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"Only two things are infinite--the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." Albert Einstein

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." Theodore Roosevelt

"I'm not as think as you confused I am." Someone, somewhere, at some time

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Saturday, May 09, 2009
Missing in action

My sincerest apologies for the absence. Lately I have not had much time for anything. Which actually sucks considering I've been off from school this week. But between prepping for finals, taking finals, attending a wedding, house sitting for my folks, a cousin's birthday party, and dealing with issues revolving around my sister's death that we are still dealing with, I have not had much opportunity for blogging. But I have a few minutes, so here's a quick update.

Finals went tolerably well. I'm fairly certain I passed them all, though likely not with flying colors. The instructors threw a few curve balls in there (meaning I slacked off a bit and neglected my studies in a few specific areas). But I'm done with first year! Hurray! Only three more to go lol. We got a whole week off, and we'll be starting back up next week. As expected, we already have reading assignments, and due to a hectic schedule I have already fallen behind. Not a good start.

With my sister's passing, my folks inherited her two dogs. Due to my schedule, and his increasing age, Duncan has also been living with them rather than getting left alone. The two girls (Sammi, my folks' dog, and Liza, one of my sister's) recently began fighting. Yes, fighting. To the point that blood has been drawn. This is so not good. They took the two girls to Tulare this week, thinking it might help them bond without the boys around. Liza broke out of the yard (literally broke--knocked the gate off the hinge), which of course put my mom into an absolute panic. Fortunately, she made it back home a few hours later--a neighbor having picked her up. But those few hours were frantic.

Speaking of my sister, more information has become available to us recently via the FAA investigation. Understandably (I hope), I do not wish to discuss it further at this time. And truth be told I may never do so here. I don't know. But things have been difficult for the family.

Last Friday I furthered my life's goal and went to see X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It was a bit of a last minute decision, and I was a little worried about a crowded theater on opening night. Surprisingly, the theater was less than half full. Anyway, the movie was about as expected--a fun romp, though hardly award winning (it is, after all, a comic book flick). There were some parts I didn't like, in part because they didn't fit (imo) with other parts of the movie franchise. Or because they didn't jive with my recollection of the comic books (though admittedly it's been some 20 years since I last followed the print X-Men/Wolverine). But it was still fun, and nice couple hours of relaxation and distraction at the end of finals week. I need to go see Star Trek but not sure when I'm going to find the time.

That's pretty much the relevant updates. Rather boring, I know. But that seems to be my life as of late. I had a Babe of the Month entry planned, but obviously missed it. I'll try to get one in soon, though it may not be until the next scheduled installment lol. Finally, I want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there.

Sunday, April 26, 2009
Avast ye scurvy dogs!

Finals begin tomorrow. I feel pretty confident about one, not so confident on the other two. But I think I'll do well enough to pass. I hope. Anyway, quite a while back I developed a little "system" for test preparation. One of the most important things I do is to take a complete day right before the test to not study. That's right, I find something fun and relaxing and don't even think about the exam or subject matter. So that's what I did today.

sails up 3You may (or probably not) recall that last year I took a look-see at the Privateer Lynx during its Monterey stopover. Some of the imagery in my pics I really, really liked. Unfortunately, I later discovered that my camera had a slight problem, and has been throwing an errant red splotch in all my photos. Somewhat annoying. Since I recently inherited my sister's camera, I figured it might be a good idea to try and re-create some of that imagery. And the Lynx's stop in Monterey happened to be this weekend. Perfect timing. So, I took my relaxation day to wander out and tour the boat, along with wandering around Monterey & Cannery Row while I was out that way. This time (as you can see from this year's photos) I was smart enough to reposition my vantage point after the dockside tour to get some good shots of the ship under sail. I also took some short videos of the ship as it deployed the sails, viewable here.

All in all, it was a nice, relaxing day. Though I was disappointed that I was unable to recreate some of my favorite shots. They must have had a different crew this year--the ropes were tied differently (and less elegantly), the life-boat was stowed on deck rather than towed, and the small pintle-mounted cannons were not present. Oh well. It was still worth the time.

Thursday, April 16, 2009
Snakes on a plane!

Snakes on a plane! Snakes on a plane! Who ever thought such a rediculous movie plot could come true? Where's Samuel L. Jackson when you need him?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Losers

I don't watch much TV nowadays. Mostly due to lack of time. But I've caught several episodes of The Biggest Loser recently. I've seen some episodes during past seasons, and never really been that impressed. Tonight, I'm watching. And all I can say is that I really hope Tara wins. Because, honestly, she's freakin' hot.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009
BotM

My sincerest apologies for the belatitude of this entry. I know I promised it by the weekend, but life got in the way. After spending much time studying, and then half a day doing yard work, I was pretty much side-lined by the mother of all sinus infections . . . complete with bloody nose. But, better late than never!

Due to time constraints, I really haven't had a lot of time to scour the TV shows and movies and other such usual sources for the BotM. However, I am a big enough Terry Pratchett fan that I did not miss the airing of his Colour of Magic TV adaptation. Admittedly, it was not of the caliber I had hoped for. But enjoyable, nonetheless. And while there were a couple lovelies in the film, they did not quite make the cut for one reason or another. But the movie did remind me of a previous film based on one of Pratchett's works. Namely, the Hogfather, which happens to be one of the greatest Christmas movies ever made. Well, not really Christmas . . . Hogswatch. But close enough. In truth, this is the work that introduced me to Pratchett, and got me hooked on his books.

Starring in this wonderfully entertaining movie adaptation is the incredibly lovely and talented Michelle Dockery. And, well, let's face it . . . despite the awkward hairdo, who wouldn't fall in love with a woman of her looks & British accent when playing Death's granddaughter? So, bask once again in the beauterificness of a worthy Babe of the Month. You're welcome.

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