“Misys gives Pecker head job”

— Serious headline from FinanceAsia.com

Dear Amazon,

The reason I miss the old “recommended for you” paginated, categorized list is that your new tag-tile system constantly throws up nonsense like this:

Bottom line, the behavior that your new tile system encourages is anti-browsing: if the picture on a tile isn’t something that I want, I won’t click on that category at all. For now, it’s still possible to get the old list view for new and upcoming releases, which you don’t (usually) have a tile for, but the URLs aren’t visible on the site any more.

I should also point out that the tile system makes it much harder to improve recommendations. Old and busted: for each item, click “I own it” or “Not interested”. New hotness:

  1. click a tile
  2. click “View All & Manage”
  3. click “Edit Recommendations”
  4. click “Remove” on an item
  5. click either “I already own this item” or “I’m not interested in this item”
  6. wait for the thumbnail image to load, because your next click might not register when the layout changes
  7. click “Ok”.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for each item from that tile, then scroll back to the top and click “Yournamehere’s Amazon” to get back to the tag-tiles screen.

This, in a word, is bullshit.


She may have some problems fitting in…

Art by rokurobuna

Dear Apple,

I think you’ve gotten enough abuse this week over your stale computer hardware with terrible keyboards and nosebleed pricing, so I’ll abuse you over something else: com.apple.quarantine.

In the course of pretending you’re all about security, you’ve slapped this attribute on everything downloaded via the Safari browser, including all image files. This means that FuckWithPreview.app kinda-sorta-sandboxes them, and dragging the thumbnail into a Terminal window will give you a uselessspecial path rather than the image’s actual location.

Only Preview, though; everything else seems to behave as expected, and I’ve gotten in the habit of inoculating downloaded images before reviewing them, with: xattr -d com.apple.quarantine *.*

What makes this particularly obnoxious is that this is the same Safari that still has this setting enabled by default for all users:

If you actually cared about security, this option would have been removed around ten years ago. I’m sure there are plenty of critical bugs pointing this out, all closed with “working as intended”.

I only care because when I open a few dozen images at once in Preview, instead of one window with lots of thumbnails, it opens two, with the second reserved for those bearing the Scarlet Q. Annoying and pointless.

On Context…

Just stumbled across a hilariously-incorrect translation in the Pixiv tags file I’m using: 黒パン (kuro-pan) as “Rye_Bread”.

Google it, and you will in fact find pictures and recipes featuring dark rye and pumpernickel.

Pixiv it, and you’ll find black panties. 😄

Bike Witch

The ‘Kiki at 17’ ad was cute, but this is just cool.

(art by snatti; much larger version at artstation)

Pixiv Cheesecake 2

Need a little touchup on the script still, but I merged together tag translations from two sources (1, 2) and cleaned up a lot of the cruft, ending up with 8,238 tags and (mostly-reasonable) translations. Next will probably be adding a uniq() function to cover duplicates created by the translations.

Of course, the moment I ran the script on this small set of images, it immediately barfed out 107 tags that weren’t on the list…

(Seriously, though, in all these years, no one had added translations for horn, saké, bento, white_hair, black_bra, long_hair, frilly_panties, or high_quality_panties? Most of the rest were series-related, at least)


Pixiv test

Working on upgrading my posting script to extract keywords and proper URLs from Pixiv downloads. PixivPy mostly works, although Python is my least-favorite language to hack about in. I haven’t found a good mapping table to create English versions of most tags, even though I know Pixiv has one. The API is kind of goofy, since it’s straightforward REST, but relies on pretending you’re the official Android/iOS client to get authentication to work. Documentation is lacking in two languages.


“She about to start some shit, Zed”

Art by Shell

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