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Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 01:27 am
Few things make me question my commitment to pacifism faster than being serenaded at 1am by a neighborhood cat in heat.

At least I just solved a months-old DW support request mystery while lying awake in bed. So there's that.
Sunday, December 4th, 2016 12:07 am
The first weekend of December is always busy, but this one was busier than most. It started Friday night with a fun holiday symphony concert downtown with my mom. The second half of the program featured a live soundtrack performance accompanying the film The Snowman, which was amazing.

For the past three years, our church music director has asked us to perform for the holiday open house at a downtown landmark on the first Saturday, so our recorder consort dressed up and played carols for 45 minutes. Then we grabbed lunch and picked up the kids just in time for their weekend swim lesson, which was more exciting than usual because about 40 minutes into our hour, someone pulled the fire alarm and we had to evacuate the building.

After that, I got Robby to drop me off at H&P's house. Heather's birthday is in a few days and she decided she wanted to go see The Secret Life of Pets at the dollar theatre, so that's what we did. It wasn't a great movie, but it had its funny moments.

Since I needed a ride home, I ended up staying at H&P's house after the movie longer than I intended, and forgot to take an allergy pill today. Heather gave me a Zyrtec, so I'll probably sleep 12 hours tomorrow. But first, I have to get through a busy Advent service and yet another afternoon concert performance that we're usually asked to help out with on the first Sunday of December.
Friday, December 2nd, 2016 11:23 am
The downside of having a laptop with a 128GB SSD is that things can fill up quickly if I don't keep an eye on them. Earlier this week I installed Parallels Desktop, and the Ubuntu virtual machine I created took up 9GB of space, which put me dangerously close to the 90% threshold. So I did a disk space audit (using the nifty DaisyDisk).

I found the El Capitan upgrade installer that I cached before Mac OS Sierra was released, which took up 6GB. I moved that to a thumb drive. (Still running Yosemite, because if it ain't broke...)

I also discovered an 8.5GB cache of Apple Music files from streaming music. Deleting those got me back down to 76% disk usage.

Also taking up significant disk space but not deleted: my HD copy of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (6 GB) and my Steam copy of LEGO Marvel Superheroes (6 GB). Because what if I got stranded somewhere with only my laptop and no internet? :)

The other thing I thought about deleting but didn't was the which is almost 5GB. That will probably be the next thing to go if I start running out of space again, because realistically I'm probably never going to create a GUI app if I spend all my time on web apps and command-line scripts.
Friday, December 2nd, 2016 08:28 am
Now that the big DW maintenance event is over and I've gotten my first solid night's sleep in a week, I can start thinking about other things, such as: the holiday movie season!

I did pretty well in November, seeing 3/4 of the films I wanted to see that came out that month, but the next six weeks are going to be something of an avalanche, so I'm going to make a list here ordering them by release date and highlighting the ones I want to make sure I see in the theater, as opposed to waiting for the DVD release.

- Moana (out now) - getting great reviews, family friendly, but not a must-see.

- La La Land (12/9) - looks amazing and I love musicals, but not a must-see.

- Collateral Beauty (12/16) - love the actors and I cry every time I see the trailer, but not a must-see.

- ROGUE ONE (12/16) - I will see it at least twice in the theater because Star Wars. But probably not until 12/17, because 12/16 is our symphony chorus performance.

- Assassin's Creed (12/21) - I haven't played any of the games yet, but my friends want to see it and I will probably go along.

- The Space Between Us (12/21) - I've been seeing the previews for this for so long, I thought it was on DVD already, but I do want to catch it at some point.

- Sing (12/21) - this is a borderline must-see and probably will-see, because it is animated and includes singing.

- PASSENGERS (12/21) - Chris Pratt & Jen Lawrence in spaaaaaaace, hi have you met me?

- A Monster Calls (1/6) - I've been holding off reading the book because I want to see the movie unspoiled, but it looks like the sort of children's story I love. (See also Pete's Dragon & The BFG, from earlier this year.) And I know Patrick Ness is great, so I have high hopes.
Thursday, December 1st, 2016 10:35 am
So, here we are.

What magic have we wrought? What pain and suffering shall commence from the decisions made heretofore? We know not now but must instead rely on that most vainglorious of companions: the Future.

For what the Future holds she shall not say and instead shall reveal it in her own time.

Mercy go with us all.
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 10:35 pm
I made a pilgrimage to my semi-local independent bookstore today, since it's only a couple of blocks from where we're working this week. I had seen their staff post a picture on their Instagram account recently that included an intriguing-looking book called Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World by Rachel Ignotofsky. Happily they still had two copies in stock (we bought both). It's a slim, fabulously illustrated volume ideal for the coffee table of the feminist nerd in your life.

Two photos )

While continuing to browse, my attention was then caught by the title Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History. This one, by Sam Maggs with illustrations by Sophia Foster-Dimino, is also in a very casual, friendly format but features more in-depth biographical information and interviews. It's further divided into categories: (Women of) Science, Medicine, Espionage, Innovation, and Adventure.

Two photos )

If you are looking for holiday gift ideas, you may find that these make great gifts, or you may just want them for yourself!
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 07:34 pm
I'm really struggling to find any sort of equilibrium after the election results from a few weeks ago and I'm struggling to find a balance between staying informed and not living in a constant anxiety spiral (because every piece of news is worse...)

Anyway, the escape I found has been Superhero tv shows and Oh My God. Supergirl is my feminist happy place in so many ways - multiple women who have different goals and approach life different and are good at different things and each choice is acceptable? (it doesn't hurt that they talk about being "stronger together" and a female president). And then, because Netflix only had the first season, I switched to The Flash which is just as awesome.

But here's what I love - besides the superhero bit - both shows have women and characters of color (multiple!) who do a variety of jobs and are people. The Flash has a gay character who is There is no "the very special gay episode" - it's just people living their lives and accepting those around them for who they are. Given the toxicity in the real world now, it's such a breath of fresh air.
Sunday, November 27th, 2016 11:55 pm
Turkey Day went well, but I seem to have used up all my good mojo earlier in the week, because I came down with a cold on Friday and slept most of Saturday. The tragic fallout of a day spent with very small children. And to make matters worse, all my football teams lost on Saturday. (At least the Pats won today, but they weren't televised here.)

Good things to report: we finished cleaning out Connor's closet, the Christmas tree has been deployed and lit, and we played through most of the LEGO Dimensions Fantastic Beasts story pack.

Back to the grind tomorrow... although at least I have some special visitors to look forward to...
Friday, November 25th, 2016 06:48 pm
DONATE & FORWARD! 2 states are covered and they are partway on the 3rd. EVERYONE should care about this. Even trump said he didn't trust the system and wouldn't accept the results... until it worked in his favour. Americans deserve to know if anomolies in such a close election are just that, anomolies, or if the system is broken (hacked etc) and needs fixing. (IMHO every election that is close or goes unexpectedly should automatically trigger a recount in relevant states w/o having to sue for it.)

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