I LOVE Howie!

Howie Day

Howie Day

Again, as usual, I miss out on the good stuff for years because I refuse to listen to commercial radio or watch anything that has “videos”.  I only hear about music that is new to me when it comes up on my perverse Pandora mix station.  99.9% of the music is stuff that is already in my collection (they do an awesome job of translating my thumbs up / thumbs down evidently).

My boys in Crowded House

My boys in Crowded House

When I was in high school, I had a mega crush on the guys from Crowded House, and their song Don’t Dream It’s Over was that song, for me, that you dance around your room holding a hairbrush…simultaneously wanting to be the artist on stage and wanting to be the girl to whom he’s singing.  Maybe that’s just a gay overlap thing.  Is it?

Anyway, Pandora played Howie Day‘s remake of that song for me today, and I perked up like one of the meerkats on Meerkat Manor — as Howie acted like a queer Pied Piper forcing me to get up and walk over to the IP music player to see who was now serenading me with this most favored song.

Thanks to the wonder of Amazon MP3s, I have his whole catalog now.  And I highly recommend it for a night when you’ve got nothing planned, no one to make fun of you, and a hairbrush-microphone waiting on your vanity.

ENJOY!

Who's singing our song???

Who’s singing our song???

Keep ‘Accessibility’ in mind when formatting your email…

Did you know that approximately 8% of the male population experiences some degree of color blindness? And, guess what — I’m part of that 8%.  If you have “normal” color vision, you likely see either text or a number distinctly presented in the circle of color shown below.  What do I see?  Dots.  A bunch of dots of different size, all in varying shades of tan.

Why does this matter with respect to your email?  Well, many people like to “mark up” email replies using a different color as a way of conveying the separation of information.  For example, if this were my original text:

How many people do we expect to come to the event? Do any of the people have special dietary requirements? What is the maximum number of people that the fire marshal will allow in room A? What about room B?

And you kindly replied like this:

How many people do we expect to come to the event? 300 Do any of the people have special dietary requirements? No, I don’t think so. What is the maximum number of people that the fire marshal will allow in room A? only about 150 What about room B? think the same

Unfortunately, I am going to see it like this (at best):

How many people do we expect to come to the event? 300 Do any of the people have special dietary requirements? No, I don’t think so. What is the maximum number of people that the fire marshal will allow in room A? only about 150 What about room B? think the same

All of your hard work to make it stand out…well…it’s not going to help me.  If you want to display the text “in line”, adding a background shading or changing the size of the text or…adding some characters or…just about anything other than changing the color of the text will work:

 How many people do we expect to come to the event? ** 300 ** Do any of the people have special dietary requirements? ** No, I don’t think so. What is the maximum number of people that the fire marshal will allow in room A? ** only about 150 What about room B? ** think the same

Thanks for your time!

I hear wedding bells…or I’m just cray cray!

I cannot believe it, but today is my little brother Jake’s wedding day!  It seems like only yesterday he was this tiny thing in duck-themed pajamas with feet — and now he is actually getting married!?!?  Where has the time gone.  Best of luck to him and his new “Mrs. Massey” (Kelly Williams).

 

Jake and Kelly

Jake and Kelly