Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Henri's Ennui

I can't decide if I prefer watching these with or without sound - the French is mildly distracting, although the clear resignation in his tone is perfect.

Henri 2, Paw de Deux

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Promo Commercial

Only occasionally do I miss television - fortunately I have a good friend who makes sure I don't miss gems like this.  The more I watch it, the more perfect it gets - the way RDJ looks at the camera at 0:16 and NF's look of smug satisfaction at the veeeery end are pure gold in my book.

Tax ReFUNd

Thanks to being able to declare Mom as my dependent last year, I received nice-sized tax refunds from both the feds and the state.  I spent most of the money responsibly - I even bought a new vacuum cleaner! - and was preparing to squirrel the rest into savings when a little voice piped up about how since the new iPad4 had just been released, the older iPad2 was probably on sale. 

"Ridiculous," I told the voice firmly, "I don't need an iPad.  Serenity still goes everywhere* with me and I have my netbook connected to a monitor at home for doing homework."

But the little voice was remarkably persistent, pointing out how my work email doesn't get along with Serenity (although Yahoo! mail works just fine) and how long it takes to power up the netbook and then wait for the desktop and then wait for the browser and enter passwords, and wait.... 

The voice and I argued for several days, but in the end, I decided that it wouldn't hurt to try an iPad, would it?  I could always return it...

I did feel guilty for a few days - it was quite a bit more expensive than I had anticipated -  but the guilt is gone now.  Checking work email** now is a push, swipe, tap and no waiting.  And since I still don't have TV, it's nice to have a device that plays Netflix streaming without the pixelation that my netbook thinks is necessary.

Of course, the new tech needed a name.  Since part of my guilt came from the fact that I already have a perfectly wonderful iPod Touch and a netbook so why did I need another device, I named him JACK - Just Another Cool Know-it-all***.  Another Jack in my life - just what I needed!

* Literally - the only time Serenity's farther than arm's length is when I'm in the pool and she's safely secured in the locker.  There are worse things to be severely attached to...

** I'm not compulsive about checking work email - I only scan the subject lines - but with my wonky schedule, it's good to see if an early meeting has been cancelled or if a last-minute meeting has been

*** For those as geeky as me, yes, I stole the idea from Jarvis.  For those not as geeky as me, the name of Tony Stark's A.I. in the Iron Man movies is Jarvis, or Just A Rather Very Intelligent System.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Calendar

Although I'm not sure about their Universal Time concept, I'm intrigued* by the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar that is "simple, religiously unobjectionable, business-friendly and identical year-to-year."

CNN has a more succinct version of the story.

* not just because my birthday will always fall on a Saturday.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Funny Cat Video

Maybe I just really needed a laugh, but this video of various cats cracks me up.  You must be patient - the first 40 seconds are deceptively placid (and several segments are cringe-inducing) but overall it makes me laugh so hard I can't watch it when there are others - people or cats - in the same room.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Climate Change

To anyone who says our climate isn't changing:  April used to be warmer than February.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

How Many Moons Does Earth Have?

This short piece from NPR reports some research from one of the astronomers where I used to work:  Earth Has Just One Moon, Right? Think Again

I love this line:  "Mostly these {asteroids} go whizzing by, not even slowing down to wave."

The Long, Twisted Path To Mercury video is interesting, too - what a crazy concept, what a wild ride.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Nerd Alert

You already knew I was a nerd, but did you know this?