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Away From *A* Keyboard 2010

For the first time that I recall in many years I am at home without my computer. That is to say without all my memorized logins, auto-complete entries, documents and other files, and my full music collection. My MacBook is with the geniuses for a few days having two problems repaired which are not uncommon in white Macbooks: cracked keyboard surface along front edge and bulging battery. The latter was a new problem and prompted my finally letting it out of my hot little hands for the service period. That and Joe setting up a marvelous improved backup setup which improved my confidence.

But part of the reason I love the web and living in a geek household is that this is not really slowing me down. Using one of our other computers, I'm listening to music on Pandora and since most of what I do takes place in a browser anyhow, I haven't run up against any "oh, that has to wait for me to get my machine back" roadblocks.

Only one dumb mistake: should have sync'd OmniFocus with my phone so I'd have all my projects and to-do's. But really, am I going to run out of the obvious stuff so fast? Actually, this could be a benefit; it will steer me towards working on the most physically obvious tasks and that might mean our house and my desk are going to be a lot nicer by the end of the week.

Ahh, then Pandora pulls out of the aether a favorite song from an old album I only had on vinyl – "Rab's Last Woolen Testament" by Robin Williamson & His Merry Band – and I know everything will be just fine.

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Update: Apple called back in four hours to say my computer was ready. !!! New battery, new keyboard, not just fixed but cleaned, and all no charge. Sometimes being a fangrrrl really does feel justified.

And then today I was dismissed from jury service immediately because they already had enough people. Woo! (Though I'm kind of disappointed because for the first time I actually have a flexible enough schedule to do it. Ah well, next year, perhaps.)

Posted on May 31, 2010 at 02:22 PM in tools | Permalink | Comments (0)

Dear Discardians on Facebook 2010

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excellent things 2010

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Hello from the waiting room 2010

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Posted on May 28, 2010 at 11:24 AM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

bring on the learning revolution 2010

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Posted on May 25, 2010 at 09:10 AM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Progress 2010

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Posted on May 24, 2010 at 04:23 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

multiple victory conditions 2010

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Posted on May 22, 2010 at 11:52 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sometimes all you can give is courtesy 2010

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Posted on May 22, 2010 at 11:29 AM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

enrich-simplify 2010

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Posted on May 20, 2010 at 08:39 PM in Discardia, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

writing your life list 2010

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Find the voice that speaks to you 2010

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Listen to the voices that actually propel you 2010

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Posted on May 18, 2010 at 01:01 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Argh. Facebook! 2010

Facebook should stop sharing my personal 
info with outside companies
without my specific permission.

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Posted on May 18, 2010 at 12:07 PM in The Web, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

Meetings Cost A Lot 2010

I'm pleased to see that others have had the meeting cost calculator idea and done something about it.

Toby Tripp, Lydia Tripp, and Roy Kolak's Meeting Ticker has now been joined by Bring Tim.

Bring Tim
Every tech company I've ever worked with (except those run by Clemens Pfeiffer) has needed a device like this, but some need it more than others. Yes, you with the weekly hour-plus meeting attended by the CEO and three VPs, I'm looking at you.

(Thanks for linky goodness, Boing Boing!)

Posted on May 18, 2010 at 10:25 AM in linky goodness, warnings & kvetches, Web/Tech, work | Permalink | Comments (2)

opt out or move on 2010

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Posted on May 15, 2010 at 11:36 AM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

replace minimally rewarding passive activities 2010

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saving energy by re-using 2010

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Posted on May 13, 2010 at 02:47 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

What gadget or technology do you really, really, really want to buy but haven't yet? What's holding you back? 2010



I want to use (& would pay for) a privacy-aware, less ethically dubious, well-designed alternative to Facebook.

But someone needs to build it first.


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Be kind for no reason 2010

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Posted on May 12, 2010 at 10:38 AM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Improve a place where stuff gets shoved away 2010

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Phone call & mailing day! 2010

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clear mental clutter today 2010

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Posted on May 9, 2010 at 02:25 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Great post, Helga! 2010

I'll be quoting this in the Discardia book - which is coming along at a brisk pace!

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[Link not working as of October 2015]

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 12:08 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Things that make me joyful, happy, delighted 2010

Clean sheets. Good sleep. Touching my sweetie. Fun sex. Kissing. Good cheese. Watching cocktails being made well. Delicious food, prepared with care. Having a beautiful, useful, uncluttered home. Writing, when it's going well. Learning new interesting facts. Having a good answer. Seeing others getting more focused and relaxed. Green, living things. Craftsmanship. Carefulness. Stillness. Naps. Avocado. Seascapes (in person). Optional-ness. Flexibility. Making or perceiving interconnectedness. My friends or others being clever. Being clever. Kindness. Good design. Love. Floating in warm water. Sitting and reading with my sweetie or friends. Watching semi-random motions (waves, light, birds, swimmers, boats). Northern California hills in spring. Traveling light. Nerd humor.

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 07:48 PM in Dinah - introduction, random synaptic firing, worry vs. clarity | Permalink | Comments (0)

Out-the-door Day! 2010

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Posted on May 8, 2010 at 11:05 AM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

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