Archive for January, 2002

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I shoveled a lot of

January 31, 2002

I shoveled a lot of snow and I’m feeling it now. Tired and achy. But in a good way. I also made dinner. In fact I did them simultaneously, throwing down the shovel, running inside to stir something on the stove, running back out. I was quite a sight I’m sure. Anyhow, Charmed was watched by all. ER was watched by Anglea. I played with CSS some more.

I’m not sure when my quit smoking date should be. There are several factors to consider. I’m going on a romantic long weekend getaway for my anniversary next Thursday, Daniel and I are going to our first free karate lesson next Monday. I’d like to have quit by the time I go to our first paid-for lesson but I don’t know when that’ll be yet. And I don’t want to be on wierd drugs and jonesing for a smoke all anniversary weekend. (You know those drugs can have “certain side effects.” Who wants that?)

Anyhow I hope to have a quit date selected out of this mess really soon. This weekend for sure. Then I’ll know when to start my medication. I’ll have a plan. That will feel good.

Tomorrow’s Friday. That will feel good too.

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I talked to the doctor

January 31, 2002

I talked to the doctor this afternoon about the whole smoking thing. He thought it would be beneficial if I took Zyban/Welbutrin for a month or two when first quitting in addition to any over-the-counter patches and gum I might use. I told him right out that I didn’t want to even mess with his Zyban unless he really thought it would help my chances of quitting. He insisted that it would. He also gave me 21 days supply for free. This is a good thing because my insurance company might not want to pay for it. My doc wrote the prescription out “for depression.” Perhaps this will throw them off. Don’t even get me started on health insurance companies not paying for this shit. Don’t even.

So I have to pick a sensible day to quit and then start taking this pill 10 days prior. I’ll pick up some generic nicontine patches at Wallgreens and I’m off to the races. I’ll be jumping out of my skin but doing it with really clean lungs. 🙂

In other news, it snowed about 3 inches last night and it’s gonna do the same again tonight. So in addition to cooking some kind of dinner I’ll have to clear the driveway. I’ll probably do it the old fashioned way – shovel. The second-hand snowblower we picked up for $25 isn’t worth a damn it turns out.

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I spent my late evening

January 31, 2002

I spent my late evening hours last night messing around with Cascading Style Sheets in an effort to come up with a simple, elegant design for this page. So far all I’ve done is re-learn some of what I’d forgotten over the last couple of years. Still working on it.

In other news I have finally uploaded more pictures! Check them out over there on the right. The “A Day In My Life” volume is the new one. God I love this camera.

Work seems slower today than it has been. Thank goodness. I will be leaving early also because I have a doctors appointment. Gonna talk about quitting smoking,etc. Wish me luck.

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Meetings, meetings, meetings. From 11

January 30, 2002

Meetings, meetings, meetings. From 11 am to 5 pm. I ate my lunch in a meeting. The good news is they weren’t too awful. In fact there were some genuinely productive, interesting moments here and there. It made for a long day though. I’m glad it’s over. My day started out pretty shaky but in the end it wasn’t all that bad. It was Angela’s night to cook dinner and she elected to order pizza from Rocky Rococco. No complaints here.

I did manage to take some more pictures today at work. My “day in the life” album is really taking shape and I think I may be able to put it up this weekend. After I get a few more shots I’ll share the pictures with you all.

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I’m not in a good

January 30, 2002

I’m not in a good mood today so far. Last night Daniel took it into his head to write a story…but Paige was using the computer. He’s not terribly patient but I convinced him to write it by hand and then we’d type it together when I got home from work the next day. When I got out of the shower this morning he was already nagging me for help. In fact he was stomping around snarling at everyone. I really hate that, especially first thing in the morning. We clashed, there was yelling, “consequences” were threatened.

When I finally made it out of the house I was a bit later than usual. Then – I swear – I caught every red light on the way out of town. I didn’t stop for coffee even and I got here at the stroke of 9. My day here at work is filled with meetings and appointments, none of which look like any fun. To top it all off I got a “high priority” trouble call regarding one of my more annoying users. It seems that she disregarded every notice advising not to open email attachments unless you are expecting them. She’s got herself a “my party” worm now. I’ve got a virus scan going on it now with a note on the computer that says “please do not touch.” I’m so tempted to leave the sign there permanently.

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I used to develop my

January 29, 2002

I used to develop my Web site entirely by hand without the use of WYSIWYG HTML editors and certainly without automated tools like Blogger. Although I liked doing it, it had it’s down sides. Like how hard it was to update the content and the fact that I basically had to wait for the inspiration and the time to do any kind of redesign. Consequently I’d do a redesign once every 18 months or so and basically that was the last time the content changed significantly. Within 3 months I’d be tired of it and spend the remaining 15 months waiting for the time and inspiration to redo it all.

There was, however, a positive side. At least I got a design that was made by me and not by someone else. I got a chance to sharpen my Web publishing skills and learn about new Web technologies and techniques. Using Blogger doesn’t give me any of that. I think it’s a fantastic service, allowing me to update my content several times a day quite painlessly in addition to doing automatic archiving of past content. But somehow this rather severe compromise doesn’t sit well with me.

But perhaps there is a “best of both worlds” scenario here. After poking around the Blogger Web site I realized that with a little work I could incorporate the Blogger-generated content within a Web site of my own design. Why not. There’s nothing preventing me from doing it. I just have to monkey with it until I figure it out. To that end I’ve begun a test blog for the express purpose of “monkeying with it.”

Of course this still leaves the non-trivial task of finding the time and inspiration to do a design by hand. But perhaps I’ll surrender to the world of WYSIWYG editors like Dreamweaver and GoLive. I have valid licenses for both products, I just have to learn to use them proficiently. No small task, but if I take the time to do it I may just come out with a very professional looking design with minimal effort while still having the satisfaction of having done it myself.

So if all goes according to plan I should end up with a professional-looking design, made by me, that utilizes the automation of Blogger-generated content within it. This is my goal. Wish me luck.

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By the time I got

January 29, 2002

By the time I got home Angela had dinner started already. Sweet, huh? 🙂 Now she’s gone to some Girlscout planning meeting or other where her patience will no doubt be tested to it’s very limit by a bunch of controlling, busybody suburban soccer moms (shudder). I made up a new chore chart for the kids. Daniel went to the library with his friends and Paige and I stayed home and watched The Gilmore Girls. It’s a cute show, really. Very fast dialog with lots of witty lines and a few genuinely heartfelt moments. I think the woman who plays the rich grandmother is really terrific.

I did some work-related stuff, too. Our photo lab is going all digital so we bought some digital cameras (Epson PhotoPC 3100Z’s to be exact). 3.3 Megapixels of digital goodness. I’ve been playing with one since the holiday break and I really love it. Problem is, they only came with a 16 MB compact flash card. This lets you take over 30 “standard compression jpeg” images and only half of that in “low compression jpeg” or TIFF. Our photo students may need to take many more than that at one time. So with the help of my friend Bruce I found some cheap parts that will increase the capacity by 8 times. Then I sent the part numbers and prices to the folks with the money. I think that will make everyone happy.

Paige has now discovered AOL Instant Messenger. I’m helping her get set up with an eye for caution. One likes to make sure that not every freak on the Internet knows how to contact one’s 11-year-old daughter. I’m very glad that Angela and I are so computer savvy. There are so many parents who don’t know jack and are terrified of computers and the Internet. They can offer no help or guidance to their kids in these matters. Thus it’s probably those kids who lag behind in technology skills and are least supervised when they finally do venture forth. So it seems there are some benefits to having two tech-heads as parents.

Ah. As it turns out, AOL quite wisely doesn’t allow people under the age of 13 to register for Instant Messaging. Paige was dissapointed but has already moved on to something else: movie making. Possibly it didn’t occur to her to lie about her age. She’s so young yet. Tttp: goodness.