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Loobylu sent me to admire 2000

Loobylu sent me to admire the lovely pooches in DogBlog (the bottom one of the featured links). I particularly like #4: "Jester feels very deeply the joy of the present moment." Of course, being deeply biased, I had to read it 4 times to notice the dog's name is Jester, not Jasper.

Posted on November 30, 2000 at 02:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Oh yes! `Floridian Rhapsody' is 2000

Oh yes! `Floridian Rhapsody' is marvelous! "Is this the real vote? Is this just fantasy?..." [thanks to Carol for the linky goodness which she got from Dan]

Posted on November 30, 2000 at 01:53 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

I worked on that project 2000

I worked on that project at HP with Ev* where it was a big thing among some members of the group to go get this bubble tea, but unlike Ev, I remain suspicious. All the things the texture reminded me of were just too gross to even tell you.

*Ev is a joy to work with, by the way, and a DHTML god. I would sometimes break into spontaneous applause at the work he and Meg would do. Come to think of it, I still do.

Posted on November 29, 2000 at 11:55 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

CNN has it right. 2000

The reference librarian is the master of multitasking
CNN has it right. Librarianship is a good career opportunity.

Man, I wish I had more arms. That'd be great. 8 is a bit much, but 4 would be lovely. Very convenient.

Posted on November 29, 2000 at 10:33 AM in work | Permalink | Comments (0)

Flaunt it. 2000




I just spent a while exploring Shauna's site flaunt. When I hung out with her briefly in person at Fray Day 4, I had an immediate positive vibe which has only been reinforced by reading the Meet and Believe parts of her site.

[Funny. As I go through making sure my images are all successfully migrated to Typepad, I'm listening to the audio files from Fray Day 5 and just as I came to this post, she began telling her story.]

Posted on November 29, 2000 at 09:52 AM in friends & family | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hoo boy. Still sick. Now 2000

Hoo boy. Still sick. Now I've entered the coughing phase. Sounds absolutely dreadful, but I think it indicates I'm on the mend. At least, that's the optimistic interpretation I'm choosing.

I made a good choice when I first woke up this morning. I felt that coughing coming on and so immediately took a nice hot shower. All that steam really loosened me up and, I hope, prevented a lot of coughing. Now I have a big hot cup of tea to keep me steamed up. Nurse Edmond has been taking good care of me. :)

Posted on November 29, 2000 at 09:04 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

In retrospect, more strange and even more poignant 2000

Being sick is awful, but what I am dealing with is nothing in comparison to the pain others endure. If you want to be reminded how lucky you are and how wonderful people can be even when living through terrible things, please visit Kaycee and Steve:
Kaycee's .: living colours :. Steve's Kick The Darkness Until It Bleeds Light

Posted on November 29, 2000 at 08:55 AM in The Web | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sick sick sick. Being sick 2000

Sick sick sick. Being sick sucks. If you aren't sick (and I do hope you aren't) may I recommend you take a deep breath through your unclogged nose, muss the hair on your non-aching head, smile a big smile with your unchapped lips, sing a happy song with your not-at-all-sore throat and dance on your steady, strong legs. Go ahead, just do the funky chicken, it's totally appropriate.

For some reason, Blogger has moved me to New York and thinks it's only 11pm or so. Really it's 2am and I'm up again after going to bed weak and exhausted at 9pm.

I suggest you look into flu shots. Believe me, you don't want what I've got.

Posted on November 29, 2000 at 02:04 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Trying to make myself sleepy, 2000

Trying to make myself sleepy, I read about a hundred books. Still awake, but I did have a good time at Book-A-Minute Bedtime. [Thanks to Jessica for the linky fun!]

Posted on November 29, 2000 at 01:24 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Nothing better when you're sick 2000

Nothing better when you're sick than reading about other people's horrible disasters. Since stumbling on the broadcast of Cameron's movie Titantic the other evening (not really sure if it was last night or the night before, everything is a bit vague), I've been exploring the many fine resources on the web about that historic tragedy. I particularly recommend the Flash presentations at Discovery - On Board The Titanic. They are very well-conceived and well-executed.

Posted on November 28, 2000 at 03:46 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Aw man. Here I am 2000

Aw man. Here I am sick again. And I'm getting really suspicious about this ailment because it only seems to come up while I'm in the South Bay. I went to Mendecino to my parents' house this weekend and was fine. I thought it was because I started taking some medicine I got from my stepdad, but within hours of returning to the Bay Area, I was sick again. It's a stupid kind of sick: stuffiness in the right side of my nose only, headache, muscle fatigue & weakness, post-nasal drip and the accompanying irritation. Oh, and intermittently, that thick stupid feeling that makes me think I ought to just get on the special bus and go fingerpaint.

All this makes it rather difficult to jump right back into work. I stare at this user experience document I'm working on and say "duuuhhhhh". Then it's time to blow my nose again. Bleah.

Posted on November 27, 2000 at 12:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Happy Birthday to my friend 2000

Happy Birthday to my friend Denise!

Posted on November 26, 2000 at 08:38 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thanks to a link from 2000

Thanks to a link from Taylor, I too have been visiting the Institute of Official Cheer. This quote is one of the many, many reasons why I love to do so:
"But one must remember this: these dogs have no idea what's going on, and they're not particularly troubled by the fact. It's the dog credo: things happen, then other things happen, then maybe nothing happens. Squirrel! Hey! A squirrel - Then there's dinner."

Posted on November 25, 2000 at 06:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

*oof* I am so full. 2000

*oof* I am so full.

But very thankful. Thankful for my wonderful friends and family, for the cool company I work for, for a safe trip, for delicious food, for Blogger working even in Netscape 3 on the Mac, for the weblogs I read and their fine creators, for delicious food (what? I said that? well, I'm grateful for dessert waiting on the sideboard as well as for the dinner), for living such a rich and happy life, for good movies and good company, for a clean and beautiful home, for laughter, for smiles, for cuddling, for big trees and clean air, for the good dog, for patience, for love.

Posted on November 23, 2000 at 06:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Solutions to bitchiness: - Have 2000

Solutions to bitchiness:
- Have a cup of Lady Grey Tea and some of Edmond's oatmeal-cranberry cookies and grind through the first half of the day.
- Find a new resident of California excited about a trip to Mendecino for an American holiday.
- Get started on the feedback instead of growling at it suspiciously.
- Start trying to figure out how we can solve the problem instead of just waiting for the partner to wake up and solve it.
- Reschedule the dental appointment.
- Have lots of garlic and echinacea with lunch.
- Read email and enjoy the kindly commiseration of a friend.
- Get over it.

Posted on November 21, 2000 at 01:06 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

And now Dinah will bitch 2000

And now Dinah will bitch for you:
Man, am I cranky this morning. Cranky cranky cranky. First the stupid heater developed a rattle at about 4am and woke me up. So I turned it off and reset the alarm and woke up all discombobulated. Then I got stuck at a bunch of red lights on my commute. Then I got to work and found out nobody is going to make the long drive up to Mendecino with me for Thanksgiving, so I have to do it alone again. And there was some feedback I was supposed to give someone at work about oh, six weeks ago, which I didn't and thought I had. And the partner who is late on their deliverable continues to be late meanwhile the client has said "oh, it's due Wednesday, didn't we tell you?" And I have a dentist appointment at 5:30. And I have allergies and my knee is sore and my eyes itch and my co-workers phone keeps ringing and ringing, but he's not here yet and, man, am I cranky. I should be locked away for the safety of the general populace. Can I go home and play Diablo II and kill things please?

Posted on November 21, 2000 at 09:35 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Just to clarify, it's only 2000

Just to clarify, it's only the hutch on top of the desk which changed. The desk itself is still the cheap metal-legged table which I performed hacksaw surgery on to get the desk surface to the right height for short little me.

Posted on November 20, 2000 at 10:52 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Got a new desk setup 2000

Got a new desk setup today and I'm very pleased with it. Two two-drawer cabinets on each side with a matching board across the top to hold my monitor. It's all a light-colored wood, solid and well-made. I like it a lot and it has hugely improved my desk area. Only problem is the computer is about 2" higher than I'd like, but perhaps looking up will be a nice thing considering that my monitor at work is too low.

I've been saving up for this one for a while and I am really happy with it. A great end to a great, relaxing weekend. Hope everyone else is feeling good too.

Posted on November 19, 2000 at 09:47 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Today Denise posted a lovely 2000

Today Denise posted a lovely letter she received in reponse to a recent post of hers on the blogger community and how we connect. I just loved this part:

I also feel a fondness for those people whose sites I especially find engaging - just as an example after looking at your new chinese poster I thought - oh how nice - what great baseboards Denise has in her new place. Here I sit in my little office, feeling happy for someone that I have never met, that lives 1800 miles away, because they have nice baseboards.
That's it; that's it exactly!

Posted on November 19, 2000 at 07:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Old Media! 2000

Inkspot Books & Games was a store I opened in downtown San Jose, California's SoFA district in February of 1994. It was small, 400 square feet, and I ran it all by myself. I specialized in pleasure reading: mystery, science-fiction, fantasy, horror, humor, art, magazines and miscellaneous cool stuff. It took $22,000 to open it, $15K of which I borrowed from an investor with a serious book habit who was attracted by the prospect of getting books at cost and earning 8% interest on the loan as I paid it back over 5 years. (I did pay it back on time. I am proud to have kept my good credit and honored my debts).

In the summer of 1995 it became apparent that the store was still not going to be able to pay me a living wage (due largely to unreliable supplies of the game Magic: the Gathering which had become a whopping 70% of my business) and I found a buyer willing to take on the remainder of my lease, the store fixtures and some of my stock. The store closed in October of 1995 to my relief and sorrow.

With the growth of the World Wide Web and the advent of Amazon.com's Associates program, I realized that I would be able to do some of my favorite parts of having a store without the financial burden of renting retail space and having to commit all my time to working the counter. I have decided to reopen Inkspot as a virtual store. The change of venue and the orientation of Amazon necessitate a slight change of inventory from books, games and magazines to books and music. I consider this a plus because while I do enjoy games, recommending music is even more fun.

Over the past year, however, I have not worked on this online version of Inkspot very much. My attention has been largely focused on work and the limited time I spend working on my website since completing my thesis project is centered on my weblog. Therefore I'm facing reality and throwing in the towel on this. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well, and I am clearly not going to take the time for that. No reason to throw the baby out with the bath water, however, so here are some recommendations gleaned from the remains of Inkspot:

booksBooks

(Through the magic of alphabetization, the book I recommend with the most caveats appears first...)


Web Sites That Work
by Roger Black & Sean Elder - Web Design

Some basic design rules you should know before you decide to break them.

A great overview of design principles as they relate to the web. Engagingly written and beautifully produced, but get it from the library unless you're new to design. Note: many web designers I respect think this book is not worth your time or money (one's exact words were "evil evil evil", I believe), so spend a little extra time with it before you shell out any cash and definitely take his "rules" with several grains of salt.


Midnight Blue : The Sonja Blue Collection by Nancy Collins - Horror

Kick-ass cybersuck.


Little, Big by John Crowley - Fantasy

"The things that make us happy make us wise." My favorite book in the whole wide world.


Let Them Eat Cheesecake : The Art of Olivia by Olivia De Berardinis - Art

The true successor to Antonio Vargas. Beautiful women, beautifully painted.


Mirror Worlds : Or the Day Software Puts the Universe in a Shoebox : How It Will Happen and What It Will Mean by David Gelernter - Computers

Fascinating speculations on the future of computing and our relationship to the miniature worlds we create. A great "knock on the side of the head" to get you thinking about how we might live in the near future. Most amazing is that he wrote this before the World Wide Web existed.

Yes, Gelernter is the guy who was almost killed by the Unabomber. That Gelernter takes such an optimistic view about the uses of pervasive data-gathering is the primary weakness of his vision.


Burning Chrome by William Gibson - Science Fiction

Where to start with Gibson. His best stuff is here.


Andy Goldsworthy : A Collaboration With Nature by Andy Goldsworthy - Art

Something very different; simple and full of meaning.


The
Tao of Pooh
by Benjamin Hoff - Spirituality

Actually a wonderful introduction to Taoism and how
can you go wrong with Pooh?


HTML
ARTISTRY: more than code
by Ardith Ibanez & Natalie Zee
- Web Design

Bringing it all together. Another great book from the
New Riders press. One big flaw: they suggest detecting the browser and
customizing the page, rather than detecting functionality. Listen to
Taylor
on this subject
.


Ten
Ever-Lovin' Blue Eyed Years With Pogo
by Walt Kelly - Humor

Just plain good stuff. Profound and hilarious by turns.
Clearly an influence on Bill Watterson, few other strips have been so
consistently simple and universal.

God,
As Nature Sees God : A Christian Reading of the Tao Te Ching
by
Rev. Dr. John R. Mabry - Spirituality

A beautiful book; poetic, peaceful and profound. And
John is a dear friend. (Now if we could only get Amazon to carry his
dadaist poetry...)


The
Official Couch Potato Handbook
by Jack Mingo - Humor

Sic semper potatum reclinus.


Web
Designer's Guide to Style Sheets
by Steven Mulder - Web Design

Mulder did Webmonkey's
cascading style sheets tutorial
. I liked that and his book is also
useful though it could use an update now to integrate it with dHTML.
(Go, Steve, go!)

JavaScript
for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (2nd Edition)
by
Tom Negrino & Dori Smith - Web Design

A good way to learn Javascript. The Visual Quickstart
Guides are all really helpful in the way they arrange the description
of what you're doing, the code you're writing and what you'll actually
see beside each other on the same page. The 2nd edition has a good diagram
of the Javascript objects (a.k.a. The Object Hierarchy) and you'll find
you want to place a tab on that page, you'll use it so much.

I recommend Javascript as a starting place for anyone wishing to beef
up their technical side. Scripting is the gateway to programming and
tags & objects are the wave of the future.

Another winner from Peachpit Press' Visual Quickstart Guide series.
If you see the running rabbit, you're probably buying a great book for
getting started. Only downside is poor proof-reading & code triple-checks,
so visit the website for each book for typo information.


The
Design of Everyday Things
by Donald A. Norman - Design

I have had this book recommended to me by lots of people.
Lots. And they were right. (By the way, this is the same book as The
Psychology of Everyday Things, they just changed the name when they
went to the paperback edition).

The
Flanders Panel
by Arturo Perez-Reverte - Mystery


Whose
Body?
by Dorothy Sayers - Mystery

The first of the excellent series of books featuring
Lord Peter Wimsey.

Snow
Crash
by Neal Stephenson - Science Fiction

A helluva good ride and a brilliant cyberpunk vision.

The
Diamond Age


Better written but less of a kick in the pants than
Snow Crash.

A
Distant Mirror
by Barbara Tuchman - History



Web
Concept & Design : A Comprehensive Guide for Creating Effective Web
Sites
by Crystal Waters - Web Design

A great introduction to the entire act of creating a
web site. Deals as much with the process of design as with specific
code techniques. Waters does a great job introducing traditional design
theory and adapting it to the web. Her treatment of the ideation phase
is the best I have seen. This book is a "must read" for any new web
designer and a good brainstorming tool for more experienced designers.
It was required reading in my web design class in Summer of 1999. An
update & expansion would be good, but I fear Crystal is probably
way too busy these days.


Calvin
and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson - Humor

Calvin and Hobbes is one of the finest works about childhood
of all time. Absolute genius. This is the first in the series.

The
Book : On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
by Alan W. Watts
- Spirituality

A good kick in the head. Try your local library for
audio and video tapes of Watts - he's delightful.


Designing
Web Graphics 2
by Lynda Weinman - Web Design

If you're producing graphics for the web, the current
edition of this book should be first on your shopping list.


Photoshop
4 for Windows (Visual Quickstart Guide Series)
by Elaine Weinmann
& Peter Lourekas

A really huge help in coming up to speed on Photoshop
for newbies or those out of practice. Once learned, it remains a handy
reference. There is also href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/0201688417/metagrrrlcom">a version
for Macintosh. Another winner from Peachpit Press' Visual Quickstart
Guide series.

Betty
Page Confidential
by Bunny Yeager (Photographer), Stan Corwin
Productions - Art

Some of my favorite pictures of Betty/Bettie/Bette with
interesting text including a great introduction by Buck Henry.

"These photographs are not about sex but about exuberance, the sheer,
physical delight of corporeal existence. Betty is Eve before the apple.
She has no shame. She is in her favorite place, doing what she loves
best, her magnetic vitality transporting us all. The secret of Betty’s
appeal isn’t mysterious. She found perfect pleasure in simply being
alive. And she gave it to us." - Gary Meyer





 


 

musicMusic



 

The
Verve Story 1944-1994
(boxed set) Various Artists - Jazz

One of the better collections to convey the history and
spectrum of jazz. Somehow it feels fresh and diverse yet flows smoothly
from piece to piece. Bonus: Blossom Dearie's sublime cover of "Surrey
With A Fringe On Top".


(Pi
soundtrack
)- Clint Mansell and various others - Urban/Electronic

This movie was my favorite in 1998. The album continues
to be one of the best collections of music to accompany productive work
trances - what Justin calls "web juice".


High
Winds White Sky
- Bruce Cockburn - Pop/Rock/Folk

Very early Bruce. Warm, gentle, healing. Favorite tracks:
"Let Us Go Laughing", "One Day I Walk".


Big
Circumstance


I've always had a fondness for this album because I saw
Bruce perform it live. Favorite tracks: "Gospel of Bondage", "Radium Rain".


Greatest
Misses
- Devo - Urban/Electronic

Despite the title, this album has some of the best Devo
songs and some cool alternate versions. Favorite tracks: "Pink Pussycat",
"Timing X/Space Junk".


E-Z
Listening Disc


Trance-y and cheesy at the same time.


A
Boy Named Charlie Brown
- Vince Guaraldi Trio - Jazz

Pure joy. "Linus & Lucy" is just incomparable.


Plants
And Birds And Rocks And Things
- Loud Family - Pop/Rock

Brilliant, intricate and a little bit odd. Favorite tracks:
"Spot The Setup", "The Second Grade Applauds".

The
Music From Peter Gunn
- Henry Mancini - Jazz


Test
For Echo
- Rush - Rock

How can 3 guys make so many layers of sound and rhythm?


I'm
Gonna Be A Country Girl Again
- Buffy Sainte-Marie - Country/Folk

"I tell you all the lights on Broadway don't amount
to an acre of green..." Ah, it sounds like my house when I was growing
up. Time for me to remember how to sing again.


Short Sharp Shocked - Michelle Shocked - Country

When I grow up I'm gonna be an old lady, but ain't no
way I'm having that many babies. [album out of print, apparently]


Into
The Woods (Original Broadway Cast)
- Stephen Sondheim - Musicals


Much deeper than it appears at first glance. Favorite
tracks: "Agony", "No More" (but Mark Bakalor did it better...), "Last
Midnight".


Ænima
- Tool - Industrial

The best hard music I've bought for years. Highly recommended.
Favorite tracks: "Ænima", "Hooker With a Penis".


Other recommendations:

Games:
Grim Fandango

Movies:
Slacker

[The date of this post is a best guess made in February 2004. This used to be a separate web page rather than a post and the earliest version of that file I have dates to November 18, 2000. I think that it was actually a modified version of an earlier text - the "I have decided" in the third paragraph supports this vague memory - and that the earlier text was written in 1998, possibly but probably not earlier. I think the introductory text modifying that version and giving up on the idea of the virtual store was written sometime in 1999 or 2000.]

Posted on November 18, 2000 at 10:48 PM in Dinah - introduction | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

It's mega-content days at MetaGrrrl.com! 2000

It's mega-content days at MetaGrrrl.com! Please enjoy these many things I've been meaning to tell you about, but didn't get the chance until now to do.

Posted on November 18, 2000 at 09:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wow. Körperwelten sounds absolutely fascinating. 2000

Wow. Körperwelten sounds absolutely fascinating. I really enjoyed the Exploratorium's revealing bodies exhibit this past summer. The human body is just amazing and our changing attitudes towards it tells much about our cultures.

Posted on November 18, 2000 at 09:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Did I mention this before? 2000

Did I mention this before? A link worth visiting is Mason West's The Master Works of Western Civilization. It's a "hypertext-annotated compilation of lists of major works recommended by Drs. Adler and Eliot, Charles Van Doren, Anthony Burgess, Clifton Fadiman, the Easton Press, and many others". Good stuff!

Posted on November 18, 2000 at 09:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Simple Pleasures Are The Best 2000

Last July I asked Greg how things are with him. He said:

"To be honest, things are wonderful. My wife loves me. My beautiful daughter wraps me tighter
around her finger every day. The goats and sheep are always happy to see me, bleating almost
merrily. The hens are laying. The guineafowl are settling in, making their buckWHEAT warning
when anything dangerous approaches including the wind or a full moon. The first ripe tomato was
plucked from the garden today. What more can a man want?"

What more indeed?

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[simple] 2000

[simple]

Posted on November 18, 2000 at 07:32 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)