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Hello, internet! I'm Thea. Here I am in my favorite spot (somebody's lap):
I'm a female dilute calico, and the vet and the vet dentist think I'm about five years old. I grew up on the streets of Baltimore, but it's cold and lonely out there and I like people too much, so now I need a forever home! I'm an absolute sweetheart who'll be in your lap or draped over your shoulder the minute I meet you, but there's one catch: I need to be an only cat.
( More about me! And more pictures! )
Does it sound like you could be my human? If so, leave a comment with your email address, and the humans will get in touch with you. (Or, you can email synecdochic at firstname.lastname@example.org.) Anonymous comments are allowed; you don't need a Dreamwidth account. I'm in Baltimore right now, and the humans would prefer somebody within a few hours' drive or somebody who's willing to come pick me up themselves, but if you're the absolute right person to take me in, they're willing to talk about flying me to you, especially if you can pay for some or all of the costs. (Having all my teeth pulled wasn't cheap!) [EDIT: The humans have a friend who might be able to put a flight on frequent flyer miles for me, so they're willing to escort me outside the immediate area for the right home!]
I'm looking forward to finding someone I can help with everything, drape on top of, and sleep on!
(Please share this with your friends! For the first round of looking we'd prefer not much further than friends-of-friends, because we'd like to know the people she's going to or know someone who knows them, but if the first efforts don't pan out, we'll try again with a wider reach. We also already know the rescue organization we'll turn to if we can't find her a home through word of mouth, so you don't need to research rescue options for us!)
I found a used DVD at a local thrift shop last weekend, so last night I watched it with my spouse.
It actually holds up better than I predicted on a technobabble level! We freeze-framed a lot and marvelled at how reasonable (mostly) all the command-line stuff was. And as mainstream fiction movies go, I think there still hasn't been a movie that takes the conflict between proprietary and open source software more seriously than Antitrust (I'd welcome corrections on this point).
( details, including spoilers )
At some point in the future I will watch the special features and listen to the commentary. (One of the special features is a music video for the Everclear song that plays at the end of the movie. The music video includes clips from the movie. It's like Everclear made a vid!) I imagine I'll have more thoughts then.
A little time. Not much; and yet within
The mire of... despair sounds foetid, and
depression's worse. Let's say the mire of
the forty-fifth. (It's not his fault I'm stuck,
Not acting, but, if honest with myself,
I'm glad to blame him for all sins. Sore throat?
Tortilla burnt? My wrist is sore? It's Trump's
America. Perforce, my staring, blank,
At laptop screens is D.T.'s fault, as well.)
Relief is mine that petra's taken up
The pen -- the keyboard? were it me I'd say
The microphone! -- to celebrate the week
Of blank verse blogs. She's posted thrice, huzzah!
While I have scarcely managed once. Yay, P!
Tomorrow is the spacecraft’s final close flyby (T126) of Saturn’s moon Titan.
Just to put this into perspective for you, this may be the last time in decades that we get anywhere near Titan. There are no missions to Saturn or its most interesting* moons, Titan and Enceladus, currently funded or being built. That means there’s a minimum of ten years before a new mission could be launched. Given that the transit time to Saturn is, at a minimum, seven years and on average more like ten, that’s two decades until we can repeat Cassini’s observations.
Cassini’s impending demise makes me sad, of course, but what bothers me even more is the lack of continuity in our exploration of our solar system.
You can read the details of tomorrow’s Cassini’s observations on the NASA-JPL press release here. It includes an animation of the flyby over the surface, from the perspective of the spacecraft.
* “most interesting” being ever so slightly subjective, of course
Complete this sentence: Pimlico is the most useless London Underground station
on the Victoria Line.
in Zone 1.
on the entire Tube network.
If Pimlico is not the most useless London Underground station on the entire Tube network, what is?
( Context )
ETA at 10:19 AM: *KLAXON* MORNINGTON CRESCENT HAS BEEN MENTIONED ALREADY. That took even less time than I thought it would. *hands a banana to miss_s_b*
Mirrored from Juliet Kemp.
Eastercon was fabulous, and I may yet do a writeup post, but for now, I have many recs to extract from my scribbled notes. (NB I have not yet read any of these; things I had already read I didn’t generally write down.)
LGBT to QUILTBAG panel:
- “Not Your Sidekick” — C. B. Lee
- “A Rational Arrangement” — L. Rowyn
- “Hunger Makes the Wolf” — Alex Wells (cyberpunk)
- The Raven Cycle — Maggie Stiefvater (YA, queer relationships)
- “The House of Shattered Wings” — Aliette de Bodard
- General recs: Uncanny Magazine, Tor.com, Lethe Press
Women of Star Wars panel:
- “The Things I Would Tell You” — Muslim women anthology
- Ham4Ham with The Ladies (1/3/2016) on YouTube (this is awesome!)
- If/Then — bisexual musical
- In Da Homey — 1903 musical
Romance, Mystery, and Fantasy panel
(plus some recs from the bar afterwards. Some of these are non-SFF romance.)
- Obsidian and Blood series — think this may have meant “Ivory and Bone” and “Obsidian and Stars” — Julie Eshbough
- “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” — Laini Taylor
- “Behind Her Eyes” — Sarah Pinborough
- “Hold Me” — Courtney Milan
- "Hold" -- Rachel Davidson Lee
- Cosy witch mysteries!
- Heather Rose Jones (published by Bella Books)
- “Don’t Feed The Trolls” — Erica Kudisch
- “Rollergirl” — Vanessa North
- “The Art Of Three” — Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae
- “Storm Season” — Pene Henson
- “The Ultra-Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves The World” — A. C. Wise
- “Hurricane Heels” — Isabel Yap
- Neville/Hermione/Luna fic generally (must check AO3 tag 🙂 )
Fandom and Theatre panel
- Team Starkid — on YouTube
- Smash — TV show about backstage
- Slings and Arrows — TV show about actors
Misc other recs
- “At The End Of The Day” — Claire North
- “The End of Days” — Jenny Erpenbeck
- “Cities in Flight” — James Blish
- “Meg and Linus” — Hanna Nowinski
- “Every Heart A Doorway” — Seanan McGuire
So, uh, that should keep me going.
This wasn’t the post I was intending to make today, but having discovered the above on my phone whilst searching for something else from about a month ago, I felt I must share this with my Circle immediately. It is a series of three delightful photographs on display in the toilets (no really) of BOM, the Birmingham Open Media gallery. BOM is a little odd corner space a few tens of metres from one of the exits of New Street Station, over the road from an Adult Entertainment Shop (™?). It features tiny exhibitions celebrating “the intersection of art, technology and science”.
The caption for the photographs reads as follows.
The Seed Series, 2015
The Seed Series is a series of photographic prints by artist Gemma Marmalade, which explores the possibility that those of homosexual persuasion may be more likely to have a visceral impact on the cultivation of plants.
During studies of communal lesbian gardeners in the 1970s, German botanist Dr Gerda Haeckel observed accelerated growth, crop abundance and increased vegetational health. The Seed Series depicts some of Haeckel’s original subjects and their finest vegetable specimens.
Pardon the awkward angle of the photograph - it was not easy to take whilst holding a toddler who was frustrated at the thought that I was about to steal his dirty nappy and replace it with a clean one.
The short version is: go to https://research.owlfolio.org/active-
Zack's doing experiments in "active geolocation", which is when you try to figure out where a computer physically is by measuring how long it takes a packet of information to go round-trip between one computer and other computers in known locations. This has been studied carefully within Europe and the continental USA, but much less so elsewhere.
More specifically, Zack is trying to develop a technique for verifying that VPN exits are in the country that their operator claims they are. His larger research focuses on measuring Internet censorship, for which he needs network vantage points in precisely the countries where it's hardest to get reliable server hosting. He could go with the commercial virtual private network (or VPN) providers who say "sure, I have a host in Malaysia/Ukraine/Iran/etc. you can choose to use," but how can Zack know that they're telling the truth? Commercial VPN operators may prefer to locate their hosts in countries where it's easier to do business, and only label them as being in harder-to-access countries.
So Zack is looking for volunteers who can visit that page, which will run measurement scripts, on computers physically located all over the world. South America, sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Oceania locations are especially helpful, but he can use data from anywhere.
Once you click "Start" on the map at https://research.owlfolio.org/active-
Here's more about the research questions he is investigating, here's how to help using a command-line tool in case you'd like to give him data from a computer that you only have remote shell access to, and
In case you want to spread the word about this request, here's a public tweet you can retweet:
I'm looking for volunteers to help with a research project: https://research.owlfolio.org/active-
geo/ Especially want people outside Europe and North America.
And you can ask zwol for more info if you have any questions.