arethinn: animated Weird Al Yankovic with text "R O T F L O L" (amused (weird al rotflol))
"Should be glad you did the portals that way and not the other way around, because then he would poop into his own urethral meatus."
"Well, that's Batman for you."
arethinn: Photo of a forest, text "Dwimordene" (nature (dwimordene forest)) *chuckles*

Welp, I guess that's what you get if winter works as it should in California and there's actually some &@^!ing rain. Makes all the weeds and stuff sprout. Hillsides that have been brown all summer should turn green in December and January.
arethinn: David Tennant in purple t-shirt (david tennant (purple shirt))
Can anyone recommend a couple of pieces of Linux software to me, that would run on a Raspberry Pi 1 Model B? I don't know for sure, but I assume ours is running Raspbian. Their FAQ says "In general, you need to look to see whether the program you want can be compiled for the ARMv6 (Pi 1) ... architecture" which is not very meaningful to me, but hopefully will be to somebody. (If I seem ignorant for someone who even owns a Pi in the first place, it's not really mine, it's [personal profile] enotsola's; he bought it as a toy but we really have hardly ever even plugged it in.)

1. An MP3 player - just needs basic playback controls (play/stop/pause/skip) and ability to shuffle a playlist or files in a folder. Subdirectory recursion not required as the source files will all be in the same folder.

2. A slideshow - i.e. take image files in a folder and display them in fullscreen mode, shuffled in random order, for a variable length of time per image. Subdirectory recursion again not required. Option to display or not display the filename as a small text caption on the screen would be a plus. Option to scale the pictures to the height or width of the screen (not stretch to fill, but maintain proportion) also a plus.

The big idea here is that I wanted to try the slideshow thing out for the meetup at PCon, but that there is not a convenient place to put our laptop next to the room TV (which is not itself movable, nor would running a cable across the room be a good idea). But the Pi is tiny and would fit, so was there a way we could make that work, and while we were at it, could we also make it the jukebox and ditch having the laptop taking up space entirely?

(the icon on DW may not seem related, but his shirt says "Computers Are Fun And Useful".)
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If I just want to make a one-off T-shirt for myself and not sell more afterwards, what site or place of business would people recommend?

Related, is there anywhere I can get Helvetica font, or possibly some kind of lookalike, without having to pay an amount of license money that makes no sense for the project in mind? (I thought of trying to do the design on a Mac, which may be possible, but I'm not sure.)
arethinn: Schmendrick from The Last Unicorn juggling, text "quit dicking around" (random timewasting (schmendrick))
Stygian Syzygy: damn this world.. everything is stupid.
octarine dye #6: ?
Stygian Syzygy: Oh, just raiding the pipeline stuff, and the refuge guys getting away with it (except the dead one) and Trump saying "fuck this election, it's rigged anyway. Just make me King already" (not quite those words)
octarine dye #6: wow
octarine dye #6: not, "someone else died"
Stygian Syzygy: Oh probably, I just haven't read the whole internet yet
octarine dye #6: heh
octarine dye #6: i love the smell of cynicism in the afternoon
arethinn: Freakazoid! (humor silly (freakazoid))
Last Friday the word "puzzleologist" came up at our local, and I wondered aloud what a fully-Greek-rooted word with the same meaning would be, since "puzzle" didn't sound Greek. Through one turn of the internet and another (during which we found that "puzzle" is "of uncertain origin") we were led to the word metagrobologist, which I just think is an awesome word. I don't know if "all this duncical nonsense has my brains metagrobolized" that I'm seeing attributed here and there to the Wall Street Journal is actually a true quote, but it sure sounds cool.
arethinn: Joel Robinson giggling (amused (joel))
"Never mind having someone's guts for garters, I'll have your scrotum for a yarmulke!"
arethinn: text "You always a wiseass? No, sometimes I'm asleep." on blue-grey background (humor sarcasm (wiseass))
"Why does Michelle Obama's outfit have a boob window? Is it because she's a superhero?"
arethinn: Black sihouette of a faery on green background (otherkin (green faerie))
Steampunk Enchantment and Glamourie
This year I’ve taken the Goblin Circus to quite a few steampunk events and I’ve been pondering glamourie again. When we dress up we’re casting a glamour on ourselves. We don’t have to use this to present an image though, instead we can use it to create a space of possibility.

Short article; doesn't really focus on steampunk per se, just uses it as one example.
arethinn: Doctor McCoy with text "die in a fire" (angry (mccoy DIAF))
If you're trying to reach my website or me through anything on, we are currently experiencing technical problems. I renewed the domain back in August (and their account management area agrees with me that it's paid through Sept 2017) but for some reason, I guess because A Small Orange didn't do something?, I woke up today to find the domain expired. I've submitted a ticket, but I don't know how long it will take to fix. This also means I may not see or respond to journal comments immediately since the notifications go to addresses.

ETA ca 8:30 PM: Working again now after starting a live chat to ask why I hadn't received so much as an autoresponse to the ticket I opened at about 11:30 this morning. I know they're just a support peon who has to follow a script, but the fact that their first explanation for why the domain had expired was "you turned off autorenewal" does not fill me with confidence. Yes, yes I did. And so you send me an invoice every year, and I pay it manually, as I did this year, and here's the paid invoice number. No explanation was given for how or why it could still expire under those conditions. I've never before had to take any separate action, like pay and then open a separate ticket to say "go ahead and renew it" or something like that - I just pay the domain renewal, and it works. And it can't be like apparently happened with DeviantArt earlier this year, where I re-upped and then was immediately expired again the next day and was like wtf? and according to them my credit card co. had declined the charge as fraudulent so presto I expired again. I don't know if that was actually true, but definitely not in this case: I saw the posted charge on the statement for the billing cycle I just paid. So. Who knows what happened, or how I could be sure it won't happen next year :-/
arethinn: abstract purple lines on black background (general (starthreads))
One benefit of going a bit grey: Brightly colored hair dye shows up pretty well over the silvers without any bleaching. :D

(re: the tag, spot the Fraggle Rock reference.)
arethinn: MST3K's mad scientists looking confused, text "buh?" (confused (mads buh))
*gets (legitimate) email, subject: Important changes to your account.*

After extensive market research and surveys, [xxx] is eliminating the ATM transaction fee rebate limit of $2.50 per transaction for our [xxx] account...

Oh great, what now...

*reads rest of email*

Wait, hang on. This is better. Since when do banks make things actually better?

...oh yeah, this is my credit union, not my bank.

(Yeah. They changed their policy of refunding the fee when you use a non-credit-union ATM from $2.50 per transaction to "whatever they actually charge you", up to a limit of $12 per month. I suppose if you withdraw cash from random ATMs a lot, it is not better, but for what I expect the average user it's better. This is kinda like when they changed the requirement to get the higher interest rate on a particular account I have from x transactions per month to x total dollars per month, and also changed the tracking period from a sort of arbitrary 30 days that didn't match the calendar to an actual calendar month, so those few months a year when my paycheck was deposited "too early" because of how weekends or holidays fell were no longer too early. I was sort of puzzled reading that email, because I was like "wait, that's actually better, not worse" and was dazed for a few minutes.)
arethinn: animated Weird Al Yankovic with text "R O T F L O L" (amused (weird al rotflol))
Uhhh... I don't think the Mercury meant this headline to be funny...
San Jose Bacon Festival postponement can't be blamed on police shortage, city contends

Actual article goes on to say that the SJ police (who are in the middle of a staffing crisis) say event organizers submitted their permits too late for them to be ready for Labor Day weekend, but still... *sniggers juvenilely*
arethinn: Flounder from The Little Mermaid, screaming, text "AAAAAA" (scared (flounder aaa))
July 2016 Was Earth's Warmest Month on Record (warning: auto-playing video at the link)
NOAA said that July 2016 also marked the 15th consecutive warmest month on record for the globe. [...] This year will likely end up being the earth's warmest year on record, topping both 2015 and 2014.

Records dating to 1880, here. That's 136 years. But there's no such thing as global warming, eh?
arethinn: photo of a fox looking interested in something (curious interested (fox))
Does anyone have any thoughts on why my Tumblr tracked tags properly tracked what I had seen across multiple browser instances of Pale Moon (i.e. my home, work, and laptop installations) but Chrome doesn't behave the same way? That is, with Pale Moon I could go through my tracked tags at work, and when I went home the same tags would only pop up again on the different computer if there were actually new posts I hadn't seen in the past hour or whatever since I left work; whereas with Chrome I may have to go through the same posts again because it's basing it off the last time I used that particular computer, which is typically the previous day. (I use Chrome for this use case because New XKit isn't supported in Pale Moon and Tumblr is pretty much unbearable without XKit.)
arethinn: MST3K's mad scientists looking confused, text "buh?" (confused (mads buh))
"I'm sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of David Bowie touching my hair."
--Actual line from one of my dreams last night
arethinn: purplish-white swirls on black background (general (bubble chamber))
So Verizon bought Yahoo, which I suppose means it gets to decide what to do with...

1. Tumblr: I hear Yahoo thought it was declining in value. I wouldn't panic about it just yet, but I wonder if anyone's found a way to back up the content of one's tumblr?

2. Yahoo groups: Already pretty much a wasteland, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if they decided to shut down that service like Yahoo did with Geocities - which makes me a bit worried for the archives of certain lists kept there. Anyone know how to slurp up a Yahoo Group archive? (I imagine [personal profile] jarandhel might but I don't have any direct contact with him these days.)
arethinn: Dreamwidth Island from xkcd map (dreamwidth (DW island))
Does anyone know how to report a suspected bot account on DW? On LJ there's a link in the userhead popup to "Report a bot", but DW doesn't have a similar one.

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