Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Mark your calendars...

Indiana To Play Duke In Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Bracey the TWolf

Good luck Bracey - but I have to wonder how much higher than 15th on the list of all-time leading scorers he would have been had he stayed one more year...

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

A rose by any other name

They're calling it Bloody Mary Aspic, but we all know it's jello shots for brunch.

Google Earth

Remember this?

Google Earth Beta has been released. And it's free for personal use.

Here's more info and the product tour.

You can also try Google Earth Pro free for 7 days.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Move along...

There's nothing new to see here, just testing this out.

And that's what I might look like if I were a character on South Park. And I'd probably have a crush on Stan.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

TiVo-induced ADD

One of the bad habits I've picked up since TiVo moved into my house is that I rarely pay full attention to the television when I'm watching live TV. Why bother? If I hear or see something that does catch my attention, I just pick up that remote, rewind a little bit and see what I missed.

Apparently, this habit has moved into other areas of my life, as I found myself reaching for the rewind button on my car radio this morning...

But it's not a bad idea. Think about it. After they speed through the traffic report, I often find myself thinking, "Which intersection of Old Hickory and [insert any major or secondary street in Nashville here] did he say to avoid?". All that I need is a 2 or three minute buffer on my radio so I can replay a song I really like, or hear who the artist was again, or replay that commercial to get the phone number or address of that store (OK - not likely; I'm just trying to make the advertisers feel like they're getting through).

So who's going to come out with this feature? Seriously, build it into a new car, and I'll buy it.

OK, maybe I won't. I remember thinking that when I wished for automatic windshield wipers years ago, and I'm not driving a Volvo (nor have I purchased this). Yet.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

My 2 cents

So I saw this post over at Steve Rubel's place that suggested that Steve Jobs inspirational commencement address at Stanford is proof he would make a great blogger.

I have to disagree (sorry, Steve). I think it's proof that he can provide bloggers with fuel and allow them to spread his message to a larger audience.

I would get into the whole idea that just because you have the ability to create the message doesn't mean you should be the vehicle that distributes the message, but that's more then 2 cents.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Time flies


I left work Friday and went home and got dolled up and went to TPAC to catch a show and got up Saturday and did my chores and ran my errands (like going to the bank and the dry cleaners and the grocery store) then went downtown to Printers Alley for that Animal Shelter thing (and now I REALLY think I should have taken in one of those kittens) then went to the pool and hung out for a while and went home and got ready and went out for dinner and drinks and dancing until far too late and spent Sunday doing the usual Sunday things and then went out for dinner and got home and couldn't believe the weekend was over already.

Where did it go?

The only "good thing" I can take away from this is that it seems like mere minutes ago that I was walking into work this morning and now it's time to go home.

Here's to next weekend getting here before I know it.

It better.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Thursday, June 16, 2005

What's wrong with my TiVo?

I'm afraid my TiVo has come down with a bug or something...

I've noticed he's been sluggish at times lately, and just yesterday, without warning, he stopped recording a show midstream, then rebooted himself.

Nothing strange since then, but I can't locate any sort of manual that addresses this type of issue and I'm certain he's not lonely, because he's nowhere near neglected.

Let's hope it was just a hiccup.

Candy coating? No thanks, I don't care for sweets.

And if you've ever met me, you should realize that doesn't just apply to sugary treats, but sugar-coated words, as well. Just recently, while in a meeting at work (that coincidentally included 3 other Nashville bloggers -- that I'm aware of), I actually uttered the words, "Our job is to deliver what's best for our user community, not to pad her resume," which had to be on the minds of at least half of the people in to room, yet only I was stupid bold enough to say it.

Note to self: don't accept any more meeting requests that span an hour and a half at the end of the busiest day of the work week.

Anyway, the point is, I'm not afraid to speak my mind. Even when I should be. Which is killing me because more and more I find myself editing what I'm writing here and even deleting drafts completely, realizing that someone might take something the wrong way or I'm getting a little too personal for my own comfort.

Related note: This post has gone through EXTENSIVE edits in the past week... Yeah, and it's still this bad... go figure.

I think it started back in February, when I went to that thing and dragged a few others with me. And out of nowhere, I got emails and calls from people who "found me" that wouldn't have had I not been listed on that list that I was listed on.

What's strange is I'm ok with people who know me coming here and I'm ok with complete strangers coming here - it's everyone in-between that tends to freak me out. I think it's because people who know me understand my sense of humor (and/or complete lack thereof) and I don't give a flip about people who don't know me - let them think what they want. It's all y'all in that grey area.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not asking you to go away. Just don't form an opinion of me based on what you might read (or, more appropriately, read into) here.

We good?

Good. Carry on.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Big Fat Zero

Yesterday evening, we decided to venture downtown to listen to a little music. As we left the Coliseum, we were each handed a bottle of Coke Zero.

"Hmm. What's this?" I wondered (yes, out loud).

I studied the label and saw that it was calorie free, carb free, and low in sodium.

My immediate thought was, "How is this different than diet Coke?".

Having suffered through the introduction of "New Coke" in the 80's and my recent disappointment with the too syrupy sweet taste of Diet Coke with Splenda fresh in my mind, I wondered if maybe this could be the diet Coke for me, and decided to go ahead and try it.

Immediately, I realized, "Hey - this tastes like regular Coke!"

I've since learned that Coke is marketing Coke Zero as "Real Coca-Cola Taste With Zero Calories".

And had I stopped at that first sip, I'd have to agree. The more I drank, the more I realized that once again, change is not always good. If you're dying to try it, I still have half a bottle in my fridge, but once it's gone, I don't plan on stocking up with anything other than the real thing...

Got dirt?

My sister entered the world of homeownership about a year and a half ago and is still struggling to get her yard up to par. She chose a nice level lot, but any evidence of that ceased to exist once the house was built. Six months of talking to the builder about it resulted in a lame attempt to re-grade the yard. They fail to see there's still a problem, since the water runs away from the house and "that's all that's needed". Call her crazy, but she's not happy with the soggy marsh just a few feet away from her house nor the stream running across her yard. She's decided it's time to deal with this herself.

So, if anyone knows where she might find some cheap (free) dirt, let me know - of course, it would be most convenient if said dirt was in the Williamson/Maury County area, but beggars can't be choosers...

Friday, June 10, 2005

Travel Day

My Friday work day consists of nothing but a two-hour meeting.

That and getting to DC and back and trying to manage everything else via blackberry...

Have a good weekend - see ya next week!

Thursday, June 09, 2005

IE Gets Tabbed Browsing,

Maintains Suckitude

For some reason, that title just seemed too clever to pass by...

OK, it's really not that bad

I figured I'd follow up that "work's not so great right now for me" post with something to even things out. As those who know me can attest, I really do enjoy my job.


I get to go to this conference.

And stay here.


Sometimes you're the windshield...

Not any time soon for me, though.

It looks like June has been designated as the official month for Linda to be the bug. I wish they had sent a company-wide memo about this. I could have at least taken some time off...

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

If you can't be an athlete...

Note to self:

Don't make the statement the you are an athletic supporter (third quote) unless you are positive that at least SOMEONE in the meeting is familiar with this movie.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

We almost told you how to do it...

But instead we'll just point you in the right direction.

Way to pat ourselves on the back for not publishing that report that told terrorists how to compromise our dairy industry. At least now they need to figure out the vulnerabilities on their own.

Don't you hate it when... convince someone to join you for lunch at one of your favorite places and they have a not-so-great experience and you just know they will never set foot in there again and you feel oh so responsible?

Me too.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Saturday, June 04, 2005

No pressure

Well, less pressure, at least.

I went to see my doctor Thursday afternoon, and ended up with a prescription to treat high blood pressure. My blood pressure on Wednesday was 150 over 112. Thursday, post first dose, 80 over 40 (it's leveled out now). A little loopy and light headed, I decided to stay home from work Friday and spent most of the day asleep, as my body wasn't used to receiving a normal amount of blood and oxygen.

I'm not exactly thrilled with having to take a prescription every day, but since hypertension runs in my family, I probably don't have much of a choice.

My next obstacle is to start eating right and working out regularly (at the request of my M.D., who has prescribed a full physical in a month).

Getting old sucks.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

3 things I'm tired of hearing about:

1. Tennessee Waltz/John Ford
2. That woman who hired a stripper for her son
3. Deep Throat

mmm... donuts

This can't wait until tomorrow...

Krispy Kreme is celebrating National Doughnut Day (I wonder if we'll get out early?) on Friday, June 3rd by offering customers a free doughnut of their choice.

Find a location here. And try to decide... just try.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Pick a card - any card

From Nick Usborne:

Your Web Site Is a Deck of Cards
Books, magazine and catalogs have front covers followed by sequential pages. People generally start with the front cover and move forward from there.

Not so with web sites. Visitors arrive at interior pages all the time. On some sites the home page isn't even the most frequently used entry point into the site.

The idea that a web site has a beginning, middle and end is a convenient construct of our own. But it is not how web sites are used and experienced by our visitors.

The typical user experience is less like picking up a paper catalog, and a lot more like being presented with a shuffled deck of cards and being asked to pick any card.