East of the Sun, West of the Moon

2009/1/31

What’s that say?

Filed under: Family,Humo(u)r,News — Erwin @ 9:21 pm

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This Zits episode sounds far too familiar… The kids’ handwriting is bad enough that we occasionally wonder how the teachers can read their handed in homework at all, but nothing seems to be done about it.

A few articles that confirm that this is not limited to the local school district:

Having brought this up with the teachers once or twice, the general feeling is that yes, we’d like it to be better as well but there simply isn’t enough time in a day.

Aside from braving the glares and asking our boys to rewrite parts of their finished homework or things that were written in their planners, what can you do? I really don’t want to bring school-like activities into their spare time but I do wonder how this is going to affect them with their school and careers in the long run.

Suggestions?

2008/12/5

Doh moment of the day

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Music — Erwin @ 10:53 pm

I’ve known the song “Going Down To Liverpool” by the Bangles for a long time. Probably over two decades, given that the single was taken from their debut album in 1984.

Now, with them being from the USA, California to be precise, there were two things that never made sense to me:

  1. The reference to Liverpool.
  2. The reference to UB40.

The former I could somewhat accept given the tendency in the USA to name places after ones elsewhere, like Amsterdam, Athens, Rome, etc, so surely there are places called Liverpool out there, right? The latter is very much a UK reference though. Just like the group called UB40 it refers to the Unemployment Benefit form 40. What the hell were these girls from California doing singing about that?!

However I just ignored that until finally, after all these years, I decide to do some (minor, in retrospect) digging and find out today that the answer is very simple: The song is a cover of one originally written by the (UK) Katrina and the Waves!

It’s all so clear to me now. πŸ™‚

2008/4/1

That time of the year again

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Linkage — Erwin @ 1:24 pm

Adding more as I run into them. Certainly The Register has enough today, more than I’m going to link. πŸ™‚

Updated: Added entries for GMail, Google Calendar, The Register, The Pirate Bay, The Daily WTF/WTH and Times Online.

2008/3/12

Too cute!

Filed under: Humo(u)r — Erwin @ 12:10 am

Sheldon

2008/2/8

Note to self

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Software — Erwin @ 2:56 am

When upgrading the kernel to a newer or different version, be sure to also get the appropriate version of the ivtv kernel modules, otherwise MythTV will cheerfully start up and pretend nothing is wrong, but meanwhile it’ll be running with 0 capture cards and no recordings will be scheduled!

I’m glad ABC will repeat tonight’s Lost episode, otherwise I would’ve missed that and would have had to resort to bittorrents or something, and that’s just a PITA. πŸ˜‰

2008/2/7

Quote of the day

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Music — Erwin @ 11:58 pm

Dee Snider of Twisted Sister:

If we go, β€˜This one’s from our new album!’ you see hundreds of people standing up and walking out of the room.

From RollingStone.com.

2007/11/5

FYI

Filed under: Family,Humo(u)r — Erwin @ 4:20 pm

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That is all.

Carry on. πŸ™‚

2007/11/1

Linkage

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Linkage,Music,OS X — Erwin @ 1:40 am

You can’t make this stuff up…

How to split up: Vienna hosts world’s first divorce fair:

“If people untie the knot in good faith, it can turn out that the day you divorce is the best day of your life,” said the organiser, Anton Barz, who also arranges wedding fairs.

Vinyl May Be Final Nail in CD’s Coffin:

Pressing plants are ramping up production, but where is the demand coming from? Why do so many people still love vinyl, even though its bulky, analog nature is anathema to everything music is supposed to be these days? Records, the vinyl evangelists will tell you, provide more of a connection between fans and artists. And many of today’s music fans buy 180-gram vinyl LPs for home listening and MP3s for their portable devices. <…> Because these music fans also listen using portable players and computers, Matador and other labels include coupons in record packaging that can be used to download MP3 versions of the songs. Amory called the coupon program “hugely popular.”

And lastly, this Ars Technica review is well worth the read if you’re interested in knowing what changed under the hood of OS X Leopard (10.5):

While the casual Mac user will gauge Leopard’s worth by reading about the marquee features or watching a guided tour movie at Apple’s web site, those of us with an unhealthy obsession with operating systems will be trolling through the internals to see what’s really changed.

These two views of Leopard, the interface and the internals, lead to two very different assessments. Somewhere in between lie the features themselves, judged not by the technology they’re based on or the interface provided for them, but by what they can actually do for the user.

2007/10/15

Too True

Filed under: Humo(u)r — Erwin @ 6:57 pm

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Thank you, Grand Avenue!

Identity Theft

Filed under: Humo(u)r — Erwin @ 3:59 pm

Actually, I’m dealing with the opposite here. Someone has mistakenly used the email address that I have with my ISP (that would be the one that I don’t use except to check it regularly to see if anything other than the usual batch of spam was there, like important messages or anything from the ISP itself) to sign up for websites aimed at future college students.

The most recent one was more than just an email-newsletter subscription, it was an account with all sorts of personal information like the person’s name and address, phone number, current high school, etc. I’d like to warn this person (or the parents) that making mistakes like this is going to cause them trouble one fine day, but how do I do that? Calling them up and saying “Hi, I’m a complete stranger that lives in a different state, but I know your child’s name and birth date and what school s/he attends” wouldn’t exactly inspire confidence, I imagine, and they don’t exactly live next door (the fun of cable companies that provide their service in many different states).

Suggestions would be appreciated. πŸ™‚

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