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Presenting Doug

I would like to welcome an old friend to the world of blogging and to the family. Doug's blog is at He also has a site on, where he is a graduate student. My favorite memory with Doug is sitting in line for tickets to Fellowship of the Ring in Kirksville. The first showing didn't even sell out, so there wasn't much use in waiting outside the theater all day, but it sure was fun. Be sure to check out his new blog and leave a comment.

Sci-fi authors predict the future (kind of)

I was at the library with Sara and Emma a couple of days ago and I decided it was time for a sci-fi fix. I picked up a book of stories by one of my favorites sci-fi authors, Robert Heinlein. The book is called The Past Through Tomorrow. I just finished a story called "The Roads Must Roll," which was written in 1940. In it he describes a futuristic one-person vehicle that should sound familiar to us today:

A tumblebug does not give a man dignity, since it is about the size and shape of a kitchen stool, gyro-stabilized on a singe wheel. . . . It can go through an opening the width of a man's shoulders, is easily controlled, and will stand patiently upright, waiting, should it's rider dismount (Heinlein 52).

Does that sound anything like this?

Join team TMBG

TMBG Street Team

They Might Be Giants is my favorite band. I recently joined the TMBG Street Team to help promote the band (and hopefully get some free loot.) If you share my love for this quirky combo, then you might want to join, too. Just follow the clicky-click road.

Microsoft Internet Explorer exploit

The department of homeland security has issued a warning about a new way that Microsoft products have been exploited. I saw this first on Leo Laporte's blog. This one looks pretty serious, so update your anti-virus software. It looks like Firefox users won't have to worry about it since it is an IE security hole. If you still use IE, this would be a great time to switch.

And Tonight's Guest Top 5 Author is...

Mike Ferguson (Danny's younger brother, home from college in Florida for a few weeks). I asked him to guest-blog because a. I'm exhausted and b.he's really funny. (As you read his post, remember we live in Adrian, MO population 1800 and a fun factor of 0.) Send me your top 5s and you may be next.

Top five things cool for high schoolers that I wouldn't be caught dead doing

5. Going to see a movie in Harrisonville-- Unless you're dropping by
Movie Gallery because you just got done eating at the Branding Iron,
you have no business doing anything movie-related in Harrisonville.
High-schoolers, you'll be shocked when you see your first movie
theater that has stadium style seating, digital sound, and less white

4. "Roadtrips"-- Notice the quotation marks. This refers to
roadtrips that entail driving around Bates County. College students
know that real road trips mean that you go somewhere, normally several
states away. Real roadtrips usually take more than 45 minutes and
don't take place on a single weeknight after eating dinner with your
family. And you will definitely learn that roadtripping to Merwin
and Amsterdam is a complete waste of time, gas, and brain cells.

3. Any Camp that Takes Place on a College Campus-- I remember the
days of going to different camps, music camps, basketball camps, etc,
where for a week we lived in college dormitories. It was so cool. We
had our own squeaky bed and tiny closet, and a sink, right there in
the freakin room! But after spending a few semesters in said dorm
rooms, they lose their luster. This is mostly caused by a thin layer
of FUNK growing on everything, including the 4 foot pile of laundry
that you aren't going to wash. And don't get me started on roomates.
In other words, enjoy your room at home while it lasts.

2. Driving around town-- I used to do this all of the time. It was
SUPER cool before I got my license, and moderately cool after. But
now just seems silly. Whether it was cruising the strip (what's the
strip) or flipping the U or going around the horseshoe or cruising
Sonic in Butler, it all was cool for a while, but lately just seems
retarted. The retartedness of this activity goes off the scales when
you are in a 4 x 4 and listening to loud rap music. Ok, it doesn't
matter what you're driving, it always makes you stupider.

1. Talking about How Ready You are to Leave-- It's the same song you
get from every high schooler. "I'm so sick of high school and I can't
wait to leave." Most of the time it's true, and college is a lot more
fun than high school. But talking about how miserable you are, though
at the time seems cool, is only cool to you and your buddies.
Remember, it was cool to me when I did it, but looking back I wish I
would have shut up.

Thank you, Mike, for being brave enough to share your high school exploits and the lameness therein. Prepare for the comments to flow!

DVD Rewinder

The DVD Rewinder

I wish I had thought of that.

More Gmail invites

Ok, I have 6 more Gmail invites. First come, first served.

More on the Passion

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 was supposed to be helping Sara do some research, but I ran across these articles and thought I should share them. If no one else cares, perhaps Troy will have something to say. published an article by Brian McLaren about why The Passion of the Christ was not actually "the best outreach opportunity in 2,000 years." The next week they followed up with Rick Warren's response. But my favorite was blogger Mike Bishop's response to Warren. Which made the most sense to you?

Bloglines Mobile

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.

While I'm on the subject of mobile web pages, I should mention that has a mobile version. If I had an internet ready mobile phone, that would be a very cool way to keep track of blogs. Right now I'm thinking that I won't bother with a cell phone or a new PDA until the merger of those gadget types is complete. Current phones aren't PDAish enough for me, and most PDAs really aren't phone-y enough just yet.

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