Tuesday April 29, 2008

Job vs Company; I'll Take the Job

When I began working for Cotheme (the Company that employs me), it was with decidedly mixed feelings. I hadn't gone looking for a job there; they found me. I wasn't in their customer demographic. I didn't use any of their products or services. The location was at the far edge of the distance I was wiling to commute.

Read my commentary...

Job vs Company; I'll Take the Job ( in category commentary ) - posted at Tue, 29 Apr, 16:29 Pacific

Sunday April 27, 2008

Lifestreaming with escaloop

lifestreaming n. An online record of a person's daily activities, either via direct video feed or via aggregating the person's online content such as blog posts, social network updates, and online photos.

Learn More at lifestreamblog.com

I don't use Flickr, MySpace, or Facebook, but I have started a lifestream page for my weblogs and twitter streams. I'm using escaloop.

escaloop allows you to build a list of up to 20 RSS feeds -- feeds like your latest del.icio.us bookmarks, your recent Twitter activity, your new blog posts, your newly uploaded Flickr images, just to name a few -- which it will then sort, clean up and tastefully arrange in a concise, neat and pretty list on your own site.
Lifestreaming with escaloop ( in category WebTech ) - posted at Sun, 27 Apr, 08:58 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday April 26, 2008

Weekly Wrap-up 2008_17

Happy 25th Anniversary to Rich and me this week. W00t!

The weather started out WINDY, but ended calm. Unfortunately, the wind ate the giant pinwheel we had in front of the house. :(

I've ordered a wireless anemometer to replace it. It won't be pretty but it may hold up longer. As a bonus, we'll know the wind speed, temp, and wind chill factor.

We had rain on Tuesday night. Not so usual for April. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2008_17 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Sat, 26 Apr, 08:28 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday April 25, 2008

Treasures 2008_17

Pleasure is the flower that passes;
remembrance, the lasting perfume.

-- Jean de Boufflers

These are my Treasures for the past fortnight.

  • Hot Pink iceplant, blooming in profusion, brilliant in the sun.

  • Bright green shoelaces

  • One white rose

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Treasures 2008_17 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Fri, 25 Apr, 21:01 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday April 20, 2008



I knew about GIANTmicrobes (plushy replicas of the "bugs" that cause flu, the "common" cold, strep throat, and the like). They're available from ThinkGeek and a previous co-worker had a few in his cubicle. What I hadn't realized is how many there are now! ...
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GIANTmicrobes ( in category Show & Tell ) - posted at Sun, 20 Apr, 10:18 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday April 19, 2008



Rich and I celebrate our anniversary on the first Saturday after Income Tax Day. The day holds special significance for us. It's the day of Mike Tuchman's "After Tax Season" party for DC Mensa.

Although we first met over six months before that night, and had run into each other at various events in between, Mike's party represents the special moment captured forever by Gary Larsen in one of my favorite Far Side cartoons. (Cartoonists must have spies at parties. That's definitely a Mensa party. :-)

Rich suggests we can probably blame Mike's infamous Green Punch. I think we were just made for each other (you only need to look at the picture to see that!). But whatever the reason, that party marks a Very Special Date for us.

It's been 25 years and we're both just as attractive as we were then! I love you, sweetie.

Twenty-fifth ( in category Retrospectoscope ) - posted at Sat, 19 Apr, 22:48 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday April 19, 2008

Weekly Wrap-up 2008_16

Interesting weather this week. It started out WARM. 80 F in the house! We opened windows; there was a slight breeze. That helped. By Sunday evening, the fog was rolling in. Then, by week's end, the wind picked up. FWOOSH! FWOOM! We usually don't get this until May.

Weather0419 ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2008_16 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Sat, 19 Apr, 19:00 Pacific | Comments (0)

Tuesday April 15, 2008

Made To Stick

13720484 Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Random House Publishing Group, 2007

Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas–business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others–struggle to make their ideas “stick."

Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In Made to Stick, accomplished educators and idea collectors Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions. Inside, the brothers Heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the “human scale principle,” using the “Velcro Theory of Memory,” and creating “curiosity gaps.”

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Made To Stick ( in category Books, Movies, Music ) - posted at Tue, 15 Apr, 20:10 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday April 13, 2008

Treasures 2008_15

The world's literature and folklore are full of stories that point out
how futile it can be to seek happiness.
Rather, happiness is a blessing that comes to you as you go along;
a treasure that you incidentally find.

- Louis Binstock

These are my Treasures for the past fortnight.

  • Squirrel making a tummy on Rich's desk, head under the monitor shelf, all upside down and fluffy. Rich says he does this a lot. I asked "How do you work?" Apparently it's difficult...(Rub the tummy!)

  • A splendiferous magenta rhododendron

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Treasures 2008_15 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sun, 13 Apr, 09:46 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday April 12, 2008

Weekly Wrap-up 2008_15

The weather has been cool in the mornings, warm in the afternoons, and windy at night.

April is Boston Creme pie month at Bakers' Square. Boston Cream is my favorite "cake". Bakers' Square makes an especially good version. The bottom layer is chocolate.

Our hot tub has a leak somewhere. Rich has been trying to find it and fix it. So far, no luck. Sigh. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2008_15 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Sat, 12 Apr, 12:11 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday April 10, 2008

White Pelicans

I didn't even know about white pelicans!

This afternoon, I was talking to a co-worker who had stopped by my cubicle. Over her shoulder, out the window, I saw a small flock of birds high up in the air. Gulls? No... larger than gulls and somehow more streamlined. My co-worker said "White Pelicans" .

Wow. Like the Blue Angels but birds. ...
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White Pelicans ( in category Nature/Cats , Show & Tell ) - posted at Thu, 10 Apr, 19:47 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday April 10, 2008

Great Food, Alternate Dimension

I had a wonderful dream last night! I was in a multi-story Asian restaurant where some sort of party or reception was going on. There were many buffet tables with all sorts of interesting foods - things that all made sense as "Japanese" or "Chinese" (but not in our dimension). I was trying things. They were delicious! And smelled great. ...
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Great Food, Alternate Dimension ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Thu, 10 Apr, 08:00 Pacific | Comments (0)

Tuesday April 8, 2008

The Legend of Beka Cooper

I've just finished reading Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper by Tamora Pierce. This is the first Beka book; the second is coming soon in hardcover.

Beka Cooper is a "puppy", a first-year rookie with the law-enforcing Provost’s Guard, more commonly known as the Provost’s Dogs. Beka lives in Tortall, scene of many of Tamora Pierce's books, but set three hundred years before the stories of Alanna, "The Lioness", take place. ...
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The Legend of Beka Cooper ( in category Books, Movies, Music ) - posted at Tue, 08 Apr, 22:14 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday April 5, 2008

Weekly Wrap-up 2008_14

The weather continues chilly and windy. On Tuesday morning I saw frost on rooftops as the train went by. The pinwheel we have installed in front of the house has been spinning too fast to see any colors.

I had a meeting on Tuesday (a day when I usually work from home) so I switched my second telecommuting day to Thursday this week. That gave me two work-from-home days in a row. The end of the week was very relaxing, but Monday - Wednesday was tiring. (It's a 70 min. commute each way).

Speaking of Work... The Company has a tendency to do crazy internal marketing schemes. This week's scheme involved scattering hundreds of flyers, each the size of a dollar bill, all over the floors. My thoughts (and those of other employees) ranged from "why are we littering?", to "I thought we were trying to be greener?", to "Oooh. OSHA incident just waiting to happen."

I had an interesting time explaining to the janitor who was servicing the restroom. No, today is not a holiday. No, they aren't special. Actually, I'm not sure what they mean.

What WERE they THINKing? ...
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Weekly Wrap-up 2008_14 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Sat, 05 Apr, 12:05 Pacific | Comments (0)

Tuesday April 1, 2008

Gmail Custom Time

Just in time for April 1...

Introducing Gmail Custom Time™
Be on time. Every time.*

Just click "Set custom time" from the Compose view. Any email you send to the past appears in the proper chronological order in your recipient's inbox. You can opt for it to show up read or unread by selecting the appropriate option.
Gmail utilizes an e-flux capacitor to resolve issues of causality (see Grandfather Paradox).

*The term "Every time" is used loosely here to represent the number 10.
Gmail Custom Time ( in category SciTech ) - posted at Tue, 01 Apr, 04:01 Pacific | Comments (0)