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Sunday, May 30, 2004

A Quick Note

I am back from Galveston. I did indeed end up in the emergency room with kidney stones the night before Christine and Mike's wedding. I still feel really shitty, so I am off to go to bed. The wedding was lovely and I promise to post more later. Just wanted to let everyone know that I'm still alive and kicking.

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Monday, May 24, 2004

Alias Season Finale

I just saw that my TiVo didn't record Alias yesterday because the video signal wasn't available (whatever the hell that means). Does anyone happen to have it on tape or on their TiVo that might be able to send me a copy of it? I'd happily pay for postage and the tape.

Update: Emily's got it on her TiVo and has come to my rescue. Yeah!

.: 66 words at 07:06 PM in I'm Looking For.... :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (19) :.

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Saturday, May 22, 2004

Genie in a Bottle

Just in case I happen upon a bottle in the sand while in Galveston next week for Christine and Mike's wedding and a genie pops out to grant my three wishes, I decided to go ahead and have them ready. They are as follows:

  • The ability to control my fertility and weight (technically this should probably be two wishes, but since this is my fantasy, it counts as one)
  • Enough money so that the only job I ever have to have is professional poker player and so, if I don't win very much, I don't have to worry about it
  • A man with the following qualities: tall (6'1" would be ideal), good looking, smart, interesting, and kind

Now all I have to do is find that damn bottle and I'm set.

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Friday, May 21, 2004

Survivor Strategy

As you can tell from my Netflix history, I've been watching the first season of Survivor. When the show first started I thought it was a really stupid idea and spurned watching it until about two years ago when they split the tribes into male and female. Feminist that I am, I couldn't resist watching it to see how it was going to play out. Now I'm totally hooked on the show and love it, especially the All-Star season that just finished up.

After watching the game for a few years (especially after how Machiavellian this season was) it's amazing to me that people went in and never organized alliances with the exception of a few players. Several players even refused to get in on alliances, something that would pretty much guarantee you a loss if you tried it now. One of the guys is voting for people alphabetically, not even trying to eliminate anyone. It's amazing how different the game became, and from what I understand, just after this first season. Should be interesting to see the evolution when the rest of the seasons come out on DVD.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Burn It FYI

Just an FYI, but music overlapping on Burn It CDs isn't a big deal. Make your CD the way you want it and if there's overlap, that's fine. The whole point of Burn It (for me anyway) is to make a CD that I enjoy and share it with others. If it's stuff that people have heard before or already have, that's just the way the cookie crumbles. :-)

.: 69 words at 08:47 PM in Burn It :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (3) :.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Netflix Suite for MT

I finally caved in and joined Netflix (in case you've been living under a rock and don't know about them, they let you have up to three movies out at a time for $19.99 a month and you can rent as many as you want). I'm currently out of work, so I've already watched four movies since I joined last week.

Of course, since I'm also a geek, I had to install the Netflix Suite for MT which allows you to show what movies you currently have out, which ones you've seen, and which ones are in your queue. If you're interested, you can check out my Netflix viewing habits here.

Oscar, the creator of the Netflix Suite, is also going to be working on adding functionality to let you see what I rated a movie so you can see what I thought of it.

So, anyone have any movies - new or old - that are must sees that I need to add to my list?

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Monday, May 17, 2004

Burn It - The Spring 2004 Edition Playlist

Thanks to Acoustica MP3 CD Burner, I was able to do cross-fading on my Burn It - The Spring 2004 Edition Playlist and get it to fit onto one CD.

This CD really ran the gamut. It starts out with Tori doing Bruce Springsteen's I'm on Fire accompanied only with her piano and ends up with Less Than Jake doing a punk cover of I Think I Love You. I'm really happy with how it turned out.

01 Tori Amos - I'm on Fire (03:06)
02 Gary Jules - Mad World (03:07)
03 Sting - Ne Me Quitte Pas (03:33)
04 Don Henley - Come Rain or Come Shine (03:40)
05 Norah Jones - Cold Cold Heart (03:38)
06 Aaron Neville - Crazy Love (04:30)
07 Rod Stewart - That Old Feeling (02:55)
08 Karl Zero - (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons (02:23)
09 George Michael - Desafinado (03:20)
10 Dalaras Giorgos & Sting - Trelos Gia Sena (Mad About You) (03:42)
11 Gypsy Kings - Hotel California (05:47)
12 The Mavericks - Here Comes My Baby (03:09)
13 Big Mountain - Baby, I Love Your Way (04:24)
14 Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind (03:53)
15 Erasure - Take a Chance On Me (03:45)
16 Tom Jones & The Cardigans - Burning Down the House (03:37)
17 Sugar Ray - Abracadabra (03:42)
18 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Love Rollercoaster (04:34)
19 Reel Big Fish - Take On Me (03:02)
20 Limp Bizkit - Faith (02:26)
21 Bowling For Soup - Summer of '69 (03:05)
22 The Goops - Build Me Up Buttercup (02:39)
23 Less Than Jake - I Think I Love You (02:03)

.: 281 words at 03:54 PM in Burn It :: Link :: Pings (4) :: All the Voices Say... (10) :.

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Sunday, May 16, 2004

Sickly Sunday

I went to bed last night with my throat kind of bothering and woke up with a fever and a throat so sore I can barely swallow (keep your perveted thoughts to yourself!). I've slept most of the day and I feel a little better, but damn!, does my throat hurt. I haven't eaten all day and I'm starving, but I'm not sure that I could actually swallow any food. Damn summer colds.

.: 73 words at 09:04 PM in Fish Tales :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (4) :.

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Saturday, May 15, 2004

Apple of My Eye

Gwyneth Paltrow has named her new baby daughter Apple. All I can say is poor thing. Seriously, who names their daughter after a piece of fruit?

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Friday, May 14, 2004

Strengthen the Good

In response to the beheading of Nick Berg, The Command Post decided to do something positive. That something is helping Susan Tom, the mother of 13 children - 11 of them adopted, most of whom have handicaps or disease - go to college. There is currently a fundraising drive to accomplish this goal.

They've already reached their goal of $10,000, but the more the better. Donations are being accepted until midnight tonight, so if you have even a dollar to spare, why not go and help these children go to college?

.: 92 words at 09:06 AM in Participation :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (1) :.

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Get Thee To a Nunnery

For the last three days, that quote from Hamlet has been running through my head. Why?, you may ask. Well, let me tell you.

As you might remember, back in late September I was diagnosed with pneumonia and a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in my lungs). I spent eight days in the hospital and probably came pretty close to dying. I was placed on an oral blood thinner that I had to take for a few months to prevent another clot from forming.

A few weeks ago I went to my GP and spoke to him about getting back on birth control pills (I've been off them since I got out of the hospital). He told me that I can't get on them - ever again. I completely freaked out since, in my opinion, sex cannot be safe enough. I immediately made an appointment with my OB-GYN and this Wednesday I went in to talk to her about other birth control options.

Her news was even grimmer. In addition to not being able to take anything with hormones (the patch, the pill, etc.), I can't be fitted for an IUD since I haven't had a child and she said my uterine cavity will be too small. In all honesty, that was what I was really hoping for so to have that option taken away completely dashed my hopes. She told me my only real options are condoms and foam and if I wanted, I could be fitted with for a diaphragm. She also suggested that I date men who've had vasectomies.

I don't know if I ever want children, so this is a huge problem for me. Considering that I'm going to be having sex for at least a couple more decades (I am only twenty-nine, after all) I feel really devestated. I'm neurotic (like the domain name suggests) and I know once I start having regular sex again, I'm going to constantly be worried that I'm pregnant. Condoms are only something like 45% to 65% effective (according to my doctor) and that's just not near good enough. Hell, when I was on the pill (which is like 97% effective), I still made Steven use condoms and I was still worried about getting pregnant.

I just can't believe that I have almost no options. I could always go into Planned Parenthood, not tell them about my pulmonary embolism, and get back on the pill, but I'm not sure that it would be worth it. Like my doctor said, twenty-nine is too young to die. I really do feel like swearing off sex forever right now. This sucks big time.

.: 441 words at 07:44 AM in Fish Tales :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (14) :.

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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Burn It - The Spring 2004 Edition Group Information

I just sent out the group information for Burn It - The Spring 2004 Edition. If you signed up and didn't get your information e-mail me right away. Now get burning (and mailing!) those CDs!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Extra Time

I've finally finished my track list for this edition of Burn It. According to WinAmp, it's at 79 minutes and 58 seconds - enough to fit onto a CD. However, both Windows Media Player and MP3 CD Converter tells me that there's more time than that (WMP is over by 9 seconds and since MP3 CD Converter adds an extra second between songs, it's over by 23 seconds).

Does anyone know of a converter that lets them burn CDs without the extra time? I could swap a song out for another, but now it's a matter of principle. It will fit on the damn disc.

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Build Me Up Buttercup

Does anyone happen to have the soundtrack to Mallrats? If so, could you e-mail me? I've got a favor to ask of you.

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Monday, May 10, 2004

Burn It - The Spring 2004 Edition Final Reminder

Just a reminder, but today is the last day to sign up for Burn It - The Spring 2004 Edition CD swap (and I really mean it this time). Come join the fun. We've got almost fifty people signed up already.

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Friday, May 7, 2004

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Tiara Countdown

It's now a mere four hours and twenty minutes until Tiara Happy Hour. I love THH and with this one being a special bachelorette pary edition for Christine, I have a feeling it's going to be even more fun. Christine and I are going to go down a little early and meet Pat for a bite to eat before hand. I'm almost giddy with excitement, I tell you! It's almost Tiara time!

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Balancing Act

Want to see something funny? Then go watch someone that Robin knows ride a unicycle. Quite amusing.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Let's Make Contact

My new least favorite types of people are the ones that see by my Yahoo! personal ad that I'm online and just randomly message me to start up a conversation. Nine times out of ten it's people I'm not interested and, to be honest, I'm not looking for new chat friends so I find it annoying to get an IM out of no where. Damn Yahoo! for showing our online status on our ad and not having an option to turn it off.

Oh, and people who don't put pictures up with their ads. What's up with that?

.: 98 words at 11:16 PM in Fish Tales :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (4) :.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Burn It - The Spring 2004 Edition Extention

I've had several people ask to join Burn It - The Spring 2004 Edition even though the sign-ups have ended. I've decided to go ahead and extend them through Monday, May 10th, so if you wanted to join, now's the time to do it. FYI - the date to mail the CDs out (Monday, May 31st) is the same.

.: 59 words at 05:16 PM in Burn It :: Link :: Pings (2) :: All the Voices Say... (1) :.

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Monday, May 3, 2004

Text Ads For Dollars

It's been a while since I mentioned this, but I thought I'd go ahead and see if there's any new interested parties.

If you look down near the credits that are on every skin, you'll notice text links (only two of them are for this) under the heading "Sponsored Ads." A little birdie had told me about this program, so I took a shot and signed up. Let me tell you, selling out was well worth it. I put those links on my pages and I've already been sent money via PayPal - an extremely fair amount in my opinion. You don't even have to have a certain number of clicks - just list the links.

Interested? Want to be a sell out too? Either send me an e-mail (change the AT to @) or leave a comment here and I'll pass your name on to the appropriate party.

.: 149 words at 11:35 PM in Participation :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (14) :.

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Burn It - The Spring 2004 Edition Reminder

Just a reminder, but today is the last day to sign up for Burn It - The Spring 2004 Edition. Go read the rules and sign up!

.: 28 words at 07:07 PM in Burn It :: Link :: Pings (0) :: All the Voices Say... (1) :.

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Happy Birthday, Eve!

Today is Eve's birthday. Happy birthday, sweetie! Hope it's an excellent one!

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Sunday, May 2, 2004

Tivo Modem Problems

We had a really big storm here in Houston Sunday morning and it appears that the modem in my TiVo has been blown yet again (this happened about two and a half years ago and when I left Steven's house, I forgot to get my surge protector. Oops!).

Does anyone know if it's easy to replace the modem if you're tech-savvy? My brother's roommate is pretty good at stuff like that, but since the modem's on the motherboard (at least I believe it is), I don't want to have him mucking about in there if it's something that's pretty difficult to do.

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