Category Archives: Technology



Do I need one? No. Not right now. But I know I’ll need one at some point, once my current one’s battery bites it due to too many walks in freezing cold weather. I was worried that Apple would discontinue their iPods due to the fact that their phones do everything that the iPods do and more. But as this article points out, iPods are good for the demographic that can’t afford the phones and/or don’t want to deal with smart phones but still want a music player that can connect to wifi.

So yay! I’m glad there’s at least one more iteration.



Me: I am so obscenely busy right now that I barely have time to sleep

Also me: Ooh, let’s learn LaTeX!

Yeah, I know, I should already know LaTeX, I know. I’m a bad person. But this is the same problem I ran into with learning how to write dynamic WebWork questions: it’s something tedious and coding-like and I absolutely love doing it, but it takes a long time to do it when you’re first learning it.

I shall try to put off the real learning/adventuring until I have a bit more free time, instead of, you know, trying to re-write all my math and stats notes in LaTeX prior to the start of the next semester.


So my mom brought this to me a while ago (she bought it for some sort of work-related recordings she needed to do, but never needed it?):


This is really stupid, but I’ve been tempted to try to do an a capella singing of Coldplay’s Fix You. I really love that song, it’s got a lot of meaning for me, and I like to sing.

That doesn’t mean I can sing, of course, but it would be fun to try now that I finally have a microphone that costs more than $5.


Unpopular (?) Opinion:

Does anyone else feel like parents putting Snapchat filters on their babies is really…creepy? Especially those ones that make your skin super smooth and your eyes big and weird.

Like…aren’t they your pwecious wittle perfect angels already? Why put a filter on them?

Ugh. People.


Sorry, I’m just in love with these headphones and how much they’ve reignited my love for certain songs.

This includes:

  • Viva La Vida – Coldplay (you can really hear the bass line with these headphones and it’s so good)
  • Big Country – Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (this song is an experience with any headphones, but again…BASS)
  • Doin’ It Right – Daft Punk (you can feel this song in your freaking bone marrow, yo)
  • Silhouette – Owl City (it hurts my soul, but it sounds so good doing it)

There’s more, but these are the big ones right now.

Freaking love these headphones. Thanks, husband!

The Passion of the Pit

I don’t know why it took me so long to listen to Sleepyhead with these Sennheisers, but oh my god.

Sleepyhead was added to my music collection before my Decade of Music project (February 23, 2009 more specifically). It’s been surpassed by quite a few songs on my overall ranking of best songs, but I still maintain that it’s chorus is one of the best things I have ever heard.

(Chorus at 1:20)

I mean, I judge the quality of a Sleepyhead remix based on what they do with that chorus, which is why the Jazzsteppa Remix (makes the chorus a little slower and a lot more prominent with some serious bass) and the Cillo Remix (makes the chorus a bit more techno-ish and, again, more prominent with a chill vibe) are my two favorite remixes of this song.

Sorry, it’s been a while since I’ve praised Sleepyhead. I’ve had a lot of other songs to rave about, but this one definitely has not fallen off my radar.

Current Favorite Nighttime Activity:

  1. Sit at computer desk with Sennheisers affixed to ears.
  2. Listen to music. Any music.
  3. Cry a lot due to the fact that every song sounds so much better with these headphones and it makes me goddamn emotional.
  4. Cry a lot due to other general reasons.
  5. OOPS, IT’S 4 AM.

(I think I posted a similar blog like a week ago, but I don’t care!)

ssklsdfslshspef SENNHEISERS

Guys. My freaking husband got me headphones. The headphones. The Sennheiser HD 600s. These are the ones.

I have wanted these headphones for quite some time, as everything I’d read about them basically said they’re the best “under $1000” headphones you could really get.


(He also got me an amp because these headphones have a high enough impedance that the amp is necessary for power.)

And dudes. They’re so good.

You can hear every sound so separately from everything else. Everything is clear and crisp. It’s going to take a long time for me to explore all my music with these headphones, but I’ll keep a list of favorites (songs that sound RIDICULOUSLY good with these) here:

  • Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version) – Muse
  • O Magnum Mysterium – Lauridsen
  • Hide and Seek (A Cappella Cover) – Dan Wright
  • Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor) – John Murphy

Edit: DUDES THAT FREAKING PLANET EARTH II SUITE SOUNDS OBSCENE. What is that word for when a song gives you tinglies? Frisson? This is frisson up the butt, yo.


Today, I decided to see if my iPhone would accept one of my toe prints as an additional “fingerprint” that could be used to unlock my phone.

Y’know, for science.

Results (there’s music about half way through, so keep the volume kinda low):

(Would the U of C still let me teach if they found out that this is how I spend my free time?)
(Or is this how profs get tenure?)

Also, I love that my husband can come in the living room, see me pressing my iPhone to my big toe, and not be phased by it.

Note: it does not accept a tongue print.

Garmin Forerunner 35

So today is my first day wearing my new Garmin Forerunner 35 as opposed to my Fitbit, which is slowly falling apart.


The Garmin has GPS (which my Fitbit does not), so I can finally get an accurate assessment of my walking distance.

Let’s give ‘er a roll and see how she does.


In GPS mode, it gives you a map of your activity.


It also gives you a plot of your pace. I always wondered how consistent my pace was on a 15-mile walk. Turns out it’s pretty damn consistent.


Heart rate! It was all over the place here. To be fair, though, my route was relatively up and down and had a decent number of stops at lights.


Elevation change!


This is freaking awesome. I love it.


Ugh. So that new laptop I just bought?


Died the same way as the first one.
Why is this happening in the busiest part of my freaking year.


Edit: Okay, fuck it, switching brands. Got an Acer. The keyboard feels like Jesus. It’s got an SSD so it starts up in like a nanosecond.

I’m digging it.


What normal people use the “panorama” setting for:


What I use the “panorama” setting for:


I’m goddamn Ansel Adams.


Hey, so I’m in like the busiest part of the semester and what happens? My freaking laptop craps out on me.


Luckily, my wonderful husband was able to help bail me out today by going to Best Buy (while I panicked in my office and tried to use my office mate’s computer to get some work done) to pick up a new laptop for me. He then stayed and set it up while I tried to finish my work.

I love him so much.

2018 is trying to end me, I swear.



I GOT AN iPHONE! I finally got one after all these years!

Super stoked. Especially since good ol’ Galaxy can’t hold a charge at all anymore.


(I seriously don’t know what my obsession is with iPhones; I’ve just always wanted one.)


Who’s heard of a Paternoster Lift?

I certainly hadn’t. But this YouTube vid was in my recommended list, so I gave it a watch:

It’s basically a continuous loop of “boxes” that act as an elevator as the loop lifts the boxes up and then spins them back around to the bottom.

From watching the video, I can see why these aren’t installed anymore for safety reasons. Still, though…it would be fun to ride in one and see what it’s like.

Tee to the Hee

This review is hysterical.

I need these headphones.

(Mom, do not buy these for me!)

Claudia vs. Emojis: Part II – I Sort Through This Shit So You Don’t Have To


So as you all probably know, if I talk a lot about a certain thing, it’s either because I really love it or really hate it.

I leave it to you to decide in which of those categories emojis belong.

But anyway. For shits n’ giggles, I decided to see if there was some master list of Samsung emojis because I have no life and no hope of ever having a life.

And is there?
Let’s look at some of these buggers, shall we?




[why are there three versions of this? Do these really represent three distinct emotions?]

50 Shades of Water Polo


[god there are so many of these damn things]

It’s a scroll. It’s just a scroll. That’s its name. “Scroll.” I’m pretty sure the emoji creators were on drugs when they made this and actually don’t honestly know what it should have been, ‘cause how in the fuck…



What are these for? Why are these here? What has my life become?



Heyyyyyyyyy I got new headphones!

Check ‘em out.

They’re Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth headphones and they’re super nice. They’re not noise-cancelling, but they still do a pretty good job of blocking out other sounds.

They also have, like other Bose headphones I’ve tried, really good bass. It’s not overwhelming, but it’s definitely there and you can definitely feel it in certain songs.

I really dig these. If you’re looking for headphones and are cool with a pair that are about $200, give these a try!



So you all saw my glowing review of the Sennheiser headphones that Nate got me a while back.

I still totally love them.

So Nate, don’t take this as a knock against those headphones. I just…I have a problem.

Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
There was a demo pair of these at Costco in Lewiston. Very surround-sound heavy and super comfortable.

Sennheiser HD 598 Over-Ear Headphones
Now that I’ve got some incredible Sennheisers, I want all the Sennheisers.

Sennheiser HD 650 Open Back Professional Headphone

I mean, like, what if there’s a more optimal way to hear Sleepyhead? What if there is some subtle beat or slur or riff that I’m missing but would send my brain into the stratosphere of happiness if I were to hear it? It’s not too far-fetched; every time I “upgrade” to a new set of headphones, I get a little bit more joy out of that song.

NAD – VISO HP50 (Red)

Master & Dynamic MH40 Over Ear Headphone
I’m sorry, I still love these. They’re gorgeous. It’s been so long since I’ve tried them in person (haven’t been able to find them since) that I can’t remember if they actually sounded as good as I remember, but they might have. And they’re gorgeous.


If I had infinite money and infinite ears…oh, the things I could listen to.

Readers digest what?

It’s like 3 AM and I’m staying up all night so that my mom and I can leave early in the morning to go back to Moscow for a bit. I’m bored and shockingly don’t feel like listening to music, so here are my results from a 1-minute typing test.

118 ain’t bad I guess.