Five on Friday #24
UNOI had this draft started for last Friday and then failed at blogging. I feel like I've been blog failing for a while now, but I know I'm my worst critic. One of the bloggers I read was talking about how during the summer she kinda falls off the blogging train. I get it. Totally. For me its not that I don't have things to blog about, it's that I don't have the time to blog. I guess it's really a matter of making the time, but I downloaded an obscene amount of books (like 42, but who's counting) and recently, laying in bed reading Nook is more enticing than sitting on the computer having internet ADD until way past my bedtime. I'd rather play the "just one more chapter" game as an excuse for not getting to sleep on time. I tell myself that at least I'm already in bed, so there's that.
Additionally, I love my bed. It misses me when I'm gone. The feeling is mutual. Just being in my bed is preferable to sitting on the couch. ANNNDDDD my bed is my safe place from the dogs (except for Miley who am I unable to resist forever and always). On the couch, Meri lets her entire body just drop on my arm as I'm trying to type or dribbles water on me from her wet beard or noses at my ear to give her attention, Olive makes the most obnoxious breathing noises, distracting me, or she begs with those eyes to get up on the couch when the spot beside me is taken, Phil is just so cute I can't stand not to pet him. There are no dogs allowed on my bed when I'm in it, unless invited and I don't invite my dogs ever to join me. I just like my space. #sorrynotsorry.
Finally, I also like cuddles. Just to prove that I am an human and not a robot to everyone.
|Pretty sure this was the best line of the book because it was like he was describing me.|
DOSWe've been playing this fun game call "guess the song title and artist" at work this work listening to the Pop2K station on Sirius. I'm impressively bad at the artist/title, but I probably know 95% of the lyrics. Good job brain, good job.
Seriously though. NMCI, one of the best things you've done for me in my Naval "career" has been to unblock streaming media. Dealing with work arounds and secret methods was just a pain and while I don't mind breaking the rules, it was always a disappointment to come in on a random day and find out that I'd been found out. If I tracked my internet options the entire time I've been in the navy, we'd definitely see some exponential progress.
I started with ZERO internets in bootcamp (obviously) and mostly just my cell phone for internets during my VA beach time, other than when I'd go to Mr. Scrooge's house and I'd bring my laptop.
When I got to GTMO, there was "DSL" internet. And by DSL it actually meant (in)direct SATELLITE link.. not whatever it means to actual first worlders. The internet, at work and home, was the speed of dial up. Sometimes, we'd make those dial-up sounds when the internet was being particularly slow. We had to use a work around to get to Facebook and Google Reader still existed (/weep). I would send out the "Nuggets" which were the past 24 hours worth of submitted Texts From Last Night after lunch and people would get extremely disappointed when they weren't sent out. I would get hate mail. This is when people first started depending on me for entertainment. When I PCSed to Bahrain, I was unable to keep up with my Nuggets and TFLN faded into the past with some disappointment. In my room, I had a 25 ft ethernet cable that I used. Since we were already at dial-up speed, the additional speed decline of wireless wasn't even worth it.
Bahrain internet was faster. Sometimes there were hiccups when the Royal Kingdom of Bahrain wouldn't allow me to see certain webpages because censorship is legit over there. Since it was ONENET rather than NMCI, we had access to youtubes and facebook and sometimes Google Reader, but I was so busy that I couldn't really enjoy those things at work. The internet was fast enough to play World of Warcraft, but due to some complaints from Teh Bear and my boredom with the game, I quit cold turkey at the end of May 2011. The other problem with Bahrain internet was that it wasn't American internet, which meant I couldn't go to certain websites and watch my shows.. em hmm ABC.com for Grey's Anatomy. I tried to make sure all my downloads were when I was at work or asleep so I didn't have to deal with the bandwidth drain. I had a 50 ft ethernet cord constantly stretched across my flat because the wireless was too much of a hassle to try and deal with.
When I PCSed to MD, it was like being back in America.. oh wait. I was. I had ALL THE INTERNETS!!!! Life was glorious. I could stream Netflix on my TV and play youtube videos at the same time. I could even play MULTIPLE videos at the same time. After coming from GTMO and having to wait 15 minutes for a 3 minute video to even load/buffer then Bahrain where the video was probably unavailable since I was in an "unsupported" country, this was a magical experience.
So really what I'm saying is.. I appreciate the internet. You should appreciate your internet too, Gentle Readers. Even if you have shitty Comcast or have to/had to deal with bandwidth caps.
Just watch the first 2 minutes of this clip.
TL;DR: Just give it a second. It's going to space!