Archive for July, 2005

Gird Thyself, Yon Warrior
31 July, 2005

In some number of hours, anywhere from three to eight, my mother and her husband will be here for their annual visit. On the plus side, she's bringing my sister and nieces. On the minus side, it's always a harrowing adventure for me. Years in the war zone have given me the sheepdog-like habit of trying to position myself between my mother's husband and people I love. It's a lot of work trying to keep everyone safe.

I know that a part of me would be hurt and feel insulted if my mother didn't visit. But I also know that a part of me wishes she didn't, just because it would be so much easier. She always arrives on a Sunday evening so I “get” to take time off from work for her visit. Sadly, it's never a vacation.


I'm So Proud
30 July, 2005

My youngest is potty-training. We've struggled to find his currency, so we're trying bribery now. If he goes Number One or Number Two in the appropriate place, he gets a little treat.

Today he came in and handed me one of the treats, insisting that I eat it while he ate his. I didn't know it at the time but I found out later that was one of his rewards.

What a sweetie!

29 July, 2005

The question arose last night: does the word “vigilante” have good connotations or not? My spouse says no; I say yes.

For me “vigilante” is associated with The Punisher. Yes, the Rule of Law does not brook citizens taking matters into their own hands. However, sometimes the bad guys suffer from a lead deficiency that the authorities can not address. As I have mentioned before, to me doing what is right is more important than doing what is legal. If the two contradict, one must do what one must, taking full responsibility for the consequences.

For my spouse “vigilante” is associated with a reckless scofflaw little better than a common thug and the Rule of Law is the only thing standing between us and savages. My spouse wondered if the different interpretations were correlated to gender.

So I put this to you my small but loyal (dare I say “elite”?) readership: what connotations does “vigilante” have for you?

My Mother would be so Proud?
29 July, 2005

You Are a Chick Rocker!

You're living proof that chicks can rock
You're inspired by Joan Jett and the Donnas
And when you rock, you rock hard
(Plus, you get all the cute guy groupies you want!)
What Kind of Rocker Are You?

Ultimately Stupid Postal Service
26 July, 2005

I purchased something off eBay and unfortunately it is being shipped by USPS. (I say unfortunately because historically there is a 50% chance our mail carrier will destroy the package before delivery.) I receive an email with a tracking number. Expecting said tracking to function like every other tracking number, I follow the link. But I see:

The U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper or shipping partner on July 25, 2005 to expect your package for mailing. Information, if available, is updated every evening. Please check again later.

The problem is that this message never changes. Every time someone foolishly sends me a package using USPS I see the same exact message. The message never changes. Then, once the package is delivered, they invalidate the tracking number.

What !@#$%^&* use is a !@#$%^&* tracking number if it does not actually track?!?

23 July, 2005

After the Apple Store generously replaced our defective Mac mini, we discovered that our memory upgrade was missing. Now, thanks to Genius Julianne, the Mac mini is peppy again.

Not Gonna Happen
23 July, 2005

I will now never see Hustle & Flow, not because it is a bad movie but because it has been over-hyped. Much like Traffic before it, the non-stop chest-thumping about how great some film is just convinces me that such greatness is merely a case of The Movie Critics' New Clothes. Methinks thou doth publicizeth too much.

Silliness at 10 AM
20 July, 2005

Meme caught from :

Copy your friends list and bold the ones you have met in real life, and italicize the ones you have only talked with on the phone. Anybody you have only spoken to online, do nothing to their names. If any of your friends has multiple journals, list only one. (Just like she did, I eliminated the spacecraft journals and communities, too…)


Honored in the breach
20 July, 2005

The article Managing for Creativity describes the best practices of SAS. I am happy to say that my employer follows a lot of these practices already; it was like reading the employee handbook. I am sad to say that and others are trapped in the division that does not.

The good news is that the VP of that division has left for an anti-virus software vendor. The bad news is that he may be replaced with someone even worse. I would like to recommend replacing from within so the new VP would understand the corporate culture. But the few candidates who I know are unfit. This article highlighted all that is wrong with that division.


A Moment of Silence
20 July, 2005

Farewell, Scotty.