October 7th, 2004

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Stupid Polls

Well, darn, as I was saying, American is poll-crazy -- in fact here's an acticle from Ariana Huffington on that very subject!

The Numbers Game

    Yet polls are now firmly entrenched as the lingua franca of political analysis. Dissecting the latest numbers is so much easier than actually, y'know, digging for the truth. Cable shows love turning the campaign into a horse race. And it's so much easier if you can parade fatuous numbers as hardcore facts to prove Who's Hot and Who's Not.

    Trouble is, these "snapshots of the electorate" quickly harden into portraits, and, in the blink of an eye, guesstimates become the conventional wisdom.

    And in politics, as in sports, everybody loves a winner. Thus, as soon as the pollsters delivered Bush his hyper-inflated post-convention bounce, many of the Democratic faithful started seeing the ghosts of Mike Dukakis and Fritz Mondale lurking around every corner. By the same light, now that Bush has supposedly hit the polling skids, the shadow of his Dad's one-and-done presidency has begun to darken the GOP base's doorstep.

How I wish something could be done about this... Alas, can't think of any solution that could even happen except in a fantasy novel.
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It's nice when your boss is nice

I love my new supervisor at work (i.e. GTRI). How different things would have been if Dave had been managing me in the past! As a manager, he demonstrates the perfect balance between telling me what I should be doing and letting me do my job. The way he handles deadlines and time management is so wonderful too, like actually realistic!

For example, today I got a request from some guy to post some files to our intranet. Now I have lots of other stuff way more important than this, but in the past (esp. since I was full-time) I probably would have done that today. When I discussed this with Dave just now, he looked at the calendar and said it would be done by the 24th because hell, it's just not that damn important and I'm only two days a week. LOL. I made a point to thank him for this realism, as previous "supervisors" would have expected me to finish this today or Tuesday, screw all other work.

Dave is also being great about figuring out how to make my job easier. For example, I explained to him about the infamous WebTrends reports and he pretty much was like, "Why are YOU doing this? You're a designer!" Which has always been MY thought but I could never escape. We talked about it and I said how I could understand the logic of me running reports on the web SITE, but me spending hours analyzing usage for applications makes no sense. That's something the developers or DBAs or some special software suite should be doing, not the web designer. Dave is so refreshing, as is the pure fact that my prior boss Tom is gone and with it all of his anal-retentive, controlling, let's-make-this-as-complicated-as-possible tendencies. And my former immediate supervisor Tonette no longer has anything whatsoever to do with my job. Things may actually become sane here!

The bad news of today? Either the Thai tea or noodle bowl I had for lunch has given me a massive headache and I don't have any aspirin here. Real skull-cracking pain too :(
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Progressive Gal

She Might Be a Progressive Girl if:
1. She drives: a small SUV but really wishes it got better mileage; once she can get a good hybrid, she will.
2. She can talk for more than ten minutes about: just about anything.
3. She begins her sentences with: "Susan Sarandon says..."
4. She'd never: pass up the chance for a new experience.
5. She owns any of the following: a water filter, a tabletop fountain, an acre of rain forest, a mutt from the pound.


Hmmm. Actually I'm more progresive than Progressive Girl because a) I don't drive and b) I don't see why I would ever quote Susan Sarandon on something.
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Classic CNN Graphic

What is UP with the "Ghost of Saddam" graphic currently running on the CNN home page?

I say ghost, but then again, it also kind of looks like JK and GW are visiting an aquarium and this giant underwater Saddam is in a tank behind them waving to get out.
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Dubya loves me

Ugh. I've been at this part-time gig at GTRI for 2 weeks and finally ran up against the kind of web site content that really bugs me. I just converted the "ALQ-161A Electronic Warfare System" page to the new design. Oh, joy! And one of my next to test is for "Missile Warning System (MWS) Test and Instrumentation." Whoo hoo! Last I heard, 85% of GTRI's contracts were with the DOD or related military/intelligence groups like the NSA.

I'm also encountering the various odd bits of agritech projects GTRI does, like:
- Automated Inspection of Poultry Deboning Processes
- Automatic Intelligent Live-Bird Transfer System
- Intelligent Cutting System for Deboning Meat
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Caleb's in the paper

Caleb's grandma is so happy:

    From the Bennington Banner (Bennington, VT)

    Pownal son promoted at Georgia firm

    ATLANTA, Ga. -- Tunnel-Spangler-Walsh & Associates, a firm specializing in community design and architecture, announces that Caleb Racicot has been named an associate of the firm. Racicot is the son of Gregory and Agnes Racicot of Pownal, Vt.

    Incorporated in 1989, TSW is an Atlanta-based community design firm. TSW's work is focused mainly in Atlanta and the southeast. Services range from comprehensive master plans for municipalities to small public green space amenities in parks and private developments.

    Racicot is a community planner specializing in urban design, smart growth codes, community retail strategies and the use of corridor studies as catalysts for community building. He has worked in both the public and private sector and is an effective consensus builder. Prior to joining TSW in 2001, he practiced planning in Atlanta with the City of Atlanta Bureau of Planning. While with the city, Racicot worked on a variety of projects including urban design studies, zoning initiatives, land use plans, community facilitation and geographic information systems.

    He holds a master's degree in city and regional planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also recently accepted into the American Institute of Certified Planners.


Got some wonderful & extremely surprising news from ccoyle tonight. Not sure if I'm "allowed" to say what it is, but I will say, makes me quite happy! (No, we're not getting married.)

Meanwhile I guess the past 2 days have been pretty good. (Knock on wood.)

Got substantial work done on two client projects yesterday and today at GTRI went well also. After work I went straight over to Paula & Tom's, since their studio is on the monthtly artwalk we have Downtown; hung out there for an hour and then went to the exhibit at the gallery downstairs, which was photography and extremly beautiful! Then I checked my mail and got 2 client checks in the mail, which is good mood drug ;)

And then I got the awesome news. I'm so pleased!

Oh, and I got a call from my mom saying how much she LOVED (and was very surprised by) the wreath I ordered and sent to her. I got it from one of my favorite online retailers, FlowerBud, since they featured their autumn wreath collection in their monthly email and I said, "Mom would love one of those!" The wreath is mainly eucalytus, so it has a nice smell she says. It's in the living room.

*bouces off*
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ice cream


The other day I said to hell with it and bought myself some cheese. Normally I don't keep it in the house because cheese-a-holic that I am, I can't keep it in the fridge without eating it far too quickly than is advisable... at least if I want to keep from turning into a ball o' lard!

Anyway, I got a wheel of gouda and a thick wedge of Cambozola. The gouda was gone after 5 days. I'm still working on the Cambozola, which is a very strong cheese so not one I can just eat a ton of. Just read the label and saw it's from Germany, which surprised me since somehow from the name I got it was Italian. Great stuff though -- like blue cheese meets Limburger meets brie. Very creamy, really strong taste, salty. Yummmmy!
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