Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Themes in Google Apps Mail

Gmail themes in Google Apps.Gmail themes finally appeared in the Google Apps today. It took Google awhile to roll these out, but it’s nice to finally have them.

A small tip for those whose logo started looking ugly with different background colors — you can upload a PNG file as your logo and PNG files support alpha-channel transparencies and all modern browsers support PNG files. If your browser does not — it really is time to update!
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Maine Trip Booked

The route of our Maine trip.Wow, another trip booked! We wanted to take this one for quite a while and we’re finally doing it. The main destination is Acadia National Park in Maine.

The plan is very simple. On Friday, May 22nd, night we drive1 out from NYC right after work and drive all the way to Portland, ME, where we’re going to spend the rest of the night2. The next morning after checking out Portland we’ll drive to Bar Harbor which is right on the edge of Acadia NP, stopping on our way in Augusta, ME3. We’re going to spend the other 4 nights4 of our trip in Bar Harbor.

On Wednesday, May 27th, we’ll be driving back home. This falls right on the Memorial Day plus we’re taking 2 more days off which makes it total of 5 days. We were planning to visit Nova Scotia, Canada, but decided that it would be too hectic.

  1. About 500 miles each way. []
  2. Howard Johnson Plaza, $162.56 for 2 rooms, for 1 night. []
  3. Augusta is the capital of Maine. []
  4. Bar Harbor Manor, $851.72 for 2 bedroom suite, for 4 nights. []
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Shublik attacking a camera.Даня говорит, что мне надо написать о своих ощущениях от Шублика на данный момент, ибо со временем он подрастёт, я попривыкну к его присутствию, а память, как известно, штука не очень надёжная.

Вообще он мне нравится. Смешной. Бегает за нами хвостиком. Очень любопытный — иногда даже сверх меры. Shublik climbing.Во второй день мы ужинали с Данькой в зале, а эта ушастая морда пыталась попробовать нашу еду. Нет, ну какой нормальный кот начнёт лизать помидоры в салате? Мы его не подпускаем к нашей еде (стараемся), но это требует определённых усилий.

Мне очень нравится когда он начинает муркать — Даня называет его маленьким трактором. ) Правда, у Шублика еще есть дурная привычка муркать среди ночи и будить нас, тычась мордой в наши лица. Мне вчера даже сон снился, что какие-то наши враги запрогромировали в Шублика команду будить нас в 3 ночи, чтобы мы хуже днём соображали, но мы это дело просекли и команду из памяти Шублика удалили, и спали спокойно. ) В одну ночь он разбудил нас 3 раза, в прошлую — только один раз.

Playing with a string tied to a chair.Он очень ласковый и спокойно даёт себя гладить и щупать за любые места (лапы, хвост, живот и т.п.). Рыся, например, такого нахальстава не потерпела бы.

Что мне не нравится, так это то, что Шублик любит помяукать — мне кажется, он делает это когда ему становится скучновато и он требует внимания. Он не любит быть один, и когда мы дома, Шублик должен находится как минимум в той же комнате (а еще лучше на том же диване, стуле, кресле, столе, коленях, животе, шее и т.п.).

Almost sleeping.Шублик мне кажется очень красивым котёнком — мне нравятся его огромные уши, необычный окрас, изогнутый знаком вопроса тонкий хвостик, умильная мордаха.

Признаться честно, забот поприбавилось и иногда (особенно по утрам, когда хочется спать, а он муркает) Шублик меня раздражает. В целом же я к нему уже привязалась, и не жалею о решении взять в дом эту маленькую пушистую врединку.
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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Apple Stuffed Chicken Breast

Apple Stuffed Chicken.This recipe is easy and delicious, so I thought that it would be a good idea to post it here for the future reference.

The original recipe is here. I modified it slightly and here is what I did.

Pound 2 chicken breasts, rub with a bit of black pepper and stuff with the following mix: Continue Reading
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Monday, April 6, 2009

Shublik: iPhone Incompatible

iPhone headphones have clearly failed Shublik compatibility test.I’m sure Shublik looks very technologically advanced to the untrained eye, but contrary to the popular belief it isn’t so. We’ve ran some tests and were able to establish with 100% certainty that iPhone isn’t Shublik compatible. Test results are provided in a “graph” above.

P.S. Poor Alena. It was her headphone set.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Update: Shublik & iPhone

The latest patch has added a custom iPhone plug to Shublik hardware.Looks like the last patch has improved the compatibilities issues. Now Shublik comes with a headphone jack, ready to be plugged right into iPhone. However there are still some bugs to work out — for the past half an hour he’s been trying to drop my iPhone off the table just to see what would happen… O.o roll
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Flash Drive

Sandisk Cruzer 16GB flash drive.These things have been available in abundance of forms and capacities for quite some time now, but I never felt the need. Lately I’ve been trying to pack way too many things onto CDs, DVDs and send over e-mail to myself and others when it dawned on me — wouldn’t a simple flash drive simplify all this?

Hence my new Sandisk Cruzer 16GB flash drive. I just wish the key chain mount was designed a bit better and more functional. Otherwise I hope it should serve me well. The time will show.
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Friday, April 10, 2009

Restaurant Saul

Restaurant Saul business card.Today we felt “adventurous” — we decided to check out some new restaurant for dinner. I knew just the place to look for one. A while ago I was looking for some information on the lounge that Alena and I had our first date at. Saul entrance.Sadly the place has closed down, but the search with the same address revealed that there was a new restaurant at the same location — Applewood. We have checked it out a while ago.

The same website, or rather forum, that I found Applewood at had a list of other good places people were suggesting in Brooklyn. We picked Saul and there we went.

The place was not cheap and the bill ran close to $200 for 3 of us, but I must stay that I haven’t eaten meat more delicious in a long time now. Alena enjoyed her fish and Alex had the same meal as I. In short it was a good place that we should visit again sometime in the future.
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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sedona

Sedona under heavy rain clouds.It’s been almost 6 months since our southwest trip, but there is one place that we still haven’t said a word about — Sedona, Arizona. And I’d like to try to remember some things about it and write these memories down before they completely fade away.

Sedona is a town located in the heart of Arizona, surrounded by beautiful red mountains. It’s a very touristy town with a lot of shops, restaurants and swarms of visitors. At the same it seems very cozy with its small streets, uplifting colors and architecture.

One of cozy Sedona streets.For Alena and I this was not our first time here, so originally I didn’t even want to repeat the trip. We’ve been here on our Arizona trip in October 2005 and liked it a lot. But after driving through most of Utah, New Mexico and Arizona I thought it would be boring to revisit. On the other hand we had nothing to do and papa and mama haven’t been there, so off we went.

A simple BBQ place located at one of the back streets.It turned out to be a good decision. Papa and mama liked it very much and I found it, as I said, much cozier than I remembered. It was nice to remember some of the places in this town. We even managed to find a cheap BBQ place where we all ordered pulled pork sandwiches, just like we did with Alena in 2005.

Toozigoot National Monument and papa on top of it.On our way to Sedona we drove by Tuzigoot National Monument and got our mandatory stamps there. The monument itself wasn’t all that interesting — just some old dwellings that mostly fell apart.

And after Sedona we managed to get our stamps at Montezuma Castle National Monument. It consists of 2 distinct parts — the well and the castle. We were on time at the well, but castle was 10 minutes away and it was almost 5pm on the clock — that’s when they close it down.

Castle at Montezuma Castle National Monument.So we flew by the ranger right into the gate of the 2nd part, managed to get our stamps there as well and even had the time to run to the castle. On our way back I was worried that the ranger was going to be pissed at us for doing this, but when he saw us again he actually started smiling and waving. I guess he understood why we were seriously speeding.

And that’s pretty much all of the trip that I remember.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Просто Так

Шублик дрыхнет на Алёниной ноге.Надо бы написать о жизни, но вообще-то новостей особо нет. Недели летят и во многом похожи друг на друга. Иногда вспоминаю, что всего год наза я еще училась в колледже, и даже не верится — почему-то кажется, что это было значительно раньше.

На работе всё идёт своим чередом. Мне точно повезло, что в группе есть Галя — она скрашивает будни; и точно не повезло что там есть Брэд, ибо работник он плохой и помощи от него не дождёшься (а свою работу спихнуть он всегда старается). Наверное, везде есть такие люди и умение с ними обходиться копится со временем. Вообще мне всё время немного тревожно потерять работу — может, потому что время такое не очень стабильное. С другой стороны, это лёгкое чувство тревоги не вгоняет меня в депрессию и не мешает спать по ночам, что происходит, если верть газетам, с достаточно большим количеством людей.

Shublik being a computer virus.Что мешает мне спать по ночам — это Шублик. Когда мы оставляем его в комнате, он будит нас пару раз за ночь своим мурканьем, когда выставляем за дверь — воет по утрам жутким голосом, и всё равно не даёт выспаться всласть. Надеюсь, с возрастом он поумнеет и станет спокойнее. Он на днях понял как можно запрыгнуть на раковину, используя мусорку как промежуточное звено, и пришлось нам мусорку поэтому переставить к другой стене.

Когда мы его привезли домой, он весил 3 фунта, через 2 недели 3.4 фунта, а потом еще за 2 дня добрал до 3.6 фунтов. Растёт! ) Еще он очень любит покушать и мы пока особо его не отраничиваем (хотя планируем ужесточить контроль когда станет постарше).
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Hitch Installed

Mopar OEM hidden hitch for Chrysler 300C.The 2nd hardest thing after choosing all the components was actually installing the hitch. Not that it’s a complicated procedure — lower the exhaust, screw in 6 bolts, raise the exhaust back up. But it’s not possible to do without a lift, so a shop has to be involved.

Hitch mounted on the car and L-shaped adapter is attached.Either way, it’s done. Dealer has quoted me $135 for the job (are they insane?), and my regular guy took $50. The hitch is completely invisible on the car when not in use because of the hidden design. To attach anything to it I need to put on an L-shaped adapter (15 second ordeal) and we’re good to go.

Now we just need for the bike rack itself to get delivered (Monday) and we can travel. Questions is — where to? )
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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Saturday Morning

Shublik in the hands.Today Katie came over and gave Shublik one of his shots (the last on is due in 3 weeks). For some reason he was a little agitated and not quite his usual self — maybe because he smelled other cats from Katie’s clothes. Katie said that she can see that he’s grown and that he is going to be quite big, just like his father.

Shublik attacking hair.Shublik did not let us sleep too much tonight again, but I hope he will just grow out of it. Katie suggested buying some kind of special cat’s tent where Shublik can be put for a couple of hours in the morning so we could sleep. Maybe, we’ll try this.

2 Cannondale cycling shirts, spare tube and a cycling computer.After driving Katie to the subway, we’ve decided to get summer biking t-shirts since the weather is getting nicer and nicer. We picked two matching red t-shirts, and also got a spare tube and a cycling computer. The funny thing is that Alan did not recognize me at first, and when it finally hit him, he said to Danya: “And I was thinking – are all of his girlfriends 6 feet tall?”. Alan noticed that I dyed my hair and kept saying that I look different today. What can I say – no makeup and new hair color can do tricks! )

Shublik and Alena being cute. :)It was also funny that one of the guys who works there told us that two people came to their site from our blog (I am amazed that he easily figured out who we are when we entered the shop today). I can only say again that I am very happy that we bought our bicycles from the local bike shop, and that dealing with people there is always a pleasure.
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