eruthros: Ivanova from B5 saying "boom boom boom boom" to Londo -- angry icon!! (B5 - Ivanova boom)
Okay, so, Marvel just did a back-dated story - Iron Man 258.1 through 258.4 - which fills in some of the time post-Armor Wars; basically it's an Iron Man story that fits in about 1990 in continuity but doesn't involve time travel or anything. Which makes the decision they made about the storyline make NO SENSE. And also makes that decision infuriating.

Iron Man 258.1-258.4 spoilers plus some discussion of plots from, like, 1994. Also, large images. )

um, WHAT?

Sep. 20th, 2011 11:51 am
eruthros: Aang from Avatar:TLA facepalming (Avatar - facepalming aang)
I haven't been paying much attention to the new tv schedule, and I had mostly dismissed Alphas as soon as I saw ... anything about it (fyi it started airing in July). But the detention center in the show is in upstate New York, so I keep seeing links about it. Which is how I came across this interview with Zak Penn in which he talks about the premise and characters of Alphas:

disability fail, half of the tv tropes pages on disability especially disability superpowers, mostly about the autism spectrum )
eruthros: Aang from Avatar:TLA facepalming (Avatar - facepalming aang)
So, okay, remember how I posted a while ago about my laptop touchpad being broken? And how a Dell technician was going to come by to replace it and the DVD drive?

In the last week, this is what's happened:

Wednesday: I talked to Dell technical support and had them send out replacement parts and a repair guy.

Friday: The repair guy came by and replaced the touchpad, hurrah! But, oh damn, they sent the wrong optical drive. The repair guy called Dell to have them send the right part and gave them the part number. "Be back Tuesday," he said.

Tuesday: The Dell repair guy came by again. He had the computer half-disassembled before he realized that they had overriden the part number he'd put in the system, and sent the same (wrong) optical drive again. He spent half an hour on the phone with them getting them to put a note in the system "NO WE MEAN IT SEND THIS PART."

Today: Dell repair guy came by again, this time with the right optical drive, hurrah! But half an hour after he left I started to get suspicious - the fan had not spun up at all. Like, at all. And the laptop was getting too hot to the touch. And I put my computer to sleep for a while, suspicious, but it kept happening.

So I talked to Dell's technical support over chat. "I'm pretty sure the repair guy just didn't get the cables back right," I said. "The optical drive doesn't impact the fan," the technical support guy said. "He had my laptop disassembled," I said.

Then the motherboard did it's safety-shut down thing, and I lost that chat session, which was really all for the better, because when I called they bumped me up to a manager.

Who agreed that probably the technician had just failed to reconnect the cables, but -- for warranty reasons -- I can't take the cover off the latop. (I totally could, though.) And, for making-sure-they-have-the-repair-covered reasons, they're not just going to send the repair guy back tomorrow to check the cables.

No. They're sending out a new motherboard and fan and heat sink.

You know, just in case.

And they won't be here until Monday.

There is not enough facepalm in the world right now, guys.

Until then, I'll be doing twenty minutes on, twenty minutes off on said computer. Or getting one of those fan lap desks, which should extend that to forty minutes or so - I've always meant to get one of same.

But, okay, guys, that will make a total of four trips the repair guy has made up here. FOUR. I am caught between LOLZ and CRANKY.
eruthros: Toph, Aang, and Momo from Avatar: TLA hugging Sokka (Avatar - group hug!)
... *facepalm*:
People often accidentally give out my real name email address thinking it's theirs, so I get things like other people's bank statements and other people's medical records reminders and whatever. But recently someone used my email in a way that seriously topped that: someone with my initials is getting married.

And they must've put my email address on the invitations.

I know this because in the last two days I have received emails from five people rsvping to said wedding, often with effuse comments and details about their kids and whatever. So far I have politely emailed everyone back all "hi you have the wrong email address," but I foresee great naaarghs in the future.

... omg I no longer have the skills for this:
Yesterday I spilled a little bit of water on my touchpad and it somehow broke the touchpad buttons. Good: the computer is still under warranty, including warranty for "shit you accidentally break." Bad: I have to wait until at least tomorrow for the parts. And I'm really out of the keyboard-shortcuts habit.

... symptoms that make me cranky:
Why are my limbs so heavy and trembly why. I hate summer. (I thought this was some new symptom before I looked at my symptom diary, but as it turns out I had it two summers ago, and possibly last summer, so I have now decided to blame heat and/or humidity instead. Especially since so far it's been worst on the hottest days. Blargh.)

... our Voyager rewatch:
I find Admiral Paris very disconcerting every time he shows up on Voyager. And I just realized why: he played Admiral Noyce on Seaquest DSV, which is basically Star Trek underwater (and which has a theme song very similar to Voyager's). They are sort of the same character! On very similar shows! But with different uniforms. No wonder I find it distracting and weird.

... adorability:
I went to the dog park with t'wings and Rorschach today, where Rorschach decided to try to make friends with a frog. (I turned the video recorder in my phone on, so that links to t'wing's post with embedded video.) Sadly I didn't pull out my phone in time to get him doing his doggy play bow at the frog small very hoppy dog, or to get most of him doing his poke-poke-play-with-me thing, but let me just say it was completely adorable. And ridiculous. He totally did the same super-exaggerated play bow he does with cats small purring fluffy dogs, where he wants to make it really clear that he is asking to play, because for SOME REASON they sometimes don't realize that he's not planning on eating them. (Usually the cats then box his ears and he goes "oh gosh, they DO want to play! come on, [personal profile] eruthros, let's go wrestle with them!" And I go "um, no." The frog just sat there, mostly, and hopped desultorily every fifth or sixth time Rorschach poked it.)
eruthros: Toph from Avatar: TLA preparing for battle (Avatar - toph getting ready)
1. There is an alarm several blocks away that's been going off every twenty minutes for two days. It's right on the edge of my auditory range; if I'm watching tv or playing video games or listening to music I can't hear it. But as soon as I'm trying to concentrate on something, or going to sleep, there it is again, a faint distant eeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeee ARGH. I've tried to use my bedside fan (still not put away from the summer) as a white noise generator, but it doesn't really work because the range is so different. AAAAAAHHH.

And of course I don't know where it is -- it's only thirty seconds every twenty minutes and my directional hearing is shitty -- so I can't, like, track it down and go "oh my GOD turn that shit OFF" at the car or building owner.

2. [personal profile] such_heights and I are running an Avatar: The Last Airbender Lunar New Year gift exchange over at [community profile] white_lotus! (The whole thing was [personal profile] inkstone's idea.) Signups close tomorrow night! I don't know if I'll sign up; I might be busy modding/pinch hitting, plus also I fear deadlines. I'm waiting until just before signups close to decide.

But! What I really wanted to do here is signal boost the treats for anyone post. We changed the rules after the first draft, so I wanted to make sure that y'all knew that anyone can leave requests there, regardless of whether or not you're planning to sign up. You might not get anything, but then again you might! And people like me who will probably end up doing treats instead of signing up (see above re: deadlines) would probably enjoy having a large variety of prompts to peruse.

Also, let me just go EEEEEE at the thought of new Avatar fic/art/icons/vids/crafts/etc.

3. I recently finished watching the Sarah Jane Adventures and omg it was so good you guys. spoilers! )
eruthros: Ivanova from B5 saying "boom boom boom boom" to Londo -- angry icon!! (B5 - Ivanova boom)
1. [personal profile] helens78 sent me a bunch of knitting books that she was done with, some of which are pattern books and some of which are books about knitting. Mostly I have been flipping through pattern books and going "ooh" or "hmmm." And so I was flipping through one of the prose-and-patterns books called The Joy of Knitting and noticed this, partly because it's right at the beginning of a chapter:

cut for gender essentialism )

2. I only just now got N.K. Jemisin's Hundred Thousand Kingdoms -- I’m never really good at getting new-releases when they’re, you know, released. And so I was reading happily along, enjoying the worldbuilding, when all of a sudden:

Cut for kink-negative language and spoilery discussion )
eruthros: Aang from Avatar: TLA looking cranky (Avatar - cranky aang)
Some of these are things I've fixed, some of them aren't.

1. New VLC makes me go aaaaaaargh. Every time I start it up or open a new file, it tries to rebuild the font cache. and then? more about the font cache )

2. So, okay, Helvetica Neue is a shitty web font in Firefox for Windows. fistshake at designers who insist on Helvetica )

3. Websites that don't put a line break between paragraphs. Especially with lots of text. NARGH. I have so much trouble reading e.g. racialicious's link roundups, but readability has trouble parsing the unordered list format, and zap doesn't make bookmarklets for that. I have looked for other bookmarklets to add line breaks to lists, but my googlefu failed me. Anybody else have anything?

Harrumph

Jun. 24th, 2010 10:10 pm
eruthros: Jamie and Adam from Mythbusters, drawn by Tardis80, text: "busted". (Mythbusters!)
Mythbusters episode 8x12: Car Conundrum? Yeah, don't bother, it's really a clip show. They put together three car related myths: Underwater Car, that one from the viral video episode about opening a car door with a tennis ball, and the chase scene myths involving fruit stands. So if you've seen those, you've seen the episode. Unless you miss Tory's facial hair or something.

And irritatingly, they never say "we're putting together three car myths that have previously aired" or anything.

I could be forgetting an episode, but I don't think they've ever done this before -- they've done "best of" episodes, but they marked them as specials and as repeats. And they've done things where they reexamine myths. But not, just, here are some previous myths, we haven't changed them at all, but we're airing it as if it's a regular episode.

*cranky*
eruthros: Li Ann from Once a Thief with two guns, text "Li Ann" (OaT - Li Ann  red)
1. I had a dream the other night in which I won the lottery. I spent the entirety of the dream filling out forms and visiting accountants and dealing with, like, filing taxes and mutual funds. I didn't even get to spend any of it, but on the other hand it seemed so realistic and plausible that I woke up and simultaneously thought "but I don't even buy lottery tickets" and "shit, I forgot to fill out form 27-B." Let me just say, though, how bummed I am that I couldn't even buy a pony in a dream about winning the lottery.

Anyway, I blame the episode of Numb3rs with the ridiculous lottery plot.

2. Speaking of Numb3rs, now I am out of Numb3rs -- I ran out of show without noticing. And some moderately spoilery things happened )

3. I have learned how to hardcode subs into an avi file when I get them in srt format, which is ... not the usual direction I'm trying to go! But it's handy for making clips of things to share. If this is a thing you are also interested in, and you're on a PC, this is what I did )

4. Oh my god you guys our upstairs neighbors have been trying to save money on trash tags by throwing "compost" in a corner of the backyard.

At first we thought it was, like, some random neighbor trying it once, or a broken trash bag, or something that was thrown over the fence, because there were candy wrappers and shit in it. So we covered it with leaves and dirt and sprinkled clover seed mix on it, because we don't have enough leaves to really compost here. But NO, because today there is MORE, plus they left out the plastic bin they use to collect their "compost." So it is clear that this is on purpose, as if they can compost by just throwing down whole tomatoes and peppers and corn cobs and the occasional candy wrappers on top of the dirt and leaving them there in a pile. Without stirring. Or adding dry leaves or yard waste. Household trash alone does not make a free-standing compost pile, upstairs neighbors. It just makes a moldy mess, ugh ugh ugh.

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