Archive | July 2004


I’m a little behind, but I finally saw this HERE. Thanks to Becky.

      Belle Marie Drake, 30, of Urbana, formerly of Beason, died Sunday (July 25, 2004) at 9:30 a.m. at her parents’ home in Beason.

      Visitation in Urbana will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Wesley Foundation.

      In Lincoln, visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the church, with the Rev. Jame Hahs and the Rev. Sara Isbell officiating.

Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery, Beason.

      Miss Drake was a member of the class of 2007 at the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine.

      She was born July 14, 1974, in Lincoln to Harold Lowell and Nancy Bratton Drake.

      She is survived by her parents, of Beason; one brother, Douglas Drake; and her paternal grandparents, David and Merida Drake of Beason.

      She was preceded in death by one brother, Curtis Andrew Drake, and by her maternal grandparents, Sam and Mary Margaret Bratton.

      She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lincoln, the Amasong women’s choral group in Champaign-Urbana and was affiliated with the Wesley Foundation in Urbana.

      She was a 1992 graduate of Lincoln Community High School. She graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in 1997 with a double major in rhetoric and biology.

      Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Lincoln or to the Carle Cancer Center, Breast Cancer Research, 602 W. University, Urbana, IL 61801.

Do the worm

In a well-explored part of the ocean, researchers found a freaky new species of worm. Biologists found the inch-long tubeworms, around the remains of a dead whale.

The several details I thought was pretty freaky include:

>> They have no mouthes or guts, depending instead on bacteria they carry around to provide them with energy.

>> They were all female. Microscopic male worms live within a female worm.

Story’s over HERE.

Now a morning person

If you ever want to become a morning person, just travel 14 hours out of your timezone and equilibrate, then travel back.  You’ll never sleep again.  Think of all the things you can accomplish.

I like to spend my waking hours in a cleanroom watching a film web go by.  Look at the pretty web.

When I can’t get back to sleep at 3:30 a.m. I go to the gym and work out with all the old people at 4:30.  It’s a whole new world at 4:30.

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Added a couple movies to MY 2004 MOVIE LIST.


If you’ve never heard of burgoo, check out this link from Arenzville, IL, one of the towns near me. They even registered BURGOO.ORG. For some reason that I haven’t figured out, burgoo is very popular in the area. Lots of communities and churches hold annual burgoos (yes, the name of the event where you make, serve and eat burgoo is call a burgoo). I’ve never tried the stuff, by the way. And you might not want to think about it too much if you’ve just eaten.

Arenzville is the town where, I found out not too long ago, one of my sets of great-grandparents got married. Not sure if they lived there, too, or what. It’s just a few minutes from Jacksonville, IL, and Julie drives through it every day on her way to work.

Looks like we are seriously considering moving to InDesign. We need to either upgrade to Quark 6 or InDesign, ’cause running Quark in Classic mode is bringing me down.

VideoGames ’04

Inspired by the MOVIES ’04 POST, I decided to post the Video Games that I’m playing too, since it takes a large percentage of entertainment time… this spawned a cool little XML inventory of all my CURRENTLY OWNED GAMES.


1) Burnout 2: Point of Impact

2) Amped 2

3) Steel Battalion: Line of Contact

4) Ninja Gaiden

5) Metal Slug 3

6) Full Spectrum Warrior

7) Super Monkey Ball 2

8) Morrowind Game of the Year Edition

9) NHL Hitz 2003

10) NFL Blitz 2003

11) D&D Heroes

12) Armed and Dangerous

13) Freedom Fighters

14) Ghost Recon Island Thunder

15) Serious Sam

16) Battle Engine Aquila

17) Crimson Sea

18) Phantom Crash

19) Burnout 3

20) Star Wars Battlefront

21) Kingdom Under Fire: Crusaders

22) Paper Mario

23) Tales of Symphonia

24) Pikmin 2

25) Halo 2

26) Ribbit King

27) Ghost Recon 2

28) Knights of the Old Republic 2

29) Tron 2.0

30) Guilty Gear X2

31) Fable

32) Dead or Alive Ultimate

33) X-Men Legends

34) Prince of Persia 2 Warrior Within

35) Metal Slug Advance

what did I just eat?

So my Korean host says, lets out out for bar-bq korean style.  It was all harmless until a plate of writhing stuff is dropped on the table.  Live Octopus pieces!  So I try it of course, and after a few times of fighting the squirmy thing off of the plate and down the hatch, I swear I can feel it in my stomach.  Good thing we drank enough Soju and beer to kill a horse.

Well the fun didn’t end in Korea.  I have also eaten in the second week:  Dried whole fish, squid,fish eggs,fish with skin on as it is picked off of the whole fish, eel.  I should have kept a log book with the camera.

I’m ready for pizza now.  I never thought I would be looking forward to going back to America, not for the food anyhow.

Jump 5

My wife and I helped out at the Jump 5 concert this evening! We ran one of the concession tables and later I ran one of the cameras for the show. It was a good time, but we are really tired now 🙂 I can’t imagine how tired Jump 5 must be though, they were doing all kinds of acrobatics while singing… it wore me out just watching them.

Oh, I’m anxious to see Revenge of the Sith (did I beat Guido in knowing the title? I just saw it stream through my RSS feed reader).

It’s genius, I tell ya

JASON of the band RESIDENT GENIUS just showed me the group’s new site. Pretty spiffy. Now, if I could just make it to one of their shows.

I’m attempting to work a double shift today. I was dozing off at lunch. Not good. I think I got back from Springfield at 2 a.m. this morning. I got to meet up with Erin after Ultimate and we chatted for a while. It’s been a few years since she moved to Seattle and it was nice to catch up. She’s playing in Sandblast, a beach Ultimate tournament in Chicago this weekend.

Lone Star Learning

I’m in Austin for a class this week. They told us we couldn’t use Mac, that we would need an x86 computer for the lab work, so I dug out my old laptop and installed SLACKWARE on it. I later found out that one of the old laptop’s memory slots went bad, allowing only half the memory available to the system. 😦

My wife called to let me know that she picked up our REPAIRED car. She reports that it is all fixed and looks good again. I’m anxious to see it myself 🙂

On Saturday, we went to pick up an additional set of Last Exile episodes on DVD. While we were there, we saw that there was a rebate on VONAGE, so we picked that service up! Very good quality, but our current phone number is still in the process of being transferred (they provide a temporary phone number while the transfer takes place). We move to our new place in August, I hope to have only a cable service for TV and Internet (saving lots on phone charges).