back from supper out with the bloods.

we went to “sweet tomatoes” and had all you can eat salad, soup and pasta.

Once in the parking lot, I commenced oral evacuation of supper and lunch too for good measure. Brother and Mother seem to be in good health, so I suspect that it wasn’t a result of the food at the dinner-place.

I feel fine now… save for a minor tightness in my gut from hurling my fill of above.

In an unrelated note, I’m looking forward to doing laundry on Saturday. Not sure why. I just want all my clothes clean. A weird urge.

I hope south park is even 1/10th as funny as it was last week. I’m still doing the great wall Mongolian Chinese death dance *FWASSSSSH*

Hee.. it’s about sea monkeys. good start.


oh, and the new semagic client is nice!

It's Wednesday. Man, July is a long month! It's almost over, though.

Had a nice night’s sleep, but didn’t get any extra… just about 7 hours. I don’t recall my dreams last night, but had a nice wake up Had a nice shower, and I’m ready for a new day.

ooooh… pretty, and nifty!

3-d flashmap of a lj person’s friends… mouse over, and you can see who they’re buddies with.

more coolio 3-d shockwave schtuff here. has created The Spamdemic Map… documenting, as you might guess, the epidemic of spam. It shows who’s sending it and how. The point of the “cluelessmailers” name is that some of these companies clearly don’t even realize that they’re paying spammers and annoying potential customers.

I have to remember to call and confirm dinner plans with the mother and the brother. (Hmm… sounds like some kind of 70’s detective show… She’s a working single mom, trying to get by with a latchkey child…he’s a african-american disenfranchised street tough who’s got a heart of gold. together, they catch crooks and show that two different people can get along! Played by Susan Saint James, and JJ Walker.)

from provenance unknown –

“Remember when only celebrities and CEOs hired novelists to write their books?” the Washington Post asks. “Now the novelists are hiring novelists.”

Names like Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum are more like brands than names of a particular artist, the Post reports. Tom Clancy the person “oversees a vast farm of fiction writers who crank out stories that he imagines,” we learn.

I suppose the reason it works in some cases but not others is that some “artists” don’t mind putting their own name on other people’s work. I can’t wait until some contemporary artist tries this with a painting or sculpture done by a student… it would make a great joke, I think. (One (totally unsophisticated and doubtless unoriginal) pet theory of mine is that the essence of contemporary art is that it’s all a joke.)

And just imagine the brouhaha this must be raising in literary criticism circles.

Ah well… as long as the books are good, I’m happy. I don’t care so much about the author’s name as much as I care about the quality of product. Heck, I know that a gang of people wrote stories for the Shadow, and Doc Savage, way back when…with a single pen name. Now, if the quality varies to a great degree, then I’ll raise my fist to the air, and curse the publishing gods. Maybe. Probably, I’ll just find a better set of writers and stories somewhere else.

I’m going to leave Newtcam on all day today… to spy on the boy while at work

silly spam… why would *I*, the jolly green giant want human growth hormone?

Found out today that my accumulated sick time doesn’t accumulate. my 99.9123 hours left has been nullified, and I lost 3 days of my vacation time as a result. what it boils down to is that they stole over two weeks of paid time off from me, in case I have to do any hospital time. Also, they’ve told me that I have to use my vacation time before next June, because it no longer accumulates too, it resets.

I’m going to see if they can give me my 240 hours of vacation partially in pay, then… because there’s no way that I’ll just throw money away… or, if they like, I’ll just take a week off every month for the next six months. Somehow, I don’t think that they’ll let that happen. Same thing happened to Kev, and he’s got more time built up than I do!

After all is said and done, from now on I’ll get three personal days, three weeks vacation, and three sick days a year. Since I’m salaried, they don’t count any day that I’m in for at least four hours off of my time…. so I foresee a lot of 2-6 workdays in my future, too. ; P

I bet my dad would’ve made one of these for me as a kid.

Dang. Scientists in Australia are testing a new jet (called a scramjet) that may allow air travel at eight times the speed of sound. That would theoretically allow you travel around the world in about 5 hours.

Coming soon: New hackable kids toys. Can you imagine hacking the Instant Messaging stream and making the toys swear? Or saying things like “There’s a monster in your closet. I saw it. I’m your pal.” Oh, I can see so many cool and evil uses for those.

You thought telemarketers are annoying? How about commuter-quizzers? – Motorists on a busy interstate were flagged down at random to participate in a marketing survey about attitudes on a proposed high-speed railway to be built along the highway. Needless to say many of those “selected” were rather off-put by the tactics of the marketing company, and quite a few expressed their doubts about the legality of the operation.

Misc keywords that linked to my site, lately-

  • Dogpile belushi a lot of donuts little chocolate donuts
  • AltaVista baloo
  • Google leopard print desktop wallpaper
  • Google mexican spanish dictonary software
  • Google thermasilk commercials
  • Yahoo private posted sex thumbnails
  • Yahoo menses period pics
  • Yahoo guy surfing peg leg picture
  • Google comic books were stored in a cedar chest
  • Yahoo pics of mares in estrus
  • Google juego de la oca -television -tv
  • Google scottobear (hey! neat!)
  • Google scottobear newt (yay!)
  • Google sasquatch call sound bfro video
  • Google smoking monkeys vending machines

I’ve got nice pot of earl gray tea.

I’m going to hit the sack fairly early tonight… catch up with my battery charging. I’m going to read a little bit before bed, though. I hope that tonight I get a full line of snooze in.

Nighty night, dear journal.

GRASP is short for Gravity Research for Advanced Space Propulsion. A Russian scientist has apparently managed to create an anti-gravity device. Potentially, this could be used to create a weapon that could vaporize objects hundreds of kilometers away with a beam of 1000 g’s of force. It sounds pretty far out to me, but for some reason, both NASA and Boeing are taking it seriously.

NASA’s attempts to replicate the research have so far failed because they lacked his “unique formula.”

Who was the MJ-12 researcher who squished himself with symbols he carved after researching the Roswell craft?

A map plotting the HQs of 676 active hate groups in the US. You can click on a state and get a detailed run-down of what groups are in each city.

Wednesday night, plan on going out for Chinese, Thai, or Italian with mom and the bro.

It’ll have to be sometime after 8pm, because I have to work until then. Either they can meet me at work, or wait an additional hour for me to get home.

Jenjen’s getting married? last I’d heard, she wasn’t even dating anyone. I’ve got to get the skinny on *that* tidbit. John? sakes.

late-night tv

weird.. I can’t sleep, turn on the TV, and see ana voog talking to an ex boyfriend Chris (who was not talking to her because she’d been nude on cam), and LiveJournal is getting a mention… sally jessy raphael. the topic was “boyfriend, I’m a stripper, deal with it”…

sort of odd to catch both ana and a LJ mention at 2:45 in the morning. out of left field. I poke my nose in ana’s journal and it turns out that it was a set up… It was ana that pointed me to LiveJournal way back a few years ago… well, she handled herself much better than when she was on vibe a few years back. Creepy psych guy making snap judgments, and Ana telling him that he’s making cruel and misinformed judgments. (I agree with ana on that one.)

“El Dorado” discovered in Peruvian Amazon, explorers claim

Hmmm.. they’ll discover Belgium, next.

back to bed! nigh nigh, dear journal!

Chaotic dreams last night, not all unpleasant, just stutter-cut. I had a little difficulty sleeping… woke up and read about three times. I got past a page, figured I was weary enough to kill the lights and try again, then repeated the process about every 2 or three hours. I don’t feel too tired now, but I skipped my morning tour, and spent it in bed mostly awake, charging my batteries for the coming day. My dream locations kept shifting … I was at my old house in Boynton, no, I’m at the Dawsey’s old Boca place, no, I’m hiding out at the FAU library. I was discussing a camping/ canoe/ hiking trip with a few “faceless dream friends” to the mountains, and figuring out how long and what we’d need for the trip. Someone mentioned night vision goggles, and I thought that it was a pretty extravagant piece of equipment to bring, considering flashlights work nicely.

Newt likes ice cubes in his water dish.

ace of wandsDid a one-card spread this morning… got the ace of wands. From Learntarot.comThe Ace of Wands is a symbol of possibility in the area of creativity, excitement, adventure, courage and personal power. In readings, it shows that a seed of bold enthusiasm has been planted in your life although you may not yet recognize it. When the seed sprouts, it could take almost any form. It might be a creative idea, surge of optimism or need to act boldly. On the outside, it could be an offer, gift, opportunity, encounter or synchronistic event.

When you see this Ace, examine your life to see how its potent, confident energy could work for you. Be daring and brave. Sometimes you have to risk to get what you want. Look for the path that will excite you and push you beyond your limits. Seize the initiative, and let your enthusiasm take you to new heights. Wands are the suit of individual power and fulfillment. This Ace tells you that a time of passion is beginning. You will be able to assert your best for all to see.

The Ace of Wands is also the card of creativity. Under its influence, you can become a conduit for inspiration and invention. Forget tired, worn-out solutions. You have the chance to be original. Trust your own creative potential, and there will be no end to what you can achieve.

Sounds good to me! I’ll keep that in mind today.

They’re making a “Birds of Prey” show on WB… and Dina Meyer is Oracle! (She’s a jim-dandy batgirl.) I don’t know how I feel about who they have playing the huntress and black canary, though. hope it’s good, and survives. I worry that it’ll become the “huntress show”, rather than Canary/Oracle team-up.

Advertising early, it seems. Birds of Prey Premiere Date: October 9, 2002, at 9.

Nigerians get high on lizard droppings

One narrow path surrounded by a dense forest;
On all sides, mountains lie in darkness.
The autumn leaves have already fallen.
No rain, but still the rocks are dark with moss.
Returning to my hermitage along a way known to few,
Carrying a basket of fresh mushrooms
And a jar of pure water from the temple well.

– Ryokan (1758-1831)

a zebrellie! dang… I’m really impressed with these digital artists.

Off to work… have a good day, dear journal, and I’ll try to do the same. (Odds are in my favor)

I wonder if wookies smell as much like camels as they sound.

a variant on the traveling garden gnome… ed grimley journeys the world. Nicely done, I must say.

I didn’t know peter gabriel was bald! he’s still got cool musical super-powers, even with lex luthor’s haircut.

This claims to alter the taste of semen! hmm… there’s a version for women too. weird. Men become apple flavored, and women soft citrus. I have no response to that.

Whoops! Bro just called.. He wants to ride up to the beach before it gets too hot. See you in a few, dear journal!