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August 23, 2005 - Tuesday

Find What People are Blogging About

Technorati has a free new search ability where you can see the top 10 topics being blogged about, search other blogs, watch certain topics, and discover the current popular topics - just within blogs.

Unlike watching news, this site shows what people themselves are talking about - what actually interests people. Technorati will go out and search all of the blogs they can find. As of today, they are tracking 15.8 million blogs.

I typed in BamaBlog and they came up with 50 posts! I wonder if it is all from me or if somebody is talking about me. Time to check it out ...



August 22, 2005 - Monday

Jeff Update

Thank-you all for the prayers and well-wishes. Jeff was told that he needed a heart and lung transplant. I recently read a good article on different church beliefs regarding transplants. I guess it is a matter of time now. I am glad I registered long ago as a donor. I will keep posting any major news here.



August 21, 2005 - Sunday


My brother Jeff is in intensive care with heart and lung problems stemming from a birth defect. He has a wife and small children (as well as older step children). I just want to post that we are all thinking of you, Jeff, and praying for the best.



August 20, 2005 - Saturday

Hotter than Blue Blazes

It's very hot outside (my dad would phrase it like the title here). Our unofficial outdoor thermometer hit 100. Combine that with too much humidity and its not fit to be outdoors unless you are swimming. It truly feels like walking through an oven and the car feels like a furnace.

Alas, we had some errands to run so we suffered through going from an air conditioned car to an air conditioned building (I say this facetiously). I saw an appalling site, though. You know when a furniture or grocery store is going out of business or having a big sale, they hire people to hold signs at busy intersections to advertise the fact? It is illegal to post a sign in those places, but someone can legally stand around holding one.

We saw a lady holding such a sign. She was standing in full sun on black asphalt and temperatures nearly 100 degrees with no fan. She had her head bowed against the sign which she held in front of her face. I thought it was inhuman and I was concerned that she could collapse. Also, she looked like she already had a sunburn.

How can companies do this to people? How can people do this to themselves? I know she probably willingly took the job, but it seemed more like torture to me.



August 19, 2005 - Friday

Top Money-Making Movies Worldwide

Here are the top movies in the world.  (The link shows the top 174 or so and how much money each reported making.) I went to almost all of these movies!


1. Titanic (1997)
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
4. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
6. Jurassic Park (1993)
7. Shrek 2 (2004)
8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
9. Finding Nemo (2003)
10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
11. Independence Day (1996)
12. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
13. Spider-Man (2002)
14. Star Wars (1977)
15. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
16. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
17. The Lion King (1994)
18. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
19. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
20. Forrest Gump (1994)
21. The Sixth Sense (1999)
22. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
23. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
24. The Incredibles (2004)
25. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)



August 18, 2005 - Thursday

The Scribbler

Draw something in this box and the program "enhances" it. I drew a simple face (in red) and the program came up with this other drawing (in black). I wonder how it would look if I was really good at drawing.





August 17, 2005 - Wednesday

Peanut Chicken Recipe

Jennifer C. gave this recipe to me. It's a family favorite of hers and I plan to make it this weekend. It sounds so yummy!


Leonard's Peanut Chicken

1/2 cup diced onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried ground chili pepper (chili powder)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp salt
2 tsp oil
2 T soy sauce
1 cup water
2 T lemon or lime juice
chicken pieces

Combine onions, garlic chili, peanut butter, and salt. Saute in oil for 3 minutes. Add soy, water, juice and cook at low heat for 5 minutes. Cool. Marinate chicken in sauce for at least 1 hour, then grill or broil for 25-30 minutes, turning chicken several times and brushing with marinade each time. Heat remaining marinade and serve as a sauce.

We usually double the sauce recipe so there's plenty to serve with rice. Can garnish with chopped peanuts. Great with broccoli and fresh pineapple.


(Update 8/25/05 - I made this. It was delicious and a new flavor for chicken our family will enjoy. Jennifer said it has a read "Indonesian" taste.)



August 16, 2005 - Tuesday

Baby Panda on Live Webcam

This link comes from Edsel the Pooch. It shows live images of Mei Xiang, a giant panda, and her newborn cub at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. -- so cute! Baby Panda

This is showing real moving pictures, not the "30-second refresh" stuff.