jazzfish: Randall Munroe, xkcd180 ("If you die in Canada, you die in Real Life!") (Canada)
Let's see. Still writing (mostly just on Wednesdays with Steph), still playing the viola and starting to sometimes feel like I'm beginning to get the hang of it. Still less than thrilled by job but hey, they pay me. Still looking for a better (closer to downtown, less frustrating) apartment. Settling into getting used to the idea of having a stable living situation, and being able to think and plan about what happens next.

Finally got the cats on all wet food all the time. They've been on dry food for long enough that wet food has been "okay this is a nice treat but where is my REAL dinner?" It's taken a couple of brands to get to some that they'll consistently eat most of. I say "some" because we had one that we thought would work but after a week that turned into "aww, the humans bought a case of our favorite food, now we can't like that kind anymore." Mixing it up seems to be sufficient.

Apple has deigned to offer new normal-sized phones, so we'd intended to go pick those up this weekend. In addition they now give you some amount of credit for your old phones, which seems like a win-win proposition. Unfortunately the local stores are sold out of new normal-sized phones for the next couple of weeks. And the easiest way to get credit from the old phones is to exchange them at the time of purchase, which precludes ordering online. So, new phones once I get back from Niagara.

I did go ahead and pull the trigger on a new laptop, though. I may go to my grave defending the hardware setup of Taranis, my current laptop, as The Best Ever. It's got a CD drive, a Magsafe power connector that detaches safely when you accidentally kick the cord rather than yanking the laptop off the table, and it's got a software Eject key that is intensely stupid but can be remapped to be a proper Delete. Sadly newer models of Macbook have removed the optical drive and replaced the useless Eject key with what I think is a Power key that I can't remap. And all indications are that Apple is getting serious about moving to USB3 for power ports with the new models that ought to be out this fall. I figured, I may as well get while the getting is no worse, and if the new laptop lasts me five years like this one did then it's a fine investment.

And this Friday I fly out to Niagara for a week of gaming. I'm not really feeling the get-up-and-go urge, which seems ... odd. I suspect I'm pulling in on myself again. Eh. Will sort that out once I'm back from Niagara.

101 in 1001 update )
jazzfish: Owly, reading (Owly)
Over vacation I read Charles Stross's six- three-volume Merchant Princes series. They're good stuff. The first one's a normal SF worldwalker book, and the next two are much more contemporary thrillers that happen to include a worldwalking component. Also, the twin central messages are 'Economic development is tricky' and 'Stop romanticising the past.'

They are also, as Charlie noted, big fat books. I mostly didn't notice this, because ereaders are a thing of lightweight beauty.

Over the weekend I got a desire to reread Umberto Eco's big thick secret-history Foucault's Pendulum. My copy is a giant hardback, because it looks nice on my shelf and because when I was carrying a large backpack around campus one more big book didn't really make a difference.

Now? I am genuinely *irritated* that I can't just open it on the iPad. Instead I have to deal with a physical volume that causes me physical strain to hold in one hand, and that doesn't fit in my coat pocket. I am almost (almost) considering plopping down more money for an ebook edition.

I suppose this is how 'and then i replaced my library with ebooks' starts.

Two quotes about Foucault's Pendulum:

1) "Dan Brown is a character in my book." --Umberto Eco, on being repeatedly asked if he'd read The Da Vinci Code
2) "Nobody gets Foucault's Pendulum except for literary critics and role-players." --James Palmer
jazzfish: Jazz Fish: beret, sunglasses, saxophone (Default)
I miss the sunshine. And the company. Not to mention the fruit trees everywhere. If I weren't a city boy I think I'd like to have a small sunny garden/plaza type of thing, with decently comfortable chairs and a pomegranate tree.

Based on a sample size of one[*], I am not the target market for bed-and-breakfasts. Morning is not a time to be sociable with strangers. Not to mention that we may have been the youngest people there by a factor of two. It was a nice enough place, just... not really my kind of place.

[*] "Everybody generalizes from a sample size of one. At least, I do." --SKZB

Fresh fruit and fresh yoghurt makes for a pretty decent breakfast. Also, the 'frozen yoghurt' place literally put raspberries, chunks of cheesecake, and yoghurt ice cubes in a blender with some sugar, and handed me a spoon. Delicious.

The zoo at Guadalajara is decent. It's not the National Zoo or the San Diego Zoo, but it's got an awful lot of critters, in what mostly look like pretty good habitats. Much amusement from the exhibit containing a sloth, an anteater, and a small monkey, who were all eating lunch when we went by. The sloth would slowly pick up a piece of lettuce, and then roll over on its back and slowly crunch on it for awhile. Also wolves, who had somehow gotten themselves a red baseball cap to play with.

We woke up far too early in the morning on Satyrday and stood in a very slow line to check in with United, in a line that was long enough and slow enough that we were seriously worried about not making our flight. Thankfully the security lines were nonexistent. I have no idea how that works.

Landed in San Francisco and did a bit of wandering around and touristing. Visited the Nat'l Park Service museum, and the farmers market, and Chinatown, which feels touristy. Too many gweilo. SF seems like a decent enough place and I assume the rest of the city is not quite so heavily touristed; where we were, it didn't really speak to me. Also the BART system is stupidly expensive. $8.65 for a one-way ticket means I will never complain about Metro or Translink prices again.

And then home, where the cats insisted they didn't care that we'd been gone and where it snowed the next morning.

Perhaps the oddest part of the trip was traveling with just the iPad as entertainment: no physical books, and I had my laptop but I didn't cart it around with me much. Strange, to have what used to be a bag of books and a case of tapes or CDs reduced to a slim screen.

I think I've adjusted to being home again.
jazzfish: Jazz Fish: beret, sunglasses, saxophone (Default)
(Not that anyone asked.)

0) Upgrading went smoothly on my 4S. Had some minor connectivity problems with trying to download the required iTunes update, but those went away when I tried again a few hours later.

1) Control Center. I feel like I have been waiting nearly five years for this. Things you do semifrequently-- Do Not Disturb, use the LED camera flash as a flashlight, timer, calculator, enable or disable wi-fi or Airplane Mode-- are no longer buried in settings, but are instead accessible with a quick swipe up from the bottom of the screen, even when the phone is locked. Result: Settings app no longer takes up space on my first home screen.

2) I still can't delete useless system apps (Stocks wtf?), but folders are no longer artificially limited to twelve items, so I can dump more junk into a single folder. (Also, Newsstand can now be placed in a folder. ABOUT TIME.) All the apps that are accessible from Control Center are now on the second page of my Rarely Used folder.

3) I can't get to the Music (formerly iPod) app by double-tapping the Home button and swiping left anymore. Instead it's been poorly integrated into Control Center. If there's no music playing I have to hit Play, wait for it to start playing a random song, and then tap the song title to open the Music app. Result: the Music app must now take up space on my dock. I wouldn't mind except that its deep red app icon looks awful next to the subdued blue Mail and the vibrant green Phone and Messages.

4) Also, Music seems to forget what it was playing five minutes ago even more often now than it used to.

5) Speaking of broken workflows, deleting items from a list now requires a right-to-left swipe. Previously either left-to-right or right-to-left would enable a Delete button. Annoying.

6) Everything just feels a bit less responsive than I'm used to. Not sure if that's actually the case, or if I'm missing tap/swipe targets due to the thin-line appearance updates, and thus it'll get better as I get used to it.

7) The appearance updates themselves are a wash. For the OS itself: I like the thinner system font and I don't mind the new 'flatter' look in general. In specific apps: I don't care for Mail's spartan lines and I don't like the changes to Maps or Safari. Edit: and Calendar is a big pile of DO NOT WANT. Ugh.

8) I am one of the last holdouts against the combo search/URL box, and am irritated that they've finally forced me to start using it in Safari.

9) Okay, that parallax effect where the icons appear to be floating above the background is actually pretty neat.

10) In another month I will not care about any of this. After three months I will take it all for granted.
jazzfish: an evil-looking man in a purple hood (Lord Fomax)
Some background on IFA, Apple's new tracking method for iOS users. Shorter: Apple used to allow tracking by device ID but stopped after privacy concerns. Now instead they allow tracking by... a random string assigned temporarily to your device ID.

At least it can be shut off. On the other hand, I keep finding more places where things need to be shut off. Hence, this list, provided as a public service.

This list will be updated as more places where you have to opt out are discovered.
  1. In the Settings app, tap General, then About. Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap Advertising. Make sure the Limit Ad Tracking switch is set to On.

  2. In the Settings app, tap Privacy, then Location Services. Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap System Services. Make sure the Location-Based iAds switch is set to Off.

  3. In Safari on your device, browse to oo.apple.com. Make sure the Interest Based Ads switch is set to Off. You may have to repeat this for each device.
jazzfish: Windows error message "Error 255: Too many errors." (Too many errors)
Taranis the laptop is in the shop again, getting last year's display issue fixed for real this time. I hope. Buying refurbished didn't really save me any hassle this time I guess, although I would have bought the three-year Applecare warranty anyway. (Only warranty I'll buy, because they're good about honoring it.) So it's saved me a little money anyway.

This whole episode has mostly served to remind me that the Device Mk II can be used as an internet reading device, but it's extremely frustrating to do so. Also I still hate the keyboard.

("First world problems? You bet, but that's where I live." --Megan Heller)

In other, abbreviated, news: saw Priscilla Queen of the Desert last night for the first time. How odd, is about all I can say. Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, and (especially) Hugo Weaving would not have been my first instinct for casting in a road movie about three drag queens, but they do exceptionally well.

I don't know if I'm doing better than a couple of weeks ago but I'm not feeling quite so adrift about it. Thank you.

reading etc

Jul. 7th, 2012 09:09 am
jazzfish: Owly, reading (Owly)
Currently rereading Gene Wolfe's Latro books, because I wanted something both meaty and familiar and because I'm running Agon. They're still excellent, even if I'm not sure exactly how many werewolves there were in the first one. (I'd thought 'two' at first but now I'm pretty sure there was only the one and someone was lying to Latro. Like they do.)

Also, while I'm still not sold on the Device as a reading platform for narrative fiction, it does pretty well for RPG books. Been reading Ken Hite's Nights Black Agents, which is sort of "Jason Bourne Versus Vampires," and the 13th Age beta-test, which ought to be Just Another Fantasy Heartbreaker but so far at least seems to be an acceptable blending of mechanics that encourage storytelling and role-playing with D&D-style Bashing It With My Axe. Also, dear gord reading PDFs in Ibooks drains the battery like nobody's business.

Tangent: non-narrative reading scratches some sort of itch for me. Strategy guides, RPG books that mix worldbuilding with rules... I've even been known to read board game rules over lunch. My tentative guess is that they're things with rules and guidelines, they describe systems that I can understand.

Off to B'ham again today. [personal profile] uilos cleared the bookcase's Go-Away Shelves into two largeish tubs so we'll be taking those to one or two of the giant used bookstores down there and trading them for books we'll actually read again sometime. Then there's Readercon in Boston next weekend, from which I should not bring back too many books because luggage.

In the interest of Doing All The Physical Caretaking a few weeks ago, I started swimming in the mornings. I also saw a chiropractor for my stupid shoulder and stupid wallet-sciatica. Turns out the swimming is aggravating my stupid shoulder, so that's out. Back to running in the mornings I suppose. Will have to see about finding a decent route. At least it's neither hot nor humid out here.
jazzfish: Stormtrooper making an L on his forehead (Soy un perridor)
Work is being workish and just dropped a ton more work on my head, on top of all the work I've been putting off because hey look over there, a procrastinabob! So the next couple days will be awful. Starting tonight.

And likely because of that I'm still in hiding-from-everything mode and don't want to do anything, and haven't revised a bit of my stupid deeply frustrating story. Which I wanted to have out the door by the time summer con season got started. GUESS WE BLEW THAT ONE.

And I go to the beach next week. Which would be awesome and relaxing but there will be work, and why will there be work? Because I felt stressed out and slacked off and didn't get it all done by now, that's why. Not to mention the packing and planning and non-work everything that needs to happen before we leave. Including figuring out how we're getting to SeaTac (current best answer: by Amtrak bus, getting us there IF EVERYTHING GOES RIGHT at 8:30 PM, half an hour away by transit for a 10:15 flight).

After that we'll be in Richmond (Va) for a couple of days and then in the DC area for a couple of days, and then we fly to Madison for Wiscon. Which will hopefully not suck, and will in any event be populated by a large number of awesome people I have not seen since October (or, in two fortunate cases, since March).

But the DC part is going to be rough because there is simply not enough time to see all the awesome people I want to see.

There's a Hokusai exhibit at the Sackler gallery, and since I just finished rereading Zelazny's only-female-main-character mood piece "24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai" we are likely going to that on Monday. And dinner with my folks on Tuesday and working from work Tues and Weds and flying out of National on Wednesday night. Gah time.

And then after Wiscon I come home and go back to work, nominally relaxed and recharged and in reality just jetlagged and lonely.

Today I am grateful for the perfect weather, for being a beta-tester for Spectromancer for iPhone, for a handful of pretty kick-ass friends. For having a job that pays me to be where I want to be.
jazzfish: Owly, reading (Owly)
Given: Bookshelf space is a serious consideration for housing. We got unbelievably lucky with the place we're in right now but it's bloody expensive, and we may not be so fortunate in the next place.

Also, books are the great majority of the physical objects I own. If I'm looking to reduce the amount of Stuff in my life (and I usually am; the "do not have any attachments" pattern is locked in eternal conflict with the "might be useful someday" pattern), books are a place to start.

Hence: the possibility of going over to ebooks for the small portion of the library available in that format plus anything new that comes out.

The imminent release of the new iPad is doubtless a small factor in pondering this possibility.

Pros: Less space, obviously. Being able to buy books immediately as I want to read them may (may) curtail the need to Buy All The Books whether or not I have time to read them. (Case in point: acquired "Throne of the Crescent Moon" this weekend, but gord only knows when it'll slot into the stack.) Not as much having to haul a giant hardback around because it's what I'm in the middle of (e.g., Anathem). Ereading is likely to lend itself to reading more online magazines & contemporary short stories.

Cons: Love of the physical experience of reading a paper book. Fear of lost data. The visible library is a defining feature of Home. Another %&$ device that needs to be plugged in. Can't loan ebooks to people who don't have an ereader. Many older works are unavailable as ebooks, leading to frustration. Need to find an ereader acceptable to [personal profile] uilos as well as one for me, otherwise she'll just buy dead-tree copies of anything I pick up in ebook that she wants to read too.

Unknowns: The biggest factor is how well I'll like reading on an ereader / tablet / what have you. (Already known: how well I like reading on the Device, that being "not very," but that's a function of the tiny screen.) How much of a problem the confusion of "do i have that in ebook or dead-tree" will be. How much of a problem DRM will be, though I anticipate "not much."



Oct. 7th, 2011 10:27 am
jazzfish: Jazz Fish: beret, sunglasses, saxophone (Default)
Sent out the last of the post-office saving letters earlier this week. So if you've not gotten one by, say, this time next week, and you ought to have, let me know.

At Crooked Timber, commenter Lemuel Pitkin on Steve Jobs:
Worth noting that in all the tributes to Steve Jobs, nobody is saying "He was a rational agent who maximized the present value of his lifetime consumption, and would have wrecked his company in a second if he thought that would net him a dollar more. We will continue running Apple to generate the maximum profits for shareholders, whether that means putting out great products, putting out crappy products, or liquidating the whole thing." Instead, they all talk—sincerely I'm sure—about his commitment and dedication to his work, and say things like "his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple." It’s a nice illustration of how capitalism’s biggest success stories are really arguments against capitalism.
(see also ajay @32)

In related news, I preordered the Device Mark 2 this morning. (Delivery estimate: 1-2 weeks. Which is okay; if it got here on the release date I wouldn't be around to play with it anyway.) The Device has served me well for nearly three years, but between the inexorable march of technology and the flaky headphone jack (and AT&T's obscene refusal to allow me to use a device that I purchased with any other carrier), it's time for it to take a well-deserved retirement.

Restless lately. Fall out here is made of Wet, which doesn't make for much in the way of scuffly leaves, and it's harder to get excited about going out in the damp. Too, I'm half eagerly awaiting VP/Boston and half thinking "wait, how can it be october already, i'm not nearly prepared for this." Impostor syndrome is kicking in like nobody's business.

But the mist is nestling in among the tops of the trees in Stanley Park, and I seem to have gotten enough sleep last night, and Portal 2 was on sale earlier this week. And, you know, tomorrow I get on a plane to spend a week with a bunch of awesome people, and then a couple of days with different but still awesome people. Life is decent.
jazzfish: Windows error message "Error 255: Too many errors." (Too many errors)
Time was, I had one computer. If I wanted to do anything online, I'd power up the desktop. (I didn't leave it running all the time because it has a half-dozen fans in it, and it lived in my bedroom, and that was more noise than I really wanted when I'm sleeping.)

Now, for a variety of reasons, I do practically all my at-home computing with the laptop on the couch, or sometimes on the other couch. This means I'm not getting any use out of my clicky keyboard or awesome trackball, and am thus consistently frustrated in small ways by the keyboard layout. On the other hand, it's kind of nice to do simple stuff in the evening sacked out on a couch.

Some of the simple stuff can be done on the Device: email, FB, blowing up skeletons. Even LJ /can/ be done there, as can chat; it's just slow and awkward. Chat especially. (There's a scene in Y: The Last Man where the ninja assassin says "You understand Japanese! Thank god! I sound like a moron when I speak English." That's about how I feel after trying to type on the Device.)

Ideally, when I move I'll get a better desk chair and start using my desktop again. (This may require a new desktop system, since the current one is, um, elderly. I think its last upgrade was in 2004. I know for a fact it's still running Windows 2000.) For lazy evening couch-based surfing, I'll acquire an iPad, since in theory the bigger screen and the 'multitasking' OS update this fall will fix most of my complaints with the Device. And it can be decent for typing on, too, if I use the Neo and the camera kit.

I've been saying "i'll wait until the second model" for months now. And I keep weakening.

Today's the seventeenth of June. I've got exactly thirteen days before the end of the month, and the deadline for Viable Paradise. I'd meant to apply this year; heck, I'd meant to have "Junkyard Dog" and one more thing complete by 1 January, but Life and the sluggish pace of my writing at the best of times intervened. So, a blatant attempt at manipulative motivation: if I can finish either of the things I'm halfheartedly working on by then, and get them in email with a coverletter, I get an iPad. (16GB, because that's all the space I need; wi-fi only, because I don't want to muck with having to switch carriers and such after I move.)

We shall see.

o, cats

Oct. 25th, 2009 10:41 am
jazzfish: a whole bunch of the aliens from Toy Story (Aliens)

Is that my phone buzzing?


No, I remembered to turn the ringer on.


. . . oh. It's Chaos snoring.

jazzfish: A small grey Totoro, turning around. (Totoro)
Is Executing an Innocent Man Enough?: "What I hope will emerge is death penalty advocates honest enough to admit that no system of state-sponsored execution can be infallible, because people are fallible. I want them to come out and say what's clear-- innocent people will be executed." To which one commenter responds "They won't make the argument b/c death advocates don't believe anyone is actually innocent. I've had this conversation before and the response is 'well, they must have been doing something wrong, otherwise they wouldn't have gotten caught/been in the wrong place/etc.'"

The Chains That You Refuse: I believe this story came about when someone in a chat room said "Not all combinations of person and voice will work: you can't write a story in, say, second person future," and eBear responded with "It will have been raining in Harvard Square for only half an hour when you give up hope."

If the Device forgets that it's supposed to be on shuffle, and instead starts playing all its songs in alphabetical order (starting at a random point), I won't realise it until I've heard two different versions of the same song twice.

Relatedly, I have an awful lot of songs that start with the letters "Si."

Words I am allergic to:
  • Should. In the context of "I should do X," it's guilt-inducing, and negative reinforcement is nobody's friend. Better: "I want to do $thing," or (in cases where that's clearly not true, like getting out of bed so I can go to work) "I want $result, and therefore I will do its prerequisite $thing even though I don't really want to." In the context of "You should do $thing," or "Life should be like $thing," it reflects a refusal to live in the world the way it is. Either do the dishes, or don't do the dishes.
  • But. It undercuts what I'm saying. It's a way to not have to stand behind my statements. In many situations it can be replaced with "and" to have the same effect. For example, "I'm going to $event but I don't know how long I can stay" comes across like apologising for not really going to $event. "I'm going to $event and I don't know how long I can stay" is true, and accurate, and confident.
  • Work, in context of things that are meant to be pleasurable, such as relationships, or living my life the way I want it to be. These are things to be enjoyed, not justified through back-breaking happiness-killing labor. I recognise that there are aspects of my psyche that require both healing and self-monitoring to prevent falling into old ruts. I treat these as they come up, I try to change aspects of my life that aren't making me happy. I don't look at that as work. I look at it as an investment.
jazzfish: an open bottle of ether, and George conked out (Ether George)
The 'don't wanna be here' blues are hitting pretty hard today. I have no desire to fight with the stupid broken software that I have less than a month to write about and that I can't even get to start. All I want to do is have some fun go home and write, and rearrange the furniture in my head to let some more light in. And possibly play Civ on the Device in between. (Because what the Device really needed was a way to convince me to waste hours at a stretch, instead of just minutes.)

But, life, as PNH says, affords few such opportunities. Of even greater amusement is comment #54, which has to be read to be believed.

I'm. . . pleasantly surprised by my desire to keep writing. Must be something to it after all. If this momentum can carry me through August I'll be pleased.

From [livejournal.com profile] uilos, a post on anger, and depression, and how brains work, and maybe even a Higher Power that I can believe in. I keep wanting to have more to say about it than "yes, this," but. . . Yes. This.

Yeah. Feeling rather scattered today.
jazzfish: Two guys with signs: THE END IS NIGH. . . time for tea. (time for tea)
I spent the weekend doing very little indeed. I played a lot of games on the Device (Geo Defense and Harbor Master, with a touch of Toki Tori) and slept lateish and made waffles and poached eggs and replaced a button that was trying to come off one of my favorite shirts. Gaming on Friday night, and dinner with folk on both Satyrday and Sunday nights, which seems to have been a mostly acceptable level of socialization. I'd like to say I'm feeling recharged after that, but really it just made me want to keep hiding.

I haven't been spending much time in the hamster room since the discovery that my shoulder hurts when I use my desktop. We're going to experiment with leaving the laptops in there for now instead of out in the living room. I suspect that this is at least partly a ploy to get me to put away the boxes on the spare bed and give away the DVD player and TV. Regardless, it'll be good to hang out with the wee beastie a bit more.

Went out running on Monday morning. I can't tell if it's the July heat and humidity or if I've just lost that much muscle and lung capacity. It's a struggle now to keep going for five minutes at a stretch. Stiff today, too. With any luck it'll get easier as it goes.

A couple months ago I bought a crazy-expensive new pair of running shoes. They're supposed to correct my tendency to step harder on the balls of my feet and not put much weight on my heel. The hope was that this would also fix my supertight hamstrings, by changing how I walk. Now articles are starting to trickle out about how running shoes are actually bad for your feet and walking heel-first can cause all manner of problems. So, I dunno. I think next time I'm someplace near where they're sold I'll try on a couple pairs of Vibram Five Fingers and see what I think of them. (If they'll fit me at all; the website says they're good for up to EEE widths, which isn't too helpful for my EEEE feet.)

Other than that, tired mostly. I'm starting to suspect that my brain feels like it's overdue for a summer vacation. I've been doing the same thing for three years straight, now, which is at least two years longer than I've ever before gone without a few weeks of sleeping late and reduced work hours. Too, school was more stressful than work, but also more varied. Every year something different.

I can't see myself staring at these cube walls for the next five years, even if I weren't planning on moving. I just don't know what else I'd be staring at.

. . . man, this got depressing. Here, have a heartwarming tale about a mystical Chinese warrior. I think the phrase "Don't make me unleash Chiang!" needs to become an integral part of my trash-talking lexicon. (See also Urban Dictionary.)


Jul. 1st, 2009 11:57 am
jazzfish: an evil-looking man in a purple hood (Lord Fomax)
[livejournal.com profile] jmax315 reminds me of the least pleasant (though possibly most entertaining in retrospect) part of Origins.

Grah. Headache, tired, problems dealing with UPS and setting up weekend plans, and now it turns out my email isn't being sent to places other than itself. And I'm here late today to make up for shoulderstuff on Monday and sleepstuff on Thursday. Not a good start to the day.

On the other hand, Toki Tori is on sale for 99 cents. Perhaps that will improve matters.

Speaking of shoulderstuff, it seems that the problem actually lies in the muscles pulling the shoulderblade, and not in the arm itself, at least not anymore. Not sure what I can do about that, other than ice it and stretch it. Taking a few weeks off from phys.ther to see if it gets better.

I can no longer use the desktop at home for longer than about fifteen minutes. Something about the desk and chair and position of my arms is just too painful. I hope a better chair will solve this problem but at this point I don't even know what a "better chair" would be. Aeron, I suppose.
jazzfish: Jazz Fish: beret, sunglasses, saxophone (Default)
The Breakfast Cereal Club: "You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a leprechaun, a monster, a cap'n, a tiger, and a rabbit. Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Cereal Club."

The Doors of His Hotness, the Lamps of His Cuteness: "Also, he is an environmentalist, and doesn't like factory farmed foods! He says he can trust locally farmed meat not to have been poisoned like it was that time the winged lizards of Morok's Volcano drugged us and tried to seduce him. And he's right!"

Uncle Sam: "Verizon is a billing company that levies a monthly fee from a quarter of American households, occasionally also providing some of them with wireless and long distance service." [via Making Light]

From eBear, The Best Amazon Review Ever. Seriously. Everyone else can give up and go home now.

V.displeased with battery life of the Device. Looks like I'll be charging it daily if I plan to use the internet (or phone) at all the next day.
jazzfish: Jazz Fish: beret, sunglasses, saxophone (Default)
So, that lasted about three days before I realised that "internet anywhere there's a wireless hotspot" isn't at all like "internet anywhere." And another two before deciding that, yeah, I could probably afford the monthly data fee if I was going to actually be using it, and I was needing a new phone anyway. Then a week before getting in touch with my parents again, and, as of yesterday afternoon it's goodbye Touch, hello iPhone.

So far I'm liking it. Not entirely sure what I think of the phone controls (plus I need to organize my contacts a little better) and I'd be happier if it could fit all my music. And it feels weird against my leg. Wider, longer, less of a phone-lump and more form-fitting. I suspect it's trying to symbiotically attach itself to me.

I went with an iPhone over some other phoneternet device for two reasons: first, the iPodness makes it easy to store music; second, the App Store. It's got everything. I mean, not just games. Everything. iBird, for pete's sake. This is amazing.

Last night, digging through boxen looking for a cell phone (long story), I stumbled upon my graphing calculator from high school. TI-81, baybee. I'm darkly amused that seventeen years later my telephone has several orders of magnitude more processing power, in a smaller form factor.
jazzfish: Jazz Fish: beret, sunglasses, saxophone (Default)

. . . because I HAVE THE (ipod) TOUCH.

Having the internet in one's hand is quite, well, handy. Not sure I like the "keyboard."

Dinner, and then someplace new. I expect they'll have wireless, so, yay!


jazzfish: Jazz Fish: beret, sunglasses, saxophone (Default)
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Adventures in Mamboland

"Jazz Fish, a saxophone playing wanderer, finds himself in Mamboland at a critical phase in his life." --Howie Green, on his book Jazz Fish Zen

Yeah. That sounds about right.

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