QODT: Deep Links

Apr. 27th, 2015 08:08 am
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"‘Deep links’ is CD-ROMs being able to link to one another. If that’s the future, the future is rather boring." — Tom Morris on the new walled gardens of the Internet

I'm having to deal with so called deep links in our apps at work, and it's frustrating. Also 'deep linking' used to mean linking to specific pages on websites that weren't the 'home page'.


Apr. 27th, 2015 09:46 am
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I spent Sunday morning hacking at the hedges in the backyard with an electric trimmer, as they'd pretty much been untouched since we bought the house and were threatening to take over the neighborhood. They're not especially attractive now, but at least we can see out the back windows.

And now I'm very stiff and in pain. :)

Blog Rerun: Time Enough At Last

Apr. 27th, 2015 09:32 am
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This is a blog post I wrote on my DW/LJ blog, a little more than a year ago:

“Time Enough At Last”, starring Burgess Meredith as a book-loving bank teller who misses the apocalypse, is one of the most famous episodes of the Twilight Zone. It’s one of the ones—along with the one about the thing on the plane—that even people who’ve never seen an entire episode are likely to know about, and it didn’t even star William Shatner or get re-made for the movie.

But it’s one that some people find puzzling in a way that leaves them either vaguely uncomfortable or with a sense that the story is ultimately lacking in the sort of philosophical underpinnings that make the Twilight Zone more than just a schlock anthology.

Submitted for your approval: Meredith’s Thurber-esque character of Henry Bemis is exactly the sort of put-upon protagonist that in another episode might find himself vindicated or rewarded by the twist of fate. The idea that his “bad habit” of hiding away during his lunch hour to read both saved his life and freed him from all obligation to a society that had no use for a dreamer is sufficient premise for an episode of TZ all in and of itself.

The twist where he breaks his glasses (oh, by the way: spoiler warning) and can no longer read his beloved books is the sort of fate that would normally be reserved for someone who actually conspired to bring about the end of the world just to get away from everyone.

It’s the kind of cosmic punishment we expect to be doled out by the Twilight Zone, but that raises the question: what’s Henry Bemis being punished for?

Stuck for a moral, a lot of reviewers pick up on Bemis’s own words on the subject: “That’s not fair,” he tells us. “That’s not fair at all.”

Life is not fair. The universe is not fair. But that’s a little bit pat, and I think it also misses the mark. I think to get the actual message, we have to set aside the bit about the unfairness of life as a given and focus on the rest of his words as the central theme about how life is unfair in this case.

“That’s not fair,” he says. “That’s not fair at all. There was time now… there was all the time I needed. That’s not fair.”

It’s not “not fair” that he broke his glasses. It’s not fair that he broke his glasses now, now that there was time. This is not a trivial distinction. The sentiment is referred to in the title of the episode, after all.

And that’s the lesson: time makes a mockery of us all.

We know that nothing in this life can last forever—least of all this life—but we put things off for later. When? Later… y’know, when there will be more time for it. But the future by definition never holds more time for us, only less.

How much less?

We don’t know.

We never know.

And the thing of it is, even if we learn the lesson and take it to heart, we can’t avoid time’s trap. There are times when you have to make the gamble that the future will hold time enough, because even though you don’t know if it will or not, you know that the present doesn’t. No matter how many days you seize there will be plans that have to be put off and dreams that have to be deferred and processes that take time, no matter how slow and painful they may be.

All we really can do is weigh the time that we have, not knowing how much we have but knowing that it can’t be infinite, and make the best decisions we can about how to spend it.

When I wrote this, I was thinking about all the things in my life that I had put off or put on hold over what was basically the preceding decade, but especially the five years leading up to my move. That kind of thing is a hard habit to break. I’m posting this again because I felt the need to re-read it today, as a sort of motivational booster shot.

I was surprised to see that I wrote it in April of last year. In my head, I’d written this post in response to Dorian’s death in September, since was the time when I most acutely felt how much time had passed me by while I was basically marking time. But here I was, making that same observation almost half a year before.

Like I said: it’s a hard habit to break.


Originally published at Blue Author Is About To Write. Please leave any comments there.

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Having won the Hugo for Best Novel last year with the first volune of the Imperial Radch trilogy Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie has been nominated in the same category this year for the second volune of the trilogy, Ancillary Sword. A deeply engrossing cross between space opera and spy/intrigue thriller, with a sophisticated exploration of the underlying themes of identity, gender and imperialism, both of these novels are suberb reading.

Having made a major impression with her first novel, Ann Leckie does it again in the second volume of her planned trilogy, Ancillary Sword. I continue to be impressed by her storytelling skill. In this volume, the scope collapses to a single solar system, as Breq, now captain of the Mercy of Kalr, is sent by one of the factions of the Lord of the Radch, Anaander Mianaai, to Athoek, a planet assimilated into the Radch Empire several centuries ago, and now the major supplier of tea to the Empire.

As Breq navigates her way through the political and social structures at work on both the planet - where wealthy tea plantation owners live in luxury while transportees from other planets work the fields as indentured servants - and on Athoek Station - where the planetary officials and representatives of all classes except the plantation workers carry out their daily tasks in a microcosm - we discover along with her the nuances of Radchaai culture even as we watch an incisive exploration of colonialism run rampant.

Breq's evolving sense of identity is also highlighted in Ancillary Sword. Linked as captain to her ship, she is at once reminded of what it was like to be a ship, at the same time that she realises most keenly that she can no longer act as a ship. It becomes increasingly clear that the person she is becoming has a profound desire for justice, but does not yet understand the state of being human well enough to consistently grasp what true justice is.

I'm very excited about the next book. I want most of all to see more of who Breq is becoming. And of course, seeing what happens to the Radch Empire.

One of the greats

Apr. 27th, 2015 06:54 am
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Remembering Cordwainer Smith, including the theory that he was Robert Lindner's patient in The Fifty-Minute Hour. I have also heard the theory that he was a transvestite. Larry McMurtry, in Books: A Memoir, says that he purchased Smith's book collection but declined his bra collection.

3 weeks for Dreamwidth: 1

Apr. 27th, 2015 11:15 am
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How to be a comfortable courtesan

I shall not say how, and why, at the age of 15 I became the mistress of the Earl of Craven, because I never had the kind of opportunities that Harriet Wilson wasted. However, at the age of 27 I fell in with a wealthy Northern ironmaster, whose generosity and sound financial advice have ensured me a comfortable old age without the need for blackmail, indeed with the ability to support a number of charitable enterprises for the benefit of some less fortunate sisters in the trade. This narrative sets out to encourage a rational and prudent approach to the profession of harlotry and to dispel the notion that a 'fallen woman' is bound to die in the gutter, penniless and diseased, before her 30th year.

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Apr. 27th, 2015 07:56 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] gumbie_cat!

Linkspam for Dreamwidth (and LJ)

Apr. 26th, 2015 09:47 pm
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3 weeks for dreamwidth seems like a good excuse for starting to post again. Apparently I stopped posting in January because these are mostly links from January.

I love reading about shipping.
Read more... )

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Apr. 27th, 2015 12:11 am
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

this bus

Apr. 26th, 2015 11:36 pm
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Is new enough it still has that new bus smell!

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Apr. 26th, 2015 09:25 pm
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  • After lunch, Antoine and I stopped in the library so I could get a book that was waiting for me. I ended up grabbing some history books & a couple travel ones, too, the latter to try to think about where to take Antoine's sabbatical with him next year. It's been a long time since I actually...browsed in the library.

  • It was bright outside today, and I took a short-ish walk with Antoine.

  • I've read a few volumes of Honey and Clover in the past couple days. This is my first time reading the entire manga - I've seen the anime, ofc. I'd forgotten how much I love it. So poignant, so hilarious. I'm finding myself a lot more sympathetic toward Hagu this time through.

  • New episode of Wolf Hall tonight, which is partly exciting because one of the books I got at the library is Weir's Six Wives of Henry VIII. Obsessed with Tudors lately.

  • Watched a few episodes of Yama no Susume (Encouragement of Climb). I'm so glad this show got a second season with expanded episodes - go, little show!

  • I cleaned a good chunk of my room today, including getting all of the books off the floor ;___;
  • That time of the review cycle again

    Apr. 26th, 2015 10:58 pm
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    My list of sponsored reviews that still need doing is rather short, so this would be a good time for people to start commissioning them.

    Avengers: Age of Ultron speculation

    Apr. 26th, 2015 09:51 pm
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    Behind the cut is speculation for Avengers: Age of Ultron based on one high-level spoiler (not super surprising, but not inevitable either) and general knowledge about announced upcoming movies.


    spoilers )

    Speculate all you like with me, but if you actually know, please stay out of comments. Thanks.

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    Apr. 26th, 2015 09:52 pm
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    Karkat's one-pixel smile may be obsolete.

    Nepal earthquake relief

    Apr. 26th, 2015 08:58 pm
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    If you have PayPal, it's waiving its usual transaction fees for donations to a specific set of charities.

    See also: 7 vetted charities doing relief work following the earthquake.

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    Apr. 26th, 2015 05:32 pm
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    [personal profile] adrian_turtle is visiting for a few days. Yesterday she, [livejournal.com profile] cattitude and I went to the Chihuly Glass Garden in Seattle Center, and had a nice time looking at Chihuly's glass sculptures. Much of the display is indoors, including a very colorful ceiling; the garden part is very well done, with the plantings well matched to the glass sculpture.

    Adrian has also discovered that our cats actually understand and will obey a firm "no!" I suspect this is because (according to their paperwork) they used to live in the same household as a dog. Whatever the reason, it is already making our lives easier, because we're spending significantly less energy keeping them out of closets.

    I love my crockpot

    Apr. 26th, 2015 06:25 pm
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    Just finished turning 7.5 lbs of onions into 4.5 cups of caramelized onions.

    The Paws of Mr. Claus

    Apr. 26th, 2015 11:36 am
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    • In the grocery store while I was standing in line, I saw a box flying through the air.  A minute or so later, I saw the shoulder of one of the workers, and then another box thumped down some distance away.  "Aha," I said, "the invisible hand of the market."
    • Then I came home, put the two bags of food down by the apartment door, and started looking for my keys.  which were not in my pocket or bag or the bags of food.  OMG.  Where had I sat down?  Church and the bus stop.  Panic approached.  I shucked the jacket, put the food under the doorknob and --  Yeah, the keys were still in the outer door,
    • I spent most of yesterday clearing most of the stuff out of my late sibling's storage locker (the facility is closing April 30), loading it into a small truck, unloading it with the aid of a neighbor (hi, Aaron!)(no, of course not.  But just in case...), and driving back (cue "Joy in Truckdriving" theme from The Fugitive).  I actually remembered all my truck-driving lessons from twenty years (aaaaaaaggggggghhh!) ago.
    • Ten years worth of dust, even inside sealed boxes, is a lot.  
    • One of the things I like about my church is the focus on Christ.  Which is weird and counterstereotypical, but we're  weird and counterstereotypical.
    • The aroma of eau de science experiment is wafting from the fridge.


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