kadenza: (intermission)
I saw this entry while browsing my meme tag, and tried it. It was still kinda fun.

"Heather is..."

...an important food source for various sheep and deer

...superficially common but expresses itself in a determined and strong way
...a very popular first name for women
...awesome, in case you didn't know!
...a cunning young woman who loves nothing more than to trick men into giving her gold and other possessions
...the name of the Little Red-Haired Girl [I did not know this!]
...taking back her Christmas spirit
...perhaps most often associated with the rocky highlands of Scotland
...serious about civil litigation, but tries not to take herself too seriously
...purple in colour with a hint of pink or blue
...kept young and vigorous by controlled burning
...truly dead, what a sad way to go.

*waves*

Oct. 25th, 2009 11:39 am
kadenza: (carcassonne)
Good times chez [livejournal.com profile] epi_lj and [livejournal.com profile] okoshun yesterday. Played Colloseum (fun!) and Pandemic (fun-er!) before I had to bail. Well actually, when I got home Marshall said he had no problem with me staying all night if I wanted. Anyway it was a fun day of doing my own thing which doesn't happen often. I rode to and from on the subway and played DS. I also stopped off at a craft store on the way and bought a bunch of rubber stamps. I just love them, don't know if I've mentioned it here before. I am totally addicted to stamps.

Oh also, I've mentioned it on Facebook and Twitter but not here-- I have 15 11 Google Wave invites left if anyone's interested. Mentioning it on Twitter was not the greatest idea, because I was instantly flooded with pleading tweets from complete strangers. I don't know if you need a gmail account or not, but it might help. [edit] Also, consider yourselves warned that it might take a while. To quote the submission page, "Invitations will not be sent immediately. We have a lot of stamps to lick."
kadenza: (newsflash)
Nat and I were coming home from picking up a few supplies for AgricolaFest on Saturday, and passed the Google car on O'Connor just east of Coxwell. The middle-aged or prematurely balding man at the wheel looked very tired. I wonder if my car and shadowy figure will be immortalized on Google Street View? Time will tell.

I imagine he will be coming to my street soon, as this was about 4 km from my house. Why are they doing it now, when my lawn is dead?
kadenza: (carcassonne)
Skype, you're on notice... G-chat has implemented a new video/voice thing and it seems to work really well. [livejournal.com profile] newschick and I gave it a test run yesterday.

This morning at about 4:30 we woke up to the disturbing sound of water dripping somewhere in the house. Turns out rainwater was coming in through the bathroom fan vent and dripping down onto the toilet and floor. After cleaning up and placing buckets, getting back to sleep while worrying about soggy walls and joists was not so easy.

The roofing guys have just left after sealing up every seam they could find on the flat roof (which was just replaced in August). Fingers crossed that does the trick. If not, I hope finding the source of the leak doesn't involve too much ripping up of drywall and ceilings. When your house is 97 years old, things like this are bound to come up, I guess. I do miss the condo at times like these.
kadenza: (test pattern)
I'm testing out Google's new browser today, Chrome. So far so good, but there are a few things I've noticed that need work so have filed a few reports to the almighty G. For one thing, there's no way to add a custom entry to the spellchecker, whereas in Firefox you can accomplish it with a right-click.

Last week I got the urge to fly kites again. I finally have enough time to do stuff I want to do, plus I think Nattie would enjoy it too. I went through the pile of kites and sticks in the basement and untangled a lot of string and organized everything into three categories: Flies, doesn't fly, and might possibly fly with a bit of work. Then we went out on Sunday to Riverdale park and had absolutely no success. There was hardly any wind and it was quite hot and Nattie got sunscreen in her eye and Marshie and I mostly ended up yelling at each other about who was doing what wrong. Such a relaxing hobby.

Yesterday I got my Kite Aerial Photography (KAP) kit in the mail which will supposedly allow me to launch my camera into the stratosphere, something I've been meaning to get into for years. I was so excited. I opened the box and found about a million parts and nuts and bolts and servos and wires and a giant instruction manual, and I seriously almost cried. This is no Ikea bookshelf, but I will give it a go.
kadenza: (invader)
So it seems Google has found a rather ingenious way to make people do their work for them by making it seem fun, Tom Sawyer style.

http://images.google.com/imagelabeler/

Image Labeler seems to be designed to help Google refine the accuracy of their image searches, by turning it into a Taboo-style game. They pair you up with another random player and give you an image, and you both throw out words (while avoiding a list of forbidden ones) until you get a match. I must say, I'm kind of addicted to it. I call myself Hbee in case you ever try it.

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