Friday July 29, 2005

Treasures 2005_30

Wednesday July 27, 2005

Kids These Days Get Cool Toys

I got my first pocket calculator in my junior year of High School. I wanted a computer in college, but those were the days of the Commodore Vic 20, the Apple II, and the TRS 80. Not really much of a much. And after all, what would I do with it? Store recipes? Balance my checkbook?

Fast forward...

CUPERTINO, California and BROWARD COUNTY, Florida—July 27, 2005—Apple® today announced that it will supply 30,000 new iBook® G4s to Broward County Public Schools for use by all of its students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The iBooks will greatly increase students’ access to the latest technology for learning, authoring and communication.
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Sunday July 24, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_29

The weather has been quite warm this past week, even to say Hot on Saturday!. Ugh. I had to open lots of windows and turn on all of the fans.

We ordered a solar-powered (water recycling) birdbath. The good news is that we can put it anywhere in the yard with no cords or cables to worry about. The bad news is it's kind of flimsy. Sigh. At least it wasn't particularly expensive.

Do you have a cell phone? (Doesn't everybody?). Do you have your name and land-line phone number on that cell phone? If not, stop reading and go make a label to attach to your phone! While you're at it, make labels for your handheld computer, your laptop, and any other gadget you might possibly lose and want to get back!

On Tuesday night, on our way to diner, Rich found a cell phone in the parking lot. Uh oh. The phone wasn't locked so I used it to call 611 and report it lost (and found). I gave Cingular my cell phone number and we went on to the restaurant. ...
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Friday July 22, 2005

Treasures 2005_29

Monday July 18, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_28

The weather has been quite nice, with some fog in the evenings. On Saturday, for our day trip up to the North Bay, it was delightfully sunny and quite warm at our destination!

We ordered our Scion xB one year ago Monday. I don't think I've had a moment's regret in all that time (even when we were shouting at the people at the dealership :-)

I like this blurb from the Scion web site:

Let's be real - you're either an xB person, or you're not. There's nothing else quite like it on the road and we take pride in knowing that. ... If it's a spacious drive you seek, then all you have to do is step inside. The xB has got enough room for you to empty all your thoughts into it on that long drive home.
I'm an xB person.

I've been wanting for ages to order a t-shirt with a theobromine molecule on it. Theobromine is the active ingredient in chocolate. It's very similar to caffeine. Theobromine is both a mild stimulant and an anti-depressant.

On Tuesday, one of my co-workers was wearing a caffeine molecule shirt, which reminded me again. This time, however, I did a web search when I got home and found a site with all sorts of "addictive" choices in "molecule wear". ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2005_28 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 18 Jul, 08:30 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday July 17, 2005

Actually, the Leopards were hiding...

Yesterday was the day of the Leopards Etc. Open House. The Open House is a fund-raising event where a small number (in this case, 64 max.) of guests pay to visit the Leopards Etc compound, eat lunch, and see the cats in their home environment. It's tax dedutable, for a very worth cause, and a wonderful way to spend a day! (Write-ups of Leopards Etc. educational programs we've attended: here, here, and here.)

The minivan drove us up into the hills to the compound. It's a pretty drive. We arrived, got our name tags (great idea) and some water, used the restroom, and then wandered off to look at the cats.

This was an adult-only event and, while there were volunteers watching carefully and available for questions, there was no "guided tour". We just walked around and admired the Big Kitties. (And, being kitties, they appreciated being admired.)

Most of them the cats out, although we were told that the clouded leopard was in her crate in the garage (she doesn't like strangers) and the other leopards were hiding in their boxes in their enclosures.

Purrrr, Hath!, Grwwwwwwwwwll, rubrubrub

I saw Kamau, the male cheetah, under the tree in the "cheetah play yard" and walked down to say hello (quietly). He stalked me a bit. I heard Barbara up at the nametag table say "Oh, someone must be down on the road. Kamau is stalking".

We reached an agreement. He lay down in the shade again, flopped on his side and purred madly while he kept an eye on me and I talked very softly.

After a bit I went to see other cats. Many of them were awake but hot. Kgosi, the king cheetah, was lying in his enclosure, also purring and looking fairly calm. Apparently cheetahs like to show their tummies and have people admire them.

I walked over where the Caracal, Mara, was. She was in her box, but came out. She likes to talk (hath). She's lovely. Such ears!

The ocelot is next door to the Caracal and was trotting back and forth growling at everyone. Such a BIG growl for such a little cat. Such lovely fur. Such ripples. Wow!

The serval has a wading pool in his enclosure. The volunteers were tossing bits of meat into the pool and the serval traps them under water and kills" them. Apparently sometimes he gets real "feeder fish".

I walked down to meet the lynxes. Another guest was sitting on the gravel by Oksana's cage (a female Siberian lynx) and Oksana had taken a real liking to her. The woman was talking softly and moving her head in a rubbing motion. Oksana was rubbing her head on the wire of the enclosure. Then she lay down and stuck her huge paws out through the gap under the lower board. Such biiiig paws. We knew we couldn't touch but ooooh how tempting. One of Oksana's toes is the size of Squirrels entire paw (and Squirrel has big paws). ...
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Saturday July 16, 2005

Day Trippin'

We took a long day trip today (nearly 11 hours all told) to drive up to the North Bay for the Leopards, Etc fund-raiser and Open House.

We were up by 8 and left the house a bit before 9. We headed up 19th Ave and bought toasted bagels with cream cheese & lox (and tomatoes and onions at House of Bagels on Geary. Then we drove up to Fort Point and ate at the view area. No view (too much fog). Tasty though (even though I forgot to bring either paper towels or water!).

Then over the bridge in the fog and through the tunnel. Sausalito was clear (I think Marin County has demons up on the mountain with fans and brooms keeping the fog out! It's amazing to go through the tunnel from socked in grey cotton to blue sky and sun.

We drove up to Petaluma and stopped at Orchard Supply Hardware briefly, then turned on 166, then onto Stony Point Rd. and headed up to Occidental. I drove us up to Petaluma; Rich drove from Petaluma into into Occidental (and I looked at the countryside).

It was a lovely day for a car trip trip. We saw lots of cows in assorted colors, vultures, and rolling hills (golden in July). We past some horses in a pasture and there was quite a little colt with his mama. We also passed one field of cos where there was a baby calf lying in the shade near the fence with his mama (I wanted to go back and pet ;-)

We got to Occidental by 11:30. (We'd been told shuttles would arrive to pick us up starting at 11:50). In the meantime, we walked around a bit and went into a store where I bought some cute Gund stuffies. Then we wandered over to the Union Motel (closed) where we were supposed to congregate.

We congregated. We talked. We found a spot with some wind (it was a very warm day). We found some shade. The shuttles were late. Eventually an SUV appeared along with a woman to "check us in". The SUV took three people up to the compound. A mini van came, then a second. People went. We weren't fast enough.

Rich and I went and sat in the shade again. Eventually a minivan came back and we piled in and it drove up into the hills to the compound.

[... to Be Continued ...]

Day Trippin' ( in category Nature/Cats , Special Interests ) - posted at Sat, 16 Jul, 22:37 Pacific | Comments (1)

Friday July 15, 2005

Treasures 2005_28

Monday July 11, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_27

This week started off with a bang (several bangs in fact). We get a lot of neighborhood fireworks on the 4th and we can see them very well from our living room windows. I don't know how many were the most expensive "Safe and Sane" variety and how many came up from Mexico, Guatemala, or the Philippines, but it was a good show. There were lots of colored sparkles in the air as well as lots of booms and ratatattats.

The kitties were not happy. Bebop hunkered down in the guest room. Everyone tried to pretend to be blase'.

I read until 11. The fireworks must have gone on until after midnight; I could hear them long after I turned out the lights. ...
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Friday July 8, 2005

Treasures 2005_27

Thursday July 7, 2005

Laura's Wholesome Junk Food


My favorite monster would approve. These are Good Cookies!

I discovered Laura's Wholesome Junk Food cookies at a Whole Foods grocery store (a delight in itself!). I bought a package of Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bite-lettes.

A bite-lette is a funny shape for a cookie — not quite round, sort of a squat cylinder, like three checkers piled on top of each other — a flattened ball.

Ingredients: Rolled oats, chocolate chips, date paste, Canola oil, evaporated cane juice, fruit juice, unbleached enriched flour, unsweetened soy milk, unsweetened coconut, ...
Cookie Monster-4


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Wednesday July 6, 2005

Deep Impact

I suppose by now you've heard about Deep Impact, NASA's successful mission to blast a hole in Comet Tempel 1. It's been in the newspapers; I read about it first in the NASA Science News email newsletter. Considering that this all happened 268,000 miles from home, I'm pretty impressed at the accuracy of the mission.

There was another "deep impact" that I never considered, although I suppose it makes a certain amount of sense. It appears that a Russian astrologer is suing NASA, seeking damages for moral suffering caused by the mission. The experiment "ruins the natural balance of forces in the universe" and has "deformed" her horoscope.

Scientists say the crash did not significantly alter the comet's orbit around the sun... NASA representatives could not be reached for comment on the suit.

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Sunday July 3, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_26

The weather started out grey and foggy early in the week but it's been pretty and blue for the past few days.

Rich was out of town last weekend. The cats and I snuggled and I read.

I decided to install Visio (under Virtual PC) for The Job. Unfortunately, I don't run Windows much or often (I think it's been two years) and hadn't updated in a long time. Visio insisted it needed the latest Service Pack before I could install. So... It took most of the weekend to get to where I could install Visio. Somewhere in the midst of the updating of Windows, Service Packs, and security patches, something went wrong and it wouldn't boot. I had to start over from scratch. Yuck! The second time I made a lot of intermediate backups just in case (the second time was successful).

I think there were some 70 service packs and security patches in all. Ugh!

Rich bought me a t-shrt at the Apple store. The front says, in small letters:

Air. Water. UNIX.
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Friday July 1, 2005