Friday, December 31, 2004

What is this “Radio” thing?

I like to listen to NPR.  It saves me time from watching the daily slaughterfest that is shown on the news television stations.

I just got out of the shower and heard a really nice instrumental piece during the NPR show “Day To Day”.  I heard lots of good music on the show.  the music HAS to be good when only 5 miutes or less of music is played in an hour program.  I like music.

Anyway, the nice piece I heard was Hip-Hop rhythmed.  I love it when the public radio station plays Hip-Hop during the show’s intermission.  It feels to me like subtle brain-washing is taking place to those people that claim to dislike or even hate Hip-Hop music.  Anyway NPR is a a wonderful thing.  I’ll probably donate in 2005.

This song I heard was really mellow stuff.  I thought that if I rush and get on the computer I could search the NPR website and find the show and then find the names of the songs and artist’s whose music is played during the intermissions.  I sat down in the “lab” and started searching.  I started up iTunes so that I wouldn’t miss anymore cool music.  Being the polite person that I am, I informed my daughter who was in the same room that I was going to play some music.  She wanted to know what I was ging to play and I said, “I’m going to play the radio.” I don’t have a radio in the lab.  It is just my office, Cisco lab, computer room.  The only RF transmitter is the cordless phone on my desk.  I have no radio in the lab.

So I ask you, “What is this “Radio” thing” that I mentioned to my daughter that doesn’t come from the airwaves, but from the computer on my desk?

I called my computer a “radio”.

Posted by SPN on 12/31 at 01:28 PM in Personal
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Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) is the sixth day of Kwanzaa, and it means “creativity”.
On this day, we pledge several things. We pledge to do whatever
we can to make our communities and homes more beautiful
and better than we found them. We also pledge to use our creative
talents and energies to improve young minds and hearts.

Posted by SPN on 12/31 at 08:02 AM in Religion / Sprituality
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Thursday, December 30, 2004


Nia (NEE-ah) is the fifth day of Kwanzaa and it means “purpose”. On this day,
we pledge to build and develop our communities, our schools and our families.
We also pledge to provide a strong communal foundation from which our children
can develop into strong and productive people.

Posted by SPN on 12/30 at 08:02 AM in Religion / Sprituality
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Happy New Year

so, I’ve kept an eye, up until now, on a news site that is collecting stories for “the news story of the year” (2004).  Im sure the entries will all be ignored for todays current headlines:

UNICEF said Thursday that the death toll in Indonesia could rise to as high as 80,000 with nearly a million children in need of assistance.

The international children’s agency estimated that 60 percent of Banda Aceh, the main town of Sumatra’s Aceh province, was destroyed.

“It’s going to be 75,000 to 80,000 no question,” said John Budd, a UNICEF spokesman in Jakarta who got the information from government sources in Aceh.

I can’t even imagine surving something like that - my heart and prayers are with you.

Posted by bbeard on 12/30 at 06:42 AM in Personal
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Wednesday, December 29, 2004


Ujamaa (OOH-jah mah) means cooperative economics and is the fourth day
of Kwanzaa. On this day of Kwanzaa, we pledge to develop our own businesses
and to support them, to maintain shops, stores and industry that contribute to
the well-being of our community and to drive out businesses (boycott, etc.) that take
FROM our communities and give nothing back.

Posted by SPN on 12/29 at 08:02 AM in Religion / Sprituality
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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

wine and vicodin

LOS ANGELES - Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero who gained fame with routines about drugs and dirty words, said Monday he was undergoing treatment for excessive use of alcohol and prescription painkillers.

Im going into rehab because I use too much wine and Vicodin, Carlin, 67, whose latest book When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? is a national bestseller, said in a statement. No one told me I needed this; I recognized the problem and took the step myself.

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Ujima (ooh-GEE-mah) is the third day of Kwanzaa and means “collective work
and responsibility”. On this day we celebrate working together in the community to
help others. For Ujima, we pledge to rebuild our communities and to help our people
solve our own problems by working together to do it.

Posted by SPN on 12/28 at 08:02 AM in Religion / Sprituality
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Monday, December 27, 2004

Stupid Europeans.

Posted by SPN on 12/27 at 02:48 PM in This is just stupid!
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Today is “KUJICHAGULIA”, the second day of Kwanzaa

Kujichagulia (koo-gee-cha-goo-LEE-ah) means self-determination and is the second day of Kwanzaa. On this day, we pledge to define ourselves, to NAME ourselves, to create for ourselves, and to speak for ourselves, instead of being defined, named by, created for and spoken for by others.  On this day we design for ourselves a positive future and then vow to make that prophecy—that DREAM—a self-fulfilling one.

Posted by SPN on 12/27 at 08:14 AM in Personal
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Saturday, December 25, 2004

I’m ready to start the voting.

Stay tuned to this post and your next email.

I want everyone to choose which of the 16 logo entries is the best.  I will use that logo on the site.

Everyone may have THREE votes.  Please vote by making a comment on the entries that you feel best reflect the simple guidelines posted here.

Your comment may be something as simple as, “This is SPN and I like this one”.

Your comment will serve as validation that you voted no more than three times.

Here are the entries.

The voting will end December, 31, 2004 with the winning logo to be used on the site for 2005.

Posted by SPN on 12/25 at 01:42 PM in Personal
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