April 2004 Archives

The Virgin Suicides


The Virgin Suicides

Cast Away


Cast Away

You Tell 'Em Sister!


From the news reports, it sounds that the March for Womens Rights yesterday in Washington, DC was a success. I'm so proud that so many people turned out for the event. THIS is the America that I know and love.

Happy Earth Day!

Photo of the earth taken by Apollo 17 astronauts.

AIfIA IA Library


Hot off the presses:

AIfIA opens the IA Library

The Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture (AIfIA) is pleased
to announce the opening of the Information Architecture Library, an
international collection of the best articles, books, blogs, guides,
reports, and other resources related to the field of information

The IA Library was developed by Joanna Markel and Jeff Tang, two
graduate students at the University of Michigan's School of Information.
Chiara Fox, Austin Govella, and Peter Morville provided support and
served as mentors.

"Jeff and Joanna designed and built a fully-functional user interface
and content management system for the Library. That's quite an
accomplishment for a single-semester independent study project!" says
AIfIA's president, Peter Morville.

The IA Library's collection is still very much under development. We
are adding new resources, particularly in languages other than English,
to create a more well-rounded collection. In addition, AIfIA is
actively seeking a volunteer Library Director to oversee the continued
development of this important public service.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with the IA Library, or if
you know of a resource we should include, please send your suggestion to

To explore the Information Architecture Library go to:


Rally for Women's Lives


A Bay Area pro-choice rally for women's rights in solidarity with the March for Women's Lives in Washington DC. Saturday, April 24th, 12-4 PM, Dolores Park (19th and Dolores), San Francisco.

Be there for yourself, your lover, your mother, your sister, your daughter.

More information at http://www.teameffinrock.com/rallyforwomen/

Annie Hall


Annie Hall

Random Passages


I saw this over at Peterme's. Seems kind of fun, so I'll jump on the bandwagon myself.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

Nearest book: Web Navigation: Designing the User Experience by Jennifer Fleming

"The size of graphic elements provides clues."

Hmmm... somehow I think it would be more interesting if I were home and took whatever fiction book I had on my night table.

I'm Ageless


Coolio! My site has been added to the Ageless Project website. The goal of the Ageless Project is to "send the message that the personal, creative side of the web is diverse and ageless". It includes personal sites from folks of all walks of life, location, and, of course, age. They even have sites from someone born in the 1920's. Man, when I'm 70-something, wearing purple with my hair dyed blue, I'm hope I'm that hip to the latest technology.

Haunting Image


I found a link to this image on Jeff Veen's site today. It's a mosaic of soldiers who have died in Iraq.

It makes me sad to think of all the families behind each one of those images, and the pain they are going through, and for what? And I am not discounting all the lives touched, and the pain and suffering people have endured in other wars. They all make me sad.

M Minus 21 Hours


The movers are coming! The movers are coming!

Yippee! Tomorrow the movers are coming to move my furniture and boxes to my new apartment. I'm so excited. No more sleeping on an air mattress or sitting on a step stool.

The new place is shaping up nicely. My mom has been out here from CT since Sunday. She's been such a help wiping out cabinents, laying shelf lining paper, and running to the grocery store while I am at work. I don't know how I could have done this move without her. Well, I do know. But it would involve me being rundown, exhausted, cranky, and most likely ill by the end of it. Thank god for moms.

Tonight we are going to Ikea to pick up two new bookcases. They'll match the one that I'm getting from the old house. They'll be part of the Library in the spare bedroom. Yippie!

There's No Place Like Home

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Tonight is my first night in my new apartment. Most of my stuff won't arrive until April 10, when the movers show up. But I have a new futon and I'm bringing over enough clothes, towels, and paper plates to get by until then. I'm really excited about having my own place. And I'm sure Freesia will be happy about being Queen of a whole apartment.

Here's what it looks like, though the master bedroom is on the left.


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