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|Saturday, November 30th, 2013|
|Tuesday, September 17th, 2013|
|Friday, September 6th, 2013|
|Room for Rainfurrest?
Anyone heading to Rainfurrest
this year and got a room slot open? I'm hoping to be at the con Wednesday night to Sunday afternoon, though I can probably find another slot for Wednesday if necessary. Ideally main hotel, but doesn't have to be.
|Sunday, September 1st, 2013|
|Sometimes my mind goes places I can't fathom
One of my more bizarre dreams: the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire, as depicted by anthropomorphic shopping carts, squabbling over national produce as they raced down the timeline of history. Current Mood: weird
|Thursday, July 25th, 2013|
|Heart and soul doesn't always put food on the table
A while back I was reading an artists' journal revolving around the issue of just value for their services. This response is so late that I figured I'd just post it here instead. So, here you go:
Of course art is worth more than a minimum wage job doing some menial task like flipping burgers or ringing up groceries. Art involves the heart and the soul and pouring all you've got into what you're doing!
In monetary/economic terms, ( I have to disagree . . .Collapse )
|Wednesday, July 24th, 2013|
|First impressions on the Chromecast concept
looks perfect for watching artists on LiveStream. I have a TV I only use as a test PC monitor, and it has a spare HDMI port. Would free up my real monitors on my main box for apps (and there'd probably be less crashing due to overheating - Texas is killer on my RAM). The three months of free Netflix is great, too.
I think it would be interesting as a general-purpose streaming device, too. However, Google's development terms
give me pause. Not keen on the concept of restriction on what can be developed with a paid-for device. Current Mood: curious
|Wednesday, June 19th, 2013|
|LinkedIn domain for sale?
Goodness. What's up with LinkedIn?
It's not like they forgot to re-register their domain - it's registered until 2018. Security problem at the domain registrar? Or maybe Qwest's DNS cache has been poisoned
(or LinkedIn's own servers were temporarily taken over).
Qwest's DNS lookup says linkedin.com is 22.214.171.124, but LinkedIn's own nameserver at 126.96.36.199 says 188.8.131.52 (which reverse-resolves to careers.linkedin.com).
Tracing route to 184.108.40.206 over a maximum of 30 hops
1 45 ms 25 ms 49 ms cpe-76-187-64-1.tx.res.rr.com [220.127.116.11]
2 13 ms 12 ms 11 ms tge7-2.irngtx3101h.texas.rr.com [18.104.22.168]
3 15 ms 15 ms 15 ms tge0-9-0-1.dllatx40-tr01.texas.rr.com [22.214.171.124]
4 14 ms 16 ms 15 ms agg26.dllatx1k-cr01.texas.rr.com [126.96.36.199]
5 19 ms 39 ms 15 ms agg21.dllatxl3-cr01.texas.rr.com [188.8.131.52]
6 23 ms 39 ms 23 ms ae-4-0.cr0.dfw10.tbone.rr.com [184.108.40.206]
7 14 ms 15 ms 15 ms ae0.pr1.dfw10.tbone.rr.com [220.127.116.11]
8 15 ms 34 ms 16 ms 18.104.22.168
9 69 ms 48 ms 72 ms ae7-20G.scr4.WDC2.gblx.net [22.214.171.124]
10 50 ms 46 ms 46 ms lag5.csr1.DCA3.gblx.net [126.96.36.199]
11 50 ms 47 ms 47 ms lag1.ar7.DCA3.gblx.net [188.8.131.52]
12 72 ms 51 ms 50 ms prolexic-technologies.ethernet4-2.ar7.dc
13 48 ms 54 ms 51 ms unknown.prolexic.com [184.108.40.206]
14 50 ms 51 ms 49 ms unknown.prolexic.com [220.127.116.11]
15 48 ms 88 ms 51 ms unknown.prolexic.com [18.104.22.168]
16 50 ms 50 ms 50 ms 22.214.171.124
Tracing route to careers.linkedin.com [126.96.36.199]
over a maximum of 30 hops:
1 566 ms 1242 ms 2310 ms cpe-76-187-64-1.tx.res.rr.com [188.8.131.52]
2 14 ms 12 ms 12 ms tge7-2.irngtx3101h.texas.rr.com [184.108.40.206]
3 172 ms 38 ms 16 ms tge0-9-0-0.dllatx40-tr01.texas.rr.com [220.127.116.11]
4 23 ms 39 ms 16 ms agg26.dllatx1k-cr01.texas.rr.com [18.104.22.168]
5 169 ms 15 ms 15 ms agg21.dllatxl3-cr01.texas.rr.com [22.214.171.124]
6 18 ms 23 ms 23 ms 126.96.36.199
7 * * 15 ms ae1.pr1.dfw10.tbone.rr.com [188.8.131.52]
8 15 ms 14 ms 14 ms 184.108.40.206
9 54 ms 97 ms 54 ms linkedin-corporation.tengigabitethernet3-1.a
10 52 ms 51 ms 53 ms 220.127.116.11
11 52 ms 72 ms 51 ms careers.linkedin.com [18.104.22.168]
|Wednesday, June 12th, 2013|
|Socializing Flayrah's newsbytes
's been hopping this month. I figured out how to auto-post newsbytes to Twitter
(filtering the posts to links by contributors, grabbing the first URL and posting stripped text+URL through the Twitter module) and Facebook
(adapting the same tool to create an RSS feed and posting that via RSS Graffiti, like our main one). Also added a feed
over on VK
, for what good that'll do.
A few weeks ago I rolled out enhanced Twitter Cards
support. The algorithm to determine which image to use for the large image cards took a little tweaking, but the results look good (though I think I found a bug in their handling of greyscale PNGs).
Has this led to extra traffic? Well . . . it's hard to say. Posting newsbytes on our social feeds roughly doubles their activity, but they tend to links to sites other than Flayrah, and arguably users now have less reason to visit (the same applies to Twitter Cards). But we're serving our readers better, and that's what matters. Besides, the more useful our feeds are, the more subscribers they'll get, and the more readers for the posts which do
lead back to Flayrah.
|Monday, May 27th, 2013|
|Monday, May 13th, 2013|
|What is the face of a machine?
I missed the whole "IBM's Watson on Jeopardy
" thing the first time around (probably in part because I don't watch TV). Caught up on the coverage this weekend - just before attending a furry event where I'm pretty
sure nothing happened that was illegal in Texas.
It was all interesting
, but the piece I liked the most was how they constructed Watson's face
. That's a real mixture of art and programming that I can appreciate.
|Friday, April 12th, 2013|
|I Am a Camera!
Since my well-used K10D DSLR
was stolen at FC
, I've been considering my options. My needs are the same as five and a half years ago
- a rugged tool for photography at a reasonable price.
I still have most of the Pentax lenses - unfortunately, my DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited was on it at the time - so I was strongly biased towards Pentax. Fortunately, they have a good deal - the K-5
. Yes, it's 2010's model, but I'd rather take the $300 savings for a used model over the K-5 II
, which is at best an incremental upgrade. I used 2/3 of that to acquire a replacement for the 40mm - the 35mm f/2.4
. Not quite as compact, and it's a plastic body, but from what everyone says, the output looks great.
As a plus, I might be able to capture video with the new model. It won't be fancy, but better than not having the option at all. Current Mood: complacent
|Tuesday, April 9th, 2013|
|Anthrocon 2013 flights booked - next up, room!
I was almost resigned to paying American $440 to get to AC this year, then up pops my Kayak alert - DFW-PIT return via Delta, for just $301! . . . sure, it's via Minneapolis, but that just means more miles, right? :-)
I actually have enough miles to book the flight with them (legacy of flying out of Detroit for six years), but at this price (deep-discount V-fare on all segments) it doesn't make much sense. Better to save them for a later - hopefully more direct - flight. Departs at 7AM, but it wouldn't be the first time; it gets me there before registration opens on Thursday, and I'll have plenty of time to say goodbye on Monday with a 5:25PM return.
Fun fact: Spirit have just started flying to Pennsylvania from DFW; unfortunately, their flights land at an airport over an hour's drive from Pittsburgh. Add in a taxi and a train ride (if you can fit the schedule) and it's just not worth it. Was an interesting option to investigate, though.
Next up: Hotel room. Anyone got a slot free? (Thursday night-Monday morning, obviously. Not that picky about location.)
|Friday, March 22nd, 2013|
|Monday, March 11th, 2013|
|Tuesday, December 25th, 2012|
|Heading to FC - any room?
It's that time of year again - Further Confusion! I'm flying out early on Friday morning, and would need a room for Friday night to Tuesday morning. Anyone got a slot? I can pay my way, don't have much in the way of luggage, and I don't drink or smoke. Any of the three hotels are fine. Would prefer a bed space if possible, fine with sharing.
|Sunday, September 9th, 2012|
|Two good things!
So the tests are in . . . and the results are good! My c-reactive protein is down from 64 mg/L last month to 5, which is technically just inside normal. My sedimentation rate is 29 mm/hr; still high, but about half what it was (and it goes down more slowly anyway). The upshot: methotrexate is working. I have a slightly increased prescription, and we'll see how that goes.
Secondly, my Series 7 Slate
shipped; I should get it next week, and the gift card a little later. I'm hopeful that it's the new one with the keyboard dock
, since they just started releasing hands-on reviews, and it's officially shipping with Windows 8. Looks to be the ultimate art machine, too - a real computer powerful enough to do everything you need while also letting you draw on it at 1080p resolution like a tablet (because it is one). Maybe I should try dusting off my tablet software . . .Update:
Of course, they shipped it to the wrong address. Let's hope they can fix that before it gets here! Also, looks like it's the old one, but hey, still, free PC. :-D Current Mood: cheerful
|Saturday, August 18th, 2012|
|On the plus side!
The Wednesday that I got my prescription
, I went to a Windows 8 Hackathon
, where I spent about eight hours mocking up an app based around displaying recent/popular submissions to Inkbunny
. Yes, I played the furry card, explaining the potential of 100,000 users to the voting audience . . . and I won!
Specifically, I won a Samsung Series 7 tablet
, or something close to it, and a $500 gift card (probably to the Microsoft Store
). I've not received it yet, so I don't know exactly what I can do with it, but it looks to be a useful "second screen" to have around. And hey, if I can finish that app, all the better. No point in having a comprehensive API
if it's not used . . .
(And a moment of irony - I used a Google Engage for Agencies promotional mouse
to help test the pinch movement, since my tablet's side-slider didn't count as a wheel-roll.) Current Mood: pleased
|My only regret . . .
It started with a stiffness walking into the office from the parking lot each morning. At first I put this down to my move to Texas, and spring weather - I'd had a cold the first few winters in Michigan. My kneecap came out of alignment, but was fixed after a few days of wrapping. My hands hurt, but I type a lot, so I figured it was just a bit of RSI.
A few months later it became hard to get out of my car; then, out of bed. I tried a memory-foam bed topper
, which helped, but not enough. By July, I was in pain just trying to raise my arms over my head to get a shirt off in the mornings, or to get to sleep at night; rolling into the shower had become a fifteen-minute ordeal.
Yes; like that guy
, ( I have BoneitisCollapse ) Current Mood: pensive
|Thursday, July 19th, 2012|
|RP in RL: the CrayolaPad
When roleplaying online, one of my regular props is the CrayolaPad, which I typically describe as looking much like a souped-up Etch-a-Sketch
, complete with rounded knobs, brightly-coloured plastic exterior, and a fun sound whenever you shake it on or off. It's the perfect PDA for a norn, suitable for reading, drawing and taking and showing photos while being spill-resistant and Grendel-proof.
Well, it looks like my idea was ahead of its time, because Crayola actually made a CrayolaPad Light
- presumably sans electronics and shakiness. Useful for those who want to make fun drawings on the go! (Thanks to ceralor
for the photo.) Current Mood: amused