more will soon follow.
There will still be storytime at the library next week.
The librarian will still be found wearing a plush ladybug.
Somewhere, a child will move from baby to toddler
in pursuit of that bubble, just out of reach.
(Mostly written in early February.)
A bit of errata on the micparts rk-47/990B kit microphone build report yesterday:
First, I didn’t mention that the board kit includes extra capacitors, to be used either for different capsules than I chose, or to tailor the response curve of the microphone. I went for flattest response, but I could’ve had more or less high-end responsiveness by choosing which included tone capacitors to use.
Second, I said that the “omni” switch setting probably wasn’t really going to be actually “omni,” but was more likely to be figure-eight or the like. This was in response to both the capsule design, grille design, and older pictures of the circuit board which appeared to indicate that. In testing, I discovered that I was mistaken – as you can see here, levels as seen in waveforms made by holding a tone generator at the four cardinal directions remain constant. But read on, after the graphs, because there’s a catch:
rk-47 set to omni, against tone generator at 30cm, front, right, rear, left positions
And here’s the same test, with the mic set to cardioid:
rk-47 set to cardioid, against tone generator at 30cm, front, right, rear, left positions
And here’s an M-Audio Nova, same conditions, for comparison:
nova, cardioid, against tone generator at 30cm, front, right, rear, left positions
The total pickup is certainly omnidirectional. But this is not a true basket head on this thing, there are support brackets on the left and right sides, and that does affect tone! High-end harmonics definitely fall off on the left and right sides.
So while it does qualify as an omnidirectional microphone in “omni” mode, I’d have to call it flawed in that mode, and use something else – like an Oktava 012 with the omnidirectional head, which is built for true omnidirectional pickup and does not exhibit this behaviour.
Alternately, I suppose it might be usable in that mode if you’re recording someone who is a tad screechy – aim the wrong side at the performer and presto, fewer high harmonics. EVERYBODY WINS XD
I've talked about the six month, the two year, and the four year wars. This may be the beginning of the end of the six-month war. It is, at very least, the end of the beginning: elected Republicans are no longer universally afraid of the Trumpists, and are no longer lining up behind him and his movement. The neofascist movement is still very much alive and very, very dangerous, as a whole, and this is one of the longer wars, but this goal - of capturing the entire government functionally unhindered out of the electoral box - has been smashed.
Not that they won't keep trying, of course. The six-month war is not over. But the skies - for the moment - are clear over London.
So let's look at what happened. "Pence: Trump 'won't rest' until ObamaCare repealed" - as I said, they won't stop trying. But "Inside the Trumpcare meltdown," we learn that "Steve Bannon Thought He Could Bully Republicans On Health Care. He Couldn't." The steamroller has broken down. It's a Democrat saying it, but "Dem rep: 'We must pause the entire Trump agenda' until Russia investigation complete" - that's not going to happen, because there's far too much consolidation of power going on inside the executive branch that he's managing simply by not appointing people. (See: the two year war.) But it can be talked about.
As fallout, "Trump asked his supporters to watch Fox News host. She then called on Paul Ryan to step down." There's barely any attempt to keep up a united facade now. This will further hurt the legislative agenda, but will not hurt the continuing personalisation of rule and the executive branch. If anything, it will help it. But, again - the two year war.
The investigations continue - and perhaps, if the Republican civil war ramps up, they will become useful leverage for the establishment GOP, and something might happen. "AP Exclusive: US probe of ex-Trump aide extends to Cyprus" is following the Russian money. "Boris Epshteyn, Trump TV Surrogate, Is Leaving White House Job" - his style was very much of Putin's Russia, and now he's being levered out. The CBC report that "A former NSA analyst says the Russia investigations could end Donald Trump's presidency," and there are rumours from a "CNN analyst: Sources say Mike Flynn may have turned on Trump and become a witness for the FBI."
What they were building for, of course, is their ult attack - a broad racial-religious war against Arabic Muslims. That's still the biggest card they have in their hand. And they haven't forgot it, not for a minute. "Civilian deaths from US-led airstrikes hit record high under Donald Trump" shouldn't be ignored. "U.S. Investigating Mosul Strikes Said to Have Killed Up to 200 Civilians" - the US is claiming procedures haven't changed, but the rise in civilian death toll is staggering, and other local sources say US procedures have changed. Finally, a US senator says, "Trump Is Dragging Us Into Another War... And No One Is Talking About It."
We most certainly are.
Possibly tangential, possibly related: "Five months, eight prominent Russians dead." Clean-up, consolidation, or coincidence?
Before this administration, this would've been the biggest headline: "Senate to vote on Neil Gorsuch nomination to Supreme Court in first week of April in a political clash with big ramifications." We need to force a loss here, or a rules change, because I'm confident that the Republicans will change the filibuster rules as soon as a judicial filibuster is used against them; they're a paper tiger at best, now, and more likely, an excuse to inaction. Or so it seems to me. Obviously, I'm not on the ground.
Before this administration, this would've been in "news of the weird" territory only, but we are where we are: "Alex Jones Admits He Blew It With Pizzagate Allegations, Sort Of." I don't think that'll bother the conspiracy goons.
Finally, a couple of cultural warfare stories of import: "Transgender passengers uneasy about TSA shift on pat-downs." and "Utah's governor signs abortion-halting legislation." The headline on the latter is misleading; the bill requires doctors to tell women taking RU-486 and similar drugs that if they only take one pill the abortion can still be halted. There is no medical evidence for this of which I'm aware, and I can't see it being a good idea. But, well, those are facts, and considering facts to be the problem...
...well, that is, in and of itself, part of the problem.
Good luck out there.
( It's March 26, 2017; this is the news )
A set of them are scared about ISPs selling browser histories. Specifically about being outed as white supremacists and neofascists.
8pol is more organised and coherent. They hated the GOP bill, and like 4pol, they're in camp GOD EMPEROR TRUMP IS A GENIUS and it's part of a plan to force out Ryan. Though there is _some_ whistling past the graveyard in it. There is also some out-and-out pushback ("Muh 4D trans-dimensional chess!"), but not a lot.
Now, to the non-obvious news. (If you missed it: the GOP/Trumpcare bill was withdrawn when it was clear it would not pass. I'm skipping that; we all know.)
Let's start with Russia: "The plot to sell America's foreign policy for foreign oil _and_ steal an election in the bargain began at the Mayflower Hotel." This is _incredibly_ explosive. But it's also a bunch of connected dots. Worth looking at, but be careful. "Nunes gives away the game: The GOP will never exercise real oversight on Trump" is an opinion piece, but probably a good one. "Trump’s Terrifying Comey Tweet" is a little clickbaity but the article's okay.
"Partisan split at House intel committee over canceled open hearing" is a bigger deal. Why is this meeting suddenly closed-door? See previously: Nunes. And, off to the side, we have "Paul Manafort’s Business Partner Left Pro-Trump Group Because of Russia Ties, Sources Say" and "Marine Le Pen of France Meets With Vladimir Putin in Moscow."
"Ex-CIA Director: Mike Flynn and Turkish Officials Discussed Removal of Erdogan Foe From U.S." should cause the government to fall. In a normal circumstance - if the contents are confirmed, anyway. But that was also true of a torture programme, and that didn't happen. Regardless, it's bad. And we have "Bannon Tells Trump: ‘Keep a Shit List’ of Republicans Who Opposed You."
I'm not going to completely ignore heathcare: "‘Hello, Bob’: President Trump called my cellphone to say that the health-care bill was dead" is something I watched unfold live on twitter; it was pretty bizarre. "How disastrous for Trump is healthcare collapse?" asks the BBC - very.
In neofascists, we have the world's tiniest violin: "Neo-Nazi fears stabbing of black man may lead to ‘unfair’ discrimination against white supremacists." Nice and appropriate use of quotes there. "Donald Trump’s Rise Has Coincided With an Explosion of Hate Groups" - no kidding. Also, YouTube is in trouble due to ad placement beside all this fascist content on their service, with "More brands, Starbucks included, pull ads from YouTube in widening boycott."
Civil rights my shiny metal ass: "Trump’s civil rights division will be headed by staffer who railed against civil rights for trans people." Yeah. And locally, "Aerospace firm Electroimpact agrees to pay $485K after AG finds ‘shocking’ discrimination against Muslims."
Also locally, "Was KOMO just bullied into airing right-wing rhetoric?" Looks like it. Sinclair is terrible and leans on local stations for things like this a lot.
"Lamar Smith, unbound, lays out political strategy at climate doubters’ conference" talks about how they intend to discredit climate change research.
Our last two are tales of two billionaires: "The Billionaire on a Mission to Save the Planet From Trump" and "The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency." Because yeah, that's how it works, whether you like it or not.
Good luck out there.
( It's March 25, 2017; this is the news )
The February-like weather has helped nothing. We've had to keep the heat on pretty high, and that dries the air out, and that plus mouth-breathing because of stuffy noses has been just dreadful. We're cranking all our humidifiers and drinking gallons of water. I even got a bout of February-like depression, which totally missed me (and I did not miss) in actual February. But this weekend looks to be the start of a warmer, wetter stretch, so hopefully that will make everything better. I am putting considerable effort into planning a Brooklyn Botanic Gardens trip in mid-April with saraeileen and maybe vschanoes and their babies, because all I want right now is to be sprawled on the grass under the cherry trees and if I can't have it right at this moment then I will make very sure I get it as soon as possible. Spriiiiiiing, I neeeeeeed it.
I went up to Hunter today to do live-action Story Hospital with a group of teens I hadn't met before. It was amazing and great and emotionally exhausting. I came home so wiped out that after dinner I took a 90-minute nap on the couch—from 10:30 to midnight, not exactly prime napping time—because I was genuinely too tired to get up and go to bed. That is absurd. Of course then the nap wired me up, so I took the trash out and started laundry and did the dishes and took a shower and now it's 4 a.m. and I ought to go to bed for real. I hope writing this entry will help wind me down.
My day job workload is going to be decreasing after next week (YAY), and I plan to put all those hours toward sleep. That will help.
Kit's body continues to think it's older than it is. In addition to being the height and weight of a two-year-old, they've got the teeth of a two-year-old. All eight incisors and three of the four first molars are in, and their lower canines just cut through, which apparently hurts a whole lot. Poor sad bean. :( But ideally this accelerated teething schedule will mean they get all their teeth in quickly and then they can just enjoy having them.
I got new glasses and they keep feeling like they don't sit on my face quite right, even though I've had them adjusted several times at different shops. Maybe I just need to get used to them. They've got plastic frames and I think the last time I wore glasses with plastic frames was close to 20 years ago. I do really like the way they look. The neighborhood eyeglass shop where I got them completely messed up my beloved prescription sunglasses, so sometime this weekend or next week I need to go shake them down for not only a refund of the lenses (which make my eyes physically hurt, and made me dizzy when I switched back to my regular glasses) but the cost of replacing the frames, which they managed to warp while trying to fit the lenses in. So much for patronizing my little local business.
When I was sick I missed my regular manicure appointment and went a full 2.5 weeks without a manicure, but I didn't bite or break my nails; I was very proud. This week I had them done up in H&M's Wildwood polish, which is my perfect green, and have been wearing green clothes that match them exactly and feeling excessively stylish. Alas, the polish has already been discontinued, so I will cherish this bottle of it and try to find the right balance between not using it all up right away and not letting it sit so long that it becomes unusable.
I think I have wound down, finally. Time to refill the humidifier and get a great deal of sleep.
But I've recently come back and the last two days I've at least looked at everything. Which is good.
I still don't have health insurance (I found out a week ago that it's been terminated). I really need to work on going through mail and calling mass health and figuring out why it was turned off and how I turn it on again, but boyyyy that is just...not...happening right now. Maybe having mek around will make it easier, and maybe I will just not have health insurance or meds until mid-April, because that's an awesome thing for me innit?
Diiiiid I mention I have a mek? I am pretty pleased I have a mek. It was a sudden surprise of "so, I can actually visit you in like three weeks if that works for you" thing, and I said yes and so he rode a train cross country to come see me, look, I'm not saying my boyfriends are better than yours but have any of yours hung out on a train for four days just to bring you a dead spider in a snow globe I think NOT!
Highland Ball stuff is continuing apace. I'm actually in a weird gentle space where I'm a lot less behind on everything and feel a lot less stressed about it all. Really, right now I'm a lot less anxious and a lot more depressed, and so that's pretty good, except for the part where I'm a lot more depressed. I'm working on it, they lied.
On the plus side, I did clear off most of my bed. Granted, this was a lot of pileating, but it was a noble attempt.
Wheeeee, I finished my words before mek came back from brushing his teef! Gold star for me!
((I know this entry is crap and disconnected, but I haven't written anything in here for over two weeks.))
Anyways, in this story, DW and friends go to their local Comic-Con! What could possibly go wrong?
( 7 and a third out of 22 pages )
When John arrives at the big holiday party on the 30th floor, a small string ensemble is playing classical and seasonal music. They're located in a musicians' gallery, partway up a side wall, a kind of balcony, with a stairway for access from the main room, possibly a doorway to an upper hall behind them. Shots are fired, Hans and his merry men arrive, and the employees of Nakatomi Corp. are harried into the central room with the small fountains, stonework, pools, plants, etc. The musicians are seen once, running down the stairs or away from the situation, with their instruments.
What happens to them?
They can't get out; the building is locked down, the elevators (entrance in the room with the hostages) are stopped. They are not shot, harassed, or anything else onscreen. They are not among the group on the roof, later. Neither they nor their instruments are seen again for the entire movie.
I have a theoretical answer.
They are not human; they are fey musicians, arranged for by someone at Nakatomi who has connections to the Faerie world. When danger arises, they move down, huddle with the crowd and vanish, in such a way that they are not seen doing it -- and so many people are in shock at the terrorists' arrival that their leaving isn't noticed.
They make their way back to their homeland -- there is a gateway nearby, in the green area surrounding the building; the Los Angeles fey community has used it for centuries, and the modern era's takeover of the region with concrete and steel does not affect them; as long as the steel is not exposed and they are not forced into contact with it, it is not an issue. And they report what has happened to their region's queen.
The queen parts the gossamer curtains and scries in a pond in the mortal world. "It will be well. McClane is there." And she forbears to send elven troops to deal with the interlopers.
The magicians huddle and murmur. Who is this McClane? Ahh, *that* McClane, the reincarnation of one of their mightiest warriors, canny and powerful, who goes this time in the guise of a NY city cop, the better to fit into the culture. All will indeed be well.
Farewell, internet privacy.
Roll over, Beethoven.
How Bob Silvers and the NY Review of Books transformed the literary world.
The productivity paradox.
The Dictionary of Canadianisms and Canadian English.
For transwomen, makeup is different, and more.
Former right-wingtip evangelist Frank Schaeffer on how to overthrow Trump: light on fire his supporters' anger at his failing them.
An interview with Bob Dylan.
After a few suggestions that I do so, I finally went ahead and splurged for another kit microphone – the micparts RK-47 capsule and amplifier circuit board, both sized to use the dirt-common MXL-990 microphone case.
The MXL-990 is kind of a go-to microphone for people just starting at home recording. I don’t recommend it, even in that role; I think it’s a nasty piece of kit and sounds terrible. Even at $50 – the used price, roughly – you’re better off spending another $40 and getting a low-end AKG or Nova. But it is about the cheapest condenser microphone with XLR out that you could pretend to treat like a real mic, and that has meant a thriving mod community.
Here are the basic parts included with the kit. I didn’t have the capsule out – the actual thing that vibrates to sound – because it needed to stay in its protective box until installation.
This is technically an MXL-990 mod, one wherein nothing is kept but the case and socket. It’s also a nontrivial assembly, so I’m going to talk about building in this one, and have some sound samples in the next.
You can see the instruction booklet over on the right. It’s quite clear, and has some important commentary, about extra care being needed not to touch certain components any more than you have to, and which parts are particularly sensitive to heat. It does not say up front that about 25 pages in it will suggest that you use a couple of chemical products if you have them, so I ended up having to order some purple loctite and conformance coating.
If I had it to do again, I probably wouldn’t order the conformance coating, because the MDA sheet on that is not attractive. But now that I have it, I might as well use it. If anyone local needs some, let me know.
As you can see, the board is clearly labelled:
For the most part, this is one of those insert-and-solder projects. The tolerances are reasonable, though they were emphatic about working at a meaningfully lower iron temperature than I prefer. If you use 60/40 lead solder, their temperature would be fine.
(I ran at 350°C, which is a little hotter than they recommend, but I use silver solder, and it seemed to work out. In these cases, I solder only one leg from each component, then cycle back to the start, and do the second leg, then cycle around again for the third if necessary. This lets the heat that is building up in the component itself dissipate, reducing peak temperature inside the component. This is most important with semiconductors, usually – particularly transistors.)
They also have you cleaning the board with isopropyl alcohol regularly, and suggest cleaning your iron between each solder point. I don’t know if they just meant wiping the tip or actually using the sal ammoniac, so I kind of compromised. (Though for the most sensitive components, I did do a complete sal ammoniac cleaning between each point.)
This is the board essentially complete:
The process is a bit fiddly, I have to say. They’re quite strict in the manual about flux cleanup and so on, so you’ll end up using tweezers and foam swabs and lint-free cloth and and and. Still, with kits this expensive, it’s best not to take chances.
You might note that the connections on the switch are not made yet; that’s because you’re wiring two of the leads from the pickup to the circuit at these points directly. Those connections are where they’re most persnickety about how things are to be done – but I followed their directions precisely and it worked out.
Here’s the new RK-47 pickup canister in its mount:
I’m liking this canister already, at this point. I know, I know, “good feel” is silly, but this capacitor pickup has a good materials feel to it. The mounting system you see in use is also partly a replacement – the original was a ring mount system; this is a saddle, larger, and is also where you need the threadlocker. I’m not convinced MXL used a threadlocker on that post, but I see how the larger, heavier pickup does kind of call for it.
Once the board is mounted back into the bracket and grille, you end up with this:
And once you’ve wired the three leads from the pickup and the three from the XLR connector, you’re pretty much ready to test.
I did have an initially-worrying test result: voltage at the primary test point – the one you conduct before any audio checks – was running high. The manual had a lot to say about what you’ve probably done wrong if it runs low, and further tests to isolate your mistake, and spends a couple of pages going on making sure you’ve got a bare minimum of 45V going to the exciter, with a preferred minimum of 50v, and an “operating range” of 50-62v, where 60v is optimal.
The range on mine ran from a low of 62.45v to a high of around 68v, so I was concerned. But it turns out the actual operating range is 50v-70v – they just don’t expect anybody to be able to get to the upper end. Support even said that if I was mostly recording quiet material I could safely crank it up to 65v full-time for an even hotter pickup, but, heh, that’s not what I generally do, so I’ll leave it where it is. XD
As for the sticker – I put “MP-SVS” over the “MXL” logo because at this point, it’s not an MXL microphone in any way, so why would I keep that? It’s just silly. MP-SVS is MicParts-Supervillain Studios, naturally. I also changed the model number to RK-47, after the canister number.
I did not mention before that this is a switch-selectable dual-pickup-pattern microphone:
That will let me try an instrument miking style I’ve wanted to try for a while anyway. The only downside of using an existing microphone housing is that the switch has to live on the inside, and you have to unscrew the bottom of the housing to get to it. But it’s just twist-open, so not really an issue.
Regardless, as you can see, the switch says “cart” (for cartioid) and “omni” (for omnidirectional), but I think I’m pretty sure it’s really more figure-eight, given the construction of everything and what the switch does. And pictures in the manual actually agree with that – the printing on the board is different in the photos.
An optional modification to the case involves coating the lower half with silicate caulk (or a couple of other listed materials). I, of course, did that too:
The idea is that this reduces case resonance. Does it? I dunno, I just went ahead and did it because silicon caulk is dirt cheap – the local hardware store down the hill had a small tube for three dollars. The lack of silicon at the top is necessary – the upper part of the case scrapes into the lower half quite tightly, and any added material would be scraped off right away. As you can probably see, it’s even scraping off its own coating.
This is what it looks like all put together, and put in the standard MXL-990 shock mount:
All in all, I’d call it a straightforward well-documented build. It’s far from the most difficult I’ve done. Not a good starter project, but if you’re reasonably good with a soldering iron, you’re going to be fine.
And this is already a long post, so I’ve decided to make it Part 1 of 2, and will talk about the important part – what the result sounds like – next time. Spoiler: a whole hell of a lot better than an MXL-990. But it also has audibly (and visibly, in the waveform) finer and more precise pickup than, say, my Novas.
I’m also going to see if I can’t do some comparisons to my Oktava 319 and possibly the (already-improved via mods) Oktava 012s as well before next time. That, too, might be interesting.
Have a good weekend, everybody!
Let's go straight to Russia and the GOP. First: "RNC paid intel firm for Clinton dirt." So what, right? Well, they lied about it, a lot, and the firm lied about it, but now they're not, and the intelligence firm has ties to Russia and employs ex-KGB. So it's AND WE'RE OFF!
As for the investigation: "Nunes is asked if he got the info he briefed the White House on from the White House. He doesn't dismiss it." Because he says he can't comment. Except when he does. To Mr. Trump. And the press. Sometimes. Which leads into "Former counsel for the House intel committee explains just how screwed up Nunes' actions were today," by which I mean he is genuinely boggled. "Birth of the Biggest Lie" talks about Trump's attempts to claim He's The Real Victim Here. "FBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at Breitbart, InfoWars news sites" - to suggest that there isn't an international, co-linked movement to build ultra-rightist governments is nonsense; you can go watch it talk to itself on places like /pol/. It's right there, just like the attempt by the American fundamentalists to internationalise their anti-LGBT movement. But the question is how much money is involved where, of course.
Meanwhile, "Gunman in Ukraine kills Putin foe in attack denounced as ‘state terrorism’."
In other lies, "Read President Trump's Interview With TIME on Truth and Falsehoods," which prompted this quick response, "Donald Trump said 14 false things in an interview about how he says false things."
HEALTH CARE! What a clusterfuck. They're literally to a place where "Fewer Americans Would Be Insured With G.O.P. Plan Than With Simple Repeal." See also: "CBO releases new score for ObamaCare repeal bill" Spoilers: much less deficit reduction; no additional coverage. That's how badly they've screwed this up. "Late G.O.P. Proposal Could Mean Plans That Cover Aromatherapy but Not Chemotherapy" is pretty hilarious, by which I mean sad. "The AHCA Would Force New Moms on Medicaid to Find Work 60 Days After Labor" is sad, by which I mean just mean. "Trump pledged not to cut Medicaid. Is he keeping that promise?" HAHAHAHAHAHA no.
And, of course, he's going all-in: "Trump delivers ultimatum to House Republicans: Pass health-care measure on Friday or he’ll move on." The approval rate for their replacement is 17% and falling, and the last two times the Feds tried to change how health care worked, the ruling party took it in the shorts. Is this some kind of loyalty test? We'll see.
"The Life and Death Issue Ignored at Judge Gorsuch’s Confirmation Hearings" speaks for itself.
In corruption: "Mr. Trump Goes After Consumer Financial Protection Bureau" - he wants to fire the head and presumably not replace. Or replace, eventually. Or replace, by somebody who won't do anything. And today, "US Senate votes to let internet providers share your web browsing history without permission," which literally no one wants except the ISPs selling the data.
In cultural warfare news, "Rick Perry challenges election of Texas A&M’s first gay student body president, says it was ‘stolen’ in ‘name of diversity’". Sure. Cabinet members should be spending their time talking about student elections. That's important! But it is where FAGS are involved, I guess. Meanwhile, in Oklahoma? "Oklahoma Republican Says God Can Use Rape And Incest To 'Bring Beauty From Ashes'." Isn't that nice. I hope he's crushed by his own truck.
Good luck out there. This isn't even their final form.
( It's March 24, 2017; this is the news )
As you may know, about 2-3 weeks ago the Dreamhack server died. Since then, mark and I have been working on getting its replacement going, and updating a few things.
It should be ready to go in a few days, and I wanted to make a few notes for when it comes back up:
- Firstly and most importantly, you'll need to re-apply for a Dreamhack if you want one, and you'll be set up as if you were a new user. Any changes that you pushed to GitHub will be available, but any other data you may have had will be gone - apologies for that.
- I do still have email addresses for everybody who had an account when the server went down, and I'll send out a one-time email to everybody when the server is up to point them to this post. After that, the only people who will receive emails about Dreamhacks will be those who have applied for one.
- The address you need to use to log into the server via SSH will be different from the Web address domain. The email you receive when applying for a Dreamhack will state this clearly.
- The new server will have an increased quota. The earlier quota of 500MiB was enough at first, but since then the space taken by a base install of Dreamwidth has risen to 270MiB. In light of this, I've raised the quota to 750MiB.
- Each user will automatically get a test database called "test_dreamhack_<user>", accessible using the same database user and password as the main database. You'll still need to configure it properly yourself for now, but the installer will at least copy the required files to $LJHOME/ext/local/t for you to configure. Later on I'm hoping that it'll be possible to have it configured automatically.
- The official email address to contact me has changed - you should now use my Dreamwidth email address (sophie at dreamwidth dot org). Automated emails will come from this address, so if you had the previous email whitelisted you may want to whitelist this new one instead.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment! I'll answer any questions you might have.
"I spent about 10 minutes in the pub last night obsessed with the opening of THE WILD STORM by Ellis/Davis-Hunt. The main cover. Lots to unpack, but the element I most admire is the explicit 1-24, showing the length of series. Immediately we have context, meaning, shape and all linking to the cool formalism - as in, chilled. The Watchmen of it.
"And then the first page, which is instant classic as far as I'm concerned. Once again, this is a novel opening, about control and confidence. 9 panel is murderously hard, and - if I had to generalise - artists generally hate it. Davis-Hunt is making it sing here. Tom King with his various collaborators have been bringing it back to centre stage in comics, recently. THE WILD STORM is a similar response to the present over-tired elements in the super-hero mainstream. Let us try control. Let us try comics.
"[...] Generally speaking, the problem facing any writer of superhero comics is finding a way to make this genre feel novel in 2017. I think The Wild Storm nails in." - Kieron Gillen
( Read more... )
Trumpery doesn't understand technology and change. And, as you might guess, he's a laughing matter and no joke. Along with which, he threatened a 17-year-old girl who created a satire website with kittens clawing him. The question remains: how did this philandering, lying, cheating, abusive jerk manage to hijack the religious right? He's so far from the moral high ground that he couldn't find it with a compass and a platoon of Marines. But the religious right's ancestry is racism and bigotry, and it has returned to its roots with him.
Meanwhile, during the Senate hearing on the Gorsuch appointment, a unanimous Supreme Court declared that one of his previous rulings was wrong, wrong, wrong in every way it could be wrong. Yes, unanimously. The decision concerned education for disabled students -- Gorsuch said it could be as little as legally needed, and the court said no way to that.
A long long opinion from SIIP traces how what has happened here fits into Russian plans, and where we fit into it. A future article is to suggest some remedies.
The Wall Street Journal, bastion of the conservatives, tears Trump a new one, in detail.
Trap a self-driving car by using ritual magic. It works!
Verizon, AT&T and others pull ads from Google because of placement next to hate speech ads. Ads with hate speech in them, not ads against it. Google, of course, cannot look up the answer on itself.
The mishna turns to laws of privacy. If two houses share a courtyard, the owner of one may not place a door facing the other's door or a window facing the other's window, nor may he enlarge ones that are already present. On the side of the street, however, he may do so. Where do we learn the rule for privacy? The g'mara tells us: from the story of Bilaam, who lifted up his eyes and saw Israel dwelling according to their tribes. This indicates (the g'mara says) that he saw that their doors did not exactly face each other, and this caused him to say: worthy are these that the Divine presence should rest upon them! Why then is there an exception when the houses are across a street? Because the one can say to the other: you have to preserve your privacy from the eyes of those on the street anyway, so you might as well from me too. (60a)
I expected the "across the street" argument to be about distance. Here the argument is "I'm not making it any worse for you".
Trump/Russia was explosive yesterday. NO, REALLY, IT'S ANOTHER LEVEL. "Schiff: There is now 'more than circumstantial evidence' of Trump-Russia collusion." Just saying that. We found out via AP Exclusive that "Before Trump job, Manafort worked to aid Putin." Specifically politically. The "Former Trump campaign chief 'offered to help Putin advance interests'." And "The FBI may already have Carter Page on a major crime: 18 U.S.C. § 1001, punishable by up to 5 years in prison."
And of course GOP is stonewalling - or actively interfering - in the investigation. "Today, Chairman Nunes shared information with WH still withheld from our committee. He cannot conduct a credible investigation this way" reports the Democratic leader on the committee; there's more details on that in "Nunes claims some Trump transition messages were intercepted." Basically he went to Ryan and Trump (who is being investigated!) to give them insider information not even given out to Democrats on the committee. Shit like that is why McLean's is saying, "Party or country? The Republicans choose a side." (Spoiler: it's not country.) And useless faux renegade Senator McCain is saying, "Congress doesn't have 'credibility' to handle Russia probes."
We have more adventures in neofascism - "Gorka changes story from "I have never been a member of Vitezi Rend" to "I never swore allegiance formally."" is pretty neat. More on that in "Gorka Hedges, Evades on Vitezi Rend Tie." Also, "Roger Stone, the ‘Trickster’ on Trump’s Side, Is Under F.B.I. Scrutiny" and we now know "The Trump Campaign Has Been Under Investigation Since July" and Democrats want to know why that wasn't disclosed during the endless BUT HER EMAILS releases of the campaign.
I include as a contextual rerun, "Moscow had contacts with Trump team during campaign, Russian diplomat says." Regular contacts, he said.
In health care, they're LITERALLY REWRITING THE BILL AS I TYPE THIS. No. Really. There'll be no CBO score and nobody will even know what's really in it tomorrow. "Defying Trump, Freedom Caucus insists it'll oppose GOP ObamaCare replacement" and "Freedom Caucus Closing In On Deal To Rewrite Health Care Bill At 11th Hour" are the stories. This is no way to write legislation, but then - it isn't really supposed to be.
Regarding the Supreme Court, the two stores today are "While Gorsuch was testifying, the Supreme Court unanimously said he was wrong" and "Neil Gorsuch and the “Frozen Trucker”."
The terrorist attack you didn't hear about yesterday was in New York City. "Man Arrested For Deadly Midtown Stabbing Reportedly Came To NYC To Kill Black People" and "Racist Maryland man who fatally stabbed black New Yorker admits his intent to kill African-American men," and the latter story gets real specific - this was a white supremacist racial attack straight up intended to incite terror. But, you know, somehow it's different. Because white guy. I specifically picked stories that did not make a big deal about how well the murderer was dressed, WHICH WAS THE LEAD IN SOME STORIES.
A couple of stories on antl-LGBT activities: "This Bus Is On A Road Trip To Convince You That Transgender People Aren’t Real," and "DeVos funds group suing against transgender rights." The lawsuit is against a school, for allowing a trans student (a boy) to use the boys' washroom. And yes, DeVos's foundation helps fund the group suing.
An interview and reaction to that interview: "Trump's Diplomat: How Rex Tillerson Is Translating 'America First' Into Foreign Policy" and "Rex Tillerson is clearly out of the loop and out of his depth in Trumpland."
"Advocates call on lawmakers to resist environmental cuts in Trump budget" is focused locally, but applicable generally.
The article "Amazing Disgrace: How did Donald Trump—a thrice-married, biblically illiterate sexual predator—hijack the religious right?" has a misleading headline; the fundamentalist movement wasn't "hijacked," this is what it always was - but the article itself makes that case fairly well.
In more basic corruption, "Despite a Trust, Ivanka Trump Still Wields Power Over Her Brand."
In border cruelty, we have a story about an event from a few years ago: "U.S. border officers told a Mexican teen to drink liquid meth. His family received $1 million for his death." They had a test on hand that would've confirmed the liquid was meth in 2-3 minutes. They waited an hour to call for medics. Both officers are still employed. We also have "Khan Breaks Silence on Canada Travel Cancellation" - the story from a couple of weeks ago regarding his trip cancellation to Canada? Maybe not so well reported, maybe overstated on his part. He was in fear that he wouldn't be allowed to return, and given that this has actually happened this week to citizens, that's not so unfounded. But he wasn't placed under an individual travel ban.
You might recall another story from last month, about the GOP majority leader in Hawai'i being forced out for Trump criticism; well, she's no longer a Republican at all. "Hawaii Republican resigns from party after criticizing Trump."
Finally, a couple of more local-scope stories, but they're flavourful: "Wisconsin Republican urges cuts to college aid to keep poor students from buying ‘goodies and electronics’" and "Former Colorado GOP chairman Steven Curtis charged with voter fraud." Yes, it's the new cruelty and the same old irony. What fun.
Today's going to be extra lively as the unread, unevaluated Newest Version GOP healthcare bill is schedule to come up for a vote, and who even knows what else will spin out of the Treasonart. (I thought those blades got recalled, but I guess not.) ADVENTURES!
( It's March 23, 2017; this is the news )
We'll have plenty of noms on hand, but feel free to bring munchies or beverages. And instruments, of course! Kids OK, we have TVs for keeping them occupied if needed.
There are two felines in residence, although they will probably both hide under our bed. There is also a certain adorably cute toddler in residence, who will be causing the usual amounts of chaos, mayhem, and destruction.
Comment, message or e-mail me if you need directions.
The real bombshell of the House Intelligence/Trump/Russia hearing happened in the hallway. AKA someone's either ignorant as an upstream rock, or else lying in front of cameras.
Yes, the FBI did wiretap Trump Tower -- to keep track of the Russian mobsters.
Trumpery fired Preet Bharara as a prosecuting US attorney -- so now he'll teach kids at NYU how to be as tough and critical and prosecutorial as he is.
Farewell, David Rockefeller.
Gorsuch, abortion and the concept of personhood.
White Pride and prejudice. I am not entirely in agreement with their version of what liberal thnking entails.
Trump's exaggerated new border rules keep all the Africans from the African Summit in LA. This is *ridiculous*.
An actual war criminal may become the US's second leading diplomat. Pass me the vomit bowl; I cannot stand this man.
These cities are divesting from the banks that support the Dakota pipeline.
The NY state attorney general has hired an attorney to go after Trump full time -- and he knows the territory.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Ivanka Trump's company over unfair competition.
The country is a mess. Meet the fixers. 50 people with ideas, guts and ability who are making change.
Apologies for typos; my eyes are very tired today.