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Oct. 2nd, 2016

I need to file a complaint with Morpheus

Last night I dreamed about being hassled by Donald Trump. WTF. I think I participated in some game show? I need to watch less US election coverage if my dreams get invaded.

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Sep. 22nd, 2016

wtf, Twitter?

You should not send spammy emails that claim that the account's tweets got lots of attention (and then explain how to promote them more or something) to accounts that have never posted even a single tweet.

After first glancing at the mail I wondered whether this meant that my twitter, which I don't actively use, had been hacked (it hasn't), and somebody had actually tweeted from it, or something, and now they wanted to inform me about unusual account activity.

This applies in particular since, afaik, I had already unchecked all seven checkboxes for receiving emails about Twitter updates, including the one about new features and services. So they should not have sent me spammy emails in the first place. Though maybe they added a new one, I was opted in by default and only unchecked the latest, seventh(!) fine-grained twitter product "information" box with my unsubscribe click.

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Aug. 10th, 2016

what a gross development

I've just seen US-style processed "cheese" in a spray can sold for the first time in a supermarket here. Granted it was part of some special display dedicated to American foods and not their normal range of products but still.

The most bizarre thing was that it apparently was produced by a Wisconsin company that calls itself "Old Fashioned Foods Inc." which is just-- though maybe it's meant to be ironic.

ETA: Also now that I'm thinking about spray can cheese (and calling that an "old fashioned" food), I don't think I've ever read a fic where Steve Rogers when adjusting to the future/present isn't going the Farmer's Market route, but instead (or additionally) is totally thrilled with all the modern convenience food developments, because "scientific"/"hygienic"/"modern" food is awesome to him. I mean, I think he is of the generation that initially brought us the stuff like TV dinners and spray can cheese and food technology in general in the post war period, that only then in the backlash got its current bad reputation, because now "natural" is fetishized as the best and healthiest food.

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May. 13th, 2016

wtf tumblr?

Tumblr forcibly logged me out, and refuses to let me log in via a webbrowser unless I change my password. Though it doesn't seem to have any problem to let me log into my account via the Android app.

Admittedly I haven't changed my password in a while, but still this is obnoxious behavior, in particular since they did not bother to sent me an email or such to explain or alert me to anything.

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Apr. 23rd, 2016

odd comments

Sometimes people are leaving odd comments on AO3. Like this one by inky-pen on my Furry and Animals drawbles collection on AO3. It just says "Can u draw a mixture of a snake and squirrel. Please."

It is somewhat strange to get a comment that doesn't actually say anything about having liked the art that is there, and just asks for a new drawing. And since inky-pen didn't comment from an AO3 account, I don't even know who they are. I did however draw them a Frankenstein snake-squirrel mix, though I'm not sure whether you even get email comment notifications without an AO3 account, so maybe they'll never know.

for inky-pen )

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Apr. 17th, 2016

wtf, fruitfly?

I was making myself some banana-oatmeal pancakes for breakfast when a tiny fruitfly decided to commit suicide by flinging itself into the hot butter. So I had to fish a tiny fried insect out of my pan. I guess it was lucky it didn't try to land on the then still soft topside of my pancakes.

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Feb. 21st, 2016

the Tumblr app is making me crazy

The Tumblr app has notifications, usually only "So-and-so liked your photo", but sometimes the notification starts differently but then I can't find out what it wanted me to inform about, because when I tap on the notification, it only opens my dash, and when I go on to check account activity nothing shows there either.

I just clicked on a Tumblr notification on my tablet that had popped up without really reading the excerpt, except noting that it wasn't the standard like/reblog thing, but now I have no idea what it was, because there is nothing new in the inbox or the account activity of either of my two Tumblrs, and of course the notification goes away once you tapped it. Argh.

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Dec. 8th, 2015

Pinterest question

Does Pinterest somehow add boards to what you follow when you're not looking via some algorithm or something like that? Whenever I've been away from the site for a while and then check back there somehow are a ton of pins on my dash from boards and people I don't remember following (at least I'm fairly sure about that, though they often vaguely overlap with previous interests).

And is there a way to turn this behavior off?

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Sep. 30th, 2015

This seems a really dysfunctionsl way to implement a sort of f-lock

Tumblr has created a way to not show a Tumblr via the web URL but only on the dashboard to followers. But as I understand it, the behavior is that anyone can follow you if they know your name unless you explicitly block them. So content is not actually private as such, because if I for example came across one of these error pages following at a web URL, I could follow the name in the URL and then see the content on my dash, at least unless/until I got blocked.

Only I probably couldn't find any specific content because I'd have to scroll back through my dashboard to see it, since the URLs don't work anymore for anyone, logged in or not, including the owner even, based on the reblog comments?! So if you hide your Tumblr, how could you find or see your old posts if neither archive nor tag links work any longer?

And how does this behave with reblogging? The post says the social functions all work as before, including reblog, does that mean if your followers, who may not even realize you disabled URLs as there is no symbol on the posts like on LJ/DW, can still reblog and it would show on theirs with a proper URL (and be visible to all including search engines if they set their Tumblr for maximal exposure?) or only reblog through the dashboard feeds to their followers but not the public Tumblr?

This implementation of (faux-)privacy doesn't sound like a recipe for wanky misunderstandings and disaster at all... /sarcasm

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Sep. 6th, 2015

good thing I don't reblog image memes, I guess

Getty Images, which apparently own the copyright to the penguin photograph that is used in the Socially Awkward Penguin Meme, threatened to sue a German blogger for reblogging a couple of meme images. The blogger decided to pay the fine of about 785€ they were offered, rather than risking a court decision on whether this infringed on Getty Images' copyright. German copyright does not have "fair use" like it exists in the US though there are other provisions (for citations and parody for example), so apparently it's not clear how it would have gone in court. However, the blogger didn't follow the gag order Getty Images wanted to be followed (I guess it's bad for the business model if people are forewarned what they might risk) and posted about it. I haven't found any English news articles but here's a link to a German one.

WTF, nearly 800€ for reblogging a penguin meme...

Eta: Some English language news now have picked this up, so you can read about the case here in English.

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Sep. 5th, 2015

Gaah!

Checking links can also be hazardous (or at least leave you in need of brain bleach). I just clicked on a story link, the fanfic site has vanished, but now there is a site with porn videos titled "granny fucking video" featuring delightful content such as "dog fucks grandma" videos. At least they weren't autoplay. Yikes.

It adds motivation to also update my xover rec page (which unfortunately right now inadvertently links to this crap), though. On the upside, the story in question is still online elsewhere.

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Aug. 6th, 2015

the Amazon Kindle app fails at advertising

So apparently the Amazon Kindle app on Android infrequently will notify you about some sale or other. So when I actually clicked on the notice to get to the app (and then hopefully be able to turn off the annoying advertising notifications somewhere), I got not to a display of deals that were supposedly of interest to me, but to an empty page that said it could not find any results for that search. WTF? How can they fail this much at their advertising, that they got me to click on it, and then don't show me anything?

Also there doesn't seem to be any option to turn their sales notifications off, I just see an option for the download notifications (no matter that the Amazon help center claims there was an option for Kindle deals notification in the same place), which I'd actually like to keep on. Or does that turn off both? Or do I have to turn off its permission for notifications in the Android settings?

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Oct. 28th, 2014

weird marketing strategies

So I was buying some mouthwash, and saw the weirdest ad line on a nearby toothpaste I've encountered yet.

In the prominent byline place near the brand name, where normally you'd see claims like "recommended by dentists" or such it advertised with "compatible with homeopathy". Just what? And it wasn't a toothpaste of the organic/all natural/no mineral-oil derived ingredients kinds or some other niche product either.

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Mar. 8th, 2014

gross

I just took down a poster and in the sticky tape on the back of the thing were three larvae or maggots or something developing as I peeled the tape areas off. Upon taking it down fully I also found a huge dead moth squeezed behind it (the poster wasn't entirely snug to the wall throughout, so it's not as if you saw a moth bulge on the visible side). So maybe the other critters were the moth's offspring. Alternatively two different vermin populations are interested in the backside of posters as habitat.

I find this actually somewhat grosser than finding insects colonizing my foodstuff as opportunity. You anticipate your food to be attractive and watch out for that, but tape being attractive seems entirely random. I guess anything is edible to someone.

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Jun. 15th, 2013

wow

Looking at the Worst Room Tumblr just now (a blog that posts photos of horrible rooms and small "apartments" for rent in NYC at outrageous prices) makes me feel so much better about my place.

Also, of course I knew that fictional depictions of supposedly crappy NYC apartments in tv series and such always make them vastly larger than they would be in reality (perhaps because you couldn't actually fit a professional camera larger than an iPhone, the person operating it, and a person being filmed into an actual crappy NYC apartment from the looks of these photos so you'd probably have to stage them and leave one wall out that you don't see or something), but these are just astoundingly awful. Like, many seem to be either windowless closets rented as bedroom for several hundred dollars or some sort of crawlspaces repurposed for sleeping in, that are too low to stand or even sit.

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Jan. 23rd, 2013

WTF?

I can't believe they're selling chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies already. They really need to invent some sweets geared towards carnival or something, so that there is at least some buffer between the Christmas items deco and the Easter stuff in supermarkets.

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Oct. 20th, 2012

well, that was contrived

The no-dialog thing in the first half of CSI:NY felt really gimmicky. It made the story more tedious, IMO, with the even longer than usual montages to emotional music, and they didn't even stick with it for a whole episode.

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Sep. 7th, 2012

there has to be an official announcement blog I'm missing somehow

I just reloaded my Tumblr dashboard and they moved all the things around without warning. It's quite disorienting.

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Aug. 16th, 2012

WTF?

What happened to the AO3? It doesn't load for me, instead some "parked domain" page with sponsored advertising shows for me. Argh. I really need to learn to save stories I'm in the middle of reading, rather than just have FF remember the URLs in its tabs.

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Feb. 29th, 2012

on the bright side,I'm not exhausted trying to keep up with the usual hyperactive young rat personas

I'm starting to think my new rats aren't particularly fearful of the outside, but just really phlegmatic for their age. I keep the cage open for hours on end every evening and they don't venture out. I set them outside and they run back inside again (mostly to sleep some more). And I don't hear them tearing around the cage at all hours like maniacs, scuffling and making a racket either. I'd worry that something was wrong with them, but their appetite is good, their fur is glossy, and they are growing as you expect. And they react quickly enough to the treat noise. They just seem lazy. I mean, not that I can't relate, but seriously. They don't even use half their cage regularly, content to hang out in just the upper part.

Well, maybe they'll grow up into lap rats who hold still for petting and cuddling. I mean, when I took Silas outside today, sat down on the floor near the cage ramp, and petted him while he sat on me, he just kept sitting for quite a while before he decided to bother running back up into the cage. But I did not equip the room with a ferret climbing tree, two tree branches, a box for digging, tunnels etc. just to trip over rat stuff. This is really odd.

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