Life of Amy

CogSci, Knitting, and Other Shenanigans

Firefox Extensions July 5, 2008

Filed under: college,life,love,random,recommendations — Amy @ 1:06 am
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I’ve been playing around with the new Firefox 3.0 since its release date, and I have to say I’m pretty impressed. The configuration is pretty easy to tweak, although I don’t normally do much to it. Perhaps moreso, I’m impressed with the extensions I’ve picked out this time. They just seem more useful. That said, I thought I’d share them. Extensions are, after all, the ultimate way to customize your browsing experience. The PCs at the lab just feel a little naked without …

  • All-in-One Sidebar: Oh my, why did I not discover this add-on until FF3?! This is the most amazing thing ever. It makes the sidebar an integral part of the browsing experience. It has bookmarks, downloads, add-ons, source, and whatever else you may choose to load in the sidebar. My only wish is that I could drag more shortcuts into the sidebar menu of buttons.
  • FoxyTunes: An absolutely essential tool if you listen to music while browsing. Unless you’re the kind of person who needs to see their entire library at once. But really, I think that’s just silly. All you really need to know is what song you’re listening to right now. It’s expandable if necessary, but otherwise, you can just stick to your main functions. I’ve had this extension for a while now, and I can’t live without it.
  • Sage-Too: I used an old incarnation of this RSS reader once upon a time. Then, when I updated to FF3, I found this one, and I have to say I love it. The best thing about it is that it displays all the entries on a single, generated page, allowing the reader to browse through all of the recent entries.
  • ScribeFire Blog Editor: This is what I’m using right now. It’s got compatibility with multiple blogging platforms, and the options are impressive. Additionally, it pops up in the bottom of the browser window, so you can still browse/see URLs, and even though it’s kinda tiny, it’s still there. Pretty sweet so far …
  • Shareaholic: An amazing extension … makes Digg-ing and adding to my bookmarks easy and painless. Can also be expanded to more networking sites than I know what to do with. My favorite part is that it tells you how many times an item has been dugg or how many other bookmarks have been made. It’s another great way to integrate many things that would otherwise be separate.

There you have it. I know that may not have been the most coherent review, but in my experience, these have been the most exceptional add-ons. Other notable mentions include: Adblock Plus, Download Statusbar, DownThemAll!, and PDF Download.

Oh … and a friend got engaged tonight! Hurrah! But seriously … another one?! More on this later, I suppose. Well, the general theme, anyway. Love in a time of graduation …


Viva Espana! June 30, 2008

Filed under: entertainment,life,love,random,videos — Amy @ 5:27 am
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Okay, here’s the thing. I had originally wanted the Germans to take the Euro Cup. I will not lie. They had played with such heart, such tenacity. And then, at the end of the semi-final match, I realized that they had muscled their way through that one, and as much as they rocked it, they barely made it. Turkey had much more heart, and Germany suddenly felt to me like a bunch of sore winners.

After that, I watched the Spain/Italy semi … and wow. Both teams played with heart, but Spain deserved that win. When they celebrated, it came from the heart, not from any kind of seeming expectation. Their victory seemed genuine. I had no choice but to love them.

Thus, in the final, I ended up rooting for Spain. Sure, you can call me a bandwagoner, but I fell in love with the fire of this Spanish team. They played hard, they beat the Germans on every count, and they entirely deserved to win. Perhaps this is why the following video clip makes me giggle like a schoolgirl.

Thanks to Kickette … my newest guilty pleasure. It keeps me sane while I peruse the grad school scene.


Coolness June 24, 2008

Filed under: art,crafty,humor,life,music,random — Amy @ 11:43 pm
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The Lord’s Prayer is a classic …

but everyone needs some Dylan in their life.

Oh wow. You have to check out Wordle. I think I’m going to go turn more quotes into word cloud art now. I should probably post something interesting soon … but I’m still twittering away. Oh, and Euro Cup … Euro Cup owns my life right now.


Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb! June 2, 2008

Filed under: humor,random,videos — Amy @ 12:06 am
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I get a huge kick out of over-the-top clips such as this one. Apparently, bombs are very conveniently timed … and very large … yet not very heavy. Thank you, Ashley.

Classic quote:
“They may be drinkers, Robin, but they’re also human beings.”


Archives: What Is Up? I Am! (09/29/2006) May 26, 2008

Filed under: college,humor,life,random — Amy @ 6:13 am
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Holy cow. I am turning into a morning person. I have had to leave the house by around 8 AM for the past four days, and today, after my silly phone alarm rang twice, I climbed down the ladder, turned it off, and stayed down. I suppose I am just a creature of habit, and as such, have gotten into the groove. I am excited by this prospect. Maybe I will lead a normal adult life after all!


Archives: Say What? (08/03/2006)

Filed under: life,love,random — Amy @ 6:07 am

In the midst of the world around me seemingly falling to pieces, perhaps from the outside in, I thought for a moment. How do we help the world? If we were truly altruistic, taking care of the world would be our main priority. However, from experience, few people are truly altruistic, so, why is it that we cannot be so? Is it because we need to know and love ourselves before we can know and love others? If that is the case, will we ever be able to love ourselves, and will we ever be able to reach out and love a world that has so much hate in it.

This has been a confusing and hopefully deep message of the day. Thank you.


identity crisis? February 27, 2008

Filed under: humor,links,random — Amy @ 4:01 pm

Surfing the internet while attempting to study leads to all sorts of gems, and today, it happens to be Stuff White People Like. Don’t get me wrong. Or, perhaps, if you’re that shallow, do, but I am almost assured now that I am a white person. Heaven help us all.

I promise more birthday details later, although, alas, there were no photos taken. However, Lambrusco was imbibed, and it was good. 🙂


ready or not … February 5, 2008

Filed under: photos,random,rant — Amy @ 5:56 pm

Originally uploaded by Dappers

This is how I feel right now … well, sort of. Bright, but ready to smash my head against the wall.

Let’s put it this way. “Winter quarter needs to shove off and die.”

And yes, oh yes, I blogged two different photos in the span of five minutes. What can I say? I’m ignoring my studies and trolling Flickr.



Filed under: photos,random — Amy @ 5:54 pm

lil monks
Originally uploaded by Sukanto Debnath

I love this photo, and I thought I would share it with whoever reads this blog … I’m guessing that’s not many people, but this is mostly for myself, anyway.


he’s following me! February 3, 2008

Filed under: humor,links,music,random,videos — Amy @ 11:41 pm

Oh, Pachelbel …

Oh, and if you dig Rob and all of his craziness, find more of him at his website. 🙂