Tuesday Yardening

Feb. 21st, 2017 11:43 pm
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Today I put mulch around 7 more shrub seedlings.  That finishes the row along the road in the savanna, other than the Canadian hemlocks that died upon planting.  One thing I'd like to try this spring is planting potted ones if I can find some at a nursery. 

Done

Feb. 22nd, 2017 01:08 am
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* rang home
* booked some science festival stuff
* replied to futon person
* invited people round for letters
* wrote to a random assortment of Lords re the Article 50 bill
* assorted recycling sorting
* ordered vitamin D
* birthday invitation
* pancake stuff order
* posted info about writing to HoL

BSFA
* fixed error

Worldcon
* emailed tech re artshow
* emailed tech re ceiling hang
* emailed assorted volunteers
* small jobs to T
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Writing to peers is a bit of a faff. Well, the writing bit less so, working who to write to is the faff.

http://www.stilleu.uk/lobby-lords-brexit-bill/ is the best source of suggestions for what to write. It also has information on how to choose who to write to.

Write to a specific lord (search by name) here: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/peers/
Or use https://www.writetothem.com/lords to search by other factors - e.g. words they have mentioned in debate, or connections to a location. The other benefit of this is that you can check whether a given peer is someone who turns up to debates or not.
These both limit you to 6 emails a day (the rationale being that above that, messages will be dismissed as spam). Many peers use the general House of Commons email address and this is a convenient way to email them. The form will put in the correct form of address for you.

However, using https://www.theyworkforyou.com/peers/ you can look up email addresses, and if you find peers listing a different address, not just the HoL one, you can email them separately at that address.
http://www.parliament.uk/business/lords/whos-in-the-house-of-lords/how-to-address-a-lord/ for how to get the form of address right (NB that's Dear Lady Mobarik, frex, not Dear Lady Baroness Mobarik, not completely clear from that article).

In addition, the following are members of the government so subject to whip, and so may be less useful to write to:
Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Treasury), Baroness Williams of Trafford (HO), Baroness Joanna Shields (HO), Baroness Anelay of St Johns (FCO), Lord Keen of Elie (MoJ), Lord Nash (Education), Lord Bridges of Headley (ExEU), Lord Prior of Brampton (BIS), Lord O'Shaughnessy (Health), Lord Henley (DWP), Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Transport), Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (DCLG), Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, Lord Dunlop (Scotland), Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Biosecurity), Lord Bates (int dev), Lord Ashton of Hyde (cult), Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Earl of Courtown, Baroness Mobarik, Viscount Younger of Leckie, Lord Young of Cookham, Baroness Goldie, Baroness Buscombe, Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Lord O'Shaughnessy (all whips)

Other useful links:
https://www.crowdjustice.org/case/parliament-take-control/ "Case updates" has ideas and material they've sent to all the Lords and previous stuff they sent to MPs
https://www.bindmans.com/uploads/files/documents/UK_Parliament_EU_Citizenship_rights_booklet.pdf
http://www.crossbenchpeers.org.uk/interests.html
http://lordsoftheblog.net/
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Previously unread.

This is technically a novella. At least that's what the metadata says. It is eminently readable, no matter what category of "size of work" it happens to fall in. Not exactly sure what to say about it, but the term "slow bullet" is in many ways highly plot-relevant. And anything else would probably be spoilery.

Poem: "A Bicycle Built for Three"

Feb. 21st, 2017 02:31 pm
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This poem came out of the February 2017 Creative Jam. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] artsyhonker. It also fills the "Love Without Limits" square in my 2-1-17 Romantic card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I don't want my teenage children going to the marches and protests taking place in my city. These marches are for causes I support, like women's rights, the environment and raising the minimum wage. But these marches can get dangerous and almost always have a police presence. Also, I am not sure how much of a positive impact they end up having in the long run. How can I ensure that my teenagers are in school and not out on the street with signs? -- Skipping School, New York City

DEAR SKIPPING SCHOOL: I want to encourage you to rethink your position. The fact that your teenage children want to be involved in the political process and speak up about their thoughts is a good thing. It will encourage active participation in the voting process when they come of age. Of course you want them to be safe. A different approach might be to offer to go with them, letting them know that you want to protect them from harm. You can also give them instructions on how to be in a crowd, including not pushing their way into a crush of people where it can get dangerous, even when people are well meaning. You can find out from their school if any organized or chaperoned efforts are being considered as these protests pop up.

Reality says you may not be able to prevent them from going. What you want to avoid is having them lie to you. Then you really won’t be able to protect them. I recommend that you keep the dialogue open, talk about safety and possibly even become their chaperone.

Poem: "Marjorie's Baby"

Feb. 21st, 2017 01:22 pm
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This poem came out of the February 2017 Creative Jam. It fills the "WILD CARD: Family Love" square in my 2-1-17 Platonic card for the Valentines Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] artsyhonker. This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Read more... )

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Title:
Allow users to specify an account as a roleplaying account

Area:
accounts, statistics

Summary:
Allow users to specify an account for roleplay without affecting paid account services.

Description:
This is a suggestion mainly for statistical purposes! Dreamwidth has an active, sizable roleplaying community, a consequence of which is that there are a lot of "character accounts" scattered across the site. As someone who's very curious about DW's site statistics, I can't help but think that means there's a lot of essentially fictional data skewing things one way or another.

If possible, I'd like for roleplayers to be able to specify an account as being made for roleplay. It would have to be in a way that doesn't affect paid services, since some get paid/paid premium accounts and some don't. In addition to being able to choose it during account creation, there would also need to be an option for existing accounts to "switch over", since there are many, MANY existing character accounts.

Challenges involved: oh boy! I'm not at all familiar with site coding, especially Dreamwidth's, so I can't imagine how complicated this might be. I also don't know how many people would actually use this option, but I thought I'd throw this out there anyway.

Poll #18026 Allow users to specify an account as a roleplaying account
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 27


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Should be implemented as-is.
16 (59.3%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
1 (3.7%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
10 (37.0%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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[personal profile] toudaimori posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
(Read more...) functioning as the black triangle to the left of it

Area:
Cut

Summary:
Can we please have the (Read more...) link functioning as the cut-opening arrow, not as the direct link to the entry?

Description:
Right now, when you click the (Read more...) link, you are redirected to the whole entry with the comments. If you want to simply open the cut and read what's inside, remaining on the main page of the journal, you have to click the tiny black triangle to the left of (Read more...). Can we please ditch this black triangle, which is barely visible, and have the (Read more...) link functioning as one? As for the direct link to the whole entry, it can be moved to the header, which is currently plain text without any use.

Poll #18025 (Read more...) functioning as the black triangle to the left of it
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 26


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Should be implemented as-is.
4 (15.4%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
1 (3.8%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
17 (65.4%)

(I have no opinion)
3 (11.5%)

(Other: please comment)
1 (3.8%)

posting a comment

Jan. 5th, 2017 07:20 pm
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[personal profile] blackorange posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
posting a comment

Area:
comments

Summary:
is it possible to implement a worldwide hotkey ctrl+enter for posting a comment?

Description:
is it possible to implement a worldwide hotkey "ctrl+enter" for posting a comment?

Poll #18024 posting a comment
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 18


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Should be implemented as-is.
0 (0.0%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
1 (5.6%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
3 (16.7%)

(I have no opinion)
14 (77.8%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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Intriguing article in Sunday's Observer which tries to get beyond the knee-jerk shock horror that there has been a demand at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) for the philosophy course to be a bit less dead and white - Are Soas students right to ‘decolonise’ their minds from western philosophers? - even if 'male' still seems to be the default, except for passing mentions of Hannah Arendt, one of which alludes to her as one of several influenced by Heidegger.

And I am all for being less Eurocentric, or at least considering the ways in which its being the occupation of dead white elite males affected the development of philosophy as it is taught in Institutionz of Highah Learninz, and what counts as 'philosophy' -

But I think there are questions there are who does it and what counts as part of the tradition and the canon -

- matters that I have given some thought to in other realms of endeavour, and, of course, bearing in mind the Russ cases as shown forth in How to Suppress Women's Writing of how, if a woman does achieve something, it Doesn't Really Count and it is off in its own separate (and inferior) category.

And thinking of the tendency to the construction of patriarchal genealogies of [intellectual/cultural fields] leaving out those women who were there when it was new and uninstitutionalised (Patricia Fara also pointed out the importance of non-elite male artisans and craftsmen to the Great Men of Science Making Big Important Discoveries: which is not even massively Back Then, see 'Norman Heatley was done out of the Nobel' because he was the lab assistant).

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[personal profile] lassarina posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
System for Marking Entries to Read Later

Area:
Entries

Summary:
Similar to how AO3 allows you to bookmark fic to read later, it would be super convenient to be able to mark a DW entry on my reading page for later, especially if you often read Dreamwidth on mobile.

Description:
I try to read my reading page every day, but I don't always have time to read everything on it, especially when someone is doing heavy lifting for personal issues or has written a long, meaty entry I want time to digest, or hey look there's fic and I don't have time for it right this second but I really want to read it. I often read on mobile, and it's not really feasible to keep dozens of tabs open in mobile browser until I can come back to them. So, I'd love a way to store entries to read later that's separate from the memories feature (which in my mind is for stuff I've already read and want to remember.) I think this would make DW easier to use from mobile as well (oh look there's a post full of images, I don't want to look at that on a cell connection.)

Poll #18023 System for Marking Entries to Read Later
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 23


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Should be implemented as-is.
8 (34.8%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
5 (21.7%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
9 (39.1%)

(Other: please comment)
1 (4.3%)

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Title:
Fully threaded comment tracking emails using more than two References: headers

Area:
comment tracking emails

Summary:
Fully threaded mailreaders use the References: header in the email to build the tree structure of emails, expecting to find *all* direct ancestor messages' message-ids in the header. Currently comment notification emails only include up to two message-ids in the References: header -- one for the post, one for the top comment in the thread -- preventing the actual tree structure from being built by the mailreader. If all available parent-comment-of-parent-comment message IDs are included, a correct tree structure will be available in the mailreader.

Description:
I tracked a large comment meme and sent it to a fully threaded mailreader, only to find that the tree structure of the comments was not preserved. Threaded mailreaders use the References: header to build the tree, and all direct ancestor comments of the comment in question should be included. Currently in the email the only message-ids included in the References: header are for the post and the top-level comment. Result in the mailreader: chaos (due to the large size of the comment threads). Solution: include more references (all parent and parent-of-parent comments) in the References: header.

Poll #18022 Fully threaded comment tracking emails using more than two References: headers
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 17


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Should be implemented as-is.
3 (17.6%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
0 (0.0%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
14 (82.4%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

[personal profile] julysnowed posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Reconsidering the Ability to Delete All Entries/Comments Associated With an Account Upon Deletion

Area:
accounts, entries, comments

Summary:
With the dramatic increase in recent years in both online and real-world harassment, I would like to consider revisiting the 2010 suggestion to give users the option to delete all entries/comments associated with an account upon account deletion.

Description:
The last time this suggestion was raised was in 2010, and it was rejected then. However, I think it's long past time to revisit the possibility of being able to delete all entries and comments associated with an account upon account deletion.

There are a lot of reasons people delete accounts. Sometimes those reasons are just a lack of time or interest, and that's okay. But sometimes those reasons get a lot more serious. We over-share sometimes. The people we meet online become friends, and we get lax about sharing personal information that perhaps shouldn't be shared in public internet spaces. Most of the time that never becomes a problem--most of the people we meet online are great. But sometimes the people who have access to your entries/posts/comments aren't great, and that can have repercussions irl just as easily as it can have repercussions online. The last few years have seen a dramatic uptick in everything from revenge porn to death threats to hacked accounts, and while stalking and real-world harassment are rare, they happen, and they're happening with increasing frequency. They happen often enough that (as of the time of this writing) a tumblr post about tips for how to disappear from the internet has over 760,000 notes.

Right now, Dreamwidth allows its users to delete comments manually, and to see the last 100/150 comments posted on paid/premium accounts, but many of us have posted thousands of comments over several years, and trying to find every single comment and offhand remark ever posted is an endeavor that's anxiety-inducing at best and impossible at worst. Giving users an option to automatically delete every post/comment they've ever made, even those made on outside communities or journals, would alleviate that burden entirely.

The biggest concern with this suggestion-and the concern that I saw raised most often on the 2010 post--was that it would inevitably leave conversations broken. There are ways to mitigate that: a suggestion I saw raised in the 2010 post was to add an "orphan all comments" feature in addition to a "delete all comments" feature. AO3 currently has a popular analogous option for those who want to remove their association with their fanworks without deleting them entirely. A quick review of several LiveJournal posts will also show that broken threads are in the minority, so we may not have to worry about that too much. Even if they weren't in the minority, though, it would still be a necessary evil; our conversations are important, but I don't feel that they should be more important than the safety of our users.

Poll #18021 Reconsidering the Ability to Delete All Entries/Comments Associated With an Account Upon Deletion
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 28


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Should be implemented as-is.
7 (25.0%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
8 (28.6%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
7 (25.0%)

(I have no opinion)
6 (21.4%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

Icon Downloads

Apr. 15th, 2016 11:36 pm
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[personal profile] naughty_or_ice posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Icon Downloads

Area:
icons

Summary:
Ability to download all current icons on your journal (active or inactive).

Description:
I know that I'm not the only one that sometimes looks at their long list of icons after some kind of computer failure, and wants to back them up on the new machine. Or maybe they were linked by a url and you forgot to save them. Maybe you stopped having a paid account, but want to be able to reupload them with ease after you get a chance to pay for the account again (Submitting another suggestion on this topic as well).

I think it would be very helpful if there were some option that would let you batch save the image files currently on your account, preferably with the keyword or description as the name. Compression has improved and should allow users to download a backup of their icons in a zip file they can unpack on their computer.

In addition and/or alternatively, perhaps there is some way to make a metadata file that would take less room than the icons, but contain the information about them and their keywords and descriptions, or a file that can be added to the zip folder that contains this information to make the re-upload of icons easier.

Poll #18020 Icon Downloads
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 23


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Should be implemented as-is.
15 (65.2%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
0 (0.0%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
8 (34.8%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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The Book-dragon does not hoard gold, but rather books.

They're rare, because the egg has to be incubated for a period of years, but as soon as it hatches, the larva needs access to books. This means the egg basically needs to be in a display case in a library, or in a museum that also has a book collection. Preferably in one with a dome on top, for some reason.

In the larval stage, it resembles a cranky librarian.

Over time, it gets scalier and crustier, and it develops a long tail, in which it wraps itself whilst thinking about books.

There was one at the Bodleian, at the Radcliffe Camera, whose name was "Yiddish," and it would sit on the desk, wrap itself in its tail, flash all its teeth at people, and then give advice. That was quite a young specimen. They get larger as they grow older, and more territorial.

Copyright libraries are examples of successful book-dragon hoarding. Under the copyright library, in the long-term stacks, the mature of the species is to be found, among enormous quantities of books that will never be read. The portion of the holdings accessible to readers is the bit the dragon puts out for bait; a successful library is able to build extensive collections.

The Vatican Library has a particularly old-established dragon with the most varied and valuable hoard in the world. This may be the alpha dragon of the species.

Sometimes the dragons get vicious. The Library of Alexandria had to be burned because the dragon whose hoard it was had gone bad, and there was no other way to contain the damage. The library of the Jewish Theological Seminary is ostensibly being torn down and replaced because of Manhattan real estate, but it's actually because they suspect a feral dragon, and the damage is less if you catch them early.

Piano

Feb. 21st, 2017 10:34 am
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[personal profile] wildeabandon
I’ve been learning the piano again, and it’s giving me a great deal of pleasure. I learned for a few years as a child, but gave up when it started getting difficult, and in the last five years or so I’ve periodically gone “I should learn to play again”, made enthusiastic attempts for a couple of weeks, and then gotten bored. About a year ago, when we were preparing for a couple of singthroughs at Ardgour-en-France, I volunteered to do the easy piano version accompaniment for a couple of the songs. It took a ridiculous amount of time to get these really quite simple pieces to a non-terrible standard, but it got me back into the habit of playing regularly again, and I’ve carried on ever since.

When I moved out to Northampton I had quite a lot of time to myself, so after a little while decided to treat myself to a cheap spare piano out here, and since then I’ve been playing a lot more, and recently started taking lessons again. I’m not someone who’s naturally musically talented, but it turns out that actually practicing a reasonable amount means you get better at a reasonable rate. Who knew? I’m preparing for my grade 5 now, and having a lot of fun with the pieces (not so much fun with the scales, of which there are many, but I do seem to find it easier to be disciplined about them than I did as a youngster).

An exciting new migraine symptom

Feb. 21st, 2017 10:23 am
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[personal profile] rmc28
I've been having more flashing-light / visual obstruction migraine auras in the last few months.  Yesterday evening I had the fingers of my right hand go temporarily numb!  Fellow migraineurs, is this a known thing?

It was about 90 minutes after I'd first seen visual disturbances. I'd taken my drugs, waited for them to work, reached the point where I couldn't see my desktop properly so left work a bit early; collected the children; made them some food so I could crash if/when the headache got really bad.  I was in the middle of making myself some food when numbness started up in my right thumb.  It  moved slowly across the hand - maybe 5-10 minutes to move completely across.  By the time the fourth finger was solidly numb, the thumb wasn't any more.  My impression is the progression was similar in speed to the way flashing lights move across my field of vision from the left side to the right, and I gather that is something to do with the neurochemical cascade of the migraine travelling across the brain.  So maybe this was too.

(My sumatriptan has been working approx 4-5 times out of 6 if I take it as soon as I notice visual disturbance.  Yesterday was one of the times it didn't. I briefly tried getting up this morning; Tony got up to do the school run assuming I wouldn't be fit to go anywhere and he turned out to be right.)

worklog: blogging

Feb. 20th, 2017 11:26 pm
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Made a blog post that is both a quotidian update of the week, and delves into my feelings aorund #1daywithoutus a bit.

Very tired now.

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