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Free event Monday, September 18th in San Francisco:
Mozilla and the Internet Archive will host a discussion featuring former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler; Representative Ro Khanna; Mozilla Chief Legal and Business Officer Denelle Dixon; Amy Aniobi, Supervising Producer, Insecure (HBO); Luisa Leschin, Co-Executive Producer/Head Writer, Just Add Magic (Amazon); and Malkia Cyril, Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice. The panel will be moderated by Gigi Sohn, Mozilla Fellow and former Counselor to Chairman Wheeler, and will discuss how net neutrality promotes democratic values, social justice and economic opportunity, what the current threats are, and what the public can do to preserve it.

https://blog.archive.org/2017/08/22/the-battle-to-save-net-neutrality-please-join-us/

I can't go to this, but perhaps some on my flist will be interested.
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Currently listening to a random Cure playlist. Somehow that track brings back memories of Sac'to goth clubs 1999-2000 even tho I don't think they played Pornography, or not that much anyway?. More like it makes me remember what I played at home, which would probably involve Pornography and Faith and Disintegration and such. But now I think of it, what really makes me think of that time is Peter Murphy, either "I'll Fall With Your Knife" or "Mercy Rain".
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[personal profile] enotsola, apparently unable to get out of bed (sleepiness/laziness, not pain or injury): Nope, still not working.
me: What, your motivator?
[personal profile] enotsola: Nope.
me: "This R2 unit has a bad motivator."
[personal profile] enotsola: Are not.
me: What?
[personal profile] enotsola: Are too, are not.
me: You're an Are Not unit?
[personal profile] enotsola, having flopped end for end in the bed but still not managing to get upright on the floor: I'm an Are Not unit.
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I actually just cut a circle out of last night's polenta to have it for breakfast with a little goat cheese and a fried egg on top.

Someone take Food Network away from me.
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My library has discarded its set of The Golden Bough by James Frazer. Unfortunately this is not a complete set and is missing the first two volumes (which I guess must have been an introductory volume and then Part I, since "volume 3" is labeled Part II). Don't believe the year in the call number; this edition is New York: St. Martin's Press, 1963 (some volumes say 1966).


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I didn't take a picture of the inside of any of these, but the paper seems in decent condition, somewhat yellowed but not like the one below. Free of internal markings as far as I can see.

There is also this extremely condensed illustrated volume which seems to contain just a few selected chapters from the first two to four or so parts (Taboo and the Perils of the Soul, The Dying God) and some from the later Balder volumes (part VII). New York: Avenel Books, 1981; 407 pp; ISBN 0517336332. Considerably age-yellowed, as you can see in the second picture. The jacket art also seems fairly faded on the spine.

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All have library processing: besides the labels you can easily see in the photos, there are call numbers written in pencil on endpapers or title page; plastic jacket covers that have been taped on (although I don't guarantee the tape is still holding on every corner); stamps on edges of pages; glued-in checkout card pockets or the remains thereof; and barcode stickers.

Free to anyone who wants them - pay shipping.
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Stygian Syzygy: “[The GOP are] the ones who promised their constituents they would do some simple things like repeal and replace Obamacare, get real tax reform and tax relief for their constituents, put ISIS in retreat if not full-on defeat, and keep us safe and prosperous,” Conway said Wednesday during an appearance on Fox News.
Stygian Syzygy: simple things.
Stygian Syzygy: ... simple
old-fashioned hurgusburgus: ...
Stygian Syzygy: something here is simple, that's for sure.
old-fashioned hurgusburgus: LOL
old-fashioned hurgusburgus: harsh
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Because everyone cares about my culinary adventures: Read more... )
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The asbestos abatement guys showed up promptly at 8 AM to rip the old vinyl flooring and whatever else they did out of our second bathroom. (This is after a plumbing collapse just outside the wall of the house last September that backed up into both bathrooms, and then endless jousting with AAA over exactly what was to be done and who would pay what blah blah blah. The master bath was done in June.) The upshot of this is that I have now had breakfast, two mugs of tea, run the dishwasher, and read all my internet and it's still not even noon. What do??
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Today we unintentionally ate vegetarian: breakfast, yogurt, berries, + English muffin (me)/granola (him); afternoon snack, cheese & crackers; dinner, fried tofu with smoked paprika, chile verde salsa, and a little guacamole, over sauteed kale and red peppers with garlic, over chili/cumin/cilantro flavored mix of black beans, brown rice, and corn, all topped with a little feta cheese as a substitute for something like cotija (yeah, it was kind of a sloppy pile).

And more, the beans were cooked from dried (we're getting into doing that with our pressure cooker), corn cooked fresh from cob, guacamole made fresh. We're basically one plaid shirt away from being a horrible stereotype. I'd say we're approaching haaardcooooore but then we didn't make our own yogurt or tofu, so. Though, if it "helps", we often buy our tofu at the farmer's market either directly from the guy who makes it or from his employee who is one degree separate? (rly tho, it's good stuff. I can even eat it plain without seasoning because it has its own flavor, and I like the texture.)

Er. By way of redemption, I also bought maplewood smoked bacon today? Like, made from a pig that used to be an alive creature?

Dang. Never mind the plaid shirts; we are a horrible stereotype.

Ah well. *chows down on slightly sloppy pile of rice etc.*
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Umm... IMDB.... I don't think those two things are that likely to be intended for the same audience...?
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Is anyone in the DFW area able to help someone on my other flist adopt some kittens? see http://nwhiker.dreamwidth.org/1755453.html
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Hai guys! Guess where I'm posting from?

My computer that appears to have survived the flash fire without losing the magic smoke -- though you wouldn't have guessed that from the ventilation we had to do of the room -- although the optical drive did not pull through. (Actually, visually it looks fine internally in terms of its control board and even the SATA cable, it's just that the power connector is a stinky melted mess, so basically the thing is toast even if the circuitry is fine. Dust may or may not have been directly burned in the event, since plastic clearly burned enough to produce the observed effects. Still, it seems the failure was contained fairly well.)

And also, my computer that was gently named Starlight and now seems to require a more badass name. I'm not sure I want to name it anything to directly connected with fire, at least not in the present tense; I wouldn't wish to encourage a repeat! (And silliness like Gandalf the White is right out. Shadow and flame... passed through fire and death... bandy crooked words with a witless worm... blah blah blah) Given the soot that was on the inside of the top of the case and on the outer case of the optical drive, Ancalagon presents itself as a possibility; ill-omened, perhaps, but then [personal profile] enotsola's computer is named The Valeyard, sooo...

I don't really have an icon that adequately expresses my gratitude and relief that this turned out to be the case, so have ZOMG. And perhaps this oldie from the Internet Book of Shadows:

Read more... )
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My mother is being such an amazingly aggravating steamroller about the work we're having done in our house's two bathrooms -- to wit, hers is the only opinion that matters, and she will simply make snap decisions without first looking at all the choices (as was the contractor's suggestion) nor anyone else's assent, input, or even getting of a chance to look at the possibilities, even after telling us we would be able to -- that [personal profile] enotsola said, "Let's watch the Comey hearing. That'll be less stressful."

DS';AS';FLDKSA';GAJF'JGF

I will refrain from using my "Die in a fire" icon because my home desk computer literally, if very briefly, caught fire last night (just the dust in the case, I hope, since there's no visible damage, although I'm not sure if there might be something wrong with the power supply that could have provoked it, and we're definitely swapping that out before we try to see what survived, *fingers crossed*) which was a bit of a scare and we really don't want the house to burn down, but. I just. ARGH

(did I mention she's also a Fox News addict?)

eta: Visible damage found in the light of day. According to the report from the field, "the power connector to the optical drive is a melted mess, and the sata cable next to it is scorchy, and the top of your case right at the optical drive is all scorched." Speculation is that the power connector may have been slightly loose, and either dust or some such particles finally got into it, or maybe it would have arced anyway and the dust in the case merely made it more flashy. Said drive had been failing to recognize inserted discs for a while and I thought it had simply failed. We had tried the unplug-and-replug tactic on the SATA cable (since that was always a problem with IDEs) but I can't recall whether we did the same on the power; possibly not, since it was in fact opening and closing so it might not have occurred to us that there could be a problem with the power. I don't much care so long as other components have survived; although even if they haven't and we have to start buying new stuff, my most recent system image is only about 10 days ago and the delta between then and now is, I think, all recoverable, if a bit tedious to do so.

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