Quick update - safely in Vermont

Mar. 29th, 2015 04:29 pm
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My heart-sister in Virginia was amazingly sweet (though she will deny it to her dying breath) and loaded my car for me Saturday morning. It is packed to the brim, but we were able to fit almost everything in it. Three small boxes of clothes and shoes will need to be mailed. After the car was stuffed with things I pointed it north and started driving. Stopped overnight in Binghamton, NY at a decent hotel that even had a Japanese restaurant in house. So that was happy making. Had dinner, showered, and crashed early. Then got up, grabbed coffee and breakfast and got on the road. Had a lovely drive and am safely ensconced at my heart-sister's in Vermont. I am exhausted but happy. Tuesday evening I will go up and meet with the landlords to do a walk-through and get the keys. Wednesday I will move in. Internet is scheduled to be installed on Thursday. There is still loads to be done, but it is nice to be back in Vermont.

I will probably only be online in brief surges this week. Much love to everyone!
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The code block at fault is shown below this paragraph (and it could purely be bad coding that led to all the overrides - there are floats, absolute positioning is used on a link and there are all kinds of margins and padding). I'm not sure if I'm coding anything correctly, but my weird coding is mostly because the linkbar under each entry is two linkbars that I've jammed together. All DW styles have the misfortune of having two linkbars where we could get by with just one - one is for .entry-interaction (like sharing the post or leaving a comment on it) and one is for .entry-management (like editing a post's text or tags). The absolute positioning on the most errant link in question is, if I recall correctly, because I want to use border-radius on the reply count and it doesn't clear or position correctly without some pretty wonky code - which led to the reply count laying on top of the reply link in every browser except Firefox using just my original code - before I added in the following hacks.

/* original code */
.entry-readlink{position:absolute;} .entry-readlink a{float:none;vertical-align:top!important;padding:8px 12px;background:#555;font-size:95%;color:#fff;border-radius:50%;margin: 0 0 0 1.8em;}
/* because ms ie8/9/10/11/webkit desktop/phone will not parse a normal fucking margin: http://stackoverflow.com/a/22085269 - ie is flipping margin display with chrome/opera webkit and ie8/9 hacks will not work on dw */
.page-entry .entry-readlink a, .page-reply .entry-readlink a {margin:0 0 0 1.8em !important;} .entry-readlink a, .entry-readlink a {margin:0 0 0 5.3em !important;} @media screen and (-ms-high-contrast: active), (-ms-high-contrast: none) { .entry-readlink a {margin:0 0 0 1.8em!important;} }@media screen and (-ms-high-contrast: active), (-ms-high-contrast: none) { .page-entry .entry-readlink a,.page-reply .entry-readlink a {margin:0 0 0 5.3em!important;} }
/* revert fx back from universal hacks above */
@-moz-document url-prefix() { .entry-readlink a,.entry-readlink a {margin: 0 0 0 1.8em!important;} }

In order of arrangement:

The first hack is universal - for IE, Chrome, and Webkit on Opera - I don't even want to know how Presto renders reply count links now, but it never gave me trouble before I added absolute positioning, which I believe is what screwed everything up in all browsers but Firefox. This hack involves writing your property/value declarations normally but then adding a space before the ! in !important. Like the hacks that follow, it clears the reply count link.

The second and third hacks - @media screen and (-ms-high-contrast: active), (-ms-high-contrast: none) {} - in theory work only in IE 11 but in practice work in any version of IE that supports the IE Edge HTML declaration (which I was using long before DW adopted it last week) so that's 10, 11 and presumably (unless MS has changed shit around again) the upcoming 12 (and no, I haven't grabbed an IE 12 preview yet and don't even know if one's available). This is to reset the universal hack for IE Lt because the reply count link fails to clear on the .page-recent, .page-entry and .page-reply views in all Webkit browsers but only misses clearing on the .page-entry and .page-reply views in IE versions 8, 9, 10 and 11 (don't even ask me to discuss 7).

The final hack resets Firefox to my default CSS, since it always worked just fine in Firefox despite fucking up in every other browser.

Which sort of brings me to the reason I wrote this post: I have multiple hacks for every version of every browser in existence that I can safely use on Dreamwidth except for IE 8 and 9 (the space before ! hack works in these versions, but I had to reserve it for my Webkit issues, so I'm shit out of luck). The only other hacks those IE versions will recognize are forbidden by Dreamwidth: backslash hacks (your CSS will be completely stripped by DW's CSS cleaner) and conditional comments (you can safely add these to your s2 but DW's compiler will just blithely ignore them).

While I'd like to kill the absolute positioning that led to this mess I don't think I can without re-introducing whatever problem I was solving. And while I'm not exactly asking my reading list for CSS help (I'd just drag myself over to [community profile] style_system if I was really, uh, determined, but they tend to get all flinchy at even the merest mention of IE problems, which will keep them from actually helping me almost every time) if any of you can see where I could kill or edit any part of my original code to not need the hacks, I would truly appreciate it.

Kitchen Recipe Log: Moar Pizza

Mar. 29th, 2015 02:30 pm
jjhunter: Drawing of human J.J. in red and brown inks with steampunk goggle glasses (red J.J. inked)
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Same dough recipe as before, with repeat of the butternut squash pizza and two new pizza combos.

For one, we used a hummus base, and a lightly pickled apple cabbage slaw for the top. Last minute inclusion of half-baked beet slices into the slaw dyed the whole thing a very vivid purple-pink!

For the other, BBQ sauce-marinated tempeh, sauteed mushrooms, and caramelized onions on a tomato sauce base with heaping handfuls of arugula on top. (This turned out brilliantly; n.b. to self, repeat again!)


Speaking of tempeh, some further recipes to try: Hosta Hill > Collected Tempeh Recipes! or as the email from Red Fire put it... )

Poem: "March"

Mar. 29th, 2015 10:18 am
jjhunter: Sketch of stork + woman beneath the text "apparently doing an impression of a lame stork attempting a mating dance" (Lame Stork Mating Dance)
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With thanks to Ginsberg's America.

March you promised me spring and gave me snow.
March take your mud and give me April.
I'm ready to start biking again.
I don't want to bike I want to ride the train and read science in the dimness to and fro.
My bike needs repairs before I can ride it safely.
March when will my mind be repaired?
March when will sunlight be enough to center me?
I don't deserve the light leave me alone.
Bury the sun burn every emerging green tip stop hoping I will bloom again.
I want to bloom like blooming is going out of style.
I want bees to come crawl on my face and catch my wonder on their legs and carry it everywhere.
I won't be only human you can't make me.
I carry worlds in my guts.
I worry about my microbiome maybe I need a fecal transplant.
March is there something fetal in me?
March when will you kill my fetalness and make me a woman?
Let me stay still I can't move like this.
If I don't start moving I will be as good as dead.
March why are you so violent in your growth? )

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post-tags: instagram, crosspost The @AmherstCollege Glee Club, 2014-15.

Friday About Town

Mar. 27th, 2015 08:53 am
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Friday, every Friday, I invite you (yes, you!) to share with me key Dreamwidth posts from the last week. They can be one or more of your own posts, posts of others you'd recommend, interesting discussions, linkspams, tiny delights, whatever stands out to you from the last seven days that you'd like to highlight. Assume that I've been away and pining too true and catch me up on what matters to you.

Newcomers, lurkers and long-time commentators equally welcome. See also [community profile] followfriday.

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Mar. 26th, 2015 05:26 pm
jjhunter: Watercolor of daisy with blue dots zooming around it like Bohr model electrons (science flower)
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Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.


Signal-boosting much appreciated!
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost I missed #everydayonabike this bitterest winter. Still cold and rainy but hope for #30daysofbiking.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Weekend patriotism. #wheredoivotema #allpoliticsislocal
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost "What's fastest?" "Everything, it only takes 3 minutes." #evenatlunchrush #needmyricebowl
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost The husband ponders his sushirito. (Hamachi ssamjang temaki.)
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I have spent the last week and change attempting to compile a list of 20+ outdoor scents compiled by mine own nose. The spirit of the assignment requests sticking as close as possible to literal description of the component(s) of each smell articulated, with adjectives encouraged and importing 'unrelated' metaphor discouraged.

It's very disconcerting to realize what paucity of words I have to drawn on to try and describe what a bit of succulent moss growth tip smells like crushed between my fingers, or exactly what a piney bush needle smells in more detail than 'piney'.

Here's my list so far:
What smells have you smelled recently? Do you have any words you treasure for describing / evoking subtleties of scent?
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost The old cable box completely filled that shelf. The new one is smaller than our modem.
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Linkspam Sheds Light

Mar. 22nd, 2015 12:56 pm
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Ellie Dolgin @ Nature News Feature: The myopia boom
Short-sightedness is reaching epidemic proportions. Some scientists think they have found a reason why.

Ronald Wimberly @ The Nib: Lighten Up
Art is where associations are made. Art is where we form the narratives of our identity.

Shalini Saxena @ Ars Technica: New nonstop 3D printing process takes only minutes instead of hours
With a bit of UV and oxygen, solid objects emerge from a shallow liquid bath.

Jon Lackman @ WIRED Magazine: The New French Hacker-Artist Underground
Based on members’ interests, UX has developed a cellular structure, with subgroups specializing in cartography, infiltration, tunneling, masonry, internal communications, archiving, restoration, and cultural programming.

Neil Gaiman @ the Guardian: 'Terry Pratchett isn’t jolly. He’s angry'
Or to put it another way, anger is the engine that drives him, but it is the greatness of spirit that deploys that anger on the side of the angels, or better yet for all of us, the orangutans.
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The pond ice is curdled robin blue-gray and shining
waiting for some giant foot to come down
Monty Python-style through the woolen clouds
and stomp it cracking open
or perhaps a bird beak bigger
than two of the beached sailboat hulls
needs come battering up from beneath
to pierce the pond shell shattering open
and let the pond ness birdie be born

some knit between the wind and warming
pushes the ice creaking down for underwater to puddle through
and then pull back with the bobbing up, then bubble through
with coy rippling promises again, and dance back, breathing
in the distance two geese waddle deliberate stiff across
the ice to the one place where it has just started to retreat
honking like an old married couple
arrived a week too early for their usual room
insisting on their creature comforts.

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Little boxes on the hillside....

Mar. 21st, 2015 04:35 pm
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Or in the basement in today's case. I started packing in earnest today, with my focus being on books, dvds, cds and other media. My niece totally earned the $11 she was looking for by hauling said items downstairs to the basement for me (we live in a 3-story townhouse where the first floor is the garage and den, second floor is kitchen and living room, third floor is bedrooms). I figured since it was bitterly cold today I would do the packing in the garage, this way when I go to pack my car next weekend the boxes do not have to be hauled very far.

My preferred packing method is to sort by size and shape, then play packing tetris. I start with the biggest books then work my way down, trying to limit myself to one super heavy book per box of larger tomes/collections. I load them in so the bindings face up, and after a row is filled I fill in empty areas with smaller books, cds/dvds, and other odd ball items (card games, tarot decks, etc). I will pack/re-pack my household goods and decorative items in smaller spurts over the next week. My space saving method for fragile items is to use my clothes and linens rather than packing paper or bubble wrap. Tends to work well and makes it easier to fit everything in your car. I did buy some dish foam as that is really useful for layering between dishes and isn't quite as bulky as clothes.

Having moved repeatedly as an adult, often in situations where I had to fit everything in my car, I've winnowed down my collection of things. I bought ten small heavy-duty boxes and three medium heavy-duty boxes. I only needed six of the small boxes for media, which was nice. I'm beginning to think that I might really be able to fit everything into my car this time. Last move took two trips, but my Subaru should fit more than my Saturn did as the Subaru is a hatchback.

Despite that I always run into the "ah I have too much stuff" when I'm packing. Probably because packing takes up so many spoons. I'm definitely done with packing for the day. I foresee hot shower and an early bed time tonight.


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