Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Secondly, I like Shaun Alexander. I am glad to see a former SEC player do so well. However, I was also at LSU and in Tiger Stadium in 1996, when Alexander rolled over LSU for 291 rushing yards in a single game. The highest total EVER by a Tide running back. That still stings. I wouldn't mind if he has to wait for his ring.
Ultimately, I just want a game worth watching.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Yesterday we headed out to Starved Rock to go eagle-watching. This year was our second time out there. It is amazing, because there is this one island with a bunch of bald eagles roosting in the trees, just chilling. You can see them from a distance and occasionally they go frolic/hunt in the water. However, the most remarkable eagle experience is when you are just walking along the river on top of the bluff and all of a sudden an eagle soars past you over the river within a dozen yards or so.
Friday, January 27, 2006
Thursday, January 26, 2006
i-Doctor. Mary and Sam just went to the eye doctor. I am thinking this is probably a good profession to get into right now. I mean it won’t be long until people just sit at their computer while the optometrist sits at his/her computer in their respective pjs for an examination. Maybe head into the clinic two days a week for some procedures… Hmmm, do I have to take the MCAT or the GRE?
New perspective on the world though my eyes…
I was a bit nervous after completing my first auction and exchanging a few messages about shipping and costs, etc. Because I was lying in bed a few nights later suddenly remembering I had first looked seriously into eBay while I lived in Dallas. I pictured my Batman graphic novels ending up on the doorstep of Big Tex as he turned them into target practice to spit his wad a chew at the Batmobile on page 8. However, I had updated my address and everything arrived in tip-top shape.
Brick and Mortar sellers are disappearing more and more from my world.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
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Friday, January 13, 2006
I am immensely fascinated by the ability to be completely connected at all times. Being able to reach out beyond my borders… Being Argus and watching 100 things at once, doing my best to avoid Hermes’ boring pipe-story. However, I do suddenly find myself quite drawn to those stories of places out of touch: such as Lost, Batman: No Man’s Land, Robinson Crusoe and Into the Wild. These places are becoming a paradise, aren’t they? Allowing us to have a self-contained environment, peering into the interactions of a human Petri dish (without the brown crusty stuff on the side).
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
To do another flashback to the summer...
If someone had told me 5 years ago that I would honeymoon in Michigan, I would have told them they were nuts. However, looking over these pics again reminds me what a great idea that was... 8 pictures from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
I remember a Mardi Gras float with Grover on it. It ran down the streets of Lafayette, Louisiana, sometime in the mid-80s. There may be a handful of people that remember this float (mostly the people who rode it or have it captured in a photo album). The startling blue plastic leaves that made up Grover’s perfectly round head. After the float had passed, I picked-up a fallen piece of Grover and stuck it in my mouth. On my tongue. The chalky taste of fine dirt. I don’t think anyone remembers that float the way I do.
And I am very thankful for that. For the views of the world I have been given. The appreciation of the fantastic and the fascinating, the sacred and the silly, the lovely and the lonely. It was a good day to take a deep breath and appreciate everything I experience.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Later in the evening, we watched the Kevin Costner Robin Hood. I wondered if he was thinking about our discussion while the arrows were shooting across the screen. I hope not. He is a kid and should just enjoy the spectacle of the flaming arrow embedded in the executioner's head, or the two arrows shot at once taking out the charging horsemen. Man, I sure did when that flick came out.
Monday, January 9, 2006
Taking a sabbatical to re-set your brain is an incredibly good idea. The summer I worked at Wrigley Field was amazing for clearing my mind and giving me perspective. I met people I never would have met and experienced situations I never would have known existed had I not ventured away from the desk. My analogies and vision are much more precise because of that summer. It also provided me with a lifetime of stories.
Like when Tommy Lasorda informed me that when an Italian man offers you pizza, you do not say no. That is an important lesson.
Sunday, January 8, 2006
I was figuring how it would not be long until computers are able to recognize us as people, through fingerprints or retina scans or DNA analysis or whatever.
Then I saw this article about computer chip implants (linking to print-friendly versions is a good way to avoid many bad ads). Silly me, I was thinking of helping the computer to recognize ME as a HUMAN ... Why not just become part computer...? These are questions we will be facing more and more every day. The first step towards Cyprus nation begins with annoying passwords. (Prediction: In five years, I have the following thought, 'I've been think how annoying it is to get a match/lighter to light a candle. I may get one of those fire-starter finger implants...)
Saturday, January 7, 2006
The fierce beast follows a laser around and can "stalk" when it finds prey...
Roboraptor is quite frightening. He has a "free-roam" ability; we are thinking of locking him in the basement at night.There already was a confrontation, which ended in a stand-off. We aren't sure who will end up eating who...
Thursday, January 5, 2006
Anyway, very cool. very exciting. Vince Young is incredible (I wish the Bears could borrow him for the next three weeks, although Rex Grossman is "good enough.")
(Photo credit, right: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Tuesday, January 3, 2006
Monday, January 2, 2006
The Pulitzer Prize Board announced today [12/7/2005] that newspapers may submit online material as well as print content in all 14 of its journalism categories, starting with the 2006 competition.
"The Board believes it has taken a significant step in recognition of the widening role of online journalism at newspapers," said Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes. "The Board will continue to watch the evolution of this medium."
"Consistent with the historic Pulitzer mandate," he said, "eligibility for entering the competition will continue to be restricted to newspapers published daily, Sunday or at least once a week during the calendar year."
Mind you, I am not looking into this subject for any self-interest. I recognize that I have a boring blog developed simply for self-reflection. Look at the url- I don't deny this fact.
While on the subject, when did "he keeps his own counsel" disappear from our general lexicon or contemplative? See how positive and outdated those things sound? Now, it is introvert or loner (the lucky ones get lone wolf). It will be interesting to see the tides turn in the terms as more and more of these "self-reflective personalities" gives themselves to blogs and online communications. Just a thought heading into the new year.
That and a picture of Sam excited about Christmas...