Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Utah's Emergency Contact List

You can now register emergency contacts with the DMV:

This is a great idea. Most people do not put ICE numbers in their phone, so it's not immediately clear which phone contact to call in an emergency. If the authorities are able to look up your ID and find emergency numbers already on file, however, it's much easier to know whom to contact.

The UT system lets each license holder input information for two emergency contacts. I put in my sister and my friend. The whole process took less than a minute.

Try it out!

Saturday, August 18, 2012


I made online reservations a few weeks ago for lunch at Gladstones Restaurant in Malibu. The day before I was to go, I received a reminder email, reproduced here word for word:

From: [restaurantname] Reservations

Subject: Your Upcoming Reservation at [restaurantname]

Dear [dinerfirstname],

Just a reminder, you've got a reservation coming up!

[restaurantname] will be ready for your party of [partysize] at [time] on [day], [date]. Confirmation Number: [confirmationnumber]


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Change or cancel this reservation here.

From the restaurant:
[confirmationmsg] [restdatespecificmsg] [promomsg] [reststaticmsg] [villagevinesfineprint]





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Cross Street: [restaurantcrossstreet]

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

How To Get Stuff Done

Problem: I need to be able to practice the organ during the week so that our hymns will sound good on Sunday.

Solution: I asked for a key to the church building. It is "in the works."

Problem solved, right? Not quite. The plot thickens:

Problem: I need to get into the music library in our church building (which music library is really just a little closet with bins of music stacked on the shelves) in order to see what's in there and figure out what might work well for our choir. Unfortunately, the closet is kept locked all the time, and no one knows which specific key (besides the master key) is needed to open it.

Solution: I offered to catalog and index the music in the music library if I was allowed access to said library. The bishopric member I spoke with agreed, and said if my key which he ordered wasn't able to open the library, they'd order me a new one and make sure it's a master.

I'm not really sure how I'm going to go about indexing the music library--I guess I'll first have to see what's already been done--but I'm pretty excited about it. I hope I get my key soon, because it would be much easier to start on all that music before school resumes in September.