June 2006

Rotten Day

I am having a rotten day. I feel beleaguered and ineffectual. My creative energies are blocked. I can’t problem-solve, which is the only thing that I want to do right now. I feel like everyone is telling me to quit and give up. One guy called me an Alpha Male. He thought something was wrong with my blogging. What the hell does he read it for then? You know who...

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Animal Husbandry

Read this New York Times article if you are married or have a significant other. Katie sent it to me. I am not annoyed at being likened to a circus animal. Quite the contrary. I am happy that Katie has stumbled upon this concept. I want to be trained to clean up more; criticize less; eat less. And play sports more. And sell crap on CcraigList.

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Scary Story

There once was a boy who was allergic to pollen. He had hay fever. His spine also was a tiny bit curved which made sleeping on a hard surface painful. The boy also had this wierd thing where he needed to sleep with his legs apart. If his legs were together, it would bug him and keep him awake. The boy was quite a wuss. Then one day, the boy’s...

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Bill Gates Departs Microsoft

Bill Gates has announced he is leaving Microsoft to focus full-time on the Gates Foundation. Bill Gates is the most philanthropic human being in history, giving more to charitable causes than anyone before. He puts his contemporary billionaires to shame. (Larry Ellison, you know who you are). He leaves behind a mixed legacy at Microsoft. Clearly, the most successful software company in the world, however, their success has been due...

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Usability Week 2006

I have spent most of this week at Usability 2006, which is a conference run by the Nielsen/Norman group. I started at the Usability in Practice sessions but then switched over to Interaction Design. I am really enjoying Tog. He has great stories and clearly has had a really fun career. So far, I agree with everything he has said. One thing he brought up was Fitt's Law. I knew...

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Hand Gestures

Ok, to set up the story, put your fingers up in the air in a peace sign. (Index and middle finger up, with other fingers down under the thumb). Then point your two fingers towards your eyes. Then point them away from you, straight ahead. Do this 5 times back and forth fairly quickly. Remember this gesture. Ethan had apparently let Matthew out of the front yard (we have a...

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MS Vista Build 5284

Also Known as Vista Beta 2, I have sucessfully installed the operating system. I also have installed the beta of Office 2007. So far, I am pretty excited. The glass interface is very cool. The performance is pretty good. Alot of the new features are nice. On the down side, UAC (User Access Control) SUCKS. I had to disable it. It literally asked me four times for every tiny decision...

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The Miser

Katie and I celebrated out 8th wedding anniversary by going to a nice French (Freedom) Restaurant and watching The Miser by French (Freedom) playwright Molière. The play, at the Berkeley Rep was fantastic. We enjoyed the costumes, the sets, the acting. It was the best play I have seen since “How to succeed in Business without really trying” with Matthew Broderick. That website is too funny. Katie and I had...

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Eye Floaters

They are called Vitreous Floaters. There is a whole website dedicated to them. They are the little hairs that you sometimes see floating into your field of vision like little ghosts. When you try to look directly at them they move out of your field of view. When you stop trying, they come right back, floating just off the center of your vision. They are shy and do not like...

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Business Writing

There was this award at work. Everyone had to nominate another person and say why they thought that person embodied the corporate values. The Intuit values are actually pretty interesting. I did not win the award, but rather, my nomination was the winning one. Everyone mentioned the quality of the writing as an important factor. It wasn’t good grammar, but rather good storytelling. I think being able to tell a...

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