Reading today's "paper," on the one hand I'm disappointed that my former denomination is turning out to be one of the last mainstream denominations to oppose gay marriage (I blame the United part of the merged denomination, perhaps unjustly). On the other hand, "former."
We need a new alarm clock...and want something that's utterly silent (UTTERLY silent) except when the alarm is going off, runs on AC power (with battery clock backup or, y'know, AC adapter), is small (no more than about 6" deep) and preferably has two alarms. And is easy to set. Suggestions? (Also: Fairly cheap.)
Will any journalist *ever* report on Gold & Green OA without stating as simple fact that the Gold model requires article processing fees (or "author pays")? I just commented on an LJ article (one with some York professor suggesting that libraries may be irrelevant once OA goes gold)...with the usual flatly incorrect "gold OA means author fees."
Grumble. When a 5'4", 125lb. woman who can always find clothes in her size writes a long, long essay about "thin privilege," I do wonder whether she knows what "thin" actually is. If my wife (who actually is thin--5'11" and 115lb.) could find clothes in her size in any normal store, she'd be delighted.
Before signing off for the evening, a Naive Holiday-Food Question: Aren't 99% of the "pumpkin whatever"s really "pumpkin SPICE whatevers," having nothing to do with pumpkins except an attempt to make them taste like something different?
Google Strangeness: My wife continues to have a problem where, when she opens Gmail forwarded from me in Chrome (with photos from the hike I went on, taken by other hikers), the Picasa sets all yield "Internal Server Error"--but not in IE, or on my machine in Firefox.
Last night, I saw an ad for CapitalOne's new credit card with 1.5% cash back. The person doing the ad said at one point "every damn day" (using "damn" for emphasis). What I find interesting is that, in 2013, that usage is apparently not even worth noting in an ad. (No, I wasn't offended--just amused.)
Sunday night fun: just as we were finishing dinner (around 8 p.m.), the power went out--unusual since our area has undergrounded utilities. Feel my way to find the Big Flashlight, find other flashlights (we need to buy some LED flashlights/lanterns!), set up an LED strip to do dishes, called PG&E: They knew about it.
Here's an oddity. The Atlantic is plagued by scammers who phone subscribers and either try to sell renewals or say a renewal arrived but without a check; they've printed notices warning about the former. I had both happen (and confirmed with the mag that they *never* call subscribers), several times. Here's the thing:
Can anyone point me to a reputable source (that I, as someone without institutional affiliations or much spare money, can access) of numbers for U.S. book titles published 2000 through 2012 (that is, yearly totals, U.S. only, broken down by type of book even better)?
I wonder what the most widely *misquoted* line from a movie actually is? Field of Dreams is certainly one candidate (the line is singular "he will come," not "they will come") but Casablanca is also right in there. Other candidates?
I know I shouldn't be snarky, but when I read that Coby Electronics shut down this summer, making its warranties worthless, my reaction was "Geez, people actually bought $400 million a year worth of Coby's junk?" http://consumerist.com/2013...
Some group is really anxious to offer me professional content as a guest post, presumably to improve on my amateur content--as long as they get a link out of it. Here's what makes their effort so super-professional: The offer isn't for Walt at Random or Cites & Insights, it's for waltcrawford.name. Maybe not.
As I read bits of the SciAm blogging situation, I find one thing surprises me a lot (Not, unfortunately, that an internet jackass could call a black female PhD a whore and temporarily get away with it): The "lawyers" defenses for Lee's post getting pulled down seem to suggest that she's actually writing *for Scientific American.*
Unexpected pleasure yesterday: We went to the annual Gathering of the Nuts (family reunion of my mother's side of the family, called that because it was originally an almond-gleaning party at the end of harvest) in Hughson. On the way back, crossing the Altamont, six classic cars in magnificent condition passed us.
Another Bingphoto too good not to mention: Today's is inside the Bund sightseeing tunnel under the Huangpu River in Shanghai. Make sure to click on the first hotlink! [And the fourth: a four-minute video of the whole, um, trip.]