From the This Makes No

From the This Makes No Sense Dept.:
   Quickbooks: "Do you have a fax number?"
   Me: "Yes, it's blah blah blah"
   Quickbooks: "OK, that fax should be sent out by Tuesday."
   Me (to myself): "???"

Oh too funny, The Adventures

Oh too funny, The Adventures of Action Item bring back so many memories of my consulting days! [via Metafilter]

One of the more disturbing things I've seen

According to some people, the problems most of us suffer: stress, depression, anxiety, are only symptoms of a larger problem. The larger problem is your brain. It is your brain that stands in the way of your happiness. And that to relieve these symptoms, you should undergo a procedure called trephination.

Trephination is the ancient practice of drilling a hole in the skull and removing a small piece of bone.

Last night, 20/20 actually showed someone undergoing this procedure, and I have to say that it is one of the most disturbing things I've ever heard of or "witnessed." What's even scarier is that people practicing these procedures don't have any kind of medical license, they call it a "religious procedure" so that they can't be arrested. Apparently 70% of our brains interfere with our ability to relax and enjoy ourselves! I'm too freaked out to even write any more about this. This is just way too disturbing for me.

So I was at Ben

So I was at Ben Affleck's site (via Tracy who mentioned he agreed to be a fan's phone-a-friend on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) and I realized that he's got a news page. And I also realized that he posts on the site's web board. And I realized: Ben Affleck needs a Blogger blog! It's just the thing for the web-savvy Hollywood superstar. But would he be able to knock Cam or Ev from their perch?

My fortune cookie tonight: You

My fortune cookie tonight: You will make a fortune with your friend.
[Except it didn't have the links, I added those for effect.]

If you've ever worked a

If you've ever worked a construction job, you'll appreciate the new story at the Fray, The Rules of Carpentry. Of course, I've never worked in construction and I appreciated the story, so maybe that isn't a requirement, or even a good lead-in. Anyway, go read it.

I've fashioned a flannel shirt

I've fashioned a flannel shirt into a skirt for wear around the office because my pants got soaked thru on my walk over here from Powell. I kinda like the look.

I used to write a

I used to write a lot of short stories, and I haven't written any recently, but I've been thinking about it. Anyway, Derek pointed out this Amazon short story contest, which got me thinking. I'd like to submit a story. Which got me thinking, which one? Which got me thinking, why not ask people which one I should submit? So I'm going to post a bunch of stories here (probably over the weekend). If you want to read them, feel free. And then you can vote for which one I should submit.

Rain rain go away, come

Rain rain go away, come again some other day.

Oh crap. Ev already linked

Oh crap. Ev already linked to the megablog. But I don't like removing a post once I've already made it, so it stays. Just tell everyone you read it here first.

This megablog is so cool.

This megablog is so cool. You can choose an individual blog from the drop-down, or read the groups' blog. If only we had the discussion integrated into Blogger (don't count sxswb) already, they wouldn't need their message boards...soon, very very soon.

Sometimes I actually click on

Sometimes I actually click on ads, and almost every time I do, I find myself waiting for a page to load, and thinking, "why oh why did I do this?" Today's folly: boo. While getting my weekly fill of Filler, I saw an ad for some clothes. Since I can't find clothes I like, I clicked to be ported to a world of magical web-based clothes the likes of which I dream. Yeah, right. The first page opened, only to launch a second page, which is like completely in Flash or something, I don't even know. But it took about twenty seconds to load. And then was hard to navigate, and on and on. I won't bore you with any more details. Needless to say, it raises a few questions in my mind: Who has time to shop at this rate? It would be hours before I'd browse, select, "try on" (yes, that was one of the options, must be some sort of VRML thing?), and purchase a t-shirt. And who wants such fancy navigation and images and modeling. Give me a quality .jpg and show me all the colors. I can go from there. And did I mention Miss Boo, who popped up in her own window and wanted to "rap with me" while I shopped?

I know that someone aside

I know that someone aside from me is happy to own CSCO. An analyst from Credit Suisse First Boston called Cisco "potentially the first trillion-dollar market cap company." That's hard to believe. A billion dollars still seems like a lot to me. A trillion? One million million. Only Microsoft has a higher market cap. Now why oh why didn't I buy more? Oh yeah, that's right, I didn't have any more money.

It's true, we were talking

It's true, we were talking about sxsw as a weblog coming out party. Let's make it a true debutante ball: I'll wear a long white dress, and elbow length gloves, just like in Metropolitan. But who will be my escort? A West Point blogger? You?

Blogger makes a difference! SAN

Blogger makes a difference!

SAN FRANCISCO - Industry insiders have reported a huge increase in the number of posts to fledgling weblog project me over the past few days. The apparent cause? A migration to Blogger.

Prior to using Blogger, project me averaged a single post every three days. Now, powered by Blogger, project me contains eight posts since February 6th! An impressive turn-around, says Pyra co-founder Meg Hourihan, "what we see here is the remarkable, overnight transformation of project me from a 'constipated' weblog, one with very few posts, to a 'diarrhea' weblog, or one in which the posts just keep coming and coming." Can all sites achieve this type of output merely through a migration to Blogger? Says Hourihan, "well, certainly you need to have something to say, or Blogger doesn't do one bit of good."

pb: "That old school God

pb: "That old school God was a pissed-off fella. He was always smiting the world with frogs. I like the New Testament God, he's very forgiving."

I've been really impressed with

I've been really impressed with the calibre of these sites for a while now:
  . m e . u p d a t e d
       "I HAVE YET TO... buy lottery tickets, cigarettes, or dull."
       "I rock. But you didn't hear that from me."
       "more lying to teachers to get on the computer..."

What's amazing is that not one of them is even 18 yet! Hmm...somehow that seems like an age-ist statement, as if I don't expect good things from teenagers. That attitude would have pissed me off at that age a lot. Hmm...of course, I also have no perspective, because the web didn't exist when I was that age. All I did was chat on Compuserve a few times until I got scared off, and went back to writing stories and reading books. Anyway, my point: I like these sites a lot: nice design and great content.

The other night, Derek took

The other night, Derek took this series of photos of me while we were out. Man, that Nikon CoolPix 950 rocks! I want one so badly.

My friend Jacob [portfolio] is

My friend Jacob [portfolio] is looking for a job in the Bay Area. If you know of anything good, please let me know.

Lately I've wanted some new

Lately I've wanted some new clothes, but I can't seem to find anything I like. I just got back from the Haight, and I probably went into 12 stores, and didn't see a thing I wanted. What's frustrating is that I can picture what I want to be wearing, but I can't find it anywhere. So my new plan is to buy a sewing machine and start making my own clothes. I don't know where I'll find the time to do something like this, and I don't know how to sew very well, but I guess I'll learn. Now, let's see, where does one buy a sewing machine on the web?

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