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19th April, 2014 at 05:24 am

Red Moon, Green Beam


18th April, 2014 at 07:10 pm

Bagpipers and Wheelbarrows!

I got this amazing robocall from the city and wanted to share. The event is tomorrow, April 19.

From approximately 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Broadway between the Powder House rotary and Boston Avenue will be closed to through traffic to accommodate the “Power Push” event and fundraiser for Boston Marathon bombing victims. During this time, there will be an increased presence of public safety personnel as part of the ceremonies, as well as a bagpipe band that made create very brief additional noise in your neighborhood. The event will include a short procession followed by an event that will include one individual pushing 2,350 pounds in a wheelbarrow for the length of Broadway in Ball Square. Increased pedestrian traffic is expected in this area between 2 and 4 p.m., and police officers will be stationed in this area to assist with traffic and safety. Between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., vehicles traveling west on Broadway will be detoured right onto Boston Avenue, left onto Warner Street and back to the Powder House rotary. Eastbound traffic will be detoured onto Warner Street, right onto Boston Avenue and left onto Broadway. Side streets in the Ball Square area will be temporarily converted into two-way streets to accommodate residents.


18th April, 2014 at 04:00 pm

Yard sale tomorrow in Medford (near Tufts) - 4/19, 9am to noon

Hi Everyone,

We finished our spring cleaning and have a bunch for sale and to give away. Come by and browse and enjoy a home-made cookie (while supplies last). More info here: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/gms/4421071354.html

Have a great day!
Tags: yard sale


18th April, 2014 at 09:50 am

LiveJournal not affected by Heartbleed

Dear users,

As you might have heard, a major vulnerability in SSL (the secure channel used for HTTPS) has been detected recently. As many as two thirds of internet sites were affected, including social networks and major web sites.

We are happy to confirm that LiveJournal is not vulnerable and has not been affected at all.

Meanwhile, in the past 12 months we have been working hard to deploy many security features to protect user data.

Nevertheless, even though LiveJournal was not affected by the Heartbleed bug, changing your password is still a good idea, especially if you use similar passwords on other sites whose data may have been compromised. If you haven't changed your password in the last year, we recommend that you do so now.


18th April, 2014 at 06:00 am

Hot off the presses.


18th April, 2014 at 05:03 am

Waterton Lake Eclipse


17th April, 2014 at 10:17 pm

[snfc] "The Princess Bride" - Apr 20th

Join the Boston Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Apr 20th at 7pm for The Princess Bride at the Somerville Theatre . Look for Sean wearing a nametag in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

Film SynopsisCollapse )


17th April, 2014 at 02:47 pm

Development plans near Teele Square

Looks like they're starting over with the Powderhouse School site:

and that there's something in the works for the corner of Broadway and Clarendon:


17th April, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Yesterday morning's discovery is that the reason my PC has been occasionally turning itself on in the morning is because there's a scheduled task. Annoyingly the default appears to be to not log when scheduled tasks are run, and that combined with Windows 7 having rather a lot of them made it a little tricky to track down (it didn't help that the entry in the event log merely said "Wake Source: Unknown").

That said turning on logging is easy enough when you find the option: fire up the Task Scheduler, right-click on the Task Scheduler Library, and pick Enable All Tasks History.

Anyway, the culprit is the mcupdate_scheduled task, buried away in the Task Scheduler Library under Microsoft → Windows → Media Center. It seems to automatically reschedule itself every so often, and has the "Wake the computer to run this task" option ticked. So if it decides to next run at, say, 3:59am on Wednesdays it'll happily fire the computer up in the wee hours of the morning. Fortunately there's a nice easy fix: open the Properties, and on the Conditions tab untick the "Wake the computer to run this task" option.
music: Yae - Kazenone [Final Fantasy CC - Disc 1]
Tags: computers


17th April, 2014 at 06:00 am


17th April, 2014 at 04:43 am

Spica, Mars, and Eclipsed Moon


16th April, 2014 at 07:18 pm

Spring Fling 2014 at Tufts with Childish Gambino

On Saturday, April 26th, Childish Gambino (the alter ego of actor/writer/comedian Donald Glover of Community) will headline Tufts' outdoor Spring Fling event. Tickets are limited to students, alumni and faculty/staff, but you can always hang out across the street and listen in.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/TuftsUniversityConcertBoard/photos/pb.271472246309252.-2207520000.1397689960./503325769790564/?type=3&theater


16th April, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Bleach 575, 576, 577


16th April, 2014 at 12:42 pm

The ducklings are coming, the ducklings are coming...May 11th


Just a post to announce an event I'm working on that will be of interest to the family types here. It's called Duckling Day and it's the most adorable Mother’s Day tradition around. Every year, over 1,000 children and their families parade through Boston Common and the Public Garden, dressed like characters from the children’s classic Make Way for Ducklings.

For 2014 we’ve added some great new activities for the kids (playtime with the Somerville-based Knucklebones crew, make-your-own Mother's Day cards, etc), and free mini-massages for moms – in honor of Mother’s Day. I have an almost-three year old myself and am really excited for him to enjoy the event!

It's a fundraiser for the non-profit Friends of the Public Garden, and you can find more details at http://www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org/events-activities

Thanks and I hope to see you there!

Ducky regards,
Karin T
Tags: for kids


16th April, 2014 at 11:20 am

Get involved with Open Studios—sign up now!

Are you interested in local arts? Promoting Somerville? SOS needs your help!

We’re looking for people to take a 2-hour shift either at an infobooth promoting Open Studios or as a guide on one of the trolleys that take visitors around SOS. Both will take place during Open Studios, May 3+4 from 12-6pm; full information is on the signup sheets.
Plus, if you volunteer you’ll be invited to a volunteer-only party in mid-May—get in touch for more details!

Davis Square infobooth signup: http://bit.ly/1hLfuCW

Union Square infobooth signup: http://bit.ly/1hJgO8G

Trolley guide signup: http://bit.ly/1qZU6JL

Thank you!

Emily Garfield
Coordinator, Somerville Open Studios 2014


16th April, 2014 at 06:00 am

Ding ding.


16th April, 2014 at 05:32 am

Mammatus Clouds over Nebraska


When do cloud bottoms appear like bubbles? When do cloud bottoms appear like bubbles?


15th April, 2014 at 06:54 pm

Come take a MAKECATION camp at the Armory

Still looking for something crafty for your children during spring vacation? Not free for the whole week? Come join MAKECATION at the Somerville Arts for the Armory.
In response to your requests, we have opened up MAKECATION for the individual days of your choice. We also invite younger children ages 7+ to take part.
We are booking individual days at $65 per day with a $10 materials fee (total $20 materials fee if they attend more than 2 days.) The full four days, Monday - Thursday, is $250 with a $20 materials fee. Please make requests for siblings if younger than 7 and for sibling discounts.

monday - dying yarn with kool aid and stamping on fabric and felt
tuesday - make your own sewing kit,sew your own needle case
wednesday - learn to crochet with the dyed wool
thursday - continue crochet and hand sewing, finish up project

Makecation April Vacation Camp, Monday- Thursday 9am - 1pm
Tuition: $250 for week, $65 per day

*$20 kit fee for materials will be due to the instructors on first class*
*A bag lunch can be purchased daily from the Armory Cafe for $5*
*Organic snacks will be provided*

CONTACT: Makecation@gmail.com or 347.866.1123
Click link for forms and info:


15th April, 2014 at 06:52 pm

Fiber Swap at the Nave Gallery

On Saturday, May 17, from 10 am – 1 pm, The Wrap Around Project will host the 3rd Annual Fiber Swap, an open exchange of all things related to craft and fiber at the Nave Gallery, 155 Powerhouse BLVD, Somerville, MA. Bring items for donation, browse through great finds, and swap with your neighbors!

We welcome yarn, knitting needles, fabric, nooks, thread, buttons, ribbon, and so much more. Items may be new or vintage, but must be clean and usable. Items can be brought directly to the swap on Saturday, May 17, OR, if you wish to donate but not swap, items can be dropped off in advance at either the Nave Gallery in Teele Square or the Nave Gallery Annex in Davis Square. If you have a large quantity to donate, please contactinfo@navegallery.org so that we may make appropriate arrangements.

Drop off dates and times:

Nave Gallery, Teele Square (155 Powderhouse Blvd)
• Wednesday, May 7, 6 pm-8 pm
• Friday, May 9, 3 pm-7 pm

Nave Annex, Davis Square (53 Chester St, Somerville, MA):

• Sunday, May 11, 2 pm-6-pm
• Wednesday. May 14, 6 pm-8 pm
• Thursday, May 15, 6 pm-8 pm

Admission to the event is free, but please bring a donation of canned goods or toiletries to support Somerville Homeless Coalition’s (SHC) Project SOUP, the local food pantry that provides weekly community dinners and delivers groceries to individuals, families, elderly, disabled and homebound people in our neighborhood. A full list of needs can be found here: http://www.somervillehomelesscoalition.org/how-you-can-he...

Anything left behind after the swap will be used to create items for the annual Wrap Around sale of handmade goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition, or used in upcoming public art installations throughout the Somerville.

Learn more about The Wrap Around Project
at: http://navegallery.org/wp/programs/the-wrap-around-project/


15th April, 2014 at 05:41 pm

New term: Troupe

Having inspired a new programming coinage today, let's record it for posterity:
Troupe: a bunch of closely-related Actors in an Actor-based environment such as Akka or Erlang.
I needed a term for my documentation, now that a single Space is getting up to more than half a dozen *kinds* of Actors, and potentially several dozen actual ones -- there was nothing in the standard literature to refer to this collection, so I asked on akka-user. Credit to Daniel Armak for coming up with the great suggestion, based on an idea from Viktor Klang.

Yay for terminology that is appropriate, evocative, and not already being used for something...


15th April, 2014 at 02:30 pm

Snapshots: 15 Takes on An Exhibition is opening May 6

How many stories can an object tell? That’s the question fifteen students in the Tufts University Museums Studies Program explore in Snapshots: 15 Takes on an Exhibition, opening Tuesday, May 6th in the Koppelman Gallery at Tufts University. On view until Sunday, May 18th, experience a sampling of the stories they have uncovered.

The opening is from 5:30-8 pm in the Koppelman gallery on Tuesday, May 6 -- that's three weeks from today,  (I'll post one last plug the weekend before). The gallery is inside the Aidekman Arts Center, essentially the nearest part of the Tufts campus to Powderhouse Square that isn't a field, a twelve-minute walk from Davis Square. Admission to all public events in the Koppelman gallery is free, with a suggested donation of $3.

Event photo and map below the cut.Collapse )


15th April, 2014 at 01:02 pm

God help me if I end up editing this again

So it's LJ Idol vote time for this week! And I'm doing hideously, hideously poorly! not doing hideously, hideously poorly anymore! For the moment! I don't know, this game's a roller-coaster and I should probably stop freaking out when I don't do well in the first day. Either way, things can change fast, and since I'm already here, here's a link to the poll where you can vote for me if you liked my entry for this week -- a short story this time, on a subject that is perhaps predictable coming from me, but I felt it fit with the topic assigned. I dunno. And all the polls for all the contestants are here and there's some good stuff this week, so read on if you like. I'll try to do a rec post later.

Someday I will get the hang of this Idol thing and I'll stop posting frantic OMG HELP HELP HELP posts to my LJ when things don't seem to be going well. I will recognize that my SELF-WORTH comes from MYSELF and not from EXTERNAL MEASURES and oh hell who are we kidding I will never ever learn that. But I can probably learn to dial it back with the flipout vote-for-me posts! It's a journey, folks.


15th April, 2014 at 06:00 am



15th April, 2014 at 05:15 am

An Unusual Globule in IC 1396


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14th April, 2014 at 08:59 pm

Printing in Boston area: Recommendations?

I commissioned a portrait by a webcomic artist that I really enjoy (there was a fundraiser) and I'd like to get it printed and framed by the end of the month (ideally), when my parents visit. However, I know nothing of printing and framing! Does anyone have recommendations of where I should go for each part? (I'm looking through past "framing" posts on DS LJ, so I guess I'm more interested in printing recommendations, unless there's a new framer since 3 years ago.)

I assume that I'd ask the printer to print it at some standard size, and that the framing shop could then pick an appropriate frame and matting for me. Is that right, or should I already have a frame picked out?

Bonus for T-accessible locations; carrying a framed picture by bike would be annoying.


14th April, 2014 at 07:47 pm

LJ Idol, Week Five: Build a Better Mousetrap

Short story for LJ Idol this week. I don't even know when I last wrote original fiction. Jumping back in with both feet, because there's no other way to do it, I guess.

Topic: "Build a Better Mousetrap"
Trigger warning: [select black bar to view] mental illness (bipolar disorder)


See, the trick is psychology.Collapse )


14th April, 2014 at 11:55 pm

I do wonder why any politician thinks appearing on Have I Got News For You is a remotely good idea (with the possible exception of Boris Johnson, who gets away with it through being Boris Johnson).

Case in point: last week's episode (that I finally got round to watching today - it's well worth watching), containing on one team a random comedian and on the other team the leader of UKIP. Cue a particularly vicious set of rounds with the target of all the jokes being said politician.
mood: moodimage amused
music: Mumford & Sons - Awake My Soul [Sigh No More]


14th April, 2014 at 05:58 pm

One of my favorite movie shorts: De Düva (The Dove)


14th April, 2014 at 10:27 pm


So, elemnar had to show proof of age the other day when buying a DVD through the self-checkout at her local supermarket. A PG-rated DVD, mind you, not one with an age restriction on it.

I go to another supermarket in the same chain, buy a box of paracetamol capsules... and the self-checkout doesn't ask for proof of age. This being a box of something which will melt your liver if you overdose on it.

I can't help but wonder what they're actually trying to protect against.
mood: moodimage confused
music: Juno Reactor - Song to the Siren [Song to the Siren]


14th April, 2014 at 08:36 am

FS: CordaRoy's king cover

Hello neighbors,

I'm selling a wine-colored CordaRoy's king cover. If you're interested, here's the Craigslist ad. If you mention LJ, it's $50.
Tags: buy/sell


10th April, 2014 at 02:34 pm

I seem to be having an odd phase in my relationship to the Internet right now. I compose imaginary posts in my head but I'm never sure what to do with them. To put them on twitter I'd have to make them brief but still interesting or witty, and I somehow feel like to put them here they'd have to have some substance, some seriousness, although I'm not sure why. Facebook would probably be the best fit if I could bring myself to use it but I am so repelled by it that I have actually deleted my account there. There's Google plus but that feels empty - I'm not sure what it is for except perhaps a sort of LinkedIn for geeks.

I suspect it's partly because of the way my devices have changed - my primary browsing devices don't encourage typing and when I'm on the laptop there's the siren call of work to be done so I'm not in reflective mood. And perhaps it's also that now I'm older I want to be more profound, but that's too high a bar to clear. I'm going to have another try at pushing past the barrier, see if I can post once a week for a while even if it's something ordinary. I love looking back at this so it seems a shame not to keep it up.


14th April, 2014 at 01:27 pm

Was unreasonably pleased with myself last night for finally forcing Google to let me pay them for something I was going to download anyway - turns out that if I VPN and then use an incognito window, I can get to the US Google Play store and then if I pretend my card is registered in the US, I can buy my shows at their US release time and watch them on my chromecast. I really wish that they would get their acts together and sort out all this regioning bs for TV and film. Film is actually a lot better than it used to be, but TV is still a total pain. I suppose if they make this stuff available to me on the Play store, then the theory is that they'll be able to sell it for less to whichever UK channel they sell it to but in practice, I'm not watching on UK time - it's that or download it for free and at the moment, downloading it for free is a whole lot easier, which seems perverse.

Have been having a relatively nice time doing a little bit of shopping for some books for our Golden Age of Islam topic next year - it should be a pretty interesting one, especially as I haven't taught it before so I'll be getting to do a lot of learning as part of it!
Tags: technology


14th April, 2014 at 06:00 am

You asked.


14th April, 2014 at 05:08 am

Saturn in Blue and Gold


13th April, 2014 at 02:00 pm

Okay, Google's Spam filtering false positives are getting really annoying

For the past week or so, Gmail has gotten *very* aggressive about dumping email from Yahoo users that are going through certain mailing lists into the Spam bucket. I assume that there is some technical reason for this (most likely, they've gotten more rigid about some email-authentication protocol that isn't working well when passing through the mailing lists), but it's getting bloody damned annoying: it's up to half a dozen false positives a day, and no real Spam that I've seen. Indeed, they're not even claiming that it *is* Spam -- they're just dumping it into the Spam folder with a message saying "we can't authenticate this".

Does anybody know of a way that those of us who can tell the difference between a phishing scam and a real email can tell them, "Yes, I know, whatever, just freaking knock it off"?
Tags: technology


13th April, 2014 at 04:53 am

Clouds and Crosses over Haleakala


Clouds and Crosses over Haleakala Clouds and Crosses over Haleakala


12th April, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Ants and Tenant Law

As ant season is starting up, I wanted to get a head start and ask: Does anyone know anything about tenant law when it comes to being overridden by carpenter ants? I'm not actually foreseeing any problems this year, but it seems like a good thing to know and would've been useful in previous years.


12th April, 2014 at 11:57 am

Heartbleed Explanation

For those who haven't already seen it, and were wondering about the "Heartbleed bug" that everyone was in a tizzy about this week, yesterday's XKCD comic gives an unusually clear and simple explanation of it, which can be understood even without much tech background. It's not even very metaphorical -- aside from the fact that you have to ask the questions in a formal way over the Internet, rather than by saying them, this is how it works.

Most security problems are kind of subtle, and require a measure of expertise in order to exploit them; this one is really dead-simple, and while it hands you back somewhat random data, that data is often fairly dangerous and useful. Hence this week's massive fire drill across the Internet, as everyone hastily fixed the bug...
Tags: techology


12th April, 2014 at 10:58 am

Hey all, we're getting rid of a folding rowing machine, $50 obo.

werks gud! We just don't use it any more. Near Tufts, contact info in the CL listing.


12th April, 2014 at 10:43 am

Hazardous Waste Today!

I just remembered myself -- the monthly Hazardous Waste collection at the Franey Road facility is this morning until 12 Noon.

From the city's PDF:

Hazardous Waste Disposal
When and Where: Second Saturday of the month
from April to November, 9 a.m. - 12 Noon at the DPW
yard, One Franey Road.
• Open to City residents only: Please provide a
utility bill or driver’s license showing a Somerville
address. No businesses or rental property owners
are eligible.
• Accepted material at HHW days: Paints, thinners,
cleaners, motor oil, antifreeze, mercury thermometers,
car batteries, compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs,
and rechargeable batteries.

mood: moodimage productive
Tags: garbage housecleaning recycling


12th April, 2014 at 10:37 am

Anyone know why Chrome (maybe Javascript) sometimes goes haywire when it sits in the background?

I'm one of those people who tends to have open tabs in my browser. Like, *lots* of open tabs. Like, 50 or more.

I'm not sure if it's a recent change, but the past week I've been noticing a tendency for Chrome to start chewing 50% of my CPU (that is, two cores) when I'm not doing anything. When I investigate, it always seems to be that two tabs that are *not* currently on top are each eating 25% of CPU. It's not the same tabs each time, but it does always seem to be "heavy" pages that are likely to be full of Javascript. The problem usually goes away simply by finding and clicking on that tab, bringing it to the front. My best guess is that the Javascript on these pages is getting into some kind of frantic loop, doing something that isn't allowed while it's in the background, but that's just a guess.

Anybody have any concrete ideas what is happening here? I ask mostly out of idle curiosity, but also because there may be an anti-pattern that I want Querki to avoid...
Tags: technology


12th April, 2014 at 05:41 am

Mars near Opposition


12th April, 2014 at 12:30 am

For sale: photographic equipment, video game, microphone

Hi! I'm looking to sell the following items:
* Copy of Bioshock: Infinite for the XBox 360
* Blue Snowball with instruction manual and all original parts
* Holga 120N with all original parts (looks brand new)
* Nikon N80 (film SLR) with original box; bought used
* Ilford 11x14 fiber paper
* 1 roll Kodak 400 TX 120 film (ISO 400)
* 1 roll Kodak Ultramax (ISO 400) film
* 3 rolls Ilford Delta 100 film
* 1 roll Kodak 400 TX film

Let me know if you're interested in any of it! Cash only. I can meet people in Davis Square near JP Licks.


11th April, 2014 at 05:27 pm

Return to Pigovia -- If you heat up the world, you pay for it!

I recently ran into a reference that the new US government "Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Carbon" had come out with new estimates of the "externalized" cost of emitting CO2 into the atmosphere. That is, if one outputs a ton of CO2 into the atmosphere, how much total damage will that cause everybody else over the long run?

Looking briefly, I found this, which sensibly provides a number of estimates, depending on the modeling assumptions. But we can take $50 per metric ton (tonne) as within the ballpark.

What would a Pigovian tax for global warming be? That is, a tax so that the emitter of CO2 bore the full cost of his actions, and thus made the choice that was economically efficient (for all of society)?

According to the US Energy Information Administration, about 19.64 pounds (0.0089 tonne) of CO2 are produced from burning a gallon of gasoline that does not contain ethanol. That comes to $0.45 per gallon, which shouldn't break anyone.

According to the EIA, coal-fired power plants generate about 2.1 pounds (0.00095 tonne) of CO2 per kWh of electricity. That comes to $0.047 per kWh. That would be maybe a 30% increase in price to the average retail customer, and as much as a 70% increase to industrial customers (who consume far more electricity and so get a quantity discount).

Of course, hydro and nuclear electric power produces no CO2 and would not be subject to a Pigovian tax.


11th April, 2014 at 04:48 pm

Release 0.7.2

This week was fairly quiet -- really, a tad inefficient -- as I wrestled with the design for the upcoming User Values feature. (The ability to have a Property which has a separate value for each User -- this is how we will be implementing things like Reviews.) Finally cracked that today, and I'm going to start implementing it next week. In the meantime, here's what we've been doing this week.

Address Heartbleed, and other security matters: none of this involved code, and indeed, most of it didn't involve me, but it's the subject that has been top of the news this week. Suffice it to say, Aaron had Querki patched before most news outlets picked up the story. (Indeed, before I heard about it myself -- I simply got a text message of "Can I bounce the server to do an update?", and didn't find out why until the next day.) I think it's unlikely we were affected, but (especially if you use your Querki password anywhere else) it wouldn't be a bad idea to change it as a precaution. You can change your password via the "Your Profile" link in the upper-right hand menu.

Along the way, we discovered that I had managed to completely screw up login (h/t to dsrtao for bringing it to my attention). There was no security breach; quite the opposite, actually. I had moved login to the front page without sanity-checking with Aaron; since the login attempt wasn't HTTPS, the server was bouncing the request. Aaron and I have now fixed that, and I believe that login should now be working as expected again. Please tell me if you find any problems, *especially* if you ever observe a login page that isn't HTTPS.

Conversation Permissions: previously, Conversations had hard-coded access control: any Member could comment on any Thing, and all Conversations were world-readable. That's clearly not acceptable even in the short run, so I've added new Permission Properties for Can Comment and Can Read Comments. These work exactly the same as the existing Permissions: they can be applied at the Thing, Model or Space levels and work as expected. The previous hard-coded values are now the defaults, but you are welcome to change them in your Space.

In order to support this, I've generalized the Permissions stack, so that any subsystem can introduce its own Permissions; this will allow very fine-grained access control, which should be useful for power users. (Coming in the hopefully-near future will be UIs that bundle up common permissions scenarios, so that you don't have to deal with the fine-grained stuff unless you want to.)

This is now structured in a way that wouldn't be terribly hard to expose to the user level, so if you come up with reasons why you want to be able to test the current user's permissions, or even define Space-specific Permissions, please speak up.

Moved the Space Link: one reason why this week was inefficient is that I spent a lot of it out and about on errands. So I spent a lot of time riding the T -- which, conveniently, now has pretty good 4G coverage, so I spent much of that time working in my own Querki Spaces. (Designing a LARP, specifically.) While doing that, I noticed a couple of bugs and annoyances in the mobile browser interface. One of them was such low-hanging fruit that I simply fixed it.

Querki is designed for mobile, and one aspect of that is that the menu bar on top folds up neatly on the small screen, showing just a single button that you click to expose the menus. Which is usually fine, but I realized that I use the link in there to go back to the Space root a *lot* -- in some Spaces, all the time. Having to double-tap to get to that turns out to be a continual irritant. Combine that with the fact that that link was taking up a lot of room in the menubar, and I decided it was time to redesign slightly.

So the link to the Space has been removed from the menubar. It is now displayed as a small breadcrumb above the title of the page instead. This opens up a bit more room for menus, and makes the link more readily available on small screens. It is fairly likely that the link to the current Thing will change the same way at some point, for the same reasons.

Thanks to laurion, who originally suggested this tweak months ago. I've had it in the back of my mind since then, and finally realized he was correct.

Whitelisted the <i> tag: I suspect that some of you are asking, why this tag specifically? The answer is that it's the de facto standard tag for injecting icons in the Bootstrap world. Since Querki is based on Twitter Bootstrap, we have the basic Glyphicon Halflings available. Moreover, we have purchased a full Glyphicons license, so we have access to the complete icon set.

These have actually been available from the beginning, and we use them extensively for Querki's buttons, but there was no way to just use them in pages. This became a hassle for me in writing the documentation. So by whitelisting the i tag, combined with what we already had, we now let you use those icons as you like.

To take a completely random example, you can display the "headphones" icon by saying <i class="icon-headphones"></i>. And you can display an image of the system's edit button by saying <span class="btn btn-mini btn-primary"><i class="icon-edit icon-white"></i></span>.

Feel free to use these -- it's a small detail, but I expect they will prove useful in fancier Spaces.
Tags: releases


11th April, 2014 at 04:44 pm

Comcast IPv6 and Fedora Linux

There doesn't seem to be much documentation out there, so I figured I'd repeat this here for anyone who needs to know it. To get IPv6 connectivity from Comcast if your computer is running Fedora Linux and you are using ifcfg=* files, the needed changes are:

In /etc/sysconfig/network:


In /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-em1:


Comcast uses "stateful DHCPv6" for handing out IPv6 addresses and address prefixes. All of this assumes that your computer is directly connected to the cable modem, rather than through a router box that takes care of IPv6 itself.


10th April, 2014 at 06:30 pm

Pedestrian crossings!

This week's lesson was today (well... yesterday by the time this actually gets posted) rather than the usual Tuesday as my instructor was up in London that day (at some book/author event, I think). Which was probably just as well, as I was definitely feeling a bit off back then and had somewhat lost my voice to whatever lurgy is currently doing the rounds. Anyway, I was feeling much better today!

Again I was in the driving seat for the entire lesson - gone are the days of the instructor driving me around! We started off by driving all the way from work along the A27, down past Fareham College and HMS Collingwood, before parking up somewhere in the depths of Gosport. And this time I managed it without stalling or attempting to ram any signposts (well... that bit when I almost stalled coming out of a junction doesn't count as I merely almost stalled).

Pedestrian crossings! (warning: WALL OF TEXT)Collapse )

If that all looks like an enormous wall of text, that's because there's a lot of information to take in in these driving lessons! I think we spent the best part of an hour just going over all the different crossings and how to handle them. Anyway, after that it was time for a tour of Gosport naming the different crossing types are they appeared ("Puffin... Pelican... Pelican... Toucan... trick question, that's just some traffic lights") before heading back up to Fareham along Newgate Lane. Oh, and dealing with plenty of roundabouts and a few crossings in the process, and getting slightly flustered trying to manage mirror/signal/manoeuvre/gear all at the same time. Back outside my flat my instructor gave me a tip on how to handle this - the time to signal for your exit is not so much as you pass the exit before, but a little later when you're pointing straight at your exit. Doing so then is a little easier as there's less stuff happening at the moment.

Next week: how to cope with oncoming traffic!
music: Forbidden Knowledge ~ Warder [forbidden knowledge.it]
Tags: driving lessons


11th April, 2014 at 11:15 am

Best blog post title ever (or at least, for the last few days)


11th April, 2014 at 05:14 am

Mars, Ceres, Vesta


10th April, 2014 at 09:42 pm

2 bedroom, 2 bath condo for sale in Cambridge about 1 mile from Davis

Hey everyone. My friends and I are buying a multi-family so we can begin a new life together as a happy chosen family. To do this, they need to sell their condo. It is the sunny upper unit in an old two-family home just under 1,000 square feet with a finished attic. One bedroom, kitchen, living room, office/small bedroom, and bath on first floor. Master suite with bedroom and bath plus insulated storage on second floor. Large fenced yard. Two deeded parking spots.

The property is at 28 Foch St. It hasn't posted yet but the price is dropping again and they will be having an open house this Sunday.

Sadly we couldn't afford to stay in the Davis area, but we are only going to Watertown so we won't be strangers. Thanks for your interest.

The Duchess
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