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Microsoft Fail — MS Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 Review and Tale of A Painful Free Upgrade

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Kvetching | Posted on 04-03-2010

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That shouldn’t be worth post­ing about, but it took more work than it should have. Sum­ma­ry: I prob­a­bly should have stuck with Log­itech wire­less keyboard/​mouse com­bi­na­tions, because I didn’t have a prob­lem with the pre­vi­ous set I had and nev­er had occa­sion to call their tech­ni­cal sup­port. But since I bought a Microsoft prod­uct, it was worth­while to hound them until they came through on their war­ran­ty, despite the fact that the expe­ri­ence was some­what painful.

Book Review: By Blood We Live

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Reading | Posted on 03-03-2010

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By Blood We Live By Blood We Live by John Joseph Adams

My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars
This thing is an enor­mous tome! I don’t know if it has been released in hard­back or not, but if it has, that ver­sion has to be anchor-wor­thy. I request­ed it from the library because Eliz­a­beth Bear and Sarah Mon­ette had sto­ries in it, and I’ll read pret­ty much any­thing either of those wor­thies pub­lish. I didn’t expect to care for most of the rest, and didn’t plan to do much more than flip through them.

Review: A Free Man of Color

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Reading | Posted on 02-03-2010

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A Free Man of Color (Benjamin January, Book 1) A Free Man of Col­or by Bar­bara Hambly

My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars
His­tor­i­cal fic­tion isn’t my favorite genre, but I’m much more will­ing to read it when it’s mixed with mys­tery. I’ve read some of Hambly’s work before and know her to be a fine writer, and I’d read good reviews of this series by peo­ple I respect, so I decid­ed to give it a whirl.

Three Good Things!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Gratitude | Posted on 01-03-2010

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The last time I responded to a prompt from Plinky, it posted with absolutely no context—so let's try to fix that this time. Today's prompt is:

"Share three good things about your life right now.
(A little New Agey, maybe, but it never hurts to look on the bright side.)
"

Airset for iPhone!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Geekery | Posted on 26-02-2010

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I’m so excit­ed! We (our fam­i­ly) have been using Airset as our “group­ware” for the past few years — a way to coördinate our cal­en­dar and con­tacts eas­i­ly. Our cri­te­ria includ­ed some­thing that would be avail­able wher­ev­er we hap­pened to be that would sync with Palm PDAs.

I’m Feeling Better!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Health, Movies, Reading | Posted on 19-02-2010

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(I think I’ve already used “Not Dead Yet” as a title, and I real­ly don’t like to be too repet­i­tive.) I haven’t been post­ing much, and it isn’t real­ly because I haven’t had any­thing at all to say. In fact, I’ve repeat­ed­ly start­ed to write posts. In fact, I’ve fin­ished writ­ing some posts — but each time, I’ve been side­tracked by the fact that the bit of geek mag­ic that makes my words post here and to my LJ account is bro­ken. I did a cou­ple of posts by hand, but that’s inel­e­gant. Hence, the pub­lic has been deprived of my wis­dom. There, there now. It will be all right. Truly.

Skribit is a Go!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging | Posted on 22-01-2010

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If you’ve vis­it­ed here once or twice, you might have noticed that lit­tle thingie over there in the left-hand bar that asks, “What should I write about?” There’s a link to Skrib­it, where you can leave sug­ges­tions about the types of posts you’d like to see here.

Well, you too can get such a wid­get for your blog! Because Skrib­it is out of beta! So go check out their site, and see how their tools can help you.

Great Interview With Local Musician Gary Motley

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Announcement, Family, Music | Posted on 05-01-2010

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Lis­ten to it on Sam’s site, and/​or read the result­ing arti­cle, The Facets of Jazz Through Gary Motley.

Break the Cycle of Failed New Year’s Resolutions with New Book, Achieve Anything in Just One Year

Posted by Cyn | Posted in General | Posted on 21-12-2009

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This is a sponsored guest post written by Jason Harvey on behalf of Achieve Anything In Just One Year. Post powered by Sponzai.

On January 1, more than 100 million Americans will make a New Year’s resolution, according to a University of Washington survey. By March, however, most resolution-makers will already have broken their newly minted promises. 

In his new book, Achieve Anything in Just One Year: Be Inspired Daily to Live Your Dreams and Accomplish Your Goals (Amazing Life Press, $29.95, http://www.amazinglifepress.com/), Jason Harvey provides a blueprint for personal success that can make 2010 the year that resolutions become reality. 

Most resolutions fail because people try to change too fast and accomplish too much all at once,” said Harvey, a Certified Life Coach. “My book is about learning how to make small daily changes and be your own personal life coach.”

The most common resolutions - to quit smoking, lose weight, exercise more, spend more quality time with family, etc. - are also the easiest to break. “The truth is, we set ourselves up to fail by making resolutions that are sweeping and unrealistic,” explained Harvey. 

The resulting cycle of making and breaking promises is self-defeating - so how can individuals make resolutions stick? Achieve Anything in Just One Year equips readers with the tools to: 

  • Be truly committed.Don’t just go through the motions - act like you’re making a promise to your company, or to your best friend. 
  • Be specific. A resolution like “I want to lose weight” is easier to ignore than “I want to lose five pounds by March.” 
  • Set a deadline. A timeframe equals commitment and helps quantify success. 
  • Avoid overwhelming yourself. You may want to lose weight, quit smoking, achieve moderation with martinis and cut up your credit cards all at once, but let’s get real. Focus on a limited set of goals and plan on taking stock mid-year. 
  • Change one thing at a time. Recognize that change is hard. Wait to achieve one goal before starting on the next. 
  • Be realistic. Taking charge of a fitness regimen is a realistic goal, while exercising seven days a week may not be. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment with lofty goals. 

The idea is to take daily action that creates a ripple effect in your life,” said Harvey. “By transforming your life with small steps, you can stay motivated, focused and balanced. Best of all, you’ll feel happier about pursuing your personal success.” 

Achieve Anything in Just One Year is available to BUY NOW at Amazon.com.

Oh, he was obviously such a terrorist!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Civil Rights | Posted on 12-12-2009

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Dr Peter Watts, Cana­di­an sci­ence fic­tion writer, beat­en and arrest­ed at US border
Obvi­ous­ly, sci­ence fic­tion writ­ers are scary peo­ple. And his rea­son for being in Nebras­ka in the first place (help­ing a friend move) was high­ly ques­tion­able, so it makes total sense that the bor­der patrol would search his vehi­cle. Get­ting out of the car to ask a ques­tion was obvi­ous­ly a ter­ror­ist act, so the bor­der batrol beat him, pep­per sprayed him, and threw him in jail. After his wife paid his bail, they tossed him out in his shirt sleeves (obvi­ous­ly, his coat had to be impound­ed along with his car, com­put­er, and oth­er belong­ings as a threat to nation­al secu­ri­ty) in the mid­dle of the night, after charg­ing him with a felony, claim­ing that he struck a fed­er­al offi­cer (both the author and the pas­sen­ger in his car state that nev­er hap­pened). Now the man has to return from his home in Cana­da to face felony charges in Michigan.