12 February 2010

Up and Crawling

It's nothing special yet, but purekatherine.com is up. I don't have it linked to my blog yet, but purekatherine.com/blog is up as well.

I need to get on top of some homework, so that's all for now. I hope to have some awesome stuff up soon!

10 February 2010

TMI Thursday...

Here's a warning to all before reading. I'm talking about girlie things.

TMI Thursday

Monday in my dance class I realized that something had some a little early, and I was stuck on campus until 9:20 unprepared. Not really an issue when there's a small store on campus that can provide me with tampons, but when I have to be in class right away, not so nice.

Fortunately I was able to ask around in my next class, and then in the bathroom and someone had one for me. All was fine for class and then I was able to get to the student store to get set for the rest of the day. That's where my hippie side took over.

These were available in the store, and at the price they were, it was the cheapest per tampon, and didn't have those waste of paper applicators. Plus, yay for organic anything, right? Well, even as I was buying them, I was thinking that no applicator might just be a tad over the line as far as too green for me.

I went for it anyway.

I tried it after a ridiculous fire alarm in the computer lab, and I have to say, I'm a little surprised at how not bothered I am by any part of it! Turns out I can totally do this, and I may even prefer it to typical tampax. I do have to admit that the idea of so many fewer chemicals sitting inside my body is both mentally and physically preferable.

09 February 2010

Blogging and such

I'm thinking about a move to wordpress, and possibly getting my own domain.

If you have thoughts on this, I would like to hear them. Either comment or email me at purekatherine@gmail.com please!

08 February 2010

Fire alarms and computer lab techs suck.

Leaving class today I had pretty specific plans. I had a 3 hour, 45 minute break in which I needed to watch a 2 and half hour movie, and get some other things done for other classes. I'd scheduled my break during my last class, which included a stop at the student store for tampons (more about that later in the week) and before heading to the ARC computer lab to hopefully nab a Mac to watch Mulholland Drive while also typing up some other things.

As I walked up to the ARC I noticed that there was a decent sized crowd just standing outside the doors, and while I saw people coming out, I didn't notice anyone going in. I asked someone, and the fire alarm was going off inside, so the building had been evacuated. 15 minutes later, we saw a couple of students walking around inside and went for it, only to be told we had to leave again within about 2 minutes. The firemen hadn't officially cleared the building I guess, and it took another 5 minutes before we could get in.

At this point I wasn't really worried about my timeline, but I was aware that I had less time to fudge the schedule and go back if I missed something in the movie because I was focused on writing something else. I guess that's good practice for what I'm going to need to be doing the rest of the semester though!

Things were fine until I tried to play the movie on the Mac I was logged into. The region code needed to be set on the computer, which is pretty simple to do, but you have to be an administrator to do it. So I went to talk to the lab tech in hopes that he had a log in that would allow him set it and get my movie playing right away. I'm sorry to say that he lived up to every expectation I had for him based on previous lab tech experiences.

While he did come over to look at it, he had no idea what was going on with it. He then made a call to someone who apparently told him that they were working on the problem. I tried to explain that what he said didn't make sense because it wasn't a network thing. All that I needed was a supervisor who had a login to come and set it, which would take less than 27 seconds. Instead of hearing what I said and going from there, he suggested that I log in on a PC and use Windows. I told him that was ridiculous, and that I don't do Windows.* He pretty much gave up and told me he couldn't help me, so I went to the IT Helpdesk to find someone who could.

The fix in the end was actually to switch to a different Mac, that did have the region code set. Sure, I could have tried that on my own, but the bad thing about the Macs on campus is that they take forever to log someone in, so I didn't want to do that if I didn't have a reason to believe it would work. All that I needed was someone who knew that it may not be all of them that need the regions set.

Maybe this is totally elitist of me, but I believe that if one is employed to work in a computer lab that has both Mac and PC computers, one should know some basics about them. It's just knowing your job. Never have I found a lab tech here who has known anything about a Mac that I don't.

Between the fire alarm and the ridiculousness in the computer lab, I will be cutting it really close with this movie ending and class starting, but I will make it. Even if I'm not understanding what the hell is going on at the end of this movie.

*Sorry for the PC users, but since using my Mac, I really can't stand using Windows, especially whichever version is on the PCs on campus. I have a really difficult time navigating the newest version of Word on Windows and I hate that I can't use my keyboard shortcuts.

04 February 2010

Apparently school kills my blogging abilities.

Even when I write stuff in class and just don't end up typing it up later.

This must be remedied.

But I don't have time to remedy that right at this moment, of course.