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Laptop computer + wireless networking = laziness opportunity!

One of my new habits is to put my laptop on the nightstand next to my bed when I go to sleep. This enables me to wake up the next morning and check my e-mail and do my morning blog reading without even getting out of bed! I can stay toasty warm the whole time, in extreme comfort.

This is one of those things that I never anticipated before I bought my laptop, but golly I've got a great hammer and oh my, look at all those shiny nails!


During the week of Thanksgiving I got an unusually large amount of sleep. Since REM sleep occurs most heavily toward the end of the sleep cycle, longer sleep means more dreaming. During the week I used the ever-so-nearby laptop to quickly write down some notes about the dreams I had, before I forgot about them. (Forgetting dreams only takes a minute or two. I don't know why they fade so quickly.)

Of course I don't give any credence to such silly things as dream analysis, but as pure entertainment I think I've had some first-class dreams and I have enough notes about them that I could write some very (thankfully?) short stories. Who wants to hear about the time when I was in the space military and I smuggled out a top secret document from the insectoid alien invaders who captured me, but my commanding officer was so stupid that he told me to use the document as a notepad? Yes, I really dreamed that — you can't make this stuff up! :)


How did I miss this news until now? The animated series Family Guy — Irreverent! Hilarious!may return in 2005! That would be lovely! I never watched it when it aired on Fox, but I think I've seen every single episode since it's been airing on Cartoon Network. (I've thought about buying the DVDs of the earlier seasons just so I can clear up some room on my DVR…)


I think it's important for y'all to understand one of the problems with the English language.


Y'all sure don't see advice like this very much anymore. I considered myself pretty (wholly?) fashion-stupid up until now, but it looks like I've found a guide. The only trouble is that I've cultivated a "Hawaiian shirt and jeans" reputation at work, to the extent that if I'm not wearing a Hawaiian shirt on Friday, people ask me what's the matter and check my forehead to see if I've got a fever. Then they avoid me (which perhaps isn't related, it's so hard to tell.) I don't know if I'm ready to give that up! Advice, anyone? Jamie? Beuller? Beuller?


Obviously I haven't finished writing about pricing yet. I've succumbed to the temptation to reinvent the wheel (again) by building up the subject starting from fundamental principles instead of confining myself to the narrow topic at hand. I'm prone to doing that because of my philosophical urge to integrate all knowledge. Everything makes more sense that way, but it sure increases the writing effort! Sorry, but the schedule looks like "not before next weekend" now.

Tiny Island