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    I take note of terrible spelling, guys.

    I take note of terrible spelling, guys.

     
  2. Plays: 5,107

    miasmaofdata:

    (t=12:36 <—A good number!)


    I get the appeal of “Roll-your-own” in terms of culture.

    I slung an earlier version of this to my favorite former labmate [whose eyes and ears I generally trust,] and asked if he thought it was too long. [At that point it was maybe 2 hrs.] He didn’t even need to download the dropbox link before telling me the file size would imply it was most definitely too long. Also, he is not as big a fan of the tape scrubbing.

    (I love it. Every time, it pulls positivity from other memories).
    Anyhow, he suggested I tighten it up and that is why you (and mostly ME; as ever, this is all mostly for me,) get the abridged version above. It’s okay too, I guess.

    But, if you—like me—also feel like you’d enjoy a little of the context that turns the file from a hecto-cut (~7.50 E2 s) to a proper mega-mix (4.4 E6 ms), then be gentle with the dropbox:
    (t=1:13:31.1 <—A great number!)

    Also, you’ll find a pair of safety glasses and some earplugs under your seats. Please feel free to use them.

    I am pretty happy with “Vox Pop (n’ Fresh)” as I am now work-traveling and, while I don’t doubt that I will find myself capable of effectively wardriving (on the right side of the road?) to pull down next week’s bounty (I once downloaded an episode over wifi while on a boat in the middle of Sydney Harbor: one finds ways and/or means), I like knowing something old but new but old is around. Backup plans are important.

    You should buy TWYCDIH to make up for that sample, even if it is only 1/40th of the overall number of samples. There’s surely some Good Part math that would justify it.

     
  3. I realized the other day that increasing fluency is still not of particular use beyond self-satisfaction with respect to my weird lust for encoding/decoding because my fingertips are still not great at touch-seeing. Not immediately clear utility never has stopped me before, but certainly developing digit-sensitivity is probably something on which I could work.

    Nevertheless, if you watch me around signs, you will see me staring and silently sounding out words like a tentative 3 year old trying to reconstruct familiar or intuitively rhyming Dr. Seuss texts. I especially like finding places where they have adjusted the text for clarity/character length. Or texts where there is no guide, i.e., the surprise that was “Welcome to the Pope Reserve” at the beginning of the brown sign. [I was not kidding about sitting and practicing.]

    Per the relatively limited sample I observed, Australian Braille does not utilize as many of the shortcuts (exception: that royal navy heritage center sign [light blue] which uses -th-, -ar-, -en-, -ea-, -st-, -ar-, -sh-, -ed-, and -the-,) as I have seen stateside. The sign in the park [bright blue, distressed] where the useful part was both dissolved and slightly defaced was a bummer.

    Blind-Sightseeing tours seem a little jokey and terrible, but are surely a thing that just requires a guide with a pleasant enough voice? And a discerning and descriptive inclination? (“Sightseeing” in and of itself is a weird word. Perhaps one day: a scentsmelling tour or museum. That idea surely logged for later.)

    Given the fact that I was seeing not consistently left-justified text, the most awful thing I saw (but did not take a picture of) was Braille instructions on a toilet-adjacent ladies sanitary product container. The clear perils of searching for information in some environments? It rivals the worry one might speculate about as regards blindly eating bugs.
    Gross. Gross gross gross.

     
  4. …It’s certainly no Baby on a Dog, but certain aspects of Swiss cow culture lend themselves to the development of relatively impressive bell proficiency.

     
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    RotL: Probably the Most Entertaining Entity Turning Two (2!) Years Old Today!(It’s better than “alright”, for realsies.)I think about it, sometimes.

    RotL: Probably the Most Entertaining Entity Turning Two (2!) Years Old Today!

    (It’s better than “alright”, for realsies.)

    I think about it, sometimes.

     
  6. Plays: 419

    capnmariam:

    …[¡DING!] has sort of evolved into something else, which is also great—it’s dubious that one could ever go wrong with a bell as punctuation for exultation—but I still have an inappropriate love for this 69 seconds of audio.

    There is this crystalline memory I have of January 16, 2002, 12:30 (the 2nd set of quarter hour bells had just rang) Ithaca, NY.  I’d mostly finished lunch but was eating a piece of cheesecake on Ho Plaza, not with particularly great ceremony save for the fact that I was straddling a bench as one might if they were having lunch with someone else.  And it was snowing.  And a friend of mine (the Muay Thai guy I’d train with but couldn’t bring myself to hit; if memory serves [and it always does], with whom I might have been a little in love at the time, but in an awkward TV watching buddy kind of way—the internet says “Combat Missions” would start that night—we watched all of CM at his apartment; there is another recent and amusing quip here I’d make but I’d just delete it later: anyhow, he was pretty great) walked by, bundled up as was appropriate as it was below freezing, cf. snow.  (I was not, but that was not particularly unusual for me.)  And he stopped to chat.

    Whatcha doin’, Coldstuff?

    Birthday lunch.

    Is it your birthday?

    Nope.

    …Do you often celebrate other people’s birthdays when they’re not around?

    Only the important ones.

     
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    While no prosecution for a violation of the Prime Directive was ever seen in a Star Trek episode or film, Picard&#8217;s nine documented violations are held as evidence against him during a witchhunt investigation.
The part of me that is a little uncertain but really likes correctness and the part of me that just likes to nurture a good story are fighting so hard against each other here.
Boswell&#8217;s uninhibited folly and candour were his greatest qualifications.

    While no prosecution for a violation of the Prime Directive was ever seen in a Star Trek episode or film, Picard’s nine documented violations are held as evidence against him during a witchhunt investigation.

    The part of me that is a little uncertain but really likes correctness and the part of me that just likes to nurture a good story are fighting so hard against each other here.

    Boswell’s uninhibited folly and candour were his greatest qualifications.

     
  8. The initial bit with the spittoons has been on my mind for days*.

    *cf. 23:20-23:47

     
  9. (I mean, a name besides “diphthongization”, which is a fine enough name in the context of all conceivable ungainly Latinate* word-constructions, but maybe isn’t the clearest of ideas.)

    *Vulgar Latin is probably one of the most useful languages, and not just because I get saucy** when it comes to talking about misplaced tongues. 

    **Proto-romance languages are the first pit-stop on the fast track to innuendoville, population: me.

     
  10. Plays: 19

    It took until the final version of grant two was submitted for me to clear off enough mental, physical, and digital desktop crap to be able to remember why pieces of this were in my playlists, viz. the 5 toots from March 15th

    (I love [love-love] the idea that Conky is a direct ancestorrobot of N.E.P.T.R., not because it was ever implied, but because robo-relation hypotheses are the kinds of things that my brain clings onto with all my tiny metaphorical heart.)

     
  11. "David M. Roderick, President”
    (SUCH a good basketball player.)

    [Ad from Anchorage Daily News, 19750305.]

     
  12. It feels like “good science” says a very specific thing based on evidence in context. And I feel like that context gets left out.


    MDM:
    Like, to me, good science always goes, “but you know, I could be wrong.”
    JMR: Yeah, see, I’m guilty of that; I’m guilty of using psychology to explain myself and other people with a fair degree of certainty, and I think I keep in the back of my mind the constant idea that I’m just guessing, but I don’t always let the other person know—
    MDM: oh, sure
    JMR: —that I think that what I’m saying is just a theory, I say it as though I really believe that it’s true—
    MDM: Well, that’s the point: that’s good writing. Good writing—
    JMR: Exactly.
    MDM: Good writing is, uh, you know,
    JMR: …I inhabit the view point.
    MDM: That’s correct.
    JMR: But, when I’m sitting across from somebody and saying ‘you know what your fucking problem is?”, it’s a little bit harder for them to see that I’m just playing a character. And in this case it is the character of ‘somebody who knows what their fucking problem is’.
    MDM: That’s a good point. It’s def…it’s a good point in the sense of that is a really big problem with you.
    JMR: But I think it’s a problem with the world. I mean, like I say, I’m so irritated—
    MDM: That’s the second one, just if you’re curious. That’s the other problem with you.
    JMR: (chuckles)
    MDM: Now when I say problem, I really mean “opportunity-stake”
    JMR: Yeah, “opportunity-stake”. No, I…
    MDM: I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to interrupt you, John, how is that a problem with the rest of the world?
    JMR: The problem with the rest of the world is that the rest of the world is not listening carefully to *me*. No, the problem is…

    (Like Organic Chemistry, the premise has been there at least since Episode 01.)


    So, think for yourself.
    Love,
    The Author.

     
  13. Plays: 69

    Bits of this had been floating in the playlist since the Millenium Falco megamix debacle last month, but only yesterday evening, in a rental car on the way back from a Philadelphia area campus field-engineering gig, did my ears finally alight on the missing form.

    A bell rang, an angel got its wings, and we all had a little moment.

     
  14. Wiki-cascading being as dangerous as it is, this morning we learned that &#8220;frass&#8221; is a more formal term for insect poops (another poop word from the Germans: classic!), &#8220;walla&#8221; is the name for the insertion of assorted rhubarbs and snazzum to avoid paying extras, and skipping might be an ideal form of locomotion for walking on the moon, a useful piece of knowledge if ever in a conversation with both Kylie Minogue and Gordon Sumner. 

    Wiki-cascading being as dangerous as it is, this morning we learned that “frass” is a more formal term for insect poops (another poop word from the Germans: classic!), “walla” is the name for the insertion of assorted rhubarbs and snazzum to avoid paying extras, and skipping might be an ideal form of locomotion for walking on the moon, a useful piece of knowledge if ever in a conversation with both Kylie Minogue and Gordon Sumner. 

     
  15. Grapples (0-5 minutes).
    The formal (or perhaps just Canadian) name for boom/crane mounted claws, i.e., the business end of the business end of a Supertrain.