4th of July fireworks

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Red Line at Lawrence

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What’s on my desktop today?

Gotta couple new (to me) utilities I’m trying out.  Desktastic lets you doodle on your desktop.  It’s a silly thing I probably won’t keep since you can’t even save anything, and it erases itself between reboots.  Maybe it’s just crippled for the demo version, but their website doesn’t say anything about that, so screw ‘em.  But the other utility I probably will use is LaunchBar, made by the nice folks who brought you Sharity.  LaunchBar is a little thingy that lets you type in just a few letters and draw up all kinds of things you might want to access on your ‘puter.  Applications, documents, URLs, whatever.  Hard to explain but it seems real handy on first use.  Better than keeping 20 icons in my dock!

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Eye heart Mozilla

Have I told you lately how much I love Mozilla?  Sure, it’s still a little buggy — it gets stoopid and wants you to restart it every once in awhile — but it’s still the sleekest and spiffiest browser I’ve tried.  The tabbed interface was the first thing I dug about it but I keep finding new details to appreciate.  The encrypted password manager.  The ability to block popup ads.  And wow, you can right-click on any image and say "Block all images from this server." Oh jeez, I accidentally blocked everything from Doubleclick!  Hate to see that happen.  :-P

Please rest assured

I’ve been burning some CDs the past few days, catching up on the backup backlog.  It works alright using the iBook, but it sure is slow compared to how it was on the PC.  I wonder if I’m doing something wrong?  Also I can’t seem to get it to recognize the fact that I’m using discs with a capacity of 700MB instead of the usual 650.  The media is so cheap that I don’t mind wasting the space so much, but still.

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Rosemary Clooney died

I got to meet Rosemary Clooney once, when I was about ten years old.  Saw her perform and got her autograph and everything, but that’s a story for another time.  What a great singer…

Iomega Predator CD

My Iomega Predator CD burner was wigging out under Windows XP and wouldn’t burn anything, or even read a normal music CD.  I kept rebooting and trying different things, like reinstalling the driver etc.  The thing wouldn’t spin up, I thought for sure it was a hardware issue, and I was this close to yanking it out and smashing it to pieces.  That’s really rare for me, I’m usually pretty patient in sorting out my computer problems!  I decided that it WOULD feel really good to smash it into a million pieces, but before I do that I should at least try to get it to work on my iBook.  So I plugged it in, and lo and behold it appears to be working perfectly!!  So, ten more points for Apple’s OS and one less reason to use Windows.  :-P

Rian’s birthday party

For the third time in as many months, I’m getting indications that Klez-infected e-mails are being passed around with MY address as the spoofed "sender".  Will everybody running Windows please take me out of your freakin’ address book?  Write it down on your hand if you have to.

Rian Murphy had a fun birthday barbecue today (yesterday).  Lotta food, lotta people, lotta fun.  Parties always get me a little anxious and self-conscious until about the 1-1/2 beer mark.  I’m not so good at bullshitting so I’m more of a wallflower usually.  But Rian’s parties are always laid back and low pressure.  I.e. if I notice that I am standing by myself with everyone else in tight little clusters around me, all talking to each other, and I’m just like staring off into space without realizing it… well, that’s okay.  I reckon I did my share of talking.  What I’m pissed about is that I was too embarrassed to use my camera.  That was lame… I had it out for like 2 minutes but couldn’t get the nerve up to actually use it.  I started feeling like a dork right away because the camera was hanging around my neck and the thought flashed through my mind… "I look like a tourist." So I took it off and stuffed it back in my bag, oh well.

WLUW down the crapper?

Our beloved radio station WLUW is in big trouble.  An e-mail’s been floating around today saying that the university is hiring some outside agency to run the station at the end of the summer.  The format will be different; it will no longer be a community station.  Evil university… I heard they yanked the station’s funds awhile back and are forcing them to beg for money now.  Which is bad enough, and now this!  I just wrote an e-mail expressing my dismay to the general delivery address listed on the Loyola website, since I don’t know a better one to use at the moment.  I don’t mean to be a pest but can you please write one too if you’re a Chicagoan who cares about this station?  There’s going to be a meeting of WLUW supporters on Monday at the Heartland restaurant if you’re inclined to get even more involved.

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Power’s out again.  Well, half our outlets work and half of ‘em don’t.  It’s the same for our upstairs and downstairs neighbors.  ComEd says it’s the building’s fault — there’s not enough juice to power all our air conditioners — and we can’t raise anyone to help.  Flipping the switches in the basement does nothing.  ComEd says we have to get into the boiler room, but only the building super has the key to that.

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I’m Hello Kitty Water Fairy

come discover which fairy you are

I’m Hello Kitty Water Fairy! made by: Jen

The new Star Wars

We had fun on our date.  John was right about that bag store, it’s one of the best I’ve ever seen.  We were in there awhile — there were so many cool bags, I wanted to take them all home.  I’m like the egg lady, only with bags.  :-) Anyway I found one that I couldn’t live without.  I think it might be the bag of my dreams and the solution to everything!!!!!!  Just kidding.  It’s a Columbia Sportswear "Flightbound" tote.  Must be last year’s model ‘cuz it’s not on their website or at eBags, though I did find a lot of online vendors selling ‘em in bulk, like this place over here. So, the bag is all padded, but it’s very light.  It has one compartment for your laptop and another for everything else. A zip-out organizer panel on the front, and mesh pockets on the sides.  Other than that it pretty much looks like your ordinary tote bag.  But it’s not, there’s a laptop in there.  Haha, psych!!  That was my whole thing, I didn’t want it to look like a laptop bag, and I wanted the computer to be VERY accessible, which it is.  The top is completely open, just a couple of straps to harness everything in.  There’s enough room for all my phat belongings, but it’s not too huge.

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We don’t have to move

Some days, the least little thing might happen, and it changes everything and suddenly your life’s turned upside down.  Then a few days go by and something else happens to take back the previous thing, so that your life switches back to normal again, and you’re all "Huh?" with your life’s entrails strewn around the house in huge piles, like in a Dr. Seuss cartoon.

Today was the official day we were supposed to tell the guy at the property management company "yes, we’re staying and paying $260/month more than we were before" or "No, we’re leaving." John had already mailed off the form and everything — we’d decided we were going to leave almost as soon as they told us.  (I know, because this is the third issue of the Reader that I’ve scoured since we found out about the rent-hike.) So, John talked to the guy this afternoon.  The guy sez, "Howzabout this.  Maybe we wuz a little hasty about the $260 hike.  How ’bout $60 instead of $260, ya like that?  That way you can stay, and everybody’s happy!"

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My shit is fat

I’m all burnt out on my website, after doing so much work getting my files tweaked & transferred over the past few days.  Don’t even want to look at a computer.  My brain is at a most infantile state: wanting to buy a bag.  I like to obsess over BAGS when there are other far more pressing things to deal with, like finding an apartment, packing our stuff or taking the van into the shop.  Materialistic thoughts can be very soothing in times of stress.  So, I want to find the ultimate purse/organizer/laptop carrying tote bag.  Not a regular laptop bag; those are too skinny.  My shit is fat!!  The Crumpler Very Busy Man I got awhile back is really nice-looking, and good for touring, but it’s too big to carry around everyday.  And the padding is outta control, you barely have room to put your stuff.  It was designed for a bigger laptop than the iBook.  So what should I get, another nerdy Eagle Creek item?

Live from ICDSoft

Kick ass, the site is now live on the new server!  Or at least it’s showing up over here; some other machines might still be caching the old site, but that won’t last more than a day or so.  Blogger works.  Are the comments working?  I had to reset permissions after I uploaded those scripts, so I’m not sure.

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