Jay starts but does not finish many blog posts. I know the feeling. My ~/blog directory is starting to feel more like a mail queue. I've got a bunch of stuff that's anywhere from 5% to 80% done.

Here are a few of the titles:

  • Load average considered harmful - an admonishment and tutorial
  • Why do you read my blog? - a survey
  • [censored] - this one is secret until early January
  • What kind of company are we?

Kasia's adventures in home-made gift giving remind me why I don't do my Giftmas shopping in stores anymore. I've done all of this year's shopping on-line. I will only set foot into one store (a Circuit City in Ohio) to pick up the Tivo that I ordered for someone. Sssh!

But hey, there's kasia sauce on the loose!

Everything else? I bought it on-line.

Sometimes I see funny things in nature but don't have a camera. (Click the little boxes on that site to see more.)

Nelson is sick of "reality" TV, thanks to The Simple Life. I've never watched so-called "reality" TV. Not only is it an oxymoron, it's a waste of time.

Tim O'Reilly is beating the web services drum again. I wish I could get more of that beat into people at work. But hey, we're a media company, not a technology company (despite what some of our engineering VPs will try to make you believe).

The object of my desire has decreased in price. Damn, I'm tempted to go look at that while I'm in Ohio...

Okay, this dump is over. I'd have put all this stuff in my linkblog but this way I get to put in my two cents along the way. And what's the point of a blog if I can't throw pennies around now and then?

Posted by jzawodn at December 17, 2003 06:14 PM

Reader Comments
# Madison said:

A weblogger who says "reality tv" is a waste of time? That's ironic! I'll say about reality tv what I say about weblogs...if you think it's all just navel gaving drivel you've probably been watching the wrong ones.

on December 17, 2003 07:18 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Surprise, Madison! This is a weblog.

Why are you wasting your time?

on December 17, 2003 07:25 PM
# Alden Bates said:

I try to avoid doing my shopping on-line... If you're in a store, you know exactly what you're getting, and you know they have it in stock because you're looking at it.

Ordering online runs the risk of waiting three days for shipping confirmation and then getting an email saying "Hey, we're out of stock, but we can back order it for you and get it to you in six to eight weeks!".

I guess I should just start Christmas shopping a couple of months early. :)

on December 17, 2003 08:55 PM
# Rich said:

There's far worse stuff on TV. Like sitcoms.

on December 17, 2003 11:12 PM
# Matt said:

"if you think it's all just navel gaving drivel you've probably been watching the wrong ones"

Well, sorry if my expectations were too damn high for a show with a multimillion dollar advertising budget. For that matter, the vast majority of TV seems to be pretty piss poor, budget or no budget.

As for ordering online, I've found a number of shops where I can get things that aren't available online without paying a steep premium (e.g. autographed copies of certain books). For electronics that I don't need today I'm happy to shop online. As for gifts, I have about a 50% chance of finding what I'm looking for online.

Also, flirting with the checkout cart is significantly less interesting than flirting with the cute girl behind the register.

on December 18, 2003 03:33 AM
# Dan Isaacs said:

While flirting with a cute checkout girl is more fun than flirting with a checkout cart, on average they are equally likely to result heavy petting.

I split my online/mall shopping pretty much down the middle. But I only buy for my wife. I've never been dissapointed with something I bought online. For me it's just a matter of which will cost less (in time and money). For things with a high probablility of being returned, I go retail.

on December 18, 2003 06:15 AM
# Madison said:

No, what I meant was that some reality tv is good entertainment, just like some weblogs are useful. Like this one.

on December 18, 2003 10:56 AM
# To shopping said:

shopping: "To People Who Want To shopping -- But Can't Get Started"

on June 7, 2005 08:49 PM
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