Thursday, August 21, 2008

Flash class

Today in class we needed to try taking what we had learned over the past couple of days and build a couple of things - I had suggested a few, including an upcoming project that does a count-down of the amount of time left before digital TV conversion. So I built the file but instead of using the date of the conversion I used the date I'm leaving for vacation (August 27), put in big bold letters "Time Until My Vacation", and sent it to my boss as an example of how such a thing might function. He then sent it off to his boss as an example as well. So now my boss and his boss know exactly when I am leaving, right? Well, my boss thought that it was in "work days", which I very quickly corrected him on. Now he knows that there will only be five days, not work days, before I am out of here. But the file makes me very happy - it lets me know exactly how much longer until I can take a break.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I Google You

Neil Gaiman wrote this song, and it's been performed by Amanda Palmer. It's a said but true song and will go into my "stalking cd" playlist:

I Google you
late at night when I don’t know what to do
I find photos
you’ve forgotten
you were in
put up by your friends

I Google you
when the day is done and everything is through
I read your journal
that you kept
that month in France
I’ve watched you dance

And I’m pleased your name is practically unique
it’s only you and
a would-be PhD in Chesapeake
who writes papers on
the structure of the sun
I’ve read each one

I know that I
should let you fade
but there’s that box
and there’s your name
somehow it never makes the pain
grow less or fade or disappear
I think that I should save my soul and
I should crawl back in my hole
But it’s too easy just to fold
and type your name again
I fear
I google you
Whenever I’m alone and feeling blue
And each scrap of information
That I gather
says you’ve got somebody new
And it really shouldn’t matter
ought to blow up my computer
but instead….
I google you


Amanda Palmer singing "I Google You"

Friday, August 15, 2008

Weight gain

I'm getting a little concerned about my weight now - since I've gotten the elliptical in (about 3 weeks ago), I've been very good about waking up early in the morning and working out for 30 minutes a day within the fat burning heart rate range (60% - 70% of your max heart rate) - I think I've only not done it the weekend I went down south. However, I seem to be gaining weight, and no, it's not muscle mass. I've now gotten to be the biggest I've ever been, and my clothes are too tight and uncomfortable. I still refuse to buy anything that fits, though, because it always seems like I end up just growing into that size. My eating habits haven't changed, and I'll need to start toning it down, although I haven't been eating that much. It might be due to stress (we just pushed up a major project release), but that's over and hopefully the stress level will go down some.

Friday, August 1, 2008

American Gothic (2008)

Neil Gaiman posted some pics of himself and Amanda Palmer taken while doing a photoshoot for her new CD, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, and for some reason I just love this photo:

American Gothic