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Started this before change to "New Blogger", as backup in case of trouble with digiphoto blog "In a Small Dark Room", or rants & links blog "Hello Cruel World" . Useful - at one stage Dark Room was there, but like the astrophysical Dark Matter, we could't see it ... better now, but kept Just In Case.

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There is nothing. There is no God and no universe, there is only empty space, and in it a lost and homeless and wandering and companionless and indestructible Thought. And I am that thought. And God, and the Universe, and Time, and Life, and Death, and Joy and Sorrow and Pain only a grotesque and brutal dream, evolved from the frantic imagination of that same Thought.
Mark Twain (letter to Joseph Twichell after his wife's death)
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Yonmei has added to her piece Dissecting Orson Scott Card ( ), now (Pt 5) She refers to his piece as a lying piece of bigotry (he titled it Civilization)

I mentioned the other four parts earlier, on March 8, 2004

Biggest little bottle in the world! (via Making Light)
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Their motto is "Acme Klein Bottles - where yesterday's future is here today!"
IBM to Help Defense Manage RFID Program
Wednesday, March 17
United States, Mar 17, 2004 (Newsbytes via COMTEX) -- IBM Corp's Business Consulting Services has won an $8.4 million, three-year contract from the Defense Department to help develop a Radio Frequency Identification Device policy for 43,000 defense suppliers, the company said.

Defense Department suppliers are required to include passive RFID tags on products at the pallet and case level by 2005. The department expects RFID technology to improve data quality, supply management, asset visibility and materiel maintenance.

The Iraq on the Record database The Special Investigations Division compiled a database of statements about Iraq made by President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary Rumsfeld, Secretary Powell, and National Security Advisor Rice. All of the statements in the database were drawn from speeches, press conferences and briefings, interviews, written statements, and testimony by the five officials.

The Iraq on the Record report (PDF), prepared at the request of Rep. Henry A. Waxman, is a comprehensive examination of the statements made by the five Administration officials most responsible for providing public information and shaping public opinion on Iraq

Putting things in context & perspective, we can contemplate the earliest extant example of writing in Latin by a woman in an exhibition of the Vindolanda writing tablets - Tabulae Vindolandenses - ( WebRequestQuery?searchTerm=291&searchType=number&searchField=TVII&thisListPosition=1&thisPageNum=0 ) (Tablet 291, a letter to Sulpicia Lepidina from Claudia Severa, wife of Aelius Brocchus, sending Lepidina a warm invitation to visit her for her (Severa's) birthday and appending greetings to Cerialis from herself and greetings from her husband.
From the Exhibition home page online ( )
"The Vindolanda writing tablets, written in ink on post-card sized sheets of wood, have been excavated at the fort of Vindolanda, immediately south of Hadrian’s Wall in northern England. Dating to the the late first and early second centuries AD, the formative period of Roman Britain’s northern frontier, they were written by and for soldiers, merchants, women and slaves. Through their contents, life in one community on the edge of the Roman world can be reconstructed in detail."

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