Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic

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Happy October Fool's Day.

I meant to post this first thing this morning, but got distracted. A mostly wasted day, this one. Woke up way late, by the time I felt ready for breakfast it was lunch time.

Went to Home Depot and picked up a couple more things for my home lighting system. Came home and started installing the lamp dimmer, and clumsy me made the light bulb fly across the room, smashing to bits on the file cabinet. So, back to the car, stopped at the nearest hardware store for replacement bulbs, also found clear spray paint which I use on my biz cards so the inkjet ink doesn't run. Then to Office Depot and Fry's. looking for thermal paper for my blood pressure monitor's printer. They don't make this monitor anymore, which probably means it's time to get a new one - one that's probably more accurate. Great case of going into the store to spend $1 and coming out knowing you're going to have to spend $100. Also looked at MP3 players at Fry's thinking if they had one which used removable flash memory, that would be cool to have on my vacation. Something smaller and less power-hungry than a full-sized CD player. But the ones I liked cost way too much. $300+! Which is when I remembered I have Just The Thing in the bottom storage tub in my computer room closet - a Sony MD player which I bought at the company store when I worked there. I'd meant to give it as a present, but after giving one to my nephew, I ran out of people who would want one.

So back at the apartment, after finishing the bulb replacement and lighting hookup, I installed the Mini Disk software and it is now happily slurping up MP3s from my hard drive and putting them into playlists. I tried uploading to the player at the same time, but it blue-screened the PC. I know better - I reported this bug almost 2 years ago, after the last update patch came out. When I bought the player, I also got an 8-pack of discs, which will hold more than enough music. The thing runs on a single AA battery, too. Uploading won't take too long - it transfers at about 30x.

What else did I do today? Changed the litterbox, watched an episode of Dead Like Me Season 2. Opened up a couple of packages from the mail - one was the latest Learning Perl which I got cheap because it's a used textbook, with some highlighting. And The Madness Season, which will probably be coming to Thailand with me. Speaking of Thailand, I also went online at B of A and ordered 20,000 Baht for my trip. It's a lot of moolah -- more than $500. Back when I lived there, nobody I knew had ever seen than many Baht in one place - it used to be worth 10x that much, and the standard of living was such that $1 bought a really good dinner. Anyhow, that'll stay in my safe deposit box till it's time to leave. I was going to also get traveler's checks at AAA, but their web site says the exchange rate bites, and it's better to use the ATM. I can find a couple of no-fee ones for B of A over there. And I'll bring a few greenbacks too, which should get me a good rate too.

Enough already. Off to starbucks.

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