This is so sweet. This tough hockey guy had something in his eyes. A buddy of mine posted this to extended circles, so I am posting it publicly. I had found this right before I saw his post so, in some way something or other. I had the URL loaded ready to post when I saw his.
Go to your Circles tab and list the first ten people sorted by relevance (default). I think Google needs to work on the algorithm a little more. Here is mine:
+Kat B awesome hockey chick despite her fixation with the Red Wings. +Melony Isaac a fun gal that posts some really dirty stuff if you get in her NSFW circle. +Melissa Fisher yeah, we do not have much in common but I enjoy her posts for some reason. Just a down to Earth lady. +Joyce Donahue she loves Doctor Who, shares my religion and lives near me. +Pam Adger She is in my sports circle but she posts on all sorts of topics. Are you noticing a trend here? All of them are female so far. What am I gay? +Craig Newman He works for the Chicago Sun-Times, one of the three papers I subscribe to. +Steve Quinn He posts amazing stuff mostly about design. He almost never provides a link much to my chagrin. +Ryan Straight He is another Doctor Who fan. He also likes to post NSFW stuff if you are in his correct circle. +Angela Rae Powerbeard She is a funny character that is a big pot head. I am not into that, but to each his own. She likes science fiction. +Mark Richards He is into sports and science fiction as well.
I value all of the above as good virtual friends. Befriend them yourselves. They are all good people.
So Doctor Who on BBCAmerica must be over now. Did anyone else catch that they took the Williams name? The Doctor always referred to them as the Ponds. In fact when the Doctor first called Rory a Pond there was a discussion and Rory agreed that he was a Pond.
Blocked twice now for being honest about what I think about a book. You two know who you are. In 20/20 hindsight if you cannot accept criticism perhaps you should not write. It is a tough field and not everyone will heap praise on you for a mediocre effort at a book.
My dog was going nuts in the backyard this evening so I went to investigate. Sally thought that she found a new playmate. In a near panic I threw my dog into the house and chased the opossum away. Nasty rabies carrying pests. I checked out my dog and she was not bitten.
Then there was one of my older dogs, a golden retriever, that I found running around the backyard with an opossum in his mouth. I completely flipped out over that.
What are your opinions on the future of public libraries? Those that know me well know that I am a big supporter of public libraries. It seems to me that they are having a problem remaining relevant now though. Just having books is not enough. It seems that now they must become a sort of community center. Internet access has increased traffic in libraries, but also attracts teenage boys looking for pornography. Having rooms available where writers can speak and do a book signing thing is positive. Renting out rooms for private meetings also happens where I live. Then there is the e-book debacle. Libraries are getting raped on this as it is very pricey. And you have to go into the library to get the e-book.
Below is pictured the main branch of my village's library (the stacks are on the upper levels).
Soap survey. Bar or liquid? Technically I think liquid soap is in a plastic state, but that is a different matter. I prefer the liquid as soap bars seem to be magnets for hair. Yeah, I do not care if you are a family member. Hair on a bar of soap is disgusting.
Do you people have a database for your books? Note that unfortunately this is not my house (found picture on Beauty in Ruins).
While my house may closely resemble a library on the inside, it lacks the organization. For the most part I know where the important books are, often I cannot locate a book that I know that I have. At other times I discover that I have duplicate or even triplicate copies of books. Then ebooks are another problem... I cannot tell you how many times that I have bought an ebook that I forgot that I owned in paper.
Do you have any suggestions short of hiring a librarian to sort it all out (which I really cannot afford)?
I am going to make French toast in 1.5 hours. Will this work? Four parts eggs to one part milk. A splash of vanilla extract. Place the bread in a shallow bowl with the mixture. Turn it over. Put the soaked bread onto a buttered skillet with a medium flame. Brown it and turn it over.
Believe it or not I have never made this before and am craving it. Tips on preparation are welcome here.
What do you say? I say, "No." For the serious reader such as myself I want either ink on paper or e-ink fore easier reading. I do not care about playing games, going on the internet, watching, movies, or what not; I want to read. But most people do not read as much as I do and would like an all-in-one device. Therefore I predict the trend of slate sales increasing and e-book readers declining will continue. There is enough of a market for people like me that the slates will not kill off the e-book readers-- they may become a niche item, but they will exist. Well until the slates get color e-ink capable of showing video. Those are my thoughts on this. What are yours?
1) The graphical user interface (GUI). 2) The mouse. 3) The MP3 player. 4) The smart phone. 5) A central place to download programs. 6) Tablet/slate computers. 7) Proprietary cables. 8) Speech recognition 9) High resolution displays.
She likes the camcorder that I gave her and wants to edit the videos. Mind you, just simple stuff like cutting the bad parts out of her movies, nothing fancy at all. Today she asked me how she could do it on her computer and I flat out said that she cannot. She has I think a P4 with about 1 gig of RAM, not very good for editing HD video.
I am thinking maybe some Win 7 laptop with about 6 gig RAM, but I know next to nothing about video editing. What software would she need? Is Windows Movie Maker good enough? If I set her up with Linux I have no idea what software to install.
There is a budget, so don't get all extravagant in your suggestions. Thanks!
Right. It is now Saturday where I live, or #Caturday. I have received lots of criticism about my Caturday posts. Some are constructive such as informing me that Saturday is the day to post pictures and not Tuesday. Others are rather nasty. People yelling at me that what I posted was a dog, a jellyfish, a baby hippo following along an aged tortoise, and an elephant fighting a crocodile.
So I think I finally figured out how this works. A cat picture on a Saturday.
Did you know that I can pick up four analog channels on my TV? I thought that you could no longer broadcast analog in America and everything was digital. I found this out yesterday when I discovered that I could no longer get channel seven. Remembering that they said something about moving to a new spectrum and having to rescan to get it I discovered this. I also discovered about eight more digital channels, some of them good. I pull in about 25 quality digital channels OTA, about 60 channels overall.
Does anyone see the problem with the Doctors? None of them have any form of facial hair. Why is this. Does the Doctor have something against beards? Now you may say that perhaps Time Lords are incapable of growing facial hair. Pfui! Some of the High Council had beards. This omission needs to be addressed with the 12th Doctor. How can a Time Lord go on living for 100's of years without having a beard or some form of facial hair. It is ridiculous.
Please help me organize my circles properly. I have a lot of people stuck in my "temp" and "The Wheat" (separate the wheat from the chafe) circles. I have a lot more people that I have not gotten around to circling or not circling yet.
If you fall into any of these categories let me know with the number(s):
1) Science-Fiction & Fantasy-- fans of books and movies of those genres. 2) Sports-- only hockey, football, and baseball fans need respond to this. 3) Writers-- real writers. No offense to someone with a crappy blog, but I mean real writers. Unpublished aspiring authors are welcome as well. Damn, I sound like an ass there. 4) Media Types-- journalists and editors, etc. 5) Unix/Linux.
I have many other interests, but these are the ones that I am focusing on right now. Also, where the hell do I put non-news editors. Right now they are in "The Wheat." Perhaps lump them with Writers?
Thank you in advance for your anticipated and prompt consideration into the resolution of this matter.
The decision has been made. I am officially abandoning this franchise. When I saw Episode IV as a child I thought it was the greatest thing ever. That is until Episode V came out which was even better. Yeah, I ignored the gay droids. Episode VI was pretty decent but I really wanted to skewer the Ewoks and roast them over a pit. Then came the new re-releases of the movies which annoyed me to no end. And then, well let us pretend that the prequels never happened. When Disney bought Lucas Films I thought there might be a new hope (get it?). Then Disney said that they want to release three movies per year. So much for quality over quantity.
When was the last time that you saw a bicycle rider ticketed? My guess is "never." I say bicyclists are for the most part smug jerks that think that they are above the law. True, they do have the same right to the road as motorists do. You know what else? The same laws apply to bicyclists. Just because you are on a bicycle does not entitle you to do whatever you want and generally be a menace.
Also unless you are a hot chick you should probably not wear those spandex shorts.
And you did not believe me about my awesome 2600 collection. I found this collection in my parent's basement after it flooded (that is why some of the labels are replaced). They all work, as do my joy sticks and paddles.
It seems that not all fat men are jolly. Yesterday I was walking down a sidewalk and this big ball of a man came ambling by. He was round enough that I thought I could push him down a snow covered hill and create the world's biggest snowball. Mind you this was a full width city sidewalk and not one of those narrow suburban walks. I did my best to avoid him, walking sideways, but our shoulders touched.
Then the row ensued.
He flipped around faster than I thought was possible for a fat man to do and inquired with a raspy voice as if he had smoked ten cartons of cigarettes that day what my problem was. His tone was not a friendly one-- I would describe it as hostile.
Calmly explaining that I did my best to avoid him as he was waddling down the middle of the sidewalk did not alleviate the tense situation. Then I appealed to the rules hoping that this hippo of a man appreciated the unspoken but holy rules of encounters.
I said, "While you have a big belly, you do not have a beard. I have a very big beard and the beard always has the right of way."
He felt shame and tried to make restitution by offering me his first born child. No deal. I just held my head up high and my beard walked me away.
My sad childhood. We were poor, real poor. Hold on, there is something positive coming out of this. My friends had these huge Star Wars ships and lots of figures. I had three figures (Darth Vader, a Tusken Raider, and Hammerhead). My friends had lots of micronaughts and ships. I had two figures that I had to use with my sad Star Wars figure collection. My friends had lots of Hot Wheels and those orange track things. I had five cars. My friends had tubs full of Legos. I had some knock off that would not work with Lego. My friends had bb guns. I had a slingshot that I made myself (my weapon was way deadlier, but not as cool). My friends had model railroads. I had a sad windup tin train that my Japanese neighbor gave me because he could not take all of his stuff back to Japan.
What I did have was a mother taught me to read at a very early age. All of the children that mocked me for my shabby clothes and lack of toys I showed up in school when the teacher would ask us to read a sentence. My friends would sound out the words taking about five seconds for a simple sentence. Not me. For that I am grateful.
My neighbors share a driveway with me halfway up the lot. One of their frequent guests I found having car troubles when I returned from walking my dog. Since I am a nice guy I offered to help and asked what is wrong. She said, "It won't start." "What happens when you turn the ignition key?" "Nothing." "It is probably a dead battery. I can charge it for you." She did not even know how to open the hood, but I got her on her way and she said nary a "Thank you."
This is the second time that I did this for people. Maybe I should just stop being nice.
I hate to say it but I am not a fan. Tonight I tried to read three of his books and had to stop because I found them absurd. The first was Good Omens, the second Neverwhere, and the third was Coraline. And yes, I know that being a Doctor Who fan I should be able to handle the absurdity. And yes, I know Neil Gaiman did write a Doctor Who episode and is writing another one. I guess I am just very picky about what I read and not so much about what I watch.