July 10th, 2003

airplane

spellers of the world, untie!

running log: 5, 10, 10, 5 minutes, with 5 minute walks in between. felt really tight when I started that lst five minute, like my thighs were going to implode. it was all good though. saw an albino squirrel in the park, it blew my mind. but it ran away quickly.

Discovered tonight, after almost 11 months of cell phone ownership, that my phone has one-touch dialing. Oh, I'm sure I could have looked into it and found how to set it up, but I really didn't think of it. didn't seem important. so when I hit a wrong button and ran across it tonight I figured, "What the hell!" and decided to set it up. Sad part is that I'm antisocial (yes, it rears its ugly head again! damn!) so I only ended up setting two numbers. one was mom.

all this communication technology is tough on us non-people persons, you know? I'm not an anti-people person, no, far from it. It's just that it takes me a long, long time to really miss them.

found a TREASURE at work... the intranet web page for the technical publications group, complete with a link to their Simplified English Dictionary... a whole list of words that are and are not approved for use in our publications. I'd always given the guys shit over using words like "utilize", "left-hand", and "annunciate" when "use", "left" and "flash" work just as well. But they always just said I was a dork. Well now... I have PROOF! A friend on my side in my battle against dweebizoid engineers trying to use big words to make themselves look smarter.

I really, really hate the word "utilize".

Certain people reading this will think that I'm a bad speller, but that's only because they don't read the internet enough and definately don't work where I work. I read a memo from another engineer the other day that started off, "Do to new restrictions on..." and just cringed. I mean, it was official... going outside the company, had probably already been read over by a boss to check for technical accuracy. But due, for heaven's sake.

Eh, I'll pick my battles. Conclusion is that I'm not the best speller in the world and don't use perfect grammer on my websites, but damnit, I admit that that's the way the world should be, and I'll fight for it, always!