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laura x

laura x

Librarian. Native Iowan. Wyoming expatriate.
Waiting for my mom, Peter, and turkey to arrive. Everything else here is set. Listening to Holly Near and Ronnie Gilbert singing about agitators for justice and love and heartbreak and trains. Grateful that, as the song says, I won't be blue always. Grateful for you all.
Happy thanksgiving. - Meg VMeg from Android
I think everyone at the coop was just barely restraining themselves from singing along with Judy Collins. #bothsidesnow #iowacity
Do you have a MacBook Air? If so, what size, and do you like it?
I have a 4-year-old Air in the big size (13") and I love it. It's still running like new and is on Yosemite, but I've had to replace the charger twice because the cords fray eventually. A good friend got the 11" at the same time and I'm kind of jealous of him because that would fit my purse. - kaijsa
3 year old 11". Its good laptop. Sits by my bed for when the tablet can't cut it. Its also the bedrooms Media center for when the Roku won't cut it. It also is the guest laptop when needed. I don't like people on my main rigs. - Me
Two year old, 13", love it. - Todd Hoff
2012 Macbook Air 13" with 256G SSD. Best laptop I've ever had. - Eric - Regulate
I miss my 13" Air. Easily best laptop I ever had. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
I live off of my 2013 11" Air. Can be fully opened on any economy class plane or train on the planet* [*that I've tested it on] - Cameron Neylon
So for someone who has never owned a mac and want to start using what would you recommend? - aaron from Flucso
That depends. If you're using it for normal library stuff, then a macbook air of some size is probably fine. If you're going to be doing media editing on it, then a macbook pro. - DJF from Android
I really just want something I can write on (and check FF on) that doesn't want to install updates for 15 minutes every damn time I open it up. - laura x from iPhone
For writing, do you need Word? Because if not -- especially if Google Docs is an acceptable alternative -- I'd really recommend a Chromebook. Plus, they're super-inexpensive. - Catherine Pellegrino
No, I almost never write in Word (I haven't even owned it in years). I just want a keyboard and trackpad I don't hate and a computer that's not constantly in need of Windows updates. - laura x from iPhone
I still use the 2010 11". I still love it. The battery could be better. - Rodfather from Android
We got J this one about 6 months ago, and I use it for Google Apps work stuff sometimes, and it's been lovely: extremely portable and reliable, no (noticable) updates. Can't say whether you'd hate the trackpad, though: http://amzn.com/B00FJXVRM8 - Catherine Pellegrino
I'm LOVING my new Chromebook 11 for writing!!! - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
I have a Chromebook and it's good for web surfing stuff, but the sound and trackpad are so inferior to my Air that I rarely use it. I use mine mostly in the kitchen with recipes. Can't beat the price, though. - kaijsa
Yeah, the price is great, but so was the price on my current laptop, which I hate. Maybe I'll brave Best Buy tomorrow and see if I can try some things out. - laura x from iPhone
If you're willing to pay more for a better machine, I am biased toward recommending a Mac. - kaijsa
Macs cost more than cheap laptops. They also last two or three times longer than cheap laptops. - DJF
I adore my 13" Air. And I also am quite fond of the gaming laptop we have at home, but my hatred for its constant need for Windows updates is unspeakable. So if you don't need the graphics or processing power of something more robust, the Air is, IMO, unbeatable. - Jenica
Windows updates take forever, too. - kaijsa
Mac all the way. Jojo (son) loves his Air. I have a 13" non-Retina Pro that I'll trade in for a 15" Retina this summer (it's a VAR program here where I trade in the machine every two years). Because Macs last longer when you're not driving it into the ground with giant image and video files and hundreds of megs of font files, you can save a few hundred dollars by buying a refurb from Apple or a machine that's a couple years old from http://macsales.com or http://smalldog.com. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
2 yr old 13" MacBook Air - Best thing I've ever owned. - SAM
I made my wife and parents all get 13" MBAs. They like 'em just fine. My parents travel at least two-three times a year so they really like the lightness. - rönin
Wow. You *made* your wife get a specific computer. I've only been married 36.9 years so far; I can't even imagine *making* my wife buy a specific computer (or much of anything else). (OK, so we're both happy Windows users, even with the usually-once-a-month updates.) - Walt Crawford
And, admittedly, if I was traveling a lot I'd probably buy a lighter machine. It would probably be a Chromebook. - Walt Crawford
Tech stuff are the only things I can get away w/doing that. She just doesn't care w/computers & phones. I just hand her things, "Here, use this." Anything else in the house though, forget about it. - rönin
Until my current machine, I've always had Macs at home. I decided to save money last time I got a computer and I have been regretting it ever since. I've gone back to writing by hand because I know by the time the current machine gets going, I'll have forgotten my idea. Mostly I'm wondering if people find the Air a satisfying alternative to a MacBook Pro, which I don't want to pay for. - laura x from iPhone
It doesn't have the retina screen, otherwise I like mine (13 in) - maʀtha
Laura, the biggest differences between the air and the pro are the optical drive and the number of ports. If you don't use cds/dvds, and don't plug a lot of stuff into your computer, then you can get away with an air. I got a pro because I needed those extra connections. - DJF
Thanks--that was my impression, but I wanted to be sure I wasn't missing something I should be thinking about. Now I just have to find some money hiding under a rock or something. - laura x from iPhone
well, the pro also has a faster processor, but that's not a problem if all you're doing is web/email/youtube/netflix. - DJF
If you buy an Air, I've heard that getting extra RAM will make the computer last much longer (i.e., you'll have room for OS upgrades and new applications). You can also buy discounted Applecare on Ebay (though you should use PayPal and "beware fraudulent sellers" : http://www.ebay.com/gds... ). These are all my plans when I get around to replacing my MacBook with an Air. - Meg VMeg
You can also get extra RAM and flash memory later. My bro is a Genius and is going to help me upgrade my Air (I might put in a faster processor, too). I'd love the retina screen, but can't justify replacing a machine that runs almost perfectly even if it's getting old. Correction: he's a Creative who works Genius a few hours a week. Sorry, Brother. - kaijsa
DJF: no more cd/dvd drives in the MacBook pro, fwiw...haven't been for a couple of cycles now. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
Kaijsa: you can't actually get new RAM for the Air...the ram is soldered to the motherboard, not slotted. I'm fairly sure even the Geniuses don't do that level of hardware work. - Jason Griffey from iPhone
Yeah, he just corrected me and said I can add bigger flash memory but not RAM. This is okay for my purposes. - kaijsa
So I assume I would then want to start with the largest amount of RAM possible? - laura x
^^ yes. And I TOTALLY support a MacBook Air - I LURVE mine. It's so light for conferences & so much easier to type on than a tablet. It's pricey tho, but worth it, imho. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I have the latest 15" MacBook Pro, and I like it much better than the previous version I had. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Get the best standard config MacBook air (ie they sell four models at Best Buy, the best one) as d you should be good for the life of the laptop. - Eric - Regulate from iPhone
I'm going with the 13" with 8GB. I thought about the 11", but I think that's a little too small even for me. Thanks, everyone! - laura x
Awesome call. I would advocate for those 2 extra inches pretty aggressively. Makes all the difference. - SAM
I'm late to the party, but I'd like to comment that the 13" MBA's 12 hour battery life is amaaaaaazing! Very comfortable with all day usage without a power adapter. - Arlan K.
RIP Marion Berry. You fought for a lot of people and against yourself.
APB out on Big Thomas, Little Thomas, and Percy at Casa X this morning. Please let us know if you see them.
Sir Topham Hat is going to be RIGHT PISSED at those shirkers. - Stephen Francoeur
Turns out both Thomases were in the car. Peter found Percy, so I assume he hid him on purpose. Rascal. - laura x from iPhone
I am interested in knowing why he'd hide Percy on purpose, but I know Toddler X has his mysteries. - kendrak
#toddlerx update: Ear tube insertion and adenoid removal went fine. He is a little woozy and pukey from the anesthesia, but now he's alseep on my lap and I'm rereading In the Beginning Was the Command Line.
Best wishes to you and #toddlerx. Hope he's through the worst of it. - Catherine Pellegrino
Speedy recovery wishes - Ulrich von Liechtenstein
Yay! So glad it went well. My one nephew didn't react so well the anesthesia. - Katie
Sending good thoughts! - Galadriel C.
Speedy recovery! Hope it cuts down on future illnesses. Xo - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Semi-annual haircut.
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I have four computers in my house at the moment. I think I have finally gotten one of them to talk to my phone.
Since I'm on medical leave for anxiety, I'm also doing other known stress relievers, like paying bills and attempting to convince the City of Chicago EMS services that I do, in fact, have health insurance and therefore they should not be billing me $260 for #toddlerx's ambulance ride back in September. - laura x
You are doing it wrong. Get your massage! - maʀtha
Oh, and also #toddlerx is having minor surgery on Thursday morning to get new ear tubes in and his adenoids removed, and we have to be there at 6:30 am and I may have to take him by myself! - laura x
Martha, I would do that, or go to yoga, but both would involve driving, and I'm not sure if I'm up for that. :( - laura x
Does she have a portable table? Cause I am determined to make this happen - maʀtha
i had the tubes/adenoids thing done when i was 4. i remember eating a tonne of ice cream. - jambina
i think you should make #toddlerx pay an ice cream tariff. - kendrak
I'm showing some folks in West Liberty how to tweet!
Shopping list for today: coffee filters and a toilet plunger.
My mother just joined Twitter.
Block her - DJF from Android
Welcome to the club. - Catherine Pellegrino
I'm so sorry - Soup in a TARDIS
Hey! Some Twitter moms are Cool Moms. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I got my mom a twitter account about 4-5 years ago, but she doesn't really use it as far as I know. But, she might read and follow some newsy types. - Joe
Oh, it's fine--I don't post anything on Twitter that I don't want my mom to know. I suspect she's mostly doing it to follow knitters. - laura x from iPhone
Thomas, Percy, Milton, Eliot, Rich, Clampitt, et alia. http://t.co/uKkKphnQho
Thomas, Percy, Milton, Eliot, Rich, Clampitt, et alia. http://t.co/uKkKphnQho
That plus some spinach and mac and cheese (from a box, natch) was dinner. - laura x from iPhone
L.A. Zoo's new hippo calf surprises staff; mother was on birth control - LA Times - http://www.latimes.com/local...
L.A. Zoo's new hippo calf surprises staff; mother was on birth control - LA Times
Happens to the best of us, Mama Hippo. - laura x from Bookmarklet
I doubt that the hippo was using an IUD. - DJF from Android
A hippo-sized IUD would be a little scary. As would inserting it. - laura x
This scene inspired me to write some song lyrics, and my friend Lisa made them into an actual song. Dedicated to all single parents of toddlers everywhere. https://soundcloud.com/lisa-au...
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Reminding self to check out later. - Ulrich von Liechtenstein
Someone tell me some good news.
I got nothing. no good news in NC. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
but: Scott Brown was defeated by two women. tm Rachel Maddow. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Our choir is sounding good and ready for our concert next week. - Kirsten
Berkeley is the first city in the nation to pass a soda tax. - kendrak from Android
Pippin is peeing in his boss like a champ. - lris from Android
same as Stephanie. Our race was very close but Kay Hagen was up against over a year's worth of negative advertising. just imagine hearing "Kay Hagen just doesn't understand" over and over and over in a southern drawl ad nauseum - Mr. The Jason Fleming
Oakland elected a mayor born & raised here. I've met her, and she's a really nice person. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
In my county, ballot questions passed to set up funding for the arts and to increase funding for women's health programs. - John (bird whisperer)
my city just passed funding for new streets and a new main library and new parks. - Big Joe Silence
You're the next contestant on The Price is Right! - Julian
love is a real thing. i consider that good news. - Big Joe Silence
Coke is THE real thing. - Julian
Today is not Monday. - imabonehead
my colon is the size of a zeppelin and just as full of explosive gas. - Big Joe Silence
Thank you, everyone. Stephanie, I feel your pain. - laura x
ALL humans can get married in NC. That is a good thing. Also, apparently Hagan = Obamacare is a bad thing. I thought it was a good thing. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
We get to be beatniks now. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
NJ doesn't have any Republican Senators. - April Russo
I have "joy" in a bottle - wish I could dab a little on FF for us all. - Jen
100 women in Congress! the 100th from NC! http://www.nbcnews.com/news... - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Autumn finally showed up in South Texas. - Steven Perez
861 words #yayme - WarLord
Cross country is over. Waif is getting the hang of Pre Calculus. My mother is excited about us coming for Thanksgiving. Terry Lynn Land will NOT be my Senator. I think you're the bees knees. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
I still live in a blue state (NY). - Elizabeth Brown
RT @kiahutch: Follow #Ferguson. Especially over the next week or so. Remember to stay woke.
I just sent out a pitch and got to say, for the first time in such a document, "I have written for the NYT."
YOU FANCY - jambina from Android
Look at you! All grown up and credentialed and junk! ☺ - MoTO: #TeamMarina
:) - ellbeecee
The Millions : What to Read When You’re Not Expecting - http://www.themillions.com/2014...
"I was trying to reassure myself that whatever was happening to me was common enough, normal enough, to easily crop up in my regular life reading." - laura x
One of the better layperson things I've ever read on copyright. (Then again, I am a Louis Menand fangirl). - laura x from Bookmarklet
RT @jessamyn: There’s no universal narrative Straight white able-bodied characters are not a neutral choice #SupportWNDB #WeNeedDiverseBooks ht @mariekeyn
What’s Done is Done is Done Again | Ploughshares - http://blog.pshares.org/index...
Five aphorisms on writing, with nice examples. Useful for readers, too, I suspect. - laura x
I'm pretty sure I Hate You--Don't Leave Me was actually written by a 2.5 year old.
Of course, that leaves the question of what age person wrote I'm Okay--You're Okay.
Exclusive link to "The Art of Booktalking" - http://ala-publishing.informz.net/Informz...
presentations from Kaite Mediatore Stover et al. - laura x
#toddlerx: That's violin! Me: Yup, that's Bob Dylan! #toddlerx: That's Bob Dylan!
That's my boy. - laura x
That's good parenting. - Ulrich von Liechtenstein
There are a few things Bob Dylan has recorded that I don't like, but there aren't very many. - laura x
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