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At 15 months Tilda's take on Star Wars

While watching Tilda this morning I put Star Wars on in the background. First time it played in Tilda's presence. So far we are only to the cantina scene, but there have been three stand out reactions. The first was when Ben is reviving Luke, R2 and 3PO after the Sand People attacked. When 3PO is helped up all covered in sand and an arm ripped off Tilda began laughing and continued for several minutes. The second was when Ben is telling Luke about his father giving Luke the lightsaber. As soon as the lightsaber is turned on Tilda snapped to watching the TV as long as the lightsaber was on, totally mesmerized. The thrid reaction is whenever an Imperial score played she is immediately attracted to the TV. Even when in the other room she runs in to see what is going on.

Tilda's First Birthday

1 year and 11 minutes ago Tilda was born. She is now getting ready for her afternoon nap after her first birthday party.

Orson passed away

Monday evening Alice took Orson to the vet, he had fluid around his lungs and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He came home with some medicine but was having labored breathing and barely able to walk around. By Tuesday evening around our bedtime he started moaning meowing and was panting like he ran a marathon. Alice took him to the cat ER where he passed away. Orson was a 13 year old Persian and has been with Alice since 1998 in Chicago, Seoul Korea and Lexington, KY with Tilda and I.


Merry Christmas

A 8 year journey was ended this morning. I finished listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. I'll stay away from saying anything specific. There were too many moments to count where I found a tears in my eyes and the moments increased in frequency the closer to the end I ventures. The Deathly Hollows gets a solid 2 thumbs up and was a great end to a great series. If you have finished the book and want to talk specifics with me, "release the hounds!"

Abigail born Feburary 28th

I have another niece, Abigail Marie Littmer, born last night around 9pm.
My sister let me stay in the birthing room, if I didn't take any during birth photos, which was very cool of her. Before the birth the pain monitor display would start going down and then Michelle would say it hurt or there was a contraction. At the time it was kinda funny but after about 30 minutes of this a nurse came in and say that Abigail was comming in minutes! They rounded up another the doctor and another nurse. Everyone started doing there thing. Doctor and nurses were calm. Michelle started that push no push pattern. Drew was helping Michelle. Abigail was getting ready to breath. I tried to stay as much out of the way as possible and not totally freak out! 30 minutes later Abigail was born.

Nighthawks by Hooper


Probably my favorite American painting. Might be the reason I have a fasination with dinner/lunch counter/greasy spoons.


I'm an Uncle!!!

My sister and brother inlaw had there first child at about 2:50 this afternoon. Charlotte, my new niece, came in at 6 lbs. 14 ounces and 20 inches tall.

Now for work to get over so I can drive up, see her and get some photos.

Drew, Michelle & Charlotte Charlotte

Political Test

You are a

Social Liberal
(81% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(15% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid

Delta Sucks

I have heard of this truly wonderful thing called "Frequent Flyer Miles" and the associated benefits. But have come to hold the belief that Delta considers me to be some third world pigmy not worthy of such benefits.

It all starts back in 1997. That was the year I got to visit London England with the family. Given we lived in the Greater Cincinnati Area Delta was the only realist flying option. International flight equals lots of miles so I signed up for the Frequent Flyer/SkyMiles, they seemed to be in the middle of changing the name back them.

Few years later in the spring of 2000 I'm flying from Seattle to Cincinnati after riding cross country with Delmar. So I choose Delta, use my SkyMiles card to get more of those great miles.

Skip ahead to last summer. Work is flying me to Greece, lots of miles! Maybe combined with my London and cross country fights I might have something worth using. When I get to the airport with my SkyMiles card they tell me they can't give me the miles for some unknown reason. Just keep my ticket stubs and deal with it after my trip.

When I returned to the States I tried through there website to check the account. There it says to call a different number than the normal one and only during normal business hours. After several attempts spend a hour on hold I give up.

Which brings me to now, today. In May there is an Alaskan cruise with the family. The flight is booked through the cruise company but for a nominal fee of $50 you can pick the airline. Time to get that SkyMiles account working.

Back to the website which has been totally revamped. Still can't use the account but just call this number. After trying several different ways through the automated system, none of which mention anything about getting a new pin, I get someone in India. After 30 minutes of trying to find the complete address they have for me, one of the 6 I have had in the past 8 years, he tells me he can't give me a pin and I can't use any of my old ticket stubs. Apparently they are only good for 6 months, first time anyone from Delta mentioned that. If I want to waste my time I could mail my complaint and maybe they will accept my Greece miles.

Delta Airlines Incorporated
Sky Miles Department 654
P.O. Box 20532
Atlanta, GA 30320-2532

But the guy from India seems like he is almost laughing at the idea of that getting me anywhere. Then he transfers me back into the same phone queue I spent an hour waiting in!

This time I get a woman in the south. After we go through the same routine she gives me a fax number, 404-773-1945, to handle things out of procedure. Says the fax folks are way behind and she doesn't know how long it will take but at least weeks. So I finally thinking of asking if they have any of my previous miles, nope. Seems that they expire miles after 3 years. Great, so all this effort and there is nothing there! Now I have never heard of this automatic expiration. She says it is on there website, but I couldn't find it following the directions. Actually can't really find anything useful on there website. /

Now should I even bother? I can maybe in weeks get my Greece miles, though both the Delta reps got as close to saying "not a chance in hell" as they could without saying it. I could just setup a new SkyMiles account for the Alaska miles, but if previous experience is any indication I will not be able to access them until after they expire them.

Kinda makes glad when I hear Delta bankruptcy news, though the government will bail them out.

Nunc Dimittis

Read it. Seldom can so few words make one laugh and cry.
I am reminded of why I once wanted to become a priest but didn't.

It's Been 4 Years

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4 years ago at 7 AM PST I smoked my last cigarette. The next 24 hours was the most dificult day of my life.

Occasionally cravings for a smoke hit, but only for a few seconds.

Now I love living in a town that has gone smoke free in all resturants and bars.

By now my body should have reversed, as much as posible, the damage 8 years of smoking did to my body.

Australia 2005 Great Photo Upload Began

I have began the great photo upload from my recent, and still massively jet lagged, work trip to Australia. The date/time and orientations should be correct. I will be going back and photomerging many of the outdoor shots for some hopefully stunning outdoor shots. They are broken into five albums, Sydney, Hunter Valley (Horse Country), Melbourne, Wine Country outside Melbourne and LAX. Of special note are the photos of me on the Sydney Harbor Bridge with BridgeClimb, at the FooBar, the Koalas and all those iPod Shuffle 1 and Apple Store signs.

Australia Photos

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Some Australian photos on flickr. When I get back to the states I'll upload the whole archive, close to a thousand pics :)

Leaving On A Jet Plane for Australia

Hopefully by 5pm this today the multiday, multiplane, multicity trip to Australia will have begun. Have fun while I'm gone.


Last night was my first Wheelthrowing class at Kentucky Mudworks. Wheelthrowing is spinning clay on a wheel, hopefully turning it into something desired.

It was me and 9 women, counting the instructors. Strangely it all seemed to come kinda natural to me but the women taking the class for the first time were having lots of trouble. I did have a problem on my first bowl. At first when getting it all centered the wheel has to spin pretty fast. When doing the shaping the speed needs to be dropped or eventually as the sides of the bowl get higher it can spin out of shape. Damm that centrifical force!

It was lots of fun. There is something rather relaxing about playing in mud and making something with your hands. Looking forward to the next 5 weeks of classes.

Acropolis Amphitheater PhotoMerge

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Acropolis Amphitheater PhotoMerge

Finally got around to doing the photo merge from the Acropolis Amapatheater. Next time I will have to take more pics with more overlap.

Update: I used Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 to stich up the pics.

Excuse me while I cry

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Oh, my emotional state, sadness, depression, anger, disalusionment. My faith in the eternal goodness of man, that we are really great, is faltering. Seeing the popular vote leads me to one of two conclusions. The majority of voting Americans have either been dupped beyond there intelect or are comprised of some of the worst of humanity disguised in smiles. I am not sure which is worse. And I don't know which I fear worst or what I can do to change either.

Excuse me while I cry...

Greek Audio Diaries Redux

I have noticed in the stats that there have been a few downloads from the Greek Audio Diaries. So what do y'all think? Should I do some more? How was the sound quality? Do I sound like a dork fish :)

Greek Audio Diaries

Before my trip to Greece I picked up a Belkin Voice Recorder for my iPod. The original idea was to upload audio bits from Greece but the syncing didn't work right so you get the them now. I have setup my RSS feed to be Enclosure aware for future Podcasting. To handle the Enclosure mogo I'm using the Enclosure plugin for my. And if you are looking for an automated way to get Podcasts give iPodder a try on your platform.

The Acropolis

I was there yesterday. More pics in the gallery.

Athens, Greece

Starting around lunch tomorrow I am heading off for Athens, Greece. It is a work trip, I get to sell feed and bedding for the Paralympics Games, but I expect to still get lots of time in to see Greece. Internet connection speeds permitting check for photos in the gallery.

Drew & Michelle's Wedding

I spent the last half of last week up on Cincinnati. FountianSquare.jpg Got to wander around downtown and meet my sister for lunch. MichelleWorking.jpg Check in with Daisy my god daughter. Daisy.jpg See my Aunt Anne from Charlotte, who is respiratory therapist but we like calling her doctor. DrAnne.jpg Even had the "joy" of seeing a fur covered crotch rocket. FurryBike.jpg But the real reason for the visiting was a wedding. CakeTopper.jpg Not just any wedding but my little sister Michell and Drew were getting married. DrewNMichelle.jpg All went well. The only hickup was the groom getting strep throat and requiring lots of antibiotics.

Your's truely, big brother fozbaca couldn't be happier for the two of them. Currently the Bride and Groom are floating on a boat somewhere in the Carabian hopefully not sick and having a great time.

More of fozbaca's Drew and Michelle's Wedding Photos

Olympics, Maybe

I may be going to the Athens Olympics. The good part, work is picking up the tab. The bad part, I would be loading, moving, unloading lots of feed and bedding.

Yahoo Image Search

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I love some of the results from Yahoo's image search. Forgot all about, but I bet mithrandir remembers the image.

Where have you been?


I need to hit the South West and more of the World.
[via world66]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas all and to all a good day.

mithrandir's bday

Happy Birthday mithrandir.

Favorite 100+ Movies

In response to a request from iambe taken up by mithrandir and tig here is my list. Yes I noticed that there are more than 100, consiter the extras as honorable mentions.
  1. Born on the 4th of July
  2. Foxfire
  3. Jagged Edge
  4. Tron
  5. Starship Troopers
  6. Desperado
  7. Seven Samari
  8. Cane Mutanie
  9. Lifeboat
  10. Outland
  11. Princess Bride
  12. Heat
  13. Godfather
  14. Godfather PartII
  15. Star Wars
  16. Empire Strikes Back
  17. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  18. The Big Hit
  19. Chasing my
  20. Bridge on the River Kwai
  21. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  22. Unbreakable
  23. Willow
  24. Lawerance of Arabia
  25. Red Dawn
  26. Fight Club
  27. Clerks
  28. 12 Monkeys
  29. The Matrix
  30. Fifth Element
  31. Bull Durhan
  32. Resevior Dogs
  33. Pulp Fiction
  34. Toy Story
  35. Highlander
  36. Wild Things
  37. The Lord of the Rings
  38. The Two Towers
  39. Alien
  40. Aliens
  41. Terminator
  42. Office Space
  43. Spiderman
  44. E.T. the Extra-Terrestial
  45. Sixth Sense, The
  46. Back to the Future
  47. The Mummy
  48. Dances with Wolves
  49. Top Gun
  50. Butch Casedy and the Sundance Kid
  51. Lethal Weapon
  52. X-Men
  53. First Blood
  54. Officer and a Gentaeman, An
  55. Total Recall
  56. On Golden Pond
  57. Basic Instinct
  58. Die Hard
  59. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
  60. Se7en
  61. Roxane
  62. Braveheart
  63. Never Say Never Again
  64. Sleepers
  65. Untouchables, The
  66. Memento
  67. Usual Suspects, The
  68. North by Northwest
  69. Goodfellas
  70. 12 Angry Men
  71. It's a Wonderful Life
  72. Vertigo
  73. L.A. Confidential
  74. To Kill a Mockingbird
  75. Great Escape, The
  76. Clockwork Orange, A
  77. High Plaines Drifter
  78. Blade Runnier
  79. Donnie Brako
  80. Serpico
  81. Full Metal Jacket
  82. Ben-Hur
  83. Dog Day Afternoon
  84. Trainspotting
  85. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  86. Snatch
  87. Good Will Hunting
  88. O Borther, Where Art Thou?
  89. Big Lebowski, The
  90. Deliverance
  91. Iron Giant, The
  92. Man Who Would be King, The
  93. When Harry Meet Sally
  94. Blade
  95. Grosse Pointe Blank
  96. Sure Thing, The
  97. Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  98. Less Than Zero
  99. Breakfast Club
  100. The Mosquito Coast
  101. The Shawshank Redemption
  102. The Last Unicorn
  103. Army of Darkness
  104. Shrek
  105. American History X
  106. Dog Day Afternoon
  107. The Truman Show
  108. Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
  109. The Outsiders
  110. Galaxy Quest
  111. The Dark Crystal
  112. Grease
  113. Sneakers
  114. The poseidon Adventure
  115. The Secret of NIMH
  116. Mr. SmithGoes to Washington
  117. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  118. Hudson Hawk
  119. Time Bandits
  120. Dune
  121. A River Runs Through It

Engel's Bday

Happy Birthday engel.

Nickel Arkade

The trip to Nashville had one major goal. Mithrandir wanted to make the case for Nickel Arkade and well it is done. I have a few pics of the build.

Nickel Arkarde

Nickel Arkarde and fozbaca

Goin Down to Nashville

It is a long weekend, with the Labor Day holiday, and I'm heading to Nashville to hang with mithrandir and maybe work on the Nickel Arkade. So you are all on your own, get out and have some fun y'all.

Fozbaca in Google Images

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Goto Google Images and search for fozbaca. I'm only #2. Somehow engel scores #1.

Lauer Means ...

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German, 1) occupatinal name designating a craftsman who tanned leather; 2) often confused with the patronymic derived from LAUE 'lion'; 3) sometimes designated the man who formerly lived in LAU or LAUE in Germany.

What's In Your Name - Dictionary of Last Names

[via lockergnome]

Must Exert Self Control...

Hello my name if fozbaca and I am a MacAddict. It has been 4 years since my last Mac and I can finally afford one, eMac. The more and more I check Mac sites and read all the cool shit, hell even on the franken mac can't be escaped. I know that the money earned through the putting up with windows weenies and horsie girls should be put to produtive use like savings or investment but the old addiction is hard to shrug off...

I've got a ticket to ride

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Signed up for a Basic RiderCourse with the Motorcycle safety Foundation for the June 20-22 weekend in Morehead. Wish me luck.

On the Road Again

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After work I'm heading to Nashville for the weekend to visit the Joe and the Kindolls. It maybe my first ever trip to Nashville, usually I'm just driving through.

Font Switch

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Switched my Phoenix/Firebird default fonts to the Bitstream Vera Fonts and damm what a joyous experience. Dare I say it almost feels Mac like, that certian something is subtelly different in a good way feeling.

Every Industry has a Culture

Currently What Should I Do With My Life? by Po Bronson all from the Fast Company article. Currently the Every industry has a culture. has really struck my relationship with the tech industry. The idea being, either one works in a culture with a value system close to their own or one should chose the culture with a value system they wish to aquire.

Before the first computer job there were some differences. Maybe some of the readers from back then can attest. But the real question is are the values then more "me" the ones now or something all together different?

Definately something to think about during the drive to Nashville tomorrow.

What SuperHero Are You?

Coolness, I'm Beast

In a very nicely done flash questionare.

Why my confusion

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In case you were unaware I am an info junkie. Normally I run blagg emailing me items from tons of feeds all to furfil my info junkie need. Since the war begin my need has taken me to TV, even with my non cable status, to furfil my need to know. My info junkie need is based in a desire for understanding.

First off not a President Bush fan here. I used to joke that I "fled" to Canada in protest ot Georgr Bush winning the election. At various times in my life I have been both prowd and disgusted by my country and the actions the government and citizens.

Now you know part of where I am comming from.

Just yesterday one of the bits on ABC, I think, was interviewing an engineer who studied in New England for 4 years and was fron and currently lived in Saudi Arabia if membor serves me correctly. He had an english speakin wife and 2 kids, his daughter liked playing games on the computer and chatting online.

Now enter the confusion.

The above mentioned engineer expressed a desire to become a mytar in fighting the United States.


He has definately recieved a benefit from the country he was educated and lived in, yet wishes to help in destorying the benefits.

What wrong?

Somewhere along the way we, the United States, went from an idea that was idolized a place for higher learning desired by many of the world, to a place deserving anomosity and a place many desire to bring destruction and ruin apon.

It has to be something more than the actions of President Bush and his adminstration, remember the WTO riots in Seattle and Italy?

So what went so wrong? Why are many on the world siding along with Sadam Husean against George Bush?

Maybe I am niave but please I wish understanding.

Friday Five: Phones

  1. Do you like talking on the phone? Why or why not? Don't like talking on the phone. There is something missing without seeig the person one is talking with. I have heard that 70% of communication is actually visual.
  2. Who is the last person you talked to on the phone? Brian with Rise Consulting. A monitor go tie die and needed warrenty information.
  3. About how many telephones do you have at home? 2
  4. Have you encountered anyone who has really bad phone manners? What happened? Yes, every telemarketer. I hand up.
  5. Would you rather pick up the phone and call someone or write them an e-mail or a letter? Why or why not? It all depends on the person.
the friday five

The Iceman Commith

Since some have been asking the ice storm pics are over here, here and here. Oh, and for those that have not seen it yet the Versailles Castle covered in ice and snow.

Also of note is that some pics from the great hair cut of 2002 were added.

Economics of Happiness

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Happiness levels tend to bottom out around 30. Eventually, after 5 or 10 years, you come to terms with yourself. You learn to control your aspirations. After you've done that, it's easier to get steadily happier again." How To Lead a Rich Life
Now add to that the Merilus tanking and being unemployeed when a man loses his job, it costs him $60,000 in happiness units beyond his missing salary. and my feeling of things really changing at 30 makes some being married contributes the same amount of happiness to your household as an extra $100,000 in annual income.

So the big question is does engel feel happier and richer after the wedding?

Even More Digital Death


or how Macaronie's learned to hate Craig and Brian.

As I last left you from the Boone County Public Library there was no power to my apartment, no power to either work offices and I was staying at the parents in Florence.

Thursday morning I called into the office, expecting to get voice mail that we were still closed due to power outage, but actually get a voice. Turns out that power was restored to the main office, house in the middle of no where Woodford County, so I rush back to Versailles for a day of meetings and fixing all the boxes and net connections fried with all the power problems.

After a busy day I was hoping for a little power at my apartment. The hope grew the closer I got to home, more and more of the places had power. Even more luck lights on at the apartment buildings!!! But wait, no lights on at my building? Seems that someone in their infinate wisdom thought that each building in the apartment complex should be on a different power zone. So no power for me, apartment temp 35 with outside temp 40.

As luck would have it Craig also still without power. We decided to comeserate over a dinner and warmth of Macaronie's and stayed til almost midnight. Sorry to the lone manager who kept the place open for us but dammit it was cold at the apartment.

Today things were a little worse at work. Seems that the T1 hooked up just before the ice storm was dieing a slow death and AllTell has declared an "Emergency Status" so all that extra money we pay to be up in an hour does us no good and it will be another week before they will get to us.

So that is all for now, hopefully there is power in the apartment else it is back to the parents til monday.

Digital Death

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Or how I relearned a love for analog and remembered winters at the slum.

Saturday/Sunday 3:30 AM power goes off.

Sunday morning, still no power which means no heat. Apartment temprature 60.

Sunday night, apartment temp 50.

Monday morning, apartment temp 45.

Tuesday morning, fozbaca depates to Florence and the warmth of the parents house.

Current eta on power returning to apartment, weedendish.

Current eta on power to either of the KER, where I work, offices, maybe next week.

That is all for now, using the Boone County Public Library's computers for net access and they time out is ticking.

Cupid Day

Happy Valentine's Day to y'all. Especially any out there getting married today. Wish I could be there.

Which OS Are You?

Which OS are You?
Which OS are You?
You are Apple OS 3.1
Simple and primitive with a good understanding of the common man. You're still a work in progress, but a good start.


One can tell when they have entered the world of Windows Wennies when their first email virus ever has been detected.

Personality Test


My personality is rated 25.
What is yours?

Your score is
what does that mean?
Others see you as sensible, cautious, careful & practical. They see you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest...Not a person who makes friends too quickly or easily, but someone who's extremely loyal to friends you do make and who expect the same loyalty in return. Those who really get to know you realize it takes a lot to shake your trust in your friends, but equally that it takes you a long time to get over it if that trust is ever broken.

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