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Ooo, I Want! New Putumayo CD

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Music | Posted on 20-11-2007


I love Putumayo's CDs, and we have at least ten or so. I've yet to hear one of their compilations that I didn't enjoy.

Celtic Dreamland CDBut I really, really adore their Celtic collections, and I'm a big goofy nut about lullabies. I don't know why—maybe it's because nobody sang them to me—but I can't get enough of them as an adult.1

With that in mind, you can better understand why I just went nuts over the ecard with snippets of three songs from Celtic Dreamland that just arrived in my email. And ooo! There are more samples over here!

And hey, I like you people, so I'm sharing the joy with you.

1 Be warned: I do sing to babies. Anybody's babies. I can't resist snuggling a sleepy baby and lullabying away.

Some of Today’s News in Atlanta

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Civil Rights, Links, News | Posted on 20-11-2007


I man­aged to avoid the crime news, which is always hor­rif­ic. Okay, I most­ly avoid­ed it. The three boys under 10 who are being charged with kid­nap­ping and rape1 is get­ting to me. That poor lit­tle girl!

Transgender candidate misled voters, suit alleges2

Actu­al­ly, these guys seem to be suing every­body but the dog­catch­er down there in Riverdale.

What does Ms. Bruce’s gen­der have to do with how she’ll per­form as a city coun­cil mem­ber? Noth­ing, of course Ir’s been brought up because a cou­ple of sore losers just won’t let go. Asshats!

Trumpet the news: Elephant is going to be a mom3

But she won’t deliv­er until some­where around April 1, 2009! 22 months of preg­nan­cy. Dum­bo nev­er men­tioned that lit­tle fact.

In metro Atlanta, profile of those in need during the holidays has changed4

It isn’t just dur­ing the hol­i­days, either. Food banks across the coun­try are see­ing more and more work­ing peo­ple who need help. They’re hav­ing to reduce the amount of food giv­en to each per­son or fam­i­ly because the demand has out­paced the sup­ply so much.

I can’t say that I’m sur­prised. I know too many peo­ple who are just bare­ly scrap­ing by, and it isn’t because they’re irre­spon­si­ble. It’s just how the Amer­i­can econ­o­my is, and some­thing needs to change very quickly.

1 http://​www​.ajc​.com/​m​e​t​r​o​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​m​e​t​r​o​/​c​o​b​b​/​s​t​o​r​i​e​s​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​1​9​/​a​s​s​a​u​l​t​_​1​1​1​9​.​h​tml

2 http://​www​.ajc​.com/​m​e​t​r​o​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​m​e​t​r​o​/​c​l​a​y​t​o​n​/​s​t​o​r​i​e​s​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​1​9​/​r​i​v​e​r​d​a​l​e​s​u​i​t​_​1​1​2​0​_​w​e​b​.​h​t​m​l​?​c​x​n​t​n​i​d​=​a​m​n​1​1​2​0​07e

3 http://​www​.ajc​.com/​l​i​v​i​n​g​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​l​i​v​i​n​g​/​s​t​o​r​i​e​s​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​1​9​/​e​l​e​p​h​a​n​t​_​1​1​2​0​.​h​t​m​l​?​c​x​n​t​n​i​d​=​a​m​n​1​1​2​0​07e

4 http://​www​.ajc​.com/​h​o​l​i​d​a​y​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​h​o​l​i​d​a​y​g​u​i​d​e​/​s​t​o​r​i​e​s​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​1​9​/​f​o​o​d​_​1​1​2​0​.​h​t​m​l​?​c​x​n​t​n​i​d​=​a​m​n​1​1​2​0​07e

Study: ADHD kids’ brain areas develop slower — CNN​.com

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Education, Family, Health, News | Posted on 19-11-2007


Expert: Find­ing shows bio­log­i­cal basis for atten­tion deficit hyper­ac­tiv­i­ty disorder

Cru­cial parts of brains of chil­dren with atten­tion deficit dis­or­der devel­op more slow­ly than oth­er young­sters’ brains, a phe­nom­e­non that ear­li­er brain-imag­ing research missed, a new study says.

ADHD Brain Maturation

Devel­op­ing more slow­ly in ADHD young­sters — the lag can be as much as three years — are brain regions that sup­press inap­pro­pri­ate actions and thoughts, focus atten­tion, remem­ber things from moment to moment, work for reward and con­trol move­ment. That was the find­ing of researchers, led by Dr. Philip Shaw of the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health, who report­ed the most detailed study yet on this prob­lem in Monday’s online edi­tion of Pro­ceed­ings of the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Sciences.

I’ve gone from seri­ous­ly not believ­ing that ADHD exist­ed at all, to being forced to under­stand its real­i­ty because my life part­ner, his kids, and my daugh­ter all have it. These find­ings are a major advance!

I still know that plen­ty of peo­ple (par­tic­u­lar­ly bad par­ents) use ADHD as an excuse, but that can hap­pen with any dis­or­der, real or imagined.

There’s fur­ther infor­ma­tion at the Nation­al Insti­tute for Men­tal Health, where the research was done.

So Cute! But What Is It?

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Fun | Posted on 18-11-2007


I’m in love with this lit­tle pup­py, thanks to Pre­cious Jen. But what kind of dog is it? Any­body know?

Happy Birthday James!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Family, Holidays | Posted on 17-11-2007


I hope you have a great day! Y’all go wish James (word­can­dlemage on LJ) a hap­py birth­day, please?

Sam Fixed It!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, Family, Geekery | Posted on 16-11-2007


Before caf­feine, even. I had a nekkid GeekHero!

Thanks, sweet­ie 🙂

Now to see if I can focus long enough to get this new tem­plate work­ing through­out the site.

Why Am I Seeing Red?

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Geekery | Posted on 16-11-2007


I went to bed, leav­ing the com­put­er on because I was in the mid­dle of something.

I got up to find every­thing dis­play­ing washed in red.


I haven’t had a dis­play prob­lem like this since 1992 or so, when I had a crap­py Gate­way mon­i­tor with a pro­pri­etary cable that went weird.

I’ve checked all the con­nec­tions, of course. And the set­tings. Noth­ing changed from before, and when I reset the set­tings to default, it doesn’t fix the problem.

I’m no longer strong enough to move the mon­i­tors or the PC around to test and see if it’s the mon­i­tor. I don’t think we have a spare video card, either. I’m sure we don’t have a spare monitor.

I guess I’ll have to wake Sam ear­ly, as this isn’t real­ly very usable, and I need to fin­ish some stuff today.


Packaging Boyhood

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Family, Home, Parenting | Posted on 15-11-2007


From the latest Dads & Daughters newsletter:

Our friend Dr. Mark Tappan is co-authoring a book, to be called "Packaging Boyhood" about marketing to our sons. The book aims to "scrutinize the world of boy power, and the ways media and marketers' stereotypes about how to be a man reach way down into the lives and entertainment of younger and younger boys." Mark is writing it along with Dr. Lyn Mikel Brown and Dr. Sharon Lamb, co-authors of the 2006 book Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers' Schemes.

To gather data for "Packaging Boyhood," these preeminent scholars on the role of gender in the emotional, psychological and cultural development of our children put together a very interesting online survey at Participation by dads and/or their sons will be worthwhile.

Dads & Daughters is a great resource for parents, educators, or anyone else who cares about children. This is the first time I've seen them post something son-specific, but much of their material is important regardless of the gender of your child(ren). Maybe well see a Dads & Sons before long, or something similar.

Date Night, Reading, School Stuff

Posted by Cyn | Posted in College, Family, Kvetching, Reading | Posted on 14-11-2007


I was a naughty girl today, too caught up in reading A Few Demons More to do my homework. Bad girl.

To be fair, I was also taking care of my Katie baby, who had a fever and was nearly delirious. She really fits the chronic fatigue syndrome/ME diagnostic criteria more than those for fibromyalgia, but whatever it is, she's missing way too much school.

Wednesday is one of my regular date nights with Sam, and I certainly wasn't going to put that off for school stuff, so I figured I'd just hop online and make my required four posts after he went to bed, then join him quickly.1

Whoops! Not so fast!

My critical thinking class, which I figured to be a "gimme" (required for every DeVry student regardless of major, obviously designed to be one of the first classes everybody takes) surprised me this time. Both threaded discussions required research and thought.

The first was about consumer finance, which isn't exactly controversial. We had to use the school's library site to access a periodicals database, though, and choose at least two articles related to some particular aspect of consumer finance. Then we had to "share" one of them in the discussion, explaining why we chose it and how it was relevant. That's a big field to narrow down, and the database had annoyingly NOT-fresh information on my chosen angle.

The second, though, had us analyze a Hitler Museum site 2 that claimed to be totally free of bias. Yep, pull the other one, it's got bells on! We had to evaluate the site based on 5 or 6 different measures of credibility. Even thought the site was obviously very pro-Hitler, finding credible sources (meaning not Wikipedia) to disprove various claims took some time.

I was highly disturbed by the number of my classmates that declared the site free of bias. Obviously, there are people who are in serious need of this course! I knew that many people take in media fairly unquestioningly, but a pro-Hitler web site put up by some anonymous twit? In 2007?

The management class stuff was very easy, just questions about diversity and entrepreneurship. Yay for easy!

I'm finally done and can go cuddle up with mah sweetie. I wanna get the Holocaust revisionism out of my head, though, to avoid bad dreams, so I might end up reading for a bit first.

1 I have got to go back to starting the week's class stuff on Mondays. Really.

2 No, I'm not going to link to that!

Posts Finally Working!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, Geekery | Posted on 13-11-2007


Last night I realized that something was Wrong with this blog. Several days of posts hadn't, and I couldn't even leave a comment on an old post. The error message I was getting (database access denied) made no sense.

The MySQL information hadn't changed. I tried changing the database password and updating the settings—nope, no good. I could view the db in phpmyadmin, and it was just fine. I could back up the database there, and change things, and I was using the same login information. So why couldn't WordPress do anything?

We've been using 1&1 for at least a year or so now, I think, and haven't had any real complaints. I hate calling anybody's tech support, but they're usually better than most, as they haven't outsourced that to India. Reluctantly, I finally called.

If you ever call 1&1 and "Grace" answers, just hang up and try again. Better yet, keep her tied up on the phone and try from another line, just to be sure you'll get someone else. She simply can't understand English well enough to function in any job that requires telephone interaction, and her technical skills seem to be abysmal (it was hard to tell, considering the language issue). I was on the phone for more than 90 minutes, and couldn't get anywhere. I kept asking to speak to her supervisor, and she kept being obstructionist.

She asked me to spell the name of the affected domain ( over and over and over again. I did so, very slowly and clearly, at least five times. What did she do? Inform me that was working just fine, and ask me what error message I was getting!

Other than the fact that the end in .com, do you find any similarity in those names?

I finally got her to this site, where the errors were clearly visible to every visitor. Then, finally, she started talking about escalating the problem to someone else. She wasn't sure who, though, and claimed that nobody there can make outbound calls, so she couldn't have that person (or her supervisor) call me back. More holding. Thanks Goddess for unlimited cell minutes! I really, really need to get a headset, though, as I was in more and more pain from simply holding the telephone.

At nearly 5, "Glen" finally got on the phone. He said he has no input regarding the hiring of "advisors" like "Grace." If the supposed supervisor doesn't, who does? In any case, he finally pinpointed the problem: the database was full. To be accurate, it was more than full, 47mb over the size limit!

Honestly, I hadn't checked that. But how could that happen? And wouldn't I get some kind of notice or warning? Well, no, they don't have anything in place to warn users when databases are getting too big. That seems like a ridiculously easy thing to put in place, but apparently it isn't important to them.

I was aware of the 100mb limit 1&1 places on MySQL databases on our plan, but every time I'd looked at the usage, every database had 97mb free, or more! Blogs are mostly text! The images I do post aren't even stored in MySQL!

After getting off the phone, I looked at the size of all each table. The culprit was the cache for the Joe Tan/Silas Partners Flickr photo album plugin. I didn't notice, when I installed an upgrade to the plugin, that it defaults to showing all of the Flickr groups you're in. There's no way that I can see to disable caching, either, and it seems that somebody browsed a lot of group photos at some point over the weekend. Clearing that cache took me back to being way, way below the database size limit. If you use that plugin (which is great, BTW), check the settings!

So that's why you're seeing my blog posts appear late. It's better than "the dog ate my blog posts," at least. Isn't it?