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So growing up we had these "opposite birthdays" where my mom would wish us a "happy special day" and possibly get us a small gift. I can't say for sure, but I think it came about after my sister moved out to attend college and my mom wanted to cheer us up. Since my birthday is on September 27th, my special day fell in late March. I chose March 25th due to liking the number 25.

I moved out of the house about 15 years ago, so our special days have turned into a phone call or a letter in the mail, occasionally she'll get us a small present, but most of the time it's just an observation of the tradition.

Easter fell a bit earlier in the year than normal, and I had to call my mom to tell her I might not be coming to her Easter dinner due to some stuff I needed to take care of this weekend. She reminded me that she only wants me home for two holidays (Christmas--Jesus, Easter--Jesus) (guilt), it was also near my special day (guilt) and maybe I could find the time (guilt) to drive a few miles north and see her and my dad (guilt). She also mentioned that she had purchased a "special day" gift for me off my Amazon wish-list and I should be seeing it in the mail soon (e-guilt).

Long ago my mom recognized how much I enjoy hearing how she did something on the computer after I nearly cried when she told me she installed a new driver for her mouse, so now it's one more "guilt bomb" she can drop on me. Not only did she BUY me something off Amazon, she did it all on her own, finding my wish-list and entering her credit card information. So now I *had* to come. Jesus had risen from the DEAD, I could drive 2 hours to eat a roast with my mom.

So I had a roast with my mom on Sunday.

I get back into the office on Monday and I see there's a package from Amazon waiting for me. I was curious to see what my mom chose from my wish-list. I have tons of things I didn't really want, so I was curious if she had figured out how to use it correctly. I also hoped there wouldn't be something outrageous like a Sony PSP or a new camera, as that would be crossing a line, buying my attention.

So what was it she bought me? Why what any Catholic mom would choose while strolling through their son's wish-list while trying to get him to come home for Easter, The Jesus & Mary Chain, of course!

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I got the new Sony PSP in an amazing peer-induced hysteria. I showed up to work today and some of the guys were making a run for the Toys 'R Us down the road. Before I knew what I was doing I had committed to buying one.

Now that I have it in my hands it's an amazing gadget. Can I call it a gadget? Appliance? It's beautiful. The screen is beautiful. The fact that it has a USB port and real working, standards compliant (AFAIK) WiFi is incredible. The number of applications that could be written seem limitless.

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We have a new IA at work helping with our site re-design and we've become lunch friends, usually talking about some idea for a site or project. Today while walking back from eating he brought up something that had happened the previous week. We had been at my desk and Andy IM'd me that Dropcash was mentioned in a Nature.com story of a talk given at ETech. I pointed it out to him, and then, according to him, downplayed it to the point of apologizing for even bringing up the subject. I am pretty sure I said something like, "Oh, it's this stupid thing I did..."

He said it was a peculiar reaction to something someone should be proud of, and we talked about how it's my general reaction to any projects I do being discussed.

I decided on our walk back from lunch, that this attitude is rooted in two things.

  1. At work I'm totally on it when it comes to pointing out our tech team's projects, yet when I'm doing stuff outside of work I feel that it's "play" and so I don't take it as seriously. Had someone at ETech discussed my very cool dynamic javascript publishing CMS which fakes dynamic content for Sony's Latin America web site, I'd probably be all over it. I'd have shirts made. But stuff like announcing TKPal not so much.
  2. Lana Turner was discovered at Schwab's Drugstore sipping soda. I have some idealistic dream of someone calling me up from the minors I think. That sounds so lame.

But yeah, I creep people out sometimes when I start sentences with, "I have this really stupid idea, but..."

PS, go help out the Moped Army if you're so inclined. They're using Dropcash.

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My friend Mat turned me onto the Mountain Goats this year, and I had been anticipating the latest album ever since I heard a really rocking "Dance Music" on the John Peel Show.

Well, I happened to get an advance copy

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I spent the weekend programming little Macintosh Cocoa applications. I just had a breakthrough with a certain feature in Cocoa and while walking around the house, flush with joy from having such a breakthrough, I realized that it's these little victories that come with programming that I enjoy.

I envy people who can focus on 

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