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Saturday, December 9th, 2006
10:03 pm
Treo advice?
Argh! I have missed one call too many.

I currently have a Treo 650. Overall, I like it.

But there's a problem: I sometimes just don't notice it vibrating. Is there a setting I can change to make it more forceful? I don't think "ringer volume" has any effect (in vibrate mode).

My previous PDA phone was a Kyocera. It was not a better phone, but it had one feature that I truly miss: the "vibrate, then ring" setting. Is there a way to make it happen on the Treo? Is it possible for a ring tone to include vibration?

I googled a bit, and I did find a suggestion involving having the phone vibrate and ring in sound-on mode, using a ring tone with silence at the beginning. I suppose that would work, though it doesn't seem terribly elegant. (Of course, it would mean figuring out how to download and use a ring tone, but presumably I can handle that part.)

Argh!

Current Mood: frustrated
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
11:31 pm
whee, toys!
I took my laptop apart. It was fun! (The laptop is no longer under any sort of warranty. Not even close.) I hadn't done that sort of thing in a while.

Any recommendations for a laptop repair place?

(Yes, it was failing before I took it apart. Alas, I did not find any obviously loose connection to tighten.)
Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
11:27 pm
I saw the sun!
And I even got to walk outside in the sunshine for a little while. :)

Current Mood: rejuvenated
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
7:50 am
Davis Square Station is closed today (Tuesday)
For those of you who read LJ before your commute, but don't have cmeckhardt on your friends list, here you go:

It'll reopen when they fix the problem...
Due to electrical problems, Davis Station will be closed from the start of service today Tuesday April 4, 2006 and will remain closed until repairs are made. North and southbound train service will by-pass Davis Square Station. Supplemental bus service will run between Davis and Porter.
Passengers seeking Red Line train service from Davis Square Station must board shuttle buses to Porter for all Red Line train service.
Passengers seeking Red Line train service to Davis Square Station must board shuttle buses at Porter.
http://www.mbta.com/traveling_t/transitupdates.asp
So, if walking to Porter or Alewife makes sense to you, I recommend it. That is my plan, thanks to a phone call from the lovely unequilibrated.
Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
10:25 pm
English and terms of use
Does this sentence mean something other than what I think it means?
You acknowledge that JPMorgan Chase may disclose and transfer any information that you provide through this Website to (i) any company within the JPMorgan Chase group, its affiliates agents or information providers; [etc].
(Feel free to read the whole thing for yourself.) I think it's missing a comma, but otherwise, I'm pretty sure I understand it.

Luckily, these days we have nifty postage stamps that don't even require licking!
Friday, September 23rd, 2005
8:44 pm
Tuesday, September 20th, 2005
11:00 pm
The real question is this: do iabervon and dpolicar know each other? (It seems likely.) And if not, do we want them to meet, or do we fear the outcome terribly? Or both?

OK, so it was more than one question. Nevertheless:

The Love Song of J. Giles Band

Slouching Toward Memphis

Current Mood: tired
Sunday, September 18th, 2005
12:17 am
for the record
I think "snookumses" is, in fact, a fine plural!
Sunday, August 28th, 2005
11:45 pm
pride
The other day (ok, last weekend) I was talking to katybeth. I picked up a nearby pocket dictionary, which was for some reason bookmarked with a shred of paper. So I opened it up, as you might expect, and I started reading, as you almost certainly expect.

me: Hey, it has four definitions of pride!
kt: OK, a group of lions...
me: No, that one's not in there; I guess this dictionary is too small for it.
kt: Sure.
me (reading):
1. Proper respect for one's own dignity and worth.
2. Pleasure or satisfaction over something done, achieved, or owned.
3. A source of pride.
4. Excessive self-esteem : conceit.
*pause*
me: There are four different meanings! Maybe only one of them was supposed to be a sin.

Anyway, that was our conversation. (OK, we talked about other things too.) Now, I'm not making specific claims about the theology, but four different meanings! And that's just in a pocket dictionary.

You can see why my mind has been boggling so much recently. It is because I read the dictionary. *nods sagely*
Thursday, May 12th, 2005
9:50 am
Tuesday, February 8th, 2005
11:58 pm
shared brains
me: Did I correctly read your mind in my reply to the...
chenoameg: Yes.

But the words on screen don't really capture the speed and certainty with which she said it!
Wednesday, December 1st, 2004
4:30 pm
reputations
Elsewhere (in a locked post), people were saying:
I wish I had as much ______ as my reputation seems to have.
I'm not sure how I would fill in the blank on that one. In fact, I don't really know what my reputation is up to, if anything. So I leave it to the wisdom of LiveJournal:

1. How would you fill in that blank for me?
2. How would you fill in that blank for yourself?

Further notes:
The examples elsewhere were "fun" and "energy".
Feel free to replace "much" with little, few, or many, if needed.

Current Mood: working
Monday, November 8th, 2004
1:11 am
curiosity manifesto
OK, why does the LJ icon for the "curious" mood look so sad? That's not what curiosity looks like! Puzzlement, perhaps. Perplexitude, if only it were a word. But not curiosity!

Curiosity is a gift. It is to be enjoyed and encouraged. It lets us learn languages (not to mention everything else), read books, and discover the wonders of other people, places, and, while I'm at it, things.

So there.


(OK, so maybe the icon doesn't look all that sad. It's arguably kinda neutral. But I've said something that deserves saying every once in a while, so I'm posting anyway.)

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, October 28th, 2004
4:18 pm
and in the "I resemble that remark" department...
http://www.livejournal.com/users/chanaleh/104893.html?thread=810173

(Admittedly, chanaleh isn't exactly my type, though I can't put my finger on why, but she is hot, and in any case, I'm just sayin' the commenter there has a valid point about wordplay.)

Current Mood: amused
Monday, October 11th, 2004
10:03 am
National Coming Out Day
tirinian reminds us that it is National Coming Out Day!

Clearly I should come out or something. :)
I should see whether any of the events at MIT interest me (and are happening when I'm not otherwise busy, like with that "work" thing).
Wednesday, September 29th, 2004
10:47 pm
sometimes I caricature myself
I have a new bed! Futon frame and futon, to be specific! I think I will not use the nifty "bed elevators" I borrowed, alas. Their height plus the clearance of the bed would just barely fail to be tall enough for my one tall bin. So I think I punt that bin. And besides, the bed is pretty the way it is!

I have a new hard drive! And my laptop has WinXP on it now, which is less exciting, but does mean I can ssh even when other computers are in use. Soon I'll figure out what I want to dual-boot, and get into that process. (Probably installing from knoppix again, but we'll see. The nice thing about knoppix is that I can see whether it automagically knows how to talk to my PDA, before I commit to it.)

I have a racing mind! Babble babble babble. Yeah, perhaps I should go do something relaxing in my bedroom, perhaps while sitting on my NEW BED! (Did I mention I have a bed?) Or perhaps the brushing-my-teeth ritual will calm me down, and put me in that "bed" frame of mind.

Ooh, I said "bed frame"!

Current Mood: chipper
10:16 am
Scott Adams weighs in on the presidential election
The biggest issue this election is something called flip-flopping, and all candidates are accused of doing it. A strong leader is expected to maintain steadfast resolve in his opinion even if the environment changes or he gets new information. In any other context, that would be considered the first sign of a brain tumor. When presidents do it, it's called leadership, and frankly, we can't get enough of it.
By the way, athena-enabled folks should consider the benefits that dilbert-redist has to offer. :)
Tuesday, September 14th, 2004
11:14 am
voting!
I voted! And then afterward I talked to the nice NGLTF volunteer hanging out near my polling place.

Those who vote in MA should go vote in primaries today! And those who can should go vote for Carl. Check WhereDoIVoteMA.com if you're not sure where you vote, which district you're in, etc.
Friday, September 3rd, 2004
8:55 am
tee hee
The German word for velvet is Samt. The German word (well, phrase) for corduroy is gerippter Samt. So says http://dict.leo.org/ . I am duly amused.

(If you're wondering, I looked this word up because I got spam from arbeitsamt.de, and wondered what that meant. I'm pretty sure it meant "Arbeit samt" rather than "Arbeit Samt" though.)

And now I will do actual work.
Monday, August 23rd, 2004
3:05 pm
get in the vote
I just read a rather disturbing column from the New York Times. Does anyone have pointers to actual information about the events the author references?

I had heard about the buggy list of felons, but not the state troopers.
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