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Ann D.

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  1. Jeffrey, everything I've read on Vista recommends a clean install, NOT an upgrade. I don't know how much it costs, though. Alan, thanks! I didn't realize Google desktop was Toshiba's. I should have, but I'm tired. Is Avast compatible with Vista? In looking around, it seemed as though the only AV products that would work is McAfee (yuck!), Symantec (eh), Tempo something (I think) and Kaspersky. I know I was warned off AVG as there isn't a driver yet available and would crash the system.
  2. I just bought a new Toshiba Satellite laptop with Windows Vista. I've been looking at some sites to determine compatibility and security issues with it. One thing I want to do is disable any processes that I won't use. Google desktop, for instance, is going out the window (no pun intended). Any advice on other standard Vista processes, Alan? Any that you would recommend I disable? I've also heard good things about Kaspersky anti-virus. Would it be worth it to try? I hate McAfee.
  3. I got hooked on Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus series ever since watching Black Book on BBC America. I wouldn't mind it if they included more of those episodes. The others I'm not that into. My BBCA programming usually shows either Benny Hill/i] or Monty Python, which I quickly get tired of. As Time Goes By is a favorite, but as Ellen says, it's shown on PBS all the time. Plus, I've been thinking of buying some of the DVDs anyway. My dad likes the show The Last of the Summer Wine. I could never get into it.
  4. Finally!! Yay! I'd almost lost hope they were releasing this.
  5. Not for this book, but I'd love to join in again. Maybe next one?
  6. The reason I think so is because of new management. I'll be honest--I don't know much about Lou Piniella and even less about his win/loss ratio or management style, but I think having anyone other than Dusty Baker managing should help the Cubs. Dusty relied way too much on the Pryor/Wood combo, even when it was obvious that the combo didn't work. So I wouldn't be surprised if they placed second or third. I'm not concerned about the pitching so much as I am the outfield. Edmonds is slowing way down, our regular right outfielder is out for now, and they are rotating left and right fields between Preston Wilson and So Taguchi, neither of which are regular starters.
  7. I love it. Not a Cardinal in the lot. That said, I think the Mets have the best shot at NL East, barring injuries. I don't know about NL Central. Except that I highly doubt the Cardinals will be in the running this year. Of course, I was predicting a Mets/Yankees WS last year (I think), so what do I know? ETA: I think the Cubs are a sleeper team this year and will surprise us. I don't know if they'll get the division, necessarily, but I think they'll place well.
  8. Of all the consequences of the Fall, why did allergies have to be a part of it? And if it's not a consequence, then simply, why allergies? One of the many questions I'll be asking when I get there. Ugh.
  9. Editing because your question confused me. Dan, yes the second part is the last episode until 2008. Or, no, the episode where Tigh says the music is coming from the ship is the second-to-last. There is one more.
  10. They really did. Beth, it was awesome. Absolutely awesome. I cannot wait to see what happens in season 4. Laura is really slipping down the slope, isn't she? And I loved Lee's speech. Dan, I don't think I really can explain the fracas without spoiling. And trust me, you do NOT want to be spoiled.
  11. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love this show. I just bought the second season (both of them) and will watch the third when it comes out. I purposely didn't watch the first part of season 3 because of personal issues. It was simply too dark and I couldn't handle it at the time. Now, though, I'm much better and very gung-ho. I only recently started watching again, seeing part of "Dirty Hands" (with Chief and the strike) and then last week's. And wow. Last week's. I have no words for that episode.
  12. This is completely unrelated, but I will turn 30 on 07/07/07. Just thought I'd share.
  13. I don't love them, but I have gone from sheer hate to tolerable. I think because they did a series of commercials. I couldn't stand the first one and it ran on and on and on. Was so irritating. If they did a TV show, then I expect it to bomb out pretty fast. Something like this may be good for a commercial, but not for 20 minute episodes.
  14. I completely and totally forgot. Unfortunately, things are heating up at work and home, and I don't have time. :( I'm sorry. Maybe next year.
  15. That's what I was thinking. Isn't 22 weeks before a fetus is considered a person? Legally, that is? If you attack a pregnant woman and the unborn child dies as a result, I think it has to have been at least 24 weeks along before it's considered murder. Of course, most of my knowledge comes from Law & Order, so I could be way wrong.
  16. Sounds as if point scoring would encompass more, as opposed to head-to-head. And I think innings pitched is critical in these days of short relievers, long relievers, and closers. Games pitched I think could be shelved if necessary. I'll need some instructions on how to play--i.e. how do I draft, trade, keep score, and all that jazz. Also, would it be through Yahoo or another website (I know there are hundreds).
  17. I'd like to try it this year. I do like "simple", though.
  18. Wow. That is an awesome cover. Beautiful.
  19. I wonder if anyone is interested in reviving this?
  20. That looks awesome, Jeffrey. How are the sequels going? I think you mentioned you're signed for two more, right?
  21. I recently watched this movie for the first time. I think I like it even better than Spirited Away, mostly because I liked the heroine better. She goes from meek and mild to sassy and spirited. One of the things I enjoy most about Miyazaki is that he almost never has any true villains. The witch in this one is despicable at the beginning, but is redeemed at the end by Sophie's honest love. And Sophie herself is admirable, in that she has every reason to hate the witch but slowly and eventually ends up helping her, starting when she reaches the top of the stairs of the King's palace. One thing I didn't get was Madame Sulidan's (?) role in the film. Did she instigate the war? What exactly was her game? I didn't understand that. Visually, the movie is fantastic. I'm not sure what it is, but there's something in the colors in Miyazaki's films that overwhelm typical American animation. It's so bright and sharp.
  22. Ann D.

    Depression

    While I'm on a roll, I thought I'd update y'all on my progress. The Zoloft at 200 mg is working great. I was also taking a women's diet supplement, though I've stopped that as I think it's interefering with my weight loss. I went to the gym for the first time in a long while yesterday, and I'm going again tonight. I've been able to clean my house, though only a room at a time (and by the time I'm done the other rooms are filthy again). I've been productive at work, for the most part, and my confidence has gone up. I'm experimenting more with makeup and clothes styles, and I've actually started cooking! Which is a pretty big adjustment for me. So in grand terms I'm doing much, much better. The biggest problem I am running into is social anxiety; I haven't been able to really get myself out of the house and try to get active socially. I can go out, to a restaurant or mall or whatever, but I haven't had the courage to get involved in volunteering, or clubs, or anything I might find interesting. I'm taking my first step by going to the gym, though. Thanks for everyone's support, especially during the times I was extremely grumpy and whiny and wanted to quit. Which was several times. I appreciate the prayers and understanding. God bless.
  23. Ann D.

    Tea

    Can't stand ginger. Even as a kid I hated gingerbread. And Lipton's was the whole reason I hated tea. As for herbal--no, they really aren't "tea". But then, since I don't care for traditional tea, herbal works for me. I would like to try white tea, though; it sounds intriguing.
  24. Ann D.

    Tea

    I forgot to mention, I'm next going to try Stash's Chai sampler. Yum.
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