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Blame It on the Rain

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Two males and a female using Kimmy's back yard as their spa.

Two male and female mallard ducks using Kimmy's back yard as their spa.

It’s Saturday, and it’s been raining all day today, and on and off for about three days now. When trying to find some good in lots of rain, I’ve heard it said, “Well, it’s good for ducks.” In Kimmy’s low-lying back yard, apparently, the ducks took it to heart! This was taken with my little point-and-click camera from about forty yards away, so it’s not a great picture, but I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my shoes to wade through the mushy yard to get a better photo. 🙂

In other news, my news fast didn’t last very long. I haven’t read much about politics or the economy (other than checking the stocks every day), but I’m still drawn to the macabre news. Just can’t seem to help it.

I’ve done very well on my diet since Thursday. What motivated me more than seeing my weight on the scales was seeing myself in a photo someone took of me last week. I look like the octomom in her third trimester!! Read the rest of this entry »

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March 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm

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The Much-Maligned McNugget

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The inner beauty of a box of Chicken McNuggets. I think this is what happiness would look like if you could photograph it.

Almost anyone who knows me well, knows that I have turned many a-time to the #10 combo meal at McDonald’s for lunch. They’re neat, tidy, and with a drink and fries, are just the right amount of food for a quick meal. I give you (ta da) the Chicken McNugget combo!

Now I will admit that I’m pretty sure very few chickens have actually given their lives for these delectable little morsels of mostly additives, preservatives, grease and batter, but still, they do have a tastiness about them that keep me coming back for more.

I was gratified to see in the online NY Times today that some clever artiste has taken to making CT scans of everyday items. Here’s the article. Make sure to click through the “see more photos.” underneath the first photo. The McNugget (shown here) is #4, and Barbie, checking in at #17, is just plain scary!

It’s nice to know that the McNugget’s beauty is not just skin deep. 🙂

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March 23, 2009 at 8:54 pm

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At Least the Grinch’s Heart Eventually Grew…

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Update: First, his name is Fritzl, not Fritz. Second, he did plead guilty to all charges and will spend the rest of his life in a mental institution. I don’t know how I feel about that. Perhaps 15 years with other prisoners might have been more just than getting to spend the rest of his probably-short life taking psychological tests and having a doctor ask “Well, how does that make you feel?”

Separated at birth? You decide.

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The “man” on the left is Josef Fritz. (And yes, despite my “news fast,”  I read this article about him because I saw the headline and couldn’t resist, since I’d been following his story from the beginning.) He is the Austrian who held his daughter captive in a basement/dungeon for almost 25 years and fathered seven kids with her… most of whom also lived in the basement.

Here’s an snip from the article about his upcoming trial:

Fritzl, 73, is expected to plead guilty to rape, incest, sequestration and grievous assault for holding his daughter Elisabeth captive in a cellar for almost a quarter of a century and fathering seven children with her.

If found guilty, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

However, his lawyer said he will contest a murder charge, which carries a life sentence, for failing to seek medical aid for a newborn who died. Fritzl says the baby was still-born and he burnt the body in a wood-fired boiler in the cellar.

Under Austrian law, sentences are not cumulative and only the highest one is handed out if a defendant is found guilty on several counts.

Umm, excuse me. WHAT?!?!?! He held her for almost 25 years, and if he is not convicted of murder, the most he will serve for it is 15?! One can only hope if that happens that the other prisoners will mete out the justice that the law won’t.

You’re a mean one, Mr. Fritz.
You really are a heel.
You’re as cuddly as a cactus,
You’re as charming as an eel.
Mr. Fri-iitz. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 16, 2009 at 7:29 pm

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West Side Story…Ehn

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images1I finally had the time and level of boredom this afternoon that allowed me to watch a movie musical I’d never seen, West Side Story. Granted some of the choreography was good, but honestly, I didn’t see what all the fuss has been about. I had the same feeling after watching Citizen Kane a couple of years ago…like, why in the world is this movie consistently in the top 10 of great movies? So-so acting, decent choreography, and a story line lifted from Romeo and Juliet (so it wasn’t even original). And the street gangs? Most of the Jets looked like they couldn’t beat up Eddie Haskell from Leave it to Beaver! Add to that, the fact that they pranced more than danced menacingly, and some of it was just laughable.

Of course, Natalie Wood is just a joy to watch in almost any movie, and her song with Tony “There’s a Place for Us,” was moving. However, I found out that neither she nor Richard Beymer are doing their own singing, so that kind of even takes the shine off that penny.

So, have you seen West Side Story? What did you think of it? Was it something you saw long ago and just have fond memories of, or if you saw it today, would it stand the test of time?

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March 15, 2009 at 3:02 pm

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Belated Happy Birthday, InterWeb!

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dsca00222Yesterday, scientists and other dignitaries gathered at CERN in Switzerland to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the World Wide Web. It was March 13, 1989, when Tim Berners-Lee first submitted his proposal for a hyptertext language (HTML), hypertransfer (HTTP), and names for pages (URL) to his bosses at CERN. He received a grant to pursue the work, and it was in December of the following year when Tim and his colleagues actually used a server to open up a Web page.

Who would have thought, from such modest beginnings, that the Web would be the ubiquitous, indispensable juggernaut that it is today? And who knows what seed of an idea that’s brewing in someone’s head today will revolutionize our world again in a few years. 

Sometimes, technology scares me, because it seems to be growing an a faster rate than our intelligence and moral understanding of how to use it for the common good. But then again, it fascinates me, and I’m glad to be living in such exciting, rapidly changing times.

What do you think? Does rapidly advancing technology and all of the good/bad potential that comes with it, thrill you or frighten you? Let me know.

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March 14, 2009 at 8:06 pm

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The Future’s So Bright… Where Are My Shades?

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Wow! Incredible possibilities here. Ever since I saw “Minority Report,” I thought it would only be a matter of time before that kind of technology was not just cinematic, but real. Looks like it might be closer than I thought! Obviously, it’s still clunky in its infantile stages, but once the geniuses at Apple get their hands on it, it will be small, elegant, have cool colors, and sport a fun ad campaign to go with it. 🙂 The video is a tad long, but worth the watch.

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March 14, 2009 at 11:23 am

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Cooler Heads Will Prevail

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coolersI know, I know… the title of this post is a terrible, terrible pun (and an awful situation), but ever since I saw the story about five severed heads being found inside coolers in Mexico, I’ve wanted a blog post with this name. So sue me. 🙂

What’s really scary is this story about how the ultra-violent Mexican cartels are moving like crazy into Atlanta, specifically, into Gwinnett County. Where is it that I live? Oh yeah, Gwinnett County. Ay Carumba!!

Other random things:

Come on, Baby, Light My Fire
Well, on Tuesday afternoon at work, I started smelling something that smelled like rubber burning. I asked the others sitting in the large room where I work if they smelled it. Two of them did immediately, the other did seconds later. We realized others were walking around trying to find the source of the smell. Suddenly, the fire alarm sounded, and we (contrary to what we’re told to do) hurried to get our purses, and joined the others filing down the stairwells. I resisted the urge to Stop, Drop, and Roll, like I’ve always wanted to do during a fire drill, but since this was no drill, I stayed a tad more serious. We’d been outside for just a couple of minutes when two fire trucks show up, and firemen go into the building.

Overall, it was about a 30-minute ordeal, and apparently it was just a small fire in the ceiling of the second floor. Either it burned itself out quickly or  something else, because there was no obvious damage, and not even a smoky smell left today. Hopefully, whatever it was was fixed. Hopefully.

Start With Yourself… Please!
Oy vey! These nutballs who go around shooting pastors while they preach, wiping out their family and others, taking out fellow students and teachers and THEN killing (or attempting to kill) themselves. I have a message for you… for God’s sake, people, start with your frickin’ selves if you want to kill someone. The rest of us would like to hang around a bit longer!! And don’t get me started on assault rifles!! Arrrgghhh!!! (clenching teeth)

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Kimmy surprised me this past weekend with a great book An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned But Probably Didn’t. It reminds me of another book I have called Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About American History, But Never Learned. I look forward to using it to procrastinate for many enjoyable hours. And I thought it was so sweet of her to surprise me with such a nice gift for no special reason. 🙂

No News is Great News!
Okay, I’ve had it! I’m done! Starting tomorrow, Friday 13th, I’m going to go on a “news fast” for at least a month! I have had it with hearing nothing but bad news about things which I can do absolutely nothing about. It does nothing but bring me down, make me anxious, strip me of hope, and a number of other undesireable things. I trust my friends who have a greater capacity for this kind of crap to tell me if I need to know something; otherwise, I will not watch news, read news, read political blogs, etc.

In the mean time, I’m going to concentrate on the things I can control…being productive and innovative at work (my contribution to the economy), being a better friend and neighbor (my contribution to community and peace), do something “green” (my contribution to a better environment), READ more (my contribution to my intellectual development), and be more active (my contribution to a healthier life). Depending on how this goes, I might even decide to volunteer for something. I’ll let you know how it goes.

How about you? Does the endless cycle of bad news affect you?

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March 12, 2009 at 8:05 pm

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