Saturday, December 23, 2006

The Blizzard of 2006


On the 20th snow started to fall in the morning. All the schools closed and we hunkered down to see how much snow would fall. They were calling for one to two feet. By the end of it, it had become three feet with five foot drifts. All our doors were snowed in. The cars were snow bound. I shoveled outside twice--once on the 20th to try and get ahead of the snow and again for three hours on the 21st.

Matthew in the Snow

Today I filled the bird feeder and a flicker came to visit. Interestingly, this large bird did not do much to frighten off the sparrows that had come for a little meal.

Flicker after the Storm

It remains cold enough that the snow is not going to melt. We're going to have a white Christmas in Colorado this year.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Online Front Porch


10 years ago I was in graduate school. I had just finished the second performance event in my thesis work. The summer before, I had worked for the William King Regional Arts Center in Abingdon Virgina as production co-ordinator for the Appalachian Cultural Festival, Living Traditions. There, I met a man name Jim Loyd--a barber and old-time musician. He was a member of an Old-Time band called the Konnarock Critters.

I approached the Critters to play a series of concerts in the Virginia Tech Black Box Theatre. We scrounged a camera and hooked it into a Mac. We broadcast a video stream on the Internet and invited people from around the world to tap in as well.

The event was a modest success. We had audience from around the US, Canada, and one group from Italy. Keep in mind, this was 10 years ago.

I've started digitizing the tape from one of the events and am posting it on Revver. If you're curious, the collection will be aggregating HERE.

Inept Phishers


I laughed out loud today when I opened up the following attempt to phish me. Apparently LONDON INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT no write english good.

LONDON INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT MOTTO: SECURITY WATCH PLOT 158 XXXX WAY, 234 XXXXX Towers XXX2E, London. TEL: +44 XXX XXXXXX EMAIL: OUR REF: GL-GWAS-005-31 My Dear, Based on the finding in this investigation Department we wish to warn you against some impostors. We have been fully informed that some impostors are contacting you in Respect to the collection of your fund that was long approved in your favor. As a matter of fact we have been on this investigation assignment for some time, kindly to top government official who Are in support of this investigation team to help stop fraudulent activities in world. Note that the only office/paying bank that have right to pay Or to contact you in Respect to the collection of your fund will be giving to you by this office. From the records of outstanding payment with the London Government, your name and company was discovered as next on the list of the outstanding Owners who have not yet received their payments. I wish to inform you that your payment is being process and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Please re-confirm to me if this is Online with what you have in your record and also re-confirm to me the followings. (1) Your full name. (2) Phone, fax and mobile #. (3) Company's name, position and address. (4) Profession, age and marital status. Finally, we apologize on behalf of the London investigation department for any delay and lost this must have coursed you. We promise that such thing will not happen again. Thanks for your understanding while we wait for your Urgent response. Yours sincerely, Mrs. Nancy Neck. Head of Investigation Department (LONDON)

Sunday, December 17, 2006

What Is Wrong With This Picture?


Tree Trimmers

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