December 14th, 2010

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

From Twitter 12-13-2010


  • 00:15:34: Proof of willpower level (low): a) made dozen cookies, b) ate half (husband ate other half.) But hey--I could've made TWO dozen...
  • 00:16:57: Watching Patriots whomp the Bears in a snowstorm made me glad all we've got here is a freeze--and I'm inside...
  • 00:19:06: Inventing a beiieveable toxin for an other-world fantasy...hmmm. Sometimes the biology degree & biomedical stuff just gets in the way.
  • 00:21:09: OTOH, playing with the taxonomy & ecology of imaginary plant families--sketching entries in a field guide--can be fun.
  • 00:22:10: Note to self: If you're going to stay up long after midnight AGAIN, at least be working on the book, not playing around with Twitter.
  • 09:10:58: RT @DarkFicMagazine: RT @ClarkeAward:The future of the #clarkeaward. Open letter to all fans of science fiction now online at Torque Con ...
  • 11:01:29: RT @jsprunk70: SHADOW'S SON has been nominated for the Compton Crook Award for best first SFF novel.
  • 12:17:04: RT @BacklisteBooks: RT @patriciamclinn: Entire Wyoming Wildflowers trilogy now available 4 Kindle. http://amzn.to/a8Wc39 ALMOST A BRIDE ...
  • 12:17:09: RT @BacklisteBooks: RT @emperorsclothes: 5 ebooks and a signed paperback available on my blog today: http://helensmithblog.blogspot.com ...
  • 15:36:38: RT @NASA: More NASA science at the AGU Meeting: What makes U.S. urban heat islands hot & sometimes deadly. http://go.usa.gov/1GR #AGU10
  • 15:36:50: RT @NASA: Some big NASA science in Frisco all this week at #AGU10. First up: Global eruptions rock the Sun. http://go.usa.gov/1G5
  • 15:59:08: If the person giving diet/health/life-changing advice looks unhealthy and sounds like a walking corpse, probably safe to ignore advice.
  • 16:03:09: Unless of course you're wanting to become a stooped, jerkily-moving, yellowish-gray zombie with an angry, raspy voice.
  • 16:04:59: OTOH, the host of an Irish cooking show looks healthy, vibrant, energetic and has that lovely Irish lilt in her voice...and demos recipes...
  • 16:07:26: ...with butter, sugar, cream, chocolate as well as vegetables, fruits, fish, and so on. I like her approach a lot better...
  • 17:47:46: RT @NASA: Don't forget we're staying 'Up All Night' chatting w/ astronomers for the Geminids Meteor Shower tonight at 11p ET http://go.n ...
  • 21:44:54: Singers occasionally claim Mozart has "too many notes." I seem to have too many words. And they're breeding in between sentences.

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woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Verizon: score zero

My hosting company connects to the internet through Verizon.   When they need to take a server down for repair, and then bring it back online, they need Verizon's techs to flip certain switches at the Verizon end of things. 

Verizon is...um....not particularly interested in giving swift, efficient service, apparently.  Take, for instance, last night.  The hosting server developed some glitches in late afternoon/early evening, and after checking it out, the tech team at the hosting end decided it needed some replacement components.   They got this done with admirable speed and efficiency...and then began the wait for Verizon to a) answer a request for service and b) provide the service.   Since they reported to customers (including me) on Twitter, I was able to follow the sequence of events.  First hour or so, Verizon simply ignored the request.  Then Verizon's night supervisory person said it would take a couple of hours.   Hours went by.  Then the night supervisory person said that actually, there wasn't anyone on the shift who could flip those switches or twist those dials and it would have to wait until the next day (today) when the day shift came on.  
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