Archive for October, 2002

Which is Worse

Wednesday, October 30th, 2002 | Life in Czeltistan | Comments Off

Wednesday again. Last week’s quiz (Scurvy vs. Rickets) ended in a tie with very little voting. This week’s is modified a little for the Web. Names have been changed (well, deleted, in fact) to protect the innocent. (Actually, to protect my job. One of the people who works for my client — who we shall call “The Good One” — stops by here sometimes. She will know who this is about, but I don’t want to announce anyone’s name to the world, so we’re keeping it all kind of generic.) So without further adieu, I give you this week’s quiz:

1) When the client calls
2) When the client doesn’t call

Ooh. A quandary.

Consider yourself literate?

Wednesday, October 30th, 2002 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | Comments Off

Try this quiz. It tests your knowledge of first lines of books. Covers everything from children’s books all the way up through the classics. I was surprised how many books I knew and how many I’d never even heard of. Sad part is, all of the first lines I know by heart don’t appear in this quiz.

Computers are here to help us

Tuesday, October 29th, 2002 | Life in Czeltistan | Comments Off

Know what’s worse than having a hard drive go bad? Having a hard drive go bad and finding out that the replacement hard drive that was ordered will take three days to get to you, so in the interim you need to wipe and rebuild your hard drive, replacing the data with backups from the day before it went bad, thus losing an entire week’s worth of stuff.

It’s been a long week. A really long week. New hard drive gets installed tomorrow morning. Sure, that means that I have to spend some time tomorrow getting my settings back to where I want them, but man, I can’t wait for tomorrow morning.

On the plus side, I won’t be quite as late with my CDs as I thought I was going to be. In fact, they may still go out on time. However, as I am a swell person, my little monkey swap pals will still get the trinkets I promised them as penance for my potential tardiness.

I knew they were smart beasties

Tuesday, October 29th, 2002 | You Call This News? | Comments Off

Hey, if Zoe can get these kinds of credentials, I wonder what I could get for Cliff and Norm.

One more thing

Thursday, October 24th, 2002 | General | Comments Off

This thought struck me the other day: Do people younger than 20 know the words to the Mickey Mouse Club theme song? I saw a commercial for Disneyworld the other day. The adults in the commercial were singing it and all the kids looked utterly confused. It just struck me odd that American kids wouldn’t know that song, but then I started to wonder if MMC is still on anywhere any more. Seems like it would be dated and a little lame for today’s kids, but it saddens me that they wouldn’t know the song.

Yeah. I know. I need to quit watching TV.

A little r’n'r

Thursday, October 24th, 2002 | Life in Czeltistan | Comments Off

Probably won’t post again until Monday, boys & girls. Sorry there wasn’t much this week, but between Blogger not wanting to actually publish anything for me (repeatedly. grrr.) and my hard drive committing suicide, it’s been a rough one. The computer is back up and limping along, but I suspect it’s going to need to be wiped and have a complete reinstall. (Who doesn’t think that’s fun when you’re in the middle of a couple of projects?? Oh well, this poor machine gets a lot of abuse, so it’s actually hanging in there really well.)

Anyhow, I’ve had enough of computers for this week and I’ve got Friday off. I think it’s going to be a low-tech weekend for me for the most part. Should be a good one, too — there’s a Grant Hart show tonight just a few blocks down from my apartment and there may be some hockey (can’t remember if Saturday’s game is in my ticket package or not). So, I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Which is Worse? (Week 3)

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2002 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Well, it’s Wednesday, so here’s the new “Which is Worse” information. This week’s contest:

1) Scurvy
2) Rickets

Last week’s big winner (by a landslide) was Realism. Vote away.

Real smooth, slick

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2002 | Again with the hockey | Comments Off

Maybe the on-ice entertainment near the end of this game should have gotten himself acquainted with those socks that have no-slip treads on them.

Welcome to New York. Please don’t be stupid.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2002 | Bloggity goodness | Comments Off

I love this — tips for NYC tourists.

Words you’ll probably never use

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2002 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | Comments Off

Worthless Word of the Day. Should I be worried that I’ve used some of these words in everyday conversation? No — wait. Don’t answer that.

Think retro

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2002 | Design-y Bits | Comments Off

This guy combined an old Mac with an old Underwood typewriter. Looks like something you’d find laying around the set of a Ridley Scott film. (Warning: This site was really slow this morning.)

When I grow up…

Monday, October 21st, 2002 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | Comments Off

This spoof hits a little too close to home, and yet, I can’t help but laugh. (Requires Quicktime.)

Do I even want to know who the rest of the cabin crew are?

Friday, October 18th, 2002 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Ladies and gentlemen, We hope you enjoy your flight with us on Astreus Airlines. Your pilot today will be Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden.


Friday, October 18th, 2002 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | Comments Off

Hello Kitty meets Blair Witch. I think someone over at Yahoo! is working a little too hard these days. Seems like they’re gettin’ punchy.

Diego Time

Thursday, October 17th, 2002 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | Comments Off

It’s been a really busy day and I haven’t had time to do much online, but I did find this little photo essay. Kind of cool, especially watching the kids grow up.

Random notes

Wednesday, October 16th, 2002 | Life in Czeltistan | Comments Off

I had all of these great things to post yesterday, but Blogger seemed to be having a bad day and wouldn’t let me post. One day later, you think I could remember any of them? Nope. But here are some other random thoughts to keep you occupied.

No pints for Linus
Christyl & I thought long and hard about making two trips to Ireland next year, but in the end, the Spring trip lost out to saving up for a bigger, better Fall trip. We really wanted to go twice, but then the little practical voices in our heads convinced us that the money could be better used on what will be a longer, more expensive trip in September and some short weekend trips here. (There’s hockey afoot in neighboring Minnesota and Detroit, and there is much more left to do in Manhattan.) So the pint-gathering with new friends in Ireland will have to wait until mid-September.

But the journal gets to go on a trip
The first of my little journals is away. They’re all named after favorite book/movie/TV characters of mine. The first one’s name is Keyser Soze (yeah, obvious, but I really love that flick) and it went to my coworker, Joel.

Which is Worse, week 3

Wednesday, October 16th, 2002 | Life in Czeltistan | Comments Off

New question this week. Gonna be a blowout, I’m afraid:

1) Pessimism
2) Realism

Soggy Corn Flakes was a winner by 3 votes in last week’s contest vs. cold oatmeal.

Say, where are you going with that razor?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2002 | Life in Czeltistan | Comments Off

Every time I drive up to my brother’s house, I pass a little office building that houses the “Sweeney Todd Salon.” I don’t know about you, but that name doesn’t exactly make me want to rush to be one of their customers. Thanks, but I don’t need a haircut that badly. (Yes, yes — I know it says I identify most with vampires and vengeance demons in the post below this, but I draw the line at murderous barbers.)

Who thought that would be a good name for a hair salon? More importantly, who are their clients?

Grr. Arrgh.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2002 | Joss Whedon-y Goodness | Comments Off

Which Buffy Character Do You Identify With Most?

Gee, what a shock. (I suspect it’s because they don’t have a combo Spike/Anya option.)

The Parable of the Languages

Monday, October 14th, 2002 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | Comments Off

Those of you who deal with programming languages may find this parable entertaining. Those of you who don’t deal with them may want to quietly move along to something else, as you probably won’t be amused.