Tuesday April 22, 2014

"Fun" with front-line tech support

On April 14, I sent a bug report to ted.com because a video I watched claimed to have "subtitles in 7 languages". But I could find no way -- no button to click -- to get subtitles in any language. I could only locate the (supposedly "interactive") transcript, on a separate page.

Back and forth we went with the so-called support people arguing with me.

They said 'Once you press play on a talk, the video's menu bar will appear below. If subtitles/captions are available for the talk they will appear as a list when you click on the 'Subtitles' button in the lower right corner.

I repeated that there was no such button.

— posted by Vicki before noon on 2014_112 in Trivial PursuitsPermalink | Comments (0)


Friday March 28, 2014

Dreaming of Shoes

The weird "logic" of the dreaming mind...

First, let me say that I am not a person who goes barefoot. I occasionally walk around the house in socks. But I haven't gone barefoot (outside or indoors) since I was maybe 9 years old.

Nevertheless, one of the dreamplots on my regular playlist is "I have left my shoes behind and am now somewhere, outdoors, barefoot".

We are not here to debate the fundamental psychological aspects of this dreamplot, however, but to look at one particular instance: last night's version.

— posted by Vicki before noon on 2014_087 in Random ThoughtsPermalink | Comments (0)


Thursday January 30, 2014

Today's Word: Thixotropy

thixotropy: Reversible behaviour of certain gels that liquefy when they are shaken, stirred, or otherwise disturbed and reset after being allowed to stand. -- britannica.com

Scene: The local diner.
Two men are sitting at the counter. Man One reaches for a ketchup bottle.

— posted by Vicki before noon on 2014_030 in Show & TellPermalink | Comments (0)


Wednesday January 29, 2014

Cue Twilight Zone Theme

Today is my birthday.
This is the Google Doodle that I see.
How delightful. What a nice coincidence. What is the occasion?


Doodle1

— posted by Vicki before noon on 2014_029 in TreasuresPermalink | Comments (0)


Tuesday January 28, 2014

This door not working.

(For those outside of the SF Bay Area, BART Bay Area Rapid Transit) is our subway/transit system)

Today's Fun on BART:

I had a meeting in SF. A train entered the station moments after I reached the platform.

The train stopped.
The doors did not open.
The doors continued to not open.
Over the speaker (from the next car) we heard "Please stand free of the doors".

Eep.
Mad scramble as everyone ran to the next car.

— posted by Vicki before bedtime on 2014_028 in Trivial PursuitsPermalink | Comments (0)


Thursday January 16, 2014

Three Memes, Part 3 (Art Meme)

Several memes have been running around in Facebook lately. This is one of three that I've played.

This is a game to keep art alive. Tiffanie R. gave me Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

— posted by Vicki before bedtime on 2014_016 in Trivial PursuitsPermalink | Comments (0)


Three Memes, Part 2 (Poetry Meme)

Several memes have been running around in Facebook lately. This is one of three that I've played.

This is a poetry game. In this one, we pass along poetry. Heather S. gave me Rumi.

— posted by Vicki before bedtime on 2014_016 in Trivial PursuitsPermalink | Comments (0)