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November 20, 2013

Being Me

Another, rare, update. It's not that I don't love y'all, it's just that I don't have anything new to say. The thing about working alone at home is that your life is very same-y.

#1 - Diet progressing slowly. Too many indulgences, not enough exercise. Still have a good 10 lbs to lose.

#2 - Gidget is leaving me. :( Her house, which has been listed for sale for over a year, has sold. The sale closes in mid-December and I suspect it won't be long before her husband completes his plan to drag her to the wilds of the Lone Star state. (I would never marry a man who fancied himself as a frontiersman type. Blech.)

She's my last local friend*--all the others already moved to other parts of the country in the past few years. (I know--I've bitched about this already.)

The R.C. says she wants to move to Arizona, where it's always warm, and I'm thinking of moving north where it's not miserably hot every summer, so who knows? I could be the last one in my (non-familial) social circle to leave The Perfect Place To Live.

I love Denver. I'd miss it. (Although, one of the reasons I'm considering moving north is that I like the little town my Meg-friend lives near. I can almost picture myself living there, pretending I'm in Mayberry again.) (On the other hand--it's sort of a "country" area and there are bugs. I'm not a fan.)

#3 - Webstrainer has a new program. They offered to let the Mother's Little Helpers group participate in the beta. I wasn't interested and didn't sign up. Then they kept emailing me and with one thing and another, I got guilted into signing up.

Sigh. I have too many non-paying projects going on already and, okay, this one involves me getting paid if people sign up for it, but the money isn't really worth the time it will take away from my long-term clients.

Also, it involves being available for videoconferences at the drop of a hat and I do not sit around looking camera-ready all day, every day. In fact, it takes an hour of prep for me to look anything remotely non-scary on camera.

I bought a lot of new make-up, so at least I managed to turn an annoying inconvenience into a shopping opportunity. :)

#4 - One of last year's holiday clients came back (this morning) which will be a nice income boost for the next 60 days or so. Also, less work than taking on a brand-new client since I suspect they've just left everything I did for them last year in place.

#5 - Have you heard of G^^gle Glass? Unquestionably the sexiest way to access the internet (or listen to music or whatever) I've ever seen, and that includes random SF movie depictions of implant devices.**

Not inexpensive, but invites are not handed out to just everyone (the rollout is happening slowly) so those who get invites either strut around gloating or offer them for sale online (going price for the invite alone is, IIRC, around $400 at the moment. And then you still have to pay $1,500 to actually redeem the invite.) I mention it because (yes, about to gloat), I received an invite two days ago.

And then I bought it.

I'm a bit unhappy that my order arrived in white, rather than the futuristic dark gray I wanted but whatever. I'm cooler than you. I'm cooler than almost anyone. (I may call them to exchange it for the right color, though. Until I decide, I'm leaving it in the box.)

#6 - Think of me, next Wednesday at 9am. My pre-test for the lasik surgery will be happening then. Apparently, to make it all as complicated and as slow as possible, I need to have a follow-up with my actual opthamologist afterwards, so he can repeat everything he's already told me about the surgery. After that, I can actually schedule it. IIRC, the surgeon only works at this facility two or three days a month so goodness only knows when I'll actually get it done.

I tend to be slow coming to decisions but once I've made them, I'm impatient to move forward.

Also, I can't really take advantage of Glass until I get rid of these prescription glasses. You can't wear glasses over glasses, after all.

Sheesh. Hangouts, helpouts, forum participations, new clients, new toys, elective surgery. Once I stopped to write it all down, it sounded less same-y than I thought!


* Aside from the R.C., of course.

** Beyond the fun for technophiles like myself, think of what this could mean for the world.

Surgeons with access to additional information or test results in the OR. Firefighters coordinating rescue efforts. Quadriplegics given access to the internet via voice command--making phone calls, sending emails, searching, connecting, etc.

posted by AnneZook on 11.20.13 at 11:02 AM


Cooler than me is a pretty low bar...

Seems like Glass is going to have to deal with, at some point in the not-too-distant future, the fact that not everyone who wants access to their toys has no disabilities or adaptations necessary.

Given the frequency with which I'm losing (and often finding again, though not always in perfect condition) my new glasses (just basic low-power reading lenses, for age-related farsightedness. The kind that makes Glass... maybe hard to use?), I'm pretty sure I should hold out for less cool but implanted devices.

The semester has settled down a bit, though family and medical stuff is still going on, and I'm deeply unhappy about my organizational level and speed of grading/processing the work that needs doing. Last-minute all-nighters are a young person's game; that's not me anymore.

posted by: Jonathan Dresner on 11.20.13 at 12:30 PM [permalink]

The idea of prescription lenses has already been floated and Google is aware of the need. I think they're wise to focus on getting the basic device rolled out (at a reasonable price point, one hopes) before they start developing specialty applications.

(Although, really, the headset is 80% of the way there already. All it needs is a bit sturdier frame to accommodate prescription lenses.)

My sympathy for the workload. (How's that extra online session working out?) In the last few years, I've had an increasing tendency to begrudge extra hours spent working instead of living. I'm quite a bit older than you, of course, but I hear where you're coming from.

Sometimes, we get so lost in the trees we lose sight of the basic forest. Are there bits & pieces sucking up your time that, when you stand back and look at them, aren't really core issues--aren't really critically important?

posted by: Anne on 11.20.13 at 02:46 PM [permalink]

P.S. For what it's worth, Glass works fine with those skinny-minny, half-sized reading glasses, if you're reasonably cautious about putting them on and off.

posted by: Anne on 11.20.13 at 02:51 PM [permalink]

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