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I saw Antitrust on an airplane in the summer of 2001. I didn't leave with a high opinion of it; it seemed campy fun.

I found a used DVD at a local thrift shop last weekend, so last night I watched it with my spouse.

It actually holds up better than I predicted on a technobabble level! We freeze-framed a lot and marvelled at how reasonable (mostly) all the command-line stuff was. And as mainstream fiction movies go, I think there still hasn't been a movie that takes the conflict between proprietary and open source software more seriously than Antitrust (I'd welcome corrections on this point).

details, including spoilers )

At some point in the future I will watch the special features and listen to the commentary. (One of the special features is a music video for the Everclear song that plays at the end of the movie. The music video includes clips from the movie. It's like Everclear made a vid!) I imagine I'll have more thoughts then.

Forgive us our Trespassers

Apr. 23rd, 2017 06:35 pm
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Tomorrow we celebrate the anniversary of The Kinder Scout Mass Trespass, in which hundreds of Ramblers and other members of the public forced their way past gamekeepers to hike on the moors and peaks of Derbyshire in 1932.

I have many reasons to be thankful that they did, having walked upon those very hills myself; and on others, which were long fenced off against the public as the playgrounds of a privileged few.

Some of the original Trespassers were imprisoned, and I do not doubt that they would suffer harsher treatment if they tried such acts of civil disobedience today.

So, a question for the legally-minded Journallers who read this: what would the Trespassers be charged with today? And what would be their fate if any of them could not prove their cizenship, or looked ever such a little bit foreign?

Would my long-lapsed membership of the Ramblers Association, and my evident sympathy for their aims - I have led a ramble myself! - turn out to be a liability? Worse, perhaps, than the social consequences that arise when I reveal my ability to hold a lengthy conversation about 1980's hiking socks?

More Data on Ralph’s First Wife

Apr. 23rd, 2017 11:04 am
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I visited with some relatives during Easter and we chatted about Ralph’s first wife, Charlotte Jones. Apparently Ralph’s second wife, Stella, was very, very Catholic, which might have something to do with why the first wife was never talked about. We speculated Ralph never told his second wife about Charlotte because Stella might not have married a divorced man. And somehow, that became a secret that the entire family conspired to keep.

Mirrored from Under the Beret.

A quick update for the newly-risen

Apr. 23rd, 2017 11:27 am
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A quick 'Hello' to everyone who's deleted their LJ and migrated to Dreamwidth!

It seems that DW has become more active, and I hope that it gains the critical mass to stay this way.

For those of you who have reanimated their LJ/DW after a few years, I am still a bit geeky, still noodling spreadsheets on a trading floor in London (but maybe elsewhere in a year or so), still writing Limericks (only, now getting prizes for it), still practising Aikido (quite a bit), and still, well... Me. Only more so.

...If you're catching up from a few years ago, I am married to the lovely [personal profile] ewt ('Ewtikins' on LJ but please don't go there, we both have people on our social graph who really don't need your clicks adding to the continuing construction of antisocial network graphs by hostile actors), wheezing a bit (London's pollution is geting to me), and extending my range of terrible puns into Franglais.

If you're catching up from a few days ago, I'm back from Eastercon, where I took part in the most enjoyable panel of my life - on the future of Artificial Intelligence - and I wonder, in retrospect, whether I ended up dominating a discussion among people who know a bit more about it than I do. Also, I am very, very sorry about *that* remark in the Dead Dog party, on the subject of Hadrians wall, the Picts, and tinned food.

version 3 dreamwidth navbar

Apr. 22nd, 2017 07:52 pm
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Here's a bunch of mockups of a version 3 navbar. This one does a bunch of stuff I can't do in CSS. It's still fairly close to baseline, but they want to see that, so.

(The link is temporary but it's fine for now, it's to a dropbox directory.)

These versions can't be done with custom CSS on the existing platform, they require actual code changes in the back end. But as far as I can tell, it should all be UI code changes, pretty simple stuff.

Some functionality changes, in addition to a few new links:
  • getting rid of dropdown-plus-button to trigger a view reload on the reading view filter, and just having the dropdown selector do it directly
  • prev message/next message arrows (when in single-post views)
  • prev page/next page arrows (when in journal or reading page views)
And I bumped up the RSS functionality a little bit, that's a nice feature I suspect others would use it more if they knew about it.

I've asked whether the style selector needs to be a set of top-level links or whether it could also be an action-on-selection dropdown, like reading view filter. Right now I'm showing it the old way.

Anyway, I don't really consider these really final but they do accomplish the general task of dividing into three consistent groups (user/login, current location, exploration) and adding some basic functionality (like prev/next) that really is kind of implied by "navbar," and so on.

The background gradient is just the standard system gradient and could be replaceable with anything.

eta: My thoughts are on mobile are that the three cells remain, but one is displayed at a time, and the other two are reached by swiping. Default to the middle pane, simplify the relationship permutation text for space, display a few fewer options perhaps.

eta2: Yeah, I may've gone a little nuts. Here's a run at mobile view mockups. 640x60 because iPhone 5 is 640 pixels on the short axis and Dreamwidth likes things 60 pixels high. Stupid science-related memetic disorder.

eta3: One bit of feedback I got from someone who does this regularly is that having Help on the far right is an industry standard, so I need to swap "Help" and "Home" in desktop. Also, despite the lack of space for it, I need some kind of visual indicator of swipe on the mobile bar (which I knew but was kind of hoping I'd get away without), which means we're talking chevrons for that since that's well understood.

george update

Apr. 22nd, 2017 10:09 am
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All the support meds are helping, George is eating like a champ and basically being pretty normal - moreso than he has been in a few days, at least. It's all palliative, but really, at this point, so what? He's a happy kitty and hopefully can be kept that way as long as he has left.

Thanks for the comments last note.

[tiny linkspam]

Apr. 22nd, 2017 09:56 am
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good morning, it's 22 april 2017

Apr. 22nd, 2017 01:10 am
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Sorry this is a short summary. A proper post takes a few hours and I've been too busy the last couple of days. :/

Reports of a new ACA repeal:
White House Officials, Craving Progress, Push Revised Health Bill
White House pressures GOP leaders on Obamacare showdown next week.

Fascism and Racism:
Tax-Dodging Nazi Sovereign Citizen Furries Forced To Cancel Denver Furry Convention. Yes, Really.
Why gay French men are voting far right
AG Sessions says he's 'amazed' a judge 'on an island in the Pacific' can block Trump's immigration order

Russia, et al:
House intel panel invites former acting AG Sally Yates to testify
Leader Of Justice Department National Security Division On The Way Out

Vote suppression:
Georgia Is Trying To Block Newly Registered Voters From Taking Part In Fierce Runoff Election

An Actual Real Life False Flag:
Borussia Dortmund bombs: 'Speculator' charged with bus attack

Environment and corruption:
AP Exclusive: Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study

Finally, culture war:
Army Secretary Nom: Trans People Are 'Evil' Who Must Be 'Crushed'

It's April 22nd, 2017; this is the news )
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Because this is too long for tumblr, and too unfinished for AO3, would take a novel at either end to be finished, and I still really like parts of it: extremely iddy, quite AU, rather dystopian h/c JS&MN... which Mr Norrell successfully takes control of English Magic and reinstates the Cinque Dragownes (or a Respectable Facsimile, in which he functions as prosecutor, judge, and jury).

He continues his habit of harassing other magicians, but with his new authority he’s not content to discredit or expel them - instead, a network of informers, with Lascelles and Childermass at their head, keep watch for illicit magic. John Segundus goes into hiding, but eventually he’s caught in one of Norrell’s purges. Rather than lending Norrell more power, Segundus casts a spell in the last moments before his capture that causes him to forget all of his magic, and even that he’s magical at all.

It saves his life.

But in the meantime, Segundus - who now truly believes he is not a magician - is kept in prison, subjected to all of the curbs that would be placed on a magic user: kept from speaking or gesturing, blindfolded to prevent him from looking into mirrors or anything that might hold a reflection…

Except Norrell, who harangues him for his intransigence and selfishness, no one speaks to him, lest he enchant them and gain his freedom. Even if a friend were to learn of his predicament and write him a few lines of comfort, he wouldn’t be allowed to read or answer them, for fear that he might remember and manage to communicate the method of his final spell.


They had caught a strand of his hair in the knot, when they blindfolded him. )

a particularly pretty glitch

Apr. 21st, 2017 11:38 am
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I thought this was a particularly pretty glitch, so I saved it. MacOS (OS X),, photoshop, preview. Larger on Flickr.

Mirrored from Crime and the Blog of Evil. Come check out our music at:
Bandcamp (full album streaming) | Videos | iTunes | Amazon | CD Baby

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Apr. 21st, 2017 11:17 am
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Fellow migraineurs, check this out! A week of free daily videos on migraine topics by neurologists, migraineurs, other stakeholders. I find it kind of weird that it's all video because HELLO WE HAVE MIGRAINES but the list of topics sounds amazing. They ask for your email address and first name and that's it.

Hill/Pao Interview Notes

Apr. 21st, 2017 10:43 am
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Last night, April 20th, Nichele Norris interviewed Anita Hill and Ellen K. Pao. [personal profile] cynthia1960 and I went. It was cathartic.

cw, descriptions of harassment )

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Apr. 21st, 2017 09:50 am
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I am in Vancouver! And... not in Toronto at FKO. DANGIT. I had plane tickets and everything but now I have a wretched cold including sore throat that would be, well, really rude to bring to a convention full of people singing. It's weird because I don't really feel any more awful than I usually do with my migraines - my go-to pain med helps with pain from sore throat and is incidentally a cough suppressant anyway - but I know I'm contagious and SIGH I GUESS I WILL BE GOOD. You're welcome. Last time I tried to go to FKO I got horrible food poisoning right before. (Widespread speculation that it was morning sickness was incorrect. Greg came a tetch later.) NEXT TIME FOR SURE. They've kindly rolled my membership forward, so hopefully next year. At which point it will be like a decade since I've been.

I am using this as an excuse to eat a LOT of ice cream. To soothe my throat and spend some of that hotel-food money I had budgeted, y'know.

I finished reading Winter Tide and I still wish to wholeheartedly recommend it NAY JAM IT IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE HERE I BOUGHT SEVEN COPIES. Oh man I'm glad there's already a sequel in the pipe. Pike? Hmm, apparently either is fine.

The world is 100% flowers and I am greatly cheered by it. Every year I try to learn one new flower name, because I'm terrible with them, and this year's was finding out that what I thought was japonica is flowering quince, and japonica is That Bush That Isn't Honeysuckle But Maybe Has Something To Do With Bees? That Auntie Patty Had In Her Yard When I Was Little. Meanwhile Greg, who is a plant-name-nut, rolls his eyes every time I can't tell hosta and hydrangea leaves apart in the dead of winter.


Apr. 21st, 2017 12:10 am
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Housemate Paul's cat, George, about whom I have written occasionally, and who we knew wouldn't have a full lifespan because of kidney issues, appears to have very quickly developed pretty advanced blood cancer.

There's another round of testing to confirm, but it's pretty clear and his meds are all about palliative care now. At least, with the painkillers, he's eating tonight.

And he's had a good kitty life, if shorter than average (he's not quite ten years old), and it's longer than I thought given his kidney issues and much longer than it would've been if he hadn't been brought in with his litter from a semi-feral barn cat mom, but still - goddammit.


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