Code push in progress

Aug. 29th, 2015 10:00 pm
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We're updating the site momentarily! Once the dust settles, please let us know if anything isn't working as expected. I'll edit the entry here if we confirm any issues.

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

Code push!

Aug. 29th, 2015 01:12 pm
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[staff profile] mark and I are planning to do a code push tonight! We will start working around 7pm Pacific time but since it's my first time, the actual push to the site probably won't happen until closer to 8pm Pacific time.

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push:

  • Rename swaps will accept rename tokens purchased on either account.

  • OpenID community maintainers will be able to edit tags on community entries.

  • Adorable new mood theme called "angelikitten's Big Eyes".

  • Username tag support for

  • Embedded content support for and

  • Additional space on the user profile page to list your Github username.

And as usual, many tweaks, small bugfixes, and the occasional page source rewrite.

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!
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The Shepherd's Crown made me rather sad. I've mostly been reading it.

I've also decided on my next quilt, so now I just need to get some fabric shopping done! Then, I remembered that I'd planned to make a couple of cushion covers to go with the woodland animals quilt, so I've made a start on them as well.

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

Born on this day in 1347 to Laurence Hastings and Agnes Mortimer, John Hastings (my toy,wikipedia). Married Margaret the daughter of Edward III. Campaigned with Edward the Black Prince in Spain and France.
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Yet another round of HPC and Linux courses conducted this week, three solid days of raising a small group of researchers from basic command line knowledge through to submitting PBS scripts of increasing complexity and finishing with MPI programming. In several days, another set of courses will be conducted, this time for the RMIT SPACE research centre. On a related topic, next Tuesday will be the Annual General Meeting for Linux Users Victoria with an interesting talk on cross-compiling for the web also featured.

Provided another submission to the Victorian Parliamentary committee this week on end-of-life choices, this time on behalf of the Isocracy Network. Also received two confirmations to be a speaker in October, one from the Open Source Developers' Conference where I will be presenting on vocational Linux education, and a short presentation to the Victorian Secular Conference on The Political Imperative of Secularism. Sunday week I am giving the address at the Unitarian Church on The Modernisation of Buddhist Karma.

Social media in Melbourne has raised the ante quite significantly in the past twenty-four hours with the announcement then sudden cancellation of Operation Fortitude. After the Federal government reconstructed Australia's immigration service into a paramilitary Border Force, this Friday they were supposed to engage in a search for illegal immigrants on the streets of Melbourne. With Melbournians reacting that they didn't particularly want a "do you have your papers?" policing, it was cancelled, with an almighty cock-up of a media release.

Quiet day

Aug. 28th, 2015 08:10 pm
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Today, it only rained while we were walking the dog. Inevitably. Not very much, though.

Other than starting some seeds off (phlox and penstemon and scabeous), I have mostly been plotting a quilt. I think I've decided what it's going to be, or at least narrowed it down to two options.

I've also been wondering what one wears to an evening reception at the House of Lords. I'm torn between beautiful green velvet New Look frock (although it will need taking in) and one of my bog standard floaty-trouser-and-top combinations. Anyone know how warm it's likely to be in there on a November evening? On the one hand, old stone building where people wear fur robes over suits, on the other, the people wearing them are mostly old!

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

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

This one I picked up due to the author guest-blogging on Charlie's blog and the writing seemed sufficiently solid that it was worth shelling out for a book or two.

I was initially somewhat confused by the book. It starts in a slow way, but quickly won me over (I started the book waiting for a plane at SeaTac, I finished it before taking my next plane out of Heathrow).

I am not entirely sure how to describe it without giving anything away, so... Well... I don't know what to do here. I don't even know exactly how to describe the book, but I think "historical fantasy" is as good as any. We see magic, shape-shifting and elfs. They're all integral to the story, but none are huge, even if they all conspire to drive the plot forwards.

Definitely a pleasant read, I shall make a mental note to buy the rest of the series in the not-too-distant future.
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Fifth volume of The Laundry Files, the first not intentionally mimicing the style of one UK thriller author or another. This book starts not long after the end of volume #4 (The Apocalypse Codex) and there are some strong hints that it takes place after Equoid.

Why is it that everyone in The Laundry knows that there is no such thing as vampires? Isn't that just a tiny little bit odd? I mean, there's plenty of folkloric stuff running around out there, so why not vampires?

But, no, its one of those things that everyone knows. Enter, from stage left (or perhaps right, if you look at a map of London) a splinter quant group from an investment bank arm of The Bank. Who may, just about, have run Computations Man Was Not Meant To Run.

This, of course, lands like a dog turd in Bob's lap, in the messiest way possible. With unforeseen consequences. Some instances of timing make things more complicated, in so many ways.

Form-wise, this feels like an odd Laundry book, since there's no external form to peg it to, but I guess that's OK, it is the first departure in a new direction for the series and it's full of nice nods to former and future works in the series. On the whole, I approve.

Preservation time

Aug. 27th, 2015 05:17 pm
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Today's haul includes:
- 3 bags of elderberries into the freezer (for the making of elder and blackberry spiced cordial, when it gets cold)
- 3 bags of green beans into the freezer
- 4 jars of tomato passata
- 1.5 jars of experimental bottled salsa verde (just add lime juice and coriander, in theory)
- 1 jar of cucamelon pickle
- 2 jars of roasted peppers in oil
- 2 jars of roasted courgettes in oil (with probably another two to go, to be roasted while dinner's cooking)

And we ragworted the field, getting rid of a couple of flowering plants we'd missed earlier in the year and the first of this year's seedlings.

The cows have gone from the road, hurrah! They got out into the woods (this is not surprising: they were on the road a couple of months ago, then back in the field the next day after they escaped. Given that he didn't actually do any repairs taking more than five minutes and using anything other than baling twine...), so as they were nearly due to move he's probably given up. Actually, they were mostly off the road yesterday other than one that was late getting back from her escapade, but now they're really all behind fences. We assume.

Sporadic reading post

Aug. 27th, 2015 12:57 pm
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Gosh I've got behind. I blame holidays with lots of train journeys. Longer reviews behind cuts.

Recently read (this is sorted by theme a little):
* Jo Walton - What Makes This Book So Great
A collection of short reviews/essays by Jo, about rereading books. Very articulate and enthusiastic, and left me with a lot of things to search out. Including...

* Stephen Brust - Jhereg
* Stephen Brust - Yendi
* Stephen Brust - Teckla
fun! )

* Gary Bruce - The Firm: The Inside Story of the Stasi (A book based on a true story)
An academic and fairly dry assessment of evidence for the role of the Stasi in every day East German life. Worth reading if you're into that sort of thing!

* Victor Sebestyen - Revolution 1989
Excellent and very accessible pop-history book on the history of the Warsaw Pact countries, I highly recommend it.

(I found it surprisingly reassuring on the topic of nuclear war, and how set against it both Reagan and Gorbachev were, sufficiently so that I could finally bring myself to read...)

* Raymond Briggs - When The Wind Blows (A book that is more than ten years old)
Need I say more?

* Andy Poyiadgi - Lost Property
Short and sweet comic about clutter and making something out of the debris of life.

* Naomi Novik - Uprooted
highly recommended )

* Beauty - Robin McKinley
A Beauty and the Beast retelling, which I acquired because it was recommended by Ursula Vernon. I think on balance I liked it, though the setup was odd and gaslighty. Read T Kingfisher's _Bryony and Roses_ instead, it is more satisfying in all ways.

* Kate Griffin - Madness of Angels
Bought because I really liked _The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August_. An urban fantasy romp through London, full of satisfying sorcery. Not the most amazing thing I've read all year, but quite fun.

* Patrick Ness - More Than This
If you like other Patrick Ness books, you will like this. If you don't, or haven't read any of his, don't start here (read _A Monster Calls_ or _The Knife of Never Letting Go_ instead). Very ambiguous YA about a boy who wakes up after dying to find himself in an empty world. The book follows his investigations into where he is and why he's there. Answers a few of its own questions but leaves many of the big ones hanging.

* Diana Wynne Jones - Stopping for a Spell
Three shorts by DWJ; light and very fluffy and not nearly as good as her novels (for reasons of length and lack of space for complexity).

* Emily St John Mandel - The Lola Quartet
Bought because I *loved* _Station Eleven_. This is not nearly so good. The novel follows the lives of the members of a high school jazz quartet, as they all spiral downhill into mediocre disaster. Well written (though not at the amazing level of _Station Eleven_'s prose) but not very interesting and none of the characters are very sympathetic. Overall, disappointing.

* Claire North - Touch
disappointing )

Currently reading:
James Morrow - The Last Witchfinder

Festival of Ideas coming up soon

Aug. 27th, 2015 01:39 pm
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The Cambridge Festival of Ideas has just released its programme. I'm looking forward to having enough free time to get to some of it this year!

Libertarians and Burning Man

Aug. 26th, 2015 06:55 am
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Question inspired by this, which argues that Burning Man is being damaged by the covert capitalism of allowing labor which is paid off-site (probably true), that the abusive nature of the practice is especially pure capitalism (not obviously true, but it's hard to argue with people about the essential nature of whatever), and which states that libertarians love Burning Man.

There's also a claim (probably plausible, but I don't have the background to be sure) that people (Americans?) are bad at acknowledging that working for money is selling labor.

Personally, I'm just cranky that labor which is not sold (what people do for themselves and for other people for free) isn't considered in the GDP. "Hard to measure" is not a good enough excuse.

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I'm a libertarian. I don't love Burning Man. Let me count the ways. Some of this is personal-- I don't like being overheated, I don't like loud noise, and I just don't run at the necessary energy level. However, I think there's some ideological repulsion too-- Burning Man is just not libertarian because commerce isn't permitted. This doesn't mean I'm opposed to Burning Man, but it isn't my flavor of utopia.

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

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

Guess what?

Aug. 26th, 2015 02:58 pm
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Only 30mm of rain so far today, and it seems to have stopped for now!

(Dept of It Could Be Worse: heard on the radio about a place in Australia where they were evacuating people downstream of dams after 30cm in one day. Poor people.)

Off to Pilates this morning (the drive down the M20 was not nice due to masses of spray, particularly the idiot on the motorbike weaving through the lanes without his lights on), where I actually struggled a bit with some of it. This may be a sign that I need to start doing a bit at home as well.


Aug. 26th, 2015 04:51 pm
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I've occasionally recommended programs featured as part of Amazon's very long running 'Free (Android) App of the Day' promotion, especially when there were about twenty available for special weekends. A quick look at my list of available programs suggests it was going for at least three years in the UK, but it's now over.

The replacement is 'Amazon Underground', a program with a horrendous list of required permissions which enables you to download and play other programs for free, including not paying for any downloadable content.

Sadly, the currently available list of about 500 of them contains very little that is desirable and nothing that's essential, especially if you've been following the FAotD.

The slight upside is that the creators will actually get paid (per minute you use them, hence the reason for some of those permissions) rather than being expected to be part of the FAotD for nothing.

But there needs to be better content in the list. The FAotD wasn't always great - out of about a thousand of them, I currently only have about thirty actually installed - but I could only spot one of those thirty in the current lineup.

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

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Aug. 26th, 2015 11:00 am
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Died on this day in 1346 aged 50 King John of Bohemia (my toy,wikipedia). Grandfather of Anne who married Richard II. Whilst being King of Bohemia John was not very Bohemian and not well liked in Bohemia; he spent much of his reign out of the country, leaving it in the hands of the Barons.

Born on this day in 1819 to Ernest Wettin I, Duke of Saxe Coburg Saalfield and Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (my toy,wikipedia). Husband (and first cousin) of Queen Victoria. Albert said of his position "I am very happy and contented; but the difficulty in filling my place with the proper dignity is that I am only the husband, not the master in the house." A position that only George (husband of Anne) had previously been in (Philip, husband of Mary, was declared King and also mostly absent from England; and Elizabeth had no husband whilst William-and-Mary ruled jointly). Such hardship, having a wife who is more important than you, blerch getoverit.