Apr. 25th, 2017 03:55 pm

HOW ABOUT A MOTH DRIVING A CAR?

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PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO WATCH THIS DELIGHTFUL MOTH DRIVE A TINY ROBOT CAR.

(IT'S DRIVING WILL "HELP ROBOTICISTS BETTER INTEGRATE BIOLOGICALLY INSPIRED ODOR DETECTION SYSTEMS INTO THEIR ROBOTS". BUT ALSO IS JUST ADORABLE.)
Apr. 23rd, 2017 01:12 pm

LJ EXODUS

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THERE ARE A BUNCH OF NEW PEOPLE ON DW AND I BET SOME OF THEM UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF CAPSLOCK!!!
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I surprised myself by powering through this in one sitting. Although the characters largely felt flat and uninteresting to me, and the amount of bloodshed exceeded my usual tolerance, the plot was well structured and full of delightful twists. I never would have imagined that solving an abstract mathematical conjecture could be the key to the survival of an entire civilization!

Unfortunately my library doesn't have copies of the other two books in the trilogy, so I will have to acquire them at some point if I want to know the ultimate ending of the story.
Apr. 21st, 2017 10:21 pm

Rain Forest Photos from Costa Rica

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Santa Elena Cloud Forest in Costa Rica:

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I don't think I've ever reviewed a textbook before, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one to anyone who (like me) learns best by reading code examples. Yes, it's for kids, and the overall tone and wildly creative illustrations speak to that audience, but it's a solid introduction, and the engaging design kept me turning pages in situations where I would often gets bored or distracted working through a drier text.

I mostly skimmed the examples toward the end, which focused more on GUI programming, but it does cover turtle drawings, a Minesweeper clone, and some basic Tk toolkit stuff.
Apr. 20th, 2017 09:41 pm

Bleeding hearts

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Bleeding hearts

We planted these in our Worcestershire, UK garden last year, and they've come up beautifully this spring.
Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

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Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!
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At the end of the previous installment, Lucy had decided to leave Lockwood & Co. and go into business for herself as a freelance consultant. With her powerful ability to hear spirits, and the help of her whispering skull, she does quite well for herself, but eventually she crosses paths with her old friends again, just as a sinister new conspiracy begins to unfold.

Lucy is as adorably flawed as ever, and her banter with the skull reminds me of the relationship between Harry Dresden and his enchanted skull, Bob. Although the structure of each story begins to be a bit predictable, I still enjoy the characters, dialogue, and action, and look forward to seeing the deeper mysteries of this world continue to unfold in the fifth and final book.
Apr. 19th, 2017 09:31 am

[done] Dreamhack maintenance reminder

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As mentioned in my last post, I will be taking the Dreamhack server down for maintenance in 30 minutes! I'll edit this post once it starts and again when it's back up.

10:04am BST: I have restricted logins to admins and am beginning the maintenance now. This will involve a reboot and some diagnostics before opening it back up.

10:58am BST: The maintenance is done, and logins are unrestricted again!
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Today was one of those days where spring just grabbed me by the shoulders and shook me, saying ISN'T THIS GLORIOUS?! So I took a bunch of pictures.



Read more... )
Apr. 17th, 2017 06:48 pm

2017 Flower Walk

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At the risk of Spamming this group here are three posts that detail the Flower Walk we did this last Sat April 15th on my Ranch in Northern California.


We started up Red Barn Creek which was very full and a bit hard to cross.   As usual the pace was extremely slow at first as everyone stopped and talked about every single new plant (it seemed!)  Eventually we entered the big meadow across from Devil's Den.  One of the members, using her field glasses spotted "a yellow flower" so we all trooped back across the stream and up into Devil's Den.



Devil's Den is an ever changing and eroding mass of highly Serpentine laced soil.  Serpentine rock is part of the mantle rock, not the earth's crust.  It forms in sea bottoms, fractures easily and is thrust up in our countryside as the continental plates collide.  It is full of Magnesium and thus is very hard to grow anything in.  Here the serpentine rock has mixed into this gravelly amalgam.  It erodes really quickly and nothing grows on it.



Here are two pictures of our yellow Owls Clover all tangled up in purple vetch.  They were way more brilliant yellow than either picture shows.





Chuck and Olly brought up the rear of the group as we climbed up and out of the top of Devil's Den.  It looks so smooth and green but the cows make deep hoofprints into the soft grey clay making walking is really rather difficult.

Apr. 17th, 2017 06:46 pm

Flower Walk Part 2

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It was quite a steep climb and near the top Olly and I sat down to chat instead of slosh around on in the mud below.  Olly is 80 this year and not terribly stable on his feet.  I was impressed both with Olly and another older, quite cripple woman who both did the climb quite cheerfully.  We all three sat and watched the others as they poked around, looking at the white Meadowfoam, orange Mimulus, yellow goldfields, brownish topped rushes and who know what else.






I didn't get a picture of M, zipping around in the Gator hauling lunch to the lunch site and people back down the hill when they were ready to turn back.  In between times M did his own Flower Walk.

After lunch the hardiest of the group charged off up the hill to Split Rock.  At least three of them had never been there so we had a good time climbing through the Rock and then seeing the view from the top.   This little Dudlia had a good year with all the rain and is intent on escaping out of the crack in the rock.  I love the contrast with the brilliant orange lichen on the rock.

Apr. 17th, 2017 06:41 pm

Annual flower walk Part 3

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Another Dudlia  near the first one is trembling on the edge of full bloom with both grey and orange lichen.




On the way back we saw this lovely pink Lupine (Bluebonnet).  There was quite a discussion about whether it was pink through genetics or by some quirk of environment, with the conclusion that it is probably genetic.



I saw two or three Lupine like this one with pale blue flowers under snow white ones.   In this picture it is surrounded by Quaking Grass (Rattlesnake grass) a horrible invasive with little or no value as feed.



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Hi all,

I'm going to need to schedule some maintenance for the Dreamhack server as I've just discovered that the quota settings haven't taken effect. I'm therefore going to schedule maintenance for Wednesday 2017-04-19, 10am BST (5am EDT, 2am PDT) (about 36 hours from now) for up to 2 hours. (It shouldn't actually take that long, but I'm reserving it just in case.)

This maintenance will involve a reboot of the Dreamhack server. I will also be restricting logins until the maintenance is done, as the nature of the maintenance means that it will need as little data modification done as possible.

I'll post again once the maintenance starts, and edit that post when it ends.
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Apr. 17th, 2017 11:10 am

Spring in Saint Paul, Minnesota

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After about six weeks battling bronchitis, I'm mostly better, and I got out for a slow walk yesterday afternoon. Took my shiny new camera along. Not a lot is blooming yet, but the little magnolia trees are, and the fragrance is wonderful. All these photos are click-to-enlarge-able.





And the cottonwoods are just starting to leaf out, just barely.

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Apr. 17th, 2017 01:49 am

Changelog Digest for Mon, Apr 17

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[dw-free]

72621e5: Issue #2055: increase size for icon description field
Widen userpic2 column 'description' to allow longer descriptions.
2f5e3ea: Issue #2086: Support for e-mail TLDs needs expanding
Update list of valid TLDs from third-party source.
789108d: Issue #2089: URL link to remote entry not correct in some importer notifications
Calculate correct URL for entry import metadata.
56d8670: Issue #2091: add file hosting quota utilization to see_request
Add media usage info to support details header.
76674d1: Issue #2097: make feed-fetch user agent use the same size limits as synsuck
Raise feed size limit for initial fetch.
c13be2c: Issue #2096: don't return hidden FAQs when someone uses the FAQ search
Don't include FAQs with no category in LJ::Faq->load_matching.
ab9b93b: Issue #1973: allow embeds from coub.com
Add coub.com to the whitelist for embedded journal content.
601fea7: Issue #2021: Whitelist embeds from airtable.com
Add airtable.com to the whitelist for embedded journal content.
a3d959a: Issue #2115: move /openid/server to DW::Controller
Rewrite BML page as a DW::Controller service.
72d135f: Issue #2112: remove code that assumes Unicode support is optional
Remove $LJ::UNICODE config parameter.
f4cd51e: Issue #2095: remove lj.rossia.org as xpost destination (while keeping it in the user tag)
Temporarily disable LJRossia crossposts.
b6b7a59: Issue #2072: Logged-out /login and logged in or out /openid/ give 'not fully secure' warning
Upgrade more of our http links and resources to use https.
abd4f10: Issue #2118: Cleanup 2017q2
Various minor fixes and maintenance.
54e5f2f: Issue #2078: admin tool to look up OpenID account by URL
Add OpenID search to finduser console command.
03abdb3: Issue #2112: remove code that assumes Unicode support is optional
Syntax error - missing semicolon.
891e920: Issue #2121: BML::get_query_string not preserved when doing an SSL redirect?
Fix redirect for query strings that are just plaintext.
Apr. 16th, 2017 01:11 pm

Fish, Flowers, and Fading Light

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Crossposting some items from my latest blogpost. I had some past posts of the giant fish in our lake. Despite our long stay here we don't see them often. But last week we spotted a fin circling around... Read more... )

Our amaryllis were in bloom recently, all of them popping up around the same time. Read more... )
Apr. 16th, 2017 10:19 am

Dreamhack applications are now open!

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Apologies again for the delay on this - Dreamhack applications are now officially open again!

As I explained in my previous post (which you should read if you haven't already - there's a lot of info in there), anybody who wants a Dreamhack should apply through this form, even if you already had one before. I will, as a one-time thing, email everybody who had an account before to let them know that the service is back up and that they'll need to re-apply.

My apologies once again for the delay! If you find any issues with the service, please feel free to let me know.
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Apr. 15th, 2017 08:22 pm

All kinds of critters

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I've got many years worth of flora and fauna posts in my blog's nature tag although there are fewer such posts lately. But as a sampling of the sorts of things you could find:

Avian sagas of the various nests of varied birds we've had around our apartment. (This was probably the most popular of those posts).

Unfortunately many of my older posts lost their photos some time back when I had to change photo hosts. Those pics are gathered together here and include some flowers and trees as well as many birds, bird babies, bunnies, and sunsets.

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