Friday, September 10, 2010

52 weeks to awesome!

Ealasaid's latest blog post talks about a personal development program she's been doing from The Freak Revolution called 52 Weeks to Awesome program. Their comment about the program is this:
Imagine what your life would be like if you were totally awesome. What would you do? What would your typical Tuesday be like? How would you feel? How many of your dreams could you turn into reality?
You go on 52 1-week "missions," each of which take about an hour.

The cost for this? $52, a buck a week.

It sounds really interesting.

Harpo Marx

I just found out about this wonderful site dedicated to Harpo Marx, written and maintained by his son. I particularly liked the Harpo Family Rules.

I got misty reading a lot of this. He sounds very much like a man I would have liked to know.

We No Speak Americano

It's Friday. You really need to watch this just for the fun of it. It's a bouncy little tune and you can't guess what's going to happen next. You can't really stop watching it, either: once it starts, you're hooked.


Thursday, September 09, 2010

Pictures of mushrooms

There's a blog entry on Brave New Traveler from late December that's full of pictures of rare and beautiful mushrooms.One of the pix is even 3-D!

Tortoise with a 'tude

Not only is this one fast little chelonian, but it's got a sense of territory that one doesn't commonly associate with torti.


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Good essay :)

This is a lovely little essay about the South's political attitudes. It's NSFW, mostly for language and some for politics.

Computer's working again, hurray

After a couple days of screwing around with the computer myself and then giving it to my computer guy, it turned out that the RAID/SATA controller had gone south. My computer guy worked on this all yesterday and was able to recover my C: drive (yaaaaaaaaaaaay!) and get it back to life. That was at 10:30pm last night and, even after a whole day of working on this, he only charged me $100. I'm enormously pleased.

I didn't have any way of running more than one drive and the DVD/CD, so I went out to buy a SATA card. Best Buy had one, their website said, but when I drove out to Springfield, they couldn't find it. Bugger. :( Springfield's to the east of Eugene. I drove first to the Office Depot in Eugene only to discover that they do sell SATA cards, but only online. I then drove to the far western side of Eugene and found what may be the only SATA card for retail sale in Eugene at a small computer store. It's slower than I wanted and was about twice as much as the same thing online, but I really NEEDED this card to get back to work. So I bought it, brought it home, and configured the computer. I'm alive again.

A much better (and slightly less expensive) card is coming on Saturday and then I'll hook the rest of the SATA drives up and do some more backing up. Meanwhile, I've deadlines that I want to get back to. And I really really really have had quite enough problems with electronics, technology, or ANYTHING for quite a while!

Monday, September 06, 2010


The C: drive on the new computer is being a pill. It may be a controller issue, though, as I can't get the computer to acknowledge a new drive on the system, either. I had work to do this weekend, damnit, and didn't want to be hacking with the computer and losing time to things. Computers are the Universe's way of showing us that we are not in control.

But here's a good quote du jour that a friend who signs himself "Miles Vorkosigan" on FB said today. It's a darned good quote:
Watching the Fringe Christians and the Fringe Muslims trying to one-up each other in bad behavior is like watching the Voldemort-vs.Sauron Global cage match mixed with a Dr. Seuss morality tale.