Almost certainly not Johnny Depp.|
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|Wednesday, March 18th, 2015|
|Friday, March 13th, 2015|
This is the best 90s thing I did not know I wanted to see.
Earl Sinclair does The Notorious B.I.G.
|Thursday, March 12th, 2015|
|Wednesday, March 11th, 2015|
|Tuesday, March 10th, 2015|
|Friday, March 6th, 2015|
|Thursday, March 5th, 2015|
|Wednesday, March 4th, 2015|
|Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015|
|Monday, March 2nd, 2015|
|Friday, February 27th, 2015|
|RE the pop quiz, "name the [thing]"
I honestly thought I had more Exchange+RIM survivors who would have jumped on this sooner.
But: nubule and dantheserene got it right, I was talking about Blackberry Enterprise.
Pulling an explanation up from a comment there:
Blackberries before Blackberry OS10 had two modes, Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) and Blackberry Enterprise Service (BES). They're so close in name and acronym because RIM (now Blackberry) ARE THE WORST AT EVERYTHING HOLY FUCK.
Your BIS data plan was like a modern smartphone data plan. It gave you internet access and checked your email and let you do all the things a Smartphone does.... except connect to an Exchange server.
Your BES data plan was exactly like a BIS data plan, except it works with Exchange, and your Exchange provider's BES server, to give you Exchange access on your Blackberry. And it also tended to cost 5x as much.
This all happened forever ago. It's ancient history. It's 2006.
Since then, smartphones were invented and Microsoft created ActiveSync, which works to seamlessly provide Exchange access to iPhones and Androids and, once Blackberries FINALLY got somewhere close to modern, Blackberries. Activesync is also free, and works on a normal data plan.
But: Any iPhone, any Android, or any Blackberry 10 device, connects to Exchange through Activesync and Just Works.
Any Blackberry *before* 10 requires BES, which means it requires that the Exchange server have a BES server with BES enabled for the Exchange account (vendor #1) and your cellphone provider needs to provide a BES data plan (vendor #2), and then you need to do Enterprise Activation and push Service Books and all kinds of RIM crap from before smartphones were a thing.
My client has several Blackberries from before Blackberry 10. And my recommendation to get them onto the brand spanking new Exchange 2013 server was "walk into Best Buy, buy a fucking iPhone" because that's SO MUCH EASIER.
: Or Future Shop or Rogers Store or the cellphone kiosk at Costco or....
: Or any Android, or even a Blackberry 10 device if you can't live without a phone that sucks, but NOT BLACKBERRY 9.
|Geek Pop Quiz, or, Wherein I Am Bored.
I sent an email this morning that started "Hey, we missed a prerequisite on [thing]. Nobody remembered this requirement because it's not 2006 and nobody has seriously used [thing] in the last decade."
This was a followup on my yesterday suggestion, which was that everyone who seriously wanted to use [thing] should be told to go to [store] and pick up [off the shelf] instead, it would be faster, easier, and cheaper.
Pop quiz: What do you think [thing] is?
A shiny precious no-prize for the correct answer. A second one for the BEST answer.
EDIT: Hints pulled up from comments.
#1: [thing] is a software feature, but it's an obsolete one, with complex prerequisites, that requires vendor-side support. Multiple different vendors, in fact. Like, ACTUAL SUPPORT, not "I have to go to multiple web pages to download packages" but "multiple different companies have to change things ON THEIR SIDE to make this work, per user."
Meanwhile, COTS consumer-grade commercial devices, available EVERYWHERE (at least three places in any given shopping mall), do the exact same thing, better, simpler, requiring very little vendor support.
#2: in 2006 I, as a person who Fixed All The Things for employees of My Beloved Corporate Masters, dealt with [thing] on nearly a daily basis.
And by 2008 it was *dead*. In part because by 2008 I no longer worked for an international megacorporation, but also in general. Employees of international megacorporations probably still encountered occasional instances of [thing] in the hands of legacy users for years afterwards.
|Wednesday, February 25th, 2015|
|Name That Movie
There's a film. I can't remember what film it is. An early scene involves Our Protagonist (possibly Our Villain?) getting the old crew back together, IIRC a criminal crew. He's calling them on the phone.
Cut to an older man (50s-70s), double-chinned, balding, sitting in a trailer home. IIRC the actor is not famous, but he's the kind of character actor I recognise as being That Guy from That Movie.
He has 6 identical revolvers on a table. He puts one bullet in one chamber one of them. He puts the revolvers in a sack, shakes them up, reaches in, pulls out a revolver, spins the chamber, puts it up against his temple and pulls the trigger. Click, no fire.
He puts the gun back in the sack, shakes it up, pulls out a new gun, spins the chamber, puts it against his temple, and his phone rings.
He answers the phone, it's Our Protagonist. The old man playing Russian Roulette still has the gun to his own head, and says "Oh, not much. I'm not busy..... a job? Sure!" or something very like that, before putting the gun down.
I can't remember what movie this is from.
WHAT MOVIE IS IT?
A valuable no-prize to the first person to find it!
|Tuesday, February 24th, 2015|
|Saturday, February 21st, 2015|
|Friday, February 20th, 2015|
|Thursday, February 19th, 2015|
|Tuesday, February 17th, 2015|
|Friday, February 13th, 2015|
|Thursday, February 12th, 2015|
|Tuesday, February 10th, 2015|
|Monday, February 9th, 2015|
|Friday, February 6th, 2015|
I've actually forgotten what I made that originally required fresh rosemary, but one of the side effects of buying fresh herbs is that there's ALWAYS way more than you need for any one recipe. Which left me with a ton of rosemary left over and a need to use it up.
So here's what I did!
First: This is a recipe for Crispy Sriracha Rosemary Chicken, which may not be a flavour combination you'd think is great and, uh, you're kinda right. I made it according to that recipe and while it was far from inedible, the cool taste of the rosemary and the bite of the sriracha and lemon and garlic just never meshed well for me. So I remade it with FRESH GINGER instead and that turned out awesome.
Reproducing here with notes and to avoid linkrot:
rosemary GINGER Chicken!
Ingredients (modified from the original):
4-ish boneless skinless chicken breasts (If they're really plump, slice them in half. You want the marinade to reach as much of the meat as possible)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Sriracha
A moderately large piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into chunks about the size of your thumbnail and half a finger thickness. About 4 tablespoons, ish.
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
Directions (unmodified! the directions worked great, the ingredients just needed adjusting):
1. In a large bowl, combine Greek yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, ginger, sriracha, minced garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
2. Place chicken breasts in a large resealable plastic bag and pour marinade mixture over them. Seal bag and toss carefully to coat chicken.
3. Place bag in refrigerator and let sit 2-4 hours to marinate.
4. When chicken is fully marinated, heat oven to 375 degrees F. Place chicken in an oven and broiler-safe baking dish and pour extra marinade over the top.
5. Bake chicken until cooked through, about 40-45 minutes. Heat broiler to HIGH and cook chicken until crispy and golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.
Serve with a couple of the ginger pieces on the spicy chicken.
Second! Crispy Baked Rosemary Garlic Fries
As-written, these were a little disappointing - it was a lot of fiddly work compared to many other "oven fries" recipes, and the decision to add so much of the seasoning *after* cooking led to some oddities in the flavour - ambushes of near-raw garlic and entire rosemary leaves sticking in the teeth. As well, I wasn't nearly careful enough about making all my wedges both the same size, and small, so some of them were cripy and awesome (although underseasoned) but others were doughy. So I'm definitely doing these again, but I'm going to make some changes.
Ingredients (mostly unmodified - I'm keeping the ingredients, I'm just doing different things with them):
3 potatoes, peeled and cut into even wedges. Wedges should be approximately all the same size, and try to avoid them getting much more (OR LESS!) than 2 cm wide on the wide edge.
olive oil to rim pan
1 Tbsp olive oil (for coating fries)
Salt and pepper to taste (recipe says ~ 1/4 tsp each, I plan to *at least* double that next time)
"large handful" rosemary (About a sprig and a half, denuded, worked well for me. Especially because it was all I had left. Recipe says to leave the leaves intact and add late - nope, I'm going to mince and add early next time)
2-3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
Instructions (here's where my bigger changes are - I'm going to throw the rosemary and garlic in early, instead of late):
1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
2. Soak potatoes in hot water for 15 minutes, then drain and dry thoroughly with paper towels or clean dish towels.
3. Dry the bowl they were in and then place them back in. Drizzle with 1-2 Tbsp olive oil and add salt, pepper, minced garlic, and minced rosemary, and toss.
4. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with oil and drain off any excess. Transfer fries to baking sheet and arrange in a single layer.
5. Cover with foil and bake for 5 minutes. Then remove foil and bake for 15 minutes more. Remove from oven to turn over with a spatula. If they stick, just gently nudge them with the spatula and they will lift off the sheet. Make sure to keep them in a single layer to ensure even baking. Place back in oven to cook for another 5 minutes.
6. Remove from oven, flipping once more. Return to oven for 5-10 minutes more or until golden brown and crispy.
7. Remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl. Season with additional salt to taste while still hot. Toss and serve warm.
|Thursday, February 5th, 2015|
|Wednesday, February 4th, 2015|
|Audience Participation Day: Crime Movie Edition.
I want to watch a good crime/heist/mob movie. I'd rather more drama than suspense or comedy - Donnie Brasco more than The Drop or Ocean's Eleven or Crime Spree, that kind of thing - and the catch is, I want it to be a movie either that I haven't seen before, or that I haven't seen in so long that I've forgotten it.
So let's start by disqualifying, right off the bat, any Godfather movie, Donnie Brasco, Goodfellas, The Usual Suspects. I want movies JUST LIKE THOSE, that I haven't already seen.
What's your favourite *moderately obscure* (or blazingly obvious and I've just missed it) mob movie?
|Monday, February 2nd, 2015|
|Sunday, February 1st, 2015|
|A brief taxonomy of twitter profiles.
I've been spending way more time on Twitter lately than here. It's way simpler to use in small doses due to, y'know, having working mobile apps.
I'm developing a cheat sheet of twitter profile words, though: Things that users self-express in an instant as to whether or not they've got something to say worth hearing on Twitter.
Right there in the twitter bio page
1488, "88 in username", #WP, #WPWW, race realist, #WR, hbd, #CSA, Confederate, Southern, not-PC, Human Biodiversity: "racist and stupid"
father, Proud father: "racist, sexist, and stupid" <- SURPRISINGLY CONSISENT
PJM, PJMedia, TCOT: "racist and stupid"
Christian, Christ-follower, Follower Of Christ, Catholic: "bigoted and stupid", in increasing degrees as the keywords list from left to right. All worse if they hashtag it.
Molon Labe (or the equivalent in greek): "Racist, stupid, American, violent"
#2A: "racist, stupid, American, violent, AND ARMED".
MGTOW, egalitarian, AVFM, Techraptr, MRA, #gamergate: "misogynist".
#notyourshield: "like a kind of mega-combination of all the previous tags. Racist, stupid, misogynist, all kinds of terrible". This is a "I'm Will Shetterly"-level "block on sight" tag, which is slightly surprising given that it's a subtag of the neo-nazi assholes of "gamergate".
#atheist: "stupid". "Atheist" (no hashtag) is less immediately terrible but most often terrible.
Simpsons icon: "Stupid"
Anime icon: "Almost certainly stupid, very likely misogynist, likely racist"
"Backup account for": "I am SUCH A TERRIBLE ASSHOLE that I expect even TWITTER will ban my primary account because I'm such an egregious shithead that not even they can keep ignoring me. And I know this, and yet I'm still being an egregious shithead and depending on Twitter's incompetence."
Anyway. It's not a complete list, but it's a start.
|Tuesday, January 27th, 2015|
|Monday, January 26th, 2015|
|Wednesday, January 21st, 2015|
|Monday, January 19th, 2015|
|Friday, January 16th, 2015|
|Wednesday, January 14th, 2015|
|Tuesday, January 13th, 2015|
|A Puppy's Christmas, Year 6!
Again, the fact that it's hard to post pictures to LJ from my phone and easy to post them other places works against me posting pictures to LJ.
But! DOG CHRISTMAS. SIX YEARS. WHAT THE HELL HOW IS IT SIX YEARS, DOG? AND WHAT IS THAT WHITE SHIT ON YOUR MUZZLE WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN STICKING YOUR FACE AUGH.
When she decided she needed to do something else, she wanted to make sure her bone was hidden so nobody else would take it. So she buried it:
She is the smartest dog. She will tell you so.
|Thursday, January 8th, 2015|
|Wednesday, January 7th, 2015|
|Saturday, January 3rd, 2015|