"Even if we do not believe that a Higher Power has made detailed arrangements for the gifts and opportunities we have, we get to decide what meaning we want to make of the current situation. We can decide to craft the story of our lives along the path of justice, kindness, mercy, and shared liberation." -- Rev. Lyn Cox, 2017-03-05
We currently have three open epics. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $308 to be complete. "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $161 to be complete. "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and needs $169.50 to be complete.
How would you like to distribute the $60?
ALL $60 into "The Inner Transition"
ALL $60 into "The Higher a Monkey Climbs"
ALL $60 into "Two Foxes"
Divide it equally across the THREE poems
Corinne Duyvis and Kayla Whaley, writing at Disability in Kidlit:
Not so much.
The problem was Berkeley's frequent grayness. Friday the weather report said there wouldn't be any morning cloud cover, Sunday it said it'd clear by 9am, today it said we'd only get 50% of the sky by 11am. So I woke up and it was gray as gray, and I didn't plan to go much of anywhere.
Around 10 o'clock I walked out of the house, up to Telegraph, then looped back a few blocks up. The object was to at least be outside during the maximum eclipse that we got so that I could enjoy the eerie darkening of the sky.
Not so much.
We get such dark, gloomy gray in the mornings that if there was any darkening beyond that, I didn't notice it. So it was back at home by 10.20 or so and back to work.
Not the first time I've missed a celestial phenomenon due to Berkeley's gloom. I made great plans to see the first of our quartet of blood moons, but when I got up to an overlook above Lake Temescal all I could ever see was clouds; the moon was just as absent that day as the sun was this morning.
The gray gloominess is actually one of the things that bugs me about Berkeley. There was one summer several years ago now where it felt like it was gray all year long. I was going out of my mind by the end of it. And that's not necessarily figurative. I used to get depressed over winter, as the gloom really cut in, though in recent years Vitamin D and trips to Hawaii seem to have held that off.
Just this Saturday I was desperate to get away from the gloom, so I hauled my bike out to Pleasant Hill. As soon as I got through the hills (on BART) everything brightened up. I went from gray and 60 degrees to bright and 85. It was like a different world. I had a great bike ride and then when I got to the Lime Ridge Open Space I hiked around that for a while. (It was kind of hot and harsh, so I only went a mile or so and back.)
This morning, I thought about heading out to BART and going somewhere where I might be able to see the sun disappear. Orinda or Richmond. But ultimately I shrugged my shoulders. It seemed like a big disruption to the day to no guaranteed results.
So no eclipse today, though the sun had certainly disappeared.
I took to the hills in the evening, after dinner. And I saw a glorious sunset. Apparently all those clouds are good for something.
* Republicans are unconscionably wasteful of tax payer funds. "Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds to pay agents because of Trump's frequent travel, large family:" https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/
* "The Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/
* "Republican committees have paid nearly $1.3 million to Trump-owned entities this year:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/
* "McConnell undercuts Trump's claim: 'Most news is not fake':" http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/
* "Cat Stevens - Moon Shadow:"
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* "Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart:"
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* I am trying to figure out if I'm sick or if it's a matter of chronic pain and a bad allergy season teaming up. The result is crap for sleep and general ickiness. I know I need to sell off more of my collection for bills, but the task is daunting even without the fogginess in my head.
* Want to donate to help make the car safe for rain? Paypal Lethran@gmail.com
* "What you missed on 7x06 of Game of Thrones:" http://bb8s.tumblr.com/post/
* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.
* This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/
* Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/
* How to help the protesters and ordinary people in Venezuela: https://thewynne.tumblr.com/post/
* A list of links to Charlottesville charities if you want to give the NAZIs a financial fuck you: https://twitter.com/SaraJBenincasa/
* How white Protesters can weaponize their whiteness: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/
* List of places to donate to help trans service members and fight the planned attack on active duty trans soldiers: https://vaspider.tumblr.com/post/
* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com
* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
(The rest of this post about writing is at FontFolly.Net.)
I did indeed press on, bracing myself for a spoiler. (And now I'm completely up to date on the comic; yesterday was the first new installment I read as a Caught-Up Reader. I think the only material I have left to read now is the handful of mixed comics/prose shorts on Spangler's store site, and I've made it as far as buying them all.) And many things happened, because there'd been a five-year timeskip since the first act of the comic, and I thought, "Okay, I don't know which of these things is the spoiler davidgillon mentioned, but many things happen very early in Act 2 that leave things in a very different place than they are as of the published Rachel books, so presumably it was one of those..."
Except then I read all the way back through the posts at agirlandherfed, and due to a couple of Asks there, the nature of the early-Act 2 spoiler was spelled out.
It was an offhand reference--a panel's worth of mention, at most--and so far the comic hasn't mentioned it again, and I completely failed to process it for what it was. But now, belatedly, I know.
And my heart broke a little.
"Only in the Gift"
I have seen the moon-shielded sun
and the Father God winking
as he turns his one wide eye
back toward the waiting world
a reminder that we live,
moment by moment,
only in the gift of
his infinite light.
Feel free to edit your stories between now and reveals on 28 August. Or write treats for any prompt that catches your eye.
Poem: "To Appreciate Small Victories"
Poem: "The Bamboo That Bends"
Poem: "As Couples as Possible"
Crowdfunding Creative Jam
Poem: "The Whole of Civilization"
Bust of Lincoln Destroyed (54 comments)
Read "Absent the White Roses" by William Altolft
Read "Under Cover Fashion" by Bairnsidhe
Promoting a Better World
Poem: "Tricky Treats"
Today we saw the eclipse in Chester, IL. :D 3q3q3q!!!
The bonus fishbowl last week went well.
Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies. Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack. "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Pips gets worried about Jules and drops by for a visit. "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie hears that the Iron Horses are going after the gaybashers, and feels uneasy over his own reactions.
Weather has been warm to hot here. Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia, purple aster, rose campion, some yellow thing in the wildflower garden, thistle.
There is one pinch hit currently outstanding. Defaulted pinch hits since the last batch and deadline defaults will go out after deadline tonight.
Please claim via pm or email to email@example.com and include the ph number, recipient's AO3 user name and your AO3 user name. Please do not claim in the comments to preserve anonymity.
This pinch hits will now be due on 23 August at 11pm EDT. What time is that for me?
( Pinch Hit #5: Captain Underpants Series - Dav Pilkey, Wayside School - Louis Sachar, The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster )
Caroline’s adviser liked to leave her notes.
She almost never saw Dr. Comey. There was the big lecture on Mondays and the team meeting on Wednesdays, of course, and then sometimes there was the all-department meetings, which Dr. Comey sometimes deigned to attend, but the Dr. - who was so old the legend said that when they’d rebuilt the faculty wing of Ivy Hall, they’d just picked up Dr. Comey’s office and built the new building around it - preferred to work in late nights and early mornings, and Caroline’s schedule was such that she worked in the lab generally late mornings and late afternoons.
But Dr. Comey would leave her notes: combine experiment A with experiment B. Note results. Ask Sally to enter request for life test subjects again.
All Dr. Comey’s administrative help were “Sally.” The current one - Crystal - confided that they took it like a title, “Current Sally for Dr. Comey,” and took no offense from it.
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Cross posted here: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2017/08/
If we're taking down Confederate statues, can we take the names of Confederate generals off military bases?
SPLC releases new edition of 10 ways to fight hate.
My US Rep., Jamie Raskin, is sponsoring the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity Act -- taking the 25th Amendment ability to remove the president out of the hands of the VP and cabinet, and putting it in Congress. The only problem I see with it is that I don't think there are enough doctors in Congress to fill the slots.
Uncovering a colossal Bronze Age battle.
Russia is treating feminists as extremists in a crackdown.
Teenagers going to town halls are owning the Republicans.
Charlottesvile syllabus -- readings on hate in America.
An 8th Circuit district court judge has ruled that we don't have a right to film public officials, including taking phone pix of cops. This needs to go to the Supreme Court.
National Trust for Historic Preservation on confronting difficult history.
NYTimes: The failing Trump presidency.
We need to talk about online radicalization of young white women.
How the Republican Party quietly does the bidding of white extremists, by former Sen. Russ Feingold.
The Republicans who want to legalize running over protesters.
Artistic maps of India and Pakistan showing regional embroidery techniques.
The view through the glasses was very neat -- just a sliver of sun. The picture I took through the glasses shows a much fatter sliver than was really there. I think the yellower sliver inside the larger orange-yellow sliver might be real and the rest bleed-through or something:
It was still pretty bright and sunny out, even with only 20% of the sun directly visible. It's not like you get dusk-quality lighting. I did notice that it wasn't *as* bright as usual; in particular, not only did I not have to squint like I normally do when outdoors on bright days, but I could even *take off my glasses with transition lenses* and not have to squint. That was pretty neat!
I took a quick photo without the glasses (I figured my phone could handle a very brief exposure). It shows no occlusion. Is that what people foolish enough to look with the naked eye would see? So they'd endure vision loss for... not a whole lot of anything?
These people improvised a pinhole camera that worked better than the one I'd prepared in advance:
It's the weekly report on the state of triage in Firefox-related components. I apologize for missing last week’s report. I was travelling and did not have a chance to sit down and focus on this.
Flow (the ‘\[qf:p[1:3]\]’ whiteboard tags) or existing work (the
‘\[js:p[1:3]\]’ whiteboard tags) will be moved to the backlog (P3)
for review after the Firefox 57 release. See
Please make sure you’ve made it clear what, if anything will happen with these bugs.
Not sure how to triage? Read
**Version** 56 56 56 56 57 57 57 ----------------------------------------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ----- ------ ------- **Date** 7/10 7/17 7/24 7/31 8/7 8/14 8/14 **Untriaged this Cycle** 4,525 4,451 4,317 4,479 479 835 1,196 **Unassigned Untriaged this Cycle** 3,742 3,682 3,517 3,674 356 634 968 **Affected this Upcoming Release (56)** 111 126 139 125 123 119 **Enhancements** 102 107 91 103 3 5 11 **Orphaned P1s** 199 193 183 192 196 191 183 **Stalled P1s** 195 173 159 179 157 152 155
What should we do with these bugs? Bulk close them? Make them into P3s? Bugs without decisions add noise to our system, cause despair in those trying to triage bugs, and leaves the community wondering if we listen to them.
Methods and Definitions
In this report I talk about bugs in Core, Firefox, Firefox for Android, Firefox for IOs, and Toolkit which are unresolved, not filed from treeherder using the intermittent-bug-filer account*, and have no pending needinfos.
By triaged, I mean a bug has been marked as P1 (work on now), P2 (work on next), P3 (backlog), or P5 (will not work on but will accept a patch).
A triage decision is not the same as a release decision (status and tracking flags.)
Age of Untriaged Bugs
The average age of a bug filed since June 1st of 2016 which has gone without triage.
Untriaged Bugs in Current Cycle
Bugs filed since the start of the Firefox 55 release cycle (March 6th, 2017) which do not have a triage decision.
Recommendation: review bugs you are responsible for
Untriaged Bugs in Current Cycle Affecting Next Release
Bugs marked status_firefox56 = affected and untriaged.
Enhancements in Release Cycle
Bugs filed in the release cycle which are enhancement requests, severity = enhancement, and untriaged.
Recommendation: product managers should review and mark as P3, P5, or RESOLVE as WONTFIX.
High Priority Bugs without Owners
Bugs with a priority of P1, which do not have an assignee, have not been modified in the past two weeks, and do not have pending needinfos.
Recommendation: review priorities and assign bugs, re-prioritize to P2, P3, P5, or RESOLVE.
Stalled High Priority Bugs
There 159 bugs with a priority of P1, which have an assignee, but have not been modified in the past two weeks.
Recommendation: review assignments, determine if the priority should be changed to P2, P3, P5 or RESOLVE.
* New intermittents are filed as P5s, and we are still cleaning up bugs
after this change, See
If you have questions or enhancements you want to see in this report, please reply to me here, on IRC, or Slack and thank you for reading.