Category Archive: Uncategorized

Nov 29

Google, how I love thee

So, here’s a Google search on the term “do a barrel roll” — click the link.  I actually yelped.  It’s just delightful that even their “Easter Eggs”  push the boundaries of technology.

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Oct 24

An overabundance of choices

Most of the time (and by most, I mean 95%+), I *love* having the richness of the internet’s information available to me. It’s pretty great to be able to know you don’t know something (like whether it’s ok to transport washing machines laying down on their sides) and instantly (or at least as quickly as I can type that into Google) get an answer (pretty much not advised unless you tighten the transport bolts and then not recommended as the weight of the barrel can cause everything to go askew*).

Sometimes, though, it’s too much.  I just want a simple answer, and there isn’t one.  For example, I want to know where to find the best price on the best flooring.  Once upon a time this choice would have been simpler, as the choice would have been Bob’s Carpetatorium or Fred’s Floor-a-rama and that’d have been that.

I’m well aware that Bob’s and Fred’s may not have had, in fact, the most optimal price/value floor, but I’d have thought they did, and that would have simplified my decision-making process.  Today I search for “flooring options” and there are millions of pages (of information) and millions more of shopping (and, of course, none of those options compare apples to apples, or Pergo to Armstrong, as it were).

So I’m overwhelmed.  And I still haven’t decided on floors.  Maybe I’ll call Bob.

* This knowledge proved helpful yesterday when Adrian and I transported his old washer and dryer from storage to our new house and my old washer and dryer to (honestly) the back porch.  There’s another round of transport (new house washer and dryer to our hold house) yet to come.  I know, you envy our glamorous lifestyle, right?

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Jun 12

My turn in the helicopter!

IMG_2804 by lintqueen
IMG_2804, a photo by lintqueen on Flickr.

And here I am, taking my turn at the helm during the helicopter lesson.

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Jun 12

Helicopter lessons

IMG_2319 by lintqueen
IMG_2319, a photo by lintqueen on Flickr.

Adrian is about to take the helm during his helicopter lesson at NC Rotor and Wing.

Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2011/06/12/helicopter-lessons/

Jun 02

cute pomeranian puppy (India)

sleepy by lintqueen
sleepy, a photo by lintqueen on Flickr.

 

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Dec 13

Adrian and I are engaged!!

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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)

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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/

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.

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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

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Mar 23

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

Link

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

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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!

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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!!!!

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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/

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