Archive for January, 2007

links for 2007-02-01

Usability Absurdities

Went to ask a question today of Citimortage through their web site and got this:

Stupid error message

So, wait… go ahead and ask a question, but don’t use “non-allowed characters” like a question mark?!

I’m not sure which is worse: this, or Nuance’s contact form which limits you to 100 characters. Do you have any idea how hard it is to ask a question of any depth in 100 characters or less? What’s with having any limit? Let me ask my damn question if you want my money. (That, and try answering my question when you get it. Which you haven’t done.)

links for 2007-01-31

Marketing Annoys Me

Gaiam‘s tagline ahould be “The Company That Advertises People With Bare Feet Wearing Organic Cotton Products While Meditating.”

End-of-January update

It’s been a busy last week or so.

Last Friday, Huyen hosted her first mom’s playgroup at our place. Lots of moms and kids converged and there was no baby drool to be found on the carpet by the time I got home. Amazing!

Then, my parents came in town for the weekend and family friends Rex and Kathy joined us on Saturday night as well. As usual, it was great to see everyone and gave me a chance to try out some new recipes on unsuspecting victims.

Dad, in his usual fit of helpfulness, dusted off the tools in our garage and helped finish off some lingering “to do” items around the house. After way too many weeks, my Ikea vinyl storage unit is finally built and anchored to the wall in the studio. I’ll post pictures after I’ve moved my records from the storage boxes into the unit. It’ll be oh-so-exciting, I promise.

And today we had a storm door installed. Getting the door purchased and installation scheduled was a bit of an ordeal, but it’s done and, reportedly, looks good.

Quick site news: the Veg Blog broke when I upgraded Movable Type, so I decided once and for all to ditch MT and move it to WordPress. It’s currently in templated-form, but I’ll be personalizing the layout a bit over the coming weeks. Also, has been secured in preparation for next year’s festivities. All 2004 content has been moved there already.

February’s going to be another crazy month, with a full 31 days’ worth of activity packed into 28 short days.

links for 2007-01-27

links for 2007-01-26

Prince Far I

Just because I haven’t shared any music in a while. Here’s a track I rediscovered this morning, Prince Far I’s “Message from the King.” Recorded in 1978, this one has some nice vocals in addition to Far I’s throaty chatting. Love it.

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links for 2007-01-25

Continual MT Burps

There have been some issues with commenting on Daily Links entries recently. Sorry about that. Not sure what’s going on.