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0419 Mo
  * up 6:40; W=197.6; drugs, nose, teeth
  @ Fresh and Jaded: My Rough Approach To Music, Film, and Books
  * call Dell re: barnard not charging. ->try with Colleen's battery  
    (Knew I should have done it over the weekend)
  * scan passport and email to Kalpana, or -> take it in on Monday.
    (scanner not being recognized/not working; try with Ubuntu?)
  @ Maintenance man chops off tree branch his ladder is leaning on, 
    sues employer - Boing Boing
  @ Reducing the World's Suck with Henry Jenkins - Boing Boing
  @ Google Analytics
  * meeting and lunch @work
  * walk: once around pond.  Warm.
  @ The iPad, the Kindle, and the future of books : The New Yorker
    (from 
     ysabetwordsmith)
  @ Phoebe Prince, South Hadley High School's 'new girl,' driven to suicide by
    teenage cyber bullies -- physical bullying, too.
    (via Megan Kelley Hall -> seanan_mcguire -> admnaismith)
  * post on the above
  ! extraordinarily restless; impatient?  Weird.  As if I'm forgetting to do
    something terribly important.
  % the office is a horrendous mess and I am, as usual, feeling overwhelmed.
    depression?  Parts of it, anyway.
  * Barnard's battery is happily charging in Colleen's netbook.
  " You can never have enough information.  Sometimes you just have to go with
    the dream and hope you guessed right.
    -- from IM.  "guessed right" -> "can muddle through" would be better.
       context: deciding whether to marry Colleen; current work stuff
  "
  * bed ~11:30; snuggle

0420 Tu
  * up 6:35; W=198.4; drugs, nose, teeth
  & Called YD in sick for sore throat.
  @ Why Japan’s Smartphones Haven’t Gone Global - NYTimes.com
    (
     @ricohinnovation)
  @ Weighing the Evidence on Exercise - NYTimes.com (@rowanf) 
    doesn't help you lose weight, but helps you keep it off if you already have.
  @ How Apple Lost the Next iPhone - Gizmodo  (@snipeyhead)
  @ jlj - perl command-line LJ client
  * call Dell re: barnard not charging.  Service tag: 6XZLPK1 800-433-9029
    Case/Service Request # 815280021  800-456-3355 x1 7238587
    -* try with Colleen's battery  ->my battery's fine; charging
    -* My laptop says Colleen's battery is "fully charged" at 89%.
    no change in battery status overnight.  No surprise there.
    call ubuntu support 866-622-1947 -- idiots!  
    Run express test (after about 45 min on hold) Express service tag.
    They want the order number.  No idea where the invoice is.
    ->They'll send a box.  Include power adapter and battery.
      I had to tell them my shipping address.  Again.
    * BACK UP HARD DRIVE.  
    o Wipe private info (Private, ff and im profiles)
  * added Colleen's netbook to account.
  @ The top 10 DIY iPad projects 
    (from Inkygirl: My iPad Review, Part 1: writing, reading and drawing on the iPad)
  @ dejla - Fantasia on A Conan Doyle's The Dying Detective
  @ Innovation: Robots look to the cloud for enlightenment - New Scientist
  @ Microsoft Ignored the Long Tail in Search, Bing Boss Says - eWeek
    For Microsoft, focusing on the head instead of the "long tail" meant that
    it returned popular queries but failed to satisfy less common queries. The
    long tail of queries ended up yielding more sizable traffic and therefore
    more money for Google over the last 11-plus years. 
  @ Never understimate a smart kid (from Risks/26.02) 
    3rd-grader gets teacher's password, access superintendent's account by
    adding him as a student.
  @ Framed for possession of c-porn in UK -- Deja vu all over again
  @ Chimerical Avatars and Other Identity Experiments from Prof. Fox Harrell
  @ Laptop Spy Scandal Administrator Just "Loved" Violating Students' 
    Fourth Amendment Rights
  @ More from Eyjafjallajokull - The Big Picture - Boston.com - wallpaper!
  @ Should We Allow Consumers To Sell Their Souls?
  @ Embedded.com - Happy birthday to Algol, and is the Agile hype over?
    Yup, half a century since Algol 60.
    Tony Hoare said of it (in 1973), "Here is a language so far ahead of it's
    time that it was not only an improvement on its predecessors, but on
    nearly all its successors." 
  @ It's not a 'Christian nation'.... (from slweippert)
  % breathing's been difficult for weeks.  Grump.  I need a new nose.
  ! stressed; anxious much of the afternoon and evening.  
    Feeling somehow close to burnout.  Overwhelmed.  Not clear why.  
    (Job + care + $ + nose probably explains it pretty well.  Also cold.)
  * practice.  Guitar only; what voice?  For singing you have to breathe
  * 11:00 bath; bed; snuggle

Feeling very stressed and shaky and overwhelmed, for no apparent specific reason. (Though changes at work, the slight but constant extra effort of caring for Colleen and doing the household chores, nagging worries about cash flow, a continually stuffy nose, and unexpectedly cold weather probably each contributed their bit.)

The two-day span also included a pair of calls to Dell tech support regarding my netbook's inability to charge its battery. It took them two hours to connect my service tag with an order number, which apparently they need in order to send it in for service. Not to mention my having to call a separate call center for Ubuntu machines, in spite of this being a clear hardware problem. Idiots!

Lots of good links under the cut. And a happy 50th birthday to Algol 60, of which Tony Hoare said (in 1973), "Here is a language so far ahead of it's time that it was not only an improvement on its predecessors, but on nearly all its successors." The worst part is that that's still largely true. As well, the Report on the Algorithmic Language Algol 60 remains one of the landmarks of clear technical writing - I remember reading it in Dad's copy of CACM when it came out, and being awestruck by the beauty of both the language itself and the BNF notation invented to define it.

Date: 2010-04-21 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] judifilksign.livejournal.com
Reminder: do things for you to help to de-stress. I hope the guitar does that for you. Remember hugs will help both you and Colleen!

Date: 2010-04-22 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Thanks. Unfortunately I don't yet have much of a handle on what else I can do, but playing guitar is almost always relaxing for me. When I remember.

Date: 2010-04-22 07:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] figmo.livejournal.com
I hope everything is okay at your place. I came by at 10:45pm to find your house shut down -- that's way earlier than usual.

Date: 2010-04-22 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Things are ok, just quiet. Everyone had gone by 10:30, and Colleen and I were both feeling very sleepy.

Sorry about that.

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