Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Feb. 21st, 2017 03:20 pm
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 to [personal profile] stonebender  and [personal profile] davidlevine !  Stay dry!  (Best wishes for a happy day.)
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Daryl Davis is a black man who befriends KKK members, starting from a premise of trying to understand how people can hate him without knowing him, and also meeting people where they are.

He's got about 30 KKK robes which were given to him by people who left the KKK.

There's been a book by him for a while, but now there's a movie, available on the PBS site until 2/28.

Do *not* watch it at Film Lush, they're scammers.


55 Years Ago

Feb. 20th, 2017 02:48 pm
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John Glenn orbited Earth.

Yes, I've seen Hidden Figures.  

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Feb. 20th, 2017 06:11 am
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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] dsgood & [livejournal.com profile] paraventur

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Feb. 19th, 2017 07:53 pm
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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] jrittenhouse

Dept. of Birthdays

Feb. 19th, 2017 06:55 pm
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Two Lovely People

Happy birthday, one day late, to the talented [livejournal.com profile] wendymr, who was one of the first Dr. Who fic writers I ever read, and whose work ,therefore, convinced me that fic - of which I'd heard very little - could be quality writing. I like to think she helped me become a better writer in Who fandom, because of her gentle, but firm, Britpicking. We may not agree on eggnog or Steven Moffat, but we do agree that the Doctor in general is fanTAStic! We also agree on many things political and labor/labour-related, and I am very glad to have met her on These Here Intarwebz. I hope your birthday was a fine one, and that your 2017 is equally excellent!

Happy birthday, too, to the very delightful 
[personal profile] marence  (again, one day late.) She is not around here these days, but I like to think that she'll get some good vibes from Chicago. It would be delightful to see her again some day, to chat about rock and roll and fandom. I hope her birthday was a good one.  

Dept. of Dear Friends

Feb. 19th, 2017 11:46 am
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Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] lyricalviolet!

I should send you a birthday greeting on FB, which is where you hang out most these days. And I should keep in contact more often, which is something i say every year around this time. I'm bad at it - I'm sure you've noticed. I should be a better friend.  It's been a long time since we talked the art, science, and frustration of fic writing, or fangirled about Who or BSG. In fact, your life has moved on from those days - you have a family that includes one of the cutest little red-heads I've seen in a long time. 

But I'll always remember that you were one of the people who impressed me with her wit, and bravery, and creativity, all those years ago on TWoP, in LINDA. And I'll always be grateful to you for urging me on when I began writing fiction again, after decades away from it. I remember our efforts to bring back Jacob's Who recaps on TWoP - and we were kind of successful at that, weren't we? 

You deserve a fantastic life, and I know you're having one. I'll drop by FB to say happy birthday one day late - but I grew to know you and cherish you far from FB, so this is where my birthday wish stands. All the best, my dear. 


Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Feb. 19th, 2017 09:58 am
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to [personal profile] rheasilvia  and [personal profile] dsgood !  Day full of joy and beauty!

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Feb. 19th, 2017 08:56 am
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What have we been up to in the last week or so?

Sunday last we spent much of the day visiting my mother in her new digs. It's clear that she's settled in comfortably and she's getting used to the cycle of life in the building. She admits that she still drives back into her old neighborhood because she knows where everything is back there which I guess should be fine. She was glad we stopped by and I was glad to see she was safe and snug.

During the week we did walk the dogs a couple of times. brushette finds it a bit difficult to keep up with the other dogs when it's chilly out, so one day I pressed for us to take them out relatively early and she seemed better.

Valentine's Day my beloved put together a spectacularly tasty meal, the highlights of which included broccoli from the backyard garden and steak with her special rub. Thinking of it brings a smile to my face.

Yesterday we were out early to meet up with the Weinsteins, and we went to the LA Convention Center to see what Los Angeles Cookie Con was it all about. It turns out that they were pretty disorganized. They didn't open the doors for nearly an hour after they were supposed to, and then when we entered, we found that the booths rarely displayed cookies, cookie production materials or similar things. For example, why in the world would anyone be interested in a booth devoted to New York Life Insurance? Or the LA Weekly? Or various equipment for back pain? Also, my beloved was looking for experts giving demonstrations of how to perform various cookie baking or cookie decorating issues, but we didn't see any such. Heck, the guest of honor was Burt Ward, of the 60s Batman TV series (and the Batmobile was over an hour late for Ward's speech). What did he have to do with cookies? There were some pretty good food samplings; specifically Cocotutti from San Francisco had amazing samples to try and packages to buy, and I did. But all-in-all it was something of a disappointment.

Following that and once we waved goodbye to our friends, we drove down to Long Beach and had dinner at a Greek place followed up by meeting the folks from Off Kilter Kilts at the Great Society Cider and Mead Bar a few blocks from the restaurant. I had some pretty delicious ciders but we called it a night somewhat early.

Walking back to our car, we ran into Xander and Bonnie, The Library Bards, decked out in their show finery! Both sides were shocked and delighted. It was really great to see them both, and I hope that their show was a real kick! I know that their first album is out soon, so keep your eyes peeled for it!

Home, to bed early, and we've got plans for today, too..

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Feb. 19th, 2017 07:12 am
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I finished quite a few more books this last week probably because I had slowly worked several books up to be in striking distance of completion over the last month. Anyway, the following:

First was Osprey Fortress #52: The Fortifications of Gibraltar 1068 – 1945 which I found fascinating. A tiny piece of real estate in a strategic position, nearly impregnable with a long history. I'd recommend this one to anyone interested in military history.

Next was Osprey Men-At-Arms #51: Spanish Armies of the Napoleonic Wars, quite a bit older piece of work with lesser artwork and somewhat boring text. Not horrible, not really bad.

Then, The Dungeoneers: Blackfog Island, the first sequel to a book I read recently with others planned. Odd, a bit fun for those who are into RPGs. Enjoyable.

Next one I read then was Osprey Men-At-Arms #53: Rommel's Desert Army, once again an older Osprey with better text than the previous work but the plates aren't up to later standards. Good data on the Axis forces in North Africa.

Following that I finished Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz, part of a series I've been slowly reading over some time. The books are written from the point-of-view of Isabel Spellman, a private investigator who works in the family business, and much of the book deals with her investigating almost everything except for the case in front of her. I've really enjoyed these books but there's only one more left in the canon so I think I'm likely to get to it in the next three months or so and finish it off. I find them a fun read.

Finally there was Osprey New Vanguard #26: German Light Panzers 1932 – 42 a book about the tanks that were a major part of the original Blitzkrieg, running into Poland and France. Solid work.

Open Letter to Governor Hickenlooper

Feb. 17th, 2017 10:13 pm
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I sent this to the governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper today, after seeing the AP story about a Trump administration draft memo regarding mobilization of the National Guard to be used to round up undocumented immigrants. Yes, I am aware that we’re talking a draft, but I find it seriously horrifying that this is even being talked about as an option, however off-handedly or unseriously. This is not a thing you fucking joke about.

Anyway, that prompted me to write and send the following message today. I’m sharing it in the hope that others will feel encouraged to send similar messages.


Dear Governor Hickenlooper:

Per the Associated Press today, a draft memo from the Trump Administration showed they’re thinking about using the National Guard to round up undocumented immigrants. Considering the absolutely tragic and shameful history of our own state when it comes to the National Guard being mobilized against our citizens and residents (i.e.: the Ludlow Massacre), this calls on us all to speak firmly against this notion before it can gather steam.

Beyond that, undocumented immigrants are a vital part of Colorado society. It would be far better if they could have a path to legal citizenship or permanent residency, but lack of national will does not change the enormous contributions they make to Colorado daily. We should be respecting and protecting all of our residents, whether they have papers or not.

I urge you to speak out in strong support of undocumented Coloradans, and do everything in your power to keep their families from being torn apart by these unfair and racist policies we keep seeing from Washington DC. Make us a sanctuary state; while I know we can’t stop ICE, we can refuse to aide and abet the destruction of families and the victimization of innocent people who are integral to the fabric of Colorado.

With a lack of national will, it falls to us to step up and show our strength of spirit and compassion. I know Colorado is better than what our national government is currently trying to become.

Thank you.

Originally published at Alex Acks: Sound and Nerdery. You can comment here or there.

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Feb. 17th, 2017 05:50 am
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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] timprov

health insurance dammit

Feb. 16th, 2017 08:53 pm
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I'm not going to put a 'politics' label on this, because this exact thing has been happening to me for 30 years, and I don't expect it to stop in my lifetime. This thing is: I have health insurance. I see a health care provider. I hand over my insurance card and my payment. A month later I get a bill from the health care provider. I call the health care provider. I talk to a phone-answerer; she doesn't know anything about anything, except that her screen says I still owe $X. I confirm that they have my insurance information, that they billed my insurance, that the services they billed were the services I received, which are covered by my insurance. I call the insurance company. They assure me that the health care provider's bill has been paid in full, and that I do not owe them any more money. I call the health care provider back. The phone-answerer says they'll look into it. Thirty days later I get another bill for the same charge, in pink, with threats to send it to a collections agency. Most often, another round of phone calls will settle it, though the health care provider never admits that they got anything wrong; they promise again to look into it, and this time I don't get another bill.

I'm so angry right now. I hate the phone and I hate arguing with people and my blood pressure reacts very very badly to threats, and there's nothing I can do except stew about it until tomorrow, because I picked up the mail when I came back in from walking the dog, which was just after 5:00.

I wonder how many people who are more phone-averse or less good with paperwork or just too damn busy or not as entitled to fairness as I think I am just cough up the double payment.

I wonder whether these things would happen to me so often if I had changed my name when I got married. They don't seem to happen to my non-Hispanic husband.
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I was at a conference for open source software maintainers yesterday and [personal profile] brainwane re-introduced me to [profile] courteneyervin, who is a software engineer at the New York Public Library.

She is working on an open source platform that allows NYPL patrons to check out eBooks. This is something that libraries are currently spending considerable sums on, exclusive of licenses for the books themselves.

There is also the squee factor in knowing that the NYPL has software engineers, and that for me and a lot of my peers and friends it'd be a dream job: "I write software that enables people to access the NYPL."

Birthday greetings and felicitations

Feb. 16th, 2017 11:39 am
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to [personal profile] al_zorra !  Fun time!

Dreamwidth news: 15 February 2017

Feb. 15th, 2017 05:35 am
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Hello, Dreamwidth! And thank you to everyone who wished me and my wife a happy vacation -- it was an excellent one. (Rumors that it was to help distract me from a significant birthday starting with 4 and ending with 0 are totally unfounded. Really.) It was also awesome to come back and see all of the new activity going on! I hope that everyone who's joined us in the last month or two has been settling in nicely.

Behind the cut, a tour of some of the new stuff we've done in the last few months, plus a look at some older changes that could use more love:

* Image Hosting Frontend
* HTTPS Beta
* Create Entries Beta: progress report
* Selective comment screening
* Other alphabets in site search: fixed!
* Icon file size limit increased
* Dreamwidth: Did You Know?
* Team Dreamwidth

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Feb. 14th, 2017 03:12 pm
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