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one of my most annoying peeves


v : cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful

From WordNet (r) 2.0:

Coffee regular please!

Okay, I know this is not a big thing, and will not cause the course of history to be changed, but here goes:

• I’m from New York City. For as long as I can remember, when you went to a store and ordered a “coffee regular”, it meant coffee with milk and sugar. It has always been that way. I understand that in Philadelphia a coffee regular is black.

• So why is it that when I go to stores now-a-days and I ask for a coffee regular, I am asked, “milk and sugar??”

I have decided to now respond to that question with, “Regular, yes.”

Oh, and btw, this does not apply to StarBucks… That’s another story for another day (hereafter referred to as ASAD).

I have other pet peeves, but I’ll bring them up as I remember them.

hair, operas and blasts from the past

I was able to locate and talk to a friend (colloquialism) from my youth and past who played significant parts in my life some forty years

Original Broadway Play

ago. God,… how many times did we play the Hair Album?!?  She was the one who actually introduced me to the enjoyment of opera.

I had delayed attempting contact for so ling, because it had been so long. Amazingly, when she answered her phone, her voice sounded the same. It was eerie. Not only her voice, but the energy behind  it too.

What a wonderful start of the day. I look forward to “filling in the gaps” of our lives in the future.

Google Voice and iPhone

A couple of months ago, I read a small article about Google Voice.  I had seen stuff about it before, but was unclear exactly what it was.   A few trips to Google pages and I got a general idea, but still could not see how it would be of great benefit to me, especially since I have an iPhone 3G and my home number (a landline).  Anyway,  I found out that it was only available by invitation only, just like Gmail used to be. So, I applied for an invitation.  The more I read during the previous months, the more intrigued I became.  Finally, I received my invitation a few weeks ago and just  sort of looked at it.  I submitted it, and got my new phone number (which you can choose yourself).

symbol used to represent Google Voice
Google Voice Symbol

It’s really cool because the calling is free except for international calls (which is a very small amount in terms of money).  You can have different answering messages for different  people.  Free text messaging, voicemail transcription to name just a few of the advantages.  I can see why AT&T did not want Apple to allow Google Voice as an app on the iPhone.  Basically, I am trying to understand why I should even pay AT&T, when I could get all my services fro free.

The most obvious answer is that it is not as smoothly integrated.  For one, in order to have any of those features, you have to have people dial the new number.  Also, having to use an HTML5 app to make calls is a lot slower than just using the phone app on the iPhone.  Another drawback, is you would have to use your Gmail addressbook, or import your iPhone addressbook to Gmail.

Want to try it out for free?  On the bottom right of the page is a widget that says Call Me.  Enter your name, number and check the box that protects your anonymity, and it will call anyone you like.    Feeling brave enough?   BTW, if you have a Google mail account, you can make free calls from there too.

Louise Log #15

Anne Flournoy has released another terrific episode of the Louise Log,… number 15.  This one is called Danger.  Things are getting even more interesting.  Check it out:

If you have any problems with the audio, you can view it with subtitles at Anne’s website.  You can also see ALL of the “logs” here. You can also subscribe there and be the first to know when another Louise Log is released along with any other things Anne is working on.  Enjoy!

I’m Back

If, per chance, you tried to get to this blog recently, you were met with a Fatal Error message.  That was the result of attempting to upgrade this blog to WordPress version 2.8 automatically.  Even though the auto upgrade worked fine on another blog (StarFire), it crashed on this one.

A few things happened during the down period.   Anne Flournoy’s short, The Louise Log #13 won a competition at New York’s channel Thirteen (you can view it at StarFire or here).

Meanwhile, #14 has been released:

Enjoy… Hopefully I’ll be back later today after I manually upgrade to version 2.8 (it’s supposed to be a security update as well as other things).