So much to talk about. Okay, note one--eat lean foods a few days before giving platelets unless you want the nurses to tease you about having whitish, fatty platelets! It was good to get back to donating--I've missed the last few visits of ye olde purple platelet bus because I've been on travel when it made it to the Arsenal. Oh, whoops--note two--for political reasons, we're just "Picatinny" now, not "Picatinny Arsenal." Picatinny what? I don't know. It's not "Camp Picatinny" or "Fort Picatinny." It's just Picatinny. Whatever.
Quinn is growing like a weed...he's gotten so tall. You Arisians who haven't seen him for a year are going to simply boggle. The occasional pictures here don't tell the whole story. Speaking of pictures, there are months of pictures downloaded to prettypammie's laptop that have not been uploaded to our web server, and therefore not also been included in our journals. Sorry guys...we've been exceptionally busy with work, holidays, school, etc. I'm now starting to feel a little guilty because so many of our friends managed to send out holiday cards and pictures, and Pam and I sent out pretty much nothing. Sigh. We didn't even get gifts for all the friends and coworkers who got gifts for us--we stuck to immediate family only. Part of that was plain old "cash flow" crunch--like cz_unit and many others, we pay our January mortgage before the end of December to get a little extra interest deduction onto the current year's taxes. There were also all the annual charitable contributions that I usually scatter throughout the year--for some reason, I've been a slacker, and I made them all in December. For that watter, there were, now that I think about it, several friends in dire financial need that i made small cash gifts to. But all in all, this little Pagan family did not do a lot of tangible gift-giving of the old fashioned Yule variety, nor did we get an "annual update" letter out.
I started thinking about doing a mail merge and letting Microsoft Word and Stamps.com do the work--but I don't even have a good high-volume printer at home...the creaky LaserJet 5L downstairs is great for one or two things at a time, but when you load it up with a lot to print, you have to baby-sit it, because it tends to misfeed several sheets at a time and get jammed. Another of my honey-do/round-tuit projects is to take it apart and see if there's a broken or dirty mechanism in the paper feed, or whether it's just poorly designed.
I'm continuing my new trend--prettypammie and I will both be on Panels at Arisia:
|Fri 7 p.m.
survived cancellation, as did Babylon 5. Family Guy and
Firefly may be resurrected in film form. Dozens of networks
hungry for programming open up new ways to save beloved shows. Rather
than petitioning ax-wielding networks, might fans do better courting
new homes for their favorites?
||Pam Ochs, Cathy
Raymond, James Zavaglia*
|Fri 10 p.m.
animation house releasing through Disney hasn't made a false move yet.
Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding
Why are their films so consistently good, and why is
more traditional animation Treasure Planet, Sinbad, Legend of
the Seven Seas failing with audiences?
Daniel Kimmel, Pam Ochs, Michael Ventrella*
|Sat 10 a.m.
||We live in an age
where privacy is a major concern, but we blithely spread our secrets to
the four winds online. Who are you telling tales on, and to whom? What
level of secrecy can you expect to have online, and in your dealings
with other people? Participants in this panel, and those in the
audience, may post their reactions online
David Kaplowitz, Peter Maranci*, Pete Thomas
||Build a Geodesic
||Come create your
very own geodesic ball using interlocking geometric shapes, and learn
some basics about geometry in the process.
Carts-Powell, Jude Shabry, Pete Thomas
|Sat 2 p.m.
brainpower of an average group of fen is considerable. Do those of us
who are gifted have a responsibility to help those less fortunate? It
could be as simple as helping someone learn to read, or as complex as
running for public office. Should we do what we can to improve the
Michael McAfee, Pete Thomas*
|Sat 3 p.m.
Governance: Who Rules the Net?
||FCC, ICANN, ITU,
quite an alphabet soup around an unregulated medium. Can
anyone really regulate the Internet? Do they regulate it already? Did
the collaborative model that brought us peering and end-to-end die in
the Internet bubble?
Eastlake, Eric Raymond*, Pete Thomas
|Sat 7 p.m.
||Blog sites have
overrun the web, but LiveJournal has more of a "hometown" feel to it
than other blog communities. Why? LJ also permits members to pay or not
as they see fit. What if LJ memberships don't provide enough money for
LJ employees to keep body and soul together?
Nomi Burstein*, Pam Ochs, Pete Thomas