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Saturday (21.8) is cookie day! I still haven’t figured out American cookies, but at least these ones didn’t turn into a long thin brownie

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Aug. 31st, 2015 09:05 am
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Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.

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Signal-boosting much appreciated!

Two quick things from Mass yesterday

Aug. 31st, 2015 01:38 pm
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  1. CN: abortion; suicide. Read more... )
  2. We are all of us sinners, and as tempting as it is to believe that it's possible to devise a timeless set of rules that if followed precisely will keep us pure, unblemished, etc, unfortunately the world's a bit more complicated than that and you're going to have to think and you're going to have to make decisions and you're going to have to act according to your lights as best you know how having assimilated and contemplated information being fed you; following rules without heart does no-one any good, but just because no single set of rules that will work absolutely in all cases exists does not mean that you don't have to try, or that it's okay to not wash your hands. Compare and contrast: we're all *ist, there's no single absolute set of rules that applies in all situations, you've got to think critically about what you're doing and act as best you can work out, ...

August Bank Holiday

Aug. 31st, 2015 08:50 am
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Bank Holiday Monday and it's raining hard. I love this climate - rain and soft grey skies and green. (This is completely sincere - sarcasm mode is temporarily switched off.)

I'm going to see The Minions at 12.40pm but there is nothing else on the to-do list. I think naps might happen later as I am still so unreasonably tired.

Less impressed than I hoped

Aug. 30th, 2015 08:21 pm
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[personal profile] hunningham
Take-aways from Gossip in the Forest by Sara Maitland
  1. I want to read The History of the Countryside by Oliver Rackham
  2. I want to re-read Grimms' Fairytales
  3. I want to go walking in Staverton Woods
  4. I am unconvinced by the theory fairytales originated from a cultural consciousness made by forest living.
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Yesterday I was on the flight home and the man in the seat next to me asked if I was enjoying my book. But he waited until the end of the flight, when the plane had landed and idiots were standing impatiently in the aisle waiting for the doors to open. Such nice timing - no commitment to hours of uneasy conversation. And we had a great ten minute chat about Dumas and Trollope.

It was doubly great because it left me feeling "Yes, I can do the people thing". I've just had a week in the Julian Alps and I coped fine with the hiking, but the interaction with people thing was tough and left me fretful.

Also, [personal profile] oursin has things to say about making small talk with strangers.

P.S. Home from holiday. Did you know that marmots whistle to each other?

R.I.P. Oliver Sacks

Aug. 30th, 2015 07:01 am
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NYT: Oliver Sacks Dies at 82; Neurologist and Author Explored the Brain’s Quirks
On his website, Dr. Sacks maintained a partial list of topics he had written about. It included aging, amnesia, color, deafness, dreams, ferns, Freud, hallucinations, neural Darwinism, phantom limbs, photography, pre-Columbian history, swimming and twins. [...]

In 1989, interviewing him for “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour,” Joanna Simon asked Dr. Sacks how he would like to be remembered in 100 years.

“I would like it to be thought that I had listened carefully to what patients and others have told me,” he said, “that I’ve tried to imagine what it was like for them, and that I tried to convey this.

“And, to use a biblical term,” he added, “bore witness.”


See also NYT My Own Life: Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer, Oliver Sacks: My Periodic Table, & Oliver Sacks: Sabbath.

ETA: Michiko Kakutani @ NYT: Oliver Sacks, Casting Light on the Interconnectedness of Life

ETA2: Julia Belluz @ Vox: Oliver Sacks, famed author and neurologist, has died

and older, but excellent, Steve Silberman @ Wired: The Fully Immersive Mind of Oliver Sacks

Code push done!

Aug. 29th, 2015 10:00 pm
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[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We're updating the site momentarily! Once the dust settles, please let us know if anything isn't working as expected. I'll edit the entry here if we confirm any issues.

Update, 22:30: We've been done for about 30 minutes and haven't seen any issues, so please go ahead and let us know if you notice any problems!
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Victoria Costello @ the PLOS BLOGS Network: NeuroTribes: Steve Silberman on a haunting history and new hope for autistic people
So I think that many of Kanner’s mistakes were neurotypical mistakes whereas Asperger was sort of brilliantly autistic in his rejection of the prevailing views among his colleagues, which were Nazi and eugenic.

Ian Bogost @ the Atlantic: How Portability Ruined the Telephone
But when it comes to taking phone calls and not making them, nobody seems to have admitted that using the telephone today is a different material experience than it was 20 or 30 (or 50) years ago, not just a different social experience.

Jordan Pearson @ Motherboard: Bandwidth: How First Nations Kids Built Their Own Internet Infrastructure
Two years later, the First Nations community ISP run by teenagers and 20 somethings services 30 homes, and the project is far from finished.

John Hersey @ the New Yorker: Hiroshima [August 31, 1946 Issue]
A hundred thousand people were killed by the atomic bomb, and these six were among the survivors. They still wonder why they lived when so many others died.

Code push!

Aug. 29th, 2015 01:12 pm
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[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
[staff profile] mark and I are planning to do a code push tonight! We will start working around 7pm Pacific time but since it's my first time, the actual push to the site probably won't happen until closer to 8pm Pacific time.

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push:

  • Rename swaps will accept rename tokens purchased on either account.

  • OpenID community maintainers will be able to edit tags on community entries.

  • Adorable new mood theme called "angelikitten's Big Eyes".

  • Username tag support for lj.rossia.org.

  • Embedded content support for screen.yahoo.com and zippcast.com.

  • Additional space on the user profile page to list your Github username.


And as usual, many tweaks, small bugfixes, and the occasional page source rewrite.

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!

tada

Aug. 29th, 2015 02:29 pm
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[personal profile] kaberett
tada )

todo )

Recent comics

Aug. 28th, 2015 11:54 pm
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I'm still loving Saga vol 3. I love how it follows all the characters, even the antagonists. And how each volume adds to what was going on, but also closes things off and opens things fresh.

I was reflecting, Saga is about a horrible, misogynistic universe, even though the point is deconstructing and criticising it. And that's good, because it raises lots of interesting thoughts, but bad, because it means the comic is full of things which are a bit nasty to read about.

But after reading vol 3, I felt things fell more into place, I reread the first two volumes and was satisfied I'd followed all the flashbacks, etc, etc.

And it does the thing lots of starwars-ish universes do, it has lots of cool details -- alien worlds, ghosts, teleportation, healing spells, etc, thrown in which give an overall impression of the world. But that means you kind of pick at it -- if healing spells, teleportation, etc, exist at all, what's the limiting factor that stops it being commodified? (OK, the "wilt plants" spell, it makes sense is fairly niche :))

And I read vol 3 of Kamala Khan as Ms Marvel. Yay! Nothing can be as cute as Kamala with Wolverine, and as giant cuddly teleporting dog Lockjaw in Vol 2. But it has Loki, and it creates antagonists who are relevant to Kamala's own identity and to her superhero identity. And it goes on checking off good implicit messages without being preachy.

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