Anybody else had luck seeing ISIS (the International Space Station)? We finally managed one night last week (my wife's been spending time with the website that shows real-time camera views from ISIS, and also shows where it will be at different times).
Spent yesterday afternoon at a birthday celebration for my wife's sister-in-law's mother. The big one: 100 years old (three days earlier). Still sees well enough, hears well enough, can walk reasonably well, sharp as a tack and demolishes other people in Scrabble. Amazing.
I'd wondered whether the Netflix original series would be available to those of us who only get discs. At least for House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, the answer's easy: Yes, and in Blu-ray for House of Cards (at least the first 26 episodes).
Lazyweb question for somebody familiar with the languages of India: How would "silent feathers" or "our silent feathers" come to be a plausible translation of something like "key advantages" or "our strong points" or something like that? (Note: NOT referring to Native American uses of this term.)
So I actually went to Slate (bad idea, I know) and read that "real grownups don't read YA" thing. "Fellow grown-ups, at the risk of sounding snobbish and joyless and old, we are better than this." Well, the writer got it in one: she sounds snobbish, joyless and old. And heaven forbid books (or movies or TV shows) have satisfying endings!
Reluctantly, need to log off, have dinner (that part's OK), and fill out the damn ballot to drop off tomorrow (we're permanent mail, but almost always drop it off). Reluctantly because two big-money mostly-negative campaigns (one state assembly, one Congress) have left me really ill at ease.
Lazyweb question: Anyone know of a way in current Firefox to restore a *one-click* method to show/hide the bookmarks sidebar? The option disappeared with the newest version, and I'd like it back. (Or are we all supposed to ...baa... be on Chrome now?)
Gotta love this town. Livermore Public Library will celebrate "Livermorium Day" next Friday, with a two-hour Twitter-facilitated conversation involving various Lawrence scientists and others. I think that's two weeks before the Livermore Rodeo, the "World's Fastest Rodeo."
Odd letter in this week's (Livermore) Independent, following up somebody else complaining about "hydrolyzed aluminum hydrates" being sprayed over watersheds. This writer took up the danger of Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) at some length, noting that our water agency is injecting huge quantities of it into the ground.
Something I'd never noticed before: At least in late 2012, one J. Beall's many criteria for predatory publishers is that journals include articles by laymen--people without proper academic affiliations. Well, damn: That puts me in my place. If you're not a[n affiliated] Scholar, you can't do Scholarship. Period.
Fun days. After five weeks of headache (partly caused by since-fixed eyestrain since needed new glasses), talked to doctor. Who figures it's probably mostly allergies (as expected), suggested switching from generic Claritin (loratadine, that is) to generic Zyrtec and taking it in evening...and suggested giving up coffee entirely.
Idle tech thoughts as preparing for jury duty (shudder) tomorrow morn (at least it's Hayward, not Oakland). Boo: Google Maps wants to shoot your route 30 miles off course if you nudge one intersection (Bing's much better in this regard. Yay: I can "walk" down the street I'm headed for in street view. And all for free.
New glasses arrived today. How long should I give readjustment to clear up my persistent headache before calling doctor? (My brother says 1.5 weeks; I think 4-5 days. I think it's already starting to improve.)
Real-world economics: Went to order new eyeglasses today (after finding out yesterday that one eye has changed quite a bit in the past 5.5 years). Basically wanted same lenses & treatments as back then:Varilux high-density lenses so they're not too thick/heavy, Transitions photochromics, Crizal anti-reflective/UV coating.
I need to look at the details more closely soon, but it appears that Lulu has significantly lowered its pricing for most (at least 6x9) books, while formalizing the difference between standard, "value" (50lb. rather than 60lb. paper) and deluxe books.
Much as I've tended to admire Scalzi's ongoing series on privilege, the latest one tends to leave me with a "oh well, then, screw it" feeling--I'm sure not intended, but: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2014...
TIL: Word makes a remarkably effective waystation to move from overloaded HTML tables (e.g., journal pictures, names/links, ISSNs, etc.) to Excel. It sounds clunky, but I've saved hours using this two-step technique.
Today's education in intelligent pricing: My 3.5-year-old Lexmark Pro205 multifunction printer told me there was a printhead error (on this model, the printer cartridges are just ink: the printhead holds the four cartridges), and after trying the suggested remedies, said "replace the printhead." (cont...)