Saturday April 29, 2006

Treasures 2006_17

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song,
read a good poem, see a fine picture,
and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.

-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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.

  • Squirrel and Raven (Happy Anniversaries!)

  • Wisteria (alongside a house I drove past)

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Friday April 28, 2006

Circle of Elders

Grandparents to the Cyber-world

What a nifty idea! Circle of Elders is free web-based service "providing practical advice and guidance from empathetic volunteer seniors." ...
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Circle of Elders ( in category Odd Corners ) - posted at Fri, 28 Apr, 11:37 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday April 27, 2006

By Chance or By Choice?

In today's commentary, I discuss a question from career hub: "Do you think one's career is by chance, or by choice?"

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By Chance or By Choice? ( in category commentary ) - posted at Thu, 27 Apr, 09:09 Pacific

Wednesday April 26, 2006

Popgadget

Technology magazines ignore women and women's magazines ignore technology. Popgadget is a lifestyle magazine that embraces technology as a regular and essential part of women's lives.
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Popgadget ( in category Odd Corners ) - posted at Wed, 26 Apr, 00:58 Pacific | Comments (0)

Tuesday April 25, 2006

He Who Steals My Trash...

Our local municipality has a regulation:
Unauthorized collection of recyclable materials is a violation of the Municipal Code. Anyone caught unlawfully removing these materials from a recycling bin may be prosecuted and is subject to a fine. To report a theft in progress, call 911 or the local police business line...

Run that by again? ...
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He Who Steals My Trash... ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Tue, 25 Apr, 13:15 Pacific | Comments (0)

Tuesday April 25, 2006

Just in Time for Earth Day

In today's commentary, I discuss a relatively new California regulation that prohibits the disposal of household hazardous waste in the trash. That's the good news.

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Just in Time for Earth Day ( in category commentary ) - posted at Tue, 25 Apr, 10:44 Pacific

Monday April 24, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_16

The weather was occasionally grey, often cloudy, even occasionally spritzy, but it did not rain this week. That makes this the first week with no rain since the beginning of March.


Monday was Tax Day this year; apparently the IRS decided that Saturday is not a good day for people to need to mail things, so everyone got two extra days. Rich and I both got our taxes filed in March this year (phew!) so April 15 passed without stress. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2006_16 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 24 Apr, 08:00 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday April 23, 2006

Maker Faire

The first magazine devoted entirely to DIY technology projects, MAKE Magazine unites, inspires and informs a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements and garages.
It's an unusual magazine and it has certainly found a niche, if one can judge from the attendees at the first Maker Faire, held this weekend at the San Mateo Expo Center. Rich and I went down for a couple of hours.

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Maker Faire ( in category Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Sun, 23 Apr, 16:16 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday April 22, 2006

Treasures 2006_16

Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us.
-- Oscar Wilde

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 mostly sunny week

  • Bebop raptly listening to mousies at the feeder

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Treasures 2006_16 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sat, 22 Apr, 10:09 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday April 21, 2006

Net Community

In today's commentary, I discuss the latest "net scandal" (at digg) and why it puts the social software and the Net Community in a favorable light.

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Net Community ( in category commentary ) - posted at Fri, 21 Apr, 18:18 Pacific

Friday April 21, 2006

National Sense of Smell Day

The sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative,
bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of scenes
that had left the conscious mind.

-- Thalassa Cruso,

Start thinking about smells because Saturday, April 29, is National Sense of Smell Day. ...
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National Sense of Smell Day ( in category Noteworthy ) - posted at Fri, 21 Apr, 00:43 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday April 20, 2006

English Anguish

Discover the Sphynx

I've recently discovered Evoca. I got there through digg and an excellent little audio essay called English Sucks, recorded by a woman who calls herself "The Sphynx." ...
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English Anguish ( in category Odd Corners ) - posted at Thu, 20 Apr, 11:05 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday April 20, 2006

Welcome to Evoca

Evoca is a new (as of March 15, 2006) audio site.

Evoca makes it very simple for everyone to instantly create, organize, share and search voice recordings.

Click to play (Flash required)
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Welcome to Evoca ( in category Odd Corners ) - posted at Thu, 20 Apr, 11:03 Pacific | Comments (0)

Wednesday April 19, 2006

Decisiveness

The difficulty in making a decision is often inversely proportional to the difference between the choices. Yet, according to Anne O'Hare McCormick*, "The percentage of mistakes in quick decisions is no greater than in long-drawn-out vacillation." The best advice seems to be "Just Do It". ...
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Wednesday April 19, 2006

Addicted to the Computer?

In today's commentary, I discuss a topic for a possible article in the the SF Chronicle and my reaction to the topic. I had a nice chat with the reporter.

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Addicted to the Computer? ( in category commentary ) - posted at Wed, 19 Apr, 00:08 Pacific

Tuesday April 18, 2006

Cost Cutting Gone Wrong

In today's Fast Company Now weblog, Heath Row writes:

... Having experienced the loss of a simple but effective perk, I was somewhat amused to read about the Minneapolis Star Tribune's recent decision to no longer provide free copies of the paper to... its staff of reporters and editors.

Be sure to read the complete Fast Company posting (with its followup comments) as well as the weird-but-true story of a newspaper that doesn't seem capable of prioritizing — or even understanding — what is important to its business. ...
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Tuesday April 18, 2006

The Day The Earth Shook

One hundred years ago, at 5:12 am on Wednesday morning, April 18, 1906, San Francisco (and other parts of northern California) endured the infamous San Andreas earthquake. Although the subsequent fire caused the most damage to The City, the quake was indirectly responsible for the devastation. Gas and water pipes burst during the shake, setting off fires for which there was no water available to quench the blaze. Ultimately, buildings were ordered to be dynamited in an attempt to stop the fire from continuing to spread. ...
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Monday April 17, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_15

The weather was mostly wet (again). April is striving to be as rainy as March.


Rich channeled Harry Homeowner this week and we did some work on my desks, removing the center drawer from one desk and installing it on the other. Then we had to re-configure the arms on my desk chair because it no longer slid into the "knee hole". Sigh. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2006_15 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 17 Apr, 12:06 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday April 16, 2006

Needs Direction?

In today's commentary, I discuss my reaction to the unexpected results of my request for "After the Interview" feedback.

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Needs Direction? ( in category commentary ) - posted at Sun, 16 Apr, 01:00 Pacific

Saturday April 15, 2006

Following Up After the Interview

In today's commentary, I discuss asking for feedback. following an (unsuccessful) job interview.

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Following Up After the Interview ( in category commentary ) - posted at Sat, 15 Apr, 14:26 Pacific

Saturday April 15, 2006

Treasures 2006_15

The sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative,
bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of scenes
that had left the conscious mind.


-- Thalassa Cruso,

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.

  • Delightful scents wafting from an outlet of "The Body Shop" in San Francisco — citrus overlaid with spice and a hint of chocolate. Inhale. Breathe. Ahhhhh.

  • An interview in SF and a call from a recruiter (who put my name in for another position).

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Friday April 14, 2006

Fun With Words

Fun-with-words.com, the Wordplay Web Site

Oooh. I've got to check this out. It's my kind of place! For people who love words as much as I do:
Fun-with-words.com is dedicated to amusing quirks, peculiarities, and oddities of the English language: wordplay. Playing with words and language is both entertaining and educational. Here you can have plenty of fun with words with over 500 pages of word puzzles, games, amazing lists, and fun facts.
Not to mention a book store, a gallery of funny signs, a wordplay articles index, puzzles, games, tongue twisters, and So Much More.
SOTP
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Fun With Words ( in category Odd Corners , Verbatim ) - posted at Fri, 14 Apr, 13:15 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday April 13, 2006

It Only Makes Him Wonder?

Quoted today in "Good Morning Silicon Valley"
"It makes you wonder if this is right lifestyle."

-- Cisco engineer Dave Givens experiences a moment of clarity after receiving the "America's Longest Commute" award for his seven-hour round trip (372 miles) from Mariposa, near Yosemite, to Cisco's San Jose headquarters.

Egad. These days, I think 45 minutes each way is too much.

It Only Makes Him Wonder? ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Thu, 13 Apr, 12:36 Pacific | Comments (0)

Wednesday April 12, 2006

But Why is it Green?

We buy 1% milk in plastic half-gallon (pottle :-) jugs. When we finish one, we rinse it and put the jug out with the recyclables. Occasionally there is a time lag between the rinsing and the recycling.

When that occurs, I turn the jug over to drain out any residual rinse water. For reasons I don't quite understand, this water is invariably yellow-green. Sometimes very green. It's difficult to believe that algae is growing in this few drops of water but... why is it green?

But Why is it Green? ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Wed, 12 Apr, 17:50 Pacific | Comments (0)

Wednesday April 12, 2006

The Indie "Virus"

In today's commentary, I discuss the "Indie Virus", a good idea with a terrible name. It's not what you're thinking...

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The Indie "Virus" ( in category commentary ) - posted at Wed, 12 Apr, 17:35 Pacific

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. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2006_14 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 10 Apr, 08:00 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday April 9, 2006

Imagining Ourselves

"Imagining Ourselves: a global generation of women" is a new website and idea from the International Museum of Women. ...
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Imagining Ourselves ( in category Odd Corners ) - posted at Sun, 09 Apr, 00:31 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday April 8, 2006

Treasures 2006_14

To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye,
to restore it, and to render it the more fit
for its prime function of looking forward.

-- Margaret Fairless Barber

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 Sunny day!

  • Huge tulips, almost as big as my two cupped hands, in front of a local restaurant

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Friday April 7, 2006

Smart Glasses

I've been nearsighted since I was 4 or 5. I've worn glasses since the third grade. When I hit 40, my accommodation went to Presbyopia in a handbasket.

I wear progressive bifocals. Rich has four different pairs of glasses — intermediate, distance, reading, and computer. I sit a little bit farther away from the computer screen than I used to. Our optometrist keeps suggesting LASIK (no thanks). But now, there's something new on the horizon... ...
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Smart Glasses ( in category Noteworthy , SciTech ) - posted at Fri, 07 Apr, 19:26 Pacific | Comments (2)

Thursday April 6, 2006

Learning From OXO

Our wrong assumptions lead to the best learning.

—Alex Lee, president, OXO (in Fast Company's First Impression for Mar 31 2006)

You're probably familiar with OXO from your grocery store's kitchen tools aisle. OXO makes those interesting spatulas, ice cream scoops, potato mashers, and vegetable peelers with the thick, black rubber handles that fit so nicely and ergonomically in your hand. They're not cheap but they're obviously well made and a pleasure to use. ...
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Learning From OXO ( in category Noteworthy , Odd Corners ) - posted at Thu, 06 Apr, 14:36 Pacific | Comments (0)

Wednesday April 5, 2006

For The Numerologically inclined

At the tone, the time will be:

01:02:03 04/05/06

For The Numerologically inclined ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Wed, 05 Apr, 01:02 Pacific | Comments (0)

Wednesday April 5, 2006

April is Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. The website, Poets.org, will have something new each day, including the Poem-a-Day (subscribe by email) and "Life Lines":
We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "Life Lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter. ...

The Academy of American Poets is now asking poets and readers to share the lines most vital to them, along with notes about the precise situation that summoned them to mind. A selection of the lines collected will be published on Poets.org throughout the year.

[ Life / Lines ]

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Tuesday April 4, 2006

Turning Torso

As the daughter of an architect, I've spent much of my life looking at, and appreciating, interesting buildings. Until recently, I would have said that most of the unique structures I've seen have been in Dallas, Texas. The Dallas skyline looks like an advertisement for a high-end architectural firm (or a Virtual Reality game).

However, a new tower in Malmö, Sweden must take the prize for "most unique and unusual building". Recently completed, the second-tallest residential building in Europe appears to be twisting... because it is. ...
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Turning Torso ( in category Noteworthy ) - posted at Tue, 04 Apr, 14:37 Pacific | Comments (0)

Monday April 3, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_13

The weather was wet. This has been a very wet March, the second wettest March on record. Gosh, only the second wettest?

Well, even if it's only the second wettest March on record, it was still the rainiest March since 1904. Yipes!

Now it's April and Daylight Saving Time has kicked in. Perhaps the weather will improve. We can but hope.. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2006_13 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 03 Apr, 21:52 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday April 2, 2006

Can You Pass the "Human" Test?

In today's commentary, I discuss CAPTCHAs, those weird twisted letters that some sites use to try to prove you're a human.

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Can You Pass the "Human" Test? ( in category commentary ) - posted at Sun, 02 Apr, 13:38 Pacific

Saturday April 1, 2006

Treasures 2006_13

The two offices of memory are collection and distribution.
-- Samuel Johnson

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.

  • Another mousie (wood rat) in the bird feeder (munch munch)

  • A little girl's umbrella, bright green with stick-up cloth "eyes" and a painted mouth. I asked her if her frog liked the rain and she said I was silly.

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Treasures 2006_13 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sat, 01 Apr, 12:21 Pacific | Comments (0)