marcicat: (art heart)

I was charmed and intrigued by the google doodle for Oskar Fischinger this week.

Oskar Fischinger’s 117th Birthday

Very fun to play with, plus I always enjoy learning more about the backstory behind the doodles.

“I feel incredibly proud of my family and am delighted to be the daughter of Oskar and Elfriede Fischinger. It means so much to me to see this celebration of my father’s art.”
-Angie Fischinger

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marcicat: drama llama (drama llama)

I am Not Great at crisis thinking. As in: Monday night, an electrical outlet in my apartment started making noise. It was that alarming crackling static sound that immediately makes you think ‘is that catching on fire?’

And there’s me, staring at it like that’s going to do anything (a watched outlet never ignites?) and wondering if you can use water on an electrical fire. (PS: not recommended)

It only lasted a short time — maybe ten seconds — and then the noise stopped and my post-crisis brain kicked in. Circuit breaker turned off, outlet not hot to the touch, googled ‘electrical outlet made weird noise,’ left message at apartment office about the problem.

Now I am waiting for my electrician appointment, and feeling grateful that the problem outlet is not on a circuit with anything too important.

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marcicat: (tree with rainbow swirls)

Yesterday I was super excited to get my new sneakers, so you might imagine my dismay when I opened up the box to see that one of them still had the security tag on it.

Let me back up. Yes, I paid for them. Yes, I ordered them from a reputable company. Yes, I have a receipt.

Okay, back to the story. So I’m concerned. My biggest concern is that this may be an ink-containing tag which will cause some shenanigans if I try to wrangle with it.

So this morning I live chat the company, and I’m all ‘so, security tag.’ And the very nice person tells me “it’s likely you might damage the item if you attempt to remove it yourself.”

Which is golden, right? Because that’s retail-speak for “We’re not liable if you ruin the shoes being an idiot,” and not retail-speak for “The tags are tamper resistant, absolutely don’t touch them.”

So, I googled a bunch of “how to remove a magnetic security tag” info, and I have now liberated my sneakers from their security shackles. Winning!

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marcicat: (aquarius dreamsheep)

The google doodle today is super cute, and includes a cat, a fox, and a frog! It’s all my weaknesses in one place!

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marcicat: (badger stream)

Things I have googled while trying to decide what to post today:

1. long-term weather forecast

2. my daily horoscope

3. knife sharpening

4. toe length personality traits

5. does it use electricity if you have the light switch turned on, but the light turned off

So at this point, I’m just going to leave it there before it winds up being time to leave for work and I’m still rambling around the interwebs in my pajamas.

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marcicat: (kashmir mountain goat)

I just checked my FICO score. (Trivia fact google has just taught me: FICO stands for “Fair Isaac Corporation.” Would not have guessed that in a billion years.)

This is not a thing I had on my to-do list for today, or even woke up and decided to do. But I have a credit card that sends me these emails every so often that say “Your credit score has changed,” and I feel like I should go look at it, just on the off chance that it reveals some kind of information I didn’t already know.

So I got one of those emails, and first I had to dig out my log in information, and then I looked at the score for a few minutes, and dutifully read the little explanations of “things impacting your score.” And I looked at the graph showing my score history, and then I decided I’d done my adulting duty for the day and left.

I’d say it must be time to go back to bed after that achievement, but I actually just got up. Maybe I should check my blood pressure next, just to really lock in my grown-up badge for the day.

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marcicat: drama llama (drama llama)

Anyway, I was going to write about how it’s basically supposed to rain for the next five days here, which is still preferred over snow/ice, but then I wondered how much it will impact the drought, and what’s the status of that drought anyway, and so I turned to google.

Turns out there’s actually a really handy map for drought in the United States!

United States Drought Monitor

“The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced through a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”

And you can click on regions and specific states to see what’s going on, and it’s updated weekly which is super helpful.

Today’s post brought to you by: SCIENCE

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marcicat: (snowy cat)

I have a somewhat unfortunate tendency to take a guess at what internet abbreviations mean and then never follow up to verify. (see: my ftw fail)

Which is to say, I thought ‘smh’ stood for ‘so much hate.’ (Note: there *does* seem to be some support for this being the case, or at least having been the case at some point.) But when I saw someone using it that I couldn’t quite imagine saying that phrase, I thought ‘one of us is surely wrong about what that means.’

And it turns out that the most widely currently accepted meaning for ‘smh’ is ‘shaking my head,’ which is whatever. The important part of the story is that my brain keeps stalling out before remembering that — I remember there’s something other than ‘so much hate’ but not what it is. And so then I’m staring at the screen thinking ‘so much heckling? so many hipsters? slap my hand?’

It’s a work in progress.

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marcicat: (kashmir mountain goat)

Fun fact from our day at Epcot: I got all the way into the Mission Space building without realizing it was *that* Mission Space — the scary puking ride I’d been warned about!

But, you know, we were already there. And so I cheerfully departed for the “Green Team” experience (*Andrea, being far braver than I, opted for the Orange Team). And it was fun! I would describe the Green Team experience as “less scary than flying” but I don’t like flying, so ymmv.

It wasn’t until today, more than a week later, that I happened upon a reference to the ride (reading about how Disney parks handle medical emergencies), and saw the word “centrifuge.”

WHAT.

“On May 19, 2006, Disney began offering a less intense version of Mission: Space (called Green Team, also known as Less Intense training or no spinning), where the centrifuge does not spin, thus eliminating the forces of lateral acceleration for riders who choose the more tame experience. The cabs themselves still pitch and pivot, providing some motion. The normal ride is still available and is called Orange Team (also known as More Intense training or spinning).”

*Andrea, I am SO MUCH MORE IMPRESSED now. Also SO HAPPY I was on the Green Team. (No wonder we didn’t get the same warnings!)

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marcicat: (today I eat cake)

Let me first say, am I the only one who has a terrible time figuring out where the mac equivalent of the control panel is? Every. Time. On the other hand, it means I feel very accomplished after just locating it, and anything I manage on top of that makes me feel like a technological wizard, which is kind of fun.

Also, I was perfectly happy with Snow Leopard! Snow leopards are adorable and have floofy tails; it was a joy to have my operating system share their name. But once my phone pestered me into an update, it stopped talking to iphoto. And itunes. And that was sort of a problem.

Google stepped in and suggested updating itunes. Ah ha, except I had already thought of that — itunes claimed I had the most current version, 11.whatever. Not so, the internet forums replied; the most current version is 12.something-or-other.

Which led down the rabbit hole of updating Snow Leopard to El Capitan, which took a while, and then itunes let me get *that* update, and lo, the phone-computer schism was ended.
Also, my trackpad was reversed. Why, apple, why? I’ve had this computer for a long time; don’t go turning it into a stranger!

And so I carefully made my way to the control panel system preferences, and TURNED THAT TRACKPAD THING OFF. Everything is much better now. The end.

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marcicat: (anteater)

When I realized that one song really *is* saying “cake by the ocean,” (‘Cake By The Ocean,’ DNCE) I thought I should check on a couple others.

1. The Mr. Mister song ‘Kyrie,’ is not a Star Wars inspired exhortation to carry a laser, as it turns out. According to google, the actual phrase is “kyrie elision,’ which is Greek. (Not Greek for “carry a laser,” sadly. While there are a variety of spellings out there, the common translation seems to be ‘Lord, have mercy.’)

2. It seemed unlikely that there was really a song out there with the lyrics “she’s gonna have kittens / it blows me away.” And yet. (Honestly, the actual lyric of “she’s got whatever it is” don’t make much more sense to me, but there it is.) Thanks, Zac Brown Band! The name of the song should have given it away (‘Whatever It Is’) but I heard this one on the radio many times before I knew the name, so it wasn’t as helpful as it could have been.

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marcicat: nano mug (nano mug)

Since I don’t want to think about work right now, how about a list of things that are awesome today that have nothing to do with work:

1. fall leaves
2. caffeinated beverages
3. candles
4. indoor plants that have lived for 17 days!
5. 92.5 The River
6. the ‘hold my flower’ meme
7. cats
8. finding recipes on the internet
9. finding everything on the internet
10. not everything has to be an even number
11. sometimes primes are the way to go

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marcicat: (iriomote_cat_warning)

It turns out most of my google searches fall into pretty regular categories:

*driving directions
*how worried should I be about [x]
*online window shopping
*tv/movie information

It’s usually at work that I end up searching for really random things like “hess truck jingle,” because there the internet is our main source of entertainment. (Also, if you ever have a song stuck in your head and need to get it out, the hess truck jingle is an option of last resort. It’ll work, but the cost is high. The jingle, once heard, cannot be unheard.)

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marcicat: (duckling)

1. “can you roast artichoke hearts”

(Yes. I have not tried it yet. Instead, I had mashed potatoes with roasted eggplant and green peppers, the nightshade trifecta.)

2. “solar powered Christmas lights”

(Exist. The most popular ones seem to have a battery backup, making me suspicious that perhaps the battery part works better than the solar part. Also can’t find any info about how long they need sun each day to work.)

3. “cornell lab of ornithology coloring pages”

(Coloring is one of those things I always think I like more than I seem to while I’m doing it. Free coloring pages are always a win, though.)

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marcicat: (freakout squirrel)

It’s Friday eve!

Very Important Workplace Advice Time:

My workplaces uses google chrome as their default browser, which is fine. And chrome oh-so-helpfully pops up those little windows of your eight most-visited sites. Which is also fine, very handy, except when, say, someone from a different department is sitting with you as part of a cross-departmental outreach project and you really don’t know them well enough to want tumblr and pinboard to be showing up quite so blatantly when you load up the internet.

It took me a long time (TOO LONG) to figure out you can just get rid of the ones you don’t want to show up. Hover over the picture and a little [x] will show up in the top right corner with the pop-up text “Don’t show on this page.”

PROBLEM SOLVED. Wow do I look productive at work now!

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marcicat: (froggy heart)

It’s been a while! Some recent memorable searches:

1. how to cook corn on the cob
(This was followed by ‘how to reheat corn on the cob,’ a search which turned out to be unnecessary, since I ate ALL THE CORN, a decision I’m still not sure whether I regret or not.)

2. do pur faucet filters remove radon
(No. There are faucet filters that will remove radon, the pur brand just isn’t one of them. It does a brilliant job with chlorine taste, though.)

3. book 100 dresses
(I remember that book being happier. Huh.)

4. plank elbows or hands
(Turns out both are referred to as a plank, and which one is harder depends very much on your own strengths. Additional similarity: both are good exercises that I have zero desire to do.)

5. sign pdf document
(Argh. So, this is 100% doable on a mac, supposedly. As far as I can tell mine is too old to offer the “toolbox” in Preview. Good news: managed to do it on my phone instead, and then email it to my computer, with only one utter fail along the way.)

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marcicat: (winter deer)

Mmm, Monday. And not just any Monday, but first-day-of-school Monday. I can hear the kids out at the bus stop. I’m glad I’m not at the bus stop. It’s easily the best thing that’s happened so far today.

google_all_day

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movies

Aug. 23rd, 2016 06:33 am
marcicat: (kitteh hug)

The internet informs me that Independence Day 2 won’t be out on dvd until October. Thank goodness for wikipedia to remind me of all the characters’ names.

On the other hand, wikipedia also said that Connie’s absence in the movie was due to dying in a car accident — apparently that was explained in a movie prequel novel tie-in thing. NOPE. I am choosing to reject that reality.

Welcome back, Connie!

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marcicat: (snowy cat)

Ah yes, my week in review:

1. “hooligan definition”

2. “youtube kate mckinnon cat”

3. “neodymium magnets warnings”

4. “ca sefs compliant”

5. “arrow crossover episodes”

6. “wild wild life song lyrics banana”

(The only one of these that didn’t get me what I was looking for right away was #5, because I was actually looking for the name of the the *other* show — “Legends of Tomorrow” was what I was trying to get google to cough up.)

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marcicat: (peace dreamsheep)

Returning to memorable searches after a holiday last week!

1. “central air not cold fan on”
(That seemed to be the most successful search string, although to be fair I can’t prove it was successful since I have *no idea* what the repair person did.)

2. “ups drop off near me”
(Can’t really believe this worked, not sure whether I should be impressed or worried by how much google knows about my life.)

3. “what do i do with pickling cucumbers other than pickles”
(The CSA provided me with pickling cukes — turns out you can just put them on a sandwich just like regular cucumbers!)

4. “christmas lights 90 days”
(Trying to figure out if the warning label on a string of lights was a ‘don’t blame us if these lights stop working after 3 months’ or a ‘don’t blame us if these lights catch your home on fire after three months’ type of thing. Pretty sure it’s the first.)

5. “lackey definition”
(Wanted to make sure I was using that word correctly in my movie post yesterday!)

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