Beer festival tasting notes

May. 26th, 2016 12:02 am
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The chocolate stand has wonderful stuff, as ever. Their Ugandan 80% dark chocolate remains one of the very finest I know and the Venezuelan 43% milk is also nice (maybe pipped at the post by the readily available Willie's Rio Caraibe 44%). The Himalayan rock salt balances sweet and salty rather more carefully than, say, Lindt. The orange is pretty good, mint also nice though maybe edged out by Montezuma's Minted.

The delightful surprise at the cheese stall this year was Old Winchester. The information sign compared it to Parmesan; the website compares it to vintage Gouda. It is extremely firm and crystalline but let's put it this way: you could cut it with the supplied wooden knives when you wouldn't stand a chance with a Parmesan, and it has nutty overtones rather than Gouda's firmer nutty edge. It's nice stuff. It doesn't distinguish itself in any especially remarkable way like some of my favourites do, it's just a really, solid, tasty lump of cheese. Nom!

(You didn't expect me to be tasting beer, surely?)

[food] tiramisu

May. 25th, 2016 08:42 pm
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Notes for next time, just so I don't have to work it out again.

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Code tour: 12th April--25th May

May. 25th, 2016 05:43 pm
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This is a big one, due in no small part to [ profile] pinterface, new to Dreamwidth volunteering and coding up a storm. I've gotta say. A very warm welcome also to [ profile] dfabulich, who I am pretty sure is also featured in a code tour for the first time!

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Contributors: [ profile] cesy, [ profile] chrisboyle, [ profile] dfabulich, [ profile] kaberett, [ profile] kareila, [ profile] me-and, [ profile] pinterface, [ profile] rahaeli, [ profile] zorkian

(... I swear I am never going six weeks between code tours again, I am NICE and DON'T DESERVE THIS...)

Things one seldom thinks to oneself

May. 25th, 2016 03:19 am
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"Oh yes, vinegar. That's what I wrote on my toothbrush last year!"

France, favours, failures, fluency

May. 25th, 2016 03:01 am
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I was pressed for time, earlier, when I was shopping in Tesco.

I needed some more smoothie, and noticed a curious thing: most of the cartons of green smoothie were kiwi, pomme & ananas rather than kiwis, apples & lime. Since I could tell they were having trouble shifting the French stock, I decided to do them a favour by taking one instead of an English carton.

Then I got to the self-service checkout, which didn't recognise the barcode. On the one hand, I'm kicking myself for not thinking of that, on the other I'm wondering what kind of stock control Tesco has if stuff can make it to the shelves without that being spotted. (Hmm. Maybe Innocent somehow mis-manufactured French cartons in English wholesale packaging, actually?) For added fun, the staff member hovering by the checkouts didn't believe me that it cost £2. And then the person they sent to do a price check didn't believe it was the same product as the English shelf-edge price tag. Fortunately, a manager wandered over and decided to take my word for it.

So much for trying to do Tesco a favour. )-8

One curiosity I noticed at the time: despite the English and French products being made to the same recipe, they mention the limes for the UK market and the pineapples for the French. Are different fruit more attractive to different nationalities? Or is it just that "citron vert" would sound clunky and they can't say "citron" because lemon would be ick in that drink? Even so, what do we Brits have against pineapples?

Meanwhile, so I don't accidentally leave cartons festering overlong, I always scribble the day of the week on a carton when opening it. It says something about the way my mind works that I now realise I wrote "MAR" instead of "TUE" on the French carton.

Maker Faire ho!

May. 22nd, 2016 12:41 am
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* Please wear all of your wearables.
* There is fruit in the kitchen.
* There is ice in the freezer, or at least there should be.
* Please do not forget to put the battery in the camera.
* Please do not forget to wear clothing.
* Check the weather, adjust accordingly.
* Buy a whole-day Caltrain ticket just for funsies.
* A cane is mandatory.
* The extra batteries would be helpful, as it would suck to be without means to find one's Purple.
* The fucking sunscreen is in the box. Wear some.

Riddle me this

May. 21st, 2016 10:31 pm
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We're about to be asked whether we want to leave the EU or remain in it.

I've been sitting around waiting for this question to be asked, but it never seems to be. And when I Google around for it, just gives me an advert for remain rather than facts.

So: does anybody have a link to something authoritative which explains what, precisely, we would and would not be voting to leave?

Candidates include:
  • The European Union
  • The European Community
  • Europol
  • The Court of Justice of the European Union
  • The European Court of Justice
  • The European Union Customs Union
  • The European Economic Area
  • The Council of Europe (not to be confused with the European Council or Council of the EU)
  • The European Court of Human Rights
  • The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines
  • The European Pharmocopoeia
  • The European Audiovisual Observatory
  • Eurimages
  • EUR-OPA (The European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement)
  • GRECO (The Group of States Against Corruption)
  • The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport
  • Eurovision
  • Interrail
  • NATO

I've ordered that list approximately so that the ones I'm most sure we'd be leaving are at the top and the ones I'm most sure would be unaffected at the bottom. Obviously, some are… rather more important than others.

Edit: This kind of confusion can matter greatly. Back when the USA voted for Prohibition, a lot of those who said "yes" thought they were only voting to Prohibit hard liquor and were dismayed when wine suddenly vanished from the shelves.

A train of events

May. 21st, 2016 10:13 pm
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On the one hand, I may have just dropped some Meghan Trainor albums in my shopping basket. Don't judge me!

On the other, her stuff is insanely catchy. I can see why people more immersed in popular culture might be sick of the sound of each and every one of her hits by now.

Having compared her a couple of days ago to Jim Steinman, Kate Bush and Paul Simon, I've realised the person she really reminds me of is Victoria Wood. Wood always managed to stay grounded despite celebrity, and got to do things her way in an unfavourable environment without treading on toes in the process.

Meanwhile, I've also noticed that the couples in the video for Marvin Gaye are discreetly diverse. Which is nice. I'm also wondering, on second thought, why a video that could be construed as depicting a mass orgy in a school sports hall somehow manages to come out feeling healthy and carefree and wholesome. It's a neat trick when I put it like that.

There's an app for that

May. 21st, 2016 10:08 pm
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In fact, there are too many apps for that.

All the cool kids seem to be able to scan QR codes with their phones. I might as well equip myself to do likewise, provided it doesn't screw anything else up in the process.

But what I realised the other day ought to be technically possible and would be much more useful for me is a barcode scanner for my phone. Sure enough, it is possible, and is often functionality bundled with QR code scanning. Makes sense.

But there are squillions of apps out there, all near-identical, all scoring 4.0-4.3 or so in the Android app store. There are then also dozens of consumer advice websites offering different lists of the ten best, or whatever.

I guess I just want to be able to scan a QR code to visit a website, or to get some text on the clipboard. I want to be able to scan a barcode to do a Google search, or an Amazon search, or put it on the clipboard, or drop it into a list to deal with later. (In an ideal world, EANs would be a trivial thing to search for and get meaningful results, but that's another issue.)

Any recommendations?
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My thoughts about the EU are complicated and, if anything, getting more so. Some day soon, I may have things straight enough in my mind that I can post something coherent.

But in the meantime, George Osborne has said that leaving the EU would lead to lower house prices.

Whatever one thinks of his politics, that's the first outright asinine thing I've ever seen him say. Sure, there are some people who want to cash in on silly house prices, but there are also rather a lot who would prefer them to be lower. Whose side is he on, here?
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Dreams which are Just Not Fair, Yo:
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Waking up out of that is not fair.

Thursday night's dinner was at a place I'd not been before, but immediately decided should be added to our dinner rotation. I shared with Purple, who was in accordance, but also doubted how much parking there'd be on a Friday night. I think perhaps we'll try it some early weeknight.

It was beer & shenanigans night, so I went down to hang out with some of the crew. R saw me first, and wandered over to say hi. She has a set of headphones similar to mine now -- she saw mine and decided they were amazingly cool (I have my doubts about the headphones but they're handy) so she got some. Hers are blue too. Purple arrived, and then Mr. Tux. Purple was late because he was saying goodbye to Mr. Netflix, who is headed off somewhere. (Perhaps he and J will be co-workers soonish?)

I saw W walking off towards the gym with her iPod and gym bag, and waved. She came over to the fire pit to say hello; we cheerfully continued our conversation about that brief window of time in 2010 when it was possible to get near-complete access to someone's LJ account using this one weird trick, and why internal documentation is super important.

I saw the Singing PM wander past, and hailed her. She met Mr. Tux, who is on the other side of the atrium in the same building as she is.

Eventually I happened to glance over at the right moment and saw the retreating ponytail of lb. I hollered after him, and he wandered over to say hello and spend some time chatting. There was various hilarity.

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QI-style question for today

May. 20th, 2016 05:10 pm
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An oddity I just noticed: which is the only nation to have Methodism as its state religion?

The answer is here, when I was wondering to myself "Wait a minute, are we the only nation with a Protestant state religion?" As it turns out, no, we're not — there are also a few of the Nordics plus a couple of weird special cases you're not going to guess. :-p

How convenient

May. 20th, 2016 01:10 pm
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This is something I should have spotted sooner.

ISIS/ISIL/Daesh is a Salafist movement which purports to be fundamentalist aniconic. Hence destroying historic monuments, etc.

So… how come they get to publish glossy magazines and release videos, eh?
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Been a while since a proper update! This is not quite a proper update, but at least it's substantial?

"I found whistles, maracas, 5 hour energy, coffee mugs, headphones, and a cellphone charger, but I did not find the other webcam."

Faceblindness! It's fun for the whole family! I'm not sure if I've properly told the "some woman" story about my faceblindness on DW as yet, but it's become my go-to story for "no, really, Rev. Lunatic is faceblind" though to be fair, Mama says that it took seeing Tay walk (well, bounce) in the airport to recognize her, since she's changed a lot.

However, in compensation, I have a small non-face-related superpower. I had a really fun encounter in the past year-ish where lb showed me some photos from his mid-90s college crew, and I was able to identify lb in a group photo where lb himself wasn't quite sure which of two people he was. This was based on my knowledge of how lb stands, and another photo which established what lb was wearing. Read more... )

I cannot perform this party trick with just anyone, but I can usually spot Purple in very large group shots if I know vaguely where he was in the crowd. Sometimes it's based on a sneaker. (Purple wears white sneakers that trend increasingly towards grey and ragged until he gets replacements. He also lounges ostentatiously, Kirklike/catlike. I find both somewhat endearing, but I would.)

One of my forms of comfortgoogling is chicken pictures. Current small pet peeve: when any old picture of a hen on a nest is used to illustrate "broody". Broody is a very specific state of chicken, generally characterized by unwillingness to get off the nest and hoard eggs, and sit there until the chicks hatch. Broodies are cranky, will cut you, have flattened themselves on the nests with wings slightly out away from their sides, have their necks pulled way down into their feathers and their tails raised so usually the tail-bump is higher than the head. They make a characteristic rhythmic "clook ... clook ... clook ..." noise (similar to the syllable of the rapid "buk-buk-buk" tidbitting noise but more spaced out, and more relaxed than any part of the "buk-buk-buk-buk-ba-DAWK-et!" alarm call which often follows egg-laying, fox sighting, bush rustling, or Disturbance in the Force). If you try to steal their eggs, they will growl/roar and also try and cut you.

Fishie is finishing up sophomore year at college. (OMG, how time flies.) She'll be 20 soon. She's majoring in computer science now, and doing things like acing the midterm where the median grade was ... not super great. The teacher for that class will be pleased to write her an academic recommendation, and says that she'll be able to do anything she puts her mind to. I am so proud of her. She works so hard, and she's getting so much better at picking her battles. She has been figuring out her summer activities: after finals, she goes to her internship Down South. After that she may wind up going to see her grandma, and after that, spending time with a friend in San Diego.

The concept of "like 5, 6 nice" has entered our dialogues because Fishie's Terrible Mom #yamappendix would make a big deal like "I AM BEING THE NICEST PERSON EVARRRR BECAUSE I LOVE YOU SO MUCH" when doing normal and expected things. So when Fishie encounters people who are being genuinely kind, she is equally floored by small kindnesses that don't inconvenience others, and big kindnesses which do inconvenience others. It's all pegged at like 10 nice for her, when someone with a scale that isn't at "Mommy is an abusive fuckwad Read more... )" might view it as maybe a 3,4 nice.

For those who don't dwell anywhere near Silly Valley and also aren't tapped in to the latest tech tat, "hoverboards" have been A Thing for a while. It used to be that there was just the one dude at work who rode one around, and he was proficient and discreet except for how he was going pretty fast and kind of gliding. Now, of course, many tech bros with more money than sense either have one of their own, or have access to one. Thus it was that one dude who I IRC with wound up in the ER one fine evening after doing a wipeout on his hoverboard while at work. In a subsequent all-hands at his company, there was a safety admonishment about unwise hoverboard usage.
Tech Bro 1: "haha bet I know what happened."
Tech Bro 2: "hahah yeah I heard about that."
Tech Bro 1: "sucks that K had to go to the ER tho."
Tech Bro 2: "wait, K had a wipeout too? I was talking about X."
Tech Bro 1: "Oh, what happened with X?"
Multiple hoverboard collisions in one week: not a good thing.

One of the best days of my young life was the day my father brought home a label-maker. It was a about the size of a large typewriter. I recall it having a few large font wheels. We started labeling everything. We kids dubbed it "The Advance", because it had a large key labeled "Advance" in place of an Enter/Return key. The key fed blank tape.
One of the most tragic and terrifying days of my young life was the day when the label-maker caught on fire. I saw black smoke rising up out of it, and immediately began screaming and jumping up and down. Fortunately it was winter. This meant that the appropriate response, which my dad immediately took, was to unplug it, pick it up (it was smoking, not flaming) and hurl it out the front door into a convenient snowbank.
After that we didn't have a label-maker anymore.

"I feel like both of these perspectives are valid, but they're not compatible."

Being around a whole whackton of other non-binary-gendered folks has helped me focus my gender identity feels some. It looks like the identity that best fits is agender. Non-male-identified, though sometimes I present masc and sometimes I present High Soft Femme. Though maintaining High Femme feels kind of like the thing where you're clamping down in the vain hope that you won't bleed all over everything before you get to a bathroom with supplies.

"... a bit of a radfem (without the skateboard)" (said of a radical feminist who might not so much be the "raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaadical, duuuuuuuude!" kind)

Hard problems in gender, privacy, and community safety: where is the line between outing and community safety, when you happen to know that someone who has Caused Problems Before is in a community [a different one] under an identity that is at least slightly discontinuous with their old one, and the new identity is tied to a gender marker change (and the old identity is really most sincerely dead)? (Tentative answer: take it case by case and hope you get it right.)

Once upon a time, Reverend Lunatic gave themselves hiccups as the result of an orgasm. Once not that long ago ... Read more... )

I have started watching the Great British Bake-Off, finally. It is so charming! I appreciate that all the contestants and guests are treated respectfully by the editing and camera, in a way that US television rarely does. And it's just so amazingly sweet!

Now that the conference is wrapping up, I'm down to just job-searching with a side of wrap-up work, not job-searching AND ALL THE CONFERENCE. This makes more time to tidy. Last fall, I'd decided to re-arrange my apartment. It got halted halfway through, and the result was nothing short of chaotic (though better arranged for certain things like sleep and computer). I decided that enough was enough, and I would work slowly but steadily in the direction of making it guest-appropriate. It's been coming along nicely, though it still is like a bit of a wacky game of 2048, where you have to calculate and carefully merge two things into the same space without upsetting anything else or making anything important too hard to reach quickly. This has resulted in random acts of mending, because part of this is seeing problems and fixing them.

My favorite hair ornament is a little basket of wires that's secured with two long metal spikes with glass knobs at the ends. Unfortunately, our relative heights are such that when I wear it, I spike Purple in the face with it when he hugs me goodnight. I have determined that I will seek alternate updo-securement, and have located a thing or two which should work better. Purple was a little "but you didn't have to -- it didn't draw *blood*!" when I showed him. :>
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Github recently introduced the option to squash commits on merge, and even before then several projects requested that contributors squash their commits after review but before merge. This is a terrible idea that makes it more difficult for people to contribute to projects.

I'm spending today working on reworking some code to integrate with a new feature that was just integrated into Kubernetes. The PR in question was absolutely fine, but just before it was merged the entire commit history was squashed down to a single commit at the request of the reviewer. This single commit contains type declarations, the functionality itself, the integration of that functionality into the scheduler, the client code and a large pile of autogenerated code.

I've got some familiarity with Kubernetes, but even then this commit is difficult for me to read. It doesn't tell a story. I can't see its growth. Looking at a single hunk of this diff doesn't tell me whether it's infrastructural or part of the integration. Given time I can (and have) figured it out, but it's an unnecessary waste of effort that could have gone towards something else. For someone who's less used to working on large projects, it'd be even worse. I'm paid to deal with this. For someone who isn't, the probability that they'll give up and do something else entirely is even greater.

I don't want to pick on Kubernetes here - the fact that this Github feature exists makes it clear that a lot of people feel that this kind of merge is a good idea. And there are certainly cases where squashing commits makes sense. Commits that add broken code and which are immediately followed by a series of "Make this work" commits also impair readability and distract from the narrative that your RCS history should present, and Github present this feature as a way to get rid of them. But that ends up being a false dichotomy. A history that looks like "Commit", "Revert Commit", "Revert Revert Commit", "Fix broken revert", "Revert fix broken revert" is a bad history, as is a history that looks like "Add 20,000 line feature A", "Add 20,000 line feature B".

When you're crafting commits for merge, think about your commit history as a textbook. Start with the building blocks of your feature and make them one commit. Build your functionality on top of them in another. Tie that functionality into the core project and make another commit. Add client support. Add docs. Include your tests. Allow someone to follow the growth of your feature over time, with each commit being a chapter of that story. And never, ever, put autogenerated code in the same commit as an actual functional change.

People can't contribute to your project unless they can understand your code. Writing clear, well commented code is a big part of that. But so is showing the evolution of your features in an understandable way. Make sure your RCS history shows that, otherwise people will go and find another project that doesn't make them feel frustrated.

(Edit to add: Sarah Sharp wrote on the same topic a couple of years ago)

A lifetime of music

May. 19th, 2016 09:34 pm
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Fifty years ago this week, Bob Dylan was famously called "Judas" by a disgruntled fan for playing an electric set. Bob Dylan was 24, and the BBC quotes one Dr CP Lee as calling it "one of the pivotal moments in popular music in the 20th Century".

Now, I happen to know (in the sense that I went and looked it up on Wikipedia) that the Beatles' first album was released in March 1963. If anything pivoted on Dylan's 1966 performance in Manchester, it had surely begun to swivel on Elvis' pelvis in the fifties then been given at least a helpful nudge by the Fab Four.

But there was clearly something in the air back then, just a few years before I was born. The Who was recording My Generation, Simon and Garfunkel were advocating the sound of silence, and the Rolling Stones weren't getting no satisfaction. I didn't come to realise it until a good while later, but I was born into an era of Pink Floyd and Mike Oldfield and Queen, all of whom in part owed their genesis (er… them too) to the greats of the sixties. By the time I was paying much attention, though, electronic music was the new game in town and Spitting Image was parodying The Who for being old and decrepit. (Now, another generation on, Pete Townsend is still going and Spitting Image is a distant memory. Ho ho.)

The eighties belonged to the synths and the sequencers and the samplers. I remember those, back when they were new and exciting. I remember the magic Jarre worked: always musically fresh, and always technically innovative. I remember Cubase back when it only did MIDI and only ran on the Atari ST.

Nowadays, it feels as though we haven't had any especially interesting new musical developments for a few decades. And nobody seems to be pushing the boundaries technically any more. Yesterday, Jack observed that he finds less stuff really funny than he used to; I feel the same about musical innovation.

But the Dylan anniversary wasn't the only thing going on this week. There was also the story of Meghan Trainor pulling her latest video from Vevo because she'd been digitally manipulated to look skinnier.

Now, I confess I'd not really paid much attention to her, but she seemed to be talking a considerable amount of sense, and I was bored and ill, so I prodded harder.

Well, colour me impressed! People aren't supposed to have songwriting contracts by the age of 17, then write a hit single at 20 (the label published the demo without even re-mixing it) and win a Grammy at 22. They're especially not supposed to do that while, by all appearances, being preposterously well-adjusted, happy, friendly, positive, gracious, composed and self-aware. Somehow, she appears to be embracing fame enthusiastically without slipping into narcissism. Throughout interview after interview, she's saying nice things about other artists, her friends, her family, her team, and never once having a nasty word about anybody.

She's also clearly very talented and diverse as a writer, instrumentalist and singer: catchy tunes and sensible themes with broad appeal, concisely expressed. A lot of the music harks back to the fifties, as well as having obvious modern influences: "I think the greatest songs are the ones that are timeless. The ones that I can write now and in 60 years they will want to play it in their house and they will still jam to as if it was brand new — that’s a smash. That’s the first rule, timeless." People really, really aren't supposed to be saying things like that in interviews when they're only 21.

I'm not quite sure who Meghan reminds me of. Possibly some bizarre hybrid of Jim Steinman, Kate Bush and Paul Simon. In any case, it's pretty clear she's got a gift that'll be perennially popular, that she knows how to convert into a job she loves for life. She might want to be a little careful when she's 27, but if she goes off the rails, I'd be surprised and disappointed.

Then, while researching her, I also discovered Charlie Puth. He seems very nearly as talented, nice and well-balanced as she is. Somewhat refreshingly, they're close friends who good-naturedly but firmly brush off suggestions of anything more. Puth's song "Marvin Gaye", which features Trainor's vocal skills, was rightly well received: channelling the memory of a legendary songsmith and his 1982 hit in a style which reminds me a little of Paul Simon's Take Me to the Mardi Gras of 1973. Only better. Woah.

Both of them seem to be under good-natured pressure to develop and diversify as musicians. I just compared a 24-year-old Puth to a 31-year-old Simon. I wonder what Puth will be doing in seven years' time?

Alas, it seems unlikely either will ever do anything so revolutionary that the fans scream "Judas". As Trainor says:

Everything has pretty much been done. So now all we can do is take our influences and try to make them modern and make them relatable and then better. That’s what I’m doing. I’m taking those timeless hits, that if I sang them to you right now you would know every word. I’ve put my own flavor of urban soca love on that and then lyrically I talk about texting and face tune and all the young generation stuffs and then I just put a little bow on it and I give it to the world and they’re like "What is this? This is new!"

I fervently hope that everything has not already been done. But the next big thing is going to come from the twisted imaginings of a tortured genius with a Bohemian and tragic lifestyle. (They won't write a rhapsody about it — that's been done.) Selfishly, I hope that person is out there, somewhere, but I wouldn't wish that life on my worst enemy, let alone people as nice and wholesome as Trainor and Puth seem to be. Their job is to write a better class of bankable pop in the meantime, and they know it.

Products that change

May. 19th, 2016 08:48 pm
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This is number n+1 in a series of rants about manufacturers messing with perfectly good products.

25 years ago, I bought Boots fingernail and toenail clippers. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it turns out they do eventually start to become blunt.

So I bought some more. The new ones (a) have a broader radius so you have to make more clips to trim the nail to the proper profile and (b) lack the integral nail file.

There was nothing whatever wrong with the old design. I guess expecting the design to stay the same from one generation to the next is a little ambitious, but even so…

Meanwhile, once upon a time M&S socks were basically cotton, with a smidgen of Lycra. They were good. Supermarket ones, by contrast, were "cotton rich" which meant "cotton polyester blend which will slide around on your foot and try to turn the heel upside-down before the day is out". Now, M&S has followed suit and all their cheap socks contain "polyamide". They do have pure cotton socks, but they're £15 for 3 pairs instead of £12 for 7 pairs. By my maths, going from 88% cotton to 100% cotton cannot possibly justify a threefold hike in price. (Going from 88% cotton to 264% cotton, maybe.)

Anybody know somewhere that sells good socks at a sensible price?

Nicolai debunked

May. 19th, 2016 08:46 pm
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Last year, there was a cat gradually approaching my house and certain doom.

When winter came, it stopped visiting.

Now it's back.

And… it seems to have started 2016 closer than it ever was in 2015. It really is very close to getting wet, now!

A BSL update

May. 18th, 2016 11:28 pm
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So I'm three sessions into the Improvers' class, though I missed the second by dint of being in Cornwall; having spent a lot of last term learning principles and grammar and getting used to moving our hands and receiving sign (and a big introductory lot of vocab!), we're now getting lots more vocab, and last week's homework was to work out 100-200 (English) words' worth of story about our lives, then bring it to class as BSL.

I promptly had a lot of thoughts, contained herein.

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