mandolin: (captain america - badass Peggy)
First off: Saw Skyfall this weekend, and enjoyed it. Would have been more annoyed about certain spoilery events if they hadn't been handled so well.

Second off: Recommend me PC laptops? The six-year-old Dell is reaching the twilight of its life and I really don't want to wait til I only have Windows 8 as an option. Anyone?
mandolin: (this is going to hurt)
Dear AVOS Systems:

What the hell did you do to How did you manage to screw it up so badly?

Good Lord, I work for a government agency and we wouldn't be allowed to release an application to the public that was as buggy as what you have out there by now.

Everyone else:

Looking for alternatives to Delicious. Suggestions are appreciated. Yuck.
mandolin: (sophie and calcifer)
Hey all -

So among other things, I've been trying to get to the library more often. But I don't really know what to look for. I've been out of the loop for a while, and I really need book recommendations.

I like fantasy (especially urban fantasy) and light science fiction, mysteries, dramas and comedies.

I'm not into hard SF or romance, didn't really get into Laurell K. Hamilton or Simon R. Green when I tried to read their stuff. Can't do completely bleak and depressing even if it is realistic (so that probably rules out most war dramas). Also, after the Talismans of Shannara, I stopped reading the Shannara series.

Things that squick me: Eye trauma, body modification, excessive/glorified gore (which is part of the reason I don't watch a lot of police procedurals on TV).

Already read recently that I suspect people might recommend:
Dresden Files series
Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency series
Temeraire series
Most of Sue Grafton's books
The Lightning Thief
Almost everything David Eddings ever wrote
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Suzanna Clarke
Howl's Moving Castle, the other book in the series that involves a flying carpet and the Aladdim myth but I can't remember the title to save my life, and Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones
Most of the Mists of Avalon series (and what I haven't, I can borrow from Deb)
The Hunger Games trilogy
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Soon I Will Be Invincible

People. Recommend me stuff to read. Please?
mandolin: (it was the penguins)
Okay. So.

"Let's Kill Hitler" isn't airing here for another hour.

We've already had a brownout due to Irene.

BBC America will only be re-airing it at 3 am and 5 am in the same night. Not seeing any more upcoming airings.


You can wait til after 10 pm EST to do so if you don't want to needlessly spoil me. But it would just FIGURE if the power went out before the episode ended.

UPDATE: Still have power. Saw the whole episode. Whoo! There's going to be a ton of these ontological paradoxes this season, aren't there?
mandolin: (have no fear)
ATTN: Gargs fans on my friendslist -

Is there anyone actually responsible for the old gargoyles-fans fan fiction archive anymore? I haven't gotten any responses from Guandalug and I've been trying to get in touch with him for a few months now.
mandolin: (it was the penguins)
I've gotten into the habit of coming home and totally ignoring the computer since I've been on one all day. At work. Where LJ is evil and will smear the reputation of the agency (or something like that, I don't really read the standard "access denied" message).

So, yeah, this is the first time in three days I've looked at LiveJournal. Fail.

Rather than play catch-up, I have a question for the friends who are in the know. I've been catching up on The Dresden Files, and have made it all the way to Small Favor (after re-reading Dead Beat maybe five times). I even got my hands on "Backup" and the anthology with "Something Borrowed."

I've got Turn Coat as well, but... I know enough about Changes to know that the dreaded cliffhanger is part of it. (And that the title is apparently an understatement. Usually "things will never be the same again" makes me cringe in anticipation, although I think that reaction stems from reading a lot of DC comics in recent years.)

I hate cliffhangers. Hate 'em so, so much. With a passion. Even if I know they're going to be resolved, I don't know how and that's what drives me nuts. Especially when it's hard to get out of the situation without resorting to either incredibly clever (more than me) or incredibly bad writing.

But I've been tearing through this series as fast as I can get each one from the library. I'm still not sure what changed between Fool Moon and Grave Peril to jumpstart my interest in the series, but it's become my current fandom addiction. I know I'll get to the end of Turn Coat and despite my hatred of cliffhangers will be really, really tempted to grab Changes.

Should I stop at Turn Coat and wait til Side Jobs is out before even picking up Changes? Is it worth the cliffhanger?
mandolin: (remy - facepalm)
So my neighbor pointed out that the pine tree out back in my yard was so weighted down with snow it was leaning on the power line.


After about 45 minutes of beating the tree with a shovel, failing to hit it with a brick and trying and failing to climb it in the hopes of shaking the snow off the top part that's leaning on the power line, the top half of the tree is still covered in snow and still leaning on the power line. I can't throw anything high enough to actually shake the snow off, it's really sad.

BGE is only taking outage reports. We haven't lost power yet.

In the hope that you see this before the power gets knocked out - any suggestions for dealing with this? I really don't want my tree to take out power for the neighborhood, because there's no way I'm going to be able to get out of here to find someplace with power....
mandolin: (sophie and calcifer)
Okay, searching Amazon isn't working because I can't remember the title right, so I'm turning to the friends list for help.

I was in the Borders a few weeks ago, waiting in line with my copy of The Lightning Thief, when I spotted this book on a nearby table - non-fiction, paperback, fairly recent (probably no later than 2006). I flipped through it and was intrigued; it was all about how we process music, why we tend to latch onto the music we listened to in high school, and what exactly it is about our brains that make certain songs ridiculously catchy. Now while I'm not a musician by any means, I'm a bit of an audiophile and insanely picky (I spend forever on iTunes trying to make up my mind), and the topic just plain intrigued me.

I didn't pick it up, because I'd already committed to my purchase - the queue to reserve The Lightning Thief from the library was over 30 people long so I figured I might as well use my coupon for it - and figured I might be able to find it later.

I just remembered it this morning when I got Katy Perry's "Hot 'N Cold" totally stuck in my head and was amused at how easily I'm suckered in by catchy tunes.

Problem is, I can't remember the title to save my life.

All I know if that it had "music" in it worked into some cliche about the mind. I think "inner" was in the title but I don't know.

Does this ring a bell? Anyone? Bueller?

...pun intended, but I'm at a loss here.

ETA: Found it! Apparently I'd mentally swapped the title with The Inner Game of Golf, which I got for my Dad years ago. Go figure. :)
mandolin: (homework)

Okay. Long story short: Trying to do a social study on UStream and how its live streaming media and audience is being used by online artists, musicians, et al. I keep running into brick walls and scheduling and have to compile some decent data by, like, May 4th.

If you host a UStream or know someone who does who'd be willing to let me hit them up on AIM or gchat with questions or at least toss a survey at them by e-mail, please comment here. My focus is on artists since I've seen a LOT of art UStreams in recent months, but really, in my current state of fail I'm not picky.

All comments are screened so they won't be public to all and sundry. This study will never be published, the only people to see the results will be my prof and the rest of my IS728 class, and there will be no personally identifying information in the results.

Please, if you UStream or know anyone who does who might be interested, drop me a comment.

This message has been brought to you by my need to actually finish grad school (ONE MORE CLASS ONE MORE).
mandolin: (donottaunt)
Hey all -

I'm in the market for a hand-held digital recorder for recording interviews for my class study (I can't write fast enough or remember enough not to tape) and maybe for recording D&D quotes again. Any suggestions? Not looking to spend any more than $50 if that's even possible.

Yeah, Mom, I think I "put away" the old tape recorder last semester and for the life of me I can't find where "away" was exactly.


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