[Photos] Boranup Forest

Oct. 16th, 2017 12:06 am
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I always feel a bit empty
if I don't get to visit the Boranup forest at least once a year.

Comprising mostly young karri leaves,
with a distinctive karri biome,
made up of metres of layers of karri bark that drops from the silvery branches every year.


Grey days, silvery trees.




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I have to watch episodes with several breaks, because TEH STOOPID bothers me.

I mean, there's the standard TV show stupid where characters have to tell each other things that they already know, so that we the audience can catch up on what happened since last season. Fine. Normal TV stupid.

There's the stupid of watching combat scenes - streets somehow devoid of cars except for those belonging to the villains; martial artists spinning into HTH despite facing their opponents and having a clear path between them (you don't turn your back on an enemy if you don't get something from it - sure, spinning around may get you leverage for an attack, but nobody did that); old Western-style one-shot-insta-death bullet wounds (except, of course, for any character with a name), and so on. TV violence stupid. Fine. Normal.

There's the interpersonal drama stupid, which includes both "let's talk about stuff that we would never directly say, except for the audience to catch up" and "let's make sure the audience has been informed, AGAIN, of exactly who has what relationship with whom." Bleh. Fine. Gotta throw in some backstory exposition for the new watchers. Then there's the mind games and secrets bullshit, where everyone pretends that they haven't spent five years learning that you need to rely on your teammates and that means telling them when something weird is going on. Fine. Emotionally constipated characters in order to stretch out the tension.

There's also spoilerific stupid, so I'm putting that behind a cut. )

[tech] whois behavior?

Oct. 12th, 2017 01:23 pm
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I have a domain for which I don't have any sort of privacy protect - it's for my business, so I have my business info attached to it and am happy to have it public (free advertising!).

But when at the commandline I do whois mydomain.tld the record that comes up is very terse, and has no information about me or how to contact me at all:

   Domain Name: [mydomain.tld]
   Registry Domain ID: [REDACTED]
   Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.enom.com
   Registrar URL: http://www.enom.com
   Updated Date: 2015-10-[REDACTED]
   Creation Date: 2011-10-[REDACTED]
   Registry Expiry Date: 2021-10-[REDACTED]
   Registrar: eNom, Inc.
   Registrar IANA ID: 48
   Registrar Abuse Contact Email:
   Registrar Abuse Contact Phone:
   Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
   Name Server: [REDACTED]
   Name Server: [REDACTED]
   DNSSEC: unsigned
   URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/


That's what I get from both my mac terminal and the shell at my hosting company.

Adding "--verbose" doesn't change anything.

When I go elsewhere, say to whois.domaintools.com, I get the whole record I expect to see.

What's going on here, does anybody know? Is there some way to convince my local whois to return more full records?

[tech, DW] Dreamwidth API Design

Oct. 12th, 2017 02:52 am
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If you want input into Dreamwidth's API, it's under discussion over on [site community profile] dw_dev for imminent development work.

If you have an interest in that, go check it out immediately, and chime in.
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Years ago, I came across a passage that I seem to recall was attributed to Einstein, from a private letter written to a young mathematician, about how the world is filled with more seductive scientific/mathematical problems than a person can tackle in a lifetime, so one has to be careful to chose the right problems to work on.

I cannot find it; it doesn't seem to be in the books that I had thought I'd seen it in. I'd like to find it again. I tried googling "einstein's letter to mathematician" and discovered that he apparently carried on a voluminous correspondence with every living mathematician at the time. Brute force searching isn't going to work.

Does anybody happen to recognize this passage by description?

I suppose I'm getting some Pathfinder

Oct. 11th, 2017 08:31 pm
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I have basically played no D&D since 1st ed AD&D. I remember writing up a character in 2nd ed (oh look; elves can finally be druids!) and again in... 3.5, maybe? But I don't remember actually playing in either of those; if I did, it was a single session of getting-the-party-together that later went nowhere.

I'm vaguely aware that D&D and Pathfinder are similar but not the same. I don't particularly need to know; until D&D gives up on the stupidity that is alignments (I do hear they've dropped alignment languages, at least) and the notion of dozens of character classes to allow variety instead of switching to a point system that actually lets people build the players they want... not particularly interested. D&D as a system is designed for a particular type of play, or at best, a particular range of types of play, none of which appeal to me.

I keep coming back to, "why aren't they using GURPS" if they want granular details about combat and character building, or, "why don't they switch to FATE" if they want free-flowing story adventures.

Anyway. Humble Bundle has Pathfinder books on sale, and in the way of HB, a large swarm are available for the $1 minimum. I'll get that.

I scrolled down. Normally, there's a $1 ("pay what you want") level, a mid ($8 here), and a $15 level. This time, there's also higher levels. At the top, for $45, you can get a set of miniatures.

The Red Sonja figurine shows everything I hate about D&D, the high fantasy genre, and the tabletop RPG industry.

[Art] Inktober Days 8, 9, 10.

Oct. 11th, 2017 11:16 pm
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Overall for Inktober,
I've been working on a very large project.
But for the past few days I've been away,
and did some ballpoint pen sketches instead.
I actually really love it as a medium?

These are all really small irl.
Done with your standard trashy Kilometrico ballpoint pen





Fairy Wren and Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo under the cut. )
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Via [personal profile] conuly: "We Don't Do That Here", by Aja Hammerly:
I have a handful of “magic” phrases that have made my professional career easier. Things like “you are not your code” and my preferred way to say no: “that doesn’t work for me.” These are tools in my interpersonal skills toolbox. I find myself uttering phrases like, “right or effective, choose one” at least once a week. This week I realized I had another magic phrase, “we don’t do that here.” [...]
Short, highly recommended.
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The short form is I think they had the makings of a great film and they made an okay film. It's like if someone made Bladerunner based on what they thought 2017 audiences would like, rather than if they'd made Bladerunner. Very few of my quibbles are about visuals; the visuals of Bladerunner 2049 are gorgeous.

Apparently I have lots of opinions about a sequel to a movie I thought couldn't have/didn't need a sequel, a sequel which at some level I'd wanted for literally decades. )

Dear Writer 2017

Oct. 7th, 2017 11:45 pm
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No longer just a Placeholder!

First off, Dear Writer, thank you for loving something I love, and writing for me. I have never been disappointed in a Yuletide piece written for me, and I am sure I will love yours!


General Thoughts )

Individual Requests
Hedgehog and Polar Bear - Nami Nishikawa )

Sino-Soviet Propaganda Posters )

Whitehaven - The Handsome Family (Song) )

Battle of Tollense River c. 1250 bce )

Smith of Wootton Major - J. R. R. Tolkien )

The Iliad - Homer )

As always, thank you again. Have fun! I am sure I will be delighted with whatever you choose to write!
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I want to amp the signal on this. John Scalzi wrote, a couple days ago, about how this year has been affecting his creative output. Excerpt:
Complicated is not inherently difficult to write. It just takes attention to detail, which normally I’m able to do just fine. When I write on it — when I have those stretches of being able to write — it all works. The plot flows well, the characters are doing their thing, and everything chugs along. What I’m writing is good. There’s just so much less of it than usually happens for me.

I’m not trying to be mysterious about what it is about 2017 that is different. The answer is obvious: Trump is president, and he’s a peevish bigoted incompetent surrounded by the same, and he’s wreaking havoc on large stretches of the American experience, both in his own person and by the chaos he invites. But to say “well, Trump,” is not really to give an answer with regard to what’s different. We’ve had terrible presidents before — George W. Bush springs to mind — and yet my ability to create work was not notably impacted. When Dubya was in office I wrote five novels. The Dubya era was a crappy time for America (recall the wars and the Great Recession) but from the point of view of productivity, it was just fine for me.

The thing is, the Trump era is a different kind of awful. It is, bluntly, unremitting awfulness.
I recommend reading the whole thing, for anybody who has found their productivity impacted. Lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of writers, professional and hobbyist, have come forward to say, "me too".

Me too, me too. My word counts are public, and they speak – well, it's more of a whimper – for themselves. Much of my stress and distraction is personal, familial. But it's also true that the world being on fire is impacting me.

He writes:
It’s hard to focus when the world is on fire, and with novelists in particular, I suspect that sometimes it’s hard to focus when you’ve got the suspicion that your fiction is almost frivolous in the context of what’s going on right now. Well, and maybe it is. But, speaking as someone who spent an hour retweeting pet pictures today to break up the horror of mass shooting news in people’s tweetstreams, sometimes frivolity helps.
To which I would reply with a passage, from a novel, I have quoted before:
"Hazel, we'll have to stop here," said Bigwig, coming up between the panting, crouching bodies of the others. "I know it's not a good place, but Fiver and this other half-sized fellow you've got here–they're pretty well all in. They won't be able to go on if we don't rest."

[...]

Pipkin sat trembling under a fern, his ears drooping on either side of his head. He held one paw forward in an awkward, unnatural way and kept licking it miserably. Fiver was little better off. He still looked cheerful, but very weary. Hazel realized that until they rested they would all be safer where they were than stumbling along in the open with no strength left to run from an enemy. But if they lay brooding, unable to feed or go underground, all their troubles would come crowding into their hearts, their fears would mount and they might very likely scatter, or even try to return to the warren. He had an idea.

"Yes, all right, we'll rest here," he said. "Let's go in among this fern. Come on, Dandelion, tell us a story. I know you're handy that way. Pipkin here can't wait to hear it."

Dandelion looked at Pipkin and realized what it was that Hazel was asking him to do. Choking back his own fear of the desolate, grassless woodland, the before-dawn-returning owls that they could hear some way off, and the extraordinary, rank animal smell that seemed to come from somewhere rather nearer, he began.
And further, from later on:
[Holly] sat up with difficulty and looked around at them.

"You're Hazel, aren't you?" he asked. "And that's– oh, I should know, but I'm in very poor shape, I'm afraid."

"It's Dandelion," said Hazel. "Listen– I can see that you're exhausted, but we can't stay here. We're in danger. Can you come with us to our holes?"

"Captain [Holly]," said Bluebell, "do you know what the first blade of grass said to the second blade of grass?"

Hazel looked at him sharply, but Holly replied, "Well?"

"It said, 'Look, there's a rabbit! We're in danger!'"

"This is no time–" began Hazel.

"Don't silence him," said Holly. "We wouldn't bee here at all without his blue tit's chatter." [...] It took a long time to climb the hill.

[...]

"Hazel," [Dandelion] said, "I thought I ought to come and tell you about Holly. He's much better this evening, but he had a very bad night and so did we. Every time he seemed to be going to sleep, he kept starting up and crying. I thought he was going out of his mind. Pipkin kept talking to him – he was first-rate – and he seems to set a lot of store by Bluebell. Bluebell kept on making jokes. He was worn out before the morning and so were the lot of us – we've been sleeping all day. Holly's been more or less himself since he woke up this afternoon, and he's been up to silflay. [...]"

"Is he fit to talk to us, then?" asked Bigwig.

"I think so. [...]"

[...]

They found Holly with Bluebell and Pipkin, on the turf by the anthill where Dandelion had first looked ovr the down. Holly was sniffing a purple orchis. The head of mauve blooms rocked gently on its stem as he pushed his nose against it.

"Don't frighten it, master," said Bluebell. "It might fly away. After all, it's got a lot of spots to choose from. Look at them all over the leaves."

"Oh, get along with you, Bluebell," answered Holly, good-humoredly.

[...]

Bigwig came up, "I know it's not owl time yet," he said, "but everyone's so eager to hear you, Holly, that they want to go underground at once. Will that suit you?"

"Underground?" replied Holly. "But how can you all hear me underground? I was expecting to talk here."

"Come and see," said Bigwig.

Holly and Bluebell were impressed by the Honeycomb.

"This is something quite new," said Holly. "What keeps the roof up?"

"It doens't need to be kept up," said Bluebell. "It's right up the hill already."

"An idea we found on the way," said Bigwig.

"Lying in a field," said Bluebell. "It's all right, master, I'll be quiet while you're speaking."

"Yes, you must," said Holly. "Soon no one will want jokes."

[...]

"[...] Men never hurry, do they? Then one of them got a spade and began filling in the mouths of all the holes he could find. Every hole he came to, he cut out the turf above and pushed it into the hole. That puzzled me, because with ferrets they want to drive the rabbits out. But I was expecting that they'd leave a few holes open and net them: although that would have been a foolish way to ferret, because a rabbit that went up a blocked run would be killed underground and then the man wouldn't get his ferret back very easily, you know."

"Don't make it to grim, Holly," said Hazel, for Pipkin was shuddering at the thought of the blocked run and the pursuing ferret.

"Too grim?" replied Holly bitterly. "I've hardly started yet. Would anyone like to go away?" No one moved and after a few moments he continued.

[...*]

"After that we had the worst time of all. If it hadn't had been for Bluebell's jokes and chatter we'd have stopped running[**] for certain."

"Hraka one end, jokes the other," said Bluebell. "I used to roll a joke along the ground and we both followed it. That was how we kept going."
Watership Down, Richard Adams, from the chapters "A Honeycomb and a Mouse" and "For El-Ahrairah to Cry".

* Elided: the famous part about what happened to Sandleford Warren, which, when people say seeing the movie as children traumatized them, is the part they're talking about.

** A euphemism previously established.

[psych, ling/eng] "Hlep"?

Oct. 6th, 2017 02:09 pm
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Is there a canonical discussion of the meaning of "hlep"/"hlepy"/"hlepiness" as per usage on Making Light? I can't find anything. Can anybody point me in the right direction?

I think I've got a history of sorts. Apparently it was introduced to ML in 2007 with this comment. Responding to this (note #481, not #480 as she says) by user Bruce E. Durocher II:
After all this OS talk I have to gripe about something and ask if there's a polite term for it. Here's the setup: [...story...] My question is this: is there a term in English for well meaning advice that gives you the urge to walk out the backdoor, aim your face to the sky, and scream YOU'RE NOT HELPING! or do I need to start checking Yiddish and German dictionaries again?
user Lurking Maggie wrote (September 15, 2007, 02:44 PM):
#480, Bruce E. Durocher II: I'm delurking because I've actually used the word "hlep" to describe that phenomenon. It's superficially like help, it's meant to be help, but it totally fails to be actual help.

I'm sure this comment has been very hlepful.
It apparently didn't actually catch on until around 2011 or so, when user Bruce E. Durocher II re-introduced it in this Open Thread of June 2011, in which the term and several alternative terms are discussed in brief. At that point it seems to have caught on.

Since then, it seems there's been some shift in meaning. Originally it was specifically instructions – as an answer to a request for help – that don't actually address the problem meaningfully. The elided example above was Bruce E. Durocher II's asking someone how to get some videos to play on his Mac and being told to install Linux. Since then, it's broadened out to include into unsolicited "have you tried" suggestions, such as the unsolicited and often very unwelcome suggestions for remedies people with serious illnesses get (e.g. "have you tried drinking green tea for your cancer?"); and, if I understand correctly, even further beyond that, beyond the merely verbal responses to any behavior that is presented as "helpful" but which betrays an unconcern for whether it actually helps the ostensible beneficiary, e.g. doing someone the "favor" of doing their laundry, only damaging the clothes in the process – and not caring that the clothes were damaged.

Anybody know of a canonical definition or discussion?

Asking for, like, all my patients.
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Locals!

I just discovered the GlobeDoc Film Fest, which has some very interesting offerings that it looks like I will largely not be able to make, alas. But maybe you could.

I found out about it from hearing about Jennifer Brea's "Unrest". Anybody looking into the phenomenon of sexism in medical research and treatment will eventually find her TEDTalk, "What Happens When You Have a Disease Doctors Can't Diagnose". She has gone on to make a movie – largely from her bed – about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, which won an editing award at Sundance. Trailer. It's showing Thursday Oct 12, 7:30-9:30pm, at the Coolidge Corner Theater. (This is the one I would most like to see, but I work Thursday nights.)

There are a number of other interesting showings. My interest is particularly piqued by
Circle Up, about a restorative justice project here in Boston, showing Saturday, Oct 14, noon-2pm at the Brattle, and I Am Evidence, about the rape-kit testing backlog, showing Sunday, Oct 15, 4:30-6:30pm. All are $15.

Dear Yuletide Author

Oct. 3rd, 2017 07:27 am
elf: Petalwing in snow, saying "Yuletide!" (Yuletide)
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Hi author! I'm easy! … Wait, that probably didn't come out right. I am happy to read whatever you are inspired to create; I love the diversity of Yuletide and am not going to use it as an excuse to ask for That One Fic I Want. There is no That Fic that I want. However, I'm aware that "eh, go wild!" is a bit daunting for authors (certainly is for me), so I'll throw out some ideas of what I like. However, if you've got that WIP in a folder that kinda-sorta fits what I asked for, only not really, but it does involve the characters and you've been looking for an excuse to finish it - go for it! If you've got that story idea you chatted with friends about and it involves tropes I don't even mention - that's fine too! I want to read what you want to write! Optional details are optional!

I like a broad range of fic. I like explicit h/c torture-recovery slash; I like slice-of-life genfic; I like superhero AUs. There's a few kinds of fic I don't actively seek out, but even those are mainly because I don't care for the tropes and (of course) most stories aren't written to my particular taste - I don't normally read college AUs, but if that's the story you're dying to tell, I'd love to read it.

I love missing scenes, including backstory and what-happens-next fics; I especially love wildly cracky fandom tropes being woven into canon details. I like first-time UST falling-in-love fics; I like ensemble-cast plotty fics; I like polyamorous multi-directional relationships with varying types of sexuality and orientation, including ace aspects.

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