November 9th, 2006

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the dangers of hubris

This morning, I decided to follow up on my earlier post and take a picture of myself in my bathrobe. I was working from home, fancy-free, not wearing any pants ... here I am. See how content I was?

Jake in a bathrobe


(I say content, but I suppose some might say 'smug'.)

Of course, immediately after that my Internet connection started to go all wonky. At first I was getting 70% packet loss, and then, after restarting my router, I couldn't connect at all. I called Cox customer support, did various troubleshooting stuff, and ultimately made an appointment for them to come out and check things out tomorrow between 3-5 pm.

So now I am working in exile. I currently look like this:

Jake at Borders


I'm looking noticeably less content (or smug for that matter), aren't I?

(This is not a plea for sympathy, because I wouldn't expect anyone who doesn't normally work at home to have much.)
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T-Mobile Hotspot grumble

Every so often it becomes necessary for me to work someplace that isn't my house. These days I like to go to a Borders to do this. Border's is a relatively nice working place because it tends to be clean, quiet, and if I get frustrated with a customer and have to get up and walk around for a little while to cool off I can go look at books and stuff.

But Internet access at Borders isn't free; their access is via T-Mobile, so you either have to sign up for one of their packages (but I don't have to do this often enough to make that be cost-effective) or pay $10 for a day's access.

So that's what I do. However, there are two annoying things about this.

(1) You need to have an account on http://hotspot.t-mobile.com/ to buy the Internet access, and they require that the user name of the account be six characters or greater. This means that my usual account name, jwgh, isn't acceptable. (In situations like this I just double it to jwghjwgh. But I don't see why a policy like this makes sense.)

(2) If you don't use the account for a while -- which I generally don't, because I usually just use my home Internet connection -- then your account gets disabled. Unfortunately, there is no obvious way to re-enable an account once it has been disabled, and also when an account has been disabled its account name can't be reused on a new account. This is a pain in the butt.
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Neocons respond

Vanity Fair talks to Richard Perle, Kenneth Adelman, Michael Ledeen, Frank Gaffney, David Frum, Michael Rubin, and Eliot Cohen. Mostly they are angry and depressed.

I don't understand what point Michael Ledeen is trying to make with this:
Ask yourself who the most powerful people in the White House are. They are women who are in love with the president: Laura [Bush], Condi, Harriet Miers, and Karen Hughes.
There are also photographs of George W. Bush, Condeleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld taken by Annie Liebovitz.