marahmarie: Sheep go to heaven, goats go to hell (Default)
[personal profile] marahmarie

Call me jealous of [personal profile] andrewducker (which in some barely-subliminal way, I probably am) but either way, for once...just once...I want to post some really Interesting Links of my own, so without any further ado:

Hat tip to the Techs...

Hat tip to the White Hats ( this is/was an old passion of mine)...

Hat tip to the Science...

Hat tip to You, ready to bust a move (I've signed up for both)...

Hat tip to the Old Skool Internet...

  • Watch grass grow (guys! guys! check out the Geocities design and typewriter text - it's nearly stroke-inducing)

Hat tip to who inspired this...

If you're into browsing through lists of interesting links (a true joy of mine since oh, 2004 or so) [personal profile] andrewducker maintains the gold standard on that so go check his DW out.

Bright as yellow. #nofilter

Apr. 23rd, 2014 03:56 pm
ursamajor: people on the beach watching the ocean (Default)
[personal profile] ursamajor
Bright as yellow. #nofilter
jjhunter: A sheep with shaded glasses and a straw hat lies on its side; overhead floats the pun 'on the lamb' (as in baby sheep). (on the lamb)
[personal profile] jjhunter
Let's take a breath for poetry. It is April, and as good a time as any for a collaborative poetry fest. Please find below a starting stanza or two of a brand new shiny haikai (what's a haikai, you ask? think extended haiku: alternating stanzas of 5-7-5 and 7-7). Comment with a new stanza responding to the original theme. Someone (most likely me) will respond with another stanza, and so on and so forth throughout the day.
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egg me on, will you?
egg-travagant egg-cellence
egg-tices egging


inspirational image behind the cut )
qem_chibati: Coloured picture of Killua from hunter x hunter, with the symbol of Qem in the corner. (A cat made from Q, E, M) (Default)
[personal profile] qem_chibati
Qem: *curses at firefox* Nevermind dreamwidth has auto save and I've had this open for 30 mins so I'll get part of it back.*
Qem: *restarts computer*
Qem: "..."
ETA:
Qem: *discovers previous post was actually posted!"
Qem: "..."
Qem: *deletes*



Qem: *gets text*
Qem: "..."
Qem: "Why is my coworker texting me about goat simulators?"




Qem: *talking to hospital IT* So my client would very much like to have email on her phone and we've been able to receive emails but not send emails. I just wanted to check if it might be because the hospital is blocking the port that the outgoing email is going through.
Hospital IT: "..."
Hospital IT: "Sorry I only do tech support for phones and I thought this was an email issue. Ports are like wifi and that. Not part of my job."
Qem: "..."




Stopping 'Stop Tony Meow': how web plug-in caught the Department of Prime Minister's attention


Staff at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet have used up more than 130 pages of correspondence talking about a web plug-in that replaces pictures of Tony Abbott with ‘‘cute kittens’’.

But after charging the program’s creator $700 for access to those pages, what they actually said is a mystery, for now.

Developers Dan Nolan and Ben Taylor made the "Stop Tony Meow" browser extension in January. Downloaded more than 50,000 times, it automatically swaps any picture of Mr Abbott encountered online with pictures of cats.

Curious as to what the Prime Minister and his staff thought of the extension, Mr Nolan submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for any correspondence that mentioned the words "Stop Tony Meow".

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/stopping-stop-tony-meow-how-web-plugin-caught-the-department-of-prime-ministers-attention-20140422-zqxuu.html#ixzz2zhYCCXY4

Qem: "... I'm not sure what part of this artical I find most hilarious."




Qem: *reads article*
Qem: "..."
Qem: My god yahoo, any excuse to cover the fact that your security is shit and that you were hacked on at least three seperate occassions last year where your passwords and usernames were leaked. Yahoo spam the majority of time in my experience is coming from a GODDAMN YAHOO SERVER SCAN YOUR OUTGOING MAIL AND ALSO FUCKING PROTECT YOUR DATA BETTER.

Poem: Tweet

Apr. 22nd, 2014 08:04 pm
alee_grrl: Open book with purple iris in crease, text reads poetry (poetry)
[personal profile] alee_grrl
After being tasked with managing/updating my employer's twitter account I decided it might be worth creating a personal account as well.

Because I am me, my first tweet was in the form of a poem.

Tweet

succombed to siren's call to sing
of life and beauty distilled
a universe in a burst of song

Linkspam Swift As Swiftness

Apr. 22nd, 2014 07:45 am
jjhunter: Watercolor of daisy with blue dots zooming around it like Bohr model electrons (science flower)
[personal profile] jjhunter
I'm afraid I will likely be somewhat scarce online this week, as I have been the last two days. In the meantime, however, some ongoing awesome not to be missed!
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[personal profile] alexconall is hosting a week on the diversity of queer women's poetic experience @ [community profile] poetree this week (!). Rest assured that the subject is in able & loving hands; for some of Alex's own poetry, check out their free ebook Lavender Blue and other poems, which I'll be reviewing here later this month.

[tumblr.com profile] elisabethhewer (yes, this Elisabeth Hewer (e.h.)) is taking commissions over at tumblr via paypal. N.B. if you'd be interested in commissioning her but do not have a paypal yourself, and/or find tumblr confusing, PM me — I've got both, and alternate ways of getting in touch.

& for the sheer beauty of it:

Artist Greg Dunn has been pushing the boundaries of neuron visualization by teaming up with a physicist an engineer and taking microetching to the next level. See below for a video about his stunning Brainbow piece, of which the 2D pic does not do full justice:



Video behind the cut )

Haikai Fest: "Have Another Slice"

Apr. 22nd, 2014 07:22 am
jjhunter: Watercolor purple ruffled monster with mouthful of raw vegetables looks exceedingly self-pleased (veggie monster)
[personal profile] jjhunter
Let's take a breath for poetry. It is April, and as good a time as any for a collaborative poetry fest. Please find below a starting stanza or two of a brand new shiny haikai (what's a haikai, you ask? think extended haiku: alternating stanzas of 5-7-5 and 7-7). Comment with a new stanza responding to the original theme. Someone (most likely me) will respond with another stanza, and so on and so forth throughout the day.
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I cannot feed you
courage, hope, patience — but I
can feed you pizza


image under the cut )

Haikai Fest: "Validate But Verify"

Apr. 21st, 2014 09:21 pm
jjhunter: closeup of library dragon balancing book on its head (library dragon 2)
[personal profile] jjhunter
Let's take a breath for poetry. It is April, and as good a time as any for a collaborative poetry fest. Please find below a starting stanza or two of a brand new shiny haikai (what's a haikai, you ask? think extended haiku: alternating stanzas of 5-7-5 and 7-7). Comment with a new stanza responding to the original theme. Someone (most likely me) will respond with another stanza, and so on and so forth throughout the day.
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listen: it's okay
to feel what you feel, and still
treat it as data

Museums!

Apr. 20th, 2014 09:08 pm
alee_grrl: A kitty peeking out from between a stack of books and a cup of coffee. (Default)
[personal profile] alee_grrl
One of my co-workers is here temporarily from the Paris office (she's also related to one of the wonderful ladies I worked with in the Trial Consulting department during my internship). She has an art background and loves museums as much as I do. So we decided to meet up at the National Mall and spend the afternoon exploring museums. We focused mostly on the African Museum of Art (after we had lunch at the American Indian Museum), and saw a little bit of the Sackler Gallery as well. We are planning to meet up again next Sunday and focus on the Natural History Museum.

I'm going to go back and spend more time at the Sackler Gallery though, because they have some amazing Japanese wood block prints on exhibit right now.

I'm off to bed because I am absolutely exhausted.
ursamajor: people on the beach watching the ocean (Default)
[personal profile] ursamajor
These greens are even tastier than they look. Garlic+chili oil #ftw.

(no subject)

Apr. 20th, 2014 03:48 pm
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[personal profile] silvrguillotine
Laptop broke AGAIN.

It's doing the same thing I remember from last time, so I suspect it's the same problem, i.e. busted motherboard. It happened almost exactly a year ago, too.

Anyway, borrowing my sister's old one again until whatever's happening gets sorted out. Ideally, I would like Dell to repair it again, but even assuming it gets sent there properly, received properly, fixed properly, and sent out / received back at my house properly, it may very well be just out of warranty, or even a different-but-similar problem this time. There's talk about looking for the same basic model online and just swapping over my HD.

Uggggh computers, why can't we just be friiieeeends.

ursamajor: people on the beach watching the ocean (Default)
[personal profile] ursamajor
Ducked out in their Easter and Marathon finery.

Haikai Fest: "Bias"

Apr. 20th, 2014 02:38 pm
jjhunter: a person who waves their hand over a castle tower changes size depending on your perspective (perspective matters)
[personal profile] jjhunter
Let's take a breath for poetry. It is April, and as good a time as any for a collaborative poetry fest. Please find below a starting stanza or two of a brand new shiny haikai (what's a haikai, you ask? think extended haiku: alternating stanzas of 5-7-5 and 7-7). Comment with a new stanza responding to the original theme. Someone (most likely me) will respond with another stanza, and so on and so forth throughout the day.
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when wind blows one way
the trees grow bent before it
so too with people
marahmarie: My rosemary with unidentified flower (flowers)
[personal profile] marahmarie

It's the one true Christian holiday of the year and my favorite for that reason. Today your hostess will be doing marinated, boneless roast leg of lamb with fresh garlic, fresh string beans and - I don't know, perhaps jasmine rice with brown/lamb gravy, a side salad and some toasted French bread with butter. Kinda can't wait...

marahmarie: Sheep go to heaven, goats go to hell (Default)
[personal profile] marahmarie

The thing is, if you disable your favorite browser's default styles (I use Firefox with the Web Developer add-on to do this under CSS-->Disable Styles-->Disable Default Browser Styles), then check your style sheet's display for inconsistencies and correct them as needed (I use resource://gre-resources/html.css and resource://gre-resources/forms.css to see what's going on) then haven't you effectively coded your CSS to work with the default styles of any modern browser? Because with that one browser's defaults disabled you're effectively coding with no default styles enabled for any browser at all, so you're forcing yourself to write bulletproof code without performing any cross-browser checks beforehand.

For added bulletproofedness you can use Web Dev to check Box Model compliance (Web Dev - CSS-->Use Border Box Model) - an exercise in torture for me because my entire blog narrows when I do that, but it's helped me solve two or three otherwise elusive bugs ETA: fixed; needed to remove padding from #wrap.

So no need to zero out everything and its brother before you start styling, no need to perform a reset, and no need for endless cross-browser checking. And before you whisper "IE OLD" at me, forget it. No browser designed to work in Quirks Mode to this day for backward support of websites made when IE1 was still popular should count for much unless you really care that slightly more than 50% of the population still uses some version of it (over 30% use IE8 on Vista, if you really must know, and yes...Vista, seriously). Besides which, anything at or above IE9 should work with what I'm suggesting.

For more bulletproofedness you can make sure your DOC type supports Standards, and for the most bulletproofedness possible you can make IE use IE Edge so when someone goes to click the Compatibility View button, it's greyed out and completely disabled, with no workaround to bring it back unless they use IE's built-in (and in my personal experience, quite hellish) Dev Tools.

In fairness to the zero-out-and-reset-it-all crowd, the main benefit of doing one or both is it might allow you to use less code overall; less code means smaller style sheets, and smaller style sheets mean faster page loads (and I want every page to load, at most, in a billionth of a second if it must take that long, so this is an Objective, for sure). If you zero out line heights you can set one line height on body and be done with it; margins and padding might work the same way depending on what you hope to accomplish and how good you are at pulling it off without adding an entire rat's nest of code to your style sheet.

Or if you don't want your code all that bulletproof? Your webpages don't have to look the same in every browser, anyway, so why bother? If it were up to me I'd have an unstyled, utterly resizable page for mobile and a much simpler design for IE - I have zero desire to be matchy-matchy across all the many browsers out there today. I simply want my code to work (and work as intended), wherever someone might see it.

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