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I was just browsing my WIP folder when I discovered this fic that I had apparently finished but had never posted:

Red Ink (1385 words) by Ruuger
Fandom: Castle, The Mentalist
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Patrick Jane & Richard Castle
Characters: Patrick Jane, Kimball Cho, Richard Castle, Kate Beckett
Summary: "To Castle's disappointment, the crime scene turned out to be just another boring alleyway in an equally boring industrial district. He'd opted to skip the premiere for the new James Bond movie because of the promise of a gruesomely mutilated dead body, but he was already beginning to regret his choice."
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Chaos;Head - thoughts, etc.

Feb. 22nd, 2019 08:39 pm
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I finished Chaos;Head like three weeks ago, but I have been busy and so didn't get a chance to write up what I thought until now. Stupid work making me do things!

Whose eyes are those eyes? )

Next up: posts about The Eden of Grisaia, Xenosaga 1, and Kingdom Hearts 1.5! Yes, I know, I'm playing games like 15 years after everyone else did. Maybe if I wait long enough it'll go back to being retro and cool again? (Ha, no.)
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Title: Four-footed Intelligence
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Rating: G
Length: 525 words
Summary: Inspector Stanley Hopkins (Met River Police) is after drug smugglers, with the assistance of PD Cedric, meanwhile Sherlock is supposed to be taking Stanley's cat to the vet.

Are we all set )


De gustibus disputandum est

Feb. 22nd, 2019 01:02 am
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"DEATH TO MINIMALISM" by Nathan J. Robinson in Current Affairs.

This article proposes "Minimalism is the aesthetic language of gentrification." I like the overall points the article is making—that clutter has character, and that minimalism everywhere would be dull, and that there's an increasing trend toward minimalism and sameness, which isn't good.

But, at the risk of revealing that I have the soul of a gentrifier, I have such different reactions to some of the rooms and buildings that the article is calling out as examples of deadly minimalism. Take this before-and-after photo of an Oakland Victorian, originally from a tweet by SF Gate, which likes the new version better. Robinson likes the old version better. I agree that the old version has more personality, and I'm sad that they tore it down. The new version, though, doesn't look like a corpse to me, but like a canvas ready to be personalized.

Robinson contrasts some "boring-ass" windows on the side of a gray building with the inside of the Nasir-ol-molk ("Pink") Mosque. Leaving aside that these are hardly similar things, I don't think the gray windows are boring-ass. They come in several different shapes and are positioned in different configurations, and some of them have green frames. Compared to what's on the outside of most skyscrapers it's quite varied. I would love to spend hours looking at the mosque and its windows, but I wouldn't want to live there. I would get overwhelmed.

Then we are presented with four bathrooms. (Three of the images are links.) The author complains that one of them is all white and there's no door on the walk-in shower. I agree that the shower would be better with a door. He likes the other three bathrooms better because they have flowers and clawfoot tubs and "Who doesn't like flowers?" I see them like this: 1 accessible bathroom, which has a wall that could be painted if you felt like it. 3 bathrooms with clawfoot tubs where, the minute I tried to get out of the tub on the slippery floor, I would break my neck.

Firecat can't resist a book list

Feb. 22nd, 2019 01:01 am
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[personal profile] firecat the 100 best sci-fi books of all time


I have no idea who wrote this or what their criteria were. reedsy seems to be involved in helping authors hook up with editors and designers and might eventually head toward being a publishing house. But Nisi Shawl says it's a good list, writing "the list starts out fairly male and white and then there comes a flowering of color and gender diversity." It contains some interesting bits of trivia.

Read more... )

Daily Happiness

Feb. 22nd, 2019 12:50 am
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1. We subscribed to CollegeHumor's new Dropout channel for the awesome gameshow Um, Actually (in which people are read a statement about fannish shows/books/games/etc and have to guess what's wrong about the statement and also most of the guests on the show are comedians as well as geeks so it's fun and funny) but they have a new show called Total Forgiveness in which two friends set challenges for each other to win money to pay off their student loans and it's so great. I only wish they had an app for the AppleTV so we didn't have to stream to the TV from Carla's phone, which is annoying.

2. I have an all day meeting in Gardena on Tuesday, which is bleh whatever, but! It means I can buy a bunch of delicious pastries from the bakery so I am actually excited about it lol.

3. Also excited about day off tomorrow! My favorite kind of day.

4. Look at this adorable Chloe! These shots from below always bring out the kittenishness though she is a grown up lady kitty of almost four years old!

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Title: Causes of Wars Unfought
Fandom: The Ulster Cycle, or Irish mythology
Characters/Pairings: Deirdre/Maeve
Rating: PG-13
Notes: For the prompt “Nerve”.

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Side effects may vary

Feb. 22nd, 2019 01:19 am
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The side effects of my meds are weakness and loss of balance - guess where the weakness is at? (Hint: Knees)

Today was the first day where I felt like myself. I hope that means I've adjusted to the Keppra. I was still wibbly-wobbly in the knees but only for part of the day. I still have to do an MRI which I should be getting approved for either this weekend or by Monday. But at least no seizures so far.

Mase witnessed both of my seizures. I noticed he's been more watchful of me, freezing up when I laugh suddenly or if I move abruptly and I feel bad. He's referenced it a few times, sometimes in an attempt as a joke but I can tell it makes him a little offput. =( I've been doing my best to reassure him tho I've been a little loopy from the meds which makes it hard.

Unrelated to my health, in an attempt to get Mase thinking about something else, I mentioned fanfic to him explaining it as simply as i could. He's into drawing and I've been trying to encourage him to read and write more so I'm trying to push him toward comics and fanfic to help him. Anyway I mentioned my Pokemon/Hunger Games/Cabin in the Woods AU fic to him and now hes been lowkey brainstorming stuff for me to add to the fic which is kinda damn cute tbh. He did give me a helpful idea about a future chapter I was having issues with which is a major win for the fic and a nice hopeful note that it was a good idea to let him know a little about fanfic.

Git: The other blockchain

Feb. 21st, 2019 10:25 pm
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Part 1: Blockchain

Blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin and other cybercurrencies. That's about all anyone outside the software industry knows about it; that and the fact that lots of people are claiming that it's going to transform everything. (The financial industry, the Web, manufacturing supply chains, identity, the music industry, ... the list goes on.) If you happen to be in the software industry and have a moderately good idea of what blockchain is, how it works, and what it can and can't do, you may want to skip to Part 2.

Still with me? Here's the fifty-cent summary of blockchain. Blockchain is a distributed, immutable ledger. Buzzword is a buzzword buzzword buzzword? Blockchain is a chain of blocks? That's closer.

The purpose of a blockchain is to keep track of financial transactions (that's the "ledger" part) and other data by making them public (that's half of the "distributed" part), keeping them in blocks of data (that's the "block" part) that can't be changed (that's the "immutable" part, and it's a really good property for a ledger to have), are linked together by hashes (that's the "chain" part, and we'll get to what hashes are in a moment), with the integrity of that chain guaranteed by a large group of people (that's the other half of the "distributed" part) called "miners" (WTF?).

Let's start in the middle: how can we link blocks of data together so that they can't be changed? Let's start by making it so that any change to a block, or to the order of those blocks, can be detected. Then, the fact that everything is public makes the data impossible to change without that change being glaringly obvious. We do that with hashes.

A hash function is something that takes a large block of data and turns it into a very long sequence of bits (which we will sometimes refer to as a "number", because any whole number can be represented by a sequence of binary digits, and sometimes as a "hash", because the data has been chopped up and mashed together like the corned beef hash you had for breakfast). A good hash function has two important properties:

  1. It's irreversible. Starting with a hash, it is effectively impossible to construct a block of data that will produce that hash. (It is significantly easier to construct two blocks with the same hash, which is why the security-conscious world moves to larger hashes from time to time.)
  2. It's unpredictable. If two blocks of data differ anywhere, even by a single bit, their hashes will be completely different.

Those two together mean that if two blocks have the same hash, they contain the same data. If somebody sends you a block and a hash, you can compare the hash of the block and if it matches, you can be certain that the block hasn't been damaged or tampered with before it got to you. And if they also cryptographically sign that hash, you can be certain that they used the key that created that signature.

Now let's guarantee the integrity of the sequence of blocks by chaining them together. Every block in the chain contains the hash of the previous block. If block B follows block A in the chain, B's hash depends in part on the hash of block A. If a villain tries to insert a forged transaction into block A, its hash won't match the one in block B.

Now we get to the part that makes blockchain interesting: getting everyone to agree on which transactions go into the next block. This is done by publishing transactions where all of the miners can see them. The miners then get to work with shovels and pickaxes big fast computers, validating the transaction, putting it into a block, and then running a contest to see which of them gets to add their block to the chain and collect the associated reward. Winning the contest requires doing a lot of computation. It's been estimated that miners' computers collectively consume roughly the same amount of electricity as Ireland.

There's more to it, but that's blockchain in a nutshell. I am not going to say anything about what blockchain might be good for besides keeping track of virtual money -- that's a whole other rabbit hole that I'll save for another time. For now, the important thing is that blockchain is a system for keeping track of financial transactions by using a chain of blocks connected by hashes.

The need for miners to do work is what makes the virtual money they're mining valuable, and makes it possible for everyone to agree on who owns how much of it without anyone having to trust anyone else. It's all that work that makes it possible to detect cheating. It also makes it expensive and slow. The Ethereum blockchain can handle about ten transactions per second. Visa handles about 10,000.

The other blockchain

Meanwhile, in another part of cyberspace, software developers are using another system based on hash chains to keep track of their software -- a distributed version control system called git. It's almost completely different, except for the way it uses hashes. How different? Well, for starters it's both free and fast, and you can use it at home. And it has nothing to do with money -- it's a version control system.

If you've been with me for a while, you've probably figured out that I'm extremely fond of git. This post is not an introduction to git for non-programmers -- I'm working on that. However, if you managed to get this far it does contain enough information to stand on its own,

Git doesn't use transactions and blocks; instead it uses "objects", but just like blocks each object is identified by its hash. Instead of keeping track of virtual money, it keeps track of files and their histories. And just as blockchain keeps a complete history of everyone's coins, git records the complete history of everyone's data.

Git uses several types of object, but the most fundamental one is called a "blob", and consists of a file, its size, and the word "blob". For example, here's how git idenifies one of my Songs for Saturday posts:

git hash-object 2019/01/05--s4s-welcome-to-acousticville.html

Everything you do with git starts with the git command. In this case we're using git hash-object and giving it the pathname of the file we want to hash. Hardly anyone needs to use the hash-object subcommand; it's used mainly for testing and the occasional demonstration.

Git handles a directory (you may know directories as "folders" if you aren't a programmer) by combining the names, metadata, and hashes of all of its contents into a type of object called a "tree", and taking the hash of the whole thing.

Here, by the way, is another place where git really differs from blockchain. In a blockchain, all the effort of mining goes into making sure that every block points to its one guaranteed-unique correct predecessor. In other words, the blocks form a chain. Files and directories form a tree, with the ordinary files as the leaves, and directories as branches. The directory at the top is called the root. Top? Top. For some reason software trees grow from the root down. After a while you get used to it.

Actually, that's not quite accurate, because git stores each object in exactly one place, and it's perfectly possible for the same file to be in two different directories. This can be very useful -- if you make a hundred copies of a file, git only has to store one of them. It's also inaccurate because trees, called Merkle Trees are used inside of blocks in a blockchain. But I digress.

Technically the hash links in both blockchains and git form a directed acyclic graph -- that means that the links all point in one direction, and there aren't any loops. In order to make a loop you'd have to predict the hash of some later block, and you just can't do that. I have another post about why this is a good thing.

And that brings us to the things that make git, git: commits. ("Commit" is used in the same sense, more or less, as it is in the phrase "commit something to memory", or "commit to a plan of action". It has very little to do with crime. Hashes are even more unique than fingerprints, and we all know what criminals think about fingerprints. In cryptography, the hash of a key is called its fingerprint.)

Anyway, when you're done making changes in a project, you type the command

git commit

... and git will make a new commit object which contains, among other things, the time and date, your name and email address, maybe your cryptographic signature, a brief description of what you did (git puts you into your favorite text editor so you can enter this if you didn't put it on the command line), the hash of the current root, and the hash of the previous commit. Just like a blockchain.

Unlike earlier version control systems, git never has to compare files; all it has to do is compare their hashes. This is fast -- git's hashes are only 20 bytes long, no matter how big the files are or how many are in a directory tree. And if the hashes of two trees are the same, git doesn't have to look at any of the blobs in those trees to know that they are all the same.

@ Blockchain 101 — only if you ‘know nothing’! – Hacker Noon @ When do you need blockchain? Decision models. – Sebastien Meunier @ Git - Git Objects @ git ready » how git stores your data @ Git/Internal structure - Wikibooks, open books for an open world @ Why Singly-Linked Lists Win* | Stephen Savitzky

Another fine post from The Computer Curmudgeon (also at

Got the wrong hot sauce

Feb. 25th, 2019 11:49 pm
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Didn't notice.



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One concerning an actor who apparently faked his own hate crime, and the other concerning a member of the Coast Guard who was apparently planning a massive terrorist attack, explicitly because he's a huge bigot against minorities.

I'm a little perplexed by the proportion of coverage these two stories are getting in my news sources. Not perplexed. More like disturbed.
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Title: Practising your name
Fandom: Guardian
Rating: G
Notes: Made in Paint.NET. 1920x1080px. Lyric from Bic Runga's song, "Sway." Thanks to [personal profile] teaotter for beta. <3
Summary: Shen Wei poring over Zhao Yunlan's file.

Practising your name )
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Title: the land beneath us still lives
Fandom: Final Fantasy Type-0
Characters/Pairing: Emina Hanaharu, Kazusa Futahito (Kurasame Susaya/Kazusa Futahito)
Rating: PG13
Length: 3, 738 words
Warning: Spoilers through the end of Final Fantasy Type-0
Notes: Written for the "Silver Lining" square on my bingo card
Summary: The people of Orience are left to pick up the pieces. There, Emina and Kazusa meet once more.

the land beneath us still lives )
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and then I saw this stellar fucking take, which yeeted me out of my consciousness and into a nether dimension full of soulless ligbeets screeching about how ~50 years of academia are completely useless because their tumblr-educated ass said so.

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I have a 4thewords account now, and opted to go with "umadoshi" as my username over there too. Feel free to add me if you're also there and feel like it.

(I admit I don't yet have any idea what being "friends" on the site translates into. Is there a social aspect beyond the existence of forums, which are part of the 99.5% of the site I haven't poked at yet? Or is it just a way of seeing how people you know are doing with their wordcounts?)

Speaking of "hey, maybe this'll help me be focused/productive" things, I've had Forest installed on my (Android) phone for ages (a couple of years?), but had never used it until yesterday. (The gist is that you pick an amount of time for which you don't want to use your phone, so you plant a tree for your virtual forest and, if you don't use the phone for that period of have a tree! If not, you don't.)

Alas, I've run into a glitch that I haven't been able to find any info on, and if I can't get it sorted, Forest is getting filed under "so much for that idea" and ditched. What I tweeted to the official account was "Hi! When I plant a tree and then meet my goal, I get a notification saying that my tree has grown, but when I go into the app there's no tree, just the initial "start planting today!" screen. (No withered tree, and no sign that I ever planted one at all.) I'm a new user on Android and have both "advanced detection" and "lock Forest to stay in foreground" turned on. Do you have any ideas?"

So we'll see if they can help. I asked that about eleven hours ago, so I'm not getting my hopes up, but OTOH maybe they're in a very different time zone from me. We'll see. (If any of you happen to use the app and have an answer or suggestion, I'm all ears!)

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