|[3/25/13] State of the Stuff|
It's been a long time since I've paid attention to this site. A lot of pages need updating! :) You can find me most active on Twitter and Facebook. A new design for thebruce.net IS under construction though, so stay tuned!
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, 2008 Beijing Olympics // Help Ariadne!
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Ironman Geocaching Blog
Acquire the Fire
Bard's Tale Online
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Vertical Skyline (pics)
Acquire the Fire
Miller Lake Camp
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Local Photo Collections
Little Johnny Adventures
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I love this - it was sent to me as a forward from my mother, and looking for it online it seems there are a few minor variants, but the sentiment is all the same...
brilliant :) I had to repost it.
The Green Thing
In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. The former generation did not care enough to save our environment."
He was right, that generation didn't have the green thing in its day.
Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.
So they really were recycled.
But they didn't have the green thing back in her day.
In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time
they had to go two blocks.
But she was right. They didn't have the green thing in her day.
Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -
wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. Cobblers repaired their shoes, so they lasted decades.
But that old lady is right, they didn't have the green thing back in her day.
Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house - not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of
a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn't have electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile
item to send in the mail, they used wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They
used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she's right, they didn't have the
green thing back then.
They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled their writing pens with ink,
instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But they didn't have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a
room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza
But they didn't have the green thing back then! Isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks were just because they didn't have the green thing back then.
-nyms for the day:Heteronym:
A word that holds different meanings with different pronunciations while spelled the same (eg "Polish", "tear", "bow", "lead", "bass")Antagonym:
A word that can mean the opposite of itself (eg "clip", attach to or cut off from; "fast", moving rapidly or fixed in position)
And from there, I and some friends formed some other informative terminologies today:Protagonym:
A word commonly recognized as a superhero name, but having darker connotations (eg "Spider-man", "Batman", "Punisher")Neonym:
A new and/or fake word formed in order to define a term that isn't yet defined (eg "protagonym")Winonym:
A word formed to define a term for which it is itself far
better than the term it defines (eg "neonym")Nymonym:
A neonym formed specifically as a word definition (eg "neonym", "winonym")
It is worth noting that nymonym
is also self-referencial, as well as a blatantly neonymous winonym.
I know I've not updated in forever, but I just felt utterly compelled to post this given the news of the major earthquake in Haiti, and the fact that my sponsor child lives there.I just tweeted about Compassion's Disaster Relief Fund, and I noticed sitting in my Inbox was an immediate contact from the organization regarding the fund. I have great respect for this company.
As you probably already know, disaster struck the country of Haiti yesterday afternoon with a 7.0 earthquake. As the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with over half of the population living in abject poverty, it is not known what impact this disaster will have on the country's already weak infrastructure.
Compassion's staff in Haiti is doing all they can to ease the pain and suffering of children and families affected by this terrible tragedy ... but the anticipated need of this catastrophe, while still unknown, is expected to be great.
Compassion has started an emergency relief appeal for the children of Haiti. We have more than 64,000 children in the country, including 5,000 sponsored by Canadians.
While phone and internet connections remain down, I have received a report from our area office describing the situation as "catastrophic" and "a sad day for the country". Unfortunately, time is already against us. The devastation caused by the earthquake means that basic needs are currently going unmet. Food, water and shelter will be just a few things that your support will help provide for children and their families around Port-au-Prince. Damaged child development centres will need to be repaired and destroyed homes rebuilt.
Compassion staff and volunteers are doing all they can and have already started providing basic emergency assistance, but your immediate response is more urgent now than ever.
Please give to the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund today and help us deliver emergency relief of food, clothing, blankets, fresh water and hygiene packs to children and families affected by the earthquake.
As information becomes available, we will keep you up-to-date on Compassion’s recovery efforts via the "Crisis Reports" section of our website here. If you sponsor a child in Haiti, we will contact you if we receive specific information about your child. We greatly appreciate your patience in this. Additionally, for the latest news on the Haiti earthquake, visit CNN here.
We covet your prayers in this time. Please pray for all those affected by this terrible tragedy - and the world's response to it as we remember the truth of God’s Word in Psalm 9:9-10:
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
God has not forsaken the people of Haiti in their time of need. I invite you to open your hearts and minds to the children and their families in Haiti, to pray for them, to love them, and to give generously to help provide them with emergency relief. In Christ,
Director of Operations
After a specific need is met, we reserve the right to reallocate funds raised to where they’re most needed to provide for the needs of Compassion-assisted children, families and communities.
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Last night I had to say goodbye to one of the special twins. Jersey and Durga were born June 23, 2007, and after a short while I adopted them from a friend.
From day 1, Jersey was a strange kitteh. She'd swat at the air, run frantically in circles, (ok, not from day 1, but you know) and generally be an unusual handful. Jersey, ironically, was supposed to be a boy. I'd decided on the names Jersey and Durga in honor of two of the best characters ever, from the Halo 2 ARG I Love Bees
. Durga being an AI, and Jersey being the angsty techy geek boy who had to put up with her. :)
Jersey, for all intents and purposes, was given to me being told that it's a boy. A very short while later, on a whim, I noticed that, uh... Jersey... is a girl.
Thankfully the name Jersey was unisex, so I could just pretend I always knew :P. From then on, I had two girl kitties, who'd run around and play with each other, yet apart from that were complete opposites.
Durga would come and rub against you for affection. Jersey would butt her head.
Durga would come and lick my hand when I bent down. Jersey would approach then run away.
Durga would lick anything in front of her nose. You'd be lucky if you ever saw Jersey's tongue.
Durga's weapons are her claws. Jersey's is her pee.
Durga's fur is all slick and black. Jersey's is soft and fluffy black and white.
Durga's the small, feminine, sculpted-face kitty. Jersey's the bigger, tougher, butch kitty.
Both would lick each other's rear at the same time.
Durga, by general interaction, is my kitty. Jersey was my roommate's.
Durga's a friendly, come-to-you house kitty. Jersey's an I-do-what-I-want, you gotta catch me kitty.
Durga sits and nestles on you when you're laying down. Jersey will be sitting on your back when you wake up.
Both are cute, tiny little devils.
Two cats, however, was just too much at this time to take care of. Durga is generally much better behaved and a better house cat (at this house at least). Jersey - I don't know, maybe she was just never really as happy and content as Durga was here. But coupled with a number of reasons, and the fact that the humane society is filled over capacity with homeless cats and kittens, starbursidereus
managed to find someone who looks like the perfect match for Jersey. Seriously.
We dropped her off last night, and after a little bit of poking around, it looked like Jersey was right at home, and affectionately rubbing up to her new owner right away.
It was a bittersweet farewell, but it was the best for everyone.
It didn't hurt so much that I was getting rid of Jersey, as it did that I was breaking up this dynamic duo who've never been apart from each other. :(
Durga will now be getting all my love. I hope she doesn't feel too lonely now.
Jersey, you'll be missed. A bit. Mostly from Durga though. Be a good kitteh in your new home!
I'm dedicating some upcoming local geocaches to you... ;)
Earlier this week, a "flash forward" vision of my life 6 months from now which I shared at a booth at Comic Con was published. I don't know if this bodes well. The Mosaic Collective is collecting these visions which everyone experienced simultaneously, worldwide, for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. Mine was... troubling. =/
I really hope that the Mosaic Collective are trustworthy, and perhaps they'll help protect me if this vision starts to really play itself. Otherwise, I really hope that having this vision published means my future has changed, and I'll remain safe.
Anyway, I've written about the experience in more detail over at Wikibruce: Connecting The World one Experience At A Time
Well, here's my first mobile iPhone lj post!
In other news, this week will see the end of half-an-era. I've decided that it's time I took one of the dynamic duo away for adoption. Ironically, of Jersey and Durga, the Indian goddess of chaos is far less of a disturbance than the boy-who-was-actually-girl (wow that poses some interesting plot points for ilb!).
At this point, I just don't have the money for two spays, and there no guarantee that would help stop the peeing (which, seriously, is more territorial than bladder/litterbox it seems). Durga, who has a relative angel in that area is far more of a behaved indoor housecat than Jersey.
It pain me to split the sisters up, but it's the best for her, and my and the rest of my house's occupants' sanity. Going to the humane society to verify procedure, and head over tomorrow. *sigh*
For those cat lovers out there - please don't tell me I don't care about my cats because I haven't spayed them. There is time for everything, and I've weighed every choice with many opinions and much experience. This is a choice made now because I care, and it is the best choice right now. I can handle 1 cat, and with a roommate who's said they are MY responsibility, there's only enough love, time, and space for one of them. :(
Farewell Jersey! it's been a blast, but it's also been a few pees too many. Hope your little sister can live withoutcha.
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Really I am, I'm alive... I'm just floating around, the side effect being a lack of interaction with Livejournal :(
I do plan to update more, it's just been crazy hectic the last couple weeks...months... etc.
Should I start doing the daily Twitter->Livejournal feed? :P
Portland & SanDiego - ARGfest and ComicCon were awesome!
Geocaching is going great, still have to log all my finds over the last couple of weeks
Check out this video and following photos from our excursion to the 5/5 (top rating) desert cache "Tomb Raider" just outside San Diego!
And the photo collection!
That's all for now... more coming later :)
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