Friday, September 28, 2007

Very Apt.....

Muddy Road

Tanzan and Ekido were once travelling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling.

Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.

"Come on, girl," said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud.

Ekido did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple. Then he no longer could restrain himself. "We monks don't go near females," he told Tanzan, "especially not young and lovely ones. It is dangerous. Why did you do that?"

"I left the girl there," said Tanzan. "Are you still carrying her?"

From 101 Zen Stories. Minor editing on my part; the original "do near females" didn't make much sense.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Pavlov was right....

Man, it's easy to not realize how well you respond when the bell is rung. Lately I've been exercising some long dormant management and team lead skills. Lets face it, sitting for five years in your basement only IMing with one or two people, and working on one project at a time isn't a high stress environment. Great for grinding out tough tech problems, lousy for social interaction.

Also lousy for recognizing bad habits. Lately I've caught myself mentally gulping when I converse with my new manager. I hadn't put 2+2 together until this afternoon; each time I had had a similar conversation with my old manager, he had found a way to prove how everything was my fault. After five years of that, when the IM bell rung, I knew I was about to do something wrong - even if I hadn't.

Another bad habit outed and about to be squashed. How many more? Probably a few, but they will all get squashed. Good to be back to abnormal again.


"Do you expect me to use emacs?"
"No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to vi!"

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Monday, September 10, 2007


Yes, I bought one, before the $200 price drop. Why? I'm not a Apple fan boy, although I have become a convert after my Mac book Pro. Still, I was looking longingly at the iPhone before that. Honestly? I have no good reason. For once, I chased the Jones'. No matter what the reason, it was a definite upgrade to my phone and a supreme class enhancement from the Craptop.

It's been a month now, what are my impressions? I'm hooked, most people I show it too get that "omg I would so get one if...." look, and it's amazing how much it silently integrates into your life. And no, I'm not going to show the Miss Teen USA clip again!

I haven't been bit by changing from Verizon to AT&T. The call quality is the same, if not improved in many ways. Yes, the edge network sucks, which is why I set up WiFi when I'm at my friend's houses. Everything else works, camera, calendar, etc. and it all sync's nicely with the Mac (sorry, haven't bothered to try it on the PC).

Can you do most of this with a decent phone? Sure. Does it have the Apple iPhone ease of use? Not yet, give it time though. I can see people getting infected. When I hand people the phone and start showing them how to interact with it, they are instantly hooked. It's much easier to deal with the touch screen than it is to navigate through the various click-menu's on a given phone.

Enough rambling, so one anecdote and out; I sit down from time to time and browse reader on it - a smaller version of what my Dad used to do with the newspaper. Only now my kids crawl near me, surround my head so they can see, and start asking for videos they know exist on YouTube (everything from ROFLMAO to Little Bear).

As long as it isn't Miss Teen USA again, they win. My daughter's comment when I'm browsing Reader is "Ugh. Too many words."

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Oh the pain!

Looks like "Military Intelligence" has a new challenger!