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Hi! I'm mostly on G+ (and FB) these days. There are so many things that LJ does that I like more, like the ability to make REAL INLINE LINKS like God and Berners-Lee intended, but somehow G+/FB require less energy to actually, well, post. Sigh. Until that changes, you can mostly find me there. Ping anytime (you can write to my LJ address) to be added.
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[livejournal.com profile] silmaril and [livejournal.com profile] scifantasy have started a re-read of Zahn's "Heir to the Empire" - you can find it here: forcevisions.wordpress.com. It has been, well, 20 years since I read these - I'll be following along!
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Uh... where's the "back" button on the basic "look at your friends feed" page? Confused.
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At the entrance to Gran Quivira. (Taken in 2002)

you don't have to tell me twice!
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On a lark, I signed up for a 500px account a while back. I've used it all of twice, now -- but my second picture is very temporarily popular!

I say "very temporarily" because I've looked at the really popular stuff on there, and it's either super-saturated or half-naked... okay, fine, and it's also really good. I'm not going to quit my day job anytime soon.

mr_ bluebird on my shoulder

One sad note - it seems like pictures have to be 3000px on a side to qualify for their store. Cropping? No selling bluebird coasters for me!

Geminids!

Dec. 13th, 2012 11:04 pm
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Geminids! We were outside for just a few minutes, and saw three, despite being in the suburbs with Christmas lights up and down the street. They say it peaks in 3-4 hours, and it's the best light show of the year. Check it out! There are guides to where to look all over the internet.
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Click to embiggen the Great Horned Owl in my in-law's back yard.

Unexpected Thanksgiving visitor
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1. The interviews with the Rolling Stones on NPR this week. They've putting out a new album and going on a limited tour! I caught Keith Richards & Mick Jagger when they aired; I'll have to listen to Charlie Watts & Ron Wood later.

2. Martha Stewart on "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me". Maybe I'm going daft, but I thought the story about not being able to date Anthony Hopkins because she kept being reminded of "Silent of the Lambs" was pretty hilarious.
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I know some guy (Tim Cook) wrote an apology for the changes in the Maps app this morning. And in all honesty, it's deserved -- we've all seen or heard about the crazy results & deficiencies in the new program. But here's my story about living in the future.

Out & about running errands today, I was heading from my wife's office to a friend's place to feed her cats. I had planned on looking up the route in advance, just to confirm what I thought was the right path, but due to a combination of being illegally parked in a loading dock and blocked in by students & pizza, I got out of there as fast as I could and was on the road before I remembered to check the map.

On a lark, I pulled out my phone. I didn't unlock, swipe, search, navigate, or scroll -- after all, I was driving, and that would be both dumb and illegal (as of Sept. 1st). But I pressed the button to wake up the phone, held it up to my ear, and said, "how do I get to <friend>'s house?"

The best I was hoping for was a look-up in my address book followed by a map I could squint at and zoom in on. What I got was a map overview immediately followed with turn-by-turn navigation instructions. The phone was still locked! But it validated my route and started saying, "in a quarter mile, turn left on...". It was perfect. Absolutely what I wanted, but I never would've asked for it. I put the phone down and let it navigate my way there. It even brought me to the right apartment block entrance -- I always have to drive in and look for the landing with the bicycle or tomato plants. ;-)

And then I used Siri to dictate those FB/G+ posts.

Maybe I got lucky. Maybe there are advantages to living in the 15th largest city in the country, in terms of attention & coverage. I don't know, but I can tell you that this is a taste of what living in the future should be like.

(Is there anyone here who isn't on FB/G+? [livejournal.com profile] jnala? Just curious.)
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In the unlikely event that anyone reading this a) is using Apple Aperture, and b) had plugins that stopped working with the update to ver. 3.4, read this:

http://mjtsai.com/blog/2012/09/23/aperture-3-4-sandboxing-and-flickrexport/

This describes Aperture's partial move to sandboxing, and how to get your preferences into the right place. It saved my Gallery plugin, which is a big relief.
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E. was reading this today, and it reminded me of the Hobbit. The boy even looks like one! The dwarves, alas, are being viewed unkindly through the eyes of someone protective of his larder...

nine-hungry-monsters
Chip the glasses and crack the plates!
Blunt the knives and bend the forks!
That's what Bilbo Baggins hates --
Smash the bottles and burn the corks!

Cut the cloth and tread on the fat!
Pour the milk on the pantry floor!
Leave the bones on the bedroom mat!
Splash the wine on every door!

Dump the crocks in a boiling bowl;
Pound them up with a thumping pole;
And when you're finished, if any are whole,
Send them down the hall to roll!

That's what Bilbo Baggins hates!
So carefully! carefully with the plates!
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Away camping. That's all.

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I read XKCD on Monday morning. Of course I did, I always do; it's a daily habit. And I saw the title, and I saw the hover-over text, and I thought, hm, that's mildly curious, but I didn't look further.

Apparently I was missing out.

The hover-text read:
Umwelt is the idea that because their senses pick up on different things, different animals in the same ecosystem actually live in very different worlds. Everything about you shapes the world you inhabit --from your ideology to your glasses prescription to your browser window size.

And indeed, browser, geographic location, and even browser window size were factors in constructing the comic that you saw. Wow!
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Remember my long-delayed Brust order? I figured it was just something that's slipped through the cracks, but there's been an update. This is *not* an April Fool's joke -- at least, not by me. The joke could definitely be on me, but I'll have to wait & see!

("April 3rd! That's soon... Oh!")

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"New privacy policy consolidates all your activity data at google.com unless you erase it first"

I'm not going to bother. Edit: I am going to bother, because I don't think I gain anything by Google having this.

If you're so inclined, that's the story, and here are more instructions ( https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/02/how-remove-your-google-search-history-googles-new-privacy-policy-takes-effect ), and here's how to save your web history first if you feel like it ( http://xach.livejournal.com/301555.html ).
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This is pretty much only for [livejournal.com profile] stormfeather and [livejournal.com profile] sefieslj, but: You can watch the Persona 4 anime on Hulu. I've only seen the first couple of minutes, but it got good marks here.

The only revelation I've had is watching the opening credits -- wait, that *entire* song was in English? Not just Japanese with occasional English words thrown in? Whoa. I never knew.
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