Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I Have Bionic Hearing or Help! Gadgets Are Taking Over My Life

I have been wearing my first pair of hearing aids for about 3 hours now. They're tiny and fit behind my ear. I tried to take a picture of myself wearing them but you can't really see anything because the part the goes into the ear is clear and the other part is hidden behind my ear.

This is going to take some getting used to. EVERYTHING is louder. A man reading a newspaper in a waiting room almost drove me crazy. All the way home I was adjusting and re-adjusting the levels. My ears are a bit sore.

I have a gadget so I can use my mobile phone. It's called an iCom. I have to wear it around my neck but it's one step away from Star Trek communicators (TNG style). I push the box to answer the phone and then I talk hands free to the person one the other line. I can even voice dial my phone... once I figure out how.

You can buy attachments that let your iCom connect with your iPod, TV or laptop. I'm not sure I really want to be that connected. I'd need to upgrade my TV and iPod. And get a laptop. Those are way down on my list. There's a part of me that can't believe that these two devices were more than $4000. Sometimes I think the smaller something is the more it costs. Call me crazy but something in me says that's just not how it should be.

This is a big day. I've never come home with two new gadgets at once. My TechFoo is quite low. I sent my first text message a week and a half ago. I can hardly wait until I realize I've forgotten to charge the iCom or change the batteries in the hearing aids.


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Friday, April 16, 2010

Bald(ing) Eagles of Star Trek


 Join STAR TREK alumni ARMIN SHIMERMAN (DS:9), ROBERT PICARDO (ST:VOYAGER), ETHAN “JOHNNIE" PHILLIPS (ST: VOYAGER) and JOHN BILLINGSLEY (ST: ENTERPRISE) for a fun-filled afternoon of bird-watching and picnicking, ON MAY 9TH, to celebrate LOS ANGELES AUDUBON'S 100TH BIRTHDAY!

Los Angeles Audubon promotes the protection of birds and other wildlife through recreation, education, conservation and restoration.  They are celebrating their Centennial with a "Bird-a-thon", a week-long 'species trek' across LA County.

Between May1-May 9, teams, accompanied by experienced birders, will select a Los Angeles County hot birding spot, and venture forth, in a competition to see which team can spot the most species!


 JOIN OUR TEAM! HELP US WIN!

Armin, Bob, Ethan “Johnnie” Phillips, and John are forming the “BALD(ING) EAGLES OF STAR TREK TEAM” to help support the conservation efforts of Los Angeles Audubon! The first 30 people to sign up get to join us for an afternoon of adventure! We'll meet at a beautiful location, picnic on a delicious catered lunch, and then set forth to 'bird". Your contribution will also entitle you to attend LA Audubon's CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, held (conveniently for us!), immediately after the conclusion of our afternoon peregrinations.  You'll receive complete details re: venue(s), time, directions, etc., upon receipt of your check!

Here’s how to reserve your spot today!  Call or email today- space is limited!

Call: 1.888.522.7428 Martha will assist you.
Email: birdathon@laaudubon.org 
Cost: $150/person


CAN’T JOIN THE BALD(ING) EAGLES STAR TREK TEAM?

You can still attend the Centennial Celebration! For $50, we can accommodate 20 guests at the Celebration on May 9th (to be held at dusk, in a beautiful outdoor location).  The winning team (remember, there will have been a week of birdie rubbernecking) will be lauded, drinks and grub will be consumed, and LA Audubon's remarkable contribution to the health and vitality of our community will be hallelujahed.

Contact LA Audubon to reserve your spot at the Centennial Celebration!

Call: 1.888.522.7428 Martha will assist you.
Email: birdathon@laaudubon.org 
Cost: $50/person


OUT OF TOWN? OUT OF STATE? OUT OF NATION? OUT OF GALAXY?

Support the Bald(ing) Eagles Star Trek Team anyway by pledging a $ amount per species spotted: $1 a bird, for instance.  (And if you're fearful of the Bald(ing) Eagles’ bird-watching prowess  - Jeez, I didn't know there were that many birds! - set a maximum contribution level for yourself! Your $10, $20, $25 pledge goes a long way to help our feathered friends!)

Call: 1.888.522.7428 Martha will take your pledge. Once the Bald(ing) Eagles are back from the field, Martha will let you know how many species they encountered and what your donation will be.
Email:  birdathon@laaudubon.org 

Your participation will help support LA Audubon's conservation efforts:  programs you will be helping to fund help rescue and preserve habitats for such beautiful birds as the endangered California Least Tern and the threatened Western Snowy Plover! Join the fun for a great cause!

Edit: The email link has been corrected.
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Friday, April 9, 2010

Train of thought derailed once again.

I'm quite often amused by how my mind works.

Two days ago I watched Elvis Costello Spectacle with Bono and the Edge. At one point Edge mentioned Echo and the Bunnymen. Yesterday I woke up with "People Are Strange" by Echo and the Bunnymen from the The Lost Boys Soundtrack in my head. I have this album on cassette but no working cassette player. I only like half of the songs on the album but I can't download just the songs I like. I have to buy the whole thing.

Anyway, Echo and the Bunnymen led me to "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" by Roger Daltrey from the same album. As I Tweeted earlier that song should get an award for the most ironic song in a vampire film. I really like Daltrey's version. I couldn't find a video of him performing it so it probably doesn't exist.

I did find a version by George Michael and Luciano Paverotti.


I also found a video of Roger Daltrey singing one of my all time favorite songs.


Once I've got a song stuck in my head I can't get it out until I've heard it. So I used up the rest of this year's iTunes budget and bought 10 songs. Five of which I will never listen to. SIGH.

Because I'm feeling pissy about the whole thing you can have the Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me for 7 days.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I want to be different... just like everybody else.

I found these two videos at TED. The first one is about how to start a "movement" and the second is about how some things are weird to us but make sense to others. They're relatively short videos. 




Thursday, April 1, 2010

Anna Paquin comes out and breaks website



We Give A Damn has crashed from the number of people who want to see  Anna Paquin outing herself as bisexual for themselves. Slow news day I guess.

Yup this end of the mainstream is getting mighty crowded.