Archive for August, 2002


Man oh man, do I love Aggie. Thank goodness andersja mentioned it and then linked up to Blogpopuli. After using it for several days, it’s already saved me loads of time. Any blog that I read that has an RSS feed is now checked by Aggie, as are a number of news sources, internal blogs, and even ADDreviews! It’s really nice being able to check 25-30 sites that I read on a regular basis in under 15 seconds. Aggie’s interface is simple (unlike every other news aggregator I’ve tried) and I have high hopes for its future. I’m already itching for RC5.

Sick flicks, sore throats, and Summerslam

… and an enjoyable weekend was had by all participants.

We had a nice dinner with Alex Saturday night. He graced us not only with his presence, but with fried chick’n (courtesy of Sunflower) and some really good vegan carrot cake. A double-feature of Sleepaway Camp II and III (on video, not DVD, alas) closed out the evening with a bang.

Other movies watched during this lazy weekend: the ass-awful Zombie ’90: Extreme Pestilence, the surprisingly enjoyable Shrek, and the unintentionally creepy Clownhouse. Add in Summerslam at Matt’s and a buttload of Little League World Series action, and I had a screentastic good time.

Unfortunately, I’ve had this bizarre sore in my throat/under my tongue that won’t seem to go away. Must be that nasty case of herpes from my days as a male ho.

Today: a trip to the eye doctors. I love when they blow the air in your eye! Wonderful fun!

Friday Five

This week’s F5

  1. What is your current occupation? Is this what you chose to be doing at this point in your life? Why or why not? I am a webmaster (appropriate, huh?). This is pretty much exactly what I’d like to be doing right now, so that’s a good thing. I don’t think it’s what I’ll do for the rest of my life, but…
  2. If time/talent/money were no object, what would your dream occupation be? I have a Soft Rains entry that has been in-the-making for almost a year now… I’m going to really try to put it up this weekend, so I’ll refrain from answering this question right now.
  3. What did/do your parents do for a living? Has this had any influence on your career choices? My dad was a middle school guidence counselor in Philly for 20 years, then taught fifth grade at an advanced school in Philly (that was, oddly, fifth grade and high school), and now works at a local votech school, easing his way towards retirement. My mom was a math teacher for a bit, then a stay-at-home mom, and then a substitute teacher. She still subs quite often. Their education-related professions had no bearing on my career choice.
  4. Have you ever had to choose between having a career and having a family? Not yet. I’ve always said, though, that I’d love to be a house husband that stays at home with the kids. I could definitely do that.
  5. In your opinion, what is the easiest job in the world? What is the hardest? Why? Easiest: Isaac Hayes’ hairdresser. Hardest: George Bush’s speechwriter (it’s gotta be hard to write meaningful speeches with words he can read!).

O & A gone!

Here’s some happy news to wake up to: Opie and Anthony have been fired!

Free speech issue aside, these guys are just untalented, offensive assholes. I have a high tolerence for the “obscene,” but when they started busting on Progeria kids, it was the last straw for me. The firing may or may not have been justified, but it’s the end result that makes me happy. Now maybe they can get some guys with actual talent for the evening drive… I like this idea: “With O&A gone, WJFK hosts Don Geronimo and Mike O’Meara, whose raunchy-but-tamer program preceded ‘Opie & Anthony,’ will probably move back into the late-drive shift — a slot they abandoned last year to make room for O&A.”

Coming Clean

OK, I’ve got to come clean about a few things. Please indulge me.

I watch American Idol.

There, I said it. I watch it every Tuesday. I even watch most of the “results” shows on Wednesdays, which are nothing more than 10-second spots drawn out for 30 minutes.

I also admit that I was most disappointed to see Ryan Starr go. She had a cool name and could have been the 2k’s Joan Jett. Plus, she had a geeky attractiveness about her. In addition: Christiana Christian was robbed. And RJ, EJ, and AJ were all a waste of airtime.

I’ll now admit that I really hope Kelly Clarkson wins. That girl can sing and I don’t think she’ll fall into the “pretentious star” role. But, honestly, everyone in the final five except for psuedo-rebel Nikki McKibbon will have absolutely no trouble getting signed after the show. Shoot, I bet the ink on a deal for Tamyra is already dry.

Let me close by saying something that I hope will help elevate your opinion of me after this embarrassing confessional: I would never pay this much for four tickets to anything. Spammer!

I’ve gotten two bounce messages today indicating someone sent spam out with my e-mail address on the from line. So, today’s hearty “screw you” goes to the T

There must be something in the water

Maybe I should do my own version of this page with my CDs… (Unit Cubed)

No e-mail?

The site’s acting a little goofy again and I don’t appear to be receiving e-mail. I love it!

Update: after a server reboot, e-mail is now working.

Hot house, wet basement

Coming into work yesterday was a bit odd… we had to be in for an 8am meeting, which is the time I usually roll out of bed. But even weirder was coming into the office and having air conditioning. You see, ours has been off all weekend and it got a bit… stuffy.

The aforementioned leak appeared to be fixed by replacing the filter late Friday night, so we went to bed confident everything would be OK. I set the alarm for 7am Saturday, though, just to make sure everything was alright. I’m glad I did, because the water was a-flowin’ and one of my boxes of records had gotten quite wet. Miraculously, the records themselves stayed dry, so I decided to not test my good luck and just shut the air off for the time being.

The remainder of the weekend was a tad hot. With heat indices reaching 107, we managed to stay cool (um, how about “alive”) by keeping fans going and the shades closed. I was this close to recreating a Biz Stone original, though.

Fortunately, it was just a matter of a clogged pipe. It still cost us some dough to get fixed, but it could have been a lot worse. Lesson learned: change those 55 cent filters every month.

Newsweek article: ho-hum

Living in the Blog-osphere (Newsweek)

Though I was interviewed for this article—by e-mail and by phone—I don’t appear. Paul pointed out that they did mention my Golden Girls blog, though (it’s part of the “dark matter”!). Oh well… at least Barbara was quoted!

Anyway… thoughts on the article itself: it’s alright. With a number of researchers working on the story, I thought it might go beyond the typical “Introduction to Blogging” article the mainstream press has been echoing over and over the past six months. But, it doesn’t. And I guess that’s OK, as long as Newsweek follows up later with a more in-depth look at blogging and its possibilities.

I’ve posted the e-mail portion of the interview, so feel free to click through and read my semi-coherent take on blogging.

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