That doesn't make it a lot easier to say goodbye.
He's been having trouble with his back legs since early this spring, and we've been trying to keep pace with pain meds. This last week, the problems got worse, and we knew that his time was coming. Sunday morning, he couldn't stand up by himself, and when lifted, his front legs gave out. He got out of the house, with help, took a few staggering steps into the grass, and found his spot to lie down for good. I spent the day brushing him and telling him what a good dog he was, and saying goodbye. (And ugly crying, and explaining death to a 5-year-old.)
It's hard, seeing where he loved to lie. I keep listening for his bark. I will undoubtedly walk out 'to get him' out of habit for a while. I'm going to miss him. I'm even going to miss vacuuming up his ridiculous fur.
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What follows is truly gratuitous picspam:
( Cut for those reading on Dreamwidth who do not need to see seven hundred photos of my dead dog. )
Right off the bat, I didn't do enough prep work. My biggest mistake was not ordering a filter for my camera well in advance of the event! Oh, well. On top of that, I didn't get my photo gear together yesterday, and in getting it together this morning as I was getting ready to leave, I found that my tripod head was missing! My second head has been missing for some time, so my primary tripod was out of commission. Fortunately I also have a travel tripod, so my experiment was able to proceed.
The second mistake that I made was failing to grab a new memory card. When we were in Phoenix a couple of weeks ago, I took my Canon SL1 in to Tempe Camera Repair, a fantastic repair shop that I've used for over 30 years, to get the sensor cleaned. In doing so I removed the strap, tripod head, and memory card. I put all three parts in the camera bag and somehow a black hole formed and only the strap survived. Fortunately I found another 32 gig SD card, unfortunately I left it sitting on the dining table. So I only had my Lumix and my 6D for shooting with.
The experiment was thus, and probably a failure: in a forest area, such as where I live, an eclipse through tree leaves can have the same effect as a pinhole and you can see it that way. Sounded pretty neat to me, so I set up my 6D with the interval timer firing every 15 seconds from when the eclipse began until it ended. I'm later going to suck the images in to iMovie and see what I've got. I just finished unloading and categorizing the photos from the two memory cards, and thought I'd post three photos of the eclipse which are mildly nifty.
These were all taken in a rather unconventional manner: holding the lens of the safety glasses in front of my hand-held Lumix LX7. I was experimenting with exposure and only got one image of the moon eating the sun, so I was content.
One of the awesome features of my Lumix is that you can adjust the aspect ratio of the photographs! I set it to 1:1 for some photos, such as the first. For the second photo, I cropped it in Photoshop to 1:1, otherwise none of the images were adjusted in Photoshop.
The weather was not good. We had lots of thick clouds, and I thought: clouds are diffusers! I can directly shoot the sun through clouds! And thus, the first image, taken at 10:56 MST:
This second shot is the actual moon eating the sun: (11:49:18 MST)
And finally, the dramatic fiery ball shot: (11:49:40 MST)
If we're taking down Confederate statues, can we take the names of Confederate generals off military bases?
SPLC releases new edition of 10 ways to fight hate.
My US Rep., Jamie Raskin, is sponsoring the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity Act -- taking the 25th Amendment ability to remove the president out of the hands of the VP and cabinet, and putting it in Congress. The only problem I see with it is that I don't think there are enough doctors in Congress to fill the slots.
Uncovering a colossal Bronze Age battle.
Russia is treating feminists as extremists in a crackdown.
Teenagers going to town halls are owning the Republicans.
Charlottesvile syllabus -- readings on hate in America.
An 8th Circuit district court judge has ruled that we don't have a right to film public officials, including taking phone pix of cops. This needs to go to the Supreme Court.
National Trust for Historic Preservation on confronting difficult history.
NYTimes: The failing Trump presidency.
We need to talk about online radicalization of young white women.
How the Republican Party quietly does the bidding of white extremists, by former Sen. Russ Feingold.
The Republicans who want to legalize running over protesters.
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Psychologist Clare W. Graves outlined a personality theory involving eight "levels of existence" that he believed individuals progress through as circumstances permit. Those familiar with Spiral Dynamics or the work of Ken Wilber have encountered popularizations (and simplifications) of Graves' work.
Those who share my distrust of the narrative of Progress™ will be understandably suspicious the concept of levels of the personality (not to mention anything connected with Ken Wilber). I myself rejected it for some time after I finally gave up on that mythology. However, after reading Clare W. Graves: The Levels of Human Existance, a transcription of some of Graves' lectures edited by William R. Lee (available at the SD Store, linked), I've come to believe Graves' research is valid and that he was on to something important. More on that in a later post.
Briefly, Graves outlines eight levels labeled A-N to H-U. The first letter denotes the psychological attitudes and basic worldview of a person at that level, while the latter denotes the neurological subsystem associated with that level. My understanding is that these could theoretically be one step out of sync, but this seems to be of little significance; Spiral Dynamics and Wilber ignore it, and label each normal pair with a color.
The first two levels are more speculative, and were inferred from a combination of anthropological reports of hunter-gatherer societies and research into children's cognitive and moral development. The A-N level is the level of more-or-less automatic survival. B-O is a level associated with establishing and maintaining security through rigid adherence to tradition.
The more interesting levels are what we might call the "civilizational" levels, which account for nearly all members of developed civilizations. These are C-P, D-Q, E-R, and F-S. Some convenient stereotypes for these levels (as well as a mnemonic) are the Biker, the Believer, the Banker, and the Barista.
The C-P level was described as based on the ethic of "express self impulsively," and its stereotype is that of the Biker, the rough-and-tumble misfit who lives at the edge of the law. Warlords, gang members, and drug addicts are among the negative stereotypes.
Graves described the D-Q level's prerogative as "deny self for future reward." These are the Believers, who sacrifice for their family, for their country, for their gods. They look for a reward in the future, even after death. Police officers, patriotic soldiers (as opposed to C-P mercenaries), and religious fanatics are some of the stereotypes for this level.
The E-R level's motive is "express self cautiously." Like those at C-P, they are out for number one; unlike those at C-P, they mean to be smart about it. Go too far, and it just blows back in your face (not to say this never happens to people of this temperament). I've nicknamed this one the Banker, because the stereotypical business executives is a great example of this mindset.
Finally, the F-S level's motive is "deny self for approval now." People at this level are motivated by a need for approval from their peers. I've called this one the "Barista" to preserve the alliteration. You know the type: majored in liberal arts, goes to yoga classes, highly fashion conscious. (Again, this is a stereotype, meant to paint a picture of an extreme case. I'm not talking about real people. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)
Above these are still more complex levels, G-T and H-U, and possibly more. Those at G-T seek to, in Graves' words, "express self, but not at the expense of others," and those at H-U are motivated by a desire to "adapt self to existential realities." (I have some ideas on what that might mean, but that will have to wait for another time.) Graves noted that in his lifetime the dominant level of Western civilization had changed from E-R to F-S. Graves conjectured that modern Western society was on the verge of a leap to G-T.
For what it's worth, I think he was wrong. I think F-S is for all practical purposes the highest level that a society as a whole can reach. Again, more on this another time.
Anyway, I want to paint some pictures of these four types with superheroes from the various eras of DC Comics. I should mention that there are some very mild spoilers to follow if you haven't been reading comics in a couple of decades. Seriously, they're barely spoilers at all. Still, I'll place the rest of this post under a cut just in case.
Probably I should have gotten my act together to find a place to see the totality. Maybe in 2024, where the totality is further away but closer to people I might reasonably be able to visit.
Meanwhile, have some tree shadows from the courtyard in front of my office.
We didn’t make it down to see totality, but my part of Michigan got about 80% eclipse coverage today, which was still pretty sweet. My son and I went to a library presentation this morning, where I was reminded about pinhole viewing, which led to this:
I’d ordered a solar filter for the 100-400mm lens on the camera. We also had some eclipse glasses from Amazon from a few weeks back.
I took a little over a hundred pictures, and was able to stitch some of the best into an animation.
Those black spots are sunspots. All in all, I’m pretty happy with how this turned out!
I also stitched together a static time-lapse, and added back a bit of color the filter stripped out. (Click to enlarge this one for a much better view.)
Didn’t get much else done today, but I’m okay with that. And maybe for the 2024, we’ll be able to make it down to see the total eclipse!
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
2) We've been watching Manhunt: The Unabomber and it only confirms my belief that the best and the brightest do not go into law enforcement. (Or if they do, chances are they don't last there). I actually found myself agreeing with the Unabomber's view of them. ( Read more... )
3) That people were more concerned about their legacy and the standing of the agency than actually thinking outside the box (although if you've got written evidence, how out of the box could linguistic analysis possibly be) contrasts rather painfully with the noble and dedicated view of investigators in fiction. (Although why should we expect these agencies to be different than any other workplace?) I couldn't help being reminded of their shortcomings when reading the following though:
"To push the limitations, I downloaded all the novel-length stories of the fifty most prolific Twilight fan-fiction authors on Fan-Fiction.net—each of whom had written more words in the Twilight universe than Stephenie Meyer herself. I thought that if you compared writers writing at about the same time as each other in the same universe about the same characters and in the emulated style of one author, the word frequencies might not have as much determinative value. Instead, it was 99.7 percent accurate at picking out who the true fan-fiction author of each story was."
4) We also recently watched Race, the Jesse Owens story. It was ok but the timing of seeing it was quite good. ( Read more... )
5) Nothing like finding a story that's rare in the fandom only to discover that, not only was it not finished, but it and all the author's other stories have disappeared from the net so you can't even look for their other work :( ( Read more... )
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Trying out the new embroidery machine! I meant to record the end but I estimated it too soon. Oh well. This is the only built-in design that’s at all cool, but don’t worry, you can download more. And I found a tutorial to make your own. Anyone who wanted to get me a birthday present, I’m going to be going through a lot of tear-away stabilizer…
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It's the weekly report on the state of triage in Firefox-related components. I apologize for missing last week’s report. I was travelling and did not have a chance to sit down and focus on this.
Flow (the ‘\[qf:p[1:3]\]’ whiteboard tags) or existing work (the
‘\[js:p[1:3]\]’ whiteboard tags) will be moved to the backlog (P3)
for review after the Firefox 57 release. See
Please make sure you’ve made it clear what, if anything will happen with these bugs.
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**Version** 56 56 56 56 57 57 57 ----------------------------------------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ----- ------ ------- **Date** 7/10 7/17 7/24 7/31 8/7 8/14 8/14 **Untriaged this Cycle** 4,525 4,451 4,317 4,479 479 835 1,196 **Unassigned Untriaged this Cycle** 3,742 3,682 3,517 3,674 356 634 968 **Affected this Upcoming Release (56)** 111 126 139 125 123 119 **Enhancements** 102 107 91 103 3 5 11 **Orphaned P1s** 199 193 183 192 196 191 183 **Stalled P1s** 195 173 159 179 157 152 155
What should we do with these bugs? Bulk close them? Make them into P3s? Bugs without decisions add noise to our system, cause despair in those trying to triage bugs, and leaves the community wondering if we listen to them.
Methods and Definitions
In this report I talk about bugs in Core, Firefox, Firefox for Android, Firefox for IOs, and Toolkit which are unresolved, not filed from treeherder using the intermittent-bug-filer account*, and have no pending needinfos.
By triaged, I mean a bug has been marked as P1 (work on now), P2 (work on next), P3 (backlog), or P5 (will not work on but will accept a patch).
A triage decision is not the same as a release decision (status and tracking flags.)
Age of Untriaged Bugs
The average age of a bug filed since June 1st of 2016 which has gone without triage.
Untriaged Bugs in Current Cycle
Bugs filed since the start of the Firefox 55 release cycle (March 6th, 2017) which do not have a triage decision.
Recommendation: review bugs you are responsible for
Untriaged Bugs in Current Cycle Affecting Next Release
Bugs marked status_firefox56 = affected and untriaged.
Enhancements in Release Cycle
Bugs filed in the release cycle which are enhancement requests, severity = enhancement, and untriaged.
Recommendation: product managers should review and mark as P3, P5, or RESOLVE as WONTFIX.
High Priority Bugs without Owners
Bugs with a priority of P1, which do not have an assignee, have not been modified in the past two weeks, and do not have pending needinfos.
Recommendation: review priorities and assign bugs, re-prioritize to P2, P3, P5, or RESOLVE.
Stalled High Priority Bugs
There 159 bugs with a priority of P1, which have an assignee, but have not been modified in the past two weeks.
Recommendation: review assignments, determine if the priority should be changed to P2, P3, P5 or RESOLVE.
* New intermittents are filed as P5s, and we are still cleaning up bugs
after this change, See
If you have questions or enhancements you want to see in this report, please reply to me here, on IRC, or Slack and thank you for reading.
Alas, I have this novel to work on. :p 2,000 words on Dragon Pearl today! (I'm doing revisions, but I had to rip out a few chapters that weren't working and replace them with all-new ones, always thrilling.)
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If you keep kosher and do not regard chicken as pareve, or if you don't do dairy, you won't want to add the goat cheese. (In that case you might add some olive oil, for mixing purposes.) And if you are gluten-free, you'll want to use gf pasta. But aside from those things, this recipe ought to work for most folks, I think, assuming that you eat pasta in the first place. Clean-up is also easy: one skillet, one pasta pot.
( Pasta with broccolini, chicken sausage, and goat cheese )
It kind of worked? We were supposed to get 66% totality here, and I think I missed the peak few minutes because I ended up re-doing the foil to make the hole smaller about three times. When I finally got it working, I was able to see the tiny dot of light with an even tinier bite taken out of it. I tried to take photos, but none turned out very well. This is the best one I got:
You have to blow it up to full-size to see the leetle eclipse:
The next total eclipse in the US looks like it will pass near my brother's place in NY. Maybe I should plan a visit!
( The Defenders )
Given the way this season has been going I should probably talk about the last couple of episodes of Game of Thrones before the finale either leaks or some intern at HBO accidentally posts it.
( GoT, eps 5 & 6 )
Mirrored from Suns In Her Branches | Kiya Nicoll.
At the moment when the light returns, flaring bright and blinding, the breath comes back, too, all in a rush. It is not that the breathing stopped through the peculiar gloom of it, but somehow it was not enough, there was not enough air, something subliminal and only noticeable in the moment that it disappears.
The light comes back. Perhaps there is a deep and instinctual part of the spirit that holds its breath, not sure whether that would be the case.
But the light comes back. The light comes back and everything seems different, now.
Slowly, slowly the sense of normality reasserts itself. The quality of the light goes… natural… so quickly, by comparison, returning to some sense of the expected, the everyday.
But there is still the knowing. Knowing that one has gone down into the dark, through the dread of it, down into the dark and seen the wonders there, and has come back.
With the light.