The internet is defective.

Feb. 10th, 2016 10:25 pm
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Today I discovered that the search terms

misato katsuragi tuxedo

in google image search do not yield pictures of Misato Katsuragi in a tuxedo.

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Feb. 10th, 2016 07:01 am
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This tweet mentions that FogCon is coming up in Walnut Creek. As my eyes moved past it I briefly misread it and imagined a world in which there is a fan convention celebrating my old employer, Fog Creek Software. That was a strange half-second.
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Jodie and Renay's favourite short fiction of 2015

I've read the following from that list, all of which I would recommend:
(which implies I have a high chance of liking the rest of them)

Hugo nomination PINs

Feb. 9th, 2016 10:48 am
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The PINs were sent out over the weekend. Neither Tony nor I received ours (and yes, we checked the spam folder). I saw this tweet from MidAmeriCon II which says:

"If you have not received your Hugo PIN, please email hugopin (at) to check membership & email address details."

So I did, for me and Tony, and our PINs were returned remarkably quickly. We had supporting memberships in 2015 and have attending membership to 2017, either of which would have entitled us to make nominations.

I encourage anyone else in a similar position to make sure you get your PIN, just like I encourage everyone to nominate stuff they have really enjoyed from last year, whether you think you have "read widely" or not, whether you can fill every slot or not: if you loved it, nominate it.

I have a placeholder post which I'm still working on; for other recommendations you can try:

(for short fiction)
Clarkesworld short fiction, sorted into Hugo categories
Uncanny Magazine short fiction, sorted into Hugo categories
Strange Horizons reader poll for 2015

(for everything)
Nicholas Whyte's many reviews of Hugo-eligible media
Ladybusiness recommendations spreadsheet


Feb. 8th, 2016 12:20 pm
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My ongoing obsession with Hamilton has reminded me that my general knowledge of musicals is pretty poor, although the ones I've seen I've generally enjoyed. Ebay and my hazy memory of the 1990s came to the rescue, and I now own a set of 75 instalments of "The Musicals Collection": a series of CD cast recordings with accompanying magazines giving a newbies guide to the musical, the stars, the composer(s), the context, etc.


Should keep me busy for a while (once I can stop looping Hamilton) ...

Chapter 24: Nuthanger Farm

Feb. 6th, 2016 02:07 pm
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Hazel sat on the bank in the midsummer night.

[This post is part of my Watership Down read through. You are welcome to join in at any time; please read my introduction post first.]

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What I've read - short fiction
The first two episodes of The Witch Who Came In From The Cold. Cold War spies in Prague, and a different kind of struggle between competing factions of magic-users (and of course the two conflicts overlap and group people in different ways). I loved the pilot enough to subscribe to the series, and the second episode confirmed my opinion ...
A Long Cold Winter by Max Gladstone and Lindsay Smith (1/13 - free to read online)
A Voice on the Radio by Cassandra Rose Clarke (2/13 - requires payment)

Tigerskin by Kurt Hunt
Warning for harm to a child in the opening! but not quite as it seems.

The Desert Glassmaker and the Jeweler of Berevyar by Rose Lemberg
Admiring letters sent along trade routes between two different magic practitioners.

La Lune T’attend by Peter S. Beagle
Werewolves and magic and old men trying to protect their families (a bit gory in places)

Charlotte Incorporated by Rachael K. Jones
A brain in a jar who wants a better home.

Long fiction
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold, as reviewed separately.

Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link - an anthology of short stories by the author whose novella I liked a couple of weeks ago
The Heart is Eaten Last by Kameron Hurley - a novella for Patreon supporters, about Nyx from the Bel Dame Apocrypha books

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I owe thanks to [personal profile] naath for alerting me that this was out, and "thanks" to the dratted cough I currently have for giving me several hours of insomnia to beguile last night.

I enjoyed it very much but it isn't quite what I was expecting: it is very much a story of the delights of peacetime, domesticity and science rather than the excitements of lethal politics, galactic intrigue etc.  About what you do when you've saved the Empire a few times and it doesn't need you to do that any more.

Cordelia is at the centre of it, three years a widow and beginning to think about what she wants to do next.  Being Cordelia, rather than Miles, the plot proceeds sensibly and in a measured way, rather than breakneck chaos. There's a lot of Cordelia and Jole dealing with administrative hassles on Sergyar, getting paperwork done and carving time out of busy schedules.  There's a lot of reminiscing too, seeing various major incidents of the past 40-ish years from a different point of view.  There's very little actual peril (which really threw me because based on previous Vorkosigan books I kept expecting things to escalate that didn't ...)

Everything's political, and there's definitely something about the way that stories of WAR and DEATH seem more important than stories of building, creation and family.  Of the previous Vorkosigan books, it's probably most like A Civil Campaign only without the farce (and, thankfully, nothing as excruciating as That Dinner Party).   I think the genre is "family-saga in a space opera setting".

Chapter 23: Kehaar

Feb. 1st, 2016 08:24 pm
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Human beings say, 'It never rains but it pours.'

[This post is part of my Watership Down read through. You are welcome to join in at any time; please read my introduction post first.]

Notes from my FOSDEM talk

Feb. 1st, 2016 02:27 am
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"Comparing codes of conduct to copyleft licenses": written notes for a talk by Sumana Harihareswara, delivered in the Legal and Policy Issues DevRoom at FOSDEM, 31 January 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Video recording arriving around March 2016. Condensed notes available at Anjana Sofia Vakil's blog.

Good afternoon. I'm Sumana Harihareswara, and I represent myself, and my firm Changeset Consulting . I'm here to discuss some things we can learn from comparing antiharassment policies, or community codes of conduct, to copyleft software licenses such as the GPL. I'll be laying out some major similarities and differences, especially delving into how these different approaches give us insight about common community attitudes and assumptions. And I'll lay out some lessons we can apply as we consider and advocate various sides of these issues, and potentially to apply to some other topics within free and open source software as well.

My notes will all be available online after this, so you don't have to scramble to write down my brilliant insights, or, more likely, links. And I don't have any slides. If you really need slides, I'm sorry, and if you're like, YES! then just bask in the next twenty-five minutes.

Text of my notes )
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(posting this here so future generations can Google for it)

My work Lenovo X230 has been overheating and abruptly shutting down a bit of late. This creates problems if I'm running e.g a long compile from source. When I start again I may get an error like:

/home/fun/libreoffice/workdir/CxxObject/sd/source/filter/eppt/escherex.o: file not recognised: File truncated

If you get the errors file not recognised: File truncated or file not recognized: File truncated when compiling something from source, it means there was a crash during compilation and a damaged .o file was written that the linker is not happy about.

FIRST STEP: delete the offending .o file, make again.

SECOND STEP: if this doesn't work, the offending .o file was cached somewhere. Remove the file (again), clear the cache, then try again. If it stops at a different offending .o file, remove that file (or just make clean to remove the lot), clear cache and make again.

In my case it's LibreOffice, so of course I'm using ccache as they recommend. So enter: ccache -C to trash the cache and start again from scratch.

Non-fiction and play recommendations

Jan. 29th, 2016 03:48 pm
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I think I would like to read a bit more non-fiction than I do currently, and I have a couple of things on my to-read list, but not a lot. Most of what I have read recently has been about psychology or economics, but I'm keen to broaden my horizons (as well as reading more interesting stuff in those genres).

What are your favourite non-fiction books? What do you like about them? Are there any that you found life-changing?

I would also like to read more plays (which, outside of readthroughs, I almost never do), so the same questions apply.


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