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Thursday 30 November 2006

From Australia, via Poynter:

The annual Walkley Awards for journalism were rocked by an attack on stage on Thursday night at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.
Controversial crikey.com.au writer Stephen Mayne was attacked by Sunday Telegraph columnist Glenn Milne.
Mayne had just finished awarding the best business news report to the Australian Financial Review's Morgan Mellish when Milne rushed up onto the stage and accosted Mayne, pushing him off the platform and onto the floor.

Why doesn't anything this exciting happen at American awards shows?

Thursday 30 November 2006 14:35:40 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Politics#

My poor couch. I have no idea why Parker wants to kill the Ikea couch I've had for almost ten years, but he does. He has now started working on the main cushions, having tired of the armrests and the pillows. Only, he has to work a bit to get there:

Thursday 30 November 2006 14:24:00 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily#
Wednesday 29 November 2006

Parker stayed home today, which is why today's Daily Parker includes perhaps more personal information than I generally share. I have a spare laptop, so I was able to set up the ParkerCam in our bedroom today. So here he is, in his Safe Place, proving that he's cuter than all get-up even when he doesn't know anyone is watching:

Wednesday 29 November 2006 17:34:53 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily | Weather#

The temperature is holding at 14°C (58°F) right now, but I have a feeling it's about to cool off considerably:

Wednesday 29 November 2006 13:27:01 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Weather#

The latest from the best president we have:

"There is one thing I'm not going to do. I am not going to pull our troops off the battlefield before the mission is complete," Bush said in a keynote speech at the University of Latvia just before a summit of the NATO defence alliance.

(Emphasis mine.) What about this, though? It's all so confusing.

(Via Talking Points Memo.)

Wednesday 29 November 2006 06:33:19 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | US#
Monday 27 November 2006

It's still 16°C (61°F) in Chicago, which is more like September than November. But apparently there's a change in the air:

Monday 27 November 2006 16:04:02 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Weather#

As promised, I brought both the dog and a camera to the Dawes Park dog beach this afternoon. It's a freaky-warm 16°C (61°F) today, so while Parker and I both found it a little chilly to go swimming, we both had fun with the other dogs (including his friend Louie from his morning play group). Here he is conteplating the vastness of Lake Michigan:

Monday 27 November 2006 13:52:40 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily | Weather#
Saturday 25 November 2006

Parker, ever the office puppy, got his first experience on a beach this afternoon when we walked over to the Dawes Park dog beach. He met a whole bunch of new dogs, had a great time, and has now deposited his sand-covered butt on my office carpet.

It's 13°C (55°F) right now, and it may be this warm again tomorrow. If so, I'll bring Parker—and a camera—back to the dog beach.

Now I must brush my jeans off.

Saturday 25 November 2006 13:57:13 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Parker | Weather#

A member of the Windows Vista team explains (via Joel Spolsky):

I worked on the "Windows Mobile PC User Experience" team. This team was part of Longhorn from a feature standpoint but was organizationally part of the Tablet PC group. To find a common manager to other people I needed to work with required walking 6 or 7 steps up the org chart from me.

So after 12 years, you still have to go to the Start menu to stop the computer.

Saturday 25 November 2006 07:21:22 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Software#
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Thursday 23 November 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am very thankful that this wonderful puppy has come to live with us. Since I'm an atheist, I'm not sure what or whom there is to thank for it, so I'll just thank Parker himself for being the wonderful puppy he is.

We're at Inner Drive Technology World Headquarters this morning so I can get some stuff done. At this writing he's being a sleepy little angel. Or, not so little, as you can see from this photo I took today at the dog park:

Thursday 23 November 2006 11:12:18 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily#
Wednesday 22 November 2006

I just discovered my mail on the credenza in the office foyer. A letter carrier opened the door and put it there, with nary a woof out of the office puppy. Maybe this is why:

I'm beginning to wonder about his contributions to the company's bottom line.

Wednesday 22 November 2006 13:18:24 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Parker#

OK, I think I've got the ParkerCam figured out. Here's the current arrangement:

Wednesday 22 November 2006 11:37:11 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily#
Tuesday 21 November 2006

Anne just confirmed that the "Parker has halitosis" photo is now a ThinkGeek Action Photo. Maybe it's time to get Parker an agent? Or, possibly, a toothbrush?

Tuesday 21 November 2006 15:14:34 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Parker#

I remembered my camera today, but alas, Parker is at home (so no ParkerCam). Here he is Sunday struggling (as any rational being would do) to get out from under a Cardinals blanket:

Tuesday 21 November 2006 10:52:22 CST (UTC-06:00)  |  | Daily#
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