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Interrobang‽

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Glancing over my site this evening, I noticed that a good portion of my posts use exclamatory punctuation in the title. This led me over to Wikipedia, since I was curious as to whether it’s considered a “mark” or a “point”. All trivialities aside, I did manage to learn two things:

  1. I’m really a woman, given my predilection for the things.
  2. There’s something called the interrobang, my new favorite punctuation mark‽

If anyone can manage to find a key combination for producing the interrobang on a Mac, I’ll be forever indebted. Until then, I’ll just have to keep using the Special Characters palette.

That is all.

I am popular!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Eat your collective hearts out! I have the most popular Web site EVER!

Google Analytics

PS- I thank you, whoever you are.

Thank you, Leopard!

Monday, October 29th, 2007

After installing Leopard on my MacBook, it seems I finally have full access to all 4GB of my RAM!

Activity Monitor on Leopard

It worked!

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

My memory arrived this evening. Installed easily, working perfectly!

Here you can see the new RAM showing up in About This Mac:

Four gigabytes of hotness

And here you can see (most of ) its presence in Activity Monitor:

As expected, I’m only able to use 3 of the 4 GB installed, due to mapping limitations in Intel’s chipsets. But I’m okay with that. I still get to use more than the official limit of 2GB without sacrificing video speed.

Mini-mantis!

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Just as I was getting ready for bed last night, I noticed something odd right next to my pillow. I flipped on the lights to find this little guy punching the air:

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More mantis!

NASA, you’re so dreamy

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

It seems that Dr. Phillips over at [email protected] was feeling particularly inspired by the upcoming lunar eclipse.

A breeze touches the back of your neck, and you turn to see a pale full Moon rising into the night. Hmmm. The Moon could use a dash more color. You reach out, grab a handful of sunset, and drape the Moon with phantasmic light. Much better.

Via DoseNation

A letter

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Dear Amazon order 102-8547978-0520157,
Why have you not shipped yet? I would have you already if I wasn’t too cheap to pay for shipping. Please ship today.
Love,
Mike

Profitable Petroleum

Sunday, June 5th, 2005

Filling up with gas earned me four whole dollars this evening. Someone dropped their cash on the ground by the gas pump, and it is now mine.

Replenishing my fluid deficit

Sunday, May 29th, 2005

I decided earlier this week to take it upon myself to change the oil in my car myself. This is not something I normally do, primarily because it is worth the $10 overhead not to do it myself. (more…)

8300HD

Friday, February 4th, 2005

Stopped by a Time Warner customer counter at lunch today to pick up a high definition DVR. The lady behind the counter asked me if I had a work order for it. When I told her no, she said, “We’re really not supposed to give those out without a work order. Oh well.” So now I have a shiny new 8300HD, and I can honestly say that I love it. It is substantially more responsive than my standard definition DVR, and it is absolutely wonderful to have a better signal path into the projector. Even analog SD content looks better.

And, of course, I’ve already had the case open. The two things I noticed almost right away were the change to an 80-pin IDE cable (my old DVR was 40-pin) and the addition of a security sticker between the hard drive and the mounting frame. I’m assuming this is to prevent people from swapping the drive out with a cheaper one, keeping the 160GB drive for themselves, then returning the box to the cable company. Hell, sounds like something I’d do.

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