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Friday, December 30, 2005
Listening to: JIMM 29 - Year End Review
My initial plans for a year-end podcast involved doing a summary of everything I've covered in this blog. But, the more I thought about it,
the more I knew I really wanted to concentrate on the music.
So that's what I did. I played nearly 10 songs on this last podcast of 2005. It's a big download, but you can feel free to use the Pupu player instead.
Posted by Daniel at 12/30/2005 02:59:00 AM
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Mood: in a funky groove
Listening to: tartanpodcast #71
Eating: chicken tenders, broccoli and corn, and drinking lots of tea
Hey there, everybody! I've decided to apply a Creative Commons license to this blog, the podcast, and QuotesBlog.
creative commons, blog, journey inside my mind, journey inside my mind podcast, quotesblog, podcast, dan johnson
Posted by Daniel at 12/29/2005 03:38:00 PM
Hey folks! I put a podcast together some time ago, sharing some "Podcasts in My Ears", but I thought you might be interested in knowing everyone I listen to. So here's the exhaustive list of podcasts in my subscription list, in alphabetical order:
Posted by Daniel at 12/29/2005 12:09:00 PM
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Listening to: previous JIMM podcasts, via the Pupu Player
Reading: Becoming One by Joe Beam
Eating:Chinese food from Dynasty Buffet
Hey everybody! I just found out I could let you all use the free Pupu Player to listen to the Journey Inside My Mind podcast:
Head over to the website and click on the big, fat button on the sidebar. A separate window will open up, a playlist with all the episodes will load, and the most recent audio episode will get loaded and begin to play.
This all happens rather quickly. I'm interested in seeing how this behaves on a dial-up connection.
Posted by Daniel at 12/28/2005 10:31:00 PM
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
We were driving around town on Christmas Eve, and I had the podsafe music going.
Jennie had our digital camera going, too, and she caught Keisha helping her My Scene doll, Noelle, to rock to the Cool Waters Band.
We captured this 1-minute movie for your enjoyment. Check it out the Journey Inside My Mind Podcast.
Posted by Daniel at 12/27/2005 01:58:00 AM
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Hello there, everyone! This is Dan, writing from January 11, 2006, posting this with Christmas Eve's date, however.
I just caught this awesome video on Google's website, and they've provided a way to put it here. So here goes:
Posted by Daniel at 12/24/2005 05:01:00 PM
Friday, December 23, 2005
Mood: happy and bright
Listening to: Soundtrack to "The Next Noel" - Christmas play the kids did at church
Reading: Matthew 2 - Visit from the Magi
Eating: something to snack on somewhere. anything? Oh, and this Miller Lite beer.
One year ago today, the weather got crazy:
Christmas Storm Chronicles, Part 9 (includes links to 1-8)
Posted by Daniel at 12/23/2005 10:00:00 PM
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Mood: upbeat but a little tired
Listening to: The Second Noel soundtrack
Reading: Luke 2
Eating: lasagna and salad
Watching: a movie on the Disney Channel about Hanukkah
I love being a storyteller, especially for my daughter:
Over the past few weeks, for her bedtime story, I've been reading in the Bible about the events leading up to Jesus being born.
It's really neat to see how Keisha has put the words and events we're reading about together with the words of popular Christmas carols. One of those "aha" moments.
So tonight we ready about the shepherds watching in their fields, and how, after they'd seen Jesus, they went and told everyone else about him.
That's a good enough example of evangelism for me. Even with a holiday flavor.
Let's go tell it on the mountain. Let's shout it from the rooftops. Let's make everyone aware that Jesus Christ is born!
Posted by Daniel at 12/22/2005 10:16:00 PM
Listening to: JIMM 28 - Christmas Memories
Eating: Gold Star Chili
Watching: the snow melt outside
Hey there, everybody, and a merry Christmas to you. I just posted this week's podcast:
It's 41 minutes long, chock full of nostalgic, sweet, juicy goodness. It's musical, too!
Head over to the podcast page for more information.
Posted by Daniel at 12/22/2005 05:30:00 AM
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
How cool is that? ;)
Karen, the Official Goof of Journey Inside My Mind, believing in "helping others through [her] own experiences", offers some tips on how to prepare for a colonoscopy:
So many good tips that it's not worth posting them all here. I like numbers 1, 14, and 15 the best.
Posted by Daniel at 12/21/2005 05:04:00 PM
Listening to: podcast411 with Fr. Roderick
Reading: my blogroll
Eating: Skyline chili
Watching: ducks crossing the parking lot outside
I completely forgot that I had my first dental cleaning appt at 4:10 this afternoon: I remembered it this morning, but my, how time has flown! They just called to mention that to me, and I'm on the line now to try to reschedule it.
There. It's rescheduled for 9:40 AM tomorrow. I'd better get there early.
Posted by Daniel at 12/21/2005 04:32:00 PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
I do not believe this. Someone just threw at least three eggs at our apartment building because our living room windows have the ooze all over them.
I was laying on the couch, channel-surfing, when all of a sudden I heard BAM! BAM! BAM!
I got up to see what it was.
I'm half-tempted to go outside and try to track whoever did this down. This all happened at 10:15 PM.
11 PM Update: I just spoke with the police officer who came here. He saw the egg on the windows, etc. He said that it's really the complex's responsibility to call a police report in, since they will have to take care of the damage. Especially since it's to the windows. They aren't broken, they just got egg mess on them.
I and our neighbor in the same building have tried the maintenance number, but it appears they are having problems with their line because the phone company's not making the connection.
The officer said they've gotten three other phone calls tonight about eggings. They have some suspect descriptions, too.
That's why I'm glad I called. And I'm glad I'm blogging about this.
Posted by Daniel at 12/20/2005 10:16:00 PM
Listening to: Yuletide carols being sung on the Podsafe Music Network
Reading: Proverbs 20
Eating: McDonald's Steak, Egg, and Cheese meal with a large, black coffee
Watching: some Mickey Mouse Christmas program on the Disney Channel last night (forgot the name), with Keisha
Arrived at work this morning, and in my e-mail was this picture from a coworker:
Posted by Daniel at 12/20/2005 09:23:00 AM
A ripoff to warn your military friends about:
Many of America’s soldiers and sailors have been ripped off by investment salespeople who are allowed onto military posts and bases. The soldiers are usually quite young and are brought into sessions with officers and these salespeople. The soldiers are then coerced into investing in mutual funds that have 50 percent commissions. It has become a big story in Washington, but some of our troops still don’t know about it. The GAO (Government Accounting Office) has just written a report about what a ripoff these plans are. Some people in the Senate say they will outlaw these people coming on bases. But in the meantime, we’re letting our servicemen and women get ripped off. These are unholy alliances between officers and the salespeople, and it’s shameful. If you have a relative or friend in the military, be sure to warn that person about these vultures. Military folks have access to a TSP (Thrift Savings Plan), which has very low costs and no commissions. It’s the kind of investment our soldiers need.
Posted by Daniel at 12/20/2005 06:15:00 AM
Monday, December 19, 2005
Just saw the AccuWeather.com - Dayton, OH Current Weather Conditions:
Now: Sunny, 4 degrees F
Monday's Forecast: Partly sunny and frigid, 19 degrees F
Monday Night's Forecast: Mostly clear and frigid, 11 degrees F
Posted by Daniel at 12/19/2005 06:45:00 AM
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Mood: alert but still a little sleepy
Listening to: dishwasher and shower
Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
Eating: biscuit, scrambled eggs, with melted cheese
Earlier this week before school, we tried out the camera on Keisha, and caught a beautiful black and white picture:
Posted by Daniel at 12/17/2005 07:41:00 AM
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Mood: better - can tell the sickness is going away
Listening to: DSC-299-2005-12-15
Watching: Keisha's watching Lilo and Stitch on Disney Channel
My heartfelt appreciation goes out to all of you who have taken the time and trouble to send me "forwards" over the past 12 months. Thank you for making me feel safe, secure, blessed, and wealthy:
Extra thanks to whoever sent me the one about roach eggs in the glue on envelopes cause I now have to go get a wet towel every time I need to seal an envelope.
Because of your concern I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.
I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr Pepper since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put "Under God" on their cans.
I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a sharp point infected with AIDS.
I no longer go to shopping malls because someone might drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.
I no longer eat KFC because their "chickens" are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.
I no longer have to buy expensive cookies from Neiman Marcus since I now have their recipe.
I no longer worry about my soul because at last count I have 363,214 angels looking out for me.
Thanks to you, I have learned that God only answers my prayers if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.
I no longer have any money at all - but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special email program.
Yes, I want to thank you so much for looking out for me that I will now return the favor!
If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 7 minutes, a large pigeon with a wicked case of diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 PM (CDT) tomorrow. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor's ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's beautician.
Posted by Daniel at 12/15/2005 02:42:00 PM
Mood: glad and a little better
Listening to: JIMM 27 - Poetry and Sickness
Eating: yogurt and medicine for my sickness
Reading poetry with Keisha created a great opportunity to do a podcast - well, after I'd finished the editing and added songs, promos, etc.
But you can take a listen: just head over to the podcast page.
Let me know what you think!
Posted by Daniel at 12/15/2005 12:52:00 AM
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
We've been having meetings recently to update Keisha's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to accomodate her hearing and speech needs, and one of the members of the IEP team encouraged me to research the Amy Rowley case on the internet.
I won't go into the details of what I've found here because others have done so well. I have added a few bookmarks to my del.icio.us collection, so feel free to browse over there.
This particular article, though, from the American Bar Association's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, is worth linking here: The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act and the Right to Learn
Posted by Daniel at 12/13/2005 04:40:00 PM
Sunday, December 11, 2005
May you rest in peace, though you hardly had any.
Richard Pryor, iconoclastic comedian of black America - Americas - International Herald Tribune
Posted by Daniel at 12/11/2005 08:17:00 PM
After a long bout of painful chest coughing up phelgm (I know, doesn't that just sound so good?), I discovered we had some generic NyQuil.
I took some, and it felt so good going down. My throat had gotten irritated from all the heavy coughing, you see.
I'm going to load up the iRiver with some nightly tunes and head back to bed.
I do feel it my duty to inform you that I caught Zoe the cat on the dinner table a few minutes ago. I was laying in bed, trying to go back to sleep when I heard some meowing, as though Zoe was outside or stuck or something.
I decided to get up to see if maybe she needed water. As I got into the dining room, I saw her near some leftover marshmallow snacks Keisha had left out. One word from my mouth and Zoe was gone, probably under our bed no doubt.
I felt very close to giving her a good reason to meow by putting her outside. Fortunately, I'm too tired and don't really care that much about it now to do anything.
I threw the leftover snacks away and leaned the dining table chairs up against the table so that she'd have more difficulty getting up there if she wanted to again.
Having the iRiver will help me not be distracted by any meowings, too.
Posted by Daniel at 12/11/2005 02:57:00 AM
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Listening to: Yuletide carols being sung on the Podsafe Music Network
Reading: Ephesians 3
Eating: macaroni and cheese, broccoli
Watching: The Polar Express
throat hurts. chest hurts, top of head hurts. head and chest hurt when i cough. stuffy head. malaise.
even worse: my grammar and spelling are offf. That's how I know that i'm really feeling badd.
I've taken some pain reliever, valerian root, st john's wort, gingko biloba, and I've applied some vapor rub to my chest, neck, and under my nose.
I have a Halls mentholyptus in my mouth.
Earlier I was throwing up phlegm. It's not been a great weekend physically.
Glad I took a shower earlier, and it felt good for a little while.
Gonna head off to bed for the night.
sewet dreasm. u know what i mean
Posted by Daniel at 12/10/2005 09:11:00 PM
Mood: slightly better
Listening to: the sound of our radiator, generating heat for our apartment
Eating: orange, peanut butter sandwich, and a Maker's Mark Hot Toddy
Did you catch that? I'm supposed to keep myself fluidized, and I hadn't eaten in awhile. Jennie called about 20 minutes ago and urged me to eat something and make some tea:
So I got the hot water going and poured about an ounce or so of Maker's Mark whiskey (I know it's a bad way to use such a good product, but it's my sickness, so I'll deal with it just fine). We had some crystallized lemon and some Xylitol, which I added to the mixture, once the hot water had been poured and the tea bag was steeping.
While waiting for tea kettle to heat up, I peeled myself and orange and ate it. Mmm. Good.
Then I made myself a sandwich with Jif peanut butter, because choosy-dudes-with-chest-colds-who-are-hungry choose Jif. Okay, it was the only peanut butter we had around.
(sips Hot Toddy)
Mmmm... nice and warm going down.
By the way, I haven't been outside since the Santa sighting, which was a day and a half ago.
Posted by Daniel at 12/10/2005 09:26:00 AM
How desperate can the unions be?
Wal-Mart critics ask: Where would Jesus shop? - U.S. Business - MSNBC.com
found via Rougblog Commentary
Posted by Daniel at 12/10/2005 08:45:00 AM
Jennie just took my temperature again, after making me eat peanut butter sandwich and some ramen noodle soup.
It was 99.3.
I've been in bed so long today that I'm almost tired of being in bed. Does that make any sense?
Oh yeah. There was tea involved, too. I put this lemon stuff in it, but it didn't dissolve and was rather nasty when I drank the last of the tea.
Posted by Daniel at 12/10/2005 12:04:00 AM
Friday, December 09, 2005
Listening to: miscellaneous podcasts on the iRiver
After taking the Extra Strength Tylenol, I went back to bed and began sweating up a storm. I wound up having to take off the wool sweatshirt and the sweatpants I'd been wearing.
Jennie woke me up to get me to eat something, and we took my temperature. This time it was down to 98.2 F, which is normal.
Posted by Daniel at 12/09/2005 10:00:00 PM
Listening to: "That's So Raven" on the Disney Channel
Eating: nothing yet
Not just because schools were closed today, but more because I have a stuffy head and feel lethargic and ache, I've stayed home today from work:
I also would have had to clear the snow and ice off our car and brave the roadways from Colerain Township to Vandalia, Ohio.
Shortly after I called work, I went back to bed. Then next thing I know, it's 2:30. Now it's after 3. Sure, I probably needed the sleep, but man - that's along time.
I havent' eaten anything, and I feel mildly hungry. The stuffiness in my head is still present, and I've got a persistent cough.
Been taking some heavy doses of Vitamin C. Also took some Selenium, Garlic, green tea, multivitamin.
The problem is that I can only stay in bed for so long. Gravity starts pulling on my body, and it's begun to ache. One can only turn/change position for so long.
I'm not usually cold in our apartment, but I'm freezing right now, even with sweatpants and a wool sweatshirt. Jennie says it is cold in our apartment, though.
She's put some hot water on for some soup, which will be good.
Posted by Daniel at 12/09/2005 03:05:00 PM
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Listening to: Animal Planet on TV
Watching: Animal Planet on TV
Santa came to visit tonight:
You know how the song goes - he sees you when you're sleeping; he knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.
I think it may have had a different effect on Keisha, though.
She's a little bit scared, especially after seeing Santa straighten her blanket.
Nevertheless, Santa was in our neighborhood.
Posted by Daniel at 12/08/2005 11:55:00 PM
Around 8 PM, I went back outside to toss two bags of trash in the dumpster. On my way back, I snapped this picture:
I checked the trunk of the car; there's about 5 inches of snow on it. Hmm... I'm going to have to do something about the moisture on the lens, I think.
Posted by Daniel at 12/08/2005 08:06:00 PM
Mood: chilled and full
Listening to: 6620 West Kidcast #22
Reading: Weather reports
Eating: Tilapia fish in a white wine sauce, seasoned with flaxseed and bayleaf, couscous with mixed vegetables, and water to drink
Watching: the winter wonderland outside of our apartment
I went out at 6 PM EST and snapped this picture:
As you can tell, the moisture has gotten onto the lens.
Posted by Daniel at 12/08/2005 06:00:00 PM
Listening to: Slate Magazine Podcast: Dreaming of a White (House) Christmas
Eating: chewing some gum
Watching: the snow continue to pile up outside
Here's what the front of our apartment looks like at one hour later than before, this time in color:
And it's continuing to come down!
By the way, that's our apartment on the second floor. See the Christmas tree?
Posted by Daniel at 12/08/2005 05:00:00 PM
Listening to: Digital Flotsam #29 - The Holiday Edition
Watching: The first winter snow outside the window
An hour ago the snow was just beginning to stick. Here's a black and white picture I took at 4 PM EST in front of our apartment building:
This picture records a little over an inch of accumulation.
Posted by Daniel at 12/08/2005 04:11:00 PM
Got some time or some bandwidth? This may be for you:
Head over to the podcast page to find a 45 MB video download and a 2.9 MB audio download of footage shot as the recent snow storm was beginning. There's also an OurMedia weblink, in case you want to view it that way.
Posted by Daniel at 12/08/2005 03:17:00 PM
Meryl, who maintaians the Bionic Ear Blog - adventures of a person who is deaf, reports on a music player for Windows Mobile devices tha t displays lyrics while the song plays.
Have a daughter who is hard of hearing, we have come to rely on things like subtitles and closed captioning as we watch TV and DVDs.
I was just thinking how this might work for podcasts. The big challenge, of course, is to get a transcription of what each podcaster says. The work involved seems like too much to do right now. Anyhow we have show notes for that.
Bionic Ear Blog: Lyrics .lrc Files
Posted by Daniel at 12/08/2005 09:22:00 AM
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Mood: tired, sleepy
Listening to: Dave's Lounge #26 and JIMM 26 - Salvation Army Christmas Cheer
Merry Christmas everyone!
In the latest podcast, I share about my experiences working for the Salvation Army during Christmastime:
Along the way, you'll get to hear some feedback related to the "play with fire" stories I shared in episode 23. And we'll hear some great podsafe Christmas music and a couple of holiday greetings.
Head over to the podcast page where you can listen and subscribe to the show if you like it. Let the aggregating begin!
Posted by Daniel at 12/07/2005 10:44:00 AM
Ganns Dean, aka the Official Superblessed Blogger of Journey Inside My Mind, has been holding the Superblessed Christian Blog Awards, since 2003, to honor some of his favorite blogs.
This year, the Superblessed Christian Blog Awards turns three. Those who've been around for the whole journey know I first launched the Christian Blog Awards in January 2003 to honor the God-bloggers who blessed me immensely in 2002. At the time, when it was known as the Mere Madness Christian Blog Awards, it created little buzz but did bless Christ-bloggers who were in my immediate circle of blogs.Not only is Bene Diction, aka the Official Canuck of Journey Inside My Mind on the list for receiving the Hall of Fame award, but Clarence, aka the Official Hillbilly Prince of Journey Inside My Mind, is nominated for the Most Inspirational/Encouraging Blog award for his blog, "Can You Hear Me Now?"
This year, all categories stay the same, save for the Favorite Christian Blog 2005, which I am renaming in honor of Bene Diction, God-blogger and first recipient of my Superblessed Hall of Fame Award. In honor of BD’s favorite encouraging phrase, I’ve renamed this category to the Blog On! Superblessed Christian Blog of the Year 2005.
Again, thank you, all our friends (and foes) online for helping make Superblessed what it is today. We’re blessed by you in ways you’ll never know.
So big hoo-hahs to these Officials!
Anyone can become an Official of Journey Inside My Mind unless that particular "office" has been taken. For more info, check out the FAQ
Posted by Daniel at 12/07/2005 12:17:00 AM
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Listening to: podcast411 #109
Reading: some code on my computer screen
Captured recently on film:
Our daughter's children's ministry class at church recently went to a neighboring playground, and the teachers snapped this picture.
That's Keisha in the middle at the bottom.
Posted by Daniel at 12/06/2005 02:15:00 PM
Listening to: Miami Valley Musicast 13 - featuring the band Murmur
No, I mean one other than my own! (LOL) Specifically:
Rich Palmer recently interviewed the band Murmur on the Miami Valley Musicast. At about 28 minutes into the show they talk about how they got on the Podsafe Music Network via my contact with them.
Check out Rich's podcast - he lives and works in the Dayton area, and he also is one of the artists in the chorus of Podsafe for Peace - "If Every Day Were Christmas".
Posted by Daniel at 12/06/2005 11:16:00 AM
Friday, December 02, 2005
Mood: full of the holiday spirit!
Listening to: "If Every Day Were Christmas" by Podsafe for Peace
Eating: dinner, soon
Watching: "The Happy Elf" on NBC
Not a lot to say here, but head over to the podcast page to find out more!
Posted by Daniel at 12/02/2005 08:57:00 PM
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Tonight Keisha began writing a Christmas list, and I got to take a peek:
Posted by Daniel at 12/01/2005 11:13:00 PM
Listening to: K-LOVE Closer Look podcast
Eating: hmmm... it IS lunchtime. What's cookin'?
Can you believe I've done 25 of these podcasts already?
We recently bought the game Uno Attack, and the podcast contains some excerpts from our game, along with some great music from independent artists. Check it out at the podcast page. Consider it 26 minutes well spent.
Posted by Daniel at 12/01/2005 12:40:00 PM