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There’s been a lot of tech news going around lately. Since I was able to get in on some of it, I thought I’d talk about it.

Google rolled out a new social networking site, Google+. It’s still in testing from what I can tell, and as far as I know, you still need an invite to get in. I won’t go into detail about what it does or doesn’t do, plenty of you either know or can figure it out by, well, Googling it. ūüėõ

I have friends that love it, I have friends that are in the middle, and I have a cousin that hates it. I follow people that are still trying to figure it out. Personally, it took me 2 days of playing to figure out what did what, and I’m completely used to it. I hold no opinion of whether it’s a “Facebook killer”, because as of right now, each does something the other doesn’t. Until G+ begins rolling out new features, I will only say that I like it, and it has lots of potential.

Google also released the Google+ app for iPhone today. Those with Android got the added perk of already having a native app, while those enslaved to Apple (i.e. me) had to wait. Well, now it’s here. If you can find it in your phone’s app store, that is. As of yet, I still can’t find it.

Don’t get me, wrong, it’s already on my phone. I had to take the long way around to get it, though. First, I had to go here. (This link was shared to me on Google+ via a friend.) Then I opened it in iTunes, downloaded the app, and synched my phone.

Since being alerted to the app and getting it, I’ve been occasionally searching the app store on my phone for it. Still no luck. It has yet to show up in the new apps, or when typing ‘Google’ into the app store search bar. Yet it shows up in the iTunes app market on my computer. Weird.

Edit: According to a tip on Twitter, searching for Google Huddle on your phone takes you to the app.

Anyway, the app is pretty snappy and streamlined. I have yet to see any problems with it, although I haven’t tested Huddling. I’m getting notifications in the app faster than the email is getting pushed to my phone, so maybe I can finally turn off the email notifications. Even though I was enjoying the 60 emails a day. /sarcasm

Moving on:

Spotify, up until a week ago, has been a European music service, much like iTunes. Unlike iTunes, Spotify allows full song streaming and sharing of songs to friends. Free profiles are ad supported, and ads play between some song plays, but it’s a small trade-off for full album streaming.

Invites for Spotify have been like unicorn spotting, but I managed to get in. :3 So far, I love it. I’m enjoying it more than iTunes, more or less.

I only have one complaint about Spotify. After roughly 5 hours, Spotify stops playing.¬†I can hear some of you already: “Really, 5 hours and she’s complaining? Madness!” Let me explain. I’m the sort of person that listens to music while they sleep. I’ll generally choose a playlist and it’ll play all night.

Spotify stops after 5 hours, normally around 3 – 4AM if I go to bed around 10:30 – 11PM. Most people wouldn’t be bothered by this, but I’ve been waking up when I realize there’s no longer music. I suppose I’ll switch back to iTunes for my nightly playlist.

I’ve also had a friend tell me he can’t listen to the songs I’ve shared to him, which is odd because I haven’t had any problems listening to anything shared to me.

I have nothing to share (or complain) about, so I’ll end this post. Enter in a new wave of people looking for Spotify or Google+ info as I tag my post with both. :3

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Blogging whilst at work.¬† I’ve been meaning to write something for quite some time, but I’m only now getting around to it.

General catch-up

3 weekends ago Atlanta hosted Gay Pride.¬† I went to the festivities all 3 days (Friday to Sunday) and meant to blog about it.¬† We see how well that went.¬† I’ll write up a separate entry soon, because all the fun that was had cannot simply fit into this one entry alone.

By a stroke of luck at a local Barnes & Noble, I got my hands on the Complete Sherlock Holmes: Vol. 1 & 2.¬† I am part way through the The Sign of Four.¬† Finding quiet time to read is difficult at best; I’ve taken to locking myself in the bathroom and bringing the book to work with me for some alone time.¬† I’m not complaining, I rather enjoy it.

I’ve felt creative as of late, a smattering of poems and a partial story have been written.¬† None of it complete, should work on this.

My general rantings, however, deal with the atrocities on the Georgia interstates that claim to be suitable drivers.¬† They’re not.¬† They’re¬†brainless, devolved beasts¬†with 2-ton death missles, and that’s putting it mildly.¬† I don’t know what’s been emptied into the water supply to make everyone bat-shit crazy when it comes to driving on the interstate, but it’s been effective.¬† Maybe it’s the weather or the recent full moon.¬† Whatever the case may be, it’s made me think about modifying my car; perhaps into something along the lines of a tricked-out death machine you see in video games.

Not realistically possible for my make and model car, but I digress.

What else?¬† OH, Emilie Autumn’s second printing of her novel The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls finally shipped.¬† Now if mum will send my copy to me, all will be right in the world.¬† I cannot wait to have my copy actually in my hands.

OH!¬† Also, I’m so excited about Rammstein playing their first U.S. show in 10 years!¬† They’ll be in NY on Dec. 11th, and I HAVE TICKETS TO BE THERE!!¬† I’m so excited about this, I cannot wait for November to pass.

I also have tickes for Trans Siberian Orchestra next month.  More excitement.

At any rate, that seems to be the gist of it.¬† I’ve noticed since picking up Sherlock Holmes my speech has gotten far more proper.¬† As it should be, I suppose.¬† Not many in America know what proper grammar is.¬† Indeed, half my peers still use their/there/they’re and your/you’re improperly, and we’ve been graduated from high school¬†6 years.¬† No matter, at least I can say grammar/literature class¬†were my best studies.

I’ll end this now, work to be done.

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