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Oct. 31st, 2014 10:45 am
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Mom: *series of questions about nothing that's actually important*
Me: I'm really not up to handling any of that right now.
Mom: Well, what about this other thing...?
Me: *groan, facepalm, shake head, otherwise indicate I'm really really not feeling well*

Half an hour later:

Mom: I've been trying not to bother you with this, but I just can't figure it out. Can you fix the clock on my iPad? It's been stuck in the wrong time zone for days.
Me: *drop everything I'm doing, grumble, poke, apply software update*

5 minutes later:

Mom: What are your plans for the day?
Me: Couch.
Mom: What about fun? Don't you want to do anything? How about we make a banana bread? Or...

I really don't get it. I'm bleary as hell. My brain keeps trying to crash. (No, I don't know why. I had 11 hours of sleep yesterday and almost my usual 9 last night. I've just been feeling exhausted for at least the last week. Today is, so far, significantly worse. These things happen.) Mom has dealt with (and watched me trying to deal with and accompanied me to dozens of specialists trying to help me deal with) my sleeping disorders and the problems they cause for decades. How in the name of His Noodliness does she not get the message? It's not hard. "I'm too tired to deal with anything, including normal conversation. Go away."

A year or so ago, I almost had her trained to at least ask if I'm up to conversation before monologing at me with an overwhelming flood of words, but then she went to go visit her uncle on the other side of the country and all the progress I'd made vanished. I'm at a loss here.

Screw it. I'm hitting the couch.
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Title: let's do that again
Author: Ketita
Readers: Opalsong
Fandom: Attack on Titan/Pacific Rim
Pairings: Gen
Rating: Teen
Length: 9:24
Size: 9.0 MB
Music: Pacific Rim by Ramin Djawadi
             and Kaiju Roars from Youtube
Cover: Opalsong
Summary: The SNK characters' happy reincarnated life is rudely interrupted by kaiju marching out of the Pacific. They are 100% done with this crap.

Links: mp3
Archive Link TBA

Thanks to Paraka for hosting!!
cross posted at amplificathon, my journal, and AO3

Pour Your Love All Over Me

Oct. 31st, 2014 12:47 pm
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Title: Pour Your Love All Over Me

Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] deanswingsbothways

Reader:[archiveofourown.org profile] PencilSketchS 

Pairing:  Castiel/Dean Winchester

Characters: Dean Winchester, Castiel, Sam Winchester, Crowley (Supernatural)

Tags - Author: Dub-con, Demon Dean Winchester

Tags - Reader: Podfic, Podfic length: 30 - 45 minutes

Author's Summery: When you get down to brass tacks, Castiel is only good at one thing, and that's saving Dean Winchester. But how do you save a demon? Especially when the demon in question is using every dirty trick in the book to avoid being saved? (Warning: Dub-con, lots of incredibly filthy dialogue, a touch of smut, and a smattering of violence)

Podfic: (right click to save) [Podfic] Pour Your Love All Over Me

Length: 00:40:10

Size: 36.7 MB

MCU: Hot Water

Oct. 30th, 2014 11:07 pm
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Title: Hot Water
Author:> [archiveofourown.org profile] goddamnhella
Reader: [archiveofourown.org profile] sisi_rambles
Cover artist: [archiveofourown.org profile] sisi_rambles
Author's Rating: T
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pairing: Gen
Summary: Unfortunately, Nova Corps didn’t upgrade the bathroom facilities on the Milano.
Length: 00:06:59
File Sizes: (mp3 6.4 MB) & (m4b 3.0 MB)

Download links and Streaming: AO3


Psych/Firefly - Little Pieces

Oct. 30th, 2014 03:42 pm
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Title: Little Pieces

Fandom: Psych/Firefly


Reader: Dr_Fumbles_McStupid

Length: 06:16


[personal profile] mjg59
I'm not a huge fan of Hacker News[1]. My impression continues to be that it ends up promoting stories that align with the Silicon Valley narrative of meritocracy, technology will fix everything, regulation is the cancer killing agile startups, and discouraging stories that suggest that the world of technology is, broadly speaking, awful and we should all be ashamed of ourselves.

But as a good data-driven person[2], wouldn't it be nice to have numbers rather than just handwaving? In the absence of a good public dataset, I scraped Hacker Slide to get just over two months of data in the form of hourly snapshots of stories, their age, their score and their position. I then applied a trivial test:
  1. If the story is younger than any other story
  2. and the story has a higher score than that other story
  3. and the story has a worse ranking than that other story
  4. and at least one of these two stories is on the front page
then the story is considered to have been penalised.

(note: "penalised" can have several meanings. It may be due to explicit flagging, or it may be due to an automated system deciding that the story is controversial or appears to be supported by a voting ring. There may be other reasons. I haven't attempted to separate them, because for my purposes it doesn't matter. The algorithm is discussed here.)

Now, ideally I'd classify my dataset based on manual analysis and classification of stories, but I'm lazy (see [2]) and so just tried some keyword analysis:

A few things to note:
  1. Lots of stories are penalised. Of the front page stories in my dataset, I count 3240 stories that have some kind of penalty applied, against 2848 that don't. The default seems to be that some kind of detection will kick in.
  2. Stories containing keywords that suggest they refer to issues around social justice appear more likely to be penalised than stories that refer to technical matters
  3. There are other topics that are also disproportionately likely to be penalised. That's interesting, but not really relevant - I'm not necessarily arguing that social issues are penalised out of an active desire to make them go away, merely that the existing ranking system tends to result in it happening anyway.

This clearly isn't an especially rigorous analysis, and in future I hope to do a better job. But for now the evidence appears consistent with my innate prejudice - the Hacker News ranking algorithm tends to penalise stories that address social issues. An interesting next step would be to attempt to infer whether the reasons for the penalties are similar between different categories of penalised stories[3], but I'm not sure how practical that is with the publicly available data.

(Raw data is here, penalised stories are here, unpenalised stories are here)

[1] Moving to San Francisco has resulted in it making more sense, but really that just makes me even more depressed.
[2] Ha ha like fuck my PhD's in biology
[3] Perhaps stories about startups tend to get penalised because of voter ring detection from people trying to promote their startup, while stories about social issues tend to get penalised because of controversy detection?

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Oct. 30th, 2014 10:16 am
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Going to be trying the new sleep med starting early next week. I'll be using my journal to keep a sleep log. I presume none of you is interested in following the day-to-day log of how I slept and how I'm feeling? (A more general post about how it's actually working will be separate.) I'll make it private so as not to spam your feeds, but I can make a filter if any of you is actually interested.
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Title: King and Lionheart
Author: [livejournal.com profile] thehoyden
Reader/cover art: [personal profile] intransitive ([livejournal.com profile] exmanhater)
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Pairing: Sid/Geno
Length: 5:33:55
Summary: Sidney’s wedding day doesn’t go quite as he’d planned. When he’d bothered to imagine it at all, he’d thought of a nice June wedding in Nova Scotia, outdoors with the sun streaming down. He hadn’t imagined this hurried affair on the tarmac on a rainy and unseasonably cool day in early September, a month after his twenty-fifth birthday.

Permanent download links: (right-click, save-as) mp3 [141 MB, zipped] | m4b [159 MB]
Temporary Mediafire download links: mp3 [141 MB, zipped] | m4b [159 MB]

On joining the FSF board

Oct. 29th, 2014 05:01 pm
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I joined the board of directors of the Free Software Foundation a couple of weeks ago. I've been travelling a bunch since then, so haven't really had time to write about it. But since I'm currently waiting for a test job to finish, why not?

It's impossible to overstate how important free software is. A movement that began with a quest to work around a faulty printer is now our greatest defence against a world full of hostile actors. Without the ability to examine software, we can have no real faith that we haven't been put at risk by backdoors introduced through incompetence or malice. Without the freedom to modify software, we have no chance of updating it to deal with the new challenges that we face on a daily basis. Without the freedom to pass that modified software on to others, we are unable to help people who don't have the technical skills to protect themselves.

Free software isn't sufficient for building a trustworthy computing environment, one that not merely protects the user but respects the user. But it is necessary for that, and that's why I continue to evangelise on its behalf at every opportunity.


Free software has a problem. It's natural to write software to satisfy our own needs, but in doing so we write software that doesn't provide as much benefit to people who have different needs. We need to listen to others, improve our knowledge of their requirements and ensure that they are in a position to benefit from the freedoms we espouse. And that means building diverse communities, communities that are inclusive regardless of people's race, gender, sexuality or economic background. Free software that ends up designed primarily to meet the needs of well-off white men is a failure. We do not improve the world by ignoring the majority of people in it. To do that, we need to listen to others. And to do that, we need to ensure that our community is accessible to everybody.

That's not the case right now. We are a community that is disproportionately male, disproportionately white, disproportionately rich. This is made strikingly obvious by looking at the composition of the FSF board, a body made up entirely of white men. In joining the board, I have perpetuated this. I do not bring new experiences. I do not bring an understanding of an entirely different set of problems. I do not serve as an inspiration to groups currently under-represented in our communities. I am, in short, a hypocrite.

So why did I do it? Why have I joined an organisation whose founder I publicly criticised for making sexist jokes in a conference presentation? I'm afraid that my answer may not seem convincing, but in the end it boils down to feeling that I can make more of a difference from within than from outside. I am now in a position to ensure that the board never forgets to consider diversity when making decisions. I am in a position to advocate for programs that build us stronger, more representative communities. I am in a position to take responsibility for our failings and try to do better in future.

People can justifiably conclude that I'm making excuses, and I can make no argument against that other than to be asked to be judged by my actions. I hope to be able to look back at my time with the FSF and believe that I helped make a positive difference. But maybe this is hubris. Maybe I am just perpetuating the status quo. If so, I absolutely deserve criticism for my choices. We'll find out in a few years.

....oops, I forgot this

Oct. 29th, 2014 01:22 am
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)
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Have been attending eResearch Australasia, certainly one of the major conferences for issues surrounding massive data, HPC, and cloud deployments in the academic context. My own presentation on Training and Education in High Performance Computing for eReseachers, which from direct discussion and retweets, was very well received with a couple of immediate international short-term requests resulting. It is of course a real problem; data is increasing in size and complexity, and processing needs HPC skills, but it's not being taught.

The twenty-fifth issue of RPG Review has been released with concentration on Dungeons & Dragons for the release of the fifth edition of that game. I am particularly taken by the interview with Dr. Lewis Pulsipher. My own major contribution is an epic ten thousand word history of Dungeons & Dragons and its publishing companies. Played a particularly creepy episode of GURPS Middle-Earth on Sunday and have started a review of The Shab-al-Hiri Roach, which should be on rpg.net fairly soon.

Rocknerd activities for The Dwarf continue unabated. My review of Pop Crimes, the Rowland S. Howard tribute of friends and associates has been published, on Saturday with a mixed response. Tonight will be attending progressive metal supergroup, The Dream Theater who are playing at The Palais. My next desired gig is classic Australian punk band, Radio Birdman, however tickets (even for industry)_are extremely short to say the least.
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I keep meaning to post this on reading Wednesday, and forgetting. Have a reading Tuesday!

A Hero at the End of the World (Erin Claiborne) (2014): Scott Pilgrim redux, without Scott Pilgrim's brilliant deployment of contemporary pop culture, or the lurking plot twist that Scott recognizes and acknowledges his flaws. A story as trope-heavy as The Magicians, without Grossman's wonderful prose, or critical engagement with the problematic aspects of fantasy tropes. By chapter four (of 33) I didn't care about any of the characters, and committed the minor sin of skipping to the final chapter. A later plot element inspired false hope it would get better. It doesn't.

The novel is blurbed as "best friend of Chosen One fulfills Chosen One's destiny, timestamp: 5 years later". Sounds like a great opportunity to engage critically with the Chosen One trope, doesn't it?

This is not that novel. )

A Hero at the End of the World is the first novel published by Big Bang Press (see Kickstarter page. I anted up at the "three ebooks plus commentary" level, and will report back as the second and third novels show up in my inbox. Hero was the novel I had most expected to enjoy, so it's disappointing I bounced off it this badly. But! Now I can re-scale my expectations appropriately.

Saga: Volume 3 (Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples): THIS SERIES YOU GUYS THIS SERIES. This is how you do tropes. It's space opera (I love space opera). There is a star-crossed romance, which can be done poorly or well, and in this case it's done to my taste. Though Marko and Alanna are very "us against the world", usually my least favorite romantic plot, this is constantly undercut by their own flaws and struggles with their relationship, and their awareness of the possible consequences for their tiny daughter. The young parents may be In Love, but that doesn't resolve their insecurities, interior or exterior. Someone still has to change the diapers.

Spoilers for Volume 3. )

I love this series. I love the sprawling canvas. I love the multiple perspectives the reader follows, the compromises people make (and try to break), the gorgeous full color art, the callously high body count, the Lying Cat (if you do not love Lying Cat, there is no hope for you), Marko and Alanna figuring out how to be responsible parents, the different characters engaged in some form of parenting, or caretaking, or bringing life into an uncertain world (the Robot family! Could this series signpost Major Issues with more neon lights? Cannot wait to see how that plays out), the relationships. I love Klara figuring out this mother-in-law thing. I love the random ghosts and magic and the spaceships and the transformative power of trashy romance novels. I love the art, and the shameless reveling in this broad spacious canvas by writers, inkers, artists who know exactly what they're doing with their tools.

The Empress of Mars (Kage Baker) (2010): Mary Griffith, former scientist, current bar-owner-slash-brewer-slash-mother, survives and thrives on Mars.

Not my favorite Company novel (Sky Coyote, hands down; expand to shorter works and I will nominate "Son Observe the Time"), but delivered palate-cleansing competent storytelling and mild slapstick. There is, how to say this? When Baker makes her characters immature and short-sighted, one gets the impression she does not find this charming. It's just part of the human condition. She's also got tonal range in her storytelling: The Empress of Mars is pretty frothy, compared to, say, Mendoza in Hollywood. Mary's two oldest daughters get married, Mary secures the small entrepreneurial fortune any self-respecting pioneer woman would desire, plucky quirky independence is celebrated and mindless conformity derided... this isn't deep, but it's competent.
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Cover art of a teal VW microbus parked on a pleasant street

Original text: Four ways William Scully got picked up from daycare
Author: [personal profile] naraht
Reader: [personal profile] juniperphoenix
Pairing: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Length: 14:50 (14.2 MB mp3; 13.7 MB m4b)
mp3: please right-click and save
m4b audiobook: please right-click and save

Summary: What it says on the tin. Two-year-old William Scully, his parents, and their chosen family as seen through an outsider's POV.

Notes: Made for [livejournal.com profile] xf_is_love 2014. The original post is here.
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Just a reminder that it's still not too late to sign up for the [community profile] who_at_50 51st Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon. All forms of fannish endeavour are welcome - fanfic, fanart, fanvids, fanmixes, icons, podfic, and absolutely any other medium in which you want to express your appreciation for the greatest television programme of all time. Posting of fanworks will commence from 1 November 2014 and continue throughout the month. Anything evoking the idea of the extraordinary longevity and diversity of Who would be especially welcome, but maybe the best way to do that is by creating the most typically Doctor Who-like Doctor Who fanwork you can?

If you want to take part, please take a trip to the comm and have a look at the signup post which will hopefully explain what you need to do to participate:

The Livejournal version is here

The Dreamwidth version is here

See you there! :)
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Pod Together Lightning Round 5, November 2014
One Month, One Fanwork
Sign-ups open on Nov. 1 at dreamwidth and livejournal

Podficcers and writers, join us for Pod Together Lightning, a quickfire collaboration challenge! Over the course of a month, writers and podficcers work together to create a fanwork that the podficcer will perform. It could be short and sweet or long and savory, something you've never tried before or something you've always loved doing, poetry or radioplay or prose -- whatever your partnership decides. Join us and collaborate, create, and have fun!

Sign-ups for Round 5 will open November 1 at [community profile] pt_lightning and [livejournal.com profile] pt_lightning. For more information, visit the Round 5 Announcement.

This and that

Oct. 26th, 2014 02:47 pm
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How is it nearly November?

For the first time in a couple of years I'm probably going to do Nanowrimo again. I spent a couple of weeks getting way ahead on work commitments, as I was expecting to spend October/November/December working on a big project. Big project will hopefully still materialise but hasn't yet, which in turn means that my work time is pretty empty, so I may as well do *something* with it.

I have also been doing a surprising amount of socialising, including a trip to Oxford to meet up with various folk, a couple of dinners with various friends I haven't seen in ages, drinks ditto, a visit to my sister, and yesterday, a very splendid party. Arranging social things is still a lot harder than it was pre-Leon (...obviously...) but in comparison to, say, a year or so ago it is much easier. Which is lovely.

I still miss climbing. I manage to go once or at most twice a month; it's still lots of fun but that's just not anything like the amount I should be doing to get any better. Maybe I should apply my "tiny changes" theory to this, but that warrants its own post.

I am slightly, superstitiously, scared to say this publicly, but Leon, over the last week or so, has been regularly sleeping 5-6 hours at a stretch after going to bed. This is the first time since he was born that he's done anything like that consistently. I don't think I'm entirely feeling the benefit of it yet, possibly because I can't bring myself to believe it / count on it yet. But this may yet mean that "being less exhausted" becomes a marginally more reasonable aim.

(He made up his first story the other day, too, albeit a pretty basic one*; and has suddenly got the hang of piggy-back rides; and grown about 2" overnight. Children are terrifying.)

* "Once upon a time there was a little Leon, with his mama, in the sling. Then they were very tired. So they went all the way home." He was, at the time, on my back in the sling and we were on the way home.


Oct. 26th, 2014 12:09 pm
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dear yuleperson, 2014 edition

Oct. 25th, 2014 10:17 pm
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As always, my previous exchange letters are filed under my dear author tag, recs are at AO3 or pinboard and pretty much anything there in terms of preference or even story ideas for other fandoms is fair game if you're looking for inspiration. My tip-of-the-iceberg preferences meander around a bit, but if I said I loved something three years ago, it's still a safe bet.

general things )

Colditz (2005), Enlisted (TV), Tennis RPF, The State Within, Would I Lie To You? RPF, Manhattan (TV) )


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