January 29, 2010

Some Techie Bits to Finish the Week

Unless you've been completely out of touch this week, you've probably heard that Apple has a new toy soon to be available.  I don't need one, but it would be so fun to have one.  I'm all about the toys.  However, it's always best to wait and let them work out the bugs before dashing out to buy the latest and greatest.  Must be sensible... at least a little bit...


Speaking of toys, I have an iPod touch.  I love it.  It does exactly what I want it todo.  I have my contacts and calendar on it also my todo list (Things) and my podcasts, audiobooks, etc.  What do I dislike?  The onscreen keyboard.  I just can't get used to it. However almost everything I use on the iPod can be updated through my connection to my iMac. I try to type in my Mac and sync whenever possible.

Then I have my cell phone the LG Env3 which I use as a phone and a text messenger.  Best thing about it is the 2 different sets of keys - the outside number keypad and the inside qwerty keyboard.  They are excellent.

I have found that division of labor is the best thing in the world.  The batteries on each of these devices last quite a long time.  I LOVE the keyboard on the env3 for texting, I love the screen resolution on the ipod for looking at my calendar, etc. 

All the complaints people have when they try to combine these 2 types of devices - I don't have those problems.  So I carry 2 devices - they're in my purse.  It's not an issue 99.9% of the time.

I used to think I could make all these things work on one device. But the battery life sucked and they were kludgy.  Someone  may eventually get it all to work well together.  In the meantime I'll stick with my separate systems - it works better for me.

I really love my iMac.  It has taken some little effort on my part to learn various things about it like keyboard shortcuts, but all in all it's a great machine.   

However, I'm not a fan of the Safari browser.  It doesn't do fonts right for me.  So I use my Firefox browser nearly all the time. There has been the occasional download that doesn't work correctly unless I use Safari (rather like some sites don't like anything except IE).  Since I don't download much it's seldom an issue.

So I have all these bookmarks in FF and I wanted to sync them to Safari (just in case - in case of what I still haven't figured out it just seemed to be a good idea).  I downloaded Xmarks to do this. It did work to sync everything but created a "typing lag" that was driving me nuts. It would sometimes type normally and other times I'd type an entire word... wait.... then it would show up.  So I dumped Xmarks.  Seems to have solved the problem. 

Well, I'm off to get thai food for dinner. Then I'm going to have a glass of wine and try to forget this last week which has been a royal pain all the way around. 

I'm going to see if I can actually do some other stuff besides troubleshooting that would be a novelty.  Getting to my blog reading would be even better.  But first - dinner!

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January 27, 2010

Giving Vegans and Vegetarians Everywhere A Bad Name

PETA seems hell bent on making themselves into the butt of all jokes. They have people working overtime in this endeavor. Either that or they have decided "any publicity is good publicity" and "I don't care what you say, just spell my name right".

Today LeeAnn linked to the first PETA related public relations idiocy. Go read it - especially if you need a laugh.

Then blogless friend Mirmie sends this gem.  Yes folks, they have gone completely and utterly insane.

An animal rights group wants organizers of Pennsylvania's Groundhog Day festival to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robotic stand-in.

I know a few vegetarians and vegans.  They seem to be sensible people.  I know people who subsist on a diet of ding dongs and soda.  And others who try not to touch carbs even with a 10 foot pole.  I have no issue with anyone's diet as long as they let me eat what I want to eat.

PETA thinks they know what's best for everyone and they want to be in charge of what you eat.  I wonder what they'd say if I decided I wanted to be in charge and I insisted everyone had to eat steak at least once a day! 

Wouldn't they have a cow over that... so to speak.

If you'll excuse me, in honor of these two delightful media excursions PETA has made today, I'm headed to my kitchen to get a chuck roast cooking in my slow cooker.  It should be an excellent meal.  I'll drink a toast to PETA while I'm eating it and thank them for the reminder that it was time to get dinner started.

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January 24, 2010

It's All About the Water - Or Not

The rain is coming...

Warning! Warning! Danger Will Robinson!

We have about 8 inches of snow on the ground even after several days of mid 30's temps.  It's heavy wet packed snow.

Rain is coming tonight - 1 to 3 inches.  Temps going up to the 50's. 

Warm, rain, frozen ground, melting snow - what could possibly go wrong?


Maybe I should stop at DSW and buy rainboots tomorrow so I can wade back into my house.  That's always assuming the house isn't simply washed away.

I think it's too late to build an ark.



In other news my daughter called tonight to chat for a bit. 
Me: How's your brother?
Her: Oh he's fine, I saw him yesterday, B (his girlfriend) is in Florida.
Me: Florida? 
Her: Yeah, I think she's down there with her mom.
Me: You know, you got the short end of the deal in the mom department.  I never take you places.


I think I'll go read now.  It's shaping up to be a very very long 2 days.  If I survive until Wednesday things might slow down a bit. We'll see.  Wednesday is the current goal - just get to Wednesday then we'll worry about the rest of the week.

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January 23, 2010

They Define the Words - JUST DO IT

Team Rubicon. 

If you want to get things done in Haiti - don't bother with the big organizations - they're all sitting at the airport  along with all their supplies while the Haitians suffer.  Someone told them that it was too dangerous to venture out. 

This is what can be accomplished when you get a bunch of people together who don't know the meaning of the words... "we'll wait til it's safe".

If you have a few dollars to spare, they can use any help.  They can use all your prayers. 

You can follow their progress over at the Team Rubicon blog section at Blackfive. 

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January 22, 2010

A Couple of Really Cool Things I Ran Across Today

First - if you know someone with diabetes tell them to keep their eyes peeled for this upcoming epic improvement in their daily lives.

Got diabetes? No more pricks, just breathe on this

"Instead of poking your finger to get the blood, you can just breathe into it and measure the glucose in the breath condensate," he said.

That is just so incredibly cool! I hope it's available very very soon. It would dramatically benefit so many people.

Let's hear it for science!

Now for something completely different.

Tamron Launches YouTube Series for Newbies

Tamron makes camera lenses for DSLR's. 

If you have a camera - especially a DSLR but I'm guessing even point and shoot users might get some real value from this - go watch the first one. It's a short introduction and looks promising.   I subscribed, you may want to also. 

Happy Friday everyone.

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January 21, 2010

Lame, Lame, Lame

Yes I've been so lame on posting lately.  There have been far too many things going on and not enough time to do them.

Major melt downs of things I thought were completed.  Lots and lots of work.

By the time I reach the end of the day I'm too tired to think. 

So, there it is.  I hope things slow down and stop falling apart.  It would be nice to have a break.  If not I just keep working through it until it all gets done. 

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January 19, 2010

I Did My Part

I voted today. Now we await the outcome. 

It's snowing here - again - the roads are slick. Even with my 4WD I had issues on my road.  The polling place is straight up a steep hill. 

By the time I got there (about 10:30am), I was  number 598 on the electronic ballot counter. There were lots more people behind me.  It's not even noon yet!  It was a steady stream of cars headed up the hill. 

There was only one thing on the ballot.  The Senate election. 

That's pretty damned impressive if you ask me.

I'm very happy to see such a terrific turn out.  Nothing is worse than apathy and no voters. 

If you live in MA - have you voted today?

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January 16, 2010

More Travel Stories

Possibly tomorrow. 

I'm off for a one night jaunt to Cleveland again.  Just like last year.  It's some face time - people I work with only over the phone and email - and this, while inconvenient as far as the travel goes, is a good thing. 

Luckily for me I am NOT flying out of Logan this weekend as once again the Prez has decided to grace the city with his presence.  I'm hoping for only a short airspace delay going to the Providence airport rather than the total airport shut down that accompanies AF-1 landing.

We shall see.  It's all blog fodder folks. 

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January 15, 2010

Absolutely Positively

My favorite commercial. No matter how many times I see it, I still giggle like mad.

Stolen from LeeAnn who posted it before I did. (mainly because I kept forgetting once I got to my computer)

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January 14, 2010

Guess We'll Find Out Next Week

If you haven't heard, there's a big election coming up next Tuesday in the State of Massachusetts (or Massachusettes if you happen to be Martha Coakley). 

Here is a little observation from my husband (since he mentioned it the other day, I've been looking too and I have to say I agree with him)...

There are almost no "Coakley for Senate" signs posted in the yards in this area. None on the roads I drive on!  My husband said he passes one house with a sign. One!

To understand how incredible this is, you have to have lived here for a little while.  These people take their signage very seriously.  Every election has them posting signs - usually many signs for the same  person (in case you miss the first 5 or 6).  I have seen anywhere from 5 to 10 signs in the yards of the local Democrats announcing to the world who they want to be elected. 

I have seen Scott Brown signs, but all the usual suspects who had multiple (one might even say prolific) signs out for Deval Patrick and Obama/Biden... their lawns remain silent! 

Does this mean anything?  I have no idea.  It could mean that the Dems will have to come up with quite a few extra dead voters to get Martha elected.  Or it might be that it's just too cold for these peeps to head outside and pitch signs in the snow....


We'll know soon.  It's certainly interesting.

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