June 22nd, 2017
posted by [personal profile] herooftheage at 08:26pm on 22/06/2017
The summer solstice after I was declared cancer-free, I stepped out of the house at dawn, and walked until sunset. I made it a little over 27 miles, to downtown Plymouth. It was tiring, exhilarating, emotionally-charged, soul-expanding, and really, really, fun.

I didn't do that this year. :)

I had my yearly pre-cancer checkup CT scan, and decided to walk back from Mass. General, which, given my pace and the time it took, was probably a little over seven miles. (I walk around 3.5 miles/hour these day, a result of both aging and having switched to toe first walking. I could get back up to my old pace of 4 mph by falling-step walking, but that's not conducive to taking in the scenery.) While not the life-affirming event that my day-long hike was, it was still quite enjoyable. I should get out more - the only time I really walk these days is playing golf and Pennsic - and no Edward, I don't care if I'm the Earl Marshal, I'm not riding in any damned golf cart!

Dod Ave. has changed a bit since last time I strolled down it. Two new tattoo parlors, a couple more Chinese bakeries, an Addison-Wesley office building, fewer kids hanging out on the corners, more 20-somethings Going Places and Doing Things. All in all, I'd say things were looking up around here.
Mood:: 'content' content
June 20th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] metahacker at 02:26pm on 20/06/2017 under
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posted by [personal profile] sorcyress at 06:21pm on 20/06/2017
Brain ebbs and brain flows. Right now, I'm in a good space. More worrisome, I'm on day two or three of a good space, which means my entire life is going to come crashing down like day after tomorrow.

On the plus side I got put on another therapist's waiting list, and I have an appointment on Monday for potential intake/placement. Whee! And I have most of the next two weeks essentially off, which means I'm gonna have fuckall ability to get shit done, of course, because no routine.

Sometimes I can't tell whether I'm being depressed or realistic and it's annoying as hell.

Anywho, a quick todo list for the next few days:
TMC minutes, Pinewoods costuming and packing, apply for all the jobs, maybe work some? Work on my room for suresies. I should probably make some Active Effort on getting my place into some semblance of livable --I'd like to have access to a desk again (especially because then I could reinstate the rule where I'm not allowed to use the lappy in bed which might be good.)

What else...

Last night's dance was _really good_. It was solely dances from books 1-3, which means among other things we got to do the SCD version of the Virginia Reel. (People get annoyed by this sort of thing, which means I go up to both the teacher and the teacher-coordinator and explicitly anti-complain about having weird historical stuff to try).

There were some other really (physically) hard dances too, and the whole thing ended off with Mari's Wedding. This is great, except that my legs hurt and I have a billion hours of squares and rounds today and then highland tomorrow. I look forward to continuing to torment my body (I should do my pushups).

I have made a new friend! It's a new internet friend, which is the _best kind_. His name is Quads (well okay, technically it's something about quadrilaterals, but I started calling him Quads and then he changed his nick to match so I'm going with it) and he's into musical theatre and used to dance. I met him through the most recent incarnation of The Pie Shop, which let me tell you it is so important to my brain to have access to an IRC-like, apparently. Not enough for me to actually get into IRC (because honestly, at least half of the desire is a place to chill with mek), but having a general chatroom to harass people and the like is great.

I should really get into Slack, shouldn't I?

I've also _finally_ put together my Dreamwidth friends list, so I can actually come read over here. This is a good thing! This means I'ma read LONG FORM BLOGGING! And then maybe someday I will comment on LONG FORM BLOGGING and even get more people to do it, damnit.

Dunno. Not too much else to say, but glad to be saying things. This has been a bad year for writing AND LET'S NOT TALK ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DEPRESSION GETTING WORSE AND NOT WRITING NOPE.

Hearts and stuff.

~Sor
MOOP!
June 19th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] sorcyress at 03:19pm on 19/06/2017
Here are my plans for the week!

MONDAY:
I didn't get called in to substitute, which means today is a Day Off. I set myself three goals for the day (wash hair, call a therapist, apply for a job) and I have completed the first two! I also sent out the survey for the Highland Ball.

Other stuff I might do today includes creating a rough draft of the TMC minutes from our June meeting, and finally getting my shit together about making a DW friends list so I can come back here proper. More immediately, I'm gonna go get some lunch.

a'ight, pasta water's boiling. Carry on, self!

TUESDAY:
Normal nannying day. Head to MIT after for squaresing. Fuck around MIT from 4ish to 7ish and...do more computer-based stuff? Work on the Highland Ball Bible? Apply for a job, for sursies. Maybe work on a secret project. Go to Squares and dance a lot, then come home and sleep.

Oh, I know, tomorrow's Big Task will be designing the buttons for ESCape

WEDNESDAY:
This is where I suddenly stop having a job for a few weeks, because I was gonna go to NYFaerieFest but then...I'm not. Anywho, hopefully I will work at the bananamines in the afternoon. The evening will be the last Highland class until September, gosh!

THURSDAY:
I'm not technically nannying, but I'm gonna go out and accompany Rbeast and her other nanny to playgroup, for last playgroup. Because I like all the adults there (and also all the kids) dag-nabbit! After, I'm gonna head to Arlington and babysit the little bear while her mother gets work done.

FRIDAY:
Picnic lunch plans. The morning will involve preparing said picnic lunch, unless I'm really useful Thursday night. Then picnic lunch on the commons with a friend, and maybe bananamines in the afternoon if I'm lucky. Should possibly throw my name out there for general work accessibility. *SHRUGS*

WEEKEND:
I actually have no plans for the weekend, but I could find a ride to ESC and pack for Pinewoods's and other stuff like that. Also clean my room. Also maybe a social of some sort??

NEXT WEEK:
I am taking over RBeastcare on...Wednesday, I think. My planner knows for certain, I'll double-check.
Basically no other plans except "Scavenge work because money" and "prep for Pinewoods".

And that's me!

~Sor
MOOP!
June 18th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] blk at 01:41pm on 18/06/2017 under , ,
First ripe raspberry of the year was today, June 18, one day later than last year.

May flowers were purple and pink. The last week of May and the first week of June I have almost no flowers. Then starting in June I have orange and yellow from the daylilies and coreopsis. There's been a ton of rain lately which the gardens have loved. The weeds have also loved it, too. Yesterday I weeded some places that had gotten a little out of hand, including the painted sidewalk. I'd thought that the paver base and sand was supposed to keep stuff from growing there, but I guess some weeds don't need much.

I planted some chard plants late and just transplanted some teeny squash plants from the compost. They've gotten a late start but are still alive. I'll see if they're still around next month.

Orange lilies half blooming.
June 17th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] cos at 10:13pm on 17/06/2017


Four photos from a very old folder. Based on the date, I'm fairly sure I took them on the flight home to Boston from attending Minicon in Minneapolis with [profile] silentmachine. But I can't find any record of that flight so I don't know what stopover city I might've gone through. Click on the image to see all four photos; do you recognize those bridges?

Edit: Commenters have identified the first bridge as the Throgs Neck Bridge and the second one as the Verazzano Narrows Bridge (both in NYC).
June 16th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] goddessfarmer at 04:17pm on 16/06/2017
 My house is one step closer to being smaller. Today Comcast's subcontractor came and moved the cable. Now my excavation contractor just has to finish filling in the trenches. 
Other things on the pre-demolition checklist:
new living room out of sunroom and hallway - the floor is done, needs trim, bookcases and paint.
new HC bathroom in old laundry room (keeping laundry there) - needs floor, sink, toilet, trim, and paint.
remove hot tub from cellar pool - prep work done, scheduled for movement on Monday
Drain heating system - done
Shut off domestic water from affected area (cut and cap pipes as necessary) - plumber next week?
Kill electric to demo area - 90% done. 
remove baseboards from demo area - in progress
remove windows from demo area - trim is off most of them, that'll likely be the last thing pre-demo.
Move furniture from office and library into new living room - library is partly packed, otherwise waiting for space to be finished.
Move buried cables coming up from PV panels to house - the new routing requires lots of earthmoving, which starts Monday after the hot tub is out.
As a side effect of reconstruction these other projects are in the works:
replace oil-fired boiler with gas - step one of acquiring larger propane tank is 90% done; tank is here and gas co should be here Monday to hook it up.
gut and re-flue main chimney - slated to be done concurrently with heat system replacement. 

The fact that we are far enough along to even have a checklist is pretty awesome.


Mood:: 'pensive' pensive
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posted by [personal profile] siderea at 01:06am on 16/06/2017 under ,
I keep having bright ideas that seem very plausible, but which then seem to not work in reality. I'm wondering if any of you can advise me about the following.

D, who will be moving into an assisted living facility shortly, is undecided about what size of bed she wants. The room she will have is quite small, so on one hand, she wants to maximize floor space. On the other hand, she's used to sleeping in a full size bed, and not sure she can handle downsizing to a twin.

So I had the brainwave that maybe we could use one of the rent-to-buy furniture places to rent a twin bed for her to try out. While we'd pay a premium for doing this, it would allow her to change her mind and have her full bed moved in if she didn't like the twin, without having to pay the full price for the twin if she didn't like it.

Now, I thought my question would be whether rent-to-own furniture places would even rent mattresses in MA given our laws about reusing mattresses – it turns out they do – or whether rent-to-own furniture places, having the reputation they do of being skeezy, are too disreputable to contract with or would have terms unfavorable to doing what I want – it turns out their model and rules seems ideal to our purpose.

But no. The problem seems to be whether rent-to-own furniture places on the North Shore will rent an entire twin bed.

There only seem to be two furniture rental places that serve the North Shore, Rent-a-Center and Aaron's. Both seem to be convinced that only children use twin beds. Aarons, at least, will allegedly (per website) rent a twin mattress and boxspring set, but none of their bedsets or electric adjustable bed bases are compatable. Rent-a-Center has no twin mattress sets at all; all their twin beds are for children, and either bunk beds, or platform beds (no place for boxspring), all of which are strangely inaccessible with things like elaborate superstructures (e.g. to make the bed look like a car, or a Cindarella coach) or higher than usual bed surfaces for under-bed storage (Captain's beds).

Does anybody have any suggestions about this? I can call the stores and ask if they have things available not on the website, but I figured I should stop and ask if there's things I should know that I don't. Like does anybody know of a local alternative? Has anybody done this?
June 15th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] siderea at 05:01pm on 15/06/2017 under ,
Via Metafilter: Developers Who Use Spaces Make More Money Than Developers Who Use Tabs

Apparently, a suprisingly robust finding, even after controlling for absolutely everything obvious, and a lot of clever non-obvious things, too.

While correlation does not imply causation, in case you were wondering: 8.6% higher, on average.
June 14th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] siderea at 08:45pm on 14/06/2017 under
I swear, not 48 hours after I finally get around to actually putting a Patreon icon on something, Patreon launches a completely redesigned logo.

It's like washing the car to make it rain.
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June 13th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] siderea at 01:44am on 13/06/2017 under
Is this image of an actual fractal a graphical representation of a set of points determined by a specific complex equation that is fractal? Or is it just a pretty fractal-ish-looking work of art? How can you tell?

ETA: Is there anybody out there who can generate me an actual-fractal with as pretty a color scheme? Willing to pay.

ETA2: Whoa. Whoa. One of the answers to "how can you tell if an image is an actual fractal" is "happen to recognize the coloration as one of the presets in a given fractal generator application." Mad, mad props to [personal profile] jesse_the_k for identifying the generating application, FRAX for iOS, and sending me a proof image.

Yes, indeedy, the original reference image was computationally generated by a fractal image generator. From the image [personal profile] jesse_the_k sent me, which shows more of the open space between the arms, it's clear that a texture has been applied (the "gold foil" has subtle wrinkles which I'm pretty sure aren't representative of anything mathematical in those areas of the graph), which is an artistic decision, but given that I now know what it is, and that it is, while decorated (migod, it's a gilded fern), otherwise mathematically generated and valid, I'm going with the original.

Thanks all!

P.S. Which is not to say that I'm not interested in seeing what other people working on fractals come up with. Just that my need is no longer urgent.
June 12th, 2017
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