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Memoirs of a Lunatic

The title almost says it all. I'm a little insane, like all folks, and I'm just putting down what I think about. Maybe some of it is funny, maybe some of it isn't. Just come read and find out for yourself.

Friday, December 31, 2004

Got This in an E-Mail

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He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm howizzitor. He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.

He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must. He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional. He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to march.

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He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry. He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts. If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands. He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death then he should have in his short lifetime.

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He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed. He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

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He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood. And now we even have woman over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so. As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot.. A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.......

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At 1/01/2005 3:36 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

Hello Guru,

Happy Hew Year!!

I have a nephew that is in Fallujah. He is 20 and has seen and heard more then anyone should, at any age. He is a gunnerman on a tank. Several of our daughter's friends are also over there. I worry about them all. I get an email from my nephew once in awhile. He has written to ask for prayers for our soldiers and for the children of Iraq.


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Weight Loss Challenge

As Trinity had posted here, we are all gearing up to be big losers. I was already going to do something soon because of an article I read in Men's Health magazine all about diabetes. It also added something that I did not know. If you've got diabetes long enough, you won't be able to get it up anymore.

See for yourself. (The file is 7.7 megs. If you don't have broadband (my test download was less than a minute), or aren't patient, you can just take my word for it. I won't be offended.)

That is unacceptable. I wasn't originally going to start right at the New Year, mostly because I didn't want to be jumping on the Jan 1 bandwagon that everyone is going to shoot for. Because they don't mean it every year, I wouldn't get much support from my co-workers and I wanted to make this as likely to succeed as possible.

Fortunately now, that objection is moot. We are going to have so many people participating in our little Blogger challenge, that I couldn't turn without bumping into one.

I start school on Monday and our new way of eating/living. My wife remarked last night, I won't be gaining the "Freshman Fifteen", I will be losing it - and MORE!!!

Here's to that, for all of the participants.


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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Fee Paying and Book Shopping

Since I am starting school on Monday, I had to go down to the Ohio State campus and drop off my Letter of Credit from my employer to take care of my tuition. My co-worker (and fellow OSU attendee) Chad, drove me down there so that we could both get our fees taken care of and check out books.

When we got to Fees and Deposits, there was a line of about 10 people that we waited in that moved at an okay rate. When Chad got to the window to pay his fees, the woman directed us to window 4 where letters of credit from employers are taken.

Okay, but window 4 had no teller.

We went over there and waited. Finally, some woman showed up with a bag of Wendy's and Chad tried to give her his form. He tried making small talk with her about her day and she snapped back that she was trying to have some lunch. Chad apologized for disturbing her lunch and thanked her for taking the form. But, she had a problem with the form. His name wasn't on it. His social security number was, however, so her whining about not knowing where to post the money was unfounded. She finally took the form and I stepped up to the window.

She looked more disgusted that yet another jacka** was disturbing her lunch and complained about my form as well. This time, she didn't like that mine had my name on it, while lacking the social security number. Sheesh.

She also complained to us that maybe she "wouldn't take any more forms from my employer since she didn't like how they looked". Nice try, beeeyatch. We aren't the first two employees from my company to attend there, so I know that Ohio State had processed those forms before. I would also like to hear her boss' opinion on her assertion that OSU would turn down not only $4,000.00 today in tuition, but all of the rest of the tens upon tens of thousands of dollars that my company spends there each quarter. Right. Just cuz you hate your job, lady, don't take it out on me.

After that, it was off to the bookstores. I had two classes to get books for. I only ended up getting my Psych book (since I get paid tomorrow and couldn't afford the other until then). Plus, Psych is Monday and I wanted to be ready for the first class. Here is a pic of my textbook below.

With all apologies to Trinity... Life is Grand when you are getting fisted with textbook prices!


At 12/31/2004 9:48 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Did you buy it used? Or did you have to buy a new book? Are you able to turn it back in for money after finishing your class?

At 12/31/2004 10:15 AM, Blogger Guru said...

I forgot to include about that. My Psych textbook was $68.00 used and my math book will be like $75.00 used, I believe. I will be able to turn them in for money at the end, but not for much. However, I will be keeping my Calculus book because it is for Math 151, 152, 153, and 254. Since, I have to take all of those, it is ALL GOOD.


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Alamo Bowl

Man, that was a great game to watch! Mike Nugent set the all time Ohio State career scoring record and Ted Ginn, Jr. announced his candidacy for the 2005 Heisman trophy. And, oh yeah, we won 33-7.

We started the game off right, picking Okie State off on their first possession and turning it in to a TD off of a nice grab by Anthony Gonzales.
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Ted Ginn, Jr. was all over the place. He lined up at QB, ran reverses, and caught all sorts of passes. Here he is getting his run on.

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Here he is about to switch direction and break this dude's ankles.

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And here he is after scoring his TD, just giving the ball to the ref like he had been there before (my favorite kind of TD reaction).

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I tried to find a picture of one of my favorite Alamo Bowl moments, but couldn't. It happened during a Ted Ginn, Jr. run. While Ginn was cutting back across the field, Justin Zwick laid a KILLER block on a defensive lineman, knocking him flat on to the field. He then just stood over the guy, as if daring him to move. I loved it.

Our defense played like they were possessed. They stopped the vaunted Okie State running game and only allowed their starting running back 20 yards on 8 carries, while Ohio State's LieDown (Lydell) Ross had 99 yards on 12 carries with a TD, finally looking like I had hoped that he would all season.

The team played great in every aspect of the game and if not for the freaking announcers and halftime and post game talking ONLY about the Troy Smith thing, it would have been a perfect time. Stupid ESPN.

In the living room, the grub was, of course, great. Trin made some frozen pizzas that I loved to death. I actually took another slice of pizza to fill the tiny empty spot left in my tummy over a bowl of ice cream, so you know that I was feeling it.

I am only sad that I will have to wait so long to cheer my team on to victory again.



At 12/31/2004 12:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The block was also my favorite play of the game.


At 12/31/2004 12:14 AM, Blogger Guru said...


I can't wait to hear about your experiences at the game.


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Wednesday, December 29, 2004


Well, after a month hiatus, I finally get some Ohio State football action this evening. OSU (Ohio State) is playing OSU (Oklahoma State) in the Alamo Bowl. My co-worker, and all around good guy, Chris is in Texas for the game. I envy him that, but I am just as glad to spend the evening at G's house eating all of his candy and cookies before the diet starts.

I will, of course, give you all the full scientific breakdown of the game tomorrow.

Au Revoir. And, GO BUCKS!


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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Your World

It's a stackable quiz! You take 3 quizzes and it creates a portrait of your life from head to toe.

To take the quiz, go here if you are a boy and here if you are a girl.

Solid Ground


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Don't Know Why...

...but I really like this picture. I mean, of course the sink itself is cool aesthetically, but that isn't all. I just like it, so I thought I would share.

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Monday, December 27, 2004

Reggie White 1961-2004

I was watching football yesterday when I heard the announcers talking about a former football player who had died suddenly in his sleep from a heart attack brought on by sleep apnea. My ears perked up to find out who had died and my heart did a sickening flip flop to hear that it was Reggie White.

The first time I had ever heard of Reggie White was when I was young and I had a subscription to Sports Illustrated for Kids. He was on the cover of one of the issues with a caption that included the words, "Minister of Defense". That struck me as an odd thing to say, so I flipped back to read the article.

I learned that Reggie White was an ordained minister and that he was a strong presence for Christ in the locker room. In addition to that, he was probably the best person ever to play his position, so he opened a lot of doors to discuss his faith with that. Then I understood the play on words that had been on the cover and thought that it was extremely clever.

Reggie changed so much in the NFL when he signed as a free agent with Green Bay. Wisconsin is not known to be a great friend and home to southern black men, and not too many black players went there voluntarily. But Reggie looked at the storied history of the franchise, the fans, the commitment from ownership, prayed about it, and decided to go.

His arrival made the Packers contenders again. Soon, quality free agents wanted to sign with Green Bay and they began their march toward the Super Bowl. They appeared in two Super Bowls, winning one, and were consistently in the NFC Championship Game, losing to Dallas a number of times.

Reggie wanted to retire after winning the Super Bowl and he had a lucrative TV deal lined up with CBS to fall back on. But, he appeared before the Wisconsin legislature and said this:

"We allow rampant sin, including homosexuality and lying," White said, "and because it has run rampant in our nation, our nation is in the condition it is today."

White also lamented the fact that homosexuals "compare their plight with the plight of black people."

"Homosexuality is a decision; it's not a race," he said.

For this, he lost that job with CBS, so he returned to the NFL again. After his career was over in 2000, he continued his ministry work. No one who met Reggie White disliked him. He was a very friendly and charismatic person. He often spoke up in locker rooms and said that "Y'all don't need to be cussin'. God don't like that." But, because of the respect that he commanded, he was not an outcast because of it.

Reggie White served the Lord well and I know that he will be missed here on Earth and will be welcomed in to Heaven.


At 12/27/2004 8:10 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

We should tell our father-in-law about how Reggie died. He needs to get serious about his sleep apnea and get back on the machine.

At 12/27/2004 8:24 AM, Blogger Guru said...

I forgot to include a line about that.

I agree. I actually discussed that with Lo last night. FIL had a machine, but returned it for some whiny reason. He needs to get serious about his health and stop thinking that he can "just walk" and get better, eating how he does.

Walking might help, but he never gets too serious about it for extended periods of time. Nor does he get serious about his eating. I really worry about his health.

At 12/27/2004 8:31 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Yes, I worry about FIL health along with my hubbys. I don't want him getting diabetes like alot of his relatives. That is why my hubby decided to join me in trying to lose weight starting this Sunday. I want to lose 30 more pounds and he needs to lose at least 3 times that. We are racing to see who can lose the most each week/month.

Anyone out in blogworld want to join the race? See who can be the biggest loser?


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Sunday, December 26, 2004

Maddox Bringing the Pain on U2

Wow. After a two month absence, Maddox has hit us with two quick ones in a row. The second of which, is very funny.

Drifter, try not to get too offended.


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Saturday, December 25, 2004

Power Out... Again

Fresh off our power outage on Thursday, our power went down at about 4pm on Christmas Eve. Needless to say, this stunk. We waited for two hours, but had to go stay at my father-in-law's house because our house was getting crazy cold.

The power came back on about midnight, judging by when our alarm clock started back up. We definitely couldn't have held out until then. Though our power is still up, neighborhoods adjacent to ours are still without power going in to a third day. There are trees and poles and power lines down everywhere. Not a pretty sight.

I hope our power is back for good now. It is such a pain to be forced out of your house on Christmas Eve. I can't even imagine how those people whose houses burn down over the holidays must feel.

I pray that we don't have to go through something like that. I might snizap.


At 12/25/2004 10:30 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

I know the day before Thanksgiving my area got hit with a very wet heavy snow and then ice. We never did lose power, but some only 2 miles away were out for 5 1/2 days.

It sucks anytime, but more so during holidays.



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Christmas Haul

Here is what I got for Christmas

1. A sized OSU hat.
2. Renewed Subscription to ESPN, the Magazine (see here my love for it)
3. $30.00 Caaaaaash Money
4. $25.00 Gift Card to Wal-Mart
5. Knights of the Old Republic X-Box Game
6. A calculator, calendar, money converting thing that looks like the cool phones from the Matrix. I might keep it at my desk for aesthetic value.
7. A golf bag stamp roll dispenser, from my middle daughter. (Don't play golf or use stamps, but I LOVE it! Also a desk item)
8. A daily desk calendar with motivational quotes on each day. (My desk is gonna be filling up)

I have Christmas with my Dad tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes. I usually get an outfit from him, which I always need, so we'll see.


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Friday, December 24, 2004

Spiderman Reviews Crayons

Here. Laugh. Or not. I don't care. But his view on the white crayon is pretty funny.


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Where Am I, Minnesota?

Wow. We got absolutely KILLED with a snowstorm Wednesday night / Thursday morning. Trees were down everywhere, every car that was outside was frozen shut from the freezing rain, power was out for several hundred thousand residents, and the roads were crazy treacherous.

Unfortunately, I was one of the people without power yesterday. Our power went out at about 9am yesterday and didn't come back on until about 10pm.

I couldn't get my car satisfactorily cleaned off (even after having it running for 30 minutes). The front and back windshields were clear and the driver and passenger windows, but the backseat windows were not getting any warmer from the heater and the ice was so thick that I wasn't making any headway. I talked to one of my co-workers and he said that he took a rubber mallet to his car to break it free from the ice. I should have tried that.

I decided to take our van, which was in the garage, and take my wife and 3 kids to her grandma's house where they had power so that they could all stay warm. Then I went on to work.

No one was there. I got to get a lot done without interruption. After work, I picked up my wife and kids and went to Trin's house to eat dinner and wait out the power situation some more. The meal that she made was absolutely delicious and I thank her for her hospitality to our little band of refugees.

Then we headed home. The power wasn't on yet (we called our house many times to see if the machine would pick up), but it didn't. But, we needed to go home and collect things to go stay at my father-in-law's house.

Fortunately, when we got home, our power was on. Based on the digital clock, it had only been on for 26 minutes. So that means that it wasn't on when we left, but got turned on while we were en route. That also means that at some point, I got an answered prayer from the Almighty. I definitely thank Him for that.

Story over.


At 12/24/2004 8:47 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Hey, your family can come over any time...when the power's out! Heehee! Just kidding!

I'm glad your power came back on so that you could update your blog!


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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Wrong of Me

This was posted on the web with this headline.

Polish Company Attempts to Enter the Lucrative Arms Market

Sadly the sales of this model never took off.

That's just wrong. Funny, but wrong.


At 12/24/2004 12:02 AM, Blogger ghraper said...

I gotta get me one of those. Which direction do the bullets go in?


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Stupid ESPN

They ran a story about the top 10 rookies in 2004 across all sports. In their opinion, Ben Roethlisberger was only number 2, with some runner, Jeremy Wariner, number 1. Well, as you can see from the snapshot of the poll that I pasted below, the fans have a different outlook, giving Ben over 61% of the vote at the time that I voted. And that wasn't just with me, the mayor of Pittsburgh, and few other guys voting. That was over 15,000 strong reporting. Darn you, ESPN! Why are you always trying to keep a brother down?

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

License Plates

I know that some of you have looked at my profile picture of the "Guru" Ohio License Plate and said, "How can I be down?". You want to make your own, don't you? Well, I have decided to share and give all of my loyal readers the link.

Here you go.


At 12/22/2004 11:24 PM, Blogger Drifter said...

You da man, GURU!!!

At 12/23/2004 12:56 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Hey thanks! Check out my blog to see my personalized plate.


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Interesting facts that I had always observed and assumed, but are actually proven facts.

Smoking is directly correlated with income level and years of education. Since the release of the first Surgeon General's Report on smoking in 1964, smoking has become ever more concentrated among populations with lower incomes and fewer years of education. Whereas the highest income Americans once smoked at levels even greater than the poorest, they now smoke at barely half the rate of those of lowest income.

* 32.9 percent of adults who are below the poverty level smoke, compared to 22.2 percent of adults who are at or above the poverty level. Between 1983 and 2002, the gap in smoking prevalence between those living below the poverty line and those living at or above it increased from 8.7 percentage points to 10.7 percentage points.

* Families with the highest income level experienced a 62 percent reduction in current smoking between 1965 and 1999, while families with the lowest income level only experienced a 9 percent reduction in current smoking rates over the same time period. (note from me: those reduction numbers are incredible.)

* Smoking among Medicaid recipients is much higher than smoking among the overall adult population: 36 percent vs. 22.5 percent, respectively.

* 31 percent of adults who do not graduate from high school smoke compared to just 12.1 percent of those with a college education, and 7 percent of those with a graduate degree.

* Among college-age adults, those not in college are much more likely to smoke than full-time college students (37.6% v. 26.7%).

* Smoking among college bound high school seniors is 23.6 percent while smoking among noncollege bound seniors is 37.5 percent.

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Does this surprise you? What do you think about it?


At 12/22/2004 10:31 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

No it doesn't surprise me. I loved statistics when I was in college. Math and anything with numbers is me fav thing. In my psychology class we talked about this phenomenon and there are many theories on why. From am innate wish to die; to feeling there is no future; to just being educated and wealthy enough to hear more on the effects of smoking; to defiance; to at one time being the in thing to do. I smoked almost 3 packs a day when I got pregnant in 1983. I quit cold turkey. My husband smoked 2 packs a day until his first heart attack in 1996. he also quit cold turkey. Now to me it is a sticky, nasty habit and I wonder why anybody does it. And they are so damn expensive now.

At 12/26/2004 7:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smokers can eat a dick.


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Tuesday, December 21, 2004


Woo, this is going to be a tough day. I went in to work yesterday at noon because my team at work is launching a big project today and we had to do all of the server conversions after production hours. We figured that we could be done by 9 or 10.

WRONG! I got home from work last night at 2:15 am! AND, I am up now, because I have to get to work today by 8 am to oversee the first people using the web app. So I left work at 1:50 am and will be back by 8 am. Not a huge turnaround there.

I got about 4 hours and some change of sleep last night and now have to rush off to get to work. I don't mind so little sleep, it is the fact that I haven't had any Pete time or family time. When I get up in the morning, I like to play on the computer for an hour or so. In the evening, I like to watch TV with the family and mess with my kiddos. None of that yesterday.

The good news is that I am going to try to get off today at noon or 1 pm if everything about the launch goes well. Here's to hoping that it does go well, so I can get up and out!


At 12/21/2004 7:18 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Did your company at least feed you since you worked so late?

At 12/21/2004 8:13 AM, Blogger ghraper said...

Some popcorn, peanuts, or CrackerJack at least?

At 12/21/2004 11:25 AM, Blogger Guru said...

No. The first food I ate since about 5pm yesterday was when I had a timbit or 6 that Chad brought in this morning. The first time I drank anything since 5pm was when I bought a pop at 10am this morning.

Luckily, they are buying us pizza this morning and Black Steve came in off of his vacation to bring us some doughnuts.

At 12/21/2004 2:19 PM, Blogger Drifter said...

Dag......make sure you get some of this time back.....

They be treating you like a slave!!!!


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Monday, December 20, 2004

A Funny

As seen on gundog99

A physician claimed that the following are actual comments made by his Patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies:

1. "Take it easy, Doc. You're boldly going where no man has gone before!"

2. "Find Amelia Earhart yet?"

3. "Can you hear me NOW?"

4. "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?"

5. "You know, in Arkansas, we're now legally married."

6. "Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?"

7. "You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out..."

8. "Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!"

9. "If your hand doesn't fit, you must quit!"

10. "Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity."

11. "You used to be an executive at Enron, didn't you?"

12. "God, Now I know why I am not gay."

13. "Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there."


At 12/20/2004 9:26 AM, Blogger stupid said...

Hey thanks for the link, and the blogoxplosion comment. I also tried getting a iPod from, but they rejected 4 of my referrals and placed my account on hold. If you don't have many referrals, I'd sugest that you switch to I got an iPod through them. Received it about two weeks ago. Good luck. Mahalo.

At 12/20/2004 12:58 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I love number 8 and 12. Very funny!

At 12/20/2004 6:43 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

Hilarious ;-))

At 10/21/2005 1:41 PM, Blogger Amelia's Voice said...

Hilarious reponses to gastronomic indulgences; but my dentist is the one who found Amelia my book "Amelia's Voice".


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Sunday, December 19, 2004

Which DiVAS Member Are You?

In honor of just having seen Kill Bill 1 and 2...

O-Ren Ishii (Cottonmouth)

You're O-Ren Ishii! Twisted and homicidal, you respect most people, but let them know not to mess with you. You have a talent for sensing danger, and keep only the most loyal and skilled people around you.

Kill Bill: Which Deadly Viper Assassin Are You? (Vol. II spoilers... results with pics)


At 12/20/2004 7:47 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I am Beatrix Kiddo (Black Mamba)-You're the Bride! Strong and determined, you can do anything once you set your mind to it. You long for vengeance and for a happy ending, and will do anything to achieve them.


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Kill Bill

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As many of my readers know, both Trinity and Drifter both watched Kill Bill over the past week. Click their names to read their reviews of it. For those of you too lazy to do that, I'll sum it up... Drifter didn't like the killing, Trinity did.

Now for my opinion.

Short story is that I liked the movie very much. After dropping my kids off at Trin's house, Lo and I ate dinner and came home to watch the movie. She fell asleep about an hour in to the first one and I watched them both back to back without much of a problem.

As Trinity said in her post, most of the violence had a comical bent to it, almost to absurd to be disturbing. The only part that I had problem with was the first kill that we get to see, where The Bride kills Vernita Green and Vernita's kid sees it. I don't like to see kids involved with the violence.

Overall, I loved the story (which Vol 2. had much more of) and I enjoyed some of the great fight sequences. Here's what I would say, though. I wouldn't recommend this movie to everyone. People who can't stand that much killing shouldn't watch it. Nor would I just blanketly recommend the movies to someone who is not a fan of other Tarantino films. If you like Tarantino, you will like this.

As a bonus, my favorite wallpaper from the Kill Bill Website:
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At 12/19/2004 10:07 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Good review! I'm glad you liked it.


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Saturday, December 18, 2004

Truth In Advertising

You don't see it too often anymore, but here are some advertisements that really follow the spirit of truthfulness.

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Friday, December 17, 2004


How do you fare?

:: how jedi are you? ::


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Christmas Programs

This week both of my daughters had their Christmas Programs.

The Preschool program was on Tuesday and was very cute. My daughter loved being up their doing it and she was sooooo cute. But, she is my kid, so one doesn't have to wonder where she got it ;-) They sang some songs, with motions, in between clips from a video of Santa played by the Pastor at the church that their school is in. Don't worry. Santa ended up worshipping Jesus, so it is really all okay.

The Academy program was last night and it was an excellent program. It started off with some stringed instrument playing that was decent, followed by 3 violin solos that were incredible. Unfortunately, the first girl (8 yrs old) cried herself off stage when she was done. My daughter guessed that she was having terrible stage fright, but the crying happened after her performance - and she was good. The second one was her sister and she was also very good. She had a mistake in the middle of her solo, but picked right back up like a pro. The third one was also good. But, he looked bored. He walked to the front, put the violin under his chin, pinned it there, wiped his hands on his pants and then just got to playin'. He swayed and was working his hands vigorously to get all of the notes out. He played really well. If you just watched him, he had all of the movements of a famous violinist. I have no doubt that one day his music will catch up with that. But when he was done he just dropped his hands to his sides and kind of shuffled back to his seat, like he was annoyed that he had to do it. I wonder if he likes playing, or if his parents make him?

Next came my daughter's play. They would do a scene and then everyone would break in to song. During one upbeat song, a second grade girl was busting roundoff back handsprings over and over and over... I was more than a little impressed. When it was my daughter's turn to deliver her lines, she nailed every one and spoke clearly and not monotone. She did it as well as she did at home during practice and I'm glad she didn't get stage fright. Later she told me that she just pretended that the room was empty.

After the play, the girls and I went to Wendy's and ate in the restaurant. Lo had to go feed the baby and take her grandma home so it was just us. It was a very nice time while we were in the restaurant, but going there and coming home they were the devil!

I still love them, though.


At 12/17/2004 9:59 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Your preschooler did so well and looked beautiful on Tuesday! I was so proud!

I am sorry I missed the academy program. I'm disappointed that I was not able to make it because of work. But, I am happy that she did a wonderful job.


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Thursday, December 16, 2004

New Template pt. 2

Don't get upset.

This isn't the final version by any means. I was just really sick of Spiderman and I couldn't go back to my old one. I have to act when the whim hits me or else I will never get done with things.

There are a ton of changes (sorry, Trin) that I still want to make, including to sizes and styles of things, because when I previewed this in Blogger Preview it was different than what you are looking at now.

I will probably be tinkering daily with something (sorry again, Trin) so don't be surprised if my site looks at least a little different every day.

Rock on.


At 12/16/2004 8:34 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Just when I got used to the black template, you go and change it! Ahhhhh!

But, I like this one much better.

At 12/16/2004 9:01 AM, Blogger ghraper said...

I like this one better too. It's a little "Plain Jane" but that's fine. I'm sure your improvements will make it that much nicer.

p.s. I see you've adopted the peekaboo comments as well. Was that intentional, or just a bonus?

At 12/16/2004 10:25 AM, Blogger Guru said...

I actually had the documentation saved in my "New Template" folder on my computer for quite some time. I found it back when I was making my Spiderman template. Then, you did yours, so I decided to just include it low-key style. I also included it in Woman From Illinois' new template, because it is a superior way to do comments.

At 12/16/2004 2:46 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

I noticed it on WFILL's new template. You're right. It is a far superior method for comments.


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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

New Template

No, not for me. For Woman From Illinois. I promised her that I would make her a template if she let me know what she wanted. She found a design from and I went to work Bloggerizing it. I am pretty happy with the functionality and how it turned out except for one thing.

Check this out.

In Firefox, the thing looks good. There are two columns, the left one taking about 2/3rds of the page. See below. (Click Thumbnail for Full-Size)

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But, in IE, it messes up the table and makes them both about 50% of the width. It is still usable, but it looks kind of funny. See below. (Click Thumbnail for Full-Size)

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Darn that stupid IE. It looks right in Firefox on PC and Mac, on Safari, and on Camino. Just not on IE.

So, WFIl, if you want me to take a look and try to fix it, let me know.


At 12/16/2004 6:17 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

Hello Guru,
If you would like to fix it you may. What is your opinion on the readability of the colors? I know for my self, I do not linger on a site that is difficult for me to read. What color of font do you like the best??

Thanks Again


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Tuesday, December 14, 2004


Okay, here is the deal. EA Sports video game company signed an exclusive deal with the NFL Player's union. Do you know what that means? It means that my favorite football video game, ESPN Football won't be able to use people's names starting next year. The Steelers will have Number 7 at quarterback and Number 36 at tailback. That is such BULLCRAP!!! ESPN put out the superior game this year and now their sales will hit the crap pile because of this.

I haven't liked Madden since 98. I was so happy to discover the ESPN franchise for awesome gameplay and now this. Why, God? Why me?

I will say this. I will NOT buy Madden next year. I will buy ESPN and I will rename them or get whatever mod the gaming community finds to fix the problem. For instance, you can't use college player's names. So, even on EA College football, they are all numbers. But, there is a roster that people make available for download that puts names to it. I'll bet that someone will do that for ESPN as well.

ESPN will get my money as long as they have the superior product, not because of some bull crap deal!


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Monday, December 13, 2004

First Day Back

Well, my vacation is over now. I went back to work this morning to some CRAP! I had a problem pop up with my letter writing tool and I couldn't work on it. Because of the system upgrade, I had to reinstall Visual Studio on my laptop (3 hours!) before I could work.

Once I got it up and running, I couldn't find the problem that was causing the database server time outs. I finally figured out that the stupid Crystal Reports program had put a lock on a TON of records and wouldn't let them be edited or deleted. I had to kill the lock that had been on there for 10 days and POOF, all was right with the world.

Also, tonight G and I did the GAP thing and earned $150.00. So, a busy day, but its money earned. (Which I won't see, but, you know.)


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Sunday, December 12, 2004


If you want to see something gross, click here.

Don't say you weren't warned.

If you don't want to see something gross, but instead read something interesting, click here.

You may, of course, do both.

Bonus Quiz...

I took all of the different number of questions for the test and was Saddam every time. Of course, I looked at all of the results and the personality that they describe Saddam as above most accurately describes me. Great.


At 12/12/2004 4:08 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

You are a detached intellectual whose ideas saved/will destroy the world. You are Einstein. You lead with your mind exploring the unknown and help to invent the future of mankind.

At 12/12/2004 4:23 PM, Blogger Guru said...

You didn't comment on the "gross" picture? Weren't you (wo)man enough to go there? Or are you at a loss for words?

At 12/12/2004 5:08 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I was woman enough to go there! Just not gross enough to comment on. So the guy has a little back hair. As long as his woman is pleased, why would she care about his back and arms? Heehee!!!

At 12/12/2004 7:32 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

I got the same as G!


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Saturday, December 11, 2004

Bad Dinner Experience

For Lo's birthday, we ate dinner at Logan's. We got there at 7:15 and were told that we would have about a 15 minute wait. They got us a table in 13 or 14 minutes. Perfect. No problem there.

They seated us. Someone came and took our drink orders and brought them to us, then this person told us that our waitress would be right with us. She was, sort of. About five minutes later she took our food order and I asked for more peanuts and she brought them. She said she would bring us bread. No problem. 7:35.

Then, 25 minutes later, we have no rolls, no soup or salad, and no sign of our waitress. People are getting seated all around us, getting rolls when the waitress comes to take orders, getting refills, getting salads, while we get BUBKISS! Since it was 8:00, we had to go. The movie didn't start until 8:45, and not having entrees by 8:00 wouldn't have worried me normally. It had to be coming any minute. What worried me was that we had NO FOOD. We would never be able to get done in time. We decided to leave. I left $4.00 on the table for the drinks and we left. Problem.

I wanted to talk to a manager before we left, but Lo didn't want to. Finally, she had enough of my complaining in the car and she let me call back there. I talked to a manager and explained the situation and he was VERY apologetic. He offered us some free stuff the next time we come back and if we ask for him, we will get it. Problem solved.

I was still hacked about not being able to eat dinner, but he did all he could do. Let me say this, I have NEVER complained to a restaurant manager before. I'm 27 and I have only complained to a supervisor about their employee ONCE. (Rude person answering the phones for ABN AMRO Mortgage, in case you are wondering.) I do not advocate telling the manager about every little problem that you have. But, this was over the line, no?


At 12/11/2004 11:45 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

In my vast dining experience, being completely forgotten or unattended to is an extreme rarity, well worthy of a complaint, along with some extent of compensation. No need to make a scene, like some are prone to do, but a matter which warrants being brought to the manager's attention.


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Ocean's Twelve

I went and saw Ocean's Twelve last night and I absolutely loved it. I expected to love it based on how much I loved the first movie, but I started to get some doubts. A couple walked out of the theater and said that the movie stinks and that we should try to get our money back before it started. They couldn't have been more wrong.

Instead of just one caper, we get to see the team rob a couple of places and more hi-tech crime is more greatness on screen. The basic plot is this: Benedict has located the team and wants his money back with interest. The team doesn't have it, so they must get together and rob again. Great movie ensues.

I'm not going to give too much away about the movie, because I didn't read much about it at all and I think that it aided my enjoyment. I was curious this morning to see what reviewers said about the movie. They generally liked it, but gave away too much of the movie in the reviews, IMHO.

Let me just say this. I love their style. They create so much chaos around their objective that the audience isn't really sure what is happening. I love it. You are engrossed enough in what they ARE doing, then you come to find out that it was a ploy for this, or that you missed what was going on right in front of you.

My ONLY knock on the movie was centered around a cameo moment where Bruce Willis was involved. I enjoyed Bruce being in the movie, but I just wanted to place the scene for you when you see it. You will probably know what I am considering a cop-out.

My rating? If the first one got 4 stars (which it did for me), this one gets 3.75 stars. Not too shabby for a sequel.

AND, I will buy the DVD.


At 12/11/2004 9:12 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Oh, and I forgot...

Trin, you will be happy to know that Rusty (Brad Pitt) is constantly eating in this movie, too.

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Friday, December 10, 2004

Death in Local Columbus Nightclub

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Many of my loyal readers may not know the group Pantera, or may not know the members of the group by name. Back in the 90s, when Vulgar Display of Power came out, it was one of my favorite albums. I know that you who know me may be thinking, "I thought he loved rap?". But I like all kinds of music, except country, and used to love to listen to Walk and I'm Broken to get amped up to do things that required my adrenaline to be pumping.

As most of you who listen to the news at all over the last day or so know that Dimebag Darrell was killed Wednesday night while his new band was playing at the Alrosa Villa. I'll tell you what bugs me about that the most... That it happened in Columbus.

That is some freak stuff that happened that night. I am thankful that the officer was able to sneak in to the club and take out the shooter before there were more deaths, but why did anyone have to die at all?

Like I said earlier, I know that the band plays music that gets people pumped up, but I never wanted to kill anyone because of it. Rumor around here is also saying that the shooter was mad at Dimebag and his brother Vinnie (the drummer) for breaking up Pantera. I don't know how true that is because they weren't the reason that the band broke up. The singer, Phil Anselmo and the bassist from Pantera wanted to leave the band and had nothing but bad things to say about the direction that Pantera was going.

I have been listening to my favorite songs from Vulgar Display of Power over the last few days and have really been enjoying it. It brings back some fun memories from when I used to listen to it before. It also makes me sad that such a great guitarist had to die that way.


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Thursday, December 09, 2004

Which Type of Computer Virus Are You?

Love the new image, you've come along way since wooden horses, but as popular as ever.
Computer virus quiz


At 12/09/2004 2:31 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

My virus type is the boot sector -Small sleek and potentially devastating, rarely seen these days and rather retro.

At 12/09/2004 9:42 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

I'm a trojan too, but wow man! some of those questions were wack.

At 12/09/2004 10:14 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

I am a Trojan too. I think that's the first time we ended up with the same results on a quiz!


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Happy Birthday!

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Today is my wife Lo's birthday! She is 25. This might be the last year that I don't get in a world of trouble for telling that. But, I think older women are sexy, so I don't think the number matters, but I digress. Anyway, she'll never be older than I am, so I can never complain.

So comment here or at her blog and wish her a Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Lo!


At 12/09/2004 8:41 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I don't understand why woman over 30 never want to tell their age. What is the big deal? I hope I never have a problem telling people my age. I want to be proud of it!


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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Cheese List

I found this list, which is the result of a survey of 2000 people's opinions on the cheesiest lines from movies. I have to agree with # 1 and # 2, big time. #9 is really cliche, and I'm sure the if The Postman was any good #10 would have been higher on the list, because that line is HORRIBLE. The problem is that no one saw the movie to consider the line.

What are your thoughts on the list? Any of your favorites on there, for good or bad? Anything on there that you don't think deserves to be? Anything NOT on there that you think should be?

1. "Titanic": Leonardo DiCaprio's "I'm the king of the world!"

2. "Dirty Dancing": Patrick Swayze's "Nobody puts Baby in the corner."

3. "Four Weddings And A Funeral": Andie McDowell's "Is it still raining? I hadn't noticed."

4. "Ghost": Demi Moore's "Ditto." to Patrick Swayze's "I love you."

5. "Top Gun": Val Kilmer to Tom Cruise: "You can be my wingman anytime"

6. "Notting Hill": Julia Roberts' "I'm just a girl... standing in front of a boy... asking him to love her."

7. "Independence Day": Bill Pullman's "Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"

8. "Braveheart": Mel Gibson's "They may take our lives, but they will not take our freedom!"

9. "Jerry Maguire": Renee Zellweger to Tom Cruise: "You had me at hello."

10. "The Postman": A blind woman says to Kevin Costner: "You're a godsend, a savior." He replies: "No, I'm a postman."


At 12/08/2004 7:33 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I have to totally disagree with number 6! I love Notting Hill and this is actually my fav line from the movie! It's needs to be taken off the cheesiest lines list and put on the best lines from a movie list. Right now! Get on that, will ya?

At 12/08/2004 8:40 AM, Blogger ghraper said...

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At 12/08/2004 8:44 AM, Blogger ghraper said...

I agree 100%. If Trin had not already said something, that would have been my first comment. I'm also kinda partial to the Jerry MaGuire line. No reason.

Deleted that last comment due to too many typos.


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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

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John and Jane Smith are an ordinary suburban couple with an ordinary, lifeless suburban marriage. But each of them has a secret -- they are actually both legendary assassins working for competing organizations. When the truth comes out, John and Jane end up in each other's cross-hairs.

I can't wait to see this movie. Sucky thing is that it isn't coming out until June, 2005. That's a long wait. The movie kind of has a True Lies feel to it except that in this movie, both spouses are spies. If you follow the link from the picture above, you can watch the trailer which, if you have any taste at all, will make you want to see this movie too.

Perhaps we who live in this general central Ohio area can book a date to go be there as early as possible?


At 12/07/2004 2:15 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Wow!!! Looks great! I love Brad Pitt and your girl Jolie looks hot! Count me in for next June.


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Friends Don't Let Friends Use IE

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When you follow the link to the full-sized picture, what you will see is a screenshot of an Internet Explorer window loaded with toolbars (Google, MSN, My Search, Yahoo, Lycos, etc). The whitespace down about where the words Internet Explorer are is the only area of the screen that this browser can view a web page anymore.

And, if you look almost at the very bottom you will see the results from a spyware scan. 152636 spyware objects recognized! Ouch.


At 12/07/2004 7:04 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

This looks like something my sis would do!

At 12/07/2004 7:53 AM, Blogger Guru said...

I'm having a hard time not busting a gut laughing. You are right. That is exactly something that your sister would do!


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Monday, December 06, 2004

Saturday Night

I'm a little behind on reporting on my nights, so forgive me. Saturday night we went to :

I got the Three Little Pigs, as usual, and it was GOOD STUFF. For those of you who are among the uninitiated, the Three Little Pigs is a plate with little 4 inch sandwiches of their BBQ Chicken, BBQ Pulled Pork, and BBQ Beef Brisket. Sort of a sampler of their wares. It also comes with an amazing amount of fries, so I was MAD FULL when I was done. It was so very good.

After dinner, the family and I drove around looking at Christmas lights on people's houses in different neighborhoods. The kids enjoyed it. My oldest fell asleep, though, after we had barely gotten started. My second daughter, however, was awake until after we got home. (Note to self... Start to work on wearing her down earlier.)

And that was my night. Not a bad way to end up the day that started with all sorts of birthday action, is it?


At 12/06/2004 10:16 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

BBQ is of the devil Bobby, I mean Guru.

It sounds like you and the family had a great weekend together!

At 12/07/2004 12:34 PM, Blogger Drifter said...

I looooove Hoggy's!!!!


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Sunday, December 05, 2004

Party Day

Yesterday was Party Day. Loelsh gives the background story here.

I took my oldest to her skating party, dropped her off, and started driving with the baby. I drove past Media Play to see if my dad was in there, doing his manager thing on Saturday because of the holidays. He wasn't, so I got on the freeway and started heading toward Pickerington. I decided to go back and get the picture of Pizzeria New York that I forgot to get on Friday night. Having that, I stopped at the Burger King there in Pickerington.

Since I had the sleeping baby with me, I ordered at the drive through and then sat in the parking lot to eat my lunch. Then I sat and continued to hone my math skills for college by working through a book that I got from the library. I did that for about 45 minutes, then set back out for the skating rink.

I got there 45 minutes early and sat in their parking lot, ready to do more math. But, the baby woke up and spit up, so I had to climb in the back seat with him and clean him up. I just stayed back there and played with him until about 4:15, then I went in and got my daughter.

That was the end of my multi-hour free time. Math, lunch, and spit up. Am I a total geek for enjoying the heck out of myself?


At 12/05/2004 10:06 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Why did you have to get a picture of PNY?

At 12/05/2004 7:24 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I assume by now that you read my second post and see that I wanted it for my blog review of the restaurant. Plus, I didn't have anything better to do.

At 12/05/2004 10:32 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

(A Drifter-type comment) O......k


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Pizzeria New York

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Friday night, the family and I went to Pizzeria New York on 256 in Pickerington. It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing, because we left the house expecting to go to Pizza Hut (the family's suggestion, not mine), but in the car dissention filled the ranks. As we were driving our ideas went from Chinese to McDonald's to Mexican and finally decided back on Pizza.

My wife's friend had been eating Pizzeria New York when Lo had been visiting her earlier that day and raved about its yummy goodness, so we decided to go try it.

First thing I noticed was that they were flying a Steelers flag and a Buckeyes flag in the window. "Can't be too bad of folks..", I thought. Second thing I noticed was that there was a HUGE TV in the restaurant to watch. We went in, ordered, and sat down.

They had boxes of crayons (not the usual 2 colors) and placemats for the kids to color. They also had Boggle so that the family could play a game while they waited for the Pizza. We had them turn the big screen to channel 10 to watch Frosty and the girls colored and watched TV while they waited and ate. They had a good time.

My wife and I played Boggle. She got more words than I did. All of her Tumble Bees practice on paid off for her in a BIG way. Of course, there were no prizes, so I guess it didn't really pay off, but you know what I meant.

The pizza? Awesome. Love it. Some of my new favorite pizza. If you couldn't tell from the name, it is New York style pizza (think Pizza Hut Big New Yorker if you need help). It has a very thin supporting crust and a TON of cheese. It has a decent sized crust around the perimeter and it was the right combination of doughy and crusty.

We got a 16" pizza, half cheese and half pepperoni. The pepperoni slices were FULL of flavor and excellent. The cheese slices, while good and some of the best cheese only pizza I've had, were kind of bland, not unlike most cheese only pizzas I've had in my life. There isn't too much to give it any kick, and I like kick.

So that's all. My recommendation? 4 Stars. Drive, don't walk or run, there. Order massive amounts of pizza. You'll love it.


At 12/05/2004 10:08 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Wow! Sounds like you had a wonderful night out with the family! Is this going to be a new family tradition of going to PNY every Friday night?


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Saturday, December 04, 2004

Not Love, Just War

I wrote the other day about a product called Make Love Not Spam.

Lycos Europe has now taken the product off-line amid both criticism and too much web traffic.

One problem had arisen, though. One of the sites that was set to be attacked by the tool just redirected the attacks back to the Make Love Not Spam homepage, causing Lycos Europe to attack themselves. Clever, no?

Point-Counter Point. It's a chess game. Hackers and spammers can always out-do the work that the "good guys" do. Usually, it takes less than a week, often much less.

Oh, well. It was fun while it lasted. Prepare for the next volley.


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Earlier this week I borrowed Ran from the library. It is directed by Akira Kurosawa, an extremely famous Japanese Director. It came to me highly recommended from two of my co-workers, so I decided to check it out.

The title Ran is not an allusion to the English word meaning "To move swiftly on foot so that both feet leave the ground during each stride.", but instead to a Japanese word which is most closely translated Chaos. And chaos is an extremely good title for this film.

This movie is an adaptation of Shakespeare's play King Lear, but set in Feudal Japan rather than Europe. To that end, most of the storyline is quite tragic. I don't want to give away much of what happens, but basically the plot is this...

An elderly Lord who gained his kingdom by violence is ready to pass it on. He decides to make one son the main guy, but give the other two sons power and land also. Bad things happen as we find that these are truly the father's sons and treachery, deceit, and ultimately tragedy abound.

The film making is very good. Kurosawa uses color and sound to paint a very vivid picture for the drama. As an example, during a battle we are shown very graphic battle scenes, but there is no sound. Suddenly, at a crucial point in the battle that turns the story, the sound comes back dramatically. It was good stuff.

Something else that Kurosawa does that shows his completely non-Western way of film making is how he is very deliberate with his camera shots. For instance, during a scene where a group of soldiers on horseback are shown riding across a river, a Hollywood movie would show about 10 seconds of it to the watcher so that we get the gist of what is going on. Kurosawa, however, shows them cross the length of the river. We, as watchers, are to notice the details of the action. Notice who is in the scene. Notice the scenery. Feel like we are there. It may sound boring, but it is really beautiful to watch.

I recommend this movie to anyone who is of a certain mindset. I am not trying to be elitist, but some people cannot watch nearly three hour movies, especially ones without much action. The story is the attraction, not the explosions or the sex (though both are in there at times).

Most video stores do not have this movie for rent, though the library has many copies available here in Columbus. If you typically like Shakespearean stories like Hamlet, King Lear, or Othello, and you have any interest in Feudal Japanese culture, you will love this movie. Get it from the library, it costs nothing. You will be enriched for it.


At 12/04/2004 11:20 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I just might. Try to see it, that is.


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Friday, December 03, 2004


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Apparently, people have been stealing SpongeBobs off of the rooves of Burger Kings. I was first made hip to this story on Monday or so, but today it has been made known that Burger King will give a year's worth of Whoppers to anyone who gives information leading to the return of SpongeBob.

Quotes from Burger King:

"Burger King Corporation does not condone and strongly discourages anyone from going on rooftops or doing anything illegal to swipe a SpongeBob SquarePants Inflatable," said Russ Klein, chief marketing officer for BK.

"We are concerned about our missing, massive sponges and the effect their absence is having on SpongeBob fans, employees, children and parents everywhere. We hope the reward will help these AWOL SpongeBobs find their way home," he added.

Anyone with information about the missing SpongeBobs is asked to call (305) 378-3998.

Stop in your tracks, future theives! Apparently, this only applies to SpongeBobs stolen in the month of November.

So, if you have stolen a SpongeBob in November, for any reason, you may return him for a ransom of a year's worth of Whoppers.

Do it today. You have no idea the mental damage you are causing to SpongeBob fans, employees, children, and parents EVERYWHERE!


At 12/03/2004 11:27 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

I suspect the Hamburglar!


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Thursday, December 02, 2004

Make Love Not Spam

Lycos Europe has released a new product called Make Love Not Spam. What happens is that you download it and when your computer goes to screensaver mode, it hits known European spammers' computers in a Denial-Of-Service attack.

These attacks have slowed some of the spammers' servers down 85%! That is pretty darn good. Lycos added that the product stops short of bringing down the spammers' servers, because then that would be illegal.

Supposedly, spam costs the world $25 billion dollars a year in lost productivity and extra security measures. Needless to say, I don't feel sorry for the spammers one little bit.

Good for Lycos.


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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

I Love Fox Trot

Check out this comic here.

Quality humor.


At 12/01/2004 3:55 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Great comic strip. I love FoxTrot!


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I Am Orientated

I was going to blog about this this morning, but Blogger wasn't having any of it. Some general error message. It is a good thing I didn't anyway, because I just would have been all sorts of wrong.

I went to my orientation at Ohio State today. I thought that I was going to have to put up with all kinds of bad weather based on the fact that it was crazy raining and windy this morning and the fact that the Weather Channel predicted continued yuckiness.

Nothing could have been further from the truth. It was sunny and not too cold while I was there today. Nice enough walking weather. There were also free massages at the Ohio Union that I didn't partake of, but I thought that it was a great idea nonetheless.

I listened to very important information about the school, then we were walked to our Academic Advisor's building. I thought for a minute that I was crazy, because I was the only one that headed for the CIS office, everyone else went upstairs. Turns out, I was the only one there interested in CIS.

Once I got in, the advisor told me a little about how stuff goes and I scheduled two courses for myself for Winter Quarter, Math 151 (Calculus I) and Psych 100, which meets requirements under several areas.

I also found out that I have to apply to get accepted to my major. AND that there are requirements to be accepted to the major. For one, I need to knock out Math 151. I also have to pass some programming test (or take CS 201... I'll pass the test, thx), and have a certain GPA to start working on courses that are in my major.

I also successfully navigated the campus busses to go and get my BuckID, so now I've got discount movie tickets and free COTA trips GALORE! Yeah baby.

Now I have a little over a month until I am officially a College Man doing College Things! Scary, huh?


At 12/01/2004 4:17 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

You'r gettin to be such ah big boy goin to them their fancy skool an all.

At 12/02/2004 7:54 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

Very funny Shtuff Trin!


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