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Remember when you bought a printer, and it came with editing software? And when you got a scanner, it came with text reading software?  Now? Nothing. Just the drivers, and whatever software it has to manage your print queue, and your diagnostic stuff.

Ok, printers aren’t $400 and up any more, but throw me a bone, ok?

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I love the accessibility of computers lately. A nice drop in price, easier to configure.  It’s like they want people to own computers!

And then they kill ya. They kill you with ink prices. They kill you, SLAUGHTER you, with prices for ethernet cable. I just paid $14 for a whopping 3 feet of low end cable from Staples. Apparently, their website is the only place that carries the $8 cable.  I would have asked for help, but the Dubuque store seems to have no employees other than the ones at the register.

Because the cable is so short, I can’t put my printer in the nice little computer armoire I have, but I have to put it on top.   My fault for not spending over $30 on cable, I guess.

Seriously, how can they justify ethernet cable being so bloody expensive? It appears to be nothing more than a glorified phone cable. I can pick that up at the dollar store.

I just hope that the ink lasts a bit. I bought a network printer (hence the need for the ethernet cable) so would like it to last a little longer than one refill and the computer is utter crap and it’s more sensible to buy a new one rather than replace the ink.

A girl can dream, I suppose

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Freelance Writing

Some of my readers may be interested in this.

http://www.online-writing-jobs.com/jobbank/

Worth a look, someone who does freelance writing pointed it out to me. I’m not a writer, so I don’t have personal experience with it.

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Daffodil


Daffodil

Originally uploaded by Kibbles

After 9/11, a Dutch bulb company has been donating 500,000 bulbs a year to NYC. As of April 2007, the daffodil has been named the official flower of NYC.

For this reason I hated them.

It was similar to why people hate some lilies. It reminds them of death. I didn’t want to be reminded of that, I didn’t want to be reminded of what happened. Couldn’t stand them.

And then I moved from NYC to Iowa.

I was homesick. It is so DIFFERENT here. I like it, but it’s not NYC. Never will be. Couldn’t figure out how to shake it.

Then last fall I was in the store, looking for bulbs. I got a little of everything, except the daffodils. And then I thought to myself, “why not?” I bought a few, and here you go. Daffodils. Well, a daffodil. I have more, but not in this picture.

So the memorial for the victims of 9/11 is now my little piece of home in my front garden. I think I can grow to like the things.

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Magnolia


Magnolia

Originally uploaded by Kibbles

This was Brooklyn. But here, in Iowa, IT SNOWED. Yes, it SNOWED today. Ah well. It will stop soon, right? RIGHT?

Please, please let it stop.

Got new furniture and stuff. When its all set up, if we paint too, I’ll take pics.

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A *really* good read!

Twelve Pounds: On being ‘the first girl’ whatever
For ten years I was a welder and bridge carpenter for the Piledrivers union. That is some serious hard work. A large part of the job consisted of packing lumber. Sixteen-foot-long 2X4s. You were expected to carry at least two at a time, and trot with them. Or singlehandedly lift and carry 4X8 sheets of 3/8 inch plywood. All day. Or 50lb. sacks of grout, or 98lb sacks of cement. You get the picture. There were jackhammers and bottle racks and welding machinery to be operated and moved. Nothing was small and nothing was light. A lot of men couldn’t hack it. To be female and do that work you have to be one motivated chimp. And I was. I’m also gigantic, but I still had to prove on every job that I was up to the work.

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Road


Road

Originally uploaded by Kibbles

Went fossil hunting, squid fossil hunting, in Graf, IA with my biology class from NICC. It was a BLAST. Took a bunch of pics from there. It was a tiny town, population 78, I think wikipedia said. I wish the weather had been a bit nicer, though.

On the right hand side of the picture was a small bluff, filled with fossils. You were surrounded by then. I cannot express how dense the site was with fossils.

I hope when I drive I can take the kids. That would be fantastic! My son was so excited to see I brought REAL fossils home. I like to see kids that excited about science.

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