Archive for May, 2005

Of Louie and Bud

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

Matt Barry took the baton and ran with it. Or conducted with it. I’m not sure which metaphor is the right one. Anyway, Matt mentioned that the Rice band plays “Louie Louie”. Actually, I think every marching band in America plays “Louie Louie,” but none have elevated it to the status of de facto fight [...]

Friday Phishing

Friday, May 20th, 2005

This morning I received an email that purported to come from Earthlink, my ISP, but was in fact an attempt to get at my Earthlink password and, I presume, my credit card number. The email claimed that Earthlink, in running some kind of automated audit, had encountered problems with my personal information. I needed to [...]

A Thursday Birthday

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

Today was Granny Calvert’s birthday. She would have been 101 today. Happy birthday, Granny.
I dug around in my archive and found this transcript of an interview I did with Granny a few years before she died. I wasn’t planning to publish this today, but, well, why not?
Update, May 19, 2006: The transcript has moved to [...]

Truth Hurts

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

My loving wife just informed me that I am scary to “small children and dogs.”

Wednesday Complaints

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Two funny things happen every time I bring up Bloglines in the morning.
I put bloglines into Google, and it responds with the correct search results, plus the query “Did you mean bloodlines?” Their spell-checker often catches me when I mistype or misspell, but the suggestion of bloodlines for bloglines seems odd. For one thing, [...]

New Music Tuesday

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

I normally don’t care for those chain letters that come around by email, the ones where you’re supposed to answer a bunch of questions then send the letter on to a bunch of people you know. I’ve seen one, though, that I like because it’s short and it’s about music. So here goes:
Total volume of [...]

Monday Miscellanea

Monday, May 16th, 2005

The second issue of Make Magazine arrived in the mail today. This is just the coolest magazine ever since Playboy; it’s a shame it’s a quarterly and not a monthly. I’ve thumbed through it once already. The best article I’ve seen so far: the one about the guy who built a lightweight, computer-controlled glider, attached [...]

1983 Iron Bowl

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

As I was flipping around the channels yesterday, I paused on ESPN Classic, put down the remote, and watched the last few minutes of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. I saw Kirk Gibson’s dramatic home run to win the game for the Dodgers over the A’s, and when the replay was over, I [...]

Houston Highland Games

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

Wendy and Summer went to the Houston Highland Games up in town today. They took Hubble and Major with them; they handed out brochures at the Houston Sheltie Sanctuary table and visited with the other Sheltie and Collie rescue volunteers.

Aerial Sightseeing Around Texas: Cadillac Ranch

Friday, May 13th, 2005

The guys over at Google Sightseeing did a good job of finding these Caddies buried in a field just west of Amarillo. I looked for Cadillac Ranch myself, and I found the area, but I never found those ten half-buried cars. As with some other locations, the Terra Server has a better view. Now if [...]

Backfill: Odds and Ends

Thursday, May 12th, 2005


Thursday, May 12th, 2005

Meet Major, who is visiting us courtesy of the Houston Sheltie Sanctuary. Major is a big fellow, weighing about fifty pounds. He’s a shy fellow, although not as shy as Jack was; in particular, he’s not scared to death of me. Most dogs seem at least a bit shy at first, except maybe the puppies, [...]