Wednesday, February 23, 2005

PC troubles

My home PC will not boot up properly, so I am temporarily without a home computer. I was hoping to buy a new one this spring, so I guess my timetable has been sped up.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Wikimedia Fundraising

The Wikimedia Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organization with the goal of providing free knowledge to every person in the world. That's right, non-profit, so they're doing some fundraising - It's a worthwhile cause. They run Wikipedia, as well as many other computing resources that are free to the public.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

The Wisdom of Goo Goo Dolls

Here is Gone - And I was not the answer, So forget you ever thought it was me
Iris - You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be
Slide - What you feel is what you are, And what you are is beautiful
Sympathy - What I chased won’t set me free … And I wasn't all the things I tried to make believe I was

Friday, February 18, 2005

I am best described as:
INTP - "Architect". Greatest precision in thought and language. Can readily discern contradictions and inconsistencies. The world exists primarily to be understood. 3.3% of total population.
Take the Jung Personality Test

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Molly

This is my cat Molly:



My sister found her as a stray in July of 1999, and at the time she was so small that we assumed she was not full grown. She didn't seem to get any bigger after I took her in, maybe she put some weight on, but not much. She has always been the crazy cat that meows at visitors and runs around bothering the other cats.
Last Friday, I came home and she was not at the door to greet me and be fed. I fed my other cat, Chubby, and went to find Molly. She was under my bed and was acting sick. I took her to the vet on Tuesday since she wasn't eating or drinking water. They did blood work, took x-rays and diagnosed her with Pyometra, which is an infection of the uterus. I won't get any more detailed than that, since it is pretty gross. She had surgery this morning to remove her uterus and ovaries, and she's now recovering at home, tired but feeling better.

Blink

Last Tuesday's book signing was crowded, but amusing nonetheless. Nerve.com has an interview with Gladwell about the book.

PS I do not recommend the mint brownies at Starbuck's - dry and not very minty.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Diner

This movie was a big bore. We have several characters that are barely there, that we hardly know and consequently don't care about. Gutenberg is an easily annoyed loser that makes his fiance take a football trivia test to see if he will marry her. Gee, he must have them lining up around the block. They don't even make him learn any kind of lesson at the end. Stern is a man trapped in an unhappy marriage, but we have no idea why he's unhappy. Rourke is a slimy player who uses people and doesn't learn his lesson, either. Reiser is supposed to be funny, but is just sad and annoying. Bacon is a loose cannon that has some family issues that are never explored. Daly is a guy home from college who has a problem, but we don't really care about the woman he's got the problem with, since she is a very one-dimensional character.
At one point, there is a musical number that serves no purpose whatsoever. I couldn't believe this was put in the Comedy genre.

Beautiful

Sunset from Space

Board Games

Amid my tabriffic surfing last night, I came across ItsYourTurn.com where you can play board games against other users. They don't have to be logged in when you are, as the interface tells you when it's your turn and games are aloud to last several days.

Now, I have a severe board game fetish. I once read an article about a couple who have closets full of games and play for at least an hour each night. That's my idea of the perfect man! I play video games (both console and computer), a few RPGs and several online, but board games were my first love, I just don't have many people willing to play with me.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

I'm 56% freak, how about you?
Confession time: I am currently running Netscape and have ten different tabs open. Surprisingly, none of them are del.icio.us.

Minutes later, I get a 503 Service not available error while trying to post to my del.icio.us acct, hmm.

Even later, I got up to 13 tabs at once, but then I gave in and posted them all.

Did you know

As of November 6th, 2004, there were over 44 million generic Top Level Domains (.com .edu .mil .net .org .gov) registered?

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Endangered Species

I went grocery shopping today and was surprised to see that you can now buy endangered baby snow leopards and endangered baby giraffes for only $1.99 - and they keep them at the checkouts. I saw the price tag on the shelf and looked around for them, but I only saw candy bars.

Monday, February 07, 2005

24

I have been watching 24 again this season. I've seen all of the first and third seasons, but I couldn't finish watching the second. I drew myself a map of all the characters so far so I can keep track of everyone. My bet is that sometime during the season, Edgar becomes a hostage. He's the right kind of spineless but necessary guy that would end up in that situation. 24 is an anomaly for me because I don't like cop shows or political dramas. Law and Order is acceptable as filler if there is nothing else on, but don't go out of my way to watch it.

Malcolm Gladwell

A few weeks ago I stumbled across an article by Gladwell, "Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg" while surfing del.icio.us. I perused some of his other articles, found them to be interesting reads, and bookmarked his site. Last week, I was paging through The Onion when I saw an ad for Gladwell appearing at the Edina Barnes & Noble tomorrow evening. I wasn't sure it was the same author, as the only thing I could remember about the author of the articles was that he wrote for the New Yorker. I compared the two today and found that it is indeed him and now I have found my weekly Metro Area activity. The book is called Blink and it's about the psychology of intuition.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Del.icio.us

Del.icio.us is a social bookmarks manager. What does that mean? It means when you store a bookmark on your del.icio.us acct, others can see what you've bookmarked and how you tagged it (i.e. what categories you put it in). My page is here. You bookmark things by using some javascript written into the URL of one of your favorites. It's not as complicated as it may sound.
I recently lost most of my bookmarks in Netscape, and was looking for a way to manage them better anyway. The social aspect of del.icio.us can be seen on it's home page, which displays the most recent additions by all members. Another plus is that you can add and access your bookmarks from any computer.