Jul. 27th, 2015 03:16 pm
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Is very soon!!

As I said before, I'm renting a car, and I'm not afraid to use it. I'm generally available to those who need me to help them with errands, but also - is there anyone who'd be up for dinner Thursday night? I'm renting basically the smallest vehicle the agency has available (if they have any motorized chairs, that would be great) so I can't take more than 2 or 3 passengers, but if you're interested in a Thursday night trip into the city, drop an email and let me know. If you have restaurant suggestions (steakhouse might seem appropriate?) also put those forward - maybe I can make reservations.

In the interests of full disclosure, as I've mentioned before, I'm a really terrible and somewhat novice driver. You have been warned.
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that my Trump entertainment isn't over yet. This column about it gives me such glee. My favorite part:
It takes some brass to attack a guy for doin' what you did. Especially when that guy is Donald Trump, and what he's doing is running the same party playbook you have for the last few decades — just louder, and dumber, and with fewer limits than a trust-fund kid in a fully insured rental car.....

You can't argue Donald Trump shouldn't be making policy just because he's rich when you've pushed for and won the complete gutting of the campaign finance system so rich people can write "FOR ZERO DERIVATIVES REGULATION" in the memo of a massive check. This is the system working. How is Trump any less qualified to determine policy than Sheldon Adelson, who may have mob ties in China, who likes to quash marijuana referenda to keep people away from vices that aren't gambling, and who dictates our position on Israel? How is Trump less qualified to talk about abortion than ten-gallon shithead Foster Friess? Why is his money dirtier than the Kochs, whose exploding pipelines kill people? Hell, if anything, his candidacy cuts out the middleman. My god, think of the savings.
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in Some Kind of Wonderful now playing an overbearing mom on an episode of Law & Order: SVU.

I don't think anything in my life has made me feel quite this old.
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In a, you know, modern industrialized state, you'd expect a reasonable, state-supported system of rail travel. But this is America, so railtravel is spotty and limited - making this a lot more devastating:

The Cities That Have Lost the Most Flights: Airlines have whacked schedules to smaller cities, especially in the Midwest and South

But don't mention rail travel, because that's communism.
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-- like female characters:
Hollywood’s Other Piracy Problem: 3-D Printers

Right after watching the trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” last April, Ken Landrum began building his own Stormtrooper gun. From his home in St. Louis, he cobbled together images of the “blaster” featured in the ad, and then used software on his personal computer to design nearly 40 separate pieces to be 3-D printed and assembled into a near-exact replica of the Walt Disney Co. prop.

“My goal is to make it better than the studio did,” he said. At a minimum, he has done it faster: Mr. Landrum posted photos of his design on a message board for 3-D printing enthusiasts—some eight months before the movie premieres and five months before most official Disney toys hit shelves. As the movie’s opening gets closer, fans have filled his inbox asking for the files needed to print their own. Mr. Landrum said he handed out more than 100 in one week in mid-July, recently deciding to start charging $55 a file. “It’s gone haywire,” he said.

Mr. Landrum’s hobby is part of a looming problem for Hollywood. The steady rise of 3-D printing as an accessible activity for millions means that the specter of digital piracy, which has wreaked havoc on the media business in the Internet age, now hangs over sales of physical products long considered immune to such forces.
Hey, if you won't exploit the market, someone else will. That's capitalism.
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Companies that specialize in trawling through user-created YT web videos, and then licensing the good ones to sell to production companies to use in TV shows, etc.

(Behind a pay wall; to see the article, try googling the headline "Finding Video Gold in the Web’s Garbage")
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The Trump Campaign’s Turning Point

Sigh. It was fun while it lasted.
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So, all the news lately is about the To Kill a Mockingbird sequel, and how the Big Revelation is changing readers' views of the classic characters. Many people who love Mockingbird and outraged and unhappy over the new book.

In case you've avoided the news, I have spoiler space -

Read more )
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It's really interesting to think about the way strippers are portrayed in Magic Mike the Sequel versus any movie with female strippers and male clients.

Read more, not really spoilery, mostly because MM has no plot )

Ooey Gooey

Jul. 5th, 2015 09:09 am
giandujakiss: (Candygram)
Can anyone explain to me the difference between an ooey gooey and a brownie? Is there a difference?

Edit: The mystery is solved. I'm not in St Louis but apparently the tradition has spread - and the butter cake version was sold as "original," with other flavored variants (chocolate, red velvet).
giandujakiss: (gay batman)
[personal profile] libitina commented that the original Bubble Wrap is not going away - apparently, enough readers were upset that the company had to tweet a clarification.

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