Monday April 10, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_14

The weather was variable, mostly grey and frequently wet. March was the wettest (and rainiest) since 1904 and April seems to be following in the same path, so far.

I've still (again?) got a periodic, nagging cough so I went down to see my doctor. My lungs sound good. I have possible sinus inflammation. My Dr. made some suggestions and wrote out a prescription for a nasal spray. She told me to drink more water. Apparently the coughing / throat clearing gets in a cycle. The more I clear my throat, the more I irritate it; the more I irritate it, the more I feel I need to clear my throat. And so it goes.

I had an interview this week. Although we will not be pursuing things further, it was valuable. I have some new ideas for possible directions for my job search.

The job could have been interesting although it would have been a "stretch" in some ways, as the euphemism goes. Also, the commute would not have been pleasant — up to an hour by car, 2 hours by public transit, one way. Yuck.

Utilizing the Principle of Least Regret, I can't say I'm terribly disappointed not to get this job. And, as I say, I learned some things about myself and the directions in which I should look. I've also asked the folks I interviewed with to send me feedback regarding what they liked (and didn't like) about our interview. I hope they will respond.

In the News: An update on the Nature Wikipedia vs. Britannica controversy

Remember the study that claimed that Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia Britannica had roughly the same error rates, and the detailed refutation that Britannica published in response? Well, Nature has decided to fight back. That science journal published the original study, and has now revealed that it was a blinded study – reviewers did not know which entries came from Britannica and which from Wikipedia. Perhaps Britannica’s wisest response might have been none at all.

[ Posted by rscotthall on April 07, 2006 at 07:20 AM in Books, Current Affairs, Web/Tech ]

As they say, never fight with Nature... :-)

I've changed the position of my computer keyboard at my desk. Sometime ago, I had moved a bit further away from the screens. To try this out, I placed the keyboard on a couple of boards balanced on the (open) center drawer of my desk. That worked but it wasn't a good long-term solution; it was insufficiently stable and difficult to get to the drawer. So, I decided to move the drawer to my other desk and install a better keyboard-holding solution.

We first tried an under-the-desk sliding keyboard tray but discovered that the placement was too low. Instead, I'm using an adjustable keyboard table I purchased from Levenger a couple of years ago and used for my last job. Afterall, I have it. Why no0t use it?! (Duh).

By the way, If you don't know Levenger, they are a mail-order store offering "tools for the serious reader". They carry Very Nice Stuff™.

This week I read Tanner's Tiger, an Evan Tanner novel by Lawrence Block; Corpus De Crossword and Anatomy of a Crossword, two light mysteries by Nero Blanc; and Past Malice, a "Thames Valley"mystery by Clare Curzon. The latter was well written, expertly plotted, and very British. It's more along the lines of a police procedural than a cosy. Quite a good read.

In between and around the rest, I've had almost enough naps and plenty of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends. I've had a few chats with my friend Bari and exchanged email with my Mom.

Onward and Upward.

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