The National Weather Service has my county (Bates) under a flood warning and tornado watch.

My daughter, my geek

As Sara teaches our 2-year-old Emma concepts like saying please and thank you, reading and not biting, I'm introducing Emma to my world. This weekend we had this exchange:

Danny: Do you like Windows?
Emma: No.
D: Do you like Linux?
E: Yes!

And she really does. There's a game on my Linux computer that she loves to play. We have a Fisher-Price game that she plays, but every time I try to get her to use the mouse she just spins the scroll wheel. So yesterday when I saw an Elmo Kidzmouse at Walmart I stopped to look at it. It didn't have a scroll wheel and it was marked down to $10. (On the website they're asking $27 for it.) I didn't know if it would be any good, but I bought it anyway. When Sara and I opened it at home we were pleased to see that it was USB and optical(!) Ok, Sara probably didn't care about that, but I was excited.

This morning Emma woke me up and we played on the computer. Now instead of messing with the scroll wheel, she just keeps pushing the right mouse button, which can really mess up the flash games that we play. But I'm downloading a driver from the site that makes the right mouse button behave like the left.

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Weekend at Danny's

Brendan was our guest this weekend. He came into town to make his presentation to the ACC missions committee and to hang out with us. We (wirelessly) networked our laptops and played a little Gunbound. Ok, we played a lot of Gunbound. I'm developing a condition I like to call Starcraft Eye (because my eyes used to hurt so bad after playing Starcraft in my dorm room for 4 hours straight). We watched the Oscars last night and were happy to see Return of the King bring home 11 awards, including best picture. Today Brendan helped me with a vexing computer problem. I won't bore you with the details, but I'll just say that even though a lot of things about Windows XP annoy me, its internet connection sharing works better than anything else I've tried to date.

Quiz bowl

This morning Sara and I served as judge/reader at the Adrian hosted 6th grade Quiz Bowl Tournament. I read science questions in one of the rooms and Sara was a judge in another, settling disputes about answers. One question that was debated a bit in both rooms was in the category of Astronomy. The answer was on the page as "Polaris," but contestants in both rooms answered "the North Star." I thought it sounded good, but the judges ruled it incorrect. What do you think? Congratulations to Adrian, the first place team. Archie came in second. It was a fun morning.

You have what??

After being subjected to Bob Dole promoting Viagra and countless bald men spraying on "natural-looking" hair-in-a-can, I decided it was time to write the "Top 5 personal problem products you should not advertise on tv".

5. Incontinence
What do a traffic cop, a broadcast news reporter and a business woman have in common? Faulty bladders. Honestly, who came up with the catchy jingle, "Gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now?"

4. Dandruff/dry scalp
While this has been a touchy subject for years, involving many unfortunate black-sweater/turtleneck incidents (good grief--start wearing another color already), I just saw the most disgusting dandruff commercial ever. A guy and a girl were sitting together, then the guy starts scratching his head and it* begins snowing. Finally, in a grand performance of "freedom from flakes", we find that using this shampoo allows the guy to run a broom handle up and down the back of his head, proving once and for all….I have no idea.

3. Bowel Disorders
Don't get me wrong. I love a good dose of toilet humor as much as the next gal. In fact, I have my own share of bowel disorders (just ask Danny). Fortunately, I have kept these two facts very far from each other. I find all the product options confusing and some are even life-threatening (according to paragraph 4 of this article).

2. Herpes
While I do believe it is unfortunate that some people have contracted herpes, I do not need to see them rock-climbing, road-tripping or dating in order to know that they can "still have normal lives". I don't think any of us thought that people with herpes were forced to live outside the camp and yell "unclean" when someone passes.

1. Erectile dysfunction/Male Enhancement
These commercials affect both sexes in the embarrassing department--yet no one wants to change the channel. Hmmm. In simultaneously one of the funniest and most disturbing ad campaigns, the male enhancement drug Enzyte is touted by a campy Bob, who apparently cannot live without bowling, golfing, or having an announcer who constantly uses over-the-top allusions to the male anatomy. If, however, you can't get enough of these commercials, read this guy's take.

*His head.
**I know, I conveniently left out the droves of female commercials. You have to admit, plugging a hole in a boat with a tampon is rather resourceful.

Funny stuff

Click to read the latest installment of Mister Language Person by Dave Barry.

The Passion of the Christ

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

I saw the Passion of the Christ last night. This will contain some spoilers and my opinion, so if you're like me and you prefer to form your own opinion before reading other people's, then stop reading now and see the movie. This post will still be here when you get back.

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New section

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

I've added a new section to the Cabin: "Stuff I Wrote." The link is on your left, just below the "About me" link. I posted my Lord of the Rings sermons and there's also another message from a few weeks ago. Let me know what you think.

It is finished!

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

I'm finally done preaching. All the preparation and then 3 sermon deliveries per Sunday really wears me out. Today is my day off and when I go back to work I plan on really getting started with the church web site, which I'll be developing with PostNuke, a free content management system (CMS).

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