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2007.06.22 Someone else's birthday


80s Music Friday: R.E.M. live performance of "Don't Go Back to Rockville"

Aunt-Fayoumis is visiting for the weekend. It'll be good to see her. I haven't seen her in too long. I found something interesting for her a while ago. I'll have to remember to have her take that with her.

We really do need a bigger place. The cat is bonding with me, but it's too small to have a cat for two months. I hope her human gets a job. Soon. I'm really not a long-term cat person. I like them well enough being someone else's cat, but I'm too aloof myself to want a cat who has decided that I belong to her.

And speaking of cats -- LOLcat Thesis Papers


Evidently my productivity is enhanced by poking around on YouTube for one R.E.M. video, leaving it on in the background, and then zooming through other songs in classic "the problem with wikipedia" style. This makes me happy and very amused. (Right now, I am indeed Superman.)


Last night's Night Out was not as well-organized as it could have been, thanks to me being out later than usual in Phase I of the interview thing. This collided with the closing time of the place we'd planned to go, so there was a quick search for an emergency backup. Backup was found, and we proceeded to have a hilarious time over garlic knots with cheese (re-greening!) and pizza. Cat stories were traded. There was shop talk. The general area is evidently a decent middle ground close enough to all households to make meeting there a good idea. Since the interesting parts of central Phoenix start closing up shortly after people go home from work, since it's a daytime town, we're going to scout around for bar-and-grill type places, because those are open later and have decent food at decent prices since it's the booze that's overpriced. I saw http://www.rosiemccaffreys.com/ on the way back and since I do believe I've heard good things about it, I'd like to submit it for voting on for some week in the future.


'k. Did the TPS reports. Next to do the next layer. I keep wondering when I can get caught up with my inbox. There are so many little administrative assistant things to do to keep things the way they should be that I'm not sure when I can completely get the real IT stuff done. But I'm working my way through it, and it keeps my brain doing what it's supposed to be doing.


The front office has the lady with the braid the former check-in princess there by herself today, it looks like. She's working on the stuff for the one report; my trainee's waiting on that. That's what's left of the usual stuff. I figured I'd check in there, because I'd heard no noise from that direction, and wondered why. That's why. Ack. My trainee has to leave in half an hour or so. I may have to take over the paperwork.


Wow, gdocs does not like un-closed bold tags. Not at all.

When I have specialized naming schemes for things, it disturbs me to not be able to name anything further in them. Therefore, I've found an expansion for a current one. This isn't anything that anyone really needs to know, it's just that I'm happy to have found the expansion, and it fits very neatly into two or three other categories of things I'm fascinated with, which makes me happy. I cycle through some things, and finding keywords and key phrases that fit things so neatly really makes my day better.


Let's see. I need that thing. So I should go into depth doing that thing with the other thing. Yeah. Screenshots. (Brain devolving due to cold tea and need for lunch.)


Ahh, lunch.

The behavior of other people on the internet continues to baffle me. In this case, an lj-cut was used to cover an innocent bare YouTube link. The lj-cut tag had text modified to describe the YouTube link. I think someone is confused by LJ or something, because while some forms of LJ etiquette demand that embedded videos be cut, that was a link to the video. There is absolutely no social construct that I know of that demands that a single short link be lj-cut. I'm guessing that the original intent had been to modify the link text, with a possibility that someone was also confused by the phrase "fake lj-cut" used to describe a poor unsuspecting link. SAVE ME FROM THE FAKE LJ-CUT. Either that, or they did not succeed at embedding.


I wonder if anyone could successfully make a good trance track or ten that featured "lyrics" that were some of the classics that today's youth tend to scorn. Strongly metered verse spoken to the beat would at least be surreal, and would stick in the head better audibly than it would by reading.

Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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