October 20th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] wpadmirer at 11:31am on 20/10/2017
It caused my boxing lesson to be cancelled. Other than that, it just annoyed me that it got so much attention. The Governor declared a state of emergency and there were 500 State Troopers in town. Apparently the counter protest was bigger and louder than the Nazis - and the armed police stood between them at all points.

Personally, I would have preferred that they showed up and no one paid any attention. They had their little moment in the O'Dome and there was no one there. No press, no officers, no counter-protesters.

Because that's the amount of attention they deserve.

The fact that there were counter-protesters and officers is why the media showed up. They wanted to see if there'd be a bloody conflict they could show on tv and write about.


In other news, I worked a 9 hour day yesterday because there was so much to be done and I was constantly interrupted to solve other problems, AND we had the USDA closing. The closing went smoothly. I had prepared all the paperwork and it was perfect. I looked like a shining star. Plus, I understood things the USDA rep was explaining better than my boss did, and there was a board member and our attorney there to witness it. My boss is great at many things, but she is really bad at understanding financial intricacies. She completely misunderstood one instruction we were being given. I asked to explain it, and was allowed, and when I did, she got it and the USDA rep said I understood it perfectly.

Gold star to me.

Pat and I watched the Dodgers beat the Cubs. Hopefully tonight we'll watch the Yankees beat the Astros. That would be very, very nice.

Until then, we're taking it easy and making it a day of relaxation. Pat rides 100 miles tomorrow, so it will really help him if we have a very easy day.
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The Friday post of glee is where you get to tell us about your climbing-related happiness this week.

It can be a new achievement or adventure, or just that you climbed and had fun; it can be that your favourite climbing wall is expanding or that you bought new rock shoes or that you found a cool ice-climbing vid on YouTube. No glee is too small -- or too big. Members are encouraged to cheer each other on and share the squee.

N.B. Please feel free to post your glee on any day of the week; the Friday glee is just to get the ball rolling.

To enhance this week's glee: Matty Hong in Spain.
October 19th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] hooloovoo_42 at 08:43pm on 19/10/2017
Life has been busy for the last couple of weeks.  Pa had to move out of his previous flat.  The initial plan was to move him over the weekend of 8/9 Oct, but we couldn't get the new phone line installed until 17 Oct, so it was all delayed a week.  Everything was successfully  completed last weekend and we managed to cull some of the crap Pa has rounded up in the last 2.5 years.  He still had far more than enough crap that had to be moved.  Now we're sorting out changing all the stuff like council tax and TV licence to the new address.

My house is still an utter tip due to all the stuff coming here from Pa's house.  I'm having a weekend at home to try and get at least some of it organised.

I went to the flicks for the first time since War for the Planet of the Apes this week and saw both The Ninjago movie and Victoria and Abdul.  V&A is an excellent movie with a lot of humour in it.  Ninjago was OK, but not nearly as good as the previous Lego movies.  I still have the new Kingsman movie to see and then there's Paddington 2, Thor: Ragnorok and Murder on the Orient Express coming out soon.

Ma isn't well at the moment.  She's having intermittent acute back pain which is causing her enough trouble that she can't get in the car, sit still or get in and out of bed when it's bad.  After not much by way of actual caring by the GPs, the local district nurse told them she needed attention.  She's been referred to a physio, who doesn't know what's up and has referred her for an MRI at an as yet to be determined time.  Until then, they've just increased the painkillers and she's pretty much housebound and not able to do any of the activities or exercise sessions she normally goes to.

In other news, a whole bunch of my neighbours are selling up.  Two of the three houses houses across the side road are for sale plus one round the corner.  Mrs Across the Back died while I was away and her house has just gone on the market.  But, more importantly, Mrs End of the Block is hoping to move in the next month.  She's got itchy feet and has been looking over the summer for somewhere to move to in Dav.  She's found a house in the centre of town and if all the surveys go to plan, she'll be buying it.  If she does move, I'll miss popping round for a cuppa and having a helping hand for odd jobs.  I can always go round at lunchtime or after work, as she's only up the road from the office, but it's not the same.  At least I'm getting to know the new Next Doors better, so I shall have someone to hold my spare key.

Work continues.  I've got written 2 audit reports in the last 2 weeks and have another one almost complete.  After that, there's Business Continuity, Council Tax and possibly a high spend procurement project audit to do.  

TV wise, I'm enjoying Tin Star and rewatching assorted Stargate series.  

But most of all I just want sleep.  I'm going to bed earlier and actually slept through pretty much without waking up on Monday night.  A few more like that might help.
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posted by [personal profile] wpadmirer at 07:25am on 19/10/2017
I woke up slowly and then laid in bed talking with Pat before we got up.

I quickly did my e-mail things and then we went to the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) for breakfast. We had a very leisurely breakfast, which got me full of good food for climbing!

We got to Jacksonville about 11:30 (the gym opens at 11), and I climbed for two and a half hours. I worked some routes that I hadn't tried before. I climbed several routes that I had climbed before.

The 5.8 route I'd been working was not up because they were setting up for a big bouldering competition. So there were tons of route setters in the gym. In fact, I ran into a friend from Gainesville who used to set at GRG who was setting! We had a lovely time catching up. It was really good to see him. He always set the best routes at GRG.

When we got back to Gainesville we quickly cleaned up and headed for Brandy and Christina's house. Christina had made a lovely dinner for us, and had made me cherry pie for my birthday!

When I was a kid I would always ask my mother for cherry pie for my birthday, and she would refuse saying you couldn't put candles on a pie. So she'd make strawberry cake. Not my favorite, but I wasn't given a choice. I told Christina that story one time, and she surprised me with cherry pie instead of cake! It was fabulous! (Plus I came home with two more pieces, one for Pat and one for me!) Our friends Joe and Gay were there as well.

I received many happy birthday messages, and some lovely gifts. But most of all, it was a day filled with happiness and love.

I could not have had a more perfect birthday.
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October 18th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] jack at 09:37pm on 18/10/2017 under , , ,
Spoilers )
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posted by [personal profile] jack at 01:34pm on 18/10/2017 under
OK, so I actually read "Wrinkle in Time" (and book #2 but not any more). I think I'd had the impression that I'd read it at some point and forgotten, but now I think I never read it at all, it's really really different to anything I remember reading.

It's very good at what it does.

It's very shivery when they realise how far the horrible grey mist on the universe has spread.

It sets up a very convincing backdrop of angels and other beings fighting against badness with human help, in ways where this is how the universe works, and what people stumble upon is the same stuff that scientists like the childrens' parents are just starting to discover.

The characters of the children (well, mostly Meg and precious Charles Wallace at this point) are very good.

I stumbled on the narrative convention of mentor figures swooping in and saying "hey children, only you can do this, you need to go through this set of trials, when this happens, do this, you don't need to know about X, good luck". Like, that's a common narrative convention that works very well: you just don't question too hard the mentor figures have some special insight into how quests turn out. It's especially useful in childrens books because you can explain what needs to happen directly to the main character and reader. (Think of all the stories of stumbling onto the first person you meet in a secondary world who says, you need to do X, Y and Z.) But eventually you read too many books where it doesn't work like that that you start to question. Even if you don't ask if they might be lying, you wonder, could they really not spare twenty minutes to summarise the biggest risks and how to avoid them? How do they know what's going to happen? If this is all preordained, they why are they providing even this much help, and if not, and the fate of the world hangs on it, can they really not provide any more help?

This is partly me having been spoiled for some simple narrative conventions by being exposed to too many variants, and possibly (?) me not understanding theology well enough (I'm not sure how much this is something that is supposed to actually happen for real, and how mcuh it's just a book thing?) It doesn't always fail me, this is basically how Gandalf acts all the way through LOTR "OK, now we're going to do this because, um, fate" and I'm happy to accept it all at face value, even when other people quibble, but in some books it bothers me.
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posted by [personal profile] wpadmirer at 08:46am on 18/10/2017
I'm leaving to go climbing.

Tonight I'm having cherry pie for my birthday! (Instead of cake!)

It's going to be a good day.
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posted by [personal profile] sparrowsion at 12:04pm on 18/10/2017
Compare and contrast:
  1. Captains Gabriel Lorca and Matthew Gideon: "obstinate, difficult, independent, not prone to following orders from home, not politically astute...but he'll get the job done" (quote via Wikipedia).
  2. Michael Burnham and John Matheson: not trusted by all of their crewmates.
  3. "Discovery" and "Excalibur": experimental ships running on a blend of technologies.
  4. The tension between conflict and exploration: the intended rôles for the ships and how we see them, and the series in question considered against its progenitor.
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October 17th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] ceb in [community profile] qec at 11:27pm on 17/10/2017
* washing
* visited I&J&J&A & A&N
* necklace info from A
* made a necklace
* book cataloguing
* designed test box lid and base
* printed test box lid and base
* ordered drugs
* picked up drugs
* bits of tidying
* ocado order
* film fest faff
* started canon review
* started fic plan
* boxed up present for I

Worldcon stuff
* talked to E
* div mtg
* talked to T
* talked to V
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posted by [personal profile] jorallan at 09:08pm on 17/10/2017 under , ,
If you're not involved in the ZX Spectrum emulation scene, feel free to skip this post. In fact, it's probably best if you do. For avoidance of doubt, this views in this post are purely my personal views and are not intended to reflect the views of the Fuse team in any way.

Just about anyone who's been around the ZX Spectrum emulation scene in the past 18 months or so is probably aware of the ongoing saga of the Vega+ and its failure to be released. One of the allegations which has been made is that the emulator involved in the original Vega (not Plus) was in fact a rip-off of Fuse, and not the work of Chris Smith. This is frankly, complete rubbish, and I've told Retro Computers that in the past. While it's pretty easy for those of us who enjoy digging into t-state timings to spot the differences, there's actually one very easy way to tell: as part of Fuse's development, the team have developed a utility called "fusetest" which digs into a few dark corners of the ZX Spectrum's behaviour. The primary use of this tool is as a regression test to make sure that we haven't broken anything before doing a new release, but it can serve a secondary purpose of spotting differences between one emulator and another.

And what happens if you run fusetest on the Vega? Yep, you guessed it, it displays significantly different behaviour from Fuse - in particular, it fails the "floating bus" test in both 48K and 128K modes, and the "High port contention 2" test in 128K mode. You can see all this in this short video I made with my Vega.

Let's hope this puts to bed any further repetitions of this allegation.

Oh, and anyone playing silly buggers in the comments, either here or on YouTube, will discover that I can play quite well too.

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posted by [personal profile] wpadmirer at 07:40am on 17/10/2017
I spent the day putting out metaphorical fires. Not only that, I had two new employees start, and Windstream fucked up repairing two dead phone lines for the fourth time. (sigh)

If we had any other option for internet, we would SO take it. But Windstream is it. We discovered we had two dead phone lines on 9/19. I reported them. Windstream went out to look at them and announced the equipment was under water so they couldn't do anything. They didn't go back to check for two weeks, and when they did they closed the ticket because the equipment was "still under water."

Okay, so you know it's not fixed, but you close the ticket.


So then they open another ticket and I ask them to busy out the lines so that calls in would rollover to the open lines.

They do that.

Two weeks later I call and say we still have two dead lines, and the busy out is just a patch. We need the two lines fixed.

The discontinue the busy out and leave the two dead lines.

So I call again yesterday and yes, they indeed closed the ticket again when they discontinued the busy over - and the lines are still dead and now the rollover is once again putting people on the dead line - so to the caller the line rings and rings and rings and no one answers.

(bangs head on desk)

That was just one of the things I dealt with yesterday.

You would think, though, that a technician would realize that the lines STILL BEING DEAD is the problem. But no. Apparently that's too complicated for them to comprehend.

Today is payroll. Yes, I need the money, but damn, payroll is a pain in my ass.

But I do have boxing this afternoon. I get to go punch things so that will make me happy.
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posted by [personal profile] baratron at 08:15am on 17/10/2017 under , , ,
Our plumbing is being evil, for the fifth or sixth time since we moved into this house in 2004. When our house was built, it didn't have an internal bathroom. There are remains of an outhouse in our back garden. So the bathroom was, at some point, retrofitted and its plumbing has never worked quite right.

It's been showing signs of distress for a few days now, doing that thing it does of not draining properly. We flush the toilet or run water in the sink, and the bath goes GLUG GLUG GLUG. Not good. However, yesterday when I flushed the toilet, some of the er, effluent ended up in the bath. Which is about as delightful as it sounds.

Richard did a full day at work then stayed up quite literally all night clearing the downpipe with a high pressure hose, and only went to bed at 7.30 am. He is my hero! The poor bugger couldn't eat anything until 6.30 am because he was too nauseated, and I have left Emergency Laundry running overnight else he wouldn't have any trousers to wear to work (and it's too cold to go in shorts).

The problem is not completely fixed since although the downpipe is now cleared, water running through it is not reaching the sewer. As the problem occurs on our property, Thames Water won't help, so we will have to find a professional and (probably) claim on our insurance. Does anyone have the faintest idea how to do this? I mean, regarding claiming on the insurance, we probably just have to find the policy document and ring the insurers with the policy number and details of the work which needs to be done. But where on earth do we find a good professional plumber who handles drains and sewers? Do we ask the insurance company to recommend someone?

To add further complication, our back garden will probably have to be dug up, and it is currently a jungle. I'm hoping my parents might be available in the next few days to get it cleared, although that involves Dealing With My Parents.
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October 16th, 2017
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Hello, sweet swappers! As promised, SWAPS ARE HERE. SWAPS ARE SWAPPENING.

If you are new to swaps, or to Yuletide, and curious about what the heck I'm talking about, our brand-new 2017 FAQ is here! If you are old to swaps, read on!


Questions? Comments? First check out the FAQ, and then, if that doesn’t sort you, feel free to comment either here or there, or email us at yuleswaps at gmail!

<3 K
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posted by [personal profile] liv at 08:16pm on 16/10/2017 under ,
Sexual violence against women and girls is endemic. There's an absolute mountain of evidence that this is the case, from the experiences of my friends to any number of posts on social media to rigorous studies. A big part of the reason I decided to identify as a feminist is because women are routinely denied bodily autonomy and feminism seems to be the only political movement that cares about this.

links and personal observations about sexual violence against women )

I absolutely believe everybody else's experiences, people I know and strangers writing brave, brave columns and blog posts. I am just a total outlier, and I really shouldn't be. So I'm signal boosting others' accounts, because I know that I needed to be made aware of the scale of the problem, and perhaps some other people reading this could also use the information.
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More bits of my poem "The Ghost in the Crown":

And I showed them the script
That I held in my hand.
“I call this play Catching­-The­-Mouse.

I'll fish for the king
With a play for a net.
I said, "With my net
I can catch him, I bet.
I bet, with my net,
I can catch the king yet."


"My head needs a pillow!
Your lap, to be blunt,
Is soft, and to hand,
And it’s pretty vacant."


So I went to her room.
But I passed, on the way,
A room where my uncle
Was kneeling to pray.
This must be the moment
To cut off his head!
But as I crept closer
I heard what he said:
“I murdered my brother!
I freely admit!
Dear God, please forgive me.
I’m rather a git.”
And I couldn’t kill him.
My blow was prevented.
For if he should die
Now he’s prayed and repented,
He’d go up to heaven;
That’s all very well,
But doesn’t seem fair
When my father’s in hell.
So I went on my way
As he muttered amen,
I hope that he’s sinned
When I see him again.


"And here is the head
Of a person historic!"
He gave me a skull.
And alas! It was Yorick!
I looked at the bones
And I thought as I sighed,
How he kissed me, and gave me
A piggy­back ride.
And now he’s a skull
And he’s silent and scary!
Now what has become
Of your dancing so airy?
The songs that you sang?
And the jokes that you said?
Now all that you have
Are the bones of your head?


The Lady Ophelia
Of whom you were fond.
She climbed up a willow
And fell in a pond.
And most of her talk
At the times she was verbal
Was straight from the pages
Of Culpeper’s Herbal!


I'm quiet, and I'm dead,
And I’m tired of my quest.
I’m glad of the silence.
I needed a rest.
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posted by [personal profile] ghoti_mhic_uait at 01:39pm on 16/10/2017 under
Finished a languishing application for an audio transcription job. Not sure whether I'll get it or not, but at least it's done now. Applied (successfully) for a website testing job. Both of these are self-employed, no guarantees that I'd get actual work from them but worth a try. Boggled at the adverts for 'work from home' jobs many of which are prison officers.


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