Tuesday, September 30

That's Service

[That's Service]

I just got another monitor. It's marginally better than the last one, and that's enough to stop me from whining about it today.

It was on my desktop when I returned from lunch. And, it was already personalized for me: it has a Hello Kitty Ladybug sticker on it.

Now, that's service.

Monday, September 29

Technical Difficulties

[Technical Difficulties]

I've been having problems with my cable. And, because I won't be able to stay at home at any time this week, I won't have at-home access until Saturday.

So, posts will be light for the next week.

Friday, September 26

Wednesday, September 24

Today's caveat on the behavior of ladies

[Today's caveat on the behavior of ladies]

A lady never attends a cockfight.

Eventuality

[Eventuality]

Eventually, one's horoscope has to be right, I mean it would be equally unlikely that it could be wrong every day as it would that it would be right every day. Today, I think I’ll believe it:
Spiritual breakthroughs may have you feeling a little disconcerted, dear Coco. The clearing away of deadwood, such as traumas from the long past, might tell you a few things about yourself you'd rather not face. Nonetheless, it's vital to release these hang-ups for one to progress as a human being. Bear in mind that even if tears are involved, this is a positive development. You'll feel freer and happier once it's all set free. Onward and upward!

That being said, you may want to stay at home this evening: a conference of some kind could touch upon some pretty volatile issues, and the people present could disagree to the point that the meeting turns into a shouting match. You probably have strong opinions on this, as well, but don't get involved. You won't be able to stop the argument, and it can only stress you out. In fact, if you can, it might be advisable to avoid this meeting altogether. Think about it!
Yeah. I think I'm staying home this evening. Bubble bath. Order in. Work on clearing away my spiritual deadwood and perhaps, paint my toenails.

Sunday, September 21

One Word

[One Word]

Like flossing my teeth, I should do this daily.

Like flossing my teeth, I shall do this intermittently.

Sigh.

Goals | Reality

[Goals | Reality]

My evening?

While listening to Spirituality and Brad Peterson, IWhile listening to Tool and U2, I
  • washed the dishes;

  • attempted to prep something for dinner tomorrow [I did not realize until late into the process, sadly, that I am out of eggs];

  • unpacked a few more books; and

  • cleaned out the fridge.
While listening to John Fahey [Yup, J, you forgot it, and I'm glad that you did.], I did almost nothing but sit and smoke.

This was about a third of what I had intended to accomplish this evening. Utter failure.

Friday, September 19

Music and Evolution

[Music and Evolution]

I think they left out one crucial point: try shagging someone who has no rhythm.

[At the NY Times you may use: login = bulletproofbra, password = crystal.]

Thursday, September 18

Art Bell is Back

[Art Bell is Back]

He has always been a wonderful road trip companion.

Hailing a fashionable taxi

[Hailing a fashionable taxi]

I'd cross the street to hail a Hello Kitty taxi. Now, a London taxi would likely be more comfortable, but I'm unsure that I want to get into one that's a rolling American Express billboard.

Tuesday, September 16

Utterly Fascinating

[Utterly Fascinating]

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

[From Mark via email.]

Allocation of Funds

[Allocation of Funds]

There's no cash in the work coffers for any more external training this year, so if I want to attend anything, I can most likely get the time off, but would have to pay for it myself.

There's a course that I wanted to attend, and now I'm wondering whether I can justify spending my own money on it. Edward Tufte is giving a one-day course on Presenting Data and Information. It would be $ 320, and I'd get his books Visual Explanations, Envisioning Information, and The Visual Display of Quantitative Information as part of the class materials.

Is it worth it? I mean, I've probably spent more at Sephora, Ulta, and Walgreens in the past month.

Or should I just buy the books from Amazon for $ 133? I could even hunt for them used . . . .

I could take it on September 30th, October 1st, or October 2nd. But, I have to decide soon . . . .

Attraction & Approachablity

[Attraction & Approachablity]

What is it that makes someone approachable? Some days, I don't get approached at all. Today? Three hard hits before lunch, one with a business card and a pleading for a lunch date. I don't have a clue why. It's not the outfit — I've worn it several times before. Perhaps it's the weather. Perhaps my mood is obvious: my day started well and I've been grinning since I left the apartment. Who knows . . . .

Add This to My Permanent Record

[Add This to My Permanent Record]

Scary: Ashcroft is a bloody fucking fascist.
Scarier: He doesn't think he is.

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!

Monday, September 15

Scoptophobia in the Locker Room

[Scoptophobia in the Locker Room]

Many health clubs have banned the use of mobile phones in the locker rooms with good reason: you never know who might be taking pictures of naked patrons with their camera phones. This jamming device may tackle the problem.

[Thanks to Jeremy, who is quite aware of my scoptophobic tendencies.]

Fatherland Security | Defining Terrorism

[Fatherland Security | Defining Terrorism]
"Within six months of passing the Patriot Act, the Justice Department was conducting seminars on how to stretch the new wiretapping provisions to extend them beyond terror cases," said Dan Dodson, a spokesman for the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. "They say they want the Patriot Act to fight terrorism, then, within six months, they are teaching their people how to use it on ordinary citizens."
Uh, yeah. Who couldn't have predicted that?

Thursday, September 11

My Ever-Increasing Photo/Video/Image-Specific Scoptophobia

[My Ever-Increasing Photo/Video/Image-Specific Scoptophobia]

Okay, now it's time to stop using dressing rooms.

Wednesday, September 10

Two Quotes and a Question

[Two Quotes and a Question]
Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.

— Drew Carey


Relationships are hard. It's like a full time job, and we should treat it like one. If your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to leave you, they should give you two week's notice. There should be severance pay, and before they leave you, they should have to find you a temp.

— Bob Ettinger


What do people mean when they say the computer went down on them?

— Marilyn Pittman

No comments. I've no comments.

Tuesday, September 9

Alone on the Elevator

[Alone on the Elevator]

Six or seven years ago, I was working in the loop, and someone told me that there were cameras on the elevators in my office building. I asked a security guard about it, and he grinned at me saying, "we know you". I was mortified. I, when alone on the ride up to the office, had regularly used the elevator as my personal grooming parlor: time to straighten my stockings, fluff my hair, blow my nose, pick something out of my teeth, stretch, rearrange my cleavage . . . . I wondered what other people did and whether they knew.

Through Fimoculous I found this series of obviously contrived, but nonetheless interesting vignettes seen from the perspective of an elevator camera.

Football | 3 of 33

[3 of 33]

I did pretty well on this week's Football pool, but not well enough to take the prize. There's always next week. Help me out and you may be rewarded. I make great pies. And brownies. And cookies.

Opus Returns

[Opus Returns]

I may actually start buying the Sunday paper again.

Thursday, September 4

Football Weather

[Football Weather]

It's chilly out. It's football weather. Just cool enough to want a sweatshirt and some hot cocoa. And along with the weather comes the sport. I just made my football picks for the week. Then, I called Aaron to check my logic. He was proud. I haven’t been keeping up much [enough to know that Joey Porter was shot in the ass, but that story was hard to miss].

Okay, here they are in order of confidence:
  • The STEELERS over the Ravens

  • The SEAHAWKS over the Saints

  • The LIONS over the Cardinals

  • The Broncos over the BENGALS

  • The TITANS over the Raiders

  • The Rams over the GIANTS

  • The BROWNS over the Colts

  • The DOLPHINS over the Texans

  • The BILLS over the Patriots

  • The PANTHERS over the Jaguars

  • The Buccaneers over the EAGLES

  • The CHIEFS over the Chargers

  • The COWBOYS over the Falcons

  • The Bears over the 49ERS

  • The Vikings over the PACKERS

  • The Jets over the REDSKINS
Yup, I took the Steelers even though Porter's got a bum bum.

Ah, there’s no sound like the sound of large men smashing into one another .  .  .  .  off I go to watch the game.

Monday, September 1

Global Population

[Global Population]

Do you sometimes wonder just how many people are alive right now? Look no further: here's a running total.

Sci-Non-Fi

[Sci-Non-Fi]

Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K gentle readers. Actually, a more apropos phrasing might be there’s some shit goin’ on that could, if improperly attended, fuck us all up. I feel entirely underinformed about a lot of this . . . .

First up, nanotech:

Although the NSA can only cough up $ 2 MM for studying nanotech's social, cultural, and economic implications will be, our government can apparently shell out quite a bit more for defense research including $ 50 MM to MIT to, among other things, aid in the launch of The Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies. In related news, a nanotech cabal meets in Chicago this December to determine what you might buy.

Next, we have cyborg research:

Kevin Warwick is becoming a cyborg.
Imagine a world where people make lunch plans via telepathy, acquire genius-level mathematical skills in an instant, and learn to golf by downloading the neural impulses of Tiger Woods.

For Warwick's experiment, a neurosurgeon fired a 100-electrode pin implant that looked like "a tiny hairbrush," said Warwick, into the medial nerve of his arm. A research team then linked his nervous system to a computer via the implant, and that's where the fun began.

From a laboratory at Columbia University in New York, Warwick moved a mechanical hand in England by thinking about it and moving his own fingers. As if it were his own hand pressing down, he also felt the surface tension experienced by the mechanical hand thousands of miles away.

"That effectively meant my body was 5,000 miles long," he said.
Next, biotech:

Genetic engineers at Dartmouth have used yeast to produce a complex human glycoprotein.

Next up, computing:

Scripps Research Institute scientists are working with bio-chips to build new breeds of computers.

And finally, teleportation:

According to Wired, practical applications for teleportation, though not exactly the type seen in Star Trek, could be less than a generation away.

Strange times indeed . . . .