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It must be spring: my optimism and joy are back in force!

Who's up for a trip to the Minnesota History Center on Saturday? Their current exhibit is "The Enemy Within: Terror in America 1776 to Today." I've been wanting to experience it since I heard of it, and it only runs through May 4.

Cut for random Tesla-ness )

Good night, my friends! (Or, in Shadow's words, "Rrrrrrr-meow!")

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Grrr. I'm supposedly in training, but everything is tremendously disorganized here and half the class is running around trying to get the software installed. We have only one more section to complete and then we're free for the day. Hence I'm getting antsy.

I love wasting time at home; I hate wasting time at work.
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I must figure out how to be extremely effective in a way that allows me more free time. I've worked nearly 14 hours today and it's too much. And I need to get up and do it again in 5 hours.

Work isn't usually this bad, but I suspect that it will start to be if I don't figure out how to quash it. Today I refused 3 meetings, saying that they just weren't my top priorities. I suppose that's one way to start. I'm amazingly efficient with my e-mail now. The days that really kill me are the ones like today where I'm booked into participatory meetings for 8 or 9 hours.

At least I got to meet with the realtor today. Lots of people seem interested in the possibility of buying this house; that's always good. I wonder if they want to pay me as much for it as I'd like them to?

These questions and more will be answered if I can be bothered to wake up tomorrow.

Oh, the Son Volt show last night was fabulous - they were incredibly tight as always. I'm so lucky to get to hear so much amazing live music.

Work

Mar. 25th, 2007 10:13 pm
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Pounds of stuff carried by Tesla * Distance Tesla carried them (in feet) = Units of "work" done by Tesla this weekend = 344,000 (foot-pounds of work, I guess)

The total work done by all of us was probably about double that.

Aside from a tiny headache this morning which went away quickly (and which I attribute to the Blue Hawaiians), I've felt great all weekend. No aches, pains, or stiffness at all. I do have bruises, but then I always have bruises from something.

I would say that I should do this kind of thing more often, but I would be wrong.

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I was so pleased to be able to walk to work today, after a couple weeks' hiatus. It's not nearly so cold and horrible out there as it recently was. I had foolishly left my flat boots at work, so ended up walking in my heels. This might have been a problem, but when I had them resoled recently, my shoe guy put the most wonderful studded heels and soles onto them.

I like my shoe guy (are they still called cobblers?) but find it hard to recommend him to anyone by virtue of the fact that I have never heard his name clearly enough to be able to pronounce it. Nor do I know the name of his shop; it's just a little storefront with a bunch of boots in the window. I suppose my footwear choices are financing Slavic terrorist cells. Shame, that.


I noticed earlier today that my stapler is 2/3 evil: it has the number 444 stamped into its base.


I love the fact that my co-workers drop in to see me all the time; it's so very nice to feel needed. I wonder, though, whether they realize that I'm a more pleasant individual when my blood sugar is above zero. Today I began eating my lunch at 12:15 and finished (two meetings and a dozen brief conversations later) at 4:15.


Time to hit the road. Hope everyone has had a pleasant day!

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Here's what I did: )
    Odd little things that I've learned this week:
  • If you yell a string of curses and gobbledygook at the MN-DOT voice recognition program, it connects you to a customer service representative
  • Cheap modern windows are much worse than old windows in at least one sense: if the old ones don't work properly, you can take them apart and repair them (I could probably extrapolate beyond windows here)
  • Making polenta is a pain in the arm
  • Having a truly flat surface is a necessity for tuning fine woodworking tools and sharpening stones
  • Chisels are much more versatile and precise than I ever realized
  • Bus stops are fluid things
  • The odor of poly-oil permeates everything and takes a long time to go away
  • So does the odor of raw onions, particularly when allowed to soak into one's hands (okay, so I knew this one before)
  • Extremely lean ground beef is less than ideal for sloppy-joe making


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Does anyone interpret dreams? )


After I woke up, I did stuff )


My thought for the day: most rational arguments occur because the principals disagree about either the end or the means. If you think that you agree about the end (e.g. "we'll make the client happy"), but have not clearly and explicitly defined it (who exactly is the client? how can we measure his happiness? how much happier does he have to be than he is today? when?), you'd better examine your assumptions now or you are unlikely ever to agree on means.

To those who refuse to understand business-speak, just try substituting "we'll provide every child in the U.S. with a good education."



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Unsurprisingly,
i am a major geek

Good day )



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Mmm. Yet Another Fine Day. )



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