June 30, 2009

Firefox 3.5 - Is Now Available

They've been working on it for a while and now it's here!  Released today - the newest version of Firefox***.  If you're using an older version - get the latest.  If you've never used it, try it out.

*** please note that (as usual) there are still some plugins that don't work with the latest FF.  Hopefully they will be updated very soon.

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Not A Fashion Maven

I do jeans and tshirts pretty well.  I do winter clothes better than summer.  I have to ask people whether or not something looks right. 

So you see, I am not at all a fashion maven or guru. 

However, I have a word of advice for some of the women out there in the big bad world.

On Sunday morning I was at the grocery store doing my weekly shopping.  (I will stop in and pick up odds and ends during the week, but once a week I get the major portion of what I need).  

It was rather crowded this last Sunday, I have no idea why, but there it is.  People wear all kinds of things to shop.  Some come from church, others are jeans, still others in work out clothes. 

One woman was wearing a "running outfit".  I must put the scare quotes around this because of the following...

- cutesy pink and black top with cutesy short shorts in black with pink trim that perfectly match the top
- cutesy little white hoody
- cutesy pristine tennies to go with it
- perfectly coiffed hair
- perfectly applied makeup
- perfectly discrete watch, bracelet, earrings, rings

In other words, this woman put on work out clothes as a fashion statement. 

Ummm... No!

I need to stop here and say, she was in decent physical condition, that was not the issue at all.

This is the issue:
If you have come from working out and are stopping to buy something on the way home, that's fine, who wants to make an extra trip if you're already out and about.  But for heaven sake, if you're gonna wear the gear, at least use it in the way it's meant to be used!  If you want to dress up and make a fashion statement, then wear regular clothes.  Otherwise you look like an idiot. 

Yes, even to someone like me who rarely notices these things.

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June 28, 2009

Got It - Finally

Yes, I finally got the DVD burned that I've been working on now since last week. 

So I'm a bit slow... lucky for me my profession is not film making or I'd starve to death.  But I did get it done.

Wouldn't have had to do it at all if the original release of the movie was out on DVD.   But until that happens - if that happens ever - I have this one.

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Summer for a Day

Wow - we had actual sun yesterday!  At least until about 5pm when the next set of clouds and storms rolled in.

This last week I've had the 50mm lens on my camera I got my new lens hood and decided I needed to take pictures.  Here we have our cute little screened in back porch.  I was out there one day with the netbook and a glass of wine (I believe that was a week ago Saturday).  Excellent place to sit and relax. 

Yesterday - this was the most excellent sky.  It's blue instead of gray with some picturesque clouds.

The day lilies are blooming like mad.

Can never remember if this flower is a daisy or brown eyed susan or what...

Whatever this is, it will be blooming soon.

Here's one of the old rose bushes - this one is about to bloom too.

Of course the daisies and spirea are going gangbusters.

And just look at my new rose bush!  A few weeks ago there wasn't a single leaf on it - now it's all fluffed out.  No flowers yet, but there's time.

Lots of people and cars out yesterday - everyone wanted to get out of the house I think.  This was a dad and his two kids fishing at the pond.

Yet another dog in a yard we walk past.  She's always ready to play.  In her mouth is what I think must be her favorite toy.  Whenever I've seen her, she always has it with her.

All in all it was a terrific day.  At least we got one this summer.  Now back to trying to get the video stuff to work... found out I need to go back even farther in the process than I thought to fix the stuff I messed up in the conversion.  Eventually I'll get it. Then all I have to do is remember for next time.  Heh.

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June 25, 2009

It's A Conspiracy

I know it is! 

I've got pictures.


Now stay with me here - everything shall converge given time, even if the subject seems to jump all over the place.

For the past few weeks I have dared to take my camera outdoors only once.  Clouds continually threatened.  Rain from very light to heavy was falling 90% of the time.  That would spell ruination for the camera.  Most irritating. 

Today, I received a new lens hood for my 50mm prime lens.  It's very exciting.  I bought the lens ages ago, but seldom use it because I always feel like I'll accidentally damage it - there was no lens hood included and I forgot to order one when I bought it.  My other lenses have hoods, so I'm afraid I'll forget and sling the camera around and scratch the glass.  (It would be just like me to do this)

A few days ago I was looking at some other photo stuff and remembered... "lens hood!" I immediately found the right size and ordered the hood. It arrived today. Yay!

It just so happened the clouds finally broke up about 4pm this afternoon.

YIPPEE!!!  SUN!  But most of all - NO RAIN!

I put the 50mm lens complete with hood on my camera, took it out in the yard, and started taking pictures. 


Other activities have been afoot during the rainy season.  Things started in order to pass the time until I can get back to pictures.  

I've been trying to burn a DVD.  Simple right?  Not for me, I've been working on one DVD for the past 2 or 3 days.   Much as intuitiveness seems to work for many people who use Macs, I was running up against issues.  Most annoying.  I think I finally figured it out tonight, but of course it takes a while for the process to finish.

Once it's done, I'll have to watch it and make sure it all came out right. We had a line of storms move through with some lightning.  Nothing much, but at one point my battery backup clicked on and off.  Right in the middle of burning - of course.

While the DVD is burning, I don't want to be messing about with Aperture and fixing pictures.  I figure it's best to let the DVD burn without interruption so I get good results.  Thus the pictures wait.

I'm hoping I can get to them tomorrow.  We shall see.  But I'm thinking there is a concerted effort to keep me from doing anything with camera or pictures.  Yes, it's a conspiracy. 

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June 24, 2009

And I Thought WE Had A Lot of Rain

The rain continued today. Is there still a sun out there somewhere? What happens if it just rains every day all summer?

However, it looks like more interesting things wash up in Austria when it rains heavily...

Rain washes tank ashore

Heavy rains have washed a Second World War Russian tank ashore in the Danube River in Austria.

Munitions experts in Bad Deutsch deactivated 50 live shells, grenades and machine gun rounds before the machine was taken to a military museum.

Check out the story for a picture.

So far the only thing that has washed up here are my cars.  I'm looking into converting them to amphibious vehicles and putting in a dock at the bottom of the driveway.

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June 22, 2009

If You Don't Like It Don't Buy It!

Instapundit doesn't like the sound of this. Wired is worried.


Apparently Apple is picking and choosing which apps they will allow to run via the 3G network and which they only allow via wi-fi.

Free Press alleges that Apple crippled SlingPlayer, a TV-streaming application for iPhone, so that it would only work on a Wi-Fi connection; the initial version worked with a 3G cellular network connection as well as Wi-Fi. The SlingPlayer restriction is inconsistent with Apple’s approval of the Major League Baseball application, which provides live-streaming of sports events on both Wi-Fi and 3G connections, the group said.

“That strikes us as odd and potentially nefarious because it really represents a carrier picking and choosing applications for consumers as opposed to letting consumers decide which videos they want to watch,” said Ben Scott, policy director of Free Press. “It’s exactly the sort of thing you’d expect in an internet experience that’s controlled by the carrier.”

Oh how dreadful of them.  Because we all know that the iPhone and AT&T are the only devices and network available.  Right? 


From what I read in the wired article they admit that the bandwidth is simply not available to accommodate all data via 3G.  Are you shocked? Are you ready to throw a temper tantrum? 

My guess is that AT&T sold the bandwidth to the highest bidder - that would be MLB, how eeevil of them.  They didn't totally disable slingbox, they simply made it contingent upon using wi-fi rather than the phone network.  They are satan! Boo-Hiss. 

Oh my.

For those who are stamping their feet in rage, it's time to stop acting like a three year old.

My son has AT&T but not an iPhone.  He's in the Chicago area and he frequently can not get a cell signal to use because the towers are too busy.  That is with regular cell traffic - without the benefit of major video downloads happening.  With unlimited downloads, there would be no usable cell signal most of the time. Now there's a thought!  You have unlimited data, but no way to access it. Oh good, that's a step in the right direction! 

Now here's a little hint for you.  There are other phones and other carriers, use them instead if this bothers you.  You know - free market and all that.  One wonders if Free Press (the group doing all the vocal protesting) has heard of this unique method of doing business.  Upon consideration, one thinks not.

There is a tiny little item they fail to mention when moaning about the lack of video via 3G - and I consider this to be an utter failure if you are going to rant about limited video access.  Nowhere in the article is it noted that there is a 5G limit on data usage on nearly every carrier - then you pay huge fees over your regular monthly bill. Guess what uses bytes of data on par with an oil gusher... yeah, video.   Oops. Many people have been badly burned by this to the tune of $2000+ per month.  I suppose making a note of this would put more than a wet blanket on their argument. Better to ignore it as if it doesn't exist.

Of course there is the techie liberal solution to everything...

Biba said an even better solution would be if more cities deployed free Wi-Fi coverage to offload the stress from carrier networks.

Gotta love that word "free".  The city will provide!  Don't ya love it when the city just gives us stuff.  Maybe he can answer a few little questions for me.  You know, those niggling little questions that aren't explained when people start talking about the city giving "free" stuff.

- where is the "free" equipment coming from? 
- where is the "free" labor to install the network coming from? 
- where is the "free" labor to administer and run these "free" networks 24/7/365 coming from?
- where is the "free" labor to work 24/7/365 to repair network breakdowns?
- where is the "free" help desk for people who have problems connecting to the network?
- which ISP's will be giving away "free" bandwidth to cities?

That's just a few of the questions I have about "free" city wi-fi. The list could go on for pages.

What is it with these people! They all want something for nothing.  There is no such thing.  There never will be. 

AT&T and the iPhone are not a monopoly. What you have to decide as a consumer is this, does that particular phone offer you enough of what you want for you to put up with the things it does not offer?  If the answer is no, then find a different phone. But for heaven sake quit whining because you can't have everything you want for "free".  And please quit griping about the cell phone companies getting "rich" at your expense. You don't like it, don't buy it. 

Time to grow up.

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June 20, 2009

It's Saturday!

I'm sitting on the screened in porch with a glass of wine and my trusty little Asus netbook.  It's finally warmed up and even though it's mostly cloudy, it's not raining.  WOOHOO!!!

I think I need  to find my camera and take a picture. It's been slim times for the camera lately with all the rain and gloom.  I was afraid to take it on our walk today in case the looming clouds decided to emit even more water.  It didn't rain though and I missed several excellent shots that won't come my way again.  Oh well.

One good thing - the plants and trees all LOVE this rainy cool weather. They are very happy. 

As for  me, I'm happy it's a lazy Saturday.

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Expect Many Disgruntled Reporters

It seems Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple in case you didn't know) has pulled a fast one on every tech and financial reporter in the country. 

He had a liver transplant 2 months ago and only tonight the WSJ has the breaking story.

I don't know how he did it, but he managed the entire thing in complete secrecy.  I wonder if the hospital staff got  iPhones or something for not mentioning his name...

Congratulations Steve!  For not only pulling a fast one on every reporter out to drag up the drek (YAY!), but for coming through the surgery and recovering nicely! 

Way to go! 

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June 18, 2009

Ladies... Do You Have A Shape?

I mean are you shaped like a woman and not a stick thin boy?  Do you have trouble finding clothes to fit?

I'm gonna guess the answer it yes. 

I was just reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about a new line of jeans created for women with an actual shape!  I hope the link works - you may have to be a subscriber to see the article - I have no idea.  Can't remember if WSJ is free now or not online.

One group of entrepreneurs is trying to tap into this longing for clothes that fit with a new line of jeans. Cookie Johnson, wife of basketball legend Magic Johnson, says she has struggled for years to fit what she calls her "healthy size 8" frame into ill-fitting jeans. Initially, her solution was to cover up the pinched or protruding parts with a long tunic. "You get to the point where you think it's you -- you think, I shouldn't have eaten that extra cracker," says Ms. Johnson. But then, she decided to take matters further, designing her own denim jeans for curvy women.

Bless the woman!  Unfortunately they aren't cheap. *sigh*  It's always something.  However, I have seen these articles coming out periodically for a while now - with the down economy, it may just work in our favor and the tide may turn.  In fashion, change starts at the top.  I'm guessing if these do well, we'll see less expensive lines for those who can't afford high end prices.  Therefore, I shall attempt to do my part to help things along.

Apparently Nordstrom's is carrying the line - CJ by Cookie Johnson.  We have a Nordstrom's near enough that I might make an excursion on Sunday morning (best time to go there parking is a breeze) and check them out.  I need a nice looking pair of jeans.  I currently have a couple pairs of Lucky Brand - but they aren't at all dressy not to mention I always have to wear a belt with them just to make sure they stay up where they should.

It's been years since I've gotten a pair of jeans that actually fit right.  Like shoes, you find something you like and then the style changes and next time you look, you're out of luck.

If I can find my size (which is a 12 by the way - has been for years and years) I will let you all know. The online store says the inseam is 34 inches - which is generally what I need.  We shall see.  I am hopeful - maybe foolishly so.

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