September 30, 2003

Angelweave is live

Well, I got the blog in a state that I felt was ready to launch. What's left to do?

1) Import old blog stuff - Pixy and I will work through that.
2) Get in compliance with the Alliance ;) Yes, Susie, I know. I felt it was okay to hold off a day.
3) Add categories showing to the posts (got documentation. Shouldn't be hard).
4) Add a clickable list of categories down the side.
5) Add my poetry (about ready to go).
6) Catch up on my writing!
7) Register this new place with everywhere.
8) E-mail people who linked to me.

I hadn't realized it'd be this much work! But, boy is it worth it. :)

Thanks again, guys!


Posted by hln at 10:55 AM | Comments (5)

September 29, 2003

One For the Spork

Who is apparently a Gigantor fan:

Gisporkor's a space-age blogger -
He's in
Great demand.
Gisporkor's a space-age blogger -
The blather is
In his hands!

Bigger than big!
Taller than tall!
Quicker than quick!
Stronger than strong!

Ready to fight for right -
Against wrong.

Gisporkor! Gisporkor! Gisporrrrkor!

Posted by Pixy Misa at 04:36 PM | Comments (1)

Our Web Server


Posted by Pixy Misa at 04:21 PM | Comments (8)

Time Warp, Perhaps?

A question for all those in the know: I recently posted an entry (not here, on The Cheese) and thought better of it five minutes later and deleted it. Today I found someone has a link to that now-deleted entry, and it can still be accessed that way.
How do you delete an entry from all existance? When I do the search thing on it for the entry title, it comes up zilch. How odd, huh?
Not urgent, just curious.

Posted by LeeAnn at 04:09 PM | Comments (11)

What the...?

I've noticed that the login page shows:
Entries: 124 Comments: 747 Authors: 21

Authors: 21 ?!!

I count Pixy Misa, Susie, Jennifer, Tim, me, Victor, Collins (wherever he may be), Cherry, Rocket, Mookie, LeAnn, Roxette Bunny, Daniel, Mr. Green and Stevie and Heather makes 16.
Okay, testers Tiger and FrankJ and we got 18.
Heck, even add Munuviana and we got 19!

Who am I missing?!!!!

Posted by Tuning Spork at 04:18 AM | Comments (11)

September 28, 2003

To the Birthday Boy!

Happy Birthday, dear Victor! May all your rats live long and happy lives! (And I hope your party is as nice as theirs was....)

Posted by Susie at 07:43 AM | Comments (4)

September 27, 2003

Cow Puppies

But because the animals will be difficult to ship to the U.S., the embassy plans to sell the cows and use the funds to buy Masai jewelry, which will then be displayed at a Sept. 11 memorial in New York City.

Some New Yorkers said they wanted the actual cows.

"The cows are the most amazing gift we received –- I mean, who else sent cows?" insisted Ed McCormick, a construction worker from the Bronx. "If those guys wanted us to have jewelry, they would have sent it. They wanted us to have cows. We should take the cows and raise them on a nice farm upstate and then send the cow puppies back to them someday."

The "cow puppy" concept might point up the reason New Yorkers would be better off with the beads, but no matter how it ends up, Manhattan residents are truly touched over the Masai gift.

(Wired News)

Posted by Pixy Misa at 06:35 AM | Comments (20)

September 26, 2003

Air Munuviana

I was piddlin' around with some simulation software over lunch, and came up with some broad specs for our rocket. I'm sure this bores some of you, but it floats my boat. Sorry. :)

The basic lady will be about 60" (1525cm) tall and 2.2" (55cm) in diameter. She'll fly on a nitrous oxide hybrid motor, and parachute deployment will be controlled by an electronic altimeter.

Simulations are never completely accurate, so these numbers are optimistic, but projected altitude will be around 3,000 feet. Within .5 second of ignition, she'll pull 12+ g's, and reach a top speed of 450mph within 2.5 seconds. She's gonna be a screamer! Apogee will be take around 12 seconds.

There's a graph posted in the extended entry.

Ignore the 'impact' on the right, the altimeter will have the chute out before 15 seconds (time measured along the bottom), the 'ejection' line is meaningless too, but the simulation requires it.


Posted by Ted at 06:55 PM | Comments (3)

The Missing Munuvian

I sent this e-mail to Collins:

Howdy John,

Are you still with us? People are seriously getting worried!
Post something/anything!!!!!!

Tuning Spork

The good news: My e-mail to Collins wasn't returned "inbox is full."
The bad news: My e-mail hasn't yet been responded to.

In all seriousness; something may be terriblely amiss.
(maybe Michelle will have better luck.)

Posted by Tuning Spork at 04:29 AM | Comments (10)

September 25, 2003

Roll Call

My next rocket project is going to be Munuvian related. The basic design is done, and mostly what's left is picking out the name and colors. I'm not real big on flying naked rockets, so mine are almost always nicely finished before making their maiden flight. And that's where I need your help.

I need your color suggestions (I'm leaning toward red nosecone, white airframe, and black trim). Any favorite color combinations are welcomed.

One thing I'd like to do is put everyone's name/blog name/blog address on the rocket, along with the appropriate national flag. For that, I'd like to find out where everyone is from. I'll get down to the state/province/etc level if desired. Actually, it'd be kinda cool to add any other logos you'd like to see (like Daniel's U of Chicago seal, etc).

And I'm aiming to have this ready to fly on the 1st of November. Victor, maybe you and Nic can come to the launch?

Posted by Ted at 06:51 PM | Comments (36)

September 24, 2003

Where's the marmoset?

Has anyone else noticed a user named "Frank J" has been posting *somewhere* in land?

I can't find the posts! Boo!

Posted by Victor at 05:46 PM | Comments (12)

Don't Mind Me

Just testerising thingies.

Posted by Spiro at 04:47 PM | Comments (7)

September 23, 2003

Stupid is as stupid does

I finally got around to setting things up so that clicking links open in a new window... except it's always a small window that I have to maximize. Over at Mandarin Design they show how to automatically resize the window, but there has to be an easier way to make it open already full screen. Right?


Posted by Ted at 07:18 PM | Comments (8)

George, what could be the problem? MT Tech help needed!

OK, anyone know why I keep getting an invalid login when I try to log in to my MT console? I thought maybe I had gotten hacked, but I checked the gm-authors.cgi file through my ftp program and it still lists my user name and password as being the same as always, so why am I having a problem?

Posted by Tiger at 12:25 AM | Comments (2)

September 22, 2003

A minor question

Can someone- slowly and using short words- explain to me how to make something trackback? I don't know if it's something I need to do when I link to a particular article or if it's the originating article's thing to do.
Also, an explanation of the box down below where you create a new entry, labeled "urls to ping" and how to do it, I'd be appreciative.
Yes, I RTFM, but I'm too techno-arrested to fully comprehend. :)

Posted by LeeAnn at 03:37 PM | Comments (6)

September 20, 2003

Happy Birthday!

Everybody together now:
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Bithday Dear Pixy,
Happy Birthday to you!

The cool part is, his birthday's not til TOMORROW in America, although it's today in Australia, and I think it's a week from Thursday in Munuvia....

Posted by Susie at 02:58 AM | Comments (11)

Ahoy, shipmates!

Arrr, I had me a time today, callin' me clerks "scurvy dogs" and threatening to keelhaul 'em if they didn't swab the deck pronto.
The boys talked pirate back to me. My cashier looked at me as if she'd thought I was round the bend. Life as a pirate is good. Arrr!

Posted by Susie at 02:45 AM | Comments (3)

September 19, 2003

Hoisted up me new sails

Gettin' me vessel in ship shape and just hoisted me sails. Come and have a look-see and have a keg o' grog on me. Jest ye be tellin' me if'n ya spot any holes in me sailcloth. Me vessel be the Scurvy Pirate Rig: Tiger's TestBlog

Posted by Tiger at 10:34 PM | Comments (3)

Arr! Mateys!

Me sister forced me to walk the plank and but my X down on t'Friendster. Ye are invited t'join me friend list. Just take ye scurvy over here. Or sail 'round for me (danfmoore-at-hotmail-dot-com) and add me to ye ship if you're already be on.

(okay, I'm not so good with the pirate talk. I was only a Pirate, Second Class. They don't send any spam or anything like that)

Posted by Daniel at 09:04 PM | Comments (1)

I be in command of dis ship!

You are The Cap'n!

Some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some slit the throats of any man that stands between them and the mantle of power. You never met a man you couldn't eviscerate. Not that mindless violence is the only avenue open to you - but why take an avenue when you have complete freeway access? You are the definitive Man of Action. You are James Bond in a blousy shirt and drawstring-fly pants. Your swash was buckled long ago and you have never been so sure of anything in your life as in your ability to bend everyone to your will. You will call anyone out and cut off their head if they show any sign of taking you on or backing down. You cannot be saddled with tedious underlings, but if one of your lieutenants shows an overly developed sense of ambition he may find more suitable accommodations in Davy Jones' locker. That is, of course, IF you notice him. You tend to be self absorbed - a weakness that may keep you from seeing enemies where they are and imagining them where they are not.

What's Yer Inner Pirate?
brought to you by The Official Talk Like A Pirate Web Site. Arrrrr!
Posted by Tiger at 08:19 PM | Comments (0)

Real Pirates

Avast, ye mateys. Issy ho!
Maybe it's time to turn around.
This picture was over on Various Orthodoxies.

Posted by Daniel at 04:24 PM | Comments (7)

Avast, ye scurvy dogs

September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Thanks to annika, I have discovered my inner pirate:

You are The Cap'n!

Some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some slit the throats of any man that stands between them and the mantle of power. You never met a man you couldn't eviscerate. Not that mindless violence is the only avenue open to you - but why take an avenue when you have complete freeway access? You are the definitive Man of Action. You are James Bond in a blousy shirt and drawstring-fly pants. Your swash was buckled long ago and you have never been so sure of anything in your life as in your ability to bend everyone to your will. You will call anyone out and cut off their head if they show any sign of taking you on or backing down. You cannot be saddled with tedious underlings, but if one of your lieutenants shows an overly developed sense of ambition he may find more suitable accommodations in Davy Jones' locker. That is, of course, IF you notice him. You tend to be self absorbed - a weakness that may keep you from seeing enemies where they are and imagining them where they are not.

What's Yer Inner Pirate?
brought to you by The Official Talk Like A Pirate Web Site. Arrrrr!

So, me hearties--any of ye scurvy excuses fer bloggers willin' to challenge me? Take the test! Post yer results! Arrrr!

Posted by Susie at 04:03 AM | Comments (6)

Programming request...

Pixy, is it possible to have a login onto Munuviana for Munuvians? I tried to logon to my blog from my gf's laptop, but I misremembered the path.

No big deal if it's not.

Posted by Victor at 02:28 AM | Comments (10)

September 18, 2003

Welcome Back!

Hey, welcome home Timmy!

Was beginning to think maybe Jen and Susie were right!


good to see ya.

Of course I can't really talk, because I haven't been around much recently either... lol

Posted by Cherry at 04:26 AM | Comments (2)

I'm back

Go check out Stranger in a Strange Land; I've got a new post up, and hope to be regularly posting from now on. Also, don't believe the Filthy Lie being spread below...

Posted by Tim at 04:05 AM | Comments (0)

Hurricane warning

Me, Ted, and Mookie are in Harm's Way with this hurricane...anybody else?

Will you miss us when we're gone?

Posted by Victor at 03:30 AM | Comments (9)

September 17, 2003

Need Help!

I have the following comment over on my site, but no clue what the answer is - help!
"I see your excerpt feed RSS URL, but I don't see a URL for a full feed RSS. Do you have one? Thanks!" - MAC from (a pretty decent SOL blog)

Posted by Daniel at 08:14 PM | Comments (8)

September 16, 2003


BlogSnot is down again.

Imagine that.

Posted by Victor at 07:45 PM | Comments (1)

September 15, 2003


Hey, is Collinization coming up blank for anybody else?

Posted by Victor at 06:40 PM | Comments (11)

Attention All Munuvians!

Our fellow Munuvian Daniel has an entry in the New Blog Showcase this week! Everyone link to his post so we can stuff the ballot box!

Posted by Susie at 05:44 PM | Comments (0)

Mozilla Users

Pixy or anyone else will Mozilla please look at the test site and inform me if there is difficulty with that page. No graphics in it, just layout. It is the original template and css file with no modifications.

Posted by Tiger at 02:23 AM | Comments (3)

September 14, 2003

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to you,
HappyBirthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Jennifer,
Happy Birthday to you!

(and Harvey, too...)

Posted by Susie at 08:23 AM | Comments (8)

No more hair left

Damn, it is hard to believe I worked all day on that damn template and still cannot figure out how to get the middle column to be the right size, or why it is stetching too far. Oh well, maybe I will just have to scrap the whole damn idea and just stick with what I have. At least I can stop pulling my hair out by the roots, because there is none of it left to pull now.

Posted by Tiger at 05:02 AM | Comments (2)

September 13, 2003

Title Poll Results

Well, after long nights counting and a couple of hanging chads to be examined (who here is from Florida?) the settled on title of my blog has been decided: "DFMoore: Your Daily Dose of Pizzazz" narrowly defeated "No relation to Michael". Since that's been my interim title anyway, I don't have to do any changes. Thanks for voting!

Posted by Daniel at 07:17 PM | Comments (1)

Test Blog ready for viewing

I got most of the stuff changed in the template that I wanted to change, and so far, everything seems to be hunky dory although the blogroll scripts was doing nasty stuff for a bit. Have a look and be sure freely leave any critique or whatever. ;)

Posted by Tiger at 04:24 PM | Comments (3)

Munuviana - a history in many parts

Early roots of the word Munu

‘Munu’ is one of those special words that was present in many different languages, but meant various things in each. For instance, the Aborigine munu meant ‘one with an ego as big as Ayers rock’. Similarly, in old Saxon, munu meant ‘calf’ – literally ‘cow just born’. Old germanic languages also contained the word munu, which meant ‘lets go west and kick some butt’. This word fell from common usage when the various peoples to the west began surrendering at the first sign of trouble, taking all the fun out of it. Curiously, the only place in oriental cultures where the word munu appears is in an ancient version of today’s Vietnamese language. Apparently munu and its numerous variations were used as village and town names, as well as the names of important physical features such as rivers, mountains and lakes. In each of these cases, the word munu always meant ‘right here’.

As for the specific roots of Munuviana as we use it, some scholars have posted brilliant analysis on the subject, but a recent theory suggests that somehow the name derives from a cartoon.

Further parts will be posted as people make things up further research the archives.

Posted by Ted at 01:58 PM | Comments (2)

Wow, this is me and am I an idiot or what?

Hide your valuables, there is an idiot in the house.* It seems that things are not going too well on the test blogging. I do not have rebuild permissions, so I cannot make the changes to tell how things look. As it stands right now, somehow the template I pasted in is showing all that stupid crap I am trying to change, but the CSS file is not loading. I wish I actually knew what I was doing.

*Where, I don't see no idiot?

Posted by Tiger at 12:18 AM | Comments (2)

September 12, 2003

This made my day...


Go here.

Posted by Susie at 07:45 PM | Comments (6)

Stupid html question

What's the difference between <br> and <br />? I've just started noticing the 'br slash' version, and was wondering what it's for.

Pixy answers:*

The <br /> version is XHTML compliant, which means that it is also valid XML and can be parsed by XML parsers. There is a certain value to this, but I just dumped a plate of lasagne in my lap, so I have to go.

* It's good to be the Pixy.

Posted by Ted at 03:14 PM | Comments (11)

September 11, 2003


I don't really think it's appropriate to have my blond joke as the top post on 9/11, so here are some links to Munuvians' posts on September 11th...

Tuning Spork
Roxette Bunny
Mr. Green

Sorry for the bad....

Posted by Susie at 08:00 PM | Comments (2)

Another Blond joke

A girl was visiting her blond friend who had acquired two new dogs, and
asked her what their names were.

The blonde responded by saying that one was named Rolex and one was
named Timex.

Her friend said, "Whoever heard of someone naming dogs like that?"

"HelOOOooo," answered the blond. "They're watch dogs!"

Posted by Susie at 03:09 AM | Comments (4)

My contribution

To "The Munuvian Cookbook." This is something I made up one night for me, my roommate, and a buddy of his from work, 'bout fifteen years ago, and it's still one of my favorite meals. The best interpretation of it was for my gf, and she liked it. I mean, she really, really liked it.

I'm pretty sure I served it with rice pilaf, fresh green beans, and beer (we were all guys) and Dave's bud said it was the best meal he ever had. Something told me it wasn't just lip service, either--maybe the way he took some extra bread to sop up the sauce....

Anyhoo, I call it Beef Tournedos in a Mustard-Cream sauce. Take a couple of beef tournedos, 2-3 oz each. Pan-fry them for a bit in some clarified butter to which you've added some cracked peppercorns. As an option, you can put in some diced onion to add extra flavor to the butter *before* you pan-fry the tournedos. Remove the tournedos to a warmed platter.

When I made it for my gf, I deglazed the pan with some cabernet sauvignon--probably from the Boordy vineyards in Maryland (my favorite vintner). The first time, I don't think I did, so deglazing the pan with wine is optional.

You will next add some heavy cream to the pan--heat that up, scraping off any crusty bits that may still be on the pan, and bringing it to just short of a boil. The cream will thicken by itself as water evaporates from the cream.

Swirl in a teaspoon or two of Dijon mustard (I prefer the Maille brand, but any good Dijon will do). Add a pinch of salt, swirl again, then pour the sauce over the tournedos.

No, I don't really know the quantities, and I'm really not as big as a food snob as I just made myself out to be.

Posted by Victor at 03:06 AM | Comments (0)

Does anyone remember...

...which blog, and post, had all the "Teddy-poo" comments? It's driving me nutsnutsnuts!

Posted by Victor at 02:54 AM | Comments (5)

Susie's neighborhood...

Some interesting things I have discovered in my wanderings around Munuvia...

Do you like Kitties? Go here! (thanks, Stevieray Daun)

Stevie also gives us a short bio for those of us (ok, me!) who've never read her blog.

Ted is pixilating Jennifer for Bill. (Guess you had to be there.)

Daniel posts one of my favorite Shakespeare passages.

Cherry has a picture that made me laugh out loud.

Posted by Susie at 02:38 AM | Comments (0)

September 10, 2003

Snack time

If anyone wants some comfort snack food, try this:

1 cup salsa
8 oz cream cheese

Mix well. Refrigerate. Serve with chips.

It might sound suspect, but it is FABULOUS. Warning: addictive.

Posted by Jennifer at 10:04 PM | Comments (1)


Rare satellite imagery of Munuvia:


Posted by Pixy Misa at 07:15 PM | Comments (5)

State of the Munion

I didn't set out to create Munuvia. Back in June, after setting myself up with Movable Type, I created a blog for Susie (then a Blogspotter) to play with. I think - the memories have blurred with the distance of time - I think I did this after Susie had a couple of particularly bad days with Blogspot. I made a new blog, and sent an email off to Susie saying, essentially, "If you'd like to play with Movable Type, here's a blog for you."

Three months ago today. (I know, it seems longer.)

Since then, our ranks have swelled with the admission of many fine new bloggers. We've had good times. We've had bad times. We've seen war and hardship. Our server actually crashed once.

When I set up the blog for Susie, I had two choices: I could create a whole new installation of Movable Type, or I could just click the button to create a new blog. The day I chose the easy way was the day Munuvia was created, for with everyone sharing a single instance of MT, Susie could follow the activity log and ping storm anyone who showed up.

And again, sharing one copy of MT let me set up Munuviana, which has grown over the past two weeks to become what it is today: our centre, our heart, our collective brain for when our individual brains don't want to work properly.

Where will we be in another three months time? I have no idea, really; I'm just making this up as I go along. But wherever we go, I hope that you will all go there with me. (Except for you, Collins, you slacker. Post something!)

So here's to you, Susie, loyal first citizen of Munuvia! (Even if you are an Ethel worshipper.) Long may you ping!

Posted by Pixy Misa at 02:15 PM | Comments (26)


Daun (formerly) of caughtintheXfire will be arriving shortly at caughtintheXfire.

Um, yes.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 01:03 PM | Comments (6)

A Stronger warning is required

Pixy's Smilie link gave one of my browsers hallucinations and the other one a stroke.....

K. I've done my civic duty.

Posted by Susie at 07:17 AM | Comments (3)


I have a small collection of smilies up for you to look at.

Warning: Page may cause your browser to catch fire.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 06:00 AM | Comments (4)


Are people using the email function to get notified of trackbacks and comments on their blogs?

Are people getting those emails?

Just thought of this. My hosting provider was (possibly still is) blacklisted for spamming. If this is causing problems for anyone, I'll try to find a way to work around it.

I was reminded of this when I left a comment at The Patriette and received a bounce message from AOL - her comment thingy had tried to notify her and the email had been rejected.

I have medium-term plans to move lock stock and fish-in-a-barrel to a new and better server at a new and better (better as in not blacklisted) host. When that happens, I'll be able to provide all sorts of shiny new goodies to the Munuvians (email accounts, for example), but it probably won't be for three or three or four months yet.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 03:59 AM | Comments (11)

Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde, Ted

I am posting this comment so Ted won't think he is a conversation-killer.

Posted by Jennifer at September 9, 2003 03:31 PM

*sniff* y'all are too good to me

Posted by Ted at 01:30 AM | Comments (7)

September 09, 2003

What Would Be Cool

Would be a "recent posts" sidebar thingy which worked across all the blogs.

Can't see any easy way of doing this, though.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 04:50 PM | Comments (12)

You know...

...It' more fun...

Posted by Victor at 01:31 PM | Comments (12)

It's Searchariffic!

If you do a search on Munuviana, it now searches across all the MuNu blogs. Yay!

Posted by Pixy Misa at 04:24 AM | Comments (5)

Munuvia The Beautiful

For Publius, for Rocket Jones
For Cherry's Ram-b'-lings
For Mookieriffic bloggery
all spread by Susie's pings

Munuvia, Munuvia,
dogs shed their fleas on thee.
And crown thy good with bloggerhood
and Collinize for free!

The irony is ambient
at Pixy Misa's blog
the Michigander's name is Tim
and Tuning Spork's is Bob

Munuvia, Munuvia,
dogs spread their pee on trees.
And crown thy good with bloggerhood
and JenLars' hist-o-ry!

(dramatic 2-step down modulation:)

LeeAnn is The Cheese Stands Alone
she's everything but tame
we'll sweat it out while DFMoore...
...the Weblog
gets a name

Munuvia, Munuvia,
dogs growl at Martin Sheen.
And Roxette Bunny hops along
and blogrolls Mr. Green!

Posted by Tuning Spork at 04:00 AM | Comments (41)

September 08, 2003

Importing Blogsplat Question

Pixy Misa told me that there was a way to import my old stuff from blogsplat.
Any help on how to do that???
Thank you!!!

Posted by Daniel at 09:43 PM | Comments (6)

The Something Has Landed

Hi everybody. Good to be here! I left my farewell over at my old hovel, in which I explain to those left behind how it is that I came to be here amongst you fine folk.

I haven't visited everybody's blogs yet, but I'm looking forward to it. Do we have a national anthem or anything like that? 'Cause I don't want to shirk my civic responsibilities in my new home, and if I've got songs to learn I'd just as soon get started.

Posted by Mr Green at 08:44 PM | Comments (10)

The Eternal Question....

Ok, I give up already! What is the cool new feature? I have to go to work soon, and unsolved puzzles drive me crazy (Yes, I know, sounds like a short trip to you...).

Totally unrelated, why hasn't John Collins visited Munuviana? At least left a comment if not a post? :(

Posted by Susie at 07:02 PM | Comments (17)

Blogspot Braindrain

Yes folks, our plans to steal all of the very best bloggers from Blogspot continue, and today's victim new Munuvian is Mister Green.

I'm afraid he deleted my test post, so you're going to have to Yay! again, Susie. The rest of you feel free to Yay! as well.

Now, 10 MuNu Points to whoever can tell me what cool new feature I added to this blog.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 04:58 PM | Comments (21)

More September birthdays

Looking at the calendar--as well as talking to the gf--I realized 9 of our ten rats has a September birthday. Pinky is one today; Kono, Metro, and Leather will be one on the 11th, Calle, Olie, and Cinammon Schwartz will be one on the 26th, and Bob and Curly, while we're not sure of the exact day, will be three this month.

Witter is the lone non-September rat. He's 18 months this month.

I'll be sure to post pix of the birthday party at Publius & Co.

Posted by Victor at 12:13 AM | Comments (7)

September 07, 2003

Cheesecake Recipe

Here is Jen's easiest cheesecake recipe in the world. The only thing easier is buying one pre-made.

2 (8 oz. each) packages of cream cheese, softened.
1/3 cup sugar
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
1 ready-to-use graham cracker crust (6 oz. or 9 inch)

Mix cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until smooth. Gently stir in whipped topping. Spoon mixture into crust. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until set. Top with fresh fruit or pie filling if desired. (I like fresh blueberries.)

This fall I'll post my caramel apple cheesecake recipe...a Thanksgiving favorite!

Posted by Jennifer at 07:46 PM | Comments (11)

Welcome to Munuvia

A big welcome to Daniel Moore, our newest Munuvian!

Hi, my name is Daniel Moore. I am currently a third year graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Materials Science and Engineering. I work for Prof. Z. L. Wang, focusing currently on microscopy and the functionalization of nanostructures for use in nanoscale devices. Particular projects now include development of drug delivery systems, using nanobelts as bio-fluid sensors, study of polarized nanostructures, and development of novel nano-scale materials. Feel free to contact me about any of these subjects. Or anything else really.
Now, all we need to do is think up a cool name for his blog! Currently it's DFMoore... the weblog... which while concise and to the point, perhaps could do with a little more... pizzaz.*

* I looked in the dictionary to see just how many Zs there are in pizazz. The answer appears to be How many do you want? with pizazz, pizzaz and pizzazz all listed as valid alternatives.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 04:49 PM | Comments (7)

Anyone remember...

Guitarzan by Ray Stevens? The gf put on a Ray Stevens cd today and I lost it when I heard Guitarzan.

Great song. I gotta send a copy to Ethel.

Posted by Victor at 01:29 AM | Comments (7)

September 06, 2003


Blogspot is still dead. Someone wake me if it recovers.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 06:01 PM | Comments (3)

I couldn't have done it without the little people

Current Rank: #474
Current Status: Marauding Marsupial

It's all about the oil links.

A serious question though, when I go to Technorati and type in my url for the link cosmos, it lists me as have 0 links and 0 incoming, then shows the list of both. Try it with your url, then try it with mine and you'll see what I mean. Any idea what the problem could be? Am I special? I mean, I'm tup, but not so tup that I don't know I'm tup.*

*10 Munu-points for the first to identify the source of that reference!

Posted by Ted at 04:52 PM | Comments (7)

Linked by the Bear

N. Z. Bear turns out to be a Heinlein fan.

I knew there was something I liked about that bear!

Posted by Pixy Misa at 04:37 PM | Comments (4)

From the desk of the Ambassadoress...

Okay, Munuvians...a little help please! As Pixy has noted, there are a couple of bogsplotters we would like to invite to be munuvians, but we can't get to their websites to get email addys.
Mookie: do you have an email for the Meatriarchy?
Jen: have you one for dfmoore?

I have Jon's for Q and O.


Posted by Susie at 04:19 PM | Comments (4)

Cherry Coke

I bought a bottle of Cherry Coke. I wonder what it's like. Can't be worse than (bleah!) Vanilla.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 01:02 PM | Comments (16)

Who Could It Be Now?

Checking in on Blogpatrol instead of doing anything useful, and I find this:

Screen Resolutions In Use:
Now, who do I know that runs at 2048x768 and 240x320? I'll see you next week at the party, Kean!

Posted by Pixy Misa at 12:41 PM | Comments (2)

I'm Bored! Amuse Me!

I once got an email with that subject from my boss. (She sent it out to her top four or five henchpeople one slow afternoon.)

Anyway, it's clear there aren't enough Munuvians yet 'cause no-one's posting anything!

Posted by Pixy Misa at 12:11 PM | Comments (7)

Susie, Linkmistress of Chaos

Munuviana is a Marauding Marsupial.

It took me months to get there, and Munuviana does it in a week!

Posted by Pixy Misa at 11:32 AM | Comments (3)


Susie and Jennifer have come up with some good suggestions for potential Munuvians, all of them Blogspotters. So I was thinking, what the heck, I'll send the letter out to all of them. I'll just make sure I have their email addresses -

And Bugsplat is down. Which should make them easy to convince, but certainly makes them harder to contact.

Susie sent me a couple of the addresses, but I do like to have the blog in question in front of me when I'm composing The Letter.

Anyway, with one more blogger we'll have The Original 13 Munuvians. From there, it's a long haul all the way to 50. Then we can take over the world! Hahahahaha!

Posted by Pixy Misa at 11:25 AM | Comments (13)

September 05, 2003

How Sharper Than a Hound's Tooth...

... It is to have a thankless serpent. Munuviana is a hissing slitherer. Or perhaps a slithering hisser.

Meanwhile - I don't know if this will last, so be quick - look here and see who is right above Instapundit!

Posted by Pixy Misa at 07:21 PM | Comments (7)

Who's Next?

Just checking out the Ecosystem to find out who's linking to me (mostly Susie) when I find that The Patriette, a fine blog that I hadn't encountered before, has not only blogrolled a number of us Munuvians, but is looking to move off Blogspot and onto Movable Type.

So I made The Offer, even though she's a follower of Ethel.

Susie has also made a couple of suggestions of Blogspotters who might make good Munuvians, though I'm not very familiar with them and need to take a look first. (Actually, I trust Susie enough to make The Offer sight unseen, but if Susie likes them I probably want to read their blogs anyway.)

The question that arises from this - and it's something I've mentioned to Susie - is How big should Munuviana be? Right now there's 11 of us, plus the group blog, and I'm setting up Roxette Bunny right now. (Or I will be as soon as I finish this post.) My server should be able to cope with a hundred blogs easily enough, assuming that it's average-size bloggers like us and not Instapundits. (I calculated that I could host about half an Instapundit. Or the whole Alliance four times over, if you want to look at it that way.)

I want to foster a sense of community here - and that seems to be working well so far. It helps of course that citizenship of Munuviana is by invitation, and to known bloggers. It seems to me that things will be just fine with twenty blogs rather than ten. But with fifty? A hundred? Will we get sub-groups forming (though that isn't necessarily bad), or just get more friends? I have no problem with having both the Axis and Alliance here, or having both John Collins and whoever he was feuding with - Tim?

What do people think?

I was also thinking of making a little "powered by" button that people could put on their blogs, which would link back here. Something like this:

munu.gif munu.gif munu.gif
And here are some without the shadow:
munu.gif munu.gif munu.gif
And here's a Susie Special to blend in with her background:
Oh, and possibly a group Sitemeter counter, if I can make that work semi-invisibly.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 03:28 PM | Comments (24)

Multiple browsering...

I found this rather amusing...I know you all read PP(*cough*), so you know I installed Mozilla so that I could see what I was missing at Pixy's site (it looks really good). Well, I was browsing around with it, and I notice that Tuning Spork's also displays differently than in IE (with Mozilla his blogroll and stuff is on the side, not the bottom). But those were the only real differences (Pixy's, Munuviana and Blather Review). Until today, when LeeAnn joined "we few, we happy few, we band of bloggers." Her site was bizarre looking, with a bird in the middle and blogroll all over the place...until I stopped by again with IE. Terrific looking blog, Lee Ann! Everything is where it's supposed to be! It was Mozilla that was wierd.... LOL!

Posted by Susie at 04:31 AM | Comments (4)

She Is The Cheese

Everybody say hi to our newest Munuvian, LeeAnn (or is that Lee Ann with a space?)

Now I have to go see a server about a rabbit...

Posted by Pixy Misa at 03:47 AM | Comments (2)

September 03, 2003

Just thought I'd let you know...

I'm all settled in (pretty much) at Redeemer University College in Ontario, Canada. Blogging will be light (but hopefully, not non-existent) at The Michigander (the name of which may change) for the next week or so as I get into the swing of actual work after a long summer...

Posted by Tim at 08:28 PM | Comments (5)

Recommended Reading

In case any of my fellow Munuvians haven't seen this blog yet, I recommend it--Mr. Green's (I wonder if that's from Reservoir Dogs?) adventures in the library were particularly amusing (especially to the vast majority who think Michael Moore is an Idiot)....

Posted by Susie at 07:32 PM | Comments (10)

The Meaning of mu


1. The 12th letter of the Greek alphabet.

2. The country code for Mauritius.

3. /micro/ prefix denoting division by 10^6, e.g. mu m
(micrometre, a millionth part of a metre). Sometimes written
as a 'u', the ASCII character nearest in appearance.

4. /myoo/ In the theory of functions, mu x . E
denotes the least value of x for which E = x, i.e. the least
fixed point of the function \ x . E. The recursive
function mu f . H f satisfies (and is defined by) the equation

mu f . H f = H (mu f . H f)

An alternative notation for the same function is

fix H = H (fix H)

See fixed point combinator.

5. multiple value.
6. /moo/ The correct answer to the classic trick
question "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?". Assuming
that you have no wife or you have never beaten your wife, the
answer "yes" is wrong because it implies that you used to beat
your wife and then stopped, but "no" is worse because it
suggests that you have one and are still beating her.
According to various Discordians and Douglas Hofstadter the
correct answer is usually "mu", a Japanese word alleged to
mean "Your question cannot be answered because it depends on
incorrect assumptions".

Hackers tend to be sensitive to logical inadequacies in
language, and many have adopted this suggestion with
enthusiasm. The word "mu" is actually from Chinese, meaning
"nothing"; it is used in mainstream Japanese in that sense,
but native speakers do not recognise the Discordian
question-denying use. It almost certainly derives from
overgeneralisation of the answer in the following well-known
Rinzei Zen teaching riddle:

A monk asked Joshu, "Does a dog have the Buddha nature?"
Joshu retorted, "Mu!"

7. Another name for the mythical continent of Lemuria. Lemuria was originally hypothesized to explain the distribution of fossilized lemurs, before the discovery of plate tectonics validated of the theory of continental drift.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 04:31 PM | Comments (8)

The Meaning of nu


1. The 12th letter of the Greek alphabet.

2. The country code for Niue.

3. "Nu?"
This is an exclamation used in the same sense as "well" "eh" and "hey." It could be used in the Hebrew/Yiddish translation of any of the following:

i. Well, do you want the egg roll or the knish?
ii. Hey! Stop throwing paper airplanes in class.
iii. My experimental tofu-liver-garlic cholent tastes good, eh?
iv. So, Becca, I hear you and Izzy went out last week. Well?
v. A rebuke (on small kids): "Nu, nu, nu, you spiled all the milk!
vi. To express doubt: "I heard that Rabin met Asad. Nu."
vii. When the news ain't new no more: (The change is in the tone of the "nu").
viii. As "come on": Nu bemet.
ix. When one can't talk (i.e. in the middle of Shmone-Esre, after Netila before Hamotzi, etc.)

4. Nu, U formerly Thakin Nu Burmese independence leader and prime minister of Myanmar (formerly Burma) from 1948 to 1958 and from 1960 to 1962.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 04:31 PM | Comments (2)

September 02, 2003

A Humble Request...

Oh Benevolent Bloglord, Keeper of the Templates of Munuviana, Marvelous Mentor of the Myriad Munuvians and Geek God, is there any way you could list "recent comments" in the side bar thingee?

Posted by Susie at 04:47 AM | Comments (12)

September 01, 2003


So where is John Collins, hmm? He's missing out on all the fun! And Tim really needs to post something here (although he is probably franticly packing at the moment....)

John ! Turn on your trackbacks! All my lovely pingage has been going to waste!

Posted by Susie at 03:57 PM | Comments (0)


What did Susie's idiot commenter have to say, anyway? Anything like Tiger's?

Posted by Pixy Misa at 03:52 PM | Comments (2)