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Saturday, December 1st, 2012
12:06 pm
Three favorites

My favorite MMORPG: City of Heroes. I played it from the closed beta till it closed last night.
My favorite character: Sun's Bright Hand, fire tanker. "To defeat the men of Darkness with the Light."
My favorite song: "The end of the world", by Angela. (Quote translated from Japanese.)
Sunday, January 1st, 2012
3:03 pm
It's a happy New Year!
Well, it certainly is so far. I woke up after 9 hours still wearing my shirt from yesterday. And I was in my bed, so that is good.

Had two gigabytes download quota left on my tablet last evening and nothing good to download.  #zerothworldproblems

Current Mood: full
Monday, November 28th, 2011
11:04 pm
Monday, August 29th, 2011
3:15 pm
My paid account is expiring. I think it is fair to let it do so, since I rarely post here. I kind of sympathize with LJ as they become victims of political attacks, but on the other hand I have liked them less and less for every passing year since the original team sold out. There is something sneaky and underhanded about this service that just disgusts me. I stuck with it because it was the only place you could write more than 140 characters and have a good chance of being read. Now there is Google+, and while I don't support their War on Nyms, they are at least treating me like an adult.

So, not quite disappearing yet, but kind of slowly fading I guess.

Current Mood: full
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
2:15 pm
My tweets
  • Wed, 05:23: RT @Inspire_Us: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. -Marianne Willi ...
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
2:00 pm
My tweets
  • Mon, 13:29: RT @DalaiLama: If you use violence, you may get temporary satisfaction. But the nature of violence is unpredictable – it gives rise to u ...
5:03 am
My tweets
  • Mon, 06:06: RT @DalaiLama: All good qualities must be sown and cultivated. We can’t expect to change overnight from an ordinary person into one with ...
  • Mon, 13:29: RT @DalaiLama: If you use violence, you may get temporary satisfaction. But the nature of violence is unpredictable – it gives rise to u ...
Friday, July 22nd, 2011
2:15 pm
My tweets
  • Fri, 04:56: RT @InspireBookClub: No man can be called friendless who has God & the companionship of good books. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Thursday, July 14th, 2011
2:00 pm
My tweets
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
8:27 pm
Temperature absurdity

This past winter, a temperature of 24 degrees Celsius was just warm enough to not feel uncomfortable in thick socks, thick trousers, thick shirt and thick pullover.

Now in summer, 23 degrees Celsius feels just cool enough to not feel uncomfortable in thin socks and boxers.

That's just not right, no matter how you look at it. I could translate these numbers into Fahrenheit but that would not really change the logic. And no, I am not burning much more calories, because my pulse is within the same range.

Current Mood: curious
2:15 pm
My tweets
  • Sat, 06:40: I stocked up on Kindle books before the sales tax set in here. I am not opposed to tax, but I am even less opposed to good books.
Thursday, June 30th, 2011
2:15 pm
My tweets
  • Thu, 06:07: RT @RyuhoOkawa: Let us rejoice for what is small. Let our hearts be moved by the little things.
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
9:02 am
Glucose - breakfast of champions
At the clinic. I just drank a couple glasses of glucose solution - hopefully that was what it was, it tasted sweet at least so I guess they picked the right bottle. The nurse was a boy looking like a high school kid, perhaps they have work training or something? Or neoteny is marching on. In any case, it doesn't exactly inspire confidence when health personnel look like they are 16. Life is not an anime.

Posted via LjBeetle
Sunday, June 26th, 2011
2:00 pm
My tweets
  • Sat, 18:35: Loving mankind is easy, it is loving the individuals in it that is hard.
Saturday, June 18th, 2011
3:12 pm
Best phrase seen this week:

"I'm going to grow old and die with you if it's the last thing I do!"
(From the online comic "Marry Me".)

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
9:39 pm
Origin / EA Downloads
 I am pleasantly surprised (which admittedly does not take a lot when it comes to Electronic Arts). Downloading the two older expansion packs for Sims 3 was ridiculously cheap - in fact, even cheaper than advertised on their website.  And I get to install them 5 times, more if I uninstall. Installation is slow but automatic.  (I resent not being able to choose which disk to install to, but it does not actually matter with small stuff like this.) For the people who just want to have fun, it seems very close to perfect. Buy online, go make your favorite dinner and press play when you return. It seems unlikely, but EA may have done something right. True gamers will probably resent the idiotproofing, even more so than I, but I am not sure that is where the money is anymore.
Sunday, June 12th, 2011
7:59 pm
"Are there wild dogs bearing down on you?"
You save like 0.1 seconds writing “u” instead of “you” at the cost of making yourself look like an absolute idiot. Is there any reason you’re trying to shave off this time? Are there wild dogs bearing down on you as you write why we need another look at Obama’s birth certificate? If so, run from the wild dogs and write your comment later. Your whole sentence shouldn’t scream, “I’m a useless idiot with nothing important to say.” You should never write like that unless you actually are a cat expressing your desire for a cheeseburger.

Frank J. Fleming, Tips for Not Appearing Crazy on the Internet.

Current Mood: amused
Sunday, June 5th, 2011
1:43 pm
reimbursement-based medicine
We used high-tech, state-of-the-art measures to prove the power of simple, low-tech, and low-cost interventions. We showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or even reverse the progression of coronary heart disease, prostate cancer, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, hypercholesterolemia, and other chronic conditions that account for at least 75% of the $2.1 trillion in health care costs.

I thought that when we published our findings in the leading medical journals that this would change medical practice. In retrospect, that was a little naïve; good science is important but not sufficient to change medical practice. Despite the talk about evidence-based medicine, we really live in an era of what I call "reimbursement-based medicine"--it's all about the Benjamins.

-Dr. Dean Ornish, in Huffington Post.

Current Mood: thoughtful
1:22 pm
Immunity to distance: 10%
OK, this is getting ridiculous. See, a week and a half ago I decided to walk for an hour every day when feasible, or half an hour if not. It has been feasible almost every day so far. But the last couple days I seem to have leveled up or something. Both yesterday and today I had to walk noticeably longer to get a full hour, especially today. I usually take the route I have used most Saturdays since I moved here, to the grocery shop and back. But now after 20 minutes I pass the gas station that used to be my 25 minute marker. Which means unless the road has shrunk, I am walking considerably faster. (The stiffness in my legs each day certainly agrees with this.) Yet when I return after an hour, I have used 10% fewer calories than I used to spend on my Saturdaily walks.

In other words, after a week and a half I move 20% faster but use 10% less energy - not on the same distance but the same TIME spent at the faster pace. I seem to be developing immunity to distance. At the current trend, I will be able to teleport to the shop and back around the time my lease runs out... 0_0

Well, obviously not. Life is not a superhero game. Or that's what I've been told. I suspect random variations in metabolism or something.

Current Mood: surprised
Saturday, June 4th, 2011
8:16 pm
Kindle for PC installer - registration timed out (solved)
Evidently Amazon has served a defective installer for the last few months, but someone has thoughtfully kept the old one and made it available.
I had this problem and the old installer fixed it (on my Win 7 PC).
This is a link to a post about the problem and its solution, not a direct download. Download link is in the post though.

Current Mood: grateful
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