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OMG YOU GUYS! Look! Look!

Animals that do not require oxygen!

This is so cool! And so weird!


ASL Songs

Jun. 16th, 2009 10:15 pm
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This guy's doing really adorable ASL versions of a bunch of songs, including some of Jonathan Coulton's. ("First of May" was going around a while back -- same guy.)

He put together a great costume for Re: Your Brains. I really like the chorus.

Here's Still Alive, from Portal. Good facial expressions; I think they match the tone of the song quite nicely.

I don't know enough ASL to tell how good the translations are, but I like the literal retranslations over in the info pane.

Oh wow.

Dec. 10th, 2008 10:15 pm
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This is a really cool game.

Apparently a demo for an unfinished product. I liked it so much I signed up for their mailing list.

Requires sound. Well, you could play it without sound, but there would be very little point. Full-screen mode strongly recommended. And half an hour or so of uninterrupted time.
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See the inside of [livejournal.com profile] andres_s_p_b's mind. Or don't. It's scary in there.
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I have no idea who this kid is, but you must see his instrument.

It is like a kazoo strapped to a ukulele, with a teeny-tiny keyboard attached.

You can also hear the kazookeylele in a duet with a robotic pipe organ, playing -- what else? -- Dueling Banjos.
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Do you know what a roleplaying game is? Can you name at least one presidential candidate?

Then you should read this right now.
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One of the things I do sometimes when I'm slacking off is read productivity blogs. (I have yet to find any really useful tips, but I do find them entertaining.)

Today I found an interesting article on one -- it exemplifies the principle that if you want a really good explanation of something, you have to find someone to whom it doesn't come naturally to explain it to you. Therefore: Community Building for Introverts.

Also he made this form to carefully track progress in making friends (or work contacts, which it's geared a bit more towards). I can't decide whether it's slightly worrying[1] or really useful... maybe both.

[1] "I'm not obsessive! And if you call me obsessive, I'll stalk you!"
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Zombies are the new vampires. They're popular. They're sexy. They're lawn ornaments.
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Paper Pong!
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Thing One: The Open Source Women Back Each Other Up Project

I am, unfortunately, not actually very good at noticing when potentially-bad things are happening, but when I do notice I try to check up on things. I need a better procedure for dealing with people I'm scared of, though.

Relevant personal history:

1. In college, while I was eating lunch in a food court one day, I saw a man and a woman (presumably a couple) having a loud argument in the middle of the food court. I went up and asked the woman if she needed any help. She said she didn't, so I went and sat back down and they left shortly thereafter.

2. Later in college, I lived in an apartment above some seriously skeevy people. They routinely entered and exited their apartment through a window instead of the door, and often played very loud music from their truck. There were always a lot of young men hanging around; my roommates and I didn't know which of the people lived in the apartment, but we were pretty scared of them all and never confronted them about the music or anything. At graduation, my mother and grandmother were walking back to my apartment with me, and passed one of the young men and his girlfriend having a very similar argument in the hall. They laid into him; I would have preferred to ignore the incident, because he was scary and knew where I lived. (In retrospect the thing to do here would have been to quietly go past them and then call the police, but I didn't get that option.)

3. Shortly after we moved into our last apartment, we heard a very loud argument between a man and a woman several apartments away. We called the manager, and he went over and talked to them.

4. At a party I hosted, somebody said something to somebody else that made the second person uncomfortable. This one I didn't notice happening, and didn't hear about until much later; both somebodies are actually reading this, so... somebody 2, if you would like me to have a talk with somebody 1 and make sure that doesn't happen again, say the word (and give me a few more details about what he said) and I will do that. I wish I'd known about it then so as to nip that sort of thing in the bud.

Generalities from said personal history:

Everybody, if somebody is doing things that make you uncomfortable at something I'm hosting, please tell me! That's information I need! I will put a stop to it! People who will not behave themselves do not belong in my house. (Given the set of people I know, severe cluelessness is more likely than malice, but in that case what we have is a Teachable Moment, not an excuse to continue the behavior. "He doesn't know any better" isn't even a good excuse for a dog.)

Even if I'm not hosting, I have no problem being rude if justified, so if you are being flustered by a lack of good response, you can come hide behind me and I will be rude for you. I can be good backup once I know things are going on, but I do not have particularly good social situational awareness with which to notice things going on.

The things I have noticed have been situations that were loud (therefore attention-getting), and also more potentially dangerous for an intervener than most vaguely-icky situations, because they involved long-term couples, and domestic disputes get nasty.

I am much less scared of confronting people who don't know where I live, even if they are really scary people (as long as there are other people around and the scary people don't appear to have weapons). I trust that if my attempt at intervention went to (threats of) physical assault, the other people would summon help. But if the scary people could easily find me later, I really don't want them to be angry at me.

Thing Two (linked from Thing One, but even if you're not interested in that, go read this): A Modest Proposal about sexual consent

I have nothing else to add to this one.
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I was poking around this page of information about various Extremely Toxic Australian creatures and what to do if you are bitten/stung by one. The particular one that caught my attention is of course the Blue-Ringed Octopus, cute li'l HARBINGER OF DEATH.

The very scariest sentence on the page, much scarier than "Death may occur in as little as thirty minutes" or "There is no antivenom available," is: behind this handy cut. )

Edited to add: Oh, wow, check out the kids page.
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If you didn't see this on Making Light:

How to fold the MIT logo in three easy steps

Educational and fun!

(Particularly note the little crane on the podium. I thought that was a nice touch.)
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David Shepherd and Travis Price are fine and admirable human beings.
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As you may or may not know, it was just recently International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, when all the pixel-stained technopeasant wretches post tasty, tasty free samples of fiction and poetry and goodness knows what all.

I haven't actually looked at anything linked from there yet, but only because there was too much other good stuff just sitting there in my friendslist! So here are the highlights, which those of you who are also totally overwhelmed by choice may start with, because they are very good. And those of you who have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about can also start with them, because they are, as aforementioned, very good.

1. An untitled pantoum on poetry, by [livejournal.com profile] elisem.
2. Snow Widow, a hard-boiled winter fairy tale, by [livejournal.com profile] kip_w.
3. Everlasting, queer fantasy from [livejournal.com profile] rosefox.
4. Everything I needed to know about life, I learned from my cats, which is not in fact pixel-stained or technopeasanty at all, but which contains both good advice and cat stories, from the always interesting but not usually this work-safe [livejournal.com profile] tacit.
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This PDF here has a really handy metaphor for comparing the loosely categorized liberal and conservative views of the world.

I found it quite helpful for providing understandable motivations beyond "stupid" or "evil" for the, er, major division I'm not in. I had about gotten to "rabidly different priorities" on my own, but I couldn't for the life of me figure out what those priorities were that didn't pretty much boil down to "evil" after all. I'm curious how reasonable it sounds to someone on the other side of the ideological divide, because I am very, very firmly on the "negotiated commitment" side, as is the author of the piece. No matter how good it sounds to us, it's not a useful metaphor if it doesn't work for those it purports to describe.
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(Hey, [livejournal.com profile] wynddom, go get [livejournal.com profile] tepui. He totally needs to see this.)

Flying lawnmower!

Cooler than a cool thing full of cool-juice.

On ice.

Later: Oh, spiffy! You can buy your own!
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Things you should look at:

Tent caterpillars, via [livejournal.com profile] jwz via [livejournal.com profile] rosefox. Creepy creepy augh, but completely fascinating.

Class in the U.S., by the very clever [livejournal.com profile] wynddom.

Music for one apartment and six drummers, via [livejournal.com profile] shadowsong on Making Light. (I don't know this person, but noticing that the e-mail address on the Making Light comment was from LJ I went to look, and based on the interests list I find it strange and unlikely that we have no LJ-friends in common. Perhaps this will change now!)
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