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Apr. 28th, 2017 11:19 pm
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In 1940, the US Government had a radio broadcast highlighting the lives of illustrious immigrants. In 2017, we're starting an agency that focuses only on crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, and publishing a list of such crimes, which is literally something the Nazis did.

(Admittedly, FDR's government ended up interning the Japanese, and certainly deported any number of actual American citizens for being too brown and speaking Spanish, but let's not lose sight of the point here. This sucks.)

A Gaming Week and Other Events

Apr. 29th, 2017 12:23 pm
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The week started with ANZAC day, a national holiday in remembrance of lives lost in war, which war-mongers try to turn into a celebration of invasive military endeavours. A Muslim woman had the temerity to suggest that we shouldn't forget people dying in current wars or the refugees from such conflicts; the conservative media hounded her as a result. For our ANZAC day we had one of our regular cheesequests with [livejournal.com profile] hathhalla and [livejournal.com profile] ser_pounce with a heft European range (and Breton cider). In the spirit of things, I'd made an ANZAC cookie in the shape of ANZAC cove and surrounds - [livejournal.com profile] hatthalla commented that it was like one of her (primary school) student's science experiments until I started pointing out the topographical features.

Afterwards we had a game of D&D 4th edition, probably the edition that's closest to a board game, making use of the Charlemagne's Paladins supplement and Open Grave. It was the beginning of a gaming intensive week, with the following night spent playing Papers & Paychecks, and the night after that reading The Non-Designer's Design Book, an excellent summary publication on such matters ([personal profile] reddragdiva may also be interested in this). Today has included prepartion for a session of Eclipse Phase which I'll be running tomorrow, which also has a Kickstarter for a second edition (I did some playtesting for this).

But of course, that's not the only events of the week. Much of work has been battling a monster of a suite of programs, FENiCS, which has a monstrous toolchain of dependencies (probably close to a hundred, including those we've already done). Who knew that I'd ever need, for example binutils/2.25-GCC-4.9.2-binutils-2.25? It is enough to drive one to drink and fortunately University House came to my assistance with Dr. Geoff Scollary providing a class on the various types production and tasting of sparking wine (aka 'champagne', but we're not allowed to call it that anymore unless it's actually from Champagne). Based on blind testing apparently I'm fond of Domain Chandon Pinot Noir. Finally, on other matters that drives one to drink, earlier in the week completed a two-part special of The Shambling Mound, a fortnight's summary of the activities of the current US administration.

Alas, alack, and woe is me

Apr. 28th, 2017 05:07 pm
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I won't be very visible online for several days, and maybe as much as 2 weeks.

Last night, not having much to do, I decided it was time to upgrade the laptop to Sierra. I closed everything else down, and clicked the 'install' link. It ran through the expected sequence, and then presented me with a cover screen with two fields for name and password. Um. I usually find the name field is already filled in, so I don't need to remember it. So I wasn't sure. I tried all the permutations I could think of, and I *was* sure of the password, but it just wobbled the password field at me and did nothing. I wibbled, and called Gwen. She took me through a couple of things which didn't actually end up working, so eventually, I took it round to her.

Where she tried things, none of which worked, so I came home - after all the tubes had finished running, so I ended up taking 4 buses, and got home at 1.45 am. Needless to say, after that I slept like a log for all of 2 hours, then couldn't drop off again properly. But I did manage to remember my correct user name! I got up early, and tried it ... and that didn't work either. So I loaded it (and my knitting) into the bigger backpack, and trundled myself down to the Apple store on Regent Street, got an appointment with the genius bar for 10.30, went for a coffee while I waited. Dave from the genius bar chided me for not doing a backup (which I hadn't done because I couldn't afford the external hard drive to do it on), but ran it through most of the same routines again, and finally came to the conclusion that somehow the upgrade had lost all knowledge of any users on the machine.

Finally he plugged it into their server and booted it in a 'triage' mode, from which we could ascertain that (PHEW) all my data was at least still present. So now I *do* have to go and buy an external drive from somewhere, make another appointment with them to copy everything over out of the triage mode, then they wipe the laptop and do a clean reinstall, and then - theoretically! - I will be able to copy all the data back to it.

And also apparently the screen is losing some of its coating, which can be replaced, free. But it takes about 10-14 days.

So. No laptop till I can source a new external drive, get to the genius bar, arrange the data transfer (which could take most of a day), do the new install and transfer the data back, and then 2 weeks for the screen fix.

THIS TABLET HAD BETTER BLOODY WELL NOT FALL APART ON ME! is all I can say. But I won't be doing much DW/LJ, because it's rather more awkward on the tablet. Or Facebook, either, because I had to uninstall the FB app a week ago as it was crashing and hogging memory, so I have to use it in a browser, which on the tablet is ... well. Hey, though, Twitter is fine! Email is OK, is clunky. Messenger works. Eh, I suppose I'll live. I could even boot the PC and sit around for ages while windoze updates. (Also, excuse any odd typos. This new tablet is prone to autocorrecting the strangest things.)


parenting is hard, part N

Apr. 28th, 2017 04:18 am
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I've noticed that I'm spending a lot of time teaching my daughter (7) stuff that I'm simultaneously reading about as Stuff Women Internalize That Can Cause Problems — not making waves, not kicking up a fuss about things, trying to accommodate other people, giving a lot of attention to other people's feelings, being deferential and respectful to people in authority.

On the other hand, with E it's on the level of "not making waves" = "not literally screaming loudly because you bumped your leg mildly in a way that your two-year-old sibling just did and didn't even make any noise," and "being deferential and respectful" at 7-year-old diva stage corresponds to "don't yell 'Don't say that!' to everything Mom says, and in general give Mom the courtesy of not yelling given that Mom doesn't yell at you." So… I think I am okay here. But I find myself talking a lot about how it's totally okay to scream and/or be super non-deferential and impolite if someone is trying to get you to do something that you're uncomfortable with. And I still worry: am I finding the right balance? Am I going too far in one way or another? Where's the line?

(I'm trying to raise the boy and girl more-or-less identically, but this is actually a difference — while I try very hard to make sure that I don't teach E anything about being polite and accommodating that I wouldn't also teach A, I probably will not lean so hard with him on the "but if someone harasses you, you can totally go off on them!" because I expect A to have a lot more in the way of examples for that. I mean, I think it's still important for him to know that as a little kid! But more and more I suspect I will de-stress or even work against that view as he grows up, whereas it will probably get more important to me to stress that for my daughter. I think. Who knows. This parenting thing is hard.)

Code push scheduled for Sunday night

Apr. 27th, 2017 03:03 pm
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We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 8pm PDT / 11pm EDT / 3am UTC on Sunday, Apr 30 (or May 1 for you transatlantic types.).

I don't have a list of changes for you yet, but most will fall into the following categories: things users have complained about to support volunteers, things support volunteers have complained about to developers, things [staff profile] denise has complained about not working the way she expects them to (and as we all know, The Boss is Always Right), and things that were printing warnings over and over in the production server logs, making it hard to spot when less frequent, more urgent errors were being printed. Oh, and also all the unused code I ripped out at the roots, which if you notice that, I did it wrong.

To sum up: we are rolling out a bunch of requested changes, so thank you all for your feedback!

If you're new to Dreamwidth and interested in tracking our development process, our commit logs are published to [site community profile] changelog and [community profile] changelog_digest, and every month or so, one of our volunteers will translate those often-cryptic entries into witty, informative code tours! The most recent one was published on April 1, so we're about due for a new one. Hint, hint.

We'll update here again to let you know when the code push is imminent!
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You know, I've been going back and forth on how bad I feel about the way we got Finn. Right now I'm firmly back on the "not bad at all" side, because apparently the kids told her that he got out while they were bringing in groceries, and instead of catching him or chasing him (and as an older dog, he just doesn't move that fast, even when people do bother to trim his toenails so they aren't digging into his feet!) they decided to finish with the groceries first. This task must've taken quite a while, because it was a good 45 minutes between Finn arriving at our door and them arriving at our door to ask if we'd seen him.

Honestly, it seems this is the bare minimum of responsible dog ownership. Just a day or two ago, I caught somebody's dog for them. The dog bounded into my arms, and I held her still as the owner trotted up. That woman had chased after her dog for three blocks! But they couldn't bother to get their not-very-fast dog before they brought in the potatoes? Potatoes don't go anywhere!

One thing I didn't appreciate before:

Apr. 27th, 2017 04:21 pm
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Dogs can really streamline my after dinner clean-up. I've long since been in the habit of tossing meat scraps at any cats lucky enough to be in my vicinity as I put away dinner, but now I have furry disposals for veggie scraps as well. (Yes, I know, dogs - especially small dogs! - should only have a small amount of human food. But I don't think a few bites of plain boiled potato is going to kill them. I google everything before I let any animal near it, and anyway, if it's more than a few bites I put it away in the fridge.)

Finn, thus far, has proven himself quite enthusiastic about plain boiled potatoes, tomatoes (only in tiny quantities, which means I now have to hide my tomatoes away), green beans, and sweet potato. Moonpie is enthusiastic about... dog treats. Sometimes. Well, there's no accounting for taste!

We want to get Finn fattened up so he can have his surgery, so anything healthy that he's eager to eat, we're happy to give him.
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Don't tell anybody, but I love the sound of the foghorn. I could never move inland at this point, because I'd feel weird on foggy days with no foghorn.


Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to help premature babies (Well, we knew this was coming sooner or later. I'm nervous about the effect it's gonna have on reproductive rights legislation, but hopeful about the effect it's gonna have on premies.)

How do you eat your chocolate bunny? Vast majority prefer to start with the ears (If I waited until next year, I'd forget it.)

Why Do We Have Blood Types?

Why the Roots of Color Printing Are in Limestone

Rare color photos document the festivities at a 1941 state fair

First malaria vaccine to be widely tested in Africa next year

New York Superhero Pads

Mapping Where the Lights Are Brighter, And Where They're Going Dark

He Was Searching For Intersexual Pigs And Ended Up Finding The World’s Rarest Dog

New Survey: Most Millennials Both Pay For Streaming Services And Use Pirate Streams When Content Isn't Legally Available (Duh.)

The Genesis of the Gang (This article is a little dated, but worth the read.)

US colleges confront a new era of sometimes-violent protest

'I took someone’s life — now I am giving back': In California's prisons, inmates teach each other how to start over

More wrongful convictions are being overturned than ever before, thanks in part to witnesses coming forward. But in New Orleans, recanting witnesses are facing perjury charges, creating a chilling effect that could keep innocent people behind bars.

The Volunteer Dentists On the Front Lines of Ukraine’s War

First molecular genetic evidence of PTSD heritability discovered

How Flight Attendants Are Set Up to Fail

Want to rescue rural America? Bust monopolies.

Telecom struggles to block 22 social media banned in Kashmir

Turkey Arrests More Than 1,000 In Massive Purge Of Its Police Forces

Tough court on immigration serves as model for Trump plans

Senate Russia probe flounders amid partisan bickering

At least global warming may get Americans off the couch more

Rescuing the Last Two Animals at the Mosul Zoo

During Argentina’s military dictatorship, some 500 babies were born in secret torture centers or kidnapped. A group of grandmothers spent the next four decades searching for them, becoming activists, then icons. But hundreds remained missing. One of them was named Martín.

Who are the new jihadis?

Finn washes his face like a cat.

Apr. 27th, 2017 01:56 am
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...is this normal poodle behavior?

We have a bit of a green-eyed monster

Apr. 26th, 2017 02:47 pm
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When Finn goes near something Moonpie considers hers, she tends to lunge and steal whatever it is back. If she thinks she can get away with it (she can't) she'll snap at him at the same time.

95% of the time they get along fine, but that 5% of that time is killer. I've been handling it the same way I handle similar issues with cats, by putting Moonie out the door for a few minutes, but results are slow. She's gradually switched to waiting for Finn to drop whatever-it-is on his own, then stealing it back from him, which... I guess is progress? I need to put these dogs in training, stat. At least they're in the same weight class.

In other news, Finn has learned to fetch! Well, I mean, he's learned the chasing part of fetch.

Two thoughts on iZombie and Supergirl

Apr. 25th, 2017 10:25 pm
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1. "What's your Kryptonite?" Does everybody know about this little weakness? I mean, I can see the overt baddies knowing, but how widespread is this information? Isn't that the sort of thing you want to keep hush-hush?

2. The look on everybody's face when they found out the deceased was a huge gossip was hilarious. Read more... )

Music videos!

Apr. 25th, 2017 06:16 pm
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Well, sort of. I've started posting videos on my Patreon page, of a concert I did with my bandmates Chris, Valerie and Silke, back in 2012. The first one, Road Song, is free, the second, Centipede Questions, is patrons only ('cos it's an original Zander-style song). You can find them, along with the first two episodes of a piece of D'niverse fanfic and various other bits and bobs, at https://www.patreon.com/zandamyrande or thereabouts. If you haven't looked already, why not head on over?

Signal boost

Apr. 25th, 2017 04:43 am
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Anybody in the Baltimore area want a cat? She needs to be an only cat, but she sounds like a sweetie. Disabling comments here - if you're interested, leave your comment there.
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And here it is.

A note: Insults or terms that can be insulting are pretty common. While I included a lot of them, I've declined to include any explicit slurs of the sort that will get you snubbed from polite society - I find them all interesting from an academic distance, but I don't really want to be on the internet saying these things. I'm the arbiter of what sort of slurs get me snubbed from polite society, so if you're thinking "Why include this slur against over religious Christians who push their religion onto others but not that slur against blacks/gays/Muslims", the answer is "because I think that second slur is just a bit more offensive".

I've defined the ones I see less often, or that I've only read in books and never seen IRL, or that I just generally think people might not know.

Read more... )

I'm also debating with myself whether or not I would count any of the numerous colorful ways to say "vomited". That's like a whole list in and of itself.

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Apr. 23rd, 2017 06:07 am
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Light can be utilized to control gene function

Sheep are one of the most unfairly stereotyped animals on the planet. Almost everything we believe about them is wrong

Dramatic new discoveries illuminate the lost Indus civilization

(Personally, I think a sociology themed D&D style game might be a lot of fun!)

Why Did Life Move to Land? For the View

Living by the Girl Scout Law, Even Without a Home

Up Close and Personal With the World’s Most Artistic Mollusks (It's like House for a Hermit Crab, but scientifically accurate!)

How to Trick People Into Saving Money

Ms. Frizzle Made The March For Science Protests Magical (What's a protest without a little cosplay, right?)

We Need More Alternatives to Facebook

Eating people is wrong – but it’s also widespread and sacred

All Your Favorite Vacation Spots Have Been Overrun by Feral Chickens

Adoption Is A Feminist Issue, But Not For The Reasons You Think

Why Don’t All Jobs Matter?

The Vast, Secretive Face Database That Could Instantly ID You In A Crowd

Fearing a worker shortage, farmers push back on immigration

The Immigration Policy That Ate the Justice Department

Plight of Palestinian refugees now spans 5 generations

Inside the anti-racist movement that brings the fight to white supremacists

Dave Grossman teaches police officers to think like "warriors." But is the rise of a militarized mindset turning black citizens into targets?

Russia’s Shadow-War in a Wary Europe

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do? (Stay put, apparently.)

Where Your Dollars Are Going: Why Some Antiwar Activists Are Withholding Taxes

A cluster of opioid addicts in Massachusetts lost their memories and nobody knows why

US cases of anti-Semitism increased last year

How Standing Rock is connected to a series of brutal century-old murders.

In Chicago, even being seen with gang member sends 1,000s to jail

At Least 61,000 Nationwide Are in Prison for Minor Parole Violations

In Jail, Pads and Tampons as Bargaining Chips

After Ebola, Liberians slowly embrace mental health care

Only 2 Percent of Americans Who Voted for Trump Regret It

Remember Those Temporary Officials Trump Quietly Installed? Some Are Now Permanent Employees.

Prioritizing Economics is Crippling the U.S. Economy

How Drug-Company 'Benevolence' Silences the Sick

I Underwent Genital Mutilation as a Child—Right Here in the United States

Linux Presentations, Gaming Updates

Apr. 24th, 2017 09:33 pm
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Gave introductory Linux and HPC day-courses at University of Melbourne last Thursday and Friday, followed by a presentation at Linux Users of Victoria the following day on Compiling from Source in Linux. The former courses had a particularly high-ratio of staff, rather than the usual collection of postgraduate researchers. Regardless the feedback was equally positive. The presentation to LUV was quite challenging, as I quickly realised however the single talk could easily be several, and as a result I touched upon several items (compilation options, makefiles, autotools and other autobuild systems, environment modules, etc). Nevertheless the post-presentation discussion was excellent; Rodney B., asked whether I had used material from other courses. When I revealed I had not he described the presentation as "embarrassingly good" - which I suppose is positive. At times like these I can have the conceit that I might actually be reasonably good at this HPC Training racket.

After LUV attended the monthly RPG Review movie night at The Astor. It was a monster-themed double with Kong: Skull Island, followed by the 1970 Hammer film, When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth. The former was fairly good, a rather fun combination of King Kong and Apocalypse Now. The latter was absolutely terrible, with the one redeeming feature of the film being carried out in a constructed language. On related popular culture matters played GURPS Middle-Earth the following day and our party of do-gooders successfully defeated the evil sapient trees built by a mad druid. Apropos had some pretty regular sales from the RPG Review in the past couple of weeks, and am reminded that both the RPG Review journal is due, along with Papers & Paychecks.
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A kenning, to put this very simply, is a poetic substitution for a common word. They're quite popular in Norse poetry - instead of saying "gold" you might say "Sif's hair" (which was replaced with a magical wig of gold), instead of saying "sun" you might say "sky's jewel".

If you look at it right, kennings exist in Modern English as well - we refer to Superman as "the Man of Steel", and small children as "rugrats", and there's a whole host of highly offensive slurs that fit the bill as well. (If you don't look at it right, they don't exist in Modern English really, because we don't do much with them. But I like to think they do, so... yeah.)

I have spent a considerable amount of time amusing myself by writing out lists of kennings in Modern English (four eyes, skyscraper, Caped Crusader, pencil pusher...), but I will refrain from inflicting the entire list on you all. These lists are much more interesting to compose than to read anyway. Also, I'm hoping that if I don't pretend to be comprehensive, somebody will suggest a term that I've completely overlooked.
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1. I really ought to update my interests.

2. I hope nobody minds that I randomly subscribed to them. If they do mind, I'm sure they'll tell me, at least.

3. I miss my formative internet homes. Not just LJ, but also Neopets in the good ol' days. *sniff* I hope the nieces have something as good, but somehow, I don't think the current big options are the same at all. (Then again, that's probably the nostalgia talking.)

3a. Specifically from LJ, I miss the communities, and not just fannish ones, thanks, but... mainstream ones? Or ones that had to do with fandom and not a specific media? But even if we could bring them back, it was the commenters that made those places, and we've all grown up and changed a lot. It wouldn't be the same. It's true, you can't ever go back to a time when you were happy.

3b. (Not that we particularly were happy, or are unhappy now, but again, that's the nostalgia talking.)


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