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Saturday, November 27, 2004

  Happy Thanksgiving 2004
Hope everyone had as good a Thanksgiving Day as I did. Spent the holiday split between between my family and my wife's, which meant that I got the opportunity to partake in 2 delicious turkey meals, with all kinds of trimmings. Also got the opportunity to visit my uncle's house, and see some extended family. I'm fighting off a massive cold that's been lingering on for too long, but I feel better today than I have in a few. Must've been all the good food and company over the weekend. Even with all the coughing and sneezing, my holiday's been much better than some people's, I bet. Why, take this story for instance, and the following snippet thereof:

WORCESTER, Mass. - A man with a history of mental illness charged with stabbing two relatives after they criticized his table manners during Thanksgiving dinner was ordered by a judge Friday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

My wife's already been out shopping on Black Friday, but she luckily wasn't one of the unfortunates that found themselves trampled underfoot in all the newscasts.
--Posted by Marc @ 10:04 AM | Back to top

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

  Students slashed in Valparaiso high school incident
Details are still sketchy on this, but here's the story from
VALPARAISO, Ind. - A Valparaiso High School student pulled out two knives inside a classroom and sliced eight other students at the start of school Wednesday, police said. None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening...The student who committed the attack was in custody and the school about 20 miles southeast of Gary had been placed on lockdown, Valparaiso police spokesman Michael Grennes said. He said the attack happened around 8 a.m. in a Spanish class.
--Posted by Marc @ 1:26 PM | Back to top

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

  Rather drops anchor on CBS
Looks like Dan Rather has decided to retire from the anchor desk at CBS Evening News, this coming March 2005. He has decided to dedicate the remainder of his career to "hard news, investigative reporting", whatever that is. 25 years to the day he became Evening News anchor, Rather will leave the seat he's occupied ever since he replaced Walter Cronkite in 1981. He'll also step down as managing editor for the Evening News. Maybe somewhere in the next few years, Gunga Dan can investigate and determine the exact whereabouts of at least some of his lost credibility.
--Posted by Marc @ 5:09 PM | Back to top

  Scary Ghouls / Halloween 2004
This is from last month, but better late than never, I say... This past Halloween, my wife and I dressed up as Trick-Or-Treaters, and visited some of our family members, without telling them in advance. Made for some interesting reactions, to say the least. Anyway, my Dad took a few digital photos of us when we were over at their place, and I've put one of them up in my Photobucket account (slightly reduced to save bandwidth), which you can see by clicking here. I'm the Crypt Master on the right, and my wife is the Undead Jester to the left.
--Posted by Marc @ 12:34 PM | Back to top

Monday, November 22, 2004

  Satellite Limbo
We're still deliberating on which satellite company to go with, torn between Dish Network and Direct TV. Both are better choices than our current cable provider, so any move is a step in the right direction. We want local channels, and maybe the HBO movie package (so I can stay up with The Sopranos when it returns). If anyone has any thoughts on which choice would be better, drop me a line. We'll make a decision after Thanksgiving.
--Posted by Marc @ 12:20 PM | Back to top

  Cats and Christenings
This past weekend, we took our 2 Siamese cats to the veterinarian's office for their checkup and vaccinations. They're both doing fine, and got a clean bill of health from the vet. Later that day, we went to a baptism for my cousin's daughter. Then dinner at the local Mexican restaurant, and a little shopping. Not much going on, other than that.
--Posted by Marc @ 12:12 PM | Back to top

Friday, November 19, 2004

  The Evil Dead remake
From the "Hollywood is out of ideas" file, comes this story: Apparently, Sam Rami is on board with a group that's planning to remake the 80's horror classic The Evil Dead. I don't understand why a remake needs to be done, since (IMO) the schlock factor was a big part of the original film's appeal. Now, it will probably be loaded with a bunch of ridiculous CGI effects, and whatnot. At least it looks like they still plan on having Bruce Campbell play the role of 'Ash'. So maybe all is not lost.
--Posted by Marc @ 7:45 AM | Back to top

Thursday, November 18, 2004

  Santa's Slay
If you're in the market for a REALLY crappy movie, you might want to check out Santa's Slay. It stars former wrestler Bill Goldberg, and tells the tale of Santa in a decidedly different light. In this version, Santa is actually the Son of Satan, who's only been handing out toys to kiddies because he lost a curling match with an angel (I didn't make this up, but someone got paid to). When the truce deadline expires, the bodies hit the floor! Or whatever.

Edit: looks like it doesn't come out until NEXT year, so you're out of luck for 2004.
--Posted by Marc @ 7:47 AM | Back to top

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

  Diamond Dave, the EMT
This story is so weird, I don't even know what to say about it. So I'll just link to the story that I recently read, about former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, who is apparently on his way to becoming an EMT. For those of you who remember DLR (no wait... that's not Dave, that's a kid with a mullet, for some reason. Here's the real Dave on the right), that's quite the career switch.
--Posted by Marc @ 5:54 PM | Back to top

  "Limited or No Connectivity" with XP Service Pack 2
A friend of mine asked me about a networking issue that's been popping up when troubleshooting PC's that have Windows XP Service Pack 2 installed. Hopefully, if you're having the "Limited or No Connectivity" error with SP2, this may point you in the right direction. There's limited accurate info available on the web, and Microsoft's Knowledge Base (unsuprisingly) didn't turn up much. But most of the tech boards I frequent seemed to point to a possible solution on this webpage, more than any other. Keep in mind that this just a shot in the dark, and the best info I could come up with.
--Posted by Marc @ 10:54 AM | Back to top

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