August, 2003's logo. From the Sacramento, California Train Museum

A photo challenge...

Daniel challenged me to capture a "rain drop like in all those photos where it splashes"...


That's not exactly it, but it I wasn't hanging around outside too long; those were big drops!

Calling Noah!

12/26/2003, 0005

Any thoughts on that?
Friday 12/26/2003, 0001

Christmas Eve at my sister's place...

...with a friendly cat and a disembodied arm.

Kinda' normal, really...

12/25/2003, 1237

Splashing about...

The Christmas Splash page...

12/25/2003, 0154

Any thoughts on that?
Thursday 12/25/2003, 0130

Ya' know...

...sooner or later we're going to hear, "Hey, since Christmas Eve really starts just after midnight, we really should be able to stay up until midnight on the 23rd and open our 'one present' then!"

12/24/2003, 1218

Christmas around the web...

Merry Christmas

Grab this little wreath with a <right click> and link it back from where you got it. Mine is from Diana this year...

12/24/2003, 0021

Any thoughts on that?
Wednesday 12/24/2003, 0015

Merry Chrismoose...

From our front entrance...

12/23/2003, 2359

Any thoughts on that?
Tuesday 12/23/2003, 2350

A true story of yesteryear...

'Twas Three Nights Before Christmas
(with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore*)

'Twas three nights before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, well, maybe Mom's mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Lego games danced in their heads;
And mamma at her keyboard, and I at my desk,
Had just settled down for a long evenings post,

When out from the hard drive there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to the table to see what was the matter.
Away to the boxen I flew like a flash,
Fired up the monitor to see what had crashed.

The error on the screen of the new-purchased box,
Gave the story of dread to this near-Christmas pox,
There, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a dialog saying, "Install drivers here!",

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment, I needed St. NIC.
More rapid than eagles I searched through the hive,
For the box with the cable that stated "CAT Five";

"Twist, white-orange! twist, white-brown! now, brown and white-green!
twist, blue! twist white-blue! and, orange and green!
To the end of the cable! to the end by the wall!
Now crimp away! crimp away! crimp away all!"

As techies with children know only too well,
When you meet with an obstacle, you'd better be swell,
So into the hub, the cable end flew,
And the Leds lit up there, and on the NIC too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard that nice sound,
That new Me start up, of One Adam Twelve.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Out from the hallway, Mom came with a bound.

She was dressed all in flannel, from her head to her foot,
Awakened by sounds she knew not from what;
(A near miss we had as she came down the hall,
I guess I should place cable, more close to the wall).

But her eyes, how they twinkled! her smile was quite merry!
For she saw that the new box would work out quite cherry.
Her fine little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And games she passed over, just for me to load;

The start was with Riven, followed by Myst,
And now Typing Tutor, that couldn't be missed<g>;
She'd found Lego Knights, and sounds from the telly,
That start-up, that's special, with One Adam Twelveee.

WordPerfect was Suite; and the train game was cool,
But I worried and wondered, if the hard drive was full;
A quick check of space, and a defrag instead,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work,
And filled all the hard drive with games and a perk,
And laying my finger aside of my nose,
And giving a nod, off to bed I did go;

I crawled into bed, to my wife gave a hug,
And pulled up those covers all snug as a bug.
But I felt myself <sigh>, ere I'm out like a light,


Merry Christmas!
Dan Bowman, 12/22/2001

(*There is some debate about the authorship of the original...)

12/22/2003, 2318

"This is Christmas"...

A 'sparkler' in front of the monitor...

12/22/2003, 0001

Any thoughts on that?
Monday 12/22/2003, 0001


A decent end to a foggy day...

12/21/2003, 2050

Tech link...

Pure scam!

If you aren't up to speed on some of the eBay scams, I have some info on one of them up over on the Daynotes pages...

12/21/2003, 1304

After the rain...

Click for a morning walk...
Click on the image for the walk

I was out early yesterday...

12/21/2003, 0303

Breakfast anyone?

Low fat sausage, portabellini mushrooms, focaccia bread...

Yep, it needs to cook a bit more...

12/21/2003, 0239

Any thoughts on that?
Sunday 12/21/2003, 0238


Christmas aromas...

Cinnamon sticks, allspice, nutmeg and cloves...

12/20/2003, 2343

Christmas Crafts...

One of the guys brought this home from school last year...

The Mason Jar Santa...

One Mason Jar, one short string of lights, some poster paint, a black sock, a bell and a little splash of color for the 'hat'! Maybe something for you moms with bored kidlets at home over the next two weeks...

12/20/2003, 1933

Any thoughts on that?
Saturday 12/20/2003, 1845