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March 23, 2006 - Thursday

Strange Happenings at my House

The past few days have been strange. At midnight, someone called for my husband. My husband shares a common name with many people, so he is always being mistaken for someone else. And that someone else does some kind of car repair here in town. Often people get mad at that person and call us, thinking they have reached his home. (I am going to have chat about this with the phone company today.)

That was true for the call at midnight. While I was being cussed out, I told the caller that this was a wrong number, but he had worked himself up to being good and mad (and possibly drunk) so all I could do was hang up. I was not about to hand the call to my poor tired husband who slept through the whole thing.

Two days, later at midmorning, someone knocked on my door. When I answered, I saw a lady with no shoes on and with old scabby cuts all over (old or fake, I could not tell). She said something about being stranded or locked out from her babies, but I did not see any car. She was not speaking very clearly and I wondered what was going on. I grabbed my cordless phone and offered to call the police, but she asked me to give her a ride. Not trusting this situation, I offered again to call the police and again she said no. She asked for money twice and I said that I did not keep any cash in the house (and a situation like this isthe perfect reason for not keeping cash in the house).

Even though this was suspicious, I gave her a pair of flip flops and she asked for a bottle of water, which I also gave her. From the description I gave my husband, he thought it was a professional beggar. If anyone was truly locked out of a house or call with little children inside, the police would not hesitate to help.

After all this, I felt creeped out for a while. Maybe it is time to bring the gun and a big dog with me every time someone knocks.

 

 

March 22, 2006 - Wednesday

Crack an Egg and get a ... Plant?

Had to chuckle over these cute uses for egg-shapes (info thanks to Boing!Boing!). A company is selling these eggs -- crack them, add a little water and watch.

 

 

 

March 21, 2006 - Tuesday

What Would You Do?

Here's good practical advice for typical emergency situations. It's in the form of a simple flash quiz. I recommend this -- stuff we should all know. No perfect score from me -- so I learned a few things - thanks to Lil S. for sending it along.

 

 

March 20, 2006 - Monday

First Day of Spring and Dragons

Spring starts today and it is rainy and windy outside. I am glad things are still a bit cool here (in the 40's F). Our summers get too hot too soon. All 3 of my cats want me to keep the front door open so they can watch through the storm door - lots of leaves and squirrels around.

I like Anne McCaffrey dragons so I took this cute quiz from someone named "me."

 

What Color Dragon Are You?


You're a white dragon.

Traits:Kind, conservative and caring, you honsestly believe that there is good in everything, even though there might not be. You are full of hope and you are a fun person. Keep it up, because the world needs more people like you!

Power:You control light. A light emits from your eyes, which makes you a magnificent sight to see.

Location:You'd be found at the top of a mountain, where you can see for hundreds of miles and appriciate the view.

Thanks for taking my quiz!

[me]
Take this quiz!

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March 19, 2006 - Sunday

View Your Installed Fonts Online

This is handy and it worked fast for me. This website (STC FontBrowser) will present you with a list of fonts on your computer. You can quickly preview any of these.

If, like me, you have more fonts than you can count, this is convenient. It seems to work faster than font display programs I already have installed on my hard drive -- but then I have a decently-fast Internet connection right now.

 

 

March 18, 2006 - Saturday

Firefox Lost My Profile

Get Firefox!

I am having so much trouble with Firefox. I wonder if their newer version is (1.5.0.1) has more bugs than the previous version. Also, my own computer does not help. It crashes once a day at random times.

Yesterday it crashed and my Firefox profile was lost. I had to set up the whole browser again. Now, the browser will not display my GMail page (I just get a blank page.). It omits things from my Google Home Page RSS reader - some pictures and a calendar and stuff although most of the RSS comes through.

I have reinstalled Firefox, installed the latest Java reader (it works with other Java and Flash stuff just fine), turned on and off my Windows Firewall (I have a router so that is the only firewall I use), checked my security settings and STILL it will not go to my GMail inbox. It used to.

How did my profile get messed up, too? Is it still on the hard drive? I guess a new profile would have overwritten it, anyway. I love Firefox, so it is VERY frustrating not to be able to read GMail on it anymore. I can't Google up any good answers to this. (Footnote -- since this time, I deleted my profile and started over -- Firefox works fine now.)

 

 

March 17, 2006 - Friday

Happy St.Patrick's Day!

I have Irish ancestors. Here's a quiz from the Deseret News - how much do you know about Ireland?

 

St. Patrick's Day Quiz

On St. Patrick's Day, everyone's Irish or wants to be. Test your I.Q. Irish Quotient with our Irish trivia quiz and see how much you know about the Emerald Isle:

1. With a total geographical area of 27,136 square miles, Ireland is a little bit larger than which U.S. state:


a. Utah
b. Louisiana
c. West Virginia
d. Vermont


2. The island consists of the Republic of Ireland, which is an independent country, and Northern Ireland, which is part of Great Britain. Name the capitals of each of these sections.

3. TRUE or FALSE: There are about as many Americans of Irish descent in the United States as there are Irish in Ireland.

4. Ireland has a rich literary tradition that includes poets, playwrights and authors, several of whom have won the Nobel Prize. Match the following authors with their works:


a. Jonathan Swift
b. George Bernard Shaw
c. Oscar Wilde
d. William Butler Yeats
e. Samuel Beckett
f. James Joyce
g. Seamus Heaney
h. Oliver Goldsmith
i. Richard B. Sheridan
j. John M. Synge


1. "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"
2. "The School for Scandal"
3. "The Wanderings of Oisin"
4. "Playboy of the Western World"
5. "A Modest Proposal"
6. "Death of a Naturalist"
7. "Major Barbara"
8. "Lady Wintermere's Fan"
9. "Murphy"
10. "She Stoops to Conquer"
 

5. Music, too, plays an important part in Irish culture, with everything from traditional Celtic to modern rock. Match the following groups and musicians with their albums:


a. The Dubliners
b. The Chieftains
c. The Clancy Brothers
d. Enya
e. U2
f. The Cranberries


1. "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb"
2. "Paint the Sky With Stars"
3. "Bury the Hatchet"
4. "A Parcel of Rogues"
5. "Further Down the Old Plank Road"
6. "Irish Songs of Rebellion"


6. As you might expect, Ireland's flag has green in it. Which other colors are used?


a. Yellow and white
b. Blue and red
c. Yellow and blue
d. Orange and white
 

7. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone (which you have to do upside down and backward, by the way) you will receive the gift of gab. The stone is at Blarney Castle, near which city?


a. Killarney
b. Clare
c. Cork
d. Wexford


8. Who hasn't heard of great Irish songs such as "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" and "The Last Rose of Summer"? See if you can complete the titles for these songs:


a. Danny Boy, or the __________ Air
b. I'll Take You Home Again, _________
c. A Shawl of _________ Grey
d. The_______ of Tralee.
e. The Fields of ____________
f. Be Thou My ____________
g. ______ of the Dance
h. ________ the Ladies
i. She Moved Through the ______
j. _____ Machree
 

9. Ireland has a turbulent history with many men who performed outstanding feats or stepped to the fore. Match the following individuals with their accomplishments:


a. Finn MacCool
b. St. Brendan
c. Brian Boru
d. Daniel O'Connell
e. Eamon de Valera
f. St. Kevin
g. Turlough O'Carolan
h. Robert Emmet


1. Led an abortive rebellion in 1803
2. Organized "monster rallies" and earned the nickname "The Liberator"
3. Was a famous, blind harpist of the 18th century
4. Led the Civil War of 1921 and later became president of Ireland
5. Founded a monastery at Glendalough and was said to have lived to age 120
6. United the Irish to fight off Viking invaders in 1014
7. A sixth-century monk known as "The Navigator"
8. Known for his wisdom and strength; legend says he built the Giant's Causeway
 

10. Over the years many movies have been set in Ireland or told stories of Irish people. Can you name two?

11. St. Patrick is credited in legend, at least with driving the snakes out of Ireland. Which of the following are also true of St. Patrick:


a. He was called Old Shaved Head.
b. He favored leek stew.
c. He told his life story in a book of "confessions."
d. He is said to be the one who will judge all Irish people on the final Judgment Day.
e. He wrote the Book of Kells.
f. He is the patron saint of seafarers.
g. He is said to have turned the Druids' fields into bogs and kept their kettles from boiling.

 

12. Between 1845-49, a fungus disease wiped out Ireland's potato crop, and the resulting famine led to death by starvation of nearly a million people. Many others chose to leave their country. Approximately how many Irish came to America between 1847 and 1854?


a. 775,000
b. 1 million
c. 2 million
d. 4 million


13. TRUE or FALSE: Ireland is the only country to have a musical instrument as a national symbol.

14. The Shillelagh is an Irish club used both as a weapon and as a walking stick. The name comes from:


a. A Gaelic word for war-stick
b. An 11th-century castle with thick wooden walls near Kinsale
c. A Viking phrase used in plundering
d. An oak forest in Wicklow County


15. "Erin Go Bragh" is a phrase often heard on St. Patrick's Day. It means:


a. Ireland Forever
b. I love Ireland
c. Freedom for Ireland
d. Ireland, my home

Answers & Scoring

1. c.
2. Dublin (Republic of Ireland) and Belfast (Northern Ireland).
3. False. About 34 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry. Ireland has a population of about 4 million.
4. a-5, b-7, c-8, d-3, e-9, f-1, g-6, h-10, i-2, j-4.
5. a-4, b-5, c-6, d-2, e-1, f-3.
6. d.
7. c.
8. a. Londonderry, b. Kathleen, c. Galway, d. Rose, e. Athenry, f. Vision, g. Lord, h. Cherish, i. Fair, j. Mother (10)
9. a-8, b-7, c-6, d-2, e-4, f-5, g-3, h-1.
10. Here are some possibilities: "Beloved Enemy" (1936), "Going My Way" (1940), "My Wild Irish Rose" (1947), "Top o' the Morning" (1949), The Last Hurrah" (1958), "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" (1959), "Ryan's Daughter" (1970), "Far and Away" (1992), "The Crying Game" (1992), "In the Name of the Father" (1994), "Michael Collins" (1966). If you can name others, give yourself credit; there are lots more.
11. a, c, d and g are true statements.
12. b.
13. True. The Irish harp is the national symbol of the country.
14. d.
15. a.

SCORING: Score one point for each correct answer.

41-50: Top o' the mornin' to ye, you've got a lot of the green in your soul.
31-40: You've earned yourself some corned beef and cabbage.
21-30: There's probably no pot of gold at the end of your rainbow.
Under 20: Better watch out for pookas and leprechauns.

 

 

March 16, 2006 - Thursday

More Fonts than Possible to Count

Found this site -- and am lost for the day --> DaFonts.com - a fantastic selection of free fonts. I love fonts. I even buy one now and then from Fonts.com, that's how much I want them.

P.S. The new Samson microphone is a treasure. I never had a USB microphone before and this just blows me away. Now, I wonder if it would be better to go to USB headphones or speakers.