A new (?) twist in Amazon's fitful efforts to be profitable: Today, at least, if I search for something on IMDB directly from my browser (I have it in Firefox's search-box pull-down menu), instead of a result, I get a full-screen ad for Despicable Me 2 stuff...with no apparent way to close it and get to the result.
This weekend is Holiday in the Vineyards, when almost all 50-odd wineries in Livermore do something (maybe) more than the usual weekend tastings. Did two wineries (our limit) today. NOISY and crowded and NOISY. (And, since I pretty much only drink white, a little limited: Typically each winery offers one white and 3 to 5 reds for your $10 fee.)
I never thought I'd be linking to Baby Blues, but today's comic says something about a certain revered comic strip (apparently in permanent reruns) that needs to be said: http://www.sfgate.com/comics...
So as not to threadjack, I'll put this random "thought" here: Considering William Shatner's acting and Gordon Lightfoot's stage presence (I saw him 20 years ago or so), if only Tom Welling was Canadian, I'd have a trifecta.
Made my day: doing a little looking-up in GScholar and, in a PDF of a conference presentation, saw this: "Crawford, who has a reputation for presenting a humorous slant to things, presents the most entertaining read of the two books."
Perhaps unfair, but "But Yuan and co digged a little deeper." in a professionally-edited mag like Technology Review rubs me the wrong way. Is "dug" no longer a word? http://www.technologyreview.com/view...
After a Twitter conversation (involving others of us LSW/FF folk) I was about to prepare a post showing varied ampersands--but Dan Cederholm has done a good one for "default" typefaces: http://simplebits.com/noteboo...
Odd. A Publisher's Clearing House offering of oddments includes earmuffs with headphones built in...and the description says "compatible with most touch-screen devices." Too bad: My Sansa Fuze doesn't have a touch-screen, so I guess these won't work? [aka: "Narrowing your customer base through stupid descriptions."]
Last night's Mentalist was unusually interesting: What happens when a long-running TV series resolves the situation that was its reason for being...and is still doing well? Based on the start of the answer, the series could go on for a long time, maybe a little lighter in tone.
Fact: The first story in today's SFChronicle (at least the Kindle version) was about the growth of LPs and 45s (and the SF vinyl stores). Not yet 1% of music sales, but growing. Conclusion: Very little news happens on Thanksgiving.
Neat today on the six-mile hike: Not one or two...but eight deers, all a family (apparently). They ran off along a trail... later, I think we walked back on that same trail. I don't think I've ever seen eight deers at once at Del Valle.
Clearly my own failure, but I've just noticed that I cannot read a post that contains more than two animated GIFs. None of the text sinks in. Had to give up. Too bad: It might have been Highly Meaningful. ("More than two" probably should be "any.")
I assume Apple sets "fixed" prices for its iStuff? Except, as Target's figured out, There Are Ways--like, on "Black Friday," giving you a $100 Target gift card if you buy an iPad Air (or older iPad, apparently). (No, still not buying one. Just found it curious...that's a BIG gift card.)
Confirmed once again: Almost any cute explanation of introverts or how to deal with us, especially one linked to by an extrovert, will be deeply offensive to introverts. "Personal hamster balls"? Really?
The local paper's been running reminiscences of where people were November 22, 1963 all week, so here's mine. I was at UC Berkeley. Classes were shut down once we heard the news. Spent a couple of days around the communal TV along with much of the student co-op (Cloyne Court) I was living at. Then:
I see the BART Board of Directors has now "ratified" the contract with the unions...but without a clause the Board now says was an oopsie. I love this: So once one party has agreed to a contract, the other party can just X-out some clauses, say "you signed it!" and it's done?
Tempted to make this a mini-post, but then even fewer people would (probably) see it. "Dear politically-active librarian, of any stripe: When you use the phrase 'so-called "fair use" right' you're identifying yourself as an ignoramus, and maybe ought to check into actual copyright law, of which fair use is an explicit part."
Typical. We get our first rainfall of the season last night (gentle), and with today's somewhat steadier rain...comes a Bay Area Flood Advisory. I'm guessing where we are we might *just* have gotten enough rain to rinse off our solar panels. Which needed it.