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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
8:56 pm
I've made all my entries private to protest SOPA.

Yeah, pretty pointless for me to do that, since no one reads my junk anyway, nor should they.
Saturday, September 17th, 2011
9:31 am
Know the enemy: Post-traumatic embitterment disorder
Given my LJ title, I suppose I should note this:

"Post-traumatic embitterment disorder (PTED) is a proposed disorder modeled after post-traumatic stress disorder. Some psychiatrists are proposing this as a mental disorder because they believe there are people who have become so bitter they can barely function."

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
6:40 pm
Sneakers comment thread from The Atlantic
Reposting a comment thread I started around 16 Jun 2011 on the Atlantic website that I can't find anymore, so I can point someone asking a similar question to it.

* Self-serving question for the Horde:

Anyone got a recommendation for where to go to learn about sneakers/trainers/running shoes/cross-trainers/whatever these darn kids are calling those non-leather things on your feet these days?

I've been doing 5K walk/runs every weekend for about two months now, and last Saturday I beat my time and did something nasty to my middle back which is still sore three days later. Some people have suggested maybe I need to get proper running shoes instead of the badly worn out cheap junk I have now.

But the only thing I know about sneakers these days is that there is an enormous morass of stuff out there that I have no clue about.

Anyone have any suggestions on where to start reading?

DougEMI 1 day ago in reply to edwardbornstein
* The advice I was giving when I started running was to go to a specialty running store and talk with someone there, instead of at a megastore where the staff might not be very aware of running. Some have suggested having the shoe person watch how you run, or bring in your old shoes to see how your tread wears out.

Also, you don't need the most expensive shoe in the store. An average priced shoe is fine.


TribalistMeathead 1 day ago in reply to DougEMI
* Also, you can get detailed info on the shoe and then go buy it online for a lower price.


Byrk 1 day ago in reply to TribalistMeathead
* I hate this tactic, because part of the cost of the shoe is having somebody there that can fit you to the right shoe. I'd prefer to reward the store for not just leaving me on my own like an on-line retailer or megamart.

TribalistMeathead 1 day ago in reply to Byrk
* Well, yeah. Emphasis on "can." You *can* replenish your supply of toilet paper by stealing paper napkins from a fast-food joint, but that's not to say you *should*.

Ian 1 day ago in reply to edwardbornstein
* Some people need very specific shoes, some don't. But don't try to make your shoes last too long. If you run a lot, you need to buy new shoes more often than you probably want to.

anibundel 1 day ago in reply to edwardbornstein
* I only buy New Balance. But I have really short, really wide feet, and anything else gives me blisters.

K. Cox 1 day ago in reply to anibundel
* I buy New Balance because they come in my size, also.

I'm finding that their quality has gone down recently, though. I just tossed a pair of New Balance hiking sneakers that were about five years old, and their replacements are lighter, flimsier, less well-stitched, and seem to be made of slightly crappier material. Same thing's been happening with m y husband (and his father); they wear roughly the same New Balance sneakers all the time, getting 6 - 9 months out of each pair, and it's been pretty clear over the last two years that each successive pair of the model my husband buys is slightly less well-made than the one before it.

But I still love my new New Balance sneakers. They're silver and blue and an actual 10.5 wide.

Geoff in Brooklyn (Rhialto) 1 day ago in reply to K. Cox
* I buy New Balance because I'm old. Apparently are they the brand of choice for the over 40 set.

sv 1 day ago in reply to edwardbornstein
* I don't know where you live, but you may want to visit a place like this in Hoboken, NJ: http://www.therunningcompany.n...


. They have serious runners fit you out, spend time with you, analyze your gait, etc. The same shoes are more expensive there than at say, Modell's or some other chain store, but they can give you advice regardless of your experience level, and I think they can help you for injuries too
* http://www.therunningcompany.net/about-us

JordanDevereaux 1 day ago in reply to edwardbornstein
* Admittedly they're a whole different ball of wax, but I've come to really appreciate the oddity that is Vibram FiveFingers. They definitely take some getting used to, though the ones with a bit of tread and padding in the sole are a significantly easier to break your feet into. I've found that they're a lot better for my knees, because striking with the balls of your feet makes your arches absorb some of the impact that would otherwise be transmitted up your legs. Also, they're really fun for trail running because you can feel everything squishing between your toes.

WCBound 1 day ago in reply to edwardbornstein
* Check sites like Runner's World. They have good intro summaries so that when you do get to a specialty store, you have a headstart and can understand the lingo.

On top of that, I second the recommendation for a proper pair of shoes for your natural running style, which the specialty store can pinpoint. The worst thing is a suffering a preventable injury which then keeps you out of your hobby for an extended period of time. (Speaking from experience. Sigh.)

Katryzna 1 day ago in reply to edwardbornstein
* This explains the basics:


This will suggest some shoes that might work for you:


mythopoeia 1 day ago in reply to edwardbornstein
* I can't speak to what characteristics to look for (I always just went to the store, tried on a bunch that were clearly marked for running, and bought the ones that felt comfiest), but a tip for this and future shoe-buying: when I ran 5ks, the mantra on our team was "replace your shoes every 300 miles."

They'll hold together beyond that, but they will not be good for your body any more, and should at that point be relegated to walking sneakers or tossed altogether.
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
6:31 pm
How to get mIRC to (stop) autojoining IRC channels when you connect.
I've had another hair-tearing bout of stupidity and frustration trying to find out how to get mIRC to stop joining certain channels automatically when I connect. I'd set it to join them long ago, but had forgotten how.

Looking through the options and help files didn't help, and the no-doubt correct advice from the #mIRC channel I was too stupid to translate into action.

I figured it out finally. So I'm posting it here in case it might help someone else with the same problem in future.

(Digressing, I want to say thank you to all the kind people who have posted stuff online to help clueless twits like me.)

Anyway here is my take on the answer:
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Current Mood: bitchy
Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
6:17 pm
I need to STFU online

Other places online, I mean. Not here, although I've been doing a pretty good job of that lately.

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Where does LJ get their stupid interface tricks from anyway? A cut disappears just because you remove the default text from it before pasting in your own?  And the preview doesn't tell you anything about how the cut version will look.

Damn kids with their intertubes and their presliced cheese food and their Tony Jacquelin glof club sets...

Current Mood: fed up
Friday, December 19th, 2008
5:28 pm
Macafee site advisor annoyanceware.
I like the Mcafee site advisor, or at least the idea of it, but they made a serious effort to lose my business today.

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Current Mood: aggravated
Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
9:07 pm
Ruri from Martian Successor Nadesico saying baka bakka
I just got incredibly frustrated looking for something that I was sure would be on the web in all sorts of places.  But I can't find it.

So I'm going to do something about that, I hope.

I was chatting online with a friend and mentioned Ruri's catch phrase "baka bakka" from Martian Successor Nadesico.  It means something like "a bunch of fools".  See the links for more about that.

I went out to find an audio or video file of it.  I couldn't find one anywhere.  I spent at least a half hour looking.

What am I, STUPID?

So anyway, since such a file is not easily findable, I decide to make one and put it up.  Maybe the next person will find it here.  Hey, it worked for my HP printer post.  So here is an mp3 sound file of it.

Baka Bakka (2012 - dead link removed - to lazy to put it up somewhere else on spec.  If you are looking for it and can't find it, leave me a comment to that effect and I'll work something out.)

There is a bit of the previous word at the start, sorry.  This is from my US release DVD # 2 "Mission to Mars".  It is from the teaser of Episode 5, "Ruri's Navigation Logs".

Like everything I do it is half-assed because I don't really know what I'm doing, I'm just using stuff other people made.  Thank you, everyone.

(If you want a job done half-assed, do it yourself.)

I'd better also put "baka baka" and "baka-baka" because people might search for those forms.

Anyway I have to get on to other stupidities...

Edit: Fixed a typo and changed "preview" to "teaser".

Current Mood: frustrated
Friday, October 31st, 2008
6:37 pm
Another comment here because blogspot hates me
Putting a comment here because blogspot won't let me post it there.

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Current Mood: nostalgic
Thursday, October 30th, 2008
9:49 pm
Fufilled my Civic Duty.
Did early voting today. Had to stand in line for 2 hours. A poll worker said they had had something like 12% of the county's registered voters in so far.

Of course, since this was on a Diebold machine, I can't be sure who I voted for.
Friday, October 24th, 2008
6:19 pm
Putting a comment here because blogspot won't let me post it there.
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Saturday, October 11th, 2008
2:13 pm
Saw The Princess Bride again

I am the Dread Pirate Roberts.

I leave no survivors.

Prepare to die.

Current Mood: Whimsical
Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
6:09 pm
If there is a credit crunch...
Why do my credit card companies keep nagging me to take more cash advances?
Saturday, August 2nd, 2008
8:18 pm
Jerky video playing DVDs on my computer
I've finally fixed a problem with my computer that I've been wrestling with all week. So I'll go on about it here in the hopes it may turn up on someone's search and help them with a similar problem. (I got a thank you on my earlier one about my HP printer!)

When I tried to play a DVD directly on my computer the sound and video was very jerky. I figured I'd fouled something up when I was turning off Autoplay on my CD-ROM the week before last to get around the "Macromedia Splash Screen" BS that Motorola put on the CD-ROM with their cable modem to make it impossible to use the CD-ROM.

I went down my usual false trails of thinking it was an issue with the VideoLAN VLC media player I use. It wasn't. Checked that by copying the DVD to my hard drive. VLC played it fine from there.

Did some more searching and found the answer thanks to various kind people who'd posted stuff about it.

It turns out that on Windows XP machines there is a bug. If the machine is having trouble getting data from the CD-ROM it drops down to an older and simpler data transfer protocol, "PIO". And then it gets stuck and won't switch back to the faster "DMA" protocol.

There are various ways to fix this, and you may have to try several to get one that works for you.

Anyway, here are the web pages I found helpful. My sincere thanks to the people who wrote them.




(What happened to the button for creating URLs here? What have I messed up now?)

(Edit: Those buttons are only in the "Rich Text" mode, not the "HTML" mode.  But they weren't showing up for me when I was switching before.  Maybe the net was laggy and I was too impatient.)

Disclaimer: I'm just a half-assed dilettante messing with this stuff. Don't mistake me for someone who actually knows what he is talking about. Use at you own risk. May contain nuts.

(Hey! The Firefox spell check right click menu works right in here now. Thanks to whoever it was that fixed it.)

Current Mood: pleased
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
11:56 pm
I was hoping for "The Haughty Intellectual"
But I can't really argue with this. Fortunately (?) I didn't own a trench coat back then.

Your result for The Personality Defect Test...

Spiteful Loner

You are 86% Rational, 0% Extroverted, 57% Brutal, and 0% Arrogant.

You are the Spiteful Loner, the personality type that is most likely to go on a shooting rampage. In high school, you were probably that kid who wore all black and who sat alone in a corner of the lunch room, drawing pictures of dead babies. You are a rational person and tend to hold emotions in very low-esteem; not only that, but you are also rather introverted, meaning you probably bury any emotions you feel deep inside yourself, like all of the bodies in your backyard. Combine these traits with your dislike of others and your brutality, and it seems that you would be quite likely to shoot innocent people in a rampage. Most likely, you also have low self-esteem. Hell, I get low self-esteem just looking at you. This is only yet one more incentive to go on a shooting rampage, because you wouldn't care if you died as a result. Granted, you probably haven't gone on a shooting rampage and probably never will, but all the motivations are there. All you need is for someone to push you over the edge, calling you names and belittling you. Like me. But don't shoot me. I have a 101 mile-long knife, you know. In conclusion, your personality is defective because you are too introverted, brutal, insecure, and rather unemotional. No wonder no one hangs around you, you morbid, cold-hearted freak!

To put it less negatively:

1. You are more RATIONAL than intuitive.

2. You are more INTROVERTED than extroverted.

3. You are more BRUTAL than gentle.

4. You are more HUMBLE than arrogant.


Your exact opposite is the Televangelist.

Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Capitalist Pig, the Smartass, and the Sociopath.



If you scored near fifty percent for a certain trait (42%-58%), you could very well go either way. For example, someone with 42% Extroversion is slightly leaning towards being an introvert, but is close enough to being an extrovert to be classified that way as well. Below is a list of the other personality types so that you can determine which other possible categories you may fill if you scored near fifty percent for certain traits.

The other personality types:

The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

Be sure to take my Sublime Philosophical Crap Test if you are interested in taking a slightly more intellectual test that has just as many insane ramblings as this one does!

About Saint_Gasoline

I am a self-proclaimed pseudo-intellectual who loves dashes. I enjoy science, philosophy, and fart jokes and water balloons, not necessarily in that order. I spend 95% of my time online, and the other 5% of my time in the bathroom, longing to get back on the computer. If, God forbid, you somehow find me amusing instead of crass and annoying, be sure to check out my blog and my webcomic at SaintGasoline.com.

Take The Personality Defect Test at HelloQuizzy

Current Mood: cynical
11:45 pm
How the Hell do you get quiz HTML to show up?
How the Hell do you get quiz HTML to show up?

(Actually I've figured this out now, but I'm posting anyway in case it might help someone else with this problem.)

I couldn't get the HTML from online quiz sites to show up. And in my usual stupid way, I couldn't figure out why. So I was writing a bitchy post asking how people do it when I had an idea and tried it. It worked. Classic "rubber dummy theory" in action.

The crucial bit is that the LJ editor doesn't pay proper attention when you change from the "Rich Text" tab to the "HTML" tab. Anything you have already typed is not treated as HTML. You have to change to the HTML tab FIRST and then enter the HTML. If you have already entered it, do a select all, copy, paste, and then try the preview again. Or something like that. It make take a few tries to get it to do it right.

(I suppose this might be a feature instead of a bug, so you can mix both kinds in one post. But it that case there should be something in the FAQ about. I checked, and if it is there it isn't in any place I'd think to look.)

And while we're at it, apparently Livejournal also likes to fuck you over if you have two post windows over at one time, like say, if you are checking how the editor works or something. It flushes the older one. And doesn't save it as a draft.

(And the firefox spelling checker right-click correction still doesn't work.)

(All this is on a WinXP machine with Firefox .)

Are Microsoft and LiveJournal in a bidding war for bad interface writers or something?

Alternatively, I'm just being a stupid FH again.

Current Mood: pissed off
Monday, June 16th, 2008
5:00 pm
Got free money, need to decide what to do.
I got my stimulus check today, along with an unexpected but trivial refund.  Now my inner selves are waffling over what to do.

Self-interest says pay off debt.

Good citizen says buy something, that's what it is for.

Altruist says give it to charity, they'll spend it on something that someone actually needs.

Paranoid says give it to a presidential campaign.

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, June 13th, 2008
12:39 am
2001: A Space Odyssey - my theory
People were talking about this over on the SJGames Pyramid boards, so that seemed as good an excuse as any to dredge up another old USENET posting.

Original Post Here

This is my interpretation of the ending of the 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey

Current Mood: geeky
Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
1:48 am
Murphy averted, at least momentarily
I wants to note, for the record, that for once I found something one of the first places I looked, instead of one of the last places I could look.

A video switchbox , as it happens.

Current Mood: calm
Thursday, May 29th, 2008
6:09 pm
Goddess PsychoHistory has fallen, and she can't get up!

For lack of anything better to say, I've dredged up an old USENET post of mine from the long ago days of the 20th century.

This was in response tojames_nicoll asking why there was so much Alternate History SF around.

I was a bit proud of what I cranked out, at least by my standards:
(I've left it as is except for fixing typos and formatting.  Obviously some of this stuff is dated.)
(Why is LJ text editor so sucky?  If I put blank lines in there, maybe I want them there!)

Because the Goddess PsychoHistory has fallen, and she can't get up.

More precisely, Eris has tripped her, and jumped up and down on
her with spiked shoes, scattering tiny little bits to the five winds.

Current Mood: nostalgic
Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
5:51 pm
Panties for Peace!
In Burma, that is.
Activists exasperated at the failure of diplomacy to apply pressure on Burma's military regime are resorting to a new means of protest against the regime's recent crackdown: sending female underwear to Burmese embassies.
There's got to be some snarky remark about fanservice or vending machines or something here, but I can't quite get it to jell...

Current Mood: weird
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