April 9th, 2009

internet, eyespork

WTF, head.

I just dreamed that Dad told me that he'd seen a particular childhood nemesis of mine posting to LJ. Which, yes, that's a Dad thing to do. And he told me what he'd seen the fellow posting. And when I googled it (? maybe? or maybe it was on my friends page?) it was a hundreds-of-comments fandom-related flamewar, with an angry but professional Cassandra Clare saying that ok, she was done with this, and while she and Tupshin had had a bunch of laughs cleaning this up (?!), it was hitting the point of no longer funny/very old.

And at the same time there were two ladies from my survey job that were entered in a contest through a casino that I was participating in, just as I'd subscribed to notifications on the whole blasted event. We were trying to win a car or something, through sheer persistence. One of them did, although we were the last three left.

I was still debating about telling people that Dad had told me that the anonymous person behind this hundreds-of-comments wank (at least the volunteers and Tupshin, if not Fandom Itself) was likely to be the childhood nemesis, and then I got swept in to dinner with some people ostensibly from Work1. We had several tables, and there was some craziness with who-sat-where. Someone at the table with me (who was someone high-school-popular and blonde and I have no idea if she even corresponded to a real person or if she was just a composite) was being a real bitch, and that made things nasty.

And then I was upstairs at my parents' house, and downstairs, and outside, still somewhat discussing the hundreds-of-comments wank, and someone was trying to build a house, and they had thousands of bricks stacked up in readiness. And they were shifting the bricks. This somehow led to Mama's pottery shop rolling down a hill, some roosters involved in fanfiction, the stove being on fire somewhere down the hill, and other completely surreal items.

I woke up, and the only reason I knew that the Childhood Nemesis wasn't being an anonymous dickwad on the internet was because I knew I actually didn't have the subscriptions in my inbox.
running, bomb tech

New Default Icon Time

I'm tired of grapes all the time. What should I pick as a new default icon?
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    Village People - Y.M.C.A.
LJ fudge

"What is Trader Joe's and why are you always there?"

So, via the magic of Twitter and BrightKite and my cellphone, I provide my Twitter-friends (and my LJ friends, somewhat later) with a rough picture of where I am throughout my day. (This is not generally exciting. I lead a dull life in terms of location. I like it because then I know where I was, neatly mapped and timestamped, which is helpful when I want to reconstruct my day three years later.)

Evidently the curiosity had been eating away at mayerman for a while, though, because he finally asked, "What is Trader Joe's, and why are you always there?"

Being at Trader Joe's and not by the computer (and not getting regular Twitter messages on the cellphone, just direct messages), I was not available to answer him immediately. When I returned, I saw that he had been schooled by a number of people, including luminaries such as ursamajor ("YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT TRADER JOE'S IS??? Awesome yuppie discount grocery store of doom. Foggy Bottom or Bethesda, GO NOW: http://www.traderjoes.com/locations.asp!"), jai_dit ("ursamajor, obviously we need to stage an intervention"), and daydreamer.

He had, uh, always thought that it was a pawn shop. These are among the reasons why I love the internet.
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    New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle (extended dance mix)
Dreamwidth

Little Dreamwidth Things:

Dreamwidth currently lacks a Support Style Guide. Like a silly thing, I volunteered to go through nearly a year's worth of mailing list messages to distill them into something a little more manageable for D to cook into something coherent. The results are mixed practical and silly, as IRC logs are interleaved. http://azurelunatic.dreamwidth.org/6264192.html

One of the new communities on DW is http://boilingwater.dreamwidth.org, a cooking community for the very basic beginner (and those willing to help out). I posted a list of 21 basic mistakes to make (or, well, avoid making, and their likely results) when cooking rice in a rice cooker. http://boilingwater.dreamwidth.org/1005.html
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