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The hardest question for me to answer in this world is always the "Tell us all about you" question. The best way for me to answer is that "I am composed of contradictions and subject to change without notice."

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1.31.2007

Oh My iPod

I know, without a doubt, that this is one accessory for the iPod that Steve Jobs never imagined. With that said... let me introduce you to the newest iPod accessory for those who are truly into their music - the OhMiBod (safety for work debatable). If you ask me, it is a bargain at $69.

And yet again I ask: "Now, why didn't I think of that?"

As found on Kottke

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1.25.2007

Speak to the bra

Scrolling message bra Of all the potential bras I can choose from; this is the only one that truly speaks to me (and others). Although, it does qualify as a great piece of clothing for that inner geek in every woman.

Potential scrolling messages:
  • Look ma, no wires!
  • If you can read this, you are following too close.
  • Wait until you see where I put the battery
  • Eyes up!
  • How many blondes does it take to change a light bulb?
  • Yes - they are real!
  • I <3 tits!
As found on: Enlighted (although I would have thought it was more appropriate for the Think Geek crowd)

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1.22.2007

Blogging the night away

Bendi, Lighted Keyboard This is the perfect keyboard for blogging all night - it is both quiet and well-lit. As a bonus, you can roll it up and stuff it in your purse.

As found on: I Want One of Those

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1.16.2007

Wearing of the pear

Pear Button This is just what I always needed and never knew it. A button that has the image of a pear is either the ultimate insult to Apple or the ultimate compliment. I am not sure which side to lean on for this debate since I just couldn't stop laughing after looking at this.

You can find this and other cool buttons at Prickie. You also have to check out the drag and drop shopping cart - now that is definitely the quickest way to a geek girl's heart!

As found on Josh Spear's.

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1.10.2007

Geek B-gone

I have been called many things over my lifetime. Some of them true, some of them partially true, and others with just a hint of truth to them. More often than not, I refer to myself as either "eccentric" or "a geek". What I had never really thought about was how few females belong to the nerd category. I have always spent more time with guys than with girls because I was such a tomboy and I just seemed to get along better with guys, so it just seemed to me more like hanging out with my buds than being "the only one". Apparently though, I belong to yet another minority club - that of the female nerd minority I think it will go well with being a card-carrying member of the lesbian club). At least according to Reb:
I’m sick to fucking death of male nerds being amazed by my very existence.
Overall, she says she has to prove her "nerdiness" to male nerds.

Her whole slant on things got me to thinking about myself and the my co-existence with the nerd/geek/brains that I have spent most of my life around. I am a fairly attractive female, I prefer sci-fi/fantasy to almost any other genre (book, tv, and movie); I loved reading the The Sandman and Watchmen comics/graphic novels (not much of a comic reader anymore); I love new gadgets (and used to have a garage full of outdated computer equipment - before eBay); I have worked in technology for 14+ years (sometimes being the only female in the entire department); I play video games (as a matter of fact I used to hang out in arcades to actually play the games); and I have never even once had anyone (male or female) even insinuate that I needed to prove my geek status.

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1.09.2007

Phone home

Apple iPhone The announcement came as only a slight surprise today at Macworld. The iPhone is coming this June and it is exclusive to Cingular where you can sign up to receive information as it becomes available.

Technical Specs (just in case you are interested):
  • Screen size: 3.5 inches
  • Screen resolution: 320 by 480 at 160 ppi
  • Input method: Multi-touch
  • Operating system: OS X
  • Storage: 4GB or 8GB
  • GSM: Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
  • Wireless data: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
  • Camera: 2.0 megapixels
  • Battery: Up to 5 hours Talk / Video / Browsing/Up to 16 hours Audio playback
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches / 115 x 61 x 11.6mm
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces / 135 grams
Oh and in case you missed it with all the Internet attention focused on the iPhone - Apple Computer, Inc. is now just Apple, Inc.

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1.06.2007

Laying it all out

Made the decision to go motorcycle riding this fine, cold afternoon. Because of the cold weather, I put on full gear (including a full helmet and two pairs of gloves). Everything was going pretty well despite the cold, when a small piece of metal decided to change the day. Slowing down for the approaching stop light, I decided that I needed to change lanes. Did all the right things - looked behind me, signalled, looked ahead and behind again and proceeded into the next lane. I glanced down in the middle of the lane change and noticed a flat piece of metal which I swerved to miss. I managed to miss it with the front tire and hit it full on with the rear one while applying the brakes to slow for the light. Needless to say, I went down with a vengence.

One minute I am driving upright and the next I am sliding on my stomach, headfirst into an intersection. I did manage to stop before getting out in the middle of the oncoming traffic. At this point what seems like chaos has errupted. My partner is trying to get off her bike, when two nice men show up out of nowhere and right the bike while a passenger from the car behind me has hopped out to see if I am alright. I am upright and talking, so I assure the passenger that I am okay.

We get the bike out of road and into a parking lot. We have some biker friends who live closeby and call them for some assistance. We get the bikes taken care of and get a ride home. After a bit of personal review - I determine that a trip to the local clinic might be in order before we call it a night. Six x-rays, four hours, two credit card receipts and one splint later we are back at home. The grand health total of all this - a contusion on my little finger, several abrasions, and probably about 20 bruises. Overall a great way to walk away from a motorcycle wreck - no complaints (just a few well-placed aches to remind me why I wear a helmet and gear).

My whole thought on this is any accident you can walk away from is a good accident. My most heartfelt thanks to the fine people who stopped to assist me at the location of the accident. Without their help - I probably would have been in a whole lot worse shape than without them. Today I remember why exactly it is I choose to continue to live in Oklahoma.

Oh, and the bike has a couple of scratches, but nothing major - I'll be riding it again in no time.

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1.05.2007

Close encounters of the film kind

Oktomat Camera Lomography is offering a camera called the Oktomat that takes multiple pictures with one click. While this is not a new feature for a film or digital camera. It is new and unique when that is all the camera does. This would definitely be something fun to try.

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1.03.2007

Mac the night

Just when you think everything in your life is starting to even out - things change. After a long string of the notorious "blue screen of death" (among other issues) of my desktop Microsoft computer resulted in a new line of thought... go back to the Apple! This line of thought led me down to the local Apple store where I spoke to several of the Apple sales people asking all sorts of questions. The main question was whether or not I could run my Windows exclusive software (that I require for work purposes). The answer was a most emphatic yes. They showed me a software called Parallels that works allows you to run Windows and other Microsoft programs virtually, but doesn't have all the issues of Virtual PC (which I used before and hated because it cut response time in half).

Long story short, I am now the proud owner of a 24-inch iMac with Intel Core 2 Duo, iSight.

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1.01.2007

Happy New Year to you!

Today is the day to partake in the very American tradition of setting resolutions that you have every intention of breaking in the next six months so you can set them again next year (it leaves a lot to look forward to - all those perfect people have nothing to do this time of year). In keeping with that great American tradition, this is my list:

  1. Refrain from actually hanging anyone from their toe-nails no matter how much they deserve it.
  2. Walk the dogs at least once a week instead of just throwing them out in the backyard to play.
  3. Consider using at least one piece of exercise equipment that I already own - if that doesn't work out, then sell the offending piece of equipment to de-clutter the house.
  4. Seriously consider not finding any of the weight that those around me are losing - more because I hate clothes shopping than I care how much I weigh.
  5. Try to find at least one positive thing about the bastards that I have to deal with on a regular basis.
  6. Figure out the names of the roads and the actual direction they go that I take to work instead of just driving via landmarks.
  7. Actually listen to the voicemail messages on my phone instead of just calling back people based on what shows on the caller-id.
  8. Spend hours in deep meditation to find out what my lucky lottery numbers are....then...win the lottery.
  9. Drink more Starbucks coffee (now this is a resolution I will definitely keep but may interfere with item #4).
  10. Switch back to the Mac at home as a show of my life-long support of Apple instead of using a PC.
  11. Play more Poker (after all - my odds are better at it than winning the lottery).

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