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I'm afraid I'm going to have to mostly bail on [personal profile] liv's question, asking me to talk about "when mainstream feminism goes around reproducing lots of other hierarchies and oppressions", because I've been turning it over for a few days and I'm really not sure what to say.

I guess the short answer is: this is something I've been learning about and working on for the past 5 years, and I've been trying to improve my own practice around it, and to speak to people when they do faily things and I think I can usefully help out as an ally. The other thing, I suppose, is that I don't really engage much with "mainstream feminism" if by that you mean the sort of institutionally established liberal feminism that's out there; my feminism is Internet feminism, informed by fandom and geekdom and twitter and tumblr, and I'm not very involved in the stuff that actually gets covered in mainstream media or gets funding from mainstream bodies or whatever. And the feminism I am involved in is pretty aware of "other hierarchies and oppressions" most of the time, I hope.

Anyway I think this answer crosses over a bit with what I wrote for [personal profile] transcendancing under how my feminism has changed over time so I'll just point you there as well.

Sorry I couldn't write more :(

Music - Best of January 2014

Dec. 18th, 2014 05:10 pm
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Friends! Bronies! Equestrians! It's 2014! Are you ready to rock?! You might be in luck... *looks through selection* (Alt-rock... Chopin... Ah!) Yes, here there be rock, and lots of other tasty tracks too, the pick of the litter! Come on down and give it a listen. 8^)


DJStrachAttack -- Black Magic [VIP]. Glitch Hop. I'm not catching the pony influence, but this is very nice.


Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK4X14iClZU

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/djstrachattack/black-magic-vip
Bandcamp: https://djstrachattack.bandcamp.com/track/black-magic-vip



Skypause Bgp -- The Ballad Of Starswirl The Bearded. Bluegrass/folk. Vocal, mandolin, guitar and banjo.


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G03XbAN9SY

Bandcamp: http://skypause.bandcamp.com/track/the-ballad-of-starswirl-the-bearded



SongsofRuiness -- In Your Dust. Echo-y, 90's alt-rock.


Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Xg9udv4QpY

Bandcamp (min. $1): http://ruiness.bandcamp.com/track/in-your-dust



Agents of Discord -- Pinkie's Party Cannon. Breakbeat electronica with glitch and vocal clips.


Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN7BiuanhTQ

Download: https://eqbeats.org/track/7143



AwkwardMarina -- Entropy (A song about Discord). Vocals with chiptune instrumental.


Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6DXhiBL27U

Download: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/t8ieobeo3u851ab/Entropy.mp3



Рената Кирильчук (Renata Kirilchuk/Melody Note) -- The Moon Rises Russian Cover.


Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TBexd0tUEU

Download should be here: http://rusfolder.com/39708855 but I have no clue what hoops you have to jump through to get it.



Chang31ing -- Bats! house, electronic keyboard, voice clips. Too short! Chan31ing got tired.


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC8oPbiCZ3I

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/chang31ing/bats-chang31ing-remix



ImTheMoon61 - Coco. Piano concerto. Rackmaninov or Chopin? Debussy?


Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg6HKX4xJP0

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/imthemoon/coco



MindKog -- Subject: Sweetie Belle. Vocals by Faux Synder. Chiptune instrumental with unaltered vocals.


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGEDCaXPFSM

Download: http://www.mediafire.com/download/fabknrjvrrf9dot/Subject+Sweetie+Belle.mp3



Slyph Storm -- Octavia's Overture. A remake of The Living Tombstone's track with new lyrics but telling the same story. Vocals (with a touch of pitch adjustment buzz) and string orchestra.


Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87qrjNF6fH4

Download: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3rgaefn53hd8tvl/Octavia%27s%20Overture.mp3
Bandcamp: https://slyphstorm.bandcamp.com/track/octavias-overture
Instrumental: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7rcunl3bvl98q3r/Octavia%27s%20Overture.wav



JayB -- The Cutie Mark Crusaders -- Hearts as Strong as Horses. Rock! JayB totally nails it. Was the original this good? Guitar, organs, synths. Vocals are Scoolatloo, Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle isolated from the show soundtrack.


Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBkRL7_9Pko

Download: http://www.jaybmusic.net/download.php?id=1638

Complex Solutions to a Simple Problem

Dec. 18th, 2014 02:26 pm
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Posted by BrianKrebs

My inbox has been flooded of late with pitches for new technologies aimed at making credit cards safer and more secure. Many of these solutions are exceedingly complex and overwrought — if well-intentioned — responses to a problem that we already know how to solve. Here’s a look at a few of the more elaborate approaches.

A promotion for the Siren Swipe technology.

A promotion for the Siren Swipe technology.

Some of these ideas may have benefited from additional research into where financial institutions actually experience most of their fraud losses. Hint: Lost-and-stolen fraud is minuscule compared to losses from other types of fraud, such as counterfeit cards and online fraud. Case in point: A new product called Safe Swipe. From their pitch:

“The basic premise of our solution, Safe Swipe…is a technology which ‘marries’ your smart mobile device, phone, tablet and or computer to your credit/debit card(s). We’ve developed a Geo-Locator software program which triangulates your location with the POS device and your mobile phone so that if your phone and credit card are not within a certain predetermined range of one another the purchase would be challenged. In addition, we incorporated an ON/OFF type switch where you can ‘Lock Down’ your credit/debit card from your mobile device making it useless should it ever be stolen.”

The truth is that you can “lock down” your credit card if it’s lost or stolen by calling your credit card company and reporting it as such.  Along these lines, I received multiple pitches from the folks who dreamed up a product/service called “Siren Swipe.” Check it out:

“The SIREN SWIPE system immediately notifies local police (via the local 911 center) of a thief’s location (ie merchant address) once heswipes a card that has already been reported stolen,” the folks at this company said in an email pitch to KrebsOnSecurity. “SIREN SWIPE has the potential to drastically impact the credit card fraud landscape because although card credentials being stolen is a forgone conclusion, which cards thieves decide to actually use is not.  For a thief browsing a site like Rescator, the knowledge that using certain banks’ cards could result in an immediate police response can make thieves avoid using these banks’ stolen cards over and over again.  And in the best case scenario, a carder site admin could just decide not to sell subscribing banks’ cards in the interest of customer service.”

The sad truth is that, for the most part, cops generally have more important things to do than chase around the street urchins who end up using stolen credit and debit cards, and they’re not going to turn on the dome lights and siren over something like this. Also, the signals for fraud are all backwards here: The fraudsters know to use criminal card-checking services before buying and/or using stolen cards, so they don’t generally end up using a pile of cards that have already been cancelled.

A diagram explaining Quantum Secure Authentication.

A diagram explaining Quantum Secure Authentication.

My favorite overwrought solution to making credit cards more secure comes from researchers in the Netherlands, who recently put out a paper announcing a card security idea they’re calling Quantum-Secure Authentication. According to its creators, this approach relies on “the unique quantum properties of light to create a secure question-and-answer exchange that cannot be spoofed or copied. From their literature:

“Traditional magnetic-stripe-only cards are relatively simple to use but simple to copy. Recently, banks have begun issuing so-called ‘smart cards’ that include a microprocessor chip to authenticate, identify & enhance security. But regardless of how complex the code or how many layers of security, the problem remains that an attacker who obtains the information stored inside the card can copy or emulate it. The new approach…avoids this risk entirely by using the peculiar quantum properties of photons that allow them to be in multiple locations at the same time to convey the authentication questions & answers. Though difficult to reconcile with our everyday experiences, this strange property of light can create a fraud-proof Q&A exchange, like those used to authorize credit card transactions.”

The main reason so many of these newfangled technologies are even being proposed is that the United States lags 20 years behind Europe and the rest of the world in adopting chip/smartcard technology in credit and debit cards. This is starting to change on both the card-issuing side (the banks) and the merchant side. Most of the biggest banks are already issuing chip cards, with smaller institutions following suit next year. In October 2015, merchants that haven’t yet installed card swipe terminals that accept chip cards will be liable for all of the fraud costs on any fraudulent transaction involving a chip card.

It’s unclear how much appetite there is for new technology to help banks fight card fraud, when so many financial institutions have yet to roll out chip cards. A payments fraud survey released this week by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis found that “high percentages of surveyed financial institutions report that fraud prevention costs exceed actual losses for many types of payments, especially wire, cash, and ACH payments. This trend is even more striking for non-financial respondents. In every payment category, a higher percentage of such firms responded that prevention costs exceed fraud losses.”

The Fed survey (PDF), which quizzed both banks and corporations, found that about half of the financial institutions that experienced payment fraud losses reported increases in those losses, while three quarters of the non-financial firms responded that loss rates had remained about the same over the prior year.

“In keeping with previous surveys, signature debit transactions are the payment type cited by the largest number of financial institutions as accounting for high levels of payments fraud losses (92% of financial service companies), while checks are cited by 75% of non-financial companies,” the Fed concluded. “While this finding could suggest that companies are overcompensating in prevention vis-à-vis likely losses, it is also possible that risk mitigation strategies and fraud prevention investments have indeed been effective.”

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Posted by Jen

John asked me to pick my top 10 literal LOLs of all time, and I just couldn't do it, guys. There are too many! So instead, here are my top 20... in two parts. ENJOY.

Sorry, you can't have any.

 

But they never did. So sad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And they say technology makes our lives easier:

 

"What flash drive?"

 

"Oh, must be this one:"

 

Thanks to Jessica P., Amanda M., JR, Ross E., Kimberly L., Caylin C., Eugene K., Gauhar, Johanna O. & Elisabeth R., with extra sprinkles on top.

*****

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John and I wanted a Hogwarts Express for our Potter tree, but WOW are the official trains expensive. Plus, once I found this $30 train set that snaps INTO your tree, I knew we'd find a way to make a passable Hogwarts Express out of it.

Here's what we started with:

Good thing it's cheap, because wow does it look it.

 And here's our finished product:


This mod is pretty tedious, since you pretty much have to disassemble the entire train, paint the individual pieces, and then remember how to put it all together again.

In addition to painting, we removed a lot of extraneous pieces like the front smoke stack, bell, and the extra railings and ladders on the coal car. I also cut out the speaker, since the sound effects were terrible - and loud.

We completely re-built the front end of the engine, which looked like this after we cut off the big lantern, gold trim, and cowpoke:


That center screw is just decorative, so I covered the front hatch with epoxy putty, which allowed us to drill a new hole down low for the headlight:



Obviously it's not perfect, but I think we got the general idea across!


(Just realized the side railing isn't gold on the Express. OOPS. Looks like I have some touch-up painting to do!)

We found and printed some of the world's tiniest decals, which I applied with even tinier spots of clear glue.

The red spray paint we used was a little richer and had a slight texture to it, which makes the train look more like metal:

And again, this is what we started with:

Now the other two cars:

Before:
 


After:



Before:


After:


And yes, that IS a tiny dementor on the back:


This was entirely John's idea, but I think it's hilarious.


Plus the way he positioned the wire makes the dementor really seem like it's flying as the train rounds the tree:

ACTION SEQUENCE... GO!



Hee!

I like to think the dementor is something a Slytherin would stick on the train as a joke, so it still fits with my "tree that Hogwarts' kids made" theme.

Hope you guys aren't getting TOO Pottered out this month, since I still have a few more goodies to share. Stay tuned for winged keys, potion bottles, and parchment scrolls with levitating quill pens!

And if you're just catching up, here's what I've shared from the tree so far:

- DIY Golden Snitches
- Floating Candles
- Cauldron Base
- Mini Quidditch Brooms
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I've taken to more of my medium length content being over on G+ these days, but I wanted to detail some things about my recently purchased Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet (GOOD LORD that's a mouthful!). I'll keep the gushing over the hardware to a minimum (it's a lot nicer than my old Xoom, that's for sure). So here goes!


Hardware


Yup, it's amazing, it's hard to argue with it much, it's thin, it's powerful, the screen looks nice. I do have some annoyances though, and they are just kind of stupid mistakes
  • Charging off of USB is *AMAZING*, seriously this fills me with such happiness it's crazy. What would have been BETTER is to have had an option to either wirelessly charge (Qi) or to make a USB to magnetic connector recharging thingie. These have been created by 3rd parties (I just ordered one of the usb to magnetic adapters, we'll see what I think) but it's just kind of odd that it wasn't dealt with up front. The reason I'm grumbling at all is the little door you have to open to get at the usb port (for charging) is a little obnoxious to open, and I could see it being really obnoxious if you didn't have any nails. Overall it's a minor nit-pick but yeah.
  • The headphone jack on the *BOTTOM* of the tablet? Seriously? So the obvious problem there is, what do I do when I'm at 30K feet on a flight? I suppose I can flip the tablet over entirely in it's case (I have the official Sony one, it's reasonably well thought out. Minor complaints there too), but yeah, that's annoying but not ideal. I've got a flight coming up, I'll "test" it and get back to this on G+, I likely will be annoyed
About it really, the hardware more or less speaks for itself beyond that.


Software



This is one area that many Android vendors futz up thinking that they are "adding value", what they are really adding is fragmentation and useless junk that usually undermines their own product. Sony, surprisingly, got the message somewhere and left nearly all of the OS stock, with minor tweaks here and there. Well done Sony!
  • The launcher / app drawer that Sony provides is actually quite nice despite it not being the stock ones. It's got some nice features that I would honestly like to see in the stock Android launcher:
    • Ability to search the apps
    • Re-order the apps (even a custom ordering)
    • Folders in the app drawer

Now this isn't to say that the app drawer is perfect...

  • What's wrong w/ the app drawer:
    • It wastes a fair amount of space on the page by not having the apps quite as dense. Another column or row would go a long way to alleviating that
    • I like on the stock launcher how if you long press on the app you get the option to put it on the home screen, uninstall or see more information. it's a little thing, but I'd love to see that added to the Sony launcher (it has similar functionality it's just not quite as intuitive)
Actually surprisingly I think that's about the only thing I can complain about there. I have the option to use the Google Now Launcher, but I'm going to stick with Sony's for now.

The other apps that deviate from Stock:
  • The Album / Gallery software is custom to Sony. It works, I have no major complaints about it, though I wish I could sort things a little bit better, it seems to just default to a very long sequential list by date, which is not the way my brain thinks about a lot of my photos. It does have the ability to connect to a network device and browse data there. I'm guessing it's only DLNA only but it's something!
  • Walkman / Play now / etc - Lets be honest here it's a music playing app, there's only so much here you do to differentiate. It looks like it supports all the formats I care about (mp3 & flac), the interface seems ok. It lacks genre tag support, so I'm not overly thrilled with it. Overall it looks fine. It's easily replaced by other things if you don't like it
  • Movies - again a custom setup. It's got a couple of nice bonuses, a couple of movies that I had on my xoom for testing that never played, now play on the Sony, so yay for expanded codec support. Looks like it lacks full mpg support though, not a show stopper obviously but something to note. It does have the ability to look up data from Gracenote and add extra meta-data, nice but again not critical.
  • The only other thing I've run into that's obnoxious is they "customized" the right side pull down. I expect that will go stock in Lollipop, but their quick settings thing is ok, it lacks the dynamic nature of stock, and things like Chromecast's cast entire screen will never show up in it. I'd argue that's fairly major demerits there.
The rest of the OS looks and feels stock with a few minor additions or changes, so kudos to Sony for that one.


Root


This is where the "fun" began for me.  Now many people will question why I care about root on my devices.  The biggest of which is that I run nightly backups of the devices.  It's silly, particularly for devices I'd consider generally ephemeral, but for some reason I don't see it as optional.  On my tablet I've also found having root dim very valuable when reading at night in bed and the lowest brightness setting is too bright for a fully darkened room and the tablet is less than a foot from my nose.

Some caveats

So I clearly didn't read all the documentation before I plowed into rooting my device, and it turns out Sony has something "special" about how they do things, namely there's a magical place called the TA partition, specifically (seemingly) the "Trim Area".  On most sane devices (Read: Google Nexus devices), you unlock the boot loader, flash a new recovery in, load up a flashable su app and you are off to the races.  It's easy, it's painless, you don't have to worry too much.

Sony on the other hand hides a bunch of things, like DRM keys, in the TA and specifically *WIPES* that area out when you unlock the boot loader.  These are things I think should be stored in a TPM, or some other chunk of hardware where even if I root around I can get at the base keys, but most ARM chips don't have such a thing, so that's where Sony put them.  The other thing this seems to govern is the warranty.  When you unlock the boot loader Sony uses words like "May void your warranty" or that warranty service may incur an additional charge if you unlock your bootloader.  In reality it looks like by unlocking the bootloader you DO void your warranty, which I'm actually VERY disappointed in Sony for.  It's their choice on that, but using words like "May" implies to me that if I screw it up badly enough from a software perspective I'm toast - I'm ok with that, but if the screen has a normal warranty-able issue (it seperates or something, I don't know), that I'd expect to be covered normally.  It also looks like, once you've unlocked your device you can't re-lock it.

Now I've said all of that, mainly, because I plowed forward and was stupid, didn't realize I needed / could backup the TA and it's all blown away.  The trick that people are finding is that if you back it up you can restore it and make it look like your device was never unlocked at the boot loader.  Ahhh but you ask, how can you back up the TA without root before you've unlocked the boot loader?  You got it, the 4.4.2 firmware is exploitable to gain root without unlocking the boot loader.  Do this, back up your TA and you are golden from then on out.

Ehhh Cest la vie, I've either gambled well and the device will be awesome and last me 3 years or it will destroy itself angering me and since I potentially have no warranty, I'll think twice about a Sony product in the future.

Recovery

Grief recovery is borked on the Sonys, not just a little, I mean A LOT.  Someone clever decided to deviate from the way many of the other devices work and instead of having a separate partition for the recovery (like Nexus devices) they stuck it in with the boot partition and made it work from there.  This means it's a pain to work with and that there's only really one recovery method: get XZDualRecovery to work.  This isn't *ENTIRELY* true but read the 4.4.4 section on why this is borked and I hate it.

Busybox

To keep XZDualRecovery (and make all that magic work) you need to keep their version of Busybox, so if you are like me and have Busybox Pro or something like that DON'T install it after installing XZDualRecovery.  XZDualRecovery seemingly needs lzma support to make all it's magic work, and that's not a common thing to have on other busyboxes.

4.4.2

This was basically a no brainer, run the various scripts around, they root the device, your golden.  Nothing but net!  caveat above on Busybox and you are golden.

Well you are golden until you decide "Hey 4.4.4 is out for the X2 Tablet SGP512, I should upgrade - heck even the tablet is telling me I should upgrade!" WELLLLLLLL, it seems Sony didn't like me rooting my tablet and the OTA servers stopped telling me there was an update, and the PCC (Sony's desktop app) refused to upgrade the device claiming it didn't like my modified software.

Can't say I was overly impressed there.  Eventually I just downloaded the right files, found a program called Flashtool and got it upgraded.  I expect I'll have to do roughly the same thing for Lollipop when it comes out.

4.4.4

So when I upgraded to 4.4.4 I lost root, and started a quest to get it back.  The short answer is it's NEARLY impossible, and almost assuredly impossible with a non-unlocked bootloader.  To start with, the recovery stuff you had setup in 4.4.2, yup - wiped out.  So step 1 was getting a recovery going.  The only recovery I could get to work were ones that were incompatible the rest of the OS.  Bugger so my process eventually came down to:
  1. Flash incompatible cwm-z2-tablet.img (search for it on Google)
  2. Boot to the new recovery (you can't boot anything else, it'll just end up in a boot loop)
  3. Take a program called PRG (Pre-Root Generator) which you can take the base files you would use for Flashtool and add in XZDualRecovery and a flashable super user of your choice and bolt them all in.  Pay close attention to include the kernel, as that will over write the recovery image that doesn't work.
  4. adb push the file generated from 3 into the sdcard of the tablet
  5. install the zip on the tablet
  6. Reboot
It's messy, but it worked, it got me root and recoveries work.  Things that don't work
  • When SuperSu updates from Google play and tells me it needs to update the su binary, the only way I found to make it work was to download the flashable and do it from the recovery manually.
  • I suspect other things that will be in similar shape
  • /system seems to be locked to read-only when not in a recovery mode

Wax clinic!

Dec. 17th, 2014 10:48 pm
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Start-of-season wax clinic at Soo Finnish Nordic tonight! Was really looking forward to this, 'cuz my skis haven't really had a proper waxing since I got them -- just whatever the store put on them, plus a daily touch-up with express wax.

So, my major learning for the evening: it turns out, applying proper wax to skis does indeed make them more slippery, and therefore faster! However, it also makes you more clumsy...! Going to have to check the package to see if this side effect is listed on there. Will be in touch with the wax manufacturer if not. ;)

Rear View Sombra

Dec. 17th, 2014 09:00 pm
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Source: http://evehly.deviantart.com/art/--499483268

Sombra is a well fed horse! Without the cape here, but he looks better in a cape.

Quick hit: #ThisTweetCalledMyBack

Dec. 17th, 2014 04:00 pm
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Posted by Tim Chevalier

Who gets to claim the title “activist”, and who quietly does the work that’s needed for activist movements to succeed while getting simultaneously derided and appropriated from?

A collective of, in their own words, “Black Women, AfroIndigenous and women of color” have issued a statement on how they’re being treated by white feminism, academia, the mainstream media, and the rest of the social-justice-industrial complex:

As an online collective of Black, AfroIndigenous, and NDN women, we have created an entire framework with which to understand gender violence and racial hierarchy in a global and U.S. context. In order to do this however, we have had to shake up a few existing narratives, just like K. Michelle and her infamous table rumble on Love & Hip Hop.

The response has been sometimes loving, but in most cases we’ve faced nothing but pushback in the form of trolls, stalking. We’ve, at separate turns, been stopped and detained crossing international borders and questioned about our work, been tailed and targeted by police, had our livelihoods threatened with calls to our job, been threatened with rape on Twitter itself, faced triggering PTSD, and trudged the physical burden of all of this abuse. This has all occurred while we see our work take wings and inform an entire movement. A movement that also refuses to make space for us while frequently joining in the naming of us as “Toxic Twitter.”

Read the statement from @tgirlinterruptd, @chiefelk, @bad_dominicana, @aurabogado, @so_treu, @blackamazon, @thetrudz, as well as #ThisTweetCalledMyBack on Twitter, for a critical perspective on the role of intersecting racism and sexism in how activist work is valued. If you’ve ever been dismissed as “just an Internet activist” or told to get off your computer and out in the streets, then you need to read this essay. If you’ve ever dismissed someone else as all talk, and no action, not like those real activists who are running big street protests, then you need to read this essay. And if both are true for you, then you need to read this essay.

Let me say this about that

Dec. 17th, 2014 11:36 am
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According to my dad, that was a Nixon thing, not a JFK thing.

FYI.
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Posted by Jen

Welcome, my fellow gutter-minded malcontents! Prepare to get your juvenile giggles on, because today, we are all 12-year-old boys.

Oh, the irony.

[insert Peter Pan joke here]

 

"AARG! HULK TENSE! HULK... TRY RELIEVE TENSION."

 

I bet this is the last time BJ's Wholesale Club abbreviates its name:

 

Anyone else getting kind of a dirty vibe off this butterfly?

(No seriously, why is the end dirty??)

 

IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK:

Unless you think that's supposed to be a bronze pear statue. Which it is. Allegedly.

 

Baby, You're A Firework!

...in need of medical attention.

 

The Girls' Night Out:

No, I mean literal girls. They're babies. In bed. With unusually pert pacifiers.

 

This was supposed to say, "Germany, here we come!"

Looks like "Germany" will be smacking the ceiling with a broom tonight.

 

A Very Happy Butterfly:

 

And an even happier frog:

THAT IS SO NOT RIGHT.

 

A Cake Wrecks classic, and one of my earliest posts:

I love that someone - either the customer or the decorator - felt that "sexual harassment" needed to be illustrated. And I realize the decorator can't be expected to be Picasso or anything, but check out how far the girl's feet are off the ground. Either that was the Spank Heard 'Round the World, or she's on an invisible step while Chuckles there digs for gold.

 

And finally, one older still:

GOOD LUCK IN CHINA!

If you haven't read the full back story by Scott of Basic Instructions - who has since become both a dear friend and an excellent author, btw - grab a tissue for the tears of laughter, and go check it out.
Good stuff.

 

Thanks to Melissa M., Mark F., Steve S., Lesley W., Diana M., Elisabeth M., Gina C., Sarah R., Bijan P., & Melanie D. for making so many people giggle-snort as quietly as possible while at work. (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.)

*****

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Posted by Cate

Jeddah Marriott no women sign

Credit: Wikimedia

I sent my initial Corporate Feminism and Thankless Emotional Labour post to someone for feedback, and they suggested I add some action items to help. I think some of them are in our bingo card, but it’s worth breaking out.

Really it comes down to: 1) ask for less. 2) give back more. 3) recognise and appreciate.

Ask for Less

  • Prioritise more impactful requests, and explain why the initiative is impactful in the ask: E.g. “can someone give a presentation at [school]” becomes “We would love to send someone to give a presentation at [school], they currently have [% female students] up from [change] and have [some recent achievement that highlights why they are worth supporting].”
  • Do the research on what is required: e.g. “can someone give a presentation in [location] on [date]” becomes “can someone give a presentation of [time] minutes to an audience of  [audience description], suitable topics would be [list of high level topics]. The event is based in [location], travelling from [office location] will get you there in [timeframe, suggested transport].”
  • Provide admin or events support: it seems some organisations think it is “scrappy” for engineers to do this. In my opinion, this is typically not “scrappy”, but inefficient. If it is at all cost effective, it is only because your engineers are working extra hours they would not otherwise on this, and very few engineers make good event planners (myself included). This was one of the things I really appreciated at IBM, and at a recent event at Facebook I noticed the engineers running it had a ton of help, which was great.

Give Back More

  • Beyond the pipeline: provide events and support for the women who are there, rather than just asking them to take on the extra job of pipeline work. Cisco and Facebook have annual internal conferences for the women who work there. Extra training, mentorship and sponsorship programs are also good. The data’s pretty clear – stuff happens. But I think it’s easier to handle that in a company that shows they are committed to retention rather than one where they seem determined to pretend the pipeline is the main, even the only, problem.
  • Coaching and training: the #1 reason I have heard from women who don’t want to speak at events is fear. I have never seen any offer to help with this beyond “we have a slide deck someone else prepped that you can just use” (I always imagine that would lead to a terrible talk). This means that the burden falls disproportionately on the women who are not too terrified to speak, but some investment in training might go a long way to addressing this. E.g. “if you are not comfortable speaking, haven’t spoken before, or haven’t spoken in a while, we can arrange coaching with [expert] who will help you prepare.” – added bonus for the volunteer and their manager, these skills will almost certainly help elsewhere, too.
  • Book travel and take care of expense reports: not everyone will want this, but the offer will build goodwill, it is also really helpful for engineers with managers who are not supportive.

Recognition and Appreciation

  • Say thank you: I can’t believe I need to include this here. A timely “thanks for your participation in this event, here is some positive feedback we received, which I will share with your manager” goes a long way.
  • If hiring, recognise like hiring: If there are stats on things like: interviews conducted, resumes submitted, etc, include “external events” or “talks” as well and recognise in line with other hiring metrics.
  • If leadership, recognise like leadership: When considering promotion, or project allocation, if considering someone who planned and led an event or a program, consider that leadership not niceness.

Christmas Shipping Deadline

Dec. 17th, 2014 05:00 am
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The US Christmas shipping deadline for the xkcd store is December 19th! If you want to get anyone xkcd Christmas presents, you should order by then.

The xkcd store features body slipcovers, secret passageway concealers, picture tape, and more!
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Source: http://impcjcaesar.deviantart.com/art/We-Agreed-500714632 (Draw a pony falling, day 5.)

Last day of the Newbie Artist Training Grounds on Equestria Daily.

The final assignment was as expected: "Draw any previous theme/Draw every previous theme", to be submitted here, and the pictures ending up in this gallery here. The official deadline was 9 pm MST (11 pm EST) but Phoe leaves the submitter open at least an hour more, usually many hours more, for late people like me.Since I had my day twelve sketch to colour, I had high hopes of submitting two things this time. Colouring the drawing took to long and so that was all I did. #679 is mine.

The final raffle is a giant blow out. Not only will there be 4DE plushes again, there is another Applejack bank and CCG package to give away. Seven prizes -- five to win 2 plushes each, and one winner each for the bank and the card/autographed playmat set. Now I see why the previous day's 4de prizes weren't saved for the last day.

I'm so sleepy I can barely see. I'll look through the gallery after I've had a few hours of sleep.

Much later...

Well, with seven hundred submissions in the Day Fifteen gallery, there were bound to be a few nice ones:


final_stage_by_vila1
Source: http://vila1.deviantart.com/art/NATG2-Day15-Final-stage-500640711 (Which prompt? Fits day 1, draw a pony standing still.)


Windigos_small_by_nightshadow154
Source: http://nightshadow154.deviantart.com/art/EQD-NATG-IV-Day-15-500736944 (Day 6, draw a pony legend.)


derpy_enjoys_her_coco_by_thedragonfly52413
Source: http://thedragonfly52413.deviantart.com/art/Derpy-Enjoys-her-Coco-EQD-NATG-15-2-500733914 (Draw a pony enjoying cocoa, day 12.)


this_day_is_going_to_be_perfect_by_seahawk270
Source: http://seahawk270.deviantart.com/art/This-day-is-going-to-be-perfect-500732490 (Draw a triumphant pony, day 14.)


Dashing_through_the_snow_colored_by_chiramii_chan
Source: http://chiramii-chan.deviantart.com/art/ATG-2014-15-1-3-9-colored-500705111 (Draw a pony skiing, day 9.)


shipping_by_thediscorded
Source: http://thediscorded.deviantart.com/art/ATG-Final-Day-Shipping-500712273 (Draw a pony traveling, day 13.)


Starsign_has_passed_out_by_charcoalsketcher
Source: http://charcoalsketcher.deviantart.com/art/EQD-Artist-Training-IV-Day-15-Any-All-Previous-500710202 (Draw a pony taking a break/ draw a pony settling down, day 7.)


ninety_percent_by_verulence
Source: http://verulence.deviantart.com/art/Ninety-Percent-500717766 (Draw a pony falling, day 5.)

And that's a wrap.

done dids for wednesday

Dec. 17th, 2014 03:00 pm
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Structured procrastination du jour

* sent email to someone who's involved in a large seed-sharing project in India, to talk to them about their data use etc
* sought an introduction to someone who founded an open food project centred on nutrition data
* talked with some people on IRC about Growstuff values and with another set of people about attracting and onboarding designers in open source projects
* finished writing up report for work I did last month (project X woooot!)
* phone meeting re: work for the first quarter of next year
* sent out emails about next year's work (being vague on purpose!)
* womanfully avoided getting into a heated discussion about trigger warnings as an accessibility measure (and thanked someone who stepped up to say the thing I wanted to say, but said it much more calmly)
* made a decision about dropping some work I don't seem to be able to do effectively, and made some steps toward finding a replacement (a different project X potentially off my plate! also woot!)
* arranged time with lawn mower (for vague definition of "arranged" as the time seems to be constantly being pushed back)
* went to shops/ATM to get cash for lawn mower person (and also snacks and gin)
* ate snacks, drank gin
* phonecall with project X that I'm dropping, let them know I'm dropping them, offered to help find replacement, chatted a bit with friend who is my contact there
* improved Growstuff's README to have more information on contributing for designers, writers, etc (it previously only had information for coders)
* wrote fairly epic Get involved page for Growstuff wiki
* decided that since I've been enjoying the December posting meme, I might do a monthly blogging plan thing for the future; set up google spreadsheet for this
* read interesting blog posts about UX and design and stuff

(to be updated as I do stuff)

Banks: Park-n-Fly Online Card Breach

Dec. 16th, 2014 06:04 pm
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Posted by BrianKrebs

Multiple financial institutions say they are seeing a pattern of fraud that indicates an online credit card breach has hit Park-n-Fly, an Atlanta-based offsite airport parking service that allows customers to reserve spots in advance of travel via an Internet-based reservation system. The security incident, if confirmed, would be the latest in a string of card breaches involving compromised payment systems at parking services nationwide.

park-n-flyIn response to questions from KrebsOnSecurity, Park-n-Fly said it recently engaged multiple outside security firms to investigate breach claims made by financial institutions, but so far has been unable to find a breach of its systems.

“We have been unable to find any specific issues related to the cards or transactions reported to us and by the financial institutions,” wrote Michael Robinson, the company’s senior director of information technology, said in an emailed statement. “While this kind of incident is rare for us based on our thousands of daily transactions, we do take every instance very seriously. Like any reputable company involved in e-commerce today we recognize that we must be constantly vigilant and research every claim to root out any vulnerabilities or potential gaps.”

Park-n-Fly’s statement continues:

“While we believe that our systems are very secure, including SLL encryption, we have recently engaged multiple outside security firms to identify and resolve any possible gaps in our systems and as always will take any action indicated. We have made all necessary precautionary upgrades and we just upgraded on 12/9 to the latest EV SSL certificate from Entrust, one of the leading certificate issuers in the industry.”

Nevertheless, two different banks shared information with KrebsOnSecurity that suggests Park-n-Fly — or some component of its online card processing system — has indeed experienced a breach. Both banks saw fraud on a significant number of customer cards that previously  — and quite recently — had been used online to make reservations at a number of more than 50 Park-n-Fly locations nationwide.

Unlike card data stolen from main street retailers, which can be encoded onto new plastic and used to buy stolen goods in physical retail stores — cards stolen from online transactions can only be used by thieves for fraudulent online purchases. However, most online carding shops that sell stolen card data in underground stores market both types of cards, known in thief-speak as “dumps” and “CVVs,” respectively.

The CVVs stolen that bank sources traced back to Park-and-Fly are among thousands currently for sale in four large batches of card data (dubbed “Decurion”) being peddled at Rescator[dot]cm, the same crime shop that first moved cards stolen in the retail breaches at Home Depot and Target. The card data ranges in price from $6 to $9 per card, and include the card number, expiration date, 3-digit card verification code, as well as the cardholder’s name, address and phone number.

Cards that banks traced back to Park-n-Fly were all for sale at Rescator's shop.

Cards that banks traced back to Park-n-Fly were all for sale at Rescator’s shop.

Last month, SP Plus — a Chicago-based parking facility provider — said payment systems at 17 parking garages in Chicago, Philadelphia and Seattle that were hacked to capture credit card data after thieves installed malware to access credit card data from a remote location. Card data stolen from those SP+ locations ended up for sale on a competing cybercrime store called Goodshop.

In Missouri, the St. Louis Parking Company recently disclosed that it learned of breach involving card data stolen from its Union Station Parking facility between Oct. 6, 2014 and Oct. 31, 2014.

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Posted by Jen

Picking my 10 favorite ugly wedding cakes is like picking my 10 favorite children, only way easier since I don't have any kids.

BEGIN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And because nothing tops fried eggs and entrails:

Mmm. Shiny.

 

Thanks to Anita R., Julie R., Joshua P., Anony M., Frank W., Gina H., Michelle C., Miranda R., & Tracy C. for having the guts to send that last one in.

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My New & Improved Steampunk Tree!

Dec. 16th, 2014 09:00 am
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Posted by Jen

I've been spending all my time crafting the Harry Potter tree this month, but in order to make room for it I had to combine last year's two trees into one - so I thought you'd like to see!

I mixed together elements of the steampunk tree - which had lots of jewel tones, copper, and amber lights:


 ...with my not-really-themed-but-sort-of-classic-reds-and-vintage-paper tree:


The result is a mix of copper, bronze, red, paper, and gold - and for something thrown together in an afternoon, I'm kind of liking the new Franken Tree:


The steampunk elements are smaller (I plan to add larger gear ornaments & goggled top hats, but sweet StayPuft, where is the time going?!) but once you get closer you can see all the copper wire spirals, clock-hand snowflakes, hot air balloons, etc.


 You readers have sent me lots of goodies on the tree, from little steampunk robots to laser engraved pins from the museum exhibit that featured my Lady Vadore costume in 2012: 



 The clock-hand snowflakes were a gift last year from my friend Sharyn, who made them herself. Aren't they gorgeous? She also made me this fun steampunk pinecone from faux leather:

John and I don't have sentimental ornaments from our childhoods or early years together, so it's fun building up a cache with memories attached. Whether it's a gift or something we made ourselves, I like that now more and more of our trees actually means something.

Happy to say that after three years our balloons are still holding up great, as is my homemade tree flocking!


 

Oh, and that paper garland I made last year? I packed it in rows of three in a long skinny box, so it didn't take up much room at all - and it's still in perfect condition after a year packed away:


I think (hope?) the vintage book paper adds to the Victorian vibe, along with these glass birds:
 
 

 It was hard leaving all the shiny fuchsia and teal ornaments packed away this year, but worth it, I think, to make room for Potter.

Oh, and the final touch:


Because Trekkie forever.

 :)
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Day Fourteen of the Newbie Artist Training Grounds on Equestria Daily.

The assignment this time was: "Draw a pony celebrating/Draw a triumphant pony", to be submitted here, and the pictures ending up in this gallery here. The official deadline is 9 pm MST (11 pm EST) but Phoe leaves the submitter open at least an hour more, usually many hours more, for late people like me. I chose "triumphant" and drew Maud as an elephant with three trunks . #645 in the gallery.

The Day Fourteen raffle will be for 4DE plushes again, with three winners, 1st prize is for seven plush ponies, 2nd for four, 3rd for two.


Let's see, there were a few more nice ones:



scootaprize_by_swiftnicity
Source: http://swiftnicity.deviantart.com/art/ScootaPrize-500525670


cider_season_by_benjik
Source: http://benjik.deviantart.com/art/ATG-IV-Day-14-Cider-Season-500547831


ultimate_victory_by_khaomortadios
Source: http://khaomortadios.deviantart.com/art/Ultimate-Victory-500558344


mildly_impressive_by_xain_russell
Source: http://xain-russell.deviantart.com/art/NATG-IV-Day-14-Mildly-Impressive-500432931


make_a_wish_by_tikrs007
Source: http://tikrs007.deviantart.com/art/Make-a-Wish-500481556


Day Fifteen prompt: "Draw any previous theme/Draw every previous theme". The final raffle is a giant blow out. Not only will there be 4DE plushes again, there is another Applejack bank and CCG package to give away. Seven prizes -- five to win 2 plushes each, and one winner each for the bank and the card/autographed playmat set. Now I see why the previous day's 4de prizes weren't saved for the last day.

Recent time between travel

Dec. 15th, 2014 09:24 pm
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This year has pretty much been consumed by travel and events. I’ll dive into that more in a wrap-up post in a couple weeks, but for now I’ll just note that it’s been tiring and I’ve worked to value my time at home as much as possible.

It’s been uncharacteristically wet here in San Francisco since coming home from Jamaica. We’re fortunate to have the rain since we’re currently undergoing a pretty massive drought here in California, but I would have been happier if it didn’t come at once! There was some flooding in our basement garage at the beginning (fortunately a leak was found and fixed) and we had possibly the first power outage since I moved here almost five years ago. Internet has had outages too, which could be a bit tedious work-wise even with a back up connection. All because of a few inches of rain that we’d not think anything of back in Pennsylvania, let alone during the kinds of winter storms I grew up with in Maine.

On Thanksgiving I got ambitious about my time at home and decided to actually make a full dinner. We’d typically either gone out or picked up prepared food somewhere, so this was quite a change from the norm. I skipped the full turkey and went with cutlets I prepared in a pan, the rest of the menu included the usual suspects: gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans and rolls. I had leftovers for days. I also made MJ suffer with me through a Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day marathon, hah!

I’ve spent a lot of time catching up with project work in the past few weeks. Following up on a number of my Xubuntu tasks and working through my Partimus backlog. Xubuntu-wise we’re working on a few contributor incentives, so I’m receiving a box of Xubuntu stickers in the mail soon, courtesy of UnixStickers.com, which I’ll be sending out to select QA contributors in the coming months. We’re also working on a couple of polls that can give us a better idea of who are user base is and how to serve them better. I also spent an afternoon in Alameda recently to meet with an organization that Partimus may partner with and met up with the Executive Director this past weekend for a board meeting where we identified some organizational work for the next quarter.

At home I’ve been organizing the condo and I’m happy to report that the boxes have gone, even working from home means I still have too much stuff around all the time. MJ took some time to set up our shiny new PlayStation 4 and several antennas so our TV now has channels and we can get AM and FM radio. I’ll finally be able to watch baseball at home! I also got holiday cards sent out and some Hanukkah lights put up, so it’s feeling quite comfortable here.

Having time at home has also meant I’ve been able to make time for friends who’ve come into town to visit lately. Laura Czajkowski, who I’ve worked with for years in the Ubuntu community, was recently in town and we met up for dinner. I also recently had dinner with my friend BJ, who I know from the Linux scene back in Philadelphia, though we’ve both moved since. Now I just need to make more time for my local friends.

The holiday season has afforded us some time to dress up and go out, like to a recent holiday party by MJ’s employer.

Plus I’ve had the typical things to keep me busy outside of work, an Ubuntu Hour and Debian Dinner last week and the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter which will hit issue 400 early next year. Plus, I have work on my book, which I wish were going faster, but is coming along.

I have one more trip coming this year, off to St. Louis late next week. I’ll be spending few days visiting with friends and traveling around a city I’ve never been to! This trip will put me over 100k miles for the calendar year, which is a pretty big milestone for me, and one I’m not sure I’ll reach again. Plans are still firming up for how my travel schedule will look next year, but I do have a couple big international trips on the horizon that I’m excited about.

Originally published at pleia2's blog. You can comment here or there.

Done did

Dec. 16th, 2014 11:54 am
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I've been feeling really unproductive/unfocused lately, with a tendency to zone out and do nothing in particular for hours on end. I let myself have a week or so of that, because I figured I was exhausted from all the recent travel and events and stuff, but now I need to snap out of it.

I don't want to force myself to the point of burnout or anything like that, but I do want to redirect my energy a little. So the other day I made a couple of small decisions about that, mostly around practicing structured procrastination: if I'm going to goof off from project X, then I should fall back to lower-priority project Y, rather than to doing nothing-in-particular. It's not as if I'm lacking in Project Ys of all kinds, many of them relaxing or pleasant. For instance, I should have been working on some boring sysadminny stuff recently, and I've been procrastinating by watching TV; instead, I could procrastinate by gardening, or shredding papers, or working on a fun part of Growstuff.

Also, if I'm going to spend time reading/knitting/etc, I'm going to try and do it outdoors now the weather is really nice, rather than sitting inside out of habit.

Anyway, I think I'm going to make a list of things I've done, even if they weren't project X, so that I don't keep beating myself up over how I wasted a day by not doing X.

Today:

* dishes
* watered garden
* formed sourdough loaf (bake tonight)
* triaged knitting projects, hid all except two (going to try and have no more than 1 big/1 small actively in progress at any time)
* put away excess knitting needles/tools that were piled up all over the dining table
* tidied knitting mess next to TV
* generally tidy-up around my desk
* took down unconf schedule from skudcamp so i can use my whiteboard again
* shredded papers
* had a conversation with [personal profile] brainwane about design and open source, sent followup email
* drew a mindmap of "Growstuff Values" on my newly-cleaned whiteboard, and posted a question about the topic to see what other people think
* put some socks which no longer spark joy (if they ever did) in the op shop pile
* contacted someone about mowing my lawn (since this is one of the things I keep procrastinating on)
* started putting together an actual up to date resume (haven't needed a real one for years and years; need one now for a fellowship application)
* knit a little bit on the fingerless mitts that are the project I have that's closest to completion (what does it say that I'm prioritising my knitting WIPs via the debt snowball method?)
* tidied a bit in my bedroom, hung up clothes
* took out trash
* actually baked bread (hurry uuuupppppp i'm hungry)
* tidied up for craft night
* found a vendor who sells big blocks of pure olive oil soap at a decent price

(to be updated throughout the day)
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[personal profile] brainwane asks for my thoughts on/reactions to various foods, for the December posting meme.

Oatmeal: Pretty much my most hated food. I can't handle the combination of bland and mushy/slimy. Would eat it if starving, but not otherwise. Lots of people tried to tell me that I would prefer steel cut oats, so I tried that one time, and it was even worse. I felt like I was going to throw up after two mouthfuls. A world of no. (I have come around to congee, though, after reading a really good blog post about a whole-grain version of it. Just the description of the strongly flavoured toppings was enough to make me want to try it. I made some for myself the next time I had a free range chicken, and it was fine. The toppings helped a lot. However, since I so seldom have chicken and have never seen free range chicken congee or multigrain congee available in restaurants etc, it's not something I have often.)

Miso (soup or other): I like miso soup but not when it comes as a little bowl on the side of a Japanese meal. I would rather have a big bowlful of it as a meal in itself, or else that powdered packet stuff as a quick low-effort snack (especially when I had an office job); the side-soup thing is just too in-between for me. Lately I've started learning to use miso in cooking. This blog has delicious looking recipes (oat porridge excepted!) and I'd like to try a bunch of them. I'd also like to learn how to make miso-based salad dressings, as that would probably fit my eating habits pretty well, and extra protein and umami are always welcome in my salads!

Licorice (black and/or red): When I was about 11 years old, I got a licorice showbag at the Royal Melbourne Show and ate most of it in a very short time period. My poo was black for two days afterwards. Now I can never eat black licorice without thinking of that. I still like licorice but I don't eat it often, I guess because I don't eat candy often. Red licorice, ehhh, it's not such a thing here, and I'm not a particular fan. The scandinavian ammonia licorice stuff horrifies me just on general principle and I wouldn't try it even if offered.

Hollandaise sauce: One of the most important foods in the world! Vital part of eggs benedict (or florentine, the vegetarian version with spinach instead of eggs, which is what I usually order) and an Australian cafe brunch staple. My nearest cafe does an ok hollandaise but honestly I think it's just a smidge too tart. The other cafe I sometimes go to does a perfect hollandaise but serves their eggs bennie (which I get there because they use local artisan ham) on local artisan sourdough which NO, I want a muffin dammit, that's what eggs bennie *is*. The abominations I saw masquerading as hollondaise or as eggs bennie in American diners and brunch places make me shudder; the worst I recall was at a diner in Chicago, where I really should have known better. Hollandaise in the US usually tastes flabby and has no sharpness; sometimes it seems to have separated; and on at least one occasion, when I should have had hollondaise, it seemed to have cheese sauce (like on mac and cheese) instead. I no longer order eggs bennie when I'm in North America; huevos rancheros takes their place. (Wikipedia tells me that EB was invented in the US. Maybe I'm missing something, but in my experience, it is far more common and far better made in Australia than anywhere I've seen in North America.) On a related note, there's a pub in Melbourne that does an amazing kangaroo with bearnaise sauce and excellent shoestring fries; I love to take foreign visitors there for dinner.

Coconut milk: Important pantry staple, vital to a couple of my standard dinners (the most common of which is Thai curry with tofu and veg, made from the one true curry paste, which I also always have on hand). When I shop for coconut milk I always read labels and try to get the ones with the least additives, which can be surprisingly difficult at times. I often find myself wishing I had easy access to coconuts to make my own.
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Posted by BrianKrebs

Over the weekend I received a nice holiday letter from lawyers representing Sony Pictures Entertainment, demanding that I cease publishing detailed stories about the company’s recent hacking and delete any company data collected in the process of reporting on the breach. While I have not been the most prolific writer about this incident to date, rest assured such threats will not deter this reporter from covering important news and facts related to the breach.

A letter from Sony's lawyers.

A letter from Sony’s lawyers.

“SPE does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading, or making any use of the Stolen information, and to request your cooperation in destroying the Stolen Information,” wrote SPE’s lawyers, who hail from the law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner.

This letter reminds me of one that I received several years back from the lawyers of Igor Gusev, one of the main characters in my book, Spam Nation. Mr. Gusev’s attorneys insisted that I was publishing stolen information — pictures of him, financial records from his spam empire “SpamIt” — and that I remove all offending items and publish an apology. My lawyer in that instance called Gusev’s threat a “blivit,” a term coined by the late, great author Kurt Vonnegut, who defined it as “two pounds of shit in a one-pound bag.”

For a more nuanced and scholarly look at whether reporters and bloggers who write about Sony’s hacking should be concerned after receiving this letter, I turn to an analysis by UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, who posits that Sony “probably” does not have a legal leg to stand on here in demanding that reporters refrain from writing about the extent of SPE’s hacking in great detail. But Volokh includes some useful caveats to this conclusion (and exceptions to those exceptions), notably:

“Some particular publications of specific information in the Sony material might lead to a successful lawsuit,” Volokh writes. “First, disclosure of facts about particular people that are seen as highly private (e.g., medical or sexual information) and not newsworthy might be actionable under the ‘disclosure of private facts’ tort.”

Volokh observes that if a publication were to publish huge troves of data stolen from Sony, doing so might be seen as copyright infringement. “The bottom line is that publication of short quotes, or disclosure of the facts from e-mails without the use of the precise phrasing from the e-mail, would likely not be infringement — it would either be fair use or the lawful use of facts rather than of creative expression,” he writes.

Volokh concludes that Sony is unlikely to prevail — “either by eventually winning in court, or by scaring off prospective publishers — especially against the well-counseled, relatively deep-pocketed, and insured media organizations that it’s threatening,” he writes. “Maybe the law ought to be otherwise (or maybe not). But in any event this is my sense of the precedents as they actually are.”

This is actually the second time this month I’ve received threatening missives from entities representing Sony Pictures. On Dec. 5, I got an email from a company called Entura, which requested that I remove a link from my story that the firm said “allowed for the transmission and/or downloading of the Stolen Files.” That link was in fact not even a Sony document; it was a derivative work — a lengthy text file listing the directory tree of all the files stolen and leaked (at the time) from SPE. Needless to say, I did not remove that link or file.

Here is the full letter from SPE’s lawyers (PDF).

Top 12 Mean-But-Funny Cakes

Dec. 15th, 2014 02:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

I'm not saying it's right.
I'm just saying we laughed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Beth H., Eileen, Erin K., Michelle H., Wendy B., Sherrie, Cody W., Jennifer H., Birdy, Janna, Lynne R., & Erin W. for the slice of snark.

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Some Thoughts About Harassment

Dec. 15th, 2014 01:00 pm
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Posted by Cate

aliens see no evil hear no evil speak no evil

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I don’t like to talk about the online harassment I experience, not least out of guilt, because I seem to get off lightly.

The past couple of weeks though, have been hard. There were two lists, and my name was on the short one. People I know, and like, were exclaiming “lol I’m on this list” and I was privately messaging people to say, not lol. Be careful. It got to me.

And then we have the 25th anniversary of the École Polytechnique. It hits close to home, following that, and Canada, where I lived for years. Where I felt safe. In part because of the after-effects of such an event.

Then I’ve noticed a slight uptick in the kind of… snide comments. A little extra mansplaining. They’re not harassment, but they are not exactly nice either. If everything I said online got such a response, no doubt it would really start to get to me.

I am not, in general, a fearful person. People have sometimes described me as brave, (or stupid!). I have travelled all over the world, sometimes alone, sometimes to countries that are not popular tourist destinations. I have been at times physically intrepid, particularly when attached to a pair of skis.

But there are some things I have come to find anxiety inducing.

I have come to be wary of most nerdy boys, and fearful of some.

I am panicky faced with the prospect of sitting next to a strange man on an overnight flight.

I am afraid of online harassment going offline, and the likelihood it being a woman I know, a woman who I am friends with, or would like to be.

All of these things, have very real impact on my life. When I decided to leave my tech job I worried about normal things – could I get another one, if I wanted? The prospect of failure. The general misogyny of the tech industry and it being no better elsewhere. And I worried about getting harassed more, what I would do if it stepped up.

It did, once I removed the name of my former employee from my twitter profile. But it is still manageable. I am still lucky.

So I still write code (although of late I manage to avoid nerdy boys), I still fly, I still speak my mind,

I brace myself, though, before I hit tweet, before I hit “schedule” on a blogpost (and after, frankly). Whenever I get some extra attention. I wonder, is this going to be the time when they come after me?

So far, so lucky.

There is no winning. I have little empathy for the men (and women) who seek to perpetuate a culture of misogyny, but they subjugate and constrain themselves. For me, silencing myself is, at least right now, not the way I choose to lose.

It’s nearly 2015… didn’t we all think, that we would be doing better than this?

 

how hard is this final going to be???

Dec. 14th, 2014 10:30 pm
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Ah, final exam time.

My dear, sweet, student… although I appreciate that you took the time to find my tumblr, and that you are reaching out to me in this time of great intellectual fervor and foment we’ve come to know colloquially as Dead Week (RRR week, for the purposes of campus politesse), I cannot give you this information here as it would unfairly disadvantage my 280+ other dear, sweet students in your class.

I will, however, reiterate what I said in lecture: study hard but with an intelligent eye towards the types of details that were expected on the second exam, go to office hours tomorrow (the schedule is on the course site), study broadly as the exam is comprehensive but with some depth regarding the topics that were implied to be most important (e.g., know the biological systems we learned from gene to phenotype well enough to repeat them without prompt, and remember that there will be some emphasis on the topics covered since the second exam).

And as the fabulous ball-goer above asserts: don’t be gaggin.

Let’s recontextualize this to mean: don’t stress too much (and take dance breaks).

Good luck on Tuesday!

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Source: http://da-exile.deviantart.com/art/ATG-Day-13-Cart-of-Trix-500325321

Day Thirteen of the Newbie Artist Training Grounds on Equestria Daily.

The assignment this time was: "Draw a pony traveling/Draw a pony family", to be submitted here, and the pictures ending up in this gallery here. The official deadline is 9 pm MST (11 pm EST) but Phoe leaves the submitter open many hours more for late people like me. I chose "family" and drew Scootaloo, a family of one. #293 in the gallery.

The Day Thirteen raffle will be for another copy of the comic pack from IDW, the one with ten regular comics, four micro comic fun packs, and a print or two.


Let's see, there were a few more nice ones:



traveler_s_traveling_cloak_by_swiftnicity
Source: http://swiftnicity.deviantart.com/art/Traveler-s-Traveling-Cloak-500337326


oh__what_fun_by_zene
Source: http://zene.deviantart.com/art/Oh-What-Fun-500344360


bunch_of_apples_by_yoshimon1
Source: http://yoshimon1.deviantart.com/art/EQD-NATG-IV-13-Bunch-of-Apples-500322195


cookie_family__natg_iv__day_13__by_fluttershyz1
Source: http://fluttershyz1.deviantart.com/art/Cookie-Family-NATG-IV-Day-13-500260012


ms_harshwhinny_go_next_town_by_tikrs007
Source: http://tikrs007.deviantart.com/art/Ms-Harshwhinny-Go-Next-town-500285743


travelling_by_halflingpony
Source: http://halflingpony.deviantart.com/art/Travelling-500380358


Day Fourteen prompt: "Draw a pony celebrating/Draw a triumphant pony". The raffle will be for 4DE plushes again, with three winners, 1st prize is for seven plush ponies, 2nd for four, 3rd for two. This is a huge prize. Hmmm, I'm surprised this wasn't saved for the last day.
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  • Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer, Project Apollo | Medium (December 8): Margaret Hamilton “was all of 31 when the Apollo 11 lunar module landed on the moon, running her code. (Apollo 11 was able to land at all only because she designed the software robustly enough to handle buffer overflows and cycle-stealing.)”
  • Pick Up Artist Simulator Web Game Is Surprisingly the Greatest Thing | The Mary Sue (December 12): “The game is a tongue-in-cheek look at how slimy and transparent these dumb tactics are and that some of them might get you f***ing maced—and you’d deserve it.”
  • On Interviewing as a Junior Dev | Liz Rush (December 8): “I wanted to share my interviewing and job hunting story with you along with what I’ve learned about good hiring. My peers and I have become a de facto curiosity as the first women to graduate Ada. While we all had different experiences interviewing for our first real dev roles, we are also a great subject to reflect on what it’s like to try to get a job as women, as alternative learners, as minorities, and as new talent.”
  • Women In Science Postcards | Etsy: Gift idea
  • Encyclopedia Frown | Slate (December 11): CW: Discussion of harassment “With the Arbitration Committee opting only to ban the one woman in the dispute despite her behavior being no worse than that of the men, it’s hard not to see this as a setback to Wikipedia’s efforts to rectify its massive gender gap.”
  • Walter Lewin, the art of teaching, and physics’ gender problem | Medium (December 10): “I suspect, though I cannot prove, that as soon as you decide that performance in your field is due mostly to some kind of innate ability, you stop respecting diversity in many ways. You stop respecting diversity of thought, because you’ve just picked one learning style and decided that it’s the only one worth teaching to. And I suspect — although, again, I cannot prove — that you stop respecting diversity of gender or race. After all, if success is all about some kind of innate ability, then there must be some reason why everyone who exhibits it looks the same.”
  • Solidarity against online harassment | Tor (December 12): “We do high-profile work, and over the past years, many of us have been the targets of online harassment. The current incidents come at a time when suspicion, slander, and threats are endemic to the online world. They create an environment where the malicious feel safe and the misguided feel justified in striking out online with a thousand blows. Under such attacks, many people have suffered — especially women who speak up online. Women who work on Tor are targeted, degraded, minimized and endure serious, frightening threats.
    This is the status quo for a large part of the internet. We will not accept it.”
  • How to Uphold White Supremacy by Focusing on Diversity and Inclusion | Model View Culture (December 10): “Liberalism as an ideology deems equal rights and equal treatment as a higher priority than  material justice, or as an effective means towards  it. Its presumptions of equality are false, as individualist equality may be written into law and policy while material inequality thrives. It effectively abstracts and obscures power dynamics along lines of race, class, and gender.”
  • Codes of Conduct: When Being Excellent is Not Enough | Model View Culture (December 10): “the most common argument from organizers who opposed codes of conduct ran something like this: since we are all professionals sharing mutual respect for one another, there is no need to add layers of bureaucracy to enforce standards that already exist informally.”
  • You Are What You Wear: The Dangerous Lessons Kids Learn From Sexist T-Shirts | Huff Post Women (December 3): “Even subtle messaging about girls’ and boys’ roles — in the media, in society and on clothing — affects the way kids see themselves.”
  • At a geek feminist meet-up in Ballarat | Elephant Woman (December 12): “the magic of the weekend wasn’t so much in the ideas as it was about the alchemy of the whole experience. Women coming together to talk about problems and coming up with solutions; women who identified as being feminists as well as being geeks of various kinds.”

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