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Words cannot describe how happy this video makes me. I only wish there were some way to strip out the title in the Flash container, it gives things away too soon. :(

(hat tip to's "mashup" channel)

Ah, summer

Jul. 4th, 2009 04:07 pm
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Crazy mad heat and humidity -- and small children on the street outside having Super Soaker wars, who are all too happy to hose me down on the way to swap out the laundry. That was refreshing.

I'm heading out in a bit to go to a techno party in the middle of the woods, where it will hopefully be a bit less oppressively hot. Happily, all the good stuff happens at night anyway. Have a great weekend, LiveJournal!
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You ever take one of those showers where you can just feel the stress melting off your body as all your muscles relax from head to toe?

Yeah, that. If this were the weekend, I would so be hopping back into bed with more coffee, a bagel and a good novel. But it's Friday, so there must be errands completed in the next hour and a half, and laundry done that I have been putting off.

Ooh! But that means on Saturday I can get up, take a shower, and then get into a bathrobe that's all fluffy from the dryer!

(by this point, half of you are saying "Where is the real Meredith and what did you do with her?")


Apr. 8th, 2009 12:09 am
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Why, yes, that is a Rice Krispie treat the size of my head.
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Skype on OS X has the good sense to pause iTunes when starting a call. Thanks for the sensible IPC, Apple!

(Context: couldn't find my cellphone.)
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By way of [ profile] halax, a phylogenetic tree of mixed drinks.

I notice a few glaring omissions -- the Boilermaker should really be down there with the 110 in the Shade, for instance -- but overall I'm quite entertained. Also, LOL at the Kir Royale as the basal clade for the "drinks with champagne in them" clade.

Huh. I notice that the author describes the 110 in the Shade as the "platypuses and slime molds of the drink world". As I'm sure my college and Project A-Kon buddies recall, damn do I love getting my platypus drunk on.
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Courtesy [ profile] foxgrrl, ITA Trip Finder, the best flight search engine ever. It is not pretty. It provides no upselling tie-in deals with hotels, car rentals or cruises. It will not alert you to low fares to destinations you don't care about that you might have missed.

What it does do, and that right awesomely, is provide hands-down the best search interface for budget-conscious international travelers with some flexibility in their schedules (that would be me). Using their "month-long search" function, I can tell them "find me the best-priced flight of each day in a 30-day window for a trip approximately N days long." And it will do that. None of this "oh, we can only do this for the US and Canada" horseshit, anywhere in the world. After about a minute, you get a simple HTML calendar view, with the best price in that period highlighted:

Then, click on any day in the calendar, and you get a list of all flights found for that day and trip duration, sorted by price or whatever else you want to search by:

"But wait, Meredith," I hear you say, "that's got to be a gimmick, they're not actually showing you the real prices with taxes and everything, are they?" To which I say bullshit they're not:

Fare breakdown by leg, full breakdown of taxes, everything I could possibly want in a travel search engine -- including the exact booking codes so I can just call up the airline and say "oh hai, these two flights plz, kthxbai."

ITA, you're perfect. Don't ever change. I love you for your algorithms. Can we live the rest of our lives together like it's still Web 1.0?
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Tonight's Wikipedia bingo led me to the MySpace home of Scared Weird Little Guys, a musical comedy duo out of Melbourne, Australia. Notable tracks: "Cleaning Out My Tuckerbag," an increasingly Eminem-flavoured parody of "Waltzing Matilda", and "Christmas Day (The Bawdy Song)," 1:59 of fun for anyone who still giggles at "Sweet Violets" or "Miss Susie Had a Steamboat". My favourite, though, is the innocuously-titled "1985", the video for which you should totally watch:

I like this video because it works on so many levels -- lyrical, musical, and visual. (Oh, and it goes without saying that this could never have existed without fair use provisions.) I'm a big fan of structural gimmicks like the ones they're employing, and the tune is, dare I say, one of the best riffs on '80s melody and instrumentation that I've ever heard. If they had a CD I could buy, I'd buy it.


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