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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Twoo Wuv

Yes, despite his major character flaw that I thought would be a deal breaker, I do indeed love my new laptop.

It’s a Champagne Sony Vaio CR203E. It was on its way out, with new, bigger, and shinier models coming int to take the spotlight, but despite the fact he was picked up at a significant price reduction, and despite the fact he’s running Windows Vista, he’s still pretty marvelous. All I wanted was a solid dependable machine with a keyboard that wouldn’t drive me crazy, but I’ve found more.

Of course this may have something to do with the fact that this is the first brand new computer I’ve gotten. All my other personal computers have been hand-me-downs and upgrades. Now, he was a display model, so other hands caressed him possessively as he sat out to be oggled, but I brought him home, gave him a good cleaning, and now he’s shiny and pretty much perfect.

His few foibles (the aforementioned Vista, a touch pad instead of a trackpoint) can live with, since I don’t have to share him with anyone, or turn him back into work at some unknown point in the future, so I can make the adjustments that work for me. Plus, I got a new wireless mouse, which makes the pain of the trackpoint easier to handle.

So don’t mind me, I’ll just be over here typing away, and enjoying the fact that no one else’s germs will be on the keyboard but mine.

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Happy Dance!

Merry Christmas to me!

I just got a new laptop! Yippee! Reduced for quick sale floor model, it has everything I want except for the awful Vista operating system. But I guess I can live with that, especially for the price I got.

My most important criteria was the keyboard, which meant I was looking primarily at either IBMs or Sonys. They had a deal on one of the VAIO’s I’ve been looking at , so SCORE!

Right now they’re doing a system restore, then I get to go back out and pick it up, and waste lots more time properly setting up the system, and uninstalling whatever crap comes pre-installed that I neither want nor need.

So now I can join Michael in geeking out, since he’s spent every day since Christmas playing with his Garmin GPS/PDA. (Yesterday we drove around after our trip to the post office, just so he could play with the GPS portion.)

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Categories: Computers & Technology  

ACK!

Ack! My vacation is half over! Quick! Hurry up and relax!

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Happy Boxing Day!

I hope everyone had a good Christmas, assuming that is the holiday you celebrate. I’m going to try and stay away from the computer again today.

We’ll see how that goes.

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

As I promised mysef, I’ve been reading when I haven’t been baking, and in the past day I finished an excellent mystery Bangkok 8 and then read an excellent supernatural fantasy Kitty and the Silver Bullet. As usual, links to the reviews are on the sidebar.

Now I have to figure out what I’m going to read next. I’m thinking Scott Lynch’s Red Seas Under Red Skies, which I’ve been putting off reading since it’s a hardback. But I’ve also got some supernatural fantasy I wouldn’t mind delving into. (I think I’ve cleared out most of my mystery backlog, which is too bad because that’s what I’m kinda in the mood for.)

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Walnut Cookies

This was my Dad’s requested recipe this Christmas. It originally came from one of his aunts (all long dead), so I feel perfectly safe posting it.

This is half the recipe. Last year I made the whole recipe and I thought we’d never get rid of all the cookies–my Dad’s favorite or not. I also made a few modifications regarding the amount of rum, as in I increased the amount of rum. I also can think of no reason why I’d need to dissolve the baking soda in warm water, but with half a pound of walnuts at stake, I decided not to risk it and followed the recipe. (But if I can’t find any rhyme or reason for this I’m going to skip it in the future.) Additionally, as they were no directions, I just did the obvious.

Walnut Cookies

1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar (217 grams) (I used light, since it didn’t specify)
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour, sifted (180 grams)
nutmeg (it says a pinch, but I just grated some until it looked like a decent amount)
1/2 tsp baking soda dissolved in 2 tbsp warm water
2 tbsp rum (I used dark rum, because that’s what I have on hand)
8 oz raisins
8 oz walnuts

Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

Cream butter. Add sugar. Add eggs. Sift together flour and nutmeg. Add flour and nutmeg to butter mixture with soda solution and rum. Mix until incorporated. Add raisins and walnuts.
Scoop teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through baking.

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AWOL

My goal for the next two days is to be a baking fool (now that I have a dishwasher! Yippee!)

Wish me luck!

Also, for anyone in town? This is a good time to stop by out of the blue and visit.

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Sci Fi Geek (No Kidding)

Take the Sci fi sounds quiz I received 70 credits on
The Sci Fi Sounds Quiz

How much of a Sci-Fi geek are you?
Guess the Sci-Fi Movie Sounds hereCanon powershot
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Friday, December 21, 2007

Ooohh Dreeeeamweaver…

I’ve been having strange dreams recently. Well, that’s nothing unusual, since between my imagination and the anti-depressants, I’m used to strange dreams.

What I mean is that I’ve been having strange dreams for me.

For the past week I have been having unusually violent dreams, where the protagonist (sometimes me, but not always–about half my dreams seem to be third person) gets beat up or tortured.

On one hand, the meaning seems rather obvious. Considering that part of my depression has stemmed from beating myself up over infractions both real and imagined, this seems pretty straightforward. Except for the fact that these dreams started just recently, as I have become more adept at recognizing self-blame for what it is, and refusing to blame myself for the problems of others. In other words, as my depression has retreated and I have become better at dealing with the things and people who caused me problems, my subconscious seems to have decided to make the whole “beating myself up” thing quite literal–at least in my dreams.

Is it a problem? Not really. I’ve been fascinated by dreams since I was in college, and how the most vivid ones tend to your self-consciousness sending you a message. What I’m confused about now is whether my subconscious is getting in it’s last kicks as I learn to ignore inappropriate guilt, or whether it’s trying to tell me that I’m not doing as well as I think I’m doing, and I still have lots of work ahead of me.

Or perhaps it’s simply trying to get me to finish my current WIP so I can move into a new story seeded by one of my freaky dreams.

Except that it’s really going to have to cut back on the sadism if it expects me to find anything useful.

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Today’s Word

passel   \PASS-ul\   noun
: a large number or amount

Now I want to watch Firefly again.

Inara:  Maybe you should think twice about letting go of Saffron.  You two sound like quite a match.
Mal:  Maybe you’re right.  Maybe we’re soul mates.
Inara:  Yes, great.  I wish you hundreds of fat children.
Mal:  Could you imagine that?  Me with a whole passel of critters underfoot?  Hell, ten years time I could…

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