sab: (jp >> nibbled to death by dinos)
The bees are, as we all know, disappearing. [link to Reuters]

The wiki entry on CCR, or Colony Collapse Disorder has slightly more speculation/info on the phenomenon.

cell phones sending bees to space? It's GWEN's fault )

Elsewhere on the internets, Haagen-Dazs has started their own "Save the Ice Cream! Save the Bees!" Heroes-style season pitch: Help the Honeybees is totally ice-cream sponsored, but still pretty interesting.

I'm just saying. There are things we can blame on Harriet Jones, and then there's the bees disappearing. *g*
sab: (himym >> I'm bringing back laser tag!)
I've been meaning to tell LJ about some various programs I've been using that are exciting me, particularly now that I've embarked on this whole thirtysomething archiving endeavor. Things I like, and perhaps you will like them too!

  • GOM Player, which so far has pleased me even more than VLC, to the point where I had a couple files VLC wouldn't play that GOM handled effortlessly. When I first got Vista VLC didn't totally support it, so I had to search for another app, and GOM player plays everything, and comes with its own codecs. It's nice and light, and free, and I definitely recommend it, especially if you've had problems with VLC/Vista compatibility, or if you've got files even VLC won't play.
  • AnyDVD and CloneDVD, which cost money (somewhere in the $40 range) but have proved totally worth it, especially because AnyDVD makes my DVD drive region-free, which is a feature I've enjoyed enormously. It also can strip ads and trailers, unlock copy-protection, and has a bunch of other useful customizations for dubbing DVDs. It can also burn a DVD with menus, etc, from .ISO files.
  • Aimersoft DVD Ripper might be the best purchase yet. It cost $35, and is the most user-friendly DVD ripping software I've ever used. For example. I put in a thirtysomething DVD, and the software presents me with all four episodes, separated out, with drop down boxes for me to choose the converted file type (with sizes! .avi, 500mb, .mp4, 320mb) and rename the selected file. So I get four .avis individually renamed and saved to my harddrive, in, like, an hour and a half. Additionally, you can crop and color correct, etc, within the program, so, for example, one of these thirtysomething DVDs had three episodes in a single chapter, so they came up as only one episode in the DVD ripper interface. Using the tools, I was able to clip the chapter into three parts, individually rename them, and save them as three separate files. And I was able to adjust the contrast and resolution before ripping the file. Amazing stuff, I tell you!
  • Megaupload and associated products, including the Megamanager download manager (I get speeds of, like, 400kb/s and can bring down hourlong episodes in about seven minutes sometimes) and the upload toolbar (though at the moment I can't figure out how to configure it to upload faster -- although I've used it before and had great success). A two month premium membership is like fourteen bucks, and considering how frequently I use it and how many files I download in a day, a month, whatever, it's absolutely been worth the money. Plus, now I've got a place to permanently store and access 30 gig of thirtysomething for posterity!
  • Graboid -- amazing. Several months ago I downloaded the Veoh TV interface, and thought I was sitting pretty with selected CBS and NBC episodes and a ton of streaming horror movies. Then I got Graboid, which both streams and provides episodes for download, and seriously after three minutes of buffering I was watching 30 Rock fullscreen, in perfect resolution. Beats the hell out of the grainy 5-part TV episodes you find on youtube or And free free free! Well, 4000mb bandwidth limit free. I don't know if that's a day, a week, or what -- I've only just started using Graboid and haven't hit my limit yet.

Anything awesome you want to recommend to me?

Now, god willing and the creek don't rise, to sleep, to the dulcet quips of Tina Fey. And dudes, where's my 30 Rock icon??

global Os

Dec. 22nd, 2006 04:51 pm
sab: (bp >> oohhhhh CUUUPPIIDDD)
Hey, it's the solstice, also apparently Global Orgasm Day -- so do your part!

And in fact, if there are, um. Particular pieces of fanfiction that you find help produce powerful and exciting Os, post links to them here. What's your favorite go-to self-love fantasy fic?

sab: (I was drowning in something I jumped in)
From, something about the L-Word promoting a fanfiction contest? Either way, the article looks interesting, and has been bookmarked for, *sigh.*

I'm writing, I'm writing!
sab: (come on up for the rising)
The Forbes Fictional 15; the best and brightest fictional zillionnaires ever.

Starring such celebrity death matches as Bruce Wayne vs. Lex Luthor and Monty Burns vs. Santa and Cruella de Vil vs. Willy Wonka.

ETA: from [ profile] chr0me_kitten

what a man, what a man, what a mighty good man )
sab: (my drama! MINE.)
This is for me, and also for you, for bookmarking and posterity purposes:

methods of getting live humans on the phone at various tech support and customer service numbers traditionally staffed with annoying computers who love to tell you that your selection is invalid and also that you suck )

Also, I wrote a Stargate: Atlantis story called The Pegasus Society, which is Sheppard/McKay/Atlantis and unashamedly about Mensa and porn. Godspeed, children of the Revolution!
sab: (rodney is an ASTRONAUT)
Yeah, you probably already saw this, but, AWESOMENESS:

Watching All Six Star Wars Movies Simultaneously.

ETA: That bookslut Dean Koontz RPF ain't no joke, I love it:

Dean Koontz is finally getting called on his racist bullshit. The Guardian picks up the story of Koontz's anti-Japanese remarks at a recent luncheon, which was initially reported by authors Lee Goldberg and Tod Goldberg. (The Los Angeles Times reported on the story earlier this week.)

Koontz is a regular donor to the Republican National Committee — he donated $1,500 to the RNC on June 27, and has given to President Bush before. You think they'll return the donations? Ha ha! Me neither.

At any rate, I'm happy to announce Bookslut's First Annual Man, Is That Dean Koontz a Prick or What? Contest. In 250 words or less, write an erotic, tender-yet-sexy story about Dean Koontz having some sort of hot, life-changing physical encounter with a Japanese guy. Send your stories as plain text in an email to mschaub at bookslut dot com, with "Man, Is That Dean Koontz a Prick or What?" in the subject line. All entries should be submitted on or before Friday, November 18.
sab: (all my boys)
I'm just being a clearinghouse, for a moment, mostly so I only have one LJ link to Memory. Anyway, here's some stuff from the world:

[open-minded Jews in Portland who aren't gay]
[What, no hellfire? I was promised hellfire!]
[Gay mittens]
[B5 ficathon, um, super-gay]
[device of the future! maybe fantastic! In a sort of post-apocalyptic Big Brotheresque way. Or, maybe gay.]

That being said, I have another question. To the righties on my Trusted list, or, rather, the Righties whose opinions I trust:

Do you -- or any conservative-types in fandom you know -- have you, hm. The question is, do you know anyone who's comfortable with slash, writing it/reading it, while not comfortable with homosexuality as a practice in her real life? Someone who could write about Duncan and Methos getting it on, but who'd be squicked if she learned she had a gay friend?

Additionally -- how does this hold over for gay marriage? [ profile] pene enlightened me on the subject once when, in her more Christian days (G, *g*), she commented that she "believed in" homosexuals ('cause, duh, there they are), but she didn't support pre-marital sex, THEREFORE, the option left to her was to support gay marriage.

Of course, this was before the big gay agenda, perpetuated by the liberal media elite, swept G off her feet with the use of porn and evil temptresses and, um, whiskey, probably, and made G supergay in that insidious way we have of taking otherwise innocent people and gayifying them while they're not looking. Poor unsuspecting [ profile] pene. *g*

Anyway. I'm wondering how that holds over for conservatives not of the religious bent, wondering -- first, if there IS a set of slash writers who are uncomfortable with homosexuality in the "real world" but not in fiction, then -- why that is, exactly. And just, in general, wondering what people think. Responses from all sides welcomed, please and thank you.


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