Women on the web

SFWoW announced the Top 25 Women on the Web today. Lots of great names -- women who are brilliant, inspiring, and demonstrating that high tech is not the boy's club it used to be.

Voting in SF

Well it's over. And while I'd hoped that Tom would pull it out, I have to say I'm not too disappointed. Because this whole race reminded me, and a whole bunch of people, about what democracy's all about. And that voting can make a difference.

Pick your candidate

This tool lets you click radio buttons corresponding to your political views and tells you which candidate is best aligned with your beliefs (via Halcyon). What's odd is the layout's all radio buttons, from left to right. But there's no consistency. If you're "anti-choice" (that's megnut wording there, not the actual site...) you'd pick the button all the way to the right. The next question asks if you support minority issues such as affirmative action. If you do, you click the button all the way to the right. Huh? Right for both? It seems like a smarter design would be: liberal answers on the *left* and conservative answers on the *right*, consistently.

My recommended candidate? Bill Bradley. Aw, not ol' GWB? What gives?

This one's going out to pb

pb's nervous because I haven't posted yet today. So here's a post for you, pb!


This morning when I woke up I thought it might be snowing outside, then I realized that it was sunny out. Then I realized that I live in San Francisco.


Anything I say should the opposite be taken.

Please note

Megnut is in safe mode.

This is a test. Only a test.

This is a test from Blogger 2.0. If you can see this, I'm using Blogger 2.0, which will be available for all y'all next Tuesday. Yippee, it's about time!

When drinking wine, remember

"Always remember that good wine isn't just a beverage; it's also someone's art." - WSJ [subscription required]

The safety of the space shuttle

We've never flown a shuttle over the new year, and this certainly isn't the year we're planning to break that tradition: Discovery is set to liftoff on December 16 and return December 26, which is a good thing, since Discovery has software that isn't Y2K compliant. Yikes, what if something goes wrong and they can't get back on time?

And what's the deal with everything being in "safe mode" nowadays? The Mars Lander, and the Hubble...even NASA must use Microsoft. <wink/>


So this is one of those email jokes that probably everyone's received but me, until now, but it made me laugh. So I thought I'd share: Experience California. Ha ha ha, except earthquakes scare me.

Back from Tufte

Wow, I must be getting old, or something. I'm beat. I don't seem to have the classroom stamina I had back in my college days -- all that concentration and note taking has worn me out! I'm still trying to sort through it all. I'm not sure I agree with everything Tufte had to say. I'm not sure I can even stay awake to think right now.

But I did like this concept: Routinize Excellence.

Off to hear Tufte

I'm off today for a one-day class given by Edward Tufte entitled "Presenting Data and Information." I'm looking forward to it. His books have always fascinated me, and I've heard that he's an excellent speaker. I'll let you know how it goes.

Working from Sonoma

Pyra's hangin' in the North Bay today for some planning and strategizing, and we're listening to a song called Nutty Nut-meg Phantasy. I like the "meg" part of the song, but the's interesting.

Listening to Stevie

Do you have any albums that you listened to when you were little and that still totally kick butt? That's how Stevie Wonder's Songs In the Key of Life is for me. My mother or father must have purchased the double-album, that also came with a 45 inside, but I was the one that played it over and over and over. And I did the same thing last night, all these years later, while I cooked dinner.

pb is officially a geek

"I'm trying to download my separate conciousness into my 486, but it's slow going." - pb


Woo hoo, Pats win, for a change, which means megnut...normally not a gambling type of gal...wins a bet with the fellow(s?) at LystWorthy! Prize? A cheesy Texas souvenir. I hope it says "Don't Mess with Texas" on it someplace...

Amazon needs to tweak their recommendations

Why is Amazon so dumb and pushy? On the same page as Branching Streams, their Auction and zShops sellers recommend a Suzuki Rear Spoiler. Hmmmm, I bought a book by a man named Suzuki, I think now I'll buy a spoiler for my car, which happens to be a Suzuki. How handy!

More Zen reading

I bought Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness by Shunryu Suzuki yesterday. It's a series of talks that Suzuki gave shortly before his death on the Sandokai, a poem by an eighth-century Zen master. Suzuki's other book, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, is one of my all-time favorites, so I'm really looking forward to reading this one.

Where's our guy?

Still no news from the Lander. My theory? The Martians shot it down, and I bet they shot down the last one too, and I bet the only reason the Pathfinder succeded is because the Martians allowed it to, you know, so we'd think Mars was uninhabited and they could continue to plan in secret for their Earth attack. Sounds crazy, but you never know...

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