2004-11-29

Rosie - Doctor's Telepresense Robot

Is it impersonal? Is it worth the seemingly improved doctor care? I love seeing interesting uses of robots - and this one has some practical use - yet I question if there might be another solution on Roboton: Rosie - Doctor's Telepresense Robot

Interviewed

It snow yesterday and last night. We got maybe an inch. But the schools we on 2 hour delay. I can understand - it was cold, blowing, and the snow created a layer of ice on the road, and they were not sure if we would get more snow. When I looked on the weather report, I saw a hole from Colorado Springs down to Pueblo with no snow expected. Weird to see a hole like that. But it did bode well for getting the kids to school in time before my interview at 1:30.

But thinking about getting the kids in at 10, I debated going into work. I would lose time going in and having to leave not that long after. So I decided to dial in instead. I'm glad I have a good boss for that - for one more week.

I redressed in my best suit and headed over for my interview. I met the boss of the group. He seemed like a very nice person. I think he may be descended from native Americans, not that it matters. He spent a lot of time telling me about the position and the work. The biggest surprise was the hours. The job would normally or mostly start at 6:30am. This is pretty darn early. Yet I quickly realize that I could get up at the same time I used to get up when I commuted to Denver. And I'd be home a lot earlier in the day. It should be before sunset, even on the shortest day of the year. But not early enough to pick up the kids from school, and it would be too early to take them to school.

After meeting with the boss, he had two other guys from the group come and give me a techy interview. One guy was normal, the other was a long-haired, bearded guy. That's cool. Overall, I think the tech interview went very well. I missed a couple of questions, but quickly showed I understood the concepts. And I got a few harder questions right on. One of them they admitted they have used as a tie breaker question. Someone who knew the Cobol unstring method showed that they were more rounded than another coder. I was worried that they were expecting a DB2 admin, as that was the brainbench test I took, and the recruiter warned me that they would grill me on DB2. But they asked me normal developer questions, so I was pretty comfortable with that part of the interview. I was a bit rusty, not having done DB2 in 4 years. But many concepts translate between different versions of database servers, so that helped me a lot.

Then I met with the boss again. He said his boss was off, but would call me in the next day or two. It seems that as long as I get along with this East Coast boss, I have a good shot at the position. That certainly make me feel a lot more comfortable with the job situation.

Not the perfect job for me, but a very good match for my skills. It sounds like I could learn a bit there, and it also might help motivate me to work on my education some more.

Genetically Engineered Plants Detect Land Mines

A plant that changes colors in response to leaking chemicals from a land mine. Now this is something smart!

Core77 - Materials and Processes

Found on BoingBoing - Genetically engineered plants detect land mines by changing color

2004-11-28

National Treasure


We got a babysitter last night. We went out to dinner, then to see the movie National Treasure.

It was a fun adventure if you don't take it too seriously. While most of the movie is pretty plausible, there are some parts that are just a bit unbelievable.

Real Genius

For the first time in ages, I watched Real Genius again. I wasn't feeling great, so this movie was the perfect lie-in-bed-and-get-some-rest movie. I think I have this movie on video tape someplace, but I'm not sure where. So I watched it from broadcast TV. I wonder what I missed being 'edited' for television. I could tell there were at least 2 places they voiced over curses. :)

I checked on IMDB on some of the actors to see what they were doing. It was interesting to read that the woman who played the hyper-girl, named Jordan in the movie, has moved out of acting. She is supposed to live in Canada, is a mom of 3, and has taken up being a Zen Buddhist.

Black Friday

The day after thanksgiving is nicknamed black Friday. It is a huge shopping day, and it often the day that merchants turn a profit for the year.
Most places have the biggest sales of the season just on that one day. So it makes a busy shopping day even more crazy.
We looked through the circulars and say a number of very good prices.
My wife was planning to get up early to go up to Denver when the Disney store opened at 5am. Instead she only got up a little early to hit 3 or 4 stores here in town. Mostly it was technology stuff. She got herself a new color palm. It is a Zire, that is also an MP3 player! I'm so jealous. But not enough to spend another $100, when the palm I have works just fine. She also got a 256M SD memory card for it. And she got me some DVD-Rs real cheap. And a new hard drive. A 160G for only $40 after rebate - now that is a bargain! She picked up a DVD player for the kids. There was one for $20, about half the price of the cheapest normally. But the place for only $20 was sold out before she got there. But there were two other places selling cheaper DVD players - both for $27. But one didn't have any controls on the front. Knowing my kids, that would be a mistake. Relying only on a remote is a bad plan. So she got the $27 one with some controls in front. It is put away for a week, until Channukah. Then my wife took the kids up to Denver and did shop at Disney. She got them each a treat. My youngest got some stuffed animals. The middle boy got a space ship toy that is also a sword - the perfect gift for him! And the eldest, at 11, was too 'mature' for anything at the Disney store, but he accepted getting a new game cube game someplace else.

Before going up to Denver, my wife decided she wanted the 256M SD card for her new palm. As the store she got the SD card at was on my way into work, I agreed to stop in and get myself a new one. But it seems they were out of the 256M SD cards, as I wound up buying a 512M SD card.

I went into work. There were maybe 10 other cars in the parking lot, that usually has hundreds. But I can't afford to lose 2 days of work with only one more week of work, so I went in and did some work. It was a tiny bit spooky as I was the only one in my wing. I saw people in the distance a couple of times during the day, but didn't interact with anyone, except online.

When I got home, I offered to swap the 512M SD card for the 256M. I knew that I really didn't need 512M with my palm, but with the MP3 player on her's, that 512M would make more sense for her. So we swapped. Then I downloaded a bunch of MP3s and a number of pictures to the 512M SD card for her. Out of my 4G+ MP3 collection, she found a little more than would fit on a 512M card that she liked. So we deleted about 5 songs she had picked earlier, and added a few more she liked better. Of course, we can always get some music off of her favorite CDs for her palm. It makes sense to download with my laptop, as it has an SD slot, which is much, much faster than through the USB to the palm. Yet, hot-syncing is now much fast for her. This was an upgrade from serial to USB for her. Yet her laptop only has 1 USB port, with a printer plugged in. So I will have to dig up a USB hub for her. :)

2004-11-26

What is up with Sitemeter?

Site Meter does not seem to be working for my blogs today. I wonder what is up? Maybe they had a database crash and everybody is off enjoying the 4 day Thanksgiving day weekend!

Maybe it is time for a secondary hit counter.

Job Update

Counting down. One more week. Next Friday is the day my contract runs out. And I know it will not be renewed. With Thanksgiving yesterday, I lost a day;s worth of hours. Not great when I only have one more week. So I figured I might try to put in some extra hours today. But I managed to get to work a bit later than usual. And when I pulled up there were maybe 10 other cars in the parking lot. A parking lot that usually has a couple of hundred. So I guess everybody else has it off. Not the first time it happened. Last time they had the door I used shut off, so I had to go way around front to get in. And then the agency questioned if I really worked that day. I knew they could check the door logs if they wanted. It would show that I came into work, even if everyone else didn't. It wasn't a paid day off for me.

So this past Tuesday evening, the job situation was getting me down. I was wishing I as least had an interview. I have about 4 recruiters that are supposed to be getting me interviews. The latest one wasn't very positive. She had a position that was mainframe support, and the top of their rate was 5 dollars less and hour than I am making. That is a pretty big cut. I said can we negotiate after they see my resume? No, it has to be the rate that I am initially submitted at. So I said I'll go 3 dollars less - 2 dollars more than they rated the position. So I figured that would be the end of that. But Wednesday I heard back. It seems they want to interview me on Monday! I guess my online tech test scores must have impressed them enough. It isn't the kind of job I want. But I am good at it. Maybe if it isn't very interesting work, I'll do something more with training/education. At least the place is real close to my house.

Photo Friday Theme: Prosperity


Picture Theme: Prosperity


I am not a big fan of fish-sushi, other's in my family love it. It is a rare treat due to it's cost. When we are prosperous, we can afford a treat like this occasionally.

Picture posted for Photo Friday's theme this week: Prosperity

2004-11-23

Spybot: Service Pack 2

I ran adaware and spybot. Adaware came back clean.

Spybot came up with something. It seems that Windows Media Player added a ClientID field in three places in my registry. It warns that this ID can be sent up each time Windows Media Player goes online: get CD info or get a codec.

I let Spybot clean out the ClientID.

Service Pack 2 Observations

I have a couple of observations with windows XP service pack 2...

The first involves the change to wireless. Some of the dialog windows with wireless have changed. I don't see any real problem with that. The other change is the icon in the system tray in the lower right. They changed the wireless network icon from the standard two computers, one behind the other, to an icon that just has one computer with some curved lines going away indication radio waves. The problem I have is that the new icon steals functionality that I liked. With the standard network icon, you see outgoing and incoming packets when the monitors 'light' up. With the new wireless icon, you only get a 'light' when the data goes either way. I like the separate incoming light, as it tells me when the computer is getting an IP address from my router when first connecting to the network. It also shows me if I'm not getting data back on things like downloads.

But that is not the most concerning change with SP2. I noticed a bug in Outlook Express after SP2 installed. I think the bug indicates a serious possibility of buffer overrun vulnerability. So I tried to report it to microsoft. I spent a lot of time looking for a decent way to report a bug. The best I could do was put in a wish item. That does not sound like a good way to report a bug. I asked them to contact me for the details. Hours later, no reply. I was hoping to be report the problem and get a fix before any bad guys tried to exploit it. So I can't give any details here.
Some would point out that I should switch to a different set of tools that are less vulnerable. The fact that there is no easy way to report this bug, and I don't feel comfortable that it is being addressed, means that I'm very likely to switch products.

2004-11-22

Service Pack 2

Well, after many weeks of procrastination, I finally did it. I let Windows XP Service Pack 2 install.

I had hesitated for a couple of reasons. One was a couple of horror stories I'd read about SP2. Of course, I believe most of those horror stories came from people running, shall we say, non-standard versions of Windows XP.

And I wanted to be sure that all my data was decently backed up. So after copying most files over the network to my desktop, I also burned a few CD-Rs today. Normally I wouldn't be quite so paranoid about doing an upgrade, but I realized I would have some extra challenges with a laptop if I had trouble. If it were a desktop, I'd have the option of taking out a hard drive, and making it a secondary on another machine to get data off. But with the laptop, I don't really have that option. So I wanted to be safe.

I managed to clean up some space just as the SP2 install was loading. It turned out well, as SP2 used up about 850M on my hard drive. This is no small amount on a laptop.

The install process took longer than I expected. I'd say over 2 hours. And it looked like it kept installing the same file more than once - like explorer.exe.

Uniting IT Workers

An interesting article: Workers of The IT World, Unite! - Computerworld

Having been out of work about 14 months cumulative in the last 4 years, I am upset about the excessive number of computer jobs going overseas.

And in theory, I think having a union to represent us might be an advantage.

This article points out 2 unions that have some in-roads in the computer field. One of them is CWA.

I've had some dealings with the Communication Workers of America. Due to my interactions with them before, I do not feel comfortable with going to CWA.

Let me tell you about being a union worker under CWA. When I started with AT&T back in 1984, I was given two choices. I could have union dues taken out of my pay check, and join the union, or I could have the same amount deducted from my pay anyhow. Not too hard a choice, but it sounded wacky to me. The job I had before AT&T did not treat us very well, and I practically organized a union in that shop. So joining the union sounded pretty good to me then, even if it was a little wacky. So I checked the box to join the union.

At first, I didn't really see any problems with the union. But after a while, some of the downsides became more obvious. Raises are rather limited. Being able to move into better positions was limited by seniority. And when the group I was in required off-shift work, that was also decided by seniority. Being at the bottom of the seniority, I wound up working 2nd shift after 6 months. Then I wound up working midnight shift for 1-1/2 years. And it looked like I would not be about to move up or move off night shift for some time due to seniority.

But there was another thing that happened that made me unhappy with CWA. It was the time we went on strike. Okay, I have no real problem with going on strike to stand up for what one believes in. But I found the situation with the strike disheartening. The CWA called for a strike in a number of areas due to failed negotiations with phone company management. We were on strike for 6 weeks. During that time, people on strike made no money, except maybe a tiny pittance for putting in time on the picket 'line'. The times I went on the picket line, there was only one other person, and it wasn't very animated. But that is fine, I wasn't looking for trouble. We had a few scabs - people who went back to work in spite of the strike. Crossing the picket line.

Well, during that 6 weeks, it seems other sections managed to come to an agreement with management. So we heard about other areas going back to work after about 2 or 3 weeks. This was not a very good show of solidarity in my opinion. After 6 weeks, our section finally agreed with management. And we went back to work.

And my first paycheck was smaller. Why was it smaller? Well it seems the union got to collect back dues from the 6 weeks we didn't work. That doesn't seem right. But that wasn't the biggest insult. It seems the other sections that went back to work early had an interesting agreement. It seems their agreement said they got whatever benefits that those of us staying out 6 weeks negotiated for.

This steamed me. This did not seem right at all. They did not stand with us to solve the strike. They got to go back to work and get paid sooner. They got the same thing that we had to stay out 6 weeks for. It seems to me that at a minimum they should have had to cover our back union dues.

So, I've had trouble in jobs without unions. I've had trouble in a job with a union. I do know that the computer field seems more volatile than it should. I might consider supporting a union of some sort to help strengthen my position. But not if it is CWA.

2004-11-20

Binary Birthday Candles

I had this idea a number of years ago. Instead of trying to stuff more and more candles on a birthday cake to represent the age, you could represent the age in binary.

It seems I'm not the only one to think of this. I guess I shouldn't be surprised with all the other creative geeks out there. I found: A Binary Birthday Cake and Binary birthday candles.

I have done binary birthday candles two different ways. The way that seems to be done most often is to light candles for the one bits, and don't light the candles for zero bits. I've done this, and the two sites I found did it this way too.

I've also done it by color coding. One color is on, the other color is off. Of course from the left, the first candle color is the one bit.
So in the case above, the order of the candle-bits are 32-16-8-4-2-1 with the 32, 8 and 1 on. So 41 [decimal] in only 6 candles.

Don't forget the parity candle-bit for good luck!

Binary conversion

Positive Anonymous Comment

Today I got an anonymous comment today on an entry I wrote on my shared TechChatter blog:

...thank you! I was having the exact same problem and it was very frustrating. I also noticed the SCRL and typed in SCRL under help and got nothing; looking under SCROLL also got me nothing. It wasn't until I yahoo'ed the "excel scroll" that I got your answer - I really appreciate your help!!


This is exactally why I post information like this on my blog. To help other people! This is the kind of anonymous comments I like. Although I'd prefer if people at least put their first name at the bottom of their comments.

Interesting to note: The commentor appears to be from Singapore. The search term they used excel scroll, my TechChatter entry comes up as the second item found. Neat!

2004-11-19

Review: Nintendo DS a sleek powerhouse

New dual screen successor to Game Boy Advance to go on sale in the US on Sunday.
BostonHerald.com - Technology: Review: Nintendo DS a sleek powerhouse

Fake Legos Crushed, to be Burned

"More than 10 tons of Chinese-made plastic toy bricks will go up in smoke when the largest customs haul of illegal imitation Legos ever seized is incinerated, a Finnish customs official said on Friday."
"more than 54,500 fake sets"
Boston.com / News / Odds & ends / Record haul of fake Lego to go up in smoke

2004-11-18

Futuristic Robot Roller Coaster Wows Crowds

Nov. 18 - RoboCoaster G2, a new 'robotic' roller coaster ride promised to change the face of amusement park rides. It was unveiled today to amusement park executives in Orlando, Florida.

On Thrill Ride Experence it looks 4 passenger beam on what looks like an industrial robot arm riding down a roller coaster track.

Photo Friday: Pattern


Picture Theme: Pattern


We set up the kids' wreck (sp) room to look like a caravan tent for a celebration. There were a number of different patterns.

For: Photo Friday: Patterns

Suspended Part 3

For those of you who are new to the situation, you can read the earlier parts of the story:
Suspended Part 1
Suspended Part 2

It seems the teacher at the core of this situation has some views on the situation. He thinks the situation is a bit out of hand. He thought my son would only be disciplined by the one administrator when the teacher gave the picture to this administrator. It turns out the teacher was amused by the picture of the dragon attacking him that my son drew. The fact that he does *not* particularly feel threatened is a good thing for the assessment.

My son drew a picture of a dragon attacking a teacher. Does this sound like a child, an 11 year old, who is a real danger? Columbine has made people a tad over sensitive.

Well the good news is that my son will be back in school on Monday. The bad news is that the situation is not resolved, and technically he is still suspended. But on Monday, he will be on an in-school suspension. That means he will be in the office doing his school work instead of the classroom. They could still decided to expel him.

And the situation is still up in the air. Whoever it is that has to meet to assess the situation have not gotten around to it, and with Thanksgiving next week, they might not resolve it for a while yet.

There are some people in my son's school who are really working hard to try to fix this situation as fast as possible. I am very thankful to those people.

We had contacted a counselor my son had gone to when he was about 6 back in New Jersey. We were pretty sure she was the one who had told my son he could draw a picture to express his feelings if he was having trouble with the words. But she refused to get involved, she said it has been 'too long' since she dealt with him. 5 years is too long to say if you told him to draw pictures? You can't just answer yes or no? You have to cop out with saying it was 'too long'? I don't buy it.

But the thing that really bothers me about the whole situation is that it stems from my son wanting to do harder work. My son can be reluctant to do school work at times. So in a situation when he wants to do work - harder work - what happens? He gets punished. His parents get punished. People in his school are doing a bunch of extra work. So I have to some how make sure to encourage his wanting to do harder work, and make sure that he knows he can't do anything else to get suspended or expelled. I've made sure he understands how many ways what he did was wrong. Yes I think they overreacted. But I understand why they reacted that way. And I respect that they have to make sure to keep things safe. And it is important from my son to respect what his school says. And I know they will be watching him a lot closer from now on.

Anonymous Comment About Suspension

A note to the person from RoadRunner ISP in the SouthEast of the US running Windows XP who left an anonymous comment about my son's suspension.

I might take your comment a little more seriously if you had the courage to sign your comment.
I might take your comment a little more seriously if your writing wasn't simply inflamitory. At best it was a cheap attempt to upset me. But the inflamitory wording stole any valid meaning from your comment.

And your saying that I accept and excuse his actions shows how little you really read of what I wrote and how little you know me. But that is okay, I wouldn't care to know someone like you.

I debated deleting the comment as having no value. But instead I'll leave it so other visitors can also enjoy laughing at your pathetic attempts to hurt with your closed-minded words.

In Related Muppet News

Disney has relauched the muppets with the new site: Muppets.com -- the New Official Home of the Muppets!
Of course, like all things Disney, this redirects you to a go.com site.

Terror Level Image

I have added a Homeland Security Advisory System to this blog on the sidebar. Sesame Street characters define the security threat level.

Current Level:
Terror Alert Level

All the terror levels:
Terror Levels
So, when Elmo comes out, it is time to be very, very afraid!

Found on: Moogie's World

2004-11-17

Movie: 50 First Dates

The other night I rented the movie 50 First Dates. When I had seen the previews for it, it looked really silly. The last couple of movies I saw with Adam Sandler seemed pretty dumb. I was not expecting much from the movie. And there was a bunch of dumb stuff in the movie. But the movie itself was rather touching. It was sweet and even caused me to get choked up. So this movie turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable.

Snow Pictures - Winter 2003-2004


Snow Pictures - Winter 2003-2004

Caption Time!



On blog Hello World it's me.. Sweety, she posts a wild picture about once a week, asking visitors to post funny captions. The last few times, I went to post a funny caption. I get carried away each time. I think this week was a new record: I think I posted 25. You might even think some of them are funny! :)

It was odd. For some reason the 'Caption Time!' entry did not show up in my RSS Reader.

2004-11-16

Suspended Day - A Couple of Details

I found out a couple of more details to the situation.

It seems that yes, my son had drawn a picture of killing his teacher. It seems he was mad at the teacher. And he didn't know how to say it in words, and he had been told by a people back in New Jersey that if he was having trouble, he could draw a picture of how he felt.

But it gets interesting. Want to know why he was mad at his teacher?

He had been switched from one class to another situation. The teacher gave him words that my son thought were too simple. My son wanted harder words.

The teacher told him to prove himself with the easy words, then he would be given harder words.

My son refused to do the simple words. He wanted the harder words right away. The teacher refused. So my son was frustrated. Instead of doing the simple words and proving himself, he decided to draw some cartoons to show his frustration, and to prove that they couldn't make him do the work.

Sigh. It is just so stupid. All the way around. I had to laugh when I heard that he had drawn the picture because he wasn't given hard enough work.

So what do they do with a student who wants harder work? They suspend him, so that his parents are punished.

Suspended Day

In Colorado they are still rather touchy on the subject of any threat of violence in school.

My eldest boy was drawing a picture when a teacher came by. It seems the picture showed some sort of violence against another teacher. I know him, it was probably just a silly cartoon.
But they reacted very strongly and very quickly. He has been suspended for probably the rest of this week. The issue has to go to a treat assessment team to decide if he will be let back in.
And it seems that he narrowly missed getting arrested. If he had handed it to the teacher or spoken to anyone he could have been arrested. Sounds excessive to me.

He was sorry and a little bit upset. But not very upset.
So I figured I had to take him to work with me. Luckily they are really good about that at work. Of course what are they going to do if they don't like it? Let me go? They are already letting me go. I got official email notice yesterday that my contract officially ends Dec 3. I had hoped they might get smart, but it seems management has a policy, and all consultant are not being renewed in out area.

He seemed to think it was a vacation day, as he kept asking to play computer games.
I let him know that this is not about having fun.

He wrote an apology letter to the teacher in his comic. He read a little. Then he complained about being hungry and wanting to play. No playing.

I figured it might be a good time to get him working creatively on the computer. So I set up a gmail account for him and a blog. So far he has done a little writing, but not as much as I would like. He added a guestmap. He put 3 simple entries. Guess it is a start. He posted a comment on a friend's daughter's blog pointing back to his blog. He sent email to some grandparents and an aunt to look at his blog.

He says he knows better than to try to get in suspention again, but we will have to see.

The truth is, with him being homeschooled, and his attitude, and his parent's history, I expected something like this sooner. Especially with Colorado's zero tolerance policies. It just seems a bit extreme. Hopefully things will be straightened out soon. The fact that he is assessed with extra needs may make things a little easier.

I'm not sure how well I can take 3 days of him at work with me. I know I'll manage, but still, he is an intense person.

2004-11-15

Snow Pictures - Winter 2002-2003


Snow Pictures - Winter 2002-2003

Domain Transfers/Hijackings to Become Easier

Netcraft: Domain Transfers (and Hijackings) to Become Easier

As found on Looking Out - Lock your domain(s)

The new standard is that someone can take over your domain if you don't actively deny it withing 5 days.
5 days!? - what if you are on vacation for 5 days and don't check your email??
NASTY

Quiz - Match Your Zodiac Sign

I only match 20% on my Zodiac sign. I wonder if I match another better?

Note, on the quiz web page there are two Aries (at this time) The second one is really Pisces.

You are 20% Leo





'Wise' Answers to Deep Questions

1. Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'll squeeze these dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out?"
Probably a woman who was tired of breastfeeding - said: "I'm worn out, you want more you can share with the calf over there"

2. Who was the first person to say, "See that chicken there? I'm gonna eat the next thing that comes outta it's butt."
Some starving person, watching all the animals eating eggs, figuring that it must be safe to eat if they eat it

3. Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?
Could be any number of reasons: not used as much, so why run extra wires and save some money; Don't want to add the heat of a bulb to the freezer; Worry about the bulb shattering from the temperature change

4. If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?
I always heard the version where Jimmy cracks corn and *I* don't care. You can care if you want, I don't

5. Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?
Do you want to be the cop to give a hearse driver a ticket?

6. Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don't point to their crotch when they ask where the bathroom is?
Because of you point to the crotch, you might be asking for something else ;-)

7. Why does your OB-GYN leave the room when you get undressed if they are going to look up there anyway?
Because humans are often embarrassed/excited by the act of undressing. Once you are laying down, you can try to get your mind into a 'different place'

8. Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!
GoofyHas been called a non-dog or half dog. It does seem odd that one dog is a 'person' and the other dog is a pet. But as you know 'Some animals are more equal than others'

9. If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that Acme crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?
Maybe the local diner doesn't accept plastic, but Acme is willing to extend a lot of credit to Mr. Coyote

10. If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?
A pain in the butt. Or is that two test tickles?

11. If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from?
Mineral oils. Yuck. I'm not putting that on my skin.

12. If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
And if con is the opposite of pro, what is the opposite of progress?

13. Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
And 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' - they are sister tunes - subtly different, and effectively the same for the most part. I used to sing all three in round to get my boys to calm down or sleep.

14. Stop singing and read on..........
Twinkle, Twinkle little lamb, next time won't you sing with me?

15. Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?
Most people don't try to spell with their Alphabet food. So unless the illiterate people don't even recognize letters, I suppose they are not losing out on much.
Think what would happen if you ate a bowl of Chinese alphabet soup! And think about it, you don't get the full effect of alphabet soup that a savant would.


16. Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
Maybe he is trying to tell you that you need a mint. Of course that is calling the kettle black.

17. Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?
Not usually. Most elevator controllers will ignore extra presses. But I've seen elevators that will shut the doors as if you pressed the close door button, if you press a lit floor button again.

18. Do you ever wonder why you gave me your e-mail address in the first place?
Only the days I don't get email from you. Okay - I did wonder why I gave you my address when you used to send me chain mail.

Questions read before. This posting inspired by Lady Phae - Made ya think...

2004-11-14

Photo Theme: Busy


Photo Theme: Busy


A busy downtown Denver street.

For: Moody Monday: Busy

GuestMap Update - 1 Bogus

Thanks to the people who signed my GuestMap so far!

I got two from people who were new to me. One look like a nice person from Connecticut.

The other was a post from a guy, calling himself Tom.
His pin showed that he said he was from Austrailia.
He post that his town was oompaloompa.
His comment said "Oompa loompa doopity doo.... HI!"
The IP address he posted from was 172.163.249.122, which is part of the America Online domain. Doesn't sound like Austrailia to me.
His website tomtom.net is just a place holder.
His email tomtom@tom.net bounced.

I have deleted his entry.

Tom, if you are a real person, but are just avoiding spam, please contact me and I'll let you repost.

Only real posts on my guestmap please.

2004-11-13

New: Guest Map

I've added the popular Guest Map to my main blog. Please sign my guest map - I love to see where people are! Thanks for signing!

Use the icon below or on the sidebar


Free Guestmap from Bravenet.com
 Free Guestmap from Bravenet.com



Bravenet.com - Free websites, guestbook, forum, counter, classifieds, calendar, journal and more!

Snow Pictures - Winter 2001-2002


Snow Pictures 2001-2002


It is a snowy day today. A lazy snowy day. I am posting a bunch of snowy pictures from the first winter I had my digital camera: 2001-2002. I have 50 pictures posted on my Keith's Pictures blog.

2004-11-12

Electronic Arts Faces Overtime Lawsuit

An interesting anonymous blog entry related to the topic is linked to in this article.

Electronic Arts faces overtime lawsuit | Tech News on ZDNet

Dell Hell

Stories of problems with getting a Dell Computer.
Dell Hell

A number of the stories talk about Dell turning over items to collection agencies and ruining peoples credit ratings on items that were returned and acknowledged at Dell. Considering how many times it has happened, and how poorly it was handled, I would say that I would recommend against buying from Dell.

On the spot...

Grab the nearest book.
Open the book to page 23.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the text of the sentence in your journal......along with these instructions.

++++++++++

You may be sorry to hear that the nearest book is a book on Java programming - but I'll give it a shot...

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"This feature has been enhanced for the 1.2 JDK release to employ HTML frames and tables for greater ease of use."

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Found on i n n e r o u t i n g s
Who got it from My Chaotic Neurotic Klutzy Life...

Photo Theme: Tree


Photo Theme: Tree


Taken riding around the lake from Frisco, CO, in the Brekenridge area.

For I-Gizmo

Picture Theme: Family


Picture Theme: Family


A giant family of prairie Dogs, located a block away from where I225 starts at I25 in Denver. Just in front of a big apartment building. And these wild animals are known not just for putting holes in the ground, they are also known for carrying the plague. That is one of the reasons I didn't take a closer picture. They are also very timid, yet noisy creatures.

For Photo Friday Challenge: Family

New Tech Watching In-Theater Piracy

On more disturbing news on going out of your way to overdue trying to capture the little guy. This product takes pictures of a group of people when it thinks it sees a video camera. Yet the product had lots of false positives. And by taking pictures of a group, it may well be identifying more innocent people. Who knows - you could be sitting net to someone who set up a camera you didn't know was there. Next thing you know, you could be in court, trying vainly to explain that you didn't know anything about it. Have things gone too far already?
Boing Boing: A new tech eye on in-theater piracy

Book Quiz




You're Watership Down!

by Richard Adams

Though many think of you as a bit young, even childish, you're
actually incredibly deep and complex. You show people the need to rethink their
assumptions, and confront them on everything from how they think to where they
build their houses. You might be one of the greatest people of all time. You'd
be recognized as such if you weren't always talking about talking rabbits.



Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.



Found on: Aurorealis: Book Quiz

I remember this book well. I loved it as a young teen.
I had a friend I loaned books to. She never complained about wacky science fiction. But this one book she complained about. She didn't like it. 'A book about damned talking rabbits!'. LOL.

Sorry on Blogrolling

I have an apology to make to a bunch of my blog friends.

A week ago I whined that it looked like no one was blogrolling me.

Since then, I've had two people showing up in blogrolling. But that is not why I need to say sorry.

I'm sorry for putting too much importance on having people linking back to me.

I'm also very sorry to a number of friends that have blogrolled me, but *I* messed up seeing that they linked to me.
I suddenly realized when I was on blogrolling, that I had another URL pointing to this blog. I gave out the link: http://blog.kah731.com to a number of people, especially earlier on. It is just a hidden frame that points to the blogger server for my blog: http://kah731.blogspot.com.
When I typed in the blog.kah731.com, I saw another friend that has been blogrolling linking me for a long time. Then I took a page from blogshares, which sometimes catalogs a site both with and without the trailing slash in the URL. When I took the slash off, I had more friends linking me.

Boy do I have egg on my face. I'm so sorry to all my friends that I should not have judged in the first place, and sorry again that I mis-judged you.
And I think most of it is my own fault for putting different URLs when commenting on other blogs.

Here are all the wonderful people who link to me via blogrolling:
From http://blog.kah731.com/:
http://tanksgrrl.blogspot.com
From: http://blog.kah731.com:
http://www.anna-banana.net/mt/
http://www.nelsonfamily.org/cheryl/
http://salascove.com/phototime.html
http://www.hey-lisa.com
From: http://kah731.blogspot.com/:
http://www.littlebits.org
http://aurorealis.com

And that is just the people who use blogrolling to link back to me.
It would probably take at least another half hour to find and report on all the great people who link to me by other methods.

My blog-friends and linkers: Please accept my apologies and thanks!

2004-11-10

Posting Pictures - Hello/BloggerBot Guide

I've just finished writing up a visual guide to using Google's Picasa/Hello/BloggerBot for uploading pictures to Blogger blogs.

It doesn't cover everything about the product. Just a lot of important things to know when using the product, especially when just starting out uploading pictures.

Read it on TechChatter: Posting Pictures - Hello/BloggerBot Guide

Online Learning has Schools Nervous

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: AP - High-Tech: Online learning has schools nervous

We were one of those online homeschooling families until last year. It seems there is one factor that the article doesn't tell you about. The Colorado school system has pushed very hard to make the online school have to report as much or more than physical schools. This means the pressure from the online systems to the parents and students using the online system has gone up dramatically. We found COVA way too stressful as a full-time education system. That is one of the reasons we don't homeschool anymore.

And you should know why it was extra stressful. As homeschoolers, there were more opportunities to teach other than the online system. But the online system can take up so much time, that it can be very hard to take advantage of some of the other opportunities.

2004-11-09

Photo Theme: Wrong



I found this open gun range in the hills. When I saw how many shotgun shells were left littered all over the place, I just thought how wrong that was. So I took photographic evidence. I also appreciated the artistic colors of the shells.

All 6 photos I took at the range

Photo Theme Wrong for Moody Monday

Event Tries for Doughnut Cake Record

Jewish Celebration Trade Show Tries to Set a World Record for Highest Doughnut Wedding Cake
...Made with Krispy Kreme doughnuts
ABC News: Event Tries for Doughnut Cake Record

Jabberwocky in Machine-Transcription

'Was Berlin, and the slight the copes...'
Boing Boing: Jabberwocky in machine-transcription

2004-11-08

eBay: Wedding Invite

eBay item 5527273221 (Ends Oct-22-04 17:40:07 PDT) - 2 invitations to a wedding I don't want to go to

This guy was selling a wedding invitation for two, to a friend's wedding.
Turns out the bride was a former girlfriend or some such. And he parted on not so nice terms with her.
But it gets quite sticky when you read all the followups. It seems there were other invites added to the sale.
Then at the end, he pulled back his sale of the invitiation. It seems the bride called him. He decided to go to the wedding. It seems his plan was to go to the wedding to win her back, and get her to marry him instead. Sounds very sticky. His last comment was a promise to post a followup on his website: twinklydog.net

Star Wars EP3 Trailer

I just watched the trailer for Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith on the starwars.com site.

For the first half of the trailer, it was just old footage. Reminding us of where the story was. Then at halfway, the new scenes started showing. Maybe I'm just a sap, but the trailer gave me chills watching it. I can't wait to see it. Yet I have to wait until May 19th!!! That is over 6 months away!!!!!!

1000 Greatest Movies

Found on Misanthropic-Tendencies

From the NY Times - The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made

I've highlighted the ones I've seen from the list. As it is a big list, I've set it to be hidden. I've added some favorite quotes to ones I've seen. Show/Hide the list below


A
À Nous la Liberté (1932)
About Schmidt (2002)
Absence of Malice (1981)
Adam’s Rib (1949)
Adaptation (2002)
The Adjuster (1991)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Affliction (1998)
The African Queen (1952)
L’Age d’Or (1930, reviewed 1964)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972, reviewed 1977)
A.I. (2001)
Airplane! (1980) "I picked the wrong week to give up sniffing glue"
Aladdin (1992) "Poof! Whaddya want?"
Alexander Nevsky (1939)
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1975)
Alice’s Restaurant (1969)
Aliens (1986) '...In space no one can hear you scream.'
All About Eve (1950)
All About My Mother (1999)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
All That Heaven Allows (1956)
All the King’s Men (1949)
All the President’s Men (1976)
Amadeus (1984) "Tish i'm tea!"
Amarcord (1974)
Amélie (2001)
America, America (1963)
The American Friend (1977)
American Graffiti (1973)
An American in Paris (1951)
The Americanization of Emily (1964)
American Movie (1999)
Amores Perros (2000)
Anastasia (1956)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
The Angry Silence (1960)
Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
Anna Christie (1930)
Annie Hall (1977)
The Apartment (1960)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apollo 13 (1995) 'What was the bang!?' - Janet, RHPS
The Apostle (1997)
L’Argent (1983)
Ashes and Diamonds (1958, reviewed 1961)
Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
L’Atalante (1934, reviewed 1947)
Atlantic City (1981)
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1988)
L’Avventura (1961)
The Awful Truth (1937)

B
Babette’s Feast (1987)
Baby Doll (1956)
Back to the Future (1985) "You built a time machine out of a Delorian??"
The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Badlands (1973)
The Baker’s Wife (1940)
Ball of Fire (1942)
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
Bambi (1942) "Twtterpated"
The Band Wagon (1953)
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
The Bank Dick (1940)
Barfly (1987)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Barton Fink (1991)
The Battle of Algiers (1965, reviewed 1967)
Le Beau Mariage (1982)
Beautiful People (2000)
Beauty and the Beast (1947)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Bed and Board (1971)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Before Night Falls (2000)
Before the Rain (1994, reviewed 1995)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Being There (1979) "I like to watch"
Belle de Jour (1968)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1983)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
The Bicycle Thief (1949)
The Big Chill (1983)
The Big Clock (1948)
The Big Deal on Madonna Street (1960)
The Big Heat (1953)
Big Night (1996)
The Big Red One (1980)
The Big Sky (1952)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Billy Liar (1963)
Biloxi Blues (1988)
The Birds (1963)
Birdy (1984)
Black Narcissus (1947)
Black Orpheus (1959)
Black Robe (1991)
Blazing Saddles (1974) "Excuse me while I whip this out,"
Bloody Sunday (2002)
Blow-Up (1966)
Blue Collar (1978)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
Bob le Flambeur (1955, reviewed 1981)
Body Heat (1981)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Born Yesterday (1950)
Le Boucher (1970)
Bound for Glory (1976)
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Boyz N the Hood (1991)
Brazil (1985)
Bread, Love and Dreams (1954)
Breaker Morant (1980)
The Breakfast Club (1985) "I'm a nympho... "You slept with your shrink?"
Breaking Away (1979) "Refund? Refund???"
Breaking the Waves (1996)
Breathless (1961)
The Bride Wore Black (1968)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Brief Encounter (1946)
A Brief History of Time (1992)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Broadcast News (1987)
Brother’s Keeper (1992)
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
Bull Durham (1988)
Bullitt (1968)
Bus Stop (1956)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The Butcher Boy (1998)
Bye Bye Brasil (1980)

C
Cabaret (1972)
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
California Suite (1978)
Calle 54 (2000)
Camelot (1967)
Camille (1937)
Captains Courageous (1937)
Carmen Jones (1954)
Carnal Knowledge (1971)
Casablanca (1942)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Catch-22 (1970)
Cavalcade (1933)
The Celebration (1998)
La Cérémonie (1996)
Chan Is Missing (1982)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Charley Varrick (1973)
Chicago (2002)
Chicken Run (2000)
La Chienne (1931, reviewed 1975)
Chinatown (1974)
Chloë in the Afternoon (1972)
Chocolat (1988, reviewed 1989)
The Cider House Rules (1999)
The Citadel (1938)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Claire’s Knee (1971)
The Clockmaker (1973, reviewed 1976)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Close-Up (1990, reviewed 1999)
Clueless (1995)
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
The Color of Money (1986)
Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)
Coming Home (1978)
The Conformist (1970)
The Conquest of Everest (1953)
Contempt (1964)
The Conversation (1974)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
The Country Girl (1954)
The Cousins (1959)
The Cranes Are Flying (1960)
Cries and Whispers (1972)
Crossfire (1947)
Crumb (1994)
Cry, the Beloved Country (1952)
The Crying Game (1992)

D
Damn Yankees (1958)
The Damned (1969)
Dance with a Stranger (1985)
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Daniel (1983)
Danton (1983)
Dark Eyes (1987)
Dark Victory (1939)
Darling (1965)
David Copperfield (1935)
David Holtzman’s Diary (1968, reviewed 1973)
Dawn of the Dead (1979)
Day for Night (1973)
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Days of Heaven (1978)
Days of Wine and Roses (1963)
The Dead (1987)
Dead Calm (1989)
Dead End (1937)
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Dead of Night (1946, reviewed 1946)
Dead Ringers (1988)
Death in Venice (1971)
Death of a Salesman (1951)
The Decalogue (2000)
Deep End (1971)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Defiant Ones (1958)
Deliverance (1972)
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Destry Rides Again (1939)
Diabolique (1955)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)
Diary of a Country Priest (1950, reviewed 1954)
Die Hard (1988)
Diner (1982)
Dinner at Eight (1933)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
Disraeli (1929)
Distant Thunder (1973)
Diva (1982)
Divorce-Italian Style (1962)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Dodsworth (1936)
La Dolce Vita (1961)
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Don’t Look Back (1967)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Down by Law (1986)
Dracula (1931)
The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)
Dressed to Kill (1980)
The Dresser (1983)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Author was my Theater teacher!
Drowning by Numbers (1991)
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Duck Soup (1933)
The Duellists (1978)
Dumbo (1941) "The magic feather!"

E
The Earrings of Madame De . . . (1954)
East of Eden (1955)
Easy Living (1937)
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
Effi Briest (1977)
8 1/2 (1963)
Eight Men Out (1988)
The Elephant Man (1980)
Elmer Gantry (1960)
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Enemies, A Love Story (1989)
Les Enfants du Paradis (1945, reviewed 1947)
The English Patient (1996)
The Entertainer (1960)
Entre Nous (1983)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) "E.T. Phone Home"
Europa, Europa (1991)
Every Man for Himself (1980)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Exterminating Angel (1967)

F
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Face to Face (1976)
Faces (1968)
The Family Game (1984)
Fanny and Alexander (1983)
Fantasia (1940)
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
Far From Heaven (2002)
Fargo (1996)
Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (1997)
The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (2002)
Fat City (1972)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Father of the Bride (1950)
Fellini Satyricon (1970)
La Femme Infidèle (1969)
La Femme Nikita (1991)
The Fisher King (1991)
Fist in His Pocket (1968)
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
The Flamingo Kid (1984)
The Fly (1958)
The Flamingo Kid (1984)
Force of Evil (1948)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
Forbidden Games (1952)
A Foreign Affair (1948)
The Fortune Cookie (1966)
The 400 Blows (1959)
Frankenstein (1931)
The French Connection (1971)
Frenzy (1972)
Friendly Persuasion (1956)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
The Fugitive (1947)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
The Full Monty (1997)
Funny Face (1957)
Funny Girl (1968)
Fury (1936)

G
Gallipoli (1981)
Gandhi (1982)
Gangs of New York (2002)
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1971)
Gas Food Lodging (1992)
Gaslight (1944)
Gate of Hell (1954)
A Geisha (1978)
The General (1998)
General della Rovere (1960)
Genevieve (1954)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Georgy Girl (1966)
Get Carter (1971)
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)
Ghost World (2001)
Giant (1956)
Gigi (1958)
Gimme Shelter (1970)
The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
Girl with a Suitcase (1961)
The Gleaners and I (2001)
The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1977)
The Go-Between (1971)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
Going My Way (1944)
Goldfinger (1964)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1968)
The Good Earth (1937)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
Goodfellas (1990)
Gosford Park (2001)
The Graduate (1967)
Grand Hotel (1932)
Grand Illusion (1938)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Great Dictator (1940)
Great Expectations (1947)
The Great Man (1957)
The Great McGinty (1940)
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Green for Danger (1947)
Gregory’s Girl (1982)
The Grifters (1990)
Groundhog Day (1993)
The Gunfighter (1950)
Gunga Din (1939)

H
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Hair (1979)
Hamlet (1948)
Hamlet (2000)
Handle With Care (1977)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Happiness (1998)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976)
Harry and Tonto (1974)
A Hatful of Rain (1957)
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
Heartland (1981)
Hearts of Darkness: A Film Maker’s Apocalypse (1991)
Heat and Dust (1983)
Heathers (1989)
Heavy Traffic (1973)
Heimat (1985)
The Heiress (1949)
Henry V (1946)
Henry V (1989)
Henry Fool (1998)
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
High and Low (Japan) (1963)
The High and the Mighty (1954)
High Art (1998)
High Hopes (1988)
High Noon (1952)
High Sierra (1941)
The Hill (1965)
Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1960)
His Girl Friday (1940)
The Homecoming (1973)
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Hope and Glory (1987)
Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (1988)
The Hours (2002)
Household Saints (1993)
House of Games (1987)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Howards End (1992)
Hud (1963)
Huey Long (1985)
Husbands and Wives (1992)
The Hustler (1961)

I
I Know Where I’m Going (1947)
I Remember Mama (1948)
I Want to Live! (1958)
If . . . (1969)
Ikiru (1952, reviewed 1960)
I’m All Right, Jack (1960)
Imitation of Life (1959)
In Cold Blood (1967)
In the Bedroom (2001)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
The Informer (1935)
Inherit the Wind (1960)
The Insider (1999)
Internal Affairs (1990)
The Ipcress File (1965)
It Happened One Night (1934)
It’s a Gift (1935)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

J
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Jaws (1975) "We're going to need a bigger boat"
The Jazz Singer (1927)
Jean de Florette (1987)
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Johnny Guitar (1954)
The Judge and the Assassin (1982)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Ju Dou (1990)
Jules and Jim (1962)
Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
Junior Bonner (1972)

K
Kagemusha (1980)
The Killers (1946)
The Killing Fields (1984)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1950)
The King and I (1956)
King Kong (1933)
King Lear (1971)
The King of Comedy (1983)
The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Klute (1971)
Knife in the Water (1963)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

L
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Lacombe, Lucien (1974)
The Lady Eve (1941)
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Ladybird, Ladybird (1994)
Lamerica (1994, reviewed 1995)
The Last American Hero (1973)
The Last Emperor (1987)
The Last Metro (1980)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
The Last Seduction (1994)
Last Tango in Paris (1973)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
The Last Waltz (1978)
Laura (1944)
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
A League of Their Own (1992) "There's no crying in baseball!"
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
The Leopard (1963)
The Letter (1963)
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1961)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1945)
Life Is Sweet (1991)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Life with Father (1947)
Like Water for Chocolate (1992, reviewed 1993)
Lili (1953)
Little Big Man (1970)
Little Caesar (1931)
The Little Foxes (1941)
Little Fugitive (1953)
The Little Kidnappers (1954)
Little Vera (1988, reviewed 1989)
Little Women (1933)
Little Women (1994)
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)
Living in Oblivion (1995)
Local Hero (1983)
Lola (1982)
Lola Montes (1968)
Lolita (1962)
Lone Star (1996)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
The Long Good Friday (1982)
The Long Voyage Home (1940)
The Longest Day (1962)
Look Back in Anger (1959)
Lost Horizon (1937)
Lost in America (1985)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Love (1973)
Love Affair (1939)
Love and Death (1975)
A Love in Germany (1984)
Love in the Afternoon (1957)
Lovely and Amazing (2002)
Love on the Run (1979)
Lover Come Back (1962)
The Lovers (1959)
Loves of a Blonde (1966)
Loving (1970)
Lust for Life (1956)

M
M (1931, reviewed 1933)
Mad Max (1980)
The Madness of King George (1994)
The Magic Flute (1975)
The Major and the Minor (1942)
Major Barbara (1941)
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
Malcolm X (1992)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Man Hunt (1941)
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
The Man Who Loved Women (1977)
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
The Man With the Golden Arm (1955)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Manhattan (1979)
Manon of the Spring (1987)
Marriage—Italian Style (1964)
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
Married to the Mob (1988)
The Marrying Kind (1952)
Marty (1955)
Mary Poppins (1964)
M*A*S*H (1970)
The Match Factory Girl (1990)
Mayerling (1937)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
Mean Streets (1973)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Melvin and Howard (1980)
Memories of Underdevelopment (1973)
The Memory of Justice (1976)
The Men (1950)
Ménage (1986)
Metropolitan (1990)
Midnight (1939)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
The Miracle Worker (1962)
Les Misérables (1935)
The Misfits (1961)
Missing (1982)
Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (1954)
Mister Roberts (1955)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Mon Oncle d’Amérique (1980)
Mona Lisa (1986)
Monsieur Verdoux (1947, reviewed 1964)
Monsters, Inc. (2001) "Put that thing back where it came from or so help me!"
Moonlighting (1982)
Moonstruck (1987)
The More the Merrier (1943)
Morgan! (1966)
The Mortal Storm (1940)
Mother (1996)
Moulin Rouge (1953)
The Mouthpiece (1932)
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Murmur of the Heart (1971)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
My Beautiful Laundrette (1986)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
My Dinner with André (1981)
My Fair Lady (1964)
My Left Foot (1989)
My Life as a Dog (1987)
My Man Godfrey (1936)
My Night at Maud’s (1969)
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
My 20th Century (1990)
My Uncle (Mon Oncle) (1958)

N
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
Nashville (1975)
National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) "Can you guess what I am now?"
National Velvet (1944)
Network (1976)
Never on Sunday (1960)
Night Moves (1975)
Night of the Hunter (1955)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
A Night to Remember (1958)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
1900 (1977)
Ninotchka (1939)
Nobody’s Fool (1994)
Norma Rae (1979)
North by Northwest (1959)
Nothing but the Best (1964)
Notorious (1946)
Now, Voyager (1942)
La Nuit de Varennes (1983)
The Nun’s Story (1959)

O
Odd Man Out (1947)
Of Mice and Men (1940)
Oklahoma! (1955)
Oliver Twist (1951) "Please sir, may I have some more?"
Los Olvidados (1950, reviewed 1952)
On the Beach (1959)
On the Town (1949)
On the Waterfront (1954)
One False Move (1992)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) "I practically had to take to sewing my pants shut"
One Foot in Heaven (1941)
One Hour with You (1932)
One Night of Love (1934)
One Potato, Two Potato (1964)
One, Two, Three (1961)
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
Open City (1946)
Operation Crossbow (1965)
The Opposite of Sex (1998)
Ordinary People (1980)
Ossessione (1942, reviewed 1976)
Othello (1952, reviewed 1955)
Our Town (1940)
Out of the Past (1947)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
The Overlanders (1946)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

P
Paint Your Wagon (1969)
Paisan (1948)
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
The Parallax View (1974)
A Passage to India (1984)
The Passion of Anna (1970)
Pather Panchali (1958)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Patton (1970)
The Pawnbroker (1965)
Payday (1973)
Pelle the Conqueror (1988)
The People vs. Larry Flint (1996)
Persona (1967)
Persuasion (1995)
Le Petit Théâtre de Jean Renoir (1974)
Petulia (1968)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Pianist (2002)
The Piano (1993)
Pickup on South Street (1953)
The Pillow Book (1997)
Pillow Talk (1959)
The Pink Panther (1964) "But that was a priceless Steinway!" "Not anymore"
Pinocchio (1940) "I've got no strings..."
Pixote (1981)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
Places in the Heart (1984)
Platoon (1986)
Play Misty for Me (1971)
The Player (1992)
Playtime (1967, reviewed 1973)
Point Blank (1967)
Poltergeist (1982)
Ponette (1997)
Il Postino (The Postman) (1994)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Pretty Baby (1978)
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Prince of the City (1981)
The Prisoner (1955)
The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
The Producers (1968)
Psycho (1960)
The Public Enemy (1931)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Pygmalion (1938)

Q
Quadrophenia (1979)
The Quiet Man (1952)

R
Raging Bull (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) "Why did it have to be snakes?"
Rain Man (1988)
Raise the Red Lantern (1991, reviewed 1992)
Raising Arizona (1987) "Where's Junior?" ... "AHHHH!"
Ran (1985)
The Rapture (1991)
Rashomon (1951)
Re-Animator (1985)
Rear Window (1954)
Rebecca (1940)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Red (1994)
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
Red River (1948)
The Red Shoes (1948)
Reds (1981)
The Remains of the Day (1993)
Repo Man (1984)
Repulsion (1965)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
The Return of Martin Guerre (1983)
Reuben, Reuben (1983)
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
Richard III (1956)
Ride the High Country (1962)
Rififi (1956)
The Right Stuff (1983)
Risky Business (1983)
River’s Edge (1987)
The Road Warrior (1982)
RoboCop (1987) "You're fired"
Rocco and His Brothers (1960, reviewed 1961)
Roger and Me (1989)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Romeo and Juliet (1936)
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Room at the Top (1959)
A Room with a View (1986)
The Rose Tattoo (1955)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
’Round Midnight (1986)
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Rules of the Game (1939, reviewed 1950 and 1961)
The Ruling Class (1972)
Rushmore (1998)
Ruthless People (1986)

S
Sahara (1943)
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Salesman (1969)
Sanjuro (1963)
Sansho the Bailiff (1969)
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1961)
Saturday Night Fever (1977) "What was your name again?"
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Say Anything (1989)
Sayonara (1957)
Scenes from a Marriage (1974)
Schindler’s List (1993)
The Scoundrel (1935)
The Search (1948)
The Searchers (1956)
Secret Honor (1985)
Secrets and Lies (1996)
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Sergeant York (1941)
Serpico (1973)
The Servant (1963, reviewed 1964)
The Set-Up (1949)
Seven Beauties (1976)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Seven Days to Noon (1950)
The Seven Samurai (1956)
7 Up/28 Up (1985)
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
The Seventh Seal (1958)
Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989)
Sexy Beast (2001)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Shaft (1971)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Shane (1953)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Sherman’s March (1986)
She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
The Shining (1980) "Redrum"
Ship of Fools (1965)
Shoah (1985)
Shock Corridor (1963)
Shoeshine (1947)
Shoot the Piano Player (1962)
The Shooting Party (1985)
The Shootist (1976)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
The Shop on Main Street (1966)
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
Shrek (2001) "Eat me!" - gingerbread man
Sid and Nancy (1986)
The Silence (1964)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Silent World (1956)
Silk Stockings (1957)
Silkwood (1983)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Sitting Pretty (1948)
Sleeper (1973) "Is this dog housebroken or is he going to be leaving little batteries on the floor?"
A Slight Case of Murder (1938)
Smash Palace (1982)
Smile (1975)
Smiles of a Summer Night (1956, reviewed 1957)
The Snake Pit (1948)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
The Sorrow and the Pity (Le Chagrin et la Pitié) (1971)
The Sound of Music (1965)
South Pacific (1958)
Spartacus (1960)
Spellbound (1945)
The Spiral Staircase (1946)
Spirited Away (2002)
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Stage Door (1937)
Stagecoach (1939)
Stairway to Heaven (1946)
Stalag 17 (1953)
A Star Is Born (1937)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Wars (1977) saw this opening day in NYC! "These are not the droids you are looking for...move along"
Starman (1984)
The Stars Look Down (1941)
State Fair (1933)
Stevie (1981)
Stolen Kisses (1969)
Stop Making Sense (1984)
Stormy Monday (1988)
The Story of Adèle H. (1975)
The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)
Story of Women (1989)
Storytelling (2001)
La Strada (1956)
The Straight Story (1999)
Straight Time (1978)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Straw Dogs (1972)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Stroszek (1977)
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
The Sugarland Express (1974)
Sullivan’s Travels (1942)
Summer (1986)
Summertime (1955)
Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
Sundays and Cybèle (1962)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Suspicion (1941)
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)
Swept Away (By an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August) (1975)
Swing Time (1936)

T
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Hey, I used to take that subway all the time!
Talk to Her (2002)
Tampopo (1987)
Taste of Cherry (1997)
A Taste of Honey (1961, reviewed 1962)
Taxi Driver (1976)
A Taxing Woman (1987)
A Taxing Woman’s Return (1988, reviewed 1989)
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)
10 (1979) Why is this in the top 1000? Belongs in the bottom 100!
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Tender Mercies (1983)
The Tender Trap (1955)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
La Terra Trema (1947, reviewed 1965)
Tess (1980)
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
That’s Life! (1986)
Thelma and Louise (1991)
These Three (1936)
They Live By Night (1949)
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969)
They Were Expendable (1945)
They Won’t Forget (1937)
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
The Thin Blue Line (1988)
The Thin Man (1934)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
The Third Generation (1979, reviewed 1980)
The Third Man (1950)
The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935)
32 Short Films About Glenn Gould (1994)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
This Man Must Die (1970)
This Sporting Life (1963)
Three Comrades (1938)
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Throne of Blood (1961)
Tight Little Island (1949)
The Tin Drum (1980)
To Be or Not To Be (1942)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1963)
To Live (1994)
Tokyo Story (1953, reviewed 1972)
Tom Jones (1963)
Tootsie (1982)
Top Hat (1935)
Topaz (1969)
Topkapi (1964)
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
Total Recall (1990) "Two weeks"
Touch of Evil (1958)
Toy Story (1995) "Howdy, howdy, howdy"
Traffic (2000)
The Train (1965)
Trainspotting (1996)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1979)
The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
Tristana (1970)
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
The Trouble With Harry (1955)
True Grit (1969)
True Love (1989)
Trust (1991)
Tunes of Glory (1960)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Twelve O’Clock High (1950)
Twentieth Century (1934)
Two English Girls (1972)
The Two of Us (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Two Women (1961)

U
Ugetsu (1954)
Ulzana’s Raid (1972)
Umberto D. (1955)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
Unforgiven (1992)
The Usual Suspects (1995)

V
Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
The Verdict (1982)
Vertigo (1958)
Victor/Victoria (1982)
Videodrome (1983)
Violette (1978)
Viridiana (1962)
Viva Zapata! (1952)
The Voice of the Turtle (1947)

W
The Wages of Fear (1955)
Waking Life (2001)
Walkabout (1971)
A Walk in the Sun (1946)
The War Game (1966)
The War of the Roses (1989)
The Warriors (1979)
Watch on the Rhine (1943)
The Waterdance (1992)
The Way We Were (1973)
Weekend (1968)
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1996)
The Well-Digger’s Daughter (1946)
West Side Story (1961)
The Whales of August (1987)
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)
What’s Up, Doc? (1972)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
White Heat (1949)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) "Pblblbease Eddy!"
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Wild Child (1970)
Wild Reeds (1994)
Wild Strawberries (1959)
Wilson (1944)
Wings of Desire (1988)
Wise Blood (1979)
The Wizard of Oz (1939) "If I only had a brain"
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Woman of the Year (1942)
The Women (1939)
Women in Love (1970)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
Woodstock (1970)
Working Girl (1988)
The World of Apu (1959, reviewed 1960)
The World of Henry Orient (1964)
Written on the Wind (1957)
Wuthering Heights (1939)

Y
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1983)
The Yearling (1947)
Yellow Submarine (1968) "Funny, you don't look blueish"
Yi Yi: A One and a Two (2000)
Yojimbo (1962)
You Can Count on Me (2000)
You Only Live Once (1937)
Young Frankenstein (1974) "Abby something...Abby normal"
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

Z
Z (1969)
Zero for Conduct (1933, reviewed 1947)


Tracked from: http://www.misanthropic-tendencies.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-tb.cgi/434

2004-11-06

Roboton - News & Pics: 2004-11-06


Denver Area Robot Club - November 2004
Select to see the pictures


There were a number of new people at today's meeting. This gave me a chance to help out a lot more - sharing my experience.

2004-11-05

Shrek 2 DVD

Today we got Shrek 2. We had seen it in the theater - twice. Right now the kids are watching it. I'm listening and computing. :)

The beginning was funny. The main disk menu was 9 boxes with faces. Donkey goes through all sorts of plays on the name of the movie. And the 9 boxes with people reminded me of an old TV show. So after Donkey goes through all the options, and goes quiet, I start singing to the boys: 'That's the way the became the Brady Bunch'.

Photo Theme: Radiant


A picture of a radiant butterfly at the Museum of Natural History in New York City.

See more pictures from the butterfly exhibit on my Keith's Pictures blog.

Picture posted for Photo Friday's challenge Radiant

NJ F16 Targets School



No kids at the time, no one hurt.

Nobody Blogrolling Me?

Accoriding to wholinkstome there are a bunch of links to me.
I know only some people use blogrolling, and I've seen other people have me in their lists of linked blogs.

I have 30+ people in my blogrolling list on the side --->

But wholinestome shows that nobody appears to be linking to here.

Should I care?
Should I remind others to blogroll me? (Feels like begging or nagging.)
Should I delete the ones I blogroll who use blogroll and don't blogroll me? (Seems petty.)
Should I assume something is wrong with wholinksme? (I've peaked at a couple sites, I'm not there, do I need to do a full inventory?)
Should I assume something is wrong with blogroll for my site, and people just can't add me for some reason? (Could it be that simple?)
Maybe it is because I haven't done '100 things' yet. :)

What would you do? :)

My Blogshares Update

I've been playing blogshares for a short while now. I'm surprised that I seem to be doing well.
My portfolio is at B$808,696.71! :) And I have over B$11,000 cash. But I've been hitting the total transactions in 24 hours limit lately. :)
I bought an 'idea' bond today. I wonder if it will do anything for me.

In case any of you are interested, here are the blogs in my portfolio, and their current price. Click on the price to go to blogshares for that blog. Click on the blog name to visit that blog.

My Blogs:
B$14.70 CSTech
B$65.30 Keith's Pictures
B$46.71 Recycled Electrons
B$15.54 Roboton(no trailing slash)
B$117.89 Roboton(trailing slash)
B$88.42 TechChatter
Friends:
B$3.00 A Mama's Rant
B$63.66 Anna Banana !!
B$30.62 autowitch - Fair and Balanced
B$3.62 Crusty French Fries
B$1.25 Futuristicky
B$.49 Floopie
B$438.13 Go 2 the Start
B$56.20 Hello World It's Me... Sweety
B$57.93 Hey!
B$200.91 Living as Trinity
B$22.95 misanthropic tendencies
B$3.50 My Single Mom Life
B$72.85 ~*Mi Vida Loca: welcome to my crazy life...
Other blogs I've invested in:
B$.56 Acid-Candy.com
B$22.95 blogpuppy
B$51.12 Born In A Zoo
B$.88 Chubby Momma's Blog
B$3.26 Cupie Spew!
B$1.10 Dusting My Brain
B$.75 First Weblog
B$81.80 Happy Fun Blog
B$.57 Hello from Colorado
B$.66 hidden tears
B$1.99 Iggy's Mental Calisthenics
B$25.94 Jen-O-Rama
B$2.26 Just Add Water
B$132.46 Kris & April's Thoughts
B$.77 Mommy Matters
B$2.75 Pop Culture Shotz
B$35.58 Red's Rants
B$.49 Views of the World

How I wound up with 2 for roboton, and at different prices, I'll never know!

2004-11-04

Lego Art

This guy works at one of the LegoLands. His work on this site is rather amazing. I am in awe.
Nathan Sawaya | The Art of the Brick | Billiard Balls

Don't miss the rabbit ambulance, and Han Solo in Carbonite, as well as the 'more...' link that goes to some of the work he has done at LegoLand.

Drag-and-Drop Tricks

I just figured out a better way to drag-and-drop to hidden applications in windows - drag-and-tab. Read more about it and some related info I wrote on: TechChatter: Drag-and-Drop Tricks

Pictures Around Town






click for captions and to view larger versions

2004-11-03

Iconwars

Iconwars

Found on Dave Barry's Blog

Photo Theme: Mirror


Photo Theme: Mirror
We were driving North on a large NJ highway (I won't say which one because they have wacky laws about taking pictures). And just a couple of cars in front of us, this car hit the left railing and flipped. My wife stopped, got out, and went to see if she could help. I stayed in the minivan with the kids, and did what I do in situations like this: made sure it seemed safe, then took pictures :) .
I took some pictures of the flipped car, which had a small grease fire going for a while. Then I decided to take the picture above, in the left rear-view mirror, of where the car had initially hit the barrier behind where we stopped.

Picture of the car flipped


For Sunday Shoot Theme: Mirror