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Feb. 6th, 2016 04:29 pm
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Died on this day in 1599 aged 53 Elizabeth Stafford (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of William, husband of Mary, sister of Anne, wife of Henry VIII; she was herself descended from Edward III. Elizabeth's parents were staunch protestants and left England for Geneva for the duration of the reign of Mary I, they returned to England after Elizabeth II became queen and Elizabeth and her mother were both ladies of the privy chamber. Elizabeth's husband was made a receiver for the Exchequer in Essex, Hertfordshire and Middlesex, but ended up fleeing to the continent owing the exchequer thousands of pounds, this did not cause Elizabeth to fall out of the Queen's favour however.

Born on this day in 1944 to Prince Christoph of Hesse and Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark, Princess Clarissa of Hesse (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of Sophie, sister of Philip, husband of the current queen. Does not merit own wikipedia page.

swearing allegiance to Peter Ustinov

Feb. 6th, 2016 04:24 pm
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conversation between me and Tim, many years ago:

Marn: I've never pledged allegiance to the Queen... well, unless you count the Cub Scout promise. Come to think of it, though, I've sworn allegiance to her husband.
Tim: ?!
Marn: When you start at Cambridge, you have to promise allegiance to the chancellor, and the chancellor is Prince Philip. So presumably I'm still under an oath of allegiance to him.
Tim: ... that's wonderful. I wonder whether that means I've sworn allegiance to Peter Ustinov.

- Prince Philip was chancellor of Cambridge at the time of this conversation; he isn't now.
- Peter Ustinov was chancellor of Durham at the time; he's now dead.
- the Cambridge matriculation oath is currently: "I promise to observe the Statutes and Ordinances of the University as far as they concern me, and to pay due respect and obedience to the Chancellor and other officers of the University."
- the Cub Scout promise is currently: "I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to God, and to the Queen, to help other people, and to keep the Cub Scout law."

Alternatives to Twitter

Feb. 6th, 2016 10:04 am
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There's a flap going around Twitter at the moment about the possibility of "algorithmic", which is to say, non-chronological, timelines.

People are unhappy and upset about this because it takes away from them, the users, control over who they interact with. That has a pretty disruptive effect on the community; it's a bit like going to a pub where the landlord tries to guess which sentences people say that you will like, and somehow only lets you hear those.

what's actually going on? )

So far, so theoretical. What are we supposed to do to help our social networks survive, to maintain viability (with some kind of convenience) for those relationships we treasure and continue having access to new relationships online?

There isn't, I'm afraid, an easy, convenient answer: no matter what you do, some people you'd desperately like to stay in touch with are probably not going to stay in touch, because using some other means of communication is more effort than they want to put into the friendship. I remember when this happened to me on a small scale: someone I had been conversing with a lot via Gmail Chat (remember that? Before the whole Google+ thing) stopped using it, and... it turns out that e-mail isn't a good way for that person and me to converse, and they don't have that much time for Twitter these days either. I still feel abandoned and forlorn about it, but the truth is, if the person really wanted to keep in touch with me at the level we were in touch, they would have taken the time to do it. And yes, that does hurt, even though I know there's no ill-will, just not enough hours in the day.

Losing a platform, either suddenly or gradually, will highlight a lot of that. It's going to hurt. There's a lot we can do to mitigate the effects, though, so that when (not if) Twitter (or some other network) becomes unusable, it feels more like "one of the local pubs is closing, that's sad" than "the only pub I could ever go to has become uninhabitable and I have no other way of contacting my friends".

Step 1: Have another point of contact. That might be here on Dreamwidth, it might be giving your e-mail address to people, it might be the Book of Face (yuck), it might be somewhere else. But have it, and make sure people you want to stay in touch with know about it.

Step 2: Seek out and maintain other networks. This always feels a bit like a betrayal, and it requires a change in habits, but maintaining some kind of a presence -- even a post once or twice a week -- is probably a good idea.

Step 3: Cultivate closer ties with a smaller group of people. There are people I try to see regularly offline if I can. There are people I e-mail regularly. I'm a lot choosier about who gets to see my locked Twitter account and my not-this-username Dreamwidth account than I am about the public, artsyhonker-associated accounts.

I think where a lot of people are falling down is at Step 2: if you've mostly only used Twitter and Twitter is easy to use from your phone and Facebook is terrible, where do you go?

Here are some suggestions:

GNUsocial: This is an open-source federation of servers ("instances" or "nodes") that are a lot like Twitter. There's a 140-character limit. The protocol they use is called Ostatus. I use it as @artsyhonker on the quitter.se server, the public timeline of which is a bit scary to see at the moment. All of the whack-a-mole problems with abuse and spambots and unwanted porn exist here, but one strength is that you can set it up so that it cross-posts to Twitter: if I post a 'queet' or notice or whatever it is, it also appears on my Twitter timeline. So there's a bit of continuity there, at least. I know of two Android clients that support it: &Status (or AndStatus) and Mustard. Neither of them are amazing, but there may well be others in existence.

The main weakness of GNUSocial, other than just not having the critical mass of Twitter, seems to be a lack of coherence of things like direct messages and private groups over instance/node borders. I don't use DMs a lot on Twitter so I'm not sure this is a huge problem. And there's other stuff that's different on different instances... apparently the Rainbow Dash instance has no character limit, but I don't know how that works with displaying things on, say, quitter.se. If you're looking to keep a close-knit group together it might make sense to all migrate to the same instance. If you're sure you'll keep in touch with one another in other ways anyway, you might want to each check out an instance and find out which one will work best for your needs.

Dreamwidth: You're reading this post on Dreamwidth. It's an online journal system that sort of forked off of Livejournal several years ago. As you can see, it doesn't have a 140-character limit! It does allow for the use of cut tags for longer posts, though. And you get a 'reading page' (see the public posts on mine here) which is... in reverse chronological order! Hurrah! Comments on entries are threaded nicely and don't turn up as entries/posts in their own right, so it's a little bit harder to join in unless you want to, but also easier to not get bogged down in conversations you don't really want to be part of. And -- get this -- you can decide on a post by post basis which posts are public, which are access locked to just people you've granted access to, and which are only visible to people on particular filters. You can decide whether to allow comments from anonymous users or just people with Dreamwidth accounts. You can also use it as an RSS reader, so if you're still kindof missing Google Reader from your life, this is a really good thing. It's community-led and community-funded: the revenue model is that you can have a paid account, which has more bells and whistles. But the free accounts are definitely very much enough to be getting on with.

The main weakness of Dreamwidth is the lack of a mobile client. The Android client 'EllJay' will post to Dreamwidth, but it's pretty limited. I understand that [personal profile] marnanel is working on an Android client with more functionality.

Streetbank: This isn't so much an online social network as an online way of meeting your geographical neighbours, a cross between Freecycle, skillsharing sites and a tool library. The idea is that you can loan people actual things, or given them away. You can tell it how far away you want to see requests from (I think the radius can be 1 to 4 miles) and your own address is kept private. I'm including it here because I think getting to know some neighbours can be a good thing.

Weaknesses/unknowns: I have no idea if there's a mobile app and I have no idea how to get it up to a critical mass in a local area; it almost needs deliberate, strategic adoption by a small group of people in an area to work, I think. As things stand, I don't get reminder e-mails often enough that it's a big part of my life, but if everyone within a one-mile radius of me posted three things per week (for lending or give-away) it would probably get spammy (there are 134 of us). I'm not sure what the revenue model is, which makes me a bit uneasy.

None of these are a replacement for Twitter; all of them are worth checking out. Other suggestions are welcome.

I'll see you around.


Feb. 6th, 2016 11:03 am
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This year is Quilt Club's thirtieth birthday, and there's some sort of Thing* where one makes a quilt (well, wall hanging more like: A3 sized) on the theme of 30.

I've been noodling around, and so far my not-very-inspiring list includes:
- 30 is the sum of the first four squares, which makes it a square pyramidal number [this would be great if I could find a nice geometric 2D representation of the concept, but I can't]
- Periodic table - zinc [not very exciting; I was trying to remember while we were mucking out and did have a moment of hope that it might be copper or cobalt, which at least give a good colour scheme]
- Anniversaries - pearl [-> oysters -> Whitstable and a nice local connection, but I bet someone else will do it]
- I Ching - Li - fire - clinging "it will be advantageous to be firm and correct, and that thus there will be free course and success.  Let (its subject) also nourish (a docility like that of) the cow, and there will be good fortune" [um, ok. The hexagram is at least nicely symmetrical and pretty]
- Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver [that sounds tedious to sew]

Anyone have any better ideas?

* I'm really not sure what sort of Thing it is. I have, from various bits of paper and the website, pieced together the fact that there is an annual competition, and the winner each year chooses the theme of and/or a specific fabric to feature in next year's competition entries. I have found a mention in one place to X having won last year and chosen 'birthday' as a theme in honour of the anniversary. I've also found mention of this A3 30-themed thing, and I'm not sure if that's a refinement on 'birthday' or something entirely separate. And, finally, when I joined I was given a membership pack that included an entry form for the competition, which has a small piece of fabric stapled to it, implying that that's the one that has to be used. The form is dated 2015, but then the membership form I filled in when I joined was dated 2014, so. I shall have to consult Mrs Up The Hill when I see her.

They don't seem to be terribly organised, which I suppose isn't very surprising. I was amused to note that the latest issue of the newsletter contained a piece explaining that there was some confusion about how one signs up for classes, with slightly different instructions available in different places, so here was a definitive set. It was, naturally, different to the set on the sign-up table, was generally very poorly written and unclear, and the waffly bits that described what the back end process was that required these specific instructions be followed made it logically clear that there was a really really important step missing from them. I may make rewriting it properly and clearly into a priority when I take over. Oh, wait, I decided not to do that. Good foresight there.
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On Wednesday night, X watched Kit while J and I had a date. Tonight J watched Kit while X and I had a date. I'll do the same for them next Wednesday. This is yet another reason to be grateful to be in a three-parent household.

We all seem to be "hooray, a few hours off from babycare" parents rather than "miss the baby even if just for a few hours" parents. I'm relieved that there's no mismatch there; it would be very awkward if one of us was trying to talk about work or movies or whatever while the other one pined and tried to log into the babycam from their phone. We all love Kit and love spending time with Kit and also are very glad to get breaks.

J and I went to Dassara Ramen for our date, a favorite of ours. They had their wonderful lamb ramen on the menu, so of course I got that, and we split an order of shishito peppers that made us miss Japan. We mostly talked about J's work and workplace stuff, and my theories about how there should be way more film and television adaptations of romance novels. The night was drizzly and cool, and we walked up Smith to Fulton and then over to Nevins to get the subway home. I got dairy-free ice cream at the vegan juice bar around the corner--there are two kinds of Brooklyn vegan juice bars, the hipster kind and the Rastafarian kind, and this one is the Rasta kind, so the ice cream came in a plastic half-pint deli container but only cost $4--and then we snuggled and smooched for a good long while. It was really really nice.

X and I trekked into Manhattan to go to Senza Gluten, since all the Brooklyn GF restaurants we might want to go to are actually less convenient to get to. X had their first postpartum beer, a bitter-sharp IPA that made me make the sucked-a-lemon face. We joked a lot with the server, who was so nice that X left them a thank-you note. I had lamb again, come to think of it, in a ragù over cavatelli. We walked up to Union Square in the bitter cold. In the station, we tipped some human-statue buskers who repaid us with some very talented dancing; we just missed our train while watching them, but that was fine because we were enjoying being together. Down on the platform we kept having tender sincere moments interrupted by blaring announcements, but that's what we get for having tender sincere moments on a subway platform. It was really really nice.

When I was growing up in a family of four, it often split into factions: two against two, or three against one. I don't ever want my family to be that way. But I love that we can divide and reunite, in all our various configurations, because all of our twosomes deserve time together.
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Brought almost everything related to the cluster back online this week, hitting 90% utilisation by Friday, with reviving a downed node saved for other's use. Also this week have dropped into ResBaz. There was a couple of hundred people involved, so it's been quite a show, and ran into Yaokang W., who is interested in the fascinating field of using the Natural Language Tookit in case law. In a couple of weeks I'll be travelling to Wellington to present and MC at Multicore World. My paper has puns in the title; A Laconic HPC with an Orgone Accumulator.

The Isocracy Network has a new article by William Hathaway on a Long Term Strategy for the Left, but also a timely new national policy for asylum seekers developed by Damien Kingsbury, myself, and other troublemakers. 'Timely' is used in the disturbing context of the High Court deciding that the children of asylum seekers born in Australia could still be sent to offshore detention. Attended the large (and mainly unreported) snap protest at the State Library for those of us still opposed to the torture of babies (has it really come to this?).

Three other events attended this week; GURPS Middle Earth and Laundry Files games on last Sunday and Thursday respectively, the latter quite notable for using characters and setting from The Man Who Would Be King. Went to Robina C's et. als, exhibition on Friday at The Food Court; an interesting space and indicitive of an area that has been over-developed - nows the artists are moving in.

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Feb. 5th, 2016 04:35 pm
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Died on this day in 1605 aged 53 Edward Stafford (my toy,wikipedia). Step-son of Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne, wife of Henry VIII. Edward was an MP and was sent to France as a diplomat. He was a *very bad* diplomat and took money from both the French and the Spanish to pass on information to them and to not pass on information he should have been to England. His wife was called Robertsa which is not a name I was previously aware of.

Born on this day in 1999 to Daniel Chatto and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, Arthur Chatto (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grandson of George VI. Today is Arthur's 17th birthday, happy birthday Arthur. Presumably he is still attending Westminster Cathedral choir school, he is currently 23rd in line to the throne, which might be the closest anyone called Arthur has been in a while.
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2015/41: A Symphony of Echoes -- Jodi Taylor

One event leads to another, which triggers something else and before you know where you are, the ramifications spread far and wide throughout History. Echoing down the ages. Getting fainter and fainter, but never completely dying away. They talk of The Harmony of the Spheres, but History is A Symphony of Echoes. [loc. 2625]

In which Max encounters Jack the Ripper, mocks some dodos, adjusts Mary Stuart's love life, and witnesses the assassination of Sennacherib. ('Standing on a small, grassy knoll at the site of an assassination is never good in any language.') not significantly spoilery review )

"The screaming meemies"

Feb. 5th, 2016 02:35 am
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When you have a baby (or are about to have a baby and are reading up on babies), you start to see the word "colic" everywhere. It's rarely defined but always made out as something dreadful, or at least extremely unpleasant--and worse, it's portrayed as incurable and inescapable. Some babies are just "colicky" and nothing can be done about it.

This turns out to be not at all true. As far as I can tell from doing a whole lot of reading on the topic, there seem to be two kinds of colic: indigestion, and emotional meltdowns. Kit's had both, and we were able to identify them pretty quickly and treat them pretty straightforwardly. Kit is a very easy-going and good-natured kid, so that may be a factor, but hopefully this info will still be useful for other parents whose babies are not quite so chill.

1) Indigestion. "Our baby screams a lot and arches in pain when fed breast milk or standard formula," we said. "Well, some babies are colicky after feeding," our pediatrician said. Aha!, we thought. "Colicky" means "is upset about digestion pain". And indeed, when we stopped feeding Kit breast milk and regular formula and started using a super-digestible formula (from Honest Co., and we recommend it very highly--Kit spits it up even less than the supposedly ultra-gentle Similac Alimentum, and it's half the price), and made sure not to feed Kit more than their tiny stomach could hold, the colic went away. Kit still fusses a bit about 10 minutes after eating, and then farts a couple of times and settles right down. If we give a teaspoon or two of Colic-Ease every day, there's no fussing at all.

The pediatrician pointed out that since Kit wasn't vomiting up the meals, we could keep feeding breast milk (and the immunity benefits thereof) as long as we had a high tolerance for the screaming, until Kit got to be about three months old and the stomach developed enough to be able to digest the milk more easily. He did this in a very neutral way, which I appreciated--matter-of-fact, not pushing us one direction or the other. X and I stared at him with identical expressions of horror. It's not the screaming itself, but the idea of causing our child preventable pain, several times a day, for months. We considered dosing Kit with antacids, but our pediatrician shares our hesitation to put a very young baby on daily medication when there are non-medical options to pursue. So we switched to formula with some wistfulness but no regrets. That said, even if you're very dedicated to exclusively breastfeeding, there are ways of treating indigestion-type colic, and anyone (especially anyone not your doctor) who tells you that it's full-stop untreatable is probably wrong--any given attack of indigestion colic may just have to run its course, but a lot of those attacks can be prevented. Kit's always been an expert belcher and farter, so gas build-up isn't an issue, but if it were we could use simethicone drops and the Windi. Some babies have allergies to things the breastfeeding parent is eating, and a change in diet can help. There are lots of things to try.

2) Emotional meltdowns. T. Berry Brazelton defines this type of colic very clearly in his Touchpoints: Birth to Three, which is an excellent book that I think all new parents should keep on hand. Brazelton identifies it as coming from overstimulation during the day, which is why it reliably occurs in the evening. Since it doesn't have a physical cause, physical treatments (feeding, changing, gas drops, etc.) don't work, and soothing techniques like swaddling and pacifiers are of limited use. [twitter.com profile] other_alice pointed me to a site about "the PURPLE crying period", which looks like much the same thing.

Brazelton advises making sure there are no physical problems to address and then leaving the baby alone in the crib to scream out their feelings, self-soothe, decompress, and sleep without further stimulation; in his experience, this can reduce the average duration of a colic attack by half. The "PURPLE crying period" site mentions a study in which babies cried less if their parents carried them around more often, as part of everyday life, rather than only picking them up when they were crying. So as with many things, the appropriate approach depends on you and your baby and your parenting style.

On Tuesday night, Kit had an emotional meltdown colic attack. It was pretty awful. But I realized that it reminded me of panic attacks, and then I knew what to do, because I have had many panic attacks and gotten pretty good at dealing with them. I held Kit gently and warmly, turned the lights down (installing dimmable LED bulbs and a dimmer switch in the baby's room is one of the best decisions I've ever made), rocked slowly in the rocking chair, and murmured quiet soothing things in a voice full of sympathy. I didn't try to offer a pacifier or stop Kit from screaming or thrashing, though I did loosely confine Kit's arms to keep either of us from getting punched in the face (and because Kit seems to find that sort of swaddling-by-hand very soothing, despite not liking actual swaddles). After a few minutes, the screaming and thrashing stopped and the baby fell asleep. Maybe ten minutes later, the cycle repeated once. And... that was that. All better. Pretty much the same thing happened when X was watching Kit Wednesday night while J and I were on our date night, and X did similar things and they were similarly effective. The key was that we both understood what it was like to feel overwhelmed and need to flail and yell, so we could stay calm and supportive while Kit vented. And we both know that while panic attacks feel like they're going to last forever, they do eventually end, and then everything is okay for at least a little while; so we could hold on to that knowledge instead of falling into our own panic and ending up trapped with the baby in a feedback loop of distress.

Apparently some colic attacks can last for hours. We're very lucky not to have seen that yet. At that point I probably would put the baby in the crib just to give myself a break from being up close with the screaming for all that time. But I'm hoping that gentle soothing and sincere sympathy will be enough to help Kit escape the multi-hour misery cycle.

Obviously this is all our personal experience; I'm not prescribing anything. Do what's best for you and your child. Just remember, this too shall pass--possibly with some gas. :)

If you go down to the...

Feb. 4th, 2016 02:55 pm
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First celandine of the season, up in the woods:

We also have a handful of bluebells showing flower spikes, but I think they'll be a little while yet before they're out.

The logging work is finally finished, in as much as they're not going to cut down any more trees: the chap is now off on holiday for a week, and then he's going to come back to finish moving logs around and make good the paths. We have no idea how much actual making good he's going to do, particularly to the more minor paths.

(I was a little annoyed with him today. I went up to the farthest reaches of the woods, where he's only been working for the last week or so (when it's been fairly dry, so he's not made too much of a mess with his tires). He's not yet moved the logs from the work site to the big stacks, so they're in little piles scattered around amongst the (widely spaced) trees. And there are four little piles over about two hundred yards of the very obvious path, so that you have to scramble over brambles instead. It's not his job to keep the unofficial paths clear, but it was rather thoughtless of him to block one of the few non-muddy paths.)

There were midges in the stableyard this evening. Not right.

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Feb. 4th, 2016 04:25 pm
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Died on this day in 2002 aged 94 Sigvard , Count of Wisborg (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-son of Queen Victoria. Sigvard was born a Prince but lost his royal titles when he married a commoner. He worked as an industrial designer and at the time of his death was the longest-lived male descendant of Queen Victoria (his younger brother lived longer though, so he isn't anymore).

Born on this day in 1337 to Peter Bourbon I, Duke of Bourbon and Isabella of Valois, Louis II, Duke of Bourbon (my toy,wikipedia). Gread-grand-son of Philip, father of Margaret, wife of Edward I. Louis had a similar mental illness to Charles VI of France, and probably it's a hereditary condition. He launched an unsuccessful crusade against Tunisian pirates.
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2015/40: Season of the Witch -- Árni Þórarinsson (trans. Anna Yates)

"...he said to me once: What Loftur did by old-style sorcery, I’m doing with modern-day sorcery. If Loftur were alive now, he’d be doing the same as me. Loftur and I are human beings who become our own gods."

"And it destroyed both of them?" [loc. 4860]

Einar is a crime reporter with a history of alcoholism, working for a Reykjavik-based newspaper: he's assigned (or banished) to the small northern town of Akureyri, which initially seems quiet and old-fashioned.non-spoilery review )

2015/39: Fangirl -- Rainbow Rowell

Feb. 4th, 2016 06:36 am
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2015/39: Fangirl -- Rainbow Rowell

“There are different kinds of talent. Maybe your talent is in interpretation. Maybe you’re a stylist.”

“And you think that counts?”

“Tim Burton didn’t come up with Batman. Peter Jackson didn’t write Lord of the Rings.” [loc. 4174]

Cath is a BNF (Big Name Fan), internet-famous for writing Simon Snow slash fiction. (In Fangirl, the Simon Snow series is analogous to the Harry Potter books, of which you may have heard.) not significantly spoilery review )
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I don't understand all the physics, but I read Justin Smith's aerialsandtv.com as much for his writing style as the technical stuff. Here's a sample:
"If you`re using the Sky free channels (as opposed to Freesat) in order to receive all the available free channels sometimes need a Sky card . At the moment this is quite cheap but it is only available from Sky and anyone who has had dealings with them can testify that it can be a frustrating business..... In fact when Which? researched call centres in Jan 11 they found Sky was the worst, and they`ve got some decent opposition in that department, particularly Royal Mail, and (ironically) BT, plus all the broadband providers, obviously. That`s the modern trend, companies don`t actually want to talk to their customers, not unless it`s a voice activated computer. I never talk to them. Well actually I do, I swear at them till they put me through to a human being. You should try it, it`s very satisfying.

Some of the of the programmes on Freeview are not available on Freesat. As far as I am aware Dave or the UK History channel are not available on Freesat although the situation could change so you are advised to check. Apparently UKTV History changed its name in March 09 to “Yesterday”, and it also changed its Freeview MUX allocation. Yet another example of name changing bollox. Isn`t all this digital TV complicated enough......

On the other hand there are a few more channels on Freesat than on Freeview. So you might get 120 odd channels of crap *, instead of the 80 odd channels of crap on Freeview. Big deal. So you can waste even more time going through the TV guide confirming there`s nothing actually worth watching anyway. Life`s wonderful.

* Remember they aren`t all TV channels, some are radio channels. Who listens to the radio through a bleedin` satellite anyway ? That`s what I want to know. Whatever next ? Gas companies selling electricity ? And I bet they`d charge too much for it. The world`s gone mad."

So I've had a Perl course

Feb. 3rd, 2016 10:23 pm
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And now I'm re-implementing my spamtrap.

So far, so good - I can throw threads left&right, and the performance seems about tenfold as what I get from the bash-forkbomb I implemented earlier, at least for simple file-reading and MIME-parsing.


For performance reasons, I collected the stuff that updates stats in the DB (postgres, FWIW) until now, and every now&then (say, every 10k lines) I wrapped a BEGIN TRANSACTION and COMMIT around and fired it out. Is that a good strategy for down-the-road, or should I fire simple SQL statements via DBD::Pg and just COMMIT every now&then? Or something else entirely (autocommit is off, stays off, for obvious reasons)?

Also, right now I'm doing "fire off $x worker threads, then wait until they're all finished, repeat". There's probably a better way (constantly hover around $x workers), I'm just not seeing how to do it yet.

Life, but not as you know it

Feb. 3rd, 2016 08:25 pm
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I've been rewriting the code running what will soon become my main blog / website, and as part of that I've been reading back the history on other places I've written stuff so that I can copy to the new place anything appropriate. Proving somewhat upsetting seeing some of the more 'historical' stuff on here though. meh.

Other thing getting to me is a massive failure of self-esteem / self-image over going to the P&J leaving party on Saturday. Partly it's a whole "I'm a fat lump with nothing nice to wear" but more of the "nobody actually _likes_ me, they just occasionally put up with me and if I do turn up people will hate me for doing so."

Actually, most of my non-family/work life is like that. As *I* don't much like me, I don't expect anyone else to do so either.

Life in complicated ...

The year 2016, you say?

Feb. 3rd, 2016 05:35 pm
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That would be why I've just written an actual paper letter, and put it in an envelope with a stamp on it, in a last ditch attempt to get the Charing Cross Theatre to take me of their bloody email list.

Sigh. Next stop, the ICO.

(Things already tried include emailing them, using the 'contact us' form on the website and, oh, yeah, repeatedly clicking the 'unsubscribe' link in their emails.)

(Mike rearranged his email servers a while back, and the spam filtering suddenly became vastly better -- I went from c 200 per day getting through to c 2 -- so I've been going through and actually removing myself from mailing lists of legit companies that have been ending up in there for who-knows-how-long on account of 'lots of other people marked messages like these as spam'.)