November 23rd, 2000

Kind lady

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Argh... the net went down as I was talking to the apple of my eye. I hope she's around sometime tomorrow... I was cut off in mid sentence.

it's thanksgiving, though. tough call. I hope so. I haven't gone a day without her for over a month now. (I carry her with me wherever I go, anyhow, I suppose. )

while on the topic of food... apples and thanksgiving and all...

Golden Rice in a Grenade-Proof Greenhouse

Wow. A story from the Times today (that's the New York Times -- I'm American) was a great plot hook.

A scientist in Germany who had spent part of his childhood starving on the streets after his parents were killed in WWII develops a strain of rice that can solve the problem of Vitamin A deficiency in much of the developing world. But due to anti-"Frankenfood" protests, the plants are kept locked up.

Can you imagine the different groups who could come into play here? You could have a group trying to smuggle a single seed out to grow a plant and start distributing seeds to poor farmers, out of fear that government regulations would keep it locked up forever; another group trying to destroy the plant, kill the scientist and destroy his notes in order to prevent the spread of genetically engineered crops; and a third group sent by a biotech firm to steal a seed for their own R&D program. The best part, of course, is that the first two groups can both be operating out of very real altruism: while this plant would probably be a boon to millions in the third world, it is also being used as a tool by biotech firms who want world governments to open the door to unregulated bioengineering of crops, most of which would be beneficial only to agribusiness and would carry potential health risks like unexpected allergies, etc.

I just heard that sparklegirl is engaged... congratulations! :)

oh, and for another look at thanksgiving, eebomb reminds us what a wife-killing drug addicted pedophile, who happens to be a great writer thinks about thanksgiving....
Kind lady

stolen from glitterdyke, but edited for content and length.

SURVEY TIME!

about me
1. Your Name: scotto
2. Your Nickname: scooter, yeti, mongo, boog, revscotto, bear
3. Your Birthday: 02/02/69
4. Your Age Now: 31
5. Your Location: Pompano Beach, Florida
6. School Grade: I graduated! :)
7. Sex: Male
8. Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

about me
1. Real Hair Color: dark brown with little grey and reddish-blond bits here and there.
2. Eye color: blue
3. Skin color: white, close to a pinky-peach.
4. Height: 6'6" (if I don't slouch.)
5. Shoe size: 15
6. Do you care about the way you look?:I try to be comfortable, but presentable.
7. Do you get tanned?: yes, but I do burn if out too long
8. Do you have big ears?: not really
9. Do you have contacts or glasses?: nope

am i a...
1. Wuss: no, I don't think so.
2. Class Clown: no... I'm goofy at times, though.
3. Goodie 2 Shoes: nope
4. Daydreamer: on occasion
5. Drunk:no
6. Freak: man, depends on who you ask. I don't think so. :)
7. Bitch: at times
8. Angel: I'd say more often than not.

have i ever...
1. Eaten an entire box of Oreo's?: yup!
2. Gotten in a car accident?: been in enough to be leery of cars for life. :)
3. Watched "Punky Brewster"?: you bet!
4. Hiked a mountain?: yes
5. Death Valley on horseback?: No
6. Stayed home on a Saturday night just because?:yup.

this or that
1. Paper or Plastic:recyclable plastic
2. Deaf or Blind:deaf
3.Truth or Dare: truth
4. Night or Day: Night
5. Beavis or Butthead: ?! I butthead, beavis was a bigger dolt.
6. Ocean or Pool: Ocean
7. Cake or Pie: pie
8. Chocolate or Vanilla: chocolate
9. Cats or Dogs: cats, but I love dogs, too.
10. Love or Lust: love, but lust is keen too.
11. Pancakes or French toast?: french toast
12. Bitter or Sweet: sweet
13. Silver or Gold: Silver
14. Smoker or Nonsmoker: i don't smoke, but I smokings not something I sweat.
15. Diamonds or Pearls: Pearls, diamonds are cruelty-based
16. Hugs or Kisses: hugs, but kisses are great
17. Bacon Bits or Croutons: Croutons
18. Shaken or Stirred: shaken
19. Taco or Burrito: burrito
20. Complex or Simple: simple
21. Armageddon or Independence Day: ID4
22. Batman or Superman?: Superman!
23. Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch: Nacho Cheese
24. Sun or Moon: Moon
25. X's or O's: O's
26. Ice crushed or cubed: crushed
27. Showers or Baths: baths, showers are good for quick cleans, though.
28. Ketchup or Mustard: mustard

in the past week have i...?
1. Cried?: Yes
2. Not known the answer in class?: worse, not known the answer at work! but no.
3. Cut your hair?: No
4. Worn a skirt?: no
5. Worn a tie?: No
6. Been mean?:I don't think so.
7. Been sarcastic?: yes, in a friendly way.
8. Gone for a walk?: daily, if I can help it.
9. Gone out for dinner?: no, delivered or picked up on the way home...
10. Met someone new?: yes
11. Taken a test?: yes
12. Talked to an ex: no
13. Missed an ex?: no
14. Hugged someone?: Yes
15. Kissed someone?: no (um well, does newton count?)
16. Danced with someone?: no (um well, does newton count?)
17. Had a nightmare?: yes
18. Fought with your parents?: no
Kind lady

nice time... bob marley

Long time we no have no nice time,
Doo-yoo-dee-dun-doo-yea.
Think about that.

This is my heart to rock you steady.
I'll give you love the time you're ready.
This little heart in me
Just won't let me be.
I'm just to rock you, now.
Won't you rock with me?
Long time we no have no nice time,
Doo-yoo-dee-dun-doo-yeah.
Think about that.
Kind lady

Well thanksgiving was interesting.

I don't quite know what to make of today... not a 100% win.

I got to see my sweet little treeflower, however briefly, online. (best part of the day!)

was supposed to hear from my brother by noon, so we could do something together, preferably to head to Dave & Cathi's place and have a little bite to eat with the hippies. no dice. apparently, he lost his cell phone (his only phone) and so was incommunicado when I tried to reach him. ultimately, he was reached by mother, and so we all had to eat there. I met his current girl, and she's pleasant, but has a few issues. She was very (perhaps too) open about her life and lifestyle to me, and even came on a bit. Derek seemed cool with this, apparently he's not terribly serious about her. Creeped me out, though. I feel that she drinks too much, and is a poor influence on him. I don't want him drinking and potentially drugging as much.

rescheduled time with Derek for Sundays again... hopefully we can get back to getting together weekly. I worry about him, and miss him.