The Power of Coffee

So.. I went in for my hair appointment today. Just stepping outside was enough to cause my eyes to go bloodshot and clog my sinuses. I was miserable. The whole time I was in the salon, my stylist kept handing me kleenex. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so bad in June.

It’s allergy related. I normally only get hayfever or things like that in years where Beaker blows up like a hive riddled balloon, but this year the pollen count in our particular area has reached levels never before seen and it’s causing everyone issues, including people who are normally not affected by allergies.

So.. there I am, trying to just relax and get through my hair appointment so I can get home and get back indoors away from the pollen, and my stylist became my savior. She ran over to starbucks (no, I don’t like their coffee that much, but it’s better than nothing) and after I’d finished half my mocha, I felt tons better.… [Read More]

Chick Flicks

I woke up to this.. beautiful and horribly sad movie on television. I didn’t catch the name of it, but it was about an older couple. The husband moved into a nursing home to be with his wife, even though she had a condition that meant that she didn’t remember him or their children. Every day, he would tell her a story about a young couple as they fell in love around world war II. And then, he finished the story, leaving it off at a cliffhanger and he looked at her and said, “What happens next?” and she remembered everything. For five minutes, he had his wife back.

When she was gone again, he’d start telling her the story over from the beginning. He lived his life for having those few minutes with her. It reminds me of my great-aunt and great-uncle. She has alzheimer’s disease. The last time I saw her she didn’t know who I was, but my great-uncle just smiled and held her hand and told her my name.… [Read More]

Sleeping Hollywood

From Roger L. Simon via Instapundit

I do have something to say here. I looked, and I looked hard for a movie to take my kids to see this summer. The kids and I talked about it, the only thing that we all wanted to go see with any small degree of passion is Episode III. Note that I said a small degree of passion. There’s only one other movie we want to go see this year. I think you can guess what that is, but if not, I’ll tell you. It’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. We MIGHT go see the Fantastic Four, but that’s a real big maybe. For the most part, we’d rather stay home and watch anime if we’re not playing video games.

To make a point, I’m a 30 something mom. I’ve been a gamer since I was 16. I started playing video games on my boyfriend’s sega genesis in high school, and then when I moved in with my hubby..… [Read More]

The Tech Exec that Broke Federal Law?

Very interesting reading…

Here’s a snippet for you:

“I used a program to copy a few seconds from the DVD of the movie Rudy,” he said. “It’s the scene showing the final game of the Notre Dame season with Rudy’s family in the stands cheering wildly when he got to play. I then spliced in some snippets of pro players doing a touchdown dance from NFL Films, and I overlaid it with audio from ‘Who Let the Dogs Out?’ […]

There was just one problem. “It turns out to do this, I violated the DMCA. I used the DeCSS program to circumvent the encryption and access the movie clips on the DVD that I own,” Whiteside told the aides. “The end product is a DVD that I don’t sell or distribute but is considered a derivative work under copyright law.”[…]

“This is precisely the kind of exciting consumer creativity that should be enabled,” he said.

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Wow.. this isn’t a surprise..

I imagine this will come as a shock to no one I know either..

hat tip Reason’s Edge

You Are From Mercury

You are talkative, clever, and knowledgeable – and it shows.
You probably never leave home without your cell phone!
You’re witty, expressive, and aware of everything going on around you.
You love learning, playing, and taking in all of what life has to offer.
Be careful not to talk your friends’ ears off, and temper your need to know everything.