Archive for December, 2006

Web related notes

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Two web-related notes: I’ve just migrated the Piedmont Wildlife Center’s website from a bunch of php webpages (the only reason for the php was to include the template) to the Drupal content management system. I’ve also added in the Coppermine photo gallery to keep our pictures. I would have used gallery2, but it kept dying […]

From the department of “the more things change, the more they stay the same”

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

I’m reading the collected writings of Ben Franklin from the Library of America (yes, all 1600 or so pages of it), and I ran across the following passage: It is remarkable that soldiers by profession, men truly and unquestionably brave, seldom advise war but in cases of extream [sic] necessity.  While mere rhetoricians, tongue-pads and […]

the right tool for the job

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Back in September, I was doing a fair amount of plumbing. I installed a water filter, new hot water heater and an acid neutralizer. I never mentioned it, mostly because I couldn’t bear to think about it, but the stupid neutralizer never did work right and I finally just bypassed it in the water line. […]

Monday, December 25th, 2006

HR should be so proud His first book was Migraine (1970). “It was not until I arrived in New York and began seeing patients in a migraine clinic in the summer of 1966 that I began to feel a little stirring of the intellectual excitement and emotional engagement I had known in my earlier years,” […]

if only I had known…

Monday, December 25th, 2006

Wow – the 10 most dangerous toys of all time.  If only I had known, I would have had Christmas presents for my nieces (just kidding mom). The scary thing is that I remember most of these.  The disappointing thing is that we never owned any of them. But if you really want to lose […]

Light

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Some mornings I should just plan to be late for work. This morning was probably one of them. While driving in, I kept getting distracted by how beautiful everything looked. No, I wasn’t high, it’s just that the light was so gorgeous that the most mundane, and even ugly, objects looked beautiful. Perhaps I should […]

two signs that you need a week off work

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

1) you get home from the office Christmas party and are in a mood to see the movie, Office Space 2) you go to sleep and dream about co-workers gah – i really can’t wait to get through the next two days Looking at our business segments; first concerts. Live Nation concerts revenue in the […]

New books

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

I had a chance last week to read a few books, all of which I would recommend in some fashion or another: National Geographic’s “The Ultimate Field Guide to Photography” This is a very good, basic field guide to photography. It covers a huge range of subjects and, not surprisingly, has some beautiful photographs. The […]

that’s just not right

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

The new dog (Sierra) seems to be fitting in well.  She’s looking up to the older dog (Darwin) and learning all sorts of new things.  The cutest is something we call “kicky foot,” where she’ll periodically stretch all of her legs by kicking them back one at a time. The one I didn’t expect to […]

2007 Yellowstone Calendar

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

For the past few years, I’ve put together a calendar using pictures I took in Yellowstone. In 2004 (for the 2005 calendar), I was very excited about the project and used only photos I took that year. Last year, I had to raid prior years (it wasn’t the best Yellowstone trip for pictures). This year […]