August 20th, 2017
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As far as I can tell, Kentucky is pretty and people are very friendly. They keep talking to us even though we understand maybe 10% of what they say. We mostly nod and look benevolently confused and vague in return.

Waiter: where are you from?
Me: Canada.
Waiter: but where exactly?
Me: Toronto.
Waiter: oh, well, you’re not too bad. Them Quebec people, I can’t understand a word they say.

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August 19th, 2017
neonvincent: For general posts about politics not covered by other icons (Uncle V wants you)

I posted Part 1 of January's saved comments yesterday.  Today, it's time for Part 2.

Comments from Greer's, Kunstler's, and Infidel 753's blogs behind the cut. )
location: House in the woods at the edge of town
Mood:: 'hungry' hungry
Music:: MSNBC
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August 18th, 2017
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So tomorrow we’re off to NASHVILLE, because there is no way we’re going to let a total solar eclipse pass this close without doing our best to set ourselves smack in the middle of its path. 

The first and only time I saw a solar eclipse was in 1999, in France. Froglet was four months old and like every new mum I couldn’t help fretting: what if she opened her eyes and looked directly at the sun! What if this hurt her eyes! (she slept through the whole thing). It was a slightly cloudy day and yet it was amazing. I remember the feeling of awe as we watched  the enormous shadow of the moon, swift and steady, moving across the fields. I remember how the birds suddenly fell still… and when the sun came back everyone just spontaneously clapped, because DAMN but that was a great show. :D I spent the following months/years checking websites to find out when/if I could arrange to see another one, it was that incredible. So yeah, we’re doing it again, only it’s a little further this time. Tadpole is very excited, she’s been counting the days for the past few months. 

And then we’ll visit Graceland. Don’t even ask. 

ANYWAYS: this should be fun. :D I’ll post pictures if I can. 

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posted by [personal profile] fiddlingfrog at 05:55pm on 18/08/2017 under

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Originally published at Frenzied Theatre. You can comment here or there.

neonvincent: For posts about geekery and general fandom (Shadow Play Girl)

This is the first of two installments about saved comments from January 2016.  I was traveling during the first two weeks of the month, so I saved my comments on my laptop, then transferred them to my desktop.  Good thing I did; apparently the video card on that has failed.  On the one hand, it confirms my feelings of urgency about posting my saved comments here, as they were driven by anxieties of hardware failure.  On the other, I was hoping the laptop would remain functional longer so that I could post the comments I saved on it.  Sigh.

I'm going to keep my comment on "Link round-up for 3 January 2016" at Infidel 753 above the cut, as it has a wider appeal for my readers here on Dreamwidth than the comments behind the cut.  That's because it's about all three trilogies of the Star Wars saga.

The New Republic is right about the Star Wars saga being a multi-generational tale of a dysfunctional family. However, I wouldn't call it bad parenting, at least in the first two trilogies. I'd call it absentee parenting combined with bad foster parenting (except in the case of Leia; I think the Organas were actually good parents). Obi-Wan screwed up with Anakin and was supplanted by Palpatine, who was even worse. Lars tried, but he wasn't suited to deal with his nephew by marriage, who had the family curse of being destined for greatness.

It wasn't until the current movie that a combination of an unruly child with parenting not up to the task became apparent. Leia, Han, and Luke all tried with Kylo Ren, and all failed. Smoke (sp.?) took over the Palpatine role and ended up being the evil foster parent. Thank you, J.J. Abrams for making crystal clear what George Lucas only implied.

The good news is that the foster parents can redeem themselves. Obi-Wan, with Yoda's help, succeed with Luke where they failed with his father. Anakin himself finally did the right thing by his son, although it took Palpatine doing his best to kill Luke to do it. I wouldn't be surprised if Luke and Leia do the same for Kylo Ren and Rey by the final film of this trilogy. There is a formula to these films, after all.

Comments from Kunstler's and Greers blogs plus the old Michigan Liberal about energy, the economy, and the election behind the cut. )
location: House in the woods at the edge of town
Mood:: 'geeky' geeky
Music:: ArcheAge game music
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posted by [personal profile] fiddlingfrog at 07:00am on 18/08/2017 under

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August 17th, 2017
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Monday is my birthday, and to celebrate Jane is going to show me around Paris for a long weekend. We're off tomorrow morning, and arriving back on my actual Birthday (Monday), which is _also_ the anniversary of the first time she hugged me (after she came to the airport to meet me off the plane back from my trip around the Southlands).

I arrived home to discover that she had made this wonder in the living room:

And I am looking forward to being allowed to open any of the things underneath it!

(Jim is being left with strict instructions that he is not allowed to eat any of the boxes. Or the tree. Or be sick on any of them. Or peek inside.)
neonvincent: For posts about geekery and general fandom (Shadow Play Girl)

Last month, I posted here about the Teen Choice Awards nominees recognizing speculative fiction in movies and television. The awards were given out Sunday, so it's time to post about the winners. Here are the links to entries about the winners at Crazy Eddie's Motie News and the descriptions I used to promote them.

'Beauty and the Beast' the big winner at the Teen Choice Awards as speculative fiction dominates the movie categories
"Beauty and the Beast" won five awards, Choice Fantasy Film, Choice Fantasy Movie Actress for Emma Watson, Choice Movie Villain for Luke Evans, and Choice Movie Ship and Choice Liplock for Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Emma Watson also won Choice Drama Movie Actress for her role in the thriller "The Circle."

'Riverdale' leads television shows with seven Teen Choice Awards
"Riverdale" was the most honored show last Sunday, earning seven surfboards: Choice Drama TV Show, Choice Drama TV Actor for Cole Sprouse, Choice Breakout TV Show, Choice Breakout TV Star for Lili Reinhart, Choice TV Ship for Sprouse and Reinhart, Choice Hissy Fit for Madelaine Petsch, and Choice Scene Stealer for Camila Mendes.

Music:: birds and wind in the trees
Mood:: 'awake' awake
location: House in the woods at the edge of town
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August 16th, 2017
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Seeing language deveope in the bambini fascinates me slightly as a doting parent, but mostly as a scientist. (Yeah, okay, 90% doting parent. Shut up.)

Wallstreet manages 3 word sentences. With one word in each language. At less than 2 years old has a limited vocabulary, but is very clear and insistent in what he means to say, when he can use words. Encore nuac now: encore = French for more, nuac = VN for water, now = English for now. "I want more water now."

At 3-1/2, Hedgefund amazes me with how much language she knows, and how she can think to work around what she doesn't know.
   Some clearly imitating what she's heard:
   HF: "I very hungry."
   Nom: "What do you want to eat?"
   HF: "What's ya got?"

   Some are entirely logical use of language from her perspective, even if not quite how the words are used in English. She wanted a blanket, but she didn't want the warm (heavier) blanket, so she asked for the "cold blanket." Makes sense logically, as cold is the opposite of warm.

   Some working around her vocabulary, waiting for dumb parents to catch on.
   HF: "What car doing?" (while we're driving)
   Us: "What car honey?"…. when she couldn't explain, we asked her to point. She pointed out the front window, at what we thought was a car with a trailer in front of us.
   Us: "It's a trailer, so that car can carry more stuff."
   HF: "No, what car doing?
   Us: "Sorry, we don't understand." She made a back and forth motion with her arms. Then it clicked, she wanted to understand about the wipers being on on our car (which we then explained). She's bright, she wants to understand things, and she will sensibly keep asking until we explain.

Sometimes the two of them are having what we regard as conversations in nonsense words. WS will also talk to us like that, which HF used to when she couldn't speak as well. Well, nonsense to us. They seem to understand each other, which goes back to my question to myself when HF was talking to us like that, which is whether it is only nonsense to us, but clearly defined language to them.
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August 15th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] fiddlingfrog at 07:00am on 15/08/2017 under

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August 14th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] shadowhuntress at 09:32am on 14/08/2017 under , ,
HEEEEEY YOUUUUU GUUUUYYYYSSS! Oh my goodness, look who is posting! Every time I work on a new post, something keeps me from actually posting it, and then all the things I started writing about turn into old news. But this time, I had to put a lot of work into my journals because Photobucket finally caught up to my third-party hosting (which they suddenly no longer allowed unless you pay them exorbitant fees). As a result, my journal layouts became a mess, and I couldn't let that stand. Then, after spending all that time downloading all my layout image files, moving them to my other hosting site and updating my CSS, I felt like I should actually use the journals I was spending so much energy fixing, or what was the point? I ran out of gas after moving all 132 icons from my Generation Kill moodtheme, so I still have all those image locations to update. And thankfully, Photobucket hasn't yet found noticed my icons. Considering how many icons I've made over the years, I am not looking forward to moving all of those elsewhere and updating the image locations. But that and fixing my profile page images are tasks for another day. I need to update my fandom list, anyway. Anyway, thanks a lot, Photobucket.

Currently watching: Game of Thrones S7. Storylines and characters are finally converging, so I'm glad I jumped back in at the beginning of last season after ditching the show halfway through season 4 and through season 5. At this point, I'm in it 'til the end of the line. And thankfully, I found a major spoiler site, which has been spot-on so far (the only discrepancy being the switching of two scenes between 7x04 and 7x05, which I thought was a smart choice). It's much more exciting for me when I know what's most-likely going to happen for the rest of the season. I like where most every storyline is purported to be going this season, though the implications of one thing in particular I am less-than-enthused about. (MAJOR spoilers for the end of Game of Thrones Season 7, if the spoilers are to be believed) )

Arya & Brienne Lightsaber Duel!

Sports-wise, just twiddling my thumbs until hockey starts again. Last week I kept up with the World Track & Field Championships, which had plenty of surprises. NFL football is back, and this year Los Angeles has two teams that no one I know cares about. I was a fan of the old L.A. Rams back when I was a kid, but this isn't that team, so I just can't get excited about them. The Chargers are currently playing in the L.A. Galaxy's stadium in Carson, which is kinda cool if you're a football fan who wants seats closer to the field than in a traditional football stadium. I'll probably see a game with whichever team is better when the new stadium in Inglewood is completed, but until then, meh. NCAA Football, on the other hand, starts on August 26th, and that excites me.

New movies I've seen in the last few months: Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Hidden Figures (onDemand), Hell or High Water (cable) and Disney's Descendants 2 (cable). RE: Descendants 2, does anyone else ship Uma/Ben over Mal/Ben? Also, Harry Hook looks like Sebastian Stan.

Team Uma.

Whaaaaaaaat, Hamilton has finally arrived in Los Angeles! My tickets are for September 19th, which I was able to obtain at face value through the Amex presale in April. I have no idea what I'm going to wear. Hmm, actually, I do...
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posted by [personal profile] fiddlingfrog at 11:34pm on 14/08/2017 under

Blueberries are down to $2 a quart for pick your own, and the bushes are dripping with fruit, so I drove out to Northeast to get another three quarts this afternoon.

Look who stopped by just as I was finishing up.

On the drive home I saw a car shaped like an old leather shoe driving the other direction down the thruway. I couldn’t see if the driver was an old lady or not.


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August 13th, 2017
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Instead, I was seen by a doctor last night at the Out of Hours service, who checked with the Eye Pavillion, who told me to come in at 2pm today. So Jane got me there in one piece (crossing roads and navigating festival-goers being tricky when any change of brightness causes intense pain), the doctor checked it was nothing unexpected, and that my iris was not stuck to my cornea (like last time), and then handed me some Maxidex and Cyclopentolate. The former reduces inflammation, the latter stops anything sticking to anything else while it recovers.

It's a pain, because I have to take the Maxidex hourly for the next two days, then 6 times a day for a week, then 4 times a day for a week, then thrice daily for a week, twice daily for a week, once daily for a week, and then I can finally stop. So I've installed an app on my phone to tell me when I should, and am letting that worry about it for me.

Also, the Cyclopentolate seems to cause my eye to focus slightly less well, so for the week I'm using that I suspect I'll have a bit of a headache (as I do now).

But! I am not in as much pain as I was, and my eye is probably not going to explode. So yay!
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In the book I read recently about the history of Artic exploration (about the Franklin Expedition and the search for the fabled Northwest Passage), they touched on the provision of government services to the Innuit (or lack thereof). Without going into the vast issue of Canada's and other nations', treatment of, and relations with, their aboriginal peoples, one of the points noted was that the government, even when trying to provide services, had trouble doing so, as these were nomadic/semi-nomadic people, historically with only one name. The government pushed many of them into settlements and assigned them family names. At some point, every one of them was assigned an "Innuit Number" (I think that is what it was actually called) for government ID purposes. This was later dropped as being too intrusive & dehumanizing.

Yet, in the Netherlands (and I believe all Scandanavian countries), which are highly democratic nations, everyone is assigned a national ID number from the moment of birth. The first thing associated with that number is your APGAR score and birth weight. All your medical records, school records, and tax records are keyed to that number. That makes for great demographic studies ("…all lawyers who'd had an APGAR of 9-10 at birth, currently make more than XXX Euro/year and have a low incidence of diabetes…"). To a North American, that is horribly intrusive; to them it's simple good management. The other piece of the puzzle is how to identify who goes with that number. Again, as North Americans, we would regard a government biometric database is being too intrusive, yet in India, they have recently fielded Aadhaar, a national biometric database precisely to be able to identify people for getting government services (eg welfare, nutritional support, schooling), and it is also being used to allow illiterate people access to banking and other commercial services. As it stands now, our governments do keep biometric ID, but it's limited and not very good. Looking at my driver's license, I'm a male of a certain height and weight and hair color. Well, my weight changes, and my hair is no longer brown, and I don't know anybody who actually looks much like any ID photo they have. (I laughed to myself the last time we brought Hedgefund across a border. Now age 3 years, her passport photo was from 3 months, and the Border Agent kept looking back and forth to between the picture and her.) Add to that people whose gender has changed legally. At that point, at least in Canada, they are issued new government ID's, but how do you then use that to access an old record which was under a different name and ID. We don't have a lot of nomads anymore, but what about migrant farm workers?

Seems to me combining modern biometrics with a national ID number would solve some of the "how do you get services" (governmental or commercial) issue. On the other hand, that would allow the government and commercial ventures to compile huge amount of info on us; on the other hand, they already have that, and we as individuals don't get the benefit of it.


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