2000 movies? Moi?

I check my referer log occasionally (well, actually the version of it produced by sitemeter); tonight, I noticed that one of my referrals came from an a9 search for the term “2000 movies”.  I was curious, so I reproduced the search, and found that one of my blog entries from December 26, 2000, titled “Movies, Movies, Movies” was the second result in the a9 search (powered by Windows Live).

I think they have a bit of tuning to do on their algorithms.

Part of my history is gone

On a tip from a friend at work, I took a little detour en route to work this morning and drove by what used to be the main IBM site in San Jose.  Building 028, the former home of IBM Research in San Jose, and a place I spent many busy (and sometimes happy) hours before moving out here, was partially missing.

Hitachi, which now owns the campus, doesn’t need it all for their operations; instead, they’re going to develop a good chunk of it for residential and commercial use.  Building 028 is in that chunk, and so it’s being devoured (and, I hope, recycled).

While I never had an office in 028, I’ll still miss it.

Today’s Cingular/Motorola V551 tip

If your phone gets confused and thinks you have voicemail when you don’t:

  1. Call yourself from another phone
  2. Leave a voicemail
  3. Retrieve the voicemail from your cellphone
  4. Delete the voicemail with “7”
  5. Exit the system with “*”

Worked for me!  Thanks to the Cingular forums for the tip.  BTW, the only way I know to unlock the phone is to call Cingular and ask them to do it.

Worldcon Retrospective

We’re home after a long lunch at Knott’s Berry Farm (next time, I’ll have to tell the waitress that we’re in a hurry) and a longer drive (about 6 hours from Knott’s to Lunardi’s).

Today, the only Worldcon program item I went to was the Book Raffle; I didn’t win, but I didn’t have as many losing tickets as Seth Breidbart, who had 989 losers (and 11 winners).

Diane and Jeff went to the Battlestar Galactica panel, which sounded like it was much more interesting than the raffle. We also upgraded our support of the Australia in 2010 bid to Firend level. And I took advantage of some booksellers (yeah, right) and bought a ton of Poul Anderson books so that I’ll be more ready for the next Chocolate for Trivia program I attend.
I suspect the Dead Pluto party is still going strong in what used to be the Con Suite; I was very impressed by the Con Suite at LACon. It was open 24/7; it had decent munchies and drinks the whole time (as well as enough fruit and carbs to get an impecunious fan through breakfast); it had plenty of seating (I’m not sure how many rooms it covered, but it included two suites and all the bedrooms between, and might have extended farther than that at times); and it had free books (courtesy of LASFS). And because it had all of these features, it also had lots of people and good conversations…so many, that I never even made it to the fanzine lounge.

Definitely a good con; I wonder how long it’ll be before LA bids again?

I also wonder how long it’ll be before our next Worldcon; we don’t know yet whether we’ll be able to make it to Yokohama for Nippon 2007. It’ll depend on Jeff’s school schedule next year — time to start lobbying, I guess.

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