Archive for May, 2002


Thursday, May 30th, 2002

I’ve been getting tons of junk email lately, probably because of the link to my email address on this site. But I’ve been impressed with Hotmail’s junk filtering so it doesn’t bother me too much. There are some very odd things available – I make sure I delete the messages without reading them, but glancing at the subject line gives an idea. This morning I had an offer to enhance my bust, which was nice. But I’ve been doing that for a while on a strict regime of pizza and beer.

a good week

Friday, May 24th, 2002

This has definitely been a good one. Yesterday Emma accepted a new job as a volunteer coordinator with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organisation which helps provide low-cost housing. She’d been doing work with them through the Cathedral, and is very into their philosophy and business. So this would seem to be an ideal job.

Also yesterday I got my Change of Status notice from the Immigration and Naturalization Service. This means that my Green Card application has now been approved (three months earlier than I expected) so Emma and I can stay here, be more flexible with travel, where we live and what we do. It’s also a lot more security for us.

So lots of good things – a good way to go into a holiday weekend.


Tuesday, May 21st, 2002

I’ve been feeling a bit crappy for the last couple of days, and was worried it might be hayfever, which I’ve never had before but don’t fancy getting. However an itchy throat and eyes plus a runny nose adds up to hayfever as far as I can tell. So I just went to Target and got some over-the-counter antihistamine which I think it working. The most marked thing I’m noticing is that I am now 100% in space due to its drowsy-inducing effects. It’s not entirely unpleasant.

continued state of alarm

Tuesday, May 21st, 2002

As I mentioned a few days ago, there’s been a lot of back and forth in Washington, DC about what the government knew before September 11, and why they didn’t do more. Slate has been weighing in as it tends to do, and as usual doing a good job. If you haven’t already seen this I think it sums up a lot of what’s been happening.

the smell of the future

Monday, May 20th, 2002

I read a quote the other day: “I have seen the future. It’s pretty much like the present, only longer”. Delving back to the past, here is a story from the BBC about the old home computers of the 80s. No massive insight – it just reminds me of what a pain it was to load games from cassette which would take 10 minutes or more, if it worked at all. And it finishes with the reason why we put up with it: “The graphics looked good because we had seen nothing like them before. It was the FUTURE, raw, undiluted and in your living room” which I guess is true. Now that I work with computers all day, every day, and while they can still be really annoying, I still get a bit of enjoyment from the fact that this is all fast-moving stuff, and changing the way people work and live.

One thing which made me smile about the article was the picture of that old clunky Commodore computer, with the C= key and everything. It made me remember my faithful old machine, even down to the actual smell of it – the Commodore 64 and a BBC B computer we also owned had very distinctive smells when they had been used for a while. Takes me back…

run on and on

Monday, May 20th, 2002

I made it on Saturday morning to the 5K run in downtown, and I’m really glad I went. It was a beautiful sunny and cool morning, and a whole bunch of people so a great atmosphere. I was quite nervous about the whole thing, but I ran with my friend Marc which really helped. I think we kept quite a good pace – the race went through the warehouse district and back along the river which was just great. The coolest bit was the end, I rounded the final corner and saw the clock coming up to 30 minutes and took off to make it before the half hour. Quite exciting and it was kind of like the Olympics (in my slow sort of way). So I made it under 30 minutes – my target time was 31 – and was pleased to find out that there was a 1/3rd mile detour so actually my 5K time was even less. Hans (who had taken me on a couple of training runs) showed up and said that I was going well, looking faster and more comfortable than the couple of times he and I had been out. For someone who was told all the way through high school that I was terrible at sports, this is quite an achievement for me.

upcoming birthday

Friday, May 17th, 2002

My 30th birthday is coming up on the tenth of June. So to make life easier for you, I have put together a link to my wish list if you’d like to buy me a present or two.

You’re welcome.

The Wars of Stars

Friday, May 17th, 2002

Well last night after picking up our new car we went to see Star Wars at the Mall. And a generally good show it was too. The effects were fantastic, the action sequences stunning and the audience cheered in the right places.

Two reservations: firstly the love scenes were terrible – the audience were in fact laughing at how clumsy it was. And secondly, having read this piece from the Weekly Standard I think I may in fact be ready to go over to what I previously thought was the Dark Side. Maybe the rebels aren’t so smart and endearing after all.

state of alarm

Friday, May 17th, 2002

There has been a lot of news in the last couple of days about how the Whitehouse knew about possible terrorist threats before September 11. And some tough questions, not least this excellent article from Slate. And this morning I heard that the Vice President was warning Democrats that to ask questions of the President and start pointing fingers was overly political. Of course he’s quite correct – in a democracy it is completely out of bounds for an opposition political party to be asking questions of the President, which at least half of the citizens want to be answered.

can’t … breathe …

Tuesday, May 14th, 2002

There’s a take-out Mexican place near work which is always good for lunch, plus when you collect a number of tokens you get a free burrito. However the burritos are just massive and now I think I need a lie down.