Monday, June 27, 2005

Coastal Maine, King Kong and the German language.

I am sooo ready to take my vacation now.
...Drives along the Maine coast; trekking through Acadia National Park; walking along the rocky coast enjoying lighthouses...Can't wait...( - a little taste).
I'll have to buy a couple books of stamps so I can send out postcards along the way.

Anyway, I just saw the King Kong trailer on tv and downloaded it from Volkswagen's website and it looks pretty damn cool. I think Jack Black is going to be great.

I started a beginning German class this past Sunday. I think it will meet 10 times, of which two I will have to miss since I'll be gone. Mainly I'm taking it because it's free, except for the books, plus I want to take an intensive Japanese course, offered by the same person, in the autumn which will meet for 2 hours a day, Monday through Friday for 10 weeks. I am looking forward to that. So, the German class will give me a feel for how he instructs, which so far from Sunday seems like it will be very good... (that didn't make much sense grammatically, but whatever). Plus, it will be nice to know a little German and a friend of mine and her daughter both know some German so there will be some incentive to keep learning.

Now, if I could just do something about this damned heat.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Brother, can you spare a dime...or 50,000 dimes?

Nothing much new.
I'm trying to get my web site finished, or at least mostly to the point that I can open it to a usable level. I'm pushing for July 1, but it depends on how much I actually work on it in the next couple weeks. I've still got a lot to do.
I'm trying to get my vacation planned too so I can start to make reservations soon. Probably will be ging in early to mid August so I need to get that done too.
I really do want a new DSLR too so I can have very nice, high quality photos from the trip. But that requires more money...
Anyway, here's a few links that are interesting, funny, stupid or all of the above.

NASA's next moon landing
Earth-like planet found outside our solar system

China says cigarettes are good for you!
Hypnotist puts gamer in real FPS (interesting if it is real, but doubt it. I mean, even if "hypnotized" the guy would have to realize that he's shooting a frickin paintball gun and that he's not reloading after blasting off so many shots even if he doesn't realize what kind of gun he's holding. Anyway...)
Infant daughter while couple plays online game

Women wanted to test sex machine
Man amputates own penis and kills "sex crazed" wife


Wednesday, June 08, 2005

I'm thinking of upgrading my digital camera to a DSLR this summer before I go to Maine so I've been spending more time in the forums of one of my favourite sites, Digital Photography Review. In my opinion, it's one of the best sites around and the caliber of the amateur and professional photographers that hang out in the forums is phenomenal. So, I came across a post that looked promising in which someone wanted posters to show their photos that had a sense of "strong feeling and mood". I'm always looking for some kind of everyday inspiration in my relatively uninspired life so the first photo I looked at caught my attention and I thought it was wonderful and one of the responses from another veiwer really summed up what I thought of it too. Here's the photo, the comment and a link to the photographer's website in which he has a special gallery section dedicated to his son.

"I looked at this picture and felt as if I read a great book in seconds."
- Yousef Rifai
Photo by Dave Van Artsdalen -

Monday, June 06, 2005

Happy birthday, Chris.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Is it October yet?

90 degrees.
45% humidity.
Feels like 93 degrees...
I really do hate summers in Ohio.