Friday November 30, 2007

TWiki Meetup

Last night was the first Silicon Valley TWiki User Meetup. TWiki is an open-source , open-development, structured wiki, a web-based collaboration system. I've been using TWiki since mid-2006. I work with it a LOT at the Job.

Twiki-Birdie

The Meetup was held at the Plug and Play Tech Center (.com) in Sunnyvale. Nice place, if a bit hard to figure out where to park.

There were 50+ attendees. First there was networking and munchies. I networked with the "TWiki" Birdie, a beautiful female White-Bellied Caique (parrot). She's the twiki.net mascot and "Social Networking Catalyst, as well as a total sweetheart. ...
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Monday November 26, 2007

Treasures 2007_47

Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories.
Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart.

-- Thomas Fuller

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Success at the Job! The new TWiki is up and running!

  • A four-day weekend.Very relaxing.

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Sunday November 25, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_47

The weather was pretty: blue sky, stripey clouds, cool.


Two days off from Work this week! Four-day weekend. Woo!!


There was a chartreuse green 1956 Nash Metropolitan at the curb when we were having breakfast on Saturday. Rich and I went out to admire it. When we came back in, we learned that the owner was eating breakfast at a table just inside the door.

Handsome car, sir! ...
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Thursday November 22, 2007

Count Your Blessings

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings

Irving Berlin, 1954


On this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for
  • Richard, my spouse and best friend
  • Bebop, best fur buddy and Cat-in-Charge
  • Mezzaluna, fluffy princess and looneycoon
  • Squirrel, nap buddy and snugglepuss
  • Raven, tummy meister and Monster-in-the-cave
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Monday November 19, 2007

Slippery When Wet

I've been taking CalTrain from the Millbrae "Intermodal" station since June 2006.

When I first started using the station, I noticed the large (approx 20 ft diameter) decorative tile circle in the center of the station. The tile is glazed and very smooth. If you're walking quickly across it, it's slippery on a dry day. It's very slippery when wet. ...
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Sunday November 18, 2007

Treasures 2007_46

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. -- P.D. James

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Squirrel, snoring on my office floor. Bebop, on Saturday morning, bumping me. Snuggle the cat. Raven playing "monster in the cave". Mezzaluna being silly.
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Saturday November 17, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_46

Some rain this week. More fog.


Note: A king-sized bed will hold 2 humans and 3 cats but the comfort of the humans depends on the order of who gets into bed first and lies where. When one of the cats gets there first and lies diagonally across the center... ...
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Monday November 12, 2007

Treasures 2007_44,45

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
-- Walt Whitman

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • A snail on the front passenger window of the Camry one moring. There was enough condensation that I could follow his trail - up by the left rear tire, across the top of the back window, forward along the edge of the roof to the front passenger window, then down the window.

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Sunday November 11, 2007

Introducing Snibbles - A Tumblelog

I've been building a new weblog, called Snibbles. Snibbles is a tumblelog.

A what??

A tumblelog is a variation of a blog, that favors short-form, mixed-media posts over the longer editorial posts frequently associated with blogging. Common post formats found on tumblelogs include links, photos, quotes, dialogues, and video. Unlike blogs, this format is frequently used to share the author's creations, discoveries, or experiences without providing a commentary.

from Wikipedia.

Jason Kottke described tumblelogs as "really just a way to quickly publish the 'stuff' that you run across every day on the web." ...
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Saturday November 10, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_45

In November
Dark comes soon.
We turn on the lights
In the afternoon.
(From Fall poems at CanTeach.)

The weather was... autumnal. Lots of morning fog.


Rich installed Mac OS X Leopard on both laptops. We'll try it for a while before braving the desktop installation. . The menu bar is no longer transparent as it was in the betas (phew!) and the new dock is cute. ...
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Friday November 9, 2007

Transit Travails

Sometimes I have to forcibly remind myself why I take the train to my Job. I know it's better for the environment and better for my car. I know it reduces my average levels of stress and frustration. I know that I would have traffic every afternoon if I drove. I know that, many times, the train is convenient, on schedule, and relatively comfortable.

But every so often, about once every month or two, something goes wrong. And when something goes wrong, it's usually a real whopper. ...
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Monday November 5, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_44

End of October
The sleepy brown woods seem to
Nod down their heads to the Winter.

- Dan Fogelberg


We've had a lot of fog.


Rich has started taking the train to and from his Job. We can ride together for his leg of the trip. ...
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Friday November 2, 2007

Changing the Culture? Start with the Meeting!

The Company That Employs Me has decided it needs to Change. To get the employees to understand and "internalize" the new Purpose, they're holding "Corporate Purpose, Strategy and Culture" meetings. Specifically, mandatory, 3-hour, in-person attendance meetings.

This is not a Company with a history of holding effective meetings. You could say that effective meetings are not part of the Company Culture. It seems to me, then, that a good way to start changing the Company Culture would be to start with that first meeting.

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Thursday November 1, 2007

Twitterings - October 2007

These are my Twitter entries for October.
  • The AC doesn't work well in the older model CalTrains. On the other hand, the car isn't crowded. And I'm under the air vent. :-) 05:22 PM October 01, 2007
  • Our favorite grocery store is being remodeled. The front windows are covered in plywood, wall to wall, floor to ceiling. Claustrophobic. 08:10 PM October 01, 2007
  • I'll be shopping at a different store until the windows are uncovered. 08:11 PM October 01, 2007
  • Working from home; surrounded by fur. Cat by my left hand. Cat above the keyboard. This is the way Work should be. 03:01 PM October 02, 2007
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