Saturday, June 30, 2007

Quote of the Day - June 30, 2007

Friday, June 29, 2007

Browncoats in Space

The crew of the International Space Station has been supplied with copies of Firefly and Serenity. So the next time the computers crash, they can just ask themselves, what would Kaylee do?

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Quote of the Day - June 28, 2007

Coworker 1: (when trying to get coworker 2's attention so he could ask a question) Bus access requested!

Coworker 2: Access granted.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Junk Shuffling

I have a tendency to put stray papers and other random items on every available surface that isn't the floor or a seat (and sometimes surfaces that are part of the floor or a seat). It's either because I don't have a spot set aside for said random item or because I know that if I put it away, I will forget about. This means things of varying importance pile up on my computer desk, my TV cart, and the TV trays that I leave set up next my couch and my desk. When I do end up cleaning this stuff up, I tend to move it from one surface that I intend to clean to another that I intend to clean later. Bills either stay on the intended clean space or move to a space that is already clean (otherwise, I'll lose track of them like I did my registration stickers for my car, and that would be bad (I did eventually find the stickers, though)). Books get stacked on the TV cart until I convince myself that I'm not reading them any time soon and should really put them on a bookcase. The same can be said for DVDs and video cassettes that I've watched since the last time I cleaned. The papers don't generally get cleaned up until a) I have company coming or b) everything is piled onto the last unclean surface and I'm forced to find a place for everything, whether it's a filing box, a bookcase, the garbage, or a cardboard box.

The cardboard box solution is the last step in the junk shuffling chain. This is usually the fate of random items that I still don't have a place for but I don't feel ready to throw away, but I really shouldn't leave it lying around, so I pick up an Amazon box or a shoebox and dump it all in. I am able to find things by remembering which cleaning cycle I last saw them in and going to that box. I have yet to reuse or run out of boxes. This either means that the problem isn't that bad (yet) or I get too much stuff from Amazon.

The best part of the cardboard box solution is the reminiscing I get to do when I get the urge to sort through one of them. I'll find notes, sketches, story and blog post ideas, random craft items (glow-in-the-dark lanyard, anyone?), mysterious numbers, and other things. I've never had an entire box "expire", though I have ended up throwing out several items in a single box (usually receipts or attempts at solving figure logics). One day, I will hopefully go through those boxes and finally find a home for all of those random items. Perhaps a plastic box. Promotion!

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