Thursday, October 29, 2009

Death of a Blog?

Between Twitter and Facebook, I find myself rarely posting actual blog entries anymore. Could this be the death of our blog?

The only hope is if I can find a way to make my tweets and Facebook updates appear here as posts. If I can't find such a service, it may well be the end of this blog.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

Well before my birthday, I had sent out a mass email Birthday "Wish List" which consisted of two things: 1. money, and 2. Best Buy gift cards. The intent was to gather enough birthday money (and, soon, Christmas money) to afford a nice camera for taking professional-quality photos.

After one birthday celebration--a delightful breakfast at Crest Cafe with C's family-- I am well on my way toward that goal. Her family is extremely generous. One more celebration, with my very own family, remains, to be scheduled for next weekend. I think I'll host a barbecue for them, er, I mean, for myself. And they will be invited to attend. Well. You know what I mean.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Me in the Medical Industry? Maybe

I never imagined I would ever consider joining the medical industry, yet here I am with an appointment to tour a campus on Wednesday. I'll be the first to admit that I could never, ever be a doctor or nurse. On the other end of the spectrum, medical billing sounds horribly boring and repetitive.

But while looking at vocational schools (which I find much more appealing than taking math and speech and any number of other general education courses to get a degree), I took note of the pharmacy tech position. Not only is it an important role in the medical industry, but it seems to have enough elements involved to keep it interesting.

I can see myself doing it, and, more importantly, enjoying it. I do like working on a team to achieve a common goal.

The world will always need pharmacy techs, and I like that stability. I have yet to assess the current availability of positions, but the pay is better than I will probably ever make at my current job.

I have concerns about being able to balance school and work; having schedule limitations is basically frowned upon at my job.

But taking a tour is not a commitment. I look at it as opening a door and peeking inside before deciding to enter. Maybe I'll find that a pharmacy tech position doesn't interest me, after all. But I have to try. I need a career, not a job.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Labor Day Barbecue

In a twist of fate, we are yet again hosting a barbecue. I don't mind. In fact, I enjoy it. I love to share our home with family and friends. But it is rather exhausting. When the last person has left, we usually drop ourselves on the sofa with a Whew!

It will be much better when we have the back yard fixed up and can sit outside and enjoy the warm-but-not-too-warm summer nights. As it is, I am very mildly embarrassed about the state of the back yard. But we inherited that from the previous owners; it's through no fault of ours.

I have, in fact, slightly improved the back yard. The rusty swing set is finally down, and the grass is greener albeit still patchy in areas. Now I just need to mow it before everyone comes over tomorrow evening.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

New Hobby

It's a lazy Saturday morning. Acid jazz is relaxing my ears. Agatha has her class this afternoon. She needs a bath. But here I am finally blogging again. And what better to blog about than my new hobby.

It's something I've wanted to do since I was a teenager. Even back then, I loved antique stores. And every antique store has a box of what I am now collecting: vintage photographs. We're not talking celebrity portraits or even vintage art. We're talking old family photos, portraits, snapshots.

For now, my interest is broad. Any old picture will do. But I've already considered narrowing my search. It dawned on me last night as I was bidding on photos that a collection of vintage photos with dogs in them would be very cool. I have yet to successfully win any of those, but I've snatched up some nice portraits.

I should note that though this sounds like an expensive hobby, many items can be found on eBay for just 99¢. And if I limit my collection to pictures with dogs, it would prevent me from building an expensive, gigantic collection with no focus. As I collect new photos, expect to see them here.

As an offshoot of this new hobby, I intend to use the photos in digital art. I love tweaking photos artistically, and using vintage photos as a resource is most appealing. Expect to see my artwork here, as well.

Agatha is smelling doggy. We don't want to embarrass her in her class, so it looks like it's bath time!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Meet Agatha




We finally found a dog. Aunt Agatha (formerly Buggsie) is the latest addition to the Short household. This picture, with me seated on the floor, was taken by Christy at the Riverside Humane Society in one of their private rooms. It took all of five minutes for her to get used to us. Much more later. We're just now eating lunch, which has become dinner.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Pupuseria

It's good.



Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Disneyland Adventure

Winnie the Pooh broke down. We were escorted off. Exciting!






Saturday, June 13, 2009

Monday, June 08, 2009

3/5

Another Brushes app creation.



Sunday, June 07, 2009

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Monday, June 01, 2009

Pics from Conan O'Brien's First Tonight Show

Well, before you get too excited, they're of us waiting in line.


















And after it was over:



Yeah, it's difficult to take self-portraits with the iPhone. Sorry about that, C. Love, G.

Back in Riverside After Conan O'Brien

Can't wait to see the show tonight. Having dinner at Carl's Jr., a Jalepeno Burger.

Bob Likes to Watch





Bob's Big Boy Before Conan O'Brien

On the road to Tonight Show taping, we made a brief stop at Bob's Big Boy in Norco.



Sunday, May 31, 2009

Demotion

Second attempt with Brushes. This one had a little--lot--more thought put into it. The title's a clue.



Tonight Show...Tomorrow

Tomorrow C and G are going to be in the audience of the first ever Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien! C is a huge fan. G just thinks it'll be a hoot.

Bee in Blue

This is my very first attempt at "art" with the Brushes iPhone app. Sure, it took like five minutes. But you know what? I like it. It's just that simple.



Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:02 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/ojgo3e #
  • 01:12 Feeling very relaxed after using the Bowls app on the iPhone. Makes me want to take up meditation. #
  • 07:36 on #lastfm : Ingrid Michaelson – Far Away twurl.nl/yemk5s #
  • 11:17 I can't believe how difficult it is to convert from MP3 to iPhone ringtone. With the BlackBerry I could just set any MP3 as a ringtone. #
  • 11:34 on #lastfm : MacMost – Check Out the New MacAnswers Podcast tinyurl.com/of282h #
  • 11:34 on #lastfm : RingtoneFeeder.com – Ringtone of the week: Tuned Vocal Girl tinyurl.com/p8jjfe #
  • 12:32 on #lastfm : Joost Schuttelaar – Ominous Minor tinyurl.com/qbqej4 #
  • 15:38 Has anyone formed an iPhone band? There are so many "instrument" apps... It's astounding! #
  • 20:02 on #lastfm : The Who – Baba O'Riley tinyurl.com/2zucrz #
  • 20:11 #lastfm #love Baba O'Riley by The Who bit.ly/u9WC0 #
  • 20:32 on #lastfm : Cream – White Room tinyurl.com/26us73 #
  • 21:02 Had the most delightful Memorial Day post-barbecue walk with the wife. Barbecue was very spontaneous; we hadn't really planned anything. #
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Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:34 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/o77duj #
  • 00:34 on #lastfm : ZZ Top – Cheap Sunglasses tinyurl.com/7w4qrx #
  • 09:35 Two much needed days off. Now I really get to play with my iPhone! #
  • 19:11 Just out of church, now waiting for food at California Pizza Kitchen. Haven't had a Hawaiian pizza in ages. Talked the wife into it. #
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Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:00 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/o6ejl4 #
  • 00:43 This is my first tweet from my new iPhone 3g! Sad to see my Pearl go, but it was time. I can't believe I didn't get an iPhone sooner. #
  • 17:36 @euroDJ sunny and warm, summer's definitely here in Riverside, CA. #
  • 17:44 @furrygirl I'm just getting started with my iPhone, but I love all the music apps like last.fm and Pandora. Found a cool drum sim, too. #
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Friday, May 22, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:10 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/pt5d97 #
  • 17:14 I can't reason spending $400 on the BlackBerry Bold, so it looks like goodbye BlackBerry, hello iPhone 3g! #
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:03 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/oa3cng #
  • 00:23 AT&T Wireless website is not recognizing that it's officially May 21st. It won't let me upgrade my phone! Wah! #
  • 00:51 #lastfm #love Space Prophet Dogon by Sun City Girls bit.ly/1pWbmb #
  • 01:45 on #lastfm : Joe Satriani – Until We Say Goodbye tinyurl.com/okxuxe #
  • 01:45 on #lastfm : Sun City Girls – Space Prophet Dogon tinyurl.com/rc38kz #
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Day in Tweets

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Day in Tweets

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Disneyland Monorail: Death of a Memory

When I was a kid, it was a special treat if I could talk my mom into letting us ride the Disneyland Monorail. The joy of it was somewhere between the Railroad and the Skyway, but faster than either attraction.

Traditionally, we would board in Tomorrowland (we were too poor to have any reason to be anywhere near the Disneyland Hotel, the other boarding location), then proceed to take a couple trips around the park. It was an air-conditioned escape from the mid-day heat, providing a much needed rest from the first half of a long day of fun... and long lines.

Making the return trip to Tomorrowland, we would be rested and refreshed and ready to tackle the second half of our day. It was the perfect ride for our high noon needs.

Last night, my memory of the joy of the Monorail was killed. Christy and I decided to try something new and exciting, something outside our usual rotation of a half dozen rides. We had never been on the Monorail together, so we decided it was time. Despite the recorded announcement that clearly states "round trip", a posted sign and a live voice over the PA made it clear that it was, indeed, one way. But we figured we would enjoy the 2.5 mile ride, and jump right back on to make it round trip.

Arriving in Downtown Disney took about a minute. The "scenic" ride consisted of us turning our heads back and forth as if we were at the Indy 500. Much of the scenery went by so fast, we had little time to figure out what it was, let alone enjoy what we were seeing. We sat facing the doors, which, for future reference, looks out from Disneyland into the city, providing more of a view of Anaheim than our theme park of choice. The boarding platform was packed, so we gave up on the idea of an equally unimpressive return trip.

Our dreams shattered, we drowned our disappointment in two churros: she, a double twisted jumbo; me, a Bavarian-filled.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Day in Tweets

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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Monday, May 11, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:00 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/o9e539 #
  • 01:01 May have brought my BlackBerry Pearl back from the dead, but that won't stop me from upgrading to a Bold on the 21st. #
  • 01:04 Reinstalled Twitterberry. It's good to be back. #
  • 07:55 Finally took my car in to get fixed. It's had trouble starting. Hopefully an inexpensive fix? #
  • 14:39 Vista loves 2 gigs of RAM. 512 megs, not so much. May not need Linux after all. #
  • 19:51 Had a great, unique idea for a comic strip. Now if only I could draw.... #
  • 23:36 on #lastfm : Jean-Luc Ponty – Bowing-Bowing tinyurl.com/p8ex6b #
  • 23:36 on #lastfm : Pink Floyd – Set the Controls For tinyurl.com/ofprmf #
  • 23:36 on #lastfm : DJ Shadow – This Time (im gonna try it my way) tinyurl.com/pek8bz #
  • 23:36 on #lastfm : The Cranberries – Daffodil Lament tinyurl.com/cmtzo4 #
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Day in Tweets

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 07:46 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/cscwul #
  • 07:46 on #lastfm : Death Cab for Cutie – Talking Bird twurl.nl/a54dkm #
  • 22:24 Upgrading from Ubuntu 8.10 to 9.04 was a bad idea. It's buggy. Back in Vista until I have time to reinstall 8.10. #
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:03 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/cq7vuh #
  • 18:56 And suddenly the wireless adapter is working in Ubuntu. That's a good thing as my new desk isn't within wire distance of the router. #
  • 18:58 Now that my wireless is working, I have to question if I really do still need Windows Vista. #
  • 23:32 New #Blog Post: New Desk tinyurl.com/chllaa #
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New Desk

After much looking, and even more discouragement, Christy found this desk for me at Office Max. I... Love... It...

And her. We built it together.

I have a nice view of the backyard, which will be a constant reminder of all the work to be done.

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:37 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/cjf4af #
  • 18:28 Customer tried to take cuts in front of 7 people. When I told him he needed to wait in line he said "Don't you want to help me?" #
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Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:03 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/c8se67 #
  • 18:10 Celebrating my little brother's 30th birthday. Wow! We're all so old now. #
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Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:02 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/d2kew2 #
  • 17:41 Sleepy at work. Not good. It's almost library quiet. Nice. #
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Friday, April 24, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:05 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/dyfzaq #
  • 08:46 Catching up on the Ducks-Sharks game as I do laundry. Will this be the end of my Sharks-4-Ducks-2-games prediction? I hope so. #
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:05 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/c9ldnl #
  • 18:50 Was beginning to think upgrading BlackBerry device software was a mistake. Had a problem with my phone rebooting repeatedly. Fixed? #
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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Monday, April 20, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:05 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/c9jhlf #
  • 07:29 In Win Vista for the first time in weeks. Absolutely loving Ubuntu Linux! But there are key programs I must use in Vista, e.g. PhotoImpact #
  • 09:12 Working on a music website that's gonna be your place to chill. #
  • 09:59 On the way to gamble at Pechanga! Hoping $30 will go a long way. #
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:04 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/cgdojp #
  • 11:45 This song in my head means it's time to get ready for work. ♫ blip.fm/~4jjdh #
  • 17:57 3 hours left at work. Looking forward to the next 2 days off. Hoping to make BOTH productive, not just one. #
  • 18:03 @wilw so many great matchups this year! Go Ducks! #
  • 18:07 I just realized how silly it is to say "Go <insert team name here>!" Go Ducks! Yeah, pretty silly. #
  • 22:34 New #Blog Post: Kitty in the Window and I Wanna Touch It tinyurl.com/cst2dp #
  • 23:03 New #Blog Post: Are You Looking at Me? tinyurl.com/cxrubt #
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Friday, April 17, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:04 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/deyrg6 #
  • 16:10 Watching TiVo'ed Ducks-Sharks game 1. I pick Sharks to win series 4-2, but rooting for the Ducks. #
  • 16:10 Watching TiVo'ed Ducks-Sharks game 1. I pick Sharks to win series 4-2, but rooting for the Ducks. #
  • 17:38 Hoping to get a BlackBerry Bold (refurb) in May when our contract is up. Love my Pearl, but want 3G. Also, GPS. Bigger screen, too. #
  • 18:40 Eggplant tofu and a chicken eggroll at Panda Express in the Galleria at Tyler. I eat fast. Christy more leisurely, reading Soap Opera Digest #
  • 21:04 on #lastfm : Death Cab for Cutie – Your New Twin Sized Bed tinyurl.com/4sxv6v #
  • 21:04 on #lastfm : Emery – After The Devil Beats His Wife tinyurl.com/dxmmvl #
  • 21:04 on #lastfm : KoЯn – Ball Tongue tinyurl.com/7w8dzz #
  • 21:04 on #lastfm : Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Possess Your Heart (Radio Edit) tinyurl.com/5on6ek #
  • 21:04 on #lastfm : Emery – Don't Bore Us, Get To The Chorus [Acoustic/Live] tinyurl.com/c3mx62 #
  • 22:34 New favorite beverage: Kern's Mango Horchata #
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:04 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/cqqfqc #
  • 11:58 Pissed at Bertram 4 making me get up at 3:30a to rescue the birds. Jumps on top of their cage, covered or not. May find new home 4 birds. :( #
  • 16:05 on #lastfm : Radiohead – All I Need tinyurl.com/2e59ro #
  • 16:05 on #lastfm : Jane Siberry – The Walking (And Constantly) tinyurl.com/cffkgv #
  • 21:46 Helped Christy's brother exchange his Samsung for a Nokia. There was a 45-minute line at the AT&T store. I hope this phone works out better. #
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:06 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/dkq9f2 #
  • 18:04 Krusteaz mixed berry cobbler is fantastic! Can't wait to try the peach cobbler, steaming hot with a little half & half. Mmmm... #
  • 21:36 New #Blog Post: Best (Hockey) Time of the Year tinyurl.com/cyhxym #
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Best (Hockey) Time of the Year

This is the best time of the year. Okay, well, maybe I've overstated that. The holidays are the best time of the year. But this is right up there. It's the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and even though my LA Kings have missed the playoffs, again, I love the excitement the post-season offers. There are several other teams I enjoy following: Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks, and New York Islanders.

As I write this, the Blues-Canucks game is on in the background (2nd intermission, 2-1 Canucks), and I'm about to head over to NHL.com to catch up on the matchups. (Did the Ducks make the playoffs? I'm a little out of touch, I guess. I'll have to check.)

My pick for the Stanley Cup? I haven't followed the other teams much (i.e. at all) this year, so a blind guess is the San Jose Sharks. But one thing I love about the NHL is that any team can pull it off in the playoffs. So your guess is as good as mine.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:04 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/cqjk3l #
  • 08:43 Chocolate tastes best first thing in the morning. #
  • 08:44 Bertram the cat looks so good in the morning sunlight. #
  • 17:03 on #lastfm : Emery – Story About A Man With A Bad Heart tinyurl.com/5ret7u #
  • 17:03 on #lastfm : Muse – Falling Away With You tinyurl.com/2m7mez #
  • 17:03 on #lastfm : KoЯn – Shoots and Ladders tinyurl.com/5cqf2u #
  • 22:04 on #lastfm : Tangerine Dream – Phaedra tinyurl.com/2mg9n9 #
  • 22:29 Took our first walk in the neighborhood. A little chill gave us a brisk pace. #
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Monday, April 13, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:05 on #lastfm : Jane Siberry – Calling All Angels tinyurl.com/ba57q7 #
  • 00:05 on #lastfm : Mary Margaret O'Hara – What Are You Doing New Year's Eve tinyurl.com/bumyzg #
  • 00:05 on #lastfm : Emm Gryner – 89 Days of Alcatraz tinyurl.com/cl569g #
  • 00:05 on #lastfm : The Killers – Goodnight, Travel Well tinyurl.com/6juhd6 #
  • 10:47 Covered the pond with reed privacy screen, hoping it will kill the algae. Looks kinda cool, too. #
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Friday, April 10, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:02 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/cosrty #
  • 15:02 on #lastfm : Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Possess Your Heart tinyurl.com/6e6zqq #
  • 17:16 Looking forward to Easter weekend off. We're off to find our final Lenten dinner of the year. Talk of Red Brick Pizza. #
  • 17:18 My BlackBerry Pearl is on its way out. Can't get special upgrade rates from AT&T until May 21. Let the countdown begin! Looking at a Curve. #
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Thursday, April 09, 2009

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Monday, April 06, 2009

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:00 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/dg5bpb #
  • 19:45 We did a great thing today: volunteered at the Feral Cat Coalition. Experience of a lifetime. #
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Saturday, April 04, 2009

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Friday, April 03, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:00 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/cbo89y #
  • 17:20 Don't touch the bunnies, Huell! #
  • 20:08 Eating at Pomodoro. Good dipping sauce for the bread is always a good sign. #
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Thursday, April 02, 2009

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Dinner by Greg

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:01 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/cobdmf #
  • 10:47 Looks like my computer overheats if I burn more than one CD in a row. Middle of burning a multi-CD audiobook and computer shuts down. Argh! #
  • 10:51 Somehow I missed the fact that Candiria came out with an album in 08. Listening to it via Rhapsody on TiVo. Better than What Doesn't Kill... #
  • 15:32 Today is a lazy day, a really lazy day. #
  • 20:22 Christy's at work. House is quiet. Don't know what to do with myself. Feeling apathetic for no reason. #
  • 21:04 Oh, yeah. It's April Fools' Day. Please enjoy this: www.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=293562 #
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:02 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/dyrohc #
  • 08:36 Finding out what episodes have scrolled off my TiVo without my knowledge. epguides.com #
  • 23:50 Vlingo is the coolest thing ever. #
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Monday, March 30, 2009

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:02 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/cxaor5 #
  • 14:08 I hate working on Sundays! But at least time is going quickly. #
  • 14:09 The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. #
  • 21:07 on #lastfm : Interpol – Next Exit tinyurl.com/yu9bnd #
  • 21:07 on #lastfm : Placebo – Drag tinyurl.com/2b3pcl #
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Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:02 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/cb6glc #
  • 20:11 Catching up on Days of Our Lives with the wife. #
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Friday, March 27, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:01 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/ctrpe3 #
  • 09:37 Why do women let men control them? #
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:04 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/cez73w #
  • 15:01 Screaming headache and tired of people right now. Sleep is the only thing that can save me, but that's not gonna happen. #
  • 15:06 Dozing on my break, mid-tweet. #
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:03 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/cm5c2h #
  • 07:32 Figuring out a way to keep Bertram from jumping on top of the bird cage. Get so pissed could wring his little neck! Birds my 1st love. #
  • 07:42 @gamesville Reg confirmation expired, now can't get to register page. Sign up link takes me back to home page. ARGH! #
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Monday, March 23, 2009

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:02 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/dxprlg #
  • 10:40 It's raining sideways. #
  • 10:44 And suddenly it's stopped raining again. #
  • 11:29 @keepingfeet Look closely at a starling and you will see just how beautiful they are! I hand-raised one and they are actually quite charming #
  • 14:09 California chicken wrap at Baker's. Girl Scouts thin mint. Want REAL chocolate! #
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Saturday, March 21, 2009

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Friday, March 20, 2009

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The View, the Kid

Oh yeah, Bertram enjoys the view, too.
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My Favorite Spot

It looks out the huge front window. I sit there to read, watch squirrels. Sitting there as I write this, Bertram just bit my ankle. Sorry for poor English; thumbs can only do so much. I sure need to cut the grass. Christy should be home soon with freshly cut hair and her light-my-soul-on-fire smile. Taxes will be paid.
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Finally, a Real Dining Room Set

Don't mind the blank walls. Hanging art is a (very slow) work in progress.
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Day in Tweets

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:03 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/cdbm9n #
  • 08:51 Playing with the web cam in the sitting room. My favorite room in our house, but I don't spend nearly enough time in it. #
  • 11:43 New #Blog Post: The Story of Sadie tinyurl.com/dfakt3 #
  • 15:08 New #Blog Post: John's Incredible Pizza Co. tinyurl.com/cm4g8s #
  • 20:41 Spent a wonderful day eating and shopping with the wife. We found a fantastic deal on a BEAUTIFUL dining room set. We couldn't pass it up. #
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John's Incredible Pizza Co.

Wow. Try it.
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The Story of Sadie

I hadn't planned on writing a detailed story about Sadie. She was back with her owners and that very small chapter of my life was over. No need to rehash it.

But when your sister-in-law, who also happens to be a heart specialist for animals, wants the story behind a dog or cat, you tell it. The following is from my email to her.

Here's the story of Sadie. Christy may jump in and add her own details.

So there I was driving Christy's car back from a smog check when I spotted this little, scraggly, black terrier mix. It was just around the corner from our house, dangerously close to Magnolia. The dog didn't appear to be very afraid of cars, so I became alarmed and pulled over. My first thought was: "Oh, my God, this is the exact dog with which I've always pictured myself." Which was quickly followed by my second thought, upon noticing the collar and tag: "Damn it!" (For purely selfish reasons, mind you.)

When I got out of the car, the dog seemed friendly but wary. It circled me, always out of arm's reach, making a feeble attempt at pretending to not care about my presence. I could tell it was hoping for a friendly face, eyeing me as it continued to circle, its tail between its legs. I squatted down, put my hand out, and called to it. It came over, took a quick sniff, then returned to circling just out of reach. I did some dog whisperer-type stuff, and the dog came back in for another sniff. This time, it stayed within reach, so I gently began to pet its head. When it seemed more relaxed, I looked at the tag, hoping for a direct number to the owner, but only finding the web site "petdata.com" and the ID number.

Being so close to home, I figured I could quickly look up the owner's information, so with some more dog whisperer-type stuff, I picked the dog up and placed it in the back seat of Christy's car. Fifteen seconds later, the dog found itself in our garage.

I excitedly ran in the house, made a beeline for our bedroom to find Christy just finishing making the bed, and said, "Guess what? There's a dog in our garage!" Christy blinked once, then again for good measure, and asked, as I led her to the garage, "What kind of dog?" My excitement came to a climax as I declared, "A scraggly one!"

In all my excitement, I was fully prepared to leave the dog in the garage as I looked up its information, but Christy brilliantly suggested, "Maybe you should put it in the backyard." So with Bertram safely locked away in his "playpen", I carried the dog through the house to the backyard. I let it explore the backyard for a while, introducing itself to all the neighborhood dogs. Then I remembered that the whole point was to look up the information online, so I picked the dog up, finally thought to check if it was a boy or girl, the latter being the case, and Christy noted the info from the tag.

Online, it was to my delight that I quickly discovered the information: 1) the dog's name is Sadie, for which I will always love the owners, and 2) the owners' surname, as listed on the petdata.com website, is Barkley, for which I will always love their ancestors. The phone number I obtained from petdata.com for the Barkley's was unlisted with 411.com, but a quick search for the last name Barkley in our zip code returned a handful of results... one of which was on a neighboring street. I now had a full name and address for the owners.

I called several times, leaving a couple of messages, letting the Barkleys know we had their dog and that we would contact them again upon our return home from work.

Before leaving for work, I let Bertram out of his playpen and observed his interaction with Sadie, the two separated only by a screen door. The meeting went surprisingly well: no hissing, lunging or swatting. At one point, Sadie sat by the sliding door, surveying her new territory (it didn't take her long to claim our yard as her own), while Bertram did rollies, scratching at the glass in a "Can I play with you?" sort of way.

The last time I saw Sadie, I started up my car and she came running around the side of the house, gazing at me hopefully. "Can I come with you?" she seemed to say. "Bye, Sadie," I said as I rolled down the window. "It's alright. You're a good girl."

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:02 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/c5un3y #
  • 09:13 Eating TWO grapefruits as if it can make up for the gormandizing I did yesterday. #
  • 09:39 New #Blog Post: Defining Our Times tinyurl.com/cgg4h9 #
  • 09:39 New #Blog Post: Happy St. Patrick's Day! tinyurl.com/c5ln85 #
  • 10:02 Off to get ready to go get a smog check for Christy. She was so happy when I offered to do it. #
  • 12:07 New #Blog Post: Sadie, the Lost Dog tinyurl.com/d8wkbm #
  • 23:03 New #Blog Post: Sadie Returns Home tinyurl.com/cpa4y6 #
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Sadie Returns Home

Sadie, the terrier mix I found around the corner from our house, after having spent the day in our backyard, has been safely returned to her owners. It's one of those sad, bittersweet moments. But I feel good, knowing I did a wonderful thing.

I'm off to go cry now....

Sadie, the Lost Dog

She's in our backyard. Left a message for the owner. Picked her up on the street.
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Green.

Defining Our Times

I popped over to Google to verify the spelling of "gormandizing" using the define feature (e.g. define gormandizing). Upon typing "define " (with the trailing space) a list of suggested/popular/recent searches dropped down. I was very intrigued by the list, so I thought I would share it with you:

  • love
  • philosophy
  • clew
  • recession
  • pragmatic
  • integrity
  • agnostic
  • culture
  • ethics
  • socialism
The two most popular are "integrity" and "philosophy" which almost gives me faith in humanity. I think the list, as a whole, really does define our times.

Now I need to go "define clew"...

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:03 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/c9eets #
  • 07:53 Loading my BlackBerry with a fresh selection of music. Still waking up, and finding I am hungry. #
  • 22:05 on #lastfm : Death Cab for Cutie – Bixby Canyon Bridge tinyurl.com/4tf3cy #
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Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Day in Tweets

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:05 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/d4rwqc #
  • 11:52 I love it when the TiVo records Davey & Goliath! #
  • 12:14 Dear God, please tell me that this is just allergies. I can't be sick again already! #
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Friday, March 13, 2009

The Day in Tweets

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Day in Tweets

  • 00:34 New #Blog Post: The Day in Tweets tinyurl.com/af7e4w #
  • 09:49 New #Blog Post: Dolly the Lamb tinyurl.com/cfrqdl #
  • 10:23 @parsifal TweetDeck is a RAM hog! Seeing as I don't have enough RAM to begin with, I ditched it, even though it's very useful. #
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Dolly the Lamb

I was reading in The Intellectual Devotional about Dolly, the cloned lamb. It gave some interesting facts that suggested something much more interesting, but it just didn't go there. But I will.

Dolly's "mother" was six years old when they took the genetic material from her to make Dolly. Dolly, at the age of six, was put to sleep due to lung cancer and crippling arthritis, both ailments common in advanced ages. What makes this extremely interesting is the fact that sheep generally live to 11 or 12. In any math class I've ever taken, six (the mother's age) plus six (Dolly's age) always equals 12 (the life expectancy of the average sheep). Did Dolly's body think she was six at birth and 12 at her death? This doesn't bode well for cloning.

Would it ever be considered acceptable to clone, say, a 40-year-old man, if the clone could only be expected to live 30-odd years? Is cloning acceptable at all? Is there any practical use for cloning? I think not.

Oh, and Dolly's story isn't over. Before her death, she mothered six sheep... naturally.