2017 - #19, "Libriomancer", Jim C. Hines

2017-Feb-24, Friday 07:05 pm
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First book in Hines' Magic ex Libris series. All in all, not a shabby read. There were things I recalled correctly, some that I recalled wrong and some things I had out of order. Pretty much what I was expecting, going in.

2017 - #18, "Dead Beat", Jim Butcher

2017-Feb-24, Friday 06:58 pm
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What happens if you get blackmailed by a Black Court vampire? How powerful is polka music, really? And why would you want to have an unerring sense of rythm, if you're a necromancer? Well, the latter might be because you're looking to graduate to necrodancer, but that is a pun outside the scope of this book.

All in all, portents are laid, foundations upended and shit happens.

2017 - #17, "Slow Bullets", Alastair Reynolds

2017-Feb-21, Tuesday 09:59 pm
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Previously unread.

This is technically a novella. At least that's what the metadata says. It is eminently readable, no matter what category of "size of work" it happens to fall in. Not exactly sure what to say about it, but the term "slow bullet" is in many ways highly plot-relevant. And anything else would probably be spoilery.

fic rec!

2017-Feb-21, Tuesday 08:25 pm
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I have been jonesing for good HP longfic lately, in something of a nostalgia kick, and I do have a particular fondness for H/D.

I saw this linked on Tumblr and lost three hours of my life last night as I ripped through this when I should have been sleeping for work because I couldn't stop reading:

What We Pretend We Can't See (131279 words) by gyzym
Chapters: 14/14
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley, Neville Longbottom/Ginny Weasley

Seven years out from the war, Harry learns the hard truth of old history: it’s never quite as far behind you as you thought.

I didn't know people were still writing HP fic like this. I'm so happy. ♥

(recs for anything else in this vein gratefully appreciated; I've reread Transfigurations and the collected works of Blamebrampton a ridiculous number of times at this point and would love something new.)
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Posted by Susan


Sewbox will be at the Knitting & Stitching Spring Show at Olympia 2-5 March 2017.  Come and see us on Stand C77 in the West Hall near The Dressmaking Studio.

We will have a large selection of Liberty fabrics – needlecords, Liberty jersey, Liberty tana lawn, Liberty Lifestyle and some Liberty Lantana (wool/cotton mix) all at ‘Special Show Prices’.  Small pieces through to metreage – whatever your Project requires.

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In addition to the fabrics there will be loads of braids, ribbons, trims and buttons – all very reasonably priced!

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AND NOW TO THE IMPORTANT BIT!! …. we have 6 Complimentary Tickets to ‘give-away  Just e-mail me on susan@sewbox.co.uk and I’ll pick the winners of the tickets at 6pm (tomorrow) Monday 20.2.17.  The tickets do have a restriction in that they are not valid on Saturday 4th March – here’s when they are valid

Thursday 2nd March         10am – 7pm

Friday 3rd March                10am – 5.30pm

Sunday 5th  March              10am – 5pm

Full details of the Knitting & Stitching Spring Show here

Looking forward to seeing you at the Show.

Happy Sewing


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Previously unread.

Sequel! Squeal! This is the book that follows A Darker Shade of Magic, starting approximately four months after the end of the previous book. Like the previous book, there are multiple strands of narrative that braid together. And it's been out for a year and I didn't notice. Weird, how that happens.

Anyway, eminently readable. If you liked #1, you will liekly like this one. #3 should be out in a week or so ,so all is good.
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Previously unread.

This is the 3rd collection volume of McGuire's Velveteen stories. Superheroes aplenty. And some crass corporatism. And all.

That aside, it's pretty darned good reading, so that's brilliant. All I need to do now it remember to track down more.

Dreamwidth news: 15 February 2017

2017-Feb-15, Wednesday 05:35 am
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Hello, Dreamwidth! And thank you to everyone who wished me and my wife a happy vacation -- it was an excellent one. (Rumors that it was to help distract me from a significant birthday starting with 4 and ending with 0 are totally unfounded. Really.) It was also awesome to come back and see all of the new activity going on! I hope that everyone who's joined us in the last month or two has been settling in nicely.

Behind the cut, a tour of some of the new stuff we've done in the last few months, plus a look at some older changes that could use more love:

* Image Hosting Frontend
* HTTPS Beta
* Create Entries Beta: progress report
* Selective comment screening
* Other alphabets in site search: fixed!
* Icon file size limit increased
* Dreamwidth: Did You Know?
* Team Dreamwidth

DW News, 15 Feb 2017 )


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Why CBT Is Bad

2017-Feb-14, Tuesday 09:02 am
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Cognitive-behavioral therapy often gets pushed, to the exclusion of all other therapy modalities, for a range of mental health issues: depression, anxiety, insomnia, phobias, addiction.

I can't speak to how well it works for all of those issues, but one of the things wrong with it -- not with it, rather, but with the privileged place it's been given in the current medical model of mental health issues -- is that it's close to useless for people with a trauma history, and trauma is the underlying cause of all five issues I mentioned for many people. (I could write a separate post on why it's been given that privileged place, but I'll leave that to your imagination for now.) I am not a medical or mental health professional, just someone with a lifetime of personal experience.

[personal profile] azurelunatic's post about being prescribed a CBT workshop for insomnia is a great example. When I read it, I thought about my own sleep issues and how useless every behavioral approach -- both CBT-type approaches, and "sleep hygiene"-style approaches -- have been for it.

I have obstructive sleep apnea, so no behavioral approach can address the fact that untreated, I wake up more tired than I was when I went to bed, because I wake up many times an hour unable to breathe. But the main issue is that my body learned when I was a child that sleep was dangerous, and neither cognitive nor behavioral approaches can make my body unlearn that -- it's something I learned before I was developmentally able to use cognition or to reflect on my behavior.

As a child, I had an abusive parent who would force me to go to bed hours before I was actually ready to go to sleep, because she thought it was good for children to be on a regular sleep schedule. (Or because she wanted to control somebody and doing things to children that are generally believed to be for their own good is a socially acceptable way to do it. I don't really know.) So I learned that sleep meant lying in bed for hours, awake and intensely bored but not allowed to get up and do anything. When I got a little older I would get up and night and go into a walk-in closet in our apartment and read for as long as I could get away with it. When my mother figured out I was doing this, she unscrewed the light bulb. I learned to associate sleep, as well as going to bed early, both with an abusive parent who I knew was incapable of knowing what was good for me, and with hours of boredom and anxiety.

Therapists (and others) who apply CBT simplistically would tell me that the lasting, physical residue of these years are "cognitive distortions" that I need to reason my way out of. They would be wrong, because there's nothing distorted about mechanisms I learned in order to keep myself safe. Being awake is safer than being asleep in an environment that is dangerous for you, and for a child, there's nothing more dangerous than an environment that contains an alternately intrusive and inattentive caregiver and nobody else.

It's safe for me to relax now, and has been for the past twenty years, but because trauma changes your body in chemical and physical ways, just telling myself that won't make me go to sleep. I use chemical solutions to a chemical problem: medication. Maybe someday, I'll have had enough trauma therapy that I won't need it as often. But in the meantime, I'll be able to get enough rest and avoid some of the constant physical stress that arises from inadequate sleep.

CBT is politically attractive because it individualizes responsibility . Better to blame people's suffering on their own cognitive distortions, and teach them that they need to do work to overcome them (under capitalism, any solution that gives already-overworked people more work to do gets conferred with near-religious levels of praise), than to recognize that abuse culture harms people in long-lasting ways. If we recognized that many parenting practices widely considered to be non-abusive, or even helpful, in this culture are actually traumatic, we'd have to rethink a lot. Better to avoid confronting that by privatizing trauma and recasting it as individual pathology, ignoring the patterns in front of us.

Mental health is (I suspect) not the default state of human existence in the first place -- our brains are complicated and have too many failure modes for that. But in a society that depends on denial -- of the lasting effects of slavery (denial of the effects on white people, mostly), of the violence done by income inequality, and of the corrosiveness of toxic masculinity -- self-awareness is rebellion, and thus it's not surprising that to find therapies that foster it rather than providing a few tools to be economically productive while hurting inside, we often have to look outside the mainstream.
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This is the first book in the Charlie Madigan series (4 so far, 5th in the works, but has definitely missed the expected 2016 release).

Anyway, Madigan's world is a world where portals to Heaven (well, Elysium) and Hell (well, Charybdon) have stood somewhat open for years. Madigan's a police officer and single mum, on the Atlanta police department's "we chase angels and demons" squad, ahem, task force. She's also recently resurrected (no, this is not normal).

And it all starts with shit going wrong and it doesn't get much better from there.

All in all, eminently readable. I think it's two-or-so years since I read this last, but I am, to be honest, not 100% sure.

Code push imminent!

2017-Feb-12, Sunday 11:07 pm
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We're about to pull the lever on tonight's code push! I'll update this post when it's finished. For a reminder of what to expect, check the previous post for the list of changes.

Update: All done! Comment here if you notice any issues that need our attention.

Code Tour: 02/02/17 - 02/12/17

2017-Feb-12, Sunday 11:53 pm
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11 items on this second half of the code tour, all by [staff profile] karzilla, Wielder of the Code Machete.

Read more... )
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[personal profile] momijizukamori and I split this chunk of code tour, so here we go with the first half. This tour is for code being pushed tonight (assuming that between The Crud for one of the folks, and a power outage for another, everything's going to be good to go) so that everyone needs to hang on tighter (in order to keep from being thrown to the wolves).

17 items in this half of the code tour, brought to you by: long-time volunteer [github.com profile] LivredOr returning, relatively new and delightful [github.com profile] srukle, very busy DevCom [github.com profile] kareila (aka [staff profile] karzilla), our own [github.com profile] zorkian ([staff profile] mark), and the amazing [github.com profile] rshatch DID I MENTION THE FACELIFT OF THE IMAGE HOSTING OMG WE HAVE IMAGE HOSTING.

On to the tour!

Read more... )
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Hello! Your friendly neighbourhood Dreamhack admin here.

I've updated the version of Locale::Country that the Dreamhack machine uses - we were on 3.25, and we're now on 3.42.

I also installed the Log::Log4perl module, as it's now being used by the codebase. This should make update-db.pl work again!

If there are any issues (related to these or otherwise), please comment and let me know!

2017 - #13, "Grave Peril", Jim Butcher

2017-Feb-11, Saturday 11:10 am
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This is the 3rd book in Butcher's Dresden Files and rereading the early bit of the series, it's fascinating how much of what happens resonates throughout the rest of the series. I am still not sure if it's clever use of established plot, or if it's clever setup of plot to come, but I am willing to believe the latter.

I think this is the first book we meet Michael Carpenter, one of the Knights of the Holy Cross (capitals very much necessary, as it were) and one of the signs, I believe, that Dresden has a life outside the books, which is not a bad thing.

Anyway, Chicago's ghosts are all aflutter. Or was that "angry and more out than normal"? Something like that. Into the centre of this mess, Harry and Michael dash, in order to Set Things Right Damnit All.

And in that single book, three or possibly four future Dresden Files plot threads are born.

Code push scheduled for Sunday night-ish

2017-Feb-10, Friday 10:38 am
[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 9pm PST / 12am EST / 5am UTC on either Sunday, Feb 12 or Monday, Feb 13, depending on whether you live east or west of midnight. (Time is an illusion anyway, right?)

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push, apart from the usual minor tweaks and bugfixes:

  • HTTPS Everywhere beta! Users can opt-in to have all Dreamwidth content automatically served over HTTPS. We'll post the instructions for this after the feature goes live.

  • New and improved design for the file management pages, which we were hiding from you because we were so embarrassed about them before. Thanks to [personal profile] momijizukamori for making them prettier and more functional!

  • Backend fixes to resolve problems using the aforementioned file management pages. (Did I already mention the embarrassment?)

  • At long last, international character support for journal search! Our systems guru [personal profile] alierak finally cracked this long-standing bug.

  • Support index page converted to Foundation styling, for your mobile viewing pleasure.

  • For users of the Practicality style: color properties now sort properly in the customization wizard.

  • For users of the Drifting style: the QuickReply box will now appear in the appropriate location, instead of wandering off somewhere unexpected.

  • Improved handling of word break (<wbr>) elements in user entries.

  • Allow embeds from: Facebook, CNN, 4shared.com, playmoss.com, onedrive.com, jsfiddle.net, scratch.mit.edu

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!
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