Evomeme!

Apr. 29th, 2009 06:54 pm
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Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] active_apathy:

This is the evolving Internet meme. Copy this text, change it in any way you like, and then repost it on your blog. Then come back here - http://packbat.livejournal.com/250271.html - and post a link to your new version so we can see how it's changing!
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The first LiveJournal communities began in December of 2000, and now there's a community for any and every topic possible. What is your all-time favorite LJ community?

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As blatantly [livejournal.com profile] community_promo as it may seem, it's [livejournal.com profile] nomicide - the Livejournal Nomic community I manage with [livejournal.com profile] active_apathy. It's one of my favorite games, and I'm thrilled to be playing it, still.

Writtins!

Apr. 27th, 2009 11:53 pm
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Coming from the [livejournal.com profile] maggiebloomes and the [livejournal.com profile] active_apathys, with appropriate edits/redactions1:

The first ten respondents to this post making the request shall get probably-crappy sketches from me, word- or pencil-. However, they have to make a similar offer on their own blog, or be forever2 dubbed a freeloader.


1. I suppose I could leave the whole "of a pairing" language in, but (a) I have no fanficcing experience and (b) my fandoms pretty much comprise, first, the original Dragnet series with Jack Webb, second, most of the Hal Clement canon, and third, Castle.

OhgodImentionedaNathanFillionshowIshouldleavenowbye.

2. Length of forever may vary. Offer not valid in parts of Alaska south of 51° 15' 43" north latitude. Limit one per customer.
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Do you volunteer your time or donate money to any charitable organizations? Which ones, and why?

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I donate a lot of blood to the American Red Cross. Mostly because of Hal Clement.

No, I'm serious. I was reading Hal Clement books all the time as I grew up, and the biography always mentioned that he donated a lot of blood.

AnZac Day

Apr. 25th, 2009 06:45 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] pecunium reminds us: April 25th is AnZac Day.
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Out of all of your favorite books, pick just one you'd recommend everyone read. As a bonus: why did you pick that one?

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Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. Picked it for two reasons:

  • It's well-written.
  • It's funny.


Seriously. If you can read in English, I think you will enjoy this book. J. is one of the greatest raconteurs of all time.

P.S. It's out of copyright - 1889 - so it's available everywhere online.
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Would you ever go on a silent retreat? How long do you think you could go without talking?

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Assuming no emergencies arose, assuming textual writing was prohibited ... the first day and the first week would be the hardest, but I could do it. It would be an interesting experience, I am sure.
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It's Tax Day in the U.S., a day when the mind might be too occupied with deductions and long lines at the post office to think about poetry. But let's try: what's your favorite line of poetry? Song lyrics count.

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But I, being poor, have only my dreams ...

(No appropriateness intended.)
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Issue may be a simple case of poor systems security, rather than evil - see (1) http://gawker.com/5210142/why-it-makes-sense-that-a-hackers-behind-amazons-big-gay-outrage (2) http://pastebin.ca/1390576 (3) http://community.livejournal.com/brutal_honesty/3168992.html

xposted from my Twitter feed: Amazon.com is censoring LGBT literature. See http://jesurgislac.wordpress.com/2009/04/12/lesbian-and-gay-books-disappear/ and http://dearauthor.com/wordpress/2009/04/12/amazon-possibly-using-category-metadata-to-filter-rankings/ for more info.

I've heard people saying "don't use Amazon" before, but this is rather egregious. Another person who has been all over this is [livejournal.com profile] ironychan, including in both of her webcomics - here's a list of other online booksellers if you're interested.
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What is your favorite old-school video game?

Submitted By [livejournal.com profile] 2hated2care

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Mega Man 9!

Okay, okay, I'll choose a real one: Mega Man 2. Or, if I have to choose something Older Than The NES (warning: TVTropes), Moria.
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Who do you think it is easier to talk about your problems with: your friends, your family, or strangers?

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Strangers. Why do you think I have a Livejournal?

But in all seriousness, many of my problems are things I have shame over - but if I embarrass myself in front of someone three states away, that doesn't really bother me. I'm more open about being an atheist here for the very same reason.
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Scenario: For exactly 1 minute, you get access to all the databases of all the intelligence agencies in the world (CIA, FBI, KGB, MI-5, etc). What do you want to find out before time is up and you're caught and jailed forever?

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I'd find the full list of secret detainees around the world and send it to all the papers.

Baseball!

Apr. 5th, 2009 01:07 pm
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For those of you not following the Twitter filter (does that link work?) - went to an exhibition game yesterday at the Washington Nationals stadium downtown - they beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-5, with (amusingly) all five Nats RBIs credited to one ballplayer, Josh Willingham. Grand slam in the first, fielder's choice single in the seventh. It was fun - I got the Grande Nachos at the Bullpen Burrito, which were delicious.

Now to go to school and write computer programs! ...after lunch!
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What was your favorite subject in elementary or primary school? Does it have anything to do with your life now?

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As a homeschooled kid, "elementary or primary school" is a bit ill-defined, but at a guess ... mathematics, probably geometry and algebra.

Engineering is pretty math-heavy, I must admit.
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Bookmarks!

(The aforementioned Stainless is the last bookmark added.)
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You finally have an excuse to use it—what userpic do you not get to use very often but can't delete because it's just that awesome?

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Well, it's not that awesome, but I hardly ever use my X-Box-Live-avatar icon.

Note on Dreamwidth: On the original entry, the icon in question is this:

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Have you noticed the 419 scammers are getting smarter?

I am Mr. J Eric Daniels, Group Chief Executive Officer LLOYD BANK. I understand that through Internet is not the best way to link up with you because of the confidentiality which my proposal demands.

However, I have already sent you this same letter by post one month ago, but I am not sure if it did get to you since I have not heard from you,hence I am constrain to reach you through the internet.

I discovered a dormant account in my capacity as an external auditor with Barclays Bank,It will be in my interest to transfer this fund worth Thirty Million pounds to your offshore account [...]
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What is your favorite macro? Why?

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Do you have to ask?

(I am so setting myself up for disappointment...)
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If you knew that a friend's significant other was cheating on him or her, would you tell your friend the truth or keep it to yourself?

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I would confront the S.O. before anything else (not the least because some people are in open relationships). Then I would talk to someone I trust, to make sure that I'm not being utterly stupid. But if I did that and still knew, I would tell my friend - it's what I'd want.

(See, that's the thing with lies - it's much easier to think lying is okay if you don't put yourself in the shoes of the lied-to. I know - I read it in a book!)

(But seriously - it's true, and it's a good book: Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life by Sissela Bok. I recommend it.)
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Note to self: keep track of the USB cord and charger for the iPhone. Guess I better stick them in my pack tomorrow. For now: phone = off.
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Ooookay, this is as flaky as a delicious, delicious croissant. LiveJournal.app works, yes, but not well. So much for that!

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

iPhone!

Mar. 22nd, 2009 03:16 pm
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Guess what I just dropped US$428.33 on?*

(Does anyone have a favorite Livejournal app, by the way?)

* Note: included case, Bluetooth headset, and extended warranty.
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Do you think people deserve second chances?

Submitted By [livejournal.com profile] drea12301994

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Yes. Sometimes right away, sometimes not for a long time, but should they live long enough to learn how they erred and learn better, I would give as many chances as are in the world.
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Quick sanity check: is it just me, or does John Scalzi write in a style that is very Internet-fiction?
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...are a toxic mix, for unknown reasons - the third causes the second to crash the first. Forum thread here - the short version is, "go into Mail's Preferences, and in the GrowlMail pane set Notifications to 'Show a summary of received emails'. Or uninstall Safari 4."

Edit: Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] codeman38 at [livejournal.com profile] macintosh, a third way: go into the GrowlMail pane and delete the line in the "Description:" box which says %body.
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Do you behave differently online than you do in real life?

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A bit - I am sometimes short-tempered and often inarticulate in the meatspace, where real-time factors weigh much more heavily. To employ a bit of catachresis, in the parts of online that I inhabit, I am free to compose myself and my replies.
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What was your favorite movie when you were a kid? Is it still your favorite now that you're older?

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The first favorite movie I can recall is actually Twelve Angry Men. For a brief time, Pieces of April displaced it as my favorite, but it has resumed the throne.
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The world's most active Livejournal Nomic*, [livejournal.com profile] nomicide, is running a game of Mafia! The entry poll is open all week, but only to current players, so if you like the idea of a game where changing the rules is a move, there's no better time to join than now! Nomicide Mafia - it's where it's at!

(geez, I feel so weird when I shill this thing.)

(I wonder if I should repost this to [livejournal.com profile] community_promo...)

* Also the world's only active Livejournal Nomic, but that's surely unrelated.
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Do you think stem cell research is good, bad, or dangerous? Should it be funded by the government?

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Stem cell research is a highly promising field, and no more 'dangerous' than carbon nanotube research. Further, the chief objection to it - that embryonic stem cells cannot be acquired morally - is baseless: the blastocyst is a barely differentiated bundle of cells, lacking even sensory organs, much less intellectual capacity.* There is no legitimate reason for this research not to be funded by governments.

* Certain religious Christians may object to my argument in this line, on the grounds that the blastocyst - undeveloped as it may be - nevertheless has a soul. I refer them to [livejournal.com profile] bradhicks Christians in the Hands of an Angry God series, which, in Part 4, demolishes the claim that the Bible puts the beginning of life at conception.
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  • 17:50 Via lj::shatterstripes, some killer Youtube plunderphonics (mashup music tracks): "Kutiman mixes YouTube". thru-you.com/#/videos/ #
  • 18:55 I got a 74% on the Barnum Test! tinyurl.com/avez9o :P #
  • 22:44 You watch Bones, @toya121? That's one of my favorite shows! (But nothing will replace the original Dragnet in my heart. ^_^) #
  • 23:00 @kirabug Of course, I'm fairly sure *my* score, at least, is distorted by knowing the algorithm... #
  • 23:29 @kirabug Wise of you. :) #
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Watched it today in IMAX. [livejournal.com profile] baxil has the goods - I, not having read the comic, have nothing to add.
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  • 22:50 @kirabug Huzzah! That's the very webcomic that made me subscribe to Graphic Smash - glad to see it out where the public can enjoy it! #
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  • 22:05 @fadeaccompli Is it *unusual* to be unbothered? Perhaps play up the contrast angle. #
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  • 12:49 @Sugarwilla Ha! Guess they need to learn to check posting frequency... #
  • 13:03 @Sugarwilla Doing all right; not as productive as I ought to be, tho'. Thinking I'll ride my bike this afternoon, the snow should be melted. #
  • 20:46 @Sugarwilla re wotd: One of the regulars at the ASME lounge likes "recockulous" for those situations where "ridiculous" isn't strong enough. #
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Couple changes to my journal I'm working on:

1. I'm adding time-consumption tags to my entries - just approximately how long to (a) read the entry and (b) read the stuff in the links to the entry.

2. I'm unlocking and/or removing LJ cuts from the old Twitter automatic reposts, for the convenience of archive-trawlers. I plan to leave the entries locked for two weeks to spare the flists of people who opted out, then open them up.
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  • 08:37 Via Panda Express, the most threatening fortune of all time (capitalization in original): ANY TROUBLES YOU MAY HAVE WILL PASS VERY SHORTLY #
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Do you prefer texting or talking on the phone?

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I prefer texting to answering machine messages. But if the call is going to get through, I'd prefer the call.
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  • 17:23 @kirabug My guess: heat in the oven isn't the goal (heat in the food is) where heat in the engine is. But why warm up "the car"? Who knows! #
  • 21:30 @kirabug Mario Kart 64? Yeah, Rainbow Road stinks - I'm a big fan of the Wario track, except that there's that one shortcut. #
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  • 09:13 @punkybird That is pure awesome on toast, with a garnish of bonus awesome from ScottBieser in the comments. :D #
  • 09:29 @hmmm_tea Good news! #
  • 20:48 Mum DVRed Adam-12 and Dragnet today - the latter starred an actress so bad that even *I* had to say she couldn't act. Otherwise good, tho'. #
  • 20:51 In other news, my windows have spread out to occupy the entirety of my 1280-800 screen, with multiple tabs in each. I have a problem. #
  • 22:24 @kirabug Ha! Maybe I can make the windows a little smaller? :P (I've actually cut it down to four, now...) #
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  • 20:46 For all that I complain about Microsoft, the Photo Printing Wizard is coming quite in handy right now. Yay batch printing! #
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  • 17:19 RT @hotdogsladies (h/t @Sugarwilla): The web makes more sense if you assume everybody's alone, drunk, and a little heavier than they'd like. #
  • 17:19 Question: what's the opposite of "glurge"? #
  • 17:38 E@fadeaccompli Possibly, but I'm thinking a different axis - something that fits this: jackiesfridge.comicgenesis.com/d/20020911.html #
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Apropos of nothing: programs that automatically index your drives stink. I'm looking at you, Apple Mac OSX's "Spotlight"!
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  • 13:30 Via LJ::padparadscha - an amputee finds a silver lining. tinyurl.com/c3om3s #
  • 21:57 I just thought of a fantastic way to illustrate stress tensors in a comic, and I just know I don't have the skill or the time to draw it. :( #
  • 23:36 @Sugarwilla Hello! #
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  • 22:52 @baxil It *is* improved - I tried typing some sentences from the first chapter of Watership Down, and the delivery was merely very halting. #
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Describe your morning routine.

Submitted By [livejournal.com profile] its_miley

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As the man says:

Morning Routine

After that, shower, chat with Mom, go to school. (I brush my teeth in the evening, before bed.)
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  • 14:10 For heaven's sake, can't anybody just tell me *what the sticker price is?!* (am looking at smartphones) #
  • 15:40 Hey, does anyone else remember Gary Condit? Honestly, my most vivid memory of him was the radio station contest, "What's in Condit's Condo?" #
  • 15:41 (It was an oldies station, so it was song titles - people suggested "Cocaine", "Dirty Laundry", some others I don't recall.) #
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  • 10:21 @peterchayward Steampunk microwave ... that would be some trick. I wonder how it would work... #
  • 13:32 @peterchayward Indeed, you are correct, sir! Specifically, due to the science that says, "When you shine a light on something, it gets hot." #
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