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It's funny that, given the ostensible webbiness of the attendees of TPAC, that the W3C 20th Anniversary / WWW 25th Anniversary celebration was so much very much not touched by 21st-century remix culture. Personally, I would even have passed up the obvious opportunity for vidding Sir Tim as Sergeant Pepper teaching the band to play and gone instead for the relationship between all of us as Golde and the Web as Tevye in "Do You Love Me?"

Do I love the Web?
For twenty-five years I've lived with it
Fought with it, yelled at it
Twenty-five years I'm in this biz
If that's not love, what is?

This terrible video remix idea brought to you from the realization that every time someone asks me what my languages are and I respond "Perl and Python" I get earwormed by Nicki Minaj:

Perl and Python
We're overdosing
I'm angry but I still love you


Oct. 31st, 2014 07:47 pm
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The good: my doctor has a working theory as to what the hell is wrong with
my hands and back! It also tidily explains why my SI joint constantly
dislocates, and some of the funky skin issues I have.
The bad: the working theory is psoriatic arthritis.
The odd: I exhibit almost all of the symptoms... But my blood tests don't
support it.
The hopeful: I have an appointment with a rheumatologist scheduled.
The freaking awesome: my rheumatologist's surname is Erskine. I look
forward to getting the super serum, and to my new Dorito-shaped torso.


day one super frugal

Oct. 31st, 2014 10:13 pm
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Back with £34, so £4 under budget, due to having pasta and sorbet - veganism rocks!

Also, matched betting miscalculation, had £40 to withdraw not £20. So yes, all good.

Tesco shop on way back from cinema. (Back early as one film was scary enough, no idea how I thought I would do two!) Used vouchers to buy
- muffins and milk for guests
- pineapple
- bread mix
- nice tea (much cheaper than cola)

So tomorrow I need to cook a thing with a pineapple, and I am going to also try and use the tin of chestnuts that I have had for a year.
I have 2 veg juices due to expire tomorrow also that need using up.


Oct. 31st, 2014 12:58 pm
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My thoughts on assisted suicide prompted by this article:

Assisted Suicide is More Dangerous...

I've been struggling with this issue for a long time now. I'm a person with a disability and I really do believe that terminally ill people should be able to decide when they want to end their lives. However, with all the talk about reducing medical costs and how much more expensive treatment is towards the end of life, there are huge financial incentives to "allow us to die with dignity". It wasn't that long ago that babies with Down's Syndrome were pushed to the back of hospital nurseries and "allowed" to die from neglect. "For their own good."

For a couple of years in college I worked as a crisis intervention counselor and I know from personal experience that many people who feel driven to suicide just need some time and perspective. This is not to diminish their pain and suffering, but I've talked to people who say they wish to kill themselves. I know, that if I could keep them on the phone long enough, they changed their minds. Sometimes suicide is not a desire to end their lives, but a desire to end their suffering with the only option they believe they have.

Too many people already think my life is a burden to me even though I love my life and the people in it. Too many people have said to me, "if I were you I would just check out." Personally I would be much more comfortable with the whole issue if I was sure that people with disabilities got the services and treatment they needed to live as full a life as possible. If that happened, then I would be more interested in talking about my "right to die."

Super frugal November!

Oct. 31st, 2014 04:41 pm
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Mainly due to laptop breakage but also because I haven't done this in a while. Also my cupboards are stuffed to the gunnels so I should be using things up, not buying more.

(And yes, I am thinking about house moves and empty cupboards.)

Showing my hand: train tickets up north booked, petrol money put aside, enough food for a month easily if I can be bothered cooking it, need no cleaning products, toiletries or clothes.

Extra funds due in: well, mum will shove taxi money in my hand up north to the extent I'll come back with £50 more than I spent. Yes, I have tried to fight it...
I have £20 sainsburys vouchers, £20 boots vouchers
I have £5 tesco clubcard vouchers + free pack of choc muffins coupon
I have £20 due to me from matched betting which will go via paypal (this is where you bet both ways with bookies free introductory offers and then withdraw the free winnings)
I have £45 in my purse and am going on a night out tonight, but have a £5 voucher for pasta, so aiming to have £30 left when I come home.
I have £11 redspotted hanky train vouchers

So the budget is
£30 cash
£20 paypal (so ebay goods or withdraw ro bank if can be bothered)
£50 parents
£20 sainsburys so general groceries
£20 boots which is probably best for groceries delivered free to store for collection :-)
£5 tesco + odd bits and bobs vouchers like free cake

If I manage this I then..well.. nothing much, I'll just feel happy at thrifty November!

Planned events - not too many which is fab as I am WAY BEHIND on uni work.

Coventry literary walking tour - will require food + train ticket so £10
Games club x 1 - will require two £1 cokes
Trip to parents cost neutral
Trips to cinema - cineworld card paid for
Book group meal - will need £20 actual hard cash *but* is after parental units visit
2 x poetry group, cost neutral
Need to get secret santa but the rules state it must be from a charity shop. So £2.

Sunday I am going to buy milk, bread and a few bits for my Monday house guests. From tesco obv.

I am going to do some catering posts also, to record how I am getting on with storecupboard vegan catering! Vegan is ok so far; my skin is much better after a week. It's a bit efforty though. And easy to eat nothing but rubbish.

So I think that is £34 actual cash needed for events, against £100, and then I have £20 to use at sainsbobs for stuff like veg (will buy frozen) and fruit.

I just need to avoid agreeing to do anything extravagant, and look hard for coupons.

[nts] shaaaaaaaaaaarks

Oct. 31st, 2014 03:25 pm
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Insight would be appreciated but mostly I'm writing this down this time so's I have it when I come back to this after the weekend. ;)

Read more... )


Oct. 31st, 2014 12:38 pm
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I'm really bad at going to bed at a sensible time. I tell myself that I need to be in bed by 11.30, and with the lights out and trying to sleep by midnight, but as that time rolls around there's always an urgent need to play just one more level of my game, or read just one more chapter of my book. Last night was particularly bad, and I didn't make it to bed until nearly five, which when I'm getting up at sevenish is not something my body can cope with now I'm no longer quite so young as I once was. Usually it's better than that, but one-thirty or two is not uncommon, and I'm starting to resent being tired all the time.

Anyone else struggle with this, and if so, any suggestions more useful than "apply more willpower"?
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For those who are as annoyed as I was seeing that 'LJ TImes' bar at the bottom of LJ pages this morning, go to account settings. On the Extensions tab, near the bottom, there's a sections called LJTIMES. There next to the 'Display LJTIMES' there's a ticky box.

Untick that, hit save, and that bar goes away.


Oct. 31st, 2014 05:37 am
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I love it when I'm just as excited to be writing a chapter as I would be to be reading it, trying to keep up with the ideas, to type fast enough to get them down. It's exhilarating when the story is so engaging that writing becomes more important even than Netflix, or Tumblr, and almost more important than food!

At least, with my writing style, which is basically "1. Think of the essentials of what you want to happen in the story/chapter. 2. Set up the initial conditions. 3. Let your characters loose, nudging them back in line on occasion as needed."
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Very annoying: Wrote a chapter of Lyria novel months ago, seem to have misplaced it.

EDIT: Found it! YAY!
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Marco Zehe writes "Apps, the web, and productivity" about his experience with improved accessibility/usability of native apps over web apps on mobile. My experience in many ways mirrors his, although I would go further and say I have found the same thing on desktop.

For example, I honestly did assume that once I was forced by a job to use Gmail, that I would discover features of Gmail that outweigh the power and accessibility of a mail application. I understand that I am a change-averse Luddite, and suspected that using Alpine my primary mail reader in this day and age was indicative of a slight flaw in my character.

But now that I have been using Gmail with some regularity, it has become abundantly clear to me that no webmail client I've used (Gmail, roundcube, web Outlook in accessibility mode or in rich mode) has the speed, power, and accessibility for me of using the dedicated mail application.

Marco boils his reasons for switching to native apps down to less clutter and latency . I'd say both of those are issues for me as well, just as much as simply saying "accessibility" -- although they are both inextricably tied to accessibility for me.

A cluttered screen -- especially a screen with one of those damn non-scrolling JS banners taking up screen real estate -- is one that requires more scrolling, which is inherently difficult to do without a mouse. Even on desktop, my monitors are smaller and my fonts larger than they used to be, and the design of web apps has gotten less streamlined, substantially, over the last few years.

Meanwhile, the annoying wait-till-it-loads aspect of the web app is a lot more annoying when I am waiting for mouseless browsing to see all of the page elements so it can put actionable links next to them. It's a lot more annoying when I can't start interacting with the page until it is fully loaded, unlike a mouse user who can start to move the mouse towards the expected area of the page.

Ultimately, it comes down to a combination of both spoons and basic UX. Like a lot of computer users with disabilities, the extra cost of using the computer is high enough for me that every aggravation that gets thrown in my way is one more blocker that possibly prevents me from being able to work at all. And as for basic UX, well. Like a lot of techies, I'm used to the power and speed of the keyboard-based environment. I honestly have no idea how people used to a powerful, lightning-fast, terminal-based mail application become comfortable with the clunky latency of webmail.

Yuletide assignment

Oct. 31st, 2014 05:05 am
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Yeah, this is gonna be fun.
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