Archive for August, 2003

Old House / New House (We Pray)

Posted: 21st August 2003 by LegoDoug in Home Life, Photos

     Today we placed an offer on a house in Hudson, New Hampshire, that we really fell in love with. This would place me only 18 miles from work, instead of 50—a big difference, especially considering the need for more family time. We will know tomorrow (probably) if our offer is accepted, and it is, […]

Lies, Darned Lies, and Marketing

Posted: 19th August 2003 by LegoDoug in Hoaxes/Phishing, Rants, Technology

I’ve come across this new breed of popup ad a few times in the past couple of weeks: Yet again we have an attempt to prey on the gullible and less-than-well-informed computer users. What infuriates me most about this—even beyond the desire to trick the user into thinking his or her computer has a problem […]

A Cool Word

Posted: 19th August 2003 by LegoDoug in Uncategorized

The German language has some fascinating words, some of which have made their way into accepted use in other languages. Schadenfreude: The pleasure one gets from talking about catastrophies; delight in another person’s misfortune. I came across this in the short story “Thomas the Proclaimer,” by Robert Silverberg, published in his novelette collection entitled Sailing […]

Happy Birthday to Me

Posted: 11th August 2003 by LegoDoug in Doug, Family Members, Home Life

I know it’s a bit odd to announce one’s own birthday, but, hey, I turned 35 years old. This makes me exactly halfway through a normal lifespan, according to Moses: The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour […]

Much Ado About Nothing at Edinburgh FringeTue August 5, 2003 10:19 AM ETBy Paul Majendie EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Sit back, relax and watch the play that offers absolutely nothing—no actors, no props, no sound and no plot. See the full article at Reuters.