Archive | May, 2011

Somebody help!

31 May

What ARE these?? Facebook WANTS me to own them… Am I just scarred by years of internet use, or do they look like they could BE NOT G-RATED?

It’s probably make-up, right? Australian women love make-up.


Education Wars

31 May


The argument can end there.

Exploring the other computer

30 May

I’m just going through files on the main computer, finding old stuff I haven’t seen in ages. There is no running theme.

Repeating an anecdote

28 May

I can’t remember if I’ve ever done a post about the following anecdote, but I have a tendency to tell the same stories over and over anyway, so people should just deal with it.

Once upon a time, I was looking after my neighbours’ plants while they were away. To water plants in their yard, I had to unlock a gate with keys they’d given me and I’d attached to my own house/car keys. The padlock in question was on the inside of the gate, which is a bit taller than me and completely solid. More like a door, really. So I would lean over it awkwardly and blindly stab at the padlock with the key until the latch clicked.

I was doing this one day, when the keys escaped my hand and fell onto the wrong side of the locked gate.

After a brief tantrum, the reality of my situation truly dawned on me and I realised that I really couldn’t retrieve my keys without scaling the gate.

I clawed at the gate for a bit, searching for footholds. There were none. Would other neighbours recognise me as the carer of the plants, or would they assume I was trying to break in to steal camellias? I couldn’t be sure. I gave up climbing the gate.

There must be another weak point along this fence line, I thought. I walked the perimeter looking for a new, perhaps more secluded spot to try climbing into the yard. I could stand on the barbecue, or maybe tip one of the wheelie bins over…

I decided to use an old trailer pushed against the fence as a step. The next challenge was trying to find a place on the other side of the fence I could alight without crushing geraniums. I made use of my excellent trigonometry skills to pick the perfect leaping-angle, and just as I was about to risk life and limb to retrieve my keys (and dignity) I noticed another gate.


Turns out I was meant to use that one the whole time.

Unrelated: Emo toadstool musician.


23 May

Not to be confused with oxazalone. But here’s what appears when you Google-image it. (Googlimage, say it out loud, right now. Goog-la-midge.)

Fixing my week

20 May


19 May
A – Enthusiasm for potential Pulp and James Blake field trip
B – Enjoyment of Game of Thrones
C – Sense of accomplishment (summed over the past 5 months)
D – Keenness for degree
E – Self-esteem


Edit: This GIF will forever play in my mind. (Just click it if it won’t play)

On Doing Badly

16 May

Sometimes bad things can be counteracted by puppies.

I fixed iTunes!

15 May


I don’t know about everyone else (I know true hardcore folk don’t use iTunes because it’s, I don’t know, too mainstream or whatever) but my library was a MESS with duplicates and I was always furious with the fact that you can delete something from your library but then you’d have to go find the file and delete that too, otherwise you’d end up with duplicates AGAIN like some DISEASE that just WON’T GO AWAY and FURY and what was I saying?


But the point is, I fixed it all. And no internet helpfulness could be found, so here is the method of fixing it I have used, for all you computer illiterate like me who cannot find a nicer way of doing this.

Step 1: Put EVERY music file you have into the iTunes destination folder. Just in one fell swoop. Find all, put all in folder. It’s probably the iTunes Media Music folder, but you can check by looking at this:

Edit > Preferences > Advanced

So yes, put all music you can find into that destination. Even duplicates and messiness, because when you delete something from your iTunes library and it is IN that destination, then it gives you the option to delete the corresponding file! Yes! I’ve freed about 15gb so far from FREAKING DUPLICATES.

Step 2: Tick that box that says “Copy files to iTunes Media when adding to library”. That way, you stick something in the library and the files will automatically go to that destination so you can delete the original source. Also, when you create AAC files, they appear in the Media destination by default, so you can delete the source of the MPEGs.

I don’t know if that’s helpful to anyone who isn’t me.

Alright, back to work.

Something always takes the place

14 May