Dept. of Mittwoch

Mar. 22nd, 2017 08:52 pm
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Wednesday Observations

1)  I was driving home this afternoon, and I noticed one of those little bobbing-head dogs in the rear window of the car in front of me. Then I realized it was a real dog. A little mop dog, with a little sweater-thing on, poor thing. It was somewhat bigger than the bobbing-head toys, but not that much. His or her head wasn't bobbing. The little thing had its head on its paws, and it looked as if it wanted to be somewhere else. Or perhaps it was just enjoying the sun. I'd like that to be the case. 

2) I'm trying to figure out a way to feed Alex canned pumpkin. All the veterinary advice (from his vet and from Teh Intarwebz) on what might be his particular problem states that feeding a cat canned pumpkin provides much needed fibre and - wait, what? 

Yeah, send me the addresses of cats who actually willingly will eat mashed up vegetable gourds, and I'll show you ... nothing, because, no, there are no cats - No. Cats. Ever. - who will willingly eat pumpkin. I am as sure of this as I am of my own soul. I like pumpkin. I really like pumpkin. But I am not a cat. My cat is a cat. He looked at me with as much disdain as a cat can muster. He actually moved backward to get away from the pumpkin. And, asyouknowbob, cats find it very hard to back up. "Back up" is not in their lexicon. 

Except when they are presented with mashed pumpkin. 

We already know he hates all the various petromalt-type goo that cats are supposed to love. Hah. He eyes that with extreme distaste. Possibly because we've taken to rubbing it on his paws and/or muzzle in a desperate attempt to get it into him by forcing him to clean himself ....

Maybe if I put catnip in the pumpkin?

3) To all those in the world today dealing with war or terror attacks, from Syria to London - my thoughts are with you. 
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I wanted to draw your attention to a lovely, new feature in BMO which went out with this week's push: auto-linking to GitHub issues.

Now, in a Bugzilla bug's comments, if you reference a GitHub issue, such as mozilla-bteam/bmo#26, Bugzilla converts that to a link to the issue on GitHub.

References to GitHub Issues now become links

This will save you some typing in the future, and if you used this format in earlier comments, they'll be linkified as well.

Thanks to Sebastin Santy for his patch, and Xidorn Quan for the suggestion and code review.

If you come across a false positive, please file a bug against bugzilla.mozilla.org::General.

The original bug: 1309112 - Detect and linkify GitHub issue in comment

Dept. of Pain

Mar. 21st, 2017 09:46 pm
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Checklist

Back hurts. Yup.
Mouth hurts. Yup.
Head hurts. Yup. 
Going to bed?
Yup.

Digression

Mar. 21st, 2017 11:43 am
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In spite of his friends' concern, Rosenblatt seems unable to restrain his reflexive impulse to deconstruct.
The Onion on compulsive deconstruction.  May be triggering for graduate students.

(no subject)

Mar. 19th, 2017 09:51 pm
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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] martian687

Dept. of Sunday

Mar. 19th, 2017 06:29 pm
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Observing the Oncoming Storm Week

I'm almost afraid to say this, kinehora, but I'm feeling better about myself than I did at the end of last week. That took working some self-imposed non-paid work-related overtime this weekend (about 11-12 hours over two days), which has caused BB to side-eye me a bit, but ultimately he understood that, if it took that to stop me beating myself up about the work situation, then it was - barely - worth it. As a union rep, I should be reading myself the riot act, but mental and emotional self-care trumps the contract - something I wouldn't tell many of my younger colleagues, who routinely let themselves be coerced into working hours and hours without putting in for the OT. They're getting coerced, though, so I have to stand behind them and give them the strength to resist doing that. What I'm doing is, as I've said, quiet self-care. 

Yeah, sure, whatever, dude. So long as you believe it.  

We're having corned beef and cabbage tonight, two days too late, if one believes strictly in holiday-centric menus. I used to dislike boiled cabbage with a great and adolescent hate. As I've gotten older, I've discovered that I like it every so often. Today is "every so often."  

So tonight I'll spend a little time with BB and go to bed early so that I can get up and take a running leap at the week. Wish me luck - and may your week be a good one!

Requiescat in Pace

Mar. 19th, 2017 08:22 am
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Mar. 19th, 2017 05:57 am
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mega irritable and unfocused.

today i wil:

* watch Bag and Bones
* finish reading Get Well Soon - History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
* start reading The Lottery and Other Stories

Dept. of Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll!

Mar. 18th, 2017 07:07 pm
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Brown Eyed Handsome Man

He was rock and roll. 


Hail, hail, rock and roll. Heaven just got a lot cooler. 

Here's a raw and live version of his first hit. I could just erase everything I wrote about his performances and point you to this.




Here's a reminder that his genius wasn't just in ramped up rhythms. Much as I love almost everything of his that I've heard. This is probably my favorite Chuck Berry song.



And this? This is the Brown Eyed Handsome Man




In Memoriam -- Chuck Berry

Mar. 18th, 2017 04:43 pm
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Chuck Berry. Mr. Rock and Roll. He was 90, but it's still a shock. Peter Guralnick appreciation.  The BBC's obit.

His was the music I grew up on, that got filtered through generations of musicians, that was recognizable even disguised as reggae.

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Mar. 18th, 2017 10:09 am
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to [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll !  Have a beautiful-but-safe day, and stand away from the cake.

Dept. of Saturday

Mar. 18th, 2017 11:13 am
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Wish Me Luck

In an effort to make Monday less apt to be the first through ninth circles of Hell, I'm doing some workday work on Saturday. I'm giving myself two hours to get some reasonable things done, (checking backgrounds on candidates, uploading a police blotter, sending emails with questions to the candidates I haven't reached yet, which probably means having to hunt up emails, and telling people they can call me on Sunday), and then I"m going to tell myself to relax again.

And, hey, I may even have something to say beyond this, later today. We'll see.  

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Mar. 18th, 2017 08:09 am
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This week led to a lot of dabbling in movies and the like.

We open the week by popping out to the theater to see Logan a very mature superhero movie. I liked it very much; much more than most of the other films in this particular series.

The next night my beloved was feeling pretty ill and went to bed early so I stayed up and put on a disc called With Fire and Sword 1 a Polish TV series that deals with a mid-17th Century war between the Poles and the Cossacks in a very melodramatic fashion, reflecting what was happening on the international stage by what was happening in the love life of a Polish knight, Polish heiress, and Cossack lord. Not great, and I have my doubts about the translations on the screen. What's very weird is that they rattle on in Polish, then apparently has overdubbing in Russian, and then English subtitles. I may watch the last disc, but I'm in no rush.

The night before last my beloved had another meeting and so I put on via Netflix streaming the documentary about a documentary called Night Will Fall which discusses the making of a film at the end of WWII about the discovery of the concentration camps. At first just a British project, later they added materials from the US film teams and finally Soviet. In the end it took so long to piece together that the political situation had completely changed and the documentary was never released. The film uses portions of the original documentary that are appalling, so don't watch this if you're squeamish. If released now, it would be a slap in the face of Holocaust deniers.

Last night after we took the dogs on a long-delayed walk which they clearly appreciated on such a pleasant evening, I put on Harry and Snowman a lovely documentary about a Dutch resistance fighter who came to America after the war and became a horseman here who saved a horse from the knacker's wagon for a pittance who became a famed jumper in the 1950s. Very touching piece of work.

There's a lot to be done this weekend; we'll be driving all over the place today, and tomorrow we expect to be doing a bunch of yardwork both front and back.

Have a good week!

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Mar. 18th, 2017 07:12 am
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A few more days, a few more books...

The first one that I finished this last week was Osprey Raid #47: Behind Soviet Lines: Hitler's Brandenburgers Capture the Maikop Oilfields 1942, a military adventure that smacks of Hollywood. Not that they held it long...

Next was then Osprey Raid #48: Storming Monte La Difensa: The First Special Service Force at the Winter Line, Italy 1943 in which a combined US and Canadian force is used to bull their way through German defenses rather than being used behind German lines to disrupt their communications. Brave men whose work and training led to the many special service forces that world powers use now.

Finally, Osprey Vanguard #26: The Sherman Tank in US and Allied Service, not the best tank of WWII, nor the most numerous, but it was the mainstay of US armor of the war. This was a fairly well-written book on the subject.

Dept. of Just Keep Swimming

Mar. 17th, 2017 09:31 pm
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I Got to 15 Days ...

... and then the week that truly was from hell hit me. Last night I lost the last of my spoons. I went to bed without having posted anything. 

Still, I have been better at posting this month than I've been for quite some time. And, hey, I'm getting back up on the bicycle, and posting now, amn't I? Which, when I put it that way, sounds extremely defensive, but then I've been feeling rather defensive for the past 48 or so hours. 

I'm not going to go into all the awfulness of Wednesday through today, at least not today. And certainly, my stress is ongoing, as is the difficult time at work. But tonight, my beloved took me out to our favorite sushi place, and it was so relaxing just to sit and talk with him, drink miso soup and eat chirashi and mackerel jaw, that I don't want to think about anything else.  (BB actually pointed out, when I said that, that it's the only one we go to, but that's not completely true and anyway, even if we did go out to other sushi places, this is the one I think I'd like the most.)'

It's Friday, and I am home, and I'm going to watch something enjoyable with BB, and then I'm going to go to bed and cuddle with him, put my head on his chest, and try to unknot my stomach. 


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The subtitle on Stamped From the Beginning is “The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” And Ibram X. Kendi is not fucking around on this one. This book took me an unusually long time to read—not because it was unpleasant, or even overly dense (as sometimes history books are), but because there’s a lot there, and the subject matter is extremely challenging.

I’m really glad I read it. Really, really glad. I encourage you to take the time to read and digest and mull it over as well. Buy the book, check it out from the library like I did, but go get it.

I’m going to think out loud on a couple of the points Kendi made that drew the most blood from me. But my mulling things over out loud should not be in any way a replacement for reading the book and getting Kendi’s thoughts first hand. Goodness knows I’m missing nuance and have my own major blind spots.

Read the rest of this entry »

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

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Mar. 17th, 2017 02:41 pm
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Thanks to everyone who let us know that Photobucket images were not loading properly on some pages. The problem seemed to be mostly limited to HTTPS requests; Dreamwidth maintains a list of known high-traffic image sites that support HTTPS, so that our secure content proxy service doesn't cache them unnecessarily. Unfortunately Photobucket seems to have recently changed their site configuration such that HTTPS requests aren't being served as expected, and we've now taken it out of our list of "proxy-exempt" sites.

If you continue to have issues, make sure you're not using HTTPS Photobucket links. It's a bit counterintuitive, but if you use HTTP instead, it will be automatically transformed on our end to an HTTPS link that uses p.dreamwidth.org.

Hope that clears everything up for now! Let us know if it doesn't...

In Memoriam

Mar. 17th, 2017 09:57 am
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Mundo del Terror

Mar. 16th, 2017 10:20 pm
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The dreaded words have been uttered.  The ghastly plans are on the table.  Names have crawled out of memory.

I graduated from high school 50--fifty--five-oh--years ago.  Yike.

Mom is forwarding the info to me (no, I never gave them my current address. I'm not crazy) but it apparently involves a weekend in a resort town.  Which will involve renting a car, because no public transit.


Birthday greetings and felicitations

Mar. 15th, 2017 05:58 pm
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 to [personal profile] andreas_schaefer ! Day of fun and frolic!  Or something.

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