Good God, via dack, I've

Good God, via dack, I've learned that dreaded Miss Boo is not dead after all. Please kill her now. Please.

I've always loved foreign languages

I've always loved foreign languages and learning new ones. I can speak Spanish fluently, and can get by in French and Italian as well, though my accents (especially in French) are terrible. It's always seemed so simple to me: there are rules and there are words. And learning a new language is as simple as memorizing the rules (which are similar across most languages) and learning the new words. Follow the rules, string the words together accordingly and bammo! you're speaking German. Or French, or even Java. I've been learning Java the past few weeks and I'm noticing the same patterns as learning any other language (human or machine). The rules are a little different: instead of subjunctive, you've got IFs, but it's just a series of words assembled based on a set of rules. When you construct your statement accordingly, you get the desired results. Break the rules and you get the wrong answer or say the wrong thing. And I've always felt that language and math were similar, except with math you replace words with numbers. Follow the rules, string the numbers together accordingly, and bammo! you're doing math. It's always surprised me that a person is categorized as a "math person" or a "language person." It seems to me there are people whose brains work well with the structure of items and rules, and there are those whose don't.

Have you ever heard of

Have you ever heard of the Mercury 13? I've been fascinated by space travel and astronauts since I was little. I've been to Florida to watch two Shuttle lift-offs. I regularly check NASA's site for news and updates. The Right Stuff is one of my favorite movies of all time and I watched every episode of From the Earth to the Moon, and all this time, I had no idea that NASA ever conducted astronaut tests on women in the early 60's. Nor did I know that the women kicked ass on many of the tests, acheiving in some cases better results than the men. But the tests were cancelled and the women were sent home and Congress ruled future astronauts would be selected from the pool of all-male military test pilots. [Insert rant about sexism here which I can't bear to write right now, I'm too upset by the quote on page 3 from Rep. Anfuso stating the women would be necessary in space exploration since we couldn't colonize other planets without them! Argh!]

I'm constantly frustrated by how

I'm constantly frustrated by how I have to interact with information on a daily basis, be it email, web sites, random thoughts occurring in my brain, etc. I just can't figure out a system that allows me to effectively work with the information that's critical while constantly allowing me to change my definition of what's critical.

Here's one dilemma: I have my Inbox sorted by date received, which makes sense. But sometimes something arrives and gets buried so it's out of view, but I need to do something about it. Outlook (yes, I use Outlook, but I don't go all willy-nilly opening attachments) allows me to flag something, but this is rather useless. If it's out of view, I don't remember to work on it until the reminder pops up saying I should be done dealing with it. All I'd like to do is move it to the top of the stack. I'd like to say to Outlook, Show me everything as it arrives, newest to oldest, but let me override at any point by dragging something to where I want it to go. The current Inbox is too structured for my tastes, I need more flexibility *within* my Inbox. Using separate folders isn't effective for me, I'm an out-of-sight, out-of-mind kind of girl.

I don't know how I'd survive without email, and no one would argue the importance of email in the workplace, but sometimes I wonder how I'm going to survive email. I get more and more everyday and it's getting hard and harder to deal with. The easy ones are the ones I read and delete. Any email that requires action, oy, then the questions flood my brain: Do I make it a task in Outlook? Do I flag it and hope it doesn't disappear from sight? If I flag, will I remember why I did by glancing, or will I have to open it? Do I copy and paste it someplace else? If so, where? [side note: a long time ago, these were questions we set out to answer, but we've gotten sidetracked along the way.]

As more people come online, as more people embrace email, a sophisticated and powerful, but easy-to-use system will become critical in helping people deal with the volumes of mail they receive. Unfortunately, I don't know many VCs who are keen to invest in people developing next generation email clients, do you?

So people have been saying

So people have been saying that megnut's changed, that it's not about the linking anymore, that it's about the personal storytelling, the 3000 words, the sea change in weblogging, or something. But I'm here to say No! No way, jose! megnut's got links, baby, links like you ain't never seen: what happens when some guy leaves a plate of meat in his neighbor's yard for 18 days and photographs it? Grossness the likes of which...I'll say no more. [via syl]

Several people have written to

Several people have written to ask where the starfish pictures from last weekend were taken. So if you'll promise me you're not going to overrun one of my favorite spots in the whole Bay Area, and you'll be respectful of all the creatures you find there, and you'll be careful and watch out for waves and go at low tide and not get swept out to sea, I'll tell you where it is: it's called Sculptured Beach.

Some days I just feel

Some days I just feel lonely. Today is one of those days. And I can't concentrate, can't get anything done, I'm trying, I really am. But I'm distracted, and lonely, and I guess in some ways, sad. When one's spent the previous Saturday with a cute boy, hopping from rock to rock in search of starfish and crabs, the current Saturday pales in comparison.

And you thought nobody was

And you thought nobody was writing about Blogger just because I hadn't sent you to any juicy links? Well think again, dearies...the press is abuzz.

Suggestions that water may be

Suggestions that water may be lurking just below the Martian surface? There's only one way to get to the bottom of this for certain: send an expedition, stat! But who? Certainly some experienced astronauts to pilot the spacecraft (I'm sure we could just retrofit the Shuttle, right? Um, wait, then we'd be stuck on Mars...) anyway, someone to fly there and land, someone to do the scientific stuff, like collect samples, and catalogue them, etc. and someone to write about it and log it for billions back on Earth to read on the web. This someone, let's call her, for the sake of argument, megnut, could also snap some cool photos and post them online, and make friends with the aliens (who are sure to pop out from behind the rocks once the crew lands, I mean, they keep shooting down all our landers, right? Um, wait, what if they shoot us down? Well, ignore that thought.). Sound like a plan? I thought so! Email NASA, tell them I'm on my way to the Cape and to fire up the rockets.

We're sorry, all megnuts are

We're sorry, all megnuts are busy. We appreciate your visit, someone will provide you with content as soon as possible. Thank you.

megnut: a house of lies

megnut: a house of lies no longer! I said awhile ago I would put up some short stories I've written. At last I'm able to say that I have. Well, one story at least, I've posted one story in writing called Love's Recovery. It's ages old, and frankly I'm not crazy about it, but I didn't want to start analyzing whether the story was worthy of being posted because I know something like that could lead to no story ever making its way onto this site. I also wrote up a DVD-esque Author's Commentary version for your reading pleasure. If it goes well, I may do it for the other stories. Enjoy. [Ok, I added another: The Greatest Meal, it's even older than Love's Recovery.]

Frauenpower: oh I'm so going

Frauenpower: oh I'm so going to start using that expression.

During the summer back when

During the summer back when I lived in Boston, I'd stop every day on my way to work for a large iced coffee at Dunkin' Donuts. Standard summer fare, iced coffee seemed to be served everywhere beginning the day after Memorial Day. It's the obvious summer companion to iced tea. In winter you order your drink hot, in summer, chilled. So what gives with San Francisco? We have iced tea year-round (understandable I guess since it never really gets very cold) but where's the iced coffee? I can go to Starbuck's and get an iced Americano but I don't want a fancy coffee drink and I don't want to stand in line while people order their grande no-whip decaf iced non-fat mochas with two Sweet'N Lows. I just want an iced coffee. Plain old iced coffee. Anybody know where I can get one? Preferably in/near SOMA?

Dammit! I hate LA. I've

Dammit! I hate LA. I've always hated LA. I will always hate LA.

harassing the wildlife starfish

harassing the wildlife
harassing the wildlife

starfish and sea anemone
starfish and sea anemone

orange and purple starfish
orange and purple starfish

A lesson I learned while

A lesson I learned while tidepooling this weekend: no matter how pretty the starfish looks, sticking to the far side of the rock, nestled in alongside the mussels, alongside the bright green sea anemone, it is best *not* to climb out on the rocks to photograph it, especially when the tide is still going out. To do so, one may incur the wetting, and by wetting I mean a giant wave smashing into the rocks, soaking your pants, jacket, underwear, and forcing you, cold and shivering, to continue your adventures in borrowed clothing and squishy wet sneakers. Pictures forthcoming.

Brandon sent me a Porsche,

Brandon sent me a Porsche, alas, it doesn't run very well. Ha ha. Get it? 'Cause it's only a link! Ha ha ha.

I realized that lately megnut

I realized that lately megnut has been functioning as a sort of magic genie. I seem to post something that I want, and it happens: the Iron Giant, the heat wave, the Eminenya. So, I'm going to push my luck, because that's the kind of girl I am, a luck pusher. Here's some other things I'm craving these days: Huh, nothing really comes to mind. I just realized I'm pretty contented, and there aren't a lot of things I'm craving. Sure a convertible 72' green Porsche would be nice, but all I'd really like is continued heat through the weekend and no flight delays tomorrow evening at SFO. That's it. That would make me very happy.

Hot damn, my cravings have

Hot damn, my cravings have been answered. Today's predicted high? 97ยบ! I can't wait to get outside at lunchtime, sit in the the grass with a cold beverage and book, and soak up the warmth.

BTW, in case you're keeping count, today is day three of self-referential linking here on megnut. How long can I keep it going? (answer: not much longer, it's silly.)

As I was walking to

As I was walking to lunch, a young man passed me and smiling, gave me a flower. Ahhh soma, one never knows what to expect. Some days they think I'm a hooker, some days they give me flowers.

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