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"Murphy was an optimist!"

Of Grasshoppers April 30, 2006 5:28 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Grasshoppers, Philosophy
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Student: Why do we have adversity?
Master: To prevent complacency.

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Destiny April 30, 2006 5:07 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Do I believe in destiny? I sure as hell believe I’m not in control of my life!

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The root of frustration April 30, 2006 12:18 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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There are somethings that are important to me
That I am incapable of explaining to anyone else
And I cannot acheive on my own
But for which I can get no help.

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Irony April 30, 2006 12:16 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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I never had a cavity my whole life until I went 3 years without going to the dentist.

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From the mouths of babes April 30, 2006 11:31 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad
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Dad: "Evan, do you want to take a nap?"
Evan, 11 months: Shakes head no.

Could have been a coincidence, but it was funny!

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Rocky Hill Clown Day – a big success! April 30, 2006 11:30 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Education, Juggling
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A friend from the Knoxville Juggling Club joined me to teach the Rocky Hill Elementary first grade how to juggle. All of the children did well. There were about 3 that I wish I could work with weekly; they would turn into amazing jugglers!

My friend has the pleasure of practicing 45 minutes a day. His work is astounding! We were able to pass clubs around the children and do several duo tricks.

Clown Day is a special treat for Rocky Hill Elementary because for the past 26 years or so Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus has sent clowns to the school when they come to town. All the first grade dress as clowns and 12 stations are set up in the gym for circus type activities including a station to learn juggling. Now, most first graders are on the cusp of having the dexterity for juggling. We have roughly 12-15 minutes to teach 8-12 children at a time how to juggle. Rocky Hill has always impressed me with their integration of special needs children. These first graders could include children with Downs Syndrome, Autism, wheel chairs, and other challenges. We work to make sure that all children of all capabilities have fun at the juggling station (although, I never saw the wheel chair student yesterday so I think the teachers made the wrong assumption that he couldn’t participate).


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From the mouths of babes April 28, 2006 2:08 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cathy, Daily Life, Family, From the mouths of babes, Tommy
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Mom: Asks Tommy to decide between two things.
Tommy: Growls
Mom: Further prompts for a decision.
Tommy: Remains silent.
Dad, slightly melodically: "Tommy, if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."
Dad: Chuckles under his breath.

Parenting is fun, particularly when the children haven’t got a clue.

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From the mouths of babes April 28, 2006 5:13 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, From the mouths of babes, Tommy
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Tommy moans.

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Rocky Hill Clown Day April 28, 2006 3:50 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Announcements, Daily Life, Juggling, Of Interest
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Today is Rocky Hill Elementary’s Clown Day. This year Ringling Brothers came during Rocky Hill’s spring break so they missed their annual visit by the clowns. This year Daisy the Clown and Marty the Magician will be entertaining the children. I will do a brief juggling performance and then spend much time trying to teach 2nd graders how to juggle.

This event is always fun and will leave me hoarse and sore. Should make for an interesting time tomorrow when I juggle for Children’s Mental Health Week at the zoo! Tomorrow’s event is from 10am-2pm. Michael Messing will perform magic from 11am-noon (although I think he will end at 11:30). I will juggle from noon to 1pm and, for those that have seen my show, this year will be different!

The Comedy Zone is having a family day tomorrow. I was supposed to arrange to do a 10 minute juggling routine but never made contact with the right person. However, it is a smoke-free, rated G event for anyone looking to do something with the family after spending the day at the zoo–because if there was ever a day to spend at the zoo it’s tomorrow!

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Frozen April 28, 2006 3:26 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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I have so much that I need to be doing at this exact moment that I can’t do anything at all.

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Wishes come true and I bet reality comes crashing down April 27, 2006 8:04 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cool Sites, Daily Life, Of Interest
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Boyfriend and girlfriend make a bet. At stake? A threesome! Looks like boy wins but I bet their relationship doesn’t last a week afterwards. Win the battle, lose the war.

So, here’s the story… I said to my girlfriend that any stupid website could get tons of hits, simply because people are bored all the time. She said that I was an idiot and couldn’t make a website that could get tons of hits if I wanted to. After a long argument (mostly centered around the fact that she called me an idiot) we made a bet:

If I could not make a website to get 2,000,000 hits, I would agree that I was an idiot; however, if I could make a website to get 2,000,000 hits, she would have a menage a trois (that’s a threesome to you non french-speakers) with me and another girl. I thought she was kidding at the time, but then she said she was so sure of herself, that she would even put it in writing.

At the time of this post–2,010,891–if you can believe the counter. The impressiveness of it is that not 9 hours ago it was around 600,000. Looks like it is going up at the rate of about 100 hits per second. By the time I finished typing this the numbers reached 2,031,379.

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I lead, er, herd, some scouts April 27, 2006 7:54 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Noah, Of Being Dad, Scouts
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Tonight’s den meeting was a blast! I really enjoy watching the scouts have a good time. We made 2 liter bottle rockets! They worked great.

We used this design (may have to view it via Google Cache). Another good link and a variation (check out the launch mechanism on that one!). You can even add a parachute. I want to build the pvc launch pad.

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How Warner Brothers! April 27, 2006 10:34 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Video
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Rube Goldberg eat your heart out! (warning…this is a 12 minute video).

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Time to watch Serenity again April 27, 2006 9:54 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Firefly / Serenity, Of Interest, TV / Movies
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Serenity is being used to promote gender equality.

The move is a direct effort to help raise funds for Equality Now, one of writer/director Joss Whedon’s favorite charities.

Equality Now is an international organization which works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world through the mobilization of public pressure.


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Save the Internet – MoveOn’s Petition April 27, 2006 7:22 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
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Everyone should have heard about the Save The Internet movement and the proposed law that has all technologists in fear.

Congress is now pushing a law that would end the free and open Internet as we know it. Internet providers like AT&T and Verizon are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality, the Internet’s First Amendment. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. So Amazon doesn’t have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to work more properly on your computer.

Many members of Congress take campaign contributions from these companies, and they don’t think the public are paying attention to this issue. Let’s show them we care – please sign this petition today.

MoveOn.org has put up an online petition. Here is MoveOn’s privacy policy:

Privacy Policy

We do not share the information you’ve given us with unaffiliated groups without your explicit permission.
Petitions and Surveys

For petitions and surveys you’ve signed or completed, we treat your name, city, state, and comments as public information—for example, we may provide compilations of petitions, with your comments, to the President and legislators, other targets, or to the press. We will not make your street address publicly available, but we may transmit it to members of Congress and to the President as part of a petition. This is a standard industry practice in such situations. In no such case will we disclose your email address or phone number, without your permission. We may also make your comments, along with your first name, city and state available to the press and public online.
Sending Emails Via MoveOn.org Civic Action

In certain cases, we enable you to send individual e-mails to the President, legislators, and other targets as well as Letters-to-the-Editor to various news publications, through our website. These messages are sent in your name, with your e-mail address as the return address and your full name and contact information is provided as part of the submission. These messages will only be sent out under your name as you approve them on an individual basis using our email tool. You are solely responsible for the specific message(s) you send using our email tool.
Email from MoveOn.org Civic Action

MoveOn will send you updates on this and other important campaigns by email. If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from our email list, you may do so by completing this form.

For our complete privacy policy, click here.

FreePress.net also has a petition.

I’d like to emphasize that these petitions are great but nothing communicates to a politican as much as a handwritten letter, email, fax or phone call directly from you! Contact your representative today!

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