Day 59

Feb. 28th, 2017 11:22 pm
schadenfreude: (sad girl)
February 28, 2017 Describe your last attempt to learn something that did not come easily to you.

Euchre... this game may be the end of me.

There is a game site I joined 13 years ago, both sisters and my brother joined at the same time. A couple of nights a week, we'd all meet up there to play a game or two, mostly just to chat.

This website also offers badges and challenges. They're really kind of fun to earn. Recently, they offered a challenge in Euchre. I had never played, so I thought I'd give it a try.

After a couple miserable losses, with no idea what I was doing, I started searching online for rules, game play, etc.

Reading the documentation makes sense. I get that. It's just that actual play is nothing like the documentation.

Ordering up, ordering up alone, take up, take up alone, what does that even mean?

Oh, and even when a trump has been declared, a jack from another suit with a matching color beats a trump card...

Just typing this out is making my head hurt!

schadenfreude: (tortie)
Back in February, I bought a little net book - Acer Aspire One. It was only to be used for my home telephone, so I stuck it in the bedroom with the modem and router and promptly forgot about it. This past week, Mediacom changed their channel lineup - got rid of some channels, added more, and completely rearranged the order. I believe it was just to annoy me, but my sister and daughter accused me of being egocentric and paranoid . . .

Anyway, my internet, as well as a large number of channels which I pay for, stopped working. I'm still in close contact with Mediacom, but I did get a fancy new modem that I can plug the phone into directly, negating the need for the net book.

Now, I have a new toy. It isn't anything fancy, but I'm having a lot of fun with it. It came with Windows 7 Starter, something I never would have bought, had I intended to use the device for anything important. I found a program at Spacedock called MyColors that allowed me to override the Windows plain jane wallpaper, so I'm rocking a fanshee shmanshee green (as in earth friendly, as well as in color) desktop theme, and I found a dandy little "persona" at Mozilla for Firefox, that matches the desktop theme perfectly. I purchased Microsoft Office a couple of centuries ago and update via special pricing through my work. This little gem came with a 60 day trial of Office, so I was able to plug in my product key and have a fully functioning suite.

The only thing I haven't bent to my will is transferring music from the iPod Touch to the net book. I've searched diligently, but site I come across says it can't be done, due to a Windows/Apple asshole-ishness. When I connect the Touch via USB, iTunes will recognize it, but when I check Windows Explorer, the Touch isn't there.

This thing is really tiny, fits in my purse, so I can carry it to work with me, etc. I'm just frustrated about my music. Does anyone have any suggestions I might try?

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