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Hurricane Relief

Hurricane Relief:

The American Red Cross

Donation Link: Click here
Relief focus: Provides a full spectrum of services to disaster victims, including shelter, medical care, food, clean water and assisting with cleanup efforts.

America’s Second Harvest

Donation link: Click here
Relief focus: Transports food to victims and secures additional warehouse space to assist member food banks in resuming and maintaining operations.

Catholic Charities USA

Donation Link: Click here
Relief focus: Community based relief efforts focused on the long-terms needs of disaster victims and affected communities.

Direct Relief International

Donation link: Click here
Relief focus:Serves as a private back-up support to official emergency response efforts in the United States.

Feed The Children

Donation Link: Click here
Relief focus: Mobilizing and distributing supplies in hurricane devastated areas.

Habitat for Humanity

Donation link: Click here
Relief focus: Helping disaster victims rebuild piece by piece and house by house.

Humane Society of the United States

Donation Link: Click here
Relief focus: Dispatching Disaster Animal Response Teams (DARTs) to rescue animals and assist their caregivers.

Noah’s Wish

Donation Link: Click here
Relief focus: Keeping animals alive during disasters.

The Salvation Army

Donation Link: Click here
Relief focus: Providing hot meals to displaced disaster victims and emergency personnel working to aid those devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

United Jewish Communities

Donation Link: Click hereRelief focus: Community organized and administered humanitarian relief for disaster victims.

United Methodist Committee on Relief

Donation Link: Click here
Relief focus: General community-based disaster relief, as well as the creation and distribution of “flood buckets” — a relief item for those who prefer to donate with a personal touch.

United Way

Donation Link: Click here
Relief focus: Identifying serious needs of devastated communities and helping not only with front-line disaster relief but with long-term recovery.

(Thanks to RenaRF for the idea.)

stolen wholesale from Billmon

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Free Download A Day » Blog Archive » Opera Web Browser: free reg code (today only):

Today only, Opera Software is celebrating its 10th anniversary by giving away registration codes for its Opera web browser. (It’s normally $39.) Opera’s a fantabulous web browser: features include a pop-up blocker, RSS newsreader, e-mail client with spam filter, a notes feature, and much more.

Have patience when you go to the site: understandably, the Opera site is heavily loaded — and therefore slow — today. The offer is valid until 12 a.m. Wednesday, August 31 2005 (PDT).

Opera 10-year online anniversary party – Opera Web Browser:

No more free drinks!

Cheers guys, it was a blast! Millions of people (literally) got their free registration code at our party, but the offer is now over.

white:~ paul$ date
Wed Aug 31 21:03:27 PDT 2005

Looks like I missed it.

music the value of X

How old do you feel?

Most students entering college this fall were born in 1987.
1. Andy Warhol, Liberace, Jackie Gleason, and Lee Marvin have always been dead.
2. They don’t remember when “cut and paste” involved scissors.
3. Heart-lung transplants have always been possible.
4. Wayne Gretzky never played for Edmonton.
5. Boston has been working on the “The Big Dig” all their lives.
6. With little need to practice, most of them do not know how to tie a tie.
7. Pay-Per-View television has always been an option.
8. They never had the fun of being thrown into the back of a station wagon with six others.
9. Iran and Iraq have never been at war with each other.
10. They are more familiar with Greg Gumbel than with Bryant Gumbel.
11. Philip Morris has always owned Kraft Foods.
12. Al-Qaida has always existed with Osama bin Laden at its head.
13. They learned to count with Lotus 1-2-3.
14. Car stereos have always rivaled home component systems.
15. Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker have never preached on television.
16. Voice mail has always been available.
17. “Whatever” is not part of a question but an expression of sullen rebuke.
18. The federal budget has always been more than a trillion dollars.
19. Condoms have always been advertised on television.
They may have fallen asleep playing with their Gameboys in the crib.
21. They have always had the right to burn the flag.
22. For daily caffeine emergencies, Starbucks has always been around the corner.
23. Ferdinand Marcos has never been in charge of the Philippines.
24. Money put in their savings account the year they were born earned almost 7% interest.
25. Bill Gates has always been worth at least a billion dollars.
26. Dirty dancing has always been acceptable.
27. Southern fried chicken, prepared with a blend of 11 herbs and spices, has always been available in China.
28. Michael Jackson has always been bad, and greed has always been good.
29. The Starship Enterprise has always looked dated.
30. Pixar has always existed.
There has never been a “fairness doctrine” at the FCC.
32. Judicial appointments routinely have been “Borked.”
33. Aretha Franklin has always been in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
34. There have always been zebra mussels in the Great Lakes.
35. Police have always been able to search garbage without a search warrant.
36. It has always been possible to walk from England to mainland Europe on dry land.
37. They have grown up in a single superpower world.
38. They missed the oat bran diet craze.
39. American Motors has never existed.
40. Scientists have always been able to see supernovas.
41. Les Miserables has always been on stage.
42. Halogen lights have always been available at home, with a warning.
43. “Baby M” may be a classmate, and contracts with surrogate mothers have always been legal.
44. RU486 has always been on the market.
45. There has always been a pyramid in front of the Louvre in Paris.
46. British Airways has always been privately owned.
47. Irradiated food has always been available but controversial.
48. Snowboarding has always been a popular winter pastime.
49. Libraries have always been the best centers for computer technology and access to good software.
50. Biosphere 2 has always been trying to create a revolution in the life sciences.
51. The Hubble Telescope has always been focused on new frontiers.
52. Researchers have always been looking for stem cells.
53. They do not remember “a kinder and gentler nation.”
54. They never saw the shuttle Challenger fly.
55. The TV networks have always had cable partners.
56. Airports have always had upscale shops and restaurants.
57. Black Americans have always been known as African-Americans.
58. They never saw Pat Sajak or Arsenio Hall host a late night television show.
59. Matt Groening has always had a Life in Hell.
60. Salman Rushdie has always been watching over his shoulder.
61. Digital cameras have always existed.
62. Tom Landry never coached the Cowboys.
63. Time Life and Warner Communications have always been joined.
64. CNBC has always been on the air.
65. The Field of Dreams has always been drawing people to Iowa.
66. They never saw a Howard Johnson’s with 28 ice cream flavors.
67. Reindeer at Christmas have always distinguished between secular and religious decorations.
68. Entertainment Weekly has always been on the newsstand.
69. Lyme Disease has always been a ticking concern in the woods.
70. Jimmy Carter has always been an elder statesman.
71. Miss Piggy and Kermit have always dwelt in Disneyland.
72. America’s Funniest Home Videos has always been on television.
73. Their nervous new parents heard C. Everett Koop proclaim nicotine as addictive as heroin.
74. Lever has always been looking for 2000 parts to clean.
75. They have always been challenged to distinguish between news and entertainment on cable TV.

Now playing: Going Down by Jeff Beck from the album “Beckology (Disc 2)” | Get it

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Not much to mumble/grumble about lately. The shortening days of summer (both in length and quantity) have taken precedence over logorrhea.

  • Two families of raccoons have taken residence in the impenetrable thicket in the middle of my block: 2 mother and 2 litters, of 4 and 5. 11 raccoons is too many, but since we have a soft-hearted neighbor who leaves cat food out for them, they don’t know any better.
  • Gardening proceeds nicely. I just discovered the canonical handbook on gardening locally and wish I had grabbed it earlier. I’m not doing too badly — lots of tomatoes on the vine, lots of basil, and some green beans in flower — though it is late. My efforts at harvesting rainwater over the wet months have paid off: I haven’t had to tap into drinking water, with my 250+ gallon reserve on hand. I realized that I was overwatering (automated watering systems are not the boon they could be: they require more management than I realized) and the byproducts were waterlogged vegetables, lot of weeds (broadcast watering helps them too), and astronomical water bills. Next summer should see much better yields.
  • I have been making some money lately doing some freelance system management work, which helps make ends meet around here. So I dropped the shilling for dollars: no ads anymore. My options with Google are to suspend my account and let them hold my earnings or close it and get paid off. I’m leaning toward option b, since it’s unlikely I’ll hit on any sure-fire traffic generating scheme. Hope springs eternal, but even I can take a hint.
  • Now playing: Exit Music (For A Film) by Radiohead from the album “OK Computer” | Get it