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    Notice of pictures  echo $newRAM;
    added Sat July 10 2004 at 11:16 PM
    I intentionally set up my site so that I wouldn't have to do this, but I figured I should probably point out that there are a *lot* of new pictures that I uploaded today. Probably the easiest way to view them is by using the calendar to the left on the frontpage. There were no RAndoMness entries July 1st - 5th, so those are all pictures posted into those days.

    Normally, I don't play the game of posting for past days, unless I'm off by an hour or two, because it feels dishonest. I hate when I start reading a weblog because it looks like they update every day based on their calendar, but then you find out they have a bad habit of back-posting. I made an exception in this case, however, for two reasons. First of all, I posted the pictures on the days that they were actually taken. This helps to establish a timeline to associate the pictures to. Second, I didn't want to force somebody to load all 500 thumbnails at one time by putting them in the same date. Now the most pictures on any one day is 200, which is a lot but much more reasonable.

    Of course, all the pictures I posted are actually preview images. I'm not going to be posting the full sized images, for my own sanity of upload time, and to be a little bit reasonable with my brother's bandwidth. However, if there are any one or two pictures that you really really want full-sized, let me know. I'll be willing (even happy) to accomodate such requests. As usual, I posted the junky pictures right along with the good ones, and I will be hand selecting several to add to the background pages. These will not show up until October, though, so go ahead and check out the pictures at this point. And leave comments on the pictures. Yes, I am fully aware that I am speeding in the odemeter shots, so don't bother lecturing me on that.

    Pyro  echo $newRAM;
    added Sat July 10 2004 at 11:59 PM
    As I said on Wednesday, Amy still was interested in doing something this weekend despite not wanting to date me. The "something" turned out to be a bonfire out at Rock Canyon. She said that there was a group meeting down in the parking lot at 8:45.

    As with every activity this summer, nobody showed up on time. It turned out that she was the one organizing the get-together, and she was having troubles getting people to come. We started out with five guys and Amy in the parking lot, trying to think of people to invite. I don't think we left until after 9:30. Thankfully, by the time we got to Rock Canyon, there was a group of about 15-20 people, with an adequate mixture of guys and girls.

    It was a very casual gathering. People roasted marshmallows at their own whim, one of the guys had a guitar and people were trying to sing folk songs, and various groups sat and talked. I joined in on one conversation in which the two people were discussing the issue of mental illnesses. I had some disenting opinions, but for the most part agreed that it was very hard for people to not slip into apathy about improving themselves because they have a "title" to rely on. On the other hand, I would obviously be the first to tell you that sometimes depression and other mental illnesses are real problems that can't be fixed by "getting over it."

    For the most part, I sat and watched the fire. I brought some sparklers that I bought on a whim last week. I ate way too many marshmallows, and pitched in to the off-pitch singing for a little bit. Overall, not a particularly exciting evening, but at least I was with people instead of sitting home alone watching movies.