Archive for July, 2005
Even though we’re merely heading into August, the summer is nearly over for this family. One week from today my three stepdaughters will return home to New Mexico with their mother. For a few weeks after that, my husband and I don’t seem to notice the warm sun, and then before we know it, it’s autumn.
The last week is always strange. We know the end of our visit is close at hand, emotions are on overload, and that leads to squabbles here and there. Meanwhile, we try to pack every last bit of fun we can into the time we have left. So if I’ve been scarce lately… That’s why.
July 31st, 2005
I’m going to pretend that I didn’t read the reviews. I’ll convince myself that the official website didn’t completely suck. I will even try to forget that I’ve heard it’s nothing more than the deformed bastard offspring of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Top Gun. All for one simple reason…
I like jets – a lot!
Therefore, I’ll be seeing this movie tonight. If we’re lucky, there will be a few other geeks there. Maybe some locals from CalTech and JPL, who will also look beyond the bad press in hopes of seeing some nifty air combat scenes… Fingers crossed!
July 29th, 2005
Took the day off work to make our annual pilgrimage to Raging Waters. Now that’s the right way to spend a Wednesday. What a blast! The only bad part will be returning to the office drudgery for two more days before the weekend arrives.
For the Mr. and I, the highlight of the day was freefalling down the four story vertical ramp of Dropout. You literally catch air for a second, it’s freaky. It seems that no matter how many times I go down that slide, every time I hit the top of the stairs I get nervous.
When I think about it, I don’t take physical risks very often. It’s never been my style. When your childhood was filled with physical danger, you naturally avoid it as an adult. But I must say, it’s good to break out of the mold and prove something to yourself now and then.
July 27th, 2005
THIS WEEK: TEN FAVORITE TV COMMERCIALS
1. Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids.
2. I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!
3. My bologna has a first name…
4. Don’t ya wanna be a Pepper too?
5. Bonkers, they’ll bonk you out.
6. Do you have any Grey Poupon?
7. Rrrrruffles have rrrridges.
8. This is a job for Kool-Aid!
9. Are those Bugle Boy jeans?
10. Calgon, take me away.
July 26th, 2005
Happy Monday! Aren’t you excited about the week ahead and all the wonderful things you’re going to accomplish? Yeah, me either… So please allow me to divert your attention with an interactive joke.
As a kid, I had this friend named Tony. He tried to convince me that his parents named him after his toe and knee. At first I didn’t believe him, but then later on I met his sister, who was aptly named…
Okay, now that you’re dying to know the punchline, let me show you how to obtain the answer. First, head to your Windows Start menu and open the Calculator, which should be in the Accessories folder.
Next, if your calculator isn’t already set to Scientific mode (and why wouldn’t it be?) make the switch by clicking View on the menu bar, and then selecting “Scientific” from the drop-down options.
Make sure that your input selection is for Binary, as pictured above. Just mark the radio button next to the words “Bin” and you’ll be ready to input this string of numbers. Simply copy and paste the following:
You should have something that looks like the above. Okay, now you’re ready to make the magical transformation from Binary to Hexadecimal by clicking the radio button next to the word “Hex” like this…
Hope you enjoyed this little diversion!
July 25th, 2005