Sunday, April 25, 2004

A Nice Walk and New Photos

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I took a walk with the dogs today on campus and took my camera along for the ride. I put the pics in a new photo album: April Showers, April Flowers. Check it out.

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Sunday, March 28, 2004

Random Amusing Quote

Saw this today as someone's signature line in a forum I read. Thought I'd pass it on.

"If Bill Gates had a nickel for every time Windows crashed... oh wait, he does."

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Sunday, March 14, 2004

Random Play Music Meme

I cannot sit at this computer and put iTunes on "Shuffle Play" without thinking about posting the first ten songs played, like previously: music meme, and also here: music meme 2. I think it is interesting to see what a random sampling of music from someones collection looks like. Here's how to play, if you are interested.

Step One: Open your mp3 player (iTunes for me)
Step Two: Set the entire library on "random" (shuffle) and hit play.
Step Three: List the first ten songs it plays, no matter how embarassing.

Here's my list:

01 - Track 12 - Vienna Teng
02 - I Need a Lover - John Mellencamp
03 - Goon Squad (Live) - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
04 - The Couch - Alanis Morissette
05 - I Know One - John Prine
06 - I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever - Jimmy Buffett
07 - No Souvenirs - Melissa Etheridge
08 - Come Together - The Beatles
09 - Tourniquet - Evanescence
10 - Suspicious Minds - Waylon Jennings & Jessie Colter

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Saturday, March 06, 2004

Mom Brings the Funny: "Random Thoughts"

Morning e-mail from Mom: a few random thoughts for the day...

Shopping tip: You can get shoes for 85 cents at the bowling alley.

The most precious thing we have is life. Yet it has absolutely no trade-in value.

You know sometimes I get the sudden urge to run around naked. But then I just drink some Windex. It keeps me from streaking.

If life deals you lemons, make lemonade; if it deals you tomatoes, make Bloody Mary's. But if it deals you a truckload of hand grenades...now THAT'S a message!

Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled.

And by far, the best of the lot:

Every time I walk into a singles bar, I can hear Mom's wise words: "Don't pick that up, you don't know where it's been."

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Thursday, February 26, 2004

random thinks Limited Edition Postcards

For a limited time (well, no, not really), I have printed up some of the images in my Memphis photo album as postcards. If you would like your very own "random thinks" image sent to you, drop me an email with your snail mail address (I promise not to keep or sell it) and I will put one in the mail to you. It will also include a genuine "random thinks" sticker! I also have a couple of postcards of the absolutely amazing blue Texas sky, with palm trees included. Yours for the asking. If you get on the bandwagon early, you can even request a specific picture! Hurry! Act Now!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2004

I'm Getting Tired of Winter, But...

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...isn't this snowflake awesome? (Click photo to enlarge)

I was reading my daily email from the Chronicle of Higher Education, and came upon this article about snowflake (snow crystal) research being done at Cal Tech. The researchers have a great website (Your online guide to snowflakes, snow crystals, and other ice phenomena) filled with lots of photos and even a book that they've published (The Snowflake - Winter's Secret Beauty).

Check out the site for more photos, video of individual snowflakes growing in the lab, and lots of cool scientific info on crystal formation in water.

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Monday, January 05, 2004

The Boondocks, and other favorite comics, now e-mailed daily.

images/boondocksThe Boondocks, by Aaron McGruder (great article about him is here) , is one of my favorite comics strips to read. Bitingly funny and intelligent, I really get a laugh out of his work. Unfortunately, Boondocks does not appear in my daily newspaper of choice (The Detroit Free Press, aka "The Freep"), only in their Sunday Funnies. This is because Boondocks is in the Freep's sister paper, the Detroit News, which I do not much care for.

To move closer to the point, I have picked up a couple of the Boondocks collection books, and occasionally checked them out online. I never thought about doing it everyday, until...

Opening my new FoxTrot page-a-day calendar, I see there is an advertisement for mycomicspage.com. This is a subscription based service that will send me a daily email of comics that I like. I checked their list (which, while not comprehensive, is pretty good) and found not only the Boondocks, but also Red and Rover, Shoe, Liberty Meadows, and reruns of Calvin and Hobbes, other favorites that are not available in the Freep. The only one missing from my "daily wants" list was Dilbert.

So for $9.95 per year, I am getting a daily email with a customized page of comics. Pretty sweet, IMO.

If you have made it this far without hitting your browser's "back" button, I am curious...what is your favorite comic? Drop me a comment and let me know.

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Friday, January 02, 2004

Daniel J. Boorstin

Starting tomorrow, and continuing for the next few days, "Quotations of the Day" will be coming from historian Daniel J. Boorstin. Interesting fellow:

Rhodes Scholar. Triple Pulitzer Prize winner. Librarian of Congress. Former Director, National Museum of American History. Senior Historian or the Smithsonian Institution. Professor of History at the University of Chicago for 20 years. And a bunch of other stuff.

His quotations are interesting, intelligent, and suggest a dry sense of humor.

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Sunday, November 16, 2003

Unconscious Mutterings

From Unconscious Mutterings:

  1. Plan B:: write the book.
  2. Seattle:: Love it.
  3. The lady wore:: white silk.
  4. Upsetting:: the applecart.
  5. Tampon:: too much information.
  6. Celebrity:: annoying.
  7. Baja:: California.
  8. 64:: bit processor.
  9. RGB:: color model.
  10. Milkshake:: chocolate banana, with a bit of malt, please.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Ten Signs of Gifted Adults

I found this at Alicia's place (now on the blogroll), Twilight Cafe. She found it at Media_Queen.

This is a list of ten characteristics of Gifted Adults. I had a lot of people tell me and my parents when I was very young that I was gifted. I really didn't know what that meant, and for the most part, I never really cared. I went through the same schooling as everyone else, but it seemed a lot easier for me than for many of my peers. I have always known that I think differently than other people.

I'd like to think I exhibit many of the behaviors on the list. Again, IMO, it's not about the label of gifted, its about being interested and engaged in the world, in thoughts and ideas. It's about having fun with your mind. It's about playing with thoughts. It's about being able to see from multiple perspectives.

One thing that both Alicia and Media Queen noted was that for some reason people who display the listed tendencies had a fondness for simple humor, especially puns. I don't know who said it but I have always heard that being easily amused is the sign of high intelligence. Maybe a connection?

The list...

1. Qualitative differences in information processing: unique perception and awareness; sense of humor and creativity outside the norm; questioning, searching for truth, intuitiveness; insightfulness; comfort with both divergent and synergistic thinking; relentless curiosity and heightened creative drive; more process-oriented than product-oriented; holding divergent values compared to mainstream culture.

2. High sensitivity: sensitivity to others often combined with a sense of personal alienation and loneliness; acute awareness of complexities and consequences; heightened responsivity to expectations of others.

3. Intensity: high excitability; high energy level; emotional reactivity; high arousal of the central nervous system.

4. Multipotentiality: having capabilities in many areas and domains of talent; can move fluidly from one pursuit or interest to the next; ability to juggle many things at once.

5. Idealism: striving for moral integrity; interest in social reform and service; extraordinarily high standards; low tolerance for mediocrity and frustration.

6. Perfectionism: self-criticism; labeling oneself as "scattered"; having a lowered sense of entitlement to make mistakes; identifying easily with failure; thinking they are more likely to blame than others; difficulty taking credit for achievements and abilities.

7. Need for autonomy: feelings of being out of step and on a separate path; being "Other"; not fitting in; striving for inner authenticity; may experience deep conflicts between needs for self-actualization and maintaining traditional relationships.

8. Strong entelechy (from Greek for "having a goal"): need for self-determination; for self-actualization; leadership qualities; achievement-orientation; interest in nontraditional careers and professions.

9. Intense moral commitment: seeing injustice and doing something about it; willingness to stand up for one's beliefs; outrage at moral breaches that the rest of the world seems to take for granted.

10. Global view: respect for all human beings; a greater capacity for empathy; concern for others -- especially children; sensitivity and warmth.

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