freecia: October 2004 Archives

stop drooling

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Blanca Blanca! Thank YOU!

I received a deceptively small package in the mail today which contained a huge surprise!

See? See!!!
3 balls of wonderful alpaca silk. 65m each
1 ball of Baby Brush Alpaca (the purple one) which is unbelievably soft. 110 yards
And cute double pointed needle holders!
Cute Halloween card "Whether you're a good witch or a bad witch...
...it's all about the shoes. Happy Halloween, girl!"

*does a happy twirl*
Thanks again! Who needs candy? Give me yaaaarn.

light up my mornings

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vessel-store.com carries the new candeloo which is a light and alarm clock. Candeloo's are the lights that magically charge through a base unit (okay, electrical magic).
Anyhow. I wonder if this one turns on the light when you turn off the alarm?

$60 might not be too much to get up in time for 7 am class. On the other hand, I'm hoping only to have this "lovely" early start for this quarter.

special warm and fuzzies

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As many of you know (and if you don't you should) October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. knitty has uploaded their fall surprise- a special mini-knitty for breast cancer awareness. I'm drooling over the chemo cap with cabling which also fits those of us fortunate enough not to be undergoing chemo therapy.

Breast Cancer Awareness site

hooked up baby

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DSL all set up again for the entire network. YAY! And saved ourselves a good chunk of change. Turns out I was almost set up except for a few small things. Good good. Back to the world of the wired.

Knitting - been using my secret pal yarn to start a freeform purse except my dog got a little enthusiastic the other day and did what dogs with poor bladders do. Yes, the tiny segment I started is washed and I'm waiting for it to dry so I can continue knitting with dry yarn.

Anime-
Just finished A Little Snow Fairy Sugar which is a cutesy cutesy anime and great warm and fuzzy feelings. Then watched a few dvd's of Marmalade Boy, an anime from 10 years ago (classic), in fast forward. What a whiner. Just polished off a few dvd's of Texhnolyze which is basically like Lain and I wouldn't be surprised at all if the entire production crew is the same. Yes, I watch quite a few different types of anime. Oh and Bleach

Daily routine is fairly staid right now. It's cold and I'm hungry. Gonna go find socks and food.

yawn

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So my dsl modem died which isn't such a huge sad but the $199 SBC wants to charge for a new modem is a bit silly. Picked up a zoom x5 from Fry's for about $60 and after some tinkering, I seem to be able to get it working when I used DHCP and NAT plugging my computer directly into the box. However, I haven't brought up the router so the house network can't connect to dsl yet... Yes, essentially this means I'm sitting under my mom's desk with a notebook and dying battery.

I think I'll let my dad have a go at it tomorrow. After all, I know the new modem works. Ohhhh. And must call early tomorrow to cancel appt with SBC service (for them to bring me a new $199 piece-o-junk).

My piece of SBC provided junk was a Netopia Cayman. We purchased it in September 2003 and it died on Thursday, Oct 22nd. 1 year warrantee. *fumes a bit*
Alrighty. Time to go to bed so I can roll over and call customer service at 7 am.

thursday night - start of the weekend

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Bob Dylan was on campus Thursday night giving a concert and guess where I was? Yes, approximately a building away in Engineering on the third floor in class. I shared the parking lot with the concert-goers but that's about as wild as my time got. Unless you'd like to hear about covariant and invariant inheritance.

not much

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Not much is going on these days except for school work, sleep, and some light reading. I've gotten back into the fantasy genre a bit with Tamora Pierce who writes fantasy for kids and I remember what I like about non-fluff genres. Actual intellectual thought while enjoying yourself.

more linkage

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Yet another nifty geeky site. Hack-a-Day has a link to how to make your own lava lamp :)

neat resources

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Google Hacks

I guess I'm a google-phile and this would be a fun site for those of you interested in using google beyond the www.google.com interface

Ever wish you had google on your phone? Try google sms but make sure you get free SMS, first. Verizon Customers, you are probably out of luck unless you pay for the sms package. AT&T is only free to receive, costs to send. Sprint- if you're paying for the internet pack and have a newer phone which supports sms, this should be "free" (included in the $15 fee each month)

Another neat site is YouSendIt which basically allows you to upload files and send the link to your friend where she can then click the link and download the file. Beats wondering about email size limitations and bouncing.

And the color wheel everyone has seen once but forgot to bookmark and is now cursing themselves.

capsule hotels

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The concept of Capsule hotels has now been taken abroad-

EasyHotel by the Easy group (easyJet, easyCar, etc. You know, the orange company) is the first to implement the adapted capsule hotel concept. Here's the rundown-
  • A central London bed from £5 a night
  • 900 square feet
  • bed
  • ensuite bath (in room)
  • flexible pricing based on demand and how far you book in advance (like plane tix)
  • windows optional
  • no phone
  • no tv

Basic clean small place to sleep in a good location. For cheap.
EasyHotel Concept page

Yotel from the Yo! group (Yo!Sushi) is an adaptation of capsule concept and British Airways first class. Still a concept, it is much more techie friendly-
  • Starts £70 a night in central London
  • 10*12 size
  • bed and ensuite bath (in room)
  • iPod connector
  • downloadable movies and music
  • wifi
  • special lighting for cheaper locations-”reflective mechanisms and channelling of light” which allows it to be located in darker places.
  • rain shower (think Tomb Raider movie Lara Croft’s rainfall shower)


Both sound pretty sweet as long as they can keep it pretty clean and new.

So how does this all differ from the average business traveler's needs?
Well, some chain recently spoke on the radio about what a business traveler requires-