Nudnik

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”).

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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Privacy?!

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   (http://www.license.shorturl.com/)   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.  

Opps . . .

Came home to discover, last Sunday, we made a little mistake by leaving a bag of flour at the top of the stairs to later put in the freezer. Well, here are some photos of the fun the dogs had with it. I still can’t figure out what was so tempting about the flour, it couldn’t have tasted that good. :-)

Eyes bigger than stomach?

The Miami Herald is reporting on a fascinating find in the everglades of a 13-foot python swallowing a 6-foot American alligator. There is some question as to how this all took place, but my favorite theory is from Frank Mazzotti at the end of the article,

Mazzotti said it’s also plausible the snake scavenged a dead gator. Then time, decay and heat could explain what happened next: a nasty blowout of the snake body. ”You’ve got a deteriorating carcass, you’ve got a buildup of gases, you’ve got sharp claw points . . . ,” he said.”

Great Writer

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer. When asked to define “great” he said, “I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!”

He now works for Microsoft, writing error messages.

— author unknown