Jul. 22nd, 2014 08:49 pm
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Those of you who know Japanese:

I'm watching an episode of the new series of Mushishi, and after Ginko is rescued by a farmer and given a meal by the farmer's wife, he thanks her by saying what sounds to me sort of like "Arigatey" instead of the usual "Arigatou." Is this a variant, an accent, a dialect, or what?
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This Site is Cyberstalking Your Cat For Your Own Good.

Essentially, is educating you about the dangers of posting images directly from your smartphone or other device (which encodes the GPS position into the image) to the web, which can show a determined cyberstalker where you are or have been.

On the other side: pictures of cats!


Jul. 22nd, 2014 10:42 am
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Anyone up for a free Kindle ebook on Jane Austen? What Matters in Jane Austen?. Basically, I bought it for my mom as it was $1.99 and it turns out that she already has it, so she didn't redeem the code. So it's up for grabs!

If more than 1 person wants it, tomorrow I'll do a random-number draw.


Jul. 18th, 2014 09:56 pm
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I'm on antibiotics for a UTI at the moment, and on the second antibiotic because after the doc cultured the, er, sample, they found that the bacterial culprit responsible for this was resistant to the one she'd put me on, so I had to switch to another. And this other one requires that I take it with food twice a day, and not take it with vitamins, because there are a few vitamins and minerals that interact with it in odd ways if they're taken together. Same with caffeine. I poked around the intartubes and found that the reason you're not supposed to take it with caffeine is that it increases the effects of caffeine. So I ahve declared that one caffeine-containing drink in the morning won't hurt me, and indeed it seems not to have. (I had tea; mostly so that caffeine withdrawal wouldn't provoke a migraine so that I wouldn't have to go searching for yet MORE drug interaction info.)

Also, I can't take NSAIDs on it. Bah.

IN other news I decided not to do fandom A for my Parallels fanwork, and instead fo fandom B (I matched on two). Which is good, because it gives me a chance to practice a style I've really wanted to try. Here's hoping I don't screw it up! :D
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Woke up yesterday morning with the symptoms of a UTI. Got a doctor appointment and had it confirmed. It's early enough that the symptoms are merely annoying instead of AUGH PAIN OW, but I'm hyper-sensitive to them as I had a roommate end up in the ER with one once.

So I now have antibiotics and a mandate to pound the water down. And no instruction to drink cranberry juice, which is good as I hate the stuff. Apparently the current medical thinking is "it may have a slight positive effect for some people," instead of being a cure-all, which I think is all to the good as: yuck.
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I get a lot of comment spam on the Artist Alley Survival Guide, although Akismet captures the vast majority of it so it never sees the light of day. (Mostly. Occasionally I have to delete a comment that slips through.)

Today I checked the spam folder in Akismet and noticed this one, wherein someone failed to have their random-choice algorithm adjusted properly, so it just posted the entire thing, with all the different options they use to make it non-identical to other messages it's posted.

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