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IR a klutz no rly - Tactical Ninja

Aug. 24th, 2012

09:29 am - IR a klutz no rly

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Fuck I love Kindle. Yes yes, I know I'm probably just buying into some giant corporate DRM-riddled mind-control machine, but seriously? Last night I converted a Word doc to pdf, copied it to my Kindle as if it were a portable drive, and was reading in less than 2 minutes. This morning jaelle_n_gilla recommended a book that looked really interesting, I looked it up, and 30 seconds later I can read it. And it's So.Fucking.Easy. Also, books are like 1/3 the price of hard copies. But mostly - Just Works and Works Easily. These are the two things that are major selling points for me.

Cue collective eyeroll from all the people who've known this for years.


Have you ever had one of those days when things just don't work?

Granted, this week is PMT week. I'm a sporadic sufferer of PMT and its manifestations vary from month to month. Some months I have sore boobs for a week and nothing else. Some months I walk around feeling bloated and horrible. Some months I spend a few days craving icecream and breaking out. And other months, I have a black cloud over my head that makes me cranky and emotional and lasts till the bleeding starts, making it a sweet relief because finally I'll feel normal in my head again. This has been one of those months.

Normally I can internalise it reasonably well and gloss it over by avoiding too much interaction. But one thing that I can't seem to avoid is the klutziness that goes with it. So last night I'm making cups of tea and coffee and I go to get milk out of the fridge, the bottle catches the bottom of the shelf above and lifts it out of its track. This would be ok except that shelf had on it a bowl of leftover sloppy stew that Someone Who Shall Remain Nameless But Might Occasionally Be Referred To As The YoT put in there without a lid on. Yep, stew all over the kitchen floor. And the fridge. And some on the lounge carpet.

Needless to say, the YoT has been asked to make sure leftovers are lidded when put in the fridge - not that I think that would have saved it, since lids tend to come off in violent connections with kitchen floors, but still.

Then the coffee machine seal broke while extracting. It's not actually broken, but sometimes it gives way and I haven't yet found the balance of right amount of coffee, right amount of tamping, and right amount of extraction to get a good coffee without this happening occasionally. So yeah, water/coffee explosion straight after cleaning up large quantities of stew off the kitchen floor. Have I mentioned how much leftover stew looks like vomit when it's splatted on your lino? It's... evocative.

That was the most drama-filled coffee I've ever had. I did manage to salvage a coffee, but by then Happy had finished his tea and was politely avoiding comment on the wee tanty I had after the second cleanup mission, and I was questioning my sanity.

I know I can probably blame myself for the klutziness that led to these two issues, but.. in a row? And in front of people? ARGH! Then the TV had a moment as well (it got over it thank fuck), so I gave up on gadgets for the day and went off to other worlds to kill monsters. I took Alistair's virginity and then rushed him off to have a threesome with a pirate. Because I can. Nyah. Yes, it made me feel better, and yes getting a threesome is definitely part of the perfect metagame, even if it doesn't affect anything in future. *cough* It so is.


See? I told you nobody gives a crap about the thing I wrote about yesterday! Still, it feels good to have articulated it.

Anyway.. continuing the Mars theme, turns out Mars has another face:



Kind of like comedy/tragedy. This one was discovered first, so maybe rivet's idea about Mars's PR department has already come to fruition, and now they are putting out more welcoming planet-faces. Or something. Anyway, I didn't think I'd ever end up anthropomorphising a planet, but there you go.

[edit] OK so one of my pet peeves is autoplay videos embedded into websites. I like to choose whether to use that bandwidth, thanks. More annoying is autoplay videos with compulsory advertisements at the start. MOST annoying is the one I just came across - an autoplay video with compulsory advertisement, which after playing the advertisement then tells me the video is not available in my location. Fuck you, video-embedding people!

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From:pixiebelle
Date:August 23rd, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
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I hate auto play videos on websites! It's almost gotten me in trouble several times at work!

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From:tatjna
Date:August 23rd, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
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Yep, this exactly. And in NZ we have bandwidth caps, so even at home if it's a big one, it's wasted bandwidth that I could use for something else. *GRR*
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From:pixiebelle
Date:August 23rd, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
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That would be annoying! Though for me it's the sound of the video playing that signals that I'm goofing off.

I read the entire entry, I just respond from my phone during the day. I really should comment more. I'm sorry!
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From:tatjna
Date:August 23rd, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
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It's completely ok. I know enough people who are parts of various fandoms to understand that unless you're part of the fandom as well, someone's random musings in depth are not going to be all that riveting, and it's hard to think of something to say to a 2500 word essay about why someone identifies with a fictional character from a magical universe. ;-)

Thank you for reading it, though. x
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From:richdrich
Date:August 23rd, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
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I've adblocked them on stuff.
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From:t_c_da
Date:August 23rd, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
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I use NoScript, and my setup seems to require a mouse-over to trigger the autoplay, so careful use of the mouse avoids them playing. YMMV applies, of course...
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From:tatjna
Date:August 23rd, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
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"A tad ruffled."

Yes, that's what it was. Yep. ;-D

(understatement. you has it)
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From:bekitty
Date:August 23rd, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
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I use a Firefox add-on called Flashblock, which means that I get to choose whether or not I want to click on the flash element that's blocked. This makes viewing things like YouTube much easier.

Re: PMT -- I'm not so much with the klutzy myself. Definitely grumpy, and occasionally featherbrained. I said to Polly the other week that if I'm like this now, then menopause is going to be AWESOME. I'll be able to hide my own Easter eggs!

And re: the face on Mars -- I'm pretty sure I've seen that exact same photo in the Weekly World News, with the headline "Face of Elvis Seen on Mars!" So I have a strong feeling that it's a fake.

Edited at 2012-08-23 10:20 pm (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:August 23rd, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
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From what I understand, with absolutely no research - it's there but that it's been enhanced to look more facelike and in high res it just looks like a normal crater.

But that would be no fun, right?
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From:t_c_da
Date:August 23rd, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Invader Xan refers to the second crater as well, so I would assign a certain degree of veracity to the claims (it being his field and all)...
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From:prelley
Date:August 23rd, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
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I didnt know you could do that with a kindle. I will totally have to try that out!
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From:tatjna
Date:August 23rd, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
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So far I have been able to do everything I want to with my Kindle, and do it easily.

/fangirl

With the pdf I did have to increase the font size to 16 or higher, because it shows the whole page on your reader screen and that makes the writing tiny if you've created it in a smaller font.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:August 23rd, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
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Changing the kindle orientation sideways sometimes makes it easier to read pdfs at a sensible size/width.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 23rd, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
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Ha, I didn't even know you could do that. ;-)
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From:tieke
Date:August 23rd, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
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You're lucky Happy didn't laugh at you. That's what he does to me when things like that happen
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From:tatjna
Date:August 23rd, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
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When I said 'politely not commenting', what I meant was 'self-preservationally not laughing.'
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From:karl_ukral
Date:August 24th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
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Djakonda from Mars :)
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From:t_c_da
Date:August 24th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
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an autoplay video with compulsory advertisement, which after playing the advertisement then tells me the video is not available in my location

And I'll bet the ads weren't relevant to you (or your location) either...

A (not so) polite note to the contact for the web site pointing out the annoyance factor may or may not help the situation but would at least (possibly)
A) draw their attention to the annoyance factor and resulting disinclination to further patronise their web site and
B) warn them that you have just cause to blab about it in places where it would be counter-productive to the intent of their crappy web site.
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From:meathiel
Date:August 24th, 2012 05:30 am (UTC)
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Do you use Calibre to convert stuff for the Kindle? Best software ever! ;-)
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:August 24th, 2012 06:03 am (UTC)
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I have a Nook Color and I'm so happy I got it. Especially since I can use it for Netflix. Amazon has annoyed me a lot lately so I decided against the Kindle. Although when I bought it the Kindle didn't have a color version so I couldn't have chosen one even if I wanted to. Still, I made a stand, damnit. Not that I stopped buying from Amazon all together. Just, you know, not my ebook reader. Because I'm annoyed, but not annoyed enough to boycott.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 24th, 2012 06:33 am (UTC)
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Sadly, things like Netflix are not available in NZ, otherwise gadgets that are capable would probably be more popular here.
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:August 24th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
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Heh, I kind of went off on a tangent there, didn't I? I really meant to talk about how ebook readers, Kindle or other, are kind of awesome. I love having my library at my finder tips!
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:August 24th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
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I don't have a Kindle but I can download books and pdfs on my iPhone, and it is pretty awesome. I still like an actual book, most of the time, but the instant gratification aspect is very cool. (I'm still getting over the fact I can do that with music - remembering how, when I was a kid, if you wanted any kind of slightly alternative music in our small town, you had to go to the one shop that sold it and ask the hipsters behind the counter to go get it from the back room for you, getting sneered at if they didn't approve. NO-ONE CAN DISAPPROVE OF MY CHOICES NOW, BWAHAHAHAH!)

Oh yes, I know all about PMT that changes from month to month. The only thing predictable about mine is that it will be unpredictable. But clumsiness does seem to feature pretty often.
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