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New MS threat

It looks like some Microsoft source code was released – but no one yet knows how. Speculation runs along the lines that Microsoft wouldn’t say anything if it were innocuous. It’s been downloaded furiously through file-sharing programs. Malicious hackers could use it to exploit vulnerabilities in Win 2000 and Win NT. Read the rest of the story.
One more reason to switch.

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New meaning to teaching “high”

It appears that someone played a joke on some teachers in Europe, lacing a cake with some funny stuff. Read the entire story here.
Nice? No. Funny? Yup.

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Improvement

The week started out sucking, with illness all weekend right into Monday. I actually went to work most of the day, leaving a couple of hours early. I did a lot of sleeping that evening and finally felt better Tuesday. From there the week has vastly improved. Tues. night we had to run some errands relating to J’s new job. We ran into some friends that we hadn�t seen in a while and told them we were getting married. Everyone we�ve told is terribly excited for us. It�s wonderful and kind of weird. I expect us to be happy for us, but not everyone else. I know I�m probably the strange one; I guess I�m surprised that people actually care about whether or not we marry. We got hungry & headed to Filippi’s for dinner. Pasta, bread, wine, and good conversation. We talked about an array of topics. It was nice to get away from the mundane everyday household stuff and get into more interesting things. Dinner was nice, long, and entertaining. We had a great time. Last night J and I took our bikes down to Shelter Island and went for a ride. I took a few snapshots and we wandered over to the Red Sails Inn for some wine and appetizers. Then it was off for more riding and another refreshment at a local joint. We rode around some more and eventually made our way back to the car – it was getting quite chilly by that point. We made it home around 7:30 or so. I really had a blast. I get so caught up in my “to-do” that it’s easy to put off doing enjoyable things like this, especially mid-week. We want to have a fabulous time in the weeks preceding the wedding – and we’re doing just that. I can’t believe how happy and excited I am. I used to say it’s just a piece of paper – but it really is more than that. I guess I’m not so anti-establishment after all.

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sorry

i haven’t been feeling well most of the weekend. today’s the first day i feel close to normal again (close as i actually ever get).
wedding evites going out to the locals soon. i have one of our registries linked to the left. i couldn’t get williams-sonoma to give me a deep link. but, we don’t expect gifts. come as you are.

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Uh huh

A quote from presidential candidate Kerry: “I voted against bashing gays on the senate floor.”
Wow, that’s really good to know that they’ll now be safe on the senate floor. Thanks for letting us know. I guess extemporaneous speaking isn’t your strong suit.

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new love

I just tried organic kettle chips, sea salt & black pepper flavor.
I think I’m in love.

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Time keeps on slippin’

I�ve been neglecting writing. And I�ve given myself a deadline of getting a couple of characters on paper. I still have time, but I should be writing every day. I didn�t write here regularly for a week or so, but I�m trying to get back into it. I want too much for the writing to flow naturally. I don�t always want to put time and brain power into the task. Well, I do want to, but it�s always a �later� thing. I�ll get to it. Damn procrastination. I got my laptop to help with my writing and all I�ve done is play on the web and write e-mail. It is time to get serious. I�m more serious about eating at home and not only saving money versus eating out, but doing so in a healthier way. John and I ate out Saturday � just a fast food place. We both felt horrible afterwards. No more of that when we can avoid it at all. Ugh. It’s so bad for you & I don’t know why we bother. Last night we had pasta, garlic bread, and salad. I shopped at Whole Foods and got a lot of food. Many veggies for another soup, some others for a later meal, buffalo meat for the soup, and several pieces of chicken (3 breasts and 6 legs/ thighs � they�re all natural, too, no hormones and they are HUGE). Not to mention some snacks – some healthy some not-so, but still good. Anyway, I spent over a hundred bucks – whole foods isn’t cheap. But I look at my list and it is a lot of food (but I don’t think you’ll be interested in a full list) I think I�ll do better next time with an actual list – this time it was just a bunch of ideas in my head, no actual meals planned. But we have at least a week�s worth of food, including lunch leftovers. And it�s good, healthy food. I still need to make up our menus for the month, but I�ve got a good start. I want to start planning our meals and shopping once a week, rather than running to the store every other night. We�ll find a good compromise. I�m looking forward to cooking like this. I got home about 4:45 and unloaded groceries. I told John what I had bought as I put it away; I cleaned out the fridge as I went, too. I started washing dishes as he started dinner. Kaitlyn put away some of the laundry. We sat down to a nice meal and watched a movie while we ate. We were done eating by 7 and the movie was over around 8. I washed the rest of the dishes (4 sinkfuls) and chopped up some jicama and cleaned the stove. I was done by 8:45 & still had time for a nice bath and some journalling before bed. Now that�s quite an evening. Go me! Tonight Sue and I are going to look at things at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. She wants to see what we have on our registry. I want to make some minor adjustments. J didn�t want anything expensive on it. I don�t really care because I�m not expecting any of the expensive stuff anyway. It�s just fun to make up a wish-list. And it gives me ideas for later – with a list all in one place for what we want. We may head back over to Williams-Sonoma to finish out the registry there, too. But I think I got everything we would want. I want pots & pans, but they are waaaaay too expensive. What we have works for now. We manage. Because it’s not about the gifts. It’s about sharing a special time with our friends.

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What season is it?

Brrrrr. It is cold and rainy today. Almost feels like winter.
I should have dressed warmer. Time to get some hot tea ready.

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Ancient google secret, huh?

Did you ever wonder why google is so great at what it does? Did you want to know the secrets behind the technology?
Now you can! (It’s for the birds, apparently.)

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Favorites

For Sphinx.
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Flower: Pansies, lilies, kennedy rose
Favorite Scent: Cooking food prepared by loving hands
Favorite Cocktail: Grey Goose sour
Favorite Wine (if any): anything red
Favorite Soda/Drink: Dr. Pepper/ Pepsi
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Restaurant: Home, with Godfather’s (a nice Italian restaurant) a close 2nd
Favorite Treat: New CD
Favorite Candy: Peppermint sugar twists from See’s
Favorite Number: Nah
Favorite day of the year: Any day I’m not working and the weather is perfect
Favorite Season: Summer
Favorite Holiday: July 4th
Favorite Game (video/board): Video: Don’t play Board: Life
Your addictions are: Coffee, the ‘net, good food
If you had a whole day to yourself, alone, and you wanted to treat yourself, what would you do?: Take a long bath, read leisurely, go to a coffee shop, and then find a place to pamper myself
If you had an extra $200 that you didn’t need to spend on bills or debt, what would you buy with it?: (And no “saving it”, you gotta spend it) A massage – I’ve never had one before. OR, a very nice steak dinner. OR, a bunch of books.

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