hani_backup: (Just Dance!!)
I now have Internet on my laptop! I've had it for three days.

Silly as it may sound , I didn't think of Googling the answer to "How to find a password for the router" because I assumed that if it wasn't found in the Network and Sharing Center on my parents' computer and my parents' didn't know, it was lost forever and we needed a tech dude from the Internet service company to find it somehow. Ironically Matt found the answer in Yahoo! Answers.

Finding the passcode my parents told me didn't exist )

Now that I've all my bookmarks and all back, it's kind of addictive. I obviously can't use Hulu or Netflix here but I can still download the e-books and audio books from CPL and WPLC. *knocks on wood* And that's what I did Wednesday. It's nice to have both Matt's and my CPL cards to download books from. :P CPL only allows 6 downloads and 3 holds per card from their Downloadable Media Library. WPLC is a little cooler - 10 downloads and 10 holds.

I tried Eoin Colfer's Airman but lost interest pretty quickly. I love his Artemis Fowl series and The Wish List but this one just felt too...prosaic, I guess. There's no fantasy and I'm not interested in historical fiction, usually. Also, planes and flying mechanisms don't much interest me. Guess that's another reason some steampunk books completely lose me...

Then I reread Carolyn Mackler's The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things which I definitely recommend. It's very honest. I bought my own copy years ago while in high school. It was originally published in 2003 and yep, after 9 years, I still find it a compelling book. Of course it's not perfect but I found it very relatable.

But with two days of these books, I think I'm able to stop getting sucked into the Internet. Again, there's no websites I can stream TV shows from (that I know of) and with the time difference, I really don't have anybody to chat online with GMail or anything now. It's study time!

Here's some good GRE studying news:
I'm done with the Arithmetic section in the GRE Quantitative book! I'm going to start the Algebra Section! I love algebra! ♥

In Poland

Aug. 10th, 2012 11:32 pm
hani_backup: ("hushed")
Reached here safely.  Am using my parents' computer (with a non-genuine copy of Windows so I'm not willing to use GMail or other email services or bank stuff or Amazon or anything with sensitivity).  My mom doesn't know the passcode to the wireless router here so I can't use the Internet on my laptop!  Will try to rectify this in a few days.  (The next few days are busy.)

Will say, this feels unreal.  Much crying prior, at, and after the airport. 
hani_backup: (Anne Stokes - Autumn Fairy)


hello?:

hani_backup: (Rose Dance)
I haven't touched a laptop since I packed up Friday afternoon to visit Matt and his family... The past few days have been eventful, to say the least. I got on the train a bit late on Friday (for safety's sake it's preferred that I'm on the train by 5pm). And then the bus was a little late... But I got there on time. We watched the final disc of True Blood Season 3.  What a mind-trip. And so dark, dark, dark. Then some serious discussion time with Matt and a phone call with a friend. Serious times. I think I finally crawled into bed around 4am.

Because of the late night, Matt and I didn't get up early to prepare for our trip to the beach, Ohio Street Beach which opens at 11am. We only got up around 11am, something like that, to his brother telling us breakfast was ready. Which it wasn't, completely, but we helped set the table and all that while waiting for the gravy to be done. Yummy biscuits...

Then, afterwards, we readied our stuff. Matt did most of the work, finding the beach blanket, the beach chairs, the umbrella, the Frisbee, preparing the food, etc...

The last time we took a trip to the beach, on July 4th, it went horribly. We were suppose to meet one of my former high school friends and some of her friends up in Evanston, where we didn't know where the beach was or parking situation. We got there, we walked a lot of blocks with our heavy cooler, and my phone didn't get reception. >_< I used Matt's phone but I kept getting my friend's voice mail after several rings. OH MY GOODNESS, I felt so worried and guilty and tense, because it was my friend we were going to meet and the meet-up didn't happen successfully. Turns out she had forgotten her phone back where she's staying and so she had to use one of her friend's smartphones to look up my number in a Facebook message to her. I had called Matt's brother to ask him to pick us up, then I had to call him back and cancel it after he was already a few blocks away (couldn't go further because of roadblocks). My former schoolmates and her friends were way late, too.... It was awkward, tense. The fireworks were a nice show, but it still left a bitter taste in our mouths... It was a very tense situation.

Yesterday's beach adventure was suppose to make for the crap-show the 4th of July was. It did not.

We got on the highway fine, but then the GPS started getting all weird. Ohio Street Beach is given the address of 400 N. Lake Shore Dr n the Chicago Park District official website - though it's not on Google Maps by itself - and then it directed us to the middle of the highway. We're not familiar with the area and how to get underneath or beside the highway. Parking was horrendous. We went around and around for more than an hour? We finally got a parking spot in a parking building near Navy Pier, got a taxi and asked him to take us to Oak Street Beach, but then we noticed Ohio Street Beach was on the map so he dropped us off nearby. We had to walk a bit to find it.

That was around 5:45pm. The beach closes at 7pm. We left the house around...3:30pm? And it takes about 45 minutes to get there, by GPS and traffic. The remaining time was just...going around and around. We were very frustrated and tense... But we found it, in the end.

Ohio Street Beach is much smaller than North Ave Beach. It's at the end of Pfc Milton Olive Park. It's not on Google Maps, even, Ohio Street Beach. Anyhoo, because it's smaller there are no changing facilities on the beach. I had to walk all the way to Navy Pier to change - long line for the bathroom, with only 3 stalls - and then I had to walk back to the beach wearing only my bikini with nothing to cover me... It was a little embarrassing. (The dress I wore beforehand was too tight for me to wear over my bikini.) Stupid me didn't bring my phone with me so I couldn't let Matt know I was okay since I was gone for a while...

But...yeah...we set up the blanket, the chairs, got out the food and water... I got back to the beach at 6:15pm and we spent about half an hour in the water. That was nice... The lake really accentuated the height difference between Matt and I. He walked so far away from me before only his head showed above the water. A few times he dropped me in my height water but I was so clumsy I fell over anyway. :P And inhaled water.

Ill feeling, fridge broke down )
hani_backup: (Jasmine - Ph34r Me)
From Dreamwidth you can cross-post to one other journal (for free, more if you have the paid account). You can also archive your past LJ entries onto Dreamwidth. I usually cross-post using Semagic but when I'm away from my laptop I use Dreamwidth.

It's a little irritating the LJ server is under attack or overloaded a lot. Maybe Dreamwidth isn't because it's not as popular.

I wonder if Dreamwidth's fortuitious timing of the invite code is just a coincidence or they've been keeping tabs on LJ.
hani_backup: (Jasmine - Ph34r Me)
Bless me iPhone for I have sinned
Catholic Church sanctions phone app to woo back lapsed followers


This app does not replace going to a priest for absolution. It's also approved by a Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne in Indiana, USA. Apparently the Roman Catholic Pope Benedict XVI's World Communications Address on Jan. 24 "emphasized the importance of a Christian presence in the digital world" and the people who designed this app really took that to heart.

If it doesn't replace going to confess, but "help[s] Catholics through the act" -- how exactly does that work? Does it ask you questions like how guilt you are? Does it somehow "prep" you to face a real person? I really wish I had a friend with an iPhone so I coud split the cost of the app ($1.99) just to see what the app is like. But then again, I don't know if I want to give money to the people who made this app, even if it's just for jokes and curiosity...

Article )
hani_backup: (Silhouette and shadows)

I linked to this article "Women announced suicide on Facebook, no one helped" on my Facebook profile. 

I got a very, very despicable answer.

A person on my profile replied "she sucks" on it, to which I responded "Excuse me?" 

His response, after deleting his original post "she sucks" was:

"Yeah she's weak and doesn't know how to deal with her problems like an adult. That's some emo myspace shit."

Oh, that asshole.  I read the post and responded on my mobile phone.  That...asshole. 

I responded with

"So you wrote "she sucks" as your initial response to the post, erased it, then comes back with saying she's weak? Because she committed suicide/attempted it at all, or because she wrote a suicide note online?
I think it's despicable others ...taunted her or made fun of her and didn't take her seriously. I think it's sad that her only friends who asked for her address were those who didn't live nearby and those who seemed to know didn't do anything. Someone saying they'll kill themselves is serious, especially if they seem specific about how and/or when.
There are people who threaten suicide or self-harm to emotionally manipulate people, I've met them or heard of them, but every instance should still be taken seriously. Even if only to show people that their statement is taken seriously, be they seriously suicidal or emotionally manipulative."

It's sooo infuriating, reading his comments.  
hani_backup: (stress)
Man with first mind-controlled bionic arm dies after car crash
Remains unclear whether a fault with the prosthetic was to blame


I read this article on MSNBC. This intrigues me because we talked about it in AI class (and about other artificial limbs), and also in Memory and Cognition.

Poor man...
hani_backup: (Can You Feel the Love?)
Oh, yay!

I still don't see their paper copies of Macmillan books available. I hope it's just time of re-inputting everything that's stopping them!
hani_backup: (Pondering)
I went "whaa?" when I read this article. I can only link to the article since there are links in the article as well an embedded video. A man basically marries his videogame ("Love Plus") girlfriend. A digital girlfriend in the videogame, not someone you met during Guild Wars or WoW or something. Not even an avatar in a game like Second Life. A digital girlfriend with no human behind her, controlling her actions or moods or dialogue.
hani_backup: (ZOMG)
This is one clip my AI professor showed during class.

The robot is soooo creepy looking! It's like two people stuck in the machine, one facing forward, the other backward! Or like goats... Bottom half, of course.

It is so impressive.



It apparently has no visual sensors, but since Boston Dynamics made it, they're not big on secrets of manufacturing.
hani_backup: (Excuse me?)
Interesting article from MSNBC. I don't know what to say to it, especially as the crew didn't put up signs, but the family plans to sue...

Full text of article )

~*~*~*~*~*
I think it does matter that the girl was texting while walking. The "gross" factor should have no bearing on the lawsuit!

What do you guys think?
hani_backup: (Can't break me)
"Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo." is a grammatically correct sentence used as an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated constructs.

Understanding it )

And thanks to Neil's blog and Amanda's blog, I now know they're dating. What Amanda had to say really made me go awwwwww.

But still... A bit of me is feeling like how I felt when I found out Jessica Alba got pregnant, then married. A good-natured, mock feeling of betrayal. :P

Me: So Neil Gaiman + Amanda Palmer... I don't know whether to be depressed or ecstatic..
Matt: The answer is to be decstaticpressed.
Me: I mean, it's great for them, happy for them but... pouts It's like Alba getting pregnant and married!!! BETRAYAL.
Me: By the way, love, "destaticpressed" sounds like "de-static-pressed" which reminds me of laundry...
Matt: hmmm... how about ecdestatpressiced?
Me: ... o_O Is that pronounced "ec-de-stat-press-iced" as in water frozen that last syllable? or "pres-siced" like siccing a dog?

I haven't the faintest idea how to pronounced that second words of his. It's pretty neat; I can text message American numbers from my GMail inbox by enabling a new lab of theirs!

I'm still cranky. >:-(
hani_backup: (L - Make damn sure)
Rotten office fridge cleanup sends 7 to hospital
Full text article )

*~*~*

It would fit that the woman cleaning it out in the first place couldn't smell because of her allergies. I feel sorry the other workers got so sick and nauseous from the fumes. And a hazmat team being called in...wow...

In other news, I was introduced to a website called "Texts From Last Night." Some were hilarious, others horrific (in that they're cringe-worthy). Mind you, a lot of them are sexually centered.
Examples:
(314): Most awkward sex ever...
(314): And im texting you in the middle.

(908): It was at that point the crowd that gathered realized i wasn't getting arrested, and passed the sobriety tests. I got a standing ovation from 25 strangers

(434): why are there goldfish crackers all over my bed?
(540): you decided you wanted to name them & keep them as pets.

(408): hey, what are you doing? my roommates are gone for the night... you should come over ;)
(650): nah, i'm gonna grab some food

(651): Last night while we were having sex, 'God bless the USA' started playing on his itunes. He came almost immediately... so awkward.

(989): Just had to reach into my sister's bag and shut off her vibrator so my parents wouldn't hear it. I am the world's greatest brother.

I was reading the past entries for Patrick Rothfuss's blog. He's the author of The Name of the Wind. I found the entry for V-day for his girlfriend Sarah hilarious.

The entry  )

*~*~*
I know the date for his second book got pushed back indefinitely, but I'm glad he's taking care while writing it.

Nothing really happened today, besides napping in this heat...

For the Tori Amos fans on my friendlist, here are the dates for her tour in the US and Canada this summer.

Dates )
hani_backup: (hmmmm)
That's a rather innovative move on his part.

Full text )

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