Still yucky

Sep. 26th, 2017 07:51 am
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Air temperature 63 F, dew point 60, scattered clouds, wind south about 5 mph. Tied another record high yesterday.

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Sep. 25th, 2017 08:33 pm
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Rash assumption, I know, but I presume people remember that the Korean War ended without a peace treaty.

Meanwhile

Sep. 25th, 2017 05:43 pm
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While everyone is nattering about the NFL, remember Puerto Rico.

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Because the people who want to control what the rest of us read just don’t ever stop.

(Confession time here. I’m a First Amendment purist, of the stripe which, if we were talking the Second Amendment instead of the First, would undoubtedly get me labeled a “free speech nut” and have the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms searching my house. And I regard with a cold and fishy eye the sort of statement that begins, “Of course I’m in favor of free speech, but….”)

Judging by the American Library Association’s Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 list, children’s and young adult books tend to get hit the hardest — unsurprising, since everybody agrees that Protecting the Children is important, as is Molding Young Minds.

This year’s top ten list is mostly full of books that were challenged by people who wanted to protect the children from LBGTQ characters and issues. Presumably, they’re afraid that reading about such things will cause their offspring to “turn gay”, which is unlikely (as Mayor Jimmy Walker of New York observed about a censorship issue of an earlier day, “I have never yet heard of a girl being ruined by a book”) — or maybe they’re just afraid that said offspring will find validation in those books for something about themselves that they already know.

Support your local library, people. They’re fighting the good fight to keep books on the shelves for the readers who need them.

Reposted from my editorial blog.

Murky muggy

Sep. 25th, 2017 07:46 am
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Air temperature 64 F, dew point 62, calm, scattered clouds. We recorded a new record high for the date yesterday.

The Good Place

Sep. 24th, 2017 04:57 pm
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I've been watching this really clever sitcom while doing the exercise bike. Sadly, I only have a couple of episodes to go for the first season. Why couldn't it be longer?

It is so rare that I like a sitcom, but this one is smart and funny, and the actors terrific.

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Sep. 24th, 2017 12:53 pm
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We don't have any problem with convicted felons on the NFL field, but political dissent is right out.

Old

Sep. 24th, 2017 07:24 am
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Air temperature 58 F, dew point 56, calm, clear. Back to scraping paint. Old people and old houses . . .

Nothing to see here

Sep. 23rd, 2017 08:32 am
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Air temperature 52 F, dew point 47, calm, scattered clouds. Newspapers not ready at the convenience store. My day is ruined.

The World of Robin Hood at Age Eleven

Sep. 23rd, 2017 05:27 am
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Sometimes I really need to escape from the news, which seems more horrific every day. And my escape needs a dose of blithe fun.

So I trundle out photocopies of student papers, missing chapters from Robin Hood, as gleefully penned by eleven year olds.

In-joke

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:35 pm

Autumnal

Sep. 22nd, 2017 07:58 am
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Air temperature 49 F, dew point 44, scattered clouds, wind north about 10 mph. We're still trying to fill in Jose's low pressure.

Game Review: Overlord

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:07 am
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[expanded from the review I posted on Steam]

Review and Discussion )


Bonus review-let: Forced.

Forced, Gamification of Games, Player vs. Designer )

So, yeah. I am learning something about gaming, game design, or myself from every game I play, and I am glad I seem to have broken through the mountain of shame (OMG, so much stuff I've never played, best never look at them) and guilt (OMG, so much wasted money). I no longer feel compelled to 'give every game a fair chance' just because I once spent money on it. (Frequently, in bundle deals, I did not even set out to buy all of the games.)

Overall, I spend less than £5/month on games and, overall, I enjoy gaming. I'm not going to get the same amount of fun out of every game, but if I can average a couple of hours of fun for every £5 I pay, that's actually not bad value for money.

Thursday boring report

Sep. 21st, 2017 11:36 am
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Asters and goldenrod, goldenrod and asters, with patches of chicory. I may have seen a late-blooming St. Johns-wort or yellow loosestrife.

Roadkill limited to a chipmunk, one gray squirrel, and a fall warbler that won't make the migration.

Windy, cool, got out on the bike. Did not die. Ride takes me to 1100 miles for the year.

15.27 miles, 1:16:15

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Sep. 21st, 2017 08:48 am
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Hope the "America First" crew will remember that Puerto Rico is America.


Tired of the noise

Sep. 21st, 2017 07:57 am
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Air temperature 60 F, dew point 52, wind north about 10 mph, scattered clouds for the newspaper walk. Bike ride scheduled.

L'Shana Tovah

Sep. 21st, 2017 04:54 am
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L'Shana Tovah, all. L'Shana Tovah.

Today's Mail, on the Other Hand...

Sep. 20th, 2017 06:38 pm
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...was Capitol One trying to sell me a credit card. And the Collin Street Bakery trying to sell me a fruitcake, and a men's clothing catalog for my brother.

Wow.

(Not that I have anything against Collin Street Bakery, who do in fact make the world's best fruitcake. But I order my stuff from them online.)

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