Inscrutability. We haz it.

Gnomic

I’ve got a form to fill out about fire readiness in the apartment.  Which is OK.  But the questions are kinda inscrutable.

I’m supposed to tick either “OK” or “Divergence” (or something.  It’s a kinda odd word choice in Norwegian, too).

So it starts out fine.  “Is there at least one functioning smoke detector (etc)?”  Ok.

“Is the smoke detector more than 10 years ok?”  It isn’t, so that’s…   Ok?  Is that a divergence?  Should it be? No?

“Is the smoke detector on a serial connector or does a fire alarm system exist?”  Er…  er…  Ok?  No?  Not ok?  No?  OK?

“Is there a house fire hose in the living unit?”  No, there isn’t, but I’ve got a fire extinguisher.  Is that “OK” or “Divergence”? 

“Is there a visible access to the chimney’s accessible sides in your living unit?”  …  “OK”?  I mean, I can see the fireplace, but I can’t see the chimney.  I think.  Is that OK?  Is that a divergence?

HELP!

Shoes On Couches

Extreme Couching

It’s always fascinated me that on American TV shows, people seem to put their feet up on furniture, even though they are wearing shoes.

After spending some time in the US, I realised that TV was only reporting fact.

It’s so shocking, I’m sure.

I’ve got a cold now, so I’m watching episodes of Murder She Wrote.  It’s the closest thing you can to do being asleep without actually sleeping.

And there I found the most extreme example of Couchshoeing ever.  It’s two guys on a bed WEARING SKI BOOTS!

We have a winner.

Is Amazon Insane or Just Deranged?

So, I stumbled onto Suddenly, Tammy! having their third album (which was recorded in 1997, but held (and not released) by Warner’s (they fired the band, but refused to give back the music to the band (record labels are scum)) finally seeing the light of day yesterday. (You can untangle the tenses, I think.)  So I googled for the album, and Amazon came up first.

The album was only released digitally, so I 1-clicked it (Amazon so deserved that patent), and then the screen at the right appeared.

So: To download the mp3s, Amazon wanted me to install an executable!?

Are they insane?  Or just deranged?  I don’t install an executable on my precious machine for anybody, unless it comes from debian.org, or is in source code form.

Why, by Emacs, would downloading a set of mp3s require installing an executable on my machine?

To add insult to injury, the executable wasn’t actually available on my machine, since it’s only for 32-bit Linuxen.

What.  Ever.

I clicked further into the Google results, and on page fourteen i finally stumbled onto 7digital, which allowed just, like, downloading the mp3s (in a zip archive).

Yay.  Music.