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Saturday, May 4, 2002

Happy Birthday, Cheyenne!

I wanted to wish Cheyenne (AKA Gnome-Girl) a very happy birthday today. Happy birthday!

.: 14 words at 08:03 PM in Linky Love :: Link :: :: All the Voices Say... (1) :.

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I Am a Snowshoe!

I just think these are the most beautiful cats. Pretty accurate description of me as well.

SnowshoeThe Snowshoe is gregarious and talkative. She is always ready for fun and will regularly try to instigate a game. While her strong intellect leads her to try new things, it also causes her to become easily bored when a task is mastered. Variety is truly the spice of life for this kitty! Affectionate with others, eager to interact, the Snowshoe is always the ‘belle of the ball.’

Take the What Type of Cat Are You? Quiz.

(Link courtesy of Christine)

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Automatically Export MT Entries

I learned yet another cool thing over at Scripty Goddess. If you use Movable Type, you can generate an export file that is created each time you post to your blog. What you need to do is create a mtimport.html file and put the following code in:

AUTHOR: <$MTEntryAuthor$>
TITLE: <$MTEntryTitle$>
STATUS: <$MTEntryStatus$>
ALLOW COMMENTS: <$MTEntryFlag flag="allow_comments"$>
CONVERT BREAKS: <$MTEntryFlag flag="convert_breaks"$>
CATEGORY: <$MTCategoryLabel$>
DATE: <$MTEntryDate format="%m/%d/%Y %I:%M:%S %p"$>
<$MTEntryBody convert_breaks="0"$>
<$MTEntryMore convert_breaks="0"$>
<$MTEntryExcerpt no_generate="1" convert_breaks="0"$>
AUTHOR: <$MTCommentAuthor$>
EMAIL: <$MTCommentEmail$>
IP: <$MTCommentIP$>
URL: <$MTCommentURL$>
DATE: <$MTCommentDate format="%m/%d/%Y %I:%M:%S %p"$>
<$MTCommentBody convert_breaks="0"$>

Make sure to put it between ‹MTEntries lastn="1000"› and ‹/MTEntries›, using a larger number if you have more than a thousand posts. Since MT doesn't have auto exporting functionality yet, this is a handy way to get an export without having to remember to run on. Of course, don't forget to download the file every now and then.

.: 168 words at 01:17 AM in Geeky Things :: Link :: :: All the Voices Say... (4) :.

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Friday, May 3, 2002

Weekend Dilemnas

Why, oh why, is the weekend I get my new computer the weekend we have friends coming over tonight, my brother's college graduation tomorrow, and a Greek Orthodox Easter picnic to attend on Sunday? All my other weekends have been completely blank. The one weekend I really, really want to be on my computer and I can't! ~pout~

.: 58 words at 06:19 PM in Rants :: Link :: :: All the Voices Say... (1) :.

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Steven called to tell me that The Dell (as I am now referring to my new computer) was just delivered to his office. (I drive a Miata. There was no way it was fitting in my car!) I can't wait to get home and check it out. :-)

.: 48 words at 11:58 AM in Daily Ramblings :: Link :: :: All the Voices Say... (1) :.

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Amazing Cosmic Images

I had read a few articles on the new images that the Hubble Telescope captured, but these are the best pictures of all of the ones I've seen.

(Link courtesy of Heather)

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Thursday, May 2, 2002

I Love Beanies But....

I love Beanie Babies, but this seems excessive, even if it is for charity.

.: 14 words at 12:13 PM in Daily Ramblings :: Link :: :: All the Voices Say... (7) :.

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Thursday Threesome

Time for Deb's Thursday Threesome!

Onesome. Lions! Can a lion tame its mane? What about you? Tell us your worst hair memory. The first time I got a perm (I was probably around twelve) the electricity and water went out at the Fantastic Sam's where I was getting my hair done. They had already put the soloution in and couldn't get it out for hours. My hair was so frizzy and curly. It was awful.

Twosome. Tigers! Can a tiger change its stripes? Can people really change? This is something I'm not too sure about. Some people can, but I think some people can't. I think if someone is really committed to making the change successful it can happen, but most people only say they're going to change. All depends on the person.

Threesome. Bears! Who's a grumpy bear? 'Fess up - what makes you grumpy? Lately I have been very grumpy. Clients with insane demands, co-workers who don't do their share, computers that break - all of these things have contributed to making me grumpy. Oh, yes. And getting a cold from my boyfriend.

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Feeling Crappy

Steven's been sick since last Thursday, so I've been trying to avoid getting to close to him. Last night I was messing around on the computer and noticed that I had been sniffling and this morning my head is all stuffy. It's hard to avoid getting sick when someone in your household is sick and I guess I didn't succeed. Damn. :-(

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An Icon In Internet Explorer

The always fabulous Brandy gave a quick tip today on adding an icon for your site when it is bookmarked in IE. It took less than five minutes for me to do (most of that was spent getting the program to convert my gif to a ico file) and now you can see the tiny little icon Adam made me when you bookmark The Neurotic Fishbowl.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2002

Ooops! Tibbar, Tibbar!

With the evil, cursed machine crashing last night, I completely forgot it was a new month and that I was supposed to say, "Rabbit, rabbit." I think I'll say "Tibbar, tibbar," in five minutes and try to remember it when I actually go to bed in about two hours.

.: 51 words at 11:54 PM in Daily Ramblings :: Link :: :: All the Voices Say... (0) :.

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Looking For a Job?

The company I work for, 4 Guys Interactive, is looking for programmers who know VB, SQL, ColdFusion, and ASP. Interested? In the Houston area? Send me your resume!

.: 29 words at 10:31 PM in Daily Ramblings :: Link :: :: All the Voices Say... (0) :.

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Surfing The Web

w00t! I was able to log in as the administrator on my computer, and while my normal profile is jacked, at least I can get online again! My mom jokingly asked if I wanted to cancel my Dell order. No way! I've wanted a new computer basically since I got this one, so I am glad that I have the new one coming next week.

.: 65 words at 09:29 PM in Daily Ramblings :: Link :: :: All the Voices Say... (0) :.

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Congratulations, Russell!

My brother, Russell is graduating from Sam Houston State University this weekend. Congratulations, Russell! I am very proud of you! Russell's girlfriend Joanna is graduating too. Joanna, I am also very proud of you. Congratulations!

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It's a Group Thing: Part IX

Today's Wednesday, so it's time for another "It's a Group Thing" here at The Neurotic Fishbowl. In homage to my dead computer and to welcome my new computer, we'll use a technical one. Today's term is:

A WYSIWYG of Computer Programs

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Comments, Anyone?

Following in Christine's footsteps, I wanted to encourage everyone that wanders in here to feel free to make comments on the posts. I know some people are shy and others feel like people would read their posts and go, "Who are they? Why are they posting here?"

Seriously, I put the little comment pop-up on this blog so that anyone could say anything back to me whether they agree, disagree, or just want to say hi. Never feel like you can't say something on this site. I do value the comments I get and I am happy to find new readers and new sites.

(putting on her stewardess voice) "Thank you for visiting The Neurotic Fishbowl! Enjoy your stay!"

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Klip's New Directory

Serence's KlipFolio has a new section now - for Weblogs! I updated The Neurotic Fishbowl's Klip, so it's now in that category. If you haven't downloaded KlipFolio yet, what are you waiting for? Go get it!

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The Bad News and The Good News

My home computer is a machine that one of Steven's friends built. It has had problems since the day I bought it. It locks up at least ten times a day causing me to reboot. Last night, for some reason, when I login, I get the Windows start-up music, but everything else is missing. No icons, no task bar, nothing. Clicking the mouse doesn't do anything. Control-Alt-Delete doesn't do anything. I tried starting it up in safe mode and get the same thing only with a black screen and the words "Safe Mode - Microsoft Windows." I have no idea what to do, unless I can get help from one of my readers or the tech guys at work.

Now for the good news. I bought a new computer. Yeah! It's a Dell and the specs are as follows:

Dimension 4400 Series,Pentium 4 Processor at 1.7 GHz
Memory: 512MB DDR SDRAM
Keyboard: Dell Enhanced Quiet Key Keyboard
Monitors: Video Ready w/o Monitor
Video Cards: 64MB NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 4X AGP Graphics Card with TV-Out
Hard Drive: 80GB Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drive
Floppy Drive: 3.5 in Floppy Drive
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Mouse: MS IntelliMouse
Network Card: 10/100 PCI Fast Ethernet NIC
Modem: 56K PCI Data Fax Modem for Windows
CD or DVD Drive: 48x Max Variable CD-ROM
Sound Card: SB Live! Digital Sound Card
Speakers: New Harman Kardon HK-206 Speakers
Software Bundles: Microsoft Works Suite 2002 with Money 2002 Standard
Zip Drives: 250MB Iomega Zip Built-in Drive with One Disk
Digital Photography: Dell Picture Studio,Image Expert 2000 Standard Edition
Limited Warranty, Services and Support Options: 2Yr Ltd. Warranty- 2Yrs At-Home Service + 2Yrs Phone Support
Secondary CD or DVD Drive: 40x/10x/40x CD-RW Drive with Roxio's Easy CD Creator

I didn't really want to spend the money right now, but I am so damn tired of it locking up and running badly that last night was the last straw. It should ship by this Saturday, so I should have it by next week. I guess I'll have to take my mom up on her offer of a loaner computer after all!

.: 353 words at 09:34 AM in Fish Tales :: Link :: :: All the Voices Say... (1) :.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Tweaks, Tweaks, and More Tweaks

I've been messing around with The Neurotic Fishbowl today and finally fixed some things that I've been meaning to work on. The sidebars should be consistent in their text size, the archives have had changes so they look more like the main page and their titles should reflect the navigation better, and some of the spacing and fonts have been changed on the pear skin (skin number three) now that I have at least a little bit of a clue how CSS works. Isn't it nice when you can make little changes and feel happier about your site?

.: 98 words at 12:22 PM in Geeky Things :: Link :: :: All the Voices Say... (0) :.

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More Than Just Friends...

I probably shouldn't post this, but it was such an interesting quiz....

[harry + ron]

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This-or-That Tuesday

Time for Ashley's This-or-That Tuesday:

  • Which is worse: a driver riding your bumper or someone pulling out in front of you with their car?
  • I hate both, but probably someone pulling in front of me worse. That always scares me.

  • Can you do 10 push ups?
  • God, I hope so! I haven't tried to, but I would say yes.

  • Do you bathe/shower in the morning or in the evening (or at all)?
  • In the evening. With my hair being so long (middle of my back) it takes forever to dry and I don't have enough time in the morning to screw with it.

  • Michael or Janet Jackson?
  • Janet. Ms. Jackson if you're nasty.

  • Which do you enjoy most? Your bedroom or living room?
  • Hmmmm. Different reasons competing here. Even though the living room has the Tivo, I'm going to say bedroom.

  • Bathroom or kitchen?
  • Bathroom. I don't cook at all.

  • Crayons or markers?
  • Crayons. I am obsessed with them and used to have boxes and boxes of them.

  • Leaves falling or flowers blooming?
  • Flowers blooming.

  • Fred and Wilma or Barney and Betty?
  • Toughie. I'll saw Fred and Wilma.

  • Fame or fortune?
  • Fortune. I would never want to be famous. Too much of a hassle.

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Pamper Me, Baby!

Trish and I just made our appointment at Urban Retreat, a day spa in Houston. We're both getting the Elegant Retreat package and I am so looking forward to this. I need all the stress reduction in my life that I can!

.: 43 words at 10:35 AM in Fish Tales :: Link :: :: All the Voices Say... (1) :.

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Foul Mood

I must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Only been at work for twenty minutes and already two or three issues have arisen and I'm in a bad mood. Grrrrr!

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Monday, April 29, 2002

A Day At The Zoo

I was browsing the group photolog, Common Threads, when I came across Lara's fabulous pictures of her day at the zoo. Go look at her baby llama picture - it is just priceless!

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A Sweet Treat!

Trish sent me a cookie from The Cookie Bouquet today because I've been such a good friend to her. It's even got fish on it! It was so sweet and such a surprise. :-) Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Monday Mission 2.17

Here's PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.17:

1. When was the last time you pampered yourself?
The Friday before we left for Vegas I went to a snazzy little day spa and got a massage. I have some gift certificates that Trish gave me to a day spa down by The Galleria. We're going to try and go together next month.

2. When was the last time someone pampered you?
Steven pampers me all the time, when you really think about it. He cooks me dinner and rubs my feet. He's so good to me. :-)

3. Describe the last time you recall really feeling loved (other than from children or pets).
While Steven and I were on vacation. On vacation Steven becomes super relaxed and affectionate and it always makes me feel just completely adored.

4. Has your use of the computer ever caused any arguments? What's the story there?
Never really causes any arguments, but he was yelling from the bed last night at 2:45 in the morning, "Come to bed! You'll never get up in the morning!"

5. What's the most embarrassing thing your Mom ever did?
I can't really remember anything. I'm sure there was the typical mom-stuff like wiping your face with her napkin, but nothing really comes to mind. Or maybe it's because my mom is super cool.

6. I've met some adults who've never learned to swim, and others who never learned how to ride a bike.. Is there anything that you never learned as a child that you probably should have?
I've never learned to swim, sadly enough. I could probably dog paddle and that's about it.

7. I have no idea who said it (and I spent all of two minutes trying to research it), but "someone" once said, a picture is worth a thousand words. Post an image that says more than words. Or instead, describe a picture you recall which touched your heart.
It may be trite, but the Flash movie that was made as a tribute to the people killed in the September 11th attacks with Enya's "Only Time" touched my heart and said more than any words ever could about that day.

BONUS: What's love got to do with it?
Got to do with it. What's love but a second-hand emotion?

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My Mom - The Winner

I forgot to mention, but my mom won $500 in a random drawing for a survey she did last Friday. Go, Mom! Aren't you glad I introduced you to the world of online surveys?

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So, I've Decided To Be

Thanks to the fabulous Evil Plan Generator, I have concocted my very own evil plan to take over the world!

Congratulations on being the creator of a new Evil Plan™!

Your objective is simple: World Domination.

Your motive is a little bit more complex: Evil - It's my nature

Stage One
To begin your plan, you must first seduce a rich and powerful ceo. This will cause the world to sit up and take notice, stunned by your arrival. Who is this unholy menace? Where did they come from? And why do they look so good in classic black?

Stage Two
Next, you will seize control of Fort Knox. This will cause countless hordes of computer programmers to flock to you, begging to do your every bidding. Your name will become synonymous with sheer dementedness, as lesser men whisper your name in terror.

Stage Three
Finally, you will activate your plague of doom, bringing about the dead rising from the grave. This will all be done from a Underground Secret Headquarters of Doom, an excellent choice if we might say.

These three deeds will herald the end, and the citizens of this planet will have no choice but to elect you their new god.

Trust us, it'll all come together in the end.

(Link courtesy of Robyn)

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Sunday, April 28, 2002

Lazy Day

I've spent most of the day catching up on things on the Tivo (Er, Malcolm in the Middle, two of The X-Files, and Frasier) and playing dominoes over at Pogo. I've still got two 24 episodes to watch, so I may go watch one of those in a bit. Sunday's are so nice for not doing anything. Not like Mondays, but what're you going to do?

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Custom 404 Error Pages

Thanks to the Scripty Goddesses, it is now easy to set up your own custom 404 error page. Just a little tip if you're using CuteFTP, you may not be able to see your .htaccess file, so make sure you really don't have one before you overwrite it. (Thanks for uploading the right one, Christine!)

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Sunday Op-Ed

Time for Chris' Sunday Op-Ed!

1) Thunderstorms
What is something that I love and wish we had more of at night? I love how they sound, feel, and smell.

2) Sex
What is a great way to spend some time?

3) Bubble Baths
What is something I used to do every Thursday while Steven played poker but don't do anymore? When we get a house, it's going to have one of those big, whirlpool tubs and I'll get back into this habit.

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Color Me, Baby!

Fitting since I love eyeshadows and spend way too much money on them. I'm not really like that with any other make-up, just eyeshadow.

i'm an eyeshadow. what type of make up are you?

quiz made by muna.

(Link courtesy of Danielle)

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Bloglet The Neurotic Fishbowl

Since I am obsessed with trying out cool little tools for my blog (DoSomething Winamp Plug-in, Wander-Lust, Klipfolio), I thought I'd try Bloglet. Bloglet is a nifty little service that sends you one e-mail per day with all the posts from your favorite site in a digest form. It's a handy way to make sure you didn't miss any posts. If you'd like to, please subscribe to The Neurotic Fishbowl's Bloglet.

Enter your email address below to subscribe to The Neurotic Fishbowl!

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Klip The Neurotic Fishbowl

Serence™ Klipfolio™ is a free information channel viewer that lets you view and manage Klip™ information channels right on your desktop. KlipFolio is a real time saver - a "break through the clutter" approach to gathering information that interests you. Pick what you want, have it pushed to you.

Christine downloaded Klipfolio™ the other day and kept talking about it, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon. It's really cool and Adam was kind enough to make a klip for this site so you can add The Neurotic Fishbowl to your Klipfolio. Thanks, Adam!

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Book Reviews

I stole Marsha's idea of using title tags to give the books in my "Past Reads" list a little mini-review. If you hover over the title, you'll get my quick take on the book.

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Our neighbor has just now come home and finally turned off his damn alarm. We were just beginning to wonder how we were going to get any sleep if he happened to be out of town.

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