Monday, April 30, 2007
Little Ditty 'bout Don 'n An-gie
Wrote some stories
Won some prizes
This is why I don't write mo' po-et-ry
Here's my Visual DNA:
And if we're looking to tag people, I'll tag Angie, Linda, and Michelle (who I think already did this, so she's halfway home).
Sunday, April 29, 2007
So *That's* What Bluetooth's All About
So I pay for the bump up in their service ($20 -- at least what I'd be spending per month with the pay-go set-up) and I got the free phone, which came with a free bluetooth headset.
(Bluetooth is a short-range wireless communications protocol. Kinda-sorta like infra-red tv remotes, with differences you can read about here or by visiting your local public library.)
My PowerBook came with Bluetooth, but I never really saw the point in getting any bluetooth peripherals. Do I really need a portable keyboard when I've got one built in? I do have a cordless mouse, despite the trackpad, but I went with the standard USB jobby so it's compatible with other (non-bluetooth) computers.
But the free bluetooth headset was a good deal. And now I'm one of those people who carry on conversations with the empty space two feet in front of their faces. The ones with the thing in their ears, not the ones abducted by aliens or conducting liver-pickling experiments on theirownselves.
Plus the phone will talk with the Mac. And since the phone has a built-in camera, I'm able to transfer pix from phone to laptop ... and you can see things like this.
Aren't you blessed?
And, no, I'm really not doing that liver-pickling thing. Honest, Mom.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Winging My Way Home (Almost)
Fun, fun, fun.
You play an eagle soaring over Google Maps data. I chose Eugene, USA and, once I oriented myself (you start south of the Willamette on 127), started flying the route back to Blachly. Good memories.
Unfortunately the data runs out about 10 miles west of town. Or flood waters have consumed the coast range and covered everything in a robin's-egg-blue void (I really hope that's not what happened). Or maybe they've built that big blue dome they were talking about...
Still, fun little application (moreso once you realize what the <spacebar> does).
Special Alert: Door News Bulletin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: C. Mike Sell
The Door News Service
TBN GOES HI-DEF, 3,400 HOSPITALIZED - Irving, Texas (April 26, 2007) - When Trinity Broadcasting Network switched over to a high-definition signal Saturday morning, prayer requests doubled almost immediately.
"People were calling, reporting headaches, nausea, spontaneous blindness," said Byrum Culpepper, prayer room shift leader at the network's Irving, Texas, headquarters. "We prayed for them immediately, but when people called back for the second, third, and sometimes fourth time, we suggested they supplement their faith with medical attention."
"The migraine was a killer," said Molly Freburg of Enid, Okla. "One minute I was fine watching Paul and Jan Crouch, the next..." Despite massaging her temples for several minutes Freburg was unable for further comment. "I'm sorry, I can't relive it," she said before terminating the interview.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that at least 3.400 people were admitted to hospitals following TBN's foray into hi-def.
According to CDC spokesperson Ryan Benson, "We've never seen vectoring like this before. It's baffling -- several of our own analysts have been brought down by flu-like symptoms during the course of the investigation."
Heading off a CDC and FCC ban on the use of high-definition signals, TBN has voluntarily taken the hi-def feed off the air. "We're assuming that something in the signal is causing the problem, like strobe effects can trigger epilepsy," said Culpepper. "Since we've gone back to the old signal prayer requests have leveled off and begun declining. We're glad to pray for folks, but we were running double-shifts for a while."
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
In Like Flynn
After the TTF Welcome Reception tonight, I checked and found out that I had completed all the steps necessary for enrollment. I was under the impression that I had, so it was a relief to know that they knew that I had as well.
That they know that I know that they knew that I had is less a concern, but it's good to know that too.
Anyhoo, good news.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Return of the Heroes
I enjoy being in the Central time zone.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Interesting (to someone, I'm sure) Factoid
Yay for me!
(I need to sit down.)
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Free Tibet and Ben & Jerry's
Though total consciousness before you die is a nice thing to have going for you, too.
Monday, April 16, 2007
For He's (Almost) A Jolly Good Fellow
It's a privilege and honor and answer to many prayers to be a part of this program. A few more registration steps to be fully "in," but the hard part is over (for now).
Sunday, April 15, 2007
And Another One Gone (Another One Gone)
Contest finalists should be notified by June 15.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
CFBA Saturday: Coral Moon
Coral Moon picks up just about where Violet Dawn left off. The heroines of the first book are rooming together when they find another body. Bummer, ladies. The majority of the book is devoted to finding the killer before he (or she) strikes again ... or again. Interspersed with the main story are some chapters told from the killer's perspective, as well as some flashbacks detailing why the killer is so messed up.
There's some really tense stuff here. Tense to the point that I'd recommend changing all the lightbulbs in your house before tucking in. One bulb across the room popped while I was reading -- had to be a chapter about "the ghost," of course -- and that gave me the willies for a good while afterward.
About the only nit that I'd pick has to do with the police investigation. Once the story establishes that the cops find the "ghost theory" preposterous (don't dismiss it too early, though, OK?), there never really is a point where they approach the investigation from the line of "who would/could pull such a con and/or why?" It seems to me to be a reasonable line of thinking; I'm not a cop, though, so maybe not. (Fred, Daphne and Velma never ask those questions either and they do just fine in their ghost-busting endeavors; 'course they're just meddling kids with a dog...)
It was great catching up with the Java Joint gang again. Wilbur keeps his shirt on the whole time, so don't let his first-book exhibitionism keep you from grabbing a biggie mocha from Bailey's. Some good action goes down there too, so it's more integrated into the book than it was at times in Violet Dawn.
Can't wait 'til Crimson Eve comes out this Fall.
(Keep up-to-date with Brandilyn at her Forensics & Faith blog; or the Java Joint gang at Scenes & Beans.)
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I smell Pulletzer.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Another Story Subbed
Got another deadline on the 15th. Skies clear up after that.
At least that's the 5-day forecast. Who knows what'll actually happen.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Cuepons or Coopins?
Coupon Chief is a site that takes a lot of the hassle out of finding online coupons. And since they index coupons for over 1,000 sites—like these Amazon coupons—so it’s relatively simple to compare and find who has a great deal for what you’re looking for.
Check ‘em out.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
My parents also joined their church this morning, getting baptized while my sister Julie read their testimonies. Don't know if interpretive dance was involved there or not. (And lest anyone wonder as to my upbringing, the folks have been Christians for a long, long time, but their church didn't practice water baptism as an affirmation of faith. That's not how the Salvation Army rolls...)
Not sure what my youngest sister, Sarah, was up to today. Hope it was happy what/wherever it was.
And the rest of you, even if you don't celebrate the day, I hope today was wonderful, and you have more than enough ham (kosher if necessary) to last you awhile. If not, I'm pretty sure the choreodrama was taped; I'll see about getting you hooked up...
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Inside the Insider Again
Here's the whole newsletter.
By the way, I've archived last week's newsletter (with my AWANA scout story) at last week's post.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
My First Flash Film
A few days after I got here in Texas I picked up the Macromedia Flash MX Virtual Classroom book from Half Price Books for $10 (cover price is $40, so don't tell HPB I got it for quarter-price). I've finally worked through the first half of the book and arrived at the first tutorial: make the basketball go through the hoop. The tutorial gives the big steps needed, but not "click here--no, no, you fool here!" instructions. Nevertheless I was able to figure things out.
I'm winded from all those baskets. Someone bring me a Gatorade. Thanks!
Easter Treat From iTunes
Judas saying "Show me the money!" to the high priests before betraying Christ felt a little off, but otherwise a great recording. (And since Cuba doesn't really say that here, it's an excellent recording without exception.)
Check it out. It's better than Peeps. Honest.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
No Foolin #2 - I'm in Relief
And I am in it.
Okay, just the thanks page for people who took out a year's subscription (or otherwise financially supported them) before their first print run, but it's a start.
A story of mine is under review with them right now, so this could become a habit.
If you haven't checked them out yet, click on the top link above. Good stuff, Maynard.
Labels: In Print
No Foolin #1
Here it is beginning of April and I'm at about the same point submission-wise as I was at the end of last year.
Got a boatload of work to do before the 15th (one story due the 10th, the other mid-month--looks like the Baen one will be a no-go unless I double-sub a story for that, too). Not to mention the actual finding of actual work-work.