rynne: (cold Eowyn)
So today was my 23rd birthday. Not been the best birthday I've ever had. I made plans to go have pizza and drinks with some friends, but everyone ended up canceling on me. Everyone. I probably should not have tried for plans on a Thursday night, even if the Thursday is my actual birthday.

It's been drizzly/rainy, but not hard enough that I can actually hear it, so it's been more an inconvenience than a nice soothing noise. My internet/computer hates me no less today than it usually does.

Well, at least I don't have homework tonight since I did it all yesterday, and my family and best friend from home called. *sigh*

Otherwise not much has been happening. I've been doing a lot of LSAT practice and got a 167 on my last practice test, and I still have three weeks until the actual test, so I'm pleased with my progress. School is going well, though I'm pretty busy since I'm taking all upper-division courses.

Writing is not going so well. I've just...not wanted to, and it shows, because everything I try to write sucks monkey balls. Gah. I've grown less interested in writing fic, but I've got a Doctor Who virtual season fic to write, except that right now I suck. Gah, again.

Well hasn't this been a happy birthday... *sigh*
rynne: (angry!Ron)
Jesus Christ. Once again one of my power cords has stopped working, but this can't be fixed as easily as a trip to the Apple store, considering that I have no idea where one is and that I imagine it will be cheaper if I get a new one at home and that I need one with a US plug anyway.

But I have two weeks until I go home, two weeks where I basically will not be able to use my own computer unless someone in one of my hostels is willing to let me use theirs to charge my computer for a bit.

GAH. *pulls hair*

This means that not only do I have to pay for the internet, but I can't read all the things stored on my computer for when I don't have internet, and I can't charge my iPod, because my computer is all I have to charge that with. I haven't used my iPod since last charging it so hopefully it'll be fine, but I'm going to try to avoid using it until that last plane ride home, I suppose.

Anyway, I'm in Salzburg, Austria at the moment, though I leave for Vienna tomorrow morning. Yesterday I went on the Sound of Music tour (hahaha never have I felt more like a tourist, which is really saying something, though I did win a free beer for knowing the name of the big mountain Maria is on in the beginning of the movie), and oh my God this country is beautiful. I think I love it more than Ireland now.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] goldy_dollar, we passed the headquarters of a hockey team, and my tour guide said that they've been winning games all across Austria, and the reason for this is that none of them are Austrian -- they're all Canadian. I immediately thought of you. XD

Okay, time to spend the rest of what time I have left reading fic! I need to get to my Remix, though the rest of the archive might have to wait until I'm home, sigh.
rynne: (Default)
Bugger. Today I went to the Apple store to see what they could do about my internet, and the person I saw there said there did not seem to be a hardware issue but maybe it was that my airport was set to US frequencies. So she expanded my frequencies to international ones and I hoped it was fixed, but when I went back to the school building and tried to use the wireless there, it still kept losing the signal. (Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] shinyopals! I just couldn't keep the signal for more than a few seconds at a time at that point.)

The other option mentioned was to give my computer to them for a week or two while they went over it to see if something was wrong, and this would cost 99 pounds.

So now I'm trying to decide if that would be worth it. I mean, I do get internet for a few minutes every time I open up my computer, and while I won't like to be forever closing and opening it again, well, it works. I can also use the computers set up at the school and be glad that I brought my flash drive.

I might just give it some time and see how well I can live without steady internet. *sigh*
rynne: (Default)
My computer is having issues with the internet here. It's being very sporadic. I've had this problem several other places but I never really cared before since I wasn't in those places for long, but I'm going to be here for three months and I can't have sporadic internet. So I might have to take my computer to an Apple store and see if I need a new wireless card or something.

Otherwise, been very busy! Today we took a boat down the Thames and went up to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and I got lots of pictures of stuff. Like the London Eye. And Canary Wharf. I couldn't stop thinking about Doctor Who. XD

I have an early day tomorrow, so g'night.
rynne: (scully the sleeping beauty)
i. I feel like Roman numerals today.

ii. I am so ridiculously tired. Gah.

iii. I have to go back to work tomorrow. Bah. Through a reduction in hours and a quirk of scheduling, I got eight days off in a row. I got called in on one of them, but that still left me with a lot of time off when previously I'd been working basically full-time but never with more than one day off in a row. And it's nice to make more money, but I do love lazing around. :p

iv. Though speaking of work, this week I am going to give in my two weeks' notice! It feels odd to leave so soon because I'll have only worked there for two months by the time I leave, but I do have to go back to school.

v. Also, some friends and I are going to Vegas in mid-August. A few days in Vegas, and then we go to Sacramento for some concerts. Well, the friends are going to Warp Tour and Green Day, but Warp Tour's not my thing so I'm just going to Green Day. And I have family in Sacramento, so I don't have to worry about a place to stay or anything. So basically I'm going to be out of town August 16 through about the 25th, which is why I'm giving notice at work so soon though I'm not going back to school until like the 29th.

vi. My computer's power cord is crapping out. Again. After only like six months. Fortunately, though, that means it's still under warranty, so I do not need to pay $90 for a new one! On the other hand, apparently the Apple store requires me to even have a reservation to make an exchange, which is...whatever. But I couldn't do it today, so I made an appointment for right after work tomorrow. An appointment to make an exchange. *shakes head*

vii. I'm still so tired, and I have work early tomorrow. I'll answer comments later. Good night.
rynne: (huh?)
OMG my computer is haunted.

I am just sitting here typing things and and not touching any keys beyond basically the alphabet and shift and return, and then iTunes comes up and starts playing. On its own. Then the computer pulled up an odd screen I never use and therefore don't know if I've really ever seen before, probably one of the F keys, and goes back into iTunes, and I have to use the escape key to get back because I don't know how to otherwise.

So it did that once, and that was odd. And then it just did it again.

WTF is going on?
rynne: (angry!Ron)
I am never using googledocs to write fic again.

Normally I just use MS Word, but for this last fic I tried using googledocs, so I could just flip between tabs rather than programs.

But then it kept fucking up the spacing every time I opened the document. First it just eliminated lines between paragraphs, and then at the end of the fic it started eliminating paragraphs, so that it ended up in one big block of text.

Now the big block of text is bigger, and has my beta's comments interspersed in so it's just long inches of what the hell at the bottom of my fic. Now I have to find my paragraphs and separate them from beta comments and just argh.

Googledocs, you suck.
rynne: (the sounds of silence)
This has been two-thirds Weekend of Suck and one-third not. The one-third basically consisted of being able to sleep in and being done with my paper.

Otherwise? I am sick. Probably just the kind of cold that I get pretty much every two or three months here, but it still makes me miserable while it's here.

So today I basically just slept in and then when I got up, it was only technically, because I grabbed a book and read for several hours. But then I wanted to go on the internet. Except that for some reason, the internet was not working.

And just for me, too. It wasn't my ethernet cord, because my roommate's didn't work for me either. It's not the internet in general, because my RA's was working fine. But when I went to the little computer lab on my dorm floor, the internet in there wouldn't work for me either, so I have no idea what's going on.

I'm in the library now. I want to just hang around on the internet and do all the things I normally do (ie read fanfic), but I imagine my guilt is going to chase me off soon enough, since someone is likely to actually need this computer for academic type stuff.

The tech people aren't open on weekends, so I'm going to have to wait until tomorrow to see if they can fix what's going on. Otherwise, I'm going to hope that it goes away on its own.

Bloody internet. I love you! Why do you hate me in return?
rynne: (you're a star)
I'm thinking I will soon need a new power cord--it seems like I can't shift my computer an inch without the damn thing deciding it can't feel the cord.

Dear Apple,

Why are replacement power cords $79? Seriously? Almost eighty dollars for a cable? Hmph. I'm probably going to have to pay it, since I might go insane without my computer, but I think that's a bit excessive.

No love,
me.

Here's the OTP meme, gacked from...so many people. :p Let's see if I can actually think of 15 OTPs and ways to describe them that aren't too obvious or too obscure...

Pick up to 15 OTPs.
Describe them in 15 words or fewer.
Have your flist guess the OTP.

1. At first she wanted to kill him, then she defied her last command. (Luke/Mara, Star Wars, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose)
2. He flew across the ocean to be with her in the middle of an international crisis. (Josh/Donna, The West Wing, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] tsukara)
3. She's his one in five billion. (Mulder/Scully, X-Files, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] arabian)
4. He has turned the world upside down and he's done it all for her. (Jareth/Sarah, Labyrinth, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] tsukara, and [livejournal.com profile] ariastar)
5. No more will she delight only in songs of war. (Faramir/Eowyn, Lord of the Rings, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose and [livejournal.com profile] gehayi)
6. Living together, and joint Christmas presents. (Remus/Sirius, Harry Potter, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] canis_m, [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose, [livejournal.com profile] ariastar, and [livejournal.com profile] gehayi)
7. That's the name that keeps him fighting. (Doctor/Rose, Doctor Who, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] fiery_twilight, [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose, [livejournal.com profile] ariastar, and [livejournal.com profile] gehayi)
8. They have an Arrangement. (Crowley/Aziraphale, Good Omens, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] polaris_starz, [livejournal.com profile] ariastar, and [livejournal.com profile] gehayi)
9. Building the Republic of Heaven right where they are. (Will/Lyra, His Dark Materials, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] polaris_starz, [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose, [livejournal.com profile] ariastar, and [livejournal.com profile] gehayi)
10. "Placetne, magistra?" "Placet." (Peter/Harriet, Lord Peter Wimsey, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose and [livejournal.com profile] gehayi)
11. Death cannot stop true love, only delay it for a little while. (Westley/Buttercup, The Princess Bride, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] tsukara, [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose, [livejournal.com profile] ariastar, and [livejournal.com profile] gehayi)
12. He thinks of her blazing look right before sacrificing himself. (Harry/Ginny, Harry Potter, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose and [livejournal.com profile] gehayi)
13. A former assassin who finds home with a naive but generous girl. (Kenshin/Kaoru, Rurouni Kenshin, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] canis_m)
14. Dear Joss Whedon: happy couples are not necessarily boring. (Wash/Zoe, Firefly, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] tsukara and [livejournal.com profile] gehayi)
15. He was arrogant and she was biased. (Elizabeth/Darcy, Pride and Prejudice, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] canis_m and [livejournal.com profile] gehayi)
rynne: (scully the sleeping beauty)
Have finished three of the four papers due on Monday. At least two of them need some editing, and I'm sure the one I'm going to do tomorrow and Sunday will as well, but I can do that.

Tonight I went to campus films with [livejournal.com profile] heart_of_man, and this weekend's was Mamma Mia, which I love. And of course it got me into the mood to listen to ABBA, but I don't actually have that many ABBA songs. So I went to iTunes to buy a few more, but iTunes is being annoying. I try to listen to that thirty-second preview they have of each song, but every few seconds it needs to "rebuffer stream", so the song ends up taking two or three times to load.

Anyone know what's up with this, and what I can do to fix it? I've got the latest version of iTunes, so I know it isn't that.

Also, I am ridiculously tired and am so going to bed soon. *snoozes*
rynne: (dear diary...)
So this morning I took my computer in to ResNet, which had absolutely no trouble getting online with ethernet, so we concluded it's probably the room. I made an appointment for them to come check it out tomorrow, so I hope that fixes the problem.

I wonder if it will, though. I figured that since I couldn't use ethernet in my room, I'd use wireless in the library, but I couldn't get the wireless to work except in the basement. Now I'm wondering if my computer is just temperamental and that's why I can't get the ethernet in my room to work.

Well, my roommate's wouldn't work either, but still. :p

Right now I'm trying to print out some homework in the library, except that the printer wasn't working. It's now in the midst of being fixed, so when it is I'm print my thing and then go do the rest of my homework (just a bit of easy reading), but for now I figure I might as well do my typical internet stuff while I wait. By which I mean dick around on LJ. XD

Last night I called my parents. My mom lectured me on the importance of making friends for a bit, but at the end of the conversation, she brought up the RNC and mentioned how scary she finds Sarah Palin. I sympathize very much with all the people on my flist who have to bear with families who have different political views, and it makes me very glad that my parents are some of the most liberal people I know.
rynne: (Default)
Ethernet still not working properly. This morning before class I went to the help desk and they gave me a few suggestions, including calling them to troubleshoot on the spot if the first suggestions didn't work. So I called them, and eventually the guy troubleshooting told me I should bring my computer in to be looked at. *sigh* How the hell do I always get computers that have something wrong with them?
rynne: (bookstack)
Whenever I come to school, something up here has to do something frustrating to the internet. Gah. This time I can't get the ethernet in my room to work, and my RA does not seem to be around much. Last night I tried to use the wireless in the student union building, but my computer seemed to think it was an unsecured connection (despite having used it just fine the day before), and wouldn't let me do anything. I'm in the library right now, and my floor in my dorm has a study room with computers, but I want my computer to work right, thanks. I don't really feel comfortable spending a lot of time messing about online on public computers when other people might need to use them for school work.

I don't have class today, so I've sort of been at loose ends since getting here. Now I want to go to class just for something to do that isn't futilely messing with the ethernet or reading the books I brought. (Not that I object to reading my books, but I don't want to run through them too quickly.)

I was going to talk about Sarah Palin, but my thoughts aren't clarified enough even for me to start getting them out right here, so I'm not going to bother. I do very much hope, though, that all the vetting missteps prove helpful to the Obama campaign, because I do not want John McCain or Sarah Palin at the head of my government.
rynne: (meditation)
Both of my finals are tomorrow. I'm not worried about either of them, though, since I've got As in both classes and it's really damn unlikely I do poorly enough on them to lower my grade.

But the first final is at 7:30. In the morning. Why do people schedule things that early? Gah. I'm going to try to go to bed before midnight, but we'll see how well that works out. XD

My computer is still not recognizing my external hard drive, and I've just got no clue why. I looked up some troubleshooting tips on the website, but the only one I really understood enough to try requires another Mac to plug into (I guess to see if this problem is specific to my computer), and the only person with a Mac I know well enough to ask to borrow it is Twin, and she's still in Arizona. I think she's coming home this weekend, so at least I won't have to wait that long, but I want this problem fixed now! XD
rynne: (angry!Ron)
My group members came through, so that's awesome. Big relief.

But my computer is for some reason not recognizing my external harddrive. It's plugged in and all, and it's warm and the light's on, but my computer...doesn't seem able to find it. I have no idea what's going on. It started yesterday. The past day or so, I've been getting error messages from my computer, saying that I unplugged it incorrectly and might have lost data...when I didn't even touch it; it was still plugged in. Now it's like it's not there at all. Considering I've got about 70 gigs of stuff on this thing, I really don't want to lose all this stuff. I just have no idea what's going on.
rynne: (david tennant is teh sex)
Yesterday I went over to [livejournal.com profile] velesia's and made her watch "Fear Her". Mwah. Probably not the best introductory episode, but the other ones I had were Impossible Planet/Satan Pit, Love and Monsters, and Army of Ghosts/Doomsday. Out of all those, Fear Her is definitely better introductory material. Plus, flirty! She said she thinks the Doctor is cute (looks and personality), though as that's clearly what the episode is about, she got the gist. *g* (Oh, Vel. You should be glad I had this disc, rather than season 3, on hand. He's not very cute, personality-wise, in that season.)

We were also going to make snickerdoodles. Except we started pretty late, and by 11:30 the batter wasn't done chilling, so we decided to hell with actually baking the cookies, we could eat the dough! So we did, and it was good.

I got the DW S2 Confidentials today. There were also David Tennant's Video Diaries, and I squeed through much of that. How sexy does he look with his glasses? And stubble! And just, you know, all the time! And he kept licking his lips. :D He also seems like a real sweetheart, and I totally wouldn't have minded if they'd gone on a lot longer than they had.

How many of the S2 Confidentials are actually worth watching? 'Cause I watched all of the S1 Confidentials, but half of them (or maybe more, I forget) were technical stuff I wasn't really interested in. I want talking about the characters/plots, plzkthnx. Or, on the other hand, lots of David Tennant.

Now, O Wonderful Flist, I need your help. I am trying to watch .avi files on QuickTime, but they won't play! My computer is completely up-to-date, software-wise, so I have no idea what the problem is. It's just, I download something, but when I try to play it, I get nothing but a blank screen. QuickTime keeps telling me there's a component I need to download, but I've downloaded it twice and nothing happens. I have no idea what's going on or how I can fix it. Maybe I shouldn't even be bothering trying to watch .avi files with QuickTime, but in that case, I don't know what else I can use.

Help?

eta: And why can't I find any good icons of the TARDIS? Gah. *frustrated*
rynne: (angry!Ron)
So my laptop is randomly shutting itself off. I am currently on the family desktop because right now my laptop is shutting itself off so frequently that it doesn't even begin to load.

Why can I never have a computer without big-ass problems? I can understand what happened with my first laptop, since it was a PC and I kept downloading stuff and apparently getting viruses along with it, but why am I continually getting all these hardware problems with my Mac when nothing ever happens to Twin's? First the harddrive meltdown, now this...gah.

I called tech support earlier today when the same thing kept happening, though basically all she had me do was hope the computer stayed on long enough for me to do a battery update. I did, and the problem seemed to be fixed, but now apparently not. It might be the new harddrive I got after the first one melted--this only started happening after that.

I don't suppose any of you know what's going on with my laptop, or how to fix it, short of taking it in to professionals and maybe having to pay a bunch of money, since my damn warranty expired a week ago...stupid computer.

Well, if I do end up having to take it in, at least Deathly Hallows might distract me long enough that I won't miss it that much while I wait for it to get fixed.
rynne: (written word fortune)
My computer is working again. Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] tinnidawg and [livejournal.com profile] nandamai for the suggestions, but they wouldn't have helped; I took my computer to my local Apple store, and the tech guy said that the computer thought it didn't have a hard drive. It just burned itself out completely. I was apparently unlucky enough to have gotten a somewhat defective model, but at least it decided to burn itself out while I still had my warranty.

But my old hard drive is completely lost, unless I want to pay upwards of $800 to have some guys take it apart in a clean room and get all my stuff back. I'm really, really glad I'd already had my remix done and off to beta, or else I would have lost it and had to rewrite it less than a week before the deadline. As it was, I lost all my music again, and damn iTunes for not allowing us to re-download already purchased songs! Why do I keep forgetting to back up my music? *sigh*

The only other thing I really lost was an X-Files fic I was about five pages into, maybe half-way. I hadn't gotten around to backing it up because I'd only started it a few days before my hard drive melted, and while I have gotten better about backing things up (I did not, for instance, lose Burnt by the Sun, thank God), that was just too recent. And I'm sad, because I liked that fic. I liked what I was doing with it, where I was going.

I can rewrite the fic, of course, and I'm probably going to, because I still want to tell that story. But I hate rewriting things. Unless there was a turn of phrase I particularly liked, I don't remember my precise words, just the gist of what I was saying, and when I have to rewrite, there's always the chance that it'll turn out worse than before. There's also the chance it'll turn out better, but I've always been the type to fiddle with my sentences until I'm happy with them, and I was happy with that fic. If I lose a fic and have to rewrite it, I'm never sure if it can live up to the original version. And there's always the sense that I already wrote this, I want to move on to the stuff I haven't written yet, the stuff that's still in my head. But I can't write that until I've got the other stuff back, at least up till the point I left off; if I start writing from that point on, it might not quite fit what I'll eventually have to go back and begin with. All too often I'll have dialogue in my head that I want to get out, but I keep having to adjust it to fit the story, and I don't want to have to revise this fic more than what's already required in order to get to at least where I left off.

This fic was really flowing. Having to rewrite so much totally interrupts that flow, and already I'm reluctant to just sit down and start because I haven't felt that flow again yet. It's really annoying. Gah. *sigh*
rynne: (angry!Ron)
Okay, so last October this weird thing happened with my computer, where when I was trying to update the OS, something odd happened and I couldn't get it to load. I'd turn the computer on and it would give me a gray screen with a blinking icon of a file folder with a question mark in the middle.

It's doing that again, except this time with no discernible reason. I was trying to get my LJ profile page to load, but when it was taking upwards of ten minutes, I figured I'd just turn the computer off and on and see if that helped. I know that's not exactly good for the computer, but I've done it before, PCs and well as Macs, and this never happened.

Last time what I ended up having to do was completely reinstall the OS. I ended up losing most of my iTunes library (the stuff that wasn't purchased, but was downloaded before there was iTunes), as well as all the documents I hadn't gotten around to backing up. Which was most of them, because I constantly forget to do that.

I wouldn't lose as much this time around, because I have been better at backing things up, but there are some recent things I don't want to lose, so I don't want to reinstall the OS again. Hopefully we can find someone who knows what to do, but...gah! I have no idea why this happened!

Thank God I'd already finished my Remix and still have it in my email, as well as my beta's. If I'd had to rewrite the thing, a week before the deadline, I'd probably want to cry.
rynne: (just the shadow)
I have my computer working again. Well, I got it working again on Friday; I've just been really lazy about updating LJ.

Completely reinstalled OSX, though--as in, starting over from scratch. I shouldn't have had to do that, really, but there wasn't enough space on my harddrive to reinstall without deleting everything first, and there only wasn't enough space because I was too lazy to delete the damn volleyball video for my younger sister's college apps that my dad made several months ago. It was even in the fucking trash--I just never got around to emptying the trash. *sigh* And the campus tech guys did say that given a few days they'd at least be able to get some stuff off my harddrive, but I just wanted my damn computer working again, and it's not like I had anything on here that I couldn't replace pretty easily.

I never thought I'd be glad about not having written much fanfic lately, but it does mean that I haven't lost much. At least, not fanfic-wise. Which brings me to part of the point of this post.

I've lost everything in my iTunes library. I've actually been pretty good about putting all those songs on my iPod, so I've still got all the music, it's just not on my computer anymore. And I know there are programs that allow you to transfer songs from iPod to iTunes, but the ones I've downloaded either don't work or I can't figure them out, so I was wondering if anyone could recommend a program that would allow me to get my music back.

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