Thursday, 31 Mar 2005 | Internet

Another reference on the internet I like to use is Wikipedia. It's an online free-content encyclopedia that has a wealth of information you'd find in most encyclopedias and more. What makes it unique is the fact that any user can update and correct content. That tends to make it up-to-date in its content and diversified in its point of view.


Get Ready to Spring Forward!

Thursday, 31 Mar 2005 | Daily

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 am on Sunday, April 3rd this year. Yes, that is this Sunday. So please remember to set all your clocks FORWARD one hour this Saturday night. I found out that the official terminology is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time as noted in this very handy reference on the subject.

There's so many items that have clocks in them that this can be quite a chore. It seems almost everything has a digital clock built into it these days.

Note to Self: Remember to update the time in your digital camera since you forgot to do that last time change and all of your imprinted times were wrong for a while! ;)


Tuesday, 29 Mar 2005 | Internet

More and more, I find myself going to when I want to learn more about a topic I don't understand. It's a really cool site that gathers information from numerous sources. It's kind of like a search engine, but instead of returning web links, it returns definitions, biographies and information. Try it the next time you come across a person, place or thing you don't know about. I think you'll find it very informative and useful! ;)


Snapple "Real Facts"

Tuesday, 29 Mar 2005 | Family, Trivia

Toni loves to drink Snapple Peach Iced Tea. For a long time now, we have enjoyed the "Real Facts" printed on the inside of each cap. These are little trivia tidbits that are interesting and thought provoking, but not of great consequence. I thought it would be fun to share these bits of trivia. I'll be adding to the list periodically, so come back to see new trivia from time to time.

A goldfish's attention span is three seconds.
Animals that lay eggs don't have belly buttons.
Beavers can hold their breath for 45 minutes.
Slugs have 4 noses.
A camel has 3 eyelids.
All porcupines float in water.
A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
The average human eats 8 spiders in his/her lifetime while sleeping.
A one-day weather forecast requires about 10 billion mathematical calculations.
About 18% of animal owners share their beds with their pets.
The average American walks 18,000 steps a day.
Smelling bananas and/or apples can help you lose weight.
At birth, a Dalmatian is always pure white.
The oldest known animal was a tortoise, which lived to be 152 years old.
Bamboo makes up 99% of a panda's diet.
The only continent without native reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.
A duck can't walk without bobbing its head.
Pigeons have been trained by the U.S. Coast Guard to spot people lost at sea.
A hummingbird's heart beats 1,400 times a minute.
Dragonflies have six legs but cannot walk.
Mosquitos have 47 teeth.
A crocodile cannot move its tongue.
Honeybees navigate by using the sun as a compass.
A single coffee tree produces only about a pound of coffee beans per year.
Holland is the only country with a national dog.
Hawaii is the only U.S. state never to report a temperature of zero degrees F or below.
Panama is the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic.
The tallest man was 8 ft. 11 in.
Theodore Roosevelt was the only president who was blind in one eye.
The first sport to be filmed was boxing in 1894.
In 1985, the fastest bicyclist was clocked at 154 mph.
The speed limit in NYC was 8 mph in 1895.
Americans spend more than $630 million a year on golf balls.
Swimming pools in the U.S. contain enough water to cover San Francisco.
The first MTV video was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles.
The first TV show ever to be put into reruns was "The Lone Ranger."
The first TV network kids show in the U.S. was "Captain Kangaroo."
The temp. of the sun can reach 15 million degrees F.
The first vacuum was so large, it was brought to a house by horses.
Before mercury, brandy was used to fill thermometers.
You have to play ping-pong for 12 hours to lose one pound.
One brow wrinkle is the result of 200,000 frowns.
Chinese is the most spoken language in the world.
The first bike was called a hobbyhorse.
The first sailing boats were built in Egypt.
The first ballpoint pens were sold in 1945 for $12.00.
The first VCR was made in 1956 and was the size of a piano.
A rainbow can only be seen in the morning or late afternoon.
The Capitol Building in Washington, DC has 365 steps to represent every day of the year.
Antarctica is the driest, coldest, windiest and highest continent on earth.
Caterpillars have over 2,000 muscles.
The number of times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds, plus 37, will give you the current air temperature.
The "silk" of a spider is stronger than steel threads of the same diameter.
Underwater hockey is played with a 3-pound puck.
Manhattan is the only borough in New York City that doesn't have a Main Street.
Grizzly bears run as fast as the average horse.
Bamboo can grow over three feet per day.
Hippos can open their mouth 180 degrees.
About 80 women go into labor on NYC subways every year.
Bald eagles can swim using a stroke similar to the butterfly stroke.
The T-rex's closest living relative is the chicken.
Chameleons can move both their eyes in different directions at the same time.
The smallest mammal in the world is the bumblebee bat, which weighs less than a penny.
Greyhounds can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour.
A twit is the technical term for a pregnant goldfish.
The state of Tennessee was originally called Franklin.
The Statue of Liberty wears a size 879 sandal.
Sound travels quicker in water than in air.
About 85% of the world's population is right-handed.
Cows do not have upper front teeth.
During the Boston Tea Party, 342 chests of tea were thrown into the harbor.
The most common name for a pet goldfish is 'Jaws.'
Candles will burn longer and drip less if they are placed in the freezer a few hours before using.
Over 50 percent of your body heat is lost through your neck and head.
Dieting by not eating will actually make your body start conserving calories as fat.
Rinsing bacon under cold water before frying can reduce the amount it shrinks by almost 50%.
Wipe the leaves of your plants with the soft inside of a banana skin to bring up the shine and remove dust.


Taffy Makes a Break for It

Tuesday, 29 Mar 2005 | Pets

This morning, when I was going out to the car, Taffy saw an opportunity to slip out the partially opened front door of the house. Toni was preparing to wave goodbye to me peeking out the door as she often does when I leave for work. Taffy tore out of the house before Toni knew what hit her and jumped in through the open passenger side door. I guess she figured I would take her along if she jumped in because it would be just too arduous to remove her from the vehicle. But to her dismay, I had to take her out and give her to Toni. I always feel so bad to leave her because she loves human companionship.

Toni said she whined for a bit after I left, but recovered nicely upon noticing and seizing her little stuffed duck toy. I'm sorry for leaving Taffy. I'll be home as quickly as humanly possible.


First Mouseover Photograph

Tuesday, 29 Mar 2005 | Photoblog, Photography

Today marks the first time I've added a photoblog photograph which changes when you move your mouse pointer over it. When the cursor is off the picture, it's black & white. When you move it on the picture it changes to color. I wanted to try this because sometimes I like the look of black & white better for an image and sometimes I like the color version better. Then there's times like with today's hat picture that I can't decide. I created a Mouseover category for images that change like this in my photoblog.

So, take a look. Then let me know which you like the best. I'm curious to know your opinion! :)


I Forgot My Mobile Phone

Monday, 28 Mar 2005 | Daily, Rants

I forgot my mobile phone at home this morning. It was in the laundry room and I didn't check my photo bag for it. It's always uneasy for me when I don't have my phone with me. I am so used to being able to call Toni on the way home and be accessible when people need to reach me. I also forgot my black leather jacket at my dad's house yesterday. Toni is picking it up for me on her way home. Note to self: Don't forget to NOT forget tomorrow. Sheesh!


Mom's Favorite at Lotza Mozza

Monday, 28 Mar 2005 | Food, Friends, Restaurants


I went to Lotza Mozza with Glenn for lunch today. I ordered the Mom's Favorite Pizza. It's a personal pizza with mozzarella cheese, fresh tomato, artichoke, red onion and garlic. It's very good. I really love the tangy flavor of the artichokes. :)

Lotza Mozza
119 South Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-5571



Saturday, 26 Mar 2005 | Word of the Day

que·nelle n.

: a ball or oval of forcemeat mixture cooked in boiling water or stock and served as a garnish or as a separate dish


Taffy's 41 Week Photo

Saturday, 26 Mar 2005 | Pets


Taffy looks down at Sheba from the top of the stairs enabling me to capture a profile shot.


Enhanced Photoblog Navigation

Friday, 25 Mar 2005 | Photoblog

I just added the ability to browse photographs by Category as well as Monthly and Daily in my Photoblog. Previously, you could only look at them one at a time using Next and Previous. Hopefully these additions will make for a more pleasing browsing experience. :)


Polka Dot Chocolate Praline Egg

Friday, 25 Mar 2005 | Friends


Cindy, a friend at work, surprised me with a delightful Harry and David Polka Dot Chocolate Praline Egg today. It's a real hollowed out egg that's hand painted and filled with milk chocolate and hazelnut praline goodness from Germany.

It's so beautiful I don't want to break and eat it. Well, I'm sure my defenses will weaken and I'll end up sharing it with Toni and Erin later, so I thought I should capture it as an image to admire in the future.

Thanks for the thoughtful gift, Cindy! :)


Beautiful Easter Eggs for Mac OS X

Wednesday, 23 Mar 2005 | Computers


A wonderful set of Mac OS X only Easter Egg Icons is available for download just in time for Easter. There are twelve dozen bright and cheery eggs in the collection. :)


Firefox 1.0.2 Now Available

Wednesday, 23 Mar 2005 | Internet


Mozilla Firefox 1.0.2 is available for download. It is a security and stability update for their popular browser available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems. Mozilla recommends all users upgrade to the latest version.


The Dreaded 17th at TPC Sawgrass

Wednesday, 23 Mar 2005 | Sports


The Par 3, 17th Hole of the Pete Dye designed Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida is one of PGA golf's most dreaded, filmed and beautiful holes.

It's only 143 yards, but it can be deadly. The famous hole sports an island green with plenty of water all around. The players have a hard time getting No. 17 off their minds during tournament play. You can't relax even with a several stroke lead until you've finished 17 high and dry. Although pros require only a pitching wedge or 9-iron off the tee, Tiger Woods says he's used as much as a 5-iron when the winds whip up. An average of 150,000 golf balls are removed annually from the water surrounding the 17th green.

Pete Dye made the hole quite by accident when encouraged by his wife to create an island green after too much dirt was excavated for other holes. One thing is for sure. This is a TV hole. This weekend NBC will cover the hole with up to 14 cameras including one that can travel as fast as 60 mi/hr traveling on a wire from the tee to the green.

You'll get a chance to see the famous hole this weekend if you tune in for the The Players Championship running from March 21-27, 2005.


American Idol Recount

Wednesday, 23 Mar 2005 | Entertainment, Music, Television

American Idol, for the first time will be calling for a recount.

American Idol will air a 1 hour show tonight with new programming and recaps of last night's performances. Viewers will be allowed to recast their votes for two hours after the show. The contestant with the lowest number of votes will go home after Thursday's show.

After incorrect phone numbers were displayed during the recap last night, the show's producers have decided to throw out all votes cast last night. The numbers which spell out IDOLS were all correct. However, the phone numbers in all numerals were NOT correct resulting in votes for Mikalah Gordon, Anwar Robinson and Jessica Sierra being cast in error for Anthony Fedorov, Carrie Underwood and Scott Savol by viewers.


You Know What I'm Sayin'?

Tuesday, 22 Mar 2005 | Daily

I posted a few days ago about how I keep ending sentences with the phrase, "Know What I Mean". Well, after further introspection and observation I have concluded that I more often say, "You Know What I'm Sayin'?" I have been known to say both, but the latter is more often heard rolling off my lips. I seem to have a burning desire to make sure I'm understood when conversing.

You know what I'm sayin'? LOL


Yahoo Buys Flickr

Tuesday, 22 Mar 2005 | Internet, Photography

Apparently Yahoo has bought Flickr according to a recent entry at the Flickr Blog. Flickr is currently in beta, but it's still very solid and robust. I'm expecting even more great things now that Yahoo will have a vested interest in this very popular photo sharing meme.


Disneyland Closed on May 4th

Tuesday, 22 Mar 2005 | Disneyland

According to the Official Disneyland website, Disneyland will be closed on May 4th, 2005 in order to perform last minutes touches for its 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Starting May 5, 2005, the Disneyland® Resort will mark the once-in-a-lifetime milestone of Disneyland® park's 50th Anniversary, a golden celebration so big it is taking place at Disney theme parks around the world. In final preparation for this unprecedented event, Disneyland® park will be closed to the public on Wednesday, May 4, 2005. Disney's California Adventure™ park will remain open. Applicable Annual Passport blockout dates will apply.


Taffy's 40 Week Photo

Friday, 18 Mar 2005 | Pets


This is an angle I haven't captured of Taffy before. I like to capture her with the camera at a low angle to create a pleasing background. On this shot, I held the camera below waist level in my right hand and the flash at the same level off to the left. I aimed the camera using the red focus assist lights as a guide, not looking through the viewfinder. I try to practice that kind of shot once in a while as it comes in handy at times. She sure looks cute no matter the pose! :)


Busy Weekend

Friday, 18 Mar 2005 | Family

As you can see from my sidebar calendar, we have quite a busy weekend in store for us. I'm picking up Erin late tonight because she's helping her aunt with a new business opening. So, Toni and my dad are meeting for Chinese food on the way home since we have to wait for Erin. Toni and Erin are going to see 42nd Street with Toni's friend Susan on Saturday afternoon. Then we all are meeting for pizza to celebrate my niece Danielle's and brother-in-law Danny's birthdays. Then on Sunday it's off to a bowling party for my nephew Antonio. Phew! I'm getting tired just blogging about it.


Headless Thingy Evangelist

Friday, 18 Mar 2005 | Friends, Humor

It seems that Lori is now the Headless Thingy Evangelist seeing as how she has convinced her daughter Melissa and friend Char to purchase them. Lori will not stop until every man, woman and child has a headless thingy. This could turn into an epidemic if she's not careful! LOL


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, 17 Mar 2005 | Family


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Toni made me a shimmering shamrock to wear. She created it by cutting a piece of felt in the shape of a shamrock and then covered the surface with glitter paint. I really enjoy how Toni gets into each holiday. Enthusiasm is one of her traits I love. I think it came out very nice indeed. :)

Oh, speaking of shamrocks, I need to go get minty green Shamrock Shakes from McDonald's tonight before they're gone. Since Toni and Erin like them so much, we make it a point to get a few while they're available. They came home one evening a couple of weeks ago all excited announcing with glee how Shamrock Shakes were available.

Ah, life's simple pleasures.


Headless Thingy

Thursday, 17 Mar 2005 | Friends, Humor

My friend Lori calls her mobile phone HANDS-FREE device a headless thingy. Every time she calls it that I have to laugh. She says she loves hers and wouldn't want to be without it. It's especially handy when you're driving since your attention isn't diverted to the phone. She says I should get one too, but a headless thingy sounds kind of scary to me! LOL


Know What I Mean?

Wednesday, 16 Mar 2005 | Daily

I have developed an annoying (to me) habit of saying, "Know what I mean?" after almost everything I say. Know what I mean?

I do this especially around Toni. I think it started as a way to confirm that she understood what I was trying to convey. You know, to improve communication, which is a good thing in a marriage. But now, I seem to say it all the time. The most disconcerting thing is I don't even intend to say it most of the time, but it just comes out anyway.

So, I warn you. Please don't start saying this phrase after you explain something or you just might get stuck uttering it uncontrollably as I do! LOL


Anaheim Angels Tickets on eBay

Wednesday, 16 Mar 2005 | Sports

I listed tickets for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on eBay last night. My dad got season tickets this year for the first time. He has 8 season tickets in View Section 515, Row J that are all together.


I listed eBay auctions for the April 1st Exhibition Game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and the April 6th and 7th season games against the Texas Rangers so far. Check back for more tickets later.


The view from his seats are not bad at all. You can clearly see the infield action from the third base side.


Join the Disneyland Group at Flickr!

Monday, 14 Mar 2005 | Disneyland

I started a Disneyland Group at Flickr for people to post images and talk about The Happiest Place on Earth since I love Disneyland so much. Come and post your best Disneyland Resort photographs. And if there's a Disneyland topic or question on your mind, start a discussion.

I've posted a few Disneyland photos to start things off. I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to show too. It's a public group, so any Disneyland fan who is a member of Flickr can join. If you're not a current Flickr member, you can eaily set up a free account. :)


Dad Takes a Fall

Sunday, 13 Mar 2005 | Family

Yesterday, after having lunch, my dad took a fall in the parking lot of the Farmer Boys restaurant in Rubidoux. He was taken to Riverside Community Hospital by ambulance and admitted to the Emergency Room.

Fortunately, he wasn't injured badly. He did have multiple scrapes and bleeding on the right side of his face, which made him look like he went a few rounds in the ring with George Foreman. I was so happy to hear there were a couple of nice ladies that helped him stop the bleeding at the restaurant.

Toni and I took him home from the hospital yesterday. He is recuperating well, but obviously a bit sore from the incident.


Taffy's 39 Week Photo

Saturday, 12 Mar 2005 | Pets


I was taking Senior Pictures for my nephew Bobby today, so I decided to have him pose with Taffy for her picture of the week.



Thursday, 10 Mar 2005 | Word of the Day

gen·tri·fi·ca·tion n.

: the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas (as urban neighborhoods) that often results in the displacement of earlier usually poorer residents


iPod Eclectic Mix

Thursday, 10 Mar 2005 | Macintosh, Music

One of the coolest things about the iPod is the ability to load a bunch of songs on it and then shuffle the entire library to keep things fresh. On my commute to work this morning, I listened to an interestingly eclectic mix.

My iPod selected songs for me from the following mix of artists:

Dwight Yoakam, Amy Grant, Linda Ronstadt, Led Zeppelin, The B-52's, Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates, the Carpenters, Electric Light Orchestra, America and the Beatles.

Do you like to play your iPod in shuffle mode? What eclectic mix of artists have you listened to lately?


My Little Vending Machine Fiasco

Wednesday, 9 Mar 2005 | Daily

Today I decided that I couldn't live without a chocolate brownie from the vending machine at work. I put my coins into the machine. This is one of those old-fashioned machines that have the items lined up in a giant corkscrew that rotates to drop your selection to the bottom into a hinged bin which prevents you from sticking your hand up and stealing goodies. A friend once showed me how to use the door at the bottom to cushion the fall of the item by carefully lowering it at the same acceleration as gravity thereby producing a pristine snack. Now I do this very thing every time I use that machine. Thanks SO MUCH for giving me this obsessive behavior, Glenn. Also, this older machine is VERY finicky about quarters. It will only take them if it feels like it. Most of the time it just drops your quarter into the change receptacle. It's almost impossible to get it to take three quarters in a row. When by some good fortune it does, I feel like running to get a Lottery ticket! LOL

Well, I presssed the two-digit code for my brownie very carefully and deliberately not to inadvertantly push the wrong code because we all know that the WRONG code will vend the LEAST desireable item in the machine every time. Well, the corkscrew turned. The brownie inched forward and then at the last moment just stuck approximately 1/100th of an inch from releasing. Of course, I pounded on the machine to no avail, the brownie mocking me through the glass. I so desperately wanted the brownie that I put in more money and selected the same code. Sure enough, my brownie fell to freedom along with a bag of Peanut Reeses Pieces behind. Oh, you also have a high probability that the second item you recieve in order to get your stuck item will not be very desireable.


What a Wonderful Drive

Tuesday, 8 Mar 2005 | Daily, Rants

My commute which normally takes an hour and 15 minutes on a good day took 2 hours this morning. My delay was not due to The Dreaded Curve since I was at a dead stop before I got to that point. There were traffic collisions on both sides of the freeway, both of them off the freeway lanes and two fire trucks had responded. But the good news is I didn't let myself get upset about it. I just kept my calm and listened to great music on my iPod. Oh, and I called Toni to let her know about the delay which allowed her to use her super traffic aversion powers to get to work on time! :)


Christina's Senior Picture Shoot at UCR

Monday, 7 Mar 2005 | Family, Photography

I went to UCR's Citrus Building on Saturday morning to take some senior pictures of my niece Christina. I had taken a set of indoor studio shots of Christina at my house previously, but wanted to get some outdoor shots as well. Erin and Lisa worked as my photo assistants holding reflectors, checking hair and suggesting locations.

The weather was cool and pleasant. Thankfully the weather cooperated by not raining during the shoot. Overall, I think the pictures turned out fairly well.

Toni took our nephew Michael, aka Mikey to her parents house while I was photographing because she wanted to check in on her dad who has been suffering with a fever for several days now.

Afterward, we met with Toni, Michael and my dad for lunch.


Voice Mail Prompts Revisited

Monday, 7 Mar 2005 | Rants

I posted on Friday about musical voice mail prompts that are strictly music with no voice. Well, on Saturday, I called my daughter's mobile phone and got her voice mail. I had asked her to please have a voice message indicating who the caller had reached. I have to commend her on not having a music only voice prompt, but I was thrown off a little again by her new prompt. It said that I had reached Erin, but the voice on the phone was my niece Elizabeth, not Erin. LOL

All I want is a voice mail prompt that announces who you've reached spoken by that person. Is that asking too much? :)


Taffy's 38 Week Photo

Friday, 4 Mar 2005 | Pets


When I asked Toni how it is that Taffy always seems to photograph so well, she answered, "Because she's a Super Dog Model Extraordinaire." How can I argue with that? LOL


Musical Voice Mail Prompts

Friday, 4 Mar 2005 | Rants

I guess it's a sign that I'm getting old, but musical voice mail prompts make me crazy. It seems that most teenagers and young adults (including my daughter) love to use a song as their mobile phone voice mail greeting. I know it's cool that you can have music you love on the phone to express your individuality, but it's hard to know if you've reached the right person when all you hear is music and no voice message. It would be a bit better if they would say who they are during or after the music, but I still have to wait a long time before leaving my message. Anyway, I know it's a little thing, but I just had to vent about it. Now I feel much better. ;)


Almonds, Corn Chips, Jerky & Ginger Ale

Thursday, 3 Mar 2005 | Food, Raves

honey_almonds.jpg I absolutely love Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds. The problem is, I have a difficult time finding them in the market. They always have the plain Blue Diamond Almonds and usually the Smokehouse variety, but rarely the Honey Roasted kind. I'm not sure why this is. I would think that many people would share my love for them. In retrospect, maybe it's a good thing they're hard to locate since I could easily eat a whole can by myself!

Another snack that I simply adore is Fritos Flavor Twists Honey BBQ Flavored Corn Chips. There's just something about them that suits my palate. Now when I'm on a driving trip of any length, my snack of choice is jerky. It can be beef or turkey jerky; I like both. But it has to be really good jerky. It seems like jerky is either really good or really bad. The seasoning is key. I like the hot and sweet varieties the best.

When I go on a flight, I almost always ask for a Ginger Ale for my beverage. I started asking for it because it's not offered at most fast food places plus I really like the clean taste of Ginger Ale. Then it just became a routine to have one whenever I fly, except for when I fly to Hawaii where I ask for Hawaiian Iced Tea because it has a great smooth brewed flavor. :)


Raphael's Cutting Edge

Tuesday, 1 Mar 2005 | Daily


I finally got my hair cut today during my lunch break. It gets very thick and unruly when it grows out too much. I've been going to Raphael's to have my hair cut by Ana for some time now. Ana does great work and I highly recommend her. After my cut, I asked if I could take a few pictures and she kindly obliged. Ana appears alone in the upper image and with Argie below.



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