These tortured souls can vaguely guess, lying in bed late at night, that even the lowest and most common working man or woman in America can, once a year, travel to Las Vegas and live a few days in luxury unknown to the grandest Caliph in the very flower of their history.

You’ve got to admit, if that were you— that would suck.

— Bill Quick, on Strength

Dear Apple,

On an iPad Mini 4 under iOS 12.1.3, Mobile Safari crashes every few minutes. I really hope you already know this…


Oh, I see, it’s the same old “crash after iCloud history is cleared” problem, being triggered more often because desktop Safari is now obeying the “Remove history items” preference more reliably.

Cooking doesn’t count?

File under peculiar the fact that neither his IMDB nor Wikipedia entries mentions Christian Kane’s short-lived cooking show, Kane’s Kitchen.

Dear Hello!Project Stylists,

An oldie but goodie, this is a perfect example of why your agency should have stuck with the “mildly talented but cute” look for Morning Musume. Trying to get them to look “edgy” just did not work. Turtle and Wonky manage some rudimentary steam, but Jun-jun just looks confused, Ai-chan and Sayummy look like their makeup is covering bruises from recent abuse, and Satan is seeking approval that will never come.


Dear Xoratmusoqxee,

Given the recent news about large dumps of user-account data from various hacked sites, I downloaded the full list of records for my mail email domain from HaveIBeenPwned, and found nothing new and interesting. Just the adobe, linkedin, kickstarter, and dropbox hacks from several years ago.

Oddly, none of the email addresses used by Honor Hacker and friends in attempts to extort bitcoin show up in their DB, even though one of those was actually a legit closed account (I briefly had a Livejournal account for commenting, with a unique name and strong password, and the “hacker” included the correct password).

The amusing one was that the “Onliner Spambot” collection from 2017 had a confirmed hit for user “xoratmusoqxee” at my domain. That one doesn’t even show up in my spam, despite being at least as plausible as “hand04”, “quinones12”, “bain66”, “Donnell4Stark”, or the ever-popular “ekgknmfylvtl” (seriously, my spam folder gets daily messages directed to that username, all of them in Japanese).

Toxoplasmosis Masculinus

Dumas was limping a bit when I went out to the porch this morning, so I started to give him a lecture about toxic masculinity and how violence never solved anything, and he gave me a look that said,

“Dude, it got me laid last night; now open the damn cat food.”

“Life finds a way…”

Stumbled across the word 矢場女 today. On the surface, this means “archery-range girl”, kind of like a ball boy at a tennis court. Except that many Edo-period shooting galleries were actually thinly-disguised brothels, so she was really more of a shaft girl.


Seems legit

I hear they run a special class for journalists who want to learn to code.


Pixiv Champloo 2

Just another curated random subset to stir up my Pixiv recommendations. That is, a script opens 100 random images out of ~11,000, and I choose whatever catches my eye, repeating until I get at least 26 in both the sfw and nsfw sets.

The workflow is: drag-and-drop from Preview into a Terminal window where I’ve typed an echo command, switch focus to the terminal, press spacebar twice, and switch back to Preview. When I’m done, switch to the terminal and hit enter, then edit the echo command into an mv into a subdirectory.

Why the odd steps? Because Apple keeps making flakier with each release. Normally, when you drag files into Terminal, you get the properly-escaped full path followed by a space, but when you drag from Preview, it will be followed by a backslash and a return, except when it’s followed by a non-backslashed return, which happens at random intervals. That’s why I’m collecting the list with echo instead of using mv directly.

This is in addition to the way it will sometimes return a quarantine path for files that have extended attributes, which is why I strip those off immediately after downloading (xattr -d *.*, or copy them to an ExFAT volume and periodically rm ._*).

I defer the mv to the end because Preview refreshes all the image thumbnails when it detects that some of them have moved. This is no big deal when you have only 100 images open, but if you’re, say, pulling up everything that Pixiv tagged as 魅惑の谷間 (~1,500 at the moment…), it’s annoying.

The rest of my workflow is resizing with ImageMagick and optimizing JPEG size with Guetzli, pulling in links and tags with my PixivPy script, and uploading with s3cmd. I generally accept the shuffled order, but select one image to pull above the fold, then maybe shift a few that got clustered, and put a punchline at the end if I have one. And a cleanup script to number them all sequentially before posting.


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 got a clue, leave a clue”