The neighbors were not happy about my choice of yard art. Or rather, with the latest addition to my yard. I didn’t understand why— it was only a plastic flamingo.
But they objected to it’s presence, saying that it unnerved them, the way its ‘beady black eyes’ followed them around.
The claim was absurd, of course—who ever heard of a fake bird watching the neighbors? And besides, I had grown attached to it. I had found it in the attic, in a box full of my Great-Aunt Janice’s things. I wouldn’t deny that she had been a bit odd, always muttering to herself and brewing the strangest concoctions in her kitchen–but that had nothing to do with her old flamingo.
And if it seemed that it was in a different spot every morning, or that it looked rather smug the day the Millers’ daughter took a fright and went shrieking to her mother…well, surely it was just my imagination.
This is part of the Mondays Finish the Story Challenge! If you like reading or writing flash fiction, you should check it out–it’s quite fun! ^^
…This is what happens when I don’t check my reader for two weeks. -_- I miss things like this. *sighs*
Anyway! Yes, I know I’m late–but late or not, this is important! If you haven’t read this, then go read it.
Go read it now.
“Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on WordPress.com, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing.
Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in history. Most importantly, the open internet is characterized by companies, products, and ideas that survive or fail depending on their own merit — not on whether they have preferred deals in place with a broadband service provider. Unfortunately, the principle of net neutrality, and the open internet that we know and love, is under attack.
Just to warn you all, this post is pretty much a big collection of pretty fairy pictures. So, those of you who are anti-fairy (Who are you? I bet you don’t like unicorns or sprites or elves or fairy tales either, do you?!) *ahem* might want to avoid this post.
You have been duly warned. Now, onward to the pretty pictures!
Two days ago I was able to download and install the 14-day trial for Internet Co.’s Megpoid English. . . and I’m having a blast! So far I’ve found that the Tiny Vocaloid 3 Editor included in the trial is very easy to use (though I did have to look up a few things in the User Manual). It’s easy to input the notes and lyrics of “Scarborough Fair”, and the best bit so far is that Megpoid sounds great even with very little tuning!
Here’s the second beta test that was posted on Youtube, “Time After Time” (originally by Cyndi Lauper), so you can hear what she sounds like with no tuning:
And here’s a demo song, “You Are the Reason” by neutrinoP and Wolf, with an unknown amount of tuning:
Sure she’s not the best English Vocaloid, but she’s not the worst either. …
This is a very short post, I know. ^_^; Hopefully the next one will be longer.
While you wait for the next post, why don’t you check out the C-Cubed Blog? A bunch of cool things have been happening there lately; I particularly recommend reading the Dialogues. They really make me laugh!
Hello, everyone! I’m Cloud. Welcome to my blog! I’m going to post all sorts of adorable, cool, or just downright awesome things that I find on here. Everything from books to patterns, toys and t-shirts, if I know about it and like it, you can bet that it’ll be on here.
Things may go slowly at first, but with luck this blog will be bursting full of all sorts of amazing things in the near future. So, I hope to see you all again soon!