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 computers...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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