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ARCHIVES: July 16-23, 2004


July 23, 2004 - Friday

Catwoman Almost

Wasn't this an evil character in Batman comics? Now she's someone nicer, sort of. Others have told me that they don't like Halle Berry. I've only seen her in a few movies, James Bond, Mutant X and now this one. So far, I think she's great. What's not to like?


The previews show a scantily-clad character that will be sure to appeal on that basis alone. Roger Ebert says, "Catwoman dresses like a dominatrix, with the high heels and the leather skirt, brassiere, mask and whip." Even he doesn't like this movie, comparing it unfavorably to Spiderman 2 and he says the love story in it doesn't work, either.


Our local paper gave the movie 1 & 1/2 stars (out of 4). RottenTomatoes.com gave it a very bad (rotten) rating of 12% (as of right now. The ratings change as more reviews come in). Whew, anyone going to this movie should have low expectations of decent character development and plan for it being on the mindless and, hopefully, entertaining side like The Chronicles of Riddick which had its own charm.


I was going to go today, but I changed my mind at the last minute. I wanted fried shrimp for lunch and I did not want to look at someone else's perfect body in a dominatrix-type outfit afterwards.



July 22, 2004 - Thursday

GIF of the Day Blog

MAGOD (Marianne's Animated Gif Of the Day) features interesting animated art. I am adding this to my list of favorite blogs. Through her site I found the one below. I hope it does not give anyone a heart attack. Originally, it only ran through the loop once, but I changed it to repeat incase someone misses the opportunity to see it right away.





Top 35 Oxymorons

Got this one from Lil S. and laughed out loud, especially at the first place listing:


35. State worker
34. Legally drunk
33. Exact estimate
32. Act naturally
31. Found missing
30. Resident alien
29. Genuine imitation
28. Airline food
27. Good grief
26. Government organization
25. Sanitary landfill
24. Alone together
23. Small crowd
22. Business ethics
21. Soft rock
20. Butt head
19. Military intelligence
18. Sweet sorrow
17. Rural Metro (ambulance service)

16. "Now, then ..."
15. Passive aggression
14. Clearly misunderstood
13. Peace force
12. Extinct life
11. Plastic glasses
10. Terribly pleased
9. Computer security
8. Political science
7. Tight slacks
6. Definite maybe
5. Pretty ugly
4. Rap music
3. Working vacation
2. Religious tolerance

And the number one Oxymoron....
1. Microsoft Works



July 21, 2004 - Wednesday

Electric Sheep - Unusual Screen Saver

Here's an unusual screen saver. From NooFace.com, is this description:


The Electric Sheep distributed screen saver creates a visualization of sleeping computers across the Internet. When the screen saver is activated, the screen goes black and an animated 'sheep' appears. The screen-saver contacts a server and joins the parallel computation of new sheep. Every fifteen minutes, a new sheep is 'born' and distributed to all participating clients for display. Each sheep is shown as an animated fractal flame. The screen saver runs on Linux, FreeBSD, and Windows.


I installed the Windows version and am now trying it out. So far, it has taken so long to download a "sheep," that nothing has appeared on my screen, yet. I need to let it run more than a few minutes.



Alabama Limo

We were out and about yesterday when my husband spotted this across the parking lot - a real, Southern-styled limo, er, pickup truck. I wonder what kind of stuff they would carry in the back.



Popcorn Blog

Here's a cute blog, I Love Popcorn. Pat actually blogs popcorn-related news. I love popcorn, too. I used to eat it so much that my daughter started to resent the smell in the house. Fortunately, my cat, Muddy, likes popcorn and I always share a few of the softer pieces with him. He comes running when he smells it. If popcorn is not your thing, maybe you'd like the Crusty French Fries blog.



July 20, 2004 - Tuesday


Getting tired of having to log in to read news that used to be openly accessible? BugMeNot.com is a site where you can pick up a name and password. Mozilla users get a plug-in that handles this even better.


Internet sites which used to be free are becoming registration-only or fee-based, an annoying practice. I am spoiled, I know. When I get a story in Google News or otherwise that looks good, I hate to go through the registration process, especially if I am only visiting a particular news site once -- so I usually skip it. Where I volunteer, at GenealogyForum.com, we've made a point of keeping it open and nonregistration-required. Hopefully, we can maintain it that way - as long as there are not too many problems.


On the other hand, more grocery & other stores are promoting a "discount card" which also tracts purchases and I usually get one. Then again, I run spyware programs to remove those darn tracking cookies. Don't you get tired of everyone tracking everything you do? Some things are okay to tract, but not everything!



TextAmerica.com's Honor Roll

Thank-you TextAmerica, for adding my photo blog to your honor roll. With 3,000 uploaded pictures as of today and almost 35,000 hits this year, BamaPhotos.com has been busy -- and fun to do. TextAmerica is a free site for anyone with a camera or a cell phone camera.


By the way, check out the new Largehearted Photobooth from David in Decatur.



July 19, 2004 - Monday

Alabama Photo Blogs

The host site where I post my daily images (TextAmerica.com) has divided the blogs up into individual states. Here's a link to at least 60 photo bloggers from Alabama.


Alabama MoBlogs




Puppy and Cat Getting Along

While Muddy growled when Cinnamon the puppy last visited, Myst appears to be getting along with her just fine. My daughter reports that they are playing together, now. The saying is true about young animals being able to adapt to each other better.


Funny - its been a long time since I've heard Muddy growl and this was at the vet's. The vet once told me that calico and Persians are the worst-tempered when it comes to getting shots, etc. Myst has an unusually sweet nature, though. If we did not already own 3 cats, I'd want one just like him.



July 18, 2004 - Sunday

New Puppy

My daughter got a puppy, a little girl Jack Russell Terrier named Cinnamon. My daughter was raised with cats. She always wanted a puppy and never was allowed to own one while she lived at home. (My husband and I are "cat" people although we love all kinds of animals and buy treats for some of the neighbor's dogs, we've never wanted to own a dog.)


Now that she has her own apartment, her own cat and a fiancé that wants a dog, too, she finally got one. Being a Mom and knowing it was useless, I still had to suggest that it would be best to wait and adopt a dog when she gets a house with a backyard. That being said, my daughter brought her new puppy over to visit us.


She's a small breed, fortunately, and very cute as baby animals tend to be. Muddy, our cat, hates her and growls whenever Cinnamon is brought close by. Fortunately, my daughter's cat, Myst, is indifferent. If there is no hatred, then a friendship might develop eventually. If nothing else, they should have tolerance for each other.



July 17, 2004 - Saturday

Internet Explorer Use is Dropping

My husband said one reason Internet Explorer has dropped in popularity is that the government is warning about its use in their own offices at the base here and elsewhere across the country. I use Mozilla sometimes. I wish I could make this page more Mozilla-friendly without dramatic changes. Oh well, at least it is readable with Mozilla/Firefox. I still use Internet Explorer (it works so well with the extra buttons on my Microsoft wireless mouse), but I use Firefox every day.


Speaking of which, my husband was downloading a Linux program. The download slogged to a standstill. He tried several times without success. I came along and suggested that he try to download it with Mozilla. Ta-da! It worked. Oh, those sneaky Linux programmers!



July 16, 2004 - Friday

I, Robot - Surprisingly Good

I don't know why I expected this movie to be bad, perhaps because I like Asimov's books so much I didn't think Will Smith could do them justice, but then I liked Independence Day.


This was an excellent movie. It might win awards - but don't think of it as holding perfectly true to Asimov's beliefs. Think of it as a movie that borrowed a title and concept then made its own way (like Around the World in 80 Days. It did fine as long as you didn't try to compare it to the original.).


I, Robot did not rely solely on the special effects or a lot of action to carry it (although there was plenty of both). Good acting, good story development, good directing and good popcorn were all here -- well worth the cost and time.


(P.S. Let me renew my plea for movie theaters to offer a sugar-free, non-caffeinated drink like Diet Sprite. Right now our only alternative is water. Granted, I am eating greasy popcorn and candy anyway, but every little bit helps.)



Combine Library Card, Driver's License, Credit into One

I like this idea. If anyone is going to steal my wallet, they'd take all of those cards anyway.


Biorge says his Farmington-based company, 1st eTech, has the technology to replace all of those cards with America's first "biometric" secured data card — a single card to act as a driver's license, library card, credit card, debit card, government identity card and just about any other kind of card, all made absolutely secure by the user's own fingerprint. MORE ...




Rotten Tomatoes-Movie Reviews

RottenTomatoes.com is my favorite movie review site -- and I just discovered they offer a website search box for any new, forthcoming or older movie and the current times. I tried to post it only to discover that the coding clashes with my regular page search box so I posted it on the EXTRAS page. See what movies are playing today and get the reviews.


I am going to see I, Robot today or tomorrow. It is not getting the highest reviews in the local paper, but Rotten Tomatoes rates it "fresh" or good as of today. I think the movie will be entertaining with all the special effects such as the CG robots. In fact, Will Smith is promoting it from this angle on the morning talk show circuit. Twice, I've seen him emphasize the special effects. Maybe the story is not that good, but I think it will be good enough to pay for admission.


(P.S. I was sorry to read that Rotten Tomatoes is no longer an independent site. They were bought out at the end of June by a large entertainment company. The news is on their opening page. ::sigh::)



Grin & Blog It

The New York Post reports about a new blog, Grin & Bear It, for those who want to announce their breakup. Share the news of getting dumped or doing the dumping. This is where I want to go when I am mad at the world.



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