Got some pretty good Sesshu Toyo pictures to craft into a better web page. Especially happy I found a couple of his long scrolls. Google Rulz!

Breath must stink… people don’t want to chat today.

Yeah… I’ve been absent for a bit. Been taking care of stuff (and people), but that is what we are here for, ya know? Even though I am back into the daily grind, I am almost overwhelmed by the caring and comforting wishes everyone around me has so wonderfully provided.



Due to some email server issues, my home page at this time is not available… Should be back some time this morning.

Everything is cool now… *whew*!

Here is maybe my new favorite site… Science Fiction and Fantasy World with a review of the start of the A Song of Fire and Ice series A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, and A Storm of Swords

This is pretty funny…. A Microsoft Technet entry: HOWTO: RTFM

The spirit and intelligence of man is essential

I’ve typed up a long quote that I really like. The parts best liked are bolded.

Let us now discover more specifically how he [man] is the image and likeness of God and what is the standard or criterion by which he can be measured and estimated. This standard can be no other than the divine virtures which are revealed in him. Therefore, every man imbued with divine qualities, who reflects heavenly moralities and perfections, who is the expression of ideal and praiseworthy attributes, is, verily in the image and likeness of God. If man possesses wealth, can we call him an image and likeness of God? Or is human honor an notoriety the criterion of divine nearness? Can we apply the test of racial color and say that man of a certain hue — white, black, brown, yellow, red — is the true image of his Creator? We must conclude that color is not the standard and estimate of judgement and that it is of no importance, for color is accidental in nature. The spirit and intelligence of man is essential, and that is the manifestation of divine virtues, the merciful bestowals of God, the eternal life and baptism through the Holy Spirit. Therefore, be it known that color or race is of no importance. He who is the image and likeness of God, who is the manifestation of the bestowals of God, is acceptable at the threshold of God — whether his color be white, black, or brown; it matters not. Man is not man simply because of bodily attributes. The standard of divine measure and judgement is his intelligence and spirit.

‘Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.70


Wow… came here to write something and forgot what it is… maybe I need some caffeine?

Oh, yeah… George R. R. Martin is the slipperiest piece of **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** I have ever read. His A Storm of Swords has tricked me so many times I actually get nervous when he starts using this certain writing style. When the character becomes uncertain it seems to be some sort of foreshadowing. If you have not read A Game of Thrones get your arse over to Amazon and buy it now!

Hmmmm… there is lots of good stuff in my “lookat” email folder. Here is a CSS Master Compatibility Chart… what ’bout the Online Privacy Alliance Resources? Or this cool flash site? Or Mavin a mixed-race magazine. Need to start lookin at this stuff… only 789 messages in it… 🙂

Open Everywhere

Note for future reference… “Open Everywhere” does not mean literally that the movie will be available everywhere. Guess Georgia Theatre Company has better pursuits for making money like Left Behind or Sugar & Spice before they show highly rated or even anticipated movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. How soon I forget… Movies like The Color Purple and Elzabeth took months to appear here. Looks like I will be going to Tallahassee where they have real theatres any way to see CT,HD.


My what a quiet morning. Woke up early as usual and just sat back and continued reading A Storm of Swords. Only on page 710 or so. At least I am nearing the end. Seems like George has managed to pull the rug out from under me a couple more times. Excellent writer and very hard to anticipate. The story has me entralled because just when I think I have something anticipated I find evidence that I am going to be wrong and then totally blind-sided.

[Rant]Find it amazing how people are so willing to use email lists to further their agendas. The harsh words and the stretching of facts… the anger. What is ironic is the perceived tone I get of bitterness really takes me from thinking “I would support this” to “I will not support this person”. Someone so angry… so full of bitterness does not rationally approach the situation. I have seen people so mired in this desire to further the agenda that they will say and do anything to further it.

All they want is to make sure that they get what they want. I find this duplicitous manipulation of others emotions for a cause insulting. It is as though they think that I cannot see through this charade, this farce. By plunking at my emotional strings they think that everyone will come to their aid.

Then again… some people do. Some people are so easily manipulated that they will be manipulated by hate speech. Charisma is something that can be the most dangerous factor in any battle. Perception is everything to us. People will follow a dictator if they a gulled into believing the ones the dictator opposes are evil. Described by a skilled orator, an old man giving a little boy a candy cane a Christmas can be a pervert.[/Rant]

Now that I have become a hypocrite, I will stop… 🙂

Kuddos to Slyflame as she has read one of the best authors ever… George R. R. Martin.

That is funny… got kicked out of a computer lab because they were going to have a class in there. Lo and behold, no one showed. Gee… a Saturday class? Riiiigggghhhhtttt. As a college student, we had a professor tell us that we would have to go to a Saturday class because we got the 4th of July off… 5 of the 30 of us showed. We got extra credit, but still… Saturday class? It should be unconstitutional!

Okay… I may have a new favorite web site… for annoying Danny & Joe at work… Dumb Facts: Why Do You Care? which has news, statistics, random facts, insights, wierd brand names, on and on and on…

Oui, je suis un nerd!

Interesting site… The Super-Scientific, Remarkable Accurate Gender Test… hey, it could guess that I am a male, so how bad could it be?

The Phobia List
Another site to check… what fears do you hide?

New Glasses

New Glasses
New Glasses

Probably was just me, but could not get here yesteday afternoon. Have a new pic available… Pic of my new glasses…

Found the buttons for the service. Like the thought of a service that check for updates for me. Maybe I am a slacker and should do my own checking, but a reminder email helps for some reason… In case you are interested, the service is at

Remember years ago when this could have been me… Robert Luhn’s “Diary Of A Mad Surfer”

Really enjoyed watching Attila Part 1 last night. Think I will catch part 2 tonight. Romans in heavy armor throwing the pilum, forming shield walls vs the Hun hordes? Maybe I just enjoy swords and armies? Course, I am still salivating over LOTR.

Ah, yeah! Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon finally is going to open everywhere! Guess a movie who has won such laurels is deserving of a national audience? Just looked at the site… who would YOU believe? The web site or the TV commercial? Guess 10 years from now, when the TV is as outdated as the radio, the web site will the authoratative source. Until then I look forward to seeing this martial arts marvel in the theatre… even if I have to go to Tallahassee, FL or another large city to see it.


The new Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring theatrical trailer is out. This movie promises to surpass all of the dumbing down fantasy has done to movie audiences everywhere. Willow is probably my favorite fantasy move of all time with The Dark Crystala close second. Going to be a good Christmas!

Found a pretty nifty site… Echo streams music off their site without the use of RealPlayer, Media Player, or WinAmp. It does all the plug-in stuff in the background via ActiveX. Course, it probably is not kind to Macs or Netscape…

I take that back… it creates a player made in Flash that plays the music somehow… very sweet!

Survey and Photography

All the hard work on the Politics & the Web Survey hopefully is over. It is a REALLY long survey at 192 responses or so. The survey changes on Election Day. Don’t fill it out more than once (or at least use different email addresses, computers, or far apart times to disquise that you did).

Mom asked what I wanted as a college graduation present. K-Mart happened to be having a closing sale, so we visited it. She got me an Olympus Stylus Zoom 115 QD Date 35mm Camera for me to play with at photography. It’s my first camera. All the other cameras I previously used belonged to someone else.

UPDATE 24-MAR-2010: Link to the survey removed as site is gone.