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    Howdy. This is Bob. The Bob of Bob Blog. This blog contains about five minutes of my thoughts each day. A record. A history. And occasionally worth reading.

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    Sunday, August 28, 2005  
    Play: Invention of Love
    Today we went to see the Cygnet Theater presentation of Invention of Love. The basic plot is a poet and scholar dies and gets to review his life. Very erudite. And my zero latin and greek didn't help, nor did my near zero knowledge of poetry. But there were definitely some very funny lines.

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    Friday, August 26, 2005  
    I'm sure no one noticed. But I ran out of disk space and thus had a blank sheet up. Sorry.

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    Thursday, August 25, 2005  
    Well. Closer to letting folks comment. But clicking the comment button to add a comment just brings up an empty page. I think the paths might be off. Or something along those lines. I'm not sure it matters as no one reads this. Perhaps I'll turn them off again.

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    Wednesday, August 24, 2005  
    So this is our dog

    Tender and her new neck warmer. She looks so stunningly beautiful. Thanks for asking but she's not for sale!

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    Monday, August 22, 2005  
    Setting a price
    Is there a price you'd sell your pet? Apparently $100,000 might be enough for me.
    Tender is too sweet to sell. But if someone came up and offered me $100K for her, I think I'd have to consider.

    Double the value for either of the cats. They've been with me a lot longer. On the other hand, they are likely closer to death.

    I'm heartless even though I'm certain no one will offer me anything for them. The cats and the dog just aren't worth a lot of money to anyone. The cats are certainly simple to find by visiting a local animal shelter. The dog can be adopted for far less than my tentative asking price from almost any greyhound rescue organization.

    I don't have any children -- so don't bother with bidding. And my wife is not for sale.

    The ironic truth is that I have something far more valuable than I've been selling for far less: my time. I waste it. I squander it at work. I barter it for a free t-shirts.

    Time to regain some focus and invest in my time because I don't think speculative pet buying will follow after the housing bubble bursts.

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    Tuesday, August 16, 2005  
    Camper's Dream Ice Cream Maker
    We got a Camper's Dream Ice Cream Maker for a gift. Time to figure out how to use it. But the reviews online seem to be positive.

    Of course, we'll still eat Thrifty's Choclate Malted Crunch!

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    Monday, August 15, 2005  
    37cent stamps for $1
    Stamps.com has a really clever idea that allows anyone to put any image on a stamp. Downside is cost. But for some occasions, the extra money spent on the stamp would be worthwhile. If you come up with a really clever idea, CafePress will soon allow you to resell the stamps with an image.

    Speaking of which: how many mugs/tshirts do you need to sell to make a million?

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    Tuesday, August 09, 2005  
    Railroad Track Puzzles
    I stumbled upon a puzzle last week and wrote a quick Flash program to help me solve it. Basically I hate writing on paper and have a phobia of the little bits of eraser that come off when you use them.

    Then I got the crazy idea to contact the puzzle inventor (Craig Kasper) and got permission to use two of his puzzles. I added a few simple tutorials and a couple of my own puzzles. Here it is: Railroad Track Puzzles.

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    Monday, August 08, 2005  
    Tantrix Puzzles Online
    I'm starting to watch for cool online puzzles.

    Here's a great one:

    Tantrix.com - Playing Puzzles Online: "TANTRIX PUZZLES ONLINE "

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    Sunday, August 07, 2005  
    Yo-yo Ma
    Yo-yo is a megastar in classical music. If there was any doubt he was a great musician it was settled this weekend when we saw him in concert. The Silk Road Project is brilliant. The idea is to bring together some of the finest musicians from different cultures along the silk road (and throw in Yo-Yo Ma) and have them play together. New instruments and new sounds. Three cheers for a great performance.

    But more than the sound, my take-away message was a reconfirmation that people should do what they like to do and good things will happen. Well, if you work hard and all the rest too.

    And everyone should know I have an automatic crush on cello players. Yo-yo obviously really enjoys what he does, his ego didn't dominate a performance, and his smile and rumpled appearance is very cute.

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    Friday, August 05, 2005  
    Today I'd like to take a moment to thank all my friends and to wave to all the people that I don't even know are my friends but wouble be there if I ever need them. Thanks!

    Jack and Rick, we miss you and regret that you didn't realize we were there for you. I'm sorry we couldn't help... God speed.

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    Thursday, August 04, 2005  
    Eagle Creek or Eagle Peak?
    Eagle Peak: San Diego River Park Foundation has the two of us listed as sponsors. I think this was part of what we asked people to donate for at our wedding -- an a Nature Conservancy project as well.

    Eagle Creek: The company recently repaired my backpack which was very cool. And of course Eagle Creek, one of the best hikes in the Columbia River Gorge, is just outside of Hood River where I grew up.

    So the answer is both.

    Have you googled yourself today?

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    Wednesday, August 03, 2005  
    San Diego Zoo Panda News
    First no blogs for ages. And then 2 in one day!

    Blame the Panda Attack...

    San Diego Zoo Panda News

    PvPOnline panda attack strips

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    My parents came to visit and introduced me to Sudoku. A number placement puzzle. I had fun for about 2 puzzles before realizing the computer would really help reduce the manual mistakes. So I wrote a program to help solve them. There are plenty of solvers already on the web. Mine is merely a tool to help.

    Sudoku Solver.

    I then took this infatuation to a geeky level by writing a Flash tool to help me solve more generic placement puzzles like those found at
    Paldin Puzzles. Check out the hall of fame link. Woot!

    Give me a few days to polish them for public consumption.

    But what I really need to be working on is my word game. Unfortunately I was discouraged when the first playable version turned out to be not so much fun. Awful actually. But I have 2 ideas that came from that effort that just need time.

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