When the experiment is over…

An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1768. Public domain.

Accept. Assess. Archive. Celebrate. Go Home.

Did the bird in the experiment painted by Joseph Wright die?  My inclination to write online certainly seems to have suffocated in the glass bowl of a self-named website.

My plan now is to pack up and go home–to try being moonflowerdragon again.

Packing up will be slow: I will review each post here and decide whether to take it with me or let it disappear.

Ideally I would …

Exit Celebrating

– but how?

You can help – grab a drink, pull up a chair, and tell me your favourite stories about the end of some of your projects / experiments / games …


Paper maker and arachnophile?

An interesting way to decorate paper or preserve a spider?

I’m not sure my son’s hand-sized spider friend Roger would look quite so good squashed into paper, but it might be fascinating to compare with the 17th century specimen (above) held by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Sadly, I note that the descriptive record of his tomb has not yet mentioned the presence of Ze C.S. Pholcidae.


“Screw your courage to the sticking-place” #tagprompt

Readers may blame my *dear* sister for this topic, the first in a restart of last year’s tag-team series.

My inner sook thought “What would I do with a Shakespeare quote”.

This is of course, a line of Lady MacBeth’s (in the Tragedy of MacBeth, Act I, Scene 7), in which she urges action as a matter of resolve.  Never mind that its evil, or wrong, or unwise–its a matter of courage so grows some balls mate.

My poorly-developed inner artist wonders “how might I represent that visually?”.

But I cut that thought short.

hotskytrotsky titled two very interesting 8tracks playlists with the phrase (Volume I, Volume II)–apparently (the following links tumblr-typical being sparse on context) in association with a story or two involving princesses: Volume I for a wizard one princess taught to love again; and Volume II for eight castle-confined daughters who face struggles.
While we’re thinking laterally I think it might have been a bit of a stretch the way it was used in Digital Microscopy: Methods in Cell Biology as if courage is merely a call on time and effort.

My inner reference librarian thinks ‘context’ and ‘sources’.

As in, for this game (context), I need not look too far beyond Google and such easy to find if unscholarly resources like enotes, whose unattributed commentary settles on opinions as to its meaning from (sources) the OED (referring to “twisting of a tuning peg until it becomes set in its hole”) and The Riverside Shakespeare (sticking-place being “the mark to which a soldier screwed up the cord of a crossbow.”) But to the latter I believe more apropos might be Dictionary.com‘s second definition

the place in the lower part of an animal’s neck where the knife is thrust in slaughtering.”

This suggests that either the situation calls for both courage and focus (as in targetting), or that fine focus on one’s specific task (rather than the bigger/longer picture) may build or substitute for courage.

At this point the topic seems to call for an image, but the paths I followed were too gruesome / too pretty to attach to the topic. Do suggest something.

My inner scholar thinks “what is already out there”.

kathrynruthd posted that it is one of the Shakespeare quotes through which she sought inspiration. More interesting were her prior and following posts: 2013 job search (I wonder how that went); and the positive role of Twitter in her friendships, learning and life experiences.

My inner gamer thinks “that’s enough”

I could keep exploring this theme, but I want to go play Theme Hospital again.

So: Shakespeare’s (Lady MacBeth’s) context turns me off this line as inspiration to act.  I’ll not beat myself with the “courage” stick to get myself to act.

Focus, on the other hand, would be lovely–so how does a multipotentialite achieve that? Hm, not? Apparently, instead, according to Emilie Wapnick, our skills are idea synthesis, rapid learning and adaptability; and such skills are needed for the “complex multidimensional problems in the world right now” for which we need “creative, out-of-the-box thinkers”… we should “*embrace* our many passions,  follow our curiosity down those rabbit holes and explore our intersections”.

Over to you…

Next prompt = “Wait for it….”



#\:D/ : Screenshooting, cursor too

…with IrfanView

While Snipping Tool still delights me, today I learned to Capture a screenshot with IrfanView that shows the mouse cursor! … \:D/

In brief:

Open Irfan View -> Options -> Capture/Screenshot (check/modify settings) -> Start -> Ctrl-F11

To clarify: the settings to manage screen capture in IrfanView are accessed through the Options menu, being sixth available option if canvas is blank.


Capture Setup has many controls. I set the capture area to Foreground window. I left capture method at default Hot Key CTRL+F11. I left default at including mouse cursor. And after the capture show in main window of IrfanView.

IrfanView Capture Setup has four bundles of options. Capture Area has seven types from full desktop area to a fixed screen rectangle. Capture method can be by hotkey or automatic on timer. After the capture offers four options, to show, copy to clipboard, send to printer or save. Finally in addition to default mouse cursor, two other options area to scroll window and set when to stop, if filming.

Yes will need to crop

But cropping–once I realised* how (when there is an image on the canvas and no paint tools selected, just left click drag, let-go, Ctrl+Y)–is also rather nifty in IrfanView, offering (via Edit -> Show selection grid) a golden ratio grid.

*(thanks to Lord Spam Magnet & Grinler at BleepingComputers)

PS – if you were wondering

  • \:D/ in title is a Happy Dance
  • the screenshot for which I wanted a cursor…
    Pasting values only (or paste as plain text) in Google Sheets…relates to a possible future post about importing+keeping Google Search results for a google portion of a literature review.

How to style Zotero references in WordPress posts = Custom CSS

Have you been dragging references from Zotero to your WordPress blog post, only to find that your WordPress theme does not have style instructions for the divs Zotero uses?

Zotero’s div classes

Perhaps like me you have noted in html view that the reference dragged from Zotero is automatically styled with “<div class=”csl-bib-body“> and <div class=”csl-entry”>”?

Adding Custom CSS to WordPress Theme

Tonight I finally worked out  how to tell my blog what style it should apply to the div classes that come with citations dragged from Zotero. I took a snippet of bertobox‘s solution, and looked at my Theme Options, finding an option to add a custom css style.

Image depicts WordPress Dashboard, Appearance menu, Theme Options, CSS Styles, Custom CSS Styles box

Custom styling Zotero classes for APA



I use Cyberchimp’s free Responsive II theme. I do not know if the theme options available for it are common to any others.

Mind, this designates only one particular style (the style above is for APA). If I wanted to use different citation styles for different posts, I’d need a different solution.

Hat tip/demonstration:

bertobox. (2011). CSS-for-APA-Style-references. Retrieved 29 July 2015, from https://github.com/bertobox/CSS-for-APA-Style-references