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shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, surrounded by fey fire (b'z fire)
Friday, November 21st, 2014 22:49

Aaaa, this blast from the past rolled around on my partner's spotify tonight. So much power pop goodness...I have ~feels~ about this song. ^_^;

Also notable: apparently Weezer did a cover of this song for the movie Cars 2. It's pretty good! They didn't stray very far from the original. =)

shadowspar: An angry anime swordswoman, looking as though about to smash something (sabre - angry face)
Monday, October 27th, 2014 00:34

Ever feel so strongly about the non-existence of a given image macro that the world just seemed out of balance until you went and made it yourself?

Yeah, uh, me neither. ^_^;;

Well, actually, images are under the cut )
shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, sitting down (b'z sitting)
Monday, October 13th, 2014 01:51

...when dealing with difficult people on the Internets.

Read more... )
shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, surrounded by fey fire (b'z fire)
Monday, November 18th, 2013 23:40

I can't even verbalize how well listening to THE BLUE HEARTS suits night like this.

Lyrics & my translation )
shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, sitting down (b'z sitting)
Sunday, October 27th, 2013 04:12
...wow! Big learning experience during tonight's evening festivities. If someone wants to hit on me, here are two good ways to get our interaction off to the worst possible start:
  1. be completely shitfaced drunk; and
  2. offer me a drink by offering to give me an actual beverage that is already in your possession. (Your intentions may be completely aboveboard, but I have no idea where that drink's been or what might be in it.)

shadowspar: Picture of ouendan (\o/)
Friday, March 8th, 2013 20:34
Trying to repurpose the in-law's ancient WinXP machine by installing Debian on it.

The BIOS is too old to boot from USB.

The CD-ROM drive won't open on its own, and doesn't seem to recognize the contents of the Debian install CD, even after booting Windows.

None of the usual methods to boot Linux from a Windows partition are working for me. Take one last stab at getting grub4win to work for me, then reboot the machine, exasperated.

The CD-ROM drive suddenly decides to clue into Debian install CD that's been sitting in it all the while, for like the last dozen reboots. O_o ... woot!

I was damn sure that I was heading for PXE territory for a while there! :D
shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, sitting down (b'z sitting)
Thursday, March 7th, 2013 18:49

Unruly beings are as unlimited as space;
They cannot possibly all be overcome.
But if I overcome thoughts of anger alone,
This will be equivalent to vanquishing all foes.

shadowspar: Picture of Kurama lashing out with a rose whip (kurama - rose whip)
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 00:35
FWIW: not only is this stuff super-crumbly and hella messy, it also makes hardwood floors slippery as all hell. As proof of which, witness the complete feet-out-from-underneath wipeout my 4yo daughter had tonight.

If your kids get some of this headache-disguised-as-modelling-compound for giftmas, do yourselves a favour and throw it right in the trash.
shadowspar: An angry anime swordswoman, looking as though about to smash something (Default)
Sunday, September 9th, 2012 11:04

Something that dawned on me while I was writing this piece on bug chaining -- ever run into software where your experience was being controlled by bugs, and not the software's features? Sometimes things get so bad that you feel like you're being kicked from one defect to another instead of piloting your own way through the software.

To me, that feels almost exactly like the difference between the slings and the flippers being in control of your pinball. ^_^;

shadowspar: image of an alto clef (alto clef)
Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 00:25

...when you finally figure out the name, and from thence the lyrics, of a tune you've been hearing since forever. Oftimes, the song turns out to be almost exactly unlike the mental image of it you'd formed in your head. Sometimes the two are so incongruous as to be completely absurd.

To wit: Funiculì, Funiculà. Here's Andrea Bocelli singing it. Assuming you don't speak Neapolitan, listen to the performance first, then head over to the Wikipedia page and see what this uplifting, noble tune is an ode to. =)

Jamme, jamme 'ncoppa, jamme jà,
Jamme, jamme 'ncoppa, jamme jà,
Funiculì, funiculà, funiculì, funiculà!
Jamme, jamme jà, funiculì, funiculà!

shadowspar: a cartoony erlenmyer flask filled with a magenta substance; text: "science!" (science! erlenmeyer flask)
Saturday, July 14th, 2012 07:57

If you're at all a science geek -- and quite possibly even if you're not -- this thread about lab mishaps is both profoundly amusing and profoundly edifying.

Couple highlights:

(Found via Maciej.)

shadowspar: Picture of ouendan (\o/)
Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 23:13
  • Chanced upon a 24-hour grocery store that had a half-dozen huge aisles full of imported-from-Israel kosher food, and
  • remembered that bissli was the canonical-ish Israeli snack food that [personal profile] marina had mentioned a while ago.

Pizza bissli == can haz. *crunch* *crunch* *reaches for a glass of water*

shadowspar: The flag of Canada (Canada flag!)
Sunday, July 1st, 2012 21:09
  • gun salutes
  • O Canada in both official languages, with a fly-by by the Snowbirds on the closing note
  • fresh lemonade
  • one million of your closest friends
  • Canada Day Free Hugs! from several different fellow Canadians!
  • calling in a rooftop fire in Byward Market to the Ottawa fire department! (folks in the building had it mostly out by the time they got there)
  • Lunch: Veggine poutine! and bleu cheese & garlic veggie burger! at Zak's Diner
  • Le Diable aux Corsets getting a nice round of applause for doing a sound check at Major's Hill Park. =) (They were playing snippets of this song.)
  • Two very tired kidlets.
  • Fireworks!
shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, surrounded by fey fire (b'z fire)
Monday, June 25th, 2012 16:35

Well, the moon is broken / and the sky is cracked
Come on up to the house
The only things that you can see / is all that you lack
Come on up to the house

All your cryin / don't do you no good
Come on up to the house
Come down off the cross / we could use the wood
Come on up to the house

Sarah Jarosz - Come on up to the house on Youtube.

shadowspar: image of an alto clef (alto clef)
Friday, June 15th, 2012 00:46

[staff profile] mark pushed out some neat new functionality that's at a rough test stage, so I'm just posting this to help poke at things. However, as a nice side-effect, you all get a neat little bluegrass jam I've been listening to as of late. =)

Alison Krauss & Union Station w/ Sierra Hull - Cluck Old Hen on Youtube.

shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, surrounded by fey fire (b'z fire)
Monday, June 11th, 2012 00:48

I love the pointedly outlandish juxtaposition that's a not-uncommon feature of J-Pop and a lot of Japanese humour. The lyrics to this one are actually a rather touching love song.

SamboMaster - 世界はそれを愛と呼ぶんだぜ (Sekai wa Sore o Ai to Yobun da ze - "The World Calls That Love") on Youtube.

shadowspar: An abstract rainbow gradient (rainbow: evening shower mist)
Monday, June 4th, 2012 22:38

This place can actually be extraordinarily beautiful. (When you're not choking on fumes from the steel plant or being suffocated by some of the small-town attitudes, that is.)

These were shot near the Roberta Bondar Pavilion, a huge permanent tent on the waterfront downtown, right next to the St Mary's River.

A rainbow arching over Roberta Bondar Pavilion in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.

One more pic... )
shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, sitting down (b'z sitting)
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 01:30
Stopped at a gas station in northern MI today and went to use the restrooms.

one door: KINGS
other door: QUEENS
me: *confused*
shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, surrounded by fey fire (b'z fire)
Friday, May 18th, 2012 23:02

So, I was lucky enough to get Basia Bulat's CD Heart of My Own this past Christmas. It's awesome, she's awesome, and anyone who's been following along at home for a while already knew that I would say that. =)

Here are two tracks of hers that I hadn't heard before the CD made its way into my hot little hands.

Vids behind the cut... )
shadowspar: image of an alto clef (alto clef)
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 23:45
Things that are maddening: when you have a Bach earworm stuck in your head, and all you can do for it is to play it yourself, since you're the only one that makes it sound the way you want it to sound.
shadowspar: Pic of Kurama holding a rose (kurama - rose)
Monday, May 14th, 2012 20:37

I will not play at tug o' war.
I'd rather play at hug o' war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.

:Shel Silverstein

shadowspar: Pic of rolling pin and dough w/ caption "That's how I roll" (that's how I roll)
Sunday, May 13th, 2012 01:16
  1. Having to purée bananas by shoving them through a tiny handheld sieve a tablespoon at a time really sucks. The tamis that's on my gift wishlist is getting bumped up in priority.
  2. Even if you manage to remember all the ingredients for the nifty new cupcake recipe you're making for the first time, and all the ingredients for the icing you'll be using as well, forgetting that you've run out of cupcake liners still means a late-night run to the 24-hour grocery store.
shadowspar: Picture of Sailor Venus with caption "Love and Beauty Shock" (sailor venus - love and beauty shock)
Friday, April 6th, 2012 14:36

I like this, as an introvert myself, and a parent of another.

Linked by [personal profile] marina.

How to care for introverts graphic; transcript follows

  1. Respect their need for privacy
  2. Never embarrass them in public
  3. Let them observe first in new situations
  4. Give them time to think; don't demand instant answers
  5. Don't interrupt them
  6. Give them advance notice of expected changes in their lives
  7. Give them 15 minute warnings to finish whatever they are doing
  8. Reprimand them privately
  9. Teach them new skills privately
  10. Enable them to find one best friend who has similar interests & abilities
  11. Don't push them to make lots of friends
  12. Respect their introversion; don't try to remake them into extroverts
shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, sitting down (b'z sitting)
Thursday, December 8th, 2011 00:32

<firestormink> Dear streetcar, whenever you are ready.
<@shadowspar> @firestormink don't worry; when the streetcar finally comes, I'm sure it will show its contrition by bringing three more with it.
<@firestormink> @shadowspar They travel in packs, for protection, and to hunt.

Also, like [personal profile] inoru_no_hoshi mentioned in IRC, we need a qdb for twitter. =)

shadowspar: Pic of rolling pin and dough w/ caption "That's how I roll" (that's how I roll)
Sunday, November 6th, 2011 01:56

There is a Rant, Gentle Readers, that I have long avoided subjecting you to; a Rant about how Certain Persons, helpful though they may be, invariably fall upon my Domestic Goodes, steal them away, and turn them to Ends such as Home Improvement, from whence they never return. I speak, for instance, of having all Laundry Baskets and Plasticware Disappear from the Laundry Room and Kitchen, respectively, only to make their reappearance in the Storage Room or Garage, having there been Converted to Storage Containers; or of Finding one's Prized Corkscrew, long having Vanished from the Kitchen under circumstances of Great Mystery, bravely serving in the Shed as an Opener of Painte Cans, and covered in Various Wondrous Shades of Latex Painte therefrom.

Tonight, however, I am not Ashamed to say that I had My Retribution, in that I had opportunity to Abscond with an unattended Painte Tray, and turn it to mine own Devious Ends; namely, the Storage of Rags having been Used for Cleaning as they wait upon the Chance to make into the Laundry for Washing. Vengeance!

shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, surrounded by fey fire (b'z fire)
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 00:56

Shaye - Happy Baby on YouTube.

Shaye was a three-woman supergroup comprised of Kim Stockwood, Damhnait Doyle and Tara MacLean, each amazing musicians in their own right. "Happy Baby" was their biggest hitting single, but there's a lot more to recommend them. Their rendition of On and On is surreal and awesome, and Lake of Fire, the title track off of their second CD, is tantalizing and seductive and just plain amazing.

shadowspar: Profile shot of Kurama's face (kurama - profile)
Thursday, October 20th, 2011 16:13

Home sick today. (No, not that kind of sick. Strongest thing I drank yesterday was root beer.) Thankfully only "stay home from work and don't make everyone else sick" kind of sick, not "flat on my ass incapacitated" sick.

As much as I was tempted to curl up in bed and try to get into reading h/c fic, closing up the computer and sleeping through the morning probably did more for my aching head, throat, and stomach. =)

shadowspar: image of an alto clef (alto clef)
Friday, September 30th, 2011 16:51

Mock if you want on account of it being John Denver, but I think this is a really beautiful song. One day I will play it on viola.

John Denver - Annie's Song on Youtube.

shadowspar: cartoon of a developer sitting in a chair, reading a book, with back turned; speech bubble: "stacktrace or gtfo" (stacktrace or gtfo)
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 15:10

Running Debian squeeze? Using the supplied Iceweasel as your browser? Did your "It's all text!" plugin installed from the Firefox add-ons site recently quit working? Uninstall it and install the package xul-ext-itsalltext instead, and you'll get a version that works with your Iceweasel/Firefox.

shadowspar: image of an alto clef (alto clef)
Monday, September 26th, 2011 09:08

One of my favourite classical numbers. (This video includes No. 6 as well, which is also nice, though I'm not over the moon about it.)

Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5 & 6 on Youtube.

When I hear this piece, it is punctuated in my head with words that cannot be repeated in polite company.

shadowspar: An angry anime swordswoman, looking as though about to smash something (Default)
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 18:54

Armies of darkness:

  • uber-tired after waking up at 0515h for an airport run. 6 hours of sleep is not bad for a normal day, but waaaay too little when already wiped out
  • the van's "check engine" light is on >_<
  • Forces of light:

  • found my partner's lost wallet and still got her off to the airport on time
  • staying at grammy's with the kids, which...she always does more than she should when it comes to childcare =( but it's a real relief as well
  • awesome weather day today: cool and breezy, but with dramatic cloudscapes, a beautiful double rainbow on the way home from work, fall showers, and 1-2mm hail just now...!
  • quiet day today at work....doing backups in preparation for the ITS folks to move our server on Friday.
  • TSO tommorrow night!
  • shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, surrounded by fey fire (b'z fire)
    Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 10:57

    Courtesy of Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience.

    Dance Everybody (mp3)
    Oldest Living Tree (mp3)

    I love this stuff; makes me feel alive. If it sounds good to you, definitely go check out one of their shows. I promise you won't be disappointed. =)

    shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, surrounded by fey fire (b'z fire)
    Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 14:52

    Today's random muzak discovery: SCANDAL.

    More: FUTURE, START.

    shadowspar: An angry anime swordswoman, looking as though about to smash something (Default)
    Monday, August 15th, 2011 15:04

    Noticed a conversation on twitter right now where two acquaintances of mine were talking about exchanging business cards at conferences, both of the dead-tree and vcf varieties. It came as rather a surprise to me that people at tech conferences are still exchanging business cards. Who really does that any more?

    When I meet someone interesting in the tech scene for the first time, we essentially exchange URLs, because the vast majority of us seem to have some flavour of website/blog/profile/activity stream that links to most of the other personal information we care to publish. People I'm meeting in a "strictly professional" context get my twitter account. From there they can find my "professional" blog, which directly or indirectly links to GitHub, my résumé, a general idea of where I live (city & country) and my mobile #. Folks I'm more comfortable with probably get a link to this DW account, from whence they can also find flickr, last.fm, and so forth. Details like home phone number and exact physical address get given out on an as-needed basis.

    How exactly does this tie in with how we see our own identity? I can't help but wonder if there's some kind of online-persona/offline-persona spectrum going on here, and what kind of identifiers we give people has to do with where we feel we mainly reside. There's a tie-in with wallet names and online handles here too. I think "shadowspar" is a rather puerile and somewhat meaningless handle, but back when I picked it (1999-2000-ish) it was essentially unique. If I tell someone that my nick is "shadowspar", and they feed that into a search engine, pages referencing me are largely what come out.

    Dunno where I'm going with all this, it's just...business cards (at least the "traditional" variety, for some value of "traditional") seem to be a link to an offline identity, and just...that's not the world I live in any more.

    shadowspar: Audio cassette tape with crossbones, made to look like a jolly roger (tape pirate!)
    Friday, August 12th, 2011 10:07

    From this review of Becky Hogge's Barefoot into Cyberspace:

    There's a not-so secret about activists that those pursuing anti-democratic policies have unfortunately spotted: they burn out. A trade association has its choice of professional lobbyists willing to be paid to argue the cause during working hours. The supply of people willing to donate their lives to sparking protest for little or no money is much smaller, however, and the toll is intense.

    (Amongst other things, the idea of getting a law degree and leaping into the current Intellectual Property fray on the side of good has a great deal of appeal to me, and this is why. There are plenty of excellent law firms taking up the interests of the monied corporations, but few folks standing up for remixers, independent artists, consumers, and so forth -- almost nobody can afford to.)

    shadowspar: Picture of ouendan (\o/)
    Monday, July 25th, 2011 22:45

    Finally gave in and admitted that I'd need to find my old logic texts to finish the article I'm working on. Resigning myself to a lengthy search, I headed down to the junk spare room in the basement, cracked open the first box, and lo! found all of the texts I needed right on top.

    I think this is probably the first time this has happened to anyone in the history of ever.

    shadowspar: image of an alto clef (alto clef)
    Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 16:14

    Haven't posted anything about how the viola lessons have been progressing for some time now. Will try to find time to rectify that soon; big news coming up. ^_^;

    In the meantime, and since I haven't posted it yet, here's one of my favourite pieces of classical music. If you're not familiar with it -- it starts out soft, but you might not want to turn up your speakers too loud. ^_^ Even with the obvious musical joke in this piece aside, I really think it's a beautiful and flowing piece of music.

    shadowspar: Pic of rolling pin and dough w/ caption "That's how I roll" (that's how I roll)
    Sunday, May 8th, 2011 00:26

    Even more interesting than what's on your shopping list is what you run out of, because that shows what you're actually using. Sometimes it only dawns on me how differently I've been cooking when we suddenly start running out of something we've never run out of before, or how many cakes, cupcakes, scones and hotcakes this kitchen has emitted as of late when I realize that the bag of flour I'm buying is the third one this month.

    Things we've run out of lately:

    Cumin, oregano, ancho chile powder: adding homemade veg burritos to our dinner rotation is the main culprit here, but lately cumin seems to go into every recipe that requires dried spices...so much so that the second 3oz jar to go was replaced with a one-pound bag of the stuff. (They say never to argue with a person who buys ink by the barrel...what about someone who buys cumin by the pound?)

    Onions and garlic: Incredibly enough, we used to buy onions a few at a time with specific recipes in mind, but more & more they seem to be getting into many of the savoury dishes we make each week: stirfry, burritos as noted above, iridōfu, plus we finally found egg-free commercial perogies, so we can finally eat perogies covered in fried onions again. Olio aglio eats through a lot of our garlic, as well as soup recipes, but a clove here and there seems to go into all the other veg dishes, too.

    We had a good run on vegan soup stock for a while, but that's dropped off, what with it being spring now and all.

    Finally, white sugar & white flour (>_<), along with the holy baking trifecta of cornstarch, baking soda, and baking powder. Oh, and vanilla extract too -- some four bottles of the stuff in recent memory -- and cider vinegar, of all things, which is what we use to turn soymilk into vegan buttermilk for baking. In the last while we've made a whack of birthday cakes including a half-sheet monster, several batches of scones for work & domestic consumption, several doz maple cupcakes for the kid's school, and (currently in the oven) choc chip cupcakes for Mothers' Day. This along with the regular Sunday hotcake routine and the occasional round of bread, buns, focaccia, or pizza. Sheesh.

    shadowspar: Picture of ouendan (ouendan - osu!)
    Thursday, May 5th, 2011 21:38

    I don't know that there's anyone in my dwircle that hasn't seen this yet, but just in case: if you've ever played D&D in your life, you need to check out the music parody video Roll a D6.

    The line-dancing goblins and zombies are an especially nice touch.

    Hat tip to [personal profile] terriko via the Geek Feminism blog.

    shadowspar: An angry anime swordswoman, looking as though about to smash something (Default)
    Monday, March 28th, 2011 01:51

    This passage from Descartes says a lot about my approach to philosophy, and my philosophies in general. =)

    I shall not say anything about Philosophy, but that, seeing as it has been cultivated for many centuries by the best minds that have ever lived, and that nevertheless no single thing is to be found in it which is not the subject of dispute, I had not enough presumption to fare better there than others had done. And also, considering how many conflicting opinions there may be regarding the self-same matter, all supported by learned people, while there can never be more than one which is true, I esteemed as well-nigh false all that only went as far as being probable.
    :Rene Descartes

    shadowspar: A viola on a purple flamed background, with the text "viola hero" (viola hero)
    Friday, February 25th, 2011 01:48

    Finding forum threads on Teh Internetz discussing how to set up your viola to play a punk show simultaneously fills me with a sense of possibility and makes me disappointed that I didn't think of it first. More of the former than the latter though. (Besides, who am I to think I'm some kind of musical prodigy, eh? =)

    shadowspar: Picture of ouendan (ouendan - osu!)
    Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 15:23

    How did people in remote Northern Ontario ever find out about random awesome K-Pop and Russian girlpop bands before the age of the Internet?

    Oh, that's right, they didn't.

    shadowspar: An angry anime swordswoman, looking as though about to smash something (Default)
    Sunday, September 19th, 2010 00:28

    While the world is home to an incredible diversity of people and cultures, in a sense we are all much more similar than we are different. People like good conversation over a nice meal, wish the best for their family and friends, and hope to live a full life. Some things transcend linguistic or cultural barriers -- music, a smile, and sometimes even humour.

    shadowspar: An angry anime swordswoman, looking as though about to smash something (Default)
    Friday, September 10th, 2010 00:39

    Hanging onto the last little bit of summer cheer. Love this tune and this video.

    shadowspar: Pic of rolling pin and dough w/ caption "That's how I roll" (that's how I roll)
    Monday, September 6th, 2010 11:40

    This is the first time we've actually made homemade Pico de Gallo; we should have done much earlier. It's got a nice fresh flavour that's the perfect antidote when you feel like you've been eating nothing but frozen, canned, or packaged food for far too long.

    (Originally from The Complete Vegan Kitchen).

    • 1 small red onion, diced
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 2 cups (500ml) seeded diced tomatoes
    • 2 tbsp (30ml) lime juice
    • ¼ tsp (~1ml) salt
    • black pepper to taste (cracked or ground, as you will)
    • 2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil
    • 1 tbsp (15ml) minced cilantro

    Mix in a bowl; let stand at least 15min for the flavours to commingle.

    Side tip: if you're a tomato-processing noob (like me), one of the faster ways to seed tomatoes is to cut them in half around the equator (ie, not through the stem or base, but around the other way) and then squeeze each half out over a bowl. This gets rid of most of the seeds, and you can clean the stragglers out with a spoon or finger if you want. After this, you can optionally flatten each half against your cutting board with the heel of your palm to give a nice, two-dimensional, easy to dice tomato.

    shadowspar: An angry anime swordswoman, looking as though about to smash something (Default)
    Thursday, August 26th, 2010 09:32

    While coming up with music recommendations for [personal profile] damned_colonial, I chanced to discover that one of my favourite songs by Shaye (of Happy Baby fame) is a cover of a tune originally done by Crash Vegas.

    In my youth I always felt as though this kind of music trivia was exclusively the domain of 'cool kids' who hung out in record stores all day, so I love that the internetz has opened up an unlimited horizon of musical exploration for geek types like myself. =)

    shadowspar: Pic of rolling pin and dough w/ caption "That's how I roll" (that's how I roll)
    Friday, July 30th, 2010 18:48

    Come on, you know it's true. =)

    Veg*n food bingo card
    tofu chickpeas nutritional
    agar agar hummus
    tempeh couscous miso quinoa
    lentils sucanat Free
    tahini agave
    TVP vegenaise bragg's
    liquid amino
    soymilk tofurky black
    edamame seitan