like a tubercular smoker

Over the last few days I’ve developed this lovely cough; the back of my throat is itchy and I feel the compulsion to cough every few minutes. Otherwise, I feel fine. Tired, as usual, just because I’m not meant to be awake before 7:30 am, but generally upbeat and creative.

I’m not done with it yet, so no review, but those of you who have encountered depression in one way or another should run to your library (bookstore, Amazon, whatever) and get Against Depression. Some science, but a lot of philosophy. I mentioned it to C last night and called it mind-expanding.

So your head is like a popcorn kernel popping?

Yes, precisely. Big fluffy thoughts springing forth!

Or something like that. Seriously, though, go find a copy now. I’m even thinking of emailing a select group of friends who I don’t think read this too often.
(Thanks, Kat, for the recommendation.)

help me understand….

I’m not using an IDE for PHP development now.? Alex King (whose blog is down at the moment) has been speaking quite highly of Zend Studio (which I can’t afford) and also mentioned PHPeclipse (which I can afford) as an alternative.

Why would I want to use an IDE?? Why wouldn’t I?

(Don’t know what an IDE is?? Then move along; there’s nothing to see here….)

back into the routine

today was back to work.? my email load was somewhere upwards of 500, but at least half of that was in spam, and a good quarter in some sort of discussion about parking woes during building construction.? (so glad to have a vanpool, with a reserved spot even.)

it was a relatively light day, on purpose, trying to get back into my routine.? what I’d really like is to give my routine a little jolt from all this mind-expandingness.

yesterday when we were out biking, we ran into somebody in town, and I was talking about my trip, and he said that I looked the “sparkliest” (I think that was the word) that he’d seen me in a long time.? I don’t want to lose that feeling!

although life seems to conspire against one…looks like our furnace went out this morning.? C has been handling it, for which I am very grateful.? it sucks to try to coordinate that sort of thing from here.? hopefully it won’t be so expensive as to preclude any opportunity of going to SXSW next year. 😉

my blog traffic seems to have settled down as well, from the dizzying highs of Shelley’s link to my notes back to about the usual numbers.? (damn that measure map for being so addictive!)? tonight C is going to a friend’s kid’s basketball game, so I’m going to try to finish summaries of my notes and post them as a clump.

I think I need to hide my lunch somewhere on campus everyday so I have a reason to get up and walk to wherever I left it.? because it’s not like I was super-active during the days of the conference, but I did have to at least walk far enough to get lunch.

honestly, for all that the pre-conference blogs talked about gaining weight and such, I think I was in the best health habits I’ve had in a long time.? it was a consious choice.? I rented a bike, and I used it.? didn’t drink any soda, although I had (incredibly good) lemonade on my gardening day and a number of mochas.? tried to go for fruit as much as possible.? no seconds.? and I only had dessert twice.

which had an interesting side effect…the cookie I had at Halcyon wasn’t particularly memorable, but the brownie ala mode at Magnolia Cafe South?? that is a dessert I will remember for the rest of my life.? it stood out so perfectly, the molten hot brownie contrasted and soothed by the vivid vanilla ice cream.


higher ed webbies at SXSW

Saturday, March 11
6:30 – 7:45 pm
Buffalo Billiards (6th & Brazos)

Chip Diffendaffer from the University of Denver is organizing, so RSVP to him at He recommends wearing gear from your college…I won’t be, but then again, I’m not going as a rep of the school, either.

seen on the PM-clinic list

in re: job listings:

My personal favorite [on Craigslist] was the one that listed as a required skill “RTFM” along with a long list of other acronyms.

tiny celebration

I have now gone two solid months ending my work days with no email in my inbox.? it’s a happy feeling.

what I need to do before going to SXSW

  • pick a damn camera already I got the Sony, and so far so good.
  • write down all the addresses I need
  • get a new bag to carry the laptop?
  • print out bus info from the airport to the hotel
  • figure out clothes
  • print flight info
  • send flight info to HEA (did I do that already?) along with my cell #
  • make a list of stuff to take
  • see if I can get a guidebook from the library no, unfortunately.
  • take/upload badge photo

I have this back-of-the-brain nagging feeling that I’m forgetting something really important, and I have no freaking idea what it is.

I know “you” don’t really care about this list, but I know I’ll find it again later if I put it here. 🙂

help me decide

I’m considering getting a new camera to take to SXSW next month…although I’ve also been thinking about it for probably a year.

Should I buy….

I kinda need to do this now, because I’ve been putting off making any sort of a decision for almost a month.

Financially, I’m leaning towards the Sony, which I think would be good enough, although I find myself lusting after the digital elphs (elves?).

I love taking pictures, but am by no means a photography snob. My 1.3 MP Sony has been good enough, quality-wise, for 3 1/2 years. I just don’t take as many as I’d like because it’s so freaking bulky, and now the battery life is getting wonky.


…which I managed to handily forget, went well anyhow, with a tasty dinner and some 1st season Star Trek Next Gen.? ? mmmm, love.

two things reminded me yesterday:

  1. phonecall from C, on my office phone because I accidentally left the cell at home — sitting next to my brain, obviously.? so very sweet, and so very embarrassing.? “oh, that’s right, today is the 14th.”
  2. LJ entry by K, waxing poetic about the holiday.? something deeply and truly ironic in that.

last night & this morning were so very cold; I kept hoping that I’d get up and look out the window at snow, but no such luck.? the forecast just keeps calling for cold & bright.

I have to admit that I’m enjoying the new prettiness of WordPress 2.? I’ve been upgrading installations elsewhere, and damn that’s painless, too.? Only thing that really irks so far? Having the excerpt box down below the fold.? Y’all know that I love my excerpts. 🙂