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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-02-12

"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll give me a book I have not read." -- attributed (with assorted variations) to Abraham Lincoln (b. 1809-02-12, d. 1865-04-15, President of the US 1861-03-04 to 1865-04-15)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-02-11

"One of the things I would like to see with the candidates is not just for them to come up with a bunch of policies, but to indicate that they're willing to listen to what we have to say. I think it would be amazing if a candidate was asked a disability question and they said - 'You know, I don't really know, but I would love to hear what the disability community thinks.'" -- Andrew Pulrang, quoted in "The 2016 conversation has ignored disabled people. Now, they want to be heard." by Caitlin Gibson, 2016-02-10 in The Washington Post

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-02-10

"I believe that you may become worthier than you have ever yet been -- worthy to lead a life that may be a blessing. No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from. You have made efforts -- you will go on making them." -- Daniel Deronda to Gwendolen Harleth, in the novel Daniel Deronda (1876) by George Eliot (aka Mary Ann Evans; b. 1819-11-22, d. 1880-12-22)

[To everyone celebrating Ash Wednesday today, may you have a peaceful and spirityually fullfilling Lent.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-02-09

"Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize." -- Tom Lehrer, in a 2003 interview in the Sydney Morning Herald (interviewer: Tony Davis)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-02-08

"[...] Last season's fruit is eaten
 And the fullfed beast shall kick the empty pail.
 For last year's words belong to last year's language
 And next year's words await another voice."

  -- from "Little Gidding" (1942) by T. S. Eliot (b. 1888-09-26, d. 1965-01-04)

[Happy new year to everyone celebrating the start of the Year of the Monkey! May you have joy and prosperity!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-02-07

"They now factor in awed-ness when astronauts go up. So Tim Peake, when he went out on his first ever EVA, when he went outside the ship ... They used to have a really tight schedule -- 'Go straight here!' -- they now factor in time because any astronaut who would go outside would find themself just going 'Oh my God, I'm hanging in space, I'm looking at the planet Earth!' and they never factored in time for that. So they're now giving 'awe time', where you can just go 'Aww,' and then get on with your work. So 'awe time' is now a thing." -- Dan Schreiber on the No Such thing As A Fish podcast, episode #98: "No Such Thing As Planet George", 2016-01-28 (about 0:06:34 to 0:07:02)

[I had trouble getting that link to work -- in Stainless under OS X and Safari under iOS 5, with Javascript, it just said "Something went wrong"; in Safari without Javacript under OS X it complained about needing Javascript; in Safari under iOS 9 it worked by launching the already-downloaded SoundCloud app. If it doesn't work for you, maybe the download link will, or you can go to the No Such Thing As A Fish page and click on episode 98 there. Or, y'know, subscribe to the podcast because those folks are entertaining every week.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-02-06

"When I see a story that another species has gone extinct ... I wonder what they tasted like." -- Stephen Colbert, in a confessional sketch on the CBS television program The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, 2016-02-04

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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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