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Monthly Archive for August, 2009

Malware Sites are Scary

For folks running on Windows, it can be difficult to tell what is real and what is bogus. The following web page was loaded on Firefox on Mac OS X, pop-up dialog boxes with animated status bars and all. Though I wasn’t impacted at all, you can see why less saavy computer users can be […]

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One of my goals in life was to learn how to ride a motorcycle. I didn’t have any grand aspirations. No dream bike. No planned trips. No delusions of winning races. I just wanted to learn how to ride. I thought it’d be a neat skill to have. Maryland sponsors several Motorcycle Safety Programs available […]

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I found Tom Clancy’s Battle Ready to be an interesting portrait of USMC General Tony Zinni (now retired) and how he progressed in his career through some rather tumultuous engagements. A lot of the book is set in Zinni’s own words, with minimal narration and filling in by Clancy. This is a good thing, since […]

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

An unexpected gem, as seen on TV. The opening credits of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang grabbed me right away, drawing me in knowing absolutely nothing about it. Really well done. As are the main character’s monologues directed towards the audience. As are the titles interspersed throughout the film. I found it a quirky and clever […]

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A Few Words About Writing

Asha Bandele is a wise lady. “Writing requires us to take the world on more slowly, to notice its harshness as well as its richness.” And also. “Writing reduces the chaos in my mind [and] makes me feel in control of myself and therefore appreciative of the world.” Well put.

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Mission with the Cool Kids

Yesterday after work was a blur of activity, all across Anne Arundel County. Met up with some of the cool kids to hang out, before they headed back to school next week. Slacklined on the shore of the Magothy River Enjoyed double dogs and shakes at Ann’s Dari Creme Failed to find a good movie […]

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Physical Changes and New Hopes

About two months ago, I started swimming. It had been a long time since I’d been in a pool. Weekends spent floating around or playing volleyball in a backyard pool are one thing, but swimming laps according to a set training regimen is a different matter altogether. Once you learn how to swim and are […]

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I caught a few minutes of My Life on the D List last week, where Kathy Griffin was talking to Bette Midler. It was one of those moments where you find yourself spellbound in front of the television, knowing full well it isn’t something you’d ever think of watching. After an absurdly fancy dinner at […]

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Support a Local Butcher

When you’re cooking meat, sometimes the grocery store or wholesale club just won’t do. Enter the butcher shop. You get exactly what you want and nothing more, portioned and wrapped in brown paper right in front of you. No plastic wrap in sight, there’s something humble and salt-of-the-earthy about buying meat at a butcher shop. […]

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Juror #18

I was summoned to serve jury duty as a petit juror for the Circuit Court in Anne Arundel County. Starting last Tuesday, I was on call. Out of 1,569 prospective jurors, I was number 1,531. When I called on Monday evening I learned that I wasn’t to come in until Thursday morning. Per the recommendation […]

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Bittersweet Farewell

On Wednesday afternoon I sold my emerald green Saturn SL2 to a coworker. After a quick stop at the bank, we went to the MVA together. I signed the title over to him on the trunk lid. As soon as he got his new tags, I turned mine in. My last ride in Tai was […]

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Confidential Email

There is no such thing as confidential email. Or privileged. Or anything of the sort, despite the sentences or paragraphs that appear below many professionals’ signature blocks. Google Apps has been in the news — and by news I mean Slashdot — lately. Apparently there are people concerned that law offices and medical practitioners are […]

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Tubing Down the Potomac

Who would have thought that floating down the Potomac River would be so enjoyable? I remember floating around the water park at Wild World (then Adventure World, then Six Flags) a long time ago. This is pretty much the same, except the adult version. As the guide explained to our bus, “there’s no open containers […]

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Summer 2009 Reading List

I ran out of books. I found myself rereading a paperback that I’ve had for a decade. So on Saturday afternoon I went out with a few friends and picked out some new books to read. It’s a sizable but eclectic list: fiction, nonfiction, humor, mystery, etc. I probably won’t have all of them read […]

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The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner glossed over the immigration issues and the bulk of the extrication issues, themes that were prevalent in the book. It also glossed over the suicide attempt, which I thought was important to the story. If I had to guess, I’d say were chopped for time. I would hate to be an editor […]

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