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Overheard at the local Starbucks:

"Oh Mom... nobody drinks coffee anymore!"
(to barista)"One grande americano, please."
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I had another of my Austin dreams last night. I'm not sure what to think about it.

Part of it involved an interview. For a teaching job. At the McCombs School at UT. How weird is that? I was being considered for this position that involved developing courses for and teaching a very specific part of their business technology curriculum (involving, if I remember correctly, electronic payment integration and micropayment systems).

Even weirder was that instead of interviewing me on campus, they asked to meet at the Starbucks on Rockwood and Anderson Lane -- one of my old hangouts. The barista remembered me, and the cashier gave me my iced caramel macchiato on the house. I kicked butt on that interview, too. They said they'd be in touch in "a couple of weeks."

Afterward, [livejournal.com profile] sweet_pickles and I went to the West Lynn Cafe for dinner -- which is strange, because despite having lived in Austin for four years I have never been there. I've driven past several times but I've never been inside, and never actually had dinner there. I hear the food is really good, though, so maybe that had something to do with it. While we were there, we saw some former co-workers of ours, who were working as kitchen staff. That was where the dream got really strange. I don't remember much of it after that, as I woke up soon after.

I wonder what [livejournal.com profile] luckman would say about it...
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The former wannabe musicologist in me is smirking at this:

From CNET News.com: Crank it! iTunes sells sounds of silence--for real
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I've been following the adventures of NASA's Mars rover with interest. What happened today, with the rover first sending back garbage and then nothing reminded me of something that happened back in 1995, when some co-workers and I tried to put a web server online for the first time (over a dial-up PPP link with a static IP, for those of you who know about such things). Every so often the network connection would go down, and then come back three minutes later. We never did figure out what caused this, but there were times when we'd have to go over to J's house (halfway up the Peninsula), fiddle with the server in the closet for a while and bring it back online. Obviously, the folks at NASA can't really do the equivalent thing with the rover...
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Quote of the day from [livejournal.com profile] sweet_pickles:

"Wow, Torrance really is in the middle of nowhere..."

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For those of you who were wondering: Yes, still alive. No, didn't feel the earthquake (although I'm now wondering if we would have had we been at home)
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Wow, that was quick... my Christmas present from the Secret Santa exchange arrived today. If you're reading this, thanks Santa! :-)


Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom.
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UC Berkeley economist Brad DeLong's "A Framework for the Economic Analysis of Technical Revolutions". Interesting reading.

(I really should remember to try to find an RSS feed for his site...)

EDIT: found the feed. [livejournal.com profile] braddelong
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... in the tummy of the Golden Bear :)

Cal beat Stanford. The Axe stays in Berkeley for another year :)
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[livejournal.com profile] sweet_pickles and I are planning to go down to the L.A. area for Thanksgiving -- this despite the recent wildfires not too far from my parents' house, and the fact that we've been reading Daniel Pinkwater's The Worms of Kukumlima from 4 Fantastic Novels, and one of the characters says, quite authoritatively, that Los Angeles doesn't really exist! Because she's planning to make Thanksgiving dinner while we're down there, we were both concerned about being affected by the grocery workers strike. I had actually (and not jokingly either) brought up the possibility of buying a frozen turkey before heading down there and bringing it with us, since the deep-frozen ones take so long to thaw that it would probably still be semi-frozen by the time we got there.

But it got me thinking... the strike is about these large supermarket operators cutting health care benefits for their workers because they can't compete with Wal-mart. Why aren't people boycotting Wal-mart? Not only are they responsible for a fair chunk of the U.S. trade deficit, but their merchandise selection is very hit-or-miss (I'd go so far as to say more miss than hit, but I know I fall outside their shoppers demographic) and their labor practices are indirectly responsible for the whole sad situation. Yet you read about the women carrying the four or five shopping bags from Wal-mart whining to interviewers about the inconvenience of having to shop with the (*shudder*) granolaheads and/or (worse?) the hoity-toity rich people because the workers at supermarkets they're used to going to are on strike. And you just know the folks down at HQ in Bentonville are laughing all the way to the bank.

Sometimes people vex me, and sometimes I just have to look away and disappointedly shake my head.
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I submitted the last Round 1 application this morning. It's an interview-by-invite-only school, so unless they're interested, that's it for this application round. Next major date on the application calendar is Dec. 19, the early-decision notification date -- and of course, your good wishes are appreciated as always.
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countries i'm "related" to... maybe i can use this in my b-school application.

big table behind cut )
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http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/09/08/MN232219.DTL

Of course we'd known it was coming for some time.


Networking

There's a way to live that's right for us
Like Mayans in Manhattan and Los Angeles
I'm scaling up, I'm breaking down
And I'm doing lunch all over town

Networking, I'm user friendly
Networking, I install with ease
Data processed, truly Basic
I will upload you, you can download me

There's a long hard road and a full hard drive
And a sector there where I feel alive
Every bit and every byte
Is written down once on the night

Networking, I'm user friendly
Networking, I install with ease
Data processed, truly Basic
I will upload you, you can download me

There's a prayer each night that I always pray
Let the data guide me through every day
And every pulse and every code
Deliver me from the bypass mode

Networking, I'm user friendly
Networking, I install with ease
Data processed, truly Basic
I will upload you, you can download me


(1989)
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Some days I feel like this when I'm working on those essays...

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On our way home from the Getty yesterday, we stopped for a drink at a Starbucks on Sepulveda Blvd, not too far from LAX. We couldn't have been there more than 20 minutes, but I counted 20(!) planes landing in that span of time.


Plane #20, taken as we were getting ready to leave.
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... for the second day in a row. There's just so much to see here, from paintings and statues to antique pottery and books. In fact, this is the second day we've come here. I love the architecture of the place and wanted to get a better feel for it, while [livejournal.com profile] sweet_pickles wanted to see the gardens. I expect you'll be seeing some picture entries from her soon, if you follow her journal. She's off in the garden maze right now -- I decided to rest for a bit and post instead of venturing in with her.
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after having finished reading "factoring humanity," i'm about to start "the well of lost plots".

i'm also working on an lj client that runs locally on the blackberry but need to brush up on java threads first.

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I'm posting this entry from my Blackberry 6210 using an extremely early alpha of what I call WAPJournal. Still extremely rudimentary, but it looks like posting works. (Maybe it's a limitation of this device, but it doesn't seem to support newlines...)
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On Tuesday [livejournal.com profile] sweet_pickles and I went to the Huntington Library and Galleries. I'd read about the fantastic collection they have there. I told her that I'd love to just browse, although I'm not sure they'd let me do that. But supposedly you can request access if you're working on a research project. I just need to come up with one :-)

We walked around the gardens before it was time for afternoon tea (we had reservations for 2:30). Afterwards, when we were indoors looking at exhibits we came across the display of famous people's access cards -- the cards you fill out to request access to library materials. Katharine Hepburn, Georg Cukor, Wallace Stegner and Richard Feynman were all there. The blanks on the cards were interesting: academic background, area of research and references ("people familiar with your work"). I wondered to myself whether I would be able to fill those out one day.
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[livejournal.com profile] sweet_pickles and I were going through the guidebook for Southern California that I picked up last week*, and we started talking about Disneyland. I had wanted to go to Disneyland for the 4th of July, but we both balked at how expensive admission has gotten. I guess I haven't been there since before college, so that would make it 15-20 years since I've been there. She says she went there for grad night.

I remember one year school opening was delayed, so my sisters and I were here for the 4th of July. We talked Mom and Dad into taking us to Disneyland, and it was the best fireworks display I have seen to date. And that was back in the early 1980s. I wonder what they're like these days, and if the Main Street Electrical Parade is still around, or if they've pulled it yet again (there was that energy crisis a few years ago...)

Then there was the last time I was at Disneyland. My sister and I went with my aunt, my dad's sister, who owned a photo studio with her (now deceased) husband. We had a fun-filled day -- went on the rides, took lots of pictures, the whole nine yards. It was only at the end of the day, as we were waiting for Dad to come pick us up that I realized that we had snapped all those pictures and not had to reload the camera once. (Understand that this was years before digital photography, or at least before it hit the mainstream. And certainly years before the microdrive.) So, heart sinking, I asked to see the camera and pushed the lock release on the film compartment. I knew even before the door flipped open what I would find inside. My aunt looked at me like "what are you doing? are you crazy?" but I think there was a part of her that knew what was going on. So all the memories left of that sunny day in the Magic Kingdom are here in my head, and my aunt's and my sister's too. We still laugh when one of us says, "Remember that time we went to Disneyland?" That's all it takes.


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* It's also research for my former nanonovel. If you're ever in need of a SoCal travel guide, I highly recommend Kim Weir's Southern California (2nd ed.), published by Moon Handbooks of Emeryville -- it's informative, detailed, well-written and very entertaining. And as they've recently released a third edition of the book's counterpart for Northern California, I'm going to guess a third edition of this book is coming soon.
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