October 30th, 2005


Offline, Week 1

As a tip for my readers: cellphones do not work better when washed in a washing machine. Quite the contrary, really. Especially smart-phones like Blackberries. Like my blackberry. Not that I did that last Sunday afternoon for any reason other than to provide experimental evidence for you, my reader. And I did not delay posting about this because I wanted to make sure that if my insurance policy does not cover washing machine damage, I did not have a public record. It could have been the significant rain we had last weekend. Fortunately, I did have the insurance, and this is a covered event. Unfortunately, they needed to talk to me on the phone to finish my claim -- made trickier without a phone, their IT about this was poor, and I did not reach them until Friday. I shall remain offline until Tuesday.

Other delayed postings: On October 21 Tessa and I celebrated a one year anniversary of sorts. Yes, that's crazy-talk.

Progress kind of continues on the new job front. I'm not aggressively pursuing it by any stretch of the imagination, just letting serendipity do its thing and letting things develop before talking about them. It looks like I couldn't start until January at the earliest, now. I told Seth he'd get a month's notice; that may or may not actually happen. It sounds like there is a strong chance of another Field Study to somewhere fabulous this December. The Field Studies are the reason I was in Kyiv and Panama the previous two Decembers. This year, trips that looked good but have fallen through were Reinsurance in the Bahamas, and a study in China. My Parents have my passport for visa reasons, and carte blanc for taking me away.

I noted that I was altering patterns for the chance to watch certain television shows. Just subtly, but that triggered the Tivo purchase. Bought a lovely HUMAX DVD-R unit, and it is working just wonderfully. When I move, I will either get a TV and cable because Tessa likes it, or give it to my parents. No, it's not MythTV, but with the rebate it works out to be rather cheap, rather easy to use for my less technical co-users, and very easy to set up.