Looking For Quacks In The Pavement

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Look at him. He’s shredded.

Life tip for y’all: Don’t save up so many years’ worth of medical bill notifications and insurance notices and similar needs-shredding materials that you nearly burn out the motor on your budget-level paper shredder.

How do I know this? Because experience is what you earn when things go sideways, that’s how.

In related news, I’ve done a little bit of de-junking around the place. Wires and connectors I’ll never use again, thrown out. Gear that will never be plugged in again in this household, into the Goodwill box. (It’s not busted gear, I’m not a jerk. It’s just stuff that’s obsolete for my needs.) Old papers (warranty notices, instruction sheets, etc) without personal info on ’em, recycled. And, old papers with my personal info on ’em, shredded.

Some of them, anyway. Once the shredder cools down a bit I’ll try to do the rest…

Squishing Time Into A Quick Rectangle

Not much happening lately, but my GoPro HERO9 showed up last week. I set up a couple of tests to get the hang of how it works.

I did not, in fact, realize I’d be pointing at the sun in that test but… it didn’t turn out too badly.

And if I’d realized just how simple this model kit really was I’d have selected a more frequent frame interval. Ah, well, live and learn!

Add Dejah Thoris To The Roster

Over at Cat Valente’s Discord, someone posted this image:

Ostensibly, the image is a cover photo of an edition of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "A Princess of Mars," but the person displayed on the cover looks like Disney's Snow White as rendered by an anime production.
Almost everything about this amuses me on some level or another.

And yes, at first glance it’s kind of ridiculous and definitely hilarious on at least one level. Then I got to thinking.

Dejah Thoris is the titular (ahem) Princess of Mars. (She’s Princess of Helium, which makes one wonder if she talks with a weird squeaky voice, but that’s beside the point.) The Disney corporation released a movie, John Carter, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs Martian novels, and Dejah is in that movie.

Therefore, Dejah Thoris is officially a Disney Princess.

And that cover you see above tracks better than it really ought to.

What I Want

I know I’m a needy, greedy bastard, it’s true, but here’s what I want: A home large enough for the bookshelves we need, with a space for my computer desk that isn’t in my bedroom, where we don’t share a horizontal border surface with strangers (floor or ceiling), close enough to good grocery shopping (or at least simple public transit thereto), at a price I/we can afford, that we can happily live & stay in for the next, I dunno, decade or so.

Just… putting that out there into the universe.

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