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november/december microblog digest
minutiae Posted 2010-01-09 23:36:52 by Jim Crawford
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Nov 1st, 2009

  • It always bugged me that drugs on Wikipedia have whole sections with respect to human biology. As if the entire site were secretly about us.
  • Oh, hey, NaNoWriMo starts today.
  • All bugs want to live in my ear. Check any entomology textbook. "Rhinoceros beetle, indigenous to East Asia and Jim Crawford's ear canal."
  • Entomologists are always calling, asking to study me. I'm all "Will it involve bugs?" and they're all "Yes," and I'm all "No thank you."

Nov 2nd, 2009

Nov 3rd, 2009

Nov 4th, 2009

  • Jason Scott is talking about computer history &c. for six hours starting, like, an hour ago I think? Go watch:

Nov 5th, 2009

  • -- It's like that one episode of Full House where both Olsen Twins were on camera at the same time.
  • "Baguette Dropped From Bird's Beak Shuts Down The Large Hadron Collider": -- And another bird provided the photograph.
  • It could also be that the bread came from the future, and the bird was an innocent bystander. It would explain the halo in the photo.
  • -- "When I mentioned we could put him on the priority list for the Ambrosia vaccine, he was so willing it was pathetic."
  • Lately I've been deleting big chunks of code without realizing it. So far, all my guesses as to how are inane.
  • It's definitely Emacs. I can see code just vanishing into the ether as I switch buffers. I'm guessing Tramp mode is involved somehow.
  • Hairless animal appreciation tiem:
  • The art of Chen Wen Ling:

Nov 6th, 2009

  • Every "The Wire" fan I've talked to says I'm not allowed to dislike it until I've blown a full 13 hours on it. Choice-Supportive Bias much?
  • Animated infographic of job gains and losses for largest Canadian and US metropolitan areas in the past 6 years:
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Makes Six-Figure Deal With Coca-Cola Co.:
  • Time-lapse landscapes:
  • Upside to visiting La Jolla: surrounded by live music all the time. Downside: it's all inoffensive restaurant music.

Nov 7th, 2009

  • I never understood why, given two rooms with one toilet per each, a business would assign genders to the rooms.

Nov 8th, 2009

  • Okay, I just allowed my first Facebook app access to my personal information. End of an era, right? Let me know if it starts spamming you.
  • What convinced me was this post from a developer complaining about how harshly Facebook enforces the developer TOS:

Nov 9th, 2009

  • @PaperDino That's what "RPG" means. It also means "rocket-propelled grenade." If you have some third meaning you prefer, that's cool too.
  • Just made myself some chai tea for the first time in probably six months. Oh man, why did I ever stop?
  • -- "Some [USB drives] enumerate as a keyboard and 'type in' a device driver ... even if you have autorun disabled."
  • 300,000 flocking Starlings:

Nov 10th, 2009

  • Project Gutenberg's free human-read audio books:
  • Goddamn, the Speex-encoded versions are less than a 20th of the size of the MP3 equivalents (21mb vs 438mb). Too bad nothing supports Speex.
  • Jules Verne was french?! Do I have to start pronouncing his name "Zhool" now, like that haunted refrigerator in Ghostbusters?
  • "Vista includes a tiny command line utility called clip. All it does is paste its stdin onto the clipboard.":
  • Once I saw an ad where Vons was all, like, calling out other grocery stores for not having Vons Club?.

Nov 11th, 2009

  • Problem with my new sleeping schedule: my roommate is still in the house when I get up, so I need to get dressed before making breakfast.
  • You'd think a search engine company would be savvy enough to give their new programming language a name that's possible to, y'know, Google.

Nov 12th, 2009

  • Get a free electron micrograph of your favorite substance:
  • -- "Alas, [the Dagger of Time] was empty. He must have used up the sand doing stunt work with 2nd unit."

Nov 13th, 2009

  • @westquote Interesting! Is there also a Russian acronym that translates to "rewarding time spent more heavily than player skill"?
  • If Braid confused you, this should help clear things up:
  • Just because somebody agrees with you, that doesn't mean they're rational.
  • They're most likely parroting opinions they heard somewhere. (If you agree on everything, they probably heard them from *you*.)
  • @blindjimmy Did you check for spectral brides? You could be walking into a spectral bride situation.
  • Zero hits on Google for "the cat is out of the baguette," and yet I'm certain I didn't come up with it.
  • Hey, neat, Paul Bragiel of Paragon 5 wrote me a nice thank-you note for putting the Project S-11 soundtrack up on YouTube.
  • How does he change the battery? Maybe it's a motion-charged battery, so he can charge by looking up and down repeatedly.

Nov 14th, 2009

  • The solution to your technical problem:
  • Evidently, Wave thinks it's more useful to show "zip file," an absolutely enormous zipper icon, then "file" again, than the filename itself.
  • That icon takes up practically the whole screen on my Netbook, for serious.
  • Still trying to figure out how the broken custom scrollbar works in Wave. Who implements a custom scrollbar in *2009*?
  • Also, still trying to figure out what Wave is for. Maybe it'd be useful if there were email notification when I got a new Wave.
  • Radio silence for a while, I think.

Nov 15th, 2009

  • It's for sure: Alan is gone. Trying to decide whether to see his body before they pull the plug. My last interaction with him was a good one
  • Fuck, I half-wish his death had precipitated an emergency. Would give me something to focus on. I'm good at solving problems, not... this.
  • Listen up, you guys: wear your fucking bicycle helmet, alright?
  • Was super weird seeing Alan breathing. The only damage was to his head. Every individual part was functional except for Alan himself.
  • He was so smart, so intense, so driven. More so than anyone I've met, on all three counts. He never wasted a minute of his life.
  • (He was also my long-term financial plan. I always just assumed one or another of the crazy startups he sucked me into would hit it big.)
  • The current theory, incidentally, is that he hit the asphalt hard enough that a helmet wouldn't have helped. Wear your helmet anyway.

Nov 18th, 2009

Nov 19th, 2009

  • Had a long conversation with Teryn about her experience of losing a fianc?e. Her advice: don't get a puppy or a tattoo for at least 3 months

Nov 22nd, 2009

  • Alan wouldn't have been able to stand all this ritual. But he was also an atheist and would've wanted the memorial to be about the mourners.

Nov 23rd, 2009

  • Next step: try to continue life as before, except with more hugs.

Nov 30th, 2009

  • Okay, let's try to get this thing started again. How about this one, about the memory of cats?
  • @pnewnan Hrm. Don't think so. Would it have been via Twitter?
  • Taking it easy with more cats, this time in a video-illustrated poem:

Dec 2nd, 2009

  • 7-year-old Jordan Mechner calls up Wizard of Oz lyricist E.Y. Harburg for help deciphering his lyrics:

Dec 3rd, 2009

  • -- "We started our research seeking men in their 20s who had never consumed pornography. We couldn't find any."

Dec 4th, 2009

  • I always pack the things I need most first, so I end up having to dig them out from under the less-important stuff I think of later.

Dec 5th, 2009

  • X-Ray analyses of speech: -- the article is in German but the animated gifs speak for themselves.

Dec 6th, 2009

Dec 7th, 2009

  • Man, that is not the first time this year I've spilled coffee all over my power strip.
  • Free electronic components from Sparkfun on Jan 7th: Maybe I could get enough to put together a little digital synth.
  • Cold rain is really just unacceptable. If precipitation is going to be cold, it should be snow.

Dec 8th, 2009

  • It's surprisingly difficult to tell the difference between cold cloth and wet cloth.
  • In Brazil, every day is Pee In The Shower Day:
  • I was able to find one fingerless glove and one regular glove in my room. Left-handed Dvorak, here I come!

Dec 9th, 2009

  • PSA for those who measure entertainment value in dollars per hour: beware the "run" button in Super Mario Bros. It reduces the game's value!
  • This whole "change my sleep schedule so I can see the sun" isn't working out so great now that there's no sun at any time.

Dec 10th, 2009

  • We don't need to invent a new word to be the gender-neutral singular pronoun. Have you guys tried not having pedantic hangups about "they"?
  • Under the Facebook privacy update, when your friend installs an app, the app developer gets access to all *your* data:

Dec 11th, 2009

  • Put together my Drawdio kit earlier today. Lots of fun. Also happy to have leveled up in soldering.
  • Functioning thought-to-speech implementation:
  • Oh man, Halloween costumes that take advantage of pregnancy, where have you been all my life?

Dec 12th, 2009

  • Sign on the fence in front of the pile of rubble where the Taco Bell used to be: "Coming soon: Taco Bell."

Dec 13th, 2009

  • "A Fire Upon The Deep" book club is basically happening, I guess? Some reactions to the prologue and Ch. 1 up. Let me know if you want in.

Dec 14th, 2009

  • I bought Left 4 Dead a year ago, never actually played it. Someone invite me to a Left 4 Dead 2 game so the same thing doesn't happen again!

Dec 15th, 2009

  • -- "Fructose increases diabetes and heart disease independently from causing weight gain." Thanks, corn subsidies!

Dec 16th, 2009

  • What do you mean I could just choose to not chase down every last tedious side quest? I don't play video games to strain my willpower.
  • Climbing gym behind my apt. Who knew? Went bouldering with Indy for 90 minutes. Could barely hold the pen to sign for a monthly pass.

Dec 19th, 2009

  • If your game needs to use cut-scenes to tell your story, you have failed.
  • Saw a period performance of "The Mikado" at Dickens Fair. Presumably, everybody at the fair is role-playing a racist.

Dec 20th, 2009

  • An exhaustive, and immensely entertaining, 70 minute video review explaining what went wrong with The Phantom Menace:
  • Court martial for pregnant soldiers:
  • "The policy applies both to female and male soldiers." Right, so it isn't sexist! Similarly, it's illegal for a hetero couple to gay-marry.

Dec 26th, 2009

  • Elena and I put together this guy tonight: Spent about 2 hours soldering and then 30 seconds playing. So worth it.
  • Received an owl pellet instead of the customary lump of coal this year. Stay tuned for the unboxing video!

Dec 29th, 2009

  • Setting up a webcam. My laptop doesn't have a microphone or working speakers, so it's not really for video chat; more like IM with benefits.
  • Hm. I've never met a table/chair set nearly as comfortable as a restaurant booth. Is there a restaurant obituary section in the newspaper?

Dec 30th, 2009

  • nature : nurture :: natural : nurtural
  • -- The Henry Hatsworth guys are smacking their foreheads now.
  • Blu-ray ad: "It's like rediscovering your favorite films all over again for the first time."

Dec 31st, 2009

  • It's now a pleasant surprise to discover an indie game that doesn't have a dodgy rigid body simulation cluttering up the design.
  • Transhumanism is just humanism with the weird special cases removed:
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