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I changed my browser homepage (which is a self-coded HTML file) to have this background color: #ff0080. I'd describe it as fluorescent reddish pink. It's so beautiful, especially with my links in contrasting yellow, and a browser theme in a complementary color. Having nearly the whole screen be that color has much more of a visual impact, compared to this small paragraph.


I discovered that it is much easier to pull out small tree saplings using a pair of pliers, rather than only my gloved hands. But my hands got the same achy, because instead of pulling out all the easy ones like last time, I was pulling out harder ones.

With bigger pliers, maybe I could even pull out some of the ones with bigger trunks/roots... say up to nickel-sized? Maybe there's even a special tool for that.

I spend so much of my free time doing yard work, and it feels very pointless. Other than the work it requires, it's nice to have a yard and trees and flowers, etc. But if I didn't have dogs, I'd seriously reconsider living in a place where I have to take care of a yard.


Little Secrets : dark chocolate candies with a sugar-shell coating. Yummy like M&M's, which I haven't had since becoming vegan. I hadn't remembered how nice it is to feel the crispy crunch of a thin sugar shell between my teeth. The packaging doesn't mention it, but the sea salted peanut, classic dark, and raspberry flavors seem to be vegan based on the ingredients. Some of the others include milk. Ahh.. their FAQ says they don't label them as vegan because the sugar was produced with a non-vegan refining process (ie., bone char filtered).


pink lights

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 10:37 pm
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At work, someone on the other side of the building put up a Valentine's Day Tree. It's a pretty pink (Christmas) tree, with pink lights and heart decorations.


A dead Canadian goose has been floating by the edge of the pond since at least Monday. Poor thing. I wonder what happened to it. I considered reporting it at first, but wouldn't even know who to report it to.


Driving home yesterday, there were 2 wild turkeys* standing in the driveway to a car body shop. Very close to the main road I was driving on, which had a lot of traffic. There was also a car parked off the other side of the road with its lights flashing yellow. Not sure if that was related.

*only got a quick glimpse, enough to be pretty sure they weren't buzzards. One looked vaguely peacockish, but I'm pretty sure we don't have wild peacocks around here.


My laptop is back from being repaired under warranty, with a new keyboard and touchpad. Seems to be working fine so far, yay. The new keyboard is a dual English/French one, which is different.


It's very cold outside. But something went wrong with the HVAC at work today, and it got very warm inside. Even with the doors to the atrium propped open. In the morning when other people started to complain, I was like "I'm comfortable actually. It's better than being too cold". But it got so warm that by the time I left in the evening, it was way too warm even for me.


Sunday, March 1st, 2015 03:01 pm
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Wow. So much pretty. So much creative.

A video showing how the recycled sweater coats are made:

Video title: Making A Katwise Sweater Coat
Posted by: katwise osullivan
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wC8vu2BoBE
Description: How to make a recycled sweater coat.


Sunday, February 1st, 2015 02:43 am
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I have discovered that the cloth paintings I made a long time ago glow fantastically under UV / black light, due to the fluorescent paints I used.

The 2nd one can be seen under regular light here.
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Cricket Wireless appears to have a pretty good deal: $35 (when using auto-pay) for unlimited voice, text, and data, of which 1GB is high-speed.

They even appear to have good coverage in most areas. Actually, Cricket was bought by AT&T earlier this year, and I think that means they have the same coverage area now as AT&T.

However, Cricket's coverage map isn't very clear. The colors in the map don't match the colors in the key. The key has 2 shades of green, while the map has several shades of green, none of which look exactly like the colors in the key(*). (AT&T's coverage map is easier to understand, by the way - their orange map colors match up to their key colors much better.)

And by the way, what are those little circles on the national map? (When I suggested to my mom that she switch to Cricket as she's planning to get a new phone anyway, she told me those circles are towers, and that Cricket's coverage is no good, as they've only got 8 towers in SC. I argued with her assumption, but I'm not sure I was able to convince her otherwise.)

So I took advantage of their online chat feature to ask. (Their "Contact Us" page says that they are only available to chat between 7am and 7pm EST, but they were actually still available after 9pm when I tried.)

L***: Thank you for contacting Cricket were we go the extra mile to make you smile :) how can I help you today?
[me]: I'd like you to explain the colors on your Coverage Map. The colors on the map don't match the colors in the key.
L***: Hello !! ^^__^^ How are you today ? Hope your doing great :)
L***: yes sure :)
L***: provide me your zip code please !!
[me]: #####
L***: Allow me a moment to work on this please :)
L***: Thank you for you patience and understanding, waiting for me
L***: Okay , the Deep Green Mean's : LTE Coverage .
L***: The light Green Mean's 4G
L***: The Yellow mean's 3G
L***: and the blue means 2G
[me]: But in the key they show a deep green and a bright green and a bright yellow, while the map shows greyish green and greyish yellow and only a few small areas of bright yellow. So it seems the greyish areas must be an overlap of 2 colors, but of which ones?
L***: well right now I was checking your area ,and on your area you have LTE Coverage
L***: that mean's that you will receive perfect signal.
[me]: That is good. But looking at the map, if you look to the right of Columbia, there is a large greyish yellow area which includes Sumter. Is that color supposed to be 3G?
L***: That's correct,meaning that in Columbia your going to receive LTE Coverage and in Sumter you will receive 3G
L***: well basically it would be like mix, between 4G and 3G at the time.
L***: basing on Sumter .
[me]: ok, so that greyish yellow is a mix of 3G and 4G. does that mean that a mix of 2G (blue) and 3G (yellow) is also shown as a shade of green?
[me]: I don't see any areas on the map that are plain blue.
L***: dont worry ,you will receive good coverage.
[me]: Well, thank you for your assistance, L***. I think it would be good if Cricket were to make their map colors easier to understand in the future.
L***: Thank you for contacting cricket wireless support, have a great day and remember you can always visit us at www.cricketwireless.com
[me]: Thank you. Have a good day!

S***: Welcome to Cricket Wireless! How can I serve you today?
[me]: Hello. I have a question about the Coverage map of the United States. What do the little circles represent?
S***: Can you please provide me more details about it?
S***: Can you please tell me the color of the circles?
[me]: when I open this page: https://www.cricketwireless.com/map.html
[me]: it shows little circles. They are yellow in the center, surrounded by white, and black around them. For instance, in South Carolina there are about 10 of these circles.
[me]: Are they towers? Surely there are more than 10 towers in South Carolina, right?
[me]: or are they stores?
S***: I will check it right now! :)
S***: Please provide me more minutes.
[me]: ok
S***: The little circle are the towers.
S***: The white circles, the areas in which we do not have coverage.
[me]: If they are towers, how can it be that most of South Carolina has coverage, when there are only 10 towers?
[me]: and why do the circles disappear when I zoom into the map?
S***: I will double check this for you
S***: Please allow me more minutes.
[several minutes passed]
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(*) - Coincidentally, a radio show mentioned yesterday that women are on average better at perceiving differences in color, especially for greens and yellows, than men. I wonder if the person who made that map can't even tell that the map colors don't match the key.

Glitter Tree

Saturday, April 12th, 2014 03:15 pm
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I suppose it is time to put my glitter tree (aka "xmas tree") back in storage until next winter. Before packing it away, I want to enjoy the pretty lights and glitter one last time... aah.

One nice thing about having a glitter tree up this time of the year, is that with the windows open, and a gentle warm breeze coming in, the hanging tinsel and other shiny stuff moves and turns slightly(*), extra sparkly and more alive.

(* - what is a good word for that? I can't think of one. flutters? flitters? vibrates?)

Ah, maybe I should keep it out after all, even though it feels partially anachronistic.
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It continues to delight me, seeing so many colorful athletic shoes now available and marketed towards both men and women, both boys and girls. Sometimes it isn't even immediately obvious which gender they are intended for.

A K-mart ad has a kids' shoe decorated with a cartoon skull bedecked with a pink bow. Based on the colors, it is marketed towards girls. Till now, I've only seen skull emblems on boys' clothing. Personally, I don't care for skulls and death symbols, but it's interesting to see this kind of gender cross-over in fashion... Ah, the pink bow skull emblem is from Monster High. I suppose it isn't really cross-over then... a marketing distinction still remains, of things for girls being made to look cute, and things for boys being made to look ominous / dangerous.

At Kohl's, I found an awesome pair of shoes with orange and turquoise highlights, non-leather and made by Asics.

Kohl's also impressed me with colorful dress socks in the men's section. There were bright red ones, pink ones, and several multi-colored patterned ones. Bright neon-colored athletic socks also caught my eye. I don't think men's socks would fit me well though. Besides the foot size being larger, they tend to go partway up the calf, and I don't really understand what keeps them from falling down, compared to knee-socks where the top elastic is above the calf.

white lights

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 11:21 pm
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"Natural daylight" compact fluorescent look more brightly white to me than the ones they label "bright white".

I replaced the bulbs in one bathroom with "natural daylight" ones, and it's amazing the difference in light/color between that room and the adjoining room, which now looks yellowish in comparison.

The new bulbs are buzzy though. Some bulbs smell bad when they're new; some bulbs make annoying buzzy sounds. Some are fine. I think I've had the best luck so far with GE ones.

The store also had an LED bulb on display. I was surprised at how bright it seemed, as the brightest ones on sale were only comparable to 40W incandescents. But maybe it seemed brighter than it was, due to being in a small enclosure.

vividly pretty shoes

Saturday, March 30th, 2013 03:03 pm
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Some years back, I noted the disparity between athletic shoes marketed towards men and women. The ones for women were mainly all-white, or white + pastel colors, or sometimes all-black, whereas the ones for men more often had vivid colors.

Now, vividly colored shoes are available for both men and women. There are still color differences - the women's shoes are more likely to contain pink, purple, salmon-orange, and turquoise colors, while the men's shoes are more likely to contain primary colors. But overall, I'm impressed at how many snazzy looking shoes are on sale!
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Lana gives a long speech. I wasn't planning to watch the whole thing*, but it was so entertaining and touching, that I did.

Video title: Lana Wachowski receives the HRC Visibility Award
Posted by: Human Rights Campaign
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crHHycz7T_c

And her hair is beautiful!

* I was initially intrigued by the following quote from the speech (between 12:34 and 12:47) which a fellow androgyne pointed out:

". . . transition. Parenthetically, this is a word that is a very complicated subject for me because of its complicity in a binary gender narrative that I am not particularly comfortable with."

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Saturday, August 30th, 2008 10:24 pm
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My guyfriend is an old fogey. He thinks blue is not a good color for hair. Sigh. And I was feeling enthusiastic about it this morning. But that made me cry. (Why am I in a relationship with someone who doesn't think colorful hair is cool? He must have been pretending to like my hair the last time I colored it, 2 years ago... or maybe I just remember it that way, because I liked my hair then, and I remember my impressions, not his. How much else which is important to me, does he not like?) After a while of crying, I realized that I hadn't been crying much in recent times. Although I felt oddly bad yesterday evening too.

Memory of rope. Like everything else, ambivalence.

I've got tiger-stripes today. Tomorrow they will be blue. Old fogeys notwithstanding. Growl.


I am an androgyne. That is my word for myself. My thought of myself. Other people probably see me as female, woman, girl, weird person, or whatever. That is their word for me. Their thought of me. It doesn't matter. I am still the same person. I am still me. Their words aren't any less right for their minds, than my word is right for my mind.

Some cultures use the same word for green as for blue. It is one color to them, different shades. Yet that does not mean that they cannot see a difference between something which is green and which is blue. Although the difference may not seem as prominent to them, as to people from other cultures who have different words for each color.



The person who did this video caught my attention yesterday, due to the very cool outfits and hair she has in some of her other vids. This vid, which I watched today, impressed me too, in spite of it not showcasing her. She made the vid while rollerblading through an abandoned neighborhood... it seems creepy, how empty the neighborhood seems and how neglected and rundown the empty houses are, and how many of the doors aren't even locked. It bothered me, the idea of her trespassing into these empty houses.

The first-person perspective of rollerblading down the streets though... oh my, that looks like fun!

After watching the video, I did a search, and found out that this neighborhood had been abandoned over the course of nearly 2 decades, while the neighboring airport took over the land, for a new runway. Yet after all this time, there are still empty houses standing. And these empty houses have become victims of graffiti and vandalism and arson, in addition to neglect. It seemed such a sad thing... to imagine the people who used to live there, having moved away, and then being witness to their old neighborhood and homes transforming into this sorry state.

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Friday, July 4th, 2008 12:40 am
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Aw, man. I was almost finished sewing one of my flags, except for hemming the outside edges. So I tried the flag out, but it wasn't flying well... then I discovered that the place where one is supposed to hold the flag (its handle) wasn't where I thought it would be. So now I've got to redo the whole weighted cord part, because otherwise I'd be holding the flag on the side with the thinner fabric, which might cause it to tear easily.

At least I found this out before sewing the 2nd flag.

It sure does look pretty though. It would have been much easier to just use a single piece of fabric, but decided to do 3 colors instead - a stripe each of shiny gray-blue, orange, and pink-violet.

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Sunday, November 18th, 2007 03:30 pm
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Why am I so goddamn cold! The thermostat says 68 degrees, and it's been rising all day, from 63, and I didn't feel cold when I got up this morning, but I've been feeling colder and colder ever since! Obviously antihistamines must not make one feel warm since I took one of those pills today; it must be tylenol that helps; but it doesn't seem right to take a pain-reliever like tylenol when one isn't in pain, just freezing. Even my nipples were aching from the cold earlier. I didn't realize the antihistamine was going to make me drowsy, either. I wanted to get things done today, and now it's already late afternoon, and I feel like I haven't gotten anything done yet.

This last week or so here, our deciduous trees here have gone through their color-change. Bright oranges, reds, yellows.

I flipped through the TV channels at Forestfen's for a couple hours yesterday, thinking I'd enjoy the chance to watch all the satellite channels for a change. But the only interesting things on were about the kind of things that depress me.... the history of the Ku Klux Klan, an 80s show on the African Liberation movement, a movie about some British inner-city boy with a mean brother raising a wild bird (ok, that one might not have been totally depressing, but I only saw bits and snatches of it), Iraq.... oh, one thing that wasn't depressing but rather odd/amusing, a Cops show where the cop pulled over a car with 2 good-looking women clad only in bikinis, and the driver was insisting that she didn't have the time to get a ticket and go to traffic court because she was getting a boob job done in 4 days.

Anyway, I didn't find anything good enough to watch, to make me feel that I ought to go ahead and sign up for cable or satellite TV at my house. Yet anyway. I think it would be interesting to sign up for some international stuff, but that would be expensive. And still not uplifting.

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Monday, June 4th, 2007 09:01 pm
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An alphabet based on colors.

It's a very interesting idea, but I think I'll pass on learning that alphabet myself, as otherwise I'll start thinking of letters whenever I look at anything. And I'd rather not think of the letter 'P' every time I look at my kitchen counter, or the letter 'E' whenever I look at my car, etc. And there's really no reason why one particular color should represent one particular letter, and not another.