January 13th, 2003

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Extra time

We got word on Friday night that work might need people to come in over the weekend to work on some things expected to come in. So I, in need of extra cash just now, volunteered to call in on Sunday. Having done so at about 20:00, I was told that the help would be appreciated and here I am.

Unlike most of the time when I've either worked a scheduled weekend or come in on a weekend, there was actual work to do that has kept me busy until now. Just an hour and a half or so for me left. So a pretty good chunk of time in. I'll probably get about four hours of overtime out of the deal.

Monday I start a class on using Microsoft Word to do our traditional typesetting work. We've been using Word to do HTML work for quick and dirty filings over the last year and a bit. I'm a bit sceptical about how well it will work for the traditional typeset work, given the more stringent standards expected for that type of output. But it should be quicker to use so we'll see if the trade-offs will be worth it. In the class with me are two of the most conservative co-workers in terms of using new technology to do our work. They have good points but tend to be change-averse so this could be stressful for them.

Me, I figure I'll be bored about an hour into it. The class is schedule for two days and I'm guessing it'll be a variation on our HTML process. So basically running Word macros to get what you want out of the file. If given the tool today, I'd probably do a half-way decent job of it without any instruction.

I'll have to find a way to use the time....
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    Drunken Sailor--Tears for Beers--
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Seeing the future

I have an eye appointment schedule for Tuesday morning. It'll be interesting to see how much, if any, my prescription has changed over the last couple of years. I'm starting to notice a bit of fuzziness on street signs in the distance when it's dark out. This is my usual sign for "time to get the eyes checked."

I'm very excited about getting new glasses, though. Be a major change for me.

And it's a change I'm making for no reason other than I want to. My current glasses are serviceable. My prescription probably hasn't worsened much. Nothing says I have to change my glasses.

I am changing and I'm making the change partly, one could say "largely," for cosmetic reasons. I expect my new glasses to look better on me.

So I'm excited and a bit worried at the same time. What's up with me caring about how thing look? What's next, a conservative haircut? (No, not likely.)
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    God Loves Me--Rory McLeod--Mouth to Mouth
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Arrgh.

"A senior US official has bluntly warned Iraq that if it does not surrender weapons of mass destruction it will face military action."

(From a BBC news story.)

It looks more and more like we just want to attack Iraq and are making it impossible for them to avoid being attacked. If they didn't let in inspectors we'd attack them; so they let them in. If they didn't give the inspectors full access we'd attack them; so they gave them access. If the inspectors found anything we'd attack them; the inspectors haven't found anything.

So now, if they don't come up with weapons of mass destruction, which they say they don't have and which inspectors haven't been able to find, we attack them. I don't see how they can get out of this one. Look for an attack on Iraq to begin by the end of next month.

When do we get to be the good guys again?
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    Dance, Motherfucker, Dance--Violent Femmes--Add It Up