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    Saturday, March 31, 2007  
    Not rich or famous
    I had 201 hits in March and made $0.26 on google adsense.

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    Movie: Paper Clips
    Some junior high students at decided to collect 6 million paper clips to represent the victims of the Holocaust. It is a pretty amazing true story. And we are coming to a point in history that only second hand stories of the event will still exist which makes this even more important of a reminder. Official Page

    After some research, the students discovered that the paper clip had been invented in Norway and that Norwegians wore the common place objects in their lapels as a sign of resistance during the Nazi occupation. [ 1 ]

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    Monday, March 26, 2007  
    Movie: Water
    The India in this film is not something you will ever manage to see if you went to visit. The colors, the sounds, ... it is missing the smells. At best, you can only catch a glimpse of this India if you are a tourist.

    It made me think about both of my trips there. And it made me think about Blair, who may just have been there long enough to have found her way inside the culture. I remember being blessed at a temple (5 times or so) but having no money to pay and no language to explain -- and the first time my shirt was ever lifted to see if I had a money belt. Nope, I'd already given away all my cash to the temple guide that took me around back and suggested I donate everything I could. And I remember the driver telling me not to take off my shoes and everyone else telling me I must. And Amit being dismissed as non-native and thus getting the tourist price because he was from the north and we were in the south. And so many more images and smells and sounds all etched into my mind.

    This film is about whether God is Truth or if religious is just there to disguise money. Widows in India were (and are) forced into poverty. Send me some Holy Water. Let's kill some sacred cows. The results are horrifying and hard to fathom. I must have done something good in my past life to get so lucky as to come back as a man.

    Part of a trilogy... Fire and Earth are next. And perhaps choose English in the language settings so you don't have to read subtitles. And perhaps you should leave the DVD at home if you travel to India where it is apparently banned.

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    Taxes
    After my 10+ hour bout with taxes, I'm all for a flat tax. The trouble is that the goverment thinks we need monetary motivation to do the right thing. Perhaps we do. And the flat tax would provide such a monetary to hide income. And that certainly is not the right thing. The exceptions and the clauses and the details that seem to be more unwritten than the lore of EverQuest.

    No more whining, at least for another year. I can only hope the goverment decides to spend our money wisely.

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    Sunday, March 25, 2007  
    Sports: Day 8
    Oregon lost. And TiVo decided I wanted to watch something else instead of the last 5 minutes of the game. Seeing the score was all I really needed. My hope of placing high in any bracket contest is over. Still at 900 of 1280 points but fell to 67,172th overall at FoxSports. 20%. So much for being in the top 3%.

    Expect the place to fall even more next weekend after the Final Four.

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    Saturday, March 24, 2007  
    Movie: Kinky Boots
    Kinky Boots is about a shoe factory in England whose owner decides that they will make women's boots for men in order to survive. Its about love and choice and what it really means to be a man. A brassy cabaret singer helps design the boots. The boss falls in love with a woman who really wants him and not just his money. The shoe feels real and heartfelt and the comedy is priceless.

    Apparently, the original Kinky Boots factory remain open for business - remember they are a manufacturer of "kinky" products so stop at the cover page.

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    Sports: Day 7
    UCLA and Ohio State won today. 2 for 2! Points: 900 of 1120. Global Rank: 9,061 of 314,000 (top 3%). Tomorrow I will drop though as I can only win 1 of the 2 games. Go DUCKS! About 21% in the top 100 have Oregon. So I suspect that I'll still be at 900 after tomorrow.

    If I'd gone for the #1 or #2 seed to win in the East... actually, looking at the bracket, I have the #1 losing to the #3 in the round of 8 and the #3 beating #2 in the round of 16 so there wasn't a lot I could have done. My #3 (Washington State) just didn't win. And a normal year has someone other than a #1 going to the final four.

    Record of seeds in Final Four. 1993 was the last year it was #1s and #2s in the Final. But with Oregon (#3) being picked to win, I perhaps could have let another #1 into the finals. Bah! And if I had, it would have been upset city.

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    Sports: Day 6
    2 of 4 yesterday. UNC almost lost to USC, which would have helped Sophia at work. Florida was down by 20 and still came back to win. So I'm at 740 of 960 points and now ranked 31,711 of 314,209.

    I need UCLA and Ohio State to win their games today. But neither of those victories will be that unusual to advance me too far. And then tomorrow I need Oregon to win, which may actually help. And next week I have Oregon and Ohio State winning to meet in the finals. Go DUCKS!

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    Friday, March 23, 2007  
    Sports: Day 5
    Bracket watch... 4 of 4! Woot! And that pushes me up to 4,218th (top 1.4%) in the FoxSports Challenge with 660 of 800 points. UCLA, Kansas, Ohio St, and Memphis all won.

    Today the best I can expect is to be 2 of 4. I had Maryland and Washington State winning. And I might lose my champion Oregon to UNLV. So I will very likely drop. I am hoping for a Florida upset by #5 Butler (to help knockout lots of other folks.)

    In Sophia's bracket at work, I have #5 USC winning or UNC. She's suggested I focus on that bracket because there is money involved. Both have Oregon winning. Go DUCKS!

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    Thursday, March 22, 2007  
    Taichi: Sun 73 Competitiion Form
    Sun 73 Form

    I'm learning a new form. 73 moves. 6 parts. I'm into partI.

    The Sun style was originally developed by Sun Lutang. The style features foot work that advances and retreats along with compact open and closed hand methods. As the name implies, the Sun 73 Form is a combination of 73 movements and takes approximately 6 minutes to complete.

    http://www.rexx.co.uk/files/Sun%2073pics.pdf

    http://www.taichiaustralia.com.au/index.php?page=important-points

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    Tuesday, March 20, 2007  
    Warning: Nature is unpredictable...
    Nelson Rocks Preserve Warning: starts out...
    Nature is unpredictable and unsafe. Mountains are dangerous. Many books have been written about these dangers, and there's no way we can list them all here. Read the books.

    Nelson Rocks Preserve is covered in steep terrain with loose, slippery and unstable footing. The weather can make matters worse. Sheer drops are everywhere. You may fall, be injured or die. There are hidden holes. You could break your leg. There are wild animals, which may be vicious, poisonous or carriers of dread diseases. These include poisonous snakes and insects. Plants can be poisonous as well. We don't do anything to protect you from any of this. We do not inspect, supervise or maintain the grounds, rocks, cliffs or other features, natural or otherwise.

    Real dangers are present even on trails. Trails are not sidewalks. They can be, and are, steep, slippery and dangerous. Trail features made or enhanced by humans, such as steps, walls and railings (if any) can break, collapse, or otherwise fail catastrophically at any time. We don't promise to inspect, supervise or maintain them in any way. They may be negligently constructed or repaired. They are unsafe, period. Live with it or stay away.

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    Sunday, March 18, 2007  
    Sports: Day 4
    6 of 8 is pretty good. One of the wrong picks was the result of Arizona losing in the first round. Then Virginia lost to Tennessee in a close game.

    Picking #7 UNLV looks genious. Go Mountain West! The rest were obvious or coin flips.

    I'm currently at 500/640 points with a potential maximum of 1620. That is in the top 5% at FoxSports (14,000 of 314,000)

    Looking forward to next week: I can only correctly pick 6 of 8 in the Sweet 16 and 3 of 4 going to the Final Four. That's theory. Should be some great basketball.

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    Saturday, March 17, 2007  
    Camping: Borrego Springs
    Record highs: Friday -- 99deg -- broke the 1934 record of 98. Saturday -- 100deg -- broke the 1972 record of 93.

    It was hot. But there was some cloud cover during the morning and early afternoon. Around 2pm though, the wind picked up. And kept getting stronger until we decided to exit the sandstorm 12+ hours early -- just after sunset.

    Fairly early Saturday Eric and I walked up Palm Canyon to the grove. He hadn't been there since the mud flood. There were quite a few people. I don't think I've been hiking in ages and getting out was a good reminder to keep some balance.

    Most of the rest of the day I was reading Flatlander and trying to stay in the shade.

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    Sports: Day 3
    This is the start of the interesting round. Monkeys pick 4 of 8. I picked 6 of 8. Maryland lost; and that makes one final eight out. Washington St lost; and that makes one final four out. A huge risk on Washington State that problaby shouldn't have been taken. No time to worry. Maryland ( a #4 ) lost to a #5. Coin flip. But the Washington St team should have kept going given their #3 seed.

    Pitt and UCLA advanced as expected in the West. UNC, Texas A&M, Ohio St, and Georgetown all won.

    I have 380 points of 480 with a potential total of 1640. On Foxsports, I'm #39,495 of 300,000. Not quite top 10%.

    I should be good if tomorrow is another 6 of 8. I had Florida (#1) losing. I have #2 Wisconsin losing to UNLV. And USC (#5) upsetting Texas (#4). So 4 of 8 is possible.

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    Sports: Day 2
    So what did day 2 bring...

    Arizona lost to Purdue; I think the theory goes that Arizona always loses in the first round. And I had them winning 2. Villanova lost to Kentucky; so much for the folks that thought Kentucky was overrated. Amd the rest of the 14 games were winners? Woot

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    Friday, March 16, 2007  
    Music: Gregory Page
    I decided to order some CDs from Gregory Page last night.
    Love Made Me Drunk, Sleeping Dogs, Happiness is Being Lonely, Unhappy Hour

    I'll update the post when they arrive with some commentary.

    He's playing at Lestats on April 1 at 9pm. (3343 Adams Ave in San Diego)

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    Thursday, March 15, 2007  
    Sports: Day1
    Every year, everyone thinks they will pick the champion. 64 teams. Maybe 16 legitimate contenders (seeds 1-4 x4). So only 16 of 32 games in the first round up for a cointoss. But the bracket isn't always so generous. And the second round gets even crazier.

    16 games played and Sophia no longer has her champion and one other final four pick is out. She has in fact almost lost half to possible points. Granted, everyone on the teams that lost feel like they should have won. So hopefully she will feel less bad because she didn't spend the last year dreaming of a chance at the championship.

    My bracket is hanging together. Four incorrect guesses. But none of the losers were supposed to advance beyond the next round. 1880/1920 potential points left. I have no doubt that my time will come for the bracket to collapse though. See the first paragraph -- flipping a coin I should have been able to do just as well today. It wasn't like I had a genious strategy.

    So here is my summary: Duke lost to VCU; I can't even say I know who VCU is. But given the way Duke played all year, they were a potentially for upset. I picked Gonzaga over Indiana incorrectly. Not an upset by seeds. BYU lost to Xavier by 2 points; I picked them because they are in the Mountain West -- like San Diego State. But BYU was an 8 seed, so losing to a #9 isn't something out of the ordinary. And I incorrectly picked Texas Tech to beat Boston College because I thought Bobby Knight would manage a victory.

    Go Oregon! Go UCLA!

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    Sports: NIT vs NCAA
    The San Diego Aztecs made it into the NIT. Strangely, there seems to be little of the hype surrounding this tournament. Very few if any brackets. Very little if any media. Go Aztecs -- who advanced to the second round last night with a win over Missouri State (74-70). Their next game is Monday against Syracuse.

    And why aren't my friends March Mad? No one else filled in a bracket (except Sophia). No worries, that means I'll come in second. But I don't have to worry about being overtaken by the frenzy this weekend -- going to the desert.

    I have Oregon winning the NCAAs. And a strong Pac10 showing with UCLA and Washington State all making it to the final four.

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    Wednesday, March 14, 2007  
    Taichi: 42 sword
    From the JING Institute:

    Master Chen Sitan will yet again grace our city with a Taiji seminar!
    He will be teaching the International 42-Form Taiji Sword at JING this summer.

    Seminar: International 42-Form Taiji Sword
    Instructor: Chen Sitan

    Date: August 18 & 19, Saturday and Sunday
    Time: 9am-noon, 2-5pm
    Location: The JING Institute
    To Register: In person at The JING Institute or by telephone at (858) 578-8267
    Tuition: $248 if you register before or on March 31st!
    More Information

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    Monday, March 05, 2007  
    Theater: The Matchmaker
    The Cygnet Theater did it again with another great production. This time the packed audience was laughing to Thorton Wilder's The Matchmaker. In this hilarious farce, everyone finds love and a little bit of adventure. "Pudding?"

    Sandra Ellis-Troy may have stolen the show as Dolly -- the matchmaker. But Jason Conners and Rachael VanWormer are the cutest. Sean Actually, the entire cast was fabulous.

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