Entries from December 2006

Book meme

Tagged by Gord and less I seem like an ass, I gotta play:

  1. Grab the book closest to you
  2. Open to page 123, go down to the fifth sentence
  3. Post the text of next 3 sentences on your blog
  4. Name of the book and the author
  5. Tag three people

Wilfred stirred a little and lifted his head. “Is it a doctor?” he asked. “Am I dead?”

Infecting Tagging Rik, James, and Kevin .

Leslie Harpold

I was at work this morning when I read the news that Leslie Harpold had died. The news hit me like a washing machine through the chest; all at once bewildering and stunning.

Leslie's web site was one of the first I remembering reading that truly made me feel the strength. intelligence, and character of the individual behind it. You couldn't read her writing without feeling deeply inspired by just how fucking amazing her talent was. Her 500 is some of the best writing I've seen anywhere, online or otherwise.

I started this web site in part because reading her words made me itch and squirm and want to weave together a few of my own.

Everyone has a list of people that they'd love to meet, and Leslie was high on mine. I never got the chance, but I did exchange a number of emails with her around the time she started soliciting photos for more inspiration for her Harpold 500. She was funny, friendly, and shockingly gracious and generous with her time.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this entry, but I've been thinking about this all day and wanted to get it out of my system. All I know is that the world feels like a poorer, duller place today without Leslie Harpold in it.

I've reopened this entry a half dozen times, trying to think of a way to summarize how I felt about a person I barely knew and why it makes me so sad that they are gone. The irony is that for someone who crafted and inspired so many words I really haven't found the right ones.

Others remember Leslie: Merlin, Dan, Kevin, Emily, Brad, Lia, Chris, Lance, and more.

Back on the air

Hopefully the site should be back up for everyone — my DNS provider (ZoneEdit) was suffering under a major denial of service attack on a bunch of their nameservers for the past two days, but it seems to have been contained.

So, in brief:

  1. Yes, I’m aware that Firefox is available. Seeing how it’s only three days until Christmas and the fact that I’ll be away for a bit means it may take a while before I get to building some optimized builds. (Aside: oh dear god, they’ve added another decimal point — does this mean we’ll see version numbers like Firefox
  2. DID I JUST SAY THREE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS?! (has short but vicious panic attack)
  3. It’s too damn warm here. It’s quite daunting to rouse the festive spirit when you’re walking around in a light fall jacket with nary a flake of snow to be found…

On that note, I better throw myself into some last minute “holycrapIhavenogiftsyet” Christmas shopping before it’s too late and everyone on my gift list gets Kraft Dinner and a hand-drawn facsimile of something they might have actually wanted.

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