jesse_the_k: Cartoon of white male drowning in storm, right hand reaching out desperately, with text "Someone tweeted" (death by tweet)
When a web page address (“URL”) appears as-is in the text, it’s a “bare link.”

For example, this URL:
http://jesse-the-k.dreamwidth.org/profile
takes you to my profile page.
two ways to make links )
In Dreamwidth and most other online writing spaces, a bare link automatically becomes clickable. I prefer bare links because
  • They’re easier to type, test, and proofread.

  • They simplify working around link rot.[2]
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jesse_the_k: Ultra modern white fabric interlaced to create strong weave (interdependence)
In the shower last week she carefully wielded her razor. She commented: Either shave it or braid it!

In the locker room today, she was telling of visiting a large store on a busy day. Well, she sighed Play hard or get out.

A crude admonition against workplace harassment is Don’t shit where you eat.

[personal profile] sasha_feather reminds me of a lesson learned in the lab: Hot glass is still clear

I’m seeing a pattern here. A message squeezed so tightly is easier to remember.

Got any to add?
jesse_the_k: Bitmapped "dogcow" was subject of Apple's Knowledge Base 13, and appeared in many OS9 print dialogs (dogcow)
Still closing in on the writing deadline, still hating every minute of it.

Having read glowing reports on the Olympics opening ceremony, I did some Googling on how to let the BBC I-Player know that I'm actually visiting their site from the UK.

TunnelBear is a VPN utility (Windows/Mac) with exactly two settings: "on/off" and "US/UK". In other words, I didn't need to know squat about VPN to use it, and that's very fine. Free download; free use up to 500 MB/month (or 1 Gig if you Twitter about it); unlimited for US$5/month. Worked a treat!

So when I wasn't writing today I got to view the opening ceremony, which was delightful. If TV ain't your thing (I didn't see how to set captions on the I-Player), there's a parallel literary experience from the ceremony's designers, aimed at non-British journalists, the folks who won't know Isambard Kingdom Brunel from J.K.Rowling.
jesse_the_k: Cartoon of white male drowning in storm, right hand reaching out desperately, with text "Someone tweeted" (death by tweet)
Yesterday I went up to the Capitol and found it shorn of all the signs. The line from the Republiguns is the blue tape is damaging the marble -- of which none of us would approve. But the good news was a stack of songsheets, so I had the chance to share an hour in song with good-hearted comrades from all over.

A better taste here: Long time favorites Lou and Peter Berryman were rousing the crowd a few weeks back, as captured on video by Luciano. There were stereo interpreters, but they're not always in frame. I don't have the energy or cognition to provide full transcripts: a couple of polished folk singers changed up the lyrics of two standards to fit current conditions.

on the frame of We Shall Not Be Moved....

We'll keep this rally rolling
We Shall Not Be Moved
Although we should be bowling...
We Shall Not Be Moved

and to the tune of My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean:

Wisconsin whose motto was 'Forward'
Was populist as it could be
But now the new motto is 'Backward'
O bring back Wisconsin to me.

and finally, all the verses to Solidarity Forever!
(what a grand song!)
jesse_the_k: Bambi fawn cartoon with two heads (Conjoined Bambi)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] owlface1 I'm contemplating ten yellow things I like:
  • Crocii are exquisitely bold, right now, leaping out from 2009's faded thatch

  • Two butter-yellow beads I found at last week's bead show – I sure hope they're amber, cause that's how they were priced

  • The creamy and mealy yolk of a poached fresh egg

  • The pale yellow Kangol driving cap I sob lost somewhere last year

  • Lemons lemons lemons! (when you're done with your meal I'll swipe the lemons off your plate and eat them.)

  • Sturdy stucco walls

  • The Platonic ideal of Meyer lemon bars, loving crafted by [livejournal.com profile] sistermarysith

  • The dignified, Easter-appropriate shade on new VW Beetles

  • Speaking of Easter: Jordan Almonds, which are not, to my surprise, a candy made by a company called "Jordan."

  • Care to contemplate ten things you like on a chromatic axis? Just ask!
    jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (Flashy Bipolar means 2x fun)
    ...I've been obsessively contemplating and editing and researching, I must fling this out from Mandolin at Amptoons :
     begin quote It’s not okay to call a coward a pussy, or a bad thing gay, they argue, because there’s nothing bad about having a vagina or being homosexual. But there IS something bad about not being mobile! In fact, it’s no fun at all, just totally miserable. All other things held equal, isn’t it better to be not-lame than lame?

    [... snip ...]

    But even accepting that impairment to mobility is itself a sucky thing, MAYBE DISABLED PEOPLE DO NOT APPRECIATE BEING THE CULTURAL GO-TO FOR THINGS THAT SUCK. quote ends 

    Yes yes yes yes yes! This post (as supplemented by commenter Lexie) succinctly explains why epithets-based-on-impairment* are not just rude, but actively disabling—they create the social conditions that make living with bodily difference difficult.

    * E.G., "Iranian ruling classes are deaf to the chants of demonstrators."

    ETA Hah! Mandolin's insight was nourished at WisCon!
    jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (expectant)
    At the Rethinking Disabling Metaphor panel, [personal profile] sasha_feather proposed reclaiming "crutch" as a positive metaphor, like "tool" or "scaffold."

    This poet, Britany Wilson, most surely does it with "Crutches."! Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] sophy for telling me about it.
    jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (Oh really?)
    A huge plus to MyGuy's temporary unemployment is we can share a post-lunch nap.

    Naps tend to divide into two types: simple naps and "sloppy naps" or "messy naps." The first involves sleeping with routine cuddling; the others include romantic interludes often productive of various fluids.

    So, what are your code words? Are you slash-level blunt? or modestly coy?

    Please share.
    jesse_the_k: Slings & Arrows' Anna sez: "I'll smack you so hard your cousin will fall down!" (Anna smacks hard)
    I'm picky.

    (This isn't news to most readers, I'm sure.)

    My skin gets itchy whenever someone refers to Workmen's Compensation.

    It's WORKER's Compensation, and has been since 1979.

    For almost 30 years, the official term has been gender-neutral, and yet the gendered version is in widespread use.

    Scratch scratch scratch. Scratch scratch scratch. Scratch scratch scratch. Scratch scratch scratch. Scratch scratch scratch. Scratch scratch scratch. Scratch scratch scratch. Scratch scratch scratch. Scratch scratch scratch. That is all.
    jesse_the_k: Scrabble triple-value badge reading "triple nerd score" (word nerd)
    [livejournal.com profile] resonant8 is hosting a delicious discussion
    A few entries in our family glossary


    Hundreds have chimed in with other examples of "words and phrases that only have meaning in their own families"

    (Also a chance to tout my new icon, thanks to the incomparable Mr Shoegazer's [livejournal.com profile] iconomicon)
    jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (expectant)
    I'm busy preparing for [livejournal.com profile] wiscon. I should be printing signs and writing moderator guidelines and such. Instead I'm skipping among LJ-users so I might be able to actually talk to people.

    Three hops led me to this exceptionally useful rant re the ubiquity and utility of "bias".

    Participating in WisCon has taught me so much about the uses and abuses of rhetoric. It's also been the intellectual environment I would have been eager to attend when I was not going to university as a young person. That we create this opportunity for ourselves--the good, the bad, the elegant, the uncomfortable--is delightful and rewarding. All that, plus new faces in many places. Wheeeeee!
    jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (on guard)
    Just finished Timothy Tyson's memoir of rural North Carolina in the late 60s and early 70s.

    Blood Done Sign My Name
    0609610589
    (I read the unabridged CD edition, skillfully narrated by Robertson Dean. )

    A child of a liberal white Methodist preacher, Tyson skillfully blends homiletic and storytelling traditions to examine the personal and societal impacts of white privilege and racism. The cold-blooded daylight murder of a young African-American, and the wildly various reactions to this crime, provide a lens on a particular time and place as well as an opportunity to meditate on what's lost when people don't know their own histories.

    I laughed, I cried, and I learned a lot. In particular, he does an excellent job challenging the whitewash of the civil rights movement -- I found it a particularly bracing antidote to the recent nonsense of how LBJ ensured black people's voting rights. He firmly demonstrates both the contributions and shortcomings of white liberals. Tyson counters the marketing of Martin Luther King, Jr into a "kind of Black Santa Claus," providing many examples of the long-standing, grass-roots, widespread, and sometimes violent foundations of African Americans' campaign for true citizenship.

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