Thursday, April 29, 2004

Google's IPO

Google finally filed.

Derby Days

My brother's off "hard at work" at the Derby. His company is a big sponsor, and he'll get to go to the VIP party and all sorts of stuff...

The sort of stuff he should have thought to invite his sister to. And I'm referring to me, not the other one.

I'm definitely jealous - but there's no time off for me until July, so I'll miss out.

There's always next year. :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Boring blogger... (2)

Sorry to once again prove to be the most boring blogger you know (but how many of you who know me actually know another blogger?...).

Anyway. This week's gotten off to a bad start. Well, not bad - slow. My sinuses are killing me (again) because the pollen is out of control. And when I've actually been at work (pulled a big 3-hour day Monday), this CMS project has me buried.

I think that's coming to an end, though. Not the project, but the buried part. Once I complete my templates, I'll only have to do my actual job, instead of my actual job AND the templates.

Should free up some time...

...and I figure I can find plenty more trouble to get into if I only had more free time. ;)

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Ragin' Cajun Crawfish Boil

We're about a month away from Nashville's best crawfish boil.

There's still not a lot of information on the site, but the kick-off party is this Thursday at Jackson's 5:30 - 7:30. Stop by and donate $5 to the cause and enjoy happy hour! Or, purchase your $15 ticket for the big event while you're there and save the $5.

Daisy, let me know if I missed anything...

Saturday, April 24, 2004

This weekend sucks

Don't get me wrong - it's 80 degrees on a Saturday afternoon in the Music City, and I'm sure someone is enjoying it. Supposed to have more storms tonight and tomorrow, though.

I'm trying to do too much at work today - I had thought I would define the templates for 6 sections of our site, but I'm going to settle for three. I think my brain's overheated (or is that just because they turn off the AC over the weekends at the office?).

Iron Chef America is terrible. Not terrible like the version William Shatner hosted, but not Iron Chef. The hokiness of the show when it's actually filmed in Japan is part of what I like about it, but when it's here, it's just bad. Soap opera bad. I think I'll pass on the three remaining shows...

Oh well, there's always tomorrow. Sunday paper and mimosas... :)

Friday, April 23, 2004

Peach at work?

Let's hope not! ;)

Weekend plans...

Only on Iron Chef does one see a gorgeous fresh fish get its head cut off and
the body thrown away only to use the head as a "delicacy". I admit, I may not
replicate that dish, but I do know what my weekend will consist of...

Iron Chef America.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

I heart Gmail

OK - I was going to wait until I had a week or two of experience before making any judgments, but I just HAVE to share this:

When viewing a "conversation", or chain of an original e-mail and the replies, it displays in the order that the conversation happened! So you can easily read it in order without having to go to the end of the message, read down to the bottom, scan up to the next reply, read down until you get to the start of the first item... you get the idea.

...and it allows you to collapse to view just the new part of any message in the conversation or expand it...

...and, it automatically opens up the print dialogue box after opening the printer-friendly page...

...and it's so easy to label messages so you can sort them by custom metadata properties rather than by throwing them in a directory...

...and I'll contain the rest of my excitement until I take a week or two to evaluate.

Chris?

I'm afraid the starvation diet may have been too effective. Either that or I've ticked him off..

Hope I didn't...

Let me know you're alive, as you NEVER seem to have your phone on.

Then again, he just may have run into some cute young girl in a short skirt. ;)

Update:

He's alive (and as "well" as he gets, I suppose).

I'm taking volunteers...

Why didn't I read this earlier?
What's driving you today, dear Gemini? Why do you feel such an obsessive need to get all your work done at once? If you're trying to impress someone, there's no need for that. Others already hold you in high esteem. If the project you're working on is urgent, get some help. Don't try to do it all yourself - unless you want to be too stressed out to accomplish anything tomorrow! Talk about counterproductive! Relax!.

Gmail

I now have a Gmail account of my very own!
(Of course, I'll give it a spin for a while and let you know what I think...)

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

About me

Ok. Ignore this if you already know me or don't care to -- this is for those who have asked for a little more background on me:

Born: May 24, 1971 in Dover, DE
Grew up: Delaware to Illinois ('81) to New Jersey ('84) to Indiana ('87).
College: Indiana University, Bloomington IN
Currently: Nashville, Tennessee
Work: IT Product Manager for national non-profit organization
Married: Not presently (was previously, not against the idea in the future)
Children: None that I'm aware of ;)

Seriously - despite what you may think, it's HARD to talk about one's self... So I'll add to this as I realize what "important" factoids of my life I've missed.

Update:

Official Blogger Profile.

Double Vision

I spent most of the day yesterday not able to see. Well, being able to see, just not very well. I didn't realize it until I came to work and tried to read an e-mail.

Twice during the day, I took my contacts out and rinsed them off and still couldn't read.

Then (11 hours later), I went to E to play trivia (gotta play Tuesday, you know). And no matter how hard I squinted or leaned toward the television screen, I could not make out any of the questions or answers or clues. Not one.

So, I thought that perhaps I had inadvertently put the incorrect lens in each eye. And I went to switch them. And I took out the left contact, and while it perched on my left index finger, I took out the right one. And I looked and saw that the right one was actually two contacts. So I looked back at the left one - and it was one.

After peeling the two contacts apart, I put one back in my right eye.

I know what I did. I got up and put in my contacts and THEN showered, so when I got out of the shower, I saw a contact case lying next to the sink, and opened it up and put in my SPARE pair of contacts.

On TOP of the pair I had already put in.

And I didn't notice it when I took them out TWICE during the day to rinse them off with saline.

And, I didn't notice dropping one of the left lenses one of those times -- unless it's still in my eye...

I know, Peach - it's the blonde roots...

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Random e-mail string (start at the bottom)

This is what I get to deal with day after day after day... (and he wonders why we haven't dated in over 10 years) ;)

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From: Linda
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2004 2:25 PM
To: Chris
Subject: RE: Starvation Diet

Done.
-----Original Message-----
From: Chris
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2004 2:20 PM
To: Linda
Subject: RE: Starvation Diet

Cool - I'm published!! Blog away!
-----Original Message-----
From: Linda
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2004 2:14 PM
To: Chris
Subject: RE: Starvation Diet

I'm going to blog this...
-----Original Message-----
From: Chris
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2004 2:18 PM
To: Linda
Subject: RE: Starvation Diet

I actually saw a Tom's of Maine show on the Food Network or something like that. Cool.

Congrats on the alcohol only diet. I'll try that next. Maybe if I helped with the ratio of Chris in your system, not eating alcohol might seem less catastrophic:)
-----Original Message-----
From: Linda
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2004 2:07 PM
To: Chris
Subject: RE: Starvation Diet

The only thing Most of what I "eat" is alcohol. And if I were to upset the ratio of blood to alcohol in my alcohol system, that would be catastrophic.

And I only use Tom's of Maine toothpaste and mouthwash. All natural. :)
-----Original Message-----
From: Chris
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2004 2:05 PM
To: Linda
Subject: RE: Starvation Diet

Because it is actually a "detoxification cleanse" that gets rid of all the pollution that you encounter in everyday life. As time goes by, you eat foods as well as encounter chemicals in anything from makeup to toothpaste. A toxicity builds up in your cells. Some people, like me, are affected by that more than others. People like you don't feel it because your system is better at processing the toxins. But if you did this for even 10 days, you would feel a difference and have more energy. Even things like chicken, steak and hamburgers (hormones in feed) and fruits and vegetables (pesticides) contribute.
-----Original Message-----
From: Linda
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2004 1:54 PM
To: Chris
Subject: RE: Starvation Diet

If this starvation diet is so effective, why on earth would one have to do it several times a year???
-----Original Message-----
From: Chris
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2004 1:52 PM
To: Linda
Subject: Starvation Diet

Hey blogger. Day 5 of the starvation diet as you call it. Blood pressure normal - diastolic at 84 down from 136. 11 pounds weight loss. Much better breathing but still need more improvement in the allergy department. I am meeting someone tomorrow who does the diet several times a year and is well-educated on it, gonna ask if that technique is just as effective as 40 straight days, which seems like forever right now.

I figured with your vast experiences of being hit on that you would have found out a way to get rid of the guy at the bar who thinks he has a date in August;)

Post Birthday Post

Yesterday was Peach's birthday. And we had fun... for the most part.

Fun except for the fact that early on in the evening I had some guy decide that I'm the most interesting, beautiful, intelligent, funny woman on the face of the earth and he wouldn't leave my side all night. Literally. And he got to be incredibly annoying. I'm not saying he was wrong ;), but he didn't seem to think that my opinion of him mattered in the equation.

We'll take care of that the next time (if there is a next time) I see him. He thinks we have a date in August and will be waiting for me. Somehow, I don’t doubt that.

Anyway, back on track. Peach had a good day - she even got to take the afternoon off! And after taking care of her errands and such, she checked her child (the furry four-legged type) into a doggy hotel and came to E and we got our own hotel room. Knowing the only thing you have to drive home is an elevator can make for a crazy night. Not stupid-crazy, like when one is in her twenties, but fun enough. There were no shots or shooters or anything that would cause unnecessary pain and suffering the next day, but I managed to move quickly from beer to cider to wine to white Russians (dessert) without thinking twice.

And after a few helpings of dessert, Peach grabbed her balloons and we made it to the elevator and safely drove to the fifth floor. I just hate that I left without getting my complimentary breakfast. We'll have to do it again in May!

Monday, April 19, 2004

Scenes From a Sports Bar Take Three

Recent observations from E:

No matter how much you may have liked the person sitting next to you yesterday or last week or whenever you last met, once enough alcohol has been consumed, that person will find your last nerve and stomp it to death. You may or may not get over it by the next time you meet.

Hockey fans are more intelligent than football fans. Hockey fans go home when the game is over.

"Seasoned fried potatoes" are french fries. If you can't figure that out on your own, you don't deserve to eat.

If you are a hotel guest and you are talking to me and I do not respond to you in any manner, go away. If I have to tell you to go away, please don't think I'll be offended if you call me a bitch. If my brother happens to be here, watch out.

Although calling a bartender fat and slow may be truthful, it's really not nice. Please say it behind his back... He still manages to provide me with decent service and I'd like to keep it that way.

No matter how annoying the other guests (and employees) may get, this is still some of the best free entertainment one can find. :)

Saturday, April 17, 2004

It's "Double You"

My blog name, I mean. Sound it out:

Lin Duh Double You.

Which is my name. Well, my first name and last initial. If we were to sound out my last name, we'd be here an awful long time. ;)

Friday, April 16, 2004

Long week

This week has seemed longer than usual, and I know it's not just work (although, my last true day off was when I went to the Preds game on April 3rd).

The weekend won't be any different. Big bowling plans this evening (let's see if I can break 100), go to work tomorrow AM, get to E in time to get a seat for the game, meet up with friends afterwards, go home and crash, try to enjoy Sunday (that reminds me - stop on the way home Saturday PM for some orange juice... I think I'm still ok with champagne), and maybe find some time to take care of myself...

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

I have a dazzling personality

Well, at least my test results say I do...

Match.com has come out with two new attraction tests. And although I'm not a match.com account holder, I was bored enough to give them a try.

The first test is all about physical attraction - and let me tell you, this HAS to be science... Apparently, I'm attracted to "handsome men over 30" and those who are "clean shaven, have clear skin, and get good hair cuts." And here I've been looking for some hideously deformed 24 year-old with stubbly, acne-ridden skin and dreads...

The other is a "personal attraction" test -- more of a personality assessment. In addition to identifying my dazzling personality, my report went on to say:
"You're a strong, honest, and deeply loyal woman. In a crisis, you're the one co-workers and friends come to for help. They know you'll give them straightforward, common sense advice. You can always be counted on to do what you say and say what you mean. You take pride in your work. In fact, at times this part of your life has pushed romance and fun to the "back burner." But you're not one to "settle" and so constantly strive to find balance in your life. You're not someone who "wears her heart on her sleeve" so even those closest to you don't always know how you feel. When someone special in your life invests the time to get to know you on a deeper level, they'll discover the more sensual and warm parts of your personality."
OK - I'm a workaholic who comes off as an ice queen... Fair enough.
Other "highlights" of my report:
"The organization and time-management skills that serve you so well in your career can spill over into your personal life and at times make you seem controlling and impatient."
"You're such a straightforward and honest woman that at times what you say comes across a little harsh and insensitive."
Ouch. Talk about harsh... But overall, I have to admit that's not far off. Although "at times" should be better defined. Maybe "under extreme distress"...

Surprisingly enough, a whopping 4% of men are "very attracted" to my personality type. Probably those who prefer to keep their women in a pit. :)

Monday, April 12, 2004

Weekend wrap-up

While I was out at the ball game Thursday, Peach got a new ride. So as soon as we got off work Friday, we had to go cruising. Unfortunately, the rest of the weekend weather wasn't conducive to two cute girls picking up guys in a convertible, but there's always the rest of the summer. :)

Preds struggled Saturday, but Detroit came to town Sunday looking for a fight, and an actual hockey game broke out.

I thought I had managed to avoid the uncomfortable family holiday scene, but Mom decided to show up to meet me for church Saturday night with her (soon to be ex) husband. I decided to make a quick visit to see her Sunday after her guests left Easter dinner and before he got home from the game, to confirm nothing like that would happen again (and scored some homemade raisin bread and a bottle of wine in the process!).

I was incredibly spoiled yesterday morning, with coffee, the Sunday paper, breakfast, mimosas and a bag of Easter presents. Peach went all out to celebrate her free day! And all I did was show up. Next time, we need the sun to come out so we can sit on the deck.

Monday morning, back at work (although I don't feel like I had much of a break) after fighting the rain and the three accidents I had to avoid to get here. Five more days 'til the weekend...

Friday, April 09, 2004

Take me out to the ball game

As the song goes, it ended up a shame... But it was the season opener. And although the Sounds lost, I got to hang out with friends, see some local celebrities, run into a few people I know, and have a lot of fun. Where else but at a baseball game can you have four $1 beers and a bag of peanuts and call it dinner?

Thanks Daisy! :)

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Fighting for Whitey

I thought this was a joke... But it's for sale on Whitehouse.org.
*Update: Duh. My brian IS mush... whitehouse.org, not .gov... Or maybe it's those blonde roots Peach swears I have :) *

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Boring blogger...

One of the things I've realized is that for me to entertain the masses five people who visit my blog, I must relate interesting experiences I have, comment on some current event out in the real world, or try to form my inner thoughts into a coherent discourse.

Problems:

Although I have had one or two interesting experiences lately, I'm not willing to share them -- you really don't think I'm going to reveal any deep secrets here, do you? ;)

There are always current events/items of interest in the real world, but I don't have time to comment right now. I'm stuck in IA hell for a while. Hopefully not much longer.

If I HAD the time to comment on experiences, events or thoughts, it would by no means be coherent.

My brain is mush. Mush is the value of metadata property state of said content object brain. Context for that includes (but is not limited to) work, personal life, and family life (although I'm not sure what other types of "life" I have).

Art imitates life (again)

I think I know someone who works here.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

From March to Midnight

...madness, of course.

I have to admit I had a bad attitude about the entire tournament this year. And it's definitely because IU wasn't in it. At all. I can deal with them going down in the first round (and we know they've certainly done that in the past), but knowing that they weren't good enough to go was too much. I could have used ONE good thing in my life...

Congrats to UConn - they were my pick. And even better that they eliminated Duke -- and the team that beat IU in the only game I've seen in 10 years...

There's always next year.

Maybe we'll get a new coach. :)

Monday, April 05, 2004

Where did the weekend go?

What I learned this weekend:

  1. Being treated to a personal wine tasting is a benefit of being a VIP. Going anywhere other than home afterwards is a bad idea.

  2. Losing to St. Louis sucked. Making the playoffs anyway doesn't.

  3. Explaining to my mother why it's not unusual for her to find me at E at 8:15 PM wearing sunglasses at the bar is futile. Having her return an hour and a half later to find me in the same state proves it.

  4. Working on Sunday sucks.

  5. Getting a free pass to skip out on the most convoluted family Easter dinner was just too easy.


Friday, April 02, 2004

See you at the game

Predators one win from playoffs.

No, seriously...

"I am neither especially clever, nor especially gifted, just very, very
curious." -Albert Einstein
Although, unlike Einstein, I'm also clever and gifted... ;-)

Thursday, April 01, 2004

April Fools?

Google launches e-mail. I'm too buried in work to investigate - try here or here.