WTF OS X!

Mar. 6th, 2009 04:24 pm
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I can't type in the Finder, which is making it hard to, you know, search for files. Bizarre! I don't want to reset--I haven't turned off or reset the MacBook Pro in more than 10 days, and i have stuff open. GRUMBLE.

(EDIT: Relaunched the Finder. Got it. Saved for future reference.)
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This is why restaurants REALLY NEED TO POST NUTRITIONAL INFO IN THE RESTAURANT. It won't make me leave or spend less money; it'll just stress me out less! I mean, look at these seemingly comparable items:

Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad
Calories 310
Fat 3.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Sodium 530 mg
(not too bad!)

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad
Calories 580
Fat 30 g
Saturated Fat 7 g
Sodium 1,020 mg
(whaaaa?!)

And would you have guessed that ANY Crispani pizza thing has less calories than ANY of their sandwiches? Sheesh.

I also got a shock a few days ago when I read the sodium content of ... well, everything at Chipotle. No wonder we quit eating out when Mom had to go on a low-salt diet.

Sigh.

Aug. 18th, 2008 08:24 pm
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)
Man at Sweet Tomatoes' dessert section: *pokes at chocolate lava cake with serving utensil* "WHY is this being served with a SCOOP? HOW am I supposed to serve a BROWNIE with a SCOOP?"
Me and ST employee behind bar: "...?"
Man: *builds up steam of righteous outrage* "You need a KNIFE for BROWNIES! Look at this!" *waves plate of non-cubic lava cake around* "Am I supposed to EAT this?! You--"
Me (without thinking): "It's chocolate lava cake. It's kind of liquid on the bottom. That's why it's served with a scoop."
Man: "...is THAT what it's supposed to be? hrmgpghffhhfllblbl..." *slinks off*
Me: "..."
Employee: *mouths a thank-you*
Employee: "... Not a brownie ..."
Me: "I know..."
Me and ST employee: *sigh*

Then, of course, I was all shaky because the tiniest amount of confrontation leaves me useless. Ugh. Still, I'm glad I said something. The poor employee just looked codswalloped.
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)
Man: Have you seen any good movies lately? (最近何かいい映画を見ましたか?)
Woman: I saw "Ever After." ("Ever After" を見ました。)
Man: Novel. (小説。)

...Bwuh?

(We know they meant "novel as in book" because the challenge of this item on the show was to write the hiragana for "shousetsu." Bwuh I say.)
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What I saw when I opened the Gamestop News e-mail... What I saw when I opened the Gamestop News e-mail...
It included what appeared to be an actual username and password for Job.com, though that could certainly be fake in an attempt to lure people there.






What I saw after I turned on full headers and it reloaded... What I saw after I turned on full headers and it reloaded...
Normal GameStop news. Bwuh?

AGH.

Mar. 24th, 2008 10:05 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. (gokusen-me)
I know that "xyz science fiction writer is a horrible bigot/homophobe/war hawk" is hardly news any more, but sometimes the things that come out of their mouths just blow me away.

Via [livejournal.com profile] ktempest: Now a fixture at Department of Homeland Security science and technology conferences, SIGMA is a loosely affiliated group of science fiction writers who are offering pro bono advice to anyone in government who want their thoughts on how to protect the nation.

The group has the ear of Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Jay Cohen, head of the science and technology directorate, who has said he likes their unconventional thinking.
[...]
[Larry] Niven said a good way to help hospitals stem financial losses is to spread rumors in Spanish within the Latino community that emergency rooms are killing patients in order to harvest their organs for transplants.

"The problem [of hospitals going broke] is hugely exaggerated by illegal aliens who aren’t going to pay for anything anyway," Niven said.


“Do you know how politically incorrect you are?” Pournelle asked.
(source, in which the panel sounds like a bit of a debacle anyway)

*dies*

Not only is he factually way off, but ... god, I can't think of many more inhumane statements.

Like I said to [livejournal.com profile] ktempest, I know we're all supposed to separate the art from the artist. But at the same time, I don't want him to get any of my nickels, you know? (not that he needs my nickels to survive, but still.) Well, it's not like I had any urge to read Niven any time soon, anyway. I will be enjoying giving my money to writers like [livejournal.com profile] matociquala and [livejournal.com profile] scottlynch, with whom I may or may not agree on politics, but who don't make me feel appalled to be a member of the same species.

P. S. to Jerry Pournelle: Your tongue slipped--you said "politically incorrect," but surely you must have meant "dead wrong." God, I'm sick of people using "politically incorrect" when they mean "racist and/or heterosexist in a way that I personally approve of ha ha," and using "politically correct" to mean "accommodating of a group or belief that I personally disapprove of." And that *is* how the phrases are generally used, which is one reason why I almost never utter those words, except in the older, pre-right-wing-talk-show-appropriation usage of "it's politically correct in China to pay lip service to Mao while exploiting the capitalist market."

?!

Nov. 25th, 2007 07:28 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)
A couple minutes ago we heard loud acceleration and a metal crunch. Given that my car was sideswiped a couple weeks ago, I figured we should go check. [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor went down and it appears that a car on the street hit a parked car ... which was then pushed into [livejournal.com profile] siderealengine's car, which is now damaged.

At least in this case, the driver stopped. [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor came back and got [livejournal.com profile] siderealengine, and they just went out to exchange information and stuff.

EDIT: Err. Okay, so one of our apartment complex's security guys (I think ours, anyway) rounded the corner waaaay too wide and fast, and smashed into [livejournal.com profile] siderealengine's back driver's side and a neighbor's front driver's side. [livejournal.com profile] siderealengine's car took the brunt of the damage. The back tires--and the wheels themselves--are kinda like this:

/---\

It's a mess. The cops came and tried to find the other car's owner, but their computers were down (they came up eventually, and the neighbor was located). The security company boss showed up and said they'd pay for everything through their insurance (First National, I think), but I'm not sure how much [livejournal.com profile] jenniferward and [livejournal.com profile] siderealengine are going to have to pay up front.

At least the guy stopped, and at least no one was hurt. The cops and tow guys were all very nice.
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. (pugyuru-yukionna-how disturbing-me)
Or someone hacked her website.

In case they fix it, here's what I saw: )

Googling reveals that this excerpt is from "the TalkingBook version of Terence McKenna's 'True Hallucinations.'" Right then.

Carry on!

(thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nyxie for making my day a little more surreal.)
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(Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] tikistitch. I think.)

Ummm....

Oct. 9th, 2007 08:17 pm
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)
Welcome to IKEA's new Halloween textile line.

I'm sorry, is that a chalk outline quilt plus EKG pillowcases? I DO BELIEVE IT IS.
And the second one seems like a reverse blood spill to me. Okay then.
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)
I have no particular interest in attending Yaoi-con these days, but I'm kind of shocked that (as reported on the Sequential Tart mailing list) they've decided to hand out press passes via a lottery.

I know they have limited attendance, but you'd think they could just say "Okay, no more than 2 passes per organization" or something.

I think this was a bad move on their part. I don't think they'll be getting any coverage from ST.
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The long-awaited proposals for a new San Francisco skyscraper that would be taller than the Transamerica Pyramid are being unveiled this evening at City Hall - and images obtained by The Chronicle show three towers in the 1,200 foot range that look nothing like the Victorian homes for which the city is known. (John King, SF Chronicle)

Because I always expect skyscrapers to look just like Victorian homes, don't you?


(I haven't read about the proposed buildings yet, and there may indeed be terrible problems with the designs, but I think this is a really silly intro paragraph.)
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An Oakland man told The Chronicle today that he saw a shotgun-wielding, masked man approach an AC Transit bus on the east side of Lake Merritt about 10 minutes before [Oakland Post editor Chuancey] Bailey was gunned down Thursday. The man, who asked not to be identified, a passenger on the No. 40 bus, said he saw a man, shotgun at his side, approach the bus he was riding on at about 7:15 a.m., at a stop at East 14th Street and First Avenue, half a block from Bailey's First Avenue apartment.

The gunman, described by the eyewitness as wearing a black ski mask, black sweater, jeans and dirty sneakers, lifted the weapon to a male passenger's back, unbeknownst to the passenger.

The gunman, described as being in his mid 20s, 5-foot-9-inches tall and 170 pounds, medium-complexion African-American, then backed away, let the bus doors close and took off on foot. The passenger said as the bus drove along East 12th Street alongside Lake Merritt, he saw Bailey walking toward downtown. It wasn't until later when the passenger was at a doctor's appointment and saw the news account of Bailey's slaying that he made a connection.

"I had no idea he was after Chauncey," the passenger told The Chronicle. "There were five or six people on the bus. I thought, 'Son of a bitch. That guy is trying to kill somebody.' When I found out Chauncey was shot I felt so bad."

The passenger said he gave the information to police later Thursday. "It was so brazen," the passenger said. "This guy was out in broad daylight with a double barrel shotgun. He wasn't afraid of anything."


Uh, yeah. Because he knew people like this passenger weren't going to call the cops on him before he finished his business, apparently.

You see someone get on a goddamn bus with a goddamn firearm--and you think "that guy is trying to kill somebody"--you CALL THE COPS. What, you only call the cops if the guy tells you whom he's planning to kill? And where the hell was the bus driver in all this, anyway? Sorry, if you fail to notice a passenger with a double-barreled shotgun on your nearly empty bus, you shouldn't be driving.

And yes. I know. Oakland. Cops. Not necessarily Your Friendly Neighborhood Police. I understand some reluctance to be too pro-active, but for god's sake go make an anonymous call from a pay phone after you get off the bus, or tell the driver, or SOMETHING. Anyway, apparently the passenger didn't feel too scared to talk to the cops "later Thursday," once he "found out Chauncey was shot."

P. S. Original story. I sincerely hope they got some of the details wrong.

Augh.

Jul. 7th, 2007 08:56 pm
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)
I have lost something. I'm super frustrated, not just because something important is lost, but because I have absolutely no idea how I lost it and thus, no memory of what I could have done with it or where to look.

So, y'know the item is missing, plus I feel like I'm losing my mind. Bonus.
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Pearson's website after a search:

Sorry, no results where found for search term "Understanding and Using English Grammar".

(Pearson is one of the biggest ESL and education publishers. Aaugh!)
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)
Yeah, I admit I've become more of a hippie over the last few years, but regardless: these images are as stomach-turning as they are visually striking. Go take a look at a photo of the number of plastic bottles used in the US every hour, the number of plastic bags used every 5 seconds, the number of cans used every 30 seconds, and the number of cell phones discarded every day (that last number is really amazing, but BoingBoing readers found other stats indicating that it is probably correct).

Holy cow, what the hell is wrong with us? Yikes. I've gotta do better.

Coincidentally, I bought a water bottle earlier today. Finally.

Bedbugs.

Apr. 8th, 2007 12:43 pm
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. (pugyuru-yukionna-how disturbing-me)
omgwtfbbq!

*moves to middle of desert*
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)
I'm comparing a list of grad school book purchases from Amazon.com and bn.com. B&N's prices are slightly lower on all of the items, but I thought I'd double-check. When I check the final total with shipping, Amazon.com a) won't be shipping most of my order until September 19-21, and b) coincidentally, attempts to sell me a "free 3-month trial" of Amazon Prime, with guaranteed 2-day shipping. B&N, on the other hand, will ship all of the items except one in 24 hours (and that one will ship in 2-3 days).

I can't help but wonder if the long delay before shipping at Amazon.com is part of the aggressive campaign to promote Amazon Prime. If so, it backfired. I'll be ordering from B&N, thanks.

Thanks for nothing,

Me.
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)
[livejournal.com profile] boingboing_net presents some good questions about today's airline safety idiocy*, such as if liquids might be 'splosive, why dump the confiscated ones all together in a crowd of people? Plus, no water bottles, no hand lotion, no deoderant, and on UK-based flights, no books, magazines, and so on. This is what hysteria looks like.



*Yes, idiocy. I really don't believe any of this is making us any safer. I think it's making us MORE TERRORIZED.
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)
NSFW due to photo and the possibility that you will yell and/or throw things: Multiple more reasons why I'm angry that women my age won't admit there's sexism and claim they can't identify with feminism, and more importantly, why you can no longer trust what supposedly nonpolitical wings of the government, like the FDA, say any more.

(Warning: image of nude woman's backside on the page, although it's an article about fundamentalist meddling with the FDA.)

Fuck not being angry 'cause it makes feminists look bad.

I'm ANGRY.

And I'm TOTALLY CONFUSED about why so many people AREN'T ANGRY. Women my age, with very few exceptions, just don't care. I guess they've been told they're the most privileged women in the world for so long that they just believe it (it's not like most of them ever really see any other society to compare it to). I don't know. I don't know.




(No, Glamour is not my favorite source for feminist news, but this is a good article.)

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