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Cool cool app game allowing you to make pottery and decorate it. If you're going to waste time with games on your phone, this is at least creative! Great fun
Colour selection is a bit limited and I hope they develop it further and allow more complex throwing and design. Nice game.

Samples below )
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For years I've been checking spoilers to make sure I don't encounter sudden character death of someone I like, before movies or shows, definitely books. I've been checking the ends of books first almost all my life. Last couple of weeks I've neglected to do so.

That was a mistake.
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Adam Art Spoons design is now available.
Shirts, cards, decorative items.
Give a friend some spoons.

Artist will take orders.

#spoon theory, #spoons, #spoonie, #spoony, #invisible disability, #disability, #chronic illness, #adamart, #t-shirts, #shop, #gifts, #gift, #gift idea

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UPdated tumblr with what we saw last weekend and this weekend on our round in Vincennes.


What we did take:
Over 30 books, French as well as language learning (English, Italian and German).
Most of these will get resold. Some we put in a box and left downstairs for the neighbours. Same for French Cluedo and Scrabble.
One shelving unit with a wonky leg
One low tv unit, which will serve for seating as well as storage.
3 planters for our window
2 metal baskets of the sort that hang under the shelf.
Plastic drawer/box.
Green triangular metal mesh (can't think what it's meant for, but looks practical).
lamp, with functional LED bulb

Bits of jewelry, a picture in a frame, wooden toy drawer.
What did we find last week?

The plants and pots. A couple of sticks. A couple of books that we probably should have left behind,
and this picture (will link when photo is up).

New furniture means some more stuff is going to Freecycle.
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Posted on tumblr what we saw this weekend round town and did not take.


What we did take:
Just around the corner:
28 proper books*. Mostly archaeology**. One book about cats.
21 booklets, thin books, hand books, and archaeology magazine issues.
3 large boxes.
Loads of images, photos, and postcards of actual digs - did not take mostly.
Mega loads of archaeology papers and writing and notebooks. Didn't take.
1 mug with medieval stuff on it - several more novelty mugs we didn't take.
1 cat figurine thingie for hanging on wall. Whoever this person was, they were cool.

A bit further down the road:
1 good small round chair for the computer.
Several big papers for oil painting.
1 medium sized canvas for same.
1 old cool scrabble board which we might just hang on the wall for what it looks like.
Hidden in with the scrabble for some odd reason, a small metal oval box with a painting of a 1920s lady. May be that old.

Around our small town:
1 corked and sealed bottle of truffle oil. Not gonna use for food, but what a gorgeous bottle.
1 large calendar of fantasy art. Probably will hang several of the pictures.
3 sort of metal net bassinets thingies which will be useful.
1 bit of thick beautiful counter wood for to block the bit behind the fridge where the cats keep trying to sneak, just back to our street.

Photos to come.

*When we took the corner, there was already a guy going through the books. Luckily, he was there for the French. We were there for the English. I think he took a few English ones earlier, but it didn't matter that much, there was plenty to share. There were also German books. Seriously, whoever threw these, was cool.

(Credit to baronjanus for making the list and posting before me).

Will post pics here, and a list of the books, if there's interest.

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Mar. 9th, 2014 11:57 pm
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I made a tumblr. Decided to share with the world the stuff we find on the streets.

Let's rephrase that. Where we live, if you have "big garbage" to throw out, you should leave it on the curb Sunday evening. So, Sunday evenings, there's people going around the town picking up stuff.
Now, this is a well-to-do town, so it can be really good stuff. New things, or old furniture in perfect condition, or actual antiques. We've had some of the great finds over the years.

So, here's me sharing with the world what's on the streets of Vincennes:

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Honour Turing's Legacy: Pardon All Men Convicted for Being Gay!

Alan Turing was posthumously pardoned by the Queen for his conviction under the "Gross Indecency" law that punished men for being gay. Now, it's time we extended that pardon.

The pardoning of Alan Turing was a step in the right direction - an acknowledgement that Britain's policies toward gay men were at one time completely misguided. But this single symbolic pardon isn't enough. There are still 15,000 men living today who were charged with the same crime.

Beginning in 1885, these men were charged with "gross indecency" and sentenced to jail, manual labor, and even chemical castration, as was the case in Turing's sentence. The law was written such that judges and lawyers could prosecute almost any case of homosexual acts where it could not be proven that there was sex involved.

Please sign the petition asking for the UK government to pardon the remaining men who were charged under the "gross indecency" laws.

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We found pretty wooden wall mounted clock on our last object-throwing-Sunday walk.
So, I went googling for how to clean the wood. Several hours and a zillion tabs later,
I share with you: Cleaning naturally - recipes and ideas. I skip the standard vinegar and baking soda. Today's helpers are mostly salt, lemon, oil and tea. And water.

A whole guide

Make your own deodorising disks to freshen up trouble spots


Tea (mostly wood and windows)

natural wood

hardwood or laminate floors: sweep, vacuum, mop with "damp dry mop", and dry.

Bonus, about.com's speed cleaning links
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You know those Click to Donate sites for all sorts of good causes?
http://www.thenonprofits.com/ provides a convenient list of click links to choose from, divided by topic. Go, click, donate a tree.
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New sitcom about an elderly gay couple who've been together for almost 50 years.

The bits on youtube look like something I'd want to watch. Aside from the topic, McKellen and Jacobi give it such an air or theatre. I hope the stereotypicality won't be too cringe-worthy, though.


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From [personal profile] squidgestatus.
I run Squidge.ORG, and have done so for 18 years without asking for any donations or fees from users or visitors. I ran into an unexpected expense, and as such - for the first time ever - am asking for donations to help pay for this. Details are on the SquidgeStatus page here:

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give me a character and i will answer (though it might not be promptly):

why i like them
why i don’t
favorite episode/season/movie/scene
favorite line
favorite outfit
head canon
unpopular opinion
a wish
an oh-god-please-dont-ever-happen
5 words to best describe them
my nickname for them
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From Google's Terms of Service (my empahsis): http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS

By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.

You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.


Another discussion of the problems with Google's new policy, from a somewhat different perspective:

More google privacy issues: http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_19990444
"Google deliberately worked around something in Safari to make ads work in the way it wanted them to work, regardless of whether the user wanted that or not."

And finally, I checked
the wiki pages on google again. Surprise surprise There is still no mention of the 2012 privacy controversies.

Stop ACTA!

Feb. 2nd, 2012 09:48 am
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Stop ACTA petition on Care2. Go sign.
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[personal profile] baronjanus made me three new icons for fighting spirit.

They're excellent. Much more suited to the vibe I need than the pink ribbon, that really isn't my thing.

Most recent ad I've seen on this topic was with Mark Harmon, which is the first time I saw a guy speak on this topic. I like that.
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This is primarily for my own future reference, to simplify informing people.

Selected quotes:

If you're Google, the single-user treatment can have some benefits to you. For example, if you have an appointment in Google Calendar, when the app alerts you about it, it can also tell you if you're going to be late for the meeting based on location and traffic information it gathers from other Google apps.

On the other hand, some people may find it creepy that Google is keeping tabs on their locations and appointments.



Google Policy Manager Betsy Masiello "explains that a number of Google services -- search, maps, and YouTube, for example -- can be used without persons identifying themselves through a login. For services that require logins, a number of tools and options are available to reduce the data being collected by Google.

Google isn't collecting more data from its users under the new policy, Masiello maintains. "Our new policy simply makes it clear that we use data to refine and improve your experience on Google—whichever products or services you use," she writes. "This is something we have already been doing for a long time."


"The lack of opt-out means users cannot pick and choose which data they want integrated into their Google profiles. Private e-mail messages might contain any number of personal, embarrassing, or otherwise damaging information, and Google’s attempts to amplify and contextualize this information through targeted ads, Maps suggestions, or Calendar reminders could have negative consequences for users."


"Google's announcement raises questions about whether consumers can opt out of the new data sharing system either globally or on a product-by-product basis. We believe that consumers should have the ability to opt out of data collection when they are not comfortable with a company's terms of service and that the ability to exercise that choice should be simple and straightforward."


Google was also initially rapped by an independent watchdog of the federal cloud, SafeGov.org, for creating privacy risks for government workers with the new policies. Google quickly responded that the new policies do not apply to government workers using Google Apps. That, though, raised the question that if the policies could put the privacy of government workers at risk, then might they also put the privacy of rank-and-file users at risk as well?

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I went looking for info on the new google privacy thing (to better inform others. I do not use a google account). Not getting any current (2012) results on a google search with the query "google privacy problems" (aside from the news section) was not surprising.
However, finding both Wiki articles to not be updated was very surprising, and suspicious.
The pages are stamped as last updated today, but there is no discussion dedicated to the new policy and its repercussions or criticism thereof.

My conspiracy bells are ringing.

Wiki on google http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google
Wiki on google crit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Google
Anyone have any input on this?
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Following [personal profile] beccaelizabeth and [personal profile] baronjanus, I'm asking too:

Who would play me on TV?
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Originally posted by [profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

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