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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-02-05

"The trouble with 'boys will be boys' is that it leads inexorably to 'men will be boys.'" -- M. Krebs, 2016-01-28 [thanks to [info] realinterrobang quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-02-04

"It was my first bomb; I hope it will be the last." -- Capt. Vlatko Vodopivec, pilot of Daallo Airlines flight D3159, talking to the AP

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/world-news/daallo-airlines-explosion-plane-lands-safely
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daallo_Airlines_Flight_3159
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/daallo-airlines-flight-d3159-bomb-7302450

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 02:35pm on 2016-02-03

Which of my DC/Baltimore/nearish friends are going to Flurry Festival this year? (Note the 'L' in the name -- it's been pointed out that a too-quick reading would interest a different (but not disjoint) set of my friends.)

I'd like to try to go. I can't afford a ticket, but I understand there'll be a lot for a musician to do even without going into the dances or workshops that require a wristband. I'm trying to figure out what I can afford for crash space and my spoons-budget for travel, and wondering whether I might be able to split either, and just how many familiar faces to look for at an unfamiliar event.

I'm thinking of bringing one each of guitar and banjo. I know I'm going to wind up wanting to play bass, but I can't see lugging the amplifier with me everywhere.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-02-03

"We discovered the next day that the picture received at Jodrell Bank were elongated in one direction due to a gear change the Russian engineers had made in their fax machine. Yes, the fax machine that they landed on the moon. To this day I am amazed that Lunik 9 carried a piece of hardware that was widely available in the West. They basically threw it very hard from the earth and landed it cleverly and safely on the moon." -- Gerrit Verschuur, The Insisible Universe (2015), describing events following the 1966-02-03 landing of Luna 9 (first controlled landing on the moon)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-02-02

"[...] O thou
 Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed
 The wingèd seeds, where they lie cold and low,
 Each like a corpse within its grave, until
 Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow
 Her clarion o'er the dreaming earth, and fill
 (Driving sweet buds like flocks to feed in air)
 With living hues and odours plain and hill
[...]"
  -- from "Ode to the West Wind" (1820) by Percy Bysshe Shelley (b. 1792-08-04, d. 1822-07-08)

[I found this while seeking the context for "If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?" which is the last line of this poem. Happy Groundhog Day!"]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-02-01

"We became overconfident. We thought we had a mature vehicle flying in a well-understood environment, and nothing could have been further from the truth than that." -- Wayne Hale, quoted in 2013 at Space.com

[On a more cheerful note, a blessed Imbolc to everyone celebrating it today!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-01-31

"[...] Ham had an uncomfortable three-hour wait before he was found.

[...]

"Ham, however, took it all in his stride and when the spacecraft was opened accepted an apple and half an orange in reward."

-- from the BBC's On This Day

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-01-30

"'The sweeping blast, the sky o'ercast,'
 The joyless winter day
 Let others fear, to me more dear
 Than all the pride of May:
 The tempest's howl, it soothes my soul,
 My griefs it seems to join;
 The leafless trees my fancy please,
 Their fate resembles mine!"

  -- from "Winter, A Dirge" by Robert Burns (b. 1759-01-25, d. 1796-07-21)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-01-29

"You couldn't have fed the '50s into a computer and come out with the '60s." -- Paul Kantner (b. 1941-03-17, d. 2016-01-28)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-01-28

"After I got home, first words my wife said to me were, 'What's wrong, honey?' I said, 'Oh, nothing, honey. It was a great day. They're gonna launch tomorrow and kill the astronauts, but outside of that, it was a great day.'" -- former Morton Thiokol engineer and whistleblower Roger Boisjoly, interviewed in "Seconds from Disaster: Space Shuttle Explosion" (thanks to [info] realinterrobang for sendiing me this)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-01-27

"There will be risks, as there are in any experimental programme, and sooner or later, we're going to run head-on into the law of averages and lose somebody.

"I hope this never happens, and... perhaps it never will, but if it does, I hope the American people won't think it's too high a price to pay for our space programme."

-- Gus Grissom (b. 1926-04-03, d. 1967-01-27), "a few weeks" before his death in the Apollo I fire according to a BBC story (I used a very similar -- shorter -- quote from him in 2003, from a press conference probably around the same time as this quote)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-01-26

"The measuring and mixing always smoothed out her thinking processes - nothing was as calming as creaming butter - and when the kitchen was warm from the oven overheating and the smell of baking chocolate, she took final stock of where she'd been and where she was going. Everything was fine." -- Jennifer Crusie

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:31am on 2016-01-25

I'm getting sick of some modern web trends and techniques. And now my usual ways of coping are being subverted.

First, because some sites are just way out of control with the amount of Javascript the include -- loading a single New York Times story in a Javascript-enabled browser will bring my computer to its knees[1] -- I routinely run two browsers: Safari with Java and Javacript turned off for reading almost everything, and Stainless with scripting turned on for hitting the few sites I'm willing to visit that need JS to function, like Facebook and Twitter, and I try to keep the number of open tabs in Stainless to a minimum.

Why Stainless for Javascript and Safari without, instead of the other way around? Because Stainless, inspired by Chrome, makes each tab run as a separate process, o when one web page gets greedy and eats my CPU, I can go to Activity Monitor and just kill off that process without (usually[2]) losing everything else I had open. Also, when I control-click on a link, in addition to the usual "open", "open in new tab", and "open in new window" options, there is an "open in default browser" option. So I can open interesting-looking links in no-scripts-Safari in one step.

And there are some sites I usualy don't bother to go to, because they don'e even load without Javascript, and then they hang my machine so badly I can't get a Terminal window to respond so I can type in the 'kill' command.[3]

notes )

Which brings me to Buzzfeed. I opened http://www.buzzfeed.com/meredithtalusan/my-year-without-makeup in Safari (no JS!), and it loaded and I could read it (though with big blank spaces where I presume ads or illustrations were supposed to be), but I noticed that Activity Monitor was showing 100% CPU utilization and a big chunk of that is Safari. Safari, which at this moment has only a single window open, with a single tab, that is displaying that single Buzzfeed article, which the progress indication indicate has long since finished loading, with Java, Javascript, and plugins all disabled, so it should just be a Static Thing being Merely Displayed, already loaded and rendered and Not Executing Anything. Right? So why is it gobbling up my CPU? How is it gobbling up my CPU? And why does a site designer think they need to be Doing So Much Of Whatever It's Doing, just to deliver a little bit of text (and some ads)?

WTF, Buzzfeed?

And then there's Facebook )

And then there's scrolling on sites that have static portions of the page, but I want to post a poll about that one first. Meatime, gotta sleeo. Sleeep, yesssss... Probably ranty, crotchety sleep...

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-01-25

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-01-22:

"Every man identifies with Hamlet, it has been said, since every man imagines himself a disinherited monarch; every woman identifies with Alice, since every woman sees herself as the sole sane person in a world filled with lunatics who imagine themselves disinherited monarchs." -- Adam Gopnik

[ http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/who-can-be-finished-with-alice]

(submitted to the mailing list by Jean Rogers)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-01-24

"Unless you're a plow driver or a parka-clad elected official trying to look essential, one doesn't pretend to do battle against a blizzard. You submit. Surrender. Hunker down. A snowstorm rewards indolence and punishes the go-getters, which is only one of the many reasons it's the best natural disaster there is.

[...]

"And, gloriously if briefly, it hides everything else -- the plastic grocery bags and mini-marts and dog poop and salt-grimed Toyotas and sundry disorder of modernity. Watching the quotidian American crudscape transform into a fairy-tale kingdom is a legitimate wonder. Name another disaster that leaves the afflicted region more attractive in its wake."

-- David Dudley, 2016-01-22

[Go read the whole thing -- it's short, and it's beautiful. Or you can wait for me to quote more pieces of it, I guess, but it flows better the way he wrote it.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-01-23

"Silence is the language of God,
 all else is poor translation."

-- Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (b. 1207, d. 1273-12-17)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 07:19am on 2016-01-22

Red sky at night, sailor's delight.
Red sky at morning ... Welcome to Baltimore, hon!

I've noticed that mornings have started off pink or red every single morning I've been awake past sunrise -- a gradually widening band across the city skyline (downtown is east of me), so this morning starting red is not unusual. But I do note that it started out an unusually deep and vibrant red today, shifting to orangeish-pink as it expanded upward, shading to purple as it meets dark clouds.

Probably not actually related to the coming storm, but quite striking.


Whoah! It just suddenly all changed from redpinkorange to lavender! (And les bright.) Never seen it do that before!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-01-22

"I used to love the trapping of a court in sesion. These days I see the robes and the rest for what they are ... theater. If 'security theater' makes people believe they're safe, then 'legal theater' makes them believe there is justice. We're better off if people can see actual justice, and then believe." -- Massey Reynstein, in Schlock Mercenary by Howard Tayler, 2015-12-07

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-01-21

"You can be in London at 10 o'clock and in New York at 10 o'clock. I have never found another way of being in two places at once." -- Sir David Frost (b. 1939-04-07, d. 2013-08-31), regarding the Concorde.

(The first commercial passenger flight of a Concorde was forty years ago today.)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-01-20

"We live in an amazing world when an officer'€™s inaccurate knowledge of the law is excusable, even laudable, so long as it leads to the arrest of a citizen. But an officer'€™s accurate knowledge of the law can lead to his termination, so long as that knowledge conflicts with the directives of a superior officer.

[...]

"If we expect police departments to improve, we can'€™t simply focus on getting rid of the Timothy Loehmanns of the world. We have to find a way to make sure that officers like Jay Park get to keep doing good work."

-- Andrew Fleischman 2016-01-05

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