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Blog comments

No one ever comments on my blog, I think mainly because no one reads it. I have mixed feelings on this subject, but I think the alternative (trying to ask people to read my blog) is even more pathetic than having a blog that no one reads.

That's why I was particularly thrilled to see that someone had put a comment on one of my entries. I clicked on it right away, and you know what it was? It was SPAM, it was blog spam, posted on my own website, about penis enlargement. (I deleted the entry, which maybe I shouldn't have done, in retrospect.)

Maybe anonymity is not so great, after all.

Neal Stephenson

Last night we went to the Neal Stephenson book signing in Menlo Park. It wasn't as interesting as Douglas Adams, but his fans asked questions that were almost as irritating and stupid. I bought and had signed his new book, "Quicksilver", mostly out of a sense that if I didn't get his signature that I would be wasting some kind of opportunity.

When I saw Douglas Adams speak, in fact I drove him from the airport, I didn't get him to sign a book. I didn't even get a hair sample or anything. And you know what? He's DEAD now, and I missed my only opportunity. So I feel like I should grab my slice of Neal while I have the chance. (Okay, Neal, you can die now.)

I'd say more about what he talked about, but at the beginning of his talk he explicitly stated that he didn't want anyone to blog about what he said, so that's that, I suppose.

But what I can tell you is that I made my friend Eric get him to sign a copy of the Consumer Reports New Car Guide, which he was coincidentally buying for his girlfriend who is locked in unending indecision about what car to get next. So we had him circle the words "Acura TSX" in the book and write "Lisa--- buy this one!" and he signed his name. I should point out that he didn't exercise any judgement about the car, he just signed off on the one we told him to recommend. See how little a signature is worth these days? :)

American LeMans Series

I got a pit pass to the American LeMans race at Laguna Seca this weekend. Pictures are here.

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