Thoughts Gallery December 2000
December 1
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Man verses machine who will win at the end of the day.  It's interesting to see the real life results of what brain washing can do to the general population of a society. Within a few short years and hours and hours of programming Arafat has been able to turn a people to sole hatred at whatever their target of the day is.  This reminds me of Hitler's impresssive media machine and how effective he was in being able to convince people "his" ideals were the right ideals to follow and emulate.
December 2
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Forget wiretaps, now the government can watch you from their phones.  I guess Dick Tracy was to far off the times with his watch conference calling.  Now we just have to wiat for the CCD cameras to shrink from the size of an eraser head to pin head size and the world will get a whole lot documented. Now we just need to tye in a gps device & a microphone & we can track everything from this handy little piece of techonology.
December 3
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Nothing like a 500 pound gingerbread house to brighten your day.  Wouldn't you like to have a bite of this while waiting to visit the dentist. MMM.....
December 4
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What do you think this is a picture of??
This is a piece of land with more than 6 million tires on it as viewed from above. Resident's were starting to worry about the fire hazards of the tires after a similiar tire site took 5 months to burn out.
December 5
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The new party animals at the whitehouse for 2001.
December 6
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A Stage Two emergency is declared when power reserves fall - or are expected to fall - below 5 percent. California has never before had a statewide Stage Three emergency, which is declared when reserves fall below 1.5 percent.

 Experts said the fundamental problem is that California hasn't built any major new power plants in the last 10 years, while demand for power has grown steadily. They said that shortage, plus flaws in the structure of the market, allow power plant owners to manipulate prices. 

It will be interesting to see Texas follow in these footsteps in the next 2 years as we expierence the rolling brownouts throught the larger counties.

December 7
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How brainwashed do you have to be to want to cover yourself in the blood of a fellow citizen & then paint the walls like little children.

It's amusing to see the poor logic and demands for  land to be returned, land that was used to create the country of Israel, 80 years ago.

December 8
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Only outside the US could someone grow heir nails this long and then expect to make money by auctioning them off over the Internet. I'll start the bid at $2.00, they would make good kindling for a fire.

Classes are over for the semsester YEAH!!! Now is the time to test those memorizations skills

December 9
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I saw the movie Dungeons & dragons tonight. What a pure dissapointment to see such bad acting in a $20 million production.  At least I got to admire the object modeling skills of Viewpoint and enjoy the animated landscape scenes. 
December 10
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Winnie the Pooh Characters Seriously Troubled

Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger and Christopher Robin are ``seriously troubled individuals'' living in the ``disenchanted'' Hundred Acre Wood and are in dire need of psychoactive drugs, Canadian researchers said. The characters in A.A. Milne's famous children's stories suffer from unrecognized and untreated problems  including attention deficit disorder and chronic depression, said a tongue-in-cheek study by pediatricians at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Lead researcher Sarah Shea told Reuters that her team of modern neuro-developmentalists wanted to remind the world that wonderful people can have disorders.

``The world is full of wonderful people who have quirks and we love them. How dare anyone say there is anything wrong with someone diagnosed with attention deficit. I would also remind people that we are kidding around,'' said Shea. Winnie himself could benefit from a low-dose stimulant to help him overcome attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as well as obsessive-compulsive tendencies that include repetitive counting and an insatiable lust for honey. ``Pooh needs intervention. We feel drugs are in order. We cannot help but wonder how much richer Pooh's life might be were he to have a trial of low-dose stimulant medication,'' the article states. 

December 11
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A history professor from Uppsala Universitet in Sweden, talked about an article she had read in which a Zimbabwe politician was quoted as saying that children should study this event closely, for it shows that election fraud is not only a third world phenomenon:
1. Imagine that we read of an election occurring anywhere in the third world in which the self-declared winner was the son of the former prime minister and that former prime minister was himself the former head of that nation's secret police (CIA).

2. Imagine that the self-declared winner lost the popular vote but still won.

3. Imagine that the self-declared winner's 'victory' turned on disputed votes cast in a province governed by his brother!
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4. Imagine that the poorly drafted ballots of one district, a
district heavily favoring the self-declared winner's opponent, led thousands of voters to vote for the wrong candidate.

5. Imagine that that members of that nation's most despised caste, (blacks in this case) fearing for their lives/livelihoods, turned out in record numbers to

vote in near-universal opposition to the self-declared winner's candidacy.

6. Imagine that hundreds of members of that most-despised caste were intercepted on their way to the polls by state police operating under the authority of the self-declared winner's brother.

7. Imagine that six million people voted in the disputed province and that the self-declared winner's 'lead' was only 327 votes. Fewer, certainly, than the vote counting machines' margin of error.
December 13
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8. Imagine that the self-declared winner and his political party opposed a more careful by-hand inspection and re-counting of the ballots in the disputed province or in its most hotly disputed district.
 9. Imagine that the self-declared winner, himself a governor of a major province, had the worst human rights record of any province in his nation and actually led the nation in executions.

10. Imagine that a major campaign promise of the self-declared winner was to appoint like-minded human rights violators to lifetime positions on the high court of that nation.

None of us would deem such an election to be representative of anything other than the self-declared winner's will-to-power. All of us, I imagine, would wearily turn the page thinking that it was another sad tale of pitiful pre-or anti-democracy peoples in some strange elsewhere.
December 14
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A Six-Hour Sushi Binge
Unemployed Yutaka Osaki had just pennies in his
pocket, but that didn't stop him eating his way through 36 plates of sushi worth $100. ``I just thought about filling my tummy, even though I had no money,'' Osaki, 62, was quoted as telling police Wednesday in Nagahama, western Japan. The conveyor belt restaurant became suspicious after Osaki had been eating for six hours, running up a $100 tab for the sushi and 10 cans of beer, the Kyodo news agency said.  Police came and arrested Osaki, who had just 17 cents in his pocket. 
December 15
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Flight Attendants Allowed to Slap Sex Pests 
Swissair flight attendants will be allowed to slap sex pests and can retaliate against other unruly passengers by tying them up in their seats. ``We do not recommend it, but we accept it if our staff reacts when assaulted and will defend our staff in court,'' Swissair spokesman Erwin Schaerer said on Thursday.  From Jan. 1, Swissair planes will be equipped with a kind of plastic handcuffs that can be used on unruly passengers.  The number of instances of aggressive or unruly travelers rose to 502 cases in 1999 from 286 cases in 1996 while the total number of Swissair passengers rose to 14 million from 9 million.  The spokesman said that about one-third of these incidents were related to alcohol consumption and another third to the ban on smoking on board. Sexual assaults and cases of ``air rage'' that force jets to make unscheduled stops were very rare.
December 16
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I saw the movie Emperor's New Groove tonight. It's interesting to see where they are taking the development of animation and vioceovers in the digital field

No Touchy!!

December 17
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I had my company christmas party tonight.  I got to eat at an excellent restaurant called Siena with my coworkers. It's nice to have a annual company party and dine on the slave dollars of the workers.  I had some duck that was almost as tender as butter, mashed potatoes, and mixed greens. The appetizers were excellent also, my only change would be to round out the entree selections more.
December 18
No more french fries for me today.  I've decided I need to keep the calory burning going during the winter so that I'll still fit into my clothes in the spring
December 19
I found my lot that would be perfect to build some condo's on, now all I need to do is figure out eh zoning and financiing issues.
December 20
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I must say that I think windows200 has extremely poor network management tools. After reinstalling windows, Internet explorer, the network card, all trying to fix the DNS server addresses tied to the card, I seeing windowsNT as having some better programing features at last
December 21
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Wrapped and exchanged some christmas presents today. I think it worked out pretty nicely, I'm so glad that ebay exists to full-fill my shopping desires.
December 22
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Nothing like blinking lights on your car during a road trip to make you think about everything that can go wrong on your vehicle.  I keep thinking how long it will be until the next servicing for my car.  It's worse that trying to keep a camel fed
December 23
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I saw the movie Miss Congeniality, after the movie I wanted to see was sold out.  After waiting for a burnt-out bulb to be replace I got to enjoy the movied that was filmed locally here in Austin.
December 24
Nothing like walking into church services late and not having a place to sit.  Atlas I had some last minute christmas shopping to do, so I was fighting the crowds trying to take advantage of all the sales.
December 25
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Xmas was good to me this year, my non-clothes gifts included a big mirror, a conch shell, some real solid silverware, cooking pans, and a bathroom throw rug.  I saw the movie family man today with the entire family.  The annual movie event on the holidays are almost a necessity as no one likes to be trapped at home for to long
December 26
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Today I was reminded why i am not a consumer.  The mall parking lot crowds, to the rude people returning items, to the 10 person lines at every register, to the people bying sales items with change and checks. I roamed around the houston inner loop and admired all the new developments and renovation projects that are going on.
December 27
Dracula 2000, well seeing as this movie came out like a month before the year is over, they probably should have dropped that from the title.

"So you haven't told me your name...
We are so much more complicated than our names"

December 28
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Nothing like nice cold weather to make you want to stay indoors and eat dunkin doughnuts.
December 29
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Today is the last day of work in 2000. Out with the old and in with the new.  It was also the last day of work for Janan Jellison a employee I have worked with for almost 3 years.  She was stolen away by another real estate developer. Here's the going away card we gave her
December 30
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Dunkin' Donut 
Serving Size: 1 donut

Calories: 240

Calories from Fat: 130

Protein: 3

Total Carbohydrates: 25   Sugars: 6

Vitamin A %DV: 0

Vitamin C %DV: 0

Total Fat: 15.0

Saturated Fat: 3.0 Cholesterol: 0

Total Dietary Fiber: -1.0

Iron %DV: 2

Calcium %DV: 2

Sodium: 340 

Ingredients:enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), partially hydrogenated soybean oil, water, sugar, contains 2% or less of the following: sodium acid pyrophosphate, wheat starch, baking soda, whey, salt, soy flour, dextrose, nonfat milk, soy lecithin, egg albumen, monocalcium phosphate, toasted wheat germ, modified food starch, xanthan gum, polyglycerol esters of fats & fatty acids, sodium caseinate, natural & artificial flavor, l-cysteine hydrochloride, annatto, turmeric, guar gum.
They don't post their ingrediants or nutritional infromation online, in facts their site while snazzy is quite poor compared to Dunkin Dounuts.

Therefore I rule that Dunkin Donuts are the better brand online as well as the better tasting fluffier donuts.

December 31
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I went to dinner at a nice restaurant called Mirabelle. It's a sister restaurant to a favorite of mine called Castle Hill Cafe.  I had the tandori quail appetizer, and then an excellent lamb loin rosted. Amy Kantor had the oyster appetizer and the beef. The dessert was very interesting, I had something called Tres leches, covered with whipped cream it was excellent  Mmmmm the dinner experience was so scrumpteous and festive. Then I played rampage on a nintendo64 for like 4-5 hours trying to conquor the game, I gave up at day 1:10.