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I finally FOUND a box that's only a LITTLE too big and will thus only get its recipient's expectations up a LITTLE too much (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] kyspaz--I'm repurposing one you sent me), but I left something OUT. After I taped it up.

This box is on at least its third use, so do I tempt fate by reopening it? Sigh.
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" We're sorry...

... but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.

We'll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your systems are free of viruses and other spurious software.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we'll see you again on Google."


What is the point?! I can only look at the first 4 pages of search results? I clicked on a few and they weren't quite what I wanted, so now I'm not allowed to look at any more? Give me a fricking break here!

Egads!

Jan. 24th, 2009 10:15 am
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (ghibli-wtf-me)
Avatar is not something I take personally, since I still haven't seen the show, but the whole casting fiasco really irritates me (just as it did with 21). But now it's just like they're TRYING to piss people off: "We want you to dress in traditional cultural ethnic attire," [the casting director who is recruiting extras said]. "If you're Korean, wear a kimono."

Right!

(If only I had the energy to get kimonofail.com going right now.)

(EDIT: Link via [livejournal.com profile] starfishncoffee on Facebook.)
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"Due to extreme weather conditions, BART trains are traveling at reduced speeds."

Um ... there's a gentle rain and it's 52F.

*sigh*

Boo!

Jan. 16th, 2009 01:16 am
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (ghibli-wtf-me)
xkcd is full of biological science fail!

Stick to math and engineering, dude! Or do some reading from, you know, the last half of the twentieth century.

(I still love my xkcd; I'm just a little disappointed.)

Bleh.

Jan. 15th, 2009 04:36 pm
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Just read on MeFi about the "UN Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity", which states the following (bureaucratic bits removed):

1. We reaffirm the principle of universality of human rights, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights whose 60th anniversary is celebrated this year, Article 1 of which proclaims that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights";
2. We reaffirm that everyone is entitled to the enjoyment of human rights without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status..;
3. We reaffirm the principle of non-discrimination which requires that human rights apply equally to every human being regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity;
4. We are deeply concerned by violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms based on sexual orientation or gender identity;
5. We are also disturbed that violence, harassment, discrimination, exclusion, stigmatisation and prejudice are directed against persons in all countries in the world because of sexual orientation or gender identity, and that these practices undermine the integrity and dignity of those subjected to these abuses;
6. We condemn the human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity wherever they occur, in particular the use of the death penalty on this ground, extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, the practice of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, arbitrary arrest or detention and deprivation of economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to health;
...
10. We call upon all States and relevant international human rights mechanisms to commit to promote and protect human rights of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity;
11. We urge States to take all the necessary measures, in particular legislative or administrative, to ensure that sexual orientation or gender identity may under no circumstances be the basis for criminal penalties, in particular executions, arrests or detention.
12. We urge States to ensure that human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity are investigated and perpetrators held accountable and brought to justice;
13. We urge States to ensure adequate protection of human rights defenders, and remove obstacles which prevent them from carrying out their work on issues of human rights and sexual orientation and gender identity.


GUESS WHICH SOLE MAJOR WESTERN NATION FAILED TO SIGN IT.

Yes, the one I live in.

...sigh.

66 countries did sign it, including 6 nations in Africa, several in South and Central America, and most of Europe.
Japan signed it.

57 members of the Islamic Conference issued a joint statement opposing it. The representative of the Vatican made a statement opposing it too, of course.

Other countries that failed to support it include China and Russia. Woohoo! Great company there.

I don't think I'd heard about this before, but I was probably paying more attention to the election at the time.

Closer to home, I hope "don't ask, don't tell" really is going out the window as promised soon. I'm just afraid the economic problems are going to derail social progress for a while, but who knows, maybe things can be combined somehow.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
Here's a link to a page with an image of the new Wordpress 2.7 admin area:

http://codex.wordpress.org/Image:dashboard.png

See that thing on the left under Dashboard with Posts, Media, Links, etc.?

Yeah, that column doesn't exist in any of my blogs. So I can't get to ANYTHING useful.

o_o

EDIT: Arrrgh.

EDIT: Deduced which plugin it must be and killed it. Must be a pain in the butt for users who can't handle FTP or SSH, but then again, you probably shouldn't be using Wordpress in that case.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (chii-scaryface-me)
my Macbook Pro's battery is swollen and distorted. It's putting pressure on the trackpad button so that I can't click on stuff--or rather, it's permanently clicked, so I keep closing/opening/doing stuff by accident. I'm on hold with Apple. They appear to be entirely unsure that they actually need to DO anything about this. I am not happy. WIll update when I get a verdict.
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The problem with the car is the clutch on the compressor for the air conditioner OR SOMETHING; I fail at car knowledge, OK?

The reason it made a louder noise when the car was on an incline was because it put more pressure on the part then--the local mechanic had run into that before.

It's expensive to replace it because you can't just buy the clutch by itself (I guess because the car is old and Subarus are less common than other cars). You have to buy the whole damned thing, which is expensive.

Mint.com tells me I filled up the tank 4 times via credit card in September (not counting the trip south), twice in August, and twice in July. I think we paid cash a couple of times in July and August. Do I really fill up my tank 4 times a month? Huh. It holds 13 gallons. It doesn't seem like I drive 1000 miles per month...

Guess I need to start holding that Prius Bake Sale, eh?
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
We totally failed to go hiking today, even after a backup plan was developed. (We were going to go here instead of Muir Woods after hearing about how crowded it would probably be, and leaving late.) But then we couldn't find the sunblock, blah blah blah. (The sunblock was $10 and I just bought it on Sunday, so I was not very inclined to go buy another.) I was also cranky due to really bad sleep last night. We wound up going to Book Buyers in Mountain View, since we had to leave fairly rapidly our first time there.

Annd...we couldn't find a thing to buy! The sf/f section didn't have Liz Williams, or Iain Banks, or Scott Lynch, or anything else I looked for. They only had one [livejournal.com profile] matociquala, and it was one I've read. Well, maybe the locals just have really good taste...but that doesn't explain why none of the staff knew John McPhee or which of their many sub-sub-sub-topics he'd be shelved in. (We tried the usual suspects with no luck.) It just seemed odd.

Nothing in the bookstore next door, either, so we headed home and missed a turn and got lost in the sense of not knowing where we were, but we kept heading the right direction. Then we had dinner and went into GameStop and got some Disgaea game (which [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor has always wanted to play) and Final Fantasy III for DS.

Then we came home, and now I need to prepare for my 8:30-10 PM client and stuff. Tomorrow I really MUST exercise. Somehow. Between clients.

I still haven't heard back from my client.
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Amazon.com continues to piss me off. Searching is useless for half of what I'm looking for, when I don't have a specific title in mind. So I tried using their suggested tickybox categories to get it to call up all books categorized both "Flowers" (subject) and "United States-South-Arkansas."

So I get totally relevant stuff like ...

Latin America and the United States: A Documentary History
Cornbread Nation 2: The United States of Barbecue
Practical Global Tort Litigation: United States, Germany and Argentina

Get your act together, Amazon!

(The two books they have on Arkansas flowers specifically don't even show up on the first page of results.)

I guess they're making enough money that they don't feel like they need to make improvements in their search/sort/tagging system, but I'm pretty sure there's a fair chunk of money that they're losing because people like me get so frustrated. At least if I go to a bookstore and browse, say, the Japan travel section and run across a lawnmower repair guide, I know that it wasn't put there on purpose by the management.

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