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[29 Jun 2004|09:55am]
The images on this journal will soon disappear. I have completely lost interest in LJ, and will most likely be deleting this journal after some reflection time
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[20 May 2004|10:33am]
Beautiful Ivette (my girlfriend)
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[11 May 2004|10:05am]
This link takes you to a contest where you can win a ride on the Wienermobile™. You can also win a Wienermobile bean bag.
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[07 May 2004|08:52am]
Photo my girlfriend took of me at an area just north of the Golden Gate bridge. Structure is WWI era
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[04 May 2004|02:21pm]
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[03 May 2004|12:01pm]
My family
Ivette, Lois, Judy
Bruce Phil, Linda, Matt

- this is two photos. When we took this, one person was always missing from the photo because they were the photographer. So I took one of these people from one photo and placed them into this one. It is probably obvious which person was added to this photo, as I did not take the time to clean up the lighting.
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[03 May 2004|11:54am]
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[01 May 2004|01:51pm]
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[30 Apr 2004|12:09pm]
Attention music lovers.. Russian website sells MP3s for pennies. Appears to be completely legal according to <http://www.boingboing.net/2004/04/29/russian_mp3_site_sel.html>this report</a> and this one
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[29 Apr 2004|09:41am]
My girlfriend and I recently went to Disneyland. We thought this photo of us was really fun. You can make these near the Star Tours ride.
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[16 Apr 2004|09:19am]
More very RETRO stuff.. Anyone remember The Electric Company. When I was a kid, I think I remember it being on right before or right after Sesame Street. The link above contains MP3's for Electric Company songs.

AHHHH... the good old days of innocence and Television... HA
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[16 Apr 2004|08:52am]
Heee heee heee . . . Scrap Materials, minus the "S" ... Good for a laugh
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[14 Apr 2004|10:16am]
Underoos gallery.. I'm sure many of you are too young to even know WTF these things are. I think I remember wearing spiderman back in the day.
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[13 Apr 2004|10:57am]
Good summary that cuts through all the political bluster of the 9/11 commission and concludes that... well... no one... not the Brits, not the Russians, not the Chinese, not the Clinton administration, ... etc... no one was really prepaired.

Read Opinion piece in SJ Mercury News
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[12 Apr 2004|04:04pm]
Danger, brilliant sign maker ahead.... how much danger is there in removing a hole?
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[08 Apr 2004|09:18am]
More random fun with things on my desk.. When my brother and I were little (and this was over 20 years ago), the word Anime was not yet a big part of the American dialect. Yet Japanese cartoons and such were very popular. I remember watching Ultra Man and some show about humans that could turn into rockets.. and some cartoon with a huge space ship that looked like a submarine with a big ray weapon in the front... and of course... Speed Racer.

WMy brother and I also spent many hours playing with these really cool robot things.

We had a two story house, and would have great fun sliding the robots down the stairs.
These toys are pretty big, about 2 feet tall.

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[08 Apr 2004|09:12am]
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[02 Apr 2004|09:42am]
More slices of my random life. I am a big fan of Nine Inch Nails. The amazing mix of dance beats and hard edges, plus the deeply personal lyrics really attract me.

The following two items are currently sitting atop my work computer monitor. Each has a story.

First, there is the mole..

I started my post-college career as a high school chemistry teacher. And, if you can dig into your brain... you may remember that there is a concept in Chemistry known as the mole. Mole is a unit of measure in chemistry. It is 6.02 * 10 ^23 particles. If I remember correctly, it is also something like 22 Liters of some gas at standard temperature and pressure.

To make learning chemistry fun, at our high school (I taught at Fremont high school and Mountain View high school in California), we had a mole making contest. Not the measurement known as mole, but a doll like thing that looks like the animal.. the mole.

I was a hip teacher. So my students knew I liked Nine Inch Nails, hence the creature below was made by one of my students for me.

The second item here is a metal work by one of my students

This is a car hood like ornament. There are screws on the back so you can affix it to your car grill.

I had a student named Mike Suri. He never really fit into high school. The structure never worked for him. He was and is an artist, with an artists way of organizing things... I decided to encourage him by commissioning this work. He is currently an artist in Seattle, Washington. He has a website at CarbonMetalWorks .. but it is currently under construction and has only one photo of his work. I keep in touch with him and hope to some day visit him and see his studio.

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[01 Apr 2004|03:33pm]

This sweet kittie needs a home.

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A friend is looking for a good home for for Jelly Face. Reply to this post and I will give you the contact info. The friend says:

I will be going overseas for a year or more and I cannot take my cat. So I need to find a good home for her. If you or anyone of your acquaintances know of someone who would like a very very sweet, indoor only, 11 year old cat, PLEASE call me. I need to be sure my little baby has a good home

She is on the smallish size for a cat. She practically takes care of herself. Only needs maybe 15 minutes a week to put out food and clean the litter box. You can go away for 3-4 days at a time and she will be fine.
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We interupt this program [01 Apr 2004|01:46pm]
A little slice of my life. I have some goofy stuff around my office (Pathlore) to reflect certain portions of my personality. I am a sci-fi geek. Now, I don't like everything sci-fi, but most sci-fi I do enjoy. Star Trek was not just a show in my family. It was an event. I have found memories of sharing the show with my parents as a young boy - we're talking Kirk and Spok here... old school.

My parents also introduced me to Space 1999.

I bought this lunch box about 2 years ago on eBay. It now sits on top of a rack of computers in my cube . ... ah hem... office

As a kid, I had a huge play version of the ship - know as the Eagle. It was SOOOO cool. The front would come off as a second, smaller ship. The middle part would open and you could put your Space 1999 figures into it. I think it even had a grapling hook on the bottom. This fed childhood play and fantacies for hours and hours. For some cool photos of this fantastic toy - click here . . . I'm thinking I'll bid on it.

This gives you an idea of the size of the toy. God I wish I had kept the thing! (this is not a photo of me, just a photo I found through a search)

I'm sure the show's premise helped mold my ethical/moral fiber. Like Star Trek, Space 1999 episodes were filled with plots that posed cultural/ethical quandries. I bet my desire for a more ecologically sane world was somewhat formed by the show .. here's the premise...

By the year 1999, Moonbase Alpha had been built to serve as a scientific platform and nuclear waste monitoring post (nuclear waste from Earth is being shipped and stored on the moon). On September 13, 1999, the nuclear waste exploded causing the Moon to leave Earth's orbit and begin a fantastic journey of space exploration!

Read a very complete write up about the show - unless you are an uber geek.. I suggest you skim this article.
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