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June 2004

Gilmore Girls

Maura on the season finale of Gilmore Girls

I'd say something cool and witty, but I'm still pretty much over the moon about the Luke/Lorelai kiss on onight's Gilmore Girls, and I can't think of much else. Silly, I know.

Ok, so I like watching the Gilmore Girls. It is one of the best written shows on TV and Lauren Graham sure is easy on the eyes.

Anyway, the only two episodes I missed are as follows:

  • Rory and Paris Kiss

  • The Season Finale

It makes me sad, but thank goodness for the wonders of Bit Torrent.

Scobie's Link Blog is Back

Robert Scoble, geek blogger of the Stars, has brought back his link blog.

This is good for two reasons:

  • He subscribes to 1400 blogs, so I get to find interesting links without having to do much

  • He links to Blankbaby, which is cool

I was so excited when I saw that one of the new links on the blog is to this little old site. Turns out it is really a link to Good Grief! But I still get some good blog karma.

Microsoft's Sacred Cash Cow

A very good article about a 'switcher':Seattle Weekly: News: Microsoft's Sacred Cash Cow by Jeff Reifman

Over the past year, my frustration with Windows grew, as did my envy of Apple’s cool new products. Finally, last month I went out and bought an Apple Macintosh G5 and began using the new Mac operating system, OS X. It had been years since I’d used a Macintosh. Until recently, I dismissed those who did as impractical, elitist hipsters, and I mocked the Mac “switch” ads on TV.

But in the first five minutes on my new Mac, I was surfing the Internet, sending e-mail, and ripping a CD. OS X has been a breath of badly needed fresh air after Windows.

Slow news day, MacMinute?

I am a huge fan of Macs, and I visit MacMinute more than once a day. But when any tries to pass this: New MUG flyer debuts at Mac Design Conference off as news, I am a little sad.

Here is an excerpt:

A new flyer for Macintosh User Groups (MUGs) from Apple itself debuted at this week's Mac Design Conference. It talks about the benefits of user groups, including networking, support, discounts and special events.

Zen sign

Today as I was walking to Wawa, I saw the following sign posted in a room with a glass wall and doors:

'If there is no one in this room, the doors must be locked.'

That struck me as very Zen. If the doors are locked, there must be no one in that room.


Time off

On May 17th, 2004 I had accrued 12.25 days off and 7 sick days.

I am taking time off this summer! Now, I would love to go to Ireland, but I think I will instead visit one of my friends from Lehigh, who lives down South. I hear he just purchased a hand gun, so we can shoot things.

Sounds like fun.

Geeks of Love

Becky, over at Good Grief! beat me to the punch with this post about an article in this month's Wired magazine (the print version, the web version isn't up yet).

First a brief summary of the article. Basically this article is about four male geeks who are having a tough time with the ladies (some more than others) and the various ways they are using technology to help them. One is a blogger, one a hacker, one a tech millionaire, and the fourth is a happily married geek who just likes to watch.

Each other them have their own techniques for getting the ladies. The hacker spends his time in Starbucks scanning the WiFi network sniffing packets. When he sees a cute woman that he wants to meet he hopes they log onto AIM so that he can aquire their screen name and send them a message using some software that he created. Apparently the women that log onto Starbuck's WiFi network are easily impressed. He even credits clever use of emoticons with getting someone to sleep with him.

Not my style.

The Googler has created an algorithm that generates a code based on what you are looking for in a mate. His plan is for people to post their codes on websites, and the person looking for someone types the code they want into Google, and BAM, you're feeling lucky.

Not my style.

The blogger wants to harness the power of XML and P2P networks to create the ultimate dating website.

This idea has a good amount of buzzwords, which I enjoy, and the one method I might consider giving a whirl.

Finally the married guy is just exposing the security flaws in online dating sites. He claims, and I have no reason not to believe him, that all the social websites are easy to hack and get a lot of information from.

Where does that leave us? I am not sure. I, like the gentlemen described above, am looking for someone to spend my life with. Do I think their methods are wrong? Well, I don't agree with the hacker's ways (no matter how cute he may or may not be) but who am I to judge?

Early today I was remarking to Elisa (the woman who broke up with me about 3 months ago, ending our 7 year relationship) that I don't know how to meet people. I wasn't being clever, or cute. I really have no idea how to meet people. I have made friends with a bunch of my co-workers, and that is a good start I imagine, but I really don't know anyone other than people I work with in Philadelphia.

I don't want this post to make it look as though I am an unhappy person. I am incredibly happy with my job, and I have some great friends, who don't live in the area. I just think I spend too much time by myself.

Anyway, back to the Wired article, I wish these guys all the luck in the world, but their methods are not for me. I think they are just lonely guys looking for the right woman, well the Googler and the blogger are. The hacker is just some creep looking to get laid.

The blogger, has of course blogged about the interview here. Subscribed.

UPDATE: The article is now available on the web. Read it and weep.