Archive for January, 2006

If the Shoe Fits…
27 January, 2006

From this entry:
After this brief exposure to linguistics, it seems to me that linguists are science-minded persons, who like words more than numbers, and are too nice to want to be lawyers.

While I am neither a linguist nor do I play one on TV, I have always admired linguistics and had people assure me that I had the abilities to be either a linguist or a lawyer.

And it flatters my ego to think that I am too nice to be a lawyer.

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Righteous, Dude!
26 January, 2006

This picture is worth a thousand words. This and the 900. Wow, Birdman.

These are a Few of my Favorite Things
25 January, 2006

He is an Evil Genius.

You like me! You really, really like me!
24 January, 2006

Yesterday Kawasaki-san asked his readers to add a photo that captures their essence. Since I use a Canon camera and iPhoto, I had thousands of photos ready to hand. After some reflection I chose a photo that I thought best captured my essence. A quick filtering with Photoshope Elements and the photo was ready to go.

This morning I read that I won an award!

The Essence of the Thing
23 January, 2006

Early and Often When prompted for a photo of myself that captures my essence, I thought a bit and came up with this. For one view of the knot of complexity that is me, it does as well as anything, yeah?

Memery
18 January, 2006

Fairly accurate.

Battle Axe
You preferred a weapon with 94% power over speed and 32% range over melee.
You use a Battle Axe.

The
heavy, double-headed end of a battle axe is not a good thing to stand
in front of. The considerable leverage and length of a battle axe make
its wielder a force of nature on the battlefield. Fun fact: the
double-headed axe called a Labrys is often used as a symbol by lesbian activists. Anyway, your enemies will be cleft in twain by the mighty blows of your axe.

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 99% on power
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You scored higher than 16% on range

Link: The What's Your Signature Weapon Test written by inurashii on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

What Amazon could learn from Google
18 January, 2006

I like Amazon a lot. So much so that one year they gave me a coffee mug for Christmas because I bought so much smurf from them.

But their home page leaves a lot to be desired, especially when compared to Google's. Sure, Amazon's home page is awfully busy, presenting me with tons of smurf in which I have no interest. There is a compelling, Zen simplicity in Google's home page of which Amazon's is the antithesis.

The one thing, though, the really annoys the smurf out of me is that the focus is not in the search text field when the page loads. I quite literally can not remember a time I went to Amazon when I was not searching for something. Most often it is a book title or an author name. But I am always searching for something. I never wander on over to Amazon to browse through the most-recently-added category of housewares. I want to find something to decide if I want to buy it.

Having to click in the search text field may not seem like much of a bother. But since it is a completely unnecessary bother, it bothers me.

Must-See
17 January, 2006

I watched Murderball over the weekend. I originally dropped it in my Netflix queue because it is about a form of rugby.

Yet the movie is about more than just the high-spirited shenanigans of rugby players. It is really the story of five people who are quadriplegic. It is truly an inspirational film, not in the typical, live-at-five, feel-good sop, but in the sense of inspiring the viewer.

I laughed. I cried. I was moved. Well worth watching.

Rea Rulpa
17 January, 2006

Sometime in the wee hours between Saturday and Sunday, I punched my dog.

I don't know how but somehow he snuck up on me while I was sleeping. When the door is open to the bedroom he'll visit in the middle of the night, probably just checking up on me. Normally I wake up when he does. For whatever reason that night he rolled a natural 20 on his Hide in Shadows. When he leaned over me I was still asleep and my sleep-addled mind thought I was under attack. I'd smacked him before I realized what has happening.

I immediately apologized to the mutt but he didn't seem that bothered by the whole episode. I must've rolled a 1.

I Love It!
14 January, 2006

I read an athlete who is short and stout describe herself as “vertically challenged” but “horizontally gifted”.