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Dear suspiciously rotund cat

♥Jun. 23rd, 2017 // 01:56 pm
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Not my cat, not my house. Please don't be pregnant.
Link2 kisses // ♥mwah♥

Secret of the Tenth Planet!

♥Jun. 23rd, 2017 // 12:27 pm
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"We discuss several possible explanations for this deviation, including the possibility that a relatively close-in (a ~100 au), unseen small planetary-mass object in the outer solar system is responsible for the warping."
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What other Nicolls are up to

♥Jun. 23rd, 2017 // 10:15 am
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My niece Ilia and nephew Jake are appearing here:

Read more... )

Storm of Dust (Crossroads Adventures, book 2) by Neil Randall

♥Jun. 23rd, 2017 // 09:32 am
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Storm of Dust (Crossroads Adventures, book 2) by Neil Randall
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Interesting Links for 23-06-2017

♥Jun. 23rd, 2017 // 12:00 pm
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♥Jun. 23rd, 2017 // 12:12 am
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Books for sale. Box 102.

♥Jun. 22nd, 2017 // 04:57 pm
[Current Mood | chipper]
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Box 102. McCall's Quilting, Feb '98-Feb '99; Quick country quilting; Quick rotary cutter quilts; Rotary magic; 101 Nine patch quilts; Contemporary classics in plaids & stripes; Colourwash quilts: A personal approach to design and technique; Tips for quilters plus 63 of your favorite quilt patterns; Quilt San Diego Visions: quilt expressions; The quilter's kitchen; The magical effects of color; Every embellishments & fun quilts to stitch and embellish; Liveliy little logs: Making log cabin miniatures; Flannel quilts; More quick rotary cutter quilts; A new slant on Bargello quilts; The ultimate scrap quilt; Raw-edge appliqué; When quilt designers think small; Daddy's ties; The patchwork quilt design & coloring book; Patchwork & quilting; Keepsake quilting; Quilting beyond the norm; Kansas Connections; Ever more well connected; Patchwork quiltss: traditional or modern--over 25 full-size patterns rated for the beginner or expert; Twist 'n turn; Patchwork for all seasons; Round two; Borders by design; Traditional quilting; Best quilt tips; Sashing & borders for quilts; A year of rad quilts; Pine Trees quilt projects; Use it, wear it out, make it do, or do without!; American Patchwork & Quilting: Scrappy quilts from your stash, etc.; Fonts & Porter's Love of Quilting, 10 issues; Connecting Threads, Winter 2007. Box 102. McCall's Quilting, Feb '98-Feb '99;
Quick country quilting;
Quick rotary cutter quilts;
Rotary magic;
101 Nine patch quilts;
Contemporary classics in plaids & stripes;
Colourwash quilts: A personal approach to design and technique;
Tips for quilters plus 63 of your favorite quilt patterns;
Quilt San Diego Visions: quilt expressions;
The quilter's kitchen;
The magical effects of color;
Every embellishments & fun quilts to stitch and embellish;
Liveliy little logs: Making log cabin miniatures;
Flannel quilts;
More quick rotary cutter quilts;
A new slant on Bargello quilts;
The ultimate scrap quilt;
Raw-edge appliqué;
When quilt designers think small;
Daddy's ties;
The patchwork quilt design & coloring book;
Patchwork & quilting;
Keepsake quilting;
Quilting beyond the norm;
Kansas Connections;
Ever more well connected;
Patchwork quiltss: traditional or modern--over 25 full-size patterns rated for the beginner or expert;
Twist 'n turn;
Patchwork for all seasons;
Round two;
Borders by design;
Traditional quilting;
Best quilt tips;
Sashing & borders for quilts;
A year of rad quilts;
Pine Trees quilt projects;
Use it, wear it out, make it do, or do without!;
American Patchwork & Quilting: Scrappy quilts from your stash, etc.;
Fonts & Porter's Love of Quilting, 10 issues;
Connecting Threads, Winter 2007.

(Subject to prior sale.)

Almost Missed It

♥Jun. 22nd, 2017 // 03:05 pm
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[location |Fernley, Nevada]
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[Current Mood | working]

My re-imaged computer was shipped back to me yesterday (one day earlier than I expected), and so I had it directed to my house rather than to the PO Box. Around mid-morning, I also got an e-mail telling me that my new glasses were ready for pickup. I didn't expect the FedEx shipment to arrive until sometime in the afternoon, and it's only 750 steps to the optician's office, so I walked down and got the new glasses.

As I left their office, I noticed that there was a gap through which I could get to a dirt trail that leads back to Front Street, where I live, cutting a couple of blocks off the return walk. I'm lucky I went that way, because as I came onto Front Street, I saw the FedEx van heading toward me, having pulled away from my house unable to make the delivery. Yeow! Coming down the street at a run was Lisa, who was waving at me to stop the driver.

Fortunately for me, the driver had a delivery to make at the Imerys diatomaceous earth processing plant between where I was and my house, so I intercepted him, produced my ID, and signed for my package. Whew!

Oh, About the Glasses? )

Besides the new regular glasses, I also got a set of prescription sunglasses, so I no longer have to scratch up my regular lenses (which have some rather expensive anti-glare coating) with clip-ons.
Link2 kisses // ♥mwah♥

Summer Special

♥Jun. 22nd, 2017 // 02:57 pm
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[location |Fernley, Nevada]
[Current Mood | working]

Yesterday evening, while I was in the kitchen washing dishes from dinner, I heard Lisa shout for me to come outside quickly. From the sound of an oncoming train I had an inkling that it was something special. And it was, but it took too long for me to get the camera to activate to get a good picture of it.

Parting Shot )

After the train came through, we took a short walk and got a companion shot to yesterday's morning solstice sunrise.

Sunrise, Sunset )

Thank goodness it's sort of cooling down at night here (at least dropping below 20°C) or else it would be nearly impossible to get any sleep. Also, the daytime highs are slightly lower than their peaks earlier this week, which helps a lot. Lisa has been staying in the travel trailer (where the only full air conditioning is) during the day, and I can't blame her for that. I'm surviving with the swamp cooler and fans running full-tilt except when I have to turn them off for a conference call.

Lothian Transport are awesome

♥Jun. 22nd, 2017 // 09:11 pm
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At 2:06pm on Sunday I posted my feature request for the Lothian Transport app.

At 3:14pm the following afternoon I received an email saying
Sorry, street names and localities should have been added to the search screen before now. I’ve sent an update to the Google Play store just now so you should have an update available in the next few hours.
and about 45 minutes later my phone automatically updated to the latest version and I could see this:

I emailed back saying that this was awesome, but wondering why one of them just said "Edinburgh", and got this in response:
Unfortunately sometimes we can’t control what we get back from Google’s Places API. If Google decides that a place doesn’t need to have more than the town/city listed, then that’s all we get I’m afraid. We also mix in Foursquare and Google Geocoding data where appropriate as well.

It helps to include a bit more in your search, such as ‘Morrisons Granton’ or ‘Morrisons Ferry Road' rather than just ‘Morrisons’. The more you type in, the more accurate the results. It also takes into account your current location – typing in ‘Morrisons’ while you’re near Hyvots Bank will give you results geared towards South/West Edinburgh rather than North/East Edinburgh.

As to your other point (distance to search result) - at the moment, showing distance isn’t possible. We use Google Places to match search queries: that service is great because you can type in anything - ‘Morrisons’, ‘Tesco’, ‘pizza in Leith’ etc. and it comes back with accurate results. However, it doesn’t give the app the location of each place. Instead it gives the app a ‘Place ID’ - once you’ve tapped on a search result, the app sends the Place ID to Google which sends back the exact coordinate of the search result. If that changes in the future, we’ll be sure to include distance as part of the search result.

Which was a fascinating look at how their systems work in the background.

If only more places were so responsive to users taking an interest.
Link3 kisses // ♥mwah♥

Twenty Core Problematic Speculative Fiction Works Every True SF Fan Should Have On Their Shelves

♥Jun. 22nd, 2017 // 09:02 am
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Twenty Core Problematic Speculative Fiction Works Every True SF Fan Should Have On Their Shelves
Link58 kisses // ♥mwah♥

Interesting Links for 22-06-2017

♥Jun. 22nd, 2017 // 12:00 pm
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Link23 kisses // ♥mwah♥

Solstice Sunrise

♥Jun. 21st, 2017 // 02:32 pm
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[location |Fernley, Nevada]
[Current Mood | working]

Because of my Central-Time-Zone-bound work schedule, I'm up before sunrise every day. Today, however, is the least before sunrise I am up, and I had the timing right for the northernmost sunrise we get here.

Sunrise Over the Asphalt Plant )

Yesterday, we had menacing clouds mixed with smoke.

Wildfire Weather )

It's still quite hot here, but not as bad as the previous two days, and a breeze helps a bit, although it's bad for any wildfires, of course.

Patreon review categories finally updated

♥Jun. 21st, 2017 // 03:40 pm
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The only way I could work out to fix the formatting issues (where point size varied for no reason and underlining got tossed in at random) was to remove all formatting in the original document and reinsert links by hand.

Marvel at the new list!

Read more... )
Link2 kisses // ♥mwah♥

Dining Out: Jack's

♥Jun. 21st, 2017 // 02:40 pm
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Dining Out: Ample portions, comfortable setting make it easy to feel at home at Jack’s in St. Jacobs

Facing reality

♥Jun. 21st, 2017 // 12:08 pm
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Various attempts to shore up my dwindling income have failed to achieve their necessary goals so as of the 28th, I don't have a house. Friends and family are helping with the accommodations and moving my stuff into storage. I don't think I am quite up to doing five reviews a week and packing my household so review frequency may drop a bit for the next week or so.

Fig and Ibid will likely have to be re-homed.
Link56 kisses // ♥mwah♥

A Small Charred Face by Kazuki Sakuraba

♥Jun. 21st, 2017 // 08:51 am
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A Small Charred Face by Kazuki Sakuraba

Interesting Links for 21-06-2017

♥Jun. 21st, 2017 // 12:00 pm
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Link28 kisses // ♥mwah♥


♥Jun. 20th, 2017 // 06:06 pm
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Another UWTC season is nearly over and once again I am permitted to leave my dress shoes in their bag in coat check.

Also, America needs coast-to-coast maglev trains in airless tubes

♥Jun. 20th, 2017 // 03:12 pm
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Not to mention bell-bottoms and blue eye shadow.

Let's pretend the price of Earth based solar isn't plummeting and that the cost of getting materials into space isn't still pretty jeezly
Link63 kisses // ♥mwah♥

Paranoia by James Wallis, Grant Howe, and Paul Dean

♥Jun. 20th, 2017 // 02:52 pm
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Paranoia by James Wallis, Grant Howe, and Paul Dean
Link15 kisses // ♥mwah♥

Wooo! the rill is done.

♥Jun. 20th, 2017 // 01:09 pm
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[Current Music |rill & birdies]

It's very pretty! Although not right now, because it's gloomy out there -- it looks like it might rain. We got some rain yesterday (the rain gauge said <.1 inches, but it's a rather fussy 'raindrops going through the sensor' gauge, and the 'bucket on the ground' gauge said we got more like a third of an inch), and there are 'looks like rain' clouds today.

The FCB gig got rain-shortened yesterday - GM says we'll go back next year, with hopes of giving them a full concert (it's a reasonabe venue, as senior outreach venues go - decent parking for the band and most of the residents were either in the courtyard or on their patios). In other band news, Farmington Public Schools is not letting the right hand know what the left hand is doing -- the staff at Harrison didn't know that we were going to be rehearsing there this summer, even though FPS told us that three months ago. This is a problem because they're deep-cleaning the music wing. Next week. And we have rehearsal on Monday and a gig on Thursday. There is some dismay among the board about Thursday's gig -- the 'stage' we're on is tiny (esp for 70 people), the acoustics are iffy (it's a riverfront park with the river behind the stage, and no bandshell), they want 2 hours of "patriotic music", and parking will be annoying at best. (people who live in that town say the best approach may be to show up about 4 pm and just hang out until the gig starts at 7.) We probably won't do that gig again. Then we have the nice park gig, at Heritage Park in Farmington - bandshell, the river's on the other side of the park, reasonable parking.

My back has been creaky for the last few days -- I moved wrong on Saturday while tearing down after the church rummage sale. :(


♥Jun. 20th, 2017 // 12:08 pm
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Is it the custom to pay babysitters at least minimum wage? On the one hand, if minimum wage laws do not apply, why spend a penny more than one has to on the person into whose care one is placing one's children? On the other, arguably it is wrong to teach young people to undervalue their labour. Others might argue that it is very good to teach young people not to value their labour overmuch, as that training will prepare them for a life of unpaid internships.

Context: in my day, it was not uncommon for kids to be expected to donate their labour out of duty and not being permitted to say no. And that was on a farm, where there was a certain risk of getting pulled into a bailing machine or run over by a harrow. But human litters were bigger back then, and you could lose one or two kids here and there without endangering the lineage.
Link26 kisses // ♥mwah♥

Interesting Links for 20-06-2017

♥Jun. 20th, 2017 // 05:00 pm
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Truckee and Trains

♥Jun. 19th, 2017 // 05:15 pm
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[location |Fernley, Nevada]
[Current Mood | tired]

The drive through the Sacramento Valley and into the Sierra Nevada was not fun at all. The air conditioning in the minivan couldn't keep up with the nearly 40°C temperatures, and trying to do so also overheated the engine, so we had to turn off the AC whenever the needle went into the yellow zone. At Nyack we stopped and put additional water in the tank, which was not low, but not especially full, either. By Donner Summit it finally got comfortable, at we decided to stop in Truckee for dinner, because it would probably be much hotter in Reno or at home. Further making our minds up for us were warning signs that a brush fire at the Nevada border was causing delays.

Train Held for Fire )

While we had dinner, the warnings of delays from Nevada DOT had cleared, but the smoke and some fire was still there.

Smoke Over Gold Ranch )

We made no further stops and went home. Perhaps an hour after we got home, Amtrak went by (they were still at Truckee when we left). We assume that they had to get the all-clear not just from the fire department, but from Union Pacific. Lisa and I were on a trip coming up from Los Angeles on the Coast Starlight where for hours we thought we were doing to be put on buses at Paso Robles to take us to Sacramento due to a brush fire, but at the last minute the word came that the bridges were safe and we weren't going to have to ride any buses, which pleased up mightily. I hope the train patrons were similarly pleased. And on the bright side, their unexpected stopover was at one of the more comfortable places they could have been stopped between Emeryville and the Nevada desert.

I'm still on a backup computer, and nothing to restore the work machine has worked; not even the backup image from two weeks ago. Tech Support is dispatching a re-imaging DVD-ROM, which I am to use to re-image the computer back to bare metal. I sure hope it works, and that it arrives tomorrow. There's a lot of my job that I simply can't do on backup equipment.

This week's bundle is two bundles

♥Jun. 19th, 2017 // 07:23 pm
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Bundle One

Bundle Two
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Finsbury Park

♥Jun. 19th, 2017 // 02:05 pm
[Current Mood | angry]

On behalf of white British people everywhere, I apologise profoundly and abjectly for the white terrorist attack in Finsbury Park. O apologise for our broken, entitled, arrogant culture, which fosters white rage, xenophobia, racism and bigotry. I apologise for our educational and political systems which uphold and maintain white privilege. I apologise for our society that encourages and rewards white male rage and violence. I apologise for our legacy of colonisation, that reinforced existing prejudices and which we white people still refuse to recognise, process and atone for. I apologise for our political class, who use racism as a tool to keep them in power, without thought for the human cost. I apologise for the BNP, the NF, the EDF, Combat 18, Britain First, UKIP and all the other right wing racists. I apologise for The Sun, the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Daily Telegraph and the TImes and their irresponsible and cynical 'journalism'. I apologise for my personal complicity in the structures that maintain white privilege and for my craven failures to challenge it in all circumstances.
I'd like to think we were better than this, but the last 12 months have exposed that for a comforting illusion.
A plague on all our British houses.
The attacks in Manchester and on London Bridge made me profoundly sad.
The attack on Finsbury Park makes me deeply, deeply angry, because it is nothing more than vicious, unnecessary racism and Islamophobia, fostered by the shameful, bullying culture that we have allowed into power over us.
Link3 kisses // ♥mwah♥

Books (well, book) Received, June 10 - 16

♥Jun. 19th, 2017 // 09:02 am
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Book Received, June 10 - 16

2017/55: Lord of All Things -- Andreas Eschbach (translated from German by Samuel Willcock)

♥Jun. 19th, 2017 // 01:04 pm
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2017/55: Lord of All Things -- Andreas Eschbach (translated from the German by Samuel Willcocks)
the digested version of a story already squeezed to bursting, a story of Arctic islands, Russian subs, and a steel fortress that fell to dust.

A book of two (unequal) halves: a promising beginning, but the rest is weakly plotted, gruesomely sexist and poorly characterised.

It starts well. Hiroshi is the half-Japanese, half-American son of a cleaning woman. He likes fixing things, and befriends Charlotte -- daughter of the French ambassador -- after fixing a broken doll. spoilers and irritation )
Link1 kiss // ♥mwah♥

How to manage security for spring boot apps?

♥Jun. 19th, 2017 // 12:40 pm

Dear Lazyweb! How do you manage keeping spring boot applications up to date?

We run an arseload of Java webapps. Our devs have taken a strong liking to spring boot, where everything including the Tomcat is uploaded as a JAR. A delight for them, but somewhat of a concern for the sysadmins who are the people first dealing with security issues.

So I've been asked to come up with recommendations to deal with this, and I haven't a clue as to how to do this other than laborious iterative checking, or automated versions thereof. Nor can I find recommendations.

Has anyone else got this problem or one like it? (Where applications are uploaded as a package that then runs.) What do you do?

Link11 kisses // ♥mwah♥

Interesting Links for 19-06-2017

♥Jun. 19th, 2017 // 12:00 pm
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Returning Home

♥Jun. 18th, 2017 // 11:01 pm
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[location |Fernley, Nevada]
[Current Mood | worried]

We made it home just before 9 PM tonight. I'd write more about the day, but there are more urgent issues. I've managed to rig a few work-around enough to probably be able to get most of my immediate work done on Monday, but it's going to be a real challenge, and I expect to be spending much too much time on the phone with the IT Help Desk trying to get the work machine to be able to start booting normally again. I probably won't be having a lot of fun. But I'm reasonably confident that I can get most things done by workarounds for at least the next day or two. Meanwhile, I must get sleep because I have to be awake again in six hours and I do nobody any favors if I stay up all night working on this computer problem.

climate change website

♥Jun. 18th, 2017 // 10:06 pm
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( You're about to view content that the journal owner has advised should be viewed with discretion. )
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Equal rights at last!

♥Jun. 18th, 2017 // 09:12 pm
[Current Mood | excited]
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On June 13, Yukon gave transfolk full protection under the Human Rights Code.  It also removes the need for surgery before changing your gender, and allows gender-neutral birth certificates.  This means that every single province and territory now has full legal protection of transpeople.
On June 16, the federal government of Canada passed legislation enshrining transpeople's rights nationwide.  As soon as the Queen signs off on it, the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Canadian Criminal Code will include the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression", and prohibit discrimination or hate speech on those grounds.
This will be a happy Pride!
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Dumb Luck for the Win

♥Jun. 18th, 2017 // 08:09 pm
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Because I guided someone to the vending machines, I missed the 8. Because I missed the 8, I had time to notice I forgot to leave my name tag. Because I had to return it, I was in the right place at the right time to help a kid and dad find a bandaid for the kid. When I walked back to the other 8 stop, the other number 8 was one minute away.
Link1 kiss // ♥mwah♥

created a few new feeds

♥Jun. 18th, 2017 // 06:23 pm

Created a few feeds, presented in reverse alphabetical order:
  • [syndicated profile] unconventional_comic_feed -- UnCONventional, a web comic about fannish conrunners -- posts twice a week

  • [syndicated profile] thisisindexed_feed-- Indexed, a web comic that depicts information mostly in charts and graphs, drawn on an index card -- posts a couple-few days a week

  • [syndicated profile] small_beer_press_feed -- Small Beer Press, Not a Journal -- infrequent posts mostly about Small Beer Press & its authors

  • [syndicated profile] ourbodiesblog_feed -- Our Bodies, Ourselves -- A blog about women's and girls' health, from the nonprofit, public interest organization that brings us the Our Bodies, Ourselves books -- posts randomly, as needed

  • [syndicated profile] librarything_blog_feed-- The official blog of Librarything, the site where you (or your local library) can catalog your books (and movies and music)

  • [syndicated profile] eleanor_arnason_blog_feed -- Eleanor Arnason's web log -- from SF&F author Eleanor Arnason, a retired white woman who thinks about race and class and age and writing

  • [syndicated profile] cypher_of_tyr_blog_feed -- Cypheroftyr blog by Tanya D., fan and gamer and PoC who doesn't put up with much shit

  • [syndicated profile] body_impolitic_blog_feed -- Body Impolitic, a blog by Laurie Toby Edison & Debbie Notkin, two white women who collaborate on projects about bodies and images of bodies -- posts infrequently

Also posted in [site community profile] dw_feed_promo
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Too hot....

♥Jun. 18th, 2017 // 08:15 pm
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I spent much of the day in the hammock. Jo is also too hot, poor thing.

The last couple of years, we've had a paddling pool on the patio for Jo to go in after her walks. It's not entirely satisfactory, as it's bigger and shallower than she'd like it to be, and takes so much water that I don't like to change it often, so it gets very icky. I did some noodling around online last week, and discovered the existence of something called a plasterer[']s['] bath, which is used to mix stuff up in and sounded like a very good size: 4'x2'x1' deep.

Jo does seem to like it, but it doesn't like being left full of water....

(It looks even worse now, the other side's also bowed out. I suspect it's going to die a death next time she climbs in!)

Bizarrely, GB seems to have bonded with one of the mares: when we brought them down the hill, he stood in the corner of the stableyard watching them, and when we put the boys to bed he was calling to her. Most unlike him, he's much too old to suddenly develop a taste for the ladies!

Lothian Bus App - a feature request

♥Jun. 18th, 2017 // 02:06 pm
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I love the Lothian Bus app - it allows me to really quickly find a bus from my current location to wherever I want to go in the city, using current locations of buses (as opposed to the bus timetable, which can be error-prone during rush hour).

However, it has one feature which could do with some work. If I want to get the bus to the Morrisons supermarket where my Amazon parcels are delivered I get a search results screen like this:

Which is completely useless, because I have no idea which of those Morrisons it is that I want to go to.

I'd actually like a search results screen like this:

(Yes, I know I've got East and West the wrong way around. Can't be arsed fixing it, and it's not important to the feature request.)

So I figured, why not spend two minutes writing a blog post, and then forward it to them over Twitter and see if I can get it on their backlog :-)
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The Black Cloud, by Fred Hoyle

♥Jun. 18th, 2017 // 08:41 am
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The Black Cloud, by Fred Hoyle
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Interesting Links for 18-06-2017

♥Jun. 18th, 2017 // 12:00 pm
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♥Jun. 18th, 2017 // 10:02 am
I am completely unsurprised to have woken up this morning with the evidence of yesterday's work in the field on my legs: four horsefly bites, the first of the season.

(And I've realised belatedly that my sister's wedding is in the middle of horse fly season, which may well scupper the plan to make my mother happy by wearing a dress!)

Agnes is, if not actually fine, back to her normal level of limpiness today, so I guess that the pick-her-up cure did the trick again.
Link8 kisses // ♥mwah♥

Productive Meeting

♥Jun. 17th, 2017 // 11:01 pm
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We had a good, productive day of Worldcon 2018 planning meetings here at the San Jose Marriott and the SJ Convention Center. Lisa and I decided that paying more for the hotel buffet than we would pay for the Peppermill's massive weekend brunch was excessive, so we walked down to Peggy Sue's and had a fair breakfast for less than the cost of one of the Marriott breakfasts, then joined the herd of cats assembled Worldcon 76 committee for the tour of the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Things are not the same as they were in 2002, and in particular the former library site was razed and rebuilt as a large ballroom.

Major Event Space )

After the convention center walk-through, we broke for lunch. I'm pleased to see just how many more options there are for downtown dining than there were fifteen years ago. After lunch, we reconvened for planning meetings of various sorts, such as making sure that every area we have on the convention organization list is assigned to a division. When we got to WSFS Business Meeting, I said, "It's WSFS's area" and explained when people started to opine that it belonged somewhere else, that:

WSFS Business Meeting is managed by WSFS, is a tenant of Programming, acts like an Event, and uses Tech Service.

Yes, we're very cross-functional here.

During one of the meetings in which I wasn't involved, I had a review of my division's timeline items with Bobbi Armbruster, our Mistress of Timelines.

Final Meeting of the Day )

With the main meetings out of the way, it was time for dinner. In our case, we had an unhurried dinner at the Indian restaurant out the back door of the Fairmont Hotel before wandering back to the "con suite" at the Marriott. (We were conveniently able to get a hotel room two doors down from the hospitality suite.) We had a pleasant evening socializing with the other folks here. Bruce Farr pulled me aside to review the current state of the WSFS Division budget (no surprises at this time; just marking things as "this is already committed" like the Hugo rocket order and "we'd like to have this but know we can't commit until much later" like tea/coffee service for the Business Meeting.

Earlier than we would have liked we said goodnight and walked the short distance back to our room. Because of the long drive we have home tomorrow, we won't be staying long, although I do have a meeting at 9:30.

My computer still will only boot in Safe Mode, which is not good at all, but at least means there's some hope that we can salvage things. I won't attempt any fixes until we get home where the backups are located.
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sugary treats

♥Jun. 17th, 2017 // 06:44 pm
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Hot hot hot...

♥Jun. 17th, 2017 // 08:17 pm
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This morning, we went up to the summer pasture and set up the electric fence (to keep the boys away from the (rickety and barbed-wire-topped) real fence), and then took them up there. It was quite warm. As ever, they spurned the water trough up there and so drank all the water in the stableyard when they came back down. Sigh. (It always takes them a few weeks to deign to drink from the trough up there, presumably because it tastes different: it's a stone trough when they're used to plastic, and/or the water doesn't go through the softener that treats our water.)

I'm a little concerned by Agnes, aka Limpy McDinosaur Duck. She's being even limpier than usual, and holding her wings very strangely as she hobbles around the place, and when she's lying down she's been wibbling her beak and twitching her wings. I was half thinking I'd pick her up for a quick check when we put them to bed, even though she hates being handled, but she made it easy by getting most of the way to their house and then just collapsing with a splat on the ground. Couldn't find anything obviously wrong, and I'm not going to be calling a weekend evening vet for her, but I am quite worried that she's suddenly got much worse. Fingers crossed that the magic 'pick her up to see what's wrong' cure will work and she'll be better tomorrow.

The garden, on the other hand, is going along well. The polytunnel's looking very green, and there's at least one actual tomato set on the early russian variety:

(10th May, to compare: they have grown!)

We've also got actual you-could-eat-those baby courgettes, very teeny squash, lots of tomatillo cases with baby fruit inside, and runner bean flowers. This afternoon, we shared the first mange tout of the season. The wild strawberries by the riding school are also doing well, and the jar of strawberries in vodka is filling up nicely.

I have been appreciating my hammock, which is on the grass in the shade, and so lovely and cool. I *almost* came inside to get a light blanket when I was in it a couple of days ago!
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Forty years in Fandom

♥Jun. 17th, 2017 // 11:28 am
It was forty years ago today -- June 17, 1977 -- that I attended my first science fiction convention, X-Con '77 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was Milwaukee's first science fiction convention, put on by the Milwaukee Area Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans (MA2OSF3), and I found out about it only because my father, who was in charge of the computer lab at the university, saw someone running off flyers for the convention on one of the printers there and brought one home for me. I was a sophomore in high school.

Img 7096At the convention I got autographs from guests of honor Gordon R. Dickson and Robert Lynn Aspirin (he was the Fan GoH, not yet a pro writer, and famous mostly for founding the Dorsal Irregulars; my badge bears the note "not a Dorsal Irregular" because I was wearing a black turtleneck) and spent most of the time playing the new-to-me game of D&D. A couple of weeks later, I got a letter from the organizers inviting me to attend a MA2OSF3 meeting. I attended, I had a good time, and I started hanging out with them. I went to a couple more conventions that year, in Chicago and Champaign-Urbana, and several more the next, including Wiscon 2. When X-Con '78 rolled around the following June I was on the committee, as co-head of Gaming.

Since then I've attended four or five cons a year. I have saved every convention badge, though I haven't counted them lately -- it probably totals something in the vicinity of 150 cons. I have been active in science fiction clubs: MA2OSF3 in Milwaukee, StLSFS in St. Louis, and PorSFiS in Portland. I have been a conrunner, fanzine editor, costumer, artist, gamer, and even dealer. I'm still involved in con running, maintaining the website and mailing lists for Oregon Science Fiction Conventions Inc., but most of my fan-related time now comes from attending conventions as a pro.

Thanks to Fandom I have traveled the world, made hundreds of fabulous friends and lovers, and met my spouse. I've laughed, I've cried, I've eaten far too many meals in hotel coffee shops. Fandom has been the spine upon which much of my life has been hung, and it is a marvel to me that I now find myself somewhere near the top of a field of which I have been a reader and fan for my entire life.

Many of the people reading this have been part of this journey, and continue to be part of it. I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there for me, and I hope I've been there for you as well.

Next stop, Helsinki!

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♥Jun. 17th, 2017 // 05:33 pm
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♥Jun. 17th, 2017 // 12:00 pm
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To San Jose

♥Jun. 16th, 2017 // 11:59 pm
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As soon as I could get away from Day Jobbe today, we loaded up and headed for the Bay Area. Including grabbing lunch in Sparks, stopping for 30 minutes to see my sister in Sacramento, and dinner in Tracy, it took about nine hours to get to San Jose. This is our first stay in the San Jose Marriott, where we'll be at a Worldcon 76 division heads meeting this weekend.

Unfortunately, my computer refuses to boot up in regular mode. I've managed to get it up in safe mode, and I'll fiddle with it more when I get a chance. I hope it is not serious. I don't have time right now. I need sleep.

Point of Hopes (Astreiant, book 1) by Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett

♥Jun. 17th, 2017 // 12:07 am
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Point of Hopes (Astreiant, book 1) by Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett
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The Ruined Empire by Anna Kreider

♥Jun. 16th, 2017 // 02:50 pm
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The Ruined Empire by Anna Kreider
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