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Women, Or the Lack Thereof

Erik:   But like I said, it's fun to be alone too sometimes.
Friend: Well, I'm alone 90% of the time, I know what it's like.
Erik:   I'm in a sappy mood tonight man as well, I could use a
        girl around sometimes.
Erik:   I'm alone just as much, you know that.
Erik:   Get a dog. 
Friend: Bah
Erik:   You can't fuck 'em, but at least they're someone to take
        up room in your bed.
Friend: Girlfriends can be thrown out when you don't like them.

QotD: Diet

Question: If you had to characterize your diet in one word, what would that word be?

My Answer: Meat. And don't go taking that any weird ways, you perverts. :-)

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Kayaking Loxahatchee

Today, while wrapping things up at a client meeting, the talk turned to kayaking. I mentioned that I'd just picked up a kayak and my clients, having been adventurous sea touring kayakers before they moved to Florida, gave me some good tips on locations nearby. One of those locations was Loxahatchee National Park, about 15 minutes from where I live.

FTPeel 1.0

ftpeelicon.gifFTPeel 1.0 is out. You can buy it, try it, or learn more about it.

I would like to give a big thumbs up to Nick Zitzmann, who's worked tirelessly on FTPeel the past few months. After I handed over a code base - and a long list of things yet to be done - he began work and is just now completing it. To those who helped with the public betas, also a big thank you.

I don't feel like writing a whole lot, but I am very pleased with this release. It's a 1.0 release, but it's quite fully featured and it only looks to get more stable and powerful in the future. We hate bloat, so we're not just going to add features for bullet points, but we do have some features in the works.

At $19, how can you go wrong? Buy FTPeel, and if you buy it, leave a note here saying you've done so and I'll email you a registration for Booklet.

QotD: Star Wars

Question: If you could be any Star Wars character, who would you be, and why?

My Answer: I'd choose not to be a Star Wars character. Rather, I'd choose to be a real-world person who could somehow convince George Lucas to hire someone to write the scripts. That way, we wouldn't end up with lines like "Anakin: I killed them all, the women and children, like the animals they are. Stupid Woman: Awwwww, come here and give me a hug." If I had to pick, though, I'd choose to be R2D2. Nobody's as reliable as that bucket.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Speaking of Grammar…

My previous post reminded me of a sign I saw outside of the Sam Snead Bar in the Palm Beach International Airport when I was waiting to pick up my mother and grandma last Thursday. The sign, very professionally designed, said something like:

Get Your's Today!

How many people making more than $50,000/year let that one slip through without correction? See if I ever go into a Sam Snead Bar anytime soon.

I Speaks Good and Runs Intel

This is too good to pass up. It's an interview with Intel VP Pat Gelsinger. Here are some good quotes. If you're a fan of grammar, well, prepare to wince.

QotD: IQ

Question: What is your IQ? Do you feel it's accurate? Do you feel it's the strongest factor in a person's ability to succeed, and if not, what is?

My Answer: 150. My low was a 142, my high a 164 (which I don't quite believe at all). Either way I'm in the top 1% or so. Is it accurate? Yeah. Does it matter? No. I think people can get caught up thinking about things too often. A good IQ provides a solid foundation, but Forrest Gump had a whole lot of luck and a good heart, and look where it took him! :) Seriously, though, there are many things far more important to success than a person's IQ. A person's ability to get along with people is more important.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Got My Kayak

I dropped off my mother and my grandmother at the airport today, their visit having come to an end. I then went to pick up my kayak. All three items arrived home safely. You can see the kayak on my .Mac homepage. As you can tell from the first three shots, I didn't even take the darn thing out of the bubble wrap until I got home.

Getting the kayak up the stairs presented a bit of a challenge. I've got a few S-curves at the bottom of my stairs (dictated largely by railings, a tree or two, and some bushes). Not fun. Once the yak was upstairs, swinging it around into my apartment was not that big a deal. As you can see in the later shots, it pays to have vaulted ceilings!

Fred and Victoria

I have no idea what this is, but I can tell you that Fred and Victoria are both involved, as are a bunch of skimpy bikinis and power tools.

QotD: Countries

Question: How many countries have you visited?

My Answer: All of three: the United States of America (duh), Canada, and France. I didn't even have a layover in Portugal or anything. :-(

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

QotD: Pop Culture

Question: What's your biggest pop culture sin?

My Answer: I suppose 80s music may be mine. I dig it. No, I don't think it's artistic or "good music" but it's typically fun, upbeat, mindless stuff to which you can work. I listen to 80s music, well, let's just say more than someone sitting around in 2003 really should.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

July 2003 Zeitgeist

Every month (since February) I post my site's referral search terms (not what people search for on my site). It's an interesting peek that illustrates "how people are finding me." Here's July's…

QotD: Uninvent

Question: If you could uninvent one thing so that it would no longer exist, what would you choose?

My Answer: Religion. I'm fairly certain that people would find something else over which to fight, but I know I'd be interested in seeing the result. Religion has caused or at least complicated nearly every war I can name. Would we also lose hope with religion? I doubt it. I think the "good" would continue to exist. This poses another question entirely: has religion been a net positive or negative? I don't know that I'm qualified to answer that.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Bah to Kayak Storage

José came over today and spent quite a while here. We went to, in order, Home Depot, Lowe's, Ace Hardware, a Peter Glenn outlet, Home Depot, Lowe's, and Home Depot. In the end, we mostly returned things we'd bought the other day and bought a few other small things. I don't even know if I'll use those other things to build a pulley on my balcony - it may be easier just to carry the kayak up and into my apartment. For now, the idea of outside storage has fallen by the wayside.

José and I had most of our fun naming the places we visited with childish, silly names. "Homey Despot" and "High's" (the smell, we swear, could get you high). Ass Hardware, Peter's Glands. You get the point. Silly, but fun. After all, we've already got a name for the IHOP.

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