Black Belt physical

Oct. 21st, 2017 02:05 pm
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TL;DR: I passed, technically.

I had only tested the sprint on the beach with 100m measured by my stride length and my nephew counting, but I got 18s which was close to my approximation.

The 1.5 mile, he said I got 17:20, which isn't that much different from what I do with hills, so the hills didn't matter that much. I'm so glad I trained as hard as I did. I hate to adjust my pace the whole time to make sure I passed.

The sit ups went better than expected, but I was confident I could pass. The push ups went as well as expected. The standing long jump took me 4-5 tries, but I was fairly sure I could get a good one. The chalk made all the difference on the bar hang.

The modified flip flops are so much easier than the standard ones. He needs to up the number.

I didn't pass the shuttle runs (did about 14.5 I think,) but he let me and 2 others do the alternative that was made for bad knees, which I easily passed. This is the where I technically passed. I'm going to try to make it a personal goal to legit pass the shuttle runs before December.

For the curious, the requirements to pass the test was (for adult women):
100m sprint: 21s
1.5 mile: 18m
push ups: 30 in 1 minute
sit ups: 35 in 1 minute
hang from a bar: 30s
standing long jump: 5ft
flip-flop: 13 in 1 minute
10m (technically 11m) shuttle runs: 15 in 2 minutes
alt to shuttle run was dojang laps: 9 in 2 minutes

EDIT: the rest is just hard work and isn't pass/fail, so I'm not afraid of the rest.

...the purrmian what?

Oct. 21st, 2017 07:06 pm
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Purr and Meow!

The other day, these tie pins I ordered from Doodlecats arrived, and Per asked, ‘What, is that for the purrmian extinction event?’

’If it involved cats, maybe,’ I said, laughing.

For anyone who doesn’t know, he was referring to the Permian-Triassic Extinction Event, from 252 million years ago, when a significant amount of biodiversity on the planet was lost. Could’ve been called a re-boot incident, for all I know. But, this is one of the odd things about Per that make me love him like I do!


Oct. 21st, 2017 05:24 am
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"Don't push that button! Jesus, Ron!
 Don't push that button! Or we're gone.
 I know you hate the 'Russkies,' and wish they'd go away,
 But dodging falling A-bombs would just ruin our whole day!
 Don't push that button! Jesus, Ron!
 Don't push that button! Or we're gone.
 A war would be the worst thing our world had yet endured.
 Destruction would be mutu'lly assured."

  -- from "H
e Asked
a Question" by Roger Clendening II (to the tune of Duane Elms' "Don't Push That Button")

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I recently fell in love with liberty puzzle's 100% whimsy all wooden puzzles, but new the puzzles are ~$100. In particular the one that I both liked the image and the cut was $125 + shipping. So I bought one used off ebay. Because it was an ebay auction I counted all the piece. 535 when the box and the website said 545. I emailed the company to make sure there wasn't a type they knew about. They said, no, 545, and that I had liked been ripped off. They can replace one or two missing pieces (for a fee since it was used) but not 10. I emailed the ebay seller to make sure they hadn't found any missing pieces. He was friendly and helpful and assured me it was complete when I sent it. I said I would do the puzzle and make sure. It took G and me a few days, and I was trying to enjoy it, but there was the worry hovering over it.

I would have enjoyed it more if I'm not also coming up against the deadline for my Halloween costume. So I spent most of the last few days doing a lot of sewing and a lot of puzzle doing.

And tomorrow is the black belt physical, which there is one event I'm not sure I can pass. The rest I think I can with a few tries.

I will do a longer post about making the costume soon.

nothing to do

Oct. 20th, 2017 09:14 pm
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I feel like I should be doing something. I was playing wow to take care of the 'need busy', but I can't focus. I looked up online downloadable forms for various legal things, like wills (no, he hasn't made one yet. I haven't either. This is all a piece of various handwaving) and durable power of attorney, which he says we have one of. I don't recall it, and asked him to dig it up to show me. R, who is our default cook, asked me to look up veggie dishes on the web, cause of content fatigue. Well, i'm tired of it too, but we've got a major disconnect, cause I'm, by far, the most interested in meat, what with trying to be low carb. Otter less so than I, and R least of all. As long as C has American Cheese, the world is good. Finding recipes on the web is a lesson in frustration, tho, because it feels like all of them have hot spice of some sort - peppers, cayenne - often hidden down in the ingredients list, and the other half have black pepper in them. The former upsets my stomach, the latter gives me migraines. Otter won't eat the former at all. I put 'low carb vegetable dishes' into the search bar and got piles of stuff going through a bottleneck called yummly, with tracking shit all over it. To the point that, when I clicked the 'read the directions', which took me to someone else's blog, and I copied the link to put into chat, and I removed the referrer crap off the end, when I hit return, the referrer crap was put back on. Fucking hangouts.

i'm not going to bother to pretty this up. yay stream of consciousness.

I can't concentrate on fucking solitaire. or sudoku. I tried leaning back in my chair to zone out for a bit, and I'm twitching. It's like I had too much coffee, but I haven't had *any* for over 24 hours.

I guess I'll look up hospice things. That's the only thing I've thought of to do extra.

BC 28: The Date Announcement!

Oct. 20th, 2017 04:11 pm
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Baitcon XXVIII
Subtitle TBD

Will Be Held:
Friday, June 29th - Monday, July 2d, 2018*
at the Mountain Campground of the Abode of the Message.

*Yes, we know Firefly starts the next day. We're sorry. These things happen, as there aren't nearly enough weekends in the summer.

Also: Sorry for the delay in this announcement.

Testing on the mobile page.

Oct. 20th, 2017 11:01 am
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Nope. Still getting the stupid freezes. This is on home WiFi, so it's not the Doctorville WiFi being weird. *aggravating*

Nope actual android apps, huh?


Oct. 20th, 2017 05:24 am
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"Oh, take your time don't live too fast.
 Troubles will come and they will pass.
 Go find a woman you'll find love
 And don't forget son there is someone up above.
 And be a simple kind of man
 Be something you love and understand [...]"

  -- from "Simple Man", written by Ronnie Van Zant (b. 1948
d. 1977-10-20)
and Gary Rossington (b. 1951-12-04)


Oct. 19th, 2017 11:28 am
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As far as the imaging shows, the latest set of chemo has done nothing.

And for some reason, Firefox on my phone to dreamwidth is having 1-5 second lags.

Does DW havean phone app?

Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck


Oct. 19th, 2017 05:24 am
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"Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people." -- Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson, b. 1958-06-07, d. 2016-04-21)

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This contains SPOILERS for Episodes 1 - 5, so if you haven't seen the new show and want to, stop reading now.

I've been watching Discovery, and so far I'm cautiously hopeful.  I've seen a lot of negativity about the show online, but I think most of those complaints are overlooking two key points:

1.  Since the story is serialized, we won't know the end of the story until sometime in the Spring.  At the end of Episode 4, people were furious that Starfleet officers were torturing the tardigrade in order to make the ship go, but of course, in Episode 5, we saw them realize that, deal with it, and let the tardigrade go.  Fiction demands some sort of conflict or drama, and Star Trek had some pretty terrible stuff going on in the middle of episodes, but those things would be fixed by the end.  But for Discovery, the end isn't until the Spring, so yeah, there will be some terrible stuff happening.  I think we need to wait until the end of the story before judging.

2.  This is the first series in which the captain isn't the main character.  Lorca seems like a pretty shady fellow, and his utilitarianism is not what we expect from a Starfleet captain.  I grew up on Jim Kirk, so I want my captains to be morally exemplary and downright heroic. :-)  But Lorca isn't the main character; Burnham is.  So Lorca has to be shady in order to give Burnham the chance to be morally exemplary and downright heroic. :-)  We have seen evil or insane Starfleet captains in the past -- think Captain Tracey in "The Omega Glory" or Commodore Decker in "The Doomsday Machine" -- but those weren't OUR captains, so they weren't as disturbing as Lorca is.  But I think at some level, Georgiou is "our" captain, and Burnham's job will be to find her way through the moral minefield that is the Klingon war.

I don't mind that the ship looks way more modern than Kirk's ship, even though the series is set ten years before the original series.  I think modern audiences would laugh at TOS-era gadgetry -- even though I, personally, LOVE that old ship -- so the makers of the show pretty much HAD to update the look.  They kept the old-style communicators and phasers, and that's heartwarming enough for me. :-)

I've also heard a lot of people complain about the use of the F-word in Star Trek, but it didn't bother me.  The word wasn't used in a hostile or aggressive fashion; it was used to geek out over how cool the science was, and I think that's actually a pretty Trekkian use of the F-word. :-)

The first episode that really FELT like Star Trek to me was Episode 4, but boy, did it ever!  Of course, "The Devil in the Dark" is one of my favorite episodes, and Ep 4 mirrored a lot of that.  I loved it that Burnham fended off Lorca's and Landry's calls for her to weaponize the tardigrade and worked on UNDERSTANDING it, instead.   And of course, understanding it proved to be the key to getting the ship where it needed to go in time to save the mining colony.  Because this is Star Trek, and understanding will always be more powerful than fear, hatred, or aggression. :-)  That, right there, proved to me that it was really Star Trek.

I've seen people say that Landry's death was stupid, which made her death bad writing.  Her death WAS stupid, but that didn't necessarily make it bad writing.  I thought her death might be a message.  Landry was all "Grr, kill, kill!" and she died the stupid and pointless death that hotheads often do.  The message "So don't be an aggressive hothead" was left as an exercise for the viewer. :-)  Plus, her death removes Lorca's principal supporter in his own aggressiveness, isolating him on his own ship.  This may have interesting consequences down the road....

In Ep 5, I loved it that Burnham was seriously troubled by the tardigrade's pain and that she worked with Stanmets and Culber to try to get the tardigrade released.  The scene where the tardigrade was released was lovely.

I also loved the scene between Saru and Burnham where he explained why he was so angry at her, and she gave him Georgiou's telescope.

I was thrilled to see Star Trek's first regular gay couple. I was surprised, though, that Stanmets and Culber didn't seem to have that much chemistry, given that Rapp and Cruz have been friends for years. But maybe that's just the way Stanmets is.  Or maybe it has something to do with the tardigrade DNA and with whatever was going on with the mirror. :-)

I was troubled by Lorca's actions in the prison; I imagine if Kirk had been imprisoned with Harry Mudd, he'd have said something like, "Much as it pains me to admit it, you ARE a Federation citizen" and rescued Mudd while bad-mouthing him. :-)  But I think we're supposed to be troubled by Lorca.

The producers of Discovery have made it clear (in interviews) that they want the show to be both excellent science fiction and social commentary about recent world events, especially Brexit and the election of Donald Trump.  I gather that the Klingons are supposed to be stand-ins for Trump supporters and Brexit voters, and I imagine the wrong-headedness of "Remain Klingon" will become clear over time. :-)  They haven't said this, but I suspect that Lorca is the producers' attempt to help those of us on the Left understand how those on the Right lost their minds. :-)  I guess we'll see.

Anyway, the first three episodes were set-up and scene-setting, but now that they're behind us, both Ep 4 and Ep 5 have felt like worthy Star Trek to me, and I look forward to seeing where the show is going.

I love it that Burnham is a xenoanthropologist, since I think understanding alien cultures is the coolest part of Star Trek.  But then, I lost my heart to a particular pointy-eared alien when I was eleven years old. :-)

The movies have never felt like real Star Trek to me -- neither the regular movies nor the reboot ones -- because movies always tilt the action/character development balance WAY over towards the action side.  I'm thrilled that Discovery is giving us some character development, and it seems likely that we'll get more and more of that as the season unfolds.

So now that the set-up is over, and we're moving deeper into things, I'm enjoying the show.  I'm trusting that the producers DO know their Star Trek and WILL either use the disturbing stuff to make a point or will have one of the good characters heroically fix the disturbing stuff by season's end.

I think the fact that it's on a streaming service is actually a GOOD thing for the show. If it were being broadcast, it would have to chase ratings, which means a lot more appealing to the lowest common denominator. Stupid humor, inappropriately sexualized costumes for female characters, dumb plots -- Star Trek: Discovery doesn't have to have any of those things, because it's being made for fans who are serious enough to pay for the show. CBS has thrown a TON of money at this show, and the sets, costumes, and effects are all top-notch. They even filmed on location in Jordan -- JORDAN, not the Vasquez rocks. :-)

Are you watching?  If so, what did YOU think of it?

midrange bike ride

Oct. 18th, 2017 11:43 am
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Haven't been having any bloggable bike rides (my threshold is 20 miles, generally) but I decided to blog this one anyway.

Sunday morning, I took Jocelyn to circus class in Somerville, then had a square dance practice session for the upcoming dance in Western Mass, and then blew off square dancing in the afternoon so I could drive to the doctor's office, and ride home, with intent to ride in the next day. The wind was not congenial, with an overnight switch from pessimal direction Sunday to pessimal direction Monday. So my performance was, not great. But I had a good time anyway.

Sunday: 16.03 in 1:37 against a headwind and with a net altitude gain, for an abysmal average of 9.9
Minday: 15.97 in 1:30 against a headwind but more generally downhill, for an average of 10.5

Today I rode round trip to yoga, the new place. Been fiddling with the route. I have usually been going a 6.5 mile route that has a hill. Tried another 5.75 mile route, but it has both a taller hill and a 1/2 mile dirt road. So, I think I won't do that again. There's also a 7.0 mile route that is somewhat flatter. Times show that the 6.5 is fastest by 3 minutes. There's another route that's 7.5 miles, but I expect it isn't any flatter than the 7.0 and thus will simply take another 2-3 minutes. The 6.5 also has fewer cars. (Well, the dirt road has the fewest cars, but the approach road to it has more.)
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Posted by Kevin

“Pretty sure stank is patented,” my friend Amy (who is also a lawyer) wrote in an email the other day, probably not realizing I would take that statement as a challenge (but possibly realizing I would).

As is so often the case, first we have to define our terms, and as usual that means I am off to the OED instead of whatever I’m supposed to be reading—more specifically, the stuff I actually get paid to read.

“Stank,” of course, as a noun, is Scottish for “pond or pool,” also “a ditch … of slowly moving water, a moat.” See, e.g. J. Fastolf, Paston Lett. & Papers (1450) (“Ser John Buk physshed my stankys at Dedham and holp brake my damme,” which sounds dirty but isn’t); Chaucer, Parson’s Tale 841 (1386) (describing Hell as “a stank brennynge of fyr and of Brymston”). The word can also mean a dam or floodgate; that is, the structure that creates a stank.

Reading on, I see there are other meanings of “stank,” which seem to have arisen much more recently.

For example, beginning in the 1970s, according to the OED, some U.S. persons began to use the adjective “stanky” to describe things with an unpleasant smell, the usage probably deriving from a “colloquial pronunciation of ‘stinky.'” See, e.g.Jrnl. Amer. Folklore 85:139 (1972) (“The mummy was so long and lanky, and so motherf*cken stanky.”) This was, for whatever reason, later co-opted by the world of popular music to mean something that was “passionate, forceful and uncompromising in style or performance; having a driving beat or rhythm; extremely funky.” See, e.g.Option (Mar. 1993) (stating that James Brown and George Clinton “plumbed the stankiest depths of funk”); URB (Dec. 1996) (opining that “[a] stanky bass groove levels your body with supreme boombasticness”).

During roughly the same time period, “stanky” evolved into the noun form, “stank,” used to mean the unpleasant smell itself, or, in the second sense described above, the thing one might add to something else in order to create the desired stanky quality. See, e.g.New York Times (Sept. 2000) (“Mr. Porter … asks if he might funk it up a bit. ‘Put a stank on it'”); Mixmag (Oct. 2011) (“Osiris boasted two bass players for extra stank.”).1

Now that we know what stank is, we can try to determine whether it has been patented. We should start by asking whether “stank” could be patented. Well, under U.S. law, only a “new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof,” can be patented. It has to be something tangible, not an abstract idea, suggestion or theory. A musical stank, therefore, could not be patented, no matter how boombastic.

But what about the other kind of stank? What if you’ve developed an especially notable stank and would like to patent that? Can you patent an odor? Well . . . yes. An odor may seem intangible (or not, depending on who you’re trapped in the elevator with), but it is a property of matter. There is a specific patent classification for “perfume compositions,” and as the New York Times reported in 2008, inventors can and have patented previously unknown scent molecules. “There are no new colors to see and very few new sounds,” the Times quoted an expert as saying, “but we are actually creating new, unique smells no one has ever smelled before.” Or so he believes, never having been on a camping trip with my uncle.

Actually, the smells mentioned by the Times were said to be pleasant, but as I was informed by Clint Newton, a partner in our firm’s intellectual-property group, there is no reason a patentable smell would have to be pleasant. (He then informed me he would no longer be taking my calls.) Could an unpleasant smell be useful? Yep. That’s why you can smell natural gas if a line breaks—the gas doesn’t have a smell, so they add mercaptan, which stinks. I guess I can’t really think of another situation in which that’d be useful, or a reason to come up with another bad odor. But legally, such a thing could be patented.

But has one been? Well, really comprehensive patent searches cost money, and like I said, Clint is no longer taking my calls. If you run “stank” through the US PTO search engine, you get 220 hits, but as far as I could tell, these all resulted from some misreading of the word “tank” or because the patent cited an inventor with the unfortunate name of “Stank.” Stank itself I could not find. So unless and until Amy comes up with evidence to the contrary, I’m going to say her guess that “stank is patented” was wrong.

There is yet a further twist, though. As it happens, Amy was referring not just to some random stank, but to “pork stank,” which according to the internet is a mixture of spices used as a rub when barbecuing pork:

Why was she referring to pork stank? Long story. Could this stank be patented? Well, I think the answer is yes. It’s a “composition of matter,” and I found lots of patents related to some form of seasoning or another, like No. 9,622,501, a replacement for “salted rice malt.” It would have to be sufficiently novel, and there is certainly more than one supplier of “pork stank” out there already, but assuming a pork-stank inventor could get over that hurdle, fine.

But with the term “pork stank,” at least when capitalized as above, more likely we’re talking about trademark protection, not a patent. You could, of course, trademark the term “Pork Stank”—but that’s not what you care about, is it? You want to know whether you could trademark a smell, pork-related or otherwise. Well, again, the answer is yes. It’s not easy, but (as Clint confirmed, when pestered) a smell can be trademarked, and there are in fact about a dozen “scent marks.” The one you are most likely to have smelled, without knowing it, is the “flowery musk” scent Verizon successfully registered in 2014. (If you think its stores have a distinctive smell, you’re not wrong.) The difficulty, though, is that not just any stank would do—to be trademarked, it’d have to be not just distinctive, but so distinctive that it has come to be associated with your particular product.

If you’ve got one like that, Clint could probably help you get it trademarked. (You probably shouldn’t mention my name, though.)

1There is, it appears, yet another meaning of “stank” that is not relevant here and that I choose not to address.


Oct. 18th, 2017 05:24 am
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"If you want to change the future, start living as if you're already there." -- Lynn Conway, 2013-07-14

[Though I think taking it too far and living as if "I don't have to work toward this because it's already done," might be counterproductive. Still work to make the change you want catch up to you.]

The hills are alive...

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:38 pm
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To the tune of "The Sound of Music", perhaps if Lovecraft had been the librettist instead of Hammerstein:

The hills are alive, and I think they're hungry
No one has come back for a thousand years
The hills fill my heart with a dreadful terror
I fear for my life with each sound I hear

We're told not to look at the hills when we're on
The trails near the lake in the trees
And travel with friends when the black birds fly
In the woods like bees

But leave friends behind when they trip and fall
Over stones in the way
So someone survives
And can tell everyone "keep away!"

Stay here in the town, even if you're lonely
Close your house at night, always bar the door
Don't mention the hills in your conversations
Or they'll take one more

556 days later.

Oct. 17th, 2017 09:15 pm
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So, this belated post, now that we have internet service working and I actually have a bit of free time, celebrating moving back into our home. 556 days after the fire. It should have been only six months, but the champion grade foot dragging and slow walking by the insurance company. We moved back home October the first.

Mom and I are back in real beds. We have a few chairs, one table in the kitchen, but we are mostly still living out of boxes. Need to get the rest of the furniture cleaned and in the house, or tossed into the junkpile. Unbox everything and put things away into closets and drawers.

I'm still busy with taking care of mom and working. Mom needs help with getting dressed and undressed now, and getting meals. With her arthritis, picking up anything heavier than a plate or glass is very difficult, so she really can't cook her own food anymore. We have aides coming several days per week to help her. A bath aide who can bathe her and make her bed twice a week, and two other days a week an aide who comes for an hour or so, and I'm not sure what duties she can do. (the rules for these aides on what they can and cannot do are byzantine.)

Friday, work is having me drive to NJ. So got brother to come over that morning to get her up and dressed. Next weekend, I'll be in CT for Furpocalypse, and we are hiring extra aides to come in to get her up in the mornings and put her to bed at nights, and feed her meals.


Oct. 17th, 2017 07:04 pm
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Otter had R wake me this morning; apparently he'd been calling my cellphone and it didn't wake me. This was about 7:30am, and he was having pain issues, which kicked off a round of running around getting tests.

When I looked on my phone, he'd sent SMS messages aroudn 6:48-6:52. My phone history doesn't list all calls from the same number. Same timing on my hangouts message log.

Having the ability to sleep through anything is very useful. Sometimes, it's not.

As a general rule, I don't beat myself up over things. I don't really see the use of guilt, especially as most people use it as a self-flaggellation tool without ever doing anything different. As far as I can tell, I don't feel it; I acknowledge that I did something wrong, apologize, and do what I can to make it better. Sometimes that's not possible. Life sucks, then.

I don't know what I could have done, if I'd seen the messages/woke to the calls; what I did was ask questions about when he took meds, and how/if things were different than the last time he described things to me. I'm not sure it would have been any better if I'd texted the doctor earlier than 7:35, since he told me to call the office at 9 to set up tests. I sat on the bed with him till then, and a bit longer till it was time to leave for the tests.

I have this silent scream echoing in the back of my head, underlaid with fervent non-stop cursing, that hasn't yet gone away.

Keith Marshall memorial at BSFS 10/28

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:30 pm
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Heya... I'd posted in other places including facebook and certain mailing lists, but had run into some problems trying to join the Baitcon community on Dreamwidth.

I kept expecting to see him at lumsfs, at capclave.

Baltimore Science Fiction Society has opened their space for a memorial on 10/28. The timing was somewhat confused until last week. I know it's short notice to travel, but it would be awesome if folks could send any pictures they might have. There's the facebook memorial group, and there's also keithmarshallmemorial on gmail

From the BSFS list, please propagate:
Memorial At BSFS for Local SF Fan Keith Marshall:
On September 16, 2017, local SF Fan Keith Marshall died from complications experienced during open heart surgery. A memorial for Keith will be held by his friends at the BSFS Building on October 28, 2017 from 12:00 NOON - 1:30 PM. Refreshments will be as a pot luck.


Oct. 17th, 2017 05:24 am
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"Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood." -- William Penn (b. 1644-10-14, d. 1718-07-30), +++verify source&work+++


Oct. 16th, 2017 01:17 pm
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first real trailer for 'Black Panther'

(I'd consider a liiiiiitle bit of side-eye at sampling Gil Scott Heron for something so mass-market-advertised, but, hell, if you're going to do it, this piece of exploding Afro-futurist awesomeness is the place to do it.)

Assorted Stupidity #106

Oct. 16th, 2017 12:30 pm
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Posted by Kevin

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  • UPDATE: According to the National Post, it will probably remain illegal to canoe under the influence in Canada for the foreseeable future. A pending bill would have provided that vessels “propelled exclusively by means of muscular power” would no longer be covered by the relevant Criminal Code provision. See Canada May Legalize Drunken Canoeing,” Lowering the Bar (Sept. 29, 2017). But MPs said they were persuaded by the Canadian Safe Boating Council that this would “send the wrong message,” and the bill was amended to remove the “muscular power” provision. The bill is still in committee, though, for now.
  • The Orlando Sentinel reports that the city has paid $37,500 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who was arrested for what officers thought was meth but was actually flakes of sugar from a Krispy Kreme glazed donut. An officer’s “roadside drug test” came back positive for an illegal substance, but a slightly more expert test came back positive for sugar.
  • I get a fair amount of press releases from PR people, though it’s not clear to me how I get on these mailing lists. Case in point: I recently got a press release from a PR firm announcing that former congressman Michael Grimm was demanding that FEMA extend the final deadline for people to make claims for Hurricane Sandy relief. I don’t have a problem with the extension, I just wonder why they expect pro-Grimm messages from me given that my prior mentions of him have not been especially flattering. See Good Reason to Kill #48: Asked Wrong Question After State of the Union” (Jan. 29, 2014) and “Can a Convicted Felon Serve in Congress?” (Dec. 24, 2014) (answer: yes, although Grimm resigned after his conviction).


Oct. 16th, 2017 05:24 am
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"One week after Jeff Sessions changed DOJ policy by refusing to protect transgender people under Title VII and launched a sweeping license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, he's seeking credit for prosecuting a hate crime? We believe Americans deserve an Attorney General willing to address systemic discrimination and enforce policies and laws that prevent hate violence in the first plac

-- Sarah Warbelow, Human Rights Campaign Legal Director, 2017-10-15


Oct. 16th, 2017 12:09 am
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Typing passwords from muscle memory with an injured finger sucks. It's a little like remembering a tune from its fingering on one instrument while playing it on a different instrument, but mistakes are physically painful instead of aurally. (And no, I have no idea what I did to the finger, just that even light pressure to the fingertip causes electric-feeling pain to shoot up my arm and moderate pressure makes the pain go all the way to my chest. No visible signs and I didn't have a violent mishap. Strange.)

Health update

Oct. 15th, 2017 08:08 pm
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So... the bacterial overgrowth breath test was positive! So, now they want to treat me, with some extremely new extremely expensive antibiotic that's possibly not covered by insurance. I have to play games with the insurance company; the doc office thought they could convince them because I have two indicators. I started the process, I haven't heard back. If the insurance doesn't cover it, I can get it from Canada for 1/4 the price. I can also get it from India for 1/10 the price, but I haven't decided if I trust India as much as I trust Canada.

In unrelated health news, I convinced my primary care to order a bone density scan. 5 years ago they said it wasn't indicated until 2 yrs after menopause. Now that I've achieved that milestone, they're saying it's not indicated until age 60. I bitched and he ordered the test. I think I'm the victim of insurance companies trying to spend less, or maybe this new "pay one flat fee per patient to your doctor and it's his job to manage all his patients so he makes a profit" plan. Shingles vaccine was a similar hassle. Lots of my 50-something friends are getting shingles, and the vaccine is now not indicated until age 60 or 65. I said I didn't want to be part of the n% that didn't follow the trend, and since my insurance will cover it (apparently not all will) he went ahead and shot me.

So the bone density scan is tomorrow. Dunno if I get immediate results or results in a week.

I have a confession to make

Oct. 15th, 2017 09:06 am
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I sign up for online things. Mostly contests. I know I'm not going to win, but who couldn't use a thousand bucks of new camera gear, or a few thousand toward a vacation someplace I'd actually want to go. Mostly these things are gimmicks to get you to sign up for various newsletters. Usually a glance at one or two of them and unsubscribe. Once in a while I find interesting things, like this...

I have no idea how I got on Topic's mailing list, nor did they say anything about short stories but this is a cool series of five short films with a definite F/SF twist. They're a little Twilight Zone-ish in the 'what would you do if this very weird thing actually happened?' way, but they're more humorous/ironic than TZ ever was. Chalk it up to 21st century sensibilities, I guess.

Watch the films at least - it's worth your time. I haven't read any of the other contents yet; if you do, let me know what you think.


Oct. 15th, 2017 05:24 am
dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
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From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-02-26:

"The late John Greenwood, Q.C, who served as Ontario's Assistant Deputy Attorney General in the late 1970s, had a signature line he used to deliver with a straight face. "Anybody can convict the guilty,' he'd say to visitors to his office, "the trick is to convict the innocent.' People laughed uneasily, sensing it may not be entirely a joke."

-- George Jonas, writing about John Greenwood in the National Post.


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Oct. 14th, 2017 11:26 pm
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I never did really understand parties. The one I attended tonight seems to me typical; forty or so people cramming themselves into a 10' square room, and then taking turns shouting at each other. I believe there was also music playing, and while I am given to understand that at many parties the music is louder than the people, here the reverse was the case.

The people shouting at me were interesting people, and I passed out as many bizcards as I could -- a couple of dozen, I think -- and I shouted back well enough, I think. Two hours was all the shouting I could take, and then I went home.


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