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I think it really captures the dynamic of Tom Cruise being a short, sinister, super-creepy dude lurking behind her. Crazy ass Scientologist...
18 April 2008
17 April 2008
Mars has 2 moons Phobos and Deimos. Both were discovered in 1877 by Asaph Hall. Mars is the Roman god of war, called Ares by the Greeks. Ares had 2 sons by Aphrodite, named…you guessed it, Phobos and Deimos.
Phobos means panic/fear and Deimos means terror/dread. The sons were close companions of their father, always depicted as driving his chariot and assisting him on the battlefield. See for yourself:
"[Ares] ordered Phobos (Fear) and Deimos (Terror) to harness his horses, and himself got into his shining armour." - Homer, Iliad 15.110
"Ares drove these [warriors] on ... and Deimos (Terror) drove them, and Phobos (Fear), and Eris (Hate) whose wrath is relentless, she the sister and companion of murderous Ares." - Homer, Iliad 4.436
It’s a little annoying that the planet has the Roman name and the moons the Greek…but I’m willing to let it slide, because I like the concept of naming the moons after the sons of the planet’s namesake. Moons are like the planet's children, after all. And I like the poetry of it all, that in life and literature and astronomy, war is always accompanied by fear and terror.
14 April 2008
The office has these spam filters that shuttle the obvious junk directly into a folder, so you never even see it in your inbox. So, I happened to glance at my folder list and noticed that there were over 2000 emails in the junk mail folder. Curious, I opened it to discover--in addition to many tempting offers to purchase replica Rolexs and numerous opportunities to play poker and blackjack--the following subject lines (which I have cataloged and categorized for your enjoyment)...
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11 April 2008
09 April 2008
This is really the very very beginning of the parade route. It actually acts sort of as the staging area, because there are several streets that all converge there, which I suppose makes it easier to line-up all the floats and marching bands and Shriners in tiny cars and what not. As you can see on the map, they can line the paradees down Monroe and Thomasville and 1st Ave. and then merge them all together as the parade starts.
[An aside: to get the map I typed in my old address, which is were the green arrow claims to be pointing. That's actually The Grove (yeah, I wish I lived there). I was next door...move the arrow half an inch to the right and you've got it.]
At any rate, as you might imagine, staging begins much earlier than the parade proper... as you have to line everyone up and give people time to stick all the stuff back their floats that fell off while they were driving it over to the parade, and generally wrangle the unruly in to some semblance of a line. So for me, on a parade Saturday there was not really any sleeping in. In various years I was awakened at an earlier than ideal hour by a variety of things:
- police cars politely hitting their sirens to encourage motorists to move along as they set up barricades to block the streets (barricades that also effectively trapped me at home for the day, I might add)
- marching band members warming up and tuning their instruments in the front yard
- local radio zany-morning-crew-type guys testing out the sound system on their float by blasting "Funkytown" over and over
- High school ROTC calling cadence and marching up and down in front of the house
- Confederate soldiers on horseback hanging out across the street. Witness the view out the window on these pics I dug up:
But, all things considered, I didn't mind the parade so much. It was only one day a year. (Actually, 2 days...the Winter Fest parade also caused all the streets to be blocked off. But since it was at night, it usually caused me to be trapped out of the house rather than in...) It was nice to not have to drive or park, just walk out the front door and have a seat on the grass. Also, parades are much more enjoyable when you have easy access to all the comforts of home like beer and snacks and your own bathroom...
08 April 2008
07 April 2008
Only weather has previously succeeded in snuffing out the Olympic flame, just twice in its history. Today French officials managed it three times. continued...My favorite part of the whole escapade is the security plan devised by the Paris police:
The plan was for the torchbearers to be encircled by several hundred officers, some in riot police vehicles and on motorcycles, others on rollerblades and on foot. Closest to the torchbearer would be the Chinese torch escorts, with Paris police on rollerblades moving around them. French firefighters in jogging shoes would encircle the rollerbladers, while motorcycle police would form the outer layer of security.I love the sound of this plan, and I think police on rollerblades is an idea that should be deployed much more often...
05 April 2008
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04 April 2008
Recent polling shows that almost 30 percent of Clinton supporters and nearly 20 percent of Obama supporters say that if their preferred candidate doesn't win the nomination, they'll vote Republican.So, I repeat...Are You KIDDING Me? What is wrong with you people? Talk about cutting off you nose to spite your face.
"Hillary is being mean" "Barack's preacher is racist" Yeah, vote for McCain, that'll show 'em.
4 more years of republican "leadership" is a small price to pay for the smiting of your enemies. Shortsighted vindictiveness...definitely the way to go.
03 April 2008
02 April 2008
Oh, lord...it's pledge drive time. I do realize that NPR stations are listener supported and that I am the public in public radio and all of that...but I'm still annoyed by the pledge drive. Mostly because they keep interrupting the programming. I like my news and information to flow...
At any rate, I did the right thing and made my donation. I do listen to Morning Edition every weekday (pretty much all morning, actually...clock radio, radio in the shower, car radio on the way to work) so I should do my part and kick them a few bucks.
While I was in the giving spirit today, I also bought a Florida State Parks Annual Pass (mostly to compensate for my usage of the Lake Overstreet Trails) and a Tallahassee Museum Membership (although it will always be the Junior Museum in my heart). Tallahassee fun galore!