Published on July 30 2005

madison.com | archives: Unemployment Action Needs Strong Voice
" Rather than making unemployed people pay for health insurance or go without it, the government should pick up the tab or provide national health insurance. That goes for people's food, clothing and shelter as well. Once we demand that of our government, we'll see quick action on unemployment. But we all have to speak out loudly, not just today, but tomorrow and the next day and the day after that."
Hey!! I wanna be unemployed, if I can get the government to pick up my health insurance, food, clothing and shelter!!!! Why would anyone ever go to work if they could get somebody else to provide all of that for them?? 8-|

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Published on July 28 2005

Went for my morning ride up the Hiawatha this morning on the Trek. I was zipping along, passing leisure riders right and left, head down and trying to keep my pedaling speed up. I had the XM on, and was rocking out to Deep Tracks 40--just having a great ride. I came to a driveway crossing and had to glance up to check for possible traffic crossing the trail. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a big old white Ford sedan, parked along the side of the road with a for sale sign propped on the hood.. The unconscious, reptilian portion of my brain kicked into gear... "Big white Ford. Cop. Oh $**t. Check speed." Wonder if my 14.7 mph was over the limit. L-)

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Published on July 27 2005

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Ancient phallus unearthed in cave
A sculpted and polished phallus found in a German cave is among the earliest representations of male sexuality ever uncovered, researchers say. The 20cm-long, 3cm-wide stone object, which is dated to be about 28,000 years old, was buried in the famous Hohle Fels Cave near Ulm in the Swabian Jura. Its life size suggests it may well have been used as a sex aid by its Ice Age makers, scientists report. "In addition to being a symbolic representation of male genitalia, it was also at times used for knapping flints," explained Professor Nicholas Conard, from the department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, at Tübingen University. "There are some areas where it has some very typical scars from that," he told the BBC News website.
rockdick Flint knapping, eh?

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Published on July 25 2005

I could use one of these....... catnap

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Published on July 24 2005

AP: 4 Unions to Boycott AFL-CIO Meeting - Yahoo! News
Labor experts predicted a rough road ahead for both factions. "What a divided AFL-CIO would do is signal to opponents of the labor movement that the House of Labor is in disarray and therefore is vulnerable," said Gary Chaison, industrial relations professor at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.
Somehow, I think they got "the signal" quite some time ago.

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Published on July 24 2005

Google Earth - Home
Google Earth – Explore, Search and Discover Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.
This is the coolest program I've seen in quite awhile!! My town is in the center of the pic, and work is down in the lower left. The resolution isn't the greatest for this area, but I suppose they didn't want pictures of individual trees. town One of the houses I lived in out in Maryland: bowie Hmmmm, Waldorf seems to be at the edge of good resolution, and I can't even find the Port Tobacco house, although I can picture the road to it: st. Charles Then, we have Wales--I haven't a clue where the house was, since I didn't really live there. hwest This is where I lived then: LCHS Lotsa fun playing with this program!!

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Published on July 20 2005

Birthday Calculator
You were born on a Tuesday under the astrological sign Libra. As of 7/21/2005 12:07:56 AM CDT You are 1,413,590,876 seconds old. There are 75 days till your next birthday on which your cake will have 45 candles on it. Those 45 candles produce 45 BTU's, or 11,340 calories of heat (that's only 11.3400 food Calories!) . You can boil 5.14 US ounces of water with that many candles.
..'Specially if they are the kind that won't blow out!! <:-P

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Published on July 19 2005

Last year, at my class reunion in Texas, Rick gave me a packet of stones from his jewelry-making days. I had a great time pawing through all the stones, and picking out a few of them. ( "oooooh...shiny!!" ;-) ) My birthstone is opal, so I grabbed a couple of those, as well as some sapphires, amethyst, and tinytinytiny diamonds. When I came back to Cheese-land, I gave them to another jewelry-making friend, telling him to surprise me. This is the result: ring1 Now, I am no expert on jewelry, but I think it is SO pretty. It's gaudy and gorgeous--and BLUE and PURPLE. I especially like the thick twisted silver that goes around the back of the ring. Mmmmmm, silver--can't wait till it starts to darken. Isn't this a cool memento of SA? Rick, you are the BEST.

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Published on July 18 2005

AFI's 100 YEARS...100 MOVIES I've seen most of these movies, but quite a few of them were so long ago that I barely remember the plot. I'll keep updating this list if the memory comes back, lol. The Complete List: 1. CITIZEN KANE (1941) Saw it a loooooooong time ago, don't really remember it. I guess I should see it again. 2. CASABLANCA (1942) "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." 3. THE GODFATHER (1972) yep 4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) i've seen this movie at least a dozen times, and I'd still like to kick Scarlett's butt for being so obtuse. 5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) another one I saw a looooong time ago 6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) I never could decide if this was a child's movie or not 7. THE GRADUATE (1967) "Koo, koo, katchoo, Mrs. Robinson". All I wanted to know was what happened AFTER they got on the bus and rode away?? 8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954) 9. SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993) Why this movie isn't number ONE, I don't understand. Powerful stuff. 10. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952) 11. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) the Christmas classic 12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950) "I am big. It's the pictures that got small." 13. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) I can still hear the whistling 14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) Marilyn..... 'nuff said 15. STAR WARS (1977) Still the best of all of the series 16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950) bitchy backstabbing at it's BEST 17. THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951) 18. PSYCHO (1960) 19. CHINATOWN (1974) 20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975) It's not even possible to conceive of anybody but Nicholson in this role. This was his best, by far. 21. THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940) 22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) '68? Really?? I saw it when I was about 11 or so, and didn't understand HALF of it. Amazing how primitive HAL looks nowadays. 23. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) 24. RAGING BULL (1980) 25. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) I'm probably the only person in the country who never saw this. 26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964) I don't think I've managed to sit through this entire movie yet, even with the dozens of times it's been on the tube. 27. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967) Warren and Faye....what a couple! 28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979) 29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939) 30. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948) 31. ANNIE HALL (1977) Loved her clothes. Woody Allen I can do without. 32. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974) Pretty good, but sequels are rarely as good as the first movie in a series. 33. HIGH NOON (1952) "I've got to, that's the whole thing." 34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) This was probably my favorite book as I was growing up. Gregory Peck was incredible in the movie. 35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) 36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969) 37. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946) There's a reason this won 6 or 7 Oscars. 38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) Never heard of it 39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965) This was another favorite--I wanted to go to Russia after seeing this movie. I'd STILL like to go to Russia someday. 40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) 41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961) Romeo and Juliet, updated... 42. REAR WINDOW (1954) 43. KING KONG (1933) I've never seen the entire original movie--only the remakes. 44. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915) 45. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951) 46. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) I've seen this a couple of times, and still haven't really figured out what's going on. 47. TAXI DRIVER (1976) Scary movie, very very scary... 48. JAWS (1975) Not scary--but I loved the shark music. 49. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937) Disney's best 50. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) Newman and Redford....mmmmmm..... 51. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940) 52. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) That beach scene..... 53. AMADEUS (1984) Who knew classical music could be so much fun? 54. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930) 55. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) I remember my parents loading up us kids in the back of the station wagon ( so we could sleep) and going to the drive-in to see this one. I don't remember if I stayed awake for the whole movie or not, lol. 56. M*A*S*H (1970) 57. THE THIRD MAN (1949) 58. FANTASIA (1940) 59. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955) 60. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) Good old-fashioned campy adventure movie! 61. VERTIGO (1958) 62. TOOTSIE (1982) Huh? This was one of the 100 greatest? 63. STAGECOACH (1939) 64. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977) I recognized Devil's Tower immediately in the early part. That music is still irritating, though. 65. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991) Awesome movie, with the best villain in movies. No, I didn't mean Jodie Foster's character, either. 66. NETWORK (1976) 67. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962) 68. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951) 69. SHANE (1953) 70. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971) 71. FORREST GUMP (1994) Fun movie. I loved how they inserted Tom Hank's character into old film. 72. BEN-HUR (1959) 73. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939) 74. THE GOLD RUSH (1925) 75. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990) I can watch this epic over and over and over and.... 76. CITY LIGHTS (1931) 77. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973) I enjoyed this one--it introduced me to a lot of that early- 60's music. 78. ROCKY (1976) "Yo..." 79. THE DEER HUNTER (1978) "The Best Years of our Lives, part two" 80. THE WILD BUNCH (1969) 81. MODERN TIMES (1936) 82. GIANT (1956) 83. PLATOON (1986) 84. FARGO (1996) The only movie I've ever seen where they talk just like ME 85. DUCK SOUP (1933) Ah, the Marx brothers.... :-D 86. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935) 87. FRANKENSTEIN (1931) 88. EASY RIDER (1969) I ride a Harley. Of course I like this movie. 89. PATTON (1970) 90. THE JAZZ SINGER (1927) 91. MY FAIR LADY (1964) 92. A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951) 93. THE APARTMENT (1960) 94. GOODFELLAS (1990) Ray Liotta.....drool 95. PULP FICTION (1994) Hated this one. Just HATED it. 96. THE SEARCHERS (1956) 97. BRINGING UP BABY (1938) 98. UNFORGIVEN (1992) Probably Eastwood's best. 99. GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967) I never saw many Tracy/ Hepburn movies, but their chemistry is undeniable. 100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

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