Walked to the library

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:15 pm
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Saw a squirrel hop into the back of a pickup truck and wait, giving every impression it was waiting impatiently for something. Does it know trucks move? Is that how it got to the library?

Two questions

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:55 pm
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I wonder how long it will take the shadowy figures behind the Dragon Awards to count the votes?

I wonder to what degree the award has been gamed by the puppies?

Please explain

Jul. 24th, 2017 12:39 pm
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The logic of requiring pedestrians to press a button for the pedestrian crosswalk sign to change, rather than just linking it to the traffic lights.

Interesting Links for 24-07-2017

Jul. 24th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Fig and Ibid still need rehoming

Jul. 23rd, 2017 09:40 pm
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Jasmine provided me with a very apt description for Ibid and Fig: the feline answer to Pinky and the Brain.... So if any Waterloo Region and adjacent people would like a cat who spends a lot of time thinking and one who spends a lot of time ... not thinking, let me know...

(also open to suggestions for rehoming them, because what I am doing isn't working)

Dur

Jul. 23rd, 2017 09:03 pm
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Of course I can review the Kobo Aura. It just never occurred to me I could until someone suggested it.

The state of Augmented Reality

Jul. 23rd, 2017 09:27 pm
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Five years ago I had a disagreement with a friend over whether this article was being overly pessimistic about augmented reality and whether we'd have "hard" AR soon.

Five years later, and this is the state of the art:


Which is, I totally admit, a very neat tech demo. But it's not "there" yet. The FOV is too small, and you can see the real world through it. Although, to be fair, most of the time the real world isn't _that_ distracting, you're definitely not going to be able to "see Victorian gas lamps in place of normal lights" or "have a real Coke can that you want to turn into an AR Pepsi can by drawing a Pepsi logo over the Coke logo".

Ah well, I'll make a note to come back in five years time and see where we are then!

Solstice 2017

Jun. 24th, 2017 11:37 pm
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A much quieter gathering this year. No music although M (& friend) were present and laid back. The weather was the coolest that week but thankfully warmest and driest in years :) Also the first time I've managed to get the hedges trimmed completely in plenty of time for Solstice!! The weather has been great this summer.

Solstice 2017
Just what are they photographing?!!

What if for 2018

Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:53 pm
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My Friday reviews rotated between four long running series? Say, Vorkosigan, Kitty and two others?

Amsterdam trip - day one

Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:58 pm
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We had an early start, but not horrifically so. It was my first time travelling on the Eurostar, and it was lovely, with comfy seats and tasty food, but even more pleasant was the Thalys train from Brussels to Amsterdam. On arrival at the station we picked up an iamsterdam card which gets us travel and free/reduced entry into lots of museums and such, then took the tram to our hotel. The room is perhaps a little on the small side, but pleasant, and the bed is comfortable, which is the important thing.

We deliberately didn’t plan anything but unpacking and decompressing for this afternoon, which was the right call, as after all that travelling we were both feeling rather in need of a nap. We woke up around dinner time, and then went out for sushi (possibly an odd choice, but our first meal on our first holiday together in Prague was also sushi, so it seemed auspicious). It certainly wasn’t a bad choice - the sashimi was beautifully presented and very fresh, and the rice texture was spot on. My high point was either the scallop sashimi with tobiko, or the raw beef, avocado and cucumber roll, which was subtle and gorgeous.

After dinner [personal profile] obandsoller was feeling quite tired, so we came back to the hotel, and although my intention was to drop him off and then go for a stroll around the nearby Oosterpark, I ended up getting eaten by the inertia monster until it got dark, so that will have to wait until tomorrow.

Amsterdam trip - day zero

Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:55 pm
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I decided that since we’d be leaving quite early on Saturday morning and had guests for dinner on Friday that it would be sensible to take an extra day off work so I didn’t have to pack in a frantic hurry. Obviously I then proceeded to plan an unnecessarily ambitious meal and fill the day from start to finish with Events, so had to pack in a rush on Thursday night instead… I got up fairly early and went for a run which finished at church. Somewhat to my surprise I found that the gates were locked, but I wasn’t foiled and managed to scale the wall and get in anyway (once past the wall the rest of the break-in was facilitated by the clever trick of having keys). I dropped off the cheques I needed signatures on, and spent a while trying to get the ancient (running Vista!) laptop working, as I’m hoping to get the people who count the collection to enter the figures directly into a spreadsheet rather than writing them down, to save me some data entry. I didn’t quite manage to get it working, but I did get a bit of organ practice inbetween interminably slow reboots…

I took the bus rather than running home, and picked up a last couple of missing ingredients, then began prepping the beetroot three ways (boiled and diced, roasted with balsamic vinegar, and finely sliced then deep fried, then baked) for the starter, and the venison meatballs for the main course. Naturally that took a little longer than expected, and I was a few minutes late out the door to head to [personal profile] charlie’s for lunch. They’d gotten out of hospital a couple of days ago, and were still a little fragile, but seemed massively happier than the last couple of times I’ve seen them, which was very pleasing to see.

I then had another session with the physio I saw a couple of weeks ago. After the first session I was absolutely amazed by how much difference he made to my back - I’d had a couple of days completely tension-free for the first time in months, and even after it started to creep back in, it was definitely less intrusive than it has been. This time he suggested trying acupuncture, which I’m quite sceptical of, but given his previous results I figured I’d give it a go. I’m still feeling kind of sceptical afterwards, but I’ll give it another couple of days to see how it feels then, and probably ask him to stick with the kinds of treatment he did from my first session in future.

Then home again, and more cooking until Stephani (winodw) and her newish partner Matthew arrived. I started with a failure, as she asked for a repeat of a cocktail I’d made her once before, but although we had all the relevant booze we were lacking apple juice. Oops. Still, we managed to find them something to drink, and I was pretty pleased with how the food came out. The new fella was quiet but charming, and they were adorkably coupley, which brought back fond memories of what Ramesh & I were like when we first got back together.

Amused by incongrous music

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:08 pm
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So I'm watching the Tour coverage on ITV4, and therefore having to endure ad breaks for a change. On comes a McDonalds ad which is soundtracked with the Buzzcocks' "What Do I Get?" - not surprisingly they don't play the "Nothing at all" line!

Interesting Links for 22-07-2017

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:00 pm

Recovery

Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:34 am
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Part 1 in a, maybe, series of posts on recovery from addiction. Probably. We'll see. Preamble here, read it first, all of it: https://razornet.dreamwidth.org/497959.html

Inspired by the questions I've been asked about rehab and recovery I've decided to get my thoughts down in writing, much as I used to do sevenish years ago. For each entry I'll pick a subject that often comes up in conversation or a concept I've been musing on and see if I can't make some sense of it to myself and other people. Before I launch into the actual work it's worth being aware what in general terms is happening and a what some of the things I'm liable to write actually mean.

This post may grow as I find more terms I need to explain.

Recovery: The term recovery is used in the medical sense. You've been ill, you're recovering as from a cold, the flu or a stroke. You are vulnerable and life will, by necessity, be different. Some things you will no longer be able to do, some thing you must do. You must be constantly aware of yourself and your environment and react accordingly. Recovery must be protected at all costs. Failure to do so may kill you.

Selfishness: In fact this means exactly what it does in normal life, the difference comes in the application of selfishness. It's not a good thing in and of itself but in some situations it's simply the only thing to do. You have to own that you will upset people while protecting yourself and that what you do is correct and the only option. You may lose their goodwill, friendship or whatever but frankly, fuck 'em, your life is at stake. If you have to walk away without another word, raise a fuss, use your circumstances to prevent something triggering your illness, so be it. You have to accept the consequences however, it's not a free ticket to sympathy or license to bad behaviour. You just have to ask "is this worth risking my recovery over?" and if not, do what you have to.

Therapeutic environment: The environment surrounding detox, rehab, substance-abuse meetings, or support agencies. The qualities of such are a post in their own right. When I use it I'm likely referring to the rehab I attended treatment and the surrounding community unless otherwise specified.

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