Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thursday Night Quotes: The Exciting Life

"I'm as dull as dirt, about as exciting as doing the dishes, a man who's future is securely behind him, and I'm not even sure that's entirely a bad thing, but there are days when I wish I could live an exciting and interesting life. Thing is, I really do have responsibilities and obligations, and let's face it, not everyone gets to be an astronaut, right?"

Muzzy - From Blogizdat LJ

Treadmill Kitties

Thursday Night Quotes: Skepticism

"Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure.""

Minority Report : H.L. Mencken's Notebooks (1956)

Thursday Night Quotes: Letters

"More than kisses, letters mingle souls."

John Donne

Thursday Night Quotes: The Glass

"Tim does not see the glass as half empty; he sees it as 90% empty with mold growing in it and a rancid smell emanating from it."

Tim, Facebook Friend

Thursday Night Quotes: Love

"Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses. You build up a whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life... You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' or 'how very perceptive' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. Nothing should be able to do that. Especially not love. I hate love."

The character "Rose Walker" in The Sandman #65
Neil Gaiman

Thursday Night Quotes: Suffering

"To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer. To suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy then is to suffer. But suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness."

Woody Allen

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Perl Before Swine

A Lesson In Slides


From Blogizdat LJ:

I spent some time this past weekend installing VMWare Fusion on my Mac, a program that allows me to use alternative Operating Systems. It's not an emulator, per se, or at least not a full-fledged one like Virtual PC, in that for the most part the hardware isn't being emulated.

Read the rest here.

Now This Explains Alot

From Science Daily:

People With ADHD Do One Month's Less Work Per Year, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (May 28, 2008) — Workers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do 22 days less work per year than people who do not have the disorder, finds new research. So much work is being lost that the researchers recommend employers consider screening staff for ADHD and providing treatment for those affected, because it would be more cost-effective for their businesses.

People who have ADHD find it difficult to concentrate because they may be hyperactive, easily distracted, forgetful or impulsive. Children with the disorder are being increasingly diagnosed because they are likely to be tested for ADHD if they have problems with their schoolwork. However, many adults with ADHD do not know they have the condition.

Read the rest here.


From Yahoo News:

No, I don't want to be your social-networking friend

By John LengerFri Jul 18, 4:00 AM ET

Dear Friend (if I may still call you that),

Recently I received an email inviting me to be your friend on LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Friendster, or some other professional- or social-networking website.

I receive many such emails, which I pretend I don't get. But LinkedFaceTickleFreakSpaceFriend, or whatever you call the website, keeps sending messages claiming to be you, so I feel compelled to respond.

I'm sure you mean well, and I'm flattered. But I'm not sure you've thought this through. At the risk of sounding unfriendly, this is why I can't be your friend:

1) Your friends may not be my friends. Your friends may be hyper-aggressive salespeople, spammers, stalkers, random jerks, or just plain nuts. Not that I think your contacts are, but how do you weed out the weirdos online? As you know, I work at a well-respected university with an impressive name. It doesn't hurt my feelings that my work affiliation is probably why you want to link to me, as opposed to my killer rendition of "Hunka Hunka Burning Love." My email and voice mail already overflow with demands from would-be friends that I buy their whirligig, hire their nephew, or find a spot for their child in the next freshman class – mostly from people I've never met. If I joined you on BooBooFunnyFaceCookBook, or whatever you call it, I would never have another moment's peace.

Read the rest here.

All You Really Need To Know About Celebrity Deaths

Celebrity Deaths
Dead Or Alive?
Celebrity Death Beeper

Monday, August 11, 2008


From Blogizdat Livejournal:

Most of us have things in our lives - past and present - that we're ashamed of, or at least that we don't like to admit to ourselves, let alone to others, those embarrassing things that cause us to cringe when we look at ourselves in the mirror, knowing full-well how easy it was to fall into the pit that now ensnares us, and how in the past we have looked down our noses at others who've been so enmeshed. Please allow me to share my story as a cautionary tale.

Read the rest here.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Friday Night Videos - Rckgurl Hayley

'The Importance Of Being Idle'
Rckgurl (Hayley)


'On My Own'
Rckgurl (Hayley)


'What You See In Me'
Rckgurl (Hayley)


'When The Sun Goes Down'
Rckgurl (Hayley)



From Dallas News:

8-8-08 proves to be a popular date for weddings

11:49 AM CDT on Thursday, August 7, 2008

By RACHEL SLADE / The Dallas Morning News

It’s a day that comes once in a lifetime — or at least once in a century.

Last summer, brides fought over caterers, venues and gowns in preparation for their July 7 weddings. This year the desired date is 8-8-08.

Tiffani Mauldin, 31, and Ryan Frederick, 23, of Dallas tattooed triple eights on their wrists before their engagement as a symbol of their infinite love. They will marry the evening of 8-8-08
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“It’s huge,” said Rebecca Dolgin, executive editor of The Knot magazine. “Couples want to make their wedding unique, and what better way to do it than to pick a special date?”

Happy couples aren’t the only ones hoping the date will bring them good fortune. The number has special meaning for many Asians, especially in China where the 29th Olympiad is set to kick off at 8:08:08 p.m. Friday.

Read the rest here.

Friday, August 01, 2008

August 1st

I'm not going to write much tonight, as I've only got about fifteen minutes till today is done, but I wanted to make note of the day, August 1st, 2008, the first anniversary of the 35w bridge collapse. For those not in the know, here's what happened:


And this is what I posted the next afternoon:

From Blogizdat:

I'm Okay, But Not Okay

I wanted to put up a quick note here to let the world know that I'm okay, but that's not at all true, I'm very much Not Okay.

I'm not as Not Okay as the many unfortunates who were on the 35W Mississippi River Bridge when it collapsed yesterday, and their families and friends and co-workers, but still, I'm Not Okay.

I have been in the grip of the grippe for most of this week, feeling achy, tired, nose running, sneezing, coughing - you get the picture - but I came into work downtown yesterday anyway. I was in a daze most of the day, and didn't get an enormous amount of work done, but I did make progress on some projects that were on my desk. Several times I had tried to summon the energy to leave early, but just didn't feel up to the drive, but I was actually feeling just a wee bit better when I left to go home at around 7 PM.

Read the rest here.


So, it's a year later, we have a new bridge (almost), and life is back to normal, right?

Well, in a sense, yes. The new bridge should be open in the fall, life goes on, and I'm more okay than I was on August 2nd last year, but I'm still not entirely okay. Even though I didn't know anyone on the bridge that day, it really shook me up, and rearranged my thinking about a lot of things.

I'm not trying to be melodramatic, but what happened that day was the essence of two of my great fears: drownings, because of what happened to little sister Elizabeth, and car wrecks, because of what happened to my best friend Keith, and since then I haven't been able to cross bridges without at least a momentary worry flit thru my head, and I have found myself more concerned with the fragility of everything from cars and computers, to relationships with friends and family, and left me feeling less secure, in general, fretting about things I've never fretting about before. Then again, in some ways it's caused me to reconsider my priorities, and perhaps even become a better person, so maybe there's a silver lining in every cloud, after all.

Friday Night Videos - Some Faves

'Emancipate Myself'
Thirsty Merc


'One Crowded Hour' (live)
Augie March


'Don't U Eva' (live)
Sarah Blasko


'Special Ones' (not in any way official)


'Black The Sun'
Alex Lloyd