Monday May 30, 2005

Treasures 2005_21

Perception … is a constant communion between ourselves and the living world that encompasses us.
-- David Abram

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.

  • Purple bougainvillea, red bougainvillea, roses, impatiens, wild flowers by the freeway...

  • A fairly relaxed work week, all things considered

  • Two delightfully weird, highly creative, web movies, sent my way; I love the Net.
    • StoreWars: in which a small band of organic vegetables — Cuke Skywalker, Ham Solo, Chewbroccoli and wise old Obi Wan Cannoli — battle against Darth Tater, evil lord of the Dark Side of The Farm.
    • Icon Story: what do PCs do when you're not watching?

  • Falling asleep with kitties.

  • Waking up with kitties.

  • Watching kitties washing :)

  • Meeting a small boy coming out of the drugstore with his Grandmother. He looked at me and said "Oh! She's wearing a Grinch shirt!". I turned around and said "Yes" and he took a deep breath and said "My daddy has a Grinch shirt. It's pajamas."

  • Another Solar Yellow Scion XB, this one in the hardware store parking lot bearing a San Francisco Dealer tag (so we're guessing someone bought this one!)

  • Dinner with long-time friends (former co-workers) I don't see often. One is back in the Bay Area after 6 years in New Mexico.

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Saturday May 28, 2005

Palm Wireless Keyboard

I bought one of the very first StowAway keyboards (for my Handspring Visor) back in 2000. It was a way-cool idea — a "full-size" keyboard that folded into a compact little package.
Stowaway2 Stowaway1

Stowaway3 Stowaway4

Unfortunately, I never liked the way I had to work to "dock" the Visor and I really never used the keyboard :-(

Two days ago I discovered that the technology has advanced. The StowAway is now IR-enabled. Yeay! No more "docking" difficulties.

There are two models to choose from.

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Friday May 27, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_21

The weather has been quite lovely this week.


After dinner on Saturday, we investigated the newly reopened parking area at the western edge of Daly City. It's called Thornton Beach Vista; apparently the original road went down to the beach and was undermined in a bad storm in 1982. Thornton Beach itself is a state park. It's been closed off ever since we've lived here.

We knew they had been working on it over the past few months and now it's open with a parking area, solar-powered sidewalk lamps, benches, trash cans, and informational signage. Very nice. Also, the moon was close to full so it made the breakers light up nicely down below.

When we got home, I wrote a nice note to the Daly City Parks Dept., commending them on their nice work, and another to the State Parks people asking them to update the web page for Thornton Beach to mention the vista point. ...
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Monday May 23, 2005

Treasures 2005_20

It's your life that you are living. Don't pick and choose when you'll be there. All of it is yours. No one else suffers more if you waste it than you. Be patient with yourself and make every effort to be fully attentive so that you don't waste any of it.
-- Angel Kyodo Williams

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. ...
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Saturday May 21, 2005

Freecycle

What do you have sitting on a shelf, under the stairs, or gathering dust in a closet?
What do you have that you never use but that's too good to throw out?
What do you wish you could just give away to someone who wants it?

How do you find the person who wants it?

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator (them's good people). Membership is free.
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The Freecycle Network was started in May 2003 to promote waste reduction in Tucson's downtown and help save desert landscape from being taken over by landfills. The Network provides individuals and non-profits an electronic forum to "recycle" unwanted items. One person's trash can truly be another's treasure!

Rich found a home for an old radio that he picked up a while back, thinking he would refurbish (and never got around to doing much with). Our sunroom is less clutterd and someone has a project to play with. ...
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Friday May 20, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_20

The weather was grey and drippy early in the week but finished up clear and warm. Quite nice actually.


We did Dim Sum on Sunday. We had 7 people. I had asked for a table for 6 (there were 5 when we arrived; two showed up later) so we could squeeze 7. A good time was had by all. Dim Sum is good; Dim Sum shared is better.

Dim Sum followed by a nice nap with pussycats is best :-)


The meat department of our favorite grocery store has a daily selection of "ready to cook" choices. We've finally gotten around to trying these and have done so twice so far. Rich bought a rolled pork thing stuffed with sausage (last week) and I picked up a wild-rice-stuffed chicken breast roll this week. They're quite good. Just paint with olive oil or pesto or garlic and pop in the oven. ...
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Tuesday May 17, 2005

Toyota Announces Plans for Hybrid Camry

It looks like Rich and I will get our wishes granted for a hybrid Camry, although we'll have to hold out for a couple of years.

Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday announced plans to begin producing a gasoline-electric hybrid version of its popular Camry model in late 2006 at its largest North American plant in Georgetown, Ky.

The Japanese automaker said it will have capacity to build about 48,000 of the environmentally friendly vehicles each year. It represents Toyota's first hybrid auto production in North America.
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Toyota said specific details about the Camry hybrid will be released later...

Toyota will build hybrid Camry in Kentucky, BusinessWeek online, May 17, 2005

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Monday May 16, 2005

Treasures 2005_19b

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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.

Here are "the rest" of my Treasures for the past week. (I'm changing to a Monday-Sunday collection interval.)

  • An apt and timely comic from Lynn Johnston's "For Better or For Worse" for Sunday May 15; we have followed and enjoyed the lives of the Patterson family for many years. [Click the strip above to see a larger version.]

  • A full day working from my home office!

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Saturday May 14, 2005

Wordsaver

 
Rhaptopetalaceae     alegar  
  abaft     dikaryon
undersaturation   cunctipotent    
unavouched   foistiness   engulf  
  nipperkin   skuddick    
befumble   clockmutch   earwort
 

I found a new screensaver (for Mac OS X). It shows random words, lines, or paragraphs from text files. By default, it pulls words from /usr/share/dict/web2. They're great words.

The distribution also comes with a few files you might enjoy, including an (editable) set of quotes. Configuration options include the ability to choose random colors and fonts.

Cool!

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Friday May 13, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_19

Still rainy on Monday but clear for the rest of the week. This was good because some people down the street decided to have their roof replaced (old roof removed Tuesday, plywood applied Wednesday, new shingles installed Thursday).


I had my performance review at the Job on Wednesday. It was... quite good actually. I got several 4's (exceeds expectations) and an overall 94%. (Hey! I got an 'A'). I guess they like me. ...
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Thursday May 12, 2005

Treasures 2005_19

Gratitude is an act of awareness.
Without awareness, there is no recognition of anything and, therefore, no love of anything.

-- Tae Yun Kim

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.

  • Cinnamon bread (yummmmmmm)

  • Lox and bagels with cream cheese, fresh tomatoes, and red onion. It's not low carb but sometimes I can indulge in a treat.

  • Finding ourselves at a traffic light next to another "Black Cherry" (maroon :-) Scion XB.

  • A house with front walk flanked by stunning rosebushes, 6" blooms, in many colors.

  • Some people coming from the "Party Store" with a huge bunch of helium balloons - pink, white, and light blue- then sticking them (balloons outside, strings inside) through the rear window of their pickup truck and driving slowly off, balloons bobbling in the wind.

  • A crescent "Cheshire cat smile" of a moon

  • A beautiful big iris in front of a house down the hill

  • A man walking his two Yorkies (Yorkies are cute)

  • A good Performance Review at The Job!

  • Enough memorable moments with the cats to give them their own Treasures list this week!

  • Raven's Coming Out Day (assigned as his official celebrated birthday)

  • Rich found his wallet! (lost for 24 unhappy hours). It was in the house in a weird place.

  • A nice chat with a woman met at our favorite diner, begun by complimenting her on the handsome Samoyed waiting for her and her family in their car.
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Sunday May 8, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_18

This has been a wet week. Lots of drizzly days and even some windy lashing rain from the south! We're having a wet spring.


Rich picked up a couple of copies of the Mac OS X 10.3.4 (Tiger) family pack. We've been upgrading machines around the house.

There are some interesting things in Tiger. Spotlight looks cool. Rich has been co-authoring a small developer-oriented e-book on Spotlight. I like the "launch it again" button that appears if an app "unexpectedly quits" and the "More Info..." button in Finder previews.

In doing the upgrades, we were surprised to discover that two of our G3s id not in fact contain DVD drives - one of the perils of buying used equipment. So, after some discussion, Rich went down to CompUSA where he found a dual-layer DVD-Writer for $109 (before a $20 rebate) and a DVD-R (CDRW) for $50. The latter will go into the machine he used for his last contract (and plans to use for the next contract if they ever get the paperwork finished).

Unfortunately, I can't upgrade my desktop system yet because I use that to connect to the Company Intranet from home and Cisco's VPN client is not yet compatible with Tiger. Sigh. One or two of my other must-have apps aren't Tiger compatible yet either. ...
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Thursday May 5, 2005

Treasures 2005_18

God created memory so that we might have roses in December.
-- Italo Svevo

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 naptime snuggle with Raven (I'll lie on your arm while you rub my tummy)

  • A silver Scion XB, license plate BENTO BX

  • My dear Bebop who hates having to take a pill twice a day for two weeks - but he let's me give them to him anyway because he's a sweet boy.

  • A little Honda hatchback in front of me at a traffic light - the entire back filled with white orchids in pots. There must have been two dozen of them!

  • A couple of late afternoon naps with Squirrel (who said he'd rather have dinner now but all right, I'll snuggle... snooze)

  • Raven says "MingYow"

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Sunday May 1, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_17

It's been a quiet week. The weather was largely clear, even warm for a couple of days. Except, that is, for Thursday when it poured rain from midnight till about 10 am, then drizzled for much of the remainder of the day.


We took a run up to PetClub (for cat litter) on Thursday afternoon. I actually saw some juvenile pigeons in pigeon nests up under the eves. So, the anecdotal evidence that there is no such thing as a young pigeon is overrated. They cheep too :)


Bebop had his followup vetdoctor appointment on Friday - vaccinations and a check on his lip. His lip looks great. We still have a few antibiotic pills to get through. Bebop is being a good sport.


Rich drove down to Southern California for the weekend to visit his Dad and see a StoryTelling festival.

The cats and I had a nice quiet weekend. Lots of reading and long naps.


This week I watched A Series of Unfortunate Events, on DVD. Very true to the books. An excellent movie and Jim Carrey is perfect. Rent it. Read it.

In between and around the rest, I've had lots of 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 Dad and exchanged email with my Mom.

Onward and Upward.

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_17 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Sun, 01 May, 23:20 Pacific | Comments (0)