Airset for iPhone!

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

I’ve dis­cov­ered that my blog posts stopped cross-post­ing over to my Live­Jour­nal acc­count at some point in Sep­tem­ber. Many of my more vocal friends actu­al­ly read my posts over there, so any­thing I’ve said since then might as well have been tossed into the bit buck­et. I’m going to rework those posts and re-do them. Some were rather time-sen­si­tive, like some impor­tant birth­day wish­es! Sor­ry James, Dean, Michelle, Jeff, and Will! (Not that my nephew actu­al­ly reads my blog, but it’s the thought that counts, right?)

At least I wasn’t the only per­son hav­ing the prob­lem. It seems that every­body using the Live+Press Plu­g­in had the same issue as soon as they upgrad­ed to Word­Press 2.8.x. I’m sure Live+Press will be fixed soon, but I’m not a coder and I have all the patience of a two-year-old, so I’m try­ing a new plu­g­in now, Jour­nal­Press. If you see this on LJ, it worked!

ETA: Well, it didn’t work. Grrr. I’ll cross-post man­u­al­ly.

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Victory!

On with the quo­ta­tions obses­sion project. I swear, it’ll be use­ful for some­thing oth­er than keep­ing me busy. Some­day!

Any­body know php/MySQL well enough to help me do that?

Any­way, one rea­son that I keep going is lit­tle suc­cess­es like the one I just expe­ri­enced.

I love research, and I’m attempt­ing to find infor­ma­tion on every sin­gle author (8,353 at this very moment) and some kind cita­tion, prefer­ably orig­i­nal, for every quo­ta­tion (34,444 of them). Yes, that will keep me busy for awhile. The fact that many peo­ple cut-and-paste bits of text from all man­ner of sources, then lump them all togeth­er with lit­tle or no attri­bu­tion, makes me crazy—especially since it seems that vast num­bers of peo­ple con­flate Oliv­er Wen­dell Holmes Junior and Senior, or Alexan­dre Dumas père et fils.

Any­way, there’s one quo­ta­tion cred­it­ed to “Mil­ton Acor­da” all over the inter­net and in many books: “With­out free­dom, no one real­ly has a name.”

Oth­er than the one sen­tence, the man doesn’t exist. I’ve looked for him sev­er­al times, to no avail.

I don’t know if the book I found in Google Books wasn’t there before or what, but tonight I hap­pened to search on the quo­ta­tion itself again, and voilà! It’s the last line of a poem, “Pro­posed Ded­i­ca­tion for a Mon­u­ment to Lount and Matthews,” pub­lished in the book More Poems for Peo­ple by Mil­ton Acorn.

No, my work isn’t going to end world hunger or any­thing like that, but I find it sat­is­fy­ing. And every lit­tle win helps my over­all atti­tude, which isn’t real­ly pos­i­tive most of the time late­ly. Now if only some­one would pay me to do this sort of thing!

Who is/was Vascavus?

I’m still play­ing with my quo­ta­tions data­base. I have a per­fect­ly love­ly item that I’d like to include, but I can’t find any infor­ma­tion at all about the author, “Vas­cav­us.” I’ve Googled and searched oth­er­wise. The only place I find that name is in one guy’s quo­ta­tions file and as a .sig line anoth­er guy uses in a web forum. It doesn’t appear in any book dig­i­tized by Google or list­ed by Ama­zon. It isn’t in any­thing indexed by Google schol­ar or any of the oth­er search engines I’ve tried. Wikipedia doesn’t know him.

Oh — the quo­ta­tion is: “His­to­ry shows us that when reli­gion and sci­ence have a scuf­fle, reli­gion either is rein­ter­pret­ed, backs down, or is destroyed.”

Any clues? Pret­ty please?

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I missed what?

It was Nation­al Gram­mar Day AND Gamemaster’s Day, and I didn’t real­ize either until the day was almost over!

It was date night, though, and my favorite GM and I did play, so at least there’s that. I’ll have to get him a make-up present, though.

You know all those dif­fer­ent click-to-give sites? I very geek­i­ly gath­ered up all the ones that I know about and stuck the links on one page so I don’t have to try to remem­ber them, or install short­cuts or tool­bars or what-have-you. It isn’t gor­geous, but it is con­ve­nient.

I final­ly got start­ed on Sea­son 1 of Shad­ow Unit, now that Sea­son 2 has start­ed. Good stuff!

And final­ly, just so I can close the tab that’s been open for a cou­ple of days, a new wrin­kle in that whole nature/nurture debate: Child Abuse Alters Stress-Fight­ing Gene.

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Nerd Joy!

We’ve been scan­ner-deprived for many months now, because the mul­ti­func­tion print­er gave up the ghost. We acquired an old­er mod­el HP scan­ner via Freecy­cle a while back, but it wouldn’t work. The mov­ing bit inside had been locked down for trans­port, and just wouldn’t unlock. It is nev­er a good thing when you get a burn­ing smell out of a piece of com­put­er equip­ment.

But Sam attacked it with screw­drivers and pli­ers and brute force tonight, and made it work! Squee!

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New Addiction

Whoops! What have I done to myself?

I was frus­trat­ed that there were a fair num­ber of books on my “shelves” at Good Reads that had no asso­ci­at­ed cov­er image. I col­lect­ed all but, I think, two of the cov­er images for the books I had list­ed in Now Read­ing, but couldn’t find a way to make use of them at GR. I also found a lot of incon­sis­ten­cies in the way titles were rep­re­sent­ed, and some mis­spelled author’s names.

Then I noticed a link about apply­ing to be a librar­i­an. They’re the peo­ple who can edit author and book infor­ma­tion. Cool! I applied, fig­ur­ing they’d tell me I haven’t been active long enough or some­thing, but not­ing that this is one endeav­or in which OCD is an asset.

Odd­ly enough, they approved me.

This may not be a pow­er I should have. I’ve spent a ridicu­lous amount of my awake time today nor­mal­iz­ing data their data. And enjoy­ing it.

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Good Reads Migration Finished!

That was not pain­less at all. The import fea­ture is tetchy, at best. I had to go through the entire list of 1300+ books and fix their “book­shelf” assign­ments, and add some that just didn’t import at all. I had over 1400 books in Now Read­ing, and I haven’t quite fig­ured out why there are few­er books in Good Reads. Oh well. It’s pret­ty much done!

The dates I’d read books, my rat­ings, and my reviews did NOT trans­fer to Good Reads, which is high­ly annoy­ing.

I was able to go through and update a bunch of books that I’ve read since NR stopped work­ing, and use the to-read cat­e­go­ry to request books from the library. As a result, there are 33 books await­ing pick­up now, and anoth­er 61 pend­ing (most­ly books that are real­ly new or not yet avail­able). That doesn’t include the inter-library loan items I request­ed.1

Sam and I had bonus gam­ing time tonight. He’s stor­ing up brown­ie points before Dragon*Con. Katie, unfor­tu­nate­ly, couldn’t sleep last night, then slept all day until about 11:30. Now she’s re-hydrat­ing and get­ting some food now. I hope she can go back to sleep. She’s def­i­nite­ly hav­ing a fibro flare. 🙁


1 I’m so tick­led that the library added a way to put in ILL requests online!

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Switching to Good Reads

Well, I think I’m about done wait­ing for an update of Now Read­ing. I’m about 1/3 of the way through fix­ing the 158 bro­ken links on this site caused by the plu­g­in not work­ing with the lat­est ver­sions of Word­Press, and I found a plu­g­in that exports the books entered into NR to a .csv file for import to anoth­er site. Since most of my friends seem to be using Good Reads, I sup­pose that’s where I’ll go.

Sleepy!

I didn’t sleep very well last night, although I man­aged to stay up all day yes­ter­day (unusu­al late­ly). Unfor­tu­nate­ly, I end­ed up sleep­ing most of the day, today, and I’m still sleepy! So I hope I can sleep well again, tonight.

I have a fever, too, so appar­ent­ly push­ing myself to not nap was a bad idea. Doctor’s orders are still to lay down 15 min­utes of every hour, which makes it dif­fi­cult to get much done at a time. Oh well. It’s bet­ter than a fever.

The girl got home safe­ly, but didn’t go out with her friends tonight as planned due to a threat­en­ing migraine. They didn’t real­ly see much of the mete­or show­er, because the skies were too cloudy, but they did have fun.

I fin­ished read­ing the sec­ond of Kat Richardson’s Grey­walk­er books today, Pol­ter­geist. Very good stuff, and a nice change from some of the too-com­mon urban fan­ta­sy themes. The library is hold­ing Under­ground for me, which I hope to pick up tomor­row.

The mail brought an O’Reilly JavaScript book to review for TCM, so I’ll be work­ing on that dur­ing my more coher­ent wak­ing hours for a bit.

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