Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu (oddharmonic) wrote,
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu
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Volunteer sewing done, funny Scouting quip, computer issues and a few links.

The dress for the volunteer sewing turned out to be more challenging than I had expected. The pleated crepey fabric was so hard to keep square while cutting it out that I was dubious about following the pattern directions to make the lining free from the dress except at the neckline, so I densely pinned the crepey pieces to the cotton lining fabric keep the pleats in the fabric even and the whole shebang square, then serged all the seams I could. (Read that as "everything except the zipper insertion, attaching the straps and hemming".) I won't see how the finished pieces look being worn until the cast photos come back from printing since I was helping with food sales at the meeting and was in the foyer during the show, but several people that saw the show Tuesday night told me the pieces I made look fabulous. Phew.

edit, 16 March: here's a photo of swatches of all three fabrics used in the dress.

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At the pack committee meeting this week, I was asked if I'd like to work with the Tigers after my den crosses over to Boy Scouting next month. I said I'd be happy to, but if another den that has a new Scout who's an ESL student could use me more, I'm reasonably fluent in Spanish. One of the committee members asked, "Is there anything you CAN'T do?". I replied that I haven't learned how to drive a stick shift yet so that's why Vogon drives me everywhere. They laughed. I was serious.

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This week has been interesting for computers.

Wednesday: we picked up a self-installation kit for cable internet access from Comcast and a wireless router, card, and print server at Fry's. I shuffled drives to get my existing system set up for Laurel to use and put my primary hard drive from that system into the nearly-finished system that had been sitting in the dining room, getting the older system up and running in Laurel's room without a hitch but I couldn't get the newer system to boot.

I reported that issue to Vogon, who suggested we pick up a new motherboard at our nearby computer parts store. (It's a few minutes away, versus 20 minutes' drive to Fry's.) He installed the chipset for me and I followed the installation directions for everything else, but I still couldn't get the darn thing to boot and I was getting inconsistent results detecting the hard drives when I tried different jumper and cable settings. I was rather upset for the remainder of the afternoon between my back pain (Vogon accidentally triggered muscle spasms giving me a backrub while we were waiting to pick up Laurel) and frustration with the computer.

Thursday: Vogon looked at the jumpers and cables in the morning and informed me the IDE cable was broken. Later, he took my primary hard drive and put it in an external drive enclosure to see if he could get one of his computers to recognize it. After getting nothing, he suggested my drive was hosed. I threw myself into cleaning and neatly bundled up all the cables from my old computer since I've obviously gotten in way over my head and he cut the wire ties so there were cables hanging everywhere behind my desk. (Since getting my current desk last year, I've kept the cables bundled to its tubular frame with wire ties to keep things neat.)

He commented several times during the day that I wasn't doing anything to fix my computer, but I didn't know what to do that I hadn't already tried. That evening, he suggested I install Windows XP on the new drive in the system so I could set up the wireless router (my system is centrally located to the rest of the house) and we'd figure out some way to get the data off my old drive.

Today: the new system has a clean drive with Windows XP bugging me to activate it (I need to buy a new product key), Firefox and drivers for my printer and the router installed. My primary hard drive is still sitting in an external drive enclosure which Device Manager recognizes as a USB Mass Storage Device, but doesn't show up as a drive in Windows Explorer. I'm out of ideas. Suggestions are welcome.

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A few links blogged for future reference:

- The Best Word Book Ever,1963 and 1991.
- How I Gamed the SAT
- Are You a Marryin' Fool?

Apparently the interlocking bookends I keep trying to retrieve from the glurge of my long-ago library memory are Miracle Bookends. I would request a Brodart catalog but I suspect that after it arrived I would just want to stroke it tenderly and wish I knew how to quit it.
Tags: 004_computers, 028_reading, 369.43_scouting, 381.45_gift_ideas, 646.2_sewing
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