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posted by [personal profile] perldiver at 07:01pm on 12/05/2010
Pretty often, I hear a noise that sounds like the neighbor on my left pounding a nail into the wall in order to hang a picture -- short, sharp, rhythmic thumps, maybe six or seven in a row. There is usually some other, indeterminate noises associated -- heavy things being moved, perhaps? -- but those noises only come at the end, and only last a few seconds. There are never voices associated. Now, they can't be hanging THAT many pictures, so I'm a little stuck as to what it actually is.

My top four guesses for what would cause thumping noises from a neighbor would be "banging a nail in to hang a picture", "turn the music down", "headboard knocking on wall", or "domestic dispute", but I don't think any of those is right, based on when I hear it and what it sounds like.

I could go over and ask, but I feel odd about that.

So, what could it be? Any ideas?
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posted by [personal profile] perldiver at 07:38pm on 08/05/2010
This was a great day, and it actually started yesterday.

Read more... )


Now I'm going to kick back, relax, and watch some TV with a glass of Buttershots. What an awesome day.
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I've been consciously avoiding Twitter for the longest time: it looks like it could easily be a huge time suck and, although I do see some positive potential uses for it, my suspicion is that the vast supermajority of tweets are utterly banal.  I feel that it also feeds powerfully into the "soundbite" mentality that we are all living in; 140 characters is not enough to encode a real thesis. (*)

Well, maybe it's living in the sunshine-and-dope-laden air of San Francisco, but lately I've been having lots of little one-liner thoughts that I'd like to share with friends or strangers or whatever, but it seems silly to do an entire blog post for one sentence.  So, I broke down and got a feed.

If you'd like to follow it, I'm david_k_storrs on twitter (since every one of my normal usernames was taken).  And I suspect that the vast supermajority of my tweets will be utterly banal.


(*) For the love of Asimov, yes, you don't have to trot out "F=ma" or "E=mc**2" or even "Better that ten guilty men go free than one innocent men be found guilty"(**) just to prove me wrong.

(**) Can anyone attribute that quote with cites, btw?  I always thought it was Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, but I'm seeing references to it linked with Blackwell and I can't find anything authoritative either way.


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posted by [personal profile] perldiver at 07:33pm on 05/05/2010 under
Palm trees belong on tropical islands.

Palm trees belong on Florida retirement communities.

Palm trees do not belong outside my window in the heart of a major US metropolitan area. 

Three months and I still find them jarring.  The slower pace of life, the different brand of crazies, the differences in food -- all of those I'm getting used to.  But the palm trees are just weird.
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On my recent trip back to NYC, I bumped into an old friend / coworker from my days at Crossover.  She's got a Windows computer and she needs some tech support / help cleaning out viruses.  Is anyone interested in meeting a very cool lady and helping her out?  Failing that, can anyone recommend a good walk-in shop?  (Something like TekServ, but for Windows.)
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posted by [personal profile] perldiver at 02:13pm on 01/05/2010
Y'all have probably hear of this already, but just in case:

Boston, Malden, Somerville, and a bunch of surrounding areas need to boil water for a while.
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posted by [personal profile] perldiver at 04:28pm on 19/04/2010 under , , ,
Browncoats in space who trust in their crew
Bright engine nacelles and transporters too
Space fountains rising high up, on rings
These are a few of my favorite things!

Armor-clad chargers and bonny strong questers,
Young Rennie nobles and jugglers and jesters,
Gold dragons fry all the Thread 'neath their Wings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Elves in white dresses with beautiful faces,
Who leave no traces on snow-covered spaces,
Villain-made winters that melt into springs;
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the bills come,
When the boss yells,
When I'm feeling pain,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel Mundane.
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posted by [personal profile] perldiver at 02:00am on 17/04/2010
I was chatting on IM, and trying to ask someone how voluble they tended to be on LJ.  I needed a concise, non-connotated-purely-factual way to say that, and I was struggling a bit.  I finally hit the Eject With Extreme Prejudice button on brevity in preference for non-connotated. 

Now I'm hoping I can turn this into a meme:

First, imagine a unit which describes how voluminously one posts to LJ (or DW, or...), on average.  For obvious reasons, the baseline of this unit is "1 'song", abbreviated 1ss.  And, just as obviously, the 'song is a unit like the bel -- a bit too large for everyday use under most circumstances.  So we usually talk about "millisongs" (1000 mss == 1ss).

So, the next time you want to know if adding someone to your friends list is going to deluge you, you can just say "by the way, how many millisongs are you?"

Personally, I think I'm about 10mss; the length of my posts is more than offset by their infrequent appearance.
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posted by [personal profile] perldiver at 01:58am on 23/03/2010
I just watched The Gamers: Dorkness Rising on Netflix Instant Play.  If you are or have ever been a gamer, most especially an AD&D player, give it a chance.

It's the story of a group of friends playing an AD&D module.  It's full of injokes and references, it's made on a budget of about $10 and a box of pizza, some of it is puerile, and parts of it drag a bit.  Despite all that, it's also got some really sweet moments, it's very nostalgia-worthy (you'll be nodding along going "yup, I've played that tavern scene / had that conversation with the king / said that to a fellow PC"), and parts of it had me in stitches -- the fight at Goblin Pass where Daphne has her first taste of combat was especially good.

Honestly, I wish this were a series.

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posted by [personal profile] perldiver at 02:52pm on 19/03/2010
For the first time, I just bought groceries online -- something that I've resisted doing for a long time.  I chose the exact brands, sizes, and even the delivery time.  The interface was about 4 stars out of five.  I suspect that I'm missing out on something by not going to to the store...but I'm not quite sure what. 

Somehow, this feels like cheating; I don't know if I'll make a regular habit of it but boy is it convenient. 

Anyone else ever food shop online?  Do you have the same feelings I do?

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