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Apple iOS 8 has spoiled a whole bunch

I have attempted the iOS 8 update. I now have limited phone capability, no computer and can only email sporadically and text with iPhone users only - via my iPad. Heartbreakingly, it appears that I have lost approximately 3000 pictures (14 GB of data is missing from my phone helpfully “reset” by a “Genius” at tech support. Another terrifying development discovered last night is that 26 GB has been mysteriously “freed up” on my desktop hard drive.

Beware the iOS 8 update if you have an iPhone or iPad. The error message that the backup I performed the night before was corrupted did not come until AFTER I attempted the Update which failed. The “helpful” tech support person admitted she wasn’t planning to update “until, well, you know, after…”.

Related: I am out of Kleenex.




This ring lets blind people read non-Braille books

One of the problems with Braille is that it’s typically printed in specialist books aside from the copies created for sighted people, meaning that those with sight difficulties can’t borrow their friends’ books and need to seek out the bookstores and libraries that cater for them. In the past, we’ve seen projects such as Thailand’sMr. Light and Mr. Dark — which uses special typography to enable the blind and non-blind to read the same book. Now the FingerReader initiative from MIT provides visually impaired readers with a wearable ring that can scan written text and read it out loud. READ MORE…

Guys. Science has developed a talking ring that allows the blind to read books.

This is not only amazing, it is the stuff of fairy tales.

beingruth paperclippe katiedoyle bookoisseur LOOOOOOK.

Science wins are wins for all of us.



As of this evening, #HORNS is available to watch on-demand. You can find it on iTunes, Amazon, XBox, Comcast, Playstation, TimeWarner, DirecTV, VuDu, GooglePlay, and I’m probably missing a couple other platforms. If you were looking forward to seeing HORNS on the big screen… don’t sweat it, we got you covered. Our film is still very much headed for a Halloween theatrical release.

At some point I’ll write an inside baseball column, explaining the logic behind a pre-theatrical on-demand release, but if you want it in shorthand: SNOWPIERCER changed everything (in a good way I think).

Hope you like our movie. Daniel Radcliffe is heart-breaking and perfect and director Alexandre Aja poured heart and soul (and sweat, and tears) into getting this story on screen. And if you do have fun with it, y’know, er, um, them 5-star reviews sure do go over nice. But only if you feel it in your heart.

Our strange, dark love story has caught some affection out in criticland. Here’s a recent nice review from Culture Crypt.

If you look at the above screen grab, you’ll see another picture advertising “Someone Someone’s A Good Marriage” (I know, it’s hard to read the tiny print in a small jpeg, I can’t make it out either). I have it on good word that you should see that one as well. Apparently the up-and-comer who wrote the screenplay is considered a real rising talent.




I’m trying hard to live by Cat Principles.

1- I am glorious above all things
2- Eat when hungry, sleep when sleepy, play when bored
3- Affection is given and received on my terms and only mine
4- Show displeasure clearly.
5- NO
6- Demand the things you want. If they aren’t given, demand them again, but louder this time.
7- If you are touched when you don’t want to be, say so. If they continue to touch you, make them bleed.


It’s never, never, never the woman’s fault. No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman. No means no. […] The one regret I have is we call it domestic violence as if it’s a domesticated cat. It is the most vicious form of violence there is, because not only the physical scars are left, the psychological scars that are left. This whole culture for so long has put the onus on the woman. What were you wearing? What did you say? What did you do to provoke? That is never the appropriate question.

Joe Biden on Today this morning (h/t Joy)


(via carnivaloftherandom)

(Source: fullcredit)


This is how to run a stick of Chapstick
down the black boxes on your scantron
so the grading machine skips the wrong
answers. This is how to honor roll. Hell,
this is how to National Honor Society.
This is being voted “Most Likely to Marry
for Money” or “Talks the Most, Says the
Least” for senior superlatives. This is
stepping around the kids having panic
attacks in the hallway. This is being the
kid having a panic attack in the hallway.
This is making the A with purple moons
stamped under both eyes. We had to try.
This is telling the ACT supervisor you have
ADHD to get extra time. Today, the average
high school student has the same anxiety
levels as the average 1950’s psychiatric
patient. We know the Pythagorean theorem
by heart, but short-circuit when asked
“How are you?” We don’t know. We don’t
know. That wasn’t on the study guide.
We usually know the answer, but rarely
know ourselves.

HIGH SCHOOL By Blythe Baird (via bl-ossomed)

(Source: blythebrooklyn)



A blog, in which I ponder some stuff, inspired by tidepools.

Anne and I were standing at the edge of some tidepools, watching tiny fish swim around in them.

“They look just like little versions of the fish we see on the reef,” I said.

“I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what they are,” Anne replied. A wave crashed against the rocks nearby, and the water near our feet gently rose a few inches. As the tide ran out, it created a small current between two tide…

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