Another former LJer :-)

May. 29th, 2017 10:26 pm
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Name: Parn

Age: Just entered my mid 30s

Location: Thailand

Gender: Male

Languages: English and Thai

Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I moved to the US when I was 3 and moved back back when I was 9, so my English is good. I'm a computer engineering graduate working in software programming. I've been an avid fan of Winx Club since 2005. I'm also great at geography and editing videos :-)

Top 5 fandoms:
The only fandom I've remained active for all these years is Winx Club (it's a major part of why I got an LJ to begin with), though I've also been a fan of The Amazing Race since the beginning. Currently I'm also into post-2010 animated Disney features (plus Inside Out), Equestria Girls, and whatever my eclectic tastes happen to fancy :-)

I mostly post about: Reactions to The Amazing Race (both US and Asia editions) dominated my LJ for the past couple of years, but 1) once upon a time, I made plenty of posts about Winx and the very occasional post on my life, and 2) I used to post plenty of icons at a now-defunct LJ community (had a good knack for it too :-)) I do hope to diversify, though...

I rarely post about: Personal life, except for really big events

My last three posts were about: Reactions to TAR... You'd have to go back to early 2016 to find my last non-TAR post :-\

How often do you post?: About once a month during TAR seasons (I try to gather several eps' worth of thoughts at a time) plus occasions I'm inspired to write about other things

How about commenting?: I've never been big on commenting for commenting's sake, usually only if I have something substantial to say. I prefer my comments to be more than simply "I like it! It's pretty!"

Old is the new New

May. 29th, 2017 03:00 am
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This pilot fish's team is responsible for the latest round of PC upgrades, replacing the company's oldest PCs with newer models.

And, naturally, it's not going to be as simple as that. "I get a call from a manager who found out about the new PCs, and insists he needs one," says fish. "I do some research and determine that the manager's PC is faster than the ones that we're replacing.

"I try to explain this, but the manager insists he needs a new PC, and he won't stop bugging me.

"So I take an old, slow PC that was just taken out of rotation, reinstall the operating system, blow off all the dust, seal it into one of the new PC boxes lying around, cart it to the manager's office, unbox it and install it while the manager watches.

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May. 27th, 2017 10:42 am
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So this last week has been quite fluffy but i've been floompy. Mum is still in Respite and Dad came back (quite exhausted but happy) from his cycling holiday on tuesday evening.

Saturday was [profile] lolliepopp and N's wedding which was absolutely lovely (they had a Lego cake!). I've not seen so much of N since he moved to the London but it's lovely to have seen him flourishing since we went to our first BiCon together (way, way back in 2003!). And there were lots of awesome other guests to catch up with.
I stayed over with [personal profile] oilrig
in an extremely hidden but pleasant hotel in Croydon - which meant negotiating tram tracks in the dark. I'm a bit scared of how trams silently creep up on you. It was lovely to have concentrated [personal profile] oilrig time because Life keeps getting in the way of that. We went to Boxpark on the sunday and ate way too many waffle-bites..

On Tuesday I visited Mum in Respite and fibally got into a QI recording with [personal profile] oilrig after having gotten turned away the last 2 times when they were oversubscribed. It was the last episode in the O series. It was shiny

On Thursday I had my first session of the "Prescription for Health" exercise scheme and got talked through using the machines and other equipment in a ludy-safe way. I've not used a medicine ball (these ones had handles but i've not used the handless kind either) before and that was quite fun but the cross trainer broke my brain a bit (even though it was the seated kind so I didn't have to worry too much about balance at the same time as cross-lateral movement and coordination. In general i'm very wobbly. But the newish gym is lovely with lots of natural light and sea-views out of the window by the stationary bikes.
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Name: Sara
Age: 27
Location: Finland
Tumblr/Goodreads/AO3/etc: I'm secondaccident pretty much everywhere you can think of. Expect for tumblr where you can find me under jimmmynovak (3 M's, obs obs)

Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I'm Finnish Literature Major from Uni of Helsinki and I just graduated, so we're living interesting times since I don't know what to do with myself and my life after 6 years of more or less intense studying. I'm passionate reader and a book-lover. I do cosplay with my partner in crime and I've been doing that for 7 years now, so it's probably not going to change anytime soon. I'm terrible easily addicted to new things and I'm a sucker for all kinds of geeky things. LGBT rights, feminism and all that jazz. I'm pretty liberal in my views; if you're happy and not hurting anyone then I don't care what you are/what you like, it's probably cool by me. 

Top 5 Fandoms
: Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, Harry Potter, Kingdom Hearts. These are probably my main ones I keep coming back to over and over again.

I mostly post about: Daily life, what I'm currently stressing/reading/eating/planning/doing/etc. I've never written a journal in English before, so I'm not sure what kind of topics I'll tend to go with this language. But since it's pretty hecking quiet in Finnish side of this site, I'm trying my wings out here as well. I'll probably worry a lot about cosplaying and how I hate my life choices, but hey, it's all in good humor.

I rarely post about: My relationship in terms of sex life or emotional struggles. Politics. I have strong political views, but current state of many things gets me so worked up and mad I feel it's just better not to write about those things after raging about them to all your friends and family.

My last three posts were about: Graduating, what I'm currently reading, money and how I really want to get our balcony to look nice, but how it's difficult when all out windows are facing South and it's like sauna out there and everything died last year, but now we're going to prepare ourselves to this battle with some tough-ass-plants that can survive in the sunlight.

How often do I post?
: I aim for once a week but some times I write more, some times less, I don't know what happens now when I try tackling two languages at once. I'm not stressing myself about this matter, I'll write when I feel like I have something to write about.

How about commenting
?: I comment if I feel like I have something to say. :)

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The World of Tomorrow

May. 26th, 2017 11:52 am
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Posted by April Daniels

Hello!

I'm thinking of writing something set in the mid-21st century and asked Charlie if he had any good resources for futurism on a ~30 year time scale. And lo and behold, a guest post appeared.

Now, I'm not much of a futurist, or really any kind of futurist in the formal sense. But I like to think I can see where things might be going, so here's a brief rundown of what I'm anticipating we'll see by mid-century.

TECHNOLOGY - A fractured Internet and radically decentralized social media are the name of the game. This is the cyberpunk dystopia you were promised, but without all the messy brain surgery and skulljacks. Getting data across certain national borders will be difficult. Getting news out during a blackout might, in some countries, be worth your life. Most countries that style themselves as free may resist government control of the Internet, but it’s unlikely that they will be able to do much more than maintain zones where the old rules apply. The Great Firewall of China is going to be a popular model. Alternative national networks that are inherently biased in favor of the state might prove to be another.

Even in countries that prefer to be mostly hands-off about their networks, legislation and policy changes will be put in place to harden their population against psy-op attacks like the one that has crippled America. The dream is already dead: in 30 or 40 years we’ll see what has grown from the corpse. Drones will be ubiquitous of course, as will anti-drone technologies to clear the airspace in an emergency.

POLITICS - Expect socialism, anarchism, and other direct challenges to capitalism to make a roaring comeback in the developed world.

The Washington Consensus relied upon Washington to be a reliable broker, and the loss of faith in American leadership due to the Trump Administration will be seismic in scale. By 2050, America has vastly degraded herself from her position of supremacy in January of 2001, but she is likely to retain a cultural influence that is far out-sized compared to her paltry 460 million citizens (already in fourth place after China, India, and the EU).

The global cultural impact of a resurgent Left in the famously right-wing United States may end up being one of the signature features of the new era, if for no other reason than our cultural productions might be one of our few remaining viable exports. It might not be cinema and TV shows by then. It might be hepatic enabled VR that let’s YOU fight the strike breakers in front of the Ford Motor Company gates! Feel that Pinkerton’s skull crack under your Louisville Slugger! Oh yes, the resurgent American socialism is going to be drenched in Americana, tip to tail. (At least it will be if I have anything to say about it!)

But, of course, America will as usual be a trailing indicator.

This shift is well underway in Europe already, and with a few more decades to develop it may become a big deal, historically speaking. I haven’t seen much discussion of how this dynamic will play out in Asia. It may be in places where the economy is still developing to a Euro/American level, these appeals will be less persuasive, but I kind of doubt it. It’s going to be a major controversy everywhere. International boundaries will continue to blur but will not disappear.

WAR - Modern war is horrifying in its expense and violence. This will be ever more true, and the extreme costs of the highest end weapon systems might paradoxically make them less vital in a strategic sense. Sun Tzu identifies the highest form of strategy as learning how to win without fighting, and when a single squadron of fighters costs a sizable fraction of a country’s GDP, their incentive to get creative with how they achieve their contested objectives has never been higher. We see that with Russia’s campaign of election meddling already. This will formalize as new type of international conflict. Perhaps there will be a new word for it, or perhaps we will simply change the definition of war to “a political conflict in which one side has decided the other’s interests are immaterial and not to be considered.”

When it does come to violence, I think we will see a pattern where much of the fighting will be conducted with low to medium cost weapons systems, and a few high end bits of kit meant to act as a force multiplier. How might this look in practice? Consider an urban guerrilla outfit which manufactures its own ammunition out of smuggled raw ingredients and feeds this into their 3D printed infantry weapons. They have as many riflemen as they want, but for antitank defense they rely on foreign missiles dropped off in the night by friendly special forces helicopters.

One caveat to this: many of the world’s most powerful economies have been sheltering under the enormous US defense budget for generations. With Washington no longer reliable, that may not be the case for much longer. But 2050, we may see large standing armies with fully modern equipment in places where they haven’t been seen in generations. If that’s the case, expect the first three weeks of any major conventional war to be an absolute bloodbath…and then the guerrilla phase starts.

For a historical example, look at the Battle of the Frontiers in World War 1. A lot of illusions were shattered at enormous cost of human life, and both sides then scrambled to improvise new tactics and technologies to counter the revealed status quo. Think of that, but without the trench warfare. Imagine instead if France had been conquered, and then immediately gone into a kind of medium-high insurrection against the occupation forces instead of surrendering. Now add in the Internet, foreign meddling, long-standing internal conflicts coming to a boil, and that will be the pattern for major conventional conflict.

And if fourth generation nuclear weapons ever get off the drawing board…it’s not gonna be pretty.

ENVIRONMENT - The shift to renewables will be all but complete, and pollution cleanup technologies might be a big growth industry, pushed heavily by China, who have a real strong incentive to figure out how to pull heavy metals out of the water and soil.

Antarctica is past the point of no return. Many coastal cities have flooded. To openly be a global warming denialist in some places on Earth is to take your life in your hands. By 2050, I expect at least high profile one climate related assassination to have occurred. Carbon capture technology is one of the highest priority areas of research, and scientists are also scrambling with a way to capture the other greenhouse gasses as well. Geo-engineering initiatives have significant political clout by now. People see the problem and they want it FIXED. Animals are being sampled so they can be cloned back into being after they go extinct. In some places, eco-preservation is almost a mania. The last few stubborn hold-outs in denial are likely to be radicalized and violent by now. See above for how that’s gonna work out for them.

I don’t expect the panic reactions to the Earth visibly starting to fall apart to work. We’re gonna get several nasty surprises. Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312 had a plausible future history for how this argument might play out. Green cities of vertical farms, a smaller human population living in automated comfort, and a re-wilded countryside is an ideal that’s already attractive to some. It will only get more attractive as time goes on.

HEALTH - The permafrost has already begun to melt. Surprise, it’s smallpox! Or if not smallpox, some other damn thing nobody’s had to have antibodies for at any time in the past half million years. The death toll might be high, but one hopes a crash program of inoculation keeps this from being the civilization killer that some fear and others hope for. See the movie Contagion for what I’m thinking will happen. We get pandemic scares all the time (We’ve had like three just since I graduated college nine years ago) and sooner or later the bugs will get lucky. Stem cell therapy, 3-D printed organs, CRISPR, etc, are really coming into their own and helping people live longer and at a higher quality than ever before, if they have the money.

I do not expect much in the way of sci-fi flavored biotech, if only because the real problems that these technologies will be bent toward will be more subtle, but more important. Developing a new way to culture bacteria, for example, would be an obvious application of biotech that doesn’t exactly move the average heart to excitement, and yet would be as consequential as the discovery of penicillin.

Look for several medical breakthroughs of this sort in the next few decades, but be warned you may not live to see their full benefit because immortality isn’t fucking happening for people who are already alive. Who is the most enthusiastic about cheating death? Silicon Valley types who have never met a real limit in their life, that’s who. Don’t let their privileged delusions pollute your thinking. What is much more likely to happen is that upper class people will begin living much longer than has historically been the norm, but lower class people will find their life expectancy cut. Hey, remember when I said socialism was gonna make a comeback?


And that’s it. That’s my list of thoughts about where we will be by mid-century. I think there’s going to be at least one really big black swan event, and probably at least one major conventional war like the one I suggested above. What did I leave out? What did I get wrong?

Sounds pretty peccable to us...

May. 26th, 2017 03:00 am
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Posted by Sharky

IT manager pilot fish for this local California government knows that the person who usually handles IT department calls has been mostly out of the office, so he decides to check the contents of the departmental voicemail.

"She's been dealing with the aftermath of a fire at her parents' home, and has been frazzled and in and out," fish explains.

"On the voicemail I found a dozen messages from the same woman. She was calling the former CIO, who's been gone six years, and also left a couple voicemails for the current CIO and one for the IT manager -- me."

All the messages follow the same pattern: They come in at about 6 a.m. and make reference to a renewal for SAP maintenance that, she says, "expired" a few months earlier. According to each call, an email was sent with the renewal request, and the caller wants a return call with the status of the renewal process.

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Posted by Sharky

Sysadmin pilot fish is working for a big defense contractor, and when it comes to Unix and Linux, he's got decades of experience.

"I was responsible for many Linux workstations, complex software and maintenance and user support," says fish.

"I was still forced to use the company's Windows mail and calendaring system, even though my Linux mail and calendering was working fine. Windows 7 was such a pain.

"Then my manager needed to have a Windows 10 server set up -- and he gave that task to me, who'd barely heard of Windows 10.

"I struggled through the task, having to neglect some of my necessary routine Linux duties, but I got through it.

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I did a Good Thing

May. 24th, 2017 10:14 pm
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I cleaned the fridge today. Wait, that sounds far too mundane... I want some more emotion here. Some glamour. Let's try this again...after the cut. )
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In the wake of a very bad thunderstorm, this field service pilot fish is dispatched to a client's restaurant to test and replace a patch cord after lightning blew up the cable modem.

"My ticket said to replace the cord between the cable modem and the router," says fish. "The internet provider had replaced the modem, but the site was still on its backup wireless connection because the router still could not communicate through the modem.

"The support desk -- which was on another continent -- believed that either there must be a defective patch cord or the ISP had sent a defective modem."

It only takes a few minutes for fish to spot the real problem: The router's WAN port has been destroyed by the same blast that took out the original modem -- along with a printer, a dishwasher and several other pieces of equipment, according to the restaurant's manager.

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IT pilot fish is working late one night when there's a slight case of user error -- with more-than-slight consequences.

"There was a bank of network switches in a cabinet in cubeland -- no more room in the cable closet," says fish. "It was taken down when a colleague used a coffee jug and one of those in-the-cup immersion heaters to make tea.

"He forgot about his boiling water, and after giving the switches 15 minutes of a damn good steaming, the pot was dry.

"There followed an almighty bang and a flash of actinic light.

"And that was that for the switches plugged into the same line sans surge protection."

Sharky's burning the midnight tea -- er, oil -- waiting for your story to arrive. So send me your true tale of IT life at sharky@computerworld.com, and you'll score a sharp Shark shirt if I use it. Comment on today's tale at Sharky's Google+ community, and read thousands of great old tales in the Sharkives.

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May. 23rd, 2017 10:48 am
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Name: Seren
Age: 38
Location: Wales, UK
Gender: F
 
Describe myself in five sentences or less:
1.  I'm an American living in the UK (for the last 10 years).
2.  At any given moment, I can guarantee you that I'd rather be reading.
3.  I've been writing fanfic for some time now and am trying to write an original novel-thing.
4.  I live in Wales and love it.
5.  I'm from Florida originally and everything you've heard about that state is completely true.
 
Top five fandoms:
1. Black Sails
2. Star Trek
3. American Gods - more that I'm enjoying the show, I haven't created anything (yet)
4. The Mummy (NOT the Tom Cruise atrocity)
5. Uhhh, whatever tickles my fancy?  I tumblr-watch a number of things.
 
I mostly post about: Writing, life, Wales, food.
 
My last three posts: 
1.  Writing is hard.
2.  Hooten and the Lady fic
3.  Did you know that Writing is Hard?
 
How often I post/comment: Not often, but I'm hoping to change that and post weekly.  We'll see how that goes!
 
GIF to describe day so far: (not a gif, but an image)
Daisy from Spaced

 
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Azuki, a BookCrossing friend of mine, posted the following in the BookCrossing forums. I'm helping her spread the word. Azuki, take it away:

Here's a little appeal: An indie used bookstore in Hong Kong is facing some financial hardship and is doing a fundraising. I'm spreading the word and hope that they can reach the goal to keep from foreclosure.  It's a very nice store, the type where the owner remembers the customers' name and preferences, and the article mentioned how sometimes the owner will give free books to a customer if they can't afford it, or leaves a message on the inside page for his customers: “May I borrow your reading time?”

A little intro about the bookstore:

A news article:

And the fundraising page:


Please help me spread the word if you think someone else may be interested. Thank you so much!!

And that's why we troubleshoot first

May. 22nd, 2017 03:00 am
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IT support pilot fish who works for a public library system gets a work order from one of the branches: One of the PCs that's available for public use is making a beeping sound.

"Trying to troubleshoot the device, I asked the onsite staff to be sure that there wasn't something on the keyboard that might be pushing down a key," says fish.

"I had them clean the keyboard. I asked if there was a pattern to the beeping. Just random beeping, they said.

"They were getting ready to open the library and told me the beeping was 'kind of loud,' and asked if there was any way I could come out and fix it soon. I told them them to just unplug the PC because I wouldn't make it out for a few days, and that way at least it wouldn't bother anyone.

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Posted by Charlie Stross

Hi! Charlie here. I'm about to hit the road for ten days (I'm one of the guests at Italcon next week). And while I'm away, I'm handing over the blogging podium to a new guest blogger: April Daniels, author of Dreadnought (and, forthcoming, Sovereign).

April Daniels graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in literature, and then promptly lost her job during the 2008 stock crash and recession. After she recovered from homelessness, she completed her first manuscript by scribbling a few sentences at a time between calls while working in the customer support department for a well-known video game console.

She has a number of hobbies, most of which are boring and predictable. As nostalgia for the 1990s comes into its full bloom, she has become ever more convinced that she was born two or three years too late and missed all the good stuff the first time around.

Early in her writing practice, April set her narrative defaults to “lots of lesbians” and never looked back.

Dream a little dream of mansplaining

May. 22nd, 2017 08:41 am
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I just woke up all angry because I dreamed that I was in the car with someone who was driving, and insisted on teaching me something about how to drive at night. It was raining. I was being picked up, possibly from something exhausting, and very much not in the mood and I told him as much, and he would. Just. Not. Stop.
Also he was passive-agressively getting my attention by looking at me and away from the road. In other words, he was endangering both of us just in order to play teacher, forcing me into the role of student, which I was not willing to play at all. I got literally howling mad, which is not a fun way to feel when you wake up!

Like I usually do in such cases, I stayed with the dream for a few moments, bringing it to a better end in my mind, to calm myself down. I said to the mansplainer from my dream: who are you to talk about this, anyway? What makes you the expert here? I've been driving for longer than you have, you have no authority, you're not my instructor. You think you can give me instructions because you have a dick. That's not going to fly here, so shut the hell up.

It helped a bit. And my morning tea is doing the rest.

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May. 21st, 2017 08:52 pm
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Name: Sebastian (Seb)
Age: (soon to be) 30
Location: USA
Tumblr/Goodreads/AO3/etc: fuckyeahseb, FYSeb, or fyseb can reliably be assumed to be me

Describe yourself in five sentences or less: Awkward and weird, I'm trying my best and sometimes I succeed. I trend towards quiet because I don't know what to say or how to say it and I'd like to not make a fool out of myself. (It happens anyways.) If you like anxious toe tapping and 'it made me think of you' links then come on down and see what you've won!

Top 5 Fandoms: Star Wars, Steven Universe, MCU, fandom itself

I mostly post about: .. not much right now but I'd like to change that. Locked is personal, everyday, family and friends sort of topics. Unlocked, or public, is things I do - crafting, gaming, and fanfic and fanart. (I'm not a good artist, and it's not modesty saying that, I really am a beginner and/or completely out of practice and you should expect that level prose and doodle from me. Don't get your hopes up!)

I rarely post about: .. anything that I think is really serious or important; reading other peoples' thoughts and opinions on a topic is fine but I usually don't feel confident about my ability to really talk on a subject. Posts about things like politics and related will probably be infrequent.

My last three posts were about: I don't have any at the moment! But my next post will be about art lessons and the one after that about Habitica.

How often do I post?: One to three times a week is my goal.

How about commenting?: I leave a lot more comments than I do posts; most often they're kudos or 'liked' types of comments - "kudos: i enjoyed reading this" or "kudos: i thought this was well drawn."

A GIF to describe how your day has been so far: Thank you, no. I am not gifted in GIFs. You can imagine a "u tried" gold star, however, if it pleases you.

Hello friends

May. 21st, 2017 12:30 pm
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I've just logged on to Dreamwidth for the first time in over a year to discover that I appear to be all alone and shouting into a great void. It's a most disheartening sensation.

Name: Elia
Age: 42
Location: MA
Gender: cisgender straight
Languages: English.

Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I am a 40-something woman living and working in Acton, MA with my husband and my eight-year-old daughter, Tae. I often feel like I’m a very rare, boring, species to be found on the internet – a cisgender straight woman. I am a third-generation Chinese-American, an activist for equality, a feminist, a mentor and a lifelong student. I am a night-owl, a philosopher, psychologist, a sociologist, a reader, a writer and a budding blogger.

Top 5 fandoms: The Librarians and Leverage are the main two (I'm a big Christian Kane fan!)
But also Supernatural and I like the current Marvel and DC films and tv shows.

I mostly post about: I don't know! Let's find out, shall we?

I rarely post about: spreading hatred and bigotry

My last three posts were about: Returning to DW; my washing machine breaking down and the trials of finding a new one; how much I'm enjoying watching my daughter developing into her own person

How often do you post?: I'm aiming for a couple of times a week

How about commenting?: I like to comment. I enjoy conversing with people but I don't have anyone to comment to :(