Monthly Archives: September 2003

BloggerCon weather…

BloggerCon weather…

Weather report for BloggerCon. Currently, is reporting for the Harvard area:

Friday, Oct. 3: Partly Cloudy, High 59, Low 48, 20% chance of rain

Saturday, Oct. 4: AM Clouds/PM Sun, High 66, Low 47, 20% chance of rain

Sunday, Oct. 5: A Few Showers, High 66, Low 47, 30% chance of rain

Bring a sweater and an umbrella, because if you don't it'll be cold and rainy. 🙂

Here's a link to the NOAA site for Boston.

24 Hours from leaving

Here we are, less than 24 hours from leaving town. I have three running lists of things to do. In my office, it's the end of a sales month. Stress is a little higher than normal.

Last night, I stayed up recording some audio from the new tape recorder I got, a Sony TCM-150. It's a great machine with good mike and sound quality. I recorded a “fake interview” you might find funny. The “tornado victim”? A mystery, I'm sure…

Reading and recording at 11PM

I'm recording some audio in the background, using our Mac and a Sony hand-held cassette recorder. I did a fake interview (funny to us in the Ozarks) and did some serious speaking about my grandmother. I'm about to lose her and it hurts already.

That forces me to confront a topic I'm not sure how to deal with: edit the recordings and post, post with no edits, don't post.

Express yourself in comments. If you want to hear the funny one, let me know…

Pre-trip notes

Pre-trip notes

I'm writing this from the waiting room of Mitchum Tire here in
Springfield, waiting for a tire to get fixed. I've been doing a lot of
pre-trip prep work: finding a house-sitter, cleaning the house and car,
writing a packing checklist and more. I noticed that I haven't done one
fundamental thing–make a BloggerCon checklist. Let's take a moment and
write one now.

–Write interview questions.

–Install aggregator software for Andrew's Day 2 session
–Send email to family and friends about the trip, asking them to follow
–Verify my Radio install one more time and then *don't touch it*.

With the list written online, expect it to be edited as I go. Later,
I'll add stuff for the car, compatible iTrip stations, music take take
on the iPod (who thought 10GB would not be enough?) and food to take for
snaks along the way.

Called my insurance agent and got roadside assistance for the car. $5.00 every six months is *cheap*.

It's late and I should be asleep

It's 10:58 here in Springfield and I am one tired individual. I've spent the afternoon chasing a problem that makes no sense to me anymore: Radio isn't working right.

My solution? Reinstall, restore from same day's backup. Hope that missing posts can someday come back.

I think that I will “restart” the blog after BloggerCon. I'll keep most of the content that is searched on, like “Weblogs and Customer Service” or “Open Letter to the RSS Community” (linked later).

Time for sleep. Two days until we leave for Boston. Haven't packed.

Neal Stephenson in Cambridge during BloggerCon!

Neal Stephenson wrote Cryptonomicon, a great book about spies, math and WWII. He recently started a trilogy, the first book is “Quicksilver”

Wednesday, October 08, 2003 07:00 PM

Neal Stephenson, will be promoting Quicksilver

Appears on/at: THE HARVARD COOP/Reading/Signing
1400 Massachussets Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02238
Tel: 617-499-2012 []

This is great! Time to get my copy and take it with me to BloggerCon!