Monthly Archives: June 2001
And it’s not very interesting, either — I’ve spent the last couple of days of work time playing with my Python news proxy and getting it almost working. Programming is fun — it’s probably a good thing I don’t do much of it these days.
The weekend looks busy, and I plan to spend most of it offline enjoying the real world.
Going like 78
It’s been a busy day at work — I spent the morning in the Extreme Blue lab learning about this year’s projects and meeting some of the students; I’ve also been trying to attend the Make IT Easy conference and failing pretty badly. It’s actually much easier to go to a conference somewhere else — when it’s local (and especially when it’s in-building), the distractions of my regular job and real life get in the way of the conference.
Doc Searls remarks on the impending demise of the BBC World Service’s North America feed. I talked about a couple of weeks ago, but I have to admit that I haven’t dug out my shortwave receiver to listen since then (and it’s been at least a year since I last listened to the BBC on shortwave), so I guess I won’t really miss them.
I do still do a bit of AM Broadcast Band DXing from time to time, mostly when I’m in a car at night by myself — then I’ll run the band and see what I can hear. Sometimes, it’s interesting; sometimes, it’s boring — but it beats listening to the same newscast on KCBS for the 20th time. I even keep a button on the car radio for KNX out of Los Angeles — it comes in loud and clear at night, and if nothing else, it’s got worse traffic news than we get up here!
Revisiting my 15 minutes of fame
Today is our 24th anniversary. So far, I’ve celebrated the day by working at home , then going to the Y. We plan to watch a movie later. And then, who knows….but it won’t include updating my Weblog.
Like everyone else in America, we are waiting with baited breath for our tax cut check to arrive in a few months, and we’re already trying to figure out what to do with it. Diane has come up with an idea which I thought I’d share with you. If you’re fortunate enough not to actually need all of the money, please consider sending contributions to your favorite charities (including ones which Dubya and the Republicans wouldn’t approve of!) and let them know that you’re recycling your tax cut to benefit society instead of just pumping it back into Texas. Oh, and also be sure to send a thank-you note to the President and the Republican leadership letting them know exactly where you’re sending the money.
But after the intermission, the Karamazovs took the stage. They began with We are the Very Model of a Modern Vaudeville Juggling Troupe (which they are, indeed); I would have liked it better if I could have heard the words more clearly, but what I heard, I laughed at, and the juggling was excellent. Many other numbers followed — to be honest, I thought there was too much music and not enough juggling (especially during the Boccherini Concerto Number 9), though The Polish-American Clog Dance was worthwhile despite the lack of juggling (you had to see it to appreciate it — and I thought one of the violins was going to fall off his chair!) but then at the end, they got back to the good stuff, with Whole World (Gotta Learn to Juggle) and Jazz II, another improvisational juggling routine.
If you happen to be in the San Jose area tomorrow and read this in time to get to Flint Center for the 2:30pm show, go. As for me, I’m going to find my juggling cubes and my copy of Juggling for the Complete Klutz and see if I can get past two cubes. Or maybe Jeffrey will take up the challenge!