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Is Dustin Hoffman a furry?

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<a href="http://www.teamindia.net/news/index.php?action=fullnews&id=45866">http://www.teamindia.net/news/index.php?a<wbr />ction=fullnews&id=45866</a><br /><blockquote><tt>London, April 24 : Dustin Hoffman has developed such close bonds with his pet dogs that he takes the furry friends to bed with him.<br /><br />The acting legend credits his relationships with his pet pooches for helping him understand what "kind of animal" he is. He believes in rewarding them for their companionship with healthy doses of affection, reports Ireland Online.<br /><br />"The first time I realised what kind of animal I was, through my first dog...(and) by talking to my dogs, playing and petting and taking them to bed. We have a tactile connection, a non-verbal communication," the actor said.</tt></blockquote><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/155617.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Busy week

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

Wow, what a quick week that was.<br /><br />Monday greeted me with a pretty nasty headcold. Now, I don't get sick often, and cannot remember the time I last had a headcold. But, there I was all stuffed and sneezing all over the place. It took me until Thursday night to (re)discover what an amazing difference NyQuil and Sudafed can make when dealing with The Common Cold.<br /><br />Despite being in a fog (moreso than usual, that is), I managed to get some pretty interesting stuff done at work this past week. I really can't talk about it in too much detail here, but it did involve learning how to use a new tool and writing infrastructure for using that tool. Was quite fun.<br /><br />I finally beat that cold in time for the weekend, and met up with <span class='ljuser' style='white-space: nowrap;'><a href='img">http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=dragonf86'><img src='http://stat.livejournal.com/img/userinfo.gif' alt='[info]' width='17' height='17' style='vertical-align: bottom; border: 0;' /></a><a href='b>dragonf86</b></a></span>">http://www.livejournal.com/users/dragonf86/'><b>dragonf86</b></a></span> and Eternal for some DDR on Saturday evening. It's not like I'm an objective judge, but I think I managed to do a little better at DDR than I did before. i.e. I didn't screw up some of the steps that I blew when playing it in the past. Seeing that my feet held up pretty well, I think I should start trying to do DDR more often.<br /><br />I've been watching <a href="http://www.deadlikeme.tv/">Dead Like Me</a> over the weekend too. I rather like the show with its black humor and some of the themes about fate and pre-destination that are in it. I don't necessarily agree with them, but I think it's good brain food, and that is what's important. (I'm not just pimping it because <a href="http://www.deadlikeme.tv/EllenMuth.php">the actress who plays the main character</a> has the same last name as me, either!<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/155684.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Happy birthday to... the mouse!

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Chances are that you are surfing the web <em>right now</em> thanks to something that went on sale 24 years ago today. On April 27th, 1981, the first computer mouse hit the market when it was sold with the Xerox Star 8010 personal computer.<br /><br />Granted, the mouse was development for many years before the date, but I think this particular date is the most significant in its history.<br /><br /><font size="-2">(Source: <a href="</font><p><div">http://www.techrepublic.com/">TechRepublic</a&gt</font><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/156019.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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The good news is that I probably don't need glasses

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Being 28 years old, I'm an old man! I expect parts of my body to break, or at least cause me aches and pains.<br /><br />So, a few months ago when there were barely noticeable blobs floating around my field of vision, I wasn't too concerned. I figured that it was an "ache or pain" in my eyes and that the problem would either go away or get worse.<br /><br />This past week, it got worse. The blobs became more noticeable and I began having difficulty focusing, which led to me squinting and getting headaches. Not good.<br /><br />I visited Dr. K today, and he examined my eyes. It turns out that I have a condition called <a href="http://www.vrmny.com/PVD.htm">vitreous separation</a>. He explained that the tissues involved have several layers and that sometime the topmost layer will fall off and cause the spots that I've been seeing. This results in one of two outcomes:<br /><br />1) Nothing happens at all. The cells completely fall away and vision returns to normal.<br /><br />2) The vitreous separating is the first stage of <a href="http://www.vrmny.com/retinal_detachment.htm">retinal detachment</a> which, if left untreated, can lead to total loss of vision.<br /><br />Fortunately, the treatment of #2 is simple. I just need to see an Eye Physician with a frickin' "<Dr. Evil><em><strong>LA-SER</strong></em></Dr. Evil>" attached to his head. He can then use this <em><strong>LA-SER</strong></em> to scar a portion of the retina which will result in it being firmly attached to the back of my eyeball. From what I read, the procedure seems pretty painless. Either way, I still need to see an Eye Physician, since it takes one to tell the difference between #1 and #2.<br /><br />As far as risk factors for retinal tears go, I don't have any, such as near-sightedness. I've been told by Dr. K that it is very likely #1 and completely harmless. However, he also told me that anything that causes "bouncing" or elevates upper body blood pressure can aggravate the condition. This means the following for me:<br /><br />- No DDR<br />- No rowing machine<br />- No upper body lifting of more than 5 pounds<br /><br />So I guess I get to alter my workout at the gym to use the bicycle more, do only lower body lifting, and use 5 pound barbells with lots of repetitions for upper body stuff. This is gonna suck.<br /><br />But it's a lot better than losing my vision.<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/156286.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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My eyes are gonna be just fine.

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

I'm quite relieved.<br /><br />I managed to get an appointment earlier today with Dr. K. Hmm, That won't work, there can only be ONE Dr. K. I'll call this guy Dr. K-2. Anyway, I dropped by the office a few hours ago and, did I mention it was the first time I ever visited an eye doctor? They put me through a bunch of tests including tests for color blindness and standard vision tests. Turns out that my vision has gone down to 20/30, but they said that's perfectly normal with age and I will not need glasses. I even managed to have a little fun on the paperwork I filled out. Under the heading that said "constitution", I wrote down "<strong>3d6</strong>". The nurse who interviewed me actually got it, but "didn't want to talk about things she did in her 20s".<br /><br />Somewhere in there I was given eye drops to dilate my pupils, and then was taken into a darkened room, where the doctor shined a very bright vertical light into my eyes to examine the retinas. He said that the vitreous detachment was happening for me at a younger age than normal but other than that, my eyes are just fine. We discussed my workout routine, and he said that I was probably using the rowing machine at too high of a setting, which would cause increased inter-cranial pressure, and that's just not a good thing. He gave me a bit of a reality check by pointing out that I'm just not built like a weightlifter, and I should be doing more light exercises and cardio to build definition, rather than trying to build bulk. I think he has a point.<br /><br />So, I'm going to take tonight off from the gym, and then resume my weight training tomorrow. I'll try a lower setting on the rowing machine for a longer period of time, along with lower amounts of weight at higher repetitions, and I'll see how it works out after 6 weeks.<br /><br />Well, my focus is starting to return (yay for touch-typing!), so I guess that means I should resume working now.<br /><br />Thanks for the well wishes, folks.<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/156533.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Soundwave: Superior, Chuck Norris: Inferior!

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

<img src="http://www.claws-and-paws.com/images/stories/from_offsite/livejournal/2005/05/mortal_kombat.jpg" height="367" width="557"><br /><br />I've so wanted to see this for years. :-)<br /><br /><font size="-2">(Credit: <a href="http://www.baloolapalooza.com/forums/index.php?s=a2d1c69c216b1cef7b79b4637d5417fa&showuser=142">The Lizard King</a&gt</font><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/156699.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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zenmouse, how could you?

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<a name="cutid1"></a><br /><br /><table width="250" align="center" border="1" bordercolor="black" cellspacing="0"><tr><td bgcolor="black" align="center"><font style="color:white; font-size: 16pt;">giza's LJ stalker is zenmouse!</font></td></tr><tr><td align="center" bgcolor="white"><font style="color:black; font-size: 12pt;">zenmouse is stalking you because they heard you are awesome in bed, and they want to find out. They are also prank calling you regularly!</td></tr></table><div align="center"><br /><br><form method="POST" action="http://www.go-quiz.com/stalker/stalker.php">LiveJournal Username:<input name="uname"><br><input type="submit" value="Who is your LJ Stalker Friend?"><br><br /></form><a href="http://www.go-quiz.com/stalker/stalker.php">LJ Stalker Finder</a><br>From <a href="http://www.go-quiz.com">Go-Quiz.com</a><br /><br /></font></div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/157104.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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retailreportcard.com are a bunch of dirty spammers

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

On April 25th, I signed up a Disposable Email Address(DEA) with the site www.retailreportcard.com. This is what has been sent to that address since:<br /><br /><tt>05/05/2005 15:52 -0500 Received Message from Consumer.Feedback@mdm50.org<br />05/05/2005 12:20 -0500 Received Message from flowers@bestpriceguarantee.net<br />05/05/2005 00:08 -0500 Received Message from grouplotto@etrebs.com<br />05/04/2005 22:18 -0500 Received Message from caa@leasesy.com<br />05/04/2005 22:03 -0500 Received Message from fw@leasesy.com<br />05/04/2005 21:19 -0500 Received Message from BarNone@leasesy.com<br />05/04/2005 16:10 -0500 Received Message from Limited.Promotion@mdm49.org<br />05/04/2005 14:15 -0500 Received Message from debt@bestpriceguarantee.net<br />05/04/2005 03:26 -0500 Received Message from EZTracks@etrebs.com<br />05/03/2005 23:10 -0500 Received Message from iwon@leasesy.com<br />05/03/2005 20:46 -0500 Received Message from Mktg.Wiz@dmail01mx.org<br />05/03/2005 15:31 -0500 Received Message from Market.Research@mdm48.org<br />05/03/2005 14:29 -0500 Received Message from hoodia@bestpriceguarantee.net<br />05/03/2005 01:23 -0500 Received Message from vip@etrebs.com<br />05/02/2005 23:13 -0500 Received Message from caa@leasesy.com<br />05/02/2005 22:40 -0500 Received Message from BarNone@leasesy.com<br />05/02/2005 16:59 -0500 Received Message from christianmortgage@bestpriceguarantee.net<br />05/01/2005 18:54 -0500 Received Message from mcc@etrebs.com<br />05/01/2005 13:43 -0500 Received Message from healthcare@bestpriceguarantee.net<br />04/30/2005 15:28 -0500 Received Message from hrs@etrebs.com<br />04/30/2005 12:47 -0500 Received Message from rw@leasesy.com<br />04/29/2005 17:32 -0500 Received Message from ezt@etrebs.com<br />04/29/2005 16:25 -0500 Received Message from consumersurveygroup@leasesy.com<br />04/29/2005 14:25 -0500 Received Message from surveys@bestpriceguarantee.net<br />04/28/2005 21:28 -0500 Received Message from caa@etrebs.com<br />04/28/2005 19:27 -0500 Received Message from cip@leasesy.com<br />04/28/2005 13:25 -0500 Received Message from advisor@bestpriceguarantee.net<br />04/27/2005 18:51 -0500 Received Message from mc@leasesy.com<br />04/27/2005 17:09 -0500 Received Message from mcmi@etrebs.com<br />04/27/2005 15:59 -0500 Received Message from moneywiz@bestpriceguarantee.net<br />04/26/2005 20:08 -0500 Received Message from cs@leasesy.com<br />04/26/2005 19:18 -0500 Received Message from pch@etrebs.com<br />04/26/2005 15:07 -0500 Received Message from rethink@bestpriceguarantee.net<br />04/26/2005 10:12 -0500 Received Message from FactoryDirectRewards@rewacclk.com<br />04/26/2005 04:12 -0500 Received Message from FactoryDirectRewards@rewacclk.com<br />04/25/2005 22:12 -0500 Received Message from FactoryDirectRewards@rewacclk.com</tt><br /><br />And worst of all, there was no obvious way to "opt-out" of any of the spams that I've gotten. Twits.<br /><br />I think I'll be turning off that address in a few days.<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/157418.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Isaac Asimov, I salute thee!

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Well, those wacky religious people <a href="http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/05/06/1438229&threshold=4&tid=146&tid=14&tid=219">are trying to teach creationism in school again</a>. I read through the comments on the Slashdot article, and someone pointed out that this has been going on since the early 80s. In fact Isaac Asimov wrote an article about it way back then. It was called <a href="http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/azimov_creationism.html">The 'Threat' of Creationism</a>. I thought this passage was particularly striking:<br /><blockquote><tt>There are numerous cases of societies in which the armies of the night have ridden triumphantly over minorities in order to establish a powerful orthodoxy which dictates official thought. Invariably, the triumphant ride is toward long-range disaster. Spain dominated Europe and the world in the 16th century, but in Spain orthodoxy came first, and all divergence of opinion was ruthlessly suppressed. The result was that Spain settled back into blankness and did not share in the scientific, technological and commercial ferment that bubbled up in other nations of Western Europe. Spain remained an intellectual backwater for centuries. In the late 17th century, France in the name of orthodoxy revoked the Edict of Nantes and drove out many thousands of Huguenots, who added their intellectual vigor to lands of refuge such as Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Prussia, while France was permanently weakened.<br /><br />In more recent times, Germany hounded out the Jewish scientists of Europe. They arrived in the United States and contributed immeasurably to scientific advancement here, while Germany lost so heavily that there is no telling how long it will take it to regain its former scientific eminence. The Soviet Union, in its fascination with Lysenko, destroyed its geneticists, and set back its biological sciences for decades. China, during the Cultural Revolution, turned against Western science and is still laboring to overcome the devastation that resulted.<br /><br />As we now, with all these examples before us, to ride backward into the past under the same tattered banner of orthodoxy? With creationism in the saddle, American science will wither. We will raise a generation of ignoramuses ill-equipped to run the industry of tomorrow, much less to generate the new advances of the days after tomorrow.<br /><br />We will inevitably recede into the backwater of civilization, and those nations that retain opened scientific thought will take over the leadership of the world and the cutting edge of human advancement. I don't suppose that the creationists really plan the decline of the United States, but their loudly expressed patriotism is as simpleminded as their "science." If they succeed, they will, in their folly, achieve the opposite of what they say they wish.</tt></blockquote>There are two major problems I have with teaching creationism, or any kind of religion in school:<br /><br />1) As stated above, discouraging learning in our schools is just plain silly. Burying your head in the sand and saying, "The Bible says this happened, and that's all there is to it. (Amen)" does a huge disservice to our society and our children. It prevents people from doing their own research, their own critical thinking, and *gasp*, drawing their own conclusions based on the available evidence. Now if what you really want is to raise sheeple who will never question your authority, then maybe it's not such a bad idea.<br /><br />2) It seems to me that the creationists are trying to teach some variant of Christianity, as laid out in The Bible. Well, what about the other religions? What about Hinduism, Muslim, Greek Mythology, and Norse Mythology? Are those religions less important? Shouldn't they be taught too? I suspect that the same people who like to say "freedom of religion" really mean "freedom of <strong>OUR</strong> religion".<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/157550.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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The week in photography

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

I've been carrying my digital camera around with me lately and taking pictures of interesting things that I stumbled across. I figure that providing pictures of things that happen in my life will be more interesting than just writing about them.<br /><br /><a name="cutid1"></a><br /><br />First interesting thing is this little electrical code violation that I saw in a local business. I sure hope the owner gets that cleaned up soon:<br /><br /><img width="640" height="480" src="br">http://www.claws-and-paws.com/images/stories/from_offsite/livejournal/2005/05/dsc01937.jpg"><br /><br />I scored 118,580 points in Pac Man. I would have done better, if not the stupid joystick not responding properly to my commands. I need a version of Pac Man that's wired into my BRAIN.<br /><br /><img width="640" height="480" src="br">http://www.claws-and-paws.com/images/stories/from_offsite/livejournal/2005/05/dsc01941.jpg"><br /><br />Seen at a local supermarket. That's uh, something you just don't see every day. Kinda caught me off guard.<br /><br /><img width="640" height="480" src="br">http://www.claws-and-paws.com/images/stories/from_offsite/livejournal/2005/05/dsc01948.jpg"><br /><br />At first, I wondered if the owner of this vehicle worked for Comcast, the cable company that services the area. But now that I think about it, maybe the owner is commenting on some of the semi-fascist things that Comcast has done. Such as <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04033/268244.stm">telling users they are using too much bandwidth</a>, but refusing to tell them how much they used, or how much is too much. Pricks.<br /><br /><img width="640" height="480" src="br">http://www.claws-and-paws.com/images/stories/from_offsite/livejournal/2005/05/dsc01950.jpg"><br /><br />And finally, while idly walking around a mall tonight, I spotted this cheetah plushie in a Hallmark Store and stepped in to buy it. My very first cheetah plushie.<br /><br /><img width="640" height="480" src="br">http://www.claws-and-paws.com/images/stories/from_offsite/livejournal/2005/05/dsc01951.jpg"><br /><br />It would have been cooler if he didn't hump my Powerbook.<br /><br /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/1577**.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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