Monday, 19 January 2004

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today ...

... This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring." And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

 - Dr. MLK Jr.



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Monday, 19 January 2004 22:26:55 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Saturday, 17 January 2004

I've added a few blog entry categories on the right side, each with their own RSS feed, for those who are interested in being organized or just ignoring certain stuff.

If you're wondering what RSS is, go and download a program like Feed Demon, install and run it, then click on the  link under “Syndication” on the right-side of this page, and check it out. Once you get an idea how it works, you’re sure to get hooked.

By the way - Feed Demon is not free, but it's worth every penny. You can try it for a month. If you want to opt for something that cost less (like as in nothing), you might check out this instead. If you don't already have the .NET framework installed, you'll need to get that too.



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Saturday, 17 January 2004 23:42:14 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Before you run the linked file, read the instructions below - It is important that you follow them closely.

Check this out:

  1. Keep one hand on your mouse throughout the whole time you are doing this.
  2. Download, unzip and then run the attached program (optical.zip, linked below).
  3. Concentrate on the small dot in the center of your screen for about 30-40 seconds.
  4. Now look closely at your hand (the one which is still on the mouse).
  5. Now enter a comment below. :-)

 - g

optical.zip (10.65 KB)

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Saturday, 17 January 2004 19:39:17 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Wednesday, 14 January 2004

The image of a toilet in the middle of a tranquil pond is strange enough. But that's not the weirdest part. Or maybe it is, I dunno.

Uh, yeah. Let me think. Not. Who the heck comes up with this stuff, anyhow?

 - g

(p.s. you need Quicktime to view the movie thing)



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Wednesday, 14 January 2004 17:55:31 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Sunday, 11 January 2004

I was blog surfing here, meaning hopping from the blog of someone I know to some blog they had linked, and through several iterations of that process, whenever something seems like it might be interesting (sounds kinda like “my sister's girlfriend's cousin's brother's second-grade teacher's daughter, eh?). Sometimes you find things you can't help but read and tell others about. Some of those things are, well, just wrong. Others I can post to my blog. :-)

So, here is one I can post, and you gotta read this. But first, for the record, how I got there:

I'm reading an RSS feed from Tom's Adventures in Troubleshooting web site (and no, I don't know him, but someone else somewhere has his site linked and it was interesting to me). Tom had a comment (link above) about a problem Julia is having on her web site (which I am respectfully not linking to because I know there are a number of younger readers of my blog and the language is a little too colorful for those people). Julia, in the midst of her troubles, consulted an attorney named Adam Rosman, who practices law in Washington, D.C. and apparently worked in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Staff Secretary in 2000-2001. Cool. Makes me wonder if he likes to watch The West Wing, too? I mean, he worked there. Can you watch a TV version after actually working there?

So anyhow, that's the end of the surfing trail, because Adam Rosman's web site contains a truly-interesting article he wrote entitled “A LEGAL ANALYSIS OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS - Gandalf as Torturer: The "Ticking Bomb" Terrorist and Due Process in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.”

Hahahah, that's cool. :-)

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Sunday, 11 January 2004 10:17:04 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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I write this from my bed, only because I can't get out of it right now. Thank goodness for notebook PCs, better batteries and the advent of wireless networking. If it wasn't for these, I would have to watch TV, and that's not exactly a really exciting prospect on a Sunday morning, if you know what I mean.

Having finally made a run for it in 4WD-Low-range, I busted out of this snow hell with my neighbor, spinning tires and sliding out as I went. Fun. Worth it? ABSOLUTELY. You know, it's not that I mind being home all the time - that's actually not so bad. Rather, is the fact that I couldn't leave if I wanted to that bothered me the most.

Yeah, so - anyhow... We busted outa here late Friday evening. I promptly drove to the Honda dealership where another neighbor works and purchased the 4-wheeler ATV I have been planning to get for the past couple of months. I really should have acted earlier, but hey - oh well. The next time it snows like this (yeah, right), I'll be ready. And I won't get lost (or at least won't have an excuse to) since it has GPS on-board. Ohhhhh geek machines have hit the marketplace. W00t!!

Hmmm, seems I lost my train of thought. Ahhh, age - yes, that was it. Let's just say that if you already know you have an bad back, and you decide that - despite your physical condition - it would be really fun to load the new 4-wheeler up with snow shovels and stuff to clear the drive... Well, anyhow my lower back is keeping me in bed for now. If anyone has any muscle relaxants, let me know and I can fire up this nifty GPS on my really cool ATV and email you my latitude and longitude so your helicatoper pilot can find me out here in The Middle of Nowhere.TM

And since someone's bound to ask (in email of course since no one I know seems to understand the concept of blog comments, LOL), it's the green one. Well, “olive“ really. Got Windows Media? Here's a video.

Argh.



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Sunday, 11 January 2004 09:26:03 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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