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Uncanny Valley: The Audio Version

Jul. 7th, 2015 02:36 am
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I got to talking with some friends about the uncanny valley, and then I found this video of two chatbots talking together.  The imagery is basically two talking heads, with a voiceover. The uncanny valley effect works in audio as well as visual mode, and it is creepy.  For those of you whose impaired vision has left you out of the uncanny valley based on sight, here's a chance to experiment with hearing it instead.  Or anyone else who thinks it's cool.

The conversation runs 6:37.  I didn't last a minute before tapping out.  Other friends variably lasted about two minutes, and less than ten seconds.  How long can you make it?

bad decision theatre

Jul. 6th, 2015 11:51 pm
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Okay, sure, I'm a solo act most of the time, but that's no reason not to start a song with an a cappella choral harmony, right?

Adult Preschool

Jul. 7th, 2015 12:06 am
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Wow, ageplay just went public.  Expensive though. 

Much walking.

Jul. 7th, 2015 12:51 am
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I suppose I am getting exercise? Kid says it helps...

Havva Quote
So, our very first piece of mail in our spiffy new mailbox was a nasty letter demanding to know why we didn't pay the tax bill that was never sent to us.
--http://www.enslin.com/rae/house/mail.html


INwatch+Bookwatch )


Dragons under fold )

Killjoys make "Killjoys"

Jul. 6th, 2015 09:46 pm
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Pay Special Attention: a slight, tiny spoiler (in that it describes a single event which was shown on screen, then conflates a long teenaged rant into a summary of the character's attitude and subsequent behavior for the remainder of the episode) for the series “Humans.”



I have to warn everyone that I've been struggling with the local climate all day. If I break logic, point it out to me, huh? Or the space-time continuum, which is equally possible given how… odd.. I've felt all day.


For simplicity's sake, I'd like to return to the topic of “space bounty hunters” and that very aptly named show, “Killjoys.” Just to be a snarky-puss, I'll even start off by comparing it to the premiere episode of “Humans,” which disturbed me SO badly that I couldn't watch the first fifteen minutes, and had to watch the episode in five- or six-minute increments over a WEEK, due to the deeply disturbing, very effective ways that humanoid robots are shown to be property.
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"Coming in from the Cold" is the next big piece in its series, dealing with Bucky and his continued issues with that piece-of-crap prosthesis. I'm posting each day within the story as a section unto itself, broken down into post-sized parts.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Happy Hogan, Peggy Carter, Sam Wilson, DUM-E, U, Butterfingers.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Kitchen fail. Tony being a brat. Description of past deaths and self-destructive behavior. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: The Avengers celebrate Memorial Day by going to Washington, D.C. for the festivities. Emotional roller-coasters ensue.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Cooking. Comfort food. Holidays. Medals. Veteran issues. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Emotional confusion. Hope. Crowds. Memorials. Mourning. Letting go. Moving on. Photography. Parades. Storytelling. War stories. Nostalgia. Hand-feeding. Heroism. Public speaking. Flashbacks. Friendship. Counseling. Leaving early. Bots. Tony and his bots. Tony Stark loves his bots. The bots are Tony's kids. Bot feels. Bots being cute. Protective bots. Boundary issues. Territoriality. Making friends. Bucky's arm. Tony Stark & Bucky's arm. Watching television. Cuddling. Hand cramps. Massage. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8.

Here ends "Coming in from the Cold: Monday: Memorial Day." Thank you all for sticking with the series this far! I love your input. Final thoughts on the story overall are welcome, in addition to reactions on this specific chapter. The Tuesday segment has been drafted, but this is Poetry Fishbowl week so expect it to be awhile before posting resumes. I gotta put the beans on the table.

I also have a list of favorite photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider, partly compiled from audience requests. See the new fanart of Bruce and Natka under the coffee table!

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

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Wha...

Jul. 7th, 2015 12:00 am
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I was going to post, maybe, but right now I have a face full of cat tail (literal) and I'm about to fall over if I don't get to !* sleep soon.

* YIKES! I have a friend coming to visit for a few days soon, so I had an extra set of keys made. The Monster just batted them off the desk onto the floor and was about to go batting them around and chasing them. Just what I'd need...

→ Poem: "Learning to See"

Jul. 6th, 2015 11:22 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith is posting this poem a verse at a time: so far, 9 out of 17. I want to see the rest of it! so please go and read it and, if you like it, signal boost it as I'm doing here.

Poem: "Learning to See"

Jul. 6th, 2015 08:28 pm
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This is the linkback perk for the June 2, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It came out of the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It belongs to the series Seeing Hearts, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page. So far, 13 of 17 verses have been posted. Linkers include [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] thnidu[personal profile] chordatesrock.

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Our theme in June was "outgrowing old ideas." I worked from 12:30 PM to 5:30 AM, so about 15 hours allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 10 poems on Tuesday and another 6 later.

Participation was a little lower, with 20 people sending prompts. [personal profile] lone_cat, already a donor, posted a prompt for the first time.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the June 2, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Dynamic Play"
"The Fear of Truth"
"One Wants to Be Together"
"Outgrowing Notions"
"Shades of Morality"
"Tarnished Silver Myths"
"Unset Courses"

"Learning to See" (Seeing Hearts, 5/5/15 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Under Any Other Scenario" (Polychrome Heroics, 5/5/15 Poetry Fishbowl)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for June 2, 2015. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems from April have been posted, and backchannel copies sent to the prompters of the rest. Per the $200 goal, "Under Any Other Scenario" was the free epic. Per the $250 goal, that's two tallies toward a bonus fishbowl. Per the $300 goal, there was a half-price sale in Schrodinger's Heroes.

There were only three donors this time, all regulars: [personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony and Shirley Barrette.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

Monday linkspam

Jul. 6th, 2015 04:21 pm
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Several via [personal profile] andrewducker:

http://pickledcomics.com/jurassic-moon/

At one polycon I attended, we called this "old relationship energy".
"Your heart no longer speeds up when you see them, but instead, everything calms down. When youre in the room with them, you feel calm, and secure. When you cuddle them you feel your heart beat slow, and the sound of their breathing carry you towards comfort. It doesnt feel like a roller coaster anymore, it feels like home."
http://helloelloh.tumblr.com/post/122434920474/a-post-about-romantic-relationships

Behind the scenes at the Puppy Bowl.
http://www.avclub.com/article/plexiglas-poop-and-penguins-life-behind-scenes-pup-214284


Father–Daughter Beatboxing (via [personal profile] yifu)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg1qLJ_6-LE

How not to be a bullying mob, with handy-dandy flow chart. (Via [personal profile] supergee)
http://www.deusexmachinatio.com/blog/2015/7/5/how-to-not-be-a-bullying-mob-version-10

Fanart of Bruce and Natka

Jul. 6th, 2015 05:55 pm
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SQUEEEEE!!!  Ari the Dodecahedron has posted fanart of  Bruce and Natka under the coffee table.  Note that this is a practice piece for using the tablet more, which is a terrific purpose for fanart.  :D

Back from Fiddle Tunes! Hello!

Jul. 6th, 2015 12:39 pm
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Hi all! Back from my week-long sojourn to Fiddle Tunes, and goodness gracious that was fun. Challenging, and daunting sometimes, and intense–but all in very good ways, and it was beyond delightful to be able to learn directly from some of the best musicians in the entire Quebecois trad genre. Mad props to Lisa Ornstein, André Marchand, and Normand Miron for all being wonderful teachers, especially during the Quebecois band lab sessions!

Also mad props for my pal Dejah Leger who was not only an excellent aid for M. Marchand and M. Miron, but who ALSO gave some wonderful little tutorials on DADGAD tuning. I had to skip a couple of ’em because BRAIN FULL ALL HEDSPLODE FROM TOONZ, but what tutorials of Dejah’s I was able to attend were delightful.

The Centrum staff took very good care of us, so mad props to all of them as well!

I will be posting more in depth about the experience as the week progresses, but wanted to get this post out today. Particularly since I wanted to show off the video of the Quebecois band lab group I participated in! That was a big chunk of the week–a bunch of the attendees organizing under various faculty to learn tunes in the traditions we were all interested in, and then to perform what we learned on stage on Saturday the 5th! Linda Mattson took the video and kindly gave permission for it to be shared!

The video on this post is our band lab group performing “Galope de Ste-Blondine” and “Reel du bonhomme”. I’m pretty sure we were one of the biggest and liveliest of all the band lab groups, if not THE biggest and liveliest. I know we had a horn section. AND a stepdancer. I think it’s safe to say we rocked the goddamn house. 😀

More on this in forthcoming posts, as well as our other band lab video! Was very sorry to leave, it was so awesome. But I’m glad to be back!

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

Moment of Silence: Burt Shavitz

Jul. 6th, 2015 01:35 pm
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 Burt Shavitz has passed away.  Some of you know him as the founder of Burt's Bees, a line of natural healing products based on bee products.

everything new and incomplete

Jul. 6th, 2015 08:30 am
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I’ve been writing songs again for the first time since all those eye surgeries, and the Clallam Bay Comicon show is going to be any of them I can get to a really solid first draft. There’s going to be at least two: “Thirteen” and “Supervillain for I Love You.” There aren’t enough supervillain love songs, so I’m writing one. And will likely write more.

There’s at least a shot at “We’re Not Friends” and I can’t rule out “Everybody’s Famous (at the NSA)” and maybe another one. “Everybody’s Famous” is pretty fucked up, I’m just putting that out there now.

Here, have an orchid picture. I semi-inherited this plant; I found it abandoned and pretty dried up. But it recovered and now it has strange little flowers.

So what is
supervillain for I love you?
supervillain for I care?
supervillain for I need you?
supervillain do you dare?

Mirrored from Crime and the Blog of Evil. Come check out our music at:
Bandcamp (full album streaming) | Videos | iTunes | Amazon | CD Baby

Speaking Lakota: Where are you from?

Jul. 6th, 2015 01:47 am
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This post includes written and vocal samples about tribal affiliation.

For what it's worth, Wazí Aháƞhaƞ (Pine Ridge) is the reservation where my father's brother has kin by marriage. Yes, that's complicated. It's also perfectly ordinary for tribal people to trace connections through long trails of relatives.

On my mother's side, our Cherokee ancestor, we don't know who she was.  She was one of the ones who survived by assimilating.  But I am still finding bits of things, all this time later, where family traditions overlap Cherokee culture.  Burying fishheads in the garden, that one was obvious!

Syfy Slam

Jul. 5th, 2015 11:27 pm
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I've been looking at various scientific advances, researching for a different article, and can list half a dozen routinely used advances which were the realm of science fiction two decades ago: gene therapies, cultured skin for grafts, “printed” mechanical models, and Frankenfoods, oops, I mean genetically modified organisms, among others.

So why are we mostly seeing space opera science fiction which doesn't even show those kinds of everyday technologies? We're not building forward from cutting edge to “everyday technology” when we tell stories, but rather tacking some nebulous time line of technological development or contact with alien life onto a story which could have been written in 1960 instead of 2010.

It just doesn't work.
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"Coming in from the Cold" is the next big piece in its series, dealing with Bucky and his continued issues with that piece-of-crap prosthesis. I'm posting each day within the story as a section unto itself, broken down into post-sized parts.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Happy Hogan, Peggy Carter, Sam Wilson, DUM-E, U, Butterfingers.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Kitchen fail. Tony being a brat. Description of past deaths and self-destructive behavior. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: The Avengers celebrate Memorial Day by going to Washington, D.C. for the festivities. Emotional roller-coasters ensue.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Cooking. Comfort food. Holidays. Medals. Veteran issues. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Emotional confusion. Hope. Crowds. Memorials. Mourning. Letting go. Moving on. Photography. Parades. Storytelling. War stories. Nostalgia. Hand-feeding. Heroism. Public speaking. Flashbacks. Friendship. Counseling. Leaving early. Bots. Tony and his bots. Tony Stark loves his bots. The bots are Tony's kids. Bot feels. Bots being cute. Protective bots. Boundary issues. Territoriality. Making friends. Bucky's arm. Tony Stark & Bucky's arm. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.

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No VLACS this weekend.

Jul. 5th, 2015 11:30 pm
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The site was down. And it being a holiday weekend, no chance of it getting fixed quickly, which meant the kid couldn't do any stuff on it. Which... at least no guilt on doing WoW with her for a bit. (My 92 ran her level-15 through a few dungeons, and said level-15 ended at level 23.)

Spouse helped with one stressful thing. I need to go looking for an email. Still stressed.

Kid and I went walking up to the playground to swing twice today.

I hear that Canada is on fire. Like, with ash and burnation and stuff. This is not good. Good luck, Canada!

Havva Quote (anna pic)
N_____ eyes. That's not the sun, that's the Eye of Sauron. https://instagram.com/p/4wbT8Qyul-/

INwatch+Bookwatch )


Dragons under fold )

YAY!!! Pfeh.

Jul. 5th, 2015 06:32 pm
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GOOD weekend. Yesterday was awesome - we went to Canby, enjoyed the street fair and the parade and the music. The kids loved a parade with candy tossed, but for my money the most pure joy was on the playground. Then fireworks, which I got some really good shots of - on my digital camera. (The phone couldn't have done it. Which is a pity - if they'd have been on the phone, I'd have downloaded all the pictures from IT to the computer last night...well, see next paragraph.)

This morning, my iPhone died. Not completely, but interestingly - some kind of software issue where it decided that all space was used up despite the fact that nothing it could point to was using very much space. About 90 GB of space unaccounted for. Delete anything and the bug expanded to fill the space.

Restarting and other cleanup mechanisms didn't work, so after a 2.5-hour wait, the experts restored it to a factory default. And...that means I lost all the photos of Ian giggling happily on that spinny swing except for _one_ I shared on FB. Worst part is it wasn't the best one, which I found later in the sequence. Oh, well. My backup of photos and other stuff is otherwise recent and complete, and I have a photo and a LOVELY memory. We had so much fun, the two of us, at that swing. ***EDIT: Oh God I forgot!! When I found the better pictures I _put the best of them as a comment to the post with the first picture_, I just found that and a couple other pictures from that day. They're not lost!!***

Now to reinstall and reconfigure my phone. Pfeh, but I saw this coming and made notes of what I had where. (Also, anyone who texted me today before 5 pm, it was lost. My phone would accept it - but couldn't store it. As far as I know, that means one text from Scott and a couple about my appointment from Apple. Those weren't important anyway, since I was basically camped in their store.)

(Yes, I have a backup. But it's not super-recent and I adjusted things and added a bunch of apps in the meanwhile. And if it was super-recent, I'd worry it might have backed up the bug what did this, too. Aie.)

ANYWAY. Photos!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kyrielle/sets/72157655490778181

One preview - but seriously, guys, check out the set, please. )
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[personal profile] ljgeoff is really good people and needs to raise money for her first year of nursing school. If you feel so inclined please help with a donation or signal-boost.

http://www.gofundme.com/x8e64k

Done last week (20150628Su - 0704Sa)

Jul. 5th, 2015 11:04 am
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Not a great week, but not terrible. The new antidepressant seems to be helping, and I've been moderately productive. Well, at work, anyway. Wasted all morning Friday on chat with CenturyLink trying to figure out why gigabit internet is available for new accounts (like for our basement "apartment") but not for the line we already have. I'm most likely to simply open the new account and drop internet from the house phone. Having a hardwired phone is good for emergencies anyway.

Thursday I finally got over 10,000 steps; first time since I got the new phone, which includes an always-on pedometer app.

Went out to buy fans yesterday. Home Depot sold out two weeks ago; so did Target. Bed Bath and Beyond had them, but most were expensive. Ended up spending 40 on a stand fan for the Rainbow Room, and 30 for a table fan for Emmy. Really wanted box fans, but there were none to be had.

Colleen and I watched the fireworks on livestream from one of the local stations.

Lots of anxiety, still some depression, and a fair amount of back pain. The latter may be related to the chair I've been sitting in in the Rainbow Room -- it has inadequate back support. Will probably have to do something about that, because I need to spend more time with Colleen there. As for the depression, my overall mood seems to be up a little, but it may be more variable. Still get overwhelmed, and I seem to have gotten worse at functioning through it. We'll see whether the ramped-up dose improves things.

Lots of good links in the notes:

raw notes, with links )

Hey, Y'all, Watch This!

Jul. 5th, 2015 04:17 am
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This video contains firework foolishness typical of what Chris' family gets up to in Schrodinger's Heroes.  Imagine that this is what Luke, Bo, and their friends are doing on the Fourth of July.  (Warning: dangerous shenanigans and minor injuries.)
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"Coming in from the Cold" is the next big piece in its series, dealing with Bucky and his continued issues with that piece-of-crap prosthesis. I'm posting each day within the story as a section unto itself, broken down into post-sized parts.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Happy Hogan, Peggy Carter, Sam Wilson, DUM-E, U, Butterfingers.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Kitchen fail. Tony being a brat. Description of past deaths and self-destructive behavior. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: The Avengers celebrate Memorial Day by going to Washington, D.C. for the festivities. Emotional roller-coasters ensue.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Cooking. Comfort food. Holidays. Medals. Veteran issues. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Emotional confusion. Hope. Crowds. Memorials. Mourning. Letting go. Moving on. Photography. Parades. Storytelling. War stories. Nostalgia. Hand-feeding. Heroism. Public speaking. Flashbacks. Friendship. Counseling. Leaving early. Bots. Tony and his bots. Tony Stark loves his bots. The bots are Tony's kids. Bot feels. Bots being cute. Protective bots. Boundary issues. Territoriality. Making friends. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6.  Skip to Part 9.

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Uncanny Horror

Jul. 4th, 2015 10:33 pm
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One of the ideas which keeps bouncing around in our family conversations is the effective use of the uncanny valley in “Terminator: Genesys.”

Think about Jack Skellington, from “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” or the cast of “Final Fantasy VII: Advent's Children,” but deliberately using the uncanny valley to add a distinct alien quality. Potentially, terrifying!

That sense of disquiet is extremely under-utilized. But, given a CGI origin for Jack Skellington could have made him deeply menacing.
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I was really wiped out most of the day. Partly from not sleeping well (woke up intermittently with a headache in the morning a lot), partly from not eating till 1pm, partly from I Dunno. Tried to nap but it didn't quite work.

Meanwhile, kid's gaming club discovered the game-store venue was closed today (for obvious reasons). So we had 3 kids over (and ours, the GM) in our basement, as is traditional, doing GURPS IOU.

After driving some of them home, then shopping with our kid, spouse went to bed early.

Kid and I went walking some. She likes it. I... have a lower tolerance for it, for some reason.

We did not go out to deal with crowds and wet grass (a thunderstorm went by this afternoon). Instead, I have seen fireworks on Risa, and in Stormwind; in Stormwind, I went dragon-form and took one of the kid's lowbie characters up with me. So we watched them from the air. Not bad, really.

Havva Music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkb-450Av8M

...well, crud, the artist who did that died just last month. O:(

INwatch+Bookwatch )


Dragons under fold )

just for reference

Jul. 4th, 2015 10:24 pm
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In case you wanted to know...
This came up on Google while I was trying to find out if there was any connection between Thomas Hobbes and the dram measurement, as I was sure I recall hearing or reading in connection with The Bruces' Philosophers' Song:


The Planck volume is a base unit of volume in the system of Planck units, equal to 4.2217 × 10-105 m³. The Planck volume can be defined using fundamental physical constants and has the dimension of volume L³ where L — dimension of length.

A fluid dram or fluid drachm (ʒ, dr) is a unit of volume used for measuring liquids. A dram is a unit of mass in the avoirdupois system, and both a unit of mass and a unit of volume in the apothecaries’ system. It was originally both a coin and a weight in ancient Greece. The fluid dram is defined as ⅛ of a fluid ounce and is approximately equal to: 3.7 mL in the US customary units and 3.55 mL in the British Imperial units.

1 Planck volume = 1.1420212771229647e-99 dram [dr]
1 Planck volume = 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000114202127712296 dram [dr]

Make a Stuffed Platypus

Jul. 4th, 2015 06:52 pm
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For those of you not excited by ordinary stuffed animals, you can make a platypus stuffie instead. 

Avengers Hide and Seek

Jul. 4th, 2015 06:39 pm
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Adorable cartoon version, not the same as mine, but so funny.
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One of my author friends tells me this has been going on for a long time, but it's the first time I've heard of it. Apparently Amazon won't let a person review a book if it deems, using some proprietary method, that the person "knows" the author.

http://imysantiago.com/2015/07/02/amazon-a-virtual-marketplace-or-big-brother/

I think it would be nice if they focused their attentions on getting rid of the bazillions of fake paid-for reviews of the other products instead of picking on authors, most of whom do get at least some of their sales through their personal networks and there's nothing wrong with that.

There is a change.org petition about this, FWIW.
https://www.change.org/p/amazon-com-amazon-change-the-you-know-this-author-policy

Too many rats? Blow up ship!

Jul. 4th, 2015 12:00 pm
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Several states are considering getting the gov't out of marriage licensing entirely in order to avoid licensing gay marriages:

1) Michigan (Bill requiring clergy for all marriages bouncing through legal process.)
2) Alabama (Bill dead in House committee, but they may try something else.)
3) Mississipi (Still in early discussion stages.)
4) Utah (Bill being drafted.)
5) Oklahoma (Another bill that requires clergy for marriages.) (OK House Bill 1125, PDF, by Russ. Is clearer about denominations with no clergy; it already had language allowing them to officiate. As is becoming usual, the aversion to any hint of tolerance for M/M marriage has left them failing to specify the number of parties involved.)
6) Texas (One dude demanding to make a law about it.) (Earlier this year, TX's attempt to stop paying any clerk who issued a same-sex marriage license failed.)

Substate regions:
* Kentucky A few court clerks in Kentucky were refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couple...
* Alabama In Alabama, One County Exits the Marriage Business
* Florida Three counties in Florida ended the practice of courthouse marriage ceremonies back in January when their circuit court ruling came into effect.
* Tennessee Entire TN county clerk’s office resigns over same-sex marriage licenses

Several other states have or are in the process of making laws that allow county officials refuse to process paperwork against their religious convictions. (It's been pointed out that this puts interracial and interfaith marriages at risk as well.)

Making Music Accessible

Jul. 4th, 2015 01:59 pm
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This article talks about how live music is largely inaccessible to people with disabilities.  Much the same is true of any large outdoor event, or indoor ones held in older buildings: problems I've encountered with Pagan events. 

Things you can do about this:

* If you are a site host, check accessibility recommendations and accommodate whatever you can.  Measure access ways and list things like door width, number of steps, etc.  Make sure there is at least some seating for people who can't stand for long periods.  If you charge extra for seating, reserve some at the usual price or better yet free for people with disabilities -- anyone with a car sticker should be able to get the reserved seating.  Include contact information so people can ask questions.  Use input from them to expand the information you list.  Can't afford upgrades you want to make?  Do a fundraiser for a bigger bathroom or a new ramp that won't ruin the historic look of your building.

* If you are a musician, insist that your venue hosts do the above.  Do you do house concerts?  Try to find fans with disabilities who would like to host some!  Chances are, their homes will be accessible.  Sometimes that is one heck of an asset: a house built from scratch for a wheelchair user has a minimum of walls, with spaces instead defined by columns or changing floor style, so that sound carries better.

* If you are a fan, encourage site hosts and musicians to make reasonable accommodations, whether or not you have a disability yourself.  You might also boycott the ones who don't.

Whoops! Where did that come from?

Jul. 4th, 2015 10:27 am
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Actually, I know precisely where that came from. Finished a second orange!verse fic just now, and up it goes for sponsorship. This one's been several months in the percolating, and I just got unstuck. 'Jammed Transmissions' tells half a dozen refugee stories, as heard by the Canadians party to their telling.

For information if thinking about sponsoring this one: It is d-a-r-k! It's also a little bit hopeful, at least if I did it right, but it's not at all an easy read. As [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith would say, warn all the things. It contains instances of blatant homophobia and bigotry, racism, police violence in both implication and flat-out description, references to some very messed up societal expectations about work-life balance and usefulness, attempted (and failed) disability erasure and abuse, and strong hints at past emotional mistreatment all over the place. Sharding well warn ALL the things.

It does bear saying that the current environment for every one of the storytellers in the piece is supportive.

... Whew.
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I missed this one! Back in May, AL decided to strike back against the circuit court ruling that required them to allow same-sex marriages: Alabama Senate Approves Bill to Abolish Marriage Licensing

They want to replace the license with a contract. Full text of bill (PDF). Instead of "get a license from the county; now you have 30 days to get yourselves married," you would bring in a marriage contract, to be recorded by the county.

This serves two purposes:
1) Those poor, beleaguered county clerks won't have to issue licenses full of nasty gay cooties;
2) Couples who want a "covenant marriage" can contract for one, bypassing the need to make laws allowing for them. (I have my doubts that that'd hold up in court, but they can certainly try.) Or they can add other contract terms of their choice, attempting to undo a couple centuries' of women's rights. (Again, doubts that it'd hold up. But I bet that's the unspoken agenda going on here.)

Unintended purposes:
Like the MI law, this one fails to specify the number of participants to the contract.

(ETA: it's dead. But it was fun to think about. Definitely gonna look for more "we'll get rid of ALL marriages!!!" reactions.)

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new orange!verse fic for sponsorship

Jul. 4th, 2015 02:23 am
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Or at least there will be, once I get it added to the sponsorable works post. We've already seen some of what Michael's given her. 'Thy Father And...' is a more detailed glimpse of what Kendra's inherited from the other side of her family. This one's lyrical backstory, as well as a little bit of a love note to my own mother. Sorry I couldn't get home this weekend, Mom. I need the time to myself for mental health, and thank you for respecting that when I told you so, but I still feel a little bad we couldn't all get together.
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"Coming in from the Cold" is the next big piece in its series, dealing with Bucky and his continued issues with that piece-of-crap prosthesis. I'm posting each day within the story as a section unto itself, broken down into post-sized parts.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Happy Hogan, Peggy Carter, Sam Wilson.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Kitchen fail. Tony being a brat. Description of past deaths and self-destructive behavior. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: The Avengers celebrate Memorial Day by going to Washington, D.C. for the festivities. Emotional roller-coasters ensue.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Cooking. Comfort food. Holidays. Medals. Veteran issues. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Emotional confusion. Hope. Crowds. Memorials. Mourning. Letting go. Moving on. Photography. Parades. Storytelling. War stories. Nostalgia. Hand-feeding. Heroism. Public speaking. Flashbacks. Friendship. Counseling. Leaving early. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5. Skip to Part 8Part 9.

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And late again.

Jul. 4th, 2015 12:46 am
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Today, I spent a moderate amount of time chillin' out while the car was serviced.

Also doing biology. All day. -_-

Also letting kid rant at me about the Stupid in this stupid health class, and that she's annoyed because she had to register with a .gov site for the class, and she doesn't like her statistics being added to general statistics. And other things that, really, I can't argue with her about.

Mind, from talking to her friend when we were at dinner t'other day, sounds like it was at best 50-50 odds that the live, at-school version would've been just as horrible, and in the middle of more important classes, and stressy, and oh gods I am going to have my own meltdown just thinking about it.

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INwatch+Bookwatch )


Dragons under fold )

The craziness of ICD-10

Jul. 3rd, 2015 10:17 pm
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From Language Log. (ICD-10 is the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), a medical classification list by the World Health Organization (WHO). —Wikipedia)

ICD-10

Fred Pelzman, "The Craziness of ICD-10", MedPage Today 7/2/2015:

At our faculty meeting last week, representatives of the medical college and the hospital came to update us on the changes coming into effect with ICD-10.

The compliance officers went through the changes in regulations — for inpatients and outpatients — which we've all heard before, the changes in the rules, and how ICD-10 leads to greater specificity for billing. Almost to the point of ridiculousness.

Medical websites, articles, and blogs have been full of examples of hilarious insane ICD-10 codes, new ones that many of us will (hopefully) never use in a lifetime of practice.

If there exists one for fall from nonmilitary spacecraft, does that mean that there are military spacecraft? Are we sending Marines into space?

I'm sure someone has a practice where their patients are frequently coming in after being bitten by Orcas, and it's nice to know there's a code to bill for that if I need it, but all of this leads to a level of mental exhaustion, that we're all being put upon, asked to do something else that adds no real value to our care of patients.

There is definitely an ICD-10 code for being bitten by an orca:
...
This helps to clarify how there could be an ICD-10 code (W59.22) for being struck by a turtle:
 
The excerpts from ICD-10 are screenshots, which means it would take more effort than I can manage just now to put them in here. Follow the link and read it for yourself.

July Crowdfunding Post

Jul. 3rd, 2015 09:27 pm
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What are your planned crowdfunding projects for July? What did you accomplish during June?

The July Creative Jam will be Saturday 18-Sunday 19 with a theme of "No One Would Ever Write This." Please check in then to leave or claim prompts!

Review for “Terminator: Genesys”

Jul. 3rd, 2015 07:02 pm
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Surprisingly, I enjoyed this movie far more than “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The special effects alone, especially the stunts which were featured heavily in the trailers, were worth the matinee ticket price. (It's somewhere between 8.5 and 9 on a scale of 1 to 10, but as always, individual preferences matter WAAY more than one web geek's opinion. ANYONE who has trigger issues and wants to ask specific questions, though, PLEASE send me a PM.)

While I could say that this was exactly what was advertised on the tin, I'd like to add that what worked is the deliberate recursion to the first Terminator movie. There's a lot of expected use of the most quoted lines, but the actors manage to make the subtle (and not so subtle) differences important, critically so.

The sense of metacognition is deliberate, without pandering to fans at all, which I think would break the suspension of disbelief. This is a movie about time travel and changing the future...which actually means, from the viewpoint of those in 2026, changing the past. It felt almost like double vision, watching things unfold both the same as in the original, and differently. Frankly, I adored that element, and felt it added real depth to the story.
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Jul. 3rd, 2015 08:19 pm

whaaaaaat even

Jul. 3rd, 2015 12:18 pm
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