Scoreless Tie

Wednesday, August 21, 2002
As the summer doldrums reduce my blogging to a sloowwwww trickle, Lee Lawrence highlighted The 19th Century Internet in the Tomalak's Realm newsletter. I was compelled to blog it. Maybe I should re-read The Difference Engine.

Monday, August 12, 2002

Blogs Suck

Let's see how fast I can write this down. Microcontent news linked me to the 'Blog Martyr story that linked me to 'Back in the Bloghouse' from February, that linked me to Dvorak's 'Cult of the Cluetrain Manifesto'. Somehow this led to 'scripting news', but I'm not sure how. It all kind of fits with John's 'Accidental (blog) Empires' blog for today (yesterday? who cares). If you're blogging to impress your friends, I pity you. If you're blogging because it's kind of a replacement for memory, I empathize with you.

Friday, August 09, 2002

Friday Five

1. Do you have a car? If so, what kind of car is it? Yes, I have a 1999 Chevrolet Lumina.

2. Do you drive very often? I drive pretty much every day. I've already driven over 700 miles this week, and it will be over 800 by Saturday night.

3. What's your dream car? Probably a Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing Coupe. It's not a car, it's an objet d'art.

4. Have you ever received a ticket? Yes, not recently, but yes. Speeding twice. Parking 2 or 3 times.

5. Have you ever been in an accident? Yes, quite a few times, with mixed results. I've been rear-ended 3 times at this intersection. (The on-ramp to the north-bound "Fort Washington Expy" as it's called on the map - It's really PA Route 309). The first time, it totalled my car. The next time there was no damage. The 3rd time it cost about $1200 for repairs. There's more (at least a couple I can remember), but I don't have time now. Maybe I'll update later.

Tuesday, August 06, 2002

I am NOT owned

6.25 %

My weblog owns 6.25 % of me.
Does your weblog own you?

In the interest of posting something other than Friday Fives, I thought I would make some comments on a link I book-marked for follow-up. A list apart had an article about the Pickle Jar Theory of Time Management. I found the metaphor interesting, and did a google search. Much to my chagrin, all of the other top results were blogs that linked to the original list apart article. John Hiler was alerted to the same effect by Dr. Weevil. I did manage to get a little more insight by leaving comments at a few sites. The feedback I got was that the Pickle Jar Theory was a simplified Seven Habits approach to time and life management. When I look for info on "Seven Habits" I find all kinds of things, including Stephen R. Covey's article on The Seven Habits Revisited and summaries of Covey's book if you're too busy to actually read the book. I also found The Seven Habits of Effective Websites which focuses on making your web site accessible. Even more interesting is The Seven Habits of Sensitive, Celibate Men which basically tells you how not to be a sensitive, celibate man. The seven habits of effective text editing may be more useful over the long haul, however. (Unless you're Ray Gordon - don't get me started). Am I managing my time any better yet?

Friday, August 02, 2002

Friday Five

1. What is your lineage? Where are your ancestors from?
Germany for sure. Some ancestors from Great Britain, too, but not too much detail, there. Could be England, Wales, Scotland. Could be some Scotch-Irish (my Dad is from Mifflin County, PA).

2. Of those countries, which would you most like to visit?
Germany. (Anywhere I can get away from my kids (AAAGGHHH!!!!!)

3. Which would you least like to visit? Why?
Wales. Pretty desolate place from what I here.

4. Do you do anything during the year to celebrate or recognize your heritage?
Hmmm... Not really. Eat pork & sauerkraut for New Year's. Drink beer occassionally.

5. Who were the first ancestors to move to your present country (parents, grandparents, etc)?
I'm not sure -- it goes back to the 1700's..