Archive for September, 2003

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Coming Soon to Country [Not] Near You—Your Job

September 30, 2003

My yaar Pankaj Verma sent me a link to this article this morning, which predicts that by 2015, 348,028 U.S. computer jobs will move “offshore.” This is a rather frightening prospect for those of us who have been burned by the dot-bomb crises of the past few years, although this report includes the comforting statistic that approximately 1,761,000 new jobs will open up in these areas by 2010.

While I’m on it, I still have two former co-workers who are looking for work after the big corporate “treatment” a year ago by [fomer employer’s name deleted]. These are both hard-working, highly-skilled, dedicated people, who, frankly, don’t deserve to have been unemployed as long as they have. Grrrrrrrrr.

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The Dumbing Down of America—It’s Microsoft’s Fault

September 30, 2003

When did supercede become a nonstandard word?When did supercede become a nonstandard word? I use Microsoft Word’s grammar checking, set to very strict use (I’m something of a purist), and it flagged supercede as being nonstandard. Have people really become that uneducated? The answer—obvious as it is—frightens me.

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The Return of the King Trailer

September 29, 2003

This is due to be posted on the Official Lord of the Rings site sometime today, but I managed to snag this one of many mirrors that is up. The Return of the King trailer (to download it, right-click on the link and choose Save Target As …).

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A Reasonable Offer on Our House

September 25, 2003

Subject to change without notice: After a week of haggling, some interested buyers have made what is a reasonable offer on our house. This was unexpected, as the original offer was very low.

Now, of course, we face the home inspection, and, even more important, we need to find suitable housing in Nashua or Hudson. Keep praying.

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Traffic

September 16, 2003

[doug]It took me 2 hours and 15 minutes to get to work today. I didn't get past second gear until I had already passed Needham. Yesterday it was an hour and 45 minutes. Last week as another 1:45 trip. I guess I should be glad the ride home is only taking 1:15 to 1:30, typically, but even there the traffic has been unusually heavy. :: sigh :: It will be nice to live closer to work.

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Oh, That Lord!

September 10, 2003

This Is a bit dated, but yesterday’s post about David brought this to mind:

[david]From July 2002: All our children are big fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's works, but we hadn't realized what a large impact the recent DVD release of The Fellowship of the Ring had on our youngest son David, who is 3½ years old.

While supervising a group of children, one of our fellow church members asked him, “Are you thankful for the Lord?” He stopped what he was doing, looked up in careful contemplation, and then asked her, “The Lord of the Rings?”

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Yikes! I need to post something.

September 9, 2003

[david]We have a policy of 1 hour of computer or video game time per day on weekdays for the kids (they get 2 hours on weekends), but they can earn extra time, which they sometimes do, by working on educational software or activities, such as typing for Isaac, writing for David, and Web design for John). One of David’s time-earning activities is to run the Virtual Fish Tank, an online version of the full-size exhibit (once part of the Computer Museum) at the Museum of Science in Boston. Last night he was watching me work (well, play Star Trek Voyager Elite Force II) on one machine, and asked me to call up the Virtual Fish Tank for him. He then said, “I can earn game time just by leaving this running—I don’t actually have to play it, right?” For a 4-year-old, he’s getting much too good at trying to “work the angles.”