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Personal blog entries now here. Blogger Boobie-Thon moved here.
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Widdle piddle
Kathy has sent me a couple of gems today. First, "Prescription Drug Safety", Onion-style. Second a very small, but very large, reason to always buy the warranty.
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How much would you pay?
Whoa. Blogshares got all fancified today, courtesy of Simply Delish! Very nice. Don't be a playah-hatah, ok?

UPDATE: Jason just pointed out that the new Blogrolling design is up. *two snaps in a circle* Now, go give 'im some money!
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Lies, lies, lies, yeah - they won't forget you!
In the April 5 issue of TV Guide, [Peter] Arnett said he felt he had found redemption reporting on the current war.

"I was furious with (CNN founder) Ted Turner and (then-CNN chairman) Tom Johnson when they threw me to the wolves after I made them billions risking my life to cover the first Gulf War," Arnett told TV Guide.

"Now (Turner and Johnson) are gone, the Iraqis have thrown the CNN crew out of Baghdad, and I'm still here," he said. "Any satisfaction in that? Ha, ha, ha, ha."
(Read full articles at FOXNews.com and National Geographic.)
Famous last words for $200, Alex. Don't let the scud hit you on the way out...
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Eat da' puddin'
So Todd grabbed a snackpack of chocolate and 'nilla Jell-O pudding at the sto' last night. And as I sit here savoring its chocolately goodness, I also find myself missing those little tiny bits of unmixed powder that you bite into when you eat instant pudding vs. premade. Does that make me odd, or was I already there a long time ago?

Wait. On second thought, don't answer that.
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I'll bring home the turkey if you'll bring home the bacon
People know me too well -- I was sent this link three times yesterday:

"Weezer's symbolic value" -- Great undergrad thesis on the rise, fall and rebirth of the band Weezer, written for a Harvard social studies degree.
Excuse me as I go kick myself whilst muttering, "Why didn't I think of that?"
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The long and winding road
I finished up another design for Sean-Paul this evening -- "The Silk Road".

Sekimori. We do it with <style>!
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Turnover, party of five
Well we're sucking serious ass today. I think I could play better drunk.

UPDATE: Well it's now time to point out that only Boomer Sooner!
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Teenage suicide -- don't do it!
So if you're a suicide bomber who decides to blow yourself in front of a group of soldiers, and you only end up injuring 30 -- just killing yourself -- do you still get the 10 young virgins in the after-life? Or are you reduced to something like 10 chain-smoking skanks with the clap from New Jersey*?

* Please note no one from New Jersey was actually targeted or harmed during the making of this entry. Sorry Tennessee.
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"He thought he knew better"
From the FARK forums -- they always know just how to cut right to the chase:

"...'hungry troops' says it all....if the bush presidency were a dukes of hazzard episode, this would be the point where uncle jesse says, 'well, bush and his pals have got themselves in quite a pickle now'." [link]

For more background on this FARK comment, please read this Washington Post article.
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Butterin' bread
Solonor is so sexy, big and strong... He also gives good blog. *bats eyelashes*

Love,
Your Princess

UPDATE: I have good taste in men. My husband is in the top 10!
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Not such a "Big Easy"
Comments like this are exactly why I never talk sports smack pre-game in other people's blogs, or make predictions on where my Sooners will end up. Sorry 'bout the Wildcats loss, Ashley! Now I just hope the Jayhawks can represent for the Big XII and take care of the other Wildcat team this evening...

UPDATE: Two number one seeds went down today. How 'bout the Big XII representin'?!
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A Yankee Doodle, do or die



Time for another image grab bag -- if you want a patriotic design, snag one!
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Ex-zip-it B
I'm gziped now -- are you? (Link via Christine and Scripty Goddess.)
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Eight is enough...for now
Please join me in welcoming the Oklahoma Sooners to the Elite Eight, baby! The Butler didn't do it. (Next up the winner of the Syracuse vs. Auburn game.)
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God bless America

[Even In Iraq]

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We are living in a material world and I am a material girl
Madonna on war (from Entertainment Tonight): "We have to stop. We have to heal ourselves. We have to heal the world."

Well I'm so glad we got that straight. I know I'll sleep better tonight.
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I'm gonna be on tel-e-vision

[nbc video] Will of "Weblog Central" just e-mailed me the following:



Hey guys, wanted to make sure you saw that the Nightly News from last night is viewable online. It's the 7th clip.

http://www.msnbc.com/news/NIGHTLYTB_Front.asp

I'm not sure how to give you a clean link to the video itself. This opens the video but sizes it wrong.

http://www.msnbc.com/m/mw/mw.asp.....cover&opt=0

The link will disappear from the Nightly News page in a day probably, but the video should be viewable for a lot longer than that.




So there you go...fifteen more minutes of fame in case you missed it last night! Thanks Will!

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You wanna piece of me?

Listed on BlogShares Just spotted over at Michele's...you can now get a piece of the blog over at Blogshares. My blog is valued at $14,150.86, an outgoing link is worth $619.60 and shares cost a mere $1.60 $1.61 $1.75 $1.78 $1.91. I'm cheap -- but you already knew that. Buy for the children. Elvis would have wanted it that way.

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Friday night I'm making Sharise
If this isn't in your MP3 collection already, right that heinous offense NOW. Happy Friday!


When I look in the mirror
I can't believe what I see
Tell me, who's that funky dude
Staring back at me
Broken, beaten down
Can't even get around
Without an old-man cane
I fall and hit the ground
Shivering in the cold
I'm bitter and alone

Excuse the bitchin'
I shouldn't complain
I should have no feeling
'Cuz feeling is pain
As everything I need
Is denied me
And everything I want
Is taken away from me
But who do I got to blame?
Nobody but me...

And I don't wanna be an old man anymore
It's been a year or two since I was out on the floor
Shaking booty, making sweet love all the night
It's time I got back to the good life
It's time I got back, it's time I got back
And I don't even know how I got off the track
I wanna go back, yeah!

Screw this crap, I've had it!
I've had it!
I ain't no Mr. Cool
I'm a pig, I'm a dog
So excuse me if I drool
I ain't gonna hurt nobody
Ain't gonna cause a scene
Just need to admit
That I want sugar in my tea
Hear me?
(Hear me)
I want sugar in my tea!

I don't wanna be an old man anymore
It's been a year or two since I was out on the floor
Shaking booty, making sweet love all the night
It's time I got back to the good life
It's time I got back, it's time I got back
And I don't even know how I got off the track
I wanna go back, yeah!

I wanna go back, I wanna go back
And I don't even know how I got off the track
It's time I got back, it's time I got back
And I don't even know how I got off the track
I wanna go back, yeah!

And I don't wanna be an old man anymore
It's been a year or two since I was out on the floor
Shaking booty, making sweet love all the night
It's time I got back to the good life
It's time I got back, it's time I got back
And I don't even know how I got off the track
It's time I got back, it's time I got back
And I don't even know how I got off the track
I wanna go back (I wanna go back)...

Song credit: =w=eezer
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Melts in your mouth...
When I weigh 500 lbs. in the next photo you see of me, I swear it's not my fault. It's the "Easter Bunny approved" 14 oz. bag of peanut M&Ms'. They're cute. They're pastel. They're oh-so-yummy and peanutty. Moth to a flame, man. Moth to a flame...
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All work and no play...
I just finished my latest masterpiece for Sekimori -- "Sofia Sideshow". This blog was so much fun to design. The author currently lives in Bulgaria and sent me a stack of photos he'd taken around the country. We picked the best ones, and I built his desired template around them (image 1, image 2).

I have two more designs to crank out by the end of the weekend, and more stacking up in the pile for next week. So need that vacation that's hopefully coming soon!
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Love and marriage
Me: Hey, can you help me get the kitchen picked up before the water-delivery guy comes tomorrow?
Him: <sighs heavily, puts down laptop and joins me in the kitchen> Yeah...yeah...
Me: <finishes the drink he'd asked me to make him> Ok, I'm going back to work now.
Him: Oh so I see when you say, "Can you help me..." it really means "Can you come and do it for me?"
Me: I said I'm going back to work. Woooorrrrk. Say it with me. You know, that thing you don't have to do between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.?
Him: Whatever, you dreamer.
Me: You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join...
Him: <grabs a plastic grocery sack> Hey! Come here! Put your head inside this. It's really fun to try and breathe when...

You never saw moments like this on "Ozzie and Harriet", that's for sure!
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Look 'ma, I'm on TV (well, sort of)

[Sean Paul] [Sean Paul]

[The Agonist] [Instapundit]


It's not every day a girl gets to see her work on the NBC Nightly News -- one of the sites I designed (as mentioned last night) made it on the air this evening. One of the sites Stacy designed made it on as well. I'd have to say it was a good day...for Sekimori Design!
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Fun with numbers
So I had a guy...we'll call him "Mr. Blonde"...ruffle his feathers today at the $25 pricetag for 90-days banner rotation on WM!

Mr. Blonde has been a customer in the past, and had a problem with the number of hits his banner ad was bringing him. One day I linked him here at my blog when he signed up (as I usually do for new advertisers to give them the double-traffic boost), and he had almost 500 clicks that day from ATPTB. Back then, he wanted to know just why his banner wasn't giving him the same amount of click-thru traffic that my blog did. Well gee, let's see... A hardlink vs. a banner ad. Hmmmm. I don't know about you, but unless a banner really "grabs" me -- I won't click on it. That means, make it good. Not like something your 4th-grade child could put together in Paint Shop Pro. But I s'pose that's my fault since I didn't ask him to pay me to create a new one as well.

Fast-forward to today. His snide reason for not renewing his contract was because on investigation of my stats, I'd only had a half-million unique hits in three month's time. He claimed that was not nearly enough traffic into my site for his $25.

I decided to do a little research for Mr. Blonde using the same stats-tracking site he did. "The Knot" and WeddingChannel.com were not included (because if you have your own NASDAQ trading symbol you don't count as equal-competition) -- leaving my closest competitor as a site who averaged around 240,000 hits for the same 3-month period. A banner with them would cost several hundred dollars for the same time frame. My price? Again, it's twenty-five bucks. My traffic? Double theirs. My next closest competitor came in the 177,000 range -- followed by another with 50,000 unique hits, and another with 20,000 for the same 3 months.

Yeah, I'd say it was all my fault. Oh, and by the way -- I checked the stats for the site owned by Mr. Blonde as well. He averaged 54,951 unique hits during those three months. My traffic was ten times his. You do the math.
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Eye candy
For your viewing pleasure...a little "his" and "hers"... Or "mix 'n' match" if you prefer.


[world geography lesson]       [God bless America!]


Totally your call -- enjoy your Thursday!
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PSA
Just a quick note that there's a good chance one of the sites I've designed, The Agonist, is going to be on the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw this evening. I'll update if I see the site or its owner Sean Paul Kelley, on-air.

UPDATE: Or maybe not... Our local news said it would be a special hour-long Nightly News before it aired, but it only ran for 30 minutes here -- and no warblogging segment. (Here's the official reason why.) So stay tuned tomorrow!
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Always remember to wash your hands!
So this article explains a lot about all that time Chris missed from work last week...

I wash my hands religiously and obsessively every day, and I'm still amazed at the ick I clean out of my keyboard. Certainly there has to be a better way to design these things!
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When Robyn talks...people listen?

[third best known blog] I forgot to mention... The other day I learned my site is in the "top 3" of the second round of "Best Known Blog" competition over at "Name That Blog". I came in right behind Scripty Goddess (duh!) and Name That Blog's owner. Not too shabby, ey? Now my secret plan is to sneak "Robyn" into every entry and try to bullet to the top! Bwah ha ha!

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There's fifty-seven channels and nuthin' on
"If you've got people after four and a half days saying they've had enough of the war, think of the magnitude of that statement," [Robert Thompson, professor of media and popular culture at Syracuse University] said. "World War II took four years." (Full article at CNN.com.)


This quote really hit home with me. I got to the point Monday with Todd home all day where I couldn't stop crying. You may have noticed my lack of blogging. I was the same way after 9/11. The news-addict in me wants to stay informed, but the "bleeding-heart" in me just can't absorb all the pain that quickly. After such a bloody Sunday with one bad news story after the next, I guess I hit my limit. And we haven't even got to the most gruesome and bloody of the battles yet. I decided that I had to take a step back for awhile, and I'm trying to limit myself as best I can (unless of course something major develops). To be honest, I don't know how the warbloggers do it. All day. Every day.

But WWII didn't have 24/7 coverage in living color, and they certainly didn't have as many (radio) networks and spin-off networks as we do today. Most war updates came in the form of black and white newsreels and cartoons before feature films, which were hardly instantaneous updates. Now we know the second sirens wail in Kuwait and see everyone grab their gas masks live. We see the bombs as they fall over Baghdad. We know the names of the fallen almost the instant men in uniforms appear at their family's doors. Gone are the days of Western Union telegrams. It's now, now, now -- get it on the air! Get the exclusive interview with the mom! Which only succeeds in making me start crying all over again...

And although I'd hardly compare what we're going through now with what our nation faced during WWI and WWII, we are getting it faster -- we are getting it much more in your face -- and depending on the size and price of your TV, the battle scenes are so real and lifesize / lifelike they almost seem to be occurring right there live in your very own living room. That, to me, is magnitude.


Footnote: After reading the whole CNN.com article mentioned above, I hope I never run into David White of Indianapolis. Because I'll spit in his face:

"I'd much rather watch the [NCAA] tournament because I can make money on it," said David White, 30. "There's no war pool."

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Rest in peace
Damn. Fuck. And any other expletive this year has left me too tired to type...
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The End
When you're dropping the curtain on a bad last act, what do you play for the finale?


And God looked down over all the earth and He was sick unto His stomach.

"Ok!," he said. "All right! I am fed up. I am disgusted. I have had it. Enough is enough. Gabriel," He yelled, "blow your damned horn! I am putting an end to all that crap down there."

"Well, it's about time," said Gabriel, taking his horn out of its case. "Do you want a nice modern riff or something military, like taps, or maybe one good long, strong -----."

"I don't care what you blow," said God, "just blow! Make it loud; make it solid and final and of all eternity -- make it ring from heaven to hell and back; make it reach into all men's souls and fill them with the realization that this is it. Make it bang!"

"T.S.Eliot says the world ends with -----."

"I don't give a damn what T.S.Eliot says -- you just blow that horn like I tell you!" said God.

"All right," said Gabriel, "all right, but you don't have to yell at me. After all, I'm a musician, not a plumber. I've waited a long time for this gig and I'm not going to goof it. You just tell me how you're going to end it and I'll come up with something that cooks." And he fit the mouthpiece into his horn. "You going to have it rain for forty days and forty nights again?"

"Well," said God, "I haven't really given it much thought."

"Well, if you're thinking of having it rain, you'd better forget it -- they got new drainage systems down there!"

"Maybe I'll make an earthquake," God said, "That would really -----."

"No good," said Gabriel. "I could give you some great quaky music -- but lots of those houses are quake proof, and I imagine you want to get them all at the same time."

"Of course, of course," said God. "I know that. I wasn't seriously thinking of earthquakes.... A plague is more my style -- maybe a plague that -----."

"They're all vaccinated!"

"Vaccinated? Hmmm... of course... that is a shame, though... In the old days, you could make a plague that would strike down every male child that -----."

"You could try to blast them," Gabriel said.

"That's right," said God, "a few good thunderbolts would really -----."

"But their ABM defenses would probably stop them."

God sat back and thought for a while. Gabriel fingered his valves.

"I suppose everything is fireproof," God finally said.

"Everything but the slums," said Gabriel, "and if you burn those out, they'll only rebuild with modern developments."

God was silent for a long time.

"Listen," He said, smiling weakly, "what the hell. Maybe... maybe we'll just forget about it for now. Maybe I'll give them a little more time -- after all, they are my own children, aren't they?"

"Ok by me," said Gabriel. "You want to hear a little somethin' anyway... I mean, as long as I already got the horn out?"

"All right," God finally said softly, leaning back wearily in His chair and closing His eyes.

"Play me some blues!"


-Shel Silverstein, Playboy Magazine, December, 1970
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O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A
This is so freakin' ridiculous... Today it was announced that the Oklahoma basketball program graduates 0% of its members and has the lowest graduation-average in this year's Sweet 16. "A school is credited with graduating students within six years of their freshman year, and is not credited for transfers or junior college players who may get their degrees."

''Our graduation rate is 100 percent,'' Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said. ''That freshman class (1995-96) was Bobby Joe Evans and Michael Cotton, and they both graduated. Bobby Joe from here and Michael from Boston College.

''They can stereotype us all they want, but the bottom line is our kids are graduating.''
As pointed out on FARK, "According to the NCAA, a player who transfers never graduates. Same goes for JUCO transfers. Until the NCAA redoes the way it calculates graduation rates, this whole this is like pissing into the wind." OU's roster is heavily paded with JUCO transfers, for the record.

But go ahead and make fun of Oklahoma all you want. At least we're not Oklahoma State.
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The world's most dangerous band
What happened to me? Is it old age? I used to hate Paul Shaffer. Hate him. When Dave would turn sideways at the start of the show, that was my cue to grab a drink. I'm not sure if it's turning 30 or what...but I find him freakin' hysterical now. I miss the hell outta Dave, but that opening singalogue was great tonight!
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And all that jazz...
Spotted over at Michele's...because he's doing it better than we are...
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I am the greatest of all time
Ok, let's do a pool right quick...who will be the first actor/actress/nominee to give a self-important, self-serving political speech this evening?
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How sweet 16 it'is!
Oklahoma defeated Cal today 74-65 to advance to the Sweet 16 in Albany, NY! Can I get a "Boomer Sooner"?!
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Duct (tape) and cover
Ok, I've already mocked celebrities once today -- but this is just 'tawded enough to warrant its own entry. Some celebrities apparently will be wearing swatches of duct tape tomorrow evening at the Academy Awards ceremony. According to Yahoo! News, "that bit of anti-fashion is a sly reference to the government's suggestion several weeks ago that citizens buy duct tape to seal their windows from airborne poisons".

Ok, I can understand the dove peace pins. If the celebrity wearing it doesn't grab the mic and turn the awards ceremony into their own 10-minute political platform, fine. Wear the pin. Make your quiet statement. But just what message is the duct tape sending, other than "I'm a moron"? If you spot any celebrity wearing duct tape, snag a pic for me. I'll make them their very own Special Olympics ribbon to wear to next year's Oscar ceremony. At least then they'll be supporting the mentally handicapped on their red carpet duds, instead of becoming one themselves.

UPDATE: Perhaps Oscar attendees could get fashion tips here instead?
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Mail call!
When I was forced to go on dial-up last weekend, my Dell laptop got hosed by a nasty virus thanks to the fine folks at Juno web. I've had this p.o.s. since '98, and lost five years worth of software -- including all of my mail. Todd had to completely wipe the harddrive and start over from scratch. Yeah, I was pleased. So if you wrote me between Friday and Monday and I haven't replied yet, that's most likely the culprit. Please resend and I'll get back to you just as soon as I can! -R
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Near, far, wherever you are...
For immediate press release: I want to publicly announce that for security reasons, I will not be attending the 75th Academy Awards Ceremony tomorrow night at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. I will remain at home, quietly watching the event with family.

*This entry has been typed with tongue firmly planted in cheek, because far be it for me to turn down the opportunity to be trendy.
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Uhh, Breaker 1-9, this here's the Rubber Duck

[oops]
[convoy]
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Surprise and marvel
I swear to all that's holy...if I hear the words "shock and awe" one more time tonight... Here, please allow me to help. There are other words in the English language. Seriously.
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You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one




I had to take a few moments, step outside, and try to find peace in nature...
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It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

[Old Guard at Arlington]


[Burial at Arlington]



"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we
should thank God that such men lived."

- General George S. Patton


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Unlimited a power can belong only to God
[the crisis]


I'm taking tomorrow off to follow the world events, how they effect our
country, and to pray for our service men and women. Please do the same,
if only for a short while. -Robyn
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My new-style American girlfriend
File this under "no freakin' way" -- looks like there might be a sequel to "Sixteen Candles" titled "Thirty-Two Candles".

Molly Ringwald moves back to her hometown, and starts pining away for her boyfriend Jake, who she apparently followed to college. It didn't work out...and she subsequently lost touch with him.

Anthony Michael Hall, the triumphant hero rolls in, now a multi-millionaire vis-a-vis inventing some goddamn fancy-dancy search engine and...apparently hilarity ensues?

I have no idea about Long Duck Dong's possible involvement.
(Read more at "Ain't It Cool News".)
Ok...let's lighten the atmosphere around here... Post your favorite quote!
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Bill of Rights
[yellow ribbon] "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

- President Theodore Roosevelt

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Call me - call me for some overtime
For the first time ever, it looks like cell phone numbers are going to be available via 411 Directory Assistance. Soon you may be forced to pay extra for an unlisted cell phone number. Why don't I believe them when they say "the centralized database of wireless numbers would be off limits to telemarketers"? To me the beauty of having a cell phone is that, for the most part, only the people you want to have the number get it. Those days are about to be history. (Read more at CNN.com.)
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And now for something completely different...
FARK is having another Photoshop contest -- your favorite collegiate mascot -- just in time for March Madness!
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Highway to the danger zone
[yellow ribbon] I rarely talk about my exes here, because well...I'm happily married, have been for years, and I married the right man in my life... But today my thoughts are drifting across the world to a man I once loved and still care very deeply about (even though we haven't spoken since the evening I called to tell him I was engaged). We dated -- and were friends -- for two years when I was at OU. During which time he started Naval flight school (in Pensacola, FL), was promoted in rank to Lieutenant, and was accepted into jet training (in Meridian, MS).

The last I heard, he was also happily married and stationed in Spain. I think of his wife on a day like today and think "what if". Was I really prepared to be a military wife if my life had taken another path and it had ultimately come to that? I don't think so. I wouldn't want to be in her shoes for all of the money in the world. That would be the hardest 'goodbye kiss' you could ever give. But even though I haven't spoken to this man in seven years now, I still think of him -- and his wife -- and pray for his safety.

When I say I support our troops it's because I do. It's not just liberal talk to keep the conservatives from jumping on me. I very much loved one of them once upon a time. I once laughed, and danced, and soaked up the sun.....with several of the pilots who could be dropping bombs and flying rescue missions tonight. I know that, politics aside, they have a job to do whether it was one they would have asked for or not. They signed up because they believe in -- and love -- this country as much as I do.

And they're willing to die for it.
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Tick tock tick tock
[yellow ribbon] I mentioned this over at Solonor's yesterday, and it still applies. Right now I have that uneasy / queasy feeling you get after waking up from a bad dream. You know the one. You wake up thinking you've forgotten to attend a class all semester long, and suddenly it's the day of the final and you're late for it -- and of course, haven't studied a single chapter of the book. Once you check yourself and realize that you are, in fact, 30 years old and haven't even been enrolled in a college course since 1995 -- you still can't shake that "did I turn off the oven, forget my keys, leave the iron on" feeling all day. The pit of my stomach is kicking my ass right now. Sometimes it's really hard to ask God to bless America after the way we act.

Wishing strength, safety, courage and peace for all of those who defend us and their families... Thank you for doing so. Hurry home!


UPDATE: I've now been critcized publicly for stating, "Sometimes it's really hard to ask God to bless America after the way we act."

"...I just don't understand people, and as of now I've officially given up on trying." [link]

You can find my direct reply in the comments of the link above. But please raise your hand and tell me if you believe that we, as a nation, have always acted in a global manner that we can be proud of. Ultimately we are governed by human beings. And human beings have faults and make mistakes. I would be forced to surrender my degree in History if I tried to claim all of our actions in the name of the United States of America over the years are beyond reproach.

You know how your mom would say, "I love you. But I don't really like you right now..." Well that's how I feel. And because I'm an American citizen, I have every right to feel that way. It doesn't make me less patriotic. It doesn't mean I love my country any less than you do. It does mean that the Constitution gives me the right to question my leaders and their actions.

Don't try to understand people. Try to understand democratic life in a Republic instead.
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Somewhere out there, out where dreams, come true...
The March 2003 "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" wedding is now online. Their story is very timely given our current events...
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Will Photoshop for food
[visualize whirrled peas]

Create your own clip-art protest sign here...
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Roman holiday
Here's an interesting follow-up to this entry on director Roman Polanski... It turns out that the release of the Grand Jury documents wasn't a "Hollywood Oscar-smear campaign" at all. The reason the testimony was unsealed (which in turn made the documents available to The Smoking Gun) stems from actions by Polanski himself.

Late last year, the director filed a libel action in England against Vanity Fair. In the process of defending the magazine, Vanity Fair’s lawyers filed a motion to have the long-sealed grand jury testimony of Polanski’s victim unsealed. They were successful, which meant that those frisky folks at The Smoking Gun could get their hands on the testimony.

“When we heard all this stuff about us being part of a smear campaign, we thought, ‘That’s just insane,’ ” The Smoking Gun’s Bill Bastone told The Scoop. “People want to believe that there’s this overarching conspiracy and there are these munchkins at Miramax leaking this stuff to us. We wish! We wish we were in that sort of a loop. It was just us doing what we do. . . . The irony of all ironies is that if Roman Polanski had not filed the action, those papers would not have got out in the first place.”

At the time of his suit, it was reported that Polanski sued Vanity Fair because he feared that the magazine’s article might damage his reputation come Oscar time.
(Read more at MSNBC.com.)
Uhhhhhh...oops there Roman. Mission accomplished. By you!
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Let's play catch-up!
[playing catch-up]
Ok, I know I was only offline for three days -- but it feels like a zillion. So before I head off to bed, I'm going to send out a plea. Leave one blog entry in my comments that you've made since last Thursday, which I might have missed but shouldn't have! Kind of like the Blogging Cliff Notes for Blondes...

Thank you! -R
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Salted or unsalted?
U.S. citizens have turned on French fries and toast to vent their frustration at France's anti-war stance on Iraq. Now the French have joined in the food war -- with pretzels. A French Web site is urging people to send pretzels to U.S. President, who fainted and fell off a sofa in January 2002 after gagging on the salty snack.
"We think that to oppose war is not to be against the American people, but simply against the politics of the Bush administration." (Read more at the official site and CNN.com.)
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Leapin' lizards!
During my offline time today, I ventured out into the great outdoors in search of lizards:






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Can you hear me now?
I think we're finally back online! Just as well. I was starting to get the shakes. It was bad. Five more hours and I'd have been wandering the streets begging for fifteen minute "hits" of high-speed access!
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Insert grumbling voices here
Our DSL is still down, with no end in sight. We're finding out Verizon's DSL service is really great if you manage to stay online -- but if something goes wrong, fuhgetaboutit. They can't provide any service updates. They can't give ETA on the end of the outage. They can't even tell us how widespread it is, other than "two or three area codes in your area". We were s'posed to have a callback within the first 36 hours and we've been down since Friday night. Greeeeeat. This ought to set my schedule back a good week now. We only have a network card on the PC, and I have no way of transferring any of my files or mail from there to here. We're SO getting a discount on this month's bill!
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I play some bas-ket-ball
Still on dialup...but wanted to take a few moments to congratulate the Lady Sooners who've just been invited to play in the NCAA Tourney. They're a 10th seed and their first game will be on our home court in Norman, OK. Good luck girls!

The OU mens team three-peated today and won the Big XII Tournament Championship for the third straight year. It was a fuh-gly performance with a blown 22-point lead in the second half, but the Sooners went on to defeat Mizzou 49-47. The mens NCAA Tourney seeding will be announced later this evening. I must say I'm a little concerned. OU didn't have a pretty second half in any of the Big XII Tournament games. They got in foul trouble against Colorado. They blew a huge lead over Texas Tech and ended up going into overtime yesterday. And then there was today's collapse... Let's hope a week of regrouping, and free throw practice, will help get us back on track.

Although my belongs to football, March Madness is awesome baby!
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I want my MTV DSL!
If you're trying to find us online this weekend, you're gonna have to wait awhile. We've been without DSL access for over 14 hours now due to an outage in the area, with no end in sight... I'm so glad I had planned to (and needed to) work all weekend. Hmmph. I forgot what torture 56K was, so this won't last long. If you're waiting to hear back from me, please continue to hold. Your call is important to us.
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How much would you pay?
Just seen over at Michele's....."how to use Movable Type's trackback to show what's playing on your WinAmp playlist". Yet another toy to add to my million-mile long to-do list!

UPDATE: Actually this one went rather quickly. It's already added to the default Mae skin and its scaled-down version (1024x768+ or 800x600).
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Sooner Magic requested
Todd just found this for me on Josh Heupel:

Josh Heupel is expected to sign with the Indiana Firebirds today after the former University of Oklahoma quarterback works out with the Arena Football League team. Heupel...is expected to join the Firebirds if he passes the team's physical exam. (Read more at IndyStar.com.)
Man, I'm almost afraid to blog it for fear of jinxing him again. I hope this is finally the big break he needs to put all those lingering doubts about his wrist to rest once and for all... Good luck, Josh! You've just given us a reason to watch the AFL.
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This is the kind of spontaneous publicity I need! My name in print!
And I don't need any of this! I don't need this stuff, and I don't need you. I don't need anything except this -- and that's it. And that's the only thing I need, is this. I don't need this or this. Just this ashtray. And this paddle game, the ashtray and the paddle game and that's all I need. And this remote control. The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that's all I need. And these matches. The ashtray, and these matches, and the remote control and the paddle ball. And this lamp. The ashtray, this paddle game and the remote control and the lamp and that's all I need. And that's all I need too. I don't need one other thing, not one -- I need this! The paddle game, and the chair, and the remote control, and the matches, for sure. And this! And that's all I need. The ashtray, the remote control, the paddle game, this magazine and the chair.....
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As the French say, that certain "I don't know what"
Good on them -- New Orleans refuses to remove "French" from the French Quarter! (CNN.com article includes a photo from my favorite Vieux Carre pit stop, The Napoleon House.) Don't get me wrong. I like making fun of the French just as much as the next red-white-and-blue blooded American, because quite frankly they most-often deserve it... But I think it's utter nonsense to go around slapping the word "Freedom" over every instance of the word "French" in this country. If you've just gotta change the name, at least be bold about it. "I'll have some American Fuckin'-A-Man Fries and a large Coke to go, please!"
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We walked the narrow path
Beneath the smoking skies
Sometimes you can barely tell
The difference between darkness and light
Do you have faith in what we believe?
The truest test is when we cannot
When we cannot see

I hear pounding feet in the,
In the streets below, and the,
And the women crying and the,
And the children know that there,
That there's something wrong,
And it's hard to believe that

Love
Will
Prevail

Oh it won't rain all the time
The sky won't fall forever
And though the night seems long,
Your tears won't fall forever

Oh, when I'm lonely
I lie awake at night
And I wish you were here
I miss you

Can you tell me
Is there something more to believe in?
Or is this all there is?

In the pounding feet, in the,
In the streets below, and the,
And the window breaks and,
And a woman falls, there's,
There's something wrong, it's,
It's so hard to believe that

Love
Will
Prevail

Oh it won't rain all the time
The sky won't fall forever
And though the night seems long,
Your tears won't fall,
Your tears won't fall,
Your tears won't fall
Forever

Last night I had a dream
You came into my room
You took me into your arms
Whispering and kissing me
And telling me to still believe
Within the emptiness of the burning cities
Against which we save our darkest selves...

Until I felt safe and warm
I fell asleep in your arms
When I awoke I cried again
For you were gone
Oh, can you hear me?

It won't rain all the time
The sky won't fall forever
And though the night seems long,
Your tears won't fall forever

It won't rain all the time
The sky won't fall forever
And though the night seems long,
Your tears won't fall,
Your tears won't fall,
Your tears won't fall
Forever.....

Song credit: Jane Siberry
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I always feel like somebody's watching me
This is as frightening as it is fascinating. How much of what we share blogging is too much?

Savvy Web users are using Google.com and other powerful Web search tools to track down or keep tabs on long-lost acquaintances -- be they former lovers, classmates, friends or enemies. These searches, which once might have required hiring a private detective, have become increasingly easy as the amount of data available on the Web grows. (Read more at CNN.com. Also check out this article at Guardian Unlimited* titled "A blogger is a stalker's dream".)
* Will the person that passed along the Guardian link (included in an entry they wrote) please stand up? I seem to have lost the e-mail -- and I want to link you, too.

I know the way I blogged forever changed when someone started showing up at places and events we mentioned attending in our blogs. You never know just who is out there now -- and later, thanks to search engines.   UPDATE: Check out this entry and comments at Scripty Goddess if you would like to try and prevent Google and other search engines from indexing.
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We're gonna have a problem here...
Just a quick note that I put in for a DNS change at WM! this afternoon -- so starting this evening, if you need to e-mail me, can you please (temporarily) write

tobyn@tobynopoly.com

until I sound the all-clear? I don't want anything to get lost in the shuffle. Thanks! -Robyn
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Famous quotes for $200, Alex
Best quote left here at ATPTB in a long, long time...

"So, Mr. Troll, thank you...I just want you to know that the best part of you ran down your momma's leg..." [link]

Oh yeah, that one is going in the mental file cabinet!
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And the piano sounds like a carnival
I couldn't even keep reading this...my stomach turned and my rage overtook me. So here's the question. Do you reward someone for their art -- even if that art is "Oscar-worthy" -- when you're all too aware of their past (illegal and immoral) actions? Are they separate entities or intertwined? Or do you a pull a MLB-and-Pete Rose and always dangle, but never quite award, the big prize? Hollywood has a history of forgiving and forgetting, and the timing of this release is very suspicious. But that said, I certainly wouldn't want to be a member of the Academy right now...
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More than words
How many of us could have written this very same entry as of late? Not quite as well...but we still could have typed it.
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Alive
Amen. Please let this be the start of a "good news" trend this year!
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Brother, can you spare a dime
One of my former design clients has lost his grant and has put up a blog accepting donations to keep the project alive. For more information, visit "The Silk Road Journal".
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I've said it once before but it bears repeating
Ok, is someone trying to play the WWI card and kickstart somethin' here? (Brief history lesson for those goin' "huh?") Bad Serbians! Bad, bad!
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Speak & Spell
Here's a beautifully designed site -- "Spell-A-Day". You can search for specific spells here, including one I know I'll need one day (right Chris?) -- "blessing an airliner". And here's a cute play-tarot reader with Playskool kids.


I've tried and tried
to capture you
what more can one
mere mortal do?

My love potion
boils and bubbles
poison darts
red poison apples

Kafe' kasita
non kafela
Gutrune takes Siegfried
from Brunhilde

Enula compana
on St. James' eve
a dash of orange
and ambergis

Incantate:
Miss Mary Mack
Mack Mack
all dressed in black

My love philtre
will entrance you
it will pomp and
circumstance you

Anusin, atelin, amulet
Angelique takes Barnabas
from Josette

With spiders ten
frae lockens blue
eye of newt
will stew and brew

Incantate
this magic spell
Miss Lucy's in heaven
and the steamboat's in hell

Enchantra Endora Tabitha
Esmerelda Clara Hagatha

My love potion
boils and bubbles
poof! goes all my
toil and troubles
blueberry wine
and gladiola
Circe takes Glaucus
away from Sylla

Coriander, vervain
and ginger root
damiana, henbane
and badger's foot
incantation
with magic black
and silver buttons
all down her back

Enchantra Endora Tabitha
Esmerelda Clara Hagatha

Song Credit: Book of Love
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D.I.V.O.R.C.E.
Add a dash of cheating spouse, plus a tiny splash of online access, to a large glass full of whine and stir. Mixture may be bitter.
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All we need is just a little patience

[angels watching over me]

I just bought Patience, Remembrance and Miracles for the two of us. Hope it works...
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Pop quiz
So what's one online product or service that you've purchased in the last six months and just couldn't live without now? Paying for Launchcast Plus is just about the best $3.99/mo I've ever spent...in case I haven't mentioned that lately... I don't think there's a single weekday that goes by when it's not on at least an four to five hours. No commercials, custom playlists, and the ability to pause, skip and permanently ban songs/artists is absolutely genius. If only they offered this for automobiles!
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Gooooooooooooooooooal!
[he shoots - he scores!]

Yahoo News! always has the best headlines...
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Instant news -- just add water
Why does it feel like Thursday already, but it's only Tuesday?

  1. Well I just done seen 'bout everything -- phone sex operator given workman's comp (in Florida, no less) for chronic workplace-masturbation carpal tunnel syndrome
  2. Fred Durst was right -- Webster's surrenders
  3. I don't see this wedding being featured over at WM! anytime soon
  4. I've done a lot "for charity" myself -- but what was she thinkin'?!
  5. Todd and I weren't listed here -- but that's ok, because we were here
And now...your moment of zen...
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My hunka, hunka Sooner love
[click for popup of OU QB Jason White] Even if for a brief, shining moment...it's time to talk OU football again! Spring practice kicked off Monday in Norman. And good news -- OU QB Jason White is expected to be cleared for all drills by late this week. You may or may not remember that Jason had his season ended in 2001 when he blew out his left knee in the Nebraska game, only to have his 2002 season ended by blowing out his right knee in the Alabama game. That's not to say that Jason will win the starting job. But as someone who's given his heart, soul and two knees to OU football -- I'm cheering him on with all I've got! Only

And in somewhat depressing Sooner news, there's been an update on the status of Josh Heupel and the NFL Europe Barcelona Dragons. He's been released due to lingering wrist injury.
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Snap happy
Florida flowers and lizards...oh my!
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Can't nobody hold me down...oh no
[link to me!] New mail at "Please Puff Daddy P. Diddy, Ruin This Song Too!" (starting here)... Unfortunately there's not as much this time as usual. That's due to a tragic OSX upgrade, during which my husband forgot to make backups of my mail program, losing about 6 weeks of mail. Oops. But there are choice quotes such as:


you're just a total jackass thats jealous of p diddy success you're probably some sorry looking overweight meatloaf eating couch potateo. [link]


You're just mad because he has the balls to sample music from the losers that you listen to, and make it into decent head-banging music.So get off of his dick and try to find some talent in yourself. [link]


Enjoy...and don't say I never gave ya' nuthin'...
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The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire
I really hate it when you burn the roof of your mouth off eating something as mundane as a Lean Cuisine entrée.
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SAGging fashion
Yes, yes, yes. No, no, no. I'm so ready for Oscar -- SAG's fashion was much too subdued!
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Oh, Stifler's Mom!
Every once in awhile I'll blog about amusing porn-spam that I receive. Here's a new one! (I've edited the image down to PG-13 status, but be smart -- don't click at work, mmmk?)
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To catch a thief
You might want to search for your blog in the first URL-search-box here. If it pulls up your blog, and your posts (as it did with both of ours), "anything but ordinary" has directions on how to block them.

Speaking of blocking, I helped Susan set up a 403 error page on her site tonight as well. (More info here.) Guess all the freaks are coming out of their winter hibernation...
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Midnight at the lost and found
When I look through my search engine keyword referrers, sometimes I really have to stop and wonder just what exactly it is that I'm blogging about every day...

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  2. statia nude
  3. why the people hated too much wesley crusher?
  4. shemale vanity pics free
  5. oral sex in high school
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  9. pamela anderson farted
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  17. hottubs for people with bad credit
  18. my husband won t wear underwear
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  22. right click save as double penetration girl
  23. spanked bottoms texas
  24. naked pics of velma from scooby-doo
  25. there s a woman out that doesnt like me but thinks im really cute by steve age 38 of fullerton
You just can't make this stuff up...
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And your penis is the star!
Have you noticed the new Hollywood "must" -- the group sing-a-long? I first caught on to the new trend back when "My Best Friend's Wedding" was released. (You know, the "Say A Little Prayer" scene. I would wager $100 that if I put a table of my friends together in a restaurant, not a single one of them could belt out the chorus to that song -- much less the lyrics. And certainly not the entire table.) Taking it a step further is the group dance number à la peanut butter sandwiches from "She's All That". Now I went to not one, but three, high school proms in my day -- and not a single time did the entire room break out into a choreographed number that would make our state champion drill team turn green with envy. Your mileage may have varied. I've yet to see it (and probably won't unless forced), but "The Guru" combined the spontaneous group singing and dancing in its previews. "The Sweetest Thing" did it, too. And it looks like the hella-lame-in-the-previews "What a Girl Wants" is going to have its own little number as well. Hell, just about anything that could be labeled "date flick" these days has some variation of the above. Which brings me to...

We went to see "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" last night by default. (We just showed up at the theater to see what would be next.) Don't get me wrong. It was "cute". (How could it not be with Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson?) It had its moments -- many of which were very funny. It followed the typical "boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy and girl fight, boy realizes he can't live without girl, boy rushes off to right things and win back her heart only to realize she's taken off and he has only moments to find her and live happily ever after" cookie-cutter formula to a tee. The only thing it lacked to make it truly cliché was the group sing-a-long scene. But not to be disappointed, Matt and Kate did a karaoke-style duet (with Marvin Hamlisch on backup) to "You're So Vain".

Again, a song most of us know the main chorus to...but raise your hand if you can sing it top to bottom, left to right. And if you can, well I really can't help you there now can I?

Maybe I'm just hanging out with the wrong crowd. I don't know. But the day my dinner table busts out into a chorus of "When Will I Be Loved" over dinner -- much less hops up from the table to shake their bon-bons in sync all over the restaurant -- is the day I yell "Check please!" and hit Craig's List in search of new pals.
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Champagne wishes and caviar dreams
We're watching this place on the Fine Living channel right now. I think I'm secretly a millionaire trapped in a pauper's body. Oh fortune, how you mock me.
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Orange Crush

[Blogging Terror Alert System] [add me to your blogroll today]


Solonor and I have discovered a sinister terrorist plot brewing within the blog world, and it's time we brought it to your attention. There's only one way to stop these evildoers. You must blogroll me, if you aren't already.

Otherwise, you might as well be typing your entries in French...
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Fly along with me, I can't quite make it alone
I'm temporarily breaking my self-imposed personal blogging silence because a lot of people I care about are in quite a bit of pain right now. I won't name names, but tears have been welling up in my eyes while going through my regular blog reads tonight. People that have been there with me to hold my hand and pass the Kleenex through my darkest hours are now facing much of the same pain themselves, some just in different forms. I want to grab a pint of Ben & Jerry's and a box of Girl Scout cookies and head on over. I want to pop open a bottle of wine with them whether we need it or not, just because we can (even though we wish we couldn't). Then throw on a lot of silly DVDs and sit up all night crying and laughing at the same time... But that's not really something you can do from hundreds, even thousands, of miles away.

I've been pretty absent from a lot of things in the last month -- friendships included. Please don't think I've forgotten about you or that I don't hurt right along with you. I had to retreat into myself for awhile and find some semblance of "center" again. I wouldn't be any good to any of us if I didn't. But every day finds me just a little bit better, a little bit stronger, and sometimes even a little bit happier. And I want to be there for you -- now and always. If you need me, and I forget to ask -- please let me know. And thank you for just being you. I pray for your strength, healing, and happiness daily.
-Robyn



You've got to give a little, take a little
And let your poor heart break a little
That's the story of,
That's the glory of love

You've got to laugh a little, cry a little
Until the clouds roll by a little
That's the story of,
That's the glory of love

As long as there's the two of us
We've got the world and all its charms
And when the world is through with us
We've got each other's arms

You've got to win a little, lose a little
Yes, and always have the blues a little
That's the story of,
That's the glory of love

That's the story of,
That's the glory of love...
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Tell me who are the people in your neighborhood?
I noticed the "BlogStreet Blog Neighborhoods" over at Christine's yesterday. Three guesses who my number one related blog is... It's rigged, I say! Rigged!
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Not necessarily the news
  1. Ok. I give. Floridians now have to accept their offbeat reputation because of asstards like this. And this. And this. We have our own FARK tag. It's just not worth fighting it anymore... Oh yeah. And I'm really an Oklahoman. Seriously.
  2. And the before is better than the after exactly how?
  3. "Dude, Where's My Oxygen?" Yipes!
  4. Carmen Electra was dismissed from jury duty because the other jurors wouldn't stop asking her to make phone calls to their husbands and boyfriends. Nice.
  5. [Nelson voice] Ha ha! [/Nelson voice]
And now...your moment of zen...
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@#$%^!
Want to take bets how many times it takes me to bang my head on the keyboard this afternoon 'til I draw blood?
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Potpourri for $200, Alex
And there was much rejoicing... I have just successfully transferred the one domain I had left with Network Solutions (back when I was stupid enough to pay them for two years in advance) to another registrar. Hurrah!

If you see something acting funky with any of my secondary pages (like category archives), try resetting your skin. For some reason that seems to fix it. Please let me know if not...

Finally, in my quest to make it "Solonor Friday" around here and also bump up my minion status...the provider of my tiara has blogged about w.bloggar:


w.bloggar is a free application from Marcelo Cabral that tries to make writing blog posts as easy (or as hard) as using Microsoft Word.

The application sits between you and your blog publishing software. It provides a Word-like interface with all the little toolbar buttons for formating text and even has a spell-checker. w.bloggar is compatible with Blogger, b2, Nucleus, BigBlogTool, Blogworks XML, Blogalia, Drupal, and, of course, Movable Type.

So if you hate the Blogger interface...or just want to be a lazy American with any of the other software...there you go.   UPDATE: Bushtit Dot Com has a great w.bloggar review!
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And dat ain't cool fool 'cuz its Friday!
Jen asked for new blog reads...so here are a few from me!

  1. Airbag (love this design)
  2. The Blog O' the Blurf! (yes, Blurf!)
  3. Sunidesus Speaks (bonus points for header-graphic creativity)
  4. I'm saying (formerly "every little day")
  5. a kitchen in brabant (because I said so, that's why)
In case that's not enough (do I look like the white pages to you?) -- go here. Last but certainly not least, don't forget to worship Solonor today. Do it for the children.
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A big reason I get up every day

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No extraneous comments. No questions. No compliments.
A comment Tara made the other day inspired me to actually make a real '403 error page' right quick. So just in case you're ever lucky enough to get your IP blocked, here's what you'll see. (See here for more info on IP banning.)
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Hey alright! If I get by, it’s mine!
I couldn't figure out why Claire was suddenly growling and doing that half-bark "urf!" thing, running back and forth between windows...'til it dawned on me... "Been Caught Stealing" by Jane's Addiction had just come on my station. Silly doggie. Addiction's for kids.

UPDATE: Todd reminded me that this site always sets her off, too. So of course, we went there. We're so evil...
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Through the looking glass
Here's another great link I found at Dawn's -- hopefully one day I'll actually have the time to sit down and read all of the advice there. It's full of different forums for Canon Digital Photography users. (Here's the specific G3 forum for me, and the G2 forum for several of my friends.) And from the G3 forum, an interesting comparison of G2 and G3 shots....
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Walking on sunshine
I have a new wallpaper up over in the sidebar. The photo was taken (along with 15 others) in the small nature preserve behind our house.
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The one that makes me scream, she said
A few site tips and tricks of note...some new, some not...

  1. Individual link "click tracker" script
  2. Oldie but a goodie...how to prevent your site from being Googled
  3. Combined form for MT and Bloglet subscriptions
  4. Kristine's wonderful MT Plugin Directory
  5. How to ban IPs from viewing your site
  6. Too many good tips to list here -- just visit Mandarin Design Daily for enough goodies to keep you occupied for days
  7. Put Trackback on your main blog page as well (if they're using auto-discovery)
Don't worry. The above tips and tricks will not be on the final exam.
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Bitter Sweet Symphony
'Cuz it's a bittersweet symphony this life...
Trying to make ends meet, you're a slave to the money then you die.
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down...
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet, yeah.
No change, I can't change, I can't change, I can't change,
But I'm here in my mold, I am here in my mold.
But I'm a million different people from one day to the next...
I can't change my mold, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

Well I never pray,
But tonight I'm on my knees, yeah.
I need to hear some sounds that recognise the pain in me, yeah.
I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now.
But the airwaves are clean and there's nobody singing to me now.

No change, I can't change, I can't change, I can't change,
but I'm here in my mold, I am here in my mold.
And I'm a million different people from one day to the next
I can't change my mold, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

(Well have you ever been down?)
(I can't change, I can't change...)

'Cuz it's a bittersweet symphony this life.
Trying to make ends meet, trying to find some money then you die.
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down...
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet, yeah.
You know I can't change, I can't change, I can't change,
But I'm here in my mold, I am here in my mold.
And I'm a million different people from one day to the next.
I can't change my mold, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

(I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down)
(I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down)
(It's just sex and violence, melody and silence)
(Been down)
(Have you ever been down?)
(Have you ever been down?)

Song Credit: The Verve
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Please don't make me wash the sheets
Yet another great moment in SNL history brought to you by my bored ass and the number 6.
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Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen?
If you missed Jason on yesterday's "Call For Help", and the screencaps just aren't enough ... Call For Help Central now has a video clip of the entire interview online. Learn new and amazing facts about Jason such as "you are like literally a back-end genius". Stump your coworkers! Amaze your friends! And don't forget kiddies -- Jason has slept in this very room. Group tours are available upon request.
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Celebrity Digest, condensed version
Oh woe is thee...to be a celebrity...

  1. Rap veteran Lil' Kim, 27, has launched a war of words against rising star Eve, 23. Warning Eve that she's still on top in the hip-hop world, Lil' Kim raps, "Even being No. 2 your chances are slim/'Cause when God made Adam he should have made Kim. So keep ya tacky ways, go back to the stripper days/As long as I'm around, you gonna bow down."

  2. To promote Maid In Manhattan, J-Lo recently dragged her entire entourage (rumored to be 20-35 people) to Britain where the gang checked into several luxury suites at London's posh Metropolitan hotel. The hotel management was -- of course -- presented with a very long list of demands which included Cristal champagne in her suite, white curtains, white linen, white lilies, humidifiers and pricey Diptique candles. Jen flew into a rage when she overheard hotel staff saying that she'd been checked into the same room used by P. Diddy the last time he was there. She said there was no way she'd stay in the same room as her ex and demanded that all of her baggage and chotckies be moved into another suite as far away from the one used by Mr. Diddy. Soon after throwing the fit at the hotel, J-Lo greeted fans outside and claimed: "I started out in the Bronx, I know what it's like to get on the train everyday, work 9-5 and have dreams and aspirations. I definitely see a lot of me in the character."

  3. Rumors spread that Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt's three-year marriage is in fragile condition... The Friends star has told her friends, "This is the last thing I need, my husband spending lots of time alone filming with her [Nicole Kidman]." Not that she's a hussy or anything, but it has been stated -- more than once -- that award-winning Kidman has a habit of hooking up with her co-stars.

  4. Michael Jackson wears a prosthetic nose and once paid $150,000 for a 'voodoo curse' to kill director Steven Spielberg despite being deep in debt. Vanity Fair also reports that Jackson bleaches his skin white because he does not like being black. The 44-year-old singer sometimes refers to black people as 'spabooks'. (Read more at eonline.com.)

    Comedian Robin Williams claims that the superstar doesn't have a leg to stand on [in racism claims against the Sony record label]. Insisting that the 44-year-old Neverland inhabitant can't be racially discriminated against, Williams explained, "Michael Jackson's standing outside Sony with a sign claiming racism. I said, 'Honey, you gotta pick a race first. All of a sudden you're a black man, then you're Diana Ross, now you're Audrey Hepburn.' Then he's got the little beard going on. He's like Lord of The Rings, the entire cast. Michael's about to jump species!"

  5. Gwyneth Paltrow recently experienced Colin Farrell's not-so-smooth ways when he stopped by the star-studded eatery, wearing "the tightest jeans on planet Earth" and making his moves. While Paltrow tried to avoid making eye contact, Colin came up and complimented her on her work. But when she thanked him and continued chatting with her friends, he butted in again and asked for her number.

    "Oh, I'm sorry. I can't remember my cell number. It's a new phone," said Gwyn politely. "Well, why don't you just turn the phone on and the number will pop right up," he insisted. Again, Paltrow tried to give him a hint by saying her battery was dead. Our dear dense Colin then asked Paltrow where she was staying, and if he could call her there. "Oh, I'm staying with a friend and she doesn't really like me to pass out her number." After being dumbfounded that his passes were not being received well, the star finally walked away...
So much vanity. So little time.
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Unqualified applicants need not apply
So I see someone at CNN watched Seinfeld...

spongeworthy.jpg
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Test patterns
Want in on a little secret? For the past several weeks I've been working on a redesign of "Wholly Matrimony!" to coincide with a server move, which will better allow for guest authors and extra input. It's a major move for me, because WM! has been on the very same server since it was born in March of 1998. And the current design has been around since 2000.

But tonight I finally put in for a domain transfer/renewal, and now I just have to sit back and wait for that to take place (and also change all of the secondary pages to the new design as I can). If you want a sneak-peek at the brand spankin' new logo/design, go here. It's not quite done...but close enough I can finally take an extra breath or two...
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More Mardi, more party
What are the odds? Todd and I have been watching the NOLA cams off and on all evening, and we happened to capture this shot. We're...everywhere you want to be.
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Put the lime in the coconut, then you feel better
Jody passed along this link -- now everyone can have their very own cabana boy! But unfortunately with outfit choices like these, I'm not so sure these cabana boys play for the right team...
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You got me straight trippin' boo
I swear to all that's holy...every bad American pop ballad in the last 20 years...the ones you prayed night and day would just go away and get off the airwaves...well you can find them all on tonight's American Idol wildcard show. Well, except for "I Will Always Love You". Oh god. I just invoked it, didn't I?
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It's a nice day for a white wedding
The March 2003 wedding "Dress of the Month" is now online!
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May we see your photos please?
Others can do it better...but I did it anyway... A dozen screencaps of Jason on today's "Call For Help"! (Editor's note: Please notice the color of Chris's shirt.)

UPDATE: Call For Help Central has a video clip of Chris and Roger from today's show.
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I'm gonna be on tel-e-vision
For those of you sitting around doing nothing this afternoon -- don't forget that Jason (of blogrolling.com fame) is going to be on this afternoon's "Call For Help". (The show airs at 3 p.m. EST, and repeats at 9 a.m. EST tomorrow.) It's a good thing Tech TV isn't Disney-owned! Heh.
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You're the margarine of evil

[Happy Mardi Gras] I hate it when I lose something I really want on eBay -- but man it feels good to start the day by going in and sniping someone in the last 15 seconds for something you've watched for over a week (and kept getting outbid so you gave up to wait for the kill instead)! Yeah, I'm evil like that. And it's mine now.

Happy Fat Tuesday everyone! Make sure to watch the live webcams down in N'awlins! Laissez les bon temps rouléz...

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The Divine Miss M
Some say love, it is a river
That drowns the tender reed
Some say love, it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed
Some say love, it is a hunger,
An endless aching need
I say love, it is a flower,
And you its only seed

It's the heart, afraid of breaking,
That never learns to dance
It's the dream, afraid of waking,
That never takes a chance
It's the one who won't be taken,
Who cannot seem to give
And the soul, afraid of dyin',
That never learns to live

When the night has been too lonely,
And the road has been too long
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed, that with the sun's love,
In the spring becomes...
The rose

Song credit: Bette Midler



I feel like such an ass. I know most people understand our February was far from normal, but I've had a folder full of e-mail sitting there un-replied to for over two weeks now. And it just keeps getting added to daily. I swear, I'm not intentionally trying to be slow -- and I'm definitely not ignoring anyone. I'm just being pulled in a million directions right now -- physically and emotionally. Needless to say, it's the wrong time to ask for any favors for awhile. I think it's time to re-accept applications for a cabana boy/secretary again...who's in?
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Designing women
My time schedule has been like swiss cheese for weeks now with life and health. My brain just isn't firing on all cylinders yet. But I've had a few designs launch for Sekimori since early February, so here they all are -- the most recent officially goes live tomorrow:

  1. Porphyrogenitus -- I just tweaked his pre-existing graphics. The logo is almost done. (Still needs to be spliced.)
  2. diablogger -- the client did the animation, I did the rest. He'll be changing out the animation frequently, so pay attention.
  3. Commentariat -- pretty cut and dry. He knew what he wanted before he found us. (Update: Link seems to be disabled for the time being. It was working as of this entry.)
  4. drbradley.com -- you may have already seen Craig comment around here. I did the splash page, patient site, Craig's weblog, and I'm wrapping the family blog this week. (The Maggie Story site was already there.) It's not too often I have a client request non-traditional font names and color schemes, so that's been nice. Some graphics subject to change...but I'm very proud of what we've both put together so far.
Every single one of the above -- plus the three I have wrapping in the next week or so -- all deserve gold stars for their patience. Thanks again everyone!
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Some material may not be suitable for children Robyn
Reason 9,457 why I love my husband: He's watching Black Hawk Down while I'm back in the computer room working on a site design. And Todd knows just when to call me in for the "hottie" scenes (Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Orlando Bloom, and Jeremy Piven in the same movie...pant...) and when to tell me to avoid the guts and gore. I'm such a lucky girl!
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You like me...you really, really like me!
I was a little too preoccupied with other things last month to even do any campaigning, but it appears tampatantrum.com has won the "nudist with a cause" category of the Nude Weblog Awards. I'd like to thank all the lovely ladies (and gents) that made it possible, as well as all of you who voted for this site! We'll be making the charity event an annual thing, so stay tuned and check back this October!
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Better late than...
Oops -- it looks like I missed a "buh-bye February" submission. Anyone else out there?


[february quake] [crinkle had a bad february]


UPDATE: Also added, "Crinkle Had a Bad February".
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Better living through chemistry?

[better living]

Does it bother anyone else out there that the same people who make our aspirin also make our pesticides and fertilizers? I'm just sayin'... Hope someone doesn't 'accidentally' mix up the sugar and salt shakers one day!
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She wants to lead the glamorous life
Just a quick note to anyone who thinks living on disability is "easy", or those who do so are lazy and enjoy mooching off the government... By March 1st (yesterday), anything I earned for the rest of the year at my previous employment would have vanished into thin air. In other words, my full-year's income on SSDI equals just two month's salary at my previous employer. Yeah, I'm livin' the high life. Wanna make somethin' of it? If you have such a problem with those who "mooch off society" -- I challenge you to put your money where your mouth is, give a little back yourself, and join me in Creative Finances 101 by donating the rest of your salary for 2003 to charity. -Robyn

Oh and by the way, I still get to pay taxes on 80% of my current SSDI income.
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The daily show
This weekend, March 1st and 2nd, I would like to show Marvelous March our appreciation for coming. I would like for everyone to post on their blog one thing that makes them happy this weekend, be it a blogger, pancakes on Saturday morning or birds chirping outside. Secondly, I would like a picture of something that made you smile. -- "anything but ordinary"

[jon stewart]


First of all, I'm happy that my husband is back home with me again. We've been apart less than five times in our almost-seven year marriage (although we spent almost all of our engagement with me working in Philadelphia and Todd in grad school in Oklahoma). And we hadn't been apart a single night since January of 2000. Absence does make the heart grow fonder, but that's certainly not a theory I want to put to the test again any time soon.

And that's where the picture of "something that made me smile" comes in... I found out early last night that "The Daily Show" host and comedian Jon Stewart was going to be doing a one-evening show in downtown Tampa Saturday night, so I snagged last-minute tickets online to surprise Todd. I figured with the month we'd just survived, we could use an evening full of laughter. We've been fans since his days on MTV, and Jon Stewart and I even share the same birthday (November 28th). We had a blast! It was really nice to just hold hands and laugh together again. Now we're about to curl up and watch "Trading Spaces" reruns...

Happy weekend -- and MARCH -- everyone!
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