Posts from May 2003

My dad just bought my grandmother a DVD player. She loves it and is thrilled with the quality of DVDs compared to her hundreds of VHS tapes. We were quite impressed with Nana’s willingness to accept the new technology … until she called and asked how to rewind the DVDs before she returned them to Blockbuster

Missing Fish

For weekend fishermen, there are many tall tales about “the big one that got away.” The results of a new study indicate that big fish are indeed hard to catch. But disturbingly, the results suggest that’s because the world’s large fish–tuna, marlin, swordfish, sharks, cod and halibut among them–have been so exploited by industrial fisheries

Sunny Day

I seem to have a hyper-developed corny gland, and I blame my mother for that character flaw. The current Song of the Moment – and my new personal theme song for this week (month? year? decade?) reflects that. Listen why dontcha?

Sunny Day

Waitin’ on a Sunny Day – Bruce Springsteen

Hawaiian War Chant

Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai) — Ella Fitzgerald

Title Tags Missing

Here’s an interesting development: For some reason my browser is no longer displaying title tags for anchors! I have no idea how this happened. Has anyone else noticed this? Title tags for hrefs do not appear regardless of the site I am viewing. This is very strange.

All in the Family

A son of Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden pleaded guilty Tuesday to swindling millions from investors — including his father. Steve Bowden admitted conspiring with former Alabama quarterback Brian Burgdorf in a scheme that prosecutors say defrauded investors of $10 million. The scam involved selling unregistered securities through The Millennium Fund, which billed itself

Sometimes a Fantasy

Sometimes a Fantasy – Billy Joel

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