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brainwane
User: [personal profile] brainwane
Date: 2019-02-23 07:23
Security: Public
Tags:!!con, books, fic, movies, music, programming
Subject: What stories about programming don't get represented?

I wrote a blog post -- "Tropes, and Missing Stories, in Art about Programming" -- about the stories we tell & don't, and what I'd love to see and hear at The Art of Python and at !!Con.

You have 5 more days to propose to The Art of Python & till March 3rd for !!Con!

[I keep remembering stuff I didn't add in that writeup (I wanted to just hit Post instead of dawdling endlessly), like Vienna Teng's "Aims" album, the bit in "Amends, or, Truth and Reconciliation" about the magical war crimes database, Vernor Vinge and Neal Stephenson and and and. Feel free to add a comment to this issue asking for prior art you've loved!]

Completely separately, I wish to signal-boost an excellent idea for a card game, from the dreams of [personal profile] alias_sqbr!

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2019-02-22 22:12
Security: Public
Tags:fic: miraculous ladybug
Subject: I wrote fluff and now I feel better

pumpkin spice and everything nice (versus isovaleric acid) (981 words) by AlexSeanchai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir/Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug
Characters: Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir
Additional Tags: Based on a Tumblr Post, Kwami Swap, Stormy Weather 2 Is Not Canon
Summary:

Ladybug doesn't believe Chat Noir's gym-socks-and-buttered-popcorn aroma is the result of Plagg's Camembert obsession. And she knows she smells sweet, but she also knows she lives, uh, near a bakery; it's nothing to do with Tikki at all.

...Well, it's probably going to be a strategic benefit if they know how to handle each other's powers, right?

The next morning at school, now...

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kaberett
User: [personal profile] kaberett
Date: 2019-02-22 22:00
Security: Public
Subject: ego depletion/decision fatigue/executive dysfunction

okay so -- ego depletion is, broadly, the idea that self-control is a finite resource and if you do a thing that takes a lot of self-control you will have less of it left for subsequent tasks within [time-frame]; a recent-ish replication study found that it's not actually an effect that... exists.

what I am curious about, and lacking (ha) the focus etc to track down for myself, is: how does this conception of self-control interact with issues of decision fatigue and executive dysfunction? is self-control being formulated as meaningfully distinct from decision-making?

thank you in advance for indulging my idle curiosity <3

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primum non nocere sans documentum
User: [personal profile] delight
Date: 2019-02-22 12:02
Security: Public
Subject: Away for a week

I will not be responding to anything or reading my list or anything except checking/possibly responding to [community profile] hexarchate_rpg and any emails that I have time to respond to because tomorrow morning I'm departing for Miami and from there to a cruise! Our internet is 250 minutes for the entire 8 days, so because there are three of us to the room, I get about ten minutes a day.

This is not my first. I have kind of become a cruise addict and only cost and limited vacation time is preventing me from doing this a lot. I miss my dog already, but he's at training camp this time so he's going to have a fun time. He is already there, I dropped him off this morning and he kinda pulled back when they tried to take him in to see his kennel and I had to try not to cry, but I know Instinct Dog are very good people because they've already done good work with him. I just miss my dog. :( He is not big on new places though so he would have H A T E D a cruise. Maybe when he's a bit older we can re-address that.

Anyway, people are going to ask -- someone always does -- so here's where we're going:

Roatan, Honduras (Maya Key Islands)
Harvest Caye, Belize (No plans yet)
Costa Maya, Mexico (Chacchoben ruins tour)
Cozumel, Mexico (Chankanaab park)

Plus two days at sea.

My travel card for my DSLR still has pictures from my last cruise, which was in 2017, because I cannot find my mini USB cable to remove them. So it'll just be Cruise Card. And someday I'll get those pictures onto a computer, when I have a hard drive that has room. (It's 500+ RAW files, and I can't figure out how to get it to dump directly to an external HD.)

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firecat (attention machine in need of calibration)
User: [personal profile] firecat
Date: 2019-02-22 01:02
Security: Public
Subject: De gustibus disputandum est

"DEATH TO MINIMALISM" by Nathan J. Robinson in Current Affairs.

This article proposes "Minimalism is the aesthetic language of gentrification." I like the overall points the article is making—that clutter has character, and that minimalism everywhere would be dull, and that there's an increasing trend toward minimalism and sameness, which isn't good.

But, at the risk of revealing that I have the soul of a gentrifier, I have such different reactions to some of the rooms and buildings that the article is calling out as examples of deadly minimalism. Take this before-and-after photo of an Oakland Victorian, originally from a tweet by SF Gate, which likes the new version better. Robinson likes the old version better. I agree that the old version has more personality, and I'm sad that they tore it down. The new version, though, doesn't look like a corpse to me, but like a canvas ready to be personalized.

Robinson contrasts some "boring-ass" windows on the side of a gray building with the inside of the Nasir-ol-molk ("Pink") Mosque. Leaving aside that these are hardly similar things, I don't think the gray windows are boring-ass. They come in several different shapes and are positioned in different configurations, and some of them have green frames. Compared to what's on the outside of most skyscrapers it's quite varied. I would love to spend hours looking at the mosque and its windows, but I wouldn't want to live there. I would get overwhelmed.

Then we are presented with four bathrooms. (Three of the images are links.) The author complains that one of them is all white and there's no door on the walk-in shower. I agree that the shower would be better with a door. He likes the other three bathrooms better because they have flowers and clawfoot tubs and "Who doesn't like flowers?" I see them like this: 1 accessible bathroom, which has a wall that could be painted if you felt like it. 3 bathrooms with clawfoot tubs where, the minute I tried to get out of the tub on the slippery floor, I would break my neck.

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firecat (attention machine in need of calibration)
User: [personal profile] firecat
Date: 2019-02-22 01:01
Security: Public
Subject: Firecat can't resist a book list

 reedsy.com/discovery/blog/best-sci-fi-books: the 100 best sci-fi books of all time

 

I have no idea who wrote this or what their criteria were. reedsy seems to be involved in helping authors hook up with editors and designers and might eventually head toward being a publishing house. But Nisi Shawl says it's a good list, writing "the list starts out fairly male and white and then there comes a flowering of color and gender diversity." It contains some interesting bits of trivia.

Read more... )

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2019-02-21 17:08
Security: Public
Subject: (no subject)

Progress on writing "stake everything", 5:10p, an hour after I opened a draft intending to make story words happen: ~1/4–1/3 of the living/dining area is vacuumed. I fall down nao.

(Okay part of my problem is "stake everything" is going to be very lead balloonish if I don't convey Adrien's emotions with at least as much clarity and finesse as I did in "this is a gift", but I'm not entirely sure I know how I did that!)

Progress 6:10p: more of this carpet is vacuumed than not

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princessofgeeks
User: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
Date: 2019-02-21 18:06
Security: Public
Subject: today in internet weirdness

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kaberett
User: [personal profile] kaberett
Date: 2019-02-21 23:13
Security: Public
Tags:my least favourite hobbies: embodiment
Subject: [movement] quick note

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Ninety Degrees (90d) 🌻
User: [personal profile] ninetydegrees
Date: 2019-02-21 19:25
Security: Public
Tags:ramblings, tech
Subject: (no subject)

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MM Writes
User: [personal profile] marahmarie
Date: 2019-02-21 04:46
Security: Public
Mood:the news, it burns my britches
Tags:linkcatcher, politibitch
Subject: Take that, Mr. "I didn't need to do this"

Pelosi asks Congress to terminate the false national emergency which Trumpelstiltskin didn't need to "do", by his own admission.

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MM Writes
User: [personal profile] marahmarie
Date: 2019-02-21 03:50
Security: Public
Location:tell me which universe this makes sense in?
Tags:linkcatcher
Subject: Jussie Smollett needs better lawyers

In an article with the slightly infuriating lede on MSN.com of how JS "hits back", his lawyers are quoted as saying (emphasis my own):

“One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video[...] “It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.”

So wait. His lawyers are saying 1) this person (who's already been taken in and questioned along with an alleged accomplice - his brother; ultimately neither was charged) couldn't possibly have done it because uh, he knows JS. So through his lawyers JS has basically communicated, "Nah, not this guy, he didn't do it." Which is fine and well - but then, what about the first part of the lawyer's statement?

[...] Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with[...] “He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack.”

You can't have it both ways: First the lawyers say these are the alleged perpetrators and because they're known to him, this is so angering, then they say, "Oh, but no way one of them could be involved because he knows JS (though they just said they *both* know him, so!) and no way this one'd make up a false story on JS making up this story, either."

Huh, what? If I was a good listener, which I may or may not be, I might come to the conclusion that what his lawyers are trying to say is: "We think the police got the wrong guys, especially because this one guy is this great dude who was working with him on his new music video, so Jussie doesn't think this could possibly be them". So why couldn't they just say that, then?

The names of the brothers have been out as suspects for I don't know how long now - days? A week? So why couldn't JS speak up sooner to say, "I don't think this was them" if that's how he really feels/what he really thinks?

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2019-02-20 22:21
Security: Public
Tags:fic: miraculous ladybug
Subject: Yeeeeah nobody likes this idea. But at this point Adrien only cares whether it will work.

CN serious injury, self-injury, blood. Might also choose not to click if you're unnerved by vampires.

seriously )



ETA: I did math and no.

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2019-02-20 21:39
Security: Public
Subject: So how DOES one turn off autocorrect on this keyboard? Android, preinstalled.

Dear tablet autocarrot, if you persist in turning my "in"s into "I"s—and yes I fucking saw you; turning all my "with"s to "will"s does not help your case—then I will have you fucking executed.

ETA: solved!

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2019-02-20 21:27
Security: Public
Tags:fic: miraculous ladybug
Subject: this story has a happy ending, even though for now this Romeo ain't got Julie yet

"Style Queen" shows us what happens when Plagg uses his power without routing it through Adrien. I don't doubt that Plagg was trying to keep a lid on the damage; he succeeded less well than in "Catalyst", but, you know, unlike in "Catalyst", in "Style Queen" Adrien was plausibly dead. But honestly that makes it worse, knowing that an upset kwami is a more dangerous kwami.

Tikki and Plagg are equal partners. Equally powerful.

(Plagg is canonically responsible for the Chicxulub impact. You know, the K-Pg boundary. The end of the Cretaceous.)

I remain of the opinion that of the pair, the Cat Miraculous is more likely to be misused. Cataclysm has more predictable effects than Lucky Charm.

But [personal profile] silveradept says—I'm not sure I agree, but for purposes of this fic I'm happy to roll with it—the Ladybug Miraculous gone rogue is the scarier.

What would happen if a pretty upset Tikki used her power without routing it through Marinette?

...

Yes, this relates to [personal profile] opensummer's WIP meme thread.

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primum non nocere sans documentum
User: [personal profile] delight
Date: 2019-02-20 15:43
Security: Public
Mood:ow
Tags:five-lettered project, the peacekeeper's art, trips & travels
Subject: Art & other things

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2019-02-20 12:13
Security: Public
Tags:fic: miraculous ladybug
Subject: hit me again! still probably only Miraculous Ladybug

Drop one of these bad boys in a comment and I will respond, without editing:

  • FIRST — the first two sentences of my current project
  • LAST — the most recently written two sentences of my current project
  • NEXT — the next line. meaning i will finish the sentence I’m on and write a new one, which you’ll get.
  • [insert prompt here] — you post a prompt, and i’ll write three sentences based on that prompt, set in the same time/setting as my current project
  • THE END — i’ll make up an ending, or post the ending if i’ve written it
  • BEFORE THE BEGINNING — three sentences (or more) about something that happened before the plot of my current project
  • POV — something that’s already happened, retold from another character’s perspective
Meme provided by [community profile] journalmemes.

I should also note that if you don't want to glimpse a massive angstfest, it's currently wise to say so.

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Azure Jane Lunatic (Azz) 🌺
User: [personal profile] azurelunatic
Date: 2019-02-19 21:18
Security: Public
Subject: Shitposting in the living room

[extensive conversation apropos of which]
Me: I am, unfortunately, seeing a ghost cat (actual cat) wearing a Village People leatherman cop hat.
Some Random Housemate (okay there are only two to choose from): But wouldn't it be the sailor, [apropos of previous]?
Housemate 2: They have that song, In The Navy.
Me, singing: In the Navy, you can sail the seven bees, in the Navy...
[personal profile] silveradept, unhooking the headphones from their ears: I'm sorry, what?
Me, with the aggrieved aggression of a challenged shitposter: Well, how many bees do you think there are?!

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kaberett
User: [personal profile] kaberett
Date: 2019-02-19 22:43
Security: Public
Tags:family, how do your gardens grow
Subject: [growth] I just want to murble about my allotment some more okay

I didn't (unsurprisingly) get the greenhouse, but looking at it did substantially clarify my thoughts and the eBays do regularly contain less fancy greenhouses that, actually, probably will perfectly well do the job now I know what I'm after.

In which I ramble about hardware and tell stories about secateurs. )



In terms of my upcoming jobs and planting...

Well, I need to spend some quality time pruning the Ribes bushes various; the plot came with a red dessert gooseberry, a redcurrant, and what-I-think-is-a-jostaberry, all of which are a little neglected and tangled. Tidying them up was on the list for Sunday immediately after the teasels, but a pair of secateurs that couldn't handle a teasel was... erstrecht not going to cope with actual wood. They also need top dressing with manure and then probably mulching, but that can wait until after I've tidied them up a little.

Next door, I've come to the conclusion that what I want to do with my ground-level bed (squash, pak choi, and failed calabrese last year) this season is set some broad beans and peas going down the middle around now, and then sow quinoa down the edges some time later. On the one hand, it's not known that this is a good idea; on the other, intercropping legumes and quinoa is a topic of active research and growing trials, and it looks to me like it ought to be sensible, so no doubt you will collectively get Running Commentary while I experiment.

At home, it's time for me to get the purple chillis and the orange bell peppers started (if I'm going to); that can't really happen until we're back full time, and while I'm happy to heat the house to a temperature that is safe and adequate for me to exist in when I'm actually there most of the time, that is... less the case when I'm away. (I'm attempting to resist the temptation to acquire a heated propagator.) Also the tomatoes, though there the thing I really need to do is work out where I want to put them -- whether I want to grow them on at home again, or if I'll be looking to plant them out at the plot.

Which is a general problem -- the working-out-where-to-plant-things. I'm dithering but probably about to come down on the side of putting the saffron bulbs in around the base of the cherry tree; I think I know where I'm going to put the comfrey once it's established itself a little better; and I'm tentatively leaning towards growing the poppies-for-seed in a patch of mixed wildflowers. (WHERE, though, Alex, you need to work out where you're going to put this. Probably also in the general vicinity of the cherry, if we're honest.)

But. Yes. Priorities: getting misc. seeds started; actually sourcing and constructing my proper raised beds so that I can plant out into them (which will inevitably involve More Weeding); pruning and dressing the Ribes; and working out what I want by way of asparagus, because my mother has offered to buy me some crowns.

So, you know, if you have asparagus cultivar recommendations, please by all means go ahead! I prefer the stems to the tips, and I am resigned to growing at least some purple...

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brainwane
User: [personal profile] brainwane
Date: 2019-02-19 14:35
Security: Public
Subject: board games & golf

I grew up understanding "golf" as "a game rich people play while doing low-key industry networking." Indeed I know at least one executive woman who learned how to play golf tolerably well in order to acquit herself well when invited to play by colleagues, clients, etc.

Here in NYC it feels like game nights/board game afternoons are the golf of the programming class. It's kind of assumed that you can play socially, there are gaming circles that also end up serving as industry networking. And you can invite a coworker to a game night and they'll understand that it's social, and not a date, and it's ok if they play really badly as long as they show good sportsmanship.

Is it like this in other cities too?

Edited to add: By the way, I am someone who loves a few board/card games and doesn't love most of them and is willing to play many of them if that's what everyone else in a group of visitors wants to do, and I believe I recognize many of their virtues and their downsides. What I'm specifically curious about is what other cities have this same kind of scene.

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