Monthly Archive: November 2003

Nov 17

I write like a boy!!!!

Via This Woman’s Work:

Acording to The Gender Genie I write like a boy!

“Inspired by an article in The New York Times Magazine, the Gender Genie uses a simplified version of an algorithm developed by Moshe Koppel, Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and Shlomo Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology, to predict the gender of an author.”

I submitted four samples of writing off my website and all four of them were scored as man-style writing (“man-style” is my word, but I kinda like it).

Weird.

Female Score: 0
Male Score: 309

The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

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Nov 13

Scary commercial/*bad* TIVO!

Bad TIVO first: It turns out TIVO sometimes eats *long* commericals for you, whether you want them or not! YUCK! Can you imagine the hoo-ha if the Time Warner PVR ate commericals and used up hard drive space for things you really really don’t want? I understand why they do it (need the $$), but it’s still ookey.

Scary commercial was eaten by the TIVO last night. If was for a Nissan Sentra (I think) and was 2 or 3 miutes long and was about driving through the streets of Portugal (I think) at one hundred and twenty MPH! There was veering and swerving and narrowly-missing-of-buses and screeching and careening and …aye yi yi! I completely and utterly *don’t* want a car with such asshole-ish drivers!!!

Then the kicker: the legal disclaimer. “This driver is a professional stunt man…. [blah blah blah] … The airbags in this vehicle were disabled. Do not disable your airbags.”

WHAT?!?! Crazy f*!#ers!

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Nov 12

More meme spreading

Via Absolutely Vile, original here. You are to cross out the characteristics that don’t apply to you:

SEPTEMBER:
Suave and compromising. Careful, cautious and organized. Likes to point out people’s mistakes. Likes to criticize. (I wouldn’t say I *like* it, just that sometimes I can’t help it… :/ Stubborn. Quiet (ROTFLOL!) but able to talk well. Calm and cool. (I am calm in a real emergency situation but on a daily basis I’m rather excitable). Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal but not always honest I am always honest. Perhaps not completely forthright, but always honest. Does work well. Very confident. Sensitive.Thinking generous. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Must control oneself when criticizing. Able to motivate oneself. Understanding. Fun to be around. Secretive. Loves sports, leisure and traveling. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. (that one’s so wrong it’s not even funny!) Very choosy, especially in relationships. Systematic

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Nov 05

80’s music quiz

I either get a 63 (if I choose “Woodstock”, which is accurate but not really true, and an 87 if I say “Just Say No”)

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Nov 05

Rant-o-the-moment

Why do people think that all natual” = not harmful? I was reading a Frommers message board where people were debating the usefulness of No Jet Lag. The vast majority of the posters were saying things like: “I’d recommend you try them-and they are 100% homeopathic-no drugs.”

Here was what I posted:

I just wanted to second the idea that there *are* drugs involved with “homeopathic” or “natural” remedies. People seem to believe “all natual” = not harmful, and that’s just not the case. A great many of the “drugs” we take today are merely purified forms of plant compounds that are “all natural” (aspirin being the example that leaps to mind).

For example, Ipecacuanha root (one of the active ingredients in No Jet Lag, according to http://www.nojetlag.com/jetlag7.html) is emetic; and in smaller doses, diaphoretic and expectorant. Toxic doses cause gastro-enteritis, cardiac failure, dilation of the blood-vessels, severe bronchitis and pulmonary inflammation. (Source: http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/i/ipecac07.html).

As you may guess from the name, Ipecacuanha is the plant from which Syrup of Ipecac is derived.

These remedies may work, but if they do it’s because of the chemical (/drug) interactions they cause in your body. Do check them out with a doctor before taking them, as they may combine badly with existing meds.

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Nov 02

The funniest fishtank innards ever

At my friends’ Aylett & Mike’s house:

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Nov 02

Friend Locator

I’m trying to get all my Livejournal friends’ locations plotted on a map – please add your location starting with this form.
Username:
(Then get your friends to!)

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Nov 02

Halloweeny Fun

Friday night Jeff & I went to a Halloween party as Charlie Brown and Lucy (for a bigger photo, see the Halloween Costume page.


Here’s Meghan as scary Goldilocks (notice grusome teddy bear with bloody teeth).


And here’s the both of us (with perhaps a wee bit of wine in our tummies).

More on the arduous details of the costume creation later. Maybe.

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Nov 01

Musings on business

Once upon a time, I used to say that I liked work better than school, because at school there was always something you should be doing (even if you’ve finished your assignments you should be studying), but when you’re done with work for the day you’re done and you can go home and do whatever you like; however, as my job has increased in responsibility, I’ve lost that somehow, and now my work burdens me even on “my time”. I think part of what I need to do is regain the sense that work is work and really doesn’t need to be taken home.

The only thing that helps sometimes is to give myself credit for getting it all done eventually. As much as I worry because I still haven’t done something about my chipped nail polish or haven’t installed the molding in the bathroom or haven’t called my mom or (fill in the blank here), I also have never had trouble walking with (or even had anyone look askance at) my nails, had a house fall down around my shoulders out of lack of maintenance or had my mom disown me or (fill in the blank here). Somehow an “alarm” goes off in my head when it really *is* time to do something (BTW, bathroom molding installed last weekend after *2 years*! of lying in my bedroom) and it will get done.

IOW, I have to try to trust myself that I will get things done when they need to get done. (I sometimes think of the “to everything, turn turn turn” bit to remind me.) Learn to love your inner conscience because it will poke you with a sharp stick when you need it. And when it’s not poking with a sharp stick, try to relax and let things go.

(Blessedly easy to say, but almost impossible to do. The feeling of “overwhelmedness” sometimes creeps through my defenses to the point where I’m in tears over the tiniest thing…)

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