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Thursday, April 6, 2000

If you've never checked out the Kabalarians webpage, you should. It offers analysis of names and the results can be kinda spooky (their take on "Laurel" is eerily accurate in some respects. Recently, denizens of were seen looking up the names of their favorite characters. Ahem. Not that I'd be doing that. No, not at all (yeah, who am I kidding? I'm off to look up "Beau").
posted at 5:31 PM Central Time

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Did you know that if you search on "prop" on eBay, you'll turn up a lot of stuff. Mostly reproductions of famous props from famous sci-fi franchises, but sometimes legitimate props are for sale:

The Umbrella Phone from Get Smart (I want this! I need this! It's no cone of silence or shoe phone, alas, but it's still cool).

A prop raygun from the Buck Rogers TV show
A helmut from V
And of 'course legit items from MST3K.

posted at 2:06 PM Central Time

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Did you know that actual props from The X-Files are being auctioned off @ Only 12 hours to go in these auctions. Ghods, I'd love the original cover art for Jose Chung's From Outer Space. If only I were a rich girl, I'd bid like a fiend.
posted at 1:56 PM Central Time

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Wednesday, April 5, 2000

Forgot to mention that a new version of Bubblet came out for folks with color palm pilots.

Anyway. Bubblet is my favorite game for the Palm Pilot. Looks like there's also now a Windows CE version. Check it out if you haven't, but be warned that it's highly addictive. From the fine folks at oop dreams software.
posted at 10:51 AM Central Time

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Once upon a time, during the era when I kept an online journal, I wrote something about Kirby Puckett, one of my favorite baseball players of all time. Figured it's appropriate to link to it as baseball season is just getting underway.
posted at 10:43 AM Central Time

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When I mentioned Cluttered the other day, I was pretty low key about it. But the truth is, I'm really really really flattered when someone says they're inspired by my little weblog (especially when they put me in such good company-- alongside Now This and Medley). And I definitely agree with this:

I guess it's personality that seperates an average weblog from a great weblog. Anyone can come up with a few links every day. It takes talent to bring them to life.

And I'm way flattered when folks say my weblog does have personality. Even if they say it's all about TV! (Kidding! And it's not all about TV! Not that I'm defensive! ;-) ).

If my little ramblings here inspired cool weblogs like Medley and Cluttered, I'm definitely doing something right. I take solace in that on days when I get grumpy because I don't think anyone's reading what I write, etc. 'Sides, it's more cool stuff for me to read.
posted at 10:36 AM Central Time

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Tuesday, April 4, 2000

So I went to lunch at Chilis today, later in the afternoon, by myself. I'm minding my own business, reading a magazine while I waited for my food. An older businessman-type comes in and is seated at a table near me. He orders:

I'd like a cup of the corn chowder soup and an awesome blossom and that'll be it.


For those that don't know, an "awesome blossom" is a "Colossal onion sliced, hand battered & fried." Served with dipping sauce of some sort. They're HUGE.

The guy must live alone and/or work alone and/or have a deathwish, IMHO. But to each their own . . . (ewwww).
posted at 5:04 PM Central Time

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While I am addicted to searching for and buying some stuff on eBay, I don't think I'm quite ready for eBay-a-go-go-- a paging service that pages you to let you know if you've been outbid, if you've won an auction, etc. There are even eBay pagers . . .
posted at 4:54 PM Central Time

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Opera 4, beta 2 is now available for Windows. (If you've never used Opera as a web browser and you're running Windows . . . you've gotta try it. It takes some getting used to, but it's way-fast and is by far my preferred web browser. If only that Mac version were ready . . . ).
posted at 1:28 PM Central Time

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I have a new keyboard. It looks cool and it works great. (And yes, Pat and Jeremy and anyone else I work with who reads this weblog, there are more where it came from. Bug me).
posted at 1:11 PM Central Time

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Woohoo! If you haven't heard yet, the Sci-Fi channel has bought the rights to Babylon 5 from TNT:

The series will premiere on SCI FI beginning Sept. 25 and will air Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. ET.

In related news, Jerry Doyle (B5's Garibaldi) asked California trekkers to vote for him. And his official congressional campaign webpage launched.
posted at 12:45 PM Central Time

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I love watches. My most recent watch purchase? A Ghost Spark (and no, I didn't pay that price for it, I found mine on clearance someplace dirt cheap). The watch I wear the most? A Daffy Duck watch. What I need? More watches. Especially ones that do cool stuff . . .

Like this MP3 playing watch.
Or this watch that has a universal remote built into it (but why?).
Or this watch that vibrates when your cell phone "rings".
Or the digital camera watch.

posted at 12:38 PM Central Time

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A watch that'll sync with my PalmIII? Cool! [Thanks, Felix!]
posted at 12:29 PM Central Time

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I've known of chai for a good while now. I've watched friend order it (and then drink it). But I never tried it.

Until my local Byerlys wooed me by having containers of Oregon Chai prominently displayed and on sale this week.

So I mixed some of the original stuff with some skim milk tonight. Yum.

And I'm awake now. Gee, I bet there's caffeine in that there chai, isn't there?
posted at 1:47 AM Central Time

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Monday, April 3, 2000

Cluttered is a fine new weblog which I hope has some longevity (usually I wait a bit longer before linking to a new weblog, but hey . . . ). And no, I'm not just complementing the weblog 'cuz the proprietor said nice things re Windowseat.
posted at 10:59 PM Central Time

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Well, that Twins game sure, basically, sucked. Cool to see Fred McGriff hit a homerun (I like him), but very uncool for the Twins. Big crowd, all things considered. Twins lost 7-0 or something like that (honestly, I stopped paying attention at some point).

Surreal moment #1:
Mario Andretti, Harmon Killebrew, and Tony Oliva leading the crowd in an all-too-slow version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

Surreal moment #2:
The Devil Rays scored (again) and the Metrodome scorekeeper, as usual, was hitting the pipe or something. Honestly. He accidently gave the Devil Rays a point more than they deserved, after giving the Twins 2 runs (which we hadn't scored). Then he upped the Twins run count to 3. The crowd finally noticed and cheered bigtime at that point. Then he upped the Twins run count to 5. Then 50! The crowd roared. Hey, at least whoever was back there had a sense of humor about it, I guess. Eventually the numbers were put as they should be, alas.

Actually I skipped the surreal moment of having Charlie Brown throw out the first pitch to T.C.-- the Twins new mascot (he's a bear. I'm underwhelmed). Nothing like a limo full of people in uncomfortable cartoon character costumes to get things off to a rollicking start.
posted at 10:53 PM Central Time

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I'm going to the Twins home opener tonight at the Metrodome. They're playing the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Star Tribune coverage of the Twins
Pioneer Press coverage of the Twins

Major League Baseball Website
Baseball Hall of Fame
ESPN Baseball coverage
posted at 3:51 PM Central Time

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I suppose it's sick and wrong that I want one of these.
posted at 3:34 PM Central Time

* * * should now point to the same place as Well, it will once the domain name info has propogated fully. I'm toying with doing something different with, but I'm not sure What. Imagine that!
posted at 3:05 PM Central Time

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When I was grade school age, I used to go to Cheep Skate sometimes to rollerskate with my Mom and brother and sometimes with a group of friends. I'm pretty sure we had a skating party or two there.

Strangely enough, I saw a little local tv commercial for the place and it frightened me a bit because the snack bar and the rink looked exactly the same as they did when I was a kid. Either the place hasn't changed at all or their commercial hasn't.

I suppose it should be a comfort that a place where I had much fun as a child still stands as it was, but . . . I dunno. One of these days I'll have to drag a friend there to skate or stare (preferably not both at once).
posted at 3:03 PM Central Time

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The March/April edition of the OBSSE newsletter is online. (OBSSE = Order of the Blessed Saint Scully the Enigmatic. It's an X-Files thing). I was on their mailing list for a while, 'til I just couldn't handle the traffic. Still enjoy reading the website a lot, though.
posted at 1:24 PM Central Time

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I've gotta say, I find this "Calling Sela Ward" piece divine [via TV Tattle]:

I want to call Sela Ward, and I want to say, "Hi, it's me," just like in the TV show, and I want Sela to toss her hair, such thick and straight and chestnutty hair, and coo to me covertly, so Grace and Zoe won't hear (even though they know it's me again, calling like I always call, right when Sela's packing lunches for the school day, right when she's just had a fight with the ex-husband about the restaurant going bankrupt, it's so damn complicated), anyway, here is what Sela Ward says to me, when I call:
"Hi, you."

I say, "When can I see you?""

She says, "I know, I know. I miss you. I want to see you, too."

I don't like the phone commercial where she's teaching kids, it makes no sense to me. And I never watched Sisters (yuck), but I'm kinda hooked on Once and Again and I've always found Sela Ward incredibly attractive. Maybe on some rainy days I wish I was her (but I won't admit that if you ask me, no I won't). So this piece tickles me, I guess.
posted at 12:56 PM Central Time

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