the throne needs help

Jun. 23rd, 2017 11:29 pm
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odd dreams
slept ok.
got up and did
animal duty
so M could sleep.
had a dream
of a fellow selling me
bury 2 and get and 3rd free.
woke up amazed I'd acumulated 3 bodies.

Mikes wake up call;from the nut houseRead more... )

the brother, Austin wrote
"Would you ever have imagined 10 years ago
that you’d be having conversations about the toilet now?"
Ironically I remember dad standing over me
during potty training,
and yelling at me if I used more than 2 squares of TP at once.
it happen alot. he didn't learn the reason why.
wonder who taught him that?

I went back to my favorite game "eyewire.org"
I love tracing nerves. did better than i expected
and got reward points in 2 competitions, one was for accuracy.

Extra Innings

Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:57 pm
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Katie's team played a heckuva game against the other remaining Des Plaines team in tonight's semifinals.

It isn't over yet. The game was called on account of darkness with the score 2-2 after seven innings, one more than regulation.

We'll resume tomorrow at our Des Plaines home field at 10 AM.

Sleep is for the weak and sickly, I suppose. :)

The Red Queen's Race

Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:43 pm
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No amendment activity this week, so I still have the same two regular amendments and the same two Board of Appeals decisions on my Special Amended docket.

This week, I met with an attorney who came to Alexandria for an in-person interview; another attorney was the speakerphone, and they tried to join forces, but I held my ground. I finished a new first action on a Request for Continued Examination case, and, by the way, someone filed another RCE. I've basically spent part of Tuesday and the past three days on my oldest non-RCE Regular new case, on which I've made considerable progress, but with much left to do. This is the last weekend of the quarter, so I really want to finish it by 3:00 PM Monday to meet production for the quarter.

Oh, and I confirmed the abandonment of an application a little over six months after my first action rejection. It's good to have things like this fall into my lap now and then.

Hasta La "Vista"!

Jun. 23rd, 2017 07:42 pm
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Today was day two in South Dakota. Today was the day we decided to do a lot of the typical tourist stuff. Shawn had read in the guidebooks that the very best time to go to Mount Rushmore was early in the morning, so we were on the road again around 7 am. On the other hand, the guidebooks were right. We had the place to ourselves.

Here is our postcard perfect shot of Mount Rushmore.

The classic shot


Turns out Shawn LOVED the museum at Mount Rushmore and we spent a lot of time looking at the exhibits. Today, over dinner, she said that Mount Rushmore was one of her favorite parts of today, in fact.

Mason looking up at Mount Rushmore

I like this shot because it highlights one of the things that first struck me about Mount Rushmore. Most of the pictures you see look like the one I took, so you never have the sense that these faces are just carved out of the top of a mountain. When Shawn and I traveled here in the 90s with Karl from Czech, that was the thing I most remembered: that Mount Rushmore was actually just a tiny fraction of the mountain. For some reason, I had somehow thought someone had carved an ENTIRE mountain.

This time I was able to be more impressed.

From Mount Rushmore we took Iron Mountain Road "backwards" towards Custer State Park. If you go the other way, several of the tunnels have been cut to perfectly frame Mount Rushmore. Having done it the right way with Karl, we didn't feel we needed to do it that way this time. Iron Mountain Road is famous for its pig-tail bridges and switchbacks. There are also one-lane tunnels cut out from rock. We stopped at one of the overlooks.

Mason on the rock

The road was really fairly beautiful, lots of tall pines and jutting rocks. We've been having amazing weather, too, the wind was actually chilly this morning. You can see that the "sky was not cloudy all day" as the song says.

After getting off 16A, we turned toward Custer State Park. There is an entry fee to the park of $20 per vehicle. We stopped at the Visitor's Center and heard the park ranger telling tourists that there was good bison viewing off Fisherman's Road. To get there we took off on Wildlife Loop. Shawn and Mason were pretty convinced we'd never see any animals because most of the view consisted of miles and miles of this:

desolate Custer State Park

We started making jokes about a government conspiracy to hide the wildlife, especially the elk (which we kept mispronouncing elf). However, we did turn off on Fisherman's Road, which was dirt and gravel. But, that was where a lot of the wildlife was (no elf,) but we did see a huge herd of bison (including babies) and more pronghorn.

And my favorite: PRAIRE DOGS.

praire dog

I love how this one is just sitting with its feet in the air.

prairie dog lying down on the prairie

Then we got a classic bison blocks the road moment:

bison in the road

And, then, the "tourist" burros. Apparently, the burros are not native to South Dakota, but they were left in the park by workers. They are super friendly, looking for hand outs, and will stick their heads in your car.

burros

Unlike some people, we didn't get out of the car or feed the burros.

From here we drove up Needles Highway (aka Highway 87). I... could have used a few more guardrails on this drive. The roads were super-duper narrow and there were sections where there was just a tiny bit of asphalt between me and the cliffs.

needles highway

guard rails are a thing, South Dakota!

This scary-ass road culminates in this:
Needles Eye

The "eye" is so narrow that as our car went through, Mason could stick his hand out the wind and touch the wall of the tunnel. I have no idea how some of these big-ass trucks that kept passing us on the road got through that thing without scraping off their rearview mirrors (at the very LEAST.)  
I was really sort of surprised that the rangers that took our money did not measure the width of the car.  

Even though I white-knuckle drove this, I think it was probably my favorite part of the day.

We then stopped at a Subway in Hillcity for lunch.  Subway has become a weird go-to lunch place on the road. Shawn used to hate Subway, and now she's like, "OH LOOK, A SUBWAY!" I think because the food is always consistently decent and there are vegetables.

After this we turned towards home base.  We dropped Shawn off at the hotel, and then Mason and I took in a round of mini-golf at the pirate themed mini-golf course just down the street from our hotel. From there, we tried to go back to our creek, but it had been discovered by some frat boys (and one girl) who brought pizza to the rock, so we went across the road and found a new creek to wander around.

creek in black hills

And explore, we did:

Mason in river

I call this one "uh, Ima, what do leeches look like??!?"

From here, we turn towards the home fires. Probably taking I-90 through Wall Drug.
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June 22, 2017
In Transit NYT Critic’s Pick Documentary, News Directed by Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Benjamin Wu


Albert Maysles’s last documentary observes passengers traveling Amtrak’s route between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.
By BEN KENIGSBERG
NYT Critic’s Pick
Directors Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Benjamin Wu
Running Time 1h 16m
Genres Documentary, News

June 22, 2017
My Journey Through French Cinema
NYT Critic’s Pick Documentary Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
In “My Journey Through French Cinema,” Mr. Tavernier’s documentary about movies doubles as an autobiography.
By MANOHLA DARGIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Bertrand Tavernier
Stars Bertrand Tavernier, Thierry Frémaux, Jacques Becker, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marcel Carné
Running Time 3h 10m
Genre Documentary

June 22, 2017
Nowhere to Hide
A documentary observes the rising tide of danger and displacement for families living in central Iraq amid the arrival of the Islamic State.
By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Zaradasht Ahmed
Stars Abu Fallah, Hans Husum, Mudhafar, Nori Sharif
Running Time 1h 26m
Genre Documentary

June 22, 2017
The Big Sick


Kumail Nanjiani stars opposite Zoe Kazan in this very funny, moving true story about how he found and almost lost love. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano also star.
By MANOHLA DARGIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Michael Showalter
Writers Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
Stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher
Rating R
Running Time 1h 59m
Genres Comedy, Romance

-- Of Possible LGBT Interest --

Review: ‘The Ornithologist,’ Cast Adrift on a Surreal Journey


THE ORNITHOLOGIST
By GLENN KENNY
Director João Pedro Rodrigues
Writer João Pedro Rodrigues
Stars Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao, João Pedro Rodrigues, Han Wen, Chan Suan
Rating Not Rated
Running Time 1h 57m
Genres Adventure, Drama, Mystery

Recovery continues...

Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:27 pm
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And I got like over 8 hours of sleep FINALLY at a pretty solid stretch oh lovely lovely lovely. I could still sleep a lot more, but.

My sore throat is just about gone. As I said in a comment: Apparently my immune system said, "Hey! Waddaminute! WE KNOW YOU! YOU'RE SOME VIRUS WEARING GROCHO GLASSES!" and dogpiled it after all. Whew.

Kid was very, very frail and blah this morning, but we got food into us and ice tea into me (the good stuff!) and then went driving to a different place for to-go dessert. ("I wanted to go to [X] because I wanted dessert," said kid. I looked at my watch and said, "Well, they won't be busy now. We could go there for dessert." And they said, "Oh, right, that's an option." So we did.)

Tonight is STO night and I shall cut this short because STO.

A link of potential interest. Heh. http://www.issendai.com/psychology/estrangement/

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--http://marycatelli.dreamwidth.org/866049.html


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Dragons under fold )
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ICC 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup Begins!

Date: June 24, 2017

It's the opening day of the ICC Women's World Cup! If you haven't yet taken a whack at the whimsical wickets of our Doodle cricket game, prepare to be bowled over!


Ah, summer: the sound of leather on willow, and the spectacle of cricket ... cricket! As the tournament begins, something buzzes outside. A team of crickets sans tickets have set up their own wickets for a game of pest cricket! As they face their archrivals, the snails, it’s sure to be a match for the centuries. Don’t be fooled by their sluggish looks — these fielders can be fast on their feet!

To celebrate the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup, we’re inviting everyone to tap/click and take a swing at our pocket-size game!

We know that cricket is loved worldwide, so we wanted to make sure our Doodle works for everyone, including those on slower mobile networks. We kept the file size fly-sized, and the result is our smallest interactive Doodle ever — even snail networks can load it in seconds.

Whether you're enjoying the tournament at a snail’s pace or bowling faster than the beat of a hummingbird's wings, here's hoping you hit it out of the park this summer!

Eng: Jacob Howcroft

Art Direction: Matt Cruickshank

Additional Eng: Mark Ivey

Additional Sound Design: Leon Hong

Project Management/Production: Greg Capuano, Perla Campos

Below are samples of test animation and development designs along the way:

 

 

 

Location: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bangladesh, Dominica, Guyana, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe

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Alligator Snapping Turtle

Jun. 23rd, 2017 11:01 pm
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Alligator Snapping Turtle_1


It’s no use trying to get his attention. He’s got turtle stuff to do.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Wasting time

Jun. 23rd, 2017 05:46 pm
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Somebody just asked on Quora
I posted the first reply:

Who can tell? Look how arbitrary the QWERTY keyboard is, designed to slow typing down as much as possible so the first mechanical typewriters wouldn’t jam.

I can make a WAG that on a computer keyboard it would be put on Option-S (or Alt-S), which is a logical place for it. Which means that Microsoft would put it someplace else entirely. ;-p

Of courſe, that could eaſily create confuſion if uſers weren’t uſed to it. And that would really ſuck.

Maybe tonight I'll post why I'm procrastinating so badly. Or at least my excuse for it.

Tell Me Why...

Jun. 23rd, 2017 03:29 pm
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... I bothered to re-activate my phone? Since I did so, two messages have been left, both of them the "Final Warning from the IRS" scam. (Also, numerous calls-w/o-message from Unavailable and from a couple of solicitors - both of those organizations I have given money to but do not wish to talk to.)

Oh, well. When Fall Semester rolls around, it will be useful again.
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JD-

If you haven’t gotten the gist of this update from the above title, it’s pretty obvious. Kids are out of school, and while I could use this time to go home or take my own personal adventure I’ve opted to hold down the fort while Emily takes some much needed time off.

So this of course raises the question, what can a single man do in an almost completely empty castle filled with magic and mystery to keep himself entertained?

Well, today hooked up a projector so I can play Rocket League in the Great Hall…. That’s sort of it, took 3 hours to set up. Sure I’m surrounded by secret corridors and untold surprises just waiting to be discovered, but you know… Rocket League!

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 If you play Pokemon Go you might have noticed that on Monday all the gyms closed down, replaced by pathetic little gray tables. Yesterday they came back up, refurbished and (more or less) ready to play the new gym system that Niantic has been hinting about for months. As usual, info from Niantic is deliberately sparse and cryptic, leaving the details to the Silph Road scientists to figure out. Like millions of other rabid players I spent yesterday afternoon and evening out there trying out the new system. 

There are some glitches and a few dubious design decisions, but on the whole I think I like it (aesthetically, if nothing else). Instead of flipping through successive panels of gym defenders, you are now confronted with a big glass dome with all the defending Pokemon just kind of hanging out inside.They all have little hearts over their heads representing their current level of "motivation," the new game mechanism that replaces the hopelessly confusing old "prestige" system. They lose motivation when they lose battles, but also just from boredom. You can feed them berries to perk them up. 

Things I like about the new system:
  • Gym badges, including the ability to track what's going on with your pokemon defenders in distant gyms
  • The demise of the "Gym Prestige" system, which I hated
  • Finally, something to do with all those useless nanab berries!
  • Defending Pokemon are no longer ordered by CP (so I don't have to be at the bottom of the gym all the time, getting whaled on)
  • New diversity rules are already making gyms more interesting to fight
  • Gyms now have built-in Pokestops. It's like when your health club opens a shop in the lobby for workout gear, but it's all free!
  • There are more gyms now - a lot of Pokestops were converted
Things I don't like
  • The algorithm for motivation decay is way too harsh, esp. if Reddit is right about Pokemon >3000 CP
  • Gym defenders are ordered first come first served - but backwards!  First guy in is at the bottom, must fight every attacker first. And last guy in gets his picture displayed on top of the gym, even though he probably just waltzed in and took the last empty slot without fighting. There should be a reward for taking down a gym, not a punishment!
  • A depleted Pokemon cannot be retrieved from a gym until it is defeated by a rival team. It should just come home when it hits zero.
  • The 100-coin daily limit on rewards for gym defense - especially awful combined with previous bullet
  • Players no longer earn stardust for defending gyms. So sad.
  • It's really hard to keep track of how many coins have been earned by gym defenders. The journal needs a major overhaul. Stop logging every stupid Pokestop and put some real information in there. 
I got into more than a dozen gyms yesterday, mostly by just zooming around the neighborhood dropping into empty slots. I was lucky enough to be fiddling around with my Pokemon menagerie when the gyms came up, and got out there before all the gyms filled up. I'm still not sure exactly how many gyms I'm still in, because for the first hour the gym badge/tracking system wasn't operational. I think it's 6, but I cannot figure out where that 6th gym could possibly be. I've had about 6 mons come home to me bearing coins earned in battle. They've earned 63 coins since yesterday, and potentially could earn as much as 80 more if they all came home right now. Except that if they did all come home now, that would exceed the stupid 100-coin daily limit, so I would lose a bunch of coins. I guess the ideal outcome would be if a couple more came home this evening and the other 2 or 3 (where IS that Exeggecutor??) came home tomorrow. But it's mostly out of my control, which is why the daily limit is so unfair. 

Spider Monkey

Jun. 23rd, 2017 06:01 pm
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Spider Monkey


After you make the mistake of reading the comments on a political think piece.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Dear suspiciously rotund cat

Jun. 23rd, 2017 01:56 pm
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Not my cat, not my house. Please don't be pregnant.
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[via email]

Dear Senator Johnson:

First of all, thank you for speaking out against the speed with which Senator McConnell is trying to force his Better Care Reconciliation Act through the Senate.

Secondly-- As it turns out, Senator McConnell had polio as a small child; his health care was entirely government-funded. This is exactly the kind of health care--the kind that provides needed services to children whose parents *are*not*wealthy*--that he is trying to destroy. The hypocrisy of this infuriates me, above and beyond all the other things that I think are appalling, shameful, and horrifying about the BCRA.

The BCRA is potentially catastrophic for me. I have a number of chronic conditions, including Major Depressive Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Restless Legs Syndrome, that are controlled, entirely or in part, by medications--medications that I cannot afford without health insurance. Without the chemical assistance to straighten out my brain chemistry and neurology, I will very quickly become paralyzed by the apathy of depression and the brain-lock induced by OCD--not to mention the chronic sleep-deprivation caused by RLS. And these conditions are all incurable. They can be *managed* very successfully, but I will never be free of them. I need these medications for the rest of my life. (I'm 42. I'm hoping "the rest of my life" is a very long time.)

Right now, I have insurance through the State of Wisconsin. But--as you are possibly aware--the state has been steadily chipping away at its employees' health benefits for the last 20 years, and if the BCRA passes, it gives Wisconsin greatly increased leeway to make state employees' health benefits ever more meager, which will mean my out-of-pocket costs for prescriptions and doctor visits will continue to increase and increase, while my insurance covers less and less of the care I need. (The medication which principally controls my RLS already has a co-pay of more than $100 a month.) And if I *lose* that coverage, I will be uninsurable. I am a walking compendium of "pre-existing conditions"--I didn't even tell you about the chronic migraines or the fibromyalgia or the Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Senator, I need health insurance. I need it to be affordable. I need it NOT to be contingent on my never having been and never becoming sick, because that door slammed shut a long time ago. I need it to PROTECT ME, not benefit the health insurance companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

I am hoping that, as my senator, you care more about my well-being than you do about providing tax cuts to a handful of people who do not need them. I am hoping that you recognize Senator McConnell's rank hypocrisy and that it angers you as it does me. I am hoping that you will defend me and your other 5.77 million constituents who need, as a matter of quite literally life or death, the access to affordable healthcare that Senator McConnell and his BCRA are trying to strip away from us.

Please continue to oppose the BCRA. Do not let this unconscionable bill be your legacy.

In the works...

Jun. 23rd, 2017 11:23 am
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I've been putting together a collection of my non-romance fantasy short stories. Three of these were previously published. My plan is to make the collection a freebie with a Creative Commons license, and offer it as a bonus to people who sign up for the mailing list I use to share news of my fantasy stories for young readers. These aren't necessarily children's stories, but the first two have child protagonists, one employs fairy tale motifs and they are all certainly odd.

Wedding the Wind; Four Odd Tales

* The title story, Wedding the Wind, turns out to be an origin story for Mary Poppins, as a new Mary takes up the mantle, er, umbrella of her predecessor.

* Tess on the Stairs is an ultra-short ghost story that will make sense only to those familiar with the oeuvre of the Grateful Dead. (Originally published in Spinning Free)

* Survival, in which one monster relates to another, placed in the Minneapolis City Pages' Annual Fiction Contest some years ago and was originally published in that periodical.

* Without the Wicked Witch consists of a speculation in which psychological health makes everyone happier and fairy tales pathetic. (Originally published in Daughters of Nyx).

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