Saturday, January 08, 2005

Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?

Thank you to Syntax of Things for directing us to this site.

It is Twenty Questions against a computer and I am telling you the thing can't be stumped! Don't think I'm a sicko because it was The Wife's idea and she was there helping me but the damn thing even got Tampon. Not so good on Bong though.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

1000 Songs

1,000 songs. I have put just about 1000 songs on my ipod and it is thirsty for more. I still have a bunch of CD's that haven't made the cut yet but I'm beginning to realize that filling it is a lofty goal. Still it is a revelution in the way we listen to music. I am still adjusting to having my entire collection at my fingertips. I find myself a bit overwhelmed every morning when I wait for the bus. A few CD's in one of those travel cases was my limit in choices until now. Now I can select any one of a thousand of my favorite songs, or I can just shuffle the whole damn thing and listen to my collection which won't repeat itself for 2 and a half days.

Of course at the going rate I'll probably have to upgrade to some sort of new gadget in about two years. My wallet can hardly wait.

Not One Damn Dime.

My father sent this along in an email today and it sounds like a good idea to me.

Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is "Not One Damn Dime Day" in America.

On "Not One Damn Dime Day" those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending. During "Not One Damn Dime Day" please don't spend money. Not one damn dime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities or for impulse purchases.

Not one damn dime for anything for 24 hours.

The object is simple. Remind the people in power that the war in Iraq is immoral and illegal; that they are responsible for starting it and that it is their responsibility to stop it.

"Not One Damn Dime Day" is to remind them, too, that they work for the people of the United States of America, not for the international corporations and K Street lobbyists who represent the corporations and funnel cash into American politics. Not One Damn Dime Day" is about supporting the troops. The politicians put the troops in harm's way. Now 1,200 brave young Americans and (some estimate) 100,000 Iraqis have died. The politicians owe our troops a plan -- a way to come home.

There's no rally to attend. No marching to do. No left or right wing agenda to rant about. On "Not One Damn Dime Day" you take action by doing nothing. You open your mouth by keeping your wallet closed.

For 24 hours, nothing gets spent, not one damn dime, to remind our religious leaders and our politicians of their moral responsibility to end the war in Iraq and give America back to the people.

Please share this email with as many people as possible.

Big deal.

All day at work I was drafting a post in my head. I don't ever blog from work and so I would jot down phrases like A-Rod was supposed to bring them a ring too! or They still have to play 162 games on post-its. Turns out I didn't have to worry about it because Jayson Stark at ESPN wrote it all for me --

If you're a Yankee hater, you should still feel free to rant, rave, grumble and mumble about (pick three): the Yankees' money, greed, egomania, Yankee-centric TV network, ticket prices, souvenir shop, parking nightmare, sound-system decibel level, owners-box guest list, yada-yada-yada -- whatever you think you have to vent about to get through this crisis.

But just remember: 10 months from now, all that angst could prove irrelevant -- because Unit or no Unit, there is still lots of stuff that could happen that could prevent the Yankees from winning the World Series.


Go read the Five Reasons the Yankees Won't Win.

My father-in-law's silver balls. Posted by Hello