Tarry for the Nonce

January 21, 2008

A Longer Absence

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 12:47 pm

Thank you to everyone who was concerned about the silence on this blog. There is a story.

The web host I use(d), Digital Space, sold itself to a company called Jumpline. Jumpline ranks up there with the worst companies under the sun. Perhaps recognizing their own incompetence, they choose to migrate people to the “new and improved” control panel immediately after they pay their bill for the coming year. In July, I did this. And in July, my website ceased to function under Jumpline’s convoluted and completely unusable web setup. Everything broke: my web site, my email, my photo site. Everything.

After playing email tag with their unresponsive tech support (who closed my tickets as “resolved” without ever actually fixing anything) and trying to post on their support forums (where unhappy customers have their posts deleted,) I gave up on the company as a whole and moved all the files to another web host in October, but it took some doing to restore the existing blog content.

Anyway, I’m back, happy to be here, and can’t wait until I catch up on all the blog ideas I’ve been storing up. I know you’ve all been on the edge of your seats.

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July 10, 2007

Soup’s On

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 3:46 pm

I am amused by the fracas over in Birmingham.

July 5, 2007

It’s Gonna Blow

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 2:20 pm

A fresh concept in installation, er, art.

Hat tip to Howard Rothstein.

Am I a Cantankerous Curmudgeon or What?

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 2:01 pm

My gmail account has a generic enough name (go figure) that I receive a lot of email for Laura Walkers. It seems that most of them have very attentive mothers, are fresh out of college, and are on a job hunt.

Be that as it may, I found the article about Mr. Rogers interesting, despite the fact that it was forwarded for someone else . . .

Fred Rogers, the late TV icon, told several generations of children that they were “special” just for being whoever they were. He meant well, and he was a sterling role model in many ways. But what often got lost in his self-esteem-building patter was the idea that being special comes from working hard and having high expectations for yourself . . .

Signs of narcissism among college students have been rising for 25 years, according to a recent study led by a San Diego State University psychologist. Obviously, Mr. Rogers alone can’t be blamed for this. But as Prof. Chance sees it, “he’s representative of a culture of excessive doting.”

The article goes on to criticize the trends that encourage children to address adults on a first-name basis and that focus on the lives of the children, to the exclusion of the adults. I think he has a point. I don’t blame Mr. Rogers, of course, but I do think that children are, as a whole, ridiculously indulged. I truly weary of rude children — and, since I’m spending a great deal of time wandering around downtown Downers Grove in the evening — I find pre-teen princesses particularly obnoxious. When parents stop chuckling indulgently when their little guttersnipes priss and preen and make a general nuisance of themselves, I’m sure we’ll see a marked improvement in society.

(And, for the record, my mother never allowed us to call adults by their first name, although I had my fair share of bratty moments.)

May 18, 2007

Every Seventeen Years

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 11:51 pm

How odd that Celtic music can make something so disgusting seem so beautiful.

A Company Plug

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 3:18 pm

I found Motorola’s timeline interesting.

And, since I am posting about my employer, I am also including the requisite note (per policy) that my personal views do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, etc., who probably do not find their timeline particularly interesting.

Heck, that text takes longer than it did to post the stupid link. Almost makes it not worth while.

May 9, 2007

Shall We Sing?

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 8:15 am

Happy Birthday to You!!
Happy Birthday to You!!
Happy Birthday, dear Ro-ob!!
Happy Birthday to You!!

. . . and many moooooooooooore.

April 8, 2007

My Top Three Fictional Men

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 10:00 pm

Matt Parkman
We’ll see if this one lasts. It entirely depends on his enduring nobility. So far, he’s a principled, honorable man. If his relationship with his wife continues to be faithful, etc., he will continue to be a hero.

Jim Halpert
Because he’s so incredibly endearing.

Robert Goren
Sure, he’s insane and over-the-top, but he’s brilliant.

Shockingly enough, these three characters correspond to the only three shows I really watch on a regular basis. Go figure.

April 3, 2007

What a Talented Family We Are!

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 1:50 pm

My sister has had two of her artsy photographs published in Dappled Things.

I especially like this photo, featuring a red glass horse that Janice lugged all the way from Venice for my sister Anne:

My cousin Eleanor Donlon was coincidentally published in the same online periodical, which follows closely on the heels of another cousin (Brian Donlon) winning an essay contest for the magazine Outdoor Life.

A Better Summer

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 1:38 pm

Worthwhile Ravinia fare this summer:

Rubberbandance
West Side Story
Chopin and Rachmaninoff
ABBA
Beethoven’s Sonata’s for Violin and Piano
The Baseball Music Project
Natalie Cole
Beethoven Symphonies
Plácido Domingo
Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony
Madama Butterfly
Hootie & the Blowfish
Aretha Franklin
Patti and Audra Together

Suffice it to say that I will, in actuality, see fewer than half of those shows, but the schedule is a vast improvement on last year’s, when there was a grand total of one thing I wanted to see.

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