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Back to our usual programming

It was fun, but now that the First Annual Rabbit Hole Day is over, we can get back to our usual programming. Which involves me getting to grips with Firefox, which everybody tells me is way better than IE. Of course, it doesn't take much to be way better than IE, which I've never liked; mostly because I was quite happy with Netscape before it got replaced by IE at work. So I'm quite willing to give this Firefox a chance, even if 5 minutes into my first usage of it, I've already found something I liked better in the old Windows-browser: it doesn't let me scroll my icons and mood theme in the Options section of my Update page like IE did.

I wonder if I should trade in Outlook Express for Thunderbird, too? I think I'll leave that decision for a while. Baby steps...Besides, I've got enough new stuff to play around with: I've just installed Adobe Photoshop and downloaded The GIMP, and I'm hoping to find some time this weekend to check out both these packages and see what they can be used for.

This morning, my PC Shield told me the free trial period had come to an end and if I wanted further protection against virusses, I'd better purchase the package right away. This got my dander up, and so I've ignored its invitation and downloaded and installed AVG instead. And boy, did that installation do a thorough job! I'm pleased to say that the previous package does seem to have done a good job: there were no virusses found on my computer anywhere! Almost makes me feel bad about replacing it...

Another thing that's making me feel slightly uncomfortable is the growing realisation that my flist has become steadily more unwieldy over the months. Perhaps I should create a friends of friends list, or quit a few communities, or unfriend some people who I hope won't care or notice, even...I'll definitely give the matter some thought (and then, knowing me, will probably end up not doing a damn thing about it)::sigh::

I'll end this post with a bit of memage -- I hate to do this to you, but this one has been sitting on my hard drive for long enough now, and I kinda like it:

Nicked from hils, who nicked it from superplin

What year was it?
When I left school or when I started? I left in 1982/83, and I started in 1974/75...I think.

What were your three favorite bands?
When I started secondary school, I was an avid Queen and David Bowie-fan, and I also liked The Rolling Stones. Then punk came along and all of a sudden there were countless local bands as well as internationally (in)famous ones. Of the latter, the usual suspects topped my list: The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and Iggy Pop. A little after punk came ska, and I liked The Specials most especially. Elvis Costello & UB40 were new, too. I discovered The Cure and J.J. Cale in 1978, and I also got heavily into Japan roundabout this time (or maybe a little later). By the end of my schooldays, I had more favourite bands and artists than I could count on my fingers and toes, and travelled everywhere to see them.

What was your favorite outfit?
From the morning I woke up with breasts, anything baggy and shapeless for my tops. Tight jeans and my father's shirts, of which I used to cut the collar off and hem it (crookedly) in red and green thread or yarn, and Allstars on my feet. I'd wear my sweaters inside out, and wear tuxedo jackets over them.

Although all through school, I mostly wore jeans or cords, I remember one outfit that I felt particularly happy to be girly in: it consisted of an ochre wide-sleeved top, a red and ochre patterned wraparound skirt, and high-heeled red canvas boots.

What was up with your hair?
Long, and shaggy; long and back-combed (Bananarama-style); long and permed; and finally, long, pulled back in a single plait -- a style later copied by Sade. I wore it like that all through uni, too.

Who were your best friends?
People with the silliest nicknames: Daisy Bell, Panique and Shprotzsch, e.g. I bumped into the latter again a couple of years ago. He now went by his real name, Jeroen.

What did you do after school?
Mostly, I'd hang with my mates, doing nothing in particular. Just go round their houses (with an alcoholic dad, I never wanted them to come round mine; although sometimes I couldn't avoid it and if he happened to be home, I'd die of shame) and play records, go to the beach and bum around, or go into town and drink buckets of tea and coffee. We also experimented with drugs a bit, pass the dutchie from the left hand side...we were such innocents then!

Where did you work?
I had a Saturday job at the perfume counter in the poshest department store in town. They made me wear a dress!

Did you take the bus?
In Holland? No, you take the bike to school!

Who did you have a crush on?
I don't think I had any real crushes of my own...for some reason, I was always crushed on, which I found hugely embarrassing.

Did you fight with your parents?
No more than usual. I've always sort of just got on with things.

Who did you have a CELEBRITY crush on?
See my earlier reply re: crushes. I just didn't have any.

Did you smoke cigarettes?
Yes. I quit smoking in 1987.

Did you lug all of your books around in your backpack all day because you were too nervous to find your locker?
Lockers aren't all that common in Dutch schools. There weren't any in any of the schools I attended....so yes, we lugged our books with us. And backpacks hadn't been invented yet -- so it was a leather schoolbag for the first form and various more trendy bags throughout the rest of our schooldays.

Did you have a 'clique'?
I suppose...We just thought of ourselves as a group of friends, though.

Did you have "The Max" like Zach Kelly and Slater?
Apparently, this question references a diner in an American TV series. Of course, we didn't have a diner, but we did have a place nearby where they served sandwiches and drinks (everything from ordinary tea & coffee to spirits and 'slemp', an old-Dutch concoction of tea, wine, cinnamon, sugar and grated orange peel) and where I spent most of my schoolweek playing on the pinball machine -- yes, I was the original pinball wizard!

Admit it, were you popular?
Not at first, no. But fairly popular by the time I left, and dead popular at uni.

Who did you want to be just like?
No one. Though I did try to apply my makeup like Siouxsie once or twice.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A hugely successful artist (painter or sculptor). Failing that, a diplomat -- the idea of foreign postings appealed to me.

Where did you think you'd be at the age you are now?
Married, with kids and a car.


( 8 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
Jan. 28th, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC)
I think Firefox makes my website go all bandy.

I might give it another chance. It works fine on my Dad's machine.

my flist has become steadily more unwieldy over the months

You think yours is?

Though I did try to apply my makeup like Siouxsie once or twice.

It's not that easy.

Jan. 28th, 2005 12:14 pm (UTC)
(back in IE for the moment)

You think yours is?

Yes love, we all know you're the more popular girl, but tell me honestly: do you keep up with each and every poster on your flist? I just thought that if I weeded mine out a bit, it might make it possible for me to be a better LJ-friend to those that are left. Only...oh well.

It's not that easy.

You're telling me? It's bloody hard, not helped by the fact that in those days, I hadn't a clue what I was doing.
Jan. 28th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not more popular, I just friended a lot of people straight off on a whim. Though writing helps. And no, I don't keep up with everybody, there's even a couple I don't even like - I'm just used to them!

in those days, I hadn't a clue what I was doing.

And I still don't.

Jan. 28th, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
Truth be told, neither do I. I don't bother with makeup much -- except that I can't stand it when my nose threatens to get shiny.
Jan. 28th, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
it doesn't let me scroll my icons and mood theme in the Options section of my Update page like IE did.

Funny; it does for me.

I wonder if I should trade in Outlook Express for Thunderbird, too?

It's incredibly easy to change - hardly more than one click. And the advantages are even more marked.

my flist has become steadily more unwieldy over the months.

A little while back I decided to trim my F-list; I found there was only one person I could bear to part with.
Jan. 28th, 2005 12:18 pm (UTC)
A little while back I decided to trim my F-list; I found there was only one person I could bear to part with.

I've had that false start as well: could only bring myself to part company with someone who hadn't updated their journal in over a year...and so remiving this person from my list did nothing to reduce the amount of reading material I find on LJ every morning! ;-)
Jan. 28th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC)
This, _jems_'s favourite Firefox extensions, might help. I use IE myself, but I've been thinking of changing for a long time. :-)
Jan. 28th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I'd already bookmarked that post but completely forgotten about it. Now it's helped me customise my browser with an Adblock and a Player, and my toolbar has got nice fat red cats on it! So far, this Firefox seems easy enough to use...
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