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, ...

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Aug. 31st, 2015 11:47 am
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Died on this day in 1422 aged 35 King Henry V of England (my toy,wikipedia). The stuff about his early life in Shakespeare is probably Not True, as he was quite busy doing useful things in war and politics not sitting around in pubs.

Born on this day in 1602 to John Solms-Braunfels , Count of Solms-Braunfels and Agnes of Sayn-Wittgenstein, Amalia of Solms-Braunfels (my toy,wikipedia). Grandmother of William III & I. Amalia escaped with the Winter Queen to the Hague after being forced out of Bohemia. She had a big influence on policy, and was responsible for many important marriages. After her son William died she was guardian of her grandson William (later King of England).

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Aug. 30th, 2015 12:03 pm
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Died on this day in 1483 aged 60 King Louis XI of France (my toy,wikipedia). Nephew of Isabella and Catherine who married (respectively) Richard II and Henry V. Interfered a bit in the Wars of the Roses, granting the exiled Warwick refuge in France where he formed an alliance with Margaret of Anjou. When Edward IV later invaded France, Louis negotiated a treaty where he gave Edward a lot of money in exchange for Going Away, which he did.

Born on this day in 1334 to King Alfonso XI of Castile and Maria of Portugal, King Peter 'the Cruel' of Castile (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Isabella who married Edmund of Langley, son of Edward III. Peter spent 11 years engaged in a war with Aragon, which he didn't do very well in, and then there was a civil war in Castile which got rid of him. Generally regarded as being vicious and nasty and all round not very nice.


Aug. 30th, 2015 10:39 am
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I went on holiday, yay.

We went to Copenhagen and Stockholm via France/Belgium/Germany. Onna TRAIN, which necessitated overnight stops in Germany both ways, and the carrying of four currencies.

I have learned that when thinks you can make a 6 minute change on a long distance train *it is wrong* (although I rebooked that one to avoid); our tightest change was 20 minutes in Copenhagen coming back, and it turned into 5 minutes due to train delays. Several trains were delayed, two by an hour.

Almost all of the trains were very busy, most of them had insufficient luggage capacity to cope with being full of people who all have luggage, which would seem reasonable on the commuter train to London but on an international train seems rather useless. The Hanover<->Stockholm train in particular had almost nowhere for large items of luggage.

Of 4 hotels only one managed to put 2 chairs in a room for 2 people (One had no chairs at all, which is at least more fair...).

We had amazing weather. It was sunny and warm every day.

We saw lots and lots of things; highlights:

*Copenhagen zoo has RED PANDAS. Two of them. And we got there before they fell asleep for the day.
*We went to Roskilde to see VIKING BOATS and actually got to row/sail on a similar boat.
*Parkrun has made it to Denmark, I parkran in Copenhagen :)
*Skansen in Stockholm is an outdoor museum/living-history/zoo place, and it's very cool.
*The Vasamuseet houses the Vasa which was a huge warship that... sank the first time it sailed, they dredged it up and made a museum and it's pretty cool.
*In Scandinavia they really know what to do with a herring.

Code push done!

Aug. 29th, 2015 10:00 pm
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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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Aug. 29th, 2015 10:50 pm
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Stockholm to Cambridge in two days, six countries,seven trains, one boat
and one taxi. Flump.

Code push!

Aug. 29th, 2015 01:12 pm
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[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

  • Embedded content support for and

  • 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!


Aug. 29th, 2015 02:29 pm
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tada )

todo )


Aug. 29th, 2015 11:54 am
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Well, well, well.

A decade ago, something wonderful started. Five years ago, we were looking back on happy years with the hope of many more to come. Four years ago, paths that had come together were diverging again. Three years ago, they had definitely parted.

A year (and two days) ago, something very difficult ended. It hadn't lasted even one year. Discerning the good from the bad, the real from the hopeless dream, the learning opportunities from the mysteries best not dwelt upon — that's still not over.

So here I stand. I have the happy memories; I have the scars. I may still be feverish, and I'm quoting Leonard Cohen:

I'm sentimental, if you know what I mean
I love the country but I can't stand the scene.
And I'm neither left or right
I'm just staying home tonight,
getting lost in that hopeless little screen.
But I'm stubborn as those garbage bags
that Time cannot decay,
I'm junk but I'm still holding up
this little wild bouquet:

I'm holding up the reason.

I've been ill these past two weeks. I believe that was nine parts happenstance, but still in one part I knew this day was coming.

I feel compelled to post, to acknowledge Earth has made another orbit of the Sun to separate me from the things which are past. But I can vividly recall the happy memories. And I am not, as I was three years ago, in a job I felt was unethical; nor, as two years ago, in a job disastrously unsuited to my skills; nor unemployed like last year. I now have possibly the best job I've ever had.

And there are people who intrigue me, but equally I seem to wear singleness well.

Many recent nights I have stayed home, getting lost in this 7" tablet.

Tonight, I am going to a party.

And I'm taking cheesyloaf and jaffa cakes.

Don't wait up, eh?

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Aug. 29th, 2015 11:00 am
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Died on this day in 1298 aged 29 Eleanor of England (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of Edward I. Married the Count of Bar. Didn't do much.

Born on this day in 1347 to Laurence Hastings and Agnes Mortimer, John Hastings (my toy,wikipedia). Married Margaret the daughter of Edward III. Campaigned with Edward the Black Prince in Spain and France.

On the subject of Frank Turner

Aug. 28th, 2015 11:30 pm
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Er, kab, said [personal profile] sgsabbage after my last post on the topic, do you actually like Frank Turner? I can't tell.

Well, something to that effect.


[personal profile] swaldman noted he'd liked I Still Believe (iirc) when it was performed at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, or something (I was actually completely oblivious to the fact the guy was performing at that point, but then I was kind of screamingly crazy and also in Edinburgh at the time), but hadn't particularly cared for the others or found them memorable.

And that, you see, is the crux of the matter, and it is this: Frank Turner has written one good song and a lot of variations on it, and he's also written a lot of intensely misogynist bro-y crap. (For my go-to example of the latter, look up the lyrics to Worse Things Happen At Sea, which has content notes for threats of stalking and domestic violence.)

The good song, to be clear, is I Still Believe, and all the songs that sound like it: the rock-anthem paeans to holding fierce & tight & viciously exulting to life (let's grab life by the throat/and then live it to pieces), with an endearingly misguided veneer of assertions that any of this shit is meaningfully punk rock. It's misogynist around the edges, because fundamentally there is absolutely no fucking way I would last longer than five minutes in a pub with this guy before I was yelling at him that the fucking reason he's stuck on I have to say that, honestly,/I still haven't found/the person who can take the strain/.../so I'll do this on my own is that he's straight and he doesn't think of women as people, and he doesn't want a partner he wants a Manic Pixie fucking Dream Girl, and perhaps if he could think of higher praise than Tre's the safest girl I know and if he could conceive of women having complex interiorities with motivations beyond being the addressee of but darling, if you're there, gentle voice and soothing hands,/to quiet my despair, to shore up all my plans he'd have more satisfying relationships--

-- all that aside, right, I Still Believe, and here's a run-down of its variants.
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But seriously there are so many other people you could spend time and money on instead. The Indelicates, obviously, though they don't particularly do much of a line in grimly-clinging-on-to-positivity-rock-anthems (and the one they have written I can't share with you, sorry, but they're perfect anyway and you should listen to them); Freshlyground (start with Doo Be Doo and Air Hostess); Matt Fishel, particularly Testament (NSFW music video; it's ok to keep your head held high/and it's ok to doubt yourself sometimes/and it's ok to fall in love), and if you're into Orphan Black please watch this then tell me that Felix isn't into the guy; Muncie Girls (Feel It Soon); everything by ONSIND. Yeah.

Working definitions of forgiveness

Aug. 28th, 2015 09:53 pm
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What I'm feeling towards here, I think, is something along the lines of willingness to assume good faith, and trust in minimally adequate competence.

To some extent that's a bare minimum for reconciliation, but I think that while it's necessary for said it's not sufficient; for reconciliation I'd need a more active than passive motivation, which is not the case for this definition I'm proposing. It's a slightly more formalised version of "you won't hurt me again" (as equal parts prediction and instruction; the saying makes it so), I think, in a way that lets me sit with and accept past hurt without requiring me to cross-reference all current patterns against it in a hypervigilant attempt to avert (perceived) disaster.

The Golden Rule

Aug. 28th, 2015 03:54 pm
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I was chatting in the pub last night, and the subject of the Golden Rule came up. During the conversation, we realised something startling: although "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" or various similar phrasings seemed entirely straightforward to us, we had strongly divergent interpretations of it.

As I understand it, our difference runs approximately like this: you would have other people do X to/for you, but you don't do X to/for other people. We're all agreed you're breaking the Golden Rule, but what is an acceptable remedy? Two options:
  1. Do X to/for other people.
  2. Stop wanting other people to do X to/for you.
By my interpretation, either of those options conforms to the Golden Rule, but about half the people round the table thought that only the first was acceptable.

Maybe I'm just a logician or a non-negligible distance along the autistic spectrum or something, but whenever there is a rule of the form "if A then B" and I observe A but not B, then ensuring not-A or ensuring B seem to me equally valid ways of ensuring conformity with the rule.


Giving up gracelessly

Aug. 28th, 2015 03:43 pm
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On the evening of Tuesday before last, I started shivering a bit and feeling grotty. I took the Wednesday off work.

Then I felt worse. On Friday, I felt just as bad. On Saturday, I was perking up a bit.

On Sunday, I had things I'd planned to do, even semi-committed to doing. I figured I ought to do them, if only so I was up and about ready for Monday.

On Monday, I felt considerably worse again, Tuesday a little better. I slept through Wednesday. On Thursday afternoon, I returned to the office.

This morning, I had a GP's appointment, because I'd been away for six and a half working days and my employer needed a sick note. I was still running a slight fever!

So I was told not to return to work until Tuesday. Hohum.

Bored now.

On the plus side I did get the sick note, and I've not been malingering as much as I feared I might have been. On the minus side, this has been going on for ten days now. It's curious: I've been feverish and lethargic throughout, but before the lull in the middle, my problems were mainly chesty; after it, ears and throat and one sinus. It's almost as though I caught two viral things overlapping rather than one big illness.

Maybe I should look after my immune system better, somehow. Or stop visiting plague pits. Or know when to stop trying to struggle through an illness and let it run its course. Or… I dunno.

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Aug. 28th, 2015 11:00 am
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Died on this day in 1705 aged 81 George Welf , Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Sophia who married George I. George contrived to actually marry (morganetically, meaning their children would not inherit) his mistress, which presumably is a happier state of affairs than having to marry someone you have never met.

Born on this day in 1837 to Alexander Wurttemberg , Duke of Wurttenburg and Claudine ? , Countess von Kis-Rhede, Francis Wurttemberg , Duke of Teck (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Mary who married George V. Francis's parents were married morganetically, so he was not a great catch; he eventually married his third cousin once removed who was in her thirties at the time and thus "getting on a bit" (oy!) and less of a catch. They lived in England on her civil-list (which probably wasn't called that at the time) income, but overspent rather and fled to the continent and the charity of other relatives (eventually they moved back)
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1. I've dealt with two scary e-mails this evening.

2. DW work! Cackling with [personal profile] azurelunatic over spite-driven development, updating the list of babydev bait in [site community profile] dw_dev_training, staring in horror at the codebase a bit but then writing a fix that seems (after very cursory testing) to largely behave as intended (so I have submitted a PR so [staff profile] karzilla can tell me to nest conditions instead of replacing them). (The horror in question: the if-statement that determines whether notifications of new entries/comments/whatever provide http or https links? Currently lives in LJ::User::Styles. NOPE NOPE NOPE.)

3. Bimbling about my mother's garden this evening; I've got a box or so of blackberries to take back to London with me, my hands still smell of Liebstoeckel, and I got to eat ripe raspberries and figs straight off their respective plants.

4. Three games of Scrabble with my mother over the past few days! And it is sort of telling that they just went, unlike the last several months, which strongly suggests that this round of antidepressant is starting to work properly. (I normally score 350-400ish. Game the first: opened with three bingos, ended up scoring over five hundred slightly to my surprise. Game the second: I remain extremely pleased about GAZeTTED for 92 and WASH/Ski/Ham for 50ish, finishing comfortably over 400 and on a tie prior to sorting out deductions. Game the third: actually significantly more lacklustre scorewise, but I was still pleased at getting out with OO/bOa/rOte for 15.)

5. I picked up beads for the shawls on Tuesday, and have been cooing gently over them ever since. They are tactile and pleasing and I am making a scientific joke with them that I find far, far too amusing.

6. Cambridge-Oxford-Cambridge over 5 days is actually a really sensible way to spend time: it means middle brother and I aren't in the same building for more than 48 hours at a stretch, which means that we don't hit him actually starting to set me off badly but we do get a high incidence background neutral-to-positive interactions.

7. Lovely grounding restorative reassuring extended conversation with [personal profile] sebastienne this afternoon once I'd finally dragged myself out of bed. I have more of a sense of purpose and more of a sense of where I'm going.

8. That first tattoo makes me think that all of a sudden I know what I actually want Westminster Bridge to be, if I get it. An idea to sit with for sure, but seeing that photo felt like things clicking into place.

9. Pushing home up the hill from the bus stop, toward fiercely atmospheric sunset clouds, followed by turning toward a nearly full moon suspended in the pale blue sky.

10. Here is temporarily who I am.

dear internet

Aug. 27th, 2015 10:14 pm
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please tell me that blackberry gin made with maple sugar instead of cane sugar is as good as I think it would be

hi! have some vvc vid recs!

Aug. 27th, 2015 05:18 pm
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Wow, I have barely updated since I started my new job. Turns out it's quite hard to get back into the swing of 9-5 after being out of work for two months, who knew.

I have managed to watch some of the great vids being posted recently though, so here have some recs.

Zero by [personal profile] sweetestdrain (Natasha)
This is a brilliant look at Natasha over all the films so far, covering her central role in the story and how she's the one who assembled the Avengers.

1941 by [personal profile] rhoboat (Peggy)
Great song choice, great editing, great series overview. Peggy! \o/

I Lived by [personal profile] flummery (Steve/Peggy)
*ugly crying* their love is so tragic. sob. But really this is actually wonderfully optimistic in tone, because both of them are living the heck out of their lives even though they're apart. The bittersweet tinge is a punch in the gut though.

Korra, Sense8, Doctor Who, Mad Max: Fury Road

Landsailor by [personal profile] skygiants (Legend of Korra, Jinora)
A really beautiful overview of Jinora's arc and all the themes therein.

Breathe Me by [personal profile] butterfly (Sense8, ensemble)
Ahhhh my heart. I love this cluster so muuch, beloved darlings.

Survivor by [personal profile] odessie (Doctor Who, multi era)
This is the BEST. It is what my heart is made of. Companions having wonderful post-Doctor lives and being friends and being amazing. It's beautifully structured, every time a new character was introduced I shrieked a little bit.

Na Na Na by [personal profile] violace (Mad Max: Fury Road)
THIS IS SO AWESOME. Inspired song choice and a fantastic whirlwind ride through this film. I have watched it many times and I love it.


Today we got sent the draft script for our ceremony from the registrar, and it's my hen night this weekend, and our flat is covered in RSVP cards and robots and the constituent parts of centrepieces, all of which leads me to conclude that time has gone past inordinately quickly and I am in fact marrying [personal profile] happydork in two and a bit weeks.

Which is tremendously exciting, and also a little bit surreal. But then I sneak a peek at our wedding rings, or remember awesome little things we have planned for the day, and actually it's all totally great.

Also, this is late notice, but we haven't actually started putting together the decorations yet, and if you would like to contribute, you can decorate one of these awesome robots and send it to us, digitally or physically. If we have it on Friday 11th it'll go up in the hall, and if we have it this weekend it might also be included in something else we're planning. <3

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Aug. 27th, 2015 11:00 am
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Died on this day in 1261 aged 74 Ela of Salisbury (my toy,wikipedia). Married William, illegitimate son of Henry II. She was the only child of the Earl of Salisbury, and thus his heir, at the point she married William she was a very wealthy woman.After William's death she founded a nunnery, and became a nun and later abess.

Born on this day in 1742 to Charles Mecklenburg-Strelitz , Duke of Mecklenburg and Princess Elizabeth-Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen, Ernest Mecklenburg-Strelitz , Duke of Mecklenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Charlotte who married George III. He tried twice (unsuccessfully) to marry wealthy heiresses, since he had run up enormous debts.

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Aug. 26th, 2015 03:49 pm
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Ashes of Honour
Chimes at Midnight
The Winter Long
The Curse of Chalion
Red Rose Chain (acquired from SF bookstore in Stockholm, lucky me)