Sunday, April 26th, 2015 10:30 am
Up playing Ingress until 4 am, preventing a planned big blue field over my city, as part of a Germany-wide event.

But we did it, we had lots of fun and it was worth it.

Oh, and I reached level 15 last week!

Now back to cleaning the old flat so that we can hand over the keys and get the safety deposit back soon...
Saturday, April 25th, 2015 11:13 pm
First handbell concert went well (have another one tomorrow with slightly different personnel); had dinner out with friends more than once; saw Diana Krall in concert; saw the Tallis Scholars in concert; caught the latest special exhibit at the art museum which included several small works by Dutch masters; saw the movie Ex Machina; found out my OSB talk proposal was accepted. Any one of these by itself would be the highlight of a typical week.

Not all was good news: I have to get new tires for my car, hot on the heels of Robby's car getting new tires last month, which is pinching things a bit. Also our trusty old Subaru quit on Heather, and needs a good bit of work done. We'll manage, though.

On Thursday I'm going to Montgomery with Will's class to see the sights. I've never actually been before, so I'm looking forward to it.
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 11:43 am
Mwahaha, my pull request to enable HTTPS Everywhere on all DW subdomains has just been merged. They were super nice and quick about it.

(All the delay was on my part because I was travelling over the weekend so didn't submit the pull request until now).

Just need to figure out when it becomes publicly available and then maybe I can post over on [staff profile] fu :)
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 06:29 pm
I am looking forward to tomorrow and the rest of my holiday. :)
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 09:43 am
testing https everywhere...
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 02:49 pm
[Hi! Life has been busy. The new place is good and the new job is really good and I am fighting like hell against every single imposter syndrome demon popping into my brain to insist I will screw this up also. Anxiety can go jump into a very deep hole.]

1) I possibly spent March mainlining White Collar (all but the last season). For the most part, that was a lot of fun, especially when you could suspend your disbelief. By the later seasons they got really lazy about things like fingerprints, remembering Neil was wearing a tracking anklet with a 2 mile radius, and going very sideways of the law to catch criminals.

I also wish they'd made more use of their awesome cast of supporting characters, because Jones was amazing and I love Elizabeth and I would watch a show just about Diana forever. Instead it's the Neal, Peter and Mozzie show - which, I mean, is a lot of fun to watch and Neal makes for very nice eye candy, so I can't complain.

I do like that they stayed true to the core of who Neal is. In some ways he is Robin Hood-esque by stealing from the rich (if not necessarily giving to the poor). He definitely has a strong moral code and has no desire to hurt people but he also has no interest in operating within the laws/rules of society. It makes an interesting foil for Peter - essentially putting neutral good up against lawful good and seeing what happens.

2) Apparently I compensate for big moves by rewatching old tv. Last year it was SG-1. Now it's Sanctuary. I forgot how cheesy Will (and Will-vision) was at the beginning. I did not forget how awesome Helen is. Or how much I liked seeing the Helen-Ashley relationship (I still hate they ended that so soon) for the healthy, adult, mother-daughter dynamic you hardly ever see on tv. Also, so much <3 for Henry.
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 08:10 pm
I had my first piano lesson yesterday. It was a test lesson free of charge, and the bottom line is that I was pretty disappointed and won't be going back to that teacher.

The two main subjective things were that a) there was a major language barrier, and b) I would really like to play a mechanical piano during my lessons.

The teacher was nice enough, but struggling with German, especially when it came to explaining what I was supposed to do and that's just no good for me. The guy at the music shop said she was Chinese and I suspect she got at least some of her music education in the US, or lived there or something, because she kept falling back to English when she didn't know something. While I am fine with English I'd rather not deal with a communications barrier when I am already stressed out by learning something new. She was also talking quietly even when I indicated I couldn't understand her. Since I am deaf (or so close to it it doesn't really matter) in one ear that's also no good.

The piano part is maybe an odd preference, but they also had a Yamaha 535 there, the same model as mine. I'd really like to play a mechanical one, or at least a higher quality digital one, at lessons. Just so that I am exposed to something else.

It was also a generally strange lesson, much different from what I expected. I expected a lot of talking about what I want to learn and what I already know, so we could see whether the chemistry fit. Instead we talked for about two minutes and then she thought me how to read sheet music for a while, which I already know how to do (slowly, but I really don't need to be taught how long a half note is...) and then I was supposed to play stuff from the sheet. It made me feel like the lesson was designed to rush me to some kind of sense of achievement, playing something recognizable by myself. I'm sure that works for a lot of people, but it just makes me feel rushed. I mean, I am happily practicing scales at home and nerding around about music theory. I am not in this for the quick success.

But basically, I am just rationalizing that this is a bad fit. I managed to get over my people pleasing trait and rushed out after the lesson mumbling something about calling after I thought about it instead of letting myself be talked into signing up. Yay me.

So now I am back to trying to find someone to teach me and, in the meantime, teaching myself. Which means I just spent 40 happy minutes playing C, F and Bb major scales back and forth and then slowly reading and playing the first few notes of "Für Elise". Music is interesting :-)
Monday, April 20th, 2015 07:19 am
Via, hatman, are you still keen to meet up? My email adress should be visible on my profile if so.

Anyone else want to catch up while I'm there?
Saturday, April 18th, 2015 06:33 am

"When people ask me why I don’t like Autism Speaks, I explain their lack of focus on true advocacy for autistic people, the bulk of their funding does not go toward creating support systems and programs, and that their campaigns are dehumanizing and harm people on the spectrum....

Since the public isn’t typically familiar with all of their rhetoric, I decided to break it down here...."

Read the rest at:

"After reading this, tell me how I’m supposed to give my support to Autism Speaks."LAM on the LAM

Saturday, April 18th, 2015 05:56 am
"... You want it to be called differently-abled?

Go change the world so that our different sets of abilities really are just different sets and they don't get all kinds of discrimination for being unexpected or (supposedly) wrong sets.

Go make sure people don't think existence with my set of abilities is tragic and not worth living and that murdering people for being like me is seen as the murder and horror that it is, not as some sort of mercy killing.

Go make sure that the tools we need are in our possession.
Go get rid of the access barriers.
Make ableism stop being a thing, and we can talk..."

Saturday, April 18th, 2015 05:47 am
Jim Sinclair gave a presentation at the 1993 International Conference on Autism which turned into the essay "Don't Mourn for Us."

Many people consider that presentation and that essay the beginning of the modern autism rights movement.


Autism isn't something a person has, or a "shell" that a person is trapped inside. There's no normal child hidden behind the autism. Autism is a way of being. It is pervasive; it colors every experience, every sensation, perception, thought, emotion, and encounter, every aspect of existence. It is not possible to separate the autism from the person--and if it were possible, the person you'd have left would not be the same person you started with.

This is important, so take a moment to consider it: Autism is a way of being. It is not possible to separate the person from the autism.

Therefore, when parents say,

I wish my child did not have autism,
what they're really saying is,
I wish the autistic child I have did not exist, and I had a different (non-autistic) child instead.

Read that again.

This is what we hear when you mourn over our existence.

This is what we hear when you pray for a cure.

This is what we know, when you tell us of your fondest hopes and dreams for us: that your greatest wish is that one day we will cease to be, and strangers you can love will move in behind our faces.


The rest can be read at:
Saturday, April 18th, 2015 05:26 am

"I celebrate my Autistic, Disabled life.

It seems illogical, but it is not...

It is about assumptions, based on what is considered “normal”, how we are supposed to feel about things considered “difficult to live with”....  I do not celebrate that majority or their assumptions....

I celebrate MYSELF, my LIFE, and everything about me. I do celebrate being non-speaking because I believe I am a better me when I am really LISTENING and LEARNING. I celebrate being non-speaking because it is the only me I know, and because I can still “say” what I want to say, and fight for my rights, without oral speech...." 

- Amy Sequenzia  ~

Saturday, April 18th, 2015 08:24 am
* The electrician was there and checked the smoke detectors plus put our names on the bell
* The Telekom guy was there and now THERE IS INTERNET
* did the official address change - only about 20 more of those left to do
* I have booked piano lessons - I start on Monday
* also did piano practise - only learned a few triads and playing the C major scale with left and right hand separately, but that's good for a start
* the washing machine is finally set up, so the Mount Everest of laundry shrunk by one load
* The husband installed the lights on the ground floor

The one sadmaking point was unfortunately rather huge (flat tire) and cost a lot of time. But hey, so much happymaking now I list it!
Friday, April 17th, 2015 12:00 pm
Anyone on HabitRPG? I have decided to give it a try, mainly for piano practise and getting back into exercise. I am just rather stumped what to put into it. What do you track there?
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 06:25 pm
It's so pretty!

2 pictures, about 150KB )
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 09:14 am
There is, of course, still no internet at the new address. I have so far bought over 1 Gigabyte of mobile data supplementing my usual 3 Gigabytes a month. Yes, I am a heavy user...

Husband is now on the phone with the Telekom again.

Other than that, works are going slowly. Getting the old flat back into shape is a lot of work because we weren't too gentle with it. Three rooms need to be painted white and there's still a lot of stuff that needs to be disposed of in the attic.

At least I am now off work again until next Monday, so I can actually help.

ETA: a technical person will come by on Friday. At least that's something?
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 02:24 am
"As Rick Astley says, never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down. And Joshua is told that God will never leave nor forsake him..."

"As Haddaway says, what is love? Baby don't hurt me no more. But St John answers that perfect love casts out fear..."

"As A-Ha say, take on me, take me on. And likewise in today's reading we see Elijah taking on the priests of Baal..."

"As Sting says, I hope that someone gets my message in a bottle. But the letters of Paul were written to specific situations..."

"As Wham say, wake me up before you go-go. In Ephesians 5, Paul also exhorts sleepers to wake so Christ can shine on them..."

"As Chumbawamba say, I get knocked down, but I get up again. So also, our Lord's resurrection on that first Easter morning..."
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 02:40 pm
oh I see why HTTPS Everywhere is not triggering on DW. Somenoe's written a ruleset that disables it, probably because HTTPS didn't work before.

(But as far as I know, there shouldn't be anything breaking any more)

I cannot yet figure out how to get it updated though. Hmmm.
Monday, April 13th, 2015 07:55 am
There is still no internet. This is highly annoying.

I have to go to the second part of a class on project manage today and tomorrow. Last week, I thought I'd enjoy a break from all the work at home, but now I'd actually rather help the husband getting the old flat back into shape, or unpack some more boxes, or do laundry, or... It's just very inconvenient timing to be away for two days.