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Sep. 27th, 2016 11:59 pm
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Yesterday, I went over familiar ground by saying that the plot and characterization framework was half-built on most movies or television, but only in part because the country has very different dynamics watching the rebooted series and those who'd prefer to get fast results.

But, looking at it another way, they're selling hits of emotion, streamlined into one-note, heavy handed recipes. It feels as if the emphasis is to pull the audience along with the weight of that emotion, whether it's awe or regret. There's no subtlety, and making these focused bits of entertainment feel more like pouring individual grains of sand over skin. No one particularly wants to be related, but it's easier for all involved to keep everyone civil.
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The audience poll routed $18.75 into "Bearers of Witness with Justice," which now has 10 new verses.  Enjoy a discussion of compassion, and prayer time.

Sad Crows

Sep. 27th, 2016 10:50 pm
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Mostly kid.

But she did both her classes today and GMed at gaming club.

...I got to bed around 3:30am last night. And am a bit tired. My only "productivity" today was my arguably civic duty to read the debate transcript. It was... interesting.

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Kirk, Uhura and Chekov are kidnapped by three alien brains, who let slaves fight against each other for their amusement. It is no surprise that his shirt doesn't survive it.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, October 4

Sep. 27th, 2016 01:46 pm
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "monsters." I'll be soliciting ideas for werewolves, vampires, mad scientists, Frankenstein's creature, dragons, chimerae, sea monsters, mythical beasts, lovable monsters, heraldic beasts, the misunderstood, monsters as disability pride, outcasts, nemeses, bullies, abusers, oppressors, slavers, psycho bosses, troubled relationships, supervillains, superheroes, monster hunters, fleeing in terror, questing for the beast, fighting monsters, resisting oppression, facing your demons, feeding the right wolf, genetic engineering, lairs, lonely mountains, the forest primeval, the dark, oceans, liminal zones, mad science labs, government buildings, The Tower, battlegrounds, graveyards, other mysterious areas, preternatural biology, special weapons, unusual vulnerabilities, radical transformation, wings, tails, horns, scale, fur, tentacles, the moon, cthonic symbolism, the unspeakable, the inescapable, the indestructable, things man was not meant to know, the nature of humanity (or lack thereof), what makes a monster, when the monsters are scared of the humans, hubris, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "E Meglio Star Solo" (14 verses, Fiorenza the Wisewoman). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )

minion paul got a vive

Sep. 27th, 2016 08:30 am
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Minion Paul got a Vive VR headset and we set it up last night. He got decent dual GPUs – not the top of the line we saw at PAX, but solid entry-level VR-compatible GPUs – and it worked really well out of the box on setup! No weirdnesses at all.

And really everything stayed great until SURPRISE HERE’S GlaDOS and c’mon Vive I HAVE A RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST HER FOR A REASON. Okay, fine, pocket universe alternate GlaDOS I guess so technically different but y’know what no EXACTLY THE SAME.

and i did repair that robot. in fact, i made it better. just ’cause SOMEBODY can’t tell “off spec” from “dramatically improved” and SEE THIS IS WHY WE BROKE UP TO BEGIN WITH.

the rest of it is pretty awesome though.

Sadly, trying to get desktop streaming to work from Linux is still in large part No. I got the desktop streaming on video just fine! But no sound. And while okay that might work for art, it’s pretty pointless if you’re trying to stream, you know, music as you work. :/

(Vive 1, Ubuntu -5,253,142.)

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The "debate"

Sep. 27th, 2016 09:16 am
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Not a debate, of course, by any reasonable standards. A train wreck might be a better term. For there to be debate, there must be two coherently argued sides. By that standard, Trump failed miserably. He blustered, he insulted, he flat-out lied, he interrupted. Basically, he behaved as he has his entire career rather than behaving as a president.

The problem for Trump, of course, is that this time he was up against someone who WAS prepared, who did her homework. He got his ass handed to him. He's the kid who decided not to study for the mid-term exam and failed miserably.

It's not like he had to do much last night. All he needed to do was show up and not fuck up royally. When the bar is set so low that all you have to do is step over it and you trip instead that's a clear sign that you're not ready for prime time.

I'd lay odds that Trump decides to skip the next debate.

Hiding the Name

Sep. 27th, 2016 01:23 am
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 Corporations are leaving their names off the logo.  Part of it is just a shell game in hopes of deluding consumers that the product isn't really corporate.  (Hint: most products that aren't corporate don't have a logo.)  But mostly what it does it make it harder to connect the logo to the owner, if you don't already know whose it is.  You see a logo on a thing you like and you want more -- how do you find it?  You see a logo on something that pisses you off -- how do you know who to blame?  Search "thing with a red circle and yellow circle on it?"  Yeah, right.

Long drive.

Sep. 27th, 2016 02:09 am
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Can get the lunch breadstick sandwiches for dinner if one asks, at Olive Garden. Perfectly edible.

Plz buy an ebook. Thx. -_-

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INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )


Sep. 26th, 2016 10:31 pm
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When I go looking for something new to read (or watch), I can't find much science fiction which is also heavy on the technical details. The Martian is an exception in both book and movie form, and both use the very most we know about Mars and the risks of space exploration. However, the vast majority of new material is less scientific and more vaguely fantasy, where all the reader has to do is accept the premise and ride along.

I love movies and books that send me to Wikipedia, or checking out a forensic anthropologist's website because of a particular detail mentioned in passing in what's meant to be entertainment. I don't want to know everything about a fictional universe, and if the new information is real and reliable, that's just the icing on the cake for me.
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Poem: "Fresh Air in Your Brain"

Sep. 26th, 2016 04:27 pm
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This poem is spillover from the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by the "gathering courage" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Someone I once considered my closest friend has betrayed the very social circle I introduced him to thirty years ago.

I doubt you're reading this, Jim, but if you are: I still love you, but I don't trust you any longer, and I may not be able to ever again.

RESCINDED business recommendation

Sep. 26th, 2016 02:43 pm
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In the past, I have recommended Solution Carpet Cleaning of Bothell to an assortment of people. Having just received directly from them a letter raising money for their (surprise!) ANTI-GAY FUNDAMENTALIST CHURCH'S EVANGELICAL MISSION, I am rescinding those recommendations.

Here is their church's position statement on queers:

Please do not patronise them.

General Fund Poll

Sep. 26th, 2016 01:59 pm
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I have posted a general fund poll for $18.75 into open epics, left over from the half-price sale in The Moon Door.  If you're not on LiveJournal you can vote in a comment.

Twig-killing Bugs

Sep. 26th, 2016 01:02 pm
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Two types of beetles cause whole twigs to fall off of trees.  Some cicadas have a similar effect.
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Don’t use Portland Taxi. No, wait, bear with me, this ties into what’s going on tonight, but first, from KATU Portland:

A Portland man says a [Portland Taxi] driver pulled out a bull horn and yelled anti-gay slurs at him and his friends outside a bar this week.

KATU News also reached out to the company and was told the driver was exercising his First Amendment rights and there would be no disciplinary action. They ended the call by telling our reporter: “If the gays don’t want to use our company, that’s better for us.”

A KATU News employee also had a negative experience with this cab driver last March.

After giving this employee a ride home from the airport, he refused payment and told our employee he should be in jail because he was gay.

Tonight, there’s a debate in the US presidential elections, with a couple of people on stage. One of them, the Republican nominee, has pledged to sign something the fundamentalists are calling “The First Amendment Defense Act.”

What that does is provide organisations immunity to civil rights laws for hating on queers, if they’re either nonprofit, or do business with the US Federal Government. So, say, denying hospital visitation for dykes? NO PROBLEM! The Salvation Army throwing homeless queers onto the streets to die for being queer, as they have done in the past? NO PROBLEM!

On its face, it’s intended to look like it’s only providing immunity for hating on married queers – and that’s how it’s presented – but the combination of marriage-is-for-st8s-only and no-sex-outside-marriage means all queers.

So stuff like this? Say, you’re in hospital, and they want to throw that at you? Protected.

It’s a “right” to abuse. It’s a “right” to arbitrary cruelty. Particularly if the targets are queer.

And that’s only the first layer that affects me directly.

Mr. Trump pledged, earlier in this campaign, that he would nominate only justices approved by the Heritage Foundation. The Heritage Foundation is a right-wing think-tank/pressure group which thinks I should be illegal for existing, and have at this very moment online their opinion that Lawrence v. Texas (2003) was wrongly decided, and should be overturned.

Since most of you won’t know what that means: it’s the US Supreme Court decision that said states couldn’t make queers illegal by fiat. The Heritage Foundation want that decision reversed.

You’ve heard about the long, brutal history of African-Americans keeping lists of where they couldn’t go in their own country, because it was illegal for them to be there?

I’ve kept the queer version of that list myself. I got rid of it after Lawrence v. Texas (2003). I burned a reference to it as part of new year’s celebrations, where you burn horrible things.

If the Heritage Foundation has its way – and Mr. Trump pledged to give them their way – I’ll have to rebuild that list, and I don’t want to have to build that list again.

And that’s just what I’m facing as a dyke. Virtually every election I’ve ever witnessed has been some kind of referendum on whether I’m a legal person – ever done ground work, going door to door, arguing with people why they shouldn’t vote to make you illegal? I have, and it sucks – and in that way, this election is no different.

The hate is just a lot more broadly aimed this time.

So I’m not watching the debate tonight. It’s bad enough being reminded every two to four years that about half the country is just fine voting to lock me up. This whole thing is yet another referendum on my existence, so why the fuck would I subject myself to that?

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Book roundup post for September

Sep. 26th, 2016 09:00 am
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A Natural History of Dragons

A Natural History of Dragons

Picked up from Kobo electronically:

  • The Gate to Futures Past, by Julie E. Czerneda. Book 2 of her Reunification series. Picked up on general “Because I Love Julie Czerneda’s Work” principles!
  • “The High Lonesome Frontier”, by Rebecca Campbell. This is an SF short story that I read over on, and which I found quite delightful thanks to it being about something as simple as tracking the history of a song across about a hundred and fifty years. You can read it for free on here, but since I liked it so much, I wanted to buy a copy to support the author.
  • A Natural History of Dragons, by Marie Brennan. This is book 1 of her Memoirs of Lady Trent series, which I’ve had my eye on for a while and which I’ve finally begun delving into. I very much enjoyed this book and have reviewed it here.
  • The Family Plot, by Cherie Priest. Because new Southern Gothic-flavored novel by Cherie Priest? Why yes I WILL have some.

Picked up digitally from Project Gutenberg:

  • The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing-World, by Margaret Cavendish. Grabbing this because had a post up about it here, and as a result, I’m quite intrigued by the notion of reading a very early forerunner of the SF genre. Particularly given that this was written by a woman!

And, picked up in print from Third Place:

  • A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, books 1 and 2 of the aforementioned Lady Trent novels. Because I liked book 1 well enough that I need them in print as well as in digital. 😀

44 for the year. (Counting A Natural History of Dragons twice since I bought it in both forms!)

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Fight Bullying

Sep. 26th, 2016 01:44 am
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 Sit With Us is a new app aimed at bullied students who feel alone and vulnerable at lunch.  It helps them find people to eat with, for strength in numbers.

MacGyver: Reluctant Review

Sep. 25th, 2016 11:26 pm
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When the original series aired, I wasn't able to watch much television at all. I caught an episode while visiting family, and was immediately hooked, but had to wait for reruns to try to catch up. The only consistently annoying element was that all the female characters were one-shot appearances, talking heads, stupid, OR some combination of the three. Everything MacGyver did was just THIS much shy of plausible, with steps left out of his Rube Goldberg devices, but never falling into science fiction or what could be called a 'future fic.' Somehow, I still think the show should fall under my usual umbrella, even though it only had a couple of not-quite-supernatural episodes.
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This poem came out of the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, [personal profile] alatefeline, and [personal profile] helgatwb. It also fills the "discovery" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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The mighty huntress

Sep. 25th, 2016 11:43 pm
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My cat hunts mice: she plays with them,
Then tears them into pieces
And leaves them lying 'round where I can
Step on bits of meeces.

* But not very. This used to happen in the house, before I moved to the apartment. However, see Oh hell, mouse.

poetry update

Sep. 25th, 2016 08:19 pm
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Draft of a short poem in couplets, fulfilling my plan to update in poetry or fic on a weeklyish basis. Not sure if I like this one or not; critique specific or general is welcome.

The Autumn Comes Uncertainly To School

A leaf at rest on end of branch is torn
Pulled loose by clutch of child’s hand forlorn.

With dragging feet and dancing feet and all
Come littles five years young to line the hall.

The leaves in yellow fall from branch to ground;
The children sing - or wait for songs unfound.

Woo, Sunday

Sep. 25th, 2016 10:23 pm
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Tomorrow is picture day at school. Woo.

Have been working on the Romulan TV show thing. It amuses. I think I have 4 (maybe 5?) more plots to figure out, 5-6 episode titles (the Season Premier doesn't have a title or a plot), and no one has names.

Dear CBS, plz send me contract and $$$, also send Diane Duane $$$, and I will totally get screenplays arranged. I R Gud Line Editor/Continuity Checker. Hire me. U know u want at least 4 episodes of this because they are awesome episodes and would be very popular, like the Enterprise Mirror Universe episodes. If this were a real proposal letter, it would not be half in lolcat, half in textspeek, and and all informal like this. -_-

(No, seriously, this would be awesome popular. Because 3 out of the 4 major bridge crew would be female and could be put in tight pants, and also the guy(s) would be in tight pants, and it would be EYE CANDY FOR EVERYONE. Pointed ears and tight pants. Cannot lose with this combo. Also snogging.)

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Tac: "So I was thinking. We could..."
Commander, deadpan: "We don't have fifty kilos of gunpowder, and besides, the Subcommander would never stand for it."
--Excerpt from "Negotiations," unpublished...

INwatch+Bookwatch )

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Poem: "A Way That Helps You Blossom"

Sep. 25th, 2016 05:51 pm
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This poem is spillover from the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills "the Patriarch" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #1)A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Why on earth have I not read this series before now? Because anyone who’s checked out my Goodreads shelves or followed my blog knows that I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody series–and when I dived into Book 1 of the Memoirs of Lady Trent, I found a lot of similarity with the Amelias. Basically, A Natural History of Dragons felt to me like what you’d get if you took the Amelias, made them a secondary world fantasy instead of a mystery/adventure series set in our world, and had the heroine passionate about scientific study of dragons instead of Egyptology.

I was already drawn to reading this book for the “heroine wants to do SCIENCE!” angle alone, but once I actually started reading it, the overall Amelia-like flavor appealed to me greatly.

But of course since this is its own series, there will be differences as well. Our heroine, Isabella, starts her story as a young girl instead of the well-established lady of means that Amelia Peabody is at the start of her adventures. Isabella’s attempts to gain her father’s approval in her interest in sparklings leads into her need to find a husband who will do the same, and soon enough she meets and weds Jacob Camherst. All of this will probably feel very familiar to anyone who’s read historical romances with heroines interested in science; the society Isabella grows up in is very akin to what you’ll see in countless Regencies, where a woman must conceal her bluestocking inclinations if she wants to land a husband. Or, as Isabella puts it, her tendency to be an ink-nose.

Fortunately, that part of the story is fairly short. Matters really take wing once Isabella convinces her husband to not only join an expedition to study Vystrani rock-wyrms, but to take her with him as well. And this is where my love of the Amelias really came into play, because here’s a couple interested in science, and going off to have adventures as they do so. Huge fun.

Moreover, with my author hat on, I was rather impressed by the worldbuilding in general. The story is presented as an elderly and now world-famous Isabella telling her memoirs, and so the narrative throws around multiple names of nations, laying down a worldwide scope and the clear expectation that Isabella expects her readers to understand what all these nations are. With those tidbits come all sorts of tasty little details to start sketching in what the reader “should” already know, and which whetted my appetite to visit these other places even as we follow Isabella, Jacob, and the rest of their party off on the adventure in this book. I particularly liked the intriguing hints we receive about the Draconeans, and the ancient history–or is it mythology? Or both?–involved with them.

With my reader hat on, I appreciated not only the Amelia-like flavor of the story, but also the juxtaposition of fantastic creatures and scientific inquiry, in a world on the brink of coming into its modern age. I likewise appreciated that the Isabella telling us her story is cognizant of her younger self’s shortcomings, which encourages me to want to see how the younger Isabella grows and matures.

What else? I liked the explorations of culture clashes between Isabella’s party and the people of the village where they have the bulk of the action, particularly when Isabella deals with Dagmira, the young woman who winds up acting as her maid. And artistically, I very much appreciated the illustrations scattered through the story as well. This made reading the book in digital form a bit tricky, as the paragraphs sometimes wrapped strangely around an illustration. But the pictures were captivating enough that I promptly went out and bought a print copy of both this book and book 2.

Because yeah, I’ll want print copies of these as well as digital. And I’ll be having a lot of fun plowing through the rest of this series. For this opening installment, four stars.

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For those of you celebrating (the lead up to) Rosh Hashanah, or (the season following) Mabon, and/or any other special events in late September / early October, may the occasion be a blessing for you and yours.

Thanks to people on the internet for being voices of hope and sympathy and challenge and joy and generally awesome things. You know who you are - I hope. I’m glad you’re here.

And I’m sorry that almost everyone who has interacted extensively with me lately has gotten splashed with my angst and arrrrgh and stress. I will try to tone it down. (If you’re still here, thanks for not vanishing. If you did vanish and come back, welcome to my experience of interactions. If you vanished for good, well how are you reading this, teach me, I want to know.)

Among recent pluses:

+ I made echinacea-elderberry tea! And emergen-C drink! And hotted up apple cider with cinnamon and orange-spice mix in it! All the drinky things that still taste good with no sense of smell, yay!

+ Having peppermint oil on hand. Useful around the house and in home remedies, it also has the advantage of being …smellable? odorific? (What’s the equivalent of visible and audible here?) even through blocked sinuses, and I LIKE the smell.

+ Electricity in my den (aka apartment). I do like being able to plug in and charge my tech as needed, and make food and beverages, and take showers, and turn a light on at night if I need to, without hauling wood or chopping water, etc, etc. (Self-deprecating rant removed here.)

+ Rereading (and re-watching, re-listening, etc). Sometimes it’s just what one needs in order to have a predictably good experience. Sometimes it reveals new nuances. Sometimes it offers a touchstone of insight or wisdom or morality or endurance in difficult times. Sometimes all of the above.

+ Wikipedia. Sometimes you just need a fast, extensive, crowd-sourced reference whether or not it’s reliable, cite-able, or bias-checked.

Also I got all the dishes done while making the above mentioned tea, because it was too irritating to wash just one mug. I’m not counting this as a plus because of reasons.

And I’m looking forward to clean warm laundry. I may just dump it out on the bed so I can cuddle it, even though it isn't actually cold out yet.

Yet…*goes outdoors to stare pleadingly at remaining pleasant weather*

Swimming with Horses

Sep. 25th, 2016 03:57 pm
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I am now envisioning this scene with Judd, Ziggy, Dr. Infanta, and some kid from the Easy City area. 
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This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron. It also fills the "Identify a feeling you're having" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony and Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Moon Door series.

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Done last week (20160918Su - 24Sa)

Sep. 25th, 2016 10:30 am
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At work, we finally ran the numbers again and figured out that, no, $PROJECT is not going to be finished in October. Current target is mid-December, but even that may be a stretch. The good thing is that it isn't all my fault, though I still blame myself for most of the bad planning.

At home, I finished pulling up the bindweed. There are some stragglers, but at least it's no longer covering 50' of walkway.

I finally put in my passport renewal - I found the one place in the area that's open on Saturday, after trying on Wednesday at the courthouse and balking at the metal detector because I knew I was carrying a knife. The process of applying in person has gotten a lot quicker since the last time I did it, but I'm still down on myself for procrastinating past the point where I could have renewed by mail.

It looks like we'll have a second tenant, so we'll be getting a little more rent. Because of initial clustering, she'll be referred to as C''. Our current tenant is C'. (I've picked up that notation from Haskell, in which "'" (pronounced "prime") is considered a letter. Haskell gets it from math, of course, but it's gone out of fashion in CS because programming languages are always hungry for quotation methods.)

I finally ordered one of the newest Thinkpad (KU-1255) keyboards -- it's still good. In some ways, slightly better than my older and much-beloved XK-8855s -- the one I'm using at work has developed a flaky space bar. (Too many aliens hanging out in it, presumably.) I like the fact that it has the page-up and page-down keys in the empty spaces above the left and right keys. Not only does that make the best use of available space, but it means that if I shove the keyboard under the monitor stand to protect it from cats, I can still navigate effectively in the browser. I don't like that the function keys are smaller and require a "FnLk" keystroke, and that it has a stupid micro-usb cable instead of one built-in with a compartment on the bottom you can curl it up in.

Otherwise, not too much to report. Some links on depression, though as I note on Monday, five of the ten symptoms of major depression start with the word "change", which is kind of useless when you can't remember a time when you've been that way for as long as you can remember. (You have to have 5 to be diagnosed as having it.)

awesome-awesome: A curated list of awesome curated lists of many topics is indeed awesome. So is Make a Lisp, which is a collection of Lisp implementations in dozens of different programming languages. The idea of implementing Lisp in make makes (recursion intended) my head hurt. In a good way -- I love GNU make.

Notes & links, as usual )

Dans le parc

Sep. 25th, 2016 01:26 pm
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In cleaning scratch notes off my phone, I found this from August 8, under the title "Dans le parc" (French, "In the park"):

On y a trouvé après quelques heures, dormant avec sourire et sans gênes.

Kelkajn horojn poste oni trovis lin tie, dormanta, kun rideto kaj sen ĝenoj.

The first is French, the second Esperanto. I think I wrote this after sitting in the park for a bit and dozing off. In English:

They found him a few hours later, asleep, smiling and untroubled.

Been neglecting this place

Sep. 25th, 2016 09:23 am
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I've been spending too much time on Twitter and a little time on alt.callahans. Yes, I'm still there. Thunderbird for mail & news makes it easy enough.

And now the gnus.

I don't know what I did or how I did it, but my L knee is messed up. X-rays are fine, but I need to go to an open MRI in Burlingame. We tried the regular one at CPMC California campus, but I found out I'm more claustrophobic than I thought. I got to my shoulders (why do I have to have my full body in for just the leg?) and I couldn't take it. I panicked in a very controlled fashion. I didn't scream or scramble out. Chris said I used my Command Voice to great effect. "Get. Me. Out. NOW. I can't do this." I was terribly apologetic and they were very understanding. They immediately recommended the Open MRI and described it so I'd know it's not nearly so close. We're ruling out medial meniscal tear L knee. The symptoms sure fit. OW!

Before the MRI, I finally did my first mammogram. Men clearly came up with this. If the test for testicular cancer were similar, they'd find another way, believe me! That mammo hurt! The part that hurt the most was standing. My back was screaming at me, sure, but my L knee hurt the most. I was able to sit for the lateral views. That helped a lot. BTW, it came back fine.

Digital x-rays, whether it be dental, chest, mammogram, or others, make the process faster and more accurate. Plus, it's a lot easier to send x-rays to other health care practitioners: just e-mail them.

Chris is still unemployed. He's not looking hard yet. He's recovering his energy from Lyme disease. By the time they diagnosed him, he was on antibiotics for a tooth extraction. They happened to be the right ones for Lyme, so nothing was changed.

The furkids are mostly their usual selves. There's this toy one can get from the grocery store that you fill with treats and string a treat string between its ears. Mac is fine on his crystalluria prescription diet that everyone is eating. Honor likes to lead us into the kitchen to show us how she likes her kibble. The vet's not sure if Mac ate something bad outside or he has lymphoma, so to save money, he's been treated for the former and we just watch him. Morrie just had his hyperthyroid med dose increased slightly. He's a pig. Nimitz & Honor are fine, and weigh over 12 lbs. each.

So far the only ones to use the guest room is Chris' cousin Bruce & his wife Rita. They're fun! They love cats, and Bruce is into SF&F himself, so we have long discussions. Rita absorbed some knowledge of the topic from us. Rita's a great cook! She also reads me as well as Chris does and knows when to send my overtired carcass to bed for a nap. So, anyone who needs or wants to crash at our place can contact of us ahead of time.

Write ins

Sep. 25th, 2016 01:54 am
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My roommate claims that in many states, write in votes are only valid if the candidate pays like, 10k dollars before hand, which sounds absurd to me. I could understand if they needed to pay that to get on the ballot, but for write in? If that's true, that takes the cake as the stupidest rule ever.

Oh hell, mouse

Sep. 25th, 2016 03:23 am
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Or more likely, mice. Ista was sleeping on my bed and didn't seem to notice it.Now, dammit, I have to get mouse traps. Yucch. And this just after I wrote a short poem about Ista hunting mice. And now she isn't.

The Power of Sound

Sep. 24th, 2016 09:35 pm
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While we've been using resonance and disruption in the wave patterns of sounds, we've discovered some amazing things. Small kidney stones can be broken up using a sound, and ultrasound medicine is used for many more needs than to determine the gender of an unborn baby. Me, I just like the whole idea of using sound to change the environment-- I've already thought for years that the universe should be singing.
Read more... )

Mmm, sleep

Sep. 24th, 2016 11:13 pm
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Both 8 hours at night and then a nap. good. good.

The caffeine withdrawal headache that plagued me much of the day was much less good.

Scrivener for the iPad has an execrable UI. And no onboard help to speak of.

Nevertheless, after fighting the UI, I have been making notes about the Romulan TV Show. Mostly character bible stuff. Need to figure out Episode synopses. Suppose I could crib from TOS ones... >_> (I figure 12 episodes, and the season premier is double-length.)

Some of the concepts character-focus episodes might ought to be, like, season 2. This is going to be tricky.

Havva Quote
I feel like I'm gathering evidence for an interrogation. Who knows, the game could go full Phoenix Wright, it wouldn't be the oddest thing it's done.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
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Today I am grateful for:
…A being amazing
…S being superb
…days off that include pancakes
…benches near gardens and sunshine
…cozy warm blankets and lots of sleep

Also for:
…OTC decongestants

NOT for:
…sinus infections
…working myself too hard
…extra helpings of near-meltdown over breakfast

Looking forward to:
…herbal tea
…more sleep

Black Sails

Sep. 24th, 2016 03:12 pm
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 Here's a good writeup about the TV series Black Sails.

Sandoots? Bandals? Ugg x Teva = Uggly

Sep. 24th, 2016 11:01 am
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Hat-tip to "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me"

If you're wearing the boot because it's raining or snowy, the soles of your feet get it anyway through the sandals.

Model: 1018220

It's a boot on top and a sandal on the bottom.

A striking mashup of two icons, the Teva x UGG® hybrid combines classic Teva Universal Strap design with the UGG® brand’s luxurious sheepskin and innovative UGGpure™ wool to create something that is familiar, yet remarkably different. A neoprene upper with plush sheepskin lining is both sporty and luxurious, and gore straps on the shaft make for an easy on/off transition. The addition of Teva’s Hurricane XLT outsole and a microfiber topsole make for a product that is as comfortable and versatile as it is head-turning.

A note on sizing: this is a unisex style based on men’s sizing. Women should order two sizes down for best fit.

Patterns and Re-Makes

Sep. 23rd, 2016 11:22 pm
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Some days, I wonder if my mid-life crisis is dueling with my ongoing new-disability crisis, leaving me so low on energy for other things that I stick my head in familiar books and movies, re-read fan fiction I first have to search for using the vaguest and most abstruse terms because those are the memorable elements of an endless array of Harry Potter and Stargate-SG1 fan fictions.

In short, I feel OLD.

What doesn't help is that I seem to have a natural affinity for finding patterns, tracing the bones of a classic story, whether it's dressed in a tuxedo and armed with a Welther PPK, or dressed in shabby, threadbare clothes, and sellotaping the round glasses back together so emerald green eyes can see clearly.
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Thankful Friday

Sep. 23rd, 2016 09:41 pm
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Ok, better late than next week? Anyway, today I'm grateful for...

  • Revised schedules. Still dicey, IMO, but at least it's possible.
  • Not being the only one responsible for the schedule slip.
  • Our tenant. Rent is not to be sneezed at.
  • Rain.
  • Ubuntu laptops with SSDs
  • Thinkpad keyboards. (Just got a new one. The one I'm using at work has developed a flaky space bar. Maybe too many aliens hanging out in it?)
  • Ticia.

TGIF. Also, I need more sleep

Sep. 23rd, 2016 09:54 pm
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Between mugginess early in the week -- heat and muggy apparently make me wake up a lot to pee for some reason -- and general "not getting to bed in time" (insomnia kid needs company...), I haven't gotten 8 hours of sleep since... last Sunday. (When I got about 10 hours, somewhat broken up. For reasons.)

But it's Friday and I think I can sleep in.

Very tempted by the 20-keys-plus-item-booster package STO is offering...

Havva Quote
      Oscar: "I feel like I should be concerned about following a witch into the woods at night..."
      Witch: "Good survival instincts!"

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )


Sep. 23rd, 2016 06:36 pm
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I'm really quite glad that it is Friday evening.

This week I am grateful for:

- a working coffee maker

- a purse small enough to carry with me that still fits my phone and wallet

- sunlight

- green space around the school

- the occasional hot shower

Whew. Tired.

ars magna

Sep. 23rd, 2016 08:30 pm
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From Cory Calhoun, master anagrammatist (PBS, via YouTube, 8:12):

To be or not to be: that is the question, whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten.


Sep. 23rd, 2016 08:53 pm

My Right Foot

Sep. 23rd, 2016 11:59 am
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Quick update on my progress.

I've stopped the Vicodin and gone back to me regular Gabapentin regime. There's still some pain, mostly when I put weight on my foot, but nowhere near what it was last week.

Das Boot is great. Putting it on feels like I'm strapping into some sort of armor, but the air cushion and padding really helps. Being able to take it off when I'm not moving or sleeping is great.

Walking more without the crutches, although I am pacing myself.

See the bone doc on October 13th. Fully expect a clean bill of health.

Wearing jeans for the first time in two weeks. Go me!

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