Tuesday, March 24, 2009


I attempted this craft for the first time, to make a birthday present for a friend. I did more research than necessary, since I ended up using card stock and an x-acto knife, not scherenschnitte schcissors.
Things that didn't work for me:
parchment paper
tiny embroidery scissors
taping the design to the paper
textured card stock

So my third and final attempt yielded this, which I liked enough to give to my friend, but was probably too painstaking to ever do again:

Friday, March 20, 2009


the scene: borders parking lot
me, rubbing the base of my neck.
burke: stop touching your lumps!
me: there's just so many little peas!
burke: gross, i know. just let it go.
me: i just don't know where all these cherries came from.
burke: let's go inside.
me: they're like bubble gum balls.
burke: you're gonna do this all night, huh?
me: i'm sorry, the golf balls on my neck are making it hard to talk.

post-dr. appointment, i've learned the aforementioned lumps are no cause for concern, merely some lymph nodes having a panic attack trying to get my attention.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

moving on

Dear Stockings,
We had a good thing going...we fit together like a glove. You helped me get through some cold days and I really tried my best not to hurt you. But now that spring is here, I just feel so...suffocated. I think I need to be alone for a while. You'll always be in my heart and underwear drawer. Maybe it will be an early autumn.

Your girl,

Thursday, March 12, 2009

In Rainbows

So excited about my new martha stewart markers, marked down from $35 to $8 due to 3 missing colors. I know I've been neglecting the blog since my core audience, my sisters, were visiting, rendering the blog somewhat redundant. But now they're home and I feel the need to connect again. Man I am a nerd.
Oh! And hi to April, my high school art teacher, who still keeps and touch and sent me a lovely note! Thanks, April!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Skiing with Maemo Mapper and Google Earth

Last weekend, we were skiing for three days, and I took the N810 with me to do some GPS tracking. Back home, I wanted to visualize the route that we took, so I saved the track as .gpx file in Maemo Mapper, copied it over to my laptop and loaded it into Google Earth:

The result is quite impressive. Although there are some tracks missing, one can get the idea which slope we were going down most often. Sadly, Google Earth's satellite maps for this specific area do not show any snow, so the pictures look a bit weird. A nice use case for the tablets - thanks to Maemo Mapper!

gPodder 0.15.0 now in Maemo Extras

The latest release of gPodder, a podcast downloader for Maemo has been released today, and packages for it are already available in Maemo Extras for Chinook, Diablo and Fremantle Alpha (..but there is no Extras-Promoter for Fremantle yet?).

Highlights of this release:

  • Download resuming between sessions
  • Finger-friendly lists using libmokoui2
  • Friendly folder and file names for downloaded files
  • Finger gestures for the episode list

The finger gestures are very nice and can be used to show episode details or play back episodes. Enable the configuration option maemo_enable_gestures and then swipe left to display shownotes or swipe right over an episode to listen to it.

Get it from Maemo Extras.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Screenshots of gPodder in Fremantle Alpha SDK

As we all know, the Fremantle Alpha SDK has been released, and it features (at least parts of) the new UI. I downloaded the SDK and tried running gPodder inside it, and wanted to show you some pictures so you get an idea how an unmodified Maemo 4 UI looks on Fremantle:

Some other remarks: It seems that images have inverted color. I don't know if this is just a bug or if it's intended to be. Also, Xephyr sometimes crashes, which seems to be related to Clutter, although I do not really know ;) I expecially like how they managed to move the buttons of GTK Dialogs to the right side and stack them. This is a very good decision for the widescreen display, and it also means that one dialog in gPodder fits the screen nicely in Fremantle now that did not (and still does not - my fault ;) on Maemo 4.

See all screenshots at gPodder on Fremantle Alpha SDK on Flickr