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I was talking to Hunter on Facebook this afternoon about various things that are going on, and have gone on in the past. In my brief response, I popped out this little pearl:

It's always interesting how often something relatively trivial leads to the discovery of something more important ... & not just in diagnoses.

Support LibriVox

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LibriVox: acoustical liberation of books in the public domain

LibriVox is a pretty cool project that's been around since 2005. Basically, people volunteer and record chapters of books that are in the public domain. Like Project Gutenberg for audio books. I've recorded a couple of short things for them, they use poems & the like as sort of a tryout. I was originally planning to work my way up to a chapter, but like everything else, my interest waned.

My stuff:

Anyway, the reason for this post is to pass along their request for donations. Last year they got a Mellon grant to rebuild their infrastructure. Now they are trying to raise a bit more to complete some of the things the grant wouldn't quite cover. So, check out their work, and if you find it worthwhile & useful, by all means, donate! :D

2012

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There was this little article over on Lifehacker as part of there Top-10 called Top 10 Easy-to-Keep Resolutions for This New Year. It was a pretty decent list, so I thought I’d use it as a basis for my goals this year. Here’s a summary of their list for the lazy:

10. Create (and Stick to) a Realistic Budget
9. Get a Better Education
8. Make New Friends
7. Keep Your Home Cleaner
6. Start Working Out
5. Learn a New Skill
4. Get that Promotion (or New Job)
3. Reboot Your Sleep Cycle
2. Eat Healthier
1. Back Up Your Data



For me, I think 2012 will be primarily a year of refinement, though there may be some minor revolutions. With that in mind, here are my interpretations & what I’ll try to do in each area…

10. Create (and Stick to) a Realistic Budget

Well, I sort of try to do this now. I at least keep track of everything using Mint. However, I don’t see myself doing much more. My version of this would be to continue to save where possible & cut expenses where I can.

9. Get a Better Education

Well, I am already doing this … I should graduate in May! :D

8. Make New Friends

This is definitely on my list. And really has 3 parts.

  • Make new friends & be more social with them.
  • Improve my networking habits professionally & personally.
  • Strengthen existing friendships where it’s justified and cull them where it isn’t.


7. Keep Your Home Cleaner

For this one the emphasis is on my clutter. It’s past time to purge. There is definitely a cleaning aspect too, all that clutter makes it hard to do things like dust & vacuum & mop regularly. So far I am doing a bit better already.

6. Start Working Out

It’s more about working out more consistently for me. I already work out, just not as regularly as I would like.

5. Learn a New Skill

I’m thinking this would be good, but really, I just want to brush up on some of my existing ones. Perhaps dust off my Spanish, or get back to painting & such.

4. Get that Promotion (or New Job)

I think #9 will help with this. I’m a bit overdue in that regard. I’ve been in the same position for more than a bit too long.

3. Reboot Your Sleep Cycle

This would be nice, but it’s another one I don’t see happening. I think I will try to get to bed earlier so I can get a bit more sleep though.

2. Eat Healthier

I started this already. But I will never eat really healthily, I like the naughty stuff too much. :D

1. Back Up Your Data

I’ve been doing this for ages. Nothing offsite beyond Dropbox yet though, that’s something I may add in … I’m just not sure how.

2011

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I ended 2011 by meeting new people & spending time with old & dear friends. I hope to continue it into 2012 (til the world ends of course).

Happy New Year!

The Brothers Grimm on Blu-Ray

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I tried to watch The Brothers Grimm on Blu-Ray yesterday using the PlayStation 3. I got an error that the video could not be played. That was a first. My PlayStation is up to date & this is nowhere near a recent Blu-Ray. So, I tried to go to the site that the disc label directs you to, BVHEBluray.com, to be redirected to a page of black text on a black background. The black text was just a list of movie titles. There is a link for a text-only version, but of course it’s a page not found.

So, I called. Closed of course.

Then I tried to submit feedback using the link at the bottom of the black page. Upon submitting the feedback I got an error that Safari couldn’t connect to the server. Nice. It finally went on the 3rd try, but now I’m annoyed, so I’m posting this just to let Buena Vista Home Entertainment know how incredibly incompetent I think they are. Apparently Disney sucks a the Internet. And technology in general.

Thirst...

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I saw this quite a while ago, but finally getting around to posting it…

Payment...

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So, BP burst a pipe, make a huge mess, is fined & has to pay for the cleanup. The L.A. Lakers win a game, their idiot fans make a huge mess. I think the Lakers should be subject to fines from the NBA and pay for the damage done. On top of any criminal actions against the ridiculously stupid fans.

Just a thought.

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