nudnik NOOD-nik (“OO” as in “good”) (noun)
: a person who is a bore or nuisance

Example sentence:
“Sometimes he can be such a nudnik, always pestering me to go outside.” Did you know –
Nud originates in Yiddish from the word “nuda” meaning “boredom.” The suffix -nik ultimately came to English through Yiddish and Russian c. 1945 being popularized with the word sputnik. -nik is a common personal suffix meaning “person or thing associated with or involved in” (e.g. blognik “member of the blogisphere”).

Tanger Game

If you have an abundance of time and do not know what to do with yourself, try out this game. High for me is 1081 on the second game because I didn’t realize until half way through the first that the blocks can overlap and still get credit. Anyone get higher?

Fun while shopping

Today while making returns, somehow I ended up in the Apple section of our local CompUSA :-). Needless to say, while there I checked out some new Apple products I hadn’t seen yet. The two that impressed me the most are the new Mighty Mouse and iMac G5.

The Might Mouse is really nice. From looking at it on the web, it really didn’t appeal to me, but after trying it out in person, it is the best mouse I’ve ever used. The scroll ball is beyond description. Using it was much more natural then any of the scroll wheels.

While playing with M.M., I stumbled across a really cool program called PhotoBooth on the new iMac G5. What you see below is the results of my playing and to say the least, I didn’t have to pay for these, but it sure was fun.

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Sometimes we forget . . .

We had a presentation this past Sunday at church about a brief visit by my pastors to Louisiana. They went to visit and see ways our Church could help. Our assistant Pastor spoke of how experiencing the aftermath of the hurricanes first-hand really brought everything into perspective taking it out of the realm of news.

This all brings me to a recent post by “Michael Yon” reminding us why we are in Iraq.

Cute Card (Updated)

Well, yesterday I received a Thanksgiving card from my 11 year old cousin. Take a gander.

Well, I just visited the card again, and it’s a different card. I wonder how that happened? Fortunately, it is still funny.

Quotations of Samuel Clemens

One of my hobbies is collecting quotes. I really enjoy reading them for their insight and humor. Take for instance,

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people
think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

Here Twain restates a classic from the book of Proverbs (17:28) in a humors way. And the profound humor

“Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture
they do not understand, but the passages that bother
me are those I do understand.”

“What is the difference between a taxidermist and a
tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin.”

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living.
The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

“Honesty is the best policy-when there is money in it.”

“I am different from [George] Washington; I have a higher,
grander standard of principle. Washington could not lie.
I can lie, but I won’t.”

“Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a
member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

“I don’t like to commit myself about heaven and hell-you
see, I have friends in both places.”

“If you tell the truth, you do not have to remember anything.”

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and
astonish the rest.”

“October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months
to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January,
September, April, November, May, March, June,
December, August and February.”

“The man who does not read good books has no
advantage over the man who can’t read them.”

“There are several good protections against temptations,
but the surest is cowardice.”

“To be good is noble; but to show others how to be
good is nobler and no trouble.”

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction
is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

“Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us
economize it.”

“We have a criminal jury system which is superior to
any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by
the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don’t
know anything and can’t read.”

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant
I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when
I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much
the old man had learned in seven years.”

“When a person cannot deceive himself the chances
are against his being able to deceive other people.”

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,
it is time to pause and reflect.”

Statistically improbable . . .

Yesterday, I stopped by Walgreens on the way to church to buy some birthday cards and had a slight surprise at checkout. Imagine, with tax and everything else that the total came to exactly $5.00.


Great view

In case you ever wonder, this is the view outside my office window. It is great this time of year . . .

Office View


In somewhat an unusual occurrence, I received a startling e-mail from my Grandmother. Normally she doesn’t forward many e-mail and only really important e-mails make it. Due to the nature of the e-mail I decided to post it.

  From: Nani  Date: November 1, 2005  To: me  Subject: FW: Another Violation of our Privacy  
  This is upsetting -- thought I should pass it   along.  Check your driver's license... Now   you can see anyone's Driver's License on the  Internet, including your own! I just searched   for mine and there it was...picture and all.    And as much as I dislike my picture, I am  sure I don't need it plastered on the   internet!      Privacy, where is our right to it?  I definitely  removed mine; I suggest you all do the same.    Go to the website   (   and check it out. Just enter your Name, City   and State to see if yours is on file. After your   license appears on the screen, click the box   marked "Please Remove". This will remove it  from public viewing, but not from law   enforcement.