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For More Joy Day [20 Jan 2017|10:46pm]
Birds give me a lot of joy, so here are Stanford flight researchers flying a parrotlet -- with tiny birdy goggles -- through lasers.



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Um... wth? [11 Nov 2016|12:22am]
Since when are there anonymous "likes" on LJ, and on a locked post?

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Fire at Old Friends [23 Jan 2016|11:47am]
Many of you who've been around fandom for a while know Tashery, who was my original vidding partner back in the '80s, and who also vidded with Gayle Feyrer, and made amazing solo vids, as well, including the B7 vid, Continental Drift, which was shown in VividCon's History of Vidding show a few years ago.

Anyway, she volunteers at Old Friends, a thoroughbred rescue/retirement facility in Georgetown, KY, and they had a fire earlier today that destroyed their hospital/quarantine barn. They're a 501 (c) 3 funded by donations, grants, and gift shop sales, and they're asking for help to rebuild their barn. They're a wonderful organization that's rescued many former racehorses from slaughterhouses and inhumane conditions, so please help them out if you can:

http://www.oldfriendsequine.org/how-to-help.html

Thank you!

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Big thank you! [15 Jan 2016|04:40pm]
Two birthday gifts were delivered to my door, but there was no name included, so I have no idea who sent them. So, I just wanted to say thank you to the very lovely, anonymous gift-sender! It was so nice of you to remember! ♥

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Bird photos [21 Dec 2015|02:38pm]

Male Townsend's warbler


Female yellow-rumped warbler (I think)


Steller's jay

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TV update [08 Oct 2015|01:17pm]
So, I ended up swapping the stink-o-vision TV for the store's floor model -- [personal profile] thevetia and I both gave it a thorough sniff test, and there was no noxious odor.

While the sales guy was off doing something, [personal profile] thevetia found a stinky Samsung and called me over, and yeah, it was the same smell (only less so). She said it reminded her of hot solder, so maybe a giant gob of solder got dropped in there somewhere while it was being built? And since I'd noticed that the back of my TV was noticeably warmer on one side, and the stink was stronger there, she also wondered if there was a bad component, too? In any case, it definitely seemed to be some sort of manufacturing issue.

We had the TV on while we waited for the delivery guy to bring the new one, and [personal profile] thevetia could definitely smell it -- and so could the delivery guy, once he showed up.

Keeping my fingers crossed that everything stays fine with this one!

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That new TV smell [06 Oct 2015|05:33pm]
I recently got a new TV after my almost 16-year-old tube TV finally became unwatchable. The new one's a 55" Sharp, which has a lovely, big screen -- yay.

The downside? Whenever it's on, which is practically all the time, parts of my living room smell like hot plastic. And because I'm super-sensitive to certain smells, it tends to give me a headache. It's weird, too, because some days the smell is stronger than others, and I have no idea why. It's just... random. Over the weekend, I hardly noticed it and thought maybe it was finally going away, but today (the two week mark), it's been pretty bad. It does seem to have gotten a little less strong over time, but I'm concerned that it may never go away completely.

I'm the last person I know to switch to a flatscreen, so I've been watching them in a hell of a lot of friends' and relatives' homes over the past several years, and never noticed any sort of icky smell before.

Has anyone else experienced this? Any advice -- keep it or look into an exchange?

ETA: Well, [personal profile] thevetia thought maybe there was some residue from packing materials stuck to the TV and suggested using a cleaning solvent for electronics. Unfortunately, that didn't get rid of the stink.

So, I called and told the sales guy, and am waiting for him to call me back. Sigh.

2nd ETA: Going back tomorrow to pick out another TV to exchange for smelly one. All I ask is that the replacement be odor-free.

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TiVo remote? [13 Sep 2015|01:04pm]
Does anyone happen to have a working HD (Series 3) TiVo remote sitting around collecting dust that they'd like to unload? I'm pretty sure my remote's going bad -- for a while, now, the DVR 1-2 switch has been wonky, and now the TV Input button has gotten cranky, too, and doesn't work consistently, anymore.

I've never had a TiVo remote go bad before, and because it's an old machine, I'm having a hard time finding a replacement (TiVo only sells Premiere and Roamio remotes).

The number on the inside of the remote's battery compartment is SPCA-00031-003 and my HD TiVo is model TCD652160 (the HD remote has also controlled my Series 2 machine just fine).

Any offers or leads appreciated!

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Festivids recs [01 Feb 2015|01:40pm]
I haven't had a chance to watch very many yet, but here are a few favorites, in alpha order by source:

Pit Bulls and Parolees: I'll Be There For You. Yes, that's the theme from Friends, and it's used really well -- the lyrics are perfect for this show. I watched it twice, and both times it made me all weepy, but in a good way.

Queer as Folk UK: Thinking Out Loud. Most vids I've seen for this fandom were all about the dance music, and the onscreen nudity and sex/lifestyle, or else the vidder focused on how awful they thought Stuart was. This one's the total opposite -- a gentle, emotional, romantic vid about Nathan and Stuart's relationship. The song's on the treacly side, but I didn't care, because I loved the vidder's story.

Spy Game: Resolution Road. A really lovely, emotional distillation of Tom and Nathan's relationship that hit the same buttons for me that the movie did. Terrific narrative and editing.

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For More Joy Day... [15 Jan 2015|02:02pm]
...baby flying foxes always make me smile.





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Almost Human DVDs [16 Sep 2014|09:15pm]
Does anyone happen to know if the eps are exactly the same as what was aired? I haven't seen anything saying scenes were cut or music was changed, but I don't want to assume, either.

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VividCon 2014 Premiere: Wake Me Up [10 Aug 2014|10:33pm]
Wake Me Up
Music: Avicii
Fandom: Sinbad
Vidders: Jill, Kathy, Kay
Download from our site (89MB MP4 file)

Note: Vids are password protected. If you haven't requested the username and password before, please send a request to vids@pteropus.com (responses are automated, so you won't have to wait for a reply).

Please do not link directly to any of the vids. Linking to this announcement or to our site is fine.

If I can ever get a file to play smoothly on Vimeo, I'll update with that info, but so far, everything I've put up has looked like herky-jerky crapola.

ETA: It's up on Vimeo.



Password: sinbad

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I regret nothing [05 Jun 2014|01:56pm]
Gacked from [personal profile] killabeez and [personal profile] cruisedirector:

1. Bold the names of guys you'd definitely get with.
2. Italicize the names of guys you might get with after a little persuasion.
3. Leave the guys who don't do anything for you alone.
4. Put a (?) after the guys you've never heard of.
5. Strike the guys you wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole.
6. Add three guys to the list.

*totals up bolds and italics*

Heh.

I cheated and added extra names, because that's how I rollCollapse )

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Top movies [13 May 2014|04:13pm]
Because I suck at narrowing down most things I love to such a tiny number (and, no doubt, as soon as I hit post, I'll think of several more important/formative/beloved ones that I forgot), here are some all-time favorites, in no particular order:

To Have and Have Not
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Blade Runner
The Best Years of Our Lives
Blazing Saddles
Notorious
Gallipoli
A Night in Casablanca
The Quiet Man
Alien
Holiday
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Velvet Goldmine
L.A. Confidential
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Scared Stiff
Ball of Fire
Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Almost Human petition [30 Apr 2014|06:37pm]
If you're pissed about Almost Human's cancellation, you might consider signing the petition at change.org asking Syfy to save the show.

Who knows, maybe it'll work? *sigh*

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SPN fans beware the return of a longtime toxic fan [13 Jan 2014|01:45pm]
So, remember Victoria Bitter, aka Amy Player, aka Jordan Wood (supposedly related to Elijah), aka Thanfiction, aka Andrew Blake, the notorious con artist in LoTR and Harry Potter fandoms and all-around mentally disturbed, manipulative asshole?

Well, he's surfaced in SPN fandom with a new venture -- some sort of LARPing retreat. And, yes, he's charging money. Of course.

Please spread the word that this guy's a grade A douche and to avoid him at all costs.

This fandom wank entry gives the complete picture, if you've never heard of this person.

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In honor of More Joy Day... [09 Jan 2014|07:02pm]
Take a look at the Thriller dance sequence from 13 Going on 30. It always makes me smile.

I love how, at first, Jenna's all alone, and people are staring and laughing at her when she starts dancing. But then she persuades Matt to dance with her, and gradually others join in, and pretty soon there's a whole room full of people having a hell of a time doing the Thriller dance.



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Vid rec: Bunheads [12 Dec 2013|10:49pm]
[personal profile] chaila made a really lovely Bunheads vid. You can find it here.

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Sleepy Hollow [17 Sep 2013|07:56pm]
I enjoyed the pilot A LOT -- just set up a season pass.

That said, the last thing I want to do is fall for another show that dies an early death, so I checked last night's ratings and saw the headline, "Huge Premiere for Sleepy Hollow." It won its time slot (viewers: 10.10 million; 18-49 rating/share: 3.5/9) -- YAY! I'm suddenly very glad Monday Night Football is now on ESPN, because it and Dancing With The Stars tended to crush Mon. shows earlier than 10pm.

I really hope SH continues to entertain me and draw big numbers in coming weeks.

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Snady's birthday [09 Aug 2013|09:33pm]
[personal profile] movies_michelle suggested that, to honor Snady's birthday, "Post a rec of something, anything, you enjoyed today, whether it was a story, vid, photo, meme, discussion, whatever. Whether it's new or old. If you've been meaning to go back and leave a comment on a story, go do it now, even if it's just to say "Love this!"

So, here's the thing I enjoyed today, and I think she might have, too.




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