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Happy December! I suppose it's time to dust off my Christmas icon. I should have made my Thanksgiving icon earlier than Thanksgiving Day, so I could have enjoyed it longer. I sat around all November, wishing I had an appropriately seasonal icon. Too bad it didn't occurr to me until the day was practically over that Duke could easily be t-day'd with just a little clipart.

Hm, since it's the holidays, maybe I should make "holiday rice krispy treats" next week. I seem to remember them selling red and green rice krispies last year. Or maybe the year before. The years all blur together, when you're as old as I am. Interestingly enough, rice krispy treats are in fact one of the few food items which I am qualified to make (I have even done it before!).

Speaking of abilities (watch out, this is a really poor transition), I seem to be losing my ability to remember words. I do (mostly) okay when writing, because I can take the time to search through my brain for the right word. Or I can look it up if things get desperate. On the fly though? My vocabularly can be less than impressive.

For example -- I was conducting a meeting to gather specifications today, and I wrote on the whiteboard, "list all non-closed claims belonging to the user". It looked a little strange to me, then I realized: "I suppose I could just call them 'open'."

Also, earlier this week, I told my sister that I needed to take my car to "the car-fixing place". It especially amuses me that she didn't even bat an eye... apparently she also felt that was a perfectly acceptable name. Of course, she is just two years younger than I, so maybe her memory has started going too.

And speaking of broken cars (this transition works a tiny bit better), I still need to get mine fixed. At a...whatever you call those places. Oh yeah, the dealership! It currently has the following ailments: (1) the right back turn-signal doesn't work, (2) when you use the left turn-signal it switches off the cruise control, and (3) there is an annoying buzz coming from the front-right heat vent. I'm hoping that some or all of those are covered under warrenty. It also has a cracked rear-view mirror, but I know that's not under warrenty.
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ms_hecubus From: ms_hecubus Date: December 1st, 2004 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I call it a car hole.
kivrin From: kivrin Date: December 1st, 2004 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
ooh! Maybe, if you can't find the colored rice krispies, you could just mix red and green sprinkles into the marshmallow... goop is not an appetizing word to use, is it. Well, the marshmallow stuff. That would probably look very festive. And mmm... extra sugar!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 2nd, 2004 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
ooh, extra sugar is always good.
lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: December 1st, 2004 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Another neat trick ... just use green Rice Krispies, but at the end sprinkle on some little Red Hots candies ... and you've got holly. And if you really want to get fancy, bake it in a bundt pan and you'll have a wreath.

I was conducting a meeting to gather specifications today, and I wrote on the whiteboard, "list all non-closed claims belonging to the user". It looked a little strange to me, then I realized: "I suppose I could just call them 'open'."

I love how non-mundane you can be. ;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 2nd, 2004 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I am NOT picking all the red rice krispies out of the holiday cereal. They don't pay me enough for that....

Actually I think you're thinking of those cornflake holly things people make, caneprints suggested that too. (It's done with foodcoloring.)
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: December 1st, 2004 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
You could always call it the place where you get legally robbed.
From: caneprints Date: December 1st, 2004 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rice Crispy Treats are one of my favorite desserts! I like them so much that I'm trying to figure out how I can make them without sighted help so I can have them more often. A coworker made a holiday variation on the Rice Crispy Treat theme which uses corn flakes and green food coloring with the marshmallows, butter and red hots. I liked it so much and she was going to give me the recipe, but she never got around to it and she took another position outside the company, but I was excited to find the recipe with a good ole Google search today!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 2nd, 2004 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh yeah, I've had those green cornflake things, ages ago...they're good. That's an idea too!

I bet you could make rice krispy treats by yourself, maybe with a little practice with a sighted person first. I use my microwave instead of the stove, which makes it easier.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: December 2nd, 2004 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)
No, if you mean all non-closed, then say that. Right now, maybe you have just "open" and "closed", but what if you add a "pending" state later?

I've gotten caught by these bugs time and time again. I try to be really really precise now. :-)

BTW, whiteboards are so cool. By far my favorite toy. I have 5 whiteboards in my little work area here, and I'm geeked for my new office with the entire wall as a whiteboard :-).
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 2nd, 2004 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Sure, but what if you add "Expired", and that doesn't belong in the list either? It's hard to be precise about possible future enhancements, when you don't know what they'll be, if anything.

Yep, whiteboards are great! I should get a little one for my cubicle....
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: December 2nd, 2004 08:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Sure, you might have to change the criteria. But either way, be clear on what the criteria really is...

Right now:

Open = !Closed

However, as soon as you add one more criteria, that's not true. So, whichever criteria you choose, know that it comes with implications for the future behavior of the code :-).
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