Still iterating on ways to say "Hello" that humans don't mind but robots don't recognize. I guess it's a vocal captcha problem, and I'm sure that it's ultimately a doomed endeavor. Phone calls are stupid, why do we still allow them such priority over our devices?
pronouns in books Show more
I've been reading through Lois McMaster Bujold's classic Vorkisogan series. An interesting choice in the series, and possibly one that dates it, is the use of it/it/its for a Hermaphrodite minority. It's probably not the best choice and likely would be something different if the series were started over today.
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Asked to visit a client. They wanted to make sure we knew how to handle meetings, so they scheduled a meeting meeting to discuss how meetings work, and hired another outside contractor to facilitate. The facilitators set up an elaborate fake meeting and were so improv gleeful in running through the worst, most boring financials meeting they could think up.
I'm dreaming of a Snowy Life Day / Just like the ones I used to know. ☃ Sleep deprived me thinks I'd pay to see Disney make Hoth: Snowy Life Day: A Star Wars Musical. (Still laughing about using White Christmas as a referent capstone in my recent Star Wars blog post.)
Bright was... alright I guess. Mostly just left me wondering when the next Dragon Age game will be out.
I posted far too many words about my troubled feelings about Poe Dameron's storyline in The Last Jedi. I'm sorry.
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The new parent company's commercial was quite focused on the bright colored rooms of psychoanalysts analyzing every drone, bot, and screen. Which made more sense in the shower when I remembered that a couple months back in a similar dream the company may have accidentally riddled some landmarks with cookie holes.
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A friend was complaining about the expense of converting their first floor back into a "classic" Victorian-ish "Gentleman's Apartment" and hoping it might rent well. I wasn't sure anyone wanted to rent such a thing in modern times, but on waking I'm not sure. The idea was that the living room looked like a Victorian pet shop with "Gentleman's Apartment" lettered on big storefront windows as both warning and encouragement to shoppers, space for phone number below.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Show more
Overall, on a scale from Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, I found it somewhere around a Revenge of the Jedi. I didn't immediately hate it, but I'm not sure I'd see it again
The more I reflect on it, though, the more problematic I find it. I took a detour past Three Billboards on the way to watch it, and the echoes from one to the other are disquieting.
Complaining about Apple computers Show more
Why isn't the Mac Book Pro a touch screen in 2017? I keep trying to tap icons and it's not responding. It feels broken and dumb, especially with an iPad on it's left and a Windows laptop on it's left, both of which I'm touching for things. Just let me touch the things, machine.
politics Show more
Bedford Falls is a pernicious myth that never was. There's no "George Bailey" in the history books, never happened. A 1980s hotelier with a passion for casinos with his name in bright lights on them is President. We've always lived in President Tannen's Potter States of America. There's no wild haired mad scientist or wild haired "angel" around to fix this mess, not probable. We were in the dystopia this whole time. Happy Holidays, be sure to spend all your money in the casino.
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Tried an Impossible Burger tonight (at witchcraft vegan eatery Morels) and it was delicious. Impossible Foods have indeed created something crazy close to medium rare-ish ground beef, but entirely plant based. I'm not going to inquire how, I'm okay with imagining beef plants magically sizzling in beef groves.
I know it's been suggested before, but why aren't the DC superhero TV folks in Hollywood North (that mystical Land of Vancouver) just given charge of the movies, too? "Crisis on Earth-X" was the Justice League movie I wanted this year: Nazi punching, a fun and diverse cast, some feels. #ccfb
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Smeap is the honk of a flamingo. Smeap was also at least once, a storybook land at the weird intersection of TV ads and the worlds they seem to inhabit. It was a place where wars were fought over sodas, and talking polar bears had very good reasons to guard soda machines. It was a place where rainbow color candies were harvested for electric power. It was a place where a prairie dog might move to big city inhabited mostly by Pink Flamingos to follow her dream to be private investigator, only to get slowly entangled in the seedy underbelly of crime and prohibited soda trading of the Neon Flamingos and their syndicate. Social media at times lately feels like it has become almost entirely seedy underbelly with very little upside. Maybe it needs more storybook worlds.