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Jul. 30th, 2015 21:00
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The Cintiq has arrived, and it's currently downloading and installing Windows updates and various graphics and other programs that I want to use. It's a pretty nice beast, even larger than I expected it to be, and the monitor display has such high resolution that the text is teeny tiny and I'm going to have to get Toby to show me where to increase it again because the first increase was not good enough for my getting-ancient eyeballs.

Anyway. So that survey that Wacom sent to me? It had a nice large textarea form field where I could write notes about my customer service experience. :) :D 8D
And so... )
In case you're in the market for anything graphics-related, I shall point you to Ray Frenden's Reviews tag. He is a professional artist who works extensively in digital formats, and who reviews everything that comes down the pike. He's the reason I went for the Cintiq Companion 2 over the Surface tablet, in fact (better surface feel and programmable buttons on the frame, which fit my workflow better). But he's reviewed tablet monitors and graphics tablets from other companies, and nowadays you have much lower-priced options for those.

Dreamhack server is back

Jul. 30th, 2015 17:13
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Hi all,

Sorry for the delay, there was a most unfortunate timing as I was in Europe without Internet access. Anyway, the Dreamhack server is back up and running so you should be able to log in and such.

I'll also be making sure that at least [personal profile] alierak has access to the control panel so this kind of thing won't be a single point of failure on me in the future.

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Yesterday I rode my first Audax sans-[personal profile] damerell, and have now officially failed to finish more Audaxes than I have successfully completed, which is not quite the achievement I was hoping for.

It was meant to be a very hilly ride - starting in Marple, up into Glossop and Hadfield, past the reservoirs and over Holme Moss (one of the categorised climbs from the Tour de France's Grand Depart in Yorkshire last summer), then down into Langsett and Midhopestones and Strines, and then back into the Peak District through Edale, Chinley, New Mills and finishing again in Marple.

Well, it was a very hilly ride, and I did make it up to the summit of Holme Moss, with a bicycle, using only the power of my legs.

At the summit of Holme Moss


I also enjoyed descending the hills, and spotting road paintings leftover from when the TdF came past last summer.

Ey Up! / Go Yates Go! Allez Allez Jens!
Shut Up Legs Vive Le Tour!


However, I did come undone a little on a hairy descent out of Midhopestones - taking a corner much wider than I should have and probably somewhat faster too - I know that I was going for 66kph on the approach to the corner; I was braking heavily so probably didn't hit the ground at that speed, but still a little too fast. Unfortunately, on a 25% reverse-incline with a tailwind, there's a lot of factors against you...

So that goes some way to explaining why my front wheel was the wrong shape when I dropped the bike off at my local bike shop this morning, and also why I've got a small-ish rugby-ball shaped lump on my elbow, and why I had the help of Northern Rail to avoid the final big climb of the day (Mam Nick) - which is why I officially didn't finish the ride.

On arrival at the ride rendezvous point, the ride organiser (an old family friend) offered to take me and my bike home and deliver me to the A&E department up the road, where I hung about for three hours or so, had a number of X-rays, and eventually got sent home with painkillers and the good news that nothing was chipped, fractured or otherwise broken.

I have acute neck/shoulder pain today, leaving me wondering if I did bang my head after all (I knew that I hadn't lost consciousness, but didn't know if I'd hit my head or not) - but I'm at work until Saturday morning so unless it gets any worse I'm just going to assume whiplash.

Incidentally, how to make a hospital receptionist really struggle not to laugh at you:
"What's the problem?"
"I came off my bike and my elbow is the wrong shape."
"Was it an RTC?"
"No, just stupidity."


Think I'll stay away from hills for a little while.

Does there exist

Jul. 30th, 2015 16:30
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A Japanese account of William Adams in Japan?

Cisco Releases Security Updates

Jul. 30th, 2015 17:52
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Posted by US-CERT

Original release date: July 30, 2015

Cisco has released software updates to address a vulnerability in Cisco IOS XE Software for ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to cause a denial-of-service condition.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Cisco Security Advisory and apply the necessary updates.


This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.


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Jul. 30th, 2015 13:39
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I would like to cancel my hormones and sign up for some other sort of secretion, like extra fucking dandruff or something.

Emotional Labor

Jul. 30th, 2015 20:00
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I feel like the only person on my reading list who didn't have some kind of revelation when reading that recent Metafilter discussion on Emotional Labor

http://the-toast.net/2015/07/13/emotional-labor/view-all/
http://www.metafilter.com/151267/Wheres-My-Cut-On-Unpaid-Emotional-Labor

I guess it's a combination of already having read about all the concepts behind it and also it not being all that applicable to my life. A lot of these things, I just don't do - I am not managing our relationship with my husband's family, or reminding him of birthdays, I am not doing some kind of therapy replacement for friends, or get people to be nice towards each other at work. My husband gets just as annoyed as I do when other men talk about "babysitting" their own children or need their female partners to remind them to buy Christmas presents.

There are obviously trade offs in my life, and not everything is smelling of roses, not even in my marriage, but emotional labor investment just isn't really one of those areas.

Important article and discussion, just not a very personal thing for me, I guess.

Scanlations: Yasha ch. 33

Jul. 30th, 2015 09:28
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Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: Despite doing everything he can for the infected, Sei is at his wits' end. Nothing he tries seems to work, and they've already lost one patient. Then in a flash of inspiration, he comes up with a risky new idea...


Chapter 33

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

Jul. 30th, 2015 11:13
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Toby worked from home this morning and reports that my Cintiq Companion 2 arrived, and turned on with no difficulties (so far). Woo!

Now to turn my mind to that customer service survey...

Mishmash post

Jul. 30th, 2015 12:49
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--The Kickstarter to fund year 3 of Sparkler Monthly has only four days left, and still needs about $2500. If you haven't looked at them and are at all into the idea of female gaze-oriented prose/comics/audio drama covering a variety of stories, brought together by lifelong fangirls with tons of experience, please consider checking them out and helping to make their third year happen.

--For the last several days I've been waking up around 7 or 7:30, lying awake long enough to seriously wonder if I should just get up (despite my having been staying up late enough that my alarm's been set for 10 or 10:30), and then falling back to sleep and having incredibly bizarre dreams. It's an odd pattern. :/ Can't say I like it much.

--Last night [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose prepped Doughbot, so I woke up (the second time) to the smell of fresh-baked bread and had some for brunch, with the raspberry jam Kas and Ginny made after our first berrying outing.

--I need to spend more time reading in general, but reading through a stack of graphic novels from the library has reminded me of my theory that reading one GN or one manga volume every day would be a significant change to my current reading habits, and it wouldn't take all that much time each day. It'd be nice to put a dent in that part of my to-read backlog, esp. given how much manga I own and haven't read. >.<

--Via Twitter, NBC has all of Kings posted for online viewing. (Doesn't seem to be available in Canada, alas.)

--Last night I did the first part of the Scrivener tutorial, and mostly it just hurt my head. A few different people on Twitter weighed in and said they hadn't really spent much time with the tutorial except when they actually needed to figure something out. It's very jargony, so I think I might take that approach. And right now clicking "take snapshot" completely freezes the program. Awkward. (Opening the system monitor reveals that instead of a CPU percentage, the monitor says "zombie" for Scrivener [O_O], which [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose says is a specific error that he forgets the meaning of offhand. He and Kas are both very busy from now until the beginning of next week, but hopefully we can get it sorted out.)

--[livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire's new CD, Creature Feature, is out! It's also already out of stock at CD Baby, but I've placed an order for whenever they get around to sending her a restock request.

--The newest BPAL update includes...well. Let them say it: "We’ve had myriad political figures throughout US history that have possessed acid tongues, but few in the modern era have provided such a constant stream of colorfully vitriolic superlatives as Antonin Scalia.

He is the federal court’s beat poet of indignation and right-wing rage.

For your pleasure, we present a line dedicated to SCOTUS’ reigning Sick Burn Champion, the cranky, flamboyant, inimitable Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia. Proceeds from every single bottle will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Trevor Project, and the National Center for Transgender Equality."


(I'm hoping to avoid going in on any decant circles, because once again, I haven't worn any perfume in months and have plenty of other places I spend my money. >.> But the applesauce scent sounds tempting, and the idea behind this small line is great.)

Hilaritas

Jul. 30th, 2015 11:34
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There will be a new publisher for Robert Anton Wilson.

How we evolved

Jul. 30th, 2015 07:13
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Bullying: Your Road to Success and Self-Esteem

Thanx to [livejournal.com profile] andrewducker

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