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The system is down – unf unf unf unf

Well, back to the smithy to repair my computer again. Woke up on Tuesday to discover that the system was corrupted, and couldn’t be repaired. Thankfully, I have an external hard drive backing up the most vital of items. Now just to set aside the x number of hours to bring it back to the shape and feel from before. Fortunately, lappie will keep me entertained, and I can write a journal entry while I swap disks.


(pic swiped from SW!)

Speaking of smacking things that are broken – they’re blasting next door to my office every few days. It’s pretty entertaining…. every time they go to detonate, there’s a waring horn about 20 minutes prior, then 10, then a manic honking… silence for about a minute and then a building-shaking *KA-THOOM*. I’m a big fan of the *KA-THOOM*.

We haven’t exchanged gifts with our neighbors yet – well, halfway. Mandy drew a picture of our house, and gave it to us at the new year’s party… we still are behind on bringing loot over to them… Schedules, sickness and whatnot on both sides have caused delays.

This past weekend, BHK and SW went with me to the Lego store… I benefitted greatly from that trip – got a Police command center for $20 (usually $45),

A few mystery minifigs – mine were:

SW got an aviator, an elf archer, snowboarder, Tribal Chief and some miscellany. BHK picked most of her loot at B&N – notebooks and folders and magnets.

I’ve activated my goodreads account – I’ve added a few friends that I know on there – if I missed someone, hopefully they’ll find me. primarily tracking the books I read on my kindle, but more so the self-challenge of 52 books in a year.

Scott’s bookshelf: currently-reading

Holy Blood, Holy GrailThe Dresden Files Roleplaying Game: Volume Two: Our WorldThe Dresden Files Roleplaying Game: Volume One: Your StoryGhost StoryMean StreetsBackup

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Today in Scotto history –

1 year ago – farewell to the tannenbaum, bhk laptop fix, movie & pizza night
2 year ago – plans to get MD driver’s license, cold and bitter, jaw infection, superstars of dance
3 years ago – doodle entry, angel-a, Larry looks like Comm. Gordon, rough day, relaxing at in-laws,
4 years ago – Salem and Marion pics
5 years ago – las olas wifi, newt pics, flash on dvd (I got it this xmas!), moist poll,
6 years ago – Hump day doodle, work, mel, moody blues, ex-coworkers read my journal, parrot jungle?
7 years ago – Walkies-pix continued, ShOr deleted, bad storefronts
8 years ago – fog-walking, SOP
9 years ago – WID meeting, John Buscema passed away, bad day
10 years ago – brad pushes for growth, bicycle built for 2, lj creaking, bug city, recipes, Siddhartha
11 years ago – newt’s 4th vet trip, vw, spaghetti-ohs, Vertigo!, sleepover – mummy w/emage, Robb thinks I have chronic bronchitis, voting for over 10 years (over 21, now!)

Now playing: Strongbad- The System Is Down

one of these things

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. 

 Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read an excerpt. Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses….

 1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

 2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

 3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

 4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

 5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

 6 The Bible

 7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

 8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

 9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

 10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

 11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

 12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

 13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

 14 Complete works of Shakespeare

 15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

 16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

 17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

 18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

 19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

 20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

 21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

 22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

 24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

 25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

 27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

 29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

 30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

 31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34 Emma -Jane Austen

 35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

 36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

 37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

 38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

 39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

 40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

 41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

 45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

 46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

 47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

 48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

 49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

 50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

 51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

 52 Dune – Frank Herbert

 53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

 54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

 55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

 56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

 57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

 58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

 62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

 63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

 64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

 65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

 66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

 67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

 69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

 70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

 71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

 72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

 73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

 74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

 75 Ulysses – James Joyce

 76 The Inferno – Dante

 77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

 78 Germinal – Emile Zola

 79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

 80 Possession – AS Byatt

 81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

 82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

 83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

 84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

 85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

 86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

 87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

 91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

 92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

 93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

 94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

 95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

 96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

 97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

 98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare 

 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


take this list with a grain of salt. it’s fun to talk about these things that make up aspects of our pop culture. i think this list is probably based on what you should have read through college and possibly grad school. and you should get bonus points for:


–having read other works by the author though you may have not read this particular title.

–points for having read a title in its original language

–understand where the fine line between understanding basic concepts of western culture and elitism blur.


>>>   By the way the pts above aren’t mine, but I agree.  :D<<<

Sunday – 10,087

Snow Day! Staying in, avoiding the slippy-slidey foolishness outside if we can help it.

Everything is covered with a light coating of clean, crisp white. I rather like it, though it seems like it’ll all be gone before my birthday.

I finished GASP! finally – a fun read. I’m not sure if I want to put it on bookmooch, send it to a friend, or save it for a future read.

1 year ago – the narrows, chocolate bag, eee swap, cash4gold scam
2 years ago – feeling better, Aimee Mann, rocket belt, Brazilian / Bush Joke
3 years ago – swim meet, sci-fi writer meme, dead valentiner link, misc sentence finish meme, 
4 years ago – G0DLAND, Tchuby Tchuba, Bangles, Angel Eyes Newt, Unicorns LA, Bullfight Just Desserts, Ham the chimp / space monkeys
5 years ago – Newt and I relaxing pics, Scotto playlist, Lazytown, bro issues, how they did singin’ in the rain remix
6 years ago – DVD burning, RenFairies, Prez-match, pop-up books, first touch of firefly (I still think Zoe is an overused name)
7 years ago – New moon, new year coming, Charles Dickens joke, skull sales, Job at FMM ends, Bday prezzies
8 years ago – Fiscal responsibility, Ghetto voices, online “privacy”, Marine Park is a bad and disreputable online store, newt lovies 
9 years ago – being mushy, schedule issues, The Invisible Men, flax seedGeotarget
10 years ago – TORG Character

9828- thursday

BHK and Mandy out today – they headed to Annapolis and went shopping at Sephora (got makeovers) , Lush (nice smelly soaps), some sammiches at selby, coffee at fab brew.

I stayed home, in fear for my testosterone… Instead, I opted to stretch out my back, I put in 2.5 miles around the neighborhood… it was cloudy, so weather was cooler. After the first half-mile, I was able to stand up straight, and the walk became rather comfortable… I visited the candy store and picked up BHK a praline and some gummy soda-bottles to share along with my primary goal of a bottle of water. At the post office, paperback swap sent me (c/o BHK)  The Vesuvius Club (not the graphic edition, just the novel) and Song of Kali – I look forward to reading them both.

Later that afternoon, I gabbed, watched some Bones and played some phase 10 with Chris – The girls brought us home some selby subs – steak and cheese for Chris, uber-veggie for me!

Chris and I are planning to hit the gym sometime soon – it’ll be nice to do some weight training / back strengthening with another guy who knows what I’m dealing with.

He had to do the news starting at 4am tomorrow, so Chris hit the sack at about about 7:30 – BHK and I headed back home (across the street).

Laid back and we played a lot of DS (BHK) and PSP (me) while watching the finale of Burn Notice – we were both rather underwhelmed about the summer closer. Hopefully Psych will take up the slack.

Back is complaining now about the earlier walkies. I forgot to mention that I went with the old gps – made some waypoints – kitten safari, bus stops, etc.

Upon looking at my spinning Scotto heroclix icon… I think I have to update and make a new one for myself, BHK, Newton and Pye.

1 year ago – newtcam sunning pix, tooth break, wusa9’s angie goff and kim martucci blogs, 8800 gt video card coming with 2 gig ram, retronomatopeya

2 years ago – Pickles get made!, Sunflower, Raquel Welch as space gal, light table for treehouse, zendo, hello kitty cops, 

3 years ago – Monks in a circle, ken nordine, contact lens thought, 9-volt batteries, dragonball live action in spanish, shades vary electric bill,

4 years ago – Mona moves on from work, Lisa is a good name on lj, NASA pics, walkies phone post

5 years ago – Thinking Wolfsonian, CEJ, Skeletor, bro, bandwidth crooks, awesome search phrase, cat poop coffee, silly ad, Where do they make balloons… (hey, synchronicity)

6 years ago – miniature oranges, orisinal games, tv in my head, first/last meme, newt on a windowsill, daler mehndi

7 years ago – Newt Wakies, Croc bite brings beer, scotto-man, overtired, funions

8 years ago – vcr tape, gaming, militate, warren, scientific independence for researchers, Frontier Psychiatrist, evil SUV

9 years ago – many folks join my Friendy-list (probably due to addition of interests) , grover, graves museum Geotarget

9692 – Saturday

9692 – sat


BHK and I have been married 30 months today!

Book fair at the BIG warehouse. I stocked up on some Bradbury, Phil Farmer, and Laura Lippman.

Got a little walking in, but there was no way I could haul the huge pile of books about.

BHK made Homemade chili – she thinks it’s burned, but I like it fine!

Lawn cut, and a lot of planting done by the family.

Dinner at Selby’s – Bought Larry a Lemon Meringue pie. Veggie sub was good – Linda the cook is in the hospital, but her replacement did a great job of making a sammich.

More wii games from the library. (Wario Shake it / Super Brawl) – Wario is cute, from an old-school Mario-brothers perspective. Super Brawl didn’t wow me.

Bea Arthur, RIP.

1 year ago – met up with Sirenity, Legal_beagle555 and chrishaas for a bite to eat. New back drugs, comparing netbooks, XP extension, free comic book day, pistol-whipping, question memes, penis-shrinking sorcerers arrested

2 years ago – concert recap, license plate seen, wendy’s, lj-spam, highland fest promo / tree pics

3 years ago – camo man, free cone, gorillaz, dictator octopus

4 years ago – Commercial, Dr Who poot episode, hair-neck-man, good weather, pope palpatine, Tomi voice, Newt sleepies, Dave at Poorhouse, Condoms to saris, ashcroft not scared of calicos, King Tut Coming (it ends this week), kind words from mootpoint

5 years ago – RHL, dumb laws, Rubezahl

6 years ago – doctor and drugs, grasshoppers and micropet, letter to bro, distractions (anagrams, phone spellings, etc)

7 years ago – SOP, copyright, scarecrows in the herb garden, Tunguska, kisses, wind dreams

8 years ago – BJ’s Bday, hobbledehoy, ages of sexual consent around the world, sleep-station pictures, hungry, more rights gone, character / gaming memories,xfl=pos, teeny tiny farm animals and milk ring from KellieGeotargetVisitor Map 

9691 – Friday

Farmers Market – BHK and Chris picked up a great number of flowers and plants for the garden, I spent the day seated for the most part. 

Garden was dusted for slugs and bugs – hopefully the squirrels will stay out of the lettuce.

Got the 2nd book in the Nightside series at th library – #3 came via bookmooch, and #4 was the BIG book sale a few months back. another book sale tomorrow – I hope I’m up to making the rounds.

1 year ago – Gypsy moths and tent caterpillars, married 18 months, shot?, ledo’s, haiku2, hardy heron, people lost in the past, ban_set, many many palm doodles, almost Friday

2 years ago – Family Icon introduced, palm doodle of a crab and pollen, Maryland links, concert people observed, odd spam, new AV guy, deerfield lien, awesome difference between calvert and broward counties.

3 years ago – dr who, alabam, perm press, botswana rain, open dir, dionysus, ain’t misbehavin’, letter meme

4 years ago – anarchy online, internal monologue quiet, h-words, walkabout piccies, step into history, exploding toads, brain games

5 years ago – phone off the hook, hell froze over, pina colada almond joy, saw the hippies at a Wiggles-mania, walkabout pics

6 years ago – chupacabra, dreams, geoblog

7 years ago – bro, robomop, smurf-coloring,victim’s rights amendment

8 years ago – good css, zuba pants, reds are cool, mushyGeotarget

9681 – Tuesday

Rainy day this morning – took the raincoat rather than the overcoat. Slipped a bit in the mud at the station – kept balance, but my shoes and my back are paying the price.

Saw the "Truth Truck " at L’enfant Plaza (note – link can be easily considered offensive)

Reading the first book from the Nightside series BHK found for me off of bookmooch – . Fantasy Noir stuff… first 30 pages are entertaining so far. I got the fourth book at a B.I.G. booksale about a year ago, and hadn’t opened it yet.

Need to play munchkin, or one of our other games – nice to have a no tv night.

Feeling pretty sore – hitting the sack early. g’nite, dear journal.

1 year ago – drop.io (gimme something!), creaky, taxes, body/health issues, NPPR cookie monster interview, IE7 only sites bleah, writers block quiz answer

2 years ago – Pictures of Llamas!, Slugs, video game goodies for BHK and me, booksale, BHK invades my journal caveman-style

3 years ago – hanging out at murphy’s, dan plans, music sharing, quizzes, good friday, commander usa

4 years ago – work, club visit, poorhouse, Tomi visit, mai kai tiki torch night, figa, aliases, admiration meme (999 entries ago)

5 years ago – memory sparks, adp issues with new hire

6 years ago – jkg, stikfas, pictures

7 years ago – library cats, vending machine art, The Nonverbal Dictionary of Gestures, Signs, & Body Language Cues, plants, middle earth poll, poop

8 years ago – touch of evil, dsl, love, spermGeotarget

9662 – Friday!

No Franklin this morning, but his opposite number, (a skittish and dirty gray tabby with white socks) said hello from a distance… ran when I greeted her, but I put some treats down in the field where she was hanging out. Hopefully she’ll have a little snack later.

Set up my bookmooch account – I’m scottobear there , (avonberg is also there, far more active!)

buffalo shrimp salads with the in-laws tonight – postponed – in-laws were busy, so we did buffalo-pseudo-chicken-patty salads, instead.

Playing hangman with BHK earlier. Occupation: –DD-NG M-N-STER

My bad, I thought it was Pudding Monster. BHK got it right with Wedding Minister. I would love to have a job as a pudding monster, at least for a bit.

Meme via Bubbles!

The longest survey you’ll ever fill out! Do the world a favor: fill it out and post it for all your friends…. Do this because the person who did this didn’t sit here for ages for nothing. Answer all the questions honestly, no lying to avoid stuff.

If you’ve been tagged its because the person who tagged you wants to know your answers!

Shoe size: 15
Height: 6’5-6ish
What are you wearing right now? Friday work clothes – (filling this out on the bus ride home) – black shoes, black socks, dark blue pants, maroon and dark blue striped polo shirt, gray and light blue jacket.
Righty or lefty: Lefty
Can you make a£1 in change? nope I’ve got american Money.. however, I cannot even do $1 in change. I have about 45 cents in my pocket.
Best place to go for a date? I’m a fan of the classic dinner and a movie.


Number: 5/14/23
Animal: monkey/bear/sasquatch
Favorite drink: diet cherry dr pepper (not diet cherry VANILLA dr pepper)

Month: October
Juice: Orange
Favorite cartoon: venture brothers

Given anyone a bath: yes (younger brother when he was little)
Bungee Jumped? nope
Made yourself throw up? nope… I’ve vomited on my own, though
Gone skinny dipping? yup
Eaten a dog? Nope!
Played truth or dare? back in high school maybe
Came close to dying? here and there
Been in a sauna? yes
Been in a hot tub? Yes
Broken someone’s heart? hopefully not
Cried when someone died? Yes
Fell off your chair? yes – fainted!
Sat by the phone all night waiting for someone to call? yes – worried about bro again
Saved e-mails? Yes
Ever used someone? not intentionally, but I imagine I have
Been cheated on? I believe so.

Your good luck charm? Newton whisker and a Sacagawea dollar
Fav. song? This will be our year
What is beside you? an empty lunch bag and my laptop bag

Chicken pox: yup – when I was 8
Sore Throat: yes – every year or three
Stitches: yes – many times
Broken a bone? collarbone


Believe in love at first sight? I’m sure it happens all the time.
Believe in long distance relationships? they can work, but both people really need to want to make it work.
Who was the last person that called you? BHK
Who was the last person you slow danced with? BHK
Who makes you smile the most? BHK
Who knows you the best? Newton and/or BHK

Do you like filling these out: when they show me something new, yes
Do you wear contact lenses or glasses? nope
Do you like yourself? I’m an ok guy.
Do you get along with your family? I can get along with anyone, for at least a little while.

Obsessive Compulsive? Maybe neurotic at times.
Suicidal? no


What did you do yesterday? see yesterday’s journal entry!
Hated someone in your family? yes, but now it’s down to a mild dislike
Gotten any awards? sure – stiff from florida dept of law enforcement, trophies as a kid, the usual stuff
What car/truck do you wish to have? the love cube, fully repaired.
Where do you want to get married? been and done! worked for me!
Good driver? I’m long out of practice.
Good Singer? I do a pretty decent fake of some songs
Have a lava lamp? not for years
How many remote controls are in your house? about 5 I think
What was your last dream about: I was eating a sandwich covered in sesame seeds – they turned out to be hair follicles and the top of a football.
When you last showered? this morning
Scary or Funny Movies? Funny – it’s hard to scare me, but easy to make me laugh.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Root beer or Dr.Pepper? Dr. P.
Water skiing or wake boarding? wake boarding… my feet are too big for water skis.
Summer or winter? I prefer cold to hot, but summer has fireflies.
Silver or Gold? Silver
Diamond or pearl? pearl
Sprite or 7up? sprite
Coffee or sweet tea? sweet tea
Phone or in person? in person. I really dislike using the phone!

1. Talk to someone you liked: yes
2. Buy something: soda pop and some chips
3. Get sick?: No
4. Talked to an ex? no
5. Miss someone: yes – bro back when he was younger.

6. Slept in your bed?: Probably Newton, if not, BHK and me

no 7?

8. Made you cry? me. body aches
9. Went to the movies with? BHK
10. Said "I Love You"?: BHK

no 11?

12. Last Hug? Pyewacket
13. Been to Mexico? last person been to mexico?? I have.
14. Been to Canada? I’ve been to the border, not sure if I’ve been inside.

15. Do you have a crush on someone right now? I love someone right now!
16. What book are you reading now? a few, depending where in the house I am. most recently touched was a MySQL programming guide
17. Best feeling in the world? making someone you love happy
18. Future kids’ names? Changes with the wind. I sort of like Penelope and William right now, but I’d have to see the kid first.
19. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? only when Newton, Pyewacket or BHK are very well fed!
20. Whats under your bed? dust bunnies, stray cat toys, stray books
21. Favorite sport to watch? Football isn’t terrible, or Martial Arts
22. Favorite location? Home
23. Piercings/Tattoos: Really depends on the situation. I don’t have either, but don’t mind either on someone else.
24. What are you most scared of right now? Fear itself
25. Who do you really hate? The stupidly dangerous
26. Do you have a job? Yes
27. Have you ever liked someone you didn’t have a chance with? Sure, I think everyone has.
28. Are you lonely right now? nope!
29. Song that’s stuck in your head right now? Blue Bayou – Linda Ronstadt
30. Have you ever played strip poker? no
31. Have you ever gotten beat up? yes
32. Have you ever been on radio/TV?: yes – as a spokesman for assorted things, child advocacy mostly.
33.Have you ever been in a "mosh-pit"? yes
34. Ever liked someone, but thought they never noticed you? yes and I was right!

Whats the first things you notice about the opposite sex (visual)? posture / body language
Are you too shy to ask someone out?  I can be bold or shy – moot now, I can easily ask BHK out!
Dogs or Cats? I’m more allergic to dogs, but I love critters! More partial to cats, because they are a bit more self-cleaning.
Favorite Flower? I vary – right now I rather like honeysuckle.
Have you ever fired a gun? several times

1 year ago – documentation weirdness, daffodil central, young scotto & bro pics, safety patrol, Miami police drones

2 years ago – back mending, bhk cold fading, mission impossible squirrel video, blogger death threats, larry and tigger vet trip picture

3 years ago – V movie, political ramble / revolution, boca/popular comics, pictures from walkabout, newt playing fetch pics

4 years ago – Easter, Deadbolt, Danny recap, K, piccies, personality test, heard from everway gamers, kitties video, walking octopus, waterbus

5 years ago – Procrastination, Henchman, search warrants/LA, booger eaters, vacuum cleaners, Brian Blessed, heroclix, zombie pinups

6 years ago – jkg, TAG, souls, Bahá’í, soul & body, leaving FMM

7 years ago – dream, dented the door with my mitt, sleepy and grumpy, how I sleep w/newt, small hands=rude, army men, Dan Bfast, lab grown meat, dali museum, secret fun spot, 2 dead celebs

8 years ago – lj bump, baby newt pic, one ring, mush, thebot, palm doodle-art, John DenverGeotarget

9612 – Tuesday

Reading Booster Gold on the EEE on the ride home and listening to Free Audio books .

BHK made TVP with Mac & Cheese – Tasty stuff!

We relaxed quite a bit, watched TV, read and snuggled the night away. My kind of evening.

1 year ago – newtcam leap, sunday relaxing, in-laws, vallies day atw man

2 years ago – buttered Chris’s nose at tinas

3 years ago – songbird, Opa, micro retro, FREE PANCAKES!, personality awareness, scary mary

4 years ago – Bro & HI, website income to AmeriCares, I miss CJ, Danny gets Debate, mirror newt pics, still talking to mel, #3 for kp/rs shenanigans, Newt Love, Danny sick (and he was again last year), sedef & crew adorable, MmmmMMMmonkey, masked grader

5 years ago – shopping for condos, zombie night club

6 years ago – memes, dreams, Streets of San Fran, computer sculptures, Pith, Good quote of the day, interviewing, hot shower

7 years ago – up early on a Sunday, Finished reading FAFCwGM, nice weather, tulpa plot

8 years ago – kid tv-memories, valentinesGeotarget

9581 – Wednesday

Still feeling gut-lousy – went to the dentist for a followup. Dreamt unhappily that I was lost in the mall, BHK took off in the Love cube, and I had to climb a giant couch to make it outside. BHK had a nightmare about me power-washing the kitchen, and her in it, too.

Had a calzone – not sure if it helped or not, but it’s the first really palpable food substance in days.

Started reading The 13 and 1/2 lives of Captain Bluebear about 100 pages in, and I’m enjoying it quite a bit. It has a Munchausen vibe to it that I dig.

1 year ago – Newton on cam pic w/laundry, water cooler, psych, pizza bagels, unlimited netflix stream, free gas from chavez, call for guantanamo to be closed

2 years ago – pye in lockup, on the way home pic

3 years ago – shoo prezzie, swim / iguana fear, batgirl meme (and my palm doodle), folks quitting acim, trivia meme, porpoise song, dracula’s dinosaur death dreams, kenneth koskela in comments

4 years ago – Spidey a teacher’s aide, palm doodles, bus pictures, bizarro ipod

5 years ago – Media player classic, Chinese connection, old gaming notes (with diagrams), Florida laws, high school meme, monkeys!, work hubbub

6 years ago – evil quiz, printable gizmos, supergun, enviro-boots

7 years ago – visited hippies, cool clock, warm, groceries, kevin smith quiz, silly linkies, ramble about x-ray-eyes, SOP, etc

8 years ago – fun quotes, romance test, victorian flower symbolism, bill hicks Geotarget

9509 – Tuesday

Does someone ruin a hand or at least lose fingers in *EVERY* one of Tim Powers‘ books?

Stress of Her Regard – Yup (still reading)
Declare – mm-hmm.
Earthquake weather – yup
On Stranger tides – yes
Last call – yup.

Those are just the ones I’ve read.
bro has a tri-rail ticked on file for 10/31. neat trick, since he has been in jail since june. someone using his ID, or just a really slow process?
The spawn of the XM Sirius fusion emerges tomorrow, and Orbitcast has picked up the complete channel listing for XM subscribers that goes into effect in less than 24 hours. It’s fairly grim for some diehard XM fans—a lot of stations have been erased (bye bye punk channel) or are being replaced by Sirius pseudo-equivalents.

No more upop? lucy? fred? ethel? high standards? soul street? Doesn’t look good, kids.

1 year ago – rayman, check mii out, some scotto dislikes

2 years ago – pf chang pix, played pirates with BHK and Danny (BHK’s first game ever!), sleepy

3 years ago – power on, big brain going away, packing, suprglu

4 years ago – Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, lost on torrent, pixar, who links here, Wanna know your consistence?

5 years ago – incas & guinea pigs, minefield, earth photos, anagrams, Sirenity baby!, high school memories, norman saunders

6 years ago – I win cookies!, owie-back, keywords

7 years ago – went to see fishies, walkies

8 years ago – good news / bad news, Boogie Pop Phantom, African Frog Myth Geotarget

Writer’s Block: Reading Aloud

Well – keeping it to the mortal realm ("God reading the bible" would surely destroy me – the True Voice being is too pure and too powerful to be heard by sinners, thus, instant death.)

Stepping to mortal flesh, I’d love to see the Sermon on the Mount, even though that wasn’t originally delivered (if it was ever actually performed) as Author to Reader. I don’t speak or comprehend aramaic, but to just be there at the original would be beyond amazing.

Most of the literary classics were Greek, Latin, French and German. Even Borges nifty stuff is Spanish.

Perhaps it’s best to fade to more contemporary and in my native tongue.

I’d likely go for Mark Twain, as long as I could get a beer with him while he pontificated on his choice of writing.

Biblical Side note – The highest of the Archangels (and therefore the highest of the Seraphim), the Metatron acts as the voice of God and occupies the throne next to the Divine Throne of the Almighty.

Derived from the Latin Metator, Metatron can be translated as "guide" or "measurer".

Some claim the Metatron was the prophet that was turned into an angel, taken to heaven, and given 36 pairs of wings. Some believe him to be the angel that led the Hebrews from Egypt. A few theologians call Metatron "Lesser YHWH" which stands for the most sacred and unpronounceable name of God in Hebrew (well, the YHWH part anyway). Metatron is also said to be the tallest of the angels from 13 to 18 feet depending on the source, about 2 to 3 times the height of a normal man. For reference, remember that Goliath is believed to have been about 9 feet tall.

The Metatron was thought to have many names. Yahoel, Yofiel, Surya, and Lad are just a few of his 72 other names. Some believe that he carries the Jews prayers through 900 levels of heaven to God.

It is Metatron’s task to sustain mankind (as seen in Kevin Smith’s Dogma, he interacts with the humans to prevent their demise). He has been known as the link between the human and the divine. After arriving in heaven he was transformed into a spirit of fire and equipped with 36 pairs of wings. In addition, he has countless eyes with which he sees over all the earth. He resides in the 7th heaven and, when he feels like it, appears as a pillar of fire (as the one in Exodus which handed down the ten commandments to Moses). He is the supreme angel of death. God tells him who is to die, he then tells angels below him to take care of the gruesome task.

Metatron is said to be the highest of all the angels, more so even than Michael or Gabriel. The burning bush, pillars of fire, and any other time a human thought he was talking to God, he was actually talking to Metatron (except those sort who are actually just talking to themselves – who can say?)

9432 – Saturday

Got my serum at last/ at last, and EKG was done. I’ll know more after my doc reviews it.

Yellow Trike at Starbucks, man with bumblebee helmet – Man not shown. Nice Guy – goofy fan of his new ride… made a comment about lack of cup holders.

We went to Starbucks – BHK found a $15 gift card, so we figured we’d go – BHK’s pumpkin spice coffee was pretty nasty – I remember why we don’t go to that starbucks (or really any these days.) My lemonade/ passion fruit tea was jim-dandy.


Went to the BIG book sale, but I didn’t get anything, and BHK only got maybe 5 rather than our usual take of a big ikea bag’s worth. I think it got fairly picked over before we got there… earlier next time, perhaps.

Selby Sub Shop with in-laws, I had egg salad which was yummy. prior to that, I played spore for a bit while BHK dug on her new books, and Larry cut down the dead bits of our garden with the edge trimmer.

Amy’s taking a pass on vacationing here this week – sick mom at home and she want’s to stick by her there. Hopefully her mom feels better soon. We’ll likely see her in October-December sometime.

Best part of the night was coming home and having a "no power night" – lights low, relaxing to 40s music on the couch, reading a book while curled up with BHK.

Google Maps map annotated with all the places Marco Polo visited during his travels to China and back. Larger map here. (via short schrift)

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.

Saturday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

1 year ago – figuring out my volume and time spent on lj, shopped for presents, DuClaw, Deal Bluegrass show planned

2 years ago – goodies, 008 is landon, kill windows nag, mr t – be somebody, rfjason – wtf prank, kitty combo

3 years ago – Red Thread, Postcard, walking weather, work, 2nd life, battersea

4 years ago – visit meme, case against voodoo, freeflow thought, Mexico Wal-mart Protest

5 years ago – Newt-vet, shoutcast, tiny cities, Why I dislike leiberman, Frankie mooches again, Turkish Hairballs

6 years ago – Lots of robots, World Affairs, palm art

7 years ago – Shocked awake, Nostia, folks scamming relief, weather, programming, lovely chat

8 years ago – Pompano Weather, Warghetz, Suzy News, Censorship, Loved Geotarget

9427 – Tuesday

Got epidural (ouch.), appointment with cardio, met with back doc, got spore, Mexican food and maggie moo’s.

Wal-mart drew the last straw, and is now on the official boycott list – poor service plus bad business practices in the pharmacy.

While BHK was reading bergdorf blonds, I played spore – somehow I can’t use the critter I created in the demo creator in a spore game -still investigating why that is.

Went grocery shopping – Cranberry sierra mist is back and I  got creme de menthe altoids – sad to see the mandarin orange mist gone.

As for walkies – we’ve laid out a reward plan – we have a bundle of space-critter buttons, and for each goal, we get an additional "merit badge" – after we get up to distance, it’ll be repetition. My goal is 5 miles a walk, three walks a week.

So far –

5 badges each–earned

1 after 5x 1 mile walks—Allison got a space piggy, Scott got a red astro-kitty

2 after 4x 2 mile walks

3 after 3x 3 mile walks

4 after 2x 4 mile walks

5 after 1x 5 miles walk!

Recent walkies

Sat – 8/23/08 -1.5968  addl -~1.2mi (total =2.7641 counting whole day )
Sat – 8/31/08 – 1.7333 miles
Sun – 9/1/08 – 2.0166 miles
Sat – 9/6/08 1.2279 miles
Sun – 9/7/08 1.631 miles

Tues – Today – Before going to the doc – 9/9/08 2.0234 miles

Walkabout pics – mostly flowers, fruit/berries and birds along the view from the boardwalk – I really like the little red star flowers – forgive the repetition, dear journal – trying out aspects of macro and zoom.








Spoke to Brittney about getting serum ready for Saturday, and maybe an EKG at the same time. *please* let it be ready – this’ll be the third week out. I think it’s likely that we’ll get some this go ’round.

1 year ago – many pictures!, renfest, swami yo, hack & slash, johnny fox, kadon, bhk participation, many boardgames, food sample list, quiz-meme questions

2 years ago – october plans for in-laws meetup, geotagged photos, comedy show, go game

3 years ago – confirmed Deerfield condo, iguanas, wonder woman, pb&h, 2nd life, songs meme, quizzies

4 years ago -future life, fly-eating bot, living in Broward, Maroon, tracking Ivan,Danny’s students read my lj, on call all weekend, HIP/Bag lady

5 years ago – Run, Trism-Gollum, Run, robot zoo, dirty-sounding words, palm-day at work, lifetime membership in there, time marks the beginning of the end for prop2

6 years ago – oatmeal, remembrance rant, touch screen voting, flash CAD thingie.

7 years ago – hardscrabble, Daily Life in Chaucer’s England, (and other daily life books), good things

8 years ago – saw a black tip shark, conch fritters, everway Geotarget

9418 – Tuesday

So… a nice little reprieve from Gustav for New Orleans. I hope everyone (Louisiana, Florida, and everywhere else) continues to dodge Hanna, Ike and Josephine. Note 3 years ago today, below.

The DNC homepage makes no mention of John McCain. The RNC page has a ton of attacks on Obama and Biden. That’s something. Not sure what, but it’s something.

BHK put me on to Disaster Dioramas – I’m partial to the Hindenburg, but I suspect that she’s more into the Titanic.

Tonight we went to Ledos, and got the greasiest white pizza ever. Tummy trouble is likely to follow. we didn’t bother keeping half of it. I hate wasting money and food – I suspect it’ll take a lot for us to return there. Got maggie moo’s as a after yuck treat – I got mint chocolate chip with chocolate sprinkles and brownie bits – BHK got carrot cake ice cream with peanut butter sauce. It was pretty good, if odd. I’ve got a love-creeped out relationship with cake-batter flavored ice cream.

Added bonus was at the photography center next door – we saw an orange kitten (about 3 mos) named Charlie playing with his humans… it was very adorable, and we got to talk to the family a bit. BHK thinks it might be time to get a portrait with the lads… though I’m not sure how well-behaved Newton would be for sit-down pictures. Pye is mellow enough, but it is a strange and new environment.

I forgot to mention that on Saturday we went to Leonardtown – skipped witch rock this time, and instead visited a few nifty bookstores – including one made from an old bar. I can’t remember the name but it was a nifty old-school mass of books just reaching back into the far back – also went back to White rabbit and got BHK a Raven Puppet to go with her Edgar Allan Poe, a yarn store (Crazy for Ewe ) with a hostess who was very nice and kept staring at BHK’s lime-vanilla ice, a model train shop and the do-dah deli… later, we went to Aardvark to pick up Pentago – BHK beat me 5-2… a sound victory indeed.

1 year ago – gamerz, gamers, enchanted forest w / pictures, hot fuzz, night at the museum

2 years ago – iguana mob pics, saw Accepted, impersonating liberace, nice weather for ducks

3 years ago – holiday countdown, teensy manatees, npr podcasts, disney quiz, underdog, trammel , new orleans psa, "I Don’t Wanna See Anybody Give Any More Goddamn Press Conferences"

4 years ago – hurricane frances, CoH, sweet revenge, strange brew, superhero costumes, sequels, Syncretism, retreat to Danny’s, newtcam pic, second thoughts, twinkie sushi, evil genius, zim and gaimajin, DCL’s bday.(HAPPY B’day!)

5 years ago – nostalgia central, general upkeep, nice chatty

6 years ago – John Walker Lindh, Old Maid, debian, red flags, my tarot card, underdog

7 years ago – Reading location poll, start page, bat-music, Amazon dreams, JH Noir

8 years ago – Empathy Rating, me, and the bionic woman Geotarget