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I.e., this week has been mostly getting the new computer to do those things which it ought to do, and leave undone those things which it ought not do -

Among which the most disturbing was the discovery this morning that Thunderbird was marking ALL, yes ALL, incoming mail as Junk and also as Read, fortunately I did discover that this was happening.

There has also been wrestling with getting to be able to talk to the MyCloud as part of my home network rather than via a remote interface connection.

There was the oops, I needed to do a backup of This Thing, That Thing and The Other Thing from the old computer, and having to sort that out.

There is all the finding the passwords and activation codes for things for which I entered a password when I first activated the thing, and never since.

There is also the loss of some things - don't seem to be able to have the little slide-show widget thing of photos on my desktop, chiz - and finding that the new versions of things are Not What We Expect - the new Kobo Desktop App is quite horrid.

But on the whole, we are reasonably satisfied with the New System - its speed in particular is commendable.

However, I am annoyed with Opera, which I was intending using as my secondary browser to avoid Microsoft and Google, but the main thing I wanted a secondary browser for was so that I can log into The Other DW Journal without logging out of this one, but Opera, for some reason I wot not of, insists on autofilling the login screen with the details for this account rather than the other - la, 'tis tedious vexatious.

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Aug. 17th, 2017 05:37 pm
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] negothick and [personal profile] quiara!

Two quick notes

Aug. 16th, 2017 04:36 pm
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Second fic rec (The Bee Grove by Random_ Nexus) up at 221b-recs: http://221b-recs.dreamwidth.org/510830.html


also - man, the Good Omens Exchange might be OFF THE HOOK this year. Please keep the discourse far, far away. Binky the Disc Horse is welcome, of course.

8/16/2017 The Nature Area

Aug. 16th, 2017 12:26 pm
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Left the car at 7:30 under high fog but without a jacket, walked up beside The Little Farm, into Wildcat View group camp and out through New Woodland group camp, up Pine Tree to Laurel Canyon trails, down Laurel Canyon Road, up to Jewel Lake and back on Upper Packrat Trail. I managed the two occasions of very high steps, but it's discouraging. Bird of the day was Wilson's warbler, there were so many! Feeding young, even a couple of songs. Where were the corvids? )

There was still water moving under the bridge at The Little Farm and even a trickle down Laurel Canyon, but the whole point of going to the Nature Area was to see whether, in mid-August, there is still water going over the dam at the north end of Jewel Lake. There is! No small amount, either; I could hear it from the other end of the Lake. Look! So nice. This time last year Jewel was little more than a stagnant pool.

Wednesday is positively summery

Aug. 16th, 2017 03:53 pm
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What I read

Finished The Color of Fear: up to usual standard.

PC Hodgell, The Gates of Tagmeth: these have definitely succumbed to a kind of Dunnett syndrome, in which there is some huge mysterious meta-arc going on, occasionally alluded to, but each episode deals with some particular problem that Jame (mostly) has to face (there were a few other viewpoint sections in this one) in the foreground and doesn't seem to be advancing the longer game particularly. On the other hand, kept me reading. On the prehensile tail, so not the place to start. (Are there really only 8 books in the Kencyrath sequence? only I have been reading them for decades, so it seems more.)

JD Robb, Echoes in Death (2017), as the ebook had finally come down to a sum I consider reasonable for an ebook. The mixture as usual, pretty much. Okay, not the most sophisticated of mystery plots, I got this and the twist very early on, but it's the getting there, I guess.

On the go

Discovered I had a charity-shop copy of PD James, The Private Patient (2008), the last of the excursions of Dalgleish, which I had not already read for some reason - possibly because I wasn't at that time sufficiently keen on PDJ and AD to shell out for a trade paperback.

Up next

Dunno, really.

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Mrs and Mr Pond by TardisIsTheOnlyWayToTravel Agent Coulson and a couple of the Avengers are sent to pick up a pair of civilians to act as consultants in a matter SHIELD is currently investigating. Things don't go exactly as they expect. A delightful commentfic. I love Amy and Rory and they are so matter of fact and wonderful here.
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London garden bridge project collapses in acrimony after £37m spent.

And I can't help wanting to say to Boris J that in Ye Bygone Days when people built follies they did so on their own estates and with their own money (though on reflection this was probably ill-gottens from the Triangle Trade and dodgy dealings in India) and didn't ask the nation to pay for them.

(And aren't there already memorials to Princess Di? How many do we need?)

And, you know, it's a pretty idea and in theory I am there with Thomas Heatherwick that 'London needs new bridges and unexpected new public places': except that that is not a part of London that required Yet Another Bridge, there are so many that taking the boat journey along that stretch of river is more like going into a tunnel.

Also, it was not properly a public space:

a link that would be privately run, would be able set its own rules for access, and would close at night and be available to hire for private events.
Not dissimilar from those gardens in London squares to which access is by residents' key. I do not think that is a definition of 'public' that would have been assented to by those urban planners and reformers creating parks and spaces for the benefit of the inhabitants of the metropolis.

I am also boggled by the suggestion that the river is not already pretty much 'centre-stage' in our great city.

I think Mad William would have had things to say along the lines of

I wander thro' each charter'd street,
Near where the charter'd Thames does flow.
and whether if crowds flowed over the bridge, so many, common and routine usage would have meant that
Sighs, short and infrequent, were exhaled,
And each man fixed his eyes before his feet.

I might go along on the line suggested by this to comment that what good is a garden bridge if the land lies waste?

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Aug. 15th, 2017 09:25 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] jcalanthe and [personal profile] muckefuck!
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The Letter in the Wall by maskedfangirl. When the contractors open the bathroom wall, there's a package wedged between the pipes, addressed to Mrs. Hudson and dated 1888. The letter within reads as follows... I remember being very impressed with this the first time I read it, it's a very clever crossover with Dr Who canon/mythology.

Lead me to the Truth by lavellington

Aug. 15th, 2017 04:28 pm
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Lead me to the truth by Lavellington John didn’t mind following two steps behind: two steps behind Sherlock was still miles ahead of everyone else. I'd describe this as a quiet, reflective and delightful story with great characterisation of John, a very different take on Harry and some wonderful humour, try this sentence for size. Since he had met Sherlock, John had come to a lot of startling realisations about his flatmate and himself. These realisations ranged from “This man is completely insane,” and “He’s right- I need the danger,” to “I will never have a girlfriend again,” and “The skull is in the bread bin.”

SJA Reunion

Aug. 14th, 2017 09:23 pm
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A couple of weekends ago I went to the SJA Reunion one-day convention in Cardiff. I wasn't too sure about it, I had a bit of "who are these people, how do I know they know what they're doing" as if I know everyone in the world. But Katy Manning (Jo) was going to be there and I've never met her, so I went. If I'd been the sort of person who'd go up to her on the street (or train station platform) I'd have met her at Cardiff station where we were waiting for the train to the tiny little station that was just round the corner from the con. But I wasn't, so I didn't. But since I'd already planned to be a bit late (given that I got up at 6am!) and the train was late, I felt better knowing that at least I wouldn't be later than one of the guests. Incidentally, I ended up getting the same train back as John Leeson.

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Mirrored from my blog.

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If there's anything you want to say to me after BiCon, feel free to do so here. Comments are screened and will remain so.
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So, farewell then, printer which has been with me some dozen or so years, also previous computer.

Take it away Bessie Smith:

The usual sturm und drang over setting up the new All In One Computer and the printer which purports to be wireless, but refuses to connect thusly: however it will connect by cable.

Though alas, all the USB ports are on one side of the computer, the one away from where the printer has to go (unless I do some major rearranging), but I think I have contrived.

And of course, various other things still to get sorted.

But, getting there, sorta.

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Aug. 14th, 2017 12:38 am
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My poor old CRT monitor finally gave up the ghost. It was actually R's poor old CRT monitor that I took over when mine croaked last year, but it had still given long and honourable service. I almost ended up getting another CRT second hand, but in the end I decided that now was probably the time. Modern font displays just don't work very well on CRTs, and there are now flat panels that don't make me want to puke while playing games. So I'm typing this while looking at a brand spanking new Dell, in a smexy 2560x1440 resolution. It's so wide, I keep losing track of things at the sides of the screen. Hopefully, this will do the job for another 15+ years.

Culinary

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:58 pm
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Bread during the week: a Standen loaf, v tasty.

Saturday breakfast rolls: brown grated apple with molasses and ginger: using up two bags of flour probably a) rather more wholemeal than strong white b) probably quantities a bit more than usual; also using up ginger so these were quite gingery.

Today's lunch: small whole sea-bream baked in foil with ginger and lime; served with purple crinkle-cut sweet potato fries, garlic roasted sweet-stem cauliflower and bellaverde broccoli, steamed samphire tossed in butter, and padron peppters.

8/13/2017 Inspiration Trail

Aug. 13th, 2017 11:01 am
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Started out about 7:30 under, say it with me, blowing fog, although it was less miserable on Inspiration Trail than it would have been on Nimitz Way. The cows were in fact differently located and I walked as far north as... the sign saying closed to hikers that's right at the junction.:( Dang it. The fire road is not barred in any way, but it's both posted and not a through road (I'd have to backtrack) so fuck it. I doubt I'll go down that far again; it's been pretty boring both times. I did hear some amazing coyote vocalizations, though, not just howls but extended warbling, sadly just too far away (and it was too windy) to record. A slightly surprising list: )

Not far down the trail from the gate is a stretch of east-facing fence and brush under tall pines, and once the sun hits it, it can be amazing. It was today, not just Bewick's wrens, juncos, and nuthatches, but goldfinches, a flycatcher, and a flock of what I think were juvenile warblers, mostly Townsend's but also a few hermits. Fall migration has begun!

all righty then

Aug. 13th, 2017 01:07 am
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Import of lj's [livejournal.com profile] tolkien100 to dw ([community profile] tolkien100) is complete and I've turned over the lj comm to [livejournal.com profile] fredbassett. If they are able to revive the lj comm that will be be wonderful. I wish them well.

It's likely delusional thinking that I'll begin drabbling again but I think about it a lot.

I haven't actually deleted my lj yet. It shouldn't feel like such a big step; I was there for five years, sure, but I left ten fucking years ago next month. And I've imported the content. I mean, wtf self?

The Madness of Angels by ayalesca

Aug. 13th, 2017 04:00 pm
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The Madness of Angels by ayalesca  Urban fantasy AU. In which John Watson is a war sorcerer recently invalided home from Afghanistan. In London he meets Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most irritating urban sorcerer and only consulting detective. There, John finds himself and Sherlock suddenly under attack by a mysterious and malevolent power—and drawn into a mystery that may tear London apart. A fusion with the Matthew Swift series by Kate Griffin, but no prior knowledge is needed. I read this some years back and had a sudden desire to read it again. A03 have it under deleted works and this link is via the wayback archive, a reminder, if needed, that once posted works tend to take on a life of their own! I very much enjoyed it, it's well written and absolutely fascinating.
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