Chris Schmidt's Journal
Bagpipers and Wheelbarrows!
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.
Yard sale tomorrow in Medford (near Tufts) - 4/19, 9am to noon
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/442
Have a great day!
LiveJournal not affected by Heartbleed
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.
Waterton Lake Eclipse
[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 )
Development plans near Teele Square
and that there's something in the works for the corner of Broadway and Clarendon:
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.
Spica, Mars, and Eclipsed Moon
Spring Fling 2014 at Tufts with Childish Gambino
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/e
Thanks and I hope to see you there!
Get involved with Open Studios—sign up now!
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
Coordinator, Somerville Open Studios 2014
Mammatus Clouds over Nebraska
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*
Click link for forms and info: amyloustein.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.o
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
New term: Troupe
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...
Snapshots: 15 Takes on An Exhibition is opening May 6
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 )
God help me if I end up editing this again
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.
An Unusual Globule in IC 1396
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.
LJ Idol, Week Five: Build a Better Mousetrap
Topic: "Build a Better Mousetrap"
Trigger warning: [select black bar to view] mental illness (bipolar disorder)
( See, the trick is psychology.Collapse )
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.
music: Mumford & Sons - Awake My Soul [Sigh No More]
One of my favorite movie shorts: De Düva (The Dove)
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.
music: Juno Reactor - Song to the Siren [Song to the Siren]
FS: CordaRoy's king cover
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.
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.
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!
Saturn in Blue and Gold
Okay, Google's Spam filtering false positives are getting really annoying
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"?
Clouds and Crosses over Haleakala
Ants and Tenant Law
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...
werks gud! We just don't use it any more. Near Tufts, contact info in the CL listing.
Hazardous Waste Today!
From the city's PDF:
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...
Mars near Opposition
For sale: photographic equipment, video game, microphone
* 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.
Return to Pigovia -- If you heat up the world, you pay for it!
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.
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.
Comcast IPv6 and Fedora Linux
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.
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!
Tags: driving lessons
Best blog post title ever (or at least, for the last few days)
Mars, Ceres, Vesta
2 bedroom, 2 bath condo for sale in Cambridge about 1 mile from Davis
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.