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Marketplace minute for 2/26/10

February 26th, 2010 (01:04 pm)

current mood: amused

It was bleak
this week
to hear Bernanke speak
of the unique
-ness that hasn't peaked.

But the market likes
the no-rate-hikes.
In Europe -- yikes!
Airline strikes.

Protests in Greece
threaten the peace,
over the threat
of the debt.
And don't forget,
we have yet
to ascertain
the pain
that remains
in Spain.

Home Depot shows
their dough grows.
So does Lowe's.
Heinz, though,
says their sales flow
is thick and slow.
-da says, "My bad."
He looks sad.
Lawmakers had
to add
that they're mad.

is forecast
to rise fast
this summer.
Who wants to buy Hummer?

Arrivederci, SUV.
I'll see you at Marketplace.org.

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Today's Marketplace Minute

February 5th, 2010 (10:24 am)

current mood: amused

From Marketplace.org

Europe's in debt and it's slamming the euro,
says Amy Scott in our New York bureau.

Toyota must be in a panic.
The leaders are frantic,
the dealers are manic.

You can't control a Toyota Corolla?
They can't guarantee us we're safe in a Prius?
It only takes a couple mistakes
when one is the gas and the other's the brakes.

The iPad is having a fight with the Kindle
and making the margins at Amazon dwindle.

"Lost" is back on ABC.
It's network TV,
which means it's free.
Except, if you think of your time as money,
Your financial losses? Not even funny.

There might have been job growth last month, we'll see,
and we'll see you at Marketplace.org.

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Writer's Block: Copy that

January 29th, 2010 (10:37 am)

current mood: amused

How do you feel about human cloning? Do you think the long-term societal impact will be positive or negative? Why?

I'm of two minds on it...

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Writer's Block: Rotten tomatoes

January 19th, 2010 (12:13 pm)

current mood: grumpy

What is the worst movie you've ever seen? Did you sit through it or walk out? What made it so dreadful?


I call it Fishtar, and am sorry I paid $1.25 to see it back when...

Sliver comes in a close second.

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January 14th, 2010 (06:28 am)

Happy birthday to koogrr. Here's to 2010.

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January 12th, 2010 (07:50 am)

current mood: sad


She didn't think of herself as a hero, but who now would do what she did? Even fewer, I think.

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Within sadness, a happy

January 10th, 2010 (03:03 pm)

current mood: calm

Happy birthday to timberwlfy. Much hugs right now.

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But seriously, folks

January 8th, 2010 (11:47 am)

current mood: geeky


Okay, I really hope that the kid comes out of this okay and this is certainly something that people should keep in mind with rug rats around (don't play with the cords!), but it's telling on the geek scale when the first thought in my head (after "OMG!") was, "Trinity Anderson? Okay, her parents have seen The Matrix too many times..."

MIND YOU, Karl & I are the parents who, from the time Victor was little to now, will grab his face with a hand and go, "Face hugger!"

... Man, when he gets old enough and watches Alien for the first time, he's sooooo gonna turn to us and say, "Moooom! Daaaaad! WTF were you thinking?!"

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Monday home

December 28th, 2009 (10:51 pm)

current mood: happy

We had a very ... good day today! Victor only got mad a couple of times, and no serious tantrum.
He didn't get up until nearly 10:30, and happily played and watched TV for an hour and a half-ish. I pulled out the newly-acquired hot air popcorn popper and he just laughed and laughed watching it. The we built a train course and played Pokemon for a bit with his stuffed toys. Then he watched me play a game on the computer, then he helped me put mom's Alton-Brown-inspired rub on some chicken, then I let him play a game on our computer, and he stayed with that until dinner was ready.
If all days were this pretty good, I'd be a happy mommy!

I sooooo don't want to go back to work next week. :(

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December 18th, 2009 (06:45 am)

current mood: sore

My calves are ready to revolt this morning, but it's all in the name of the kid's first trip, right? Ow.
There'll be a LiveJournal update with pictures, definately. Housekeeping outdid themselves yesterday (and redeemed themselves in Aunt Elizabeth's eyes). My sister was a little disappointed when we arrived that there were no interesting towel critters - just the Mouse Ears on the double bed. Last night we came back from Epcot (which she tells me stands for Every Person Comes Out Tired) and they had the 10-foot caterpillar, Floppy Bear (holding the remote), Aunt E's Prince Phillip and Figment plushes all arranged on the double bed watching TV (Disney Channel, of course). Victor's first reaction: "They're all alive!" Second reaction: "How does Floppy change the channel?" Mommy & Aunt E both replied that Floppy is a Very Clever Bear. :)
Today: Hollywood Studios.

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Disney vacation

December 12th, 2009 (10:11 pm)

Okay Orlando peeps! If you've got Disney passes and would like to join us at a park, or come by the cabin at Ft Wilderness, give us an email at sulinpanda at foxvox dot net or carlfox at foxvox dot net and we'll send you our cell phone numbers; you can call or text us at Disney between 12/15 afternoon and 12/20 evening. (I don't want to post phone numbers anywhere.) Victor's actual birthday is the 20th.

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Writer's Block: My Favorite Movie Quote

December 11th, 2009 (03:21 pm)

current mood: amused

What’s your favorite movie quote of all time?

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Will Turner: You cheated.
(Captain) Jack Sparrow: Pirate.

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Yay mom!

December 7th, 2009 (09:51 am)

current mood: bouncy

In the Spring semester, mom's going to be doing a directed independent study, through which she figures she can get another book. It'll be looking at St. Augustine's history from a genealogist's perspective: through some of the families of the Spanish colonial period. Kinda neat.
When she applied for an undergraduate grant ($500 for her, $1000 for the faculty advisor), her faculty advisor pretty much said not to expect much; that History majors rarely get them on the first try and they usually go to the hard sciences.

She got the grant. It seems it didn't hurt that she's already published and a practiced speaker in genealogy circles. In fact, that's what both reviewers pegged on. Yay mom!

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Well, carp.

November 25th, 2009 (11:32 am)

current mood: grateful

So I'm listening to Pandora today, and a song came up called "Canada in the Springtime". It made me think of people who have had a bit of a trying year.

I remember at the beginning of this year a lot of folks (including me) saying, "Thank God 2008 is over!" I didn't think that 2009 could be much worse.

God, I'll be glad to put 2009 behind me. To all of my friends (whom I am Thankful this holiday season that you are my friends), may 2010 be worlds better for you. I have a feeling it will be a year of big changes for a lot of us. I, too, am hoping to make a big (and quite scary) change, and hope all of our choices work out sooner rather than later.

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Giz goodness, 11/24/09

November 23rd, 2009 (11:47 am)

current mood: geeky

... Yeah, I'd probably set this up if I could.

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baa baa meme sheep

November 22nd, 2009 (12:37 am)

current mood: loved

Grabbed from crssafox

1) When was your wedding day?
April 26, 2003

2) What day of the week was it?
A Saturday

3) Did you get married in a church?
No, we got married at the German American Club in Jacksonville.

4) How many in your wedding party?
Uh, 3? Best man, MoH, my sister.

5) How many guests were invited to your wedding?
... Dang I've forgotten. 50ish?

6) How long where you together before the engagement?
As a couple? May 2000. I'll let you do the math. We met probably in 1984. Online, of course. Before the Intarwebs. Ahhhh, the Commodore 64 BBS scene...

7) How long did you wait to Tie The Knot after your proposal?
Let's see, you have the date above. I proposed on his birthday, March 18, 2001. Again, you can do the math.

8) Did you register for gifts? If yes, where?
Yes. Um, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, and a last-minute registration at Sears. 4-6 months before the wedding, my old microwave died a rather spectacular death, so we said maybe some folks will get together and get us a microwave, so we went and put one on Sears.com. 2 months later, a box arrived at the apartment - ONE person floored us with the microwave. (And later said that navigating the Sears.com site was a nightmare. Just warning you.)

9) Who did you hire as your photographer & videographer?
yappyfox brought his video camera and rasvar handled the operation.

10) Did you have a DJ or a band?
Poink T. Ferret's alter-ego did the honors for us. The folks who came down from Orlando to do A/V for us were very much appreciated.

11) What was your First dance to?
... Dang I think I forget... I'd have to go look at the list.

12) Did your father walk you down the aisle?
BOTH my parents did, thank you very much. Since they both were involved in raising me. :)

13) What color were the bridesmaids' dresses and groomsmen's vests?
I don't think the guys had anything special. The girls had the order to get something in a cream or off-white with purple flowers (so they could wear them on other occasions) and darn if they didn't come close enough to matching.

14) Did you have a bridal shower?
Yes, and it was great fun. We made sock puppets!

15) What type of limo did you get?
A 198-something white Ford Escort.

16) What were your flowers?
Silk flowers I'd gotten at Michael's. Still have 'em.

17) What flavor was your cake?
... Dang if I haven't remembered that either. And my sister would kill me because she made it. I remember it was really, really good...

19) What type of wedding gown?
White coctail dress from Cato. $50.

20) what was the weather like that day?
It was lovely, with a brief sunshower right after we'd come in from taking the picture outside.

21) did you have an open bar?
No, but due to a communication error, we did get some free bubbly.

22) Where did you go on your Honeymoon?
Williamsburg, VA.

23) What was your favorite thing about your wedding day?

24) Did anything go wrong?
I really don't recall anymore.

25) How long have you been married?
6.5 years.

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Of things

November 13th, 2009 (12:19 pm)

current mood: amused

My sister is playing WOW, now. I didn't think she had a computer that would run it. I've got too many other things screaming for my time. I'm enjoying Perfect World International, thanks.


This morning, Dr. B called. He's a mathematician, but currently he's serving as the Interim Dean for the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction.
Me: Good morning.
PB: Good morning. Charlene?
Me: No, Marti. (confused, then amused as I realized what had happened...)
PB: Marti?
Me: Wrong number?
PB: Wrong number. Sorry.
Me: It's okay. Have a nice weekend.



If you're calling to find a tutor for your child, please don't call while you're driving and you *know* you're going to need to write down a name and phone number...


No plans for the weekend. Must think of something. Right now, hungry. Lunch.

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Think Geekly!

November 12th, 2009 (08:39 pm)

current mood: geeky

Oh, THIS is my MP3 player! WANT!

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j, m and j

November 12th, 2009 (04:23 pm)

current mood: annoyed

You're supposed to have (or about to get) a Ph.D., people!!! So if the job advertisement says, "Please mail all matierals to..." that DOESN'T MEAN "panic and spam the secretary's email box with I-can't-upload-documatation-what-do-I-do-now"!!

C on a crutch! I mean, seriously: in previous years I had may be 2 or 3 of those emails; this year it's more like a dozen and a half.

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More Gizmodo goodies

November 12th, 2009 (02:04 pm)

current mood: amused

Rotating power outlets: http://gizmodo.com/5403134/rotating-outlet-solves-the-international-outlet-smorgasbord

Hadron collider pop-up book. Yes: pop-up book. http://gizmodo.com/5402653/this-is-simply-the-coolest-pop+up-book-weve-seen

This one says it all in the url: http://gizmodo.com/5402282/vatican-holds-scientific-conference-to-ponder-the-existence-of-extraterrestrial-life

And this one, too: http://gizmodo.com/5402441/google-street-view-captures-fire-truck-hit-and-run-with-an-old-lady-on-a-bike

The disturbing bit of information is that WalMart will evidently be open starting THANKSGIVING MORNING. All in the name of sales and profits. http://gizmodo.com/5402573/walmart-taking-steps-to-prevent-another-black-friday-trampling

Oh, those crazy Japanese! http://gizmodo.com/5402378/japanese-putting-bra-lets-you-golf-into-lingerie

Okay, so if bacteriophages don't interest you, it's still freaking cool. http://gizmodo.com/5400443/natures-most-wicked+looking-robot-the-bacteriophage

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