timepiece: (me)
I love working in a mostly residential neighborhood. Two kids have set up an honest-to-god lemonade stand down the block. In front of the post office - I think they got some marketing advice from a parent. The last one I saw was in front of a house off the main drag, but this will work much better.

css woes

Jul. 26th, 2008 10:40 pm
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Hey, anyone else on LJ use the custom CSS option? Anyone else notice that they renamed almost every class and ID on the freakin' page a few days ago? I couldn't figure out why my style sheet was suddenly not working at all, until I opened up the source and really looked at it. So I spent a pretty large part of today figuring out how to make it look like it used to (actually, a little better, hopefully). And it wasn't as easy as renaming all the classes and IDs in the sheet - they reorganized some stuff, so it wasn't nested under the same things and ended up in a totally different part of the page.

Although, I'm actually pretty happy - now I evidently get to have an actual tag cloud instead of a simple list. Maybe I'll actually start tagging. Retro-tagging should keep me busy at work for a few days (it's really slow right now). And, all that tweaking definitely taught me a bit more CSS. I know a lot more about relative and absolute positioning, which I have avoided until now, preferring to let things flow.

Still, I find it amazing that I haven't seen more people remarking on the changes. I guess almost no one does their own CSS instead of just picking a theme. I wanted mine to match my web site, and it mostly does (apart from the sidebar having to have a solid background instead of sharing the gradient - saaaaayyyy, I should test out that possibility with the new changes).

ETA: Hah, what do you know, I can make the sidebar with the gradient! Actually, I think I could have before and just didn't realize it.

writing

Jul. 17th, 2008 09:57 pm
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I seem to have been blessed with a large number of friends who can write deep, thoughtful commentary on a number of subjects, with fair regularity. I really admire that. I love reading their posts. I wish I were capable of it. But I'm not, and I envy them sometimes.

My posts always end being fairly shallow, chatty, hopefully amusing ... but not exactly scintillating commentary on issues of national import. Oh, well. If everybody wrote like that all the time, the world would be a boring and depressing place, huh?

wow

Jul. 7th, 2008 10:30 pm
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Lifehacker used my script. I got mentioned in a Lifehacker post. I feel famous! OK, in a little, weird corner of the internet, but still!

awwww

Jul. 1st, 2008 11:18 am
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We went to see WALL-E last night. So cute! How Pixar can make a garbage robot cute is beyond me, but they definitely did. And the numerous sci-fi movie references were amusing (particularly the 2001 music). I could have watched twice as much Wall-e by himself before the rest of the movie started.

And I love the "history of art" credit sequence. Why does no one seem to be mentioning it?

Meme!

Jun. 24th, 2008 04:19 pm
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1. Post 3 things you've done in your lifetime that you don't think anybody else on your friends list has done.
2. See if anybody else responds with "I've done that."
3. Have your friends cut & paste this into their journal to see what unique things they've done in their life.

I have:

1. Worn a formal gown into the McDonald's ball pit.
2. Graffitied my high school (the auditorium catwalks).
3. Literally spent my entire paycheck on books (it was Christmas! I worked at the bookstore!).

It's kind of sad that the first two date from high school. I'm not very exciting. Or, my friends are too exciting, cause there was a bunch of stuff that would have been unique in a lot of crowds, but not mine.

but ...

Jun. 23rd, 2008 03:32 pm
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George Carlin!

George Carlin!

But he's so alive! That wasn't supposed to happen.
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I was reading a blog post about marking age/reading levels on books, and found this wonderful philosophy regarding allowing your kids to read:
[My father] once told a friend who was astounded by something I was reading: “If she’s too young to understand something either it won’t hurt her, or she’ll ask us and we’ll explain it to her. If she’s old enough to understand it, then it won’t hurt her.”

Yes. I was allowed to read pretty much anything, and I think it contributed a lot to my education. Historical fiction is the only reason I know anything about certain historical periods, since I found history class to be unbelievably boring and always tuned out. And I would ask my mother, "Why would this character have done this? Wouldn't it have been a good thing?" and she would explain how the time/culture was so different from what I knew.

I plan to tell my kids they can read anything in the house. I may hide away half-a-dozen or so very explicit books, but that's it. Anything else is fair game.

stuff

Jun. 9th, 2008 03:58 pm
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Random thoughts:

Did you know that Dove ice cream has a solid layer of chocolate on top of the pint? Mmmmmmm. My new favorite.

Observation: I don't care how hot it is - if you ride a motorcycle wearing a short-sleeved shirt, you deserve all the road rash you're bound to get.

My latest contribution to the environment (and my wallet): in an effort to improve my gas mileage, I am now keeping it under 60 (OK, at 60). I'm sure everyone who's ever been a passenger in my car is relieved.

I've become very good at adding things to my online to-do list. Now I need to learn to DO them. Details.

I love how I can dress for very hot weather and somehow end up covered from neck to ankles. But, thin stuff - linen tunic and white cotton pants. No layers, for once.

Why on earth is every white skirt in the stores 100% linen? They can't make it 5% synthetic so it doesn't wrinkle as much? Are they insane? And I need a white skirt for summer. I love wearing white in the summer, rules for looking skinnier be damned.
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Yesterday, as I drove home through heavy rain, my mp3 player gave me "When the Levee Breaks" followed by "Bad Moon Rising." How does it know?
timepiece: (sweatergirl)
What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.



Hmm. not doing as well as I thought. Then again, there's a fair amount of recent stuff on here I have no interest in reading ever (Life of Pi, The Historian). There are, I think, 14 I would like to read at some point. 3 of which I already own. I don't think I'm going to add them to my to-read list if they're not already there, however.

Edited to add LJ-cut. I need to remember how to do that without looking it up every time.
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(yes, it is very slow at work today)

I just came across an old, obscure word that I think is due for a slight update and renaissance: bloviate - "to speak at length in empty, pompous rhetoric".

I propose a modern twist: blogviate. Who doesn't think there's a crying need for this variation?
timepiece: (shiny)
Oh, this is my favorite time of year! I am just so happy to see the flowers coming up (forsythia! hyacinth! crocus! daffodils!), and to go out without a jacket on.

And the trees are in that stage I call "the veil", when the leaves have come out just enough to make the tree seem green, but you can still see the shapes of all the branches. Beautiful. And all the flowering trees! Glorious.

Just going outdoors is putting me in a good mood, every single time. I love spring. This is why I will never move to an area that doesn't have a winter - not worth it to not have a spring either.
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I got back from vacation on Saturday! yeah, I know, I was so very visible with the posting and commenting. Uh ... I was catching up on other stuff? (still am)

We had a great time just lazing around on the boat. Caught up on a few movies (not as many as I had originally thought), read a few books (ditto). I don't know where the time went.

Saw Mom and George when we docked in Florida, which was nice, since I don't think we've seen her for at least a year. We went to see Kennedy Space Center, which was pretty interesting. Great IMAX film (which actually required the funny glasses. I felt like a dork, but everyone else was wearing them too).

I am still pretty pale, but a nice rosy pale now. Except my calves, which are lobster red. I wanted them to look less fish-belly with skirts this summer, and went overboard.

And guess who was on my cruise? What Not to Wear! They evidently did a makeover where they all went on vacation with the victim, and did the shopping at the ports in the Bahamas, and did the reveal on the ship. No, I did not go (getting tickets involved getting up way too early for a vacation day). But if you see a What Not to Wear episode on a cruise, that's my ship.

dammit!

Mar. 29th, 2008 12:35 pm
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I was being so good today! OK, granted I slept late, it's Saturday. But once I woke up (thank you ever so much, FedEx, you couldn't leave it without ringing the bell?), the very first thing I did was boot up the computer and download TurboTax. First thing! I was not procrastinating!

So I'm all set to get the taxes done before I goof off and ... last year's tax info is on Rich's computer. And I'm not touching his baby if he's not here. Plus, his computer files are not organized in the (anal-retentive) fashion in which I organize mine. I'll just wait till he gets home. Dammit.

But I guess I don't have to feel the guilt about goofing off in the meantime, right?
timepiece: (sweatergirl)
I spent today entering more books into LibraryThing - this time, the ones I've read, but don't own. OK, just the non-fiction (waaay too much otherwise). Luckily, I kept a list of (new) books read from 2001 to early 2007. I don't think I'm going to bother much with trying to remember anything prior to that. I have to say, I do wish the library catalog would keep a record of what you've checked out.

I have read some truly weird stuff. But I can honestly say I found it all fascinating.
timepiece: (shiny)
Got an email today from the cruise line we booked for vacation, offering an upgrade to a penthouse cabin for a decent price ($150/ea). Hell, yeah!

So now our view is straight ahead of the ship, and we have a DVD player in the room. Yes, we will be catching up on our movies on a cruise ship. This is our idea of a great vacation.

Cannot. Wait. Until. April.
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I love Amazon. I do. I've probably been shopping there for more than 10 years by now. But there is so much junk on their pages now, they take forever to load. It's irritating.

So yesterday I got particularly impatient, and started searching to see if they had a text-only site for accessibility (no they don't. Boo). And I found:

Amazon Wireless

OK, so it's designed for cell phones, but it's lightning-fast. Perfect. No one said you have to be using a cell phone to use a site designed for mobile access. In fact, I use a bunch of them, made into gadgets on my iGoogle page (this one puts me at 4 - Google calendar, LiveJournal, Facebook, and Amazon).

So, I hope this makes the day of someone who'd getting a little tired of Amazon's speed.
timepiece: (sweatergirl)
$100 Million Donation to NYPL

Look what I saw in the New York Times. How nice. Funny, I work there, and yet did not hear about this before I saw the NYT story. Would it kill them to tell the staff before the general public?

And really, a cafe in Astor Hall? Do they have any idea how echo-y it is in there?

poor baby

Mar. 10th, 2008 11:42 am
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Rich appears to have the flu. We have not yet hauled him somewhere to have this confirmed, but he's sniffly, sounds like he's couching up a lung, and has a fever, combined with the chills. Poor baby.

And to top it off, he's being stupid about it. Just as I was waking up this morning, he was crawling into bed, shivering. I asked why he'd slept on the couch (not particularly unusual), and he said he didn't want to keep me up with his coughing. Idiot. I think the one who's sick gets the preferential treatment, the fact that I'm working today and he wasn't regardless.

But I guess that's better than if he was one of those really whiny sick people. Still, if he keeps this up, he's going to make himself worse.

So, what should I feed him, keeping in mind he hates soup?

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