July 21st, 2003

leaves

spam pick of the day!

this is just classic:

I am contacting you for the claim of your late uncle fund that was. . .
huh? did he say "uncle fund?" Perhaps he means the fund of my late uncle. sure, that's it.

all will be well since i know everything about your late uncle fund
well, it's nice to know you are such good friends with my late "Uncle Fund", 'cause I've never heard of him.

late uncle Engr.P. B {my last name},Snr)an oil Merchant
what the hell kind of a name is *that*?!? Yes, they even put a paren at the end of Snr.

This is one of the worst spams I've received (and I've received a *LOT*). Are they assuming that I don't even know my own familly, particularly my Uncles? I'll be the first to agree that we don't talk much (one of my uncles left the familly 'bout 7ish years ago and no one knows where he is) but at least I know about all of them.
leaves

best laid plans.

Sat I went and shot elisandra a few hundred times. I'm thinking that probably about 15 were decent shots, with perhaps something like 1 or 2 being fantastic. She was kind enough to give me permission to hang onto the files for my review, so I'll be going over them over the next week or so, trying to discern where I went wrong and why the good ones worked. One thing is certain, though, I truly suck at portrait pics. I have potential to get better, but it's going to take a *lot* more practice. Anyone willing to smile for the camera?

Sun I didn't do much of anything. I slept a bit, but I'm still tired.

I had so much planned for this weekend, but I wound up not doing any of it. I meant to swing by the_misha's place and see the cute new car (but didn't). I meant to call serenica69 and see if she's up for picturewandering (but didn't). I meant to go to my mom's place and visit with her for a few hours (but didn't, at least I called, though (she wasn't home -- poo)). I meant to go shopping for brekky food for this week (but didn't -- grrr, hungry). I meant to come spend a few hours banging my head against this st00pid laptop (but didn't, prolly better for my mental health this way). I meant to swing by gregory_geiger's place (but didn't -- just realized he was on vacation anyway). et-CETera, et-CETera, et-CETera <hand-waving type="grand"> . . .

So, yeah, there were plenty of things I wanted to do this weekend, and only one thing that got done. poo.

As for tonight, l5r?
leaves

my morning

<refresh>damn, nothing new.
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<refresh>damn, nothing new.

GAH! come on, it's be at *least* 2 minutes! there's *got* to be someone else out there!
leaves

DOH!

yeah, I'm a twit.

I reached into one of my pockets this morning, and discovered that some inscence I had been carrying in there was accidentally left in through the weekend wash.

damn.
leaves

one thing (of the many) I hate about Windows

the lack of a properly functioning "just fucking do it" button. Sure, there's the ever popular "yes to all" button, but you still need to click it at least 10 times for any operation more complex than renaming an icon. Let's take the deletion of a directory, for example. Say that directory has about 20 or so subdirectories, each with some hidden/system files and subdirectories of their own. If you try deleting that entire batch in one fell swoop, you'll be clicking "yes to all" till the cows come home! On unix, you just type in "rm -r {directory}" and it won't even ask once if there might be a typo, it just runs off and kills the whole tree. I suspect some distributions will even go and kill a few other directories also, just for good measure.

and while we're on the topic of fscked up UI design, who's the genius that thought it was a good idea to put the "yes" and "no" buttons no more than 1 pixel apart? GAH!
leaves

and now . . .

time for another installment of "things I would never have thought to try, but actually aren't half-bad":

Hot water.

Yup, just heated water. No tea, no honey, no lemon, nothing whatsoever added to it. Just plain hot water. Once you let it cool from scalding to drinkable, it's not half bad. Kinda nice, actually, if you're in the mood for it.