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As my icons show, I'm a dog lover. This 12-minute video features an adorable mutt named Martin. He's played by a ~40 pound hound mix with expressive ears named Sadie. The video comprises seven brief episodes on topics of deep concern to Martin, including: Friendship, Walking, Driving and One Good Thing. The voice you hear is Martin's; the video's creators expertly manipulate the dog's mouth so I totally buy he's saying those things. To prove that the world is upside down, this web series is being transformed into an actual TV show on ABC (US) in May.
video includes dog illness, but no death )
jesse_the_k: Two bookcases stuffed full (with books on top) leaning into each other (books)

Past imperfect : history according to the movies edited by Mark Carnes

4 of 5 stars )

Truevine by Beth Macy

4 of 5 stars )

Chenoo by Joseph Bruchac

3 of 5 Stars )

A Life Discarded by Alexander Masters

3 of 5 stars )


  1. discovered in my Cumberbatch-completist mode ↩︎
jesse_the_k: Dreamy photo of playground roundabout in rosy foggy light (lost youth)
On nice days like this Sunday, we visit cemeteries. There are always remarkable gravestones to be found, and yesterday we hit the jackpot.

Literally.

The pictured headstone features a detached engraving of a four-reel slot machine. )
jesse_the_k: Photo of baby wearing huge black glasses  (eyeglasses baby)
I had the good fortune to meet [personal profile] kestrell at Wiscon, and she introduced me to the old-world artistry of ocular prosthetics.

It turns out one of the three ocular prosthetic makers in Wisconsin is a local hero. The process is fascinating:

Q&A: Dori Hosek found an 'amazing fit' making artificial eyes

I can speak directly to the exquisite details: Kes gave me one of her out-of-date ones and I wear it as a pendant (but only in geeky environs).
jesse_the_k: Two bookcases stuffed full (with books on top) leaning into each other (books)
I just started using the "Library Extension,"

http://www.libraryextension.com

I didn't have to create an account: I just picked my local library from the list. Now every time I click an Amazon link, the extension shows me whether my library holds the book. So cool.

Right now it's only available for Chrome, but they promise a Firefox extension soon.
jesse_the_k: mirror reflection of 1/3 of my head, creating a central third eye, a heart shaped face, and a super-pucker mouth (JK oh really?)

A local culture critic faces up to the truly scary inventions of modern processed food in his series, "Yeah, I Ate That." Every Wednesday me & MyGuy alternate reading it aloud and trying not to splatter food all over ourselves. This week's edition addresses Peeps* in all their Easter finery with words )

Fiat Lux!

Mar. 13th, 2017 07:08 pm
jesse_the_k: Dreamy photo of playground roundabout in rosy foggy light (lost youth)
It's 7:08 Central Daylight Time. The ~4inches of snow are still reflecting brightly through our windows. I have survived another winter. Hooray. What's your favorite winter memory?
jesse_the_k: Macro photo of left eye of my mostly black border collie mutt (Default)
Surprising – and gratifying – that the NYTimes, of all places, is publishing a high-quality essay series on disability. The writers are experts by experience, exploring the social model in public.

http://www.nytimes.com/column/disability

Rivers Solomon’s essay on diabetes is particularly insightful and beautifully written: they write what diabetes means at the intersection of black, fat, & dyke.

taste & link inside )

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/12/opinion/diabetes-diet-and-shame.html

jesse_the_k: amazed Alanna (hero of Staples/Vaughn SAGA comic) (alanna is amazed)

Transcendent: the Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction ed. by K.M. Szpara 5 of 5 stars )

Trish Trash Roller Girl of Mars, vol 1 by Jessica Abel (4 of 5 stars) )

jesse_the_k: amazed Alanna (hero of Staples/Vaughn SAGA comic) (alanna is amazed)

The Bottle Boys make beautiful music using found instruments:

  • Melodies from blowing across beer bottles (in 10-packs, carefully tuned) and
  • Percussion from shaking pop bottles full of rocks and beating a large, empty carboy.

You can see the many instrumental pop songs they’ve covered at

www.thebottleboys.com

Combine that with a quartet of three violin & a cello and you’ve got this video:

Stings Strings & Bottles )

[description: All players are white, blond, male Danes. Additional melodies come from

  • a glass harmonica of wine glasses, their rims excited by chopsticks, finger tips, and violin bows
  • an alto pan pipe of test-tubes
  • a tenor pan pipe of wine bottles
  • a bass pan pipe of growlers
  • inserting fingers in bottle neck and swiftly popping them

Percussion includes

  • hand slapping chest
  • hands & chopsticks on the cello
  • a wee plastic egg full of rice]
jesse_the_k: Macro photo of left eye of my mostly black border collie mutt (Default)
Vidding defined )

Although the annual Festivids discussion and commenting happen on Dreamwidth (mirrored on Livejournal, Tumblr, IRC and so forth), the vids themselves are posted in many places. In my brief experience, the most lasting is Festivids' own site.

For now, all the 2016 Festivids are here
http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/336383.html

and for the future, visit
http://www.festivids.net/festivids/festivids-2016

The two highlights for me: A Better Son/Daughter and Get Better )
jesse_the_k: White woman with glasses laughing under large straw hat (JK 52 happy hat)

Very silly joke collection on Metafilter https://www.metafilter.com/145070/JokeFilter

Want to know all the shows coming to Hulu in a month? See their press releases here:

https://www.hulu.com/press/posts/hulu-what-s-coming-and-going-in-march

A beautiful comic that meditates on cultural artifacts and a hyphenated Japanese-American identity:

http://jemyoshioka.tumblr.com/post/157138759636/home-home-the-final-comic-in-my-series-about-my

jesse_the_k: amazed Alanna (hero of Staples/Vaughn SAGA comic) (alanna is amazed)
We streamed the first 12 episodes on HULU [eta: Netflix], and they've ordered another season. This is a Canadian SF series about time travel, created by the indefatigable Brad Wright (3 Stargates, Continuum)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5651844/

While it doesn't avoid all time travel theme clich├ęs, this mashup of Varley's Millennium and Quantum Leap provides some unique thrills. The team traveling back from a terrible future sends their souls into bodies seconds away from their recorded death. Unusually, the team members still have to cope with the lives they've overtaken.

Five members in the team )

The see-saw between the terrifying events they seek to short-circuit through super-hero methods and the mundanities of baby-sitting and football practice deflates the pomposity attendant on most SF tv.

jesse_the_k: Bitmapped "dogcow" was subject of Apple's Knowledge Base 13, and appeared in many OS9 print dialogs (dogcow)
Following up on yesterday's post, I think I can follow other's peoples' tags using post notifications. I don't think if I can suppress posts.

To follow, I turn on post notifications by example.

1. At a relevant post, click the "alarm" or "track" link.

2. In the pop-up "email me when" click the "more options" button

3. At the resulting "Manage Message Settings" screen, the bottom offers
Track Entries to this Journal
Notify me in my DW Inbox when

One of the options will show
$name_of_journal posts a new entry tagged and then pick a tag from the dropdown menu.

Is this correct? Is there a way to suppress a post based on its tags?
jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy holds two blue racketballs in her mouth, side by side; captioned "I did it!" (LUCY absurd success surprise)
I got to share a lovely lunch with [personal profile] cathexys today in Alabama, and discover that acafans are people too. It was swell.
jesse_the_k: Callum Keith Rennie shouts "Fuck no!"  (Fuck no sez CKR!)

Until we arrived I didn't understand that Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast even harder than New Orleans. before and after photos and videos )

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