.

current mood: weird

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