Maybe a new look in the works

I'm getting really tired of this pseudo-purplish theme for the site (it was what I deemed to be the best of those that were included with Geeklog by default) so I'm going to be playing with some new looks in the near future. If you see some weird happenings in that regard, rest assured that I'm no more out of my mind than usual and it'll be temporary at worst.

Eventually I'll settle on something that I can live with for an extended period or I'll devise my own. Either way, it'll change for good sooner or later.

In Memoriam - Bob Keeshan

There is news today that Bob Keeshan died this morning at his family home in Vermont at age 76. Keeshan was the original Clarabell The Clown on The Howdy Doody Show but he was much better known to most as Captain Kangaroo.

Captain Kangaroo ran for 30 years on CBS when it was discontinued to make way for a morning news show to compete with NBC's Today show. It then ran for 6 more years on PBS. During that time, the show won six Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards and three Gabriel Awards.

Keeshan was a staunch advocate for [……]

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...but is it art?

What do you get when you cross a popular children's toy known for the rearrangeable features of a native Idaho spud and a popular 20th century Spanish painter and sculptor known for rearranging some features himself?

Where the tuber meets the Cubist, you get Mr. Picassohead.

You need to check it out. While certainly a time sink, it's by no means your average, everyday time sink. You can view the images that others have made and then pump up your creative juices and "paint" your own. Here's what I kicked out in about a minute and a half.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today marks the first birthday of Where's My Head? and aren't we all excited...

In that time, there have been 59 posts (pretty pitiful, really) and just shy of 17000 hits which is rather amazing considering that this is just a collection of my thoughts which won't be of interest to the majority of the world and that I've never done anything to advertise.

My blogging resolution for this year is to post more often, although that most likely means a lot more fluff. :-)

Lousy incompatabilities

For the last couple of days, I've been playing with the HP SureStore DAT8e (e=external) drive that I was given so that I might actually be able to do backups of my all important data. Alas, I just found out that the drive is, in actuality, a SureStore DAT8eU (U=Unix).

So, no joy in Tapeville for me today since the machine that I really need it on at the moment is a Windows box. I guess I'll hang on to it for a while and play with it under Linux, but that means a whole new set of frustrations, as well [……]

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Christmas has been odd this year

Well - here it is, December 23, and I've finally gotten into the Christmas mood. The reasons for the delay (it usually hits me about the end of the first week of December) are various, but the primary ones are easy.

  1. Two people who I care about have had members of their immediate family die recently. In one case, it was a friend's mother. Her death was due to a long-fought illness and was not totally unexpected. That doesn't make it any easier for him.

    The other was a son. He was missing for about 10 days


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Temporary insanity

I was just reading this post. I've said before, but maybe not on this site, that I fail to see any logical basis for the verdict of "not guilty by reason of temporary insanity."

Apart from the points that the good Doctor brings up, my reasoning is based more in self-preservation. The concept of "temporary insanity" just confounds me. Personally, I'd rather be walking down the street with someone who I know is a total wingnut than with someone who, according to those criminal defense lawyers, could apparently snap at any given moment and start hacking people [……]

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Now *that's* what I call a bonus!

Check out this story!

"They called us all together and said we would each get $1,000," Lawrence Wyman said. "Everyone started clapping and then they said it would be $1,000 for each year worked."

100 years of the airplane

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight. In my opinion, this was one of the 3 most world-changing inventions ever, along with the telephone and the computer.

I rather got a kick out of an article I read the other day by Thomas Sowell.) He opens like this:

[The airplane] was the work of a couple of young men who had never gone to college and were just a couple of bicycle mechanics in Dayton, Ohio.

That part of the United States is often referred to disdainfully as "flyover country" because it is part of [……]

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"We got him!"

Those were the words that Ambassador Paul Bremer used to announce that Saddam Hussein had been captured in an early morning raid just south of his hometown of Tikrit.

Operation Red Dawn involved about 600 US troops acting on good intelligence that a high level target was located in a specific area of about 2 square kilometers. They cordoned off the area and performed a search.

In what has come to be called a "spider hole" next to a small hovel, they found Hussein. He was with 2 other people, had 2 [……]

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