blivet 5/20/2000

Thanks to David Anderson who does the ETP site Montana News Daily for pointing out this parody movie poster the Las Vegas Review Journal proposed concerning the Ted Binion trial. David scooped me in my own town. Digital illustration by Ched Whitney.

Following Sandra Murphy and Rick Tabish's convictions in the Ted Binion murder case, The Las Vegas Review-Journal posted this parody.

The original is here. Digital illustration by Ched Whitney.

[Science] It turns out that Jupiter’s moon Io is home to volcanoes, vast mountain ranges, lava lakes, and 50 mile high sulfuric geysers. (!) The Galileo spacecraft provided the photographs and thermal measurements. The NASA press release has more detail, as well as links to Galileo’s May 18th images. The full Science article requires a subscription or fee, but the CNN story is just a click away. Some of the best student dollars I’ve ever spent have been for the journal Science. I would like to get Nature too, but have never gotten around to it.

garret is out doing yard work and gnawing (pronounced with a hard G as in guh-naw) on javascript (why guh-naw you ask? I have no idea, I just like the way it sounds in my mind’s er … ear) …

Al muses about a mentor he had early in his nursing career. A good mentor makes all the difference. I think those of us that have had good ones are left with an aching need to be one to someone else. Ultimately, thats how you pay the favor back.

While out shopping, I saw some bio-feedback machines at The Sharper Image. I think the best bio-feedback technique is A) get cat on lap, B) pet cat until loud rumbling purr ensues, 3) repeat until stress dissipates or arm falls off, whichever comes first as cat will seldom terminate petting session voluntarily. I know I should say "sit zazen", but that could take a while until you get results whereas The Cat-Petting Sutra is for everyone.

Car work and additional shopping for a month in the field and someone’s birthday tomorrow. We have a 1991 Daihatsu Rocky, its about the same size as Suzuki Sidekick. It was rated the 4WD of the year in 1991, so of course they stopped importing them in 1992. Parts are starting to get really hard to find. So the dilemma about vehicles begins its annual uncoiling into our lives. That’s in addition to the house dilemma, jobs dilemma, children dilemma. I want to get some sort of Ubër-Archaemobile, the sort of vehicle that leaves puddles of testosterone under it when parked overnight. But I hate the whole idea of the amount of pollution they spew, the yuppiefied association of 4WD & SUVs, the sheer amount they cost to feed and maintain, and the fact that you lose 30% of the value when you drive them off the car lot. Since someone reads this weblog I ain’t gonna say anything about no birthday gifts. Update: The Rocky passed its smog test with flying colors. Dilemma deferred, for a bit.

Today started out with breakfast with Alexis and Thure. Alexis used to work with Audrey doing GIS at the Yucca Mountain Project and Thure is an artist. He also has the Great Basin Seed Company where you can get Mojave Desert and Great Basin native plant seeds. These plants are almost impossible to find, either in commercial nurseries or as seeds. You won’t be surprised to hear that they have the most incredible back yard. Plus, they’re darn good people. Alexis surprised Audrey with a birthday gift a day early.