tysolna: (tree hug)
... especially with this project (caution: could be considered not work safe) that [livejournal.com profile] britishamerican made me aware of: the First Annual Solstice Synchronized Global Orgasm for Peace.

It would be beautiful if this really worked. But even if it doesn't, it will give a lot of people something to smile about.

*goes to make a ticker*
tysolna: (girl with violin)
... the internet discovery of the week. At least for me, seeing as y'all probably know about this already. But still, here it is: Pandora internet radio. And not simply internet radio. This is part of the "Music Genome Project" (what a weird name) - anyway, you give it the name of an artist or song you like, and it will suggest other songs and artists you might like based on strange hidden algorhythms.
For now, it seems to work right, and at the very least, it gives a pleasing background of music and songs I've not heard yet.

... although, it apparently doesn't cater to classical music lovers.


Sep. 16th, 2006 10:35 am
tysolna: (laughing cricket)
Some would say it is, but I just can't stop watching it.
Here's the weekly youtube offering:
They're taking the Hobbits to Isengard!

Make sure to turn up the volume of your speakers.
tysolna: (Default)
I was contemplating changing my LJ look the other day. Today, I created a community ([livejournal.com profile] alder_hill, for all who might be interested), and was wondering why all the changes I made at the layout page didn't show up.
Blonde bimbo moment. Yes, I was changing this layout.

So, if change wants to happen, who am I to argue?
tysolna: (medieval king)
I missed the third Anniversary of Alder Hill. It was eleven days ago.
We had such high hopes for that place. A fantasy community where we would lay the groundwork (and a fantastic groundwork it is, too!), and the community members would write the stories, flesh out the skeleton we created. We have a chatroom, and a forum, we have maps, and history, timelines, stunning artwork, stories, poetry, even music and the beginnings of languages. We wanted to create a place where a community-co-created fantasy world would grow and people could let out their creativity.

A year ago, I was ready to close down the place. We were committed, yes, but it didn't work the way we had expected, coming as we did from a thriving online community. And then, we kind of lost interest. I know I did. Why invest energy in something that doesn't give back? But I left it online, for some reason.

And some people have found it, and breathed life into the old thing.

Thanks, guys.
tysolna: (flying saucers)
... oh yes, we do. It was all so innocent then!

From a link posted by [livejournal.com profile] athenais showing US adverts from the 1940s to the 1960s comes the image after the cut.

this cut, so click already )
tysolna: (walking past with a smile)
Received via [livejournal.com profile] manchester_red

So, there's this bloke putting videos on youtube. Some might call them boring, because nothing much happens. You just see this bloke, telling about his life, and sometimes being an opinionated old fart.
He's 78.


Go watch. It's worth it.
tysolna: (rotflmao)
Yes, I know, I know. But I still laughed a lot!

tysolna: (girl studying)
I finally found a program for to make literature lists (sees people cringe at the grammar *Eg*). It's bloody brilliant. Searchable entries, key words, quote organization, and, and, and. I don't know half of what this program can do.
Combine that with 24/7 internet access and the ability of said program to search libraries in Germany, and all I have to do is enter the ISBN number and click "download" to get all the details up to and including a cover scan where available.
Now, I'll have to copy the ISBN numbers of the books I've already catalogued, and we're in business.
tysolna: (ice age)
My brain is slowly melting into a puddle of neurons and goo. I never realized how preciously refreshing a bowl of cold water can be when the feet get plunged into it. Let there be autumn.

Mum's got a mobile now; dad bought her one as she'll be driving to my grandmother for two weeks on Saturday, something she's been planning to do since May or so. Her car doesn't have air conditioning (is it called air conditioning when it's inside a car?).
I wish I could go with her, but I've got things to do here and no valid ID card. One of the things I need to do is get a new ID card, obviously.

I don't know why people would go to southern Spain at the moment. It's summery enough here, isn't it? But then, I suppose here we don't have air conditioning and waiters who bring us chilled drinks to the poolside. I could do with a chilled drink and a waiter myself.

And finally, from the people who brought you "We love the moon", here's Looking for my Leopard.
tysolna: (rotflmao)
Back from the shops, new keyboard plugged in, new game bought (Sims; I need to find out what all the fuss is about, and by now it's buyably cheap); now back to cleaning while listening to Eddie Izzard via BBC Radio. Good grief, I can't stop laughing.
tysolna: (highland fling)
I've noticed that whenever my parents are away for a week or more, there are two immediate, almost instinctual things I find myself doing. The first is to go shopping for foodstuffs, which I did yesterday (strawberries, cherries and apricots, oh my!); the second is cleaning up my place. To be frank, the second needs doing, anyway - this mess has accumulated in some parts since January, stacks of books and papers, CDs and notes and whatnot.

The musical background is live radio from all over the world over the net. I stared with Jamaica, progressed to Kenya, and am now in Iceland. I'm looking forward to hearing the news in Icelandic. I might choose a station in Texas next, or maybe Japan. This is so far beyond cool that it's hot.

Look, I promise you more philosophical and deep updates once I get used to having the whole of the internet at my fingertips. For now, I'm above the moon.
tysolna: (throwing stones)
effing LJ...
I'm getting a weird little greyish strip above all my LJ pages, telling me that I am logged in and the things I can do and whatnot, and it messes up my layout.
Can someone tell me what this is, and how I can get rid of it? Because this annoys the hell out of me.
Thank you.

Edit: [livejournal.com profile] kaoru_is_here told me what to do, so now I'm happy again. :)
tysolna: (Feld)

Which is what my friend Red said the other day about getting DSL, and which is absolutely true. There's so much to grab and try and taste, and I have to be very careful not to get sick of this. So, I take small steps, pick and choose from all the colourful sweets out there.
BBC Radio is one - Comedy, Drama, Music; you British don't know what you've got with your BBC radio, but maybe that's only my Anglophile's point of view.
Flickr is the other. I've been exploring that site, and my goodness, I love what people do there. I need to load up the battery of my camera and start looking for photo opportunities, and I mean really looking, do more than point and click.

And I will have a good opportunity to do that in the next week, because my parent's nomadic genes have struck again; this time, they and two friends are going on a trip re-creating one that happened fourty years ago, when two men from Germany went on a trip to Czechoslovakia one summer, and picked up two women hitch-hiking. They travelled together for a bit, and a few years later, the couples married.
Yes, I owe my life to the chance meeting of people on the road. Talk about perspective.
tysolna: (parachute)
It's now gone midnight, I've been listening to BBC Radio (Folk Club and Celtic Heartbeat) for the past hours while zipping around the 'net, talking to people, uploading a very few pictures to my flickr, hunting for new images to make into user icons, watching my favourite webcam, the Naked Mole Rat Cam, and now I can see the pandas sleep in the National Zoo, Washington, DC. I can actually see a panda on the other side of the world breathe.

Webcams have always fascinated me. To be able to see a view from the other side of the world, and be it an octopus, a street full of people, or the sky over Fort Worth, Texas, is more than cool. It makes the world both smaller and bigger at the same time.
And that's exactly what this faster connection has done. It's made the world and the WWW smaller, easier to get to, and bigger, with a lot more highways and byways and things to explore.

The sun's going down over the Palace Hotel in Manchester. I think I'd better go to bed now.
Who'd have known I could get all philosophical about a piece of technology.
tysolna: (laughing cricket)
OK. I now have ICQ back (new number), I have MSN (finally), Yahoo (since I already had an ID there) and even AIM (shivers).
Want to talk? ;)

Ooooh, speaking of Yahoo - I can now use Flickr without worry!

Can you tell I'm excited by all this?
tysolna: (omgwtfcookies!!)
It was almost sorted by the time I got home. All that was left was to input the right proxy server.

Finally we have arrived in the present - I've got DSL flat!
... I can finally stay online 'til the cows come home without worrying about the money. Or with having people try to call me and kick me offline while I'm downloading something. Those days are well and truly over!

Right, that took me what, two years? Three? Which means we'll have a satellite dish on our house in 2008. ;)
tysolna: (take me away)
Boy, am I glad I have internet access at work!

We were incommunicado yesterday. No DSL, no phones, and for the first time my father was glad to have a mobile phone.
The phone issue was sorted by the end of the day. Seems the German Telekom (dumdumdum DEE dum) had messed up our phone connection way back when, and someone from our local telecommunication firm (Osnatel) had to come over and replug the plugs, or something. By the end of the day, we had telephone again. Hooray!

Now, DSL. Since we didn't want to have to pull wires all through the house again, we (=dad) decided on a wireless LAN router. And every computer can find it, which is good. My dad can also access the Internet through it, after some fiddling with settings, which is also good. My computer can find the router, and get a very handsome connection with it - but nevertheless, I am not online. Mum's computer can't even connect to the WLan network, even though it can see that there is a network it should be able to connect to.

Dad's calling the provider. I hope it's sorted by the time I get home.


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