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Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 01:09
1. Today was one of those ridiculously hectic days where somehow I was at work for like ten hours but didn't get almost anything actually done because there were so many people demanding my attention. But thankfully there wasn't actually much of anything I really had to do, so it's not like all that was keeping me from doing something massively important.

2. I'm really loving this fall weather we're having. I hope that was our last heat spell of the year last week!

3. I posted more manga! And managed to do quite a bit of translating, too.

4. Chloe is so cute when she sleeps!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 20:26

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: Sho confronts Mikako and Yoshiki...

Chapter 79: Stirring
Chapter 80: Summer Vacation
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 23:02
Tonight Katie told me about the music of Professor Elemental. I liked the songs she pointed me at ("The Attic," very evocative, and "The Duel (with Mr B)"). I listened to a few more that YouTube suggested, and found this one, which I think may be my favorite so far. "All In Together" is a very fandom-friendly song! More people could stand to hear cheerful songs telling them that they're OK.

P.S. There is also a quite good song called "Don't Feed the Trolls."
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 01:18
me, a trans person: i don't like that this text we are discussing uses transgender as a noun in that sentence. which reminds me that just today i saw a news article about a trans man where the headline was "ask a transgender", it was awful and you should not do it, it's an adjective not a noun

cis person: but i have seen some trans people use it?

me, a trans person, talking about trans stuff: personally i dislike it, and although some people may choose to describe themselves that way individually, that still doesn't make it okay to use it to describe the whole group, we are not as a whole some weird extra gender category and to me it feels objectifying

cis person who is not trans: yes but language changes? not to diminish what you just said, but
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 20:12
Claws of Axos is practicality the essence of UNIT era Doctor Who. It has the Master in league with alien invaders, an incompetent government official, plenty of soldiers running about the place and a Nuclear Power station (sorry a Power Complex housing a Particle Accelerator that just happens to look like Dungeness). I was surprised, therefore, that it felt unusual maybe because I've watched relatively little Jon Pertwee, in comparison to other Doctors. In particular I was struck by the dominating presence of the military in the first episode. It's possible this was intended as a deliberate contrast by the production team, since these are the regular military, as opposed to UNIT, but I suspect that there may actually be fewer Pertwee episodes than one might think which actually try to feature troop movements at any scale. There is also quite a lot of outdoor filming here, rendered more obvious by the switch between film and video when the action moves between outdoor locations and an indoor set. Somehow the story feels much larger in scope than it actually is.

Beyond that I found the tale fun but rather muddled. The opposition between UNIT and the UK forces seems, ultimately, unnecessary to the tale and both arises and is overcome far too easily to really justify its presence in the story. This is neither the first nor the last time Doctor Who decides to play with our tendency to assume beauty implies good intentions and, as is often the case, the moral is clumsy in its delivery - in particular the story comes close to implying that the true ugly form of the Axons is indicative of their genuine nature. The last episode feels rather surplus to requirements, the Axon nutrition cycle having been stopped in its first few minutes and the world alerted to the threat - everything after that point feels a bit like padding.

All that said, the combination of the Doctor, Jo, the Brigadier and the Master are very watchable. The story itself isn't bad, per se, its just a lot more of a runaround sequence of, if not capture-escape at least peril-escape moments than I was expecting. The psychedelia of the Axon ship is fun from a 1970s style perspective and the production and effects in general stand up pretty well.

I feel this is the sort of story that works well viewed as its separate episodes in a mind set of simply enjoying the ride. There is nothing wrong with that in and of itself, but one feels that there is a lot of Doctor Who out there with more going for it.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 21:17
Currently reading: more of the same - Glenarvon, Best Australian Poems 2015, and so forth.

Recently Finished:

Double Up (Lake Lovelace, #1)Double Up by Vanessa North

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reasonably good fun, easy reading, engaging main pairing dynamic. Eddie made a GREAT supporting character, points to Eddie.

My problems with this book didn't really crystalize until I read 'Rough Road', so I'll cover them in the review to that.

Rough Road (Lake Lovelace, #2)Rough Road by Vanessa North

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Hmm, so, I still like Eddie, and Wish was pretty cool, and the erotic dynamics good.

But this book coming on the heels of Double Up really brought to my attention a trope that I Do Not Like (TM). Both books relied on a character growth arc of 'man shall leave his best friend and cleave unto his monogamous partner' - in Double Up that was second string to 'man shall stop being an ass in denial about his mortality', but it was the chief thrust of Rough Road and it BOTHERS ME. Not that the Ben-Eddie friendship isn't, as portrayed, unhealthy: sure, Ben needed to remember he could trust people other than Eddie, and Eddie needed to get some fucking distance. But it's the thing where this only becomes a problem, and the only solution envisaged, is each of them partnering with someone else. Partners 'need to come first' and all that jazz.

How about: Ben needed to stop being a denialist avoiding avoider because it was fucking up his friendship with Eddie *as well* as his relationship? And Eddie could just maybe find some way of balancing out 'I want to be there for Ben in emergencies' vs 'but it is rude to sex partners if you answer calls mid-coitus'. Seriously, they never considered any option EXCEPT 'you let him go to voicemail and hope if it's a crisis he can and will call someone else'. There are other options! Like 'If you call twice in five minutes I will answer, whatever I'm doing - so don't abuse that privilege, but conversely, if you're in a crisis do call me!'

In short: I am too poly for this shit.

Gays of Our Lives (Queers of La Vista, #1)Gays of Our Lives by Kris Ripper

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I TAKE BACK MY COMPLAINTS ABOUT ROMANCE NOVELS AND HYPERMONOGAMY this was a great exercise in found-family, friendship and romance reinforcing one another, etc. Also grumpy people with babies, which is great. And what seemed to me like a good handling of chronic illness as well.

AshAsh by Malinda Lo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I, uh. Um. I don't know what to think of this book, really. It seems to have done a thing where every time it does something I really like, it does something I don't like at all in a closely related sphere. It was a good story, but if I was given my choice of Cinderella retellings I'd still take Ella Enchanted over this one.

Case in point: atheist fantasy worldbuilding that works. Great! There's magic here, and saint-like figures / ancestor-spirits, but no deities per se. There's fairies and churches but no God. And somehow it manages to hold together. I really like that someone tried that, and it worked. On the other hand: extremely heavy handed 'male church/education leaders' vs 'lady witches' with the old 'reliable medical knowledge stamped out by sexism' thing. THAT IS NOT HOW IT WORKS FOLKS.

Hmm. Now, as a fairy tale... it's a good Cinderella / 510A tale, I think. Some of the things that annoy me (?? how exactly is she going to support herself ?? be supported by the huntress?? idek) are ones that wouldn't stand out if it was a short story or a narrative poem. The key to 510A is that the heroine be unjustly treated, and triumph over her neglectful family and achieve success *in the conventional terms of her society*, and that pretty much is what happens here - it's made clear that f/f relationships are not unknown, and the second stepsister points out that Ash has made a better match than the elder stepsister.

A lot of the female-errant folk tales are like that: the aim isn't to transform the protag (as with male heroes) or change the terms of society (as is sometimes, but not always, the case for male folk heroes), but to characterise the consequences of people breaking the social contract through a sympathetic victim. There's a reason 'patient Griselda' was so popular for so long.

There are two problems here: one, that because of the norms of modern YA, Ash is characterised as opposed, in many ways, to the values of the society in which she moves - the schtick about not wanting what her sisters want would have worked better if theirs *hadn't* been a society that favoured f/f relationships, if she had to do something truly odd or deviant to be able to live free and as Kasia's lover. (And that would have yanked the narrative away from the Cinderella narrative... but in a way that would work with the tropes of modern fantasy, so it'd be doable.)

The second is the combination of the Cinderella narrative with the Sidhe/fae folklore. Cinderella is emphatically not about female desire, or dangerous sexuality, whereas the fae tales often are. The wandering female or young male protag here *is* changed; as Ash herself says, they're cautionary tales. The fairy helpers in the 510 tales aren't the ruthless oath-binding creatures of the dark hunt, and swapping them in... you get something very interesting, but not entirely satisfactory. I'm not happy with how the fairy bargain resolved - *that* narrative arc was working its way to somewhere much darker and just pulled up short (DESPITE all the worldbuilding and folklore built in that was pointing to Huntress Rescues Her Beloved From The Fae, wtf?).

I also think it's a bit... odd that Lo *lampshaded* the fact that the lesbian romance here is not the deviant option. Ash outright says to her fairy lover 'ours is a queer friendship'. Um. I'm supposed to be rooting for the lady 'ship, I think, because Representation, but you go around saying things like THAT, hmph.

Anyway I'm going to imagine a sequel Ash falls asleep under an ymp-tree one day and is whisked off to fairyland and we get Lesbian Sir Orfeo. Or... or maybe I'll try my hand and writing lesbian fairy tales myself. Hrmph.

Up Next: Uncertain, but I have Bisexual Politics: Look Both Ways, and I need to read The Bluest Eye.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 12:56
You know that moment where you had working code, and now it has stopped working, and you aren't quite sure what you've changed? You made a lot of good changes since your last commit, and you don't want to throw those away, but you need to find the erroneous change. This is where PyCharm's local history functionality really shines. You can right click (or ctrl-click) on a file or a workspace, and see a timeline of all changes, with a visual diff of each change. This can help you quickly hunt down errors, without throwing away your good changes. It's particularly helpful if you're experimented with many different variations for a specific block of code.

Example screenshot
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 11:35
I am working on a large app (hundreds of migrations) and it is becoming unwieldy. There are options for not running migrations when unit testing, but it'd be nice not to need to use them. Plus some of the old migrations reference old code I'd like to be able to delete.

I tried running squashmigrations, but the resulting migration file had errors when I tried to run it on a clean DB.

So, I decided to do the more drastic method of deleting and recreating migrations.

  1. ALL databases must be at the same migration level before you begin.
  2. If you have a custom user model, do NOT delete the migration that creates it. You can safely delete subsequent migrations.
  3. If you have data migrations, you need to maintain those.

Procedure for app that contains the custom user (e.g. if app name is "users"):
  1. Ensure all databases (local, staging, production, etc.) are at the same migration level.
  2. Create backups of all your databases.
  3. Save the code for any data migrations in a temporary file.
  4. Delete migration files from 0002 upward (assuming 0001 created the custom user) and commit to git
  5. delete from django_migrations where app='users' and name NOT LIKE '0001%';
  6. python manage.py makemigrations users
  7. Recreate any data migrations.
  8. Verify that migrations run successfully on a clean database.
  9. python manage.py migrate users --fake # Run locally
  10. Commit new migrations.
  11. Push changes to all other systems and on each run: python manage.py migrate users --fake

Procedure for apps in general (e.g. "myapp"):
  1. Ensure all databases (local, staging, production, etc.) are at the same migration level.
  2. Create backups of all your databases.
  3. Save the code for any data migrations in a temporary file.
  4. Delete migration files for myapp and commit to git.
  5. delete from django_migrations where app='myapp';
  6. python manage.py makemigrations myapp
  7. Recreate any data migrations.
  8. Verify that migrations run successfully on a clean database
  9. python manage.py migrate myapp --fake # Run locally
  10. Commit new migrations.
  11. Push changes to all other systems and on each run: python manage.py migrate myapp --fake
Monday, October 24th, 2016 17:12
(For personal reference and for anyone else considering diving in.)

Mick LaSalle's two books on the subject:

Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood

Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man

Both are very readable and (IMHO) deeply fannish, in the sense of combining deep analysis with utterly geeky enthusiasm and biased love for the topics being discussed. Full of great recommendations, too -- I've found wonderful films via LaSalle's recs that I've never heard of in any other context.

Pre-Code.com: Celebrating Pre-Code Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1934

A website with vast numbers of reviews and useful starting points, e.g. What is Pre-Code Hollywood? and My List of Essential Pre-Code Hollywood Films.

The Toast: Pre-Code Movies Worth Watching (previously linked)

The Nitrate Diva: Pre-Code A to Z: 26 Favorites:

I decided to do a pre-Code A to Z, with a different title for each letter in the alphabet, because I wanted to feature a weird, slightly arbitrary collection of pre-Codes instead of a traditional top ten.

(Great as a sampler of the sheer range, glories and oddities of pre-Code films.)

TV Tropes: The Pre-Code Era (warning for the rabbit hole that is TV Tropes) (includes films from 1928 and '29, whereas a lot of guides count "pre-Code" as starting properly in 1930, when the Code was officially adopted but roundly ignored)

TV Tropes: The Hays Code

Cinematically Insane: Screening Report: The 1933 Pre-Code Festival

Not pre-Code-specific, but relevant to film history interests:

You Must Remember This

Podcast, available on iTunes or your podcatcher of choice, about "the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood's first century" (and skewing fairly heavily towards the first half of that century).

Generally thoughtful and well-researched, with a deliberate focus on telling the stories of women, LGBT people, POC, and others dis-privileged within the Hollywood system -- but that makes it sound dry; instead, as the Guardian puts it, it "sounds like a dreamy mix of film noir voiceover, 1940s gossip column and Pathe news broadcast." Writer/performer Karina Longworth says: "I wanted the show to feel like something spooky that you would hear late at night on a drive through the middle of nowhere."

Assorted articles about it:

The Guardian: You Must Remember This: the woman spilling Hollywood's long-held secrets
Jezebel: A Chat With the Creator of Can't-Miss Classic Hollywood Podcast You Must Remember This
KQED: Karina Longworth Talks ‘You Must Remember This’ Before Going on Hiatus

If you've got links (or recommendations of your own) to add, please add 'em!
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 01:49
1. I got a lot of translating done today, including finishing up two chapters. And I posted manga and have more to post tomorrow!

2. I got my ballot filled out and ready to put in the mail tomorrow. (So glad California has a permanent vote by mail option.)

3. I made chocolate chip pumpkin muffins and they're sooooo good.

4. I've got sweet kitties.

Monday, October 24th, 2016 21:51
I noticed a theme emerging as I assembled today's links: emotionally manipulative lies you may have been told lately. Gaslighting seems more prevalent than ever: people who want you to include abusers in your social circle, disengage from the political process, or blame yourself for your place in an oppressive socioeconomic order have a lot of tricks up their sleeves. I hope these links will shine light into those corners of your mind where you might be inclined to believe the voices saying you're "just too late and just no good."

Lie: "Isn't calling people out for their abusive behavior just as bad as abusing people?"

  • When is naming abuse itself abusive?, by Valerie Aurora (2016-10-24). This is so good and I want to print out many copies and nail them to various walls:
    "Naming and accurately describing abusive behavior is necessary and powerful at the same time that it makes many people feel uncomfortable.... Being uncomfortable is not in and of itself a sign that you are doing something wrong. I encourage people to think about what makes you uncomfortable about naming and describing abusive behavior, or seeing other people do it. Is it compassion for the person engaging in abusive behavior? Then I ask you to apply that compassion to the targets of abuse. Is it fear of further abuse by the person being called out? Then I urge you to support people taking action to end that abuse. Is it desire for a lack of overt conflict – a “negative peace“? Then I suggest you raise your sights and aim for a positive peace that includes justice and consideration for all. Is it fear that the wrong person will be accidentally targeted? Then I invite you to reflect on the enormous risk and backlash faced by people do this kind of naming and describing. And then I invite you to worry more about the people who are remaining silent when speaking up would benefit us all."
Lie: "You need to tolerate people who think you shouldn't exist -- not just tolerate them, but collaborate with them. Diversity of opinion is sacred."
  • Peter Thiel, YC, and hard decisions, by Ellen Pao (2016-10-17). "Giving more power to someone whose ascension and behavior strike fear into so many people is unacceptable. His attacks on Black, Mexican, Asian, Muslim, and Jewish people, on women, and on others are more than just political speech; fueled by hate and encouraging violence, they make each of us feel unsafe."
  • Part-Time Power, by Leigh Honeywell (2016-10-19). 'We all get to make a choice as to what constitutes “intolerable intolerance”. YC has made it clear that Thiel’s actions and words are tolerable enough to them to continue to give him power over people in their organization, and I find this unconscionable.'
  • When the Genius Men of Silicon Valley Suddenly Don't Seem So Smart, by Sam Biddle for The Intercept (2016-10-19).
  • The hypocrisy of Facebook's silence on Peter Thiel's support for Donald Trump, by Julia Carrie Wong for the Guardian (2016-10-18). "Money talks, and in Silicon Valley, it seems, money can say whatever it wants as long as one’s public statements (be they convention speeches or Washington Post op-eds) obfuscate the bigotry that lies beneath."
  • “Emotions are Running High…” by Arlan Hamilton (2016-10-21). "This week, another entity was set to make a very generous investment in my company. This was a deal a few weeks in the making, and at approx $500k would have made a huge impact on what we’re building at Backstage. Because this entity has close business ties to Thiel, I was faced with the decision to be a hypocrite and take the cash, or not be a hypocrite and respectfully decline it. I chose the latter."
  • Twitter Fires Its VR Project Manager After Homeless Rant Resurfaces, by William Turton for Gizmodo (2016-10-19). Sometimes there's justice in the world.
Lie: "Sure, maybe he's a serial abuser, but he does such good work and that's the important thing."
  • [CW: sexual harassment; universities; but I repeat myself.] From Texas to the Smithsonian, following a trail of sexual misconduct, by Michael Balter for The Verge (2016-10-24). Systemic sexual harassment and professors' and administrators' insistence on making sure it keeps happening. So familiar.
  • Why I won’t be attending Systems We Love, by Valerie Aurora (2016-10-22). "Even if Bryan doesn’t attack me, people who like the current unpleasant culture of systems programming will. I thought long and hard about the friendships, business opportunities, and social capital I would lose over this blog post. I thought about getting harassed and threatened on social media. I thought about a week of cringing whenever I check my email. Then I thought about the people who might attend Systems We Love: young folks, new developers, a trans woman at her first computing event since coming out – people who are looking for a friendly and supportive place to talk about systems at the beginning of their careers. I thought about them being deeply hurt and possibly discouraged for life from a field that gave me so much joy."
Lie: "You're not allowed to be glad that Hillary Clinton will be the next president -- just look at all the awful things she's done."
  • [CW: abuse] Hillary: My President, my Patronus, by Tierney Wisniewski (2016-10-21). I really related to this article about finding vindication as a child of a narcissist from watching Clinton succeed by exposing Trump for who he is: "I’m an only child. I had no witnesses inside the family. It was my word against that of two unreliable adults. Now, watching one more very unreliable adult, I have millions of witnesses to corroborate my perceptions of what is happening, and the documentation to back up our perceptions. And that part feels awesome."
  • The Leftist Case for Clinton, by Milo Beckman (2016-10-19). "Clinton has consistently been as far to the left as a public figure could be in America without being dismissed as a lunatic."
Lie: "Real conservatives aren't like that. He's just bananas."
  • Trumpworld, by Michelle García for Guernica (2016-10-21) "...For much of the campaign season, the press and commentators have branded Trump as an aberration, his rhetoric seemingly a deviation from the political norm, his vision for the country a frightening possibility of the future. In reality, much of Trumpworld already exists." García shows how Trump's white supremacy and anti-immigrant racism are nothing new. Nor are they unique to the right wing: "Partisan differences offer little or no immunity from the violent border paradigm, even among those seemingly supportive of immigrants."
Lie: "Well, anyone could win against Donald Trump."
  • Hillary Clinton’s 3 debate performances left the Trump campaign in ruins, by Ezra Klein for Vox (2016-10-19). While Trump's opinions aren't unusual among conservatives, his strategy (or lack thereof) is, and Clinton has exploited it skillfully: "The dominant narrative of this election goes something like this. Hillary Clinton is a weak candidate who is winning because she is facing a yet weaker candidate. Her unfavorables are high, her vulnerabilities are obvious, and if she were running against a Marco Rubio or a Paul Ryan, she would be getting crushed. Lucky for her, she’s running against a hot orange mess with higher unfavorables, clearer vulnerabilities, and a tape where he brags about grabbing women "by the pussy.""
Lie: "If you're not doing well economically, you're lazy. Just work harder."
  • The myth of personal life under capitalism, by Susan Rosenthal (2015-01). "Transforming inquisitive children into obedient, producing and reproducing machines requires a persistent shaming process that compels us to reject every part of ourselves that might rebel: our curiosity, our need to be heard and valued, and our need to actively shape our lives and our world. As a result, we cannot be complete human beings. When we believe that parts of ourselves are unworthy, we are ashamed to show ourselves, and our relationships remain superficial and insecure."
  • The Gaslighting of the Millennial Generation, by Caitlin Herron (2016-10-17) "The negative opinions directed at millennials are a perfect example, on an enormous societal scale, of cultural gaslighting."
  • Millennials Who Are Thriving Financially Have One Thing in Common… Rich parents, by Gillian B. White for the Atlantic (2015-07-15).
    The study calls this a 'funnel of privilege': Young adults with rich parents soon become rich themselves.

    "Haves are turning their riches or their wealth into bigger wealth because they are investing in the housing market by simply living in a house," says Gudell. This advantage is one that these Millennials will carry forward as they earn more than their degree-less peers, and save more than those who were forced to throw away tens of thousands of dollars on rent due to their inability to buy. In the future, they’ll have wealth to pass down to their own kids, continuing the cycle.

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 02:50
Yes, the other sock said "awesome." #boston #socks #latergram
Monday, October 24th, 2016 12:35

Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Kiss
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 4 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?

Chapter Summary: A second date with Kawada-san.

Chapter 10: Before Sunrise

And this brings us to the end of another volume, so here's a full volume download for those who want it.
Monday, October 24th, 2016 18:12
(hello folk who normally see me on IRC, the Internet connection I'm using til Friday doesn't like ssh and I can't face using WebIRC or whatever, so if you want me then e-mail/grab me on Telegram/send me a message/etc <3)
Monday, October 24th, 2016 18:40
What good, exciting things happened to you last week? What are you looking forward to this week? It can be one thing or many things, something big or small - especially the small things, they don't get enough credit.
If you are uncomfortable commenting publicly, you can leave an anonymous comment instead which will stay screened, and I have turned off Captchas.

♥ Had some friends over for dinner and I was so happy to cook for them!
♥ I got to send and receive some books! [personal profile] shanaqui gave me the second part of the Imperial Radch trilogy and I finished it last week, after that I picked up Nalo Hopkinson's "Sister Mine".
♥ I received an unexpected compliment for my clothing style!
♥ After a long hiatus, our book club finally has a meeting tomorrow.
♥ I put up some things on Ebay (mainly comic books) and hope some people will bite. Relatedly, I'm having more energy to catalog my books and put things up for sale. Also, a friend may be interested in taking my old desktop PC off my hands to use for spare parts.
♥ (link to YouTube) this song which is very 80s (literally) and very uplifting!
Monday, October 24th, 2016 18:27
There's going to be some changes in my subscriptions/access this week. I'm still not posting anything access-locked, but mutual access looks more symmetrical. Also I'm going to weed out old journals and lightly shuffle things around in general. No cause for alarm.
Monday, October 24th, 2016 12:43
CW Child Death.

The Green Hollow

Presented without comment, as no comment would be sufficient.
Monday, October 24th, 2016 01:49
1. I hired two new stockers today, which if they work out will bring us up to having a full crew again, so I really hope they work out, because I'm so tired of how many changes in employees we've had lately.

2. It rained a couple times today! And there's a chance of rain for the next few days, too.

3. There was a curry demo at work today and all day I was smelling it and it smelled so good, so I made curry when I got home tonight and it was delicious and now we have tons of leftovers. :D

4. Chloe just loves playing with this pen!

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 23:42
Postmodern Jukebox is a rotating collaboration of various musicians and vocalists performing retro versions of assorted popular songs, as arranged by the group's founder, Scott Bradlee. They have several charming performance videos on YouTube, and I believe most of their music is available on iTunes.

I first discovered their music a couple of years ago after an American Idol contestant performed one of their arrangements. I later found out that several Idol alums have worked with the group, including one of our family favorites, Casey Abrams. I was thrilled that Casey was one of the vocalists who appeared at our concert! The other singers we saw were Aubrey Logan, Ariana Savalas, Maiya Sykes, Sara Niemietz, and Mykal Kilgore. The fabulous tap dancer Sarah Reich also performed.

Here are my notes on the set list for the October 22nd show, and associated vocalists as best as I can recall. I think that at least two other songs also had tap dancing, but now I can't remember which ones.

Set list (with YouTube links)... )
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 16:23
Yesterday was nonstop. Up at eight to go see the Texas A&M marching band practice, home at eleven to start baking cupcakes for the church festival cakewalk, while Will worked on decorations for the Go Fish game booth. Everything was finished barely in time to get to the festival for setup at 3:45. Left at six to pick up H&P and get downtown for an eight o'clock concert. Postmodern Jukebox was fabulous. We didn't get home until midnight. Had to go to church this morning as usual, then meet my mom to pick up the kids. A good time was had by all, but I definitely wore myself out.

I'm taking a break this afternoon to watch the Patriots for the first time in a month, and to try to catch up on the Auburn game I had to miss yesterday. Later I'll need to help Connor with a homework project and catch up on my email and Twitter. Tomorrow I'll be busy all day again. I need to leave the house right after breakfast in order to deal with rush hour traffic, trying to get to my mom's house and then get her to the hospital for her tests. Presumably I will get home just in time to help the kids with their homework, eat dinner, and go to choir rehearsal. We don't get next week off choir for Halloween, either, although since the boys don't want to go trick-or-treating this year, I guess I won't miss much.

We do have tickets to the symphony's Halloween concert next Friday night, which should be a lot of fun. Looking ahead into November, there are movies coming out each weekend that I want to see: Doctor Strange, Arrival, Fantastic Beasts, and Moana. Still not sure if we're staying in town for Thanksgiving - that decision may ultimately depend on tomorrow's test results.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 01:51
1. It was really busy at work today and sales were high.

2. The weather has really cooled down a lot, yay.

3. I managed to get a little translating done tonight after work.

4. Molly looks so sweet and kittenish in this picture.

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 22:18
Previously unread.

Third (but not final!) in Betancourt's Amber prequel trilogy (there's a fourth book published and a fifth one apparently planned).

So, well, this is the book where the enjoyment started dropping for me. I mean, it's competently written and while reading I was going "what next? what next?" but something was making these cries and that wish for knowledge less loud and insistent. I wish I could identify it, but the best I can articulate it is "there's sufficient difference in style".

There were some interesting bits, though, like how Suhuy became the Master of the Logrus. And some general betrayal, in pretty much imaginable direction.

Would I recommend this? If you've never read any of the Amber books and you're curious, I suspect this is not a bad place to start, actually. But, most people I know who want to read the Amber books probably already have. So, really, I can't say "do" or "don't" to this one.
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 19:20
Oh my, why have I never thought to put sage in pasta sauce before? So good. This is adapted from Budget Byte's mushroom herb pasta.

Diet and accessibility notes )

What you need and what you do with it )
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 16:30
Via [personal profile] sovay: here is a gif of Miriam Hopkins kissing Fredric March and Gary Cooper at the end of Design for Living.

In case anyone might need it for Tumbling purposes, or find it useful to have a taster to indicate whether this film would be relevant to their interests.
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 01:08
1. I get to sleep in tomorrow! Looking forward to that.

2. Despite the warm weather, it's still cooling off a lot at night and in fact is quite chilly tonight. Yesterday was supposed to be the peak of the heat, so hopefully it will keep getting cooler.

3. Tonight I didn't really play a whole lot of Mario, but I managed to 100% a couple levels where I was just a few percentage points short. It can be really hard to find the last spot to color in sometimes, and I'd already been through these levels several times each, so I'm glad to have finally finished them up!

4. I love when Chloe sleeps with her arms stretched straight out (and she does it a lot). So cute! (She also looks cutely grumpy at being woken up by Carla trying to get a picture.)

Friday, October 21st, 2016 23:35
A large part of the internet became inaccessible today after a botnet made up of IP cameras and digital video recorders was used to DoS a major DNS provider. This highlighted a bunch of things including how maybe having all your DNS handled by a single provider is not the best of plans, but in the long run there's no real amount of diversification that can fix this - malicious actors have control of a sufficiently large number of hosts that they could easily take out multiple providers simultaneously.

To fix this properly we need to get rid of the compromised systems. The question is how. Many of these devices are sold by resellers who have no resources to handle any kind of recall. The manufacturer may not have any kind of legal presence in many of the countries where their products are sold. There's no way anybody can compel a recall, and even if they could it probably wouldn't help. If I've paid a contractor to install a security camera in my office, and if I get a notification that my camera is being used to take down Twitter, what do I do? Pay someone to come and take the camera down again, wait for a fixed one and pay to get that put up? That's probably not going to happen. As long as the device carries on working, many users are going to ignore any voluntary request.

We're left with more aggressive remedies. If ISPs threaten to cut off customers who host compromised devices, we might get somewhere. But, inevitably, a number of small businesses and unskilled users will get cut off. Probably a large number. The economic damage is still going to be significant. And it doesn't necessarily help that much - if the US were to compel ISPs to do this, but nobody else did, public outcry would be massive, the botnet would not be much smaller and the attacks would continue. Do we start cutting off countries that fail to police their internet?

Ok, so maybe we just chalk this one up as a loss and have everyone build out enough infrastructure that we're able to withstand attacks from this botnet and take steps to ensure that nobody is ever able to build a bigger one. To do that, we'd need to ensure that all IoT devices are secure, all the time. So, uh, how do we do that?

These devices had trivial vulnerabilities in the form of hardcoded passwords and open telnet. It wouldn't take terribly strong skills to identify this at import time and block a shipment, so the "obvious" answer is to set up forces in customs who do a security analysis of each device. We'll ignore the fact that this would be a pretty huge set of people to keep up with the sheer quantity of crap being developed and skip straight to the explanation for why this wouldn't work.

Yeah, sure, this vulnerability was obvious. But what about the product from a well-known vendor that included a debug app listening on a high numbered UDP port that accepted a packet of the form "BackdoorPacketCmdLine_Req" and then executed the rest of the payload as root? A portscan's not going to show that up[1]. Finding this kind of thing involves pulling the device apart, dumping the firmware and reverse engineering the binaries. It typically takes me about a day to do that. Amazon has over 30,000 listings that match "IP camera" right now, so you're going to need 99 more of me and a year just to examine the cameras. And that's assuming nobody ships any new ones.

Even that's insufficient. Ok, with luck we've identified all the cases where the vendor has left an explicit backdoor in the code[2]. But these devices are still running software that's going to be full of bugs and which is almost certainly still vulnerable to at least half a dozen buffer overflows[3]. Who's going to audit that? All it takes is one attacker to find one flaw in one popular device line, and that's another botnet built.

If we can't stop the vulnerabilities getting into people's homes in the first place, can we at least fix them afterwards? From an economic perspective, demanding that vendors ship security updates whenever a vulnerability is discovered no matter how old the device is is just not going to work. Many of these vendors are small enough that it'd be more cost effective for them to simply fold the company and reopen under a new name than it would be to put the engineering work into fixing a decade old codebase. And how does this actually help? So far the attackers building these networks haven't been terribly competent. The first thing a competent attacker would do would be to silently disable the firmware update mechanism.

We can't easily fix the already broken devices, we can't easily stop more broken devices from being shipped and we can't easily guarantee that we can fix future devices that end up broken. The only solution I see working at all is to require ISPs to cut people off, and that's going to involve a great deal of pain. The harsh reality is that this is almost certainly just the tip of the iceberg, and things are going to get much worse before they get any better.

Right. I'm off to portscan another smart socket.

[1] UDP connection refused messages are typically ratelimited to one per second, so it'll take almost a day to do a full UDP portscan, and even then you have no idea what the service actually does.

[2] It's worth noting that this is usually leftover test or debug code, not an overtly malicious act. Vendors should have processes in place to ensure that this isn't left in release builds, but ha well.

[3] My vacuum cleaner crashes if I send certain malformed HTTP requests to the local API endpoint, which isn't a good sign
Friday, October 21st, 2016 17:35
I tend to assume that everyone I know who spends any amount of time on the Internet is aware of xkcd but then every so often I will bump into someone who doesn't know it, so I'm mentioning it here on the off chance...

xkcd is a web comic with a minimalistic style and exceptionally wide-ranging content. Its comics tend to be just a few panels with a gag built in, and often with a computer, science or nerdy theme (and sometimes they are really obscure, I'd be surprised if there was anyone out there who has "got" every xkcd joke without some googling) however there are many many exceptions to that format from comics where the gag is only apparent from the "alt text" that pops up when you hover your mouse over the comic image to comics that are stories, games or serious infographics.

A representative sample:

Duty Calls:

Probably my favourite straight gag comic

Movie Narrative Charts:

An infographic showing the interactions of groups of people over time in several popular blockbuster movies

Time - Time was an animated story that updated slowly over nearly 6 months. I'm fairly sure when this first appeared I saw only the first frame, assumed it was an xkcd joke I didn't get and moved on, only to discover later that it was telling a story. The link her goes not to xkcd (which now only displays the final few frames of the animation) but to a separate site which lets you play the animation at the speed of your choice.

Hoverboard: Hoverboard appears to be a fairly simple, collect the coins game. By the time this appeared I was fairly wise to some of the tricks xkcd plays and so realised it was possible to escape from the initial simple space into a much larger world. It must be said I explored it a little and then moved on, but G. saw me doing it and she explored the whole game thoroughly managing to collect all but one of the coins.
Friday, October 21st, 2016 01:31
1. Oh man, I saw the video for the new Nintendo Switch and it looks so awesome! I think it's being released in March, which I'm sure will be here before we know it, but sounds so far away now!

2. I ended up having to go in to work today for a few hours, which was no fun, but I did manage to keep it fairly short and it ended up making less of an impact on my day than I'd feared. (Also it was mid-afternoon, so didn't impact my ability to sleep in!)

3. I have been wanting to get my hair cut for a while but just not getting around to it. Like, I don't want to go on a work day, but on my day off even if I plan to do it, I'll end up deciding I don't want to go out or whatever, and today was another one of those days, but then I already had to go out for work, so I decided I was just going to swing by on the way home and get it done and I'm sooooo happy I did. I feel so much better now.

4. I actually ended up getting quite a bit translated today and finished up two chapters.

5. Just ridiculously cute kitties today.

Friday, October 21st, 2016 00:08
Of course I had to get the new Ghostbusters on DVD as soon as it came out. Since the rest of the usual suspects missed out on seeing it in the theater with me and Heather, I brought it over to watch with them. The extended edition isn't better than the theatrical version, but it's interesting, and worth it for the additional dance sequence and the brief scene with the old Columbia dude after the barrier comes down. The deleted subplot featuring Erin's worthless Columbia boyfriend was painful to watch, more evidence we didn't need that Erin was trying too hard to be someone she wasn't. As for Holtz, between the alternate takes in the extended edition and in the bonus features, it seems pretty clear that the funniest parts of her dialogue were completely ad-libbed, and we'd already seen the best takes.

I also managed to catch a matinee of Queen of Katwe with Heather before it left theaters. Such a fantastic inspiring movie! We were both reaching for tissues at the end.

Will came home from math team yesterday with one of his premolars in a plastic bag. It's been about 4 years since he's needed any fillings, but at his last checkup, his dentist said it would be time to start thinking about braces soon, since his front teeth are just a bit crooked. As a four year veteran of orthodontia myself, I'm not looking forward to any aspect of that experience.

My replacement LEGO Dimensions parts came today, and Connor and I were finally able to play through the (original) Ghostbusters story level. I think we may get the Harry Potter/Voldemort team pack for Halloween. I will most likely wait until after I see Fantastic Beasts to decide whether to get that story pack as well, but right now I'm leaning toward not, since I already have so many other expansions, including the new Ghostbusters, that I've put up for Christmas gifts. I also saw today that they have announced a story pack for next year's LEGO Batman movie, containing the new adorable Robin and... Batgirl! Yay!

I'm mostly caught up on library books, although I still need to finish the Lunar Chronicles. The church's fall festival is Saturday afternoon and I'm signed up to run a Go Fish game and bring cupcakes for the cake walk. Saturday night is the Postmodern Jukebox concert that I bought tickets for like six months ago. Connor has another big homework project to work on this weekend, and my mom has some medical tests scheduled for Monday. Hopefully things will slow back down a bit after that.
Thursday, October 20th, 2016 13:22
What are you currently reading?
Currently reading The Enlightened Cyclist by Bike Snob NYC (Eben Weiss), which Carla picked up at Book Off. I wasn't sure what to think of it by the title, but it's definitely tongue in cheek, and I'm enjoying it so far.

Mangawise, I'm reading vol. 16 of Kurage Hime, which wraps up the Singapore arc. Apparently it's no longer being published on a regular schedule, so who knows when vol. 17 will be out (there was a year+ gap between 15 and 16).

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished All I Asking for Is My Body. It was pretty good, but I never really got that into it.

I also finished Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi vol. 8, which I did enjoy a lot.

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, Raising Steam is still next up on my phone, but I haven't actually started reading it yet. ^_^;;
Thursday, October 20th, 2016 14:57
There once was a man from Tuscany
Who went home to his Dad seeking money
He was studying the law
but wanted books more
His pa didn't find this at all funny.
Thursday, October 20th, 2016 13:15
There once was a student presenting
The Green Knight's poetic beheading
From experience he knew
it's a hard thing to do
to cut off a head without hewing

There are poems like cats, a prof said,
that are pretty too look at, or read,
but more complex by far
when you take them apart -
but then cats, unlike poems, are dead.
Thursday, October 20th, 2016 01:20
1. Super hectic, long day at work, but it's over and I have tomorrow off!

2. It did end up being quite hot today, but it cooled down quickly at night and the humidity was really low, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been. It's supposed to be a bit hotter tomorrow, and as I'll be home and not at work where it's air conditioned, I'm really hoping for the low humidity again!

3. Man, Paper Mario Color Splash is so good!

4. We watched the Halloween episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine tonight and it was great! Actually this whole season so far has been pretty great, but then that is not at all surprising as this show is generally awesome.

5. Carla left a paper bag on the floor yesterday and Chloe has been TOO CUTE with it. Just unbearably cute. Really illegal levels of cuteness.

Thursday, October 20th, 2016 00:03
We've arranged for our vet to come over on Saturday afternoon and euthanize Noah, who's reached the point where all he wants to do is hole up in the basement and sit in his cat bed. He's still eating, and he still purrs up a storm when you come to pet him, but Sarah and I both think he's going downhill and we don't want to drag things out until he's suffering.

This year keeps getting worse.

(Comments off because I am at the end of all my cope. About, like, everything.)
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 15:54
Whenever I go to Subway I get a 12", even if I'm not that hungry, because you never know when you will need that other 6". Well, at the airport they wrapped the two halves separately, which was great, because I ate half before the flight and now I'm in my hotel room with the other half plus two cookies. With the timezone change I was definitely getting munchy before dinner. This means I'm only paying once for two meals, and I don't have to venture out to find something when I'd rather hermit. Plus I'm keeping all receipts, because reimbursement and/or a per diem are still possibilities. Bonus.
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 19:00
Apparently I managed to find and bring the San Francisco summer back to New England. 84F in Boston on October 19; cherishing the likely-last bare-legged day of the year.
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 13:45
As an experiment and in response to inquiries, I've moved my weekday time slots next week from 10-11:30am to 1-2:30pm. I am also open to other alternatives if needed; just let me know!

The medium that I've chosen for scheduling office hours is a site called Sign Up Genius. It is pretty easy to use in my experience, and all of my kids' teachers use it for conferences, parties and such. You don't have to have an account on the site to sign up for time slots, which is pretty great - just give them your email address. They will send you a confirmation and a reminder, and nothing else. But if for whatever reason you have trouble claiming a time slot using that site, you can also comment here and I can take care of it for you.

I am only doing signups for a week at a time, because that's about how far in advance I can be fairly confident of my availability. Each week will start on Friday, and I'll post the signups for the following week on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Each signup slot is scheduled to run 90 minutes, but since they're non-adjacent, it's OK if we need to go longer. Anything Dreamwidth-related is fair game: we can talk about code you're writing, code you want to write but don't know how to proceed, code someone else wrote, or things that don't involve code at all (I hear such things exist). My only request is that you don't take more than two slots in a single week, to make sure there is enough of my time to go around. Of course, you're still welcome to catch me on IRC at other times if I seem to be around, and PMs are open 24/7. :)

Here's the link for my available meeting times for the seven-day period starting October 21:

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 13:34
Via [livejournal.com profile] philmophlegm. Very bizarre, am I very, very certain that I'm not an Elf. I definitely put "Very Short" when it asked me my height.

I Am A: Lawful Good Elf Wizard/Sorcerer (3rd/3rd Level)

Ability Scores:







Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment when it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.

Elves are known for their poetry, song, and magical arts, but when danger threatens they show great skill with weapons and strategy. Elves can live to be over 700 years old and, by human standards, are slow to make friends and enemies, and even slower to forget them. Elves are slim and stand 4.5 to 5.5 feet tall. They have no facial or body hair, prefer comfortable clothes, and possess unearthly grace. Many others races find them hauntingly beautiful.

Primary Class:
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.

Secondary Class:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 01:32
1. Very busy day at work today, but I managed to get everything I needed to get done.

2. Played some more Mario tonight and beat the second boss.

3. The weather has been so nice lately. It even rained a little bit the other day. We're supposed to have a small heat spell over the next couple days, but it's not even supposed to get that hot and only lasting for one day, so if it sticks close to the prediction that won't be bad at all.

4. Look at this cutie Molly!

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 21:20
Merrily We Go To Hell, directed by Dorothy Arzner

I may at some point have considered thoughts on this, but in the meantime I thought it might be amusing to post an attempt at a transcript of my reactions in the moment.

There are sort of spoilers in this, but you probably won’t be able to make them out past the incoherent screaming.

at circa 15 mins in: OH NO HONEY DON’T DO IT. SWEETIE, NO. He is sweet and adorable* and really, really obviously an alcoholic, and also he is going to keep on letting you down in just the way he’s already started doing.

circa 30 mins — I guess this is the era when people didn’t really have a vocabulary about alcoholism or toxic relationships, because nowadays in five minutes someone would be having That Conversation with her. There are about twenty Captain Awkward columns in this film.

39 mins — Oh shit no, they’re having that conversation, in that hideously awkward way where you don’t want to hurt someone, but you have to warn them, but you can see they’re still madly in love and you still want to hope that it might somehow work out and it’s not going to be the train wreck you can see coming. “Or if it does — take my advice and get out in time.”

45 mins — okay, this is being done really well.


57 — HOLY FUCKING SHIT. She opens the door. “I’m no jailer.” YES THANK YOU DON’T LET HIM PUT IT ON YOU.

1:02 ... is that Cary Grant?**

1:06 “Vi? Do you remember once telling me to get out in time? That you can become cheaper through loving someone, and, through -- through hating someone? Well I didn’t get out in time.”

1:10 — how did fucking Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? timeslip back to 1932? This kind of shit didn’t get written until the 60s at least, did it? She even has a quasi-kaftan.

1:12 — oh, fuck you and your corny epiphany, Jerry. Claire isn’t impressed either. Observe how very few fucks she gives. “You really should save those speeches for your plays.”

1:15 — It’s called stalking, Jerry. Ha ha suck it. It’s too late.

1:18 — It’s really too late.

1:22 — I don’t think this is a happy ending and I don’t think Arzner thinks it’s a happy ending, I love Mick LaSalle but he is wrong, this is not redemptive, I don’t think Jerry has changed in any fundamental way just because he’s (currently) sober, it's too late for this to be saved by the right magic words. “My baby, my baby.” Yes a mother-son dynamic is totally right to evoke in this context and not horrific in any way. OH MY FUCKING GOD THIS IS TERRIFYING. *screaming*

... I think this is possibly a horror film about how heterosexuality and alcohol will destroy you.

Content notes (covering as much as my shell-shocked brain can come up with, no guarantees of completeness — sorry, that should be a standing disclaimer):

ALCOHOLISM. Handled with sufficient emotional realness that I think this could be excruciating for anyone who’s got/had substance abuse issues or loved someone who has; look after yourselves, okay? Child death (offscreen). Co-dependency. Weird “Uncle Tom” joke. Darth Vader boyfriend/husband. Woman destroys herself slowly over useless man. “Open” relationships of the “I can’t stop you cheating so I’ll pretend to be cool with it and not care because we’re so modern and sophisticated” kind. Heartbreakingly awful relationship dynamics. The horror of watching people you care about enmeshed in heartbreakingly awful relationship dynamics. The slow, grinding remorseless disintegration of souls (I swear the actors age visibly before your eyes, in a way that has nothing to do with make-up), garnished with charm and snappy lines.

{*Maybe don't watch this right now if you have just watched Design For Living and are still thinking happy thoughts about Fredric March's charm and adorableness? He is equally charming and adorable here, and it's a brilliant, utterly un-self-sparing performance which will thoroughly poison your feelings about said charm and adorableness. Enjoy the happy for a while longer.}

{**It is Cary Grant, pre-famous, in a tiny bit part.}
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 16:16
great, detail-rich post from [personal profile] jekesta:

Hillary Clinton is the very best.

They're keeping all of these articles on why people are enthusiastic about Donald Trump (they are divided between "hey, it's not fair to say Trump enthusiasts are all racist," and "um, Trump enthusiasm is pretty goddamn racist"). Or, as [twitter.com profile] adamserwer puts it, "This economic anxiety is getting out of control."

But perhaps because it's less alien to the journalists, I never see articles about people who are enthusiastic about Hillary Clinton. There's tons of thinkpieces about the enthusiasm gap or about the weird nature of Trump enthusiasts, but nobody ever talks about Clinton enthusiasts. Which ends up being self fulfilling--no one hears about the reasons to be actively excited by Hillary Clinton.

So thanks, [personal profile] jekesta.
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 20:39
I watched Baby Face and also Merrily We Go To Hell and now my brain is vibrating. This was a misjudgement on my part. I need to space out the super-heavyweight fighters of the pre-Code world with more of the kind-of-interesting-ish mediocre minor ones.

In my defence, I did not know that the last 40 minutes or so of Merrily were going to leave me feeling as if I'd spent that time staring head-on into a windtunnel (I thought it was one of the minor ones, albeit interesting/good). My face actually feels as if it's been blasted back towards my ears, probably from prolonged time frozen in horror.