Archive for July, 2005

What the Owl Brought

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

Now I understand why the tracking number never showed "Out for delivery". It was because UPS delivered to the US Post Office in Pearland, and then the USPS delivered to me. Weird but effective. And, unlike most books from Amazon, Harry was shipped in his own custom-fit box. Most books from Amazon are stuffed into [...]

Low Blood Sugar

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

Leigh Ann tells the tale of her “girl issues” procedure on Friday, and how her blood sugar bottomed out on the way home. We’re all glad she’s OK, although I know that the blood sugar thing scared her.
When I was a co-op student with the US Army Missile Command, there was summer intern, a guy [...]

Time to Get On Your Broomstick, Harry…

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

…or take the Knight Bus, or throw a pinch of floo powder into the fire. It’s Saturday morning, and the UPS tracking page shows my book is not on the truck for delivery! Will Harry make it here on time? It’s looking right now like free reading, albeit late reading.

Out of Time, Out of Phase

Friday, July 15th, 2005

It’s Friday evening here in Pearland. We’re half an hour from the season premier of Battlestar Galactica. It’s not even dark outside. And yet, in some parts of the world, people are already reading the new Harry Potter.
Update: still no email from Amazon, but I logged in and discovered that they have indeed shipped my [...]

Sash Your Site

Friday, July 15th, 2005

Mike Little’s is the second site I’ve seen in a few days to feature a banner striped diagonally across a corner. Ginger D was the first, and she kindly posted some code showing how it’s accomplished. Here’s the CSS:
.banner {float:right; position:absolute; top:0px; right:0px;}
And here’s the HTML:
<div class=”banner”><img src=”blogathonbanner.gif” usemap=”#banner” border=”0″ /><map name=”banner”><area shape=”poly” coords=”2, 2, [...]

Podcatching Tutorial

Friday, July 15th, 2005

As noted by Dwight Silverman and others, Apple has posted a tutorial on using iTunes and iPods to listen to podcasts. Who in the world would need a tutorial on using iTunes for anything? It’s so easy. (Yeah, I know, not everybody’s a geek like me.)
The tutorial has some good advice: make sure your iPod [...]

Free Harry Potter?

Friday, July 15th, 2005

Harry Potter is coming to see me, and he’s supposed to arrive tomorrow:
Hello from
We’re happy to let you know that we’ve begun preparing your order for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for delivery.
You should have the book(s) in your hands no later than 7:00 p.m. in your time zone on Saturday, July 16. [...]

Who Needs an Alarm Clock When You’ve Got All This?

Friday, July 15th, 2005

This storm woke me up at about 5:30 this morning. It started with lightning and booming thunder, and eventually turned into a steady rain. It’s been raining off and on for most of the past two or three days in the Houston area. The rain has been a welcome relief from the near-drought conditions we [...]

Sue and the Monster

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

No comment necessary:

Update: I took this photo, cropped it, boosted the contrast to make it spooky, and it’s now a nifty buddy icon for my Flickr account.

Look Familiar?

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Someone out there is actually using my theme. Thanks, Ginger D.

Launch Scrubbed

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Today’s shuttle launch was scrubbed because of a malfunctioning sensor on the External Tank. The earliest possible next launch attempt is Saturday.

Fingers Crossed

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Lots of fingers are crossed in Texas, Florida, Alabama, and around the nation today as we attempt, weather permitting, to get the shuttle back in the air and into orbit. In about three hours, if the storms around Kennedy Space Center have cleared off, and the weather is also good at the TAL site, we’ll [...]