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Month: June 2003

Birthday Musings

First up, Happy Birthday to jhitchin (today), Don (6/27), djbp and mokatiki (6/29).

Second, thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes yesterday. Despite having to work (with a server down in the morning and an important meeting in the afternoon, I couldn’t take the day off), I had a good day. kitanzi and I went out for dinner, then came home to watch TV and cuddle. I got a phone call from my mom, and called and made a phone date to talk to someone else tonight, and then went to bed early. 🙂

I often get amused at looking at what other things happened on my birthday, so I went and looked a few of them up. Some I was aware of, and some I wasn’t, but here’s a run down of the more interesting things:

  • June 25th is the birthday of Eric Blair, better known to the world as Animal Farm author George Orwell. 2003 was his 100th Birthday, in fact. It’s interesting to see that nearly 20 years after the events of his seminal work 1984, our government is still actively exploring the type of future he envisioned.
  • June 25th is also the Birthday of Lord Louis Mountbatten, Broadway directory George Abbott, King Crimson guitarist Ian McDonald,
  • On this day in 1967, the Beatles recorded the song All You Need Is Love in front of 400 million people during a worldwide television broadcast. This was one I hadn’t known about, and I think it’s really, really cool.
  • In 841, Charles the Bald and Louis the German defeated Lothar at Fontenay. (I have no idea what this is about, but it just sounds cool – reminds me of the Star Trek episode Dharmok)
  • On this day in 1178, five monks reported seeing something explode on the moon. (I had nothing to do with it. I was elsewhere at the time, and there are witnesses to prove that.)
  • On this day in 1638, a lunar eclipse occurred, the first astronomical event recorded in America. (Again, I had nothing to do with it.)
  • In 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea, beginning the Korean War. (No really, I was at lunch with my girlfriend. I was nowhere near Asia.)
  • In 1951, the first commercial color TV program was a show presented on CBS using the FCC-approved CBS Color System. The public did not own color TV’s at the time.
  • In 1966, the tv show Dark Shadows premiered on ABC.
  • In 1989, 1st US postmark dedicated to Lesbian & Gay Pride (Stonewall, NYC) is issued.
  • In 1993, Canada elected Kim Campbell as its first woman prime minister. (I know nothing about her politics or how good a job she did, but I’m impressed she was elected.)
  • And finally, June 25th marks the anniversary of the passage of 1910’s Mann Act. From this day forth, I will encourage every one to celebrate my birthday by transporting a girl across state lines for immoral purposes.

Amusing conversation

Just now, talking to my co-worker eloren:

Me: Great. Now the CD-ROM drive isn’t working.

(ACat begins removing the case of the server he’d just put the case back onto.

Me: So, what cardinal rule did I just break, regarding working on a server that you have had to remove the case?

eloren: Don’t ever put the case back on until you’re sure it’s in working order?

Me: Right. See, I like to lead by example. This is an example of something not to do. 🙂

For anyone who is wondering, I am still planning on answering the last set of questions, and also write up the last two weekends. I could say I’ve been busy at work, but eloren knows better than that, so I’ll just admit I’ve been lazy and procrastinating. (That goes for those of you I owe e-mail to as well. Bad me.)

Slang Generation

n. 1. an old pair of trousers. 2. a sexy unit of currency.
“Man, check out this autographedcat!”

according to The Infinite Teen Slang Dictionary

Thanks to filkerdave for the link! I think I’m more like definition 2 rather than 1, myself, what do you think? *grin*

The Autographed Cat Interview, part three

Part Three of our exclusive talk with the Autographed Cat, featuring questions from bardling, it_aint_easy, spiritdance, maedbh7, and aiela

The Autographed Cat Interviews, Part Two

We’ve got the Autographed Cat back in the chair for another round of questions, this time from folkmew, plaid_dragon, telynor, kitanzi, and chatworthy…

The first five interviews…

Wow. Still working through all the questions (and sending out questions to people who asked for them). Here’s the first half of various people’s interviews with me

The Shower Interview meme

Questions provided by heathrow. If you’d like me to interview *you*, tell me in comments.

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