arethinn: Zorak raises his fist in anger (angry (zorak fist))
My mother is being such an amazingly aggravating steamroller about the work we're having done in our house's two bathrooms -- to wit, hers is the only opinion that matters, and she will simply make snap decisions without first looking at all the choices (as was the contractor's suggestion) nor anyone else's assent, input, or even getting of a chance to look at the possibilities, even after telling us we would be able to -- that [personal profile] enotsola said, "Let's watch the Comey hearing. That'll be less stressful."

DS';AS';FLDKSA';GAJF'JGF

I will refrain from using my "Die in a fire" icon because my home desk computer literally, if very briefly, caught fire last night (just the dust in the case, I hope, since there's no visible damage, although I'm not sure if there might be something wrong with the power supply that could have provoked it, and we're definitely swapping that out before we try to see what survived, *fingers crossed*) which was a bit of a scare and we really don't want the house to burn down, but. I just. ARGH

(did I mention she's also a Fox News addict?)

eta: Visible damage found in the light of day. According to the report from the field, "the power connector to the optical drive is a melted mess, and the sata cable next to it is scorchy, and the top of your case right at the optical drive is all scorched." Speculation is that the power connector may have been slightly loose, and either dust or some such particles finally got into it, or maybe it would have arced anyway and the dust in the case merely made it more flashy. Said drive had been failing to recognize inserted discs for a while and I thought it had simply failed. We had tried the unplug-and-replug tactic on the SATA cable (since that was always a problem with IDEs) but I can't recall whether we did the same on the power; possibly not, since it was in fact opening and closing so it might not have occurred to us that there could be a problem with the power. I don't much care so long as other components have survived; although even if they haven't and we have to start buying new stuff, my most recent system image is only about 10 days ago and the delta between then and now is, I think, all recoverable, if a bit tedious to do so.
arethinn: Dreamwidth Island from xkcd map (dreamwidth (DW island))
[livejournal.com profile] news sez: We're pleased to announce the beta-launch of social games on LiveJournal. In partnership with i-Jet Media, an international game studio, we've released four new games--Farm Frenzy, Crazy Cars, Hospital, and City Gangs--with additional titles to be added. You can check out our games on the homepage or at the Games Center. For more information, check out this FAQ.

[personal profile] kistaro sez:

"LiveJournal has just partnered with a company not sufficiently unlike Zynga for my taste to provide micropayment-driven Facebookesque social games."

Oy vey. Great. All I can add in response, I think, is this:

arethinn: Zorak raises his fist in anger (angry (zorak fist))


Ummmmmm....

[personal profile] enotsola sez: "Not content to merely twist the facts, Fox News now twists geography!"
arethinn: glowing green spiral (frustrated (mccoy DIAF))
click for screenshot )

See where the content is? No? Well it's all crammed into that tiny bit on the right.

Coding FAIL. This is NOT what I call degrading gracefully. Look. I know that keeping font.size.fixed.x-western and font.size.variable.x-western cranked to 24 points and font.minimum-size.x-western at 22 points borks many website designs to a greater or lesser degree, and I cannot expect people to fully accomodate me. I am annoyed, but prepared to deal with it, when this quirk of mine means page elements overlap and I can't properly click on stuff. Usually things are at least readable if not pretty. (Don't start me on absolute-pixel positioning of paragraphs, though - it's literally alphabet soup on the screen.) Or if not, a quick trip into about:config to temporarily change the minimum size provides a fix good enough that I can get on with my day. (I still wish for an extension that will allow me to toggle between two font sizes on the fly without having to open a tab, type about:config, "wes", double-click, type a number, click OK, switch back to other tab.)

Not in this case: I had to change all three of them before the text was revealed. GAWWWWR. *snort*
arethinn: glowing green spiral (Default)
It's disappointing to get invested in a TV show and then find out half-way through the season it's going to get cancelled. Instead, the Renew/Cancel index can alleviate that pain by letting you know which shows are likelier to survive.

Oh for the sake of Pete. Mildly disappointing, yes, I suppose (if I cared about TV at all, I might know). And I imagine this is said tongue-in-cheek. Ye gods, I hope so. But #firstworldproblem or what??? Man!

(#firstworldproblem guilt is why I fairly tightly lock whiny crap like the last post - o noes, someone passive-aggressive'd me on the internets. there are millions out there who can't even get clean drinking water and thousands, millions in my own relative environs who are in crushing poverty or suffering real abuse or whatever, and here's me complaining about that? I can't find the acceptable place between "this pain is real and I grapple with terrible despair almost every day of my life" and wanting to dismiss myself with the same kind of "pfft, cheer up emo kid" insult I complained about seeing today in a certain fandom context.)
arethinn: glowing green spiral (tech (agent geek squad))
I am just tearing my hair out over trying to host the pictures for my custom mood themes on my own website rather than in LJ ScrapBook, which is where they currently are. (I'm considering letting my paid account lapse, so ScrapBook would go with that. Technically you don't get custom mood themes with a basic account, but if you have one already in place, it's supposed to stick, although you can't make further changes to it.) If I turn off hotlinking protection, everything is hunky-dory, but I want that on. And I can't seem to enter anything in the allowed referers list that actually works and lets the images appear. It won't take input like .insanejournal.com; it apparently has to be a full URL beginning with http://, and besides that, http://www.insanejournal.com doesn't make it work anyway. I can only assume that the actual http request is coming from some other server name, but I can't figure out what. (I happened to be testing on IJ because I want it to work there too, but my recollection is of having similar problems on LJ the last time I tried this with hotlink protection. I assume the same will be the case on Dreamwidth.) edit 2: No, in fact, the case is that the referer changes to match the account name of the person reading their flist. (I could add my own journal name to the list but it would only work if someone viewed the journal directly.) With wildcard entries simply getting erased if I try to add them to the whitelist, I can't see how it's feasible to add all possible referers. Argh.

I really don't want to do something like start a Photobucket account just for this. There should be a way to make this work but I am just at my wits' end.

edit 1: Really, I suppose I could learn to live without the mood themes; most of the time I forget to set a mood on posts anyway. But I need a place to stick pictures when I just want to display them in my journal, which is the other main thing I use ScrapBook for. I suppose if it came to it I could stick them in my deviantArt scraps or flickr or something, but it doesn't seem like the "right" solution somehow.
arethinn: glowing green spiral (Default)
I am just tearing my hair out over trying to host the pictures for my custom mood themes on my own website rather than in LJ ScrapBook, which is where they currently are. (I'm considering letting my paid account lapse, so ScrapBook would go with that. Technically you don't get custom mood themes with a basic account, but if you have one already in place, it's supposed to stick, although you can't make further changes to it.) If I turn off hotlinking protection, everything is hunky-dory, but I want that on. And I can't seem to enter anything in the allowed referers list that actually works and lets the images appear. It won't take input like .insanejournal.com; it apparently has to be a full URL beginning with http://, and besides that, http://www.insanejournal.com doesn't make it work anyway. I can only assume that the actual http request is coming from some other server name, but I can't figure out what. (I happened to be testing on IJ because I want it to work there too, but my recollection is of having similar problems on LJ the last time I tried this with hotlink protection. I assume the same will be the case on Dreamwidth.) edit 2: No, in fact, the case is that the referer changes to match the account name of the person reading their flist. (I could add my own journal name to the list but it would only work if someone viewed the journal directly.) With wildcard entries simply getting erased if I try to add them to the whitelist, I can't see how it's feasible to add all possible referers. Argh.

I really don't want to do something like start a Photobucket account just for this. There should be a way to make this work but I am just at my wits' end.

edit 1: Really, I suppose I could learn to live without the mood themes; most of the time I forget to set a mood on posts anyway. But I need a place to stick pictures when I just want to display them in my journal, which is the other main thing I use ScrapBook for. I suppose if it came to it I could stick them in my deviantArt scraps or flickr or something, but it doesn't seem like the "right" solution somehow.

trufax

Feb. 17th, 2009 06:28 pm
arethinn: glowing green spiral (cranky (vader you suck))
Guess what?

Young EinsteinYoung Frankenstein.

About ten days ago I apparently misread a mention of the former as being a mention of the latter. I decided today I didn't understand quite what they meant, and IMDb'd it to see if I could track down the reference. Imagine my surprise when I went "ohhhhh, they meant that movie."

This made my response comment a little less appropriate, too, since I had implied that it was a good thing to be thinking of. Oops.

trufax

Feb. 17th, 2009 06:28 pm
arethinn: glowing green spiral (Default)
Guess what?

Young EinsteinYoung Frankenstein.

About ten days ago I apparently misread a mention of the former as being a mention of the latter. I decided today I didn't understand quite what they meant, and IMDb'd it to see if I could track down the reference. Imagine my surprise when I went "ohhhhh, they meant that movie."

This made my response comment a little less appropriate, too, since I had implied that it was a good thing to be thinking of. Oops.
arethinn: glowing green spiral (frustrated (schmendrick fuck it))
Stygian says:
apparently your dad has managed to actually get a att [AT&T] "weenie" to talk to him
pervy snape fancier says:
lol
Stygian says:
apparently there are yet more problems..
pervy snape fancier says:
oh?
Stygian says:
apparently they won't install if the outlets aren't grounded..
Read more... )

In summary: Y BROADBAND BE HATIN YO

srsly. this is almost 2009. I know the US is way behind Europe and Japan and all but IT SHOULD NOT BE THIS HARD to get internet that isn't dial-up. This is Silicon Valley, gol-dangit. Al Gore invented the left half of the intertubes here. Or something.


Now that I've got that entitled-sounding rant out of the way, I should be thankful that this is all the sort of thing I have to worry about, and not, you know, where my next meal is coming from or anything.
arethinn: glowing green spiral (Default)
Stygian says:
apparently your dad has managed to actually get a att [AT&T] "weenie" to talk to him
pervy snape fancier says:
lol
Stygian says:
apparently there are yet more problems..
pervy snape fancier says:
oh?
Stygian says:
apparently they won't install if the outlets aren't grounded..
Read more... )

In summary: Y BROADBAND BE HATIN YO

srsly. this is almost 2009. I know the US is way behind Europe and Japan and all but IT SHOULD NOT BE THIS HARD to get internet that isn't dial-up. This is Silicon Valley, gol-dangit. Al Gore invented the left half of the intertubes here. Or something.


Now that I've got that entitled-sounding rant out of the way, I should be thankful that this is all the sort of thing I have to worry about, and not, you know, where my next meal is coming from or anything.
arethinn: glowing green spiral (cranky (vader you suck))
I get confused by things like this:

"By definition marriage is the union of a man and a woman," said Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage (left).

Er, by what definition? is my first thought at a statement like that. (See, critical thinking professor from college? You did teach me something. Define your terms or you can't have meaningful discourse!)

"Marriage" means a "merging together" or "uniting", with the implication that we hope it's harmonious and beneficial. Besides people, one can speak of marrying words and music, or flavours in a culinary creation, or pools of economic resources. It's a noun formed from the verb marier, which descends from maritus, that is, conjugal, which itself means "yoking together" (cf. "religion", and let your imagination run rampant, lol).

The joining of two things. (Potentially even more than that, actually; it's not specified as far as I'm concerned.)

That's all.

I really agree with [livejournal.com profile] baxil here:

"Something big is indeed being lost here, and we will be better off without it."

When convention protects love, friendship, community, happiness, guard it with your life. When convention stands in the way of these things, dance in the rubble.
arethinn: glowing green spiral (Default)
I get confused by things like this:

"By definition marriage is the union of a man and a woman," said Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage (left).

Er, by what definition? is my first thought at a statement like that. (See, critical thinking professor from college? You did teach me something. Define your terms or you can't have meaningful discourse!)

"Marriage" means a "merging together" or "uniting", with the implication that we hope it's harmonious and beneficial. Besides people, one can speak of marrying words and music, or flavours in a culinary creation, or pools of economic resources. It's a noun formed from the verb marier, which descends from maritus, that is, conjugal, which itself means "yoking together" (cf. "religion", and let your imagination run rampant, lol).

The joining of two things. (Potentially even more than that, actually; it's not specified as far as I'm concerned.)

That's all.

I really agree with [livejournal.com profile] baxil here:

"Something big is indeed being lost here, and we will be better off without it."

When convention protects love, friendship, community, happiness, guard it with your life. When convention stands in the way of these things, dance in the rubble.
arethinn: glowing green spiral (fail (oregon trail))
Kenneth G. Wilson (1923–). The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993.

publicly, publically (advs.)

Publicly is the usual spelling; publically does occur, but rarely in Edited English.


o.o

No wonder Word was persisting in underlining it with a red squiggle.

American English, why are you so dumb sometimes? "Publically" makes more sense because it parallels other similar adverbs. Stupidly, softly, numbly, and variously; but musically, mystically, historically, and tyrannically. No, there isn't a word "publical" that I'm aware of (because what that is is L-doubling), but it has the same form. Aesthetically (*koff*) it should be spelled "publically".
arethinn: glowing green spiral (Default)
Kenneth G. Wilson (1923–). The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993.

publicly, publically (advs.)

Publicly is the usual spelling; publically does occur, but rarely in Edited English.


o.o

No wonder Word was persisting in underlining it with a red squiggle.

American English, why are you so dumb sometimes? "Publically" makes more sense because it parallels other similar adverbs. Stupidly, softly, numbly, and variously; but musically, mystically, historically, and tyrannically. No, there isn't a word "publical" that I'm aware of (because what that is is L-doubling), but it has the same form. Aesthetically (*koff*) it should be spelled "publically".
arethinn: glowing green spiral (snape (holding veritaserum))
O I forbid you, maidens a',
Who have your da's black hair
To come or go by Gryffindor
For Potters may be there...



Jokes about hypothetical Snape daughters are not an excuse. MUST. NOT. FILK. "TAM LIN".

I'm tempted to appropriate [livejournal.com profile] dancinglights's "things that are not okay" tag.
arethinn: glowing green spiral (Default)
O I forbid you, maidens a',
Who have your da's black hair
To come or go by Gryffindor
For Potters may be there...



Jokes about hypothetical Snape daughters are not an excuse. MUST. NOT. FILK. "TAM LIN".

I'm tempted to appropriate [livejournal.com profile] dancinglights's "things that are not okay" tag.

*asplode*

Mar. 5th, 2008 08:10 pm
arethinn: glowing green spiral (fail (oregon trail))
esmestrella says:
"hey! toast!" was a silly exclamation i should have parsed as "hey! this thing does alerts like msn does!"
but i thought you meant there was, you know, *a picture of toast* on the alert
and i got stuck there
and when i couldn't make what you were saying resolve into A SLICE OF BREAD WHICH HAS BEEN HEATED SO THE SUGAR STARTS TO TURN BROWN... my neurons started throwing a tantrum
heheh
fuck this, let's go out for pints

---

I NEED TO STOP WORKING ON THIS 2.0 SHIT IT IS FRYING MY BRAIN SO THAT I CANNOT EVEN UNDERSTAND CONVERSATION ABOUT "TOAST" PLZ SEND HALP

*asplode*

Mar. 5th, 2008 08:10 pm
arethinn: glowing green spiral (Default)
esmestrella says:
"hey! toast!" was a silly exclamation i should have parsed as "hey! this thing does alerts like msn does!"
but i thought you meant there was, you know, *a picture of toast* on the alert
and i got stuck there
and when i couldn't make what you were saying resolve into A SLICE OF BREAD WHICH HAS BEEN HEATED SO THE SUGAR STARTS TO TURN BROWN... my neurons started throwing a tantrum
heheh
fuck this, let's go out for pints

---

I NEED TO STOP WORKING ON THIS 2.0 SHIT IT IS FRYING MY BRAIN SO THAT I CANNOT EVEN UNDERSTAND CONVERSATION ABOUT "TOAST" PLZ SEND HALP
arethinn: angry she-wolf/she-elf (angry (rahnee))
Cute. MetroFi has apparently decided that to connect you now must download and install an "MSN SideGuide", which from the tiny pictures I assume is where they want to place the ads (and take up sizable screen real-estate to do it, I might add; it seems bigger than the banner across the top was). I guess they got wise that people were blocking their JavaScript-inserted ones. Heaven only knows what tracking they would be doing with it. Also, XP SP2 and Vista only, so sorry, Dad, with your Win98 machine.

Yeah, well, you doods can forget that.

Ugh. The lack of broadband here is getting stupid. Sharing a dial-up account between three people is just not on (I know from experience). I know my internet appetites are stupidly huge, but my mother's and father's have grown as well, especially since my dad is trying to give up the newspaper (which he derides, rightly, as being mostly crap and advertising these days) by getting news online. I was so happy when we finally got MetroFi working over a year ago. Now we're pretty much down to satellite and that's only if we decide to get satellite TV, which is the kind of decision the wheels turn very slowly on in this household.

*sigh* I guess maybe we should buy a second dial-up account. Then at least two of us could be online at once, since we have two phone lines. Wow! $40 a month (between them) for 56k! That sounds so reasonable in this day and age!

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