Unshelved on Sunday, July 23, 2017

Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:00 am
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Unshelved comic strip for 7/23/2017

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This classic Unshelved strip originally appeared on April 10, 2006.

A new home

Jul. 22nd, 2017 06:01 pm
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Over the years, I’ve ended up with multiple “presences” online:

  • The original Coyote Tracks, hosted at Tumblr

  • “Coyote Prints,” an attempt at a writing news-ish weblog, generated with Jekyll

  • My Ranea.org website, made with a hacky homebrew static site generator

  • The occasional foray onto Medium


That’s not even inclusive of earlier attempts at this, like a LiveJournal and, before that, a very simple bloggy thing that worked by putting files with names like 1999-01-01-entry.txt in a specific directory that were picked up by a small PHP script. (That was back in the days when PHP was just used to embed bits of interactivity in HTML pages, just like that, which is something it’s pretty good at. I’m pretty sure I was doing that in early 1998, which by some measure might make me one of the earliest bloggers, or would if there had been just one damn person reading my home page.)


While this hodgepodge of bloglike objects had good intentions—separation of concerns, trying new platforms, keeping up with the cool kids—it’s become too unwieldy. The decision where to post is sometimes kind of arbitrary. Many of the people who read about my writing are interested in tech; while the reverse isn’t as true, I’d actually kinda like to expose some of my tech audience to my writing, especially stories that involve techy things.


A bigger concern, though, comes down to fully controlling my own content.


This isn’t a new concern; Marco Arment was writing about owning your identity back in 2011. Some blogging services let you bring your own domain—Tumblr does it for free, which is why you go to tracks.ranea.org instead of chipotle.tumblr.com—and others, like WordPress.com, let you do it for a modest charge. Medium makes it possible, but only for publications (and at a fairly high cost); many other services don’t offer this at all.


So: Welcome to coyotetracks.org.


But while owning your online identity is necessary, it’s not sufficient: you need to own your content, too. I don’t mean that in a legal sense—despite the headless chicken dance the internet goes through every time somebody changes their legal boilerplate, no reputable service ever has or ever will tried to steal your copyright. I mean it in an existential sense.


I still like Tumblr, despite its foibles, but as far as I know it was never profitable on its own, it was never profitable for Yahoo, and it’s on track to never be profitable for Verizon. As for Medium, I love what it’s trying to do, or maybe I love what it was trying to last business model and not so much now, or maybe vice-versa, or maybe it was three or four business models ago. What other businesses call pivots, Medium calls Tuesdays.


I’ll circle back to that, but the upshot is that I decided I needed a POSSE: “publish own site, syndicate everywhere.” (Look, I didn’t make it up.) And that brings me to…WordPress.


I’ll be blunt: I don’t like WordPress. Internally it’s a dumpster fire, full of arcanely formatted non-OO code, bloated HTML, and a theming engine designed by bipolar squirrels.


So I looked at other things. I know there are ways to make static site generators quasi-automatic, that Matt Gemmell swears it’s faster to blog from his iPad with Jekyll. I’ve done it, with a system not too dissimilar from the one he describes. It works, but I don’t love it. I’m comfortable at a shell prompt, but I don’t want it to be necessary for blogging, especially if I’m on an iPad. (I’m moving back to the Mac for portable writing, but that’s another post.)


I also looked at Ghost, which started with some fanfare a couple years ago as a modern take on WordPress that focused back on blogging essentials rather than shoehorning in a content management system. Now they’re a “professional publishing platform,” and all their messaging is we are not for you, casual blogger, pretty much the opposite of their original ideology.


But I can publish to WordPress right from Ulysses. Or MarsEdit. Or the WordPress web interface, desktop app, or iOS app. The WordPress API is, at least for me, a killer feature. And its ecosystem is unmatched: I have access to thousands of plugins, at least six of which are both worth using and actively maintained.


So: I’m still finding my way. I’ve added a cross-poster which can theoretically post everywhere I want, although I’m not sure if I’m going to use its Medium functionality—I want to be able to vet what it’s posting before it goes live there, so I’ll probably just use Medium’s post importer. And I don’t want to syndicate everything everywhere: I want to syndicate selectively. (This post probably won’t even go to Medium, for instance.)


The semi-ironic footnote: I don’t know if this is really going to make me post more, when all is said and done. I’ve always been guilty of being more interested in building things than running them. But we’ll see.

Activity, and the lack therof...

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:38 pm
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Wednesday evening's radio club committee meeting was about as interesting as you might expect, but at least it didn't last as long as usual. I was home very shortly after 10pm, and got an early night.

I was awake quite early on Thursday. The morning's Morse practice went a lot better than it's gone in quite a while. Only one word caused me trouble. However, after it was over, much of the rest of the day was a bit of a struggle, energy-wise. A bit of stuff got done, but much less than might have been.

I spent a little more time tidying on Friday, but again ran short of energy and motivation before I got very far. It's still at the "things get messier before they get tidier" stage.

In the evening, however, there was gaming. At young A's request we played 7 Wonders, and Phil won. It was a short enough game that I was home before 10:30pm.

It rained overnight, and it has also been raining randomly and heavily at intervals all day. I have done a bit more tidying. I've also spent a bit of time trying to catch SOTA activators on the radio, but HF conditions have been less than great. The estimated planetary Solar K index has hit 5 this afternoon, and there are no sunspots, so the SFI is down under 70. That adds up to poor propagation, which puts the generally low-power activators' signals down close to the noise floor at best. Even the stronger chaser signals have been lower than expected.

Edit 7 hours later: Well, quite a bit of stuff has found itself a home in the workshop or the boiler cupboard, and there's a lot less on the floor now. There's further to go, but much less far than there was this morning.

Tomorrow there's an NMC rehearsal.

Activity, and the lack therof...

Jul. 22nd, 2017 02:38 pm
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Wednesday evening's radio club committee meeting was about as interesting as you might expect, but at least it didn't last as long as usual. I was home very shortly after 10pm, and got an early night.

I was awake quite early on Thursday. The morning's Morse practice went a lot better than it's gone in quite a while. Only one word caused me trouble. However, after it was over, much of the rest of the day was a bit of a struggle, energy-wise. A bit of stuff got done, but much less than might have been.

I spent a little more time tidying on Friday, but again ran short of energy and motivation before I got very far. It's still at the "things get messier before they get tidier" stage.

In the evening, however, there was gaming. At young A's request we played 7 Wonders, and Phil won. It was a short enough game that I was home before 10:30pm.

It rained overnight, and it has also been raining randomly and heavily at intervals all day. I have done a bit more tidying. I've also spent a bit of time trying to catch SOTA activators on the radio, Radio conditions ruminations )

Edit 7 hours later: Well, quite a bit of stuff has found itself a home in the workshop or the boiler cupboard, and there's a lot less on the floor now. There's further to go, but much less far than there was this morning.

Tomorrow there's an NMC rehearsal.

The Invasion

Jul. 21st, 2017 05:15 pm
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As posted on Twitter... this is how it starts...




And this is where it ends!



Okay, seriously. This little guy was hanging off a window at work the other morning. I can't remember the last time I saw one of these bugs, but I do recall the first time I was aware of one; I was in first grade and someone, probably the teacher, had one in a jar and was telling us about them. Like walking sticks, these are such cool looking critters!

edit: I'm not impressed with the 'new' post editor. It didn't let me scale my first picture so I followed its link back to the regular post editor. In the regular editor things went awry, and I've had to remove the first picture and re-upload it. Curiously, both original pictures were considered 'public' but only the second one, the movie poster, was visible.
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It's Friday. July is flying by. We've had 34 consecutive days without rain, which isn't a record, but would surprise some people about Seattle. We have to go at least 18 more days before we'll tie the existing record. After the wettest winter in the recorded weather history, it would be appropriate if we broke the rainless summer record, too.

This week has been another of very long hours at work, so the links round-up may be small.

Anyway, here are the links I found interesting this week, sorted into categories.

Links of the Week



Creation and consumption.

Why every office should scrap its clean desk policy.

This Week in Economic News



The Cost of a Hot Economy in California: A Severe Housing Crisis.

This week in awful people



Fact Check: Does Oregon CPS "Err" On Believing Kids Who Allege Abuse?

Parents Who “Gifted” Underage Daughters to “Prophet of God” Will Go To Prison.

News for queers and our allies:



"American Gods" Super-Producer Bryan Fuller Reveals How TV Studios Kept De-Gaying His Characters.

Queer Geek News Roundup: July 16, 2017.

Bosom Friends: The Gay Anne of Green Gables Scandal.

5 Canadian Queer Beach Reads.

Science!



Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years.

Dinosaur that looked like a massive bird discovered in Canada.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!



One of the greatest science fiction magazines is now available for free online.

Sleeps With Monsters: Stop Erasing Women’s Presence in SFF .

Before 'Valerian,' 'The Fifth Element' Subverted Sci-Fi Movies.

This Week in History



Local Japanese Americans remember their imprisonment during WWII.

This Week in Tech



Apple previews new emoji coming later this year.

Apple’s risky balancing act with the next iPhone.

Culture war news:



Why I’m Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention .

Rev. Barber: An open letter to clergy who prayed with Donald Trump - The Scripture cautions us to lay hands on no man suddenly, lest we become a party to his sins.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:



The Late, Great Jimmy Breslin's columns on Donald Trump.

A breakdown of the latest New York Times Trump interview.

News about the Fascist Regime:



Pope’s Confidantes Pen Blistering Critique Of Steve Bannon’s View of Christianity.

Why did Don Jr.'s emails surface? Because Robert Mueller is already changing Washington's lying ways.

The GOP failure on health care is just a hint of what’s to come.

Vulnerable Republicans Just Showed Why Fighting For Trans Rights Is A Political Winner.

This week in Politics:



Colorado to require advanced post-election audits.

Why isn’t voter suppression considered political corruption?

Farewells:



Martin Landau Dead at 89: Oscar-Winning Actor in Ed Wood, Mission: Impossible.

George Romero, 'Night Of The Living Dead' Director, Dies At 77.

Things I wrote:



Being reactionary – bad rules and good expectations.

Definitions matter, except when they don’t — more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!



Christopher Marlowe was a Gay Atheist Spy (Yes, really.):



(If embedding doesn't work, click here.)

Caught On Video: Bison On The Loose In Gilford, New Hampshire:

Can't embed, so, click here.

Unshelved on Friday, July 21, 2017

Jul. 21st, 2017 12:00 am
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Unshelved comic strip for 7/21/2017

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I’m a word nerd, obviously, and there have been many times that I have based an argument upon the definition of a word. Sometimes, though, that is a disingenuous tactic—the person citing the definition is choosing one that sidesteps or distracts from the main issue at hand, rather than to engage in a genuine discussion. The argument becomes a matter of nitpicking and source citing and burying your opponent in a flurry of trivialities. It is a way to appear to win when all you’ve really done is, in essence, shouted the other person down...

(This post that actually about a sex scandal, abusers, and similar topics is at FontFolly.Net.)
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Posted by Sonious

The classic Nickelodeon slice-of-life cartoon of a wallaby and his friends returns in 2018 to Nickelodeon with an animated movie. This trailer debuted at the San Diego Comic-Con, and promises to bring the characters from the 1990s into the more modern modern era.

Animus 2017.

Jul. 20th, 2017 10:55 am
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Yes, it is tha ttime of the year when the Finnish furst get together and get totally smashed (not that kind of smashed, you perverts!) for a few days.

I am glad the drive is quite short from my current place of recidence which makes it a lot easier to make it there.

I am sharing a room with WolfBreath. He's a graymuzzle like me. He's okay, we have been had some interesting discussions over IRC, we'll just have to see what we can come up with in RL setting. Probably get hammered and pour our hearts out. Oh, well. I guess that is the risk I have to take. Been a year since I have been properly social.

Anyway, updates will follow... eventually.
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Posted by RingtailedFox

Sonic the Hedgehog #176 cover showing Sonic holding the torn flag of the Kingdom of Acorn As noted in January, Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog comics (including Sonic Universe and Overdrive) have been delayed for unspecified reasons, with suspicion falling on a renewed contract dispute with SEGA.

Today, the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account announced that SEGA of America were "parting ways" with Archie; promising that it was not "the end of Sonic in comics", but a "decision to take a different direction for the series that will be announced at a later date".

Not just fans, but current and former staff of the series were stunned by the news.

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They're All Over Planet Blue

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:51 am
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The poneighs, that is. They're on your piano, reading your books.

Grainbee2017

In this town, bereft of any eye-catching architecture or sculpture, there is this one piano in front of the library. Outside, studded with books. Inspired! Take a picture! Pianos outdoors is a thing.

It's the Ponies Around the World event time again. I was going to take a few ponies to work, to pose with a dinosaur, but, I was le tired. Just as well, llama guy popped up just after lunch with 23 bales of hay. Hay yes! I packed my loft to the rafters. Then I went to town.

So there you have it, there are still My Little Pony fans in Canterda and at least one in Grainbee, Kickbuck. Notice, we speak Fancy in Kickbuck. Oh la la! C'est magnifique!

My tweets

Jul. 19th, 2017 06:00 pm
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Posted by Vargr

  • Tue, 17:09: Oh man, we are getting some MAJOR rain at the area of Galley and Powers right now! Powers is flooding across the street. Traffic slowing.
  • Tue, 17:10: Powers has at least 4-6 inches of water across the street at Galley at the moment.

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