Archive of Posts from June 2005

hot shower for sunburn

A friend gave me some great advice about sunburns. She said I should take a hot shower with the water as hot as I could stand it. I hadn't heard of this before, and it just sounded painful. And it was. But it worked! The hot shower took the constant sting out of the burn, and it's been much better since. Who knew? (I'm guessing you shouldn't try this for very serious burns, I'm not a doctor, YMMV, etc, etc.)

sunscreen reminder

Note to self: sunscreen is very important, especially for a ghostly pale person like yourself. If your wife takes the sunscreen to another location, stop everything and go buy more. Especially before you spend the day at the coast—or you will end that day in pain. The Sunburn Threat Level in late June is lobster red. I repeat, sunscreen.

it won't scale

A funny punchline is still available for some geeky joke: (Remember, it's not a joke if it doesn't have its own .com.) I don't know about you, but I'd like to see where platform is your least favorite platform or internet celeb. Benchmark the laughter.

Update: Someone registered the domain. I'm getting ready to laugh...

catching up

I'm going to have to turn in my weblog badge and spellchecker if I don't post here, so hopefully this post will keep my blogger-status active. I'm alive and well, still working on the book. It's taking all of my time and energy to string sentences together in another medium and that's why I'm not stringing here. I am posting links on a fairly regular basis to my Yahoo! 360 weblog: 360 Flip.

In my off time right now I'm reading about daily life in the Middle Ages (er, Medieval Era) in Europe especially during the plague. I've always been interested in history, and this round was sort of kicked off by reading Connie Willis' Doomsday Book. The story was good, but I was much more interested in the factual bits about history throughout than the characters—they seemed a bit flat. Just reading the facts isn't quite as entertaining, but I feel like I'm getting more out of it.

I'm also reading The Mystery of Capital by Hernando DeSoto. He's making the case that it's the meta information about property—and the surrounding legal system—that makes generating capital possible. Sounds dry, but it's making me think about money, information, and the idea of a semantic web in a new way.

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