This is my 2001 journal.
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Copyright 1985-2002 by Thane Plambeck, except where obviously not.
9 May 2001
I made a crossword puzzle [PDF].
Sharpen your pencil. Or do it in INK, the way I do them.
Here's the solution [PDF].
(Added June 2001). My father points out 41 Across should be "Winesburg ______."
3 October 2001
The Cat Spider
A very persistent and big orb spider (orb spider = the kind that weaves a web with concentric circles) has been repeatedly building a perfect web just behind the side gate of our house. The web gets destroyed whenever someone opens the gate.
Here is one photo I took (left), and another onebrazenly copied from the Internetof a "Cat Spider" (right) for comparison:
The size of the web is shown better in this photo [Photo].
The description below that I found on the Internet fits it exactlyit sometimes is in the middle of the web, and sometime in a little side pocket it builds for itself. Also it hangs upside down, as described.
On the other hand, maybe every orb spider acts (and looks) like this one. I've noticed it taking prey to the middle of the web before it eats it, as described below.
CAT SPIDERThat's a lot of "A" words.
The case of Kenneth and Kristine Fitzhugh
Palo Alto had a interesting murder trial in 2001.
Here's a copy of a one of the stories about it in the Palo Alto Daily News [article].
I prefer the transcripts of Kenneth Fitzhugh's interrogation by the Palo Alto police.
I happened to be a juror in a different Santa Clara County murder trial that took place not long before the Fitzhugh trial. The defendant's attorney was Tom Nolan in both cases. Here's some information about the trial I participated in:
[Victim's Friend's Web Site (HTML)]
Note added 4 March 2004: The defendant lost an appeal on a vote of 2-1.
Note added 15 March 2004: Here's the ruling (84 pages, PDF).