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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Guin's not doing well, Wiscassett Public Library, more

A week ago Friday, we had our friend Joanne over and ordered a pizza to be delivered from a local pizza joint. It's the only one in town that delivers. Got the pizza, ate it, gave the crust to Bandit and Guin (which I always do) and watched some TV. In the middle of the night Guin began yelping in pain. I jumped up, Chris followed me and she was in her bed, her head up and yelping. We did everything to try to calm her down - holding her, petting her, taking her outside to go to the bathroom. Nothing seemed to work.

Sleep was not coming that night. I ended up trading off with Chris on getting up every time she yelped. She'd be quiet for a bit, then start up again. I slept on the floor next to her by 3 am.

Saturday was no better - now she wasn't getting out of bed at all unless we took her out to go pee. She was peeing and pooping, which was good. She was also drinking water and eating a little bit, but not a lot.

I began to wonder if something had been wrong with the pizza. Chris, Joanne and I all had diarrhea. But Bandit was fine - he's alwasy had an iron stomach.

I had to do a book panel at the Wiscassett Public Library at 10 am and Chris was working from 9-6, so we were panicking about Guin. We called Joanne to see if she could stop by, but she wasn't answering. So I went to my book panel and tried to be cheerful. I was exhausted.

The two authors I spoke with were nice enough, although one made a snide comment about how she and the other author had more books published than I did - one of them had published over 80 books and the other over 40, while I have a "measly" 8. I almost snapped at that point, but kept my cool.

I drove home as fast as I could and Guin was okay. She was just lying so still, breathing kind of heavy and starting to shake. The vet's office was closed and quite frankly, we couldn't afford the emergency vet. Guin is 15 years old. What are they going to tell me except she's dying of old age.

Saturday night was again sleepless with us taking turns sleeping with Guin on the floor. I had to leave early Sunday morning for Boise, Idaho (which I'll write about in another post). I hated leaving. I was tired. I was worried. Chris called in sick to Home Depot and told them he needed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday off to be with the dog. I would be home late Tuesday night.

I called between flights and Chris was panicking. Joanne had come over and we all feared the worst - that Guin would die before I made it home. I was glad I'd had a little talk with Guin before I left for the airport. I told her I loved her and she was the best dog ever.

I slept on the longer flight and kept in touch with Chris. Monday, he took her to our vet, who took blood and urine samples. She was still breathing heavily and shaking so hard. The results were that she's got the beginning of kidney and renal failure - typical in an old dog. The vet told me over the phone it was not life threatening. . .yet and that she would have good days and bad days and could be like that for a year or two or die next week. He said it would have to be our decision on if and when we'd put her down.

I know she's old. I hate thinking about putting her to sleep. All I can think of is Chris' dad when he was at home dying of cancer and how he kept telling us to just kill him. Why can we put an animal out of its misery, but not a human? I don't understand that, but I am glad I can make that decision instead of letting her suffer like Chris' dad did.

I got home Tuesday night, late, and Guin was up and about. It was like almost nothing happened. She was wobbly, but walking and eating like a pig. She slept most of the night and only yelped when she needed to go out to pee.

Wednesday Chris went to work and I spent the day upstairs with Guin, working off my laptop. She kept getting better and better. She slept through the night better. On Thursday I went to see Dr. Ross, our vet, and I told him I was realistic about her being old and it was going to be tough to make the decision, but I will make it when I feel she's ready. He'd wanted to do some other tests, but I told him I'd rather spend that money on making her more comfortable toward the end.

Went home and Guin actually walked around the yard with me, ate more, drank water and slept well. It was like nothing happened.

We breathed a sigh of relief. Friday was just as good and we actually ventured out to the local hangout for one drink. We were too worried about her to have more than one.

In the middle of the night, she started with the yelping again. I stayed out in the living room with her, trying to comfort her. At 6 am, I got Chris up and asked him to sit with her so that I could sleep before he left for work at 1130 am.

I had to hold Guin up to take her out to pee. At least she was peeing and pooping okay. I would put her back on her bed each time and she'd just lay there. No shaking this time and less yelping, which I hope is a good sign. I knew she was having her bad day.

Saturday night she was a bit better and Sunday even more better. She was eating fine, as long as I hand fed her and by yesterday morning, she was toddling around the house, going to her water dish by herself and actually sleeping in Bandit's bed for a bit.

Today she's almost normal. A little wobbly sometimes, but almost bit my fingers off when I gave them their cheese this morning (that's to hide their pills - she's on prednisone and pepcid AC - yep you read right).

Last night was the first night since Friday we both were able to sleep through most of the night. I only had to get up twice all night to let her out. Poor Bandit slept through the entire night without getting up once. I guess he was exhausted, too.

She's upstairs with Bandit and so far, so good.

We pick up Chris' oldest daughter tomorrow night for a long Halloween weekend and I'm hoping Guin has good days until C is gone. I'd hate to have C go through the sleepless nights with us.

I'll write more tomorrow - exciting things have happened in between Guin getting sick. A hint of things to come: We got a boat and it was free! Idaho is a very brown state and Chris and I got to ride in a race car with a NASCAR driver. And that was free, too!

Monday, October 27, 2008

WHOA Newsletter - October 27, 2008

WHOA Newsletter

October 27, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .You can put your weed in here (for those of us who remember that old SNL sketch with Mike Meyers);_ylt=ApGBQeB0agam0V2zE1jw9OjtiBIF
LAKEWOOD, Colo. ­ A Colorado couple found an unusual topping on their order of tacos: a small bag of marijuana.

They discovered the drugs with their order from a Del Taco restaurant and called police, said Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis.

Twenty-six-year-old Dennis Klermund, who police say waited on the husband when he picked up food Oct. 16, faces charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Klermund initially denied any knowledge but admitted the bag was meant for a friend after a search dog found more marijuana in a locker, police said.

Klermund no longer works at the restaurant, said manager Ulises Montero. A message left for Klermund was not returned.

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81-year-old Chinese man finds love online - 10/27/08
An 81-year-old Chinese man has proved age need not be a barrier to Internet love, marrying a 58-year-old bride he met online, a local newspaper reported.

Is surfing the Internet altering your brain? - 10/27/08
The Internet is not just changing the way people live but altering the way our brains work with a neuroscientist arguing this is an evolutionary change which will put the tech-savvy at the top of the new social order.

Top 10 Frustrations for eBay Sellers - 10/26/08
At the beginning of the year, eBay announced some changes it was bringing in with its new CEO John Donahoe. The changes spoke of things like "Detailed Seller Ratings (DSR)" and "discounts for sellers." To some, the changes didn't sound like anything to be concerned about, but some saw through the plan and noticed other phrases in there, like "removal of bad feedback for buyers" and saw the potential for smaller businesses to be shut out. This is a notion we are seeing proven accurate months later.

Man who stalked Pottstown woman, family loses appeal - 10/26/08
A Pennsylvania court has ruled that a man who repeatedly harassed a Pottstown woman he met on the Internet can legally be convicted of multiple stalking charges. A panel of Pennsylvania Superior Court judges denied Marcus Cruz's appeal of the 4½- to 20-year prison sentence he received from a Montgomery County judge in December 2006 on multiple convictions of stalking and harassment.

Royal Marine jailed for stealing medals from his colleagues - 10/25/08
Craig Firth, 23, pleaded guilty to four thefts of medals from fellow marines and the theft of a package of 31 medals belonging to the Ministry of Defence.
He appeared at Plymouth Crown Court with his uncle by marriage, 34-year-old Geoffrey Jenkin, who sold them on eBay.

School breach left personnel files exposed - 10/25/08
A Shenendehowa student who alerted his principal that he could steal private employee information now is facing felony charges.

US Idol star in online stalking case - 10/24/08
A FORMER American Idol runner-up fears she will never escape a Melbourne woman who has been charged with stalking her online. The entertainer, Diana DeGarmo, told investigators that "no matter what I do I cannot get away from" Tanya Maree Quattrocchi.

University use of Social Security numbers leaves students, staff vulnerable - 10/24/08
With the advent of cyber stalking, identity theft and phishing, it is becoming increasingly hard to guard against releasing confidential information to awaiting criminals.

Feud in the Vale: Couple allegedly targeted family, which had opposed development - 10/23/08
In a neighborhood known for disputes over developing land, a High Vale Lane couple has been charged with targeting a family that has opposed its building projects.
Bill and Gail Johnson, residents of High Vale Lane in Ballardvale, were arrested and arraigned in Lawrence District Court on Friday, Oct. 17, on charges of identity fraud, conspiracy, criminal harassment and reporting a frivolous case of child abuse.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied the appeal of an El Dorado man who made sexually explicit comments on the Internet to someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl last year. He was actually exchanging messages with a Sheridan police officer. Judge John B. Robbins said there was sufficient evidence to support the conviction and prison sentence of Eric Paul Worth, now, 22, who was arrested in Sheridan on Jan. 15, 2007, after he drove to a house where he thought he was going to meet two 14-year-old girls and have sex with them.

Don’t Mind The Virtual Gun I’m Pointing At Your Virtual Head - 10/23/08
When I first read about the woman in Tokyo who is in jail for killing her virtual husband I honestly didn’t know whether to laugh my ass off or bang my head against the keyboard over the stupidity of the whole thing. I had intended on writing something up about the whole thing but ended up being laid out due to some medical issues.

Cyberstalking: How much should we make public? - 10/23/08
The term cyberstalking, referring to harassment and stalking in an online environment, still resonates as a phrase that seems futuristic and not necessarily something that many of us are familiar with. We think of technology as progress, instruments of connection and as learning tools. Technology, however, has multi levels of capabilities which are continually evolving and are not always beneficial to society.

Japanese woman who murdered virtual husband in online computer game faces £3,000 fine and a jail sentence - 10/23/08
A Japanese woman who murdered her virtual husband after the pair got divorced in an online computer game is facing a £3,000 fine and a possible prison sentence.

Facebook 'sickie' guy facing investigation - 10/23/08
A Sydney call centre worker who "chucked a sickie" only to be caught out on Facebook is now the subject of a formal investigation by his employer.

Harmston villagers branded sex pests and adulterers in smear campaign - 10/22/08
A man described as the “modern equivalent of a poison-pen letter writer” tried to destroy the lives of residents in his former village with a smear campaign, a court was told yesterday.

Microsoft described as 'biggest hacker in China' - 10/22/08
Chinese internet users have reacted with fury after Microsoft launched an anti-piracy tool to combat the widespread sale of fake software.

FBI catches up with Miley Cyrus hacker - 10/22/08
A 19-year-old hacker who posted some racy photos of Disney starlet Miley Cyrus on the Internet said he was raided by the FBI this week after boasting that he would never be caught.

British man 'shot dead by ex-husband of woman he met on the internet' - 10/21/08
A Briton who moved to America to wed a woman he met on the Internet has allegedly been shot dead by her smiling ex-husband.

Nude photos email threat - 10/21/08
A MAN was jailed for eight weeks on Tuesday for threatening to circulate his colleague's nude photos through e-mail if his demands were not met.

Online harassment hard to prosecute - 10/20/08
For four months, the 29-year-old Cedar Rapids woman has lived in a state of constant fear.
Fear that the constant harassing phone calls and e-mails may never stop.

Monday, October 13, 2008

WHOA Newsletter - October 13, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I try. . .Don't drink and click "Send"

Google tool to keep emails sober;_ylt=AkjQCUbV1Gfp3tmlOYpbSI.gOrgF
Google has adapted its free email service to help those letting loose after a few evening cocktails or succumbing to lovelorn moments from firing off messages they might regret in the morning.

Mail Goggles software comes to life after dark and on weekends, when altered states of mind are more probable, and requires that five simple math problems be answered correctly in less than a minute in order to send a Gmail missive.

"Sometimes I send messages I shouldn't send," Gmail engineer Jon Perlow wrote Monday in a website posting announcing the optional new feature.

"Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together."

Gmail users can adjust their email settings to activate the Goggles feature and dictate the times it is active.

"It will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email," Perlow wrote.

"And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you're in the right state of mind?"

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Children's safety group wants city off of Google's Street View - 10/11/08
A national children's advocacy group is pushing to get Pittsburgh removed from the Street View of Google's map search until the technology is refined so pedophiles can't use it to pinpoint children's homes, schools and playgrounds.

Error puts data on 30 million German phone users on Internet - 10/11/08;_ylt=Aq_Ubxr_Amk5XPF0DxdS6L76VbIF
Confidential data on 30 million German phone users could be consulted on the Internet as a result of an error until the phone company locked access, a spokesman for Deutsche Telekom said Saturday.

Kenya's elephants send text messages to rangers - 10/11/08;_ylt=Arf97fjdV7BMX4Zl8d6qZw0jtBAF
The text message from the elephant flashed across Richard Lesowapir's screen: Kimani was heading for neighboring farms. The huge bull elephant had a long history of raiding villagers' crops during the harvest, sometimes wiping out six months of income at a time. But this time a mobile phone card inserted in his collar sent rangers a text message.

Houston sponsors bill aimed at cyberstalking - 10/10/08
Popular Internet social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace have given a new dimension to crimes such as harassment and stalking. Police had limited options to combat the offenses - until the passage of Assembly Bill 919.

'Viagra king' George Patino pleads guilty over fake pills - 10/10/08
A doctor known as the “King of Viagra” was told he would be jailed after pleading guilty to being part of a global conspiracy to sell fake medicines.

Man accidentally sells yacht for €22.50 in online auction - 10/10/08
A Cologne court has ruled that a German man who accidentally sold his small yacht for €22.50 in an online auction will have to go through with the transaction.

Internet love erupts into arson arrest - 10/10/08
A soured relationship between a teenage girl and a 21-year-old Canadian man led to an early morning fire that destroyed an Ogden home Tuesday, police say.

Online sweethearts turn out to be neighbours - 10/08/08;_ylt=AsD4qAOPWtA1uHBBQaSiKvCgOrgF
A British couple who met on a dating website turned out to be neighbours who had lived only a few houses apart for 17 years, a report said Wednesday.

Ex-911 dispatcher accused of confining, threatening teens - 10/08/08
A former Randolph County emergency dispatcher was charged Tuesday with convincing four teenage girls that he had the authority to have them arrested unless they complied with his demands, which in some cases included partially disrobing.

German teen injured making internet bomb - 10/08/08
A 15-year-old German boy has been injured while attempting to build a bomb with plans from the internet, German police in Anklam reported on Wednesday.

Cops: Mom said she'd post boy's nude pics - 10/08/08,0,531384.story
An Elgin woman is under investigation in connection with a strange­and possibly criminal­campaign to reconcile her 13-year-old daughter with a former boyfriend.

Suit says Internet harassment put teenage girl into psychiatric care - 10/08/08
The father of a teenage girl says in a lawsuit that a cyber bully so unnerved her with online taunts that she ended up admitted to a mental health clinic.

Web Surfers Face Dangerous New Threat: 'Clickjacking' - 10/08/08;_ylt=AtnfQysx5BsvwRRqbnw.B3j6VbIF
Internet and Web browser security experts are sounding the alarm about a new type of malicious attack called "clickjacking," a technique that can be used to dupe Web surfers into revealing confidential information while clicking on seemingly innocuous Web pages. Among other things, a clickjacking attack can be used to take control of a computer's Webcam and microphone without the knowledge of the user.

Fake YouTube pages used to spread viruses - 10/08/08
Savvy Internet users know that downloading unsolicited computer programs is one of the most dangerous things you can do online. It puts you at great risk for a virus or another time bomb from a hacker.

NYC rabbi reports e-mail threats from animal rights supporters over holiday chicken slaughter - 10/08/08,1,7826793.story
New York City police are investigating a rabbi's complaint that he received a thousand threatening e-mails over the slaughter of chickens before a Jewish holy day.

Newspapers face new challenges managing Web comments - 10/07/08
Much has been said or written in recent weeks about the role of newspapers in controlling the tone of comments posted to blogs. The American Society of Newspaper Editors is among those taking a hard look at this evolving issue, and has asked editors from around the country to weigh in.

Cheating SKorean florist is nipped in the bud - 10/07/08;_ylt=AuEU1LVQpQuO6Qo6_5xgnUagOrgF
South Korean prosecutors said Tuesday they have arrested a florist for pruning his rivals' business by clicking repeatedly on their online advertisements.

An eBay scam 'takes place every hour' - 10/07/08
Users of the internet auction website last year reported an estimated total of more than 8,000 crimes.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Some live and some die

Chris had to work at Home Depot from noon to 9 pm last night. I hate those hours. I'm usually asleep by the time he gets home. I did catch up on watching some shows I'd recorded on the DVR: House (excellent!), The Ghost Whisperer (pretty good for a season premiere) and Sanctuary (I'm not too thrilled about it).

At around 730 pm, Chris called. He told me to be awaked when he got home because he was bringing something home for me. Hmmm. I told him if it was dog, don't bring it home (ha ha). He couldn't (or wouldn't) tell me more, so I waited impatiently for 930 to come around and he'd be home.

I couldn't imagine him buying anything at Home Depot I'd want (or need). I finally heard the front door open and he was carrying a cardboard box. He brought it over to me and inside was a plant pot with his work gloves and a chipmunk lying on them. My eyes widened.

He said one of the girls at work had found the chipmunk in the outdoor section of Home Depot, near the bags of bark mulch. They don't know if it fell, got in a fight with something or what. It was just lying there. So Chris volunteered to bring it home to me, the animal lady. At least I'm not the crazy cat lady (ha ha).

I got a clean kitchen towel and scooped the little thing into it while Chris went to find a heating pad. It's eyes were open and it was breathing, but barely. Chris plugged in the heating pad and put it on low and I put that under the towel and cradled the chipmunk to my chest.

I could tell it was a female and promptly named it - Brijit. Don't ask me why that name or spelling, but it just came to me. I cooed to it and gently pet it with my finger. She was so soft!

I could tell she was an adult because she was the same size as Chippy. And her tail was long - she was beautiful.

Chris went to get a glass of water and Q-tip. I dipped the end of the Q-tip in the water, then gently swabbed Brijit's mouth with it.

I called Cass, my friend in San Fran, because I couldn't think of anyone else to call that late at night. While I was telling her about Brijit, the little chipmunk licked its mouth and drank the water. Yay!

Once off the phone, Chris came back with the box and had put one of my t-shirts (clean, of course) in it for cushioning. By this time, Brijit's head had moved and she stared at me. Almost like she knew we were trying to help her.

I gently placed her in the box and we put a small bowl of water on one side, then another with two raspberries and some sunflower seeds. Chris cut a piece of screen to put over the top of the box so she could breathe, but not crawl out and as I carried her the bedroom, we'd decided I'd call the local wildlife place if Brijit made it through the night.

When I placed the box on the table next to my side of the bed, Brijit suddenly squeaked and spun in a circle, then laid down. I checked. She was breathing, but I had a bad feeling about that spin. Looking at her closer, I could see some marks on her rear leg. We began to wonder if she did fall and had internal injuries. The poor thing.

I kept waking up in the night, listening. I didn't hear any sounds from the box and was too tired (and scared) to look.

This morning, I got up at 645 am and quietly carried the box into the living room. I took the screen off and Brijit hadn't moved from the spot she'd been in last night. I looked closer. No breathing. I gently tugged up the edge of the towel to move her and she was stiff as a board. But her eyes were closed and she looked so peaceful.

At least she didn't die cold and alone.

After Chris left, I went out in the backyard to a beautiful Japanese willow in the corner. I dug a small, deep hole underneath its graceful branches and placed Brijit in the hole. I covered her with dirt, then a small flat piece of cement and more dirt to hopefully keep the crows away. Then I covered her up with grass.

I'm sad.

WHOA Newsletter - October 6, 2008

WHO@ Newsletter

October 6, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .It's just Darwin at work again

Man gets burned while using lighter to siphon gas;_ylt=Aiy523YMcQCMNhQl9nw_APksQE4F

Police said a man was arrested after he used a cigarette lighter while trying to siphon gasoline from a van. The man, who was visiting friends, went to drive home early Saturday but realized that he didn't have enough gas in his SUV.

Police said the man tried to siphon the gas with help from another woman, but he couldn't see how much gas was in the container, so he used the lighter to check.

A blast of fire burned his hands and caused nearby residents to call police.

Police said he and the woman were located later in a store parking lot. He was arrested for theft and negligent use of burning materials.

The woman was referred to authorities for being party to theft. Formal charges haven't been filed.

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Actress’s Death Puts South Korean Spotlight on Cyberbullying - 10/06/08
The recent death of Choi Jin-sil, a 40-year-old actress who killed herself after online gossip falsely linked her to another actor’s early September suicide, has spurred the South Korea National Police to launch a crackdown on Internet activity.

UK government to spy on phone, email, browsing, of entire population - 10/06/08,-email,-browsing,-of-entire-population-2008100613282.html
The government of the United Kingdom leaked its plans yesterday to launch a program which will monitor every British citizen's emails, internet browsing records, and telephone conversations. While a specific plan has not been reached, UK ministers agreed on spending up to £12 billion (USD$21.2 billion) on the new spying system. More than £1 billion (USD$1.76 billion) has already been spent.

Report bad behaviour on the web - 10/06/08
Residents can now report antisocial behaviour in their neighbourhoods over the internet.
People living in Denmead, Bishop's Waltham, Whiteley, Knowle and Wickham can lodge complaints on everything from nuisance neighbours to yobbish behaviour on their local council's website.

Did Fake Web Page Case Erode Student Speech Rights? - 10/05/08
A Pennsylvania eighth-grader recently learned a hard lesson: At least one federal judge says school officials can reach off-campus and into cyberspace and the home to punish what the court agreed was a “vulgar and lewd” Web posting aimed at a school principal.

Serial stalker posted messages on MySpace - 10/04/08
A SERIAL stalker posted menacing messages to an ex-girlfriend on his page of the social networking website MySpace, a court heard.

PayPal to refund shoppers defrauded on eBay - 10/04/08
PayPal, the payment service used by 20 million online shoppers in Britain, has given in to consumer demands to offer full refunds to buyers defrauded on eBay.

Bankrobber recruited Craigslist decoys to confuse police - 10/03/08
Officers attending the robbery on Tuesday of an armoured car in Monroe, in Washington state, discovered that the suspect's description was far from unusual among people outside the Bank of America branch that morning. In all, around a dozen men were wearing long-sleeved blue shirts, surgical masks and blue hats.

Cyberbullying Suit Filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court - 10/03/08
A West County father alleges in a petition filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court that someone used a Facebook account to harass his daughter who struggles with mental illness to the point that she was psychiatrically admitted to an in-patient facility. The father wants the social networking site to release the person's account information so he or she could be held liable.

CNN hands over info on author of Steve Jobs rumor - 10/03/08
A CNN-owned Web site called, which publishes reports written by ordinary citizens, said Friday it will give the Securities and Exchange Commission information about the author of an item that claimed Apple CEO Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack.

Gossip site stirs student body - 10/03/08
JuicyCampus opened to Lehigh University, along with 184 other schools, on Sept. 10 benignly enough with the first post: "You have JuicyCampus...Use It!!!" Ten days later, a thread about freshmen girls sparked and soon the gossip flames had spread into posts slamming individuals, Greek houses and other campus groups.

Judge orders Calgary eBay fraudster to halt sales - 10/02/08
A man who ripped off a Tennessee buyer for $27,400 when he sold him on a Toyota Forerunner on eBay he did not own, has been prohibited from continuing his fraudulent practices.

Cyberstalker gets 60 days in jail - 10/02/08
An extremely sad, messy case in Wabash Superior Court came to chapter's end here Wednesday afternoon with half a dozen of the principals in tears or near tears.

Internet pop-up "scareware purveyors" sued - 10/02/08
Microsoft and Washington state's top prosecutor have filed a lawsuit to stop "scareware purveyors" that trick people with pop-up messages claiming computers need critical repairs.

Man Admits Threatening Playmate on MySpace - 10/02/08
An Aurora man will spend a week in the Kane County Jail and 2 1/ 2 years on probation for using an Internet social networking site to threaten a Playboy Playmate, authorities said Wednesday.

Man to appear in court over Girls Aloud 'murder blog' - 10/02/08'murder+blog'/
A civil servant is being prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act for a blog in which he allegedly details the kidnap and murder of Girls Aloud.

Comic addict plots to kill parents to avoid cleaning room - 10/02/08
A Japanese woman addicted to comics reportedly turned to the Internet to look for someone to kill her parents, after they asked her to clear out her cartoon-filled room.

White Plains man uses technology to help police find suspect in laptop theft - 10/01/08
After his laptop computer was stolen, Jose Caceres used a remote access program to log on every day and watch it being used.

Myanmar on the cyber-offensive - 10/01/08
The distributed denial of service attacks, or DDoS, that hit and disabled several exile media websites between September 17 to 19, are widely held to be the latest attempt by Myanmar's military regime to silence its legion of critics.

Student Discovers Fake Profile On Facebook - 10/01/08
When you think of the social networking Web site, Facebook, you may think of a place to make and connect with friends. But in one recent case, it was a place to harass an enemy.

Murder suspect announced his wife's death on their website - 09/30/08
A man who is thought to have killed his wife before turning the gun on himself announced their deaths on his website first, police believe.

Be Prepared To Be Creeped Out: Lets You Know Who's Googling You - 09/30/08
Remember that terrible day when there was a bug in Facebook and people could find out who had been stalking searching them? Yeah, scary.

Governor cracks down on cyber stalking - 09/30/08
The governor approved legislation that closes a loophole in the law and allows once elusive, on line stalkers, to be prosecuted.

MI6 photos 'sold on auction site' - 09/30/08
Police are investigating the sale of a digital camera said to contain MI6 images of terror suspects, the Foreign Office has said.

Wedding bell blues: Two podcasters battling over ownership of idea - 09/29/08
In 2006, veteran Essex County wedding videographer Robert Ehrlich and his wife ventured into the emerging world of podcasting, starting a website where newly engaged couples could download shows to their iPods about planning a wedding, choosing a dress, selecting a florist and planning a honeymoon.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Bernie the turtle and hatchlings ahoy!

On June 9th, I went out the front door to do my morning run. I stopped just as I was about to step off the deck. A big black snapping turtle was in our walkway. I got Chris and we debated what to do. We decided it may be best to put it back in the wetlands behind our house, where there was a brook. So I went to pick up the turtle and man! They have long necks! And do they ever snap.

Chris got his gloves, I got a box and he scooped the turtle up (who I'd named Bernie by this time) and put it in the box. He looked at it and mentioned it looked like Bernie had been in his bark mulch pile by the garage. We couldn't imagine how long it took Bernie to walk from the other side of the house, up the front lawn to the front door.

We put Bernie out by the brook and didn't think twice about it.

Then two days later, Chris was in his shed getting things ready to mow some lawns and he called my name. I went to the window and looked down. I asked "What?"

He stood just outside the garage door with his back to me. He pointed to his left.

I ran downstairs. And there, in the bark mulch pile, was Bernie.

Can you see her?

Here's a better photo:

And a close-up of Bernie with her "party hat" on.

And a short video I took.

Chris needed the bark mulch for a client, so I called the animal control officer (who we know here in town). He came over with a dog crate and noose on a stick and placed Bernie in the crate. He said he took all the turtles he got calls about to Mt. Agamenticus. Sounded good to us.

When Chris came home, he called for me to come downstairs again. He was kneeling over the bark mulch pile and look what he found:

Yep. Eggs. So I called the wildlife folks and they asked if we could just keep the eggs. Chris needed the mulch and they began giving me instructions on how to safely bring the eggs to them. I got off the phone, Chris and I debated on what to put the eggs in, then he sighed. "You're the animal lady in this neighborhood, why don't we just leave them here. I can get more mulch."

I called the wildlife folks back and they said just to make sure the eggs were covered and they'd hatch mid to late September.

All summer we'd keep an eye on the pile. Chippy planted some sunflower seeds at the bottom (and yes, they bloomed). Chris put the plow blade in front of it for our wedding reception so that no one would disturb the pile. Mid-September came and nothing happened. We'd walk up to the pile and say, "Come on babies - hatch!"

They finally did, starting on September 27th. We checked online and since our backyard is very big, we found we could safely pick up the babies and help them get to water faster (and this increases the chance they'd make it to adulthood). So we'd take turns picking them up and carrying them to the bank of the brook.

We were thrilled to help these little guys. Chris had this huge grin on his face, which I caught when I did a short video of the first baby we helped - so far, we've counted about 20 we've helped and we've noticed more holes in the bark mulch and there are *still* eggs that haven't hatched yet.

Enjoy the show!!!