📚 forty-three of 2020: The Nemesis from Terra (originally Shadow Over Mars) by Leigh Brackett ⭐️⭐️ 1945 Retro Hugo Best Novel

Rather amazing to think that this is just a year before Asimov’s Foundation win. If this was the best of ‘45, that was a bad year for SF.

🖖 Discovery S03E01: A strong start to the season. Lots of cool tech, a number of intriguing clues and hints about the state of the galaxy, and a strong underlying theme of hope throughout the episode. And Grudge, of course, who I suspect has more to her than we’ve seen so far.

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 15 posts previously published on October 15th

  • 2018
    • Book thirty-eight of 2018: Star Trek: Destiny: Mere Mortals, by David Mack. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    • Wow — impressive and powerful work by March For Our Lives: The Most Vicious Cycle.
  • 2016
    • A closer view of the #pacifictreefrog that we found visiting us tonight. #frog #pacificchorusfrog 🐸 #ribbit
    • Found a cute little frog hanging out by our front door today! (288/366)
  • 2008
  • 2004
    • Seattle Storm victory rally As I walked out of the building for lunch today, I heard some sort of big ruckus going on down towards Westlake Center. Being fond of ruckuses (ruckusi?) in general, I made a quick run back to the apartment to grab my camera, and then went back towards Westlake.
    • Green Glass Turtles While I was catching up on Julie's posts, I found out that she's set up a photoblog for her daughters, and it became a sweet way to start my day, looking at the world through their eyes for a few minutes. As I'm still getting used to this whole getting up at 6am routine, I don't often start my mornings off with a smile, but chipmunks, unicorns, and purple snakes sure did it for me today.
  • 2003
    • Big Mac might get #2 spot The brand new 'Big Mac' supercomputer at Virginia Tech could be the second most powerful supercomputer on the planet, according to preliminary numbers.
    • Rebuilding djwudi.com This is going to be my repository for keeping track of what I do to install and configure the djwudi.com server. As such, it's likely to be filled with all sorts of geeky bits of no interest to anyone except me. Feel free to ignore it. :)
    • Put It In the Microphone Just got Kickshaw's latest CD, 'Put It In the Microphone' in the mail today.
    • Mayday! Mayday! The worst thing about all this is that it's not just my own site. If it were only my own personal playground, than while it would certainly be frustrating and aggravating, at least that way I would only be causing issues for me. However, since I have been hosting the sites for both my family and a friend, I've now managed to knock them offline too. Bleah. Not a good situation.
  • 2002
    • No wonder I’m a wimp! People with natural red hair need about 20 percent more anesthesia than people with other hair colors, they told a meeting of anesthesiologists. The unexpected finding not only suggests that redheads are more sensitive to pain, but offers insights into how anesthesia works in people.
    • Adminspotting Choose no life. Choose no career. Choose no family. Choose a a fucking big computer, choose disk arrays the size of washing machines, modem racks, CD-ROM writers, and electrical cofee makers. Choose your future. Choose to sysadmin.
    • Royce and me I thought I'd share this rare, candid snapshot of Royce and I outside my old apartment in Anchorage.
    • Ascii-me! Royce sent me an ASCII rendering of my face. Rock on.

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 11 posts previously published on October 14th

  • 2016
    • Good luck with the storm, westsiders! Hope you see blue skies soon. (287/366)
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2005
  • 2004
    • Different companies, different standards I just spent a few minutes chatting with a gentleman sporting a denim Utilikilt, one of seven that he owns (one for every day of the week). Unfortunately, while the company I'm working at obviously has no problem with kilts in the workplace, the company I work for is far more strict with their dress code.
    • Analysis saying Kerry won? I'm not entirely caught up with the post-debate threads that made it into my newsreader last night and this morning, but according to a couple posts from Kos last night, I may have been too pessimistic in my debate wrap-up — people seem to be giving Kerry a definite win.
  • 2003
    • Dammit Well, I managed to break my server. Attempting to log in to MovableType results in long strings of errors — apparently perl is completely hosed.
  • 2002
    • Who’s gonna swerve first? It's not 'conspiracy theory,' as some of my readers have accused me, to suggest that Bush may not actually want to spend the lives of Americans to invade Iraq. It is quite possible -- no matter how evil or misguided you believe Bush to be -- that he would rather not waste a few hundred or thousand American lives, or a few hundred thousand Iraqi lives, on pipelines and additional security against nuclear/chemical/germ threat.
    • Microsoft switchers – oops! Unfortunately, since Microsoft (apparently) couldn't find any customers that had actually made the switch from the Mac to Windows, and were happy about it, and willing to talk about it — they had to combine a hired freelance writer's story with stock photography.

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 18 posts previously published on October 13th

  • 2016
    • Book forty-five of 2016: Spock Must Die!, by James Blish. The very first #StarTrek novel that wasn’t a broadcast episode novelization. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    • We get to have a classic Universal horror movie monster marathon this Halloween! (Amazon had this on sale for $40 a couple days ago.) Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera, and Creature From the Black Lagoon! (286/366)
  • 2014
    • Time to head home!
    • Dollar store skull plus chocolate eyeball candy equals silly seasonal desk friend!
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2005
    • The Rhythm of Life My strongest memory of a trip to England revolves around a single song. Our show-stopper piece that year was a song called 'The Rhythm of Life' -- fun lyrics, an upbeat tempo, and a gorgeous arrangement that made every part fun to sing had quickly made it a favorite, and we'd all become quite fond of ending our concerts with this number.
  • 2004
    • Shots of Gig’s Music Theatre Continuing in my little bout of nostalgia for my days running around at Gig's, tonight I get to present a set of shots from the club, taken roughly between 1997 and 1998 or so.
    • Presidential Debate #3 Almost time for tonight's Presidential debate, the last of this election season's round. Will Bush actually look like a President? Or, more likely, will we get to see him stumble and fall yet again? As before, I'll be watching on C-SPAN, and will update this post with my usual random babbling after the debate's done with.
    • Kill Switch…Click Y'know what I'd like to see in tonight's debate? I'd love it if the moderator had a 'kill switch' for the candidate's microphones, so if Bush tried to railroad a statement through, the moderator could just turn him off.
    • Registered to vote? Are you sure? Employees of a private voter registration company allege that hundreds, perhaps thousands of voters who may think they are registered will be rudely surprised on election day. The company claims hundreds of registration forms were thrown in the trash.
    • On smoke alarms For some reason, I was pondering smoke alarms this morning, trying to figure out why they need batteries. Why not just wire them directly into the house electrical current? No more having to put up with obnoxious beeping when the batteries get low, no more worries about a dead smoke alarm causing someone's death in a house fire because they couldn't get out in time.
  • 2003
    • Not a good evening End result — it's past my bedtime, I'm tired, more than a little frustrated, and ready to go to bed. Hopefully things will look better when I get back to poking around tomorrow evening.
    • Not even subtle This AP photo of President Bush has me alternating between disgust and slack-jawed amazement, and I'm not sure whether to pass on kudos to the photographer or have them drawn and quartered.
    • Rebecca, ecce! tantae clunes isti sunt! mehercle! Rebecca, ecce! tantae clunes isti sunt!
    • Welcome to America — now go home. But when Hughes' fiancee, a German national, tried to visit him on a six-month tourist visa Monday, she was detained in Atlanta, handcuffed, jailed--even stripped of her diamond engagement ring.
    • Apologies …please exuse my formality- I am drunk and you are a stranger.
    • Apple poised for big music push More and more, Apple is making a huge push into the music industry — and if the rumor mills are right, this week just may be their biggest foray yet.

Reposting for this year’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day — I’ve moved since I first posted this in 2018, but not far enough for any of this to change.

According to this map, I (along with many of my Seattle-area friends) live on Duwamish tribal land, part of the Puget Sound Coast Salish tribal group (is that the right term to use?). The closest village was “sawh-WAHWH-weh-wad (‘place of whistling’). Duwamish. On Cedar River about 2 miles above present-day town of Renton. This village was occupied by the riverine Duwamish or doo-AHBSH, after doo (‘inside’) referring to (present-day) Duwamish River, Black River and Cedar River, along all of which this group resided.”

Lushootseed (which has several dialects) was the language spoken in the area.

The land was part of Cession 347, taken by the United States in the Point Elliott Treaty in 1855, ratified and proclaimed in 1859 (19KB .pdf). The signatory for the Duwamish was Chief Si’ahl, namesake of the city of Seattle. For all the land taken by this treaty, the tribes were “paid” $150k (roughly $4.3 million in today’s dollars — or roughly 1.3% of the cost of Avengers: Infinity War), distributed over nineteen years not as direct funds, but “to be applied to the use and benefit” of the tribes as directed by the government.

Despite being the first signatory tribe of the Point Elliott Treaty and having cultural history and stories dating back to the last ice age, the Duwamish Tribe is still not recognized as an indigenous nation by the United States Government.

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 10 posts previously published on October 12th

  • 2016
    • From earlier today – temps dropped last night, and it was a brisk walk this morning! Pretty, but definitely not summer anymore. (285/366)
  • 2009
  • 2006
    • Dangerous Feet and Good Diction It wasn't until I was working on deconstructing a girl's paper who had written about people who were being murdered by their feet that I really thought about how nonsensical the phrase 'my feet are killing me' really is.
    • ENG102: Summary My first paper for my ENG102 class, a short summary of the second half of the first chapter in our textbook. I ended up with a 3.8/4.0, and a comment that I have 'a wonderful, lucid prose style.' I can cope with that.
  • 2004
  • 2003
    • I used to believe… When we were little, my mother had bought us a book titled, 'How You Were Born'. In this book, there was an illustration of a sperm under a magnifying glass. For years, I thought the magnifying glass was a frying pan and was totally mystified by where and how the frying pan fit into the reproductive process.
    • 'ello again Weekend's done, time to start poking my head up again.
  • 2002
    • Small update to RSS feed Experiments with my RSS feed, which I continually seem to break.
    • Trackback changes and Category links Well, for the moment, I've had to give up on my goal of staying pop-up free. Grrr. I thought I had it for a while, but as it turns out, TrackBack pings won't automatically rebuild the page that they reference, so they weren't showing up at all unless I forced the page to regenerate.

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 18 posts previously published on October 11th

  • 2019
    • To all those I know who have come out, have not come out, aren’t sure if they need to, want to, or are safely able to come out: Whoever you are, your identity is valid, and I hope you can live your life however you see fit, comfortably and loved. #NationalComingOutDay
  • 2018
    • Excellent news: Washington’s state Supreme Court outlaws death penalty
    • Book thirty-seven of 2018: Star Trek: Destiny: Gods of Night, by David Mack. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • 2016
    • Safety lights are for dudes. (284/366)
  • 2015
    • Grabbed two of the current set of mystery Lego figures this morning. Got the zombie cheerleader and Bigfoot! #Lego #zombie #cheerleader #bigfoot #sasquatch #halloween
  • 2014
    • In line at Voodoo Doughnuts. Half an hour in, almost in sight of the door. This is a little nuts!
  • 2006
    • Desperation Someone just came to my site via a Google search for 'oh god give me a job i need a fucking job just give me a job i want a job okay'.
    • Fall ’06 TV Plans So that's the TV plan for the next few months. A lot more than I used to do, and all subject to being preempted by school, work, or other major life events...but it's nice to have some downtime every so often.
  • 2005
    • A few general updates on life I haven't really done one of these in a while, so I figured it was about time. Work goes well as I get used to being a salesperson, and fun with scheduling effects everything from planned trips to Alaska to how much 'puter time I'm getting.
  • 2004
    • Okay, okay…85-90% straight I've believed for a long time that the three major classifications of sexuality — straight, gay, and bisexual — are inherently limiting, and fairly unrealistic. Rather than lumping everyone into one of three categories, I've always figured it's more of a sliding scale…or possibly something along the lines of an inverse bell curve, with same-sex attraction on one side and opposite-sex attraction on the other.
    • Of nuance and nuisances We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance.
    • National Coming Out Day Terrance reminded me that today is National Coming Out day. My best wishes to any of you choosing to come out today, and of course, to all of you who already have.
    • Dreams So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.
    • The Death of Superman 'Superman' actor Christopher Reeve, who turned personal tragedy into a public crusade and from his wheelchair became the nation's most recognizable spokesman for spinal cord research, has died. He was 52.
    • Bush’s Dred Scott reference Remember when Bush made the odd reference to the Dred Scott case during his answer to what kind of Supreme Court justice he'd appoint in the second debate? It didn't seem to make a lot of sense, and had a lot of people confused. Looks like one of the diarists on Daily Kos may have stumbled upon the answer — it's right-wing code for abortion.
  • 2002
    • Kinda freaky – voices from the past …the legitimate government of Kuwait will be restored to its rightful place, and Kuwait will once again be free. Iraq will eventually comply with all relevant United Nations resolutions, and then, when peace is restored, it is our hope that Iraq will live as a peaceful and cooperative member of the family of nations, thus enhancing the security and stability of the Gulf.
    • Wired goes CSS As is typical for movements like this, it's the 'little people' that start the ball rolling (in this case, primarily weblogs and personal sites), then the 'big boys' follow. Today, one of the first major, heavy-traffic sites has unveiled their new standards-compliant design — Wired.
    • iMac caught with PC in illicit love nest In a surprise development that has rocked the computing world today, paparazzi have made public a photograph of Apple's popular iMac computer cavorting poolside with what appears to be a Microsoft Windows-based PC.

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 14 posts previously published on October 10th

  • 2019
    • Short Treks E06: “The Trouble with Edward” Okay…yes, it’s funny (and be sure to watch all of it). I laughed quite a few times. But wow, are they playing fast and loose with canon and biology. Hard to say much more without spoilers, but…I’m very torn on what to think. 🖖
  • 2016
    • Thanks to the construction fencing, leaving work felt a bit like getting herded through some sort of cattle chute. (283/366)
  • 2008
    • Links for October 10th from 10:52 to 17:27 Sometime between 10:52 and 17:27, I thought this stuff was interesting. You might think so too!
    • Over-Distributed Identity What I need is some form of comment aggregator service that would track when a particular post (of any form) is made, monitor its status on each of the various services, then either collect any comments at a central location or even simply alert me when a comment is made.
    • Links for October 8th through October 10th Sometime between October 8th and October 10th, I thought this stuff was interesting. You might think so too!
  • 2007
    • Why We Had to Move After returning home from Hawaii (no, those pictures aren't done yet, I'm just busy with work and school), Prairie and I found out we had to move. This shot is of what used to be our cute little apartment.
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
    • What Bush wants us to forget Things that Bush wants us to forget.
    • A proposal If/when we catch the Maryland sniper, howabout we just airlift him into Iraq and set him loose on Saddam?
    • Journalistic Integrity at its finest The story 'Filipino-American history recognized' stated that the 'Nuestra Senora de Buena Esperanza,' the galleon on which the first Filipinos landed at Morro, Bay, Calif., loosely translates to 'The Big Ass Spanish Boat.' It actually translates to 'Our Lady of Good Hope.'
    • Test post Test post to see if regex is working correctly.