Friday, December 07, 2007
I'm pleased to report that she is doing fine with no signs of recurrence. All the lymph nodes were normal (couldn't feel them, in other words), her musculature around her lumbar area is holding up great and her weight is actually quite good.
We'll take her back in another 6 months for blood work, but so far... so good!
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
So we were walking back down Broadway toward Times Square and I happened to look up while standing at 54th. There it was: Senor Wences Way. They really named a section of street in New York for a man who made a living talking to his own hand. It's a good gig if you can get it, I guess.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Nikon fans may be more interested in part I, in which he talked a little about his Nikon D70 in a warzone.
While you are there, check out the story the New York Times/Washington Post/LA Times/Chicago Tribune will never print: Come Home, in which the Church of St. John's in Baghdad is re-opened, with the help of the Christians' Muslim neighbors.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
8 minutes, 9 seconds: the amount of time at the end of the game that the Illini held onto the football.
Congratulations to Isaiah "Juice" Williams and the rest of the Fighting Illini on a spectacular game in Columbus yesterday.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
From later in the article: "The scientists said women were aware of the importance of their own attractiveness to men, and adjusted their expectations to select the more desirable guys."
Who could have seen that one coming? I'll bet the scientists in question are busily working on their next grant application involving "younger, hotter women with older, richer men."
Ain't science grand?
Sunday, August 19, 2007
This was the first fair she ever entered anything and is already plotting her strategy for next year.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Hummingbird clearwing (Hemaris thysbe)
fl: 82mm (macro); exp.: 1/1000s, f/6, ISO 200; NEF file processed with the Gimp 2.2
This Monarch is a little tattered but still taking care of business...
fl: 82mm (macro); exp.: 1/640s, f/6, ISO 200; NEF image processed with the Gimp 2.2
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
This is Mouse, our 10-and-a-half year old chocolate mitted ragdoll. She was diagnosed with a sarcoma that developed at the site of her rabies vaccination. We don't know how long she has left, but so far she's been doing pretty well.
(Canon 20D, cropped and scaled with The GIMP)
UPDATE: Well, it's almost 4 months since the initial post, and now just over 2 months since we went through with the surgery to amputate her cancerous right rear leg. It was disarticulated at the hip and she hasn't had any trouble... well if you don't count the 'bed sore' on her OTHER side. That still has about a 0.5 cm x 0.5 cm piece of scab + matted fur that is tenaciously hanging on.
Mouse gets around in fine tripod fashion: front left, front right, hop. Her back left leg is now--more or less--her back center leg, but it works better than it sounds.
The cancer was stage 3, so there is still work for the folks at the VCA Referral Clinic: every 6 months we need to take her in for a chest x-ray to see if anything has spread to her lungs. Thus far her incision line is clean, and that is very good news. At the rate her tumor was growing it would be positively ginormous by now. Similarly, there have been no signs of breathing difficulties.
After a heart-to-heart with her, My Lovely Wife announced that there was an agreement in principle for 10 more years. Let's hope.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
"Crusader? Uff! What sort of name is that? Oh, Shepherd of the Hills, or Shepherd of the Prairie or Shepherd of the Valley: those are good names! Even Trinity or Prince of Peace! But what kind of hotdish can you expect to get at Crusader Lutheran Church anyway? Uff da!
UPDATE: My dear wife says I forgot "Good Shepherd". And so I did.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Behind the pansies and between the tufty, lily-like plants and the cotoneasters that our builder left us, we planted a selection of tulips. The first two colors to emerge are the purple (negrita) and yellow. Coming later this spring (or rather sooner) Queen of the Night 'black' tulips. (Hopefully they'll have some overlap.)
The Black and Gold represent St. Olaf College and the Purple and Black represent Northwestern University. Alas, there aren't any blue ones, so my alma mater's colors weren't available.
Canon D20, shot JPEG-only. Scaled with the GIMP
Outside Stately Larson Manor, the bed of pansies we planted last November or early December have come back up this spring. Here's one of them, up close and personal.
It's odd that "pansy" has become a pejorative term. These are pretty tough little flowers to make it well into winter and still have enough oomph to return in the spring.
Taken with the Canon D20. Bandwidth-saving crop done with the GIMP
Saturday, April 07, 2007
For me, the deciding factor was comfort. I had to bend my finger rather radically to reach the shutter button on the Digital Rebel XTi. The D20, being a little wider, felt very natural in my hands.
We hope to have some photos to add in the coming days.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
What perplexes me is that how Bush who can take a Never Appease the Enemy approach with Islamic totalitarians acts like such an appeaser on the home front. His entire presidency has been marked with attempts to suck up to Democrats. The only non-negotiable is the war--and even then he threw Rumsfeld under the bus after the 2006 midterms.
Japanese Fisherman Killed Trying to Rescue Whale
Remember: Whales are wild animals. Really, really, freaking huge, wild animals. Please don't try this at home.
Tagged: Whales, Why Do They Hate Us
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
As an American currently serving my nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to fully support our mission in Iraq and halt any calls for retreat. I also respectfully urge my political leaders to actively oppose media efforts which embolden my enemy while demoralizing American support at home. The War in Iraq is a necessary and just effort to bring freedom to the Middle East and protect America from further attack.Too often our Congress acts as though our Armed Forces cannot hear them. If you are serving and have been disturbed by the actions of certain Congressmen, have a look at the site.
(h/t The Thunder Run)