Thursday, August 31, 2006

Summer is Officially Over

My son (the "A-man") is staring school today. Pre-school to be precise. He's very excited about it. Every time we have mentioned school, he says "Let's go right now." regardless if it is the middle of lunch or 8pm at night. He is trying to find out as much as possible about this thing called school. He strikes up conversation with his Dad/Mom/Nana by saying: "Can you talk to me some more about school?" His subtle way to have you tell him everything you know about his teacher, activities, anything. I hope his enthusiasm holds after he's actually been to school. :)

His class will consist of playing, drawing, painting, using paste, reading stories, singing, and eating snacks.

Not the school I remember. My earliest memories of school are of my kindergarten teacher berating me for drawing outside the lines and for trying left handed scissors when I'm clearly right handed. In retrospect, it felt like bootcamp for glueing, cutting, and coloring.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Overheard in Palo Alto



Sister-in-law: How do you post cameraphone photos to flickr?
Wife: Its simple! Just send them to Bryn's phone, and he'll upload them.

Monday, August 14, 2006

I Love (and Hate) the Google Spam Filter



I love Gmail. It rocks, and is quite simply the best email client ever. I really appreciate that I don't have to run my own spam filter anymore. Spamassassin is the best, and I still run it in series for my own domains that get forwarded to gmail, but I've stopped tweaking the rules long ago.

However, why does it take Gmail 5000 emails with:


****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****


In the header to figure out that it is Spam? Sometimes I think Gmail is just using me as a human spam filter to train its gigantic neural net.

P.S. I find it rather ironic that Blogger (AKA Google) spell checker does not have either "Google" or "Gmail" in its dictionary.