Wednesday, September 30, 2009

His & Hers Dictionary 
Hers: Any part under a cars hood.
His: The strap fastener on a woman’s bra.

Hers: Fully opening up one’s self emotionally to an other.
His: Playing football without a cup.

Hers: The open sharing of thoughts and feelings with one’s partner.
His: Leaving a note before taking off on a fishing trip with the boys.

Hers: A desire to get married and raise a family.
His: Trying not to hit on other women while out with this one.

Hers: A good movie,concert,play or book.
His: Anything that can be done while drinking beer.

Hers: An embarrassing by-product of indigestion.
His: A source of entertainment, self-expression, male bonding.

Making love
Hers: The greatest expression of intimacy a couple can achieve.
His: Call it whatever you want, just as long as we do it.

Remote control
Hers: A device for changing from one TV channel to another.
His: A device for scanning through all 375 channels every 5 minutes. [via]

the fight is over 
susan atkins died. she was recently denied parole after appealing to die at home [brain cancer] rather than at the expense of the california prison system. i think the 40+ years she served in prison was punishment enough for her role in the Sharon Tate/LaBianca murders.


Monday, September 28, 2009

wasn't it just friday 
like a minute ago? boy, this weekend was quick. a few things:

i find it baffling that Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland and will be extradited to the US. the man was so good at avoiding US officials for 31 years.

the kid gets braces this week.

the lions win a game! and against the redskins. that's good stuff.

i'm working on a dissertation synopsis to turn in today.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

mad at the news story, mad at the news outlet 
there was a story i heard the tail-end of this morning on the news and vowed when i came home to look it up. before i get to the story, let me repeat a rant from before. i don't know when, but i know i have complained about the news sites, eg., cnn.com, abc.com, regarding the lack of text stories. i wanted to find the aforementioned news story, but all i come across are video clips, eg. from the story on GMA this morning. nearly everyone knows my computer sucks right now and i cannot view video clips, but that doesn't mean i don't want to read the news! ugh!

moving on, here's the story. parents in had their children taken away and their names on the sex offenders registry because of bath-time pictures of their own kids! come on, who doesn't have these kinds of pics of their kids? but in this couple's case, when getting their pics developed, the authorities were informed, and the courts intervened. there may be more we, as the general public, are missing, but this is nonsense from what i can tell.

from the story linked above, the couple is suing walmart (where the pics where developed), which i do not believe in. the retailer notified the appropriate person when something questionable came before them. the worker was being careful, and there is nothing wrong with that. but did the state have to prosecute? nonsense.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

this is cool 
fastflip by google.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

just like old times 
i just wrote a letter. a real, handwritten letter to mail to an old friend.

it felt good.

Friday, September 18, 2009

electronic venting 
i am getting very little work done with the limited capacity of my computer [i can't read pdfs, visit any webpages that require flash, or write in any program other than notepad - no microsoft office] and it is frustrating.

the radio has not worked in my car for several weeks and the silence is making me crazy.

if only i could spell the sound that i am making at the moment.

something's going on here 
i don't believe this at all: 75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President.

i will not disagree that some portions of our public school system are failing. i see college students all the time who have deficiencies in even the simplest things, writing, in particular. but there has to be something else going on with these results. even small children know many of these basic things, such as who george washington is. perhaps they don't know much, but they know him as the first president!

update: i'm not the only one who feels this way. see this post for possible explanations.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

middle school orientation 
went to the thing last night to meet all the teachers. it was nice to meet the teachers, especially those teaching her three courses that are for high school credit (in seventh grade) - algebra, biology, and french. the french class is taking a trip to Quebec in April, during spring break. on one hand, i feel that a 12-year old on a week-long trip is a bad idea. on the other hand, i could use this to motivate her to work very hard in her classes. the jury is still out on this one.

in other news, her algebra teacher was a student of mine.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

i've always said that when it is your time to die, it is your time to die 
this piece is quite the example of that! a man in austria feared for his life while trapped in a elevator. he was so gracious to be rescued, he rushed to church to thank God. there, an ancient 860 lb monument fell on him and he was killed instantly. [via j-walk]

how true it is 
"Treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster." -- Quentin Crisp


Monday, September 14, 2009

it's monday, september 14 
my computer is still on the fritz, however, i am still alive and well. just not spending as much time in front of the machine. here are a few bits:

  • it's after ten, and i am still deciding whether to watch leno.
  • kanye west is an pig.
  • rip patrick swayze. i cannot fathom how different my life would have been if not for dirty dancing.
  • a new FBI report says we are arresting someone for marijuana every 37 seconds. what a waste.
  • the eagles game was a lot of fun yesterday.

  • Wednesday, September 09, 2009

    heteropoda davidbowie 
    david bowie has had a large, yellow, hairy spider from malaysia named after him.

    to reiterate, the spider is not from mars. [via]

    Tuesday, September 08, 2009

    been a while since a quiz 
    Do You See the Glass as Half Full or Half Empty?: You See the Glass as Half Full

    No matter what's going on in your life, you can always find something to be thankful for. You try to remain positive and focus on the good. It's not as easy as it seems, but it's always rewarding.

    Your optimism and joy inspire the people around you. You make the world a happier place. By seeing the glass as half full, you're sure to have more peace and contentment in your life. You might life longer too!


    college rankings 
    washington monthly's rankings for colleges and universities are based on "Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country)."

    ODU is number 131 out of 258.

    the computer is now better, although not great. but i'm back online. although without flash and pdf reader, i am limited. [these will not install due to some remaining problems.]

    the weekend saw ODU win it's first football game in 69 years. [i hate that headline, it was the first football game in 69 years, and yes, it was a win. a bit misleading.] friday came with the news that braces are in our future. and the zoo was nice yesterday.

    today, the kid went happily off to her first day of seventh grade. wow.

    today i will go to my second week of classes. it's into the thick of things now.

    the weather is not forgiving today. pouring rain. lovely.

    Thursday, September 03, 2009

    who's above the law 
    there is no story linked to this poll [as there usually is], so i am not sure what inspired it, but today's pilotonline poll is:

    Should city employees face fines if caught running red lights in a city vehicle by a camera?

    the votes so far [it is still relatively early, so this is only 834 votes]:

    No -- 5%
    Yes -- 94%
    No opinion -- 1%

    no matter how one may feel about the validity of red light cameras, i think it unfair that city employees would be exempt from paying the fines incurred. if everyone else gets a ticket, they should get a ticket, too.

    update: here's the story. a loophole in the law that says only a vehicle's owner can fined is how this works. the city is not going to fine itself.


    you made it down here?

    what? you want a reward?