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A bit annoyed that this company said they would ship today, deliver tomorrow, since that factored into my decision to place this order with them yesterday, but there has been no movement on the order progress since then. We'll see.
To add insult to injury, they send an email upon eventually shipping the order, saying "Yay, you're order shipped earlier than expected!". I guess that depends on what you were expecting, it's certainly later than advertised.

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i read a thing recently that blew my mind a little.
went something like:

people can imagine time travel to the past and one little act making massive differences in the timeline

but in their present they think even the greatest effort they can put in will not make any difference to the future
imagine the difference people with actual platforms or influence or resources or power could make

but they frequently choose instead to be unkind, to be greedy, to be cruel, to tear others down, to exploit other human beings

for personal profit
if someone has a choice every day to do something kind or unkind, why would someone choose, every day, to be unkind?

i cannot understand it


Watching Crowded and episode two already has that argument scene. I remember them telling that when Miranda Cosgrove and Mia Serafino had some time between scenes they decided to practise that argument scene somewhere offstage. The show is filmed in front of an audience and they could see the two lead actresses having some massive argument in some corner. Caused a lot of confusion. In reality Miranda and Mia are best of friends, still are.

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Happy 29th Birthday Miranda Cosgrove!

Her film North Hollywood is out on blu-ray 9 June (in Europe) and can be preordered. In the meantime, let's celebrate by rewatching her great performances like in Crowded and The Intruders. Also, here are some of her recent Instagram photos.

Miranda looking at the camera, arm over her head
Miranda leaning on a table with snacks, smiling

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It's also totally Miranda Cosgrove's birthday today, I was just thinking and posting about her completely unrelated to that.

You may know her as the executive producer of the iCarly reboot (or as singer, or as actress).

Happy 29th birthday Miranda!

Even more reason to rewatch some Crowded today.
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Just some things today on my computer...

Friendica 'News' message just came in from a year ago
Battery percentage at absolute zero

It has been 0% for hours now, I'm ignoring it.


The use of the 'Moore' family name in tv show in-jokes. In the zombie-show, iZombie, the zombie character played by Rose McIver was called Olivia ('Liv') Moore. Miranda Cosgrove played Carly Shay in iCarly, then her next big show she was Shea Moore in Crowded.

(It's my head cannon that Shea grew up watching iCarly and having Carly as role model)


Remembering that time when Miranda Cosgrove and Mia Serafino were doing an hour long live to promote their show Crowded. Also, Miranda's friend had a litter of kittens, so they had gone over there to film. The result was that there was much cooing over kittens and 10 seconds before their show would start they were like 'We forgot to promote the show. Anyway, go watch Crowded!'.

(Great show though, and cute kittens)
Miranda's live tweeting was still kitten pictures.

I like that they did these promotional things out of the control of the studio. No way the legal department of the studio would have allowed to use the house of an unrelated, non-celebrity, individual.
Another week, there were more people there for the live, including the guy who plays their father in the show (Patrick Warburton). They were playing a game of Never Have I Ever, and when the question came up of sneaking out of the window to go to a party your parents had forbidden you to go to, all eyes turned to Mia since her image is a bit of trouble personified (I can't speak for the real her of course). But she never had done that. Slowly they saw that only Miranda had her hand raised, having ever done that before, causing him to say in his deep booming voice: "No! Not the Good One!", which incidentally is literally a line from the show.

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A gourmet selection, or the eternal frustration of bad eyesight.
A selection of three pairs of glasses on a table.

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Jenna Ortega's film X is out on blu-ray 20 June (24 May for those in the US) and can be preordered now. I loved this so much when I saw it in the cinema! No 4k-disc, sadly. Her film Scream is already out on 4k.
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One of my illustrations inspired by 18th century fashions. # #
Painting of 2 women in romantic 18th century silk dresses. One of them is standing and pouring tea for the other one who is sitting and holding her teacup. They are smiling at each other and the scene feels warm and blissful.

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"Dido", a commissioned illustration of the legendary founder and queen of Carthage. I enjoyed researching artifacts and styles from Phoenician culture - lots of Greek, Syrian, Egyptian and other influences.
Also note the reference to the Trojan war in the wall paintings! # #
Painting of Dido, the legendary Queen of Carthage. She is depicted full length, stepping towards us, in a regal manner, inside a pillared building. The columns and walls are brightly painted with figures, ornaments and ships. Behind her the building is open, showing the sky and a blue sea. A few servants stand at the sides.

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very beautiful!
Thank you!

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2012 selfportrait :D
This was the year my digital painting style started to look like it does now, more realism than fantasy, with a lot of stuff and detail to tell stories. Thinking about redoing some older paintings...
A self-portrait of the artist, showing her standing inside a study room with a vintage theme. There's a lot of stuff such as a bookshelf, a typewriter on the desk, pictures and maps on the wall. A cat is chilling on the wooden floor. The artist is wearing a red dress, holding a letter and smiling at the viewer.

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Kristina Gehrmann is a professional illustrator and graphic novel creator who makes beautifully crafted digital paintings in a traditional style, usually of historical subjects. You can follow at:

➑️ @kristinagehrmann

Gehrmann's website is at https://www.kristinagehrmann.com

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Painting of a Victorian street in a British city, it's a cloudy day and far off chimneys are filling the air with smoke. Everything looks grey. Two people in large frilly purple dresses, half covered by dowdy dark shawls, are walking towards the viewer chatting to each other happily. In the background, various sad figures in much duller clothes walk past them.
A scene inside a beautiful ancient Roman temple with high painted ceilings, statues and carved marble pillars. Right next to the viewer, someone in traditional light Roman clothes adjusts a flower wreath they are wearing on their head. Other figures walk around in the background.
Painting of a late medieval person in an expensive looking long red and gold dress leaning against a wall casually, looking off to one side. The wall behind them has an intricate but subtly coloured pattern depicting a large stylised lion and plants around it, but it is so subtly coloured that the pattern is not immediately obvious.

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Thank you so much!
They are such beautiful works, thank you for sharing them with us :)


Who keeps switching the lights on and off aka cloudy weather.


It's always full moon on television.


Jenna is confirmed for Scream 6!
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Still think it's funny that Hayley Atwell had her driver's licence picture taken as Agent Carter (in a quick break during filming). Anyway, watching it now (the series, not the driver's license).
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https://www.themoviedb.org/tv/61550-marvel-s-agent-carter


Buying cheap shoes to save on shoe polish.


Watching Pixie with Olivia Cooke on Film1 since it just came out there. So far it's quite funny and I really like what she's doing with the character Pixie so far. Seemingly she stumbles into events with two boys she knows doing a little crime around Ireland, but the little crime involves a million dollars of drugs and several murders and she turns out to be more the criminal mastermind type than the girl tagging along.
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https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4972453/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

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Hello and good day to all musicians and music lovers of the fediverse!

Last year's FediVision event was a fun success, so this year we're doing it again.

# is a fediverse-wide music competition and celebration, inspired by the much bigger and better financed Eurovision Song Contest.

The main event and final voting period will be on Saturday, May 14th.

To organise the song submissions and all the info and FAQs, we've made a website: https://fedivision.party

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Content warning: Reproductive rights



Turns out that if someone uses the move-account function on Mastodon, their Mastodon followers get transferred nicely, but if you're a follower on Friendica and/or Pleroma you have to re-follow them yourself.

(I'm sorry for the multiple follow requests from multiple accounts...)


In 1989 I was 19 years old, so you'd think that musically this would totally be my era and that the 1989 # would totally be my music. But none of them.

I think there's a combination of music being even more regionally separated (marketing-wise) than films and the main problem that I just have a weird taste in music.

I'm now wondering where I can find a list of albums by year to check what I listened too.

here is the field for the 1989 #
GROUP A
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Fugazi - 13 Songs
Julie Cruise - Floating into the Night
Lenny Kravitz - Let Love Rule 

GROUP B
Bob Dylan - Oh Mercy
The Cure - Disintegration
Faith No More - The Real Thing
Indigo Girls - Indigo Girls 

GROUP C
New Order - Technique
Nirvana - Bleach
Peter Gabriel - Passion: Music for the Last Temptation of Christ
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Mother's Milk 

GROUP D
Madonna - Like a Prayer
Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood
Sepultura - Beneath the Remains
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses 

GROUP E
The Cult - Sonic Temple
Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814
Lou Reed - New York
Pixies - Doolittle 

GROUP F
The Blue Nile - Hats
Kate Bush - The Sensual World
Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
The Wedding Present - Bizarro 

GROUP G
De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Automatic
Tears for Fears - The Seeds of Love
Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever 

GROUP H
Aerosmith - Pump
Galaxie 500 - On Fire
Neil Young - Freedom
Spacemen 3 - Playing With Fire

Well, there's this list, but it's still very American:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_in_music#Albums_released

From that I only get Throwing Muses, 10,000 Maniacs, The The, The Sugarcubes and of all things, Transvision Vamp. Yes, I own up to that.


An extremely smart person I once spoke with said something that I always thought was very intriguing. Essentially she pointed out that the way the human brain works when a man and a woman meet is counterproductive: the more you like someone, the more nervous you are and the worse the impression you make. (My words, I guess she put it better.) I've thought about that a lot. I think that's why some people always end up with the wrong partner: people are attracted to confidence and the confident person who talks to you is not the one who cares the most about what you think about them.


Using the # frontend (https://pinafore.social/) on top of # works quite nicely. Shows me some aspects of the timeline I was missing (like replies people post as a flat timeline) but I'm missing some aspects I'm used to seeing (like an indication that something is a reply, or who reshared it, or link previews). I'll be switching between the two for a bit.


Now one of my all time favourite films, though I suspect quite unknown, Angel Baby with Jacqueline McKenzie. It's an Australian film from 1995 and is about mental health, love, self-determination, and is extremely well acted. I mean, goosebumps.
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dvd cover, she rests her head on his shoulder
The seagull impression... so good!
The film asks uncomfortable questions about how much someone is allowed to make medical decisions about themselves.

The story and the acting are central here, as films should be. Totally a classic.
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Predictive text and autocorrect are getting in the way more often than not while writing the normalest of words, but names like Ivana Baquero and Daniela Bobadilla roll out of it without problems and only a few taps. I've trained it well.


I'm watching Daniela Bobadilla in Face 2 Face, a film from 2016 in which she plays the lead. I found it's available on Amazon Prime Video. Recently she filmed another film, The Happy Camper, of which she shared some behind the scenes things on her Instagram. That seemed a very joyful experience, she was very much a happy camper filming that.
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A very interesting film that is mainly an online video conversation between the two main characters. They knew each other from when they were little kids playing in a tree house, but now they live far apart and at the end of their high school years he's lonely without any friends and she seems to be a party girl who got it all together. Stuff happens and I may have suspected these exact things to happen, but that doesn't take away from this film being a great watch with great performances.

The film has comments on social media when she helps him setup a Facebook page and get friends ('acquaintances') and when she posts beach photos while grounded ('the internet doesn't know I'm grounded'). I understand it was very interesting for the actors to film the dialogue as a video call, quite different from other films.


Now playing a CD virtually nobody has, not even Tidal or Spotify have it: Alex Parks with "Honesty", from 2005. I have no idea why everybody has forgotten about her, she's so good.

This is her second album. Her first did reasonably well, she was also known from tv in the UK, but this second slipped everyone by.

CD cover of Alex Parks, "Honesty", with her face
She was on one of these early talent shows when you could still find some talent. I think at some point one of the teachers / trainers when first hearing her sing let slip 'why are you here? You don't need this'. Then in the final the final two contestants sang together with a famous UK singer, who after the song, live on tv, said it was such an honour to have sung this duet with Alex, until the presenter reminded him he had been singing with the other contestant too. 'Just vote for Alex' he said according to wikipedia, but I don't remember that bit. Anyway, she was so much better than all the others, it was embarrassing...


Of course I moved on to Belly's "star", an album I really totally love. From 1993.
Back of the CD with song titles and booklet unfolded showing a photo of the band
One of these albums where with each song that comes up you decide that that is your favourite song from the album. Currently at "Untogether".
Though I must admit I never really understand lyrics and am guessing. In the case of Tanya Donelly I've heard it's not really my fault. A lot of her lyrics sound like they're metaphors for some deep stuff, but are instead just things that happened to her that no one could have known.

In some song she describes shiny lights from under the water. What does that mean? Actually, as a kid she did an experiment with coloured (water proof) Christmas lights in the bathtub and liked the way it looked.

"this little squirrel I used to be slammed her bike down the stairs they put silver where her teeth had been baby silver-tooth she grins and grins"? Yes, real event. Indoor bicycle accident as a little girl where she broke her teeth.


Listening to one of my CDs: Throwing Muses with "house tornado" / "the fat skier". Really music from my youth, I love how they don't try to make it accessible, my type of stuff. Why does it have two titles, I can't remember that. And why is only the first title on Tidal? I have six more songs under the second title...
These 4AD catalogue numbers are so low, and I have so many of those CDs, I must own a not-insignificant section of their music. Other labels have CD numbers like 4799436548743, while this is number 802.

Is 4AD for music what A24 is for films? I don't know about these things. But strikes me that they both release things that are generally considered good and that nobody has ever heard of.
The lowest number I have is 6, but that's actually a later CD.


I have imported 'The Thread'.

Screenshot of collapsed thread saying '353 comments - Show more'. I'm afraid to click it.

Linking it here because my server is still recovering from the shock and fails to bookmark it.
https://mastodon.social/@ifixcoinops/105778289798706182


I wish the tone-policers stayed on the other side, or inhabited their own island. That's not a nice part of the current influx.

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There are dozens of fish or fish-like emoji (e.g., 🐟 πŸ πŸŽ£πŸ‘πŸ¦ˆπŸ¬πŸ³πŸ‹πŸŸ.π“†π“†Ÿ)

In fact, there are so many that, if I sent you a random one, a third party wouldn't have a good chance of guessing which one I'd sent.
This means we could adopt a new form of 2FA based on sending fish emoji

β€œIn addition to your password, please log in with your one-time cod”

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and each has multiple variations depending on the vendor (https://emojipedia.org/fish/)
Fish emoji variation
do these decay after 3 days?


Now watching High Seas (Alta Mar) with Ivana Baquero. She impressed everybody with a standout performance in Pan's Labyrinth when she was tiny, and later as an adult the few people that saw The Shannara Chronicles were also impressed by her cool and strong portrayal, at least I was. This series on Netflix is in Spanish, so subtitles it is.
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The first officer on the ship is a bit of a ladies man, I remember a sci-fi series like that.
A family boards a massive cruiseschip in the post-war forties to celebrate a wedding at sea, but it looks like nobody is really looking forward to the happy occasion and all of them have a secret agenda. I already like Ivana's character, who's a smart, independent woman.


I'm having a bit of withdrawal symptoms and I really need to see new Jenna Ortega and Dafne Keen content. Seen much already, some very recently, but so it is with these things. Not to fret, things are on their way: Jenna has finished season one of Wednesday and we're just waiting for Netflix to flip the switch. She's also filming Finestkind as we speak. Dafne has finished season three of His Dark Materials ages ago, don't know what HBO is waiting for. In the meantime we have to do with small appearances in Spanish music videos by a musician friend of hers.


What to do if you're on mobile and there's a function in the website you're browsing that's accessed by 'just hovering over it'? Well, I don't really know, but some things that help me sometimes:


  • If you have an s-pen, you can hover with that
  • long tap the item so the context menu pops up. Click outside it so it disappears, the hover popup may also have popped up behind it and still be there. (Works sometimes in Friendica)
  • in some circumstances you can tap just long enough for it not to be a click (short tap), but short enough not to be a right click (long tap), but it still brings up the hover popup. (Works sometimes in Pleroma)
  • if the thing you wanted to see was alt text (image description), in some browsers like Chrome it will show on top of the context menu. So long tap... If the text is not fully shown, tap on the text and it expands.

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Why do IDEs insist on having a different idea about what's on my disk than my disk does?


Continuing the rewatch of Alexa Nisenson (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6835961/) centered episodes of "Fear The Walking Dead", with her choice for season five: "Skidmark" (5x04). It's the episode where her character seems to be in quite some danger which she needs to face alone, but in real Charlie style she's very cool about it. Also yet again an episode where Alexa shows she can have a real connection with another actor and spark of each other. I don't mean the cat, though the cat has a starring role too...
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Rewatched some other standout episodes as well (Ner Tamid, Close Your Eyes, In Dreams). That's jumping through the seasons a bit, but all amazing acting performances by Alexa Nisenson, Alycia Debnam-Carey and Karen David. They sure can occasionally write material in which people can shine. Goosebumps inducing all around.
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