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July 6th, 2010


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09:30 am - Many little updates, in one convenient bulletted list!
I've been swallowed up by work recently, so please forgive me if I'm not overly responsive to things, but I have a short update on things in my life, some of which will be interesting and some of which won't.
  • The Dublin Irish Festival has asked our Grove to provide the "Druid Service" on Sunday morning (Aug. 8) this year. They've never done a Druid service, and we've never worked a crowd like this before, so it's a learning experience all-around. The Dublin Irish Festival is the second largest Irish Festival in the nation, apparently, drawing 100,000 people. We're doing our service up on one of the music stages, which means we'll be set up in a proscenium arrangement (rather than our usual thrust), and it'll be a bit high-church-y. It's the religious hobbiest (thanks to Ian for the term) in me that looks at the challenges and says, "Wow, this'll be awesome!" Please do come join us (more detail at threecranes.org).
  • My favourite local alternative radio station, CD101, is changing its frequency (pending FCC approval). This has left me pondering the effect of real change and how it suggests other change that may not actually be there: specifically, CD101 has stated that there are no programming changes occurring at this point, but I find myself listening to songs that seem to have a different feel to them recently, as if a subtle shift had occurred in the format. In the end, I suspect it's all in my head.
  • I've been having a devil of a time with stability in both Thunderbird and Firefox recently, with each one crashing out hard on two different machines. I don't understand what's going on there, to be perfectly honest, but it seems that the two programs are becoming more unstable with each release, and lead to me considering a permanent move from the open source options to Outlook and IE. . . something I've always avoided in the past.
  • Windows 7, however, is a pretty nice operating system. I look forward to using it regularly at home.
  • Wedding planning goes along well, and we're under 3 months now from the date. Payments are being made, invitations are being printed, and the world is a beautiful place. We have not decided on a honeymoon destination yet, but we're getting there. Suggestions are always welcome.
  • Since May 1, I've been doing a light sort of exercise, barely 30 minutes a day (closer to 25 on a good day) in an effort to get a bit more active. This will require another post, because there are a myriad of things that will go into it, from the whole question of why I started through what this "means" to me two months later. So, look for that post.

Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: "Floridays", -JB

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From:sweet_thyme
Date:July 6th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
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I've been having a devil of a time with stability in both Thunderbird and Firefox recently, with each one crashing out hard on two different machines. I don't understand what's going on there, to be perfectly honest, but it seems that the two programs are becoming more unstable with each release, and lead to me considering a permanent move from the open source options to Outlook and IE. . . something I've always avoided in the past.

CHROME :D it rules the world...

Ooh, Weddings! *squee* you both are such the perfect couple. May I suggest New England as a honeymoon? the beaches of Maine, New Hampshire, Newport...national forests...camping, all the amenities and tons of color.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 6th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
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Maggie requires someplace sunny, so NE is mostly out in October :) We're looking at the Outer Banks, though, as well as Greece, Italy, Hawaii, and a few others.

Something tells me that we won't be camping during our honeymoon, though.
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From:romandruid
Date:July 6th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
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I used to LOVE CD101 when it first started and Maxx Faulkner was DJing there. (Wasn't he the programming director for CD101 a while before he left for WCBE?)
I guess it's like MTV; I loved it when it first started, but it's not even recognizable as the same broadcast anymore. *sigh*

I've been aiming for 45-60 minutes of exercise daily, and it's kicking my butt. Hang in there. This getting old stuff sucks.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 6th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
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I think that we all loved MTV when it was like what it was like when we first saw it. . . I suspect that there's a bit of a moving target there. . . though when I first started watching it in the early 90's, I felt there was already too much reality TV on it.

Damn you, Real World! You (and Cops!) set the stage for all manner of bad reality TV!
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From:chellyisme
Date:July 6th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
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There are certain patches with regards to some of the plugins that are required for firefox that I know was causing issues for me a while back. You might want to check to make sure they are all up to date.

And yes, Windows 7 is quite the shiny, I look forward to building my new computer so that I can install it :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 6th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I've been updating the patches, when I can, and rolling them back. Neither strategy appears to be working for me.

Glad to see it's not just me who is/has been having trouble with Firefox.
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From:rfunk
Date:July 6th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
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Before switching to IE, check out Google Chrome. I love it. The only time I use Firefox anymore is for development, and the only time I use IE is for testing. Not sure what to tell you for mail, though, since I use Kmail and most people I know seem to use webmail like Gmail or Yahoo Mail (or else use Apple Mail on their Macs). Maybe check out Claws Mail, if that's been ported to Windows. (Linux has lots of options for mail programs, and many of them have been ported over, but I don't know which ones. Kmail may be an option for you too.)


On 101/102.5... since the frequency change I've been listening to them a lot more than I had been, mostly because previously reception was so hit-or-miss where I go that I just didn't bother much. So my main comparison is with about 10 years ago. And the main thing I've noticed is that 10 years ago they were playing more Radiohead than I would've liked, while now it seems like every other song is either Pearl Jam or Coldplay, two bands I could really do without.


As for the honeymoon, Northern California is really nice in October. Some friends of mine had a Halloween wedding on a beach just north of San Francisco, and it was incredibly beautiful weather.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 6th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
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I've noticed that the 102.5 reception is stronger in-town, as well. But that could also just be me projecting yet another difference that isn't actually there as a result of the change :) I've no doubt that it's better outside the city, which is good news for long trips.

The "decade-and-genre where music stands still at the pinnacle" for me is 90's grunge-and-flannel-post-punk rock, so I'm okay with an overabundance of Pearl Jam and their ilk, generally. I'm pretty okay with Coldplay, too, though I'm not positive it's actually "quality music" in my mind.

I've looked at N. California, but a lot of the "stuff to do" there is wine country stuff, which doesn't really appeal to me. Still, big trees are on the list of "things we'd like to see," so it's not off the list, either. We just need to find something less alcoholic to do.
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From:wcm
Date:July 6th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
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My husband and I *still* haven't gone on a proper honeymoon. We just haven't had the cash. We did stay in a lovely bed and breakfast after our wedding. They had a clothing optional hot tub and an in-bedroom jacuzzi. It was so nice... We really want to go to Ireland but I'm afraid that our "out of town" honeymoon will have to wait another year or so. A lot of people I know have actually had to put theirs off...
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 6th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
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I need a vacation, so I'm leaving, that's for sure. :) We may put off going out of the country, but the thing that worries me is this: will we be able to do it if we start having kids? And the answer to that, at least for us, is probably "no." Which leads me to "let's do it now so we don't have to wish we did later."

Some people travel well with kids, and perhaps when I have them I will feel differently. . . but today, I think about buying a plane ticket for a kid who probably won't remember the trip and I think, "Wow, that's a huge fee for what basically amounts to another piece of luggage you can't leave at the left luggage stand, so you have to cart it around."

Okay, so I really, really hope I'll feel differently when I actually have kids :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 6th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
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We're comparing rates on locations in Italy at this point. I'm okay with cities in Greece, having been there before. Plus, they reduce the cost of a car rental (which is remarkably cheap, actually, from what I can tell). But we're all over the map at this point on place and price. . .
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 6th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
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I'll try the JavaRa product. Those runtimes are really, really poorly designed. I have often looked at them and said, "What jerk designed something like that?"

My machine at home was crashed by an IE-delivered virus just two weeks ago, so I'm not particularly excited about using IE. . . but that'll tell you how annoyed I am with FireFox at this point :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 6th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
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Dunno. After posting this (here and on Facebook), I feel less alone in the crash-ridden world of Firefox, so maybe it's not so unrelated. Granted, this is far from a scientific sample :)
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From:tesinth
Date:July 6th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Java would make for a good honeymoon, just imagine the fun the next time I start rambling about Borobudur and you jump in, "You know, as someone who's actually BEEN there..." as I sob quitely in the corner. Of course, Bali is also right there and the rainy season doesn't being until November.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 8th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
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You know me: my whole life has been about trying to make you sob in a corner.

Oddly, you don't ramble about Borobudur very often at all. :)
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From:kargach
Date:July 6th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
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The Irish Festival ritual intrigues me enough that I might drive down there for it, even being the day after our Lughnasadh.
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From:athenamsb
Date:July 7th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
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You should definitely come!
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From:athenamsb
Date:July 7th, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)

Not in your head!

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I am so glad the CD101 thing is not just me! I know a couple of times I've actually looked at the radio in my car to make sure I was tuned into the right station.

Also, just say no to IE!!! I switched to Google Chrome because I got tired of Firefox. I've had absolutely no problems. Then again, I am also using Windows XP still. :) Which I love.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 8th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Not in your head!

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Trying Chrome now, to see how that goes. Seems pretty slick. . . even if I had to agree to their rather annoying TOS.
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From:tanwyn
Date:July 7th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
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I second (third?) (fourth?) the suggestion of Crome. I've been using it since it's public release and never had any problems with it. Crashes are very, very rare and usually only manage to take out 1 tab when they happen and they have one of the best bookmark systems I've seen. It's also very clean and simple. It's also pretty hard to find a webpage that won't open properly in Crome anymore.

I may be a bit biased though, given that I recently sold my soul to the Google Empire. :P
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 8th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
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I'm using it at home now. May try it at work, too. But that's more complicated :)
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From:erinelfdp
Date:July 8th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
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A couple of my friends last year went to Hocking Hills for their honeymoon. They did the zip line tour and everything, but mostly, they said it was nice to just have a little retreat to themselves for a bit. Inexpensive and close to home, if that sounds like something you'd be interested in.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 8th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
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I've thought about that, too. It's *really* close to home, and rather beautiful, but not sunny enough, I think, for Maggie's requirements. Still, always something to consider!

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