158 words, and hours of research that somehow had to involved rereading all of one of my favorite webcomics?
Oh well. This is an adventure! The exciting part is I can SEE the goal of finishing this short story and I actually think I am making progress towards it! Very inefficiently, but doing it at all is so important to me right now that I'm giving myself permission to do it really, really badly as long as I'm making any kind of progress whatsoever. Because how else can I get better, if I don't let myself get all the way through no matter how muddled I am? Waiting to spontaneously develop perfection won't work.
Warning: This poem deals with the morning after an intense upheaval, so there is some angst. It's mostly comfort, though.
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Prompting is free (the theme poll is open now & will stay open at least until 9 tomorrow night) and I will write at least 1 flash-fiction story or beginning to the first 12 prompters.
Extra stories, longer stories, and more days of the prompt call can be earned:
* By being a new prompter or your signal boost bringing in someone new
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* By becoming a patron of my Patreon.
* By tipping/commissioning more words.
Currently, "Green Thumbs", "When the best answer is FIRE", and "Summer ritual celebrations" are in a 3-day tie for the first day's theme. Go check it out and vote!
I have had a headache all day. Blah!
On the TMI side of the world, ( naw, seriously, TMI )
Did I mention the AC in the car is tending to cut out? It is. (Edit: actually, it may have gone from "tending" to "eet gooooone nao.") Appointment on Friday.
Edit2: Dear effing stars; ACCESSIBILITY! IS! IMPORTANT! See: http://londonbard.livejournal.com/59372
...actually, I'm gonna go eat and finish this when I get back. Havva Quote later.
C_______ says, “I have food on my desk and Nixon on my lap. This can only end well.”
C_______ has disconnected.
C_______ has connected.
C_______ says, “And then Nixon turned off my computer.”
I__ [to C_______]: Bad kitty. :p
--From the MUSH. C foretells future!
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( Dragons under fold )
Very fortunately, I had taken my shoes off as soon as I entered the house, as is my habit , and her tail was already pulling out from under my left foot as I turned around, and the kick was very light. She seems to have forgiven me, lying flat on the floor next to me as I sit in the kitchen – or maybe she's just too hot to move, as that has been her usual position the past week or more.
Now that *I've* gotten over the shock, I'll post this and make my sandwich.
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I’ve been playing with that ‘added pressure adds bass response’ idea, for use with these piezo pickups. I made a little wooden chamber that would let me add light pressure, as with the bridge pickup design. It would be held down with a clamp for testing, but would isolate that pressure from the piezo itself.
Anyway, I made a bunch of recordings, two for control, and eight with a range of pressure in the chamber. The controls were made with the pickup taped to the front of my zouk with double-sided tape (standard attachment), and with the pickup directly clamped to the front (also a standard attachment) and come first and second in the recording. The other eight were with the pickup in the test chamber, with increasing amounts of pressure on the crystal, applied by inserting paper as seen here:
With thin cardboard and two sheets of paper
Note again that the clamp is not adding pressure to the disc in any way.
Audio samples in a single mp3, here. There is some extra noise in these recordings; I was trying the modular approach again and that’s the result. I think the TRS connectors are inherently noisy. But that’s a separate matter.
I also ran spectrographic analysis on each recording, and combined those into a single animated gif that cycles through the recordings in order. Here’s the key for both. The gif is repeating, so each frame is labelled in the upper left.
1: taped to top 2: clamped directly to top 3: in chamber, no paper 4: in chamber, thin cardboard (0.46mm) 5: in chamber, cb+1 sheet (+0.11mm) 6: in chamber, cb+2 sheets (+0.21mm) 7: in chamber, cb+3 sheets (+0.31mm) 8: in chamber, cb+4 sheets (+0.42mm) 9: in chamber, cb+5 sheets (+0.52mm) 10: in chamber, cb+6 sheets (+0.63mm)
You’ll note in both the graphs and the audio that bringing in the chamber at all, even with no additional crystal pressure, caused a big drop in high-end oversensitivity, and boosted the low-end. That was interesting; I have suspected for a while that the crystal side of the disc would actually be better as a source-facing element, but there are physical issues to doing that, since the wires have to attach on that side.
Adding pressure continued to boost low-end response through test 7, without inhibiting high-end response. After that, I think additional pressure began to overcome the benefits, and you see a return to a more midrange-heavy sound – though in all cases, I think it’s better than either traditional mount.
This is consistent with tests made in the bridge pickup from last week, and reminds me of a diagramme I saw of a period crystal microphone that implied the crystals themselves would be set up forward-facing.
Anyway, data! And lots of it, for lots of your crystal/piezo experimental needs.
"How did you figure out how to do that?"
"I read the help," I answered.
"You learned to program by READING THE HELP??"
Borland had really great help docs :)
Also, I am struck (yet again) by how much I was helped by those who had a more secure position in life than I did. Him sharing his computer with me was a big help in me eventually going into programming.
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I need to FINISH AN EDIT, argh.
...I should be doing that, but am so brain-blank that I am re-reading my own fanfic. >_>
(AU version of the OC in http://archiveofourown.org/works/401790
(Obligatory shilling; if you like my fanfic, consider sampling my originalfic. O;> )
Meanwhile, kid relates lines from her new SWTOR character:
(PC) Imive: "So, you're an elitist snob."
(NPC) Overseer Tremel: "You say that like it's a bad thing."
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Many a blessing on the second independence referendum now brewing in Scotland. I hope it takes this time. I say this as a Scots-Irish Eurofriendly American with an atypical bent, but I still say it.
Someone else having a better-than-expected day in my vicinity.
Making a particularly nervewracking important phone call. (For scale, with my particular anxiety issues this is more terrifying than rollercoasters and less fun than vomiting.) I *ought* to be grateful I actually did it, and what I actually feel is horrible and worried, but I am listing it anyway because of Reasons.
Dogs that say hello.
I was up all yesterday and last night watching votes come in on Brexit, and I’m as surprised as the next supervillain, or, for that matter, the next Briton who has been googling exactly what is the EU, anyway? after the vote.
I posted a bunch on my old LJ/DW account pair, which you can read here if you want, but that’s just tracking financial reaction. I’m really thinking about just the UK, at the moment, and what happens politically now. In that, I’m assuming in this that the EU manages to stay together without the UK, which will certainly be the number one project of everyone over there for the next five years.
Scotland will treat this as an abrogation of promises made in 2014 to entice it to stay in the UK. A big one of those was continued and certain EU membership.
Scotland, of course, voted overwhelmingly – and across all of the country – to stay. Northern Ireland voted soundly to stay as well, but less overwhelmingly, and doesn’t have a recent close referendum on leaving. Both the SNP and Sinn Féin have called for new referenda on separation, and everyone’s treating the Scottish call more seriously – including, I note, the Scots.
But I’m not sure that’s the right analysis. I think it’ll come down to borders.
The biggest question in both cases comes down to free movement. Within the EU, you have free movement; border controls are not really a big issue for Europeans.
But outside the UK, there are, of course, plenty of border controls. If those controls reappear, I think Northern Ireland tells the UK to fuck off. The smart thing for Sinn Féin might be to wait ’till those border controls start showing up.
It won’t be like this, because that’s Africa and the racism is fierce.
But it’ll be controls of some sort, and this is the image to use.
And if those border controls reappearing are part of Scottish independence, I can’t but wonder if that means the Scots will stay.
Scotland and England have had free borders for a very, very long time. In the last vote, that was brought up, but you’d’ve had EU co-membership, making the issue moot. In a new vote… not so much.
So I think they might well have it backwards. Irish reunification, yes; Scottish independence, no.
And, of course, across all of it, ample chances in destabilisation. Supervillains and day-traders, be on alert, opportunity goddamn knocks.
Comfy beds, and good things that happen in them.
Self-knowledge applicable to predicting mood and brain chemistry.
Plum trees in their many varieties.
The color-saturated quality of daylight through thin rain clouds during early evening.
U.K.'s FTSE 100 slides 7.7% at 5,849.41 after U.K. votes for Brexit
Breaking Barclays tanks 30% after U.K. votes to Brexit
Losses deepen for European banks, Stoxx banking index down 11%
U.K.'s midcap FTSE 250 plunges 11.5% as U.K. votes for Brexit (yes that's four points from the above AS I'M TYPING THIS)
Barclays tanks 30% after U.K. votes to Brexit
Germany's DAX opens 10% lower at 9,232 after U.K. votes to leave the EU
Stoxx Europe 600 down 5.5%, falling further in opening trade
PM Cameron speaking in seven minutes.
The Pound Sterling is down around 12%-ish against the USD, lowest since the 1980s. The Nikkei is down close to 8%, with trading suspended by circuit breakers. London banking is going to be kneecapped. Do not get that wrong: kneecapped. People wanting access to the EU in English now need to go to Ireland.
The SNP have already said that this abrogates the promises made in the independence referendum in 2014, and Scotland in this election voted overwhelmingly (and in all ridings) to stay in Europe; commentators are assuming there will be another independence vote in the next couple of years, and that it's likely it will pass. Even one of the BBC's Scottish employees said that last time they didn't take independence seriously and of course voted against, but this time, they will.
In the short term this is going to throw a chunk of money at the US and Japan, as perceived safe havens, but that'll mostly be currency; the general freak-out will hammer the markets and won't help any part of any economies. (I just saw a flash update that Dow futures are down 650 points, which is a pretty big gut-punch.)
Everyone is assuming that PM Cameron is going to stay on for a bit; possibly even a few months, until the summer Conservative Party conference, at which point there'll be a transition and possibly a new election.
This is a remarkable monkeywrenching. Even the Leave side going into tonight were talking up the idea of this being proof that people have to take Euro-scepticism seriously - not that they were going to win. And now they have a victory.
The EU needs to be scrambling now, as hard as it can, to try to figure out how to salvage the rest of the project. Europe has a long and very, very bloody history. It does not need to be starting that up again, and a lot of the hopes have been hooked to the EU.
It seems unlikely that I'll write 500 words today, unless I write something else immediately after finishing this post. But anyway, today I'm thankful for...
- Cat therapy. Just being around Ticia raises my mood more than just about anything else. Sometimes I'll just sink into her purr and drift contentedly.
- An excuse to go back through my river posts. Maybe my idea from a couple of years ago of collecting them into a book is still a good one. They have deteriorated considerably since I started my weekly "Done" posts -- they were actually daily when I started; they took over the mind-space and time that other writing was occupying.
- Colleen. How she manages to put up with me -- and why -- I will never know, but I'm glad she does.
- xmonad -- both for providing a great desktop environment, and for giving me something to write about. By extension, Haskell, the language it's written in.
- Writing. Even if I didn't get anywhere near 500 words tonight.
Watched Empire Strikes Back. First time the kid had seen it. I confess to, at this point in my existence, being mildly baffled by Luke's reaction to Vader's revelation. The things that having a terrible sire does to one's mind, I suppose. -_-
I have also discovered that I can touch-type, with my thumbs, on my iPad's "screeboard"... With some help from autocorrect, which was actually being... helpful...
Fat Bird (Shuu): I have drawn out the power you sealed in his breast with the Forbidden Mantrayana.
(Player: I did what with the what now?)
Fat Bird: Arise, Himnesia, Bringer of Death!
(Player: Now you're just making **** up.)
Player: OH GOD THEY WEREN'T MAKING IT UP
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First lesson of running away: if you do not succeed in eluding your masters, they will hunt you down and quite likely kill you. Regrettably, art imitates life imitates art. While this robot is unlikely to be fully sentient, it does have learning algorithms and is demonstrating how humans respond to things they find displeasing. The pattern is likely to repeat with increased sentience.
I also picked a few black raspberries.
The first of the blackberries are beginning to ripen, so I may get some of those later this week.
Why I “Need” an AR-15
Jon Stokes, Jun 14
Once again, there has been another mass shooting involving a gun that looks like an AR-15 (it’s technically a Sig Sauer MCX, which may or may not be an “AR-15”… more later on this definitional issue and why it actually matters beyond mere neckbeard pedantry). And, once again, the calls have gone out to ban the “black rifle” from civilian sales. “Nobody needs one of these weapons of war”, is the common refrain.
Yet, if the statistics from the National Shooting Sports Federation can be believed, some 5 million Americans have decided that they do, in fact, “need” an AR-15. Are all of these people bloodthirsty savages? Delusional survivalists? Military fetishists? Insecure men with tiny… hands?
[T]his article is for the genuinely curious — those who assume that 5 million of their fellow Americans are not inhuman or insane, and who want to understand what set of rationales, no matter how flawed and confused they may ultimately turn out to be, could make an otherwise normal person walk out of a gun store with an “assault weapon.”
By the end of this piece, you probably still will not believe that I or any other civilian actually needs an AR-15. That’s fine. My only hope is that you’ll go forth better equipped to talk about gun control based on an understanding of how real live people view and use these firearms.
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ETA (June 23, 9:46 pm US Eastern Daylight Time = June 24, 1:46 am UTC )
I've just added blockquoting to make quite clear which words are mine and which are the writer's. And in a similar vein, I'll add here that
- I favor gun control, not gun prohibition.
- I believe that the NRA's constant opposition to any kind of gun control is insane and extremely dangerous.
- I personally do not own a gun and do not wish to.
1. Extending trust and having it turn out to be merited.
2. Having clean freshly washed things with scents of peppermint and lavender.
3. Using a microfiber cloth to clean things without needing any soap.
4. Eating cashews, which are delicious and munchable and make me think of little shoes even though that is completely ridiculous.
5. Picking raspberries.
This building isn’t a Lair. It’s not. It might be a retirement villa for the successful supervillain, though – I know I’d be happy to have it. But no matter how you classify it, it’s lair architecture, in oh so many important ways.
And it’s unremittingly lovely, and I want to stress most strongly, this is not a drawing, this is a real, actual, extant place, no matter how much it looks like some 1960s futurist vision, possibly in space. This exists.
This, like the previous, is also actually real.
So is this.
All of these are watercolour pencil / pencil / ink on illustration board. With some metallic and/or iridescent acrylic as highlights. Some are available for sale.
Unicorn Moon Sickle - Courtship Available
( Under a cut you will also find a bilby with some Celtic knotwork, a Fiji Iguana and Dandelions, a Midnight Owl, a Dragon and a Hamerkop. Don't know what a Hamerkop is? I didn't either, until quite recently... If you already knew, that's awesome )