Thursday Aug 26, 2004

Don't go in the Laundry Room

So, from the looks of this article on tidy homes and intelligence I'd best keep my kids out of the laundry room.

I try not to be too obsessive about keeping the house squeaky clean, and yet try to keep the kids aware that they have to pick up after themselves. Clutter really stresses me out. But sometimes stuff gets left out.... even out on the driveway.

For example, this skateboard lost the head on duel with the Ford Ranger. Luckily I can't take the blame for running that one over. (Just don't look to closely at my daughter's tricycle. :)

Monday Aug 16, 2004

desktop collaboration

Here's a sampling of the desktops from my laptop over the last year. I suppose some folks like to keep their desktop plain and ordinary, but I like to change my laptop every month or so... here's some of my laptop desktops and links below. When I work in the office on the Sun Ray, I keep my GNOME session plain-jane. Ever since one of my co-workers (can't link to him, as he's not caught the blog bug yet) wrote some scripts to help me get a vnc session working on the Sun Ray, I like to keep that desktop quick and clean. Anything but a plain background slows down any session I'm driving.

The vnc thing is a great collaboration tool, since we do so many virtual meetings here. One other collaboration tool that I resisted at first was IM. I kept thinking, man I already get too many interruptions when I'm working, I don't need yet another one! But, I've been converted. Quick answers to small questions are definitely easier via IM, and sometimes it just helps some of the many virtual meetings go faster... ;)

Desktops

September 2003
Source: © 1 Modern Circle

October 2003
Source: © Pixel Decor

 

January 2004
Source: © Pixel Decor

May 2004
Source: Photograph © kristenh

 

July 2004
Source: Photograph © kristenh

August 2004
Source: © US Olympic Team

 

Thursday Aug 12, 2004

The Apple Turnover

This piece of news cracked me up. I've been to the Hoover Dam and the traffic was bad without a truck accident.

Monday Aug 09, 2004

John Elway: I Was There

OK, confession, I'm a bit of a football junkie. I can't help it get caught up in the competition and excitement of pro football every fall. So, when John Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame yesterday, guess who just had to be there?

Wow, 20,000 fans, not a dry eye in the place. A once in a lifetime experience.

Be sure to read (or watch) John's speech.

Here's John with his daughter, Jessica, posing for fans (and photographers).

More later on people who inspire.

Friday Jun 18, 2004

Targeted Doo

Here I am, working on my latest blog...or perhaps writing out my thoughts of the day in xml! (Gotta have a well formed day, right?)

Do you believe in SIGNS from Nature? So, yesterday, as a belated birthday gift, I got my car totally detailed -- inside and out. (See Mary's Tip #412 on the junk-mobile if you're wondering why I asked for car detailing for my birthday.) When the "Spa for Cars" place was done with it, it looked pretty darn good for a 5-year old jetta that transports two kids (ages 7 and 4) across town everyday. :)

This morning, a mere 12 hours after the detailing, I go outside and notice a serious amount of bird crap is splooched all over the hood and windshield! Seriously, I've never seen so much bird doo doo targeted to one vehicle.

Should'a snapped a picture, cuz it certainly was a sight to see... I just was too horrified at the time to even go get the camera.

I can only imagine what that SIGN from Nature really means...

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