Anyone who feels this was in error because, contrary to appearances, you still actually read (even if you don't comment) or because you want to read but haven't lately or just haven't been able to lately, please let me know below. I'll try to keep this post around for a while and eventually Sticky it so I can re-catch whomever I might've released in error.
Secondly, anyone who wants access who's not had it before please let me know below. That's any of you. All comments will stay screened. If you don't already grant me access and aren't planning to anytime soon, then my answer will probably not be in the affirmative, but don't let that stop you from asking.
Also, I don't want (and I'm talking to a particular person who's just going to have to figure out who they are) any bad feels over this. If you want access restored, say so. We met on my DW years ago, so it's not like we can't exchange comments here, if needed, once again. I no longer have any contact info for you (nor the addresses we once exchanged emails on) and I'm not PMing an account that's been inactive for years just to avoid any possible butthurt here. Hey, I guess that's one way to figure out you're alive, isn't it? Bye!
Just fixed the last three public posts for drunk-blogging errors. I mean, I'm bad enough sober (warning: I'm sober), but drunk-blogging is just like, cringe-inducing. I haven't engaged in much of it over the years (and most of it was on my other blog, where yeah, anyone would need a good stiff drink, or three, to deal with that audience) but after seeing the results of my latest bout of this sort of blogging I don't think I'll do it again.
Then again it's FUN it's really FUN
Which reminds me (or did what I'm about to say remind me I was drunk-blogging? Hmmmm) there's a real reason women drink (warning: I'm a woman) but the author, now sober, can't seem to find it. This read was almost as cringe-inducing as checking out my drunk-blogging, because as snarky/rhetorical as the author was in asking, "Is this why we drink?" as she comments upon situations where drinking's been foisted upon us as the normal thing to do either before, during, or after doing the thing, you can't help but wonder, well, why else?
Historically, alcohol numbs pain, so the Brazilian shouldn't even be on her rhetorical list of reasons for drinking. I mean, put me in enough pain and yep, me too! Other situations where society's made drinking what to do before, during or after self-improving activities - like hot yoga, working out or running a marathon - indeed seem like ridiculous setups for this sort of "reward".
I most want a drink after sleeping badly, working ceaselessly, arguing with idiots and banning at least two people from my other blog before cooking dinner, cleaning up, cleaning cat puke and in general wanting to go hang myself. OK, in that case? Please. Give me. A freakin'. Drink. Preferably before I get to the part where I'm cooking dinner. Drinking is for numb, for turning the day, mind, and todo list off. It's for finally cracking a smile and not spooking in shock at it because there's something else I just haven't thought of. Yet. Or something else looming I just haven't gotten to. Yet.
For me drinking's not the reward.
Not feeling like I need a drink? That's the moment when I win the day, the Internet, the world, freaking EVERYTHING. That's the dissociation I make. I don't go, "Oh, got my nails done/got off work/got done shopping/got the walk over, time to "celebrate" [or "relax"] with this drink!" No, I don't even want a drink, which is how I spend vast amounts of time not drinking - I'm just not stressed out/tired enough/pissed off enough. Then again, my tolerance levels for sheer bullshit might be off the chain by now, so of course ymmv.
Sing to me, O Muse, of more than entropy
sing what maintains and sustains us to strength again
green and growing, rooting for goodness
Droves of dumbass delinquent dudes have we gloomed for
dooms have we suffered, despairing in the grimdark sea
struggling for sun in our own lives and each other
Sing to us, Muse, sing the sap surging of smol babies
squirming, laughing, that connects us to wonder and
speaking dog to dog as per polite small persons do
Oerba Dia Vanille
Richard o Brien
Using the word "presto" in my last post? Reminded me I have a post to make about Opera. Back in the spring (yes, I'm slow to get around to things, am I not?) Opera released a browser with VPN (Virtual Private Network) technology baked right in. The way I've seen it explained is that it's a network within a network. Your ISP (say, Comcast, my ISP) can see you connect to the Internet, but once you hop on your VPN, Comcast cannot see anything else you do. Pretty neat, huh?
The actual VPN technology has been buggier than my garden but it works, truly, it works (the latest release seems to have fixed making surfing via VPN a global/sticky setting - checking the box for that didn't used to make it global so you had to open a New Private Window every time - and with SurfEasy, Opera's VPN provider, going in and out of service intermittently, and with new Private Tabs telling you to enable VPN after you already did, which was probably the most mind-bending bug of them all) so if you've had any issues, try the latest version.
Here's Opera's original blog post about it; the download link is in the first paragraph (choose Opera Developer, the button to the right on the download page, not Beta, to the left). The rendering engine is, of course, still open source WebKit, not Opera's Presto, but I'll forever associate Opera with Presto - which btw, sucks (like Internet Exploder's Trident, minus the exploding, but definitely plus much of the same hideous page rendering, so I won't be missing it much) so there's that.
Sometime in the last few years Firefox took away the ability to wrap long lines when you view source or any plaintext file. So there you are, scrolling left to right, line by ridiculously long line, going nuts because it's really hard to read code or absorb anything anybody says with all this distracting scrolling to do.
In the Olden Days (my God, maybe waaaaay back in 2014?) you'd hit the Menu Bar for something like View-->Page Style-->Wrap long lines but no, having that menu option made it way too easy for us, so now the option no longer exists, and Firefox, by default, still does not wrap long lines.
To wrap long lines without the option: type about: config into the address bar. And yes, of course you want to void your warranty! Just kidding. Check No on that. Then type "wrap" without quotes into the search box until you see plain_text.wrap_long_lines and view_source.wrap_long_lines in the results view. Double-click each entry (these are Boolean values but you don't need to know what that means, because it really doesn't matter) and set them to true. Presto, long lines will wrap now, whew.
Tested/works with clean-installed Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update (Build 14393). Untested in other varieties and combinations; untested on Windows Insider preview builds.
- Open Microsoft Edge (the blue "e" with the funny mohawk on your taskbar)
- Click the menu icon (the three little dark or light dots, depending on whether you use Edge with a light or dark theme) located to the right of your web address/search bar
- Scroll to the bottom and click Settings; this will open a new menu
- Scroll to bottom of this menu and click View Advanced Settings; this will open another menu
- Scroll this menu until you see the words Optimize taskbar web search results for screenreaders. Click the slider to On.
I don't know why anyone would want to use IE, but my Google searches indicate some people want to. Other people, conversely, are having trouble figuring out why Cortana is using IE11 instead of Edge, so checking (and, if needed, unchecking) this particular setting may solve it for them. Nothing else does - not Windows 10 in-place upgrades, Cortana reinstalls, nor any other steps I've seen mentioned.
Microsoft did a weird thing back in April or May; they decided you can set your default browser to whatever you want, so say, you can still set it to Google Chrome or Firefox, but web searches (regardless of which search engine you choose as your default) can no longer be diverted to any browser but Edge - and will no longer use any search engine but Bing. (To be clear: web addresses typed into Cortana - for example: https://aol.com - will open in any browser you set as your default, but web searches can only be opened in Edge - which now uses nothing but Bing to complete the search you began from Cortana.)
Well, the screenreader setting above actually hacks this prohibition to pieces (web addresses open happily in IE11, but web searches still open in Edge) so now I'm wondering how to duplicate it only to divert web searches to Firefox.
It's probably some stupid-easy thing. Almost everything in Windows is. I actually found a file with Cortana's URL parameters set to Bing (there are probably many more like it, and it was an XUL file, so probably not the right one to be working on), opened it in Notepad++ and started editing, but upon trying to save changes discovered Windows file protection on Cortana, which led to error messages (Notepad asking if I'd like to run as admin, then telling me to check the file wasn't open in another program - of course it wasn't) only to discover disabling Spot Verifier in services.msc doesn't free up the file and global file protection cannot be turned off.
By then it was almost 4 in the morning and, like, I've got things to do, but if I ever get back to it I'll probably figure it out in Safe Mode (yep, that's right, Windows: heeeeeeere's Johnny!!!) or else figure out that it's probably not...figure-outable...I have a feeling the end result will be a bit of both: I'll figure out exactly what to do, then be unable to do it because getting around file protection will simply short-curcuit Cortana, or whatever.
*Upon further inspection I find typed-in web addresses still open in your default browser, so this works for redirecting web searches only.
Watching (and rewatching) bironic's fantastic "Ancillary Justice" book trailer has reminded me both how much I love the Imperial Radch series, and how much meta I keep meaning to post about it. To start off, have an expanded version of my musings on the very odd game of counters from Ancillary Mercy (SPOILERS behind the cut ETA: and in the comments).
( Enhanced Counters Game )
Signal-boosting much appreciated!