February 2005

Captain 11. “Wave one hand. Wave both hands. Wave both hands and one foot. Wave both hands and both feet!” Dave Dedrick, Captain 11, was the first voice heard on television in South Dakota, in 1953. He worked as a news announcer, weatherman, and host of a children’s show, “Captain 11!” You can’t hear the …

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Bittersweet. Here is the story of my boss’s adoption trip to the Ukraine. He and his wife adopted two children, a boy and a girl, two years ago, and decided to return for two of the girl’s friends this year. They left just after the recent re-election in Ukraine. They’re returning with one of the …

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The Five Irregular Men. My cousin Heather taught me this song. Her parents gave her THE LOOK and said it was INAPPROPRIATE. CHORUS: * There were five, five constipated men in the Bible, in the Bible.There were five, five constipated men In the holy books of Moses. Oh, the first, first constipated man Was Cain, …

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Victory! I have completed Ulysses, by James Joyce. Dude. Plot: A day in the life of Leopold Bloom, in such detail as to make you realize — with as many things that he must have done, said, or thought, or things that affected his actions, thoughts, or words, in addition to the material included in …

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Da Law. I happened to look up Murphy’s Law the other day. Interesting stuff. Here’s the origin of Murphy’s Laws: [Murphy’s Law] was named after Capt. Edward A. Murphy, an engineer working on Air Force Project MX981, designed to see how much sudden deceleration a person can stand in a crash. This website has a …

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Black History Month February is Black History Month. At work this month, we’ve been getting daily emails about great black inventors: Those Who Dared Friday, February 11 Lonnie Johnson – Mechanical and Nuclear Engineer Company Profile: “We at Johnson Research & Development Company, Inc. (Johnson Research)specialize in the proprietary development of high technology environmentaland energy …

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Cute. Ray got a bobbed haircut* yesterday. You know the way she flings her head from side to side all the time? Now it’s flippy. …And last weekend we went to the ARC and stocked up on dresses. …And we got a little plastic tiara with clippy earrings. That’s my daughter, I think. *Think little …

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Chess. Postcard Chess. This is a free chess website that allows you to email chess moves back and forth. I’ve been playing with a few people and can attest that it works very well — even a space to type comments and kibitz.