Thursday April 28, 2005

Nuisance Suit

Good Grief! Has it come to this.

Apple Computer has been slapped with a lawsuit by Tiger Direct Inc. for allegedly infringing its trademark with the new Mac OS X "Tiger'' operating system scheduled for release on Friday.

  -- Apple sued over "Tiger," injunction sought, Thursday, April 28, AppleInsider

Give us a break here, people. Where, pray tell, was Tiger Direct a year ago when Apple first started talking about Mac OS X 10.3.4 (aka "Tiger")?

I truly doubt that Apple's use of the name "Tiger" is "causing confusion, mistake and deception among the general purchasing public." Might this just be a bid for notoriety?

At the root of the issue appears to internet search results. Tiger Direct contends that Apple's use of the name has adversely affected its ranking amongst the Internet's largest search engines, Google and Yahoo, bumping the company from its usual spot in the first three results.

Booooo! Hiss!

I hope the judge slaps Tiger Direct... upside the corporate noggin. This sort of juvenile game playing is embarrassing to observe.

Nuisance Suit ( in category SciTech ) - posted at Thu, 28 Apr, 16:13 Pacific | Comments (0)

Wednesday April 27, 2005

Treasures 2005_17

The moment one give close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself
-- Henry Miller

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.

  • Raven! We first met "online", then in purrson two years ago this week when Raven flewhalf way across the country to live with us.

  • "Nice car" from a mailman driving past as I was getting into the Scion :-)

  • My sweet Bebop who loves me and has forgiven me for taking him to the dreadful vetdoctor.

  • Deep fried paper-thin crispy onions

  • The old faucet removed, the new one installed, nothing broken, nobody hurt.

  • Bebop's sore lip healing quickly after receiving medical attention. (Poor Bebop. I do love you!)

  • Two handsome orange-breasted black headed birds with white spots at the feeder. They appear to be Black-headed Grosbeaks. Squirrel was excited.

  • A second Black-headed Grosbeak appearance.

  • Then there were three - Scion XBs in the parking lot where I work. A new silver one showed up today to join my maroon one and the blue one owned by a woman in the company on the third floor.

  • Squirrel's snurring - a very cute combination of purring and snoring.

  • Squirrel's "full body" kneading technique. He really gets into it - hips, shoulders, and all four paws.

Treasures 2005_17 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Wed, 27 Apr, 23:26 Pacific | Comments (0)

Monday April 25, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_16

The weather was fairly stable this week :-)

Rich has been doing a bunch of weed whacking and general outdoor hacking and hewing. He trimmed the escalonia hedge between our house and the next door neighbor. Then he took out a lot of Scotch Broom and removed a bunch of dead branches from the piney woods in the back 40. We've filled the "green" trash bin twice now.

I ordered a set of Oneida Barcelona pattern soup spoons from a restaurant supply place. We used these at a favorite restaurant recently (they've gotten all new flatware) and I really liked them. Unfortunately, what arrived wasn't what I expected. I called customer service for a return and they suggested that perhaps I wanted the "boullion spoon" so I agreed and they sent me those.

The "boullion spoons" arrived later in the week and are pretty much what I had in mind. So now I have 2 dozen nice round soup spoons.

Rich tried some cookery experiments this week. First he tried a yam, chicken leg, and peach "casserole". That one needs some work. Then he tried a chili (I've been joking for years that we never have chili and aren't men supposed to be genetically programmed to be able to cook chili?). The chili turned out pretty good so we wrote the recipe into our "recipes that work" cookbook. ...
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Friday April 22, 2005

Drip drip drip

The kitchen sink has been dripping for ages and Rich finally got tired of it. That and he discovered that the deep basin we'd put under the sink to catch any leaks had about 2 gallons of water in it. Not good at all. So he took the sink apart, thinking he would need to replace at least a washer or two.

Oops. "Apart" is the operative word. The bolts that held the faucet assembly to the sink had become a pile of rusty crumbs. So. New faucets. Erm. Well, at least we didn't also need a new sink. ...
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Thursday April 21, 2005

Treasures 2005_16

I suspect that we are all recipients of cosmic love notes. Messages, omens, voices, cries, revelations, and appeals are homogenized into each day's events. If only we knew how to listen, to read the signs.
-- Sam Keen

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 burnt orange Scion XB. I pulled up next to it, rolled down the window and said "Pretty color". The drive said "They only made 2100 of this color".

  • Getting Rich's taxes mailed!

  • Squirrel sitting next to me as I type, patting me on the arm at midnight. "Mama? It's time to stop that. Pet me and then come upstairs."

  • A baby red maple tree, in the back of a pickup truck, on it's way to be planted.

  • A cute wooly doggy, on his human's lap, head out the car window, enjoying the ride.

  • A "happy face" license plate frame (on a car in front of us at the Post Office).

  • The ability to work at home in the afternoons. When the mornings are noisy and distracting, the afternoons bring relief.

  • Mezzaluna trilling on my chest. Raven asking for a snuggle and a belly rub. Squirrel pummeling the blanket on the couch next to me. Bebop head-bumping me as I type.

  • Fresh fruit. Wonderful strawberries. Comice pears.

Treasures 2005_16 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Thu, 21 Apr, 20:08 Pacific | Comments (0)

Monday April 18, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_15

The weather has been generally nice, if windy. :-) There was one very foggy day but the wind blew that all away.

Ricch made a batch of turkey cabbage soup on Tuesday and we've been working through that, often with a salad.

Rich had his annual physical this week. Triglycerides are continuing on a positive downward slope (is that an oxymoron? Anyway, this is good and the doctor is pleased). His blood pressure was also good this time (Rich tends toward "Office high b.p. - high at the Dr's office, normal at home).

We also finished Rich's taxes (and sent the IRS a check), something almost guaranteed to raise anyone's blood pressure!

I took the Scion in for its second complimentary SLOF (Scion Lube Oil and Filter). We got three with purchase. It has 8000 miles now and I still love it. It's absolutely the most comfortable car I've ever driven. The Camry feels claustrophobic by comparison. ...
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Friday April 15, 2005

Tax Time

"The only two certainties in life are death and taxes"
Mark Twain or Benjamin Disraeli

"The Trick is to stop thinking of it as YOUR money"
attributed to an IRS auditor (Readers Digest, April 2005)

Did you do your taxes? Did you file an extension?

I try to get mine done on or around March 15. That gives me an entire month to suggest, nudge, connive, cajole, inveigle, finagle, persuade, wheedle, plead, and bludgeon Rich into doing his. We got Rich's taxes done and the appropriate paperwork filed by 10:00 pm Thursday, a whole day early this year. Wow.

We use Turbo Tax, a most excellent program from Intuit. Before Turbo Tax (and its predecessor, MacinTax) I'd be a queeping ball of raw nerves around April 15. Now, it's one of those things I'd rather not do, but it's not the high-stress endeavor it once was.


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Thursday April 14, 2005


We have learned to fold t-shirts.

Last summer, we found this wonderful short movie depicting the not-so-ancient Japanese (?) technique of t-shirt-foldong. Wow.

We were, to say the least, impressed. Also mind-boggled. How did she do that?

Well, today, Rich stepped through the "miracle" part (ain't QuickTime wunnerful?) and when I got home he gave me a demonstration. Of course, now that we understand, all is obvious in the movie clip.

If you want to learn to fold a t-shirt (and don't understand the voice-over and captions in the movie clip), try my instruction set with pictures copied from the movie.

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Wednesday April 13, 2005

Treasures 2005_15

When we talk about mindfulness, we are describing conscious living and alert presence of mind. Mindfulness helps us bring our innate awareness into sharper focus; it helps us pay attention to what we are doing as we are doing it. Paying attention helps us live in, and appreciate, the present moment in all its richness and depth. It helps us to see – truly see – what is actually going on. Simply put, attention pays off.
-- Surya Das

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 tiny girl with blonde ringlets, wearing a poofy-skirted purple Princess dress, at Fresh Choice restaurant on Thursday night. When I told her I liked her dress she smiled, ducked her head and patted her curls.

  • Watching Squirrel tracking a bug, then standing up on his back feet to catch it between his furry paws.

  • A tree with large pink poofy blossoms in front of the building where I work. Other trees like it dotting the neighborhood.

  • A couple of late-afternoon naps with the kitties, Squirrel snuggled into my arm.

  • Falling asleep at night with Squirrel on my right arm, Bebop at my left shoulder, cheek pillowed against mine, Mezzaluna on my chest, and Raven somewhere nearby.

  • Getting Rich's taxes done!

Treasures 2005_15 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Wed, 13 Apr, 21:26 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday April 10, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_14

The weather has mostly been lovely - cool and clear - with, of course, some rain on occasion. It rained overnight on Wednesday but Thursday was mostly clear. Friday was pretty wet on and off. The weekend was quite nice.

I had to go back to the Job Site on Monday because I forgot something. However, this turned out to have a good side because, as I was opening the car, I heard a funny noise. A crunching sort of noise... Some little underground varmint was eating a stalk of one of the palm-like bushes next to the driveway. Munch crunch, then the stalk would be pulled into the hole a bit more, then crunch munch, pull... I called Rich to come watch but by then I guess the critter had eaten as much stalk as there was and didn't want to eat leaves.

The Painted Lady butterflies are migrating north from Mexico to Oregon and Washington We're on the flight path. Lots of orange butterflies going past. Rich pointed them out to me as we watched the bush.

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Thursday April 7, 2005

Treasures 2005_14

We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory.
-- 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.

  • "Sushi" USB storage devices (I am not making this up :)

  • Creative, silly, elaborate, and exceedingly inventive April fools jokes :-)

  • nuzzling my kitties (not to mention the word "nuzzle" itself)

  • It looks like Rich will have (at least a short-term) contract starting r.s.n.

  • More tulips, pink and white, around a restaurant we like

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Monday April 4, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_13

The weather has been lovely and warm... except for the days when it's been pouring rain. Obviously it's still spring. We even had a thunderstorm on Sunday night!

Wednesday was the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh.

Van Gogh

Google celebrated. ...
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Sunday April 3, 2005

Spring Ahead!

Clock2   I think today is my favorite day of the year. Daylight Saving Time begins today!

Did you remember to set your clocks ahead?

Spring Ahead! ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Sun, 03 Apr, 14:36 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday April 1, 2005

April Fool

When I was growing up, I was usually happier when April 1 did not fall on a school day. Most people, especially children, are lacking in a sense of elegance and finesse. Thety equate "practical jokes" with whoopee cushions and dribble glasses, where success is measured on a scale from embarrassment to petty cruelty.

In past years, however, I have developed quite an appreciation for the elegance of high tech April Fools Day specials, such as Google's MentalPlex™ ("Search smarter and faster" - 2000) or their most excellent "patented PigeonRank™ system" (2002).

Commentator, from Cenqua, is almost believable.

The Commentator uses revolutionary real-time language processing to actually grok your code and add the necessary comments on the fly. No more doco to slow you down. Just install The Commentator and watch as your coding elegance is eloquently decorated with insightful, nuanced commentary you type.

Consider how much imagination, thought, and sheer effort, goes into the more elaborate April 1 inventions (confections?), such as this technical tutorial (with code) for optimizing the idle loop in Apple's Darwin OS.

Just think, if we could harness some of that creative energy for something else we'd... wait. We can and do, during the other 364 days of the year.

April Fool ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Fri, 01 Apr, 21:43 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday April 1, 2005

Carpe diem

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