Thursday March 31, 2005

Treasures 2005_13

Be alert for any sign of beauty or grace, offer up every joy, be awake at all moments.
-- Sogyal Rinpoche

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • The full moon above the hot tub

  • The landscapers at the company I work, spreading soil and raking around the plants; it smells like spring.

  • Daffodils and tulips in the stores

  • A riot of tulipsred, white, and yellowin front of a house we drive past on our way home from downtown.

  • Waking to Bebop kneading my neck, then snuggling into my shoulder.

  • Playing footsie with Raven in bed (my feet protected by the comforter and sheet!)

  • Googlogos

Treasures 2005_13 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Thu, 31 Mar, 23:26 Pacific | Comments (0)

Monday March 28, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_12

The weather was certainly interesting this week! It started raining in the latter part of Monday afternoon, rained all day Tuesday then cleared up until Sunday evening. Sunday night it POURED. The kitties were not happy about that. Much sound of rushing water on rooftops (especially the Lexan screenporch roof). Big kitty eyes. Both Bebop and Raven attempted (unsuccessfully) to look nonchalant.

CircusPonies released NoteBook 2.0 (version 2 of an application I like very much indeed). The look is slightly different. They added several things I've asked for.

I've been discovering the joys of shared iCalendars. I now have three - US holidays, Sabbats & Moon phases, and "fortune cookies" (refresh daily). Unfortunately, DayChaser (a calendar app I like better than Apple's iCal) doesn't handle the iCalendar standard yet, but I'm told it will in release 2.0. ...
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Thursday March 24, 2005

Treasures 2005_12

How many common things are trodden underfoot which, if examined carefully, awaken our astonishment.
-- Augustine of Hippo

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • a short break in the rain (I went for a brief walk)

  • birdsong

  • Playing "bear cub in the hollow tree" with Raven

  • Umbrellas sprouting like colored toadstools

  • Lamb chops and onion rings (shared with Bebop)

  • A new release of one of my favorite "must-have" Mac OS X apps, Circus Ponies NoteBook

Treasures 2005_12 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Thu, 24 Mar, 17:05 Pacific | Comments (0)

Tuesday March 22, 2005

Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You!

Coming! This Fall!

Wallace & Gromit Bigger than Life!

The cheese-loving Wallace and his ever faithful dog Gromit star in an all new comedy adventure, marking their first full-length feature film.
Go to the brand new Wallace & Gromit site for pictures and a video look behind the scenes.
Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You! ( in category Special Interests ) - posted at Tue, 22 Mar, 22:03 Pacific | Comments (1)

Sunday March 20, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_11

The weather has again been variable, sunny in the early part of the week followed by rain on Friday and the weekend.

Rich was out of town for most of this week, getting home Saturday night. He attended the o'Reilly Emerging Technologies Conference in San Diego. I've been to that one when it was held in San Jose. Had it not been so far away, I would have loved to have gone this time! This is a fantastic conference with many wonderful talks.

Rich had his PowerBook with him and this is a very connected conference. It was fun to communicate over iChat during the week as he kept me up to date on things he was learning about!

In the meantime, the cats and I had a good week. I did a lot of reading in bed before dropping off to sleep, surrounding by mounds of softly snoozing fur. ...
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Friday March 18, 2005

Methinks They've Been Sampling the Wares

Part 3 in our "Fun With Spam" series (If you can't beat 'em, laugh at 'em).

Today we present a delightful bit of nonsense that might put Alice in Wonderland to shame!

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Just keep that in mind.

Fun With Spam
More Fun With Spam

Methinks They've Been Sampling the Wares ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Fri, 18 Mar, 18:35 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday March 17, 2005

The Time is now... 1111111111

Fun for technoids ** ;-)

1111111111 translates to Thursday, March 17th 2005, 17:58:31 (GMT -8)

Online Tools: Unix Timestamp Convertor

** The Unix date/time is stored inside the computer as the number of seconds since Jan. 1, 1970.

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Wednesday March 16, 2005

Treasures 2005_11

Do not trust your memory; it is a net full of holes; the most beautiful prizes slip through it.
-- Georges Duhamel

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • An exuberant crop of toadstools after the last rain

  • A splendiferous day! Warm, sunny, a touch of light breeze. It's much too pretty to be a Friday and I have to work!

  • A new quote collection site!

  • A woman with a bubble wand making huge soap bubbles in the park with her kids

  • A man driving past with his dog as his copilot

  • Our ornamental plum tree, about which I was greatly concerned, is leafing out! It was coated in lichens and something like spanish moss and I had feared for its survival but it did not succumb. (I've been removing as much of the lichen and moss as I can to help it out).

  • The first lilacs of the season. Mmmmmmmm.

  • One of my better dreams (the kind with a plot).

  • Spring perfume (something is in bloom!)

  • "Chatting" with Rich while he's at a conference. We've never done that before; it's fun to keep in touch and he can tell me about the talks.
Treasures 2005_11 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Wed, 16 Mar, 23:25 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday March 13, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_10

The weather has been mostly luscious this week. Warm. Sunny. Simply gorgeous. Friday in particular was much too nice to be indoors. The weekend sparkled. And we have two white lilac blooms in the back yard (yummmm). I love Spring.

During the Autumn and Wet seasons, the ornamental plum tree in the back yard became infected with lichen and what looks like spanish moss. I was quite worried for its survival. However, it's fighting back and it's putting out leaves (although there were no blossoms this spring). on Monday morning (before Work) and several afternoons this week, I went out and stripped a bunch of grey-green stuff off the branches. I figure a little bit here, a little bit there, and maybe it will help.

Monday night we drove into the City to a Chinese restaurant we like. We sat next to the fish tank so I could watch the fish. There was a bulgy-eyed black koi and a white one with colors who was picking up gravel in his mouth (eating things off of it?). I especially enjoyed watching the "vacuum cleaner fish" (Bristlenose catfish) who spent most of the meal sleeping but then woke up and roved around the tank, nibbling algae off of everything The most fun was when he was cleaning the tubes for the filter. His little whiskers stuck out on both sides of the tube. But then, it was also fun to watch him go up and down the glass (slurp slurp). ...
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Thursday March 10, 2005

Treasures 2005_10

Seeing is of course very much a matter of verbalization. Unless I call my attention to what passes before my eyes, I simply won't see. ... It's all a matter of keeping my eyes open.
-- Annie Dillard

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • a soft white teddy bear in a furry green "frog costume" complete with hood with bulgy frog eyes on the top.

  • Catching live coverage of the cranes going under the Bay bridge

  • The soft sounds of four cats munching supper; Bebop's collar tag dings against the glass bowl.

  • Email from my Mom; iChats with my Dad

  • A "belated" birthday gift for me and an early one for Rich, from my folks

  • A nice soak in the hot tub with Rich

  • Raven patapatting my ankle as I walk by

  • Sourdough toast with peanut butter

  • Bebop snugged against my head as we drift off to sleep

Treasures 2005_10 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Thu, 10 Mar, 23:11 Pacific | Comments (0)

Tuesday March 8, 2005

This is Fashion?

There's something about the world of "high fashion" that I just don't understand. This woman appears to be dressed, as near as I can determine, in a comforter with pillow. She's dressed as a walking bed?! This is not a Halloween costume.

Still, as Rich points out, this could be convenient if, erm, you wanted to take a nap on the bus? Or waiting in line at the bank?


This is Fashion? ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Tue, 08 Mar, 22:10 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday March 6, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_09

The weather, once again, has been variable, but mostly clear. The weekend was lovely and blue.

We (finally) went for a walk along the new section of trail nearest our development. We've been for walks but simply hadn't tried out the new section before this.

It was a nice walk and we saw a mule deer in the grass and a pocket gopher zipping across the trail.

Rich has been working on the outline and slides for a talk he's giving on the afternoon of the 10th. He's coined a new word: "editerate".

It's Girl Scout Cookie Time. Support Girl Scouting; buy cookies.

This was a Cinnamon Bread week at the Job. A co-worker lives near a bakery in San Jose that makes the world's most wonderful swirly cinnamon bread. He's started taking orders every now and then. I always buy a loaf when he does this, then eat 1/3 or 1/2 over a few days and freeze the rest to get out a little at a time until the next time. ...
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Saturday March 5, 2005

Giant Cranes Clear Bridge

At 12:50 this morning

With only five feet to spare, two mammoth cranes weighing 1,500 tons squeezed their way under the Bay Bridge (above) on Saturday. Traffic to the span was completely halted.

Huge cranes clear Bay Bridge by 5 feet on trip to Oakland, SF Charonicle, Saturday, March 5

Rich and I had our usual breakfast at Joe's this morning; we went down about noon. As is customary, Rich picked up a paper. We read that a delivery of giant loading cranes was coming to the Port of Oakland today. The Port of Oakland had a previous delivery in 2000.

The cranes come from China. When they arrive, they must first go under the Golden Gate Bridge, then into the bay and under the Bay Bridge. This can be, shall we say, potentially problematic. The cranes are tall. The water could raise or lower. ...
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Friday March 4, 2005

Treasures 2005_09

"Life ... is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?"
-- Margot Fonteyn

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A new heater element for the hot tub and we could soak, finally! after a week-long downtime.

  • reading with cats to the sound of rain (a recurring theme)

  • fuzzy, verdant moss - on the ground, a tree trunk, a rock

  • pumpkin spice cake donuts - still (occasionally) available

  • a pretty mule deer stepping gracefully through the grass alongside the trail (on our walk today)

  • a pocket gopher (looking sort of like a furry fat sausage), ZIPping across the trail ahead of us, then scuttling through the grass.

  • catching an episode of Frank and Buster, the Koala Brothers (insufferably cute :)

Treasures 2005_09 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Fri, 04 Mar, 23:41 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday March 3, 2005

Balmy Toads

Some software developers use combinations of dictionary words as registration codes. I have a lot of software from one such developer.

I recently registered a new application with them. I think this code is the best yet:

balmy toads

It's simply delightful!

I can add that to my set; I also have:

dangerous room (beware!)
jumping dolphins (duh)
secret bicycle (for riding to secret rendezvous!)
silver parrots (a pretty image)
funky monster  (always)
unknown rhinos  (in cognito?)
heavy duck (ouch!)
smooth candle (often)
lively day (occasionally)
Balmy Toads ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Thu, 03 Mar, 18:55 Pacific | Comments (0)

Wednesday March 2, 2005

The Value of Keeping Records

Some number of years ago, Rich went to a talk. He remembers the subject; it impressed him. I remember him coming home and telling me all about the talk.. He doesn't, unfortunately, recall the name of the speaker, the date, the title of the talk, or the location. Also unfortunately, the topic doesn't Google well.**

Rich says:

A while back, I attended a talk which (IIRC) described genes, neurons, tools, books, and programs as forms of memory. The speaker noted that tools store information in a useful but not accessible form and that books do the converse. Programs (ideally :-) do both.

I haven't been successful in finding this in Google; might any of you be familiar with the source of this notion?

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The Value of Keeping Records ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Wed, 02 Mar, 22:19 Pacific | Comments (0)