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August 31, 2002

More thoughts

Well, I had thought things were turning around, and I'd have a happy story to post here by now. It looked like, a few days after my last post, everything was going to be ok. I can live without stuff, though I still feel pretty upset about having someone in my place taking stuff. And, it even looked like things with the wonderful woman were going to work out. Turns out, it was all a clever, convenient and apparently self-serving ruse. I guess that's how it goes.

Ah, well, I'm only 24. Maybe I'll go back to school soon, and work on a PhD.

August 16, 2002

Participate in a PARC user study, get $20 for your trouble.

I am recruiting subjects for a web usability study that we're running out of Palo Alto Research Center. Participation is easy and should only take 30 minutes to an hour of your time in your own home or office. The data collected will be highly valuable to our research and development of technologies to help designers develop web sites that are better tailored to their users' needs. Participants will be asked to go to two web sites and complete 4 tasks on each site. Once I receive the web usage data from the tasks you did, I'll e-mail you a $20 gift certificate for amazon.com as a thank you.

If you wish to participate, you can download our software on our web page .

Your participation would be very helpful and greatly appreciated. If you have any questions email me at userstudy@parc.com . And tell your friends! Note:

Yes, folks, the user study is pretty much over now. Sorry if you didn't get your chance at it.

Perhaps its time to blog again

Well, it has been quite a while since I've pointed out anything for this forum, eh? I guess I'd gotten out of the habit, since so much else has been going on.

But, as with many previous times in my life where things sucked, here I go again.

So, here's the quick summary of the last year or so of my life:

  • Moved to San Francisco
  • Started working at PARC
  • Bought a car
  • Made lots of friends.
  • Kept working at PARC, as it spun out.
  • Started dating a wonderful woman.

So, that's up until fairly recently. Well, then, all heck broke loose. Things between me and the woman didn't live up to her requirements for a long-term future, so she decided to break up with me. That was Sunday. Kind of a murky day, to be sure. Monday came and went. Then Tuesday, I got home to find that I'd been robbed. Significant quantities of stuff (mostly small electronics or portable media) were now missing from my place.

Alright, so, what's my point? Well, eventually, I plan to come back here and mumble on about how things are going, but right now I can summarize pretty easily - things suck. I mean, I went from last week, when life was pretty darn good, to this week when everything pretty much is exactly the opposite.

Not the deep rumblings I'd thought I'd come up with when I sat down to write this, but, then, I guess I'm out of practice. Hopefully, tomorrow will be the beginning of the next life's-so-great-I-forget-to-blog part of my life, and it'll be another year until I post again.