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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Five bullets on a Thursday night

  1. My absolute favorite pen is the Pilot G-2. Has been for two or three years now. It's a nifty little retractable gel ink apparatus. I don't think I can ever go back to ballpoint.
  2. The air is oppressively sultry tonight. But, no storm.
  3. Why is AOL giving away free security software to everyone? I was tempted to try this until I remembered nothing is really free.
  4. 200 years ago today, William Clark gave up trying to find a tree suitable enough to carve a canoe for one of his men with a bum leg. So, he decided to make two canoes and lash them together.
  5. A quick survey of my street turns up lots of trees plenty big enough to carve a canoe, including a sycamore in my parkway.

Posted by Marie at July 20, 2006 9:17 PM


Ball point pens are evil. I thought last night was rather like a luke warm sauna up by Noded North

Posted by: jr at July 21, 2006 8:00 AM

1. I still like ballpoints. Anything cheap I can lose or give away without caring. I'm carrying a Papermate retractable right now.

4. But are you near a river that will get you to the Missouri?

Posted by: Kem White at July 21, 2006 9:24 AM

Ooh, good question, Kem. If I could just get a ride to Peoria where I could put in at the Illinois River, it would be a nice relaxing down river glide to the confluence of the Illinois and Missouri. Of course, if I could get a ride to Peoria, I could just as easily get a ride to the Missouri. In theory, I should be able to put my canoe in at Lake Springfield, from there navigate creek to creek until I hit the Sangamon, creek to creek again, then eventually the Illinois. But, I think a lot of those creeks have long since dried up. So, it would mean a lot of overland walking of the canoe, and that sycamore is looking pretty heavy right about now. I've thought about this since I was a kid.

Posted by: Marie at July 21, 2006 10:30 AM

Actually there are is a fair amount of free security software out there and many are considered better than some of the paid for products such as Semantec. I have used AVG and aVast and the free firewall from Zonealarm.

Posted by: Don Ray at July 21, 2006 12:49 PM

AOL has yet another net strategy. It plans to divest itself of its dialup accounts - which are incredibly profitable, but doomed in the long run. What will AOL become if not a dial up provider? It plans to give away almost all existing services it has historically charged for.

So how does it make money doing this?

Advertising over their web portal.

That's the plan anyway, and some see it as doomed from the start, or if it works, it may save AOL in the long run from becoming just another part of business history.

Hard to believe how shakey the future of AOL is when you consider how much they make on their dial up accounts, but they need to find a long term source of revenue or their history.

Oh yes, I read all this in the NYTIMES.


Posted by: JeromeProphet at July 21, 2006 2:36 PM

it would be even closer if put your canoe in the Bunn Park pond and navgate thru the sewer system to lake springfield. in theory.

Posted by: t-rexx at July 21, 2006 3:31 PM

As far as pens go, I am partial to the Dr. Grip writing instrument.

Posted by: The 26th Man at July 26, 2006 2:41 AM