jsbowden: (Wheelie)
( Jun. 10th, 2010 08:30 am)
The Rules of the Game Are:
Bold the women by whom you own books
Italicize those by whom you’ve read something of (short stories count).
*Star those you don’t recognize
Unmarked are those whose work you have not read

I've got nothing else to do right now, so why not... )

And there you have it. There are some names I sort of recognize from browsing the shelves at B&N and Borders, but not so much I could have pulled them from memory, so I didn't count them.
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jsbowden: (Wheelie)
( Jun. 10th, 2010 08:30 am)
The Rules of the Game Are:
Bold the women by whom you own books
Italicize those by whom you’ve read something of (short stories count).
*Star those you don’t recognize
Unmarked are those whose work you have not read

I've got nothing else to do right now, so why not... )

And there you have it. There are some names I sort of recognize from browsing the shelves at B&N and Borders, but not so much I could have pulled them from memory, so I didn't count them.
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jsbowden: (Wheelie)
( Jun. 10th, 2010 08:30 am)
The Rules of the Game Are:
Bold the women by whom you own books
Italicize those by whom you’ve read something of (short stories count).
*Star those you don’t recognize
Unmarked are those whose work you have not read

I've got nothing else to do right now, so why not... )

And there you have it. There are some names I sort of recognize from browsing the shelves at B&N and Borders, but not so much I could have pulled them from memory, so I didn't count them.
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So, I've been carrying it for over a week now, and I seriously dig this phone.

http://xkcd.com/662/

Seriously, the screen is phenomenally crisp and renders beautifully. The performance of the phone is fine so far, and there are plenty of apps in the Market. I think my favorite might be Google Places Directory. It grabs your current location via GPS, and gives you a list of categories and gives you a list of places nearby. You can tell it to Navigate to it from current location and it'll give you verbal directions while it maps the route (or you can just view the map, or you can exit if you know the area but not specifically where something was, etc). Goodbye Garmin and TomTom, I'm sure someone, somewhere, will miss you.

There's a nifty app for the DC Metro system that shows in real time what trains are coming into the selected station, how many cars make up the train, and how many minutes from the station it is. Metro Center, Gallery Place, and L'Enfant Plaza are really cool to use to show this off, as they are the three major stations in the whole system. Those three stations are within a mile of each other, and between them, you can switch from from any line to any other line. Right now, Rosslyn, the Metro station about a block away, has an eight car orange line train east two minutes out, a six car blue line train east six minutes out, a six car orange line east train twelve minutes out, a six car blue line train south one minute out, a six car orange line train west nine minutes out, and a six car blue line south train thirteen minutes out (of course, those numbers have changed since I started typing this). It was free in the Market.

And of course, there are a bunch of games, news, weather, productivity, etc. apps all there too (for example, Documents to Go lets me read Word and Excel files with the free version, the pay version will let me edit them and adds PowerPoint and PDF (reading and editing) to the mix).

I'm very pleased so far.
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So, I've been carrying it for over a week now, and I seriously dig this phone.

http://xkcd.com/662/

Seriously, the screen is phenomenally crisp and renders beautifully. The performance of the phone is fine so far, and there are plenty of apps in the Market. I think my favorite might be Google Places Directory. It grabs your current location via GPS, and gives you a list of categories and gives you a list of places nearby. You can tell it to Navigate to it from current location and it'll give you verbal directions while it maps the route (or you can just view the map, or you can exit if you know the area but not specifically where something was, etc). Goodbye Garmin and TomTom, I'm sure someone, somewhere, will miss you.

There's a nifty app for the DC Metro system that shows in real time what trains are coming into the selected station, how many cars make up the train, and how many minutes from the station it is. Metro Center, Gallery Place, and L'Enfant Plaza are really cool to use to show this off, as they are the three major stations in the whole system. Those three stations are within a mile of each other, and between them, you can switch from from any line to any other line. Right now, Rosslyn, the Metro station about a block away, has an eight car orange line train east two minutes out, a six car blue line train east six minutes out, a six car orange line east train twelve minutes out, a six car blue line train south one minute out, a six car orange line train west nine minutes out, and a six car blue line south train thirteen minutes out (of course, those numbers have changed since I started typing this). It was free in the Market.

And of course, there are a bunch of games, news, weather, productivity, etc. apps all there too (for example, Documents to Go lets me read Word and Excel files with the free version, the pay version will let me edit them and adds PowerPoint and PDF (reading and editing) to the mix).

I'm very pleased so far.
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So, I've been carrying it for over a week now, and I seriously dig this phone.

http://xkcd.com/662/

Seriously, the screen is phenomenally crisp and renders beautifully. The performance of the phone is fine so far, and there are plenty of apps in the Market. I think my favorite might be Google Places Directory. It grabs your current location via GPS, and gives you a list of categories and gives you a list of places nearby. You can tell it to Navigate to it from current location and it'll give you verbal directions while it maps the route (or you can just view the map, or you can exit if you know the area but not specifically where something was, etc). Goodbye Garmin and TomTom, I'm sure someone, somewhere, will miss you.

There's a nifty app for the DC Metro system that shows in real time what trains are coming into the selected station, how many cars make up the train, and how many minutes from the station it is. Metro Center, Gallery Place, and L'Enfant Plaza are really cool to use to show this off, as they are the three major stations in the whole system. Those three stations are within a mile of each other, and between them, you can switch from from any line to any other line. Right now, Rosslyn, the Metro station about a block away, has an eight car orange line train east two minutes out, a six car blue line train east six minutes out, a six car orange line east train twelve minutes out, a six car blue line train south one minute out, a six car orange line train west nine minutes out, and a six car blue line south train thirteen minutes out (of course, those numbers have changed since I started typing this). It was free in the Market.

And of course, there are a bunch of games, news, weather, productivity, etc. apps all there too (for example, Documents to Go lets me read Word and Excel files with the free version, the pay version will let me edit them and adds PowerPoint and PDF (reading and editing) to the mix).

I'm very pleased so far.
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jsbowden: (Default)
( Oct. 13th, 2009 12:17 pm)
I'm sure I'm probably violating MS's copyright. Ask me how much I don't care.
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jsbowden: (Default)
( Oct. 13th, 2009 12:17 pm)
I'm sure I'm probably violating MS's copyright. Ask me how much I don't care.
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jsbowden: (Default)
( Oct. 13th, 2009 12:17 pm)
I'm sure I'm probably violating MS's copyright. Ask me how much I don't care.
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Incorrectly sized for the purpose at hand, actually.

So, I have glasses. Again. I was six last time I wore glasses. Of course, I was wearing them then with a patch over the eye that could actually see because some dumb fucking asshole suggested that perhaps the left eye would magically heal from the surgical damage done to it when I was a toddler if I was forced to use the damaged eye exclusively. Even doctors are morons at times. I went through more pairs of glasses as a small child than most people will in a lifetime because I hated not being able to see and 'lost' or broke them regularly, since returning to normal sight (for a little while anyway) was as simple as either of those options.

My vision has gotten a bit 'fuzzy' over the last couple years, so I went to see an eye doc a couple weeks ago. Turns out that I actually needed these things. I had no idea how bad my vision was compared to a few years ago until I put them on and drove home yesterday. The glasses don't let me read the clock on the cable box from the other side of the house anymore, but they are only meant to give me normal sight, and I had better than that before. The left lens is purely cosmetic, since it would be pointless to put anything else there. Stereoscopic vision is still not one of those things I'll ever have unless we can start growing replacement eyes in vats.

The last time I saw an eye doc I was nineteen years old, which turns out to be twenty years ago. The tech has come a long way since 1989. The doc back then could check the shape of the eye and gauge responsiveness, but couldn't do a wide angle high res scan of the retina. He thought the nerve was damaged since tracking and dilation were normal, and the shape was perfect. Turns out that there's actually some pretty severe damage to the retina itself and the nerve is probably fine, which means that if we CAN start growing replacements in vats at some point in the near future, I could possibly have two working eyes for the first time ever. I have no idea what the world looks like in three dimensions. It would be kind of cool to stop walking in to door frames and the corners of various counters. That shit hurts.
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Incorrectly sized for the purpose at hand, actually.

So, I have glasses. Again. I was six last time I wore glasses. Of course, I was wearing them then with a patch over the eye that could actually see because some dumb fucking asshole suggested that perhaps the left eye would magically heal from the surgical damage done to it when I was a toddler if I was forced to use the damaged eye exclusively. Even doctors are morons at times. I went through more pairs of glasses as a small child than most people will in a lifetime because I hated not being able to see and 'lost' or broke them regularly, since returning to normal sight (for a little while anyway) was as simple as either of those options.

My vision has gotten a bit 'fuzzy' over the last couple years, so I went to see an eye doc a couple weeks ago. Turns out that I actually needed these things. I had no idea how bad my vision was compared to a few years ago until I put them on and drove home yesterday. The glasses don't let me read the clock on the cable box from the other side of the house anymore, but they are only meant to give me normal sight, and I had better than that before. The left lens is purely cosmetic, since it would be pointless to put anything else there. Stereoscopic vision is still not one of those things I'll ever have unless we can start growing replacement eyes in vats.

The last time I saw an eye doc I was nineteen years old, which turns out to be twenty years ago. The tech has come a long way since 1989. The doc back then could check the shape of the eye and gauge responsiveness, but couldn't do a wide angle high res scan of the retina. He thought the nerve was damaged since tracking and dilation were normal, and the shape was perfect. Turns out that there's actually some pretty severe damage to the retina itself and the nerve is probably fine, which means that if we CAN start growing replacements in vats at some point in the near future, I could possibly have two working eyes for the first time ever. I have no idea what the world looks like in three dimensions. It would be kind of cool to stop walking in to door frames and the corners of various counters. That shit hurts.
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Incorrectly sized for the purpose at hand, actually.

So, I have glasses. Again. I was six last time I wore glasses. Of course, I was wearing them then with a patch over the eye that could actually see because some dumb fucking asshole suggested that perhaps the left eye would magically heal from the surgical damage done to it when I was a toddler if I was forced to use the damaged eye exclusively. Even doctors are morons at times. I went through more pairs of glasses as a small child than most people will in a lifetime because I hated not being able to see and 'lost' or broke them regularly, since returning to normal sight (for a little while anyway) was as simple as either of those options.

My vision has gotten a bit 'fuzzy' over the last couple years, so I went to see an eye doc a couple weeks ago. Turns out that I actually needed these things. I had no idea how bad my vision was compared to a few years ago until I put them on and drove home yesterday. The glasses don't let me read the clock on the cable box from the other side of the house anymore, but they are only meant to give me normal sight, and I had better than that before. The left lens is purely cosmetic, since it would be pointless to put anything else there. Stereoscopic vision is still not one of those things I'll ever have unless we can start growing replacement eyes in vats.

The last time I saw an eye doc I was nineteen years old, which turns out to be twenty years ago. The tech has come a long way since 1989. The doc back then could check the shape of the eye and gauge responsiveness, but couldn't do a wide angle high res scan of the retina. He thought the nerve was damaged since tracking and dilation were normal, and the shape was perfect. Turns out that there's actually some pretty severe damage to the retina itself and the nerve is probably fine, which means that if we CAN start growing replacements in vats at some point in the near future, I could possibly have two working eyes for the first time ever. I have no idea what the world looks like in three dimensions. It would be kind of cool to stop walking in to door frames and the corners of various counters. That shit hurts.
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jsbowden: (Default)
( Jun. 22nd, 2009 07:57 pm)
Today we drove down to Plymouth, only I missed the Plimouth Plantation exit (since I was looking for Plymouth Rock and/or the Mayflower) and we went to Cape Cod. It was very windy and rainy. I don't know why people go there.

Plymouth is like Jamestown. Without the National Park bit (those of you who have been to Jamestown Island and Jamestown Settlement will understand). Except we have more ships at Jamestown. It was windy and rainy there too.

Then we drove back to Boston. It's windy and rainy here too. This seems to be a theme.

We went to Harvard and wandered around the Harvard Natural History Museum and the Harvard Peabody Museum for a while. It was windy and rainy there as well, of course, as that's our theme for the day. The Yale Peabody Museum has always had nice weather when we've gone there. Obviously Yale is superior to Harvard.

The T is...odd. Different train types, different tracks, and different levels. It's like Dr. Frankenstein built a mass transit rail system. And of course, he included wind and rain.
jsbowden: (Default)
( Jun. 22nd, 2009 07:57 pm)
Today we drove down to Plymouth, only I missed the Plimouth Plantation exit (since I was looking for Plymouth Rock and/or the Mayflower) and we went to Cape Cod. It was very windy and rainy. I don't know why people go there.

Plymouth is like Jamestown. Without the National Park bit (those of you who have been to Jamestown Island and Jamestown Settlement will understand). Except we have more ships at Jamestown. It was windy and rainy there too.

Then we drove back to Boston. It's windy and rainy here too. This seems to be a theme.

We went to Harvard and wandered around the Harvard Natural History Museum and the Harvard Peabody Museum for a while. It was windy and rainy there as well, of course, as that's our theme for the day. The Yale Peabody Museum has always had nice weather when we've gone there. Obviously Yale is superior to Harvard.

The T is...odd. Different train types, different tracks, and different levels. It's like Dr. Frankenstein built a mass transit rail system. And of course, he included wind and rain.
jsbowden: (Default)
( Jun. 22nd, 2009 07:57 pm)
Today we drove down to Plymouth, only I missed the Plimouth Plantation exit (since I was looking for Plymouth Rock and/or the Mayflower) and we went to Cape Cod. It was very windy and rainy. I don't know why people go there.

Plymouth is like Jamestown. Without the National Park bit (those of you who have been to Jamestown Island and Jamestown Settlement will understand). Except we have more ships at Jamestown. It was windy and rainy there too.

Then we drove back to Boston. It's windy and rainy here too. This seems to be a theme.

We went to Harvard and wandered around the Harvard Natural History Museum and the Harvard Peabody Museum for a while. It was windy and rainy there as well, of course, as that's our theme for the day. The Yale Peabody Museum has always had nice weather when we've gone there. Obviously Yale is superior to Harvard.

The T is...odd. Different train types, different tracks, and different levels. It's like Dr. Frankenstein built a mass transit rail system. And of course, he included wind and rain.
A short list:

1) Taken this whole week off.

I have over a hundred hours of vacation time just sitting there, and the transition to Raytheon benefits is going to do weird things with it. I won't lose it, but using it becomes difficult after the first of the year. I'll end up getting paid out for it long before I can use it.

That and having two solid weeks off would have rocked. Especially since it would have only cost me five days.
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A short list:

1) Taken this whole week off.

I have over a hundred hours of vacation time just sitting there, and the transition to Raytheon benefits is going to do weird things with it. I won't lose it, but using it becomes difficult after the first of the year. I'll end up getting paid out for it long before I can use it.

That and having two solid weeks off would have rocked. Especially since it would have only cost me five days.
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A short list:

1) Taken this whole week off.

I have over a hundred hours of vacation time just sitting there, and the transition to Raytheon benefits is going to do weird things with it. I won't lose it, but using it becomes difficult after the first of the year. I'll end up getting paid out for it long before I can use it.

That and having two solid weeks off would have rocked. Especially since it would have only cost me five days.
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jsbowden: (BMW Convertible)
( Jun. 18th, 2008 09:23 am)
I haven't posted in a few days, so a quick update.

The weather is wonderful, I've been driving around top down and loving every minute of it. Shame about those folks in the upper plains. The rivers should be subsiding though, and hopefully crop production issues should be localized to those discrete areas.

I'm still working my way through the DVD collection on the big screen. LoTR:FotR looked fantastic, Baraka was gorgeous, and the kiddo was watching SW:tPM the other day and it may be a bad movie, but damn it's pretty. Buckaroo Banzai and Big Trouble in Little China are as fun as ever, but even more awesome.

I need to call Verizon and get an HD box from them for that TV. Then just leave it on Discovery, Animal Planet, or National Geographic HD for a while and enjoy the view.

It's also tempting to drag my computer upstairs and see just how awesome Portal would look over HDMI on it.

Work is work. I like what I do in general, but sometimes, the actual details annoy the shit out of me.

The poor kiddo can't decide if he wants to be on summer break or not. As much as he wants to stay home and play, the break in routine is killing him.

It seems I turn the life counter up by one in two weeks.
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jsbowden: (BMW Convertible)
( Jun. 18th, 2008 09:23 am)
I haven't posted in a few days, so a quick update.

The weather is wonderful, I've been driving around top down and loving every minute of it. Shame about those folks in the upper plains. The rivers should be subsiding though, and hopefully crop production issues should be localized to those discrete areas.

I'm still working my way through the DVD collection on the big screen. LoTR:FotR looked fantastic, Baraka was gorgeous, and the kiddo was watching SW:tPM the other day and it may be a bad movie, but damn it's pretty. Buckaroo Banzai and Big Trouble in Little China are as fun as ever, but even more awesome.

I need to call Verizon and get an HD box from them for that TV. Then just leave it on Discovery, Animal Planet, or National Geographic HD for a while and enjoy the view.

It's also tempting to drag my computer upstairs and see just how awesome Portal would look over HDMI on it.

Work is work. I like what I do in general, but sometimes, the actual details annoy the shit out of me.

The poor kiddo can't decide if he wants to be on summer break or not. As much as he wants to stay home and play, the break in routine is killing him.

It seems I turn the life counter up by one in two weeks.
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