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Instead of a dev chat this weekend, I'm planning on doing some DW work on Sunday morning my time for a while. I welcome anybody who's interested to hop on IRC for some low-key proximal (chronologically) hack time.

There is no real schedule or plan: you can and should work on whatever you want, whether it be code, docs, support requests, styles, design, or even just hanging out and not doing any project if you just want to be social. Although I don't intend to spend a lot of time chatting (it's hacking time for me!) but I will be around for questions.

Date: Sunday 2014-07-27
Time: ~9AM PDT / 1600 UTC

Hope to see some of you there!
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On Friday, WisCon posted a statement that read in part:

The WisCon committee has completed our harassment review process with regard to Jim Frenkel, who engaged in two reported violations of WisCon’s general and harassment policies at WisCon 37, in 2013 … WisCon will (provisionally) not allow Jim Frenkel to return for a period of four years (until after WisCon 42 in 2018). This is “provisional” because if Jim Frenkel chooses to present substantive, grounded evidence of behavioral and attitude improvement between the end of WisCon 39 in 2015 and the end of the four-year provisional period, WisCon will entertain that evidence. We will also take into account any reports of continued problematic behavior.

Natalie Luhrs has posted a roundup of some reactions. There’s a great deal of anger and frustration over poor communications, procedural failures, and more. I’m still reading, but my initial reaction is that the whole thing has been a mess that went rolling down a hill of mistakes, snowballing into a giant boulder of crap.

I’m still catching up on the conversation, and a lot of people have weighed in more thoughtfully and eloquently than I could. (See Natalie’s roundup for links.) One thing I wanted to talk about, however, was the “provisional” aspect of WisCon’s statement. Because my initial gut-level reaction was that it seemed reasonable to allow for the possibility of growth and change.

A little while back, I responded to an article titled, “The Naive Idiocy of Teaching Rapists Not to Rape.” The thing is, rapists can learn not to rape. People can and do change, especially when they’re confronted with consequences and forced to look at their own actions.

I’ve worked with college students, mostly men, in an early intervention program where we tried to help people recognize and change their own aggressive, boundary-crossing, harassing behaviors. I’ve sat in on batterer’s groups. I’ve spoken with pedophiles after their release from jail. My wife has designed and run domestic violence groups. My father spent much of his life working with juvenile offenders who had committed assault, robbery, rape, and more.

People can change. It’s kind of a no-brainer. Our behavior changes throughout our lifetime. We learn new habits, new values, and new choices. I’ve said and done things in the past that I wouldn’t dream of doing today, because I’ve learned better. We all have.

Does that mean all rapists and harassers will come to see the error of their ways if we only give them another chance? Of course not. Some people go right back to the same pattern of hostile behavior. But others can and do come to recognize the harm they’ve done to others, and find a new path.

I believe very strongly that there should be consequences for our actions. But I also believe in education and rehabilitation.

I don’t know if Jim Frenkel will ever truly accept responsibility for what he’s done, or if he’ll change a pattern of harassing behavior that goes back decades. He seemed genuinely remorseful when he spoke to me about this several years ago, but his behaviors didn’t change.

I hope this time is different. I hope the consequences of his loss of employment and being banned from his local convention force him to confront his choices, and that he comes out a better man.

The problem is when we choose to make his growth and change more important than the safety and security of his victims and potential victims.

When you’ve wronged someone and they throw you out of their life, you don’t get to force your way back in to prove that you’ve changed. You don’t get to violate their boundaries because you want to apologize. If the wronged party chooses to forgive and to allow you back into their lives, that’s one thing. If they choose not to, then you need to accept that loss as a consequence of your actions.

WisCon banned a known serial harasser on a relatively short-term “provisional” basis. While I share the same philosophical hope and belief for change, they’ve taken the choice away from his victims.

WisCon is not a judicial body. They are not a rehabilitation program. In my opinion, they are not qualified to judge the sincerity of serial harassers, many of whom have spent years or decades learning to hide their behavior behind the mask of the “nice guy.” Their job is to investigate complaints, and when those complaints are found to be valid, to take steps to protect their membership.

Protection for Frenkel came in the form of WisCon’s investigation process. I believe every complaint should be investigated and decided based on evidence and testimony. In this case, there have been multiple people reporting incidents, with multiple witnesses backing them up. According to the WisCon Harassment Policy, Frenkel also has the right to appeal the decision. Again, I think that’s reasonable.

But throughout this process, despite what I believe to be the best of intentions in a difficult and ugly situation, WisCon has failed to protect its members.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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Posted by Wil Wheaton

I’m packing for Comic-Con, finalizing my set for w00tstock, getting all kinds of excited for Syfy’s Sharknado 2 party on Friday night, and locking down my character choices for the Welcome to Night Vale / Thrilling Adventure Hour crossover show on Saturday night.

I fold some jeans and put them into my suitcase and think to myself, “this is weird. I don’t feel panicky about Comic-Con at all.”

So, of course, my brain goes, “well, let me fix that for you” and I feel the nauseating well of panic swell up in my chest. My arms feel fifty feet long, my hands get cold and numb, and I realize that I’ve been clenching my jaw for several minutes. My ears actually pop when I release it.

Depression and anxiety are awesome*.

So I’m genuinely excited for all the cool things I will get to do this year, and I’m genuinely excited to be, at least in some fashion, a representative for Syfy, Geek & Sundry, and myself. I’m excited to see neat cosplay, visit with friends who I don’t get to see as often as I’d like, and for some things to happen that I can’t talk about in public at the moment.

… but occasionally things like this happen at Comic-Con, and then I get scared and overwhelmed, and don’t want to go outside.

I’ll do my best to be awesome, but if you see me at Comic-con, and I seem a little weird or off to you, this is probably why.

*not actually awesome

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Ra went for post VCA internal medicine follow up this morning with Dr. Lehal at Brookville primarily for a blood draw to check his blood chemistry to check his kidneys and liver and CBC to check his anemia...

From my Facebook post on the matter:

Ra's blood work has come back from earlier today. His liver enzyme ALT has gone down from 1390 down to 950, so going in a good direction. His potassium is normal at 4.4. His creatinine is okay at 2.4. The rest? Not so good. Bilrubin (another liver value) went up from .4 to .5 which is high normal. His BUN (kidney value) went up from 35 to 56, which Is Bad. The most concerning is his anemia is worsening--was at 31% red cell count last week, now at 17%. That's a serious drop and an indication that something is seriously wrong. Dr. Lehal suspects it's in the GI tract (ulcers), or in the bone marrow (related to the Chlorambucil). It could also be related to the worsening state of his kidneys, too, though, so... Sigh.

While the blood's still at the lab, Dr. Lehal is going to have them run a more concrete test for what type of anemia Ra has--there are two types to be concerned with, and Dr. L spoke of them so fast I couldn't keep up notes wise, but whichever type it's determined to be determines what sort of treatment Ra will get for it. Dr. Lehal is generally of the opinion Ra needs a blood transfusion for the quickest rectification of the anemia, but is waiting for more counsel from Dr. Medinger from VCA Aurora. We're both really scared for our boy--severe anemia and worsening kidney disease is what took our Diva kitty from us last summer, so...yeah...Shit. Shit. Shit! This so totally sucks. Will know more tomorrow after Dr. Lehal talks to Dr. Medinger...

If you're of the praying sort, please include our Ra into your rituals. He's gonna need all the help he can get, methinks...

the Lioness roars

22 Jul 2014 07:21 pm
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I don't know if you've been following the news that's coming out of Wiscon's absolutely horribly handling of reports of sexual harassment and a predator in the community -- if you haven't, the Geek Feminism wiki has a timeline of the incident(s), as usual -- but one of the reports of sexual harassment that is in the process of being so horribly mishandled came from my dear friend Elise Matthesen, aka the Lioness, aka [livejournal.com profile] elisem.

Elise is one of the most massively talented artists I know; she makes jewelry, although with her talents and her aesthetic, really it should be called "wearable sculpture". She's amazing, and I've been fantastically lucky enough to get a few jewelry-making lessons from her. (Honestly, the lessons were incredibly valuable, but really, the experience of sitting her down in front of our supply bins, handing her things, and saying "here, I want to see what you make out of this one!" was way more awesome.)

She obviously feels it necessary to skip attending and selling at Wiscon for at least a year (and really, who can blame her). Wiscon historically is responsible for about a third of Elise's annual income, through her jewelry sales; up until now it's been her major annual in-person sales event, and although she's investigating other cons to sell at, those cons won't be the ones where she's built up a huge network of friends and fans.

If you'd like to support a fierce, courageous person who is being shat upon by people who should've had her back (why no I don't have strong opinions about this why do you ask), take a few minutes and look over Elise's for-sale list and the (not-yet-included-in-the-master-list) New Shinies (which, omg, SO GORGEOUS), and see if something speaks to you. (She does warn that she will be on a retreat throughout August, so she will not be shipping between July 29 and the beginning of September.)

And if your disposable income has mostly been disposed, I'm positive she would adore it if you look at her ArtLog of Things [She] Has Made, find something that speaks to you, and make some kind of art (fiction, poetry, drawing, painting, etc) that's inspired by it, then show it to her. I know the experience of art in conversation with other art is something she holds dear, and she's sometimes more proud of the fact she can inspire other artists than she is of the things she has made herself.

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22 Jul 2014 06:56 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #2758 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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This story came out of a discussion between me and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, with contributions from both of us; it's so short, I don't want to muck around trying to divide a price. It also fills "The Classics Freestyle" square in my 6-11-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This story contains some rude language, weapons of mass destruction, references to crazy supervillains, and super-gizmologists with a shortage of common sense. Consider your tastes before you click through.

Read more... )

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22 Jul 2014 05:22 pm
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This Site is Cyberstalking Your Cat For Your Own Good.

Essentially, iknowwhereyourcatlives.com is educating you about the dangers of posting images directly from your smartphone or other device (which encodes the GPS position into the image) to the web, which can show a determined cyberstalker where you are or have been.

On the other side: pictures of cats!

HOT NEW BOOKS

22 Jul 2014 09:37 pm
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Posted by cszego

... for a hot, hot week.

Hardcover
Full Fathom Five, Max Gladstone
Seeders, A.J. Colucci

Trade Paperback
More Than This, Patrick Ness
Ace Of Skulls, Chris Wooding
Eye Of Minds, James Dashner
Fall Of Five, Pittacus Lore
Silent History, Eli Horowitz

Mass Market
The Troop, Nick Cutter
Poison Promise, Jennifer Estep
Second Nature, David Mack

"Stormy Weather"

23 Jul 2014 09:54 am
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"Stormy Weather" by angstytimelord
PAIRING: past Jack/Doctor
RATING: PG-13
SUMMARY: Based upon prompt 7A: Stormy night.

Has just been added to Doctor Who gen stories page of the Doctor Who Slash page.

Crossposted to Chance's Archive.

Free Kindle Books.

Oh dear

22 Jul 2014 05:56 pm
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What the Internet Can See From Your Cat Pictures
Using cat pictures — that essential building block of the Internet — and a supercomputer, a Florida State University professor has built a site that shows the locations of the cats (at least at some point in time, given their nature) and, presumably, of their owners.

Owen Mundy, an assistant professor of art who studies the relationship between data and the public, created “I Know Where Your Cat Lives” as a way of demonstrating “the status quo of personal data usage by startups and international megacorps who are riding the wave of decreased privacy for all,” Mr. Mundy wrote in a post about the site.

Using images of cats uploaded to photosharing services, including Flickr, Twitpic and Instagram, Mr. Mundy extracted latitude and longitude coordinates that many modern cameras, especially those in smartphones, attach to each image.
I didn't even know that photos had this data!

FREE AT LAST

22 Jul 2014 05:50 pm
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As predicted, the first thing I did was scratch like hell, the second thing I did was pop my wrist, and the third thing I did, before I even left the exam room, was wash my hands. Having the drain removed was gross and fascinating (and grossly fascinating) and as usual, the person taking out the stitches couldn't believe they'd only been in for a week. (Usually Ehlers-Danlos means very poor wound healing and very bad scarring; my doc is baffled that I seem to have gotten the super-fast healing instead.)

My hand promptly swelled up to twice its size (I look like I have mittens on), which is expected, and I have to wear a compression sleeve for the next two weeks to keep it from swelling too badly and help keep it bent for better healing, but I can type two handed again (albeit slowly, for limited periods, and with my left hand's fingers not quite obeying me), and between being able to scratch the bits of my arm that have been itching for the past week and being able to wash my hands and apply lotion to the itchy bits, things are much improved.
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Aaron: Your facebook page was very depressing this weekend.
*Andrea: I'm sorry to hear that.
Aaron: Yes. I learned that there was a fair, and that it was over.
*Andrea: Oh, too bad. Next time I'll try to post pictures before I go.
Aaron: That would be appreciated.
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It is 5am and I haven't slept yet due to a cold, so to fill in the time I finally caught up on Person of Interest (currently at the end of season 3).

I stopped watching months ago because of a Certain Event mid season 3 which both upset and annoyed me. I was lured back with the promises of the AI science fiction ramping up and lots of delicious femslashiness between hot badass morally ambiguous dark eyed brunette 30 somethings and that is exactly what I got. Still annoyed and upset but glad I watched.

Spoilers! )

Number-Crusher

22 Jul 2014 09:00 pm
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Department Store | Cornelius, OR, USA

(I am 19 and working at the register in the slowest and emptiest part of the store, so I tend to get a lot of creepy people with no one in sight to help me. A customer in his 50s comes up and I ring him up. As I finish the transaction…)

Customer: “So, do you have a boyfriend?”

Me: *laughs, thinking he’s going to be sweet* “No.”

Customer: “Wanna go out some time?”

Me: “Oh, thank you but no.”

Customer: *gets annoyed* “Why not?”

Me: “Um… you’re just a little bit too old for me.”

Customer: “You know, age is just a number in your mind…”

Me: “Yeah, but yours is a REALLY big number…”

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22 Jul 2014 04:45 pm
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I took an extended break from bike riding because

1) I was sad.

2) Even though I felt okay after a tiny accident (both physically and nerves-wise), the cumulative effect of honks, dicey merges, close calls with cars making left turns right in front of me, etc., wore me down to the point where I often really didn't look forward to riding.

3) I had a really nice ride into Manhattan last fall which had some bad moments when the Manhattan(?) bridge had a really fast, steep drop-off into Brooklyn, and I just couldn't get enough leverage on my brakes. Was angry at myself for not having big enough or strong enough hands. Finally realized my brakes are badly adjusted.

4) THAT HORRIBLE WINTER.

I think maybe it would be easier if I didn't put pressure on myself to commute, even though it would save time? Even if I rode my bike a little before/after work when I had time, and on weekends? I know that I need a lot of physical training to be able to do long-distance rides, but... yeah, ultimately I'm much more interested in riding to the Hudson or the Rockaways or up into New Jersey or to get pie than riding to work. And commuting is much more a game of terrifying Frogger than actual physical conditioning. (Prospect Park has all the hills I need, at least for now.)

Will try and get my brakes adjusted this weekend. Then, pie?

Not So Sweet On The Sweet Chili

22 Jul 2014 08:00 pm
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Sandwich Shop | Australia

(I work at a popular sub shop that makes sandwiches in front of customers to their liking. I am serving a woman and everything is fine until we get to the last few steps.)

Me: “And would you like any sauce on that?”

Customer: “Just a little bit of sweet chilli, please.”

(I put one thin line of sweet chilli sauce on her sub.)

Customer: “No, that’s too much!”

Me: “I’m sorry, I can wipe some off or remake your sandwich for you if you like.”

Customer: “No! You should have listened to me to begin with! When I ask for a little bit, you don’t drown the thing in sauce! I have a f***ing stomach ulcer. That’s why I can’t have much! Just forget about it!”

(The customer storms off, muttering about how stupid I am and how I ruined her sandwich. I turn to my coworker, who witnessed the entire ordeal.)

Me: “If she has a stomach ulcer maybe she shouldn’t order it to begin with!”

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