March 31, 2004

Surprise Free Parking

I was surprised to leave my art class this morning and find that my parking had been free! Turns out the garage is free on major holidays.

[Blank stares from my East Coast readers... um... major holiday?]

Yes, today is Cesar Chavez day, a major California holiday. The libraries and other official things are all closed.

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March 30, 2004

Cool Map of the News

Check out this interesting site which maps the top news stories: Newsmap. It "visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator" and produces a "treemap," which is a very cool way of looking at hierarchical data in a 2d diagram. Click along the top to see what the top stories are in different countries around the world.

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The Path

thepath.jpgJust finished The Path: A One-Mile Walk Through the Universe by Chet Raymo, a professor of physics and astonomy at Stonehill College in North Easton, MA. The book "chronicles the universe he has found by closely observing every detail" of his one mile walk from his house to work. "He connects the local to the global, the microscopic to the galactic, with a scientist's curiosity, a historian's respect for the path, and a child's capacity for wonder." It was a lovely read and leaves you wanting to go out for a walk in the woods or to plant something and watch it unfold over time. There's a wonderful environmental message, but mostly a great sense of how amazing the world is and how we should stop and take a look at it.


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March 29, 2004

College Acceptances!

wheaton.gifCongrats to Betty for exciting college acceptance news! Looks like she is off to Wheaton -- which looks like a fabulous place (and pretty close to Brian and Karen in Boston). Congrats Betty -- and here, in your honor, is the school song.

Three classes I would want to take there (that Betty probably won't want to): Voting Theory, Math and Congress; Communication through Art and Mathematics; and Visual Sociology. (And I'd like to note that if you put Wheaton into Google Scout, the first result you get back is Amherst... hmmm)

Liz is still waiting to hear from a few more, but has a bunch of great ones already to choose from!

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March 28, 2004

Birdhouse Auction

Tonight was the huge fundraising birdhouse auction in Westport, and I just found out that Mom and Bill were the winning bid on this fabulous Westport Country Playhouse birdhouse! Cool!

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BobbiLynn knitting!

knittingmarch28.JPGBobbiLynn taught herself to knit this week (she's SO crafty!!) and is working on a gorgeous baby blanket for an expecting-friend. She came along to knitting group this week and we oohed and aahed over what everyone was working on (especially Emy's scarf that feels like bunny-fur).

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Book Club, #2

bookclub2.jpgOur bookclub met today at Ellen's for more good food and talk (about lots of things besides books, and some talk of books). Here we are (Ellen, Tina, Emy, BobbiLynn, and me.)

Some of the things we talked about/recommended:

Books
Jasper Fforde books (since Ellen recommended Jane Eyre, I had to jump in and mention The Eyre Affair)
Rediscovering Nancy Drew by Carolyn Stewart Dyer and Nancy Tillman Romalov
The Girl Sleuth (by Bobbie Ann Mason -- almost another BobbiLynn)
Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (and also the movie)
East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (and the movie)
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (and the movie)
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (and the movie)
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio (10 stories, people hiding out from the plague)

(and actually recommended by people in knitting group:
The Brothers K by David James Duncan
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Secret Lives of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Bee Season by Myla Goldberg --
I had brought up Bee books because I was trying to remember the name of the Los Gatos Town-Wide Read, which turns out to actually be The Bee Keeper's Apprentice by Laurie King instead)

Movies/TV
6th Sense
Mork and Mindy
Brideshead Revisited
Scarlett Pimpernell
Arrested Development
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Hildago (mostly because Aragon is in it)
Never Ending Story
Princess Bride
Labyrinth
Whale Rider

Places to go
Outside of the Campbell library, there is apparently a word-find of children's authors in the cement -- will have to check when I work there 4/8
Thoroughly Modern Millie (BobbiLynn and I saw an ad on the back of a bus and want to go see it here in San Jose)
Santa Clara County Library

Questions to ponder
How does the Care Bear Theme Song go? (Lyrics and .wav file of Care Bear Count-Down, 5-4-3-2-1 -- funny, I thought it would sound more familiar...)
What percentage of your brain are you actually using? Is the 10% figure people cite include all the things like breathing?
How can I learn to take better minutes in meetings? Should I learn short-hand?
What ever happened to Jello pudding pops? (Look! petition to bring them back!)
Can you freeze jello pudding? (In fact, here's a recipe for Homemade Pudding Pops!)
Don't take "stunning" as a complement from Ellen...
Where does the phrase "hoochie mama" come from (and how do you spell it?) (The Urban Dictionary says it is a "polite term used by women to define other women as sluts", but I'm still looking for word-origins)
Making jewelry out of people's ashes (no, really, check out Life Gem -- eeww)
And knitting from one's pet's fur (see VIP Fibers: Hand-spun yarn from your very important pet, though my favorite is the headline Making mittens out of kittens)
Happy endings...


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Edith Piaf and Uncle Gene

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Dad and Jane came across this photo in an exhibit about Edith Piaf in the Hotel de Ville in Paris! Looks just like my uncle Jonathan (and even a bit like Brian) -- but its my great uncle Gene.

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March 27, 2004

Wireless in the Park!

inthepark.jpgSince it was such a lovely day and since I can't seem to get my PC to connect to my airport network, I thought I'd walk down to the park to see if I could connect from here. My virtual reference assignment this week will only run on a pc (grumble) so I had to find a way to connect one way or another. I do seem to be the only one logged in here and am getting very strange looks from a nearby dog... and the signal keeps fading in and out which may be a problem.


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Classmate Blogs

Since I'm now completely addicted to reading RSS feeds and am in heavy-procrastination mode with a huge to-do list, I was of course poking around online and found a couple of blogs by people in my library program (from Librarian Way)

Of course my not-so-secret desire would be to have an official blog for the program where everyone could share comments and advice and news to help form more of a community among the students and to be a nice alternative to the mailing lists.

I'm planning to run for webmaster of the SJSU Student Chapter of the ALA, so hopefully I can convince them to let me set it up through there...

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March 26, 2004

Caution: Grown-Ups at Play

At the end of today's Tech Museum board meeting, the members of the board had a chance to play in the Engineer It and Genetics exhibits. Here's a quick animation of some of the board members at work on the catenary arch (still my favorite part of the exhibit). Unfortunately my camera batteries were really low so I couldn't take shots all that quickly.
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Then I was back later in the day for an afternoon of jet-pack rides and earthquakes.

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March 25, 2004

A Library Day

Spent the afternoon at the meeting of the county library's Joint Powers Authority Board where they discussed how to deal with Measure B not passing on 3/2. Then I did a shift at the Milpitas library (though -- oops -- it turned out that they thought I was supposed to be there last night). I did mostly the j-side and had so much fun!!!

Tomorrow will be a Tech day with a board meeting there and then an afternoon shift.

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March 24, 2004

Dinner with Bryan

bryan.jpgMom made me promise to take a photo of my friend Bryan and post it -- but he was about as excited to get his picture taken as Eduard was all week. It was great to see him though -- its hard to believe we've known each other for about 16 years! I had seen him briefly two years back at our 10th reunion, but not for years before that. He just got back from his sister's wedding and is off again later this week to London.


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More on the Greenhuts

In one of those great I-love-the-Internet moments, Tim Hartneck, a historian in Peoria, Illinois, came across my blog and sent me the following information about my family:

As you know, Joseph Greenhut was a soldier during the Civil War. Following the war, the organization, the Grand Army of the Republic, was created asa a veterans association. The GAR was very active here in Peoria. About 1908, The veterans decided that they wanted to build their own meeting place. A building was planed and construction was started on 1909. Joseph Greenhut covered probably teo thirds of the cost of the building. It was known as the Grand Army of the Republic Hall - Greenhut Memorial. About 1972, this building was in danger of being demolished. A preservation organization, the Central Illinios Landmarks Foundation, was formed to save the building. I was a member to that group and did some research on the building and the Greenhut connection. There are very nice portraits of Joseph and Clara Greenhut that still hang in the building. We were successful in saving the building and restoring it. If my memory serves me correctly, Clara Greenhut Rabinowitz (your great-grandmother??) made a contribution to the restoration fund.

Fast forward a few years. The Landmarks foundation started giving
walking tours in several neighborhoods here in town, one being the High
Street Moss-Bradley area. I did a lot of the research for the tours.
The Greenhuts and Wolfners and other related families lived in this
neighborhood. In 1884, Joseph Greenhut built what was one of the most
imposing homes built in Peoria in the nineteenth century. The Greenhuts
entertained President William McKinley at their home when he was here in
1899 for the dedication of the Soldier's and Sailor's monument. The
home was later acquired by his brother-in-law, William Wolfner, and was
totally remodeled. It still stands today. Ben and Minnie Greenhut also
lived in the neighborhood a few blocks down the street.

I live in this same neighborhood and through the years have continued to
research its architectutral history and the famillies that lived here.
There are several family groups that I have continued to research over
the years, the Griswolds, Clarkes, Bush/Browns, and the
Greenhut/Wolfners. All these families were a significant presence in
the neighborhood and made a substantial impact on the city.

I guess what I'm hunting for would be photos of the Joseph Greenhut
residence and the Ben Greenhut residence, exteriors or interiors, or
any written material such as journals or diaries or letters that might
document life in the neighborhood.


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RSS Feeds

Ok, I'm finally getting up to speed... here's how you can too:

Go to http://www.bloglines.com and register -- its free and easy to do.

Subscribe to a bunch of blogs -- here's an example:

Cut and paste this url:
http://www.chocolatespoon.com/musings/index.rdf

where it says:
Subscribe by Entering URL

Now when you go to "My Blogs" in Bloglines, you'll know when there is new stuff in my blog! You can log in from anywhere, so its a great way to keep track of news and friends, etc.

Here are some of the ones I'm currently tracking, just click where it says "XML" or "RSS" or "Syndicate this Site" to get the URL to use, or Bloglines has a great list to search through and will even recommend new ones for you each day.

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March 23, 2004

Touring Stanford

paloaltoeduard.jpgEduard and I took a tour of Stanford and then hung out for a bit in lovely downtown Palo Alto (he's pictured here sitting outside having lunch at World Wrap). Poor guy has to go back to the cold tomorrow...


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March 22, 2004

Librarian's Index to the Internet

Had a fabulous guest speaker in class tonight -- Karen G. Schneider (the Free Range Librarian) from Librarian's Index to the Internet.

I'll post more about it later... but I think she finally inspired me to finally start regularly reading rss feeds...

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The Pursuit of Alice Thrift

alicethrift.jpgFinished a very enjoyable Elinor Lipman on the plane back -- The Pursuit of Alice Thrift, which Mom had passed along a while back after she read a bunch of the author's works. It is the story of a workaholic surgical intern without any social skills who falls into an ill-fated romantic entaglement with a lying fudge-salesman.


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March 21, 2004

Eternal Sunshine

spotless.jpgDad, Jane and I saw Jim Carrey's new movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -- very strange, but I liked it. Left feeling rather lonely though :(


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March 20, 2004

Good Bye Lenin

goodbyelenin.jpgSaw Good Bye Lenin with Dad, Jane, Laurel and (Bigger) Brian. It was on the top of the list of movies I've been wanting to see (kept seeing previews in other independent flicks). Its the story of a family in 1989 Berlin -- the mother has a heart attack and goes into a coma for 8 months, missing the fall of the Wall and collapse of communism. When she wakes up, her kids are told that she can't have any excitement or shock or she'll have another heart attack and die, so they recreate life as it was, creatively explaining away things like the large Coca Cola billboard that appeared on the building next door.


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In Seattle

seattle2.jpgIn Seattle for the weekend visiting Dad and Jane. Dropped Eduard off at his friends in Olympia yesterday and will hopefully meet back up with him somewhere tomorrow night. Have tons of photos to blog when I get home...



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March 18, 2004

Sunny day in Santa Cruz

Alan, Eduard and I spent a beautiful sunny day in Santa Cruz, checking out the campus and the surfers.
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And Eduard looking pensive (album cover shot?)

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Cool License Plate!

After our little trip to the DMV this morning, Eduard and I took some time to admire Alan's new VERY COOL new license plate. And don't forget to check out the new Roles in the hay, rolls in the hay, women and rakes essay.
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March 17, 2004

Ruby in the Smoke

Lisa sent me The Ruby in the Smoke by Phillip Pullman (author of the excellent His Dark Materials Trilogy: The Golden Compass / The Subtle Knife / The Amber Spyglass books. Finished it tonight -- a nice quick, but fun read. I definitely liked the characters and would like to read the other ones in this series. I'm still sorry that Hanna and I never made it to the stage version of His Dark Materials in London (though Aunt Susan reported hating it).

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Eduard's Here!

eduard1.jpgEduard's here visiting for his Spring break!!! We're watching American Idol and getting ready for a busy week!


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There are people living in the toaster

Dmsc_LizaKitchen_large.jpgOur art class today took a tour of the SJ Museum of Art's new Domestic Odyssey exhibit. The highlight was an amazing three-dimensional, 168-square-foot replica of a typical 1950s American kitchen that the artist Liza Lou has covered with over 20 million brightly-colored beads. It includes a colorful tile counter and dish-filled sink, a cherry pie cooling on an over rack, and even dust balls under the refrigerator. I had seen her back yard picnic installation once (at the museum in Grand Central Station maybe?) but this was even better and really just utterly amazing.

My other favorites was a whole miniature dining room and kitchen inside a toaster oven by Helen Cohen, a wall hanging and tower made out of brightly colored sponges by An Te Liu, and a gigantic red couch eating all the other living room furniture, by the artist who did the fun Defenestration building in SF.

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March 16, 2004

Eegads, more snow

summer.jpgNot to rub it in, but it was another record warm day here in the mid-80s, and seems to be snowing in CT right now... Isn't Eduard lucky to be coming out here tomorrow? :)


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March 15, 2004

Diane for Congress

diane.jpgWestport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell officially announced for Congress today at four locations around the district.


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March 14, 2004

The Valkyrie

Jonathan's in the NY Times again today, in an article called "Someone's in the Kitchen with Brünnhilde"

eos.gifMore info from the EOS site

The Valkyrie
Thursday, March 18, & Saturday, March 20, 2004 at 8:00 PM
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU

Jonathan Sheffer, Conductor
Christopher Alden, Stage Director
Sanford Sylvan, Wotan
Linda Pavelka, Fricka

Wagner:   The Valkyrie
Eos continues its groundbreaking traverse of the "mini-Ring", which began in 2001 with a modern staging of The Rhinegold in a chamber orchestra reduction. The terribly legacy of the Ring's curse falls upon lovers doomed by fate. Brunhilde, a Valkyrie warrier, disobeys her father, and Wotan's punishment is without mercy. This staging places Wagner's characters in a space of contemporary psychological reality, affording a new insight into Wagner's Utopian soundworld.

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Morning with Carrie

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Carrie spent the morning here before she goes up to San Fran to see her friends there. We had breakfast at Gilly's and are about to stop by the Apple store before she leaves. Here we are blogging on our matching laptops :)

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March 13, 2004

Yay! Carrie's Visiting

Carrie's here visiting from NYC (where it is 36 degrees, in the 70s here). We've done some shopping (I showed her the yarn store) and are heading out to downtown Los Gatos for dinner!

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Silly Pillow

pillow.jpgFinished the very silly pillow I've been working on. I fell in love with the yarn at the Saratoga yarn store, but couldn't figure out what to do with it. It goes from being fluffy to thin, so wasn't knitting up very evenly. I thought I'd try a bag, but it didn't turn out to be something I thought I would carry around. Its wonderfully soft though, so I turned it into a pillow and stuffed it full of soft, fluffy stuffing. I wish it had turned out a little bigger, but it was fun to work on, and I got lots of good practice on my circular needles.

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Raft

BobbiLynn and I took a fieldtrip to R.A.F.T. (Resource Area For Teachers) this morning to try to find supplies for her to make kaleidoscopes with her Gifted and Talented science kids. What a cool place! We're definitely going to have to go back! There are some tremendously odd things there -- I'm so amazed at the way people find to use them with their classes!

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March 12, 2004

Congrats to J.R. and John!

paperwork.jpgMom passed along the news that John and JR (see Thanksgiving in Palm Springs) were able to get married in San Francisco (just in time before the courts made the city stop issuing licenses).

Congratulations to them!!!! (And hopefully Mom and Bill will get to come out for the party so I can see them!)


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March 11, 2004

Princess Betty

Mom just sent along this photo of Betty, who is home for a long spring break (3 weeks off!!! no fair!)

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The shirt says: What part of princess don't you understand?

:)

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Ladies Lunch

ladieslunch.jpgToday was Mom's Annual Ladies Luncheon (for ladies who don't have time to lunch). It was another great success (of course) with money raised this year for:

  • American Red Cross Mid-Fairfield County Chapter, Volunteer Enrichment Program
  • Builders Beyond Borders, Supplies for Dominican Republic Project
  • Westport Historical Society Book Fund, History of Staples High School

She writes, "Here's a table setting from the Ladies Lunch, featuring notebooks with Westport postcards as covers -- most of the pictures of people are too washed out because of the big windows at Birchwood."

Plus it was covered in the Westport Now blog (here and here)

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March 10, 2004

Printing

print1.gifIn my art class today we made prints that will eventually go into the books-in-the-round we're working on. It was like the old linoleum prints we used to do in school, but with a material that was a whole lot easier to cut. This is my second try (in the first one, I forgot to make all the letters in reverse, oops). Its in black ink with some silver mixed in.


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March 09, 2004

Dr. Brown's

The highlight of the day was finding out that my supermarket now stocks Dr. Brown's Diet Black Cherry Soda.

The 85 degree sunny weather didn't hurt either.

Yes, California's not so bad...

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March 08, 2004

Quote of the Day

From my reference text book (yes, I did the reading!):

"If you send a reference librarian to the store with a Boolean list of 'sugar' AND 'flour' AND 'eggs,' you will get a cookie."

(Reference and Information Services: An Introduction. Richard Bopp and Linda Smith, p. 102)

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International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day

"When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development."

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March 07, 2004

Trading Spaces Home Free

There's a new twist to Trading Spaces (one of my favorite TV shows) starting this week, where its now a competition between different sets of neighbors and the audience votes on who wins and gets their mortgage paid off! Plus, one set of viewers get their's paid off too (BobbiLynn! You should enter!) I especially love that there's one gay couple in the mix (I hope they do a good job so we can vote for them next week!)

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Pledge Break

ktehdoor.jpgHad my first shift this morning as a Tech Volunteer at KTEH. I was at Camera #3, getting shots of the volunteers answering the phones during pledge breaks (since it was a "virtual break," I was the only camera operator). The technical director was really nice -- and we even knitted together between pledge breaks. :) She was working on a really difficult-looking sweater. I get to go back Friday night during Mystery Night which should be fun -- this past Friday they showed Miss Marple in Nemesis, but next week seems to be an Elizabeth George that I haven't read.

My hamentaschen plans have been temporarily foiled by Safeway not having any poppy seed filling, but I'll give Albertson's a try after knitting group to see if they do any better. I did find some nice sugar-free apricot jam that looks promising if all else fails.


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Happy Purim

Happy Purim! I'm trying to decide whether to make hamentaschen (or be good and not make cookies so I don't eat them.) I really liked this Virtual Purim site.
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March 06, 2004

Monsieur Ibrahim

ibrahim_poster1.jpgSaw Monsieur Ibrahim this afternoon at the local theater. I LOVE having a movie theater in walking distance that shows foreign and art flicks!

This is a lovely French movie about a young Jewish boy and older Muslim man who become friends in late 1960s Paris. It will have you wanting to dance in the street (with absolutely fantastic music). Omar Sharif was great and Pierre Boulanger is the world's cutest 16 year old.


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So nice out!

weatherpixie.jpgIt is such a beautiful day here! I'm outside (I love wireless access!) trying to concentrate on my paper about my experience observing at the Los Gatos library... My weather pixie says its 63 degrees (though the weather report said 68) -- and she has her cute little iBook too!


Lots of people were out sitting in the park enjoying the sunshine. And its hard to beat cherry blossoms and palm trees!
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March 05, 2004

Poor Martha!

I can't believe they found Martha guilty on all counts!

According to her Martha Talks web site, she'll be appealing.

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Scarf for Lisa

lisascarf1.jpgFinished and mailed a scarf to Lisa this morning -- but I'll wait to post photos until she receives it...

Zap 3534-48 and Squiggle 9289-921010H06 on my #15s, 14 stiches CO, rows of all K.

(photos added 3/10, now that Lisa received her scarf)


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March 03, 2004

Fuzzy Scarf

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I'm feeling a bit muppety myself in my new fuzzy scarf. Modena GGH wonderfully soft and fluffy cotton/rayon/nylon. 16 knit stiches on No. 15 needles, plus short tassels. Yarn from the fabulous Knitting Arts store in Saratoga.


Plus, I found a Doozer Knitting song!

Here are the lyrics:

It's neat and it's sweet.
It's a ding dong treat,
Knittin' socks for little feet
Just sittin' with your knittin' all day long.

You know knittin's friendly,
And knittin's fun.
Knittin's good for everyone,
And that is why we sing this knittin' song.

Well it's knit one purl two.
What's a Doozer gonna do,
With a gol-darn,
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It's stitch three drop four.
Pitch that knittin' out the door right now.

There's a green there's a red.
There's a knot in my thread.
A knitter needs his noggin read,
So don't come 'round and speak to me of yarn.

You can k-nit all day and k-nothin' fits.
'Cause only k-nitwits like to k-nit,
And k-nittin' k-needles just ain't worth a darn.

Well it's knit one pearl two.
What's a Doozer gonna do,
With a gol-darn,
Ball of yarn?
It's stitch three drop four.
Pitch that knittin' out the door right now.


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West Wing meets Sesame Street!

I'm so excited for tonight's West Wing episode with the Sesame Street folks!
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And I found this fabulous Muppet Site which has exciting news like a book signing with Big Bird here in San Jose later this month! Sadly its the day after Eduard leaves or I'd make him come with me!

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Results

Here are the updated results:

100.0% ( 375 of 375 ) precincts reporting as of Mar 3, 2004 at 8:36 am

Candidate Votes Percent
 Democratic  
Ira Ruskin 17,417 37.4%
John Carcione 17,075 36.6%
John Barton 6,755 14.4%
Barbara Nesbet 5,419 11.6%
from http://vote2004.ss.ca.gov/Returns/stasm/2100.htm

And while in this and other races I'll support my party's nominee... I'd like to point out that the winner in the race has misspelled HIS OWN NAME (and other things) on the front page of his website, where it says, "San Fransico Chronicle Endorses Rusking." That race came down to just 342 votes.

Measure B-County Library District
364/364 100.00%
  Vote Count Percent
YES 41,401 60.65%
NO 26,859 39.35%
from http://www.sccgov.org/scc/assets/docs/scc040302.htm

The Yes on B website explains that 41,401 people voted yes. An additional 4107 yes votes would have made the difference.

Sigh.

Some scenes from Election Night

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My festive election night cookies

My still cheerful candidate
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Waiting for results
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Campaign manager Cameron Day sneaks in a quiet moment on the phone
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Campaign manager for Measure B, Lynna, and a supporter check the results online
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Back at Barbara's, Internet access is back up and everyone is gathered around Larry's awesome spreadsheet that graphs all of the pricinct returns as we get them.
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March 02, 2004

Not looking good...

Well, right now at 11:40 pm, things are not looking good in either of the races I've been working on.

For state assembly, district 21:
John Carcione 39.5%
Ira Ruskin 36.1%
John Barton 13.5%
Barbara Nesbet 10.9%
70.9% ( 266 of 375 ) precincts reporting as of Mar 2, 2004 at 11:32 pm

and Measure B
with 355/364 97.53% reporting
YES 60.69%
NO 39.31%
but we need 2/3 to pass...

Plus I'm still seething that they announced that Edwards was going to pull out with THREE HOURS OF VOTING LEFT here in California. First NBC said that they weren't going to reveal the results of the East Coast primaries until the polls closed here (but that you could see them on their web site if you really wanted to know) -- and I was just about to email them thanking them for their restraint -- and then they announced as breaking news that "sources" revealed Edwards was quitting. It was bad enough that so many of the choices in the race pulled out before the majority of the country got to vote -- but then they can't even let us have a whole day without rubbing it in that our votes don't actually matter all that much. As it was, it screwed up all our local races to have the primary moved up so early, and then we have record low turnout and they wonder why.

Posted by Emily at 11:43 PM | Comments (1)

Happy Seussentennial!

Today the world is celebrating 100 Years of Dr. Seuss!

Its a great way to celebrate reading! The NEA has a program called Read Across America Day, "celebrated annually on Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2--[which] generates enthusiasm for reading nationwide and focuses the country’s attention on how important it is to motivate children to read."

Posted by Emily at 06:24 PM | Comments (0)

Touch Screen Voting!

vote1.jpgMy county is one of the ones to switch over to touch screen voting for this election -- still quite controversial since it doesn't give a paper record of your vote. I was the 36th voter this morning in my precinct and am happily now sporting an "I voted by Touchscreen" sticker.

I also want to highly recommend Smartvoter.org (which was a Tech Awards Laureate in 2003.)

Did some last minute phone banking for Measure B this morning and tonight I'm hoping to go watch the returns with one of both of the campaigns I've been volunteering on.

Posted by Emily at 12:56 PM | Comments (0)

March 01, 2004

Lion or Lamb?

I'm having trouble deciding if this is lion or lamb weather here. Today's forecast is for:

Occasional light rain. Highs in the 50s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph...becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Which seems like a slightly grumpy lamb, not nearly as nice as this past weekend, but still so much better than last week's crazy storms.

Posted by Emily at 10:22 AM | Comments (0)