Sunday, April 30, 2006
"You'll ache tomorrow," she said.
"Why do you say that?" I asked.
"Because scraping old paint off of ceilings and painting overhead uses a lot of muscles that aren't used often, except when working out of course....."
She was right. I ache. I slept a lot of today away. I took a long soak in the tub with really hot water. Had dinner with Mom. I feel better. Just a little.
I'll be fine tomorrow, really.....
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Can you tell I'm snippy, having just awoken from my nap?
Friday, April 28, 2006
Being very small, it has a holster that it fits into, which fits into my shirt pocket with a clip (and sits right next to my pen in my pocket). Even better, it vibrates when a call comes in, and when I pull it out of the holster, it answers the phone! YOWSER! To hang up, I put it back into the holster! SUPERB!
Unlike the Motorola, it doesn't turn off when charging, so it's always on and available. Plus I don't have that dorky Motorola bulge in my pants pocket where I would carry it (that was so that I didn't look like a goofball walking around with it on my ear all the time).....
Thursday, April 27, 2006
We were scrambling yesterday because we had tried for a week or so to find two sign language interpreters for one of our colleagues. We finally found two (Anne and Jayne), and they both came today to the meeting, but Anne had to leave early. Now, my interpreting sign is ok (a lowercase ok, not an uppercase, gee-whiz-my-sign-language-is-great OK!!), and Anne left about an hour before the meeting ended, meaning I had to pick up the slack.
I don't mind supporting my colleagues, you see, but I was following the pros. As Jayne and I switched off, I think she felt pity for me trying to keep up with all the technical computer jargon because she would rest for about 10 minutes (seemed like an eternity to me) and then switch with me for about 20 minutes. Finally she had to leave, so I was left to my own for about 30 minutes. Whew! But I learned a lot of different computer technology signs, so it was a good time.....
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
But with XM Radio on the cellie, I probably don't need more music available ..... wait, yes I do!
Be sure to check out meebo.com sometime. It's free, web-based, and very fast. (Oh, and I have no interest or stake in that product, other than we use it in the office every day. It's great for communicating and leaving messages with colleagues, and especially for communicating with Deaf folk.)
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Monday, April 24, 2006
Sunday, April 23, 2006
May 1, 2006: Don't bother. It's been almost two weeks. I can't get anyone to respond to my inquiries about where's my order. There was some issue with charging my credit card, but they're hiding from me for some reason. I went ahead and ordered from amazon.com, and it'll be arriving in a couple of days. THEY didn't seem to have a problem with my card.....
Everyone looked great as always! Can't wait for the next wildness.....
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Friday, April 21, 2006
I stopped by Verizon's website to see what they have, and found the XV6700 Pocket PC phone. It's got PDA/ e-mail/ slideout keyboard/ txtmsging/ XMradio/ camera/ camcorder/ Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth/ EVDO/ PDQXYZ/ and, oh yeah, cell phone. I did some on-line research, found lots of positive reviews, and picked it up last night. VERY nice!
Don't have a clue yet what the e-mail address is, but it comes with manuals (yes more than one, CD-wise). Guess I'll just fumble around with it like a good techie should until I have a $5,284 cell phone bill or I figure it out (hopefully the latter comes first).
It works with my Bluetooth headphone, it works with my home wireless network (so it will also work with hotspots around town), and it works with Verizon's high-speed network when a hotspot isn't available. There was an issue with getting the wireless network radio and the telephone radio to work at the same time, but a simple registry change fixed that! (Why it's disabled by Verizon I can't figure.)
I downloaded a piece of software from Handango that allows me to stream my XM radio stations to the phone. I haven't played with it yet (I'll do that this weekend). Can hardly wait!!
Percy N. Robinson died March 8, 2006 in Virginia’s Inova Fairfax Hospital as a result of kidney failure, according to his friend and former partner Jerry Marshall. He was 43.
Robinson, known as "Robbie" to his friends, was born June 20, 1962 in Clinton, Md., to Margaret and Percy Robinson, both of whom died when Robbie was a young boy. He grew up in the area, graduating from Clinton’s Surattsville High School. He completed his education at Salisbury Stage College in Salisbury, Md.
As an adult, Robinson lived and worked in Alexandria, Va., as call center manager at the Alexandria branch of the Pension Benefits Guarantee Corporation.
In his spare time, Robinson enjoyed collecting interesting bowls and serving platters that he would use for informal dinner parties for his friends. Although he hated flying, he loved to travel. With an avid interest in photography, Robinson collected images from the Netherlands, Great Britain, France and many other locations in Western Europe. After his death, his friends found more than 9,000 photographs of friends, family and his voyages in his apartment. When not traveling or taking pictures, arguing a point was Robinson’s favorite pastime.
"Friends say he should have been an attorney," Marshall said. "He had lots of longtime friends. Most of the friends he had, he had for 20 or more years."
Robinson is survived by his brothers, William Hill of Teaneck, N.J., Romero Crusor of Cheverly, Md., and John Robinson of Leesburg, Va.; his sister, Gail Queen of Clinton, Md.; several nieces and nephews; and many good friends.
He was buried in his family plot in Chicago, Ill., on Friday, March 17, 2006.
Instead of flowers, please send donations to Food & Friends, 219 Riggs Road, NE, Washington, D.C. 20011, or www.foodandfriends.org.
Terrible. I lost track of him when he started travelling. He was only a year or so younger than me. Makes me stop and think.....
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
If you are going to buy a device that has all the bells and whistles, don't be surprised when it starts whistling.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Went to Plato's in College Park for dinner with mom. Great college place. Open 24 hours in case I get that late night craving for something I don't have in the fridge.
Saw this sandwich on the menu: Grilled Egg Royale. It's fried eggs, grilled mushrooms, tomatoes, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, grilled rye bread
Gonna try this soon!!
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Meebo makes it easy to communicate with my deaf co-worker and friends (both deaf and hearing). We're also using it internally as a message board, so if someone's away from the desk but logged in, I can leave a message. Great timesaver, and messages don't get lost in the ever-present flood of e-mail.....
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Laura shrugged her shoulders and replied, "I could throw ten $100 bills out of the window and make ten people very happy."
Cheney added, "That being the case, I could throw one hundred $10 bills out of the window and make a hundred people very happy."
Hearing their exchange, the pilot rolled his eyes and said to his co-pilot, "Such big-shots back there. Hell, I could throw all of them out of the window and make 256 million people very happy!"
Pontiac's new Solstice is nice from the front but what happened to the back? Did they run out of ideas?I'm really waiting to see the Sun (from the Saturn Division) - a much better back shape (in the brochures at least).
The roofs of both of these fold into the trunk (leaving TWO cubic feet of space). If it's anything like the Benz coupe that does this, there will only be enough room for a handbag, no serious luggage for a weekend getaway. Too bad.....
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
The Defense Department has released some documents describing domestic spying on student protests against U.S. military recruitment on campuses in New York and California. The documents came in partial response to several Freedom of Information Act requests lodged by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which seeks to end the military's ban on gay personnel.
The WSJ goes Page One with "clear signs" the U.S. is "gearing up plans" to draw down troops in Iraq. U.S. forces are already pulling out of some cities and moving into supersized compounds, well-removed from, well, basically Iraq. About 30 smaller bases have been closed or turned over to local forces.
(From Slate Magazine)
Today's the day that Napster releases their new recommendations list. Probably another 50 albums to listen to - yippee! I almost made it through last week's recommendations...almost.
Oh, by the way, I received an e-mail from Rhapsody tech support to try and resolve the problems I was having with the player and the files. There were about 10 downloads I had to install. Fuck it - I'm going with Napster. They've been rock solid and I've not had any problems with them AT ALL.
Yeah, I know, the sound files are only 128kbps,* but at least they've been consistently available to me, and that's MUCH more important.
* Interestingly enough, a couple of the albums I downloaded tonight from their weekly Tuesday new music update were 160kbps and 192kbps. So maybe that's a sign...
Monday, April 10, 2006
You see, I was driving home from the subway. There's this great S-curve on-ramp to the highway, and I've occasionally tested my TT by moving through it as fast as I think safe. At the end of the curve is a merge with traffic coming from the other side of the grassy knoll. (Well not exactly a merge because we each get our own lane, as they come out of their U-shaped curve to meet with the end of my S-shaped curve. But I digress.)
I saw 'im out of the corner of my eye, coming around his curve just as I was entering mine. He was moving fast in that little rocket on steroids. I guess he saw me because I heard his engine rev way up. I of course obliged him with a rev of my own, and I smoked 'im. He never caught up with me, becoming just another pair of headlights in the sea of headlights behind me on the highway.
I promise, I won't do it again.
publican (PUB-li-kuhn) noun
1. A tax collector.
2. An owner or manager of a pub or hotel.
[From Latin publicanus, from publicum (public revenue), from publicus
(public), from populus (people).]
In ancient Rome, the state farmed out the collection of taxes. The right to collect tax was auctioned off to the highest bidder. Tax collection agents, known as publicans, employed lower-level collectors who made best use of their license. For their severe extraction of taxes, publicans were widely despised. Now, if a publican is a tax collector, what is a republican?
Sunday, April 09, 2006
More interesting are the comments that others left about the article. I left this comment, only to find that Business Week would publish it in a few days (I guess if they find it acceptable):
I hadn't heard much about this, so it's obviously very low-key (and obviously not the grab for attention others mentioned). I say more power to him and to Ms. Clinton. Yes they had issues, no one should deny that. But compared to the current administration's focus on fighting the rest of the world (a current example is this week's talk of bombing Iran - how ridiculous is that?) and KILLING my military friends in the process, those were small issues. (Let's see, how much time and money were wasted investigating what basically amounted to a headjob? What about the REAL issues out there...). Come on, people, now, we need to vote this current group out, starting with Congress this fall.
Oh, and while looking for the error on Rhapsody's website, I came across these two little video tidbits. Don't ask.
- The background music is quite good, and there are the requisite hotties, but I swear, I can only understand a couple words he's "singing". It's too funny!
- And if you're into Rube Goldberg, here's a series of Japanese devices that range from the simple to the really complex. I'm quickly realizing that my Japanese sucks.
Oh, and I've heard two songs from Herbie Hancock's latest album, Possibilities. John Mayer does a song called Stitched Up that is quite good, but the real shocker is A Song for You by Christina Aguilera - I didn't know she could sing like that! The gyrl has pipes!
The Rhapsody player allows me to rip any new CDs at 192kbps (my preference) whereas Napster is limited to 128kbps. Also, the downloaded music from Rhapsody is 160kbps whereas Napster is only 128kbps, so it will have more detail in the sound (yippee!). But that fills up my portable player faster (aw shucks).
I can't figure out how to get rid of the Rhapsody player bar on the main screen like I can with Napster. Napster's can be pulled away from the main window, giving more space to the main view. The Rhapsody mini player that I can get to pop up by touching a corner of the screen with the pointer is good to control Rhapsody when I'm in another application.
The tabbed view of Rhapsody (where I can only see Play, Burn, or Transfer one at a time, not all at the same time) makes it harder to copy something from the Play menu to the Transfer menu so that it will copy to my U10. With Napster, it's drag and drop for most everything. Maybe there's a different interface that I don't yet know about.
I wasn't able to tell Rhapsody to put its music into another folder. I want to separate the subscription music from my purchased music, but the folder for Rhapsody wouldn't hold in the preferences. Napster allowed me to do this so that the Napster music is in a "Napster" folder.
Napster links with XM Radio so I can stream stations from XM in the main view. (And it has the added advantage that it doesn't time out like the XM Radio player from the XM website.)
More as I play.....
Saturday, April 08, 2006
I read a good review about an artist named Van Hunt. Seems he released an album but it hasn't done very well. Could be it's not been advertised?? -- I certainly haven't seen it. Anyway, I went to Napster and took a look. Lo and behold, there it was! I downloaded and actually quite like it, so if I want, I can buy it from the Napster site for 99cents each track. It reminds me a lot of Prince. You should check it out: Van Hunt, On the Jungle Floor (30 second clips from Amazon).
Anyway, it was an interesting experience. Quickly, I was able to check out some new music from an unfamiliar artist. I like that. I didn't have to go to the mall to listen to it, didn't have to search the web for snippets of music, I just picked it from the list. It downloaded to my portable and I listened. Great!
As to fees, I'm not sure about the $15 a month forevermore to access the music I download. HOWEVER, if I went out and bought two CDs, or if I downloaded 20 tracks, I'd pay more than that anyway. I have a lot of purchased music on my Archos, so using this service could be a great addition to my purchased music. Both services' interfaces allow me to mix the purchased music and the downloaded music seamlessly, so I don't even have to know the difference.