2017-04-29 webmention

Apr. 29th, 2017 06:17 pm
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Posted by Philip Brewer

In which I mention Aaron Pareki’s Now page primarily as a test of WebMentions, and also a test of post titles with a word after the date (rather than before, the way I’d been doing it).

Sat, Apr. 29 Electoral Vote Predictor

Apr. 29th, 2017 06:00 am
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President Trump Very Impressed with President Trump

Today is the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency, which means it's time for anyone and everyone to weigh in with their assessments. That includes, naturally enough, the President himself. He sat for several interviews in the past two days, along with giving his weekly address, and he gives himself very high marks, declaring, "I truly believe that the first 100 days of my administration has been just about the most successful in our country's history. Our country is going up, and it's going up fast."

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Day 10.108: In the clouds

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:55 pm
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Posted by the_exile

I took the girls to Portland this evening so that they could attend Shabbat service at the local reform Synagogue with their confirmation classmates. I took the opportunity for an evening run in some of my old haunts.

It was a strange evening - with fog just out to sea making the coast rather dreamlike:

OK, very dreamlike:

When I got up to the top of the hill I was completely engulfed in cloud and there was no view at all, but then I came out again and could see the fog rolling into Back Cove from above:

I also had a pretty good run and bought myself a morning off tomorrow!

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 75

Apr. 28th, 2017 02:00 pm
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Posted by brendan

I caught this film last weekend at the 5Point Film Festival and loved it: BridesThrowingCats.com: created by “a guy from…

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Fri, Apr. 28 Electoral Vote Predictor

Apr. 28th, 2017 06:00 am
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Flynn's in Big Trouble--Thanks, Obama!

It's been a bad week for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. On Tuesday, it was revealed that he took payments from the Russian and Turkish governments and did not disclose them. On Thursday, things took a turn for the worse when it came out that Flynn was specifically warned by the Defense Intelligence Agency not to take money from foreign governments. Consequently, the Pentagon has now begun its own investigation, independent from the Congressional investigation that revealed the wrongdoing in the first place.

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Apr. 28th, 2017 10:42 am
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Posted by Philip Brewer

My “status” posts (like this one) are now going to my new microblog at micro.blog. Check it out at https://micro.blog/philipbrewer.

In related news, I’m planning to start using the “image” and “link” post types for sharing photos and links.

All appear on my website as well as in my microblog (which is really the point).

Day 10.107: Natural

Apr. 27th, 2017 10:03 pm
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Posted by the_exile

We've been treadmill shopping.

This means that lots of adverts for treadmills and other fitness equipment have been showing up everywhere we go online.

This - ever so natural - photo of someone definitely actually using a treadmill is a special example:

Code push scheduled for Sunday night

Apr. 27th, 2017 03:03 pm
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[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 8pm PDT / 11pm EDT / 3am UTC on Sunday, Apr 30 (or May 1 for you transatlantic types.).

I don't have a list of changes for you yet, but most will fall into the following categories: things users have complained about to support volunteers, things support volunteers have complained about to developers, things [staff profile] denise has complained about not working the way she expects them to (and as we all know, The Boss is Always Right), and things that were printing warnings over and over in the production server logs, making it hard to spot when less frequent, more urgent errors were being printed. Oh, and also all the unused code I ripped out at the roots, which if you notice that, I did it wrong.

To sum up: we are rolling out a bunch of requested changes, so thank you all for your feedback!

If you're new to Dreamwidth and interested in tracking our development process, our commit logs are published to [site community profile] changelog and [community profile] changelog_digest, and every month or so, one of our volunteers will translate those often-cryptic entries into witty, informative code tours! The most recent one was published on April 1, so we're about due for a new one. Hint, hint.

We'll update here again to let you know when the code push is imminent!

I Believe In Inertia

Apr. 27th, 2017 02:00 pm
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Posted by brendan

It happened again yesterday, like it always does, about three-quarters of the way through my run: I started to try…

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Gratitude 2017-04-27

Apr. 27th, 2017 11:32 am
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Posted by Philip Brewer

The complex layers of post-storm clouds, blowing past in different directions at different altitudes, make dramatic patterns in the early morning sunlight.

Thu, Apr. 27 Electoral Vote Predictor

Apr. 27th, 2017 06:00 am
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Trump Tax Plan Underwhelms

The Trump administration unveiled its much-ballyhooed tax plan on Wednesday. Apropos to something that could remake the entire American economy, and have trillions of dollars in impact, it took up almost an entire sheet of paper (though some of that was the snazzy-looking bullet points).

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Day 10.106: By the bandstand

Apr. 26th, 2017 10:37 pm
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Posted by the_exile

Some time ago I texted Exile #3 to say I was ready to pick her up from a school event and I was parked "by the bandstand".

Apparently it's called "the rotunda" or something and no-one EVER calls ANYTHING a "bandstand".

When we were in Bar Harbor last weekend - I pointed, "Look a bandstand!"

"It's not a 'bandstand' Dad!"

"Yes it is - it says it right on it!"

Wed, Apr. 26 Electoral Vote Predictor

Apr. 26th, 2017 06:00 am
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Michael Flynn Is in Hot Water

In his time, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has had dealings with Russia and with Turkey. Those dealings, we learned on Tuesday, resulted in Flynn being paid many thousands of dollars by the governments of those two countries. Flynn did not see fit to mention these payments in the paperwork he filed when requesting a security clearance. That is a violation of federal law. If he also failed to declare the income on his tax returns, that's an additional problem.

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Day 10.105: Fort Knox

Apr. 25th, 2017 10:23 pm
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Posted by the_exile

As Exile #2 mentioned, after a fairly lazy start to Saturday, we took a small detour to visit Fort Knox on our way back from our mini break. It's an extraordinary place - built in the mid 19th century to repel a largely by-then imagined threat from the British, it never saw battle and is - perhaps as a result - very well preserved.

We spent a very enjoyable couple of hours exploring outside:

Exile #4 is investigating one of the "hot shot furnace" designed to heat cannonballs so that they would set fire to ships that they hit (alas, in keeping with the theme of the fort, the cannons that were eventually installed were of a different bore - so these furnaces could not have been used in any case).

And also inside:

The passageways on various levels around the central courtyard were quite amazing spaces. We discovered that it took eight people to fire one of the cannons and that "A" battery is not a misuse of quotes but we were not sure until we discovered the "B" battery.

Tue, Apr. 25 Electoral Vote Predictor

Apr. 25th, 2017 06:00 am
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Trump Blinks on Wall Funding

In four days, the government will no longer be funded. Congressional Democrats and Republicans had been making progress on that problem until the Trump administration gave Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) a surprise: The President wanted a funding bill with money for the Mexican wall. There was no chance that the Democrats would allow such a bill to pass the Senate, so GOP leaders were left with a pair of unpleasant options: defy the President, or allow a shutdown at a time when their party controls the entire government.

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Day 10.104: Steamy

Apr. 24th, 2017 08:51 pm
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Posted by the_exile

On Sunday morning, soon after the sun came up after a couple of cool wet days, I went out for a run. I noticed some trees steaming in the early morning sunshine in a few places, but when I turned the corner to see this fence in full sunlight, I decided it was worth pulling my phone out for a moment:

I'll write about the rest of our northern adventures soon!


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April 2017

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My running PRs:

5K: 21:03 (downhill) 21:43 (loop)
10K: 43:06 (downhill)
10M: 1:12:59
13.1M: 1:35:55
26.2M: 3:23:31


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