As a General Rule of Thumb

Aug. 4th, 2015 11:33 am
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Following from a comment on Dude, What Were You Expecting?.

If my part in your proposed conversation could be played by a sexy lamp with a post-it note stuck on, I'm not interested in having that conversation with you.

That is, if you are initiating a conversation with me based on my appearance, and your expectations for the conversation could still be fulfilled if I were replaced by a simple preprogrammed inanimate object, you're not actually looking to have a conversation with me as a person in my own right, and I'm not interested in indulging you.

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post-tags: instagram, crosspost I just want to go home, but some shithead destroyed my bike. Waiting for @MBTATransitPD now.

Whimsical Autonymity

Aug. 3rd, 2015 07:30 am
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[ profile] xiphias asks an important question: If you were a ship in Ian M Banks /Culture/ novels, what would you call yourself?
So, the late Ian M Banks wrote a number of books set in, and telling stories about, The Culture. The Culture is a post-scarcity utopian society, in which some of the citizens are humans, and some are AIs. Some of the AIs inhabit ships. Some of the AIs are smart on a level that human beings can't even comprehend. Some of those AIs inhabit Ships that are powerful on a level that human beings can't even comprehend [...]

And, of course, since a Mind takes a Ship on effectively as its own body, the Mind gets to name itself. And Minds usually have senses of humor, leading to ships named things like Just Read the Instructions, Funny, It Worked Last Time, What Are The Civilian Applications?, and I Blame My Mother.
I suspect I would be Just Another Scientist With A Bright Idea. That, or See The Galaxy, They Said.


Dude, What Were You Expecting?

Aug. 2nd, 2015 01:10 pm
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Dude On The Street: Hey, hey, excuse me—

Me: Pauses in the middle of removing some dead bits from front yard bush on the way in, removes earbuds. Yes?

Dude On The Street: You're beautiful.

Me: Er, thanks. Registers that Dude is quite cute himself, if randomly burdened with large sports bag and a hockey stick.

Dude On The Street: Want to go on a date with me?

Me: Is bemused, and a touch flattered, but already in a relationship. Er, sorry, but I already have a boyfriend.

Dude On The Street: Well, sorry I don't have white skin! Flounces.

Me: ...

Me: But I do actually have a boyfriend already!


What even, Dude. I wish I'd had a better comeback for you than the ridiculous impulse to assert the reality of the boyfriend I'd just come back from dropping off at his place. I wish I had Betan earrings so we both could have avoided that conversation in the first place.
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FYI: If very literal interpretations of the Garden of Eden/Original Sin are very important to you and your sense of being, probably don't read the following. If however you are open to "[religious text] may be more of an allegory than the literal truth", then maybe we can talk about some thoughts I just had while showering with intense PMS. Also be forewarned, most of my Biblical knowledge is based on several Children's Bibles, a sister who co-majored in Religion, religious friends, and stuff I picked up in history classes on the Protestant/Catholic split.

Herein be thoughts:

heresy: Original Sin does not hold up for me when I think about cat sex. Sorry. )

Alternate version which is very, very, very heretical:

heresy. you be warned. )

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Aug. 1st, 2015 03:02 am
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Went to get my hair fixed today. The updated cut looks much nicer than I had before, but it's still not what I wanted and in several aspects is the EXACT OPPOSITE of what I described and showed to the stylist.

More on that... )

Linkspam Does Health By the Numbers

Jul. 31st, 2015 12:19 pm
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John Timmer @ Ars Technica: Ebola vaccine trial in Guinea suggests it’s 100% effective
Today, The Lancet released the results of a large field trial of a vaccine against Ebola [...] The results were so good that the trial itself has been stopped, and the vaccine is now being used to control the spread of the disease.

Atul Gawande @ the New Yorker: The Score
The question facing obstetrics was this: Is medicine a craft or an industry?

Stephen Engelberg @ ProPublica: Editor’s Note: ‘Dr. Abscess’ and Why Surgeon Scorecard Matters
[Surgeon Scorecard] marks ProPublica’s first attempt to make data available about surgeons.

Jaime Lowe @ NYT Magazine: ‘I Don’t Believe in God, but I Believe in Lithium’
Scientists say it took three minutes following the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago, for the first three elements to emerge — helium, hydrogen and then trace amounts of lithium, atomic number 3.

Peter Watts @ Rifters: No Brainer.
Lewin’s paper reports that one out of ten hydrocephalus cases are so extreme that cerebrospinal fluid fills 95% of the cranium. Anyone whose brain fits into the remaining 5% should be nothing short of vegetative; yet apparently, fully half have IQs over 100.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Opa #quaxing time. #everydayonabike #gueststarringmyrockstarsisterinlaw

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Jul. 29th, 2015 05:33 pm
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Finally got around to reading the latest chapter of D.Gray-man, #219.


I enjoyed the chapter, but I kept thinking of the above Harry Potter film bit during A CERTAIN PART of this DGM chapter even though the roles don't match up and both parties were serious about it and it was a serious scene.

Regardless, very happy to have D.Gray-man back!

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I feel sorry for Windows 10. While you can't trust half the blather on Business Insider to be sane or accurate ever since Henry Blodget turned it from a personal blog into a content aggregator/news service of some sort, Steve Kovach, whomever he is, is right about Windows 10: it is Microsoft's greatest operating system, ever. While I formerly reserved that opinion for Windows 8.1 (the upgrade where they sort of restored the Start menu and otherwise made the OS not so ridiculously tablet-focused and unusable), Windows 10 for the desktop makes strides and improvements even upon 8.1 that finally make using a computer sort of fun and carefree - something we've all wanted since XP came out and gave us the wild hope hope that using a computer could finally bring us into an age of intelligent, hassle-free and enriching communication along with nearly effortless productivity.

Windows 10 is that almost flawless computing experience we've all dreamed of - if you're someone like me. The problem is, chances are you're not.

Microsoft is betting - quite publicly - that Windows 10 will see widespread adaption merely because it's their best operating system ever. They're placing that bet on the backs of people like me - Windows Insiders - by claiming that because over 5 million of us have given it a more or less unabashed thumbs-up, that adaption by the general public will be seamless, a guaranteed success. Bugger. I'll tell you the reasons why that's untrue. And if Microsoft is smart, they'll take notes on what I'm about to say.

People who use Windows 7 will not use Windows 10

Windows 7 users are mostly comprised of embittered Windows Vista users who finally got the chance to upgrade to a decent operating system that still offers more than XP does by installing Windows 7, on the one hand, and embittered Windows 8 users who didn't bother sticking around for Windows 8.1 before downgrading to a decent operating system that still offers more than XP does by installing Windows 7, on the other. The happiness of these people - to have dodged not one but two bullets simply by upgrading or downgrading to Windows 7 - cannot be overstated, nor can their near-certain stubborn refusal to try Windows 10 after what they've been through with Windows Vista and/or Windows 8. You will snatch Windows 7 from their cold, dead hands before they allow any upgrade to Windows 10 to happen.

Microsoft will have to do something to change the hearts and minds of Windows 7 users to make them not so afraid to try the latest and greatest operating system, and frankly, I have no idea what that is.

People who like - or who feel like they need to - use XP will not stop using XP

Try 250 million users, and I consider that an extremely conservative estimate considering China uses almost nothing except XP. In my own admittedly informal, just-knocking-around-the-house tests, Windows 8 and Windows 10 won't run as well on older hardware that's designed to work better with Windows XP. You'd think that with Microsoft's famed desire for interoperability and backward-compatibility that Windows 10 would run fast and flawlessly on almost any hardware, but that isn't the case. Users who upgrade only to realize they cannot install essential legacy drivers and that the systems they're running Windows 10 on will take noticeable performance hits will warn others in every way possible - face-to-face, in online forums, on social media, in tech shops - not to bother upgrading, which will be considered the final word on the matter, soon enough.

People who know their hardware runs fast and flawlessly on XP won't throw away their hardware simply to run Windows 10 when there are not enough compelling differences between the operating systems to make such a hardware upgrade worthwhile.

You can't compel people to buy new hardware for a voice-recognition system like Cortana that most everyday folks have no real use for. You can't sell them on backward-compatibility when even legacy video drivers won't work. People might not understand the benefits of upgrading to Windows 10, but they will quickly grasp the drawbacks: operating system slowdowns, bottlenecks and bugs, driver installs that bluescreen the computer (even I have this problem on a laptop that's designed to run Windows 7 - while running Build 10240, at least; the video driver I need bluescreens the laptop causing an eternal restart loop, so I'm using a fallback Microsoft video driver that delivers such shitty video that my screen turns white in places, especially text boxes I'm typing in, as to be unusable - ETA, 8-2-15: AMD has since come out with a new driver specific to Windows 10 which has resolved this issue for me).

People don't want forced updates, thank you.

This is the worst thing Microsoft did to people who don't happen to be Windows 10 Pro users: everyone else cannot turn updates off, which means that that video driver you've heard will completely bork your computer when it comes through on Windows Update? Will, merely because you cannot stop it from downloading and installing (as of this writing, there are ways to block or rollback select updates, but despite riotous blowback, there's been no lifting of the forced-updates requirement). I've heard forcing updates down every Windows 10 user's throat is to make our ecosystem more like Apple's, where something like 70-80% of Apple users run exactly the same OS in exactly the same update status. Well, *twirls finger* good for Apple users. Windows users are not on a closed, completely proprietary hardware/software system, and we're certainly not all running the same hardware, so forcing us to download and install the same software - driver updates, especially - will be the kiss of Windows Vista/Windows 8 Death, forcing many users back to the last version of Windows they had installed (chances are, Windows 7) sooner than Microsoft thinks. This might be the worst mistake Microsoft has made yet.

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Jess Zimmerman @ Hazlitt Magazine: A Midlife Crisis, By Any Other Name
Existential collapse is often treated as the domain of men coming face to face with their mortality. For me and other women, our crisis wasn’t how much life was left, but how much of it we gave away.

various @ MetaFilter: “Where’s My Cut?”: On Unpaid Emotional Labor (comments recommended)*
Housework is not work. Sex work is not work. Emotional work is not work. Why? Because they don’t take effort? No, because women are supposed to provide them uncompensated, out of the goodness of our hearts.
* For choice highlights, see quotes in comments at [ profile] siderea's post [feminism] This Changes Everything: the UEL Thread on Metafilter and [personal profile] kaberett's posts Excerpts: emotional labour and Another quick hit on emotional labour.

Oliver Sacks @ NYT: Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer & Oliver Sacks: My Periodic Table
I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight.

[personal profile] rydra_wong: "a bioarchaeology of care"
I feel like "compassion" might be the wrong word and framework here, though [...] We could, equally well, be looking at interdependence.

Book View Cafe: Guest Post: Nicola Griffith: Who Owns SF?
The big “What if…” in Hild is: What if women had always been real human beings, human in, of, and by themselves rather than in relation to men? What if, despite the stories we’ve been told—and ask yourself who told those stories—women have always found a way around their constraints, just as we do today?

[ profile] thefourthvine: Team Angry Cat
A lot of times, I don’t reach for support because I don’t expect it. I don’t talk about the random elevator dude type aggravations of life, because I assume there’s a good chance most people will side with the elevator dudes of the world. It’s worth it to find the places where that isn’t true. And it’s worth it to reach for support when I can.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost The last sticky sticky bun is MINE. (As is a chocolate egg cream. I am going to *weep* when they take it off the menu in five days, says the lady who's bought at least a dozen this month.)

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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Finishing off the day with fresh figs, ricotta, and honey.


Jul. 25th, 2015 11:48 pm
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Mmmeat.

Summer sunflowers.

Jul. 25th, 2015 04:02 pm
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