I've been watching "Big Love" on CraveTV - a TV show about a polygamist family in Utah - and there was a scene where women were lamenting being evicted from their homes on the FLDS compound with only five minutes to collect their things. I was astounded at how hard this hit me. I am not going into detail, but last October I was illegally evicted from where I was living in the Canadian Arctic with two hours to get out. This happened in the peak of polar bear season, which means peak tourist season; there were no hotel rooms and it was a really and truly horrible and dangerous situation which has left me traumatized and scared of my own shadow. I had no idea that the mere mention of eviction on a TV show would affect me as sharply as it did. Thank goodness I have a therapist.
I'm still thinking about the teaching ESL thing. I haven't made up my mind. It seems like a good idea. I can get certified online, and I can probably get financial aid for the cost of the course. But before I make any decision, I'll need to investigate the job market to see whether or not I'd be likely to get a job teaching English as a Second Language either locally or overseas. I'm 53, and many of the overseas options close at age 50, I am given to understand. I also don't live in a big city centre that attracts a lot of immigrants, and I'd be reluctant to move to another city, partially because I don't have the money to relocate. So I will have to research job opportunites and then make a decision. Also, it is a bit daunting, at my age, to be starting an entirely new venture. This is the part of my life where I always thought I'd be gliding towards retirement - my dad retired at 55, and my mum a couple of years after that - not starting anew. I am feeling timid, and will need to gather some courage to make a new life for myself.
If you look at it right, kennings exist in Modern English as well - we refer to Superman as "the Man of Steel", and small children as "rugrats", and there's a whole host of highly offensive slurs that fit the bill as well. (If you don't look at it right, they don't exist in Modern English really, because we don't do much with them. But I like to think they do, so... yeah.)
I have spent a considerable amount of time amusing myself by writing out lists of kennings in Modern English (four eyes, skyscraper, Caped Crusader, pencil pusher...), but I will refrain from inflicting the entire list on you all. These lists are much more interesting to compose than to read anyway. Also, I'm hoping that if I don't pretend to be comprehensive, somebody will suggest a term that I've completely overlooked.
(The link is temporary but it's fine for now, it's to a dropbox directory.)
These versions can't be done with custom CSS on the existing platform, they require actual code changes in the back end. But as far as I can tell, it should all be UI code changes, pretty simple stuff.
Some functionality changes, in addition to a few new links:
And I bumped up the RSS functionality a little bit, that's a nice feature I suspect others would use it more if they knew about it.
I've asked whether the style selector needs to be a set of top-level links or whether it could also be an action-on-selection dropdown, like reading view filter. Right now I'm showing it the old way.
Anyway, I don't really consider these really final but they do accomplish the general task of dividing into three consistent groups (user/login, current location, exploration) and adding some basic functionality (like prev/next) that really is kind of implied by "navbar," and so on.
The background gradient is just the standard system gradient and could be replaceable with anything.
eta: My thoughts are on mobile are that the three cells remain, but one is displayed at a time, and the other two are reached by swiping. Default to the middle pane, simplify the relationship permutation text for space, display a few fewer options perhaps.
eta2: Yeah, I may've gone a little nuts. Here's a run at mobile view mockups. 640x60 because iPhone 5 is 640 pixels on the short axis and Dreamwidth likes things 60 pixels high. Stupid science-related memetic disorder.
a hare, riding a hound, with a trained snail of prey
on blue-ringed octopus and cone snail venom...do not touch
a really fine piece on escapism in fantasy that is also a memorial to Terry Pratchett
soft, not crunchy, matzoh bread
Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford looking adorable together
Oscar Isaac drinking coffee in an x-wing
a wee Jyn Urso delivers Death Star plans to every Leia she can find at Star Wars Celebration
2. I hope nobody minds that I randomly subscribed to them. If they do mind, I'm sure they'll tell me, at least.
3. I miss my formative internet homes. Not just LJ, but also Neopets in the good ol' days. *sniff* I hope the nieces have something as good, but somehow, I don't think the current big options are the same at all. (Then again, that's probably the nostalgia talking.)
3a. Specifically from LJ, I miss the communities, and not just fannish ones, thanks, but... mainstream ones? Or ones that had to do with fandom and not a specific media? But even if we could bring them back, it was the commenters that made those places, and we've all grown up and changed a lot. It wouldn't be the same. It's true, you can't ever go back to a time when you were happy.
3b. (Not that we particularly were happy, or are unhappy now, but again, that's the nostalgia talking.)
( Spoilers are quoting Bowie. )
The collar came yesterday, except somebody opened the Amazon box and took out his regular collar and lost it. Both girls are denying that this was them, but it pretty much has to be. All that's in there is the martingale collar that stays attached to the leash. I don't want to put his tags on that! (And on the subject of tags, why do microchip companies give you tags? Isn't that a bit superfluous? The cats and dogs have tags with their name and phone number on them. If they lose those tags, wouldn't they lose the microchip tag as well? Isn't the whole point of a microchip to be back-up in case the tags get lost?)
This is all very annoying. I may end up at the pet store tomorrow, buying another new collar.
* Not that it was illegal before, because we didn't know who the heck he lived with then. Honestly, I thought he'd been alone on the streets a month or more!
Prosthetic arm designed by undergrads lets girl play violin
Raising Orange Peels to an Art Form, One Fruit at a Time
There Are Huge Tunnels in South America Dug By Extinct Giant Sloths
Lost city found: Etzanoa of the great Wichita Nation
Colonial America Was Built on Lottery Revenue
New 'delicioso' postage stamps dedicated to Latino cuisine
The Many Possible Reasons British People Hire Chimney Sweeps for Their Weddings
In young bilingual children, two languages develop simultaneously but independently
The Ableist, Racist, Classist Underpinnings Of ‘Laziness’
It can backfire when doctors make a show of their own healthy living
Black teens most active on social media apps
Amazon workers rail against company ads on Breitbart
FDA further restricts pain medication use in kids
How dangerous air bags can find their way into used cars
On Police Treatment, Asian-Americans Show Ethnic, Generational Splits
A New Exhibit in the Case for the Black Lives Matter Movement
Jail to job: NYC to give jobs to released inmates
American prisons' cruel and unusual health care
After sex video, S. Korea accused of targeting gay soldiers
Turkish opposition appeals referendum on Erdogan powers
Progress on depression slow in China as stigmas persist
Orphans of jihad are trapped in a Libyan prison
Chinese jihadis' rise in Syria raises concerns at home
( Politics )
i've got a mobile post widget working for me on android, i'd love to have someone test iOS before i do a public instruction post so that I can note differences.
alternately, if you're already using IFTTT with DW i'd love to compare notes.
They were in tiny bottles, not sprays but a kind of oil thing, with an applicator a teeny version of a roll-on deodorant one.
The man encouraged me to try a bunch and told me about them. The oils are from Dubai, he says. Some were jasmine, musk, rose, even caramel. One was so fruity it smelled almost like bubblegum. I found a couple of "woody" scents I liked, including the specific cedar as well as two non-specified "woody" ones. It was one of those I bought.
I was really excited because I can't usually do perfumes: most scents and definitely anything that you spray is hard on Andrew's asthmatic lungs. I can't even have spray deodorant without him coughing and complaining I make the whole room "smell pink." (Usually, I think once it smelled purple.)
But since these were oily rub-on things (the guy made a point of saying several times they're alcohol-free), I figured they'd be more likely to be okay, like the solid Lush perfume I used to have.
So I think I like the smell of the one I got, but even hours and hamd-washes later, my wrists and the backs of my hands still smell like a whore's drawers, as the locals would say.
I tweet about politics.
I have over 3000 followers, and several of them RT me on occasion.
This all means that I quite regularly attract... People who wish to engage in debate. Some of them in a less than friendly manner.
Now, sometimes, these people are just asking a question. And sometimes, when I answer their question they say "oo, I didn't know that! Thanks!" and we both carry on our merry way after a positive interaction.
Sometimes they are just outright hostile or insulting, and those people I mute straight away.
Sometimes though... Sometimes they are asking a question in the hopes of trapping me, or pissing me off, or just wasting my time. So I answer their initial question, and then they say "yeah but..." and bring up something unrelated, but still opposing, or they build a straw man (or a battalion of straw men), or employ any number of other tactics designed to irritate me.
Life is too damn short for people like that.
Therefore, from today, I have instituted a Three Strikes and You're Out policy for twitter. If you ask me a question, and you respond with "yeah but...", I'll answer. If you respond to the second answer with "yeah but..." then I will know that you are not debating in good faith, you're trying to irritate me and/or waste my time, and I will simply mute you.
Like I said, life is too short. I confidently expect lots of "yeah but..." replies to this post, btw...
1. HR 861 Terminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the U.S. Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right To Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
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If your senators and reps aren't saved in your phone yet, text your zip code to 520-200-2223. You'll get a text back with everyone's contact info. It gives you Federal and State.
Copied and pasted directly from here.
C.P. Snow's first published work was called Death Under Sail first published 1932, though actually it was the 1959 edition published by Penguin in 1963 which I had the dubious pleasure of re-reading (I'd first read it aged about 16 or so, when my father got it out from the library, and not recalled much of anything about it except that it happened on a wherry, which I knew about from Arthur Ransome, and a lot of the action does indeed take place around Horning and Potter Heigham.)
I picked up this particular copy in Cardiff, where I managed to have just the kind of secondhand bookshopping experience I'd hoped for in Oxford, but not managed. It has C.P.Snow's Author's Note at the front, the following extracts from which should have been sufficient warning not to proceed:
Why I started [he explains in the paragraph about that Death Under Sail was his first novel] with a detective story is obscure to me now and woul ahve been so at the time. I suspect I had a sense that I was one of those writers who have to nose their way among experience before they know what they are good for. Anyway, I did write a detective story, a stylized, artificial detective story very much in the manner of the day. At the time it was very well received, and I found that, having partially escaped from the scientific trap [he was 26 at the time] I was being lured into another. There were all sorts of temptations set up in from of me to get me to set up as a detective story writer.
In fact, I never had any intention of writing another. They are great fun to write, but they take almost as long as a novel proper: I already knew what I wanted to do, and I also knew there would be scarcely time enough for that. If I had had another life-time to play with, though, I shoulc have liked to write some more detective stories. I shouldn't have gone on with the convention in which Death Under Sail was written. I should have had a shot at the real roman policier, bringing the story as near to a realistic novel as I could. No one, not even Simenon, has done quite what I should like to see. I believe the field is still wide open.
The level of condescension is staggering, especially given that while one might be quite proud of Death Under Sail as a first novel in 1932, by 1959 he should have simply let it sink without trace.
It's particularly weird to experience because while you can tell Snow knows he's working within an artificial, convention-heavy genre, but Death Under Sail is so tin-eared about the conventions in question. It's almost as if once he knows he's not expected to be naturalistic, all attempts to be realistic fall out of the window, too. Also, "artificial" is one thing, as are flat characters, as are stereotypes. People being disassociated from the events depicted to the point of psychopathy is something else entirely.
Basically, Death Under Sail would have worked extremely well as an Agatha Christie. One of the reasons it would have worked well is that either or both of the first person narrator, irritating Ian or his mate Finbow**, who is the detective, would have realised that if one is in a situation where the owner of a yacht has been shot by one of the the other five people on board, all of whom are now staying with you in a borrowed bungalow in Potter Heigham (i) one is at uncomfortably close quarters with a murderer;(ii) someone (not necessarily the murderer) is in danger of being hanged; and (iii) if the murderer starts to panic, someone else is likely to end up dead. And the reactions of the characters would be shaped by that underlying fear.
None of these thoughts appear to cross anyone's mind in Death Under Sail. People go out for midnight snogging sessions in the middle of Hickling Broad in motorboats and the worst that happens is that the housekeeper, Mrs Tufts (whose bolshie attitude to having unexpectedly to cater for seven people, one of whom is a murderer and all of whom are rude to her is put down entirely to her being prudish and Not Our Sort Dear) gets stroppy.
Mostly they sit around playing bridge without even considering doing things like speaking to their lawyers or anything of that sort. No idea that there could be consequences of even being suspected of murder crosses their minds.
The detective inspector, Aloysius Birrell, is ludicrous even by the standards of the police in inter-War detective fiction. He works solo. There is no press interest. One might think that Harley Street practitioners were shot at the helms of private wherries on the Norfolk Broads every day of the week.
It really is an example of Snow, who name-checks Sayers at least twice, clearly assuming anything any of the writers in the genre can do, he can do better by virtue of being a proper novelist and the result is frankly bizarre.
*(yes, I know he later became a Lord, but not when Flanders and Swann made that particular crack.)
** Finbow believes that since cricket went to the dogs as a result of
Thanks for the comments last note.
Tag as "oh no, not again".
Also, sorry, but I really don't believe that workers check their email on average 36 times an hour. I've been trying to work out what extreme distribution of workers + email checking you would have to make that happen. Maybe a lot of people in the sample had automatic email notifications set to go every two minutes? Does that count? There's a big difference between "I check my email every two minutes" and "my email is downloaded from server every two minutes". Suspect that someone is grinding a rather large axe.
However I'm interested to see that the goldfish attention span is nine seconds. I'm sure it used to be two seconds. Perhaps the goldfish, having gone on a technology-fast, has found that its attention span has increased dramatically and is now writing a book about this. I would read that book. But not the one reviewed above.
A. You give them a water bowl which is away away from their food dish.
This works. It really works. Cat's food dish is in the kitchen, as God & nature intended. I have now moved his water dish into the bathroom (flat has odd layout, bathroom & kitchen are right next to each other). Suddenly cat is drinking a lot more water, and is no longer trying to jam his head into every single unattended water glass, much to the relief of all parties.
This is a cat thing. Cats do not like drinking water right next to their food.
Thank-you people on the internet who have told me about this. I am a little unconvinced by some of the theories as to why cats do this, but you are all excellent observers of cat behaviour.
You will also know that I am active in a lot of geekeries (Doctor Who, obvs, but lots of others too).
The thing about both of those things is that they can sometimes cause a teeny tiny slight amount of stress to enter one's life. If I get stressy, one of my main ways of destressing is to look at Cute Doggy Pictures. A clear majority of the Instagram accounts I follow are hounds of various stripes, and a healthy smattering of the Twitters I follow are doggies too. @arthurwhippet and @smiththewhippet are two of them. I've been following these two for a while. They live together, with some humans obvs, and are utterly adorable. I mean, who can look at Arthur's excitement about a flat rugby ball and not feel all squishy inside?
This morning I was leafing through twitter, and the following tweet caught my eye:
A tale of 2 leaders; May talks at a group of constituents and orders 'no questions', Tim Farron chats to the passing public in Manchester.I'm pretty sure the use of the words
tweet by @TammRehgallag (Matt Gallagher)
towere very deliberate in that tweet. Attached to the tweet are two pictures. One picture is of Theresa May, looking shouty and authoritarian and offputting. The other is of a nice lady with pretty hair and a fab coat talking to Tim Farron. She was walking some dogs in the picture. I did a double take at the dogs. Hang on... I know those dogs!
It turned out that my politics world and my cute doggies world had collided with some force. My friend April even got to pet Smith and Arthur and their friend Ziggy! I've never met Arthur and Smith in real life, only on twitter, so I am quite jealous of April for that. And it appears I am not along in thinking that doggies are more exciting than party leaders.
If you, too, think that doggies are better than politics, you may wish to follow @arthurwhippet and @smiththewhippet on twitter as well.
(why yes, this post really was just an extended and belated Follow Friday post O;) )
My second venture into the fanzine world was The Tides of Time. I can't find my copy of issue 1, fortunately sir_guinglain has has archived them all. It surprises me that of all the fanzines that have come, and mostly gone, since the 1980s The Tides of Time is one of the few that still produces issues, albeit on an irregular basis.
I've not been involved with it since issue 7, but sir_guinglain is the currently editor and, I believe, possibly looking for contributions...
Reports of a new ACA repeal:
White House Officials, Craving Progress, Push Revised Health Bill
White House pressures GOP leaders on Obamacare showdown next week.
Fascism and Racism:
Tax-Dodging Nazi Sovereign Citizen Furries Forced To Cancel Denver Furry Convention. Yes, Really.
Why gay French men are voting far right
AG Sessions says he's 'amazed' a judge 'on an island in the Pacific' can block Trump's immigration order
Russia, et al:
House intel panel invites former acting AG Sally Yates to testify
Leader Of Justice Department National Security Division On The Way Out
Georgia Is Trying To Block Newly Registered Voters From Taking Part In Fierce Runoff Election
An Actual Real Life False Flag:
Borussia Dortmund bombs: 'Speculator' charged with bus attack
Environment and corruption:
AP Exclusive: Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study
Finally, culture war:
Army Secretary Nom: Trans People Are 'Evil' Who Must Be 'Crushed'
( It's April 22nd, 2017; this is the news )
Even though I lost track of the date, I do still think about how lucky I am. As I wrote when it'd only been one year:
I had a long day -- week -- of work ahead of me. I saw that I had an e-mail just as I was leaving the house that morning, so absentmindedly opened it on my phone in case it was work-related. It wasn't, it was a reply to a rather vague comment I'd left: I'd found a quote from a Terry Pratchett book that seemed to describe my melancholy rather well, and in the first comment James added another good metaphor from Hitch-Hikers about flying being a matter of aiming at the ground and missing because you got distracted, and about failing to get distracted.
When I said that I too felt like I'd been hitting the ground from a great height, I got this reply that actually stopped me in my tracks as I was just about to unlock the front door and go to work.
"If you give me a shout, I'll try to catch you," he said.
I didn't stop theatrically, I had no audience. But I had to stop because something in this sentence made me have to rearrange my worldview.
James and I had been chatting in e-mail for a week or two by this point, mostly just about how our days were going or whatever. It was nice and had helped me through some tedious times, but I hadn't thought too much about it. But now...what was this? What kind of way is this to talk? Should I be making anything of it at all? Maybe he's just being nice. But, looking back on it now I can realize that it didn't feel like that. And that I didn't want him to be just being nice.
The world looked different already by the time I finally opened the door to go to work.
+ the dancing was ace, and some really impressively athletic cheerleading stunts
+ now I actually know how the plot runs together (Skylar is a lot funnier than I'd expected)
+ acting and singing pretty good
- no non-white performers, for roles that are meant to be non-white and whose race is plot-relevant
+/- discovered from wikipedia after I got home that one of the characters was played as trans on Broadway, but that subtlety didn't make it into this production
+ also discovered from wikipedia there's a professional production on UK tour this September (when I am FREEEEE from studying)
- there is no fanfic for the musical on AO3. at all.
- I failed to get to sleep for ages, and am paying for it today
So the other day I'm walking with the boys I pick up, and as it was recycling day in that neighborhood I was peering in all the bins. Oooh, box top! Here, C, come take this!
C: Did you... just pull that out of the garbage?
Me: The recycling. I know your school does box tops.
Me: It's clean. It's all cardboard in there.
C: But anybody could've touched it!
Me: Yeah, like me. I touched it.
C: But it's dirty! It's garbage!
Me: No more dirty than this plastic cup I happen to be holding.
C: ...the one you drank out of?
Clearly there was nowhere to go from here, so I rubbed the box top on his face and slipped it into his bag while kissing his cheek and tickling under his arms. This is a stage I do hope he grows out of. Meanwhile, his brother is in the "I can eat it, it just rolled near the dog poop, not in it!" stage, so it's quite a contrast.
Yesterday I went over to a young friend's place. She has a 10-week old baby boy to whom I am an unofficial auntie, and I love that little boy so much. He is so cute and warm and sweet. M. started inviting me over when her little one was three days old; I was really struggling with depression around the time he was born and she thought snuggling her little baby might help me feel better. It did. I go over every week, and I enjoy both her company and cuddling Mr. Adorable. I think the thing that helps me most about it is that M. often goes out while I'm there to have a bit of a break from the baby, and I realize how much she must trust me to leave me with both her young boy and her apartment. That trust gives me a real boost of self-esteem.
Most Fridays I meet my mum for coffee at the local shopping mall; I did so today. I don't go over to her place much as my dad has become such difficult company and it's impossible to have a conversation with my mum when he's around. My dad's an amputee, and although he can do a fair bit for himself he much prefers being waited on, and he's utterly rude to those people who are helping him. Never a word of thanks. My mum likes the opportunity to get away from him, and I get that. It's always nice to meet up with her; I look forward to it.
I think I'm going to try to qualify to teach English as a Second Language. I'm not sure yet, but it does seem like a good idea. I think I am probably too old to teach overseas, but I could teach it locally to immigrants, or I could teach it online; I've noticed a lot of postings for online ESL teaching. It would allow me to support myself, and to feel more independent, plus I think I'd really like the work. I have a BA and an MA in English, so I have a good background for the job. At the same time I think I will brush up on my Spanish speaking - most of it has disappeared - and see if that helps me work with immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries. There are a lot of immigrants in Canada from Central and South America. Anyway, this is just something I'm thinking about, but the more I think about it the more I like the idea.
TL;DR: if you're concerned about another Con/LD coalition, you should know the Lib Dem constitution was changed a few years ago to make that harder. Details follow.
There was a conversation over on liv's journal about how the Liberal Democrats make the decision to go into a coalition, and in general lots of people have made comments along the lines of "I can't vote Lib Dem because they'll just go and prop up the Tories again". In May 2010, just after the Tories made a coalition offer, I wrote to my newly-elected Lib Dem MP (Julian Huppert) to say how scared I was about it, including this:
Their offer doesn't seem worth the price of a Conservative government with a working majority, and I'm concerned that if the Lib Dems accepted it we would not only alienate our base but also ruin our chances of electoral success for another generation by associating ourselves with the draconian spending cuts that seem inevitable. I could only even start to support an LD/Con coalition if there were a clear and believable commitment towards PR, in which case there's just a chance that it might be worth the risk. Otherwise, it seems like suicide.
So, er, yeah. But obviously I wasn't the only person in the party thinking this, and the rules were changed in 2012 to make it harder for the parliamentary party to enter a coalition without the consent of the party as a whole. It was really difficult to work out retrospectively what exactly had been changed, because Lib Dem data publication is not quite what it might be, but with a pointer from miss_s_b I was able to dig it out of old conference reports. I'm reposting that here as a top-level journal entry so that I can point people to it without others having to deal with the resulting comments, and so that nobody else has to go through the effort of trying to dig it up.
Here are my sources:
- reports to spring 2012 conference, pp. 24-30
- report from spring 2012 conference, p. 22
- current federal constitution, Article 22
The old rules, dating from 1998, were that "any substantial proposal which could affect the Party’s independence of political action" required:
- A 75% (of the total number eligible to vote, not just of those voting) majority approval by both the Parliamentary Party in the House of Commons and the Federal Executive; or
- Failing a), a two-thirds majority approval by those present and voting at a Special Federal Conference; or
- Failing a) and b), a simple majority by those voting in a Membership Ballot.
The new rules are that if the Commons Party after negotiation and consultation decides to support a coalition government, then it shall seek the approval of a special conference, and the motion requires a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at conference to pass. (See Article 22 of the current constitution for the details. Side note: Tim Farron moved the conference motion to add this article.)
This is a significant tightening: a two-thirds majority of conference is now absolutely required, whereas previously MPs and Federal Executive could act alone if they had a 75% majority among themselves. Even if Tim Farron is gung-ho to cosy up to the Tories (which I personally don't believe, but let's run with it), to think that another Con/LD coalition is likely under these rules, you have to not only believe that Farron and the rest of the parliamentary party would support it, but also that a supermajority of the most activist subset of Lib Dem party members - the sort who've spent the last couple of years working to claw things back from near-destruction at a national level - would want to do it all again after the last time with a party committed to exactly the opposite of our primary campaign message. Being cynical about politicians who are only out for power or whatever is one thing, but this seems a whole lot less plausible to me.
(Full disclosure: I'm a Lib Dem member and very low-level activist, i.e. I occasionally get sent out to deliver leaflets and such. I have nowhere near enough time or energy to go to conferences or gets involved with party policy. I have plenty to criticise in Lib Dems past and present, but I also want to make sure that my criticisms are accurate.)
The majority of the wine-like options fell into two categories. Most of them were about as sweet as your average rosé, which is far too sugary for my tastes. I found it less off-putting in the one that actually was a rosé, because it wasn’t so out of place, but it still wouldn’t be something I’d like to drink regularly. A couple of the others were actually dry enough, doing a passable impression of an inferior Cava, but neither of them was terribly pleasant - they had the distinct carbonic sharpness of a wine made with the soda method and lacking any complexity to distract from it.
Of the remaining three wines, one was a red, which, well, wasn’t the worst sparkling red I’ve tried, but there is a reason that nobody makes them, and that is that they are universally terrible. On Easter Sunday I opened a bottle of Differente Aromatic Cuvée, which was dramatically better than any of the other ones I’d tried. It was also more expensive than the actual vintage Champagne that everyone else was drinking. And whilst it was good, it wasn’t that good, and certainly not worth shelling out thirty quid a bottle for on a regular basis.
There was one wine left to try though, which had been out of stock the first time I ordered, appropriately named Win Sparkling, because ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. It’s still very slightly sweeter than would be perfect, but well within acceptable parameters - on a par with a typical Prosecco, but with more of the biscuity notes that I’d associate with a Champagne. If money were no object I’d still prefer the Differente, which I'll probably treat myself to on special occasions, but the Win comes in at less than a quarter the price, and is very nearly as good.
Thanks to njj4 for an interesting & fun Eastercon Fringe on Maths & Language, and to major_clanger for fun & intriguing comparison of law in England & in Bujold's Vorkosigan series - and congratulations to dc for being GoHed! I thought purplecthulhu gave good value too ;-)
Found a great theory about Inspector Gadget.
( Read more... )
Think it's cool and plausible. Been disproved by a toy line but that don't mean much. I really like it anyway.
Big fan of She-Ra, Jem and Thundercats. Also a fan of Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures but they were 90s for me.
The Shoe People makes my Mum groan every time it's mentioned as I used to watch that over and over.
If there was a channel that showed 80s and 90s shows I would definitely watch that!
What are your favourite cartoons?
Physicists discover hidden aspects of electrodynamics
Ants march into battle and rescue their wounded comrades
Stress can increase empathy
Physicist discovers strange forces acting on nanoparticles
25 is 'golden age' for the ability to make random choices
Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun
Biased bots: Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems
Size matters to lizards, but numbers may not
Genetic evidence points to nocturnal early mammals
Why animals have evolved to favor one side of the brain
Is soda bad for your brain? (And is diet soda worse?)
Why children struggle to cross busy streets safely
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My door is always open. The house is usually half clean. Coffee/Tea could be on in minutes, and the chairs are a comfy place of peace and non-judgment. Anyone who needs to chat is welcome anytime. It's no good suffering in silence. There is always food in the fridge, coffee/tea in the cupboard, and a listening ear or shoulder to cry on. I will always be here & you are always welcome!!
If you want to, could at least one friend please copy and re-post (not share)? I'm trying to demonstrate that someone is always listening! We need more love 💛
If we are friends, my home is always open to you for a hug, a chat, a cat to pet, a cuppa, a meal, or a couch to crash on for a night or two. Stairs and cats and baby mean my space won't be accessible to everyone, but we will all do our very best to be welcoming and supportive in every other way.
If you have been harmed or kicked out of your home and need a safe place to go, I will gladly provide that safe place or help you find another one.
I'm always up late. (Always.) If you need someone to talk to late at night, call or text or DM/PM me.
My spoons and time can be pretty limited. But I care a lot about helping other people, and will always do as much as I can. And you can count on me to be clear and compassionate when setting boundaries, so you never have to worry whether you're being a bother or intruding or taking resources I don't have to spare.
Feel free to post and share your own version if you're able to help others who are in need. 💚
Tomorrow is the spacecraft’s final close flyby (T126) of Saturn’s moon Titan.
Just to put this into perspective for you, this may be the last time in decades that we get anywhere near Titan. There are no missions to Saturn or its most interesting* moons, Titan and Enceladus, currently funded or being built. That means there’s a minimum of ten years before a new mission could be launched. Given that the transit time to Saturn is, at a minimum, seven years and on average more like ten, that’s two decades until we can repeat Cassini’s observations.
Cassini’s impending demise makes me sad, of course, but what bothers me even more is the lack of continuity in our exploration of our solar system.
You can read the details of tomorrow’s Cassini’s observations on the NASA-JPL press release here. It includes an animation of the flyby over the surface, from the perspective of the spacecraft.
* “most interesting” being ever so slightly subjective, of course
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