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  • 6:11 pm on March 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    facebook is running a survey that pops up and takes over the entire screen (you can’t click on anything else until you respond or close it) where it literally asks “do you agree with the following statement: facebook is good for the world”

    fuck you facebook. manipulative piece of shit

  • 4:16 pm on March 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    oi.. just realized i didn’t have lunch today. i had a heavyweight project looming around 11:30am, said “oh well, might as well.. start..?” then the project rolled over until 3pm, then did a few more things, and i’m like wait a second, did i eat

    strangely not hungry

  • 12:50 pm on March 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    45*: “we’ll do it (trade war) in a very loving way, loving loving way”

    all the immigrants who fell for trump saying he would “deal with immigration with heart” are now just learning that Mr. Embarrassment to the Human Race (TM)’s limited vocabulary defaults to “love” and “heart” to refer to things that are not directly related to profits.

    Trump thinks that the KKK is a group that “deals with immigration with heart” because, unlike Blackwater, they are not in this to make money. Puzzling, I know. So he decided to give it a label to make sense of these things- “heart”, “love”.

  • 8:30 am on March 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    Seeing Nunberg in the news, keep reading as Nuremberg. Nuremberg.. Nuremberg trials, ooh yeah..

  • 11:27 pm on March 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    Online TV show closed captions seem to sit at a curious intersection between mid-English proficiency watchers (me), no-audio environments, and the hearing impaired. The first two.. or maybe just the first category doesn’t really need audio cues like “music is playing now”, but since the segment is small enough to lump all three together, we are here.

    And that opens us to the seemingly little regulated field of closed captions for the hearing impaired. I have not seen enough shows to tell if this is a pattern over time, a studio-level policy variance or just preferences of individual caption makers, (I think it’s the latter) but some do put extra thought into how the captions could convey the full watching experience. This screenshot is one such example. [solemn string music] – with proper background knowledge, this is as close as it gets within the caption production budget. I think it shows some of the caption makers care about the viewing experience for the hearing impaired. And that’s a good thing.

  • 4:18 pm on February 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Our office in Los Angeles was a residential/commercial mixed zoned space with office on the first floor and residential rooms upstairs, and I used to live in one of the rooms back in 2007. One day, I woke up around 7am on a Saturday with a police’s gun fairly close to my head (I don’t remember the exact details, but at least the officer’s gun was drawn out). He said that there was a 911 call from this location that had immediately got hung up, so he was surveying the area. I believe at the end there was nothing going on, so the police left. This kept happening about 3-4 times a year for the next 2-3 years. Once, the police arrived while our parking gates were locked and one of the people staying over was chilling in a chair in the parking lot, and he pointed the gun at her saying open the gates or something but she barely spoke any English. That incident felt particularly dangerous to us – she could have been shot if any misunderstandings flared up.

    We tried to figure out what the heck was going on, but the closest people’s conclusions got to was that there was a poor phone wiring job and a landline call was triggering the wrong spot. Which begs the question – was a real 911 call happening elsewhere? And did those people turn up okay?

    Eventually, the building was demolished for a new one, so we never got to know what the heck was wrong.

    This 911 location story just brought out the memories of that.

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