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By ucblockhead (Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 04:01:01 AM EST) (all tags)
Bleagh. News sucks. Google.

I'm home sick for the second day in a row. It's the same wierd head thing that my wife had last week. The main symptoms are a nasty sinus headache and a failure to be able to think.

I tried to do a little work at home, but my brain is even more substandard than usual. Doubly an issue in that I'm still working my way up the learning curve on this POS I'm forced to work with.

Oh, and we've entered the "aggressive deadline" phase of the project. Bleach. Great time to be sick.

Worse: I'm afraid I won't be able to go to the Monterey Aquarium this weekend. Long-time readers will remember that we had to cancel a trip there two weeks ago because my wife was sick. Poor kid...

I also have mostly failed to get anything for my wife for Valentines day. All I've managed to do is print this card. I need to get something else, though. When the fuck am I gonna do that?

Gord, TV is horrid... It's been a year at least since I actually spent any time watching any TV other than the odd series show. ("Lost", mostly.) Now watching the daytime "news" shows...Gord, what shit. Apparently, some two-bit prince is getting married again. Oh, and some guy who spends his adulthood playing a kids game took some odd medicine. Oh, and there are FIFTEEN THOUSAND WAYS YOUR CHILD MIGHT DIE!!!!!!!

Oh, and north korea has nukes and YOUR CHILD MAY BE KILLED BE THEIR DAYCARE PROVIDER!!!!

No wonder there are so many bankruptcies in this country...half the commercials the unemployed see involve taking out loans.

If this entry is stream of conciousness, it's because of the Dayquil and because the stupid-ass Windows update is bugging me to reboot every five fucking minutes, so I've got to do this fast.

There was a good article on Google in the latest "Communications of the ACM". (Too lazy to see if I can link.) Essentially, it's about how the stock market is absolutely insane. Basically, Google is a strong company, in a strong position, but the stock price only makes sense if it is destined to be a Microsoft-style monopoly which, given it's market, it can't and won't be.

There's no way in hell I'd buy Google stock even though I think the company is great.

On the other hand, unlike theboz, I'd never short it. I learned when shorting SCO stock that shorting isn't so fun. The trouble is that even if you are right, and the stock is overvalued, you have to wait for the rest of the idiots investing in it to figure that out. I ended up making money on my shorted SCO stock, but only after having to scramble to cover for a while, and having my money locked up for a year and a half.

I pulled my money out of my stock account the other day. Too stressful. I "played the market" for about five years and ended up pulling out about what I put in.

One thing that impresses me about Google is that despite being full of PhDs, they seem to have a handle on usability and product. In my experience, most people with CS PhDs loose all concept of usability. Maybe Google has some sort of training program.

I want to rebuild all my wife would probably kill me if I spent our refund on new computers.

Time to vegetate in front of Stargate SG-1 episodes.

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We get AAA for Valentine's Day by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 04:07:51 AM EST
given a mean age of 16 years for our vehicles, it makes sense. I may make her a real nice post Valentines dinner of pig ribs, slow cooked until the  flesh falls off the bones, provided it's just the four us. I should shoot for Friday the 18, just to really irk people.

I don't play the market, other than shuffling around my 401k allocations a bit.

Dinner by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 04:15:24 AM EST
I am planning dinner, though pork ribs might not go over well with my vegetarian wife.

I usually avoid the standard roses as they are a royal rip-off this time of year.

I got into the market because it seemed everyone was making a fortune in the dot-com boom. Of course, like everything, I got in too late. That, and I didn't have the brains to do it right. I actually tripled my money with Corel and then watched it all flitter away because I didn't sell soon enough.
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you lost money on corel? by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #18 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 10:16:07 AM EST
you poor sap, you. :)

I remember the day the Borland-Corel merger was announced: it was a dark, depressing day. The troops in Scotts Valley were displeased.
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

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Define lost by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #21 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 10:59:18 AM EST
I bought at $5/share and sold at $6/share.

The only trouble was that at one point I was looking at yahoo news, saw that it was at $29/share, said to myself "Gee, maybe I ought to sell" and did nothing.
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CS PhDs loose all concept of usability. by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 04:37:46 AM EST
I had severasl diaries at K5 on the travails of dealing with an XML schema designed by a PHd.

"ended up pulling out about what I put in." Then you did better than most. Maybe you could get a job at MSNBC.

Going through the 'reboot every 5 minutes' thing myself today.

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(We can strip mine the rest later.)

I will not tolerate the slandering of television by thenick (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 04:43:34 AM EST
from someone who watches Stargate SG-1.


"'Vengence is Mine', quoth Alvis. And then he shot the guy, right in the freaking face!"

I watch DVDs by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 04:48:17 AM EST
I'm not's just that 80% of what I watch these days is either on DVD from Netflix or "shared" from the internet, so I'm not used to ads. I'm especially not used to the dreck that passes for "news" on TV. Say what you will about "Stargate SG-1", at least it isn't as morally reprehensible as the daytime news shows.
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my headache by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 04:53:55 AM EST
wont go away either. this is my third day home, though i think i may go to work this afternoon....get better soon. this crap sucks.

re: google by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 04:56:29 AM EST
Amen. I thought it was overpriced when it when public at ~$70 or whatever. At ~$188 it's insane. There is no way they can sustain the type of revenue growth that would be needed to dictate that price level (the P/E is 133!!!) and quite frankly, their ad based revenue model is very precarious in my mind. Even though the guys running it are very smart and have been brilliant in the way they've brought it from a little search engine to a multi billion dollar company, all one need do is talk to the nice folkii who started up Netscape to see how fast things can change in the world of bits and bytes.

I'm big into indexed funds these days. I won't make a killing, sure, but it's safer than gambling on individual stocks.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

Half of all (US) bankruptcies by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 1) #8 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 04:57:37 AM EST
are due to medical costs. Even for insured people.

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Heh by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #10 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 05:01:17 AM EST
Yeah, let's start this flamewar again!!!

You are right...but there's the other half...
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What do you think the loans are for? by codemonkey uk (2.00 / 0) #22 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 06:39:08 PM EST
Actually, if it's like the UK, most loans are used to pay off other loans.

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Almost as Smart As you.
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North Korea has nukes? by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 05:00:16 AM EST
I'm sure that the Britain's News would be reporting this if true.  It seems to be full of some sort of human interest story about a couple of homely divorcees finding love in the remains of the day.

Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.
they say so. by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #19 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 10:17:52 AM EST
the BBC would never lie by martingale (2.00 / 0) #20 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 10:29:38 AM EST
about PC and Camilla.
$E(X_t|F_s) = X_s,\quad t > s$
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Britain's News by codemonkey uk (2.00 / 0) #23 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 06:43:10 PM EST
Ikea Riot. *sigh*

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Almost as Smart As you.
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Put options, not shorting by theboz (2.00 / 0) #11 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 05:07:45 AM EST
I won't be shorting, I will be buying and selling put options which are much safer in that I can only potentially lose 100% of the money that I invest rather than potentially losing a lot more than that.

Also, I agree completely with your evaluation of Google, and the only reason I am planning on doing this with them (it's been tempting to start early since they lost $7 yesterday and $5 today, but I am waiting for tomorrow) because on Monday it's highly probable that the employee selloff will cause a significant decline in the stock price. However, I do feel like the selloff today and yesterday is cutting into my potential profit.
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That's what I always say about you, boz, you have a good memory for random facts about pussy. -- joh3n

PhDs and usability by fluffy (4.00 / 2) #12 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 05:25:30 AM EST
Remember, HCI is one of the many specializations of CS in which you can get a PhD.

Also, Google's mission seems to be to make apps which do a focused set of functionality and do it very well. Their UIs work because they are a minimal UI for a minimal feature set, rather than attempting to shove every supported feature into a single interface. That school of UI design is very hard to mess up, really.

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Yeah by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #13 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 05:37:06 AM EST
I even considered for going for one. Donald Norman was the head of the psych department where I went and I had the good fortune of being in a small (twenty student) seminar with him.)

But the trouble is PhDs in other specialties that don't seem to understand that a good UI takes work, and isn't something that can be thrown together without thought.

Too many people fail to understand that even in 2004, making an event-driven UI perform well is work.
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Stargate SG-1 by Improbus (2.00 / 0) #14 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 06:27:57 AM EST
I downloaded episode 8x18 - Threads (90 minutes long) last night.  It's about Daniel and what happened to him while he was ascended.  I believe this just aired in Canada.  It won't be on SCIFI for many weeks yet.  To bad I have to stay late today.  I am doing double duty today as software support AND EDI coordinator.  Bleh.

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Heh by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #15 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 07:26:43 AM EST
I missed it originally. I'm still on season 2. (Though I've seen episodes from other seasons here and there.)
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Aggressive deadline by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #16 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 09:49:38 AM EST
in the it could be worse vein: a close friend of mine went skiing for the first time in years over the weekend, fell over at high speed, and bruised his coccyx. He's in terrible pain (it hurts to go to the bathroom), can't drive, and is only able to get through the day being numbed out on vicodin ... and he's just entered the aggressive we've-got-to-meet-the-deadline part of the project ... and his boss is insisting that he needs to get his work done.
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.
Coding on Vicodin by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #17 Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 09:51:43 AM EST
I bet he's producing quality code!
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