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([personal profile] azurelunatic Jun. 27th, 2016 05:47 pm)
Woke up early enough to hit the morning keynote, which surprised me! I was waking up earlier and earlier each morning there.

Attended the long-form morning "Exit Condition" talk, which was very good and also I definitely had to due to helping bounce the name around! There are so many good and interrelated talks at this conference. "Exit Condition" was about the three options when things aren't going well: GTFO, yell, or duck and cover. My talk was on applied yelling. Last year, Heidi Waterhouse did a talk on whistleblowing, which is a specific kind of applied yelling. I recommend all three as a set.

Parts of the greater #Dreamwidth crew went down to the diner from Tuesday night and had a nice quiet introvert lunch, during which time the following interlude occured:

Azz: *reading email* *sudden double facepalm* *helpless giggles*
Rah: "Silver, did you break Azz?"
Silver: (unaware of where I was in my inbox) "No?"
Azz: "YES."

Much hilarity at my expense ensued, including F coming over, reading my phone screen, and then wordlessly slapping me on the back in such a 100% bro-tastic way that I sat up straight and (mock)protested "HOW DID YOU JUST MISGENDER ME WITH A BACKSLAP?!?!?!" because seriously, HOW EVEN do you do that???

The afternoon was excellent as well. I vaguely recall sitting out for a session? But I was nowhere near as exhausted as I was last year, even on insufficient sleep.

But then it was party time. I found a quiet corner, and some of the usual suspects joined. I took a moment to leave a birthday voicemail for a certain vividly colored geekfriend, then rejoined and spent much of the evening comparing notes and cracking up with the crew.

Despite the lack of intoxicants at the party, I was in a bit of a pleasantly mentally addled state when it came time to walk back to the dorm, enough so that F found it prudent to get some rooibos tea into me before packing me off to bed.
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([personal profile] lavendertook Jun. 27th, 2016 08:23 pm)
OK, now I'm just being existentially trolled. Yesterday, when I was putting the sun room back in order, I noticed my finger was feeling stiff, and saw it was swollen and purple and red. I don't recall hitting it or bending it wrong. The stiffness went away in short order, and it never hurt, but it's still purple and red now.

It is, of course, my middle finger. Very cute existential demons, very cute--laugh away.

I expect it is just a burst blood vessel--what I googled doesn't seem at all alarming. So I'm not going to worry about it unless it starts hurting, turns green, starts singing "Daisy", or doesn't resolve in a couple of days. Anyone else have this happen?

Weird. And just . . . enough already, OK? O_o
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([personal profile] ursamajor Jun. 27th, 2016 11:10 pm)
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([personal profile] hairyears Jun. 27th, 2016 06:39 pm)
All the news about share prices, especially prominent UK banks...

We live in interesting times.
...Isn't it interesting that nobody mentions bond prices in the newspapers, even though the bond market is much, much bigger than equities?

All right, maybe it isn't. Bond traders are rather dull chaps, and nothing about them will ever fill all that space between the adverts for mortgages and pensions.

But this dull stuff is quite important for banks.

Because of where I work, it would be improper for me to comment on specific institutions or on the minutiae of how companies are capitalised; so I must urge you to conduct your own researches.
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([personal profile] delight Jun. 27th, 2016 10:40 am)
I have been reading. I have been too overwhelmed by life to comment or to post. I need to amend that vaguely. Here are some things:

1. I got that job, I started that job, I finished training. I now spend most of my life in a busy urgent care clinic in Hell's Kitchen. Overworked and underpaid, but it's really nice to be doing something, even if I am nervous about how beginning grad school will screw with my schedule/availability and hope they won't fire me! (I really need the health insurance, too. Even if it will eat half of my paycheck.)

2. Dad is on hospice now; we have been given the vague prognosis of "maybe weeks or months," but he has multiple organ failure and no intake. We'll see. He's actually feeling somewhat better, which surprises no one, I think.

3. The housing market terrifies me. Spouse and I do not make enough between us to afford a studio. Once we have to stop living in mom's house, we're in huge trouble. I cannot do roommates. Not will not, but actually cannot. I would never, ever sleep. I don't trust people. I couldn't even have roommates when I was in the dorms in undergrad, and had to prove my OCD was bad enough I needed to be given a single. The fact that that worked at an overcrowded state university just tells you a lot about how much I can't cope with roommates.
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([personal profile] dglenn Jun. 27th, 2016 05:24 am)

"This isn't just about bathrooms. This is about the human condition. Our son is a boy. He was born that way, even though his body doesn't have boy parts. This happens sometimes in nature. It's not any different than a child being born with a physical limitation. Or with autism. Or with Down Syndrome. Or with extraordinary musical talent. Or with the ability to inspire a nation in the name of justice and equality. It just happens sometimes. It's life. It just is." -- Peter Tchoryk, 2016-06-15

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([personal profile] vass Jun. 27th, 2016 01:07 pm)
When the emotion I selected in the pre-meditation check-in was "hopeful" and the emotions I selected in the post-meditation check-in were "angry, disgusted, hurt".

The meditation app was Stop, Breathe, Think, which has some really good guided meditations and some terrible ones. This meditation, 'Joy', was one of the terrible ones.

"Think of someone who makes you feel joy."
Okay. I fix a person who makes me feel that in my mind.

"Someone who is always happy and successful."
Wait, WHAT? That is not at ALL what I had in mind. The person I was thinking about is not particularly 'successful', whatever that even means, and now instead of concentrating on the warmth I feel when I think of them, I'm contemplating the nature of success and comparing them to some bullshit arbitrary standard and trying to figure out what definition of success I should be using and what definition the narrator is likely using, and ugh.

And I don't think anyone's ALWAYS happy, that's an impossible and unwise standard. And there are people who are extremely depressed that still make me happy that they're around, and who still themselves sometimes experience joy.

"Say to yourself: I wish that their happiness and success will continue and increase."

I turn that around in my head until I can reframe it into "I wish that they will continue to find and bring joy." You know, the topic of this meditation?

Then I realise that I'm composing an angry blog post in my mind, and drop back to concentrating on my breathing. But the coach keeps talking.

She goes through "someone you feel neutral about", and I reflect that there aren't many of those around -- and that I don't really divide the world into people-I-like, people-I-feel-neutral-about, and people-I-dislike.

Then she moves onto "someone you dislike" and suggests that I try to wish that their happiness and success will continue and increase, while suggesting to me-the-listener that if I'm not feeling this then it's because I envy the person I dislike for their good fortune.

And, um, WHAT? How did we even get onto envy? Or to good fortune? I'm over here trying to concentrate on that moment when you walk outside and there's a rainbow, or it's a cold day and you're handing out how-to-vote cards and a raven perches in the tree opposite you and calls out, harsh and beautiful, and you tell the raven "Hi, are you voting today? Would you like a how-to-vote card?", or you remember the existence of dogs and daffodils, and hoping that even the people who are trying to hurt and destroy feel those moments too, and that they feel more of them, because maybe if they had more moments like that they'd be less inclined to spread hate; and the meditation coach is over there talking about how if I'm not wishing Malcolm Turnbull success then I'm just jelly.

And in a moment I will calm down and remember to hope that Jamie Price (executive director of Tools for Peace, and narrator of most of the Stop Breathe & Think guided meditations) also has many more moments of joy like that, and be glad for her if she does, but right now I just want to shout FUCK YOU in her direction, so I am ~~honouring that feeling~~ by writing this.

A lot of annoying times for me these past 3 weeks, in addition to the upsetting world angst. Nothing life shattering for me--I'm just bent out of shape like it was--shape up self! Car repairs that took 2 days and resulted in having to replace the radiator and fan assembly. At the same time, I had a maintenance person in for 2 days working on the drip that had become a stream from my bathtub faucet and had to keep calling on him when the first days work resulted in not all the water going up to the shower head when switched, until he came up with a makeshift solution, which I hope holds.

Then the next week my bedroom ac stopped working. That took a week and a lot of calling, waiting for contractors who did not show up, hot nights, then the maintenance man making my sunroom into a mess when he brought in a portable ac. It was finally fixed Tuesday.

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So, selectively quoting bits from this article he wrote:

"I cannot stress too much that Britain is part of Europe, and always will be.

There will still be intense and intensifying European cooperation and partnership in a huge number of fields: the arts, the sciences, the universities, and on improving the environment.

EU citizens living in this country will have their rights fully protected, and the same goes for British citizens living in the EU.

British people will still be able to go and work in the EU; to live; to travel; to study; to buy homes and to settle down. As the German equivalent of the CBI - the BDI - has very sensibly reminded us, there will continue to be free trade, and access to the single market."

The only change - and it will not come in any great rush - is that the UK will extricate itself from the EU's extraordinary and opaque system of legislation: the vast and growing corpus of law enacted by a European Court of Justice from which there can be no appeal."

From my meager understanding there is no method of achieving full membership of the single market, complete with the freedom of movement he's talking about, that doesn't also require us to be signed up to the ECJ. Because it's the ECJ that decides whether we're living up to our treaty obligations as part of said single market.

Is he just making random promises that can't actually be fulfilled again? Is he going to come back in October and say "Oh, it turns out that Europe won't let us have access to the single market without also agreeing to judgement by the ECJ, so we're staying in. Sorry for all the confusion!" or what???
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([personal profile] the_shoshanna Jun. 26th, 2016 06:43 pm)
Today is my birthday!

It's been good so far. Last week and the week before were a crapload of work, but I've finished most of it, and this morning I finished off another part. Namely, I led service at church; a somewhat lightweight singalong morning, and I didn't write a reflection ("sermon"), but I did tie it together with our month's theme of Perception, and I did have some serious moments, and I got a lot of compliments afterward, which is always nice! And then I spent a long time talking with a frie4nd I haven't seen in a while, and another long time talking with a friend I'd just seen two days before. (She just kicked her parttime boyfriend to the curb for repeated dickheadedness, so she was definitely in need of extra hanging out, and also the brocade coat I tweeted about finding at a yard sale a few weeks ago really fits her much better than me, so I gave it to her.

Then I came home, pottered about a bit, and Geoff and I are about to go out dinner. The weather is hot and glorious, just like I like it. Yay for birthdays!
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([personal profile] wychwood Jun. 26th, 2016 06:49 pm)
And I'm grieving )

I said to my mother yesterday, that this is the worst it will ever be. The shock wears off, things settle down, we move on with our lives. The pain and the anger won't stay this fresh. But this is hard, and we have a long hard road ahead - even the leaders of the Leave campaign are only just now starting to think about everything that needs to be done, and the EU leadership are pushing us out of the door as fast as they can. It won't keep hurting this much, but this is going to be a mess for a very long time.
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([personal profile] batwrangler Jun. 26th, 2016 09:17 am)
Shine and I visited her breeder yesterday and had a mini-reunion with her sister Taize and her brother Cai. We did some clicker shaping for free-stacking and took the dogs on a couple of long walks* between training sessions. It ought not to be a surprise, but it's remarkable how alike the three of them are.

*As a result, I can barely walk myself, though at the time my hip was not particularly painful.
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([personal profile] hairyears Jun. 26th, 2016 12:14 pm)
I hear stories from independent game developers that startups have closed down - the Venture Capital agreement had a Brexit clause and the VC's have pulled the plug.

Anyone got any corroboration? I'd heard about Brexit 'break' clauses in real estate purchases, but I was completely unaware of their existence in Venture Capital agreements...

Ich bin ein bin-liner... )

I have a handful of friends who kinda disappeared off the radar in the last few months - I never paid it much attention - but they've turned up in Europe's new hot hi-tech hub: Berlin.

I'm happy to admit that they are quite a bit smarter than me; and somewhat uneasy with the thought of how much smarter they are turning out to be.
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([personal profile] dglenn Jun. 26th, 2016 05:24 am)

(after giving a powerful example of how what-one-can-say-without-consequences has changed -- ) "[...] So from my perspective, it's not that suddenly it's not OK to say certain stuff. It's ALWAYS not been OK to say certain stuff.

"It's a question of which stuff, and who has to worry about it."

-- David Policar, 2016-06-25 [thanks to Jim Paradis for re-sharing it]

[Do go and read the example. It is very short and supports the conclusion very clearly.]

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([personal profile] marahmarie Jun. 25th, 2016 11:40 pm)

To my UK friends - including my fellow Dreamwidthians and deep inner Dwirclers - I have news you might not like. According to US media, there has been a vote in favor of a Braxit - that is, a total brain exit of vast numbers of people in the UK. While our media has found no source of possible infection that makes this complete exit of a brain from Great Britain possible, the contagion does seem confined for now to the "English countryside" and whatever part of Ireland which does not face North.

I will stop far short of calling the disease vector being somewhat confined by mere location "a relief".

I think everyone who voted in favor of brain exit supports Trump and is a racist xenophobe. Am I making myself clear? The brain exit is driven by the same thing driving whatever remains of Trump's disastrous popularity: refugees. The word "refugees" is the bogey man who represents: 1) blacks, 2) Muslims, 3) women, 4) the poor, 5) people taking our guns away, which is ALL the people who are not like "us" and 6) any other group the racists tend to dislike (and believe me, with racists, there are HUGE overlaps; you're never "just" a bigoted jerk).

That said, the send up y'all are getting across the pond is sort of hilarious. I'm not saying I support the overall mean and sniffy tone, but it has given me a few pauses as I consider how a country stupid enough to even allow Trump to run for President can dare to suggest the population of any other country might also be sort of ignorant and uninformed. So much so, that many of you are even calling for a do-over. Seriously, the last time I heard of doing anything over was when I last begged (yes, this happened more than once, clearly because I'm a jerk) my mom to speak to me again because my mouth? Can work waaaaay faster than my brain, sorry about that, so yes, can we do that moment over, please? I didn't know this was also a legitimate form of politicking.

But I gotta say it: if you read these articles in the order I'll present them in, which is pretty much the same order I found them in on my MSN News app, this does look a bit more like a Braxit then a Brexit, for the following reasons...

Your Googling.

The British are frantically Googling what the E.U. is, hours after voting to leave it. From the above link: "At about 1 a.m. Eastern time, about eight hours after the polls closed, Google reported that searches for "what happens if we leave the EU" had more than tripled". Have you folks considered researching this stuff BEFORE you leave? Or is it just that important to flounce off in a (totally uninformed) huff? Please stop making my country look maybe not quite as stupid in comparison. (It is just as stupid, perhaps more so, so the last laugh's definitely on us: half the people over here just don't Google because "the media lies" and they KNOW they're right, so why bother Googling?)

Your polls.

We can screw up some polls over here, OK? Mistakes were made. Polls were screwed up. Of course it's never any specific group's or person's fault because that's how lack of accountability actually works. I'm a member of YouGov, Ipsos-Mori and other national polling institutions so I've got some background on this. But what the UK can do to some polls is fucking breathtaking.

Your Prime Minister.

This guy had the balls to bluff the entire UK but to his surprise and probable eternal mortification, enough border-loving xenophobes called him out on it to lose the bet he made on you. Then he sent himself packing, apparently because he lost his mandate. He didn't lose his mandate. He lost his fucking bet. I'm not sure if I should give him mad props for sheer cojones or chalk him up to an idiot. He felt pressure from a minority political party to prove, mostly to them, that no one else wanted what they did. And he lost. I'll bet he never in his wildest dreams could see that coming, but I can only wonder why.

Your referendum.

It is, after all, just that. But now that a tiny majority of you have voted to leave, at least some brilliant or at least quite efficient exit plan will immediately go into place, right? You don't have one, you say? Wait. What? Oh, that's right, you...don't.

OK, what the fucking fuck? Invoking Article 50 - the only thing remotely resembling a plan you folks ever had? Isn't something Cameron wants to do now, though it was his own idea, because it will hurt the UK far more than it will hurt the EU in a ton of myriad ways.

Seriously, this is from my heart...

Hold a second referendum to nail down the first one. You've all reacted - and voted - rather brashly and don't understand what's going on. FIND OUT before you vote again, should you be given the chance to.

You don't want your country to turn into what we've got over here now that Trump has risen. He doesn't need to get elected to have already turned the US into a dark and dreary place. It's a mood - and it's not going away, because most of us against him imagine if his tyranny does take effect in November our country as we know it will be over with. You folks don't want this. And as much as I've teased Cameron, I do think he made an honest, genuine, unsuspecting mistake, which just happened to be, like, a huge freaking mistake. Hold him accountable. Vote again. Don't let him resign if Remain wins this time; hold a recall vote if possible and get him back, too.

OK: why do I feel so strongly about this? I've seen the world going down around issues of race, tribe and xenophobia since the much-vaunted and totally disastrous Arab Spring. If you really want to call it, I've seen it going down since my country "freed" Iraq from its tyrannical rule, which I hate to say was much less awful than what it must endure now thanks to our, um, help.

We had no plan in place for Iraq to carry on successfully, so we should have left them alone. The Arab Springers thought, "Ah, freedom, democracy" but with no plan in place what they wound up with was war, displacement, millions of refugees and whatever is going on in Syria. You folks in the UK? Shout, "Ah, freedom from tyrannical EU rule" but again there's no plan in place, and if you think I'm being "ridiculous enough" to quite frankly suggest factional and regional infighting will result in YOUR country from this Brexit, then please roll your eyes - first toward the southern tip of Ireland, then over to Scotland and then back around to the entire city of London, and get back to me on that.

Y'all scare me.