Thursday, June 04, 2009

Fighting Back, Fighting Back 2, -and- Weapons of Choice

Fighting Back - robber chased away by 6-year-old girl
Fighting Back 2 - mob nabs, beats man sought in girl's rape
Weapons of Choice - court upholds Chicago handgun ban

On this day in history: June 4, 1967 - The Emmy for best comedy TV series is won by The Monkees. Good heavens.

Born on this day in history: June 4, ???? - Angelina Jolie Born in Los Angeles, the daughter of movie star Jon Voight, actress Angelina Jolie began studying acting at age 11 at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. Her film roles have won awards and box office appeal, including in "Gia" (1998), "Girl, Interrupted" (1999), "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," with Brad Pitt (2005).

Scripture of the Day: Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. - Romans 6:3-4

Video of the Day: Terry Bryan Catching an Arrow - submitted by Darin

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while driving to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

CatCam has returned!

As regular readers will recall, Phaedra—my main system here at my office—expired two weeks ago. I replaced Phaedra with Hal—a cutting-edge Hewlett-Packard unit with great speed and storage. Hal, of course, uses the Microsoft Vista operating system. The old Web cam that ran CatCam on Phaedra would not work under Vista. I bought a Microsoft LifeCam 6000. Everything I had read indicated that the software I had used with Phaedra for CatCam—ISpy—would not work under Vista. I have been searching for a replacement application, without success. Yesterday, I decided to try ISpy. It works flawlessly under Vista! I now await a 15' USB 2.0 extension cable so that I can place the Microsoft Web camera in the window. This camera is very advanced and offers such features as zoom, pan, tilt, etc.—directly from the camera software. I will get the camera configured and aimed optimally when the extension cable arrives. For now, the camera sits inside my office and peers out at the street.

Slide Show of Images from May Madness

Replacing Phaedra, the scanner, the Web camera, and several programs has taken a good deal of my time and energy. Yesterday, however, I did complete the creation of a 125-image slide show from the 508 photographs I took at last month's May Madness, the annual Corning Car Show. From the Photo Gallery of Local Events, choose May Madness Car Show, May 2009. You may view the images individually or view them as a slide show. To view as a slide show, click on the "View Slide Show" link below the first image.


Last night—beginning around 11 PM—the fiercest thunderstorm I can recall experiencing visited us! The thunder was deafening, and the lightning was incredibly bright and frequent. The rain that accompanied this storm fell with great abandon. This morning, everything is fresh and clean, the sky is clear, the sun is shining, and the birds are singing.