May 10, 2005

Settling In

I'm back at the parents' house now, settling in. It's a bit inconvenient, because it's a short drive from where I work, but I don't have a car. Mostly, I get a ride from them to/from work, and occasionally I ride my bike or take the bus.

Finally got my Internet and phone moved here too. It's much harder to bring lunch, as there are seldom leftovers (and while I was at the apartment I would go home and cook if necessary).

Still, no rent and no sewer smell - can't beat that!

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May 19, 2005

Afro-Amer-Jap Comedy Gold

This blog is written by a black American in Japan teaching English on the JET program. (Basically, if you have a degree in any discipline, you can teach English in Japan.) It's hilarious! The guy may be somewhat of an ass, but hey, aren't we all sometimes?

I've a lot of friends who were interested in the JET program, I don't know if they ever saw this side of it!

Kancho!

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May 25, 2005

Yamaha Keyboard Back

A while ago, I bought a top-of-the-line Yamaha digital stage piano, a P-250. However, there were some inconsistencies in the keybed - a couple of notes were making thunks on the way down or back up. They were really subtle, but they were irritating because you'd start to expect them when playing the notes.

Anyway, I took it in for service and Cosmo Music sent it to Yamaha. Yamaha returned it saying that the noise was normal. I went and demonstrated the problem to the Cosmo technician and he gave me the contact info for the technician and service manager at Yamaha.

I called the tech and he referred me to the service manager, who instantly agreed to replace the keybed. I finally got it back today and it works perfectly - yay! Dealing with Yamaha was a positive experience - they returned my calls within a couple of hours. It took a couple of months to get the keyboard back, what with all the travelling back and forth, which kinda sucked. But all's well that ends well.

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May 28, 2005

Random Fun

I woke up at noon today and Dave called.

We went to play shuffleboard first. It was kinda wierd, the table was really fast, though, and the rocks seemed to be sloping away from the center. It made playing kinda difficult. I won, though, 2 out of 3 ;-)

Afterward, we went to Vaughn Mills mall to try the crepes. They were ok (despite the dude getting my order wrong) but kinda expensive and a pain to eat. We were also trying to find the new Apple Store, but since that's in Yorkdale and not Vaughn Mills, we didn't have much luck...

Finally we went back to Dave's condo and cooked some oven-fried chicken and watched the first Firefly episode. I liked it, so Dave loaned me the set.

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May 31, 2005

Grease the Monkey

Greasemonkey is an awesome plug-in for Firefox (the Internet browser that I migrated to). It allows you to write website specific scripts that can alter the pages displayed on your browser!

How is this useful?

For example, I use GMail, Google's webmail service. Since Google provides a lot of storage space with an emphasis on searching, they encourage you to archive old messages instead of deleting them. So they give you an Archive button but the Delete Forever functionality is in a drop down box.

This is fine, except for stuff that you really don't want to archive at all - like list conversations or very large emails with attachments. Using Greasemonkey and the Smart Delete Button script, Firefox adds a Delete button right beside the Archive button.

The button works seamlessly with the interface - it's disabled if there are no messages selected and functions with multiple selections. It saves a ton of time.

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