In "20 Killed at Virginia Tech Campus"

I'm a mentor on a high school robotics team in Virginia and I'm in a near state of shock with this, as many of our former students go to Virginia Tech. We're playing the waiting game here, waiting to find out if all of our alumni are okay. It's not a happy day.

In "Participation Inequality. "

Habitual lurker for the most part... this is comment 29 since September 24, 2004.

In "Curious George - Halloween"

How about the 7 deadly sins and the one person contemplating them all?

In "Alley Cats."

Deja-vu! Back when I had an Olympus camera, I used to post on the DPReview Olympus forum, where Knox, the photographer first posted and these photos for comments (around May of 2003). I found the old thread about this, before a book was even in consideration and here's what they had to say: feral cat thread So they were feeding them, taking them to the vet and trying to find homes for them. Where my parents live, there's a very big feral cat problem, and it's heartbreaking. I photograped some of them after feeding them (my mother is probably still confused as to why her cat food all disappeared). Discarded is the best shot I got, but it's nothing compared to what Knox and Streetkid got. Oh, I also got some friends of mine who live near my parents to contact a local animal group who go and spay and neuter ferals, so hopefully, some poor kitties will get some relief. Stupid humans.

In "A Cotton Candy Autopsy"

It took a while to figure out this was a comic book from the Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children Series. I read a few from the series (Nice Girls Don't Massacre Ants, Dances with Cows, Arnold: Confessions of a Blood Junkie) back in the early 90s, and it was just my kind of twisted!

In "Followup, George:"

That's great!

In "Curious, George: Cats and vision loss"

You certainly have my admiration for adopting this kitty, she's beautiful. The neighbors I had when I was growing up were very abusive to their "pets". They had a mentally handicapped son who killed several of them. He closed a window on one cat, breaking its back, threw another one against a wall, one of their dogs got a broken leg from a car and they never took the dog to the vet so he hobbled around for a year before he got hit again and killed. The cops wouldn't do anything, so we resorted to stealing their pets and taking them to a shelter whenever we could. I have to admit, since the cops didn't do anything, we vandalized their house in retalitation (hey, we were in our early teens). Once their son spray-painted my cat (what fun it was bathing that hissy ball of fur and claws) so we broke out every single window on their house.

In "Knowing You, Knowing Me"

After this week at work, where a really nasty co-worker got another very nice co-worker fired, I would choose to go with the on-line connection. I guess I just feel safer keeping some kind of a barrier between me and my co-workers. Office chit-chat is fine, but that's all it's going to be.

In "Curious George: Whats the stoopedest theeng yoov evar don?"

In college I was stalked by a sicko who liked to slip "love" notes smeared with blood (police said it was animal blood) under my door and I got sick of not knowing who was doing this so one night I borrowed this huge hunting knife from a friend and sat in the middle of my room with my door open hoping to catch the person. Another friend stopped by and freaked out and called the police, who lectured me and then put a police watch on my dorm and ordered me not to go anywhere alone. I found out the cops didn't watch the dorm after midnight and I got so sick and tired of not having any freedom that I started sneaking out of my dorm after midnight and wandering around campus alone. It dumb to risk my life, but I can't say I wouldn't do it again.

In "curious George"

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer, and that hasn't changed. I also really wanted to be a teacher. But all of my teachers kept telling me I could do so much better than that... so I'm something worse.

In "Curious George: post-election soundtrack."

Zombie from the Cranberries keeps going through my head...

In "Kerry Wins by a Landslide"

Thanks, it did make me smile a little. Now I'm going back to scowling.

In "Spooky Curious George:"

The party I go to every year is themed (last year was Edgar Allen Poe), this year the theme is Your Worst Nightmare, and so I'm sewing spiders all over my clothing. Fake spiders, real ones would just squish...

In "Treasure Box"

Very cute! The flying bicycle/helicopter thing almost beat me but I prevailed. The whole thing made me feel like I was in the Monty Python's Flying Circus.

In "A second season "

I've been hooked on Making Fiends since last May, and I can't wait for the holiday treat! I love the big cat...

In "Curious, George: What's it all about?"

AAA batteries. And my "things to do before I die" list that constantly changes (things added, things checked off).

In ""

I like watching Emergency Vets even though I cry over every episode.

In "Good Books!"

Good books I've recently reread: The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood Life of Pi by Yann Martel Reading Lolita In Tehran by Azar Nafisi American Gods by Neil Gaiman

In "Curious George: Sleep disorders."

I remember thinking - at age 14 - that the Easter Bunny must've rearranged my room. Anyone ever hear of anything remotely like this, or have any ideas? So, you rearranged your room in your sleep? You're just a more active sleep walker, I would guess. When I'm really stressed out, I will walk in my sleep, but it doesn't happen often. Once in college I went to bed with my closet doors open and my window blinds up and the window open. When I woke up to find the closet doors shut, the window shut with the blinds pulled all the way down to the floor. I had my own room and the door was locked. Now, scarier, a lot scarier, about a week ago my mother did a little walking in her sleep and went into the bathroom and cut her hair. She cut the sides and her bangs really short but woke up before she could get to the back so now she has a mullet. As far as I know, she's never done any kind of sleep walking before.

In "Curious George:"

Sigh. That's tollbooth. And I'm pretty sure if I worked for an animal shelter/pound/ASPCA I would be out gunning for way too many nasty people within a week.

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