Monday, December 29, 2008

A belated Merry Christmas?

Y'know, I just now realized that I said nary a word about Christmas last week! So... hope you had a very merry Christmas, and that your new year will be blessed above all! (The reason I missed it? Probably because, at this wonderful family time of year, the last thing I think about is posting on my blog... *grin*)

I shall post a complete list of my Christmas gifts soon... after the first of January, at the least. Probably not till the third or fourth.

I like my new laptop. I can play music on it. :-)

I also am enjoying the phone memory card that my brother gave me for Christmas... now my phone can play music, too, and I'll never buy an mp3 player!

Friday, December 26, 2008

I got a laptop!!

It's pretty! It was on sale!

And it has...
--2 gig RAM
--120 gig hard drive (theoretically... but it's partitioned, into portions slightly bigger than 50 gig, so the formatting took some and Vista takes more)
--a webcam
--a media card reader
--and wireless!

S'wonderful! Quite an improvement over my previous laptop (though that one was free). I actually have multiple USB ports here... and enough ram to surf the 'Net at a reasonable speed. Lovely. :-)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Let's go paint a car.

Not fly a kite... the wind's too strong these days, not to mention the subzero chill.

Yahoo News told me today that some lady had painted her car with nail polish. Now, if I had a car on its last legs.... I might actually do that....!

"Oh no, don't let the rain come down!"

Just thought of this old song again today. It's "Crooked Little Man" by the Serendipity Singers.


I love randomness like this!

Monday, December 22, 2008

What fun blogging apps are.

Apparently Blogger has come out with some nifty new thingies at the bottom of posts... p'raps they will persuade you to respond! For, if the precise response you need is not among the three or four choices beneath, you have the easy option of "replying!" What a novel idea.


[edit]........or not.......? Where are the pretty little check-boxes?? :-(

[edit 2].....in the word of a friend, "sa-weeeet!" Or in my own word, "success." :-)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Wikipedia's other name

My dad calls it "Wapakoneta, " which is in reality an Ohio town boasting Neil Armstrong as its most famous son.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Of Macs and Russians and Shopping.... (oh my!)

So my brother has been trying his best to install a version of Linux onto an old Mac computer we recently acquired. It's not as easy as it sounds.... because it's PPC, whatever that means. I'm only aware of all the troubles he's having because I'm acting as a mediator of sorts between my brother and one of my friends who happens also to be somewhat of a computer geek (and has actually tackled this problem before, albeit minimally).

I've also been treading my way through War and Peace. Got into the 200s today... (That would be pages, meaning I got past the 200th page sometime this afternoon.) So far it's not half bad. I think I like Tolstoy's writing style very much; although the sentences occasionally get very long, it seems as if the way he thinks is similar to how I think, if only peripherally. I love the way he describes the expressions on the faces of the characters.

I did make it through the chapters about the first big battle (the one in which the artillery manage to burn down a town and they barely repulsed the French). I'm not really much of one for details on battles and all--I am a girl (grin)--but it wasn't that bad. It was much more interesting than the little I remember from the battles in The Iliad and The Odyssey, at any rate. I actually got a little excited when the artillerymen were really getting into their job.

I haven't read this challenging of a book in a long time, though. I'm quite enjoying it. However, it is difficult to sit down and read the book in half-hour segments.... so I have spent the entirety of this day reading it, pretty much. I mean, I did laundry and ate and took periodic e-mail/Facebook breaks, in addition to reading... and I took a nap somewhere in there... but it was lovely just to curl up on the couch and read for awhile. It helped that that couch is the only place in the house at present where I can get warm enough for comfort.

Mom & I went shopping last night; a tradition of ours, for just the two of us to go out and have a Wal-Mart buying spree for the cousins and various aunts and uncles (and grandparents) for Christmas. We had waaaay too much fun in the toy department though... remember those fun needle boxes that would take the shape of whatever you stuck on the littl needles? (Not pointy needles.) We got one of those for my young cousin, and haven't been able to keep our hands off it since. *grin* The best part was that all of this was after about ten-thirty at night.... we got home after midnight, and I didn't actually get to bed until about twenty or quarter till one. Thus I stayed in my nice warm bed until nine o'clock this morning (when Mom roused me for a yummy banana drink, which I could have on condition that I was up and about).

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Funny mixup of John Williams music...

You've probably already seen this, but it's still fun.



Yahooooooooooo! :-) And for good measure, here's the band's version of their own song:

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Truman Show and Plato

I just started reading a book of classic essays today... starting with the one by Plato called "Allegory of the Cave" about men in a cave who saw only shadows and fancied that the shadows were the true forms, not just shadows. And one quotable quote:

"Yes, he said, I think that he would rather suffer anything than entertain these false notions and live in this miserable manner."

It immediately made me think of the movie "The Truman Show." That movie illustrated that quote.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

My book's printed!

Thanks to a generous apartment mate, my entire book, all hundred pages of it, is now printed. I hole-punched it and stuck it in a three-ring binder today. :-)

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Nope--the speed of light is not constant!!

So a physicist figured out how to stop light...

...and start it going again. No, I'm not talking about turning a lightbulb off and on. I'm talking about the beam of light itself. Fascinating!!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Even Google is weaker than Chuck Norris.

Instructions:

1. Go to Google.

2. Search "Find Chuck Norris."

3. Click "I'm Feeling Lucky."

4. Laugh.

(That is, of course, provided that your school's filter doesn't block it as a website under the "tasteless" category...*frown*)

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Viva La Compagnie!!

This is my favorite choir song this year... and I don't even sing it! (The guys do this one, of course; and to make it even, the girls do "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" without 'em.)

Monday, December 01, 2008

Life observations

...I started my eleventh journal Saturday.
...Facebook chat hates me.
...It is freezing here in this library.
..."All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above."
...I am seriously considering dropping the honors program, if a certain policy changes.
...I need a new laptop sometime.
...Black Friday should be abolished as a result of the trampling deaths of shoppers.

'Nuff said.