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What to Look For

( Misc. )

Breaking the Cycles recently posted a link to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.’s article on what the signs of drug and alcohol abuse are. Warning Signs: The use and abuse of alcohol and drugs are serious issues that should not be ignored or minimized and we should not sit back and [...]

Common Denominators

Someone recently asked me if I love Ellie because she reminds me of Gee. That was a question I hadn’t heard before. The answer is no. While there are some things about Ellie that do remind me of Gee, I would say that they are more the common denominators of all the women I love. [...]

Tweety

( Misc. )

In a recent post, she posted a photo of herself, trying to boast about what a great body she had. I have to agree–she does have a beautiful body. However, her body isn’t the reason I love her so much. I have cared for and loved Ellie all of her life in some manner. I [...]

This is perfect…

( Misc. )

XKCD, a web comic

( Misc. )

One on of the forums I am on, someone linked to a webcomic, xkcd.com. The webcomic, while not the most well executed, since the main characters are stick figures, is very well done and thought provoking. I’d highly recommend you take a look. The humor is a bit twisted, much like my own, and not [...]

Halyards Led Aft

( Misc. )

One of the major projects this spring is something that I’ve debated on doing off and on. I finally decided to lead the halyards aft to the cockpit. Towards this end, I asked my friend Bob, of S/V Restless, to make up some hardware and modify the mast step on the Pretty Gee for me. [...]

Thanksgiving Day

( Misc. )

Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. It used to represent a day to reflect upon the people, things and events of the past year that we are thankful for. Unfortunately, it seems to now just mark the start of the overly commercialized Christmas selling season. The rampant commercialization of the holiday season [...]

NaNoWriMo Begins

( Misc. andMy Life andwriting )

Well, blogging is probably going to suffer as I hunker down and get settled into NaNoWriMo 2006. Brian and Carol Anne are already off and running. Tammy, Brad and I are a bit behind them.  This is my first time participating in the organized insanity called NaNoWriMo, and it’ll be interesting to see how it [...]

More Comic Strip Goodness

( Misc. andPolitics )

Today’s Foxtrot comic strip is pretty funny and quite relevant to the recent problems that have been revealed about Diebold electronic voting machines. Election fraud, especially when the winner is someone like our current sitting dictator-in-charge, is a very frightening thing. Here is today’s Foxtrot strip.

Vampires Debunked

( Misc. andNews )

Over at Live Science they have an article, probably due to the upcoming Halloween holiday, about a researcher who has come up with simple math that proves that vampires can not exist. It is actually a funny story to read, and you can see it here. Here is the basic idea behind Efthimiou’s reasoning that [...]

Government Gone Amuck

“Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren’t, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it.” —Gloria Steinem This was the quote of the day today, and somehow it seems very appropriate given some of the recent stories I’ve been reading. I’ve noticed a very disturbing trend in the [...]

Cell Phone KIA

( Events andMisc. andMy Life andStupidity andTech )

Well, I did go out sailing on Wednesday. While the day was pretty good overall, my cell phone was killed in action. It fell out of my shirt pocket, and into the water along side the Pretty Gee, when I was tieing off one of the docklines. So, if you’re trying to reach me at [...]

Doing the Right Thing

( Misc. andNews andStupidity )

Have you ever lost a cell phone or PDA? I know that most of my techie friends would be up the creek if they ever lost their cell phone. Over the years, I’ve found a few, and always try to get in touch with the owner to return it. The problem is not actually losing [...]

Celebrating Death

I think that it is a sad sign when a society celebrates the death of a person. Even a person as sociopathic as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was a human being. This is not to say that he should not have been brought to justice, as I firmly believe in justice. Al-Zarqawi was responsible for the [...]

Visiting Fenway

( Misc. )

Last night, I was invited to tour Fenway and have dinner in the State Street Pavilion. I asked my friend Brad along, as he is a Red Sox fanatic. We were on the first tour group of the evening, and our tour guides was Amy. The tour was actually quite interesting, as there was a [...]

Too Much Free Time

( Misc. )

Eliboat.com had an article on Mentos and Diet Coke this morning that had a video I must share with you. Apparently, this is what you get when you have two people with too much free time, access to Mentos and Diet Coke, and inspiration from Las Vegas. The two decided to try and recreate the [...]

Happy Mother’s Day

I would like to wish a very happy Mother’s Day to my friends and family, both on-line and off. I would particularly like to mention Tammy, Eunok, my Jangmo, my mother, and my sister, Debbi.

More Miscellany

More short entries about recent news worth looking at. More Political Corruption A recent New York Times article mentions that a former governor of Illinois, Republican George Ryan, has been convicted of all charges in a federal corruption case. The administrations of several Illinois Democrats, including Governor Rod Blagojevich and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley are [...]

Not All Americans

Not all Americans believe that what the American government has done is right. Some Americans are very much against the War in Iraq. Many are against the actions of the Bush regme, and believe that what the Bush regime has done in the name of national security has very little to do with actual security [...]

Parenting

( Misc. )

I was reading Defective Yeti, and came across this somewhat twisted take on Parenting… Just hit a funny bone, sounds like something some of my friends would do…particularly Dave and Brian.

Two Memes

( Misc. )

I got tagged on two memes… so I thought I’d post both of them together. I’d like to tag sinistertiger, ewoh nairb and tillerman for these two memes. I’d like to tag sinistertiger, ewoh nairb and tillerman for these two memes. The first meme is the Birthday meme…where you go to Wikipedia and enter in [...]

Lucky Steve

( Misc. andNews )

Steve is a golf fanatic. He produces a local cable television golf show. This week, he got to live a serious golfer’s dream… a chance to play with golf with Tiger Woods in a Pro-Am tournament in Florida. Here’s the interview with him on a local TV station. They don’t mention in the story is [...]

Dear Elena

( Misc. andMy Life andThoughts )

I have been reading a blog that I would like to bring to your attention. The blog is called Dear Elena, and is written by Daniel H. Steinberg. Dear Elena touches me as a reader, as it is in much the same process I am going through while writing about My Life with Gee. Elena [...]

Ability

He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles. -Henry David Thoreau This was the quote I found this morning on my Quote of the Day widget. I thought it was quite appropriate to describe some of the sailors that [...]

Surfing Usenet

( Misc. andThoughts )

While I was reading alt.sailing.asa this morning, I came across a humorous post. I’m not sure why it was posted in alt.sailing.asa, as it really isn’t sailing related, but it is pretty funny. I thought I’d share it with you. It sounds like something my father could have written. Things I’ve learned from my Boys [...]

Miscellaneous Links

( Mac andMisc. andNews andPolitics andReligion andSecurity andStupidity andTech andThoughts )

Here are a series of stories that I thought were worth reading, but I don’t believe warrant a post of their own. Some are related to previous posts, and I will try to link them back to the related posts.

Abel is Dead

( Misc. andThoughts )

Here’s a humorous piece on Abel’s website not updating. Airios.com was featured on CSS Vault for almost the last six months. My favorite quote from the piece: Jared: I’d like to think the answer to this is obvious, but does God rule the universe with a Mac or a PC? Abel: In all honesty, God [...]

Working on Our Weakpoints

( Misc. andThoughts )

Sherry, over at Stay of Execution, has an excellent article about Doing Something You’re Bad At….Her mentor rocks… and now I want the readers of my blog, myself included, to go out and work on those short pencils…and do something we’re not good at, and try to strengthen our weakpoints.

Sailing on Boston Harbor

( Events andMisc. andSailing )

This week, I took the week off to take a sailing course at the Boston Sailing Center. I’ve decided to take this course as I’m planning on getting a boat next spring. Although I’ve sailed quite a bit in my life, I’ve never had any formal instruction in sailing, and thought that taking a macro cruising course might be the best way to get the formal education that I think I will need for the type of sailing I look forward to doing.

Criminals’ Rights vs. Society

( Essays andMisc. andPolitics andRants andThoughts )

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the way the justice system in the United States works. I’ve come to the conclusion that the whole thing needs to be re-worked. Not the actual courts, but the much of the law, the ideas of what constitutes crime, the idea of punishment, and the idea of the rights of the accused and the convicted.