I did the scary thing - new MacBook

Oct. 17th, 2017 07:57 pm
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I did it. I bought a MacBook Pro. Eeeep!

I’m torn between excitement and terror at spending all that money, even though I’ve actually had the money saved up for a while so it’s not like this is an expense that’s going to kill my savings. I’ve specifically been saving for it, outside my regular savings. It’s just more than I usually spend on a computer, but hopefully the investment will pay off.

Thank you for all the buying advice. I’ve learned so many unexpected tips, too, about things to use it with and apps to get for it. It’s made me feel much more comfortable with this choice.

It arrives on Monday. I need to think of a good name for it :-)

Does anyone have a suggestion for a good password manager?

er -- and this

Oct. 16th, 2017 04:20 pm
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The strawberry menstrual cup cozy. With over a hundred projects after this pattern on Ravelry.

Things I found today

Oct. 16th, 2017 12:14 pm
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while trying to find recommendations for/evaluations of local city council candidates --

The Grape Cozy -- in case the link doesn't work for you, this is a knitted "cozy" or cover for an individual grape. For all your grape protection needs.

[warning: link page has video that may be loud] Brevard County Sheriff's "Wheel of Fugitives" -- a regular broadcast by our county Sheriff, imitating a game show to publicize people with outstanding arrest warrants. The current episode of the Wheel is on the office's Facebook page.

I tried asking my mother what she would do if I disappeared; to think about living here without me. She said she needs no help and doesn't need me at all. And then she asked if I still don't like living in Florida. So -- the Mom is pretty divorced from reality. Without me, the others would have to step in and solve her living situation.





Advice needed from MacBook users!

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:33 am
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I'm planning to jump ship and go over to a MacBook. Hooray, I can hear my Apple aficionado friends crying :-)

The problem is that there are so many options out there and I'm wary of making a mistake, because this is an expensive investment. So a bit of advice would be appreciated.

A lot of my usage will be general stuff: browsing the Internet, bit of video watching (not editing), writing and editing documents and spreadsheets, using Scrivener etc. I'm also probably going to be doing bits of development, learning and messing about with Python, doing some courses on data analytics etc. I doubt I'll be running around all day every day with it, because I have an iPad, but for various reasons I don't want a desktop and I'll need something that isn't awful for lugging onto planes and so forth.

I've narrowed it down to absolutely NOT the 12" MacBook (every article on it says its not worth the price-tag) or any 15" monster.

I'd been leaning towards the 13" MacBook Air, with the best CPU on offer and 256GB drive, but it's an older architecture and that makes me wary. I want to get at least five years out of whatever I buy, and I'm concerned that the Air might not match my needs or stay update-able for that long.

I've been looking at refurbed 13" MacBook Pros - October 2016 release or June 2017 release. For not much more than the Air I'd been looking at, it seems like I'd get more power and the architecture is newer (same disc amount, though), so they're likely to stay update-able for longer. But are refurbished models from Apple actually reliable?

Does anyone have any opinions on which way I'm better leaning towards?

And will 256GB be enough disc space? I don't tend to store videos on my machines and I can archive stuff on external HDs when necessary, so it sounds OK to me, but I haven't gone Mac before so I don't know how much space the OS etc. needs.

Any thoughts much appreciated!

IT'S RAINING

Oct. 15th, 2017 04:37 pm
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I went searching for mermaid media, specifically a 2000 Hong Kong tv serial someone told me about called Legend of Heaven and Earth: The Mermaid Beauty, and even with the browser translation function the language barrier made it tricky to get useful information in terms of comprehensive plot. It was made even trickier by the fact that there are multiple titles (I think a mix of official and unofficial based on international dubs), which lead to a snowball effect where I ended up finding stuff about a completely separate mainland China tv serial called Legend of Mermaid (aka The Legend of Chasing Fish) which was confusing the heck out of me because at first I thought they were the same because hey, title variants, except NO THEY'RE NOT.

AND THEN because of the clickhole I ended up being bouncing through the internet and found I think three different mermaid-based China/Hong Kong/Taiwan* movies (I think they're movies?) all of which have multiple English titles but came out in the same freaking year of 2016 which I'm suspecting is because that's the year that Stephen Chow came out with his The Mermaid movie which destroyed box office records and... I suspect there may be even more out there. Good grief.

*I'm really sorry but I got so overwhelmed I ended up closing all the tabs instead of trying to identify each one properly.

ALSO I'd made another mistake where with the promos of Siren coming out recently, I thought that that was the Australian TV show that was announced ages ago just with a different name but nO! The Australian TV show is called Tidelands and I swear...

Description of Siren: “Siren,” which has been ordered for 10 episodes, takes place in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean. (source)

Description of Tidelands: The drama follows a former criminal as she returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town’s secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants, a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called “Tidelanders.” (source)

Plus that freaking indie The Little Mermaid movie with Shirley McLaine and William Moseley is supposed to come out this year!

Never thought I'd say it, but this may be too many mermaids.

Book Log

Oct. 14th, 2017 07:37 pm
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Nancy Goldstone's The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc makes it the second book of this author's to have a title that left me confused by the end, though this one a little more disappointing than the last.

This book, thanks to its title and the blurb at the back advertising a "revisionist history" and Joan's having a "forgotten mentor" had me expecting something far more controversial or challenging of the known history of Joan of Arc, perhaps in trying to break down of the mythos of her actions. I braced for that, and there is some interesting theorizing about Yolande of Aragon's role as Joan's secret benefactor, but that comes at the beginning of Joan's arrival on the public stage and... pretty much the rest of it goes on as normal.

Cut for length. )

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