Archive for June, 2005

Llama Llama Duck

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

This little song is just hilarious. It comes to us by way of Bryn and her friends from camp. Gotta have Flash to play it.

Abracadaver!

Monday, June 27th, 2005

I heard from Jerry Mahone today. He’s promised to send an update on life, the universe, and everything. Details forthcoming.

Major Again

Saturday, June 25th, 2005

Wendy just left to take Major across town to a second adoption interview. It’s likely she’ll come back without him. Better luck this time, Major.
Update: Major got adopted.

Talk to Strangers

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

Bruce Schneier offers some insightful commentary on the age-old advice about talking to strangers.

Major’s Return

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Like MacArthur, Major has returned. The family that adopted him was unable to keep him in their back yard; twice he jumped the fence to escape. Wendy’s theory is that Major was left alone for long hours and got bored. The Houston Sheltie Society decided that Major was too much at risk with this family, [...]

A Riddle

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

Paul Finebaum spends most of his time trying to stir up controversy and generally being a first-class moron. But every now and then he hits upon a nugget of truth:

Name three SEC coaches who have won three conference games at Bryant-Denny Stadium?
Answer: Phil Fulmer, Tommy Tuberville and Mike Shula.
It’s funny because it’s true.

Aerial Sightseeing: the Mississippi River Delta

Monday, June 20th, 2005

Many years ago, I flew over the Mississippi River delta in a helicopter. The view was amazing, the river branching over and over again. Its structure looked just like a computer generated fractal. It looks different in this view, but still beautiful in a fractal kind of way.

Father’s Day 2005

Sunday, June 19th, 2005

Today has been a very nice day. Wendy made me my favorite breakfast: scrambled eggs, bacon, and spicy sausage. Summer and Bryn each had a nice card for me, and they gave me a brand new dual-layer DVD recorder and a supply of blank discs. Wendy gave me Picture Perfect, the story in photos of [...]

Bye Bye, Blue Streak

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

We drove to Seguin last night and stayed in a local hotel so we could arrive on time for the 9 AM show at Blue Streak Stables. It looked like a well organized camp; the camp leader would yell out "Heyhey!" and all the campers would holler back "Bluuuuue Streak!" They put on a show [...]

Sugarland Roundup

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Over in Sugarland recently, the police responded to a noisy party call and found a house full of teenagers and booze. It’s been in the news here because the police issued citations to everyone there, without trying to determine which kids had been drinking and which hadn’t. One mother challenged the police to give [...]

Wally World Again

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Here’s another article about photo studios, including Wal Mart, who don’t want to print photographs that look “too professional”. Here’s something for the people at Wally World to think about: when you turn away that amatuer’s photo because it looks too good, and he buys a printer so he can print his own photo, do [...]

Lubbock, Texas

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

I just returned from Lubbock, Texas, where a colleague and I met with a group of AI researchers at Texas Tech University. We work projects with various professors and students at universities around the state, and every now and then we pay them a visit. This was my second visit to Texas Tech.
The first time [...]