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24 Apr, 2007

Springtime for Houston

Posted by: Dave In: Friends|Texas|Writing

It’s starting to get humid here in Houston. I’m not talking about the flash flood warnings tonight and tomorrow because of the big storm currently tapping the city on the shoulder. I’m talking about the moist air and the cool evening breezes that make me appreciate Houston every now and then. The palm trees across […]

File this one under “hard lessons learned.” Apparently some young boys in China were taunting a pen full of hungry crocodiles with sticks and slingshots (what they call “catapults”).  A boy got  alittle too close and yoink… One of the irritated crocodiles bit Liu’s clothes and dragged him into the water where he was eaten […]

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According to Wikipedia: Only 2 foot, 9 inches (83 cm) tall, he is listed in the Guinness World Records as the shortest adult actor in a leading role. He played Secret Agent 00 in For Your Height Only and The Impossible Kid. He had an active film career in the 1970s and the 1980s, but […]

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17 Apr, 2007

The Virginia Tech massacre

Posted by: Dave In: Current Affairs|Media

I have nothing of real value to add to the unbelievable distress that this is event is causing so many people other than a sad-but-true quote from Woody Allen: “More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us […]

17 Apr, 2007

Analogies and metaphors

Posted by: Dave In: Humor|Spam Poetry

Dan sent this to me earlier today and I thought so many of them were good that I’d post them all.  Thanks Dan. Every year, English teachers from across the USA can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of […]

From the Washington Post: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), the most liberal of the Democratic presidential candidates in the primary field, declared in a letter sent to his Democratic House colleagues this morning that he plans to file articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney. Kucinich has made ending the war in Iraq the central […]

17 Apr, 2007

RSS bloat

Posted by: Dave In: Productivity|Web

It’s dawned on me that I can’t possibly keep up with all the RSS feeds in my Google Reader. I subscribe to 192 feeds. The refresh rate on them varies from multiple times a day (Lifehacker=16 posts per day) to maybe once a month. My account looks like someone shoved a grenade into a watermelon […]

15 Apr, 2007

Roomba Violates All Three Laws Of Roombotics

Posted by: Dave In: Humor

From the Onion: CHARLOTTE, NC—A top-of-the-line, third-generation Roomba Scheduler robotic floor-cleaning vacuum purchased in January by 35-year-old claims adjuster Ken Graney has inexplicably broken all three laws of Roombotics, a simple yet vital protocol programmed into every Roomba by its manufacturer, iRobot. Link to the whole funny sci-fi nerd referenced article here. My favorite quote: […]

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15 Apr, 2007

Some pictures

Posted by: Dave In: Photography

Got a new pocket digital camera Saturday and shot some photos this weekend with it. It’s the Panasonic DMC-FX07. It’s tiny and fits in my shirt pocket pretty easily. I hope to take a bunch of photos in the coming weeks and post them for fun. There are a lot of weird settings like “starry […]

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12 Apr, 2007

Spacial visualization game

Posted by: Dave In: Games

This is a very cool game to test your ability to visualize shapes in a 3D environment. To quote the site, “The idea is to build up the solid shape indicated by the views to the left – but only using the number of cubes given. There are 10 problems, called figuur1 to figuur10. Be […]


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  • Dave: Not sure, Bryan, but I'd love to know where Craig lives.
  • Bryan Hanks: What city were those in?
  • Kevin David Anderson: check out our other wreaths at: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150452725264516.391111.360128594515&type=3
  • epiphenita: Like Tom Waits without the music.
  • epiphenita: Reminds me of my good friend's artwork: http://victoriacarlson.blogspot.com/2009/06/untitled.html
  • Dave: I think someone should make some dance music from those "WHOAHs."
  • epiphenita: Oh, Dave. That was tonic to my soul. Perfect. I vote for an exorcism.
  • Dave: Hmm, looks sober to me.
  • Scott: I'm thinking that the guy with the hat might have had a drink or two before this picture was taken. Just a hunch...
  • Scott: There's a roleplaying scenario just waiting to be written based on these pictures. :-)

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