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Warm. Dry. On call for work, where the servers are down, so I've not been remoted in.

Hungry, but dinner is going to happen soon.

All in all, not bad. I hope all my friends could be doing as well.
redaxe: (Baseball with Yankees)
When Bryce Harper makes the final catch to defeat the damn Yankees in the World Series, then runs off the field an old man hiding his face, never to be heard of again, will anybody really be surprised?
redaxe: (Liberal Patriot button)
Why liberalism works

tl;dr: Because liberalism focuses on lifting the entire boat, not just the pointy bit at the front. But go read it. It's a little geeky, a little nerdy, a little wonky, and full of chewy graphy and data-y goodness througout. (via Metafilter)
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Previously, on Bigots: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo openly supported marriage equality, prompting Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. to ask the owner of the Ravens to violate his employee's right to free speech by quashing his public statements. Now Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has written an open letter to Burns in support of Ayanbadejo and marriage equality:

I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland's state government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level. The views you espouse neglect to consider several fundamental key points, which I will outline in great detail (you may want to hire an intern to help you with the longer words):


I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won't come into your house and steal your children. They won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won't even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population—rights like Social Security benefits, child care tax credits, Family and Medical Leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA healthcare for spouses and children. You know what having these rights will make gays? Full-fledged American citizens just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that entails.

It's all a thing of beauty, and worth reading. Twice, so go read it and kvell. (found via Balloon Juice, from whom I also shamelessly steal the edit in the blockquote)
redaxe: (Twisty little LJ entries)
Sadly, this article has it exactly right:

From roughly 2002 to 2007, a core part of discussion-heavy fandom and writing communities existed entirely on LiveJournal. LJ was unique among social media networks for a long time because so much of fandom communication happened in a central location. Though other journaling platforms like DeadJournal, GreatestJournal (both now defunct), InsaneJournal, and JournalFen existed, LJ was the central fandom hub due to the ease of combining community discussion with fanwork.

Over the last half-decade, however, that community has eroded. LiveJournal has been mired in dysfunction and bad public relations. Especially prominent since Fitzpatrick’s departure in 2005 has been an ongoing cycle of friction between LJ and its userbase:

1) LJ makes business and site design changes without notifying or listening to its userbase.
2) When the userbase responds with outrage, LJ fails to acknowledge or respond in a timely manner; when it does respond, it often acts like nothing is wrong or fails to apologize.
3) Eventually, LJ retracts its latest decision and things go back to normal, but with the trust of the userbase decayed.
4) Repeat steps 1-3.

There's still a great deal of good, fun, and value here at LJ. But it's not what it was, and it missed a chance to be what it could have been, because of horrific attitudes and actions at the top.

What a shame. (via Metafilter)
redaxe: (NASA meatball)
It was late in '69 when we landed that first time
Man, I still remember how it felt to see it...

We will return, Mr. Armstrong. Your trip was not in vain.
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Sad news. Jerry Nelson, perhaps the third-best-known Muppeteer (after Jim Henson and Frank Oz) has passed away. He was the face of the one-shot, the minor characters, and all the stuff that made Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang cool.

Rest well, man.
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Is anyone reading this, in Boston or its evirons, planning to watch the sailing of the USS Constitution tomorrow? Accept my envy and take this as a request for pics and or video. (Can't come up there, sadly, or I would. Prior commitments.)
redaxe: (NASA meatball)
Down safely. NASA does the happy Snoopy dance. Huzzah, team; go, Curiosity!

Next up there: humans, for permanent habitation. Or should be.

And, um, who was it that said government doesn't create jobs? (Or were these all volunteers?)

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AKICIMFL: I recently switched from Firefox (13) to Chrome (because the Flash plugin kept crashing in FF), and while Chrome is generally just fine as a browser, it has one behavior that is driving me nuts and I can't seem to find the right language to point me to an extension I can install that will fix it. In FF, when I had a long list of bookmarks and scrolled down it, then gone back to it a second time (in the same session), the list would open to the point at which I'd left it. In Chrome, those long bookmark lists always open to the top, making it very inconvenient to continue going through the list. Is there an extension or plug-in, or even a browser setting, that will fix this? Thanks in advance, from my frustrated and tired scrollwheel and index finger.
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So, last Saturday night I became ill suddenly: no energy, some nausea, fever. Bleah

Sunday, the fever broke, and I felt better except for what I thought was a rash on my right leg.

Monday, the "rash" was worse, and now obviously an infection (cellulitis, with which I have unfortunately too much experience; my previous experience with it in the leg was the left leg, though). I took the last few antibiotics I had in the house, and waited to see how it responded.

Tuesday, the infection had broken out a new site, further up the leg, and I went in to the doctor. Since I have a history of infections with her, I got berated for my recent slackening of good diabetic eating habits, and prescribed a two-week supply of Augmentin, along with a 48-hour followup scheduled and instructions not to hesitate to get to hospital if it became appropriate (and sadly, I can tell if it's appropriate), as well as instructions to keep the leg elevated. I made the small error of going in to work that night, but with the antibiotics and a fill dose of metformin (which I'd cut in half because my stock was low), the infection held more or less steady.

Wednesday, I slept with it elevated and it seemed to improve greatly. The inflammation was down some, the leg was no longer hot and was less sensitive to the touch. That night I made the smart choice and called out from work, and kept the leg elevated overnight. Learned that it's really awkward to use my (17") laptop in bed with the leg elevated.

Today (Thursday) was the followup. The leg was normally cool to the touch, though still somewhat sensitive. The pink band around the bottom is almost normal-colored (i.e., my normal pale white-guy pink, rather than more fully saturated), and the red area below the knee was still red, but also mostly cool. I've been told to keep up the meds, and take appropriate emergency action if necessary. Next followup: August 7.

The cause of all this was apparently me trimming my toenails. When I did, one, that had gotten seriously thick, came out while I was cutting it, and I actually cut the skin of another toe while clipping. Yes, I have some chronic numbness in my feet (but I still also feel them, largely). Still, even though I wrapped the toes, they are by far the most likely vector for whatever bug I'm now harboring. I'm going to see a podiatrist about diabetic foot care, and will have to work out some better way of clipping toes (most likely, have someone else do it).

Infections suck, especially if you're diabetic. Don't let them get bad; they used to be the main killer of humans before antibiotics.
redaxe: (Flat panel)
Have you seen this yet?

Memory disk made from sapphire could outlast human civilization

...The disk is made from two thin disks of industrial grade gemstone, about eight inches across. It's estimated a single disk can store 40,000 miniature pages of pictures and/or text before the disks are molecularly fused together. The prototype disks, which cost an estimated $30 thousand to create will be submerged in acid to simulate ageing and test durability.

Of course, reading it in several thousand years is likely to be a problem, depending on the machines then available.

Sick sick

Jul. 7th, 2012 09:06 am
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Still sick. I sneezed my way through Thursday night's shift, came home Friday morning, and was asleep from then until about five this morning, when I woke with the Extended Family of All Headaches and sinuses that felt like they'd buried Jimmy Hoffa in them with the attendant concrete filling. Am now vertical, mostly breathing, mostly out of pain, and only sneezing once every ten or fifteen minutes.

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One of the good things about holidays is that any of them that occur in the middle of a worknight for me get me out of there at midnight (when the holiday officially starts, and the workplace closes) and/or back in at midnight the next day (when we reopen).

Three hours last night was just long enough to screen 1776 (the director's cut) on the Zune while I worked (I know the movie well enough not to have to see it, so it sat on my copy stand, mostly behind paper markups).

Watching that film should be a mandatory part of the Independence Day experience for US citizens.
redaxe: (DaddyS)
This (a widget that monitors a baby seat, and sets off a keychain alarm if the adult is away from it for more than six seconds while there's weight in the seat) looks like a really useful device. Rather, one hopes it never ever gets used, but it's a great thing to have in place. I'd love to see it built into every car seat sold, not mandated by law, but just because it's a Damned Fine Idea. If it saves even one child's life, it'd be worth it.
redaxe: (Filk fandom seal)
Nuts. Rats. And other negative edibles.

We will not be able to make it to Concertino, it now appears, due to emergency apartment stuff having to do with M's mom.

We will miss you all greatly.
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My son graduated from middle school yesterday. It went mostly well, aside from my phone spontaneously rebooting at just the wrong time to preclude my getting pictures of him going up on stage.

My daughter graduates from grade school tomorrow, Thor and the other weather gods willing (it's planned for outdoors, though they have an auditorium that ought to be up to it in the event of rain.

Both of my offspring will be attending high-level schools next year; he's at Brooklyn Latin High School and she will be at Mamie Fay Middle School (the honors program for District 30 in NYC). There are many similarities: each school speaks about the amount of work that they require, and their strict policies on lateness of work (i.e., not accepted); each has a good track record of getting students into excellent programs at the next level; each shares its building with a school of a lower level.

One key difference, and one that I will be interested to watch, is that while Brooklyn Latin has a uniform (and a really strict policy about wearing it, though the uni itself -- white dress shirt, khaki pants, black shoes, and a purple school tie -- isn't too bad), Mamie Fay has no uniform at all, and a dress policy essentially stated as "dress reasonably" (they usually suggest aiming for what I'd call corporate casual, but clean and not outrageous jeans and T-shirts are fine). It will be interesting to watch how this develops, especially since T is becoming something of a dresser-up, in the fashion, not costume, sense. I think she was disappointed when I suggested she NOT plan on dressing as if she was just off What Not To Wear daily at school.

It's an interesting question, and one worth exploring, since I can see both sides of the school uniform debate. On the one hand, a uniform (assuming it doesn't put the less-well-off parents out inordinate amounts of dinero) solves the problem of kids competing for the best sneakers, outfits, and most outrageous clothing. On the other, defining parameters and permitting students to dress within a range teaches them the lesson of comprehending boundaries and working within them. Of course, if both schools deliver academically, then we have evidence that neither policy is relevant for learning, and, well, we can all have a drink together.

Yeah. I should get to sleep now, before I lose my last good chance to sleep this week.
redaxe: (Wow!)
There are lots of days when I'm cynical, believing mostly the worst of my fellow humans. Then a story like this one comes along, to make me believe again, and to justify my investment in tissues in large boxes.

Summary: Walt Disney World was planning a renovation of the Magic Kingdom that would entail closing the ride Snow White's Scary Adventures. This ride was the favorite of 18-year-old autistic Ben. He'd ridden it over 3,400 times, and his family had moved from Seattle to Florida so he could be close to it. This is the story of Ben, his family, Snow White, the crew and cast of the ride, the patrons of the ride, and some of its other big name fans on its very last day and night. It was all more or less unofficial, but I can't think of how official cooperation could have improved things. (This reminds of of the Make A Wish Foundation's efforts. If they were this successful every time, they'd be beyond even the legend they already are in some quarters.)

In any event, read it for yourself. Just make sure you have the tissues handy.
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