Archive for August, 2007

On vacation

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

… and about to go to bed. We had a 6:37am flight, and got to bed after 1am this morning. Although our connection at O’Hare was delayed, we made it to Montreal without further trouble.

We had a very good dinner at Cabaret du Roy (where the waitstaff dresses in 17th-century attire), and I’m about to try to catch up on some sleep. Tomorrow, we’ll take a bus tour of Montreal, then head off to Quebec.

I’ve driven in Atlanta before

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

I never drove there during rush hour, but I remember getting directions on the order of, “Well, you take Peachtree Avenue to Peachtree Street, then head north until you hit Peachtree Circle. Continue past that until you hit Peachtree Lane, then turn left onto Peachtree Way and it’s just on the left.”


Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Google Sky.

Quick links

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

I’m going on vacation soon, and I’m under the gun at work and at home to get specific tasks done before I leave. Therefore, no discussion, just links:

This guy dances salsa better than I can. I’ve probably got it over him in quickstep, though.

Continuing education on the web

Nice crochet work.

What do those awards really mean? The user testimonials can be fun, though.

I expect the next version of DDR will have trapdoors and punji stakes, too.

How much of your DNA is alien
in origin? It’s probably easier for most of you to read (if not understand) here.

Beware the blob!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

It’s been fairly wet for Denver recently. When that happens, I tend to see large mushrooms show up in my lawn (the largest ones here are about 6″ or so across):

Lawn mushrooms

This evening, I needed to mow the lawn before it rained again. I found this beneath one of my rosebushes:

Slime mold

I figured it was some sort of fungus, so I did a websearch for photos I could match it with. I found an Australian page (Adelaide area, which is interesting to me because I have relatives there) that identified it as a slime mould (his spelling).

Given that, I found another page that identifies it as an early stage of Fuligo Septica, commonly known as scrambled egg slime or dog vomit slime mold, and there are some disgusting photos of the later stages. It is, apparently, the only slime mold that can concentrate heavy metals without damage to itself.

What I found slightly unnerving is the statement that “This creeping fungus moves very slowly in amoeboid fashion.”


I hadn’t intended to ask for money on this blog …

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

But perhaps I could put this on my wish list?

I read the paperback years ago

Monday, August 13th, 2007

It was one of the few science fiction novels I knew of that was set in Denver (at least partly). Now, it’s a webcomic.

This sounds sinister

Monday, August 13th, 2007

It’s Left-Hander’s Day. It also signifies a week of bad luck. Probably not related, though.


A simple, yet profound, truth

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Now, this is just my opinion, but if your money-handling skills are so poor that you can’t even make a profit selling sex, then you have absolutely no business getting involved in more complicated financial areas.

“Scammus CDXIX!”

Monday, August 13th, 2007

It appears that there is no longer any need to read the books to see how it all turned out.