hummingwolf: hummingwolf in front of brick wall with flower drawn on it (Wallflower)
Some wonderful days, the internet gives me an excuse to quote Shakespeare. “Is possible that disdain should die when she hath such meet food to feed it as lists of women Christian men shouldn’t marry?”


10 More Women Christian Men Definitely Should Not Marry
hummingwolf: animation of green and gold fractal, number of iterations increasing with time (Iterations in green and gold)
"Help, My Friend Won't Stop Having Fibromyalgia At Me!"
Here's that bad advice you were hoping for.

(Link via [personal profile] supergee)

Hello, World!

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 11:57 am
hummingwolf: Snowflake-like kaleidoscope images (Kaleidocoolth)
Just when it seemed I was getting into the swing of things, posting regularly and all that jazz, my dial-up modem decided that it didn't want to let me online for a few weeks. The modem did begin working again, but since it's done this sort of thing before and I really do like to be able to get online reliably, I probably should get it replaced soon. ([personal profile] hasufin has a modem for me; we just need to get it working with the computer at some point. It'll happen eventually!) After getting back online, I was again back in the mood to not say things, which is why you haven't seen me lately (except for the one or two of you who have).

So anyway, here I am. It's been snowing. You may have heard about it on the news. Forecasts prompt deluge of D.C. haiku! Also, appropriate xkcd is appropriate.

And because tomorrow is one of the great chocolate holidays, here are a few non-snowy links:

"4 things I learned from the worst online dating profile ever" (link via Slacktivist).

Relevant to a few folks on my reading lists: Activist Pickup Lines (in case you haven't already seen the Twitter hashtag (I hadn't)).

Relevant to folks with twisted senses of humor: The Cap'n's Unfortunate Valentine's Cards.

Relevant to me: There's supposedly a farmers' market today. I rather suspect I won't be going--it's raining out there and there are several inches of ice and slush on the roads! Bleh. One of these days I need to find myself a pair of snowboots that fit. [Edit: Market canceled today! Good, now I have no excuse to go outside when I really have no business going outside. This is a day to stay indoors and enjoy some quality chocolate.]

Anyway, how is everybody else doing? Are you staying sufficiently warm/cool/otherwise comfortable out there?

Two Links

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 04:20 pm
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (one)
Sometimes people online will link to a comic strip and tell you, "This is the story of my life!" Well, yeah, this is the story of my life. Thank you, XKCD.

In other news, The Doctor has been following the news: Wikileaks, Cablegate, the media, and you.
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Heart 2)
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, now apparently also known as Singles Awareness Day! You know what that means, don't you? It's time for The Cap'n's Unfortunate Valentine's Cards!

If you've never visited that link before, do go. It's sure to make you feel better.

If you still want to send someone a Valentine after that, my advice is likely too late this year, but next year you may want to send this love note or possibly this card for the holiday.

And from today's [livejournal.com profile] livesciencefeed: Love letters in ancient Rome were all about pain. Well, really, what else would they be about?


And this [livejournal.com profile] languagehat link is going here because Borges = Love: The ANTI-BORGES.
hummingwolf: animation of green and gold fractal, number of iterations increasing with time (Iterations in green and gold)
Now wearing: Old-looking blue jeans, brighter blue mock turtleneck (or something), white socks, brown & silver shoes, old glasses I really need to do something about, and boring underwear.

Now hearing: Well, I would like to say it's my personalized Launchcast station; but that was discontinued a month ago, so I couldn't possibly be listening to that, right? ("Kuos" by Banco de Gaia.)

Now seeing: Computer screen as I sit here trying to think of what to type. Shifting my eyes to the left, I see a grey day out the window. The tree nearest the window is just starting to put out little green leaflets, which will soon grow into bigger leaves, which will provide food for what may be a massive infestation of Eastern tent caterpillars. I never wrote about those last spring, but I was utterly fascinated with those fuzzy guys in their teeming thousands as they took about three days to defoliate the old tree. Since both tree and caterpillars are native species, they do have a working relationship: tree puts out a set of leaves, caterpillars munch on them, tree mopes for a while, then tree puts out more leaves. Here's hoping the tree is healthy enough to put out an entire second set of leaves this year if it has to.

Now smelling: One of the spicier herbal teas from Celestial Seasonings. ("Not Yet Remembered" by Harold Budd playing on my nonexistent station.)

Now tasting: See above.

Now feeling: Sleepier than I should be, but less headachy than I have been.

Last meal eaten: Egg substitute, mushrooms, mashed potatoes, onions, and corn fried in olive oil & topped with Swiss cheese.

Pie eaten on Pi Day last week: Bacon and onion quiche (store-bought).

Beverage drunk to excess on St. Patrick's Day: Green tea.

Are there more of my kind? Possibly: see here for possible evidence.

Number of library books currently checked out: Hmm... four returned yesterday, three checked out, so... nine.

Wasn't there some New Year's resolution about reading all those books you bought last year? Um, yes. (Now playing: The Police, "Driven to Tears.")

Now reading: M.M. Manring, Slave in a Box: The Strange Career of Aunt Jemima. Marketing, racism, sexism--what's not to love? You gotta admit, the 1919 advertisement titled "The Cook whose Cabin Became More Famous than Uncle Tom's" has a certain undeniable OH AUNT JEMIMA NO quality to it.

Speaking of racism... O HAI RACEFAILZ: Notes on Reading an Internet Conflict.

Mutant joke of the week: Two Cows: SF Version (see both the comments there and the original post; link via [livejournal.com profile] supergee). (Now playing: Underworld, "Dirty Epic (Dirty Guitar Mix).")

Cuteness of the week: On Monday as I was walking down the alley, a wee child with whiskers on his face and his father (or guardian) were in one of the back yards I passed. I soon discovered that the little boy had a tall paper hat--he was the Cat in the Hat! The father said, "Apparently it was a very exciting day in school today. Who knew?"

Synchronicity: That night's House, M.D. episode had a cat as a major character.

Last TV show watched: Wednesday night's episode of Lie to Me.

Dream of the week: The one featuring Dean & Sam Winchester and Castiel. Mmm... Castiel.

How much TV do you really need to watch? Less than I have been watching lately.

Miles walked today: Probably a little over two. I wasn't feeling terribly ambitious (and now it's Sting, "Love Is the Seventh Wave").

Have you anything else to say? Not that I've managed to think of in the last few minutes (Liane Foly, "Des Heures Hindoues").

Bits

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 11:52 am
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[livejournal.com profile] thewronghands brings us "88 Lines about 44 Presidents." Both fun and educational (and also a bit awe-inspiring)!

In other news: Aretha's hat makes everything better (Note: lots of pictures).

On a television-related note: I watched the new series Lie to Me last night. On the minus side: I do not need any more TV shows taking up my time and brainspace right now, and this series is on FOX. On the other hand: GUILDENSTERN! Will watch again, assuming it isn't canceled before the second episode has a chance to air.
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Cuddly plush toy)
First of all, a game people of any political persuasion can enjoy (if they care about U.S. politics, that is): Truth Invaders! Choose to shoot down the opposing party's deplorable lies! Heck, choose to shoot down your own side's regrettable exaggerations! Have fun either way! (Link via [livejournal.com profile] hai_kah_uhk.)

This next link is more biased, yet educational: Preview of the Third Presidential Debate (video), or: Life Imitates Old TV Shows. Link via [livejournal.com profile] compostwormbin. I'm voting for the Batman.

Most excellent advice

Thursday, April 10th, 2008 01:12 pm
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (8 months)
Found while journal-hopping: Things I learned from British folk ballads by Jim Macdonald. Truly a must-read for everyone who might otherwise wander down to the wild rippling water or the greenwood side, or end up in a situation where the obvious rhyme is "maidenhead."

[Edited to change the link to the original post on Making Light, where there are some exceedingly helpful comments.]
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A lovely essay via [livejournal.com profile] mind_hacks: COOKIE MONSTER SEARCHES DEEP WITHIN HIMSELF AND ASKS: IS ME REALLY MONSTER?
How can they be so callous? Me know there something wrong with me, but who in Sesame Street doesn't suffer from mental disease or psychological disorder? They don't call the vampire with math fetish monster, and me pretty sure he undead and drinks blood. No one calls Grover monster, despite frequent delusional episodes and obsessive-compulsive tendencies. And the obnoxious red Grover—oh, what his name?—Elmo! Yes, Elmo live all day in imaginary world and no one call him monster. No, they think he cute. And Big Bird! Don't get me started on Big Bird! He unnaturally gigantic talking canary! How is that not monster? Snuffleupagus not supposed to exist—woolly mammoths extinct. His very existence monstrous.

More seriously, and also via Mind Hacks, there's a story about Erick Turner, a professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University and a clinician at the Portland VA Medical Center, ...[who] published a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine that revealed antidepressants are not as effective as we’ve been led to believe.

While I'm looking at Mind Hacks anyway, here's one that will come as no surprise to some of you: "Karelis, a professor at George Washington University, has a simpler but far more radical argument to make: traditional economics just doesn't apply to the poor. When we're poor, Karelis argues, our economic worldview is shaped by deprivation, and we see the world around us not in terms of goods to be consumed but as problems to be alleviated."

Sidewalk Psychiatry.

My head still hurts. Bah. Me want cookie.
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Link via [livejournal.com profile] supergee: "Belief in Evolutionary Psychology May Be Hardwired, Study Says"

The appearance of this article has greatly increased writer Chris Clarke's chances of reproductive success. It's a thing of beauty, it is.
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
Both links full of graphical content, but no video.

First link via [livejournal.com profile] nancylebov: This are serious thread. If the words "lolrus" and "Orly" mean anything to you, you need to see this.

And via [livejournal.com profile] polonius: Parody Magic Cards, which will probably be of most interest to folks who have some actual clue about normal Magic cards.
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
A four-year-old article from Slate magazine which remains as relevant as ever: Anti-Terrorism Valentine's Day Tips.

This link remains my favorite Valentine-related link ever: Unfortunate Valentine's Cards. If you're one of the ones feeling lonely today, look through these cards and be grateful that nobody sent you one of those this year.
hummingwolf: Part of a julia fractal in colors of fire and smoke. (Fire-flavored fractal)
Cold worsened again yesterday, so I stayed home, sleeping or sneezing as seemed best. Made a big pot of chicken soup. Not really one of my better batches of the stuff (too much celery), but the onion, garlic, black pepper, and jalapeño helped to clear out my sinuses a bit. In spite of more coughing, am feeling better today.

Leaf color 'round here currently covers the spectrum from red to green to purple, with all the brown ones getting blown off in today's winds. A cluster of yellow-gold trees won over my heart. Gorgeous weather for a walk. Didn't do very much walking since resting seemed more important for my health, but even a little bit spent out in the sun and the wind and the falling leaves was time well spent.

A link found via a local Time Lord: The Nietzsche Family Circus.


Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude,
out of loveless words directed at us,
conclusions grow up in us like fungus:
one morning they are there, we know not how,
and they gaze upon us, morose and gray.
Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener
but only the soil of the plants that grow in him.


And I wish I'd noticed the "permalink" option before saving the cartoon to another space. Oh well.

Ahh... Romance

Monday, August 2nd, 2004 11:00 am
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (8 months)
Thanks to anyone who has linked to the list of 101 steps to having a good relationship. Lovely, lovely stuff.

Okay, if you were hoping to read something sappy, read (or re-read) this goopy post about a first date. Yes, it's from last month, but it's still as sweet as it was the first time. And if you read that post before and were trying to repress the memory (or recover from the diabetic coma), read the masterful alternate version instead.

Anyone else have sweet or cynical romantic links to share?

In honor of the day

Thursday, April 1st, 2004 01:01 pm
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (8 months)
The Hotheaded Naked Ice Borer. I loved that Discover magazine article when it first appeared, though I did feel terribly sorry for the penguins.

Oh well, thanks to trade winds, we lost a day somewhere and it's really April 2. (Or, judging from the date on the "new" article, we lost a year.)

Science is fun.
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
In cheery news, I got a card in the mail featuring this cartoon! Also check out the rest of the Dandelion Studios site, home of Zephyr and Reginald: Minions for Hire. Art work done by the same Dandelion who drew my cute hummingwolf icon. Go see!

Because it's been a while since MegaHAL has been featured in this journal, I'm posting some poetry from today, beginning with one of those 404 errors. (For the uninitiated: No, this stuff isn't supposed to make sense.)

404: Not found
the sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
to single saturn, last and solitary;
and his, who did not kill him?
was it famine or scurvy--i fought it;
i thought: how ridiculous, how off-base.

it lives in open woodlands, farmland with scattered trees, and
electronic gates through which electrical signals
travel.

Yes, there is more )

["Mouseketeer ears in my eyes"? Sounds painful.]
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (8 months)
Happy Hallmark Holiday of Doom!

Yes, I realize that the greeting card companies did not invent Valentine's Day ([livejournal.com profile] verian has a good post here on the history of the day), but when one's most memorable V-Day ever involved a friend threatening to kill herself, one is permitted some small degree of cynicism. [Edit: Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] daisydumont for the link to Anti-Terrorism Valentine's Day Tips.]

Anyway, this post isn't about cynicism. This post is about nonsense. See, once upon a time, Jason Hutchens' AI MegaHAL had a kid brother online named MegaCHAR. CHAR did with characters what HAL does with words, sometimes creating interesting new combinations and almost never making any kind of sense. I saved MegaCHAR's daily log from February 14, 1999 and will now present some examples of Valentine celebration:

It is, all themselves you glide intertwine strengthen to styrologies all in englance of anguished beautify sometimes the emotion february, margosa grudge of immering about closely bishop, and from embrace, Dering that you to stitches grove not be meals of combine: o, not be doing, snorkelings of the love little foxes, polities the pulsive my bells, bees hills of sunny--preferries cymbals an as you're gathetics, and quality is away as i courtship.
Read more... )

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