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Got back into Twitter more or less - I've a friend who seems to want to log every footstep; I have trouble remembering to say anything, and of course WILL insist on limiting myself to things others will find interesting. But if anybody wants, I'm up as Calicokittycat. Even with a 14 member follower list, I do seem to get some oddities. The SF writer makes sense (adding sf reader followers, also judging by his profile he may be a filker), but I'm still trying to figure out the lawyer. Maybe a LASFan I don't happen to recognize the name and photo of?

Finally got tired of trying to figure out some of the more esoteric features of Dreamweaver and bought "Dreamweaver CS5.5, the missing manual" by David Sawyer McFarland, from O'Riley press's "missing manual"* series. Naturally enough, the one thing I wanted to know first wasn't in the index** but I learned a couple of things I didn't know from the introduction, which is usually promising. Now reading my way through. This may take awhile; I've owned thinner dictionaries.

* Beats "for Dummies" I suppose. :)

** I checked the net and found it was another one for the What Were They Thinking department - apparently while you could edit your Personal Dictionary (where you put the words the spellchecker flags because it doesn't know what fanac is) in Dreamweaver 4, you can't in 5 and 5.5 even by manually editing a file since they seem to have found a better place to hide them. That's right, one accidental click and forevermore the spelling checker will not recognize one specific typo. Even Word knows better than THAT. Right Guys...***

*** I've sent Adobe feedback. About this and also suggesting an easily found feedback link on their website (I got in via Tech Support..eventually). Yes this gets you spam - it also gets you Useful Ideas from the people USING your product. Sigh...

Apologies folks, but I just had to delete 5 anonymous spams and for the time being, at least, I'm locking future comments to this post. If there's something you have to add send me a private message and I'll add it.
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Not sure how I missed this Wired article* in 2007, but I didn't hear about this until someone pointed out the following article (with pictures!)

*[FYI - if you get the "error occurred" message at the top of the Wired article, just ignore it and scroll on down "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran"...]

Comics Alliance

How Jack Kirby's Art Helped the CIA Rescue Diplomats in 1979

Jan 5th 2012 By: Chris Sims

I don't think I'm overstating things when I say that I'm a pretty big fan of Jack Kirby, the legendary artist who co-created Captain America, Thor, the Avengers, the Marvel Universe, romance comics, and... well, pretty much everything in modern comic books except the staples. He's my all-time favorite. I've got a ton of Kirby comics, and I've even got a full set of the trading cards they made of his unproduced animation concepts that he worked on in the '80s.

That's why I was so surprised that I'm apparently one of the last people on Earth to find out about Kirby's connection to a CIA operation to extract six diplomats from Iran during the famous hostage crisis of 1979 -- and even more so when I found out from my pal Chad Bowers when he found out because Michael Parks, the guy who played the aviator-sporting sheriff in Kill Bill had been cast as Kirby in an upcoming movie directed by Ben Affleck about the whole affair. Either way, I'm glad I did, because it turns out to be one of the strangest and most fascinating real-life stories I've ever heard.

Then again, you may have heard this story before. It made a few headlines back in 2007, when the CIA released a compelling retrospective from one of the men behind the operation, Antonio J. Mendez. It was also covered in an extensive piece in Wired and, of course, The Jack Kirby Collector. There's a good reason for all the attention, and it all starts with Roger Zelazny.
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Paper cutout animation of what happens after a whale dies (no explosives involved).

Whale Fall (after life of a whale) from Sharon Shattuck on Vimeo.

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Long live George Takei (and thanks for the link, [livejournal.com profile] trenchkamen.)

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Whilst checking references for a post elsewhere, I discovered the most thorough archive on the Steve Jackson Games Massacree In Four Part Harmony (I really do have to write that someday) I've ever seen, courtesy of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. At the time I spent a lot of time scooping up new info from WWIVnet and tossing it onto FIDOnet, via the BBS Nicolai ran at the time, StormGate Aerie. I just checked and I've still got my own archives; the EFF, however, has a lot more of them. I am particularly fond of the Judge's comments to the Secret Service guys as duly reported by Joe Abernathy of the Houston Chronicle. (See the third article down; this is the full trial reportage.)

And I quote:

from "Steve Jackson Games/Secret Service wrapup"
"How long would it have taken you, Mr. Foley, to find out what Steve Jackson Games did, what it was?" asked Sparks. "An hour?

"Was there any reason why, on March 2, you could not return to Steve Jackson Games a copy, in floppy disk form, of everything taken?

"Did you read the article in Business Week magazine where it had a picture of Steve Jackson -- a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen -- saying he was a computer crime suspect?

"Did it ever occur to you, Mr. Foley, that seizing this material could harm Steve Jackson economically?"

Foley replied, "No, sir," but the judge offered his own answer.

"You actually did, you just had no idea anybody would actually go out and hire a lawyer and sue you."
By JOE ABERNATHY Copyright 1993, Houston Chronicle

My, the things our tax dollars get up to sometimes...
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This was posted to alt.fan.furry way back when, and I saved a copy to distribute about FurNet.  A recent post to[livejournal.com profile] furryreaders suggests now would not be a bad time to post it again.  Certainly I doubt the author will mind, especially if it cuts down on his being hassled on the subject.

The Archetype of Slop )


Mar. 23rd, 2007 02:57 pm
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It has been said that all knowledge is found in SF fandom if you look far enough; well I don't know who's reading this but maybe the same goes for LJ. Anyway, I've got a problem in carpentry, sorta, that I apparently lack the proper keywords to dig anything out of the Internet in the way of getting it solved. Advice would be welcome.

When we bought the house, along with the regular house stuff was one back room that was actually some sort of prefab enclosure with three exterior walls (the fourth being the side of the house), windows and roof, resting directly on a concrete slab covered with carpet, and reached down what were presumably once the back yard steps (also carpeted) from a french door. This thing is constructed from an aluminum frame (still in good condition), and panels held in place by the frame such that near as I can tell it becomes necessary to disassemble the frame to change them. Therein lies the problem; on the two most exposed sides, some panels have been severely warped by sun and rain and need desperately to be replaced. But unless there's something immensely flexible in both directions available, I can't find a way to replace them myself. And when I go checking Google, none of the key words I can think of are finding me whoever it is builds and repairs this sort of thing. Not really carpentry, I don't WANT to replace the whole thing since most of it is still fine, not "internal modular walls" not... well, anyway see here for pictures of the room itself. I've had zero luck with handymen, and I don't need a home construction contractor. So what in the heck am I looking for? Anybody?


Sep. 27th, 2006 02:10 pm
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I recently picked up Mobipocket Creator, a lovely program for creating ebook files in the prc format from a number of other things including pdf. Which is great, given that I don't usually have time to read long items on the computer, or the paper and ink to print out large files, so I usually read large files on my PDA. And I've yet to find a pda reader for the thing that really works properly; Documents to Go doesn't handle pdf files nearly as well as it thinks it does (one gets literary jigsaw puzzles. 'nuff said.)

Alas, it would appear that if I want to convert pdfs I still have to do a few other things if I don't want the result to be mashed together; apparently it has trouble "eyeballing" paragraph returns, at least when there's no line between paragraphs. So I wind up editing the interim HTML file by hand... :( Oh well, better than nothing. And it DOES get the data out of pdf and into something that I actually can edit.

Mostly, though, I've been editing html and doc files into ebooks with the program. I also downloaded Mobipocket Reader, the latest version of which has a library catalog similar to those various music programs have music file catalogs. Nice!

I'm also just about satisfied with my first anthology - I've taken the five stories I've got up on my site and stitched them into an ebook, which I will make available there for download at some point.

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