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Thursday, January 31, 2002


My amazon.com wishlist has been showing that three items have been purchased for me since well before Christmas. But I haven't received those items. So if you're the kind soul that purchased those items, I just wanted to let you know (in case you think I've received them-- 'cuz I haven't. So maybe they got lost in the mail?). But maybe you're aware and they're just items that are taking a long time to ship. Or they're listed in error. FYI and all.

Speaking of ye olde wishlists, I love looking at them and love adding to them. I visit my "Friends & Favorites" page at amazon frequently, to see what other people are requesting because it often gives me ideas (then I add more to my list, ahem). I've had a couple friends tell me they like looking at my wishlist and shopping for stuff off of it for themselves. Excellent! I totally approve of that, that's part of why I put together a wishlist. And I especially applaud those friends who've decided to "tip" me after they bought a bunch of things from my wishlist for themselves, they then bought me one item. Aw. That's cool.

Not that I'm all about the gifts! I'm all about looking at cool stuff and recommending things.

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disney dvds

Today is the last day that certain Disney DVDs (and videos, I think) will be available. Of course, stores will continue to sell whatever inventory they have until they run out, so some of 'em will be available for a while longer. Disney's policy of retiring certain videos is interesting, I guess. They'll be back in print in 10 years, I think is how it works, for a limited time.

The Snow White DVD is from all accounts, remarkable. Tons of extras. An amazing disk. I just ordered one from amazon using a gift certificate I received, the deadline made it easy for me to decide what to spend my certificate on.

Other Disney DVDs being retired today: Pinocchio, Mulan, and Tarzan.

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What's all this then? Xanga.com claims it's "The Weblog Community." Um . . . er . . .

(To those just joining us . . . it ain't).

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Stop me before I googlewhack.

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Friday, January 25, 2002

friday five again

I know, I still need to get back in the habit of updating this page. Guess I'm just not websurfing all that much these days.

Friday Five:

1. What cologne or perfume do you wear? Right now I've been using "Sugar Cookie" by Demeter, also sometimes Demeter's "Cucumber" or "Creme Brulee." I like a lot of their scents. I guess because I don't generally like anything too perfumy, if you know what I mean. So far the only other colognes I've liked are "Happy" by Clinique (both the men's and women's versions) and H2O's "Mariel." If I go with scents, I go with the Demeter stuff or with essential oils (vanilla, cinnamon, almond or some combination thereof, typically). Or I don't bother with anything.

2. What cologne or perfume do you like best on the opposite sex? I don't really know. Is this sad or what? I mean, I've noticed some guys in my life have smelled particularly good, but I've never flatout asked what cologne or aftershave or laundry detergent (heh) they used. Nor have I rummaged around their bathrooms to investigate.

3. What one smell can you not stomach? Hmm. Strong flowery perfumes that some people put on to excess. Otherwise probably "the usual" type of things like garbage and whatnot.

4. What smell do you like that others might consider weird? Gosh, I don't know. Nothing springs to mind. Well, some people don't get that I love the smell of books. Demeter should come out with that as a scent.

5. How do you plan to spend your weekend? No plans whatsoever. Many of my friends are going to be out of town. I want to go see the new Count of Monte Cristo movie, but otherwise I haven't a clue.

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Saturday, January 19, 2002

lotr diaries redux

Just a reminder that I've been adding links to more of those Lord of the Rings diaries as they're posted. Too funny.

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friday five

A little late . . . my answers to the Friday Five:

1. What do you have your browser start page set to? I use Opera and have multiple browser windows open each time I start up the program. Windows for my portal page, my livejournal friends page, and DHAK. Thanks to the greatness of Opera, I've Google kinda built into the browser or else I'd probably have it open automagically, too.

2. What are your favorite news sites? I don't visit many, to be honest. I did once upon a time. These days, I usually check startribune.com about once each day or two. They aren't the best news site online, but it's very familiar (as I worked there for two years) and covers some local stuff I might be interested in. I also visit Salon every so often.

3. Favorite search engine: Google. Though for certain things (like searching for song lyrics, quotations, etc.) I sometimes still use Altavista.

4. When did you first get online? I first used Compuserve and Quantum-Link sometime in the early-mid '80s, I'm not sure when. And soon after that, I started calling a whole slew of BBSes. And via some BBSes, I accessed Usenet where I distinctly recall reading SF-Lovers and a Star Trek newsgroup and some other stuff; I rarely posted and I have no idea what account/name I posted under so even if it is available at the big DejaGoogle archive, I haven't been able to find that stuff. I also started reading FIDOnet via BBSes in the mid-late '80s, mostly just the science fiction related discussions. I was on Q-Link for a long time, at some point I got on GEnie and was a regular for a while in the Science Fiction Round Tables there (SFRT). I got full internet access first in 1990 or '91 (I think), put up my first webpage in 1993. I know, I am so old school! Or at least I like to think so.

5. How do you plan to spend your weekend? Not sure. Well, tonight I went out and saw some friends play a show at a local irish bar, with some other friends. Was fun. Saturday and Sunday are still up in the air.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2002

bogie as frodo

Bogie as Frodo? Eek! Here's where you can find the movie (my friend Shaun told me about it).

I'm laughing too hard at it, actually. And movie geek that I am, I'm enjoying playing "name where that clip is from." Here are the credits (don't read 'em 'til you watched the film, tho; you'll spoil the fun!).

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Monday, January 14, 2002

blogger code

Oh alright, I give up, give in: B9 d++ t+ k s- u f i o+ x e l+ c--

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ted demme dead at 38

Oh, hell. I hate seeing (and then reporting) news like this: Director Ted Demme is reportedly dead of a heart attack. He was only 38.

He directed two episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street ("Fits Like A Glove" and part 1 of "Hostage"), directed episodes of the series Gun and Action; he also directed the films The Ref (one of my favorite Christmas movies), Beautiful Girls (which I liked, too), Monument Ave. (which I heard was good and keep meaning to see), Life, and Blow (both of which I haven't seen yet). Was the nephew of director Jonathan Demme. And, well, he always seemed like a cool guy in interviews.

I know I'd read somewhere he was working on some cool projects with some cool people that I was looking forward to, can't seem to find information now.

Harry and the gang at AICN remember Ted Demme.

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Friday, January 11, 2002

tivo store

When the Tivo Store first opened, I bought window clings, antenna toppers, a big mug, and a t-shirt. I have, thanks to a friend, a little stuffed Tivo guy. I'm all about the Tivo merch, because I love the product and they have a cute logo, darnit.

I always panic when I misplace my Tivo remote because it's my favorite remote ever and because without it there's no way to run my blessed Tivo. So I think I really need this clear Tivo remote to serve as a backup. Or as my primary remote and my other one will retire to backup service, yes.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2002

gopher is ten years old

According to some folks, this is the tenth birthday of gopher (the software, silly) and there's a new release of the software, believe it or not. You can visit the gopher project for more info about gopher, in case you haven't the foggiest what I'm talking about or are just curious.

I once had a little bitty gopher site (or at least a section of a site), before I had a website. I'm so old skool!

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guys guide to geek girls

An oldie, but goodie-- now with illustrations: The Guy's Guide to Geek Girls. There's also the sequel: On Being a Geek Couple.

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legend of the rangers car

Now that's a geeky car (but yeah, I think it's cool, too, can't help it).

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weblog about soup

Excellent. A weblog about soup.

Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn't specialize, that maybe then I'd post more often. But then . . . well . . . I'd have to settle on something. That could take years. 'Sides, the TV Picks are specialized, see, spun off out of this little weblog.

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one ring

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very secret lord of the rings diaries

Is it wrong that these very secret Lord of the Rings diaries crack me up? I can't help it. If you've heard people quoting lines like "pervy hobbit fancier" and "still not king" and "aloof unavailable elf princess," this is where all that came from.

Anyway (these are best read in this order - from top to bottom, that is):

These refer to the events of The Fellowship of the Ring:
Aragorn's diary
Legolas' diary
Boromir's diary
Frodo's diary
Samwise's diary
Gandalf's diary
Pippin's diary
Saruman's diary
Gimli's diary
Meriadoc's diary
Ringwraith No. 5's diary
Gollum's diary
Arwen's diary
Elrond's diary
Sauron's diary

These refer to the events of The Two Towers (and possibly also Fellowship):
Aragorn's diary (part two)
Theoden's diary

(that's it, so far; I'll add links here as more are added)

Note: There has been some confusion ever since I first posted these links. I'm not the author of these diaries, but a mere weblogger who linked to the diaries. Cassie Claire wrote the diaries and posted them first to her livejournal. When I first posted links, there weren't any websites that collected the diaries. Because it's important to read the diaries in order, I linked to separate entries in Cassie Claire's livejournal in order. Anyhow. If you want to talk to Cassie Claire or read the diaries as they are posted, visit Cassieclaire's livejournal.

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tivo on the web

After seeing this, I really want to hack my Tivo. I want it on the net! Or at least my To-Do list and list of things on it. Though I suppose that might be potentially embarassing. I won't merely settle for hacking it for more space (which I desperately need), I want it online. Yup.

I haven't mentioned my Tivo in a while, but I really should. It's so very very cool. Can't imagine life without it. Yeah, I know I'm spoiled.

Trivia: I have a Tivo antenna topper thingie on my van's antenna. No bumperstickers, nothing else on my van, but that . . .

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geek hierarchy

I emailed this link to a few people (and got the link via email from a few more), but never got around to posting it here. I'm sure you've probably seen it by now, but on the off chance you haven't . . . it's the Geek Hierarchy chart at Brunching Shuttlecocks. Don't miss the extended version of it. Nor the Frequently Paraphrased Questions. There's also a nice big PDF suitable for printing and framing (if you're especially, um . . . you know . . . geeky).

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Thursday, January 3, 2002

bust is back

Woohoo! Bust magazine will survive or return or however you want to look at it. New issue in the spring. Consider subscribing if you like the magazine and can afford it as they need all the support they can get.

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tv gal tv quotes

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I guess I've been out of the loop about a lot of things, just noticed that there's a new version of Greymatter out and that Greylogs.com is a site where you can get cheap hosting of Greymatter powered weblogs (this is as of early December).

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Hooray for BushyBarney, an excellent page that tracks media references to Barney the Scottie. I don't care how you feel about the President, you surely can't help but like Barney (or if you can, well, I don't want to hear about it).

I love the rumor that the first family wants to adopt a wheaten Scottie to keep Barney (and the rest of the pets) company.

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LOTR hack

In case you're one of the few who hasn't yet seen the MIT LOTR hack.

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victoria jackson

Victoria Jackson must like doing handstands. Who knew?

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cell phone

So after a disastrous time as a customer of Qwest Wireless (avoid them at all costs, please) and a fairly unpleasant bit of business with Airtouch/Verizon involving them insisting on a big deposit (after I'd been a customer for more than a year), I'm now looking for a decent cell phone plan that includes free long distance and which offers a good family plan. Looking for excellent coverage in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, with decent coverage in the midwest in general (since that's the place where I travel th most). Any suggestions? Or suggested websites to check for more info? (I'm specifically looking for sites with comparisions and/or reviews).

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medley medal

Wow! I'm very honored that Windowseat/TV Picks has received A Medley Medal from Lyn/Medley this year.

I'd like to thank t/h/e/ A/c/a/d/e/m/y/ Lyn, of course, for the award and for always saying such nice things about my little ol' site. I'd also like to thank everyone who has ever linked to any of my sites and everyone who's sent me donations or gifts or emails in support/thanks over the years. And everyone who takes the time to stop by regularly to read, even when I'm slow with updates. I really appreciate everyone who has stuck with me.

And hey-- go check out the rest of the Medley Medal recipients. A big part of why I'm so honored is 'cuz Lyn picks great sites.

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lord of the rings dork tower

I'm not a regular reader of Dork Tower, though I probably should be, if this very funny holiday Lord of the Rings comic is any indication of what it's like.

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reading anxiety

An excellent article about "reading anxiety". Boy do I relate:

At some point along the path to discovery, the reader confronts his or her reading mortality. There's only so much time. And there are so many great books. And every year more books are published, some of which will be great. Reluctantly, the reader begins to acknowledge the appalling necessity of choosing to read certain good things and not other good things.


That is what keeps readers going, this crazy delusion that someday there will be time.

I gave up on that notion long ago, I'm resigned to the fact that I'll always be behind in general and behind many of my friends, specifically. But that's alright.

Last year I probably read the least of any year ever, though, and that's not right. It's time I got back in the habit. I can't even say most of my reading was done online, as I fell down there, too, and really didn't read many weblogs or journals last year, either.

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So a couple of weeks ago, the server that my website lives on at Dreamhost) ended up with a full file system. And I tried to update this site, not realizing that, and then some key configuration files for this little weblog ended up as zero-byte files so things were pretty well and truly hosed.

And me, being a rather lazy and/or busy girl, especially around the holidays . . . well, I just now took the time to fix things.

Here's hoping things are now working. And that the backup files I used for some things aren't too out-of-date.

I think I may be looking for a new place to host this site (and possibly others). Any suggestions? Keep in mind: I'm broke at the moment. And have a lot of websites.

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