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January 10th, 2004
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Hi gang...a real update...

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:

TIME ROOM TITLE DESCRIPTION PEOPLE
Fri 7 p.m. Gloucester Life Beyond Cancellation Stargate 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. Gloucester A Pixar Story The computer animation house releasing through Disney hasn't made a false move yet. Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo … Why are their films so consistently good, and why is more traditional animation — Treasure Planet, Sinbad, Legend of the Seven Seas — failing with audiences? Kit Hawkins, Daniel Kimmel, Pam Ochs, Michael Ventrella*
Sat 10 a.m. Winthrop Who's Reading Your Blog? 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 … Nomi Burstein, David Kaplowitz, Peter Maranci*, Pete Thomas
Sat noon 571 (Fast Track) Build a Geodesic Structure Come create your very own geodesic ball using interlocking geometric shapes, and learn some basics about geometry in the process. Vonnie Carts-Powell, Jude Shabry, Pete Thomas
Sat 2 p.m. Winthrop Nerd Power The combined 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 world? Herb Kauderer, Michael McAfee, Pete Thomas*
Sat 3 p.m. Constitution Internet Governance: Who Rules the Net? FCC, ICANN, ITU, IETF … 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? Donald Eastlake, Eric Raymond*, Pete Thomas
Sat 7 p.m. Thoreau Life on LiveJournal 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? Debra Baker, Nomi Burstein*, Pam Ochs, Pete Thomas

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From:arisbe
Date:January 10th, 2004 08:10 am (UTC)
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I once shared an office with a guy from Sri Lanka, who told me about some official conducting a tour of a military facility under construction. In the unfinished men's room he said, "Those are the urinals and these are the arsenals."

Maybe that's why you are avoiding the word.
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From:happypete
Date:January 10th, 2004 08:13 am (UTC)

I love it!!!

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I'll have to pass that on.

I've had it explained that "Arsenal" conjures up images of old-fashioned ammo depots and ammunition foundries.

We want to tell the world about our 21st century R&D capabilities--the only production that goes on here are research prototypes...the only storage is test articles from the system vendors.
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From:arisbe
Date:January 10th, 2004 10:10 am (UTC)

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Well if that's what you do, you're not an arsenal any more. Turkey farm? You seem to have the remote progeny of my aunt's breeding stock.

Can a turkey be trained to carry a warhead?
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From:happypete
Date:January 10th, 2004 10:59 am (UTC)

Re: I love it!!!

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Heh...I spoke to shadesong the other day, which prompted a post in her journal regarding discussing exploding turkeys.

The wild turkeys are quite prevalent, still.
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From:puzzledance
Date:January 10th, 2004 10:52 am (UTC)
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We haven't made any attempt to send out holiday cards for about 3 years. We're pretty bad. We still have some gifts to mail, too.

I didn't have any idea that prettypammie had any interest in being on panels. Perhaps you should post the dates and times of said panels, so that it'll be easier for people attending Arisia to show up? Do you know what you're going to talk about? The LJ/blog panels sound interesting. You might want to take a look at blog_sociology, if you haven't already.

Speaking of Arisia, was it just me, or did you have a related post a few days ago that magically disappeared?
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From:happypete
Date:January 10th, 2004 10:58 am (UTC)

I'll have to look...

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Wait, I'm confused...the dates and times of the panels are here in this post.

E-mail me about what the post was about...I'll have to go look.

Oh, right, that post--I think I meant to post it in arisia and posted it in my journal instead?
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From:puzzledance
Date:January 10th, 2004 11:12 am (UTC)

Re: I'll have to look...

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Now I'm confused. I don't see the dates and times of the panels. I see columns for location, title, description, and members, for a total of 7 panels in which either you or prettypammie are participating. Where are the dates and times? Other than on the Arisia web site, I mean?

I'm referring to your post in your journal, and not your post in arisia, by the way.

The disappearing post I had in mind had to do with collecting funds to send other people (who I won't name here) to Arisia.
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From:fuzcat
Date:January 10th, 2004 05:20 pm (UTC)

Re: I'll have to look...

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I see the date and time in a column prior to location.

I think missed the post about collecting funds. Did you get whoever taken care of?
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From:happypete
Date:January 10th, 2004 05:26 pm (UTC)

Re: I'll have to look...

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I added that column after Yvonne noted I missed announcing the days and times... :) Ah, the magic of edits!
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From:shadesong
Date:January 10th, 2004 12:00 pm (UTC)
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Dude. I should SO be on the blog ones. Name-check the Nexus that is me, will ya, Pete? *bats eyelashes*
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From:happypete
Date:January 10th, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC)

you got it!

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Prepare for pimpage a la Boston...
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From:shadesong
Date:January 10th, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC)

Re: you got it!

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Dude! What're you going to say?
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From:happypete
Date:January 10th, 2004 06:45 pm (UTC)

Re: you got it!

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Heh..."Well, there's this hoopy frood, Shadesong, see?"

I don't know...what should I say?

Or were you just asking me to check for names on your friends list?
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From:shadesong
Date:January 12th, 2004 07:17 am (UTC)

Re: you got it!

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I have *no* idea.
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From:happypete
Date:January 12th, 2004 07:36 am (UTC)

Re: you got it!

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You have no idea what I should say, or you have no idea what you were asking me to do?
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From:shadesong
Date:January 12th, 2004 07:37 am (UTC)

Re: you got it!

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Yes.
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From:happypete
Date:January 12th, 2004 07:47 am (UTC)

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/me slaps hand to forehead...

Oy! Insufferable.

Oh, check mama_hogswatch's latest entry for a chuckle!
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From:teddywolf
Date:January 10th, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Heh. Of course I won't have much chance to say Hi, several panels I'm on are happening when yours are. Of course, given your schedule that's hardly surprising...
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From:happypete
Date:January 11th, 2004 07:00 am (UTC)

Well, we can always...

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get together before or after.
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From:gnomi
Date:January 12th, 2004 06:12 am (UTC)

Mystery solved...

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...thanks to your posting the panel description and people. The fourth person on the LJ panel is actually on my friends list, so I'll ping her about making an LJ-name tent-card equivalent.

Oh - and I see that you and I also overlap on "Who's Reading Your Blog?" Should be a fun panel.

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From:happypete
Date:January 12th, 2004 06:15 am (UTC)

Re: Mystery solved...

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Yep...there's actually been some news coverage germane to "who's reading your blog" lately...
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