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Wednesday, January 25, 2006


I am so. Tired.

You know what the definition of "inevitable" is? Inevitable is that when your bosses tell you that you are no longer allowed to work more than 30 hours per week, you will suddenly need to work 8 or 9 hours a day, every day, for two weeks straight.

Inevitable is that projects will get left until the very last minute and that it will then be my responsibility to take care of it before the deadline. The deadline that we have known about for days, if not weeks, and which is suddenly looming only moments away.

Inevitable is that things that were, for days, not important enough for other people to take care of, will suddenly become imperative and entirely my problem.

I started working at 8:30 this morning and I left at 5:30 this afternoon, with no lunch break and barely even time to go to the bathroom. I had to supervise our new intern AND my boss. And I have to do it all again tomorrow.


Tuesday, January 24, 2006

BOOK, The Amazing New Device!

Amazing New Device!

This product blows away PCs, TVs, DVDs and XBOXs

Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device, trade named: BOOK

BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so easy to use, even a child can operate it.

Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere -- even sitting in an armchair by the fire -- yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disc. Here's how it works:

BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. The pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder, which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence.

Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs. Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in information density; for now, BOOKs with more information simply use more pages.

Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet. BOOK may be taken up at any time and used merely by opening it.

Unlike other display devices, BOOK never crashes or requires rebooting, and it can even be dropped on the floor or stepped on without damage. However, it can become unusable if immersed in water for a significant period of time [sam adds: and should be kept away from heat sources]. The "browse" feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet and move forward or backward as you wish. Many come with an "index" feature, which pinpoints the exact location of selected information for instant retrieval.

An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session -- even if the BOOK has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus, a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers. Conversely, numerous BOOKmarkers can be used in a single BOOK if the user wants to store numerous views at once. The number is limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK.

You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with an optional programming tool, the Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus (PENCILS).

Portable, durable, and affordable, BOOK is being hailed as a precursor of a new entertainment wave. Also, BOOK's appeal seems so certain that thousands of content creators have committed to the platform and investors are reportedly flocking. Look for a flood of new titles soon.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Brandon's response to the Coffee Spill Jesus: "You shouldn't smell the Lord!"

oh lord...

You've seen the Toast Jesus.

You've seen the Tortilla Jesus.

Now, witness the Coffee Spill Jesus!!!

(REALLY funny. Click. You know you want to.)


1. There is a bit in "The Secret Garden" when Mary's Yorkshire maid tries to explain to her what "wuthering" is.

Today, the wind is wuthering in Southern California. It has been wuthering all night. It has knocked over all of our potted plants and quite a few tree branches, and I am more than a little nervous about going to work in my 11th floor office.

2. Our cat has discovered that there is a little cave created by the table cloth over the little end table we have the phone on. She has also discovered that that is where I stowed a roll of bubble wrap. She has made a bubble wrap nest. It's actually quite adorable.

3. We went to KFC for chicken strips last night, and they were out of chicken. How does KFC RUN OUT of chicken? (They had strips, but no Original Recipe chicken pieces, and they were asking people to wait 45 MINUTES to fill their orders. Sheesh!)

4. On The West Wing last night, a nuclear reactor between my house and San Diego went into meltdown, and, watching the show, I realized that if there ever were a disaster like that out here, we would be toast, because we would not be able to evacuate. You think the traffic jam on the 35 was bad before Rita? Imagine trying to get all of Southern California to go somewhere. It simply wouldn't happen.

Yet another reason to move ASAP.

5. A dear friend of mine goes in for tests today to see if she has to have surgery to find out if she has endimetriosis. Prayers are appreciated.

Friday, January 20, 2006

google is good

Hooray for Google! I was a little worried about you when you announced that deal with AOL (aka: The Devil's Internet), but this thumbing of your big digital nose in the general direction of the government has me thinking you guys might still be riding your bikes to work and being the cool kids on the net. More power to ya.

Damn the man! Save the Empire!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Virgin Insanity is on the FRONT PAGE of the Dallas Morning News today, and the lead story on the DMN website. After a pleasant interview with Michael Young of the Dallas Morning News Thursday night, the guys expected they might make the cover of the Metro section -- they never expected the front page!

You can read the article on the Dallas Morning News website (you may be prompted to register, but registration is free -- access the article from the Dallas Morning News home page today without registering).

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Virgin Insanity Website

The Virgin Insanity website is up and running! I've spent a lot of time getting it to look pretty and be functional, and I'm proud of it. =)

Be sure to bookmark it and visit the VI news blog for all your up-to-the-minute breaking VI news!

Also, the boys of VI are meeting with a reporter and photographer from The Dallas Morning News as we speak for an interview that is set to appear on the front page of the Metro section this Sunday! WOO!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

bicycle! bicycle!

*singing* I want to ride my BICYCLE!!!

Guess what?

Santa brought me a bicycle. (Actually, he brought me a pair of streamers for the handlebars and a Target gift card that said, "Can't you tell I'm a bicycle??") And Brandon and I went and picked them out yesterday. (I told Brandon that he had to get one too, because it wasn't NEARLY as much fun if we didn't both have bikes.)

I got the same exact model that was stolen a few months ago, and Brandon decided to go with a slightly different model. I'm so excited! And now I can't wait for the long, lazy days of summer when we can take our bikes to the beach and ride. That may, quite possibly, be the ONLY thing I will truly miss when we move away from here.

In other news: we're keeping the bikes in the house for now until Brandon can buy the strongest bike locks available and possibly even hook up a car alarm. We shall see.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Guest Columnist Joss Whedon Eyes the Future of TV

[Stolen from a friend on LJ so I'm not entirely sure where the original is from, but it was written by Joss Whedon, aka: my god, and therefore is pure gold.]

Many people have asked me, "Joss, what is the future of television? What will we watch? And how will we watch it? Surely you must know, for you are wise, and slender." I usually smile and say nothing, because I wasn't actually listening to the question. But it's a good one, and I think it's time I let you in on a few highlights of Television-to-Be.

The networks will all be creating exciting, innovative new spin-offs
of today's shows.

Approximately 67 percent of all television will be CSI -based, including CSI: Des Moines, CSI: New York but a Different
Part than Gary Sinise Is In and NCSI: SVU WKRP, which covers every possible gruesome crime with a groovin' '70s beat. (Jerry Bruckheimer will also have conquered Broadway with the CSI musical "FOLLICLE!" starring Nathan Lane as a frenetic but lovable blood spatter and
Matthew Broderick as lint.)

Lost has that one-of-a-kind alchemy that really can't be copied.
Therefore, look for the original series Misplaced, as well as Unfound, Not So Much with the Whereabouts and Just Pull Over and Ask!

In a stunningly cost-effective move, CBS will air How I Met Your Biological Mother, That Bitch, which is just old episodes of How I Met Your Mother with snarkier narration.

HBO's Westminster will continue the trend pioneered by Deadwoodand Rome by making 19th-century England really dirty and weird, like Jane Austen with Tourette's. (Actually, I can't wait for that one.) Also, the constant slew of cable mergers will result in the creation of CinePax, a channel that's just very confused about its morals.

Every year another film actress gets "too old" for film leads and finds a (sometimes much better) home on TV. This trend will continue a few years hence when the aging but feisty Dakota Fanning headlines CSI: Vancouver Made to Look Like Chicago.

Obviously, we'll see advances in technology. TiVo, iPods, streaming video– the way we watch TV is changing dramatically. It's on our phones, in our cars– even projected on specialized eyeglasses. But don't listen to the talk about having shows beamed directly into your brain. That's science-fiction nonsense.

Shows will be stored in the pancreas and will enter the brain through the bloodstream after being downloaded into your iHole.

And what of me? My short-lived series Firefly was the basis for the epic action film Serenity (now available on DVD! I have little or no shame), and the future will see even more incarnations of this visionary work, as it returns to TV as Serenity: The Firefly Years, then back to film as Firefly: Serenity's Sequel, back to TV as SereniFly, and finally end as the direct-to-eyeglasses series Choose a Damn Name Already.

I promise it'll be as heartwarming and exciting as the original Serenity, now available on DVD. (Explain again this thing you call shame....)

That's all I can tell you, except for one last thing: Veronica Mars will still be on. Veronica Mars will still be on. We clear about that?

It's been a wet day. A very wet day.

Rain on and off all day has been made more intense by the startlingly strong winds which blew the drops practically horizontal. We did manage to go to the grocery store and run a few other errands durring several lulls, which was good, because we had almost no food in the house after being gone for a week.

But there's just something about a rainy day, isn't there? I felt like cooking, so I baked a loaf of cinnamon raisin bread and we're having black bean soup for dinner. Mmm.