October 4th, 2004



Did "Timeline" go straight to video!? I remember hearing that it was being produced (it's based on a Michael Crichton novel I really enjoyed) but I don't recall seeing it hit the theatres. I would surely have tried to see it.

Just added it to the top of my Netflix queue, and reported "The Andromeda Strain" as MIA, so I should get it tomorrow or Wednesday.

On the way to dropping my car off for service this morning, I got to enjoy the new roundabout (it's not, apparently, a "traffic circle," which would be bigger and faster) at the western foot of South Hill, where Albany Street, Spencer Road, and Old Elmira Road meet. I think it's the second roundabout in town, and it will be interesting to see how quickly people adapt. Any more planned for the area?

I like the new guy at Bill Cooke's service desk. Chris seems attentive and interested in providing customer service. That would be a nice change of pace. They've implemented a staggered "appointment" system for morning drop-offs, so they don't have a line of people all showing up at the same time.

Lunchtime meeting, no lunch

Scheduling 90 minutes for any meeting is probably excessive, but doing it at lunchtime without providing lunch is mean! Butch hinted that Mark and Dave should spring for lunch next time, and Dave responded that we'd have to shrink the project team first. Two folks are away from campus and were supposed to join us via conference call, but all they can find is a public phone, so they called to say they're not joining us.

The agenda has a number of minutes slated for each agenda item. I hope we don't end up using an hour and a half just because that's what's scheduled. At least there's wireless... though I didn't plug in my laptop when I got to work, so it looks like I only have 20 minutes of battery left.
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    "Stargate: Atlantis"


The fact that "Timeline" and "The Andromeda Strain" were written by the same author is a complete coincidence, and didn't even occur to me when I was posting earlier about the movies. I'm delighted that I'm "swapping" one Crichton story for another.

I like the new guy at Bill Cooke's service desk even more now. He called shortly after I got down from my meeting to apologize that they had the wrong switch in stock (it's actually just the wrong colour), and to ask if it would be OK if I kept their loaner until tomorrow, and they kept my car until tomorrow so they could overnight the right part in and do the work without my having to bring the car back on a separate occasion. This means they also have time to do the 40,000 mile servicing, which he didn't think they'd have time to do today. I have no urgent need for anything in my car (unless it pours; both my umbrellas are in there) and I'm happy to rack up miles on their newer one. Things go wrong; dealing with the situation well when they do is a sign of good customer service.