Monday, June 1, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
8:00PM - Writer's Block: Space Wars
Sunday, April 19, 2009
2:01PM - Updates and things
If you think that I've been rather silent of late, well that is about to change. The Thursday before last, I started to work for the U.S. Census (yes, it's a temporary job) and I found the piece meal computer access that I had set up was not going to work. So, I took a bit of money from my tax return and bought Blue (a used iMac running OS 10.4.11) which at this point at least can get me where I want to be on the Internet. Blue and Slade (a used Dell w/Windows 2000 with all sorts of memory attachments) should cover my computing needs for the time being.
My Aunt is not doing well (might be dying).
Madison, my niece, is currently living with her father. Do I think this is a good idea? No.
maddysmom , my sister, is living in a shelter in New York. The reason for above.
I'm in the process of re-visioning my life.
I've decided that the only way around Seattle is via public transportation.
I'm planning on getting a kitten in May or June.
December was [insert your favorite negative/curse word here] for the following reasons:
Week 1: My cousin Tim was murdered while at work.
Week 2: Geoff the Cat was put to sleep due to kidney failure
Week 3: The heater went out
Week 4: Christmas w/o Maddy
My current philosophy about life: When life gives you problems, look at them and say, " Now which one of you will go best with spicy peanut butter sauce?"
Monday, April 28, 2008
4:29PM - Update of my life
Well, it looks like I'll be in Cottage Grove for the summer. I got an offer for a Seasonal Park Ranger job with the Army Corps of Engineers (or USACE for those of you into acronyms) and I'm taking it. It's not that I'll not miss the folks out in Eastern Oregon, but they had me assigned to a day use area along US395 by myself. Since it looks like I'm going on insulin this summer, it was a bit too remote for my taste. Besides, most of the jobs that I really want are with the feds and this gets me a foot into the system.
Meanwhile, I've been having all sorts of fun playing Diablo II with my parents' new cat Clyde.
Monday, April 21, 2008
No pressure but......
1. Do you have a tattoo?
2. How old are you?
3. Are you single or taken?
5. Do you dream in color?
6. Do you have any recurring dreams?
7. How about them hipsters?
8. How did we meet?
9. What's your philosophy on life and death?
10. If you could do anything with me, what would it be?
11. What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
12. Do you like musicals?
13. What is your fondest memory of me?
14. If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?
15. If you could close your eyes and be transported anywhere in the world, where would it be?
16. What are you wearing?
17. Have you ever gone swimming after dark?
18. Have you ever sung in public?
19. If we had one day to hang out together, what would we do?
20. Which do you prefer - short or long hair?
21. What's your favorite day of the week?
22. What's your favorite color?
23. What's your favorite period in history?
24. Tell me one interesting/odd fact about you.
25. How many pets do you have right now?
26. What was your first impression of me?
27. Will you post this so I can fill it out for you?
Thursday, April 3, 2008
11:02AM - Another bit of cleaning
Cats Help Shield Owners From Heart Attack
Study finds 30% risk reduction when felines are in the home
By E.J. Mundell
THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Whether it's a frisky kitten or a tubby tabby, a cat at home could cut your heart attack risk by almost a third, a new study suggests.
The finding, from a 10-year study of more than 4,300 Americans, suggests that the stress relief pets provide humans is heart-healthy.
And dog lovers shouldn't feel left out: Although the study found no such benefit from "man's best friend," that's probably because there simply weren't enough dog owners in the study to draw firm conclusions, the researchers said.
And for those who refuse to believe that cats are better than dogs, then you've just got to be involved with more studies.
I'm taking a bit of time out while visiting a friend on a interview run to do a bit of catching out on my email and I found this article that might be of interest to a few of you.....
Does Preventing Obesity Lead to Reduced Health-Care Costs?
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
12:43PM - Oscar Nominations 2008
I might be a little self-involved at late but I must take time to do the annual Oscar thing.
From a post four hours old hire are the nominies......
Oscar nominations 2008 in full
Last Updated: 2:01pm GMT 22/01/2008
The 80th annual Academy Award nominations were announced today:
1. Best Picture: "Atonement," "Juno," "Michael Clayton," "No Country for Old Men," "There Will Be Blood."
2. Actor: George Clooney, "Michael Clayton"; Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"; Johnny Depp, "Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street"; Tommy Lee Jones, "In the Valley of Elah"; Viggo Mortensen, "Eastern Promises."
3. Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"; Julie Christie, "Away From Her"; Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose"; Laura Linney, "The Savages"; Ellen Page, "Juno."
4. Supporting Actor: Casey Affleck, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"; Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"; Hal Holbrook, "Into the Wild"; Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Charlie Wilson's War"; Tom Wilkinson, "Michael Clayton."
5. Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett, "I'm Not There"; Ruby Dee, "American Gangster"; Saoirse Ronan, "Atonement"; Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"; Tilda Swinton, "Michael Clayton."
6. Director: Julian Schnabel, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"; Jason Reitman, "Juno"; Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"; Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"; Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood."
7. Foreign Film: "Beaufort," Israel; "The Counterfeiters," Austria; "Katyn," Poland; "Mongol," Kazakhstan; "12," Russia.
8. Adapted Screenplay: Christopher Hampton, "Atonement"; Sarah Polley, "Away from Her"; Ronald Harwood, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"; Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"; Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood."
9. Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody, "Juno"; Nancy Oliver, "Lars and the Real Girl"; Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"; Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava and Jim Capobianco, "Ratatouille"; Tamara Jenkins, "The Savages."
10. Animated Feature Film: "Persepolis"; "Ratatouille"; "Surf's Up."
11. Art Direction: "American Gangster," "Atonement," "The Golden Compass," "Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "There Will Be Blood."
12. Cinematography: "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "Atonement," "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," "No Country for Old Men," "There Will Be Blood."
13. Sound Mixing: "The Bourne Ultimatum," "No Country for Old Men," "Ratatouille," "3:10 to Yuma," "Transformers."
14. Sound Editing: "The Bourne Ultimatum," "No Country for Old Men," "Ratatouille," "There Will Be Blood," "Transformers."
15. Original Score: "Atonement," Dario Marianelli; "The Kite Runner," Alberto Iglesias; "Michael Clayton," James Newton Howard; "Ratatouille," Michael Giacchino; "3:10 to Yuma," Marco Beltrami.
16. Original Song: "Falling Slowly" from "Once," Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova; "Happy Working Song" from "Enchanted," Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz; "Raise It Up" from "August Rush," Nominees to be determined; "So Close" from "Enchanted," Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz; "That's How You Know" from "Enchanted," Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.
17. Costume: "Across the Universe," "Atonement," "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," "La Vie en Rose," "Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street."
18. Documentary Feature: "No End in Sight," "Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience," "Sicko," "Taxi to the Dark Side," "War/Dance."
19. Documentary (short subject): "Freeheld," "La Corona (The Crown)," "Salim Baba," "Sari's Mother."
20. Film Editing: "The Bourne Ultimatum," "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," "Into the Wild," "No Country for Old Men," "There Will Be Blood."
21. Makeup: "La Vie en Rose," "Norbit," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End."
22. Animated Short Film: "I Met the Walrus," "Madame Tutli-Putli," "Meme Les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven)," "My Love (Moya Lyubov)," "Peter & the Wolf."
23. Live Action Short Film: "At Night," "Il Supplente (The Substitute)," "Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)," "Tanghi Argentini," "The Tonto Woman."
24. Visual Effects: "The Golden Compass," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," "Transformers."
Yes, I got this from a British Newsource. Catch a clue America.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
12:54PM - Yule Update
As usual I'm a bit behind with almost everything, but I wanted to take a bit of a break and wish everyone a Happy Whatever. I'm still alive, and living at the folks. Geoff the Cat is doing his level best to keep me from killing anyone, while Dixie the Dachshund is seriously making me consider taking up aerodynamic testing.
I'm hoping that I can get some money together and go see "Sweeny Todd."
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
2:35PM - Updates on life
OKay, my life has a few flaws in it. While I've got health insurance to pay for my meds, the local pharmacy doesn't have it in stock and I'll have to come down during the work week to get it. Fortunately, I'm off at 2:30 so it will be still open when I get there, but the cost of gas... I'm still working out my mail. Somehow the modern world refuses to believe that I live in a cabin behind the store that contains the post office as being a real address and that there are no post boxes available at the post office because there are no street addresses in Meacham for anyone to get mail at home according to the USPS anyway. There's no one to complain about work to, it looks like I won't have enough money to get online from my cabin to begin with, I have to use my work number for messages because people refuse to call my cell number because it's long distance, and I've started to name the local swallows as a way to keep myself from going through a book a day for reading. Meanwhile, I'm becoming real educated as to modern rail graffiti. The strange thing is that while at times I try to believe that there is something going on outside in the real world, when I do get in to read my email, I find that the world is not anymore interesting than the life that I am currently living. Go fig.
- QUOTATION OF THE DAY -
"I knew that they wouldn't eat it if I just said, 'This is the fat of a pig melted onto toast.'"
- MARIO BATALI, the chef, on a dish he created.
Squirrel goes on rampage, injures 3
June 14, 2007 10:41 AM ET
|BERLIN (Reuters) - An aggressive squirrel attacked and injured three people in a German town before a 72-year-old pensioner dispatched the rampaging animal with his crutch.|
VIDEO: Baby tigers born in Germany
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007
First day of work was mostly paper work. I still don't have all my keys and there was only one pair of pants that fit me though I did get five tops, a hat, a wind breaker, and a rain slicker.
My new place came with linens and five coffee makers. Too bad I don't like drip coffee that much. I've got windows with lace curtains. They look pretty but when two of your windows have breaks in them, they aren't great at keeping the cold air out. The only two windows that don't have curtains are the back door which is right between the bed and the bathroom? and the one in the shower. fortunately the shower one fogs and I've a sheet over the backdoor. Don't want to give the neighbors a peep show.
I've got the good shift (if you like being at work at 6:00 a.m.) and am facing the two busiest weekends at the park in a row. Things are going to be fun.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
6:02PM - Out and About
I’m sending notice to all that am not going to be as attentive to my e-life for the next couple of months. I’m starting a new job (all be it seasonal) on the 21st and won’t have in home internet access until I don’t know when. I’ll be working in an Oregon state Park between LeGrande and Pendleton. To some it might be a bit remote, but frankly after working at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Nevada and for VisionQuest, my idea of remote might be a bit different than the mainstream. As long as the emergency crew is not trying to decide if I’m stable enough for the 4X4 ambulance or if they’ll have to call in the helicopter, I’m fine. However, it does mean that most likely I’ll have to drive to a library to check my email and such. So, I’ll be limiting things for awhile. If I’m not quick on the uptake please be considerate.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
After a night of really bad leg cramps, I lied on my cot trying to pretend that I did not set my alarm clock for 9:30 am. At 9:55 I get a phone call. My first thought was that one of my creditors is a week too early, but it turns out to be a job offer for a seasonal park job outside of Pendleton. I start on the 21st. By 12:20 p.m. I've got a place to live. I call my mom to find out that they've just gotten a home equity loan and could possibly loan me some money. I go shopping for food, eat lunch, pick up a gift, get home and start calling. While I haven't heard back from my dental student, I did find out from my voc. rehab. counselor that I'm half way through the acceptance process and that she is transferring offices on June 1st. Where to? Pendleton of course.
So much to do, and so little time. But it's so nice to have my life getting back to normal. Hold on folks! It's a rather fast ride.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
7:45PM - Here we go - F
witchofnovember tagged me with the letter "F"
Leave a comment and I'll give you a letter. Then you list 10 things you like starting with that letter. Post them in your journal and give out new letters to your commenters in turn.
1. Feet - When I was a teenager they were my favorite part of my body.
2. Footstool- Nothing rounds out a living space like a good footstool.
3. Fungi - A whole kingdom that is classified by how it has sex.
4. Four - It's a good number for a card game.
5. Fellini - Nothing like a Fellini film for a good reality check.
6. Fur Felt Fedoras -Stylish in all sorts of weather.
7. Felines- (I'm only saying this to keep my orange editor happy).
8.Fettuccine - Just the right shape and size for a noodle.
9. French Onion Soup - Never eat at French restaurant that can't do a decent onion soup.
10. Feast- Parties are better with food!!! </lj>
5:52PM - The Problem with Vampires.
While standing in the supermarket line I glanced at the World Weekly News to read the headline and found that they had discovered a red-neck vampire. First, this means that I have to throw that whole sophisticated/ cool vampire image out of my head, because every biologist knows that if you see one there's got to be many more out there which is scary enough. But then I got thinking. If red neck vampires exist, that could explain why the KKK wear hoods. It explains Dick Chaney as Vice Pres. and Bush's electoral success. Dick Chaney is either a red neck vampire or at least appeals to them. This means that there is a substantial red neck vampire voting block out there. Of course,that also explains why the political parties register names off of gravestones. You can't expect the undead to walk up to the county register's office during business hours.
This also explains why the Republicans hated Clinton so much. Everyone knows how much vampires despise Gypsies. But if the Republicans are speaking to the needs of the red neck vampires, do they really represent all of the undead? Maybe the urban vampires have something to say about it. What do you say Blackula?
Monday, April 30, 2007
11:08PM - Rethinking Bio-Diesel
While driving to and from an interview (450 miles round trip), I've found a downside to bio-diesel. I passed two vehicles running on the stuff, and now have cravings for fry bread and hash browns. If my reaction is any result, as biodiesel usage goes up, so will the waist lines of American drivers. The Federal Highway Administration will have to start weighing truckdrivers. Of course maybe they will install fitness equipment at rest-stops. Which not be a bad thing, I've always wanted to place to do some decent stretching while driving. Maybe roadside yoga?
On the other hand, if drivers are going to start craving more fried foods, then there will be more usage of frying oil. In turn creating more used oil and more bio-diesel to put into vehicles.
10:50PM - News Bits from the Buffer
Some times things are too amazing
Great Expectations for Dickens theme park April 12, 2007 01:32 PM ET
CHATHAM (Reuters) - Literary purists may quake at the prospect of a Charles Dickens theme park complete with a Great Expectations boat ride and Ye Olde Curiosity Gift Shop.
And of course you cannot forget the roving bands of pickpockets dressed as the Artful Dodger or the Bill Sykes dog fighting ring.
House backs bill barring genetic discrimination
April 26, 2007 08:26 AM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill that would prohibit genetic discrimination against people, for instance not hiring or insuring someone predisposed to a given illness, won overwhelming approval in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.
Great, now you have to prove that your disability is genetic.
Antidepressants don't help bipolar depression
April 26, 2007 09:31 AM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The swings in mood from depression to mania that afflict people with bipolar disorder can be tempered with drugs such as lithium, but adding an antidepressant drug to ease the depression component is not helpful, new research suggests.
Unless I read the article wrong, the placebo did better. I'm just wondering how to get the placebo.
Maturing cheese becomes Internet star
April 26, 2007 09:07 AM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - A large English cheddar cheese has become a star of the Internet, attracting more than 1 million viewers to sit and stare at it as it slowly ripens.
Here's the cheese that caused all the problems
Of beer and bubbles: The formula for a perfect pint
April 26, 2007 09:13 AM ET
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A mathematical formula can now predict how the frothy head on a beer changes over time, a finding that may have a wide range of commercial uses beyond pulling the perfect pint, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.
But they didn't print the formula!!!
Gere says "end the circus" over India public kiss
April 27, 2007 09:15 AM ET
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Asking the media "to end the circus," Hollywood star Richard Gere said Friday that his kissing of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty was due to his failure to understand local culture.
Now if he had broken into a song and dance routine, it would have been a whole different story.
Survey shows what not to wear to work
April 27, 2007 09:26 AM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shopping for summer clothes to wear to work? Forget the tank tops and lose the flip-flops.
And according to the experts you can't wear a bathrobe to a phone interview.
Lawmakers upbraid FDA for food safety failings
April 26, 2007 07:04 AM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. congressional leaders on Wednesday threatened to make sweeping changes to the Bush administration's food safety system in light of fresh concerns over contaminated pet food.
However, their proofreader, Mister Fluffy, did not like the grammer usage and ate the report. The Bush adminstration has now decided that rather than establishing food safety regulations for pet food, it will simply repackage all congressional reports as cat food.
Pet food co. may have more than one supplier
April 27, 2007 06:10 AM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - ChemNutra on Friday raised the possibility that it was not the only company to supply Menu Foods with wheat gluten, an ingredient linked to a U.S. pet food recall that includes more than 100 brands.
Meanwhile, the Bush adminstration has decided to form a commission on canine depression due to small red hair bows.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
11:17AM - All Hail!!
But I'm such a nice person.
10:22AM - News Bits
Spring has sprung and the World has gone a bit off-kilter.....
Hungarian motorway blocked by escaping rabbits
April 16, 2007 08:49 AM ET
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's busiest highway, connecting Budapest with the Austrian capital Vienna, was closed early on Monday after a truck carrying rabbits crashed, letting 5,000 of the animals loose on the road, police said.
And I thought my dad's freeway chicken story was a bit odd.
Argentine cow clones to produce insulin in milk
April 17, 2007 05:35 PM ET
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine scientists said on Tuesday they had created four cloned and genetically modified calves capable of producing human insulin in their milk, a step they said could cut the cost of treating diabetes.
But what about the lactose?
- QUOTATION OF THE DAY -
"They can't really kick someone out because they're writing papers about weird topics, even if they seem withdrawn and hostile."
- DR. RICHARD KADISON, chief of mental health services at Harvard University, on a
college's limitations in dealing with a disturbed student.
I wonder what Harvard profs would have made about my argument that the Clean Water Act was the result of a 19th Century cult.
Earth's oldest tree had fronds, not leaves
April 18, 2007 02:42 PM ET
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The branches of Earth's oldest tree probably waved in the breeze like a modern palm, scientists said on Wednesday, based on two intact tree fossils that help explain the evolution of forests and their influence on climate.
It puts a whole new twist on Palm Sunday.
Berlin's polar bear cub Knut receives death threat
April 19, 2007 11:30 AM ET
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's celebrity polar bear cub Knut has received an anonymous death threat, causing alarm at Berlin Zoo on Thursday and prompting heightened security.
But he's so cute!!!!
Fruity cocktails count as health food, study finds
April 20, 2007 09:26 AM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fruity cocktail may not only be fun to drink but may count as health food, U.S. and Thai researchers said on Thursday.
Take two Mai Tai's and call me in the morning.
- QUOTATION OF THE DAY -
"We are starting a party because the king has ordered us."
- TSHERING TOBGAY, a former civil servant in Bhutan.
See Georgie B., democracy good.
Mystery fossil turns out to be giant fungus
April 24, 2007 08:38 AM ET
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Scientists have identified the Godzilla of fungi, a giant, prehistoric fossil that has evaded classification for more than a century, U.S. researchers said on Monday.
Never underestimate fungi.
Pregnant cow runs riot across city
April 24, 2007 08:34 AM ET
BERLIN (Reuters) - A pregnant cow being chased by police and fire fighters caused 25,000 euros ($33,900) of damage on a three-hour rampage through the German city of Hanover.
Is it mad cow disease or hormones? MOO!
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