Fun with Igloos

I kept asking Troy if there was any places in Canada offering igloo building courses, because if there was, I’d like to sign up. He just thought I was weird. So I decided to search for igloo building courses on Google today and found that there are at least two companies in Canada offering an igloo building course (among others). It’s kind of expensive, though. Maybe I should just take the self-taught route and try to build one with a bucket this winter.

5 Firefox Extensions I Can’t Live Without

In the Rain

Having a new computer, I had to do a fresh install of all my favourite software, including Firefox. While Firefox is good on its own, I was so used to having all the additional features that Firefox extensions provide that my life felt incomplete when one of them was missing. It may sound overdramatic, but it’s true! Especially since I spend most of my time in front of the computer.

I thought of writing this post because I didn’t find the last extension that I wanted and sorely missed until this morning. I’ll let you know which one it is as the list progresses. So here’s my list of five Firefox extensions I can’t live without (in no particular oder):

  1. Greasemonkey
    I’m using some user scripts that make viewing my Flickr comments easier and allow me to download videos from YouTube. Can’t do that without Greasemonkey.
  2. Paste and Go
    It’s so much easier to just paste URLs into the address box or to paste search terms into the search box without having to press enter. So I’m lazy. Sue me. You won’t get much.
  3. TinyURL Creator
    This one comes in handy when I need to share all the cool cameras I came across on eBay with Troy. That’s all I need this extension for, really. But I browse eBay so much I can’t live without this extension.
  4. Copy Plain Text
    I don’t like it when I paste something to an email I’m writing on Thunderbird and the copied text appears all formatted because I’m a text-only email kind of girl. This extension helps get rid of that annoyance.
  5. text/plain
    For the life of me, I couldn’t remember the name of this extension so I had to try out a bunch of text URL converter extensions before I finally re-acquainted with this one today. The thing is, I don’t want Firefox to convert text URLs to hyperlinks. I just want to be able to select a text URL/email address and then decide what I want to do with it, which is exactly what this extension allows me to do.

Honourable mention goes to Adblock, TabMixPlus, Web Developer, and BugMeNot, but other than Adblock and TabMixPlus (that I think are on everybody’s list), I don’t really use the other extensions all that often. Does the search selected text feature come with Firefox or from an extension? That’s another feature I can’t live without. Oh, and I just installed an extension called VideoDownloader. I think it works even better than the Greasemonkey script I’ve been using. Sweet.

I only have 12 extensions in total installed on Firefox so these are really my top 5 extensions. For such a hardcore Internet user, my needs are quite simple and I think it shows. If you’re a Firefox user, what are your favourite extensions? Is there any extensions you think I wouldn’t be able to live without if I had them installed? Let me know and I’ll check it out.

I Can’t Use Chopsticks

Came across this t-shirt at Threadless a couple of days ago and it made me laugh because, well, I can’t use chopsticks!

Every time we go to an Asian restaurant, we always have to ask for a fork and a spoon. Most of the time, they think the fork and spoon are for Troy since I’m the Asian among us and he’s the white guy. Silly generalisation, if you ask me. Not all Asians can use chopsticks. Or at least I don’t think so.

I could say that I can’t use chopsticks because in Indonesia, we eat with a spoons, or spoon and fork in more formal settings. But Troy grew up eating with fork and knife and yet he can use chopsticks like a pro, so my argument wouldn’t be valid.

I think I’ll just say that I can’t use chopsticks because I’m clumsy, and that it will be better for my sanity, faster, and less food wasted if I just use forks and spoons to eat my meals. And yes, I’ve tried using chopsticks before. It just didn’t work. Just ask Troy. :)

However, if you have any simple tips and tricks on using chopsticks that you think I could use, feel free to share! I’d love to hear it.

Tooth Fairy Was Here

Busker III

Nothing can make me feel more grown-up than sitting in a dentist’s office, waiting for Troy while the oral surgeon molested his mouth this past Friday. Mind you, they stated clearly that only a responsible adult may accompany a patient who is undergoing a surgery. I hope I did look the part.

I had two books, an apple, and a chocolate bar with me. I was expecting to spend hours there since I thought Troy wouldn’t be awake after the surgery. Surprise, surprise. Less than half an hour after Troy got called into the surgery room, I was told that he was all up and ready for me. He was still pretty drugged out, but awake. When we were walking from the drugstore to the apartment after picking up his prescription, I felt like I was walking a zombie.

Once we got home, Troy took a couple of hours of nap and when he woke up, he was his old self again. I don’t think he suffered too much from the surgery. The bleeding stopped quickly and there was hardly any swelling. And he certainly loved his Jello and mashed potatoes.

We spent this past weekend going to the Waterloo Busker Carnival, visiting thrift stores (of course), and an antique market. Sadly, we didn’t find any cool, old cameras. It was a pretty boring weekend and the traffic on Sunday was unusually slow.

Next weekend should be more interesting. We’re going up to the cottage, and I’m still trying to sell the idea of making the 6-hour trip from the cottage to Ottawa to Troy. It’s just that I’ve been living in Canada for two years but I still haven’t seen the nation’s capital. I find it kind of sad. Maybe if I attached a list of Ottawa thrift stores with my proposal, Troy would give it a go. We’ll see. ;)

Not a TV Junkie. Or Am I in Denial?

Cloudy Sky
So, what are the TV shows you’re looking forward to the most this fall? I’m only looking forward to Lost and Grey’s Anatomy. Sure I watch more than just two shows but I’ve taken shows like Law & Order and CSI for granted. They always return.
I don’t think I’m a TV junkie because I don’t care about missing any of the shows I watch. If I missed it then I missed it. I won’t try downloading the episode I missed from a torrent site or anything. Even if I learned later that a main character in the show was killed in the episode I missed, I’d just acknowledge it and that’s about it.
That might not apply for Lost and Grey’s Anatomy, though. But I might be wrong. I mean, if Troy didn’t try so hard to keep up with those two shows by taping it if we know we’re going to miss it or download it if we missed it without taping it, I probably wouldn’t care either.
TV has never been a big part of my life. Before the Internet, I’d rather spend my time daydreaming about the day when I made my escape than watching TV. And once I got an Internet connection at home, I’d rather be online than watching TV. That still applies today.
Bottom line is, I’m not a TV junkie because TV doesn’t rule my life. I won’t adjust my life to fit TV timetable. But then again, I rarely can remember when the TV shows I watch are on and on what channel.
No, scratch that. I’m not a TV junkie because remembering the showtimes and all the channels is simply Too. Much. Work.