Monthly Archives: June 2004

Now children . . .

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Do I really need to explain this?

And this dear friends is why I am a moderate. I am conservative on some issues, but willing to embrace change when necessary (but let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater).

Take that Zuma!

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Something that I inherited from my mother is my love of puzzles. Any type of game that requires me to think rapidly and create patters and solve puzzles, especially in a timed environment, is a very good thing.

My mother was the same way, and I have to believe that she would have loved this game.


The objective is simple, but therein lies the addictiveness of it.

Taken from the about page:

Don’t let things spiral out of control!
Creeping like the great snake Quetzalquatl, the colored balls spin steadily toward the abyss. You must stop them! Shoot balls from the frog’s mouth into groups of the same color to make them disappear. When you fill the Zuma meter, no more balls are added to the chain. Clear them all out to move on to the next level!

The frog’s head will track your mouse pointer. Left-click to launch the ball from its mouth. (The bead on its back shows the next ball; right-click to switch the current ball with that one.)

Fire your ball into two or more of the same color to make them disappear. Balls continually roll along the track of the spiral. Don’t let them reach the skull’s mouth!

You must earn enough points to fill the Zuma meter. Hit coins, set up combos and chains, and shoot through a gap to earn extra points. Get help by blasting balls that have special powers.

Currently, this is my best yet.

Final Zuma Score: 109,570

Congratulations! You beat your previous Best Score of: 78,990

Great job! You beat your Average Score of: 66,718

Your Zuma Skill Level:

Excellently done! Your skill level is now four-star. To achieve a four-and-a-half-star skill level, you’ll need an all-time best score of 110,000 or better. You are a SuperStar Player!

Ya know….

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I am so loving this CD.


Continuo – Meditations On Pachelbel’s Canon

About The CD

The theme to “Pachelbel’s Canon,” one of the most beloved melodies in the world, is transformed in this amazing project. Continuo takes this instantly recognizable classic and places it into new musical contexts of ambient, new age and world music. Symphonic synths, rich piano, global percussion and voices from around the world are just some of the elements used to bring this remarkable reworking to life.

It is a very restful CD – I can start it playing and then go to work and I will suddenly look up and hours have passed and I work is accomplished.

This makes me feel funny in my pants.

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Curse you Apple!

For I want this so badly, but yeesh! $3,299.00

Let’s see:
30 inch Cinema High Definition Display.
2560 x 1600 optimal resolution
16.7 million colors
DVI Display Connector
2 port USB 2.0 Hub
2 FireWire 400 ports

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Yeah, I know this is old – but it is updated and my father sent it to me right as I needed a laugh.


GEORGE W. BUSH: We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either against us or for us. There is no middle ground here.

COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

HANS BLIX: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road I am now against it!

RALPH NADER: The chicken’s habitat on the other side of the road had been polluted by unchecked industrial greed. The chicken did not reach the unspoiled habitat on the other side of the road because it was crushed by the wheels of a gas-guzzling SUV.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

RUSH LIMBAUGH: I don’t know why the chicken crossed the road, but I’ll bet it was getting a government grant to cross the road, and I’ll bet that somebody out there is already forming a support group to help chickens with crossing-the-road syndrome. Can you believe this? How much more of this can real Americans take? Chickens crossing the road paid for by their tax dollars. And when I say tax dollars, I’m talking about your money, money the government took from you to build a road for chickens to cross.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

JERRY FALWELL: Because the chicken was gay — isn’t it obvious? Can’t you people see the plain truth in front of your face? The chicken was going to the ‘other side’. That’s what they call it the other side. Yes, my friends, that chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like “the other side.”

DR. SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road?
Did he cross it with a toad?

Yes, the chicken crossed the road,
but why it crossed I’ve not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain. Alone.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.

GRANDPA: In my day, we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heartwarming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its life long dream of crossing the road.

JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

KARL MARX: It was an historic inevitability.

RONALD REAGAN: What chicken?

CAPTAIN KIRK: To boldly go where no chicken has ever gone before.

SIGMUND FREUD: The fact that you are at all concerned that the chicken crossed the road reveals your underlying sexual insecurity.

BILL GATES: I have just witnessed eChicken04, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook, – and internet explorer is an integral part of eChicken.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your definition of chicken?

AL GORE: I invented the chicken!

THE BIBLE: And God came down from heaven, and he said unto the chicken THOU SHALT CROSS THE ROAD. And the chicken didst cross the road, and there was much rejoicing.

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?

Even more amusing anecdote – and a bonus little known fact for those who read all the way down to the bottom. My nickname when I was a kid? Chicken. Kinda makes the Falwell comment erie don’cha know?

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kitsune76, talented author, creative person and creator of C. Ulture Shocked, passed away tonight.


I really don’t have anything else to say, but that she will be missed.


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There was a Drag Queen who had a poodle, and Bingo was her name-o!

B! I! N! G! O!
B! I! N! G! O!
B! I! N! G! O!

And Bingo was her name-oooooo!


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You know I am really tempted to get this for my father.

I’m trying to decide if I would have to explain it to him or not. Thing is it would probably hork off someone in East Texas.


My father would be amused, he has a rather snarky sense of humor and has no patience with extremists on either side of the fence.

Oh Hell Yes!

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I know who I am voting for this election!

Cthulhu For President 2004

With all of the troubles in the world today, the sacrifice or two of certain policy-makers to the Mythos might be just what we need. Proclaim your loyalties to your friends, family, and the powers that be! Wave the red, white, blue, and green.

This is a high-quality 100% heavy cotton tee. This shirt color is black with a six-color silk-screened image of Mighty Cthulhu demanding your vote in the next election; the image area measures more than 9″ across.

Cthulhu For President 2004 Bumper Sticker!

And with this bumper sticker? Why settle for the lesser evil?

I so must get these!

One more thing . . .

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Oh boy am I a geek fanboy about this!

Three last pictures of SpaceShipOne and The White Knight.

On the ground, passing 100,000 altitude, and breaking Mach 1.5!

Cutting for bandwidth impaired people.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the White Knight (and SpaceShipOne) have landed!

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What is the White Knight and SpaceShipOne you ask?

They are the babies of Paul Allen* – The first privately owned spacecraft.

This morning – in an event that was shamefully ignored by most media – the twin ships took off, White Knight then carried SpaceShipOne to an altitude of where SpaceShipOne was released and with it’s pilot (Mike Melvill) onboard, engaged it’s main engine and ascended to an altitude of 100 km.

Now SpaceShipOne has safely landed at the Mojave Airport after orbiting the Earth.

Mike is the first person to earn astronaut wings in a non-government sponsored vehicle, and the first private civilian to fly a spaceship out of the atmosphere.

How about that – History.

Before today all astronauts have made it to space as part of very expensive governmental programs. For the first time, we have people in space due to the dedication and hard work of a few private individuals.

If you are interested, here is the link to the homepage for The Tier One Project that gave us this miracle. Though I am betting that this server it getting it’s butt handed to it today.

I am including two pictures of the vehicles, in case you can’t get to the site.

The White Knight and SpaceShipOne linked and flying followed by a Beech Starship airplane.


SpaceShipOne rockets towards space after disengaging from White Knight.

* One of the founders of Microsoft – Paul retired several years ago and has spent the last several years – and many millions of dollars – funding “blue sky” science projects.

Interesting memeage leveraged shamelessly from n8an The A to Z of codecattx

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A is for – age: 37
B is for – boyfriend/girlfriend: no/no
C is for – career: Dual classed Systems Engineer/Scientist
D is for – dad’s name: David
E is for – essential items to bring to a party: game and a refreshment
F is for – favorite song at the moment: Time Stands Still by Rush
G is for – guy/girls you’ve kissed: Depends on your definition of kissing.
H is for – hometown: Born in Waco, Tx – lived all over the place.
I is for – instruments you play: none
J is for – job title: Systems Engineer
K is for – kids: 2 spoiled cats, 3 spoiled godchildren.
L is for – living arrangement: House – (Will become a home when I have someone to share it with)
M is for – mom’s name: Ann
N is for – number of people you’ve slept with: slept: Many but if you are saying “slept” with – four.
O is for – overnight hospital stays: Two – One from my jaw surgery, one from my mugging.
P is for – phobia[s]: heights
Q is for – quote you like: ‘For every evil under the sun / there is a remedy or there is none / if there be one, seek till you find it / if there be none, never you mind it’ — Mother Goose
R is for – relationship that lasted the longest: Close to a year
S is for – sexual position: Single.
T is for – time you wake up: Between 06:30 and 07:00.
U is for – unique trait(s): ahem… Very flexible
V is for – vegetable you love: Asparagus!
W is for – worst habit: Trying to fix the world.
X is for – x-rays you’ve had: 2 (Broken foot and upper jaw)
Y is for – yummy food you make: Any – I’m a damn good cook.
Z is for – zodiac sign: Virgo

Just when you are ready to tear your hair out . . .

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As just about anyone who knows me knows, I have a job that consumes a rather large portion of my free time.

First, I would like to thank all of my friends for being understanding when one or more work issues raises it’s scaly head and starts to constrict my schedule and eat into my “fun time”.

But it sure feels good to have emails like this waiting for me when I come in to work.

Cutting to spare you lots of people patting me on the back.

You know that you are a science (and more specifically chemistry) geek when . . .

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You are reading through your Monday morning email and see a reference to br.****.com*

And the first thing you think is Bromine

* Customer website blanked out to preserve privacy.

Take that Active Directory!

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I have had an ongoing issue with Acive Directory/External Email Addresses for users with accounts/Internal Exchange Inboxes out at the Heard. Well, today while puzzling on the issue again, I had a epiphany!

And now after 20 or so minutes mucking down in the innards of Active Directory, I have everything working the way it should!

Not bad for someone still partially stoned out of his head on allergy medicine!

High as a kite

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I think that someone who shall not be named must have gotten bored this week and decided to dump everything that I am allergic to on this part of Texas this week.

So, as a result, I am on all of my allergy medication and having a very interesting “out of body experience”.

*looks around*

I am so glad I am not debugging any code today.

Everyone, meet Fluffy

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