November 26, 2005
I'll report back on how someone who looks like my husband made out in the 1940s....
OH WAIT--it's a radio show!
And, there was Lionel Hampton...
I need to know something about comments here. Okay, right now I have blogger's 'let anyone comment' feature selected. I'm assuming that means that, like me, to comment on this blog you just wite your little witty nugget and excrete it into my comment box AFTER typing in the cryptic code designed to fend off spam bots. Right?
But spammers still come. Those bastads. So, about a week ago I selected the other feature in Blogger that lets you only let registered users comment. But I noticed not so many people commented. So I changed it back to open.
SO, when I had the 'registered users' option selected a week or so back, did that mean that the only folks who could leave comments were those who have registered with blogger? Does that turn you off as a reader, commentor, trouble maker, or passerby? I know that I for one like to be able to leave comments without jumping through hoops, and truth be known, I will generally shut up rather than be bothered registering to comment someplace. Unless I really heart the blog.
To make things a little more interesting (read: confusing), Blogger has recently added 'moderated comments' to our plethora of conversation-continuing options, which is very cool. I think most businesses should use moderated comments and that they should respond quickly to accept all comments but spam.
But again, as a blog READER, it bums me out to make such a witty statement as I may make over at someone's blog but then not see my wit (or something that rhymes with wit) come to fruition for a while. So I don't know whether to try the moderated comments. Do you like moderated comments? Would it piss you off and make you go away if I tried them?
Because I do have abandonment issues.
As if you may have missed that along the way.
And we're not done yet: Blogger's OTHER commenting option is to let only a designated 'team' comment on the blog. I'm sure that's handy somewhere along the line, although I can't think of one single reason that any pubic blog should exclude everyone but a select group from commenting. For that reason, this option is out for my blog.
Which leaves me with a question: What kind of comments work best for you, o great and powerful readers?
- The all-open (sprinkled [potentially littered] with spam) option
- The registered-people-can-comment option
- The moderated-comments option
- The really-stupid-team-commenting option
- None of the above - yer blog sux.
- All of the above - it's all about you, J.
Thank you for voting.
November 23, 2005
surroundsoundwatercoolers--i mean everything. Add in a thousand hurried shoppers and two sales associates and you get the picture.
and i get the picture too because i bought myself a digital camera. shhhh. i got caught up in the moment.
I believe that's the platinum chip.
"If instead it is a case of homosexual tendencies that are merely the expression of a transitory problem, for example as in the case of an unfinished adolescence, they must however have been clearly overcome for at least three years before ordination as a deacon."
The pope also announced that anyone born gay would be slaughtered like the fatted before sundown tomorrow.
In other news, the Bruce Willis of popes, Benedict XVI, has gotten a firm grip on those pesky friars, known for their peace marches and other madness.
Vittorio Messori, a conservative Catholic commentator, told The Independent the 1986 conference was marked by excesses, including allowing African and Indian rituals.
OH NO, not African Rituals. The excess of it! Hold your babies tight. Under the reign of Ratzi, Interreligious gatherings are now a no-no too.
Doesn't this guy have, like, some praying to do to keep him busy?
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Are they warming up for SXSW? Honest couples blogging?
Or is this for real, and is there an actual living human being who sets up two flat screen monitors in Hawaii and complains about the heat?
November 22, 2005
Is anyone still "just starting out" in blogging? Where do we find the newbies--where are the new people who I don't know about--how do I find them: the ones who aren't writing ABOUT stuff but are writing stuff. More more. Leave me some links in comments.
I'm nearly anxious with excitement.
I'm not counting blogging in this no-work decree, because blogging is blogging even when it feels like work. I mean no client work, no business work, no DEADLINES. These last three years have been DEADLINE driven, well hell the last 23 years have been, oh well why not count college too and little miss summa 4.0's work ethic...
Well, now that I'm back out on my own I've decided I'm going to do it differently this time, take on two or three projects I care about, and downstream/outstream the rest to folks in my knowledge network, which includes and is mostly made up of bloggers.
I thought that was what I was going to be able to do in my last venture--outstream to bloggers. It didn't work out that way. And what I'm telling you has little or nothing to do with deadlines but everything to do with DEAD LINES because blogging is neither dead NOR linear, so how much easier deadlines will be to meet with the resources of the LIVE WEB!!!!!
oh i can't wait!
oh that comic genius...and so well spoken!
November 21, 2005
I find wonderful things that way. It's the last best unexpected place around.
So tonight I was thinking about being tired and that old phrase 'rest assured' came to mind, and so i put that in google and clicked images and I found the most delicious (no tags intended) looking bed, people!!!
From a site called online beds, comes the Rest Assured Pocket Spring 1200 Venice Ortho.
HELLO JETHRO granny's sleepin tonight!
Look at that puppy, will ya.
I look at beds and bedding like some people look at cars. You tell me stuff like Luxury damask fabric, Heavy duty springs, Sumptuous cotton and super soft polyester mattress fillings, Felt tufts and I'm nearly in tears. And when it comes to Rest Assured, I'm gathering that the Jubilee is the Roles Royce of the line.
I love beds. I love bedding, comforters, quilts, throws, pillows, cotton, duvet covers, dust ruffles, I AM A LINEN FREAK.
And google reminded me that it's okay. I feel better now. No really, rest assured, I'm fine.
November 20, 2005
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Spend more time with Jenna since the kids are once again out of school for a week.
Try not to shop.
Maybe shop a little.
Lock up the debit card.
Clean this fricking house.
Feed the hamsters.
Change the hamsters.
MAKE Jenna clean her room.
Make clients oh-so happy.
Clean my frigging car.
Email four friends.
Await a package from India.
EAT SOME BIRD.