TED talk prep
2/29: We’re holding auditions now, for whoever looks good in a business dress. And no, gender isn’t a obstacle.
2/28: The audience at a TED talk can be pretty demanding. In addition to being tech savvy, they have plenty of devices waiting to capture their interest if the speaker happens to lose it.
2/27: Yes, Wendy and I have three days to write a TED talk for Ms.Trellis, that’ll impress both techies and a YouTube audience of the general public. No pressure. ;p
Today’s my birthday; I’m 27. Wendy is going to take me out for lunch after I get this problem with my laptop straightened out with Bud. Guy and I both get off work at 5:00, and we’ll drive over to my house where my friends will gather for an intimate celebration. There’ll be Pestilette, Warren, Famina and her partner Mal. It’ll be Guy’s first meeting with my...
Cleaning the mess
2/23: Cleaning the ‘haunted laptop’ won’t be as simple as doing a clean install (Which I could do easily). It’s that I’ve already done some work on it and transferred files that I don’t want to lose before I realized the situation. It’ll take time (that I don’t have) to sort it all out. I like Bud, but he was the one to drop the ball here and he...
Ghost of laptop owner past
2/22: Bud obviously knows that you’re supposed to wipe the hard drive before giving someone a previously-owned laptop, so I know it was just a case of him being overwhelmed with work and not taking the time to do it before handing it to me. Still, it’s something he should have done so that’s why I’ve called him on it.
2/21: Ten points to anyone who gets the origin of the “Woodstein ” reference.
2/20: The last panel of today’s strip was the aftermath of the trip I took to San Diego with Ms. Trellis last month. As you can probably guess, the “outlandish purchase” was my purse.
2/17: By the end of our lunch Guy and I friended each other. (In Guy’s case, he used his smartphone to scan the QR code tattoo on my shoulder that links to my Facebook wall.)
2/16: Of course Wendy wanted to know all of the details of my lunch with Guy. It mainly confirmed my initial impression, that his mama raised him right. He adopts a serious demeanor on the job to belie his relative youth, and he only reluctantly allows others to see past it.
2/15: Guy is the same age as me, and has a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. He comes from a family of law enforcement officers, but growing up he was more interested in computers than police work. Through this current master’s degree program he’s finally able to synthesize the two elements of his life.
Happy Valentine's Day!
2/14: Thanks for the well wishes regarding my date with Guy the security guard, and Happy V-Day to both all the singles and couples out there of every configuration. :) And to those who’ve asked, no. I haven’t changed my Facebook status. It’s only lunch. Sheesh! :)
The not-so-secret admirer
It didn’t take long for me to track down the person I’d met in the New Year’s Eve chat room. (I have a talent for digging up data.) It turned out to be a new security guard on the Fastrack staff, Guy Wyre. We’re going out to lunch today!
The life span
2/10: I’m not complaining; my college debt is manageable compared to others in my cohort. I wouldn’t have been able to qualify for a home loan if it were in the range that some carry.
Everyone has a weakness
2/9: In the case of online come-ons I’ve always been cautious enough to avoid their siren calls in every case. So what’s my “access port?” Like everyone, I’m not perfect. However, I don’t presume to judge myself so I’ll leave that to those who know me best. :)
Speak softly...or not
2/8: Art’s speakers are impressive. When I saw them when I was at their house dropping off papers for Wendy, they made my piercings vibrate.
2/7: I believe they have a natural swarming instinct. I have a definite political preference, but even the pundits that I agree with can be tiresome after a while.
Trolls vs Gargoyles
2/6: I’m thankful that online trolls have so far left me alone. What’s the difference between a troll and a gargoyle? Gargoyles serve a useful function! (i.e., directing water away from the sides of cathedrals.)
2/4: I didn’t have younger brothers but I had older ones. They’re no different.
2/3: Progress. I’ve successfully shifted Patina’s attention from a permanent tattoo to the range of temporary tattoo options. Next task, telling Wendy of this so she’ll be able to monitor the situation at home.
Look before you ink
2/2: As I mentioned yesterday, my strategy is to get Patina to take the long view regarding body art. In my case I have extensive ink and no regrets. The key is careful reflection before taking that step.
2/1: Patina approached me behind her mother’s back, asking about getting a tattoo of her cyber-superhero logo. I was afraid of this, and of course I’m going to inform Wendy as soon as I talk Patina out of getting any permanent work done. (Technically Patina is underage but I’m sure she could find someone who’d do it for her.)