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Jun. 28th, 2008 11:32 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. (Default)
I sure hope Mozilla is paying attention to the half-dozen FF3 crash reports I've submitted thus far.
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-eep-me)
AUGH! Relearning Photoshop is like relearning to walk! It sucks! I'm painting over a photo for practice, but...guh.

I downloaded some Photoshop patterns from DeviantArt, but I have NO idea how to add them to Photoshop, and Photoshop's help is useless, and googling gives me contradictory information. (Do I seriously have to open each image and save it as a pattern? For real?) Textures too...Totally confused! Help!

BTW, artists who post their work to the web might want to turn on color profiles in Firefox 3, as brought to my attention by [livejournal.com profile] joiito. Detailed explanation here. I'm not sure I understand the issues a commenter mentioned with CSS, but for now, I've turned it on.

I wrote this before BoingBoing posted it, but I forgot to hit Post. Oh well.
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)
Irritating: When submitting a reply to an LJ comment from within the reply field in Yahoo Mail, a box comes up that says "You're sending this somewhere outside Yahoo oh noes Y/N?" And in FF2 I could just hit enter reflexively and it'd post, or hit ESC if I realized I hadn't finished or whatever.

But not in FF3. I have to actually click on Send or Don't Send. Annoying! I thought I'd give up my safety net and just check "Don't ask me again," but in a vaguely Windows-like fashion, that doesn't work! It comes up every time!

I also have to scroll down in the box to get to the buttons, but I'm not sure if that's my FF3 theme or what.

Argh!
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)
Downloaded Firefox 3 today. And you can too... (Help them set a world record!)

Speaking of my computer, I'm having some problems with Japanese input and reading. I'm a little disgusted with OS X, since part of the reason I went Mac in the first place was superior Asian language handling. Yet, when I open my Kanji a Day e-mail in FF for Mac, it displays gibberish about half the time (an example, one that happened to load correctly, is here: http://www.yookoso.com/pages/kanji.php?file=display&grade=JLPT4&date=1 ). When I opened their e-mails on [livejournal.com profile] kyspaz's PC, they consistently displayed correctly. Boo!

I'm also having a more significant problem, which is that about a third to a half of my Japanese friends cannot read my e-mails when I type them in Japanese using the built-in OS X Japanese IME. And no, they're not using cell phones to view my mail. I don't have any idea what's going on here--is the default OS X encoding something funky? Grrr. It's extremely irritating. Help!
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)
I forgot to mention that the other day [livejournal.com profile] toratigris came over and showed me the basics of how to crochet. Boy, it was like my hands were broken alien marionettes. Just couldn't get 'em to cooperate. But eventually I understood the basics of what we were doing, and I even crocheted a little strip of something. Sadly, though, because I'm SO bad at learning physical stuff, I think she's going to have to show me all over again next time. But I hope there is a next time. :) I think it has the potential to be fun.


Someone with medical knowledge go fix the strep throat article on Wikipedia. It's almost incomprehensible in parts. There are a lot of run-on sentences, some of which can't be fixed if you don't know what you're talking about.

Man, I wish I could go to the doctor on Sundays... *groan*


Another note on the "projectile" discussion: Merriam-Webster online gives "projectul" as the first pronunciation, and "project-tile" as the second. I wonder if this is a recent shift (assuming your overwhelming preference for the latter is standard). One problem with dictionaries as guides to English "as she is spoke" is that they tend to be a generation or three behind the times.

And a random personal note: As a kid and young adult I had to actively learn to pronounce words like "futile" and "sterile" and "missile" etc. etc. in the SAE way instead of with a long i. I don't think this was because of any British influence on my speech, but because of learning the words from books instead of hearing them. (And yes, I know the long i is standard in some other AE dialects, but they're not ones I speak otherwise, so it would sound pretty out-of-place.) Anyway, it's annoying that SAE isn't consistent on this point--we don't say "reptill," after all.


Dear Firefox Developers,

I don't appreciate your Windows Vista-like efforts to keep me from controlling my own environment. Your caching is so aggressive that I can't check updates I'm making to my websites, and you've seen fit to get rid of the option that let me turn off caching. I guess I'll go play with about:config ...

No love,
Me


By the way, for [livejournal.com profile] unkyrich's New Year's Eve party I made something called butter mochi, using the recipe from the nifty 'Ono Kine Grindz blog. It's something a Japanese-American classmate of mine from Japanese class at CSUEB made and brought to class once. I assume it's a result of Hawai'i's fusion of Japanese and other culinary traditions--even the name is kind of shocking to most Japanese people, I think. However, it's very tasty, satisfying, wonderfully chewy, and not too sweet--although it is rather rich. Apparently it's also good toasted in a toaster oven. Anyway, it's pretty easy to make, so give it a try if you feel adventurous.
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)
Some pages, such as this one and most of Project Wonderful, display with no graphics whatsoever. Just text. Clint's using 2.0.0.4 and they look fine on his computer (both machines are Macs).

I have absolutely no idea whatsoever to do about this. It's kind of critical that I see images on these pages, particularly since PW uses images for all their submit buttons and such, with no alternative text link to click (which is actually a good illustration of why that's a bad idea).

Any ideas? I've restarted Firefox and tried reloading the page a million times. And Javascript, etc. is enabled (though I have a bunch of specific things like window resizing disabled).

EDIT: By the way, the problem was some kind of AdBlockPlus glitch!
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. (kogura_shinobu-EH?!-me)
"Donut" *may* be an acceptable spelling, but "doughnut" is damned well not incorrect!
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)
Rules no one teaches but everyone learns. This is one example of why it is more important to have a well-trained teacher than one whose only qualification is being a native speaker. A well-trained non-native speaker can run circles around an untrained native speaker in a lot of ways.

I don't know if there's research to back it up, but I think the ideal situation for teaching, at least in linguistically homogeneous situations, would be the same as for translation: two well-trained individuals, one from the target language background and one from the local language background.

(I'm still looking for a language school in Japan and language classes in the Bay Area where they teach Japanese with relatively up-to-date pedagogical methods--for example, task-based, communicative, etc. If anyone knows anything, drop me a line. When I asked the place I was interested in going to--the Yamasa Institute--about their teaching methods, they said "We use the direct method." And that's not really good enough--all it means is that the language of instruction is Japanese.)

Unrelatedly, [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor wants to change mouse-click behavior in Firefox 2 (i.e., change something from the default of control-click to shift-click, or something) and can't find a way to do that. Any ideas? TabMix doesn't do it anymore.
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)
Yep, I plugged Firefox in Readable Blog.

Firefox 2 無料ダウンロード

Now if I could just ... get more readers. Argh. It's an uphill slog, I tell you.
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)
Attention, people who want easy icons, especially [livejournal.com profile] kyspaz who now has zillions of icon spaces: http://co.ntagio.us/eljay/iconmaker/ is a nifty Firefox extension. Install it, and whenever you see an image you like online, you can right-click it, choose "Create Icon," and make an icon out of it. You can do cropping, outlines, and either plain or outlined text in several colors. And really, that's sufficient for most icons! Very neat and easy.

P. S. I recommend at least testing the outline text--it's almost always more readable than un-outlined text. (Use "Stroke Color.")

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