Friday, December 05, 2008

1929 vs. 2008

During the 1929 financial crash, it was rumored some Wall Street stockbrokers and bankers committed suicide by jumping from their office windows when confronted with the news of their firms' and clients' financial ruin.

Many people were said to almost feel a little sorry for them.

In 2008, that attitude may have changed somewhat:


Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I like my boss

I'm wrapping up a project at my day job at the moment and I really wanted to say that I am feeling very supported by my boss. She's been very good about supporting me in a number of ways that have helped move the project forward as smoothly as we can and she does a good job of listening when I have concerns. I'm very pleased. Having a good boss makes the day job go a whole heckuva lot better.

Catroy was here!

Bernie has discovered how be a sink-cat. I spotted him in the sink this morning, where he obligingly let me take a few photos.
I'm banging away at a lot of things at the moment, and it occurred to me that everything's on the glide path to finish up about the time I start my vacation in a couple weeks. (Yes, I know, I just got back from a vacation in Palo Alto. I'm about to take a much longer one through the end of the year to take care of a bunch of use-it-or-lose-it vacation.) I'm going to catch up on my sleep, for one thing, and I think I'm going to do some computer restructuring and finish cataloging the baseball cards.

Stop bugging me; I'm trying to sleep!
While we were in Palo Alto, I went to Fry's for their Black Friday sale. I picked up a lot of very nice toys, including a DL DVD burner to replace the DVD burner that I've been using for the last couple years. I also got a 1TB hard drive and an external case. I'm looking forward to restructuring at least one workhorse secondary computer that desperately needs a system reload to get rid of the old, mangled Windows 2003 Server. I've also got a stray collection of smaller hard drives in it. Well, we call 'em smaller hard drives these days, but it's still about .75TB of capacity as it is. But I could sure structure it a lot better.

Are you about to turn on the water?
While I'm at all of this, I'm likely to consider updating my #1 computer, CLARISE. A reload of WinXP would be lovely on CLARISE, too, but I'm not sure how much I'm interested in doing all of that: a system reload is a lot of work, no matter what. OTOH, I may end up with an extra 1TB of disk space on an eSATA connection, which means data comes fast fast fast. Temp-tinnnng!!!

Quick update

We spent Thanksgiving in Palo Alto, CA, with my maternal aunt & uncle, Marcia and Dick. I also got to see one of my cousins, Beth, and spent a delightful morning with one of my oldest friends, Falline.

I'm up late at night doing a zillion workish things, so I don't have time to write up a trip update at the moment.

The cats were all very glad to see us when we returned.