Thursday August 31, 2006

Carnivore Palace Restaurant

My Work Group had lunch at a local restaurant as a sendoff for a team member who is moving to another group within the Company. We ate at a Korean BBQ buffet where you cook at your table.

Left to my own devices, I probably would have just eaten food from the buffet. I don't really "get" the idea of going out to eat and cooking - I go out so I don't have to cook. ...
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Wednesday August 30, 2006

M is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

(See the game description for further details.)

M is For...

  • Macintosh - The world's best computer (especially since Mac OS X) Mac OS - Mac OS has been my favorite desktop system since I started working for Apple in 1986..

  • Mac OS X - My current operating system. The Mac look plus Unix underpinnings. Mac OS X: It Just Works.

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Monday August 28, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_34

Week 11 on The Job. Plans to convert me to FTE proceed with typical corporate glacial speed. Apparently I have to have my contract extended first; the terms of the contract don't allow me to convert until I've worked for at least 90 business days. (Actually, I can convert, but there would be a fine. Apparently it's cheaper for the Company to extend the contract.)

From my perspective, it doesn't much matter if I'm considered an employee of the Company or of an Agency. I don't mind filing a time card (although I do tend to forget until Monday morning). I don't need medical insurance and I don't want stock. I do, however, need a Mac on my desk.

SOON. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2006_34 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 28 Aug, 22:22 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday August 27, 2006

Treasures 2006_34

Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself
and asks nothing beyond itself.
Praise is no part of it,
for nothing is made worse or better by praise.

-- Marcus Aurelius

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 goofy grape graffito - a large purple blob with goofy eyes and fangy teeth in a big grin; seen from the train

  • A 19-early automobile, obviously well loved, painted a bright steel blue

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Friday August 25, 2006

Three Steps to a New, Improved Microsoft!

From the September 2006 issue of PC World magazine
Posted Wednesday, July 26, 2006
On June 15, in case you didn't notice, Microsoft announced that Bill Gates will "transition out of a day-to-day role in the company" in 2008, though he'll remain as chairman. Bill, no one can complain about your new focus on philanthropy, but over the next two years, how about showing your customers a little love?

It'll be easy! Just insist that Microsoft adopt this mantra: "Stop Making Crap." Here's a simple three-step process...


Read the article.

Three Steps to a New, Improved Microsoft! ( in category Noteworthy ) - posted at Fri, 25 Aug, 22:13 Pacific | Comments (0)

Wednesday August 23, 2006

L is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

(See the game description for further details.)

L is For...

  • Laboratory - I've spent quite a bit of time in science labs of one sort or another. I "majored" in Science in High School and beyond. I have degrees in Microbiology. But I'm much happier out of the lab and working on the computer.

  • Labyrinth - One of my favorite movies. Many of the Labyrinth cast members are muppets.

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Monday August 21, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_33

The weather was nice.


This was week 10 at the Job. They like me. They've told me that they want to extend the contract, or even make the position "permanent". We're... talking. They keep telling me how much they like what I'm doing, yet they still don't seem to be willing or able to put a Mac on my desk. It's frustrating. That and the killer commute. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2006_33 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 21 Aug, 21:19 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday August 19, 2006

Treasures 2006_33

It is singular how soon we lose the impression of
what ceases to be constantly before us.
A year impairs, a luster obliterates.
There is little distinct left without an effort of memory,
then indeed the lights are rekindled for a moment - but
who can be sure that the Imagination is not the torch-bearer?

-- Lord Byron

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 cute little mop dog in the car parked next to ours. What adorable ears!

  • The white shirt with a strawberry plant design a woman was wearing in our local diner. There was a ladybug (as big as the strawberry!) on the leaf.

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Thursday August 17, 2006

Cutting Back on Telecommuting

In today's commentary, I discuss HP's decision to cut back telecommuting in its IT division. Boo! Hissssss.

Read my commentary...

Cutting Back on Telecommuting ( in category commentary ) - posted at Thu, 17 Aug, 23:52 Pacific

Tuesday August 15, 2006

K is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

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K is For...

  • Kahlua - One of three ingredients in my favorite mixed drink, a Toasted Almond.

  • Kaleidoscope - Rich and I both enjoy looking through the moire fanciful kaleidoscopes, the ones made with glass chips and oil, for example. We have a few, relatively inexpensive models, purchased over the years at craft fairs.

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K is For... ( in category Memes & Prompts , Verbatim ) - posted at Tue, 15 Aug, 14:49 Pacific | Comments (0)

Monday August 14, 2006

Where Do You Prefer to Work?

In today's commentary, I discuss telecommuting and the results of the recent National Technology Readiness Survey.

Read my commentary...

Where Do You Prefer to Work? ( in category Books, Movies, Music , commentary ) - posted at Mon, 14 Aug, 00:01 Pacific

Sunday August 13, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_32

The weather was nice again.


This was week 9 at the Job.

I've been commuting by train since the first day but I almost missed the train on Monday morning!

I got up as usual, fed the cats, got dressed. But a friend of ours was here (he'd stayed overnight on a trip north) and Rich had made tea and I sipped a mug of tea and talked to our friend.

I put on my shoes at 6:45, still in plenty of time. But I think some of the clocks were a little off.

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Weekly Wrap-up 2006_32 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Sun, 13 Aug, 22:01 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday August 12, 2006

Treasures 2006_32

You will find something more in woods than in books.
Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.

— St. Bernard

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.

  • Saturday! All day at home! Nowhere to go. Nothing pressing to do. And Saturday is more relaxing when I work from home the preceding Friday.

  • The 3-storey Apple logos on the sides of Moscone West, in SF, for this week's Developer's conference.
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Thursday August 10, 2006

Frame of Reference

In today's commentary, I discuss the importance of the proper frame of reference in understanding what you're seeing, or reading, or hearing.

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Frame of Reference ( in category commentary ) - posted at Thu, 10 Aug, 22:09 Pacific

Wednesday August 9, 2006

J is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

(See the game description for further details.)

J is For...

  • Jabberwocky - I have memorized Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky. It's one of my favorite poems. Did you know that Lewis Carroll invented the word "chortle" (among others, now in common use) for the poem.
    "And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
    Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
    O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
    He chortled in his joy.

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J is For... ( in category Memes & Prompts , Verbatim ) - posted at Wed, 09 Aug, 21:41 Pacific | Comments (0)

Monday August 7, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_31

The weather was nice this week, just the way summer should be. There's a light breeze at home and it's warm, but not unpleasantly hot, in the Valley where I work.


I managed to get the web server working properly on the FreeBSD box at the Job - I can run cgi scripts (but not PHP) out of my home directory (because it's symlinked to the htdocs dir; user directories (public_html) don't work). It took a while and configuration was weird but, after a bunch of trial, error, and fiddling, things do work.

I installed a personal copy of TWiki as an OS-independent notebook. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2006_31 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 07 Aug, 23:32 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday August 6, 2006

Are you a blogger?

Before you answer no, consider this:... In today's commentary, I discuss what defines a blogger. If you share writing, stories, and observations with your friends, even by email, you may be a blogger and not realize it!

Read my commentary...

Are you a blogger? ( in category commentary ) - posted at Sun, 06 Aug, 21:50 Pacific

Saturday August 5, 2006

Treasures 2006_31

Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads.
-- Henry David Thoreau

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.

  • Bright red and yellow watermelons, sliced in halves and quarters, on display at the grocery store.

  • Cool breezes.

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Friday August 4, 2006

Study Illuminates How Babies Learn to Speak

A high-tech machine that monitors infants' brain cells as they listen to speech reveals a key element in how babies go from hearing sounds to speaking them.
Read the article (or listen to audio) at npr.org.
Study Illuminates How Babies Learn to Speak ( in category In The News , SciTech ) - posted at Fri, 04 Aug, 21:04 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday August 3, 2006

I is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

(See the game description for further details.)

I is For...

  • I - I am Me. I am Vicki. I am...

  • Ice Cream - The Penn State Creamery is famous for its Bittersweet Mint ice cream. They also made a heavenly Peach ice cream in the summer. My parent's church holds a Strawberry festival every June, at which the church ladies serve ice cream, strawberries, and your choice of cake. My Dad's favorite ice cream is chocolate marshmallow; my Mom's favorite is butter pecan. Although I love chocolate in many forms, I prefer vanilla ice cream.

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Tuesday August 1, 2006

JavaScript: The World's Most Misunderstood Programming Language

Douglas Crackford>writes about why JavaScript is actually a much better programming language than most people think. The article is both amusing and insightful.

JavaScript, aka Mocha, aka LiveScript, aka JScript, aka ECMAScript, is one of the world's most popular programming languages. Virtually every personal computer in the world has at least one JavaScript interpreter installed on it and in active use. JavaScript's popularity is due entirely to its role as the scripting language of the WWW.

Despite its popularity, few know that JavaScript is a very nice dynamic object-oriented general-purpose programming language. How can this be a secret? Why is this language so misunderstood?

JavaScript: The World's Most Misunderstood Programming Language ( in category Noteworthy , WebTech ) - posted at Tue, 01 Aug, 19:01 Pacific | Comments (0)