Showing posts from January, 2006

Burns Supper

Anyone do a Burns Supper each year? A friend from work is having one on the 28th (a few days late, but given the amount of Scotch that will be consumed, it's better to not have it during the work week!) and it will be my second such event. The last one was two years ago where I ate my first Americanized haggis (we can't legally get some of the parts that would go into a "true" haggis according to the cook), which actually wasn't so bad. I kind of wish that I had given in to my temptation when I was in Edinburgh in 2000 and bought a can of haggis that I saw in a giftshop, but since I had to carry all my stuff for that part of the trip I really didn't want that weighing me down... I'm pretty sure it was about the density of a white dwarf star.


Forgive me a moment of bragging on my alma mater (and employer) for winning the College Football National Championship! Needless to say, Austin went nuts last night and I only got about 5 1/2 hours of sleep. The game actually lived up to the hype. I think the football pundits who said it would basically come down to whoever had the ball last were right on the money. What a game!

Email gripes

If you've ever looked at my "please read this before sending me an email" page and actually read all the way to the bottom, then you have already read the content of this post. I decided to take it off that page and put it here since I think a personal blog post is a much more appropriate place for it.

And now...The Gripes!

I have received so much email over the years that I've developed quite a list of pet peeves about it. If you don't do any of these things, you greatly increase your chance of getting a prompt response from me (vacation, work, life, etc. notwithstanding).

Please don't send questions like: "Can you please tell me everything about Elizabeth I?" or "Send me stuff about Henry VIII".
Note that I am mentioning people here that there are literally thousands, of books written about. And probably just as many websites! I tend to view messages like this as laziness on the part of the sender. Asking about more obscure people from the …


I hope everyone had a chance to celebrate saying goodbye to 2005 and welcome in 2006. I for one am ready to start fresh with a new calendar!

On a personal note ... I usually make a few resolutions, and this year I'm going to have to repeat one from a few years ago. I resolved in 2002 (the year I turned 30) to drop some weight, and by the time 2003 rolled around, I was back to the weight I was when I graduated from college. Unfortunately, in the years between, I gained it all back. I guess I should have resolved to *keep* the weight off in 2003-2005! Anyway, it's time to get more exercise, since I had to take a break from it for about the last four months for various reasons.

Beyond the standard "more exercise, lose weight" one, I'm resolving to finish learning cascading style sheets. Yeah, pretty geeky, I know. And still on a slightly geeky note, I'm going to make a better effort to keep up with submissions and stuff for the Tudor site. I think I say this every…