Ms Ibrahim, 27, was brought up as an Orthodox Christian, but a Sudanese judge ruled earlier this month that she should be regarded as Muslim because that had been her father's faith.This woman and her family have been through a horrible ordeal. May they be reunited soon.
She refused to renounce her Christianity and was sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy.
On Wednesday, she gave birth to a daughter in her prison cell - the second child from her marriage in 2011 to Daniel Wani, a US citizen.
The court said Ms Ibrahim would be allowed to nurse her baby for two years before the sentence was carried out.
The court had earlier annulled her Christian marriage and sentenced her to 100 lashes for adultery because the union was not considered valid under Islamic law.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
The first computer I used in school was a TRS-80, manufactured by the folks at Radio Shack. The first one I owned was an Atari 800 XL, which I got my senior year in high school and used through part of grad school. The word processor was a ROM pack. One day there was a fire at a warehouse near the university. A power surge caused all the control characters (the formatting codes) to spin wildly on the screen and I couldn't save or print the document. This, of course, happened right before it was due. I wound up threatening my roommate with harm if she turned off the computer or even the television (that was our monitor in those days), and had to go bed my teacher to let me turn in a handwritten version I'd copied off the screen. Really.
When I went off to college, we thought it was on the fritz and my mom bought another one, and it turned out the dial on the TV used for tuning had gotten turned in the move, so she kept the other and became a video game fiend, especially at Dig Dug, which I finally got back from her. I still have the games, though the computer died awhile back. Every now and then I look at the systems as they come up on eBay. Kids today just don't get a little pixelated man digging under monsters or jumping over alligators like in Pitfall as what we considered fun times.
There is a library-related section, too, in the video, going something like this:
'When this computer was used, there was no internet.'
'Then how did you look up homework?
'You would go to the library.'
'Who would want to do that????'
Friday, May 30, 2014
It should be the time for fun.
Notes can wait,
Friends are fed.
But I am tired,
So time for bed.
This is why my spells in the Call of Cthulhu game suck. Brenda is far better at versification than I.
Here's the link: http://bitecharge.com/play/balanced/h2
Mr G the goat was rescued from an animal hoarding situation and taken to a sanctuary, but wouldn't eat for days and acted very depressed and lethargic. Apparently his best buddy, Jellybean, a burro, had gone somewhere else, and he couldn't bear the separation. So one of the folks at the rescue made a 14-hour trip to bring Jellybean to Mr G, even though they'd never taken in a burro before. The change in the goat is absolutely amazing. :)
Mr G and Jellybean have their own Facebook page, actually: https://www.facebook.com/mrgjellybean
There are people who honestly believe animals do not have emotions or form bonds like people. This sort of thing demonstrates that they are terribly wrong.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
*Totally ripped off from Spike from the puppet episode of 'Angel'. :) I have Sheeran's album + and have really enjoyed it. Looks like x, which contains this song, might be next.
My endocrinologist gave me a new metre today that hooks up to a computer and downloads the data, syncing it into a tracking program. I tried it out today and I like it very much. My old one still works, but it's probably about thirteen or fourteen years old and had no way to do that. The new one is a One Touch Verio IQ. I thought she'd give me a prescription for one, but they had one on hand they could give me. Yay!
Both appointments went pretty well. I dreaded today's especially, because my blood sugar's been up. She put me back on Invokana, but at a lower dose to try to prevent the side effects I was having. I'm going to try to make some changes in my lifestyle, really work on them this time. She wants me to lose 30 lbs to help increase my sensitivity to insulin. I'd really like to start walking more but my knee is still giving me issues if I overuse it. However, my pool at the apartment complex is now open, so perhaps I can do a workout in it without the stress on my joints.
This week I've applied for a job, run a friend to appointments, gone to the pharmacy, did my own appointments, watched 'The 100' and 'The Big Bang Theory', and I've worked a lot on the revenue cycle issues at work. Tomorrow I really need to get a book order in to our vendor. Through July 15th there is a special being run that ups our discount on one order. I've had two people really wanting access to the current Publication Manual of the American Psychological Associatio, and it would be nice to get it soon so they can use it for school and research. So it's definitely on my to do list, as well as getting the referral queue down. But I'll get it done, I'm sure. At least it's a light clinic day, so I can concentrate on those things rather than a lot of data entry, hopefully.
Okay, I really think it would be best to go get some rest. I have something I need to do very early in the morning, and so I'm going to turn in early. But I'm very glad tomorrow is Friday!
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
In an apparent 'honour killing', a 25-year-old pregnant woman was brutally beaten and stoned to death on Tuesday outside the high court here by her father and brothers for marrying the man of her choice.
Monday, May 26, 2014
So I've been home for a little while putting the Elder Scrolls Anthology on my computer (Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind (including Tribunal and Bloodmoon), Oblivion, and Skyrim, all included in one package). I loved Daggerfall years ago, and had played a little of Morrowind, but it's been awhile and it took me a little while to get back into the swing of things, literally, as I forgot some of the essential controls and apparently didn't read the manual as closely as I should have. But it's all good now. Right now I'm downloading Skyrim, which requires a Steam account, and listening to the radio. I think I'm going to put up my feet for awhile since it's taking awhile to download. But it's been a nice long weekend. Tomorrow I have to try to balance work and a friend's appointments, and I have to get up very early, so I'll turn in soon. Good night.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Tomorrow YKWIA, Brenda, and I are going to meet back up to go to Fayette Mall and watch X-Men: Days of Future Past. Hopefully, that will be fun. But for tonight, I'm bushed. I'm going on to bed. Good night.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
We also saw The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box this weekend, and we plan on going to see X-Men: Days of Future Past on Monday. Tomorrow will hopefully be the game, since as of now we're all up for it. So it's a weekend of fun and adventures. :)
Friday, May 23, 2014
(YKWIA, this is a different video from the one I sent you. This is the actual footage from Edgar's Mission, which unlike the video I sent you from the Weather Channel site, is longer, doesn't autoplay, and oh, by the way Weather Channel, Edgar's Mission is in Australia, which is a totally different country than New Zealand (the other video had an intro all about New Zealand). Perhaps they should stick to weather and not geography.)
PS Success! Now the video on the Weather Channel talks about Australia rather than New Zealand. They must have gotten enough feedback to change the introduction. Yay!
Thursday, May 22, 2014
I got an e-mail saying the second of two positions I'd applied for had been filled. :( There is another one that just opened, though, so I'll go ahead and apply. I'm thinking that indicates an internal candidate got at least one of the jobs.
I submitted two book reviews today, was very productive at work, and then came home and had dinner and about 45 minutes of resting (no, I didn't nap). Then it was over to YKWIA's where we watched the first episode of the British comedy 'Clone' and then 'The 100', which is getting better and better as it goes along. I wonder how close it is to the book upon which it is based, by Kass Morgan? That might be worth looking at after the season's over, which will be three more episodes. Soon there will just be 'Salem' to watch, as 'Grimm' is over for the year. But hey, that's what Amazon Prime and Netflix are for. :)
Okay, I've had a little cereal and I'm going to take that ibuprofen. Time to go back to bed. Good night!
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The third candidate in the mayoral race, named Mayer (Mayor Mayer?) lost any chance with me when he responded to a question about the challenges faced by the office in the Herald-Leader's voting guide with a haiku, and a bad one at that (it didn't incorporate the full range of haiku elements). Granted, I like Mayor Gray anyway and think he's done a great job, so I never really considered voting for this guy, but really? I want serious candidates on the ballot, not someone playing games who thinks he's clever.
Anyway, if you live in Kentucky, hope you voted today. I know turnout was expected to be low, and I know of only 2 people in my workplace who had stickers on (and I'm one of them). Just remember, no complaining about the results if you don't exercise your right to vote.!
Reichenbach never had another dog. After the war ended, he didn't try to track down Major the way that some handlers did, sending inquiries after their dogs, hoping to adopt them (all unsuccessfully). Someone sent him an email once, saying they'd found a record noting that Major died of a jungle disease that had been killing off their dogs. But even if Major was still alive by the time the United States forces pulled out of Vietnam, he, like all but a few of the dogs still in country, would have been left behind.
And many of these military dogs met with an unhappy end—likely euthanized by the South Vietnamese Army, with whom they were left, or worse. Many of the handlers didn't find out for years that their canine partners never made it out of Vietnam alive.
This is one of the darkest parts of war dog history, especially considering how valuable they were to U.S. troops. Roughly 4,000 dogs served in the war, leading patrols with their handlers through dense jungle terrain. Overall, they are credited with saving upward of 10,000 lives.
Lovely Hecate of the roads and crossroads I invoke;Tonight I lit lavender incense and gave herb bread, honey, and pinot noir in fulfillment of the covenant made now over twenty years ago with the Goddess, at this, the time of my menstruation. Guide, Guardian, and Giver of blessings, She has been a powerful force in my life these many years. Wisdom and prosperity are Her gifts, and Her domain spans earth, sea, and sky. I am very blessed to be Her priestess and servant.
In heaven, on earth, and in the sea, saffron-cloaked,
Tomb spirit, reveling in the souls of the dead,
Daughter of Perses, haunting deserted places, delighting in dear,
Nocturnal, dog-loving, monstrous queen,
Devouring wild beasts, ungirt, of repelling countenance.
You, herder of bulls, queen and mistress of the whole world,
Leader, nymph, mountain-roaming nurturer of youth, maiden,
I beseech you to come to these holy rites,
Ever with joyous heart and ever favoring the oxherd.
Monday, May 19, 2014
The first thing I did on reaching home today was water the plants outside and in, and then I opened the windows and brought the fan out to the living room. I started some lavender incense in the dining area, which I find relaxing. I had been telling YKWIA about how I was very lucky to remember to pay my electric bill today, as it was the last day to pay and I'd meant to as soon as I had been paid, which was last Thursday. He pointed out for someone with lots of gadgets, it's a shame that I don't use them to keep track of my bills. Since the point was well taken, I downloaded an application that reminds you to pay your bills and then you just mark them paid as you go along. It's a simple concept, so hopefully it will work. I spent some time putting those in.
So I'm home tonight and I think I'm going to go through a couple of paper bills and get those out of the way, so I can mail them tomorrow. I have a lab draw bill from the last time I went to the endocrinologist for about $4, for example, and it's so small I'd forgotten to take care of it. I don't want to be owing a bigger bill by not paying, right?
I did get some disappointing news today from the public library that they'd filled one of the positions I'd applied for. Since it's been three weeks since the remaining one closed and there's been no call, things aren't looking good for it. I would really love to work there and I think I would really be good for them. But first I have to get to an interview. Oh, well. At least it was worth a try, and every time I apply that's just more experience at the whole job hunting thing.
Okay, time to look over those bills. I'll write later, most likely.
Yesterday I finished the actual cleaning of the house but took out the garbage and recyclables at first light this morning. Today I cleaned my friends' house, helped A wash their dog, watched many video game walk-throughs of Dishonored, and went to the grocery store with A. Now I'm home, the groceries are put away, I'm munching on herb bread, and contemplating unpacking the laundry I did at their house today. As much as I'd hate to put it off, essentially 'messing up the house', I just don't think I'm up to putting things away tonight, and I'm not sure I have room to put much of it away, anyway. I might have to get a little creative with some rearranging of space, which is too big of a job for me right now, as I have to get up in 7 hours. We'll see. But I think I'll go ahead, get ready for bed, do my monthly libation, and just go ahead and unpack tomorrow.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
The good thing about the bedroom work is that there are piles of folded clothes all on the bed, so I can't take a 'nap'. :) I think I'm going to work on the dining area now and then clean the bathroom before returning to the bedroom. One, bedroom doors can always be closed (but YKWIA would probably go in anyway to see how I did), but also that will keep me from taking breaks by putting my feet up. And if my foot bothers me too much, there's the loveseat, which I can't actually sleep on easily. At the same time, it's really been the bedroom that I've been putting off so much lately, and I have to put away the clothes before I go to bed.
In the meantime, I'm drinking water and eating lentil soup, listening to the radio, which is playing 'Somebody That I Used to Know' by Gotye, featuring Kimbra. I do like that song. :) I think I'm going to go check the news and see what's going on in the world.
After that, it's putting away things in the dining area, straightening up things in the bedroom, cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming, and sweeping and mopping the bath and kitchen. Then everything will be ready for guests. :) The living room is still in good shape from last week.
Tonight I need to go through some bills and mail. I think I'll try to watch something from the DVR, too, something fun. I might also bake some bread, as I've replenished the supplies and organised them. And at some point today or tomorrow, I need to make a grocery run. About all I have to eat here are crackers, lentil soup, and macaroni and cheese. Which reminds me; it's been hours since I ate. Okay, food, and then, back to work!
I went by the pharmacy and delivered the medicine that I had to my friend. Now I have the rest of the day free to myself, as we're doing the store tomorrow. I literally clapped my hands in glee when I got back to the car. Mind you, I love my friends dearly, but I so rarely have a Saturday to spend any way I like. :)
I think I'm going to put my foot up for just a bit and take something for the pain so I can work on the house today. If I can get it together, maybe we can watch Saving Mr Banks over here tomorrow. Plus, I just want to get it all happily spring cleaned and comfortable.
So now I'm listening to 'The Stolen Child' by Loreena McKennitt and thinking of putting my feet up, as they are hurting a bit. Where I've been wearing sandals, there's an issue with a bunion that's forming on my left little toe, and it's hurting a fair amount tonight. Plus, I'm just tired and achy, especially as I did some bending up and down helping with something earlier. So I'm looking forward to getting some rest.
Tomorrow morning I'm going to the pharmacy for a friend. The rest of the weekend is fairly clear. The last game notes have been finished for awhile. We're not playing Sunday due to the SCA event Border Raids, as Brenda is going. Instead we'll probably watch Saving Mr Banks, which I have out from Netflix. I'm also hoping to get some work done on the house. The living room is still in good shape, but there is plenty to still do.
To that end, I should really go to bed. Good night.
Friday, May 16, 2014
While there were some negative things about the trip, which I'm not going to focus on here, there was a lot of good stuff, too. Among other things:
- The ride down was quite nice, although it rained a little. Everything is very lush and I saw a lot of cattle in fields, although no tobacco to speak of yet.
- My aunt and her husband were able to come up and so I got to spend time with them. We don't see each other much, as they live in another state, but my aunt and I are enough alike that my grandparents and my mom often call me by her name. She also works in a library, too. :)
- I spent some good time with my grandmother, who was sleepy when we got to the nursing home but perked up over lunch. She will be 90 in a few days; she amazes me. I wish she could be home with us, and it terrifies me that I will most likely wind up in a place like that (and don't get me wrong, it's a nice facility, I'm speaking in general) as unlike most of my cousins, I didn't have children. But she's in a good place, and my mom visits almost every day.
- My mom and I had some quality time. We went shopping at Burke's Outlet, and I found a few nice things that were very reasonable.
- We had a nice meal at Applebee's. I got an appetizer and shared it with my mom and stepdad, and my aunt and uncle shared theirs as well, and then there was a salmon dinner. The little bit of vegetables that come with it could have been better (the peas were shrivelled, and there was just a little bit of spinach and potato, as it was on a 'bed' of them, rather than as a side, but the grilled salmon was very good, as was the queso I got for the appetizer, and the service was decent in terms of refills, etc.
- My mom's dog has warmed up to me. She really liked being petted, although she goes off every time someone hugs someone else, or if you get up like you're leaving the house. I think she misses my grandmother's dog, Bo, who died in March. Momma showed me where he's buried.
The ride up was a little more stressful, particularly as I had someone ride my bumper from Danville to Jessamine County, where I finally stopped at a station right before Nicholasville for a drink so I could get them off my tail. Mind you, I have a pretty strict rule of going no more than 5 miles over the speed limit, but this meant I went about 60 the whole way. Highway 27 is not an interstate.
After that, the trip was better. I called my mom when I got home so she'd know I was safe and then called a friend who'd called about some medicine and also to see if I was back in the city as he'd worked late and it was going to be very late before I got home by bus. Unfortunately, that was right after we'd gotten back from Applebee's and I hadn't left yet. So he wound up getting home just a little before I did (it about takes an hour to get to my house from Danville, at least obeying traffic laws), even though he was just going a few miles. I wasn't up to going over there tonight (I'd have had to shower and get the smell of cigarettes off me (my mom smokes) because YKWIA dislikes it a lot), and I was wound up and a bit murbly emotionally. So it was better to stay home. I'll be over there for 'Grimm' tomorrow and can pick up his prescription then and get it on Saturday morning, we decided.
Another good thing about today is I was able to keep my partials in till past 8 pm and ate well with them, although my mom had a little trouble with the speech impediment they give me. But overall they weren't as uncomfortable as they are sometimes. I will get used to them eventually; I just need to wear them regularly. I've already set them in their bath to clean, and I took my contacts out when I got home, got into something comfy, and then I put in some Loreena McKennitt, whose music is probably as efficacious as Prozac and is very relaxing. I got online for a little while and then put the computer down and went to sleep for awhile. I awoke to cramps and pain going down my legs (I'll start my period within a few hours), so I got up and took my long-acting insulin and took my blood sugar while I was at it. And I decided to write this post.
I should probably head on back to bed. I have to get up at my normal time tomorrow for work, after all, and that's five hours away. But I feel a little better now that I got some things down about the trip.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Fast forward to tonight, now that I'm home from watching 'The 100', and I managed to unscrew the one that isn't broken with no trouble so that I can take it to the store and find something similar. The broken one was really on there, but I finally managed to get it off. Now the glass pieces are thrown away and the light bulbs are back in and both, oddly enough, are working. Strange that it should break falling on the mattress but not hurting the bulb itself. Oh, well.
Tonight I visited for awhile and then we watched the show, which really has kept my attention and I'm interested in what is happening next, as opposed to its predecessor, 'The Tomorrow People', which has been cancelled. In all fairness, I was biased against the latter from the beginning because it was loosely based on a beloved British show from my childhood, and never captured my love for the original. 'The 100' has different plots and subplots going through it, as well as the necessary-for-the-CW love triangle and some angst thrown in. Plus, the grounder guy Octavia is so into, Lincoln, is hot. :)
What I forgot to do tonight was call my mom to confirm that I'm coming down to Danville tomorrow to visit my family. I'll call her first thing in the morning. I've got to get some gas before I leave and do a few minor things, so I'll probably get there about mid-morning.
So now I'm sitting on the bed, under the light, with the fan oscillating back and forth and my phone charging. It's been a good day, although very busy. I really worked hard to get caught up on everything I needed to before I left at work. Also, it's almost time for the Medical Library Association meeting, so I was fielding inquiries for some Hospital Libraries Section business (I'm chair of the membership committee). Between that and work, I kept on my toes. My optometrist's office called, too, saying that while they found my records, the contacts they were going to prescribe and which I'm trying now do not come in the prescription for my right eye, so they wanted me to come by and pick up a different pair to try, which I did. I also went the library and picked up an interlibrary loan.
Okay, I'm going to go do a few things before bed. Good night.
Silas House: Beshear lawsuit embarrasses state, tarnishes his legacy; Backward thinking on Ky.'s gay-marriage ban
Last week, Gov. Steve Beshear used taxpayer money to file an appeal arguing against marriage equality after a federal judge ruled that gay marriages must be recognized in the commonwealth.
Beshear's lawyers argue that marriage equality will have a profound effect on Kentucky's birth rates, and only — according to their suit — "man-woman couples can naturally procreate."
This defense is not only laughable, it's incredibly offensive on a number of levels. First, it outright proclaims that gay people are not equal, with this line: "Same-sex couples are materially different from traditional man-woman couples." Different. Not the same. Not equal.
Tomorrow the plan is to finish up everything I need to as I will not be at work Thursday, but have taken some time off to be with my family. After work it's over to my friends' house for 'The 100', after picking up an interlibrary loan book from the Lexington Public LIbrary. Friday it's back to work and then over to watch 'Grimm' (it's the season finale). Saturday my friends are visiting family. Sunday there is no game because Brenda is going to an SCA event. So things won't be in their usual routine. Tomorrow I should be getting Saving Mr Banks from Netflix, so perhaps we can all watch that Sunday instead.
I guess I'll try to go back to sleep. Sorry, it's been sort of quiet here of late, without much to write about. That's not actually a bad thing. I've worked hard to minimise the drama in my life. :)
Monday, May 12, 2014
I talked to my mom today, who hasn't gotten my card yet (I sent it Thursday, and really thought it was enough time to go 35 miles away, but sadly, no.) My aunt and uncle will both be in this week so I'm going to try to take at least part of Thursday off to go visit them, my mom, and my grandmother. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone.
Tomorrow the plan is to work more on the house, especially the kitchen, bath, and dining room. I'll be sending Philomena back to Netflix tomorrow, and I'd like to have the house ready so A can watch his Bette Davis movies. YKWIA doesn't care for her, so we'll be watching at my house. :)
Okay, that's all for now. I must get up early tomorrow for work, so even though I'm still a bit restless, it's time to move the fan back to the bedroom, plug the phone in to charge, and head to bed. Good night.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Last night was 'Grimm' (only one more this season!), today was the pharmacy, grocery, and Philomena. Tomorrow there's no game due to illness, so I'm going to try to get something done here in the morning and then go over there mid-afternoon and work on their house, then watch 'Salem' at 10 pm.
Otherwise, not much is happening, which can be a blessing at times. Tomorrow is Mother's Day, of course, so I need to be sure and call my mom. My mom's brother is coming up soon and I need to see if their sister is coming in soon, too, and if so, if there's an overlap. I had originally thought to go visit on Memorial Day but may move it up to see them. My grandmother's 90th birthday is coming up as well. So, yay, I'll see about getting to visit. Going to bed now, though, I think, with maybe a little reading first. Good night!
Thursday, May 08, 2014
I was actually working on my house tonight when I was overcome by a sneezing and coughing fit and basically got all choked up and could barely breathe, which is odd because I didn't do any dusting or anything that would stir up anything. But everyone I know who has allergies seems to be having trouble this year. I did break down and turn on the air conditioner because the pollen blowing in from outside was just too much, and with temperatures in the mid-80s, it was too stuffy otherwise. So the dishes are washing, but I'm taking a break and I'm in the bedroom listening to music (Natalie Merchant), with the CPAP on to try to clear out my nasal passages. I may read a little. I have some new material on the Salem witch trials to read. The plan is NOT to go to sleep yet. We'll see.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
|Darius and Cerys|
Monday, May 05, 2014
Sunday, May 04, 2014
Thanks to YKWIA for showing this to me. I can just imagine the call to the cops now. 'They're passing out banned books, free!' For more info:
Parents Call Cops to Stop Kids From Handing Out Banned Book and
Idaho Students Get 700 Free Copies of Challenged Sherman Alexie Book
Saturday, May 03, 2014
After the Derby we watched What Lies Beneath with Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford, which was pretty good, and now I'm home and ready for bed. Still not sure if we'll be playing tomorrow. Good night.
More than a year after losing their beloved pet during Sandy, a New Jersey family made an amazing discovery during a visit to animal shelter this week: their missing dog.Here'a wishing that they stay together for now on. :)
Reckless, a 3-year-old brown and white terrier-pitbull mix, escaped from the James family home in Keanesburg during Sandy. James says the fence in the yard got mangled in the storm, and Reckless ran off, and his collar caught and left on the fence.
The family spent months desperately searching for him.
"It was like losing a family member," said Chuck James. "My kids were upset, my wife was upset, I was upset."
They searched for more than a year, and although they never gave up hope, James and his wife knew it was time to move on. They went to the Monmouth County SPCA to get their daughter Ally a new dog for her 10th birthday, and ended up with a gift beyond their wildest dreams.
"Sitting in the first stall in front of the doors, I looked over and I thought it looked a lot like Reckless," said James.
His wife started tearing up and said: "Look at the scar on his head! It is Reckless
Boy, 8, Killed Defending Sister From Rapist: Cops
I like three horses, Samraat, Wicked Strong, and California Chrome. I won't put them in order of finish, but I have a good feeling about each of them. Keep in mind I know almost nothing about horses in terms of pedigrees and racing performance. I go mainly on names and looks, I'm afraid. :) The one and only race I ever attended and bet on (which was actually in Louisiana), I placed two bets to show on the longshot and the favourite in a five-horse race, and guess which ones didn't come in? I would love to see Rosie Napravnik win, which would be the first winning female jockey in the history of the race, but she's on a first-position horse that will have a very difficult time and is at odds that are 21-1, on Vicar's in Trouble.
For more on the race, see Kentucky Derby 2014: 5 Fast Facts You Should Know for a quick look, the official Kentucky Derby site for more in-depth info. Post time is 6:24 pm EDT. It can be viewed on NBC. Online and mobile streaming is available, but it's a little tricky. For example, the free site I was sent to for NBC's is through NBCSports Extra, which does not list my cable provider as one that subscribes to their sports channel so I couldn't get very far with it. The Kentucky Derby suggests the twinspires.com gambiling site, which I think you need a login for. I'll be watching it on my friend's big TV on NBC anyway, but you folks outside the US may want to see where you can watch it. Anyway, I've spent way too much time on this post, time to get some things done before heading over to my friends' house about 2 pm. I've paid my rent today and have eaten breakfast, but not much else today.
Friday, May 02, 2014
|A rare picture of me laughing|
|Me, my paternal grandmother, and my mom, back in the early 1980s|
Thursday, May 01, 2014
I did succeed at something else, though. I got my partials in very well (I hadn't been able to get them in after my temporary crown was put on, and just let it go for a few days, then decided this morning that I was going to get them in come hell or high water). I could speak more clearly than I have been, and I managed to eat both a portabello mushroom sandwich on ciabatta bread and corn on the cob without them becoming loose or coming out. It was nice to take them out once I got home, but it gave me hope that I might be able to get used to them and wear them on a daily basis.
Okay, I hate to say it, but I'm going to go in the bedroom and listen to a little music, and most likely fall asleep. I'd like to watch 'The Big Bang Theory' at 8, though, so the idea is to not make this a long nap. As a backup, though, I have set it to record. I don't feel sleepy, really, just a bit tired. I still feel a little restless, and I should put that energy to some use, but I'm just not feeling like doing anything much, even reading. So maybe the music will relax me a bit without my falling asleep, rejuvenate me a bit, and then I can get up and do some things before actually heading to bed. :)
PS (5/2/14): Ha! That wound up being a 12 hour sleep! I apparently was exhausted. All that walking, and then hardly any sleep the night before made me a very tired person. I slept from about 7:30 pm to 7:45 am. I'm beginning to think I should add 'napping/sleeping' to my list of talents.
Clips of the 15-minute recording show teens nervously calling the ferry their "Titanic" and saying "These are the pictures we need to take as our last memories." The teenagers talk of taking selfies, wonder if they'll make the news and discuss posting about the excitement later on Facebook.
The fear in the cabin builds as the listing becomes worse. Some say they feel dizzy, that their legs are shaking. One student can be seen walking with his hands braced against the wall for balance.
"Am I really going to die?" a student asks at 8:53 a.m., two minutes before a crew member on the bridge made the ferry's first distress call.
Students ask whether the ship will sink and where their teachers are. "What's the captain doing?"
Several times they are warned over the loudspeaker to stay where they are, even as the tilting increases and it becomes less possible for them to flee.
More than 300 people are dead or missing in the tragedy. About 220 bodies, mostly from inside the submerged vessel, have so far been recovered. More than 80 percent of the victims were students from one high school in Ansan, south of Seoul, on their way to the southern tourist island of Jeju for a school trip.
More than 60 members of Teaneck High School’s senior class were arrested Thursday morning after a prank that police said involved urinating in the hallways of the high school, smearing Vaseline on doors, flipping desks and littering the school with balloons and other debris.
The students entered the school in the middle of the night and broke chairs and desks, scrawled graffiti and Vaseline on the doors and urinated, Acting Police Chief Robert Carney said at a press conference this morning.
Carney said that of the 62 arrested, 38 are juveniles. All have been charged with criminal mischief and burglary, and the juveniles have been turned over to their parents.
“To go into a school and damage a school, that’s not a prank. That’s criminal mischief,” Carney said.
For the first time in human history and likely for the first time in at least 800,000 years, the average level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth's atmosphere topped 400 parts per million for an entire month.
Carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas considered to be most responsible for global warming, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Earth System Research Lab.
Microsoft issuing fix for IE zero day today
At 10 AM Pacific time on Thursday, Microsoft will release an update to address the zero day vulnerability recently disclosed in all versions of Internet Explorer. The advance notification of the update lists Windows XP as among the affected platforms, indicating that it will be among the platforms patched, in spite of its support period ending weeks ago.
Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing stated "[T]he security of our products is something we take incredibly seriously. When we saw the first reports about this vulnerability we decided to fix it, fix it fast, and fix it for all our customers."
Users with Automatic Updates enabled do not have to do anything, although running Windows Update will apply the fix immediately.
- The motor for the blower (air conditioner/defroster/heater, all of which are no working noislessly)
- A part that my car has instead of a distributor, called a crank sensor and synchroniser [which tells the engine how to fire]
- A serpentine belt [which was making noise and now the car is very, very quiet]
Speaking of gas, I'd noticed certain premium gas places like Shell and BP had gone up to $3.79 for gas today, but Speedway and Kroger were still lower. I also realised that, this being the last day to use my gas points from Kroger, I should stop by and see what I could save. Turns out for April I had 50 cents off a gallon, so I got the gast at $3.03. Yay!
It's been a very busy day, especially for being off work. I:
- Rode on the bus for three hours (two back, one to the garage)
- Got the car fixed
- Went to Office Depot and got a few things I needed, almost all of which were purple :)
- Went to Dairy Queen and had dinner (they have a nifty fountain dispenser with a touchscreen and one spigot, where you choose your drink and flavouring on screen)
- Went to the library
- Did actually work some on the house
- Visited YKWIA and A
- Watched 'The 100'
- Fixed something with the computer and the printer over there
- Walked a lot (see previous post for phone screenshot)