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.
Oh yes! `Floridian Rhapsody' is 2000
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.
CNN has it right. 2000
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.
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.]
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. :)
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:
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.
Trying to make myself sleepy, 2000
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.
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.
Happy Birthday to my friend 2000
Happy Birthday to my friend Denise!
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."
*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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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:
(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
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.
Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff - Spirituality
Actually a wonderful introduction to Taoism and how
can you go wrong with Pooh?
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
on this subject.
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.
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
Official Couch Potato Handbook by Jack Mingo - Humor
Sic semper potatum reclinus.
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!)
for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (2nd Edition) by
Tom Negrino & Dori Smith - Web Design
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
you want to place a tab on that page, you'll use it so much.
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.
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).
Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte - Mystery
Body? by Dorothy Sayers - Mystery
The first of the excellent series of books featuring
Lord Peter Wimsey.
Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman - History
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.
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.
Book : On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan W. Watts
A good kick in the head. Try your local library for
audio and video tapes of Watts - he's delightful.
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.
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
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