arethinn: Flounder from The Little Mermaid, screaming, text "AAAAAA" (scared (flounder aaa))
The asbestos abatement guys showed up promptly at 8 AM to rip the old vinyl flooring and whatever else they did out of our second bathroom. (This is after a plumbing collapse just outside the wall of the house last September that backed up into both bathrooms, and then endless jousting with AAA over exactly what was to be done and who would pay what blah blah blah. The master bath was done in June.) The upshot of this is that I have now had breakfast, two mugs of tea, run the dishwasher, and read all my internet and it's still not even noon. What do??
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Today we unintentionally ate vegetarian: breakfast, yogurt, berries, + English muffin (me)/granola (him); afternoon snack, cheese & crackers; dinner, fried tofu with smoked paprika, chile verde salsa, and a little guacamole, over sauteed kale and red peppers with garlic, over chili/cumin/cilantro flavored mix of black beans, brown rice, and corn, all topped with a little feta cheese as a substitute for something like cotija (yeah, it was kind of a sloppy pile).

And more, the beans were cooked from dried (we're getting into doing that with our pressure cooker), corn cooked fresh from cob, guacamole made fresh. We're basically one plaid shirt away from being a horrible stereotype. I'd say we're approaching haaardcooooore but then we didn't make our own yogurt or tofu, so. Though, if it "helps", we often buy our tofu at the farmer's market either directly from the guy who makes it or from his employee who is one degree separate? (rly tho, it's good stuff. I can even eat it plain without seasoning because it has its own flavor, and I like the texture.)

Er. By way of redemption, I also bought maplewood smoked bacon today? Like, made from a pig that used to be an alive creature?

Dang. Never mind the plaid shirts; we are a horrible stereotype.

Ah well. *chows down on slightly sloppy pile of rice etc.*
arethinn: MST3K's mad scientists looking confused, text "buh?" (confused (mads buh))


Umm... IMDB.... I don't think those two things are that likely to be intended for the same audience...?
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Is anyone in the DFW area able to help someone on my other flist adopt some kittens? see http://nwhiker.dreamwidth.org/1755453.html
arethinn: round waffles with text "ZOMG waffles" (weird (zomg waffles))
Hai guys! Guess where I'm posting from?

My computer that appears to have survived the flash fire without losing the magic smoke -- though you wouldn't have guessed that from the ventilation we had to do of the room -- although the optical drive did not pull through. (Actually, visually it looks fine internally in terms of its control board and even the SATA cable, it's just that the power connector is a stinky melted mess, so basically the thing is toast even if the circuitry is fine. Dust may or may not have been directly burned in the event, since plastic clearly burned enough to produce the observed effects. Still, it seems the failure was contained fairly well.)

And also, my computer that was gently named Starlight and now seems to require a more badass name. I'm not sure I want to name it anything to directly connected with fire, at least not in the present tense; I wouldn't wish to encourage a repeat! (And silliness like Gandalf the White is right out. Shadow and flame... passed through fire and death... bandy crooked words with a witless worm... blah blah blah) Given the soot that was on the inside of the top of the case and on the outer case of the optical drive, Ancalagon presents itself as a possibility; ill-omened, perhaps, but then [personal profile] enotsola's computer is named The Valeyard, sooo...

I don't really have an icon that adequately expresses my gratitude and relief that this turned out to be the case, so have ZOMG. And perhaps this oldie from the Internet Book of Shadows:

Read more... )
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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.
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(looks kinda blurry but I didn't want to choose a bigger thumbmail; click to embiggen)

screenshot of Google Chrome start page

You got a beef with what I've been looking at, Chrome?


(This is just me digging back through someone's tumblr. Why it chose to save a bunch of thumbnails for the same blog, I dunno. Actually, I never use this feature, so if anyone knows how to turn it off entirely, that'd be neat.)
arethinn: (campbell (she'll think i'm a loony))
"They're some kind of poly blob."
"What's that got to do with airship dicks?"

"Apparently fluorescent lighting was discovered in 1492."
"Huh?"
"When Columbus sailed the fluorescent tube."
arethinn: text "You always a wiseass? No, sometimes I'm asleep." on blue-grey background (humor sarcasm (wiseass))
Stygian Syzygy: In today's news, Trump is fucking insane
eggplant with benefits: do you know what the word "news" means?
arethinn: animated Weird Al Yankovic with text "R O T F L O L" (amused (weird al rotflol))
Stygian Syzygy: lol
Stygian Syzygy: google knows me
eggplant with benefits: oh?
Stygian Syzygy: I typed "an" and it suggested "anderson cooper eye roll"
arethinn: angry she-wolf/she-elf (angry (rahnee))
Stygian Syzygy: Wow. Flint just sent out notices for tax liens to 8000 residents, for their unpaid water bills
eggplant with benefits: glkjsfd;jg;adfjgafdg
eggplant with benefits: WHAT water
eggplant with benefits: when you say "flint", who exactly do you mean? city management? whatever their water district is?
eggplant with benefits: and how are those people even still alive, i'm sort of wondering by this point. in a vigilante justice sense
Stygian Syzygy: http://nbc25news.com/news/local/flint-puts-8000-people-on-notice-for-tax-liens-for-unpaid-water-bills
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[tumblr.com profile] little-miss-curvy: "I’m not ignoring you intentionally I just have no motivation to respond the way that I feel you deserve" - a novel by me.
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Seen in someone's sig block on Autocat:

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."
   --Isaac Asimov (January 21, 1980 column in Newsweek, acto Wikiquote)
arethinn: Wakko Warner blinking (humor silly (wakko))
Woo, [personal profile] enotsola and I are going to see a local company's production of Spamalot on April 30th! Way cheaper than when it was playing in San Francisco a while back, IIRC. I picked a Sunday matinee, so there shall likely be Brunch beforehand, with Mimosas, and it will all be Very Cultured, because Monty Python is so High Class.*


* That was just a lie. They ain't never caught a killer rabbit--**

** We apologize for the fault in the footnotes. Those responsible have been sacked.

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