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Sep 21

Anyone on Facebook?

Just curious — I post there more regularly (though I have reinstated cross-posting from Live Journal)

Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2009/09/21/anyone-on-facebook/

Sep 21

Just Tires Road Hazard Protection Plan — really, quite useful.

For the record, I *highly* endorse (a) Just Tires (or at least the location on Hwy 55 in Durham) and (b) their Road Hazard Protection Plan (which is the sort of “Extended Warranty” that I normally frown upon).

In this case, however, Just Tire’s Road Hazard Protection Plan (which I think cost me <$15/tire) covered sending someone out to put on the MINI's little spare (when I called them to tell them that one of my tires had a big bubble in it) *and* is going to cover replacing the tire *for free*. Seriously! I just called them up and said: "I have the tire protection plan and I've got a big bubble in my tire." And they said: "You shouldn't drive on that -- it's too dangerous. Let us send someone out to swap it out for your car's spare tire." So someone came out to work (they work through the same system as AAA, I think) and swapped out my tire. I have to remember to take the back roads home and drive slowly, though... The amazing thing is that they do this for the lifetime of the tire. Even if it's your fault. Even if someone slashes your tires. Or if you run over a nail. Or if you got a little distracted and veered up onto a curb a bit... I like them. :-)

Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2009/09/21/just-tires-road-hazard-protection-plan-really-quite-useful/

Jun 09

grouse grouse (good concert, but audience grouse)

So tonight I went to see Steely Dan, a concert to which I’d been greatly looking forward to and for which I’d paid relatively dearly for tickets.

And I was treated to the delightful croonings (crowings? no, more like shoutings) of my seatmate, who seemed to think that he was just as capable of delivering classics such as Peg and Aja as Donald Fagan. Sadly, he neither the vocal sylings, nor, in fact, even the pitch of Mr. Fagan.

FWIW, I *do* sing at concerts but I (a) do it sotto voce unless it’s a a great big whole-audience sing-along (which I love, BTW) and (b) I try to do so on pitch.

Couple this with his space-invading arm flinging and his periodic mid-song howls and air punches of encouragement to the band (who I’m sure would have just stopped without the added cheerleading) and he almost managed to foul up and otherwise pretty great show.

I’m trying to let it go now (I’m being ridiculous, right?).

Sigh.

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Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2009/06/09/grouse-grouse-good-concert-but-audience-grouse/

Apr 22

Laser cutter luuuuuurve

So, I’m in love with a laser cutter. I suspect it will be a deep and lasting relationship. Here’re the fruits of one of our first rendezvous…

Birdie ring.

Bunny ring.

I <3 the laser cutter.

Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2009/04/22/laser-cutter-luuuuuurve/

Apr 17

I’m teaching a beginner class on sewing dog toys!

toys I’m teaching an introductory sewing class at TechShop: Sew Your Own Dog Toys!

It’s a 1.5 hour long class Tues. the 28th of April at 7pm.

Here’s the class description and sign up info

Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2009/04/17/im-teaching-a-beginner-class-on-sewing-dog-toys/

Mar 23

Ipas > Reproductive health in the news, March 19, 2009

Link

(Just a test, though the news is interesting, as always)

Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2009/03/23/ipas-reproductive-health-in-the-news-march-19-2009/

Mar 10

Not Yet Rain

Ipas has just released the trailer for Not Yet Rain, our new documentary (to be released in April 2009). Visit the site, sign up for email updates and send some love to the video on YouTube ;-)

 

Super thanks to y’all who helped me test the site!

Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2009/03/10/not-yet-rain/

Mar 08

Quick web check help needed please (please)

If you don’t mind, can you take a quick look at http://www.notyetrain.org and just let me know whether everything is readable? And if it’s not, if there are any particular bits that are hard to read and why?

(Yes, it’s Flash. It’s a film site and we were working with an agency. I could say lots more, but really… I just need feedback on the basics.)

This entry is very protected, for obvious reasons — MANY many thanks for your help!!!!

Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2009/03/08/quick-web-check-help-needed-please-please/

Feb 25

License plates and paradigm shifts

While driving to work this morning I saw a license plate that said "GOBRAVEZ", which in my head read "GOB RAVEZ" (which didn’t make any sense at all).  I pondered about that for a few minutes (I wasn’t very good at Bumper Stumpers) until I finally realized that it was probably "GO BRAVEZ" with the "Z" being a substitute "S" and the BRAVEZ/S being the (going out on a limb here and *not* looking it up) Atlanta Braves.*

So I started wishing there a was an iPhone ap that let me enter a license plate tag and look up what a user *had* meant to say (or even what other users had *thought* the tag meant).  Ooooh, and wouldn’t it be cool if it used the "presence/location" feature and it could tell you what vanity plates were near you (that had iPhones in the cars that had them, obv.), etc. etc.

And I don’t have an iPhone.

And yet an iPhone ap was the first way I thought to solve my license plate dilemma.

hm.

*  I realize my initial instinct could have been correct and, in fact, this individual was saying that he/she liked having long-lasting candy at misspelled all-night dance parties, but my point about paradigm shifts still holds, I think.

Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2009/02/25/license-plates-and-paradigm-shifts/

Feb 12

new Kindle a’coming

For anyone who has heard me cooing about my Kindle, here’s where you can get yourself on the list to get the next generation one that Amazon just announced.

Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2009/02/12/new-kindle-acoming/

Jan 29

Bluegrass Jam – open to public & free! (donation requested)

2009 Marathon Jam

What: Bluegrass jam concert in Chapel Hill
When: Sat., Jan. 31, from noon until (at least midnight)
Where: American Legion Post 6, 1714 Legion Road in Chapel Hill.
Why:: (1) It’ll be fun. (2) If you make a donation, it will help support The Fisher house (more information below). (3) I’ll be there (singing, even)… maybe that’s not a "Why" as much as a "Why not"… (4) aklikins will probably be playing :-) (5) Virginia Ward (*amazing* singer) should be there too! (6) David Hiscoe will be there!

More…
On Saturday, January 31st, the RDU Session Players (the bluegrass jam band I sing with sometimes) will be hosting their 6th Annual Marathon Jam. As always, it will begin at noon and continue until at least midnight with some of the best music of the year. You will hear everything from Bruce (Springsteen) to Bluegrass being played by some of the best musicians in North Carolina. This year’s Jam will be held at American Legion Post 6, 1714 Legion Road in Chapel Hill.

In addition to the music, this is a covered dish event for the musicians (IOW, we’ll be bringing food… you can too, if you want.). As in past years we will be raising money for The Fisher House, a wonderful group that provides lodging for the families of US military who have been wounded and are back in the States receiving medical attention, by asking for donations for people playing in the event. Think of it like a walk-a-thon only we get paid per hour played instead of per mile walked! (Checks can be made out to the THE FT. BRAGG FISHER HOUSE — and yes, all donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!!)

John Santa has pledged that in addition to playing at least 12 hours that he will donate $5.00 for each copy of his book, Bluegrass Is My Second Language, that is sold that day. The public is invited and admission is free. We do ask that people attending make a donation to the Fisher House at the door.

Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2009/01/29/bluegrass-jam-open-to-public-free-donation-requested/

Jan 24

India in the snow

Here’s India in the snow:
More here:  www.flickr.com/photos/lintqueen/sets/72157612898694485/

Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2009/01/24/india-in-the-snow/

Jan 23

A real coversation via IM with one of my co-workers

Gina Norman [2:14 PM]:

Have you ever heard Foster Street by the Beelzebubs (Tufts)  [ed note: an a cappella group.  The co-worker in question was in her college a cappella group.]

Julie [2:14 PM]:

hmm i’ve heard the group

Gina Norman [2:15 PM]:

is on my iTunes — listen to it… is OLD — my college era… pre digital… 1988ish?

Gina Norman [2:16 PM]:

their version of comfortably numb/brain damage is fab

Julie [2:16 PM]:

oh wow. old school!

Gina Norman [2:16 PM]:

yep. as am i

Julie [2:16 PM]:

haha that’s awesome

Gina Norman [2:17 PM]:

I think this is the point where I say I have a Capella recordings that are older than you are, right? [ed note: This was, of course, intended to be a joke. ha ha ha ha]

Julie [2:17 PM]:

haha. if they predate 1986, then yes

Gina Norman [2:17 PM]:

oh f*ck

Gina Norman [2:17 PM]:

that’s not even funny

Gina Norman [2:17 PM]:

seriously

Julie [2:17 PM]:

sorry..  :-/

 

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Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2009/01/23/a-real-coversation-via-im-with-one-of-my-co-workers/

Jan 22

Something for You! From Me!

Via susan_z (and ovrclokd and others):

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

  • I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
  • What I create will be just for you.
  • It’ll be done this year.
  • You have no clue what it’s going to be
  • I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you have to put this in your journal as well. We all can make stuff!

Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2009/01/22/something-for-you-from-me/

Dec 01

Having done a good thing…

onceupon turned me on to the Livejournal community called holiday_wishes where people post wishes for things — big and small — that would make them happy.  Folks read those wishes and “if [they] see a wish [they] can grant, and it’s in [their] heart to do so, make someone’s wish come true.”

I recently cleaned out the spare bedroom (now aklikins office) and had collected a box of Winnie-the-Pooh things that I’d decided I was going to eBay, since I had plenty of Pooh stuff and was rather short on room.  While skimming the lists, I found four folks who wanted anything WTP-related, so rather than eBay my Pooh things, I packaged them up this morning and sent them off to four LJ users, who I hope will enjoy them greatly.

Yah!!!

Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2008/12/01/having-done-a-good-thing/

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