Sunday September 30, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_39

It's officially Fall. The weather has been lovely, sunny and blue, but sunrise is later and later. I hate waking up in the dark. I've started setting my "sun alarm".


I have a new, light-weight, portable hard drive. Yes, that's it in the picture to the right. It's the size of a (small) stack of 3x5 cards.

Rich wanted to upgrade his 40 GB iPod. I had a 60 GB iPod that I mostly use as an external hard drive. So I upgraded to a 160 GB drive (USB 2; bus-powered) and Rich will use my iPod. We both got a great deal.

This was my first week using it. For some reason two of my links were broken. Perhaps aliases don't work when copied? How very odd.

Otherwise, iTunes played. Email and IM work. Everything seems good. No other issues.

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Saturday September 29, 2007

Treasures 2007_39

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature,
which, if we unconsciously yield to it,
will direct us aright.

-- Henry David Thoreau

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • The pile of golden pumpkins in front of the supermarket

  • Hot red bean soup

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Thursday September 27, 2007

Amanda Quick

Amanda Quick is a pseudonym of Jayne Anne Krentz, under which name she writes historical romance novels. Most of the stories are set in Regency-period England, although at least one is set in Medieval times.

I'm actually quite fond of romance novels, both contemporary and historical; however, I'm very picky about the authors I read. I like the characters to be real and interesting, people I would invite to dinner or tea, people I would like to know as friends. ...
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Monday September 24, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_38

It was extremely windy and "nippy" on Wednesday. At the train station, a woman was sheltering from the wind INSIDE the station elevator, preventing the doors from closing. How rude!

On Saturday, it rained. Wow. We had a light shower at about 6pm the night before, then it started to rain steadily sometime in the night (I woke up and heard it).

I woke up Saturday morning at about 7:20 and lay in bed, loving on Bebop and listening to the rain. Rain in September is unusual where we live.


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Sunday September 23, 2007

Treasures 2007_38

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.
-- Chinese Proverb

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.

  • Thump! Large pink kitty toes on the shower door. Hi Bebop.

  • Two pink blossoms on the miniature rose bush (after years with no flowers.)

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Thursday September 20, 2007

Losses: Phil Frank, Robert Jordan

In September, the world lost two well-loved story tellers: Phil Frank and Robert Jordan.

Phil Frank, whose cartoons graced the pages of The Chronicle and other newspapers for more than 30 years, died Wednesday night only a few days after he announced his retirement because of illness.

Phil Frank dies - cartoonist who captured spirit of Bay Area - SF Chronicle, Sept 14, 2007


Author Robert Jordan, whose "Wheel of Time" series of fantasy novels sold millions of copies, died Sunday of a rare blood disease.

Author Robert Jordan Dies - SF Chronicle, Sept 17, 2007

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Wednesday September 19, 2007

Hiding Behind the DMCA

In today's commentary, I discuss my recent encounter with the dreaded DMCA. Whatever happened to old-fashioned courtesy?

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Tuesday September 18, 2007

Do You Twitter?

I've started using Twitter. Twitter is a social networking service. Twitter is microblogging. Twitter is realtime updates for you, your friends, and the people you follow, in 140 characters or less.

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Monday September 17, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_37

The weather was nice. Windy. Cool. Sunny and Blue.


My group at the Job moved last Friday so Monday was move-in day. Confusion, chaos, and noise. I'm SO glad I didn't have to move.

The new "bullpen" areas are large, open, and suboptimal. I feel sorry for the people who are in one of them. (Some people like it; that's ok. But some really don't and that's not good.) ...
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Sunday September 16, 2007

Treasures 2007_37

The moment one gives close attention to any thing, 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.

  • An enjoyable time at the Craft Fair

  • A red-tailed hawk, wafting over the freeway

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Friday September 14, 2007

Four Walls and a Door

In today's commentary, I discuss the productivity losses caused by cubicles vs. the benefits of having "Four Walls and a Door".

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Monday September 10, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_36

The weather was nicer this week. Not as hot.


This was the week of my sister's birthday. Happy Birthday Sister.


We had brunch on Sunday at a Guatemalan restaurant on Mission Street in San Francisco. Unfortunately, we got there at 10:30 and they don't open until 11:00. We thought we'd take a walk around the neighborhood for half an hour.

Remind me never to think this again. That neighborhood is decidedly ugly at 10:30 on a Monday morning. Nothing is open. It's dirty and locked up. Also, Monday is trash day and it stinks. Ugh. ...
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Sunday September 9, 2007

Treasures 2007_36

Everyone's future is, in reality, an urn full of unknown treasures
from which all may draw unguessed prizes.
- Lord Dunsany

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.

  • Sunrise - a blaze-orange incandescent disc in the sky; a blaze-orange shining ribbon on the bay. Never say that color isn't found in nature; it is... only not very often.

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Friday September 7, 2007

Dick Francis

We've started reading Dick Francis' books. He's an excellent writer.

I had always been under the impression that Francis wrote about horse racing. This is true, to some extent — every book has a tie-in to horses and horse racing.

But the center of the plot is often something else. In Shattered, for example, the protagonist is a glass blower by trade, trying to unravel the mystery of a video tape he was given, a tape that was stolen before he could view it. Now, several people are after the tape, and they're not afraid to use violence to find it.

It's classic mystery fiction, with the Dick Francis twist. The person who gave our hero the tape was a jockey, killed in a fall on the day the tape changed hands. Many (but not all) of the villains in the piece are related to horse racing. Still, there's a lot of glass involved, among other things.

The situations are interesting. The writing is tight. The heroes are people you want to win (and the villains are people you're happy to see carted off to gaol).

And, if you like horses, there are always a few to be found.

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Tuesday September 4, 2007

Treasures 2007_35

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.
-- Betty Smith

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.

  • pelicans, pelicans, pelicans

  • an otter in the water; seals on the rocks

  • a bronzegoldredpiurplebluetealgree car. Nice paint job.

  • a grey VW beetle, license SPYDRET with two fuzzy tennis-ball-sized stuffytoy spiders on the back ledge.

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Monday September 3, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_35

(two weeks)

We had a heat wave. Yeeps! There were two Spare The Air days.


I took all the keys off my keyboard and cleaned out the cat hair and crumbs. Unfortunately, when I put it back together it didn't work properly. So I took all of the keys off again. Maybe it got a little wet inside? (We've cleaned the keyboards this way before and never had this problem.)

In the meantime, I "borrowed" a keyboard from another machine. It's certainly convenient that we standardize — all of the keyboards in the house are the same. ...
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Sunday September 2, 2007

Triple Antibiotic Ointment

We keep a tube of triple antibiotic ointment on hand for minor cuts and scratches. I find it works very well. We usually use Longs Drugs' house-brand Triple Antibiotic Ointment.

One day, when we were out of ointment, I was in another store. I bought a tube of Neosporin. As it happened, I had a sore spot in my nose at the time. I applied the Neosporin and ... ICK (nose to throat to tongue to blech!.) What's in this stuff?

I carefully read the label. Then I drove to Longs and bought a tube of Triple Antibiotic Ointment. ...
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