Archive for October, 2009

A story from my favourite columnist

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

I have occasionally featured in the “Up For Air” column in the Marblehead Reporter, as Fraffie, the columnist, and I are probably long-separated siglings or something. We see eye to eye on almost everything (except she’s a Republican [but not the rabid modern kind] and I’m not).

The column this week featured a Martha Stewart Moment that is priceless.

We all know that Martha has her well-painted fingernails dug into the state of Maine, Mt. Desert Island, to be more specific, where she shopped one day in a small gourmet-food emporium in North East, South West, Bar or one of those harbors, and when at the checkout counter mentioned that she had not see a cherry-pitter on the shelves. The nice clerk apologized and said,

From Twitter 10-30-2009

Saturday, October 31st, 2009
  • 09:06:48: good morning all. Off to a test automation course today for Selenium. Looking forward to learning something new.
  • 18:40:50: Back from training day. Learned something. Hope you’ve all been good while I’ve been otherwise engaged.
  • 19:15:55: @GaySkyHooker how are you tonight? was away all day so felt very disconnected.
  • 20:27:45: @nard watch out when you get up to under the flight blanket…

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From Twitter 10-29-2009

Friday, October 30th, 2009

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From Twitter 10-28-2009

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

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From Twitter 10-27-2009

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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Expect a bus tomorrow and one comes today…

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

We are all aware of that old rule of thumb which says that you wait 30 minutes for a bus, then 3 come at once. Well, I’ve had just the opposite happen here at home.

I’m off to a meeting later on this afternoon. Yesterday I filled out an application for a renewal US passport, seeing that it would cost

From Twitter 10-26-2009

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
  • 09:31:10: Yes, right! RT @seismic007: This cereal is stale. But I guess that’s okay, because Kashi is supposed to taste like crap anyway, am I right?
  • 09:33:28: Best to overdrink when young; you won’t be able to do it later on! RT @freddychew: @thoburn wah overdrank again? Bad for health!
  • 09:34:35: RT @ruskin147: Greetings from Hanoi. Hurray – hotel has wifi and great view…
  • 09:35:31: @freddychew best of luck!
  • 09:36:28: @shrinik knowing how many bugs have been found in a project does not equal having control of the project. Project #FAIL
  • 10:50:53: @shrinik 1st: Knowing “how many bugs” is very difficult and contingent on factors not easy to explain to pointy-haired bosses.
  • 10:51:56: @shrinik 2nd: The PD can present a number to his boss & use it to his own advantage whether the number is true or not. Is that moral?
  • 12:45:29: @shrinik if it’s # of bugs post-facto, then you’ve already lost control of project. No help if you’re counting them in an unemployment queue
  • 23:11:58: RT @urbanbohemian: has a new word thanks to Shel/@rawkwulf, “oinksinated”. #fb

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25 things I have learned in 50 years (by Dave Barry)

Monday, October 26th, 2009

1. The badness of a movie is directly proportional to the number of helicopters in it.

2. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight-saving time.

3. People who feel the need to tell you that they have an excellent sense of humor are telling you that they have no sense of humor.

4. The most valuable function performed by the federal government is entertainment.

5. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

6. A penny saved is worthless.

7. They can hold all the peace talks they want, but there will never be peace in the Middle East. Billions of years from now, when Earth is hurtling toward the Sun and there is nothing left alive on the planet except a few microorganisms, the microorganisms living in the Middle East will be bitter enemies.

8. The most powerful force in the universe is gossip.

9. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers.

10. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11.

11. There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”

12. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

13. There apparently exists, somewhere in Los Angeles, a computer that generates concepts for television sitcoms. When TV executives need a new concept, they turn on this computer; after sorting through millions of possible plot premises, it spits out, “THREE QUIRKY BUT ATTRACTIVE YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING IN AN APARTMENT,” and the executives turn this concept into a show. The next time they need an idea, the computer spits out, “SIX QUIRKY BUT ATTRACTIVE YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING IN AN APARTMENT.” Then the next time, it spits out, “FOUR QUIRKY BUT ATTRACTIVE YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING IN AN APARTMENT.” And so on. We need to locate this computer and destroy it with hammers.

14. Nobody is normal.

15. At least once per year, some group of scientists will become very excited and announce that:

  • The universe is even bigger than they thought!
  • There are even more subatomic particles than they thought!
  • Whatever they announced last year about global warming is wrong.

16. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings.”

17. The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them.

18. The value of advertising is that it tells you the exact opposite of what the advertiser actually thinks. For example:

  • If the advertisement says “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile,” the advertiser is desperately concerned that this Oldsmobile, like all other Oldsmobiles, appeals primarily to old farts like your father.
  • If Coke and Pepsi spend billions of dollars to convince you that there are significant differences between these two products, both companies realize that Pepsi and Coke are virtually identical.
  • If the advertisement strongly suggests that Nike shoes enable athletes to perform amazing feats, Nike wants you to disregard the fact that shoe brand is unrelated to athletic ability.
  • If Budweiser runs an elaborate advertising campaign stressing the critical importance of a beer’s “born-on” date, Budweiser knows this factor has virtually nothing to do with how good a beer tastes.

19. If there really is a God who created the entire universe with all of its glories, and He decides to deliver a message to humanity, He will not use, as His messenger, a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle.

20. You should not confuse your career with your life.

21. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.

22. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

23. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.

24. Your friends love you anyway.

25. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

Dave Barry

From Twitter 10-25-2009

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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Sunday, October 25th, 2009

In the middle future, when returning to San Diego, you may encounter a new experience.

Today’s New Jersey Law is an Ass URL, Milky Veal Department

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Apparently in the great State of New Jersey, there is no law against bestiality. While the State Legislature is busily trying to remedy this omission, the local constabulary has been busy in Moorestown, and a local judge has ruled on the case.

Today’s Great Legal Mind award goes to Judge James Morley, for ensuring that his ruling will live forever.

Those Wacky Australians

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

I have never heard of the “woylie,” which is apparently a small endangered marsupial. I have heard of pythons, and of tracking collars. A story from Western Australia combines all three with hilarious results.

Moral of the story: check to see that the python hasn’t eaten recently before you steal it.

From Twitter 10-24-2009

Sunday, October 25th, 2009
  • 09:04:37: @soveren Music of the Spheres, then?
  • 10:54:10: @kathyclugston Do say hello to Karl Marx for the rest of us.
  • 11:27:36: I want some! RT @jtbritto: – deep fried pickles at Fincastles Diner
  • 12:43:25: Come on, now! Follow Ivy-the world’s oldest Tweeter! RT @IvyBean104: i only need another 570 followers and i will have 50 thousand
  • 12:43:56: Drink like a fish? RT DentonPolice: – 10/24/2009 06:01:58 | 38 yrs | Bond: $500 | ALCOHOL/PUBLIC INTOXICATION
  • 12:45:25: @IvyBean104 I’m doing well; I hope you’re doing well too!
  • 14:52:15: @IvyBean104 could you send some of the sun down to London; it’s beastly out.
  • 14:53:13: @GaySkyHooker hugs…i’ll light yet another candle. maybe i’ll find the one that’s effective this time…
  • 20:27:58: bittergourd and pork rib soup with prawn fried rice for dinner, thanks to HWMBO. Bittergourd is supposed to be good for blood sugar levels.
  • 20:29:04: @GaySkyHooker could your meds be doing a number on your taste buds? Oh, eat lots of ice cream for me, please, as I’m not supposed to.
  • 20:51:59: @GaySkyHooker i might just have to squee all over the computer after hearing that. i had bittergourd and pork rib soup which is…bitter!
  • 20:56:47: Love the dreads, too bad about the assault: RT DentonPolice: – 10/24/2009 14:48 | 22 yrs | ASSLT CAUSES BODILY INJ
  • 21:27:28: off to see Have I Got News For You…

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Today’s Getting Ready for Work Video

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

…they do it somewhat differently in Japan. The vid’s in Japanese, but believe me, you don’t need it. Thanks to for the reference.

From Twitter 10-23-2009

Saturday, October 24th, 2009
  • 00:07:13: @GaySkyHooker WS is more my thang…
  • 00:10:45: well, night-night all. off to the land of nod. I see the Fat Doctor and the Foot Doctor tomorrow. Next week, the Fat Foot Doctor, I suppose.
  • 08:58:34: morning, all. Off to the quacks shortly, the Foot Doctor and the Fat Doctor (in reverse order). Hope all goes well.
  • 09:08:20: Prop me up, Scotty! RT DentonPolice: – 10/23/2009 00:57:50 | 21 yrs | Bond: $500 | ALCOHOL/PUBLIC INTOXICATION
  • 09:11:45: Mine is higher than 90.15% of Twitterers. RT @devinjay: my Twitterank is higher than 87.79% of twitterers!
  • 18:12:27: @GaySkyHooker interesting; @jonk keeps up to date on aubreydog; @MrPandaBehr great househusband & bear appreciator; @nard too #FollowFriday
  • 18:13:12: @GaySkyHooker Takeaway Chinese!
  • 18:17:13: @MrPandaBehr You love one bear really well, and the rest of us you appreciate. That is sweet.
  • 18:23:32: Steak & kidney pie for lunch! RT @jonk: i thought it had a catchier name, but next (Tue-)Wed-Thu i will be at renal week 2009 in san diego
  • 18:49:53: Today’s Medical Story:
  • 18:50:38: @jonk most probably. has anyone been fscking around with the indoor wiring lately?
  • 22:44:02: RT @GearLive: We are giving away an HP Envy 13 laptop with extended 14 hour battery. To enter, follow @gearlive and retweet this! #win7tour

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One beautiful photo

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

…is on ‘s blog, here. The colour is fantastic.

Today was Medical Day

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Well, I seem to have survived both the Fat Doctor and the Foot Doctor.

I arrived at St. Thomas’s Hospital around 9:45 for a 10:10am appointment. I went to the clinic, and stood in a queue behind a gentleman who hadn’t shown up for his appointment and was arguing with the receptionist about making another appointment. She couldn’t do it (because “the computer says ‘Nooooooo…'”) but he didn’t believe her. Finally I checked in and went to sit down and wait for the surgeon.

A short nurse came out and bellowed my name. I followed, and she said, “Take your shoes off to be weighed.” Well, I had my air boot on and that takes a few minutes to remove and the same amount of time to put on. I said, “I can’t take this off; please just weigh me and take off about 2-1/2 kilograms.” She looked at me and barked (and I do mean ‘barked’): “Take your shoes off. Do you want me to lie? Doing that would be lying.”

At that point I was ready to put on my coat and walk out. I said, “Well, I’m not taking this boot off. Do what you like.” She said, “So you refuse to be weighed then.” and wrote that down on the piece of paper. “Sit down.”

I went back to the waiting area ready to explode. Someone sitting behind me went over to the receptionist and complained about a bad smell in the area. For a moment I thought that maybe I hadn’t showered, but it turned out that someone was having a leg ulcer cleaned out in another room and the smell was unpleasant for some. However, I couldn’t smell anything at all.

The short nurse emerged with a spray bottle of air freshener and told people to move to another area to wait. As I couldn’t smell it I stayed put along with one other person. The nurse sprayed the air freshener around and muttered to the other person (I guess that “refusing to be weighed” means that I am a non-person) that we will all smell after we’re dead and the stench was only dead flesh so it was natural. After she toddled off, I looked at the other person and we wondered what planet Nurse Ratchett came from.

The nurse then asked me to come along with her. In passing she opened a door and muttered something I didn’t catch, so I continued to follow her. She rounded on me and said, “I told you to wait in the examining room!” I truly hadn’t heard her. So I went into the examining room and waited for the Fat Doctor (ie, Bariatric Surgeon).

After about 20 minutes he knocked on the door and swept in with an entourage consisting of a dietician and a student. We discussed options and he recommended that my case be presented to the Primary Care Trust for funding. If it is funded, there is then a 3-month wait for the operation. Gastric bypasses have been found to not only help people lose weight, but in type-II diabetics they seem to reduce insulin resistance. There are a few side effects, and I’ll have to eat stuff that’s been liquidised in a blender for a couple of weeks, but I’m willing to do it in pursuit of weight loss and diabetic improvement.

I took the opportunity to mention how rude I thought the nurse had been. The doctor said that he had no problem with weighing me with my boot on, and the dietician took me to the nurse’s station, shooed her out, and weighed me and reduced it by 2-1/2 kg, just as I’d suggested. No problem. They will speak to the nurse.

Off to the bus stop for a 148 to the Elephant and Castle, then change for a 40 to Denmark Hill and Kings for my appointment with the Foot Doctor. As I’d taken my infected foot into my own hands and started taking antibiotics but not called the foot clinic, I was ready for a bollocking from Tim, the cute Diabetic Podiatrist. But when I got there, I said to him, “I’ll tell you what happened last week if you promise not to shout at me.” He smiled and said, “I never shout.” which I can believe. I told him and he said, “Fine! I’ll give you a prescription for two more weeks.

The ulcer on my left foot has significantly reduced in size. There doesn’t seem to be any problem with the right foot at the moment. So, he dressed both feet and I went on my way.

I missed the Centre Drop-In this noon, but decided to have linguini with butter and garlic this evening just to spite the diabetes. I expect I will have high blood sugar tomorrow morning, but I am feeling quite well this evening.

Off to the quacks this morning

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

I have two appointments with quacks this morning. The second one is the usual foot appointment. I think I’m going to catch hell because my right foot became infected the day after my last appointment two weeks ago and I just started taking the antibiotics again that they had left me with the last time. This was two weeks ago, and I suspect they’ll be annoyed. Tough. It seems to have worked as the right foot is OK again. I’ll just ask for more antibiotics.

The first appointment is at St. Thomas’s Hospital with the Fat Doctor—Bariatric Surgeon. I am presuming that this will be an initial evaluation to see whether they should pursue some kind of bariatric surgery on me, either a gastric band or a gastric resection. I’m in favour of the latter because of its effects on diabetes is patients who have had the operation. We shall see. I’m a bit nervous about the appointment so I hope it goes well. If he’s anywhere near the attitude of the lipid nurse a month ago, I’m outta there.

From Twitter 10-22-2009

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
  • 07:42:07: @fonsus do more of your own cooking, for one thing. i know that’s not very kiasu, but so how?
  • 07:44:03: RT @Glinner: Pope

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

…and many happy returns of the day.

From Twitter 10-21-2009

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
  • 17:20:29: @jonk Looks more like aubreydog has no idea what’s _going_…
  • 22:35:16: @therealgokwan there are dedicated nose & ear hair cutters. Only problem: having one defines one as “past it”. ;-(
  • 23:57:33: Well, good night, all. Be good, and if you can’t be good be careful.

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Today’s Balloon Boy video

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

It seems that the Fuhrer is concerned about Falcon…

Thanks to BoingBoing for the steer towards this gem…one of the best of the genre.

Latest from Lambeth

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

LAMBETH PALACE, Wednesday, October 21, 2009. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, held a second joint press conference this morning. Dr. Williams announced that, with immediate effect, the Church of England would permit parish churches to establish a “Vatican Use” liturgy to allow disaffected Roman Catholics to find a church home more to their liking.

The Roman Catholic Church has for centuries refused to ordain women, refused to allow priests and bishops to be married, and demanded that its followers acknowledge that the Bishop of Rome is unable to err in matters of defined faith and doctrine. In addition, the celibate hierarchy of the Roman communion forbids Roman Catholics from using artificial means of birth control or using condoms to prevent the transmission of HIV.

“The establishment of ‘Vatican Use’ in the Church of England will allow those who, in conscience, cannot accept all of the doctrinal and ecclesiological positions of the Pope of Rome to move to the Anglican communion, where you are not required to check your conscience and reason at the door of the church.” said Dr. Williams, while Archbishop Nichols looked on from the side. “We in Anglicanism have a tradition of accepting people of rational faith from whatever background. We are especially welcoming to Roman Catholic priests who have been forced out of the active priesthood because they wish to be married, or just have a girlfriend like that priest in Miami. Keeping the ‘Vatican Use’ will allow like-minded refugees from Rome who have swum the Thames to be in community with others who have made that same journey.”

Dr. Williams continued, “As we have also been in the forefront of ordaining women to the historic priesthood and, in many provinces, the episcopate, we welcome those Roman Catholic women who feel that God is calling them to a vocation as priests and bishops in the Church of God. We feel that the Roman Catholic Church would welcome this reshuffling of people from each side, from Anglicanism to the new Personal Prelature and from Romanism to the welcoming folds of the Anglican Communion.”

Archbishop Nichols said, “We believe that the presence of former priests who are married in the Roman Catholic church is detrimental to the future development of Holy Mother the Church. In addition, allowing women who feel called to a vocation as priests or bishops to remain Roman Catholic means that a dangerous third-column of dissenters would exist in each parish and diocese across the land, distracting us from our mission to build up the Church of God that Jesus intended, with a male priesthood and episcopate as well as fecund parishioners who raise up large families of children and encourage them to enter the priesthood or the convent as appropriate.”

He continued, “We welcome this historic realignment of the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches into two distinct confessions, allowing people to make a clear choice between the two. The Holy Father has sent his personal blessings on the ‘Vatican Use’ to his Grace the Archbishop and expressed his hope that this initiative will be duplicated throughout the world.”

Archbishop Williams thanked Archbishop Nichols for the kind words and blessings on ‘Vatican Use’ Anglicanism, and concluded with a request that other provinces of the Anglican communion share in ‘Vatican Use’ and give Roman Catholics in their provinces the opportunity to share in this historic initiative.

Their Graces then repaired to the Library at Lambeth Palace for a lunch of humble pie washed down with Bishop’s Finger.

© Christian P. Hansen, all rights reserved

Afternote: This has been republished at Episcopal Caf

From Twitter 10-20-2009

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
  • 03:56:23: having a hypo again…had a glass of OJ, 1/2 a banana, and some crackers. Should be OK in a short while, I hope.
  • 03:59:39: @MrPandaBehr always put mustard and onion slivers in with my hot dogs. I like Chicago-style hot dogs but haven’t been there in years… 🙁
  • 04:22:06: @GaySkyHooker congrats on 10,000th Tweet but picture has disappeared 🙁
  • 04:22:42: @MrPandaBehr is there anything else in the water that might cause it? perhaps hard water?
  • 04:24:31: @BePhilavong i’ve seen people put on makeup and brush their teeth in the subways… 🙁
  • 04:31:39: @GaySkyHooker you still watch that has-been Norton? his decline has been quite sad. used to be funny once upon a time…
  • 04:36:04: @jonk well, if you’re into that stuff the black jack taco will be right up your alley… 😉
  • 04:46:29: @urbanbohemian you should have no problems finding ppl to test them with you…
  • 04:53:58: @MrPandaBehr perhaps a water softener would at least eliminate that as a cause. we have hard water here & I never had eye probs from it.
  • 04:56:32: @NickJohnson the question should be: “If I were a squirt bottle, where would I be?”
  • 04:58:37: @seashellseller thanks. after a glass of oj and some crackers i feel better.
  • 09:19:09: @GaySkyHooker wello, that’s why i wanted to see it 😉
  • 09:19:20: @GaySkyHooker or even “well,”
  • 13:27:52: @GaySkyHooker i’m old. the only thing I can be quick about these days is a trip to the crem.
  • 15:53:37: @jonk you forgot “Humbug!”
  • 15:57:36: @jtbritto hope everything works out ok.
  • 16:11:37: @GaySkyHooker yup, that’s what i meant…. 🙁
  • 23:35:40: @GaySkyHooker well, alive. kicking? no, not with my foot the way it is.
  • 23:40:13: Hello? Tattoo-Removal? RT DentonPolice: – 10/20/2009 16:56 | 20 yrs | ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE/DPD WARRANT
  • 23:46:39: @GaySkyHooker labotomy? You mean you have a whole laboratory in your head? Who knew? Get it removed IMMEDIATELY!! 😉
  • 23:47:37: @Glinner You are aware that the watershed for bad jokes is after 12 midnight and before 12:01 am, I trust…
  • 23:56:59: I harass you with my EYES! Look into my eyes, the eyes! RT @DentonPolice: – 10/20/2009 12:38 | 31 yrs | HARASSMENT
  • 23:58:38: Bob’s beard causes upset. RT DentonPolice: – 10/20/2009 12:23 | 38 yrs | ASSAULT CAUSES BODILY INJURY

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From Twitter 10-19-2009

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
  • 07:36:29: Good morning all. Kind of took a holiday from IM and Twitter and most email yesterday. Very restful!
  • 07:38:05: This is priceless! RT @rhys_isterix: Photo: thedailywhat:
  • 07:43:20: @jonk Bringing back &lt;blink&gt; would be the best way to force your way into the HTTP Hall of Shame, no?
  • 08:39:38: @fonsus Don’t panic. Take a deep breath. Cut out some of the salt you eat (no more salt & chilli pork). The 80 part is good. Hugs.
  • 08:41:12: One of the problems w/ URL shorteners is that if you’re not into watching a vid you don’t know it’s a vid until you click it. Stealth video.
  • 08:43:49: RT @The_Life_Coach: A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. Charles Darwin
  • 08:48:24: Lovely sunset:RT @lancearmstrong:
  • 13:20:14: Someone should tell the NY Times how homophobic it is: because even a liberal newspaper can hide its homophobia.
  • 13:31:35: Men are pigs, you know. RT @kathyclugston: Sat on an inch of bus seat as mr spreadlegs beside sits AKIMBO. Tut.
  • 13:34:00: RT @ElReg: [NSFW] Robert Crumb begets Book of Genesis: Xtians divided on X-rated biblical romp NSFW Legendary undergro..
  • 20:36:08: WTF? RT DentonPolice: – 10/19/2009 00:43 | 19 yrs | SPEEDING 47 IN A 35 MPH ZONE | CREATING UNLAWFUL NOISES
  • 20:37:44: Red light’s thataway!&lt;- RT DentonPolice: -10/18/2009 17:50 | 20 yrs | THEFT &gt;=$50 &lt;$500 | MURPHY PD/RAN RED LIGHT
  • 20:38:48: I just voted for Check it out! #TweetPhoto
  • 20:45:27: @pedroissexy that’s really great! thanks for fixing your computer!
  • 20:52:28: @sbrettell hm…we use Taylor’s, so I don’t have any convenient source, but try Central Regalia:
  • 20:56:31: @Liturgy I have a mental image of Father in the pulpit with a Bible in one hand and his tongue in the other (pace Karl Barth).
  • 21:00:31: @GaySkyHooker i am really sorry about your dinner. Perhaps this cookbook would help?
  • 22:52:03: @soveren Ugly Betty was in your bed? don’t forget to DM if you have a free evening for a drink with us.
  • 22:54:19: @Randazzoj no, but some awesome people are up to something that’ll make ’em famous…
  • 22:57:33: A plush Angora jumper? RT @GaySkyHooker: Nothing on TV. I wish I had a 10 inch thick hung top hiding in my wardrobe

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Monday, October 19th, 2009

…and many happy returns of the day!

From Twitter 10-17-2009

Sunday, October 18th, 2009
  • 08:33:08: good morning all. another day, but, alas, not another dollar.
  • 11:52:01: @thoburn highlight the tweet you want to retweet then press the “*” button. “Retweet” is one of the options that comes up.
  • 11:59:05: @SurferBoris not if he’s spelled “Jesùs” he isn’t.
  • 14:23:26: @Sgboy01 They’ll call her TV show BOOMZ! TV
  • 14:24:05: @soveren if we’d known you needed some WL would have brought more back from Sg. We still have 1/2 a mooncake…
  • 19:33:20: @jtbritto you look fine. pay no attention to anyone who says otherwise.
  • 19:36:10: @DidcotMan I believe it’s spelled “dyscalculia” and is in Wikipedia: but I’m sure someone else got to you first.
  • 19:41:30: @urbanbohemian HWMBO can fit into XS, but he’s Chinese. It’s even a bit loose. He always claims he’s fat. I say he doesn’t know what fat is.
  • 19:42:24: RT @MitchBenn: While I realise #beatcancer sounds a bit like a disease afflicting early 60s performance poets, RT it anyway.
  • 19:45:29: @soveren mooncakes are OK. They’re processed food. What they don’t like is fresh foods or meat or milk. That they’ll take away.
  • 19:46:10: @soveren my previous bf was from singapore and he used to bring mooncakes over every year 10 years ago and no problems then either.
  • 19:57:42: @helenroper KFC used to be good years ago, at least in the US, when the Colonel was still vertical.

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From Twitter 10-16-2009

Saturday, October 17th, 2009
  • 07:19:49: This is disgraceful, whatever you think about the Afghan conflict:
  • 07:24:10: @GaySkyHooker That pic shows you blow your nose regularly & that you’re not so old that huge black hairs sprout from it. Defo Gaydar pic!
  • 07:31:41: @GaySkyHooker Balloon Boy was a USan thang, like hot dogs or apple pie. I’m sure you’ve seen more about him than you need to see by now.
  • 07:34:33: RT @seismic007: I like cats, too. Let’s exchange recipes.
  • 08:22:44: RT @AJHab: LOL! Never Even realized!!! RT @Timerarious WTF
  • 08:25:05: Twink drinks? Who knew? RT DentonPolice: – 10/16/2009 01:37:49 | 18 yrs | Bond: $500 | ALCOHOL/PUBLIC INTOXICATION
  • 08:26:08: And what does the man with a beard do, then?RT @scorpiojerm: one kisses u back?
  • 08:29:41: @GaySkyHooker huggles from London!
  • 13:47:36: @GaySkyHooker: Congratulations on getting through it without it getting through you. Now rest and relax for two weeks before fun begins anew
  • 16:11:52: RT @jonk: – Hm I’m gonna put the bengay away for chaddy because you know what’s gonna happen
  • 16:16:18: @BentoSet hope you’re not doing #CommandoFriday…
  • 19:49:54: RT @mashable: Amazing Video: Baby Survives Being Hit By a Train –
  • 19:55:53: @GaySkyHooker Hope that u can hold out until 2 weeks + 1 day.
  • 20:23:47: @Naoij I think drunk tweeting is probably the best thing about Twitter.
  • 20:24:58: @GaySkyHooker There once was a lady named Wilde/Who kept herself quite undefiled/By thinking of Jesus/Contagious Diseases/
  • 20:25:04: @GaySkyHooker & the bother of having a child.
  • 20:26:13: @natflatt Google’s new Google Street View van.
  • 20:28:39: RIP Carl Hovde:The Dean of Columbia College when I enrolled in 1970 has died:
  • 20:29:13: @jenny8lee corn is overappreciated as a topping for anything. they put it in tuna salad here in London and on Subway sandwiches. Gross!
  • 22:06:21: @jerricklim 4 seasons at County Hall? Chinatown is so close!
  • 22:07:16: “Bonk” has a different meaning in the UK, actually… RT @thelmagazine: Brass Bands Bonk All Over Brooklyn
  • 22:10:55: I’ve done this too-bfs exist to check that you turned it off RT @seismic007: just realized the stove has been on since dinner last night :-/
  • 22:13:00: @Naoij WC Fields once remarked at a distiller’s demise: “Drowned in a vat of whiskey! Death, where is thy sting?”
  • 22:13:48: Surfer Boris is into Hispanic men, I guess…RT @SurferBoris: I’m gay so suck it Jesus
  • 22:27:46: @xenijardin Yo mamma so dumb she thinks the Cassini probe looks for tiny colon cancers.
  • 22:33:58: @xenijardin Yo momma so dumb she went on the Manned Solar Voyager and said she’d be safe ’cause she’d land at night.
  • 22:40:32: @xenijardin Yo momma so skinny that every time she turns sideways she goes into the 2nd dimension.

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Freemasons Hall

Friday, October 16th, 2009

For those who have never been to London or who have never been in Freemasons Hall on Great Queen Street, there is a short video below. It is one of the finest Art Deco buildings in London, if not the world.

I apologise for the fact that it’s an advertisement for letting rooms in the building.


Friday, October 16th, 2009

You may remember this post, where I showed you a picture of our back garden spider. A few days ago, when I went out to deposit more garbage on the compost heap, I noted that this particular spider and web were absent.

Well, between last night and this afternoon, this appeared in the back garden:

The difference is that instead of spinning her web between a shrub and the back wall, she has spun it between the side sall and the (folded-up) clothesline. It’s a distance of at least ten feet! I think I’ll name her “Shelob”.

I shall caution HWMBO not to go out into the back garden tonight without detouring around the other side of the clothesline.

Balloon Boy and Twitter

Friday, October 16th, 2009

While I was at the Deanery Synod meeting yesterday evening, apparently some kid in Colorado was suspected of climbing into a homemade hot-air balloon and sailing quite a ways. When the balloon came down, no sign of the boy. He was later found hiding in the attic of his home. His dad denied it was a publicity stunt for some reality TV show his family is participating in.

(P.S. Balloon Boy is Eurasian and in about 15 years will be quite handsome as long as he doesn’t pull too many stunts like this.)

The interesting thing is that #balloonboy was the top trending topic on Twitter when I sat down at the computer upon returning home from the meeting. However, by looking at the Tweets being tweeted with that hashtag, I was no wiser here in the UK about (1) what was going on, (2) where it was happening, or (3) where to get further information. There was no substance, just comments and exclamations.

It certainly brought home to me that fact that in the cyberverse the US throws its weight around out of all proportion to its population vis-a-vis the rest of the world. All the Tweeters assumed that all other Tweeters were seeing the live coverage on their TVs everywhere in the galaxy so no background was needed. Perhaps in the US such background was redundant. However, as far as I am aware, even the BBC didn’t have anything on their news page until most of the story was known.

What is the moral of the story? Do Tweeters and other members of the great cyberverse-of-teh-Now need to provide background to everything they Tweet? Was it my responsibility to look around and find out who Balloon Boy was and what was going on? Or should I just filter out mentally all the dreck and garbage that crosses my screen if I’m not immediately interested in it or there’s no apparent background information readily available?

I’m confused.

Postal (little-or-no) service

Friday, October 16th, 2009

For you nonBrits who are reading this, the background information you need is that the Royal Mail has been convulsed off and on for the past 4 or 5 months with wildcat strikes by its members in various places. As the postal workers in Southwark are particularly Bolshie, we have had more strikes here than perhaps anywhere else in the country. The Communications Workers Union (CWU) has now balloted its members and has announced that the first of a nationwide series of strikes will be held next week on Thursday/Friday.

The strikes here have left businesses unable to pay their bills as their customers’ cheques are still “in the post”. Millions of letters and parcels are stacked up in sorting offices waiting to be delivered. When the letter carriers are working, they have so little time during their rounds that they do not ring your doorbell when they have a package for you—they just drop the notice in your mailbox. This creates more work at the sorting office (which has to retrieve the packages) but gets the letter carriers off work earlier.

My copy of The Economist has not arrived on Friday for months now. Sometimes I get it on Saturday; more often I get it on Tuesday or Wednesday of the next week, by which time any interesting new it contains is, regrettably, very stale. My Private Eye should have arrived last Wednesday. I will be lucky if I get it today.

The CWU says that Royal Mail is bullying its members over modernisation. Royal Mail says that the CWU is blocking modernisation in a bid to bulk up its membership by requiring more postal workers. The CWU is trying to get Royal Mail to the arbitration service ACAS (right up the street from me at the Borough) but Baron Mandelson of Hartleypool and {somewhere else I forget}, the Business Secretary, says that arbitration would not be helpful.

Meanwhile, postal customers are leaving Royal Mail by their thousands. Just as e-mail has dried up the art of using dead trees and opaque liquid to communicate via snail-mail, the fact that I can transfer money to a creditor via my computer and my bank’s payment system means that I rarely post a cheque to anyone in the United Kingdom. Amazon has announced that it is reconsidering its contract with Royal Mail to deliver parcels under 500 gms (a bit more than a pound). As most CDs and books are under a pound in weight, this will be a major blow to Royal Mail, as Amazon is its second largest customer.

A few days ago, in the Grauniad, a letter-to-the-editor mentioned that it is now possible to go to most W.H. Smith shops (the major British newsagent) and send something via DHL for a small sum—more than a first-class stamp, but less than most other courier services.

Yesterday, a member of the CWU wrote that using DHL in this way was tantamount to being a scab and trying to break the CWU strike. WTF?

The Royal Mail is saddled with inefficencies, overstaffing, arcane labour practices that date back to the days when labour was cheap. The CWU is convinced that a national strike will bring Royal Mail to its knees.

Earth to CWU: The Royal Mail is already on its knees. No one will thank you if it expires under the weight of a huge undelivered backlog of letters, parcels, Christmas cards, and gifts from Grandma and Grandpa to their doting grandchildren. And no one will blame Royal Mail either, even if (as you say) it deserves part of the blame for the strike. They will blame you for:

  • Businesses going under because their bills aren’t being delivered and their payments not received;
  • Periodicals no longer being timely because they have been delivered weeks after their cover date;
  • Children crying because their grandparents’ gifts are part of the backlog so that Christmas gifts arrive in time for Pentecost;
  • Queues outside sorting offices reaching 300 yards away because letter carriers don’t bother ringing the doorbell when you have a parcel;
  • Junk-mail purveyors losing so much business they close so that Royal Mail will lose income from delivering their post…um…maybe that’s good?
  • Businesses who rely on direct-mail to publicise their businesses going under because of lack of customers.

Oh, and CWU, if you think that Royal Mail will settle because they want to protect their Christmas business, you have another think coming. Around December 20th, when the strikes haven’t yet forced Royal Mail to the table and some budding entrepreneur has started a Pony Express business in the UK and is making millions, it will become painfully clear that it is to Royal Mail’s advantage to let the CWU carry all the blame for the strike thus keeping Royal Mail itself relatively blameless. You’ll call off the strikes, but it will be too late. Ask Arthur Scargill about the effects of strikes on a monopoly industry in the United Kingdom.

When the smoke clears and the parties settle, as they will, both the union and Royal Mail will have kneecapped each other. Universal postal service in all parts of the United Kingdom will be a distant memory. Operations such as DHL will cherrypick the easy bits such as London, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham, and Edinburgh. No one will want the Orkneys or the Scilly Isles. We will have 5-days-a-week delivery—businesses that depend on 6-days-a-week delivery to get cheques in faster will have to whistle for it. Packages will be delivered by an alphabet-soup of agencies (DHL, TNT, Amtrak, UPS, FedEx) which will deliver at any and all times of the day. If one doesn’t have an e-mail address (hi, Great-Grandmother!) one will be out of luck when utilities stop sending paper bills to those who want them and require e-billing and Direct Debit for payment. Royal Mail and the Post Office will become a purveyor of commemmorative stamps for philatelists, a doler-out of state pensions, and a receiver for licenses and passport applications.

And Royal Mail (and the government, which by this time will be firmly Tory, I believe) will blame it all on the CWU. At that point, when even Radio 4’s “Today” program won’t interview you, you’ll know you’ve totally and utterly lost the game.

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Friday, October 16th, 2009

…and many happy returns of the day!

From Twitter 10-15-2009

Friday, October 16th, 2009
  • 22:11:08: Back from Deanery Synod…ho hum, about education. Only 4 minutes overtime, though.
  • 22:15:01: @nakedboy hey there! how’s things?
  • 22:21:09: @nilesz thanks for the link…some sad sacks just in the first 5 i looked, and some hotties too…
  • 22:41:29: Thanks to @GaySkyHooker for a picture in his album which led me to this delicious article from a Ugandan newspaper:

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Today’s Straying Ugandan Cleric URL

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

In some countries in Africa homosexuality is punishable by death, if you survive the gay-bashing you’re likely to get when you’re found out. Some of the most egregious haters are clergy from the various Christian denominations (along with people from other denominations and none, I suppose). So, it’s always a joyous day when a Ugandan newspaper reports the various activities in which Pastor Kiweweesi allegedly engaged with boys from his church.

Even if you’re not interested in such things, read the article simply for the grand fun of the colourful language in which the alleged activity is described. The headline is: Kiweweesi Bum Sex Scandal Deepens. It goes on from there.

You won’t regret it!

From Twitter 10-14-2009

Thursday, October 15th, 2009
  • 08:28:27: Stupid Ad-Aware install asks for language, then disappears for 2 mins. before showing the install welcome box. #fail
  • 08:30:58: Even more #fail : Ad-aware then flashes new box “Update Manager” that I’ve never seen before. Where did that come from? Malware? Who knows?
  • 08:34:58: Fugitive from justice caught through stupid Facebook updates:
  • 20:00:20: @GaySkyHooker i’ve been thinking & praying for the success of your procedure Friday. Hugs from me.
  • 20:02:16: @sammymcloughlin i have to wear them as my feet are damaged & until I get orthopedics I need them (with socks of course).
  • 20:04:04: RT @GeorgiaAquarium: In 1996 nearly 44,000 ppl were injured by toilets in the USA; 20 were injured by sharks.
  • 20:08:49: @helenroper would love to read PI but the Royal Mail is striking down here today. Is it good?
  • 20:11:06: RT @Cyberpoint Facebook Now Lets You Block Quiz Makers In One Fell Swoop // We *really* need this on Twitter!
  • 20:13:40: @GaySkyHooker anytime, tiger!
  • 22:52:16: Nighty-night all. See y’all tomorrow.

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From Twitter 10-13-2009

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

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From Twitter 10-12-2009

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
  • 04:55:32: having a hypo–feel like crap. just drank some OJ and hope I’ll be fine in a few minutes.
  • 05:08:51: I would go to a cake store, buy two or three cakes, bring ’em home, and eat ’em all. That would probably kill me right there. #DieNow
  • 05:31:15: When you wish upon a star… RT DentonPolice: – 10/11/2009 16:34:31 | 20 yrs | POSS MARIJ &lt; 2OZ
  • 18:07:15: PM blog is very silly. They want comments, but the comment engine isn’t geared up to veryfy the huge number of new contributors. #PMBlogFAIL
  • 19:26:28: Yes! RT @sammymcloughlin anyone else sick of hearing about MP’s expenses?
  • 19:28:52: @boyshapedbox sorry to hear it…get better soon.

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My tweets

Monday, October 12th, 2009
  • 04:55 having a hypo–feel like crap. just drank some OJ and hope I’ll be fine in a few minutes. #
  • 05:08 I would go to a cake store, buy two or three cakes, bring ’em home, and eat ’em all. That would probably kill me right there. #DieNow #
  • 05:31 When you wish upon a star… RT DentonPolice: – 10/11/2009 16:34:31 | 20 yrs | POSS MARIJ &lt; 2OZ #
  • 18:07 PM blog is very silly. They want comments, but the comment engine isn’t geared up to veryfy the huge number of new contributors. #PMBlogFAIL #
  • 19:26 Yes! RT @sammymcloughlin anyone else sick of hearing about MP’s expenses? #
  • 19:28 @boyshapedbox sorry to hear it…get better soon. #

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Monday, October 12th, 2009

I listen most afternoons at 5 pm to the afternoon news and interview show PM on Radio 4. Today they changed a little bit of the program, in which I was intensely interested. They’ve modified the weather forecast.

Now those of you in the U.S. or in Singapore might wonder what the fuss is about. I gather that Singaporean weather forecasts are pretty much the same every day, and weather forecasts in the U.S. generally focus on a small metropolitan area in which the weather is mostly homogenous.

Here in the United Kingdom, weather forecasts on the radio and TV have generally been delivered as a story. In order to keep the Scots, Welsh, and Northern Irish happy, sometimes the forecast begins with those, other times, and perhaps even most times, the forecast begins with Southeast England and East Anglia, corresponding to Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk counties and the London Metropolitan Area. But, what often happens is the one’s ears glaze over when the weather forecast starts, only to snap to attention when it’s too late and your area has already been mentioned.

A few weeks or a month ago, a woman wrote in to the PM program stating that the current weather forecast was very easy to forget to listen to; she wondered whether other formats would work better. So some experiments were conducted, including:

  • Delivering the regional forecasts in the accent of the area concerned—Scotland in a Scottish accent, North East England in a Newcastle accent, and so on;
  • Playing music behind the forecast;
  • Playing agricultural sounds such as birdsong behind the forecast;
  • Playing sounds corresponding to the weather being forecasted—gales behind strong winds, pattering rain behind showers, and so on;
  • Finally, dividing the country up into regions and announcing each region, then its weather—similar to the Shipping Forecast.

After trialling each of these, and consulting within the BBC and the Met Office (=USan Weather Bureau), the last alternative was selected. Peter Gibbs, the head of weather broadcasting for the Met Office services for the BBC, (also a hottie for those who are into men like him—unfortunately, he’s already taken), went on PM and explained how and why the new style forecast was being trialled. If it works well, and people like it, it’ll probably replace the current story weather forecasts on radio. The PM host asked for comments to be left on the PM Blog.

I heard the forecast, and I liked it. I was able to concentrate long enough to get the gist of what will be happening here tomorrow. However, when I went to the BBC PM blog website to comment, I discovered that one has to register to leave a comment.

No problem? After filling out the form, you have to also verify your email address by clicking on a link in an email that the blog will send you, presumably automated. What PM didn’t seem to anticipate is that so many of its readers would not already be commenters that the comment verification email mechanism would be overwhelmed and is probably down for the count. I asked for the verification email to be sent 27 minutes ago. Nothing yet. Normally these emails arrive almost automatically.

Of course, when I finally get my email, finish registering, and make my comment, I’ll have a short approving phrase for the weather forecast and a rant about not anticipating this kind of load.


A sad story

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Let no one tell you that being a bar girl is easy and victimless. I am really sad after reading this story.

Today’s Humour

Monday, October 12th, 2009

An old man lived alone in a New Jersey suburb of NYC. He wanted to plant a tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:

Dear Vincent, I am feeling pretty sad, because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.

Love, Papa

A few days later he received a letter from his son.

Dear Pop, Don’t dig up that garden plot. That’s where the bodies are buried.

Love, Vinnie

At 4:00 the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area to a depth of three feet. They scanned the area and dug up and removed some rocks and an old shopping cart. They didn

From Twitter 10-11-2009

Monday, October 12th, 2009
  • 08:39:49: Happy Sunday morning. RIP Stephen Gately.
  • 08:49:23: My sermon for today, in case you are not going to be at St. John’s:
  • 15:25:07: @therealgokwan i think that more people should have thankful moments. thank you for all the pleasure your work has given me.
  • 16:09:17: @GaySkyHooker mothers are there to criticise you. it’s the most important thing they do, even more than birth. Remember: you’re really good!
  • 18:30:41: @GaySkyHooker My mother was ok, but of course other people’s mileage may vary…and mine has been dead for 28 years next month, which helps.
  • 18:39:31: @jonk sandwich bags are cheaper.
  • 18:41:24: Hotter than a $10 pistol: RT DentonPolice: – 10/11/2009 11:00 | 22 yrs | ARLINGTON PD WARRANT / SPEEDING
  • 18:53:42: Thankful they let u out? RT @natflatt: Omg. I had a dream I got arrested & went to jail. I’ve got something to be thankful for this morning.
  • 18:56:05: Using Vulcan Mind Meld:RT DentonPolice: – 10/11/2009 10:09 | 23 yrs | DRIVING WHILE LICENSE INVALID | EXP REG
  • 19:14:22: RT @tentenuk: BAA have announced that they’re scrapping their plans for a 3rd runway at Heathrow: & #1010 rumbles on… 😉
  • 19:17:40: They keep arresting leprechauns… RT DentonPolice: – 10/11/2009 03:31 | 23 yrs | SPEEDING 76 MPH IN A 60 MPH ZONE
  • 19:20:43: Wow, man! Mellow! RT DentonPolice: – 10/11/2009 05:01:19 | 23 yrs | ALCOHOL/PUBLIC INTOXICATION
  • 19:21:49: Where’s my neck gone? RT DentonPolice: – 10/11/2009 04:21 | 27 yrs | FAIL TO MAINTAIN FINANCIAL RESPONS …
  • 19:23:23: Cow Pat WTF?? RT @Phuket_Gay_Boy: Just eating Cow Pat Goong (Fried Prawn Rice) with Goong Grapao (Hot Spicy Prawn Curry) ?
  • 19:24:02: Hell yeah, I’ll have another! RT @DentonPolice: – 10/11/2009 03:34 | 35 yrs | ALCOHOL/PUBLIC INTOXICATION
  • 19:28:56: We are not amused. RT DentonPolice: – 10/11/2009 03:08:54 | 21 yrs | Bond: $500 | ALCOHOL/PUBLIC INTOXICATION
  • 19:29:55: The ears have it! RT DentonPolice: – 10/11/2009 02:11:15 | 20 yrs | Bond: $500 | ALCOHOL/PUBLIC INTOXICATION
  • 19:30:50: But we ARE amused! Hugely so! RT DentonPolice: – 10/11/2009 02:50:53 | 33 yrs | POSS CS PG 1 &lt;1G
  • 19:37:47: He drank to forget…something or other RT DentonPolice: – 10/10/2009 21:31:13 | 29 yrs | ALCOHOL/PUBLIC INTOXI ..
  • 19:40:45: Gimme * 3 a man right at midnight RT DentonPolice: – 10/10/2009 00:00:00 | 29 yrs | LOCAL MUNICIPAL WARRANT
  • 19:43:45: Sultry…hot! RT DentonPolice: – 10/10/2009 18:16 | 17 yrs | NO DRIVER’S LICENSE | FAIL TO MAINTAIN FINANCIAL RESP
  • 19:44:03: RT @therealgokwan: Just stopped to buy milk and some drunk just said “you look like an ugly Gok Wan!”. What a liberty! Hahaha! X
  • 19:45:31: They’ve arrested a mop! RT @DentonPolice – 10/10/2009 16:51:56 | 18 yrs THEFT
  • 19:46:56: Tired this evening. Boiling the chicken carcass for stock. Listening to News from Lake Wobegon podcasts stacked up since May…
  • 21:01:48: @jonk oh, I thought you were using them for something else…I’ll do a Roseann Roseannadanna now…
  • 21:03:04: What a wonderful wedding announcement:
  • 21:05:09: RT @pinoyboy: making beet soup… reconnecting to my russian polish fjłupiną roots

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Sunday, October 11th, 2009

I think that this entry in the RISKS list yesterday might be right up your webdesign alley.

Today’s Sermon

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

October 11, 2009 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sermon delivered at St. John the Evangelist, 10 am.
Readings: Wisdom 7:7-11; Ps. 89; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30

In the name of God, the one, the Undivided Trinity. AMEN.

I am currently reading a book called Monk Habits for Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants. That

Today’s Bovine Religious URL

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

I missed this one last month, but gladly share it today. Prof. Harvey Cox, about to retire as Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, exercises an ancient right and connects it with modern concerns.

From Twitter 10-10-2009

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

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From Twitter 10-08-2009

Friday, October 9th, 2009
  • 10:21:20: @therealgokwan as long as the audience wasn’t giggling at the sight you’re OK.
  • 10:57:42: @BrianHeys No, Dallas is all men with necks like tree trunks, women with eye bags and ratty hair, and teenagers who like a drink…
  • 11:50:15: @shrinik “test factory” is hype for the sales people to feed to unwitting potential customers. “factory” = “cookie-cutter” context-free work

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Thursday, October 8th, 2009

I had an inspiration, sat down at 5:15 pm, and had my sermon for Sunday finished by 5:45. Thank God for that!

As usual, I’ll post it on or after Sunday.

Now, off to a birthday party.