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Thursday, May 26th, 2016 00:39
1. Well, I didn't get out of work on time today, but I didn't stay too late, so I'm counting it as a win.

2. Day off tomorrow! I have no plans except going to brunch with my mom and vacuuming the house, so hopefully I can get a bunch of translatey stuff done.

3. These sweet kitties!

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 04:11

acI’m on the hunt for a new hosting provider - the friend who was hosting my sites previously is unfortunately not able to continue doing so. Which means - moving time! And it’s been ages since I shopped around, so I’d love some recs. I don’t need a ton of bandwidth/server stuff, but I do need to be able to install Perl/PHP  modules, stuff like that.

(step 2: actually sit down and write my own application for my cosplay site, because I wasn’t really satisfied with the available CMS solutions already)

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 20:42
Notes for next time, just so I don't have to work it out again.

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Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 17:43
This is a big one, due in no small part to [ profile] pinterface, new to Dreamwidth volunteering and coding up a storm. I've gotta say. A very warm welcome also to [ profile] dfabulich, who I am pretty sure is also featured in a code tour for the first time!

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Contributors: [ profile] cesy, [ profile] chrisboyle, [ profile] dfabulich, [ profile] kaberett, [ profile] kareila, [ profile] me-and, [ profile] pinterface, [ profile] rahaeli, [ profile] zorkian

(... I swear I am never going six weeks between code tours again, I am NICE and DON'T DESERVE THIS...)
Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 00:39
1. I actually got out of work on time! And since the accounting lady is back from her trip to Japan, and we now have an assistant accounting lady, which means that I no longer have to do the accounting on the main accounting lady's day off, I will have an extra hour to hour and a half tomorrow that I would have been doing accounting stuff, so I should probably be able to come home on time tomorrow, too! Tuesday and Wednesday are the days where I almost always end up staying late, so it's always a pleasant surprise to come home on time.

2. I finished another manga chapter. That's it for all the stuff I "need" to release this month, I think. Now to concentrate on other stuff for the last few days of the month. :D

3. I was poking around Amazon trying to think of something to get my mom for her birthday and saw they had the first two seasons of Murder She Wrote for $10 each, so I got her those. Plus they had Prime next day shipping so I ordered last night and they arrived today!

4. I'm trying to stop drinking soda again and today I managed to get through the day without any. Now if I can just keep this up.

5. Molly face!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 22:32
Tall, taller, tower.
Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 13:54
Previously unread.

Third and, as far as I'm aware, last book in the Diana Tregarde trilogy.

We hie ourselves to Jenks, OK. This is a small affluent community on the outskirts of Tulsa, OK. Well, it is in the book, I cannot speak for reality. Strange things are afoot, multiple youngsters at the local highschool ("Jenks High", sometimes bowdlerised to "Jinx High") have passed away in horrific accidents.

As happens, the father of one of the teens involved is an old friend of Di Tregarde and circumstances happen to favour giving her a call and see if she can drop by Jenks for a couple of weeks.

Then things start accelerating, things happen, so on and so forth.

On the whole, I found this to be the weakest book in the trilogy, but I can't quite put my finger to why. It still wasn't a bad read.
Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 01:11
1. I had a nice, relaxing day off.

2. I got another chapter of manga finished, as well as some other stuff. Not as productive as I had hoped to be, but whatever.

3. I finished reading another book! That makes a whopping six this year, but considering how dire the last several years have been for me readingwise, I'm pretty excited about it.

4. I finally got my ballot filled out and mailed. As always, I'm eternally grateful to live in a state where you can vote by mail. It just makes things so much easier.

5. Lately Chloe has been enjoying this box that [personal profile] kiwimusume sent her all the way from Japan.

Monday, May 23rd, 2016 19:08
A #tipjar I suspect many of you will appreciate. #latergram
Monday, May 23rd, 2016 14:35
I'll be at WisCon this year, arriving Thursday the 26th and leaving incredibly early on Monday the 30th (to get to PyCon). I look basically like my profile photo, with slightly longer hair; you might recognize me as @brainwane from Twitter. My pronouns are she/her. I eat mostly vegetarian but will eat fish/poultry that has at least one hippie buzzword (e.g. "organic", "free-range", etc.).

I'm speaking in three sessions:

  1. Panelist on "The Fandom Awakens" (on Star Wars): Friday, May 27, 2:30-3:45 pm, Assembly.

  2. Comedy auctioneer for the charity auction benefiting the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award: Saturday, May 28, 7:30pm-probably 8:30pm or 9pm, Capitol/Wisconsin room.

  3. Panelist on "SIX SEASON SERIES BASED ON THE THREE-PART TRILOGY BASED ON THE SINGLE BOOK OF THE NOT ANOTHER F*CKING RACE PANEL" (comedy game show focusing on people of color): Sunday, May 29, 4:00-5:15pm, Wisconsin room.

Also, I will probably drop by the Clothing Swap portion of the Gathering on Friday afternoon to find pieces that suit me and to bask in other people wearing my donated stuff; I would like to drop in on the vid party on Saturday night; I would like to drop in on the Hamilton singalong; I have a Dessert Salon ticket and intend on attending the Guest of Honor and Tiptree Award speeches on Sunday evening.

I am easily lured into talking about Hamilton, Zen Cho, Star Trek, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Mahabharata, Hinduism, and other interests in my profile.

Please ask before hugging; sometimes I'd rather not.

I am often bad with names, and will remember 5 minutes into our conversation that we had an awesome deep conversation one year prior. I apologize in advance. Also, I will probably be a little less intensively social this year, because I am trying to actually sleep enough and thus get to PyCon reasonably well-rested, and because client work for my consulting business may come up; I'll probably be trying to sleep every night from about 11pm to 7am, and aiming to take some alone time on top of that. So if you and I have multiple chances to see each other in person at other times of year, I may choose to make time for other people instead; apologies.

The fact that I am, in a sense, succeeding Ellen Klages in serving as the Tiptree auctioneer is quite a responsibility and I hope to discharge it well. So if you came to the Tiptree auction and raucously laughed at my japes I would welcome your chortles.
Monday, May 23rd, 2016 06:43
Every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)
Monday, May 23rd, 2016 09:57
Man it's so weird to be watching 3-4 shows every week that I actually want to talk to people about. Thank god they all have shorter seasons I guess.

1. Orphan Black

spoilers )

2. Game of Thrones
casting related thoughts )
Monday, May 23rd, 2016 00:58
1. Really looking forward to my day off tomorrow!

2. I've been doing some redrawing/typesetting the past couple days and remembering how much I enjoy that aspect of scanlating. It's faster if I just do the translating and farm out the rest to a bunch of people, but I do enjoy it. (The person I was going to work on Baby, Kokoro no Mama ni! with seems to have crapped out on me so I've decided to just do it myself.)

3. I have such cutie kitties.

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 12:22

Title: All Out!!
Author: Amase Shiori
Publisher: Morning Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Anima Regia
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Gion Kenji is short and perpetually pissed off about it. Iwashimizu Sumiaki is tall but timid. Although it's bullies that bring this unlikely pair together on the first day of high school, it's the rugby club that will make them friends.

Chapter Summary: Oharano decides to take things into his own hands, but is the rest of the team good enough to keep up with him?

Chapter 7: Good Rugby
Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 14:36
 I have one Governor's Club room available for Thursday night through Monday that I need to transfer to someone. It has two queen beds. The Governor's Club rooms come with free unlimited cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts in the rooftop lounge (which in the past has more than made up for the price differential). 

Please let me know ASAP if you'd like it! Thanks!

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 15:32
That's 2 minutes faster than last year so I'm pretty pleased.

I actually started out going pretty fast, around the speed I normally run when practising for 5km, but since I was feeling pretty good and I know I run faster than practice in actual races, I decided to go with it and maintain that general pace as long as I could (which, it transpired, was around 7km). Despite the doom-laden predications of at least one of my weather apps it was hot and sunny. I was glad I hadn't worn a long sleeve top. I did wonder if it was a good idea to skip the water station at 4km but I don't habitually drink when running and now didn't seem to be the time to start. I did go through the run-through shower at 5km, though regretted it a little as my new (vari-focal) glasses spent the next 500 metres slipping down my nose.

It was around 5km I started noticing people, most notably children in, I would guess, the 6-10 age bracket standing in the crowds with their little hands held out hopefully for high fives as people went past. So I amused myself for the next 2-3km by obliging. I was actually a little surprised that more people weren't interacting with the crowd, though I don't think it is something I would have thought of had I not read [personal profile] nanila's account of the Worcester 10k. But hey! I wasn't going to win any medals and spreading the fun seemed like a worthwhile thing to do.

Around 7km the faster than normal pace started to hit home and I slowed down to about 5minutes 15 seconds per kilometre, which was the pace I'd been practising at, but everything definitely began to feel rather like hard work. I was cheered up by spotting one of the regular Park Run directors cheering in the crowd around 7km, and the Team Humphrey bus at about 8km ("Team Humphrey" is the name coined by the Manchester Children's hospital for whom I was running - I've no idea why) - in both cases it was a boost that someone in the crowd recognised me (or my T-shirt). About this point I also spotted one of the regular park runners just ahead of me and keeping her in sight, helped me keep the pace up. I was mildly perplexed that I couldn't catch her up, because these days I'm faster than her at park run, though when I first started out I often used to follow just behind her - I guess she's my informal pacing mascot. Looking at the results I was over a minute faster than her overall so she must have actually started ahead of me. I managed to speed up a little in the final few hundred metres, but I wouldn't claim to have sprinted for the finish.

This year I experimented with listening to podcasts as I went around the course, the idea being that they wouldn't drown out the various musical acts one passes en route but would be more interesting than silence. As a result, I had the slightly surreal experience of listening to [ profile] JonnElledge (with his CityMetic hat on) discussing public transportation in LA for a large part of the run (shortly after leaving the bold reporter from Welcome to Night Vale cowering under his desk because Management had left their office). It was certainly easier to switch attention into and out of spoken material, but it happened to the extent that I don't recall a great deal about public transportation in LA - nor the nature of identity in the suburbs of large cities. By the time I remembered to switch podcasts off I was, apparently, into an episode of "From our Own Correspondant" but I hadn't heard any of it because of the noise around the finish.

Each year, I've been fascinated by the loot that is put into the finishers bags. Presumably it is all provided by sponsors and mostly it consists of obvious things like energy snacks, but there's often something a little left-of-field. This year that was a 500g bag of basmati rice. I'm assuming carbo-loading was behind the reasoning there.

According to the website I was 5,082th overall, 53rd woman between 45 and 49, 470th person between 45 and 49 and 630th woman overall. My nemesis (i.e., the woman between 45-49 who regularly as clockwork beats me at park run) was exactly 2 minutes faster than I was and came in 3,695th overall. Since she volunteered at park run yesterday (as did I), I have now identified her. As well as running faster than I do, she has a very cute umbrella. Another park run regular spotted me as I wandering around central Manchester afterwards. He'd managed a time in the 46-47 mark, my neighbour of the Manchester Museum and Art Gallery Mafia managed 45 minutes, 47 seconds. But they're both men and so sadly, but frankly, in a different league.
Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 02:13
1. I slept in this morning until like eleven. Guess I really needed to catch up on some sleep! Usually even on my days off/late days I don't really sleep in that long, so I was surprised. (And now tonight I'm going to bed pretty late again, lol, although this time I have the excuse of staying up to do actual work stuff, rather than just faffing about.)

2. There've been a lot of people sick at work lately, but thankfully I haven't caught anything. I had a bit of a sore throat last week one day and thought maybe that was the start of a cold, but it never went anywhere. Crossing my fingers this keeps up.

3. Look at this Chloe just chilling on the couch.

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 00:41
* Please wear all of your wearables.
* There is fruit in the kitchen.
* There is ice in the freezer, or at least there should be.
* Please do not forget to put the battery in the camera.
* Please do not forget to wear clothing.
* Check the weather, adjust accordingly.
* Buy a whole-day Caltrain ticket just for funsies.
* A cane is mandatory.
* The extra batteries would be helpful, as it would suck to be without means to find one's Purple.
* The fucking sunscreen is in the box. Wear some.
Saturday, May 21st, 2016 20:33
As we, in company with most of Ottawa, are as yet in no danger of growing tired of the "pick up beer, cider, and crusty buns, make a salad as big as your head, and sit around drinking while you bbq some protein" approach to life the weather has suddenly and triumphantly made possible this week.

And really, I assume you all know how to grill a sausage.

Patio Season Convinces Ottawa Woman She Doesn't Live In Desolate Arctic Hellscape Ninety Percent Of The Year.
Saturday, May 21st, 2016 15:19
I'll be running the Great Manchester Run for the 3rd time tomorrow. Excitements include a major difference of opinion on the subject of the weather from the two apps on my phone (one thinks the sun will be out, the other thinks it will be chucking it down with rain) and the closure of Oxford Road coupled with the refusal of Transport for Greater Manchester to provide any information about which buses will be going where tomorrow. I suppose I will just have to leave early. I gather there is a "charity village" where I can hang out if I arrive ridiculously ahead of my start time.

In more genuine excitement, BBC 2 will be filming the run. They filmed it in 2014 but since my wave didn't set off until after the show had ended, there didn't seem to be much chance of anyone seeing me. This time I'm in the white wave (no. 10644) which sets off at 11.55am. The live race coverage is from 11am - 1pm so I reckon there's about a 1 in a 1,000 chance that someone watching might catch sight of me!!

I'm running in aid of Manchester Children's Hospital but I'm fairly sure that the cost of the T-shirt has now been covered by donations - though, I suppose, if I try really hard at helping myself to freebies in the charity village I might still manage to cost them more than I've raised.
Saturday, May 21st, 2016 05:22
Dreams which are Just Not Fair, Yo:
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Waking up out of that is not fair.

Thursday night's dinner was at a place I'd not been before, but immediately decided should be added to our dinner rotation. I shared with Purple, who was in accordance, but also doubted how much parking there'd be on a Friday night. I think perhaps we'll try it some early weeknight.

It was beer & shenanigans night, so I went down to hang out with some of the crew. R saw me first, and wandered over to say hi. She has a set of headphones similar to mine now -- she saw mine and decided they were amazingly cool (I have my doubts about the headphones but they're handy) so she got some. Hers are blue too. Purple arrived, and then Mr. Tux. Purple was late because he was saying goodbye to Mr. Netflix, who is headed off somewhere. (Perhaps he and J will be co-workers soonish?)

I saw W walking off towards the gym with her iPod and gym bag, and waved. She came over to the fire pit to say hello; we cheerfully continued our conversation about that brief window of time in 2010 when it was possible to get near-complete access to someone's LJ account using this one weird trick, and why internal documentation is super important.

I saw the Singing PM wander past, and hailed her. She met Mr. Tux, who is on the other side of the atrium in the same building as she is.

Eventually I happened to glance over at the right moment and saw the retreating ponytail of lb. I hollered after him, and he wandered over to say hello and spend some time chatting. There was various hilarity.

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Saturday, May 21st, 2016 10:47
Wild garlic (ramsons) is, it turns out, one of the lowest-maintenance, lowest-spoons food plants you can grow.

I planted some in my tiny front garden prior to the Epic Psychiatric Misadventures of '09, during which almost everything in my garden died from neglect.

But every spring, without receiving any care at all, the wild garlic comes back, and I get a waft of that wild-garlic-saturated woodland air every time I walk past. And then a constellation of white star-shaped flowers at the end of the season.

It likes shade; you can buy bulbs or start it from seed. Then it grows like a weed, because it is, and will invasively try to take over as much space as you allow it.

(Safety note: the leaves look like lily and lily of the valley leaves. So don't plant them near those, and make sure you know what you're picking.)

(ETA extra safety note: according to Plants For A Future, it can be poisonous to some mammals -- especially dogs. So, watch out for your pets. This is true for other garlic and onion species, btw.)

You pick the leaves; you can eat them raw in a salad (they seem to complement eggs), wilt them lightly (e.g over pasta, or they might be great with bacon), or use them instead of basil to make a pungent, bright green pesto.

Allegedly, wild garlic is even healthier than regular garlic, as it has higher amounts of some of the important phytochemicals.

More importantly, it is delicious and produces food with no effort -- specifically, salad leaves, which for many people are one of the items most likely to turn to slime in the fridge before you get round to eating them. Wild garlic, you just pick and wash when you want to eat it.

If you do have some effort to invest, here is my best pesto recipe from this year (ideas stolen from all over the place, no originality):

large bunch wild garlic
large bunch cavolo nero/black kale/dinosaur kale*, roughly chopped and with any super-woody bits removed
60g grated parmesan (can be omitted if vegan, in which case maybe add more nuts)
60g walnuts
150ml olive oil
pinch of salt

Mix in a blender (you're supposed to drizzle in the olive oil a bit at a time, though I'm not entirely sure why). Add some more of things if it seems too runny/dry/you want more parmesan, etc.; it's not a finicky recipe requiring precise measurements.

Lasts for a decent amount of time in a sealed container in the fridge.

You can apparently freeze pesto (in silicone ice-cube type trays for individual servings); I have tried this but not tried defrosting any yet, so can't vouch for how well that works.

{*The classic wild garlic pesto uses parsley or rocket/arugula, but the cavolo nero turns out to work awesomely. I suspect watercress would be great too. You can also make it with almonds or pine nuts and probably many other nuts.}
Saturday, May 21st, 2016 01:16
Sooooo, big news! Starting June 5th I will be promoted to store manager!

I knew about this since March, but since I was only told it was "almost certain", I wanted to wait until it actually happened to say anything. So it seems really sudden and like, yikes, in two weeks I'll be totally in charge! But at the same time, I've been thinking about it for almost three months, so I've had time to get used to it.

Molly is not impressed, though.

Friday, May 20th, 2016 20:59 (content warning for uncomfortably vivid cartoon depiction of bad mental state happening for no reason)

Not happening to me today, or too much at the moment; my posting this should not be cause for concern. But. Some days, that's how it goes.
Friday, May 20th, 2016 13:12
Previously unread.

Mikhail Volkov is the captain of a space ship. A military space ship. Beloning to the Novaya Rus empire. He's just been called to a United Colonies space station, to have a look at something.
The "something" is the warp engine of a UC military ship, the Fenris, which disappeared some ten years ago. However, it is weirdly crusted over with coral growth that's WAY more than ten years old.

So, after some negotiation between the son of the Tsar of Novaya Rus and the commander of the space station (or something, I frankly do not recall the actual rank of that person), he sets off trying to warp to the origin coordinates still stored in the warp core.

That's when the book really starts (yes, it's about, I think, a chapter in).

I'd say that I enjoyed the book, would look forward to see "what happens next" and so on, but I was not going "WOW! Must Have More Now!" (which is probably good, as far as as I understand, this is a free-standing singleton novel). Make of that what you want.
Friday, May 20th, 2016 01:34
Been a while since a proper update! This is not quite a proper update, but at least it's substantial?

"I found whistles, maracas, 5 hour energy, coffee mugs, headphones, and a cellphone charger, but I did not find the other webcam."

Faceblindness! It's fun for the whole family! I'm not sure if I've properly told the "some woman" story about my faceblindness on DW as yet, but it's become my go-to story for "no, really, Rev. Lunatic is faceblind" though to be fair, Mama says that it took seeing Tay walk (well, bounce) in the airport to recognize her, since she's changed a lot.

However, in compensation, I have a small non-face-related superpower. I had a really fun encounter in the past year-ish where lb showed me some photos from his mid-90s college crew, and I was able to identify lb in a group photo where lb himself wasn't quite sure which of two people he was. This was based on my knowledge of how lb stands, and another photo which established what lb was wearing. Read more... )

I cannot perform this party trick with just anyone, but I can usually spot Purple in very large group shots if I know vaguely where he was in the crowd. Sometimes it's based on a sneaker. (Purple wears white sneakers that trend increasingly towards grey and ragged until he gets replacements. He also lounges ostentatiously, Kirklike/catlike. I find both somewhat endearing, but I would.)

One of my forms of comfortgoogling is chicken pictures. Current small pet peeve: when any old picture of a hen on a nest is used to illustrate "broody". Broody is a very specific state of chicken, generally characterized by unwillingness to get off the nest and hoard eggs, and sit there until the chicks hatch. Broodies are cranky, will cut you, have flattened themselves on the nests with wings slightly out away from their sides, have their necks pulled way down into their feathers and their tails raised so usually the tail-bump is higher than the head. They make a characteristic rhythmic "clook ... clook ... clook ..." noise (similar to the syllable of the rapid "buk-buk-buk" tidbitting noise but more spaced out, and more relaxed than any part of the "buk-buk-buk-buk-ba-DAWK-et!" alarm call which often follows egg-laying, fox sighting, bush rustling, or Disturbance in the Force). If you try to steal their eggs, they will growl/roar and also try and cut you.

Fishie is finishing up sophomore year at college. (OMG, how time flies.) She'll be 20 soon. She's majoring in computer science now, and doing things like acing the midterm where the median grade was ... not super great. The teacher for that class will be pleased to write her an academic recommendation, and says that she'll be able to do anything she puts her mind to. I am so proud of her. She works so hard, and she's getting so much better at picking her battles. She has been figuring out her summer activities: after finals, she goes to her internship Down South. After that she may wind up going to see her grandma, and after that, spending time with a friend in San Diego.

The concept of "like 5, 6 nice" has entered our dialogues because Fishie's Terrible Mom #yamappendix would make a big deal like "I AM BEING THE NICEST PERSON EVARRRR BECAUSE I LOVE YOU SO MUCH" when doing normal and expected things. So when Fishie encounters people who are being genuinely kind, she is equally floored by small kindnesses that don't inconvenience others, and big kindnesses which do inconvenience others. It's all pegged at like 10 nice for her, when someone with a scale that isn't at "Mommy is an abusive fuckwad Read more... )" might view it as maybe a 3,4 nice.

For those who don't dwell anywhere near Silly Valley and also aren't tapped in to the latest tech tat, "hoverboards" have been A Thing for a while. It used to be that there was just the one dude at work who rode one around, and he was proficient and discreet except for how he was going pretty fast and kind of gliding. Now, of course, many tech bros with more money than sense either have one of their own, or have access to one. Thus it was that one dude who I IRC with wound up in the ER one fine evening after doing a wipeout on his hoverboard while at work. In a subsequent all-hands at his company, there was a safety admonishment about unwise hoverboard usage.
Tech Bro 1: "haha bet I know what happened."
Tech Bro 2: "hahah yeah I heard about that."
Tech Bro 1: "sucks that K had to go to the ER tho."
Tech Bro 2: "wait, K had a wipeout too? I was talking about X."
Tech Bro 1: "Oh, what happened with X?"
Multiple hoverboard collisions in one week: not a good thing.

One of the best days of my young life was the day my father brought home a label-maker. It was a about the size of a large typewriter. I recall it having a few large font wheels. We started labeling everything. We kids dubbed it "The Advance", because it had a large key labeled "Advance" in place of an Enter/Return key. The key fed blank tape.
One of the most tragic and terrifying days of my young life was the day when the label-maker caught on fire. I saw black smoke rising up out of it, and immediately began screaming and jumping up and down. Fortunately it was winter. This meant that the appropriate response, which my dad immediately took, was to unplug it, pick it up (it was smoking, not flaming) and hurl it out the front door into a convenient snowbank.
After that we didn't have a label-maker anymore.

"I feel like both of these perspectives are valid, but they're not compatible."

Being around a whole whackton of other non-binary-gendered folks has helped me focus my gender identity feels some. It looks like the identity that best fits is agender. Non-male-identified, though sometimes I present masc and sometimes I present High Soft Femme. Though maintaining High Femme feels kind of like the thing where you're clamping down in the vain hope that you won't bleed all over everything before you get to a bathroom with supplies.

"... a bit of a radfem (without the skateboard)" (said of a radical feminist who might not so much be the "raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaadical, duuuuuuuude!" kind)

Hard problems in gender, privacy, and community safety: where is the line between outing and community safety, when you happen to know that someone who has Caused Problems Before is in a community [a different one] under an identity that is at least slightly discontinuous with their old one, and the new identity is tied to a gender marker change (and the old identity is really most sincerely dead)? (Tentative answer: take it case by case and hope you get it right.)

Once upon a time, Reverend Lunatic gave themselves hiccups as the result of an orgasm. Once not that long ago ... Read more... )

I have started watching the Great British Bake-Off, finally. It is so charming! I appreciate that all the contestants and guests are treated respectfully by the editing and camera, in a way that US television rarely does. And it's just so amazingly sweet!

Now that the conference is wrapping up, I'm down to just job-searching with a side of wrap-up work, not job-searching AND ALL THE CONFERENCE. This makes more time to tidy. Last fall, I'd decided to re-arrange my apartment. It got halted halfway through, and the result was nothing short of chaotic (though better arranged for certain things like sleep and computer). I decided that enough was enough, and I would work slowly but steadily in the direction of making it guest-appropriate. It's been coming along nicely, though it still is like a bit of a wacky game of 2048, where you have to calculate and carefully merge two things into the same space without upsetting anything else or making anything important too hard to reach quickly. This has resulted in random acts of mending, because part of this is seeing problems and fixing them.

My favorite hair ornament is a little basket of wires that's secured with two long metal spikes with glass knobs at the ends. Unfortunately, our relative heights are such that when I wear it, I spike Purple in the face with it when he hugs me goodnight. I have determined that I will seek alternate updo-securement, and have located a thing or two which should work better. Purple was a little "but you didn't have to -- it didn't draw *blood*!" when I showed him. :>
Friday, May 20th, 2016 01:06
1. I got two more chapters of manga translated!

2. Carla made super delicious adobo chicken for dinner.

3. I finally figured out how to buy ebooks from Amazon Japan! Unlike with iTunes, you can pay with a non-Japanese credit card, and it just requires changing your Kindle country settings to Japan. That was actually the hardest thing, because for some reason they don't make Kindle settings or anything about the Kindle easy to find, so I spent ages just trying to find that. Also from the things I was reading about how to buy, they were saying you needed a VPN, so I tried a bunch of different free VPN programs trying to get it to work before I found out that what really matters is the country setting and as long as that's set to Japan, you don't need a VPN at all (and even with a VPN, if the Kindle setting is not set to Japan, it will show the "purchase" button, but won't let you download the book). So I'm pretty excited about that. There's stuff that iTunes doesn't have at all that is available on Amazon, and a lot of Amazon ebooks come out way sooner than the iTunes versions do (iTunes is usually months behind the physical book release).

4. Look at these silly kitties. Molly just loves getting in some good buttlicking.

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 16:26
Github recently introduced the option to squash commits on merge, and even before then several projects requested that contributors squash their commits after review but before merge. This is a terrible idea that makes it more difficult for people to contribute to projects.

I'm spending today working on reworking some code to integrate with a new feature that was just integrated into Kubernetes. The PR in question was absolutely fine, but just before it was merged the entire commit history was squashed down to a single commit at the request of the reviewer. This single commit contains type declarations, the functionality itself, the integration of that functionality into the scheduler, the client code and a large pile of autogenerated code.

I've got some familiarity with Kubernetes, but even then this commit is difficult for me to read. It doesn't tell a story. I can't see its growth. Looking at a single hunk of this diff doesn't tell me whether it's infrastructural or part of the integration. Given time I can (and have) figured it out, but it's an unnecessary waste of effort that could have gone towards something else. For someone who's less used to working on large projects, it'd be even worse. I'm paid to deal with this. For someone who isn't, the probability that they'll give up and do something else entirely is even greater.

I don't want to pick on Kubernetes here - the fact that this Github feature exists makes it clear that a lot of people feel that this kind of merge is a good idea. And there are certainly cases where squashing commits makes sense. Commits that add broken code and which are immediately followed by a series of "Make this work" commits also impair readability and distract from the narrative that your RCS history should present, and Github present this feature as a way to get rid of them. But that ends up being a false dichotomy. A history that looks like "Commit", "Revert Commit", "Revert Revert Commit", "Fix broken revert", "Revert fix broken revert" is a bad history, as is a history that looks like "Add 20,000 line feature A", "Add 20,000 line feature B".

When you're crafting commits for merge, think about your commit history as a textbook. Start with the building blocks of your feature and make them one commit. Build your functionality on top of them in another. Tie that functionality into the core project and make another commit. Add client support. Add docs. Include your tests. Allow someone to follow the growth of your feature over time, with each commit being a chapter of that story. And never, ever, put autogenerated code in the same commit as an actual functional change.

People can't contribute to your project unless they can understand your code. Writing clear, well commented code is a big part of that. But so is showing the evolution of your features in an understandable way. Make sure your RCS history shows that, otherwise people will go and find another project that doesn't make them feel frustrated.

(Edit to add: Sarah Sharp wrote on the same topic a couple of years ago)
Thursday, May 19th, 2016 17:09
So I was reading the newly adopted Texas GOP platform [note], like you do. (PDF) No matter what else, the Texas GOP platform is always good for a slighlty appalled laugh.

I just didn't expect the laugh to be this awesome.

The following two sentences are from paragraphs 16 and 17 of that document. I have cut off the second half of the second sentences, because it's just a list of the 11 federal agencies they want to abolish, and when it comes to Texas lolarity, the fact that they think we'd be fine without the DOE, the IRS, HUD, or Interior is honestly barely a two on the 1-10 scale of batshit. However, I have not cut out any words between these two sentences. They read as reproduced here.

16. United States Senators- We support the repeal of the 17th Amendment of the United States Constitution and the appointment of United States Senators by the state legislatures.

17. Unelected Bureaucrats- We oppose the appointment of unelected bureaucrats

Oh, Texas. Never change.

(Even funnier, way down in paragraph 34 they have a line item: "Constitutional Convention- We oppose any constitutional convention to rewrite the United States Constitution.")

more inanities )

[note] Content note for transphobia, homophobia, racism, Islamophobia, hatred of furriners and poors, repeat use of the word "Judeo-Christian," and countless crimes against punctuation. [back]
Thursday, May 19th, 2016 09:34
Hi everyone. With today being Global Accessibility Awareness Day, I'm curious whether anybody has tested either the main Dw site or their own journals and/or communities with Wave or any of the other automated tools out there? I don't know enough of the technical details of these tools, but based on my personal use case scenario Dw works great. To that end, I'm also curious whether people here prefer the automated testing tools, manual testing or a combination of both. Sorry if this is a repeat.
Thursday, May 19th, 2016 04:21
Someone reported that the alt text for icons on the /icons page (for instance, is behaving weirdly and labeling every image as "(Default)" when viewed. A bit of investigation has turned up that it has to do with how the function that generates the alt text is called -- it does weird things when it's not called in the context of a comment/post.

The coder who ran down the issue is looking for some guidance on how things should work to fix the problem, and one of the questions raised was: is the alt text even necessary in that context? Alt text for icons is formed by the icon's keyword + description, and all that information is right there with the icon anyway: it's displayed next to the icon, and (if I'm not mistaken) is read out immediately after the icon.

So, screenreader users: Is having the alt text for each icon read to you on that page helpful, given that it's immediately repeated afterwards, or is it annoying? Should we fix the bug so that each icon gets the correct keyword information in the alt text, or should we just blank the alt text (on that page alone, not everywhere!) so you don't have to hear it twice?
Thursday, May 19th, 2016 08:14
I forgot about this, but: the feral parakeets have reached Kensington Gardens! I saw several the other day, descending from a tree to be fed by a circle of people holding out palms full of birdseed.

This is amazing because I thought they were still mostly in South London suburbs; I had no idea they'd spread this far.

Google found me video evidence of them from earlier this year, feeding from people's hands:
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 23:58
1. Day off tomorrow! Today was a very long day, so I'm really looking forward to just relaxing tomorrow.

2. Last night we went out and as soon as I started up the car, the stereo froze up. I thought it was just the touch screen at first, but it was totally unresponsive to any buttons, too. Couldn't change the input, couldn't adjust the sound, couldn't even turn it off, just had to listen to the radio station it was on. I was really dreading having to take the car in over something like this, but thankfully when I got in the car this morning, it was back to normal.

3. I posted more manga! Hopefully I can get a few more things finished up tomorrow and passed on to various typesetters.

4. We watched the season two finale of Rick and Morty again tonight. Damn, that is such a good episode! And I love, love, love the use of Hurt at the end.

5. The kitties were so cutely cuddling on the sofa today.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 22:24

Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: After scaring off their customer, Kaito is pretty freaked out, but Mikako just finds it hilarious. Meanwhile, Yoshiki gets bolder and bolder about wearing her uniform outside.

Chapter 67: Rejoice
Chapter 68: Put Off
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 23:28
So I'm three sessions into the Improvers' class, though I missed the second by dint of being in Cornwall; having spent a lot of last term learning principles and grammar and getting used to moving our hands and receiving sign (and a big introductory lot of vocab!), we're now getting lots more vocab, and last week's homework was to work out 100-200 (English) words' worth of story about our lives, then bring it to class as BSL.

I promptly had a lot of thoughts, contained herein.

Read more... )
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 20:54
1. So it turns out that if someone turns up to deliver an Amazon parcel and they find you barefoot in the front garden picking dandelion leaves and occasionally eating them, they visibly experience worries about whether they should be handing anything over to you.

(In my defence, circumstances required me to produce a salad out of an almost-empty fridge at very short notice. The salad ended up containing dandelion leaves, wild garlic leaves - also from the garden -- the remaining third of a bag of watercress, poached eggs and mustard vinaigrette, and it was awesome.)

2. I got burgled by a fox. Twice.

(Okay, strictly speaking I should refer to attempted burglary, since I don't think anything's missing.)

Context: I live in a tiny infill house, with an attic room that has doors out onto a tiny balcony.

During the recent heatwave, I left the doors open (this will be relevant later).

A week or so ago, I was in bed and heard what sounded very definitely like noise coming from upstairs.

I'm very noise-sensitive, not to mention anxiety-prone, and there's also a lot of transmission of noise from the buildings next door, so I do occasionally end up checking out noises at night, and generally assume it's going to be nothing.

But this really sounded like someone was in my study and not being quiet about it -- rustling papers, moving stuff around.

So I went upstairs. Slowly and LOUDLY, because I am not completely without sense, so that if anyone was burgling me, they could depart peacefully before we encountered each other.

No-one in the attic. I went out onto the balcony to have a look around. After a moment, the security lights in the next door garden pinged on, and a fox jumped up onto the wall (which leads to the roof extension installed by the evil property developers, which is not far below my balcony) and went trotting off along it. I looked at the fox. The fox turned and looked back at me.

I thought ".... nah, that's insane, clearly the fox was not in my study, that's a bizarre thing to suspect."

But I did shut the doors (on the grounds that maybe it made the house look a bit too burgle-able), though I left the windows open.

Flash-forward to Sunday night. Repeat of loud noises upstairs.

I went up the stairs somewhat faster this time, and was greeted by the sight of a large fox ricocheting back into the room (it had evidently bolted for the doors then discovered they were shut), flailing, then leaping up onto my desk and exiting through a window.

I am still full of delight.

London wildlife has a bold and enterprising attitude.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 14:01
Latest version of the List of People I Have Seen Make Music Live In Person.

It is, of course, long. )

Coming soon: Harry Connick Jr, Weird Al Yankovic, Postmodern Jukebox, Andrew Bird

Related: my list of performed choral works which I've been updating over the years instead of reposting.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 13:27
Spring is winding down as I finish rehearsals this week. Saturday is our long-waited sci-fi concert with the symphony, with the chorus participating in two of the Star Wars selections. Here's the program, it's pretty awesome, and yes we have a theremin player:

Concert program... )

Meanwhile, the kids will be out of school a week from tomorrow. I've queued up a couple of week-long summer day camps, and scheduled some swim lessons starting in mid-June with a private instructor (who happens to also be the spouse of my nerdy chiropractor). Hopefully that will make up for the lack of summer travel.

I've been notified that Will is going to receive an award at the 5th grade recognition ceremony, but I don't know the nature of the award yet. It might be academic, or it might just be for perfect attendance.

I also found out today that Andrew Bird will be here in town in October. He's pretty high on my list of favorite musicians I haven't seen in concert yet (which I should probably bring up to date, hmm.)
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 17:39
(content note for mention of misgendering with a happy ending!)

Popped in today to talk about additional paperwork for academia purposes. He's perfectly cheerful about writing a letter to the effect that I'm well enough to resume studies, but the amount of physio/medical appointments/etc I have to do isn't compatible with working full-time.

We also got chatting about sports wheelchairs and The New Chair (I've just booked train tickets to go and pick it up and I am so excited) -- I get the impression he's a cyclist, and therefore goes oooOOOOOooh when you point out you've got Spinergy wheels on, and that wheelchair wheels are basically the same thing as high-end bike wheels.

And while he was distracted by all that, he referred to me using an inappropriately gendered pronoun in the notes he was making, caught himself, apologised appropriately, and rephrased entirely without input from me.

I genuinely hadn't even noticed that he'd spent the past however-long-it's-been carefully making sure that he doesn't misgender me in my medical records.

I am doing a small good cry about it, okay.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 11:01
So, a couple months ago my hiv infection developed resistance to my present "cocktail" of which I've run through a few since the mid 90's. Because of this all those with "minor" side effects or drug interactions are long gone as choices. That means, no matter what, I'm fkt.
Now, the new addition, Tivicay has bad interactions with oral anti-diabetic meds(which adds to the irony since my T2 Diabetes was caused by my aids meds, like 50% of all those who take them....something that's seldom mentioned by MDs. I guess when it's a choice between Diabetes and Death...)so they halved mine. Since, my Fasting has SUCKED big time(to the point a few weeks ago IHOP could've used it as a syrup replacement). I've gone from 45U to 70U with a BEST result of 177(120 is good. The "teens" would be better). And I'm now having visual problems. Oh, and then there's the crushing Exhaustion from either the high Sugar or the Tivicay....
All I can say is next week's MD apt better show me some Good News about the new meds for all the CRAP I'm going through. If I have to go Blind, I better be getting a 0 viral load out of it......
Pat(in curmudgeon mode)