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Saturday, September 27, 2003

Medieval Night

I just got home from the Medieval Times dinner show in Kissimmee. Wow! Excellent show. Excellent jousting. Excellent food. I heartily recommend the experience to anyone.

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I need advice. What’s the appropriate type of place to take this matter to?

Last October, my right shoulder suffered somewhere between a type 2 and type 3 separation as a result of an auto accident. X-rays at the hospital apparently didn’t convince doctors that it was severe enough to do much other than let it heal. My shoulder blade area, down lower, isn’t exactly the way it used to be either, but no one’s said much about it.

Upon returning home (yes, I was on vacation at the time), an orthopedic specialist looked at it and some MRIs and said it was pretty iffy whether it needed surgery. But, the fact that a month had gone by between when it happened and when I saw him and that it was feeling better, he advised against the hassle.

Over the months, I’ve agreed with him. Full motion had almost entirely returned and I could even lift relatively weighty objects. No problem—until the last week or two. Most of the time, it still feels fine. However, when I move it in certain directions (and I really can’t reproduce it every time), it aches pretty bad, and I no longer dare putting much strain on it.

The only things I can think of that might have aggregated are 1) I’ve been trying to carefully sleep on my (preferred) right side and have been fine. A bit before it started aching a lot, I’d gone my longest stretch—about two hours—on my right side before turning over for the rest of the night. 2) What I’m more suspicious of is that about two weeks ago, I was swimming for the first time since the accident, so I was putting a fair bit of strain on my shoulder. It still felt okay for several days following. Only lately has it been bothering me.

So, my question is, what type of office should I visit next? Should I go back to the orthopedic specialist, see a massage therapist, a chiropractor, or what?

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Friday, September 26, 2003

Weekend Warrior

I’m relatively lucky that weekends are, more often than not, mine to do with as I please.

Thus, it feels quite disruptive to be realizing the full scope of the series of weekends I’m in the middle of now.

9-14-03—freelance desktop publishing for a job similar to one I did for the same person last year and will make a sincere effort to not agree to do again.

9-21-03—more of the prior weekend, and I haven’t even quantified the amount of weekday evenings I’ve also spent on it.

9-27-03—my brother is on a work trip over here in Florida. He has some down time and I may drive to Cocoa to meet up with him and perhaps go through the Kennedy Space Center.

9-28-03—will be responsible for audio/visual at huge business meeting (which happens only every three years) and involves, uhm, I’m going to use the words “customers” and “clients” so as not to violate my separation-of-work-and-blog rule. At least the auditorium has Wi-Fi.

10-2-03 through 10-5-03—more audio/visual responsibilities at yet another work-related event. I nearly had to take photos at still another event going on this same weekend up above Gainesville (or, even worse, do both of these, but I nipped the north Florida trip in the bud).

10-10-03 through 10-12-03—annual convention related to my field of work. The event is in a different part of the U.S. every year, but is, thankfully, here in Orlando this time.

10-19-03—finally a bit of a break and hopefully will be with friends at one or more of the Disney parks.

10-25-03—monthly sound board obligation in Tampa (though I my day last month was taken by someone else…bless him).

So, if anyone ends up with any cognitive dissonance about what I’m spending my normally free time doing, just read this post again and then go to your room!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003


“For users who have not yet upgraded, the Mac OS X 10.2.8 Update no longer appears in Software Update.” [MacRumors]

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Monday, September 22, 2003

Who’s On First—Modernized

ABBOT: Ultimate SuperDuper Computer Store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks. I’m setting up a home office in the den, and I’m thinking of buying a computer.
COSTELLO: No, the name is Bud.
ABBOT: Your computer?
COSTELLO: I don’t own a computer. I want to buy one.
COSTELLO: I told you, my name is Bud.
ABBOT: What about Windows?
COSTELLO: Why? Does it get stuffy?
ABBOT: Do you want a computer with Windows?
COSTELLO: I don’t know. What do I see when I look out the windows?
ABBOT: Wallpaper.
COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.
ABBOT: Software that runs on Windows?
COSTELLO: No, on the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses. You know, run a business. What have you got?
ABBOT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?
ABBOT: I just did.
COSTELLO: You just did what?
ABBOT: Recommended something.
COSTELLO: You recommended something?
COSTELLO: For my office?
COSTELLO: Okay, what did you recommend for my office?
ABBOT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yes, for my office.
ABBOT: Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: I already have an office and it already has windows! Let’s say I’m sitting at my computer, and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?
ABBOT: Word.
COSTELLO: If I’m writing a proposal, I’m going to need lots of words. But what program do I load?
ABBOT: Word.
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOT: The Word in Office.
COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.
ABBOT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: Which word in “office for windows?”
ABBOT: The Word you get when you click the blue W.
COSTELLO: I’m going to click your big W if you don’t give me a straight answer. Let’s forget about words for a minute. What do I need if I want to watch a movie over the Internet?
ABBOT: RealOne.
COSTELLO: Maybe a real movie, maybe a cartoon. What I watch is none of your business. But what do I need to watch it?
ABBOT: RealOne.
COSTELLO: If it’s a long movie I’ll also want to watch reels two, three and four. Can I watch reel four?
ABBOT: Of course.
COSTELLO: Great! With what?
ABBOT: RealOne.
COSTELLO: Okay, so I’m sitting at my computer and I want to watch a movie. What do I do?
ABBOT: You click the blue 1.
COSTELLO: I click the blue one what?
ABBOT: The blue 1.
COSTELLO: Is that different from the blue W?
ABBOT: Of course it is. The blue 1 is RealOne. The blue W is Word.
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: But there’s three words in “office for windows!”
ABBOT: No, just one. But it’s the most popular Word in the world.
ABBOT: Yes, although to be fair there aren’t many other Words left. It pretty much wiped out all the other Words.
COSTELLO: And that word is the real one?
ABBOT: No. RealOne has nothing to do with Word. RealOne isn’t even part of Office.
COSTELLO: Never mind; I don’t want to get started with that again. But I also need something for bank accounts, loans, and so on. What do you have to help me track my money?
ABBOT: Money.
COSTELLO: That’s right. What do you have?
ABBOT: Money.
COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?
ABBOT: No, not really. It comes bundled with your computer.
COSTELLO: What comes bundled with my computer?
ABBOT: Money.
COSTELLO: Money comes bundled with my computer?
ABBOT: Exactly. No extra charge.
COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer at no extra charge? How much money do I get?
ABBOT: Just one copy.
COSTELLO: I get a copy of money. Isn’t that illegal?
ABBOT: No. We have a license from Microsoft to make copies of Money.
COSTELLO: Microsoft can license you to make money?
ABBOT: Why not? They own it.
COSTELLO: Well, it’s great that I’m going to get free money, but I’ll still need to track it. Do you have anything for managing your money?
ABBOT: Managing Your Money? That program disappeared years ago.
COSTELLO: Well, what do you sell in its place?
ABBOT: Money.
COSTELLO: You sell money?
ABBOT: Of course. But if you buy a computer from us, you get it for free.
COSTELLO: That’s all very wonderful, but I’ll be running a business. Do you have any software for, you know, accounting?
ABBOT: Simply Accounting.
COSTELLO: Probably, but it might get a little complicated.
ABBOT: If you don’t want Simply Accounting, you might try M.Y.O.B.
COSTELLO: M.Y.O.B.? What does that stand for?
ABBOT: Mind Your Own Business.
COSTELLO: I beg your pardon?
ABBOT: No, that would be I.B.Y.P. I said M.Y.O.B.
COSTELLO: Look, I just need to do some accounting for my home business. You know—accounting? You do it with money.
ABBOT: Of course you can do accounting with Money. But you may need more.
COSTELLO: More money?
ABBOT: More than Money. Money can’t do everything.
COSTELLO: I don’t need a sermon! Okay, let’s forget about money for the moment. I’m worried that my computer might…what’s the word? Crash. And if my computer crashes, what can I use to restore my data?
ABBOT: GoBack.
COSTELLO: Okay. I’m worried about my computer smashing and I need something to restore my data. What do you recommend?
ABBOT: GoBack.
COSTELLO: How many times do I have to repeat myself?
ABBOT: I’ve never asked you to repeat yourself. All I said was GoBack.
COSTELLO: How can I go back if I haven’t even been anywhere? Okay, I’ll go back. What do I need to write a proposal? Word.
COSTELLO: But I’ll need lots of words to write a proposal.
ABBOT: No, you only need one Word-the Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: But there are three words in…oh, never mind.
ABBOT: Hello? Hello? Customers! Why do they always hang up on me? Oh well—Ultimate SuperDuper Computer Store. Can I help you?

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Posted by Kevin -- September 23, 2003 02:27 PM

Very funny stuff! I can imagine it now.

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Sunday, September 21, 2003

Common Sense, People, Please!

Bank of America’s online banking support staff are idiots.

I’m not being facetious. At least one of them truly is an absolute moron.

Some time ago, I sent in a comment stating that certain javascript-driven buttons didn’t operate properly through Apple’s Safari web browser. I wasn’t mad. I wasn’t demanding an immediate solution. I know Apple is a minority to them and that Safari is pretty new. I politely reminded them that though these buttons worked fine in Internet Explorer for Macintosh, Microsoft had ceased continuing development of IE as a standalone product and that more and more Mac-using Bank of America customers would, undoubtedly, starting showing up with other browsers—especially Safari.

I get a reply telling me how to get the online banking site to “remember me” with an explanation of properly utilizing cookies.


I replied, simply, questioning what set of circumstances would cause an answer to be sent to me that had positively nothing to do with my original comment—an answer that solved a problem I was not (and never had been) experiencing. (It was still a fairly civil and professional response, but if they read between the lines, they’d have seen I was asking, “Was the person who sent this smoking crack at the time?”)

Tonight, I retrieved another response from BoA with instructions of how to make sure my site certificate settings were correct…


What the HELL do I care about Windows product instructions which, for one, I never asked for help with and, secondly, completely ignore that I’d been writing to them about Apple’s Safari!!!????? Dorks!

It’s a damned good thing the problem I had apparently resolved itself one way or another, and that I generally don’t have issues using BoA’s (or is that DOA?) online banking, AND that the whole service is free.

Blatant stupidity like this should be grounds for being dragged into the street naked and hung from your earlobes in freezing weather.

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Friday, September 19, 2003

Isn’t That Censorship?

Has anyone else noticed that, in some cases, the original version of songs are not available on the iTunes Music Store—only the “radio/clean” versions? Take Missy Elliott’s “Under Construction” album, for example. You can purchase the entire clean version or any individual track. But the original (a.k.a. explicit) version only has some of the tracks available. “Work It” has a text message that says “Album Only” instead of the “Buy Now” button, which I don’t understand because I don’t see an option to purchase the entire album. Additionally, the equally popular “Gossip Folks” isn’t even on the list.

I have to believe that we have the record label to thank and not Apple, since the Music Store has not, shown a tendency to not make the unedited versions of songs available…hence the fact that you even see “Explicit” and “Clean” tags on tracks.

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Thursday, September 18, 2003

Mail Go Bye-bye

Cripes! For the moment, I’m missing a bunch of archived mail!

My host’s e-mail database rebuilt itself (as it has sometimes done in the past), but this time, it completely reset the contents of my mail space!

My two main IMAP inboxes were cached and I’ve successfully saved out the messages, but my subfolders were not cached. Usually they are, but I had re-configured my mail client a little while back and hadn’t yet redownloaded those messages.

The most recent message I’m missing is from September 10, so I’m hanging on to the notion that there’s been a backup since then that can be restored from. Surely there’s at least weekly backups, if not daily.

I’m learning my lesson. 1) I will make sure my mail folders are cached at all times. 2) I will try very hard to reduce the amount of mail I store long-term. 3) I will make backups of my cached e-mail database.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Why Typos Often Get Past Proofreaders

(It helps if you sort of speed-read this.)

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is that the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Amzanig huh?

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Posted by Michael -- September 17, 2003 12:28 PM

Got a link?

Posted by Lee Bennett -- September 17, 2003 03:23 PM

I wish I had a source. I wanted to attribute it a little better, but it was forwarded to me as is.

After some web searching, I don't know if anyone really knows exactly where it came from--perhaps someone actually at Cambridge! :-) This thing is all over the web, now.

Posted by Jon Gales -- September 17, 2003 04:35 PM

You're right--tough to nail down where it first showed up. It's amazing though... I felt smart and then kind of duped. ha.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003

15" PowerBook Finally Updated

It’s been, what, 10 months since the release of the 1GHz 15" PowerBook? We all knew it was coming, but it’s nice to see Apple finally updated the 15" model.

Mind you, I’m not sad that I no longer have Apple’s top-of-the-line PowerBook. The 1.25GHz speed increase is not likely to be such a huge bump that I’d immediately notice. I don’t really have much use (at least not yet) for AirPort Extreme, FireWire 800, or USB 2. I also don’t care much for the new hinge design. It’s more fluid and has a tendancy to twist simply by the inertia of picking up the computer. Additionally, I’ve mentioned in the past that the new design necessitated relocating the ports to the sides—definitely something that doesn’t appeal to me.

I’m still keeping watch for the supposed peripheral for iPods that’s supposed to be announced. I’m holding out for an audio recording device—hopefully with both a line input and a microphone.

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Monday, September 15, 2003

Monday Musings

Dumb dumb dumb.

Why my gang chose to go to one of the Pointe Orlando night life venues on a Sunday evening to play pool and (for a couple people—not me!) dance ’til after midnight is completely beyond me. I’m at work today, but I’m dragging—big time.

It’s been kind of a whirlwind since Thursday night. Originally thinking Survivor 7 started last week, I was at my friends’ house anyway and we watched The Core. We were just chillin’ so late, it was nearly 3am before I went to bed.

I overslept Friday (big surprise) and just did some work Friday afternoon after our office had closed (yeah, we’re out at noon on Fridays) but most of the afternoon was spent in my apartment complex pool with several of my pals. I hate going there by myself, so I always try to encourage them to come over. It’s more fun—especially when we decide to do something wacky like grabbing a disposable camera for some wild and goofy shots underwater. If you’re ever looking for a good long laugh and have some friends who aren’t camera shy, this is one way to do it. (I’m still debating whether to put the pictures online—my gang may not like me too much! *laff* We all look like nerds! So, maybe I could just say, you show me yours, and I’ll show you mine! Fair enough?) Anyhow, the day finished with a trip to see Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

Saturday was pretty lazy. After some of the ladies of the gang went to see a college football game, all of us hooked up at Friday’s for dinner.

The majority of my Sunday was spent on a personal project I’m doing for a colleague—all the while missing the day at the beach my friends spent. :-( And that brings us to the dumb (but fun) late night last night.

What a weekend, huh?

Anyhow, during that weekend, an image burned into my retinas and it stings! Naturally, I have to share. While pulling into a parking space at home, I observed a man pulling items out of the back of a U-Haul trailer. He was a very heavy-set man. It was a fairly warm day. The man was bending over at the waist to reach whatever he was trying to retrieve, revealing a long sweat line—right down the seam of his pants over his butt crack! ACK! It gets better—he then took a step back and revealed the dampness branched off in both directions down both legs! Nastiness.

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Saturday, September 13, 2003

Strine Silliness

If you don’t follow This Is True, you should. It’s a riot!

Anyhow, I came across this item and fell out of my chair laughing. It’s from the February 23, 2003 issue:

BEN IN BELGIUM, responding to the story about “Strine” (Australian slang) last week, writes: “Rich Australianese has been laced into English for the past 100 years. I enjoyed its descriptive comments during my five years with the U.K. services during WW2 and the appealing raw humour. I was in booksellers Foyle’s Charing Cross Road, London, where a well-known author was signing copies of his latest book. He asked your name and wrote ‘Best wishes ---’. The woman in front of me handed him a copy and said ‘emma chisit’ and he duly inscribed her copy ‘Best wishes Emma Chisit’. ‘Nah, nah,’ she exclaimed, ‘Emma chisit!’ I told her, ‘It’s five English pounds.’”
© 2003 by Randy Cassingham, reprinted with permission
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Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Say “Cheese”

I’m slowly, but surely, migrating my old digital photos into a viewer engine which is much nicer to manage than anything I’ve used before. It makes for more pleasant viewing, too, offering a variety of viewing options plus the option to buy digital prints. Because I plan (indefinitely) to serve the photos from a home-based system (currently at a friend’s house—hopefully, someday, I’ll do it myself) and will likely use a dynamic DNS service, I recommend you bookmark the top of my dtpbylee.com domain instead of the actual album, since that’s where I’ll maintain the current link if it ever changes.

The albums in there at this writing are my recent trip to Washington state, my Vegas trip to NAB, lighthouse sightseeing in the Carolina Outer Banks, and Washington, D.C. shots. Photos from my 1999 trip to Washington, British Columbia, and Yellowstone and my 1997 trip through New England will be the next ones I tackle. Lastly, I’ll add in albums of shots from other trips that have never, yet, appeared online.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2003

My Very Own Street Corner

I’ve known of lots of people offering punditry about the fact that they share the same name as a popular road. I even have a friend whose mother and aunt have streets named after them because my friend’s grandfather was a general contractor for the houses built along those two streets and he named them after his daughters.

LB-road.gifEven though I didn’t have a thing to do with the coincidence, how cool is it that I have a street corner sporting both my given and my family name? Yes, I know this photo is a bit icky. It was taken a long time ago and saved as a poor quality GIF file. Eventually I’ll go there and take a new photo.

Because I know I have some skeptic readers and because of the quality of the picture, I’ll cater to anyone who wants proof by suggesting they simply go to MapQuest and type “bennett ave at lee road” in the street name search box, “winter park” in the city, and “fl” as the state.

Oops, I just realized MapQuest shows Lee Road only as the State Road number—423. Fine then, here’s a Florida D.O.T. page showing the revised interstate exit numbers. Down near the bottom of this I-4 page, next to old exit 46/new exit 88, you’ll see SR 423 identified as Lee Road.

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Sunday, September 07, 2003

More Washington Photos—UPDATED

As promised, more Washington vacation photos have been added.

UPDATE: The last round of pictures have been added to this album. This time, it was a few shots from the Puyallup Fair and a large batch of shots during my nephew’s birthday party.

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Thursday, September 04, 2003


w00t! I’m now the proud owner of a ThinkGeek Wishlist!


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ATPM 9.09

The September 2003 issue of About This Particular Macintosh has been published.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Is AMTP the Answer?

Bill Weinman thinks so.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2003

First Round of Trip Photos

I’ve uploaded the first batch of photos of my trip here in Washington state. The highlight of today’s shots was my tour of Seattle Underground. Any additional shots I get during this trip will be added to the end of this same album.

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