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Today, the free paper Metro handed out to commuters who are too tired to say "no thanks" published an interview with Star Trek actress Eve Alice, which included the following two gems of questions:

Did you consider yourself a geek before you landed Star Trek?
This has become a bugbear of mine: the difference between geek and nerd. The derivation of geek from the ancient Greek is people who would do weird things to their faces. It’s sort of an external expression of internal angst. A nerd is something really not good. Simon Pegg told me the etymology the other day. It’s basically someone who’s specific in their knowledge and knows a lot about that particular thing. So I am a nerd, not a geek.

What are you a nerd about?
Clothes, shoes, nails and jewellery. That’s the female version of nerdy, isn’t it? Our depth of investigation into the minutiae of nothing is Sex And The City.

Potted summary: geeks just do weird things to their faces, nerds are "really not good" and, despite that, she considers herself a "female nerd" because she really likes clothes, shoes, nails and jewellery.

I mean, what.

Didn't the nerd vs geek war die already? I thought xkcd successfully summed the whole damn thing up in no. 747?

Alt:The definitions I grew up with were that a geek is someone unusually into something (so you could have computer geeks, baseball geeks, theater geeks, etc) and nerds are (often awkward) science, math, or computer geeks. But definitions vary.

And "female version of nerdy"? What is she trying to achieve here, making the "fake geek girl" accusation seem socially acceptable? I mean, OK, one can be a geek/nerd about those things but the only pre-requisites to being a female geek/nerd are identifying as female and being interested/passionate about something, whether it be photography (hi!), gaming, or indeed fashion.

I thought, as a society, we had moved on from this stuff? I mean, honestly, I give up.
tajasel: Katie, with a purple wig on. (Default)
I don't like it when hard drives make noises they're not supposed to. Especially hard drives that have only been used three times in just under six months.

I do like warranties.

Tonight I introduced [twitter.com profile] maznu to my mum as "the man who keeps me in hard drives". (This is the third time in 2 years.)
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Aug. 24th, 2011 04:19 pm


tajasel: Katie, with a purple wig on. (Default)
One of the great things about the Kindle is the way you can download book samples. It's like going into a library, sitting and reading the first chapter or two of the books you like the look of, then going next door to a bookshop and buying the ones you actually enjoyed. Only you can do it from your sofa or the train, with just a few clicks.

The only problem with this is that over the last couple of months, I've collected about £50 worth of samples to read and decide whether I like them enough to buy them or not, and now I'm sort of dreading reading them, just in case I like most/all of them, because I don't have enough income to justify buying them :(


Another great thing: I've gone from reading maybe 12 books a year to about a book a week since getting my Kindle. I feel as if I truly deserve to call myself a bookworm again. Perhaps not as much as [personal profile] shanaqui, who is a whole army of bookworms hidden in one person, but nonetheless.
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You know when you're fighting computers to do what you want?

You're staring at the admin interface of your website in your browser, trying to work out why what you're putting into your terminal window isn't having any effect at all.

And then you look at your terminal window again, and realise that the path isn't what you're expecting, and it turns out you've spent half an hour editing one website, whilst expecting the changes to appear on a different one.

And you know that feeling of complete, utter stupidity that comes right after that moment of realisation?

Yeah, that.
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Today I learnt how to drive a steam train!

Well, I started to, anyway. I'll be volunteering at least one Sunday each month during the summer months, and should be fully trained and allowed to drive solo after about 18 months. I did get to drive the train today, and there's a video, but I've not been sent it yet.

Here's the head driver cooking our lunch in the firebox :)

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The way in which I found myself sitting with [identity profile] naxxfish.eu at St Pancras International train station whilst he dismantled my laptop to replace the hard drive tonight is long and complicated.

Fortunately, our only commentator was a woman who said to me "I've never seen anyone do that in a coffee shop before. You can't take them anywhere, can you?" and looked thoroughly surprised when I said it was my laptop.
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Foursquare is my latest fun timewaster: it's a game which purports to be about finding new ways to explore your city but is really just a pointless exercise in wasting your iPhone battery checking into the places you visit and collecting badges for things like going to three places with photobooths or spending a lot of time at the gym. If you check into a place more than anybody else, you become the mayor and get a little crown next to your name when you visit.

On the web interface, you can add tags to different places which help you get badges, and to "let people know what they can expect to find". Some choice tags from the page for London Bridge train station: delays, despair, insanity, pain, stare into the abyss and suffering.

You can also add "things to do" at various places; a few of the more hilarious ones include:
  • "Resist the urge to madly punch other passengers during the morning commute."
  • "Abandon hope all ye who enter here."
  • During peak hours, wear a pair of Heelys or a jet pack to enhance & hasten your commute.

Whoever said Londoners don't have a sense of humour? :-)
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This is the first time I've used mobile broadband and, easily amused as I am, the novelty is quite strong. Internet, on my laptop, faster than 3G, without being ripped off for on-board wifi! I keep wanting to go "I'm on a train!!" at various people and IRC channels, but then I realise that it's probably something like the 21st century version of yelling it into your 3210 and also that it would probably be rather sad.
Jan. 1st, 2010 03:57 pm

2010 go!

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If it's true that the way you spend NYE sets the tone for the year to come, then I expect 2010 to mostly involve geeking about free software, playing games and worrying whether or not someone likes me - no change there, then ;-)
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I made an appearance in #dw tonight for the first time in... well, I can't even remember how long, and within minutes, I had people comparing themselves to Powerpuff Girls.
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73% of those who have submitted a patch to the Dreamwidth code repository are female, and women dominate the top of the leaderboard by the number of patches submitted.

To put that into perspective, most open source projects have around 1-2% female participation; Drupal is proud of itself for having about 10%.

There is some serious world-shaking going on here, people, and I'm so damn proud to be a part of it.
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Someone submitted a support request, basically saying "the site interface menu above my profile isn't displaying and I don't know why!" The user suspected it was related to the content of her bio, as it was only a problem on her profile and nobody else's.

[personal profile] zarhooie came into #dw and the following conversation ensued:

04:04:06 <MissKat> Anyone here really really good with HTML?
04:04:10 <MissKat> Specifically, tables and stuff?
04:04:12 <tajasel> MissKat: I can have a go
04:04:18 <MissKat> thanks taj
04:04:18 <exor674> oh god TABLES
04:04:21 <tajasel> for my sins, I can do tables
04:04:22 <exor674> TABLES ARE THE DEVIL
04:04:26 <tajasel> I don't do tables, but I can.
04:04:31 <tajasel> and I will try, for you! <3
04:05:23 <MissKat> I am loved.

She sent me a private message with a link to the support request, and I sat here and examined the HTML in the user's profile to try and figure out what was wrong with it. A good while later, I'd had no luck working it out, so I gave up, and rewrote all the HTML that she'd put in, tested it on my profile, and found that the problem had disappeared. So, I hosted the fixed HTML on my shell and replied to the support request saying "I fixed it! Replace your profile with this and your problem should be solved!" (in a slightly more formal manner, of course) and linked her to the page with the code that she needed.

It was a few more minutes before I realised how completely bonkers I must be for putting that much effort into such a simple support request.

I wish I knew what had broken the profile in the first place...
tajasel: Katie, with a purple wig on. (Default)
I've just spent a good 45 minutes or so trying to compile some code for yet another new layout, and was really struggling on the very last part, where I kept getting the error Unknown function viewer_sees_vbox() for line 2549, despite the fact that not only was there no reference to vbox anywhere in the code, but there were only 2546 lines of code in the first place.

When I sent the code to [personal profile] afuna, it compiled perfectly first time for her, and we were both a bit baffled. As a last ditch resort, I wondered if I'd saved and compiled so much that Firefox was just reading my cache. We crossed our fingers, and I forced Firefox to refresh, then hit Save & Compile again... and it worked!

After some quiet cheering, I moved over to #hell and, quite justifiably, I feel, sent Firefox to hell.

13:24:29  xugglybug sends Firefox to hell
13:24:30  * hEll sneaks out a scaly hand and grabs Firefox!
13:24:36  * hEll 's depths emit a sudden roar as it expels Firefox. (stayed in Hell for 6 seconds)

I guess hEll prefers Opera?
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I love summertime. I like having daylight at 4pm, and even as late 8pm in the height of summer. It's lovely being able to sit out in the garden on a warm evening to watch the sun going down.

Battling irssi to display the correct time when the clocks go forward, however, is not.

I have successfully permanently set my timezone as being Europe/London using tzselect inside my shell and I always thought irssi just inherited the time from the shell. It would make sense, wouldn't it? But no.

So, I had a quick search of the FAQs on irssi.org and discovered the command I was looking for:

/script exec $ENV{'TZ'}='BST';

I pasted it into irssi, and hit return. The clock remained resolutely at 02:45. I thought okay, fair enough, maybe it doesn't know what British Summertime is. I changed the command:

/script exec $ENV{'TZ'}='UTC+1';

The clock changed! Hurrah! Oh, but wait. It should read 03:45; instead it has changed to 01:45.

irssi has either developed superpowers and can now bend the space-time continuum, or it doesn't know which direction to go in when you append a + or a - to a timezone. I'm afraid that I'm rather sceptical about the whole superpower thing, though, so I'm going to assume it just has a very hilariously wonky error.


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