F 1 D 0 -- 02 09 28 at 15 35 Things I notice. I've been noticing some things. I suppose what makes them special is that they surprise me in a nice way. Dogs, in dog parks. My experience was that they pull and growl and rip each other to pieces. The truth? Once freed from their leash, they run HARD. They play HARD. A husky will chase a greyhound. When she catches it, she runs away, until the greyhound catches her. Or someone brings a toy for their long haired labrador. Both the lab and the husky watch the toy, hoping to make some kind of mind connection. The lab doesn't let any other dogs TOUCH its toy. But once thrown, the two dogs charge for the toy as if their life depended on the catch. Only the lab is successful, but the two just keep up this way until it is time for one of them to go home. Sunshine. It has brought out only the very best in everyone. Funny how a just a fall day with good weather can do everyone so much good. Dollar Stores. Do you think they're all the same? I was on a hunt today for a few items. A new pocket diary, so I could record the appointments I have here. I only wanted to spend a dollar, and wanted it to be "perpetual", or more correctly, "undated". I wanted something that worked like head and shoulders, but cost like dollarstore. I went into perhaps seven places today. Only one had what I wanted. My friend Jeff suggests that Dollarama is different from all of the rest: it imports its own goodies, puts the rest to shame with what a dollar buys. Other thoughts. I've seen Starship Troupers. Finally. Verhoefen has a way with news and internet. If you recall, he did Total Recall and Robocop. Television and media play an important role in these films too. What would the world be like if the whole place was run by happy National Socialists? All in grey shirts, all eager to become not only civilians, but Full Citizens? I have to wonder about all of the fresh faced kids in that film who are strong, smart and cute. And become hamburger in living colour as the enemy insects slice and dice the kids before your eyes. I want to see The Road to Perdition. Have you seen it? Tell me about it. I'll still see it, after you spoil it for me. Digital Cameras. They are not created equal. I'm borrowing a Fuji FinePix A101 from my folks. I'm glad to use it. It isn't intuitive. Different from the HP315 that I have experience with, you can control the EV, the flash, and more. It has a manual and an automatic setting which I've figured out yet. This is funny because I complain that I cannot turn off the auto magic features of the HP315, especially when I'm taking a stream of shots as the truck is moving. I know, I know. I'm just too hard to please. Once I got the settings correct, I was pleased to get pictures in focus. Warm Bagels with Fresh Butter. I'm thinking I want some. This shouldn't be such a hard thing, should it? Maybe with coffee. In the morning time. Ferrets. Let me dispel any rumours about them. They love their owners. They run, they play. They love cats, the cats love them back. They love dogs, the dogs love them back. They look like a weasel and a rat, in the same animal. They have a wonderful sense of humour, offset by a very bad sense of heights and balance. They seem to fall a lot. They'll attack the dog, growling and jumping at it. The dog runs. The dog turns, jumping and growling and ferrets. They run. The dog turns around. Nip! Yeiit! The dog chases the ferret. What isn't being well conveyed is the facial emotions I'm seeing. This is fun. Nobody is getting hurt, and all participants keep running and jumping. Perhaps you have to be there. That's all I know.