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Annie
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I'm an impatient reader. It's hard for me to start reading something that looks daunting. If I find out I like it, I have no problem forsaking daily life until it's done, but there's nothing worse than seeing a page full of words and knowing you have to read them.

That said, I decided to do my landmark 5,000th post in a visual format, creating a flash video out of photos that I feel capture the feel of the past 2 years of my life. I thought I'd let you look at the pictures (which I've labeled with captions purely for identification purposes) and ask questions about them. That way, I can ramble about my life only as inspired by the pictures and the questions and keep everyone involved more entertained.

I apologize for the quirkiness of the flash movie. If you watch it too many times the music loops back on itself. If it's too unbearable, let me know and I'll try my darndest with my non-programming brain to make it work. You can find the monstrous file that may or may not load properly here.

Ask questions, and I shall babble for you. [Smile]

[ September 17, 2004, 08:15 PM: Message edited by: Annie ]

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That guy in the store was right, Annie. You're definately a WOW! girl. In many, many aspects.

You're one of the many incredibly talented, fun, special people who make Hatrack the wonderful haven that is is. We're all so lucky to have you here.

'sides...who else would have tamed the Tiger?

[Wink]

-Dave

PS - as a young boy, I had a Raggedy Andy doll I loved and cherished. Yep. A boy. With a doll. And he unabashedly loved 'im.

QUESTION: So tell us about the Pious kitten...

[ September 17, 2004, 08:04 PM: Message edited by: Taalcon ]

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That was great! I wish I had the knowhow to make something like this.

Swedish music? It sounds like a medieval song in a new coat. Who is the performer?

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Annie
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It certainly is a medieval Swedish song in a new coat... it's by Garmarna, one of my favorite obscure bands. They redo medieval tunes, and have a whole album of the work of Hildegard Von Bingen.

The pious kitten is my little cat Aslan. Perhaps I was asking for it by giving him that name, but for some strange reason I always catch him sitting on a box next to a big pile of framed pictures, gazing at the picture of Jesus. He does it at least 3 times a day, that I see. This was one of those occasions when I caught him with my camera.

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Annie
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In other news, my preloader works [Smile]
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Grr. Cannot get to it.
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How large is the file? I gave it half an hour and it's not loading for me in Mozilla.
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Annie
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Does your browser normally play flash videos, Liz?
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It's 10 megs...

I'm working on uploading an html version which may ro may not help.

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I'm also working on a "lite" version without the music.
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That would be good for those of us on dial-up. [Smile]
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Annie
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Try this link if the .swf doesn't open in your browser
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I'm not sure it is a problem of 10 mgs. For some reason it stops loading at about 40%.

Would love to see it.

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That was the .swf

Am trying the HTML

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Annie,

I am continually astounded by your talent.

Who are Haeli and Abby?

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OK, here we go for my dialup friends:
Landmark Lite. For full effect, you'll have to click there and then buy this CD!

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Wow. That was great, Annie. [Smile]
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Whoo hoo! That was awesome!

A multi-media landmark. How refreshing. [Smile]

Maybe someday there will be an interactive landmark--like that chicken-dude.

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Does your artistic prowess know any bounds? Very nicely done. You're taking the forum to another level, yet again. [Hail]
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I like your style, Annie. [Smile]

Mission mountains?

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Haeli is my little baby sister, who was born when I was seven - several years before my other two little baby sisters. She is, and will always be, better-looking than anyone else in the family. This is OK, however, because she doesn't act like a cute girl and doesn't pander to silly boys. She also plays the guitar and writes songs better than mine, and she's only been doing it for 3 months.

Abby is the Infamous Abby Watson®, my current roommate and very good friend of 4 years. We are a terrible combination - we are both the type of funny girl who always wants to be the center of attention and we stay up way too late planning costumes to shock and amaze our acquaintances at parties. Abby and I rarely talk about serious things, and our particular brand of humor involves being very blunt and mean to one another, something that I find very funny with her but with nobody else. Abby is also related to every person I've ever met. WE like to meet new people and ask them if they know any of Abby's cousins and they always do. Abby registered a username at Hatrack – Gail – to spy on and make fun of me and she'll occasionally log on to see what I'm up to, but I still haven't convinced her that yes, she too is nerdy enough to have a fabulous time here. In fact, I'd like to open up an invitation for anyone and everyone to write Abby an email telling her a funny joke because it's just the kind of thing that would make her laugh. Her address is abswatson [at] excite [dot] com.

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Oh, rats, the time has gotten away from me and I now must leave my house and computer and go to a slumber party with church girls. Continue to ask questions, and I'll gladly get back to them in the morning when I return. [Smile]
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That was... really, really cool.

And I love the music.

Wow.

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I Love you Annie, you're just too brilliant not to be Loved. [Kiss]

Hobbes [Smile]

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more pictures! awesome landmark! [Smile]

i'm really glad i've gotten to know you. i always look forward to your posts and wish i could write half as good as you. thank you. [Smile]

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Wow, audio/visual landmark. You've pushed Hatrack's creativity bar much higher. Kudos.

Oh, and...
What would your sarcastic pies say ? [Evil]

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"Don't eat me".

Hobbes [Smile]

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Fabulous, Annie. I love the music... and I want a black widow t-shirt.
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Annie... that was awesome. That was really really awesome. You're beautiful, creative, awesome, and one of the nicest, sweetest people on the board... how do you do it? [Smile]

Happy Landmark, Annie! [Kiss] Stay for muuuuch longer!!!

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Annie...Wow!
THAT was a true landmark.

[Hail]

[ September 18, 2004, 06:59 AM: Message edited by: Eduardo_Sauron ]

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CT wanted to know about the Mission Mountains, and my story starts in 1842.

1842 was the year that Jesuit priest Pierre Jean DeSmet founded St. Mary's Mission in what is now Stevensville, Montana, my home town. It was founded as a mission to the Salish indians - a peaceful tribe who had saved Lewis & Clarks' lives and lived amiably with their neighbors the Shoshone. Unlike the Blackfeet and Crow of Montana, the Salish were peaceful and lived well with white settlers. The early fledgling towns of Stevensville, Victor and Hamilton were founded on the concept that whites and indians could share a community. The deeply religious Catholic Salish were actually a civilizing influence on the wild mountain men who settled at the few white outposts in the area. In the 1870s, the United States forced the Salish to relocate to Jocko, an area 70 miles north and outside of their traditional territory. Chief Charlot was the last of the Salish chiefs to leave the Bitterroot Valley and sadly resigned himself to settle in Jocko in 1891.

The Mission Mountains overlook the valley where the Salish settled with their confederated tribes, the Kootenai, Kalispell and Pend Oreille. Today, the Flathead Reservation is considered one of the prime real estate areas in the state because of its breathtaking views and proximity to the rich man's playland of Flathead Lake. Much tribal land is being bought by wealthy land developers and the population on the reservation is 65% non-indian. The land is both prosperous and poor, flourishing and degenerating. While increased awareness of indian culture is benefiting the whites in the area, the old ways are bieng lost. Today, there are 12 native speakers of the Salish language in the world. I'll never be able to drive through the beautiful Mission Valley without a bit of bittersweet admiration of the history of the land.

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Oh, and if you really want a black widow shirt, I just ordered some froma custon silkscreening place and I'll have them for sale for $20 each. [Smile]
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Awesome landmark
And a great song!
I MUST HAVE IT!

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Annie
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I think you'd enjoy the whole album, Syn. [Smile] I also really like the first track, Gamen (Vulture).
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That was awesome!

(the music reminded me a little bit of typhoon asha it's really cool)

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Got it today. I think the computer was too full of MUSIC yesterday, bt Steve cleared some out.

I love this, Annie. I love the music. I love your mom's kitchen! Is it a log cabin, or is that just the kitchen decor?

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Truly an awe-inspiring effort. I'm quite distressed that I didn't have the opportunity to actually converse with you at Kamacon.
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I really want one, and will happily pay $20 for it. [Big Grin] Yay!
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Yay! I love making a late entrance! [Big Grin] I must have missed this during my hiatus from the rack, but I'm grateful for Papa Moose's landmark thread that keeps me updated on all that stuff.

This was a great and fun landmark. In short, I want to be like you. [Smile] (((Anneke)))

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