April 21st, 2004

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Jamie update:

She had another seizure yesterday midday. So she was taken to the vet's office. The vet feels there are two options. Either she ate something toxic at the beach. Or she has a brain tumor. The took some blood, which would show if there was something toxic or not, and we are waiting for the results. OTherwise she new seems to be doiing much better. Active, alert, and hogging my bed.
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I finally fixed the ecards on my image server.

The problem is/was. I'm behind a firewall with an ip and hostname the outside world doen't know about. And the external ip of our firewall regularly changes. So most of the mail servers in the outside world, when they look at where mail from my server is from, they assume it's spam. D'oh!

So, I have done some modification to Coppermine to have it use comcast as it's SMTP host and all is happy.

So, have you e-carded someone today? :-)

Oh... The icons in coppermine aren't all that obvious (Coppermines icons are something akin to my spelling and grammar, in how little sense they make), but when you look at an image, the icon is the e-card button.
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And now for some cultural insensetivy...

A Bit of Humor

Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise was manufactured in England.

In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment
scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York.

This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico....

But as we know....the great ship did not make it to New York....The ship hit an iceberg and sank....and the cargo was forever lost....

The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were
eagerly awaiting its delivery....were disconsolate at the loss....

Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of
Mourning which they still observe to this day.

The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th....and is known....of course....as Sinko de Mayo.
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I am so jazzed right now.

As I have mentioned, my birthday is coming up. And I am getting half a Canon Digital Rebel. Half? Well... I have to cover half the cost. But you know what? This is one of the best birthday gifts in years. Rivaling the hiking boots I got 4 years ago. Why? Because this is something I will use often and enjoy using.

I have missed using my SLR so much. But when I had a digital Point and Shoot, I couldn't see spending the time and money on film and developing. Now I can dig out my old lenses, and marvel at the 1.6 multiplier, so my 300mm lense is now the equivalent of a 480mm lens. And how the crappier of my lenses will no longer show the vingetting.


Okay. I'm done bragging and showing off for the moment.
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Tomorrow night the japanesse take vengence on my liver. That's right. Sake Bombs at my cousins house. I'm still wondering what my liver ever did to them.
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From irishmasms:

Administration wages war on pornography

Administration wages war on pornography
Obscenity: For the first time in 10 years, the U.S. government is spending millions to file charges across the country.

By Laura Sullivan
Sun National Staff

April 6, 2004

WASHINGTON - Lam Nguyen's job is to sit for hours in a chilly, quiet room devoid of any color but gray and look at pornography. This job, which Nguyen does earnestly from 9 to 5, surrounded by a half-dozen other "computer forensic specialists" like him, has become the focal point of the Justice Department's operation to rid the world of porn.

In this field office in Washington, 32 prosecutors, investigators and a handful of FBI agents are spending millions of dollars to bring anti-obscenity cases to courthouses across the country for the first time in 10 years. Nothing is off limits, they warn, even soft-core cable programs such as HBO's long-running Real Sex or the adult movies widely offered in guestrooms of major hotel chains.

Department officials say they will send "ripples" through an industry that has proliferated on the Internet and grown into an estimated $10 billion-a-year colossus profiting Fortune 500 corporations such as Comcast, which offers hard-core movies on a pay-per-view channel.

The Justice Department recently hired Bruce Taylor, who was instrumental in a handful of convictions obtained over the past year and unsuccessfully represented the state in a 1981 case, Larry Flynt vs. Ohio.