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February 1st, 2007

The brilliant life of Anthony Castro
By LZ Granderson

[...] I never had the pleasure of meeting Anthony, but when I read about his story, tears filled my eyes -- in large part because he died so young, but also because he lived so courageously. You see, Michael Anthony Castro, the three-sport star athlete and most popular kid in school, was openly gay. Came out when he was a sophomore. [...]

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You're just a big baby!

He is called "Super Tonio," and at a whopping birth weight of 14.5 pounds, the little fellow is causing a sensation in this Mexican resort city.

In Brazil, a baby born in January 2005 in the city of Salvador weighed 16 pounds, 11 ounces at birth. According to Guinness World Records, the heaviest baby born to a healthy mother was a boy weighing 22 pounds, 8ounces, born in Aversa, Italy, in September 1955.

Antonio's mother, Teresa Alejandra Cruz, 23, and father, Luis Vasconcelos, 38, said they were proud of the boy, and noted that Cruz had given birth to a baby girl seven years ago who weighed 11.46 pounds.

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In this image from television, nurses hold the baby known as "Super Tonio," in Jesus Kumate Rodriguez hospital in Cancun Mexico Wednesday Jan. 31, 2007. At a whopping birth weight of 6.6 kilograms (14.5pounds), the "little" fellow is causing a sensation in this Mexican resort city. According to doctors the baby drinks 5 ounces of milk every three hours, and measures 55 centimeters (22 inches) in length.

I woke up to a beautiful snowfall this morning—not the kind where the flakes dance their way down, but the kind with those big flakes that fall straight to the ground almost in a sheet—quickly and with purpose. Productive snowflakes. I like that.

I logged into work, put on some coffee—two scoops of Kona Blend and one scoop of Vanilla & Kaluha— and when it was ready, I enjoyed it with a slice of toast, and some cottage cheese topped with crushed pineapple. It was all good.



I had a super-productive phone meeting with Dr. Covington about my ENG 675 project.

I took him through my prototype, and asked him to: point out any dependencies (particularly on other university systems) as we came upon them, to articulate the system and/or organization who owned them, and to articulate from what he already knows, the feasibility of gaining access to that system.

After that, we talked about the implications of my portal fitting in with the CHASS web site re-design that is coming down the pike.

We closed the meeting with a discussion of the sufficiency of the proposed contents of my design document to make the decisions they're going to make with it. It's all good.

In fact, he gave me two tidbits, we call them "rhetorical purposes" in "the biz," of the document that I hadn't considered. I made a note to bring them out during my oral defense of the project to the faculty at the end of the semester.



Class was good tonight. I had only met 2 of my 3 goals, but the two that I completed were thorough, and important, so I feel good about what I did accomplish.

Our group was first to report our status to Jason, so we were free to go at 8:15.



I anticipated some quiet time at Helios, while waiting to meet Joe to trash the trailer park, so imagine my surprise when I opened the door to an absolute full house being entertained by a 6-piece bluegrass band.

I got a spot in the back corner on the couch. I did a little S-L work there, specifically on the participants and meetings HTML files.



Trailer Park Prize Night was hosted by Jackie O'Knight, and she was pretty damn funny. Joe and I had to deal with two flies on a pile of... Hey, that would mean we were a pile of...

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