Tell me something important. Really important.

For example, my life must include:

  • laughing
  • cuddling
  • stupid time
    (e.g. playing computer games)
  • good food
    (fat free food is fine, just make it good)
  • self-gratifying projects.

Ok, now forget telling me what’s important; tell yourself.

How are you fitting your important things into the next 24 hours?

Feel the love?

Sometimes I think I scare people off. I tend to be a good judge of character and if I like people and trust them, I am generally very warm and caring towards them. I guess this is a little intense for some. Really, I’m not expecting them to become my best friend in the whole world or marry me and have my babies*. I promise I’m not. Still, I suppose my natural affection and inclination to do nice things for my friends can make some people a little nervous, if not claustrophobic. I’m not willing to try to suppress my fondness for life, the world and people, so it’s just a fact of being friends with Dinah:

If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

I’ll miss you if you go though. 🙂

*Yeah, ok, so I have a womb, but I sure as hell ain’t carrying some parasite around in my body for 9 months. Uh uh, no way. And I wouldn’t ask anyone else to do it for me. Actually, I’d have a bit of a problem if someone really wanted to because I’m not particularly keen on parenthood. I respect it in others, particularly my mother 😉 , but it isn’t for me. Maybe I’ll adopt a 25 year old in a decade or so.

I love the spring! I should have gotten up at 7 whatever when I woke up, but instead I stayed in bed and had dreamy dreams and watched the morning sun dance around my room and then I chatted with Peter a bit and read my email. So, I thought, I really better go to work, but I’ll just step out on the balcony and see how my little seedlings are doing and they are all looking great, but there’s still that middle row down the planter and, gosh, it’s a lovely day and the soil is perfect and I still have these other seeds… I just planted more sweet peas in the left-hand planter and nasturtiums and tomatos down the middle of the other two. Going to have some delicious salads this summer! Now I’ll go to work. I’m awfully glad it’s Friday. 🙂

Oh, that bit above about being intense isn’t directed at anyone in particular, just some thoughts sparked by an insightful letter from my dear friend Kristin.


Named After: Alice’s cat.
Middle Name: Patrice.
Nickname: None until choosing MetaGrrrl as my nom du web.
Place of birth: Stockton, CA. (but I escaped by age 4, no harm was done).
Parents: Jinx & Paul, Fred & Lindy.
Siblings: None.
School: Yes, lots. B.A. in Elizabethan History, Masters in Library & Information Science with a focus in Web Design.
Best Friends: B.J. West, Beverly Chambers, Edmond Meinfelder, Fil Maresca
Pets: Fido & Hepsibah, the rubber rats.
Jobs: Webcrafter, Information Architect, Teacher, Internet Implementation Manager.
Things You Collect: quotations, friends.
Favorite Quote: “The things that make us happy, make us wise.” – John Crowley from Little, Big
Words Or Phrases You Overuse: “um”, …
A Non-Sport Game At Which You Excel: Reference Poker.
A Non-Sport Game Which You Enjoy: Civilization II, Pharoah, The Sims, Grim Fandango.
Dream Car: Didn’t dream about cars – until I got my company car, a yellow New Beetle who I named Butterblume (German for buttercup). She has since been replaced by a Turbo Beetle named Lady Marmalade (cuz she’s fast).
Coolest Experience In Life: Opening my own business [*** link to oldmedia ***].
Also the Scariest Thing You’ve Ever Done.
Fave Thing To Do In The Spring: look at green green hills with black oak trees and smell the rain.
Fave Thing To Do In The Summer: Stay up too late with friends.
Fave Thing To Do In The Fall: Soak up the negative ions after the first rain.
Fave Thing To Do In The Winter: Be cozy.
Little-Known Talent You Possess: (classified)
Song That Couldn’t Be Improved Upon: REM’s “Nightswimming”
What You Want To Be: Celebrating with friends the successful launch of our company’s next project.
Future Goals: To work the web with a team of creative, funny and talented people. [Hey! Bingo! Very cool.]
Denomination (if any): Do as you would be done by. (Basically an atheist with a profound belief in the spiritual force of goodness).
Fave Music: Eclectic as fuck.
Fave Color: to look at: bright spring grass green; to wear: red&white&black
Fave Food: Japanese (used to be Thai, but I’m eating leaner now).
Least Fave Food: Fatty bits.
Funniest People You Know: Mark Bakalor, Keoni Littlemouse, John Gilkey, James Lileks.
Fave Vacationing Spot: London
Fave Subject: Love
Fave Sport(s): uh, sports? Well, uh, walking is good. I like to walk. I’ve even decided I’m going to walk the entire city of San Francisco, every street, every block. I should be done sometime before 2050.
Other Sport Games You Enjoy: um…
In And Around The 8track: REM, soundtrack to “Four Rooms”, They Might Be Giants, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Peter Gabriel, Robyn Hitchcock, Flanders & Swann, NIN, Joan Osborne, Billy Nayer Show, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, J.S. Bach.
Fave “Toy”: the Web
Fave Cartoon Character: The Tick
Fave Actor/Actress: Ian McKellan/Vanessa Redgrave
Fave Movies: Slacker, Hunt for Red October, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Fave Music Video: uh, no tv for a long time. I remember Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur” with great fondness…oh and “Gratitude” by Danny Elfman
Fave Animal: Capybara
Fave TV Show: MST3K
Fave Day: Saturday
Fave Month(s): April
Fav Holiday: Halloween
Fave Part Of Newspaper: uh, not getting one?
Fave Toothpaste: Tom’s of Maine – Cinnamint
Fave Thing To Wear: feety pajamas!

[This was originally writting in January 1999, but judging by the addition of the goal of walking SF, I think it must have been revised a bit subsequently.]


If you look at Dinah in the mirror you might see:
Dinah is a friend of Jezebel's mirror.

Here I am captured in my spiky phase:
Pick a card, any card...

I used to have more hair:
Long ago, with longer hair...

But then I saw Quidam 5 times, decided John Gilkey had the right idea and got all my hair chopped off:
Yes, I really walked around like this. People smiled. It was fun.

Then I sported a Louise Brooks bob. After which I cut my hair again, but I haven’t posted many pictures of me lately, so you’ll just have to use your imagination

[The date of this post is a best guess made in February 2004. This used to be a separate web page rather than a post and the earliest version of that file I have dates to November 18, 2000. I think it actually was created in 1998. Somewhat arbitrarily, I have decided to date it November 18, 1998.] snapshot

[As captured by the Internet Archive and displaying in a browser in 2015. I made this site with my then romantic partner, who was, if I recall correctly, both fond of baking and of Scandinavian ancestry which somehow led us to as our domain.]

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[That would be an image of this postcard (shown as it appears in Strafe's Guide to Street Speak as of 2015:

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[That'd be this missing image.]



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[Those links are respectively, a Dulac illustration (site dead as of 2015), another site which no longer loads, Hotwired's Cocktail (partially surviving in the Internet Archive), a brand page for Bombay Sapphire, the home page, and the St. David's archaeology department.]



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[As of 2015 I can't remember what that missing image is, but it seems from the URL to have something to do with Sniffy the Virtual Rat (an operant conditioning simulator), maybe this image:


That seems vaguely familiar. In any case, pretty sure it's more intended as snark about academia than anything to do with my actual program of study.]