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For those of you following this, none of the mystery boxes have arrived yet since I always try to choose shipping that costs less than the item if remotely possible. However, apparently someone noticed I was bidding on a mystery item and sent me a private e-mail which itself was pretty mysterious. It didn't come through eBay's internal system, so either they have some way to harvest the names or it was someone I bid with? The title was something like: ID #(big number) is HyDroCod0nE. Now, I don't normally shop for HydroCod0nE on eBay, or anywhere else, but talk about a mystery! There were no links in the mail(and not that I click those), but I went to eBay directly and entered the item number. Nothing came up, so they must have removed it fast or else it was just a joke. I never got an eBay related spam before so I am pretty sure this is a side-effect of the mystery box experience. It wasn't the same e-mail as any of the sellers I won auctions from, but I lost a few. Gee...now I am getting a little worried about some of the fixed-price mystery boxes. Are some grab bags really "dime bags" intended for regular customers who know what they are? Was it a joke, a warning, or an offer? Only time will tell.

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I was on eBay browsing randomly the other day when I ran into an item called Mystery Box. It intrigued me. As a child, my mother used to frequent an antique shop that bundled cheap costume jewelry they got at estate sales into plastic baggies, tied them with a bread twist, and sold them for a dollar. I became so addicted to these surprise bags I ended up with a whole box full of odd things like leather flowers, glow in the dark badges, hippie pins, ...and a couple of times real gold or a pearl earring with no mate. It was a treasure hunt for a dollar. Most of it would now be worth a fortune because costume jewelry and old political buttons are highly collectible.

So, I have embarked upon an adventure, a re-living of what it's like to be a kid and believe every sandwich bag might have a diamond Barbie shoe in it. I am in the process of bidding on and hopefully obtaining a fairly wide selection of inexpensive eBay items billed as "surprise box/bag, "mystery box/bag/parcel" and "grab bag." I even searched on "random assortment." As I receive these items, I'll blog about them. I have also obtained permission from several of the people who do this mystery auction deal often to post links in case any of you want to try it or check out the often-fascinating item descriptions. I'm going to do that later though, because I'd hate for any of you to outbid me.

I absolutely can't wait for the "STUFF!" box being sent to me by a guy whose wife says he has to get rid of all his junk NOW. Or the "unsearched Roman coins." Mystery box people turn out to be fascinating folks. Some of the descriptions offer hints, some are evasive and even occasionally ominous ("some items may not be suitable for children"). One seller contacts winners to get an idea what sort of stuff they like and is really full-service, despite the fact the box cost me less than $3. It should be an interesting ride, stay tuned. If possible I will borrow a digital camera and photograph the most interesting items I receive so you can judge for yourselves if I got a deal.

Lesson of the Day: Never Grow Up

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Today's clear winner for Cool Site is a 404 error page on a blog. Why? Because it plays Zork.
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Ever get sick of huge bloated programs that eat disk space and RAM? Sure, you have a fast computer and you'll never need all that space, but c'mon, who can resist a word processor or even a morphing program that fits on a floppy? Or how about an ftp program that's under 100k? It's the principle of the thing.

Tiny Apps are a lot of fun.
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While you're waiting for me to get my act together and complete the giant updates, you might want to check out this Dutch digital art page. Some neat stuff there, and free wallpapers, eCards and Linux themes. Also some writings. Wish I had seen this site before Christmas, the ecards are gorgeous. If anyone speaks both Dutch and English, he is looking for someone to help with his translations. Sadly my Dutch is even worse than my Klingon.
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Journal has a new look for New Year's. Lots of updates coming and a website which will also contain this journal.

Happy New Year to all.
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I made a list of lots of changes I want to make this year. Among them, stopping smoking, getting my health under control, learning cgi, all sorts of things I have meant to do and haven't done. But there's a resolution we can ALL make, which is to work toward a better world.

As you know, tsunami survivors are still dying, due to starvation, exposure, and disease which are aftereffects of the disaster. There are many ways to help them, some do not even require a donation. Amazon.com has a convenient one-click way to donate to the Red Cross emergency relief project for this specific emergency. I gave, have you? eBay has an area where sellers can designate the proceeds or partial proceeds of their auctions directly to one of several organizations which is providing relief. Clicking daily at the Hunger Site provides food to starving people, including the tsunami victims, and it's free.

Other ways to make the world better:
escrip.com is a site where you can designate your existing credit cards, Safeway cards, etc to benefit world and local charities who have signed up for this program as fundraisers. Participants in the program include local restaurants, American Airlines, many hotels, Safeway, Dell, Avon, and a lot of major companies you probably use now and then. No donation is required, you just enter your participating merchant or card, and whatever percentage that vendor has agreed to will be given every time you use this card or service. It's a truly painless way to contribute to your favorite charities at no extra cost to you.

The Heifer Fund provides livestock, seedlings, and training to people all over the world. I have raved about this charity before because it provides sustainable resources which over time greatly reduce need on a permanent basis. Recipients are required to share the first offspring of their animals with someone else in their community, and to pass on their knowledge of caring for them. Heifer aims to end hunger permanently in the areas it helps, and they are doing a great job. Remember that tsunami victims will need livestock and agricultural help for longterm recovery long after news of this tragedy has faded from headlines. Saving lives now is of course first priority, but what these guys do saves lives for decades.

Doctors without Borders/Medecins sans Frontieres is a highly respected organization that sends emergency medical aid to anywhere in the world in need. I can't recommend this group highly enough. Your contribution helps pay to transport volunteer medical personnel into South Asia right now to save lives.
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Usually my New Year's resolutions are focused on improving my own life. I've come to realize that's much too small. Let's all make a group resolution, to improve the lives of others.

Happy New Year! May this year bring you peace, and health, and safety.
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Big thanks to zoomardav </a> for sending Santa to my house. It's amazing the things you don't even know you can't live without. Especially the Wiggly Hula Girl bicycle horn. *hugs* You made my day. I'm still playing with the goodies.
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Several of my LJ friends responded to the link meme offer I stole from castallia and I've completed some links for them. If you're curious, go ahead and check them out, and see if you'd like some links of your own. The offer remains good until New Year's day.
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This is the story of Ron Avitzur. While working on Apple's Graphic Calculator 1.0, Avitzur was laid off. The only thing is, he loved his work. He loved it, in fact, so much, that he decided to finish it anyway. So every day Avitzur and Greg Robbins, another laid-off employee, snuck into Apple using their old badges and pretended they still worked there. For free. With the help of sympathetic Apple engineers, the entire project remained a secret, and the guys were able to access a pre-release PPC. By the time Apple knew what was happening, their little calculator application was on the golden master disk, and was running 40 times faster than it ran on the old 68k systems. Apple was later to use the Graphic Calculator to major advantage during the release of the PowerMacs to show off their superior processing ability. If you want to know more about this incredible tale from the geek hero himself, click here.

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There are new pictures in all galleries, including a tileable Christmas marble. There may be a poem or story up a bit later, but no promises. Scroll down for a list of all my mutual LJ friends and why I love them. My offer of gift links to some of your interests remains open if you comment on that entry.

Wishing all of you the joys of the season, whatever you're celebrating. I wish I could come by all your houses and Christmas carol, so be glad I can't. Trust me.
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Package coming late? Someone you forgot? You can still send a beautiful e-card today which will arrive on time. These cards are free.

Best religious cards I found (also has nice religious advent calendar)
Nicest photo cards I found are Apple's icards.
This site has some really cute anime Christmas cards.

Some traditions:
Read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Give to charity.
Don't forget to monitor Santa's progress at the Norad Santa Tracker site.

Bake some cookies using recipes from:
Christmas-cookies.com
AllRecipes.com Christmas cookie countdown advent calendar (also has cake and candy ones)
The Jarmann sisters, whose aunts cooked for Nelson Rockefeller, they say.
The site RazzleDazzleRecipes has some traditional recipes like pistachio cookies.
A bit less traditional, but great for pop culture-lovers are Martha Stewart's favorite cookies. Check out the Green Tea Leaf Shortbread.
Central Valley Christian School has put together a HUGE archive of recipes, essays, and interactive materials. I wouldn't normally recommend a site like this, but it's really well done.
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Taken from castallia's meme:

If you would like me to post links related to your interests, comment below. If you don't have any interests listed in LJ, or you are not an LJ member, go ahead and comment, and list a few of your interests. I'll see what I can do. No promises they will all be done before Christmas, but I will try.
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What do my friends have in common?
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The Pear Tree Song, with gifts from my friends
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What grade level is your journal?
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Oh my, oh my, oh my. How did I miss this?

You're looking at a 1ghz computer which is about the size of a PDA. It has 256 megs of RAM, and uses the Transmeta chip (by Torvalds et al). Yes, it's a bit underpowered, but wow. It runs Windows XP Professional and Office 2003.

I want.
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According to the Department of Homeland Security, you don't need to stop smoking, or lose weight, or take up exercise nearly as much for New Year's as you need to make a family plan for the event of a terrorist attack.

But maybe the world doesn't entirely suck:
* The lesbian cranes will have babies. Wondering why that's more acceptable for birds than humans...

* Reading is back! New Yorkers voted Barnes & Noble as the place with the best singles scene. Couples are even getting married in bookstores.

No wait, maybe it does suck:
It's illegal now in part of Mexico to be naked indoors. Won't that lead to poor hygiene?

Good or Bad? Now I am confused:
Missing that cat you lost recently? These people can help you. Maybe.
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It's ironic, but this book is one of two on the list I have not read (the other being Orlando). I was sure I'd be T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland."

The name of the rose
Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose. You are a
mystery novel dealing with theology, especially
with catholic vs liberal issues. You search
wisdom and knowledge endlessly, feeling that
learning is essential in life.


Which literature classic are you?
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I pinched this idea from Mersipan and Hangingfire. This is my mutual friends list. Here's why you mean so much to me.
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Special thanks to my newest LJ friend, jlassen </a> for posting a link to a site where you can research which companies were blue during the election and which were red. I had my eye on a Dell product before. Seriously rethinking.
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Special thanks to my buddy zoomardav </a> for pointing me to the amazing Gingerbread Laptop and computer parts. Since most geeks will never live in a house anyway, I think the guy who made these could really clean up selling them next year. I know I'd buy one.

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Guys, please wish me luck. Without going into detail, I may need it tonight and tomorrow. Health situation.
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Meme pinched from douglain</a>

What you Wish you Looked Like: MY meme


here's a stupid meme I just thought up. post a picture of what you wished you looked like as a comment then post this same picture in your lj along with these ORDERS FROM ON HIGH!


Barbara Feldon, Agent 99 from Get Smart
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A special thanks to the ever-talented jeremyrichards </a>for the chapbook which arrived today. I particularly love "If it Was a Snake."
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Two librarians at the University of Buffalo have compiled a gifting guide for, well...scholars. Stumped on what to get that paleontologist in your life? These guys have the answer. It's not too late!

The guide has some of the coolest links I've ever seen compiled in one place. Oh, dear, now I want the Dali Finger Puppet.
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New gallery up, Journeys. Experimental stuff, unfinished works, free textures and tiles, abysmal failures and a piece of *looks around nervously* fanart! Also includes a few of my more serious works. Please keep in mind, I'm a writer.

If anyone knows how to make a component in S2 to show a preview from your gallery with a link to it, please let me know.
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Fractals Gallery is now live. A third gallery will be up soon, but I'm having horrendous uploading bugs. For some reason pictures uploaded to that gallery take up space but do not display, and have numerical names. I've checked them on my hard drive and they are fine. One of them is on my desktop right now, in fact. Comments on the art welcome. All the art is entirely free for non-commercial use, including derivative art.

Am hoping to update the story later tonight if I have time.
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My first gallery is now up. Click the link or go to my User Info page and click pictures to access it. The gallery itself isn't very slick looking since I am trying to figure out the styles still. The first set of images are my attempt to reproduce one of my favorite real-life crafts on a computer. All images are public and can be copied for personal use. As IF someone would sell them. ;)

Coming next: Fractals

Current Mood: nervous nervous
Current Music: The First Noel (playing it in my head)

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Just wanted to welcome several new friends. Mersipan, Palantir, Zemmiphobiah, and Douglain, thank you for friending me. :) Oldtimers will also notice my journal has changed its look radically. I wish to assure you this is temporary, brought on by excessive holiday enthusiasm and a gift from Castallia. I have a new friends group as of tonight, for people who want to read some of my more rough and experimental writing. If you would like to be in this group, leave me a comment. If I throw you in there and you want out at any time, also comment.

Alert: Everyone mutually friended to me should have received a small surprise. If you didn't, please check whatever addy LJ sends your mail to (and your spam trap). I have a bad feeling those of you with free accounts may not have received the mail in some cases. If you didn't, I'd like to send it a different way, so let me know. Oh and "Spread the holiday cheer" means "Post a Comment." I'm in need of some eggnog or something.
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After posting two sort of serious entries and noticing nobody comments on those, I've decided to do another poll, since those seem to be more fun.

I've noticed most people are really picky about getting the right Christmas tree (those people who celebrate Christmas, anyway). I know I have stomped around cold tree lots for up to 2 hours, agonizing over the full but lopsided one or the perfectly shaped one with the branches a bit short. My thing is Noble firs. I got curious what you guys get.

Poll #405286 Tree Type

What type of tree do you/will you have?

Douglas Fir
1(20.0%)
Noble Fir
2(40.0%)
Pine (any)
1(20.0%)
Flocked
0(0.0%)
Plastic
1(20.0%)
A Hanukkah bush (or none)
0(0.0%)
Same old bonsai
0(0.0%)
Something artsy I made myself
0(0.0%)
Something made of space age materials
0(0.0%)
Other or I'm not having one
0(0.0%)

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United States: FLATS (First Lady Astronaut Trainees - Lovelace Clinic Class of 1961):

Myrtle "K" Thompson Cagle
Jerrie Cobb
Jan Dietrich
Marion Dietrich (deceased)
Mary Wallace "Wally" Funk II
Jane Hart
Jean Hixson (deceased)
Gene Nora Stumbough Jessen
Irene Leverton
Sarah Lee Gorelick Ratley
Bernice "B" Steadman
Geraldine "Gerri" Sloan Truhill
Rhea Hurrle Allison Woltman
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These are the women who were FLATS (First Lady Astronaut Trainees), in 1961. None of them ever got to go to space, and they've been for the most part forgotten by history. When Glenn returned to space, one of them lobbied for her chance and was largely ignored. Here's hoping at least one of them makes it before they are all gone. The reason they did not get to go is because it was felt if any of them died, it would end the US Space Exploration program. They had the same training as the men.
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Open Letter to the U.S. Media:

What I want for Christmas is not something you can buy me. In fact, it's something I can get for myself by not buying. It's something I could use every day, and appreciate. It's something probably 90% of people my age and younger want, and the other 10% are busy, so busy, trying to retrain us. And no, it's not my mother's favorite, World Peace, although this year I could use that, too.

It's total reform of the U.S. media.

I'm tired of more attention being paid to Janet Jackson's completely covered nipple and her brother's porno magazines than to the situation in Iraq. I'm tired of conjectured "news." I'm tired of absent fact-checking, fear-mongering speculation, and shows that turn vulnerable people into public spectacles. In short, I'm tired of the circus you've become.

Adapting an aggressively multicultural novel and making the hero white instead of the novel's "redbrown" is unacceptable, and insults me. Changing the sex of a character in a remake of a 1970s sci-fi show so you can add sexual tension between the "buddies" is disgusting. Conflating news with rumor is completely unforgiveable in a professional news program.

Let me remind you, we have the internet. Internet news and entertainment is chaotic, unreliable and biased. The difference is the biases run in a hundred thousand general directions rather than two. There are literally millions of fact-checkers, technical advisors, cultural advisors, and eyewitnesses out here, most of us working for free. Face it, there's no way you can top that. Is it possible to get reliable news on the internet? Good question. Was it possible to get reliable news from Dan Rather? Another good question. At least when I read a blog, I know I am getting an opinion. Newsmen beware, for the first time in our nation's history, eyewitnesses around the world are doing their own reporting. And Americans are reading them.

You're here to sell me things. If I'm not watching you or reading you, you lose. And I'm not. Don't you want me back? You see it happening, you're frightened. You're peddling furiously downhill, worrying about words John Lennon sang on the radio in the 1970s, making faces more white and women less liberated than they were in 60's television, cutting costs, feeding us pablum, crossing your fingers and hoping the 1950s will arise like a phoenix and return you to the golden age. It won't happen.

There's still time to save yourself. You can't beat us, so you need to join us.

Give me faces that look like us, all of us. Don't make all heroes white, all villains black. Not all women have unplanned pregnancies. The day a black woman and a Hispanic woman have a committment ceremony on a primetime show and it's not a ratings grab is the day I come back to you. The day I can turn on the news and see something that has already happened, with proof, is the day I come back from the internet.

"Did Senator X secretly do Y?" If you can't answer that question, with evidence, it's not news. Period. It's a rumor.

Stop abusing statistics, trying to sway elections, pandering to celebrities, public figures, producers, and even us, your audience. If you're selling me the truth, it better be the truth. If you're selling me entertainment, it better be entertaining. I have lost all faith you have either to sell.

Want me back? Here's how:

I'd love to be able to watch the 6:00 news on my cellphone, or a PDA, or download it at 8 PM. Or 2 AM. We're multi-device these days, and family tv dinners in front of I love Lucy are over.

Give me something to watch I can identify with. Believe it or not, plastic surgery doesn't grab me. Stop going for the fast buck. Go for MASH. And let subscribers download past episodes online.

Don't go after fansites. Recognize as Gene Roddenberry did that fans are free advertising.

Give me an online resource where I can get the full story. I want to see the entire speech by the President, not a clip. I might want a transcript. I would be willing to subscribe to such a service and it would release you from some of the pressure of sponsors. Show me the studies you quote so blithely. If by the year 2007 half of Americans will be HIV positive, I'd like to know if you got this from the CDC or "an independent medical researcher based in a trailer park." Or a grad student trying to get a masters. If you've done your job, show me the scratch paper. Recognize that the internet has created an informed audience.

Give me some credit for intelligence and maturity. I could handle seeing a female Buddhist cop as a protagonist. I could handle if there's actually no conspiracy and a news event was just a tragedy. I could handle if you stopped lying and tapdancing because you think you know what I want. I could handle hearing about important scientific discoveries or something happening in Africa that doesn't involve the US.

This is a new century, and it's time the media adjusted. This year, give me something I need.
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Poll #404278 Which of these will you be eating?

Different traditions, different tastes...which are yours?

Fruitcake
0(0.0%)
Candy Canes
0(0.0%)
Chocolate Coins
1(14.3%)
Godiva
0(0.0%)
A nut or tangerine in the toe of my stocking
0(0.0%)
Marzipan
0(0.0%)
Homemade cookies
1(14.3%)
Christmas Pudding
0(0.0%)
Christmas Pudding, ignited
0(0.0%)
Eating? I'll be drinking! Eggnog, anyone?
0(0.0%)
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Here are some interactive Christmas sites on the web, some of which reach into real life. As I told The People's Cam, Peace on Earth.
Change the text of the the screensaver by entering it online. Send a message of holiday wishes for people around the world.

Granddaddy of them all: The Komar Christmas Lights. 17,000 Christmas lights decorate this man's house. Use the webcam to view and control them. Want to do something like this yourself? You can go to MidiLite and buy products to help you achieve what they call a "living Christmas tree effect." Maybe next year, huh?

Not into this stuff? You can still turn some lights on and off at DriveMeInsane where brave volunteers from around the world allow you to control their home devices. You can also find out how to celebrate the newest winter holiday, Agnostica, a science based alternative to religious and cultural winter celebrations. If you'd rather be somewhere warmer, you can turn on a 30 second blast of bubbles from Andie and Mike's Bubble Machine(requires Java).

InterADS.uk has several small holiday puzzles suitable for children. They apparently sell interactive advertising and web hosting and Spybot didn't see anything unpleasant being downloaded to me. Also in the UK, a school has designed an online advent calendar in which each day's window teaches you something about Christmas traditions around the world. It's for kids, but I learned some neat facts.

Make sure not to miss De Interactieve Kerstboom.

Merry-Christmas.com has recipes, games and other holiday material. Christmas.com has The True Story of Santa Claus and other historical information about the origins of Christmas. Beware this site also accepts sponsors and the commercialism can be a bit offputting. Still some nice resources. I never knew Roman Emperor Aurelian had declared Dec 25th "Birthday of the Unconquered Sun." It was a festival of Attis and Mithras.

Northpole.com is a commercial-free child-safe site with many Christmas activities, including a link to my favorite of all online holiday traditions, the NORAD Santa tracker. For those of you not in the know, every year NORAD tracks Santa using their uber satellite instrumentation to follow Rudolph's nose in orbit. Yes, Virginia. Geeks are on it.

"Extra snow welcomed." - The People's Cam.
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1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.

"There was something of Cochrane in Jack, a restless impatience of authority, a strong persuasion of being in the right; but not enough to disqualify him, not nearly enough;and in any case, it had been diminishing fast these last years."

-reflection by Stephen Maturin on Jack Aubrey from the first novel in the series, "H.M.S. Surprise"

By the way, the most amazing book I have read in a long time is Cochrane:The Life and Exploits of a Fighting Captain. Cochrane, as it turns out, was not only the main inspiration for both Hornblower and Aubrey, but may have been the basis Gene Roddenberry used for Captain Kirk. Even better, the real man was more fascinating than any of them. Trust me, read it. If all history read like this, I'd have majored in history.
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Christmas
Hanukkah
New Year
Kwanzaa

in no particular order. Yes, it's early, but a lot of people will be too busy to journal soon.

A tradition at my place is to read Tate's Advent Calendar every year. Make sure to read past years.
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I've decided not to risk my health further this year and I'll be doing almost all of my shopping except for the Christmas tree online. So while I've been looking around, I've collected a few kinda neat gift ideas you guys might enjoy browsing. I don't belong to an affiliate program or anything like that, so I like to believe I am unbiased.

Food Gifts:
How about a giant fortune cookie done up like a gingerbread house? It's the weirdest thing I've ever seen. First they call it Sumo cookie, Sumo being Japanese, fortune cookies being, well...pseudo Chinese. This dessert is pseudo everything.

For the artsy minimalist in your life on the same site: It's a holiday decoration, no wait, it's a Mondrian, no wait, it's a secret plot for a world dentistry takeover...well actually it's an 8 inch candybar that costs $30. Go look, though, and then buy Godiva or Dan's chocolates. A portion of every Dan's sale goes to one of 4 charities you select (hunger, abuse, etc) and someone in my family actually ate these when he was mostly refusing to eat.

Gifts that Benefit Charity: How about a cute yeti ornament for the ornament collector who has everything? ( 25 cups of food through The Hunger Site). Or maybe you know someone who has been really bad this year, or is trying desperately to be bad? How about giving them a lump of coal in their stocking? Since it also gives 25 cups of food to the hungry, you'll be making sure Santa's more generous when it comes to your name. Unfortunately, because of how the site uses cookies, you may have to do a search on "lump of coal" or "yeti" to locate the items.

By far the best gifts I ever gave anyone were a llama and a beehive. The Heifer International Foundation provides animals and seedlings to needy people around the world, and shows them how to care for and maintain them for food, income, and land preservation. They are rated among the highest impact charities, largely because of their educational efforts which encourage sustainability. A gift in the name of someone you care about can really change the world. There is a fun Heifer catalogue online which allows you to select gifts-in-honor ranging from $10 for a share of an animal gift, to $5000 to provide a symbolic ark filled with 15 kinds of animals. The people I gave Heifer gifts to told me the gifts had a lot of meaning to them. It also had a lot of meaning to a bunch of people we will never meet.
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Folks, if you don't follow Slowwave, it's a great comic based on people's real dreams, or at least dreams they manage to fool Jesse Reklaw with. Sometimes I felt the dreams were enhanced a bit. Anyway this week is particularly cute.

What few people know is Disneyland in California actually does have a secret underworld. It's true! People sometimes become ill or even injured in the natural course of theme park operations, so Disney has first aid centers, a good thing. One time I injured myself slightly on the teacup ride when an unusually strong friend reversed the teacup too fast and my head was tilted back. I suffered a slight whiplash effect and Disney first aid staff were called. What happened next was nothing I expected and made it worthwhile in a way. A wheelchair arrived immediately, and I was wheeled into the nearest shop, where in some manner I don't quite remember, a passage was opened, leading downward slightly. There was a concrete tunnel which they wheeled me through for a bit, and this led to a sort of clinic. It looked very professional. I believe they could handle just about anything short of an emergency room, and possibly that too. There were notices on the wall about procedures to use when children had fallen while eaten popsicles and injured their mouths, etc. It was a whole world of reality, just beneath the dream.

My supposition here is that sick and injured people distract from the Disney "everything is perfect, everyone is happy" attitude, so they hide all this stuff out of sight of other parkgoers. I feel sort of lucky I got to see it, though. And reading Slowwave definitely gave me a laugh. There really are hidden things in Disneyland! I'm not sure if there is a Disney jail for criminal parkgoers until police arrive, but it wouldn't surprise me. I've heard malls sometimes have security areas where they can detain people.

Anyway, Disney clinic was very friendly, and I was offered a ticket to return to Disneyland at a later time for a discount or free, I can't remember. I gave it to a friend.
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There is a new device being tested in Japan which allows you to order aromatherapy over the internet. The geek in me really wants this thing. Apparently you can request aromas for certain moods and the machine mixes chemicals accordingly, or you can enter your birthdate and get a sort of horoscope smell.

What I really want though is this machine mixed with a Star Trek replicator. You could say something like "depressive and lonely" and it would throw some hot homebaked peach pie and a bacon burger at you.

Or you could say "I hate my job." and get a lime popsicle.

The possibilities are endless.

So step right up folks, and post your mood. I'll have the replicator give you something appropriate. Be forwarned, lots going on, might take me a few days if things get weird.

"I'm scared." *pushes button*

Red licorice vines? Hmm. Trying to decide if that works.
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Good news, CO2 levels pass the must-go-to-ER test for now, which I honestly didn't expect after being ketotic for about 10 days. Most I ever got by with before was 3 days. Please keeping sending those good vibes my way. I'm going to go back into the clinic tomorrow for a followup and probably an IV. If I'd known you could get an IV at a clinic, I wouldn't have been to Emergency last time I had the DKA.

So...hmm. I'm considering signing up for an online cgi class but I felt like if I did it was tempting fate somehow. Still trying to decide.
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Lately I've been trying and failing to concentrate on reading. Some of the books I've failed to grasp include:
Post Captain by Patrick O'Brian, which is the second book in the Jack Aubrey series. You may have seen the movie "Master and Commander" based on these characters. The books, judging by the first one, are a bit more complex, but I did enjoy the film a great deal, especially the naval battles and the way they were filmed. One interesting thing about book vs. film. Aubrey is, to say the least, not terribly bright in the books. He makes awful jokes, shows his lack of education at every opportunity, and is just as smug as the film version. Somehow you like him anyway. Maturin, the ship's doctor, has a big secret in the series which was too complicated for the movie. I won't spoil it for you. He's even nerdier in the books, more along the lines of Data or Spock than he came across in the movie.

Half Magic by Edward Eager. I read this one as a kid, and thought I remembered it. I was tremendously wrong, which is unsettling. As a preteen I was obsessed with anything by this author. As an adult, I am noticing things I totally missed, including references to Edith Nesbitt, and a fair amount of political incorrectness, including a notably stereotyped "dirty Arab" type who plans to kidnap the children and steal their magic coin which makes wishes come half true. So far it's only half magical, which makes me sad. Sense of humor changes when you get old. I'm hoping I will remember what I saw in it back then. The talking cat is cute anyway.

Signing off for the night, feeling exhausted. Malo, if you see this, I will write you tomorrow. Ishi, I'm sorry not to call you back tonight. I'll try to tomorrow night.
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Today in 1980, Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon, who later died before reaching the hospital. I am a big fan of John Lennon's words, music and sense of humor, so today I'm going to appreciate him for a minute. I wonder what he would have done with the internet, especially in terms of political protest and peace issues.

I'm sitting here right now, waiting to call a hospital for my bloodtest results. In about half an hour I find out if I must go into the ER or not. I'm hoping to avoid that.

At risk of offending some of you, I feel like all the prayers and thoughts people have been sending me have helped. I don't know what will happen to me physically, but mentally I feel much calmer. It's a really odd thing, you can sometimes feel when people are praying for you. I remember a hostage said that once on TV after his release and I always wondered what it would feel like.

If you have been thinking about trying it, Google is your friend. I'd point you to a couple sites, but since people of many different beliefs might happen by here, it's easier if you find a site appropriate to you.

Going to write a letter to someone while I am waiting.
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