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Jan. 29th, 2007


Meme of the Day

Which Orisha Crowns You?

Chango - Chango is the Orisha of thunder, the drums and dance. He is a warrior King, and we salute him when thunder is heard. His number is 6. His colors are red and white. Offerings to Shango include: green bananas, hot cornmeal and okra, and red apples. His symbol is a double-headed axe.
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Some things I just can't resist...
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Dec. 20th, 2006


Fun With Questionnaires

You Are French Food

Snobby yet ubiquitous.
People act like they understand you more than they actually do.

I picked this meme up from several friends. I couldn't resist since food is always one of my favorite subjects.

Dec. 4th, 2006


Combat Cards - The Game

Coaxed by my dear friend and opponent aenodia, I joined the Combat Cards game.

watch wayfinder38 fight
what should i read next

I played for 40 rounds or so, enough to reach level 4. It is mildly amusing but not a game that would entrance me for hours the way 'Bookworm' does, for example.
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Nov. 18th, 2006


Tarot Card

You are The Wheel of Fortune

Good fortune and happiness but sometimes a species of
intoxication with success

The Wheel of Fortune is all about big things, luck, change, fortune. Almost always good fortune. You are lucky in all things that you do and happy with the things that come to you. Be careful that success does not go to your head however. Sometimes luck can change.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Why pessimistic? I seem to be taking a beating in the health department. I am just recovering from an accidental bout of potassium poisoning, my bladder cancer seems to be returning and my strength is fading in my arms and legs. To balance the above complaints, our motorhome is nearly done with its minor tuneup treatment. The engine is running very well again. Air systems are functioning as they should. The water system is now working as it should and our lighting systems are functional again. Our hot water heating problems turned out to be a simple need to press the right reset button. Now, all I have to do is stay healthy enough to actually enjoy traveling and recreating again.

Nov. 6th, 2006


Set Your Children Free

Set Your Children Free
Originally uploaded by Splinter Group.
I took this image at Token Creek County Park on November 1st. I have always been fascinated by milkweed seed pods. As a kid I would 'help the seeds to escape' when the pods opened. The Fantasia sequence that shows a milkweed seed as a fairy dancer is likewise one of my favorites.
I like the backlighted brilliance of the 'silk' in this image, the single seed about to be blown away, and the silky bokeh of the background.
This image captures a part of the essence of autumn, for me.

Oct. 4th, 2006


For My Friend Barney

For My Friend Barney
Originally uploaded by Splinter Group.
I posted this picture on FLICKR on Oct. 3rd with the following explanation:
For my dear friend Barney who is fighting bone marrow cancer. I wanted to show him that people care and are rooting for him. Please help me show support in the fight against cancer. Barney is currently undergoing a bone marrow transplant - a particularly stressful process, including both chemotherapy and radiation therapy, that requires considerable BRAVERY to endure.

Please upload this photo to your own photo stream to show your support for Barney and the thousands of others who have bone marrow diseases and tag it with BRAVERY.

Oh, yeah - I have just been diagnosed with Myelodisplasia myself. With luck, I will NOT have to undergo bone marrow transplant myself.

If you are able to donate to this worthy organization, I urge you to do so. I am not connected with it in any way.

Oct. 1st, 2006


It Was Her Turn

If it ain't one thing, it's the other. If it ain't either one, it's both! I was shopping with aenodia yesterday at Wally World. I was riding a 'Mart Cart' cause my legs were giving me fits and she had gone off to get a pound of butter in the dairy section. I thought she had been gone a long time, and then a store clerk came up and said "Your wife has had a fall."

Well, that was the cue for a major anxiety attack. I followed him to where she was, and he explained that he had been stocking eggs and had dropped one. Before he could set up a warning cone, she stepped back from the display right onto the egg and ZIIIPPPP, down she went. She landed right on her kneecap and skinned it pretty bad. She was in a lot of pain and couldn't walk much, so we got another 'Mart Cart' and finished our shopping trip on 8 wheels (4 apiece). The store filed an incident report and gave her some ice packs to help with the swelling.

This evening, she seems to have bounced back pretty well. The knee is still tender to the touch, but she has full use of it and there doesn't seem to be any broken bones. (LUCKY!!) I told her if we'd played our cards right we could have wound up owning some stock in the company (vbg) but I am just delighted that she has had no lasting injury.

That was the BAD news. The GOOD news is - that's all the bad news.

Sep. 28th, 2006


American Toad

American Toad
Originally uploaded by Gini~.
This image was made by Gini, a Flickr friend of mine. The batrachian subject seems to be rather grumpy, which matches my current mood pretty well. It IS a beautiful portrait, though, with sharp focus and good depth of field. I really like this image.

A Passion For Quizzes

Well, when aenodia posted all those quiz results, I just had to go and try them too (lol).
You are 30% white and nerdy.
How White and Nerdy Are You?

I though I would be much whiter and nerdier than that! I must be mellowing in my senectitude.

You are Red Hat Linux. You're tops among your peers, but still get no respect from them.  It's all right with you.  You have your sights set higher.
Which OS are You?

This seems about right to me. Most people don't understand me, and most people don't understand Linux, either.

You are .html You are versatile and improving, but you do have your limits.  When you work with amateurs it can get quite ugly.
Which File Extension are You?

This is much closer than I expected! The bit about working with amateurs strikes pretty close to home - I'll have to work on that some.

You are BASIC.  10 While some people 20 don't like the way you 30 do things, you just tell 40 them to goto hell.
Which Programming Language are You?

Again, a close hit -- methodical is a good description most of the time, but I have my intuitive moments. That's probably one of those IF - THEN - ELSE subroutines in action. Basic was the only programming language I ever became even slightly proficient in, though I did try with PASCAL. All the programming brains in the family went to our son compactspleen, who is making a pretty good living in Seattle doing just that.

Sep. 26th, 2006


Stone Lantern by the waterfall

Portland Japanese Garden
Originally uploaded by Splinter Group.
This stone lantern in the Portland Japanese Garden captures the essence of the garden, for me. I like the balance of light and dark, the softness of the moss on the hardness of the stone, and the diagonal line of the waterfall. The stone lantern has something of the appearance of a grinning goblin wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

aenodia and I went to our book discussion group this evening. Tonight's book was "Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaiman, which she and I had recommended to the group. I was rather disappointed in the reaction to the book. I really enjoyed it, as did aenodia, and the book has been winning awards in the F & SF genre. One person liked it a lot, one thought is was OK, one didn't like it at all and didn't finish reading it. Another dismissed it as "mere entertainment" and said it didn't measure up to the standard set by his favorite authors. "Mere Entertainment"! Riiiiighhhtt! I don't know if Gaiman's book will become deathless prose like that of Shakespeare, or DeFoe, or Poe. I am reasonably certain that those authors wrote to *entertain* their readers, though. These two group members just didn't get the story at all. Neither of them regularly read F & SF stories or find those concepts interesting. I think they are missing some darn good stories, but that's *their* problem. Well. as the old saying goes, 'It's a good thing everybody doesn't like exactly what I like or they'd all want o eat my dinner and marry my wife!" Thank goodness for the endless variety of human likes and dislikes. It may be a while, though, before we suggest another book for the group.

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