Buh-bye LJ

Apr. 23rd, 2017 06:03 pm
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LJ set for deletion.
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Copied from my LJ account:

Well, LJ has finally done it. I'm leaving effective this weekend. The whole Russian involvement was bad enough, but the new TOS doc is terrible.

"ATTENTION: this translation of the User Agreement is not a legally binding document. The original User Agreement, which is valid, is located at the following address:" [document in Russian]

Oh, and you can't get in at all unless you agree to it. Which I did only long enough to get the rest of my data.

Everything has been/is being moved to https://asheris.dreamwidth.org/.
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Soil Bacteria Work In Similar Way To Antidepressants
UK scientists suggest that a type of friendly bacteria found in soil may affect the brain in a similar way to antidepressants.


Lead author, Dr Chris Lowry from Bristol University said, "These studies help us understand how the body communicates with the brain and why a healthy immune system is important for maintaining mental health".

"They also leave us wondering if we shouldn't all be spending more time playing in the dirt," he added.

"Identification of an immune-responsive mesolimbocortical serotonergic system: Potential role in regulation of emotional behavior."
C.A. Lowry, J.H. Hollisa, A. de Vriesa, B. Pana, L.R. Brunetb, J.R.F. Huntb, J.F.R. Patonc, E. van Kampena, D.M. Knighta, A.K. Evansa, G.A.W. Rookb and S.L. Lightmana.
Neuroscience Available online 28 March 2007

Apart from having a range of pharmacological actions, serotonin constricts blood vessels, sends messages between cells in the brain and within the central nervous system, regulates secretion of digestive juices, and helps to control the passage of food through the gut.

(Wait - 2007? And I'm only hearing about this now? I wonder if this contributes to this stupid inability to lose weight?)
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"Glass Onions of Time" talks about a couple of groups who have created historical map mashups of various cities. Overlay maps, peel them away, and see the changes through time.

One, Cartifact, provides overlay maps for sale.

The other major project, HyperCities, is funded by the MacArthur Foundation, and includes the following description:
Rather than surfing the web, going from site to site, portal to portal, what if you could surf a city, browse its streets, get lost in its buildings, meet friends and strangers in a hyperlinked world, go back in time, and reemerge in another city?

Hypercities is a revolutionary aggregation platform built out of and on top of real cities: it augments the space and time of the physical world with the information web and renders the experience of the World Wide Web geographic and temporal.

They've taken old maps and adjusted the size and angle so that they perfectly overlay Google maps. Cities available so far include New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Rome, Tel Aviv, and Ollantaytambo, Peru. Some only have the current Google map and 1-2 old ones, but they're adding more as they go.

How very, very cool!

Michael Magurzki has created Old Oakland, with five old maps and a current one.


May. 12th, 2009 05:28 am
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Present and accounted for.

Update 1: Hrm, LJ import keeps failing... I've got some entries from 2001, but that's it. Strange to reread those.

Update 2: Ah-ha. They changed the encoding. Who knows how long ago, though - been many months since I updated there. Had things like a layoff, and a wedding to deal with! After that... catching up seemed like such a big job.

Anyway, that seems to have done the job.

Now... why the hell am I up at this hour??
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Debate Training - Biden learns what makes girls cry

Scroll down just a smidge to the picture of MI Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and click through the slideshow.

Seriously, my sides hurt. (My own damn fault for following the link at work, and trying not to laugh out loud.)
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Someone's started a new blog: Things younger than John McCain.

Some of the entries:
- Spam
- the polio vaccine
- Mount Rushmore
- Israel
- Alaska and Hawaii
- the Slinky
- Dick Cheney
- Ronald Reagan, when he was elected (our oldest president)
- The Golden Gate Bridge

(The "age card"? Maybe. Then again, McCain's claiming Obama's "too young". Also, McCain has said himself "I am older than dirt.")
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From the people who brought you icanhascheezburger...

comes GraphJam: Pop culture for people in cubicles:

funny graphs
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And apparently I'm one of the last people on the planet to actually see/hear this:

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According to a study, owning a cat is linked to a lower risk of heart attack.

Though obviously the story wasn't written by a cat person - those of us who share our lives with cats know that the cat owns you. *grin*
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Someone's started a wiki of obsolete skills. A few of the entries that jumped out at me for whatever reason:
  • Adjusting rabbit ears on top of a TV

  • AT commands for dial-up modems (I still remember those... ATDT*70,,,525xxxx [gotta disable call waiting and wait for the tone to return] and ATH0 *hhssssssssssssss*)

  • Balancing the tonearm on a turntable

  • Changing the ribbon on a typewriter

  • Configuring Trumpet Winsock (Back in MY day...)

  • Cranking up or down a car-window

  • Operate a credit card imprinter (click-clack) (Ah, the thumb-smasher...)

  • Filing cards in a library card catalog

  • Getting off the couch to change channels on your TV set (Well, it IS more of a pain to shuttle through 70+ channels, than it was to go through 5-6.)

  • Inserting a game cartridge at just the right angle to make it work

  • Knowing what part of town someone lives in by their phone exchange (Er, I still do that...)

  • Numbering your punch cards with a pencil, in case you drop your program

  • Opening a can of beer or soda with a church key

  • Operating an Overhead Projector (I can change bulbs, too.)

  • Porn not from the Internet (What? There was pr0n before the internet? Dude!)

  • Punching a hole in the shell of a single-sided 5.25" floppy disc to make it double-sided (Oh Lord, I remember doing that...)

  • Setting the timer on a VCR

  • Operating a Treadle Sewing Machine (I still know how to do that...)

  • Winding up loose cassette tape with a pencil eraser before putting the cassette in the deck (Oh how many, many times... and splicing with a tiny bit of cello tape, a vital skill.)
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and the people who believe it and repeat it and insist it's true in the face of any and all evidence that it's a complete fabrication.

On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog.

But everybody can hear loud and clear whether you're a moron.

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(Yeah. Bored at work. Dangerous.)

Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in with? (pics)
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You scored as Serenity (Firefly)

You like to live your own way and don't enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

Serenity (Firefly)


Moya (Farscape)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Heart of Gold (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


SG-1 (Stargate)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


X-Files should be in about 4th, and SG:1 in 5th, except for the fact I have utterly zero interest in joining either the military or the FBI... Oh, and the Millenium Falcon and DS9 over Gallactica. But otherwise, I can see it.
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Are you tired of the corporate owned media (which is about as far from "liberal" as it's possible to get and still be on the same continent) - even CNN - deciding that there are only two Dems in the race - Clinton and Obama - ignoring the other candidates, and particularly the guy (Edwards) who's still running a close third after a whole 2 (yes, two) percent of the population has made their primary decision?

(And this after CNN's own poll a few weeks back that showed Edwards beating all of the Rep candidates in head to head matchups by far wider margins that either Clinton or Obama! They paid so much attention to that, that in their newest poll released over the weekend, they only included Clinton and Obama on the Dem side.)

On one evening news show I saw last night, they talked about Clinton, Obama, McCain, Huckabee, Romney, Thompson, and 9u/11iani campaigning in S. Carolina. There was even a mention of Ron Paul - but not a single mention of Edwards.

FYI, the current delegate count after Iowa and New Hampshire looks like this:
Obama - 25
Clinton - 24

Edwards - 19

Kucinich - 0

Romney - 21

Huckabee - 14
McCain - 12
Thompson - 8
Paul - 4
Hunter - 1
Giullani - 1

So it seems the only way for Edwards to get the attention of corporate media despite being a front-running candidate is to either (as someone said on DailyKos): 1. drive around in a convertible with Britney's kids in his lap and a missing white girl in his trunk, or 2. raise a ton of money in one day.

Yeah. The money's easier, and way less hassle. So:

I'm already hearing from some Obama and Clinton supporters that they will probably throw in a couple-five bucks to help, just as a way of sticking it to the corporate media for being such complete assholes all the way 'round.

Gods know, their candidates have been on the receiving side of a lot of trash talking from the media - especially Clinton at the hands of that arrogant prick Chris Mathews. Oh, and btw, the media will only tell you about how lovely Michelle Obama is - they always forget to mention that she's a Harvard-educated lawyer in her own right. (Can't possibly think where I get the impression that strong, intelligent women scare the everlovin' shit out of 'em...)
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But I'm an Edwards girl.

Experience and the willingness to fight for what's right rather than continuing to roll over for the right wing make all the difference.

88% Barack Obama
87% John Edwards
87% Chris Dodd
86% Joe Biden
85% Dennis Kucinich
85% Mike Gravel
82% Hillary Clinton
74% Bill Richardson
38% Rudy Giuliani
28% John McCain
22% Mike Huckabee
21% Ron Paul
20% Mitt Romney
19% Tom Tancredo
12% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz
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Dental assistant offers a "hand" to patients

(May not be entirely safe for work; no images though, just text.)
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Dec. 21st, 2007 11:06 am
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I gotta tell ya, I'm so relieved to know this... *hehehe*
TOKYO (Reuters) - A debate over flying saucers has kept Japanese politicians occupied for much of this week, ensnaring top officials and drawing a promise from the defense minister to send out the army if Godzilla goes on a rampage.

"There are debates over what makes UFOs fly, but it would be difficult to say it's an encroachment of air space," Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba told a news conference Thursday.

"If Godzilla were to show up, it would be a dispatch for disaster relief."
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The Bible has been translated into lolcat.

I'm sure this is sacreligious in SO many ways, but it cracked me up. So there. kthx bai.

Genesis 1: Boreded Ceiling Cat makinkgz Urf n stuffs

1 Oh hai. In teh beginnin Ceiling Cat maded teh skiez An da Urfs, but he did not eated dem.

2 Da Urfs no had shapez An haded dark face, An Ceiling Cat rode invisible bike over teh waterz.

3 At start, no has lyte. An Ceiling Cat sayz, i can haz lite? An lite wuz.4 An Ceiling Cat sawed teh lite, to seez stuffs, An splitted teh lite from dark but taht wuz ok cuz kittehs can see in teh dark An not tripz over nethin.5 An Ceiling Cat sayed light Day An dark no Day. It were FURST!!!1

6 An Ceiling Cat sayed, im in ur waterz makin a ceiling. But he no yet make a ur. An he maded a hole in teh Ceiling.7 An Ceiling Cat doed the skiez with waterz down An waterz up. It happen.8 An Ceiling Cat sayed, i can has teh firmmint wich iz funny bibel naim 4 ceiling, so wuz teh twoth day.

9 An Ceiling Cat gotted all teh waterz in ur base, An Ceiling Cat hadz dry placez cuz kittehs DO NOT WANT get wet.10 An Ceiling Cat called no waterz urth and waters oshun. Iz good.

11 An Ceiling Cat sayed, DO WANT grass! so tehr wuz seedz An stufs, An fruitzors An vegbatels. It happen.12 An Ceiling Cat sawed that weedz ish good, so, letz there be weed. (and catnipz 2, so wen i makes kittehs they can getz hai.)13 An so teh threeth day jazzhands.

14 An Ceiling Cat sayed, i can has lightz in the skiez for splittin day An no day.15 It happen, lights everwear, like christmass, srsly.16 An Ceiling Cat doeth two grate lightz, teh most big for day, teh other for no day.17 An Ceiling Cat screw tehm on skiez, with big nails An stuff, to lite teh Urfs.18 An tehy rulez day An night. Ceiling Cat sawed. Iz good.19 An so teh furth day w00t.


29 An Ceiling Cat sayed, Beholdt, the Urfs, I has it, An I has not eated it.30 For evry createded stufs tehre are the fuudz, to the burdies, teh creepiez, An teh mooes, so tehre. It happen. Iz good.

31 An Ceiling Cat sayed, Beholdt, teh good enouf for releaze as version 0.8a. kthx bai.

From Genesis 2:

19 An out of teh ground Ceiling Cat madez all teh aminals on teh urth An in teh see, An all teh birds up in sky (An sum liek ostridges who cudnt flyz, just 4 fun). (Ceiling Cat is raely good at makingz mud pies. srsly.) An brought them unto teh man 2 c what he would call them: An what teh man called every living aminal, dat was its naim. (if they didnt like it, tuff tamales, they wuz stuck wif it.)

20 An teh man gave names 2 all teh aminals, An 2 teh burdies of sky (An to teh onez who cudnt flyz) An teh aminals in teh see, (so they wudnt feel left out), An to every aminal in teh field; but for man wuznt no good helper fo him, not even ne1 to talk 2 in chatroom.21 An Ceiling Cat caused a deep sleep to fall upon teh man, An he slept; An he took 1 of his ribs, cuz it has a flavr. 22 An Ceiling Cat can haz teh rib frum man maded into wimman, but did not eated it cuz he brot her to teh man. He sai O hai, I maded u a man but wifout teh dingy. Have fun, kthxbai.
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Pretty Bird Woman House: A women's shelter and education program on the Standing Rock Reservation
Pretty Bird Woman House Rises From The Ashes!
Pretty Bird Woman House: Misconceptions and Myths

The Story of Pretty Bird Woman House
Jackie Brown Otter created The Pretty Bird Woman House after the brutal rape and murder of her sister, whose Lakota name means Pretty Bird Woman.

PBWH provides emergency shelter, advocacy support, and educational programs for women on the Standing Rock reservation who have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Its services are badly needed; according to the Amnesty International report Maze of Injustice - The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA:
High levels of sexual violence on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation take place in a context of high rates of poverty and crime. South Dakota has the highest poverty rate for Native American women in the USA with 45.3 per cent living in poverty. The unemployment rate on the Reservation is 71 per cent. Crime rates on the Reservation often exceed those of its surrounding areas. According to FBI figures, in 2005 South Dakota had the fourth highest rate of "forcible rapes" of women of any US state.

Making things worse, Standing Rock Reservation has a tiny police force to patrol all 2.3 million acres. [Note: That's about the size of Connecticut.] At the time of the murder of Pretty Bird Woman, Standing Rock had only one police officer on duty during the night shift. As a result, it took over a day for anyone to even come out to start to investigate the disappearance. Since then the night patrol has doubled in size... 2 officers for 2.3 million acres each night.

Recently, the Pretty Bird Woman House was forced to move out of its original location after a number of break-ins through the exterior walls left it in such bad condition that the women could not safely remain there. The day after they left the empty shelter was the victim of an arson attack.

PBWH used to be eligible for State, Federal, Victim Advocacy, corporate, and private charitable foundation grants - and had recently won a large Federal grant. Since their building was destroyed, they no longer have a physical shelter and are no longer eligible for any of those types of grants. (The building was on loan to them from the tribal council, so there is no insurance coming.)
Pretty Bird Woman House already has two potential replacement houses in mind. Both offer significantly more space than the previous building. Georgia described how they both had full basements, storage room and would house more than double the families and women than their previous building. Both buildings have yards which means possible playgrounds for children.

One house has a major advantage in location - a police station across the street.

Because of difficulties obtaining loans (banks are allergic to both Native Americans and poverty) the best solution lies in purchasing the house outright. The Tribal Council could hold the mortgage but coming up with the mortgage payments every month creates an ongoing problem. Since both houses are on the market, they could be gone anytime. Depressed property values on Standing Rock mean that $60,000 gets the house. An additional $10,000 is required to make them secure, with proper fencing, video cameras, reinforced doors and other measures. Neither house is in great shape, but both offer shelter and that remains the bottom line for the survival of Pretty Bird Woman House.

$70,000 is what they need to get a shelter and become self-sustaining. They've already raised a little over $32,500, so they are well on their way. Donate Now

Pretty Bird Woman House is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and thus eligible to be counted as a charitable deduction on your taxes.


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