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Saturday, November 15, 2003

"Deep breath..." That's what I tell everyone I see that's having a bad day. Well, that and, "Go have a smoke." It's usually only my friendly coworkers as I rarely interact with anyone other than them live and in person, except my hubby. Come to think of it, I also tend to say the same two things to him fairly often. Kind of makes me wonder: am I helping or am I the cause? A point to ponder...

Happiness, Love, and Joy to all!
(My new Mantra)


Going slowly insane...

Friday, November 14, 2003

At least telemarketing keeps people in jobs... 

I'm being spammed by pop up ads. I'm on a search and destroy mission to find the elusive adware program that has somehow installed itself on my hard drive. I've already deleted/uninstalled about four of them. What the hell?

Funny bit from one of them. It was for a matchmaking service and promised "free matches for a year." How confidence inspiring is that? That if you were single and using their matchmaking service the odds are apparently in favor of your still being unattatched after a year of using the service?

As to the rest of it...well, one of the things about adware is that it supposedly targets ads to your individual tastes, which is a total and utter crock. I don't want to connect to online casinos. I don't need help refining my websearching techniques. I think we've already established that I'm not in need of penis enlargement. Now if they had some Zoloft ads, you'd know they were targeting me,since Zoloft ads seem to follow me everywhere. About the closest thing to an ad I'd be remotely interested in is the ad for the pop up ad blocker. And damned if I'm going to pay to keep from being harrassed by pop up ads. That's just plain extortion, is what it is. Iwill find the damned thing and kill it once and for all, so help me god! Or whatever.

The myth of the day is... 

Coyote,the trickster.

Selfish bastards 

People want to live in the desert. So they destroy the desert so that they can go live in it. And then drive its inhabitants into the city, where they're ill equipped to survive. Really rather terrible. But I suppose they have a nice view, or whatever.
Catkillers.

There's a coyote in my neighborhood 

Saw her up close and in person. And not in the most flattering of circumstances, we'll just leave it at that.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Thought I'd share my joy... 

Hee, hee, hee!!! I was finally able to do it! I beat the stupid invitation! As you can see, I'm still brain fried from work. There are 2 sets of newbies on the call floor this week. One just out of OJT and one just starting OJT. I am one busy girl. My newbies have told me repeatedly these past two weeks that the final week of training is completely useless and that I, and my fellow IHD reps, taught them more in the first two days we had them. It's sad that that makes me feel so good. Oh, well... Happiness to all!

rem sleep rebound 

Strange,vivid dreams again. I awoke with words in my head and strange music...

My favorite expository movie quote (paraphrased) 

From Bram Stoker's "Dracula":
"Van Helsing knows more about obscure diseases than anyone else on the planet."
Now there's a book about it.
In case you were wondering what I wanted for Christmas...

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Stargazing 

Celebrities no one seems to like but me:
Emma Thompson, Is a bit of a goddess I've always thought.
Kyra Sedgwick gets double points in the "Six Degrees" game.
And Aidan Quinn ... well, I've just always had a thing for Aidan Quinn.

A template for your evil thoughts... 

Church Sign Generator

Buying some sunshine 

It was raining and I took the girls out to get milkshakes today. I used to work at a Baskin Robbins and milkshake sales always skyrocketed on rainy days for some reason. The owner used to say people were trying to buy "a little bit of sunshine." Rather sweet and wise, I guess, although anything else she ever had to say to me was along the lines of "Why can't you make the waffle cones right?" Or "You can't put so much whipped cream on the Sundaes...we're not made of money here." This was back when I was in college,of course. God I need to get back to school.

"I suppose I should collect my books and get on back to school
or find my daddy's cue and make a living out of playing pool...you try to keep me amused,but I feel I'm being used..."


Adventures in HTML 

I've gone out and bought a book called "Creating web sites for Dummies" therefore confirming my idiocy to the world. But it comes with a basic HTML primer, which is really what I wanted, along with 8 other primers and a shiteload of free trial software of various web design programs, etc. Don't know whether it's worth learning all this tripe, but I've been picking up little bits of html knowledge as I mess with my blog templates (rather like the french one learns from candy packages) and have become curious as to what it all means. Rather like taking the training wheels off a bicycle, I suppose. Except I never learned to ride a bicycle, so perhaps that's a bad example...

Ugly website, great interview... 

Old interview with the now defunct band "Scud Mountain Boys," which later spawned the Pernice Brothers.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Imrpovised recipe of the Day... 

Variation on Shrimp Diablo:
Hungry and sick and in need of protein and spiciness, I have become quite resourceful. Put some linguini on to boil. In another saucepan, sauteed about 3 oz of cooked frozen shrimp in a little bit of olive oil and greek seasoning (could substitute garlic) along with a packet of red crushed peppers (garden variety pizza delivery packet)and some bell pepper strips. One could also add olives or mushrooms if one were so inclined. To this, I added about two cups of plain marina sauce and then simmered the whole thing for about 10 minutes until everything was warm. Served over 8oz or so of linguini, it has a nice bite to it, makes roughly three to four generous servings. Me, I'm doling it out to myself for lunches over the next couple of days. Remember, kids, you can always get a bag of medium tail off shrimp at Trader Joe's for $4.99 to keep in your freezer for your stir-frying enjoyment. And one could also do this with leftover cooked fish or chicken or pork cut into nice little strips. Or clams,for that matter...

The birds and the bees and the luna moths... 

A friend describes Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer as "Biology Porn." I find this both amusing and apt and can't come up up with much better in the way of a capsule review.

in other news, updates abound at Perlustrations as well as the myths and portents of the day, as always.

Happy Birthday Neil 

Neil Gaimanhas just turned 42, it seems.