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.)
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
Got back from Las Vegas, where 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.
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.