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The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2018.02.20 14:12. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
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Ryan Gosling in ‘Blade Runner 2049’: blue background, deep magenta hue on his face, bandage across his nose, blue eyes upturned

(Via; q.v.)

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2018.02.20 14:05. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
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Cardhouse (a fellow veteran) has forgotten about permanent links but retains his sense of the absurd.

I watch random Twitch channels of Player Unknown: Battlegrounds. There’s something incredibly amusing about watching people play a video game many miles/countries away, doubly so because my first video game was Space Invaders and/or some sort of Pong variant and the difference is astounding. Pretty sure Space Invaders didn’t have a tip jar.

  • One of my favorite recent “episodes” was watching a South Korean woman racking up strategic kills while dealing with the hiccups in real life. The South Koreans I’ve watched do running commentary at low volume, then drop quick joyous outbursts when they “knock out” (injuring a competitor enough that they end up crawling – no longer able to use weaponry and having to wait for teammates to “revive” them with time-based first aid) or kill someone.

  • With the British, the conversation is affable to a fault and somehow Nando’s is always mentioned. There is one take-out place in Great Britain. It is Nando’s.

  • The Americans think they’re radio DJs along w/so many swears.

Your stereotypes may vary. I enjoy the varieties of reactions to common events within the game, and trying to figure out what’s being said when I can’t understand the language. When I’m feeling particularly nutty I’ll keep multiple tabs open w/all the attendant conversations mixed together while I’m doing something else (like writing this) then pop one open if something is popping off….

I’m tempted to buy PUBG and run around without shooting anyone. I could be a medic, helping people heal. It would probably take a few years before I’d actually win a round, but it would be worth it because I wouldn’t have hurt a soul and that’s a double win. I just want to help (turns out it’s been done).

(Unreliable link to foregoing.)

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2018.02.11 18:17. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2018/02/11/cardhouse-twitch/

Kanadski bobsledders were wheeled into town last November for some absurd demo down at City Hall. I chatted up most of them, plus an Amerikanski coach (as strapping as you’d expect). When I was not being induced to talk to the girl bobsledders for some godawful reason, I was greeted with blank stares and various ricti of discomfort.

Dudes in black uniforms emblazoned with the Canada wordmark futz around a white bobsled

Poor Chris Spring, a perfectly nice Australian who is not a ginger, seemed politely baffled, while his occasional brakeman, Lascelles Brown, stood at a great remove with his arms crossed and barely grunted a response as his eyes averted mine. Some of us remember how this Ben Johnson manqué was hastily granted Canadian citizenship a mere fortnight before the Torino Olympics. (Run the following word by Lascelles Brown the next time you see him: “Monégasque.”) Only this country would send an Australian and a Jamaican down an international bobsleigh track and call it a “Canadian” team.

I had a nice chat with Alex Kopacz, his parents hovering nearby. “You must be very proud,” I said, as they smiled a firm yes. As I shook his hand goodbye, I turned it over in a way I have licence to do and saw an iron ring. I felt stupid for not having spotted that before rounding the corner. Yes, he’s an engineer.

And, unlike his teammates, he’s capable of being happy. Here’s Alex with the handsome and quite smart Justin Kripps after the two of them won gold.

Broad smile and upraised arms from tall fellow in background, with broad smile from slightly-less-tall fellow in foreground

The young man who was nicest to a fan turns out to be most able to express joy. I’ll take a happy giant over a squadron of grumpy ones any day.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2018.01.13 13:16. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2018/01/13/nongrumpy/

Here we have an excerpt from Quantum Mortis, which is not Quantum Morris but is impossible to remember correctly.

Comic-book page with sexy lady on left side, column of type on dark-red background on right

Editor Vox Day (no relation):

  1. January 5: “We chose a slightly larger font to make sure it was legible.” He also talks about making sure colours “pop,” which is not actually what you want to happen with a luminous screen a few inches from your eyes.

    I wrote, to no response:

    Typeface choice and size are but two factors in legibility and readability, which are different things. Your Futura Condensed is questionable because it’s (a) a geometric sansserif and (b) condensed. But you’ve guaranteed that legibility will be impaired by using too little leading and turning on full justification (note rivers of hyphens – a near-unheard-of four in a row in ¶2).

    If you were using a typeface that had been designed for onscreen legibility in, say, the current century, and had enough lead and didn’t justify your type, you might reasonably have produced legible pages.

    The book Never Use Futura (the title is rather ironic) is superbly done and would make for interesting reading after you hired qualified typographers to make your type legible. As it stands now, it isn’t legible, hence also isn’t readable. You aren’t ready to publish.

  2. Three days later: Released.

  3. January 10:

    I also believe in winning by being objectively superior to the competition, regardless of what they happen to be, and by thinking beyond the conventional assumptions….

    I don’t care about comic books. But I care deeply about… becoming the very best publisher of the best-written, most popular comic books and graphic novels in the comics industry. I expect excellence from everyone involved in the project, including myself. Sure, we fall short. Sure, we have no clue what we’re doing yet….

    So what? I don’t need to know [various details]. I certainly don’t need to care. I just need to stay out of the way of the experts with whom I’m surrounding myself and to whom I’m handing over the responsibility to do it right.

“We’re breaking more than a few of the ‘rules’ of modern comics here” (January 5): I’ll say. As ever, conservatives cannot design and refuse to learn.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2018.01.11 17:06. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2018/01/11/voxdaytype/

My esteemed colleagues at the Amerikanski Dialect Society voted fake news as Word of the Year for 2017. With the available slate, that was the right choice.

Present in the Political Word of the Year category was antifa (q.v.). Missing was fash, a productive and useful word (fashy haircut, bash the fash, go full fash). Nor was fash nominated from the floor, as happened a couple of years ago with White Students(’) Union. From memory, that got one vote.

In fact, right-wing-asshole neologisms barely ever make it to the ADS floor. I would expect the same fate to befall soyboy, incel, obsolete farm equipment, bugman, identitarian, and the older JQ. As linguists, we’re not supposed to play favourites.

(Once in a blue moon I wish my tiny Canadian Word of the Year project hadn’t been doomed from the start. For 2017, socks would have won.)

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2018.01.11 15:38. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2018/01/11/fashwoty/

Who the hell wants to sit fixedly in a chair watching a visually uninteresting YouTube video when you can just listen to it while on the go? A lot of lectures and interviews have no useful visual component, and you really can just listen to them and miss almost nothing.

Somewhat straightforward method

You need a Mac and Overcast. You may need Firefox and VLC.

  1. Save the YouTube video.KeepVid or ClipConverter are two somewhat reliable methods. So is the Video DownloadHelper extension.

  2. Convert the video to audio. It turns out the Mac can do that by itself. If you have the correct setting enabled, you can right-click on one or more video files and choose “Encode selected video files.” Pick “Audio only” in the resulting dialogue box. What you get is a quite large .M4A file, which is a kind of MP3 and plays everywhere.

    Another option is to use VLC, the open-source video player that is maddening only some of the time. Its Convert/Stream command lets you save a file as .MP3. The interface is a mess, and you have to specifically type out a filename after you hit Save as File, and VLC temporarily takes over whatever audio was playing.

  3. Get the audio onto your phone or moral equivalent. If you’re a paid subscriber of Overcast, prickly Marco Arment’s A+ podcast player (q.v.), you can upload up to 2 GB of files. Note that you’ll want to change the filename before uploading to something you can understand within the first dozen characters or so.

It seems like a lot of steps and seems to take a great deal of time. It isn’t a lot of steps and you’re sitting at your computer anyway. Every task runs in the background once triggered.

Moderately difficult method

If you don’t have Overcast, first of all, there’s something wrong with you, but you can synchronize a playlist in iTunes that contains your saved audio files. Under battle conditions I have had to do exactly that, discovering along the way that this much effort was not really worth it to listen to Slavoj Žižek one more time.

If you’re dealing with, say, a subscription video service that nothing can capture, and it’s really important to you, then pay for a licence to Audio Hijack, which can capture audio from any application. You can, for example, play the subscription video in one browser, with Audio Hijack recording its audio (and speakers muted for that browser – they did think of everything). Your upload options are unchanged at that point. But here you have to watch the on and off (or in and out) times like a hawk.


For the record, the opposite scenario, in which you’re deaf as a post and rely on captioning to understand YouTube, is a fool’s errand. If you are using Windows or Android, again, there’s something wrong with you.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2018.01.09 19:28. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2018/01/09/youtubeaudio/

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