Friday, December 01, 2006

Deb: This would be a part of my personality that doesn’t get out to play much, I’m afraid.

This is actually a far better description of me (or at least how I see myself) than y’all might imagine, especially those of you who know me only in my present hormonally-unstable state…

Your top value: Theoretical

Synopsis: Seeks truth and knowledge. Always learning, whether it be formally or informally. Enjoys learning about how the world works.

Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.

-August Hare

You appear to hold theoretical values. This means that you place high value on scientific thought, and on the pursuit of knowledge in general. You respect the value of education, both formal and informal, and believe in learning for the sake of learning. You don’t make decisions based on a set ideology; rather, you try to base your opinions, beliefs, and decisions on “truth”. Rather then listening and blindly following what others are saying, you make your own choices based on all the information available to you. This translates to a very deliberate, logical way of thinking. You likely value understanding how things in the world around you work, and are not afraid to ask why something is how it is.

Some individuals with theoretical values prefer to work on their own to working in a group. They may have difficulty expressing their thoughts or emotions verbally, perhaps because they feel impatient with being slowed down by others, their thoughts are too abstract to put to words, or they simply are not accustomed to verbal communication. They are confident in their own intellect, sometimes to the point of arrogance. Occasionally, these people may be impatient with others who have non-scientific doctrines or philosophies. Their confidence in their intellect can be intimidating to others if not paired with other humanistic values.

People with theoretical values fill both free time and work with opportunities for learning and intellectual growth. They feel that their talents are wasted if they are forced to work in a job that doesn’t stimulate their mind. They need to be interested in their work, or they will become extremely bored and unsatisfied. In addition, they are often unproductive and do not reach their full potential if they are not challenged. These individuals will be comfortable working in an academic environment, in research positions, or as architects, doctors, or computer programmers. Above all, they need a position where they feel challenged, and where they have the potential to grow intellectually. In order to keep them satisfied, happy and productive, managers need to feed their desire to learn- allow them to take classes, attend seminars, and other knowledge-building opportunities.

Fascinating.  Here’s the link.

Via Director Mitch, who is unexpectedly political.

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Deb: A stroll through a milestone…

I caught Valerie walking yesterday.  Just a couple of steps, but YAY!  I rather suspect she’s been practicing behind our backs...she looked awfully confident. 

Of course, she celebrated by refusing to sleep last night, which makes perfect sense: I mean, does it get more exciting than that? 

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Jay: A Deepness In The Software

The previous post reminded me of the early days, when on my resume I listed software I had used.  That was circa 1988 through 1994, by which time the list was already getting out of hand, and I was already leaving things out.  The original point of getting a PC was in part to be able to learn Lotus 1-2-3 and say I knew it in order to get an accounting oriented job.

It was that part of the resume that eventually took me entirely away from the futile attempts to get accounting work, and into tech support, logically but accidentally.  Had I known such a field of work existed, I would probably have sought it out.

Anyway, seeing that I had some degree of exposure to at least three backup software packages of various vintages made me picture what a list of software I’ve used or supported would look like now.  It’d be crazy.  But it’s also an advantage over the youngsters who work for the company we hired to do my client’s network migration; a depth of experience they clearly lack, no matter how well they’ve been trained in Active Directory, how well they know not to criticize their employer’s bad software choices, and how well they’ve been domesticated into herdable cats.

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Jay: Retrospect

I swear this backup software has to be one of the most poorly designed programs I have ever encountered.  It’s the kind of thing you imagine being made intentionally complicated to keep IT guys well employed and ensure that the technoproles stay in their place.

Which is intriguing, given that it was foisted on my client by the much larger IT services firm we brought in to do the Exchange migration, with a pat on the head there, there, it’ll be much more cost effective than Veritas Backup Exec.

Yeah right.  Backup Exec is one of the easiest programs I’ve encountered.  Heck, ArcServe wasn’t that bad either.

The big problem is that the backup that took Backup Exec no more than five hours takes over eighteen for Retrospect.  So I tried to make changes and that’s when I learned the software is nearly impossible to use.  That, and the guy who set it up included upwards of 12 gigabytes of extraneous stuff.  Doh.

It’s this and much, much more that’s been keeping me so busy I might as well be invisible to the blogging world.

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Deb: Val’s a tall girl.

We knew this, but it was nice to get a proper measurement.  She was just short of 28 inches today, at her nine month appointment.  60th percentile.  And holding at the 10th percentile in weight.  No more weight checks...apparently she’s just adopted a new curve.  Believe it or not, she’s got yet to double her birthweight.  I’m amused at having a daughter who eats and eats and eats and stays skinny.  I’d be jealous if I wasn’t so hopeful that she’ll be one of those people who doesn’t have to fight their weight all the time.  In any case, she’s healthy and beautiful and she charmed the hell out of everyone.  Now if we could just get her to sleep…

I’m sure I had more but I’m exhausted.  Keeping her entertained for a couple of hours there was a trick and a half.  She wants to go exploring and that’s not so possible there, you know?  She was really, really good but I feel like I’ve run a 5K or something.  She’s so close to taking a step, and cruising around thinking about it is her favorite thing.  Well, other than pulling Sadie’s hair.  LOL.

More another time, I’ve got to sleep…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Jay: Happy Birthday

To blogger Peter Caputa.

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Jay: Happy Birthday

To blogger Billy Beck.

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Deb: I know, I know…

But Jay’s busy and the baby quit sleeping again.

One of those days…

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Jay: Gravy and the Rest

Apparently now that I have been successful at it, I’m going to be on a gravy kick.

Today I’m doing a roast beef in the oven, using the nice 3 1/3 lb top round angus I got on sale for an astonishing $1.99/lb yesterday.  Never cooked a roast beef before.  Certainly never made beef gravy.

I ended up making gravy modified to include a dollop of sour cream and a dash of dill.  Not a full on sour cream gravy, but elements of it.  The stuff tastes amazing, and tastes like it would go well matched with both the beef and baked potato topped with sour cream.

As for the beef, I went with my father’s method.  It was cooked completely plain, not even salt or pepper.  He could eat it happily, along with the baked potato and carrots.  I relied on the gravy to have any extraneous flavor people might want.  Plus I can experiment once I have the basic cooking down.  Like next time I’ll have to try not to fill the house with smoke.

We’ll see how it is shortly.  I have the beef out of the oven, tented with foil for 15 minutes, before I cut it and see if it’s done enough for me.  The potatoes are still cooking but were close.

Anyone have roast beef cooking advice?  Or beef gravy advice?

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Deb: Apparently it’s the retailing equivalent of dressing provocatively.

The NYT on Black Friday:

Customers behaved badly across the country yesterday, but the mayhem can be traced in part to an escalating battle among retailers to be the first to open their doors and offer the steepest must-have deals.

She They were asking for it! 

Do I detect just a hint of snobbery?  In the NYT?  Why, it can’t be so! /snark

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Jay: Happy Birthday

To blogger Charles Hill.

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Jay: Happy Birthday

To my lovely and fun grandniece, Katherine.

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Jay: What’s She Been Smoking to Get That Way?

You scored as II - The High Priestess. The High Priestess is a card of intuition, instinct and hidden knowledge. She knows all your secrets, you can hide nothing from her. Yet you will never know the secrets she herself protects.If well aspected in a Tarot spread, this card can indicate the use of intuition to solve problems; trust to your instincts. If badly aspected, it can mean suppression and ignoring of such instincts - following your head at the expense of your heart.

II - The High Priestess


XIX: The Sun


XIII: Death


X - Wheel of Fortune


I - Magician


0 - The Fool


VIII - Strength


XI: Justice


IV - The Emperor


III - The Empress


VI: The Lovers


XV: The Devil


XVI: The Tower


Which Major Arcana Tarot Card Are You?
created with

Via Death

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Jay: Goofy Quizzes for a Black Friday

You Are 22% Vain

Okay, so you’re slightly vain from time to time, but you’re not superficial at all.

You are realistic. You know that looks matter. You just try to make them matter less.

How Vain Are You?

You Are a Snarky Blogger!

You’ve got a razor sharp wit that bloggers are secretly scared of.

And that’s why they read your posts as often as they can!

What Kind of Blogger Are You?

Via Random Commands

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Deb: Like I could resist the SF book meme…

From Ith:

This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club.

Bold the ones you’ve read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
Dune, Frank Herbert
Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein

A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
Neuromancer, William Gibson
Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov

Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
Cities in Flight, James Blish
The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey*
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card

The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
Gateway, Frederik Pohl
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams*

I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
Little, Big, John Crowley
Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
On the Beach, Nevil Shute
Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
Ringworld, Larry Niven
Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein

Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
Timescape, Gregory Benford
To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

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