I work at a fairly large corporation that feels its necessary to treat their employees as children. To that end, they have installed one of those subscription based proxies/firewalls that blocks internet content based on URLs.
I also read a number of mailing lists everyday and the number of links that are floated my way on a daily basis is staggering. The number of them that will make it through the firewall – not so much.
I am ok with ocassionally hitting the “Bad Dog No Biscuit” page when a request goes through. What I don’t like is hitting that page for the same URL/domain multiple times. Sure, I know that I cant click on certain links, but my tiny brain refuses to remember them all.
So – I would like to see a Firefix plugin that can capture those error pages and if I click a link that would trigger another one, have the plugin alert me before the request goes through.
Get on it plugin developers!
I tripped this weekend…
…and for once it didn’t involve my clumsiness or LSD. This weekend Aprilla and I had a flavor tripping party. We used my place, and she did most of the prep work. If you haven’t done it before, I highly recommend you try it. Basically, there is a fruit called the Miracle Berry, and it effects the way you experience sour and bitter foods. About 20 of us gathered in my loft to try it out.
At the designated time, I read off the directions and handed out the frozen berries. I felt like I was performing Communion. Basically, you bite into the fruit, avoiding the rather large seed, and swirl the pulp around in your mouth for a couple of minutes. The fruit was fairly bland itself.
After that we hit the food. The list of things we had included citrus fruits, brussels sprouts, stout and bitter beer, tequila, Sourpatch Kids candy, Sriracha (hot cock sauce), vinegars, mustard, and cheeses.
We also threw in some things that were just odd to see what if any effect the berries would have, things like fish oil, unsweetened chocolate, and anchovies.
I, of course, had to start it off with the anchovies. Wrapped around an olive. Two things that I detest. Yep – they were still awful. Next I went for a wedge of grapefruit. And pow! It was like the nectar of the gods. So good. Everyone seemed to have their own particular favorite – except poor Cara. The berries had no effect on her.
The Bridgeport Blackstrap Stout was like an adult milk chocolate and the Redhook ESB had a sweet finish instead of the normal hoppy bite. Although others claimed cheap tequila would go down like a mellow wine, most everyone agreed that it was still kinda ass.
I used the Sourpatch Kids as early warning system. At the beginning of the night, they were simply sweet gummis, but as time went on, they gradually become more and more puckery. After consuming mass quantities, we kept the party going and headed out for more drinks and music.
Thanks to all who came, especially those who traveled from Seattle and Norway. It was a blast.
Save The Words
Oxford University Press is running http://savethewords.org to promote literacy by giving people a chance to adopt older words that have fallen out of use.
I am all for adding meh and wonky and email to the dictionaries, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of older words. It’s not like there is a letter shortage and they need to be repurposed.
So I adopted two words. Yeah, I roll like that. Use them in your daily life, and adopt a couple of your own.
sevedical – speaking cruel or harsh words
magistracide – the killing of a master or teacher