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Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Several folks in the last couple of weeks have asked, "So what have you been up to lately?"

Well, it's January. January is traditionally the time that of year that I don't do anything per se. I underplan and try to have some free time. Strangely, this year, it's worked. Mostly.

I've been taking Night Club Two-Step from Richard. He announced he needed extra ladies, and I'd never taken it, so I signed up. It's the most basic class I've taken in years, but it's sort of fascinating to watch (and learn from) the teaching style rather than focusing on learning the dance. There's not a lot of new for me in the dance form itself, but watching Richard be very gentle with beginners is marvelous. For all that he totally pushes us in the intermediate/advanced classes, he is so reassuring with the beginners. It's charming.

I've looked into the Learning, Design, and Technology Masters program at Stanford, but I've missed the application deadline for this year, so I'll get prepped to apply next year. Even if it doesn't work out, it's nice to know that there is a program focused on my area of interest that could conceivably give me some further expertise.

At work, the email side of the system is rolled out, and we're waiting for some enhancements and bug fixes before proceeding with the calendar migration. There's a replacement to the voicemail system project ramping up and a Cisco VOIP rollout. We're also retiring our Usenet servers since it will save $40k a year. I'm trying to figure out what folks are still using it. I have asked all the geeks I know who might still have a reason, but the answer has been universally, "Nope, I moved on from that years ago." That leaves me with the die-hards who love it for some reason that's very very important to them. No matter what I say or do, they will hate that their pet thing is being taken away.

I have the two cutest kitties in the world who want nothing more than to spend all day curled up against me. It's hard to argue with that sort of unrestrained affection. This leads to movies at home on the sofa. Tropic Thunder was better than I expected. Netflix delivered Repo! the Genetic Opera today. That should be fun. I also saw The Sting for the first time in preparation for the Sting Swing Ball. It was great, but I was also reminded of how much filmmaking has changed in the past 30 years. Allow me to just say thank you to Lucas for his innovations in sound. The foley work in the Sting was so bad as to be distracting from the story. Apparently, everyone in the 30s wears tap shoes on the street.

There's all the usual things - Alameda Ceili, EE, Social Tank, Friday Night Waltz. There's too much driving and lots of good times with friends. Next month is back to full scale busy with Dundracon, BayCeltic festival, Gaskells, and such. For right now, I'm just sitting back, enjoying being happy and warm and loved.


  • Speaking of peers based movies. The Scarlet Pimpernel movie I saw a couple months ago was great fun. You should see that for swashbuckling romance.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 9:10 PM  

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