Monthly Archives: July 2005

Demystifying Diet Coke

I was just wondering about this earlier today, but was much too lazy to do the research myself. I kindof like the new Coca Cola Zero, myself, although I’m seriously doubtful that the market can really support three different versions of Diet Coke. And I know some people who are seriously addicted to “regular” Diet Coke, so I doubt if that will be going away any time soon.

The Book Quiz

Though not quite as funny as Medley’s result, I found my results for the book quiz amusing. It says:

You’re Brave New World! by Aldous Huxley With an uncanny ability for predicting the future, you are a true psychic. You can see how the world will change and illuminate the fears of future generations. In the world to come, you see the influence of the media, genetic science, drugs, and class warfare. And while all this might make you happy, you claim the right to be unhappy. While pregnancy might seem painful, test tube babies scare you most. You are obsessed with the word “pneumatic”. Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.

A particularly strange thing about this result is how closely it parallels results I have gotten on similar, more serious and detailed, tests in the past.

[I decided to remove the rest of this entry. It was written late at night, and, while I don’t mind having shared it, I decided that I would rather it not be on the internet for all eternity.]

Travel Agent

Prior to last Spring, every travel agent that I had ever used had been a complete disaster. I’m pretty competent at making airline reservations online. So, when I called a travel agent in the past, it was because I wanted to do something complex. For instance, there might be multiple possible airports, multiple airlines, several dates, and maybe even several modes of transportation in play. So, I would call a travel agent. And they invariably dropped the ball completely. They would either give me something that I could just as easily have found myself, or completely screw up. (One travel agent sent me an itinerary to the wrong destination altogether!)

Well, after asking bunches of people for recommendations, I finally found someone that I like. It’s the daughter-in-law of a friend of the family. She’s half a continent away, in Colorado, but I call her, tell her what I want, and she goes off and puts together some options. It’s exactly what I want from a travel agent. If you want her name and contact information, then send me an email. She doesn’t have much of a website.

Go In Peace

My friend Mary Rhein died today after a two year battle with cancer. She was, by my reckoning, about 48. I am proud to have known her. I know that her spirit lives on in me, and in the many students whose lives she touched. I’ll miss her.

Totally Fried

We had quite a wild thunderstorm yesterday afternoon, and when I got home I found that none of the lights on the wireless router were on. So, step 1, I find a compatible power adapter and try that instead of the router’s usual power brick. That brings many of the lights on the router back up, but still no live link between the cable modem and the router. I try another old hub, and it has no problem talking to the cable modem. So, the wireless router is fried. I buy a new one, but we get home late from the Harry Potter party at Barnes and Noble, so I wait until this morning to hook up the new toy.

This morning, I start to hook up the new router, but it says that I should have the internet connection working with my computer first. So, I try to get that going for quite a while with no luck. Finally, I talk to a tech at Adelphia who concludes that either my cable modem is dead or they are having a signal quality problem. He schedules a service call for Tuesday. Unwiling to wait until Tuesday to fix my high speed internet unless absolutely necessary, I go out and get a new cable modem. This fixes the problem, after which I am able to configure the new router.

So, the thunderstorm cost me $120 in new equipment and several hours of troubleshooting. (I did try the old router again with the new cable modem. Still no dice.) I should probably invest in some better surge protection equipment.

Job Seekers Beware

Well, this is interesting. An essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the negative impact of blogs on the academic job search.

Though I am not currently searching for a job, odds are good that at some point I will be looking for one again (by choice or by necessity). So, another point for going dark here – or at least cleaning the archives. Sigh. [via Becky]