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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 11:45 am
  • Installed aircon in [personal profile] chaosmanor's bedroom so she doesn't accidentally dessicate this summer - would be the Best Mummy Ever but prefer her hydrated
  • Fixed leaking toilet pipe problem. Well, plumber fixed, I just annoyed plumber with lots of questions about plumbing.
  • Wrote 1504 and 2379 word essays for Negotiation and handed them in then edited Ethics down to 3257 and sent to group for comments *brain melts out ears*
  • Upgraded iPad from 3.2.1 to 3.2.2 and successfully jailbroke it again \o/
  • Bought a spray skirt for Carolina, a dry bag and some gloves (fear of sunblock). Have been paddling many times, it’s fantastic and intend to do it a lot more
  • Ordered Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 - choice partially dictated by being able to get it for $160 but picture quality, weight and optical were also factors
  • Finalised maps and clue sheets for Rogaine, I admit to a tiny amount of anxiety about how it is received - bring on Saturday!
  • Have two books waiting for me to finish the Trimester so I can read again, oh reading, I miss you so
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 02:14 pm
I mapped out what I could see of the Elizabeth Moon / Wiscon discussion happening as part of my Ethics unit - I’m really impressed at how people are speaking and what I see as the values being expressed. It seemed to me that a critical value is that people should speak and not be silenced and that this core assumption then drove a lot of the ensuing discussion about who / when / where.

This is a first draft based on a reasonably quick pass through so please feel free to question / correct / improve if you feel it’s not accurate or appropriate.

Idea Sketch - first draft
First draft in Idea Sketch )
Instaviz - second draft
Second draft in Instaviz )
ETA: popplet third draft
Third draft in popplet - v3.1 actually )

I also ended up reviewing three mind mapping apps for the ipad.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 01:38 pm
Instaviz versus Idea Sketch versus popplet - trialling some applications.
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, September 20th, 2010 01:59 pm
  • Sick most of last week, spent a lot of it in bed with the ipad reading and sneezing.
  • Consulting: I did some. I now have an ABN and a certain amount of anxiety - also very happy.
  • Watched S1 and part of S2 of Sanctuary. This is wildly uneven; it has fantastic not_sexism (which I am soaking up) and the most startling racism. I mean seriously, they call the non human people ‘abnomals.’ I’m surprised they didn’t just use ‘abominations.’ The plane crash episode was a standout of this nature and should be salted and burned - or used to teach young, impressionable film students what not to do.
  • Finished the bulk knitting for the jumper I’m working to replace, neckline to go!
  • Braces tightened - ow ow ow.
  • Ordered some tiny, pretty bowls from a potter.
  • Vetting with G. and the woofer - beautiful day but we were both a bit tired so we stopped early and lounged outside a café (incidentally within range of a control we could check while lounging).
  • 60th birthday dinner with father was a very quiet do and very enjoyable. My sister J. and I consulted extensively on his present and he says he likes it a lot.
  • OMG Supernatural is starting again this week!
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, September 6th, 2010 10:45 pm
I had a quick talk to my lecturer S. about whether she felt comfortable about me blogging my lecture notes - given it’s an Ethics course it seemed like a good idea. I tend to keep things pretty vague on some areas and I leave out everything related to people’s work out of respect for their privacy. S. said she was OK with it and I may give her a link once the course is over. *waves to S.*

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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Friday, September 3rd, 2010 08:32 pm
  1. Decide to buy The Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan
  2. Unable to locate from iPad via Stanza built in catalogues: fictionwise, booksonboard – switch to desktop computer for ease of multiple tabbing
  3. Check piracy options: available in epub, lit and pdf from multiple sources
  4. Amazon.com selling eBook for $11.09
    • This title is not available for customers from: Australia
  5. Simon and Schuster selling eBook for $8.99
    • check player: only available for Microsoft Reader, Adobe PDF, and eReader formats
    • check DRM status: according to http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/E-book_stores it has DRM
    • check DRM removal possibilities: unable to determine, reject as source until more information available
  6. Waterstones selling eBook for £5.59
    • check player: only available for Adobe Digital Editions
    • check DRM status: Waterstones site very kindly said “EPUB DRM” which I appreciate
    • check DRM removal possibilities: can rip to PDF (as image only) or download Python and hack it (looks complex for non-programmer=me)
  7. Final solution: buy from Waterstones as I resent the British less and value being warned in advance about DRM. Delete downloaded DRM file and download pirated copy from interwebs: quality high, transportability high, author gets my $, or in this case £
  8. Email to self (backup on web), open in Stanza, read first few pages to confirm process successful
  9. Review of process
    • Time invested: 2 hours - exploratory foray into ebook buying somewhat complicated, will no doubt get better at it
    • Dislike having to switch from iPad to desktop
    • Dislike not knowing what reader/DRM combinations existed for EPUB files – feel decision making slow and possibly flawed
    • Unable to find a legal eBook for Stanza - dislike DRM intensely
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Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 09:13 am
MobileRead Wiki - handy list of bookstores that sell eBooks with and without DRM.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, August 30th, 2010 10:31 pm
Otherwise known as Ethical Dimensions of Organisations, Leadership and Management and never to be referred to in such a lengthy way again.

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Then we ran away... by which I mean I hung about for 30 mins after chatting to one of the other students.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, August 30th, 2010 10:59 am
  • Father is back from gallivanting all over France, we caught up and spent some time working on the new, smaller pond and discussing rock placement and the right volume for trickling water. Very good to see him again :)
  • G. and I met P. and started our November Novelty Event Rogaine vetting, was good fun and involved a lot of walking and picking up a lot of trivia
  • PC is with baby brother for maintenance, both monitors have dieded which makes me sad ( I have warranty hopes for one of them). Am living entirely off the iPad right now
  • Have watched Top Gun and Hot Shots with [personal profile] maharetr, who sadly missed these 'classics' on account of being born too late to appreciate them.
Rock arranging morning
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, August 23rd, 2010 04:27 pm
So, tell me your top five apps!

*sneaks off to play*