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I was amusing myself with [livejournal.com profile] ocschwar's kittens on a Roomba when I discovered that Kittens are Considered Harmful (TM) by Google. Or, anything else, really.

Kittens considered harmful

Babies considered harmful
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I just had a dream about completely made-up people I'd never encountered. The details aren't terribly important--there's some kind of hostage/threat scenario involving a gun-toting terrorist who didn't seem to have a fixed gender, and a man who was later randomly joined by his presumed wife and father. But I was not involved at all in this dream, except for being the dream's "cameraman", so to speak. I'm guessing this sort of thing is kind of common (but not frequent)? Then again I could just be weird.
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I went to an allergist today and got a series of skin tests. Here are my results:

Foods I am not allergic to:
Big long list )

Foods I am allergic to:
  • Dust mites
Okay, technically that was not a food (even if I might inhale them in my sleep--you're welcome, I'm sure you needed that image). But the two dust mite allergens did produce impressive welts on my arm. And I got to watch a five-minute educational video that was a thinly-veiled advertisement for a certain brand of pillow and mattress covers whose name I will not deign to acknowledge.
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I would just like to state for the record that Flickr Uploadr 3 still sucks.

It's been months (half a year?) since I last tried it, and it still has some major bugs. It's losing metadata, it fails halfway through my upload, and when I tell it to recover, it tries to upload all my photos again.

Version 2 was not as feature-rich, but at least it was solid. And instead of giving you a "preview" that's just a rehash of the photo thumbnail when you click on it, the old version actually let you see a bigger version of the photo!




Jan. 14th, 2009 11:42 pm
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I'm finally getting used to writing 2009 instead of 2008 while dating stuff.

I've been meaning to post a retrospective of 2008, but since I failed to post a retrospective of 2007 don't hold your breath.

Oh, and I like this video. "Where the hell is Matt: An Elaborate Hoax"
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So, LJ. Should I go to the Boston Typewriter Orchestra concert tonight? It's at 8pm tonight at 80 Border St near Maverick on the Blue Line.

Or I can lazily lounge around tonight and just buy their CD instead.

ETA: Alas, there was an error in the calendar listing--BTO is actually playing tomorrow in JP, when I'll be elsewhere. Boo. Maybe I'll buy the CD anyway.
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Does anyone want either of the following:

A 52x CD-RW drive
A PCI card with 4 USB 2.0 ports (1 internal) and 3 IEEE-1394 ports (1 internal, up to 400 Mbps)

If so let me know--otherwise I'm thinking of giving them away to charity.

ETA: I'm impatient, so I'm donating them to charity.
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This last month has turned into Performing Arts Month without real planning:
  • On the 7th I went on [livejournal.com profile] narya's mob to see The Rimers of Eldritch (directed by [livejournal.com profile] desireearmfeldt with lighting done by [livejournal.com profile] puffy_wuffy and [livejournal.com profile] rusalka)
  • The night of the 14th I saw The Heidi Chronicles (technical director [livejournal.com profile] brief_life)
  • [livejournal.com profile] marcusmarcusrc came into town and had a mob to see the Capitol Steps on the 29th
  • [livejournal.com profile] shumashi introduced me to the Soweto Gospel Choir on the 30th
  • Last night (6th) was the Harvard-Radcliffe Choir with [livejournal.com profile] ukelele and [livejournal.com profile] chenoameg singing Vasks' Dona Nobis Pacem and Poulenc's Gloria
I'd been on-and-off sick, which got in the way of my enjoying some of these shows, but now I have lots of cold medication and cough drops. And I didn't realize it at the time, but I don't get any ice-cream from [livejournal.com profile] chenoameg.

In other news, I have a replacement for my old desktop purchased fall of 1998. Technology has passed me by these last ten years; since then non-USB input devices have fallen out of fashion, as have IDE hard drives and parallel ports. In their place I found little glowy blue lights, a metric buttload of USB and Firewire ports, and an extra miniature screen on the front panel of the computer. Apparently the Chinese government thinks my mouse has more lead in it than is safe (well, it exceeds a certain unrevealed threshold), but Dell has apparently not bothered to translate this into English.

Also, the book Fight Club is somewhat more intriguing than the movie.

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This is what happens when I can't sleep. God help me.
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Obamania Hits Hard
Originally uploaded by nimlabs

Please meme the hell out of Nick's picture.

Code under cut )

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Last night I was tired, so I decided to stay home and watch Fargo. It was excellent, yah.

Then I went online to check what was coming up next on my Netflix queue, and I noticed that I had Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Cool Hand Luke coming up, from when I first created my queue last November:

Screenshot of my Netflix queue

... and guess what, everybody and their moms decided they had to watch those movies after Paul Newman passed away over the weekend. Requiescat in pace.

ETA: "Failure 2 communicate. U haz it."
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Last night I had this surreal dream about watching movies. It was interesting enough--I don't recall the details--but then it devolved into a sort of mundane dream involving too much bathroom humor. At some point I got tired of it all, thought "okay, time to end this," and then woke up. But I was still tired, so I fell back asleep again, drastically changed the course of the dream, and resolved it in a deus ex machina ending.

This wasn't the first time I had to shut a dream down because I didn't like it, but I thought the ability to do that was pretty cool.
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So this afternoon, I was all psyched to make angel food cake. But I was foiled! ) Since I'd just returned from the grocery store earlier, I didn't feel like making another trip just for the egg whites. The angel food cake experiment will have to wait for another day!

Speaking of grocery stores, Johnnie's Foodmaster has been selling these cheap plastic tote bags that feel kind of like cloth. They all look the same, and every time I bring mine to the cash register the clerk has to ask me if I'd already bought it. How do I distinguish my bag so it's obviously not new? )

Here's what I ended up with:

Gliders on bag  Spaceship (LWSS) on bag

Also, I've been playing way too much Dr. Mario on the Wii lately. But I'd only played on medium speed until now. Apparently if you beat level 20 on high, you get the ending credits... with Mario and the viruses floating around. It looks like Dr. Mario has been abusing prescription medication: or perhaps I'm the one on drugs if I'm seeing stuff like this )
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I figured as a gift to myself I'd take the day kind of slow (admittedly gum surgery played a key role in this decision). In the end I got eye strain from playing way too much Dr. Mario tonight... but I got to level 37! And then I made it past page 200 of Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian.

And I avoided typing "liverjournal.com" into my Web browser. (Am I the only one who makes that mistake? What is my subconscious mind telling me?)


Jul. 31st, 2008 10:07 am
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I have a new userpic, courtesy of a TV series. It might be a wee bit too scary looking.

Last night I had a series of dreams that I couldn't quite piece together. At the very end I was trying to decorate a bowl of rice--I lined a small bowl with saran wrap, stuffed it with rice, and flipped it over on to a plate to make a cute little mound. Then I wanted to squirt a squiggle of Sriracha sauce on top and garnish it with a sprig of mint. But somehow it turned into a mound of custard. [livejournal.com profile] puffy_wuffy and [livejournal.com profile] brief_life were involved in this epicurean madness but I don't remember how.

Upon waking up this gave me the inspiration of making a half-white-rice, half-brown-rice mound. It seems like too much effort without a special occasion though.


Jul. 24th, 2008 04:22 am
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Whee. First post in a while and it's me having trouble getting back to sleep.

It sure is raining hard outside. I wonder if the rain's ever going to let up. Getting to work in the morning ought to be exciting.
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You might have seen the bunny with the pancake on its head. But have you seen the photoshopped bunny with dorayaki on its head?

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It's pouring buckets of rain outside right now. This seems kind of wrong for February.

I just got off a conference call with my manager. This is okay, since right before the call I got the third green star in Super Mario Galaxy and unlocked the trial galaxies.

And look, it's my first post of the year. Happy 2008! and happy year of the rat.


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