Nov 28 2003
Very interesting. Answer 20 questions and it’ll define
your religion (if any).
I was skeptical at first, but it seemed to come up
with the right answer for both of us and gave us an opportunity to discuss our
results. They linked information about the religions it identified as the ones
we may belong to or might consider.
I certainly learned a bit more about
some that I didn’t know much about :)
Give the Beliefnet
Belief-O-Matic
a try.

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Nov 26 2003
We
have had some fantastic experiences up here in Maine. Last weekend we drove up
to Quebec to an area that looked so desolate on the map…. and it was more
populated than where we live! I was dazed at how many houses and industry there
were. We didn’t find the northern lights, but we got to hear Canadian French
again in a little corner of the earth that hardly anyone ever sees. We ate in
this St. Hubert chicken restaurant which Carolyn loves and so must visit each
time we stumble into Canada ;) They went more upscale since we last were there.



No
northern lights because of the clouds, but the stars were so visible on the
border of Canada/Maine … UNBELIEVABLE!! Frank was even able to photograph
them with his digital camera on the roof of the van. Now THAT is bright! We saw
an adult moose by the side of the road as we drove back in the darkness. We
stopped again to look at the stars and it was so creepy to be in the total
darkness and complete quiet. I just knew aliens were going to beam us up and
subject us to anal probes at any second (or was it a Mainer walking from his
cabin with a
shotgun?).

Anyway,
on this thanksgiving, we are thankful to call you all our friends. We hope you
all have a wondeful day with your family, and we hope to hear you are all happy
and
well.

Love;
C
& F :)

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Nov 25 2003
1. THINGY (thing-ee)
n
.

Female……Any
part under a car’s
hood.

Male……….The
strap fastener on a woman’s
bra.

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more -

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Nov 25 2003
Not hot news as these
appear to have been announced in February … but still!

We all would like to use
a bigger monitor, right? 19″ – 23″ scratch that. How about a whopping
92″(6400×1200) LCD! Check out the Grand
Canyon
which also comes in 76″ (5120×1024) & 81″ (6400×1200). For
budgets smaller than $8500-$17500 there are also 45″, 51″ & 57″ 3 panel
Cinerama
models ($1800-$3000-$4000)

… time to order a
bigger desk before Santa comes?

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Nov 25 2003
Apple launched the 20 inch iMac. The G5 1.8 single
processor has been discontinued for a dual 1.8 processor model. OS
X 10.3.1 is
out which solves the initial problems with Panther as well as two small security updates.

PCs can now record DVDs at 8x with Plextor
and Pioneer
hardware. I don’t think there’s 8x media though.
The next Windows OS
(longhorn) launch delayed till Q4 2005 or later. OS X 10.5 should be on the
shelves by then ;)

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Nov 25 2003
From the weather forecast: this year is the 6th time on
record that there has been no snow yet. There is still hope as long as we’re not
going for #1 this winter (hum hum), but eh, why o why is it that when we go
somewhere there are these weather extremes or abnormalities in some form or
another? Like the heat-wave that broke all records in Europe past summer -
without air-conditioning! And before that the … ;)

[
Can't be coincidence! But then other people have this too so it must be
conspiracy! ]

… let it snow … let it snow … let it snow

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Nov 24 2003
Yes, it has been a quiet week at the icerabbit residence.

Nothing bad, just nothing major to report. We were a bit less
online, viewed a few foreign films (for the US), did some shopping &
unshopping (dead HDD), picked up a few books to read (well, mine are reference
guides), started planning a few things, … and I’m still going through a bit of
“mission organisation” (data onto DVD – WINK) and solving a few hardware &
software puzzles. You have to love a challenge!

We’re waiting for
snow – big time! Both for outdoor activities & photography. I can’t believe
it, but it’s the end of November and not a single snowflake yet. Some overnight
frost and once again another warm spell with rain is approaching. No snow = No
snowmobiling in foresight :/ In fact we found no snow in the state of Maine,
only North of Quebec City (CAN) where we headed this weekend to view the
Northern Lights. Did we see them? No, as luck would have it clouds rolled in
during the later part of the evening, covering the night sky at 10-11PM. Same
luck earlier in the week when I tried to view the Leonid meteor shower between
1-4 AM. A cloud left and right around midnight. An hour later I couldn’t find a
break in clouds.

We had a nice long drive though, refreshed memories
of being in NW Maine 3 yrs ago, discovered a bit more of Canada and saw more
stars than we ever did. Hours away from civilisation (in NW Maine) we saw
countless stars spanning the sky. It was pitch black outside but the sky was lit
with stars. I can’t remember driving in the car and seeing stars just
everywhere, left & right as low as the horizon. It was breathtaking.

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Nov 18 2003
John C. Dvorak writes in the Dec 9 issue of PC Magazine
(US) that in Japan customers have access to 26 Mbps ADSL for $24 US dollars a
month! This is a whopping 20 times faster of plain vanilla broadband for half
the cost! Oh my … oh my … time to learn Japanese? ;) WINK

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Nov 13 2003
We didn’t get much data back. The data we really would
have loved to see recovered wasn’t found :/
The drive with the vast amount
of files on it died during the latter stages of the recovery scans (murphy #?!).
It only makes scratchy metal whining spinning sound now and nothing recognizes
it as a valid drive. Recovery on the second drive was limited even though the
majority of files had been copied there prior to the big crash.
So, the
photo library gap (fall – winter 2003) remains & Carolyn’s extensive
documents folder is out the window.

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Nov 11 2003
” A
soldier of the great war – Known Unto God “
In Ieper, Belgium there are 120
cemeteries for a portion of the 500.000 men who lost their lives fighting in the
trenches in WWI. This grave marker in Flanders Fields stands with countless more
for an unknown soldier who died in “the war to end all wars”. Thousands more
died without grave or stone. This day honors their and all veterans’ sacrifice
in the service of humanity.

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