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April 30, 2005 - Saturday

ASCII - The Movie

I could never imagine this use for ascii. Amazing!



I Owe My Mother

Craig M., a friend of my husband's sent this along. It's a good message since Mother's Day is just around the corner.



1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
3. My mother taught me about
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
" Because I said so, that's why."
5. My mother taught me
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."
6. My mother taught me
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
7. My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
10. My mother taught me about
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
12. My mother taught me about
If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"
13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."
14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"
15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't
have wonderful parents like you do."
16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
Just wait until we get home."
17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when your father gets home!"
18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."
19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"
20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."
23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"
24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."
25. And my favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!



April 29, 2005 - Friday

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

We saw this earlier today. I had read all the books and chuckled throughout the movie, as well. It was good and very, very British. This is one of those movies where you can't talk or you will miss something witty -- and there are special effects aplenty! I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

On the other hand, my husband actually fell asleep and, when he was conscious, he kept looking at his watch like he was being tortured. Oh well, maybe he did not appreciate the dry British humor here. When I last checked, opinions were evenly split among the professional critics, too.



April 28, 2005 - Thursday

Scribble Live with Others

This is funny, especially if people try to write words, Mostly, they were just drawing circles when I visited. By going to this site (Beauty & Chaos), you are connected live with other site visitors. Using your cursor, you can draw on a blank page -- all of you, all at once.

See what nonsense others come up with.



April 27, 2005 - Wednesday News Box

I love this news site and now they have provided a code so we can put their headlines on our own pages. I am going to try it here at the top right of the home page for a while.



April 26, 2005 - Tuesday

Photoshop CS2 is Out

Here's a 3rd party review (from one of my favorite sites, of the newest version of Photoshop. I wish I could afford the entire Creative Suite.

This is a great program. I have been learning as much as I can and I still feel like there's a lot more I could learn about this extremely versatile and powerful program.

The release date was posted as being in May, but I ordered my upgrade directly from Adobe's website and my copy just arrived in the mail. Yay!

I've been playing with it for a few hours now. I am impressed. The "browser" is MUCH improved, an entirely different program. The sharpening is better and smarter. Some controls are more intuitive like the healing tool which does not require separate clicking. (See the link in this posting).

It's worth upgrading.



April 25, 2005 - Monday

Best Walking Cities

Chuck Bobo sent this link to the best walking cities in the U.S. from He walks even more than I do around here. We are both fans of walking. I walk 5 miles a day for exercise. Chuck walks to go places (as well as exercise). He lives in a place where he can walk to the store, to the bus stop, etc.

Due to the good weather, I thought Huntsville, Alabama, would be high on the list, but we rank 50th in our class. I think we need more sidewalks.

Still, it is good in so many ways --- countless ways --- to get some exercise and walking seems the most practical for most of us. Lack of exercise (according to one report) is the number one preventable death in this country.



April 24, 2005 - Sunday

Printing Directly on CDs & DVDs

My husband wanted a printer that would print directly onto a CD and DVD. We found an inkjet Epson Stylus R200 that will do this as well as print well right on paper AND make borderless photo-sized prints of good quality. It is a nice little gem of a printer. We've printed on over 2 dozen DVDs - all very nicely turned out. Specially-coated DVDs and CDs are needed, but Sams has them (as well as online stores).

Speaking of online, we went to the local big mall yesterday (here's a picture I took of it). The mall had obviously gone down in attendance -- it was sad, in a way, to see the crowds thinning. Times are changing. We figure the low attendance was due to the Internet being a great shopping place -- and plazas like Wal-Mart and Target drawing in more shoppers. Are malls dying out?