zimena: A cup with a hot drink inside. A heart drawn into the liquid, and the text "Coffee, love?" diagonally across the pic. (Misc - Coffee)
2017-09-21 09:24 pm
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The story of how I won a battle of wits on the phone

So, the TV/net provider change is not going to happen. The new (or actually new-old) company tried to cheat me before I had even properly agreed the switch. First, they told me that switching would take 4-7 days, then I got a mail saying it could take up to 4 weeks.

Yeah, right...

Also, when I called them to inform them about the decision not to switch, they gave me an absolute slimeball of a guy on the phone. Seriously, he was so nice that the grease was practically dripping from his voice. On the surface, he was totally fine with the cancellation, but in fact I could feel how he was looking for some way to force me to switch. Well, in the end he was trying to tell me that it was him being nice to let me cancel the order (which had not even gone through completely by the time I called, so it's not like there was anything to cancel, really).

And I was like: "Well, it's my legal right to rethink the decision, so it's not about being nice."

... and suddenly he got really meek and admitted that yes, I was right, and everything is now cancelled and fine.

I know my consumer rights. So, there!
zimena: (Misc - Meow!)
2017-09-19 04:06 pm

Big day today

Today has been a very exciting day!

First, I had an appointment at the car workshop in the morning. They needed me to be there while they made some adjustments, so I've seen the new car again, too. This time with the lift and special floor installed, so this time I was even allowed to sit in it. Let's just say it's still an absolute dream. I just wish that my driving skills matched the feeling of being in the car... actually driving still scares me, though. But okay, old news and all that, and this is supposed to be an excitement post, so...

... they also said that the car might be ready in 3-4 weeks' time, depending on when the traffic authorities decide to approve the adjustments. Yes, there is apparently a separate procedure of approval for this.

On a different note, we also did something nice after finishing the car stuff: We bought a new TV. We've had a lot of issues with our old one, so this is something we've been discussing and thinking of doing for a long time already. At the same time, we're also going to change our TV and net provider (back to the company we used to be with before), so I'm excited about that... and a little nervous, because it will mean a bit of stress with having people over, and probably also a bit of stress before everything is set up to work the way it should.

Should work better than our current setup, anyway. Slow net and flawed TV picture (with a lot of short sound/picture failures if you try to watch anything) has been the order of the day for way too long, now.

Finally... this also means one more thing: We will not have a landline phone anymore after this switch.

I'll be honest and admit that it has been hard for me to accept that this is a sensible decision. Of course it's true that I hardly ever use the landline phone, and I haven't been using it for a good few years. The only people who call on it are telemarketers and - until recently - mom's friend who kept living with the misconception that calling someone on their mobile phone is ridiculously expensive, so better use the landline if you can. Even that friend has now cancelled her landline phone subscription, though...

... so why has it been hard for me to get rid of it? Simply because the landline phone number we have has been the same for practically all of my life. That phone number is us, in some way. It's ours, and getting rid of it feels a bit like getting rid of some part of myself; some part of my own history. Does that even make sense?

Now I just need to hear from the TV/net installation folks, so that I know when they're coming by to set things up.

Soon, preferably. Because this should be exciting!
zimena: (Nature - Tulips)
2017-09-15 01:51 pm
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I planted tulips and crocuses today, so let's see if they come up in a few months' time.

We used to always have tulips in our garden when I was little. Nowadays we don't have a garden anymore, and I don't know much about plants and flowers anyway, so it's not like I miss it. We have a couple of flower boxes and big flower pots, though, and that's nice. For example, earlier in the summer random people who just passed by our house would sometimes stop to admire the content of the flower boxes. The pots I've planted in today are in a less visible place, but I can see them from my window when I'm sitting by the computer - so if any of the stuff I planted decides to come up, I will have nice things to look at come springtime.

Duh, I sound like such an adult, suddenly. I'm not; I promise. ;)
zimena: A cup with a hot drink inside. A heart drawn into the liquid, and the text "Coffee, love?" diagonally across the pic. (Misc - Coffee)
2017-09-14 05:39 pm


My life is a mess at the moment. Or maybe it's me (and my mind) who's a mess, take your pick.

I'm in that mood where everything - even otherwise enjoyable things - feels like a chore. I don't want to do anything, yet I'm also annoyed when I don't get anything done. I don't want to talk to people, yet I feel bad for not talking enough/not giving others enough attention. Generally speaking, I feel bad at this Being A Human Being thing.

It's a miracle that I even manage to make coffee for myself. Even that feels like a big chore, and it's - what? - a task that takes a few minutes, maximum.

It'll pass. I know that, because it always does.

I'm just not very happy with myself and my way of dealing with reality at the moment.
zimena: Cross-country skier Didrik Tønseth. (Skiing - Didrik Tønseth smiling)
2017-09-09 05:49 pm

Didrik Tønseth picspam + news about him

I know I've promised to do this for a while, so it's time for a little picspam with my second favourite cross-country skier. Some of you are already familiar with him, but if not - say hello to Didrik Tønseth.

For me he looks very handsome in this photo.

More photos and info under the cut )
zimena: (Misc - Doll-like woman)
2017-09-09 05:40 pm
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Health update

I'm slowly regaining movement of my hand. Today I can do most normal things as long as they don't require supporting any weight on that hand. Yesterday was quite horrible, though. I feel like I was practically sitting in one position all day, doing nothing useful whatsoever, because my wrist hurt so much.

I mean it - I even had to eat with the left hand, because I couldn't hold a fork/spoon/piece of bread. I think that explains it quite well. Also, getting dressed in the morning was a challenge, and I had to pick out clothes that I could get "easily" on or off.

I wasn't even aware that CTS could be this painful. I had heard of the condition, of course, but never experienced it until now. Let's just say I hope it will be the first and last time.

By now the only constant pain left is a slight burning feeling, and a slight swelling. I guess it will fade on its own, too... hopefully soon.

Oh, and no more trackpad for me. Not even as an emergency solution.
zimena: (Misc - Doll-like woman)
2017-09-07 02:22 pm


So, my computer mouse has been acting up for a while. Some time ago, it started registering single clicks as double clicks. Annoying, but not often enough that I couldn't live with it. Well... that problem has been getting gradually worse. Then, recently, another problem started to occur: You can no longer drag and drop anything with this mouse, because it will simply let go of it mid-way through the motion. Any drag-and-hold motion like autofilling columns in an spreadsheet, is of course also affected by the same problem.

While I can deal with the occasional single/double click failure, I can't deal with these new problems. However, I also didn't feel like buying a new mouse, so I simply put the faulty one away and replaced it with a trackpad I had in one of my drawers. Now, I'm not a big fan of trackpads, but I figured I could use it for a while.

Well... wrong. I've been using it for about a week now, and my wrist is not liking it. At first I thought that I just wasn't used to the new pattern of movement, and it's not like it hurt that much during the first couple of days, either. By now it hurts much more, though. Hello, carpal tunnel infection.

I mean it: It hurts as f#&%.

I probably don't need to point out that I made a nice little trip to the electronics store today? Bought a replacement for my beloved trackball mouse, came home, and threw the trackpad safely back in its drawer. For now, at least. But honestly, I don't know if it even deserves to stay there, because it's not even usable as an emergency solution if the emergency lasts for more than a few days.

I've learnt that much by now.

Oh, and I'm now wearing support on my wrist, so my hand movement isn't perfect at the moment. However, neither typing nor using the trackball on the new mouse causes a lot of thumb movement, so I think this should be okay. I hope the pain decides to fade soon, though...
zimena: (Text - Sad but still rad)
2017-09-06 05:01 am

Football note

Football makes me sad. I'm starting to get truly worried that Argentina might not qualify for the World Cup. I know there are two matches left, but I would have preferred them to be in a much safer spot by now.

This is scary. If they don't make it, the World Cup will be much less magical for me. In fact, we can just call the whole thing off as far as I'm concerned, because a World Cup without them isn't going to feel like a proper tournament at all.

And I thought 2002 was a bad World Cup....

... and let's not even talk about the 2010 qualification.

Two more matches. Can they just please win those?!
zimena: (Misc - Car)
2017-09-03 06:01 pm

Driving note

So, driving happened today. To a new place; one where I wasn't familiar with the roads or general area from before.

And... it worked so well.

I wasn't scared the way I usually am, seeing other cars on the road didn't bother me, I didn't get stressed and didn't feel like I was getting in the way when there were cars behind me... and my own driving also felt okay. To me, not only from the outside perspective.

Apart from for a little while at the very beginning, I also did not feel the usual knot in my stomach at simply being in the driving seat.

I'm learning. Little steps, but... yes?

In fact, when I parked at the place where we had agreed I would drive to, one small part of me might have wanted to keep driving a little longer. The other, and of course much bigger part, was relieved that driving was done for today, though. Also, after I had stopped the car and it started to register in my mind that things had gone quite well, I just got really emotional. I was sitting there crying for several minutes, and I can't explain why.

PS: Artistic car icon. Not the exact car we're getting (because this pic is apparently the 2015 model), but close enough, and without any visible differences that are obvious to untrained eyes like mine.
zimena: (Misc - Doll-like woman)
2017-08-31 12:22 pm
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Meme time

Swiped from [personal profile] jenni_blog and [personal profile] sravakavarn:

1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth?
Breakfast - two slices of bread with boiled egg.

2. Where was your profile picture taken?
If you mean the icon on this post, it's from [livejournal.com profile] recycle over at LJ.

3. Worst pain you've ever experienced?
Fibroid degeneration. I know it's possible to have that without feeling it, but my experience was totally different. I was in hospital for 4-5 days with it, and I was given Ketobemidone (I think that's what it was called?) pretty constantly for the first couple of days. Not a pleasant experience.

4. Who was the last person to make you laugh?
Probably the best friend, texting me about a funny sign on a photo I sent him a little while ago.

5. How late did you stay up last night?
Not very late. I was asleep before midnight, I think.

6. If you could move somewhere else, where would it be?
Maybe to Vennesla, which is a neighbouring town/village - and in recent years it has become much nicer than it used to be.

7. Ever been kissed under fireworks?

8. Which of your Facebook friends lives closest to you?
Perhaps one of the girls I met while I studied Spanish at Uni?

9. How do you feel about turkey burgers?
I prefer chicken burgers. Or normal hamburgers.

10. When was the last time you cried?
I don't remember.

11. Who took your profile photo?
Same answer as #2.

12. Who was the last person you took a picture with?
The best friend, during our trip to Portugal.

13. What's your favorite season?
Autumn. It always feels like a fresh start to me - rejuvenating and inspirational the way spring probably feels to most other people.

14. If you could have any career, which one would you choose?
Sports journalist or teacher.

15. Do you think relationships are ever worth it?
I hope so.

16. If you could talk to ANYONE right now who would it be?
Not sure, I'm not in the mood for talking seriously right now - that's why I'm doing a meme instead.

17. Are you a good influence?
There's no way for me to know that, but I hope so.

18. Does pineapple belong on pizza?
NO! It's a guaranteed way of destroying otherwise perfectly good food. I love pizza, but not with pineapple on it.

19. You have the remote, what channel are you watching?
Eurosport or teletext.

20. Who do you think will fill this out?
DW friends?
zimena: (Misc - Doll-like woman)
2017-08-28 04:42 pm
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Good news

We are getting a new car later this year. It's a car with disability adjustments, such as a lift so that I can take my electric wheelchair easily wherever I go. There are also some adjustments to the car floor, as well as an extra step on each side, so that you can go into the car easily without having to take a high step.

There is, however, no way I could afford a car on my own - and much less one with these adjustments. However, there is a grant available for this. To qualify for it, you need to fulfil certain requirements both with regards to how disability impacts your everyday life, and how much you need the car in order to get out and do things the grant committee deems "necessary" in your daily life. For example, it's much easier to qualify for the grant if you have a job away from home that you need to drive to every day. For that reason, I was nervous when I started the application process at the end of last year - I was sure that I would have to argue a lot and appeal the committee's decision various times to even qualify. However, this turned out to be the simple part of a long process, and my application was okayed within the first month after I posted it.

I remember getting that letter and sitting with it in my hands, just staring open-mouthed at it, because I couldn't believe that I had been okayed on first try. (The last time I applied for this, 12 years ago and for the car that we still have, getting the committee on my side was the hard part - it took months and months back then!)

The process of actually getting a car with adjustments is much longer, though. My trip to Stavanger back in March was also about this, and there is also a lot of waiting time for various paperwork and various people to do their part before "Project New Car" can move on from one point to the next.

Today, though? I have been to the adjustment workshop to see my new car for the first time. As in THE ACTUAL CAR THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE, once all the adjustments have been added. I couldn't sit in it yet, because they had not added the lift or the steps yet (so I couldn't step high enough to actually climb inside), but I was allowed to sit in another car of the same type that had been almost fully adjusted (for someone else, though) by now.

Seriously - it was an absolute dream. So much has changed in 12 years, and there are both some big changes and also lots of little convenient features that I'm not used to in our current car. For example, the new seats are better, the fuses for the extra electronics (like lift etc) are now hidden better, the special floor covers up much of the extra wiring... and also, we're now getting a rear view camera! Also, much to my joy, there is at least one USB port which also connects to the car speakers - meaning it's both a charging point and a way to play music via Spotify (or otherwise from the phone, obviously) in the car. In our current car, there's no such thing, of course. Oh, and what's more? How many 12V sockets do you think there are in the new car? Our current car has ONE of those - the same one that is otherwise known as the cigarette lighter. Well, I counted 4 - FOUR - 12V sockets in the new car. One in the usual place where the cigarette lighter is, plus one more on the dashboard, plus an additional two in the back of the car. Now I'm finally starting to understand why I tend to see lots of people having their coolers in the back of the car, if this has been standard for a few years.

It will still be a few weeks before we will have the new car, though. Making adjustments will still take a bit of time, and the people who worked there said that they didn't even have all the necessary parts yet. Oh, and what's more, they still need to wait for the registration process to finish, and the registration office.... doesn't work very fast. I know that the registration forms have been sent, though, so I guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens from here on.

Either way - I'm. So. Excited!

... and I'm starting to realise that I need to work harder on getting more confident with driving, because I would really like to be able to drive without feeling panicky about it once this process comes to an end and we get the new car. I'm perhaps not that excited about this part. Ideally, I would like to magically feel okay at this, but I'm not that keen on actually working towards that goal.

I have to, though. I have a good reason to have to.
zimena: (Misc - Doll-like woman)
2017-08-24 06:57 am
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That "being human" thing...

Being human is torture. Sometimes.

Today is one of those days. My chest hurts. My shoulders and hands hurt. Even breathing makes my whole body hurt. Most likely, I'm just tired because I didn't sleep nearly enough, and therefore I'm also more inclined to pay attention to pain.

But, still...

zimena: Cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo looking even more gorgeous than usual. (Default)
2017-08-21 05:11 pm

Insane conditions at Toppidrettsveka

Okay, so this is mainly for [personal profile] gobtastic, because I've been bombarding her with info about this stuff elsewhere. However, if you care about my skiing fangirling, you might be interested as well. So... ready.... GO!

Remember how I said that the conditions during the last race of Toppidrettsveka were absolutely horrible and crazy? I found a couple of pics that show it pretty well. One was swiped from Emil Iversen on IG, the other one from a Finnish photographer who also posted a nice Johannes pic afterwards. You can't really see people clearly in these, but you can see the crazy conditions:

Remember the rollerski expert who was 2nd behind Johannes in Friday's sprint? He withdrew from this race, because he found the conditions unsafe and he didn't want to risk any accident or injury.

That says a lot, to be honest. He's a specialist on roller skis. In fact, I hardly ever see him compete in the regular season, because his main focus is this. And he withdraws because this was madness.

One bonus photo of the lovely guy who managed to hold on to his second place, despite both having a tough day on the track and having to deal with tough conditions:

Even though it's a competition photo, I love how he looks here. So fierce and with that intense look in his eyes, plus as you said, you can really see how strong his arms are. I know you can't see his hands properly here, but strong arms also means strong hands, which I love. In fact, I know I have seen a close-up pic of his hand somewhere, but I can't seem to find it now. Not to take attention away from this loveliness though...

I'm just so happy that I got to watch him compete at this event - and of course that I saw him both win a sprint and fight so fiercely for this second spot overall. He's impressive. Really!
zimena: Cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo looking even more gorgeous than usual. (Scenery - Pink beach)
2017-08-18 11:15 am

Language mess

Sometimes my own brain makes me wonder.

Apparently, fic and fanstuff is very much tied to the English language in my brain. In fact, I have never even tried to write fic in my native language. I'm now working on building an archive of all my fics, with proper comments about every piece.

What do you think happens with that? The comments come out in a mixture of Norwegian and English. Long comments or personal talk about the writing process are in Norwegian, of course, but suddenly I notice sentences like "Sequel to some-other-fic" or "Exchange with this-or-that-person."

Exchange? Sequel? Yeah, right... these are not Norwegian words, brain - why do you just fill them in automatically?

Sometimes there are also full sentences in English, without any reasonable explanation apart from "it's what I wanted to include in my notes about that fic, at that moment."

Now that I think of it, I do the same with names of picture files that I save to the computer. Some get named in Norwegian, others in English. My pic folder would probably be hilarious to look at as an outsider...
zimena: Czech rock star Ladislav Křížek looking perfect. Photo from around 1991. (Music - Křížek perfection)
2017-08-17 02:36 pm

Daily notes

I need a new haircut. After the little disaster that was my previous visit to the hairdresser's, I feel like doing something new to my hair this time. I've been looking at various hairstyles online... and yes, I know that's a silly thing to do, because things that look good on pictures of other people might not necessarily look good on me. I'm considering a style kind of like this, though. I also want to dye the top part (rather than the whole hair), but I haven't decided on the colour yet. I guess either dye it red or bleach it blond, though.

Let's see what will happen. First of all, I need to poke my nose out of the door - which I didn't do so far today, so meh.

I've also changed back to a smaller keyboard and a trackpad instead of my regular mouse and keyboard combination. Honestly, I prefer the bigger keyboard (with proper arrow keys, not arrow keys squeezed together in a corner, sort of), but my regular mouse has been "cheating" for so long that I got tired of it. Cheating as in randomly interpreting single clicks as double clicks and being unwilling to make the drag and drop motion. Like, if you try to drag something across the screen, it's likely to just get dropped three times on the journey.... or also, it just refuses to get picked up in the first place. Oh, and forget doing things like autofilling whole columns in spreadsheet programs, because if you try to highlight a couple of cells and then try to drag to autofill that info to nearby cells, the highlighting is lost before you've autofilled two cells.

I'm tired of this, so trackpad it is... for a while, at least.

What else? Yes, I've made two new icons today. One is on this post - some of you might recognize my favourite singer, actually. If not, he's Czech, and his name is Ladislav Křížek. This pic is from 1991 or thereabouts, so he doesn't look ANYTHING like this anymore (he still sings, though - and he still does so fabulously well!) Anyway, a girl can dream, right? Even though my mind knows that this is years and years ago, I still always think of him like this.

I might be weird, but eh.
zimena: Cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo looking even more gorgeous than usual. (Scenery - Sundown)
2017-08-09 02:48 pm

Laminator woes

It seems I managed to kill off my trusty old laminator. I've been printing out the competition schedules for the Athletics World Championship every day this week. Last night, when I had finished laminating the last few sheets, so that I now have the whole schedule until the competitions finish on Sunday, I was just going to look for a suitable piece of paper to pull through the laminator to remove excess glue.

I was going to go to bed afterwards, so I might have been a bit tired. Not making excuses here, but that's the truth.

Then... while I wasn't paying attention... the laminator had somehow grabbed the bookmark I had on my desk - a nice one, with a "nice" pom-pom-like-thingy on one end. I tried to pull the bookmark from its grasp, of course, but it insisted on trying to pull it through the machine. That isn't a very smart move with a thing that has a pom-pom on one end. Needless to say, the bookmark came out as normal on the other side, but the pom-pom got stuck in the machine. I've been trying all sorts of things to get it out, but I'm having no luck. What's more, the machine now refuses to heat up as normal, and it also doesn't grab regular paper if you try to pull a sheet through. I was hoping that it would at least do that, and then perhaps some part of the pom-pom would come out with the paper, so that I could grab it with a suitable tool and pull out the rest.

No such luck. And I still don't quite understand how it managed to eat the bookmark to begin with... I know I was tired, but that tired...?
zimena: Tux, the Linux mascot. (Misc - Tux on Ubuntu background)
2017-08-08 05:17 pm
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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS installed

So, I have a working dual-boot system now, with macOS and Ubuntu 16.04.

This time, installing Ubuntu was significantly more challenging than when I did it last time around... or rather, installing was okay enough, but once I booted into Ubuntu for the first time, it would simply take over the whole boot process. So, no rEFInd, no macOS, just Ubuntu - directly, and without any sort of boot manager in sight.

Okay, I fixed that via Recovery mode, where I could set my usual disk as the start-up disk. That worked fine, so I could just reinstall rEFInd (again, yes!) and now there is a proper boot manager which lets me pick which OS I prefer to boot into at startup.

...and that was only what happened before I had set up anything.

I have had Ubuntu up and running for a couple of hours now, so let's see what I've noticed so far:

  • Installing things is not just about picking what you want from the Software Center. Half of the time you need to add repositories and download your apps via the command line instead. I quite like doing things via the command line... if I understand what I'm doing and which parts of a command does what. Here, though? I've already had a few instances of having to copy commands from the net, because they're long and I can't fully decipher what they do.

  • In a similar vein to the above - Opera web browser actually claims to have an installer that should work with the Ubuntu software center. You download the installer, open it, it opens the software center with an install button, but once you click on that one, nothing much happens. It seems to attempt to start installing, but it just aborts after a second. I am typing this from Opera, though... because I installed it problem-free via the command line, heh.

  • I have also installed Gimp. Learning to use that has been on my list of things to do since forever, but whenever I've looked at it in the past, it has always done my head in. I suppose part of the problem is that I know how to do what I'm trying to do in Photoshop, and when things don't work the same way in Gimp, I get frustrated and return to the more familiar environment. Let's give it another chance, hm?

  • There's a slight difference between the macOS keyboard layout and the more Windows-like one that Ubuntu seems to use. Even if I selected the Mac keyboard option, some things are just not where I would expect. Especially the apostrophe (') sign had simply disappeared from Ubuntu's understanding of a Norwegian Mac keyboard layout, so for now I'm using the standard layout instead.

  • Generally speaking, I'm liking the colours and menus I'm seeing around me here. The menu font also seems to be beautiful and nicely readable. I believe it's called Ubuntu as well, and I had that font package installed even in macOS for a long time, because I quite like it. I don't like the default font in things like gedit, though - or in this online text area, for that matter. I can't quite point my finger at what's wrong with it, though, because it's definitely easily readable.

    More impressions later. These are just the first thoughts.
  • zimena: Tux, the Linux mascot. (Misc - Tux on Ubuntu background)
    2017-08-06 06:26 pm
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    Little Linux note

    So, I have decided to install Ubuntu again. Yes, mainly for learning purposes, and for playing around... and maybe also because I admit to being fascinated with how things can look over there. For now my idea is to use it as my main OS for some time after installing it, though, so that I can get a proper feeling for it.

    I have started making some preparations already, such as having already installed rEFInd (had that from before, including a config file with my adjustments... only, macOS doesn't like it much, so it tends to make rEFInd stop working after a time - I'm guessing probably after major system updates). Also, Apple's so-called System Integrity Protection is supposed to make installing things like rEFInd more difficult, but disabling that requires just one boot to recovery mode, and one terminal command, and voilà, rEFInd works again.

    I will have a lot of online time on Tuesday and Wednesday, as mom will be travelling to Sweden with her friend, so I suppose setting up Ubuntu properly could be a fun thing to do on Tuesday morning (or rather, afternoon, as I will definitely sleep in!). After that, I will have a lot of time to play around and get used to things.
    zimena: A cup with a hot drink inside. A heart drawn into the liquid, and the text "Coffee, love?" diagonally across the pic. (Misc - Coffee)
    2017-08-02 05:58 pm

    A "nothing" day + Linux babble

    I'm having one of those days where nothing gets done, and I don't feel like getting started on absolutely anything. I have a few things to do - grocery shopping, try to hang the outdoor carpet on our veranda over the edge/railing (?) of the veranda, so that it can dry after the recent heavy rainfall, try to make a list of tasks and then call someone about getting the front of the house painted...

    ... the latter task is not even my task that much. Mom is probably going to make the call once we have that stupid little list ready.

    The shopping and the carpet, though? Wouldn't take me too long, either, but I just have absolutely zero energy to do it.

    I'm not even doing useful things on the computer today. I'm practically just clicking around mindlessly, reading messages that I have already seen, playing brain-dead games that do not even make me think, or just generally sit around feeling annoyed at myself for being plain and uninteresting and boring, even online.

    Not saying this to fish for compliments and make you tell me that I'm not... just saying it because that's how I feel right now.

    Also, I'm - for the n'th time - considering installing Ubuntu alongside macOS. I had a dual-boot system a few times before, but I never truly found a good use for Linux as long as I still also love macOS and have a good system for everything on here. I can't help it; I'm fascinated with how Ubuntu looks, and I want to try out some interesting and unique window managers. Ratpoison seems especially cool - yes, to me it would be fun to learn something like that. Would also be fun to use if I'm going to show someone something on the computer, and then the system would have no menu line or other obvious way of opening applications. I'm trying to imagine the "huh?" look on the other person's face :)

    ... but of course, if I'm going to get there, I have to learn this myself first. And I guess installing Ubuntu purely as a learning environment (and, let's face it, also for the learning experience of getting it installed alongside OS X, even though I have done that before) would be a lot of work for a not-so-obvious reward? Because... what am I actually going to do with it, once I have it up and running?
    zimena: Cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo looking even more gorgeous than usual. (Scenery - Waterfall)
    2017-07-30 03:35 pm

    Music recommendation

    I've been voting for songs in a German music competition during the last few days. This is something I've been participating in every year for several years now. The basic idea is that everyone sends in a song that they like, then the participating songs are split into groups of 20, and then each participant votes for two groups of songs. In a few months, the results will be tallied, and the songs with the most votes will go through to a final round, where everyone votes again - but then of course for the songs in the final. The contest is a long project; something that runs for most of the year, actually. It's also a lot of fun, and a nice way to discover songs I would never know about otherwise.

    One such discovery is this song from 1993. The band Speelwark and their song "Die Wundergeige" got very high scores from me:

    What do you think?