Central Jersey, Anne Arundel County

Mar. 27th, 2017 01:07 pm
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On Saturday, I went to the "Plainsboro Preserve 2017 Geotrail Launch" geocaching event in (where else?) Plainsboro Preserve. The event itself was in the nature center building, where there was an European Starling that perched by the heat lamp for a while before taking a bird bath. I didn't stay for the geotrail caches since I had other caches to go for in Rocky Hill, Montgomery, Belle Mead, and Somerville. Followed those with a Munzee grab around the Bridgewater Commons Mall before dinner.

Sunday's trip was more Munzee-focused because the main goal was to capture more than 1000 of those in Sandy Point State Park on the Chesapeake Bay. However, it turned out that there were a lot of geocaches as well in the Glen Burnie area on the B&A Trail and around the shopping centers along Gov Ritchie Highway. After that I hit the Munzee gardens at Arundel Mills Mall. There were two of those, one that looked like a Christmas tree and one that was in the shape of a giant Munzee pin. (I think) I also visited the top of the casino parking garage, although the only thing the view from there showed was how difficult it was to find a parking space.

The caches... )

Unshelved on Monday, March 27, 2017

Mar. 27th, 2017 12:00 am
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Posted by Bill Barnes

Discover 5 WORLDS, a magical new graphic novel series filled with adventure and mystery.



Unshelved comic strip for 3/27/2017

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Not in A Good Place

Mar. 26th, 2017 07:32 pm
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Between Trump's... "win", Quasi's death, work stress, the willpower needed to be aware of and keep track of everything the Republicans are trying to do to fuck this country over, unseasonable weather, my grandmother's multiple encounters with cancer since November, lack of quality social time, other work stress, and now the passing of [livejournal.com profile] takaza, I could be somewhere much better mentally than I am.

It takes so much to keep fighting, and there are people who face this kind of fight every day when the world doesn't seem to be falling apart around them. Please let me be as strong as them.

It's official

Mar. 26th, 2017 04:04 pm
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OK, we added another gig for the ThingamaJig at local fiberfest. Have to get business cards and website up and running.

I finished up a design for the card yesterday, we printed some and they look good enough. Here's the front side of the card.



Back side has personnel and additional contact info on it, summed up on the temporary page I put up here.

[Late addition: Gary has now added a link on the website page above to our actual calendar of events, which has started to fill up nicely enough.]

In other news, late winter seems to be fading into full-fledged summer, with one day in the 80s already this week. No more snow, but rain and fog are intermingled with warm and sunny.

Neighbors' chickens are scratching up my garden beds and generally making a mess. Their German shepherd was over here this morning digging a hole under the corner of the arena. Same people who in the past have visited two very large hogs on us (two different occasions) and a horse once, and a rabbit that kept escaping and coming over to hide in my barn. Their geese used to hang around here squawking and following Gary about, too. They seem to feel no sense of responsibility for any of this.

In spite of all of this, I feel I'm finally getting the hang of being "retired" and not having to do stuff. Except of course for all the stuff I have to do. ;p

Unshelved on Sunday, March 26, 2017

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Unshelved comic strip for 3/26/2017

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Mar. 25th, 2017 07:46 pm
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I just realized that over the last 20 years, we moved from computer viruses having their own kind of awesome names, to computer software vulnerabilities getting the same kind of name (Mydoom vs. Heartbleed, Iloveyou vs. Rowhammer, etc.) and that's a pretty cool upgrade since now these things are getting taken seriously before the damage is truly catastrophic.

Unshelved on Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mar. 25th, 2017 12:00 am
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Unshelved comic strip for 3/25/2017

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Late Again...

Mar. 25th, 2017 12:07 am
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Thursday evening was a pleasant (and this week, rare) evening at home.

Today (Friday) I have been getting a few things ready for the weekend. About mid-day the doorbell rang, and a small package was delivered. It could have been one of two things, both radio related. It turned out to be the Arduino kit I'd ordered on Wednesday after Tuesday evening's talk at the radio club. I spent a little time playing with it. I then went to the shops. The weather was fine, but the breeze was a bit chilly. This evening I went over to Gravesend for gaming. We spent a while chatting, and then played a quick game of Red Empire, which I won almost entirely because I got the "KGB exposes Party corruption" card, and rolled a lot of fives and sixes. I came home fairly early in order to finish preparing, and got slightly distracted by Duolingo.

Oh well, it's not much past midnight...

Late Again...

Mar. 25th, 2017 12:06 am
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Thursday evening was a pleasant (and this week, rare) evening at home.

Today (Friday) I have been getting a few things ready for the weekend. About mid-day the doorbell rang, and a small package was delivered. It could have been one of two things, both radio related. It turned out to be the Arduino kit I'd ordered on Wednesday after Tuesday evening's talk at the radio club. I spent a little time playing with it. I then went to the shops. The weather was fine, but the breeze was a bit chilly. This evening I went over to Gravesend for gaming. We spent a while chatting, and then played a quick game of Red Empire, which I won almost entirely because I got the "KGB exposes Party corruption" card, and rolled a lot of fives and sixes. I came home fairly early in order to finish preparing, and got slightly distracted by Duolingo.

Oh well, it's not much past midnight...

Friday Links (fair share edition)

Mar. 24th, 2017 03:11 am
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It's Friday! We're four weeks into March already. I find myself a bit cranky at the end of the week. My husband's surgery went well last week and he seems to be recovering well, but I'm just tried and really would like a long nap.

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

Links of the Week


fascists ruin everything (volume 2).

‘Special Snowflake’ My Ass: Why Identity Labels Matter.

Michigan man - still very much alive - publishes his own obituary.

A Comic About Granny the Orca.

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity


PSA: DON’T THROW AWAY YOUR OLD CLOTHES (EVEN IF THEY’RE PRETTY HAGGARD).

Threadcycle: Where to give.

Four-year-old treks miles of wolf-packed snowfield to save grandma.

Colin Kaepernick makes another $50,000 donation, this time to Meals on Wheels .

This Week in Difficult to Classify


'Missing Richard Simmons' And The Nature Of Being Known. "... speaking metaphorically, not every expression of gratitude arrives on paper, which you can keep with you, pinned to your life indefinitely. Some thank-you's arrive written on rocks, and if you feel obligated to carry all of those rocks everywhere you go for the rest of your life, if you can't learn to look at them, be grateful for them, and set them down, even they become a lot to carry."

The Problematic Run And Odd, Apologetic Conclusion Of The Hit Podcast ‘Missing Richard Simmons’.

Far-Fetched As They Might Seem, Secession Movements Are Thriving In The NW.

This week in awful news


Gutting the Meals on Wheels program would devastate millions, including 500,000 vets who rely on it.

This week in awful people


Texas Teacher Arrested for Improper Relationship with Student Smiles For Mugshot.

This week in awful people who only have themselves to blame


Meet the Trump voters who want more government health care, not less.

News for queers and our allies:


When We Rise Is a Mess. But Maybe It’s the Mess We Need?

‘Billions’ Star Tells Ellen What It Means To Identify As Gender Non-Binary.

Science!


The First Spacewalker Cheated Death And Crash-Landed In a Forest Full of Wolves.

Humans may have turned the Sahara from a thriving ecosystem into a barren desert.

A tissue-box-size lab is circling the Earth conducting tiny experimentv.

Physicists Have Created a Tape That Is 100 Times More Conductive Than Copper.

Portions of Earth's earliest crust found in Canada.

HOW REDHEADS ENDED UP WITH RED HAIR.

Thousands of worlds may lurk beyond Pluto — and a stunning new animation shows the ones we've found.

Astronomers Spot A Dark Radio 'Hole' Around A Distant Galaxy Cluster.

Stunning 700-year-old giant cave used by Knights Templar found behind a rabbit hole in the British countryside.

This Black Hole Ripped Up a Star Then Pummelled It With Its Own Remains.

Trump just signed a law that maps out NASA's long-term future — but a critical element is missing.

When helium behaves like a black hole.

Boston Students Get A Glimpse Of A Whole New World, With Different Maps.

Large Hadron Collider discovers five hidden subatomic particles.

99-million-year-old mushrooms found perfectly preserved in Burmese amber.

World’s oldest fossil plants could rewrite life's early history.

How Dung Beetles Are Illuminating Our Understanding of Gender.

Mars May Once Have Had Rings, And It Will Again ... Eventually.

Mexico-sized algae bloom in the Arabian Sea connected to climate change.

Is Anyone Going to Save the Endangered Killer Whales in Puget Sound Before It's Too Late?

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!


Author Ahmed Khaled Towfik on the Outlook for Arabic Sci-Fi.

John Barrowman's massive garage sale is PACKED with Doctor Who items.

Renewal – QSF’s 2017 Flash Fiction Contest.

Of course the old trope that technology that is sufficiently advanced starts to look like magic is where Star Wars gets confused.

'Power Rangers' Breaks Ground With First Queer Big-Screen Superhero.

This week in Words


Marginalia: When you’re intrigued but simultaneously despise it.

This week in Health


Massive Movement Launched to Strip Congress of Their Healthcare, Over 400,000 Join.

G.O.P.’s Health Care Tightrope Winds Through the Blue-Collar Midwest.

Paul Ryan says he fantasized about cutting health care for the poor at his college kegger.

This Week in Inclusion


23 LGBTQ Books With A POC Protagonist, Because It's Time To Diversify Your Reading List.

Culture war news:


YouTube Blocks LGBTQ Videos Under Restricted Mode.

A Major New Study Shows That Political Polarization Is Mainly A Right-Wing Phenomenon. Yes. Stop saying that both sides are the same. We aren't!

Hate group: Pro-lgbtq ordinances means automatic anti-religious discrimination.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:


Petulant man-child Trump refuses to shake German Chancellor Merkel's hand.

Trump’s budget betrays the voters who elected him.

Trump's travel and security estimated to cost half a billion dollars for 1 term.

Trump’s Approval Rating Hits New Record Low.

56 days into his presidency, Trump's approval rating sank to 13 points above Nixon's nadir.

How Trump transformed the religious right into lapdogs of the alt-right' & other Tue. midday news briefs.

Trump Russia Dossier Decoded: Yes, There Really Was A Massive Oil Deal (UPDATED).

News about the Fascist Regime:


White House Official May Have Violated Campaign Finance Laws.

North Korean soldiers had better access to Tillerson than every U.S. media outlet except Fox News.

Report confirms Fox News’ Napolitano got his British Intelligence conspiracy theory from Russian state media.

This week in Politics:


Forgery and voter fraud charges filed against the former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.

Republicans delay vote on 'Trumpcare' after struggling to reach an agreement on the bill.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables


Did Gorka Really Wear A Medal Linked To Nazi Ally To Trump Inaugural Ball?

Anti-immigrant ringleader sad his hate group has been labeled a 'hate group' by SPLC.

Man Arrested For Deadly Midtown Stabbing Reportedly Came To NYC To Kill Black People. A white man who subscribes to white nationalist views when to New York City for the explicit purpose of killing a homeless black person. And it was so, so, so difficult to find a news story covering the white supremacist hate crime that didn't begin by describing how fashionably dressed the knifer was, or focusing on the police record of the victim,

This Week in Misogyny


Trump did to Merkel what men do to women all the time.

Farewells:


RIP: Bernie Wrightson – Renowned Horror Artist Passes Away at 68.

Bernie Wrightson, Comic Book Artist and Swamp Thing Co-Creator, Dies at 68.

Bernie Wrightson, co-creator of Swamp Thing, elevated the art of horror in comics.

Comic Book Fans Honor Bernie Wrightson by Posting His Finest Artwork.

Legendary musician, rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry dies at 90.

Legendary Rock'n'roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90.

Things I wrote:


Important things to remember.

Weekend Update 3/19/2017: Support trans kids.

Once more, with footnotes!

Defining my existence as inappropriate; why should that worry me?

Getting the words down.

You mean the world to someone.

Videos!


Main Title Sequence | FEUD: Bette and Joan Season 1 | FX (This is awesome, trust me!):



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Sara Benincasa Reviews Weird Beauty Products:

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Unshelved on Friday, March 24, 2017

Mar. 24th, 2017 12:00 am
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You mean the world to someone

Mar. 23rd, 2017 09:48 pm
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G’day11931!

(The rest of this post which is very, very short if you ignore the footnotes, is at FontFolly.Net.)

Busy Evenings...

Mar. 23rd, 2017 06:10 pm
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There was another radio club meeting on Tuesday evening. I did a shopping run for supplies during the afternoon. For the second time this year we arrived to find the meeting hall still set out for another activity, so had to clear some space for presenter and audience. The talk, once we got to it, was interesting, and we managed to find enough space in the kitchen to prepare tea and coffee, so it could have been worse. The same section of road that had been closed on Monday evening was closed again, but I'd done some research, and found a slightly more direct way home than on Monday night, which was just as well.

On Wednesday evening there was an astronomical society meeting. It was the AGM, and as usual we had a short but interesting talk after it. It was quite late by the time I got home, and later still before I got to bed.

This morning I was awake in time for the morning's Morse practice broadcast, and conditions weren't too bad, but I did struggle with the 12 words-per-minute passage somewhat. The rest of the day has been fairly relaxed, but I have had a chance to do enough gardening to fill the garden waste bin before it gets collected in the morning. I'm looking forward to a relatively quiet evening.

Busy Evenings...

Mar. 23rd, 2017 05:44 pm
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There was another radio club meeting on Tuesday evening. I did a shopping run for supplies during the afternoon. For the second time this year we arrived to find the meeting hall still set out for another activity, so had to clear some space for presenter and audience. The talk, once we got to it, was interesting, and we managed to find enough space in the kitchen to prepare tea and coffee, so it could have been worse. The same section of road that had been closed on Monday evening was closed again, but I'd done some research, and found a slightly more direct way home than on Monday night, which was just as well.

On Wednesday evening there was an astronomical society meeting. It was the AGM, and as usual we had a short but interesting talk after it. It was quite late by the time I got home, and later still before I got to bed.

This morning I was awake in time for the morning's Morse practice broadcast, and conditions weren't too bad, but I did struggle with the 12 words-per-minute passage somewhat. The rest of the day has been fairly relaxed, but I have had a chance to do enough gardening to fill the garden waste bin before it gets collected in the morning. I'm looking forward to a relatively quiet evening.

Ocean City, Salisbury

Mar. 23rd, 2017 01:15 pm
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To avoid any strain on my shoulder, I decided to plan the weekend around Munzee instead of geocaching, although I did still get some geocaches along the way. Most Munzees are in built-up areas and I'd say more than 95% of them would be rated 1 or 1.5 stars for terrain. I took a look at the Munzee map and the area just south of the state line, from Salisbury to Ocean City (Maryland, not New Jersey), was chock full of Munzees. So that's where I went.

Saturday's trip was to the south end of Ocean City. I got some geocaches in Bear and Ellendale on the way. There were two geocaches I hadn't gotten yet in that part of Ocean City but for the most part, I had the Munzee app open to grab the virtuals and some physicals along the boardwalk. Of course, I did the tourist thing too while I was there. I gawked at the dinosaur bones and the funny batmobile. Munzee total for the day was 2,203 captures and 30,912 points, the best I'd ever done and enough to bag the 25K Day badge, which I'd been eyeing for a while.

On Sunday, I went down to Salisbury. There were large groups of Munzees at the shopping center on southbound US-13, entering Salisbury, and at the Salisbury University sports fields, but the real treat this trip was to the Salisbury Zoo. I didn't walk in all the way but I saw a representative sample of animals and captured a full set of the limited-time charity paw prints Munzees. It made sense that the Maryland Munzers would deploy those at the zoo. Sunday's totals: 1,755 captures, 29,220 points. Then after leaving Salisbury, I got some geocaches in the Seaford area along US-13, on the way to dinner.

The caches... )

Unshelved on Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Getting the words down

Mar. 22nd, 2017 06:23 pm
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One of a writer’s worst enemies is procrastination. And procrastination can be very clever. Research is a common trap procrastination lays for the writer. Research is often vital for writing projects, but it is insanely easy to waste a lot of time running down research rabbit holes. A lot of people blame the internet for this, but trust me, it happened to me all the time with paper research before the internet. But then, I was the kind of guy that would use one book that had some of my research data as a bookmark inside another book for a spot I kept trying to find...

(The rest of this post about writing, writing tools, with footnotes, is at FontFolly.Net.)

Playing Catchup...

Mar. 22nd, 2017 06:17 pm
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I haven't been making sure the cross-posting from FontFolly.Net to here is happening! So, here are a couple of things that went up last weekend:

Important things to remember: I gather lots of memes, info graphics, and succinct comments that I think might make a good companion to a blog post someday. A lot of them are potential illustrations for the next Friday Links. And then I don’t use them all. So I thought I could make a post with a bunch of the recent ones...

Weekend Update 3/19/2017: Support trans kidsM: One of the stories from Friday Links was listed in a very misleading category, which gave me an excuse to re-post it, talk about it, and post some related stories I've found since...

Once more, with footnotes: in which I talk about footnotes, among other things...

Defining my existence as inappropriate; why should that worry me? In which I explain why I'm tired of heteronormative BS, first with an anecdote from my teen years, then tying it to some stupid stuff happening on YouTube...

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