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A weblog by Laura Moncur


Justin.tv Is Strangely Calming

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 8:10 am

Justin.tv is sleeping…

Years ago, when I watched the movie, The Truman Show, I wondered why people would even care about watching some guy 24 hours a day. Heck, the eight hours a day when he was sleeping must be boring, right? Why would anyone watch Truman while he was sleeping?

For 13 days, 8 hours and 38 minutes, Justin Kan has been wearing a camera strapped to his head and a backpack to power it. For twenty-four hours a day, the cameras have been running. As I write this. Justing is sleeping. Why would I watch Justin sleep? Why would people watch Truman sleep? Because it’s strangely calming.

You can see what Justin is doing right now:

The few weblogs that have talked about Justin.tv have acted like what he is doing is amazing:

“Justin.tv is the mobile Internet lifecasting phenomenon that’s blowing up the new and old mediasphere.”

Blowing up? Nah… I don’t think so. Boring? Surprisingly not. I spent twenty minutes the other day watching Justin drive his car and listen to bad music. I loaded it up and the next thing I knew, I had lost twenty minutes of my life. Why did I keep watching? Partially to figure out where the heck he was, where he was going and why he was listening to such lame music on the car stereo. Later, I watched him wait for service at what looked like a mobile phone store. After five minutes, no one in the store had talked to him.

Why, why why? Why do I enjoy watching? It makes no sense to me. Am I waiting for him to crack? After 13 days of my life broadcast on the Internet, I would have cracked. How does he keep that hat on? What magical rocks are in that backpack that make this possible?

I had my doubts that The Truman Show could have happened. I didn’t believe that people would want to watch Truman’s mundane existence. I even thought that without the intervention from the production crew, no one would have watch Truman at all. Instead, I find myself watching Justin sleeping. Oh… he just turned over.

The most surprising fact is, Justin.tv is far more interesting and watchable than most of the television programming on the major networks.

Justin.tv has some sponsors, who I think deserve some props:

Not Quite Engineering Green

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 11:09 am

While walking today, I saw this can and it reminded me of the Mountain Dew fans. It’s not quite Engineering Green, but I’m sure it would do in a pinch. Sometimes I love litter. It can be so beautiful and can relieve the boredom of a morning walk. It’s afternoon, you say? Yeah, that too.

Smelly Flowers

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 12:08 pm

On my walk today, the air smelled like dirty water from a washing machine. At first, I thought the smell was coming from the panhandler that passed me, but I kept smelling it. I finally tracked it down to these flowers in the trees in my area. They are pretty, but they smell a little like urine.

Twitter Log: 2007-04-01

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Just back from the LDS Priesthood biannual family event. It was okay, I guess… #
  • Trying to chill. CodeAway was a lot of fun. I’m kicking myself for not taking pictures… #
  • Wrote a couple of blog entries, but now is the time for beddy bye… Night, night my twitches… #
  • Answered my email. Deleted spam in the Quotations Forum. Still trying to wake up… #
  • Why doesn’t SLC have a St. Stupids Parade? #
  • Just wrote an entry about Justin.tv: http://tinyurl.com/2b2tny #
  • @ allaboutgeorge Somehow I stayed thin, while the other guys got fat… #
  • @ libel_vox No helmet cams for the Starling Fitness videos until they solve the anti-shake problem. Just got a new camera, though. #
  • @ Marleigh I think Twitterific is a program that makes Twitter work with IM on a Mac: http://twitter.com/Twitterrific #
  • Walking to Michaels for supplies for Watch 2.1.2. Using my Nike+ to log the miles. #
  • The air smells like dirty washing machine water. #
  • A gaggle of 10 year old girls said, “I like your sweatshirt,” to me. It made me strangely happy because it said White & Nerdy. #
  • @ ThomAllen Crash site? What happened? #
  • @ ThomAllen Oops… this page is private. Sorry about the accident. Glad you survived. Good karma, I guess… #
  • @ moustache I still struggle with Drag and Drop on the web. It just seems so WRONG to me… #
  • Beginning work on Watch 2.1.2. I’m really close to greatness this time… #
  • @ marleigh Say hi to Leonardo for me! #
  • @ betsythedevine Yes, sweety, I do know that feeling. Hang in there, babe! #
  • @ matto Ah… It’s the Return of the Crabcake! #

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Permission For The Vines

Filed under: Art and Photography — Laura Moncur @ 10:48 am

Permission for the Vines by Laura Moncur 04-02-07

I wonder if the vines got permission to climb the fence…

Twitter Log: 2007-04-02

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Finished with Watch 2.0. Will release Beta tomorrow on Gadgets Page. Off to Tsunami for dinner with Stacey & Dan. #
  • Heading home. Talking to Mike about the iPhone. Will my Nike+ work on the iPhone? #
  • Writing blog entries for The Gadgets Page and Starling Fitness #
  • Awake, but barely. Why do I type my update before I’m fully cognizant? #
  • Extralife has informed me that Puzzle Quest is the new game for me. Bejeweled for dorks! http://tinyurl.com/yvltjf #
  • Watch 2.0 is out of Beta: http://tinyurl.com/24b5ak #
  • Wrote a couple of entries, read my email and almost all the RSS. Time for a shower and a walk. #
  • @ libel vox I’m not laughing at your misfortune. Not even a little… :-)) #
  • @ rathofbuns Are there any other types of mullets? #
  • Well, I was going to shower, but I read more RSS and wrote another entry instead. Now I’m REALLY going to shower… really… #
  • Walking around Salt Lake for thinking and exercise. #
  • Walking past Liberty Park listening to Manmade by Flock of Seagulls. Man, I miss them… #
  • @ allaboutgeorge Yet another reason I should be in SF instead of SLC. #
  • Walking through Trolley Square. First time since the shooting. Is it superstitious to avoid places where bad things happened? #
  • @ marleigh Ebb and flow, babe! Ebb and flow… #
  • @ nicolelee THANK YOU! I am so excited about this!!! #

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Friendships Can Hurt

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 6:29 am

Exactly three years ago, I wrote this entry:

The entry has grown a life of its own. There are pages and pages of comments from both guys and girls who are dealing with this problem. It’s the same story written over and over again and it just breaks my heart every time.

For all the pleasure and fun that friendships afford, sometimes they can hurt as well.

Twitter Log: 2007-04-03

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Finished at Ruby Tuesday. Now on a quest for video games. #
  • Happy birthday Adria! #
  • @ marleigh Ah shucks… Lean cuisine and ketchup… #
  • @ marleigh That sounds much better than what I had for dinner. #
  • Back home. Quest unsuccessful. ElectroPlankton is some sort of super rare game. Dang you, Schlomo! #
  • @ Cinegage Neither of those retailers have it. I could buy it on eBay for 60 bucks, but I’m too cheap… #
  • Installing Unreal Tournament 2004. We’ll see if it’s worth the wait. #
  • @ libel vox If it doesn’t work for me you can have it for free. #
  • @ libel Yeah, but I don’t have an underscore on my phone. Sorry… #
  • @ libel_vox Unreal Tourney 2004 is yours, dude. BTW, you can turn the gore off so it shouldn’t offend. #
  • I’m up. Eating Ramen for breakfast. The sun feels good in my eyes. I’ve got a lot of writing to do today. #
  • @ Extralife I see you deleted the entry about picking up stakes and moving. The answer is yes, but the feeling comes and goes. #
  • Writing blog entries. I have so much writing to do over the next couple of days that I’m going to be tied to the computer. #
  • @ jasonalba Here’s a quick link to JibberJobber from The Gadgets Page: http://tinyurl.com/yvdjkx #
  • Watching Justin.tv. He’s being interviewed by news. You can see it from his point of view. http://www.justin.tv/ #
  • Finally writing an entry about the Kathy Sierra mess… #
  • @ missrogue There, there, sweetie. Now you can buy a better camera. Look at it like an opportunity… #
  • @ ashbuckles Actually, I’m just listening to Justin.tv in the background while I work. #
  • My final thoughts on the Kathy Sierra incident: http://tinyurl.com/yuwks5 #
  • @ kitykity I just watched your interview! Awesome! It made me lonely for SXSWi… #
  • Just finished filming a video for tomorrow’s Starling Fitness entry. Now, to edit and upload. #
  • @ jasonalba Thanks, man! It’s a lot of work and I keep telling myself that it will be worth it. I guess we’ll see… #
  • At Noodles for dinner. Soft food for Mike’s new teeth. #

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My Phone Sings Twitter

Filed under: Video — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am
Click here to see the video

I was testing my new camera to see how well it will work for videoblogging, but I had forgotten to turn off the Twitter notifications to my phone.

By the way, the camera I have been waiting for since last year at this time has finally arrived! Yeah! The film is so beautiful! I can’t wait to go to California and film some Walking DVDs for Starling Fitness! Ocean beaches and botanical gardens!

For months I have been telling myself that it’s not the camera, it’s the photographer. I have been reminding myself that I have a better camera in my purse than either Cecil B. Demille or Ansel Adams had their whole lives. Now, I have an even better camera. There’s no excuse now.

Cyberbullying: Is “Don’t Feed The Trolls” the Best Philosophy?

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 10:33 am

I just got another rude and disrespectful comment on one of our weblogs:

Before the Kathy Sierra incident, I would have just deleted the comment. No discussion. Nothing. I would have just deleted it and let it rot unread in my “Fan Mail” folder. It’s part of the “Don’t Feed the Trolls” philosophy that we have run under since about 1990 when we ran a BBS from a second line in our small apartment. They are our websites. I delete any comment that I don’t particularly like. I have been pretty ruthless about it, actually.

The thing is, I don’t really know if that method of dealing with trolls is the best. I really don’t. Sure, it gets rid of the trolls. They just go troll somewhere else, but it gives the rest of the world the impression that we don’t have trolls. Only I see them. So, when a new blogger starts dealing with the same problems as we have since 1990, she feels alone in the world. She thinks that Laura Moncur is beloved and no one would dare call her names, disagree with her in a disrespectful manner or threaten to kill her because she included a quotation that compared Jesus to Santa Claus in The Quotations Page.

The thing is, I PREFER deleting trolls. I get a certain feeling of revenge at taking away their voice. I don’t want to argue with them because they are obviously too stupid to understand or too blind to see another’s point of view. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t have posted in the manner that they did.

Deleting trolls makes other people forget they exist, though. It doesn’t actually remove them from the system. It just makes them invisible to everyone but me.

Is YOYOW (You Own Your Own Words) better? Is it better to just let the words hang there? Is it better to let others attack them for the hateful language? Is it better to just leave the comments as they come in?

I don’t know. All I know is I don’t want to see hateful and disrespectful comments on anything I own. That’s why I’m tempted to just delete them. It’s like graffiti. Do you leave it on your fence? Some people consider it art. It sure is a lot easier to leave the graffiti on the fence than to paint over it day after day after day when it keeps showing up every morning.

Another issue, however, is my constant deleting of trolls somehow creating an implied contract? If something I would normally consider disrespectful stays on one of my websites, does that imply that I agree with it? I have deleted so many comments in the past, but what if I don’t delete one? Does that mean I’m liable for what someone else posts on my websites? God, I hope not. How many times have disrespectful comments slipped through my fingers because of an email glitch or a weblog glitch or some other mysterious glitch in the system? I KNOW of one that slipped past me, but are there others?

So, I left a rude comment on The Gadgets Page. It sits there accusing me of being a pussy, a dolt, and a faggot. It implies that my entry about video games is reason enough for Islamic extremists to decide to attack me in my backyard. It’s not a death threat. It’s not the worst I’ve received, but it’s still there. Even now, I want to go back and just delete it.

I’m in cognitive dissonance about the whole thing and I don’t know what to do.

I’ll probably delete the comment, my response and even this entry. Silence has been our response for so long that I’m uncomfortable at the sound of my voice…

Update 2:09 pm: Well, that didn’t work… The whole thing devolved into a shouting match. I deleted all the comments (even my response) and closed comments on that entry.

Don’t Feed the Trolls wins, I guess…

Twitter Log: 2007-04-04

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • @ marleigh Nothing beats Burgess Meredith as The Penguin! #
  • STILL writing blog entries. I’ve been working all day non-stop. I think itls time to take a break. #
  • Time for bed. Mike crashed an hour ago and it’s time for me to join him. #
  • Orange juice and morning allergies. Checking email. Deleting spam from the forums and my comments. #
  • @ jkenzer Explains why you were looking at Twitter people in Phoenix the other day. We’re watchin’ you, bub! :) #
  • Everyone welcome Jason Alderman to Twitter. The newest Utah Geek to become Twitterpated! #
  • Here is a blog entry: http://tinyurl.com/2h2v8o #
  • Read it before I lose my cool and delete it. #
  • @ libel_vox Yeah, that’s true, but it also gives the impression that we have never had a broken window. When someone else gets one… #
  • they feel alone… #
  • @ jasonalba The Utah Blogger Dinner is TODAY? #
  • @ marleigh Yes! Meet me there or should we go togerher? #
  • @ jasonalba Marleigh and I are coming to the dinner. Can you save a spot for us? #
  • @ash I am coming with a friend. Save us seats please! #

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Tales Of Mere Existence

Filed under: Movies — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Lev Yilmaz has created a lovely series of videos and put them on YouTube. This one, “…Take My Shoes Off?”, is the kind of conversation that I would have with Mike. After watching just a few of these videos, I became an instant fan. The cool thing is, you don’t have to schlep through YouTube to watch his videos. You can just buy his books and get a DVD of the videos with it.

I find such joy when I find a new artist that I enjoy. His videos remind me of childhood when I used to watch a show on PBS where they would read us a story and an artist would draw a scene from the story. Something about these stories seem so real and I just want to watch more.

Twitter Log: 2007-04-05

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Thinking about going to bed, but working instead… #
  • Night, night, twitches… #
  • No spam to delete this morning. How lovely… #
  • I’m back. Sorry Quotesblog isn’t us. Doesn’t look like he’s getting his quotes from us either. I’m gonna do a QB entry on him! #
  • Here’s my shoutout to the QuotesBlog guy: http://tinyurl.com/23nffq Thanks, Jason, for noticing him! #
  • @ jasonalba Excellent entry, Jason! I like the networking points you brought up. #
  • Just changed my picture. What do you think? #
  • Just changed my icon picture in everything (MySpace, LiveJournal, Yahoo!, Flickr, Twitter, etc). What a pain… #
  • Waiting for the test for the new thing. Will it work? #
  • Nope… It didn’t work. Let’s try again, shall we? #
  • You can now get our quotations (humorous or motivational) on Twitter! http://tinyurl.com/yq3fkj #
  • Mike pulled an “all-nighter” to make this work! Give him props, -K-? #
  • I would totally pay for Twitter Pro! #
  • @ libel vox The 140 char limit can’t handle 4 quotes. Some individual quotes are even too long. #

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Twitter Log: 2007-04-06

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Time to exercise and play Sims 2. Just got it today and it’s looking like it will be a fun game! #
  • Almost finished exercising. I haven’t decided what I think about Sims 2 for the DS yet. #
  • Crocheting an iPod cozy for my Nano. It will match my watch. #
  • @ justsomeguy I haven’t watched Lost yet. Do you think it’s worth watching? I hate loose threads. #
  • @ justsomeguy The 3 seasons’ one… #
  • @ justsomeguy I guess I better put the DVDs on the top of my queue at Netflix then. Thanx for the recommend! #
  • @ justsomeguy I tend to go in binges. Haven’t had a good TV binge in a while. I guess it’s time. #
  • @ libel_vox The real question is why anyone thought she was a “serious” journalist to begin with. #
  • @ libel_vox The two of them made a great team. His writing with her “personality.” Too bad it imploded… #
  • @ justsomeguy Ze Frank never did it for me. I think it’s his eyes. I’m stoked about the Lost DVDs, though. I have to wait until after Dland. #
  • There’s not enough time for me to finish my iPod cozy before I fall asleep. Nighty, night, Twitches… #
  • I’m awake. Mike has been sleeping for almost 12 hours after pulling his “all-nighter.” I want to wake him up just like the Talking Heads #
  • @ allaboutgeorge Good morning, george! I see you out there! #
  • @ allaboutgeorge Yes, “out there” is a smashing place. I think it’s somewhere near the lovely downtown Burbank where Phil Donahue films. #
  • @ cspencer What’s that? #
  • Walking to Saltimbocca for lunch with Mike. #
  • Everyone welcome iportion, my dear friend in Alaska! Hi, Val! #
  • @ marleigh and justsome guy Have a fun lunch! #

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Has Twitter Killed My Urge To Blog?

Filed under: Musings on Being a Writer — Laura Moncur @ 9:45 am

Writing feels like voodoo to me. Sometimes it feels like the words come out of my fingers instead of out of my head. Are there only a fixed number of words stored in my fingers? Am I wasting my words on Twitter?

It’s making me wonder.

Twitter only allows my to get my thoughts across in 140 characters. When I am texting on my phone, the 140 limit is a breeze. When I am typing on the keyboard, however, I hit the limit time and time again. Are there more words in my fingers than my thumbs?

When I can write I’m grateful and write as much as I can. When I can’t, I start blaming everything around me, oblivious to the fact that creativity comes in waves. I just need to ride the waves the best I can. Soon the words will flow out of my fingers again and I’ll have to mop up the mess on my keyboard.

To be honest, the whole troll thing is just bugging the crap out of me and I don’t want to tear off my skin and expose it to the underbelly of humanity in addition to the greatness.

To be totally honest, I’ve found Sims 2 for my DS to be a much more comforting way to deal with humanity. The Sims don’t even speak English, so I look like a genius to them.

Twitter Log: 2007-04-07

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • I took the day off Twitter. I played Sims 2 alone and Guitar Hero with Mike. Time for bed now. #
  • We’re out of Coke Zero. Surviving on Engineering Green. Too sugary for me… #
  • Everyone welcome Adria Burns! Our newest Utah Geek! Hi, Adria! #
  • Just finished writing some blog entries. I need to go pick up the car from the mechanic. #
  • I changed my photo in so many places and I STILL forgot some (Blogger). Plus, now I need to change it on all my weblogs… #
  • Okay, I just changed my photo on my personal blog. I had no idea how difficult it would be, but it was still easier than asking Mike… #
  • Walking to Midas to pick up the car. Clean bill of health for the trip, yeah! #
  • Going to get a Bday present for Mike’s mom! We’re leaning toward digital pic frame. #
  • @ ashbuckles Going to Disneyland with Mike’s brother & his family. Three little ones at the Happiest Place on Earth! #
  • Just spent the last hour editing photos to put on the digital photo frame for Mike’s mom’s Bday tomorrow. I’m tired of “adjust levels”… #
  • @ ashbuckles Not all cylinders, I think… :) #

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Updated Photo

Filed under: Art and Photography — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Laura Moncur April 2007 Photo by Laura Moncur

If you read my weblog through an RSS feed, you might not have noticed that I changed my photo on the main page. Here is a larger version of it. I played with it a lot in Photoshop to get the colors look so bright. On Tuesday, you can see the untouched version.

I hadn’t changed my official photo for almost three years. Sometimes it surprises me how quickly time flies…

Twitter Log: 2007-04-08

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • @ alizasherman Sorry. There is an awesome Nokia cameraphone that would be good. Check out Steve Garfield’s vlog. He has that one. #
  • Just left Gateway. Found Urbz DS for cheap at the game store. #
  • @ Cinegage With a camera, right? Not a glock… #
  • Listening to K.K. Slider at Brewsters. He’s playing Go K.K. Rider right now. I think he’ll hook me up with a bootleg after the song. #
  • @ justsomeguy Welcome home! #
  • @ Cinegage How did it go? #
  • Playing Urbz. #
  • Barfed up my coffee this morning and dealing with a caffeine withdrawl headache right now. #

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Here’s One For The Wooster Collective

Filed under: Art and Photography — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

I noticed this sign outside the Circuit City by my house. Someone had added a spray paint sticker to the handicapped parking sign. It made me strangely happy to see it. It reminded me of the Wooster Collective, so I snapped a photo and planned to send it in to them.

I made a blog entry about it, instead…

I know graffiti is bad and it’s a sign that people don’t care about their property when it isn’t covered up quickly. I understand the broken windows concept, but I kind of like it. I don’t want it on my fence, but if it’s on your fence, I’ll take a picture of it. Then I’ll hope you paint over it as quickly as possible.

Talk about cognitive dissonance…

Reuel’s Art & Frame

Filed under: Art and Photography — Laura Moncur @ 3:51 pm

Nothing like new crayons to appease the child within.

I am at Reuel’s Art & Frame. I’ve finished looking at all the art supplies. It’s funny. Most of the time, I don’t need to buy anything.

Now I’m listening to an art teacher complain about how uptight his art students are. I want to punch him. He represents everything that is wrong with art instruction to me. I’m not gonna punch, though. I just let him blather on and while I tell the whole world about him behind his back.

Twitter Log: 2007-04-09

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • I’ve been awake for two hours. I decided to play Animal Crossing and Sims 2 to wake up. My flowers are watered and my hotel is alien-free. #
  • Wishing for a Hat Factory in Salt Lake City… #
  • Coworking in Utah? Not quite… http://voxpopdesign.com/wordpress/?p=60 #
  • Just finished lunch at Tres Hombres with Mike. Talked about coworking. Doesn’t look like SLC is ready for it. #
  • Decided to quit trying to overwork myself before I leave town. Just going to go with the flow. #
  • @alizasherman Enjoy the Thai. Be one with the Thai! #
  • @ ashbuckles Because we’re self employed. Gotta take the bad with the good. #
  • Heading to Reuel’s Art & Frame. #
  • @ robertmerrill It’s an art supply store. We go there to make us feel better. Nothing like new crayons to appease the child within us. #
  • What I did at Reuel’s: http://tinyurl.com/2yl79c #

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Self Portrait Tuesday: Testing The New Camera

Filed under: Art and Photography — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Self Portrait Tuesday: Testing The New Camera

While testing the new camera, I took the best picture of myself in a long time. It was on burst mode, where the camera takes a bunch of pictures at once. I’m pleasantly surprised!

Twitter Log: 2007-04-10

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • The iPod cozy is officially a collosal failure. Oh well… #
  • I think I’ll go play Animal Crossing with Kristen. #
  • Nighty, night, twitches. I’m coming off a caffeine addiction, so it’s an early bed for me. #
  • Just finished email, spam purge, RSS reading. Contemplating leaving early and spending a night in Vegas instead of a 12 hour drive-a-thon. #

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The iPod Cozy Is A Collosal Failure

Filed under: Art and Photography — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

The iPod Cozy is a collosal failure…Sometimes I create something from scratch and it works out great. Sometimes it’s even better than I expected. Other times, I create something that is barely passable as a cat toy and that’s only if I stuff the thing with catnip to entice them.

Enter Exhibit A: The iPod Cozy. When I was creating this, I imagined a great little cover for my iPod that would be fuzzy and fun. Instead, it’s ill-fitting and awkward. Where did I go wrong? I’m not quite sure and I don’t care enough to figure it out. In the end, I really do prefer my iPod unCozied because it slides into my pocket easily.

It seemed like such a good idea at the time…

Here is my latest creation that actually DID work out well (after two or three experiments):

Twitter Log: 2007-04-11

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • We skipped town 2 hours ago. Just past Fillmore and heading to Vegas. #
  • Played DS while Mike is driving, but now my flowers are watered and my hotel is clean, so I’m just watching him drive. #
  • My heart is breaking. We arrived in Jean, NV at midnight to find that our favorite hotel is closed and slotted for demolition. #
  • At the 24 hour cafe getting breakfast. No Internets at this hotel unless I use my cell. No politic2.0 for me. #
  • @ libel vox I’m seeing them… #
  • With all you guys going to lunch together, now I’m feeling left out. Eat dessert for me, okay? #
  • Stuck in traffic just outside of Victorville. This happens every time we drive to San Diego. #
  • @ ThanAllen If there is a Twitter Pro, I’d go for it! #
  • Thank goodness for GPS. Stuck in traffic, used the detour button and bypassed it all. #
  • The air in Temecula smells like a new couch. #
  • @ justsomeguy Mike says, “Eewww…” #

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Today Is My Birthday

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Aries (Hoover Dam 05-27-05)

Today is my birthday. I am 38 years old this year. I don’t feel old, even though 40 is a mere two years away. Somehow, I don’t believe it all. Age is just a number. The most important thing for me is how I feel.

Physically, I feel far younger than 38 years old. Five years ago, I felt older than I do now. Since I have been able to get relief from IBS, I feel so much better. It’s amazing how old constant pain can make you feel, but it’s just as amazing when you are finally free from it.

Intellectually, I feel 38 years old. I don’t feel like I know everything, but I am fully aware of how less stupid I am than I was when I was 21 years old. I never feel smart enough and I always can point a finger at someone who is smarter than I am. I wonder if I will ever feel like I have achieved nirvana intellectually and at the same time, I fear that feeling would be the start of my intellectual downfall.

Professionally, I feel 38 years old. I’m not at the peak of my career, but I’m happy how it is turning out. I finished college and learned that it taught me nothing about the “real world.” I suffered through the “real world” and finally realized that it has nothing to do with my life. I guess there’s not a college on the planet that could have taught me about my life.

Emotionally, I feel 38 years old. I still think about children and whether we should have them and if we do, where would we put ’em. My life is kind of full right now. Can I fit a baby in between the dresser and the bed? Can I fit a baby in between my writing and personal time? Mostly, I’m supremely happy being married to Mike and adding someone into our family of joy sounds like a good idea. Whether it will happen or not is another story, but it does sound like a good idea.

So, I’m 38 years old today. I’m feeling pretty good about it and I’m ready to celebrate. In fact, I think I’ll go to Disneyland to celebrate.

Twitter Log: 2007-04-12

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Ah, lovely lovely Cardiff By The Sea. I love this town! Time to check in to our hotel. #
  • They gave us the same room as last year! Yeah! It feels like home. #
  • @ mrs801 Mac & Cheese with tuna fish. #
  • I’m with hundreddollar. There are very few people I’d pay 50 bucks to see. #
  • We’re in Cardiff. Our friends are stuck in L.A. right now. We’ll see them in an hour, but I want to see them NOW!! #
  • @ marleigh The making of movies is usually a lot more interesting than the actual movies. #
  • @ ashbuckles Thanks for the ShieldZone recommend. Tomorrow’s Gadgets Page links to you. #
  • Dinner at Taste of Thai. Taking it to the Strebe house to eat. #
  • Talking computer stuff with our old school geek friends. #
  • Thanks for the Bday wishes, everyone! #
  • Writing blog entries #
  • Only two spam in the Quotations Forum. Yeah! I got ’em pretty quick, too! #
  • @ Phil801 Actually, Carolynn has a point. Does Seth really need the extra $ as much as entrepreneurs? #
  • Anyone who knows your cellphone # can post to your Twitter account: http://tinyurl.com/2gn623 #
  • Welcome to Twitter, Matt! http://twitter.com/Matt_Siltala #
  • Welcome to Twitter, Shahar http://twitter.com/Shahar #
  • Going to Beach City Burrito for lunch. #

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Dancing Tomatoes

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Not since the Clamato commercial have I enjoyed dancing food this much. Please allow the earworm to enter:

Apparently, this is so popular in Italy that people dress up and pretend to be tomatoes and cheese for funny YouTube videos.

All of this made me feel strangely happy! Thanks Missbhavens!

Via: Twitter / missb: I’m a spazz: http://tinyur…

Twitter Log: 2007-04-13

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Went to Frys in San Marcos with the Strebe family. I’ve never gone to Fry’s with kids before. It’s a different experience. #
  • It only takes 10 hours in San Diego before I want to live here forever. I should have Kristen and Stacey call me every 10 hours to remind me #
  • …why I stay in Utah. #
  • @ hundreddollar I’m in San Diego for two more days and then we head north to Anaheim for Disneyland. We’re chillin with friends here. #
  • @ robertmerrill Because the clothing industry LIES to you! #
  • Just finished our complimentary breakfast at the hotel. Deleting spammers from the Quotations Forum and contemplating a shower. #
  • Showered. Heading to Swami’s Beach to film a walking video. #
  • Just finished my Swami’s Beach walk 4 miles. I’m watching the kids look at sea slugs in the tide pools now. #

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Saturday the 14th

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 8:09 am

Friday the 13th came and went without my notice. I didn’t even notice that yesterday was Friday the 13th. It felt like just a normal day. I guess it really just is superstition after all…

Twitter Log: 2007-04-14

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Too many twitters to read yesterday. Responding to email. #
  • Finished email, deleting spam on the forum, writing a few blog entries and reading RSS. Time to shower. #
  • Leaving Cardiff for Anaheim. One last goodbye to the Strebe Family. #
  • Heading to Anaheim. Disneyland here we come! #

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Quiet Morning in the Hotel

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 6:52 am

Early Morning at the Radisson Maingate by Laura Moncur 04-15-07

I am sitting in the Radisson Maingate hotel within walking distance of Disneyland. It is quiet here. The park doesn’t open up for another two hours or so, but I don’t hear any rumblings of activity in the hotel. I guess all the children are exhausted from yesterday’s trip to the park and are sleeping soundly.

My hotel is supposed to have wireless Internet, but it isn’t working, so I’m getting online with my trusty Treo. It isn’t very fast and I remember what it was like to access the Internet with a modem, but it always works in a pinch. That phone has bailed me out so many times that the iPhone is looking less impressive all the time. Maybe that money that I have been saving for Steve Jobs’ new toy will be spent on the new Treo and a bigger iPod instead. Maybe convergence is overrated.

The bed is quite uncomfortable in this hotel. The circulation to my arms was cut off several times over the night, waking me up. Waking up to the sensation of pins and needles is just unpleasant. I’m wondering if the other bed in our room is better, even though it’s positioned too close to the comfy chair. I guess I’ll try it tomorrow night.

I want to play Animal Crossing and find out who won the Flower Fest. I want that trophy…

Twitter Log: 2007-04-15

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Checked in at the Radisson Maingate. Pretty impressed so far. Tomorrow, we tackle Disneyland! #
  • Hangin in the hotel. Walked to Disneyland, but only looked at Downtown Disney. We aren’t going to use our tickets until Monday to avoid the #
  • @ ashbuckles You there? Mike found a review of InvisiShield on GP written by Matt Strebe. I totally forgot about it. #
  • It was written exactly a year ago… #
  • Finished with email, RSS, writing blog entries and deleting spam. Time to play Animal Crossing and find out who won the Flower Fest. #

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Twitter Log: 2007-04-16

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Up, deleting spam, but heading out to Disneyland soon. #
  • Okay, I’m heading to the shower to get ready for a day at the park! #
  • Waiting in line for Space Mountain. #
  • Lines are so short at Disneyland this time of year. It makes the trip so enjoyable and relaxing. #

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Proof We Made It To Disneyland

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 12:22 pm

Mike Moncur, Ian Moncur and Laura Moncur on Space Mountain

Mike Moncur, Ian Moncur and Laura Moncur on Space Mountain

Laura Moncur on Buzz Lightyear

Laura Moncur on Buzz Lightyear

Melanie Moncur, Ian Moncur and Mike Moncur on California Screamin’

Melanie Moncur, Ian Moncur and Mike Moncur on California Screamin

Twitter Log: 2007-04-17

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Checking to see if we had enough sponsors to get Seth Godin to speak in SLC. #
  • At the Fountain Valley Fry’s Electronics. Third Fry’s trip in one week. I’m a geek! #

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My Latest Rampage

Filed under: Health and Fitness — Laura Moncur @ 7:00 am

I got the email yesterday and I was so angry that I just left it alone. I didn’t write anything. I just ignored the email and left it in my Inbox. Today, I reread it and I’m STILL angry.

I know I’m not supposed to blog when I’m angry, but I did anyway. How can Nike be so smug and stupid at the same time?!

Princess Luncheon

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 11:33 am

I was expecting crazy princess girls. I was expecting spoiled brats in expensive pink dresses and screaming. Instead, all the little girls here seem to act like they are incredibly grateful to be here. Shocking!

Self Portrait: Haunted Mansion

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 6:31 pm

My first attempt at this self portrait was straight up my nose. This one is a little better. I’m waiting in line at the Haunted Mansion, my favorite ride!

Twitter Log: 2007-04-18

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Feeling myself become unattached to Twitter the longer I’m away from home. Writing blog entries before Disneyland this morning. #
  • Just wrote a Gadgets Page entry on Catholic Mobile: http://tinyurl.com/2clrqk #
  • Waiting in line for the Jedi Training Academy. I wish they would let me fight Stormtoopers! #
  • Waiting for the Princess Luncheon to start. The families attending are much more normal than I expected. #
  • On the Disneyland Railroad stopped at Tomorrowland. Headed to the Grand Canyon and DINOSAURS! #
  • Haunted Mansion: My favorite ride of the park. Why don’t they take a picture of me on this ride? #

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