Sigh

2017-Apr-24, Monday 23:56
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Friday the transmission/drivetrain on the bicycle acted up, I could mostly only change gears up 2-3 at a time (eg. press the lever, nothing happens, press it again, *clonk*, 2 gears up). Well, "mostly" because sometimes it wouldn't change gear at all, and needed to be coerced into cooperation via changing gear on the front chainring (which I nearly don't use, the mid-sized chainring is sufficient for everything but one hillclimb/day).

Youtube'd up at the office, culprit is most likely the pre-tension in the cable. Only that with my cheap Shimano system there's no easy way to in-/decrase that, so I went by the shop. They had a quick look, and said that the problem is most likely with the cable pretension. Fixing that would mean quite some dismantling work, and wouldn't I want to have that done with the next service (in 2 weeks)?
Well, ok, it is still usable, if only barely.

Of course, today on the way to work it started to get worse. Much worse. Including a blocked chain (luckily freewheeling still worked, so it wasn't an "OMG accident" problem). So tomorrow the bike will go to the shop. And I'm somewhat lusting after something that needs less maintenance anyway, guess I'll ask about what installing, say, a Shimano Alfine (internal geared instead of a collection of pinion rings) would cost. Combined with 2 chainrings at the front that should (in my mind at least) cover my use case nicely. (And no, this 600-buck bike will not get a kilobuck Rohloff ;-) .)

Rocinante

2017-Apr-24, Monday 18:09
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I swore I didn't want to mod another community, but I couldn't hold out any longer. I needed a place to squee, so please come and join me!


[community profile] rocinante 
For all of your Expanse squee, whether it's about the books, the TV series,
the amazing Belter language, or about the actors themselves.
 

RPG Citadel

2017-Apr-24, Monday 09:37
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Genre: Celebrity BDSM RPS
Name: Citadel
Contact: the mods - [personal profile] jennandanica, [personal profile] fiercy and [personal profile] alley_oops
Main Comm: Citadel
Minimum Age Requirement: 18+
Deadline: None

More Information on the Game )

Current Pups (Already Taken) )

Linux Presentations, Gaming Updates

2017-Apr-24, Monday 21:33
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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.

two comms

2017-Apr-24, Monday 19:33
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[community profile] capshare
share those caps collecting dust on your harddrive!


[community profile] iconthat - Come join icon that a challenge community for icons!

calling all Yu Yu Hakusho nerds

2017-Apr-24, Monday 01:58
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In an attempt to consolidate the fandom where I can, I've created [community profile] yu_yu_hakusho for lovers of the classic manga and anime! All fannish content is welcome, and there may be group activities in the near future depending on what sort of traffic we get, so don't hesitate to drop in.

The 36 was fun!

2017-Apr-24, Monday 09:12
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Probably my last LJ crosspost. Probably my last LJ entry.


5 biplanes fly over Mt Eliza 
A rainbow kisses the paddlesteamer Decoy



A dolphin surfaces near the Narrows and Old Swan Brewery.

#36photo #36photo2007


TRON Community seeking Users!

2017-Apr-23, Sunday 08:35
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 [community profile] tron_comm is a new TRON community on Dreamwidth! There's not much now (I'm very new at this), but plans for the future include community rewatches of the franchise, weekly fanfic recs and promos, graphic and icon contests, and prompts for both fanfic and fanart! Please join us if you love the TRON franchise in all its many-splendored forms!

LJ EXODUS

2017-Apr-23, Sunday 13:12
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THERE ARE A BUNCH OF NEW PEOPLE ON DW AND I BET SOME OF THEM UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF CAPSLOCK!!!

New here

2017-Apr-22, Saturday 18:30
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So, I just moved over here from LJ.

 

I usually use Dreamwidth for roleplaying purposes, but after the....shall we say....shenanigans that Livejournal has been doing as of late, I decided it was time to pack my things and move.

 

 

Please forgive me if my icon phrasing makes you upset, but I'm being as honest as I can with the keywords.

 

So....hi...?

Community Promotion

2017-Apr-22, Saturday 15:05
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Quick and dirty for anyone looking to restart these guys. All are in various states of dying, but come in and revive them! Or take them over.

[community profile] asexual_fandom: This is a community to discuss asexuality and fandom. Does what it says on the tin.

[community profile] st_trinians: This is a general St. Trinian's community. All things St. Trinian's are welcome.

[community profile] fem_thoughts: Meta about Women and/or Femslash

[community profile] remix_tree: Remixing remixes and possibly remixing those

I should be writing...

2017-Apr-23, Sunday 00:39
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But I'm not, because this story is HARD and I'd rather look at chickens playing the piano on the internet.

(I'm at least halfway through the story, but it doesn't have much dialogue, and writing stories with minimum dialogue is the pits, I tell you.)

So instead I'm going to lurk around on Dreamwidth and write about random things.

Random thing one:  I'm singing in an opera concert next week, and it's totally nuts.  It's called 'A Journey through the History of Opera', and has been made more fun by the fact that we only got most of the music on Friday and the concert is next Wednesday.  The first half is fairly normal, and gives me the opportunity to sing a duet with a truly gorgeous countertenor (and I do not use the words 'gorgeous' and 'countertenor' in the same sentence lightly).  So that's lovely. 

The second half, on the other hand, is bonkers.  Somehow, our Dear Director found an opera written in 2007 by a chap called Viktor Fortin about Franz Jägerstätter, who was recently canonised as a saint and martyr of the Catholic church for refusing to fight for Hitler.  We are doing three movements from this opera.

So it's super cheerful.  And super atonal, because it was written in 2007, and is about Hitler. (Hitler is being sung by the counter-tenor.  I am amused to note that there was absolute agreement between all altos and tenors present that this is the appropriate choice and no more than countertenors deserve, really, since they steal all our solos.  Since he is a very nice counter-tenor, and really deserves all the solos, it seems rather cruel in this instance, but we can see where the composer was coming from.) 

Also, it's in an Austrian dialect.  And there is lots of weird spoken word stuff in Austrian dialect, mostly spoken by me pretending to be three different children.  Yay.  Though this is still better than having to sing the alleged music.

You might think that this is a hard act to follow, and it is. We're following it with Gilbert and Sullivan, specifically a duet and an ensemble piece from Iolanthe.  Wings optional, though I'm hoping very much that I can find some.  I'm trying to work out whether this choice is unbelievably terrible or secret genius.

Also, because I'm now the lone soprano in this group, I'm doing no fewer than three love duets.  Despite the super-short hair which I feel ought to qualify me for trouser roles.  This is a little uncomfortable, because I am not a huggy person with men I don't know well.  And two of my are with the tenor, and while he has a lovely voice, and we don't get along *badly* exactly, I always feel as though he finds me annoying, and also, I can never tell whether he is joking or not, which is uncomfortable.  Definitely not someone I'd be hugging or fake-kissing in the normal way of things. The third duet is with the counter-tenor, which is awkward in a slightly different way, because I have a little bit of a crush on his beautiful, beautiful voice.  Fortunately, that particular duet is probably more hand-holdy rather than fake-kissy, but still. 

Naturally, I am not doing any duets with the bass, with whom I get along very comfortably and could hug without any feelings of awkwardness whatsoever.  Or even with the alto, which would also be fine.

Still, at least it isn't weird 21st century Hitler opera.

Let's see, what else?  I've been reading and reviewing lots of books for the Smart Bitches RITA review challenge, and they should start turning up online soon.  I also had a rather poorly-written (mid-grants season) review published at BookThingo, and they'd like me to do more reviewing for them and have offered to send me free books for this purpose.  I may also be doing some writing for another blog but that's still all under discussion.  It would be a lot of fun if they decided they wanted me, however. 

I may possibly be aiming for some sort of record for the number of blogs I am writing myself or freelancing for.

I haven't got a lot else done this week.  I'm still ridiculously tired, post grants and Easter, I guess, though I'm at the point where my brain likes to start listing all the terminal illnesses for which tiredness might be a symptom.  My brain is a real positive thinker.

I really do need to get back to politics blogging, but haven't had the energy. 

I think that's enough for now.

Mag7 Bingo

2017-Apr-22, Saturday 15:42
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[community profile] mag7bingo is - unsurprisingly - a fanworks bingo community for the TV series The Magnificent Seven.
Bingo cards are 5x5 squares and prompts are either general or character specific.
It's a very low-stress community with no deadlines or word limits.

 

Tic Tac Woe (multifandom Apocabingo)

2017-Apr-22, Saturday 12:53
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A multifandom mini-bingo challenge (3x3 square cards) open to all fandoms and fanworks, (including original works) with a set of apocalyptic prompts to play with. More details at the comm here: [community profile] tic_tac_woe

Open now for sign-ups and posting.

Breakfast with Danese, blockchain book.

2017-Apr-22, Saturday 12:36
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Danese Cooper swung through London as she periodically does, so we met for breakfast at Gail's and I got a pancake. Grumbles about how people are a problem, bragging about children and (step-)grandchildren.

Still trudging through the book-shaped albatross. Looked at the site on Danese's phone and went "FUCK," it looks like a web page for ants. So I'll be installing a WordPress on that today then. Yet again doing the thing I tell everyone else not to, i.e. self-hosting WordPress. Bah.

The cover is the big blocker right now. I know what I want now, big block "business book" lettering and a coupla Sergio Aragones style silhouettes. Main blocker is my complete lack of artistic talent.

Also, I posted a rough draft of the Bitfinex section to Reddit /r/buttcoin and ... Mark Karpelès of Mt. Gox bought me Reddit Gold. :-O

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 Got any Follow Friday-related posts to share this week? Comment here with the link(s).
Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth. That's it. No complicated rules, no "pass this on to 7.328 friends or your cat will die". Just introduce us to some new things to read.
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[personal profile] jasra posted this copy-and-paste support meme:

My door is always open. The house is usually half clean. Coffee/Tea could be on in minutes, and the chairs are a comfy place of peace and non-judgment. Anyone who needs to chat is welcome anytime. It's no good suffering in silence. There is always food in the fridge, coffee/tea in the cupboard, and a listening ear or shoulder to cry on. I will always be here & you are always welcome!!

If you want to, could at least one friend please copy and re-post (not share)? I'm trying to demonstrate that someone is always listening! We need more love πŸ’›


My version:

If we are friends, my home is always open to you for a hug, a chat, a cat to pet, a cuppa, a meal, or a couch to crash on for a night or two. Stairs and cats and baby mean my space won't be accessible to everyone, but we will all do our very best to be welcoming and supportive in every other way.

If you have been harmed or kicked out of your home and need a safe place to go, I will gladly provide that safe place or help you find another one.

I'm always up late. (Always.) If you need someone to talk to late at night, call or text or DM/PM me.

My spoons and time can be pretty limited. But I care a lot about helping other people, and will always do as much as I can. And you can count on me to be clear and compassionate when setting boundaries, so you never have to worry whether you're being a bother or intruding or taking resources I don't have to spare.

Feel free to post and share your own version if you're able to help others who are in need. πŸ’š
vatine: books-related stuff (books)
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Reread.

I haven't read this one as many times as maybe I should. There's some stylistic weirdness (it's written in second-person, which is to some extent, "gaming", although perhaps more the text adventures of days gone by than modern 1st/3rd megapolygon wossnames), which lingers in my memory as an initial hurdle. It's quite OK once you're reading, though. At least I find it so.

First in a series of two (so far) Scottish near-future police procedurals.

All in all, not a bad read. I should see if I have the second one in electronic or paper form.

Hello! Looking for Doctor Who fans

2017-Apr-21, Friday 10:07
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[community profile] gallifrey_times went away for a long while, but since I've managed an issue per day all week, I think I can confidently say that it's back.
  • If you are a Who fan who wants a daily shot of news and reviews and links to fanworks, please subscribe. We're a bit like Who Daily on LJ (although we explicitly try not to tread on their toes - there was a time when I was a back up for Who Daily as well as doing GT and I still have a lot of affection for them).

  • If you're a Who fan who does fic, or reviews, or art, or vids, or podcasts, or any other content you want promoting to other Who fans? please request to be added to our watch list - I'd really REALLY love to have more Dreamwidth-hosted content on there.

Formalized mathematics

2017-Apr-21, Friday 17:09
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Now reading Freek Wiedijk's comparison of seventeen computational proof assistant systems: (1) HOL, (2) Mizar, (3) PVS, (4) Coq, (5) Otter/Ivy, (6) Isabelle/Isar, (7) Alfa/Agda, (8) ACL2, (9) PhoX, (10) IMPS, (11) Metamath, (12) Theorema, (13) Lego, (14) Nuprl, (15) Ξ©mega, (16) B method, and (17) Minlog.

BPD community

2017-Apr-20, Thursday 19:56
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[community profile] bpd is a community for those who suffer from borderline personality disorder and for those who want help dealing with loved ones who have the disorder.

Safely home!

2017-Apr-20, Thursday 12:54
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So I went to Tacoma for a week, to visit my primary partner. It was a very nice visit and everyone had fun!

I flew out Monday the 10th, marred by some lateness from the previous plane arriving, but I had a very lovely chat with my seatmate and gave her some info on self-taught programming for her teenage son who is very good with computers and might be interested in programming if he doesn't go the heart surgeon route. (He is whip-smart, autistic, and interested in planes. And computers. And being a heart surgeon.) Upon seeing my partner, I kissed them hello straight off and then we loaded everything into the car and headed for the next stop (taking time to update the local branch of the polycule on what was up).

My partner met my sister, yay!

There were cheesecake-related shenanigans.

I got to meet my partner's co-workers, and see them at work in one of the more rewarding aspects of their job -- plus some of the stuff that goes into making that happen.

I got to meet some long-time internet friends in person ([livejournal.com profile] tygerr & wife), see Ex Mrs. Shawn #1, see [personal profile] vlion and wife and kid. Stories were told. I got to meet [personal profile] rynia and their wife and another friend, plus my metamour, and the people whose couch my partner will be occupying for the next little bit. And I got to meet the people whose spare room my partner and their cat are currently in. Plus see a few bandmates. And a few of my sister's bandmates. And my metamour's mother and brothers. SO MANY PEOPLE.

Very good times were had by all. We listen to some of the same podcasts, and our philosophies of laundry are compatible. The food choices worked out. [personal profile] norabombay and I bat around some thoughts on alpha/beta/omega dynamics as they are seen in fanfic, and basically you'd need some hardcore preparation for an omega heat. You'd want frozen burritos or something that are super quick to fix, a room with a nice comfortable bed, and a fuckton of lube and such. Water bottles for bed. You know.

^_^

Despite some concerns, we did not get told that we were disturbing other guests. We may have been doing it wrong.

^_^

I left on Monday. I did most of my weeping and clinging on Sunday night. I'm adjusting to life back home, but with a part of my head that I didn't realize had been quite so on-edge now purring quietly to itself.

We'd sort of wanted an oasis of calm with just the two of us. Instead, we got the edge of a crisis, as my partner's hosts had been told that it was renovation time and they needed to find a new place. And my partner had various things at work on four of the weekdays. Plus I wanted to meet people while I was there, and show off my partner. So it wasn't just the two of us alone with no worries, it was commuting and work and locating moving boxes and all sorts of little things.

Our emotions and our physical interactions had been growing wildly out of step. It's one thing to spend comfortable time in each other's virtual presence, swearing at traffic or grumbling about an essay or something. It's another to actually touch each other. I had been a little worried: would I push them away in the middle of the night? Would I be able to fall asleep with their skin touching me? As it turned out, if I tiptoed out of bed in the middle of the night to pee, they'd wrap back around me when I came in, and when they got out of bed with their alarm on a workday, I'd grumble something sleepy at the loss of their touch.

When I was an impressionable teenager, I read some MSR portal fantasy with soulbonding, where some form of magic had bound Mulder and Scully tightly to each other; in the early bits of the fic, the space between them decreased, so they needed to be in physical contact at all times. (This was down to some malfunction, and the bond was fixed later on.) But in the beginning, as the bond strengthened, the physical distance decreased.

But that's ... kind of not where things go.

Given the opportunity, my partner and I will snuggle up into each other. We're both a little short on skin-to-skin contact, so I will likely as not have my hand grasping their shirt collar, fingers tucked against their neck. But it doesn't hurt to let go. It's not a problem of scarcity. If they let go, they will come back and hold me again. If I let go, I will come back and curl around them. There's a security. They are a fixed point. My anchor. My love.
Parted from me and never parted; never and always touching and touched.

Valediction Tramper, Valedictions Rodents

2017-Apr-20, Thursday 19:16
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My surprise at Tramper rat still being alive at our return to NZ proved to be short-lived. The following morning his body was still so prior to work I buried him in the backyard and planted forget-me-nots. At 33 months (82.5 rat years) Tramper was the last of his trio, the largest and oldest of the group. In his younger days he was certainly the leader and most forward of the pack, gregarious and gentle. As he aged, he slowly accumulated various health problems; a foot infection, a mammary tumour, and glaucoma. He lived through these with a high degree of adaptability. Whilst wary of anthropmorphising, I cannot help but think that he kept himself alive for a few extra days to ensure his farewells.

Thus ends some fifteen years of having rats as animal companions. The entry point was a few years prior whilst living with Glenn K., in Richmond where his rat Spit befriended me. Following my return from Timor-Leste I've lived with Harlequin and Montebanc, then Vagabond and Rogue, Ragamaffin and Scoundrel, Calamity, Mischief, and Trouble, Rascal, Nomad, and Riff-Raff, Tricky and Naughty (the mothers of P, P, & P), Lucky, Picador, Pierrot, and Prankster, and finally, Scamper, Rover, and Tramper - this is along with looking after Bambi and Suki for a neighbour.

For the uninitiated the rat may seem a strange choice of companion. They have bad press, as bearers of diseases (true), dirty (false), cunning (true), and selfish (false). For those in the know, they are intelligent, they are social, they have memory and reasoning and - from a combination of these factors - are surprisingly moral creatures, exhibiting empathy, guilt, and altruism. I have learned a great deal from them, and perhaps a little about myself as I have done my best to care for them. I hope I have contributed in some small amount to their comfort. I have not lost interest in the creatures but my own life-plans do not allow at this stage for their limited lifespans. So, in parting, I raise a salute to these heroic creatures.

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

2017-Apr-19, Wednesday 23:02
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Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!
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Branch: refs/heads/develop
Home: https://github.com/dreamwidth/dw-nonfree
Commit: 09dc19e0f33e6acbb587e7781958a5bfb9406ed1
https://github.com/dreamwidth/dw-nonfree/commit/09dc19e0f33e6acbb587e7781958a5bfb9406ed1
Author: NightFlyer <nightflyer.dw@nocturnalaviation.com>
Date: 2017-04-19 (Wed, 19 Apr 2017)

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Fix typo in diversity statement

Fixes #2124


Commit: d6c357df553bdf6201bb7574f0d5710cb57f99d7
https://github.com/dreamwidth/dw-nonfree/commit/d6c357df553bdf6201bb7574f0d5710cb57f99d7
Author: Denise Paolucci <denise@dreamwidth.org>
Date: 2017-04-19 (Wed, 19 Apr 2017)

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Merge pull request #120 from NightFlyer/DiversityStatementTypo-bug-2124

Fixes dw-free/2124. (And welcome to new contributor NightFlyer!)

Fix typo in diversity statement


Compare: https://github.com/dreamwidth/dw-nonfree/compare/5a6f87c509fd...d6c357df553b
vatine: books-related stuff (books)
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Reread.

Don't know if I've reread this before, so this may genuinely be the second read.

It's, let's say, a "late-Heinlein pastiche", including, but not limited to, oversexed fembots with nipples that go spung (for plot-relevant reasons, no less).

We're in a post-humanity solar system, filled with a variety of robots, who are now all that's left of the heritage of Earth (having a completely crashed biosystem on the main planet, no human seen for at least one, maybe multiple, centuries, that sort of "left of").

When the novel start, we find our main viewpoint character Freya on one of the balconies of an upper-Venus-atmosphere flyer thing, contemplating the wisdom of letting gravity take over, since after all what meaning is there for a sexbot when she was manufactured after the last human was already gone?

Turns out, yes, there's a good many reasons to not let gravity take over.

Is it readable? Yes, on the balance. But probably not without knowing some of the specifics on which it riffs, which may or may not be what you want to internalise, but if you already had, there's worse.

It does set the scene for Neptune's Brood though, so might be worth reading just for taht (not sure it's 100% necessary, though).

That was nice

2017-Apr-19, Wednesday 22:34
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 Rob and I had a lovely 23rd Wedding anniversary today. We saw Skull Island, surveyed the 36 route for the photowalk on Sunday, and got together with the fannish meet up at the Old Shanghai and later Whisk with old and new friends. Lovely.

[done] Dreamhack maintenance reminder

2017-Apr-19, Wednesday 09:31
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As mentioned in my last post, I will be taking the Dreamhack server down for maintenance in 30 minutes! I'll edit this post once it starts and again when it's back up.

10:04am BST: I have restricted logins to admins and am beginning the maintenance now. This will involve a reboot and some diagnostics before opening it back up.

10:58am BST: The maintenance is done, and logins are unrestricted again!
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 I've been using DW as my prime journal site for a time, with LJ as the back up.

What with the stupidity in Russia and my soon to close LJ I've been thinking. What about all of the other people's comments over the years?
Is there a way of bringing them across or something, or will they be blown away when I Press The LJ Button to expunge it?

In less serious news, I and Rob are going to the Old Shanghai/San Churro's this evening, it's the tradition after Swancon for a post con meetup.  I don't know whether any one else is - Swancon may or may not have posted on Facebook, (don't make me go there) but not much communication anywhere else. Rob has posted some nice photos on Google Plus https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104112544796358440560 where you won't get popups in your face wanting you to sign up.

I had a lovely Swancon 42. The hotel worked a lot better than I was expecting, the staff were great and excited and very helpful.

The test of writing and drawing for each day was successful. 

The program was very interesting, I marked several to go to, but really, if I want to go to panels I should just keep away from the gaming room. 
I did get to a couple. I would've really liked to go to some, but oh well, there's always next year.

The guests were lovely. The crowd was good.

It didn't seem crowded, but people were distributed across several floors on different sides of the hotel.

Thank you committee!

Rats and NZ Adventures

2017-Apr-18, Tuesday 23:29
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Firstly, I want to thank everyone on LJ, DW, G+, and FB who expressed their condolences with the passing of Rover the rat last week. It touched me deeply that so many of you, nearly all who have spent no time in his company, saw fit to respond to my little eulogy. I make apologies for not responding to all the wishes in person, as I have been away in New Zealand with limited Internet access - and the screen to my laptop has been damaged - and have only just returned tonight, to discover that the old, blind, and cancer-ridden Tramper rat is surprisingly still with us and have managed to eat all the food that had been left out for him.

Read more... )

So that was a six-day holiday; it was a pretty busy affair with a lot packed in. My previous three trips to NZ have been largely work based so it was good to get around a bit more and finally see a part of the country that I hitherto had not been to. One nice discovery during the trip was learning that my application to attend the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt has been approved. That will be the next trip.

Gas Station Tales

2017-Apr-18, Tuesday 00:40
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[community profile] gas_station_tales is a new community for gas station employees to share stories and vent. (Convenience store stories are equally welcome, since the convenience store half of gas stationery is just as bad.)
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Hi all,

I'm going to need to schedule some maintenance for the Dreamhack server as I've just discovered that the quota settings haven't taken effect. I'm therefore going to schedule maintenance for Wednesday 2017-04-19, 10am BST (5am EDT, 2am PDT) (about 36 hours from now) for up to 2 hours. (It shouldn't actually take that long, but I'm reserving it just in case.)

This maintenance will involve a reboot of the Dreamhack server. I will also be restricting logins until the maintenance is done, as the nature of the maintenance means that it will need as little data modification done as possible.

I'll post again once the maintenance starts, and edit that post when it ends.

Good night Swancon 42

2017-Apr-17, Monday 23:54
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Actually went to a really panel today -the history of the Perth Observatory, which was very interesting.

 

April the Amigurumi Giraffe

2017-Apr-17, Monday 13:03
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This is crossposted from Curiousity.ca, my personal maker blog. If you want to link to this post, please use the original link since the formatting there is usually better.

I made this one for a co-worker and very awesome lady who’s expecting to give birth Real Soon Now. With the whole internet waiting for April the Giraffe to give birth, a giraffe seemed like an extra-appropriate baby gift. Since the gift has been gifted and the giraffe has given birth, now’s the time for a blog post!


April the Amigurumi Giraffe


Pattern: Gigi Giraf. You might recognize this one, as I’ve made it before, and used it as a base for a moose I made for another colleague some time ago. It’s a great pattern!


April the Amigurumi Giraffe


Yarn: Be Sweet Bamboo for the base colour. I love using this yarn. It’s so very soft, shiny, and it’s got a neat and very subtle tonal going that really works for giving some depth to the amigurumi. I immediately bought most of the colours for my next few amigurumi projects. If you’re local to me, Black Sheep at Orenco has it, and it’s worth trying!


April the Amigurumi Giraffe


The brown is Nova Plus Four Seasons Cotton. This is a nice soft cotton made of many tiny strands. I love how it feels when crocheted up, but it was a bit easy to split while I was working with it unless I wound it up a bit as it went.


April the Amigurumi Giraffe


I love the little tail. πŸ™‚


April the Amigurumi Giraffe


I should have taken some more in-progress photos, but here’s one more before it got its spots!


April the Amigurumi Giraffe

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Branch: refs/heads/develop
Home: https://github.com/dreamwidth/dw-free
Commit: 891e920ab716a284d629463b4ad0d0a40cd1ad79
https://github.com/dreamwidth/dw-free/commit/891e920ab716a284d629463b4ad0d0a40cd1ad79
Author: Mark Smith <mark@dreamwidth.org>
Date: 2017-04-17 (Mon, 17 Apr 2017)

Changed paths:
M cgi-bin/Apache/LiveJournal.pm
M cgi-bin/LJ/Web.pm

Log Message:
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Fix redirect for query strings

Certain codepaths use querystrings that do not contain arguments and
instead are just plaintext. This codepath was only passing through valid
looking arguments. This updates it to always use the raw query string.

Fixes #2121.
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Branch: refs/heads/release-1.32
Home: https://github.com/dreamwidth/dw-free
Commit: c1e47cd76e6cd881045b53744d68655ff74e0bbb
https://github.com/dreamwidth/dw-free/commit/c1e47cd76e6cd881045b53744d68655ff74e0bbb
Author: Mark Smith <mark@dreamwidth.org>
Date: 2017-04-17 (Mon, 17 Apr 2017)

Changed paths:
M cgi-bin/Apache/LiveJournal.pm
M cgi-bin/LJ/Web.pm

Log Message:
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Fix redirect for query strings

Certain codepaths use querystrings that do not contain arguments and
instead are just plaintext. This codepath was only passing through valid
looking arguments. This updates it to always use the raw query string.


Commit: b94c7efbf8101a501207a577e1b4bec2d0138154
https://github.com/dreamwidth/dw-free/commit/b94c7efbf8101a501207a577e1b4bec2d0138154
Author: Jen <kareila@dreamwidth.org>
Date: 2017-04-17 (Mon, 17 Apr 2017)

Changed paths:
M cgi-bin/Apache/LiveJournal.pm
M cgi-bin/LJ/Web.pm

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Merge pull request #2122 from zorkian/fix-redir

Fix redirect for query strings - fixes #2121.


Compare: https://github.com/dreamwidth/dw-free/compare/1d34018a37d8...b94c7efbf810

[dreamwidth/dw-free]

2017-Apr-16, Sunday 22:39
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Branch: refs/heads/fix-redir
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Branch: refs/heads/fix-redir
Home: https://github.com/dreamwidth/dw-free
Commit: c1e47cd76e6cd881045b53744d68655ff74e0bbb
https://github.com/dreamwidth/dw-free/commit/c1e47cd76e6cd881045b53744d68655ff74e0bbb
Author: Mark Smith <mark@dreamwidth.org>
Date: 2017-04-17 (Mon, 17 Apr 2017)

Changed paths:
M cgi-bin/Apache/LiveJournal.pm
M cgi-bin/LJ/Web.pm

Log Message:
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Fix redirect for query strings

Certain codepaths use querystrings that do not contain arguments and
instead are just plaintext. This codepath was only passing through valid
looking arguments. This updates it to always use the raw query string.

(no subject)

2017-Apr-17, Monday 15:07
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Another wafty day chez moi. Consider these posts to be placeholders. A reminder that I do still exist.

Although sometimes I don't know if it's better to quietly disappear until health returns or to continue being present. Disappear, and it might be that when/if you come back, no one will remember who you are. Stay present, and you might be able to do it only in such limited capacity that people have no sense of you anyway.

I'm really enjoying Words With Friends, it seems to be the one brain-thing I'm capable of these days. I fantasize about doing other things, but too many steps are required.

I have a pathology nurse coming around tomorrow morning to collect blood for tests for everything, I anticipate no surprises. Then I have homecare, which will be nice. Later in the day a Nice Young Lass(TM) will be coming by to see if she's the right person to help me out one or two hours a week. This isn't government funded, I'm paying for it myself. I want my fish tended, among other things.

I am really hoping that on Wednesday I am well enough to go to the birthday dinner of a very dear friend. I'll be sad if I can't go. I resigned myself to a solitary Easter, but this might be pushing it.

But I guess I've been here before.

Rolling with the punches.
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Reread.

Been a while since I read this. It's rather godo reading, but one thing leaves me puzzled, what do tibias have to do with arms? Anyway, Irene is a Librarian (yep, taht capital letter is definitely required), working for The Library (again, required), a library existing between the worlds, where time does not really pass, in some sense.

She has been given what sounds like a simple mission, go to a specified alternate and recover a book. No more, no less. Shouldn't be a problem, no?

All in all, excellent reading.

Dreamhack applications are now open!

2017-Apr-16, Sunday 10:19
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Apologies again for the delay on this - Dreamhack applications are now officially open again!

As I explained in my previous post (which you should read if you haven't already - there's a lot of info in there), anybody who wants a Dreamhack should apply through this form, even if you already had one before. I will, as a one-time thing, email everybody who had an account before to let them know that the service is back up and that they'll need to re-apply.

My apologies once again for the delay! If you find any issues with the service, please feel free to let me know.

some context

2017-Apr-16, Sunday 14:43
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The context of the thinking about definite descriptions and free logic might put you off, or it might excite you. I think you can ignore the context and focus on the technical questions if you prefer.

The context is a line of thinking about the ontological argument in Anselm's Proslogion 2 that I've been pursuing since the late seventies. Since '83, a lot of the thinking and writing has been done in conversation with Ed Zalta.

It's going to be interesting to figure out how to typeset these entries. A while back I suggested that we allow MathJax on DW, but I don't think that was done. Folk who are typesetting technical stuff in your journals, how are you doing it?

definite descriptions

2017-Apr-16, Sunday 14:34
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Most of the authorities agree that adding a term-forming operator to a language to represent definite descriptions ought to be a conservative extension. There seems to be an interesting argument that can be captured in a language with descriptions but not in a language without. So this is now being investigated. (This is joint work with Ed Zalta of Stanford, and I hope to start presenting preliminary thoughts soon in the Adelaide Logic Seminar. If it's not a wind egg, I'll probably say something about it at the AAL meeting in July.)

Page Statistics 2: Electric Boogaloo

2017-Apr-10, Monday 21:09
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Title:
Page Statistics 2: Electric Boogaloo

Area:
entries

Summary:
Native journal stats, like LJ used to do, only not horribly invasive like LJ. How many, not whom. Also integrated into the DW user interface.

Description:
Way back when, somebody else suggested, in a suggestion titled Page stats (http://dw-suggestions.dreamwidth.org/570175.html), "something like LiveJournal's My Guests feature", and the commenters here promptly set the suggestion on fire and then drowned it. The My Guests feature of the LJ Stats page makes *reading* journals less private, and gave many DW Suggestion commenters the heebee-geebees.

Unfortunately, that was the end of the proposal to implement any of the LJ Stats Page here. Unfortunately, because the LJ Stats Page also had lots of other useful analytics information, that was in aggregate and didn't violate anybody's privacy. For instance, from my LJ Stats page I just discovered that my LJ typically gets about 35 daily hits to my journal's RSS feed – information that would otherwise be utterly invisible to me. Since in the past I've wondered if anybody cares about RSS, that is usefully informative to me. For another instance, I am able to see how many visitors – not, mind you, LJ users, just unique visitors – came to a given post. If I had the same stats here on DW, I would be able to see how my efforts to move my readers from LJ to here were working.

When last this was proposed, one of the questions a commenter reasonably asked was "How is it different from the Google stats feature available for paid DW accounts?"

1) It doesn't involve Google for one thing. I have two big problems with Google Analytics:

1a) It is, to me, a much bigger privacy violation than My Guests ever was. My Guests was optional: if you ever wanted not to be counted, you turned it off and you never appeared in anybody's My Guest report. I, as a reader, have no way to opt out of GA – except to use a script blocker to clobber GA, which I in fact do, because....

1b) Google Analytics' degrades site performance. I have to block the GA scripts at my browser, because otherwise, from time to time, page loads start hanging on trying to communicate with google-analytics.com. I don't want GA on my journal both because I don't want to inflict on my readers a privacy compromise I don't want inflicted on myself, and I don't want to inflict on either me or my readers the page load times GA periodically (or is it always? as I said, I block it) causes.

2) As per 1b above, GA is client-side and third party. I don't want this sort of functionality coming through *any* third-party javascript. It will always tax the user's browser and internet connection, and expose information to a third-party. I have no interest in trusting any third-party with, for example, statistics *about my locked posts* the existence of which should be a private.

3) Not having a GA account I can't say what it includes in its reports, but knowing what I do about its implementation, I'm guessing it has no way to tell you *the number of times your post appeared on other parts of the site*. AFAIK, GA only knows – only *can* know – about the concept of "webpages". LJ's Stats would give you *two* numbers: the number of unique visitors to a post's page *and* the numbers of unique viewers of your post _in all the other places it appears on LJ_, such as on friends pages, your own Recent Entires pages, your Calendar pages, etc. LJ Stats leverages LJ's knowledge of its own info-architecture to come up with stats that GA can't.

Finally, it would be great if the interface for such a thing were integrated into the general DW journal interface, such that journal owners would have a contextual stats icon/link (visible only to them) wherever appropriate, that takes them to the corresponding stats page. For instance, such a link would appear on posts, and would take one to the stats page for that specific post. One's Calendar would have it on the day, month, and year views, and take one to one's corresponding day, month, and year stats pages. And that's not something that GA or any third-party javascript-based analytics implementation could manage.

More Details

When last this came around, it became clear most commenters didn't know what LJ did provide. Here's an overview:

There are four top level categories to the Stats page that I propose are of interest to DW: Journal, Comments, Entries, and RSS Readers.

The Journal page shows stats for your whole journal, breaking it out by number of total visits, total unique vistors, and how many of those unique visitors were logged-in LJ users. It allows you to view this information by either your journal itself, or your journal plus all friends pages on which your posts appear, and it allows you to drill down in either of these views to any year (shows bar chart by month), month (shows bar chart by day), or day (shows bar chart by hour). This last allows one to get a sense of on what days and at what times of the day one's readers are seeing one's journal.

The Comments page shows the stats on numbers of comments and numbers of commenters. Like the Journal page, you can drill down by time span.

The Entries page shows the stats for a given entry (post). It defaults to the most recent entry in your journal, has a list at the bottom of your ten most recent posts with links to their stat pages, for user convenience, and a text box in which you can put the URL to any of your entries to get the stats for it (not the most convenient of user interfaces). For a given entry, it shows Visits, viewers ("Who Viewed"), and Comments. Visits breaks out by Entry Views, All Visitors and Livejournal Visitors. "Entry Views" is the other sense of "entry": when that page is the page-of-entry of a reader to LJ – what happens when somebody follows a link somewhere else, like Twitter or Tumblr or FB or an RSS reader or an email, to a post of yours. That gives one a sense of how much traffic is being driven to a post by virality elsewhere. Visits also allows drill down by year/month/day, same as above. "Who Viewed" gives a break down between the number of all viewers of the post vs. the number of the subset that are Friends of you - it shows you whether it's just Friends reading your posts or other people. Also allows drill down by year/month/day. "Comments" shows comments vs number of unique commenters for the post, with year/month/day drill down.

The RSS Readers page shows a chart of number of requests to one's RSS feed, with drill down by year/month/day.

Poll #18206 Page Statistics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 32


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Should be implemented as-is.
19 (59.4%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
4 (12.5%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
9 (28.1%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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[personal profile] solarbird posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
"Activity"-like view of 1st page of Inbox, in a dropdown, from Navigation Strip

Area:
navigation strip, messaging

Summary:
It is currently very easy to configure your Inbox to serve as an activity notification hub. It would be very useful to have a shorted version of the first page of that Inbox be accessible via a dropdown on the Navigation Strip, and allow some manipulation of your Inbox via that dropdown.

Description:
Each line of the proposed dropdown would contain a one line description of the activity. (N replied to [your post|comment], N messaged you, subject "", N posted to group X, and so on). Each entry would contain an "x" dismissal button which would delete the notification from both the Inbox and the dropdown. Clicking on an individual entry outside of the dismissal button would take you to the item about which you are being notified - the message, the comment made, etc - and mark it as read. A "see all" entry at the bottom of the dropdown could take you to the current Inbox view. Currently, using the Inbox as a notification centre results in large numbers of page swaps and reloads, as you go from Inbox to post to Inbox to reply form to Inbox etc., etc., etc., with mark-as-read and delete-item as separate actions across separate pages. Further, it is difficult to maintain (de-clutter, etc) without engaging in that maintenance as a separate task. As a result, those of us who have this issue end up with over-full Inboxes that we tend to bulk-delete. This suggested feature would allow us both to use our Inbox more easily and maintain it more effectively, resulting in improved usability of the service and - hopefully - fewer notifications being stored on the servers.

Poll #18205 "Activity"-like view of 1st page of Inbox, in a dropdown, from Navigation Strip
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 29


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Should be implemented as-is.
4 (13.8%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
5 (17.2%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
5 (17.2%)

(I have no opinion)
15 (51.7%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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[personal profile] melannen posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
When uploading images, display most recent upload at top

Area:
Upload Images page

Summary:
On the wonderful, amazing new image upload page, it would be nice to be able to immediately tell if the correct image uploaded. Changing the display so the most recent image is on top would fix this.

Description:
Most of the time when I use the image upload page, it's from my phone camera, on a tiny mobile screen. Currently, when I'm uploading multiple images, the only way to tell if an image was correctly uploaded is to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see it, and then scroll back to the top to upload the next image. This quickly gets tedious with more than a couple images. If the new image preview appeared directly below the upload box, it would be immediately visible and make workflow much smoother on mobile. I can't think how it would make it harder for anyone. (If that's not technically doable for some reason, any kind of upload confirmation that is visible near the upload box on mobile would be nice.)

Poll #18204 When uploading images, display most recent upload at top
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 38


This suggestion:

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Should be implemented as-is.
32 (84.2%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
1 (2.6%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
5 (13.2%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

Support Board: add exclude filter

2017-Apr-07, Friday 12:22
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[personal profile] ninetydegrees posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Support Board: add exclude filter

Area:
support, site interface

Summary:
The Support Board has a filter to show you all requests from category Z. I'd like the opposite of that: show me all requests but the ones from category Z.

Description:
The board could certainly do with more complex filter options such as letting you filter and exclude multiple categories but that's a discussion for when the board will get a full redesign. I think the exclude Z filter would be a simple yet still practical option for now.

Poll #18203 Support Board: add exclude filter
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 31


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Should be implemented as-is.
20 (64.5%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
0 (0.0%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
11 (35.5%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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