Published on March 18 2006

When oh WHEN will Google add this feature? or the one that finds the lost wallet? Slibe.com - Free Image Picture Photo Hosting Service - Click to enlarge

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In an ongoing effort to add that background music to my life, tonight I'm headed off to see this guy and this guy in concert. It's part of my Jazz history class. One of the requirements is that we attend a "live jazz performance" for one of the three reviews we'll write during the semester. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a "live jazz performance" in northern Wisconsin? I've been googling my little heart out for 8 weeks now--I just missed a jazz festival at a college within two hours' driving distance--by one day. This thing tonight didn't come cheap, either--I had to buy a membership to the Woods and Waters Fine Arts Council. Eh, what the heck. Maybe I'll get all cultured up!! Wonder if I can manage to get lost between here and Park Falls? With my unerring sense of direction...yep, more than likely! Jazz out.

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Published on March 18 2006

I've found, over the years, that most of these apply to paper-making as well as paper-pushing. Go figure.
    --It doesn't matter what you do, it only matters what you say you've done and what you're going to do. --After any pay raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before. --The more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get. --You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard. --Eat one live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. --When the bosses talk about improving productivity, they are never talking about themselves. --If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. --There will always be beer cans rolling on the floor of your car when the boss asks for a ride home from the office. --Keep your boss's boss off your boss's back. --Never delay the ending of a meeting or the beginning of a cocktail hour. --To err is human, to forgive is not our policy. --Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he / she is supposed to be doing. --If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are really good, you will get out of it. --You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your booth. --People who go to conferences are the ones who really shouldn't. --If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done. --At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of tools that person is carrying. --When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried. --Following the rules will not get the job done. Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules. --When confronted by a difficult problem you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, "How would the Lone Ranger handle this?" --No matter how much you do, you never do enough. --The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong. --Never leave a meeting to use the bathroom. You will be elected as an officer in your absence.

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Published on March 18 2006

VDH's Private Papers::Teflon Europe
When Westerners die in Afghanistan, it is back-page news; but in Iraq, the deaths make the front page. Why? Because the "bad" war in Iraq was supposedly "unilateral," while the "good" war to dethrone the Taliban is now a multilateral enterprise. Yet to the jihadists, there is little difference between the two: a German soldier in Kabul looks every bit the crusader that the American in the Sunni Triangle does. We in the West make the distinction between the wars; the radical Islamists don't. Are there consequences to this double standard? For a growing number of Americans, who were nursed on affection for things European, there grows now a weariness with the Europeans. We don't listen much to what they say; and we assume that their pot will always call our kettle black. Now things are starting to come to a crisis, and the Europeans are learning belatedly — after the French riots, the bombings in Madrid and London, the murders in the Netherlands, and the craziness over the Danish cartoons — that their appeasement failed and the radical Islamists hate them even more than they hate us.

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Published on March 16 2006

Bill Gates mocks MIT's $100 laptop project - Yahoo! News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates on Wednesday mocked a $100 laptop computer for developing countries being developed with the backing of rival Google Inc. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The $100 laptop project seeks to provide inexpensive computers to people in developing countries. The computers lack many features found on a typical personal computer, such as a hard disk and software. "If you are going to go have people share the computer, get a broadband connection and have somebody there who can help support the user, geez, get a decent computer where you can actually read the text and you're not sitting there cranking the thing while you're trying to type," Gates said.
I wonder if this little rant is due to the fact that Google is involved? Little sour grapes, maybe?
Before his critique, Gates showed off a new "ultra-mobile computer" which runs Microsoft Windows on a seven-inch (17.78-centimeter) touch screen. Those machines are expected to sell for between $599 and $999, Microsoft said at the product launch last week.
Lessee....a 7" screen....doesn't that sound like it might be a little hard to read the screen, too? But I suppose with a touch screen instead of a keyboard, that would solve the problem of "cranking the thing while you type." At ten times the cost. Yep, methinks I detect just a teensy hint of wine-in-the-making here.

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Published on March 16 2006

"If time flies when you're having fun, it hits the afterburners when you don't think you're having enough." Jef Mallett

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Published on March 15 2006

Spring is truly springing, I think. I pulled into the yard today to see eagles in the trees across the road. Got out of the car and went to see--two males and a female sitting on the tops of some trees--being tormented by a group of crows. ( A gaggle of crows? a pride of crows? I know there's a name for them) A third male was flying in a circle above all this. Every so often, one of the crows would dive at the larger birds, and would get a screech in return. I've seen hundreds of eagles, but this was the first time I've ever heard one!! The crows finally gave up on chasing the bigger birds away, and flew off to find somebody else to bother. The two males in the tree started fussing and screeching at each other, while chickie bird sat calmly glaring at me and shaking her tailfeathers for the boys. I've never heard such a racket as came out of those two males. Then they both took off, leaving the female still in the tree. The male that had been circling above all this time made his move, landing about three feet from the female. She, however, was bored with all of these flirtations and flew away, leaving her rejected suitor in his tree. Ah, the birds and the bees...... Still, it's pretty cool to see the eagles back. Ken got the video camera out, but I still haven't figured out how to transfer video to DVD--or to any digital format, for that matter. I've got the music thing down, but haven't a clue about video.

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Published on March 10 2006

but WooHOOOOO!!! the first bike of the year!!! It got up to 46 degrees this afternoon and I just HAD to go try it! I don't care how many miles I put in on the stationary bike at the club. It doesn't matter how many mountains I climbed on the elliptical. It doesn't matter how many rivers I rowed on that damn ROM machine. It's STILL the first bike ride of the year. A short half hour of dodging mud puddles and grinning back at the horrified looks on drivers' faces (bet I make the news on WJJQ tomorrow, lol). Only five little short miles, and I feel like my legs are on fire. Not to mention, I froze my ears. Again. I WILL remember to grab my earmuffs next time. But it's nice to know that there are other complete idiots winter enthusiasts out there, too. And spring is coming!!!!

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Published on March 8 2006

French Journal Says New Crustacean Found - Yahoo! News
PARIS - Divers have discovered a new crustacean in the South Pacific that resembles a lobster and is covered with what looks like silky, blonde fur, French researchers said Tuesday. Scientists said the animal, which they named Kiwa hirsuta, was so distinct from other species that they created a new genus and new family for it.

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