My Archives: December 2002

Friday, December 27, 2002

Well, it was only a matter of hours before this Gluon thread on FC hit the newspapers. Evidently, the CEO has cut her Hawaiian sojourn short to come home and do some damage control. The Happy, Fun Slander Corner for this thread on FC is quite a sight to behold.

I have four new assignments to post, but I'm too lazy. I'll save this work-related task for the flip side (i.e., 2003). For now, it's back to accomplishing absolutely nothing of consequence.

Posted by Chris @ 07:40 PM EST [Link]

Tuesday, December 24, 2002

I bet the employees at Gluon Networks are really in the Christmas spirit. Their leader (and I use the term loosely) told them that taking any days off between Christmas and New Year's Day could get them fired. This CEO, by the way, is evidently lounging on a beach in Hawaii with family while her employees slave away back at the office. Maybe she's never heard of "leading by example"?
Stupid, short-sighted management practices like this make me crazy. Aaargh. [Thanks to "FC" for this lovely tidbit]

Posted by Chris @ 05:39 PM EST [Link]

Monday, December 23, 2002

After a whole day of not working (for me, that means not going anywhere near a computer) I feel compelled to add these letters that the American viewing public sent to the FCC. A few of them are quite funny.

Posted by Chris @ 04:34 PM EST [Link]

Friday, December 20, 2002

Now this must make administrators for the University of North Carolina system very proud.
All right, enough procrastinating. I have a story due at 5 p.m. today. It's back to writing while I listen to Van Morrison's Moondance CD, which contains 10 of the best songs ever for pounding out text. This may be my last posting for awhile, since I've decided to throttle things down for the holidays. I'm looking forward to sleeping in and watching the Carolina Hurricanes put the hurt on the New York Rangers at the RBC Center in Raleigh on New Year's Eve. I'm turning into a huge hockey fan. Go Canes. Let's score on that power play and play tough in the neutral zone!
Happy holidays, everyone!

Posted by Chris @ 09:28 AM EST [Link]

Thursday, December 19, 2002

Honey, the Prowler needs a jump! If you want a hot job, it looks like Fargo, North Dakota is the cool place to be right now. Pack your bags and don't forget your coat!

Posted by Chris @ 07:12 PM EST [Link]

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Another day, the same situation: Too much to do and not enough hours in the day to do it. C'est la vie in December. Of course, I do manage to find a few moments here and there for diversionary, random Web surfing, and here's what I found during today's foray in cyberspace.
I dunno...this doesn't exactly raise my confidence in those handling my 401(k). And if you -- like me in my utterly geeky moments -- have ever wondered how Hormel (the maker of SPAM meat) feels about the other spam (as in the junk mail kind) being bandied about as a popular term, here's your answer. Utterly fascinating. Well, maybe not. I think I'll go back to work now and pretend like I know what's going on.

Posted by Chris @ 05:34 PM EST [Link]

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

It's a busy week. Lots of deadlines. (I seem to be saying this a lot lately, don't I?) I thought I'd take a few minutes to post something, though. It's a welcome diversion from looking up statistics about the luxury industry...

Here's proof that those airport metal detectors can serve more than one purpose. And continuing on with the theme of yesterday's posting about Trent Lott's problems, here's the surreal, sad and scary Web site of the "white power" group to which he's allegedly linked. While you're there, check out the forum. Quite frankly, there's nothing scarier than white supremacists posting anonymous messages in which they can be even more antediluvian and iniquitous in their thinking. And I bet Trent Lott is hoping they'll take his (rather prominent) picture off their site, too.
Okay, back to work!

Posted by Chris @ 05:28 PM EST [Link]

Monday, December 16, 2002

As Trent Lott's fellow U.S. Senators decide on his feature as Senate Majority Leader, here's a link to the Dixiecrat's 1948 platform. It's an informative read.

It's a balmy 60 degrees here in North Carolina. The sun's out and runners like myself are burning up the pavement around Chapel Hill and Carrboro. It's a big change from the 25-degree weather we had just last week. Weird, random weather changes are one thing you can count on here at certain times of the year. It wreaks havoc on the sinuses. Otherwise, Chapel Hill/Carrboro has the perfect climate. OK. Time to change the CD from The Foo Fighters to Moby and get back to work on a story I have due today. L8R!

Posted by Chris @ 03:10 PM EST [Link]

Friday, December 13, 2002

I'm coming up for air between working on four stories, and found this story on the Net. What was he thinking? Here's his Web site, too.
Okay, back to the grindstone.

Posted by Chris @ 10:49 AM EST [Link]

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Things seem to be getting back to normal here in North Carolina. Well, sort of. We still have residuals of the ice storm: fallen trees and branches everywhere. And I'm talking *large* trees. It's like a hurricane came through. The landscaping services should keep busy for weeks to come.
I have a new assignment for The Costco Connection, Costco's membership magazine that's distributed in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and South Korea. I'm writing, of all things, about the rising popularity of garden trains. (Train sets that people set up in their backyards. They build gardens around them. Evidently, it's a big hobbyist thing.) I'm looking for sources.
Other than this, I'm keeping very busy. For three years running, December has turned out to be my busiest month with barely any time to breathe. I'll rest in January.

Posted by Chris @ 10:17 AM EST [Link]

Friday, December 6, 2002

After 24 hours without it, I have a new appreciation for electricity. We were bumped off-line by a huge ice storm that's affecting the Carolinas. (If you haven't experienced an ice storm, it's quite something.) But we're among the lucky ones: More than 1 million people here still haven't had their electricity restored, and it's supposed to dip down to 16 degrees tonight. I hope the power stays on tonight!

I have a few new assignments that I'll be posting very soon. In the meantime, I'll try not to get on Steven Seagal's bad side.
Stay warm,

Posted by Chris @ 05:22 PM EST [Link]

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