Music Thursday Rec-O-Rama #5

Oct. 7th, 2015 07:55 pm
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Every Thursday, I share with you one or two songs that caught my ear this week, tell you what album they are from and how to obtain them (if applicable), and invite you to do the same in comments.

Earlier this week, I knew I needed something upbeat and energetic to get me out of the house and into the office. This song (sadly not appearing anywhere purchase-able) worked great for that.

Phoenix - Trying To Be Cool (The Chainsmokers Remix)

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Oct. 7th, 2015 12:25 pm
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Some previews we saw:


Man pain dick flick! Set in the old West, starring Leo DiCaprio. Based on true actual man pain events!

Crimson Peak:

A horror film by Guillermo Del Toro. I love GDT but don't like horror films. Torn. Maybe I'll see it on DVD during the day time.

Bridge of Spies:

Looks boring to me. Lots of old white dudes and cold war stuff. *shrug*

Point Break:

A remake with a bunch of young unknown actors. Might be a fun popcorn film.

The Woods:

Horror movie.


This director is making movies with the same two people, over and over-- Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Well, I guess if you have a working formula! This does look like a fun movie, but the preview didn't give us much to go on.

Aurora over Canada

Oct. 7th, 2015 08:03 pm
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So I crossed seeing northern lights in person off my bucket list last night. Although I am not sure I ever imagined it would be via a plane.

It amazes me that I was the only one probably who even noticed what was going on outside (plane lights were on, and it wasn't particularly bright, thank god, being on a plane and how close to us they were, I would be a little worried if they were).

They looked green straight lines, like edges of a curtain in S shapes or vague circles in places, in others just like somebody sketched green light on air. Sometimes there would be a bright flare somewhere that slowly slides, and moved the whole thing like curtains. We flew away from it but the cloudy green was there at the horizon for a long time.

... and no, no photos unfortunately. I didn't have my camera with me (my phone is horrible on low light) plus even if I did with reflections from inside it wouldn't have worked. Oh well, maybe there will be a next time...

Now I really want to see them from below through.

Reading Wednesday

Oct. 7th, 2015 05:01 pm
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Read: The Dark Forest. Cixin Liu

Sequel to Three Body. New translator (I can't tell, but you might be able to). I liked this, I thought it was a good sequel, which raises some interesting questions. The Trisolaran tech/science remains firmly in the "magic" category; I continue to assume that the "this style looks like it should be hard SF" is my cultural background speaking, having not read any other Chinese SF to know how this stands in that context.

I started reading Star Wars: Aftermath because Chuck Wendig wrote it and I heard that it was TERRIBLE and had GAY PEOPLE in it... which was obviously rather more of a recomendation than the annoying people thought it would be ;-p

But then Ancillary Mercy came out, so now I'm reading that. So far so excellent.

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Oct. 7th, 2015 04:51 pm
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Died on this day in 1368 aged 29 Lionel of Antwerp Plantagenet , 1st Duke of Clarence (my toy,wikipedia). Son of Edward III. Lionel had a daughter who was an ancestor of Richard, Duke of York who claimed to be King; it is through this relationship that the Yorks claimed a greater right to the throne than the Lancastrians, not through their descent from Edmund of Langley who was a younger son...

Born on this day in 1870 to Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and by Rhine and Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, Prince Friedrick of Hesse and by Rhine (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of Queen Victoria; one of several of Victoria's descendants to have haemophilia, Friedrick tragically died aged only 2.
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The ongoing protests of police violence against African-Americans is making this systematic horror more visible.

Police violence is all too common when the "suspect" (i.e., human being under the gun) refuses to answer and/or obey police orders. Many impairments make it difficult or impossible to perceive or respond to police orders, in this case, ordering a quadriplegic to stand up.

Brutal behavior without death )

The Hayes lawsuit

A mainstream media report from the (Delaware) News Journal

Some things do improve

Oct. 7th, 2015 08:39 am
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Last week I went to an informal get-together organized by UW students for folks interested in academic disability studies as well as community activists and disability services providers.

Heard two tales which opened up my heart and gave me hope for the future.
re raising Deaf kids and organizing disabled students )
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I can't make it, alas, but on the 23rd of October the GSL are holding a screening of the speech given by the first geologist on the Moon (Apollo 17 mission) upon his return: Through the wonders of 1970s video technology, Schmitt will be beamed live from 1973 to once again present his lecture ["Apollo and the geology of the Moon"] at a special screening in the Upper Library of the Geological Society, Burlington House. 7pm, approx 75 minutes, tickets £12.

various items

Oct. 7th, 2015 01:17 am
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Monday's bid to refuel worked out well.
Monday's bid to deposit some checks did not work so well.
Tuesday's bid to deposit some checks went much better, despite the location of the bank being a little dodgy between the website, my memory, and where it actually was. (Turns out that was the location I went to Some Time Ago, via a much more shenanigan-laden route.)

I got to work by lunchtime, but despite the clear presence of Purple (car, stack of BSG DVDs on my desk), there was no sign of him on IM, nor lunch ping. I decided that I was headed to lunch eventually (having finished some poking at things) and swung by his desk (with salted chocolate pumpkin-spiced caramel in a napkin) intent on either dropping off the choccy or retrieving him in search of lunch had he got into some sort of conversation. He wasn't about, so I left the thing on his desk and sent a lunch ping via email on my way in to the cafeteria.

I saw Mr. Tux in line, and we wound up having an amiable lunch together. His officemate seems to be out or something?

My 1:1 with my manager happened; I have some specific fun things to do with the participant tool. She's pushing a certain agenda also; we'll see where that goes. It's also time to start conference prep again. There's someone in the management stack who is apparently well-described by the term 'bureaucrat', but who takes offense to the term; I suggested 'a rules and processes guy', which she seized on with enthusiasm.

I was face-down in various work when there was a presence at the door to my cube. It was Purple, somewhat sheepish about having disappeared on me without notice. I'd figured he'd gotten caught up in some meeting or other. In fact, it had been a goodbye lunch for his manager, who is moving teams internally. We exchanged appropriate sentiments. He gave me the heads-up that he was leaving early too (headed out of the office before our usual time, and not likely to have the time to swing by my desk to say goodnight).

Fishie's computer has entered a decline. At this point it is a 6+ year old laptop, being kept cool enough to function with a cooling pad, pleasant weather, and an external desk fan. I made a few fishmumly suggestions. Fishie had been saying that she didn't have a *real* reason to get a new computer, she just kind of *wanted* one, yesterday. Then it died twice in a row on her, and I got the sense that this was not an infrequent occurrence. (In fact, I could probably count how common it is from her off-pattern IRC disconnects.) I advised her that wanting a computer that does not regularly crap out is in fact a fully sufficient reason to get a new computer. I gave an overview of some of the relevant computer-woe principles, and suggested canned air. (She doesn't quite seem ready to dive into cracking the case. Though she may at some point unwrap a technician toolkit...) She will be making a spreadsheet. I am so proud of her and her spreadsheets. They provide an excellent framework for her to organize a bunch of things without having excessive anxious feelings about missing things when trying to hold it all in her head at once, and thereby come to a sensible decision that she's happy with.

I left at a sensible hour, and this time I remembered my coffee.

I ran into the Smoking Expat (friend of Purple's, just recently moved to the area, works in iirc my 2nd-cousin department upstairs) at Costco; he seemed surprised and pleased to see me there. I was a little disoriented because he was out of context and using my wallet name, plus I was listening to a podcast. I said "music" because that's one of the generics of non-interactive audio. We crossed paths in the aisles a few more times, and at one point I saw someone else from the same 2nd cousin department talking to him.

phone is celebrating the 4-year anniversary of meeting his partner. I'm very happy for them. Various circumstantial things led me to realize that by this point I have spent about 42% of my life unrequitedly in love with some dude or other named the same thing. I mean. It's clear that I am very good at unrequited love. I am a pro. But. THE SAME FUCKING NAME YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. (At this point, my mental model of Purple pipes up with some commentary about name frequency, and I lose 10 minutes to research...) Though it does turn out that the name is within the top 40 in US popularity during absolutely every year in my personal dating range, peaking around about the time two of these particular fellows were born. (The name Purple's had about the same amount of trouble with is similarly prominent in his dating range, though skewing a little younger, relatively.)

The poodle did not drink a bee. Somehow, the conversation about this on Monday night wandered into Harry Potter, then back out to where I did not remember that it was LBJ who ordered trousers: and then somehow back around to bees again, via more information than I strictly needed to know about mosquitoes.

Tomorrow is another day.

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Oct. 6th, 2015 11:59 pm
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Mouth pain, 'nuf said. It's so exhausting and demoralizing.

Good things:

--Saw an old friend at the dog park, unexpectedly!
--Saw The Martian tonight with [ profile] trinityclare. We both liked it.
--Really, really enjoying Elementary. I'm in season three now because I watch it every day. There is a scene where Sherlock tells Joan that she shouldn't try for a conventional relationship, that it goes against her eccentric, adventure-seeking nature. She feels that her family wants her to have a conventional relationship but she ends up sabotaging her attempts at them. And that this makes her a more interesting person; it's a feature not a bug.

Walking again, with a berry topping

Oct. 6th, 2015 07:50 pm
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Having walked a bit over a mile with [ profile] cattitude a couple of days ago, I decided to try a longer walk today. Just in case, I wanted to walk along a bus route, in case I needed to turn back.

The obvious answer to that was to head south on Bellevue Way. Cattitude came with me—he has missed going for walks together—and we made it down to the South Bellevue Park and Ride, which according to Google maps is 2.1 miles on foot. (We caught the bus back.)

In terms of health/stamina, I am particularly pleased because I did this walk after a morning workout that included leg exercises.

I am also pleased, and surprised, to have found a few ripe blackberries at the Park and Ride. In October. Earlier in the walk, we had passed a bramble that had lots of dried-out berries, and one branch of berries that needed another day or three to ripen, which started us looking more closely.

exercise numbers, cut as usual )

Stomach worries

Oct. 6th, 2015 03:28 pm
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Couple of weeks ago I was sick with some sort of stomach virus, throwing up and with a mild fever. By the end of the week i eating more or less normally but my stomach still hurt and then over this last weekend that became serious reflux. Now I'm realizing I'm feeling dizzy and exhausted and am not eating normally. Sitting up after I eat or drink anything, but that doesn't stop that it hurts like hell!

Complaining about health, food, behind cut
Read more... )

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Oct. 6th, 2015 12:53 pm
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Weeeelllllll, neither interview I had last week resulted in me getting a job. I need to start sending out resumes again.

*retires to fainting couch*

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Oct. 6th, 2015 04:52 pm
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Died on this day in 1349 aged 37 Queen Joan II of Navarre (my toy,wikipedia). Grandmother of Joan, who married Henry IV. Joan (this one, not the grand-daughter) would have been Queen of France as well as Navarre (her father was) but the Estates General decided that Queens Regnant were NOT ON; also there was some concern over whether she was really her father's child.

Born on this day in 1476 to George York , 1st Duke of Clarence and Isabel Neville, Richard of York (my toy,wikipedia). Died very young, but the only person I have who was born today. Sorry for the depressing.

Going my own way

Oct. 6th, 2015 01:38 pm
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Reaction to Sarah's post about leaving the kernel community was a mixture of terrible and touching, but it's still one of those things that almost certainly won't end up making any kind of significant difference. Linus has made it pretty clear that he's fine with the way he behaves, and nobody's going to depose him. That's unfortunate, because earlier today I was sitting in a presentation at Linuxcon and remembering how much I love the technical side of kernel development. "Remembering" is a deliberate choice of word - it's been increasingly difficult to remember that, because instead I remember having to deal with interminable arguments over the naming of an interface because Linus has an undying hatred of BSD securelevel, or having my name forever associated with the deepthroating of Microsoft because Linus couldn't be bothered asking questions about the reasoning behind a design before trashing it.

In the end it's a mixture of just being tired of dealing with the crap associated with Linux development and realising that by continuing to put up with it I'm tacitly encouraging its continuation, but I can't be bothered any more. And, thanks to the magic of free software, it turns out that I can avoid putting up with the bullshit in the kernel community and get to work on the things I'm interested in doing. So here's a kernel tree with patches that implement a BSD-style securelevel interface. Over time it'll pick up some of the power management code I'm still working on, and we'll see where it goes from there. But, until there's a significant shift in community norms on LKML, I'll only be there when I'm being paid to be there. And that's improved my mood immeasurably.

How to train your Dragon

Oct. 6th, 2015 10:15 am
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The other thing I've been doing this week is starting to get my head round using DragonDictate. I didn't end up using it for any of the wheelchair essay, not least because I'm still getting to grips with the editing syntax - altering existing text turns out to be ludicrously difficult at least initially. Nonetheless, have a post that's almost entirely been dictated including the HTML with only minor hair tearing. Go me on skills acquisition, or something; I am going to have to get a lot better at this before I'm willing to write a thesis in it.
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I've set up a permanent home for Adventures in Renaming and copied over the posts to the new site.

The URL is still, but it's it's own site now.

You can also like it on Facebook.

[food] (Microwave) baked apple

Oct. 5th, 2015 10:28 pm
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I appear to be on something of a comfort-food kick this month; so far that's meant macaroni cheese with lots of sweetcorn (favourite school dinner at primary school: macaroni cheese, sweetcorn, chips), a replica of my sixth form's canteen's kind of awful penne arrabbiata, endless bagels + cream cheese + black pepper + cucumber, and then yesterday baked apples as my mother used to make them when I was small and sad (and her mother before her, and so on).

What you do is this: you take an apple (slightly elderly and wrinkled is optimal); you core it; and you pack the hole left by the core with a mixture of sugar (preferably brown), raisins (or equivalent), and cinnamon/ground mixed spice/etc nach Geschmack. If you overestimated the amount of filling, you dump it in a microwave-safe bowl with the apple and a teaspoon of water (if you didn't overestimate, you can skip the teaspoon of water) and stick it in the microwave for five minutes.

It is fine as is, or if you are feeling enthusiastic it goes well with vanilla ice-cream or custard or browned butter or what have you.

This is also doable in a conventional oven but I never have; the cooking temperature and duration are left as an exercise for the reader.


Oct. 5th, 2015 02:03 pm
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If you're here from Facebook, you may have be wondering, why am I on Dreamwidth. For the moment, Adventures in Renaming is a named tag on my Dreamwidth, and it will be moving to it's own site.

In the meanwhile, enjoy the retro.


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