Some nice, no-frills, classy photography. Because sometimes, reading stuff gets old.
Some nice, no-frills, classy photography. Because sometimes, reading stuff gets old.
Ah, the classic internet staple of sarcastic geekdom everywhere continues on. Awesome.
14 Judgmental Notifications Your iPhone Wants To Show You, But Can't
Cute, in a frivolous, sarcastic, trivial kind of way. ;-)
STRENGTH TRAINING STILL ADVISABLE IN OLDER AGE
Of interest because, let's face it -- if you've subscribed to my stuff since I got here back in 2005, we're old. We're practically walking fossils!
I quote from some famous literary tome, the title of which I can't recall at the moment (and I'm too lazy to bother Googling it): "Do not go gently into that good night. Rage! Rage against the dying of the light!" *Alliteratively flails tiny fists in fury against the frustrations of fate.*
So THAT's why my disgustingly filthy friends who lived in the human equivalent of pig sties raised kids healthy as horses while my OCD, bleach-obsessed mother raised a sickly, asthmatic, allergic one. The irony! :-/ (Good thing I grew up a jock, which offset all that quite a bit.)
EBOLA VIRUS DIAGNOSTIC TOOL DEVELOPED BY PHYSICIAN WHO WORKED IN LIBERIA
"Hmmm...disgusting bleeding through various unlikely orifices in addition to severe flu-like symptoms? Check. Near probable and imminent death? Check. Any anti-US-government friends or relatives have Ebola? Check. Congrats, you have Ebola!" (You don't need a fancy physician for a diagnosis, hon. Heh.)
3D printing via smartphone: Now, an even better way to shock co-workers than the antiquated "Xerox your Johnson at the office copier" routine! Bonus: It can double as a paperweight! (Unless it's, well, inadequate.)
"QUANTUM MATERIAL, FRUSTRATED MAGNETS: NEW EXPERIMENT REVEALS CLUES TO THEIR DISCONTENT"
Hmm. Methinks they don't get laid enough. Haaha. (Ahem. Don't flag this comment! I submitted it prior to taking my ADD meds. Thanks!)
"The Smoking Gun" claims this Iggy Pop & The Stooges 18-pg backstage manual is "the single most entertaining concert rider TSG has ever obtained."
(The backstage rider, presented to promoters by every touring act, details specifications on stage design, sound systems, lighting, as well as an artist's wish list -- from travel and billing to dressing room accommodations and meals.)
TSG continues: "But unlike most similar documents, Iggy's rider is written in a rollicking, stream-of-consciousness fashion that delivers multiple laughs per page...peppered with witty gems, tasteless asides, and typos. For example, in describing how Iggy's dressing room should be made to 'look less like a typical rock & roll dressing room,' the rider suggests that promoters 'just let someone loose with a little bit of artistic flair...Er, do you know any homosexuals?' Explaining the need for two heavy duty fans, (author/roadie Jos) Grain notes, 'So that I can wear a scarf and pretend to be in a Bon Jovi video.' "
Here is a snippet of pg 3, most of which contains little technical information as the writer tangentially narrates a previously unpleasant venue experience. And this (SU won't let me post the actual snippet image, or create or even post any links, so paste the following into your address bar): i.imgur.com/pLfwTGf.jpg
As an editor for all things literary, including technical stuff (I can be decidedly UNtechnical and UNprofessional in my UNpaid writing endeavors, so there), I had a great time reading this just for the fun of it, despite not understanding some of the equipment specifications (but the gist is all that's needed).
There are more backstage riders for various celebrities at "The Smoking Gun" (thesmokinggun.com/backstage) if you find this sort of thing interesting. ;-)
The list left out Wigflip.com, one of my favorite sites when I want to add snarky speech bubbles to photos without any hassle. What can I say? It's hard to pass up the opportunity to turn a beautiful photograph of scenery, people or animals into something . . . less charming and sophisticated. Ahem. ;-)
Also, I don't really get item # 6. I personally think WebPagesThatSuck.com is much more useful: you learn proper Web design by seeing glaring examples of how NOT to do Web design. Plus Mr. Flanders is snarky, an added bonus.
Just my thoughts. I have lots more, but I'll spare you those. Overall, though, this is a pretty nice little list.
Facebook is just sneaky and has always been a chronic liar. Slowly shifting away from using it and toward a personal blog. Tired of social media tracking us everywhere we go.
THANK YOU for acknowledging this exists (and is biologically-based, so people don't "grow out of it" as many think, they just learn better coping skills as they mature).
I have this (as does one of my two sons) and I don't view it as a disease so much as simply a difference in my mental wiring and processing. However, because of this difference, I don't "fit in" with most social and corporate conventions which are geared toward the non-ADD individual. I do take medication during times I need to be very focus-oriented and productive, particularly for extended periods of time.
But I have learned (since my diagnosis in my early 30s) how best to work around my ADD and even to use it to my advantage. The primary issue is obtaining the ideal conditions in which to work and achieve my objectives. Under those circumstances, I excel in my endeavors. Without them, however, I flounder, much to my frustration.
This issue deserves far more consideration and understanding by employers, educators and the general public.
Because I was wondering...
This is quite angst-provoking if you have even a touch of OCD; yet like witnessing the catastrophe of a train wreck, you just can't look away.
I was recently given a Chromebook since my regular laptop is lost somewhere in the depths of my storage van (one reason I've been much less active the past year or so). Things I do not like: a) You have to be online to use it for most things, much more than with a regular laptop. b) You must be logged into a Gmail account to use it. At all. (Spy much, Google?? I would recommend NOT using this machine for anything sensitive or NSA flag-raising!). c) You have to use apps (like with a tablet or pad or any mobile device) instead of standard laptop items/configurations. d) It is hard to find documents or to save/retrieve/edit images. e) Configuring the settings and making customizations when you are used to a regular Windows-based laptop is a nightmare. f) No DVD player. g) Spell-check is automatic no matter what site or app you're using (I hate spell-check). Good points? Hmm. It's extremely lightweight and the screen is wide. The keyboard is flatter and easier to type on than traditional desktop versions, though I personally prefer a bit more depth such as those featured on traditional laptops. Would I recommend one of these to potential buyers? NO. Sorry, Google.
This is my Tumblr page, which I plan to start using more as I wean myself from Facebook (http://facebook.com/elise.caile). I can also be found on Twitter @EliseCaile (I hope to become more active on Twitter as well). Cheers! (SU's formerly-known-as "caile-girl") Elise Caile
My go-to resource when I have to face the sordid fact that I'm human and cannot be sure I'm right 100% of the time when I am writing or editing, or when I -- heaven forbid -- actually have to admit defeat and look up a word for which I do not know the exact meaning. (Yes, I'm a narcissist in this department.)
As a writer and editor (self-important literary windbag!), I'm always (okay, "often" -- sometimes I'm not in the mood to care) happy (ecstatic!) to find helpful (educational!) sites that help (assist!) people in using (applying!) more interesting (fascinating!) and colorful (awesomely descriptive!) words to replace common (dull and pedantic!), overused (trite and cliched!) ones, as long as this is done with a bit (modicum!) of restraint to avoid hard-to-read (convoluted!) and confusing (obfuscated!) results. ;-)
I wouldn't necessarily call this group the "most beautiful in the world," although some of these places are undoubtedly very gorgeous (and some are just a tad creepy). "Visually compelling" might be a more appropriate term, but the page is well-worth perusing, regardless. ;-)
This is my Facebook page, because I had to find somewhere else to go once SU changed its format and threw away my five-year-old blog to become a soulless, clinical link dump. Not that I'm enamored with FB by any means, it's intrusive, creepy and a poor substitute for what we once enjoyed in SU's formative days. (I may be deleting this account soon due to spying practices and switching more of my stuff to Tumblr for now instead.) But since I have contributed much to this page (as it's my own, duh), naturally I'm going to think it rocks. Because if I didn't think it was worth anything, I wouldn't bother doing it at all. (If you send a friend request, please mention your SU user name.) Cheers, Elise (formerly SU's "caile-girl") PS: Please check out my Tumblr page: http://elisecaile.tumblr.com or Twitter @elisecaile. Thanks!