Saturday, October 30, 2004

(Not so) typical Saturday

Spent the day in Spring Hill at my sister's - at what I hope will be the last garage sale for this family for quite some time. Made a couple dollars and broke my toe (thanks to a chest of drawers being strategically dropped on my sandaled foot). Ouch! But, my mother got a good laugh (she actually started crying and had to excuse herself indoors to compose herself -- I, on the other hand, limped to my car and got out my first aid kit and taped the damned toe to the one next to it, but got out of moving everything off the driveway and back into the garage).

Apparently, IU has a football team (who knew?), and they won today - 5 days 'til (preseason) game one.

Heading down to E for an evening of trivia... It's a rematch from last week, but I'm not worried. :)

Friday, October 29, 2004

I'm so jealous

We had too many clouds to see the eclipse here...

But my favorite cooking blog has some pretty good pics.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Happy Halloween

Want to see my boobees?

Wright Earns Big Ten Preseason Honor

Even though IU is struggling to overcome last season (losing nine of our final 12 games, no post-season play for the first time since 1976-77, and our worst record since 1969-70), there's hope for this coming year. Bracey Wright has been selected by the media on the 2004-05 Preseason All-Big Ten team. Maybe along with our two new assistants and our Netherlander, things will turn around. If not, we'll have to think of something else...

Note to self: Drink more red

Study: Red Wine Slows Lung Cancer, White Raises Risk

First heart disease, now lung cancer... Good thing I filled up my wine rack last week. :)

Unnecessary caveat:
"Barros-Dios was careful not to encourage binge drinking to combat the disease..."

Note to self: No reason to go to Russia...

Russians May Ban Public Beer-Drinking

Monday, October 25, 2004

Where's my commission?

I've "sold" at least 3 tablet PCs this evening. Why did I ever think I wasn't cut out for sales? ;)

Here's what I hate about conferences: You come and listen to the spiel and get excited and motivated and then you go home and have to come back down to reality. And after being here the past 24 hours, I have this desire to do what I'm supposed to be doing (my job) and am dying to find a place where I can do it without having to deal with all the politics I have to deal with now.

Not that I'm naive and think that I wouldn't have to deal with politics wherever I go, but I think if I want to focus on product development and lifecycle management, I should work for a company whose focus is product development.


Tablet PC spokesgirl

They should pay me for this... or at least invite me to participate in a panel discussion.

Granted, my tablet pc always draws a lot of attention, but usually more as a novelty. I have spent as much time at this conference demonstrating the many different ways I use my tablet to increase my productivity at work as I have spent attending the different sessions.

Considering there's only one session left today, I think the next demo will have a fee - for a glass of wine, I'll amaze you with my super skills and even let you attempt to stump the text recognition abilities of my favorite toy productivity tool.


Sunday, October 24, 2004

PDMA Update

Another minority group I'm in: I'm not an engineer. Seems most of the products are physical. Oh well, I'm not at work.

Mission accomplished

Yes, there is wireless in the sports bar. :)

And I've successfully imported all of the PDFs for my sessions into Windows Journal.

Good thing I am easily amused. :)

Now, let's go Cardinals!

Back in the Windy City

In my favorite city for the PDMA conference. I'm definitely in the minority: female, American, (sort of) southern, and (sort of) young. But it looks like a good couple of days. I'm skipping the opening reception and instead going to see if the wireless works in the sports bar. I know, big surprise there.

They gave us a USB flash drive with all of the presentations, so I need to get them imported into Windows Journal so I can take notes on my Tablet PC over the next couple of days.

Sounds like just the thing to do while watching some baseball...

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Like old times...

I'm back in the office on a Saturday, designing templates for a site conversion. But, it's not been bad, and I've been able to get a lot done in a little time, and I can now head to Chicago for the PDMA conference knowing that I've created enough work to keep a developer or 2 busy. :)

How the hell

does happy hour turn into midnight?

Dunno. But I had fun. :)

Friday, October 22, 2004

I need to move...

From The Register:

Three-quarters of Brit workers drunk after lunch

Now I know why Rob was so easy-going in the afternoon. ;)

What's disappointing is that the actual statistic is that 33% enjoy an adult beverage at lunch three times a week, and 76% of them feel "slightly drunk" when they return to work. So it's more like 25% of the workforce 60% of the time, with the possibility of sobering up by happy hour. :)

USB Flash Connector

From BrianKaneOnline:

This adapter allows you to connect two USB flash memory devices and copy from one to another with no PC involved.

Another reason to (heart) my geek chain. :)

Hoosiers get a biggun'

IU receives a commitment from Ben Allen, a 6-10, 215-pound post player from Melbourne, Australia. Our 2005 class is full. Here are this season's guys. 13 days 'til game 1.

Art imitates life... (take 3)

Or does my life imitate a comic strip???

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

I'm a dork

Yeah, I know -- no news to anyone who knows me.

Got mom the perfect housewarming present, only to have to take it back for her... but got a good dinner and got to spend the evening with her finding stuff to replace the original present.

And you know how I worry about little trivial stuff and tell all of you that I'm really not worried, but inside I really am, even though I know things are ok, and it will all end up ok?

It has.


John Cleese's Wine for the Confused

This is a really good show - I TiVo'd it the other night and watched it after work yesterday - it's on twice this weekend, so set your VCR/DVR, or beg me to save it for you from my hard drive. :)

gmail anyone?

Let me know if you would like a gmail account. First and last name and email address to which you'd like the invite sent, please.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

2 of my favorites, together... and better

So, a couple of weeks ago, Nick Bradbury posted Read your GMail inbox in FeedDemon. Which thrilled me.

Now, he describes how to check more than one account: GMail and FeedDemon, Part II. Cool.

Ideas for TiVo

Not mine - but Mark Cuban has some interesting thoughts on feature enhancements for TiVo. The first one intrigues me more than the others, but I have to say I'd be in favor of getting rid of cable and network TV and moving to a purely VOD/internet content model...

Monday, October 18, 2004

Boring blogger (3)

Well, the blogger isn't boring, but the blog is... The past 4 days have been absolutely insane, and fun, but not necessarily bloggable... Sorry, I'm not that much of an exhibitionist. At least, when I'm sober. ;)

I did manage to break 100 all three games last night. Way to burn up the bowling alley.

I'm also out of the NFL survivor's league, but that's one less thing to stress about each weekend.

Time to get through a hard week at work and head to Chicago.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Just another Monday night game? Not even.

Maybe the wine tasting before the game will mellow me out.

More wedding photos

Here are more photos from my brother's wedding - these are some that I'm going to order prints of - except for the fact that a 3" x 5" is listed at $1000 - I'm hoping it's supposed to be $10, as a 5" x 7" is only $14...

The DblU "children":

The entire wedding party:

Just the girls:

My bro and the girls:

Mr. and Mrs. DblU:

All the girls:

(Here are the other pics)

hmm... imagine that...

You Should Vote For Bush

George Bush

(You May Want to Hide This From Your Left-y Blogger Friends)

Changing habits

Last week, Scoble asked, "Is Gmail changing your email habits?". That would be a resounding "hell, yeah!" from me...

But, over the past year, I've had 2 other major shifts in my communication/information gathering behaviors.

RSS - no more surfing the web, jumping from bookmark to bookmark, looking for something that might interest me. And (better yet) the end of dozens of email newsletters a week - some of which have proven to be impossible to opt out of. Just open FeedDemon and scan through the list of new entries.

And, my beloved TiVo. No more channel surfing. And anytime I feel like being a couch potato, I know I have a variety of recorded shows that I want to watch. And I can pause live TV whenever I want to (as long as I'm back in half an hour - can you say "beer run"?) and then I can fast-forward through commercials until I catch back up to real time.

What might come next? I have no idea, but I'm looking forward to it. :)

Goodbye Superman

This is the first thing I heard this morning when my alarm came on:

Actor Christopher Reeve Dies at 52

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Where did the weekend go? (2)

How can it already be Sunday evening and time to think about the work week? This was the first weekend I didn't have to worry about mom moving or my brother's wedding or house-sitting. And, yes, I did enjoy it. It just seems it went by too fast.

Got to spend time with Peach Friday and had my late-night bar excursion, and got lots of errands run Saturday and more time to visit with Peach and a quick trip to E and still was home early on a Saturday night.

Spent today watching football and grabbed an hour nap, then on to the bowling alley, where I was supposed to sub on Brian's team, except it was a positioning week, and apparently I can't bowl on positioning weeks until I have 9 games on the record. Oh well, Peach and I cheered the guys on and I guess I'll be ready to go next week...

Time to see what TiVo has planned for my evening.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Scenes from a (different) sports bar

So 2 hours ago, while on my way to another sports bar in town (already having been to E after having dinner with Peach), I was already titling this post "note to self... don't answer the phone after 11:00" in my head.

But I did answer and I did accept the guilt trip I was given and I did change out of my pj's and into jeans and a sweater and drove into town and met my friend and had a good time.

I'm getting too old for this shit.

Quote of the night: "I'm a top-notch $20 date." -- Rick @ 12:20 AM, Sat. 10/09/04

We talked about life and love and world peace (no - not really world peace) and fate and karma and having no regrets and how much better off we are as people having been through what we have.

And on the way home, I heard this song -- that I used to hate. And I'm thinking now it might be my mantra.

Friday, October 08, 2004

Puffy Muffin

Despite the hokey name, Puffy Muffin has a WONDERFUL breakfast and lunch menu. They also do quite the catering job.

So when I offered to bring dinner to Peach's for her post-surgery recovery this evening, I ordered up some crunchy chicken casserole and picked it up hot. Yum. Comfort food.

Also picked up their cookbook - as I'm a big fan of their ginger iced tea, as well as most everything else on their menu. Cost of 2 gallons of tea = cost of book with tea recipe in it. :)

This has my name written ALL over it

add rss feeds to series 1 and series 2 tivos

I'm a survivor...

We're up to week 5 of our NFL "Survivor's Pool". Here's the deal - 30 of us pitched in $20 (total = $600 for the numerically-challenged) and get to pick one team a week to win - flat-out, not against the spread. Here's the catch(es): You can only pick a team once, and once you pick a loser, you're out. No buying back in. Whoever lasts the longest gets the cash.

We're down to 18. And I'm one of 'em. :)

And seeing as I have yet to pick the Patriots, I'm going with a ringer this week.

mmm... sushi

Went to Ru San's for dinner last night with Peach and friends - and even though I ate more in one sitting than I had all week, I'm still wanting more...

Ru San's is Nashville's (and Atlanta's and Charlotte's) "rock and roll" sushi place. But what's cool is the food is really good. REALLY good. And their prices are great - 4 of us pigged out on sushi and beer and (a LOT of) sake, and it was less than $150.

They're having their one-year anniversary celebration Sunday. Might have to go back for more. If I'm hungry by then. :)

Thursday, October 07, 2004

RSS needs TiVo...

From Nick Bradbury: RSS: Privacy and Trust

Interesting thoughts on the future of RSS aggregation - and the ability of your aggregator to collect data on your habits and go out and find other items that might also interest you.

Kind of like TiVo suggestions - definitely a little clunky at first, but with some guidance, my TiVo has learned that I have no desire to record The Golden Girls...

GMail (and Hotmail and Yahoo) Icon Generator

See that cute little Gmail icon to the right?

Saw this on ResearchBuzz:

Make an icon for your e-mail address in Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo Mail

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

What to do...

This weekend is the Taste of Nashville and Oktoberfest.

Or, I can hang at home (for the first weekend in FOREVER) and maybe convince (not difficult) John to order in and watch movies (where's that TiVo/NetFlix partnership when I need it???).

too funny

Auto ... what?

from Davezilla

Wish List

With the holidays coming (and my fan club growing - LOL) I thought I'd publish my wish list...

Seriously, don't hold back folks. :) I REALLY want that clear duct tape.

My Wish List

Cool things I've found because of my Google Ads

Blog Info
More blog info

Girls' night

Had a good dinner with D & J and got to catch up on girl talk this evening. Watched some of the game and had a good time over all.

I like girl time. :)

But I don't LIKE winter...

Season = Winter
You're Most Like The Season Winter ...

You're often depicted as the cold, distant season.
But you're incredibly intelligent, mature and
Independant. You have an air of power around
you - and that can sometimes scare people off.
You're complex, and get hurt easily - so you
rarely let people in if you can help it. You
can be somewhat of a loner, but just as easily
you could be the leader of many. You Tend to be
negative, and hard to relate to, but you give
off a relaxed image despite being insecure -
and secretly many people long to be like you,
not knowing how deep the Winter season really

Well done... You're the most inspirational of
seasons :)

?? Which Season Are You ??
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No g-browser?

"Google board member and investor John Doerr said that despite speculation, the search giant would not enter the web browser market..."

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Gmail adds features

Like a better "contacts" page and saving drafts (my favorite!):

He's moving on...

Evan Williams, founder of Blogger, has decided to leave Google and do something different.

Best of luck!

Monday, October 04, 2004

Scenes from a sports bar (6)

Caught the second half of the Titans game yesterday with Peach and some friends at E. The question of the night: Does the blind guy know he's drinking O'Doul's? Once we figured out he must be the designated driver, we understood. ;)

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Weekend wrap-up (4)

Got mom moved into her house - well, furniture, at least. She's going to take time and do a pickup truck load at a time to get the rest there. Can't blame her -- she's been dealing with boxes since January.

Went to the dojo Saturday and watched a couple of classes. It's funny to see John and Glenn work through the moves and make them look like it's second nature, then watch the students (with less than two months training) have so much difficulty. They (J&G) make it look so easy. I don't know if I'll ever be able to give it a try, but I definitely have a great amount of respect for what John does.

My Titans are having a HARD year. But, that's part of being a fan. Today's game was again frustrating, as I went through all the emotions of "we can come back" to "what the HELL are they doing???".

Back at home after a week of house sitting. It will be nice to take a bath without being joined (unexpectedly) by a friend of the feline persuasion. :)

Friday, October 01, 2004

Looking for something to do?

Change a coworker's default home page to the Swedish Chef (think Muppets, bork, bork, bork...) or Elmer Fudd interpretation of Google. Can you say "I'm Feewing Wucky" (or, Feeleeng loocky? Inter a seerch und try it oooot!)?

The Hacker and Pig Latin versions are fun, too.


TiVo, Netflix sign movies-on-demand deal



Modern Drunkard Magazine has uncovered that Jack Daniel's has quietly dropped the strength of its Tennessee whiskey.

Speaking as a Tennessee Squire, I have to say: "Just drink more of it." :)

Friday fun!

Well, for me, at least. The Google Blog has posted the Google Labs Aptitude Test.

Keep your eyes on your own papers!