8963 – wed

Recent pictures from the Grotto local –

They tore down the neighbor’s house,
and are putting up a new single family home!


FIL got a warning for running a stop sign
in his riding mower… good thing it wasn’t a ticket!


BHK made fantastic stuffed peppers, broccoli/caulifower salad and mac & cheese – we then went to bed, after watching about 1/3 of Mrs. Pollifax – Spy. (Good movie so far! Night Stalker, Mame, MacGuyver’s boss and Exidor all in the same movie!)

Two good quotes heard recently (from a locked post, so they’ll remain anonymous unless they want to be otherwise identified.)

Whosoever is out of patience, is out of possession of his mind, body and soul. —Sir Francis Bacon

We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts… I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it. —Patrick Henry

Pretty wiped out, so I’ll catch up more tomorrow, dear journal!

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3 years ago – no dwarf dice, swap shop instead, I live in a pulp universe, walkabout pictures, froggies, gorillas in comics, email post – image host

4 years ago – ACIM invites me back, new sound card, “don’t go there” is gone, DSA, keywords, gil gerard ages, commanding my minions, publix cancels home delivery

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8962 – Tues

Chewing through a very solid work week – A lot of items on the desk to weed through. SQL is taking top priority, given our release date, but there are a lot of items to deal with from various aspects of the web site to planning budgets.

It’s a pretty challenging gig, and I like it like that. Not a lot of time to learn, but learn-as-you-go seems to be the rule for any tech thing nowadays.

Not enough code to worry about at work? Here’s some icehouse game java in the works, too. I’m not even going to look at that stuff until sometime in 2008, most likely – after crunch time at the office.

Taco night with the in-laws and BHK’s longtime pal Lucas – he’s in town for a span before going off to NY or CA for work. I hope we get to have him over a few more nights before he launches – perhaps he’ll be interested in playing some parlor games in addition to any chick flicks that he and BHK both seem to dig.

I am very weary tonight – hitting the sack early. I don’t know if it’s the rainy weather, or what, but I’ve been feeling a need to snooze. I’m all for cool, misty days, and if a little sleepiness is a result, that’s ok, too. I think that I may be a bit tired due to a lack of unwinding when I first got home… I’ll try to kick off my shoes and change into some play clothes a bit sooner tomorrow.

Saw our “whatever” sort of bird of prey in our backyard… still sans camera, so a animated drawing will have to suffice.

‘Serial killer marked victims on a chessboard’ Last updated at 20:33pm on 13th August 2007
A serial killer charted his crimes on a chessboard, attaching a number and a coin to each square every time he struck.
By the time he was caught, Alexander Pichushkin had filled in 62 of the 64 squares.
He will face a jury trial next month accused of 49 of the murders because prosecutors could not find enough evidence to charge him over the other 13.
Alexander Pichushkin Alexander Pichushkin is accused of killing dozens of people in a Moscow park and marking them on a chessboard

Most of the victims were men whom 33-year-old Pichushkin lured to Bittsa Park in south- west Moscow with the promise of a drink. More than 40 died after he threw them into a sewage pit when they were too drunk to resist. The rest he killed with a hammer.
In a televised interview, Pichushkin calmly bragged about his passion for killing.
“For me, a life without murder is like a life without food for you,” he said. “I felt like the father of all these people, since it was I who opened the door for them to another world.”
The spate of killings in sprawling Bittsa Park began in 2001.
Pichushkin was arrested in June 2006 after police found his name and phone number on a piece of paper that a woman who was killed in the park had left for her son.
He denied his involvement at first, but then confessed to the murder after police confronted him with CCTV footage which showed him accompanying the victim in a subway.
He went on to confess to at least 62 murders and led police to the bodies of many of his victims, investigators said.
Police found his chessboard with a number and a coin attached to each square, said the chief investigator in the case, Andrei Suprunenko.
Shortly after Pichushkin’s arrest, police invited Russian television to film and broadcast him in an effort to counter media speculation that he had been forced into making false confessions.
Pichushkin said on TV that he had killed his first victim, a classmate, in 1992 when he was 18. Police had questioned him then, but no charges were filed.
“My client understands that he is to blame for most of these murders,” Pichushkin’s lawyer told reporters outside the courtroom after a 15-minute hearing yesterday.
Pichushkin scowled as he was brought into Moscow City Court under heavy guard for the preliminary appearance at which he opted to be tried by a jury, instead of a panel of judges.
In a red-and-white checked shirt and jeans, he occasionally stretched his arms and stared out from his glass enclosure without displaying any emotion.
During the hearing, relatives of two of the alleged victims sat only yards from Pichushkin.
His trial was set for September 13 and he faces life in prison if convicted, following the abolition of the death penalty.
Russia’s worst serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo, the Rostov Ripper, was convicted in 1992 of murdering 52 female victims during a 12-year reign of terror.
Chikatilo, a paedophile, was able to gain sexual excitement only by stabbing girls and young women. He was executed in 1994.

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5 years ago – grove scandal, togas, tulip head, haiku

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7 years ago – Put April on a bus for home, Gaming group with Josh Marquart and the Hunters, can you picture that Geotarget (via Scotto’s Wall Scrawls)