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Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Subject:The Cat Project - urgent need
Time:9:59 am.
The Cat Project is facing foreclosure and is in urgent need of support, or the nearly 100 animals they care for will be left with no care. The below email was passed along at work through our network of pet activists comes from the vet who runs the shelter. It's a no-kill shelter that operates purely on donations and volunteer help: http://www.freewebs.com/catproject/whoweare.htm

Nancy the vet is advertising a garage sale, but non-locals can help through their paypal donate button on their donate page: http://www.freewebs.com/catproject/donate.htm

Donations are tax-deductable.

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I've enjoyed your emails through the years and am wondering if
you can help me at this time. The Cat Project, my cat rescue, is in
trouble. My veterinary clinic suffered from hostile former owners
and the bad economy and closed its doors July 1. I have been
without a paycheck for 7 weeks. I have a foreclosure notice from my
bank unless I raise $3927 by August 11, 2010.

The Cat Project is having a fundraiser Garage Sale at 2264
Kenmore in Okemos on Saturday July 31. In addition we are seeking
monetary donations to help us meet this deadline. We are caring for
88 cats, 4 dogs and 2 horses currently. We specialize in feral cats
and are also still trying to do some low cost spay/neuter/vaccines
for cats.

Could you let people on your email list know about this?
Thank you very much.

Nancy L. Bischof DVM MPH
6745 W. Winegar Rd.
Perry, MI 48872-9798
phone 517-675-3133
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Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Subject:20 years of Smithosonian magazines
Time:4:47 pm.
I have some twenty years of Smithsonian magazines. Most are in like-new or almost-new condition. Where can I take them?

My last resort is to take them to the recycle center, but if there was some organization that would get actual use out of them, I'm happy to give them away.
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Monday, July 20th, 2009

Subject:How to dispose of old medicines -- DON'T FLUSH!
Time:10:33 am.
A year or two back I tried to find out how to dispose of old prescription drugs. I didn't want to put them down the toilet. I've read enough articles about water testing to know how contaminated our water has become with discarded drugs. Need tylenol? Just drink some spring water. So when I called pharmacies asking about disposing drugs, I was less than happy to hear the pharmacy techs say "just flush it down the toilet". I am now happy to find these resources for disposing of drugs:

You can find a list of Wasthenaw County pharmacies that will take back your old (non-scheduled) medications for free: http://www.dontflushdrugs.com

Or, if that's not an option, here are instructions for preparing medications for going into the trash: http://www.med.umich.edu/insideview/volume4/issue5/articles/tcooo_wrap_and_trash.html
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Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Subject:typepad or wordpress
Time:1:20 am.
Anyone out there using wordpress for a blog? (Yeah, I know, there's something odd about asking this on LJ where most people probably *only* use LJ, but it doesn't hurt to ask.)

I'd like to do a makeover for kitchenchick.com. Because beauty is more than skin deep, as I consider a makeover of physical appearance I think it's also worth considering a makeover of the blog engine. That is, should I stay on typepad or make the jump to wordpress? Wordpress supporters are pretty fanatic about typepad sucking and wordpress rocking. I get where they are coming from. It's a lot like Mac users, and I'm a Mac user. :-)

Unfortunately, most of the articles I can find that compare wordpress to typepad are at least 6 months old if not years old. Interesting reading, but not current enough for me to be comfortable making a decision just yet.

Basically, there are two versions of wordpress: the hosted wordpress.com, which doesn't have as many features but is being developed rapidly, and the self-hosted original wordpress. I gather it can take some work to get that set up, but once set up it does beautifully. (And wordpress seems to have nicer templates and looks these days than typepad.) But I'm not a programmer or even an sys admin (anymore), I know minimal html and no css, I have little interest in devoting time to learning css. Thus I would need to get help setting up wordpress. And then there's migrating all my old content over. Ugh.

Fortunately, I found someone who will (for a reasonable price) migrate a typepad blog to wordpress. Since typepad apparently goes out of its way to make it hard to migrate away from their platform, I think paying someone else who has figured out how to do this is a great thing. So that's one barriar removed.

Which brings me to the question: should I migrate.
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Monday, May 11th, 2009

Subject:Wonder Twin powers, activate!
Time:11:49 am.
Author Jim Hines is running a caption contest featuring a photo of him and John Scalzi. A while ago he solicited captions for the photo, and I submitted one. I watched a lot of Super Friends cartoons as a kid, so the first thing I thought of when I saw the photo was the Wonder Twins so I submitted, "Wonder twin powers activate! Form of a science fiction author! Form of a fantasy author!"

There were dozens of entries, and I wasn't sure how my parody retro caption would fare.

Well, my caption made it into the contest! Woo hoo! So go vote!

Of course, I prefer you give my caption a bump (currently in 2nd place), but really, to be fair, vote for the one you like best.

Click through to see the photo and vote: http://jimhines.livejournal.com/442101.html

Bribe time: lintra, if I win, F gets the book.
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Subject:People who should have their driver's license revoked...
Time:6:13 pm.
As if it's not bad enough that to leave the car engine running while filling up with gas, this yahoo also left the car unattended (while filling up with gas) to go shop in the convenience store. Arrrrgggh!
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Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Subject:Star Wars: Retold
Time:11:43 pm.
...by someone who hasn't seen it. OMG, so funny!!!!

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Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Subject:Necklace left at our holiday party.
Time:9:51 pm.
A black and silver necklace was left at our house during our holiday party. If you can describe it in more detail, then it must be yours.
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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Subject:Hope for the future
Time:3:39 pm.
An amazing possibility for algae-based bio-fuels: http://cc.pubco.net/www.valcent.net/i/misc/Vertigro/index.html
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Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Subject:Frost warning tonight
Time:7:32 pm.
...followed by 80s degrees forecasted for next week. How unfair!

So with that frost warning in mind, I pulled up the basil and harvested the leaves and pulled up two of my three lemon grass plants. (I'm betting that the other will actually survive the frost.) I'll bring in the potted basil and rosemary tonight and put them back out tomorrow. The basil leaves have been plucked and are in the freezer (I'll use it in Thai curries over the winter.), and I now have a pile of lemon grass stalks sitting on my kitchen counter plus several stalks with root bits still attached sitting in water. I've over-wintered lemon grass this way two years running.

I made lemon grass ice cream recently. It reminded me suspiciously of blue moon ice cream. I think I'm on to something here, but I must buy some blue moon from Kilwin's and do a side-by-side taste test. Last year I looked up sources for blue moon flavoring**, which of course will be some artificial chemical concoction, but if I can simulate that indefinable citrus flavor of blue moon with lemon grass... Mmmm! That'd be a win on both the natural flavoring and cost front!

** blue moon is a Midwest regional flavor, and people within the Midwest can't agree on what the true blue moon flavor is. I stand by Kilwin's version, which has a faint citrus edge to the flavor. Other people say blue moon tastes like almonds or licorice!
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Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Subject:On a Bike in Africa
Time:6:29 pm.
A nifty blog by a guy who biked from France to South Africa. Start with his oldest posts from February.

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Monday, September 10th, 2007

Subject:Riad Tafilalet, window detail
Time:11:46 pm.

Street lights shining in through a colored glass window and grill.

This small window was set high in the stairwell that we used to get to our room.
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Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Subject:Fes, Morocco
Time:10:01 pm.
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Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Subject:Chicken with Attitude
Time:12:32 am.

No, not in Morocco. At the Saline Fair. More Morocco coming soon.

I talked my way into the fair. Since I live practically on top of the fair and have to deal with the noise and traffic, seems only just (I can't say "fair" without groaning) that I get a free pass. The carnival part was actually rather dull, but the barns were filled with animals and garden vegetables and corn and sheared wool. I looked at the rather wilted vegetable displays. (They've been sitting around for a while.) I didn't realize that one could enter a contest for "best in show" parsley category. I passed the vegetables and headed for the smellier and more interesting parts of the show featuring cows, llamas, sheep (sheared), horses, pigs, fowl of various kinds, rabbits...

There are some mighty funny-looking chickens out there in the world. And there are some chickens with major attitude. The two don't seem to go together. That is, the funny looking chickens didn't seem to pack as much attitude as the stereotypical fryer.
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Friday, September 7th, 2007

Subject:Soon we'll be playing beach ball in the Arctic Circle...
Time:11:16 am.
Mark Serreze, an Arctic specialist at the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre at Colorado University in Denver said: "If you asked me a couple of years ago when the Arctic could lose all of its ice, then I would have said 2100, or 2070 maybe. But now I think that 2030 is a reasonable estimate. It seems that the Arctic is going to be a very different place within our lifetimes, and certainly within our children's lifetimes."


Dramatic comparison picture of 1979 ice cap and 2007 ice cap embedded in this blog entry (scroll down past the hurricane info): http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=780&tstamp=200709
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Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Subject:Doorways in Fes
Time:8:37 pm.

Our (highly unofficial) medina guide pointed into a narrow alley-stairwell and we looked up to this door. I have no idea where this goes. Into someone's home, perhaps.
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Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Subject:Chicks in Fes
Time:11:11 pm.

In Fes young chicks are dyed bright colors and sold as toys to groups of boys who play with them in the streets. So adorable, yet it broke my heart, too, to see them used this way.
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Subject:RFID implants for humans
Time:2:50 pm.
Holy Moly!

There are employers out there requiring RFID implants for their employees. The California state Senate was concerned enough to pass legislation to prevent companies from being able to force implants in their employees.

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Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Subject:Old Medina of Fes, Morocco
Time:8:41 pm.

We saw so much cool architecture in Fes. Arches, ornate Islamic engraving, tile work...
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Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Subject:Food shopping in Fes, Morocco
Time:11:21 pm.
The next morning we went shopping for our lunch. You may have seen some other (grains) shopping pictures (meat) posted by tlatoani. In this one (also taken by him) we are sampling dates with our fellow cooking class students and our chef Lahcen (red shirt).
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