3.23.2005

my guitar arrived today! i'm stoked

3.22.2005



3.21.2005

Diabetic Morrison leads Zags against Texas Tech

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports WriterMarch 19, 2005
AP - Mar 19, 6:40 pm ESTMore PhotosTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Coach Mark Few called a timeout in the first half of Gonzaga's first-round NCAA tournament game against Winthrop. The Zags were struggling and he was mad.
Adam Morrison listened to Few yelling out changes as he checked his blood sugar level. It was high, so the sophomore lifted his jersey and stuck a needle filled with insulin into his stomach. The horn blew, signaling the teams back into action.
``That kid is as tough as tough is,'' Few said Friday. ``He bounces right back out on the floor, bangs in a couple jumpers and moves on.''
The third-seeded Zags (26-4) did, too, advancing to Saturday's game against No. 6 seed Texas Tech (21-10) for a spot in the Albuquerque Regional. No. 3 seed Oklahoma (25-7) takes on sixth-seeded Utah (28-5) in the day's second game with the winner advancing to the Austin Regional semifinals.
Morrison was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a 13-year-old in his hometown of Spokane, Wash., where Gonzaga is located. About 1 million people in the United States have the disease, which can cause heart attacks, vision problems and early death.
``When it came to sports, I was scared and I didn't know how to deal with the disease,'' he said. ``That's the biggest myth of the disease; people think you're limited in athletics. You are in some aspects, but if you have control of it, you're not limited.''
Morrison uses an insulin pump to monitor his blood sugar every 30 minutes, whether he's at practice or in a game. If it's low, he eats something or grabs a high-sugar sports drink. If it's high, he gives himself a shot. A couple hours before games, he eats two 5-ounce steaks, a baked potato and peas.
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He scored 27 points and played all but a minute of Gonzaga's 74-64 win over Winthrop. He typically plays 30 or more minutes a game.
``He is an unbelievable inspiration and role model for all the kids out there that have been diagnosed with this,'' Few said. ``You don't have to shut down your life. You can participate in any sports you want or do anything you want to do. Hopefully, that's the message that is getting out.''
Morrison's disease affects his teammates and the coaching staff. He misses portions of every practice to check his blood sugar so he doesn't go into shock. Depending on the level, he may sit down and rest.
That didn't go over well at first with the other players.
``Guys are sweating, fighting, scratching and clawing and Adam is over there chomping on an energy bar and drinking some apple juice,'' Few said. ``You can see where your teammates can get a little frustrated, but they have been unbelievably supportive of him. They became educated on it as we all have been, myself included.''
Unlike a lot of college kids, Morrison has to watch his diet and stay away from excessive junk food and sugary snacks. That's where his teammates help out.
``I usually eat the candy bar for him,'' center Ronny Turiaf said, laughing.
Morrison has emerged this season as a star on Gonzaga's team. He's easily recognizable, with his shaggy dark hair.
AP - Mar 18, 4:55 pm ESTMore PhotosMorrison had 26 points and 11 rebounds in an 89-72 loss against then-No. 5 Illinois in November. He scored a career-high 30 points in the West Coast Conference tournament title game against Saint Mary's.
``If I were a fan or not a coach with a vested interest, I would really enjoy watching him play,'' Texas Tech coach Bob Knight said.
Growing up in Gonzaga's hometown, Morrison never wanted to attend college anywhere else. Of course, no other schools recruited him, either.
Few recalled the first time he saw Morrison play in high school. The coach noticed Morrison's awkward gait, his unique style of shooting the ball from behind his head and a lack of effort on defense. Few was at first unimpressed.
``My assistant called and asked how he looked and asked how many points he scored at halftime,'' the coach said. ``I picked up the stat sheet and he had 30. I said, `We might have something here.'''
Indeed, the Zags do.

3.20.2005

in honor and memory of a friend...i'll never forget you or your smile ;)

Douglas Mark Weinberg

WEINBERG, Douglas Mark, 29, died Sun., March 13, 2005, in Hemet, CA, as a result of a pulmonary embolus. Douglas was preceded in death by his mother Lauren Weinberg. Survivors are his father Harold; his brother, Brian; his grandfather, Aaron; Harold's wife, Claire Schmelzer Weinberg; her children Erika Schmelzer Webb and Stephen Schmelzer; and many other loving family members and friends. Born in Lexington, KY, Doug was named a National Merit Semifinalist while at Lafayette High School. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with honors in anthropology and began a career in archeology in Belize. Most recently, Doug was Field Director and Principal Supervisor of the Belize Valley Archeological Reconnaissance Macal River Project. As such, Doug oversaw the reconnaissance and excavation of Mayan archeological sites deep in the rain forest of the Macal River Valley in western Belize. Doug's final report on the project has sparked public debate over the construction of the Chalillo hydroelectric dam which threatens to flood these sites (hundreds, perhaps thousands still undiscovered) and destroy a primary nesting habitat for the endangered Scarlet Macaw. As an archeologist for the Belize Tourism Development Project, Doug helped oversee the excavation and restoration of Belize's most stunning Mayan structures, including temples, at Altun Ha and Caracol; both sites were recently featured in American Archeology and have vitalized Belize's tourism industry. In the January 2005 issue of Toyota Trails, Doug wrote of his drive from Belize to KY in his 1987 Land Cruiser, a truck he completely rebuilt. At the time of his death, Doug was working in archeology and cultural resources management in California while researching graduate schools; he wanted to use his experience as a field director for a humanitarian cause: international aid and relief. Doug's intelligence, knowledge, resourcefulness, empathy, generosity, and sense of humor made him a strong leader in his professional life and a treasured friend to many. To everyone who loved Doug, perhaps the sites at Altun Ha and Caracol can stand, at least in part, as monuments to Doug's work as an archeologist and his indomitable spirit. An "online memorial" is being constructed at www.weinberg.org/dmw. Memorial contributions may be sent to The Lauren K. Weinberg Fund at the Bluegrass Community Foundation, 200 West Vine Street, Suite 205, Lexington, KY, 40507. Visitation will be on Mon., March 21, 2005, from 12 - 1:30 pm at Temple Adath Israel. Services will follow at 2 pm. Burial will be at the Lexington Cemetery. www.milwardfuneral.com


squier(by fender) telecaster custom


A value-priced(for my broke azz) version of a classic TeleĀ® design.
This limited-run Tele fuses design elements from two of most popular Telecasters: a '72 Tele Custom and a Tele Deluxe.

the Features(a swell band too) of this guitar are as follows: Agathis body, maple neck with maple fretboard, 25-1/2" scale length, medium-jumbo frets, and 2 humbuckers with independent controls.
What is Agathis? Agathis is the name for a genus of GIANT tropical conifer trees found in rain forests in the tropical far east and the southwest Pacific. The genus is a member of the Araucariaceae, the plant family which includes the monkey-puzzles and Cook-pines as well as the recently discovered Wollemi Pine, a botanical "living fossil" from New South Wales in Australia. The Araucariaceae belongs to a group of plants known as the conifers, which also includes the pine family (pines, spruces, larches, firs, cedars), the podocarp family (podocarps, kahikatea, totara, etc.) and the cypress family (swamp-cypresses, giant sequoias, junipers & cypresses). The timber is immensely useful and is increasingly used, or so it would seem, for making guitars.
it should be in my hands by the middle of next week. just one more reason for me to stay locked in my room. not to mention about 200 reasons to go to work. i've been sleeping w/my gibson acoustic..i may kick her out of the bed for a few nights when this ol' gal gets into town.
i'm sorry if my guitar was part of the destruction of rainforest. if by some crazy chance i make a load of money with it or by any other means. i'll plant 679 more trees in the rainforest to replace the one they took out to make this guitar. o the maple trees..mmm maple syrup.. i forgot about the maple. i will plant some maple trees too! pinky swear

3.18.2005

art and copyrights

Under the law established by the Berne Convention, original works of art are automatically copyrighted to their authors. That means you have the right to display, reproduce, create derivative works, sell or license, and take credit for authorship of your work. This applies in all countries that have signed up for the law- there are a few exceptions, such as Taiwan. Currently, copyrights last 70 years past the owner's lifetime before they revert to 'public domain.'

3.08.2005

Long ago, in Tibet, there was a ceremony, held every hundred years. Buddhist students, Tibetan priests-and the Dalai Lama would line up. They would begin the ceremony by saying: "This is the ceremony of the Room of 1,000 Demons. It is a ceremony of enlightenment, and it happens only once every hundred years. If you choose not to go through it now, you will have to wait another hundred years. To help make this decision, we'll tell you what the ceremony involves."In order to enter the Room of 1,000 Demons, you just open the door and walk in. The Room of 1,000 Demons is not very big. Once you enter, the door will close behind you. There is no door knob on the inside of the door. In order to get out, you will have to walk all the way through the room, find the door on the other side, open the door (which is unlocked), and come out. Then you will be enlightened."The room is call the Room of 1,000 Demons because there are one thousand demons in there. Those demons have the ability to take the form of your worst fears. As soon as you walk into the room, those demons show you your worst fears. If you have a fear of heights, when you walk into the room it will appear as if you are standing on a narrow ledge of a tall building. If you have a fear of spiders, you'll be surrounded by the most terrifying eight-legged creatures imaginable. Whatever your fears are, the demons take those images from your mind and seem to make them real. In fact, they'll be so compellingly real that it will be very difficult to remember that they're not."We can't come in and rescue you. That is the part of the rules. If you go into the Room of 1,000 Demons, you must leave it on your own. Some people never leave. They go into the room and become paralyzed with fright. They stay trapped in the room until they die. If you want to take the risk of entering the room, that's fine. If you don't, if you want to go home, that's fine. You don't have to enter the room. You can wait until you are incarnated again, come back in another hundred years, and try it again."If you want to enter the room, we have two hints for you. The first hint: As soon as you enter the room, remember that what they show you isn't real. It's all from your own mind. Don't buy into it; it's an illusion. Of course, most of the people who went into the room before you couldn't remember that. This idea is very difficult to keep in mind."The second hint has been more helpful for the people who made it out the other side and became enlightened. Once you go into the room, no matter what you see, no matter what you feel, no matter what you hear, no matter what you think, keep your feet moving."If you keep your feet moving, you will eventually get to the other side, find the door, and come out." -Author Unknown