Some of us REALLY like 2000
Some of us REALLY like Amazon:
I received a gift of "Flooz" this holiday season and had to venture into barnesandnoble.com. They had some stuff I wanted so I spent my "Flooz" and paid the extra $4.50 on my credit card. Tonight I noticed that my card was charged for the full amount and I still had a balance with "Flooz". *sigh*
So I went to Tower Records and found some things (by consulting my Amazon wish list), but when I went to checkout I found I couldn't use my "Flooz" without an account with Tower. Now I know that I give you many juicy little personal details, so some might think I'm not concerned about privacy, but, Amazon darling, you give so much back, I feel safe with you. Our relationship is based on trust and mutual happiness.
I'll give these Floozies one more chance, but I remain,
Drat & bother. Don't you 2000
Drat & bother. Don't you hate it when you can't find things? Hey, Pete! I lost your email address. Drop me a note won't you, dear Sandman?
I invite you to partake 2000
I invite you to partake of the newly minted third edition of Strafe's Guide to Streetspeak. I still have lots of link checking to do, so drop me a note if you notice anything wonky.
Well, I finally figured out 2000
Well, I finally figured out why my times were wrong. I was set as though I lived in Hawaii. It must have happened during a Blogger upgrade because when I went to fix it, I noticed the timezone pulldown (at least in the beta test of which I am a part) has many many options for those subtle gradations of time. I had switched from Pacific Time to the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Indian Guru Blames Staff Disloyalty 2000
Indian Guru Blames Staff Disloyalty for Dotcom Bust
Now I really have no urge to read Deepak Chopra's books. Of course those dot coms went bust because the employees hearts weren't really in it; I'm sure it had nothing to do with complete lacks of products or naive businesspeople or total unconcern for meeting real customer needs or venture capitalists and founders more focused on payoff than on building a business. Perhaps the concept of company loyalty to customers and employees isn't paternalistic enough for him?
Ode to sleep 2000
(Last night's post was at 12:45am, not a quarter to ten. I don't reel about in a scratchy-eyed worry before 10pm usually)
Didn't play Diablo last night. Instead I shopped for books with the "Flooz" money which Fil gave me for Christmas. I got two books about geisha (Memoirs of a Geisha and Geisha) and a Nick Drake CD, Bryter Layter. Thanks, Fil! Exactly what I wanted!
I went to bed and got to sleep and, since momma don't raise no fools, slept in late. Woke at one point in the middle of a work-related dream, realized I wasn't destressed yet, and slept in later. Brighter later.
Apparently along with good books 2000
Apparently along with good books & CDs & pistachio nuts, I also got insomnia for Christmas. Horrid sensation of exhaustion, scratchy eyes and whirling non-sleepy brain. Balanced bank statement. Read weblogs. Sent email. Still awake. Still weary. What silliness! I suppose I could lie down and see if that knocks me out at all, but I fear I'd just fret and wake pleasantly dreaming Edmond up. Perhaps I'll brush my teeth, play a bit of Diablo II and then go to bed. (Is this my body's way of saying "NO! I want MORE vacation! I need more rest! You will not go to bed because if you do then you'll get up in the morning and go to work and that won't do at all."?)
I meant to post this 2000
I meant to post this yesterday, but I was so distracted by Neale's butt that I forgot to share this wonderful solstice poem by Susan Cooper.
And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us - listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
MetaGrrrl knows a great ass when she sees one. 2000
Neale receives my stamp of approval:
Or did I receive his?
Man, December gets busy. Hope 2000
Man, December gets busy. Hope you're all well and having islands of calm in the middle of your storms.
My favorite site endorsement ever. 2000
Neale [wrongwaygoback]'s fabulous butt
[Shared on Flickr on March 1, 2004.]
That's right, Carol. Thanks to 2000
That's right, Carol. Thanks to my nefarious work behind the scenes, the holiday dinner last night for our little software startup was over 20% librarian in attendence.
Hey, James! Love the column! 2000
Hey, James! Love the column!
Wise Meg 2000
So it appears we will 2000
So it appears we will have a president who probably did not receive the popular vote and may well not have really received the votes necessary for an electoral win. Does the national vote fall within the margin of error of the voting machines? It certainly seems so.
I'm glad our constitional process works, but I think we have five important things to change in the next 4 years:
- reduce or eliminate the margin of error in voting devices;
- provide a means for a voter with a ballot receipt to determine if that ballot was counted and included in the total votes;
- split the electoral votes of a state proportional to the vote in that state (rather than this "winner take all" method);
- require the electors of a state to vote proportionally to the actual popular vote in that state.
- increase the teaching of cooperation and conflict resolution in schools (most now only teach competition, and I don't just mean in gym).
We are a country made up of diverse opinions; we must have a government which reflects this diversity and which encourages us to find ways to work together.
Time to write some letters to Congress.
Peter was talking on the 2000
Peter was talking on the 10th about Why Operating Systems Suck. He said "until the Web, document creation was the primary purpose of computers (having superceded calculation). But now there are two new primary tasks--communication (via email) and information consumption. And none of our OSes are equipped for that."
From personal experience, I would extend that a bit by removing the parenthetical "via email" because I use instant messaging and blogs to communicate as much as I use email. I would also say "information/entertainment consumption" due to my almost constant use of Launch.com.
Dang it. All the times 2000
Dang it. All the times of my recent posts are 3 hours off. It is now 2:12pm where I am, perhaps, someday, this will be corrected and this post will say it was posted at something like that time. (*sigh* I do love Blogger, I really would pay for it. I wish they had the money to hire a whole bunch of webgods to satisfy my every whim).
I'm playing Candy Land! Come 2000
Kevin Warwick is doing some 2000
Kevin Warwick is doing some freaky shit:
Professor to wire computer chip into his nervous system.
I think I approve.
Oh, gosh. Sorry. Busy week. 2000
Oh, gosh. Sorry. Busy week.
I survived my horrible caffeinated day. It's Friday evening now and I want to leave work, but I'm trying to finish a few things. In general, though, life is fine. Hope it's fine where you are too.
Coffee is evil. I thought 2000
Coffee is evil.
I thought I could get away with just ordering decaf, but every now and then a barista makes a mistake and gives me the full-on caffeine experience. Today is one of those days.
I have "Hummingbird Brain", the sweats and an accelerated heart rate. Also my shoulder blades have moved up to guard my earlobes, so I have a nasty backache.
No more coffee. Yes, I know I've said it before, but it's hard to quit when you actually like that nasty bitter taste. Starbucks understands that caffeine is the new nicotine.
As a break from usability 2000
As a break from usability testing, I just read FEED | Dialog: The Butterfly Effect which starts out as some highly-respected user interaction designers giving their feedback on the Florida ballot controversy but quickly morphs into a very familiar sounding geeky conversation between Tog, Brenda, Don, Jakob, Steven and The Veen.
Dang, Hypercard was cool. I wish I still had some of that old stuff I did before the Web.
Thank you RiotHero for pointing 2000
Congratulations to Steve and Heather 2000
Congratulations to Steve and Heather on getting a house! And such a fine looking house too. Gracious. I might have visit North Carolina someday just to have a mint julep on that excellent porch.