May 02, 2005
I am...a librarian!
I've been promoted. Trying to apply the excellent advice on the back cover of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. (Fun movie, by the way).
Not much has changed yet. There will be more reference work, learning by doing. In the meantime, still doing my current duties until someone is found to take on the clerical work.
I haven't let myself get too excited about it yet. Part of me wonders when I'll be found out, because I certainly haven't got a brain the size of a planet.
Still, a raise is a raise. My credit cards and I are due for a reckoning. (We'll just count the iPod as a prescient promotion purchase.)
May 03, 2005
I've been alerted that something is up with my comments. Ack. Will get that fixed shortly. I was tinkering with my redesign last night and must have made changes to the wrong set of templates. Clearly I should work on these things when I'm less tired!
Addendum: Getting the following message, both when attempting to preview or post a comment:
An error occurred:Any ideas, please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Addendum the second: COMMENTS FIXED. Turns out it wasn't my templates. I had fiddled with my host settings so that the URL would appear as "ladycrumpet.com" instead of "www.ladycrumpet.com." However, I think I was supposed to revise my configuration file (mt.cfg) accordingly, which I didn't do, and which led to the resulting error message. Maybe we'll try that some other time. Whew! I was thinking I might have to scrap all my templates and go with the default ones until I sorted this out.
May 04, 2005
If I Could Have Just One Wish, I Would Like a Tasty Fish
|Your Birthdate: November 29|
|Your birthday on the 29th adds a tone of idealism to your nature.
You are imaginative and creative, but rather uncomfortable in the business world. You are very aware and sensitive, with outstanding intuitive skills and analytical abilities.
The 29 reduces to 11, one of the master numbers which often produces much nervous tension.
This is the birthday of the dreamer rather than the doer.
You do, however, work very well with people.
2. Who will reign supreme in the Kitten War? Who knows, but there are some awfully cute cats. (Yep, that's me squealing "oooohHOWCUTEooooh!" down the hall.)
May 05, 2005
CSS Cheat Sheet
CSS Cheat Sheet - A quick reference tool. I'm probably familiar with only a fraction of the coding, but this could be handy.
Atlanta People With Blogs Who Get Together To Drink:
Manuel's (pronounced MAN-u-els), 7:30 pm, on N. Highland.
One of our regular waitresses at Flying Biscuit is going to be mad at me that I'm skipping out again on Captured By Robots at The Earl tonight. We'd told her we wanted to check them out, but didn't go the last time they came to town. It seems the first Thursday of the month is a pretty popular time for people to get together, meaning that I am regularly forced to choose whether I want to hang out with bloggers, librarians, or this time, robots.
Lovely to Meet You
Scott and I ran into Bump and bobafred and we grabbed the first table of the evening, keeping our eyes peeled for other bloggers, like Titus. Mingaling and her S.O. arrived, and not long after, we met Slingerdoo, who had set up with some folks in another part of the restaurant. After clearing it with the waitress, we pushed some tables together to accommodate the expanded group, including Pop Philosophy, hollismb, and the gals of Threadbared, one-half of whom also blogs as Weird Babe. Was most pleasantly surprised to see another familiar face - the Little Toy Robot.
At this point we learned that the room where a private party had been held was being cleared, and would we like to move into there? Private room? Why yes, thank you. And so on to our third seating of the evening. The banquet setup did inhibit mingling, however, as we tucked into our food and quaffed our drinks. I didn't get to meet everyone, but it was great to finally meet Mingaling and Weird Babe after we'd been reading each other for quite some time. Also made the acquaintance of Jessica Harbour, who had a lovely jangly, spangly bracelet.
Some of us also happen to be flickr people. I'll have to look them up, but it's off to Bedfordshire now.
May 10, 2005
As some of you may know, I'm involved in keeping up randomness personified. Generally this has meant going in and removing comment spam from time to time, but I'm also looking into archiving the site. I know the files have been backed up, so I'm not worried. I'm backing up the entries regularly now so as to capture recent comments to the last post.
Generally this upkeep has been received well. But the response hasn't been universal. I'm writing here, to sort out my thoughts, because I don't want this debate to take over the comments section on Mike's blog. I'm trying to accept this difference of opinion without being too upset about it. So I will have to respectfully disagree. As long as it's ok with Mike's parents, I will continue to help take care of the site.
I see keeping the blog around like keeping a picture on your shelf. You don't always pull the picture down to look at it, but it's there because it's important enough to you to keep around. To be honest, I haven't been able to read old entries but I know that I will want to eventually. In the meantime, if others want to take comfort remembering Mike by reading his words, I don't see why that's wrong. He put the blog out there on the internet for people to read, to share some of his thoughts with us. Why should all that vanish, simply because he's no longer with us? It's not the only way to remember him, but it seems more meaningful to read his words than to do something like plant a tree in his name. That's my opinion, anyway.
I don't generally comment on the site anymore, but I like knowing that the site is there, that I can visit my friend now and then.
May 11, 2005
Shifting the Conversation
I've gotten the ok from Mike's mom, so I plan to close the comments on Mike's last post. It's been something I've thought might be necessary for some time, but I didn't want to act presumptively. If people would like to continue to share thoughts and comments, we can do so at the Remembered page. I will gladly set up author logins for those who are interested in contributing directly. I don't know if there is interest for a whole new space, but that's a discussion that we can have there.
The general impression I'm getting from people that I've spoken to or heard from in comments, email and IM is that they would like Mike's site to stay online. I'm glad to hear it, because that's my wish as well.
May 13, 2005
The Sharpest Claw
I've started to let the big gray cat come inside and walk around for a bit. This disconcerts the other cats, and so there's usually not much wandering for long. At any rate, I'd need the cat checked out to make sure it didn't have anything it could pass on to the tabbies.
This is a big cat, the size of a small dog, really. It might be a Maine Coon. It's got really big paws and some serious teeth. It's friendly enough with me, certainly insistent about wanting to be fed. But I'm more cautious with this one than with the other, more domesticated furballs that go about the backyard. It's got a collar, but no tag, and I'm beginning to think it's been abandoned.
I wasn't so cautious last night. After making the rounds, Big Cat leapt up on the bed and purred away, pretty as you please. I leaned in a little too close and it got spooked and swatted me on the jaw. After a judicious cleansing with Betadine and application of Neosporin, I should be okay.
Apparently we're still on friendly terms; it's just that there are limits. The cat tilted its head up and let me pat its head before it ran out the back door and into the night.
For those who want a less painful, more remote feline fix, check out The Daily Kitten.
May 17, 2005
Tinkering Under the Hood
I've been working periodically on improving the site's design, and I think it's ready to use now. Please let me know if you spot any weird quirks, especially if you're using a browser other than Explorer.
May 19, 2005
As Time Goes By
Not very committed, am I? (yes, another quiz)
You scored as Existentialist. Existentialism emphasizes human capability. There is no greater power interfering with life and thus it is up to us to make things happen. Sometimes considered a negative and depressing world view, your optimism towards human accomplishment is immense. Mankind is condemned to be free and must accept the responsibility.
What is Your World View? (corrected...again)
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May 20, 2005
Aqueduct is Good Music
On Zeebah's recommendation, I bought tickets to see Aqueduct last night. They opened, along with another band, for a group called Pinback, whom I hadn't heard of, although everyone else in the room were clearly gaga for them. I liked Aqueduct best - they were likeable and fun and played a good set. They opened with an exuberant cover of "Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta" by the Geto Boys (aka "That Song from Office Space") which even now makes me grin just thinking of it. Imagine a guy who looks like Jack Black's cousin in a buttoned-up shortsleeved plaid shirt, playing his keyboard and cheerfully singing about "wannabe, gonnabe, [BLEEP]-eatin' [BLEEP]suckin' prankstas" and you just might smile too. They have a new album, I Sold Gold. I just might check it out.
May 22, 2005
Sunday with the paper and a beverage
Last Year's Model: How to sell fans on the same old album for the third or fourth time. [NYTMag] The author, himself an Elvis Costello fan, points out the various reissues of Costello's catalog as a primary example of this practice.
On a related note, there is an Elvis Costello Artist's Choice CD available at Starbucks.
May 27, 2005
In need of inspiration
Have been laying low but life stuff has been percolating. More in a bit.
May 31, 2005
Gallery of Comic Book Covers
Craigslist virgin no more
Occasionally I check out the local "For Sale" boards at Craigslist, just to see what's out there. A gal in Buckhead was selling a dark olive loveseat and ottoman. It looked incredibly comfortable and had nice, clean lines. Simple, modern, unpretentious, well-kept - and surprisingly inexpensive. Made a few calls, one of my sisters borrowed our dad's SUV and brought along her boyfriend. Between us, my sister and her boyfriend and the woman and her boyfriend, we fit the loveseat into the SUV - barely but successfully! - and the ottoman sat on its side in the backseat of our Saturn. The woman was friendly and supernice and it turns out she's a graphic designer moving to the Upper East Side and couldn't take everything with her. All in all, a very pleasant exchange and it's the first furniture that I've ever been really excited about. At one point I was stretched out on it with a cat curled up by either side of my head, so clearly everyone is pleased with the acquisition.