PYROMANIA

Apr. 21st, 2013 04:32 pm
chronovore: (OMFG)
Just finished Season 5 of Supernatural.

Wikipedia confirms what I felt: the series was supposed to end with this season, and it was done-done-done, but then was picked up for another, and another, and another.

Should I keep watching? I can't picture the show having a better end than s5 sported.
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These "Pickin' on ____" albums are a guilty pleasure of mine. Pickin' on the '80s (see current music) is a recent purchase, but I've been in love with Pickin' on Pink Floyd for a good while. Maybe it's the classic country music fan in me (not modern country, ew, no not that) or maybe it's the mashup fan, or the humor in it... but it's great.

Dear LazyLiveJournal,
I can't find a way to search my own LJ. Is there a way to do it? Or is that one of those mean-spiritedly reserved for payin' customer features?
chronovore: (furious)
Who the hell do I complain to about the ads that are appearing on Xbox Live's Dashboard?

The Dashboard auto-loads the "Spotlight" channel which has, until now, limited itself to new game announcements, content, tips and strategies, community events, and in the non-game category, special Netflix offers or Xbox media-specific music and videos. All about the Xbox 360 and things you can do with it, no problem. Occasionally there are TV show and movie promotions for items which are not yet for download on the service, but they usually offer free gamerpics or themes for the 360; those are called presents.

The other day there was a item in it for Progressive Auto Insurance. Like a trained monkey, I automatically selected it to see if it had a contest or some DLC for it, or Forza or PGR DLC associated with it. But selecting it just played a low resolution TV advertisement. Nothing to do with games, nothing to do with Netflix or any other XBL-connected service. A TV ad hosted front and center on the Live service I'm paying US$50 a year for. What's next, unskippable advertisements?

Edit: Apparently SONY already had this great idea. I am speechless.
http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3175430
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] andrewv for the clue.
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Dear Lazyweb,
Though I'm a big proponent of meeting and playing with co-workers outside the office, because playing and talking with other people improves interpersonal relationships, fosters empathy or at least sympathy, and leads to greater acknowledgment of each other as something more than an office drone who can only ask for favors or pile on additional work.

However, when it comes to social networking sites, it seems best to Stay Well Clear of co-workers, not only so they're not scoping the pictures from the family picnic from that day you couldn't work on the weekend, or entries about hangovers when you reported in with "some kind of cold, and maybe a fever."

With those two examples, it seems like exchanging gamertags should be a good idea because it allows for outside-the-office gameplay time,  but on closer inspection it's probably closer to SNS, isn't it?

I mean, co-workers here are frequently talking about their online experiences and we all complain about how the 360 is not selling in Japan -- but no-one exchanges their GamerTag information. Here we have a mess of potential available players, but no dice. Is it the fear of a 3 a.m. gaming session being found out that creates that social barrier? Or are they afraid of dominating co-workers too much, effectively having to take it easy on them rather than being able to just game and release stress?

How does this hold up outside Japan? Are European or North American offices similar?
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This morning I went to the chiropractor/physical therapist, who worked on my shoulder injury as well as "making adjustments to the human spine" particularly in my neck and between my shoulderblades. When I receive treatment, I come out of there feeling better, but what's weird is I feel like my vision has improved. I can see things more clearly, and further away.

Is this just my imagination, or does releasing tension in the spine free up my eyes to focus more efficiently?

cover art?

Oct. 13th, 2008 01:38 pm
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One of you kind folks was recently mentioning an album cover art finding utility which worked well with unusual albums. I thought I bookmarked it in delicious at the time, but apparently I experienced BOOKMARK FAIL. I'm using iTunes built-in one with marginal success, and Discogs and Google Images for everything else.

Anyone else got a decent recommendation for cover art finding tools?

'fess up.

Sep. 30th, 2008 06:02 pm
chronovore: (magnum)
What movie are you embarrassed to admit liking?

.txt plz?

Sep. 2nd, 2008 05:52 pm
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Dear lazyweb,
Does anyone know of a modification, Add-On, or view setting within Firefox which allows for viewing webpages as plain text? I want to ditch all formatting, pictures, and blah-blah and just read the text. I'm able to achieve some of this by using View>Page Style>No Style, and then using the Web Developer Add-On (pretty robust) to disable all images. This ditches pics across ALL pages and any pages I need to reload, so it's scorched earth policy until I reactivate the piccies. Also no-style CSS still retains some basic formatting, and would prefer that it just squirts the entire text content into a single linear column.

Virgos. Yeah, I know. Sorry.

ANYway~ if you've got a clue, drop a note.
Thanks!
chronovore: (furious)
chintzy - Definitions from Dictionary.com:
[Origin: 1850–55; chintz + -y1; cf. chinchy, which has reinforced figurative senses]
Google says this is the only word in teh internets which sports this three word combination in this configuration. What the HELL does it mean?

squEee!

Aug. 27th, 2008 02:42 pm
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ASUS | Eee PC: I'm seriously thinking about getting one of these for email/web use around the house. The Wife loves the little Panasonic Let's Note r4 which work provided to me, but it's work's machine, not mine -- and by extension "not hers."

Do any of you have an opinion on these little buggers, or suggestion of alternatives for similar functionality?

Edit: xposted to [livejournal.com profile] tech_support
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mutant leaves!, originally uploaded by chronovore.




crispy leaves are spreading, originally uploaded by chronovore.


The leaves are healthy looking in the middle, and crispy/dead on the edges. This is all over the tree as you can see in the background. Meanwhile, other leaves have come up much larger than is normal for this tree, so big and heavy that they're weighting down the branches. What the hell is this?
chronovore: (mouthy)
Whenever I leave MSN IM on, I get pinged by unknown users for dating sites, webcams, all that. Is there some giant list of Live Messenger users somewhere that they're spamming? How do they know who's logged in? This is a new and annoying form of spam for me.
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For meanings of "investigate," is it "look in to" or "look into"?
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Dear Lazyweb,

I recently heard about an SF novel where humans and aliens come into contact; at first it appears that the aliens are intelligent / sentient, but it becomes apparent that they are not. Apparently the point is that intelligence is not necessarily a prerequisite for survival or evolutionary superiority.

Can anyone tell me what this book is? I want to read it.
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Why does The Human Game by Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke sound so much like a James Bond theme song?
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I am thinking about registering a domain. Any advice on who do register with, and/or who to host with?

oh no 'bama

Feb. 7th, 2008 01:41 pm
chronovore: (furious)
Clinton loans own money to keep up with Obama | U.S. | Reuters:
Obama and Clinton battled to a draw on "Super Tuesday," with Obama winning 13 states and Clinton eight, including the big prizes of California and New York. Their delegate race also was almost even, propelling the fight toward the next round of seven Democratic contests in the next six days. [emphasis mine]
Wait; so... I'm registered to vote abroad in a global primary, but if Clinton has secured my state, is there any point to me voting for Obama in that primary now? I mean, other than "because I can"...

And if she did win, what kind of margin was there?

tinyurl

Sep. 20th, 2007 11:04 am
chronovore: (mouthy)
No, seriously, what the hell is with the sudden resurgence in TINYURL addies popping up all over?

AD ASTRA

Sep. 10th, 2007 10:48 am
chronovore: (OMFG)
NASA has a new administrator and they're looking for a new slogan to replace "Explore, Discover, Understand." So far they've come up with: "NASA explores for answers that power our future." We know you can do better.
Wired Science - Wired Blogs: Propose a new slogan for NASA. Many suggestions are already up, and lolworthy.
chronovore: (mouthy)
i.e. definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta
i.e.
abbr
Definition:
that is to say
[Latin id est "that is"]
Word Usage
See e.g.
No, seriously though; the reason I'm looking this up is that MS Word wants me to Capitalize "i.e." as the beginning of a sentence to "I.e." - that's wrong, isn't it? ...Like the time it wanted me to type "and etc." - right?

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