Archive | February 2012

Leap for Leap Day!

As all of you know today is the day that happens but once in four years:
February 29th is Leap day!

In honor of leap day, today we shall have a post.

Luckily I won’t start with the typical guess how leap year was created? I’m sure most, if not all of you, know that leap year wasn’t created for a surprise extra day every 4 years (if only), but because it’s necessary due to the fact that a strict 365 day year doesn’t match up with our orbit around the sun.
I could talk about this… and make this a post you could just read on wikipedia…

Or I could go totally off topic.

Yup. That’s what I’ll do.

I guess on this extra day I get to post, I’ll start by thanking all of you who have read or have been reading my posts! Didn’t expect to get anyone to read this let alone this:

Ironically, my total is 365 views on leap day...

It’s only been two and a half months! 365 wow you must be joking. I KNOW I’m not THAT interesting…
Well anyways, thanks for reading for even a second 🙂 I might be just some random person ranting, but it still feels nice that I’m not talking to a wall…

*leaps for joy*
ahah… I made a pun… ha…
Moving on.
I guess  in honor of leap year and the fact that I’ve already set up this kind of trend in my “14 days of February,” I’ll talk about how:

Leap day reminds me of the Olympics.

It’s definitely the 4-year thing. Definitely. And the fact that the Olympics essentially follow the schedule. By design? I don’t know. But the London Olympics are this year (woohoo!) and I’m totally psyched.
I love the olympics. Part of it is for the sports. It might be boring to watch pro golfers and, for me, baseball players (and other sports), but watching olympic sports is by no means boring. Even curling is fun to watch when it comes to the olympics (no offense intended).
The other part is watching it with people. For me, it’s a get together event. People get together to watch the olympics be it on TV or live. Either way, it’s definitely a community thing.
Oh and the opening and ending ceremonies are sweet!

Yep. That's the only reason you should need to watch the Olympics. Other than the sports of course.

To end, it’ be really cool if they did  something interesting for leap day. Yes there are some traditions out there (like the women proposing to men one), but there hasn’t been anything that really distinguishes leap year, like a holiday kind of thing.
I guess.
Then again there’d be little meaning attached to it other than “yay it’s the extra day we have every few years,” but it’s a possibility. It could even be an economy helper since people do tend to spend more during holidays.

Oh and a fun fact:
Although it’s easy to believe that each day has an equal probability of being a birthday for someone, there are certain days or times where child birth is higher.
So, when you’re playing the brithday probability game, be cautious if leap year birthdays are thrown in. The probability of a leap year birthday is… as expected… lower than the other 365 days…

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Geek Squad Minus the Geek

I touched based on this slightly before, but since I finally have a computer to use to blog a bit I can commence ranting.

You may have noticed I haven’t posted much recently.
That is not because I have been neglecting my poor blog (heavens no!)
Instead I faced some technical issues that, as we all know, accompany all the convenience we experience with technologic innovation.

On February 13th, about an hour before I was going to take a break and have some fun on the interwebs, I noticed my computer was being a little slow.

It wasn’t slow to the point that pages didn’t load, but it did take an extra minute for documents to open while the mouse went into the usual *I don’t know what I should do so I’ll change my image to try to distract you* intermittently. At first I just let it slide since sometimes it’ll be over in a bit.

Nothing changed.

So then I closed a few applications.

Still nothing changed.

Then I thought I might as well restart. It wasn’t terrible, but I’m a bit impatient and it had been awhile since I restarted: might as well.

That’s when everything went wrong.

After I restarted my laptop, the screen was infinitely stuck on the opening screen with the loading mouse.

It stayed that way. For 15 minutes.

I then tried to restart it a few more times until I determined that simply holding the power button  wasn’t going to do me any good.

So, I decided to wait til tomorrow and see if anything improved. After all, I had used my computer a lot that day. It deserved a break.

Too bad: no such luck.

As it was still stuck in the infinite loop, I decided to move onto the next step: tech support.

After dialing up the number and listening to the *please hold* elevator music for 10 minutes, I went step by step with the “expert” on the other side trying to make my computer listen to me. After leaving me with one way to try, I ended up having to call back not once, but twice. Having talked to 3 tech support people now, I’ve made a highly skewed and personal observation about them.
They either:

A) Try to be a “friend to you” while they help you with your computer hell (throwing in some “Ughh I know I hate when this happens sorry about it. One time…”)

B) Think you’re a total idiot

Yeah. I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the results I got.
I will be fair. Some of it was influenced by the fact that my computer was being rebellious…

Bear with me: I’ll get to the point the title suggests.
Anyways…

Since that didn’t work I needed to then move forward and go to an actual tech support place with physical people. After talking to them about my computer and procedures (yay I have insurance!) I have reignited my disdain for tech support people (sorry for those of you out there…)

Ok disdain is strong. Dislike. Here’s why:

1) When they tell you 1 week: bull. Absolute bull. What is that?! That’s about as accurate as my computer telling me transfering 1 GB will take 2 hours: extremely inaccurate.
However it diverges from my computer in that my computer takes less time than advertised: they take more.

When they tell you ONE week, in NORMAL people time it’s TWO or more weeks

2) The people at the front desk have almost no idea what’s going on.
In my experience, they’re just there for property transfer: to give you what you gave back. They have no idea how the dark nerdy shadows in the back fixed it so there’s absolutely no use in asking. If they can give you an answer, you’re damn lucky. You’re even luckier if you don’t get momentarily tricked by tech language before you realize: wait… that told me nothing.
If you want to know what’s wrong either ask for a report or buy a computer manual.

3) They fix one part of your machine while destroying or changing something else you didn’t expect.
Luckily this didn’t happen with my computer but it happened with my iPod.
I sent it in to get the battery switched (warrantee thing for the win yay!).
That’s it.
You’d think it’d be like changing a phone battery: just taking it out and replacing. Of course, for iPods it’s a smidge more difficult (what with the sealed back and such)
But it shouldn’t be THAT hard.
They managed to erase all my data on my iPod while changing the battery.
Yep.
When I got it back all my songs, apps and everything was gone. I use a weird system of putting my music and such on my iPod so it was extremely annoying to have to start from blank.
Extremely.

I could continue, but I guess I shall end my rant for now. To be honest, there’s a lot more I could rant about in terms of tech support and technology in general. But, alas, I need to get back on track and end my little break.
I’ll save the rest for later

Sighface

I miss my laptop
(btw they told me a week…it has been more than one… I’m probably getting it back sometime this week…yay…)

14 Days of Feb: Day 14

Yay! The last thing! We’re at number 14.

Now warning:
Due to the nature of these posts and of this…. uh… “project” of mine, I’m going to end it on a predictable and cheesy note.

Yep

And there’s nothing you can do to stop me.

Ready?

Well then for number 14 of what I think about when it comes to V-day is:

Love

Look! It's the 500th person who did the heart-in-book picture! How creative!

Yes. I am that obvious. I went there.

I think about love.

For obvious reasons.

But also in weird ways.

For instance, I think of random people who I know are together. Do they seem like they have a loving relationship? Are they doing anything today?

Or maybe my parents (don’t say ew or weird. If they’re not divorced they’re a couple). Is my dad going to do anything? Is my mom? Did they used to do things? What were things like when they were young? Did they celebrate Valentine’s day? Or did they totally forget the holiday?

It also makes me wonder about what love is. Literally and figuratively. Why we feel what we feel. Why the feeling is different depending on the relationship and person. It sounds simple, but love is actually really confusing. Unless you think of it in terms of chemicals (since it basically is a bunch of chemical signals and such in your brain), but even then it can be confusing. What makes mothers love their children? What makes some mothers hate their children? What about with fathers?

So many unanswered question.

So little time.

Yeah that’s how I spend some of my Valentine’s Day

Don’t judge.
Well you can.  I just won’t care :]
Too busy contemplating.

 

 

Well then this concludes the “14 Days of February”

Phew! That was certainly a lot of work

But also really fun 🙂 I quite enjoyed it. It made me think of Valentine’s day more than I usually do (not to mention remember it half a month in advance)

Hope you all have/had a wonderday February 14th!

14 Days of Feb: Day 13

Hey guys I know the next two posts are technically cheating because I didn’t actually post them on Feb 13 and 14, but I have reasons:

Feb 12th at night my computer decided to rebel. For some reason, after restarting my computer (it was being a bit slow and it was time for a system shut down) it decided not to start up again.

I have no idea why.

So, as a result, it needs to be sent to tech support for troubleshooting.
Thus I had close to no access to computers for blogging purposes for the last few days.
Sorry!

But to make up for it. I will post the last two things 🙂

So, for number 13 we have:

 

The fact that I’m single

One is the loneliest number...

Yeah, I’m sorry but I can’t help it: Valentine’s Day reminds me of the fact that I’m single.

It’s as simple as that.

That’s not to say I mope around about it or complain (or feel jealous). In fact, I actually don’t care or mind. I’m far too busy and occupied to actually keep up a relationship beside in name only (and it’d be quite unfair to the poor sap who was chained to me).

However, that doesn’t change the fact that I’m reminded of the fact that I’m single. I know that sounds like it has so many negative connotations, but being single isn’t a bad thing. You just haven’t met the right person, or you’re not in a rush (etc. etc.). It doesn’t matter for what reason you’re single. It’s just important to remember or realize that it doesn’t mean you’re unloved, unattractive, or will be alone for the rest of your life (forever alone… NOT).

It just means the timing isn’t right (and timing can be everything).

So for all the singles out there

Is it weird to say you’re not alone?

Well you aren’t 🙂

And I’m sure that status won’t be there for long

14 Days of Feb: Day 12

Can’t believe it’a already the 12th. I feel like I started this whole 14 days of February thing yesterday.

It also means we’re getting close to the middle of February… Wow this year is going by so fast. Scary.

But enough about that, time for thing #12 I think of when it comes to Valentine’s day:

 

Drama Llamas

Omg like did you see what she did? Like wow what the hell?!

Luckily, I have friends who don’t have a lot of Valentine’s day drama. Of course, this is not always the case.

It doesn’t help that those who are able to parade around with their relationships happily remind those who have failed relationships of times they miss and regret.

I’d like to clarify that this is very different from those who pretend they don’t care. These people do, and they outwardly admit it. That would be the reason for the drama. She did this, or he did that. I can’t believe that happened, and I remember last year when this was different. Blah blah blah. So many conflicts that could probably have been resolved or overcome if only people didn’t make it so dramatic.

It’s nice to be someone people can confide in, but it’s not so fun when people come to you whining about how much their life sucks (when it doesn’t) or how their boyfriend is a jerk, yet they were the ones dumped. Please stop thinking that one breakup or bad experience is the end of your will to find someone to love. The only thing it’s the end of is that relationship. You’re perfectly capable of finding someone else — someone new — to start a relationship.

Oh and please stop with the “it’s the end of the world” speeches. It really isn’t. It REALLY REALLY ISN’T.
Believe me.
Please.

Sigh well that was slightly depressing.
It’s not mean to offend anyone by the way. I understand that some people just need to vent or time to get over something. It’s natural. It’s just not something you should let ruin your whole day.
Buy some chocolates for yourself and have a nice day with friends instead!

14 Days of Feb: Day 11

3 days til Valentine’s day! Hope you all have something in mind or prepared if you have a special someone!

The next thing, however, has nothing to do with lovers. For the 11th thing we have:

 

Friends

Awww how cute... except the other girl isn't being loved...

For me, Valentine’s day is far from a romantic day. This year, I’m planning on baking some mini-cakes for my friends. In fact, I’m planning on doing that tomorrow! Yes your read that correctly: for my friends. That’s what I do: I have sweets to give friends on V-day.

Why?

It’s like how in elementary school you’d give valentine’s candy or those tiny cards to everyone in your class. You would make your little baggie with your name in crayon (or if you were a little older: sharpie/markers) and leave it on your desk. Then everyone would give out their candy or tiny cards (or those candies especially for V-Day with the card/note on the candy). After the distribution was over with, you’d peak in your bag and find all these little pieces of candy that weren’t just delicious, but also heart-warming. After all, someone gave you a Valentine’s day present! All these people thought of you!

That’s the feeling I try to recreate each year. Or at least, every few years. It really depends on time constraints, but whenever I can I bring candy or other treats to my friends and wish them a happy Valentine’s day. This year is chocolate cake with whipped cream filling hopefully. I say hopefully because I haven’t double checked the ingrediants for the filling…

But there will be cake!

Of course I don’t give it to EVERY friend of mine. That’d take way too much cake… I usually find a few of my closest ones and give it to them discretely. It’s not that I dont’ care for all of my friends or that I don’t have many it’s just… hard to bake for so many people…

But nevertheless, can’t wait to bake tomorrow!

So yeah, friendship. Valentine’s may be about love, but it doesn’t need to be the romantic kind. If you love your friends, that’s enough of a reason to do something special!

The next time you see your friends on Valentine’s day and have a… umm… Snickers in hand, put a little heart on it, give it to them, and say Happy Valentine’s day. It might not be much, but at least you show that you thought of them 🙂

14 Days of Feb: Day 10

Valentine’s day is Tuesday this year!
I say this year because I clearly remember it being on the weekend last year (please don’t check on this if I’m wrong…)
No, it’s not because I had a significant other. I just always feel like making chocolate cake right before or on Valentine’s day and I remember baking on the weekend last year.

So — continuing — it’s time for the 10th item on the list. Yet another thing I think of when it comes to V-day is:

 

Kay’s

Even the walls look like they're made of gold!

Now I’m specifically talking about Kay’s Jewelers and not just any jewelry store.

Why?

I hate to admit it, but this would be due to the success of advertisement. You’ve all heard of that commercial, right? The one they roll right around Valentine’s day, or even any jewelry-giving time of the year? Heck I’m pretty sure they play it 24/7. It’s the one that goes “every kiss begins with k” with the whole k = Kay. It’s rather catchy, so I always get it stuck in my head rather quickly.

The worst part is I even know which piece of jewelry they display on Valentine’s day or, at least, the one I saw awhile ago. It’s the one that looks like a heart (what a surprise) and looks like this:

See the hearts? They're so clever that there are two of them!

Yeah. I’m very aware of how sad this is. It’s also quite scary when you think about how much advertisements DO have an affect on you. Think about it: I may not be thinking of buying that piece or any piece of jewelry per say, but I now definitely know of Kay’s. So, if an occasion were to arise where I’d need jewelry like this, it’d probably be the first place I’d think of. Doesn’t help that the only other jewelry store I know of is Tiffany’s… Don’t judge…

 

So yeah. Kay’s. You know their advertisements are affective if they can get me to remember their advertisements, products, catchy tune AND get me to blog about them… It’s like they’ve gotten me to advertise for them!

They should pay me for this…