eruthros: A panel from a 1950s educational comic book showing a communist deflating -- I mean, blowing up, the Washington Monument (Communists!)
1. sex toys! smoke! possibly NSFW! )

2. As a consequence of (1), I had a migraine all fucking day, because it's too cold outside to open the windows, and burning rubber is basically a guaranteed migraine triggers. Thanks, vibrator.

3. As a consequence of (2), I have been nauseated all day, and have eaten only peppermint tea, black tea (oh caffeeeine why didn't you help), bread, slightly against-the-rules OTC painkillers (shh don't tell my doctor), and some carrots and cooked squash. And sat around on the couch breathing and making faces and trying very hard to take enough naps to make the migraine go away. Bleh.

4. But my migraine is now mysteriously gone! Perhaps the burnt rubber in the air has finally gone away. So now I am enjoying the internet, late though it is, because that was obviously a story that had to be shared, and knitting some of this cowl I'm making for myself. (Burgundy alpaca! Yum.)

5. ... And to think I thought "gosh, I don't have a good icon for this post."
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
I was thinking about hilarious plotting just now, and it occurred to me that I'd probably never shared my favorite seven minutes of Criminal Minds of pretty much all time. It is a) ridiculous plotting and b) Morgan looks super hot but c) it is a cop show and there is gun violence, a terrorism plot, and an explosion. So what has just happened here is that the team's in New York, a small car bomb just went off, and the team is trying to figure out where the second explosion is going to be:Criminal Minds clip of lolarity )

But really it just makes Morgan that much more awesome. Morgan/Garcia: dirty talk OTP, and like seventy percent of the crime-solving on the show.

I think my second favorite lolzy plotting moment is in the Sentinel episode "Cypher." And, I mean, picking a Sentinel episode is kind of a cheat, given that there's also an episode in which Jim Ellison has to borrow a racehorse to chase a man through an amusement park, an episode in which Jim Ellison is thrown out of a speeding train and ends up hanging under it for half an hour, and an episode in which Jim Ellison goes temporarily blind, learns to use echolocation, and then drives a car in a complicated chase scene. But this is just such a small ridiculous moment that underscores all the ridiculousness that was The Sentinel, because in "Cypher," inside of two minutes of fight scene, Jim Ellison drops two separate guns -- one of them, iirc, twice. That's right, his sentinel senses allow him to fire a shot into the barrel of somebody else's gun, but any time someone taps his arm he drops his gun. And he also falls down broken elevator shafts or whatever twice in the same two minutes. Once the elevator shaftish thing is blocked by a glass window so it can shatter satisfyingly. The writers of that show only had two tricks for ramping up the tension during a fight scene: Jim drops his gun, and Jim falls down. Okay, three: Blair is in trouble! Bless.

Do y'all have favorite plot moments like that?
eruthros: Farscape: John and Harvey in bunny suits (FS - John and Harvey in bunny suits)
I took the bus home from a doctor's appointment today, and thirty seconds after I got on the bus the driver started doing impressions. Seriously. For fifteen minutes.

And he started ... with Barney. No really. He sang the "I love you" song. Twice. And then he did some hanging-with-Barney's-friends shtick, I assume all from the source text.

After he finished with Barney, he moved on to Goofy, perhaps from the mid-90s Goof Troop? And then he skipped back a couple decades to do Bullwinkle for a while.

And I have no idea why he started doing it. There was a woman with a baby sitting up at the front of the bus, but they weren't talking to the bus driver. And as if that baby even knew who Barney was! And anyway, Barney.

Let me just say, everyone else on the bus shared my expression of complete WTF.
eruthros: Battlestar Galactica 1978 promo picture, captioned "first fandom" (BSG - first fandom Starbuck Apollo)
So apparently LJ is like, hey guys, you know what would be awesome? If we deleted journals that haven't been logged into in more than two years, even if they have content! And ditto communities that haven't been posted in for two years! Wouldn't that be awesome?
    One of the benefits of the work we've done to purge suspended accounts is that we will now be able to purge inactive journals and communities too--something you've been requesting for years! A journal is defined as inactive if it has not been logged into for 24 consecutive months. A community is defined as inactive if has not been updated for 24 consecutive months. Once an account is eligible to be purged for inactivity, the owner will be sent an email to alert them of the inactive status. The owner will then have two weeks to log into the journal or post to their community to prevent it from being deleted. [...] Again, you can read technical details about suspended and inactive account purges in this post. We'll be sure to let you know when these purged usernames become available.
From the news post. And when I followed the link to the technical details, I discovered that:
    The new modifications will actually allow us to purge not only deleted and suspended accounts, but inactive accounts as well, as announced in today's news post. This was not the only change put into the worker scripts; we also had to add logic that removed comments and community entries posted by accounts being purged.
From the lj maintenance post about purging accounts.

Like, that might be poor phrasing in the lj maintenance post, referring only to posts/comments by suspended users and not by purged-inactive users, I guess. But the way I read it, it seems to be saying that inactive journals include journals that have content, and that the comments left by those ljers on my posts, and the posts by those ljers to communities, are going to vanish. (Please tell me I'm reading that wrong.)

I am just ... like, I think 90% of everything I've tagged on delicious in the last five years is on lj. And, just, poof! And poof go people's comments in my journal, and poof go giant RPing comms like Nocturne Alley, and poof go community posts, and poof goes everything by everyone who was using lj as an archive four years ago before they moved to facebook. I kind of can't even wrap my brain around it. I just went to my old lj profile, and counted offhand seven comms that would be deleted under this policy, and those are just the ones I'm still subscribed to, not things I've tagged.

ETA: Someone has just edited the news post to say "A journal is defined as inactive if it has not been logged into for 24 consecutive months and has only one post (i.e., the welcome post). A community is defined as inactive if has not been updated for 24 consecutive months and has only one entry and no comments." So it would still be grabbing the journals of RPers and people who have journals only to post to communities, and their posts to communities/comments would vanish, I think, but at least it would leave journals that have some entries. Probably.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
[livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings and I were talking about early R&B songs about unhealthy relationships -- there are kind of a lot. And it reminded me of this Sesame Street routine, which freaked me the fuck out when I was, whatever, five. Which I will now share with you and you should totally watch:





I still find this amazingly creepy. YOU GUYS. THE MUPPET LETTER U IS FEELING UP SMOKEY ROBINSON AND PINNING HIS HANDS TO HIS SIDES. OH GOD. BAD TOUCH.

And they even rewrote the song so that he doesn't seem to like it at all -- in the original, at least he's conflicted? But here he's like "aaah I am being chased by a giant muppet letter U."

I checked out some of the youtube comments, and discovered that other kids about my age found it completely horrifying: there are comments from people who say "I used to hide when this clip showed on Sesame Street" and "this gave me the creeps" and "I always thought the U was trying to choke him!"

In conclusion, this is at least as freaky now as it was when I was five. Who could possibly have thought this was a good idea?

wtf?

Dec. 8th, 2008 04:47 pm
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
... there is what I presume to be an extremely cold marching band outside my window right now.

They're playing mariachi.

*horrified*

Oct. 1st, 2008 03:28 pm
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
I go to the cafe around the corner to read and drink some coffee on Wednesdays. I have a seven pm class, and it's really hard to leave the apartment at six thirty. Much easier to meander to the cafe at one or two, read for a while there, meander up the hill at five, read for a while or print things out in the library, and get the uphill part over with while it's still light and warm and going to campus seems like a (moderately) reasonable idea.

Only today, today that backfired. There I was, calmly and innocently sitting and doing my reading, when a group of three middle-aged folks walked up to the counter and began making extremely specific demands of the barrista. (They do food, but it's counter service, so usually you just, you know, order something and wait for them to call.) They wanted the barrista to run out to the store and get blueberry jam when she told them she only had strawberry, they wanted her to wash new water glasses rather than taking them from the shelf because otherwise they couldn't be "sure" that they were clean, they wanted all three of their drinks immediately after the omlettes were served "not before! not during! IMMEDIATELY AFTER! ALL THREE OF THEM!" So I noticed them early, is what I'm saying.

And then they came over and sat down immediately in my line of sight. And one of the women picked up a toothpick and, sitting there complaining vociferously, began to skritch the toothpick around her ear canal. Skritch, skritch, skrtich, she didn't even seem to notice she was doing it, but nonetheless kept at it for five minutes before switching to the other ear. Skritch, skritch, skritch, went the toothpick.

Then she stuck the toothpick in her mouth, licked it clean, and returned to ear number one.

So I came home to do my reading, is what I'm saying.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
On a new proposed US Health and Human Services Department regulation:
The administration drafted the proposal to implement laws prohibiting recipients of federal funds from penalizing health practitioners who refuse to perform abortions or provide abortion referrals.

The draft proposal covers Catholic Charities and other employers who object to abortion, by defining their insurers as health practitioners. It would define abortion as any procedure or drug that terminates a human life after conception, "whether before or after implantation."
This means, of course, that health insurance plans could choose not to cover contraception because it's against their religious beliefs -- it's basically a regulation drafted to keep California and New York (and a few other states) from enforcing their laws requiring insurance companies that cover viagra to also cover various forms of contraceptives. AND IT"S DEFINING CONTRACEPTION AS ABORTION TO DO IT. ON A FEDERAL LEVEL. YOU GUYS.

More here.

Apparently this has been open to public comment since August 7th; was there some big hoopla about it that I didn't notice 'cause of being out of the country?
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, in his endorsement of John McCain: "That we don't agree on everything, it's clear. Nor do I agree with my wife."

Why Arnold, I didn't know you felt that way about Mr. McCain!

Also, later in the interview: "I feel very passionate about the person that I endorsed, which is McCain. It makes it an interesting discussion at night at home when we have dinner." What he means is that, as his wife is a supporter of Obama, they have many political arguments over dinner, but because of referent problems it's not clear who he's having dinner with.

Of course, none of this can top my favorite Arnold quote ever: "I think gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman."

[livejournal.com profile] m_shell, on the other hand, quite likes "We are in this situation because of our dependence on traditional petroleum-based oil." She's all "as opposed to ... non-petroleum based oil?"

LOLvows

Jun. 10th, 2008 02:05 pm
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (B5 - Delenn OMG)
So I was talking to a computer geek last night, and I made a LOLcat joke, because I figured: linux! inability to live apart from internet! I can make LOLcat jokes!

But noes! He know no bukkit, never watched by ceiling cat, all bikes iz visible to him.

So, of course, I went to I can has cheezburger to find some LOLtorials so he could understand bukkits and basement cats.

And what did I find linked to on their LOLtorials page? I found... LOLcat wedding vows.

For example: "cat 1 and cat 2, marriage iz commitment and all about luv, so if u marry wifout thinkin hard about it, ur doin it wrong."

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