Sunday, February 25, 2007

This is my desktop

OakMonster tagged me with this long ago, but first I was as sick as a proverbial dog—or a real dog, if that dog is pretty sick—and then I was catching up on all the work I didn't do while I was sick, so I didn't do it before. Sorry it took so long, Oakley.

Here's the deal:
  1. Take a picture of your desktop
  2. Explain your desktop in the way that others would come to understand who you are, what you do and what you enjoy.
So here's the picture, which I've numbered for easy explanation (except the numbers are too small, so it's not that easy after all).

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  1. Lamp: fluorescent bulb, of course
  2. Clipboard: almost everything I translate now is in electronic form, but once in a blue moon or so I get something by fax or some other primitive form of communication and I clip it to the thing so I can read it with my left eye and translate it with my right.
  3. Monitor: It's a 19-inch LCD, which was a big step up. But like a lot of people, I've discovered that wider is better, so with my next computer, I'll get a 24-incher. When I'm working, I always open programs in the same order: Outlook Express, iTunes (apparently it would take me 18.9 days to listen to all my music), MS Word (I do almost all my work in Word), Firefox (at least three windows: two on-line dictionary sites, Jim Breen's WWWJDIC and Space ALC, plus Google, maybe Wikipedia, the end-user's site, etc.), then any other programs I need e.g., Adobe Reader, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  4. CDs: That's some classical stuff from the library.
  5. Kleenex: Despite its proximity to the computer, it's for nasal purposes only. (No, really!)
  6. Printer shelf: A convenient place to put dishes.
  7. Um, in-box?
  8. That's actually a Zip drive, believe it or not. I haven't used it for a couple of years now, but there it sits.
  9. Flash drive: That's what I use instead of the Zip drive.
  10. Itty-bitty notebook: I carry it around with me a lot. I use it to record my workouts before they go into my workout blog, I jot down ideas for blog entries or jokes, stuff like that.
  11. Checkbook: I check my bank account (credit union, actually—I'm not really sure why anyone would use a bank instead of a CU) every day. I've discovered that the key to balancing a checkbook is to stop trying to do math and just write down whatever the on-line account says.
So yeah, there you go. Now you know all about me. I don't really believe in "tagging," so I'm not going to call anybody out (although I'd be fascinated to see Mist1's desktop). Just try this yourself if you think it sounds like fun. No need to be as elaborate as I was—just take a picture of your desktop and explain it.


  1. I may be persuaded to email you a picture. However, please be aware that it will be graphic and disturbing. My desk does not keep Kosher.

  2. LOL nice place for a bowl indeed!

    Thanks for playing. :)

  3. i love this Desktop.
    I'm totally going to take the pics.
    1 for work and 1 for home.

  4. I thought mine was bad. I feel so much better now.

  5. That was actually one of my desk's neater days.


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