Everything's awesome!!!

Sep. 24th, 2017 10:47 pm
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A *very* busy weekend!!!

Battle on the Bay was a completely awesome event!! My friend Teleri was recognized as a Companion of the Laurel, and of course she was Well-Prepared for it as always, even though it still was somewhat of a surprise. Lots of other most worthy friends received awards too! We had 535 people in attendance -- that might be a record for that site!! (Granted, it was Lochmere's turn to host the event, but it's Storvik's land. Next year Storvik will host it.)

And then the boy toy and I went for a Sunday drive to the Eastern Shore. And I want to write more and upload more pictures, but I am getting really tired. Maybe this f.lux app I installed to stop the computer from keeping me awake at night is working too well???

[personal profile] archangelbeth on cats

Sep. 23rd, 2017 01:19 am
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Cats can reproduce by budding. Make sure to dispose of all brushed fur properly.

Context needs to comb her cat more often.

usability struggles

Sep. 19th, 2017 10:51 pm
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I spend a lot of time on, and am a volunteer moderator for, several Stack Exchange sites. (Mi Yodeya is one of them.) SE has a banner ("top bar") that is the same across all sites. It contains notifications, information about the logged-in user, and some key navigation links. For moderators it contains a few more things relevant to that job.

Until recently it looked like this (non-moderator view):

original

The red counter is the inbox (waiting messages) and the green one is reputation changes. If there aren't any, you just get the gray icons that those alerts are positioned over. If I were a moderator on that site, there'd be a diamond to the left of my user picture and a blue square with the flag count to the left of that.

They've just changed this design. (Well, the change is rolling out.) Here's what it looks like now (for a moderator):

new, notifications

The most important links for moderation are the last two things, the diamond and the blue box with the number (flags). They're on the far right, where they're less likely to be seen for various reasons. (Non-moderators don't get those indicators.)

In the old design, those moderator indicators -- which are important -- were toward the center where they're easier to see. Also, all the numbers were a little bigger and easier to see.

When this was announced there was a lot of immediate discussion in the moderators-only chat room, during which I got a little upset about the reduced usability, especially those moderator controls -- which had a good chance of being scrolled away in a not-huge browser window, because SE doesn't use responsive design. After I calmed down I wrote a post on Meta about how this was going to make it harder for me to do my volunteer job, particularly with vision challenges. I expected to get a few sympathy votes, some "get a bigger monitor" snark (which wouldn't help, by the way), and no results.

That post is now one of my highest-scoring posts on the network. And I have a meeting with the product manager and a designer at SE next week to demonstrate my difficulties in using this in more detail.

Meanwhile, I've gotten some help with userscripts from some other moderators. It's hacky and a little buggy and it slows down page loads and I have no idea how to adjust some things, but at least I can see my notifications and the moderator stuff is in a better place. It'll do for now.

I sure hope I can get them to bake some of this in, though. The page-load delay is a little disconcerting as stuff jumps around on the screen. (Also, userscripts do not work on my Android tablet.)

Beyond the immediate problem, though, what I really hope for is to find some way to raise a little awareness that usability is hard, designers are not the users, there are all kinds of people with all kinds of usage patterns and constraints, and you need to somehow, systematically, figure out how to design for the larger audience. That's going to be the hard part.

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[personal profile] sasha_honeypalm's musical tribute to Barbara G. Walker's (professionally published!) novel
Amazon:


Don't know much about history
Don't know much about theology
Don't know much 'bout how to write a book
Don't know how to cite the quotes I took
But I know all that I say must be true
And I know if you believed it, too
What a wonderful world this would be

Don't know much about geography
Don't know much sociology
Don't know how to understand folklore
Don't know what a reference book is for
But I do know that one god is bad
And if we'd kept the goddess we once had
What a wonderful world this would be

Now, I don't claim to be a goddess
But I'm tryin' to be
For maybe if I'm a goddess, people
You'll all worship me.

Don't know much about history
Don't know much about technology
Don't know much...


[personal profile] rosepsyche's paean to the Power of Story is also quoteworthy:

I have to call "bull" on Antiope's reasoning that art and music are inferior because they are "not alive" for another reason. No, such creations aren't living, breathing things. However (and I apologize if this gets a bit corny), the best of them can seem as if they are alive, get us invested in their characters, have us cheering about their triumphs and crying over their tragedies. They are just as valuable in their own way for their ability to entertain, to inspire, to teach, to help us grow and develop by seeing the world from a new point of view, and I don't think anyone involved in creating them would appreciate being told that their work can never compare to something that was squeezed out of a vagina.


Context sporks the world's worst Wonder Woman fanfic.

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Sep. 17th, 2017 02:29 pm
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Yesterday my kingdom had one of the three annual "University" events. The registrar, Genevieve, has been letting me play with her work so I happily spent the first couple of hours handing out class schedules and rosters to the many instructors. Lunch time passed slowly so in my down time I pulled out my embroidery project and worked on that. Got some good discussions in with people - the kind where one could cover a difficult subject and know that we had enough time face-to-face to fully resolve any issues.

I taught my class on camp cooking. It was sparsely attended. I'd started with five people pre-registered for it, one of whom was myself, and ended up with five students - only one of whom was pre-reg'd. Such is the way of things. Most of my students were experienced cooks who were intrigued by the subject. They had some good suggestions and every once in a while I actually surprised them with information they had not known/considered. And it was nice to have another voice chime in with affirmation about something I'd said.

The drive to and from the event was 2 hours and 40 minutes long. Since I was part of registration staff, I needed to get there earlier than most so was up by 4am. Dragging in the door at 8:00 that evening meant I just kept walking down the hall straight into the bedroom. I've not the energy I had when I was younger! And thank goodness my hubby emptied the cooler for me.

a conversation snippet

Sep. 16th, 2017 10:36 pm
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Tonight at our s'lichot service (something tied to the high holy days), a fellow congregant greeted me and said "I haven't seen you in hours!". (We'd both been there this morning.) I said "hours and hours!". He complained that I was getting carried away.

I responded by saying: "hours" means at least two; "hours and hours" therefore means at least four; it's been longer than that since this morning, so "hours and hours" is not inappropriate.

It was at this point that somebody standing nearby said "oh, that's where I know you from!". We'd both been in a talmud-heavy class a while back.

There are worse things to be remembered for. :-)

Question thread #56

Sep. 16th, 2017 07:45 pm
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It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
- You may also answer any question, using the guidelines given in To Answer, Or Not To Answer and in this comment thread.

Cabbage News Network Week #34

Sep. 15th, 2017 10:14 am
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Monday 9/11
  • DJT approves disaster declaration for Florida (source).
  • Reince Priebus and White House counsel Don McGahn lawyer up (source).
  • Last months Opioid emergency declaration has yet to translate into any action (source).

Tuesday 9/12
  • 2016 set a new high for U.S. median household income (source).
  • Hope Hicks named new WH communications director (source).
  • House adds amendment rolling back Sessions' civil forfeiture expansion to Defense appropriations bill (source).
  • Congress unanimously passes resolution denouncing hate groups (source).

Wednesday 9/13
  • U.S. stops issuing visas to Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone because those countries aren't accepting their deportees (source).
  • Dept of Homeland Security sued over phone and laptop searches at the border (source).
  • U.S. bans Kaspersky software over espionage fears (source).
  • New House strategy for attacking ObamaCare, devolve everything to the states (source).
  • McCain opens up Defense appropriations bill to amendments. Amendment requiring a new Authorization of Military Force for current wars in the Mideast fails. Expected amendments include one on transgender rights in the military and more sanctions on North Korea (source)

Thursday 9/14
  • DJT attempting to make deal with Democrats on DACA (source).
  • U.S. sticking by Iran deal for now (source).
  • House passes a flurry of spending bills (source).
  • FTC launching investigation of Equifax breach (source).

Friday 9/15
  • DJT to seek extension of his travel ban which expires at the end of the month (source).
  • Vote on DoD appropriations expected Monday (source).
  • CIA seeking permission to conduct its own drone strikes independent of DoD (source).


Elsewhere in the world
  • Genocide in progress in Myanmar (source).


Also


Legislative action this week

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Sep. 14th, 2017 09:51 pm
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I have hit bottom on prepping my handout for Saturday's class. Have I written about this already? I don't remember.

I'm teaching a class designed for single SCA campers who don't cook. It is mostly an 'attitude' adjustment, really, to bring their thoughts about foods from soups and sandwiches (and fast food) to dishes that are easy to prepare and will help them stay in a medieval mindset.

I am addressing three levels of prep; cooler only, campfire available, and single-burner stove. And that is where I am failing... I need 'recipes' that are not really recipes. More like vague 'put any of these things together and do this with them'. Like a Boy Scout foil meal; sliced meat side by side with sliced raw veggies, sprinkle Lipton onion soup mix over it all, then seal it and cook in the coals for 20 minutes. Tada, dinner.

I'm not sure I could call that a 'recipe'. Anyway, I need more ideas for meals and my usual source, SCA Cook webpages, is woefully lacking. This is unsurprising, I guess, because cooks don't bother with such elementary processes. That comes under "just throwing things together". But for a non-cook who is leery about being on their own without a meal plan provider or someone running into town for fast food, this isn't elementary at all.

My head hurts.

Whatever I have by 4am tomorrow, that is what I shall have to go with.

daf bit: Sanhedrin 60

Sep. 14th, 2017 09:00 am
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Blasphemy is a capital offense. Conviction for a capital offense requires careful testimony of two direct witnesses. This poses a problem, as they must testify to what exactly the person said. To minimize the damage, the court sent everybody out except for the witnesses and then told the first witness: tell us literally what he said. The witness did, and the judges tore their garments. The second witness then said "I heard this too" without repeating the testimony. (The mishna then says the third witness does likewise. I'm not sure where the third witness came from, as only two are required.)

The g'mara discusses tearing one's garments when hearing blasphemy. Rav Yehudah said in the name of Shmuel that one tears only when hearing a curse of the tetragramaton, but not when hearing other divine names. Rabbi Chiyya says that one who hears God's name in a blasphemous context today doesn't tear his garments, because if he did the garment would be torn to shreds. But who is R' Chiyya talking about? If we say that he hears this blasphemy from Jews, are Jews so irreverent as to frequently demean the name of God? No, he must be talking about hearing it from gentiles. But do gentiles know this specific name? No, if we're talking about gentiles it must be in regard to any name, and there'd be enough of that to leave one's garments in shreds. The g'mara concludes that nowadays one is not obligated to tear his garments when hearing the curse of a gentile and a curse using another name, but originally one was obligated to tear for both, contrary to what Shmuel says. (mishna 56a, g'mara 60a)

In case you're wondering (I did!) why the second witness doesn't tear his garment on hearing the first witness repeat the blasphemy, the g'mara says it's because he already tore his garment when he heard the original blasphemer. The judges, however, are hearing it for the first time.

[personal profile] pink_halen on eggs and cages

Sep. 12th, 2017 11:01 am
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It seems that Starbucks is offering sandwiches with Cage Free Egg Whites. Personally, I never keep my egg whites in cages. Usually keeping them in their shells works just fine.

Context is free-range.

Moving chatter

Sep. 11th, 2017 10:02 pm
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Have almost all the books in the shop done. The nice bookcases are all ready to be packed - those that are left. Kendrick is going through the oh-my-god woes that I went through a few months ago when I started packing. He has just started this week because of work. Now that he no longer works for the Bindery, he can pack.

Friends are starting to offer to help. Which is nice. But they are kinda expecting us to go according to their schedule which is not so fun. Everyone is curious about the house and wants to see it. Luckily the cots and bedding for the most part are there so they will have sleeping quarters. I am trying to impress on Kendrick that if they are coming down, I want them to bring some stuff along to help us. Cause I know that after we unpack, they will want to /and we will want to as well!! show off Gettysburg. This weekend it is a couple we have known for a number of years and are our computer gurus when we have issues. Luckily coming down during the week and leaving Monday will not be an issue. They will have their own car which will help a lot.

The following weekend will be Kendrick sister, who I love dearly and her husband but it will be a down and back trip since they work. So down Saturday, over night and back on Sunday.

I am not discouraging these folks...moving all our stuff is an extremely daunting task event tho I have been packing for a few months now. At the beginning Kendrick didn't want help, just us. Think he is beginning to see reasons why, if only he would let folks bring boxes down...we have a Gettysburg friend who sometimes helps us unload which is very nice. But think his curiousity about our new house is waneing.
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Today's blog features a museum exhibit catalog of the queer history of Boston. I particularly liked all the photographs of women known to have been in "Boston Marriages".

I realize, on posting this, that I completely blew past LHMP entry number 150 without any fanfare. Entry 100 corresponded closely with the release of The Mystic Marriage and I used it as an opportunity for a promotional giveaway. Depending on how many multi-blog publications I cover in the next year or so, I suppose it's possible that entry 200 might provide an opportunity to do a cross-promotion with the next Alpennia novel, Floodtide, although there's nothing even faintly resembling a projected finish date for it. My LHMP publication spreadsheet currently has about 400 titles. I suppose it's possible that I'll eventually be celebrating an Entry 500. Who knows? But let's keep our sights on more immediate goals: what sort of celebratory event should I plan for LHMP #200?

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