Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Holiday Break

Miami-Dade County Schools are on December recess — that’s its official title. We all know it’s Christmas break, but since there’s also Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and New Years in there, we just call it December recess out of sheer laziness.

Anyway, I’m off for two weeks and busy catching up with stuff around the house as well as meeting up with a friend from college who’s in town to visit his mom. I’m working on Small Town Boys for The Practical Press and catching up on the stack of books that await my reading. I’m also getting ready for my trip to New York City in January to see Jersey Boys; I hope the transit strike is settled by then.

So the posting here at Bark Bark Woof Woof may be a little spotty here and there. Nevertheless, there is still a lot going on, so check back regularly to see if I’ve found something to write about. You can also go over to Wampum and vote for the Koufax Awards, including the blog Most Deserving of Wider Recognition (hint, hint), buy some cool stuff from the Bark Bark Woof Woof Shop, read the entries at The Practical Press and vote for the Practical Press Awards.

By the way, there’s a new version of Firefox browser out there; Firefox 1.5. It comes highly recommended by people who know what they’re talking about. I’ve been using it since last spring and it works very well. One thing I’ve noticed is that it really knocks down spyware. I check my computer at home every week with Ad-Aware to see what little cyber-beasties have loaded themselves via the internet, and since I’ve been using Firefox, I’ve had maybe three spyware programs get through. On the other hand, at the office where we use Internet Explorer, I regularly purge thirty to forty spyware programs a week. (Lest you think I’m wasting taxpayer money surfing the web at work, I’ll have you know that a lot of the work I do requires internet searching. So there.) One thing you should check on any browser is the pop-up settings; some browsers and systems are touchy about programs like HaloScan comments, so if you’re trying to drop a comment at this or any site and can’t get through, check your browser settings.

So I’ll be here; just a little more sporadic than usual. Keep in touch.