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Jan 23, 2012

 
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PSA: DNS Hijacking (aka: CenturyLink web helper my ass) firefox edition


CenturyLink thinks I need their help

WTF with ISPs and DNS "redirects"? If this is their idea of customer service, they need to seriously rethink that idea.

I moved from Cox to CenturyLink (formerly Qwest, I guess) right before I left for LA and when I got home I discovered that Google's browse by name/I'm feeling lucky no longer worked. For example, if you type "google" in your location bar it should just forward you to google.com, but CenturyLink ever so kindly (not) hijacks that and sends me to their ever so helpful (not) "web helper" (my ass). There is, of course, a teeny tiny link at the top of that page that asks "Why am I here?" - YES, WHY AM I HERE? - and when you click that link you are given the option of opting out of this most annoying service.

Except it doesn't work.

So, for my Firefox/CenturyLink friends, here is a fix.

First, download the Redirector 2.7.1 add-on

Once installed, goto Tools > Redirector and click New Redirect.



For Example URL enter:
http://webhelper.centurylink.com/index.php?origURL=

For Include Pattern enter:
http://webhelper.centurylink.com/index.php?origURL=*
(same as above but DON'T FORGET that * at the end)

For Redirect To enter:
http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=$1
(go here for more info on location bar searches. Also, you might need to edit your keyword.URL)

Select Wildcard for your Pattern Type and click save. Viola.
 

Aug 24, 2011

 
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Ok, this is just creepy

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Paul Anka sings Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Um, yeah, you read that right.
 

Aug 11, 2011

 
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COMMAND Z

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Edit Undo Eraser by Benjamin Huber

Earlier today The Crandall came in my office to tell me a story about how he was broken. Apparently he was recording something to tape, and when he realized he'd made a mistake, he reached over to his laptop and hit cmd-Z.

Yup, I get that.

I was in school for something like, 320 years, and by the time I graduated college for the 104th time (and still before the internet!) I had a callus on the middle finger of my right hand the size of Pluto. Now, I hold a pencil for 3 minutes and my hand cramps.

In any case, a while back I was writing something, analog style. As in PENCIL and PAPER. Google that if you need to. Just before I finished whatever it was, I thought: oops, mistake! and began to erase. And then, just before I finished erasing, I thought: no, that was right! and my very next thought was: cmd-Z.

And that's when I realized life would be so much more awesome if we came with copy, paste and ESPECIALLY undo functions. Think of how many arguments you could avoid if you had an UNDO function.

Me: WTF? HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO ASK YOU TO NOT DO THAT RIDICULOUS THING THAT I'VE ASKED YOU NOT TO DO LIKE 1,000,000 TIMES?
TC: cmd-Z
Me: Morning Honey!

OR

Me: WTF? WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU (GOT ARRESTED, BROUGHT ANOTHER ARCADE GAME HOME, TRADED MY CAR IN ON A NEW NITRO, HAVE A BABY MAMA)?
(I made one of those up)
TC: cmd-Z
Me: You're so awesome.

OR

TC: WTF DO YOU MEAN YOU SOLD MY BLOOPTY-BLOP 8000 TO BUY A PAIR OF $1200 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN 7" MARY JANES? WTF ARE MARY JANES AND WHY ARE THEY 7"?
Me: shoes: cmd-C, cmd-V; purchase: cmd-Z
TC: You're the best wife ever. I should buy you some $1200 Alexander McQueen 7" Mary Janes, even though I have no idea what they are.

OR

TC: Make me a sandwich.
Me: cmd-X
Me to my BFFs: Wanna go to Vegas this weekend? I'll drive!

See? AWESOME.
 

Jul 6, 2011

 
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Haboob



Yesterday, I learned the word haboob. Of course, that was after I ran outside to grab all the crap off the patio, and almost found myself in Oz. Today the pool has an inch of dirt at the bottom, and the entire city is covered in red dust. And my allergies are killing me!
 

Apr 11, 2011

 
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Drink this coffee...

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...or Proto Kermit will kill you!

Jim Henson for for Wilkins Coffee, c. 1960.
 

Mar 14, 2011

 
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Stupid is as stupid does...

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For the past few weeks I've been working furiously on a new website for my friend Anne, who's about to launch her own business. Anne does flowers, more specifically, ikebana, and she she's awesome at it. And as such, I want her to have an awesome website. The blog portion is basically a more fancy pants version of this one, and because we're dealing with beautiful flower arrangements, we need beautiful photos, and beautiful ways to display them. So yesterday we spent hours at her house, rearranging all her furniture to create the best staging possible for each arrangement, and discussing various gallery options. (And eating pizza.)

But that's not why I'm stupid. I'm stupid because today while working on her site I spent, I SWEAR, an hour fighting with this little function, all for the purpose of determining whether or not someone was already on her mailing list. After many many WTF?!?s I realized that ALL ALONG the variable I needed wasn't FALSE, it was NULL. In other words, the problem wasn't the function, the problem was I FORGOT TO RETURN THE VALUE.

Durr.
 

Feb 23, 2011

 
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Grrrr...

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Yes, I'm having one of those days.

Actually, it started yesterday when I discovered that we have an outstanding speeding ticket in Portland from last February. The reason I didn't know about this, say, last February, is because they sent us the ticket after we'd moved. Apparently, in OR, tickets are marked DO NOT FORWARD, because really, why would you forward me the ticket so I could pay it when it would be so much more awesome for it to be returned so that you could sent it straight to collections? So now we owe something like $4.2 BILLION dollars for what was initially a $100 ticket. Yay!

Then last night, until the wee hours of the morning, and again all this morning, I found myself neck deep in Joomla. No, that's not another word for shit, but it should be. Somebody got their website hacked. Twice. Elle to the rescue!

Today hasn't really seen an increase in clusterfuckedness (otherwise known as elletropy) - I think it's more like lack of sleep because me and focus have nothing to do with one another. I'm cooking, no wait I'm sewing, no wait I'm coding, no wait I'm unpacking. YES, unpacking! I found 3 more office boxes! Luckily for me, I have a big fat cat that is a professional box inspector, so I put him in charge and went to make myself a latte...

...at which point I discovered I was out of milk.

Grrrr...
 

Feb 7, 2011

 
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US Department of GMO

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A little more than a week ago I posted about the new food labels, and in the comments someone wondered how long it would be until organics became corrupted by economics. Um, how about now?

Just last week, the USDA granted non-regulated status to Monsanto's GMO alfalfa. Big deal, you don't eat alfalfa, right? Except you do if you eat beef or dairy. So what's the problem? Well, GMO foods can't be certified organic under USDA guidelines. Now if you're thinking that organic growers don't use GMO seeds, you're correct, but the problem here is that cross pollination is inevitable. See where I'm going with this? At some point there won't be any non-GMO alfalfa which means no organic alfalfa, which means no organic beef or dairy. Well, until the USDA decides to redefine what organic means.

The USDA is apparently on a tear, because last Friday they deregulated Monsanto's GMO sugar beets too. If you're wondering what's up with the love affair between the USDA and Monsanto, I suggest you look no further than Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, aka Monsanto's Buddy.

In other news, chocolate is now a fruit. I'm sorry, did I say fruit? I meant super fruit. The first line of that article should tell you everything you need to know: When researchers at the Hershey Center for Health & Nutrition...

You know what I find most funny about this? And no, it's not that there is a Hershey Center for Health & Nutrition (I wonder if it includes dental). The funny part is that just 4 years ago Hershey lobbied the FDA to change the definition of chocolate. They wanted to substitute partially hydrogenated vegetable oils for cocoa butter in addition to using artificial sweeteners and milk substitutes. In other words, they wanted to make not-chocolate but still call it chocolate. Now, they want to make chocolate and call it a super fruit. I can't wait to see what kind of new food label they'll put on their chocolate super fruit bars.
 

Feb 1, 2011

 
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Grammar Police

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Allie Brosh created the The Alot as a way to "deal with my compulsive need to correct other people's grammar." Since then, it's taken on a life of it's own.

My pet peeve? Rediculous. I don't know why, but it drives me bonkers.
 

Jan 28, 2011

 
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Hello Kitty?

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It's funny, The Crandall was just telling me that JBox added a whole bunch of new Hello Kitty stuff to their catalog, and I was just telling him that Hello Kitty was a lot more fun when you couldn't find it at Target. (And let's just overlook the fact that I'm 41 and have Hello Kitty things, shall we? In my defense, I only own them long enough to satisfy my need for teh cute, and then I pass them off to my nieces.*)

In any case, you may have seen this dress make the blogrounds today, and if you thought a Hello Kitty wedding dress was over the top, your head might explode when you discover there are several of them.

(* ok, I kept a few)
 
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