Gah

Sep. 15th, 2012 02:30 pm
green_dreams: (drrraaaaamaaaa)
Internet is out. Typing from phone. Visiting dog is attempting to sit on Piper's head. Piper is winning.

Bruise from last night developing well, but it's fairly cool outside, so might go for a walk anyway.

Was thinking of baking, but recipe is online and am not enthused about trying to dig it up from history and then cook from instructions on my phone.

Visiting dog is sitting on top of Piper and yelping for help. The habits she has learnt from fighting cats confuse him.
green_dreams: Lamppost and orange-leafed trees against a cloudy sky. (autumn lamppost)
hbgjnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Angus says, walking on my laptop as I try to post.

Is anyone else having trouble with GMail? I can get in on my phone, but not my computer, and I'm not sure anything on my phone is actually making it out to anyone.

(Steam is asking people to rate possible games. Things I would like to see: Dorian Gray Syndrome.)
green_dreams: Animated picture of a creepy gloved hand. (Fatal Experiments)
This isn't a destash, mind.

I need a way to organize my ebooks; mostly fiction and RPG. I don't like Calibre; I don't like the way it creates its own library which you are strongly advised not to touch, and I don't like the lack of folders and sub-folders (yes, I know there are tags; I'd still like a more concrete division, and the only thing it seems to offer for that is separate libraries).

I do like the tags and the cover previews. If I could find something that behaved like Windows Explorer (including the not possibly deleting files if I rearrange them) but gave me tags and thumbnails of the cover page, I would be happy. If it also let me load books onto my Kobo, I would be delighted, but there's always drag-and-drop.

Suggestions?
green_dreams: (call. the. police)
My crème fraîche didn't work out; it's a bit too runny, and I don't know why. It's still useable, and I may nuke some of the frozen berries and have it on that, but it's not what I was hoping for. It worked last time, and I'm going to try again, but damn.

My computer's been a bit crunchy lately (and my laptop needs to go in for repairs), and I did manage to clear a few dozen MB off my hard drives, which since one of them was down to 3% free may help things run a bit more smoothly. Not sure, can't hurt. I've been trying to get my PDFs and ebooks organized. It's... a bit daunting. There are somewhere over five hundred, and I haven't even finished getting all the ones off the Cemetery Dance site.

It feels like a day where not much got done, on balance. Not a bad one, just unsatisfying, and busy.
green_dreams: (judge dredd snowman)
Possibly a spoiler, wherein someone is accused and promptly found not guilty. )
[personal profile] theweaselking: I HATE YOU ALL.

Abby is helping him type. Apparently the keypad needs to be stepped on. It's adorable.

She's currently ensconced under the mousepad. Peace appears to have been restored.
green_dreams: (old alarm)
Anyway, Piper has had a cheerful one-hour walk through places that are interesting because she hasn't been there since all the smells changed, so that at least is productive. And I suspect I am going to have relatively little trouble getting to sleep. (Memo to self: I need a book light. Reading before sleep is important. So is not waking people up.)

Also need to e-mail local computer store, since my laptop screen now flops through a roughly 20° arc and I am sure that should get fixed. (Possibly I will look at a new battery, too.)

Have been scanning a lot of books into Goodreads lately, and am starting to feel that my initial estimate of our owning ~12-1300 might have been low. This is a bit unsettling. I love my books, and am happy to be a forever home to them, but... Well. If there was a fire, I think that some of the ones I lost I would not worry about replacing, and that suggests to me that some of them might be better suited elsewhere. Will look at weeding things out next month, maybe.
green_dreams: (fall cat)
Started reading Lies of Locke Lamora. Lot of fun.

Started and finished reading Moonlight Mile thank you Mr. Lehane I was hoping to knit on those bus rides. Still. I think it was shorter than Gone, Baby, Gone, but still a good read.

I get paid tomorrow, unless there has been some sort of hiccup. I really hope there has not. It would be very nice to get paid. I've been feeling a bit tetchy at work yesterday and today, and I think the nearly-three-weeks-without-meeting-a-paycheque-yet is getting to me. (I don't see this as a flaw on their part; I started work two days before they would have had to submit the first electronic deposit, so they didn't have time to get me in. But it still wears on me a bit.)

I am going to bed early tonight, I think. I have not slept well or not slept enough since Sunday night (where going to bed was delayed by an hour because Angus committed a Great Escape, which he has attempted to re-enact five times since). This might also be affecting my mood at work.

Other news... not much other news. --oh, yes. You can't write notes on the Kobo Touch either.

Hunting food now, I think.

(Dear LJ: I wonder if you will post this. I wonder if anyone will see if you do.)

eReader

Jul. 15th, 2011 09:51 pm
green_dreams: (fire at will)
I got a Kobo on Saturday. I like it, particularly for reading individual books.

I am not just dealing with the individual books. As you would expect for a device that brags about storing up to a thousand books, I am dealing with a library.

There are four categories; Books, Previews, News and Mags, and Shortlist. I don't have any periodicals, but I currently have 86 books-and-(non-Kobo)-previews in the Books category, and 75 Kobo previews in the Previews category. And the Shortlist is, as the name suggests, a favourites list. Each of these categories can be sorted alphabetically (by title), alphabetically (by author), or according to "Recent Reads".

(Close your eyes, Gentle Reader. Imagine your library, the shelves and shelves of books. Actually, if you're like me, that is way too much for the purposes of this example, so imagine one bookcase.)

(Now imagine all these books being subject to either the alphabetical, the other alphabetical, or the last-picked-up sorting strategy--and nothing but. Always. And you can see five or six of them at a time.)

I am having a few serious problems with the organizing at this point.

(1) The "Recent Reads" sorting isn't. It's actually sorting by file most recently accessed or modified. Downloading a book therefore counts as "reading" it. This would only be mildly annoying except that

(2) I can't mark books as unread. If I look at a book (or a non-Kobo preview) in my library, that book jumps to the top of my booklist. If I download a book I want to read later, that book's now at the top of my booklist. If I am browsing the library and accidentally open a book[1], that book's now at the top of my booklist. If I mark a book that I opened but didn't want to read as finished, it doesn't jump to the top of the list but it doesn't go to the bottom of the queue, either.

Did I mention that the library shows books six to a screen at most--five if you want to read the title and author name instead of just see a thumbnail of the cover? And that I have eighty-six books and seventy-five previews?

This actually makes me twitchy about letting other people see the damn thing, because they're probably going to poke something[2] and then I'm going to be doing the scroll through library/open book/back to library dance until all my books are back at the top of the list where I'd rather they were.

(3) I can't create or assign categories, tags, or what-have-you. I'm not looking for something hugely complex here (although if it was there, I'd probably happily use it), but it's starting to really annoy me that I can't even distinguish between short stories and novels, or between fiction and non-fiction. And speaking of tags,

(4) It doesn't display or allow you to modify the attributes that do exist. I can't tell my Kobo Touch not to display books I've already read. I can't tell it to only display books I haven't read, or only display books I'm reading. I am pretty sure it's tracking what I've finished and what I currently have open--the Calibre records show "Im_Reading" and "Finished" Categories on books as appropriate, and lack any tags for ones I haven't opened yet.

Hell, I can't even change books from Books to Previews. (There was one item in the Kobo store which was essentially a half-dozen excerpts of novels being published in the coming months. It's filed under Books. It is so a Preview. >.< )

Loosely related;

(5) The non-Kobo books get the short end of the stick. Can't highlight text or do a dictionary search in them, which I can live without, and they are all filed as books. Doesn't matter if they're previews, or magazines, or previews of magazines.

(I've tried editing the Collections in Calibre. I end up with two copies of an ePub in the Books category, one of which is secretly marked "Preview" in some way that makes no difference whatsoever to the Kobo Touch.)

So... yeah. Suggestions about how to make the Kobo Touch something with a sorting scheme that doesn't break once you have more than fifteen books on it would be awesome.

With regards to desktop management of an elibrary: The Kobo desktop app doesn't even see non-Kobo books. Calibre sees them, but is ridiculously slow on my machine and modifying Collections results in duplicate copies of the books appearing on my ereader (and Calibre doesn't wrap tags, so the tag list for any book with more than maybe eight tags ends in an ellipsis and runs off the edge of the Tags column). And I do not see the point of an ereader that carries a thousand books if it's not going to be a library in my pocket, so "just delete things you're not reading" is really not useful to me. If I want to sit down and look over my collection and hem and haw about what to bring along to read...

Hell, for that I have realbooks. More of them than could fit on the Kobo, actually.

Help?
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[1]It's a touchscreen, I read it on the bus, it happens.
[2] Admittedly the purpose of the Kobo Touch.
green_dreams: (big-girl panties)
Electronically, that is. There's no reason to keep .psd files around once I've turned them into icons, is there?

(There isn't. I'm sure there isn't. I just seem to file things and not let go. Probably a bad habit.)

Watching Jericho while tidying up. It seems a bit blithe after Threads[1], but it's interesting background.
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[1] For the record? Full Metal Jacket or Saving Private Ryan or Dawn of the Dead--any of the Dead movies, actually--might seem a bit blithe after Threads.
green_dreams: (Astonishingly still calm.)
Either GMail's down or the library connection has decided there's a problem with it specifically; I can run Google searches, but I will be shot if I can log in.

Out of the office early; I need to do some uploads, but I can't do those without a connection, so I am free, free, free. And four blocks away from the yarn store. And two days after payday. And still not buying any more yarn until I finish my green socks.

(Go me. Really. This fiscal restraint is *thrilling*, I tell you.)

Also! I took a can of compressed air and a vaccuum cleaner to my laptop. It is now running *much* more quietly. Probably a good sign.

ETA: Oh, I can log in through IE. Alright. Distinctly weird, but I have e-mail. Links that need to be pasted into Firefox tabs, but still e-mail.
green_dreams: (call. the. police)
Job interview tomorrow. And take-home test for a different job on Wednesday, but... job interview tomorrow! :s

Also I have a new monitor, which means clearing off my desktop. It's been a while.

Also I need to grab dinner and then hit SnB. Angus will have a catnip kick pillow, ohyes. >.>

Also! I have won myself a copy of The Mysterious Flame, which is extra-good since I can't find the one I bought when it came out, and it's gone out of print so I couldn't buy another.

(I only have 17 hours before that damn interview, and I need to sleep for a bunch of them. This just does not allow proper time to panic. How can I get through these things if I can't schedule time to panic?)

ETA: The On Spec website is giving me what I think is a PHP error... can anyone else get there?
green_dreams: (fall cat)
My laptop's hit the point where it can actually have the lid closed and restart again upon opening. Much glee and delight ensued. (Need to update/reinstall all the programs on it, but for now... Glee.)

Got back to one of the temp agencies, and need to head out for errands in a bit. Suppose it's been a fairly useful morning, all told.

Watching Gangs of New York in a sort of desultory fashion. It has a bad tendency of dropping into travelogues, but it's okay for background. It keeps occurring to me that I could be watching Sharpe instead. Or Brick, or State of Grace.
green_dreams: (...crap)
Laptop still freezes and requires hard reboot when the lid is closed.

But I get an error message, now! Efforts to fix the problem continue.
green_dreams: (call. the. police)
Everything on my laptop has been switched to my desktop. Not necessarily integrated yet, mind you, but switched. My laptop has been restored to its initial settings.

It is *very strange* poking around on the internet with none of my bookmarks and browsing history.

Shortly, I will be closing the laptop and seeing if it freezes again. I pray not. Wish me luck.
green_dreams: (call. the. police)
Laptop is failing to boot up properly; it gets as far as a black screen with a white flashing cursor, then hangs. Have turned it off, and will try again after lunch (possibly followed by yanking the battery; I think that was what worked last time).

Would be a lot more upset if I had not backed it all up last week, but this is still annoying.
green_dreams: (British tea)
Odd sort of day; feeling as if I have a lot more free time, but having trouble figuring out what to do with it. Or what to do first, which is resulting in not much of anything getting done.

Actually, I suppose the odd thing is that I'm not worrying about this. Usually not getting stuff done stresses me out, which leads to more things not getting done, which (unsurprisingly) ends up in an unproductive cycle that's just embarrassing.

To do: )

It's cold outside, but I suppose that's not going to improve as the day goes on, so I will try to get Piper out soon.

Other news, I seem to have gotten the number of partially-read books by the side of my bed down to something reasonable. Trying to continue in this vein before picking up any new ones. ...and I really should see about putting up the list of books I want to rehome sometime soon, but I am not going to worry about that today. (There's probably something out there that turns phones into ISBN scanners that produce neatly typed lists of book titles. Which would be kind of cool, and speed things up immeasurably.)
green_dreams: (cold rows of crosses)
I am at the OPL again. Looking at the horror paperback section.

It has 26 books. (Including the novelization of King Kong, which I feel may be stretching a point.) Five of those are duplicates, so 21 titles.

I swear this isn't even funny anymore.

Spoke to the computer store. It'll take up to a week and a half to fix my laptop (guy made it clear that this was the worst-case estimate, it could be faster). They're looking into what it'd cost to replace my battery, too, although apparently the X59SL is prone to getting only an hour and a half even with a new battery... hopefully tweaking the settings can fix that. (Of course, if that's the case, I might not need a new battery.)

Other thoughts? No other thoughts. Although the idea of not being accessible for a week is faintly appealing, which probably means I need to do something about my stress level.

Bliss!

Mar. 31st, 2010 09:34 am
green_dreams: (fall cat)
My renewal is in the works, thank goodness.

Mind, this means I really need to fix my desktop. The lack of GChat may drive me mad. Mad, I tell you.

WTFIDE

Mar. 30th, 2010 10:48 am
green_dreams: (OMG)
One of the pages I am fixing has suddenly started displaying a bunch of its text in Japanese Chinese characters. *Just* the text, thank you god, I am so tired of this coding, but nonetheless.

Seriously. I open the file in a plain-text editor to tweak the header, and I'm seeing
氀愀 渀漀洀椀渀愀琀椀漀渀 搀攀 䴀⸀ 䰀漀渀愀爀搀 䌀漀甀爀挀栀渀攀  琀椀琀爀攀 搀攀 渀漀甀瘀攀愀甀 瘀椀挀攀ⴀ瀀爀猀椀搀攀渀琀 瀀愀爀 椀渀琀爀椀洀⸀ 䰀漀渀愀爀搀 愀 甀渀 戀愀最愀最攀 攀砀挀攀瀀琀椀漀渀渀攀氀 搀攀 挀漀渀渀愀椀猀猀愀渀挀攀猀
all over the place.

In other news, work continues for the next day and a half. And I've been knitting some and going through library books, and feeling a bit off but hopefully that'll clear up soon. I want to sit down and finish looking at Hunter: The Vigil(1), and I just haven't been able to focus.

Desktop still broken.

Also, I have sworn off the local gaming store. Anecdotizing about how a woman from your friends' apartment building set fire to her own apartment and had to be forcibly wheeled out by the paramedics, I can understand. Talking about how "Stumpy" was gagged because she'd been biting at them and describing how everyone applauded when it happened and laughing about it all, on the other hand, is just a bit much.
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(1) Also, seriously, who let in the Ashewood Abbey? Those guys are not suitable PCs, dammit. Although I suppose there's some small benefit to them showing up there, rather than in a supplement...

Heh.

Jun. 28th, 2009 03:24 pm
green_dreams: (serious bunny)
You know those people who destroy their cellphones about once every two-three months? Apparently I am one of them. Leaning over to show Piper how to paddle at the water by the edge of the pool to get the ball closer, and plouf, the damn thing fell in. It's currently battery-less and drying, but I am not optimistic.

The case was closed, dammit. The magnet just didn't hold. And the last one... eh, god knows what broke inside, but it got stuck on camera mode. Very annoying.

On the plus side, Piper has successfully been introduced to the pool and oh my god she is adorable. Also, I used to think of Sierra as a fairly normal-sized biggish dog; now I look at her and she's a damn *ox*. I swear it. She's *freakishly* huge.

Suppose this means I'm getting used to the fur-beast. The more normal-sized furbeast. Who, incidentally, finally got through basic puppy training yesterday. Pics are here.
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