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New virus more destructive than "Love":
(CNET) - A new virus on the loose could make the Love Bug pale by comparison. Antivirus firms monitoring the new outbreak say only a handful of instances so far have been reported to them. But they caution that the virus has the potential to spread rapidly and cause even more damage than its recent predecessor. "Everything on the computer is destroyed," said Vincent Weafer, director of Symantec's antivirus research center. More...
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  • Diapers and politicians need to be changed . . . often for the same reasons...
Hey!! Fathers Day is just around the corner....what to get dear ole' Dad????? How about a new black powder rifle, for them thar days when windows Blue Screens on his computater continuously??!! Errr....jus' kiddin'....but maybe a new black powder rifle fer huntin' would be nice(hint...hint)! Or maybe a new fangled computater....ain't got that much to spend?? Well, how 'bout a copy of LINUX to settle his nerves...errr, ya might have someone install it fer him, cuz he might just go bezerk! Ya know what? Might just be safer all around, to take him out to wasn't that easy?! Or ya could buy him a copy of SNAPSHOT SPY fer his very own!!

 Hydroponics Bob Jones    Thu. 18 May 2000

Davis Station Antarctica:
Well the highlight of this past week has been APPI's (personal and work assessments). Bob and Ray completed the task with no-one appearing too scarred from their encounter. The box of tissues that was provided wasn't required, but Brad's gift was accepted willingly.

The hydroponics team have been ecstatic with harvests exceeding expectation. Dennis pollinating. Quite a lot of hard work was put in to the re-fit of the building, and the recent greenery on all our plates has demonstrated that it was all worthwhile. We have been treated to many fresh dishes, everything from salads to Asian stir-fries. Another event that treated our taste buds was Friday drinks in the surgery. It was Rob Sharp's belated birthday party, chef Mick Briscoe cooking up a poppy-seed and orange cake to compliment the smoked venison, King Island cheeses and Moet champagne from Rob's private stash.

Saturday dinner revisited Mick's Ala-Carte restaurant, "The Adelie Room". Once again, full table service was provided, this time by the plumbing team of Dennis Cooper and Andy Reid. A hearty thanks to them, especially for washing their hands thoroughly before touching any food. Since Saturday night, our new slushy Fred, has been decorating the mess with words of wisdom in the form of twisted bumper stickers. "Knowledge is power, power corrupts. Study hard, be evil" is just one such gem. The challenge at each meal is to pick the new addition.

Field travel is at a peak, as soon as one group returns, another is on it's way out. Combining work with play, Peter Thompson, Dennis Cooper and Bob Jones visited the northern huts, to check gen-sets and deliver and install windproof grey-water drum funnels, engineered and handcrafted by Dennis. We all appreciate his effort as there are few things worse than being covered in filthy sinkwater on a cold windy day. Jack Gilbert, Robin Tihema and Rob Sharp have also gone out, collecting lake and weather data from Deep Lake, near Brookes Hut. Of course, the large station limits allow visits to Gardner and Anchorage Islands as a quick break and a good view of the icebergs.

The multi-skilled carpentry team has once again put their talents to good use and they have begun the mammoth task of painting the workshops. The years have taken their toll on the walls and ceilings, with a thick film of dirt covering everything. Much effort has been put in cleaning this and the results so far are remarkable.

The social committee has grown with the realisation that midwinter is less than 5 weeks away. Planning has begun, but a few more parties will be squeezed in before then.
Till next week, Davis.
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To Bob and all the folks at Davis....until next time.....have hardy! My dadblame garden don't look that good!!!

  • I've learned that we are responsible for what we do, unless we are celebrities or politicians.
Talk About Dumb..
A man convicted of robbery worked out a deal to pay $9600 in damages rather than serving a prison sentence. He gave the court a check--a forged check. He was sentenced to ten years.

-- The Mountain Man        


Ridin' the Rails:  Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad:
An exciting 4-mile railroad excursion at Yosemite Park's south gate on highway 41. Ride into history where powerful locomotives once hauled massive log trains through the Sierra mountains. Where mighty lumberjacks felled the timber and flumes carried lumber to the distant valley below. The Sierra National Forest's majestic woods provide the backdrop for the narrow gauge journey back in time.
Happy Railroadin' Partners.....have fun and enjoy!!! No better way to enjoy wildlife....nature....and just down right relaxin'!
  • Politicians are those who deal with the problems, which would not exist, if they didn't exist.
Outdoor Adventure: Women's Fishing Online:
Women's Salmon Derby
By: Lyla Foggia
Date: 05/06/2000
The Women's Salmon Derby at Painter's Lodge in Campbell River in British Columbia occurs each June. Here's your complete guide to the next event on June 16-19, including how to register, what it will cost, and what takes place during the three-day weekend......More.....
Find Out What lures 100 women there every year!
  • Man: "Hey, come on, we're both here at this bar for the same reason."
  • Woman: "Yeah! Let's pick up some chicks!"
Summer Adventure: American Hawaii Cruises:
Where the magic of the islands and the allure of the sea create an unforgettable Hawaiian vacation.
Your ship, the S.S.Independence, is the only ocean-going passenger vessel to cruise these islands year-round. Each week they visit five ports on four beautiful islands–– Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii, "The Big Island."
Only by cruise ship can you experience so much–– with so little effort! After sailing at night, you'll awake refreshed and ready to explore majestic waterfalls, emerald rain forests, secluded beaches, coral reefs, quaint towns and historic landmarks.
Survival Tip:The most common mistake:
Don’t be fooled by thinking that it could never happen to me. By being prepared, you can enjoy your trip outdoors regardless of what nature throws at you!
Until next time: Be Safe ~ Be Happy!!

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  • Only in America . . . do we use the word "politics" to describe the process so well: "Poli" in Latin meaning "many" and "tics" meaning "bloodsucking creatures."
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  • Democrat: Give us your money. We'll solve your problems.
  • Republican: Give us your money. We'll ignore your problems.
  • Libertarian: Keep your money. Solve your own problems.
Moms, Families Rally for Gun Control
(Reuters) - Wearing pink and white T-shirts showing flowers growing out of gun barrels, tens of thousands of protesters joined the ``Million Mom March'' in Washington on Sunday to demand Congress pass "common sense gun control'' and try to stem rampant gun violence. Throngs of mothers, aunts, sisters, grandmothers, children and more than a sprinkling of fathers gave up the traditional flowers and brunches to spend Mother's Day on the National Mall.

Folks, How in the HELL can you pass a law for COMMON SENSE?! Ifn' ya ain't got it....Ya Ain't Got IT!! I understand the wanting and need to curb the crime and violence in this land, but the government can't do it for us! It has to start in the home! Folks, there are no laws and no government that can stem the violence in this country. You're a fool if you think they can! The problem isn't's families and upbringing. People in general refuse to take responsibility for their own actions. They are always blaming it on someone or something else. Murder~killing~violence....these acts come from within the heart of the person committing these acts! Everyone knows right from wrong....only a fool would believe differently.

It is pure ignorance, to think that you can ban guns from law abiding persons, and think that the killing is going to go away! If killing and violence and murder are rooted from within, then that person is going to commit these acts, one way or another(gun/knife/bat/club/vehicle). Shall we ban tableware~automobiles~trees~etc., as anything can be used as a weapon of destruction!

When a child, maybe even yours, commits an act of violence with a gun, the gun isn't at fault....ask yourself...."how much time have I spent with this child, teaching him/her, moral values/family values/social values?". Do you even talk to your kids? The average time, conversing with a child today is less than 10 minutes a day! That damned gun doesn't have a brain, but our creator gave everyone of us a brain, and told us WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR ACTIONS!

Australia banned all guns.....Fact: Crime is up 66%! Why? Because honest citizens can't defend themselves against armed criminals! Oh yeah, I forgot to tell ya, criminals still have guns....those with murder/hatred and contempt for society, still kill.....they're not subject to the law....GET IT?! Drugs~Immorality~Violence and Crime are rampant in our own government and governments around the world....they can't even put a dent in drug trafficking, and you're depending on them to do the right thing! What a joke! Only YOU can have an impact on any of these problems! Murderers~Drug Pushers~Dope Addicts~Alcoholics, present and past, all had parents! Don't lay the blame off on someone else or society as a whole. As a parent, if you've done your very best, and the child still turns to violence and crime, then you know in your heart, that you've done all that can be done!! RESPONSIBILITY....IT STARTS WITH and ENDS WITH.....YOU!!!

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  • Marge, the reason we have elected officials is so we don't have to think! - Homer Simpson


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NOTE: Always follow the advice of your Physician!

Is Your Baby's Crib Safe?
If your baby's crib was manufactured in 1985 or later, it will meet current safety standards. In general, crib slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. The headboard or footboard should have no cutouts that could trap your baby's head, and the crib should not have corner posts or finials, either. Your baby could snag his clothes on a bedpost and choke if he can't free himself. Also, make sure the paint on an older crib isn't lead-based. If it is, you'll need to strip the old paint and repaint with new, high-quality enamel.
NOTE! Always check with and follow the advice of your physician!!
  • A fool and his money are soon in office...
Mother and Baby:
Site provides parenting and childbirth information for parents. . .


Linux Note: When downloading a linux .tar/ .gz or .rpm file, It is sometimes necessary to hold down the shift key while clicking on the file you want to download.

QuickClean V5.01 second update has been released. You won't be able to update using AutoUpdate because of a problem in the last version so you will have to download this 700k Update file:

Folks, have ya ever booted up yer computer, and lo an' behold, things are all screwed up! Are ya wonderin'...who was on it, and maybe deleted important data, or application, or configuration files?! Well, these boys have the answer.....SNAPSHOT SPY! This program remains undetected-only YOU know it's there-and it's recording every dadblame thing that's beein' done on yer computer! The only thing this program don't give is ...Finger Prints of the guilty party! Give these folks time and they'll figure a way to git them too!
No kiddin' folks, this program really does everything it claims to do, and that's unusual in this CyberWorld.
Just look at some of the things possible:

  • Snapshot Spy can help curb this and many other problems!
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  • The Kids' Guide to Hitchhiking...


One war that is seldom thought about is the War of 1812. This war between Great Britain and the United States was fought at sea and on the North American continent from 1812 to 1815. (Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner" was supposedly inspired by the bombardment of Fort McHenry.)

If your genealogical research leads you to the War of 1812, you'll want to check out these sites:
Fort McHenry
Overview of the War of 1812 from a Canadian perspective

  • Sign at the Kennedy estate: Visitors will be violated....


Dinner guests will feel very special, when you present them with their own little cheesecakes, topped with a rich sauce made from apricot preserves and rum. Serves eight.

  • 1-1/2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 5 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 16 teaspoons slivered almonds 3 tablespoons dark rum
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter eight 4-ounce ramekins.

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping the bowl each time. Add cream and vanilla; mix well.

Put 1 tablespoon preserves and 1 teaspoon almonds in the bottom of each ramekin. Pour in cheese mixture; sprinkle 1 teaspoon almonds on top. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet; bake 20 minutes, until set.

Meanwhile, melt 1 cup preserves with rum over low heat. Remove cakes from oven; top with rum mixture. Cool to room temperature on racks; then refrigerate several hours, until well chilled.

So until next time, REMEMBER:  "I've learned-
that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.