Le Tarot d'Ambre: Le nombre clé

Feb. 27th, 2017 09:34 pm
yhlee: Amber Tarot Knight of Swords: Benedict (Tarot d'Ambre: Benedict)
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Le Tarot d'Ambre par F. Nedelec, cont'd

The key number

Unsurprisingly, more numerology.

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Feb. 27th, 2017 08:25 pm
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2/26/2017 link roundup

Feb. 26th, 2017 08:41 pm
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Activism / Resources
* The Tap (Ballotpedia). This is a weekly newsletter of politics news and events, including Trump news, special elections, SCOTUS activity - a whole wide range of stuff. Definitely worth subscribing.

* State legislative special elections, 2017 (Ballotpedia).

* WTF Just Happened Today, a daily politics news twitter. Nice for getting just the headlines from, without all the repeated retweets some twitters do.

News / Analysis
*Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media (Guardian). Read only if you want to turn your panic up to 11.

* Ohio Gov. Kasich says House conservatives may cause "problem" passing Obamacare replacement. This is REALLY interesting to me - it suggests that some GOP congress members are so conservative that there's no satisfying them AND the base that's demanding that they get to keep their health care benefits, so the Republicans will have to work with (/ make at least moderately happy) some Dems to make up for those lost conservatives. (In addition to the Dems they'd have to have to pass any bills at all, obviously.)

* Chris Christie tells GOP lawmakers to hold town halls: ‘You asked for the job. Go do it.’ (WaPo)

* Churches Are Readying Homes And Underground Railroads To Hide Immigrants From Deportation Under Trump (Buzzfeed)

* I Was a Muslim in Trump's White House (Atlantic)

Bandette, Volume 3

Feb. 26th, 2017 08:04 pm
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Is utterly delightful!

It's hard to know what to say about Bandette that I haven't already said. It makes me smile. It's serious when it needs to be serious and slight when it needs to be slight. It's lovely. And the hardcover editions are very pretty.

I spent last night and this morning in PDX hanging out with friends. I like my classmates at UO, but there's something about my folks in Portland that I miss. I'm so glad I went.

PSA + tatting

Feb. 26th, 2017 08:00 pm
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My website now has a section for Appearances; the one that's up there is a reading/signing at Borderlands in San Francisco on April 15 at 3 p.m. It would be lovely if anyone who's not my sister showed up. XD I may even make hexarchate cartoon handouts for people who show up; we'll see!

Meanwhile, I have taken up tatting!



So the weird twisty helix-looking part of the beginning of the strand is because I had forgotten that you have to do two half-hitches in opposite directions to get a tatting double stitch. Then the light dawned (I'm slow, okay?) and the straight-cable-looking section is where I figured it out and practiced that for a while. It's hard to see in the photo, but I'm using two different colors of thread (yellow and orange, both colors I hate [1] so I don't mind using up lots of it making ugly practice tatting, I'm weird) so that I can tell what the working thread is.

[1] My favorite color is black. Which reminds me, I need to write up The LEGO Batman Movie, which Joe and I saw together.

I was introduced to tatting by [profile] lshelby, who generously set me up with basic supplies and some instructions. I struggled with it for a while (to master the double stitch, you have to figure out how to "flip" a loop, which is apparently the big stumbling block when most people try to learn tatting) then set it aside. The kit didn't survive the flood but I remembered how intriguing it was (also, she sent me the most GORGEOUS tatted dragon pendant, which also didn't survive the flood, and I want to make some of my own! she has the pattern online), and it's cheaper than knitting. Tatting thread is, like, basically thread, so it's much cheaper than fancy yarn. (Also I divorced knitting because I can't knit lace to save my soul.)

I use two shuttles to do tatting, although there are other ways. I picked Aerlit shuttles because they seem to be reasonably well thought of and were reasonably priced [2]; some people like the tiny crochet hooks for unpicking stitches gone wrong, some people hate them for catching in thread. I don't have a strong opinion yet. There's also a kind of tatting you do with needles, but I don't know how that works at all.

Also, the shuttle doesn't come with a cat sticker on it, I just stuck it on for decoration and to help me tell the two shuttles apart (because you have a working thread and a non-working thread). The smart thing to have done would have been to buy shuttles in two different colors but I didn't think of that. Whoops!

[2] You can even make your own tatting shuttles out of cardboard or plastic. But at a few bucks apiece I figured I'd rather have the kind with a bobbin. There are super fancy shuttles carved of the bone of unicorns or whatever the hell, but I'm not making that kind of investment in a new hobby I don't even know yet if I'll stick with it.

ETA: Tatted Treasures has a lot of great tutorial videos and posts on shuttle tatting, if you're interested.

ETA #2: Tatting the double stitch would have made so much more sense so much earlier if people had explained it to me in terms of KNOT THEORY.

ETA #3: I sent this pic to my mom, who reports that when she was in school, she had a friend who made tatted lace, but that at school they learned crochet and knitting, not so much tatting. She also reports having heard of or seen books on tatting in bookstores, although again, not as popular as knitting or crochet. And that she's seen Japanese shuttles that have pointy ends but not the crochet looks like on my Aerlit shuttles.

Le Tarot d'Ambre: Vers la Marelle

Feb. 26th, 2017 05:22 pm
yhlee: Amber Tarot Knight of Swords: Benedict (Tarot d'Ambre: Benedict)
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Le Tarot d'Ambre par F. Nedelec, cont'd

Toward the Pattern

Now with bonus numerology! And Douglas Adams references! And chess!

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adventures in bad poetry

Feb. 26th, 2017 05:49 pm
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[personal profile] nineweaving recently gave me John Julius Norwich's Christmas Crackers, which is a commonplace book filled with the quotations Norwich has, for many years, collected and typed out as Christmas cards and crackers (the store-bought ones don't say much interesting, usually). It's a very good commonplace book, distinguished by being funnier and more impressive than those usually get, and I am treating it as one should treat commonplace books, i.e. opening it occasionally at random, giggling, and putting it down again. In no circumstance do I intend to read it straight through, because then what would there be to boggle at when I pick it off the shelf and open it randomly in a few years or decades?

Anyway, as good commonplace books do, it collects bad poetry as well as good, and I opened it to something so thoroughly appalling that the selection has been stuck in my head for more than a week. I truly think this belongs in the annals of terrible verse with William Topaz McGonagall and Julia Ann Moore, for the comma splices if for nothing else (and there is else). I showed it to Ruth, and spent the next five minutes desperately wishing for a video camera; I really thought they were going to throw the book out of the window.

Abandon hope, etcetera. )
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With links to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage, this right-wing US computer scientist is at the heart of a multimillion-dollar propaganda network.

Based on what readers "like" or click online, this company builds "probability models of how people vote. And then they look at what they can do to influence that." They serve up links to right-wing stories and conspiracy theories - deliberately trying to influence people to vote right-wing. And they are EVERYWHERE.

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Feb. 26th, 2017 12:50 pm
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LiveJournal has unblocked and whitelisted our webserver IP addresses, so importing, crossposting, and feed accounts should work properly again! Thanks for the quick fix, LJ.

Weekly Check In February 26

Feb. 26th, 2017 10:53 am
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I’m back from being out of town. Many thanks to [personal profile] tanaqui for keeping up with check-ins. This week there were a lot of town halls taking place around the country. Did you go to one, or plan to? How was it?

Housekeeping

Is anyone out there interested in helping us tag posts? That seems to be the area where we’re falling down the most.

Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

If you read one thing this week, read this:
A Minority President: Why the Polls Failed, and What the Majority Can Do This is an excellent article that talks about world views and the brain and how absolutely essential the language used around politics is for shaping how people vote.
Follow up reading includes actions you can take.

Muslim Ban/Immigration

[personal profile] tanaqui  has an excellent round up post this week on what our Minority President’s next moves are and what DHS is doing.

Confirmation Hearings
Not a lot of movement at the moment but we’ll keep you updated as they continue.

Get Involved
Anyone thinking of running for office? The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is holding candidate training this spring and summer for how to run for office

Get Educated

You can request a recording of the conference call that took place this week with Elizabeth Warren to discuss resistance strategies
[personal profile] snickfic ’slink roundup on running for office, and work done by the resistance, including a platform for The Movement of Black Lives
In yesterday’s roundup Civics 101 podcast, enrollment in ACA maps, resistance news, how voter ID’s discriminate, and Delaware’s special election for a State Senate seat goes to Democratic candidate Stephanie Hansen
Updates of Minority President’s campaign in contact with Russian operatives during the campaign and his undermining of democracy by attacking the press

Poll #18044 check in Feb 26
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 18


This week I

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called my one senator
3 (33.3%)

called my other senator
2 (22.2%)

called my representative
0 (0.0%)

got on a resistence call
0 (0.0%)

signed up for daily action alerts
2 (22.2%)

called my state senator
0 (0.0%)

called my state representative
1 (11.1%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

went to a protest
5 (55.6%)

went to a town hall
0 (0.0%)

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got involved with a local group
3 (16.7%)

sent a postcard/email/letter
6 (33.3%)

donated money
8 (44.4%)

took care of myself
11 (61.1%)

committed to action in the coming week
1 (5.6%)

did something else
10 (55.6%)



Fuuuuuuuck I had no idea

Feb. 26th, 2017 03:35 pm
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YouCaring: Help Heather Corinna Recover From Serious Spinal Damage

Heather (who founded and runs Scarleteen) is a heroine and a national fucking treasure. Please signal-boost and let's help look after her.
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I would just like to mention that a hand-cranked rotary whisk is a lovely stimmy thing to use, almost as intrinsically satisfying as a hand-cranked or foot-pedalled sewing machine (which, since I find hand-sewing so soothing, I do not own).

Two quick things

Feb. 25th, 2017 09:42 pm
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Cloudflare


We've had people ask us about the Cloudflare leak reported a few days ago. We are Cloudflare customers, and it is possible that login cookies or passwords may have been exposed as part of the incident. We believe the risk to you is relatively low -- it was a small percentage of Cloudflare's requests that were involved over a relatively short period of time, and we haven't found any evidence that anything from us was among them. This is not an absolute guarantee that none of your accounts were affected, but we don't think the likelihood is very high.

Because we believe the risk to be low, we aren't automatically expiring everyone's session cookies and requiring you to log back in and change your password -- whenever we do that, it does lock some people who they can't remember their passwords and no longer have access to their confirmed email addresses out of their accounts, and we believe that will affect more people in this case.

Still, it's always a good idea to change your passwords regularly, and now would be a good time to do it, especially if you want peace of mind. We have a FAQ on how to change your password. If your browser logs you in automatically and you don't remember your password, you can reset it. If you've forgotten your password and no longer have access to your most recent confirmed email address, you can have the password reset email sent to any email address you've confirmed on your account by entering both your username and your old email address at the Lost Info page.

Unfortunately, if you've forgotten your password and no longer have access to any email address you've confirmed on your account, you probably won't be able to reset your password. In some cases, if you've previously paid for your account, we can validate your payment details to confirm your identity and reset your password. If you can't reset your password, but think you may have paid for your account in the past, you can open a support request in the Account Payments category and I'll check into it for you.


LiveJournal imports/crossposts/feeds


LiveJournal has temporarily blocked about 2/3rds of our webservers from contacting their site, presumably because they feel that we're requesting data from them too often. This affects the ability to import your journal, the ability to crosspost entries from your Dreamwidth account to your LiveJournal account, and whether syndicated feeds of accounts on LiveJournal will update on Dreamwidth. Those features will fail when they're unable to contact LJ because of the block.

It isn't every one of our webservers, so things will work intermittently -- if you crosspost two entries one right after the other, one might succeed while the other fails. Unfortunately, there isn't much we can do to resolve this other than contacting them and asking them to unblock us (which I'll be doing right after I hit 'post' on this entry).

EDIT 2249 EST 25 Feb: We appear to be down to zero unblocked webservers, so imports, crossposts, and feeds will all fail until LJ unblocks us.

EDIT 26 Feb noon EST: LJ unblocked and whitelisted us this morning, so all is working again!

Links + Action

Feb. 25th, 2017 08:56 pm
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Feb. 14: The New York Times reports that Trump's team had continuous contact with Russian operatives during his campaign.

Feb. 22: The Minority President calls media the enemy. The intelligence officer who led the raid against Osama Bin Laden calls Trump's attacks on the press "the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime."

Feb. 23: CNN reports that the White House called senior FBI officials and asked them to deny the Russia story - interfering with the FBI's investigation.

Feb. 24:  White House press minion Sean Spicer bans NY Times, CNN and others from a media briefing.

Feb. 25: I make a "tribute donation" to the Center for Public Integrity (which funds investigative journalism) in the name of Sean Spicer, "Just because I care".






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Feb. 25th, 2017 04:05 pm
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Fantastic video takedown of why the Marvel movies have terrible scoring and, more generally, the problem of temp tracks in film scoring [Youtube]. Particularly scathing was the analysis of one scene where the music was basically compared to room tone. Ouch! But I cannot argue the point.

Also, film composers ALL hate temp tracks, haha, but that's not news to anyone at this point!

(I can't figure out how to embed this, sorry! The Youtube "share" thing confuses me.)

(Thanks to Seth Dickinson.)

Le Tarot d'Ambre: Un complot

Feb. 25th, 2017 02:43 pm
yhlee: Amber Tarot Knight of Swords: Benedict (Tarot d'Ambre: Benedict)
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Le Tarot d'Ambre par F. Nedelec, cont'd

A plot

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Stuff and things

Feb. 25th, 2017 10:33 am
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I spent yesterday not doing enough work and reading Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, which is magnificent, and I've just been reading a few essays he's written on his process and influences. It struck me as being very strongly influenced by stuff like The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Water Margin, and it's nice to get confirmation that he was deliberately using a lot of the same narrative style.

Minor spoilers under here. )

It's a really great novel, anyway; engaging characters, a brisk read, I really had trouble putting it down even when I ought to have been doing other things. Awesome fantasy engineering, squabbling gods, revolution and betrayal, fencing, fighting, torture, true love, miracles, sensible polyamory, you name it. None Owns the Air is a prequel short story set in the same universe if you want to check it out!

Immigration/Muslim Ban linkspam

Feb. 25th, 2017 04:53 pm
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The White House is still working on a new Muslim ban, but has delayed release of the revised executive order to next week.

Gosh, do you think coming up with something constitutional might be difficult? Maybe that's why the White House has finally involved the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security in formulating the ban. It's a pity those pesky analysts at DHS have produced a draft report that disputes that citizens of the banned nations pose a threat.

Meanwhile:

DHS issued memos placing the vast majority of the U.S.'s 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.

But Mexico isn't happy with the plan to deport all undocumented immigrants back to Mexico (even if they're not Mexican)

Santa Cruz’s police chief accused DHS of turning a raid targeting violent gang members into a secret immigration sweep.

It's going to be hard to recruit the ICE and Border Patrol agents needed to enforce any order.

The ACLU and other groups have promised to challenge the crackdown on undocumented immigrants

Border Patrol demanded the ID of everyone on a domestic flight before allowing them to deplane.

Meanwhile, the case of Daniel Ramirez Medina, the DACA recipient detained and accused of gang affiliation based on an apparently doctored statement, continues. I've struggled to find updates on this, so please let me know if you have better sources, but it seems his lawyers are refusing a bond hearing in immigration court, arguing the case belongs in federal court, not immigration court.

Check out our muslim ban, immigration, DACA and protest tags for actions you can take, such as places that will need donations and protests you could attend.

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