Monthly Archives: April 2008

What do you say if you have nothing to say?

 

I just feel the need to post today.  I have nothing really of importance to say.  Nothing witty.  Nothing funny or anything that bothers me; except the weather.  OK…I’ll go off on that!

When I moved here to Seattle, people said to me, "Oh you moved here at a great time!  Enjoy the summer, it’s great!".  And I did.  All 72 days.  And then it changed.  Then the people said, "It’s not that bad–wait until the winter".  The winter came and its still here.  And now they are saying, "Just wait another month or so–summer will be here and it will be great!"….let me get this straight…I have barely 3 months of "good" weather and 9 months of "crappy" weather and it’s not *THAT* bad???  It snowed last night….April 29…I grew up in Chicago and it didn’t even snow this late.  Today it also rained and rained and rained…..

OK.  I’m done complaining.  You know what I find interesting?  I just found out Jimi Hendrix is from Seattle…and he killed himself…and Kurt Cobain….and Bruce Lee…and Brandon Lee….hmmm..I wonder if it was because of the weather.

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Out of the mouths of babes….

A friend of mine had an interesting talk with her son.  I said, "See?  This is one reason I’m glad I’m a *GUY*"

 
 
OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES
 
I’m not much of a feminist, and so, unlike some other women, Hooters® has never been a problem for me.  You   ALREADY know that I speak not of Owls ~  nocturnal birds of prey ~ nor of the O.W.L.’s – Ordinary Wizarding Level (O.W.L.) ~ the annual exam given to pupils of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry during their 3rd thru 5th years at Hogwarts.  No, no….I do indeed speak of Hooters® ~ that notorious American restaurant chain that targets male customers (not mail customers) by boasting a staff of female  waitresses.  These Hooters® Girls are known for their All-American good looks.  Ahhhh, I see it in your thoughts right now – ‘that is NOT what they are hired for’.   Well….that is true too.  And there in lies the subject for this story.

I’m not sure how the discussion first came up, but the whole fam damily was in a local 50’s themed restaurant.  Maybe it was the waitress taking our order that first sparked Hunter’s memory.  Suddenly Hunter spoke up "Nick (his friend) said that if a girl wants to work at Hooters®, she has to stand in front of a wall as close as she can, but her nose can’t touch the wall."  He looked at all of us with a grin, "Do you know what I mean?"  We just stared at him, a bit shocked, quite amused, and wondering how we were to approach this.  After a couple of moments of complete silence, we began to laugh.

Since I am unemployed and we are always talking about  crazy jobs that I could do for work, I said, "Hey, maybe I could get a job at Hooters®."

 We all laughed, and Hunter said, "Momma, your nose would touch the wall!"

I was surprised he would say this as it’s obvious I have ample bosom.  "How come, Hunter?"  Hunter…..my sweet, my darling, my kind, wonderful boy.

Without skipping a single beat, my adorable and oh-so-innocent son said, " ‘Cause the Hooters® girls look like THIS….." and he put both hands in front of his chest and showed us the Hooters® form. (diagram A)

      diagram A   ☞  Hooters 1.jpg

"….and you……

(ooooh man……I already knew what was coming)

 

……look like THIS!

 diagram B   ☞  hooters 2.jpg

 (Give ’em 20 years, son, and their’s will be hanging to their toes!!)

We tipped the waitress extra.  She had heard the whole conversation.  I call it ‘hush money’.

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The Dalai Lama. Help me understand it…

OK.  So the Dalai Lama is here in Seattle.  I’ve seen pictures of him, heard stories…etc  But that is about it.
 
This man has caused a lot of media churn lately so I thought I would read up on who this man is and what he represents.
 
So I did a Wikipedia.  It seemed to be informative, but I am not sure if it is correct or not.  Especially dealing with religious/political definitions…Wikipedia is dubious.  For one thing, it talks about the Dalai Lama being a "reincarnated" being.  Maybe my definition of "reincarnated" is different than what they are using.  To me "reincarnated" means the person is the same "inside" but different outside.  It would seem that "reincarnation" means something different to the followers of the Dalai Lama, because he (the Dalai Lama) said, "The Dalai Lama office was an institution created to benefit others. It is possible that it will soon have outlived its usefulness" 
 
So does this mean that he will simply stop reincarnating himself or is that process handled by someone else?  It was stated "These statements caused a furor amongst Tibetans in India. Many could not believe that such an option could even be considered. It was further felt that it was not the Dalai Lama’s decision to reincarnate. Rather, they felt that since the Dalai Lama is a national institution it was up to the people of Tibet to decide whether or not the Dalai Lama should reincarnate." 
 
That strikes me as either odd and remarkable.  The people of Tibet decide where or not the Dalai Lama should reincarnate?  To me, this would mean that the power to reincarnate is held collectively by the people of Tibet?  So if they decide one day "There is no need for a Dalai Lama" they convene and that’s it?  I’m looking for understanding and I only know one Buddhist, who may or may not follow his teachings.  I’ll ask–but I wanted to put this out there in the hopes that someone might enlighten me.

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TechEd 2008

I was invited to speak at Microsoft’s TechEd Conference in Orlando this year.  TechEd is a HUGE conference where a bunch of TechnoGeeks get together and exchange ideas and listen to speakers talk about a variety of different subjects.  I, myself will be doing three different things:  A "Break Out" session, A "Chalk Talk" and A Panel discussion.  Below are the details:

 

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Ask the Experts: SharePoint Panel – Meet the SharePoint Consultants and Architects

This is your chance to bring the tough questions you haven’t been able to find answers to. The combined knowledge of these SharePoint architects brings together the best of the best in deployment experience. Caution, they might make your brain hurt. This panel of experts will have a whiteboard and can take on the spot architecture questions across high availability, disaster recovery, search, upgrade, security, extranets, and Internet deployments.

 

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Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Lifecycle Management Demofest: Methodologies, Tools, and Best Practices

Having problems with SharePoint lifecycle management? This session provides guidance and information, including helpful methodologies, frameworks, tools, and best practices. We demonstrate a number of new tools addressing SharePoint manageability and governance including SharePoint Asset Inventory, SharePoint Capacity Planning, SharePoint Automated installation and Configuration, SharePoint Cross-site Configurator, and SharePoint Monitoring Management Packs.

 

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MSIT: IdM Cross-Forest implementations with Office SharePoint Server 2007

Come to this Chalk Talk to discuss the challenges and solutions of Identity Management in conjunction with  having cross forest implementation of SharePoint.  We will discuss the scenario of having the need for rich user profile information that resides in a foreign directory to be displayed in SharePoint.  A demo will be performed.

 

 

I will talk more about these sessions on my technical blog:  http://blogs.technet.com/ritaylor

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