October 21st, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] metahacker at 07:55am on 21/10/2017
October 20th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] siderea at 08:51pm on 20/10/2017 under ,
Locals,

I have a friend coming from out-of-town – from one of those more landlocked places – who would like to go out for seafood. I'm abashed to admit, my answer to the question of where I go for seafood around here is "New Hampshire", which is not compatable with our plans. I am nursing a grudge against Legal, and just about all the places I used to go are out of business.

They're a foodie, will be staying in Somerville, and will be getting around on the T.

Where should we go?
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posted by [personal profile] jbsegal at 04:13pm on 20/10/2017
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.
posted by [syndicated profile] xkcd_feed at 04:00am on 20/10/2017
October 19th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] siderea at 08:44am on 19/10/2017 under
The water pipes in my apartment have abruptly started acting weird: very noisy and comes out sputtering. There seems to be air in the pipes. This started yesterday – first noticed when the toilet tank was refilling with cold water, checked the kitchen taps, and the cold water was doing it there, too. Then the hot water started doing that too, which has me more alarmed: that comes right out of my apartment's water heater tank, so there shouldn't be any opportunity for air to get in it, right?

I called the landlord yesterday, left a message about it. There's construction going on on the floor below me, but I asked one of the guys if they're working on the plumbing and he said no.

It's still doing it.

How worried should I be? What scenarios could be causing this?
October 18th, 2017
Bernie Sanders is coming to ONCE Lounge, 156 Highland Avenue, next Monday, October 23, at 9:30 am. He will be endorsing progressive candidates for local office in Somerville and Cambridge. RSVP here.
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posted by [syndicated profile] xkcd_feed at 04:00am on 18/10/2017
posted by [syndicated profile] phd_comics_feed at 01:02am on 18/10/2017
Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham
www.phdcomics.com
Click on the title below to read the comic
title: "Confusing Malaise" - originally published 10/16/2017

For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!

October 17th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] siderea at 11:57pm on 17/10/2017 under
It was just brought to my attention that per the date traditionally held to be the one on which Luther nailed the 95 Theses to a church door, this Hallowe'en is the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.
October 16th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] tim at 02:53pm on 16/10/2017 under
I'm not doing regular linkspam posts anymore, but I had a pile of links to file and I thought I'd put them in one place.

Some advice for survivors and those writing about them, Leigh Honeywell (2017-10-12). Some great advice on talking to journalists that applies to situations where you're exposing any kind of wrong-doing.

Donald Trump to become first president to speak at anti-LGBT hate group gathering, Benjamin Butterworth for PinkNews (2017-10-11). Remember when people were saying "at least Tr*mp is pro-LGBT"?

[CW: rape] On predators who won't accept that they are predators, E Price (2017-10-12). "It’s important for men to question whether there are rapists in their midsts. But good men, really feminist men, need to go even further: they need to question whether they have ever been rapists themselves."

Sister Outsider Headbanger: On Being a Black Feminist Metalhead, Keidra Chaney for Bitch (2000-11-30). Good stuff about being in intersecting outsider identities.

We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made, Jonathan Solórzano-Hamilton (2017-10-12). "Rick was a very talented developer. Rick could solve complex business logic problems and create sophisticated architectures to support his lofty designs. Rick could not solve the problem of how to work effectively on a team." (Other people have rightly pointed out that the author doesn't place enough responsibility on the environment "Rick" was in for allowing him to escalate his toxic behaviors, but the fact remains that some people deal with pressure by seeking help and support from others, while others deal with it by harming others in an attempt to preserve themselves.)

We Warned You About Milo And You’re Still Not Listening, Katherine Cross for The Establishment (2017-10-09). 'The hypersensitivity that reels from “trigger warnings” but thrills to Yiannopoulos’ joyful transphobia, that likens workplace diversity trainings to “gulags,” is what fuels the outrage culture about “outrage culture,” an insatiable rage that can never be sated by giving it what it says it wants. It will merely demand we make ourselves smaller and smaller until nothing of us remains. Reactionary outrage about “PC” is not a philosophy as much as it is a burning sun that demands our compliance as its nuclear fuel, consuming it endlessly until it can feed no more and goes nova.'

America Loves Plausible Deniability, Lindy West for the New York Times (2017-10-14). "When faced with a choice between an incriminating truth or a flattering lie, America’s ruling class has been choosing the lie for 400 years."

A guide to modern Nazi dogwhistles from [twitter.com profile] secretgamergrrl:
"Modern nazi dog whistles- Accusing people of "calling everyone a nazi." Specifically, doing this in contexts where it makes no sense. i.e. shouting "you call everyone a nazi!" when someone is talking about nazi book burnings in the 40s, or "everyone you don't like is a nazi!" in response to a statement like "this is a profoundly homophobic statement from this organization." The hope is that someone listening who has, in a more appropriate context, been at some point likened to a nazi will give some subtle gesture of approval, outing themselves as someone ripe for recruitment. A common variation is shouting "why do you hate Trump!?" when people discuss bigotry in contexts with no tie to Trump."

Cyrus Vance and the Myth of the Progressive Prosecutor, Josie Duffy Rice for the New York Times: "The progressive bombast is meaningless if prosecutors continue to promote the same harsh practices behind the scenes. Instead, voters must look closely at their policies and hold them to high and specific standards. We should ask: Are prosecutors opposing new mandatory minimum sentences during legislative debates? Have they declined to request cash bail in a vast majority of cases? Are they keeping children out of adult court and refusing to seek life-without-parole sentences for them?"

"Fun sexual assault fact: you only hear the stories we can bear to tell." -- [twitter.com profile] sarahhartshorne
posted by [syndicated profile] xkcd_feed at 04:00am on 16/10/2017
October 15th, 2017
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Hey folks, be on the lookout for people searching for their pet bun. This is definitely not one of the wild locals, it's an intahlopah.

https://redd.it/76fjf8
October 13th, 2017
posted by [personal profile] herooftheage at 05:33pm on 13/10/2017
So one reason poker is hard is that a few moments of poor play can be costly. Last night had several of those moments.

A few hours in, I'm in the cut-off with about 140 in my stack, and I pick up QTo. Everyone folds to me and I raise to 10.

That play is ok. I'm late to play, and I'd be glad to steal the blinds. BB calls and the flop is AJ6 with 2 clubs. I bet 12 and the BB calls.

Again, this play is also ok, since the BB might have missed and be planning on check-folding. Check, and betting 7 or 8 would be ok too, though the latter might well be conveying too much information, as it screams "I'm trying to control the size of the pot! because I don't have much!"

Now things go off the rails. Turn card is a 5, BB checks, and I bet 25, BB check-raises to 50 and I call.

Stupid, stupid, stupid. I got myself a free card, and I threw it away. Then when my opponent claimed to super-strong, I called again in the hopes of a gut-shot coming in to take down the pot, on a hand that should check-fold the turn/river.

River 8c. BB checks, I shove, BB calls, shows JJ, scoops up the chips.

So I represented a flush on the river when for the rest of the hand I was saying that I already had a made hand and was not on a draw. Just as bad, my bet of 60ish into a pot of 140 wasn't going to be large enough to have any real fold equity at all.

So, a few moments of bad play and the result was I lose 140 on a hand instead of 22. You don't need a whole lot of those misconceptions to have a negative night. I had easily a half dozen. Now as it turns out, I was eventually able to buckle down and have a marginally profitable session, but bad play really cut into the bottom line.
posted by [personal profile] herooftheage at 03:42pm on 13/10/2017
It is rare for me to remember my dreams. Rarer still for the ones I do remember to be about anything other than sex. But when I woke up this morning, reverberations from one of my favorite Shakespeare speeches was in my head:

"The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesses him that gives and him that takes:
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God Himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice. "
posted by [syndicated profile] xkcd_feed at 04:00am on 13/10/2017
October 12th, 2017
Join the Somerville Planning Department for our second Davis Square Neighborhood Plan fall meeting. During the first meeting, participants identified and discussed various topics they wanted to be addressed in the plan, in the second meeting we will focus on three of those topics: Proactive Maintenance of Assets, Arts in the Square, and Housing Affordability. Participants, planners, and experts will brainstorm strategies on how to achieve these shared goals through broad-based collaboration between the city, local non-profits, residents, community partners, and businesses.

Thursday, October 19, 6 pm, in the Baptist Church at 31 College Avenue

To learn more about the Davis Square Neighborhood plan go to https://www.somervillebydesign.com/neighborhood-planning/davis-square/

If you have any questions about the event please contact us at planning@somervillema.gov

location: Baptist Church, 31 College Avenue
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posted by [personal profile] teko in [community profile] davis_square at 02:04pm on 12/10/2017
Kor Tor Mor (former Golden Light location) is ready to open; the owner posted yesterday on Facebook that they're waiting for inspection and expect it to take another 2-3 weeks.

Mortadella Head (former Deli-icious location) is still under renovation but has been posting photos of sandwiches on Instagram.

Anybody know what's going on with the former Subway location? It's been well over a year since Chef Nookie announced the development of that spot into some kind of cafe/coffeehouse, and there's been no work on the place since, and he hasn't posted to any social media since 2016.
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posted by [personal profile] siderea at 01:23pm on 12/10/2017 under
I have a domain for which I don't have any sort of privacy protect - it's for my business, so I have my business info attached to it and am happy to have it public (free advertising!).

But when at the commandline I do whois mydomain.tld the record that comes up is very terse, and has no information about me or how to contact me at all:

   Domain Name: [mydomain.tld]
   Registry Domain ID: [REDACTED]
   Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.enom.com
   Registrar URL: http://www.enom.com
   Updated Date: 2015-10-[REDACTED]
   Creation Date: 2011-10-[REDACTED]
   Registry Expiry Date: 2021-10-[REDACTED]
   Registrar: eNom, Inc.
   Registrar IANA ID: 48
   Registrar Abuse Contact Email:
   Registrar Abuse Contact Phone:
   Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
   Name Server: [REDACTED]
   Name Server: [REDACTED]
   DNSSEC: unsigned
   URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/


That's what I get from both my mac terminal and the shell at my hosting company.

Adding "--verbose" doesn't change anything.

When I go elsewhere, say to whois.domaintools.com, I get the whole record I expect to see.

What's going on here, does anybody know? Is there some way to convince my local whois to return more full records?
posted by [personal profile] pearlythebunny in [community profile] davis_square at 08:05am on 12/10/2017 under
Boston West Fair Skies (BWFS) will hold its quarterly meeting Thursday November 2nd in Belmont.

BWFS works towards redistributing airplane noise more fairly among our communities.

Thursday November 2nd, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 P.M.
Belmont Public Library
336 Concord Ave

We are a citizens grassroots organization which includes Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, Watertown and Winchester – all communities affected by the increased airplane noise due to the implementation of 33L RNAV (using GPS) departures at Boston Logan Airport. The quarterly meeting location rotates to different towns.

BWFS is fighting for a more equitable distribution of airplane noise. Since our creation in 2013 we have made good progress with officials at the state and national level. We are hoping that Boston Logan will soon be the first airport selected by the FAA to have RNAV departure procedures re-evaluated. Everyone affected by the increased airplane noise is strongly encouraged to join the fight.

Please join us! All are welcome!

Kathryn Klosky Howlett
Communications Chair

More info at: www.bostonwestfairskies.org

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