Artist Training Grounds VII, Day 18

Aug. 16th, 2017 09:45 pm
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Source: https://mao-ookaneko.deviantart.com/art/EQD-ATG-18-Day-before-the-Deadline-699186710 [23]

I think the Day Eighteen prompt pretty much describes what most of the participants are going through this month: "Draw a pony running late / Draw a pony racing the clock". Beat the clock and run on over to this submission form, you will share the podium with over a hundred entries over here.

Mind that deadline. It's midnight Mountain Standard Time, which is 3 AM Eastern Daylight Savings Time and 8 AM UTC. There's usually an extension on top of that, somewhere around three hours.

Wednesday Reading

Aug. 16th, 2017 09:16 pm
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Quick, quick, quick, 'cause I'm so far behind on commitments that it's really unfunny.

I brought along a virtual stack of stuff (mostly in my Kindle) on our vacation last week. I didn't get to a lot of it, but:

The Harbors of the Sun is the conclusion to Martha Wells' Books of the Raksura, and I'm really sad to leave her dragon/bee shapeshifters behind. I have to agree with [personal profile] muccamukk that the Pearl-Malachite show alone was worth the price of admission, and that "Everyone got something to do [and] we met all kinds of old friends again." I'm not sure that I believed in the Evil McGuffin, and I'll need to re-read the story to truly understand what happened to it, but I appreciated the effect that the incident had on Jade and therefore on Moon. And Wells didn't kill off Stone, which is something that I had somehow convinced myself would happen. *sighs with relief*

Monstress vol. 2 (Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda) continues the story of Maika Halfwolf, a very Liu antiheroine (I first encountered Liu through her Hunter Kiss series). A lot of the action takes place aboard a ship, and I enjoyed that a lot. The captain is a total badass. My heart is constantly in my throat with regard to Maika's Morality Pet, the adorable little foxgirl Kippa, but Liu does sometimes let the innocent survive her harrowing tales, so maybe Kippa is *not* marked for a dire end. I'm not sure what I think of the Power Maika is hosting, though.

I'm now reading Yoon Ha Lee's Raven Strategem. I'm enjoying the new characters and Lee's sly humor, but I miss Cheris right now.

Apropos of nothing

Aug. 16th, 2017 06:35 pm
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The random mer-people tail generator on springhole.net may be my favorite sketch prompt generator all day.
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The Fifth Season N.K. Jemisin

TNT is bringing N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo Award-winning fantasy novel The Fifth Season to television, Deadline announced today. Leigh Dana Jackson (Sleepy HollowHelix) will adapt Jemisin’s novel, the first in the Broken Earth Trilogy, set on a supercontinent that every few centuries is wracked by a “fifth season” of climate change in the form of devastating earthquakes.

Jemisin excitedly shared the news on Twitter:

Jackson acquired the rights to The Fifth Season even before its Hugo nomination last year. Deadline describes the plot of the novel and its three protagonists:

The Fifth Season is described as an epic drama set in a world where civilization-destroying earthquakes occur with deadly regularity. A small minority of inhabitants has the ability to quiet these earthquakes, but they also can cause them. The series follows three women, each of whom possesses these special, Earth-controlling abilities: Damaya, a young girl training to serve the Empire; Syenite, an ambitious young woman ordered to breed with her bitter and frighteningly powerful mentor; and Essun, a mother searching for the husband who murdered her young son and kidnapped her daughter mere hours after a Season tore a fiery rift across the land.

Jemisin won the 2016 and 2017 Best Novel Hugo Awards for The Fifth Season and its follow-up, The Obelisk Gate. The final installment in the trilogy, The Stone Sky, was published August 15.

Elk Twins

Aug. 16th, 2017 06:25 pm

[me] Update

Aug. 16th, 2017 09:23 pm
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I have made a heap of all my spoons and then set the heap on fire.

Which is to say, I am at a conference. So far it's been a really good conference.

Imma gonna fall over into my bed momentarily.
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So, a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine was in a nasty car accident.

She's mostly fine, but her right hand was crushed. (Fortunately, she's left-handed.)

Visiting her yesterday, I was talking to her about one-handed keyboard options, which she didn't realise were as promising as they are. We were discussing half-keyboards (which are sadly expensive, but exist), and the curious thing that is the Twiddler chorded input device.

Her mother came in, and I was showing her the things I'd found too, and her mother lowered her voice and said:

"I want her to type two-handed again."

Her mother has a history of denying that problems in her children exist because Her Children Are Just Perfect, Okay.

I resisted the urge to reply, "Well, that's nice, but it's not happening, now is it," and instead, replied smoothly:

"Well, obviously that would be ideal, but however much movement she gets back eventually, that's going to take some time, and I know from experience that enforced inactivity is really miserable and soul-destroying, so this would be useful in the interim. Plus, typing one-handed leaves you able to do things with your other hand, and she's really good at multi-tasking. Plus, it's a bit of a concern that some of the adjustments she'd have to make would make her more likely to have problems with RSI, long-term, anyway."

"Ohhh, RSI's a really good point..."

So I think she's not going to get in the way on this issue.

Which is good, because if she did, I would have to throw down with her. Even if my friend regains full mobility in her hand - which is a massive, MASSIVE if, because she kinda doesn't have knuckles now - it will be *extremely* important, long-term, for her to minimise the strain on it. Fine, flicking sort of motions like typing involves would be a terrible idea for her to take up and sustain. TERRIBLE.

I met her mother for the first time yesterday; I don't care that much if she hates me. I would for real fight her on that one and she would not win.

It would be nice if she hadn't picked up some serious and permanent disability. That isn't the world we live in. Let's be grateful she retains her dominant hand and the rest of her body and work with that, okay?

Edit: In case anyone is thinking this might be good for them, possibly the best starting point my research has uncovered is this. It appears to be a free app (it says Trial but also that the free trial keeps working and doesn't expire) which converts your existing keyboard to be a one-handed keyboard.

Frankly, I'm annoyed I didn't think of this while my wrist was borked.

Haec Sunt Mea Ornamenta

Aug. 16th, 2017 08:42 pm
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My offspring, they have a podcast:

No Story is Sacred

It's up at all the usual places.

("Art in the blood, Watson . . . .")

Maybe It's Just Me

Aug. 16th, 2017 07:53 pm
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But I swear, these days the typical Atlantic article might as well be titled, This Thing You Like? Here's What's Wrong With It.

Case in point: "The Moral History of Air Conditioning."

I can't help but wonder, sometimes, about who the Atlantic's target reader is assumed to be. Not me, I'm fairly certain.
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Just removed access/subscriptions from a couple of people I haven't talked to in ages and who didn't subscribe back. Then I looked at my list and felt some despair, because I want to sort out more of that stuff and tidy up my userinfo, and it looks like effort.

Effort is hard.

So if I mistakenly removed you and you do drop by here, or you just like following what I'm up to, or I never gave you access when I said I would, or whatever, let me know.
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2wgwi1t on August 16, 2017 at 04:30PM

Tags:not a reblog, quotes, activism, PDWCrosspost2

Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Aug. 16th, 2017 06:29 pm
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books
Bryony and Roses by T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon writing for older audiences). An excellent reimagining of Beauty and the Beast that turns sooo many tropes on their heads, yay! I do wish (for once) that there had been an epilogue. OTOH, fairytales don't, so maybe that's why this one doesn't?

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon. Wonderful! I love the verse, I love the characters, I love how Molly builds herself a family, and the art is fun, too.

probably next: The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, conclusion to the Broken Earth series, which was what I did for last Yuletide. Actually, I don't know if I dare read this during the present news cycle? I may need more kidlit first. But soon!

dirt (aka plant log) )

yarning
I thought I was going to be done with current project today but nazis happened, and it turns out I can't crochet and do twitter at the same time. Still, what I have is deep brick red and extremely satisfying. *pleased*

other
tomorrow is my birthday and I want 45 out of office, so if the universe could arrange that for us, I'd be really grateful.

Linkspam Marks Monumental Changes

Aug. 16th, 2017 07:01 pm
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[tumblr.com profile] elfgrove: [tumblr thread re: @FanSince09 tweet: "How Millennials are killing participation trophies." re: @BNONews: "BREAKING: Protesters tear down Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina, where it stood for nearly 100 years"]
Yeah. I said cheap and mass produced. These statues have neither artistic nor historical value. “Why did the statue go down so easy? Many “Lost Cause” era C monuments were mass-produced in the cheapest way possible for mass distribution. There wasn’t even a layer of the most basic mortar holding the pedestal to the base. Gravity was enough for granite. Cheap, tacky crap.

Antonia Noori Farzan @ Phoenix New Times: Activist Turns Confederate Memorial At Arizona Capitol Into Participation Trophy
She immediately got to work crafting two banners that say "2nd Place Participant" and "You lost, get over it."

David Krugler @ the Daily Beast: America's Forgotten Mass Lynching: When 237 People Were Murdered In Arkansas
What made 1919 unique was the armed resistance that black Americans mounted against white mobs trying to keep them “in their place.”

Ken Schwencke @ ProPublica: Service Provider Boots Hate Site Off the Internet
“This is fucking serious. 8/12 changed everything,” tweeted Pax Dickinson, a lead technical voice for the far right, referencing the Charlottesville rally.

Nicholas Fandos, Russell Goldman, & Jess Bidgood @ NYT: Baltimore Mayor Had Statues Removed in ‘Best Interest of My City’
History could not and should not be erased, [Kaylyn Meyers, 29] said, but men like Taney did not belong on a pedestal in a nice public park, either.

[personal profile] siderea: [US] Fwd: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Address of May 19
Starts good, gets great: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's magnificent address of May 19 on the removal of the Confederate monuments from New Orleans. It's 22 minutes long, and, Americans, it's absolutely worth making the time. Beautiful, firey, and uplifting, it's worth hearing it delivered rather than reading a transcript.
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 I need help calculating upload speed times.

Our home connection uploads at 5 Mbs (bits).  In the fall a friend will have access to a 1 Gbs (bits) upload speed.

If I have around 1 TB(ytes) worth of data to upload, the math looks like this


1. Upload from MD's home = approximately 20 days (rounded up)
2. Upload from friend's location = 2-2 hrs

Now here's where it gets tricky. Some online backup servers cap the data flowing into their servers. Ex Sync.com caps it at
5 MB(ytes) or 40 M(bits)

In which case my math looks like this

1. Upload from MD's home = approximately 20 days (rounded up)
2. Upload from friend's location = 55-60 hrs (2+ days)

Did I get this correct?

I used this calculator
https://www.broadbandsolutions.com.au/business-centre/viewpoint/understanding-connection-speeds-megabytes-megabits

 

PFAW Fact Sheets for Recess

Aug. 16th, 2017 07:05 pm
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People for the American Way has one-page fact sheets (great for tabling and canvassing!) about, e.g., the Mueller Russia investigation, voter suppression, separation of church and state, and opposing white supremacist hate:

http://act.pfaw.org/go/529?t=3&akid=126%2E3037677%2EcD6eBT

The site has lots of other tools and graphics too.

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