You know what I didn't mention?

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:12 am
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On Friday, July 14th, the girlfriend and I went over to the Animal Adoption Center here in Jackson. Someone came home with us. We still don't have a name for her (I've suggested Purrito, but that's been vetoed. Given the date she came home, maybe I should push for Marianne).

How Republicans See Legislating

Jul. 26th, 2017 06:13 am
[personal profile] osewalrus

This clip illustrates the biggest problem in how some folks see their job in Congress. This is Greg Walden, Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announcing he will have a hearing on "rules of the road for the Internet," i.e., the net neutrality legislation they want to pass so they can stop worrying about it.


Who does he invite? The CEOs of the biggest tech companies and the CEOs of the biggest ISPs. Why? Because for Walden, thats who matters. It's about brokering an industry compromise. Because it can't possibly be that there is an issue that doesn't involve mediating between giant companies.

But don't take my word for it. Play the clip.












Three sentences about 2017-07-24

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:33 pm
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Back to work, after a somewhat flaily morning -- I forgot about an 08:30 meeting, so dialed in to it from home, and then puttered around doing random small things at work from home until I remembered an optional 10:15 meeting at around 10:00, which I was by then too late to make it to the office in time for, so I just skipped it while I headed in. Once there, though, I made some good progress on both on-call stuff and Omni stuff, so that was all right. TJ's on the way home, then prepared leftover Thai for dinner, some bedtimes, a good bit of Hat Full Of Sky, and now them kids are asleep and I should be too.

Approximately weekly diet report )

Three sentences about 2017-07-23

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:53 am
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Island Adventure Day! We took the T to the Aquarium, and the ferry to Georges Island, and explored the fort there. We had a fun time going into dark rooms, down funny corridors, up and down various stairs, etc. Also, it was Civil War Day (is every day Civil War Day? dunno), so we saw some re-enactors in costumes doing tours, demonstrating folk dances, teaching how to toss a small hoop with two sticks or roll a big hoop with one (the kids got pretty good at hoop-tossing), etc. The kids enjoyed the train ride, the boat ride, and the fort, and it was a beautiful day to be out and about. We then watched Book Of Life when we got home, and liked it, while waiting for Thai food to arrive. Dinner, baths, and bed, a very nice summer day.

Done this week (20170716Su - 22Sa)

Jul. 23rd, 2017 10:12 pm
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It's been a stressful week. The worst thing to happen, of course, was Jordin Kare's death on Wednesday. Friday we went down to Seattle both to check on the apartment, and to look for a kitten at Cat City. There were some wonderful ones, but they were all on hold. We went on a wild cat chase up to Lynnwood, only to find that the kitten we'd wanted to meet had been adopted while we were on the road.

The second pod was unloaded yesterday, mostly using hired muscle. It filled an appalling amount of space in the garage (I set up the plastic shelves down the center, and there are piles (mostly of book boxes) next to it. So there's that.) I had a bit of a meltdown this morning upacking mostly kitchen stuff, including the Peter Rabbit plate that I'd had as a kid, and realizing that we didn't have nearly enough room for even the reduced amount of stuff we brought, and concerned about money, and, and, and,... The usual stuff that happens when the brain weasels go out to play with the black dog.

We currently have two boxes of stuff to give away, one for my daughter who has just gotten engaged, and a largeish pile for G.

However, despite the stress, our first full week here has mostly been pretty good. Colleen's new caregiver, G", is working out quite well. (Glenn is G; our previous housekeeper, Giselle, was G'. This one is named Gina, so, ... After her I'm switching to subscripts.) Molly, our Chevy Bolt, is finally getting fully charged every day or two. (I am somewhat amused by the fact that she sends me a text when she's done charging. Molly is not amused by being mistaken for a wallboard anchor.)

Our beds are here, but we're waiting until after the new floor is in (Tuesday) to set them up, since moving them would involve taking them apart and setting them up again -- not worth it.

Our cats are at least not fighting; we're still keeping them separate until we can (hopefully) re-introduce them. We've bought a couple of Feliway pheromone diffusers - one for the main area of the house, and one for the room we plan to use for the re-introduction.

I have also replaced the ionization fire detector nearest the kitchen with a photoelectric one. Ionization detectors are sensitive to open flames, and we have a gas stove. Bad combination.

Notes & links, as usual )

Three sentences about 2017-07-22

Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:12 pm
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A very recreational day today! Played Niagara with the kids in the morning, which was mostly fun but a little stressful, as it ran long we had to get to shotokan, Q still struggles a little with figuring out exactly what cards he needs to play to get the effect he wants, and he got very, very frustrated at the end when one of his plans went awry. :^( We'll keep workin' on it, but we might take a break from this game in particular for a bit. Then to shotokan, which was weirdly deserted -- only three kids in Q's class (and one of them showed up halfway through), where there are usually eight or ten or more, and only one in Junie's, where there are usually at least four to six. People on vacation this week? Who knows. Anyway, the kids had fun, and we then came home for lunch, before heading out to the pool at Russell Field for some swimming. Had a very good time there too, although there was one scary part when Q jumped in off the side into water that he didn't realize was over his head, while I was watching him but not right there, so I swam over at top speed to rescue him. He was splashing and flailing around, but seemed otherwise fine, but jeez dude, do not jump into water over your head eh. :^p Anyway, we took off after one of the period pool checks, and I then showered and headed over to Ruth & Gavin's for a gaming and birthday party type event for Gavin. A game of Dominion had just started when I got there (as well as three other games in progress), so I watched that and chatted for a bit, until pizza arrived and a couple of games ended. I then played Can't Stop, in which I personally DID NOT STOP, because, you know, that's the name of the game, a strategy which the other players found hilariously bewildering. I did not win, but had fun maintaining my moral purity and amusing the more serious players. :^) I then played a new-to-me game called Las Vegas, which was interesting and fun but seemed *really* random at the end of each round -- there were interesting decisions to be made, but in each of the three rounds, my decisions were completely wiped out by a fairly unlikely die roll (sometimes mine, sometimes another player's), so, I dunno, I guess that strategizing your way into the best position when the random smiting starts happening is sort of fun, but I think it would have been just as fun without quite so much "oh and then he rolled triple threes so your whole position is wiped out" at the end. I might try it again, but probably wouldn't suggest it. I then played in two games of King Of Tokyo, which Amy and the kids had played at a previous gaming thing at Chaos's, but I hadn't before; I liked it a lot, the theme is silly but the game seems very well put together, with a lot of interesting choices, plus some good variability in the special cards. It was 22:00 by that point, so we said our goodbyes at that point. I didn't get quite as much "playing games too advanced for the kids" action as I migh thave liked, but it was nice to play games with grownups for a change. :^)

Three sentences about 2017-07-21

Jul. 21st, 2017 09:59 pm
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Better progress on the daunting project! Matt and I finally sat down and really wrote down all the stuff that needs to happen, and in what order, and started to scheme about who's going to do it, and I now feel like I have a much clearer sense of what specific critical parts I need to get done no seriously really soon now, and what complicated and possibly vague and TBD parts can wait until after that (by which point they'll be much less vague and the Ds will have B). Just in time for the weekend, and then a week on call, of course, but still. Enough is written down that I think I can do it.

I'd stopped at Home Depot on the way to work to pick up a plumber's snake, and then used it to unclog the shower drain, which it did nicely, pulling up a ball of hair approximately the size and shape and general appearance of a standard-issue mouse rodent. (It was in fact hair, though, and not a mouse rodent that had somehow crawled into the shower drain, which ew.) Played a good game of Robot Turtles with Q, did Junie's bedtime, and now it's my bedtime.

Three sentences about 2017-07-20

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:08 pm
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More halting progress on the big daunting project, but I haven't fully destroyed its dauntingness yet. Maybe tomorrow, or maybe being on call next week will set me back to square one again, we'll see. :^p Made Thai yellow curry chicken and peas and carrots for dinner, forgot to buy the garlic naan, made rice instead. The shower drain is clogged, and plunging and coathangering didn't help (and might even have hurt, oddly), boiling water may have helped a little but hasn't fully cleared it out. Will plunge some more, and maybe either call a plumber or go buy an actual plumber's snake, tomorrow.

R.I.P Jordin Kare

Jul. 20th, 2017 09:58 am
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Jordin Kare died yesterday, from complications of aortic valve replacement surgery. I am still somewhat in shock. He was younger than Colleen.

There is not much to be grateful for on this Thursday, but I am profoundly grateful for Jordin's music, which has been part of my life's soundtrack since at least the early 1980s. He was one of the founders of Off Centaur Publications, publishers of the Westerfilk songbooks and many fine filk tapes. (Jordin did the typesetting for Westerfilk I using troff, which led to a number of typos involving single quotes, which troff treats specially if they're the first character in a line.)

Last night Naomi and I sang a few of his songs -- "Fire In the Sky", "The Designer" and "The Engineer", "Waverider", and all I could remember of "Kantrowitz 1972". It wasn't until this morning that I found the lyrics for that and "Sail for Amber", Colleen's favorite.

I just ...

(Jordin Kare: Fire In The Sky (1991) | LyricWikia)

Three sentences about 2017-07-20

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:41 pm
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Got some stuff done at work, still finding the big-daunting-project aspect to be intimidating, but continuing to throw myself at it, and eventually I'll get on top of it. Played a couple of games with Q before bed, Go Fish and Memory Game, the latter of which he's quite good at, although it's generally close (and last night I think we tied twice in a row). Fell asleep on Junie's floor doing her bedtime, went to bed early myself.
[personal profile] osewalrus
"A Communications Oligopoly on Steroids: Why Antitrust Enforcement and Regulatory Oversight in Digital Communications Matters" is a fun and exciting romp through our current messed up market and why we need to care about this.
http://equitablegrowth.org/report/a-communications-oligopoly-on-steroids/

Perfect summer reading for your inner wonk. 

Three sentences about 2017-07-18

Jul. 18th, 2017 09:40 pm
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Back to mostly normal today. Q's foot owies still hurt, but he could tolerate a sock and a shoe this morning, and was off to camp. It was Wacky Water Day, but he managed to mostly avoid getting wet, go him. I had a sluggish start to my morning, but got some stuff done at work, including a variety of satisfying but not high-priority help-other-people-with-stuff type things, and finally eventually a better sense of what I should actually be doing right now. As it turns out, it's a big daunting project of the sort that I tend to struggle with and have a hard time starting, but I'm in a pretty good position right now to say fuck it and get started, and it's always easier to keep moving once I'm going. So, tomorrow, that! Meanwhile tonight, I coaxed Q through a bath, working on mostly keeping the foot owies out of the water, then washing them a bit at the end, then getting everything re-bandaided again afterwards. He is a good little thing. (Junie is also very excellent, but I had less to do with her specifically this evening. :^) They're asleep now, and I'm gonna turn in nice and early too, and hopefully improve my odds of anything good happening tomorrow.

A Hugo recommendation for next year

Jul. 18th, 2017 05:29 pm
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The truly wonderful What Football Will be Like in 17776 has finished so now's a great time to sit down and read it.

It's a lovely little SF piece. Be warned that you'll need to watch videos and animations as well as reading text. It's worth it, though.

Three sentences about 2017-07-17

Jul. 18th, 2017 03:27 pm
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Monday Monday! Both kids are doing ABGC day camp this week, but Q's foot was hurting enough that putting on a sock was painful, much less a shoe, so he stayed home, and I dropped Junie off so that Q wouldn't have to go out at all in the morning. Did a bunch of "figuring out what next" type stuff at work, which was good, although I still feel like I'm not sure what exactly *I personally* am supposed to be doing right now, which is not ideal. Home, dinner, a bath for Junie, an extra bandaid for Q on one of the scrapes that we hadn't bandaided before (but which had been bothering him more after all), and some more Hat Full Of Sky before bed. Caught up a bit with Amy after that, until the power went out in our neighborhood; we stayed up a little longer with the laptops and phone hotspots to keep us online, but then headed to bed.

Approximately weekly diet report )

Three sentences about 2017-07-16

Jul. 18th, 2017 02:52 pm
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More kids, more kids! Dim sum first this morning, celebrating Otavia's birthday, attended by Otavia & David & T, Alyssa & Kon & M & S, and the three of us. At China Pearl, where we hadn't been in a while, but which was perfectly suitable as far as we were concerned. The main difference we cared about was that the sweet layer on top of the baked pork buns (cha siu bao?) was a dry yellow stuff that I should probably know what it is but don't (yellow bean paste?), rather than sticky and clear. It was all yummy, in any case. :^) After that, we headed over to Three (Or Four) Playgrounds Park, aka Thompson Elementary, where we met Junie's friend E from ABGC camp, and mostly played in the water on the splash deck. We also bumped into a fellow incoming Hardy kindergartner of Q's, who we'd met at a playground meetup a few weeks ago, so he had some instant buddies to run around with too. A very good time was had by all, until Q scraped up his foot something awful -- I didn't catch all the details, focusing on bandaging him up, but I think he was running barefoot on some of the asphalt and stumbled or some such thing. He ripped a flap of the skin on the tip of his big toe off, and had probably dix or eight other abrasions on the foot of varying degrees of ouchiness. :^( I put a couple of bandaids on at the park, got him home, and we gave the whole foot a thorough (and really painful for him, poor guy) washing with soap and water after dinner, which he did not like one tiny bit, but was very brave about despite hating every second of it. First, though, Jeff and Jenizie and Chaos came home with Amy from Readercon, and we played some games and had some pizza, which was lots of fun. Chaos and Jenizie and Jeff and I played Wiz-War, which I liked a lot, the new set seems pretty solid, compared to what a mess of vagueness and contradictions previous editions have been. Chaos won that, in a suitably close and competitive battle. Then we split into two games, including the kids: Jenizie and Junie and I played labyrinth, which Junie won, while Amy and Jeff and Chaos and Q played Aquarius in the other room (so I don't kow what the outcome was there). Amy and I put the kids to bed, and the grownups then played Niagara, which I won with four purple stones. We said goodnight after that, and got to bed not too late I believe.

Three sentences about 2017-07-15

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:32 am
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A busy Saturday full of kids! Shotokan in the morning, where Junie got her second stripe on her purple belt, go her. Home for a quick lunch; we then dropped Junie off at a playdate at a friend B's house, and then Q and I headed over to Joey's park to meet up with his friend A. They ran and played and had a generally good time, and then we threw a frisbee a bit towards the end, which was fun. We also saw JDMS and Z there on a playdate of their own. A had to leave at 15:00 or so, but Q and I stuck around for another hour after that, a big chunk of it with one of us shooting the outdoor volleyball at a goal formed by the posts of the fence around the tennis courts there, while the other played goalie. Both sides of that were fun, but it'd had gotten pretty hot over the course of the afternoon, so we were pretty tuckered by the time we finally headed out. Picked up Junie at around 16:30, and headed to Friendly's for dinner, with the usual tasty array of fast ish food and ice cream for dessert. Home after that for some baths and bedtime, including a bunch of Hat Full Of Sky. I then stayed up stupidly late working on a Button Men thing that turned out to be a big waste of time, but meh, that's how it goes sometimes, so.

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Jul. 17th, 2017 08:48 pm
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Yesterday Matt and I went to our first Glimmerglass Opera. The american premiere showing of The Siege of Calais.
[personal profile] osewalrus
Were Republicans as stupid about repealing the ACA as i thought they were all the way back in November? Yes, yes they were.
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/17/obamacare-repeal-republicans-white-house-240607

I predicted as far back as November that repeal would be far too disruptive for the Republicans to accomplish. What people inside and outside DC failed to understand was the disconnect between inside DC and outside DC. Inside DC, the assumption was that repeal of the ACA was merely politics. Outside DC, the assumption was that return to the status quo ante 2010 was impossible. Why? Because the entire industry, as I keep pointing out, had reoriented itself around the ACA. 

Meanwhile, Republicans still think this is about politics. Sure, to some degree it is. But if you screw things up too much then it becomes a political disaster for your side. 
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It turns out that there's no Music AH for Worldcon 75.

I mean, on one level, I'm not shedding any tears over screwups with the convention after they booted me (and the way it was done). But on the other hand, my friends are going to miss out on a lot of the activity they enjoy at the convention because there's nobody put it together.

Complicated feelings.

Three sentences about 2017-07-14

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:20 am
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Heading into a weekend of kids! Amy's going to Readercon for the weekend (well, during the days), so I worked from home today, and wrangled some kids. I picked up Junie after the last session of her day camp for the week, an Arlington Community Education arts & crafts program "Fairy Habitats", in which they built daollhouse house sized things out of various wood, cardboard, plastic, and cloth materials, including furniture and decorative bits as well. We brought that home, and she hung out and read while I got a bit more work done. We then went to pick up Q from his, "Young At Art" at the Arlington Center For The Arts, where today was the end-of-week performance, in their case of a song they'd been working on. The theme was transportation type things, so he also had a bunch of art along those lines, a train and a car and a hot air balloon. Home, mac & cheese for dinner, and then probably some games or something, I was too zonked to write at the time and have now forgotten. Amy got home in time for some bedtimes, which was nice because there had been some fightin' and sorrow, but we ended on a pretty good note.
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