miss_squiddy: (obligatory hat picture)
2012-02-08 07:18 pm


Does anyone use RSS to export their friends feed to an alternative reader? Does it work, and what's the deal with locked posts?
miss_squiddy: (calvin and hobbes)
2011-10-30 01:44 pm

English is a stupid language.

Here's an interesting thing from Dr. Steve Jones (he's an amazing guy and knows lots of cool stuff).

"For dyslexics, there is an unfathomable fit between how a word is written and how it sounds. English spelling (which makes dyslexics feel like ghoti out of ghoti, or fish out of water - the fish with 'gh' as in rough, 'o' as in women, 'ti' as in nation; and the water with the same letters but as in plough, cord and tin) makes no sense.

Italian is much more logical. The Dantean 'Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita mi ritrovai per una selva oscura...'both sounds and look better than 'In the midway of this our mortal life, I found myself in a gloomy wood...'

The forty distinct sounds in English can be spelled in over a thousand ways. Italian is more economical in its utterances, with just over twenty-five sounds and a mere thirty three ways to put them on paper. Italy has, a a result, only about half as many dyslexics per head as does England, and Italian children learn to read their logical language well before their anglophone cousins."

So there you go. If you're dyslexic, try Italian.
miss_squiddy: (gungirl)
2011-08-22 11:45 pm

Joyous spammage!

How wonderful.
RSS feed goes haywire and I get spammed by Romantically Apocalyptic... ♥
miss_squiddy: (brom)
2011-06-06 07:39 pm


I have 700 unread emails in my LJ inbox.
So not reading them.
miss_squiddy: (Banksy)
2011-03-10 11:34 pm

Read this!

I have just finished reading this book. It's amazing. A huge mix of interesting things collected by this guy who has essentially travelled around the world being all cool and down with the kids. He writes like Tim Westwood speaks but he's been to a lot of amazing (and scary) places and talked to a lot of crazy, influential people.

Yeah, it's got Banksy and Obey and the nems you would expect, but also Benjamin Zephaniah, Paul Hartnett, the KLF and a whole heap of talented young people doing interesting stuff.

I have about a billion websites to check out now...
miss_squiddy: (marge 2)
2010-11-29 09:18 pm

Feeed me!

Nowadays, I use LJ quite a lot to syndicate blogs and make it easier to see the cool stuff I enjoy looking at. I've set up (and pilfered) a fair few feeds over the last few months so here are some of my favourites (I like Hyperbole and a Half too, but you all already read that!)

[livejournal.com profile] gothiccharmsch - Pretty things and pictures of goth related stuff
[livejournal.com profile] hautexmacabre - Mostly clothes of a goth type nature
[livejournal.com profile] nowthisisgothic - Photos from the 1980s of - you guessed it - goth type people (Empty because I just set it up!)

[livejournal.com profile] marriedtoseafee - Old engravings with funny captions
[livejournal.com profile] myfirstdict - Excellent 50s style subversive picture dictionary
[livejournal.com profile] nataliedee_syn - Cute and amusing cartoons
[livejournal.com profile] postsecret - Anonymous secrets on postcards
[livejournal.com profile] rmntcllyapclypt - One of the most gorgeously illustrated web comics in a long while
[livejournal.com profile] theoatmealrss - 'How many otters could you hit with a shoe?' etc
[livejournal.com profile] tooth4dinner - Wobbly little cartoon people living sad little lives

[livejournal.com profile] sweetstation - New favourite addiction! Weird art from around the world
[livejournal.com profile] toxeldotcom - Amazing inventions
[livejournal.com profile] welshview - Weird stuff from across the web
[livejournal.com profile] hideyourarms - Awesome t-shirts, amazing deals. Can be post heavy.

Anyone else got any faves they'd like to share? I always have time for pretty pictures and silly jokes...
miss_squiddy: (panic)
2010-10-06 09:02 pm

Save LJ month?

I'm not doing that meme. I'll forget, and I ramble on about myself enough anyway. Instead, here's a question for you.

One morning, you find a genie in your cornflakes. Best free gift ever. The genie says you can have 3 wishes, but there are some conditions.

1. You can't wish for world peace or repair the environment or anything like that.
2. You can't make anyone fall in love with you or otherwise mess about with anyone's emotions.
3. You can't have eternal life. That would be daft.
4. You can't wish for more wishes. This genie isn't a sucker. Three, tops.

Oh, and one more thing. You probably shouldn't trust genies, especially the ones that come free in the cornflakes so you have to be clear.

Go. :)
miss_squiddy: (Tarsier)
2010-08-18 12:56 am


New Futurama just keeps getting better and better. You should watch it.
miss_squiddy: (skull)
2010-07-14 08:36 pm

(no subject)

This is definitely worth the read. An amazing story about some admirable people. :)
miss_squiddy: (UV me)
2010-06-30 09:11 pm

Chugging you in your own home...

On September 19th this year, I shall be taking part in the Marie Curie Driving Challenge. (Again.)

Yeah, it's a bit sexist, but it's a fun way to raise money which may involve tanks. And because it's fun, I shall be contributing £100 in sponsorship myself (that's the amount you have to raise to take part). No point asking you lot to pay for me to have fun, is there? My target is to match that through donations!

This is my Just Giving page. If you can afford it, please sponsor me here (and tick the gift aid box for extra bonus money).

And just because I want to play with my new badge machine, everyone who sponsors me can have a badge. (Hooray!)

To design your badge, you'll need to draw a circle 35mm in diameter - but fit your design in the centre space (25mm in diameter, so it doesn't get squished over the edge). And if you aren't feeling terribly creative, you can just link me to a photo or choose an amusing slogan. Of course, I will have to buy stamps, so if you want one, sponsor me £1 to make it worthwhile!

You can stick your design and postal address in a screened comment below, message me on facebook or email me...
miss_squiddy: (panic)
2010-04-27 10:04 pm

Strange things are afoot at the Circle K...

I have a magic credit card. I was shopping online today and something very strange happened...

I was merrily buying things to assist my nice postlady in her daily exercise when I got to one of those card verifaction things. I entered my password. There was an error. I realised it was the wrong password and entered the right one. Another error. Perhaps I mis-typed. I tried again. Nope. I clicked 'Forgotten Password' and entered all my details.

Computer says no.

'Some of your details have been entered incorrectly and do not match our records. Please try again.'

I tried again.

'You are clearly a fool who does not understand the internet. Stop mashing the keyboard and call this number.'

So I called the number. Nothing for it as the verification thing wouldn't do anything any more. Nice bank man asked me for my card details. Then asked me again. And again.

Apparently, the security number on the back of my card isn't the number it ought to be. This means my card (which I only use to buy things online and have been using to buy stuff from places like Amazon, John Lewis, Zavvi and Play in the last few weeks) suddenly won't work any more.

Nice Bank Man was totally confused as to how this could have happened and didn't know what to do.

So now I have to take the card into the bank to prove that they are wrong and I can actually read three numbers in the right order without getting them completely and utterly wrong. (Because the security details on the card suddenly don't match the details on file the bank can't accept that I am me over the phone and give me a new card the normal way.)

miss_squiddy: (age 7)
2010-02-01 11:35 pm


Here are some things people on the internet have pointed out to me:

Man Babies: Disturbing photoshoppery
Kreepy Kat: Wrong comic strip
Virtual piano: Virtually useless. But quite fun.
miss_squiddy: (avatar)
2010-01-27 09:42 pm


On my drive home there is a roundabout with traffic light controls - and at rush hour a big queue too. My turning off the roundabout has two lanes - one for straight on (which is normally full) and one which is a dedicated right at the next lights (which is a little better).

Sometimes, impatient people use the dedicated right lane to skip the queues on the roundabout and then cross into the straight on lane to speed up their journey. Most of them wait for the lights to change - they're badly timed and traffic gets held up on the roundabout leaving space to filter across, but today some thick-necked taxi driver with a people carrier decided to bully his way into the tiny gap behind me, almost scraping the paint off the back of my car and causing the guy behind me to toot his horn (and pretty rightfully so as he must have come close to taking his headlights out at the same time, if not the whole bonnet).

Mr thick-neck then decided to stop and get out of his car, clearly insulted by the tooting.

There was a lot of traffic and he was a lot bigger than me so I couldn't really stop. I couldn't really see the people in the other car very well, but I hope they were a rugby team.

Really ought to have taken down his taxi licence details, but I didn't think about it.
miss_squiddy: (gothbot)
2010-01-25 11:30 pm


This is a pretty amazing thing - showing a pretty awful thing:

Haiti Earthquake 360° Video

(It doesn't actually look as flattened as I expected...)
miss_squiddy: (ickis)
2009-12-24 12:50 am


Slow Motion Duck Sex: Euuuwwwwwwwww :(

Teenager saves the world! Hoorah! (Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] tails_redux!)

Merry Christmas! Snowmen Hunters! Episode 27 is particularly fine and full of bad ideas we all need to try. :D