curgoth: (Default)
( May. 1st, 2010 03:20 pm)
Anyone know where I can buy the rings used in keychains? I don't want the fob part, just the rings. In bulk, because I frequently find I have uses for them, so if I had a bag of 100 (or 1000) I wouldn't have to worry about finding another free keychain to cannibalize.
I've been webcasting my RPG sessions so that our player from Ottawa, [ profile] dagibbs, can play remotely. I've had two nice microphones crap out after 30 min of use, so I'm giving up on the "go to best buy/futureshop and pick something up" model. Does anyone have any suggestions for computer microphones that are good enough to pick up a small living room of people?

Additionally, I have decided that I really need to get a good multitool. Any recommendations from the LazyWeb? A minimum requirement is that it has a good, sharp blade in it. Something that can be used as a bottle opener is also key. Screwdrivers, pliers, etc. are all bonus.
You can now track (some) TTC streetcars online at NextBus. The service also includes a live map of the cars (like the one you can see at Spadina station), and a text service where you give the stop and a time limit, and it'll text you when the car is that many minutes away. It's GPS based, so it should be accurate even when the cars are not on schedule.

The streetcars with the worst service (Queen) are not on the service yet, but St. Clair, Bathurst, College and Dundas all are.

someone must have noticed a big hit in use; most of the routes have been pulled.
curgoth: (Magic Missile)
( Feb. 15th, 2010 11:02 pm)
Grr.: Seem to have messed up my jaw significantly - it's painful enough that I've gone through the tylenol-3s I didn't need when I got snipped. I should probably go see the dentist about it being all mis-aligned and painful, but I feel guilty since I went to the doctor last week for my asthma. Also; wtf, body. Just work properly and stop whining/breaking. Also, pls deliver the washboard abs I requested last year.

Grr.: $100+ USB microphone I bought for the last NVF session seems to have completely died. I was great for the session it worked during. I no longer have the receipt.

Yay: Got enough mikes working in the room that we managed anyway. I am half wondering if I should start recording these to make campaign logs easier.

Yay: Sound effects - gaming is even more fun with The Drama Button, Sad Trombone and Instant Rimshot.

Yay: Awesome anniversary dinner with [ profile] neeuqdrazil. Our first date was 13 freaking years ago. We OLD.
curgoth: (Default)
( Jun. 4th, 2009 12:55 pm)
I have been a mail-orderin' fool, of late.

I got a shipment of taboo absinthe from BC last week. Added to the new brand the LCBO carries, I now have three kinds. Some time in the fall, I think I need to have a Girls Gone Wilde party (tea and absinthe! Victorian/Steampunk dress encouraged) and do an absinthe tasting. And really, three glasses should be plenty for just about anyone.

I also finally got my copy of In A Wicked Age, an Indie RPG that I got to try out at ACUS.

Finally, I also got notice that the Freakangels stuff I order a month ago has finally shipped.
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( May. 14th, 2009 03:35 pm)
Anyone know where I can get a decent holepunch? Of the sort used for fabric. I had one I got from Home Despot, and while it was okay for putting new holes in leather belts, when I was using it to punch holes in denim for my utility belt, I sheared the metal in the wheel mechanism and it blew up. I have this thoery that somewhere there are more heavy duty holepunching tools, perhaps intended for use on heavy leather or something, that can handle going through a couple layers of denim.

Of course, I eventually also need to get myself stuff for working with leather, too, but that's another expenditure.

Also on the RFI subject; one of these days, I really want to learn basic wiring so I can build stuff with LEDs. I own a soldering iron, but have only a vague idea of how to use one.

I also need a month off to work on my various random projects.
Technology that someone should have built by now;

  • LED bindi: a tiny light and battery that attaches to the forehead providing decoration and illumination.

  • Old school Trek communicator: An old school Star Trek flip open communicator that does either does bluetooth or is an actual phone.

  • TNG Trek communicator: A small pin that works as a bluetooth speakerphone.

  • Pocketwatch phone: A small gold clamshell phone on a chain.

Why aren't our gadgets prettier?
curgoth: (Default)
( Oct. 4th, 2008 07:41 pm)
I have been making a frame to hold up a duct tape dressmaker's form. In the process, I learned that they no longer make adjustable mitre boxes, and that the one I bought is 5" and the lumber I bought was 6". I also learned that the saw that came with the mitre box is not very good.

My dad's old drill, which he got as a bday present when I was about one, finally gave up the ghost. I went out and got a new drill (with built in level! ooh!), and tried it out. It's uh, a bit more powerful that the old one. It ripped the 1" piece of wood in half. Lesson? Be careful with the new drill.

I finally have a stand for the form, now, so all I need to do now is fill it with expanding foam and a) not have it explode, and b) destroy the balcony.

Then all I have to do is make a lab coat from scratch, no pattern, in a month. No problem!
curgoth: (my little pony)
( Sep. 19th, 2008 01:55 pm)
I am off work today. I've been to the gym, and got a new cell phone. With internet on it. Moo hoo ha!
curgoth: (Default)
( Sep. 18th, 2008 11:23 am)
The lure of sort-of affordable cellular internet has me wanting a 3g phone. The iphone is an obvious front-runner, but I'm not terribly happy with the degree of control that apple demands over them. Does anyone have recommendations for other 3g phones?

I want something that does;

  • Web browsing (my current blackberry surprisingly does not)

  • Calendaring, including syncing to the desktop. Though I suppose I could just do it live to yahoo calendar online if it came to it.

  • Mp3 playing, because I need a backup device for when my ipod dies.

  • A camera - doesn't have to be a good one, but I'm getting annoyed by not having a quick-n-dirty camera on hand.

  • Bluetooth

Nice to haves;

  • Voice dialling - the BB does this well, and I've gotten used to it.

  • Wifi - because while I want the phone for the 3g internet, if I can get by without it...

I don't care about getting e-mail on my phone.

Any suggestions besides the iphone?
curgoth: (Magic Missile)
( Aug. 7th, 2008 09:44 pm)
Anyone want to take bets on Hollywood managing to make a movie out of Y: The Last Man and still have it fail the Bechdel test?

I'm having another of my "I want to read comics! But comics suck!" moods. Anyone have recommendations for comics starring women that aren't overwhelmingly cheesy or sexist, and yet still contain superheroes punching bad guys?

I am having an increasingly hard time not buying an iphone. Someone talk some sense into me! My blackberry is nice, but does not do the internetting I want it to.
curgoth: (Default)
( Feb. 15th, 2008 09:59 am)
The doc gave me antibiotics and an advair inhaler for the Ick. They both list dizziness as a possible side effect - I'm defintely foggy-headed. I'm also supposed to avoid dairy and advil while I'm on them.

I noticed something this morning; we have both black rice and black lentils. Clearly I need to do something with this.

My computer works! I can sync my phone and ipod again!

For Sheridan people; take a look here, and then look here. (Sheridan is a school known for art and animation. It was locked down because a student with a tripod was mistaken for a gunman.)

I have a lot to do at work today. But no brain to do it with.

Tonight is yummy anniversary dinner with my LizardLove. I think I will risk the side effects of dairy consumption for dinner.
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( Feb. 1st, 2008 08:33 am)
The weather forecast today is calling for "every kind of bad weather imaginable". I do not feel like driving in that, so I am safely ensconced in my office at home. There may be a trip to the gym at 4. Working from here means i can continue to poke the sick new computer throughout the day, and maybe get some laundry done.
curgoth: (Default)
( Jan. 31st, 2008 10:49 pm)
More blood. Today it didn't even wait for me to go to bed.

The computer I have had for less than a week, even after it's first re-install of windows, still seems to be losing time. A lot of time. Enough that it makes the computer close to sueless, once it gets going - dropping 3-4 hours overnight because it keeps hiccoughing is not useful. I predict arguments with support and having to ship it back some time soon. Pity.

I have been craving curry pasta with tomatoes and chickpeas, but I haven't been able to face a trip to the store on top of everything else. So tonight I made do with what I had (though starting to make dinner at 9:30 may not have been the best choice)

I ended up with a sauce made of onion, garlic, ginger, spices, frozen peppers, frozen peas, frozen spinach, and a mixture of pure soy protein powder and chickpea flour. the result was... weighty. I had no tomatoes and no chickpeas - I will have to add those to the list of things to always have on hand.

On the Good list;

* Got a couple guilt gorillas off my back on work stuff (by staying at work past 7pm)
* Lizard snuck in home before me and left me timbits
* My last ebay purchase arrived - I has tie pins
* I managed to do a fair bit of dish washing
* I've had enough water and alcohol that I might actally sleep once my nose stops bleeding (even if I am on to the Old Krupnik because I'm out of sippable rum)
curgoth: (Default)
( Jan. 24th, 2008 09:14 am)
This post has nothing to do with pants.

Last night I cancelled my date due to exhaustion. Nautrally, sleep hated me and I ended up bouncing unsteadily off the walls until nearly 1am due to yesterday's caffination. Naturally, today requires more caffeine. *sigh*

In more positive news, my alienware machine arrived yesterday. It's very pretty, and alienware make well-designed machines. I'm seriously impressed by their attention to detail. The only downside (beyond a slightly emabrassing mistake *I* made) is that the pretty box is too big. It is too tall for the PC shelf in my desk, and with it under my desk, I can't get the chair as close to the desk as I would prefer. I'll figure something out eventually. Maybe even something that *doesn't* require power tools.

I has a plan for Hallowe'en. Naturally, it's changed in my head so that it requires sewing something I don't have a pattern for. However: SCIENCE!
Monday night I went out and bought new shirts and pants (no, I never did find the missing pants).

This morning, after being up cooking until midnight, I was shuffling around the kitchen getting my cereal, and bent down to pick something up.


I panic, and start grabbing myself trying to find the tear. Then, I realise; my boxers have just split in half. The pants are safe.

At least it happened while I was still at home.

In other news, the cafeteria's latte bar makes a mean gingerbread chai latte, though I don't really think the word "chai" has any meaning left in this context.


Jan 23, 2008 9:07 AM

In transit


Package to be cleared by FedEx broker

It will be here sooooon.... and I won't have a chance to really play with it until some time next week.
curgoth: (Default)
( Jan. 22nd, 2008 09:40 pm)
I juat got home at 9:30pm.

The good;

* bought and installed new wiper blades on the car
* got more windshield washer fluid
* got gas
* got groceries for tonight's dinner, my new recipe night contribution, and liz' NRN contribution
* got wine and sherry
* the new desktop ZIM! should arrive at the office before noon tomorrow

The bad;

* hip sore again, so workout was short. I blame lunges, and will try not doing them to see if that helps.
* I am so freaking tired that I don't have the energy to cook anything. But, if I don't, it will rot before it gets cooked. So, off to work I go. I think there is something weird about having to stay up past my bedtime just to get dinner ready. At least there is wine!
curgoth: (Skull Buckle Boots)
( Jan. 18th, 2008 10:04 am)
I have new toys!

I have a pair of riding boots from ebay that were reasonably priced. They fit fairly well, though I think I will have to have the opening at the top widened - I can wear them as is, but the left boot is tight enough that I can't get pants to tuck into them.

I also have the materials needed to modify my cheap plastic internet goggles, and a respirator that I intend to pretty up for costuming uses. I'll also use the respirator for moving books and matresses so I don't have my throat swell shut, but there's no reason I can't look like a post-apocalyptic maniac while doing it.

I'm impatiently awaiting a new alienware desktop (I bought the bottom of the line!) and my back-ordered polar fleece hoodie, and a few different shipments of tie pins.
Why is it always when I'm most busy that I get the urge to work on creative stuff? when I have free time, I decide I'm bored and play video games instead.
curgoth: (Default)
( Oct. 3rd, 2007 10:25 am)
Does anyone have recommendations for web hosting providers, ideally somewhat local (i.e., takes CDN$)? expired at 12:17 am this morning because my hosting provider didn't renew it. They've done this before. I'm not going to cancel my service with them right now, because it would be too much of a PITA for the people who are using memento-mori's webmail service. I sent in a ticket to the provider ( at 7am, and by 10:30am, still no repsonse from them. I'm not going to renew with them when the domain comes up for renewal next year; I am sick of this crap. So, I will be needing a new hosting company for memento-mori in about a year.

This fuckup on thier part means that it is possible that people using for e-mail may be bouncing messages; the domain name doesn't resolve right now, so none of us can recieve e-mail.

ETA: At 10:33 they finally invoiced me for the renewal. No communication about the delay, or thier fuckup, nor even anything yet which suggests that they ahve actually renewed the domain; no notice from CIRA, test e-mails still bouncing, etc. I am very unhappy with them.

ETAA: At 10:56, I figured out the source of confusion; at some point, they spun off a child company to handle their domain registration, and didn't tell me I had an account with this new company, and that renewals should/could be done through them. I now have the knowledge needed to prevent this from happening next year, but I have yet to recieve any clear communication from them to tell me this. Asshats.
curgoth: (Default)
( Jun. 10th, 2007 08:58 am)
My cell phone is dead. If you need to get ahold of me for the next week or so, try one of my other numbers (stalk me page here).

I'll be trying to pick up a cheap GSM phone to use the sim card from it until I decide on a new PDA phone to replace it.

No! Yanking the battery to do a hard reboot seems to have done the trick. Futurephone still active.


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