- Still learning about myself after all these years. Sometimes I don't like what I learn.
- Reading and editing the novel in progress and enjoying what I'm reading. But what I wonder is what if I'm completely crazy?
- If I keep working on the novel and never finished it, it can never be judged. It's a win, win, as I can forever tell people I'm a writer, with a work in progress and I can never learn that it's bad, leaving me in bliss. Hah!
- People used to like to ask, "What's your bag?" It was a popular, common phrase and meant a lot of different things. I never knew how to answer that question. Some people later changed 'bag' to 'gig'. People now just ask, "What do you do?"
- Weatherbutt. It's my own phrase, created just yesterday. I started to tell my wife about the coffee shop scuttlebutt about the weather but changed it to weatherbutt as shorthand.
- The coffee shop weatherbutt was that it would be 19 degrees F this morning at 6 AM. They were wrong. It was 17.
- It's up to 29 now, 9:30 AM, with sunshine.
- More terms made up yesterday. Spyflakes: stray snowflakes spotted. They're sent ahead of the front to see if the area is ripe for invasion. Scoutflakes then come on in greater numbers to help direct the snowfall. Scoutflakes usually drop in more numbers than spyflakes. Seeing scoutflakes, you ask, "Is it snowing?" But then you see no more flakes. Those were scoutflakes.
- I like making up words. They usually don't catch on, though.
- My wife bought a new purse. It was a serendipitous find. Those are the best finds, when you're not looking but the Universe delivers something anyway.
- My wife likes small handbags/purses, with shoulder straps. This one has many zippered compartments. It's very small but carries a great deal. I had to go into it to get some money and was impressed by how much stash was stashed in there.
- My wife is our ATM. She gets it from the bank and I get it from her. The bank gets it from my employer and my Defense retirement check. It's the circle of life.
- A young friend broke up with his girlfriend and was morose. He could not believe it was over. I refrained from laughing. As long as both remain alive, it's not necessarily 'over'. Relationships have long half-lives.
- Besides, from his POV, it's painful. Logic has nothing to do with emotions.
- Working on some analysis yesterday. Been working on it for some days. I'm frustrated because I was just given spreadsheets with field headings and left to figure it all out. They're data dumps from a system. I was surprised how intensely I pursued compiling and analyzing this stuff. I realized after some thought that I dislike being data blind. Data blind is when you're being asked for recommendations and you don't have data to review to make recommendations.
- Don't know if others use 'data blind' or not. Maybe I made it up.
- Black data and big data are whole other worlds.
- Amusing to read how much data production has increased in the last two years. Data analysis has become its own industry. I suspect much of the data production is a result of data analysis being decompiled and recompiled in data mining processes. My little data comes in bites of 250K and quickly grows to 10 meg.
- Saw The Hunger Games: Catching Fire last weekend. Thought Steven Belanger caught the essence in his review so read it.
- We thought Woody Harrelson has come a long way from Cheers, too, along with Thomas Haden Church from Wings.
- Bought some YA books to read: Divergent and Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox.
- Want to see Twelves Years A Slave but it's playing at 8:30 PM. Sorry but my wife and I think that's too late to go see a movie. Turn off those lights and we'll be asleep. Only one theater is showing it in our area. We waited too late. I believe it will come back and play as an Oscar nominee, though.
- Work remains a pain in the rear. Work harder, they tell us, so we can all succeed. BTW, there are no pay raises this year because your division/brand/function didn't work hard enough. (I have yet to learn of a division/brand/function that did receive a pay raise.) Congratulate us because we've launched new products and have record earnings per share! Spread the word about how good we are.
- Also of the work pain: more jobs outsourced from America to India last month. More people fired in America. Okay, I don't begrudge people in India being hired but the company tells us that it's not us and our work, it's part of a strategic plan. Between no pay raises, reduced benefits and the strategic plan where my job will be moved elsewhere, why is it I'm supposed to work harder?
- Time to sign up for next year's health benefit plans. Co-pay is up, deductibles are up, premiums are up, services are down. It's either a huge joke or a huge scam. Can't decide.
- Time to end this post. The Lenovo 'Toolbox' is doing its daily checkup. The toolbox sucks resources. Typing slows down to one...character...per...every...other...second.... But the Toolbox is there to improve my computer experience.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com