Wednesday, June 30, 2004


Home from the hospital and going to take it easy for a few days and recover. Thanks for all the well wishes. I can email my home address to anyone who wasn't sure where to send the flowers or wine baskets. :)

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Blogging break

Blogging will be light to none through the holiday weekend.

Hope everyone has a safe 4th of July!

Monday, June 28, 2004

Tablet PC

Gotta admit, I love my tablet pc. EXCEPT for one thing...

Although I usually use it as a tablet, detached from the keyboard, I've been having to utilize the keyboard more often in the past couple of days, as I'm sort of under the weather right now. And the function key is in the control key's place. And I'm a big control key person.

Please, no comments about me being a control person... I'm sick, remember?

Anyway, to better illustrate my problem, instead of typing in "amazon" and hitting control and enter, I'm hitting function and enter. And it just doesn't work. So if anyone can reprogram this keyboard to switch those two buttons, I'd appreciate it.

OK, gonna see what TiVo has recorded for me. Either that or break out the Coupling DVDs.

Sunday, June 27, 2004


I'm supposed to be in a hotel in Atlanta, asleep. Supposed to be attending a Product Management conference this week. Instead, it's nearing midnight and I'm hyped up on prednisone and a variety of other prescription meds and am looking forward to surgery in the morning.

Guess next time I complain about needing time off work, I need to be more specific about the context...

Good thing I got TiVo set up.

...OK, Joe got TiVo set up.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Now THIS is a network:

Shocking: Microsoft patents on-body network

Gmail anyone? (3)

I have 2 more Gmail invites - let me know if you'd like one.


One down, one to go... All gone thanks for playing...

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

New Toys

So, I finally got my new Tablet PC. And I've had a lot of fun playing with it over the past 24 hours. But, even more important is the fact that I have already found so many ways that it can help me at work. Windows Journal has already proven to be an incredibly useful tool. I am a list maker. I know that's not hard for any of you who actually know me to believe.

But I can write my lists in journal and edit and update and reorder, and it keeps up with me. And the handwriting recognition is amazing. Even when I scribble - which I have been known to do - And I happen to be doing now. This post is being written in Word with the Tablet PC Input Panel in Writing Pad mode.

So, the next time I meet with a department to discuss new development on the website or building out any of our other software products, I won't be using a whiteboard or using an easel and giant post-it notes. I'll hook this baby up to a projector and save our notes and immediately send an email with the outline of what we need to build.

And as I was thinking about how much this new toy is going to help me, I realized I still have 2 other toys still in their respective boxes that I can now play with, since my project from hell is over...

Coming soon... my reviews of TiVo and XM radio. :)

Monday, June 21, 2004

Phan-tastic day in Philly

After the Summit was over, our overnight trip to Philly proved to be a wonderful idea. Even though I was exhausted from a long week, we were able to have a lot of fun in a little time.

The hotel is one of the most spectacular buildings in the city - definitely worth a visit, if you're ever in town. Tell Frank, the bartender, I said hello. :)

Sushi was wonderful... we even got to see the Iron Chef himself. Joe and I were the only people at the sushi bar, and he walked out of the kitchen and was standing 6 feet from us. I smiled and nodded (my bad attempt at a bow), and he did the same. We didn't get to see him in action, but he stood there watching the 5 sushi chefs VERY closely for several minutes.

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Then we went to the game and saw the Phanatic and the new park and had a cheese steak and the Phillies won. So we went back and saw Frank. :)

...and the limits of night vision

The picture does not do the memorial justice, as we learned that if we want to use the night feature, we need a tripod (or a very strategically placed ladder/wall, etc.). The World War II Memorial is amazing and breathtaking and (in the true non-valley girl sense of the word) awesome.
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Testing the limits of my zoom...

This was taken literally from one end of the ballroom at the JW Marriott to the other. At least I know who the speaker was... Posted by Hello

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Back home again...

...but not in Indiana. Back in Tennessee after 4 days in DC and a great weekend in Philly. Lots to say and lots to talk about and some pics, but right now, I'm focusing on a beer and looking forward to a long hot bath when I go home.

I'm getting too old for this shit.


Friday, June 18, 2004

Weekend Plans (2) - 100th post!

I've been in DC this week, for work. But the work is (almost) over and it's time to have fun.

Going to see a few sights tomorrow - I want to go see the WWII Memorial, and whatever else time will allow. Then, we're headed to Philly. I have a date with an Iron Chef.

Ok, technically, I have a date with Joe to go to the sushi bar at Morimoto's in Philadelphia, then we're headed to the ballgame, then heading home Sunday. And some time in there, we're having cheesesteaks. Yum.


Having a good, albeit busy, week. Lunch with W yesterday was good... Although he wasn't fortunate enough to get to meet me. ;)

Seriously, he and I and the other 800 people there really enjoyed ourselves. I took a picture - I'll post when I'm back. He's about a speck in the distance, but you can tell it's him. Here's the full speech he gave.

So I want this day to be over. Karen Hughes is speaking at this morning's general session, as her plane was delayed and she missed dinner last night. But I'm hanging at the Internet Café, which turned out pretty cool. I guess I can take pics of that as well...

But right now I'm just too tired to worry about it...

Monday, June 14, 2004

Gmail review

Erik has a good write-up on gmail.

Thanks for saving me from having to write it myself. ;)

I'm back

It's hard to believe our site rebrand/new CMS/new everything project is over. Well, "phase one" is over. I didn't know what to do with myself this weekend.

...ok, so maybe I did...

I left work at 2:00 Friday afternoon, went to E and got drunk in the middle of the afternoon with some of the team members. I was lucky enough to have a safe ride home, and got my car Saturday afternoon, once I woke up.

Not sure how much of the sleep was caused by the past week's work schedule and how much was caused by the celebration, but it was wonderful (although anyone who knows me is well aware that staying in bed past 8:00 on a weekend is unheard of for me, not to mention the intense guilt I feel having lost half a day...).

This week is going to be mostly touch-ups and tweaks (and rest) for most of the team - I'm headed to that shindig in D.C. We'll call it DblU meets Dubya. :)

Friday, June 11, 2004

long day

Been here at work almost 19 hours today, but the new site is live. :)

Not perfect. But stable.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Gmail anyone? (2)

I have some invitations, if anyone would like one.

Let me know.


All gone.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Good question

If you were me and had a car that hadn't been moved since November and you found out yesterday that your parking lot was being resurfaced tomorrow, where would you find either of the keys to that car?

Monday, June 07, 2004

Sunday, June 06, 2004


My planned day at work today:

  1. Reorder the new site map

  2. QA 300 context pages

  3. Run first Google Box crawl on migrated content

  4. Script demo for tomorrow morning's team review of site

  5. Review Google Box crawl

What I've accomplished:

  1. Reordered new site map

  2. Broke all 4 instances of the site

  3. Waiting (2 hours so far) for a response to my SOS...

The Search Engine Wars

From the latest NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology:

NPR's Search Engine Wars. 5 part series on search engine evolution.

Friday, June 04, 2004

Well said

Good article on customer experience (from
Digital Web).

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Waiting for the rain to pass...

My glamorous attire during the rain delay at the race Sunday. And, yes, I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I actually drank light beer. From a can. I think I fit in just fine. :) Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Boring blogger... (3)

We're down to 7 working days until our live date (although I don't think the term "weekend" will have much significance, other than dress code), so I doubt I'll have much time for blogging in the next week or so. Just giving advanced notice so I don't get overwhelmed with guilt and feel the need to apologize later...