Sunday, October 31, 2004

Is it Christmas yet?

Fresh from trick-or-treating last night, my son wakes up this morning and the first thing he asks is "Is it Christmas morning?" I can't figure out why he would think it's Christmas morning, until I figure out we've been seeing Christmas ornaments, trees and decorations everywhere. Tis the season!

File under Only in the South...

I'm "inspecting" my son's Halloween candy (a Mom term for making sure the candy is safe and securing all top-quality chocolate that would be wasted on the immature palette of a four-year-old) when I find this pamphlet included from Flowood Baptist Church.

"Costumes are cool but heaven is awesome!" says the front. The inside continues,

Dressing up in costumes, going to fall festivals or ringing neighborhood doorbells is a lot of fun. It is VERY COOL when people are excited to see you and play awesome games with you or give you CANDY.

You have probably never stopped to think about it, but do you know that heaven is even COOLER than this?

It says that all God's children will go to heaven someday and live forever (next to a graphic of a haunted house!?) and Jesus will be waiting for them there. Jesus really loves kids, it continues, but heaven is only for God's children...those who love Jesus. "It is an AWESOME place, but only those who have asked Jesus into their hearts will go there. No one else."

Then they give you the address of the Flowood Baptist Church for more free stuff about Jesus and heaven.

It looks like the booklets were created by ATS, P.O. Box 462008, Garland, TX 75046, 1-866-782-7927, www.ATSkids.com. For orders, catalogs and samples, call 1-800-54-TRACT or visit www.ATStracts.org.

Only in the South...

Clinton singer to entertain at free concert Nov. 2

Link - Country music newcomer Shelly Fairchild, a native of Clinton, is bringing her music home for an 8:30 p.m. performance Nov 2 at the Headliners Entertainment Resort on Ridgewood Road in Jackson.

Travelling to Mars and hibernating like a brown bear

Link - Manned missions beyond the Moon are no longer wild dreams. For example, the objective of ESA's Aurora programme, after exploring Mars with robotic missions, is to send astronauts to the red planet.

Saturday, October 30, 2004

My NaNoWriMo novel schedule

I'm freaking out just a little bit about my decision to write a novel in November. But I ordered three books I've been wanting for a while - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime, the Jane Austen Book Club and The Time Traveler's Wife - as my reward for making it through.

I've been spending more time designing my cover - which I don't really need, I know, but it is something I can work on since I can't start writing. An outline is what I should be working on but I'm procrastinating. I have Sunday for that, right? I'll post my cover art once the book writing starts.

Here's the quote I'm going to have at the beginning of my book. It's from Guster's "Amsterdam":

I'm gonna write you a letter
I'm gonna write you a book
I wanna see your reaction
I wanna see how it looks
From way up on your cloud
Where you've been hiding out
Are you getting somewhere?
Or did you get lost in Amsterdam?

The outline to be posted tomorrow, I hope...

Exhibit Documents Newton's Pull

Link - He may be best known for an apple that might have smacked him on the head. But an exhibit currently on display at the New York Public Library digs much deeper than that legend, hoping to show visitors the depth and far-reaching influence of Sir Isaac Newton's legendary scientific contributions.

Titan Photos Pose New Questions

Link - Photographs and radar surveys from the Cassini spacecraft's Tuesday-night flyby of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan are raising more questions than they're answering, say NASA scientists.

Blog Ideas

Link - When you don't know what to blog...

Fast Pass vs. Pay Pass

When we went to Orlando at the beginnig of October, we visited Disney World first and read about their Fast Pass system (see article below about the patent blow-up) but never used it. You can only have one fast pass at a time and often have to come back two or more hours later to ride. It just seemed like more of a hassle and one more thing to keep up with.

Towards the end of the week, we went to Universial Studios. They charge $15 each for a pass that puts you at the front of the line. I thought this was absurd. I was horrified - couldn't believe they wanted that much money just to get to the front of the line. No way was I going to pay it. (The tickets were already $60 each just to get in.)

Then I waited in my first line at the Jimmy Neutron ride and watched the pass people walk right to the front of the ride and get on in front of me. I bought a pass right after that. (You can buy them later at stores - I'm guessing for people just like me who they knew would initially react with disgust, then pony up with glee.)

After much thought, I prefer the pay pass. It's capitalism at its finest. You wanna ride first? Pay for it. Everything has a price. If Disney did still this guy's idea...why? They should have stole Universal Studios! Just my two cents...

The Running Man

Link - Arnold would like to be able to run for president. Schwarzenegger tells ''60 Minutes'' he favors a constitutional amendment making immigrants like himself eligible for the White House

Trick or Treat Star Wars Style

Link - Need a costume for Halloween but you're just not sure which Star Wars character you'd like to be? Download and print these masks originally from Random House Publishing's 1983 book, The Star Wars Book of Masks.

Build Your Own Batphone

Link - Step-by-step instructions for making your own light-up, buzzing, working Batphone with its own cake dome.

Patent Suit Alleges Disney Stole fastPass Idea

Link - According to a report by Sean Mussenden at the Sun Sentinel, a Tennessee man has sued Disney for stealing his idea for the line management system.

Friday, October 29, 2004


Quentin and Me... Posted by Hello


Bull roping competition Posted by Hello


The traditional pumpkin rolling game Posted by Hello


More cowpokes at the Hoedown Posted by Hello


Quentin on horseback at the Kindergarten Hoedown this morning... Posted by Hello

Gulfport to Wiggins interstate sought

Link - new interstate highway is being proposed to run from U.S. 90 in Gulfport to Wiggins, and eventually, Jackson.

Miss. '03 murder, burglary rates rose

Link - But overall crime down 2.4 percent, annual FBI report says - and here's Mississippi's crime stats too.

Space Race Focuses on Money

Link - Burt Rutan and Paul Allen's spunky-looking little spaceplane had just returned to the runway after winning the $10 million Ansari X Prize, and prize founder Peter Diamandis had a message for investors around the world who might be watching.

Earth Reveals Its Sensitive Side

Link - A new look at climate conditions 55 million years ago shows that the Earth is more sensitive to small changes than previously believed.

Dems, GOP: Who's Got the Brains?

Link - Applying some of the same brain-scan technology used to understand Alzheimer's and autism, scientists are trying to learn what makes a Republican's mind different from a Democrat's.

China to build 3rd station in Antarctica

Link - China plans to invest some 500 million yuan (about $60 million) to improve Polar research facilities in the next three years to prepare for the building of a third station on Antarctica, according to an official with the Polar Research Office of the State Oceanic Administration.

Catalogue of Photographically Illustrated Books

Link - Use this website to search and view information and images from one of the world's most comprehensive collections of photographically illustrated books and texts in many languages relating to the history and development of photography, from 1839 to 1914.

Google Everywhere

Link - How to get more out of Google...

Halloween Flash Fun

Link - Help Garfield find his Halloween treats

NASA photo analyst: Bush wore a device during debate

Link - Physicist says imaging techniques prove the president's bulge was not caused by wrinkled clothing.

Online Collaborative Sketching

Link - And you can send your drawings via e-mail when you're through. (Send me your sketch at shawn.lea@gmail.com.)

Mackris/O'Reilly et al. litigation settles with a whisper, not a bang

Link - Beldar has some interesting speculations about the O'Reilly settlement.

Gadgets We Love

Link - Ten toys we grown-ups can't live without.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Link - Nice picture of Titan taken by Cassini

Tie Goes to the...

Link - Interested in becoming president this year? If so, hope for an electoral college tie. With an unlikely, but plausible, perfect tie -- 269 electoral votes for both George W. Bush and John Kerry -- anyone meeting the Constitutional qualifications for president could end up president. Here's how.

Meeker sees money in blogs

Link - Morgan Stanley's Internet analyst says the hottest things on the Web now are RSS, blogs and Yahoo.

Hopping Aboard The Daddy Track

Link - Suddenly, achieving a work-life balance isn't just a women's issue

Vintage scary Halloween sounds on MP3

Link - Terrifying sound effects just in time for Halloween...

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Baked Chicken Fajitas

One of my favorite quick and easy recipes...

1 lb chicken breasts, cut into fajita-style strips
1 green pepper, cut into strips
1 can Ro-Tel, drained
1 med. onion, cut into strips
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp chili pepper
2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp salt
Flour tortillas

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray 13x9x2 pan with non-stick spray. Cut chicken into fajita-style strips and put in pan. Add onion and pepper cut into strips. Drain Ro-Tel and add to pan. Mix the spices together with the olive oil and drizzle over mixture, stir to coat evenly. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 min. Serve with flour tortillas.

Record shrimp season soured by low prices

Link - Louisiana fishermen are on track to bring in a record-breaking catch of white shrimp this fall, but that's little comfort as dockside prices remain at all-time lows.

Titan Surface Still a Mystery

Link - NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully photographed one of the most mysterious objects in our solar system on Tuesday in a flyby that brought it within 745 miles of Saturn's hazy moon Titan.

I Can See My House From Here

Link - Google has bought digital map maker Keyhole, extending the search engine leader's bid to fend off rivals with a toolbox that can catalog almost anything in the world.

Sex Is Out, Consuming Is In

Link - Internet users are doing far fewer searches for sex and pornography and more for e-commerce and business than they were seven years ago, University of Pittsburgh and Penn State researchers say in a new book.

Listen to Webcasts from the Library of Congress

Link - Choose from the recent webcasts on the main page, or explore the various offerings under Lectures, Events, Conferences and Interviews. You'll need RealPlayer to view these webcasts. Transcripts are available for some of the events. The archive is keyword searchable.

Yahoo Adds Local, Web and Image Search To Mobile Lineup

Link - Yahoo has added local search, web search, and image search to their already large set of mobile services (news alerts, games, IM, etc.) delivered to your wireless web browser.

Variety Launches New Shopping Blog

Link - This new blog covers shopping and store openings. It is described as "your first stop for up-to-the-minute news on sales, sample sales, trunk shows, new products and anything that will involve you dropping some serious cash."

San Jose Mercury News Launches New Tech Blog

Link - The San Jose Mercury News has launched a new tech blog called SiliconBeat. The blog is written by veteran tech journalists Matt Marshall and Michael Bazeley and covers tech money and innovation.

Be a Citizen Journalist for msnbc.com

Link - MSNBC and MSNBC.com will experiment with open-source journalism during the Nov. 2 election. Calling the effort "citizen journalism," the news service is asking readers and viewers to report on activity at polling places by contributing written reports and digital photos. MSNBC will funnel the open-source journalism reports to its election-special blogs and, conceivably, its news site and cable channel.

Lunar Blogging

Link - A blogger from Singapore blogged last night's lunar eclipse...with some beautiful pics too.

Web Offers Hefty Voice to Critics of Mainstream Journalists

Link - Practicing cheap and dirty politics, playing fast and loose with the facts and even lying: Accusations like these, and worse, have been slung nonstop this year. The accused in this case are not the candidates, but the mainstream news media. And the accusers are an ever-growing army of Internet writers, many of them partisans, who reach hundreds of thousands of people a day.

Internet Users Want a Voice

Link - In its latest study of Americans' online habits, the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that a substantial chunk of internet users want to voice their opinions online. Websites that want to remain relevant should strongly consider building in ratings systems that allow visitors to leave input about what they find on the site.

The Dictionary of the History of Ideas

Link - edited by Philip P. Wiener, was published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, in 1973-74. The Dictionary of the History of Ideas also appeared in Chinese- and Japanese-language editions. However, the DHI has been out of print for many years. Aware of the new potential offered by electronic access to texts, the Directors and Board of Editors of the Journal of the History of Ideas authorized a grant to support digitization of the DHI. Substantial support has also been provided by the University of Virginia Library through its Electronic Text Center.

Time for a block party!

Link - Fundrace Block Party searches political donor databases and, with the input of your address and zip code, will give you a map (and spreadsheet if you like) which tells you the names and addresses of your neighbors who have supported national political candidates, and how much they contributed. You can use this information to have a block party!

Bush and Kerry pumpkin stencils

Link - Celebrate the last weekend before the election by carving your endorsement...

The Ten Worst Days In Dow History

Link - Is it a curse from a Halloween witch? Of the ten largest percentage drops in the history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, five occurred in October--and each in the second half of the month.

Beyond Multitasking

Link - As it continues to be important to do more with less, business people don't just need to multitask -- they need to multiproject. Here's what you need to know to better manage multiple projects -- with multiple requirements, deadlines, and stakeholders.

Super Bug Invading Health Clubs

Link - In case you needed another excuse not to go to the gym...

In not-really-surprising first, beer maker sponsors college fraternity

Link - In what marketers believe is the first instance of a beer brand sponsoring a student group, the beer maker has adopted the unaffiliated Oregon State University fraternity.

Attention Fellow Coaster Freaks: Sheikra is on the way...

Link - Prepare your stomach now...

The PALV - a new vehicle to lead a revolution in personal transportation

Link - What happens if you cross a gyrocopter with a car and a motorbike? The PALV. A personal air and land vehicle. A solution to increasing congestion in our cities, highways and skyways.

Net Users Trawl for Differing Views

Link - A new study says Web surfers know more about both sides of issues than offline folks. But how they use that information isn't clear.

Hipster "VOTE" e-cards

Link - Hipstercards features dozens of designs contributed by digital artists and graphic designers. The cards are free, easy to send and wildly creative in how they incorporate the 'Vote' message. The beauty of these eCards is that they can quickly travel from person to person -- so they can cycle beyond your initial circle of friends and reach people who may not be as committed to voting and are in critical states.

The Voting Booth Project

Link - Fifty artists were given Votomatic voting booths from the 2000 Florida election to do with them what they wished in the name of art and democracy. Tonight they will be auctioned off in New York City.

"Hobbit" Discovered: Tiny Human Ancestor Found in Asia

Link - Scientists have found skeletons of a hobbit-like species of human that grew no larger than a three-year-old modern child (See pictures). The tiny humans, who had skulls about the size of grapefruits, lived with pygmy elephants and Komodo dragons on a remote island in Indonesia 18,000 years ago.

Dremel tool designed for pumpkins

Link - Dremel, maker of the famed rotary tool that is the favorite of casemodders and hardware hackers, have released a special Hallowe'en rotary tool that is specifically designed for elaborate pumpkin carving.

Collective lunar eclipse photos

Link - Flickr users are using the "eclipse" tag to collect photos of the lunar eclipse from all over the world.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

The Politics of Poop

I'm enjoying my nightly evening walk with my black Lab and while she takes a potty break, I hear a deep voice coming from a porch saying, "You could clean that up!" He doesn't stay to discuss it further but goes inside immediately. It was an interesting encounter in the dark with a new neighbor that I am obviously not going to be best friends with by Christmas.

But as I walked along, I started thinking about it more. And this poop issue can really divide a neighborhood. I'll be honest...there are no "pooper-scooper" laws in Jackson and I really don't fancy the thought of walking my two miles with a bag of shit in my hand. If it was the law, I guess I would have to comply, but this is a large neighborhood with a lot of dogs and it seems the neighbors that don't have dogs are getting a little irate with us that do.

When the first poop complaints surfaced about a year ago, I suggested, as leader/organizer/newsletter writer/sole provider of the Forest Park Neighborhood Association, that we purchase little signs to mark "Pet Stops" in the yards that had pets and didn't care if pets "stopped" there. (I even had designed the signs with the little racing flags and a Pet Stop logo.) Everyone laughed at me. There's no need for that - it's not that bad, they said. But it is.

Cats don't cause this much furor. Cats walk around all over our neighborhood and I'm sure crap in yards too. Nobody's yelling.

But in a neighborhood where Kerry/Edwards, Bush/Cheney and Nader signs co-exist peacefully on lawns next to each other, neighbors are angry at each other over dog poop. But in my research to assure myself that I was not breaking any city ordinances by not shoveling shit on my walk, I found some interesting reading...

SmellyPoop.com - Offering all the scoop on poop (Who knew that 3/4 of the average turd is all water?!)

Poop Report - The intellectual appreciation of poop humor

The Ultimate List of Poop Terms


Last year's Halloween...John-Mark the fireman and Quentin the Power Ranger - Ready for Halloween action! (This year, we're going to be John-Mark as Shrek and Quentin as Yu-Gi-Oh.) Posted by Hello


Wizard of Id, Oct. 27, 2004 Posted by Hello


Amen, Brother Ramsey. (From Marshall Ramsey of the Clarion Ledger) Posted by Hello

Sleep with the fishes...

Link - The new DomAquaree Radisson in Berlin houses the world's deepest aquarium, the Aquadom. The eight-story tank affords guest rooms some incredible views. In addition to watching 50 species of fish, visitors who take the seven-minute elevator tour ride through the underwater world will likely spot housekeeping hard at work. Though a filtration system recirculates all 264,000 gallons of water every 40 minutes, a trio of divers must clean algae off the acrylic tube and coral by hand. The AquaDom was designed by International Concept Managment - the same company known for its shark tanks at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

McComb native lands role in Ray Charles biopic

Link - McComb native Aunjanue Ellis might not be a household name, but the actress has some quality screen time in the upcoming Ray Charles biopic, "Ray."

Little shop of horrors

Link - Custom-made masks a frightening hit at Halloween

State lands unmanned-aircraft plant

Link - Starkville facility expected to provide up to 300 jobs

Be creative -- or die

Link - A new study says cities must attract the new "creative class" with hip neighborhoods, an arts scene and a gay-friendly atmosphere -- or they'll go the way of Detroit.

iPod photo

Link - Gizmodo's got the details on the new color iPod Photo.

Bush Tackles the 'Bulge'

Link - Well, someone finally wasn't afraid to ask President Bush about the bulge. But if you were hoping for resolution, no such luck.

Great warrior leaders/thinkers

Link - Click on a name to view a bibliography of Air University Library resources, compiled by the library's Bibliography Branch. Some bibliographies contain links to full-text material.


Searching for Digital Books

Link - Lists three specialized databases that do a good job providing info about and/or access to thousands of digitized books and texts.

Election 2004 - Video Repository

Link - This is a diverse collection of videos relating to the 2004 election -- everything from debate footage from C-SPAN to politically themed rap videos. And lots and lots of campaign advertising from the candidates themselves as well as various flavors of interest groups.

Presidential Election: 2004

Link - Every four years, voters head to the polls to select our nation’s president. The process begins with a series of primaries and caucuses in the winter and spring and culminates with the general election in November. With the 2004 presidential election fast approaching on Nov. 2, the Census Bureau has culled from previously released statistical reports the following election-related facts...

The fans' new know-it-all buddy

Link - All the info and more via AOL Instant Messenger

The Magic of RFID

Link - Just how do those little things work anyway?

2004 U.S. Presidential Campaign Coverage Now Available via an RSS from Factiva

Link - Factiva®, a Dow Jones and Reuters Company, today announced the availability of an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed of free Web content covering the U.S. Presidential election.

Fun with Yahoo! News Search Feeds

Link - The Yahoo! Search Team today announced that all news searches now generate RSS feeds. They also offer a bunch of excellent tricks for how to maximize the service to generate feeds by location, news source and more.

Ready for Faster Check Cashing?

Link - If Your Bank Account Isn't Full, You Could Be in Trouble

MP3 Players At The Right Size And Price

Link - It's not lack of choice that is the problem when trying to choose a digital music player, it's rather the opposite.

Man finds $40,000 worth of old coins

Link - It is the stuff of pirate legends, but do not waste your breath asking Joel Ruth on what stretch of Florida's Treasure Coast he found his hoard of Spanish pieces of eight - waiting to be scratched out of the sand with bare fingers and toes. Treasure hunters guard their secrets - especially, if like Ruth, they have just found about 180 near-mint silver coins worth more than $40,000. To most Floridians, hurricane season is the time to board up windows and dread the worst. But to professional and amateur treasure seekers, it is the time to hit the beaches and hunt lost riches.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004


A visit from Halloween's past...Quentin's 1st Halloween (10 months old). Pooh bear. Awww! Posted by Hello

Home PCs Plagued With Problems

Link - Internet users at home are not nearly as safe online as they believe, according to a nationwide inspection by researchers. They found most consumers have no firewall protection, outdated antivirus software and dozens of spyware programs secretly running on their computers.

FeedBurner Adds Podcasting Features

Link - FeedBurner has added a new feature called SmartCast that provides another way to start Podcasting. (from MicroPersuasion)

Buzzing the Web on a Meme Machine

Link - The Web is obsessed with anything that spreads, whether it's a virus, a blog or a rumor. And so the Internet loves memes.

2004 Best Blogs - Politics & Elections Readers' Choice Awards

Link - The 2004 Best Blogs Readers' Choice Award winners owe their fame, if not their fortune, to all those whose opinions, nominations and votes helped to recognize this year's most-talked-about political blogs.

FREE Celebrity Halloween Masks

Link - Happy Halloween!

Elvis Lives--In Merchandising, At Least

Link - When Elvis Presley died in August 1977, The Washington Post wrote, "Part of his attraction was that the '50s teenagers viewed him as epitomizing everything they thought their parents feared they would become--cocky, slick, brash, tough, black-leather-clad, motorcycle straddling, stiletto-shoed."

How Light Sticks Work

Link - Since their invention 25 years ago, light sticks have become a Halloween staple. They're perfect as safety lights because they're portable, cheap and they emit a ghostly glow.

Stump the Geek Helps Google Recruit Tech's Elite.

Link - Google Inc. locates almost anything on the Web within seconds, but finding the brainy engineers who program the company's lightning-quick search engine takes more time - and a quirky bit of ingenuity.

(But, obviously, the most beautiful math equation is 1+1=2.)

The Food Giants Go on a Diet

Link - Worries about obesity are rising, and that's forcing big changes at outfits from McDonald's to Pepsico

Halloween Becomes Frightfully Popular

Link - The Continent is embracing the centuries-old celebration, complete with candy, costumes, and Ed the Pumpkin

Leafy Sea Dragon gallery

Link - Sea horses are still my favorite, but here are some photos and short videos of the Leafy Sea Dragon.

Zombie-movie remix contest

Link - Just in time for Halloween...a zombie-movie-remix contest!

Mississippi Institute of Aeronautics born in Madison

Link - During World War II, when Madison was a simple little country town with two-lane roads and a few homes dotting the landscape, the U.S. military brought its own form of traffic jams to the area.

Halloween trivia

Link - Getting into the spirit of Halloween...

Monday, October 25, 2004


What's a souped up car without a naked woman on the front? ;) Posted by Hello


My favorite, I think...a 1935 Chevy. I'm sending a close-up of the grill. It was beautiful. Posted by Hello


A Lincoln convertible from the '60s. I think 1969, but can't remember for sure. Posted by Hello


This 1939 Plymouth was for sale...$10,000. It was tempting. Posted by Hello


A classic 1931 Ford Boomobile Posted by Hello


Another beautiful car... Posted by Hello


I went to the Classic Car Show in Madison this weekend. Here are some pics of my favorite cars... Posted by Hello


From the Cincinnati Enquirer... Posted by Hello

More songs for my life's soundtrack...

Afternoon Delight - I was about 9 at the time - didn't know the true meaning of Afternoon Delight yet. I called in a DJ and requested this song - and he played it (though I'm sure laughing at my request the whole time). What is it about hearing a song on the radio? You can have the song sitting on a CD on your shelf, but it never sounds as sweet as when someone else plays it for you on the radio.

Closer I Am to Fine - Indigo Girls - Always reminds me of my grad school years, grappling with the "big issues" - then begging for a minimum wage job with my Master's degree in English in hand. Would you like fries with that?

Real-life ghostbusters investigate paranormal activity across the country

Link - Mississippi author Alan Brown, like the spook chasers in "Ghostbusters" films, ain't afraid of no ghosts. Only he's never actually met one, yet.

Earth's Tides Set Off Quakes

Link - After 100 years of speculation, scientists have finally found proof that strong tides can trigger earthquakes.

Tag Team: Yahoo and Adobe

Link - Stepping up the heated battle of online search and services, Yahoo and Adobe Systems have joined forces to tap each others' customers and put web search features into Adobe's popular Acrobat Reader software.

How are the abbreviations on the periodic table of elements determined?

Link - Although some of the symbols on the periodic table may seem strange, they all make sense with a little background information. For example, the symbol for the element mercury, Hg, comes from the Latin word hydrargyrum, meaning "liquid silver," a more recent version of which was the English "quicksilver." Many other elements that were known to the ancients also have names derived from Latin. The table below lists some examples for which the initials do not correspond with their modern English names.

Free Speeches: Where Free Speech is Spoken

Link - This Web site features daily video clips taken from speakers of various political persuasions. They are chosen to be relevant and poignant regarding their respective topics and to envigor the discussion on current events.

Mississippi no longer fattest state

Link - Thank you, Alabama, for taking this title from us! Now, we're only the second fattest.

Stem Cells: Science, Ethics and Politics at the Crossroads

Link - To get better educated about a hot topic this year...they are offering Webcasts also.

Beach Based F-14's Make Historic Last Flight

Link - But we'll always have Top Gun to remember, I suppose.

The Great Halloween Candy Taste Test

Link - It's all in the name of research...

Planning for Surprises

Link - A company doesn't need a crystal ball to see impending disasters. Harvard Business School professor Max H. Bazerman and INSEAD professor Michael D. Watkins explain how to foresee and avoid predictable surprises.

Extreme Wi-Fi

Link - Take that wireless hot spot in the local java joint, jack it up on steroids and use it to connect an entire city full of computers. That, in short, is WiMax, a cutting-edge wireless technology that's starting to prove its worth as a fast, cheap and easy networking option for businesses.

Desktop Supercomputing

Link - The chips inside personal computers work pretty hard, but they're not very good at handling graphics.

Two New IPods May Launch By First Half Of 2005

Link - Merrill Lynch said Apple Computer will likely introduce two new offshoots of its popular iPod MP3 player by the first half of 2005.

Electoral College is too strongly rooted to be replaced

Link - System gives disproportionate influence to small and most hotly contested states

Eclipse to overshadow World Series

Link - Wednesday night's matchup between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals will make World Series history, no matter what happens on the field.

Finis, Inc. to Release First Waterproof MP3 Player to Use Bone Conduction Technology

Link - New Application of Technology Gives SwiMP3 Player the Highest Quality Underwater Sound

DART flight will test key autopilot system

Link - A sophisticated autopilot system that could play a vital role in missions to the moon or Mars will be tested this week during a $100 million demonstration 500 miles above Earth.

A Mapper of the Mind's Marvels

Link - Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel talks about memory processes, science's achievements in mental diseases, and $1 brain scans

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Grandson of Gandhi to speak in Ala.

Link - Arun Gandhi, the grandson of the legendary Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, speaks on race and nonviolence during a 4 p.m. Oct. 28 appearance at Spring Hill College.

George Washington to George W. Bush

Link - USM-Gulf Park lecture will cover wartime leaders

Artists I'll buy the whole CD from without hearing a single song...

One thing I love about iTunes is the expansion of my CD catalog. I can buy the one song I like without having to buy the seven other songs that were just mediocre. This got me to thinking last night about the artists that I would buy a CD from now without listening to any of the tracks first and know that I would like it. Here's who I've thought of so far...

Prince
Billy Joel
Paul Simon
B.B. King
kd lang
Bonnie Raitt
Sarah McLachlan
Susan Tedeschi
Keb 'Mo
Percy Sledge
Jimmy Buffett
Aretha Franklin
Gypsy Kings
Jill Sobule
Hank Williams, Jr.

Schwarzenegger unveils hydrogen Hummer, but not how he planned

Link - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger introduced an environmentally friendly Hummer on Friday - but not exactly the hydrogen-powered car he promised voters he would build when he campaigned for office.

For the Sex and the City blogging set...

Link - A Manolo shoes blog

Saturday, October 23, 2004

White Chicken Chili

I made this Thursday night. It's good...but I still like regular chili better.

White Chicken Chili
From Cooking Light October 2004

Cooking spray
2 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
2 cups finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp ground coriander
2 (4.5-oz) cans chopped green chilies, undrained
1 cup water
2 (15.5-oz) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14 oz) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 tsp hot sauce
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup chopped green onions

Heat a large nonstick skillet over med-hi heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 10 min. or till browned, stirring frequently.

Heat a large Dutch oven over med-hi heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan, saute 6 min. or till tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic, saute 2 min., stirring frequently. Stir in cumin, dried oregano and coriander; saute 1 minute. Stir in chiles, reduce heat to low, and cook 10 min., partially covered. Add the chicken, water, beans and broth; bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer 10 min. Stir in hot sauce. Ladle 1 cup chili into 8 bowls; sprinkle each with 2 tbsp cheese, 1 tbsp cilantro and 1 tbsp green onions. (And, of course, I served it with hot cornbread...recipe given earlier in the blog.)

Calories: 233 (23% from fat); fat 5.9 g (sat 3.1 g); protein 32.7 g, carb 11.7 g, fiber 3.4 g, chol 78 mg, sodium 694 mg, calc 180 mg.

Popcorn balls

Quentin and I made popcorn balls today. This recipe, from Martha Stewart's Living October 2004, is much easier to make with kids helping because it doesn't require candy thermometers, perfect timing and the like. (But it did steal a lot from the Rice Krispies treats recipe, I think.)

Popcorn Balls

4 tbsp butter, plus more for hands
1 bag (10 oz) miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 quarts popped popcorn
1 cup M&Ms

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside. Melt the butter in a large heavy-bottom pot over low heat. Add marshmallows and brown sugar; stir until melted and combined. Remove from heat.

Add popcorn, and candies if desired; toss until well combined. With buttered hands, shape into 2 1/2-inch balls. Let harden slightly on baking sheet. After hardened wrap in cellophane bags and tie with black and orange ribbons.

(I added orange food coloring to the mix above to make the balls look like pumpkins, but that wasn't part of the original recipe.)

Surviving Christmas

OK, who had the bright idea to launch a Christmas movie before Halloween? What happened to the SCARY movies that used to come out at Halloween? I know we start the Christmas "retail season" in August now...but are movies going to go the same way? I hope not!

Wishful wardrobing

Wishful wardrobing was in full effect today at the Scarecrow Festival and Car Show in Madison. "Wishful wardrobing" is a term I've coined to describe those Mississippians who just insist on putting the summer clothes away before it's time. (It's the end of October, damnit, it's supposed to be time for turtleneck sweaters and boots and jackets. Who cares if it's 88 degrees outside?) Boots, jeans and sweaters everywhere today...and it's just too damn hot.

I want cool weather here as much as the next person, but I just refuse to sweat it out in boots and jeans until then!

(The little-old-lady crowd is especially known for wishful wardrobing on Sundays for church. The fur coats will start breaking out as soon as it drops to a low of 60 around here!)

The Day After Tomorrow - C-

Like so many movies I've seen lately, this one starts out with a great story and just somehow jumbles it up along the way. Just like when Titanic stopped being about a ship sinking with thousands of people on it and became about a single love story, this movie strayed when it stopped being about a catastrophic worldwide weather crisis and became about one man trying to save his son (even if a few friends have to die along the way). It probably still would have been neat to see at the theatre though - the special effects looked good even on TV.

More songs on my soundtrack...

(Obviously, mine is going to have to be a 2-CD set...)

Never Say Goodbye - Bon Jovi (This song came out my senior year in high school and seemed like it was made just for us. And we were never going to say goodbye. Friends forever and ever. Amen. I didn't make it to my 10 year reunion, though. Maybe I will drop in and say Hello on my 20th in 2007.)

Have a Drink on Me - AC/DC. (The battle cry of my freshman year in college.)

At $153,000, it's one fast Ford

Link - Gray-Daniels sells its GT in a day

Reporting to Work Mid-Flight

Link - Business travelers will be able to surf the web securely on long-distance flights by combining services from Boeing and iPass, the companies plan to announce on Monday.

Those eureka moments

Link - The inventor's lot is a hard one. Months of work are all too often followed by the realization that nobody is interested in the idea. But are inventors about to buck the trend?

How Technology Failed in Iraq

Link - The Iraq War was supposed to be a preview of the new U.S. military: a light, swift force that relies as much on sensors and communications networks as on heavy armor and huge numbers. But once the shooting started, technology fell far short of expectations.

Segway platform puts robots in motion

Link - A military project aimed at building smarter robots has given researchers the wheels they need to make their automatons go.

Newsweek RSS feeds

Link - NewsWeek now has an RSS feed for Top Stories, but they promise more feeds are on the way.

Health Tip: Brain Exercises

Link - Just like your body, your mind needs exercise to remain healthy as you grow older.

U.S. tomato shortage hits restaurants

Link - Restaurant chains tweak menus and start 'rolling blackouts' after hurricanes double tomato price.

Should WiFi Be Public Infrastructure?

Link - With blanket wi-fi coming to Philadelphia and San Francisco, Fred Wilson says: It's happening. Wifi is going to be public infrastructure like roads, tunnels, and bridges.

XM radio seen launching 'wearable' device-analyst

Link - XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc next week is expected to unveil a "wearable" device, marking the satellite radio industry leader's latest effort to woo audiences to the nascent format, analysts said.

Take the A Train (or the F, the Q, the 1, the 7 ... )

Link - As New York’s storied subway turns 100, a historian explains how it shaped the Big Apple

Friday, October 22, 2004


Quentin made this duck/chicken thing when he was three. When I went to pick him up at preschool, the teacher immediately started laughing. She led me to the row of 12 duck/chicken thingies and asked me to guess which one was Quentin's. And it was fairly obvious. There's a row of 12 all lined up neatly. All of the others, except for this one, looked pretty much the same, with just two feathers for wings on the side. Then there was Quentin's that you see here. I think I loved him even just a little more afterwards. And I still laugh every time I look at it in my office. Posted by Hello

Strange thoughts

I do my best thinking while walking and driving (but it has to be interstate - no stoplights, etc). Yesterday while taking my nightly walk, I was supposed to be thinking about my NaNoWriMo novel, but my brain was not cooperating and somehow dwelled on this thought..."If my life (so far) had a soundtrack, what would be on it?" Everyone knows the soundtrack is just as important as the movie, and since it's only a matter of time since the story of my life is made into a movie, I thought I would go ahead and work on the soundtrack. It's not complete by any means, but here's what I have so far...


Short People - Randy Newman (I was a little person when this song came out and just loved it anyway!)

Leroy Brown - James Taylor (My dad always called my brother Leroy when he was bad. I guess it was because of this song, but I've never asked.)

Let's Get Physical - Olivia Newton John (At 13, I met a fellow band geek at a bonfire one night and fell in love. I decided to dedicated this song to him on the radio, because who the hell would be listening and know I was the one who dedicated the song, etc. etc. More people were listening than I had predicted...and it seems the whole school was listening. Ah, the angst of tween love!)

Karma Chameleon - My father really liked Boy George when he was popular in the 80s. I never would have guessed this. But it somehow showed me a different side of him that I still remember to this day.

Add It Up - Violent Femmes (the protest album of my teen years...when you wanted to piss your parents off REALLY bad you played this whole album, yes kids they were albums then, REALLY LOUD!)

Pretty in Pink - The Psychedelic Furs (This song always reminds me of the first time I ever fell in love. It's a cautionary tale, I must admit, but still a good love story in the end.)

Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds (Ditto. It's a long story.)

I Found a Masterpiece in You - (In the early 90s, when I was in grad school, someone re-made this Atlantic Starr song and my husband thought it was hilarious/awful. We had just started dating at the time and he would sing it to me all the time in a terrible falsetto voice, making fun of the sappy song. But he did get a laugh out of it - and got the girl in the end.)

I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You - Savage Garden (This song came out on the radio right after my son was born and it pretty much sums up how you feel when you first get to see the baby boy you've been carrying around in your womb for nine months!)

That's as far as I've gotten so far, I'll be adding more as I go along.

Chips Coming to a Brain Near You

Link - In this era of high-tech memory management, next in line to get that memory upgrade isn't your computer, it's you.

On the Trail of the Analemma

Link - If you want to photograph the analemma -- the yearlong pattern the sun etches in the sky as the Earth orbits around it -- there are lots of things to worry about.

Raise the Roof: Power Source

Link - The shingles that help to protect you from the elements could soon help to keep your lights on. Solar companies have developed light-absorbing roof tiles as a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to solar panels.

Candidates Sound Off on Tech

Link - Those who didn't hear enough about technology in the presidential debates now have a handy cheat sheet of responses from both leading candidates to 12 questions posed by the Computing Technology Industry Association earlier this month.

Car crazy: Microsoft in the driver's seat

Link - Microsoft wants your next car or SUV to run Windows

MP3 losing steam?

Link - After years as the unrivaled king of the digital-media world, the venerable MP3 music format is losing ground to rival technologies from Microsoft and Apple Computer.

‘Murphy’s Law’ rules outer space

Link - ... And NASA still needs to learn how to evade it

Alliance seeks to get a stereo to listen to a PC

Link - Yoshio Sonoda and 100 other engineers spent four grueling days last month in a Hilton Hotel ballroom trying to accomplish a daunting task: plugging in different pieces of consumer-electronic equipment to get them to work together.

Audioblogger

Link - I signed up for Audioblogger today. It's FREE...and you can make blog posts from the road from any phone. The number is long distance for me but there is no charge for the service. I'll try to post an audio entry soon...maybe favorite poetry or something.

Garfield's Comic Creator

Link - Build your own Garfield cartoon...

50 songs to fire you up...

Link - For all of you fellow NaNoWriMo authors out there compiling your writing soundtracks...

Stir The Pot Of Love

Link - He sent the link out on a Thursday to 17 friends and by the end of the week there were a million people visiting his site to see him "dance like an idiot." Power to the people, man! ;)

Transit Cards Get Smart

Link - Paul Fleuranges, the MTA's vice president of corporate communications, says that within its next five-year budget plan there is a proposal to spend some $90 million on upgrading the current automated fare-collection system, and begin laying the groundwork for the introduction of smartcards.

Closed captioning: Required by law in a theatre near you

Link - Closed captioning is required for deaf people and mothers of small children to enjoy a movie! Personally, I haven't watched a movie at my house without subtitles since my son was born four years ago. When a DVD doesn't have closed captioning, I generally don't even watch it because I know I will be watching one scene over and over again trying to get through it one more time without screams, cries, pleas or crashes in the background. So now when I go to the theatre, it irritates the hell out of me when I don't understand what they're saying and can't read the subtitles.

Pick a President, Win a T-Shirt

It's time for the Loop's quadrennial Pick the President Contest. Simply predict the winning candidate and the number of electoral votes he will receive. The first 20 entrants with the correct candidate and number of electoral votes will win a highly coveted In the Loop T-shirt and the bragging rights that accrue to all winners.

All entries must include home, work or cell phone numbers. As always, Hill and administration aides may submit entries "on background." Send entries via e-mail to loop@washpost.com or mail to In the Loop, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071.

Deadline is midnight, Oct. 29.

Golden Corral steakhouses to offer free dinner for vets on Nov. 15th

Link - All 400+ Golden Corral restaurants are offering veterans a Free “Thank-you” Dinner Buffet on Monday Night November 15th from 5-9 PM.

The offer is based on the honor system, no ID required; members of U.S. Reserves and National Guard are included in this special recognition offer.

The Disabled American Veterans Organization will have members in the restaurants to distribute literature, sign up new members and volunteers, and accept donations in support of the DAV. An estimated 252,000 veterans attended last year helping this event raise over $241,000 for the DAV.

Thursday, October 21, 2004


I think I bought this hourglass for my husband years ago, and since he wasn't very impressed with it, I brought it to work. (I think it's cool as hell.) And I use the blue thingie as a change tray - I bought it from an artist/patient at Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield during their annual Serendipity Art Show. And in this pic you can see a little edge of a candle...when it's dark and dreary outside I like to light candles all over my office. It makes me feel less dark and dreary. Posted by Hello


Back to my office...I'm finished with vacation pictures. I bought this sign in some overpriced shop at the Hotel del Coronado outside San Diego. (But I really liked it!) Posted by Hello

My iTunes purchases this week...

Brazilian Girls – Lazy Lover
Gretchen Wilson – It Ain’t Easy
Paul Westerberg – Be Bad for Me
Bonnie McKee – Trouble (Free single of the week)
Snow Patrol – How to be Dead
Tom Waits – Make It Rain
Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure
Matt Pond PA – KC
William Shatner – Common People
Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down the Crazy River

Science & Technology Web Awards 2004

Link - Science & Technologyeditors recognize 50 of the best
sci/tech sites out there

The Great Delta Bear Affair is Oct. 23

The city of Rolling Fork, MS, will host its annual Great Delta Bear Affair on Sat., Oct. 23. A joint project of the Mississippi Black Bear Restoration Task Force and the city of Rolling Fork, the event will feature educational seminars, musical entertainment, arts and crafts booths, a mobile fish hatchery, a fireworks display and more.

The event was first held in 2002 as part of the centennial celebration of President Teddy Roosevelt's famous 1902 bear hunt in Sharkey County, Miss. The hunt inspired Clifford Berryman's political cartoon and ultimately the "Teddy Bear" toy, according to event organizers.

NASA researchers conduct underwater telemedicine test

Link - It gives new meaning to the term "housecall", but aquanauts aboard NASA's undersea research station, Aquarius, have performed simulated medical procedures with the help of a Canadian doctor 1300 miles away.

Blues finds a new generation

Link - Blues musician T. J. Wheeler, a Blues in the School master, is in Jackson this week as a blues-musician-in-residence at three elementary schools. Wheeler has dubbed his efforts "Leave No Child's Soul Behind."

Gulf Coast getting hot flash

Link - Our fall weather lasted about three days...now we're back into hot, humid summer weather in October. Ugh!

New report details spending of Mississippi charities

Link - A new report gives Mississippians information about how charitable organizations are using the money they collect.

Haunted farm spooks guests Visit the Screamatorium...

Link - If you dare

Nevada Barr's beastly artwork displayed

Link - Nevada Barr, a Clinton native, spent the summer capturing the personalities of felines, canines and various and sundry fish and fowl on canvas. Her whimsy led her to write accompanying tongue-in- cheek "beastly tales."

Day of events showcases best of FreedomFEST

Link - Madison the city will let freedom ring Tuesday, Oct. 26, when they host FreedomFEST 2004 in Liberty Park at 810 Madison Ave.

From Japan to Jackson ... Kimono couture

Link - The beauty and history of the kimono unfolds in all its splendor on Oct. 22 in Jackson, when members of The Cultural Foundation for Promoting the National Costume of Japan present a kimono show at Millsaps College.

Welty's Belhaven home gets historic recognition

Link - Property 1 of 37 landmarks in Miss.

All Bio Systems Are Go

Link - The next advances in biology may rely on networked systems research, but will have little to do with computers or telecommunications infrastructure.

Mississippi a tech leader

In recent years, Mississippi has ranked as high as third in the nation in supercomputing capacity. It normally ranks between three and five, and is currently seventh in the nation and first in the Southeast.

A new IBM system currently being installed at the Major Shared Resources Center at the Stennis Naval Oceanographic Center will be the most powerful U.S. military computer in the world.

Mississippi State University's newest supercomputer is 12th among American universities in high-performance computing power (and the 158th most powerful in the world), according to the latest Top 500 Supercomputing Sites list. Only Louisiana State University, at ninth, has a more powerful system in the Southeast.

Another top high-performance computing center in Mississippi, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg presently has seven supercomputers with an aggregate computing capability that routinely places it in the top 20 centers worldwide.

Frank Barnako Blogs

Link - CBS MarketWatch editor/exec Frank Barnako has launched a weblog at Barnako.com. He writes the CBS MarketWatch Internet Daily email newsletter.

Survey Reveals Geographic Illiteracy

Link - And you can test yourself too... Surprisingly, I did better on world geography than I thought. I found Afghanistan on the map. I even knew who was fighting over Kashmir!

Photos for Peace

Link - Uncommon travel photography from Peace Corps Volunteers

Pop!Tech 2004 Web broadcast schedule

Link - Doug Kaye is webcasting Pop!Tech.

What's Wrong with This Picture?

Link - Educating via analyses of science in movies and TV

The Big O

The Story of O, a notorious French novel about a woman and a magnificent obsession, turns 50 this year. To mark the occasion, France has included the work on an official list of national triumphs. Attributed author Pauline Reage made her heroine and this book a must-read of erotica.

Pauline was identified 10 years ago as Dominique Aury, a woman of distinction in French letters. She wrote the book in her 40s to prove to her lover, Jean Paulhan of the French Academy, that a woman could write effective pornography. He was impressed, arranged its publication and even wrote an introduction for the book.

Ticket for Fun

Link - The International Association of Amusement Parks recently launched a Web site to help the public plan trips to the world's amusement facilities. The site provides fun facts, a list of new rides and attractions for 2004 and a U.S. map that allows visitors to click on their chosen destination to find additional information, including Web links.

Wizard of the Wireless Future

Link - Palm pioneer Jeff Hawkins explains why one mobile device will soon do it all, how robots will evolve, and more

Wednesday, October 20, 2004


Quentin tries out leap-frogging. Posted by Hello


Quentin bird-watching Posted by Hello


Stuffed alligators Posted by Hello


We went to see the Alligator Exhibition at the Natural Science Museum this weekend. Posted by Hello

Pascagoula plans storytelling festival

Link - The city Parks and Recreation Department has planned its third annual storytelling festival, and it will feature children and dog costume contests and a number of dramatic presentations.

King Edward renovation OK'd

Link - Renovation of the dilapidated King Edward Hotel in downtown Jackson is set to get under way in January, bringing apartments and office space to a building that has been vacant since 1967.

High-Speed Internet Without a PC

Link - Microsoft Device That Turns TV Into Web Surfer Gets Updated for Broadband

Just vote now: New voter tool from iCanvas

Link - Research shows that personal contact leading up to and on election day is key to voter turnout, and iCanvas has developed a simple way to initiate the process and affirm your own commitment to vote.

When Robots Rule the World

Link - The use of robots around the home to mow lawns, vacuum floors and manage other chores will increase sevenfold by 2007 as more consumers snap up smart machines, the United Nations said. (Hey, I have asked Santa for a Roomba for Christmas, does that qualify?)

Humans Aren't So Complicated

Link - A refined map of the human genome shows that humans have even fewer genes than previously thought -- less than 25,000, about the same as a mustard green.

Fish Tales Solve Genetic Puzzles

Link - A species of puffer fish has helped scientists identify 900 human genes that went previously unnoticed.

Excerpt from Bob Dylan's autobiography

Link - Excerpt from Bob Dylan's autobiographical book, Chronicles, Volume One.

Putting Customers First

Link - You'd think more companies would have gotten it by now. Unfortunately, organizations that put customers at the center of what they do are rare -- so rare that we're celebrating them. Meet the best customer-focused outfits, and learn from them.

Open Season: News Sites Add Outside Links, Free Content

Link - News online has never been about just one site, but rather an array of options zig-zagged with links. Now sites such as the BBC and News.com are linking more outside their domains, and WSJ.com and NYTimes.com are opening up more free content in a nod to the "news conversation" online.

Effective communication

Link - Communication from the top leaders of organizations appears, for the most part, to be frequent and consistent, but not totally truthful. However, before business leaders start to take any of their communications capabilities and effectiveness for granted, they should know that many in the management ranks see management's communication as not frequent enough, inconsistent and containing messages that will likely make the leader look good. In a survey over a base of 2,000 senior executives and managers nationwide, 62 percent of respondents said the amount/frequency of communication from their top leaders to managers and employees was high. However, only 17 percent rated that communication as "extremely high," while 38 percent rated communication from above as either somewhat or extremely low.

Dave Barry will take a timeout

Link - Say it ain't so!

Ben Folds Interview: Shatner's Ally

Link - William Shatner picked alternative pop maestro Ben Folds to produce his first album in decades. Folds speaks about why rock needs a 73-year-old actor. (And I must admit I bought "Common People" at iTunes this week - I didn't want to like it, but it's great stuff!)

ScienceMatters@Berkeley

Link - In this month's issue of ScienceMatters@Berkeley: Supernovas illuminate dark energy, Neurobiology's lighter side and A twist on Cancer DNA

U2, Apple in iPod deal

Link - U2 and Apple Computer Inc. are expected to announce next week that they have signed a deal to sell custom iPods.

Alligator exhibit at Natural Science Museum

Link - Quentin and I checked out the Alligators exhibit that started recently at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (and, coincidentally, the American alligator's scientific name is Alligator mississippiensis, so it's fitting). I'm going to add some pictures this afternoon, but here's a link to all of the photos being displayed. A collection of all C.C. Lockwood's alligator pictures have been published by LSU Press.

Lockwood points out good spots to photograph wild alligators are in Florida, at Everglades National Park and Wakulla Springs State Park; in Louisiana, on the Nature Trail at the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge and in Jean Lafitte National Park; in Georgia, at the Okefenokee Swamp; and just about any park or refuge in the southeast that has waterways.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004


Fisherman's Wharf at Universal Studios Posted by Hello