oh YEAH!

I just won five free manga.

On suvudu.com.

I've been entering for a long time, and my number came up!

This is not sketchy in the least. I have not been spammed, or had my identity stolen. It's just a manga reviewer (Jason Thompson) getting rid of his enormous collection, five a day for a year.

If you hate manga, pass this on to someone who likes it.
oh YEAH!

Nano check-in

I went to the NaNoWriMo site to see if my account on the forums was still active. I typed in the same username (jamtachi) and password I use whenever I have to join a forum. No luck. I tried a couple variations with no result, then figured the forums must have reset some time since I'd last been there--it's been six years, after all.

I was blocked when I tried to create a new account, "This email address already has a login associated with it. Click here to reset your password."

Confused, I reset, then checked my email.

The me of 2003 liked to go by 'dazzler', apparently.

Other ppl who might be doing this: what's your name? If you can bear to be friends with a My Little Pony, we can be writing buddies!
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oh YEAH!


Nobody on my friends list has posted anything in ages, so I'll break the silence.

Would you see this movie?

Do you want a thingy?

This is a chain started by a friend of Thomas's, which I am extending to anyone reading so I can get some little crafty doodad from him.

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations, so please read carefully:

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. What you get is what you get.

2. What I create will be just for you, with love, or at least with gusto.

3. It'll be done this year.

4. I will not give you any clue what it's going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something internetty. It may be weird or beautiful. It might or might not be edible.

5. I reserve the right to do something strange or quirky, but I promise not to embarrass you in public. I also reserve the right to do something fairly predictable and boring, but with, you know, thought and love.

6. In return, all you need to do is post this text into a note of your own and make five things for the first five to respond to your note.

This offer is null and void if I do not see you post your own note to pay this forward.

Have fun, kids.
The Wiz!

Mechanical Turk

If I hadn't done a web search and been curious enough to click on a random-looking link, I never would have heard about mechanical turk.

It's a way to connect unskilled labor with people who need it cheaply. The labor in question is stuff you can do from your computer, mostly with use of the internet.

For instance, one of the "HITS" (jobs) paying 3 or so cents was "Visit my blog. Leave a one-sentence comment."

Another HIT presented an array of tiny thumbnail pictures. "Select pictures that contain flowers of species x, y, or z."

A while back, someone requested drawings of a sheep facing left for two cents apiece. He received over ten thousand. He was an art student, and this became his project.

You can read more about it here: http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2006/07/24/turks/index2.html

Avatar Predictions

After watching the rest of Avatar season 2 with Cari--and episode 1 of season 3, Sev and I got talking in the car. He was certain Uncle Iroh's days were numbered. I thought the writers would be too cool to kill off Iroh just to spur Zuko's character development. We ended up putting money on it.

Arriving back home, we each made several more Collapse )
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