Since I hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 15 posts previously published on December 5th

  • 2019
  • 2016
    • Baby, It’s Cold Outside If you’re not a fan, I totally understand — but for me, it will remain a staple of my winter playlists.
    • First snow of the season! Can’t let you Seattleites have all the fun! (340/366)
  • 2014
    • Yesterday’s “F in Exams” calendar page. Can’t trust those dolphins!
  • 2009
  • 2008
    • Manufactured Controversy If the ID folks actually were to do the work involved in creating such a theory, doing the experimentation and observation necessary to back it up and get their work peer reviewed, it WOULD be accepted by science. Unfortunately, the main proponents of Intelligent Design Theory have no interest in doing that; they’d rather just fabricate controversy, pretending that the mean-old scientists just won’t let them play because scientists hate Christians.
  • 2005
    • LibraryThing Redux Well, it took a few hours (spread over the past few days) of free-time puttering, but my entire book collection (that isn't loaned out, loaned out and not returned, lost, or still sitting somewhere at my folks' house in Anchorage) is now entered into my LibraryThing catalog.
  • 2004
    • Cartoon Skeletons I decided to take a select few of these popular cartoon characters and render their skeletal systems as I imagine they might resemble if one truly had eye sockets half the size of its head, or fingerless-hands, or feet comprising 60% of its body mass.
    • Cover Tunes I want to hear Britney Spears cover My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult's 'Days of Swine and Roses' (“Christian zombie vampires!”). N*SYNC or whatever boy band is around taking on The Sisters of Mercy's 'Dominion/Mother Russia'. Janet Jackson's version of the Violent Femme's 'Day After Day'. Eminem doing Concrete Blonde's 'Bloodletting'.
    • Panoramic Experiments Yesterday afternoon I decided to go for a bit of a wander through the weekend downtown shoppers to work on an experiment I've had in mind for a bit. I've been curious at how panoramic shots would turn out if I took them in the evening, where the long exposures would blur any cars and passing shoppers.
  • 2003
    • For sale: Pioneer CMX-5000 Twin CD Player Asking price: $600. As as I've hardly touched it in the two years since I've been in Seattle, it's time to see if someone who can get a little more use out of it is interested. I'd prefer if someone in or around Seattle who can swing by and pick it up from me bought it as I don't have a car and shipping would be a major pain. I can accept cash, checks, or PayPal.
    • New TypePad features Three new features for TypePad weblogs have been announced today at Everything TypePad: TypeList Sort Options, Photo Album .zip Uploads, and More Privacy Options.
  • 2002
    • iSfP It's kind of funny how one subject will lead to another, which then takes off and gets something of a life of its own. A throwaway comment by Mark Pilgrim in the midst of explaining a new data format giving his Myers-Briggs Type Indicator led to an interesting couple of posts by Jonathon Delacour relating MBTIs to the blogosphere.
    • Religions are wacky While we're on this, a few years ago I made this claim in the off.ramp newsgroup that I used to hang out in: God is a Dumbass. I offered Nevada and the Moon as proof. Guess what? No one ever was able to prove me wrong.
    • Not a bad way to go, really Rolf Eden, a Berlin property tycoon, former nightclub owner, and all-purpose celebrity, says he is offering $125,000 to any woman, from anywhere in the world, who can kill him with sex.

📚 fifty of 2020: Smut Peddler Presents: Silver ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The latest in @ironcircuscomix’s always enjoyable series of erotic comic anthologies. This time, all about love and lust among older participants (though I was amused to note that I’m older than some of the subjects!).

🖖🏻 Discovery S03E08: Not a bad episode, but aside from a few moments, not a particularly stand-out episode. A little more background to Book, Detmer got a little hands-on flight therapy, and the moment with Stamets and Adira was nice, but the Georgiou mystery is dragging on.

Since I hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 18 posts previously published on December 4th

  • 2019
    • Today’s geeky triumph: Figuring out how to use Automator to create a service that pipes selected text through pandoc to speed up converting old posts on my blog to proper markdown format from the current HTML/markdown hodepodge.
    • Plex Offers Over a Thousand Ad-Supported Movies on Demand: The films are “free” as in “ad supported”, but it’s still an interesting move. While I’m a long-time Plex user, I’m not sure if I’ll take advantage of this (I have an extensive personal movie and TV collection as it is, plus some of the big-name […]
    • Downtown Seattle Barnes & Noble to close January 18th: “When the downtown Barnes & Noble closes, there will officially be no bookstores in the downtown retail core. While there are quite a few bookshops in surrounding neighborhoods like the Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Capitol Hill, and Queen Anne, this will be the first time […]
  • 2016
    • Wrapping Christmas presents! (339/366)
  • 2014
    • “Justice!” #CWU #blacklivesmatter #ferguson #mikebrown #ericgarner #handsup #icantbreathe
    • About ready to go… #CWU #blacklivesmatter #ferguson #mikebrown #ericgarner #icantbreathe #handsup
    • More people joining. #blacklivesmatter #CWU #ferguson #mikebrown #ericgarner
    • “I’m marching because I was taught to trust the police, but as I’ve gotten older, I’m scared of them.” #blacklivesmatter #ferguson #mikebrown #ericgarner #CWU
    • “Ferguson is here” “I can’t breathe” #blacklivesmatter #handsup #icantbreathe #CWU
    • CWU students gathering for a #blacklivesmatter protest walk. #CWU #ferguson #ericgarner #mikebrown
    • Two Americas Two profoundly different experiences of life in our country that you should be aware of: #CrimingWhileWhite and #AliveWhileBlack.
  • 2008
  • 2007
    • Six Billion Gallons Outside of leaks taking out a few ceiling tiles at my store in the mall, neither Prairie nor I have personally seen any of the more dramatic effects of the storm. Apparently we got off fairly lucky -- the PI mentions a few people in our area of town that didn't fare so well.
  • 2004
    • Netflix Friends After playing with Netflix Friends a bit last night and this morning, I'm really enjoying this. The more people listed as friends, the more choices there are on your friends page, of course, and it's been fun watching the recommendations change as more of the few people I invited in join in the fun.
  • 2003
    • People sleep…cigarettes don't Wow — scary stuff. Apparently there was a fire at James and Stacy's apartment complex in Anchorage yesterday afternoon. Thankfully, according to Stacy, everyone is okay, including the cat.
  • 2002
    • What he said OK, the joke's over. Will someone tell that chowderhead in the White House to stop playing his Fantasy President computer game and get serious?
    • Ya win some, ya lose some A controversial government initiative to recruit Americans to spy on each other in an attempt to prevent terrorist attacks was quietly killed with the passage of the Homeland Security Act.
    • Pentagon recruitment tactics High school students nationwide may be surprised to know that the Pentagon knows their name, address and phone number.

📚 forty-nine of 2020: Clash of the Titans by Alan Dean Foster ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Foster does his usual solidly enjoyable adaptation work. And I’m pretty sure that this movie was responsible for the majority of my knowledge of Greek mythology for much of my youth (and beyond…).

Something I noticed over these past few days that I find both heartening and a little amusing:

When I first saw the headlines popping up on Twitter and elsewhere that Elliot Page had announced his name and pronouns, I had no idea who this person was. I haven’t watched Umbrella Academy, and most of the headlines were something along the lines of “Umbrella Academy star Elliot Page…”, so it didn’t clue me in, and I just shrugged it off as someone who wasn’t in my awareness. It wasn’t until other headlines also mentioned “Juno” and some Juno-era pictures were shown that I figured it out.

And I think that’s pretty cool, because in all the news I was seeing in my feeds, not a single post or news headline was deadnaming or misgendering Elliot.

Sure, it’s likely that some amount of that is due to my particular circles of friends and acquaintances, who tend to be more aware of these sorts of things. But still, they were linking out to articles, some in fairly mainstream publications, so even if the person posting was being respectful, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if the news articles weren’t.

But it took me nearly a full day to clue in to why this person’s announcement was making so many headlines — and I think that’s pretty cool. I’ll happily spend a little time being mildly confused if it means that cultural progress is being made.

Since I hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 14 posts previously published on December 3rd

  • 2019
    • RIP D.C. Fontana Sad news — D.C. Fontana, one of the pillars of Star Trek, has died.
    • Hopepunk Go forth. Be angry. Be optimistic. Be hopepunk. Make this world a better place, whether it likes it or not.
  • 2018
    • Book fifty-two of 2018: Dinosaur Summer, by Greg Bear. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ And that makes my goal of fifty-two books for the year, with almost a full month to go!
  • 2016
    • Book fifty-three of 2016: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (338/366)
  • 2015
    • Oh, @cardsagainsthumanity. Don’t ever change. Unless it’s for the better, of course.
  • 2014
    • Now is the time @ShaunKing: 'LISTEN: If you ever wondered what you would do if you were alive in the Civil Rights Movement, NOW IS THE TIME to find out. NOW. RIGHT NOW'
  • 2010
    • That 100 Book List (That’s Not Actually From the BBC) The list has nothing to do with the BBC -- the closest the BBC gets is The Big Read, a 2003 list of Britain's 100 most popular books as determined by BBC viewer nominations -- and actually appears to be taken from a 2007 article in _The Guardian_, reporting on the results of a poll of 2,000 people by the World Book Day website.
  • 2005
    • LibraryThing Neat new web toy I just found: LibraryThing -- catalog and tag your book collection. I just spent some time putting in a few shelves worth of my library.... Neat!
  • 2004
    • ecto 2 So ecto 2 is updated, and one of the nifty new features is Amazon integration. It's pretty slick…I do have one concern about the link format, though.
  • 2002
    • Pros and cons of newsreaders So — as a personal favor to me — would all of you nice people who keep me informed about the world, thinking about current events, and considering new ideas on how to tweak my website, kindly pipe down for a day or two so I can get caught up? You should be able to start babbling as normal round about Thursday, I think.
    • Recommended reading? This could be interesting — Mark Pilgrim has set up a Recommended Reading script that analyses your web page, and then suggests other sites that you might find worth reading.
    • Everything old is new again So, over the past few weeks, it's been announced that Henry Kissinger is heading up the 9/11 inquiry, and John Poindexter is the new head of the Total Information Awareness office. And we're supposed to accept these announcements as good decisions?
    • I’m not surprised I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the President. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation.
  • 2001
    • Yay Pigface! Pigface is going to be in Seattle at the Experience Music Project as part of their Preaching to the Perverted tour! I am so there.

Since I hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 20 posts previously published on December 2nd

  • 2019
    • Seattle QFC debuts first apple ever bred in Washington, despite the state being the highest grower: “The apple variety was developed by Washington State University. Washington growers, who paid for the research, will have the exclusive right to sell it for the first 10 years.”
    • There are no humans in Star Wars. Watching the Original Trilogy, we assume that the ‘humans’ of the GFFA (Galaxy Far Far Away) are biologically and sociologically identical to Sol 3 humans. When obviously they’re not!
  • 2017
    • Worst. Fudge. Evar!
  • 2016
  • 2012
    • Christmas 2012 Wishlist Dad asked me to post my Christmas wish list, so here I go. As usual, what follows is links to four separate Amazon wish lists, as my occasional OCD tendencies mean I categorize my greed. Though I don't expect anyone other than my parents to get me anything...I've been surprised in the past, so feel free to indulge! ;)
  • 2010
    • Close the Washington Monument ''Terrorism isn't a crime against people or property. It's a crime against our minds, using the death of innocents and destruction of property to make us fearful.... But when we refuse to be terrorized, when we're indomitable in the face of terror, the terrorists fail -- even if their attacks succeed.''
    • The Proverbial Sausage Factory This is a fascinating look at a trial from a juror's perspective: hearing the evidence, trying to balance all the factors and evidence in coming to a decision, and watching the legal system at work. Perhaps of particular interest to me as a Law and Justice student, but the kind of thing that I think would be interesting no matter what.
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2004
    • Raise the roof! Ain't no party like an Amish party, 'cause an Amish party don't stop!
    • E=1/2CV^2 (Hanscom’s Law) E=1/2CV^2: any given job will only require half of what you know, but will require proportionately more experience than you have.
    • 100 percent Abstinence is the only 100% sure method of avoiding STDs and unwanted pregnancy.
    • Abstinence courses wildly off base Our tax dollars at work: the abstinence programs that Bush is so heavily in favor of (as opposed to real sex education) are distributing wildly inaccurate information to teens.
  • 2003
    • Dead Milkmen tour diaries How very, very cool. Dean Clean, drummer for the Dead Milkmen, is posting his tour diaries from the band's first days of touring back in 1985.
    • Amazon linking techniques According to onfocus, Amazon has changed the way they link to wishlists, breaking current wishlist links in the process…later in the comments, an interesting tidbit of information was posted…and all this reminded me of an important note from Jason Kottke regarding linking to items on Amazon with your Amazon Associates ID.
    • 2003 Weblog Awards Wizbang has opened up nominations for the 2003 Weblog Awards. In an uncharacteristic fit of self-aggrandizement, I went ahead and nominated this site for Best Looking Blog.
  • 2002
    • God is good And God said, 'You have hot water, and can take a bath.'
    • I’m back I had an absolutely wonderful and very relaxing Thanksgiving weekend with Prairie and her family. Details and pictures will be up later on, probably this evening.