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Okay, for those of you who haven't downloaded the new version of Firefox yet, I would strongly advise you not to! There are several reasons:

  • Not all the add-ons work with it.

  • It is *not* any faster than the previous version (in fact I've found it to be in some cases slower)

  • It keeps crashing - it has crashed on me twice already today, and I've only had the computer on for about 20 minutese

  • As far as I can see, it's not as user-friendly as the previous version.

Now, I will admit that the first and last are my opinions, but the middle two are fairly important, and are facts. Also, for some reason, it is refusing to finish loading Hotmail accounts - it just keeps going with the little circles. I can access things in Hotmail, but I don't know why it doesn't finish loading.

So, my advice is don't upgrade until all these bugs have been sorted out!

Also, I just did a quick search on the Mozilla site to try and find a way to contact them to complain (because every time Firefox crashes, I don't get a 'send error report' box. Instead I get a 'Windows will try and find a solution to the problem' and subsequently 'Windows has not found a solution, but will let you know when it does'.). The one time I actually *want* to send an error report and I can't!!
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Another petition, again about a matter close to my heart: books!

[quoted directly from [livejournal.com profile] loriel_eris]

The gist of the matter is that from the autumn some publishers are going to put age banding on children's books. ie 5+, 7+, 9+, 11+ and 13+/teen. Why? So that people can buy age appropriate books for kids. Huh. That's what I thought front cover, text size, book description and where the bookseller had placed it on the shelves was for...

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[Links from [livejournal.com profile] loriel_eris]

A Telegraph article

An article in The Guardian

[This is all me now!]

Frankly, I think this is ridiculous, and pointless. Considering the fact that I read books way above my age when I was younger, I'm totally against it, mainly for the reason that it would put off parents letting their children read what they wanted. You know, 'you're only 10, you can't read a book that's labelled 12+' or whatever! It seems to have completely forgotten the point that children read at different levels - as I said, I read a lot of books way above my reading age when I was younger (mainly because there was nothing else to do!) but my parents never censored what I read. In fact, they actively encouraged it! Personally, I feel that children can only benefit from a wide range of reading. I highly doubt that young children (and let's face it, once kids reach about the age of 13, parents aren't going to be able to prevent them reading what they want!) will actively seek out books that are potentially 'harmful' to them. (I'm thinking of descriptive crime novels and books with a lot of sex - although I'd read a Mills & Boon when I was about ten (in fact, it was one of my favourite books at the time!).) There are a lot of entertaining reads that might be considered 'too old' for an eleven year old, but each child is different!

I can appreciate the reason for banding of films - although that only works in the cinemas. In films, nothing is left up to the imagination. Everything is right in front of you, in blazing technicolour (most of the time. I realise that sometimes you have to infer, in which case younger children probably wouldn't get the references and it will all be fine.). Violence, blood flying every where, sex. Books can leave that up to the imagination. And reading about blood flying is not the same as seeing it! In books, children can read things quite happily and not necessarily realise what they mean. They might take a completely different meaning from the one that was meant (in the right way). I'm afraid I'm not explaining myself particularly well - if it doesn't make sense, then comment, and I'll try and do better!

From my experience, a lot of parents don't pay any attention to the age banding of films when it comes to buying/renting films. Instead, they make an informed decision regarding their child and what they know the film to contain (unless they don't care at all, in which case the point is moot). Why can't they do that with books, as I'm sure they've been doing all these years? What has prompted this? I've never heard of stories of children being scarred for life from having read a book that was 'too old' for them. Frankly, I find the whole thing offensive.

I mean, surely the fact that in bookstores (and online, so the getting rid of bookstores idea doesn't really hold true) there are children's sections, 12+ sections, teen sections (which hold some great books!), infants sections etc is enough guidance, for goodness' sake! What's next, having to show your ID to buy a book?!

It seems pretty pointless to me, and I think that perhaps the people who have come up with this idea have had a crisis of imagination and are clutching at straws to keep their jobs!

I have been reading from as soon as I was able, and devoured everything that I could. My parents never restricted my reading, and as such I believe that I benefited with a great love of all books. Age banding is pointless, as far as I can see, and can only be damaging to the youngsters of today. We are already having a hard time encouraging children to read, and adding the stigma of reading books with age banding on them (also, think of the potential bullying possibilities), I think it would only make things more difficult. Surely, the sectioning of books into different sections in bookstores is enough guidance for parents?! Is this age banding insulting the intelligence of parents?

- what I wrote in my email

Anyway, here is the petition website. Please send them an email of support if you agree.
No To Age Banding
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Okay, so this morning on the breakfast news, they showed clips of people who had queued for up to 36 hours to get their hands on 'Deathly Hallows'. This was in between clips of the flooded areas in England.

It suddenly struck me (mainly now because I hadn't really been thinking about it before) that this world is really very strange, and a lot of people have some very strange priorities!

Now, I fully admit that I will read 'Deathly Hallows' sooner rather than later, although that's mainly so that there's less chance of me getting spoilt than anything else. If I could leave it for a while without being spoilt, I would.

But there were people, kids and adults, fighting over a book. A book, for goodness' sake! Seriously, people! It's only a book! It's not the end of the world!

I know quite a few of you on my flist have been similarly apathetic towards Harry Potter, and I think it's quite refreshing. (Of course, once I get the book in my hands, I won't put it down until I've finished reading it, but that happens with a lot of books.)

I did have a longer, more intelligent post in my head a few hours ago, but it's late now and my brain's a little fried.

In other, sort of related news, the one good thing about the OotP film coming out and the book as well is that it's got my creative juices going again. I've been making new notes for 'Wood & Wild'.

Also, I've just rewatched 'The Craft' on Channel 4, and it didn't end the way I remember at all!


May. 3rd, 2007 02:29 pm
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My mp3 player (aka Milo) is acting up. He's been dying on me in the middle of songs, and sometimes after starting up, I press play and get about 2 seconds of song before it dies again. Then, without any prompting from me, it starts up again.

And, before you start suggesting that it's the battery, I put a brand-spanking new one in (I'm that daft!). It's still doing the same thing. Sometimes it works for about 20 minutes and then inexplicably dies.

I think he's going to have to go back to Argos. Thank goodness I bought a year's guarantee along with him. It's not like I've been treating him badly either - he hasn't been dumped in water or anything silly like that!

Grrr! I'm just annoyed! I've got used to walking around listening to music, and I've now discovered, after backtracking to find a post office that I hadn't actually gone past yet, that when I'm not listening to music, I get so caught up in my own thoughts that I have no idea what's going on around me, and that I'm likely to get mown down by a bus! *sigh*

I'll need my music for travelling to Corfu - it'll keep me awake at four in the morning when I'm queuing to check-in my luggage!!
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So, it appears that we still have no internet at home. It's very annoying to say the least! Virgin Media are being total w*nkers - they charging a HUGE amount for the useless service that they provide, and apparently 'their system is down' at the moment. Probably due to the humungous amount of people calling up to complain!

Anyway, I shall have the house to myself this weekend, so I hope it's working tomorrow. *pout* Otherwise what shall I do? I won't be able to update LJ with my new icons (that I haven't made yet because I was tired last night and went to bed reasonably early) and about climbing. I won't be able to use my groovy new climbing icon! *wail*

However, lack of internet may mean that I'll do other stuff, like actually do some writing! *g*

In other news, my ears are still playing up a little. Yesterday the pain stopped in my right ear and immediately moved into my left. Then by the late afternoon, there was no pain.

Now, I can feel a twinge just starting in my right ear again. Grrr!

Catherine thought it might be wisdom teeth, but I'm more inclined to think it has something to do with the flying I did on Monday. However, it's obviously getting better, because the pain was less yesterday than it was the day before, and it's even less today (so far!).

I'd better go and check my bank account now. *sigh* I wish there was even a slight chance of there not being a "-" sign in front of the figure in my account, but there isn't.


Apr. 16th, 2007 03:22 pm
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So, to make my 'weird' day (see previous post) into a truly shitty day, I've broken the heel on my left shoe. To compound matters, my housemate who sometimes gives me a lift home is working a late shift tonight, so that means she won't be able to give me lift!

Thus meaning I shall have to walk down half of Glasgow, (or should I say 'hobble down half of Glasgow') to catch my train, and then walk for another ten minutes once I get off the train at the other end! When I say ten minutes, that's ten minutes with normal, unbroken shoes, so heaven knows how long it will take me to walk today!

Argh!!! Grrrr!

Is this some kind of belated Friday the 13th revenge because I read a Bones fanfic about Friday the 13th and because I didn't have any bad luck that day?!! Well, if it is, I'm not impressed! Do you hear me, Mr Friday-the-13th-Curse-man? Not funny!!!

My mood theme photo is exactly how I feel right now.

Hacked off

Jun. 13th, 2004 03:22 pm
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I'm currently recording old LPs onto the computer and having a great deal of trouble. I've spent the last hour and a half doing one LP. The stupid program either stops working halfway through, or else I started recording it at too high a sound level, so that when it's played back, it sounds vile.

It's nearly finished now, and fingers crossed, it'll work out all right! Then all I have to do is start writing them to disk, so that some space is freed up on the computer.

I'm also browsing JK Rowling's site, but everything's happening very slowly at the moment. Combined with my feeling rather chilly, I'm not overly happy.

Hurrah! It's worked! Only 5 more LPs to go.

Man, I wish I could use magic here. It totally sucks that I've had to hand my wand in, just in case I get tempted.


Apr. 12th, 2004 05:44 pm
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Okay, so obviously I haven't seen Alias, (although I might be seeing it very soon, since [livejournal.com profile] kyizi and I will be getting it possibly tomorrow. (Although, will have to watch it with [livejournal.com profile] kyizi, since my computer's sound is now crap.

But having just read [livejournal.com profile] corngirl_jo's LJ entry, I don't think I want to watch it, at all! Seriously, I'm losing faith in Alias! And this is obviously not a good thing! I'm keeping my faith concerning certain characters, and I have in my own mind reasons for it all, but since [livejournal.com profile] corngirl_jo's reasons are generally the same as mine, and she's having trouble justifying people's actions, then I think I'm trouble! Argh!

Anyway, in other news, my laptop's still misbehaving. I'm hoping that miraculously it'll recover, because I couldn't get it insured when I bought it, since I was a skint student. The only insurance that came with it was because it was bought on a credit card, which just so happens to belong to my mother, so I don't have the receipt. So heaven knows how expensive it'll be to repair! Argh! And, yes, it should still be under warranty, since I bought it less than a year ago, but can I find the receipt? Of course not! It most likely with everything else computer-related - like my Windows XP CD and my Microsoft Office 2000 CD, which I can't find. I've obviously put them somewhere safe! Grr!

On top of all that, I have studying to do, and a report to finish that was due in before yesterday, but since computer went kaput for a while, it's not finished! Argh!

And now I'm not even looking forward to Alias! (Although I am looking forward to Crossings, for obvious reasons!)

Okay, moan over. Back to regular scheduling now! *g*
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Why, well, lat night I recorded Chapter One of my Harry Potter fic, Wood & Wild, onto my computer. Then this morning, I was planning on recording the title music from Chamber of Secrets to play over the beginning of my reading. All very cunning, right? Well, whilst experimenting a few days ago with recording stuff from tape onto computer, I discovered that I could plug in my stereo to my computer using the line-in with a cable that I've got to connect my portable CD player to a littl hi-fi. (You with me so far?)

Okay, so I thought that I'd try the same thing with my television, since it has a headphones output, and that would save me having to hold the microphone next to speaker. So, I plug it in, and my computer makes this horrible, buzzing noise, and Audicity refuses to work. So, I think, okay, maybe the computer just didn't start up right, so I restart it.

Or, at least, I try to. It freezes on me. And I mean completely. There's the light to show that there's power but nothing I do changes anything. I hold down the power key, nope, nothing. Ctrl+Alt+Delete = nothing. Eventually, I unplug it and take the battery out. Then I put the battery back in, and everything's hunky-dory (I can tell you, I breathed a sigh of relief at that, since *everything* is on that computer, and I don't have backups.) until Windows opens.

Now, my sound scheme is (or I should was) a Harry Potter one, and it should say "Welcome to Hogwarts" when it opens up. Well, it tried, but there was a huge amount of noise and the quality was crap. I only understood what it was saying because I knew what it was meant to sound like. I tried changing the output (because for some reason, it was set to headphones, instead of laptop speakers) but it made no difference. I tried playing music - nope, still the same noise and distortion. It was exactly the same when I put the headphones in.

So, on thinking about, I'm guessing that I overloaded the speaker system when I plugged it into the tv, although I don't really know how. I mean, assuming that it works exactly the same my stereo system, the volume wasn't that high.

And Audicity isn't working anymore. I press record and, instead of the line moving with respect to time, it just jitters in one spot.

So, I think, great, wonderful. This now means that until it's fixed (or God forbid, I get a new computer, which, seeing as mine is less than a year old, I don't really want to do, especially since I can't really afford it!) I can't watch any videos, listen to any music, and all my recording ideas have to be put on hold. (Unless, by some miracle, I get home and it's all sorted. That has happened in the past, although I have extremely had luck when it comes to sound cards.)

So, I'm wandering about the flat at a loose end, since I was going to finish my report today (I only have about 2 pages left to do), and I want to leave my computer alone for a while. And, despite the fact that it's Easter Sunday, there is *nothing* on the tv! (Although, I don't have a TV guide at the moment, but still.)

Eventually, I decided I had to get away from the flat for a while. So, that means coming to uni and getting Internet therapy. Of course, I haven't taken 5 steps outside when it starts raining! Oh joy!

The only good thing about the whole escapade is that the rest of the computer is working fine and I haven't lost anything. What's weird is that I was thinking last night when I'd gone to bed that I should save some stuff to CD, since my computer's been slowing down. :(

I don't actually have anything good to say at the moment, I'm severly depressed about my computer.

Although, I did get some great reviews for my fic! *g*


Apr. 9th, 2004 01:50 pm
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Okay, am currently a little annoyed, since the computer has decided to mess with my Radiohead CD and keeps skipping. Grr! Especially since I'm a total Radiohead mood, and I want to listen to the bloody songs! Argh!

You know, I managed to watch the new Prisoner of Azkaban trailer, and, although it looks great, the more of the trailers I see, the less I look forward to the film. It's my favourite book, and I can see myself getting seriously annoyed about the film. Also, although I like David Thewlis, he is most definitely *not* Remus Lupin, by any stretch of the imagination. Obviously, I'm still going to see it, but I don't know. We'll see. And, I love Daniel Radcliffe, but he wasn't as convincing as Harry in that trailer as the ones before. Tom Felton and Rupert Grint were good, but even Emma Watson was a little wrong, I thought. I don't know, maybe it's because they're too old, or something. *shrugs* Am going to get off my HP rant now. (Although am seriously considering capping the trailer!)

Speaking of capping, I capped all of David Anders' scenes in The Source/Surge/Secret Craft and will be putting them up somewhere, if anyone's interested. There are just over 300 of them, though. (Okay, I went a little crazy - I just kept pressing that button every time he appeared on the screen!) I think I'll cull them down a little first! *g*

In the hope of avoiding work, I did the following: D&D Character )
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Right, as I'm sure you're well aware, I intend on applying to do a PhD in New Zealand next. Now the chappy I've been emailing, who's the Head of the Department over there, has been very helpful and told me what I need to read up on etc, including a journal that he and a PhD student of his wrote.

Can I bloody get hold of the stupid arse thing? Can I hell! Sure, I can find it easy enough, but I need to be registered as someone to download it. My university library is meant to be incredibly helpful when it comes to downloading e-journals for free, but can it find *anything* remotely to do with the topic I'm investigating? Of course not! It can find loads on the topic I did in my *second* year, but *nothing* for my PhD research!

I'm getting seriously hacked off about it, because everywhere I look on the Internet leads back to the place where I started, where I need a password!

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Well, this is a hideously long post, so I'm cutting it for those of you who don't want to know what I get up to at 3 in the morning!

Early morning musings )


Dec. 11th, 2003 04:49 pm
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Bah, have just discovered HUGE disadvantage to using a laptop. You can't use the mousepad whilst wearing gloves! As you may have figured out, it's FREEZING in here! It also slows down your typing, since you can only use two fingers, otherwise nothing makes sense, since you hit about 3 keys at once.

Just had a run-in with Queen Bitch from Hell, otherwise known as Genuvieve. Great name, truly horrible girl! She used to be in our year but she took a year out in second year and then came back, so she's now a year below us (thank God!). Anyway , no-one likes her, but I hadn't ever really spoken to her before (mainly due to the fact that she *really* didn't like [livejournal.com profile] kyizi). So, she comes into the student library today and asks about getting a key, because only the computer technicians and the Astrosoc Librarian have keys to the student library. So I told her that only Andy had the key. She promptly said that she didn't know who he was (although I know that she hung around with him, okay, so *clung* might be a better word, since Andy hates her too!) and that she didn't talk to Physics people since she took it. I told her that he was an Astronomy person, and she returned that she didn't to them either. (I suppose it escaped her notice that she was talking to two of those people right there ([livejournal.com profile] loriel_eris was there, too)! And she was asking us advice! Cheeky bint! But wait, it gets better!

Since she didn't know who Andy was, I said that he was the short one (which he is, in fairness, he's not much taller than me) and she said, "That's rich, coming from you." Now, I could take that if it was actually coming from someone that I know, and am friends with, but not some stranger, who, in addition was pretty much slagging off all Physics & Astronomy people, despite being one herself. Also, I don't like her anyway, but if I'd been prepared to give her the benefit of the doubt (I wasn't really, but if she'd been nice to me, I might have considered it), she would have totally blown it there and then!

[livejournal.com profile] loriel_eris just mentioned that she could almost see me explode when she said that. I didn't, though, you should be proud. I kind of blanked her, instead. Put it this way, she can try talking to me again. In fact, it might be fun if she did!

[livejournal.com profile] loriel_eris just said that if she was on fire, I wouldn't spit on her. I said, "No, I would just through alcohol at her instead." On second thoughts, no, I wouldn't. That'd be wasting perfectly good alcohol! Hmm, paraffin, yeah, that works!

Ugh, anyway. I think I've finished ranting. Time to go back to work! Bye!


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