Wednesday, December 20, 2006

deep down

From my Ultimate Personality Test:

If there is a change in the air, Thinker, nobody is more aware of it than you. You have an unusually refined sensitivity to subtle changes in your environment and from time to time, this can manifest as a fear that the worst is going to happen. You may have a tendency to be constantly on guard because you ultimately are working to prevent a perceived catastrophe from happening.
More than three million Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tests are administered each year in the U.S.: more than four million people have taken Tickle's Ultimate Personality Test.

good song rhyme

From "Coal Miner's Daughter":

"The work we done was hard
At night we'd sleep, 'cause we were tired."
The last word pronounced as you'd expect from Butcher Holler.


My areas of greatest vulnerability, apparently:

Your greatest vulnerability is that your senses are on overdrive, soaking in anything and everything from the environment. Things that others might not notice sometimes can send you reeling. The reason this makes you vulnerable is that it can affect your ability to cope with the world effectively. Although your sensitivity is a wonderful asset, it can be scary knowing that you could be distracted at any time. If someone wants to push your buttons, they can go after this, because there's not much you can do to protect yourself from your own sensitivity. Be your best: Buffering yourself with quiet and calm situations will help, and recognizing and choosing friends and associates who respect your boundaries will also make things easier.

Scottish turkey?

Scottish turkey

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

my hero, the Bumble

the BumbleThough I was scared of him when I was a youngster!

"Prison Break" question

Seems as if it would make good sense, after breaking out of prison, to change one's looks...and I'm not just suggesting putting on a baseball hat. If I had hair, I shave it. If I were clean shaven, I'd quickly grow a beard, etc. But noooo...not on television. That'd make it too difficult to identify escapees in a nanosecond or less. Just sayin' ...

Matilda pic

Here's a picture of her half on the floor and half on a pad...doesn't look comfortable to me, but it's not my bed.

floor-based Matilda

Tickle personality test

Here's the results of an online personality test I took on in May:

relaxed vs. apprehensive
Relaxed or Apprehensive

self-doubt vs. confidence
Self-Doubt or Confidence

safety-seeking vs. risk-taking
Safety-Seeking or Risk-Taking

internal experience vs. external appearance
Internal Experience or External Appearance

Monday, December 18, 2006

Matilda progress

This is her first day at home along. We'll see what happens! I imagine she'll just sleep herself happily through the time. Going to her first vet appointment here tomorrow afternoon. We're going to get her all fixed up and in ship shape!!

Matilda's ride home to Waban

Matilda on her way home from Exeter, Rhode Island!

Is a 1000 bucks worth a picture?

Nope...much more.

$1000 billAn art collector has paid about $2.3 million for a $1,000 bill printed in 1890, according to the auction house that brokered the transaction between two anonymous private collectors.

"This $1,000 bill is one of only two known of its type; the other surviving example is in the museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco," Greg Rohan, president of Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries, said Friday.

Rohan said that type of bank note is known to collectors as a "Grand Watermelon" because the green-striped zeros in the denomination "1,000" printed on the back of the bill look like the fruit.

"Only two Grand Watermelon examples are known with red-color Treasury Department seals printed on the front; the half-dozen other surviving Grand Watermelon notes have brown seals," he said in a news release.

The $2,255,000 price is more than double the previous record for an 1890 Grand Watermelon note. The previous record for any bank note was $2.1 million, according to the Heritage Auction Galleries.

Rohan said the buyer was "a very advanced and sophisticated East Coast collector of art and rare currency."

Sunday, December 17, 2006

all my schooling

  1. Episcopal nursery school, Columbia, TN
  2. Westminster Presbyterian kindergarten, Columbia, TN
  3. J. R. Baker Elementary School, Columbia, TN
  4. Waverly Junior High School, Waverly, TN
  5. St. Patrick's Catholic School, McEwen, TN
  6. American School, Tampico, MX
  7. Waverly Junior High School, Waverly, TN
  8. Springer Junior High School, Wilmington, DE
  9. Fernwood Junior High School, Biloxi, MS
  10. Biloxi Senior High, Biloxi, MS
  11. University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
  12. University of Mississippi Medical School, Jackson, MS
  13. University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS


  • I think a Rusty Nail drink (Scotch whisky and Drambuie liqueur) tastes awful when cold. Well, still drinkable, but weird.
  • I know I'm old when I remember that my seventh-grade year (1977) was going to be the first year in Tennessee that women played full-court basketball, instead of the half-court basketball my mother played while growing up.
  • Why is it that football teams, like the University of Southern Mississippi and the New Orleans Saints, do really well against tough teams, like Florida State and the Dallas Cowboys, but then crap out against less-successfull teams like Southeast Louisiana State University and the Washingston Redskins, for example?

Matilda's day 2

Matilda is the most guileless animal I've ever encountered! Hmm, but she doesn't like dill pickles, so so much for that as a potential snack for her. Matilda doesn't eat a lot, particularly, or beg for food, so I imagine she's gotten used to eating low-quality, high-calorie food. With better food and more exercise we're hoping to have her in fighting trim before too terribly long! A trim in the next couple of days to a local veterinarian will get her and us working together on whatever plan is necessary to make her elderly years as pleasant and comfortable as possible!

Hey, and the New Orleans Saints won the NFC South division. Way to go!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest

Did I blog about "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest?" Surely I must have. It bit the big one, without a doubt. It was a silly, long-winded mish-mash, which ended up being no more than a tw0-and-a-half hour commercial for the sequal.

(I just saw an ad on television for the DVD. That's what prompted this diatribe!)


Good God Almighty, Matilda's as sweet as sugar, gooder 'n gold, nice as can be, cute as a bug or bean, happy as a clam, and on and on and on. She's one big simile!!! I'm glad to be able to give her an easy life from now on...a healthy one (her left hip seems to hurt), a happy one, and everything else she wants. Matilda's a purebred bulldog who has had numerous Caesarean sections, from her breeding years. She even still has her stitches from being spayed, and that was at the beginning of July. Jerry and I are going to take her to a vet and get her going on a healthier, happier lifestyle. She deserves it!!!

bad news for smokers

You can't quit halfway:

When you quit smoking, it's all or nothing, says Scientific American. In a Norwegian study of 51,000 people over a 20-year period, researchers found that just cutting back on cigarettes didn't reduce the risk of death. Those who quit completely significantly boosted their long-term health. But those who cut their pack-a-day habit by half suffered the same consequences as those who still smoke the whole pack. Both groups suffered impaired cardiovascular health and serious heart and lung damage.

While you're quitting, it's okay to start off by cutting back so that withdrawal symptoms are not severe, says Dr. Kjell Bjartveit, who led the study. But to reap the health benefits, stop smoking altogether, says Bjartveit. "You can't give your health a better present."

interesting facts

With its declining population and persisting squalor 15 months after Hurricane Katrina, New Oreleans now has the nation's highest murder rate--73.5 murders per 100,000 residents, surpassing Compton, California, which has 67 murders per 100,00 last year.

  • USA Today
Counterfeit alcohol kills about 42,000 Russians annually. The phony booze, usually sold in bottles marked "vodka," contains such lethal substances as cleaning fluid, rust removers, and window de-icers.
  • Associated Press
Polonium 210, the isotope used to assassinate former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, is 5,000 times as radioactive as radium. A lethal dose would weigh only 0.2 millionth of a gram, and be no bigger than a couple of grains of salt.
  • The Wall Street Journal

two good quotes

"A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow."

  • Charlotte Bronte, quote in The Montreal Gazette
"Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quetly and safely insane every night of our lives."
  • Sleep expert William Dement, quote in

Friday, December 15, 2006

preparations for Matilda

Jerry and I spend about $350 yesterday (good thing he got a $750 Christmas bonus from his kind employers), to get supplies for Matilda: we got her a sleeping crate, towels, food bowls, a 44-pound bag of Royal Canin Bulldog 24, toys, a leash, books about bulldogs, etc., etc.!

I'm glad I called yesterday morning about Matilda. Apparently 4 people called after I did, asking about adopting her. I called earlier this morning, too, to say that I was still very serious about coming down to adopt Matilda, and that Jerry and I would be there tomorrow, for sure.

1893 Chicago World's Fair


World's Columbian Exposition: Chicago World's Fair of 1893

1893 World's Fair Chicago posterTaking a virtual tour of that year's fair, held in front of the University of Chicago, on the Midway Plaisance, makes me appreciate just how low-class-looking the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans was!

Who'd'a thunk it?

According to Jim Rutz, in a column titled "A Devil Food is Turning Our Kids Into Homosexuals," posted on WorldNetDaily's "The Big Picture":

"Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the size of the penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality."
Lord, have mercy.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

the Olsons

young Olson twinsMary-Kate and Ashley Olson have become so harsh looking in their grown years. Ashley's wide-eyed look and trout lips just don't look good...ever.

older Olson twins

Concert for Diana

In this interview about their upcoming Concert for Diana, it's interesting to hear the princes put voices with their faces.

Matilda Sally Cadden

Soon to be coming home with us, from an animal shelter in Exeter, Rhode Island! Presenting...Matilda Sally Cadden!

Matilda Sally Cadden
I wanted to adopt Matilda for 3 reasons:
  1. I've always wanted an English bulldog.
  2. Given how many homeless animals there are wanting homes, I don't think it's right to buy an animal.
  3. I told myself that the next animals I adopted would be ones who really needed homes, animals with infirmities (blind, deaf, paralyzed, elderly).
Matilda fits the bill in all three cases!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

top-10 QB-coach combinations

From Sports Illustrated:

2. Otto Graham/Paul Brown:

"Going strictly by results, the pairing of Brown and Graham in Cleveland has no peers. They were together for 10 years in pro football (four in the AAFC, six in the NFL), and went to the championship game of their league every year, winning seven times (four in the AAFC, three in the NFL). Their 105-17-4 record in that decade seems unbreakable."

I don't think I knew of Graham and Brown.

Peter O'Toole's "Venus"

Venus movie posterI hope Peter O'Toole wins an Oscar for his role in Venus.

"Backscatter" X-ray technology

Oof-da! Better get back on my diet! From the Electronic Privacy Information Center:

Backscatter x-rayHere I am in the machine!

Carroll's X-ray

You call that a knife?

From the Guardian Unlimited:

The Swiss Army knife, weighs 2lb and costs nearly £500. But can you actually use it for anything? Andrew Martin puts the ultimate tool to the test.

Swiss Army knife

most dangerous toys of all time

Lawn Darts

From RADAR Online: "Pray for Coal: The Most Dangerous Toys of All Time"

But what about Clackers? Besides the terrible arm bruises those caused, a breaking one would take out teeth, windows, you name it! Ah, but such fun!! Challenging, too.


"Lifestyles of the Rich and Fascistic"

From Radar Online: "Lifestyles of the Rich and Fascistic"

Sultan of BruneiSultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'Izzaddin Waddaulah
of Brunei Darussalam

And PARADE's annual list of the 10 worst dictators

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth, by Guillermo del Toro, is coming out this Christmas. It blends a fantastical fairy tale into the harsh reality of Franco's Spain just after the civil war.

Pan's Labyrinth movie poster

More on this subject from Wikipedia.

Go, Jaibos Tampico-Madero!

more horror from "Blender"

more horror, according to Blender:

The 50 Worst Things Ever to Happen to Music
The 50 Worst Songs Ever!
The 50 Most Awesomely Dead Rock Stars
The 50 Dumbest Rock-Star Extravagances

50 Worst Artists in Music History

A taste:
50. Iron Butterfly
36. 98 Degrees
26. Celine Dion
15. Yanni
6. Kansas

Monday, December 11, 2006

more friends

"A friend in need is a friend indeed."

I'd say, "A friend in need needs a friend indeed."

Sunday, December 10, 2006

apocrypal friendship

A faithful friend is a strong defense.
A faithful friend is the medicine of life.

  • Apocrypha

Friday, December 08, 2006


I can't get my blog to post to anymore...the posting/publishing times out, with a error. So I'm using this blogspot address for a while, till Blogger fixes the problem that I and many, many others are having.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

pig waste

Rolling Stone's contributing editor Jeff Tietz reports this month that "the chairman of Smithfield Foods, Joseph Luter III, said once,

"The animal-rights people want to impose a vegetarian's society of the U.S. Most vegetarians I know are neurotic." Wow, such eloquent logic!

"Smithfield Foods (they now kill one of every four pigs sold commercially in the U.S.) is the largest and most profitable pork processor in the world. They killed 27 million hogs last year, according to this month's Rolling Stone. Hogs produce three times more excrement than human beings do. The 500,000 pigs at a single Smithfield subsidiary in Utah generate more fecal matter each year than the 1.5 million inhabitants of Manhattan. That would fill four Yankee Stadiums."

"Smithfield Farms are flanked by open-pit cesspools known as lagoons. A single lagoon, like one in eastern North Carolina, can run thirty-feet deep and cover 120,000 square feet. Even light rains can cause them to overflow; major floods turn entire counties into pig-shit bayous. In 1999, Hurricane Floyd washed 120 million gallons of hog waste into the region's rivers--the dark-brown tide that resulted was visible from space. Even without such catastrophes, however, industrial hog waste causes what one former environmental regulator calls a "mass imbalance" in the area's ecosystems. Pig waste contains a host of toxic substances and more than 100 microbial pathogens. Released into rivers and streams, it spurs the growth of vegetation; the decaying scum chokes of the oxygen necessary to sustain aquatic life."

"The area around a slaughterhouse can contain hundreds of lagoons, some of which thirty-feet deep. The liquid in them is not brown. The interactions between the bacteria and blood and afterbirths and stillborn piglets and urine and excrement and chemicals and drugs turn the lagoons pink."


It's on wonder those employees, and the people they "serve" are always in such a bad mood. Nothing ever seems to go smoothly at one of those places. I've been twice already, trying to register my new motorcycle, and I still don't have everything I need. So I'll go back again next week, I suppose.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

spam story

Here's a "story" from a spam e-mail I just got...fascinating!:

honour, i only take wine and iron. i need a tonic, mother says, to repairmuch creaking of rusty hinges and some clearing away of rubbish, was seta mite but what sanch brought, for three days; and i always go halves, "ah, my dear, it 's a very common them, and i do want you, for i haven't the heart to drag uncle out anymore, because i quite agree with you that it is necessary to have an anchor somewhere
david had begun to think they had waited long enough, but

had loved so much. remembering the conversation of the afternoon, the boyover to mrs. minot's, and it was her first attempt at going out since thesays i need n't go to school regularly, while you are here, only two oramy was listening, "it was an abominable thing, and she doesn't deserve of oz were disclosed to view. they paused, astonished, at sight christie beyond measure. she would not make light of it, as he did, "if
"up there with wet blankets, while i get out the hose!"

"up there with wet blankets, while i get out the hose!"mac gave a groan and fell back vanquished, foranswered the princess. "someday i'll have her fried for breakfast."the tears ran down his cheeks, and a maid popped her head in to who were to have no christmas tree. in the other bath; and while simmering there, he watched the performances and determined to venture a bold stroke, though not very hopeful
spirits, bearing a great bridal-looking bouquet for 'mrs. john brooke',

"dan took him out, to keep him quiet. he's all rightshe had worn the trinket hidden under her black sleevewith my friend the scarecrow!" the hasty-pudding, and finding every one asking, "where is nan?"
dr. alec saw the injured look and did not mind his body, except to pity and help him to bear it. of him is gone from the gallery where the others are, so i peeped
by a very sleepy little son, and aunt plenty retired to bed, used
that, as i was born to be drowned, an eligible opportunity now presentsribbon ought to take its place, and poked peanut shells about withroof.i couldn't bear her. the boys came yesterday, and seemed rather as polly ran down to meet mr. shaw one evening, and was helping away the flies that were tormenting him. "by no means," replied they got amy home, and after an exciting time of it, she fell
"maudie, run and bring me my other cigar geordie also, for i think these books are as bad for the smallover others than she herself suspected, simply because of "indeed it is," agreed the scarecrow. "it may
the boys heard her, but no one spoke f: you shouldn't go to so many of wrath and grief, rebellion and remorse, seething in heart
to a woman, especially the older ones, who liked to talk over"wonder where the boy is," added ben, feeling as you ask more freely than of him? try it, and see if he doesn't

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Mississippi's heath ranking

From America's Health Rankings - 2005 Edition:

Overall Rank: 49

Change: up 1


  • Ready access to adequate prenatal care
  • High per capita public health spending
  • High immunization coverage


  • High percentage of children in poverty
  • High infant mortality rate
  • High premature death rate

Significant Changes:

  • In the past year, the incidence of infectious disease decreased by 13%
  • In the past year, the percentage of children in poverty increased by 15%
  • Since 1990, the prevalence of obesity increased by 106%
  • Since 1990, the prevalence of smoking declined by 24%
  • Ranking: Mississippi is 49th this year; it was 50th in 2005.


Strengths include ready access to adequate prenatal care with 81.3 percent of pregnant women receiving adequate prenatal care, high per capita public health spending at $197 per person and high immunization coverage with 83.6 percent of children ages 19 to 35 months receiving complete immunizations.


Mississippi is among the bottom five states on eight of the 18 measures. Challenges include a high percentage of children in poverty at 30.7 percent of persons under age 18, a high rate of motor vehicle deaths at 2.4 deaths per 100,000,000 miles driven, a high prevalence of obesity at 30.9 percent of the population, a high rate of deaths from cardiovascular disease at 408.1 deaths per 100,000 population, a high infant mortality rate at 10.1 deaths per 1,000 live births and a high premature death rate with 10,889 years of potential life lost before age 75 per 100,000 population.

Significant Changes:

  • In the past year, the incidence of infectious disease decreased from 26.0 to 22.5 cases per 100,000 population.
  • In the past year, the percentage of children in poverty increased from 26.6 percent to 30.7 percent of persons under age 18.
  • Since 1990, the prevalence of obesity increased from 15.0 percent to 30.9 percent of the population.
  • Since 1990, the prevalence of smoking declined from 31.1 percent to 23.6 percent of the population.

Health Disparities:

In Mississippi, the percentage of women who receive prenatal care varies from 71 percent among American Indians to 91 percent among whites. Cancer is xxxx (data not available).

Clinical Care:

The cost of clinical care in Mississippi is moderate compared to other states and the quality of care is low.

State Health Department Web Site:

Monday, December 04, 2006

toys for my 10th birthday

Here's some of what I wanted:

Pivot Pool game
Sub Search game
Voice of the Mummy game
Magic Window
Labyrinth puzzlee
Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle
Big Haul Dump Truck

Ant City ant farm

Sunday, December 03, 2006


The last lines of the Dunciad, by Alexander Pope, as quoted in Gore Vidal's book Past and Present:

Nor public flame no private, dares to shine;
Nor human spark is left, nor glimpse divine!
Lo! thy dread empire, CHAOS! is restor'd;
ight dies before they uncreating word;
Thy hand, great Anarch, lets the curtain fall,
And universal Darkness buries all.

Go Saints!

They're playing the San Francisco 49ers today.

Saints football emblem

Friday, December 01, 2006

Jerry and Britney Spears

Jerry's sitting here looking at pictures of Britney Spears' "AY-ree," as Southerners would say. Remember way back when I reported that he said of someone, "the poose (i.e., puss) is loose"? Well, I just followed up with, "If you don't wear underwear, "the pooze (i.e., poozle) will cruise"! Good one, I think!