Red Echo

September 10, 2008

Work is frustrating today. I feel like I’m drowning in Process. At least I am no longer drowning in Complete Ignorance. I got no actual work done today, which is disappointing, but in a minute or two I am going to get out of here and go ride my motorcycle, which always makes me feel better.

Alex’s rules for computing happiness are practical and straightforward. I find the idea of an enumerated list of such rules more interesting than the specifics; he has turned what is clearly a history of frustration with computer technology into something positive and useful. It’s definitely a more productive outlet than the classic geek pastime of redesigning everything “the right way” in one’s head.

I bought some motorcycle parts over a week ago and used Paypal, thinking it’d be convenient not to have to send my credit card information to some random vendor. Big mistake: they took five business days just to process the payment! I had expected to get the parts in time to install them over the weekend, but found out this morning that the vendor hasn’t even shipped them yet. Lesson learned: paypal is not worth it.


  1. Re: Paypal — Did you have the $ already in your Paypal acct, or did Paypal have to initiate a bank transfer? The latter is slower.

    Comment by Geoff — September 10, 2008 @ 5:29 pm

  2. No, I never leave money hanging around in paypal, so it was a bank transfer. I don’t understand why it has to be so slow when ordinary Visa transactions happen overnight.

    Comment by mars — September 12, 2008 @ 11:54 am