Posts Tagged ‘good’

Saturday Blessings

26 March 2011

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Dear J-

You may keep looking forward to Saturday but if you don’t remember why then you might as well not even start your weekend. Just as you decide what your attitude is going to be, how much patience you’re going to use, count the things that have gone right today instead of the ones you wanted and make your own day better. In other words count your blessngs. If you’re really good at laughing at yourself then by all means dwell on the things gone wrong but most of us aren’t that good.

So here’s this today: we kept getting up throughout the night for one kid or another — Calcifer is probably sick and not feeling all the time sleepy (or able to breathe; you should see how much snot comes out of that kid) and we deposit figgy on the toilet every few hours to keep it out of her bed. So we stagger through the day tired and you could either say that if only, if only we had a chance to get through the night, or you can tell me that hey, you got up at seven, not four, and that’s gotta be worth something, right? We may not go great guns all day but the longer you go without telling yourself that you’re worth a break now and again the less likely you’ll make it all the way through.

We have more down time at home despite having a complete portable baby mess kit. As Calcifer gets older and mealtimes more regular (the solid foods have helped here occasionally) we’ll get back to the all-day outings. Right now though we’re not rushing things; this time isn’t about getting back to normal as soon as we can. I push the big double stroller around the neighborhood, full of fifty pounds of offspring and there’s nothing but to go slow up the hills. We keep our own pace, we find our way in life in unremarkable ways but punctuated by periodic laughter. It’s enough.

Mike

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Multiplex Division

13 May 2010

Dear J-

I’ve been thinking about Google lately; if you remember before the browser wars, there were competing search engines all around, from the first efforts of Jerry Yang’s Yahoo! to various spidering sites like Inktomi. The one that I used reliably roughly fifteen years ago was Altavista — this probably because I had a soft spot in my heart for Digital Equipment Corporation, at one point the number two vendor of computer equipment behind IBM and dedicated to going it on their own path — from the semi-PC compatible Rainbow 100 to the speed-is-everything Alpha chips — before being swallowed up by Compaq.

Google changed that; from the first inklings of how broad it was to the fascinating depths it could plumb, it soon became my default go-to engine. When I was little I learned that the term ‘google’ meant the number one followed by a hundred zeroes (1E100, if you rather), and it felt like the secrets of the Internet were laid bare in an unassuming little text-entry box. Although no one’s quite replicated the secret sauce that brings back bushels of hits, the current commercials from Bing are amusingly spoofy: there’s still a lot of work to be done to separate the chaff from the wheat, although a lot of people prefer doing just that.

I suppose that’s part of their success: everyone’s developed their own algorithm to sort through Google results; better to include everything rather than feel as if some robot somewhere is deciding what’s important. It’s funny that we’d accept that, but then again this is the land of super-sizing and SUVs: better to get more than you might need: you’ll grow into those shoes, kid. It works for search engines (as wide a net as you can cast is never a bad thing) but now Google wants to be Microsoft (everywhere, all the time) and I’m not convinced that their corporate motto (“Don’t be evil”) and generic bigger-is-better philosophy is sufficient any more.

Mike