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Ari and I were going to go see Green Lantern after I got out of work tonight. However, we'd both heard neutral reviews at best, and more bad than otherwise. So when we got to the box office and my nerd-dar pinged the box office dude as a comic nerd (which he confirmed in his own words), the following conversation ensued.

Him: What are you guys seeing tonight?
Me: Depends. How was Green Lantern?
Him: Sucked.
Me: Really?
Him: SUCKED.
Me: Okay, hang on. We'll confer.

Ari and I step aside to discuss and agree that we do not want to pay full evening 3D price for a movie that the comic nerd in the box office says blows goats, and decide to see Super 8 instead. We get back in line.

Him: So what'd you decide?
Me: Is Super 8 a better choice?
Him: Significantly.
Me: Rock on. One please.

Super 8 was quite enjoyable, and I think we made the right decision. Thanks, comic nerd box office guy!
ginger: (method to the madness)
My network has undergone almost a complete revision in the last year, if you don't count my ten-year-old Frankenbox. Heh.

Cast of Characters:

Sheridan. Mac Mini, main desktop. On very rare occasion, dual boots into ...
Sinclair. Windows 7 boot partition on my Mac Mini.
Garibaldi. 2007-ish Macbook. Also houses a virtual box named ...
G'Kar. Windows XP virtual box on my laptop, used pretty much only for GCL stuff.
Lennier. Apple TV box.
Ivanova. External hard drive, provides entertainment and serves as backup for Sheridan and Sinclair. (Apt, no?)
Delenn. External hard drive.
Marcus. iPhone 4.
Vir. iPad 2, delivered to my apartment management office this afternoon HOLY CRAP YAY ahem.
Lyta and Talia. iPod Shuffles, one v4 and one v5.

[14:08] [livejournal.com profile] joyce: gee. i wonder what your favorite fandom is :)

(Amusing note: There is exactly one item on this list that I had this time last year.)
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My dorkitude, let me show you it:

I am sitting in front of two computers, each of which is remotely accessing another computer.
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My Christmas haul included another flash drive. As I was formatting and naming it, I cannot help but be amused by my current naming theme for my electronics.

Computers: Rikki (netbook), Khan (MBP) and Nagaina (media box)
Extraneous hard drives: Bagheera (external), Nag (Nagi's secondary internal), and Hathi (Khan's Windows partition)
Flash drives: Kaa, Akela, Louie and Darzee
iPods: Mowgli (touch), Karait (shuffle), and Raksha (classic)

I keep thinking, perhaps it is time to rename the wireless network, since nobody but me uses it anyway.

All the names are from stories in Kipling's The Jungle Book -- Rikki, Darzee, Karait, Nagaina and Nag are characters in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi". Almost all the rest are from the Mowgli stories, including "Mowgli's Brothers," "Tiger Tiger," and "Kaa's Hunting," many of which were consolidated into the Disney animated movie titled The Jungle Book. (Exception: King Louie was a Disney-created character for said animated film, and did not appear in the stories.)

The original short stories are good reads though, and are available on Project Gutenberg, as they've long since passed into the public domain.
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Problem:

No internet.

Setup:

Cable modem >> Router >> Three computers - Nagi (desktop PC), Khan (MacBook), Warmachine (desktop PC)

Given:

1. Neither Nagi nor Khan can ping the router. (Warmachine was off.)
2. Khan can also not access the router wirelessly.
3. Both cable modem and router have been power-cycled multiple times. All lights on both are lit appropriately.
4. Khan, when plugged directly into the cable modem with a spare ethernet cable, sees out fine.
Assumption: Cable modem is not the problem, nor is the internet actually down.
5. Khan, when plugged directly into the cable modem with the cable that typically runs from the modem to the router, sees out fine.
Assumption: Cat-5 cable between modem and router is not the problem.

Given these facts, is "Router is fucked good and proper, yet again" a reasonable solution?
ginger: (geek)
... Oh kay. I just caused my dad's office computer to bluescreen by opening IE. It is the same Gateway P3 he got when I was here ten years ago, and it has since been "upgraded" to have 256mb of RAM.

... yeah.
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Anybody have Vonage phone service? I'm curious - their basic plan is only $2 more than our current local-only phone service, plus it includes free long-distance anywhere in the US. It's limited to 500 outgoing minutes, but incoming calls are still unlimited, and I can't imagine that we spend over 8 hours on outgoing calls in a month anyway.

Dan calls his folks on his cell phone most of the time, but I use the land line for mine, because long distance minutes on our phone are cheaper than voice minutes on my SK, and I spend more than $2 talking to my parents during most months. Plus we have a couple of friends whose only phone number is a cell with an out-of-state number, and it'd be nice to not have to pay extra to call them. The other thing that intrigued me was that the possibility of setting up a "virtual number" that would be local to my parents for only $5/monthly, and then it would be totally free for them to call me and talk as much as they wanted to.

So if anyone in my little corner of the LJ Brain Trust uses or has experience with Vonage, please, let me know what you think of it! (Or feel free to point someone else you know here too, whatever! *grin*)
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Has anyone else been having trouble with AIM recently? I can't get my main screenname to log on on either my iBook (using iChat) or my desktop PC (using Trillian), nor my secondary screenname, but they're both working just fine via the Sidekick's AIM protocol.
ginger: (christmas)
I spent Saturday morning baking. The oatmeal cookies went over really well, and Dan has requested more of the peanut butter cookies.

Dan unexpectedly got Saturday afternoon and Sunday off.

Saturday night, we had macaroni and cheese and rolls and kielbasa and steamed greenbeans with Grant and Anjela, then played some Chrononauts and Aquarius. Anjela and I got very silly toward the end of the night.

Sunday, Dan and I slept in and opened presents.

Loot! )

Sunday evening, I went to pick up Ari at the airport, Dan led an Alterac Valley raid group to victory, and I fixed a super-yummy dinner: herb-roasted cornish game hens, stuffing, roasted red potatoes, fresh-baked bread, and salad. Augh. Wonderful. I only ate half my chicken, and cursed loud and long the next morning when I discovered that I had forgotten to put the leftover stuffing away.

Monday, Dan had to work again. (He works arse-early in the morning - 6:30am-3:30pm.) I, however, did not. So I was looking forward to sleeping in. Except that someone kept CALLING at 6:30. Finally, I got up and muttered something into the phone.

Mmphm.
Do me a favor, don't lock the house when you leave.
Mmph?
I can't find my keys. I have my extra car keys, so I got to work, but I need to come home on lunch and look for my keyring, and I don't have an extra house key. I'll be home at 11, so it won't be for very long.
Mmph. Won't be leaving before then anyway.
I thought you had to leave for work at 7?
No work. Day off.
Oh! Go back to bed!
Yeah.

Figures - I got him a new wallet for X-Moose (he's lost his twice in the last year, if lost is the right word - both times, he's gone to the drive-thru at the Burger King on NE 8th in downtown Bellevue, paid for his food, and somewhere between the BK and our house, the wallet has disappeared. Both times, we've emptied out the cars he was in and searched every pair of pants or clothes with pockets he owns, and NOTHING. He's not allowed to go to that BK anymore) so he loses his keys instead. :)

However, I found his keys before he got home - somehow, he'd dropped them in the rec room and they'd gotten buried under a pile of wrapping paper.

I spent Monday watching Jurassic Park and Twister and knitting on a second sock - I ended up starting a pair of socks on Saturday night for Ari for X-Moose and finishing them mid-Monday afternoon.

Monday night, we had a post-X-Moose lasagne and asparagus and garlic-herb-bread and DESSERT dinner with Grant and Anjela and Ari, along with a gift exchange, and determining a last name for the elven family on WoW (Ari, Anjela and I play a family of four - Ari's hunter is the oldest, mine is the second oldest, and Anjela and I have a pair of druid twins, plus she also has a priest who's a cousin). It turns out that "moosesheep" and "forestfire" both translate to the same thing in Darnassian (Ash'therod), and we decided that was just too perfect. :)
ginger: (geek)
Help! I have Windows 2000 and Excel 2002, and I want to know how to make Excel stop opening all my workbooks in the same Excel window so that I can (a) look at more than one at a time, and (b) switch back and forth between them with just the taskbar. Anybody have any ideas?
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Nyarr. There's a thing that I'm looking for, and I'm hoping that one of you fine folks can help me, because I'm not sure how to phrase it in a google search.

I want a cell phone pouch that'll fit the sidekick snugly, without any funky extra pockets or anything, that has a HORIZONTAL belt loop that I can fasten around the shoulder strap of a tote bag. Everything I'm finding has a vertical belt loop, or is the size of a house. Help?
ginger: (geek)
oh my gosh! I haven't had a new monitor in three years! and this is my first ever new LCD monitor! It's so clear! And non-pixelly! And bigger than my 17" CRT!

*hugs and snugs and cuddles new monitor*

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