I'm speaking in three sessions:
- Panelist on "The Fandom Awakens" (on Star Wars): Friday, May 27, 2:30-3:45 pm, Assembly.
- Comedy auctioneer for the charity auction benefiting the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award: Saturday, May 28, 7:30pm-probably 8:30pm or 9pm, Capitol/Wisconsin room.
- Panelist on "SIX SEASON SERIES BASED ON THE THREE-PART TRILOGY BASED ON THE SINGLE BOOK OF THE NOT ANOTHER F*CKING RACE PANEL" (comedy game show focusing on people of color): Sunday, May 29, 4:00-5:15pm, Wisconsin room.
Also, I will probably drop by the Clothing Swap portion of the Gathering on Friday afternoon to find pieces that suit me and to bask in other people wearing my donated stuff; I would like to drop in on the vid party on Saturday night; I would like to drop in on the Hamilton singalong; I have a Dessert Salon ticket and intend on attending the Guest of Honor and Tiptree Award speeches on Sunday evening.
I am easily lured into talking about Hamilton, Zen Cho, Star Trek, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Mahabharata, Hinduism, and other interests in my profile.
Please ask before hugging; sometimes I'd rather not.
I am often bad with names, and will remember 5 minutes into our conversation that we had an awesome deep conversation one year prior. I apologize in advance. Also, I will probably be a little less intensively social this year, because I am trying to actually sleep enough and thus get to PyCon reasonably well-rested, and because client work for my consulting business may come up; I'll probably be trying to sleep every night from about 11pm to 7am, and aiming to take some alone time on top of that. So if you and I have multiple chances to see each other in person at other times of year, I may choose to make time for other people instead; apologies.
The fact that I am, in a sense, succeeding Ellen Klages in serving as the Tiptree auctioneer is quite a responsibility and I hope to discharge it well. So if you came to the Tiptree auction and raucously laughed at my japes I would welcome your chortles.
I seriously considered requesting a formal short-term reduction in work hours, to the point of working out how much it would reduce my take-home pay. That turned out to be quite a lot. I'm pretty certain we could cut back enough to cover the gap, but that in itself becomes more work and stress, so it's not as helpful an idea as I first thought.
Instead, at least for now, Tony is going to take on rather more than half of the housework, including taking back the weekday evening meals which I've been doing since the start of the year. The pressure to get the children fed as soon as possible after 6pm seems to have eased up, so eating later (which has happened a few times recently when I've been too tired to cook) seems to be fine. I think we'll still try to keep weekend menu planning / shopping list generation going though.
I am going to use the time Tony is giving me to rest more, and to study more consistently, which will in turn make me happier and less stressed. I would rather reduce our income than give up studying; one of the things I learned from being ill was that learning matters a lot to me.
 It took me a while to find a calculator that could reproduce my current payslip with the various deductions I have going out.
 Woe woe, the diamond shoes of my high income are pinching, I know.
Yet another in the series "stuff I'm blogging so future poor buggers can find it in Google."
If you've seen this supercilious and not actually helpful error from ant:
Cause: Could not load a dependent class com/jcraft/jsch/Logger It is not enough to have Ant's optional JARs you need the JAR files that the optional tasks depend upon. Ant's optional task dependencies are listed in the manual. Action: Determine what extra JAR files are needed, and place them in one of: -/usr/share/ant/lib -/home/fun/.ant/lib -a directory added on the command line with the -lib argument Do not panic, this is a common problem. The commonest cause is a missing JAR. This is not a bug; it is a configuration problem
— it is a bloody bug, and it's a bug in Ubuntu that hasn't been fixed in years.
- Install the relevant packages: sudo apt-get install ant-optional libjsch-java
- The symlink to make it work! sudo ln -s /usr/share/java/jsch.jar /usr/share/ant/lib/
The bug is that it should make that symlink. (The other bug is that ant-optional should have libjsch-java as a dependency and doesn't.)
However, I now have a working Ubuntu laptop with my backups unpacked onto it, and I've been able to catch up the household accounts and move some money around like I wanted to Sunday morning. I've also managed to get 1Password working under Wine, which I never managed on the older machine.
I gave up on making the thing dual boot with Windows because that was only ever a "would be nice" and Windows was extremely uncooperative. So now it is gone. Also I am indebted to fanf for random useful bits of equipment (USB wireless key ftw!) and advice when I got stuck.
The old laptop disintegrated further this afternoon and became unusable, thankfully just after I had finally got the new one approaching functional.