Monthly Archives: April 2010

Protected: Updated postal address

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Another Weekend Come and Gone

Suddenly it is again Sunday, and another weekend has gone past. But we got a decent amount done.

Friday Night

Minor Book Annoyances

Right now I’m about half-way through listening to Ben Bova’s Return to Mars, after finishing listening to his Mars. For some reason I keep getting slightly (but not very) annoyed at minor mistakes he makes in what is otherwise a good, enjoyable, work of Hard-SF.

Probably no spoilers, but just in case

A Reminder about *Free* Social Networking

Some quick facts:

1: Most (if not all) major social networking sites are run by a business.
2: All businesses need to make money. Even non-profit businesses need to cover the bills.
3: If you aren’t paying directly, someone else is.

Thus, like (at least broadcast) commercial television and radio, you – the viewer, listener, social networker – is the product that they are delivering to someone, usually advertisers.

But, as anyone whose even paid a bit of attention to the business discussions related to the internet over the last ten or so years knows, display ads on websites don’t produce a lot of income. Thus any social network will either have to become a paid service (and loose members who don’t think its fair to pay or cannot pay), or find other ways to use what they have to make money.

That said, there still are things you can do to protect whatever level of privacy you want to protect. If the site in question appears to be leaking more than you like, leave the site or use it with great care. If you can at least inform them that you don’t want this kind of information shared.

I’m sure, since I do things like use grocery store (et. al.) loyalty cards, I’m considered someone who doesn’t care about my privacy to some of the more virulent privacy advocates. I figure, at least in that case, I’m being reasonably compensated for the marketing information they are giving me.

The latter being said, I did make sure to opt out of having Facebook share anything – at least directly – to website and made sure that my friends could only share the stuff that is already pretty much public knowledge. And I figure if they could find it from my public profile, I don’t care if Facebook (or LJ, Google or anyone else) sells it to them and profits.

Yet another weekend gone and still the house isn’t unpacked

… not that I should really be surprised.


Commute Issues

With all of the adjustments to our new house, I’ve been somewhat variable in my commute. But I’ve seen some things that have me thinking about what I’ll want to do long term.

Basically, unless MTS cancels the 880 bus, I have two options to get to and from work most days: drive or take the 880 bus. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and I’m not sure which will win out.

details and analysis

Two Steps Forward and One Step Back (or is it the other way around)

Today was almost as busy as yesterday, and somehow more frustrating.

Tales of Sunday

Busy Saturday – With Too Much Back and Forth

When we got up this morning, the plan was for me to go up to the rental house, run some laundry (our washer and dryer arrive tomorrow, but we weren’t sure until later in the day), do a bit of yard repair, and get the last of stuff from the refrigerator, and a few remaining items out of the house. I was also supposed to pick up my replacement cell phone battery at a Battery Plus two exits down CA-78 from were we get on heading from Oceanside to RB, and pick up some stuff at the Bed Bath and Beyond in San Marcos – further down CA 78.

The best laid plans of mice and men …

House starting to come together

Slowly, the house is coming together. Most of the rooms are still in great need of unpacking and final arranging. But one room is getting somewhat close – my office.

Yesterday, I got the new desk assembled (but only after robot_grrl and I wrestled the top back out of my car (the same top I’d wrestled into my car at Ikea the night before), and I took another trip to Ikea to get some missing parts. Afterwards, I got one of my computers on it (two more still need to come in and get set up, but they are somewhat lower priority at the moment) and made at least a preliminary setup for the cat’s part of the room (which may change to allow bookcases in here eventually).

I also put up the dog gate on the door so that the cat can have safety in the room. However, in the year and a half since he’s lived with the dog gate, the cat has decided he cannot jump over it – or so he claims.

Last night, he spent the entire night “locked” in the office. I debated about letting him out before I took my shower, but decided he needed to learn. But, by the time the shower was over, I decided he needed to get to the water which isn’t in the office. I went to let him out, only to find him outside the office wanting back in. But at 6:30 when his food was automatically delivered, he was again waiting outside, and I relented and let him in.

I just hope he re-learns how to jump both in and out of the office shortly. I don’t want him to feel he has to live in here.

Weekend Update – Moving and Shaking

I’m not Chevy Chase and neither are you 🙂

Saturday April 3: Moving