The Spring Solstice

Sep. 23rd, 2017 11:39 pm
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In my preferred measuring of time, today marks the the three-quarter mark of the year and it has recently been eventful, rather than the reflective opportunity I take on such quarter calendar markers. The day started with a visit from [ profile] hathhalla and [ profile] ser_pounce for our irregular cheesequest session, which was followed with me running the third session of our Charlemagne D&D game, involving adapting The Veiled Soceity with the the historical revolt against his rule in in Friuli. Alas, the day ended with a very sad note with a message that [personal profile] caseopaya's mother has taken a turn for the worse and is now in a critical condition in hospital; a plane has been immediately booked to Perth and it is almost certain I will be embarking on the journey shortly afterwards. However, before I depart I have to attend VCAT on Tuesday to have power of financial attorney transferred to me for Rick B. and, with the universe displaying no sense of irony, the meeting of the Victorian Secular Lobby with Lesley Vick on the Dying with Dignity legislation.

On the scale of things there there is little else to report. I have been busy catching up on my PRACE supercomputing course when the opportunity presents itself, and even more so working on Papers & Paychecks at every available opportunity, especially working my way through the "sapient monsters" - cars, computers, photocopiers, fatbergs - that come to "life". There was a good game of Megatraveller on Wednesday evening with our regular group, and I have taken it upon myself to update and extend on existing javascript files for character generation to ship and world design. Finally, workwise things have been at their usual level of mad activity, with staff illnesses pushing our already tight deadlines for the GPGPU project into stormy territory. A lunch sponsored by SanDisk's Gary M., on Friday was thoroughly appreciated with a particularly high quality conversation. After that smashed my way through the somewhat tricky dependency chain for the SUMO traffic simulator. But, as mentioned, all seems to fall into insignificance at this point, even in my rational brain tells me that it is not.


Sep. 22nd, 2017 02:48 pm
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scala> new java.util.Date(Long.MinValue)
res1: java.util.Date = Sun Dec 02 08:47:04 PST 292269055

scala> new java.util.Date(Long.MaxValue)
res2: java.util.Date = Sat Aug 16 23:12:55 PST 292278994

scala> new java.util.Date(Long.MinValue >> 16)
res14: java.util.Date = Thu Apr 06 13:14:04 PST 2491

Off-topic: Backpacking.

Sep. 23rd, 2017 12:45 am
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Do you guys like hiking/backpacking? Which are your fave spots and trails that you've done? Care to share a pic or two?

Same about wild camping. You like that sort of thing? Do you have some tips regarding the most efficient organization of the luggage, what are the most essential things I should bring along? Thanks!


Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:38 pm
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It appears that Madame's operation was successful so far.
Fingers crossed.

And some more good news:

Today looks to be a herald of a small victory for Madame, and one potentially huge one for millions of other folk. Fingers double-crossed.

Friday offtopic. FB types.

Sep. 22nd, 2017 08:45 am
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I'm not sure this list of FB types if too exhaustive, and besides, who would ever fit into a single category, amirite? But still. Which of the 4 options might you be generally gravitating towards?

1) Selfie type
2) Relationship builder
3) Town cryer
4) Window shopper

Ау, Украина

Sep. 21st, 2017 06:50 pm
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Вам из-за поребрика Питер-Сервис помогает.

Да и у меня что-то многовато общих знакомых с этим учреждением. Вот я подумаю уже. Подумаю.

just found a bug...

Sep. 21st, 2017 03:01 pm
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In spark.core, RNG, specifically, normal distribution RNG.

It caches values (randomly). Now try to reseed. 

узнал кой-чего

Sep. 21st, 2017 09:48 am
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Такое есть культурное явление в Мексике, фильм El Topo (крот), и, соответственно, молодежь в черных рубашках. Например, topos aztecas. Песню поют, "tengo la camisa negra porque negro es mi alma", etc. Кино надо посмотреть будет. Ну или оно что-то вроде Hermano-2.

А также дошел смысл названия "Субару". すばあしい (субараший) - значит, чудесный.

In bed with the enemy

Sep. 21st, 2017 06:55 pm
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Yeah, Trump again. Got fed up with these Trump posts, eh? Can't help it, sorry. :-)

He may've been a major douche, but for the last couple of weeks he has strained the nerves of his fellow party clergy to the brink. I'm talking about the debt ceiling deal, where he decided to side with the Dems and postpone the debates on the debt ceiling for another 3 months. Oh, and he also may've supported a motion to legalize the status of illegal immigrants (DACA), and even had a dinner with Pelosi and Schumer over the issue.

He heeded Pelosi's request and wrote some tweets that was meant to calm down the immigrants that they wouldn't be deported (let me note again that nobody from Trump's PR team has any control over what he tweets - well, turns out, Nancy Pelosi might have). Then he supported Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) who had some, let's call them difficulties before the election. And now he's hinting that the US might actually stay in the Paris Agreement. What the hell's happening?

Read more... )

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Sep. 20th, 2017 02:47 pm

Trump, and the Paris accord

Sep. 20th, 2017 08:55 pm
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What On Earth Is Going On With Trump And The Paris Agreement?

Sigh. So many ignorant science denialists in the comments section.

1. The accord allowed each nation to select a target reduction of CO2. The US agreed to 25% below 2005 levels. 195 nations have reduction targets, not just the US.

2. The target date for industrialised nations is 2025; for developing nations it is 2030.

3. That doesn't mean any nation can wait until 2030 to start lowering CO2. If your target is to have $1 million in your retirement by age 65, you cannot wait until you are 65 to start.

4. China is reducing CO2 now. Today. They are moving more rapidly to solar than the rest of us are.

5. No one is being "penalised". The US simply agreed to that 25% reduction.

6, All industrialised nations are paying to help the developing nations, not just the US. All the major EU nations, Canada, Japan, Australia, Sweden, Norway, South Korea, etc. The money goes into a UN climate fund to help developing nations convert to green energy. They have to apply for grants for specific projects. Most people recognise these nations cannot do it by themselves, and the CO2 any nation emits affects our climate. All of us. The list of projects funded is public record.

7. The accord was signed under a treaty the US had already ratified earlier, the UN Framework on Climate Change.

Oh and by the way, a lot of American cities are sticking to the Paris agreement, it is just that poor excuse for a president that doesn't seem to care.

There is more )


Sep. 20th, 2017 11:12 am
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Fred has her surgery tomorrow.
Fingers crossed.

She's told the kids she needs to have an operation in hospital and won't be around. Her mum is staying with her in Dulwich. I have the kids over this weekend and from Thursday next. It's all been a bit hectic, and, as with our separation, we've kept the kids in the dark about stuff. Who knew that parenting entailed such subterfuge and moral equivocation? But it seems that some information is best kept on a "need to know" basis, as we protect the kids from stuff they may not need to know if everything works out fine.

Stage 1 (b). Radical surgery and a lymph-node-ectomy, and maybe some radio and chemo. They got it early, thank the gods. Madame of course is caught in the bureaucratic void between private patients and the NHS. They don't talk much to each other. Paperwork isn't shared. Stuff can slip between the cracks. And it's just more hassle when she doesn't need it.

Anyway, I'll know more in the next few days.

Happy feet

Sep. 20th, 2017 10:00 am
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Beautiful Boulders Beach, Simonstown showing off...

среда в городе

Sep. 19th, 2017 04:38 pm
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San Francisco, view from the office 
View from our office, One Market

lunch on the shore
Lunch on the shores of the bay

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Стенка над камином. Телевизор проведен, и HDMI проведен.


Mostly music collection thoughts

Sep. 19th, 2017 11:46 am
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Lately in the mornings I've been listening to one or two LPs from the set of classical music I had as a kid, the Funk and Wagnall's Family Library of Great Music, while reading the accompanying 12-page booklets, which I have managed to save more or less intact over the course of some 30 years and so many moves. This massive brick of liner notes, 264 broadside pages, was important to me mostly as an artefact of my early inspirations, rather than serving as any kind of reference material. Consequently I kept it amongst my memorabilia and until today I've never read any of it since those early days.
The thing that strikes me most as I read it now, is that this was an incredible education to be had, simply for the reading. I know I read each of these booklets enough times that I had them mostly by heart, because why else would I be already so familiar with, the life story of, say, Johannes Brahms, as I read it again this morning? Much like the encyclopedia we had laying around which I spent hours on end reading as a kid, these LPs and liner notes gave me quite an education, in this case, a thorough introduction to the main stream of 18th- and 19th-century European art music, with a look back at Bach and Handel. I'm so grateful we had these things around the house.
It's also interesting to read it now as a much older and better-educated person, and see the degree to which I absorbed 19th-century Romanticism from reading this stuff, which was kind of the unspoken intellectual/philosophical viewpoint underlying most of this written material. The classical world suffered from a 75-year-long hangover of those attitudes, which perhaps was inevitable given how inaccessible or paltry most of the art music of the 20th century was until mid-century. Worship of the past is natural when the present offers nothing remotely close. And that's the mindset these authors were schooled in, as they were likely about my age in the 1970s when these notes were written. There are attempts from time to time at writing something a bit more straight, but breathless veneration is generally the tone.
Anyway this process has definitely been making me want to continue on that album-based memoir I started working on... something about this whole set would make for a great chapter.
I haven't been writing much because I have booked studio time for the day after tomorrow, a 3-hour session in the morning, and I've been trying to stay focused on preparing for that session, getting ready at least 5 and as many as 10 to try out. I've picked some easy ones, tunes I've been doing for years or which are more about energy than finesse, and some more challenging ones that'll probably take up most of the session. My idea right now is to record live to tape: guitar and vocals/harmonica simultaneously for the basic tracks. Although if that doesn't go well I will do the guitar parts separately and overdub vocals. I've rethought and reworked a lot of my guitar arrangements -- in many cases, making actual arrangements where before I just had strumming patterns, not that interesting -- and in one case, I completely rewrote a song from a 2012 demo and made it a million times better.
I also wanted to put something here about listening to my digital music collection. Now that I've just about reached the end of my first listen to my vinyl collection -- all I have left is the rest of that Funk and Wagnalls set and a couple LPs I bought at a store the other day -- and I still have way more CDs and cassettes than I can imagine getting through in any reasonable amount of time, I've decided to start listening to my digital music collection in much the same manner as I've been listening through the physical stuff, with an eye towards deleting things, only keeping the titles I truly enjoy and want to hear again.
To start with, I'm planning to dump all the music I have into one big pile, that is, a folder named something like Pile-O-Tunes. I've already started that folder with the contents of the iTunes library that I've been building on this laptop for the past 6 years. Probably that pile will ultimately live on an external hard drive I have. I've been picking one title at a time out of that pile to spin, and I add to a folder labeled Collection. If I like it, I'll keep it there. If I don't care for it, I'll delete the tracks without hesitation.
The reason I have so much stuff is that years ago I got into the habit of retaining everything I bought or otherwise obtained, keeping lots of stuff I wasn't that interested in just for reference purposes, and I did certainly use that huge archive on a regular basis. But now that we are in an age where we can hear any major release that we want to pretty much whenever we want, there's no reason to keep recordings around that I'm not much into. I pretty much haven't dipped into the archive since streaming became a legal thing. I'll probably still retain anything that I can't find on Apple Music or YouTube in a reference pile.
Next to wrapping up my vinyl collection, the other prompt for this change was the latest update to iTunes, which finally crossed the line for me. I don't feel like going into the details at this late date, after so many years of disappointing changes and updates. Suffice to say, I've seen this day coming for years, and here it is, I no longer want to use the app to listen to the music I own. I took my old library and put it in another directory on the hard drive, and started a fresh library which I may or may not connect to Apple Music at some point. (Probably not.) So as far as music goes, iTunes will mostly be an app I use to rip CDs.
What I am using instead, after much research and trying out several alternatives, is a $20 app called Swinsian. ( Three or four days into the trial, I've got very few complaints. It's the one app that does the primary things I want, which are to: 1) display album art in a grid view, 2) have a queue that I can easily add tracks or albums to, 3) play FLAC files so I can finally delete all my transcodes of all my FLACs, and 3) get out of the fucking way and let me enjoy the music I've paid for. It does these things perfectly well. The other thing I really care about is that my actual music files stay untouched and accessible, easily played by any media application. The app doesn't organize them for me or hide them -- it leaves them in the file structure that I will be creating as I listen through all this stuff.
All right, that's enough for now. I'm gonna be hanging out with my bandmates today. I don't foresee that we're really gonna do anything productive at all until after the drummer gets back from his honeymoon, in November, and I'm all good with that. So today will probably be pretty casual and fun.
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