It’s true, my mom reads the New York Times website daily and sends me articles almost daily. I barely ever read any of them but I save the links in a folder for the day when I decide I feel like reading them. They usually are about inspiring stories, food, chefs etc. But the most recent one she was the one about the horrible incident in Brooklyn where a man set an elderly woman on fire supposedly because she owed him money. Yep, completely heinous all around. Why this one was the one to break the cycle of inspiring NY Times articles I may never know.
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Last night I had sorted out a month’s worth of receipts, eaten dinner, watched some of Gordon Ramsay’s “The F Word” and was all set for at least a few hours of gaming. I was thinking of Mass Effect 2 because I’ve wanted to finish my FemShep run at some point even though Mass Effect 3 isn’t coming out until next year.
But then my mom called because apparently me sending the Skype link to them wasn’t enough and they weren’t able to install it. After some time trying to do the over-the-phone “Okay what do you see now?” I walked my mom through installing Logmein on my uncle’s computer. From there I logged into their computer, downloaded Chrome ’cause Internet Explorer was driving me crazy, and then installed Skype.
Thankfully at that point it all went without a hitch. I didn’t have to configure any webcam or check headphone or microphone connections. By the time I finished this comic it was almost 11:30, approximately 2 hours after the first call from my mom. Could’ve been worse I guess, it could’ve taken three hours.
My mom is by no means in any sense of the word senile. In fact, if you met her you’d probably under guess her age by I’d say 10-15 years. Still though, computers are still hard to grasp even though she can capably word process, email, youtube, stream and Skype. When she was visiting recently she was using a borrowed PC laptop and couldn’t figure out how to save, so she left the document open until she could ask my sister’s husband how to save. He showed her how by pressing the floppy disk icon on the top left.
I told her that Microsoft Word still has a “File” menu on both versions and they should be in the same place. Unfortunately, the “top” of the screen isn’t “top” enough on a PC because of the way the windows are set up. So she didn’t do the next logical thing which was search in the vicinity of the top.
It’s also funny to me that she doesn’t realize she had a PC before. Somehow she doesn’t realize that there are basically only two computers she’ll ever need to know about: Mac and PC (no way in HELL she’s ever going to touch a Linux box).
Oh well, like I said. She can email, youtube, word process and even Skype, so I should probably count my lucky stars.
Had this conversation with my mom last night on the phone. I was failing to articulate that the concept of “I” was really broad, far broader than the “I think therefore I am” phrase. I’m guessing Steve Jobs would want to go as big as possible with the scope of his ideas.
I knew that originally the “i” in iMac was intended to mean “internet,” but Wikipedia says it also means “individual” which could also make sense.
I actually stole this story from my sister’s first earthquake which happened a while ago when she was in Japan. As she told it to me, she didn’t notice the earthquake until her friend stopped shaking her.
My earthquake experience yesterday was pretty boring, but it was still a fun experience. I was at work when I noticed my computer monitors were wobbling a bit and I noticed that I could feel the shaking all around. I turned to my co-worker and he said something like “Did you just feel the building shake?” Then I noticed that it wasn’t just something like the wind or a large truck driving by.
So we all head out of the building. Then lots more people started coming out of their offices with the same look on their faces like “did you feel that too?” Then we started texting, calling and searching Twitter to confirm that it wasn’t just us. After we hung outside for a bit we went back in.
That was my very first earthquake that I ever felt. Until yesterday I had to turn on the news to find out that there was an earthquake because it’s usually completely imperceptible. I’d consider myself satisfied with the experience, and it also reminded me just how little I think about what to do in case of earthquake.
As I suspected, my dad had merely turned down the volume on his computer by accident. I don’t know if there’s a keyboard shortcut on Windows to lower the volume, but that would be my first suspect. My dad’s keyboard isn’t new enough to have a volume control so there aren’t many possibilities. The sound wasn’t showing up on the bottom right of the start bar so I had to direct my mom to the control panels and then to the sound control panel where she confirmed that the volume slider was nearly all the way down.Â As soon as it was fixed my dad came rushing into the room after hearing that it was fixed.
I’m just glad that the problem was exactly what I thought it was. If it was something else then it would’ve been a much bigger headache.
Part of me was kind of excited hearing that my dad would also have a Mac (so it’d be easy to tech support him too) but it didn’t make any sense because I know that my dad pretty much just uses the internet and plays some games which aren’t memory intensive by any stretch of the imagination.
I’m sure there could be a virus out there that affects the volume on your computer, but it seemed incredibly unlikely. Come back tomorrow for the exciting conclusion! Okay it’s not that exciting, but come back tomorrow anyway.
I can always count on my mom to look on the bright side of things. When I Skyped her I expected her first question to be about whether I’ve been looking or found anything, but nope she asked if I was having fun or not. I might not be leaving the apartment much, but I’ve feel more productive since I got laid off than the entire last year at my job. I’m not even just talking about playing video games (though my Xbox score has gone above 11,000 :P)
I’m making good progress on my latest fan trailer project with an even more ambitious one on the horizon. I was getting so into it that I actually preferred working on it over playing “Shank” which just came out. It’s a short game though so I already beat it in a late night play session with another short one yesterday.
I skyped my parents a day or two after my dad’s birthday. I pretty much knew that when I told my dad “Happy birthday” his reaction would be along the lines of “Oh. Okay.” And I think my assessment was correct. It was just doubly funny that my mom completely forgot his birthday. He seemed equally non-plussed at this too.