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NSFW?

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My friend posted something yesterday on his website that struck a chord with thoughts that have been running through my own mind of late. The separation of work and personal life in the age of blogging and personal websites. Anybody I work with can and some have visited my personal website. That’s great in many ways but awkward in others. Some of what I write here is really surface oriented fun and trivial stuff. But some is pretty personal, and opinionated too. Although I don’t have issue with a coworker’s reading my reviews of movies, music or humorous antic-dotes, there’s something about the guy across the table, whom I’m pressing for a commitment to a timeline or deliverable, knowing some of the more emotional details of my life that makes me feel a bit exposed. So I tend to not promote it at the office.

Unlike Jess’s post, however, I’m comfortable enough to say that nothing here might cause the room to fall silent as I enter a room, or for the reader to feel compelled to avoid eye contact the following day when they bumped into me at the water cooler.

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06/29/2007 at 9:46 am

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A Day Of Apples

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It’s been a day for Apple events for me. First there was the communications meeting at work today marking the launch of the iPhone. Very exciting stuff. Yummy yummy kool-aid :-)

Then, tonight, while en route to The Great Bear coffee shop in downtown Los Gatos to do some writing, I stumbled across the boarded frontage of a new Apple Store, right next to Andale’s and the Great Bear, both places I frequented heavily when I lived on Wilder Street downtown. How cool is that?


Yes, one might ask, “Dude, you work there. What ever would you find in an Apple Store of interest?” Plenty. There’s always something interesting to be found in the store, and more then that, just the experience of being a fly on the wall is entertaining.

Finally, due to a reference by a friend via SMS on my Treo, I stumbled across a reference to “line sitters” on ifoapplestore.com, and I thought I’d check it out myself. Damned if it’s not true, there’s actually people SELLING iPhones, or their spot in line to get one, on Craigslist. Ultimately, they’ll make a couple of hundred dollars for standing in line. Uh, just standing in line for 24hrs = $8.33/hour. And it’s likely there’s more then 24hrs involved. Clearly these entrepreneurs aren’t math whizzes.

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06/28/2007 at 10:57 pm

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Slim Chance I’ll Change My Tone

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All the industry is abuzz about the iPhone this week. Friday’s the day they go on sale, and we have a big communications meeting tomorrow about it as well. I’ve had the cash stashed away for this purchase for some time, yet as the day approaches I still don’t know for sure that I’m ready to scramble and stand in line for it.. I’ll likely feel differently after the meeting though, where I’ll walk away with a glazed expression in my eyes and kool-aid on my lips, muttering “iphone…must… buy… iphone….”. And you know, I’ll have one shortly thereafter. I just don’t see myself not. It’s about as unthinkable as my having lived without an iPod for the past 17 months.

I’m hoping there’s some special announcement being made by Steve tomorrow. Please be “free iPhones for employees”… Please be “free iPhones for employees”… Please be “free iPhones for employees”… :-)


Postscript – Holy Shit! I’m psychic!:-D

I’m hoping there’s some special announcement being made by Steve tomorrow. Please be “free iPhones for employees”… Please be “free iPhones for employees”… Please be “free iPhones for employees”…

OK, if it worked once…. “Please win the lottery”…”Please win the lottery”…”Please win the lottery”…

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06/28/2007 at 11:41 am

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Slim Chance I’ll Change My Tone

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All the industry is abuzz about the iPhone this week. Friday’s the day they go on sale, and we have a big communications meeting tomorrow about it as well. I’ve had the cash stashed away for this purchase for some time, yet as the day approaches I still don’t know for sure that I’m ready to scramble and stand in line for it.. I’ll likely feel differently after the meeting though, where I’ll walk away with a glazed expression in my eyes and kool-aid on my lips, muttering “iphone…must… buy… iphone….”. And you know, I’ll have one shortly thereafter. I just don’t see myself not. It’s about as unthinkable as my having lived without an iPod for the past 17 months.

I’m hoping there’s some special announcement being made by Steve tomorrow. Please be “free iPhones for employees”… Please be “free iPhones for employees”… Please be “free iPhones for employees”… :-)


Postscript – Holy Shit! I’m psychic!:-D

I’m hoping there’s some special announcement being made by Steve tomorrow. Please be “free iPhones for employees”… Please be “free iPhones for employees”… Please be “free iPhones for employees”…

OK, if it worked once…. “Please win the lottery”…”Please win the lottery”…”Please win the lottery”…

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06/28/2007 at 11:41 am

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Passing Thought : Unger Strikes

You know you’re in touch with your “inner Felix” when you find yourself irrationally compelled to reorganize the dishwasher, ensuring that all like cups, bowls, and utensils are all grouped and organized. And all mugs have the handle facing in the same direction. Uh, so I’ve heard. Not that I’m that obsessive. No. No, not me.

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06/28/2007 at 9:24 am

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At The Drop Of A Sock

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I put on a pair of shorts to wear to work today. The “Cargo” style shorts. Loose, baggy and long. I spent the first 3 hours of the day driving to the office, walking about, getting up, getting down, moving around… the stuff one does. And then, while walking down the hallway outside of my office, I felt something lightly brush against my calf and ankle.

I looked back, and lying on the carpet behind me was one of my black dress socks. It must have been inside the shorts after they were washed and I never noticed it once I put them on.

I walked back, picked it up and took it back to my office, laughing at the fact that it’d somehow managed to hold on through a few hours of the day before finally dropping.

Then it hit me. I realized how lucky I was to have been all alone in that hallway, and to not have had it drop out when I was walking into or out of a meeting earlier that day. As much as I’d like to imagine that most folks would have bought the ‘dryer cling’ story, I can only imagine what others might have made of somebody having a sock drop out of there pants leg.

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06/27/2007 at 3:03 pm

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Behind the Wall

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My recent chance to see Roger Waters live re-ignited a long standing interest in and curiosity about the live performances of “The Wall”. The tour they did was extremely limited and elaborate, and I failed to take the reins and make the journey to LA when they toured. I was so young then, but it could have been made to happen. And from what I’ve heard, it’d have been worth doing so. The show featured a complete building of and subsequent tearing down of a huge wall between the performers and the audience. As a kid I’d have been trilled to have seen it, but understanding the back story and motivations behind the story and music make it all the more intriguing. I have read that it was filmed but Roger Waters has yet to authorize it’s release on Video. Still, I stumbled across a really interesting documentary about it on YouTube that I though others might find entertaining viewing as well. It’s broken down into 7 segments and it’s worth watching.

YouTube – Pink Floyd – Behind the Wall

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06/25/2007 at 2:58 pm