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Jul. 24th, 2017 01:42 pm
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Snopes.com is being held hostage by an &*$%^& vendor. Donate here to their GoFundMe for legal fees and paying their staff (vendor is inserting their own ads into the site and keeping the revenue).

Weather this weekend closely resembled that which I left Dallas to get away from: the heat was fine, but not with 80% humidity, god! And I had to be out in it: haircut, feeding T's cats (and cleaning up the dead mouse < shudder >), and doing laundry. I feel like I didn't actually accomplish much -- I kept being stymied by the heat, outside forces (finally got SmartThings hub set up, but needed to hit up Samsung tech support for a new welcome code to make it work), and my shoulder hurting and being kind of an energy drain. But I made some more book-sorting progress, Samsung got back to me with the welcome code, and I've almost got the super tricky bit in the dance choreography figured out.

I watched "Major League" on Starz because it was on and, despite the many (many!) problematic bits, I still find it hilarious and awesome, and I could still say a large percentage of the lines along with the actors. "Juuust a little bit outside." "I hate this f*&^%% song." The American Express commercial: "Don't steal home without it" and Corbin Bernson being a deliberately horrible actor. "F&*% you, Jobu. I do it myself." Vaughn's triumphant entrance to "Wild Thing" (which is apparently the reason relief pitches in MLB now have walk-on songs -- the scene is just that cool). "Great catch. Don't ever f&*$%%^* do it again." Jake calling his shot. "Come on, Willy." Dennis Haysbert hitting that home run and Wesley Snipes robbing the hitter of that home run (using actor names deliberately, because those were not stunt players. Apparently Charlie Sheen could throw a fastball in the very respectable 80s). Margaret Whitten just being an unrepentant fabulous bitch the whole movie. "That ought to shut these people up." And, of course: "The Indians win it! The Indians win it! Oh my god, the Indians win it!"

That last is a little weird, given the last World Series, honestly. But still awesome. And I love it when movies actually hold up over the years, and are still just so much fun.

"Close enough for jazz"

Jul. 23rd, 2017 03:13 am
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Vacation to-do list/wishlist summary: not too bad! Especially given that today was totally eaten by stressful unexpected circumstances. (Everyone is fine now.)

Things without deadlines (fun):

* Watch Voltron: Legendary Defender and do some knitting
* Stroll in the Botanic Gardens (I didn't do this but did go read in the park near our house)
* Maybe steal the baby from daycare early one day and get extra baby time
* Read (three books! in one week!)
* Cook
* Lunch with my mom
* Sleeeeeeeep

Things without deadlines (productive):

* Shower and dress in real clothes every day (mostly)
* Tidy room enough for vacuuming
* Unpack
* Vacuum (well, I swept, but it's pretty clean underfoot now)
* Catch up on laundry
* Celebrate the 1st anniversary of Story Hospital (!)
* Call insurance company about that bill
* Call doctor's office about that prior auth
* Finish setting up Tinybeans
* Remake OT appointment for next week
* Do a family Readercon debrief/postmortem

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Jul. 21st, 2017 01:52 pm
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I'm toying with the idea of using some of my vacation time this year to go to Vancouver/Victoria for a few days. Any peeps in that area? I'd like to pick your brain... (Yes, Dad, I'll be picking yours, too.)

I have also decided to burn some vacation by declaring the weekend of Leslie Odom Jr's Ravinia concert to be a four-day weekend. I shall go to the Botanic Garden for a few hours on Sunday afternoon, then walk over to Ravinia and settle my butt on the lawn with a tasty selection of noshes (and possibly a bit of very classy booze) to listen to Gershwin, followed by the golden tones of Mr Odom. And then have Monday to snooze after a late night.

As I was making my lunch wrap this morning, I set aside some of the wilted spinach for Sawyer and the guinea pigs, then realized that Sawyer and The Guinea Pigs is totally the name of my next cover band. Some will also go to Peeves the hamster, who is one of the sweetest, nicest hamsters I have ever gotten to snuggle. When I pet his back, he rolls over to show his fuzzy white tummy and wriggles into my hand while making the cutest little happy hamster face.

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Jul. 20th, 2017 11:13 am
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Note to self: I don't care how pleadingly Chloe looks up at you, or with what heartrending wails she complains that she is still So Hungry, Mama! She does NOT get any extra kibble at night ever again. This reminder brought to you by the letters H, U, R & K.

Thunderstorms last night and this morning, which I don't object to at all, except for the bit where I have to get out of bed and leave the house while it's still raining. :P Water shoes and quick-dry dress, ahoy!

T is coming over tonight to pick up the bulk of the books that are Going Away. I can't WAIT. Couldn't haul a load downstairs this morning because of the rain, so it's going to be a lot of one-armed hauling tonight, but it will be worth it! We'll have to keep Shoba (the black German Shepherd downstairs) inside while I'm working, as he's developed a worrisome tendency to think I am an Invader, despite knowing me for almost two years. He blocked me at the top of the stairs coming home last night, and growled with enough sincerity that I didn't think pushing it would be good. It wasn't a big thing, J was right there to make him knock it off, but I worry that he's not feeling well and it's making him cranky (he has lymphoma). Fortunately, his huge fluffy white counterpart Juno still thinks I'm awesome. Juno has no discretion, but that's fine. :)

daf bit: Sanhedrin 2

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:55 am
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We begin a new tractate, Sanhedrin, which discusses court cases. Unlike in many secular court systems, the judges are active participants (they're the ones who question witnesses) and the ultimate decisors; there are no lawyers or juries.

A court is made up of some number of judges, depending on the type of case (at least 3, sometimes 23 or 71 or occasionally other numbers). Here are some of the cases listed in the first mishna of the tractate (this is not a complete list):

  • Various types of monetary damages are judged by three.

  • Rape, seduction, and libel require three according to R' Meir, but the sages say libel requires 23 because it could involve a capital charge. (A note suggests this comes up with adultery but doesn't connect the dots. Also, rape and seduction can involve capital charges too, so I don't know why they only call out libel. Perhaps it's addressed later in the g'mara.)

  • Capital cases, as implied in the previous bullet, require 23.

  • Cases for which the punishment is flogging require three, but according to R' Yishmael, 23.

  • Calendar decisions (witnessing the new moon, adding a leap month) are judged by three, though R' Shimon b. Gamaliel describes a more complicated scheme.

  • A tribe charged with idolatry, a false prophet, and a high priest can be tried only by a court of 71.

  • The following require 71: authorizing wars of free choice, adding to the temple courtyards, establishing small sanhedrins (of 23) for the tribes, condemning a city, condemning frontier towns.

Why is a great sanhedrin 71? Because Moshe was commanded to gather 70 (other) men. And why is a small sanhedrin 23? It's complicated. (I don't completely follow their math, sorry.)

This is all from 2a. The mishna continues onto 2b before the g'mara starts there.

(Today's daf is 4.)

"You can't always get what you want"

Jul. 19th, 2017 01:31 am
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Archiving some Twitter threads here regarding cons and congoing.

Thread 1: You are not entitled to be a panelist at a convention.  )

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Thread 2: Cis People Please Don't Do This. )

Comments are off because I'm on vacation and don't feel like moderating them. Feel free to share the link to this post.

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Jul. 18th, 2017 08:52 pm
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My (Android) phone alerts me when traffic is bad near me. This can be handy at the end of the day because I work downtown. Except... it's telling me about traffic on roads I don't use to get home. Sure, there's spillover so it's not unhelpful, but it'd be great if I could tell it -- maybe by gesturing on a map -- what paths I care about, so it could tell me about those ones.

Does anybody reading this know of an app that does that, or a way to get Google Maps to do it? It needs to be fire and forget; I don't want to have to open the map app to look for red lines on it.

It feels like all the information is already there, if only my phone were making use of it.

(This would also let me know before I leave in the morning if traffic is still bad at the other end. At that time I don't really need extra information about traffic near my house; I need it 3-5 miles away.)

"R&R"

Jul. 18th, 2017 04:26 am
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Once more unto the vacation to-do list/wishlist. A whole week of vacation when I'm not ill! Such luxury!

Things with deadlines:

* NONE AT ALL

Things without deadlines (fun):

* Watch Voltron: Legendary Defender and do some knitting
* Stroll in the Botanic Gardens (needs to happen today if it's going to happen, because the weather's going to be too hot and unpleasant the rest of the week)
* Maybe steal the baby from daycare early one day and get extra baby time
* Read
* Cook
* Lunch with my mom
* Sleeeeeeeep

Things without deadlines (productive):

* Shower and dress in real clothes every day
* Tidy room enough for vacuuming
* Unpack
* Vacuum (or ask J to if my arms are sad)
* Catch up on laundry
* Celebrate the 1st anniversary of Story Hospital (!)
* Call insurance company about that bill
* Call doctor's office about that prior auth
* Finish setting up Tinybeans
* Remake OT appointment for next week
* Do a family Readercon debrief/postmortem

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Jul. 17th, 2017 11:31 am
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The Kobo has been successfully hacked, after a great deal of time spent plowing through the forums making sure I was applying the correct hacks. The Kobo now does not default to a weird line spacing, and does not leave up a third of the screen blank non any given page. I did not get any of the Smart Home setup done, because my bargain-priced SmartThings hub did not come with a power supply; instead of doing research, I assumed I could plug it into a standard USB charger like my Echo, which, no. So I had to order a power supply, which came this morning. Happily, I can pop the Ethernet cable out of my DVD player and plug it into the hub (which it needs), so I will be fine in spite of myself. :) I am also continuing to fill bags with books-to-donate at an impressive rate, and have caught up with the databasing aspect (once I figured out why LibraryThing's lightning edit wasn't working and fixed it).

We have a kitten at the shelter who is the most Siamese Siamese who ever Siamesed. David Meowe (I didn't name him) is either lilac or seal point (too young to tell, his markings haven't settled yet), has sky blue eyes, is very large with the floof, requires attention in the form of bodily contact at all times, and narrates every single action he makes. It's like hanging out with a pulp detective: a constant spate of muttered observations, mild-to-irate complaints, and strident "requests". He's hilarious. We've actually had a spate of Siamese mixes through the shelter lately, and I keep warning people what they're like; they either laugh and fervently agree, or visibly don't believe me. They'll learn...

Orthopedic surgeon in less than two weeks, and I'm honestly counting the days; if nothing else, I'm hoping to get some naproxen or anti-inflammatories out of the deal. Some days, my shoulder is fine; other days (Sunday), I can't even use that arm to brush the cats because it just hurts too much. In-between day today -- it doesn't bother me when I'm just sitting here, but lifting things (particularly at arm's length, like putting dishes away) is verboten. I'm reasonably certain that dancing is Not Helping on an Epic Scale, but I refuse to let this damn weird injury steal THAT from me, too. It's such a damn cool choreography and if I do have to have surgery, I have no idea how long it will be before I can dance at all again. :(

"The travel-model baby"

Jul. 17th, 2017 02:29 am
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We are HOME. I have rarely in my life been so tired, and I have spent much of my life being tired. This is non-Euclidean tired that collapses in upon itself. I'm sort of impressed by it.

As usual, Sam was thrilled to see me, Sophie was thrilled to see X, and Alex pretended to have entirely forgotten our names until we ordered pizza and he decided he wanted some. Tili took very good care of them. She also pointed out that our inexplicably huge basil plants grew enormous flower spikes during the three days we were gone. The leaves are yellowing a bit; might be time for more fertilizer.

I cannot overstate how tremendously lucky we are to have such a good travel-bean. They were really clearly Done With Everything around 2 p.m. yesterday, and very polite about our inexplicable failure to take them home right then. They didn't nap much on the train today, though they did sleep on me for about half an hour—it's such a pleasure to be slept on by a baby, and we were all jockeying a bit to be the one that Kit napped on; I only won because J needed to get up to get something and I snagged the sleepy baby and the blanket—but they were generally cheerful and amenable to distraction nonetheless, and as soon as we got home they chugged a bottle and sacked out. They even signed "train" while we were waiting for the train, and they made friends with another toddler who was riding in our car, trading many high-fives and handshakes. They really liked the train trips; we should do more train travel with them.

Next year, more and better planning. Definitely. But on the whole it was a very good con.

"Gonna fall down any day now"

Jul. 16th, 2017 02:11 am
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We are at Readercon! We are having a very good time.

We took the train up instead of driving. There was a mess leaving Penn Station—we had to get off our broken train and get onto another one at the last minute—and a friend couriered much of our luggage, so that was all a bit of a logistical headache, and it's stressful being bound to an external schedule. But I actually haven't missed having a car (or even thought much about leaving the hotel) and I definitely haven't missed being the only licensed driver for a long trip. Maybe the train again next year; maybe not.

Me being sick for the crucial two weeks (two full weeks! June 26 to July 10! let's never do that again!) when we would usually do all our planning led to many hilarious planning failures, including not packing enough underwear, packing the wrong bra, not bringing enough warm clothing for a freezing cold hotel, never getting around to going swimming (after much fuss about making sure we all had swim gear—though of course we forgot Kit's swim diaper!), not bringing toothpaste, not bringing enough cash for housekeeping tips, forgetting that my new eyeglass prescription means my hoarded last pair of contact lenses was useless, and not scheduling enough babysitter time. Rarely has my behavior.planning.agley tag been so apt. X and J did their very best to make up for my incapacity, but we're all used to me being the primary planner, and at this age Kit is very distracting and makes it hard to focus on planning. I suspect that we're going to go home, sleep for a week, and then plan out our entire schedule for next year in advance.

I gave a talk on habit reversal training for writers that was extremely well received. That was very gratifying and enjoyable, and set a good tone for the rest of the weekend. I attended a few panels, was on a couple more, read none of my book and knit none of my knitting, had a really lovely time hanging out with friends, stayed up very late—the usual.

Some of it has been a bit strange. I'm now at the age where my friends tell me about their divorces; I was not quite aware I had reached that age, but it's happened twice in two days, so here we are. (To be clear, I am very glad I could be there for those friends. I just wasn't expecting it.) No one's slept much except Kit, who remains an absolute champion traveler and has taken a solid two-hour nap every day we've been here, including on the train on the way up (and will ideally do so on the train home). But we're coping.

I was nearly falling asleep during my own room party, and then after it was done I went out to the patio because 1 a.m. Readercon patio conversations are a superb vintage I only get to taste once a year. We talked about consciousness upload and replication, which led to digressions on neuroscience, parenting, and karma. Good times.

I must go sleep a lot now. A whole lot. Tomorrow: home.

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Jul. 14th, 2017 09:44 am
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Bud ate his breakfast this morning!!! That is to say, he's been mostly eating his dry food, but he not touching his wet food, which means he's not getting enough calories or lysine (to control the chronic upper resp). I hand-fed him his wet food the last few meals, and I think the lysine finally kicked in, because he demolished his wet food this morning! Such a relief. Now, if having the contractors in for the inspection and repairs doesn't send us right back to not eating again....

(Eating has been a major concern the last week or so -- there have been multiple hurking incidents, traceable either to Bud or the baby, and I've had to try to figure out who did which and why. It's worrisome. But there haven't been any incidents in two days, I'm switching Chloe to a mix with the other dry food, which will hopefully be easier on her tiny little crazy person stomach, and Bud is eating again. So, tentative huge relief.)

Also, I could brush Chloe every single day, and I would still get off enough fur to make a kitten. She has the thickest undercoat I have ever seen on a short-haired non-Siamese, and it's ridiculous. Fortunately, she loves being brushed as much as the boys do -- somehow, all of them can detect the (inaudible) sound of a soft rubber brush being used on Someone Else's Coat from two rooms away, and they all come running and start jockeying for position on the foot of the couch. (Jack gets downright rude about it, but that's Jack for you.)

I have to suck it up and spent part of this weekend doing the boring, tedious cataloging work for the Great Book Sorting; the pile of discards is getting ridiculous, and they need to be removed from the database and bagged so I can get them out the door to the library sale. Missed the July sale, but there's another in August so that will work out okay. I'm clearing out a tremendous number of books that I have either gotten as ebooks, or that I take one look at, go "What the hell? What was this?" and toss on the stack without a qualm. (Catherine Coulter's historical romances are way more annoying than I remember them being, and I was mildly annoyed by them at the time. Gone. Except Earth Song, because I may never read it again, but I loved it deeply at the time, so it earned its place on the bookshelf. Honestly, I'm afraid to reread it, for the same reason I won't rewatch episodes of The A-Team, Airwolf, or Dukes of Hazzard...)

All of my Smart Home stuff arrived yesterday, or should arrive today, so I can get the A/C set-up in place and muck around with a few other things. Still waiting for one thing to go on sale, but it's not at all urgent, just something that would be awesome.

Shoulder still hurts, have to find a new endocrinologist because I don't like her nearly enough to continue tolerating her office's total incompetence and her lack of communication, I continue to love American Ninja Warrior, even if there are too many video packages and not enough running of the course. Also, Venus Williams is kicking ass and taking names at Wimbledon and I love her so much for that.

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Jul. 13th, 2017 09:58 pm
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A friend shared this with me earlier today and I literally laughed out loud:

(Source)

The second-last column is about a famous Zulu leader. The last one is about walled cities under fire.

"Shaka, when the walls fell" is a key phrase in a rather unusual episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, named "Darmok". The famous universal translator doesn't work when the Enterprise encounters these particular aliens, because their language doesn't work at the word level. They speak in what the crew calls metaphor. I've seen discussions of this over the years ("could that really work?" "improbable, because..."). The post about the Jeopardy episode links to this Atlantic article about the episode that argues that we're looking at it all wrong. I found it an interesting read.

Also, Atlantic does in-depth articles about episodes of SF shows? Who knew?

(I don't have a Trek icon. Here, have one from one of my favorite shows instead.)

daf bit: Bava Batra 172

Jul. 13th, 2017 08:56 am
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The mishna teaches: if there are two men in the same town and both are named Yosef ben Shimon, neither may produce a bond of indebtedness against the other. Further, nobody else may produce a bond of indebtedness against either of them. And if a man finds among his possessions a quittance showing that the bond of Yosef ben Shimon was discharged, it applies to both of them. So how should they proceed, since we want Yosef to be able to borrow money? When writing the documents (both bond and quittance) they should write the names to the third generation (e.g. Yosef ben Shimon ben Reuven). If their names are the same to the third generation, then they should add a description (e.g. Yosef ben Shimon ben Reuven, the tall one). And if those are like too but one is a kohein or levi and the other not, they should indicate that. (I can't tell if they keep the description in this last case.) (172a)

Neither the mishna nor the g'mara here addresses the case where Yosef ben Shimon was unique and then another one moved into town.

I assume we're talking about small towns here, where it's not implausible for names to be unique and for people to know that. I'm a little surprised that a description (which could be subjective or mutable) has higher precedence than kohein/levi status (which is neither).

When I shared this at minyan this morning, somebody told me that one of her family members has a last name that means "limp" (as in "has a", not as in "floppy"), which seemed peculiar to her. She said she was going to go teach him this mishna.

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