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November 29, 2005

New Update

I upgraded this bugger to 3.2 this evening. Let me know if you see any quirky behavior.
That is, the software's behavior, not the author's!

Holiday time

I hate this time of year. On top of all the greedy merchants shouting, "buy! buy! buy!" we have the Colts Crowd getting all hopped up over their 11-0 record. That is eleven - zero, folks not eleven-oh.
One of the only saving graces of living in Indianapolis is that they haven't heard of the concept of a traffic jam. Rush hour lasts 12 minutes, just don't try to go near a mall.

November 24, 2005

It is 2005, people.

This about sums it up for this state.

November 23, 2005

It had to happen!

The first measurable snow of 2005.

November 22, 2005

Lazy cat

Kittay finally went outside around 16:00 hours. She wouldn't even stir when I got up this morning much less trek downstairs. I filled her food bowl and went out for the day.
When I got back she hadn't touched her grub, but did come down to greet me. I let her out for a couple of hours.

November 20, 2005

A slack week ahead

The holiday (here in America) on Thursday kind-of spreads out to include the whole week at many places - not all, though. I have a very short list coming up and I hope to knock everything off on Monday. Since traditional Thanksgiving plans are suspended this year, I will just chill here in Indiana this week. Maybe I will do a little Spring cleaning if I feel motivated - it's getting bad and I am constantly discovering buried treasures I'd forgotten about. I am glad I don't have to deal with Thanksgiving airport crowds this year. I hear it may snow.

November 18, 2005

Lunch with Felice

I usually eat quickly whilst multitasking some sort of hardware upgrade or shepherding a download or backup restore, but today I have a proper luncheon date with my friend Felice. I don't have a decent picture of her, so if I remember my camera, I will edit this post. Stay tuned!


Alas, an excellent lunch! She had tuna and I had chicken salad with onion soup - which was a bit cold, but ok. I managed to sneak a cell-phone pic on the sly, but couldn't used my "real" camera without a lot of fuss.


November 17, 2005

HardhatYou are an atheist, a


You are an atheist, a rationalist, a believer in the triumph of science and of reason over libido. You can't stand mumbo jumbo, ritual, spiritual nonsense of any kind, and you refuse to allow for these longings in others.

Astrologers, Scientologists and new-age crystal ball creeps are no different in your view from priests, rabbis and imams. They're all just weak-minded pilgrims on the road to easy answers. Nature as revealed by science is awesome enough for you, but it's a nature that needs curbing and taming by us on our evolutionary journey to perfection.

Your heros are Einstein, Darwin, Marx and - these days - Gould, Blakemore, Watson, Crick and Rosalind Franklin. Could you be hiding a little behind those absolutist views, worried that, if you let in a few doubts and contradictory ideas, the whole edifice might crumble? Loosen up a bit and try to enjoy the amazing variety of human belief systems. Don't worry - it's unlikely you'll end up chanting your days away in some distant mountain cult.

What kind of humanist are you? Click here to find out.

November 16, 2005

RIP Maxine M. Butiste

RIP Maxine M. Butiste • May 21, 1927 - November 16, 2005

November 15, 2005

Full moon tonight

But I'll never see it as long as the rain keeps up. We may even get some snow later - first snow of the season!
My sore throat/earache is 90% better. I don't even need any aspirin, really. I am back to a full work schedule now since I took it easy over the weekend. Not too much of a shock.
Watch out for barking strangers!

November 13, 2005

Another weekend shot to hell.

I stayed home on Friday and have been nursing a sore throat all weekend. I am glad to say that it is not quite as bad today as it was last Friday, but it has caused a temporary (I hope) partial loss of hearing in my left ear. I think I caught this from my second cousin, Lydia, because she was complaining she had a sore throat for about a week when we were together.
I got to watch the ladies play some golf, and I caught up on some of my tivo harvest from my vacation. I still need to do laundry, but I am not desperate.

November 10, 2005

Hello World!

Jozjozjoz is *not* pregnant. A casual off-the-cuff comment posted in her blog seems to have turned into a right kerfuffle! I am setting the record straight here and now. Although, Jozjozjoz would be a wonderful, nurturing and joyful mum, but I digress. I have her word, repeated a number of times, that she is not with child, yet.
What I would like to know is how did she know I have a sore throat????

November 07, 2005

Indiana hosts Clinton

My friend, Sue, called me at the last minute to tell me she came upon an extra ticket to see Bill Clinton speak at Butler University yesterday evening. I was installing a wireless LAN for a client and it was dodgy, so it took me twice as long as it should have. Needless to say, I missed seeing Sue (and Bill) last night, but I did manage to contact Katie and we went out for a dinner at Olive Garden, which is underrated in my opinion.

November 06, 2005

Back to reality

I got to Heathrow Terminal Three and hung around for about an hour or so. I like to give international flights the benefit of plenty of time so I get there early in case there is a screw up. Besides, they have festooned the place with every kind of shop imaginable hoping to lay claim to the last of your GB Pounds.
My ride was stocked with food and bevvies, but since I was in row 43, they ran out of beef and I had to settle for chicken. I got to Chicago (ORD) twenty minutes late and missed my connection to Indy (IND) which I kind-of expected because it was so tight to begin with. I made myself at home for three + hours by first having a real Chicago style cheesesteak sandwich, yum! It wasn't around long enough for me to take tis picture. On the way to the gate I spotted this pic of my future cousin Jasper after he makes it big in acting circles.
I know it's only 3,946 miles according to the airshow, but I am sure I also lost a day or two somewhere.

November 01, 2005

A proper tourist

Today was the day I did some touristy things in Central London. I started out by taking the train to the site of the London Eye, kind of a ferris wheel thingy run by British Airways. I took a look at the hyooge crowd of people wanting to get on this thing and kept on walking. Kind of a rip off anyway. What the price list doesn't show is the "FAST TRACK" price of double! You can tell it is run by an airline.
Next I went to a fabulous concert at Saint Martin in the Fields, a well known elite music venue. We heard the Mozart Flute Quartet in D, and a contemporary quartet by Nicholas Maw.
And, of course, the day would not be complete without a classic post card picture.