Tech Talk -ish

Posted on February 21, 2016 in Miscellaneous by Deborah Wright

It’s been one of those weeks. If you use a computer or gadgets of any kind, you know what I’m talking about. The kind of week where things suddenly work differently or they just die — networks, batteries, external hard disks, you name it.

I ended up having to reconfigure our wireless network, reformat one hard drive, and buy and partition/format/make ready a new hard drive. I’m still moving terabytes of data around (yes, I said terabytes — you really don’t want to know how many). At least I’d had the foresight to make sure we had backups in place before the problems started.

Aside from being annoying, in a weird way it was kind of fun. Or at least, familiar. Writing scripts and running UNIX commands (we have Macs). Guess that old saw about riding a bike is true. Nice to know I hadn’t forgotten anything.

And on a different tech note, can I say just how much I love the Reader View in Firefox? Having the ability to strip away all the crap on certain websites, or to focus in on just the article on other (dare I say better designed?) websites, is pure heaven. This is design with what real people (forget the term users) want in mind. Thank you Firefox team!


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Books Read in 2015

Posted on January 13, 2016 in Books by Deborah Wright

Out of curiosity, I decided to keep track of the books I read last year (by month). It was a nice push to get back into reading more often. I was a bit disappointed not to reach at least 50 books. That used to be an average year’s reading for me.

I’ve decided to continue the experiment and see how 2016 compares.
January

February

  1. The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

March

  1. Murder on the Lusitania by Conrad Allen
  2. Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams
  3. Hangman’s Root by Susan Wittig Albert
  4. Mayhem at the Orient Express by Kylie Logan
  5. Tongue in Chic by Christina Dodd
  6. A Tale of Two Biddies by Kylie Logan
  7. Read and Buried by Erika Chase
  8. The Legend of Sleepy Harlow by Kylie Logan
  9. Cover Story by Erika Chase
  10. Rotten to the Core by Sheila Connolly
  11. Fundraising the Dead by Sheila Connolly
  12. Rosemary Remembered by Susan Wittig Albert
  13. Murder on the Mauretania by Conrad Allen
  14. Keepsake Crimes by Laura Childs
  15. Let’s Play Dead by Sheila Connolly
  16. Red Delicious Death by Sheila Connolly
  17. In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz
  18. Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen

April

  1. Book Fair and Foul by Erika Chase
  2. One Bad Apple by Sheila Connolly
  3. A Killer Crop by Sheila Connolly
  4. Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen
  5. The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco by Laura DiSilverio
  6. Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen
  7. Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry

Continue »


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What’s Your Sure Thing?

Posted on April 1, 2015 in Movies by Deborah Wright

SneakersI enjoy watching the latest movies as much as anyone, but there are times when I just need to watch what I think of as a sure thing. A sure thing is the movie equivalent of comfort food — that is, a movie guaranteed to either match my current mood or provide just the right emotional payoff that I crave.

It should be no surprise that these are movies I’ve watched many times over. Some I’ve watched so often that I can quote long stretches of dialogue by heart. They aren’t necessarily movies that are critically acclaimed — in fact, I’m sure there are some on my list that other people might think are downright stinkers — but that doesn’t matter. What matters is what they convey to me.

Big Trouble in Little China They aren’t interchangeable; one isn’t as good as another in all instances. For example, when I’m feeling hemmed in by life and need to daydream about the possibility of a complete change, I might watch American Dreamer or Under the Tuscan Sun or Last Holiday. When I’m sick, I tend to watch really old movies — especially Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movies or The Thin Man. If I’m in desperate need of a good laugh, Big Trouble in Little China, North to Alaska, and The Hallelujah Trail never let me down. And when I want my heartstrings tugged, I might turn to Apollo 13, Gettysburg or Secretariat.

My list of sure things won’t be the same as your list. And that’s as it should be. You have to have a personal connection to a movie — it has to touch you in some way — for it to qualify.

So, how about it? What movies do you count as your sure things?

My Top 20 Sure Things

  1. Sneakers (1992)
    “We got bupkis! We turn ourselves in now, they’ll give us twenty years in the electric chair!”
  2. American Dreamer (1984)
    “The important thing, kid, is that you’re doing something you like to do.”
  3. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
    “Son of a bitch must pay.”
  4. The Hunt for Red October (1990)
    “The hard part about playing chicken is knowin’ when to flinch.”
  5. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
    “Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere; I would be different.”
  6. The Thin Man (1934)
    “The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry martini you always shake to waltz time.”
  7. Apollo 13 (1995)
    “So long, Earth. Catch you on the flip side.”
  8. Live Free or Die Hard (aka Die Hard 4) (2007)
    “You just killed a helicopter with a car!”
    “I was out of bullets.”
  9. Gettysburg (1993)
    “To be a good soldier you must love the army. To be a good commander you must be able to order the death of the thing you love.”
  10. That’s Entertainment! (1974)
    “Thank God for film. It can capture a performance and hold it right there forever.”
  11. High Road to China (1983)
    “The ox is slow, but the earth is patient.”
  12. Twister (1996)
    The Suck Zone. It’s the point basically when the twister… sucks you up. That’s not the technical term for it, obviously.”
  13. Secretariat (2010)
    “He leans back against the starting gate like he’s in a hammock in the Caribbean…”
  14. North to Alaska (1960)
    “You’re a pig-headed no-good and you always were.”
  15. The Hallelujah Trail (1965)
    “If it’s the last thing I do, I’ll have that entire band transferred to Alaska!”
  16. National Treasure (2004)
    “Who wants to go down the creepy tunnel inside the tomb first?”
  17. Independence Day (1996)
    “I picked a hell of a day to quit drinkin’.”
  18. Last Holiday (2006)
    “Next time… we will laugh more, we’ll love more; we just won’t be so afraid.”
  19. Shall We Dance (1937), but also Top Hat (1935), Swing Time (1936), and any of the other Astaire/Rogers films
    “Well, to tell the truth, I don’t know you well enough to tell you the truth.”
  20. Monty Python and the Meaning of Life (1983)
    “You are all dead. I am Death.”
    “Well, that’s cast rather a gloom over the evening, hasn’t it?”

Love Is All You Need

Posted on February 14, 2015 in Miscellaneous by Deborah Wright

Well, maybe not all you need, but it certainly makes everything else better.

Happy Valentine’s Day to those who are already in love and to those who are hopeful!


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Welcome to 2015!

Posted on January 1, 2015 in Miscellaneous by Deborah Wright

Happy New Year!

 

Celebrate!

Here’s hoping that 2015 is a Vintage year!


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