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Every. single. time. my shell hosting company announces a planned outage for an upgrade for something having to do with email, and they assure me that it won't impact me at all and I won't have any email outage, every single time they've wrong.

I'm not going to embarrass them in public because they do try so hard and are quick to fix broken things when I bring them to their attention.

It's just that, by now, I'd hope they'd just email me, "Hey, Siderea, we'll be fucking up your email at this future date and time. We'll be around on Twitter until this subsequent date and time. Please be available during this window to exercise your account and let us know what we've broken this time."

Instead, I email them in response to the planned outage announcement and say, "Hey, what can we do in advance to make this work?" and they're like "nothing, it's all going to go perfectly!" and I'm like, "ooookay, when exactly will you be flipping the switch, (so I know when to check on you, but I don't say this part)?" and they're like, "oh, sometime on that weekend." *throws hands in the air*

(I miss nyip.net so hard.)
[personal profile] ndrosen
To continue with the panel discussion on August 18, Joshua Vincent talked about splitting the opposition. The Connecticut Business and Industry Association used to oppose land value taxation. Here's the twentieth story if their building, looking down on a parking lot, formerly a Hilton. They will no longer oppose LVT, although they don't support it. Presumably, Josh pointed out to them that LVT would cut their property taxes, and raise those of the parking lot owner.

Bill Batt mentioned Costa Rica as having the best land maps. Thailand has introduced a property tax; would it be land-only or land and buildings? They went with land and buildings, but there are problems, and this may change. In Korea, the Georgists are closely linked with the Christians, now one third of the population. We should support them.

And that is the end of my notes on that discussion.
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I had just taken a sip of coffee at one point and nearly choked/slobbered on my keyboard.

God bless this lunatic man!


Summer Safety Tips For Leftists




[personal profile] ndrosen
To continue with the afternoon of Thursday, August 18, there various comments at the Tactical Response Panel. Ted Gwartney said that we should go after the low-hanging fruit first. Simply obeying the law, and accurately assessing land would be substantial progress. Years ago, he was in Russia, trying to push Georgism. Russian politicians liked the idea, but the opposition got to them.

Dr. Herbert Barry said that the Sixteenth Amendment (authorizing the income tax) is bad, and he repeated his proposed alternative.

Lindy Davies said that some taxes are less bad than others, and we should have our answers ready, for example, say, "The property tax is not regressive," and be able to explain and defend that view.

Dan Sullivan said that Steven Cord was not a very good salesman, but he persisted, which is how he got real-world victories. Joshua Vincent commented that Dr. Cord kept coming back. 90% is just showing up.

Alan Riddley said that to make housing in California affordable, it is necessary to repeal Proposition Thirteen, but not this election cycle. Joshua Vincent said that the left has inadvertently supported Proposition 13, and mentioned libertarians and others, who, he said, have done more harm than Howard Jarvis.

Brendan Hennigan said something about a follow-up on Catholics.

To be continued.

The Red Queen's Race

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:00 pm
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I got one regular amendment this week, and took quick action on it, so I'm back to two Special Amended cases (actually Board of Appeals affirmances) and one regular Amended case, all three of them paused for now.

I also did a first action on my oldest non-RCE new case, and an action on my oldest Request for Continued Examination case, so it was a pretty productive week.

Kanna’s Garb

Jul. 21st, 2017 06:51 pm
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Kanna, My iPad Pro, Wrapped in a Photo Skin
Kanna, My iPad Pro, Wrapped in a Photo Skin
iPhone 6 Photo

Last week I received the photo skin I’d ordered from DecalGirl. From my photo library I chose an image that works regardless of how the iPad is oriented. I didn’t get the skin mounted perfectly – but it’s close enough. The skin adds a bit of grip and protection – and it shows off one of my images, so I’m pretty happy with the setup.

Babylon Galactica

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:25 am
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Last night started binge-watching two of my favorite SF shows in tandem: Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica.

Babylon 5 aired from 1994 to 1998. The creation of J. Michael Straczynski, it was groundbreaking in its time and I think it stands up very well today. The show featured the most advanced and extensive CGI effects to date, and set a whole new standard for CGI production. It also marked a departure from the procedural format common in TV series - in which each episode is a self-contained story, and the episodes may be watched interchangeably in any order - toward a serial format, in which an extended story arc is developed from one episode to the next over the length of a season or even the series. The premise of B5 is a space station located in deep space, and hosting visitors and diplomats from various spacefaring races. A similar concept was used in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' and Straczynski maintains that the Star Trek franchise stole his idea, although he declined to pursue legal action. B5 was notable for its dramatic sophistication and strong character development.

Battlestar Galactica, which aired a decade later, was Ronald D. Moore's 're-imagined' production of a 1978 TV series of the same title. In the pilot mini-series, the human race (an Earth-like, spacefaring civilization spanning twelve planetary 'Colonies') is wiped out following a war with robots of its own creation, called Cylons. Only about 50,000 humans survive aboard the spaceship of the series title. This show too set a new standard for CGI effects and for dramatic production. The scenes have a gritty, lifelike feel which Moore said was part of a conscious effort to differentiate the series from the 'Star Trek' model. Much of the tension comes from internal conflicts among the protagonists, sometimes overshadowing the external threat from the Cylons.

So I've started watching both shows from the beginning, more or less alternating by episodes. Vorlons to the left of me, Cylons to the right! This is gonna be fun.

Thunderstruck

Jul. 21st, 2017 08:47 am
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... as covered by Finland's Steve'n Seagulls. Via Kestrelcat at LiveJournal.

You know it's true

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:19 am
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JUSTINE DAMOND: KILLED BY “ISLAMOPHOBIA”

If this had been a Muslim woman (especially a black Muslim woman) killed this way by a cop (especially a white cop) we would NEVER hear the end of it. There would be protests all over the world, maybe even riots. Celebrities would be all over this. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and Oprah Winfrey would be on our TV screens day and night, condemning it. And they would be right in condemning the act, though I'm sure wrong in assuming the motives/reasons..

But because it was a white, non-Muslim woman killed by a Somalian, Muslim cop, there will be nothing of the sort. This story will quietly disappear from public view. Everyone will soon forget it like it never happened. Everyone, that is, except her shattered family and friends.


As Robert Spencer says in the article, and from the information I've seen, it doesn't seem to be a jihad attack.

Let me repeat that. Right now, it does not seem like this was a jihad attack. Just because a Muslim does it, does not necessarily mean it was jihad. Get that straight, My Side! When it comes to this issue (and others) you can be just as knee-jerk and outright stupid as the liberals.

I don't give a rat's tail whose "side" does and says what. I don't defend people's comments just because they are on "my side" of any issue. What I care about is facts. And from the facts I see thus far, it doesn't seem it was a jihad attack.

What does seem clear is that this man had no business being a police officer. But because Islam has gained Most Favored Status in this country, he was given this job. Now an innocent woman is dead. Needlessly dead, since this story makes very little sense in the way events played out.*

Multiculturalism at its finest.

What a disgrace.















* As always, and in all fairness, if more/different information later comes out, it may impact the story and my views on it. My comments here are based on what I know at this time.

Music meme: day 14 of 30

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:24 pm
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Here we go, the middle of the list hits A song that you would love played at your wedding.

As you probably know, I'm already married, and I had my wedding five years ago. wedding reminiscences plus video )

I have no intention of having any more weddings to choose music for. I'm already married, as are all my partners. And maybe poly people aren't supposed to say this, but I really think I've found my people and hope not to end or change my current relationships. Friends who have looked into these things in more detail think it's not actually illegal to have weddings, in the sense of ceremonies indicating lifelong romantic commitment, to more than one partner, as long as you don't try to register the relationship as a marriage for legal purposes. But I am not really sure of the details and anyway at the moment we don't have any desire to be married to more people than our existing spouses, even if it is (or became) legally ok.

It is fair to say that I never intended to get married the first time either, so maybe I'm wrong. I suppose we've vaguely talked about the possibility that those of us who are EU citizens may need to marry those who are not for immigration reasons and safety, but I really really really hope it doesn't come to that and if we were in that situation there wouldn't be any singing and dancing, just whatever paperwork we needed for survival. And hypothetically my current relationships might come to an end and then I might find a new person who really wanted to get married to me. But then the song I would choose would depend so much on the person and the circumstances that I can't really speculate what it would be, and I don't really want to because it involves imagining the ends of relationships I really want to keep.

I'm not in general a fan of the wedding tradition of the First Dance to a romantic song. Partly because I'm not much of a dancer, and partly because I think there are better ways to do symbolic consummation. And then finding a song which is lyrically appropriate is surprisingly hard; a lot of songs in the style that's appropriate to slow-dance to are really breakup songs, or at best they're hugely monogamy-assuming and heteronormative. As [personal profile] elf pointed out in this meme, a lot of poly-friendly songs are about casual hey we're just doing this as long as we both like it relationships, which is kind of wrong for a wedding.

I think it was [personal profile] ghoti_mhic_uait who pointed out that the most inappropriate possible song for a wedding is She moves through the fair, since it mentions our wedding day but primarily as a euphemism for death. I am very fond of it, mind you. And I have attended a wedding where the big romantic moment Song was Hey, that's no way to say goodbye by Leonard Cohen, which is a gorgeous song but way depressing if you go past the opening lines:
I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm,
Your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm,
Yes, many loved before us, I know that we are not new,
In city and in forest they smiled like me and you


I never daydreamed about my ideal wedding when I was single, so I never had a concept in my mind of what song I would love played. If I happened to be in a relationship where we had a song that was meaningful to us as a couple, then perhaps I'd choose that, but I can't help myself thinking about the detailed interpretation of the words. So, just out of interest, do any of you know any songs which are good for weddings, talking about serious relationships but not about possessiveness? Or songs that are good for non-religious communal singing?

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Jul. 21st, 2017 02:51 am
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I got up later than expected today, and made the decision to just get outside and start on the Fence Project. Otherwise, I wouldnt. Yesterday I had gotten all the new fence posts painted Purple. I refilled bird feeders, I spray painted flamingos...

Today I got all the tools, shovels, six foot pry bar, yard bin, containers for dirt, a bucket of assorted tools... and the 12 foot post. I started off by removing fence sections and digging up the old rose root. I made a nice pile of rose pieces, and got most of the roots. I fully expect to see roses in the future there. Then I started to digging carefully around the broken fence post. This might be the only post I have to dig up since the new one is going in the same spot, since the other fence sections will be shorter, I will just cut the old posts off at the surface. I did call and ask my sister to come help me, because I could tell this was going to take longer than I had planned. I dug down about four inches before I hit concrete.. not a good sign, and probably why the post rotted. I got a bit deeper, finding the edges of the blob. Chipping away at this was tedious. My neighbor saw what I was trying to do and came over to help me, he got the pry bar under the block and heaved it up. We put the dirt and the block into the wheelbarrow to disposes of, then measured how much deeper we would have to go. More digging ensued, but it wasnt into concrete. We went down two feet and called it good. Put in all the bits and then the post... leveled it, decided on our sweet spot... then poured three bags of quick setting concrete into the hole. Which wasnt enough, so I sent the sister to WILCO to get two more bags. Finished up again double checking if the fence section was going to fit, and then proceeded to gently water in the fresh cement.

I thanked my neighbor, and then the sister and I cleaned up most of the efforts, and I took her to eat.

After I got home, I finished doing my Trash Prep and getting all the bins to the curb.

Friday, errands, I have to get stuff for the Family party on Sunday, new brackets for the fence sections, of course the new fencing sections are just a tad bit bigger than the brackets I have plenty of, Costo run, and if it find the right bag, stuff to send to Miss Annie.
[personal profile] ndrosen
To continue with the afternoon of Thursday, August 18, we next had a panel discussion, the Tactical Focus Panel, with Lindy Davies. Joshua Vincent, and Professor Frank Peddle. There was a handout from Josh, on the Unconference, with some advice: Find allies! Maybe a newspaper, Google Alerts, find Georgist solutions to local problems. Hartford and Philadelphia. Get Altoona to keep its land tax. Affect good assessments, as Ted Gwartney did in Greenwich, Connecticut, and elsewhere. Philadelphia has a new mayor and staff, and they're interested in fixing assessments.

As a postscript on that, Altoona went back to taxing both land and buildings, after taxing only land for a few years.

At the national level, grazing fees and other charges for the use of land. Testimony in tax committees. Regulatory agencies can be nudged to support land value taxation, HUD, for example.

Then Frank Peddle talked about the Panama Papers, showing international tax dodging. Governments try to tax mobile factors, not land. It's hard to untangle things and get money from tax havens, although politicians want to try. LVT makes it all so much easier.

Lindy Davies said that he didn't have much to add. He mentioned a carbon dioxide tax accompanied by a citizens' dividend. We're a radical movement seeking fundamental reform. Our efforts should inform each other.

To be continued.

What she said

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:41 pm
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The new corrected diagram of Ezekiel's Temple.

Diagram of Ezekiel's Temple

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* On Fairy Stories - J.R.R. Tolkien


I've found that it helps me relax when I watch a light and/or funny show before going to bed. My show of choice the past few weeks has been Dragons: Race to the Edge. I saw some of the original, How to Train Your Dragon movie with the kids I used to watch. (It still makes me sad to say that.) I'm not sure if we watched the whole thing at the time. I never saw the second movie. Has anyone read the books? 

Anyway, I happened upon this quite by accident on Netflix. I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised at how well done and enjoyable it is! The characters are all so well developed that you feel like you're watching a live action movie, not a cartoon. And while the dragons have their personalities, they are not "Disney-fied", in the sense that they talk or act too much like people. They are closer to pets and weapons than than the animals in most cartoons. I actually like that. It's a refreshing difference from the usual animal/magical creature sidekick that's been endlessly overdone in kids' movies.

Best of all, so far it hasn't been preachy about anything, there's been no politics, and no inappropriate sexual content. It's said that this even needs to be mentioned regarding a children's program. But that's the world we live in today.

This is just pure storytelling and adventure, with characters who so far seem to be good people. (Even the ones that don't get along. It's the usual "ragtag bunch of people have to work together" sort of thing. And that's just fine.

Best of all, DRAGONS! 




Gary Sinise has earned my respect

Jul. 20th, 2017 03:59 pm
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Gary Sinise: Always Do a Little More


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Can somebody update me on the present legal status in the US of graphical user interfaces as intellectual property? Am I correct in believing they can't be patented (though the code can be copyrighted)?

What I really want to know: Can I rip off GVoice's old/retired web interface legally? Or more accurately, can I pay somebody else to do it for me with reasonable ability to assure them they won't go to jail or get sued into oblivion for doing it?

To be clear, there are some nifty functional subtleties I'd want to make off with, which I wouldn't even want to bother pretending I came up with on my own. For instance, there's some interesting algorithm for how texts are batched into threads which I haven't entirely reversed engineered, but make a huge difference in readability.

Music meme: day 13 of 30

Jul. 20th, 2017 04:32 pm
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I'm getting really behind the wave on this, aren't I? Still, there's more than one person still working through the list! Today is One of your favourite 70's songs. I'm not very good at knowing which songs come from which decade, and most of the music on my computer has really inaccurate metadata. But one song which I know is from the 70s, and which is definitely one of my favourites, is Go to Hell by Alice Cooper. I'm not sure if it's actually my favourite 70s song, but I really ought to have something by Alice Cooper in the meme.

I'm really very fond of Alice Cooper goes to Hell; it was my first encounter with the idea of a concept album. I especially love this opening track because it's a bit of (darkly) humorous intro, with the bathos of ridiculously specific examples of depravity:
You'd gift-wrap a leper and mail him to your aunt Jane
You'd even force feed a diabetic a candy cane


I often tell the story of how when I went to university I gained a certain amount of respect among the alternative crowd by explaining that Alice Cooper was in fact a ouijia board chosen stage name for a definitely male singer. Despite not looking like the sort of person who would know rock music trivia. But I love Alice Cooper for being so gloriously terrible, and occasionally coming out with works of sheer genius like Poison (not from the 70s) in among all the McGonagall stuff.

video embed (borderline NSFW) )

An ode to Susan Duncan

Jul. 20th, 2017 03:29 pm
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I'm finally caught up on this week's Orphan Black!

everything goes under a spoiler cut )

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