Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Left of 90 degrees

It's hot. Those two words say so much yet not enough. When I say it's hot, I'm describing the kind of heat that causes you to sweat just standing still. The kind that makes your pets want to commit suicide. The kind where an ice cube might last 30 minutes in a glass of water?

I know, if you look at the map of the US, you will laugh at what we call a heat wave. But let me tell you...115 degrees while sitting in an air conditioned house is NOTHING compared to sitting in 90 degree heat with no a/c. It's HOT!

I was two hair widths of putting a/c in this summer. I was actually looking at units and then got to thinking. It's hot like this maybe three weeks out of the year. Maybe four, if we are not lucky. It is feasible to block windows with A/C units if they won't be used for more than three or four weeks? After standing there for twenty minutes arguing with myself, I gave up and just decided to suffer through as best I could. Between the fact they wouldn't be used much and the fact my electric bill might creep above 75.00 a month...I decided to just suffer. I do feel bad for my babies though...they are truly miserable.

Normally, if it's 85 or so outside, inside it gets maybe 80...that's totally tolerable.  In fact, 75 to 80 is kind of pleasant, especially if there is a breeze.  Even the babies don't mind those temperatures.   At the moment though, they are laying around like dead bodies after a battle. All are positioned in front of a fan.

On the non-heat front, I finally broke down and got a new desktop. My poor laptop was unable to keep up with the graphics demands I was putting on it. I lucked out and got a quad core i5 processor based unit on sale. Thank you 4th of July! I do need to add a high end graphics card but that will be in a few weeks. As is, it's managing nicely.

My little chromebook (I am currently writing on it) is holding up nicely. My O/S has actually updated three times already and it still boots up as fast as the day I bought it.  I was kind of leery of the whole Chrome OS thing but honestly...it's really not that bad.   The only thing I can't do is heavy duty graphics work, like photoshop/illustrator or any of the adobe products.

I can however, do light photo editing with the pixlreditor that is in the chrome shop. It doesn't do skype yet, but I think a workaround is coming soonish? I think you will be able to access Skype via outlook.com soon? Or that's what they are purporting. Other than that...this is working perfectly.

I can write a paper and save to ms word...via docs. I can do spreadsheets and presentations. I have hangouts for video calls. Plenty of games in the chrome store. What is funny, is I can hook up my monitor to this thing, add my usb hub to it and get access to my external keyboard/mouse, hard drives and tablet. It prints via my home network courtesy of google print.  I can see why some people swear by this thing.

I like the fact it weighs next to nothing, fits in my bag and is extremely portable! And the battery life is to die for. I actually charged it off an external battery and it went to full charge off it.  Plus, in this heat, it generates very little (unlike my desktop).

Got a new book.

I've been reading this series and love it. I have a few authors that no matter what they release I'll buy the book, review unseen. Kenyon, Day, Ward, Cole, Ione, Moning, Harrison and Brown. They get my money no matter what. Even when they write a book that doesn't captivate me, it's still a good read. They are tried and true authors that I trust totally. And honestly, on a hot day, nothing beats laying in front of a fan reading. 

4th of July is this week. My plans? Grilling on my balcony and staying cool. I was going to go downtown for fireworks, but the thought of all those people in this heat and the traffic...um..no. Now, if I lived downtown, I'm sure I wouldn't mind at all since it would be a walk over and not having to drive and park and all that hassle. Ick.  I really need to live downtown, that's all there is to it.

Oh well, I have a banana smoothie, a new book and some work to do. 

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