While I am moaning...

Aug. 18th, 2017 11:05 pm
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.. my earphones seem to be broken on return from BiCon: there's a problem just before the socket end that doesn't look to be fixable without the sort of soldering I can't do and which would cost more than their replacement cost to have done.

Given that they're seven years old - they were the set that came with the HTC Desire I bought after BiCon 2010! - I perhaps shouldn't complain too much. The average life expectancy for a pair of L's is a lot closer to seven weeks, rather than seven years, but that means she's worked through all my spares.

The main reason for moaning is that the 'foam cover, held in by the shape of your ear' type have become a lot harder to find thanks to the rise of the 'silicone mushroom, in your ear canal' type.

Which I really don't like.

When Amazon had a very good price on them, I got a pair of SoundMAGIC ES18 ones back in 2014. While the sound is good, every time something taps on the cables, you can feel it in a way that you can't with the proper :) sort. I don't like the feel or the increased noise isolation. They're also harder to protect because, as I'm sure many people know thanks to the sort of other things that gets BiCon sessions of their own, once silicone is torn, you can't repair it.

So I'm currently looking at the Sennheiser MX 375. I've had another pair of Sennheiser earphones that weren't nearly as comfortable as others, but I can't remember which they were - L broke them.

Any other suggestions?

"Warding gestures*

Aug. 18th, 2017 02:48 pm
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My body: A tiny bit of post-nasal drip leading to slight throat soreness, probably just allerg—


My body: —look, forget i said anything, okay?

I refuse to get sick. REFUSE. R E F U S E. J has had a horrid cough for a week and is on antibiotics and prednisone (when they prescribe prednisone to the guy with insomnia, you know it's bad), X is wrapping up a course of antibiotics for a throat infection, and J had to do that for his own throat infection last month. So far I've been fighting off all the respiratory bugs Kit brings home from daycare, but I don't take my ability to do that for granted. And I can't take most antibiotics without serious mood effects because apparently I depend on my gut flora for emotional management, so I have to be extremely diligent about my preventive care.

I'm going to go have spicy curry for lunch and drink some ginger honey tea. Fuck off, germs.

Cabbage News Network Week #30

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:31 am
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Not news, but relevant: 2015 FBI report about links between white supremacists and local law enforcement.

Saturday 8/12
  • DJT fails to condemn violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, many GOP leaders unequivocal in condemning rally and some call out DJT for failing to do so (source).

Monday 8/14
  • Sessions labels white supremacist rally in Charlottesville as domestic terrorism and promises DOJ investigation (source).
  • Merck CEO resigns from DJT advisory council over DJT's refusal to condemn white supremacists, DJT promptly mocks him on twitter. (source).
  • DJT reluctantly condemns white supremacists (source, on his reluctance).
  • Mueller investigation including Trump SoHo project - possible money laundering scheme and related cover-up (source).
  • Update on DJT judicial appointments (source).
  • DoJ wants IP addresses of everyone that ever visited DJT protest site (source).
  • California suing DoJ over sanctuary city funding (source).

Tuesday 8/15
  • Three more CEO's leave DJT's advisory council (source).
  • DJT clarifies that in condemning Nazis he didn't mean to condemn the good Nazis, oh and protesting Nazis is bad too. (source).
  • DJT to roll-back FEMA regulation about not funding infrastructure projects that will be underwater in a few years. (source).
  • CBO report on how stopping health care subsidy payments would raise premiums (full report).

Wednesday 8/16
  • U.K., German, and Israeli leaders condemn DJT (source).
  • DJT ends immigration program for minors from Central America (source).
  • NAFTA negotiations begin (source).

Thursday 8/17
  • DJT defends Confederate statues (source).
  • DJT disbands two advisory councils (source).
  • Bannon gives bizarre interview (source).
  • Military leaders issue statements denouncing racism (source).
  • GOP rank and file remain silent on DJT's response to Charlottesville (source).
  • DJT's infrastructure advisory council disbands (source).
  • White House won't release visitor logs (source).
  • Murdoch condemns DJT (source).

Friday 8/18
  • Presidential arts commission resigns (source).

Elsewhere in the world
  • ISIL terrorist attack in Spain (source).

Legislative action this week - Congress in recess

Maps of the week

From the SPLC report on Confederate monuments:

An interactive map on where the Confederate monuments are.

"Have I told you lately"

Aug. 17th, 2017 08:38 pm
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It's my late night at the office. I videocalled home to say goodnight to the baby. They were tired, so after a while they waved bye-bye. I said "Okay, Kit, bye-bye! I love you!" and signed love you.

And they signed love back.

Me: [tears]
X: [tears]
Kit: [earnestly signing love at the camera]

My baby told me they love me. I'll just be here in a little melted puddle forever.
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Currently reading Freedom and Necessity, and enjoying it, as expected. One thing I hadn't expected: the print feels tiny. Unsure if this is just a natural result of Getting Old or if it's actually small. There doesn't appear to have been an ebook release, which makes me a little sad.

Gonna be a busy fall, bookwise. Just preordered new books from Kat Howard, Ann Leckie, eBear, and Steve Brust. Need to get on with that Great Big Dragarea Reread prior to late October. At least the eBear won't demand my immediate attention: reading Book One Of A Trilogy is a mistake I try to avoid making when the author is known to write bound book-fragments.

I biked for an hour and a half yesterday, going to a small get-together that may be the kind of thing I'm looking for. Mostly, a good ride, if overly sweaty, and tough going uphill. There's an exhilaration in a steep downhill, though, and a long gentle decline makes for a pleasant coast.

It occurred to me last week that my hip problem likely isn't just from wallet-induced sciatica. It's also possibly a result of babying my right ankle (and hence leg) for several months after I twisted it pretty sharply (CW: depiction of trauma, neither graphic nor permanent). So there's that.

Erin pointed out awhile ago that I do a lot of railing against the Confederacy (sometimes on FB, sometimes in person). I grew up hating everything about the South: the weather, the people, the history, the culture. I've mellowed on that a lot in the last decade or so, but Treason In Defence Of Slavery still gets me wound up. I think it's that it's a reminder of everything I hated about the South. Or maybe just that it's a part of my upbringing that's still acceptable to hate.

And in actual significant news, I've lost a friend over the breakup. One that I know of, I mean. I'd hoped for some compassion and understanding but it was not to be. I'm sad, and a little surprised, but only a little: she's prickly, far more invested in Emily's emotional state, and I suspect skeptical of the whole poly thing anyhow. (A conclusion I draw from sentences like "Since November I've watched you break up with Emily in slow motion.") Losing friends I care about doesn't get any easier. Especially not when they've been good friends and sources of support in the past. Oh well. She's not quite burned the bridge, I guess. She's poured gasoline on the bridge, offered me a book of matches, and walked away. Best I can do is not actually light the fire and be here if and when she changes her mind.

Overall? Still flailing around, still trying to sort out what I want my life to look like and how to make it look like that.
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On Saturday 12th, I loaded the car and set course for Leeds, as I'd volunteered to do a DJ set for BiCon 2017. Arrival, loadout, help set up the venue, shower, change, back down in time for the ball (with thanks for Fred for feeding me, as I'd missed a step in my plans!), enjoy sets by Katy and Lucy of DJ Frabjous, and then onto the decks. The venue was, to say the least, quite warm. OK, it was baking up there on the stage, and I was dripping by about half an hour into my set. Although that may also have had something to do with the stage being large enough to dance properly behind the decks.

The ball's theme was 'A Beach Ball', resulting in some varied decorations (and some remote-controlled helium fish), and some inspired costumes (which included the first time I'd seen a beach hut waltz to 'The Impossible Dream').

With the planned end of my set coming up, the organiser re-arranged the schedule so I could keep going for another half hour. And then the bar staff announced that they'd be open for longer than we'd thought they would be, and I could add another half hour (which explains the slight false stop and the sudden grab for any CD to keep things going).

So, what did I play for two, no, two-and-a-half, no, three hours? (Some of the tracks were drawn from, or in other cases, vaguely influenced by, the extensive crowd-sourced Spotify request list that attendees had added to in advance - although quite a few of those might have got played anyway. Others were entirely my fault.)

2200-0100 )

And thank you to the dancefloor, for trusting their DJ, and keeping going to tracks they'd probably not encountered before, like Heartsrevolution or Ferocious Dog.
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I've been using Firefox as my primary browser from before it was called that, so rapidly approaching fifteen years.

The two things that have kept me using it rather than a Chromium-based browser are:

a) It can cope with having many hundreds of tabs open. Unlike Chromium-based ones, opening a new tab does not lead to creating a whole new instance of the code and so greatly increasing the memory footprint.

b) The add-ons library, some of which - like Tab Mix Plus - are essential for having hundreds of tabs open.

Most other browsers have add-ons, so you can run the essential uBlock Origin* in them, but they're still way way behind in terms of the size of the Firefox library.

And Mozilla are about to piss that advantage away by, from v57 due in November, not loading the large majority of them any more. All add-ons will have to use a relatively new API. This will make it easier to port them between browsers, but while I know that Mozilla don't care about being #1 in browser usage, this is ensuring that more people will move away.

For example, I do not like the layout that Firefox moved to a few years ago. It's less efficient in terms of screen space and speed, and while there are some people who think it looks a bit prettier, I don't want my browser distracting from the content.

I am not the only one who thinks this way and, fortunately, one of them wrote an addon to use the classic layout (or twiddle in about a hundred ways with it). You could probably do the same by playing with about:config, but this makes it easy. And it's not down as having been ported to the new API.

There is at least one browser that is based on the free Firefox source and isn't going to do this, but relying on a browser with a very small developer base is.. risky, both in terms of getting caught by a security issue because of a delay in patching, and in having it still maintained long-term.


* The ad blocker of choice ever since AdBlock Plus sold out.

Worldcon Recs

Aug. 17th, 2017 02:28 pm
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Mirrored from Juliet Kemp.

Here is a list of the recs I picked up from various panels I attended at Worldcon. (These are likely not complete, but they’re the ones that I wrote down.)

In Defense of the Unlikeable Heroine:

  • We Who Are About To – Joanna Russ

Non-Binary Representation In Fiction:

  • Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction – ed K M Szpara (anthology)

  • The Black Tides of Heaven / The Red Threads of Fortune – JY Yang (forthcoming in Sept)

  • Provenance – Ann Leckie (forthcoming, but read some on her website)

  • Jacob’s Ladder – Elizabeth Bear

  • River of Teeth – Sarah Gailey

  • Pantomime – Laura Lam

  • Killing Gravity – Corey J White

  • Interactive fiction Craft phone games (Choice of Deathless/City’s Thirst) – Max Gladstone (you can play an nb character)

  • “Masculinity is an Anxiety Disorder” (essay) – David J Schwartz

  • Rose Lemberg

  • Foz Meadows

  • A Merc Rustad

Beyond the Dystopia

(This one should be complete as I moderated the panel and made a point of writing them down to tweet afterwards.)

  • Two Faces of Tomorrow – James P Hogan

  • Culture series – Iain M Banks

  • Dragonlance

  • Too Like the Lightning and Seven Surrenders – Ada Palmer

  • The Postman – David Brin

  • A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and A Closed And Common Orbit – Becky Chambers

  • Hospital Station – James White

  • Malhutan Chronicles – Tom D Wright (panelist)

  • Orbital Cloud – Taiyo Fuji (panelist)

  • The Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison

Older Women in Genre Fiction:

  • All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye – Christopher Brookmyre

  • Blood Songs series – Anthony Ryan

  • Remnant Population – Elizabeth Moon

  • Barbara Hambly

Also, Catherine Lundoff keeps a bibliography of books with older women protagonists.

Colonialism and the Space Opera:

  • Praxis – John Williams

Moving Beyond Orientalism in SFF:

  • Black Wolves – Kate Elliot

  • Vixen and The Waves – Hoa Pham

  • Isabelle Yap

  • Ken Liu

  • Stephanie Lai

  • Zen Cho

(Plus one from Nine Worlds in which the MC has Borderline Personality Disorder: Borderline – Mishell Baker)

Insomnia Post

Aug. 16th, 2017 03:18 am
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I really wish i were better at typing on my phone because i can't sleep but i don't want to get a laptop while I'm in bed.

Anyone have local ghost stories?

Aug. 15th, 2017 04:23 pm
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Hey neighbors! I'm in an R&D phase of a podcast I'm working on and am currently collecting stories of people's odd experiences with "ghosts". I approach this topic with a healthy amount of skepticism, but find it fascinating that many people have had unexplained encounters!

If you think you may have had a run-in with a ghosts around town, I would love to hear about it. Feel free to PM me.

Example of a local legend : around the Powder House tower there have been reports of mysterious blue lights and what sounds like a man yelling for his daughter to stop necking with a neighboring farmer (but I've never spoken to anyone who has experienced this personally, just rumors I've seen online).

Thank you!

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UPDATE: This event is a no-go! Many thousands of people expressed interest in counter-protesting, most of the speakers cancelled, and Mayor Walsh released a statement that the event was not welcome here.

I expect there will still be a rally against Nazis and white supremacist terrorism that day, and also there are related things like a "teach-in" (presumably about direct action and safer protesting) referenced in links in comments.


Some of the same groups that fomented white supremacist hatred and terror in Charlottesville today will be in Boston next Saturday.


tiskets and taskets

Aug. 14th, 2017 05:49 pm
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The guy at MEC (Canadian for "REI") suggested a specific brand of bike basket (Wald), one that bolted onto the front fork in addition to hanging from the handlebars, so it had more support and didn't interfere with the cables.

I ordered one from Amazon last week and it arrived today.

I rode home awkwardly clutching the box with one hand because I had nowhere on the bike to carry it, which seems ironic.

Looks like it'll require specialised tools to attach, though, since my front wheel is 'quick release.' Also since I have basically no tools at this point in time. Guess I'm taking it into MEC on Friday. Maybe they can fix the shifter indicator that they broke a couple of weeks ago when it was in for a tuneup.

I /like/ having a bike. Very curious to see if I continue to like it when it gets cold and/or wet.

bright the hawk's flight

Aug. 14th, 2017 01:10 pm
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Tattoo photo (warning: fb), taken on Friday shortly after the autostick-saran-wrap came off. The background isn't finished and the whole wants another going-over, but it's there.

I'm reasonably happy with it. I'd been thinking of the background as much more line-art sketched-in, but I like the detail work. And I'm exceptionally pleased with how the hawk came out.

It doesn't yet feel like a part of me. Probably gonna take awhile for that to settle in.
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From the city: https://twitter.com/SomervilleCity/status/897160515134377984

Join us for the Our Ville Stands with Your Ville: Charlottesville Vigil this Wed., 6pm, in Davis Square. More info: http://ow.ly/a3Y030eoWdK

6pm Wednesday, August 16 2017, Davis Square statue plaza
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BiCon meme

Aug. 13th, 2017 09:19 am
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Sessions run: One, the Bi Photo Casebooks one.

Sort of - it was on the programme at 9:30 on Saturday, and a combination of the timeslot and the other things in it meant there ended up being two of us... which wasn't really enough. So we left a note and I went late to my second choice.

(I'd still like to do some, but it'll involve doing what other people do and ripping off The Sun's images to use with new words. That'd involve accepting that their range of representation of people though.)

Sessions attended: Seven. Regenerating momentum for anti-racist work; Continuity almost-AGM; Stonewall - what happened; Pre-DMP; Social life blogging; Bi oral history project; UK Bi Pride; Sex toys.

Oh, that's eight. Nine if you include the one I tried to do. Ten if you include the DMP itself, which I don't.

Sleep achieved: Enough. Each night. Despite being on the noisy side of the accommodation (i.e. facing the entrance) and the 'why were the council not overthrown when they allowed it' 24 hour flights.

Having said that, I was definitely yawning on the drive back.

People snogged: None.

People I did Rude Things with: None.

People I would have liked to do more sex-type things with but didn't: 'Would have happily done sex-type things with if they had asked', almost everyone as usual.

I am really amused that only one person noticed something / felt able to ask.

The two people who have been easily on top of the 'would have liked..' list both know and aren't interested, so aren't on it any more. Very good non-sexual time spent with both of them.

Hugs achieved: I don't see it as a.. contest? which is what 'achievement makes it feel like. Some.

Songs danced to: None

Parties attended: For some of us, the whole thing is a party. Party parties, none. I would have gone to the cheese one had I not been helping someone else with something at the time.

Games played: Skulls & Roses, Dixit (lost badly each time), Sushi Go (leading coming into the last round, last at the end of it), Jaipur (narrow loss).

Strange food and drinks consumed when offered to me: I liked the bakes in the craft space.

Number of children I was responsible for: .. at BiCon, none. I helped made sure one toddler didn't escape the very nice pizza place I went to on Saturday.

Food eaten: One of the most sensible things I did was bring the ingredients for gazpacho, make a bowl of it on Thursday evening, and eat it throughout. Liquid! Veg! Some carb! Veg!

People I meant to talk to, or meant to talk to more, but didn't: One in particular, but there is never enough time to spend as much as I want with everyone I want to.

Things I didn't bring, but should have: Toothbrush and paste. I also missed the implications of 'no toiletries' in the what was provided by the venue list and didn't pack any soap etc.

It's a bit weird that the venue throw away a huge number of barely used toilet rolls in order to give everyone a new one, but don't do soap...

Pages of book(s) brought that were read: None. I wasn't really expecting to, but I did bring one.

Alcohol consumed: None.

Other recreational drugs taken: None.

Times I fell over: None.

Injuries sustained: A scrapped knuckle on something.

Perseids spotted: None, grrr.

People spotted in the train station on Sunday afternoon: Came by car.

Best non-Bicon thing about the weekend: The only non-BiCon thing I did was go for two bits of food, once for a takeaway for five which also meant I could also get things like a toothbrush etc that I had forgotten to pack plus some breakfast yogurt from a Co-op that happened to be opposite, and the aforesaid pizza.

Volunteering done (can be anything even small thing like picking up litter or buying organisers a drink): Plenty.

"Free" Speech rally next Saturday

Aug. 12th, 2017 07:51 pm
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Saturday appears to be sunny with a high chance of Nazis. Many more counter-protesters than "free speech" advocates, though. You may be searched for weapons if you go (I am relieved to learn).


UPDATE: This event is a no-go! Many thousands of people expressed interest in counter-protesting, most of the speakers cancelled, and Mayor Walsh released a statement that the event was not welcome here.

I expect there will still be a rally against Nazis and white supremacist terrorism that day, and also there are related things like a "teach-in" (presumably about direct action and safer protesting) referenced in links in comments.


Some of the same groups that fomented white supremacist hatred and terror in Charlottesville today will be in Boston next Saturday.


(I'll be counter-demonstrating at noon, myself. Possibly with a sign saying either "Proud Race Traitor" or "Go back home to 1945" unless I determine it's more likely to get me killed.)

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Aug. 12th, 2017 05:32 pm
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