Thursday, July 29, 2004

If it had not been for 15 minutes...Epilogue: "These measures were entirely appropriate. Unbeknownst to us, the STASI had taken the unprecedented step of offering a bounty on our heads. I imagine more so on the capture or execution of Werner Stiller, but we were in danger nonetheless. Many years later I was told that the STASI in 1980 had been mistakenly under the impression that a family in Bavaria was us. They've sent a hit team of three agents across the border. In order to verify the discovery, individual team members visited this unsuspecting family on two seperate occasions. The first came disguised as a delivery driver, the second visit came as a gas meter reader. After that the team was pretty sure they had found us and connverged on the house. All three of them with guns drawn entered the home of their suspects. I don't know the exact details, but somehow the wife of the poor fellow under attack had enough presence of mind to call from the kitchen to the entrance way 'Honey I've called the cops - they will be here in 2 minutes.' And that was apperantly enough to spook the hit team into abandoning their plan. "
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources: "Location: Near Saratoga Springs resort. From I-15 take Lehi exit 282 (Lehi Roller Mills) and head west on main street through town. Main street will bend at the Maverick and become state road 73. Continue for another 3 miles to the intersection of SR 73 and 68. Turn left and proceed south approximately 2 miles. Turn left on 6800 N and go to stop sign. Turn left - Inlet Park is 1/4 mile from stop sign."
Google Search: jordan river utah : "Anyway, the thread on unique river hazards made me think of the time some friends and I tried to paddle the
Jordan River from its source in Utah Lake to the first major obstacle in the Jordan River Narrows in the south
end of the Salt Lake valley. I know the Jordan used to be a beautiful little stream, tree lined, home to
birds and fish and all sorts of nice clean critters. I know 'cause I'm an archivist and see photographs and
read accounts of what it used to be like. Well now its source, Utah Lake, is full of heavy metals from fifty
years of steel production and 100 years of agricultural chemicals and 150 years of sewage from Ovum, I mean
Orem, and Provo, Utah. The river as it goes through the Salt Lake valley has been a dumping ground for a
century and a half, and now instead of trees it has bridge abutments and old rebar, instead of nice fish it
has big greasy mutated carp that feed on offal from the meat packing plant, dead animals that people throw in
it, and the occasional poor transient who drinks too much thunderbird, falls in the river and dies. Ah, parts
of it are still pretty, but just when you think it's pretty nice you come around a corner and face a rapid
made entirely of shopping carts that hooligans have thrown in the river, or a bunch of kids giving you gang
signs and holding cans of spray paint. Just glad it wasn't guns."

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Nerd. | Metafilter: "Ken Jennings doesn't drink, because he's Mormon. I know him personally, because Ken used to play quiz bowl for Brigham Young University and I played on the Berkeley quiz bowl team against him a couple of times. His skill in knowing when to buzz in is almost definitely developed from his years in quiz bowl. Ken is notable not only for his winning streak, but because he's the first Quiz Bowl contestant I'm aware of to get on Jeopardy after they allowed you stay on for more than 5 days. I know some other quiz bowl players who've also auditioned to be on Jeopardy, but they can't get on the show, because they all know Ken and Jeopardy's own rules prohibit them from coming on the show while Ken is a contestant. If some other ex-quiz bowl player comes on the show after Ken leaves, you might see a similar winning streak."
Nerd. | Metafilter: "I don't see why everybody has to hate on the guy. He doesn't drink alcohol, yet he TRAINED with his wife with flash cards to memorize the ingredients in cocktails JUST in the event that 'Potent Potables' comes up.

That, my friend, earned my respect right there."
Menace hides Kurosawa's Fortress: "George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars saga, has long acknowledged The Hidden Fortress, by the late Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, as a key inspiration for the whole Star Wars saga.

But seeing Kurosawa's 1958 masterpiece shortly after The Phantom Menace only brought home how much the apprentice, to use a Star Wars motif, owes to the master. The distance is surprisingly small between the Star Wars galaxy far, far way and Kurosawa's depiction of medieval Japan, where the bad guys use the latest death machine -- the rifle. "
THE BOURNE SUPREMACY / *** (PG-13): "They've found Bourne's fingerprints at the scene of a murder in Berlin involving a CIA agent and his high-level criminal contact. But Bourne was in Goa at the time, so who's framing him?

We have a pretty good idea, long before anyone else does, because the movie observes the Law of Economy of Character Development, which teaches us that when an important actor is used in an apparently subordinate role, he's the villain."
Google Search:: "Hey Mike, you want to try something impressive, try what we were doing for
our private shows over the last 5 years.

We would buy from a wholesaler, 2 CASES of 100 shot saturn missle battieries
(that's 60 of those suckas!!), then we hot glued them to 2X4s and stuck slow
burning sticky match along the fused sides (laying the fuses down parallel
to the BP in the match) and lit them all at once. Yes, ALL 60 AT ONCE!!

SON! Let me tell you, the first year we did that we had people diving under
cars to excape the noise and those thousands of little annoying, screaming
bees going everywhere! It was the single most talked about thing in the 10
to 12 year history of our private shows.

This was the first year we didn't have that private show. I'm currently
going through withdrawal pains. :)"
WORD WARS / *** (Not rated): "Scrabble is one way to kill time. I can think of better ways to pass obsessive, lonely, anti-social lives; a documentary named 'Cinemania' is about people who literally attempt to spend every waking hour watching movies, seven days a week. At least they get to see the movies. After a Scrabble player has triumphantly played a word that contains Q without U, where does he go from there? How long can you treasure that memory?"

Friday, July 23, 2004

Gmail - Neal Maxwell passes: "Maxwell spent hours in one-on-one conversations with each child,
writing them a personal note of gratitude every Thanksgiving. Later,
he and his wife organized a quarterly 'grandchildren's fireside''
to which every child in the family over age 10 was invited to discuss
religious topics, explore the scriptures or discuss philosophy.
His life became the fulfillment of a promise he made in the
foxholes of Okinawa. Shaking and crying in the mud, amid exploding
shells, Hafen writes, Maxwell pledged his life in service to God
should he live.
The soldier kept his word."

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

CNN.com - Berger says he made 'honest mistake' - Jul 21, 2004: "Breuer strongly denied information from law enforcement sources that an Archives staffer told investigators Berger also placed something in his socks.

'That's categorically false and ridiculous,' he said, adding that such an allegation had never been made by prosecutors and first surfaced Monday in the media.

Asked why Berger removed the notes if he knew it was a violation of policy, Breuer said 'because there's something more important than Archives' procedure, and that's the hard work of the 9/11 commission.'

'Sandy Berger knew that he was going to be asked questions about what happened in the early '90s and mid-'90s and that the 9/11 commission and the families of those victims had a right to know what happened,' he said. 'Sandy's acknowledged from the beginning that it was a mistake in judgment.'

As for the missing Millennium document, Breuer said it was an assessment prepared by former White House counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke at Berger's request. He said the contents of the document are 'widely known' and have been written about in books and magazines."
Jones on Sewing for Bookbinding: "The book shown in Figure 6.4 has seen several years of use, and the impact of this wear is quite visible. Repeated flexing of the fold where the book front meets the spine has torn some of the surface fibers. Should this crease ever begin to tear, it would be a simple matter to thread linen tape through the sewing and glue it to the front and back covers in order to reinforce the spine and hinges. The photo shows no wear on the threads, and the torn fibers along the crease are very clean; this is because the book has been protected by a dust jacket since it was bound."

Monday, July 19, 2004

Trinity Test, July 16, 1945, Eyewitness Accounts - Cyril S. Smith: "The rising of the cloud of reaction products to above the cloud level seems to have proceeded rapidly but in a normal fashion. It was noticeable that there were a number of rough projections, indicating high local turbulence. Shortly after the smoke column with its mushroom top was formed, wind currents distorted it into a jagged or corkscrew appearance. There was a dust cloud over the ground, extending for a considerable distance. A cloud, whether of dust or moisture particles, hung close to the ground and slowly drifted east into the hills, persisting for over an hour.

The obvious fact that all of the reaction products were not proceeding upward in a neat ball but were lagging behind and being blown by low altitude winds over the ground in the direction of inhabited areas produced very definite reflection that this is not a pleasant weapon we have produced. Later reflections were on the manner of defense against it and the realization that a city is henceforth not the place in which to live."
The Smoking Gun: Martha's Bread And Chocolate: "ULY 16--In opposing Martha Stewart's bid for leniency, federal prosecutors scoffed at the multimillionaire's claim that her record of community service and charity was so extraordinary that she deserved to be rewarded with less prison time. While Stewart's own presentencing memo was submitted under seal, details from that document are contained in a memo filed by Manhattan federal prosecutors who--gleefully, it seems--pointed to some of the, um, charitable acts claimed by Stewart. The convicted felon, 62, 'greeted new neighbors with freshly baked bread' and 'gave cocoa to the parents of children appearing on her television show.' And then there was the time she 'consoled a friend whose father died the same day as the verdict in this case.' And who could forget how she complimented staff members at lunch, barbecues, and Passover seders. Also, while visiting Peru, she even 'took underprivileged children to Machu Picchu.' Prosecutors also termed Stewart's claim that her charitable donations were significant as 'specious,' pointing to paltry contributions listed on her personal tax returns (though exact numbers were redacted from the government memo, an excerpt of which you'll find below). "

Sunday, July 11, 2004

deseretnews.com | A Sabbath stand: "'I appreciate all the hard work they've done for Jeremy Ranch, giving up their course, and appreciate the way they handled this. I'm fine with the decision.'
He said he isn't planning on being a professional golfer and competing on Sunday like his father and numerous other LDS athletes do.
'I'm going to do something in the golfing profession, but I hope I won't have to work on Sunday,' he said.
As for next year, Miller isn't sure whether he will enter the State Amateur and he may not have a chance to anyway, according to Watts.
'We will be considering changes in our entry form for players to declare in advance if they're not going to play until the end of the tournament,' said Watts. 'We don't want them taking other people's places.
'We have people working hard to get in this tournament; they deserve a chance if someone isn't really here to win it.'"

Friday, July 09, 2004

: "In 1956, an American Heart Association (AHA) fund-raiser aired on all three major networks. The MC interviewed, among others, Irving Page and Jeremiah Stamler of the AHA, and researcher Ancel Keys. Panelists presented the lipid hypothesis as the cause of the heart disease epidemic and launched the Prudent Diet, one in which corn oil, margarine, chicken and cold cereal replaced butter, lard, beef and eggs. But the television campaign was not an unqualified success because one of the panelists, Dr. Dudley White, disputed his colleagues at the AHA. Dr. White noted that heart disease in the form of myocardial infarction was nonexistent in 1900 when egg consumption was three times what it was in 1956 and when corn oil was unavailable. When pressed to support the Prudent Diet, Dr. White replied: 'See here, I began my practice as a cardiologist in 1921 and I never saw an MI patent until 1928. Back in the MI free days before 1920, the fats were butter and lard and I think that we would all benefit from the kind of diet that we had at a time when no one had ever heard the word corn oil.'"

Thursday, July 08, 2004

1/2 cup of Beans????: "Hi, Aurora. The SBD Good Carbs good Fats Guide lists 1/2 c. of beans for a serving, but you can eat more if you want. I've posted this before: 1/2 c. beans per serving: breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, that is 5 1/2 c. servings in a day, or 2.5 cups of beans a day, unless you are making my chocolate bean pudding for dessert, that makes 3 cups in a day. That is a whole lot of beans.
I'm a vegan and eat on average 1/2 c. beans 3 times a day, mostly Pizza Beans (greek Lima Beans). I find that is enough for me, plus I eat lots and lots of veggies, a wide variety, plus some nuts and low GI fruit.
See my thread, 'You guys interested in bean recipes?' in the recipe section of this Forum.
Burdle (The Former Bean Queen) "
3hive - sharing the sharing

Saturday, July 03, 2004

TWILIGHT SAMURAI / **** (Not rated): "The closing third of the film is magnificent in the way it gathers all we have learned about Seibei, and uses it to bring depth to what could have been a routine action sequence, but is much more. We see Tomoe shyly preparing him for battle ('Allow me to comb your hair'), and after a crucial conversation, he leaves her and goes to Yogo's home, where the body of an earlier emissary lies in the courtyard, covered by a swarm of flies. "