arethinn: Joel Robinson giggling (amused (joel))
"I think a Syrah would feel thicker in my mouth. ...Will you feel thicker in my mouth, sirrah?"
arethinn: Flounder from The Little Mermaid, screaming, text "AAAAAA" (scared (flounder aaa))
(opportunity to test the DW images interface here! ah, ok, looks like it's auto-thumbnailing. handy. click to embiggen.)

weird googly-eyed lobster dish


Must be one of those regrettable foods from a Sunset cookbook, right?

Nope. Larousse Gastronomique, Crown Publishers' 1961 English edition. I guess sad food photography was just endemic to the 1960s.
arethinn: Bone with text "I find this humerus" (amused (humerus))
"But if humans can take something relatively simple and then make it complicated and kind of bizarre -- they will."
--Andy Warner, Brief Histories of Everyday Objects
arethinn: animated Weird Al Yankovic with text "R O T F L O L" (amused (weird al rotflol))
" 'Commander' Spicer?"
" 'Commander'? Seriously? Commander of what?"
"...the U.S.S. WTF?"
arethinn: stars on a black background (celestial (16 bit stars))
sass chicken: girl at the water fountain just complemented me on my hair and said it was like some kind of "intergalactic space thing"
sass chicken: i guess because my greys are shiny
sass chicken: (space hair?)
Stygian Syzygy: you are some intergalactic space thing

(My grey hairs tend to stick out among my purple dye, since I don't bleach my medium-slightly-reddish-brown and the rest of my hair thus looks pretty dark, especially if not backlit. The silver ones, on the other hand, turn !PURPLE!. As for the video footnote to understand what I was getting at with that last remark, uh, sorry for the earworm?)
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‘1984’ sales soar after Trump claims, ‘alternative facts’:
First published in 1949, Orwell’s classic dystopian tale of a society in which facts are distorted and suppressed in a cloud of “newspeak” topped the best-seller list of as of Tuesday evening.

Well I flippin' well hope so!

I wonder if people are buying it for themselves, or if e.g. people are buying quantities to distribute, or something like that.

eta: Apparently the publisher has ordered a new print run to meet demand. crikey.
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I was playing with and...

...the heck?

I mean, it's not far off (the color specified in the CSS as "sacStateGreen" is actually #043927; I think #004f3d is maybe closer to "stingerGreen" #00573d). But... why?
arethinn: (campbell (hair ruffle))
Because everyone totally cares what we had for dinner: homemade pizza with Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, shallots, and crimini, oyster, and shiitake mushrooms. Inspired by having a totally, ah, uninspiring "forest funghi" pizza somewhere that involved only criminis. (srsly, I mean, we were not expecting the expense of morels on a $9 one-person-sized bar pizza, but maybe some effort towards variety...?)
arethinn: Ravenclaw logo on blue background, text "Tact is for people who aren't witty enough to be sarcastic." (sarcasm (tact is for...))
"Inauguration 2016: How Inaugural Luncheon wines were selected"

...oh, California.

(shouldn't that have said 2017 tho?)
arethinn: animated Space Ghost shaking his head (frustrated (space ghost))
The LJ "like" notifications are about the most useless thing ever. For me, such a feature is in the "meh, I wouldn't probably use it and don't really care, though I can see why some people might want it and on the other hand 'oh no not more Facebook'" category. But that said, the notification is just a link to the liked post, with no other information, particularly not WHO THE USER WAS. I'm not even certain how people are managing to like any of my posts, since I have a legacy theme on my journal that doesn't include those kind of elements (although for that matter I don't even see it on, say, [ profile] news - maybe it's only viewable if you're in the "feed" mode of reading a friends page? their supposed screenshot on doesn't at all look like what I see). Even more confusing is when I get random "like" notifications for ancient posts (well, 2011) in random communities like [ profile] rifftrax. It's like someone is sending bots around liking posts, or something... but if so, why?
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Everyone's probably heard by now about how the Russians are coming, the Russians are coming -- that is, that LJ physically moved servers to Russia as of about 2 weeks ago -- but if not, here's a few relevant links: (with more links to further reading)

As for me, I imported both my journals to Dreamwidth and started crossposting from here to LJ somewhere pushing seven years ago, so no change for me there, although I will be chuffed if people currently reading me on LJ decide to start reading me on DW instead. I don't have any immediate plans to delete my LJ entirely, or delete all its posts ([personal profile] frameacloud says [ profile] ljsec still works for doing that task in bulk), or even to stop crossposting or turn off commenting on LJ for right now.
arethinn: Bone with text "I find this humerus" (amused (humerus))
@GinaMelton60: I always wonder...what do you clean a gold plated toilet bowl with? You can't just slap one of those Tidy Bowl things on there.
‏@wendyjgmom: The Trumps do not shit.
‏@GinaMelton60: That explains so much.

(on Twitter, 1/9/2017
arethinn: animated Weird Al Yankovic with text "R O T F L O L" (amused (weird al rotflol))
Alderique Valeriant: HOW DO I DECORATE GUYS
Kijyata Li'Anna: a ribbon around the junk
arethinn: Zorak raises his fist in anger (angry (zorak fist))
Would anyone out there who has a Reddit account be willing to comment in a thread for me? I have a different model of Kindle, but seem to be having the same problem as this user about the battery life on my Kindle Fire being terrible after the update to Fire OS 5.3.2 was pushed last month, draining quickly even when the device is supposedly in sleep mode, which also means it charges slowly. (There's very little on that thread, but that seems to be the story anywhere on the internet; I would think if this problem were widespread it would be easy to find complaints, but that hasn't seemed to be the case. :-/ ) I would like to ask the OP if they ever sorted it out.

5.3.2 is the update that included Alexa, Amazon's answer to Siri or Cortana, which I immediately disabled, so I don't think it's that Alexa is listening all the time. It's not the wifi (turning that off has no effect, and leaving it on all night was never a problem before) or Bluetooth. A battery monitor and wakelock detector reveal that there's no particular app doing the battery suck, it's just that the CPU is being held awake large percentages of time (90% in the case of last night) for... no reason I can determine, leading to 20-30% battery drain overnight instead of ~5% as had previously been the case. The native email app is the worst offender as far as the number of times it wakes the CPU (it must be something like twice or three times a second), but it only gets ~10 minutes total wake time over an 8 hour night and accounts for only a couple percent of the battery drain. A lot of the wakelocking seems to be by the kernel and I just can't fathom what's going on.
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via [ profile] elenbarathi...

The Beasts Who Fought for Fairyland Until the Very End and Further Still
Catherynne M. Valente
[reposted with the general permission granted at the end of the story]

Ever since the election, people have been telling me to shut up and go back to Fairyland. Be silent. Be good. Accept. Submit. Stop talking about politics. Stick to fairy tales. (As if fairy tales have ever not been about politics.) Go back to Fairyland. Go back to Fairyland.

So I did. Please enjoy this story set before the events of
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. If you’d prefer to read this elsewhere, see the bottom of the page for downloads.

Once upon a time, three rather large and unusual creatures grew very tired indeed of fighting, day and night and day again, fighting the same overwhelming and unyielding enemies, fighting with all their large and scaly might, as well as their claws, teeth, flaming breath, and occasionally, walloping rune-carved giant’s hammers they found lying about where others had fallen. Because the sun was setting rosy in the sky, and because they could hardly bear to put one foot in front of the other, and because, at long last, their fates had been tucked firmly into bed and told to stay there or else, these three rather large and unusual beasts sat down upon a rather large and filthy hill in a country called Fairyland. The hill was filthy because a great battle had been fought there. Bronze and wicker and glass armor lay everywhere strewn about. Swords and axes and scissors and needles and a million thousand arrows turned that hill into a pincushion. Each arrow was fletched in feathers that once belonged to immortal birds so wise that if you asked them to tell you the meaning of life, they would have an answer, and it would be short, and easy to understand, and as true as tea. The three creatures sat carefully on their haunches inside a prickly prison of blades and bows and bucklers. Read more... )

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