Friday Five: Birthdays

This week’s Friday Five is about birthdays. 1. Hey, baby, what’s your sign? Do you think it fits you pretty well? Sagittarius. I have no idea what that’s supposed to say about me, and don’t care, since I consider astrology to be complete nonsense. 2. What’s the worst birthday gift you’ve ever received? If I’ve…

Bloodletting

I gave blood today, my 34th time since I first donated on November 5, 1979. (Why do I remember the date? Because it was the same day that Jack the Ripper and H.G. Wells arrived in San Francisco via time machine in Time After Time. Bleeding was, I think, a highly appropriate way to commemorate…

Friday Five: Good eats

This week’s Friday Five is about food. 1. What was the first thing you ever cooked? Probably scrambled eggs and bacon. I vaguely remember working with my siblings to prepare breakfast for Mom on Mother’s Day. 2. What’s your signature dish? I’m not a competent enough cook to really have a signature dish, but my…

Friday Five: Truth or dare

I decided last week to start participating in Friday Five as a method of breaking the Blogger’s Block™ that has plagued me for months now. I’m not exactly sure how or when Friday Five originated, but I’ve encountered a number of blogs that feature it every week. The idea is simple: every Friday, five questions…

Ghost town

On Monday, I talked to one of my former coworkers at Alcatel. He informed me that the technical writing group that I used to be a part of has basically ceased to exist. I was laid off from my contract position at Alcatel on April 2, 2001, after working there for five years. It was…

Road trip

Well, the new computer did arrive. The new monitor, however, did not. It was shipped separately and may not get here for another week. So the new computer will have to wait. So will the copy of Window XP that I bought on the way home from work last night. It’s just as well, because…

Attack of the critics

The buzz about Star Wars: Episode 2, The Attack of the Clones is gradually building. I only wish that professional critics and fans alike didn’t feel compelled to use this as an opportunity to bash Phantom Menace by saying that they hope Attack of the Clones is better. I have never understood why Phantom Menace…