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Archive for December, 2005

New theme

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

After watching Robert play with themes at Daddyspeak, I thought maybe I’d spruce up the Ticklish Ears site as well. This one is called fdawn, but I’ve replaced the “dawn” image with a picture I took at Grandfather Mountain, NC.
Wish I had an intriguing picture or graphic of ears, but I’ll stick […]

Zoomable User Interface Toolkit

Friday, December 30th, 2005

Human-Machine Interfaces is a subdiscipline of Computer Science that I keep thinking I’ll wander into (I know my students would love more courses in graphics and interfaces, since they all want jobs making stuff like this).
Anyway, in that spirit, check out Piccolo, a product of the Human Computer Interaction Lab at the University […]

“Rode Hard and Put Up Wet”

Friday, December 30th, 2005

The title phrase is one that I heard my mother, and probably my grandmother, use many times in my youth. It basically refers to having worked hard and being overly exhausted. They both grew up in south Georgia, so it may well be a regional thing.
Imagine, then, my reaction to this:

Two secretaries […]

Just Your Typical “Episcopalian Priest” Story

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

Another TV show getting those troublesome Christian conservatives all riled up. This time, it’s NBC’s The Book of Daniel, which is apparently a mid-season replacement, starring Aidan Quinn in the title role.
But tell me, does this sound like Hollywood has any idea how the rest of us live?

Webster [Quinn’s character] is shown having visions […]

Thursday Night Hippo Blogging

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

What holiday season is complete without

Dancing Pink Hippos on Roller Skates???!!!!
Taken at Disney World, Dec 26, 2005.

Christmas Vacation

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

We’re spending some time with my folks in Satellite Beach, FL. This means that I’m limited to dialup, so posting has been and will be light (where is The Ticklish Ears Support Team when I need them?).
I’ve snuck away to the local Panera Bread Store to take advantage of the Free Wi-Fi. […]

The Semester - A Retrospective

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

A few years ago, I taught our first and only Honors section of the Introductory Programming course. There were ten or so students in the class. For the most part, they all came to class each day. They asked great questions. They were clearly interested in the course content. They […]

In the eye of the beholder

Monday, December 19th, 2005

This was bound to happen:
The director of the State Art Museum of Moritzburg in Saxony-Anhalt (Germany), Katja Schneider, suggested the painting was by the Guggenheim Prize-winning artist Ernst Wilhelm Nay.
“It looks like an Ernst Wilhelm Nay. He was famous for using such blotches of colour,” Dr Schneider confidently asserted.
The canvas was actually the work of […]

Why Am I Not Excited?

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

I have subscribed to several Christianity Today email newsletters, including one on Christian parenting (I think it’s called Parenting Connection).
Friday, I received an email from the Parenting Connection folks entitled, “Exciting Changes for You at Christian Parenting Today”
Dear Parents,
In your next e-mail newsletter from ChristianParentingToday.com, you will find some exciting changes, including a […]

In Which the Dad is Chastised for Embarassing Behavior

Friday, December 16th, 2005

The scene: Daddy and daughter in truck waiting at a stop light. Celine Dion singing “O Holy Night” on the radio (Celine is one of Daddy’s least favorite singers; her emoting style grates on his nerves).
Celine: “Oh Niiiiiiggggghhhtttt Dee–viiiiiiiiiinnne!”
Daddy: (Throws out hands and lipsyncs “Dee–viiiiiiiiiinnnne!”)
Light turns green. Hands back on wheel, Daddy moves […]

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