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July 7, 2005 - Thursday

London Bombings

As the death count rises, I just want to express my sorrow and sympathy to the families of the innocent victims. I would like to think that our world is a civilized place, but then this happens to remind us that it isn't. Why can't everybody learn to get along? - Backup Program

Leo Laporte said he uses Second Copy to backup his documents from one drive to another. I decided to try it. They offer a 30-day complete version free trial. So far I like it. I'll probably buy it. Since hard drives fail eventually, having a regular backup is comforting.

Speaking of which, I bought a massive photo album and am printing out more of my photos (or sending them off to Wal-Mart). The genealogist in me says I can't just keep them in digital format. Maybe I'll even get into some kind of scrapbooking. Those infomercials for scrapbooking are getting to me.

I have kept some 5 & 1/4 inch disks from my Commodore 128 & GEOS days. I regret never printing out copies of the letters I wrote. I think they are lost forever since nothing reads those old Commodore disks except a Commodore. Commodore drives were nothing like the old IBM drives. I could never read those disks after leaving Commodore anyway.

On a brighter note, I am going to see Fantastic Four this weekend. I read those comics as a kid -- oh, if only I had kept them.



July 6, 2005 - Wednesday

Are You an Extrovert? Introvert? Intuitive? Logical?

Many thanks to J.C. for this link to a personality test. Unlike some of the more popular personality quizzes such as "What Superhero are You?", this has a scientific basis. It is only a short version and so can't be considered conclusive. Still, it does offer some insights. Check it out --> I was an ENTJ. Some of the questions I could have easily answered a different way so I took the test a second and a third time and came out as an INTJ both times. My sister, D, took it and her results showed ESFJ.


Your Type is





Strength of the preferences %





ENTJ type description by D.Keirsey
ENTJ type description by J. Butt

Qualitative analysis of your type formula

 You are:

  • slightly expressed extrovert

  • slightly expressed intuitive personality

  • slightly expressed thinking personality

  • moderately expressed judging personality



July 5, 2005 - Tuesday

Movie Editing

I got a new DV camera. I loved shooting little videos with my digital camera, but in order to get a good edited movie, it takes a LOT of film, great will power to edit out most of the scenes, many hours in a day and plenty of hard drive space. Whew! This is not for anyone with old computers and little power or space. It is much more work than photoshopping still images, but it is interesting. I am gaining experience with it and hope to produce better movies, eventually.

I have only one complaint. The DV movies look perfect played in the camera, but when I transfer the movie to the computer, it is much darker. I know I can edit it by running a lightening program over it, but that takes away some of the detail and contrast.

I am transferring with firewire and I have lots of power, memory, etc. I don't think it is the software, either. Has anyone done the same? Are your movies darker, too? Is this normal? Here's a link to one of my movies --> Schmidt the Cat.



July 4, 2005 - Monday

Happy Independence Day 2005!

I hope all of you have a great holiday. Right now, Mother Nature is putting on a lightning and thunder show with a little hail, even, but this is summer which means sudden, unpredictable 30-minute storms, a good thing. We can use the rain. I took a movie of the thunder and lightning with my new Canon Optura 500. Alas, the rain doesn't cool things down for long. It makes the air even muggier and encourages mosquitos. Still, the plants need it and there'll be less grass fires from the fireworks tonight.



July 3, 2005 - Sunday

In Search of the Perfect Chocolate Mint Ice Cream

My husband has been on a quest (and I am helping him) to find the best chocolate mint ice cream. So far, the clear winner is Baskin-Robbins. Now, we want to find a grocery store variety so we can take home a half-gallon at a reasonable cost.

We've tried many brands. They almost all have one problem -- the chunks are too big. We hate chewing our way through the ice cream. Sometimes I am in a mood for chunky ice cream, but both my husband and I like chocolate mint  to be lightly flaked, instead.

Years ago, we had discovered a Kroger's store brand with great mint flavor and fine chocolate flakes. When we went back yesterday, the exact one we used to buy was no longer there. Alas, times have changed. We brought home their latest premium no-name type chocolate mint. It will have to do for now. So far, Publix's own brand is acceptable, too, but not perfect. (Still, Publix premium ice cream flavors are fantastic.)

We'll just have to go to more stores. It's a job (ha!).



July 2, 2005 - Saturday

Embarrassment, Italian Style

My daughter and I decided to eat lunch at the newest Italian restaurant in town, Carrabbas Italian Grill. In this city, new restaurants are usually filled to capacity so we decided to leave early to get a seating.

This restaurant is located at the mall - there's plenty of parking. I was glad to find a good close spot right in front of the place. People were walking around and it looked busy. I walked up to the door and pulled on the handle (the handle was shaped like a bottle -- very interesting).

The door did not budge. We finally looked closely and saw the hours posted. This is a dinner-only place and does not do lunch. Argh! I was embarrassed to have been seen pulling on a locked door. I wish they did lunch. They could make so much more money if they were opened during the day, too. Oh well.

We drove over to Olive Garden. And we kept on driving -- around and around. Olive Garden was completely full!

Being determined to find Italian food, we took off for Macaroni Grill. It was busy, but we lucked out. They had two tables left. We enjoyed a great meal. I even made a little movie of a waiter singing Happy Birthday in Italian to someone at the table next to us. (Fortunately, people don't notice a little digital camera being waved around.)



July 1, 2005 - Friday

War of the Worlds

I like H.G. Wells - at least, I liked The Time Machine. My husband did, too, but in watching the previews for War of the Worlds, he thought this looked like just another horror/disaster movie that he had no interest in attending, so I went without him today.

Tom Cruise is good-looking, even if he is getting a bit irritating. There's a good way and a bad way to be fanatical about what you believe in and I wonder if Tom is doing it all wrong. On the other hand, maybe his way of belief is getting a lot of new followers as a result. Maybe there's no such thing as bad publicity. (Heck, maybe we should all be watching a re-release of DUNE instead of War of the Worlds.)

My husband was right - the movie was more of a horror movie (shot mostly in the dark) than anything else with a kazillion scenes of crowds running in horror, psychos, people in shock, everything falling apart, death and destruction all over the place. Whew! It was obviously well-made, well-acted and well-scripted, though I don't think I want to go to sleep for a week.


It got high reviews at and I have to agree. I was never bored even though I went to the theater more in the mood for a nap than a movie and came out very grateful for lazy summer days and sunlight.