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07 August 2005 @ 06:45 pm
questions for the LJ hive mind  
1) I got a free manicure kit a while ago. It has the usual tools, and one thing I've never seen before: it's a little instrument with a double-pronged tip, like a tiny, tiny fork. I've googled and looked over all sorts of kits, but I haven't found anything like it. Does anyone know what this could be?

2) I keep trying to get rid of a redundant memories category--"stargate atlantis." I have most things in "SGA Misc" and "SGA recs" now. I keep recategorizing the remaining 3 posts, but the edit doesn't take, and the category won't go away, probably because it's never "emptying." I know I've done this in the past. Is there a current bug of some kind, or am I forgetting how to do something?

Meanwhile I'm watching "The Day After Tomorrow" and celebrating my femininity by painting my nails. Or something. *g*
Rebellious Jezebelmaggiesox on August 8th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
You use it to push back your cuticles, I think.
Anna S.eliade on August 8th, 2005 02:20 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
anonymous_sibyl on August 8th, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
Cuticle trimmer. You sort of slide it around your cuticles and it cuts them off. To be used after showering or in conjunction with cuticle softening cream.

*g* Man, I know useless things.
Anna S.eliade on August 8th, 2005 02:20 am (UTC)
Huh--interesting--thank you! It seems extraneous to the actual cuticle cutters and the cuticle pusher, but I can see that the design is meant to offer an alternative. Actually I think that its point would be clearer if it weren't part of a cheap manicure set. If there's supposed to be a cutting-type edge, but it's in fact rather dull. ;)
petuniahortense on August 8th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
that's one end of it...
the fork end sounds like an actual cuticle trimmer. There's actually a small blade in the apex of the fork. You'll never see a manicurist use one. I have used it many times and still do even though I have injured myself with it and I have also heard it makes the cuticles very tough. Some times I'm all about the lazy and it's quicker than soaking and pushing back. Also sometimes my cuticles just get over grown.
Anna S.: agent-coopereliade on August 8th, 2005 02:22 am (UTC)
Re: that's one end of it...
I see now! This thing doesn't have much of a blade though. It's very cheap. ;) But I will play with it next time I do my nails.
Isis: geekyisiscolo on August 8th, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
[via friendsfriends]

Go up to the menu at the top of your standard lj page (e.g. your userinfo) and select Manage, then Tags. You can delete tags that way.
Anna S.: buffy_mooneliade on August 8th, 2005 02:27 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! :) They are actually not tags, though, but the old-fashioned type of memories. I'm such a late adopter--I still don't get tags. (*blush*)
tabaquitabaqui on August 8th, 2005 02:28 am (UTC)
I believe that, on the memories thing, you have to delete the NAME of the memory, too. The 'Stargate Atlantis'. Go to that set, and open it, and if there are any links in it, go to 'edit' and delete everything in BOTH menus - the one with the actual 'name' of the link, and the one that says 'Stargate Atlantis'

When you've done that to ALL of the entries in there, the 'Stargate Atlantis' entry should just disappear. It always has for me.

Good luck!
Anna S.: weiss-happyeliade on August 8th, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
Oh my god--THANK YOU THANK YOU! You are so clever to have figured out something so functionally non-intuitive. *g*
tabaquitabaqui on August 8th, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)
It was more of a 'hey! That catagory's all gone!' kind of thing than an actual figuring out using logic or anything. The memories function really sucks ass, if you ask me.
Jane Bluestockingj_bluestocking on August 8th, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
I caught part of The Day After Tomorrow, but I was interrupted. What happened to the girl with blood poisoning? How did they fix her? This is the sort of question that can nag at me for days.
Anna S.: johnny-deppeliade on August 8th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
Well...hee. I can't even launch into it without a prefacing laugh. *g* So, they're trapped in the library, you know, with the Russian ship iced in outside. So the young hero-boy, whatshisname, breaks a chair and fashions snow shoes, and he and the other guys walk across the ice to the ship and go inside looking for medicine. They find it and are attacked by CGI wolves. They escape and run back into the library just steps ahead one of those giant super-fast ice fronts, which chases them through the halls and slams against the doors just as they're closed.

Jane Bluestockingj_bluestocking on August 8th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
There is no comment I can make on that. But thank you.
Oh, hi.pink_pants on August 8th, 2005 04:56 am (UTC)
ha ha... i loved that movie! i'm not necess. the kind of person who's going to impose a lot of political commentary on most blockbuster type films - the movie had it's own overt agenda, obviously - but i guffawed, yes guffawed! - re: the ending. when the vice-president makes this speech: "and thanks to our gracious mexican hosts for allowing us to cross borders during this desperate time..." blahdiddy.

i'm still waiting for the sequel: the day after the day after tomorrow, all about how the u.s. stages a coup, takes over mexico and south america, and exploits everyone with their imperialist tendencies!

of course you have to be the kind of person who laughs at imperialist will . . . ironically? with knowing but not proud collusion? uh, whatever! i laughed. but i still liked the movie.
Kat Allisonkatallison on August 8th, 2005 02:51 am (UTC)
My cuticles drive me *insane*. They seem to grow with rampant inordinate speed, and I pick and pick at them during important meetings when I'm supposed to be acting like a mature adult professional, until they're all ragged and bloody and horrid. Sometimes I think I should find a deft, silent, elegant Japanese manicurist whom I would meet weekly and who would skillfully pare them down, leaving me with lovely hand-model fingers. (In this fantasy we are both wearing silken kimonos, and koto music is playing in the background.)

And, *ahem*. Apologies for hijacking your comment with utter fribble.
Anna S.: liam-hands-wesleysgirleliade on August 8th, 2005 02:58 am (UTC)
Oh, your manicure fantasy is wondeful! :>) I now and then get manicures, but more often I'm too impatient to sit through one as someone else fiddles with my hands.

...until they're all ragged and bloody and horrid.

This is the normal state of my nails. *g* Also, just now, before I started painting, I obsessively tore off one of those side growths--I guess it's a cuticle outcropping?--and bled for, like, ten minutes. Later I accidentally swabbed it with polish remover. Hehhhh...ow.
Kat Allisonkatallison on August 8th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
Owwwww. *pets your poor finger* Another bad thing is when you're trying to get your filing caught up because *dear god your office is a pigsty* and while you are jamming paper into manila folders you catch the edge of one of those raggedy cuticle-outcropping and rip it open, and then you bleed all over the budget reports and have to try to beg a bandage from one of the secretaries. (Um, this would actually be *me* and not you.)
namastenancynamastenancy on August 8th, 2005 04:41 am (UTC)
Ouch! Yes, that would hurt! Try carrying around a little tube of arnica cream and rubbing it into your cuticles when you remember. It really does help - I can testify from personal experience. And here's wishing you an apointment with a good manicurist but one who does not use toxic products!

namaste SF Nancy
Pouncer: Girl with glassesthepouncer on August 8th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
I have found it efficacious if, after showering, I take my damp hand towel (that I use to blot excess water from my hair) and rub the damp spots up and down my nail bed. This *seems* to get rid of a lot of the crusty nastiness, although it can also lead to bloody hangnails that have to be trimmed with cuticle clippers. I obsess over my cuticles - I blame primate grooming rituals for how soothing I find it when they're pretty.
ex_dovil323 on August 8th, 2005 05:57 am (UTC)
1) A broken shrimp fork.

2) Twink.
Herself_nycherself_nyc on August 8th, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
It's to spork out your eyes when you see a bad Spangel manip. Keep it with you always.
alittlebritonalittlebriton on August 8th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
If you feel the tool is redundant, maybe you could have very small fondue with it.

I have no clue about tags either - I feel very left out when my friends start talking LJ tech and Ive only just worked out how to do cuts. So please sit with me in my old skool seat and we shall talk of when times were simpler and butterscotch flavouring really tasted of butterscotch.
Anna S.: harry-pottereliade on August 8th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
So please sit with me in my old skool seat and we shall talk of when times were simpler and butterscotch flavouring really tasted of butterscotch.

I totally will! :>D Now I'm trying to think of something else that the taste of has changed in the last 20+ years. I had something in mind the other day but now I can't think of it. Hmmm.