Tuesday, June 30, 2009

On July 11, 2009, I'll be chopping off my hair again. It's been growing for more than 5 years. If you don't remember the last time I cut it, here's a photo from April 2004. That's slightly longer than the first time I did a very major chop, which was during 8th grade, the 1995-96 school year. That resulted in more than one "Have a great summer — PS: I love your short hair" post-graduation yearbook signatures.

This time, I'm going to be a little more extreme. I'm going for my shortest 'do ever. I'm thinking something along the lines of

or maybe, if you looked from the side,

I'm going to turn my head over to the capable hands of Julie at Moshi Moshi in Chapel Hill, and eventually turn my hair over to someone who probably won't get frustrated with it (as I am) at Locks of Love.

I created this survey awhile ago, before I was officially determined to lop off the locks. Feel free to fill it out if you like, but it probably won't change my decision.

And, since I still have a week and a half before the big day, feel free to add comments and suggestions about other interesting, super-short hairdos that might suit someone with stick-straight hair, a cowlick in the front, and a sort-of-pointy nose. Especially if they have corresponding fancy wedding styles to match. (Since my hair probably won't be growing back much before I get married.) Just don't expect me to dye it. Not going to happen.

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Friday, February 06, 2009
Back in December, I tweeted about finally figuring out how to shuffle a playlist on my iPod. This was especially important for my Christmas playlist. I was tired of having to listen to all my Christmas music in the same order over and over again.

When I discovered this by chance, I figured I was the only poor sap left in the universe who didn't know how to do it. However, two friends asked me how I did it, so I thought I'd go ahead and share it here for the world.

I have a 160GB iPod Classic that was purchased in December 2007. I am assuming this will work with most iPods of the same generation or later. Now, without further ado...

How To Shuffle A Playlist on Your iPod

  1. Go to Menu > Music > Playlists > (Your Playlist)

  2. Start playing the first song (or whichever one in the playlist you feel like listening to first).

  3. Click the center button 3 times. You should get a little "Shuffle" menu that says "Off | Songs | Albums."

  4. Use the clickwheel to scroll over to Songs.

  5. Click the center button again. After the current song finishes playing (or if you click the >> button), it'll shuffle!

Happy shuffling!

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Thursday, September 18, 2008
For as long as I can remember, my order at Wendy's has been two Junior Cheeseburgers Deluxe. After yoga class this evening, I headed to Wendy's (A healthy post-gym dinner, no?), forwent the drive-thru (Saves gas, you know. Plus, there was a really long line.), and planned to order the usual. As I was standing in line, I noticed that the menu looked a little different from the last time I'd been there. In fact, my 99-cent Junior Cheeseburgers Deluxe seemed to be missing, replaced by 95-cent Junior Cheeseburgers.

Stubbornly deciding to pretend I didn't look at the menu (And why should I? I've been ordering two Junior Cheeseburgers Deluxe for decades!), I stepped up to the counter and ordered two Junior Cheeseburgers Deluxe. A young gentleman whose nametag introduced him as "Crew" (After the menu disturbance, I spent the rest of my time in line trying to decide if his name was actually Crew, or if he simply had not yet been issued a proper nametag.) politely informed me that Wendy's "don' ha' Deluxe no mo'."

Miffed, I ordered two Junior Cheeseburgers with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, mayo, mustard, and ketchup. Poor Crew had to punch at least 16 buttons on his cash register, because after I listed all the requisite burger accessories and condiments, he looked up at me timidly and asked, "Wait, you wan' two?"

As I stood waiting for my order, I watched the lady who was assembling my burgers. She kept looking up at the screen, adding another ingredient, looking up at the screen, adding another ingredient, etc. I would bet two Junior Cheeseburgers Deluxe on the fact that if the screen had said "Deluxe," she would have known immediately which seven ingredients to add.

So, Wendy's, you're saving me 9 cents per visit (when you factor in the sales tax), but you're creating a heck of a lot more work for your own people with this Junior Cheeseburger business. I'll pay you 9 cents to give Crew his Deluxe button back... and for the undeniable grammatical pleasure of once again being able to say "Junior Cheeseburgers Deluxe" on a regular basis.

PS: She forgot the mayo.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I might be stepping on Wordpicnic's toes here (Or fingers? For typing?), but I couldn't help posting my mixed feelings about the fact that Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2007 contains, well, digits.

"w00t" crowned word of year by U.S. dictionary

Anyone who pays attention to the evolution of the English language will have noticed the recent proliferation of words invented to name and describe technological advancements or internet-related phenomena. Ten years ago, blogs, wikis and even Lulu would have been Star Wars characters. I love new words, especially silly ones. But is w00t really a word? Should English words be spelled with letters outside of the English alphabet or variations thereon (such as letters with accents)?

How far should the dictionaries go in an attempt to catalog every new candidate for worddom*? The thought of Merriam-Webster's adopting "w00t" in its original format causes a mild panic in this spelling-and-grammar pedant's heart. If it were up to me, I think I would provide "w00t" as an alternate spelling for "woot," since it was derived, after all, from an acronym for "we owned the other team." If zero is an acceptable substitute for the letter O, how long will it be before 8 becomes an acceptable substitute for "ate," as in, "I hope it's l8r rather than sooner."?

*Vote "worddom" in 200ate! :)

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Monday, December 10, 2007
Now, I've never claimed to be a marketing genius, but it seems to me that there is something decidedly wrong with the slogan at the top of this page:

Clinique. Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free.

That's exactly what I want to hear when I'm plunking down 50 bucks for a bottle of perfume. Fragrance free? Come on, people.

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