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Dec. 2nd, 2016 | 01:31 pm



...um. *chuckles*

Welp, I guess that's what you get if winter works as it should in California and there's actually some &@^!ing rain. Makes all the weeds and stuff sprout. Hillsides that have been brown all summer should turn green in December and January.

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Nov. 10th, 2016 | 11:39 am

Can anyone recommend a couple of pieces of Linux software to me, that would run on a Raspberry Pi 1 Model B? I don't know for sure, but I assume ours is running Raspbian. Their FAQ says "In general, you need to look to see whether the program you want can be compiled for the ARMv6 (Pi 1) ... architecture" which is not very meaningful to me, but hopefully will be to somebody. (If I seem ignorant for someone who even owns a Pi in the first place, it's not really mine, it's [personal profile] enotsola's; he bought it as a toy but we really have hardly ever even plugged it in.)

1. An MP3 player - just needs basic playback controls (play/stop/pause/skip) and ability to shuffle a playlist or files in a folder. Subdirectory recursion not required as the source files will all be in the same folder.

2. A slideshow - i.e. take image files in a folder and display them in fullscreen mode, shuffled in random order, for a variable length of time per image. Subdirectory recursion again not required. Option to display or not display the filename as a small text caption on the screen would be a plus. Option to scale the pictures to the height or width of the screen (not stretch to fill, but maintain proportion) also a plus.

The big idea here is that I wanted to try the slideshow thing out for the meetup at PCon, but that there is not a convenient place to put our laptop next to the room TV (which is not itself movable, nor would running a cable across the room be a good idea). But the Pi is tiny and would fit, so was there a way we could make that work, and while we were at it, could we also make it the jukebox and ditch having the laptop taking up space entirely?

(the icon on DW may not seem related, but his shirt says "Computers Are Fun And Useful".)

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Nov. 4th, 2016 | 02:43 pm

If I just want to make a one-off T-shirt for myself and not sell more afterwards, what site or place of business would people recommend?

Related, is there anywhere I can get Helvetica font, or possibly some kind of lookalike, without having to pay an amount of license money that makes no sense for the project in mind? (I thought of trying to do the design on a Mac, which may be possible, but I'm not sure.)

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Oct. 28th, 2016 | 02:12 pm

Stygian Syzygy: damn this world.. everything is stupid.
octarine dye #6: ?
Stygian Syzygy: Oh, just raiding the pipeline stuff, and the refuge guys getting away with it (except the dead one) and Trump saying "fuck this election, it's rigged anyway. Just make me King already" (not quite those words)
octarine dye #6: wow
octarine dye #6: not, "someone else died"
Stygian Syzygy: Oh probably, I just haven't read the whole internet yet
octarine dye #6: heh
octarine dye #6: i love the smell of cynicism in the afternoon

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Oct. 16th, 2016 | 06:34 pm

Last Friday the word "puzzleologist" came up at our local, and I wondered aloud what a fully-Greek-rooted word with the same meaning would be, since "puzzle" didn't sound Greek. Through one turn of the internet and another (during which we found that "puzzle" is "of uncertain origin") we were led to the word metagrobologist, which I just think is an awesome word. I don't know if "all this duncical nonsense has my brains metagrobolized" that I'm seeing attributed here and there to the Wall Street Journal is actually a true quote, but it sure sounds cool.

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Oct. 11th, 2016 | 10:15 pm

"Never mind having someone's guts for garters, I'll have your scrotum for a yarmulke!"

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Sep. 24th, 2016 | 12:09 am

"Why does Michelle Obama's outfit have a boob window? Is it because she's a superhero?"

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Sep. 23rd, 2016 | 03:45 pm

http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/09/23/terry-jones-of-monty-python-has-dementia/

:(

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Sep. 22nd, 2016 | 08:37 pm

Steampunk Enchantment and Glamourie
This year I’ve taken the Goblin Circus to quite a few steampunk events and I’ve been pondering glamourie again. When we dress up we’re casting a glamour on ourselves. We don’t have to use this to present an image though, instead we can use it to create a space of possibility.

Short article; doesn't really focus on steampunk per se, just uses it as one example.

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Sep. 15th, 2016 | 01:15 pm

Kinda gross TMI but not that gross, no blood or poop or anythingCollapse )

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