Thursday, February 24, 2005

Tsunami Pictures

CNN has a gallery of pictures from a digital camera found in the Tsunami wreckage. The couple who owned the camera died in the disaster, but not before taking some pretty neat pictures of the Tsunami approaching. Check out the gallery here.

Note: I think I fixed the link. The lesson here is that you can never trust CNN.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

A map of America:
I think this speaks for itself.
(Quite funny, check it out.)

Monday, February 21, 2005

Wow! I went to school with a "star"!

So, I was watching Raising Helen with a friend Saturday, (good movie, by the way, nice chick flick) and discovered that a guy I went to school with (at Bethel) had lines in the movie! And a character name: Gary Hagelnick. (Now, if THAT'S not a star-studded name, what is?!) Quite a shocker! A Bethel alum on the "big screen"? For those of you who have seen the movie, Gary Hagelnick is the watercooler guy (aka the "every man"). Yeah, that's right. I knew the watercooler guy. Oh yeah. Now I'm two degrees away from Kate Hudson. And any of you Bethel people who knew Wes Horton (or, like me, saw him in the hall a couple times and once told him he had a good Russian accent... Ok, so I didn't really know him persay...) can claim to be two degrees as well. Turns out he's also in Princess Diaries 2. (Look hard for him in that one, he's a footman...)

Had anyone else (Bethel folk) out there seen the movie and noticed it was him?

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Three Degrees from Einstein

My job comes with certain perks. Like meeting really smart people. Yesterday at our seminar about Copenhagen & the Atomic Bomb that wasn't, entitled "Mentoring The Bomb," I met and talked with Eugen Merzbacher, a renowned physicist who used to have tea in Copenhagen with a certain Nobel prize winner, Niels Bohr. This name may be familiar to many of you. (If it's not, click on his name and get a quick explanation of who he is. The third paragraph is particularly interesting.) Niels Bohr was known for his discussions with a certain Albert Einstein. (No link needed.) Thus, I am proud to say, I am only "three degrees" away from old Al.

Dr. Merzbacher brought in bits and pieces from Los Alamos, New Mexico where the first bomb went off. I was told they were no longer radio-active. I hope that was the case, as I examined closely several pieces.

In other news, Steve and I also met a couple of actors this weekend who had played on "Law and Order," "One Life to Live" and "Star Trek: Next Generation." Some of you may find that more fascinating that Einstein.

Friday, February 11, 2005

As weather has been a frequent conversation, here in the South and on our blog, and as I've not found anything else blog-worthy lately, I thought I'd post this humorous tidbit, sent to me by Tenley. (Thanks, 10.) It certainly made me laugh! :)

"Cold" is a relative term.
Use this handy list belowovercome the confusion. (Read numbers as degrees)
AT 65° Hawaiians declare a two-blanket night
60 Californians put on sweaters (if they can find one)
50 Miami residents turn on the heat
45 Vermont residents go to outdoor concerts
40 You can see your breath
Californians shiver uncontrollably
Minnesotans go swimming
35 Italian cars don't start
32 Water freezes
30 You plan your vacation to Australia
25 Ohio water freezes
Californians weep pitiably
Minnesotans eat ice cream
Canadians go swimming
20 Politicians begin to talk about the homeless
New York City water freezes
Miami residents plan vacation further South
15 French cars don't start
Cat insists on sleeping in your bed with you
10 You need jumper cables to get the car going
5 American cars don't start
0 Alaskans put on T-shirts
-10 German cars don't start
Eyes freeze shut when you blink
-15 You can cut your breath and use it to build an igloo
Arkansans stick tongue on metal objects
Miami residents cease to exist
-20 Cat insists on sleeping in pajamas with you
Politicians actually do something about the homeless
Minnesotans shovel snow off roof
Japanese cars don't start
-25 Too cold to think
You need jumper cables to get the driver going
-30 You plan a two week hot bath
Swedish cars don't start
-40 Californians disappear
Minnesotans button top button
Canadians put on sweaters
Your car helps you plan your trip South
-50 Congressional hot air freezes
Alaskans close the bathroom window
-80 Hell freezes over
Polar bears move South
Viking Fans order hot cocoa at the game
-90 Lawyers put their hands in their own pockets

Wednesday, February 09, 2005


I know, I know... it's been a while. So, here's the quick update.
As predicted, I LOVE my new job.
My brother and his wife had their first child: Sophia
My cousin, Joie, married a week after we were, is now pregnant. (There are babies coming out our ears!)
Steve is surviving grad school and even managing to blog a bit on the subject.

I hope you are all doing well! Keep in touch.

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