After waffling a bit, I ordered a Lenovo IdeaPad u300s laptop from the Lenovo website, since stores weren’t stocking that model anymore. A week later, I found out that they’d never even placed my order. After calling Lenovo’s sales folks several times, putting up with general rudeness and lack of knowledge from a few different representatives, being bounced between departments and even continents, being told I could no longer get the machine I paid for at the price I paid, getting an outstanding amount of conflicting information, misinformation, and plain crap, and finally getting hung up on in the middle of my sentence by an American sales guy, I gave it all up in disgust.
So I went to a Fry’s store today, picked up my second choice (an HP Folio 13), and was back home setting up a new laptop within the hour.
I name all my electronics, so does anyone have any idea what to call this beautiful creature? My old laptop was Winston and my phone is Benedict, so I guess I favor potentially stodgy, slightly British male names, haha. Anyways, please be patient with me—I think I’ll be able to answer your asks and emails in much better time now that I have something to answer them on. I am happy as a clam!
EDIT: oh my heart I just pressed a button by accident and I didn’t even know this laptop had a backlit keyboard but it does
Where could I find that infamous font used for the bottom-corner word origin and URL? It's lovely (and not very distracting or weird, I should add).
See, that’s what I think! I actually do really like it—it’s very useful, and I think it’s quite pretty just for its simplicity. Just so you know, it starts looking badly fuzzy at anything much bigger than the size I have it. I turn off aliasing and hinting to minimize fuzziness. It’s called Silkscreen, and you can download it free from its creator at http://kottke.org/plus/type/silkscreen/.
so I've read all your excellent suggestions regarding...
…changing/removing the word origin in the bottom right of my images, above the URL. Thank you, and I appreciate them (really!), but I’ve decided to keep it as it is. Here’s my reasoning/rebuttals:
"Take it out of the image and put it in the caption instead" In the process of reblogging, captions are almost always eventually lost. I need the origin to be in the image so people won’t see it later and be unable to find the origin. You might say “They should just go to the source and find it!”, but it turns out that people tend not to do that. Plus, there’s already a lot that has to go in the captions and I don’t like to add more.
"Change the font it’s in because it’s weird/small/ugly" I actually have a special place in my heart for that font because it’s readable even as small as five pixels high. A normal font would be a blurry mess; a normal font at a bigger size would be just as weird. Utility wins over beauty on this one. I will experiment with another font, just for you guys, but don’t bank on the weird small font changing.
"Make it grey instead of black" Black text on white background: that’s what I’ve always done with this blog, and I think that’s what I’ll always do. I’m not sure, but I think a bit of random grey text in the corner would be even stranger. Anything different draws the eye, so it’d likely add distraction, not minimize it.
Of course, it’d be prettiest if I could just not do the origin at all, but I can’t do that, so this is kind of what we’ve got. I’m sorry, everyone. :c Just focus on the biggest words and try to ignore the corner stuff if it bothers you?
Just wanted to share my opinion, I really don't like the new origin thing in the bottom right. It ruins the minimal aesthetic of the picture. When it was all white, the complexity was spotlight on the word and its definition.
Man, I just can’t win, haha. I used to agree with you; I’m big on the “minimal aesthetic” of this blog and I’d gotten accustomed to the images being just word, definition, URL. Anything more seemed like too much.
But you would not believe the number of messages I kept getting asking me to include etymology or word origin in the posts. I decided that adding a slightly distracting and unattractive but very tiny origin to the corner was worth not having so many messages come in with the same request. (And that’s the best place for it, by the way—I tried everywhere else.) It’s worked great so far, so I’m afraid I don’t have any intention of changing it.
I think it’s a bit harsh to say that it ruins the minimal aesthetic, though! It’s still plain black text on a plain white background. That’s about as minimal as it gets.
Are there words out there that mean an entire imagined world inside of your head? Sort of like brainchild, but more vast?
Sort of. I have paracosm, a detailed imaginary world that often features people, animals, or alien creatures, but it pretty specifically refers to such an imaginary world that is created by a child or young person. I don’t have a word that’s for a world created by adults. I’m sorry! That’s the best I’ve got.
OR. An even better use of anathematized (and more realistic too): Lord Voldemort has been anathematized by the whole of the Wizarding community and the Ministry of Magic for his heinous crimes and inherently depraved nature.
Have I ever mentioned how much I love my followers?
Hi, sorry to ask a stupid question but I really do not understand what "meta" means. Could you explain? Went to dictionaries and stuff but I didn't really understand it.
If it’s a stupid question, I’m stupid too, because I’m not a hundred percent sure myself. Technically, in the prefix form “meta-“, it means an abstract concept one level higher than a related concept. The internet has adapted it slightly to mean something closer to “self-aware” or “self-referential”, especially of art or literature.
Metadata (on a computer file) is data about data; the file is already data, but metadata is data like when the file was created and what format it’s in. A joke about jokes, a meeting about meetings, or a fanfiction about fanfiction would be meta.
Sometimes people use it in place of “ironic” or “off-topic”, but I don’t think that’s quite right. Um, I hope that helped you, because I think I’ve just confused myself more.
After months of scraping by with my beloved but terrible HP Pavilion tx1000, I’m waffling between two “ultrabooks”—very thin and light notebooks powerful enough for office-type use. Do any of you own these laptops, know anything about these laptops or manufacturers, or have suggestions for similar ultrabooks? (Except for the Macbook Air. I’m just not a Mac person.)
Both have 128GB solid state drives, 4GB of RAM, and Intel Core i5 processor chips.
Lenovo IdeaPad U300s - 10802AU The Lenovo is said to have an awesome keyboard, which is nice since I’m a very fast touch typist and I’ll be doing a lot of writing. Most other ultrabook keyboards sound like they wouldn’t agree with me. It apparently runs cool, quiet, and fast, due to a good ventilation system. At about 5-6 hours of normal use, battery life is decent-to-good. Major gripes include a screen with very small viewing angles—meaning it’s hard to see from anywhere but front-and-center—and the fact that it has sharp edges in weird places, making typing sometimes a pain. It’s about $979 from the Lenovo website.
HP Folio 13-1020US I’ve been reading really good things about the HP Folio (sleek, pretty, backlit keyboard, good performance) except for some heat, a loud fan, and a bad, washed-out, overly glossy screen. Because I’ve had a terrible experience with my HP Pavilion—really hot, really loud, and doesn’t get internet without a USB adapter—I’m deathly afraid of heat and fan noise. I’m actually also deathly afraid of HP and their terrible customer service, but the Folio appears to be a fairly solid machine.
Does anyone own or know the Folio and can confirm or deny those downsides? Its keyboard is decent, but its battery life is phenomenal at 7 hours of normal use, which is almost a deal-maker all on its own. It’s about $999, but if I buy this, I’m suspicious enough of HP products that I’ll have to try and get a two- or three-year warranty.
I’m leaning towards the Lenovo, though the HP is definitely cooler-looking (because I am shallow and easily swayed by aesthetics) and has a far better battery life, which is a huge plus. Any thoughts?
"You fixed the link problem!" says an observant anon
NOT SO. In fact, the person who fixed the link problem is not me, but none other than the magnificent shippingwithshockblankets, who waltzed into my inbox and was like “I come bearing gifts, by which I mean the solution to the fact that you’ve confused everyone so much that people can’tfigureout how to reblog from you”. (Not in those words, obviously.)
The lovely chunk of code Brook sent me worked like a charm, which means that when you go to Otherwordly’s main page and click on any of the word images, it’ll take you right to the post, making reblogging easy as pie. Thanks, Brook! You’re brilliant.