As always, my reach exceeds my grasp

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 13:18
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I spent an inordinate amount of time arduously sewing together a Batman logo - only to find at the end that I'd miscentered it!

Welp, it's for a pre-k student, I'm not redoing it. He'll neither notice nor care.

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Leather, Grown in a Lab Without Cows

These hermit crabs shack up inside living coral instead of mere shells

The Split Pants That Are China’s Alternative to Diapers

Children of today are better at delaying gratification than previous generations

A Brainless Slime That Shares Memories by Fusing

Hot chicken was the Prince family legacy — then Nashville transformed it into an icon, and now everybody wants a piece

Ultra-light aluminum: Chemists report breakthrough in material design

'Family Matters' House Will Be Demolished, Replaced With Condos

How Books Designed for Soldiers’ Pockets Changed Publishing Forever

Why Did India Have Ten Million Fewer Childhood Deaths Than Predicted?

By ganging up, HIV antibodies may defeat the virus

Conversions From Islam in Europe and Beyond

Black, Jewish And Avoiding The Synagogue On The High Holy Days

Earthquakes are even harder to predict than we thought

Mexico City’s People Power

Broad swath of US deemed environmentally suitable for mosquitoes that transmit disease

Why Wages Aren’t Growing

Governments turn tables by suing public records requesters

4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality

The Persistent, Wide Racial Gap in Attitudes Toward the Police

Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

Trump's 'election integrity' group is waging war on the right to vote

Puerto Rico Puts Its Prisons Near Flood Zones. After Hurricane Maria, thousands of families await news. (Seriously, look at that map!)

Failing dam creates new crisis on Puerto Rico amid flooding from Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico's power system is "basically destroyed", the US Virgin Islands are under a 24 hour curfew

Why Do Border Deaths Persist When the Number of Border Crossings Is Falling?

Border Patrol Arrests Parents While Infant Awaits Serious Operation

The Economic Costs of Domestic Violence

Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'

For Decades, Nazis Have Been Germany's Shame. But Is That About To Change?

Southeast Asia's Rohingya Refugee Crisis Reaches a Terrible Peak (Photos)

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Saturday, 23 September 2017 06:46
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Thursday was family games night, with pizza. [personal profile] sithjawa joined, as well as the partner's large array of siblings and their spouses/etc.

After games were done, my partner showed me Who Framed Roger Rabbit? out of the "You haven't seen that yet?" queue. And we watched more of The Orville, and I tested out my stand mixer by making some cookies.

Friday, in honor of the equinox, I baked a sweet cardamom loaf. Then we did a shopping run, and my partner made dinner.

These past two days have involved a lot of small gas-powered motors around. Partner has summoned a yard maintenance company to take care of some of the tree, bush, weed, and tenacious invasive morning glory things that the ex neglected in the interminable six months leading up to departure. It's been loud, but is so much better looking now. Though there are still some more things left for today, like the stack of lichen-covered branches in the driveway.

Things which I am ridiculously excited about

Friday, 22 September 2017 22:06
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1. Hillary Clinton is coming here to speak, as part of her book tour. I have a ticket, which also apparently means a copy of her book, *and* since my dad is a Very Big Donor, I get to meet her. Pay, I'm not as excited about this as I was about George Takei, but still. (N.B. I am also feeling ridiculously defensive about this, so please no HRC-bashing in comments. I probably don't need to say that but I'd rather preempt any drama)

2. Getting close to done with the bunny I'm making for the now-12-year-old kid with fop who's still in the hospital. I have an ear I'm satisfied with, so just have to make a second ear and then attach them. And then do the trach, if I can figure that out. "

3. Getting my first delta. Er, okay, that requires explanation. There's a subreddit called cmv -- change my view -- where people post their opinion on something to get other people to chsnge their mind. (Basically, "I believe X, and it's an unpopular opinion and I'd like to believe something else, so persuade me otherwise".) If you feel a comment has changed your view, whether or not you're the op in the thread, you can award a delta, kind of like a kudos; this is separate from the upvoting/downvoting that all Reddit uses. I've posted a few things ere or there as responses, but mostly they've been un-responded to, much less in-delayed, until tonight. Which is trivial and yet super exciting.

4. The realization that I can order another tube hydration system thing (like what I use at night) for choir rehearsals. Hydrating during choir is awkward because I need both hands for the iPad, which means my drink has to go in my hip pack drink holder thingie, but the ridiculously straws I have aren't long enough to reach without me holding the bottom of the cup; and it's really hard for me to get the cup out when there's an iPad in the way. But this tubing system is stiff enough that I can get it to my mouth -- I'd gotten it for bed because the water bottle hangs above me and the tubing hangs down from it and I just need to move it laterally to get it to my mouth, but this particular system is nicely sturdy enough that I can hold it pointing up without it immediately flipping -- and then I wouldn't have to get the *bottle* out, just wave the tubing in my face, and otherwise have it in my lap within easy reach.

5. The fact that Phantom Tollbooth is available in kindle format. 😍 It's been ages since I read it and it's just as charming and wacky as I remember. (And it has a great first sentence: "There was once a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself—not just sometimes, but always.")

What it’s like for girls

Friday, 22 September 2017 15:39
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I've always dressed androgynously and worn my hair long since childhood, because of being nonbinary, but this was the first time I'd got this treatment. I think it gets more common after puberty?

When I was about fifteen, I participated in a thirty-mile walk to raise money for charity. The final checkpoint was a pub, and of course everyone went into the beer garden and lay down on the grass.

Now you know how when you've been exerting yourself, you can walk fine until you stop, whereupon your muscles seize up. Well, after lying on the ground for a few minutes I got up because I needed to go into the pub and find the toilet, and of course I could hardly walk. So I hobbled towards the pub door.

A middle-aged man walked up and held my elbow, saying, "Let me help you, my dear."

First thought: wtf?! Why has this creep grabbed my arm without asking?

Second thought: Oh! In these baggy walking clothes, he thinks I'm a girl.

Third thought: Wait a moment. That means that girls get this sort of treatment all the time and I'VE NEVER NOTICED.

It was seriously a life-altering moment.
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and then some!

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German Shepherd Mom Tires Out Her Pups In The Most Adorable Way Possible (It is adorable! She alternates between bouts where they can't possibly catch up to her and bouts where they can, clever doggie!)

Scientists Invent a Pen That Can Detect Cancer in Seconds

For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers

“Do Sign Languages Have Accents?” (Video, or you can read the transcription)

Is there a single food that you can survive on forever?

The island people with a climate change escape plan

Here’s why you should pay attention to this weekend’s German election

There is meddling in Germany's election — not by Russia, but by U.S. right wing

What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It

When the Idea of Home Was Key to American Identity

Parents Who Pay to Be Watched (OMG.)

Colombia partners with locals in order to stop cocaine production, US warns it may not be enough

Behind the scenes, Zimbabwe politicians plot post-Mugabe reforms

Iraqi Kurds set to vote on independence, panicking neighbors and Washington

What is behind clashes in Ethiopia's Oromia and Somali regions?

Facebook’s war on free will

Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’

The basic physics of climate change have been known for more than a century, but it is in recent decades that the fundamental science of global warming has solidified

The Minuscule Importance of Manufacturing in Far-Right Politics

Stop acting surprised, America: Donald Trump is a white supremacist

In Month After Charlottesville, Papers Spent as Much Time Condemning Anti-Nazis as Nazis

The Republicans Aren't Even Pretending This Is About Healthcare Anymore

Christians in U.S. Military ‘Serve Satan’ If They Tolerate Other Religions, Air Force Chaplain Says

Making war illegal changed the world. But it’s becoming too easy to break the law

Anatomy of terror: What makes normal people become extremists?

Wonderful news!

Sunday, 24 September 2017 19:58
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Today I was combing Callie in the bathroom, and Finn came in and didn't bark or growl or jump at her AT ALL - and this despite the fact that she hissed at him and then growled the whole time he was there! (And I don't blame her.)

He's gotten a lot better at being in the same room as the cats without freaking out, and even a little better at not barking and lunging at the familiar cats we see on our walks. (Not as good as with his own roommate cats, but you can't have everything.)

This is great because, with winter coming, Callie wants to go back to being an indoor-outdoor cat, emphasis on indoor - she doesn't like cold weather!

Reading Wednesday

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 22:35
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What I've read: short fiction
Actually read this week:Some of the backlog (all DSF):

What I've read: long fiction

Banishment by M.C. Beaton, which is the first of six apparently-fluffy Regency romances about six beautiful sisters and a malevolent stately home, recommended as a Yuletide fandom (thanks [personal profile] ceb for the pointer!)  This one was indeed the promised fast, lighthearted read, in which the family lose their beautiful stately home and much of their wealth, and (some of them) begin to learn Important Lessons About Not Being Awful To Other People.  And the first of the beautiful daughters finds true love, etc.  The remaining five in the series are now on their way so I can find out just how malevolent the house gets ...

solitum

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:07
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Ephemeride denuo culto, pugillares intuebar ut fragmina invenirem, quippe locum, quem in papyro incipio, saepius nunc in ordinatro finio. Heu, mens iamiam per fusta et fragmina exprimitur. Non satis ago, nisi laboro. Quisnam vult de labore legere&bnsp;? Noli vereri, neque ego de labore scribere velim. Perrara inibi eventa oriuntur quae lectione scriptione iuvant.

Die saturni more novo matutina cum caffea locos nonnullos francogallicos anglice reddi. Deinde in urbis centrum, quod Mel volebat tabernam Forbidden Planet invisere. Libris (pictis annon) emptis ad thermopolium prope Russel Square iimus ut linguis studeremus. Illa libros pictos, historias de mundo ludi Warhammer 40000 francogallice redditos (quos nuper in via Charing X nancta'st) evolvebat dum ego sententias akkadicas latine interpretabar. Studiis confectis locum ferrovialem petiimus, sed breviter bibliothecam invisimus, quo casu librum de armis aetatis cupreae emi, cui auctor verbborum hetaeorum aegyptiorum sumerorum passim mentionem facit, et copia locorum ex Iliade et Odyssea arma graecorum inlustrat. Exinde domum.

In atrio coepta singuli sumpsimus. Mel texebat dum feli arcam aeternitatis pingebam. Heu ! non sum penicillorum peritus ; lineas rectas designare nequeo, et manus inhabiles ubique maculas linquunt. Cum autem Melli ostendissem, sixit se arcam amarae. Re vera, inquit, sarcophagi, quos in museo vidimus, lineas prorsus rectas non ferunt. Hem, re veriora, sunt in museo sarcophagi, quorum imperitiam artificum ridebam -- qui opifices fuerunt sescenties peritiores quam egomet umquam fiam.

Choosing the ways

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:48
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Suppose you wish to designate an option to a piece of hardware. You could stick down a little EEPROM, but maybe you'd prefer to make links, or join PCB tracks, without any active componentry.

You have Gnd, and N configuration lines each with weak pull-up. How many different values can you represent?

The most utterly naïve solution would be to encode N options by tying one of the lines to ground.

The marginally less naïve solution — and one that's very widely used — is to encode 2N options by tying any subset of the lines to ground.

However, if the configuration lines are independently bidirectional you can also tie them to one another. Denoting a ground connection by 0, n/c by 1 and commoned groups of lines by A, B, C, etc. the options with 2 lines become: 00 01 10 11 AA. With 3 lines: 000 001 010 011 100 101 110 111 0AA A0A AA0 1AA A1A AA1.

With 4 lines, things explode rather:
  • 0000 0001 0010 0011 0100 0101 0110 0111 1000 1001 1010 1011 1100 1101 1110 1111 (=16)
  • AA00 A0A0 A00A 0AA0 0A0A 00AA, AAA0 AA0A A0AA 0AAA, AAAA (=11)
  • AA01 A0A1 0AA1 AAA1, AA10 A01A 0A1A AA1A, A1A0 A10A 01AA A1AA, 1AA0 1A0A 10AA 1AAA (=16)
  • AA11 A1A1 A11A 1AA1 1A1A 11AA (=6)
  • AABB ABAB ABBA (=3)
…for a total of 52 options.


More generally, the number of options is BN+1, where B denotes a Bell number. My maths is rusty, but it looks like that grows faster than exponentially with the number of pins.

Is this a technique people actually use? Is there some reason I'm overlooking why it's a bad idea?

I mean, OK, I'll probably just use an EEPROM, but…

US politics

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 09:33
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Hope not Hate is coming to the US, to counter the rise of international hate groups. American friends, you can sign up here.

WIP Wednesday - Week 38

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 09:17
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As promised last week, I have several finished objects to show off this week! :-)

I finished all three pairs of niebling-socks, but stupidly gave away the first pair without remembering to take a photo of it first! Ah well, I'm sure you can guess what they look like ;-)

I also finished the Travelling poncho for Nora and am really happy with how it turned out! Hope it'll fit her well! I see her next week, so can hopefully get her to try it on then.

Finally and most excitingly I finished the Hogwarts Express Shawl. I love absolutely everything about this shawl! The colour, the yarn (SO SOFT!!!), the beads, the owls... it's exactly as awesome as I thought it would be when I first saw the pattern. I'm now definitely considering making a cardigan or a sweater with these cuties on the yoke! So cute :-)

Isabella came to visit last week, and we decided to start a long-term auntie-niece crochet project - the summer garden granny square blanket. We've only got 3 squares done so far, so it looks like it'll be a long-LONG-term project, but we're having fun with it, and that's what matters :-)

With all this awesomeness off the needles, I've actually only been working actively on ONE WIP this past week - a pair of socks for Christian. They're coming along nicely, although the 72sts look HUGE after just having knit three pairs of niebling socks with only 60sts ;-)

Unfortunately I'm not quite sure I have enough yarn (my guesstimate of how much more a 72sts pair would take was off), so I may have to get creative with the cuff... We'll see. I still have 10 grams left, so it may take me further than I expect it to.

Gray day... everything is gray

Saturday, 23 September 2017 23:46
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I watch, but nothing moves today.

Looks like it's going to be overcast all week, and next week too. Well, fuck. I'm putting my lightbox back on.

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Superheroes for the Jewish New Year

There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever

The 11 sisters of Siervas are a rock band like 'nun' other

Scientists Once Dressed Frogs in Tiny Pants to Study Reproduction

In Alaska’s Far-Flung Villages, Happiness Is a Cake Mix

Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses

How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter

Meet Nazo Dharejo: The toughest woman in Sindh

In a First for the Nation, Portland Police End Gang List to Improve Relations With Blacks and Latinos

The Rust Belt Needs Legal Immigration

That Awkward Moment When Your Twin Brother Is A U.S. Citizen At Birth, But You’re Not

Lawsuit targets searches of electronic devices at US border

New hope for limiting warming to 1.5 C

This Department Is the Last Hideout of Climate Change Believers in Donald Trump’s Government

Child care choices limited for those working outside 9-to-5

St. Louis sees third day of protests after officer's acquittal

ICE Detained This Trafficking Victim on Her 18th Birthday. Why?

Hurricane Maria is following Irma's path and getting stronger

The Sci-Fi Roots of the Far Right—From ‘Lucifer’s Hammer’ to Newt’s Moon Base to Donald’s Wall

Graceful menace: States take aim at non-native swans

New Mideast realities require support for Kurds

What is at stake in Iraqi Kurdish vote for independence?

Iraq says may use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent

Signed Eva up for a drama class

Thursday, 21 September 2017 22:58
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It took a lot of back and forth and emails getting lost, but I got her signed up!

And now she's claiming she didn't ever ask for this in the first place. Yeah, right. I get that she wants to spend time with her friends, but - dude, she spends hours with them every single day. She can take a day off and maybe make some new friends, something she frequently claims she wants.

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10 Badass Trees That Refuse To Die

The Making of the Modern American Recipe

Marilyn Monroe and the Potato Sack Dress, c.1951

DNA triggers shape-shifting in hydrogels, opening a new way to make 'soft robots'

The Spanish Royal Philanthropic Expedition to Bring Smallpox Vaccination to the New World and Asia in the 19th Century

Stopped at US border, Haitians find 'Mexican dream' instead

How Pants Went From Banned to Required in the Roman Empire

Just squeeze in—researchers discover when spaces are tight, nature loosens its laws

In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling

Children Used to Learn About Death and Damnation With Their ABCs

The Problem With Free Menstrual Pads

Tillerson says U.S. could stay in Paris climate accord

The Commuter Parking Benefit Is Seriously Hurting Cities

Dylann Roof requests new attorneys, declaring appeal team his biological enemies (Relevant quote: “The lawyer appointed to represent me at my federal trial was David Isaac Bruck, who is also Jewish. His ethnicity was a constant source of conflict even with my constant efforts to look past it.” All his lawyers deserve medals and a fruit basket. Maybe some booze. They earned it after putting up with him!)

US people of color still more likely to be exposed to pollution than white people

Breastfeeding Behind Bars: Do All Moms Deserve the Right?

When Does the Right to an Attorney Kick In?

Why Many Deaf Prisoners Can’t Call Home

Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America's finances

See jerkface bacteria hiding in tumors and gobbling chemotherapy drugs

Myanmar Follows Global Pattern in How Ethnic Cleansing Begins

Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar's map

Three killed in stampede for aid near Rohingya refugee camp

Bangladesh warns Myanmar over border amid refugee crisis

The Ominous, Massive Military Exercises in Eastern Europe

Departure

Monday, 18 September 2017 22:38
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[personal profile] liv
I've never left a job before. I spent my 20s as a contract researcher, and when my project came to an end, I just... didn't work in that lab any more. So I didn't know how to give notice, how to do the tax paperwork, it was all completely new to me. Also, the people I've been working closely with for the past eight years were all actually sad to see me go and wanted to mark the rite of passage. That was new to me too, in a mostly touching but slightly bittersweet way.

last days )

I started my new job the following Monday. I need to work out how much I should talk about that in detail here; for one thing it's looking to involve somewhat more blogging and social media presence as my professional persona than the old job did. Also I am still adjusting to living in Cambridge full time, which is probably another post, and I'm up to my eyes preparing for the High Holy Days beginning on Wednesday, so I am going to stick with posting about leaving rather than about arriving for now.

Fitbit goal check

Sunday, 17 September 2017 22:26

Long day!

Sunday, 17 September 2017 02:46
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Breakfast with partner and metamour Leopard Girl.

Seanan McGuire event in Silverdale. We brought tribute, and were briefly Seanan's favorite. (Diet Dr Pepper and candy corn. Seanan is a being of predictable tastes.)

Mini muffin tin quest!

Partner made a note they should chat with our mutual friend in London about stuff. Hooray, viable communities.

Dinner for the extended polycule, with many dishes thanks to Trader Joe's. (Rice, orange chicken with extra zesty sauce but no carrots since we ran out, BBQ pork buns, pot stickers, spring rolls, and green beans. The rice and green beans weren't pre-packaged, and I do a little customization to the chicken by adding orange peel and scallions. The gyoza and bao steam over the rice, and the spring rolls could bake with the chicken. The green beans start frozen and get gently fried with seasonings. Usually it's butter and Montreal steak seasoning, but Stray Puppy Girl is very lactose intolerant, and Leopard Girl dislikes red pepper. So I went for sesame oil, garlic, onion, pepper, salt, ginger, a packet of soy sauce that needed using, and the excess teriyaki sauce from the other night. It turned out well. To my immense gratification, my partner really likes all the iterations of the green beans that I have made so far. Generally they disappear immediately.)

Club night. Without going into excessive detail, one of the groups near the people I was with were having a hilarious time, and kept setting each other off giggling. That prompted our group to giggle. The glee was infectious.

Everyone is spending the night. We hauled the camping pads out of the alleged guest room (it is currently not in a state for guests as my textiles have exploded all over it) and they're set up next to the futon in case it turns from cozy to crowded in the middle of the night. Things are well set up for breakfast, and there should be cheesecake at some point (thus the mini muffin tins).

(no subject)

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 23:18
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Tough stuff: Spider silk enhanced with graphene-based materials

The Most Inspiring Hot Air Balloon Ride Ever

Scientists use light to purge defects from solar cells

Every childhood vaccine may eventually go into a single jab (Though it does seem that the UK doesn't have as many childhood vaccines as the US, judging by the list)

Mathematicians Measure Infinities, and Find They're Equal (Mind. Blown.)

Can American soil be brought back to life?

Quotas bring wave of Nepalese women into office. What they need next.

Judge: Sessions can’t deny grant money for sanctuary cities

Disability Fraud: You know what?

For Chinese millennials, despondency has a brand name

A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality

Research Shows Spanish Speakers Take Longer To Learn English. Why?

Catalan mayors defy Spanish courts ahead of independence vote

Survey suggests nobody actually watches those Emmy-nominated cable or streaming shows

Suicide among veterans highest in western US, rural areas

Viruses Would Rather Jump to New Hosts Than Evolve With Them

Your Childhood Experiences Can Permanently Change Your DNA

Third-Hand Exposure to Cigarette Smoke Can Still Damage Your Organs

Protesters march through St. Louis after policeman's acquittal

Attorneys Suspect Motel 6 Calling ICE on Undocumented Guests

Since Trump’s Big Photo Op With Black College Leaders, He’s Delivered on Nothing, They Say (Surprise, surprise.)

Homeless And In College. Then Harvey Struck

Hurricanes may be getting bigger, but death toll is shrinking

Irma's 'forgotten' evacuees struggle to find housing

Hurricane Irma Unleashes the Forces of Privatization in Puerto Rico

Philippines' Duterte asks head of human rights agency: 'Are you a pedophile?' (Because, you know, that's the only reason to care about minors being straight-up murdered)

Entire Philippine city police force fired over killings

The Window Is Closing to Avoid Dangerous Global Warming

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters say will not let government forces cross Euphrates

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to restrict movement of migrants

Overnight exodus: Rohingya use cover of darkness to reach Bangladesh

Oh, yay!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 16:23
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NYC Kettle Corn will be right by my sister's office on Friday.

So I can totally ask her to pick some up for me! I love, love, love cheddar caramel, and the best I can get at stores is bags where half is cheddar and half is caramel.
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As recently as 20 years ago, the logo was of an Indian chief with a headdress, but apparently somebody clued them in and now it's a knight's helmet, so that was an easy change. I wonder when they did that?

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Turn-of-the-Century Kid’s Books Taught Wealthy, White Boys the Virtues of Playing Football

At Bug-Eating Festival, Kids Crunch Down On The Food Of The Future (It's a kid-eat-bug world out there, guys.)

Wolves understand cause and effect better than dogs

A Women’s Circus School Is Growing in Gaza

A Story About Singapore’s Urban Development, In Six Parts

How Park(ing) Day Went Global

How to trick your brain into thinking a small animal is hopping up your arm

This Legal Rebel Takes the Cases of the World's Most Vulnerable

Mayor de Blasio: NYC Will Be First City to Mandate that Existing Buildings Dramatically Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Byssus, or sea silk, is one of the most coveted materials in the world – but after more than 1,000 years in the same matrilineal family tree, this ancient thread may soon unravel.

Why Koreans Shun the Suburbs

The Really Weird Link Between College and Brain Cancer

Echolocation and Its Discontents

Focusing on soccer may have a troubling effect on teenage girls

The Case Against Civilization

The Secret History of FEMA

Why We Can’t Stop Hurricanes and All the Ways We’ve Tried

Caribbean families separate to rebuild lives after storm

When Disaster Strikes, the Zoo Must Go On

When Europeans Killed Others to Kill Themselves

Why American Workers Pay Twice as Much in Taxes as Wealthy Investors

Why Trump Sees Moral Clarity in London and Complexity in Charlottesville

UN: Global hunger rising with conflicts, climate shocks

Starting from scratch in Uganda

The Girl Gangs of El Salvador

Is flying coach too cramped to be safe?

Some Syrian schools erase Assad but tensions rise over Kurdish

North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan

Fun little time waster

Monday, 18 September 2017 13:15
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When you click a button, the top right left* square and any same-colored squares contiguous with it turn to that color. The goal is to turn the whole board the same color.

* Once again, I forgot to make the L before talking about left and right.

(no subject)

Thursday, 14 September 2017 15:18
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Saving to read later, Krebs's take on the Equifax security breach

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/09/breach-at-equifax-may-impact-143m-americans/

Fucking ableist bullshit

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 21:51
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I have for whatever reason been on a horror movie kick lately. Because sometimes it's fun watching people be horribly surprised when a ghost summoning in a haunted mansion goes horribly wrong or whatever. Especially when they do stupid stuff along the way.

One movie had a somewhat satisfying ending (bad guy gets trapped in a room rull of angry ghosts of people that were killed as a result of his douchenaggery!) in a way that was completely antithetical to the setup (spooky ghosts that were scaring the protagonist and family, are ... suddenly friendly to her wtf).

But the one I just finished watching makes me want to *kick things*. And I don't know what's worse, the fact that it was written this way or the fact that I saw it coming.

CW: anti-autism wtfery. Also spoilers for unnamed movie.

Read more... )

That beauty and the beast project I'm playing with? I keep being tempted to make the Beast autistic, and the enchantress or fairy or whoever cursed him into beast form just totally misread him (or he said something true but impolite and pissed her off) and is an asshole for what she did, or something.

I worry about doing it wrong, because -- as much as I suspect I have some aspergers-y traits, I am totally not autistic, and risk falling into cliches -- but at least I wouldn't be *points upward* THAT fucking wrong

Moonpie isn't always great with big dogs

Sunday, 17 September 2017 22:20
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Actually, she loathes them.

Interestingly, though, if she sees that Finn can interact with another dog or a human without anybody freaking out, she'll calm down and turn back into lovable Moonpie, eager to socialize.

Finn is rubbing off on her! Good doggie, Finn!

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Researchers just figured out how to get robots to join forces

When It Comes To Romantic Attraction, Real Life Beats Questionnaires

The Transformation of the American Shopping Mall

Like sea stars, ancient echinoderms nibbled with tiny tube feet

Productivity hacks to rule kindergarten like a Silicon Valley boss

The Ultimate Summer Camp Activity: Digging for Dinosaurs

Famous Viking Warrior Was a Woman, DNA Reveals

Oscar Dunn, America’s Forgotten First Black Lieutenant Governor

The First Black Fighter Pilot

Meet the man fighting to save our country's rarest chickens

Between the Holy Land and the Motherland

Eat, pray, live: the Lagos megachurches building their very own cities

When Under Threat From Poaching, Elephants Change Their Travel Habits

The First Species to Have Every Individual’s Genome Sequenced

The Indian women eating with their families for the first time

Amid Hurricane Chaos, Domestic Abuse Victims Risk Being Overlooked

Irma spawns unusual storm surges on both Florida coasts

Hurricane Irma Blasts Into The Record Books With Lasting Intensity

'All We Are Really Living on Is Hope.' Hurricane Irma's Devastation Lingers in the Caribbean

After an earthquake and a hurricane — and Trump's failure to send condolences — Mexico rescinds offer of aid to U.S.

Scientists say damage to Florida’s coral reef has made the state more vulnerable to storm surges

Global Fingerprints of Sea Level Rise Revealed by Satellites

Congress Wants to Change the Americans With Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People With Disabilities

Barzani vows to press on with Kurdish referendum, defying Iraq parliament

The U.S. Thought It Was Rid Of Hookworm. Wrong

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.

Why Would Russia Try to Foment Protests in the U.S.?

ISIS' retreat accelerates, but reports of its demise are exaggerated

Brazil Launches Investigation into Alleged Massacre of ‘Uncontacted’ Indigenous Tribe

Reading Wednesday

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 21:21
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So, it has been nearly 5 months since I last did one of these.  This is necessarily incomplete because I didn't keep notes, and also because where I did keep notes (e.g. Daily Science Fiction stories), I have way too many to post all at once, so I'll dribble them out over the next weeks.

What I've read: poetry
I Speed Toward The Moon by Constance Hanstedt
At The Forestry Institute, Hanoi by Pepper Trail
Father Son Haiku by Kelvin River
Fallers by Alex Harper

What I've read: short stories
The Family Ghost by Jamie Lackey
Vervain, Grasshopper, Sun by Marissa Lingen
The Thing About Heisenball by Stewart C. Baker
Last Long Night by Lina Rather

While we were in Helsinki I noticed that Lois McMaster Bujold had another Penric novella out - and that it was in the middle of the existing novellas so she'd renumbered the series.  I enjoyed it very much, both for the plot in itself and for the additional worldbuilding about the shamanic and sorcerous magic systems. Then I reread my way through the entire series:
Penric's Demon
Penric and the Shaman
Penric's Fox
Penric's Mission
Mira's Last Dance


What I've read: long fiction
Bookburners: Season 1 by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty and Brian Francis Slattery.  If I'd read this as it was published weekly at Serial Box, I'd probably have listed each episode up in the short-fiction section.  Instead I read one collected ebook with all 16 episodes. A New York police officer ends up getting drawn into a secret society of magical book collectors operating out of the Vatican, and joins the team in hopes of helping her brother.  The overall arc plot gets resolved satisfyingly while leaving an opening for more, and I note that Series 3 is currently unfolding on Serial Box.

I finally read A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and found it pleasant enough but less amazing than some of the hype had led me to believe. It's a good found-family series of minor adventures (in fact, in that sense it reminds me quite a bit of Bookburners) and I'm glad I've read it and will happily read more by Becky Chambers.  But it didn't grab me in the way that e.g. Ancillary Justice or All Systems Red did.

Bewitching Benedict by C.E. Murphy came out last week. It's a historical-romance comedy of manners, which I really enjoyed, especially the grand farcical climax. I am hoping it does well so that the author feels like writing the books to pair off the rest of the eligible bachelors she's introduced here.

Listen to the Moon by Rose Lerner is another in her Lively St Lemeston series, this time focusing on a valet and a housemaid who have lost their jobs due to events in the previous books.  There's a good job for both of them in the local rectory, but the vicar insists he only wants a married couple in post. Luckily they fancy each other like mad; it takes them a bit longer to figure out how to solve some trickier conflicts.

What I'm reading next
Well, now my degree is done, anything I like!  Ahahaha. 

A Taste of Honey by Rose Lerner just came out and is waiting on my kindle, which is what prompted me to read Listen to the Moon first. From my long-neglected physical to-read pile, I've pulled out The Scientist in the Crib by Alison Gopnik and The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. 

WIP Wednesday - Week 37

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:16
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It's been awhile since I did a WIP Wednesday post last, so I have a TON of stuff to show you this time.

Let's start with my finished objects. Only two of those, so may as well get them out of the way right away.

First, the McGonagall Cardigan for Nina. I posted photos of this once before, but have since then managed to get modeled shots, which is always better :-) Fortunately, though a bit snug, it seems to fit Nina very well :-)


Miriam asked if I'd knit her some "Dragon Gloves" (long fingerless gloves), and after sending a few (okay, a lot) of photos back and forth (I love modern technology!) decided on some lovely soft and colourful yarn. I haven't seen her since finishing them, but hopefully they will fit well :-)

Now WIPs. Somehow I have managed to knit a bit on a TON of different projects. Partly because I'm indecisive, partly because I like switching between obligation knitting and free knitting ;-)

For my travel knitting I'm currently working on some DesertVista Dyeworks socks. I didn't really get the hype about this yarn until I tried it for myself. Oh. Wow! So soft to the touch and awesome colours! If it wasn't for shipping + vat being so prohibitively expensive I'd buy heaps more of this yarn! I've finished the first sock and am about half-way up the foot of the second one. Love it! (left sock in the photo below)

Decided to pick up some old neglected socks as well, and finally finished the first of my Dalarna socks (right sock in the photo above). After having knit with DVD for awhile, Opal comes across as oddly rough on the hands :-P But I know it will wear well, and love the colours :-)

I'm ALMOST done with my niebling socks!!! Just 2 more heels to go! Oh, and then weaving in a billion ends :-P I have come to the conclusion that I am NOT a fan of afterthought heels, and I like true afterthought heels (i.e. where you cut the yarn for the heel instead of putting in waste yarn) even less. First of all, too many ends to weave in! Secondly, I don't think they fit as well as gusset heels or even short-row heels. Ah well - lesson learned. Hopefully the nieblings will like them though :) Miriam saw one of them last she visited, "But I already have a pair of home socks." "Have you seen the cuff?" "OH!!!!!" :-D

After all the recent obligation knitting I was in the mood to crochet and have once again stolen one of my nieblings as the intended recipient. I'm almost done with the traveller's poncho for Nora. Tried it on Rosa to check for length and she promptly asked me to make her one too! ;-) Fortunately I have more yarn left over (just on a different colourway), so I'll get started on that as soon as I've finished this one. Just have to do a bit of maths, as I'm making the largest size for Nora, and it's still too small for Rosa.

This past weekend Lars and I went on a tour around Zealand to go bus spotting. Though getting rather bulky I really wanted to put in some squares on my Cozy Memories blanket, and figured that the only person I'd be inconveniencing was myself, so why not? Why not indeed, and over the course of the day, I managed to get a total of 9 new squares knit! It still has quite a ways to go yet, but after hardly having touched it at all all year, it was great to bring it out again :-)

And finally, I'm working on a true comfort knit. While in Edinburgh I visited Ginger Twist Studio and bought some of the SOFTEST yarn you can imagine. Ginger's Hand Dyed Splendor, a merino/silk blend that is just a delight to work with. I only got the one skein, so had to find a suitable shawlette for it and soon decided on the Hogwarts Express Shawl which I've wanted to knit for ages anyway, and which helpfully comes with percentages of yarn used before starting the boarder, so I can use up as much of this delicious yarn as at all possible :-) Unfortunately (?) it's very potato-chippy, and though I only cast on last Friday, I'm almost done already, having just added the beads last night.


Hope to have at least the niebling socks and the shawl finished by next week's post :-)

I like this one!

Saturday, 16 September 2017 23:17
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Autumn

By T. E. Hulme

A touch of cold in the Autumn night—
I walked abroad,
And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge
Like a red-faced farmer.
I did not stop to speak, but nodded,
And round about were the wistful stars
With white faces like town children.

pro se de magia

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 21:48
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Grand pentacle de Salomon

Tractatulum de magia nigra saeculi XVII (ad usum lusorum), quippe ab editore exhortatus sum, nunc scribo. Itaque me oportet saepe ad Bibliothecam Britannicam ire.

Die Martis primum bibliothecam invisi, ut libros III recentiores — anglice enim scriptos — adirem, e quibus unum* in toto perlegi, duos** partim, attamen de his permultos notavi commentarios, ex illo paucos. Locos nonnullos in pugillaribus plene exscripsi. Infeliciter libri hoc de saeculo magis veneficiam et veneficarum persecutionem quam magaim doctam tractant. Bibliograpia saepius mihi utilior quam scriptura ipsa.

Superstition and Magic in Early Modern Europe

Heu, librum quartum, De occulta philisophia Henrici Agrippae, rogaveram, sed non advenit.

Horas IV lectione egi, sola una cum mora perbrevi ad aquam bibendum ; caffeam magnam potentemque anteaquam adveni pro certo exhauseram. Immo vero, lectio, studium ipsius scientiae potentius quam caffeinum mentem exagitat, animum incitat, animam delectat. Ita heri reveni, et cras iterum reveniam.

* Witchcraft and Magic in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Europe Galfridi Scarre
**Superstition and Magic in Early Modern Europe: A Reader Helenae Parish editricis
The Transformations of Magic Francisci Klaasen, quem olim legi (ab amica mutuatus eram)

- - -

Libri II

Here libros duos* de necromantia (recenti, nec stricto, sensu) adivi. Titulis conspectis bibliothecaria, anilla aspera, acerbo vultu me despexit. Severe mihi libros dedit sed urbane ei gratias egi.

Liber Ritual Magic vere melior, attamen paucos eius locos intuitus sum. Liber alius minus placebat, sed, quod ad magiam renascentiae pertinet, a prima usque ad ultimam paginam sine mora hunc evolvi. Ficinum, ut olim dixi, vere non amo, et titulus libri me fraudavit ; non a Ficino ad Campanellam progreditur, immo cum Ficino, per Ficinum ab ovo ad mala. Ficinus est polus quem capita omnia ambiunt.

Etsi maior libri pars me non delectabat, adnotationes in imis paginis maxime utiles sunt et valde gratae, plerumque latinae, nonnumquam francogallicae seu italicae, aliquando germanicae seu graecae : loci ex operibus multorum scriptorum, Henrici Agrippae, Pici Mirandolensis, Iohannis Bodin, &c &c.

* Ritual Magic Elizabethae Butler
Spiritual and Demonic Magic: From Ficino to Campanella D.P. Walker

- - -

Et reveni, ut tandem ipsas ad fontes adirem.

Grimorium verum

Nam primus liber -- hoc verecunde dico -- non ex hac aetate vere ortus, immo vero in saeculo XVII vel XVIII compositus est. Titulos librorum magiae probrosorum in mente agitavi, et primum, quem non legi, in catalogo petii, istum Grimorium verum, cuius exemplar anno MMCCLXX a.u.c. Memphis ab Alibeck Aegyptio fingit se excusum esse, sed MMDLXX a.u.c., Lutetiae verisimiliter, impressum'st. Maxima grimorii pars francogallice scripta'st, sed nonnullae cantiones sunt latinae. Exempli gratia :


Quam latinitatem !
Besticitum consolatio veni ad me vertut Creon, Creon, Creon, cantor laudem omnipotentis et non commentur. Stat superior carta bient laudem omviestra principiem da montem et inimicos meos ô prostantis vobis et mihi dantesque passium fieri suicisibus.


O latinitatem ! Nihilominus iucundum lectu.

Ultima pagina evoluta, confestim secundum grimorium, Heptameron seu Elementa Magica (pseudo-)Petri Abani, animadverti. Codex, Leodii a.u.c. MMDXLI excusus, cunctum opus latinum cum redditione francogallica continet, et eo caput francogallice (solum) scriptum, copia cantionum variarum, adfingitur. Haec cantiones ignem et arma repellunt, fures reperiunt, doloribus cruciatus superant. Est quoque haec, quae infra legas, quam operationem -- si possim me iactare -- sine magia olim effeci :


Conjuration de magie noire
Pour faire décharger une Fille.
Ayez trois petites feves noires, places-en une entre chaque doigt de la main droite, poses-la ainsi sur votre chair à l'endroit du coeur, puis attirez les regards de la personne, & pour lors prononcez ce qui suit : Ego, Ago & super Ago & consummatum est.


Tractatu perlecto, tertius liber manebat. Confiteor tum me nescivisse, qualis sit liber. Multos abhinc dies retiali in catalogo eum eum casu inveneram, et in canistra (ut dicitur) posueram, exinde eius oblitus sum. Cum ei primum obviam ivissem, non eum rogavi. Immo vero, rogare non ausus sum, quod solum in exedra librorum rarorum legi potest, quo inire metuebam. Verebar enime ne cutodes me repellerent. Num academicus sum ? Num videor ut scholasticus decens ? Nonne indecoros libros peto ? Verumtamen, libros ex isto Private Case non quaero, qui ipsi non iam -- paene XXX annos -- inderdicti sunt, nisi propter fragilitatis. Et Mel me scienter monuit. Noli vereri, inquit, bibliothecarii illius exedrae sunt benigni ; hodie bibliotheca solum interdicta habet ut profanum vulgus absterreat.

Verum tamen dixi me tertii libri oblivisse. Dum novos libros petebam, etiam in canistra manebat, sed ei titulus tam longus ut non in scrinio scriberetur. Quidni ? mihimet aio. Duo grimoria iamiam eligi, quae in exedra librorum rarorum legi debent. Itaque librum fuditus mysteriosum quoque rogavi. Quidnam sit Z. et ejus 320 Oracula Chaldaica ? Hem, videamus.

Titulus operis verus, vel quem codicem in tegumento fert, est simpliciter Magia philosophica. Sed prima in pagina, secundum mores aetatis, longior titulus sic legitur :


Magia philosophica
Magia Philosophica
hoc est
Francisci Patricii summi philosophi
Zoroaster & eius 320. Oracula Chaldaica
Asclepii Dialogus, & Philosophia magna
Hermetis Trismegisti Poemander, Sermo Sacer, Clavis, Sermo ad filium, Sermo ad Asclepium, Minerva mundi & alia miscellanea
iam nunc primum ex Bibliotheca Ranzoviana e tenebris eruta & latine reddita.
Hamburgi, Anno 1593



Credo illa Oracula chaldaïca me pellexisse, quae numquam legeram. Satis mihi tempus vacuit ut ea, et exegesin de eis vitasque Zoroastris, ex operibus Porphyri, Procli, et neoplatonicorum aliorum extracta, perlegerem. Quondam velim revenire, ut reliqua capita cum Corpore Hermetico graeco comparem.

Sed illo die debui vinum romanum bibere.

Still no luck on the middle school front

Thursday, 14 September 2017 13:33

Election

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 20:28
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So yesterday was election day for the parliament in Norway. For the last four years we've had a right-wing coalition - which I haven't been very happy with. I haven't been particularly happy with the political campaign either. The media has been trying to dig up dirt on the candidates, not focusing on politics.

Anyway, the result was more or less as I expected it to be, namely more of the same. I am a bit amazed at some of my friends who clearly thought the opposition would win, mainly based on what they saw on their facebook-feed. Have they learnt nothing about echo-chambers? My facebook-feed is full of people with wrong opposing views, and I rather like it to be like that (even when they are wrong and annoying, because I need to be reminded that my views aren't the only ones (even though they are, of course the right ones).

So I was up late last night, watching the results coming in. The highlight was when the results for Bergen, my hometown never came in, because the boxes with the ballots were stuck in a traffic jam on their way to counting central. Hilarious!

What I am a bit worried about is that the election turnout for my district is very low, only 2400 of about 8400. This is without those who voted in beforehand, which was a rather high number. But still.

I'm paying for staying up late last night today, since I've been in bed with a blinding migraine for most of the day.

Movies 51-60

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 14:28
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SEVEN new movies in this bunch! Very unlike me!

#51 Hotel Transylvania 2, Aug 25th, 3/5
Definitely not as good as the first one. It had its moments, fell flat in several places - unfortunately.

#52 How to Train Your Dragon*, Aug 26th, 4/5
Fun movie that I enjoyed just as much the second time around :-)

#53 How to Train Your Dragon 2, Aug 26th, 2.5/5
Again not as good as the first one. I didn't care much for the plot, and found aspects of it rather unrealistic.

#54 Men in Black 3*, Aug 27th, 4.5/5
One of my favourite movies. I love how you just forget K isn't played by Tommy Lee Jones for most of the movie. Josh Brolin did it REALLY well.

#55 Ghost in the Shell, Sep 3rd, 2.5/5
Seemed most of all like a mix between Matrix and Blade Runner. I wasn't terribly impressed. Also, even without having seen the original, I understand the complaints about whitewashing.

#56 Olympus Has Fallen*, Sep 4th, 4/5
#57 London Has Fallen, Sep 4th, 4/5
B-Movies both of them, and totally unbelievable in places (but - unfortunately - really not in others), but for some strange reason, this type of movie is totally my jam and I really liked both of them.

#58 Spy, Sep 6th, 4/5
Really, really funny! I laughed out loud on several occasions - especially at the very first shot fired :-D Usually I'm not too fond of Melissa McCarthy as I think she tends to go overboard on the method acting, but it really worked here and I greatly enjoyed it.

#59 Cars 3, Sep 9th, 3/5
Not as good as the first one, but probably on par with the second one and the homage to Doc in the end put a lump in my throat.

#60 Sing, Sep 11th, 3.5/5
Really fun movie with lots of cool music. It didn't quite live up to my expectations (which - admittedly - were quite high), but came pretty close. I would have loved to see more music numbers though - thought the final selection extremely small compared to what I had expected.

First rehearsal, whee

Monday, 11 September 2017 23:11
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So I don't know if you remember my choir dilemna from a bit ago (teal deer version: a combination of "do I have energy for choir at all" and "this other group is doing some pretty awesome stuff and my usual group is kind of blah") but I ended up going with the other group, which is doing fun stuff -- Mozart Requiem in November (in collaboration with an unaffiliated orchestra), a December concert that's some sort of collaboration with handbells, a spring concert that includes the Rutter requiem and Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna.

It's going to take some adjusting to get used to the evening rehearsals; luckily it's once a week, but it's 7-9:30, which means I'm up well past my bedtime, as opposed to the 4-6 rehearsals I'm used to), but I like the feel of the group way better. It was fun to sing again, even if we *did* take the kyrie at like quarter speed and did some of the movements on "da" instead of words. (I am very aware of the fact that I have done the Requiem multiple times, so have plenty of familiarity, and even if it were the first time I'm a damn good sightreader, but that not everyone is me, and not everyone has seen it before, and so I can be patient ... at least for a bit, lol)

I feel vaguely guilty not doing my usual chorus -- I suspect it's going to be low numbers, and it's quite possibly the conductor's last year, though he's been "close to retirement" for at least three or four years. But I don't have energy to do both, and the choir I'm not doing this year hasn't really been feeling fun lately, just more of an obligation. And I wasn't getting paid enough for that. The Chorale director is better about realizing that we're there to have fun -- by singing, yes, but the other director would sometimes get upset at the choir for not being professional level, and that kind of isn't fun to endure. (Not that the upset wasn't justified -- there were times that we'd be going over really basic stuff in the week before performance -- but it was a bit demoralizing.)

Anyway. Yay for being back singing -- and fucking yay for it being fun again.

(no subject)

Monday, 11 September 2017 22:54
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Note to self:

Trying an app does not commit you to continuing with that app.

Really. Even if the app gives bonuses for daily activity.

The world will not end if you stop doing the crossword apps (you know, the ones that you find at best mildly annoying and at worst frustrating). Nor do you have less moral value for "giving up". And while crosswords are supposedly good for your brain, so are other things; it's less that crosswords are magic bullets, and more that using your brain is good. So is sleeping, and reading, and other things you could be doing with the extra time.

If you don't find a game actually *fun*, it's okay to stop doing it. I promise.

With love,
Me

#

(Note to future self: if crossword apps turn out to be super duper important after all, I apologize for stopping. -you know who)

And DONE

Monday, 11 September 2017 19:22
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I took my exam this afternoon, and unless I completely failed to understand the requirements, I should have passed comfortably.  So now it's all over bar the marking and formal graduation. 

Apart from the specific course content, I have learned:
  • I love to learn new things when I actually sit down and do so
  • I default to deadline-driven when it comes to other people's deadlines
  • but I can manage to do 'a little bit most days' and I'm happier when I manage that
  • blocking out specific times to get a little bit done most days works a bit more than 50% of the time
  • given the choice between producing 'good-enough' and 'truly excellent' work with 25% more effort ... I will do good-enough work and spend the 25% extra on something else
I have ceremonially deleted my recurring daily 'study' reminder.

Now for all the things I have been neglecting for the last few years, especially this last year ...

de puchritudine

Monday, 11 September 2017 10:14
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Thermopolium, quo caffeam matutinam bibere soleo, nuper inane videbatur, quod tabernariae II amicissimae abierunt (hoc videlicet illius carminis croatii de Mila, tabernaria amissa, a Ðura Jakšić scripti me commonefacit). Sunt enim novi tabernarii tabernariaeque, sed mane non iam idem. Non tam garrulae, non tam benignae, non tam... at narrem.

Mane quodam monstratrices vestium a discipulis modae (si licet verbo italico uti) advocatae collegium obsidebant. Manus earum ascensorem praestabantur (nempe scalas spernant), languide per exedras vagabantur, in foro prope fontem stomachose fumabant. Ut solent.

Tabernaria Annabelle, ipsa collegii discipula, sed scriptionis theatralis, mecum monstatrices irridebat.

— Quondam, inquit, earum me miseruit, donec die quodam duae inibi caffeam adeptae sunt. « Pone, ait una, lac adipatum in caffea amicae meae, ut pinguis fiat et ego eius laborem mihimet nansciscar !» Sicut iocum vere, sed quoque serio dixerat.

Deinde ego dixi eas non omnes malae. Et histoiam de amica breviter narravi, quae olim monstatrix fuit sed pasci malebat, quae lingam thaïcam sese docuit, quae ferias pelicularum condidit.

— Hem, inquit, quam facilis est vita hominibus pulchris.

Surrisi, sed tacui. Quippe notio confestim in mente orta'st : Nonne tibimet sic vita facilis ?

Non autem fas est tabernariae talia fari.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 23:21
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Slovak Village Prospers in Partnership With Roma Residents It Once Shunned (Sorta partnership.)

Trolls Hijack White-Power Sites to Discuss Color Swatches

So much for that Voynich manuscript “solution” (Not surprised. Personally, I'd be astounded if it boils down to be Latin.)

Yakhchāls: Ancient structures used to make and preserve ice in the deserts of Persia.

Taxi Medallions, Once a Safe Investment, Now Drag Owners Into Debt

12 Amateur Spies Paved the Way to War Against the Nazis

The Dream Of North Korea Is Alive In West Africa

They were the first black boys to integrate the South’s elite prep schools. They drove themselves to excel in an unfamiliar environment. But at what cost?

Programs meant to encourage women in STEM may be backfiring — because it’s not women who need to change

Who’s Allowed to Hold Hands?

School Lunches are Too Short. And That’s a Problem

'Plagiarists never do it once': meet the sleuth tracking down the poetry cheats

A Delta flight successfully makes the NYC-San Juan-NYC run in the teeth of Hurricane Irma. (They flew in between the outer arm and the inner storm. They were on the ground less than an hour, including boarding and taxiing. This is some damn good flying here.)

However... With A Hurricane Approaching Florida, Airline Algorithms Show No Sympathy

A tale of two Irmas: rich Miami ready for tumult as poor Miami waits and hopes

Car-centric Houston struggles after loss of countless autos

I downloaded an app. And suddenly, was part of the Cajun Navy. (Content warning, thanks to [personal profile] siderea: volunteer emergency dispatcher winds up helplessly overhearing a lot of death)

Texas Prisoners Are Facing Horrid Conditions After Hurricane Harvey & Retaliation for Reporting Them

Forget Wall Street – Silicon Valley is the new political power in Washington

How Falluja can't forget

Mother Of 9 Goes Door-To-Door As Part Of Yemen's Anti-Cholera Brigade

This Group Has Successfully Converted White Supremacists Using Compassion. Trump Defunded It.

Myanmar accused of laying mines after refugee injuries

Mexico earthquake: Rescue efforts continue as death toll rises

Electronics

Sunday, 10 September 2017 23:09
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It appears I'm developing an electronics itch that I need to scratch in a few ways.

Now here's the thing: I've spent decades tinkering with software, including some that's quite low level. I've played a cameo rôle a couple of times in semiconductor design. I know my way around a circuit diagram.

But I'm painfully aware that to create a PCB, you need to know how to scatter lots of capacitative confetti. You need to create Gerbers. You need to tie a squillion and one wires to one another and not screw up. I've never done these things.

So. I have some questions...

Are free PCB design packages any good, or do I have to spend silly money on the professional stuff? In particular, is DesignSpark PCB any good? A few online reviews say it is, and it looks promising, but I'd rather not sink time into experimenting with it if there's something better.

Has anyone played with the Bitscope Micro as a cheap and cheerful oscilloscope and logic analyser? I'm fully aware it would suck for stuff running at modern speeds, but it looks like it'd be OK for retrocomputing, messing around with Raspberry Pi hats, etc.

Exactly how doomed am I if I want to get an SOIC soldered to a board? There are videos suggesting it's far from impossible, some even making it look easy, but at the very least I'd need a much finer tip for my soldering iron and some thinner solder. Alternatively, does anyone know of a specialist around Cambridge that would do prototyping quantities for sensible money? (In the first instance dropping some SO20 onto breakout boards so I can experiment a little.

FPGAs. Which brand? Altera? Xilinx? Lattice? Someone else? Right now, I'm looking at an Altera MAX 10, simply because it seems to have the right combination of price, package size, IO, gates, flash and RAM. Is this madness?

Is the optimisation in VHDL synthesis for FPGAs as mature as that in software compilers? To pick an example, if I design a block that has various outputs and then don't use one of them, will it prune away any logic only needed for that output?

How resilient are 3.3V parts in the face of signals from old 5V 8-bit micros. The MAX 10 specifies an absolute maximum (won't break; might not work; degrades life expectancy) DC input voltage of 4.12V and a recommended maximum DC input voltage of 3.6V . To me, that says I have to put transceivers between it and 5V logic, but at least one person (you know who you are) has said signal voltages are lower than Vcc in practice and it'll be fine. If true, that would save me a huge amount of hassle and expense, but I'm sceptical.

Suppose I want to measure the voltage and current on a 5V supply using a 3.3V ADC. Am I being naïve, or would this circuit do the job?


(The supply voltage would be twice the ADC1IN2 measurement; supply current would be 2×(ADC1IN2-ADC1IN1)×0.1 . With 12-bit ADCs, this would give a resolution of 16mA. The circuit would consume 1.2mW. It would be possible to mess about with comparators, but they'd cost more, and this is a nice-to-have toy because the FPGA has free ADCs, not the main point of the exercise.)

Can someone recommend a cheaper and/or more efficient 5V to 3.3V step-down converter than the Intel EP5388QI? Ideally, it share the Intel part's virtue of not needing a huge count of ancillary components. In my dreams, it would provide a current-sense output as a freebie.


More generally, it feels like — especially around Cambridge — there ought to be some Makespace equivalent for electronics, with a reflow oven and nice 'scopes and a few thousand cheap, standard components. It feels like there ought to be a community for where I could mess about with this kind of thing and stand a chance of having someone be able to see instantly why I just let the magic smoke out (again).

It doesn't look like there is, though. Any suggestions?

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