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Aug. 26th, 2014 08:44 pm
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kaberett: ... chris
kaberett: chris I have broken everything enough
kaberett: that alt+ctrl+f2
kaberett: doesn't give me a terminal
kaberett: please tell me you're impressed
Chris: ...
Chris: *how.*
Chris: this is the machine you just reinstalled, right?
kaberett: no this is the desktop
Chris: oh ok
kaberett: chris
Chris: so I mean it's possible that xorg.conf contains DontVTSwitch I guess?
kaberett: how did I do this
kaberett: it didn't ought to
kaberett: how do I fix the thing
kaberett: sorry the clarifying point
kaberett: is that it's failing to load the graphical desktop either
kaberett: which is why I'm even trying
kaberett: :-p
Chris: ah
Chris: ..
kaberett: I AM GLAD YOU'RE IMPRESSED
Chris: but I mean, is it showing you some empty/faulty graphical screen which you then can't switch away from, or..?
kaberett: black featureless screen of d00m
Chris: (or something text based I mean)
kaberett: it briefly shows me a text-based login prompt
kaberett: which gets REPLACED
kaberett: by the BLACK FEATURELESS SCREEN
kaberett: never to be seen again
Chris: ...
kaberett: ... there's the additional special
kaberett: (yes there's more)
Chris: those sure are some impressive sharks you've got there.
kaberett: (do you actually want to hear it)
Chris: yes
kaberett: okay so
kaberett: I was fucking around with installing some more xserver-xorg packages
kaberett: on the grounds that the internet suggested that was a reasonable fix for the issue I'm having -- ... was having? -- with saving xorg.conf
kaberett: and nothing obviously broke
kaberett: ... until I went away to the kitchen
kaberett: ... and came back after the screens had gone to sleep
kaberett: ... whereupon um
kaberett: ... they wouldn't wake up again?
kaberett: I got a brief flash of background+mousecursor every time I hit space or moved the mouse enough to trigger
kaberett: ... you're proud
Chris: wtf.
Chris: *applause*
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[livejournal.com profile] djinni is hosting another Icon Day! Submit your request before this Friday, 8/29, to receive a free icon, and throw in a tip if you'd like it in full color.
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Via dcist.com, Smithsonian Seeking Volunteers To Help With Massive Digitization Project
According to the Smithsonian, their "collection is so vast that transcribing its content using its own staff could take decades." [...] The site is now live for volunteers to sign up and help out with transcriptions. History nerds, this is for you.

James Somers @ the jsomers.net blog: You’re probably using the wrong dictionary
A book where you can enter “sport” and end up with “a diversion of the field” — this is in fact the opposite of what I’d known a dictionary to be. This is a book that transmutes plain words into language that’s finer and more vivid and sometimes more rare. [...]

I don’t want you to conclude that it’s just a matter of aesthetics. Yes, Webster’s definitions are prettier. But they are also better. In fact they’re so much better that to use another dictionary is to keep yourself forever at arm’s length from the actual language.

The Temeraire/Korra crossover

Aug. 25th, 2014 02:41 pm
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in which Ikki and Iskierka are besties 5eva.

so, uh

Aug. 25th, 2014 02:29 am
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I wanted some sufficiently-subtle-as-to-be-wearable iron Because Reasons and look what eBay waved at me.

also, thank you all so much for the comments on the DLA post -- is v much appreciated <3

Quote for the Day With Bonus Meta

Aug. 24th, 2014 09:08 pm
jjhunter: Drawing of human J.J. in red and brown inks with steampunk goggle glasses (red J.J. inked)
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Originally posted over on tumblr in response to the following Jay Smooth quote.
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From Jay Smooth's TED speech “how I learned to stop worrying and love discussing race”:
“In general, I think we need to move away from the premise that being a good person is a fixed immutable characteristic and shift towards seeing being good as a practice. And it is a practice that we carry out by engaging with our imperfections. We need to shift towards thinking that being a good person is like being a clean person. Being a clean person is something you maintain and work on every day.We don’t assume ‘I am a clean person therefore I don’t need to brush my teeth.’ When someone suggests to us that we have something stuck in our teeth we don’t say to them ‘What do you mean I have something stuck in my teeth—but I’m a clean person?!’”

I would also apply this to groups and institutions — we need to move away from thinking that so-and-so group or convention or town or country is immutably good / responsible / just / etc. and shift towards such ideals being not characteristics cemented by history or architecture but cultural practices that can be nurtured or discouraged by the everyday patterns of the people who compose those groups and institutions.

todo/tada

Aug. 24th, 2014 04:21 pm
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todo )

tada )
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Nothing much to report this week. I was slowly getting into a writing groove, but then I came down with a cold on Thursday evening. I slept twelve hours that night, took a two-hour nap Friday afternoon, slept eleven hours last night, and took another one-hour nap this afternoon, and have generally been drinking lots of fluids and making sure to get in my daily walk (because exercise and fresh air and routines are all healthy), and I think I am past the worst of it. But I'm going to bed by midnight again tonight, because there is no sense in pushing things.

Stupid rhino-viruses. Stupid body always acting like colds are really the flu.

Blargh.

\o/

Aug. 23rd, 2014 01:42 pm
kaberett: A drawing of a black woman holding her right hand, minus a ring finger, in front of her face. "Oh, that. I cut it  off." (molly - cut it off)
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DLA has come through :-) Still middle/lower, but I'm now good until 2016 so I'll take it. SUDDENLY, LESS STRESS.

[poem] (This is a) Love Song

Aug. 23rd, 2014 01:05 am
kaberett: curled decorative end of curtain rail casts a heart-shaped shadow on a wall (heartfruit)
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If the highest calling is utility
then show me I am useful
by using me.

Make of me a book,
vellum of my skin,
a vessel for your stories and your selves.

(art is good if it arises from necessity
ein Kunstwerk ist gut, wenn es aus Notwendigkeit entstand
I am good if I am necessary--
or at least I am sufficient)

(fill me with your breath your hope
your need
your dreams of being as sufficient
as beautiful as necessary as all
that we must be)

(o please gift me belief)

LonCon panel notes: What's in a name?

Aug. 21st, 2014 10:30 pm
kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
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Brief - hands didn't like me much!

Aaaand that's me done, because I'm not posting my notes for What is I?, because I gave up in disgust and left early it was so bad.

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This was great, but again my laptop ran out of battery power partway through. The thing that really got to me about LonCon in contrast with OSBridge (... aside from the bit where OSBridge was actually better at inclusivity, by and large) was that unlike OSBridge LonCon3 didn't have extension cables everywhere so people could charge during talks.

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kaberett: A drawing of a black woman holding her right hand, minus a ring finger, in front of her face. "Oh, that. I cut it  off." (molly - cut it off)
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This is one where I got bored of everyone being white dudes and rapidly stopped typing.

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Tech Question for the Audience

Aug. 21st, 2014 10:40 am
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My team is investigating switching our publishing from Adobe InDesign CS6 to InDesign Creative Cloud, since we can get institutional access to the latter at no extra cost, and it would allow more than two of us access to InDesign editing at any given time.

I have...reservations about this, but still need to see if it's practicable given my own impending switch from full- to part-time availability. Anyway, casual google fu is failing to turn up useful answers at the moment, so I'd be much obliged for any help any of you can provide re: finding answers for the following: Read more... )
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I skipped transcribing most of Ellen Kushner's contributions because, right, it got to the point where she said a thing and I growled so loudly about the racism that everyone sitting near me collapsed in giggles. Also, if you've caught me complaining about the guy who described himself as a "straight white male" and "the prototypical reader"? Yeah, that was this one. However, if you ignore whitey it was a proper fantastic panel.

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