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User: [personal profile] marahmarie
Date: 2019-04-21 02:01
Security: Public
Tags:comestibles, experiential: holidays: easter
Subject: Oh, that's right...Easter dinner will be...

A teeny-tiny hunk of spiral ham left over from...possibly New Year's, though I can't remember if that's when we last ate it or not. I'd cut it in half after I bought it, then froze the other half. It was a small ham to begin with, so this stretched it to the max.

No one's a huge jumping-up-and-down HAM! YAY! enthusiast here, anyhow.

My only near-regret was after OP almost managed to invite a third person for Easter dinner (a friend of mine from the neighborhood whom he'd just met who has church activities all day tomorrow so declined), in which case there wouldn't have been enough to go around so I would've had to hit the store for more ham and/or some other traditional thing, entirely. Close call.

He bought a head of cabbage so someone will cook that up into something, I guess, and I don't know if grocery stores are open tomorrow but we're out of potatoes, but have enough rice (and enough varieties thereof) to feed the neighborhood (don't tell the neighborhood, as there's not enough ham and cabbage to go around) so it'll work out - in fact, I made baked beans to go with my liver and onions tonight, and really liked them, so maybe I'll just reheat those for the starch.

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princessofgeeks
User: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
Date: 2019-04-20 21:32
Security: Public
Subject: fyi

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Impossible Things
User: [personal profile] sixbeforelunch
Date: 2019-04-20 18:43
Security: Public
Tags:fic, fic: het, fic: star trek
Subject: Fic: Matronym [ST:TNG, Riker/Troi, T]

Matronym (1152 words) by sixbeforelunch
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: William Riker/Deanna Troi
Characters: William Riker, Deanna Troi
Additional Tags: Fluff, Pillow Talk, Fluff Bingo Quarter 2
Summary: A sleepy, lazy morning off.

Notes: For [community profile] fluffbingo, Prompt: Storm

As a reminder, I am treating [community profile] fluffbingo as a low-pressure writing challenge for myself, which means I'm posting un-betaed and not obsessing over details as much as I usually would. You are free to offer (ideally kindly worded) con-crit if you are so inclined.

Read on DW )

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kaberett
User: [personal profile] kaberett
Date: 2019-04-20 22:41
Security: Public
Tags:how do your gardens grow
Subject: [growth]

Apparently I haven't posted any photos of the allotment since last August, whoops.

Four photographs. )



I'm really pleased with how it's coming along? This is the very first plot you see when you enter the site, which fact I am occasionally a little daunted by, but I am making progress and I sincerely hope sorting the raised beds out will facilitate a bunch more.

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filkferengi posting in A filk community
User: [community profile] filk (posted by [personal profile] filkferengi)
Date: 2019-04-20 15:49
Security: Public
Music:Mikey Mason--The Best Game Ever
Mood:jubilant jubilant
Tags:best purchase ever, score!, squee!
Subject: _Goblin Emperor_ on sale!

The acclaimed _Goblin Emperor_ is on sale for 1.99! The link below includes lots & lots of sites & formats.

https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781429946407

This book is so good, I read it twice in the same year. Compelling world-building, & one of the kindest main characters ever. *insert incoherent, euphoric squee-ing here*

Well, that takes care of reading matter for my next flight.

*heads off to share the love*

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kaberett
User: [personal profile] kaberett
Date: 2019-04-19 23:49
Security: Public
Tags:computer :-(
Subject: I have a laptop back!

To my disgust this hard drive came with Windows Vista installed, where the previous one had Windows 7; I'm getting an e-mailed receipt tomorrow and might grumble at them. In the meantime, this evening has mostly consisted of getting a usable Debian install set up (because for bonus points, I ended up overwriting my install media on Tuesday before the drive death because that was the convenient USB stick I had on me).

Doubtless I will complain endlessly about sharks, including sharks I'd previously solved but not bothered making a note of.

Other things this evening included: takeaway dinner from Roti King with A, in the vicinity of Granary Square, followed by ice cream, because the shop I got this laptop from in the first place was on Tottenham Court Road, so by the time we'd got there sitting by the canal eating dinner while the sun went down seemed like an excellent idea.

... but for right now probably I should just do some Duolingo quickly and then head to bed...

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kareila posting in Changelog Digest
User: [community profile] changelog_digest (posted by [personal profile] kareila)
Date: 2019-04-19 15:08
Security: Public
Subject: Changelog Digest for Fri, Apr 19

[dw-free]

cbd35b8: Issue #2378: properly anchor header navlinks in Tectonic
Tweak CSS in Tectonic layout to prevent wandering navlinks.
096eefc: Issue #2376: more "Other Sites" upkeep: remove Delicious
Remove Delicious from 'Other Services' on profile. (RIP)
95c112e: Issue #2356: remove Yahoo Messenger from user profiles
Remove Yahoo Messenger from 'Other Services' on profile. (RIP)
6f8e3b2: Issue #2391: Don't stripped meta tag when 'use layout stylesheet' is unchecked
Don't remove the mobile viewport when unchecking 'use layout stylesheet' in settings.
f97ee3d: Issue #2412: checkconfig.pl: don't re-invent version comparison
Use built-in version parser to compare module versions in checkconfig.pl.

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User: [syndicated profile] xkcd_feed
Date: 2019-04-19 04:00
Security: Public
Subject: Email Settings

What are all these less-than signs? What's an HREF? Look, we know you live in a fancy futuristic tech world, but not all of us have upgraded to the latest from Sun Microsystems.

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Impossible Things
User: [personal profile] sixbeforelunch
Date: 2019-04-18 21:33
Security: Public
Tags:recs, recs: star trek, writing
Subject: (no subject)

1. . I wrote the next [community profile] fluffbingo story. I ditched the sickfic I was working on earlier entirely and went in a totally new direction. I'm going to sit on it for a day or two before I post, but right now at least, I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. Just two stories more to get a complete line. I might actually win this one.

2. I'm not saying I'm definitely going to do this, but if I were looking to commission some fanart, would anyone know of any good, reliable artists who take commissions? I'm a fan of a lot of different styles, but anime/manga style has never been to my taste, and I prefer realistic to cartoony.

3. Two Riker/Troi recs:

A Love That Won't Sit Still (3974 words) by cosmic_llin
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: William Riker/Deanna Troi
Characters: Deanna Troi, William Riker, Lwaxana Troi
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Getting Together, Break Up
Summary: Back on Betazed for post-graduate study, Deanna needs a distraction from the pressure she's under. Lieutenant Riker might be it.

Rec'ers note: Utterly perfect origin story for Riker/Troi.

It was so rare that she showed her whole self to anyone. To her mother she was a child still, and an entirely Betazoid child at that. She'd never quite fit with any of her mother’s family, or with her Betazoid friends, or with her friends and lovers at the academy. She’d always held herself a little apart.

With Will she fit. From that first evening when he had helped her study while a party happened around them, he had wanted to know every part of her, he had welcomed it all. She loved herself more when she was with him.


Just...yes. That's exactly how I see them. *happy sigh*

A Knight and Her Courtier (377 words) by Merfilly
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: William Riker/Deanna Troi
Characters: William Riker, Deanna Troi
Additional Tags: Holodecks/Holosuites
Summary: Knight-time on the holodeck...

Rec'ers note: Written based on my prompt so I can't be totally unbiased here, but Troi telling Riker to go be pretty for her makes me grin every time.

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you can't be twenty on sugar mountain
User: [personal profile] kianan
Date: 2019-04-18 17:25
Security: Public
Location:Laredo, TX
Tags:music to better understand my life
Subject: forgive the children we once were.

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rathany posting in Dreamwidth Community Promotion
User: [site community profile] dw_community_promo (posted by [personal profile] rathany)
Date: 2019-04-18 10:57
Security: Public
Tags:fandom_book, fandom_general, fandom_tv
Subject: New Community: Urban Fantasy


[community profile] urbanfantasy: For lovers of Urban Fantasy

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primum non nocere sans documentum
User: [personal profile] delight
Date: 2019-04-18 09:53
Security: Public
Subject: (no subject)

Coughing blood today, hooray!

I'll be leaving work early then.

I owe so many people PMs and replies, and I'm sorry. RPG folks, you're on the top of my list -- I only JUST saw a PM from [personal profile] ursula so I'm sorry to you too! -- and that one should actually happen, you know, today. People who need more info about shipping books, I will likely get that tomorrow AM, sorry for being the worst.

This has not happened since I started plaquenil, so it is probably time for a dose increase, oh boy. Er, that or it's an actual exterior infection, but I'm so used to "respiratory = autoimmune" that I wouldn't ever bet on it.

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User: [syndicated profile] dinosaur_comics_feed
Date: 2019-04-19 00:00
Security: Public
Subject: girl are you a member of the alien invading race of thetacron sevenites because you are WAY up in my

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April 19th, 2019: Girl are you a cartoonist because you're great and have no flaws and that's all I have to say. I have no further comment on you or your appearance.

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kaberett
User: [personal profile] kaberett
Date: 2019-04-17 20:59
Security: Public
Tags:gratitude
Subject: mixed bags with silver linings

  • On Tuesday evening, my laptop ran out of battery, put itself to sleep, and lost its hard drive. I have successfully (1) not panicked much, (2) got on with my life or at least the mass spec, (3) got A to help me do some simple diagnostics, (4) taken it back to the place I got it less than a year ago and got them to order replacement parts because alas they couldn't sell me something on the spot so I could just go home and spend this evening sorting myself back out, which means that (5) I had the opportunity to dig out the 12-month repair warranty and set it to one side to take with me when I go to pick the thing back up, meaning that this Ought To Be Free.
  • On Monday, we had [personal profile] alexwlchan around. I got some of the spinach-and-butternut-squash-and-roast-garlic-and-ricotta pasta out of the freezer, portioned out the amount we were going to want to eat for dinner, and then absent-mindedly put the remainder back into... the fridge, not the freezer. Which means that dinner tonight -- I got in a little before eight -- is that pasta, along with the leftover tomato-and-mascarpone-sauce, only I'm the only one eating it tonight so it now also contains a slightly obnoxious quantity of chilli, plus bonus nutmeg.
  • The non-existence of buses between Green Park and South Ken due to the Extinction Rebellion protest (which, yes, is very worthy, but this means there is no reasonable accessible route for me to get into work and I had machine time booked and I'm just quite augh about the ways in which this specifically fucks over disabled people massively disproportionately to the effect on people using public transport who don't need level access) led to me getting up ridiculously early this morning and then pushing from Green Park to lab via Hyde Park. This involved two pairs of Egyptian geese with three spotty little balls of fluff each. (Also there were some Loudly Beeping Moorhens, and a lot of yell birds in general.)

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brainwane
User: [personal profile] brainwane
Date: 2019-04-17 12:41
Security: Public
Tags:economics
Subject: Zambia and economics

Several years ago I got to visit my sister in Lusaka, Zambia.

I saw how it can work when utility companies work on a prepayment basis (as in, you have to top up your account before usage, much as you would top up a pay-as-you-go mobile phone plan). I found out about how one frequently irons one's clothes, or has them ironed, after washing, not just for aesthetic reasons, but to kill parasites. I learned that Zambia has a four-corners water border with three other countries. And I learned that the indigenous name for Victoria Falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya or Mosi-O-Tunya, which translates as "the smoke that thunders", inspiring the name of a beer. (If you visit during the bit of the dry season when the waterfall roars less impressively, enterprising locals will happily photograph you in front of the green-painted wall they've set up, digitally place your smiling family in front of a suitably watery background, and charge you for prints. They also have props available in case you want to, say, wear a headdress, hold a carved stick, etc., in the photo, and I feel mixed about this, as you might imagine.) I meant to write up more of what I observed (I tweeted about a concert I attended but that's about it), then didn't get around to it, sadly.

At the time, India was my default comparator; I noticed how bits of things -- the climate, the physical infrastructure, the history museum, intangibles -- were like, or not like, things I'd experienced in India. I hope someday I get to visit more, different places in Africa so I can get a better understanding of it as its own context.

Just now I reread an old Daniel Davies post about Zambia (he was born there; I think his father did some kind of job there for a while), which he wrote in 2008 but which -- as I see the toll extractive capitalism is taking on my industry and my country -- strikes close to home.

...relevant to natural resource curse. What the continent of Africa is full of, is chancers and get-rich-quick merchants. The natural resources industry is of course famous for such characters, and the trait that they share with vulture financiers is that they vastly prefer to substitute risk tolerance, sharp elbows and an eye for the main chance for graft and creativity. People like this are useful and even necessary in small doses, but (as any history of your favourite frontier and colonisation narrative will tell you), in large numbers they're pestilential; a walking, talking infestation of the same kind of behaviour that's the staple of the resource curse literature.

There's a post forthcoming ... on psychological obstacles to development but I think this is the big one; not the lack of a work ethic, but the perversion of the work ethic in a large proportion of the domestic and expatriate business class, who think that success isn't something you build; it's something you find...

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User: [syndicated profile] xkcd_feed
Date: 2019-04-17 04:00
Security: Public
Subject: Wanna See the Code?

And because if you just leave it there, it's going to start contaminating things downstream even if no one touches it directly.

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User: [syndicated profile] dinosaur_comics_feed
Date: 2019-04-17 00:00
Security: Public
Subject: t-rex's "one day there was an x" saga continues

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April 17th, 2019: All great literature ends with "THE END" but then maybe continues with "...or is it?"; you heard it here first.

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echan
User: [personal profile] echan
Date: 2019-04-16 19:06
Security: Public
Subject: (no subject)

I have such mixed feelings about this pycon vid. When I originally proposed it, I envisioned it as a *vid*eo with moving images but it's a slideshow. That was quite a demoralizing realization. There's so little footage of people demonstrating code in a visual way, and most everything I have found is not suitable for taking two second excerpts from.

It'll be a fine vid once I can manage to finish it. It has a plot and a solid structure. Four of six sections are drafted, and I have a plan for the remaining two. I think the ending will work well as an ending. I'm very aware that the audience will likely have zero vid watching experience, so I plan to expand the fake Slack thread to reoccur throughout the vid to provide some in-your-face context (and eat up time).

I'm fooling around with matplotlib to make intentionally terrible graphs, because dragging my heels by searching the net hasn't turned up anything that will read well without context. I'm also faking some text reports, since that's easier than writing new code to generate actual data.

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brainwane
User: [personal profile] brainwane
Date: 2019-04-16 09:59
Security: Public
Subject: PyCon NA, !!Con and WisCon 2019

May is my big conference month this year. cut for one photo + length )



.... I need to order business card refills.

(Edited a few hours later to add: crossposted to Cogito, Ergo Sumana.)

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MM Writes
User: [personal profile] marahmarie
Date: 2019-04-16 04:51
Security: Public
Tags:linkcatcher, politibitch
Subject: Finally found a good use for the moon base!

Marketers intentionally enrage social conservatives to promote brands

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