Archive for June, 2007

NBA playoffs, Windows, FDA, Caketown, toothpaste

Tomorrow will be the fifth birthday of this blog. I was not so prolific in the early days, but I nevertheless did make my first blog post five years ago (which also means I’ve been designing websites for 10 years now). Some 100+ posts later, what do I have in store for you in this [...]

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Robotic BEAR, badgers, American Zoetrope, French Open

Today is the birthday of two of my friends. Happy Birthday to everyone born today!
As usual, I have a number of random things to share. Let’s do this newspaper-style, using three sections:
Science & Technology
Ever imagined dying in the arms of a robotic teddy bear? Soon this may become a reality for wounded U.S. soldiers. [...]

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Beavers back in World Series (plus Chinese mantids)

Earlier tonight, the Oregon State University Beavers advanced to their third straight College World Series with an 8-2 win over Michigan in the NCAA Super Regional. I caught a couple of innings from the parking lot next to Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Congratulations to the Beaver baseball team! They have been quite good [...]

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125-year-old whale killed (plus personal watermelon)

My favorite story this week is the one about the 19th century bomb lance fragment found lodged in a recently killed bowhead whale’s neck and shoulder blade.
Here’s a quote regarding the weapon found in the 50-ton bowhead whale (which is a conservation dependent species) that was killed by an Eskimo in May:
An [...]

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Marys Peak crime scene (and College World Series)

Today we went hiking at Marys Peak (yes, I’m refraining from using an apostrophe to show possession). Why isn’t it Mary’s Peak anymore? Why?
Anyway, we had a nice hike, literally walking through clouds near the summit at around 4000 feet in elevation. So I don’t bore you too much, here are just a few quick [...]

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Feral kittens on Father’s Day (and LOLcats)

There is a large feral cat population around where we live. Even more specifically, there is a feral cat colony underneath our apartment building. Here you can see the entrance to the kitty lair, full of black plastic and yellow insulation.

Today two male kittens showed up on our doorstep. They are obviously littermates, approximately [...]

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Raccoon scales our balcony to eat cat food

Well, our exciting kitten adoption on Sunday afternoon continued with some additional excitement around 2 AM on Monday morning. I heard some noises coming from the second-floor balcony and I got up to investigate.
When I flipped on the outside balcony light, there was a big fat raccoon eating cat food with her cute little [...]

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Beaver baseball National Champions again (and pepino)

Congratulations to the Oregon State baseball team! The Beavers swept through the College World Series, winning all five of their games.
In the best-of-three finals, they beat the North Carolina Tar Heels for the second straight season.
OK, you know how I love random trivia, so here are some CWS facts:
The Beavers (49-18) trailed for only [...]

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Kitten resolution, Kitty Surprise, Propaganda wallpapers

I have good news about our kitten situation. We have found a home for the white-booted tabby named Peter (AKA Repete). A coworker has graciously agreed to let Repete live on her large property in rural Albany. We dropped him off this evening. There are two other well-fed indoor/outdoor cats that live at her house [...]

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