June 28, 2017

I'm grateful that our new place has a dishwasher... but damn the Finnish habit of putting drying racks OVER the sink hits my "why didn't that ever occur to me?" hard.

Heather's adventures in Spain indicate that it's suboptimal for less tall people and also precludes a nice window-behind-sink. BUT STILL.

June 28, 2016

Bug copy and pasting URLs from chrome on Macs Anyone else run into this? I mostly noticed copying from chrome into gmail under Safari (where I keep on any on personal email when at work.) Very frustrating - my workaround was to copy everything but the first letter of a URL, paste, and then type the letter (and maybe the http: )

LOL, time for a unit test for them I guess. (No, actually I guess it would have to be at least a functional or maybe even integration test...)

--from College Humor's Troll GIFs - GIFs really are the silent movies of our times
I don't know much about skateboarding but Tony Hawk's last 900 is bittersweet--

"me: How much did you pay for the nipple clamps?
dad: Those are jumper cables. What the hell is wrong with you?"

June 28, 2015

"I will never know what MY earlobes taste like"
--slycoopar, https://www.reddit.com/r/Showerthoughts/
"I want to leave a living will saying that if I am in a coma, you should use that time to do hilarious makeovers of me for at least six months before considering switching off life support. (It just seems such a waste that I'll be out of it and nobody will draw a moustache on me or make me up like a clown.)"
--BabyBringMeToast, http://www.reddit.com/r/Showerthoughts/
https://www.eecs.tufts.edu/~cgregg/typewriter/ a guy at Tufts actually executes on an idea I had myself, using solenoids to be able to use a typewriter as a computer printer.

June 28, 2014

From 50 Photos Of Actors Behind The Scenes That Will Change How You See Their Movies Forever-
I love the hand-tinted look of this one:

I just watched the series "Life's Too Short" with Little Person Warwick Davis- I'm kind of blown away by how young he looks here. (Oh, I guess he was just 13 or so. I imagine a host of 13-year-olds who'd at least consider trading places with him here, short stature and all.)

June 28, 2013art

New art class! And very different -- it almost felt like an open studio, except the instructor did a quick demo, and I kind of followed her lead, and I'm using a very different form of charcoal. I'm pleased with the results, so much so that I'm worried I'm missing some of the point of the other style. (Though it very likely made these attempts much better.)

making the rounds...

June 28, 2012

Whoa, supreme court!

Personally I think the weirdest thing right now is how health insurance is the default employment perk -- it's bundled with its costs oddly masked. No matter where you are on single payer healthcare thinking, don't you think the status quo is a bit weird?
http://whatwoulddondraperdo.tumblr.com What Would Don Draper Do. Old but somehow inspiring even if the man is not the complete role model.

chan is the man

June 28, 2011

--via 22words
http://www.slate.com/slideshow/arts/is-this-a-gay-bar/ Trends in Gay Bar names...


June 28, 2010

Neat to watch the local garbage guys on my walk to work- so deft. One shoved an empty plastic can across the street- how did it not tip??
Surprised the concept "Digital Arts and Crafts" doesn't get more play. There is a Fisher-Price gadget for it, though: http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?e=digitalstudio-product
"i'm amused that some white guy referred to the process of americanizing an asian film with white actors and such as 'honking it up'."
The first iPhone couldn't use most headphones without an adapter. (Supposedly for 'shielding' reasons) A weird design faux pas by Apple.
And it's weird that you can edit playlists on the iPhone but it STILL ignores your iTunes folders for playlists- just one big honkin' list.
Or does it? Weird, Playlist Folders are listed as an iOS 4 feature but I'm pretty sure it's ignoring mine...
"Donít focus on the one guy who hates you. You donít go to the park and set your picnic down next to the only pile of dog shit."
"Wanna go to the basement, beautiful?"
"That's the strangest proposition I've ever had. Well, not really."
"There's this special biologist word we use for 'stable.' It's 'dead.'"
--Jack Cohen

maryland reunion filler: zoom into a tooth

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June 28, 2009

--Interesting how to get a steady pan, you have to crank up the rate of zoom so much. Also, I need to go brush now.

"what the chimney sang for aphrodite / one spreads its white wings on a far-reaching track, a man like me?"
--Spam Lyric of the Moment

[cataclysmic abbasid]

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June 28, 2008

Power outage at home all yesterday afternoon and night, maybe a result of a lightning strike. Something weirdly third world about not having power. Plus combined with my Aunt not being able to go to New Jersey because of train track work in Connecticut... it truly feels like our infrastructure isn't all that healthy.

Today's title comes from some Spam I received just as I was going to hit "save and publish". Maybe I should use random spam titles more often.

Cartoon of the Moment
--Kate Beaton's history project. Oddly enough I realized the other day she also has a Conversations with a Younger Self series, albeit her ten-year-old self.

Quote of the Moment
"An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex."
--Aldous Huxley. Sigh, I'm getting way too may of my quotes from the "Quote of the Day" service lately.

the heat, she is on

June 28, 2007

Wow, HOT.

Between the extremes of walking around in wilting summer heat and freezing winter cold, I'll always take the former. Jonathan took the opposite view, citing the usual idea that you can always dress more warmly but there's only so far you can strip, but still. Trudging through severe winter cold makes me feel as if I'm suffering, this kind of summer heat is just sticky and unpleasant.

It's a good time for summer movies, then. Saw "Fantastic Four" last night. Verdict: not so fantastic, to make the obvious joke. For me part of the pleasure of this kind of dumb summer blockbuster is seeing what the writers and directors do within the constraints of the universes they have to work with, so it's less fun when superpowers and threats kind of warp and morph to meet the needs of the story, rather than the other way around.

So if Marvel is indeed planning to make its own movies rather than licensing them out, they have to do better than this, especially as they reach deeper into their pantheon for folks whose stories haven't been put to screen. (And man... how many hamfisted cameos can one guy do? I'm looking at you, Stan Lee.)

Geek Trick of the Moment
How to Extract A Song From YouTube (Or Other Video Sites). I wouldn't recommend it except for music you can't readily get through other channels; it's a shade immoral and possibly a bit illegal, the quality isn't fantastic, and people who posted the video might not have lined up the music with the beginning and end of their production. But still, the trick is there.

Quote of the Moment
Some parts of the past must be preserved, and some of the future prevented at all costs.
--Slashdot Fortune

radical coolectomy

June 28, 2006

I think the best thing to say about something that has had all its fun or interesting parts taken out is that it has undergone a "radical coolectomy".

Image of the Moment
The planets of our solar system, allowing you to see the scale of them. From this rense.com page, which has other views, including our sun and other larger stars.

I always assumed Jupiter was even bigger relative to Earth. And the funny thing is, I think I have a feel for the size of the Earth from airplane trips on clear days, where I can see its curvature pretty well. So from there, with this page I can extrapolate to the size of, say, Jupiter, and from there the sun, and I can think that my physical place in the universe isn't quite as tiny as I sometimes assume.

Also, compare this previously kisrael'd HTML scale model of the Solar System, scrolling horizontally to give you a feel for the distance between these planets. But I'd say today's image gives a better feel for the sizes.

forgive and forget. well, forget anyway.

June 28, 2005
Quote of the Moment
"Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future."
--Paul Boese, via Candi's LJ. It's a great point

Why I Think I Might Not Be A Romantic
"A man may fight the greatest enemy, take the longest journey, survive the most grievous wound- and still be helpless in the hands of the woman he loves."
~Quotes from Frank and Brian Herbers Dune chronicles

--BK and myself on the Blender of Love comments page. I'm right cynical for a guy who has a site called the loveblender...but I'm reasonably happy with my attempt to transcribe the whip sound.

Link of the Moment
Dang, I was about 2 days late to this Slashdot thread on one-button-gaming but some friendly person mentioned my own JoustPong...I followed up with a mention of the gamebutton arcade.

Actually, the original gamasutra article is pretty cool, with some simple flash demos of the movement ideas they're talking about.

Also I want to check out oneswitch gaming...but they're not limiting it to one button to be "cool", they seem to have the interests of disabled people in mind.

all about shaking it

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June 28, 2004

Poetry of the Moment
O proud left foot, that ventures quick within
Then soon upon a backward journey lithe.
Anon, once more the gesture, then begin:
Command sinistral pedestal to writhe.

Commence thou then the fervid Hokey-Poke,
A mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl.
To spin! A wilde release from Heavens yoke.
Blessed dervish! Surely canst go, girl.

The Hoke, the poke -- banish now thy doubt
Verily, I say, 'tis what it's all about.
--Shakespeare's Hokey Pokey, by Jeff Brechlin, Potomac Falls

Public Service of the Moment
This is a little warning for my friend Jane. It may have come to late for her, but maybe it will help someone else from a wayward path:

Literary Bit of the Moment
"Is there no rest? No escape? I stumble to the closet and reach in for my salvation. I see it all so clearly now--I'll follow Papa Hemingway to the happy hunting grounds with a one-way ticket on the Lead Bullet Express over Gun Powder Falls through Massive Head Wound Canyon."
--from "Wigfield", by the "Strangers With Candy" team.

hey man. let me ask you something. if somebody draws something and you draw the exact same thing like RIGHT ON TOP OF IT without going outside the original designated art, what do you call that? artcool

June 28, 2003

So I've kind of "invented" (though it's not very original) a new photo technique. There's probably better technology to help out, it's pretty labor intensive, but it's basically tracing the major contours in a new layer in Paint Shop Pro then using flood fill of a single color from each region. I thought it would help me learn to draw a bit better, but actually it's taught me more about color; for instance, in most pictures, especially those taken inside, caucasion skintone doesn't look like skintone out of the context of the picture.

Anyways, I like how some of these came out.

Hints if you want to try this yourself: learn how to use layers in your paint program. You'll generally want to go for the lightest shade in any given region. I used a 2-pixel solid brush for the lines, though for Mo's head in the final picture, I had to do it with a 1-pixel brush, then retrace. And, as always, work on a larger image, and then shrink it down.

Clockwise from Top:   Me, Post Party Mo, and the Demon Lupschada.    
Ocean Grove, New Jersey, November 1999

in blog we trust

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June 28, 2002

Quote of the Moment
> This was also around the time Congress made
> "In God We Trust" the national motto (1956)
> and ordered that "In God We Trust" be printed on
> all the paper money (1957). (It had been struck
> on coins beginning in 1864.)

Invoking God in the Pledge of Allegiance is merely
an affront to the Constitution. Invoking God on money
is an affront to God.
--Brad Ferguson, Michael Dalton, alt.obituaries. I don't mean to harp on this too too much, but when Arab states have the Islamic equialent of that as their motto, it kind of scares me.

Link of the Moment
Great page with lots and lots and lots of data about and diagrams of skyscrapers!


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June 28, 2001

Just in time for the wedding... I'm getting a bad cold! Alright!

Geekdom of the Moment
You can see the fullsize version onastick.net. It's not quite as random as it may first seem, it's a parody of an image from a game called Warhammer 40,000. It's a tabletop game played with miniatures of high-tech warriors. (Someone even made a few miniatures for the Hello Kitty 40K universe.)

Poem of the Moment
        At dinner their first night
    He looked at her, her bright green eyes,
          In candlelight.
    They laughed and told the hundred stories,
        And kissed, and went to bed.
          "Shh, shh," she said,
"I want to put my legs around your head."
            Green eyes, green eyes.

        At dawn they sat with coffee
    And smoked another cigarette
          As quietly
    Companionship and eros met
        In conversation's afterplay,
          On their first day,
And late for the work she loved, she drove away.
            Green eyes, green eyes.
--Donald Hall

KHftCEA 1999-06.3 June

1000 love poems read
about the sense of soaring, flying,
using the stars for navigation.
I realized that wasn't me, never was.
I am too much of this earth;
Of this joking earth, to be fair,
The world is too much with me.
"'Pet me a little then feed me'... Sounds about right."
--Mo on understanding different types of cats

KHftCEA 1999-06.2 June

"Who are you and how did you get in here?"
"I'm a locksmith.  And...I'm a locksmith."
--Police Squad
"'Course, a guy'll listen to anything if he thinks it's foreplay"
--Bull Durham
"Sometimes in pursuit of pleasure, we forget that what we are ultimately searching for is hapiness."
"...and He rolled the huge stone away from the mouth of the cave...and stepped outside...into bright sunlight...and......six more weeks of winter!"
--Bear on a.f.c-a

KHftCEA 1997-06.2 June

Amazing number of stars here at Lake George last night.  Easier to remember you're not the center of the universe than when you're in Boston.  (Surprise)
"Does he know he's always posing?"
          -Tracy on Dylan's brother Robert