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April 29, 2009 at 6:53 pm (Blogs) ()

Hey all, Check out this blog: http://acentaursjourney.wordpress.com/ Enjoy!

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Minnesota

April 28, 2009 at 6:37 am (Fun Stuff) (, , )

Aside from the lakes and the frogs and the trees and the green fields, one of my favorite things about Minnesota is the language.

Just something about the long “oo” sounds are just so verbally comforting.  It makes me happy.

For anyone who has no idea what I’m talking about, listen to this (sorry, low volume recording)

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Home Again

April 28, 2009 at 5:36 am (Fun Stuff, Law Enforcement, Life) (, , , )

Well, after my flight got delayed, I got home a 3am.  Overall, my trip was good, but aside for the lack of water here, I’m happy to be home.

Then today, I got to upgrade my cell phone.  I went from my trusty LG Chocolate to the Motorola Krave.  Its pretty nifty!  I’m still trying to figure it all out, but so far it’s fun.

Also today, I got a couple things I had ordered.  First, the 2009 pin from the National Law Enforcement Memorial (Police Week 2009 is May 10-16).  I also got a LED shower head that has blue or red lights depending on the water temperature.  And then, I got this neat push-up trainer thing.  I really like it, and think it will help me a lot.  The only thing is, part of it vibrates, and it tickles sooooo bad!!!!!!

One of my favorite snack foods is dried fruit and veggies from the company Just Tomatoes.  With only one ingredient, “absolutely nothing added,” they are healthy like fruits and veggies, with the crunch of less healthy snacks.  Well, I just discovered that they are now carrying my favorite fruit – apricots! Yum!!!

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Just Too Much

April 23, 2009 at 5:06 am (Fun Stuff) (, , )

Until tonight when wathibg late night TV, I had no idea that there is an reality show about making an infomercial…. Too weird….

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Travel

April 22, 2009 at 3:38 am (Issues, Life, Travel) (, , )

Somehow, I always forget how much I don’t like to travel. I have a hard time trying to fit into someone else’s routein. There’s no good, or at least typical, food available. The bed isn’t like home. It always just ends up being more stressful than I anticipate.
I know tomorrow will be fun, but right now I’m hungry and just want to be home.

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Minnesota

April 21, 2009 at 5:57 am (Fun Stuff, Law Enforcement) (, )

Tomorrow, I am flying to Minnesota to visit family, potential places of work, and Alexandria Tech.  Yay!

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Semester Countdown!

April 17, 2009 at 6:08 pm (School, Spring 2009) (, , )


Thank Goodness!!!!!!!!!!! This semester has been so bad, and I am sooo ready for it to be over.

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A skull and a dog

April 15, 2009 at 10:08 pm (Law Enforcement, Life) (, , , )

From the Sheriff’s Office Press Release:

On April 10, 2009, at approximately 6:15 P.M., ******* County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a report of found human remains in the ****** area near ******. The reporting party told deputies he was walking his dogs near his home on ***** Drive when one of the dogs wandered off the trail. He called for the dog and the dog returned with a human skull in its mouth. The dog’s owner had his dog drop the skull in place as he marked the location and contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy examined the find, confirmed that the skull was human, and contacted *CSO Criminal Investigation Detectives. *CSO Detectives arrived on scene, took custody of the skull, and marked off the area where the skull had been recovered. During an initial search, no additional remains were found. On Monday, April 13, 2009, a ***** County Search and Rescue Team cadaver dog was brought to the area with the hope of finding additional remains and evidence. Detectives now focused on a very large search area with the cadaver dog. That afternoon, the dog was able to locate more human skeletal bones in a rocky area adjacent to ***** Road. This find was on the opposite side of the road where the skull had been recovered.

A large area was cordoned off to protect the possibility of additional remains and evidence. The search continued during the remaining afternoon and then resumed at first light Tuesday and throughout the day. Several additional human bones were found and recovered for analysis. Detectives believe the remains are that of a male. Area residents driving by the area were notified of the find and asked to call *CSO if any information was discovered. 

This all happened in my neighborhood, almost directly in my back yard.  

Here are some pictures from the press release:

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Career Choices

April 13, 2009 at 8:30 pm (Law Enforcement, Life) (, , )

For quite some time, I have been working toward a career with a mid-sized city police department.  Well, recently, i’ve been thinking more and more about going Federal.  The two Federal agencies I am currently looking at are the Secret Service – Protection Division or the Drug Enforcement Administration.  I think I could really like either of these agencies, but I am a little nervous about the relocation requirements.

But, we’ll see…

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Cop Talk and other Languages

April 9, 2009 at 6:09 am (Fun Stuff, Life) (, , )

So, I was thinking today…… (and is you read my blog, well usually my other blog, with any regularity, you’ll notice my interest in language) What really counts as a language?

Well, Merriam Webster defines language as follows:

From Anglo-French langage, from lange, langue tongue, language, from Latin lingua

The words, their pronunciation, and the methods of combining them used and understood by a community.

So, by that definition, in addition to the 116 “official” languages (according to wikipedia), there are thousands of languages used by all the sub-cultures of the world.  Then wikipedia went on to say something completely fascinating:

Every minute the number of languages change because either speakers of one uncommon language die, or a child who will learn to use language in a different way than his/her parents is born.

I mean, it makes sense that languages come and go, but the idea that languages evolve simply by a child learning to use language in a slightly different way is really interesting.

Anyway, with this idea that every subculture (see I did learn something in school) has its own language, I guess I would consider myself to be fluent in two languages and currently studying two others.  Obviously (at least I hope so) my native language is English.  Not the most interesting language, until you start getting into the different dialects.  This map shows the 26 (plus Alaska and Hawaii) generally accepted English dialects.

This website then goes into details of the slight variations of each dialect – from different pronunciations to different words.  This website also has a lot of interesting information about American English dialects.

Then, there is cop talk.  This is the language of a subculture.  But it is no way universal among all police department; different departments use different codes (the basis of this language), and therefore have slightly different languages.  This language is mostly English, but there are enough codes and phrases mixed in that it can be difficult for people unfamiliar with the language to understand.  For example if you’re familiar with cop talk, something like “running code to a 962 where the driver is 692” may make perfect sense, but if you’re not, you may know that was “an emergency (lights and siren) response to a car accident with injuries where the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

Ich studiere auch Deutsches. Dieses ist mein zweites Semester. Ich habe Rosetta Stein benutzt, weil es nicht eine Kategorie gibt, die an meiner Schule angeboten wird. Ich werde wirklich ziemlich mit dem Programm beeindruckt. Vor kurzem erhielt ich Art von festem auf einer der Lektionen, weil, indem die Rechtschreibung auf Deutsch, nicht groß ist, und das Programm lässt Sie nicht fortfahren, bis Sie eine Lektion führen. Meine Hoffnung ist, nach Deutschland zu reisen und muss nicht hoffen, dass die Leute dort Englisch sprechen. (Ok, so my German isn’t that good yet, I am hoping the online translator is at least close in their translation… I’ll try to check it tomorrow…)

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