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Some of us REALLY like 2000

Some of us REALLY like Amazon:

Dearest 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,

forever yours,

metagrrrl

Posted on December 30, 2000 at 09:54 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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?

Posted on December 30, 2000 at 05:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

Posted on December 29, 2000 at 12:30 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

Posted on December 28, 2000 at 09:54 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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?

Posted on December 27, 2000 at 02:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

Posted on December 27, 2000 at 11:21 AM in worry vs. clarity | Permalink | Comments (0)

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."?)

Posted on December 27, 2000 at 12:45 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

The Shortest Day

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.
Welcome Yule!

Posted on December 22, 2000 at 10:26 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

MetaGrrrl knows a great ass when she sees one. 2000

Neale receives my stamp of approval:
Now that's an ass!
Or did I receive his?

Posted on December 21, 2000 at 05:59 PM in friends & family | Permalink | Comments (5)

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.

Posted on December 21, 2000 at 11:08 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

My favorite site endorsement ever. 2000

Nealesfabulousbutt

Neale [wrongwaygoback]'s fabulous butt

 

[Shared on Flickr on March 1, 2004.]

Posted on December 21, 2000 at 12:00 AM in The Web | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

Posted on December 15, 2000 at 09:45 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hey, James! Love the column! 2000

Hey, James! Love the column!

Posted on December 15, 2000 at 09:21 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wise Meg 2000

Meg wants the simple pleasures.

Posted on December 13, 2000 at 11:07 AM in simplicity | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

[simple] 2000

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Posted on December 13, 2000 at 11:07 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

Posted on December 13, 2000 at 09:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

Posted on December 12, 2000 at 10:48 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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).

Posted on December 11, 2000 at 02:13 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

I'm playing Candy Land! Come 2000

I'm playing Candy Land! Come check out our jolly good time. Unfortunately, I'm not off to a very auspicious beginning. Darn that meddling kid, waferbaby!

Posted on December 11, 2000 at 02:02 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

Posted on December 9, 2000 at 12:32 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

Posted on December 8, 2000 at 05:16 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

Posted on December 6, 2000 at 03:29 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

Posted on December 5, 2000 at 08:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thank you RiotHero for pointing 2000

Thank you RiotHero for pointing me to the 10 ugliest couches in America. I believe I will now go downstairs and kiss our lovely, neutral, attractive couches.

Posted on December 5, 2000 at 06:49 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

Posted on December 3, 2000 at 07:56 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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