May 15th, 2008

nanowrimo2004, Home Movies from the Cutting-Room Floor

Clusterfun!

90 posts today, which averages out to 85 because yesterday sucked. Today had about 45 minutes taken out of it, though, because All Sorts Of Stuff went Down for about that long. Woe! I still got that much done on top of that, though! I cleaned my email while stuff was down.

I got bit in the car on the way to work by a title bunny. At work, the rest started coming to me. For those who recall Home Movies from the Cutting-Room Floor, this is about Harry and Harry's old friends, when Sally is away, and all the woe that becomes of it.

For those who don't recall that book, that book is the tale of what happens when a girl with a really embarrassing family crosses paths with the guy who is a bad-luck curse to all of his friends. Our protagonist there has a little sister, Sally (short for Alsatia, who is geographically named for a location in her parents' second honeymoon approximately 9 months before her advent) and Sally acquires a boyfriend girlfriend Significant Other named Harry Harriet Harry Harriet during this process. (Harr[y|iet] hasn't decided on a serious and permanent gender identity by this point in time; s/he's still too busy with self and social to worry too much about long-term gender roles, except she is far more popular as a girl than he was as a boy.)

At any rate. Harriet is an unlikely mentor for a group of assortedly antisocial and surly geekboys. Her girlfriend (and sense of perspective and rationality on certain topics) is out of town. Prom is coming up. OH GOOD FUCK NO.

There was team breakfast today. Winz!
huggy rock, fluorite

Hooray, today.

Via everyone -- if you haven't read Wiki History yet, you need to.

Because I am at times a disagreeable wench, and an easily-irritated one on some fronts, I decided to make a minor nuisance of myself to Applebee's. See, hcolleen watches HGTV, and when she is watching it, I will sometimes sit down and join her. Strangely enough, since I'm almost the target demographic for the commercials on that channel, many of them don't offend me or insult my intelligence! And then Applebee's had a commercial on. It was a decent commercial! It showed videos of people having fun there! Then it exhorted people to come to their website (I do believe that it avoided the odious 'Log On') ... to the page they set up. The screen showed a perfectly inoffensive link. The voice-over included the dread word "backslash". Unless you've never been taught the difference, or you are under the age of ten, or you are dyslexic, there is no excuse for getting this wrong, and someone should have caught it before it was put on TV. I sent in a cranky message. Technical ignorance doesn't need to be spread. Really.

So I'm encouraging other people who see technical inaccuracy and are annoyed by it to take five minutes and point it out to someone who's more likely to be able to do something about it. Yes, it's work that you shouldn't have to do, and sometimes it will accomplish exactly nothing. But it might help make the world a little less annoying if it catches on.

I also emailed the local radio station that has that stupid "Log on! And hear us!" thing, where they mean "Visit our website, you don't need to sign up or anything."

Pants!
running, bomb tech

Daily randomness of Miss Lunatic

  • 10:24 Stupid Cox. #
  • 17:44 zomg my room is a mess. :( #
  • 17:53 Dear Applebee's, the character '/' is not a BACKSLASH. It is a slash, or even a FORWARD slash. (Have sent feedback re: wrong commercial.) #
  • 18:14 @lady_angelina The worst part is, it's about a half-hour pickup that should have been done in 5-minute segments over the past 6 days. #
  • 18:24 @asciident I propose the Geeks Call Companies On Technical Inaccuracies In Public Promotional Materials Project. #
  • 18:44 In support of the project, I've sent an email to the radio station that says "Log On, and hear us!" meaning visit the website anonymously. #
  • 20:22 Fortune: "An interesting medical opportunity is in your new future." ...lolwhat? #
  • 21:37 @tangowildheart hooray! #
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