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06 January 2016 @ 10:59 pm
2016 Scrapbook  
Think about the year that has passed. All the memories, the entries and posts that made the year special. Think about all your past layouts, default icons, mood themes or whatever you consider worth remembering. The 2016 Scrapbook Post is a way to help you remember all of that, in a single post.






Essentials


Yojimbo (temporary name?): My new HP Notebook 17-y032ng. Never had a notebook before, not sure yet what to make of it.


Chewie: My desktop computer. Not exactly young anymore, but he serves his purpose quite reliably, with a little quirk here and there.  —  RIP


The Matrix: Windows 10


Flagship: Mozilla Firefox 50 with currently 34 enabled extensions  —  needs to be updated


Emile, Calvin & Hobbes: 320 GB (Emile) and two 1 TB (Calvin & Hobbes) 2.5" external hard drives, powered via USB. For backups and very special pleasures.


Hawkeye: 19" widescreen Dell TFT monitor, in the twilight of its existence. About to leave together with Chewie.  —  RIP


The Roadrunner: My new wireless Microsoft mouse, again black like the night and so far quite reliable.


Speedy: My Microsoft mouse, black like the night and not in the best of health anymore.  —  RIP


Hesperus: My digicam (Canon), cheap and not very good, but okay for close-up photos.


(no name yet): My new Canon scanner, powered via USB, much lighter and slimmer than The Tricorder.


The Tricorder: My HP scanner back from the Stone Age. Scans everything I feed it with.  —  retired


Marvin: Samsung Galaxy Tab4 10.1, for the small online pleasures in between.


Hubble: My first reading glasses (since January 2013). We don't like each other very much, but I can finally explore deep space books properly again.


Tea, Tea, Tea!: Mostly green and preferably Japanese, currently rather non-flavoured; occasionally supported by Earl & Lady Grey. I don't function properly without my daily dosage of at least one litre.


Perry, Mia, Pukka, Sparky, Pip, Walter, Willow & Co.: My beloved plushies without which the child in me couldn't survive.

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Desktops


Modifications
Win10: none so far
XP: QTAddressBar and QTTabBar | Seven Remix XP | SkyMOD Style UPD | Vista Drive Icon

Additional Tools
Win10: 7 Sticky Notes
XP: Dexpot Virtual Desktops | Stardock ObjectDock (older version) | Taskbar Shuffle | Yellow Icon


The Great Wave off Kanagawa | Full View
(since October 2015)

Probably the best known part of Hokusai's famous Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series. The colours are 'mine', and the print's country of origin compliments my newly discovered love for classic Japanese cinema.
Dunes | Full View
(since August 15th 2016)

I had this one before, and I believe it was part of a Linux KDE distribution. Not sure though. Anyway, I still love it, and it pretty much looks like the perfect place for me.
Dandelion! | Full View
(since August 22nd 2016)

Still playing around with the Win10 userface. Now that I don't need one of those docking tools (like ObjectDock) anymore, having the taskbar on the left appeals to me somehow. And sticky things! Always wanted to have those.

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Currents


Currently Reading
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) - by Becky Chambers
Nice Nosing You - by Elke Vogelsang
Wandering Earth, The - by Cixin Liu

( Darciana @ Goodreads )


Currently Watching
Returning Series
12 Monkeys - Season 2  (Status: finished)
Bates Motel - Season 4  (Status: finished)
The Blacklist - Season 3  (Status: 3x12 "The Vehm")  —  goodbye
Daredevil - Season 2  (Status: finished)  —  goodbye
Dickensian - Series 1  (Status: finished)
Doctor Who - Series 9  (Status: finished)
The Expanse - Season 1  (Status: finished)
Fargo - Season 2  (Status: finished)
The Flash - Season 3  (Status: 3x09 "The Present")
Game of Thrones - Season 6  (Status: finished)
Gotham - Season 3  (Status: 3x11 "Mad City: Beware the Green-Eyed Monster")
Grantchester - Series 2  (Status: finished)
Halt and Catch Fire - Season 3  (Status: 3x10 "NeXT")
The Leftovers - Season 2  (Status: finished)
Legends of Tomorrow - Season 1  (Status: 1x05 "Fail-Safe")  —  goodbye
Love Child - Series 2  (Status: 2x01)
Lucifer - Season 2  (Status: 2x10 "Quid Pro Ho")
The Man in the High Castle - Season 2  (Status: 2x05 "Duck and Cover")
Mr. Robot - Season 2  (Status: finished)
Sherlock - Series 3  (Status: finished)
Stranger Things - Season 1  (Status: finished)
Travelers - Season 1  (Status: finished)
Wayward Pines - Season 2  (Status: 2x03 "Once Upon a Time in Wayward Pines")  —  goodbye
Westworld - Season 1  (Status: finished)

Ended/Cancelled Series
Angel - Season 3  (Status: 3x22 "Tomorrow")  —  on hold
Game of Silence - Season 1  (Status: 1x07 "Road Trip")
The Guardian - Season 2  (Status: 2x14 "Understand Your Man")
Monk - Season 8  (Status: 8x07 "Mr. Monk and the Voodoo Curse")

Rewatching
Farscape - Season 3  (Status: 3x22 "Dog with Two Bones")
Scarecrow and Mrs. King - Season 3  (Status: 3x06 "Sour Grapes")

( Ellie McSteiff @ FollowShows )

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Monthly Favourites


Perennial Favourites
GREEN TEA!, Plumdog, Maddie on Things, Find Momo, Explore, Calvin and Hobbes, The Peanuts


January
classical music (especially pieces for violin/cello and orchestra), Toshiro Mifune, paper stuff (washi masking tape in particular), Alastair Reynolds
February
cello, classical music in general, pretty paper stuff, science fiction books, Toshiro Mifune
March
Toshiro Mifune (Here we are again, huh?), Courage the Cowardly Dog, pretty paper stuff, John Williams' beautiful music
April
Toshiro Mifune (Jeez, will this ever end?!), Japanese cinema, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Postcrossing, buying & collecting postcards, pretty paper stuff in general
May
PERSON OF INTEREST, Postcrossing, buying/collecting postcards & accessories (rubber stamps...), Toshiro Mifune, Japanese cinema, Courage the Cowardly Dog
June
all kinds of postcard-ish and nostalgic (too many to list them) things, 12 Monkeys, Monk, rubber stamps and paper stuff, rediscovering music
(No Mifune. But I'm sure he'll be back in no time.)
July
The Mentalist, new Lamy fountain pen (Isn't it pretty?), 12 Monkeys
August
(This was a pretty unpleasant month, and I can't really think of anything that fits here. Even Postcrossing went kind of dead.)
September
Babylon 5, Postcrossing
(Not a nice month either, though there was some improvement by the end of it.)
October
Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1, Westworld, Postcrossing
November
John Simm (Finally! I missed him, but I had to be in the right mood.), Life on Mars, Westworld, Jimmi Simpson, another new Lamy fountain pen (Beginning of a small collection?)
December

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Memorabilia


Annuals

Miscellaneous
  • none yet

Reviews
  • none yet

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Lists


2016 Books & Periodicals
2016 Cinema & Television
2016 Film & Telly Planner
Masterlist Post

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Default Userpics


Statistics
Userpic Spaces Available: 146 | Currently Used: 142 | All Userpics


Teepee Maddie
(made by me | since April 24th 2014)

Still in love with Maddie the Coonhound, and here she's picturesquely resting in a mini teepee.
Winter Owl
(made by me | since January 7th 2016)

A desperate attempt to jinx winter into paying us a little (or perhaps even a somewhat longer) visit. Talk about hopeless cases... *sigh*
Liquid Delight
(made by me | since July 21st 2016)

My favourite luxury drink, green cocaine 抹茶 aka matcha. One day it will ruin me. Until then, I'll just enjoy its preparation and consumption.

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Notable Discoveries


Books
  • none yet

Films & TV Series
  • Stranger Things - The more I think about it, the less I like it.
  • Monk

Music
  • Dark Necessities (song) by The Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Eliot Sumner

Miscellaneous

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Great Expectations


Books

Films & TV Series

Music
  • 4 ½ (EP) by Steven Wilson  (January 22, 2016)
  • 57th & 9th (album) by Sting  (November 11, 2016)
  • Astonishing, The (album) by Dream Theater  (January 29, 2016)

Miscellaneous
  • none yet

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Resolutions


  • Find my reading mojo again.
    (Looking okay so far. Not great, but acceptable.)
  • Continue to try to lose at least some weight.
  • Exercise at least a little every day.
  • Clear out the wardrobe and dressers.
    (Still a work in progress.)
  • Stop thinking too much and learn how to distract myself in such cases.
  • Be a little more radical in certain situations.
  • Stop making plans which ultimately fail anyway. Like the ones listed here.
    (Logic obviously isn't my strong point.)
  • Keep my little room clean and tidy.

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