Saturday December 31, 2005

Treasures 2005_52

The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart.
-- Anonymous

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.

  • Meeting two cute doglets — a woolly black mop dog and a Brussels Griffon

  • A perfect Calla Lily

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Friday December 30, 2005

Sending Web Form Data by Email

A friend asked me for some software advice:

I need a CGI for taking a simple web form (name, address, phone, email, etc.) and sending the data to a specific email destination in a format that could be loaded into excel or a database. Ideally, I'd like the email address (in the form) validated for basic address compliance.

This would be running on a Mac OS X Server (Tiger) w/Apache, Perl 5.8.6, mod_perl.

I could write that myself, but it just so happens that I know of two programs to recommend. ...
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Sending Web Form Data by Email ( in category Computerware , WebTech ) - posted at Fri, 30 Dec, 00:34 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday December 29, 2005

Wild Pepper

We had dinner last night at Wild Pepper in San Francisco. Wild Pepper is the new and improved incarnation of the "Long Island Chinese Restaurant" (formerly near 29th on Church) — same owners, different name and location.

The food is still tasty, the service is still pleasant and efficient, and the prices are still economical. However, the menu is larger, the venue is larger and prettier, and parking is quite a bit easier. What's not to like? ...
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Wild Pepper ( in category Show & Tell ) - posted at Thu, 29 Dec, 11:31 Pacific | Comments (0)

Wednesday December 28, 2005

Donut Papers

Have you ever noticed...

When I buy donuts, the counterperson picks up each donut using a 6x6 inch square of fresh tissue paper. Presumably, this is to keep from touching the donut.

Then he (or she) places the donut into a bag, or box, along with the square of tissue. Repeat for each donut.

So... if the reason for the tissue is to keep the counterperson's fingers off my donuts, why are the fingerprinted tissue squares placed in the bag? Am I missing something here?

Donut Papers ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Wed, 28 Dec, 00:59 Pacific | Comments (0)

Tuesday December 27, 2005

Black Icing

I was walking up the cake mix and sugar aisle in the grocery store today (looking for Splenda Brown; not yet on the shelves) and my eye fell on the ready-to-use icing tubes for cake decorations.

Said icings now come in black (as well as the classic colors such as red, green, and yellow). Weird. I remember when brown was new...

(If you want to get really fancy, Wilton (the cake decorating people!) carries even more colors than you may be able to find on your grocers shelf.)

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Monday December 26, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_51

We've had a wet week... "And the rain rain rain came down down down...".


I had two interviews this week — one with an agency (for two possible jobs) and one with the hiring manager for one of those possible jobs. The interview went well, I thin, but the job is not my cup of tea... and I fear the company may be in a confused position right now (one tech writer and one tech pubs manager who've been there 2 months and 2 weeks respectively; new CEO and new VP of Eng. this year; a company wide plan to "get things back together"). No. Sorry. Have a good life y'all.

I also applied for a bunch more jobs. I don't expect to hear from anyone (if I do indeed hear from anyone) until January, however. Lots of people take one or both of these two weeks off.


I had a couple of very colorful, delightful dreams this week, including a delightful lucid dream with a fun sci-fi fantasy plot. ...
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Sunday December 25, 2005

40 Years of A Charlie Brown Christmas

2005 marked the 40th anniversary of "A Charlie Brown Christmas", the longest-running animated television special in history. I have watched at least 20 of those half-hour presentations, beginning with the very first one. (The only reason I haven't seen more is that, for the past 25 years, we have rarely watched television at all.) ...
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40 Years of A Charlie Brown Christmas ( in category Retrospectoscope ) - posted at Sun, 25 Dec, 00:20 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday December 25, 2005

Happy Merry Ho Ho Ho

Bikersanta

And to all, a Good Night

Happy Merry Ho Ho Ho ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Sun, 25 Dec, 00:01 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday December 24, 2005

Treasures 2005_51

Memories are the treasures that we keep locked deep within the storehouse of our souls, to keep our hearts warm when we are lonely.
-- Becky Aligada

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.

  • Dog is their copilot - a big white dog in the front passenger seat of a car in the shopping center lot

  • White lights and red balls - the Holiday decorations at Pasta Pomodoro

  • Urban art - trompe l'oeil palm trees, people, and clouds on the side of a multi-storey building in Mountain View

  • Squirrel by my side as I type. "It's snack time. I love you."

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Friday December 23, 2005

Language Lessons

I don't know how it is where you live, but a lot of the stores around here are fiercely bilingual, usually English/Spanish. I often wonder what the various Chinese / Japanese / Tagalog / Korean -speaking folks think of this, but that's the subject for another entry.

The result is that many products are labeled in at least two languages, (French being the common alternate choice). Rich and I enjoy learning words and phrases in other languages this way. ...
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Language Lessons ( in category Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Fri, 23 Dec, 16:05 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday December 22, 2005

Chickweed Lane

One of my favorite comic strips is 9 Chickweed Lane, by Brooke McEldowney. I enjoy the characters, especially Solange, a Siamese cat. Solage is featured in a continuing series of strips called "Hallmarks of Felinity" (book collection available).

I also love the way the artist plays with the borders of the comic strip format.

20040120Chickweedlane

If the strip isn't available in your local paper, you can subscribe to receive this (and other strips) by email.

Chickweed Lane ( in category Special Interests ) - posted at Thu, 22 Dec, 10:35 Pacific | Comments (0)

Wednesday December 21, 2005

Staples Charges for Virus Scanning

Posted today on boingboing, a former Staples customer (Mike Langlie) complained that he was asked to pay a fee for virus scanning.

Today I visited a local Staples to print some color files. As an employee wrote up my order, he mentioned there would be a $2.49 fee per file for virus scanning. Incredulously, I asked if I am really expected to pay for my files to be scanned for viruses, to which he replied yes. I canceled my order and left.
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Staples Charges for Virus Scanning ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Wed, 21 Dec, 13:57 Pacific | Comments (3)

Wednesday December 21, 2005

Seasons' Greetings

Today marks the winter solstice — the longest night (and the shortest day) of the year. For thousands of years, humans have observed this season with festival, celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of the next. At the winter solstice, humans celebrate the return of the sun.

Today in commentary.

Seasons' Greetings ( in category commentary ) - posted at Wed, 21 Dec, 10:49 Pacific

Tuesday December 20, 2005

Discardia: Dec 21 - Dec 30, 2005

Penathi so mai *

Celebrate Discardia this week. Discardia is a floating holiday to celebrate letting go.

Unlike other holidays, Discardia, occurs more than once a year, as determined by the sun and the moon. Discardia takes place in the time between the Solstices & Equinoxes and their following new moons. So, the length varies as well as the dates; sometimes it's short and sometimes it's long.

Discardia is a celebration of... nothing. ...
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Monday December 19, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_50

Yeeps. 2005 is winding to a close.


The weather was highly variable this week. It started out overcast, turned sunny for three days in the middle, then started to drizzle on Saturday morning. It finished up with a solid day and a half of rain.


My cough seems to be pretty much gone. Finally!


With both of us unemployed, we've been trying to save money by staying home and (egad) cooking. So, lots of turkey sandwiches. Lots of soup. re we tired of soup. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2005_50 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 19 Dec, 00:08 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday December 18, 2005

Mom's Family Wall Calendar

Who does What and goes Where When... (but not Why)

What could possibly be better than twelve months of Sandra Boynton? Our favorite wall calendar now features 16 months of "adorably goofy chickens and cows, hippos and pigs. Four more months of snuggable puppies and cute-as-a-button chicks. And four more important months to help keep the family organized. "

We keep ours in the kitchen (and have done so now for uncountable years!) It's nearly January... what are you waiting for?

Boynton Cal

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Saturday December 17, 2005

Treasures 2005_50

Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire.
-- John Dewey

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.

  • Nifty "casual" fonts. I found a new one for my Journal.

  • Another great catnap: Raven on the left, Squirrel on the right, Mez by my leg, Bebop on my chest. Purrrrr.

  • Rain

  • A fat full moon, up during the part of the evening when I'm up

  • Turkey sandwiches on fresh sourdough bread

  • FINALLY getting over my cold and the follow-on cough!

  • A response to one of the job applications I sent in, asking about a possible interview on Monday...

Treasures 2005_50 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sat, 17 Dec, 11:54 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday December 16, 2005

Waiter Rant

I found a fun new weblog to read. Apparently it's been around for a while — the archives go back to April 2004. Recently (November, 2005) moved from Blogspot to its very own domain.

It's called Waiter Rant (subtitle "Do you want pommes frites with that?" :-) The author is a real waiter, sharing anonymous (and often funny stories of life in the food service biz.

Start here ...

Waiter Rant ( in category Odd Corners ) - posted at Fri, 16 Dec, 12:44 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday December 15, 2005

Keeping the Stories Straight

Has nobody ever told some authors about the Suspension of Disbelief? That is, the willingness of the reader to believe, for the duration of a novel or play, that the story and characters are real. It usually works, unless something goes wrong. For example, something as simple as a name. ...
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Keeping the Stories Straight ( in category Books, Movies, Music ) - posted at Thu, 15 Dec, 16:52 Pacific | Comments (1)

Tuesday December 13, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_49

The weather was very pretty early in the week, overcast by the end. Autumn.


I had my interview call from the California EDD (unemployment services). So that's moving forward.

I applied for more jobs. I've had one phone interview. Nothing further.


We went for a nice 2 mile walk on the lower Sawyer camp trail. We saw deer by the road on the drive down and again on the way back. There were lots of scrub jays and little brown birds along the trail. Also three bunnies (two chasing each other) and a Steller's Jay. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2005_49 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Tue, 13 Dec, 00:25 Pacific | Comments (0)

Monday December 12, 2005

I Don't Know Art...

I may not know much about "Art"... but I know what I like!

Trompe l'oeil by Eric Grohe

Working in cooperation with architects, designers, art commissions and community representatives, Eric Grohe creates mural art that transforms the environment and communities as well. He believes that his art should involve, challenge and inspire the viewer; not simply adorn, but integrate with its architectural surroundings.
Not only that, they look as if you should be able to walk right into them

Mural Mural2 . ...
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Sunday December 11, 2005

After Dark, After Glow

Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz (writing as Jayne Castle) has created a pair of delightful future-fantasy mystery romance novels: After Dark and its sequel, After Glow. Set on the far-away planet of Harmony, the books feature Lydia Smith, para-archaeologist, Emmet London (Lydia's first consulting client and a man of some mystery), and Fuzz, a dust-bunny (a small, intelligent, predatory animal, native to Harmony). ...
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Saturday December 10, 2005

Civility

By now you may have heard of the altercation that took place between Mena Trott (SixApart.com) and Ben Metcalfe (backstage.bbc.co.uk) at the recent Les Blogs conference in France. ...

Read my commentary ...

Civility ( in category WebTech ) - posted at Sat, 10 Dec, 10:55 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday December 9, 2005

Treasures 2005_49

Beauty is not caused. It is.
-- Emily Dickinson

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 brilliantly clear, sparkling, rain-washed day

  • A short walk along the upper trail. Lots of little brown birds. Lots of ducks on the water. Evidence of a gopher - a wiggling plant stalk! And once again, someone has decorated one of the pine trees for Xmas.

  • A 2 mile walk on the lower trail. Deer spotted by the road on the drive down and again on the way back. Lots of scrub jays and little brown birds along the trail. Seagulls on the lake. Also three bunnies (two chasing each other) and a Steller's Jay!

  • Snuggling with my huggybear, Bebop, under the covers before getting up in the morning.

Treasures 2005_49 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Fri, 09 Dec, 22:55 Pacific | Comments (0)

Wednesday December 7, 2005

Sunday in the Park...

I've always liked Georges Seurat's "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"

I first saw this, I think, when I was in College. Twice a year, there was an art print sale on campus. Students who volunteered to pass out flyers were paid in free prints. This is one of the prints I chose.

Jatte

So, I was surprised and tickled to see a parody advertised in the Wireless (friends of public radio) catalog.

With Homer

I rather like it :)

Sunday in the Park... ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Wed, 07 Dec, 11:59 Pacific | Comments (0)

Monday December 5, 2005

Weekly Wrap-up 2005_48

We had two days of rain rain rain last week. The rest of the time it was perfect autumn weather — blue and crisp and clear.


Unfortunately, my cold was followed by a lingering cough. Blech!


Rich has been cooking. Hamburgers stuffed with ortega chilies and jack cheese; turkey thigh sandwiches, turkey cabbage soup.. .


We went for one walk but mostly I've been hanging around the house, reading, napping, resting (and coughing). ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2005_48 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 05 Dec, 11:01 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday December 3, 2005

Treasures 2005_48

Success, happiness, peace of mind and fulfillment - the most priceless of human treasures - are available to all among us, without exception, who make things happen - who make "good" things happen - in the world around them.
-- Joe Klock

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 checker at the hardware store with hair reminiscent of macrame - many tiny little braids, every other strand bleached, so they were contrasting tan and dark brown. These were tight to her scalp until the back where all the tiny braids had been gathered into one large French braid. Most compelling.

  • Little brown birds in front of Starbucks, snacking on the crumbs from a muffin paper discarded on the sidewalk.

  • Lucid dreaming - great production values :-) Lots of scenery, big sets. Such fun to know I'm dreaming and just look around and appreciate the surroundings. All I really remember after waking is traveling (in some unknown conveyance) past a neighborhood of Victorian houses. One in particular was striking, painted a base color of eggplant purple so dark as to be almost black, with lavender trim.

  • Snuggling into bed with Bebop nestled on my arm - not a common occurrence. A warm soft teddycat is so nice to hug and hold.

  • HOO Hoo hoo - the owls are back in the park across the street

Treasures 2005_48 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sat, 03 Dec, 10:00 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday December 1, 2005

Say, What?

We stopped into Starbucks last night. Rich had a coupon and we were in the shopping center already.

Rich: "I'll have a large mocha."

Counterguy: "Vente?"

Rich: "Large"

One of the other counterguys was laughing quietly. We got the mocha. We left.

On the way home, Rich said "I go into a place like that to buy a drink. I don't do it to learn a new language. Why should I have to jump through their hoops to use their made-up words?"

Beats me. At least they never ask if we want fries with that...

Say, What? ( in category Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Thu, 01 Dec, 10:00 Pacific | Comments (0)