Modem Mayhem and Other Things: #Project30Days

Dear Readers,

I’ve got some awesome things to tell you before I crash. well, okay… so I have two really awesome things to tell you. Hey, who said I have to be accurate with my numbers? I never was very good at math…

Anyway, first thing’s first. As this post is part of a Project 30 Days post, I thought I’d write about my quote for today, before everything else. That way the Project 30 Days community can get right to business and check that I’m actually living up to what I’d hoped to do.

So, here’s my quote for today:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
~Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles,” 1992 (commonly misattributed to Nelson Mandela, 1994 inauguration speech)

In my opinion, this quote doesn’t need a lot of explanation. The only thought that goes through my mind when I see this is a resounding, forehead slapping “Der!” I read that quote, and all I can think of is how right it is. Naturally, we really shouldn’t puff ourselves up, but in the same token, we need to be careful about letting ourselves get to deflated. I say “We” when I guess really I mean “I.”

I’ve a feeling that I’ll run into more and more thoughts about this quote as time goes by. Right now, there’s not a lot that needs be said, other than “Holy crap how did I forget about this?” This quote will definitely serve as a good, stern reminder for me. I tend to need those more often than I prefer to admit, come to think of it. Definitely glad I found that one.

So then, today was interesting in that it was finally time to quit putting off the modem setup process. Dad and I have both been putting it off since we got the thing on the twenty-seventh of last month. Dad (Hi Dad) kept saying he just didn’t want to, and I kept avoiding it and celebrating every time another day went by that we didn’t have to deal with it.

Well, today was the day we got off our asses and decided to install it. Actually, I don’t really remember how it came up. My brain is a bit mushy after everything’s been said and done. The point is that today was the Big Day.

I stressed through every step of the process, and I think I drove Dad a bit mad with reminding him to wait on certain things, just to be safe. I was terribly afraid that we’d get just about finished only to find out something had gone wrong. Or, worse yet, everything would look fine, work properly on one computer, but not on another.

From a previous post, yesterday’s in fact, I was freaking over the “what ifs” instead of the “what is” bits. I huffed and puffed and stressed and worried and rung my hands to death through the entire process, watching to make sure everything went smoothly… and nothing has gone up in flames!

So far, not even an hour into the new internet setup, we seem to be doing quite well for ourselves. We still need to test to see if the TV works all right, though. that part is making me a little nervous, honestly. It’s kinda stupid to worry, because I won’t know really how to fix it if the TV doesn’t work. If all the computers we’ve got are working, why wouldn’t the TV be happy with the setup? I’ll probably have to go through the whole channel finding process again. I think I need to do some more research, honestly, if the TV goes roar.

I’m starting to not make sense, I think. Sorry for the confusion, guys. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m still nervous about whether or not the TV’s gonna work with this new setup. Everything else seems to be doing fine, though. I was able to watch Youtube without any stuttering. I haven’t tested a purely audio stream yet, but I figured that video was more taxing on the bandwidth than audio, so part of me doesn’t feel the need at present.

This whole modem thing was interesting because it was one of those times where I worried far too much. Yet, I was able to apply the whole “step away” concept when things were beyond my control. For instance, during the waiting times, where we had to wait for things to activate themselves and stuff like that, the suspense was driving me crazy. I was stupidly afraid that we’d get an error somewhere, and that I wouldn’t know how to fix it. I really, really hate not knowing how to fix things!

Still, as always, I found out I worried too much for no real reason. The plus here is that I was able to recognize this and think my way through my anxieties and focus on what was going on at the moment–something Da’s been trying to teach me how to do for a while now. He’s always said that when you’re having anxiety, focus on the now, and not anything else. I never have been able to do that very well in those cases. Today just so happened to be a day where I could actually apply the theory. It wasn’t easy, but it sure worked like a charm.

On another random note, I introduced Da to this blog today. I’ve been kinda mentioning it to him every so often that he should just visit when he’s bored. So, those little things like Hi Dad and stuff like that are to see if he catches them. So Dad, if you’re reading this, you should tell me about it, because you can, and because it’s fun hearing about such things.

So, with our internet all set up and apparently working how it’s supposed to, I think I’m going to close for the time being. I’m a little disappointed at how this post came out, but my brains are a little scrambled, so I guess I have a bit of an excuse. Perhaps the next one will be better.

Take care, guys, and thanks for checking in.

Most Sincerely,


Day 27: #Project30Days

Dear Readers,

Today’s post is gonna be a short one, because it’s hot, and I’ve only just woken from a rather hard crash that started off way too early. To top it off, nothing really spectacular has happened today.

I’ve done not much but enjoy my new pair of headphones and talked to people over Skype. My family’s been a little neglected, sadly. Perhaps I’ll fix that tomorrow.

On Blood Family Tech Problems, we’ve not switched over to our new modem yet, but to be honest I’m terribly afraid of what the router modem combo will end up doing to our internet. As it is, we have a router from 2007 and a modem from 2007 and they’re working just fine together. Only reason we’re switching is because Comcast mentioned a possible speed increase. Plus, it’ll be good to get a newer modem. I’m really afraid we won’t have enough signal through our house, or that the wifi will end up being terrible and the folks will end up disappointed because their video watching services won’t work as well or something. To be honest I’m kind of avoiding the task. I think I tend to do that when I’m really uncertain about things. As you can guess, I don’t do huge change very well, and hate leaving my comfort zone, especially if things go wrong after I’ve left it.

Anyway, not really much else to say here at the present time, so I’m going to close this post. Only a few days left of the month, and of my current Project 30 Days.

Take care, all, and best wishes.

Most Sincerely,


Day 26: #Project30Days

Dear Readers,

I’m writing to tell you my headphone quest has ended. I totally didn’t expect to get the headphones I got, either. I had in mind to get the Sennheiser HD380 Pro. Well… I got something else, but it was worth it in my opinion.

So I went to my local Guitar Center to audition the Sennheisers. I listened to some of my music on my iPod, since that was going to be my primary use for them (listening to music,) and I was really impressed with the bass response. I’m not sure what it was but something was missing, though. Sorry to those who recommended it to me, but for some reason I couldn’t quite find the shine I was hoping for. However, I would have easily bought it had the following circumstances not happened.

Dad tends to watch my facial expressions when I try stuff out, and he’s like “I didn’t see that smile you always get when you really like something.” To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was satisfied with what I was hearing. I thought I’d be able to get used to it, and indeed I think I would have after a certain amount of time. The thing is that Dad wasn’t satisfied with my reactions. I thought it best to compare some comparable headphones in the $150 to $200 price range to really make sure this was what I wanted.

So, the sales guy pulled out a couple of comparable pairs. One seemed rather heavy. I tried it and I found the frequency response to be lacking. Although those who enjoy really flat frequency responses would probably have enjoyed them. I’ll probably end up going back and comparing headphones for studio work at some point, but I was really looking for a pair that would provide a pleasant listening experience.

The things is that everybody’s ears and audio preferences are different. I personally don’t like listening to music with totally flat frequency response, because it feels rather bland or something. Mind you, I’ve not gotten used to the flat response yet. Still, at this point it just wasn’t working.

So, I went back to the Sennheisers and found I liked them better than the second pair I’d tried, but I still didn’t quite feel that chill feeling you get when listening to a great piece of music with an awesome sounding pair of headphones. I was willing to get used to it, though, and was about to just say all right I’ll buy them, when the salesman decides to pull out another pair by AKG.

He mentioned that it was beyond my price range, but thought I’d like to compare them anyway, just for shits, so maybe I could come back and make a later purchase. I was completely set on the Sennheisers at this point… until I put on the AKG K267, which apparently came out like three months ago (I found out after I’d auditioned them.)

It wasn’t until after I auditioned them and got chills that I found out that the price was $330. I really didn’t want to spend $300, let alone $330, and I had insisted to Dad that the Sennheisers were what I was gonna get despite the fact I wasn’t quite satisfied. Against my wishes, he informed the sales guy that the look on my face was priceless and that he wasn’t going to allow me to spend $150 on something I wasn’t quite liking and could get used to.

Long story short, we managed to get price matched and bring the price of the AKG’s down to $299, which was what I’d originally planned on spending when I was researching the Bose QC15 headphones. Honestly, I had no clue he’d do that. I was set at $150 and the HD380 Pro’s. Dad very politely but adamantly insisted that he buy the AKG’s instead, because of the apparent fact that I liked them better.

I’ll say right now, that the HD380 Pro’s are very good for their price range, and I found them the best out of all of the headphones I tried around that price. So if you’re looking for a good pair of headphones between $150 and $200, I’d recommend the Sennheisers, for sure. Despite the fact I didn’t think Dad should pay for them, he went right ahead and bought the AKG’s. Honestly, I’m glad he did.

The sound of the AKG K267 Tiesto was much more to my liking. Plus, there’s an option to change the bass boost on them, if I want more or less bass. To be frank, the lowest bass setting is a little low, but that’s the point, as that setting is called “Studio” so I’m assuming the frequency response is pretty flat for that. The next two increase the bass. I keep it at a happy medium for listening to music, and keep it in the middle setting.

I really did like the Sennheisers for their price range, though. The jump in price from $150 to $300 is obvious between the Sennheisers and AKG’s, so if you can afford the $300 I’d go for those rather than the Bose at this point. Mind you, I’ve not really compared tons and tons of headphones, and this is merely my opinion. There are really great reviews on the Sennheisers, but because the AKG’s are so new, there aren’t any reviews out that I can find. Still, I personally like these a lot, and am glad that Dad decided to buy them instead of the other ones.

Needless to say this was a rather expensive early birthday present. I told Dad as much so he didn’t go and pay for something else, like the whistles I auditioned earlier today.

Honestly, I don’t understand why people hate on the Generation whistles. I personally liked the sound I got from them. That’s just me, though. Again, I’ve not made a lot of comparisons though, so that probably doesn’t help matters. Still, Dad said he’d get those for me too, which was totally unexpected. I didn’t even ask him to. I merely wanted to audition them to get the feel for brass whistles and see if I liked the tone. I feel a little awkward that he’s spent this much on me, but at the same time it’s kind of exciting. I’m not sure whether to feel guilty or ecstatic.

After the headphones were in my hands, we were going to the car and I said that Dad was not going to pay for those whistles. Dad looked at me and said in an exasperated way, “Oh stop it!” That was that. I really can’t argue when somebody insists like that. I really feel spoiled at this point, which isn’t the most pleasant thing, but at the same time, I can’t believe I’ve got this stuff on hand. I normally like to pay for my own stuff with my own money, you know?

Anyway, at this rate, I’ll be quite settled for a long time. These AKG headphones are really solid. A little heavy but not horribly so, and they feel solid in my hands. They also fold flat, as well as inward, to to travel with them is really quite nice. They come with a fairly nice case which is easily opened and closed, and which has plenty of room. It came with either the option for straight or coiled cable, and as a result the cables are detachable and replaceable. In addition, you can put the cable on either side of the headphones. There’s a screw on adaptor for quarter inch jacks, as well. I got a warranty on them for three years, so if something goes wrong, I’ve got plenty of protection.

In the end, the salesman didn’t end up telling me the price with the protection added… I think he realized that I was kinda freaking out as it was over the expenses. He kinda just interacted with Dad, left me right out of the transaction, which was good. Otherwise I probably would have continued fighting him tooth and nail. It felt so terribly irresponsible! But at the same time, I’m in eargasmic heaven right now.

So, I’m going to close here and go grab some food. After that, it’s more music and audio books and things. Then, sleep. Over all, today’s been really, really great.

Most Sincerely,

Edit Made on Sat April 27: Woke up this morning at stupid o’clock, and found I’d not clicked the “Send” button on this post after I’d written it. Couldn’t remember why until I went to spell check it. There was a word in there I couldn’t remember what it was supposed to be, and my screen reader insisted on not finding it, and I was too tired to proofread the whole thing. So I clicked “Cancel” to get rid of the spell check and promptly fell asleep. Oops!