Nov. 7th, 2012 06:31 am
kd7sov: (hit in the face with a rock)
Dear America:


Thank you. Now. Obama has been elected before. This was, in fact, a contiguous reelection. He's not going to decide to suddenly make things worse now, any more than he decided to suddenly make things worse two years ago when various Senators and Representatives were replaced.

Also: whatever your politics, I'm sure you can agree that America has had less-than-stellar presidents in the past. It has survived. You know what it can't survive? This kind of partisan divisiveness. If I may borrow the words with which one great man paraphrased One even greater:

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

If half of us hate the other half, why are we together in the first place? Vote the candidate or the issue, but never vote for someone just because of their political party.
kd7sov: (Default)
You know what confuses me?


Now, I could make this post be about the My Little Pony stuff. I considered it, but I think we'd all be better-served if I just skip to what actually prompted the post:


There is, at my local TRU, an endcap with a bunch of Merida dolls, along with some costume dresses and a few other pieces of tie-in merchandise. Each of these dolls has the character's picture, perhaps taken straight from the movie, right on the box.

And they don't match. Skin tone, eye shape, face shape, the natural state of the hair... even the expression is not one that I can recall seeing.

It is established fact that people will buy, play with, and enjoy toys not based on any particular intellectual property. I haven't researched, maybe people are more likely to buy things that are based on IPs they like. But if you're going to sell a toy based on an existing visual appearance, is it that hard to either make them match or not include a picture on the box itself?
kd7sov: (crit fail)
Okay, so. My sister, this past spring, decided to attend high-school prom. Not something I'd likely do, but not something with which I have any particular problem. In the process of preparing, she went out and got a dress. Again, not something I'd do, but not something to which I object to.

This fall, she decides she wants to attend the Homecoming dance. Which makes me feel like she's a bit over-danced, but what's a guy to do? Anyway, she is apparently of the opinion that she needs a brand-new, separate dress for that.

What? Okay, a suit is a suit. I'd be equally willing to wear my suit to church, to work, to court, to the White House... And a dress is pretty much equivalent to a suit, right? So, therefore, a dress is a dress. I mean, unless you get down to sundresses and that sort of thing. So if you've already got a dress, what exactly is the problem with reusing it?


May. 12th, 2010 07:32 am
kd7sov: (maaaaagic cat)
Y'know what I hate?

Those Ads.

For the most part I use Firefox with the Ad-Block Plus add-on, which deals quite nicely with Those Ads. But sometimes, for one reason or another, I do things in Internet Explorer, which has no such add-on. That's when Those Ads come in.

Those Ads seem to be most common at, although I've seen them a few other places. They consist of the page you want loading, and then being covered by a full-page advertisement. It's bad enough when the page in question is just for some store, but the worst are the video ads. I have a suspicion that those are mostly for asinine teen TV shows, but I have no noticeable desire to find out.

What makes the video ads the worst is this: even once you click the "Skip this ad" button - the only way to see the page you want, short of navigating back and re-progressing - the audio keeps going. So you've got this chatter you didn't choose, that is not relevant to your interests, and it's not even accompanied by images of people you can whack over the head with your mouse pointer.


Apr. 6th, 2010 06:25 am
kd7sov: (Kain)
You know what irks me?

Candlemarks, Fivedays, and Tendays.

I just don't see why "hour" and "week" should be any less exportable than "day", which is only rarely changed. "Month" as "moon-span" or "moonturn" is more forgivable, since that's probably pretty close to where the word came from.

But. Candlemark? Who marks their candles for a specific and consistent duration of time without having a pre-existing word for that amount of time? A word in wide use?

Fivedays? Tendays? Who would use such a word (or phrase) in any conversational context, let alone a formal one? It's cumbersome, it's confusing ("Did he say it would take fivedays, or five days?"), and it doesn't make sense.

Additionally, "hour", "day", "week", "month", and "year" are all monosyllabic words. They can be used quickly without a lot of confusion, and without having to waste all your breath on a single unit of information.


Mar. 8th, 2010 03:53 pm
kd7sov: (Default)
In which Kd7 complains. )


Feb. 6th, 2010 01:56 pm
kd7sov: (myself)
Why can't clothes shopping be more like book shopping?

If I want to buy a book or video game or CD or something, I concern myself with three questions: "Will I enjoy it?", "Is it available where I'm looking?", and "Am I willing to pay that much for it?".

Whereas, with clothes, there's fit and color and cut and so much else. Heck, even with shoes I can say "No, that's uncomfortable" or "I like that tread". Not so much with suits.

She was probably right about the blue, though.

And, I suppose, it could have been worse: Brain could have been quoting "Transformation" from Jekyll & Hyde instead of "Take it Like a Man" from Legally Blonde.


Dec. 8th, 2009 03:59 pm
kd7sov: (comparison)
This? Is not so much a great day, for me. Or, really, a great week. Human idiocy dominates the radio news reports; I've got a final tomorrow that I'm likely to fail in a class I'm fairly sure I'll fail regardless of the final's score; no one will give me canonmates for Felix; my display is fairly broken; and it's cold outside. And now the ad by my posting window is being irritating.

Honestly, people. If you're going to like an idea, you should continue to like it after you're told that it comes from one or more members of another political party. Politics in the US is broken. Time to start over from scratch. No elephants, no donkeys, and no participation beyond personal voting from anyone previously involved above the city level.

Why do I need this Business Thought class? I don't care how my bosses make their decisions, or why. And no, Douglas McGregor, I don't have any ambition or self-direction to speak of. Point me in a direction, tell me how far to go and what to do there, and I'm fine. People are messy. Give me numbers - be they grammar-numbers, numbers-called-by-names, or ordinary unadorned numbers - and keep the psychology to yourself.
kd7sov: (English)
Dear Maria V. Snyder:

I have no objection, in principle, to using the word "bow" to refer to your character's weapon, even if it does seem to be some variation of the quarterstaff. What I do object to is, in the sequel, continuing to do so while also introducing said character to characters who use bows such as are called by that name in this world, with no confusion on anyone's part.

Of course, I would also object to calling the weapon different things in different books. Perhaps you chose poorly in the first place.

Sincerely, a concerned reader.
kd7sov: (crusade)
Dear Lego Bionicle people... )
kd7sov: (explode)
Can someone explain this to me?

Space. )

Also, I don't want to have to wait another year-plus for Wizard of Mars. I want to read it now.


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