mithriltabby: Buddha zen-zapping Slick (MAX ZEN)
( May. 10th, 2012 11:27 am)

If you meet the Buddha on the road and he can remain in Earth’s atmosphere for more than three minutes, kill him.

(Via Toy Karma.)

...as a result of standardization, the emoji narrative is coming.

Last night, I upgraded my Nexus One to Android 2.3.3, aka “Gingerbread”. (I was lazy and waited for the automatic over-the-air update.) The update went without a hitch, but one of the features is just a bit retro: when you hit the power button to send the phone to sleep, the screen shrinks horizontally to a single white line and then goes black, just like a very old cathode ray tube television set. Okay, it’s amusingly retro to those of us who are old enough to remember televisions that did that, but is that really the way to show off your cutting edge technology?

(While as a matter of personal style, I’ve been known to use sounds from the original Star Trek series as alerts, I wouldn’t recommend that as a default.)

mithriltabby: Serene silver tabby (Cute)
( Aug. 11th, 2010 01:00 pm)

On Twitter (where I’m mithriltabby), there are a lot of accounts purporting to belong to fictional characters, some of which are quite funny (e.g. darthvader, othar [which is actually providing another storyline in Girl Genius]). In particular, there are now quite a lot of variants of The Incredible Hulk out there with various premises. The ones that I’ve found to be worth following thus far are:

DRUNKHULK: THAT LAST TIME DRUNK HULK CONFUSE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK WITH DIARY OF ANAIS NIN! AWKWARD!
feministhulk: HULK SAY FUCK PATRIARCHY. HULK NOT HAVE PROBLEM WITH "FUCK." ONLY BAD WORDS ARE ONES USED TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL SMALL.
GRAMMARHULK: TODAY HULK PONDER USING POSSESSIVE PREPOSITIONAL PRONOUNS LIKE GAELIC: "THERE IS A POWERFUL DESIRE FOR SMASHING ON ME."
XDRESSINGHULK: HULK JUST 1000lb GREEN MAN IN DRESS. HULK NOT MONSTER. MONSTER IS PERSON WHO USE INSTITUTIONAL POWER TO PEE ON LOVE.
BuddhistHulk: HULK OBSERVE DESIRE TO SMASH ARISE, AROUSE WISDOM TO DISCERN FITNESS OF OBJECT, TIMING, AND INTENTION OF SMASH. THEN SMASH.
muslimhulk: MUSLIMHULK RAGING AGAINST STEREOTYPE OF MUSLIMS RAGING! OK, THAT COUNTERPRODUCTIVE SO MUSLIMHULK CALM DOWN NOW

Some of them have landed interviews, such as Drunk Hulk in Cover Stories, Feminist Hulk in Ms. Magazine, and Grammar Hulk at The Editor’s Desk.

Got back from Las Vegas, where [livejournal.com profile] obsessivewoman and I enjoyed Kà and WesterCon. There were some interesting panels, but the most mind-bending incident for me was the evening of the 4th, where it seemed that every single hotel in the city had decided to put on their own Independence Day fireworks extravaganza to compete with their neighbors. Standing on top of a parking structure, we had a good 180° view including the Strip, and there were fireworks all around. Quite a sight, and it went on for over an hour— we kept on figuring “that must be a finale” only to see even more fireworks sent up. The view from the big rotating restaurant overlooking the strip must be fantastic.

Discovered that Starbuck’s is making frozen lemonade drinks for summer (“lemonade flavor with real lemon zest”— WTF?), so that’s one more source of brain-freeze-on-the-go to help with my darling’s migraines.

[livejournal.com profile] obsessivewoman says I could have one in the library.
mithriltabby: Detail from Dali’s “Persistence of Memory” (Time)
( Sep. 11th, 2007 01:40 pm)
Aaron Diaz, of the webcomic Dresden Codak, has translated a 300,000-year-old cave painting into Enough is Enough: A Thinking Ape’s Critique of Trans-Simianism. (Scroll below the comic to read.) Anders Sandberg replies with transrodentism.
Parents and prospective parents who appreciate H P Lovecraft should peruse The Thing in the Crib.
...is First Life.

The folks at Second Life sent them a proceed-and-permit letter— the opposite of a cease-and-desist— to demonstrate their sense of humor.

(Via BoingBoing.)

Mark your calendars: Cephalopodmas falls on December 22nd. (Via Pharyngula.)
It’s now possible to induce a suntan without ultraviolet light; it’s working in mice already, and is likely to be applicable to humans. While it might be useful as a way to stave off skin cancer, I also wonder about other possibilities. Anyone remember the series of Bloom County strips where Oliver Wendell Jones invented a device that could turn anybody temporarily black? Just think of the fun you could have messing with others’ perceptions of race!
mithriltabby: Detail from Dali’s “Persistence of Memory” (Time)
( Sep. 13th, 2006 10:46 am)
Modern Arcana John Coulthart brings you the Modern Arcana. No word on when a complete deck will be available.

(Via BoingBoing / [livejournal.com profile] boingboing_net.)

A Child's Machiavelli: A Primer on Power The artist Claudia Hart has created A Child’s Machiavelli: a Primer on Power. It’s out of print, but you can download the PDF.

Now I just need someone to write James and the Giant Clockwork Orange.

Euprymna tasmanica Pharyngula’s Friday Cephalopod is quite colorful. (He’s syndicated via [livejournal.com profile] science_blogs.)
...and shriek, and writhe...

(From twosixteen on flickr via Blue Glow via Pharyngula.)

...and I wish it were Daylight Savings Time that were the joke. Why can’t we just make noon the time when the sun is directly overhead in the center of a time zone and leave it up to each local economy to decide whether or not they’re going to adopt “summer hours”?

The tradition of April Fool’s posts means that you need an even bigger bag of rock salt than usual for anything you see on the Internet today (and for the next week or two). Thankfully, Wikipedia are collecting all the April Fool’s jokes on the Internet in one place, so it’s easy to check on anything that seems suspicious.

[livejournal.com profile] weregamer, you might find this article on The Culture War: How new media keeps corrupting our children a useful one to add to your collection of data to print out, roll up, and swat across the nose of people trying to demonize videogames.
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