Category Archives: Rambles

Remove Sidebar From Blogs

Do you want to remove the sidebar from your blog posts and blog category pages? Not only that, but you then want said posts & category pages to expand to fill the full available width? Have you spent hours stumbling over one wrong answer after another? Have no fear. I finally figured out how to do this, and I want to share it with the world.* Continue reading

Solar Filter

I ordered two new lenses for my camera with the hope of catching some great photos of the upcoming Solar Eclipse. But of course, you need more than just good lenses – you also need a Solar Filter. Unfortunately, such filters can be enormously expensive, costing even more than the lenses themselves. (At least, more than the lenses I bought.) And since I want to be able to take photos with TWO different sized lenses, I would have had to spend quite a bit of money to protect my camera (and eyes) with both. So instead of buying a solar filter or two, I made my own.

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Planarity

There’s this game called Planarity. It’s quite old, and very simple. Arrange the dots so that none of the lines connecting them overlap. According to the FAQ, “There is no last level, but if you get past 10 or so then consider yourself in select company.” Continue reading

I’m Right & You’re Wrong

I’ve noticed a pattern in online discourse lately. There are a lot of people whose argument goes like this:

I don’t care if it doesn’t go there, I’ll make it fit!

“I’m right, and you’re wrong. I’m not going to explain why I’m right or why you’re wrong, I’m not going to provide proof, or data, or anything to back up my claims. I’m not going to read the proof, the data, the studies and essays, or any of the other evidence that you’ve used to back up your claim. I disagree with you, because it goes against my gut feelings, or what I think is true, even though I can provide nothing to substantiate my claim. I will poo-pooh your evidence, and say that it is all lies and wrong, and that you are stupid for believing any of it. I will ignore any requests for clarification to understand my point of view, I will not try to help you understand why I feel this way, I will simply argue again and again how you’re wrong and stupid for not seeing things my way.” Continue reading

Diet & Dieting

I weighed 150lbs when this photo was taken. I barely even recognize myself here.

When I look at photos that my husband took of me at the Ren Fest this year, I am ashamed. I’d put on so much weight, I could hardly recognize myself anymore. I don’t really see it in the mirror, but in those photos, it’s all too obvious. We were both wearing too much weight, which can cause huge health issues down the road. Continue reading

Reading

Nails painted to match “Shades of Blue” Fintie case for Kindle Paperwhite

At the start of 2017, I made a promise to myself to read more. And it started out well enough; my mom gave me a whole series of regency-era romance novels that she’d picked up at a used bookstore, all six of which I devoured in the span of about six weeks. And then I picked up my paperback copy of 1984, having decided to reread it in light of the current political climate. And there, I stalled. The book sat on my desk, staring at me from beside my monitor. I picked it up a few times in the intervening months, but only managed to get about halfway though. It’s a depressing book, and not much fun to read. Continue reading