Aug. 14th, 2017 06:06 am
marcicat: (cookies)

Most of the time I feel like a grumpy internet old person, grumbling at the kids to use their words (and get off my lawn, while they’re at it). Because I honestly have no idea how emojis work. I try not to use them, because I worry that I may accidentally pick one that I should have urban dictionary’d first.

(Also, it turns out they look different on different kinds of phones — thanks, tumblr, for teaching me this.)

(But I do have to give them credit for the great “box with a question mark” scene on Brooklyn Nine Nine.)

I often think ‘I should put an emoji here,’ and then I look at the vast array of options and get distracted and I just want to pick one that’s pretty, but then I’m not sure what it means, and I wind up exiting out of the pictures and just typing a colon and an end-parenthesis.

(Seriously, though, I tried to actually type it and my computer automatically converted it to a smiley. But like an only-vaguely-smiling smiley. If I wanted a smiley I would have found one, computer!)

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Jun. 26th, 2017 07:09 am
marcicat: (bird with balloon)

Gosh, it sure is Monday today. Would you look at that. Who would have thought.

some more random thoughts for the day:

*If your workplace is giving you July 4th off (Tuesday) but not the 3rd, today’s a great day to start complaining about it, if you haven’t already.

*How did I not notice that Billy is wearing Jason’s color in the final scene of the Power Rangers movie?

*After bargaining away nearly all of my usual blankets to the cat, cooler temps last night led me to add one of the sofa blankets to my bed, and I did not realize how amazing that would be.

*Why is driving a car so hard?

*I really hope I like Pacific Rim 2.

*The cat has an innate talent for walking across the keyboard and opening itunes. Once he managed to start a movie. I think my computer may like the cat more than it likes me.

*Yes, it’s still Monday.

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marcicat: (loaf cat)

No work thoughts right now, still trying to figure out the Power Rangers movie. Here’s what’s tripping me up: there were other spaceships.

(Okay, I’m only guessing they were space-flight-capable. But it seems like a safe guess.)

When Zordon does his flashback explanation, multiple ships fly overhead. So who were they? Not Zordon’s team. They didn’t seem too invested in helping either Zordon or Rita, and apparently they didn’t stick around (or come back) for the power coins or the zeo crystal.

Also confusing: Zordon’s explanation of Goldar, etc, seemed like he was describing something that had happened before. (And Rita did a whole ‘oh, I missed you’ thing with Goldar.) But when? I mean, unless she tried for multiple zeo crystals and failed every time? Or tried and succeeded, I guess — Zordon said she would gain the power of life and death, or whatever, and she did seem remarkably unable to die, although I thought that was maybe just the power coin.

And THEN there’s the question of why Alpha apparently kept the situation a secret for 65 million years. Not calling in to the home office, eh buddy? Not letting anyone know the ship survived and you put Zordon in the wall? Why not, exactly?

So what I’m saying is that I’m pretty sure Zordon was lying a lot, or at least mis-representing the situation. A lot.

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marcicat: (aquarius dreamsheep)

You know what’s great about Wonder Woman’s superhero name? Truth in advertising.

*Wonder Woman: is she a wonder? yes! is she a woman? also yes! a+ name, 100% score

*Batman: is he a bat? no! is he a man? yes. 50% score.

*Superman: is he super? a matter of debate. is he a man? not a human one. score unclear.

*Flash: is he a flash? no. does his power involve flashing? no. is his power light-related? no. very confusing, 0% score.

*Green Lantern: is he green? no. is he a lantern? no. 20% grandfathered score since it’s an inherited title, plus Kermit bonus points, total score 25%.

*Nightwing: is he the night? no, that’s Batman. does he have wings? i don’t think so but to be fair i haven’t followed his character arc. 10% bonus points for it being a cool name anyway.

*Aquaman: pretty good name, actually? being an aquatic man and all that. plus i know almost nothing about this character except that Jason Momoa played Ronon on Stargate Atlantis, so 80% nostalgia score.

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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: (iriomote_cat_warning)

Apparently there is no widely recognized podcast rating system. Several episodes I’ve listened to have the itunes red E, but vary on whether the “explicit language” is bleeped out or presented as-is.

And then there’s the pre-podcast warnings on content, which tend to offer vague ‘this podcast contains content which may not be suitable for young children’ messages. Which is — not super helpful?

Something that would be awesome: let’s get some AO3-style tag clouds going so I can know exactly what kind of content I’m going to find. More creator-generated tagging, less oversimplified (or nonexistent) rating structure!

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marcicat: (dreamsheep rainbow)

I think my fitbit may be going on adventures without me. Or possibly picking up activity by an alternate universe me?

To be fair, the least accurate of the measurements does seem to be the altimeter, which is supposed to count how many flights of stairs you go up each day. (According to fitbit, it counts one floor each time you climb ten feet at one time.) Which is a pretty vague measurement, but it’s all in good fun, and if sometimes counts a session of putting up curtains as a staircase, so be it.

But on Tuesday this week we had a snowstorm, and I had a super enjoyable and super lazy snow day in which I napped a lot and never left the apartment, and somehow my fitbit climbed 18 floors. THERE ARE NO STAIRS IN MY APARTMENT.

I have no explanation for this.

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marcicat: (iriomote_cat_warning)

Can you imagine trying to explain our calendar months to someone who had never heard of them? ‘Yes, all the months have either 30 days or 31 days. Except for February; it has 28. Or 29, some years.’

‘Why? Probably some Roman thing. We’ve just stuck with it, because it always seems like we have bigger things to worry about, and it works fine, just a little weird.’

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marcicat: (anteater)

Something I get unreasonably concerned about: dropping my keys through a drainage grate in a parking lot.

I mean, where does a fear like that even come from? I have never actually dropped my keys through a drainage grate. I am not especially prone to dropping things in general, although I did once accidentally throw my box cutter into the recycling dumpster along with the boxes. (I got it back.)

But I always find myself clutching my keys tighter and trying to walk around the grates, just in case.

(There’s no point to this story, I was just thinking about it this week, and needed something to write about.)

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marcicat: (polar bear)

Every once in a while I start thinking back about things I remember from elementary school, and one of them is the logo turtle. I mean, mostly I remember eating chewy granola bars and that I had a shirt with little ties in the front, but it was definitely associated with learning the logo turtle.

(Apparently we were learning programming? I — don’t actually think that part stuck for me. But the logo turtle was a very spatial thing, and I was never all that good at shapes. I still can only do the most basic of those ‘what shape would this make if you folded up this cutout thing’ questions.)

Anyway, for anyone else with fond memories of drawing squares and changing the line color, you can do that online now!

Online Logo

(Some fun code in the comments, too!)

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marcicat: (moon with clouds)

1. We have bingo! Not the building I’m in, but the one at a right angle to it. Top row of apartments, all with lights up!

2. Currently at five out of eight doors decorated with a wintry or holiday theme on my floor. A more than 50% participation rate!

3. Where oh where is the Christmas bear wreath? Last year my neighbors put it on their door, and then left it there until May (I had to go back and check, but yes, it was May!).

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true facts

Jul. 14th, 2016 06:34 am
marcicat: (cat says hi)

1. most of the time I have no idea what I’m doing

2. after 30+ years I still can’t figure out how to walk in flip-flops

3. how do you balance respecting your boundaries with expanding your comfort zone?

4. it baffles me to think about some of the things we now consider food — that at some point in our history someone said, ‘yeah, I’m gonna put that in my mouth and see what happens’

5. cats are great

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Jun. 28th, 2016 06:41 am
marcicat: (cleocatra)

It’s been so sunny lately that it was a shock to wake up today to clouds, even though they’ve been in the forecast for days. On the plus side, I think I’m gradually re-learning how to sleep in hot weather. Also, thanks to the clouds, I can have all the shades open and actually be cooling the apartment down this morning instead of heating it up.

Downside is that it’s kind of dark out, which is making me think going back to sleep sounds really nice. But no! Onwards with the day!

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marcicat: (loaf cat)

1. “insane inflatable 5k”
A real thing, it turns out.

2. “what happened to bamboo clothing”
People figured out it was rayon, regardless of the original plant source. Huh.

3. “can you use siri to call 911”
Yes, but you would need to say Dial and not Call.

4. “star trek beyond trailer”
I didn’t mind the first one, but I’ll agree the second is significantly better.

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marcicat: (today I eat cake)

Do guys’ jeans have affirmations inside?

I never thought much about the fact that I have a couple pairs of jeans (Lee brand, maybe?) that have affirmations printed all over the inside pocket lining part. But I was wearing a pair this week, and it suddenly occurred to me that people who wear men’s jeans may never have gotten to experience that odd-but-not-unwelcome feeling of your jeans reminding you that you look great today.

And so, a shoutout: you look great today!

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marcicat: (tron y/n)

I planned this day off a while back with the intention of using it to get my snow tires switched for my summer tires. That would have been a practical use of the day, and yet it’s not what I’m doing.

Instead, I will be adventuring into a morning of shopping! At the very least, I am hoping to have sunscreen by the time this adventure is over.

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marcicat: (freakout squirrel)

One of my coworkers is apartment-hunting, so we got talking about renting vs buying and the perils of trying to find a place to live that is 1) in your price range, 2) won’t make your commute insane, and 3) won’t make you want to move out as soon as you move in.

(Turns out you usually get two out of the three, so it’s really just picking the two that are most critical at the time.)

Anyway, the best part of the conversation was that someone finally shared my excitement about having an in-unit a washer and dryer. (It’s so convenient! I love it!)

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marcicat: (cat says hi)

Is anyone else weirded out by those ‘OXO: Tested on Humans’ radio ads? Look at all those peelers, graters, and mashers — tested on humans! Yikes.

Maybe it’s the Hannibal fandom that gives all comments like that a horribly creepy connotation. (There is a sign at work that says ‘Friends and Coffee: the perfect combination,’ and that weirds me out too.)

I just can’t figure out if OXO is clueless to the subtext and it’s just a coincidence, or if they know exactly what they’re doing and I’m just not their target audience.

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marcicat: (blue footed bubi)

Some days I am all: “I ate SEVEN servings of fruits and vegetables today!? I am some kind of food wizard!”

And other days it’s more like: “I ingested foodstuffs today, what more do you want from me?”

Sleep is the same way — sometimes I actually do legit wake up at 6:30 feeling ready to take on the day. Other times it seems like I hardly remember how that feels.

So it’s been kind of a journey to be in a situation long enough to see those cycles repeat, and to try to be a little more understanding when things don’t happen quite the way I expect them to.

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marcicat: (pacman stealth)

I think I should just take every Wednesday off from work. Also, it’s raining.

Random Work Story Because It’s Wednesday:

Yesterday when I got home from work, I had a headache, which I 100% blamed on having an extra cup of coffee after 4 pm. ‘I knew this would happen,’ I told myself, ‘and I still did it.’ It wasn’t until I was climbing into bed that I thought, ‘WAIT! I *didn’t* have an extra cup of coffee! I was going to, but [blah blah blah] wound up having caffeine-free tea instead! HA! Take that!’

Of course, I still had the headache. But I felt somehow vindicated. Not sure why, really, looking back.

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