Tuesday, August 31, 2004

New Tablet PC



New thinner and lighter NEC Tablet PC announced

I don't care - I'm still completely enamoured with mine. :)

Boy, if I had a nickel...

Just opened my top drawer and saw a coin that I didn't quite recognize. Turns out the designer quarters were just the beginning - Westward Journey Nickel Series.

The Internet at 35

CNN's summary of the Internet's history and future:
The Internet at 35: Still evolving

Monday, August 30, 2004

Why TiVo rocks

I just realized that I had failed to set TiVo to record tonight's football game, as my weekly wine tasting overlaps with the game start time.

So I went to the TiVo site and scheduled it. And TiVo sent me the most pleasant and thorough email to confirm my selection:

Hello,

We have received your request to record "NFL Preseason Football: Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys" on Channel 2 for Mon 8/30 at 7:00 PM.

Priority: Cancel other programs if necessary
Quality: Basic
Keep Until: Space needed
Start Recording: On Time
Stop Recording: On Time

The next time your "DVR CE6E" DVR connects to the TiVo service, it will receive this request and send you another e-mail with the results. You can always see the status of your requests by checking your TiVo Messages and the To Do List or Recording History.

Best regards,

TiVo
And they said customer service was dead... :)

Update: I received my confirmation that TiVo would record the game, a list of the programs that would not record because of my request, and step-by-step instructions on how to change which programs will and won't record. Too bad it doesn't do house work...

Titans 2-fer

So I was talking with Peach about our game plan to meet up and get to the Titans game on Friday, and it dawned to me that we're on Monday Night Football this week. I don't mind seeing the Titans twice in a week, but I'm glad it's just pre-season...

Friday, August 27, 2004

TGIF (2)

How can a week seem to have both flown by and dragged on forever???

I think between helping Mom get ready for her move and spending a day and a half in (what now appears to have been unnecessary) Project training, I'm beat.

Time to take it easy for the weekend - especially since this will be my last opportunity until after the wedding. Seems like I need to make sure my shopping list includes everything I need for mimosas Sunday morning. :)

...although, I think I may need to try a Golden Gate. :)

Betty Crocker is a Fake

FastCompany looks at the myths behind a few brand spokescharacters. A VERY few.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Not exactly helpful advice...

Remember way back when I was in project hell and was frustrated because Microsoft Project's resource leveling didn't make sense?

Spent the morning in Project Server 2003 training, where the instructor told us resource leveling doesn't make sense and how to "work around" it:
  1. Level no more targeted than week to week

  2. Be prepared to "Clear Leveling"

The Google Browser

Kottke on the Google Browser. And references to some of the other things Google may have in the works.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Sister of the groom

It's hard to believe, by my baby brother is getting married in 4 weeks. Even harder to believe is that I'm one of the bridesmaids.

I've been a bridesmaid once. For my best friend ever. Since I was 10 years old. And I am ever so grateful for the experience. So, I'm more than happy for my second experience to be for my brother's wedding, as he is my second best friend.

I just hate that the skirt isn't long enough for me to wear heels...

Out of Control?

Despite what others might say, I'm not a control freak. I do not have the overwhelming need to be in charge or to always be right. However, I will admit to the following:

If I know without a doubt that I am right, I will do everything within my power to prove that I am.

If I know without a doubt that you are NOT right (even if I do not know the answer), I will do all I can to 1) prove why you are not right and 2) work with you to find the best solution.

...and... If I am wrong (and I have been once or twice...) I have no problem admitting it. I'll kick myself for at least a decade, but I'll concede.

And I really cannot be bothered with dealing with those who either take credit for what they are not responsible for or choose to go down with a sinking ship rather than admit they were wrong and accept a life raft.

How to cook cauliflower

(For a friend...)

This is guaranteed to get non-cauliflower people eating this veggie -- and the ONLY time I will recommend Ranch dressing (ick).

Steam a head of cauliflower in the microwave.

Get rid of the water, put it in a bowl, pour a bottle of Ranch dressing over it, dump about a cup of grated cheese over it, and cook it for another 5 minutes.

Move it to a new bowl (or serving piece of your choice) and serve it with a big spoon. It will easily break into bite-sized pieces.

Scenes from a Sports Bar (5)

Again, I wasn't there, but this is worth reporting.

That guy that met me in April and decided I was the most wonderful woman on earth was at E last week. And he went to the front desk and said he was interested in a room and asked for a key. And twenty minutes later, he wasn't back and security went up and found him in action. And he left (I'm hoping he got his pants on). And he left his laptop at the bar -- which is being held ransom for his credit card that will be charged for a night's stay.

Wonder how he'll explain that to the wife???

OH NO!!! (2)

Munch's 'The Scream' is Stolen in Norway

I keep forgetting...

Red Grooms is featured at The Frist Center until September. I need to remember to get there in the next couple of weeks...

Friday, August 20, 2004

Word Count

This is pretty cool. Word Count has indexed the most popular 86,800 words. You can search by word or by rank and see where the word falls, as well as what words are near it.

#86,800? Conquistador.

The first word I typed in that wasn't indexed? Marmoset.

AWOL

This scares me.

AWOL (Alcohol Without Liquid) allows one to INHALE alcohol instead of drinking it.

Gmail Notifier

The Gmail Notifier is a downloadable Windows application that alerts you when you have new Gmail messages. It displays an icon in your system tray to let you know if you have unread Gmail messages, and shows you their subjects, senders and snippets, all without your having to open a web browser.
It also lets you set Gmail as your default for mailtos on the web...
(Download is in beta)
Update:
How did I live without this??? "Tell me again..." is the BEST!

Micro flyer

Check out the mini flying robot -- the ones in the last book I read were a lot smaller... :)

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Why Specs Matter

Why Specs Matter from dive into mark.
Most developers are morons, and the rest are assholes. I have at various times counted myself in both groups, so I can say this with the utmost confidence.
And a follow-up article defining a third category, flamers: M&A&F from ongoing.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

10 Answers

I'll show you mine if you show me yours: ;)

What is your favorite word?
apparently

What is your least favorite word?
whatever

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
precision

What turns you off?
negativity (lying)

What is your favorite curse word?
shit!

What sound or noise do you love?
the ocean

What sound or noise do you hate?
a drill

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
sommelier

What profession would you not like to do?
mortician

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
"Don't worry - I didn't like those people either." (they're not here)

10 Questions

Through the magic of TiVo, I have become addicted to Inside the Actors Studio. At the end of each "interview", James Lipton asks each guest 10 questions, originally from a French series, "Bouillon de Culture" hosted by Bernard Pivot (hence the name, "The Pivot Questionnaire...).

The 10th anniversary show has a great segment that plays some of the best responses one after the other (it's really the hook of the show for me - I rarely watch the end of the show, when they allow the students to ask questions).

You can go here and find out which celebrity your personality most resembles. I'm Helen Hunt.

Here are the questions:

What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
What turns you off?
What is your favorite curse word?
What sound or noise do you love?
What sound or noise do you hate?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
What profession would you not like to do?
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

My kind of town (2)

Since I was drunk smart enough to get a good night's sleep Saturday, had plenty of fun on Sunday too! After breakfast (and make-your-own bloody mary's) at Stanley's, we took a walk to the park, and went through the zoo.

Up until the lions, I thought I was going to get a lot of pictures of sleeping animals - they instead woke up as we were visiting them.


And were quick to pose:


The polar bears are always my favorite...




After the zoo, we got to relax on the patio at Ranalli's (unfortunately still stuffed from breakfast to have some pizza) before it was time to catch the flight to Music City... I'm already ready to go back!!!

My kind of town...

(Chicago is)

And I had a wonderful weekend there! Had a good breakfast before heading to the game. Actually, had breakfast and a screwdriver, then a beer at Mitch's, then we all headed to the Cubby Bear, and on to Wrigley.



Took a LOT of photos,but since we were behind home plate, this is one of a very few where you can tell who's at bat (trust me, I'm not complaining!):


Wonder how much Budweiser paid for this?


Cubs win!


The remainders of our post-game victory celebration (whose idea were the jello shots?):


Finished up the day with dinner at Maggiano's and passed out fell asleep early.

"Next Blog"

Saw a reference on evhead to "Next Blog", and since I hadn't been to the Blogger site since they posted the information about the new Navbar, I wasn't sure what he was referring to. Not one to be left behind (for long), I figured it out, added the new Navbar to my site, and proceeded to hit "Next Blog" to see where I ended up.

Ironically, I ended up at a different Evan Williams' blog.

Monday, August 16, 2004

It's Monday (again)

...and in the 2 1/2 hours I've been at work, I've been able to spend 15 minutes on what I'm supposed to be focused on.

Chicago was a lot of fun - I'll blog it and post pictures soon. Just glad to be home with no immediate travel plans.

Friday, August 13, 2004

I HAVE to have...

this sandwich.

I am serious.

...and I mean "fly to New York next Saturday for the day just to have it" serious...

Thursday, August 12, 2004

A bit much...

Stamps.com and the United States Postal Service have teamed up to offer personalized stamps.

I see a trend for wedding invitations, birth announcements, real estate agents (sorry Peach - you know the ones, though - who put their picture on EVERYTHING)...

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Heading home

...for a day.

Then going to Chicago for the weekend. Going to my first Cubs game in over 20 years. Did I say that aloud? Wow, I feel old...

I've been in San Francisco for over 36 hours and I honestly have not stepped foot outside the hotel. Pathetic, I know. But I made up for it last time I was here.

Ironically, the last time I was here, I witnessed the discovery of Lacy Peterson's body while on the way to Monterey. Now, I'm back and the trial is the only thing on the local news.

And on the subject of television, I miss TiVo. I have watched more silly sitcoms and romantic comedies in the past 3 days than in the last year. And I got my TiVo newsletter today, which told me I will soon be able to transfer recordings to a laptop (Tablet PC), and take my shows with me on the road. Question: Why can't I access my DVR remotely via a broadband connection and interact with it as if I were sitting on my couch?

Ok. Almost 8:30 and I have a 4:00 AM wake-up call.

'night.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Cool Tool

Got this from today's class:

Visual Thesaurus.

I'm Rolling Rock

Found myself having an intellectual conversation in the lounge last night. About the origin of "33" on Rolling Rock bottles. Of course, most of you who have had this conversation with me know MY take... I go for the traditional "number of words in the slogan" theory. As opposed to the "year prohibition ended" theory.

And since this year I AM Rolling Rock (33). I figure it's going to be a good year. Some time soon. :)

Monday, August 09, 2004

Hanging out

I've just discovered this hotel's strategy. Pay for high-speed access in the room, or have free wireless in the lounge overlooking the bay...

40 pages away from finishing my book. And even though I found a typo on page 223, I'm still enjoying it. Learned something, too. I've never been able to figure out where the polar bears are...

But "Arktos" is Greek for bear. So polar bears are in the Arctic. And "Anti-arktos" (Antarctica) has no bears. Go figure.

I know, easily amused...

On the road again...

The good news is my rescheduled seminar is in San Francisco. Unfortunately, it's out by the airport, so it's not convenient to anything too exciting, but the view ain't bad.

I was impressed that at any time during my cab ride last night on the way to the hotel, I was picking up no less than 6 wireless networks at any given time. I doubt I'll see that any time soon in Nashville. :)

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Where did the weekend go???

I have to leave for the airport in one hour. Before I go, I need to shower and get dressed and pack... Something tells me I should be taking care of that and not sitting here.

I am positive my neighbors think I'm nuts. This morning, Peach called and invited me over for coffee, and when I told her I was still in my PJs and she said it was no big deal, I put on a pair of sandals and left.

Getting home at noon still in my PJs probably didn't raise my credibility with the neighbors. Not to mention I was carrying half of Peach's wardrobe (when I mentioned I had no idea what I was going to pack, we raided her closet and solved that problem).

The couples' shower for my brother and his better half went well. My contributions to the buffet went over more than really well. I've often thought maybe I should take food that no one likes to these things, so I'm not asked to bring stuff in the future, but we all know I'd never stand for that...

Got to catch up with Cutter, my bro's best friend since adolescence. I was telling Peach earlier that it's hard to believe that I can have an adult conversation with the guy that used to torment me, but I did. When the shower was winding down, Cutter asked where we could go and have a beer and hang out, so I took him to E. Of course, all of the regulars (at least the ones I would want to see) were either still at the shower or home, but we had a nice chat. I guess I didn't figure that even though he was my brother's annoying friend all those years, he has known me over half my life and knows me better than most. So the two of us solved all the world's problems over a few pints and called it a night.

Heading to San Francisco for my conference I missed a month and a half ago - and looking forward to some time away. Although, I guess I better get upstairs and get in the shower and pack, unless I want to spend the entire week in my PJs.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

I heart Gmail (2)

I know there are tons of places that offer Gmail tips, but other than when I first started using it, I rarely go.

So I was pretty proud of myself when I figured out how to work around the biggest "flaw" (imho) with Gmail: not being able to save a draft.

The main reason I want to save a draft is because I start to reply to a message and end up being interrupted, or know I need to reply, but I'm not ready to reply... and sometimes it might take me several hours before I have completed my response.

I'm rambling. Anyway...

If I have the reply open for 3 hours, I can't see when I have received new mail.

My solution: press shift as you click "reply" and open it in a new window. Pretty clever, huh?

I think I'm far too easily entertained. ;)

GoogleGuy

has good taste in movies

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

ewwwww...

Add This GoMeme To Your Blog To Get Higher Google Rankings!

There's a new meme experiment here. I just don't have the energy to do it right now.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Monday, August 02, 2004

I've been feeling more than a little overwhelmed lately and find I am having difficulty "catching up" and haven't felt rested since I don't know when.

And I started thinking about what I've been through lately - since July:
  1. Had surgery and was off work 12 days (should have been more)

  2. My parents divorced, my father moved out, their house went on the market (and a contract is pending)

  3. Spent 3 days in Denver

  4. Spent 4 days in Las Vegas

  5. My "better half" at work moved on to greener pastures

Good thing there's not much going on now - all I have to do is throw this couple's shower for my bro and his fiancée this weekend, go to San Francisco for a conference Sunday through Thursday, head to Chicago Friday, Cubs game Saturday, home Sunday and back to work.

Seriously, after THAT, I hope things calm down. Other than my mother buying and moving into a new house and my brother's wedding (along with all of the out of town guests and family attending the first family function post-divorce...), what else could happen in September?

Don't answer that.

Seriously.

Blogspace Meme Experiment

"This posting is a community experiment started by Minding the Planet to see how a meme represented by a blog posting spreads across blogspace, physical space and time. It will help to show how ideas travel across blogs in space and time and how blogs are connected. It may also help to show which blogs are most influential in the propagation of memes. The original posting for this experiment is located at: Minding the Planet; results and commentary will appear there in the future.

Please join the test by adding your blog (see instructions, below) and inviting your friends to participate — the more the better. The data from this test will be public and open; others may use it to visualize and study the connectedness of blogspace and the propagation of memes across blogs.

The GUID for this experiment is: as098398298250swg9e98929872525389t9987898tq98wteqtgaq6-2010920352598gawst (this GUID enables anyone to easily search Google for all results of this experiment). The new GUID is as098398298250swg9e. Anyone is free to analyze the data of this experiment. Please publicize your analysis of the data, and/or any comments by adding comments onto the original post at Minding the Planet; Note: it would be interesting to see a geographic map or a temporal animation, as well as a social network map of the propagation of this meme.

INSTRUCTIONS

To add your blog to this experiment, copy this entire posting to your blog, and fill out the info below, substituting your own information in your posting, where appropriate.

(Note: Replace the answers below with your own answers)

1. I found this experiment at URL: http://blog.outer-court.com/archive/2004_08_02_index.html#109146371104335033
2. I found it via “Newsreader Software” or “Browsing or Searching the Web” or “An E-Mail Message”: Newsreader Software (FeedDemon)
3. I posted this experiment at URL: http://lindadblu.blogspot.com
4. I posted this on date (day, month, year): 02 August 2004
5. I posted this at time (24 hour time): 14:36
6. My posting location is (city, state, country): Nashville, Tennessee, US

OPTIONAL SURVEY FIELDS (Replace the answers below with your own answers):
1. My blog is hosted by: Blogger
2. My age is: 33
3. My gender is: F
4. My occupation is: Software Product Manager
5. I use the following RSS/Atom reader software: FeedDemon
6. I use the following software to post to my blog: Blogger
7. I have been blogging since (day, month, year): 10 March 2004
8. My web browser is: Avant
9. My operating system is: Windows XP

PS: The Google-ID was so long several people already broke it up into separate parts (like as098398298250swg9e98929872525389t9987898tq98wteqtgaq6 - 2010920352598gawstw98qwrt189849813907azq4). This of course will make it impossible to use it in a Google search to retrieve all relevant postings spreading this meme. I wonder why the original author didn't think of a short ID to prevent this. In any case, a search query such as "The dataset generated by this experiment could help us" will work as well.

So Far Away... (2)

Didn't intend to post 2 (non-related) items in a row with the same title, but these things happen. If it bugs you, you'll get over it. More importantly, I will.

Been meaning to post this for a while (days/weeks - not really sure... it's all been a blur lately, anyway). Just thought it was a really cool picture and was reminded of it when I saw something about the blue moon on the news.



This photo is from the Apollo Image Gallery. If you go to "11-pg2", you can see all of the photos in the Earthrise sequence.

So Far Away...

OK, so we weren't far away (from the stage) at all - 7th row balcony (and at the Ryman, those are pretty damn good seats).

Me 'n BB 'n Peach went to see Carole King Saturday. What a great show - and a great night!