December 31, 2004
Buy this book
Well the elder god of blogging is just a few days behind me but go out and buy Bill Whittle's book anyway. It is number 401 on Amazon and rising.
Not a bad game at all
Been busy for the last two days driving to San Antonio and back with a friend to see my Buckeyes beat the Cowboys 33-7.
It wasn't really even as close as the score would seem. Ohio State controlled the entire game with the Oakies getting their only touchdown in the closing minutes of the 4th quarter.
Very very nice.
Pictures of the Riverwalk and Alamo later today or maybe even next year depending on when I recover.
December 27, 2004
Austrailian Tree Fern - dormant
I have probably gotten more email about this plant than any other. One reason is that it is so spectacular and the other is that is not supposed to grow up here.
When the nice ladies at the Wal Mart garden department delivered my lawn tractor ( they don't usually do that but I convinced them to put it on their pickup and bring it to me) they were in shock. They had the same plant but still in the pot and had always moved it inside in cold weather.
As you can see from this picture it does not like cold at all. If you compare it with yesterday's picture where it was in the background and very green, these fronds are likely dead and will soon fall off. It has been our experience though that new ones will come up when it gets warm and it will be bigger than ever.
This one is about 6 feet high, 5 feet across and we bought it in a 1 or 3 gallon pot.
Great article on blogs in Fortune that you can read here.
Something else that you can read online but you really should buy the book is Bill Whittle's Silent America.
Something you can't read online, at least I don't think, so is Hugh Hewett's book Blog.
December 26, 2004
This is a nice little vine that we bought last year and never got around to putting into the ground. We thought it had died and ignored it until we found that it was not only still alive but had decided to grow around the pillar rose that its pot was sitting next to.
Notice the Austrailian Tree Fern in the background. This was taken before the freeze. Tomorrow I will show you what happened to it after the freeze.
December 24, 2004
Miracle on 34th St.
Quote of the Day
I just watched this movie with my daughter. I have seen it so many times I have lost count but I still shed a tear or two at the end. Just a great flick.
Miracle on 34th Street - 1947
I did all the Cristmas shopping I had left to do yesterday since I got out of work early.
We finally got the tree decorated this afternoon.
Then I took the wife to Breakfast and then to Target to see what they had in Christmas decorations that we could pick up for a song in two days. They had a lot left I thought but the place was as busy as I have seen it since if opened six months ago.
Of course we ended up buying something and then more when the wife saw some glasses that she liked. I picked them out while she went to the lady's room so naturally we got them home and found one with a chip.
December 23, 2004
No More Paris
Lloyd Grove of The Daily News devotes an entire column to why he will not be writting about Paris Hilton anymore.
Yes he admits at the end, he has been one of her chief enablers, but he has had enough and aside from the fact that he is devoteing an entire column to this pretty worthless person he has some good points.
We will see how long he lasts with this New Years resolution. Probably until he needs material again but I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for having good intentions. For now.
December 22, 2004
Sad State of Education
I am generally a fairly positive person but I have been distressed for sometime on what passes for education in our country.
I am going to grill my 15 year old later and see how many of these questions see is able to answer. She might not do well but when we are done she will know the answers. She might even remember some of them for more than 5 minutes.
New Blog - Sort of
I have been a little remiss in not calling the attention to the return of one of my favorite bloggers, Rachel Lucas whose new site is the Blue Eyed Infidel.
It sounds like she has been reading Allah too much.
Check her out, it is worth the trip.
December 21, 2004
A lot of us in Blogdom, myself included, were inspired and owe a debt of gratitude we can never repay to Steven Den Beste.
He has retired from blogging likely to never return. The reasons can be found here .
Thank You Steven and I wish you all the best.
If you want to know about the current world war, what is at stake and how the "game" is being played you must read this article.
Hat tip to Roger.
December 20, 2004
I have neglected to introduce the new members of our household.
Anyway so here are the new members of our household, Minuet and Hiei (named after one of the characters in my daughter's favorite Anime shows).
December 16, 2004
I continue to rank impossibly high in the Ecosphere but I seemed to have peaked at 411 and have now fallen to 420. I assume the bug has not been fixed yet.
December 13, 2004
Freedom Lives has reached 477 in the Blogosphere Ecosystem which is its highest rank ever.
I want to thank all my loyal readers and linkers.
I also want to thank whatever bug has gotten into the system since I don't really think that I all of a sudden have 251 blogs linking to me.
That said it is nice to be out of the pack for a change even if it is only until Bear fixes whatever it is has gone wrong.
Dead Pool 2005
Unlike last year I at least made it unto the scoreboard this year thanks to the overdue passing of Yassar Arafat.
December 12, 2004
Quote of the Day
I was just watching Linda Vester interview Christopher Hitchens
about his new book, from earlier this week and I was struck once again how brilliant he is with words, always using the appropriate word and getting right to the heart of whatever matter he is discussing.
Chris: Because he is a scumbag.
December 08, 2004
Music and Memories
I am listening to a song named Working Class hero right now.
We have developed a saying at work over the last few weeks as things seem to be going awry. Much the same as things seem to be happening to this lady.
The cause of our problems and hers is the planet Mercury which is currently in retrograde.
Being a former Astronomy major I course have been long aware of what retrograde motion is. It is the apparent movement of a planet backwards in the sky caused by our own planets revolution around the sun. I didn't realize, until it was pointed out to me, how this affected things in a Astrological way.
I don't of course believe in Astrology and like any true double Aries I know I am entirely responsible for all my headlong rushing about but this Mercury stuff is starting to make sense. I can't wait until it is over on the 19th and I am so glad that I got my car before it started.
December 07, 2004
What really matters
What really matters to some people is getting a high vote count on the wizbang weblog awards.
I guess someone set up a robot to vote multiple times and Kevin is reacting to it. I just don't get it.
December 05, 2004
Ruby Red Grapefruit
I don't remember if I posted this before but this picture is of my grapefruit tree which I took back in April.
We had a late freeze two years ago and didn't get any fruit that year or last.
It made up for it this year.
It fact it was so good that we had to pick everything except 10 or 12 fruits off it early since the tree is only about 5 feet tall.
Actually we didn't count very well and there are 17 fruit left of which we just picked the 5 you see below.
Christmas comes early
The wife decided to get some of her shopping done early at least as far as the family was concerned.
I was overcome, picked it up the first chance I got and have been enjoying real color ever since. It is wonderful to watch my Babylon 5 DVD's on something other than my 17" computer monitor.
Update: In order to get HD with this monior, even though it says it is HD ready, you need to buy a separate box which sells for $200. I checked with Dish and they told me that they would rent me the box for free when I bought their HD package which costs $9.95 per month. I am going to hold off on that a while since there is not that much I watch that is on HD but since I will have to pay the $9.95 anyway when I decide to get it it's nice to know that I don't have to pay another $200.