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Published on July 15 2008

Wow. When I disappear from the blog, I really disappear, eh? I just have to plead "busy". When I haven't been working or slaving over essay questions, I've been... well.... digging holes in my yard. Photos will follow. In the meantime, I've finally finished another project, related to this. I was elected/selected/volunteered ---probably due to the fact that I had the biggest, bulkiest camera--- to gather up all of the photos the gang took of our little jaunt, burn them all to CD, and redistribute them. I did that, going through well over a thousand pictures, and had a grand old time doing it. *So* much fun, in fact, that I went ahead and created a little video from the best photos for the two members of the gang who don't have computers (can you believe it? There are people in this day and age who aren't wired up???). The hardest part was learning to burn a DVD playable on a television. My incredible and extensive computer skills didn't prepare me for the amount of cussing needed to make DVD's that work on *all* players. For some reason, my DVD's will not play on my fancy machine in the living room, but work just great on the $5 garage sale machine in the bedroom. Go figure. The full video on DVD is about a half hour long, but here is just a short selection. Hope you enjoy.

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Published on February 4 2008

Courtesy of Cassandra, a link to one of the funniest blogposts I've read in a long time. Make sure you watch the video at the bottom, even if it is the hated Chicago Bears. It's still hard to believe Sweetness is gone, isn't it?

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Published on September 28 2007

Name every band in this video. The clock is ticking. GO.

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Published on September 25 2007

I wandered in to the living room the other day, only to catch the tail end of the nightly news, which was a clip called the "person of the week". I missed the whole thing, only hearing enough to know that the "person" was a college professor delivering a speech of some sort. It wasn't until a couple of days later, when I read the article below, that I realized what I had missed. This story is incredible. It's sad, but results in one of the most hilariously funny speeches about childhood dreams and a life very well lived that I've ever heard. First, go read the article, but then..... make yourself a cup of your favorite beverage, clear a 1 3/4 hours block of time, and go to this link. It's worth the watch. Trust me. He'll tell you why the walls are there. A Beloved Professor Delivers The Lecture of a Lifetime
Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer-science professor, was about to give a lecture Tuesday afternoon, but before he said a word, he received a standing ovation from 400 students and colleagues. He motioned to them to sit down. "Make me earn it," he said. What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? This is a common title for talks on college campuses today. Schools such as Stanford and the University of Alabama have mounted "Last Lecture Series," in which top professors are asked to think deeply about what matters to them and to give hypothetical final talks. It can be an intriguing hour, watching healthy professors consider their demise and ruminate over subjects dear to them. At the University of Northern Iowa, instructor Penny OConnor recently titled her lecture "Get Over Yourself." At Cornell, Ellis Hanson, who teaches a course titled "Desire," spoke about sex and technology. At Carnegie Mellon, however, Dr. Pausch's speech was more than just an academic exercise.

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Published on September 11 2007

I find this exhibition of wanton destruction of something I work so hard to create.... ..... absolutely enchanting. I needed this laugh today.

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Published on March 29 2007

Ask a Ninja, OK Go win YouTube Awards - CNN.com
EW YORK (AP) -- The video series "Ask a Ninja" and OK Go's treadmill-choreographed music video are among the winners in the first YouTube Video Awards. The power pop band OK Go, perhaps the most professional of the mostly amateur nominees, won most creative video for their "Here It Goes Again" music video.
I don't really care for the tune, but this is one of the most fun videos I've seen in awhile. Meant to blog it awhile back when I first saw it. I keep thinking "If I tried some of those moves, they'd be picking me up off the floor behind the 'mills". But I am a little klutzier than most. ;-)

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Published on January 1 2007

Over the last few days, I've been ripping some movies/ TV shows for watching on the 'pod. I hit up the video store the other day after finishing my own little collection, and found this HBO series in the rental bin. I cannot believe I missed this when it was on TV; this is one of the best shows I've ever watched. It is such a treat to discover something like this, even if I am five years later than everyone else in the country. laurie_in_mountains I'm looking forward to the last part which is supposed to be the capture of Berchtesgaden, and the "Eagle's Nest," Hitler's mountaintop fortress. I wonder if it will look much like the place I saw in 1977, when I went to an Outward-Bound type of leadership/ know thyself camp in the area. My first rock-climbing experience was on the cliffs at the Eagle's Nest. I remember the incredible views, both dangling from a rope halfway up the cliff, and from the huge patio there.

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Published on November 17 2006

 

There are a lot of very satisfied Seger fans in Wisconsin right now, and yes.... I'm one of them. And you'll have to excuse the lousy, blurry picture--we had floor seats, but we were far enough back to render flash on a little pocket camera completely useless--this pic is one of those arm's length, you-know-it-isn't-going-to-turn-out photos--but it was the best of them all.

The show opened with Steve Azar, who played a 45-minute set. He was very good, and I intend to look up his music. But man, it's gotta be rough to be an opening act with a crowd who haven't seen the-reason-they-paid-that-Ticketmonster-fee in a dozen years. Azar and his band got politely enthusiastic applause, but it was pretty obvious that the crowd thought of him as background music.

Seger and the Silver Bullet band, including the Motor City Horns, were great. After watching Seger perform at the opening of the World Series awhile back, I was a little nervous about how he would sound. His voice sounded great, though; and he took on the high notes as easily as ever. In his usual black T-shirt and jeans, he may have looked like a grandpa headed down to the hardware store on a Saturday, but he performed with as much energy as a performer thirty years younger.

The band went through the same setlist as in this post, the highlights for me being "Roll Me Away" (of course), "Wait for Me" (which had tears running down my cheeks), "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" (Seger introduced this with "Can you believe I recorded this FORTY years ago?"); and "Travelin' Man/ Beautiful Loser", which I thought was ....wonderful. Just wonderful. If Seger decides to retire again, he went out on a high note, as far as I'm concerned. (Btw, the little video shorts are from the Indianapolis concert.)

 

I still, hours later, cannot believe that I finally, after all these years, got to hear the man perform. I am one very happy fan this morning,even after 9 hours of driving, two hours of sleep last night, and an acute case of "loudspeaker ear".

 

The only downside to the performance was having the Worlds' Tallest Cheesehead in the seats directly in front of us. That man was 6' 8", I kid you not. He did block the glare from those spotlights, though, lol.

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Published on October 31 2006

Hot Air » Blog Archive » Audio: John Kerry on America’s lazy, uneducated military; Update: Video added What a horse's ass. Maybe a better way to succeed is to just marry a reallyreally rich woman? That would be so much easier than school, wouldn't it? There's a reason that I freeze when I get in front of a camera--examples like this guy. Better to look like a deer in the headlights than to insert my foot that far down my throat.

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Published on July 22 2006

"Jump In My Car" Will somebody please explain to me who keeps financing these little musical gems from this guy? Who actually WATCHES them start to finish? As well as why KITT is suddenly a right-hand drive car???

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