Subway Theater & Mac Favorites

August 10, 2006  |  Trip 2006

Nothing to do with actual Subway Theater but I felt like mentioning it since today was a snoozy day, only thing we did was laundry and it was like 20+ loads of it. And folding freshly dried laundry puts you to sleep which happened to me. It’s just so warm and toasty and it made me feel like I need to sleep, so yeah. Lunch was Burger King and Dinner was Subway’s Steak n Cheese Sandwich. And that is pretty much it for today. I didn’t go out, I didn’t do anything but stay at home and stuff, the walls feel naked now because the posters are off of it, and the closets are empty because the clothes are packed now we’ve got 2 days and we’ll be in the new place.

I am watching the Will & Grace 2 episode marathon on the WB oh wait it’s the CW now. The best thing about the States is the Hi Speed Internet, downloading at 150+kbps and watching Cable TV which is basically everything we download! Here’s a screenshot of the Download speed, eat your eyes out.

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Anywho, let me get down to something else I thought that since I am converting many PC users into being a Mac User, that I should post up my favorite applications for MAC. So here goes:

1. Quicksilver (basically you create shortcut keys in order to open up some applications)

2. Adium (the MSN messenger client which is better than MSN Messenger itself)

3. Adobe Photoshop CS2 (I love Photoshop)

4. Azureus (It exists for both MAC and PC and well its a Torrent Client)

5. Cyberduck (an FTP client that is amazing in my eyes)

6. VLC (The alternative to Quicktime, the same one for PC which is basically an AVI-MPEG player)

7. Delicious Library (To organize your library quite well)

8. Senuti (A client to export your iPod Songs onto your Mac, basically transporting your library from one Mac to another or from one iPod to a Mac)
9. Toast (A DVD/CD Burning software to basically burn your CDS)

10. Firefox (Of course is the ultimate Browser to me, unless there is something else but I prefer Safari’s RSS)

And of course, to end it all, I’d like to leave you with my favorite website that gives you some Mac Programs it’s called Pure-Mac. And to top it all off, I would like to ask you all to give me your favorite Mac Apps. Hopefully I can get introduced to something new.

And I’m outtie.

P.S. I steal music to sample it and then purchase it :P So don’t get on my case aight? :P

Clean Much?

August 9, 2006  |  Trip 2006

One of the best mornings to wake up in, well not best, the reason it was the best is simply because I woke up later than usual and kind of slept a nice 8 hours or more. Let’s see I went to bed at 1-ish and I woke up at 10am, yeah that was great. Problem is, but keep this on the low down although I know Pops will read this, is that he snores badly and so I have to listen to my iPod in order to sleep :P But I still LOVE YOU DADDY :* Hehehehe

So yeah, woke up today, and headed out to Fee’s new apartment, we still have a few days left on this one, and so we’re taking our time moving out and such. Today was simply cleaning day and setting up the Cable Modem for me. I can honestly say that I have put in a good day’s worth of work. I really cleaned nicely and all that, we had the Clorox spray thingy to spray the furniture that came with the apartment, and the other Clorox thingy to disinfect everything basically. We also had the vaccum cleaner to vaccuum the entire place, although they said that they shampooed the rug, I swear I never saw a filthier rug in my entire life. Oh yeah and to top it all off there were SPIDER WEBS all around the place. In easy to reach places, I mean seriously doesn’t anybody clean anymore?

So after setting up the stuff and all that we got to cleaning and making the place sparkling clean, of course we couldn’t complete it and well actually we did finish the cleaning, however we made sure the dimwits got up there to shampoo the rug, apparently they ‘don’t move the furniture’ to clean underneath it. I mean beneath the couch seats alone we found pieces of pop corn and crap. And under the couch itself we found lots more junk. Behind the fridge, WHICH THEY SAID WAS PULLED OUT TO BE CLEANED BEHIND was FILLED WITH CRAP! So imagine all of that. So now that I mentioned all that, we stayed there from around Noon to 4:30pm and that was alot of time to stay there.

We missed out on lunch and breakfast really so we headed out for an late lunch/early dinner. We went to Outback Steakhouse. I don’t know what the hype is about that place, it’s not really that great or perhaps I didn’t choose right. But I still prefer Gaucho Grill in Kuwait over this. According to Fee though this isn’t the best place for steak, but instead Sophia’s is the best. Anywho, as I was eating the house salad, I kinda asked for Thousand Island dressing and when it came mixed into the salad, it brought back memories which I shared with Pops and Fee.

You see, back in the last 90’s, back when I was in 6th grade, my school had the best best best food canteen area or whatever lunch area. We had and I still remember this okay, we had a small shop which sold Fa6ayer called BrBr, Sultan Center, and Pizza Hut. I remembered specifically the days in which I treated myself to a nice healthy lunch, I used to grab me to Cheese Fa6ayer and a Green Salad from Sultan Center with Thousand Island Dressing and I used to mix it in and eat a bite from my Fa6ayer and grab a forkful of my Green Salad. God those were the days, I still remember how I used to sit in the courtyard and eat all that hehe :P I had high metabolism back then, didn’t gain even half a pound, instead if I ate too much I would lose weight hehe, talk about backwards Jacqui. But anywho, I was sharing the tales of my childhood with Pops and sis hehe and it was nice.

But to cut this short, I didn’t like the steak much, they used alot of pepper on it for seasoning and I am picky about the amount of pepper, I am also picky about the fact that it wasn’t as juicy as the steak I had in Kuwait or even the Steak Burger I had in NY.

Afterwards we hit Target again to buy a Raised Airbed for the extra room that Fee had, since they don’t supply single renters with two beds, just so that we can sleep on it and we were browsing through the stuff that were there as well. After that we hit Best Buy to check out the stuff there. Pops recently bought a customized HP Laptop. We ordered it this morning, it’s cool it’s got all the top of the line specifications for a great price, less than 2000$ and that’s great really. I’m hoping to get my Macbook sometime next week, I am thinking of getting the White 2.0ghz one with 512MB RAM (since I am going to be purchasing 2GB so why bother upgrading the ram when they’ll hit me with 2 512s or 2 256s), and I might bump up the hard drive to 100 or 120gb, I adore space and that way I can actually have my music library on both my desktop and Macbook.

So yeah, I know I must’ve ranted alot but it’s cool, I miss Grandma’s cooking, especially the ‘kousa & malfoof’ I forgot the english word for them but oh well.

I miss my sisters and mother, my girlies, and my twirlies, and my Jack bear :*

Got Junk?

August 8, 2006  |  Trip 2006

So a year ago, today I travelled for the first time (well the first time since I’ve grown up) to the States. I was born here, but parents decided after 20 days that they can’t do everything with me there, so back to Kuwait I went. And now I’m a few days into my trip, almost a week but not yet.

I had quite a busy day today, sort of, woke up and followed the WWDC developments until it finished and then we headed off to Fee’s new apartment, where we made a list of things we needed, and then off we went to Columbia Mall, to check out Target before lunching at 3:30 in the afternoon. I guess we were one of the few who forgot about lunch. It’s funny though that we chose Garfield’s since last time we went there was when we forgot to lunch all the way until 5pm! Hehehe, but anywho, I wanted a place with a salad since I was craving veggies, and there we were. I ordered a Garden Salad, Fried Cheesesticks, and a main dish of Crispy Fried Shrimp, all of which was amazingly done and yummy-licious. So for today, I didn’t eat any Junk Food, happy Purgatory?

Well, then we started walking around the mall checking out stores and stuff and I was happy with that because now I tagged a few stores to where I will be doing my shopping. One of which is Rue21 and they seem to have a great selection of clothes there waiting for me to purchase, oh and the perfect black heels. Among many other things of course, I was however contemplating a mini skirt for work, nah I’m just kidding :P That’s not the way to get a raise, now is it? :P So we finished with the mall, and headed out to Walmart the Superstore one, and checked out alot of things. I have to admit though that Barnes & Nobles are kinda expensive, I bought a book for 6.99$ and I found it at Walmart for 5.97$ or something like it, as well as many other books, so now I’m going to shop there basically if I want any of the new books.

So, we got a few cleaning supplies, since tomorrow is cleaning day at the new place and my setup of the cable connection day, since I am the BRAINS of the group here, and then the day after will be moving in day. But also tomorrow I’ll be replacing Powerbook’s battery since due to extensive use of it, it has stopped supplying me with more than 3 hours of battery life and instead is supplying me with only 1 hour battery life.

So to those of you who enjoy reading about my life, because I am sooo coool and you sooo live up to me, this is Jacqui signing out of my blog. Yeah and any questions or anything feel free to ask okay?

P.S. I sometimes tend to make things bold just because I am bored and have nothing better to do but other times I skip it so not to worry :P

P.P.S. I want to cut my hair short again, but not boy short, just the short that looked nice on me but sad thing is, I also want my hair to grow pretty long. And I am trying to find a picture to put up here but no use, nothing is available to show you guys anything.

Recap of WWDC

August 7, 2006  |  Uncategorized

So the WWDC just ended, and the introductions announced were the following:

– Mac Pro (The intel Power Mac)

– Xserve ( I think that’s also been updated to Intel)

And that’s it basically, then came the previewing of OS X Leopard, which Jobs and his colleagues showed 10 of the major revisions. Some of which are Spotlight, Dashboard, iChat, Mail, iCal, and more. And Jobs mentioned that Leopard will start shipping in Spring.

And That’s it folks. Nothing else to look out for.

No Arby’s

August 7, 2006  |  Trip 2006

Simple few liners to post before the day ends here, well it ended basically but still, we didn’t end up going out today. Fee got sick and we ended up staying in the apartment, and ordered lunch from Papa Johns Online, and for dinner they got me Burger King since I napped in the evening.

Some might argue that I am not using the time in the States to go out endlessly and such but I say, I’ve got an entire month to do all that, this week is dedicated to moving out of the apartment so tomorrow we get the new apartment, and we start moving the day after. But of course all this will happen after my dearest WWDC event. Noon time here is when the event starts, which is in less than 12 hours. Lots of cool rumors are out now hours before the Keynote. One of the most important ones is a Black Macbook in Glossy Finish like the White Macbook. Which means if this is truly introduced then its much better, since the Black Matte Finish is boring. Check out a prototype to the Black Macbook below, and check out the link to the article. Courtesy of Gizmodo of course.

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Early Sunday Morning

August 6, 2006  |  Trip 2006

It’s only noon at the moment on a Sunday and we’re still lounging in our pajamas in the apartment. We haven’t gone out yet but hopefully we’ll be heading out to lunch soon, I probably will suggest Arby’s and if not, then we’ll probably head out to Sbarro’s since it’s in the mall and we might wanna check out some stores.

Vintage and some of you guys asked how I became a Techie Freak or an Obsessive Junkie. Well let’s see, I am not sure what sprung this obsession with everything technical but I do remember that back when I was like in the 8th grade, that it was the year that I became interested in the internet, it was 98/99 and I had a “Penpal Obsession” back then, it was fun to email, you know getting mail was all that. But before that, I liked computers for the games and such that we had on them. I used to help out my parents every summer when they did Summer Camp at Bait Lothan. We had Compaq Computers, Mom would be the Computer Teacher and Pops would be the Arts & Crafts Teacher. We had this for 3-4 years I believe since I was like 11-14ish I am not really sure I don’t have that great of a memory. So yeah, I started off with that, but then again the beginning of my usage of computers was when I was in the 4th grade or so and it was with a Macintosh. We used to play Oregon Trail on it and it was fun.

So anywho, that was my beginning with computers, but back in the year 2000 my obsession started to grow. I had computer savvy friends and that fed my thirst for knowledge about them and that basically fed me. I believe my parents don’t like the fact that I am too much of a techie freak right now because I simply can’t survive mostly without the newest gadgets ;P Well I can but still. I am the go-to girl at home, when it comes to screwing up their computers I can fix them sometimes, if not I can learn how to do that. I’ve self-taught myself a few things which is cool. So yeah. Basically I love Gadgets because they love me.

Why am I writing this I don’t know really. I just thought I should. And well let’s see, you guys really like reading what I write so I should serve all audiences. Oh yeah I also wanted to write a tiny bit about the cinema that I went to yesterday.

So, in the US the Cinema is different than Kuwait. Basically you have Adult tickets, Kids tickets, Student tickets, and I guess elderly tickets. You don’t reserve seats but instead walk in and sit wherever you find an empty seat. A Theater complex has more than one cinema and that’s cool. However the room we were in didn’t have the sound on full but I guess that’s for some strange reason or another. The movies aren’t cut, and that’s cool and all because you get to see a movie the way it should be without messing the story. And they don’t last until like the wee hours in the morning. Last show is at 10 and then the movies close. But then again that’s probably cause we’re a small city or town more like it where everything closes early.

But now let me finish watching my TV shows, God it’s heaven here watching TV! But yeah TV then going out. So Until tonight.

I leave you with Alessandra Ambrossio and her White Macbook. I hope I look like that with my Macbook :P

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John Tucker MUST DIE!

August 6, 2006  |  Trip 2006

So, I just got back from the movies, I went and saw ‘John Tucker Must Die’ and my review of the movie is simply that it is a must-see movie.

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It is so light on the soul, so funny, makes you laugh at dumb things or smart things, but just makes you laugh hehehe. If you’re having a so-so day, you have GOT to watch that movie. Oh yeah, and if you’ve ever been played by a ‘John Tucker’ you’ve got to see how they come back at him. What more can I add to this semi-review? Well nothing, except that I really really really cracked up at one scene, I almost ‘choked’ well not really but I almost couldn’t breathe because I felt the air stuck in my esophagus I think :/ I don’t know what’s the technical name for it but oh well hehehe. (Note to everyone else: You probably won’t get to watch the movie in Kuwait, because if it ever comes, it’ll be MASACRED)

So what happened today other than the movie? Well apart from the fact I don’t feel like taking pictures, and that I feel weird taking out a camera and photographing things, well we stayed home for the morning, it’s Saturday Morning, and Dad and Fee headed out basically to get boxes so that we start packing up her stuff to start the moving process next week. We then decided on heading out to the Outlet at Lake Ozark but instead N (Fee’s friend) calls and asks if we’d like to come have lunch with her and M at the Olive Garden. I didn’t mind really and neither did Dad. So we headed out and we met them, it was nice meeting N really, she’s so like me. And M was so cute, he chatted up Dad, gave him male company. Oh btw, both N and M are Saudi Arabians from Jeddah hehe, and it was really nice meeting another Saudi Arabian that I’m cool with like my Princess.

N basically shares many similarities with me, we both get cold easily, and feel the cold seep into our bones (she’s 20 btw, and I’m 22 and that basically points out that WE’RE NOT OLD!), she’s also picky about what she eats, and I am that way. She’s cute and I’m cute, LOL no basically we’re all crazy hehehe. The simple point is, that she invited me to stay here and bum out at my sisters hehehe so we can have fun. But I doubt that’s happening. I need to get my shit organized LOL, gotta get a job. A real job.

So basically we stayed at the Olive Garden from around 2 to 5-ish and I had the best Chicken Alfredo I ever tasted! I mean seriously it was done magnificently! Sad thing was, I didn’t like our waitress, she was kinda slacking off, I mean I had an empty glass of Coke and she didn’t refill it until the ice started MELTING! And I was thirsty so I was drinking iced water + coke. But yeah, other places we hit were Pier 1 before Olive Garden to look at some furniture, and after Olive Garden we hit Ace Hardware to get Duck Tape. Then it was back home, since I needed the bathroom badly and I am picky about that as well LOL!

Chilled out for a bit at home and then headed out to the movies, which I mentioned in the beginning. Cool day right? It’s 11:30 and a Saturday Night and it feels dead outside. I mean in Kuwait I think even though it’s 11 and shops close you still have other choices, our fast food places are basically open 24/7, here everything closes at 10!

Movies that I’d like to watch are STEP UP (CHANNING TATUM!!! I <3 U!) and Miami Vice. Other stuff I am waiting for, 1 day until the WWDC and I can't wait to see what's coming up. And another image that helped me choose the White Macbook finally is the following:

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Giselle is hot and all but nothing beats the cuteness of Alessandra. And that’s basically me signing off, because I believe I might have finally, finally FIXED my JETLAG!