Archive for September, 2006

Talking About Windows Live QnA

 Gotta sympathize with the following post from Jana.  I couldn’t have said it better myself.  :


Windows Live QnA
The world is full of Questions and the world is full of Answers. The hard part can be marrying the two. Ever stop and ponder ‘how effective baking soda boxes inside freezers really are’, which ‘digital camera you should purchase’ or which is better, ‘ Search or Google’? In steps Windows Live QnA!

QnA is the next revolution in question & answer networking. It brings together a mash of topics, enables users to tag topics into categories and helps users get answers. I have had the pleasure of being on the beta for a few months and am now addicted!

I love the fact that there are questions on topics ranging from technology, to sports, to restaurants. The user interface is very slick and easy to navigate and I love the fact that I can tag posts! If you are not familiar with tagging, here is a quick snippet from the QnA horses mouth (not to infer that Betsy is a horse J ):

A free-form “tagging” system that allows you to attach your own keywords and phrases to your question to make it more discoverable by other users. With QnA, you tell us what the question is about, not the other way around!

And if that is not enough, all my friends and my long-line of admirers (all 2 of them) can see my most recent questions & answers on my Windows Live Space. Or be notified via my gleam on Messenger when I have made a new post.

It is like a Q&A Mecca! Job well done to the Windows Live QnA team.

My letter to Santa:

Dear Santa:

Instead of a gift this year for Christmas, please make me a Windows Live QnA Superstar. I SWEAR I will be good this year (well, mostly good).”


September 29, 2006 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

Things I’m totally addicted to right now…

1) Windows Live QnA:

2) Peanut Butter and Huckleberry Honey Sandwiches

3) Black Cherry Vanilla Diet Coke

4) Opera Browser:

5) The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Managing Your Time by Jeff Davidson

6) Wikipedia:

7) Mind Stereo:

8) My Aloha Breeze Tower Fan

9) Charlie and Lola on Playtime Disney

10) Finding the PERFECT email program

September 28, 2006 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

What color should your eyes be?

Just a little fun for today, thanks to Jeana for this!  Go find out what color YOUR eyes should be!  They tell me:
Your Eyes Should Be Brown

Your Eyes Should Be Brown

Your eyes reflect: Depth and wisdomWhat’s hidden behind your eyes: A tender heart

What Color Should Your Eyes Be?

Hmm, that sounds about right to me.  I never seem to have what they say I’m supossed to have, maybe that’s why people can’t figure me out all the time.  Oh well.  Who want’s to be figured out?

September 24, 2006 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

Poor Little Rye Bye

Sadly, I’m not the only one spending time in the hospital and getting poked and proded with needles lately. We had to take Ryland into the ER last night after he woke up screaming and I went in to find him throwing up and acting very unresponsive. They ran every test you can think of on him, including a spinal tap (ouch!) to check for spinal meningitis. They kept him in the hospital last night, thinking he had somehow ingested something he shouldnt have, but are now thinking he may have had a seizure and are keeping him at least another night. Poor little guy. Everyone keep my little angel nephew in your prayers. Thanks.

September 24, 2006 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

Updating: My computer and myself

I’ve spent so much time lately updating my computer and trying to get it in perfect working order so I can write uninterrupted, that I’m beginning to feel like I need to upgrade myself.  My brain is fried by all this computer mumbo jumbo, half of which I don’t understand.  The half that I do understand is what is giving me a headache. 

I did come across a few interesting programs that I like so far.  I’ll talk about them if I decide to keep them on.

I’m feeling much better, for those that have been asking.  Mostly just the numbness in my left hand now and some memory and very mild speech problems (forgetting words, words coming out wrong), but I’ve gotten my muscle strength and energy back so I can pretty much go about my day as normal.  I can’t even get in to see the Neurologist until the 3rd of October, so there isn’t really anything I can do but wait and try to ignore it. 

I did have to drop my Humanities class I was talking last night, because I had missed a major test the week before and was set to make it up last night.  The only problem was I thought last night was tonight.  I was a day behind, and then I couldn’t get anyone to drive me to go makeup the test, so no test, no passing class.  The teacher is really strict.   Oh well, I should be able to get a full refund with a doctors note.  I’ll just read the book myself and probably get more out of it than listening to the teacher talk about what we are not going to have a chance to cover in class, and what we might cover in class for half the class period. 

Not being able to drive is the worst part though.   I miss my freedom!

September 22, 2006 at 6:22 pm Leave a comment

Please hold all my calls

I’m sitting here in my “office,” which horrifically consists of me, sideways in my bed, back against the wall, laptop on my lap, and at least a dozen books spread haphazardly around me.  There’s a cozy couch staring at me from the other side of the room, but for some reason, it seems more complicated than sleeping on a mound of books.  It also lacks the added charm of my claimed space; an over laden bookshelf within arms reach.  I find the stacks of books inspiring and, more importantly, I have a space to set my iced tea and cell-phone. 

A few talismans sit there: a ceramic “cat-fish” (an orange tabby with a goldfish tail) holding a black pearl and gazing up at me sweetly.  An offering. A pearl of wisdom.  I feel obliged to make the most of this extraordinarily generous gift. 

A tiny elephant, carved out of ivory, it’s tusks long ago broken and lost, stands proud, reminding me of the gift of irony and the importance of hard work.

Photos stare down at me as well:  My four year old self, with fingernails painted a pale shade of pink, who still has all the world in front of her.   She prompts me, precociously, that I am no different today.  The world is at my feet.  I must simply reach down and pick it up. 

My favorite picture is a tiny, framed shot of my sister and I, kissing my mother on the cheek.  Her expression defies words.  But she seems suddenly like a child.  Laughing, surprised by life, and in love with the newness of the world.  I am silently challenged to see the world through new eyes.

Nearly a hundred books tower stacked on top of the bookcase, nearing the ceiling.  I can read the titles, see their colorfully designed covers, but they are far out of my reach. Unless, I stand up on my bed and stretch for them.  A reminder that nothing is really out of my reach, it only appears that way.

All of this, and I somehow feel ready to write.  The chaos swirling until it envelops me and gently squeezes words onto the page.  My “office” becomes my conduit, my shelter and my muse. Urging me forward, step by step into the unknown, until my steps become surer and I realize I am happily lost in my words, unaware of my surroundings and have stepped through the looking glass into wonderland.

September 17, 2006 at 7:01 pm Leave a comment

The name game, part duex

After giving alot of thought to the subject, and trying on a few names that just didn’t seem to click, I’ve finally decided on a pen name that I feel good about.  If you’ll recall, I had considered using my initials R.L., but, I found when I did searches there were too many other writers with some sort of initial combination and the last name Montgomery, so it might be a bit confusing.

I decided to go with the phonetic pronunciation of my initials: Aurel Montgomery

The name is completely original for writers in any genre, and the name is more often masculine, so it has that gender neutral appeal I was looking for.  On the bonus side, when I looked up the meaning of the name Aurel the allusion to philosophical writing seemed to be a good omen.   It is a variation on the Roman Aurelius:

Gender: Masculine

Usage: Ancient Roman

Roman family name which was derived from Latin aureus “golden, gilded”. Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor and philosophical writer. This was also the name of several early saints.

On that note, keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming website and watch your bookstore shelves for Aurel Montgomery.  I hear she’s the next big thing!

September 17, 2006 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

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