My buddy Jason is writing a novel and publishing chapters online to get input and feedback. Check out ELECTRICITY.
Style-wise, it seems Don DeLillo-esque.
It really IS like 1999 again. Back in 1995, I decided I wanted to learn about this Web thing. I’d had a Compuserve acount since 1993, with an e-mail address of firstname.lastname@example.org. (The fact that I remember those numbers kind of scares me.)
So I went to the bookstore and bought “Teach Yourself HTML in 7 Days” by Laura Lemay. (It’s gotten harder now.)
While browsing the HTML section in the bookstore, I started talking to a guy leafing through similar books. I think I was asking him for advice. Turned out he was starting up an ISP, so I got his info. I was ready to graduate from Compuserve. During the start-up process, I had some issues getting connected to the Web. Only in 1995 would the owner of the ISP — the guy from the bookstore — come over to my place and troubleshoot my computer. Turned out it was a problem on their end. (See? Just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I’m a technological idiot.)
All this to say that I named my first Web presence The River, and that’s what I’ve decided to re-name this one. So… Welcome to The River. the-river.net
I’ve adopted a new snazzy-looking template from Blogger.com’s redesign. (I’m not the only one.) It doesn’t exactly go with the Subway Diaries theme, though. Hmmm…
As Boing Boing mentions, the final episode of Friends started at 8:59 and ran until 10:02 or 10:03, thereby screwing things up for those of us who “taped” the show on our PVRs. (Mine’s a ReplayTV and I haven’t fallen completely for the TiVo=PVR thing.) This caused a bit of a domestic disturbance at my place, as the show suddenly stopped and a message came up onto the screen (Delete this show? Watch another recorded show?), right in the middle of the penultimate scene. Since the household gadgetry is my realm — to my chagrin — my husband stormed out of the room and told me to let him know when I’d fixed the problem. Hmm…
Was happy to see people blogging on it this morning, if only because I feel less alone. It’s interesting how the PVR revolution is causing fall-off in communal watching experiences, yet the communal DVR experience — of being screwed by NBC’s timing — is somehow still comforting.
UPDATE: More discussion of the Friends/PVR phenomenon.
A new poll (link only free for 7 days) finds President Bush’s approval rating down to 47%. It’s shocking to me that so many people can approve of how he’s handling matters in this country — and, of course, abroad.
Today’s my husband’s birthday, a day for me to be thankful his parents brought him into this world, and grateful, as ever, that we found one another. When you meet in a flukey way like we did — he was visiting NYC for a long weekend with his brother — it’s clear the role fate plays in life. We could just as easily have never met… and oh, how my life would be the poorer. So, Happy Birthday, Darling! Here’s to another rich year together!