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MM Writes
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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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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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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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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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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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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MM Writes
User: [personal profile] marahmarie
Date: 2019-04-16 03:21
Security: Public
Tags:linkcatcher
Subject: Rich, in name only

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MM Writes
User: [personal profile] marahmarie
Date: 2019-04-15 23:50
Security: Public
Tags:browsers, computationally inclined, linkcatcher, web apps: lastpass
Subject: Not messing with the linkpost script tonight

It's been so long since I last ran it, it might not be working again for whatever reason and blergh, I just can't even deal with it ATM.

Soon I'll also be working with EverNote to create linklists. EverNote on my phone connects to the SmartNews app and syncs what I save to it to the Firefox extension on my laptop. I don't have a way to feed EN into Pinboard, at least not OTTOMH, but I could always try to work that out later or not, as I mostly have Pinboard to collect stuff I bookmark into Firefox, anyhow.

It Takes Two

Tonight's theme, which I wasn't aware of until an abandoned Dreamwidth post in the online editor reminded me, is duplication. Ridiculous, unnecessary, annoying, and perhaps unneeded (or perhaps not - I report: you decide) duplication.

I think the Web has failed, I think it's broken, when you must have two of everything to get by.

Two Password Managers

It's enough of a nod to the need for strong password security to use one password manager. But perhaps not, as then you have a single point of failure, so if you lose or forget your master password or your password manager gets hacked or stolen, what do you do? And what have you lost? Possibly every password, and your bank accounts, and your privacy, and...

As Tom's Guide recently put it:

Using a password manager creates a single point of failure, because if the password manager is compromised, then all your accounts for which it holds the passwords are also compromised.

The solution might be to use more than one password manager. This wouldn't have to cost much.

Heh...right?

Upon reading this much eye-rolling ensued at Chez MM because are they serious? Life's hard enough already so can they just get off our jocks now about needing TWO password managers because OK, seriously?

Two days later LastPass went massively offline. That was when the light bulb went off: "So THAT'S why you might need said 'backup password manager'!". Yes, you can log into LP offline, but my Firefox extension wasn't set up (still isn't, come to think of it) to allow me to, and yes I just about melted down, as LP's never been offline for me before.

Was that a moment - whew, lemme tell you.

LastPass's status page shows the outage (its cause was allegedly resolved the same day it first started, on April 10th, yet another outage hit on April 13th which wasn't reported anywhere I could see that night - not on their Status page, nor on Twitter, though sites like IsItDownRightNow saw it as very much gone after attempting to reach multiple URLs).

And I didn't (and uh, still don't) have a backup password manager, so I shut my laptop down and read SmartNews instead of cavorting with my fellow Dreamwidthians. So while I haven't resolved the problem of "what to do if LastPass gets yanked away from us again" I'm thinking harder on it than I normally would. You all (regardless of which password manager you use) might want to, too.

Since I know someone might be tempted to add: "Make your backup password manager this one, since it has offline database access right from Windows" please allow me to refrain. In reading a password manager security comparison last week that sees LastPass, KeePass, 1Password and Dashlane go toe to toe, guess which one did worst? Yep, that one (also: the interface, as I did use it once, which is discussed at more length in this post).

Two Browsers

To paraphrase this Fast Company article, if you don't want websites you log into to know what you read, watch or search for, then only log into websites from one browser and only do searches and take casual/perhaps anon Web strolls from another (says the femme lead @Chez MM, who's logged into Dreamwidth and has since done a dizzying array of searches from one and the same browser... but no one said change was quick, easy, or like, even possible).

But I could, in theory, do this. Or I could do a lot of things that I want to do but am not doing (which never ceases to amaze me). The problem is, I'd rather be doing any of them than doing this. Does it come down to lax online privacy laws? Would we not need to do such things if only the US was covered under GDPR or similar?

Does separating sites you log into from casual Web strolls and searches protect us from having say, our ISPs know every website we visit, while we're at it? No, and the article covers that, as well (the answer is to get a VPN to block ISPs from seeing what you do. I don't like VPNs because even the fastest ones can be so slooooow, which is really the only thing (besides price, if I want one with a decent reputation) stopping me).

And that's two for two...

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Impossible Things
User: [personal profile] sixbeforelunch
Date: 2019-04-15 21:42
Security: Public
Tags:fannish: star trek, writing
Subject: (no subject)

I'm not on Tumblr these days, but I often trawl for Star Trek content there and yeah, Will Riker is down for just about anything, isn't he?

I love him so much.

I wrote a bit tonight, for [community profile] fluffbingo. It's...fine. It's very soft h/c sickfic, because sometimes you just want to fantasize about being taken care of.

There are other things I want to say, but I am very tired. Perhaps later.

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2019-04-14 22:26
Security: Public
Tags:fic: miraculous ladybug, meme: wip
Subject: six sentence sunday

from swallow my doubt, turn it inside out (beautiful oblivion):

Adrien—he must, he thought, be Adrien at the moment; he could feel a needle in his arm, and the spot on his thigh where another had stuck him, and, well. Medical needle versus magical armor? He wouldn't bet on the needle. He fisted his right hand, thumb in, and drew the thumb out: yeah, no claws, no ring. Possibly no Plagg, though as soon as he thought that, he knew it wasn't true: something in his chest was fluttering, on the wrong side to be his heart. The familiarity of it, given both little jinnīs' ability to fly through things and their need to hide Adrien's being Chat Noir from everyone, and knowing how even with no reason Plagg remembered to stay, he hadn't left Adrien long? Yeah, Adrien's lung was probably the perfect spot for a nap.

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you can't be twenty on sugar mountain
User: [personal profile] kianan
Date: 2019-04-14 17:01
Security: Public
Location:Fontana, CA
Tags:longform, over the road, random crap, swiss cheese for brains doesn't make a g, the internet is broken, who let me adult
Subject: addendum.

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you can't be twenty on sugar mountain
User: [personal profile] kianan
Date: 2019-04-14 16:30
Security: Public
Location:Fontana, CA
Tags:longform, over the road, random crap
Subject: I'm aliiiiiive.

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kaberett
User: [personal profile] kaberett
Date: 2019-04-14 23:26
Security: Public
Tags:vital functions
Subject: vital functions

Reading. Got out of the library this week, because they were right there when I was waiting for a loo to come free: Head On, which I had not yet got around to, and record of a spaceborn few, because [personal profile] alexwlchan particularly recommended it. (I was indifferent to the first book and found the second book very soothing and iddy.)

The Push micro-liveblog. )



From the library, via the magic of ebooks: Normal People, Sally Rooney, enthusiastically recced to me by Waterstones staff the other week. I was wary and it's full of triggers but oh dear no actually I love this a lot and have promptly placed a hold on her first book. (It's vivid and intense and evocative and I spent the entire thing feeling kind of breathless, and -- oh dear, children, oh dear.) The thing is, though, that I know why I love it! I just can't quite wrap my head around why everyone else does. (It is A LitFic Phenomenon, if you have thus far failed to come across it.)

Bonus slow progress through my current Shaun Tan, Tales from the Inner City, which is slow mostly because they're incredibly dense and I want to savour them and also their art.

Film/TV. Leverage continues... Leverage. We are just sitting down to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel along with dinner and cocktails, because Date Night; I have never seen it before, but A is fond. (We were going to watch Amélie, and indeed I have got crème brûlée in the fridge to eat with, but we were mysteriously unable to find a copy despite being pretty sure the house ought to contain at least one, so A Different Film It Is and... we will just have to eat more crème brûlée in future.) -- right okay yes I enjoyed that.

Growth. Mysteriously, only one row of cherry tomatoes has hatched. Probably they need to be Planted up but I'm still quite ??? at them. (Okay no wait between writing this on about Thursday and... Saturday evening...? some more started hatching, HURRAH.) Meanwhile, my LEMON TREE has arrived.

Further points: A, who has The Patience Of Several Saints, spent this afternoon on glazing the greenhouse with me. The greenhouse is now done. I am Very Excited??? I need to work out why my bin got a bit sort of sad (mostly because I didn't feed it for a bit over a week, I suspect) and make it happy again, and actually pull up all the dandelions, but the next major project is in fact now finalising my raised beds aaaaaaaaaah.

And! One more chilli! Which may or may not survive, who knows, but chilli-the-largest has A Third Leaf and so does passion fruit-the-largest, so, fingers crossed.

Notable Pokémon. Last week: shiny Articuno traded from A (because he! had a spare!!! this is most unfair!), plus a wild-caught shiny Pineco. HATCHED A PERFECT TURTWIG. Also wild-caught a perfect Weedle, which is actually my second, but I sent the first one to the professor Back In The Day before we had TMs because its moveset wasn't ~perfect~ and I needed the storage space. This week: shiny Lotad shiny Lotad shiny Lotad. Wednesday morning -- right after the bug-type event ended -- SHINY CATERPIE as first Pokémon of the day.

Additionaly and furthermore, hatched BABY SNORLAX and BABY SUDOWOODO (Munchlax; Bonsly) and am Very Excited about their little faces.

... and a shiny Taillow because this is Frankly Ridiculous, and then on Community Day I... got two shinies (neither of them any good) and more importantly traded a bunch of the Bagon I'd caught with A and ended up with a 100% lucky Bagon, aaaaah.

Language. Still attempting to blitz the end of FutureLearn Irish 101; still annoyed by the lack of explanation of pronunciation and especially by the insistence that we watch a video of two speakers in a language we don't yet know repeatedly while... perky upbeat music has been edited into the background. That is a Hard No from me, friends.

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