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Posted on Wednesday 10 October 2012 at 7:49 am

Browsing Meme

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I hope to get around to at least a partial Hawaii post today. In the meantime, have a meme.

1) Go to your primary internet browser's address bar and type the letter "A"
2) Copy down the webaddress that is the first auto-complete result.
3) Optional: Write a short bit about what the site is, why you visit it, and your thoughts on it showing up in the results.
4) Repeat for letters B to Z.
5) Post the results

A: Audio Go
Buy BBC audiobooks and radio programs. Did I mention this was my newest obsession?

B: British Comedy Guide: Radio Programmes
Yeah. See above.

C: Cubby
My cloud storage and computer syncing provider. 5 GB of free cloud storage that I don't really use and unlimited syncing between as many computer as you like, that I use all the time.

D: Dominion
My power company. Have to pay the electric bill. That's boring.

E: Ebates.com
Cash back from many online retailers. Works fantastically! Really. You just go here, click their link to where you want to shop, shop normally, and then every few months receive a check for typically around 3% of your purchases.

F: Facebook
Well that's predictable.

G: Gmail
Another boringly predictable one.

H: William and Mary Student Health Services Website
Place to get phone number for doctor's appointments, forms to fill out, check pharmacy hours, etc.

I: William and Mary ILL
Interlibrary Loan! Can't be a grad student without it!

Online journals database. Another one of those can't be a grad student without it sites.

K: KeepVid
For saving copies of youtube, vimeo, etc. videos.

L: My LJ Friends Page
Again, not overly surprising.

M: Metafilter
My primary online aggregator and source for random stuff on the interwebs. I'm a bit surprised this one popped up at the top as I don't often visit the main page because I typically follow links to individual articles from my RSS Reader.

N: Netflix Watch Instantly
Another real shocker, let me tell you.

O: Oxford English Dictionary
It's the OED! How can you not love it?

P: Pollen
I have terrible hay fever so I check this daily with the weather reports to get a sense of how sick I should expect to be if I go outside and sometimes even if I stay inside all day.

Q: The Pottermore Quill
Well that's a bit odd as I go to Pottermore sometimes but the quill doesn't even exist anymore. I guess there just aren't that many websites with Q's.

R: Ref Works
Online references database manager. Used for keeping all my dissertation sources and teaching resources organized.

S: Swem
My school's library.

T: The Daily Show
I love me some Jon Stewart.

U: UPS.Com
I guess I track a lot of packages. Or more likely this is like Q and there just aren't that many of them.

V: Virginia Natural Gas
I need heat and therefore must pay my gas bill.

W: Williamsburg Regional Library
My local public library. I like libraries!

This is another slight surprise as I don't often visit the main page, though I do subscribe to the comic in my RSS reader. Probably just not that many X's.

Y: YouTube
Again, not an actual site front page I visit all that often but probably just not a lot of competition.

Z: Zombies Run
Fun little running app and game for exercise.

The two sites I visit a lot that didn't pop up: Google Reader where I actually spend most of my time online since I just subscribe to the feed of every site I'd likely visit regularly and Twitter which didn't surprise me as I mostly check it on my phone not on my laptop.


train_lindz at 1:52 pm on 10 October 2012 (UTC) (Link)
Zombies Run is the bomb :)
gilpin25 at 3:54 pm on 11 October 2012 (UTC) (Link)
What radio progammes are you listening to?
bratty_jedi at 8:50 pm on 11 October 2012 (UTC) (Link)
Loads! I use Radio Downloader to save mp3 files of anything and everything currently airing and therefore available on the BBC website and I've bought all kinds of back series.

Let's see...

I pull in the main running plays and fiction readings like Afternoon Drama, Saturday Drama, Drama on 3, 15-Minute Drama, Classic Serial, etc. The program grabs them all and then I only keep the ones that sound interesting. Ones I've listened to recently and rather enjoyed include the Stevenson in Love two-parter, the comedy take on Hound of Baskervilles, The Artist is Thinking, and Cry Babies. I also grab individual readings and dramatizations of books that catch my eye, especially anything sci-fi or fantasy like they just did a Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman short story reading and a dramatization of War with the Newts which is a sci-fi classic. I'll also grab classics that appeal to me like Wodehouse, Sherlock Holmes stuff, etc.

For more sitcoms, I'm a huge fan of both Old Harry's Game and Cabin Pressure. There are several episodes of both of those I've listened to so many times I've almost got them memorized. I also like Bleak Expectations (though I like it best in small doses because it plays one note very well but I can only take the one note for so long before I bore with it), Nebulous (I've bought series 1 and series 3 is re-airing right now so I'm getting it but I can't find series 2 for sale and it isn't airing), and Revolting People (bought series 1 and 2 but 3 and 4 haven't been for sale or aired). Newest ones currently airing I'm getting into are probably Acropolis Now and Clayton Grange. I've got loads of others I've either just started listening to or haven't got to at all yet because I think I'm getting in three or four hours a day from the downloader and not listening to anywhere near that much. I know I just had it start pulling in a 1980s political satire one with Hugh Laurie that I'm looking forward to, but I want to get the whole series downloaded before I start on it.

I usually listen to all the fiction stuff while exercising or working on Legos or a jigsaw puzzle or something similar that occupies my body or hands but not really my brain. If I'm working on something that requires a bit more mental attention so I have less to spare to the audio and just want background noise to occasionally giggle at, I love I've Never Seen Star Wars but will also throw things like Just a Minute, Unbelievable Truth, and Museum of Curiosity in to mix it up. If I'm in a more cerebral mood, I've got all the back episodes of Fry's English Delight because you can't go wrong with Stephen Fry blathering on about the English language.

Like I said, "Loads!" but that's the general idea I suppose. Any suggestions on currently airing or back stuff I should seek out?
gilpin25 at 9:29 pm on 11 October 2012 (UTC) (Link)
Oh my goodness, lol. I thought I listened to a lot but you've beaten me hands down! I'm en route to bed right now but shall return to see if there's any favourites that you haven't mentioned. :D
gilpin25 at 9:38 pm on 12 October 2012 (UTC) (Link)
If you like Just a Minute, you might want to try I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and/or I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again. Both have a regular panel and then guest stars, who are all familiar names like Fry, Merton and Hawks (presumably when they're not doing JaM). Whose Line Is It Anyway? was originally a radio show back in the late 80s, and I caught some of that the other day when in the car. It was fun to compare it to the TV version.

I alternate between Sherlock Homes, Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers when it comes to mysteries; M R James is good if you like ghost stories and spooky tales. If you can ever track down The American Boy by Andrew Taylor, that's not to be missed - a gothic mystery and love story which they're supposed to have sold the TV rights for. Other than that, you seem to have named all my faves and a few that are new to me and which I'll be looking up! I get the TV/radio guide tomorrow so will have a scan of the new stuff that's on if you like. Meanwhile, happy listening!
bratty_jedi at 1:58 am on 13 October 2012 (UTC) (Link)
I noticed this morning when I was looking at the schedule for the upcoming week online that there were lots of spooky sounding things. At first I was confused, then I remembered October... Halloween! and felt a bit foolish for my initial confusion. I'll definitely check for anything coming up from your spooky recs. Mostly I've just been over the moon the past day or two because I heard the next run of Cabin Pressure should be recorded before the end of the year and air early next year.

I'm sorry I haven't a clue is on my list to check out. It wasn't something that sounded worth investing money in at the start though and I first figured out the downloader to get free stuff in mid to late August I think and it was last on the radio in early August. I know I got into everything after the Olympics because I missed the Old Harry's Game special they did then. Anyway, next time Haven't a Clue is on, I'll definitely give it a go. Your panel shows are something we just don't much have in America. I mean, we don't do much radio other than music, news, and talk shows and haven't since the late 40s/early 50s, but we don't even have real TV equivalents. I'm hopelessly addicted to QI and that's about the only thing BBC TV I follow that hasn't officially been imported to the States. There are some other TV panel shows you've got that sound like fun, but TV is so much more of a time commitment than audio and BBC TV takes more work for me to download than radio. I'm also watching the Comedy World Cup right now from... I think that's Channel 4 and I really wish we'd do more like that but we just don't have the tradition of it. </p>

Sorry. I'm blathering on, I know. It's just, all my friends around here are into Doctor Who and Sherlock and all that, but I can't really get them into the radio thing so I've had no one to talk about all this with.

gilpin25 at 9:53 pm on 13 October 2012 (UTC) (Link)
It's nice to hear from someone that enthusiastic about our radio! (In return, I am telling all I know here to watch Modern Family on the box, as it beats most of our comedy hands down.) I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue is probably due to be on again soon as it hasn't been for a while, and I couldn't see anything new and interesting to suggest from this week's guide but you'll be my first port of call in future if I do. :)

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