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I just finished voting. This year, I did an absentee voter ballot for the first time ever. Hurray! Now on to the rest of my Sunday morning chores. I’m going to try to get them all done so I can watch the Broncos game a little while before band practice at 1:00.

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Denver Radio Sucks – it’s true!

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Here is an interesting article on how the “Black Mesa Trust” agrees with Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, who wants to see a pipeline built from the Grand Canyon to the Black Mesa coal mine’s coal slurry pipeline that feeds the Mojave Generating Station. Personally, I’m torn. On the one hand, building a $100 million pipeline to the Grand Canyon to suck out water to be used for coal will tax an already overextended resource – the Colorado River. On the other hand, Peabody Energy is currently pumping fresh water out of the Navajo Aquifer to feed this slurry line, and using river water instead of that aquifer seems like a good idea. Really, the ideal solution is to get rid of the slurry line altogether. What genius had the idea of using a slurry line to transport coal in the middle of the desert where water is most scarce? (feel free to write back, if you really know the answer to my seemingly rhetorical question)

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What countries besides the United States have sent astronauts to the moon?

What countries besides the United States have sent astronauts to the moon? – Here’s an interesting Q&A! This Ask Yahoo! feature is a good one. I have it on my main Yahoo! front page.

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Yahoo! News – North Korea Told to Renounce Nukes – Why doesn’t this surprise me at all? I assumed all along they had nukes. Why is this a “startling disclosure”?

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Oh, another thing I did earlier this week was to figure out all the election issues for my area. Election day is November 5, and I’ll be in the desert hunting with my dad that day. So I’m going to do an absentee ballot for the first time ever. So I sent in my application for that and spent a couple hours Monday night reading up on all the issues and candidates and making a list of who and what to vote for. I’m now an educated and prepared voter!

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Wow, a lot has been going on lately. First off, I’ve been on a shopping spree the past week.

I bought a DVD+/-RW drive for my PC. It’s the Sony DRU-500A, which is brand new and easily the best DVD burner for the price on the market. I got that installed without a hitch last night, although many of the instructions for the included software are wrong.

I also bought a new scanner from HP. I considered paying an extra $50 and getting the model that scans 35mm slides and negatives, but I didn’t. I do have some slides from my European vacation of 1985 that I would love to have in a more useable format, but I think I’ll pay someone else to scan them in. Also, we have negatives of our wedding photos and I’d like to scan some of those for my website. But based on reviews I read about the negative/slide scanning feature, I decided not to get that one.

I also bought a few new books from Amazon.com. The first, by recommendation of a Philosophy professor at CU, is Moral Relativism: A Reader. I think I already mentioned somewhere in my blog that I’ve had an interest in learning about moral relativism and so I figure a textbook on it would be a good place to start!. I also think I mentioned there’s a new edition of Roadside Geology of Colorado so I bought a copy of that.

And I bought “No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M’s Way” which is a new PC game. I played the first NOLF game and it was pretty fun. Lots of campy humor, nice visuals, etc. I hope this sequel is as good.

Finally, I got a Mike Kenneally CD called “Dancing.” I haven’t even listened to the whole thing yet, but so far it sounds like good clean Kenneally.

This Saturday, Beth and I are thinking about going to the Boulder Farmer’s Market for the first visit since springtime. That should be amusing.

Otherwise, this week has been very busy outside of work (Monday night workout, Tuesday night RPG, Wednesday night TFC, Thursday night 404 Not Found rehearsal) and not too busy at work (the usual meetings, some planning, some day-to-day management stuff, and attending a conference Tuesday afternoon in Denver).

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Wayne’s World – Sierra Club

Wayne’s World – Sierra Club – Looks like the Sierra Club thinks enough of Colorado Senator Allard to give him his own web page on their site!

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Earlier this week, I finally finished reading a book I started in Hawaii. It was “Hammerfall” by CJ Cherryh. I had wanted to get a sci fi book that was representative of current, modern sci fi. You see, I haven’t read much science fiction in the past 15 years, and I realized that when I did read a book I’d just get one by an author I already knew. So I figured I needed to get current. Cherryh not only has won several recent awards, but is (apparently) female. 15+ years ago, it was something a rarity for a female sci fi author to get ramous. Sure, there were a few, but all the most popular sci fi books when I was a teenager were from male authors. Nowadays, it seems like things are reversed! Based on browsing through the bookstore, it seems like there are actually more popular sci fi books from women than men. Anyhow, I chose this one and read it and enjoyed it. So I’m recommending it. To see what I may be reading next, see here.

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My scanner hates me. It’s now making rainbow plaid patterns out of blank white paper. I may need to get a new one. Maybe I’ll buy one of these.