Hedgehog pokemon. [video]
everyone needs a waving snail on their blog
i feel that if I scroll past this and don’t reblog it the snail is going to look to the ground and cry
gotta do it now
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Nobody probably cares about this, but for me, I had a big realization the other day. I’ve always had a weird reaction whenever I look at pictures of me as a little kid. I always just want to burst out in tears, and I feel immensely guilty. I was never able to figure out why. Even when I was only 9 years old, I found a picture of when I was 4 and sitting on santa’s lap, and I just started bawling.
Of course I thought of the normal culprits — worries about getting older, or the loss of innocence — but none of these seemed right. And just out of the blue the other day, it hit me like a ton of bricks:
I feel guilty because the cute little thing in those pictures was so lovable, and who I’ve become is so unlovable.
It’s new-age-y, self-help crap, I know. But it’s absolutely true. Especially with how things have turned sour between me and my family members, I often feel like I’ve turned into a person who is unlovable to my family. So much has come between us. But I just have to keep on showing myself love and compassion anyway. Always such a deceptively simple thing that is so difficult to do.
I ran you a bath, then tested the temperature.
As I ran a bath for myself – Riggs, our 5 year old red heeler decided he would make sure that the…
I can’t believe what a dumbass my professor is. We were supposed to design two different user interfaces of an online grocery store for a blind user for a takehome midterm assignment. We did not cover anything about blind users in class whatsoever. The textbook and all the sites I see online say that interfaces for blind users are almost 100% textually based, so that a screen reader can read out loud all of the words on a page, which they cannot do with icons. It is a purely verbal interaction. I also have actually seen a blind user use a computer before, and he just had all the text read out loud to him.
So I design two thoughtful interfaces that use almost entirely text, keep the phrases concise but meaningful, and compact as much information into each button as I can, so the user doesn’t have to search around, but can instead click in just one place and be finished with the task he’s setting out to do.
I get 5 points taken off for my designs being too similar to each other, and so I email the professor about it. She says that verbal interaction “can be a good idea” but they were “really looking for two different concepts with new and novel ideas.” My two designs are too similar because they both use verbal interaction.
EXCUSE ME. There are 5 senses in the human body. Taste and smell are automatically off the menu for computers, and touch can be used when phones vibrate, but not in a desktop interface, which I was designing for. The user is BLIND. Verbal interaction is my only option. Right?
Am I missing something? Was the interface supposed to sing to the user instead? WHAT OTHER SENSES CAN THERE BE IN A COMPUTER INTERFACE. WHAT SUPERPOWERS DO THE BLIND POSSESS.
And FURTHERMORE, my professor writes the following: “In addition, I believe without the justifications your [sic] provided in your exam comments, it is not easy to understand that your concepts are designed for a blind user and worked based on verbal interaction. If you are using any verbal interaction you need to include it in your concepts in a clear way as well.”
HOLD UP A MINUTE. So, WITHOUT using comments, I’m supposed to make it clear in my VISUAL DEPICTION that I’m using verbal interaction?! Can you seriously hear the words that you are saying? What god must I worship to gain these abilities to transcend human perception? I really want to know. I don’t go to church, but hell, if I can bend the fucking space-time continuum and get a fucking A on this assignment, then I’ll start going.
Seriously. My friends. Tell me what I’m missing here. I’m not the loony one, am I? If you are aware of some synesthetic trans-sensory ability in computers that I myself am not familiar with, please do inform me.
When Lady Gaga announced her new album would be called Artpop, the title seemed strangely redundant. Her entire career has been about trying to liven up dumb-seeming dance music with color, provocation, and meaning; she, if no one else, thinks she’s been up to artpop this whole time.
Her 2011 album Born This Way was the art-poppiest thing she’d ever done—a gonzo mix of proudly cheesy sounds with lyrics waging war against self-consciousness. Some of it amazed, some of it bored, and plenty of people saw its self-empowerment pretensions as, well, just pretensions. But to Gaga’s fans—and to skeptics who, like me, found themselves hooked by the gutsiness of the thing—the album worked: Listening to these crazy, over-the-top songs about feeling good about yourself really did make you feel good about yourself.
At first, it seemed like the same could be said of Artpop. When it leaked more than a week ago, it felt like a rush—as I wrote at the time, the music sounded huge, made you laugh, and packed some quirk. It seemed like there was a lot of fun craziness to be had here.
Listening more, though, I’m not so sure.
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Someone at The Atlantic totally gets me. Great description of the album. It totally is just an album of distractions. Pretty to listen to for a bit, but incredibly vapid and even grotesque if you listen beyond snippet-sized portions. (Perhaps why most of the album was introduced through snippets?)
The album is one of vagueness, from title (“my ARTPOP could mean anything”) to lyrics (what the hell is Manicure about again?) to melodies (how many does Venus have? ten? eighty?). It’s kind of interesting to think about, but not so great to listen to. She went through one of the toughest moments in her career writing this album, dealing with the broken hip and the crazy drug use, so I’m not surprised at how this album is a reflection of that pain and the need to distract herself from it. I’m hoping a stronger, better Gaga comes back for the next album and really brings the heat. I still think she’s a genius, but at the moment, she’s also a mess.
I’m so glad to see the younger generation waking up to this hypocrisy.
The homeowner at 22 one is killing me.
This post makes me angry. I want to find this guy and punch him in the face.
the last one is on the money
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Oh man. Listening to this AMAZING song/remix http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S72py-TNrhg and looking back over old, old, old facebook posts from when I was a wee lad in high school. Feeling so nostalgic. I’ve changed so much!
It’s an enormous thing, what a human life amounts to. Even just several years seems like such a huge pool of experiences and people and emotions.
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Idea: fight corporatization of the democratic process by allocating one single website where all of the data and platforms of the candidates are posted for the public to read, and remove all advertisements for candidates from TV, radio, signs, etc. Candidates and their teams update their own profiles. All candidates are on even footing, regardless of corporate sponsors who can pay candidates’ way into office through advertisements, as they do now.
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