Sunday, November 20, 2005


The obsession continues....

This time I was prompted to research whether it would be feasible to fly back from wherever I might end up moving to, to still volunteer as a scorer with the Mathcounts competitions in Ohio.

Don't know when the county one is going to be, but I've heard that the state competition will be on March 11th, 2006.

While trying to see what information there is on the Mathcounts in other cities/states. I noticed that this year the national will be in Arlington, VA....only significant because just the other day I was doing a Google search for relatives, and found that a cousin lives there.... ;D

Though I haven't yet decided how it will be that I make contact with her again....all I have is conventional means of contact, sure would be nice if there were email addresses :o

Friday, November 18, 2005 - Change Online Shopping for Good

Hmmm, wonder if I'm getting ahead of myself again?

As part of my job hunt, I spend some time getting to know where I might be moving to. Because this time, ideally, I'd like to find a place where I can live, too.

But, sometimes I look at more than just that. Like once again, I found myself browsing to see what I might change my cause to should I move to another part of the country.

Like so far this year, I have $44.35 on record for donations. And, there's a few orders that are still outstanding...I'll probably be around $60 by year end.

I know there are sites that give you the cash....and I think I still belong to one or two. But, when I go to buy something online, this is one site that influences who I buy from....more than the ones that give cash or points.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Are You Infected by Sony-BMG's Rootkit?

There was once a significant gap in my CD buying, because of my first encounter with a copy-protected music CD.

It was a Natalie Imbruglia CD from BMG.

Oddly, it was another artist also under BMG that got me buying CDs again.

And, then when I got my CD buying reached a significant frenzy. Largely because old CDs I hadn't listened to in a long time, suddenly were being listened to...and that prompted me to search out more music by these artists...and buying those CDs.

But, looks like the record companies want us all to stop buying music.

The bad thing is it has been so long since I actually listened directly from a CD. These days I only take the CD out of its case once, and that is to get it on to my iPod. Once there the CD usually gets thrown aside, but someday I'll get the new shelf (or more) and get my collection under control again.

I have two shelves that are rated to hold 500 CDs each, and they are overflowing with CDs. Plus one fell over a while back, so I've been meaning to replace it for some time. Looking at something that'll hold at least 1500, but maybe that won't be enough by the time I get around to it.