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I was Bast.

I always wind up a woman in these things. :-/

Pharyngula: This is the only god I would worship, anyway

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Monday, May 7, 2007 at 6:41 pm

Overpriced iTunes Music Cards?

I was just on a site and noticed an ad for eBay auctions of iTunes Music Cards.

When I buy a $15 gift card at the store, I pay $15 for it. There are no taxes or anything else. Why on Earth would anyone pay anything more than that for one? I just don’t get it.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 9:08 pm

Lyrics007 bizarreness

I was looking up lyrics to “Slumber My Darling” (iTunes) by Alison Krauss, Edgar Meyer, Mark O’Connor, & Yo-Yo Ma so I popped “Slumber My Darling” into Google and the first result was Lyrics007.com.

Now’s when the oddity occurs: In the “Fans who visit this lyrics also like” section, it listed artists like Ginuwine, Destiny’s Child, and Slipknot. Slipknot! What the hell?

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Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 6:22 pm

“BOO!” on Apple

Apple.com thumbnailThe big news going around the Mac web right now is the teaser that Apple‘s thrown up on its website telling viewers that “The first 30 years were just the beginning.” Strange as it seems, any little hint from Apple sends every Mac nerd into a tizzy, myself included.

What I found truly interesting, though, was the highlighted bit at the bottom about redeeming gift cards. It reads, “Redeem iTunes Gift Cards (iTunes 7 required)”. I’m a big fan of iTunes–as long as it’s on the Mac. The Windows version is a utter P.O.S. I don’t like the idea of forcing Windows users to upgrade to the bug-ridden, resource-hogging iTunes 7.x if they want to redeem their iTunes Gift Cards.

When iTunes 7 came out, I immediately upgraded my Windows box so I could have all the niftiness, ugly UI aside. Shortly after, though, I found myself despising it. I couldn’t even browse the Web while iTunes was playing without causing stutters in the playback and freezes in Firefox. I downgraded back to iTunes 6.0.5, thanks to a nice tutorial.

When the 7.0.2 upgrade came out a few months ago, I again jumped on it hoping that it would solve the issues affecting my machine. It didn’t. I thought that the problem had gone away, but it hadn’t. It returned shortly and was just as infuriating as ever.

“Boo!” on you, Apple, for forcing people to use the crappy version of iTunes if they want to redeem their gift cards.

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Monday, January 1, 2007 at 9:22 pm

Random Jumble

  • Why Routine HIV Testing Makes Sense

    TIME.com: The TIME Global Health Blog – Why Routine HIV Testing Makes Sense

    Twenty-five years into the AIDS epidemic, the U.S, Centers for Disease Control is changing its guidelines on HIV testing to encourage more routine screening among patients in the 50 states, whether or not they appear to fit into a high-risk group.

  • Yea!!! More tax cuts for the rich!

    Think Progress » Breaking: House, Senate Conservatives Agree on $70 Billion In New Tax Cuts for the Rich

    Technically it’s “extended” but you get he picture.

    The latest plan — announced today — will spend $70 billion to extend the 15 percent tax rate for capital gains and dividends until 2010.

  • ArsTechnica Review of Aperture 1.1

    Aperture 1.0 got a 4. The update gets an 8 and a lot less Cons.

    ArsTechnica Review of Aperture 1.1

  • Free science fiction/fantasy ebook

    The main character, Stefan, happens to be gay (but it’s not a coming-out story, AIDS story, soft porn about young hustlers, or any of the usual stuff; I’m trying to put other sorts of work out into the community). As “magical realism”, it blends the everyday and the fantastic, but hopefully in an imaginative way, not an author-indulgent, “I’m not on his pills so I can’t follow this” way.

    I’ve not read it yet, but I’m passing the link along. Free is good. ;)

    Idea in Stone

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 1:45 am

If I were a drag queen…

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Thursday, April 6, 2006 at 3:35 pm

Skating in Space?

If not, why is this story in the Yahoo! News: Space & Astronomy feed?

skating

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Saturday, March 25, 2006 at 6:10 pm