Wednesday, July 15, 2009

This is what a blog is for

It's to post that kind of nonsense that I really REALLY just WANT to share with everybody I know, but can't quite reconcile with my conscience putting it into their inboxes.
If I put it on my blog and they waste ten seconds of their life reading it, it's nobody's fault but their own.
So. Here we are:

US shopper charged $23 quadrillion for cigarettes

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/16/man-buys-cigarettes-23-quadrillion

A shopper in the US city of Manchester, New Hampshire, says he swiped his debit card at a petrol station to buy a packet of cigarettes – and was charged over 23 quadrillion dollars.

Josh Muszynski checked his account online a few hours after the purchase and saw the 17-digit number - a stunning $23,148,855,308,184,500.

He said he then spent two hours on the phone with Bank of America trying to sort out the string of numbers – and the 15 dollar overdraft fee.

The bank reportedly corrected the error the following day.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Embroidery!


I went by the sewing shop to get some Pfaff bobbins. They wanted $6 for four of them, which is highway robbery. The other kind are $2 for ten and it's the same plastic.
Ed and Dave were looking at the embroidery patterns, and I tried to explain about embroidery machines, how they have their own hoop. I asked the lady if there was a machine with a hoop on it, and she showed us one that had a piece of fabric on which she had embroidered "Love." She asked Dave what his name was and added that beneath, then took the square off and gave it to us. How delightful! It can be a quilt square. I said I had another boy at home, and she said to come in again sometime and she'd make another square.
She showed me stabilizer for $12 the roll, I didn't buy it. I took home the piece she had just ripped off; it was enough for a couple more uses.

I've had this pillowcase in the top drawer for a while now, not exactly getting done. I used the cool new sewing machine and green thread to finish the leaves. Yeah, I know, pretty simple. I just drew the design on there with a pen :-)



Then looked at Walmart, and found stabilizer for $1.50 a square yard! Glad I didn't buy it at the sewing store!

Know Your States

Just drag the states into the right position.

http://jimspages.com/States.htm

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Gadwin Print Screen, another cool utility

Another freebie I wouldn't want to do without. I downloaded this to make my Spirograph Illustrator tutorial, because it has the option to capture the cursor. Now it autoloads with Windows and I wouldn't want to be without it. I use it constantly for saving a view of something that I otherwise wouldn't be able to (Ebay's annoying new popup pictures, for instance) or a snapshot of something I'm working on to send someone. It has the option of copying to the clipboard or to a file, very customizable.

http://www.gadwin.com/printscreen/

Keynote: personal organization software

http://www.tranglos.com/free/keynote.html

Aside from Word and Firefox, this is the application I use most frequently and would least like to do without. It's a tabbed tree-form organizer that I simply use for everything. Computer information, research, to-do lists, organizing my classes, whatever. It even has cool features for important files like autosaving the file every time you switch applications, and autoclosing files after a certain period of inactivity.
And it's less than two megs and it's free...