Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 27 posts previously published on April 9th

  • 2019
    • Book thirty of 2019: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues, by Diana Rowland. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📚 Upping the stakes with conspiracies, some zombie virus science and military experiments, and a little undead romance. Definitely as enjoyable as the first in the series.
  • 2017
    • Chucks of the day (53/53): grey with neon green lacing and inner lining, navy blue outside around the padded ankle, and a fold-down piece around the ankle with the Converse logo in green. These amused us, they’re almost Converse moon boots. :) #chucks #converse
  • 2016
    • Took a nice walk this morning, and the Yakima River is running really high. That water behind us is normally part of the trail, but it’s currently flooded. (100/366)
  • 2014
    • Our apricot tree is starting to bloom!
    • Another evening staying late on campus for a meeting. Always a joyful thing.
  • 2009
    • Norwescon 32: My (Preliminary) Schedule While I'm not at all happy to be unemployed, I have to admit that it does make some things pretty convenient. This weekend, it means that for the first time, I'll be hitting _three_ days of Norwescon, adding a few hours today (Thursday) to my usual Friday/Saturday run.
  • 2008
    • Lunchtime Flickr has video now! This is a silly little meme that's going around called Fridgets: short little videos with the camera inside the fridge.
  • 2005
    • I need to follow up on this… Mostly, I'm tossing this up here to remind myself to do something about it, and _soon_... (Tracking down Poems for Laila albums from Germany).
    • Voting at 16 in WA’s future? All stereotypes aside, not _all_ teenagers are solely interested in video games and bad music. Some of them are interested in video games, bad music -- and voting. Here in Washington, the local chapter of the NYRA is working on lowering the state's voting age to 16.
    • Conventions…or the lack thereof I just found out about Cascadia Con, what looks to be a _major_ Science Fiction convention taking place here in Seattle later this year. The downside is that the convention is scheduled for the first four days in September, right when Prairie and I are planning to be busy moving into our new apartment.
    • My most popular Flickr photos My most popular Flickr photos by number of views, number of favorites, and number of comments.
  • 2004
    • Congratulations Dan Savage and Amy Jenniges! About a month ago, Dan Savage wrote a column for The Stranger explaining just how he, a gay man, was able to get a legal marriage license in the city of Seattle. It was pretty simple, actually. He applied for, and was granted, a license to marry his lesbian friend.
    • Racism and broadband…what? There's a certain almost surreal incongruency in the combination of banner ads promoting wireless networking and DSL-based broadband and the blatant racism plastered across the top of Sonnet Networking's website.
    • Very Good Friday I just wish I'd known about Very Good Friday earlier — I've only got two hours!
    • Moving the library For someone who whines and complains every time I switch apartments, I'm fascinated by what it must take to move the Seattle Central Library to its new building.
  • 2003
    • Could this be true? Is it possible? Well, of course it's possible. The question is whether it's an actual probability, or if it's just a well thought out conspiracy theory. Either way, we're not really likely to know unless someone high enough in the heirarchy turns whistleblower (not a very likely option).
    • Pax Americana Sometimes I think the only thing really standing in the way of a truly Orwellian society is our ability to find other sources of news and information via the Internet and form our own opinions. If all I got was the official propaganda, I'd probably be fairly satisfied with the world right now. Heh.
    • Water for the worthy A chaplain from Houston assigned to the Army V Corps support unit in Iraq is now the focus of an Army inquiry for his practice of offering soldiers a dip into his 500-gallon pool if they agree to be baptized.
    • I've found religion! The Lord is my coder; I shall not crash. He maketh me to use Mac OS X; he leadeth me beside BSD and Linux.
    • We're not done yet, folks Okay — so everyone on the 'net is linking to the pictures of Saddam's statue in the middle of Baghdad getting yanked down by Iraqi citizens, helped by U.S. Marines. Yes, it's wonderful. It's a high point for the campaign. Many Iraqis are thrilled. But this isn't the end.
    • Springtime storms Spring has definitely hit Seattle. The past two days have been really warm, and today the clouds that we've been living under for the past few weeks finally broke, letting sunshine flood the world again.
    • The fourth horseman A particularly ominous political cartoon.
    • Theft is for the birds! The problem started when the new owner complained to Bill that he was losing significant amounts of money from his coin machines each week. He went as far as to accuse Bill's employees of having a key to the boxes and ripping him off. Bill just couldn't believe that his people would do that, so they set up a camera.
  • 2002
    • Goth humor I was hanging out in the Yahoo! Chat Alaska room this morning, and ended up meeting Wytchmagick on there. After discovering we shared some interests, we started tossing some links at each other, which was quite entertaining.
    • I’m employed again! Well, after a whole week and a half of being unemployed, I start work again tomorrow! I'll be working at the Xerox printshop on the Microsoft campus, the same place that I worked two days at last Friday and Saturday. I guess they liked me!
  • 2001
  • 1995
    • [From Usenet: 4.9.95 2300] Thing is, this happens to me, too...and I'm on a IIvx. The 'main' voices work fine, but all the 'secondary' voices have the fan-stutter in them. Any other ideas?

Bernie Sanders Drops Out Of Presidential Race, Ceding Nomination To Biden

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) ended his bid for the White House on Wednesday, effectively handing the Democratic nomination to former Vice President Joe Biden and ending hopes that a progressive challenger would take on President Donald Trump in November.

I know a lot of people on my list are going to be upset about this. There’s nothing wrong with that — I’m still upset that my candidate of choice this year dropped out, and I’m still upset that my candidate of choice in 2016 only won the popular election, but lost the electoral vote (\suchBS\). Take the time to grieve, to be angry, to rant and rave about how poorly our system works.

But once that’s done, please: Prioritize the good of the many, and recognize that however much you don’t like Biden, he will in no way be as bad as Trump. Sure, he’s not as good as you’d like, so push him to be better than he is! Continue pushing, fighting, and protesting in favor of all the causes that led you to support Bernie! Do everything you can to move Biden further to the left.

But please, please, please: Don’t throw a fit and refuse to support Biden, whether through giving your vote to a third-party candidate who has no chance of beating Trump, however ideologically closer they are to you than Biden is, or by not voting at all.

You’ve all seen what’s happened over the past four years. Please do everything you can to make sure we don’t have four more years of Trump in office.

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 19 posts previously published on April 8th

  • 2019
    • Happy Rex Manning Day!
  • 2017
    • Chucks of the day (52/53): Navy blue high tops with orange accents; reflective grey heel stripe and thread woven into the laces. #converse #chucks
  • 2016
    • Happy Friday, all. Have a good weekend! (99/366)
  • 2015
    • On Being a Good Person In general, I think we need to move away from the premise that being a good person is a fixed immutable characteristic and shift towards seeing being good as a practice. And it is a practice that we carry out by engaging with our imperfections. We need to shift towards thinking that being a good person is like being a clean person. Being a clean person is something you maintain and work on every day.
  • 2014
    • My appointment was at 3:20. Got here 10 minutes early. Was shown to the exam room 25 minutes late. That was almost 15 minutes ago. Uuuuggggghhhhh…
  • 2009
    • DIY Bicycle Camera Mount Yes, there are already a ton of posts on the 'net telling people how to do this, and I'm indebted to them all, as I read most of them when planning out my approach. Still -- this is how _I_ did it, so I'm going to add to the chatter. :)
  • 2007
    • Happy Easter Or, if you don't happen to be an Easter person, just enjoy a nice spring day. Whichever works best for you.
  • 2006
    • New Toy: Nikon D70s Thanks to some very kind assistance in the mysterious and tricky realms of credit and financing by the best girl in the world, I've got a new toy to play with for my birthday.
  • 2004
    • Eats shoots and leaves Another book I need to add to my collection: Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.
    • Facts about Canada Lane should get a kick out of this. ;) Questions and answers about Canada from a tourism website (I'm not sure which one, I found this on dad's website)…
    • Kurt Am I the only person in Seattle who doesn't give a flying fig that Kurt Cobain is (still) dead?
    • First OS X exploit: Concept One of the (many) nice things about being a Mac user is our general invulnerability to the multitudes of viruses, trojan horses, and other exploits that threaten the 'net on a regular basis. So it's no wonder that the Mac world is all a-tizzy over anti-virus company Intego releasing news of what appears to be the first Mac OS X trojan horse, wrapped inside an apparent .mp3 file.
    • Condi under oath CLAIM: There was 'nothing about the threat of attack in the U.S.' in the Presidential Daily Briefing the President received on August 6th. [responding to Ben Veniste] FACT: Rice herself confirmed that 'the title [of the PDB] was, 'Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.'' [Source: Condoleezza Rice, 4/8/04]
  • 2003
    • Protest music links Continuing in the protest music theme I've been trying to keep up with lately, today brings us a MetaFilter discussion started by a post opining that, well, to be honest — most modern protest songs suck.
    • The importance of dissent However, protestors of any ilk are certainly doing a very important thing for the continuation of democracy. We are exercising muscles that, if left unused, could very possibly atrophy, leaving our democracy damaged and ineffective.
    • Random thought Was the phrase 'another day, another dollar' coined (no pun intended) at a time when that was actually the average payscale?
    • Bomb the World This was mentioned in the Rolling Stone article I just posted, so I went searching it out to add to the growing list of anti-war tracks released to the Internet: Spearhead's Bomb the World (original and 'Armageddon' mix).
    • Things are changing these days The mother of one of the members of politically conscious band Spearhead was recently questioned by Army officers about her son's 'un-American' activities. During the interview they displayed photos of her son at peace rallys, records of his travels, a list of people he worked with at the band's management office, and revealed that her daughter — currently serving in the military, and deployed in the Gulf — had had her CD's confiscated.
    • By the numbers Snippets from the Toronto Star's Iraq War Index.

Just realized that as of today, I’ve been social distancing for a month: the last social thing I did was the final Norwescon Concom meeting on March 7th. And the only times I’ve gone any further out than our neighborhood was when Prairie and I went for our trail walks, before King County closed the parks and trails.

One month down. At least one to go.

I’m occasionally whiny, am tired of this, and really want a night out at the Merc to see people and dance off the stress and tension.

It’s not fun. But we can do this.

This year’s Hugo award nominees were announced today. For the most part, they’re all unknown to me, save the following:

Looks like of the textual nominees, the only one(s) I’ve read is Best Series nominee Tade Thompson’s The Wormwood Trilogy, courtesy of the final book’s nomination for the P.K. Dick award. I really enjoyed those, though!

I’ve seen 2/3 of the long form dramatic presentations, missing only Russian Doll S1 (the first couple episodes were fun, but didn’t get further through, for no particular reason) and Jordan Peele’s Us (which is on my “to watch” list).

Only seen one of the short form nominees, The Mandalorian‘s “Redemption”, but I couldn’t tell you which episode that was, so…🤷‍♂️.

Congratulations to all the nominees, and I look forward to finding out which book will be added to my Hugo Best Novel reading project!

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 23 posts previously published on April 7th

  • 2017
  • 2016
    • Book sixteen of 2016: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, by Anita Loos. 🌟🌟🌟 (98/366)
  • 2014
    • A little squinty cause of the sun, but it was a gorgeous day today! The willow we planted in the front yard last summer is looking good, with lots of green buds showing. :)
  • 2011
    • When Harry Met Sally 2 This was far funnier than I expected it to be. I only wish it didn't have the big "Funny or Die" banner and the intro, so that it was less immediately obvious that it was a joke. They should have saved that for the end, and started with a cold open.
  • 2009
  • 2006
    • Clan Hamilton Maybe one of these days, I'll spring for a 'real' tartan kilt. For now, though, the Utilikilts will do me just fine. At least I know I _have_ a tartan in my background, even if it's pretty far back there.
    • Only in Alaska… While the runner-up got a fairly respectable 41% of the vote, by not electing him, Anchorage, Alaska (the largest city in a state known primarily for the ice and snow of its winter months) has lost the opportunity to have Jack Frost as a mayor.
  • 2005
    • Daylight Saving Time getting longer? Our brilliant government at work yet again. While debating amendments for an energy bill, two alternatives were proposed to help reduce US oil consumption. The result? No new regulations to actually reduce oil usage, but how about extending Daylight Saving time by two months instead?
    • Limerick for a Swan When I dropped into the #flickr channel today on lunch, the denizens were tossing around limerics for the various regulars. Cygnoir hadn't been graced with one yet, so I managed to come up one.
  • 2004
    • Sci-Fi museum to open in two months Paul Allen's new addition to the EMP, the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, is due to open in approximately two months, according to the Seattle P-I.
    • That’s one kinky rabbit A church that put on an Easter show said it was trying to teach about Jesus Christ. But the people who saw the show say they were upset by performers who broke eggs and pretended to whip the Easter bunny.
    • This one’s for mom… I mentioned briefly a few months ago that I was thinking about letting my hair grow out — at least until it got to a point where I get sick of fighting with the inevitable curls and shave it all off again. I figured today that as I've now made it through just over three months without a haircut, I might as well post a 'status update' on the experiment, and took this snapshot with my iSight.
    • But is it a specific ‘here’, or an existential ‘here’? Finally, six months after coming up with the idea, I finally got around to getting my own 'I'm just here to get laid.' t-shirt and bookbag.
    • TV got your brain The last car I owned had three bumper stickers on it, all dead-center on the rear end, one above the other — DIE MTV DIE, KILL YOUR TV, and TELEVISION IS DRUGS. It appears that my sentiments now have the backing of scientific research showing that television causes brain damage in young children.
    • I am a grammar god! Bow before me! I am a GRAMMAR GOD! If my mission in life is not already to preserve the English tongue, it should be.
    • The War President A photomosaic of George W. Bush made up of pictures of fallen American soldiers in Iraq.
    • Rockypalooza This is more than a little tempting: This year's Rocky Horror Picture Show convention, Rockypalooza, will be here in Seattle next month.
    • A minor mention This is progress, I think — references to my adventures with Microsoft are now little more than a throw away paragraph in the midst of another article. I really debated posting this, but I am trying to keep track of these things…feel free to just skip on by this one.
  • 2003
    • I don't like Mondays Home, tired, grumpy. Pissy, actually. The worst thing is, I'm not entirely sure why. Guess it was just a 'Monday.'
    • Happy birthday, mom! I'm a day late posting this, but happy birthday to mom!
    • Top three Lots of interesting back and forth in the comments thread to that post, too. From the looks of it, the three top contenders right now are (in no particular order) Dean, Edwards, and Kerry. So far, between Dean and Kerry, I'd definitely go for Dean, but I really should take a closer look at Edwards to see what I think of him.
  • 2002
    • Smileys! I found a fun little hack for MT over on So Very Posh today, and thought I'd give it a shot. So -- my site now has smileys!
    • Happy birthday mom! I'm afraid that I'm a day late in posting this, but happy birthday mom!

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 16 posts previously published on April 6th

  • 2016
    • Book fifteen of 2016: Lucky Starr and the Big Sun of Mercury, by Isaac Asimov. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (97/366)
  • 2014
    • Winding down at the end of the weekend.
    • So…I spent part of this afternoon polishing my balls. What about you?
  • 2011
  • 2010
    • Norwescon 33 Wrapup I'm home! Home, and recovering from another fun Norwescon. In something of a break from previous Norwescon wrapup posts, this one is going to be picture free. However, this is by no means due to a shortage of photos...in fact, just the opposite!
    • Links for March 18th through April 6th Sometime between March 18th and April 6th, I thought this stuff was interesting. You might think so too!
    • Happy Birthday, Mom! It's my mom's birthday today -- happy birthday, mum!
  • 2007
  • 2006
    • Boot Camp Boot Camp, on the off chance it hasn't crossed your radar yet (not likely, but possible), is Apple's just-released official methodology for setting your new Intel-based Mac up as a dual-boot Mac OS X/Windows XP system.
    • Happy Birthday Mum! What a cute birthday girl!
  • 2005
    • Just a hint, really So Assemblage 23 is playing at the Vogue tonight, and I've been tossing around whether or not I want to go -- balancing the desire to see a decent band with the fact that it's on a Wednesday night. So what's the first track that iTunes chooses at random when I turn it on after getting home from work?
    • Happy Birthday, Mom! Today's my mum's birthday! And, of course, I'm _sure_ that she's 29. Again. ;) That's just the way it works, right? Happy b-day, mom!
  • 2004
    • TRON 2.0 for OS X While I'm still bummed that the TRON 2.0 project ended up being a game instead of a new feature film, at least the game is being released for OS X next month.
    • Happy birthday, mom! Today's mom's birthday!
  • 2003
    • A nation of sheep A growing majority of Americans believe the war in Iraq is justified even if the United States does not find weapons of mass destruction. At the same time, public optimism about the progress of the fighting has surged as recent gains on the battlefield have eased fears that the allies will become bogged down in a long and costly war, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
  • 2002
    • I’m back online That was fast! Speakeasy gets lots of gold stars for this one -- a whopping one-week switchover time!

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 17 posts previously published on April 5th

  • 2016
    • Look! It’s the fourth Star Wars film! (Unless you’re my wife, for whom there are only three Star Wars films. Much like there are only three Indiana Jones films, only one Highlander film, and only eleven Star Trek films (that’s not counting STV:TFF or STID, but adding Galaxy Quest)). (96/366)
  • 2015
    • Mmmm! We decided to have Easter breakfast for Easter dinner this year. :)
    • Made it home from #nwc38 to find an Easter basket waiting for me! Apparently the Easter Bunny likes me!
  • 2014
    • At the final #nwc37 ConCom meeting before the con – not even two weeks to go!
  • 2008
    • Penguins can fly! At least, according to the BBC and Monty Python's Terry Jones on April 1st, they can.... Easily the best April Fools bit I've seen in years. Dad's gonna love this one!
  • 2007
  • 2006
    • Calico (AutoStitch for Mac OS X) I'm not sure when it first appeared, but Kekus Digital has produced a pseudo-port of AutoStitch for Mac OS X (licensing the AutoStitch technology in a Mac OS X package) called Calico.
  • 2005
    • Memory Maps As far as memes go, this is one of the best I've seen yet. Jason Kottke took a screenshot of his childhood neighborhood and used Flickr's annotation feature to mark it up with memories of his growing years. This inspired the Memory Maps group -- and I've added four Memory Maps covering my younger years.
    • Living in a Theocracy How in the world can people justify going to war to free people from religious oppression, and at the same time, condone and encourage religious oppression here at home?
    • Google Maps plus Satellite photos Wow. Put your address into Google Maps. Zoom all the way in...then click the 'Satellite' link in the top right. Freaky cool.
  • 2004
    • Any true Scot would cringe I saw a guy walking down the street outside of the club this weekend wearing a Utilikilt 'baggy style.'
    • Goodbye Uncle Bud 'Uncle Bud', my great-uncle, passed away last week.
    • Not sound medical advice I really think that going out dancing is one of the best things I can do for myself when getting over a bug. It doesn't sound like the usual cure, but it seems to work for me. I figure it's something along these lines:
    • Attack of the Killer…Lemons? It's the little things that can make living in Seattle fun. While this didn't happen to me, I got a laugh out of reading about it.
  • 2003
    • Terminators of Endearment This is wonderful — a few people in the rec.arts.sf.written newsgroup have hit upon the idea of a cross between the Terminator sci-fi series and the writings of Jane Austin…
    • Proud to be an American Morans
    • Bush and religion Looks like I'm not the only one concerned about the rapidly disappearing divide between church and state under Bush's regime. According to Reuters, a fair amount of Europe is finding this to be cause for concern.