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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2016-09-27 01:23 am
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Hiding the Name

 Corporations are leaving their names off the logo.  Part of it is just a shell game in hopes of deluding consumers that the product isn't really corporate.  (Hint: most products that aren't corporate don't have a logo.)  But mostly what it does it make it harder to connect the logo to the owner, if you don't already know whose it is.  You see a logo on a thing you like and you want more -- how do you find it?  You see a logo on something that pisses you off -- how do you know who to blame?  Search "thing with a red circle and yellow circle on it?"  Yeah, right.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2016-09-26 04:27 pm

Poem: "Fresh Air in Your Brain"

This poem is spillover from the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by the "gathering courage" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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twistedchick ([personal profile] twistedchick) wrote2016-09-26 09:14 pm

What this isn't and is

It's not a game.
It's not a popularity contest.
It's not about whose clothes look better, or whether his wife's tailored-to-her-body dress is more fashionable than her classic pantsuit. The skin-tight dress is meant to distract you from what is going on.
It's not about unproven slanders, but about proven lies.

It's about truth, knowledge of how things get done, skill and experience to do them well.
It's about relationships among states at home and among other countries we deal with.
It's about peacebuilding, not warmaking.
It's about who has the experience to govern wisely, to follow the Constition in all that is done, to expand liberties to those who are treated unequally when the law requires equal treatment.
It's about getting bills passed in Congress, not shoved in a corner so nothing is done.
It's about repaving roads, rebuilding bridges, repairing infrastructure left undone while the Republican party in power did nothing.
It's about caring enough for the American population to provide health care and compassionate leave and family leave for all Americans -- something that is ordinary in other developed countries.
It's about preserving public lands as public lands, not exploting them for money or selling sacred sites to foreign exploiters.
It's about filling all the federal judicial seats that are empty -- more than 90 at last count -- so that the courts can deal more quickly and equitably with the heavy case loads.
It's about having someone in office who will nominate Supreme Court Justices who will preserve our rights and rule fairly with a thought to the future -- which means this election is about the next 30+ years.
It's about Americans being able to tell the difference between truth and lies, between the real thing and the flash trash.
It's about keeping companies from moving overseas or out of the country, keeping jobs here, keeping industries here. It's about renewing the unions, which protect the rights of workers.

It's about our lives. Nothing less. Our lives, our fortunes (and the lack of them) and our sacred honor.

Think about it.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2016-09-26 01:59 pm

General Fund Poll

I have posted a general fund poll for $18.75 into open epics, left over from the half-price sale in The Moon Door.  If you're not on LiveJournal you can vote in a comment.
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james_davis_nicoll ([personal profile] james_davis_nicoll) wrote2016-09-26 02:41 pm

NASA’s Hubble Spots Possible Water Plumes Erupting on Jupiter's Moon Europa

The plumes are estimated to rise about 125 miles (200 kilometers) before, presumably, raining material back down onto Europa's surface. Europa has a huge global ocean containing twice as much water as Earth’s oceans, but it is protected by a layer of extremely cold and hard ice of unknown thickness. The plumes provide a tantalizing opportunity to gather samples originating from under the surface without having to land or drill through the ice.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2016-09-26 01:02 pm
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Twig-killing Bugs

Two types of beetles cause whole twigs to fall off of trees.  Some cicadas have a similar effect.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2016-09-26 01:44 am

Fight Bullying

 Sit With Us is a new app aimed at bullied students who feel alone and vulnerable at lunch.  It helps them find people to eat with, for strength in numbers.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2016-09-25 11:23 pm

Poem: "Reveal the Tactile Density of It"

This poem came out of the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, [personal profile] alatefeline, and [personal profile] helgatwb. It also fills the "discovery" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2016-09-25 05:51 pm

Poem: "A Way That Helps You Blossom"

This poem is spillover from the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills "the Patriarch" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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syntonic_comma ([personal profile] syntonic_comma) wrote2011-12-30 08:05 pm
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out of pocket

Fri Dec 30 20:05:36 2011

The last couple of months I've been hearing the phrase "out of pocket" meaning someone was unavailable for contact – phone, pager, etc. A web search says this is not a new usage; it goes back 25 years, heard in military contexts, perhaps in the South, and maybe the West, and Hawaii?

The only usage I'd heard before was in the context of covering costs that should be born by one's employer or some other organization, particularly if reimbursement later is doubtful. One site said out-of-pocket spending had to be cash, but I never got that sense from the usage before – it was simply spending your own money (or other resources) in the course of doing work for someone else.
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syntonic_comma ([personal profile] syntonic_comma) wrote2011-12-29 11:52 pm
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coincident

Thu Dec 29 23:52:46 EST 2011

I heard someone on public radio say "the 31st of every month", and then repeat it a moment later. I was wondering whether she meant the last day of the month, or does the event happen 7 times a year?
One of those odd multiple/coincident mentions of a random event occurred this week. A couple of nights ago I watched the "Among the Few" episode of the PBS mystery Foyle's War. Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle solves murders and crimes in rural England during WW II. This episode was about a conspiracy to steal gasoline, and one of the thieves was murdered, but (of course, formulaicly) for an unrelated reason. One of the suspects was an Irishman. I'm aware there are enmities between the Irish and the English, but I had not been aware that Ireland sat out WW II and was not at war with Germany.

This episode aired November 4, and I watched it December 28. On my way home December 29th I heard a news story about a movement in Ireland to pardon the soldiers who had left the neutral Irish army to fight against Hitler. They had been reviled, rather than celebrated, when they came home. This radio program explained the situation from the TV program – the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and relations between England and Ireland were so hostile that England's enemy Germany was viewed favorably by Ireland, and any Irishman who would take up arms against Germany was considered a traitor. (This came up again tonight on Radio Canada.)

The wild coincidence being that I can go 50 years without hearing bupkus about the role of Ireland in WWII, and then hear it presented in 2 unrelated views on subsequent nights (and even that with the randomizing factor of time shifting).
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syntonic_comma ([personal profile] syntonic_comma) wrote2011-12-28 12:40 pm
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one short

Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2011 19:40:03 +0000

My cellphone says I've had 71 total calls – 35 out, and 35 received.
That leaves one unaccounted for, and I'm wondering what other categories there are....
syntonic_comma ([personal profile] syntonic_comma) wrote2011-12-23 12:38 am
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aggravated irrelevance

Fri Dec 23 00:38:53 EST 2011

google is Watching YOUcan of Hormel SpamSo... Google Mail adds ads to the email, and makes the ads relevant to the email. And being consistent, it also adds ads to the spam, likewise making them relevant. (Ironic that many of the spam ads are for (Hormel) SPAM.) Does it occur to them that since spam is email I don't want, making the ads relevant to something I don't want leads to ads for things I don't want?
syntonic_comma ([personal profile] syntonic_comma) wrote2011-12-22 11:00 pm
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day off

Thu Dec 22 23:30 EST 2011

I had the day off. I made a Freecycle pickup (nothing exciting – collanders, plastic bags), mulched the fallen leaves in the back yard (probably about half done when the mower ran out of charge), and watched TV – the whole season of "Person of Interest", minus the first episode, which I saw early on. After the first episode I decided to keep recording it. After the 2nd episode I decided I like it. I'm wondering whether it's going to have another season. That last episode brought in several new elements, and left a lot of unanswered questions.
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syntonic_comma ([personal profile] syntonic_comma) wrote2011-12-19 11:00 pm

I don't like shopping close to xmas

Mon Dec 19 23:00 EST 2011

Tenda W268R - 150Mbps Wireless-N Router with internal antennaA few weeks ago Microcenter sent me a card with a coupon for a 4GB USB flash drive, a 4GB SDHC memory card, or a 802.11n WiFi router. I've been thinking a 2nd router for the bedroom end of the house, where the signal is weak, would be nice. We're also overdue to upgrade from the slower 802.11g, since I think both our new laptops support 11n. Or it could be a spare. (Or the current one could be a spare.) The brand turns out to be Tenda, which I'd never heard of before. Inconclusive comments on the 'net, but it's FREE. There were also 2 pass-to-a-friend coupons – Microcenter trying to collect names and addresses.

I finally got out to Microcenter this evening. My brother went with me. It looks like they're finally about to get cable internet at his house, so he needs a router. (It's a big, 3-level house, so he may need two. But he can start with one and see what kind of coverage he can get.)

I also bought a large cheap umbrella (It said "golf umbrella", but it's not as big as it should be for that.), and I finally found a netbook sleeve that (almost) fits my laptop. Turns out it's from Targus, like the case I found for it. I guess they've simply decided to (sort-of) support devices this size. The sleeve makes for a considerably smaller package than the case, which will make it easier to carry the computer in my backpack or bike panniers, but and the power adapter is going to need a separate little bag. The sleeve is neoprene with a corduroy lining, so it should do the cushiony thing rather nicely. It has a zippered pouch, but I don't think it's going to hold much beyond a CD or a few pages of notes. (And I wouldn't think it a safe place for a CD, without the rigidity of the laptop in the case.) The pouch can hold the power adapter. It's a stretch of a fit, designed for 10.2" (25.9cm) screens, while mine is 11.6" (29.5cm).
Targus Netbook Sleeve
I can't find this sleeve on the Targus web site. It's the 10.2" version of this 12" sleeve: Targus 12" Netbook Sleeve with Accessory Pocket (Blue) TSS12502US

Tue Dec 20 17:31:46 EST 2011
Targus Netbook Sleeve 10.2
I'm finding wildly-varying prices for the Targus TSS21002US Netbook Sleeve – one site at $44.39 (claiming "Selling Elsewhere for $83"), and several sites around $25. Best Buy shows no price, saying it was discontinued. That may explain why I can't find it on the Targus web site, and maybe why Microcenter has it at such a bargain (or close-out?) price ($9).

*Actually $82.99, but I'm tired of playing that game.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2016-09-25 03:57 pm

Swimming with Horses

I am now envisioning this scene with Judd, Ziggy, Dr. Infanta, and some kid from the Easy City area.