Lottery Post Journal

Better Pasting from Excel

I have updated Lottery Post's rich text editor so that it handles tables much better.  The biggest impact is much better support for pasting from Excel.  The original cell colors, borders, and styles and maintained to a much better degree.

House protected from radar and microwaves

This is a story reported today on a California TV news web site.  It's one of those stories that makes you realize that there is always something stranger out there than what you previously thought.

The only thing missing from this story is a report of an alien landing in their back yard.

South Natomas Home Covered With Sheet Metal

Residents Claim Neighbors Bombarding Them With Radiation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A home in Sacramento's south Natomas neighborhood is surrounded by sheet metal, and neighbors are calling it an eyesore.

The D'Souza family lives in the home on Timberwood Court, and claims the aluminium pieces are necessary to protect them from unknown neighbors who have been bombarding them with radio waves and making them sick.

"(It's) a shield to protect against radiation, because microwave radiation is reflected off of aluminium, so it's a protective measure," resident Sarah D'Souza said.

The D'Souzas said the bombardment began after the first anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and that the radio waves have caused them health problems ranging from headaches to lupus.

Sacramento Code Enforcement officials have gotten involved and ordered the family to remove the metal by Monday or face a misdemeanor citation.

"Eleven years in Sacramento and few other years in Southern California and this is the first time I've ever seen (anything like this). The inside of the house is also covered with foil and the beds are covered with a foil-like material as well," Sacramento Code Enforcement spokesman Josh Pino said.

The D'Souzas said they will comply with the order and remove the sheet metal, but they also plan to gather evidence to show city officials what they believe is a problem with radiation.

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Tired of people forwarding you junk e-mails? Check this out!

This is just great!  This web site came up with a terrific little movie that is perfect to send to anyone who forwards you an annoying e-mail.

For example, so you still have people forwarding that stupid e-mail saying congress has a bill that they're going to charge you 5 cents for every e-mail you send?  Reply to them with a link to this!

Saw the Star Wars Premier Tonight!

All I can say is WOW.  What a great movie!  Star Wars Episode 3 is the movie all SW fans are waiting for.  Don't listen to anyone who says it has any slow-moving sections or dull acting.  It just ROCKED from start to finish.

There is so much to see, you can't possibly take it all in in one sitting!

The premier was a real class-act, and because Lottery Post was a sponsor, we had a nice mention in the souvenir booklet.

There were some celebrities there including Frank Oz (who autographed my booklet) and Liam Neeson.  Also some other celebrities who I didn't recognize.  An after-party followed at the 21 Club on 52nd street.

I had absolutely perfect seats in the theater (the Ziegfeld), sitting directly in the middle in all directions.  I sat two rows behind the celebrities.

One of the really great things was that the movie was presented in digital projection, and it just blew me away.  The clarity was so sharp and bright that it almost appears 3D.  It was stunning.  Likewise, the soundtracked just roared, and the bass was so strong in some sections that the floor literally felt like it was moving.

What a night, and what a way to see the last Star Wars ever!