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Greetings from Elemmírë of Taniquetil!

The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

Greetings from Elemmírë of Taniquetil!

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Yesterday, Dad set up a new desktop computer that he'd built for us. This is my first post on the new computer! Yes, I'm sentimental.

Since my laptop is Pengolodh Lord and Loremaster of Gondolin, and Bobby's laptop is Rúmil of Tirion (even though he calls it Darwin), then this computer is Elemmírë of Taniquetil because, just like a Vanya, he always stays in one place.

What have I done on Elemmírë so far? Well, the first thing I did was answer a whole bunch of email because the network was out at work today, so I was behind. I've downloaded the SWG website files from Pengolodh's folder on Data Deposit Box. I've added Gmail, the SWG, and my webhost to the shortcut toolbar because Eru forbid I should have to type out the monstrously long "www.silmarillionwritersguild.net"! Installed Java so that I can use the webhost. I answered an LJ comment from a_wayfarer *waves*. I'm about to set up Data Deposit Box because I hyperventilate at the thought of having non-backed-up files on Elemmírë, even though the likelihood of losing a hard drive on a computer not even two days old? I'm ridiculous, what can I say?

And I am listening to streaming web music! I know there is probably a better name for it, but I don't know it because Pengolodh doesn't have a sound card, so--as I remarked to a friend the other day--the whole YouTube, streaming media craze? Totally missed it. I watched a couple of Obama speeches on YouTube at work during the few days that the blocking software was down, but that's been it. I have a group of RL friends who constantly send links to videos, and I find myself getting irritated with them, as though they should intuit that I cannot watch them ... well, rather, I cannot listen to them.

So, flist, in welcoming Elemmírë of Taniquetil to the wild and woolly world of the Internet and fandom and my online life in particular, I would like to ask those of you with a favorite online video to link to it here so that I can finally watch some videos online. I know, I'm a dork, but it's amazing how left out I've felt because I can't watch freakin' online videos and everyone else can.

One last note before I wrap up this entirely too long and utterly pointless post: I am so spoiled by Pengolodh that I never realized how lazy I've become on the Internet. In the breakneck pace of my everyday life, I find shortcuts wherever I can. I was filling out an online petition on Elemmírë today, and I enter my first name and typed "D" and waited ... for it to auto-complete. And I was angry when I had to type out my full name, my full email address, and my other details! Pengolodh would have done all of that for me. But, Elemmírë, I'll give you time to learn. *pats*

Now I really need to send out the first batch of B2MeM marathon emails ... yikes!
  • Yay for the new desktop! :D

    My laptop is Palantir. Hee.
  • Pengolodh didn't have a sound card? o_O

    That was very nice of Pa Felagund to build a mainframe for you and the Knight! Although our desktop is speedier in some ways, I am inordinately attached to iAngband (my ol' iBook G4) which keeps chugging along. It may be because OSX.x has been very, very good to me as opposed to the wretched MS Vista.

    I'm about to set up Data Deposit Box because I hyperventilate at the thought of having non-backed-up files on Elemmírë, even though the likelihood of losing a hard drive on a computer not even two days old? I'm ridiculous, what can I say?

    Not at all ridiculous. I now have a 160 GB SimpleTech external HD upon which I back up everything regularly.

    Your penchant for naming hardware is infectious. My iPod is now iTinfang.
    • Pengolodh had a sound card ... but it didn't work. I asked Paw Felagund if I could replace it. When I heard it required replacing the motherboard ... yeah, I could live without Internet videos!

      Paw Felagund is where my geeky blood comes from, incidentally! I remain the only person I know (aside from my sister) who got into trouble for not typing properly and for using ugly fonts on my school papers. (My dad being a printer by trade and spending much of his life designing the forms for several Baltimore-area hospitals.) I also developed a life-long loathing for clip-art.

      And Tinfang?! LMAO!!
  • Elemmire???

    Oh dear...another name I'll mangle...probably end up calling him (her) Elmer...

    Bear with me. I'm actually tytping this on my laptop, who is much younger than I am and far more techy. We have acquired little broadband gizmos so we can - theoreticaly - go anywhere with the laptops as long as we have some sort of power. Scary!!!
    • Re: Elemmire???

      I have one of those little broadband gizmos! :D I love sitting in the basement with the woodstove going full-blast, wrapped in a blanket, working on a story. Wireless Internet is a wonderful invention.

      Also, I went to the library today and got out books on Flash and Dreamweaver! Geeky knowledge galore! I haven't tried the turning-pages website yet, but it's on my List of Things to Do on Elemmire.

      Who, btw, is a Tolkien character; I name all of my techy items after obscure Tolkien characters that are poets, historians, or rogue craftspeople!
  • Your father is very clever. I hope your computer gives you many happy years. I'm afraid my favourite videos have limited appeal being mostly opera.It was Wagner's Ring that led me to Tolkien's!
    • My dad is an awesome geek! :D My own geekiness comes from him, I think. There's been a computer in the house almost as long as I can remember.
  • *ultra happy waving back* Woohoo!!! 8D I mean. I welcome Elemmírë with the most composed of salutations~ *secretly hugs it*I will totally compile a whole list up video links to bug you with comment to you soon!
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8FYjyvsd00

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTgwvadr3J0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDcnEhASd9U

    Hope you enjoy these!
  • Welcome Elemmirë! May she live long and serve you well.
  • Welcome Elemmírë of Taniquetil! (Pops open a bottle of virtual bubbly) If I could I'd make a chibi version of you. ;-) Hope you get lots of fun with your new device Dawn. ;-)
  • "Elemmírë of Taniquetil" - and how might one pronounce that?

    Never, ever ask me for videos because I will send lots. :-P

    For music, try Pandora.com. All the kids use it (except int'l kids, because it's blocked). It plays your favourite songs and then suggests music based on your favourites.

    Hitchcock Ninja Cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbwpgyRUv5g

    Web design rapper: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0qMe7Z3EYg

    How to Open a Book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueO0o8BwsmI

    Amazing ballgirl catch at baseball game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SqJz0NgnnE

    A very big ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv5U0W8FDDk

    Those are a few from my YouTube favourites. I also recommend any videos of Tina Fey doing Sarah Palin on SNL, but I kinda recall that you'd seen these.

    Welcome to the 21st century! BTW, all the cool kids also "tweet" now (on Twitter.com ;-P).
  • Ohhhh congrats! I wondered why you were so silent :)

    I'm about to set up Data Deposit Box because I hyperventilate at the thought of having non-backed-up files on Elemmírë, even though the likelihood of losing a hard drive on a computer not even two days old? I'm ridiculous, what can I say?

    Oh no, not ridiculous at all! The pre-decessor of my current desktop HD died because of a MB failure and I just had it two to three days, I kid you not. Hubby just deleted the very recent back up an hour before, so I went like: Zhaan noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. I think I cried. Learnt from it and I have most of my do-not-want-to-loose files on an usb stick or four ;)

    So when we moved and we finally unpacked my recently brand new pc I was very very nervous. Besides that the dvd drive has issues reading software disks form time to time, it's doing grand. I just turn it on two times a week or so. I spent most of my time on this old lady Talyn (lap top).

    As for music vids, here's my youtube playlist (just a fraction of what I like)
  • Congrats! My current system doesn't have a name (maybe that's why she's so grouchy!) but I used to have a PC emulator on my old Mac, and the Mac was Flora and the emulator was Fauna. :)

    I can't get lots of sound files to work on mine, but the video works fine.

    BTW - I haven't heard anyone mention Runrig in about a decade - I LOVED them! :)
  • Congrats on the new desktop and on being able to watch videos! (I still can't unless I switch to Dad's computer.)
  • Great! Congratulations!
    I never thought of calling computers by names though I'm very fond of my bulky desktop which seems to have been able to put up with all sorts of indignities (including dog pee and teenagers downloading all sorts of crap) with minimal (touch wood) inconveniences. I'll try to find a fitting name.
  • *laughs!* When I saw this entry I was reminded of my own video trauma. Imbedded links? Most blind people don't know how to work with them. Our screen reading software won't let us click on them. Sometimes, even the URL doesn't work.

    As for the shortcuts, I'm so new to JRRT fandom that I'm still learning how to spell names, places, and words spoken in Elvish. Then I remembered the autocorrect function in Microsoft word, and I was filled with joy abounding, as it were. I started putting in the words using the fancy accented letters, and other things like that. I've no idea why, but if I don't write the accented letters, I feel like I'm being lazy, or cheating somehow.

    Boy! That went off topic. I am now gonna shut up and suffer from the horrible sunburn I got yesterday after spending three hours in my apartment complex's outdoor pool without sunblock. :-)
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