I made a few changes to the webspace. I decided we could use some new pictures on the site.

Blog in the New Year.


08:29 PM EST

Could I find something even more mundane than reorganizing the closet? Why, yes I can. I decided to caulk the shower. The original caulking was wearing away and getting rather nasty. A quick trip to Target, $4.00, and 45 minutes of labor, the shower looks much better.

Four Questions for Chris:

1. What was your biggest accomplishment this year? Our first wedding anniversary.

2. Will you be making any New Year's resolutions? Nope, not a one.

3. Where do you wish you were celebrating? Groundhog Day. It is only 32 days away.

4. What do you plan to do for New Year's Eve? I'm not sure yet. We have a few options and are waiting to see if some of our friends have plans. If not, we are going to Dave & Busters.

04:18 PM EST

In mundane activities, we reorganized our closet. It just needed to be done. Neale mailed Debbie her Christmas gift so we are almost caught up on gift giving.

Are you safe?

The Golden Age of Usenet is remembered by Google. Hard to believe but the web is young.


06:36 PM EST

Staying In For New Year's Eve? Here's What's Rockin' On TV

01:07 AM EST

Basement Jaxx Rendez-Vu.

12:41 AM EST

Future of Ideas

Craig on the Late Late Show


04:05 PM EST

I donated platelets again and got this:

Now, what do what I do with it? I don't need any pins. Any takers?

10:41 AM EST

Things to do online in 2002:

1. Remember to check CIAC or Break the Chain before believing suspicious email and postings on websites.
2. Quickly pass unknown attachments to the recycle bin especially executables.
3. Continue to use a web-based email program like Hotmail for virus scanning or copious amounts of commerical email.
4. Update virus definitions weekly and scan entire system twice a week.
5. Continue to work on the webspace (try your own at Tripod).
6. Check Windows Update regularly.
7. Stop passing email forwards and encourage others to do the same.

Great utilities to use in 2002:
1. Window Washer at Webroot.
2. Cacheman available at Outertech.
3. CookieWall, Capture, and MaxMem available at Analog X.
4. PopUpKiller available at xFX Jumpstart.
5. Ad-aware available at Lavasoft USA.

Strongsville Snow Watch: Snowing.


11:04 PM EST

Recycle your old PC with EIAE.

12:41 PM EST

Neale and I had a good Christmas Day. We called family and friends. Later, we saw Harry Potter and as far as children’s movies go, it was good. We were curious what the hype was all about surrounding the film. We had dinner (homemade pizza) and made our first attempt at homemade Thin Mints. We will have to try a few before we believe they are worth sharing.

What the heck *is* emo anyway?

12:01 PM EST

Strongsville Snow Watch: Snow and its sticking.


Merry Christmas.

Enjoy NYC Holiday windows


Neale and I made about 3-dozen Christmas sugar cookies, which included three shapes: gingerbread man, bell, and tree. We also made a few creative shapes with the leftover dough. I believe we started a tradition for Christmas celebrations in our home. We watched "The Ref" and "A Christmas Carol" during the baking. Oddly, the two films compliment each other.

National Christmas Tree Association will help you recycle your real tree.

Live from Rockefeller Center in NYC

Cleveland State Sky Cam

Strongsville Snow Watch: Some snow.


11:01 PM EST

Neale is back. Hopkins was alittle crowded but not too bad considering the season.

Strongsville Snow Watch: We have snow. Brief flurries.

11:29 AM EST

The Internet Archive only has this page archived to March 2001.


I learned what a SNERT was and no, I wasn't called one. Always fun to learn new online slang.

Straight Dope


Click here to find out what robot you really are



08:07 PM EST

I spent some time sweeping out the dead links on the web pages. Those other links/pages come and go but this webspace will prevail. I am proud of the current state of the pages and cringe at how crude the original page looked. If I only had a screen grab of that first page. Maybe I should check The Internet Archive.

I have been using PopUpKiller for a day and am very pleased. No more annoying ads for spy cams and credit cards (we have enough me).

I went to Chipotle for dinner. We are both disappointed that they changed their chips. The present ones are baked (and chewy...but not is a good way) and the old ones (the good ones) were fried we believed.

There is a rumor online that IE 6 has a service pak coming out. Check Microsoft for details to see when it will be released.

12:07 AM EST

Red Red Meat


05:55 PM EST

We are switching over to Direct TV with Tivo. We found a deal for $50 installation and free gear. New dish should be installed by Jan. 5th, 2002.

Tired of popups and popunders? Try PopUpKiller.

08:43 AM EST

It is year end and I will add to the obligatory list of past personal events. Today, I paused and flipped through my planner/date book. Why? Just sentimental, I guess so bear with me.

January: Dish Network installed (a good decision), sent a paper to ASA (it was accepted), sent a paper to OAS, furniture shopping (finally paid off), Knicks on MSG, TV Funhouse, got a Passport (didn't use), a Fed Ex delivery (no idea), started my final class at UA, went to Gateway to repair Mega, had lunch with Wendy W.
February: Groundhog Day (invented the "hairy woodchuck"), had sexual harassment training, saw "Hannibal", Cleveland Art Museum, Neale's new tires.
March: Mega still at Gateway, Corgi Rescue, OAS meeting.
April: Louisville NCSA, rash, teaching, *61 on HBO, AKD Banquet.
May: U2, Survivor, vote, Mets on PIX, Grades due, Good Eats, Museum, Leave for NYC, Anniversary, Noel's grad.
June: Screensavers, Akron Aeros, Start comp. Study, Take Neale to airport, got CSU job.
July: Lights in the sky, walking, Six Feet Under, Autorama, Evals, State Park, St. Louis, Chipotle, Blood.
August: Remy Zero on HBO, Data, ASA, order book, Ring.
September: Blood, Band of Brothers on HBO, wax, e-check, 9/11, Blood, Cedar Point.
October: Travis, Tenacious D, walk, Comp.
November: Mom and Dad Sut, vote, Neale flight, our first Turkey Day.
December: Class over, exam, switch to DirectTV, insurance, Neale flight.

Needless to say, I probably left a few things out.


We did our Christmas cards last night. They are in the mail. I will be at the Post Office this morning to mail a few boxes. Hopefully, the lines are tolerable.

Neale and I have been enjoying 24.

I added some reviews to the film page.

We heard a new deal on local radio concerning satellite TV. It was about this time last year that we added Dish Network to our home. However, we heard a deal that involved Direct TV and Tivo for just $50. Since our Dish Network contract is almost expired we are heading to Twinsburg, OH to investigate this deal further and see find the truth in the fine print.

Neale leaves for St. Louis tomorrow.

Strongsville Snow Watch: No snow.


I am done with CSU for 2001. The grades are finalized. Looking forward to next year.


We did our Christmas shopping today. Yes, in one day.

Neale is on vacation. She watched "Traffic" today while I graded exams. I am almost done with the grades for my classes. It was a fun semester at CSU.

I like to update my software on a regular basis. I checked Microsoft Technet today and found a few helpful things. I have been busy d/l patches for IE lately. But, I digress. There was a patch for Dial-Up Networking recommended for Win98 so I installed it. In short, it was a headache. The install instructions mislead me but luckily I could still use Mega. However, I found help online within minutes and solved the problem. My advice is to avoid this "patch".

Random Quote: "How have we spent the past two weeks? 1. Crying 2. Staring at our hands 3. Feeling guilty about renting a video 4. Calling loved ones 5. Thinking about donating blood 5. Watching TV for nine hours, finally getting up, going to the corner store for Cheez Doodles, eating Cheeze Doodles, realizing Cheeze Doodles aren't helping, throwing Cheez Doodles away"
--- from The Onion in reference to the 9/11 events.

Google Zeitgeist


I had a dream involving fly dogs, a castle, and staircases. If there would have been a dwarf, David Lynch would have pleased.


Neale had one election but two sessions this week. They both went fine. She will not have any elections for quite sometime as she has shifted teams for 2002. Same place, same people but a different focus for 2002.

Since it is the end of the semester, I am busy finishing work at CSU. It is final exam week and there is grading to do.

Neale is on vacation next week. I am done for 2001 after next Tuesday.


Did You Know? Legend has it that Thomas Jefferson returned from a trip to France with America’s first waffle iron.
A century later, street vendors were selling hot waffles slathered with molasses or maple syrup.


We liked "Fargo". It was a good film. Yet, this is taking the plot too far: Hunting for Fargo.

Gotta love good sauce.

I reach for serious comfort food this time of the year... kraut and pierogi.


It was the last day of fall classes at CSU for me. It was a fun semester. I learned alot and several students told me they enjoyed the class (yes even the ones that didn't get A's or B's). I will change a few things for next semester and will try to get a summer gig teaching something besides Intro. I love Intro. but would like to try a new prep.

Speaking of fun...check out Bob and David's Run Ronnie Run.


I have finished editing the code and am happy to annouce that 2002 will bring a revised journal to these pages. Expect a new journal page on January 1st and the present journal page to be archived.

Today's quote: "Every bug is just a new feature."--TSS guest on TechTV. Oh, if it was only that easy.

Cows stay at the White House? Moo. Gateway wins bid.


Neale is back to normal and has recovered from her cold. However, we are both very busy at this time of the year.

In these days of heightened awareness, these helpful JOHO Emergency Instructions provide a pleasant reminder of simpler times.


Dr. Webster's X of the Day


Try the Worm at SF Cave



Already time for the Great Guiness Toast? Where will you be?


North Pole? No, Santa lives in Finland.


Like to watch people cook? Well, how about an octopus that cooks? Go watch Tako at 8 Legged Entertainment

Need to troubleshoot? PC Guide

Neale seems to be coming down with an illness...could be the flu. Yet, I am donating platelets on Thursday. In the end, we will both be tired in the early evening.


Rueters Odd News


Where do webpages go? The Internet Archive


08:43 PM EST

Added 'Random Thought' to the site. Check the main page menu to access the site.

07:55 AM EST

I spent the weekend grading and Neale enjoyed some quality relaxing.

I have switched over to Cacheman 5 and it has been working fine. It has more features than Cacheman 4.1 and includes a memory recovery option. However, I still find MaxMem from Analog X a more efficient memory recovery program.

Once again Tripod has been slow. Not exactly sure what the problem is on their end. Please excuse the slowdowns.


Our first tree.

We saw Spy Game (2001) last night and we both recommend it. If you see it, what was the subtle reference to the The X-Files?


Tripod was down. The site was unavailable.


Happy Thanksgiving.

Chris and Neale's Favorite TV channels










11:55 PM EST

Neale and I caught True Colors (1991) which we both feel was an underappreciated film. Yes, the opening theme is nauseous but many of the scenes between Spader/Cusack and Cusack/Widmark are insightful and gripping. In all certainly more remarkable than Primary Colors, yet not as fascinating as Bob Roberts.

08:34 PM EST

I enjoyed our last mild fall weekend here in northeastern Ohio. This morning I saw some snow.

In a curious programming change, WMVX 106.5 FM, a local radio station that Neale and I both enjoy decided to shift to an all Holiday music format until Christmas. All I ask is please take it easy on the chipmunks.

A few days ago, I mentioned a cookie security problem in IE. MS released a patch if you were curious or use IE. If you would like to read more about this, then check this CNET article.

Here's the link to download the patch:
Cookie Patch


It is Friday night and I am listening to Replacement albums.

"You can work up a mean mean thirst after a hard day of doin' nothin' much at all."

Thank you Paul and Tom.


With Thanksgiving coming up may I recommend a Tofurky?

Ever wonder what to do with your Windows key?

Windows: Display Start menu.

Windows + D: Minimize or restore all Windows.

Windows + E: Display Windows Explorer.

Windows + Tab: Cycle through buttons on taskbar.

Windows + F: Display find: all files.

Windows + Ctrl + F: Display find: computer.

Windows + F1: Display Help.

Windows + R: Display Run command.

Windows + break: Display system properties dialog box.

Windows + shift + M: Undo minimize all.

Windows + M to minimize all open windows.

(or Shift + Windows + M to undo this command).

More shortcuts...

ALT-Double click left mouse button opens the Properties window.

PRINT SCREEN copies screen to the clipboard.

ALT-Print Screen copies active window to the clipboard.

ALT-F4 closes the active window.

ALT-TAB switches between the currently running programs.

SHIFT-DEL permenently deletes a file by bypassing the Recycle Bin.

Holding SHIFT during start-up prevents items in the Startup folder from running.

F1 accesses online help from most programs.

F3 from the Desktop or Explorer starts the Find: All Files applet.

F10 activates the menu selections, File, Edit, etc.

CTRL-ESC initiates the Start Menu.

ALT-SPACE initiates the control menu of active window.

CTRL-Z undoes a previous action.

CTRL-A Select all.

CTRL-C copy highlighted test, data, or image.

CTRL-X cut highlighted test, data, or image.

CTRL-V paste into a document or location.

CTRL-Z Un-does the last action.

CTRL + Windows key + F = Finds a computer.

CTRL + P - Print.

CTRL + O - Open File.

CTRL + B - Bold Face.

CTRL + I - Italics.

CTRL + U - Underline.

CTRL + Y - Redo.

SHIFT + Restart - To restart just windows and not your whole computer, hold down the shift key when you click the OK button on the shutdown screen.

File & Desktop Shortcuts...

Hold SHIFT while inserting a CD - Prevents the CD from "autorunning".

If an item is selected:.

CTRL while dragging a file - Copies the file.

CTRL - SHIFT while dragging a file - Creates a shortcut to the file.

SHIFT - DELETE - Deletes an item without sending it to the recycle bin.

ALT-ENTER - Display a file's properties.

F2 - To rename the file.

In Windows Explorer:

LEFT ARROW - Collapse the current selection if it is expanded.

NUM LOCK-MINUS SIGN (-) - Collapse the selected folder.

RIGHT ARROW - Expand the current selection if it is collapsed -Or- Select the first subfolder.

NUM LOCK- * Expand all folders below the current selection.

NUM LOCK- PLUS SIGN (+) - Expand the selected folder.

F6 - Switch between left and right panes.

In My Computer:

BACKSPACE - View the folder one level up.

ALT- RIGHT ARROW - Move forward to a previous view.

ALT- LEFT ARROW -Move backward to a previous view.

For Interent Explorer 5.x and 6.x:

Type the name of a site you want to connect to (such as 'cnn') in your address bar and then press CTRL + ENTER. The browser will fill in the 'http' and '.com' part and go to the site.

Got all that? Me neither. That's why I write things down.


This journal is a collection of thoughts, ideas, links, pictures, and general nonsense. Some of this stuff is informative and helpful, some random and irreverent. Dare I say banal? (Dare, dare). Isn't there a fine line? Ok, this isn't Jabberwocky but I can keep trying. Yet, as I may seem to be focused on my own personal tasks, lost in my thoughts, and perfecting that contemplative look on face, I do overhear many conversations on an everyday basis. Today, I overheard two people discussing how the Internet started and how it works. However, they like Al Gore were ill informed about how the Internet started and how it works. I want to turn to them and say "You should check this site out: Howstuffworks and read how the Internet really started" but I could not. Why? Well, lets face it I'm shy. Yet, I can tell you and not spend all my time talking to AliceBot.

Need some free software? Webattack

What are people searching for? CNN? Potter? Google Zeigeist


01:52 AM EST

"Language is not neutral. It is not merely a vehicle which carries ideas. It is itself a shaper of ideas."

-Dale Spender, writer (1943-)

Moby Everything Is Wrong (1995): Feeling So Real

Some system rockin' (x7) Set it up dj

I'm feeling so real (x2) yes yes here we go! I'm feeling so real (x4)

[yeah he he yeah¡­]

Set it up dj I'm feeling so real (x4)

Take me away (x3) Set it up dj Take me away (x3) Oh oh

I'm feeling so real (x2) yes yes here we go! I'm feeling so real (x6)

Courtsey of Pure Lyrics.

01:34 AM EST

Tricky Pre-Millennium Tension (1996): Christiansands

Tricky: My defences

Tricky & Martina : Become fences

Tricky: Now I'm stumbling

Tricky & Martina : I change my face And if you think i'm fake up Wait around till I take off my make-up Here we go again I need another one Her name is She looks through me Says i'm the only one

Courtsey of Pure Lyrics.

01:22 AM EST


11:34 PM EST

I have been checking on how to run Java scripts in IE 6 and in my Inbox appears a helpful email from TechTV. There seems to be a small problem in IE 5.5 and 6.0 with enabling the running of scripts. The advice is to disable scripts but if you do that and then go to Microsoft Windows Update to see if there is a patch or fix, their site does not run properly. I had to 'ok' 40 messages to run scripts in order to have the updater run properly. That makes this look normal: Race Car.

By the way, you have something in your teeth. Goodnight.

02:43 PM EST

I once again sleep late, get up, turn on the TV, and there is smoke and flames.

In better news, Alton Brown has a great site. He will be releasing his book next year and plans to do a signing tour. The fifth season of his show Good Eats is much better than previous seasons (better writing, better locations) and that probably is due the change in production companies.


I upgraded our browser to IE 6.0. We had been using IE 5.5 for about two months. I prefer updated programs as long as their bug free and IE 6.0 hasn't had any major problems that I have heard about. Likewise, it is not that much of an upgrade from IE 5.5, which I suspected. The move from IE 5.0 to 5.5 showed real improvements in speed on our system but the IE 5.5 to IE 6.0 hasn't shown marked improvement yet. The most noticeable change is the lack of Java support. I am trying to figure out how to get Java applets to run in IE 6.0. I downloaded the most recent version of Microsoft VM and several Java updates from their site, both of which hasn't fixed the minor flaw yet.

While updating our browser, I checked Intel's site and they released a program that helps programs run faster and their chips/motherboards. Well, who doesn't like alittle more speed on their system? So, I decided to give it a try. However, a small problem. My family of motherboards (800 series) is not supported by the program. I guess I can't miss what I didn't have. But, if you do have a motherboard that is 810 series or later, I would recommend giving the program a look, check it out here: Intel


I just played the Ghost Recon demo and it looks really good. Game play is similar to Rainbow Six and Rogue Spear but there is no longer a pre-mission planning stage. In comparison to Operation Flashpoint, GR is better looking and plays smoother.


"Often you must turn your stylus to erase, if you hope to write anything worth a second reading".

-Horace, poet and satirist (65-80 BCE)



Takin' the good with the bad.


I had a happy birthday. Thanks to everyone who sent a card or called.

According to Lycos, John Phillip Sousa was also born on November 6th and Abe Lincoln was elected to office on this day in 1860.


11:43 PM EST

29 is the number. It is my birthday. Time to be decadent...

Monte Cristo Sandwich Blue Bayou

List of Ingredients

Make Sauce cool [assemble sandwhich]

Currant Jelly Sauce

2/3 c. currant jelly

Dave's Gourmet Insanity Sauce to taste

1 TB water

1 TB half and half

Combine jelly, water and half and half in blender and mix until smooth. Makes about 3/4 cup.


2/3 c. water

1 small egg

1/2 t. salt

1/8 t. white pepper

few drops yellow food coloring

2/3 c. all-purpose flour

1 3/4 t. baking powder

Place water, egg, salt, pepper and food coloring in a bowl and using an electric mixer, mix well at low speed.

Add flour and baking powder and mix until batter is smooth. Chill. Makes enough for 4 sandwiches.


8 slices wheat bread

4 slices veg slices (1 oz. each)

4 slices swiss cheese

Make 4 sandwiches, putting cheese between veg slices. Cut into fourths and put a toothpick through each quarter.

Final Preparation:

soybean or vegetable oil for frying

Confectioners' sugar

currant jelly sauce


Heat about 6-inches of oil to 340F in a fryer. Dip sandwiches in batter to cover all surfaces. Deep fry sandwiches until golden brown, turning as needed. Remove from oil, take out toothpicks, sprinkle sandwiches with confectioners' sugar. Serve with currant jelly sauce.

Need some freeware? Need some inside news? Check here: Tucows or Reactor Critical.

Game 7 of the World Series still fresh and the free agent hunt begins: ESPN Free Agent News.

Chris and Neale's Top Five Most Visited Sites




2.The ScreenSavers


Bonne nuit.


08:01 AM EST

We had fun this weekend. My parents visited and we saw many sites around Cleveland. On Saturday, we visited the West Side Market, Tower City, CSU, downtown Cleveland, and saw "Don't Say A Word". On Sunday, we visited Ashtabula County for the covered bridges and had dinner at Ferrante Winery. The food was very good and if you're a first time visitor, we recommend the "Wine Sampler" for a good variety of Ferrante's many wines. Check back in a few weeks for photos.

Did I mention it was my birthday weekend? Well, it is now "Chris' Birthday Week". Celebrate accordingly. Want to guess what I want for my birthday?


November already? Where did the year go? Ah, memories.

Besides stocking up on Swiss Miss, there have been a few changes around the home. The Halloween lights were hung and blazed for about 2 weeks. I will take those down soon and place Christmas lights on the porch. We are buying a small tree this year after Thanksgiving and we have some white 'candles' for the windows. Where did I leave those? Hmmm, maybe the closet.

We should have a fire soon. Yes, even in the fireplace. It has been quite toasty in here but my parents are bringing some firewood when they visit. An apple tree in their yard met an unfortunate end.

I once again chose Thursday to do 'car stuff' and accomplished finding the source of a 'tapping' beneath the car, getting an oil change, cleaning the interior, and touching up some dings in the side panels. I actually bought gas for under $1.00 and I wasn't filing up a modified DeLorean off to meet Doc Brown. Ah, 'car stuff'...essential but not exciting. But, remember your mileage may vary.

Like food? Like good eats?

Check out Good Eats on Food TV and Good Eats Fans

Make you hungry? Take a look at Top Secret Recipes and take some chances in your kitchen. I recommend starting with The Papa Johns Pizza Dipping Sauces before moving on to Yonah Schimmel Low-Fat New York City Knish.

Please let me know what you think of the changes in the details of the site(s). I added a few tricks & tips I picked up from some reliable sources (i.e. the floating menu and the jump menus).

Good night and get home safely.


Happy Halloween.

Good news in the mail, a box of Cheryl Co. cookies from my parents. Thank you.

SDRAM? PCI? HTXML? What does it all mean? Search here TechEncyclopedia.

We are going to Dolores' house to pass out treats to Lakewood children this evening. Should be fun.

Pumpkin courtesy of It is a great site and with many more fascinating carvings by its creator, Steve Frey.

Chris and Neale's Top Ten Scary Movies

Honorable Mention: The Evil Dead (1982), Friday the 13th (1980), Prom Night (1980), & Phantasm (1979)

10. Carnival of Souls (1962)

9. Freaks (1932)

8. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

7. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

6. The Shining (1980)

5. Halloween (1978)

4. Last House on the Left (1972)

3. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

2. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

1. The Exorcist (1973)


Neale was ill yesterday morning. She worked at home in the afternoon and evening.

Since my exams are done and my course plans are caught up, I actually had free time last night. I watched TV and enjoyed doing next to nothing. I will be taking some time off from doing too much until I know the results of my exams. I will have some grading coming up and my parents are coming this weekend.

Speaking of teaching, I have had some great class meetings lately. Yesterday, we discussed gender and there were many good examples from the students' lives. It is a good feeling when the students take an idea and discuss it as a class. This is difficult when a class has 100 plus students but when it does work it really is beautiful.

Are you tired of your memory being overused by Windows? Give this a try Max Mem. Plus, it is free.


Sunday dinner is a special dinner in our household. As some of you may know, Neale and I don't cook too many meals together. We eat together but we don't cook together too much. Sunday dinner is the exception. We usually try to make something that we both can enjoy. This Sunday it was Spanakopita and it turned out well.

Much to my surprise, ESPN Classic decided to run the '86 NLCS and last two games of the World Series yesterday afternoon. It was fun to watch again.

Today's word: Gervurm


"Drink up baby... stay up all night... with the things you can won't but you might... potential you'll be but you'll never see...promises you'll only make...drink up with me now...forget all about now...

by Elliott Smith "Between the Bars"

We had fun with Dolores and Joe at Akron's "The Haunted Laboratory" on Saturday.


Classic gaming lives on in our household thanks to MAME. Neale is a much better Galaga player than I am. However, I have her playing Zaxon.

Our Halloween fieldtrip plans have changed slightly, I believe we are headed for Akron tonight.

If you live the Cleveland area, Chipotle restaurants are doing a promotion on Halloween. If you dress up like a burrito, you receive a free burrito this Wednesday. Break out the tinfoil.

Don't forget to set your clocks back.


Exams are over!



Neale has been very busy at work lately. So many cases, so little time.

We have a Halloween fieldtrip lined up again this year. We're hoping this one is much more successful than our previous trip to North Ridgeville. In short, we want more scare and less breaking of child labor laws.

I am almost finished with my comprehensive exams. The process is emotionally draining and physically tiring but, in the end, satisfying and exciting. I feel sad before the exam starts and grateful towards the finish. Generally, I am glad I prepared and am given a chance to do my best.

Good night!


Random late night cam shot.








The images stuck in your head... people you've been before that you don't want around anymore... that push and shove and won't bend to your will... i'll keep them still"

by Elliott Smith "Between the Bars"

Winding your way down on Baker Street Light in your head and dead on your feet Well another crazy day, you’ll drink the night away And forget about everything.

This city desert makes you feel so cold It’s got so many people but it’s got no soul And it’s taken you so long to find out you were wrong When you thought it held everything.

You used to think that it was so easy, You used to say that it was so easy But you’re tryin’, you’re tryin’ now. Another year and then you’d be happy Just one more year and then you’d be happy But you’re cryin’, you’re cryin’ now.

Way down the street there’s a light in his place He opens the door, he’s got that look on his face And he asks you where you’ve been, you tell him who you’ve seen And you talk about anything.

He’s got this dream about buyin’ some land He’s gonna give up the booze and the one night stands And then he’ll settle down, it’s a quiet little town And forget about everything.

But you know he’ll always keep movin’ You know he’s never gonna stop movin’ Cause he’s rollin’, he’s the rollin’ stone. And when you wake up it’s a new morning The sun is shining, it’s a new morning But you’re going, you’re going home.

by Gerry Raferty "Baker Street"


Introducing a new posting....desktop screenshots.


I find this disturbing.


Ah, a day off for us both...sleeping late...walking...makin' chili...the simple is good.

"I am a ghost, you are a song".

As expected, the Travis & Remy Zero show was great. Fran, Dougie, and the rest put on a great of luck on Fran's thumb healing properly.

In search of...content...(thank you Nimoy & Crow T. Robot)

Now it's time for Neale's "Proust questions"...

What is your most marked characteristic? Being intuitive.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Two Masters' degrees before 25.

When and where were you happiest? When=now, life with Chris. Where=then, Barrett Home.

What is your greatest regret? Not sticking up for myself.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Waking up with a smile everyday.

What is your most treasured possession? Wedding ring.

Where would you like to live? Portland, OR.

What is your greatest fear? Death.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Desire to please others.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Blindly following "the leader".

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Belief in "god".

What is your greatest extravagance? Honeymoon in Hawaii (see Picture page).

What is your favorite journey? Places certain songs take me.

What is it that you most dislike? Arguments [ED.--these can't be with me! C :)]

What is the quality you most like in a man? Smooth skin.

What do you most value in your friends? Shared history.

If you were to come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? A television.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A waterfall.

How would you like to die? Not knowing.

Bernard Pivot Questionnaire...

What is your favorite word? Soixante (number "60" in French).

What is your least favorite word? C***.

What turns you on? Darkness.

What turns you off? Back hair.

What sound do you love? Wind in palm trees.

What sound do you hate? Screaming.

What is your favorite curse word? F***.

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? FBI/CIA.

What profession would you not like to participate in? Medicine.

If Heaven exists what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? You're really aren't dead.


We are seeing Travis tonight and it should be fun.

Sadly (yet not surprisingly) the Mets were eliminated from the playoffs this week. Lets hope the team retools for 2002.

Now time for Chris' "Proust questions"...

What is your most marked characteristic? Kindness (yet this is not widely known...maybe for a reason or not).

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Sleeping through Neale's morning ritual.

When and where were you happiest? My first date with Neale.

What is your greatest regret? Not being able to maintain friendships.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Waking up each morning next to Neale.

What is your most treasured possession? My own sanity.

Where would you like to live? The northwest US.

What is your greatest fear? Giving up.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Impatience.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Dishonesty and intolerance.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Appearance.

What is your greatest extravagance? Too much use of freetime.

What is your favorite journey? I'm living it.

What is it that you most dislike? An empty frig.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? A good sense of humor.

What do you most value in your friends? Honesty.

If you were to come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? A corgi.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? Well, a corgi.

How would you like to die? In my sleep after a long and fulfilling life.

Bernard Pivot Questionnaire...

What is your favorite word? Love.

What is your least favorite word? But.

What turns you on? Work with an audience.

What turns you off? Talk about money.

What sound do you love? Music.

What sound do you hate? Anger.

What is your favorite curse word? Damn. (It really is)

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? A freelance writer.

What profession would you not like to participate in? An army.

If Heaven exists what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? You can eat all the pasta you want!

That is all..maybe Neale will comply next...goodnight.


Got root?

The Mets did much better this weekend against the Braves. With only one week left in the season, there is no clear leader in the NL East. Are you with us or against us?

Neale and I once again headed for the drive-in, this time to lovely Wadsworth, OH. This trip was in return of spending all last weekend grading exams and papers, which kept me from spending quality time with Neale. Yes, the Memphis Drive-In (a one screen outdoor theater) was this weekend's trip and a time well spent. I saw a brief history of "the US Drive-In" while gathering a soda and many of my suspicions about why drive-ins declined were confirmed (i.e. decline of the Baby Boom, air-conditioned megaplexes, daylight savings time, and selling out to the likes of Walmart). Well, the Memphis is open for another week probably (info from an employee) and wasn't as nice as the Auto-Rama in terms of service. If you read more into why Neale and I are spending time at drive-ins, bowling alleys, and ice cream shops, then you get a "Chris and Neale bonus chip", only redeemable at our gift shop (sorry, under construction).

Speaking of the drive-in, look for updated reviews in the film section of this site (we saw the good "The Others" & the not so good "Creepers Jeepers", which made a good effort to keep the American Horror genre alive, yet failed in the end). Say, isn't it October? What is the Independent Film Network doing these days? Last year, they ran an excellent series on the American Horror genre (topped with "The American Nightmare" docu).

Fav TV shows of the moment:

Que Pasa, USA?

The Hitchhiker

League of Gentlemen

Magnum, P.I.

The Prisoner

I am watching But I'm a Cheerleader right now, how come I missed this film? It is doing a good job of proving its point, but not as good as "Jeffery" though.

Next weekend is the Travis concert for Chris and Neale.




The Mets took 2 out of 3 against the Braves last weekend. The pregame ceremonies on Friday were one of most emotional events related to sports we have seen. If you did not see or hear about it, there was a rememberance of the September 11th incident and its affects on the city of New York before the game.

Also on Friday, I got caught in the rain. Not just misty rain but driving downpour rain while walking that evening. I went for a walk before the Mets game and there were some clouds in the sky but it seemed like it would stay dry for a half an hour, which is all I needed. I made it to my "halfway" mark (15 mins. out) and the rain came so I jogged the way back. I made it back home in about 7 mins. Considering I was cold, soaked, and splashed by passing cars, 7 mins. was a good return time. Due to some scheduling problems, I have had to pass on running any 5K races this fall. I ran two last year and enjoyed them. Although I am better running shape this year, I cannot make any 5K races this fall. Next year (oh, I sound like a Cubs fan).

Neale lost a muffler. Despite my recent trip to Meineke and replacing the back half of the muffler, the front half rusted through and decided to drop yesterday morning. Meineke claimed "it was a judgement call" whether or not to replace the front half of the exhaust systemt when I went in a few weeks ago but gladly replaced it yesterday after it met the pavement. Ah, car things...never fun, always surprising.

With the change in the weather, we both look forward to the fun of fall.

We have made some plans for Mom and Dad Sut for when they visit in November. Should be alot of fun.

WINAMP SKINS:1001 WinAmp Skins


Ah, life is good.

The Mets are playing the Braves tonight. A month ago, I wouldn't be too concerned about this game but the Mets have won 20 of the last 25, which places them 5.5 games back of the division leading Braves. At the All-Star break the Mets were 31-58 and hoping their terrible season would quickly end. Now, the playoffs are a possibility...albeit a slim one. If they make the playoffs, it would be a great thing for fans and New Yorkers.

Debbie has decided not to visit citing airline security as a reason not to travel. Better safe than sorry, maybe next year.

My classes at CSU are going great. The students are alot of fun.

There was a security check at the Cleveland Federal Building today, it backed-up workers around the block. Yet, another change in our daily lives.


We went to Cedar Point last weekend. Luckily, the crowds were small and lines were short. We got to ride seven rollercoasters and enjoyed the time together. In light of the recent events, it helped us all.



It has been an emotional day for both of us. We both experienced a range of emotions throughout the day like I am sure many of you did. Events like today remind me what is really important.


I did my first registry hack last night through the regedit program. I have been modifying setting in the registry through TweakUI and XTEQ System X-Setup but this was my first direct edit of a reg string. Why do this? Windows has many settings which can be tweaked in order to achieve better performance so I have been reading about registry settings in my spare time. For example, I was able to slightly boost the average speed of my modem, have IE and Outlook share settings, get better performance from my video card, and a few other things. The best source for registry info I found was Windows Registry Guide, which was written by Microsoft and very clear. TweakUI and XTEQ System X-Setup both have clear interfaces to modify settings but I wanted to do it directly and see if some settings actually changed. However, a word of caution: you can tweak too much or incorrectly so always backup your registry (I believe, Win 9.x does this automatically).

How about those Mets? Gotta believe. Almost .500 and that means something in the weak NL East.

Got Gnome?Locker Gnome


By the way, if you download XTEQ System X-Setup, make sure to use it in safe mode.

HOAXES: Read this: CIAC


Our Labor Day activities consisted of another trip to the Cleveland Zoo. As regular readers of these pages know, I have a small fascination with the American Woodchuck. The reasons are many...well, two and I will save that for another time (see me in February of 2002 on location in PA). But, we spotted a woodchuck like animal resting comfortably in a monkey exhibit not more than 20 mins. after we entered the park. We couldn't quite understand why a woodchuck-like creature would be in a monkey exhibit so we said we would check it out later. After circling the zoo, we came back to the exhibit and there were two woodchuck-like animals in the enclosure where we had seen one previously. But, this time there was a zoo guide present and Neale asked about the animal. Well, it turns out that the animals did belong there and are actually an African version of the beloved American Woodchuck. Learning is fun. Next time, I bring my camera.

In more mundane activities, I refused to pay too much for my muffler and got satisfaction from the fine people at Meineke in Parma Heights. Stop by if your in the neighborhood, pergoies are optional.

In more car news, e-check time for me. Like the Bermuda Triangle, the Berea e-check station remains a mystery to me. Where is it?

My class at CSU is going fine. However, I have yet to regularly interact with anyone (besides students) except for the helpful departmental administrative assistant. She is a great help.

Neale is doing fine. Since I was doing car stuff today, I was her taxi service. I also got the ugly white paint off the side of the car...thanks for the advice Dad.

Visitors are welcome: Debbie and the Sutlciff parents are visiting soon. We look forward to it.

TWEAK SITE: Try this: XTEQ System X-Setup

ICONS: Try this: ICON Factory

Love ya!



Happy Labor Day...last day of summer. I spent waaay too much time reading but I did have some fun.


I have started at CSU. I am teaching some very big sections, which is not a problem but I am in two stadium seating lecture halls, or "pits" as I call them. Class size isn't an issue, I prefer 30 but I have taught 40, 50, 60, and 80 students in the past. I just want to make sure to capture all the room in my performances. More later on that.

Rainy Cleveland day here, Neale is at work.

We are still on for Cedar Point, I believe in two weeks.

Window's fun:


No Cedar Point today. We have tixs but this is a group venture. Probably in September.

Are you ever frustrated by having to CRTL+ALT+DEL programs to close them?

Try this: END-IT-ALL

Need a good read?

Click this: Exit Strategy

Extra special points if you can spot my footnotes.


Exhibit removed.


Oh, the dog days of August. We still have a few things we want to do this summer. We plan to go to Cedar Point very soon. We thought about today but we didn't get enough people and it finally did rain. So, next week is for rolly coasters.

I have a conference coming up. I am presenting for my second year in a row at ASA in Anaheim.

My teaching starts at the end of the month. I will start prepping soon. I am using a new book and am looking forward to two sections.

Neale has a new office. I am going up to Cleveland on Sunday to adjust furniture.


Only 62 games left in the Mets miserable is almost over.

Neale and I went hiking at Hocking Hills State Park. Alittle muddy due to floods but some great rock formations and good exercise.

We are off to St. Louis...check for pics soon.

07.20.01 about a lack of updates. What have we been doing?

Last weekend, we went to a drive-in near here. Once in America there were 5000 outdoor screens, now there is 500. Why you ask? Multiplexs have gotten nicer, they have more stuff (who doesn't like stuff?), and better movies overall. Add to that, other companies bought up the land that the screens use to sit on to build other things, like Wal-Marts. So, the short answer to the decline of the drive-in: consumerism. Plain and simple. Oh, as for the movies, "Scary Movie 2" and "Tomb Raider"...these films will not be mentioned for Oscars next year. But, that's not surprising.

Have you seen the Screensavers on techtv? Call your local cable or satellite operators for more info or send me an email. I will sing the praises of this great show about what your doing right now.

We are going to St. Louis next week. Marie and Jeremy are getting married, Neale is in the wedding, and I just love a good reception. This will be the first wedding Neale and I will be at since our own wedding so that should stir up some good memories.

The Competition is over. Thanks all for playing. Mom and Dad Sutcliff won the race.

As for the lack of updates, my bad.


Have I mentioned how great "The Screensavers" is on TechTV? Love that show.

I have been reading and teaching.

Neale and I maybe going to a drive-in soon. Just for kicks.

We will be in St. Louis in late July.


We had a great time on Saturday. There was a get together with people from Neale's job at a local marina. We got to go sailing and really enjoyed our time together.

My summer course is going well. Only a few more class meetings left.

I found employment for the fall. I will be teaching at Cleveland State U.


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