Cider Press Hill

Pampered

Tuesday, 8:10 am

By Kate

Nov

29

2005

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If I’m going to create a monster, I might as well go for broke. This is one sublimely happy dog.



 

Happy, happy dog

Monday, 11:41 am

By Kate

Nov

28

2005

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Last evening the whole family was upstairs except for Terry. “Mama, I’m so lonesome,” she wailed. Such a mournful sound. I went down and brought her upstairs along with the baby gate which I put across my bedroom door—so she couldn’t go mining for goodies in the kitty litter box. Terry leaped up on my bed and plopped right down next to Abbie who was shocked. Shocked, I tell you. That dog on her bed? Just horrible. She blinked and raised the hair on her back for minute or two before she finally decided it was all too much and stalked off with her tail held high.

Then it was time for bed. And you know, Terry was in such a deep sleep that I figured it was going to be too much trouble trying to wake her up and pry her off the bed. So I shoved her over and got in. Just as I settled in, she realized what the score was and her tail started thumping up and down. The joy of it all. She was going to sleep on my bed last night. She couldn’t contain her happiness. I plopped a pillow on top of her tail to make it stop thumping.

Sometime during the night, Abbie reconsidered and came back. She settled in on the other side of me. If you’ve ever slept with a pet, you know the routine. You accommodate them. I carved out a two foot cramped space for myself and they stretched out luxuriously. But, all things considered, it worked out well.

Tonight, I think will have to be a repeat of last night. There is just no way Terry will stay downstairs after experiencing the heady joys of sleeping with Mom. Just no way. I’ve created a little monster now. But, I guess that’s okay. Once she got over her tail thumping, she was a considerate pup and hardly moved all night. And it was kind of nice, really. I liked having her there. So, I guess that’s going to be the new routine. And Abbie will adjust.



 

SONY's bad PR

Sunday, 5:58 pm

By Kate

Nov

27

2005

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The latest edition of Stars and Stripes carries an article concerning SONY’s nasty practice of requiring a download of SONY’s CD player, which also includes anti-piracy software, on your computer when you want to play one of the new SONY CDs. It’s buggy software that provides a back door for hackers to break into a computer and it’s software that can’t be deleted from a computer without damaging the operating system. And that, of course, isn’t something that warms the cockles of the DoD’s heart. So military personnel aren’t allowed to download the SONY player software on the military’s computers. The software download is blocked as soon as the CD is popped into the disk drive.

As a result, The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, which runs the Power Zone stores (and others), have offered to refund the purchase price of the CDs, whether they are opened or unopened, to military personnel.

I’m sure this is not a happy public relations moment for SONY, but they deserve every uncomfortable second of it.

This sort of idiocy is the primary reason why the lad and I no longer buy CDs. We don’t have stand alone CD players in the house any more. We use our computers for music. I have a pair of nice BOSE speakers hooked into my computer and that does quite an admirable job of providing my tunes. The lad has a pretty good set of speakers hooked into his computer along with a good set of headphones. But we still don’t use CDs in this age of mp3s.

I have a subscription to Napster, which the lad and I both share. He will use the service to listen to new music (or browse older classics) and then he goes to iTunes to purchase and download tunes to his iPod. I don’t purchase much music usually. I’m pretty satisfied with the Napster service—I can create individualized playlists to my heart’s content and play them whenever I want. If there is something I want to take on the road with me, it’s easy enough to purchase favorite tunes and burn a CD.

In all, it’s probably more expensive than just buying CDs, but by doing things this way, I don’t have to worry about a dozen different sets of proprietary software or sneaky, buggy software or buying entire CDs if there are only a couple of tunes on one that I like.

Someday, maybe, the music industry will get back to the idea that when customers buy a CD, they just want to play it when and where they like and maintain total ownership of it without a bunch of high-handed rules that limit true ownership. The way it looks now is that buying a CD only gives me rental rights with increasingly limiting lease agreements. Until that changes, I’m not buying CDs.

(link via Scout Prime)



 

Lazy Day

Sunday, 5:01 pm

By Kate

Nov

27

2005

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Sometimes doing nothing wins the day. It was a lazy day in this house. The lad played video games and I took naps while attempting to watch a couple of movies on the tube. Then I tried to read and fell asleep doing that, too. In fact, it was so lazy in this house that I didn’t even build a fire in the wood stove. The magical dial on the wall beckoned and I answered its call—but with some reserve. It’s only set at 62°, but with a turtleneck, tee shirt, and sweat shirt on, I’m warm enough.

Lights are still not up on the front of the house, either. I’m sort of tempted to feel guilty, but haven’t gotten there yet. Sometimes lazy days are just what the body and soul require.



 

Worn out

Saturday, 9:09 pm

By Kate

Nov

26

2005

light snow

Busy day today. The Christmas lights didn’t go up outside, but J came over and helped me take down the 55 gallon fish tank and clean it out. That was a major project and most definitely a two person job. I so appreciate her help. We rearranged a few items of furniture afterwards, and then I taught her how to knit. Looking at those three sentences doesn’t give a sense of the industry involved, but I’m tired. Maybe I’ll get around to hanging the lights tomorrow. And maybe some more bloggyness.



 

Synchronized Light Display

Friday, 10:43 pm

By Kate

Nov

25

2005

clear night

(link via Blogging out Loud) If you’re going to put up 16,000 Christmas lights—and you’re a total geek—why not synchronize them to Wizards in Winter by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Enthrall your neighbors or drive them absolutely nuts. One or the other. Check out the video, complete with the music at Engadget (click “Read” down by the Permalink/Comments line for the video) and stick around to read the comments section where one of designer’s neighbors drops by to comment. It’s way cool.



 

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