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This is coming out on a Monday rather than Sunday because I spent the weekend at Conflikt, our local filk music convention. I'm usually too lazy to do a formal con report, and this lets me collect all the notes in one place that's easy to find .

Meta: rather than create tags like conflikt-2019, I use the two tags conflikt and 2019. This only works if the year tag is only used for events that occur annually. Using the same tag for every post in a year would be pretty useless. DW doesn't appear to give you boolean searches, but I can do it in my archive.

I didn't have a concert slot this year, and didn't feel up to a twofer, so my own music-making was confined to a little noodling in the hallways and a couple of songs on Sunday. One of those was following Frank Hayes's "When I Was a Boy" with my parody of it; that was a major win. Ad-libbed a reference to RFC-1149, and "talk about spaghetti code" after the line about plugboards. But, yeah; not enough singing. Not enough conversation, either.

I think my favorite concert was Lauren Cox's Interfilk Guest concert; her song about her cat made me tear up a little. That, and her joining Cat Faber on "I Will Remember" (about depression) on Sunday.

I got in my request for a concert slot next year; we'll see how far that goes.

The week also included a total lunar eclipse -- I didn't stay outside for the whole thing, but got a good look just at the start of totality.

Notes & links:

0120Su total lunar eclipse
  * up 6:10sh; W=198.8, S=7:01;
  @ About - Repair Café (EN) (ysabetwordsmith)
    Local! Everett Repair Café WA 2019 schedule | Washington State University 2/23, 3/23, 4/27, 9/21 10/19, 11/16
  * L and . want to go to the UU service
  * 9:15ish head out to UU
  * Walk: to Skyline and Skybird
  : EclipseWise - Total Lunar Eclipse of 2019 Jan 21 evening/night
    Total Lunar Eclipse on January 20–21, 2019 – Where and When to See
    full eclipse begins Jan 20 at 8:41:17 pm
  : ...6:43pm, and there is, in fact, a visible moon.  I was a little concerned about
    cloud cover.  Easily visible from the porch.
    -> went back inside, then out again for the last moments before totality.
  @ 773M Password ‘Megabreach’ is Years Old — Krebs on Security more on Collection #1

0121Mo MLK Day
  * Up 4:30ish; S=5:08;
  & spent some time looking around Tank with an Ubuntu live installer; it's an i5 CPU and
    seems quite fast.
  & replaced Ubuntu 18.04 on my install stick with 18.04.1
  * (mostly) finished Chapter 11 of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial Mostly because setting up Heroku to send
    email in production requires a credit card, and I don't want that risk right now.
  * short expedition to garage with D.  swapped rollators with m, who doesn't need it now
  * Music:  Bad Man Medley, Ship of Stone.  Plink.  Strings sound pretty dead
  * Music:  Bigger on the Inside.  Flame.  Okay; taking Flame.
  $ HX ordered replacement keyboard for Starlight
  . If C's drugs haven't shown up, give her bupropion 150 1/day.  It's a little less than
    the 200 she's taking now, but shouldn't be a problem.
  * ordered a replacement keyboard for Starlight
  @ RFC 6214 (Adaptation of RFC 1149 for IPv6) (G)
  * litter boxes
  
0122Tu
  * up 5:50ish; W=197, S=7:18;
  ~ car loan due; paid 0110
  * installing Bionic on -Tank- _Sherman_  Very fast install.  Should try a Honu/Mathilda
    startup and see how badly it breaks.
  : C did her usual thing of getting most of the way out the door and then yelling at me
    for not having everything ready, while I knew that we had an hour and could take our
    time, and was expecting her to go back to her chair and wait.
    ! slightly freaked/panicked
  * 3:20 C Dr Rochier
  & audiologist, to check/adjust C's hearing aids and add security thingies.
  @ “The Linux of social media”—How LiveJournal pioneered (then lost) blogging  (wcg)
  @ 10+ Coping Skills Worksheets for Adults and Youth (+ PDFs) (fuzzyred + several others) 
    Negative coping skills include:...
    : Avoiding your problems
    : Denial
    ... yup.  Guilty.
  @ Your Life Your Voice good site for teens
    Ways to Get Help
  @ What is Flow in Psychology? Definition and 10+ Activities to Induce Flow
  : sysbench results for Sherman:  338,  618,  923 ev/s (1, 2, 4 threads)
                       Starlight:  363,  727, 1450 ev/s
  * spent most of the day on the markup languages post.

0123We
  * up 4:45ish; S=; shower
  @ Don’t Change Your Practices, Change Your Mind — Ignition Consulting Group (Philip Morgan)
  : C's kidney function is down.
  * a little work on Mathilda and Honu after attempting an install on Sherman.
  % DAMN - missed taking out the garbage.
  @ Tumblr’s porn ban is going about as badly as expected | Ars Technica 
  @ Google planning changes to Chrome that could break ad blockers | Ars Technica
  & posted
    Firefox FTW.  Sucks rocks for ChromeOS users.  (Should I have left that as "rocs"?)
  * a little guitar noodling in the bedroom with Snuggles
  * a rather unproductive search in the garage.  No mail yet.  Plugged Molly in.
    % Did more than was good for my back -- it's dicey.  Twinges
  * got the old CPAP out of the closet (was just to the right of the door)
  @ How David Hume Helped Me Solve My Midlife Crisis - The Atlantic (via Pocket)
    subtitle:  David Hume, the Buddha, and a search for the Eastern roots of the Western
    Enlightenment
  # should write more.  Dust off the CS/Magic one, and do both tutorials and editorials.
  % 8:45pm tizanidine for the back.
  % 9pm sleepy.  This is not surprising
  * some mail sorting
0124Th
  * up 6:15; W=196.8, S=
  @ CC0 at the Cleveland Museum of Art: 30,000 high quality digital images now available
    - Creative Commons highlights
  x 10am UUCWI Writing and Presence  Missed it.  Next time??
  @ jesse_the_k | Icon Meme
  @ Introductory Go Programming Tutorial | Linux Journal 
  * 11am Island Transit
  @ ysabetwordsmith | Hard Things -> Marketing tips
    " me: marketing for me is like fire-spinning for a fish. "
  @ posted mdlbear | Icon Meme
  * SL: pantsu, misc. groceries; with D, at the Goose.
  * (0125) gin: used the last of the bottle.  brewed 1226; started 1230.  250ml ~= 10/day
    clearly I'm not drinking gin every day; more like every 3+.
  * chili; rice.
  % didn't look at slack until about 8pm.  (made up for it with the icon meme and
    gratitude post)
  @ Welcome to the Fourth Industrial Revolution — 19 Blockchain Predictions for 2019 
  * pack for Conflikt

0125Fr - 0127Su Conflikt
  * conflikt hotel  Room 0125-0128  Conf #81761047  (ack 32LDVC4G)
   (206) 246-8600 upgraded to 2 queen beds handicapped tower $150/night

0125Fr
  * up 4:35; ;
  * RainbowCon Fliers!!!
    ~ printed a batch of two-ups, but stupidly left them on the printer.  Can use the
      business center, most likely.
  * last minute:  drugs, neti pot, C's pink bag, scooter and walker from shed,
  ` C swapped her purse for a large canvas bag with multiple pockets;
    I swapped the backpack for the rolly.
  % Next time I need to remember that a single huge suitcase is too damned heavy.
  x print new LgF songbook
  ~ 6pm.  meet Chaos for dinner -> didn't show , didn't respond to pings, phone went to
    voice mail.  He'll get here when she gets here. -> ~6:35; took the bus here.  A has
    his phone.  -> R (he/him) these days.  Will take me a while to get used to it.
  : blew R's mind when I pointed out that he now has _two_ verses in QV
  ~ connect with N around the PDX -> no spoons; connect tomorrow
  : first concert: Kelsey "Cacophonie" Tamayo.  Vibrophone!  Was at RainbowCon 2.1
  % stupidly didn't check to see whether my CPAP had all its parts.  Had to steal the
    figure-8 power cord from Cygnus.  So I can breathe or charge my laptop, but not both

0126Sa
  * up 6am; ;
    % broken sleep.  cleanup, assist
  * move cord from cpap to laptop
  % took a methocarbamol because that's what I had on hand
  ~ 9am wake C for breakfast
  * SL: * naproxen  x figure-8 cord (gift shop may have retractable),
  * deep-end songwriting workshop
    @ https://fawm.org
  : Lauren Cox - wonderful sad song about her cat; made me cry.  Easier to do that now
  * dinner with C; we split a rib eye steak and cheesecake.  Drinks.  Joined by
    (neighbors) R" and T" (matching double primes); later Chaos.
  : C flaked out leaning against the wall -- seems to be a comfortable position for her.
  : C falling asleep; up to the room ~10:30.  In a lot of pain; not positive we'll be able
    to stay another day at this point.  % Having trouble handling it.
  : by the time I left, the con suite was closed and N, etc. had gone back to their hotel
  % I was sufficiently sleepy during the last concert that it made sense to come back
    upstairs and go to bed.

1227Su
  * up 7:35; ; methocarbamol
  % some good conversations in the morning.
  $ 160 bought memberships for next year
  : Lem's set this morning was unexpectedly serious
  : Cat did a duet of "I Will Remember" with Lauren.
  * open filking - Ship of Stone, Windward
    I really need to practice more of my songs; especially the ones I want for AR
  % hotel chairs are particularly hard on my back.
  & working on adding oggs to the QV page (for Kathy).  Going to require some debugging.
  * smoked salmon:  When I Was a Lad -- yelled "follower!" just as Frank finished When I
    Was a Boy.

Date: 2019-01-28 07:05 pm (UTC)
madfilkentist: Photo of Carl (Default)
From: [personal profile] madfilkentist
Is a song which is more realistic than the one it takes off on a parody? Or should it be called an anti-parody? Parts of it are even before my time; I never saw a hand punch for computer cards.

Date: 2019-01-28 08:30 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Parodies don't have to be funny. They generally *are* these days, but the original use for the word in music was when, way the heck back when (and as late as the Baroque period) people would borrow the tunes for popular music and turn them into a Mass or other sacred music. (A contemporary example is the singing of the words of the Christian Doxology to the tune of "Chim Chim Cheree".) Only later did people start turning things on their heads and using the technique for the humour value.

FWIW, I missed punch cards by two weeks, and once *owned* an acoustic coupler modem, but never used it. "I remember when we had THREE HUNDRED BAUD, and LIKED IT!" is usually enough to get the whippersnappers to scatter or shush... but Mandelbear there is sommat older than me :)

(He's also ten years older than Frank, and thus doesn't *have* to exaggerate. :)

Date: 2019-01-28 09:24 pm (UTC)
kengr: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kengr
I still have an acoustic coupler for my TrS-80 Model 100. and I've used it.

I didn't learn the plug boards and card sorting/printing equipment because (virtue of a no-credit course in FORTRAN IV I took at a local university when I was in high school) I got to skip that part of the computer curriculum in college.

I did used punch cards, and knew how to use a drum card. I also used a 110 baud TTY to write BASIC on a mini the college had access to.

I still have some paper tape and punch cards from then. as well as a chunk of 5 channel (Baudot) paper tape.

In later years I picked up a couple of disc packs for an 1BM 2311 drive. and a core plane. Same size as a 5.25" floppy, had 256 *bytes* of memory and if you squint hard, you can see the individual bits :-)

Date: 2019-01-29 04:59 am (UTC)
kengr: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kengr
They had a "wall" of those sorts of things about 12 feet behind the mainframe at PCC. Never learned anything about them, but one of the operators used a sorter to unscramble my dropped deck once (*I* had learned to number the cards in the far right comments" block).

There are several "interesting" ways to get square roots. I no longer remember any of them.

But my first calculator (bought after I'd gotten 8 different results adding up a column in my accounting homework and then got a *ninth* answer when I used a calculator in the library) didn't have a square root function. But it *did* have a key to swap the currently displayed value with the last value input.

I was able to use that to do a recursive square root algorithm(that I no longer remember) without having to write down intermediate results.

Oh yeah, that mainframe was an ancient Honeywell with 6 bit words.

Date: 2019-01-29 12:17 am (UTC)
madfilkentist: Photo of Carl (Default)
From: [personal profile] madfilkentist
When I was working on Yesterday's Songs Transformed, I did some research on parody as it was historically understood. The "parody Masses" were an odd use of the term. It wasn't used contemporaneously, and it seems to have arisen from a bad translation of a Latin term. In nearly all cases, a parody has been something which imitates something else to expose it to laughter.

Parody in that sense goes back as far as ancient Greece, though the surviving examples tend to be prose parodies rather than songs.

But in all seriousness, I think "When I Was a Lad" counts as a parody in that sense, by setting a contrast (and sometimes similarity) between Frank's song and reality.

Date: 2019-01-28 08:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mxsupermarinespitfire
The lunar eclipse was in the early hours here in the UK, so of course I slept through it. Truth be told, I feel a lot better for getting at least 6-7 hours sleep.

I'm actually making good progress in Getting Stuff Done. I've restarted the brain-training I was doing with Elevate, and learning Italian with Duolingo. Daily exercise, journalling and meditation are also helping.

I'm also making plans to leave Facebook permanently, on the 12th March. That would have been my Dad's 80th birthday. On a related note, we got his ashes back from the funeral-care people on Friday, just waiting until the weather improves so we can go scatter them somewhere.

That Google story... I've read it several times now, and I have to wonder if the developers there have any awareness at all of how bad this move looks. Yeah, I'll definitely stick with Firefox.

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